Political Science

  • GRS PO 608: Higher Education and American Political Development
    Graduate Prerequisites: graduate standing.
    The history of American higher education and its relationship to the development of American society and state and critical problems in the larger U.S. context.
  • GRS PO 609: The Political Psychology of Group-Based Politics
    Graduate Prerequisites: graduate standing.
    The study of political psychology, integrating political science and social and cognitive psychology as it informs the dynamics of group-based politics, including especially race, gender, class, and political party affiliation.
  • GRS PO 699: Teaching College Political Science I
    The goals, contents, and methods of instruction in Political Science. General teaching-learning issues. Required of all teaching fellows.
  • GRS PO 702: Professional Development for PhD Candidates in Political Science
    For political science PhD students in their second or third year of study and who are preparing for comprehensive exams or are working on a PhD prospectus. Addresses core issues in numerous fields and is taught by members of the GFPS.
  • GRS PO 711: Approaches to the Study of American Politics
    Graduate core course. Introduces students to major theoretical, substantive, and methodological problems in the study of American politics by examining two sets of literature: scholarly debates and discussion of theory and research, and the concrete research of leading Americanists.
  • GRS PO 741: The Politics of Public Policy
    Seminar in analytical concepts and rational policymaking models applied to each of several issue areas: education, welfare, health care, economy, and the environment in the United States and Europe.
  • GRS PO 742: Comparative Public Policy
    Analyzes the policy problems facing industrial countries, identifies clusters of national solutions, and investigates the institutional structures contributing to cross-national variations in policy experiments. Relevant to students interested in public policy and/or comparative politics.
  • GRS PO 751: Approaches to the Study of Comparative Politics
    Graduate Core Seminar. In this intensive reading seminar on the political approaches to the study of comparative politics, students get acquainted with the key epistemological and methodological writings that have formed the basic inquiry known today as comparative politics.
  • GRS PO 760: Problems and Issues of Contemporary Africa
    Topics vary. Topic for Fall 2016: Religion and Politics in Africa. Explores the politics of indigenous African religions, Islam, and Christianity. Topics include Islamist and Christian fundamentalist movements, religion and social conflict, and religious engagement on democracy, women's rights, and gay rights.
  • GRS PO 768: Contemporary Issues in Latin America
    Meets with GRS IR 766. Review and analysis of contemporary developments in Latin America from major print and on-line news sources and journals. Focuses on breaking issues and develops capacity for critical analysis. Required for LASMA students.
  • GRS PO 771: Approaches to the Study of International Relations
    Graduate core course. Focuses on approaches and theories of international relations rather than international events. Compares historical, descriptive, normative, and scientific approaches. Surveys a variety of theories of international conflict (e.g., war, arms races), and theories of international integration (e.g., alliances, trade).
  • GRS PO 785: Comparative Political Economy of China and India
    (Meets with GRS IR 758.) Compares China and India's economic reform, focusing on their reform policies and government-business relationships. Examines their political development (or lack thereof) during their economic reform. Discusses China and India's rise and implications for the global system.
  • GRS PO 786: Conflict and State-Building in Africa
    Meets with GRS IR 786. Examines conflict in contemporary Africa at both the international and domestic levels. Addresses the dynamics of insurgency and inter-state war, as well as the ways in which these conflicts have affected African state-building.
  • GRS PO 789: The United States and the International Relations of the Asia-Pacific
    Focuses on contemporary issues in U.S. relations with Japan, China, Taiwan, North and South Korea, and Russian involvement in East Asia. The implications of social economic, political, strategic changes in East Asia for U.S. policy and the management of international affairs are highlighted.
  • GRS PO 791: Approaches to the Study of Political Theory
    Graduate core course. An overview of some of the more significant opinions for the study of political theory today, with attention to both substantive and methodological issues.
  • GRS PO 796: Ethics and the Use of Force
    Graduate Prerequisites: graduate standing.
    Acquaints students with the great debates in the ethics and law of war, and examines how the resort to and conduct of war is, or is not, circumscribed by normative concerns.
  • GRS PO 840: Political Analysis
    An introduction to methodological issues faced in empirical work across the social sciences, with primary reference to political science. Addresses issues using different empirical approaches -- qualitative or quantitative, experimental or observational -- to any sort of theory.
  • GRS PO 841: Quantitative Research Methods
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: Social Science Math Boot Camp or consent of instructor.
    An introduction to probability, descriptive statistics, hypothesis testing, and ordinary least squares regression analysis as used in the social sciences. Emphasizes both theory and applications.
  • GRS PO 843: Techniques in Political Analysis: Maximum Likelihood Estimation
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: GRS PO 841; or equivalent, or consent of the instructor.
    An applied course in quantitative empirical analysis on maximum likelihood models of inference. Topics may include hypothesis testing, linear regression, binary response models, ordered response models, and event count models.
  • GRS PO 903: Research Workshop
    Graduate Prerequisites: enrollment in the Political Science PhD program.
    This course is for Political Science PhD students of all years. It includes preparation for the second year paper, the dissertation prospectus, the dissertation, job talks, and grant and fellowship proposals.