Political Science

Note: Course details for Summer 2018 will be available on December 15. The courses below were offered in Summer 2017 and can serve as a guide to what is typically offered.

College of Arts & Sciences

Introduction to American Politics

CAS PO 111

Undergraduate core course. Study of the national political structure; emphasis on Congress, the executive, administrative agencies, and the judiciary. Relations between formal institutions, parties, and interest groups. Carries social science divisional credit in CAS. 4 cr.

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Introduction to Public Policy

CAS PO 141

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. Carries social science divisional credit in CAS. 4 cr.

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Introduction to Comparative Politics

CAS PO 151

Undergraduate core course. Examines different patterns of political development and contemporary politics in Western Europe, Latin America, Africa, and the former Soviet bloc. Introduces the comparative method in political science and competing theories of political development and political change. 4 cr.

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Introduction to International Relations

CAS PO 171

Undergraduate core course. Study of basic factors in international relations, Western state systems, balance of power, nationalism, and imperialism. Primarily for concentrators. Carries social science divisional credit in CAS. 4 cr.

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European Politics

CAS PO 341

Provides an overview of the causes and challenges to European integration. Critically examines the processes of cooperation and integration in the EU and specific crisis cases such as rise of populism, Brexit, and the treatment of refuges. This course cannot be taken for credit in addition to the course with the same title that was previously numbered CAS PO 361. 4 cr.

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Causes of War and Peace

CAS PO 357

War is the most destructive social act in which humanity engages. Why does war happen? This question is addressed by focusing on a variety of scholarly explanations. Theoretical discussions are paired with an examination of historical cases. 4 cr.

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International Human Rights

CAS PO 378

Studies the growing international influence on politics of human rights principles, documents, and organizations, drawing especially on African cases such as Congo, Zimbabwe, and Sudan. Topics include universality vs. cultural relativism, individual vs. group rights, and issues in human rights enforcement. 4 cr.

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Conflict and Cooperation in Asia

CAS PO 554

Investigates patterns of conflict and cooperation in South and East Asia surrounding issues ranging from water resources and health to borders and war. Analyzes how such issues contribute to instability in the region, as well as methods of cooperation. This course cannot be taken for credit in addition to the course with the same title that was previously numbered CAS PO 530. 4 cr.

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