Political Science Undergraduate Courses

Click on any course title below to read its description. Courses offered in the upcoming semester include a schedule, and are indicated by a label to the right of the title.

Undergraduate core course. Analysis of several issue areas: civil rights, school desegregation, welfare and social policy, education and urban housing, energy and the environment. Characteristics of policy systems in each issue area are analyzed to identify factors which may affect the content and implementation of public policies.  [ 4 cr. ]

Examines classic and current views on the nature of authority, liberty, and justice. Topics include civil disobedience, freedom of expression, abortion rights, and affirmative action.  [ 4 cr. ]

An examination of how Americans think about politics-specifically, of the values, beliefs, norms, and separate ideologies that, together, constitute American liberalism. Where did this political culture originate? How does it condition political behavior and public policy? How does it differ from other political cultures?   [ 4 cr. ]

The course will explore theoretical and empirical problems related to image, memory and conflicts in the media. We will examine highly debated topics such as media representation of suffering and death, images of violence or the symbolic construction of nationalism in the media. On the theoretical level, we will discuss theories regarding the role of mass media during crises and the concept of media framing. In the first part of the course, we will review key concepts in political communication and address some of the major themes in the field. In the second part, we will focus on the media impact on political crises.   [ 4 cr. ]

PO501 is the designation for "Special Topics in Political Science". The subject matter for PO501 courses changes from semester to semester, and more than one PO501 can be offered in a given semester.  [ 4 cr. ]

Overview of the origins of public schooling, the purpose of public education, and controversial educational policies and research. Meets with CAS PO 548.  [ 4 cr. ]