Political Science

Note: All tuition rates listed on the Summer Term 2019 website are pending approval.

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. This course fulfills a single unit in the following BU Hub area: Social Inquiry. 4 cr. Tuition: $2800

Summer 1 (May 22-June 26)

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Introduction to International Relations

CAS PO 171

Explores major issues in international relations, including conflict, cooperation, and governance. Addresses dominant international relations theories and their application. Investigates state system, international law and organization, transnational actors, state behavior, and globalization. Carries social science divisional credit in CAS. This course fulfills a single unit in each of the following BU Hub areas: Social Inquiry I, Global Citizenship and Intercultural Literacy. 4 cr. Tuition: $2800

Summer 1 (May 21-June 27)

Summer 2 (July 2-August 8)

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Special Topics in American Politics

CAS PO 300

Topic for Summer 2019: Bombs and Bombshells: Gender and Political Violence. This course delves into the world of Black Widows and Demon Lovers. Using empirical research, case studies, and drama, the course separates fact from fiction to examine gender and its intersections between recruitment, motivations, and conditions under which women behave violently. 4 cr. Tuition: $2800

Summer 1 (May 21-June 27)

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Special Topics in American Politics

CAS PO 300

Topic for Summer 2019: Race and Public Opinion in Contemporary American Politics. How do Americans think about race and how does attitude influence political preferences? Students first look into traditional understandings of race and public opinion and then examine recent developments promising to change the role of racial attitudes in American Politics. 4 cr. Tuition: $2800

Summer 1 (May 21-June 27)

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Special Topics in Public Policy

CAS PO 320

Topic for Summer 2019: Law, Courts, and Public Policy: The Role of Courts in American Public Policymaking. Investigates the judiciary's role in the policy making process. Compares the courts with other political institutions and explores how they differ in their policy- making role. The objective is to develop an understanding of the courts as political actors. 4 cr. Tuition: $2800

Summer 2 (July 1-August 7)

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North-South Relations

CAS PO 328

Employs a multidisciplinary approach to analyze the relations between the industrialized nations of the "North" and the developing nations of the "South." Addresses historical and current issues in North-South relations, including trade, investment, migration, regional economic integration, and the environment. 4 cr. Tuition: $2800

Summer 1 (May 21-June 27)

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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. Course cannot be taken for credit in addition to the course with the same title that was previously numbered CAS PO 355. 4 cr. Tuition: $2800

Summer 1 (May 22-June 26)

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Special Topics in Comparative Politics

CAS PO 330

Topic for Summer 2019: From Antifa to Xenophobia: The Politics of Extremes. Introduces students to key theories explaining the rise of extremism in democracies, including economic marginalization, the democratic deficit, and ethnic competition and gives students the tools to evaluate contemporary political events through the lens of these (and other) theories. 4 cr. Tuition: $2800

Summer 2 (July 1-August 7)

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Religion and Politics

CAS PO 379

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. Tuition: $2800

Summer 1 (May 21-June 27)

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Special Topics in International Relations

CAS PO 380

Topic for Summer 2019: Women and the Women's Movement in Africa. This course studies the evolution and current status of the women's movement throughout select African countries on issues such as politics and media culture. Its goal is to provide a broad understanding of women's lives in the region, both in relation to and separate from globalization. 4 cr. Tuition: $2800

Summer 2 (July 2-August 8)

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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. 4 cr. Tuition: $2800

Summer 2 (July 2-August 8)

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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. Tuition: $2800

Summer 1 (May 22-June 26)

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