Political Science

Course details for Summer 2017 will be available on December 15. The courses below were offered in Summer 2016 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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Introduction to Political Theory

CAS PO 191

Major works of political philosophy are considered to address fundamental questions of political life. Looks at different conceptions of authority, justice, liberty, and equality, including how they justify and define government, law, and rights and how they pertain to current issues. Carries social science divisional credit in CAS. 4 cr.


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Special Topics in Public Policy

CAS PO 320

Topic for Summer 2016: Public Policy and State Society Relations. Introduces some basic tools for policy analysis, examines how the U.S. confronts critical choices in public policy, and evaluates the effectiveness of the policies chosen. Various issue topics are introduced to demonstrate how policy is constructed, analyzed, implemented, and evaluated. Political feasibility and state-society feedback are also examined. 4 cr.


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Rise of China

CAS PO 352

China's political, economic, and strategic development since the late nineteenth century, with emphasis on the period since 1949. Examines three questions: In what ways is China rising? How did it happen? What are the impacts of China's rise on the U.S. and the global system? This course cannot be taken for credit in addition to the course with the same title that was previously numbered CAS PO 374. 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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Special Topics in International Relations

CAS PO 380

Topic for Summer 2016: Transitional Justice. Explores the questions of accountability, justice, peace, and reconciliation in the aftermath of state-sponsored violence and authoritarian rule. Examines the application of diverse post-conflict mechanisms and institutions such as war crimes tribunals, truth commissions, reparations, and memorialization. Includes theoretical discussions as well as case studies. 4 cr.


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Philosophy of Sexuality and Gender

CAS PO 396

Analyzes notions of gender and sexuality. Questions include: Are gender and sexual identity natural, or are they social constructions? How are they related to love and desire? Carries humanities divisional credit in CAS. 4 cr.


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U.S.-Latin American Relations

CAS PO 565

The international context within which Latin American countries operate, with primary emphasis on U.S. policy toward the region. Includes historical overview, the policy- making process itself, and case studies of specific policy issues. This course cannot be taken for credit in addition to the course with the same title that was previously numbered CAS PO 568. 4 cr.


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