Political Science

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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. Tuition: $2480

Summer 1 (May 19-June 25)

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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. Tuition: $2480

Summer 1 (May 19-June 25)

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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. Tuition: $2480

Summer 2 (June 30-August 6)

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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. Tuition: $2480

Summer 1 (May 20-June 24)

Summer 2 (June 29-August 5)

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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. Tuition: $2480

Summer 2 (June 29-August 5)

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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. Tuition: $2480

Summer 2 (June 30-August 6)

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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. Tuition: $2480

Summer 1 (May 20-June 24)

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Special Topics in International Relations

CAS PO 380

Topic for Summer 2015: The Arab Spring and Beyond. Discusses Middle Eastern sociopolitical and economic preludes to Arab revolts, domestic and regional reactions, democratization, Islamist parties, and why peace descends into violence. Blends policy discussion with academic literature on transitology, social movements, civil-military relations, and more. 4 cr. Tuition: $2480

Summer 2 (June 30-August 6)

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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. Tuition: $2480

Summer 2 (June 29-August 6)

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Immigration and Development in Asia

CAS PO 458

Studies transnational immigration and economic development in Asia, focusing on China, India, and South Korea. Cases examined include the rise of manufacturing prowess in China, India's software industry, and Korea's corporate competitiveness in the world. 4 cr. Tuition: $2480

Summer 1 (May 19-June 25)

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The Judiciary and Civil Liberties

CAS PO 508

First Amendment rights of speech, press, assembly, religion; rights of defendants in criminal cases; and the constitutional protection of racial minorities. Supreme Court decision-making processes and modes of compliance with its decisions are also considered. 4 cr. Tuition: $2480

Summer 1 (May 19-June 25)

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