Political Science

Note: Course details for Summer 2019 will be available on December 15. The courses below were offered in Summer 2018 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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Special Topics in American Politics

CAS PO 300

Topic For Summer 2, 2018: Politics of the War on Drugs. This course examines the modern history of the United States' "War on Drugs," exploring both the international and domestic implications of the U.S.'s counter narcotics policy. 4 cr.

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Public Opinion and Electoral Politics

CAS PO 307

Prereq: (CAS PO 111). Determinants and consequences of public opinion in the American political system. Social, psychological, and economic influences on opinion formation; role of mass media, parties, and interest groups. Public and private propaganda. Measurement of opinion; sampling techniques; interviewing; data analysis. 4 cr.

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International Political Economy

CAS PO 329

Prereq: (CAS EC 101 & CAS EC 102). Emphasizes the dynamic interaction between politics and economics to understand and explain historical and contemporary issues in international political economy, including international monetary, trade, investment, financial, and environmental relations. Considers emerging challenges and structures in the international political economy. This course cannot be taken for credit in addition to the course with the same title that was previously numbered CAS PO 355. 4 cr.

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The Making of Asia

CAS PO 350

Explores the diverse experiences of modernization and development in China, Japan, Korea, as well as the countries of Southeast Asia. Also examines the domestic and international impacts of growing social-economic ties, as well as the complex security challenges among Asian states. This course cannot be taken for credit in addition to the course titled "The Pacific Challenge" that was previously numbered CAS PO 350 and CAS PO 365. 4 cr.

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Special Topics in International Relations

CAS PO 380

Topic for Summer 2018: Religion and Politics. Introduction to the comparative study of the political role of religious institutions and beliefs. Covers issues such as religion's relationship to violence and terrorism, democracy and human rights, group identity, gender and sexuality, and modernity and secularism. 4 cr.

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Political Economy of China

CAS PO 548

Prereq: junior standing or consent of instructor. How did China implement economic reform? What were the progresses and limitations? How is China's political-economic development influencing the global system? Discussions are conducted in a comparative perspective. Countries of reference include Japan and India. This course cannot be taken for credit in addition to the course with the same title that was previously numbered CAS PO 527. 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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