Department of Political Science

Courses — Spring 2018

Political Science

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PSC/IR 101 Introduction to Comparative Politics

G. Bingham Powell, Jr.
Spring 2018 — MWF 10:25-11:15
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New Political Science Track: Elections and Government
New International Relations Track: Governance of Nations
Old Political Science Field: Comparative PoliticsIntroductory Courses
Old International Relations Track: Governance of Nations (C)

This course is an introduction to the study of political science and comparative politics. It focuses on how citizens may be able to control public policies in different modern democracies. The course begins by applying some of these ideas briefly to the American political system. It then turns explicitly to the politics of contemporary Britain, Russia and Germany, examining the political culture, the basic institutional arrangements, the party system, the voters' choices, and the policymaking system in each country. These systems will be compared to each other, to the United States and, occasionally, to other democracies. This course is recommended for those thinking about a major, minor, or cluster in political science, or international relations, and others who are simply interested in learning more about the politics of democracies.

PSC/IR 102 Intro to Political Economy of Development

Randall Stone
Spring 2018 — M 10:25-11:40
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New Political Science Track: Political Economy and DevelopmentWar, Violence, and Cooperation
New International Relations Track: Peace and ConflictPolitics, Policy, and Development
Old Political Science Field: International Relations
Old International Relations Track: Political Economy and Development (B)

PSC 107 Introduction to Positive Political Theory

Scott Abramson
Spring 2018
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New Political Science Track: Data and Modeling
Old Political Science Field: Positive TheoryIntroductory Courses

This course introduces students to positive political theory, a rigorous set of tools that helps clarify key questions in political science. Through examples drawn from all aspects of the political process (from elections to lawmaking to regulation) as well as from everyday life (where should we go for dinner?) and Hollywood (Russell Crowe and Reese Witherspoon as political scientists?), we will study how the rules of the game affect the decisions politicians make as well as the policy outcomes we observe.

PSC 200 Data Analysis I

Kevin A. Clarke
Spring 2018 — MWF 11:50-12:40
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New Political Science Track: Data and Modeling
Old Political Science Field: Techniques of Analysis

Data analysis has become a key part of many fields including politics, business, law, and public policy. This course covers the fundamentals of data analysis, giving students the necessary statistical skills to understand and critically analyze contemporary political, legal, and policy puzzles. Lectures will focus on the theory and practice of quantitative analysis, and weekly lab sessions will guide students through the particulars of statistical software. No prior knowledge of statistics or data analysis is required. Without special permission of the instructor, students may not enroll in this course if they have earned credit and a letter grade for ECO 230, PSC 205, PSY/CSP 211, STT 211, STT 212, STT 213, STT 214, or any other course in statistics, or if they have received a score of 4 or 5 on the Advanced Placement exam in Statistics.

PSC 205 Data Analysis II

Curtis S. Signorino
Spring 2018 — TR
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New Political Science Track: Data and Modeling
Old Political Science Field: Techniques of Analysis

PSC 212 Supreme Court in U.S. History

Joel Seligman
Spring 2018
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New Political Science Track: Elections and GovernmentPhilosophy, Law, and Public PolicyTeam Learning
Old Political Science Field: American Politics

This seminar will study leading constitutional law cases decided by the United States Supreme Court and their impact on the evolution of the Court, the balance of powers among our three governmental branches, relations between the federal government and the states, and individual express and implied rights. The seminar is intended to introduce students to legal reasoning and will make use of casebook and teaching methods typical of law schools.

PSC 215 American Elections

Lynda W. Powell
Spring 2018 ("W" Optional)
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New Political Science Track: Elections and Government
Old Political Science Field: American Politics

Each semester we study the causes and consequences of the most recent elections and the issue dynamics that are shaping the next set of elections. We consider how our election rules, such as the presidential Electoral College and the single member plurality elections used in congressional elections, affect the choices candidates make to win office. And we identify how these rules advantage or disadvantage various types of candidates. Some issues, such as party polarization and campaign finance reform are generally in the news and of thus of continuing interest. But new issues will arise and we will discuss these as they come up over the course of the semester.

PSC 219 Data Collection & Analysis in the Local Community

Stuart Jordan
Spring 2018 — TR 9:40-10:55
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New Political Science Track: Philosophy, Law, and Public PolicyTeam Learning
Old Political Science Field: Associated Courses

Permission of Instructor Required.

PSC 230 Law in Public Health Practice

Mary Elizabeth McNulty
Spring 2018 — MW 19:40-20:55
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New Political Science Track: Philosophy, Law, and Public PolicyTeam Learning
Old Political Science Field: Associated Courses

PSC 237 U.S. Policymaking Processes

Mary A. Kroeger
Spring 2018 — MWF
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New Political Science Track: Elections and GovernmentPhilosophy, Law, and Public Policy
Old Political Science Field: American Politics

This course will give an introduction to how public policy is made in the United States. People, organizations, and political institutions will be discussed individually and how these entities amalgamate to create and implement public policy. Case studies of recent policymaking (e.g., regulating tobacco, financial regulation) will be central components of the course.

PSC/IR 239 International Environmental Law

Terry Noto
Spring 2018 — MW 14:00-15:15
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New Political Science Track: Philosophy, Law, and Public PolicyPolitical Economy and Development
New International Relations Track: Governance of NationsPolitics, Policy, and Development
Old Political Science Field: Associated Courses
Old International Relations Track: Global Security (A)Governance of Nations (C)

An examination of international environmental law and policy with a special focus on efforts to address climate change. This course serves as a companion to PSC 246, but PSC 246 is not a prerequisite. The goal of this course is to provide a foundational understanding of this rapidly developing, controversial field. Topics include consideration of the scientific, political, and economic drivers of international environmental law; the variety of tools (e.g., treaties, agreements, "soft law," voluntary incentive programs and market based approaches); and examples of how some international environmental issues have been addressed to date. Finally, we will examine the 2015 Paris Climate Change Accord, subsequent developments and international efforts to get closer to a "grand climate solution." This course will be taught through lectures, discussion, several concise papers, and a group discussion and project(s).

PSC 240 Criminal Procedure and Constitutional Principles

Edward L. Fiandach
Spring 2018 — MW 16:50-18:05
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New Political Science Track: Philosophy, Law, and Public Policy
Old Political Science Field: Associated Courses

Through analysis of the Constitution and the Bill of Rights, we examine criminal procedure as elaborated by federal and state court decisions. Topics include arrest procedures, search and seizure, right to counsel, and police interrogation and confessions. We will discuss the theoretical principles of criminal procedure and the application of those principles to the actual operation of the criminal court system.

PSC 243 Environmental Politics

Lawrence Rothenberg
Spring 2018 ("W" Optional) — TR 9:40-10:55
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New Political Science Track: Elections and GovernmentPhilosophy, Law, and Public PolicyTeam Learning
Old Political Science Field: American Politics

An examination of environmental issues facing the United States from a social scientific perspective. Topics include the reasons for environmental regulation and the means to deals with associated problems, the history of environmental policy, the state of contemporary environmental policy and current efforts at change, the role of state and local governments, the impact of environmental activists, and the state of climate change policies. Although there is considerable time devoted to lecture, students are strongly encouraged to participate. Each student will also develop and briefly present a research paper which investigates a relevant issue of personal interest.

PSC/IR 251 Authoritarianism

Jack Paine
Spring 2018 ("W" Optional) — TR 11:05-13:45
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New Political Science Track: Elections and GovernmentPolitical Economy and Development
New International Relations Track: Governance of NationsPolitics, Policy, and Development
Old Political Science Field: Comparative Politics
Old International Relations Track: Governance of Nations (C)

Despite three waves of democratization, many countries around the world are still governed by leaders who hold power by means other than free and fair elections. In this course we will examine topics including how authoritarian regimes survive, the conditions under which they democratize, and their human welfare consequences. We will cover historical authoritarian cases such as twentieth-century communist and fascist regimes, and current authoritarian regimes in China, the Middle East, and Africa. The course will cover political science theories of authoritarian regimes and individual country case studies. Class will be conducted in a weekly discussion format.

PSC/IR 252 Ethnic Politics

Bethany Lacina
Spring 2018 ("W" Optional) — W 14:00-16:40
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New Political Science Track: Elections and GovernmentWar, Violence, and Cooperation
New International Relations Track: Governance of NationsPeace and Conflict
Old Political Science Field: Comparative PoliticsInternational Relations
Old International Relations Track: Governance of Nations (C)

This course takes up three questions: What is ethnicity and when is it politically important? How does ethnic politics matter for economic outcomes? What is the relationship between ethnic politics and political violence? Class materials will include theoretical accounts of ethnic politics and research from a variety of countries, including Nigeria, India, Thailand, Syria, France, and the United States. One of the themes of the course will be comparing research on ethnic politics conducted in the United States to research from other contexts. Students will be evaluated based on weekly individual and/or group projects, preparation to discuss weekly readings; participation in class; and a take-home final essay.

PSC/IR 253 Comparative Political Parties

Bonnie M. Meguid
Spring 2018 ("W" Optional) — T 12:30-15:15
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New Political Science Track: Elections and GovernmentTeam Learning
New International Relations Track: Governance of Nations
Old Political Science Field: Comparative Politics
Old International Relations Track: Governance of Nations (C)

This seminar examines the nature of political parties and political competition across democracies in the developed and developing worlds. Issues analyzed include the formation of different types of parties, their role in agenda-setting, policy-making and representation, and their transformation in the post-World War II era.

PSC/IR 255 Poverty and Development

Anderson Frey
Spring 2018 ("W" Optional)
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New Political Science Track: Political Economy and Development
New International Relations Track: Politics, Policy, and Development
Old Political Science Field: Comparative PoliticsInternational Relations
Old International Relations Track: Political Economy and Development (B)

Why are some countries poor, while others enjoy a high standard of living? Why some enjoy stability and freedoms, while others suffer with corruption, repression and violence? Why countries stagnate or decline in their economic development. This course is designed to provide a broad theoretical framework for thinking about these problems, focusing on the political and institutional causes of differences in economic development across countries. Topics include the role of political systems, leaders, and institutions in economic growth. The relationship between development and ethnic and class conflict, corruption, culture, the organization of state, electoral rules, and democratization. The role of Western intervention in the developing world, from slavery to modern foreign aid.

PSC/IR 278 Foundations of Modern International Politics

Hein Goemans
Spring 2018 ("W" Optional) — TR 15:25-18:05
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New Political Science Track: Data and ModelingWar, Violence, and Cooperation
New International Relations Track: Peace and Conflict
Old Political Science Field: International Relations
Old International Relations Track: Global Security (A)

The bargaining model of war is the main theoretical tool in the study of international conflict these days. But the model brackets, i.e., ignores, the question of what gets put on the bargaining table in the first place, and what leaders and states choose not to contest. In this course, we examine the issues states fight over from both a historical as well as contemporary perspective. The course will involve some basic new analytical tools such as GIS (Geographical Information Systems) and some very basic data analysis.

PSC 284 Democratic Theory

James Johnson
Spring 2018 ("W" Optional) — TR 12:30-13:45
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New Political Science Track: Philosophy, Law, and Public Policy
Old Political Science Field: Political Philosophy

This advanced undergraduate course in political theory focuses on various topics in democratic theory such as the relation between democracy and other basic political principles (liberty, equality, justice), whether democratic institutions should best be aggregative or deliberative, and the role of referenda, lotteries and new telecommunications technology in democratic decision-making. Readings are drawn from both advocates and critics of democratic politics and will encompass historical and contemporary theorists. The class format will combine lecture and discussion.

PSC 288 Game Theory

Tasos Kalandrakis
Spring 2018 — MW 15:25-16:40
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New Political Science Track: Data and Modeling
Old Political Science Field: Positive Theory

Game theory is a systematic study of strategic situations. It is a theory that helps us analyze economic and political strategic issues, such as behavior of individuals in a group, competition among firms in a market, platform choices of political candidates, and so on. We will develop the basic concepts and results of game theory, including simultaneous and sequential move games, repeated games and games with incomplete information. The objective of the course is to enable the student to analyze strategic situations on his/her own. The emphasis of the course is on theoretical aspects of strategic behavior, so familiarity with mathematical formalism is desirable.

PSC 304 Urban Crime and Justice

Craig Doran
Spring 2018 — T 16:50-18:05
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New Political Science Track: Philosophy, Law, and Public PolicyTeam Learning
Old Political Science Field: Associated Courses

This course offers a unique opportunity for students to engage critically with justice in courthouses in local communities. Students will participate in hands-on experiential work in a selected area of focus at the Monroe County Courthouse in Rochester. Areas of focus to choose from include adult criminal justice, juvenile justice, treatment courts, domestic violence court, court-community partnerships, or equity disparities in the court. Weekly class meetings include university faculty and Judge Craig Doran, Chief Supervising Judge of all courts in the region, who share their perspectives, research, and experience on the matters addressed by students at the courthouse. This provides students with immediate immersion in both the theoretical and practical applications of justice in society. This course requires students spend 6 hours per week at the Monroe County Courts at the Hall of Justice in Rochester.

PSC 405 Linear Models

Kevin A. Clarke
Spring 2018 — TR 15:25-16:40
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Old Political Science Field: Techniques of Analysis

In this course, we will examine the linear regression model and its variants. The course has two goals: (1) to provide students with the statistical theory of the linear model, and (2) to provide students with skills for analyzing data. The linear model is a natural starting point for understanding regression models in general, inferences based on them, and problems with our inferences due to data issues or to model misspecification. The model's relative tractability has made it an attractive tool for political scientists, resulting in volumes of research using the methods studied here. Familiarity with the linear model is now essentially required if one wants to be a consumer or producer of modern political science research.

PSC 408 Positive Political Theory

Tasos Kalandrakis
Spring 2018 — MW 9:00-10:30
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Old Political Science Field: Positive Theory

This course is part of a rigorous introduction to the main concepts and results in positive political theory. It is the second half of a two-course sequence consisting of PSC 407 and PSC 408. This course will focus on the basics of game theory, which analyzes individual behavior in strategic situations. It will also cover the mathematical tools required to express the theory. Examples and applications will be drawn from several different areas in political science, including the American Congress, voting, international relations, political economy, and law.

PSC 480 Scope of Political Science

Bethany Lacina
Spring 2018 — F 9:30-12:00
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Old Political Science Field: Political Philosophy

The aim of the seminar is to encourage students to examine political science in a reflective, disciplined, critical way. It is primarily designed for entering Ph.D. students, but may be appropriate for undergraduate seniors considering graduate work in political science. We use basic concepts in the philosophy of science to explore a range of specific examples of research in the discipline with the aim of discerning more clearly what it means to say that social and political inquiry is scientific. The discussion covers the strengths and weaknesses of a variety of tools of empirical social science.

PSC 504 Causal Inference

Anderson Frey
Spring 2018 — TR 11:05-12:20
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Old Political Science Field: Techniques of Analysis

The goal of this course is to give students a comprehensive toolbox for reading and producing cutting-edge applied empirical research, with focus on the theory and practice behind causal inference in social sciences. We will cover treatment effects, experiments, panel data, differences-in-differences, instrumental variables, nonparametric regression, regression discontinuity, matching, synthetic control, and more. Students will read applied papers from both political science and economics, and write review reports examining research designs, identification strategies, and causal claims. They will also produce research proposals that will be presented in class. Applications will be taught with R.

PSC 523 American Politics Field Seminar

Lynda W. Powell, Mary A. Kroeger
Spring 2018 — M 11:00-13:45
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Old Political Science Field: American Politics

This seminar will introduce you to classic as well as contemporary research in American politics. We will discuss the literature both in political institutions (e.g., Congress) and in political behavior (e.g., voting). By covering an array of topics in these areas, the course will provide a foundation for developing a comprehensive understanding of the field and the various directions in which it is now moving.

PSC 550 Comparative Politics Field Seminar

G. Bingham Powell, Jr., Gretchen Helmke
Spring 2018 — T 12:30-15:15
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Old Political Science Field: Comparative Politics

This course is the required field seminar for the comparative politics field of the Ph.D. program. Comparative politics is a field that attempts to develop and test theories that can be used to explain political events and patterns across and within political systems, especially nation-states outside the United States. The course is designed to introduce students to classic and contemporary works across a range of topic including: democracy, dictatorship and development; revolutions and violence; culture and social movements; parties and electoral systems; representation and accountability; institutions of governance and political economy. It will also introduce various methodological approaches and issues in the comparative field, including research design and case selection. The reading load is heavy and students are expected to make several presentations and lead discussion of readings, as well as to take two exams. Undergraduates may on enroll only with consent of the instructors.

PSC 576 Graduate Research Seminar

Scott Abramson, Lawrence Rothenberg
Spring 2018 — W 14:00-16:40
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PSC 577 Theories of Conflict

Mark Fey, Hein Goemans
Spring 2018 — M 14:00-16:40
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Old Political Science Field: International Relations

This course examines the literature on conflict that has developed in the last decade. We will examine recent formal literature as well as the latest substantive (non-formal) literature on conflict. The course will help graduate students identify the broad direction of international conflict studies and will also permit graduate students to pursue topics or ideas of their own interest. To that end, we set aside two classes for "model building sessions" where students can explore approaches to formalize some of the ideas in the substantive literature, or explore extensions of the current formal literature. Students should have taken or be concurrently taking PSC 584 or have an equivalent knowledge of complete and incomplete information game theory.

PSC 586 Political Economy II


Spring 2018
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Old Political Science Field: Positive Theory

Social networks pervade political and economic life. They shape how we acquire political knowledge, how we discover job opportunities, and how we shape and maintain norms. The multitude of ways that networks affect the world make it critical to understand how network structures impact behavior, which network structures are likely to emerge, and why we organize ourselves as we do. Drawing on a wide variety of fields, this course will review the literature, both theoretical and empirical, on social, economic, and political networks. Topics will include basic network structures, network formation, games on networks, learning, diffusion, and methods for network analysis.

International Relations

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PSC/IR 101 Introduction to Comparative Politics

G. Bingham Powell, Jr.
Spring 2018 — MWF 10:25-11:15
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New Political Science Track: Elections and Government
New International Relations Track: Governance of Nations
Old Political Science Field: Comparative PoliticsIntroductory Courses
Old International Relations Track: Governance of Nations (C)

This course is an introduction to the study of political science and comparative politics. It focuses on how citizens may be able to control public policies in different modern democracies. The course begins by applying some of these ideas briefly to the American political system. It then turns explicitly to the politics of contemporary Britain, Russia and Germany, examining the political culture, the basic institutional arrangements, the party system, the voters' choices, and the policymaking system in each country. These systems will be compared to each other, to the United States and, occasionally, to other democracies. This course is recommended for those thinking about a major, minor, or cluster in political science, or international relations, and others who are simply interested in learning more about the politics of democracies.

PSC/IR 102 Intro to Political Economy of Development

Randall Stone
Spring 2018 — M 10:25-11:40
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New Political Science Track: Political Economy and DevelopmentWar, Violence, and Cooperation
New International Relations Track: Peace and ConflictPolitics, Policy, and Development
Old Political Science Field: International Relations
Old International Relations Track: Political Economy and Development (B)

IR 231 Cold War

Annamaria Orla-Bukowska
Spring 2018
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New Political Science Track: War, Violence, and Cooperation
New International Relations Track: Peace and Conflict
Old Political Science Field: Associated Courses
Old International Relations Track: Global Security (A)

PSC/IR 239 International Environmental Law

Terry Noto
Spring 2018 — MW 14:00-15:15
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New Political Science Track: Philosophy, Law, and Public PolicyPolitical Economy and Development
New International Relations Track: Governance of NationsPolitics, Policy, and Development
Old Political Science Field: Associated Courses
Old International Relations Track: Global Security (A)Governance of Nations (C)

An examination of international environmental law and policy with a special focus on efforts to address climate change. This course serves as a companion to PSC 246, but PSC 246 is not a prerequisite. The goal of this course is to provide a foundational understanding of this rapidly developing, controversial field. Topics include consideration of the scientific, political, and economic drivers of international environmental law; the variety of tools (e.g., treaties, agreements, "soft law," voluntary incentive programs and market based approaches); and examples of how some international environmental issues have been addressed to date. Finally, we will examine the 2015 Paris Climate Change Accord, subsequent developments and international efforts to get closer to a "grand climate solution." This course will be taught through lectures, discussion, several concise papers, and a group discussion and project(s).

IR 249 Israel/Palestine

Aaron Hughes
Spring 2018
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New Political Science Track: War, Violence, and Cooperation
New International Relations Track: Governance of NationsPeace and Conflict
Old Political Science Field: Associated Courses
Old International Relations Track: Global Security (A)Governance of Nations (C)

This course will provide a non-partisan introduction to the conflict between these two national movements. Discussion will focus on an examination of historical documents, in addition to understanding of how it plays out in literature and film.

PSC/IR 251 Authoritarianism

Jack Paine
Spring 2018 ("W" Optional) — TR 11:05-13:45
Display Tracks: New or Old
New Political Science Track: Elections and GovernmentPolitical Economy and Development
New International Relations Track: Governance of NationsPolitics, Policy, and Development
Old Political Science Field: Comparative Politics
Old International Relations Track: Governance of Nations (C)

Despite three waves of democratization, many countries around the world are still governed by leaders who hold power by means other than free and fair elections. In this course we will examine topics including how authoritarian regimes survive, the conditions under which they democratize, and their human welfare consequences. We will cover historical authoritarian cases such as twentieth-century communist and fascist regimes, and current authoritarian regimes in China, the Middle East, and Africa. The course will cover political science theories of authoritarian regimes and individual country case studies. Class will be conducted in a weekly discussion format.

PSC/IR 252 Ethnic Politics

Bethany Lacina
Spring 2018 ("W" Optional) — W 14:00-16:40
Display Tracks: New or Old
New Political Science Track: Elections and GovernmentWar, Violence, and Cooperation
New International Relations Track: Governance of NationsPeace and Conflict
Old Political Science Field: Comparative PoliticsInternational Relations
Old International Relations Track: Governance of Nations (C)

This course takes up three questions: What is ethnicity and when is it politically important? How does ethnic politics matter for economic outcomes? What is the relationship between ethnic politics and political violence? Class materials will include theoretical accounts of ethnic politics and research from a variety of countries, including Nigeria, India, Thailand, Syria, France, and the United States. One of the themes of the course will be comparing research on ethnic politics conducted in the United States to research from other contexts. Students will be evaluated based on weekly individual and/or group projects, preparation to discuss weekly readings; participation in class; and a take-home final essay.

PSC/IR 253 Comparative Political Parties

Bonnie M. Meguid
Spring 2018 ("W" Optional) — T 12:30-15:15
Display Tracks: New or Old
New Political Science Track: Elections and GovernmentTeam Learning
New International Relations Track: Governance of Nations
Old Political Science Field: Comparative Politics
Old International Relations Track: Governance of Nations (C)

This seminar examines the nature of political parties and political competition across democracies in the developed and developing worlds. Issues analyzed include the formation of different types of parties, their role in agenda-setting, policy-making and representation, and their transformation in the post-World War II era.

PSC/IR 255 Poverty and Development

Anderson Frey
Spring 2018 ("W" Optional)
Display Tracks: New or Old
New Political Science Track: Political Economy and Development
New International Relations Track: Politics, Policy, and Development
Old Political Science Field: Comparative PoliticsInternational Relations
Old International Relations Track: Political Economy and Development (B)

Why are some countries poor, while others enjoy a high standard of living? Why some enjoy stability and freedoms, while others suffer with corruption, repression and violence? Why countries stagnate or decline in their economic development. This course is designed to provide a broad theoretical framework for thinking about these problems, focusing on the political and institutional causes of differences in economic development across countries. Topics include the role of political systems, leaders, and institutions in economic growth. The relationship between development and ethnic and class conflict, corruption, culture, the organization of state, electoral rules, and democratization. The role of Western intervention in the developing world, from slavery to modern foreign aid.

PSC/IR 278 Foundations of Modern International Politics

Hein Goemans
Spring 2018 ("W" Optional) — TR 15:25-18:05
Display Tracks: New or Old
New Political Science Track: Data and ModelingWar, Violence, and Cooperation
New International Relations Track: Peace and Conflict
Old Political Science Field: International Relations
Old International Relations Track: Global Security (A)

The bargaining model of war is the main theoretical tool in the study of international conflict these days. But the model brackets, i.e., ignores, the question of what gets put on the bargaining table in the first place, and what leaders and states choose not to contest. In this course, we examine the issues states fight over from both a historical as well as contemporary perspective. The course will involve some basic new analytical tools such as GIS (Geographical Information Systems) and some very basic data analysis.