Department of Political Science

Courses — Summer 2017

Political Science

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PSC/IR 101 Introduction to Comparative Politics

Sergio Ascencio Bonfil
Summer 2017 — MTWR 9:00-12:00
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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 domestic political institutions, processes, and outcomes across and within countries. The course surveys key concepts and major theoretical contributions in the field of comparative politics, including the challenges for democratization and democratic consolidation, the possibility of revolution, how countries vary in their political and electoral institutions and why these variations matter, and the power of social forces such as ethnicity, culture, and social capital. Country cases are drawn from different regions of the world and historical periods to ground students in the set of tools of comparative analysis.

PSC 105 Introduction to American Politics

Peter Bils
Summer 2017 — MTWR 13:00-16:00
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New Political Science Track: Elections and Government
Old Political Science Field: American PoliticsIntroductory Courses

What strategic decisions do members of Congress make to achieve their goals? How do political institutions affect policy outcomes? Drawing from political science research, as well as contemporary events, this course will introduce students to the foundations of American government and politics. Students will examine important political institutions and the linkage mechanisms that connect institutions, political actors, and ordinary American citizens. This course is appropriate for majors and non-majors with an interest in understanding how and why the American political system works as it does.

PSC/IR 106 Introduction to International Relations

Jeheung Ryu
Summer 2017 — MTWR 9:00-12:00
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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 RelationsIntroductory Courses
Old International Relations Track: Global Security (A)

This introductory course is designed to provide students with the history, background and analytical tools to understand and analyze contemporary international issues among states. The course will cover the wide range of issues involved in the field of international relations including the modern theoretical debates such as neorealism and neoliberalism, the causes and effects of international conflicts, and economic development and globalization. In addition, we will also explore important topics in the 21st century such as transnational terrorism, international law and human rights, global warming, financial crises, and the rise of China. The ultimate goal of this course is to develop critical thinking concerning issues in world politics.

PSC 394B European Political Internship Belgium

Lynda W. Powell
Summer 2017
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Old Political Science Field: Internship
Old International Relations Track: Governance of Nations (C)

May 19 - July 8
[G] Special application required.

PSC 394G European Political Internship Bonn, Germany

Lynda W. Powell
Summer 2017
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Old Political Science Field: Internship
Old International Relations Track: Governance of Nations (C)

June 19 - August 12
[G] Special application required.

PSC 394L UK Politics Internship London

Lynda W. Powell
Summer 2017
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Old Political Science Field: Internship
Old International Relations Track: Governance of Nations (C)

June 7 - July 29
[G] Special application required.

International Relations

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PSC/IR 101 Introduction to Comparative Politics

Sergio Ascencio Bonfil
Summer 2017 — MTWR 9:00-12:00
Display Tracks: New or Old
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 domestic political institutions, processes, and outcomes across and within countries. The course surveys key concepts and major theoretical contributions in the field of comparative politics, including the challenges for democratization and democratic consolidation, the possibility of revolution, how countries vary in their political and electoral institutions and why these variations matter, and the power of social forces such as ethnicity, culture, and social capital. Country cases are drawn from different regions of the world and historical periods to ground students in the set of tools of comparative analysis.

PSC/IR 106 Introduction to International Relations

Jeheung Ryu
Summer 2017 — MTWR 9:00-12:00
Display Tracks: New or Old
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 RelationsIntroductory Courses
Old International Relations Track: Global Security (A)

This introductory course is designed to provide students with the history, background and analytical tools to understand and analyze contemporary international issues among states. The course will cover the wide range of issues involved in the field of international relations including the modern theoretical debates such as neorealism and neoliberalism, the causes and effects of international conflicts, and economic development and globalization. In addition, we will also explore important topics in the 21st century such as transnational terrorism, international law and human rights, global warming, financial crises, and the rise of China. The ultimate goal of this course is to develop critical thinking concerning issues in world politics.