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Political Science

Department of Political Science
Division of Social Sciences
Ellison Hall 3834
Telephone: (805) 893-3432
Undergraduate e-mail: polsinfo@polsci.ucsb.edu
Graduate e-mail: polsgrad@polsci.ucsb.edu
Website: www.polsci.ucsb.edu
Department Chair: Bruce Bimber


 

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POL S 1. Introduction to Political Philosophy
(4) DIGESER, NORRIS
An introduction to central texts and problems of political philosophy with an emphasis on such concepts as liberty, equality, authority, justice, and obligation.
POL S 6. Introduction to Comparative Politics
(4) BRUHN
Introduction to the workings of various political systems with an emphasis on governmental institutions and political processes. Comparison of political systems using some of the basic concepts of political analysis.
POL S 7. Introduction to International Relations
(4) RAUCHHAUS
An introduction to the basic concepts, theories, and problems of international relations; balance of power, deterrence, the states system, imperialism, realism, idealism, levels of explanation, war and peace.
POL S 12. American Government and Politics
(4) BIMBER, SMITH
Political ideas, institutions, and processes of American government. The role of congress and the president in policy formation and of the supreme court in interpreting the constitution.
POL S 15. Introduction to Research in Political Science
(5) GLASGOW, STOLL, WEATHERFORD
Enrollment Comments: Quarters usually offered: Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall. Designed for majors. Quarters usually offered: Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall. Not open to students who have completed Political Science 104, 104A and 104AL.
An introduction to the design and evaluation of political research, from formulating clear questions and gathering appropriate data, to the use of simple statistical techniques for analyzing data and presenting evidence.
POL S 98. Readings in Political Science
(1-4) STAFF
Prerequisite: Consent of instructor and department.
Enrollment Comments: Students are limited to 5 units per quarter and 30 units in all 98/99/198/199/199AA-ZZ courses combined.
Critical reviews and discussions of related topics in political science.
POL S 99. Introduction to Research
(1-4) STAFF
Prerequisite: Consent of instructor and department.
Enrollment Comments: Students must have a minimum 3.0 GPA for the preceding 3 quarters and are limited to 5 units per quarter and 30 units total in all 98/99/198/199/199AA-ZZ courses combined.
Independent research under the guidance of a faculty member in the department. Course offers exceptional students the opportunity to undertake independent research or work in a research group.
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POL S 105. Theories of Comparative Politics
(4) FREEMAN
Prerequisite: Political Science 6.
A comparison of federalism, political parties, and executive leadership in different countries. A core course generally recommended, and in some cases required, for advanced work in comparative government.
POL S 106AAZZ. Special Topics in Political Science
(4) STAFF
Prerequisite: Upper-division standing.
Enrollment Comments: May be repeated for credit provided letter designations are different.
Lectures in special areas of interest in political science. Specific coursetitles to be announced by the department each quarter offered.
POL S 106AB. Special Topics in Political Science
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POL S 108. Politics and Literature
(4) BRUHN, NORRIS
This course will explore problems concerning alienation, obligation, power,freedom, and fulfillment as treated by ancient and modern authors.
POL S 109. Revolution and Mass Movement
(4) STAFF
Prerequisite: Political Science 6.
Analyzing the dynamics of revolution from the French and Soviet to contemporary revolutions in Asia, Latin America and the Middle East.
POL S 110AAZZ. Political Concepts
(4) DIGESER, NORRIS
Prerequisite: Political Science 1.
Enrollment Comments: Can be repeated for additional credit, provided letter designations are different.
Introduction to some of the main concepts of political theory, such as the individual and the state, freedom and equality, political obligation, and their relevance to modern society and government.
POL S 110AA. Political Concepts
POL S 110J. Political Concepts
POL S 110PA. Political Concepts
POL S 110PC. Political Concepts
POL S 110PO. Political Concepts
POL S 114. Democracy and Diversity
(4) DIGESER, BARVOSA
Prerequisite: Chicana/o Studies 1B or Political Science 1.
Introduction to the ancient and modern models of democracy which underpin contemporary democratic life. An analysis of the philosophical bases of democracy, diversity, political obligation, equality, liberty, consent, representation, and rights.
POL S 115. Courts, Judges and Politics
(4) STAFF
Prerequisite: Political Science 12.
The role and significance of the judiciary in the American political system. Such questions as: how cases go through the courts, how "interests" are represented through litigation, the processes by which judges are recruited, and the "independence" of the judiciary will be explored. The course will also entail an exploration of how judges reach decisions and the impacts and consequences of those decisions. The emphasis will be largely on the federal courts, especially the U.S. Supreme Court, and the main focus will be on "public," rather than "private" law.
POL S 116. The Political Consequences of Electoral Laws
(4) STOLL
Prerequisite: Political Science 15 or 104 or Sociology 3 or 104A or Psychology 5 or Communications 88.
Survey of the electoral systems in use throughout the world; their relationships with other political institutions, such as the system of government; and their effects upon political competition, democratic representation and policy outcomes.
POL S 118. Comparative Ethnic Politics
(4) KAPLAN
Prerequisite: Political Science 6 or 7.
Examination of the political consequences of ethnicity. Theoretical approaches to issues addressing problems of multiethnic states in the developing world, and the successor states of the Soviet Union.
POL S 119AAZZ. Ethical Issues in International Relations
(4) DIGESER
Prerequisite: Political Science 1 and 7.
Enrollment Comments: Can be repeated for additional credit, provided letter designations are different.
Repeat Comments: May be repeated for additional units of credit as long as letter designations are different.
An examination of the possibility and desirability of normative international political theory and an exploration of the moral dimensions of statecraft; use of force, nuclear deterrence, humanitarian intervention,distributive justice, and human rights.
POL S 119AA. Ethical Issues in International Relations
POL S 119JW. Ethical Issues in International Relations
POL S 121. International Politics
(4) RAUCHHAUS
Prerequisite: Political Science 7.
An examination of theories concerning the actions, interactions, and relationships among nation-states.
POL S 124. International Organization
(4) STAFF
Prerequisite: Political Science 7.
The nature and function of international organization, including a study ofthe United Nations and the European community.
POL S 126. International Security
(4) NARANG
Prerequisite: Political Science 7 or 121.
Examines how states use diplomacy, strategic coercion, and military forceto achieve political objectives.
POL S 127. American Foreign Policy
(4) MCDERMOTT, RAUCHHAUS
Prerequisite: Political Science 7.
The United States in world politics. Policy making institutions, particularly the presidency, congress, state department, and the military establishment. Interaction between domestic and external politics.
POL S 128. Russian Foreign Policy
(4) KAPLAN
Prerequisite: Political Science 6 or 7.
Examination of recent work on foreign policies of Russia, with attention to methodological and substantive issues. Topics include: strategic theory, East-West relations, trade and the monetary system, and relations among states of the former Soviet Union.
POL S 130. Politics of South Asia
(4) AHUJA
Prerequisite: Political Science 6.
South Asia is home to 1.5 billion people and its politics has important implications for the rest of the world. This course is structured around several themes including: democratization, economic development, ethnic conflict and civil war.
POL S 132. Politics of the Poor
(4) AHUJA
Prerequisite: Political Science 6.
By drawing on examples from industrializing and post- industrial countries, we will examine a variety of aspects related to the politics of the poor. Some questions we will grapple with include: What does it mean to be poor? How economically and socially disadvantaged people resist oppression; how attempts at organizing these people succeed or fail; how the poor engage with democratic reforms; and why the democratic system fails them.
POL S 134. Relations Between the United States and Mexico
(4) BRUHN
Prerequisite: Political Science 6 or 7.
A general examination of relations between the United States and Mexico in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Emphasis on issues such as the origins of conflict and cooperation, and current issue areas including immigration.
POL S 135. Government and Politics of Japan
(4) FREEMAN
Prerequisite: Political Science 6.
The organization and operation of Japanese politics, with particular attention to domestic political forces and problems.
POL S 136. Government and Politics of China
(4) STAFF
The ideology, structure, and functions of the Chinese political system, with emphasis on the nation-building process under the communist regime.
POL S 137. Politics of Economic Development
(4) AHUJA
Prerequisite: Political Science 6.
An exploration of the difference between economic growth and economic development. Why do some countries develop faster than others? The course will reflect on the political factors that impact a state's economic development, including order and violence, historical and contemporary institutions, collective action, culture, ethnic diversity, rural-urban linkages,international trade and foreign aid.
POL S 141. Politics of Germany
(4) STAFF
Prerequisite: Political Science 6.
The political culture, history, political and social forces, and governmental organization of Western and Eastern Germany.
POL S 142. British Politics
(4) STAFF
Prerequisite: Political Science 6.
The political culture, history, institutions, and behavior of Great Britain.
POL S 143. Russian Domestic Policy
(4) KAPLAN
Prerequisite: Political Science 6; not open to freshmen.
The course examines the basic characteristics of the Soviet ancient regime and the forces and institutions which shaped the emerging states and societies. Topics include: parliamentary and economic systems, political parties, interest groups, ethnicity, legitimacy, sovereignty and inter-state relations.
POL S 146. Globalization and Politics
(4) STAFF,
Prerequisite: Political Science 6 or 7; upper-division standing.
An examination and assessment of theories of globalization in relation to the distribution of political power on a global scale, future scenarios of global political domination, and the role of the nation-state in the international system of power.
POL S 147. Third World Politics
(4) BRUHN
Prerequisite: Political Science 6.
A comparative analysis of the political system of a selected number of African, Asian and Middle Eastern countries, with particular development and modernization common to all of them.
POL S 148A. Latin American Politics
(4) BRUHN
Prerequisite: Political Science 6
A comparative study of state formation, globalization, colonialism and political change in Latin America.
POL S 149. Israeli Politics
(4) STOLL
Prerequisite: Political Science 6; not open to freshmen.
Recommended Preparation: Background in the history and politics of the Middle East, such as that obtained in Political Science 150A.
An introduction to the politics of Israel. Examines both Israeli domesticpolitics and Israel in comparative perspective.
POL S 150A. Politics of the Middle East
(4) BOURAAD-NASH
The development of governmental institutions and political forces in the postcolonial era. Emphasis on relationships between ideology, cultural dynamics, and politics, including examination of inter-Arab conflict and the war in Lebanon.
POL S 151. Voting and Elections
(4) GLASGOW, SMITH
Prerequisite: Political Science 15 or 104 or 104A or Sociology 3 or Psychology 5 or Communications 88.
Introduction to elections and voting, primarily in the U.S. but also cross-nationally: The role of electoral rules, party competition and campaigns in determining voter turnout and choice; the effect of elections on public policy.
POL S 153. Political Interest Groups
(4) WEATHERFORD
Prerequisite: Political Science 12.
The nature and function of organized interest groups and their impact upon public opinion and government.
POL S 154. Public Opinion
(4) SMITH, WEATHERFORD
Prerequisite: Political Science 15 or 104 or Sociology 3 or 104A or Psychology 5 or Communications 88.
A study of the formation and nature of public opinion including: the public's political sophistication; the role of emotion in political thinking; nature of political culture; growth of political alienation and the forms of political participation.
POL S 155. Congress
(4) SMITH
Prerequisite: Political Science 12; concurrent enrollment in Political Science 155L.
The organization, operation, and politics of congress; problems of representation, leadership and relations with interest groups, the white house and the bureaucracy.
POL S 155L. Congress Simulation Lab
(2) SMITH
Prerequisite: Must be taken concurrently with Political Science 155.
A simulation of the U.S. House of Representatives designed to teach the operation and politics of Congress.
POL S 156. The Politics of the University of California
(4) MARQUEZ
Prerequisite: Upper-division standing.
Enrollment Comments: Open to non-majors. Designed for majors.
Students will learn the scope and breadth of the University of California as a public institution for higher learning, the circumstances and political dynamics that have affected the University of California over the past70 years or so. Students learn about California's public higher educationsystem and will understand the structural implications of how it operates in the service of the public.
POL S 157. The American Presidency
(4) WOOLLEY
Prerequisite: Political Science 15 or 104 or 104A or Sociology 3 or Psychology 5 or Communications 88 AND Political Science 12.
Analysis of the institution of the presidency, its functions, formal and informal relationships, and its limitations within the American political system. Emphasis on the dynamics of the presidency, including presidential personality, conceptions of role, impact of public opinion, and responses to changes in the environment.
POL S 158. Power in Washington
(4) STAFF
Prerequisite: Political Science 12 and upper-division standing.
An examination and assessment of the policy and political linkages between the White House and Capitol Hill decision making, legislative enactment, administrative implementation; the presidential establishment, bureaucratic politics and the politics of influence and access in Washington.
POL S 159. Sexuality, State Power, and the Military
(4) STAFF
How do groups in civil society try to capture state institutions and use those institutions to establish ideas about the normal and the deviant, rewarding some and not others? Case studies include gender, race, and sexuality in the military.
POL S 160. Asian American Politics
(4) LIEN
Prerequisite: Political Science 12 or Asian American Studies 1 or Asian American Studies 2.
Enrollment Comments: Open to non-majors. Designed for majors.
Survey of the historical and contemporary political experiences of Asian Americans and their pursuits for immigration, equality, citizenship, political identity, racial justice, cross-racial/ethnic coalition building and incorporation into the U. S. political system.
POL S 161. U. S. Minority Politics
(4) LIEN
Prerequisite: Political Science 12. Not open to freshmen.
A comparative study of recent literature on the historical and contemporary political experiences of the four major racial and ethnic minority groups (Blacks/African Americans, American Indians, Latinos/Hispanic Americans, and Asian Americans) and their interactions with the dominant racial group (non-Hispanic white Americans) in the U.S.
POL S 162. Urban Government and Politics
(4) STAFF
Prerequisite: Political Science 12.
Problems of politics and administration in urban and metropolitan areas.
POL S 167. Constitutional Law: The Bill of Rights
(4) STAFF
Prerequisite: Political Science 115.
The role of the Supreme Court as interpreter of First Amendment freedons ofexpression and conscience, with some attention to procedural guarantees.
POL S 169. Gender, Public Policy and the Courts
(4) BINION
Prerequisite: Political Science 115.
The role of the judiciary in determining the meaning of "sexual equality" within public policy at the state and federal levels of government.
POL S 170. Public Policy Analysis
(4) MCDONNELL, WOOLLEY
Prerequisite: Political Science 12.
The assumptions, goals, content, and consequences of selected domestic policies, concentrating on the period since 1960. Discussion of the nature of collective action, methods of policy analysis and evaluation, and problems of implementation.
POL S 171. Political Communication
(4) BIMBER, FREEMAN
The role of communication media in politics. How news is constructed andhow it shapes public opinion and citizens' perceptions of public life. The changing media environment and its influence on institutions and collective action.
POL S 172. Political Communication in the U.S.
(4) BIMBER
Political communication in the United States. Covering the interplay of news, social media, and other forms of communication with public opinion and political behavior.
POL S 173. Media and Politics in Comparative and Historical Perspective
(4) FREEMAN
Prerequisite: Upper-division standing.
A comparative examination across countries of the theory and history of media and politics.
POL S 175. Politics of the Environment
(4) SMITH
Prerequisite: Political Science 12 or Environmental Studies 3; upper-division standing.
Enrollment Comments: Same course as Environmental Studies 178.
Analysis of environmental policy issues and their treatment in the political process. Discussion of the interplay of substantive issues, ideology, institutions, and private groups in the development, management, protection, and preservation of natural resources and the natural environment.
POL S 177. Comparative Environmental Politics
(4) STAFF
Prerequisite: Environmental Studies 1 or Political Science 6
Enrollment Comments: Same course as Environmental Studies 177.
Course is structured around the major issues in environmental politics, forexample: global warming, nuclear waste, deforestation, and chemical pollution. The roles of economics, technology and social organization are eachconsidered as explanatory variables for understanding environmental problems.
POL S 180. Bureaucracy and Public Policy
(4) MCDONNELL
Prerequisite: Political Science 12.
The nature of American bureaucracy, its organization and culture and its role as a political institution.
POL S 182. Education Politics and Policy
(4) MCDONNELL
Prerequisite: Political Science 12; upper-division standing.
Federal, state and local institutions governing public elementary & secondary education in the U.S., focusing on the values and interests that define politics at each level. Analyzes school finance, curriculum and school choice policies.
POL S 185. Government and the Economy
(4) WOOLLEY
Prerequisite: Political Science 12; and Economics 1 and 2, or Economics 109.
Government's evolving role in economic life; the cultural, political, and philosophical setting of government-business relations; the maintenance and moderation of competition; the goals, methods, and politics of regulatory administration.
POL S 186. Introduction to International Political Economy
(4) COHEN
Enrollment Comments: Same course as Global Studies 123. Not open for credit to students who havecompleted Political Science 186A.
Introduction to the politics of international economic relations. Examination of alternative analytical and theoretical perspectives for their value in helping to understand and evaluate the historical development and currentoperation of the world economy.
POL S 187. Classical Political Theory
(4) DIGESER, NORRIS
Prerequisite: Political Science 1; upper-division standing.
A careful examination of major texts and thinkers in the ancient world and in medieval times.
POL S 188. Modern Political Theory
(4) DIGESER, NORRIS
Prerequisite: Political Science 1; upper-division standing.
Development of political ideas from the sixteenth century to the nineteenthcentury.
POL S 189. Recent and Contemporary Political Theory
(4) DIGESER, NORRIS
Prerequisite: Political Science 1.
A reconstruction of the contending theories of political order with which western intellectuals, from the nineteenth to the present century, have confronted an era of world historical changes.
POL S 192. Field Research in Political Science
(1-8) STAFF
Prerequisite: Upper-division standing; consent of department.
Enrollment Comments: Students must have a 3.0 grade-point-average.
Directed research on the political process through participant observation and relevant reading. Individually assigned, instructed, and supervised fieldwork. Students will examine first hand behavior in leading political roles in American politics.
POL S 194. Group Studies
(1-4) STAFF
Prerequisite: Consent of instructor; upper-division standing.
Enrollment Comments: Subject to departmental approval, students may repeat this course. Only 4 units may apply to the major.
Themes will vary according to instructor.
POL S 195. Honors Seminar
(4) STAFF
Prerequisite: Consent of instructor.
An intensive analysis of the approaches, problems, and methodologies of a particular subfield of political science.
POL S 196. Senior Seminar in Political Science.
(4) STAFF
Senior seminar in political science.
POL S 197A. Honors Thesis Seminar in Political Science
(4) STAFF
Prerequisite: Senior standing; consent of department.
Enrollment Comments: Students must have a 3.3 cumulative GPA and a 3.5 GPA in the major. A three-quarter in-progress course with the final grade issued upon completionof Political Science 197C. 197 A, B, C will apply toward the Electives area of the major. Upon petition, up to four units of the series may be applied toward the core concentration area.
Political Science 197A-B-C is a three quarter sequence course with the final grade issued upon completion of 197C. Honors students, in three-quarter sequence of seminars, write original theses under close faculty supervision.
POL S 197B. Honors Thesis Seminar in Political Science
(4) STAFF
Prerequisite: Senior standing; consent of department.
Enrollment Comments: Students must have a 3.3 cumulative GPA and a 3.5 GPA in the major. A three-quarter in-progress course with the final grade issued upon completionof Political Science 197C. 197 A, B, C will apply toward the Electives area of the major. Upon petition, up to four units of the series may be applied toward the core concentration area.
Political Science 197A-B-C is a three quarter sequence course with the final grade issued upon completion of 197C. Honors students, in three-quarter sequence of seminars, write original theses under close faculty supervision.
POL S 197C. Honors Thesis Seminar in Political Science
(4) STAFF
Prerequisite: Senior standing; consent of department.
Enrollment Comments: Students must have a 3.3 cumulative GPA and a 3.5 GPA in the major. A three-quarter in-progress course with the final grade issued upon completionof Political Science 197C. 197 A, B, C will apply toward the Electives area of the major. Upon petition, up to four units of the series may be applied toward the core concentration area.
Political Science 197A-B-C is a three quarter sequence course with the final grade issued upon completion of 197C. Honors students, in three-quarter sequence of seminars, write original theses under close faculty supervision.
POL S 197D. Senior Thesis in Political Science
(4) STAFF
Prerequisite: Senior standing; consent of department.
Enrollment Comments: Students must have a 3.0 GPA. Students may take this in-progress graded sequence for either two or three quarters with 197F designated as the final quarter.
Selected seniors pursue individual, significant research projects under close supervision of faculty readers.
POL S 197E. Senior Thesis in Political Science
(4) STAFF
Prerequisite: Senior standing; consent of department.
Enrollment Comments: Students must have a 3.0 GPA. Students may take this in-progress graded sequence for either two or three quarters with 197F designated as the final quarter.
Selected seniors pursue individual, significant research projects under close supervision of faculty readers.
POL S 199. Independent Studies in Political Science
(1-5) STAFF
Prerequisite: Upper-division standing; completion of two prior upper-division courses in political science; major in political science; consent of department.
Enrollment Comments: Students must have a 3.0 GPA for the prior 3 quarters and are limited to 5 units per quarter and 30 units total in all 8/99/198/199/199AA-ZZ courses combined. No more than 8 units of Political Science 199 may count toward completion of the major requirements.
Independent studies in political science.
POL S 199RA. Independent Research Assistance in Political Science
(1-5) STAFF
Prerequisite: Upper-division standing; completion of 2 upper-division courses in politicascience; consent of instructor and department.
Enrollment Comments: Students must have a minimum 3.0 GPA for the preceding 3 quarters and arelimited to 5 units per quarter and 30 units total in all 98/99/198/199/199AA-ZZ courses combined.
Coursework shall consist of faculty supervised research assistance.
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POL S 204. Research Design and Data Collection
(4) JENNINGS
This course is an introduction to empirical research in political science with an emphasis on design and data collection. Stress is placed on eclecticism and demonstration by example.
POL S 205. Political Research Methods I
(4) STOLL
An introduction to quantitative political methodology, ranging from probability theory to the basic multivariate linear regression model. Emphasisis placed on the use of statistical software to implement the statisticalmodels covered.
POL S 206. Political Research Methods II
(4) GLASGOW
Prerequisite: Graduate standing; introductory statistics and social scientific research methods.
An introduction to discrete choice models estimated via maximum likelihood techniques. Emphasis is placed on the use of statistical software to implement the statistical models covered.
POL S 207. Advanced Political Research Methods
(4) GLASGOW
Prerequisite: Graduate standing; introductory statistics, social scientific research methods; and Political Science 206.
Advanced techniques of multivariate analysis. Topics determined by students' interest.
POL S 215. The American Governmental Process
(4) WOOLLEY, WYNER
An examination of basic aspects of american national government, with primary attention to important contemporary literature on the subject.
POL S 225. International Relations
(4) NARANG
Basic factors shaping the political conflicts and accommodations among nations. Major attention to basic literature on the subject matter.
POL S 226. Seminar on International Economics for Non-Economists
(4) COHEN
Prerequisite: No prior training in the discipline of economics is required.
Introduction to the basic elements of international economic theory. Topicsinclude the balance of payments and commericial policy, the global monetaryand trading systems, international investment, and north-south economic relations.
POL S 230. Comparative Political Systems
(4) LOPEZ-ALVES
A general survey of theories of comparative politics with some attention toconcrete applications and to comparative trends in other social sciences and history.
POL S 231. Comparative Methods
(4) BRUHN, KAPLAN
Focuses on the logic and design of comparative studies; evaluates the utiltiy of differing methods in relation to prominent research issues in the field.
POL S 232. Politics of Economic Development
(4) AHUJA
Prerequisite: Graduate standing; introductory statistics, social scientific research methods; and Political Science 206.
An exploration of the difference between economic growth and economic development. Why do some countries develop faster than others? The course will reflect on the political factors that impact a state's economic development, including order and violence, historical and contemporary institutions, collective action, culture, ethnic diversity, rural-urban linkages, international trade and foreign aid.
POL S 235. Comparative Political Institutions
(4) STOLL
Prerequisite: Graduate standing.
A survey of the major theoretical approaches to the study of political institutions, as well as of the major political institutions, such as the regime type and electoral system. The perspective is primarily comparative, but examples are also drawn from the American politics literature.
POL S 236. Democratization in Comparative Perspective
(4) BRUHN
Theoretical issues in research on democratization, emphasizing problems of transition and consolidation and methods of comparison of democratic transitions across regions.
POL S 237. Social Movements and Collective Action
(4) AHUJA, BRUHN, HAN, WEATHERFORD
An overview of theoretical and empirical literature dealing with social movements and collective action as it relates specifically to problems in popular organization. Readings demonstrate some empirical bias toward LatinAmerica, as well as the United States and Europe.
POL S 240. Seminar on Classical Political Thinkers
(4) ROBINSON
Prerequisite: Graduate standing.
An intensive examination of major texts and thinkers in the ancient world and in medieval times.
POL S 241. Seminar on Modern Political Thinkers
(4) DIGESER, NORRIS
Prerequisite: Graduate standing.
An intensive examination of major text and thinkers in modern times.
POL S 242. Seminar on Contemporary Political Thinkers
(4) DIGESER, NORRIS
Prerequisite: Graduate standing.
An intensive examination of major texts, thinkers and movements in the contemporary world.
POL S 243. Seminar in Political Concepts
(4) DIGESER
Concepts that are crucial to the analysis, understanding and transformationof political and social phenomena. The seminar will draw insights and examples from the classical and contemporary literature, the present and the future.
POL S 250. Seminar in Political Socialization
(4) JENNINGS
The development of political attitudes and behavior throughout the entire life cycle. Major foci of attention include the study of agents of politicalsocialization, the content of socialization, variations within and across political systems, and the impact of generational and historicaleffects.
POL S 251. Political Parties and Political Representation
(4) STOLL
Topics covered include the concept of political representation; the historical development of political parties and their role in providing representation; party systems; the relationship between party systems, policy outcomes and democracy; the representation of minorities; and problems in the study of representation. The perspective is primarily comparative but examples are also drawn from the American politics literature.
POL S 252. Seminar in Public Opinion and Political Participation
(4) SMITH, WEATHERFORD
Public opinion, elections, and other forms of participation are considered.Emphasis is on American politics, but theories and research are viewed in comparative perspective.
POL S 254. Seminar in the Legislative Process
(4) SMITH
An examination of a range of problems in the study of the organization, operation, and politics of american legislature ---especially the U.S. Congress.
POL S 256. The American Presidency
(4) WOOLLEY
This seminar provides an intensive survey of scholarly analysis of the presidency and the interaction of the president with other branches of the national government.
POL S 263. Race, Ethnicity and Gender in American Politics
(4) LIEN
This course examines the role of race, ethnicity and gender; their intersections in shaping the opportunity structures and behavioral outcomes of political participation and the incorporation of racial/ethnic minorities and women into the American political processes and institutions.
POL S 266. Contemporary Problems in American Government
(4) BIMBER
An in-depth look at current controversies and debates in research on American politics.
POL S 267. Political Communication
(4) BIMBER
Overview of political communication. Covers foundational topics such as political deliberation, agenda-setting, framing, selective exposure, and political advertising, as well as the changing structure of contemporary media and the role of digital media in politics.
POL S 270. Theoretical Issues in International Political Economy
(4) COHEN
Prerequisite: Political Science 225 or equivalent.
The focus of this seminar will be on theoretical issues at the leading edgeof contemporary scholarship in the field of international political economy. A principle objective will be to identify key elements of an agenda for future research.
POL S 273. International Political Economy
(4) COHEN
Prerequisite: Graduate standing.
Introduction to the politics of international economic relations. Alternative analytical and theoretical perspectives on actor behavior and system governance. Historical development and current operation of the world economy.
POL S 275. War, Diplomacy and International Security
(4) NARANG
The seminar will probe a variety of issues, theoretical and historical (plus quite a few contemporary ones), that touch on war, power, and security studies.
POL S 277. American Foreign Policy
(4) STAFF
Contemporary issues in U.S. foreign policy
POL S 280A. Domestic Politics of the Soviet Union and Successor States
(4) KAPLAN
Prerequisite: Political Science 230 or equivalent.
Domestic politics of the Soviet Union and successor states. Issues regularly included are: the process of political change, democratization, ethnic politics, political structure, and economic reform.
POL S 281. Comparative Ethnic Politics
(4) KAPLAN
Examines the political consequences of ethnicity and theoretical approachesinvolved in the study of ethnic politics. Issues addressing problems of multi-ethnic states will be examined in light of cases drawn from the industrialized democracies, developing world, and the successor states of the Soviet Union.
POL S 284.
(4) STAFF
POL S 286. Seminar in Japenese Politics
(4) FREEMAN
Structure and processes of policymaking in contemporary Japan, with focuson economic and social issues. policy issues and policymaking cases, probing both the formal and informal rules of the game, its major actors, andits beneficiaries and victims.
POL S 294. Environmental Politics and Policy
(4) SMITH
This seminar focuses on development of the environmental movement in American politics and the resulting institutional responses. Environmental policymaking and implementation is examined in light of relevant theories.Emergence of an environmental ethic in American politics is considered.
POL S 296.
(4) STAFF
Prerequisite: POLITICAL SCIENCE 203.
POL S 500. Practicum for Teaching Assistants
(2-4) STAFF
Designed to help teaching assistants learn effective teaching methods and techniques under faculty supervision. assignments normally include conducting discussion sections, grading examinations under the supervision of appropriate faculty members and discussion of relevant pedagogical problems.
POL S 501A. Teaching Assistant Training
(2) STAFF
Enrollment Comments: A two-quarter in-progress sequence course with grades for both quarters issued upon completion of Political Science 501B.
Designed to help graduate students prepare for future assignments as teaching assistants. Course work normally includes dis- cussions with faculty members and past or current teaching assistants, attendance at demonstration exercises, analysis of teacher performance with the use of audio-visual aids, etc.
POL S 501B. Teaching Assistant Training
(2) STAFF
Enrollment Comments: A two-quarter in-progress sequence course with grades for both quarters issued upon completion of Political Science 501B.
Designed to help graduate students prepare for future assignments as teaching assistants. Course work normally includes discussions with faculty members and past or current teaching assistants, attendance at demonstration exercises, analysis of teacher performance with the use of audio-visual aids, etc.
POL S 502. Practicum for Teaching Associates
(2-4) STAFF
Designed to help beginning teaching associates improve and refine their teaching methods, techniques and materials through discussions with appropriate members of the regular faculty. The format of the course may vary according to the specific needs of the teaching associates.
POL S 503. Directed Research
(2-4) STAFF
Students enrolled in this course will engage in research on relevant specialized subjects under the supervision of appropriate faculty members. Assignments normally include extensive work with the literature, participation infieldwork where appropriate, and assistance with preparation of professional papers.
POL S 504. Supervised Internship in Public Policy
(2-8) STAFF
This is a supervised internship designed to provide graduate students with a means to pursue research on the policymaking process through participation in the formulation and/or implementation of policy in the field.
POL S 594AAZZ. Special Topics
(1-4) STAFF
Special seminar on research subjects of current interest.
POL S 594BT. Special Topics
POL S 594CC. Special Topics
POL S 594CI. Special Topics
POL S 594CR. Special Topics
POL S 594CW. Special Topics
POL S 594EA. Special Topics
POL S 594ED. Special Topics
POL S 594EM. Special Topics
POL S 594GP. Special Topics
POL S 594ID. Special Topics
POL S 594M. Special Topics
POL S 594MD. Special Topics
POL S 594MP. Special Topics
POL S 594N. Special Topics
POL S 594NE. Special Topics
POL S 594NT. Special Topics
POL S 594PC. Special Topics
POL S 594PE. Special Topics
POL S 594PI. Special Topics
POL S 594PL. Special Topics
POL S 594PP. Special Topics
POL S 594QM. Special Topics
POL S 594RC. Special Topics
POL S 594RM. Special Topics
POL S 594RS. Special Topics
POL S 594SD. Special Topics
POL S 594SR. Special Topics
POL S 595A. Group Studies
(2) STAFF
Enrollment Comments: In-progress course with final grade issued upon completion of Political Science 595C.
Current topics in the field of political science.
POL S 595B. Group Studies
(2) STAFF
Enrollment Comments: In-progress course with final grade issued upon completion of Political Science 595C.
Current topics in the field of political science.
POL S 595C. Group Studies
(2) STAFF
Enrollment Comments: In-progress course with final grade issued upon completion of Political Science 595C.
Current topics in the field of political science.
POL S 596. Directed Reading and Research
(2-6) STAFF
Prerequisite: A written proposal for each tutorial must be approved by the instructor andthe department graduate advisor and filed with the department graduate offi
Individual tutorial.
POL S 597. Individual Study for Master's Comprehensive Examination and Ph.D Examinations
(1-12) STAFF
Individual study for Master's comprehensive examinations and Ph.D. examinations.
POL S 598. Master's Thesis Research and Preparation
(1-12) STAFF
Master's thesis research and preparation.
POL S 599. Ph.D. Dissertation Research and Preparation
(1-12) STAFF
Ph.D. dissertation research and preparation.

 
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POL SW 121. International Politics
(4) STAFF
Prerequisite: Political Science 7.
An examination of theories concerning the actions, interactions, and relationships among nation-states.