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GOVT 102 (3)
Intro to Political Theory
A study of both classical and contemporary political thought, with emphasis on relationships between classical theories and their modern foundations used in contemporary political analyses of socialist, democratic and totalitarian systems. Offered alternate years. This course cannot be taken on a P/CR/NC grading option. V1

GOVT 109 (3)
Introduction to International Politics
An analysis of national power, old and new imperialisms, and the impact of technological and ideological revolution on international relations. This course cannot be taken on a P/CR/NC grading option. V7

GOVT 122 (3)
Introduction to Comparative Politics
A study of the political systems that exist around the world, using India, China, France, Iran, and Nigeria as case studies. Institutions, political process, and distribution of power amond actors, as well as the role of religion, gender, and other influences are examined in depth. This course cannot be taken on a P/CR/NC grading option. V4, V

GOVT 150 (3)
Intro to American Government
Introduces the study of American government and politics using political science methods. Includes examination of political analysis models, authority systems, American political culture, U.S. constitutional origins, federalism, political parties, and elections. Also studies the influence of media and public opinion, while focusing on the president, Congress, and judiciary. Explores how courts interpret civil rights and liberties.

GOVT 159 (3)
Introduction to American Government
Introduces the study of American government and politics using political science methods. Includes examination of political analysis models, authority systems, American political culture. U.S. constitutional origins, federalism, political parties, and elections. Also studies the influence of media and public opinion, while focusing on the president, Congress, and judiciary. Explores how courts interpret civil rights and liberties. IIIW, V

GOVT 201 (3)
Government and Politics of East Asia
This course surveys the origins, institutions and policy processes of the major political systems of East Asia. Particular attention will be paid to the events and forces which shaped Chinese, Japanese and Korean politics in the 20th century as well as to the issues these politics must address in the future. V4, V

GOVT 213 (3)
Politics of Legal Order
Politics of the legal order will examine the civil and criminal legal process in the United States, with emphasis on the politics of law enforcement, prosecution, trial court adjudication, and punishment. Topics will include racial profiling, prosecutorial abuse, and the death penalty. This course cannot be taken on a Pass/Credit/No Credit grading option. V7

GOVT 224 (3)
Media and Politics
This course examines the role played by the traditional and "new" media in American government and politics. It focuses on the history of the media in the United States and how they play an increasingly powerful role in the dissemination of political information and the communication of images, as well as provide a conduit for citizen contact with government. Offered alternate years. V7

GOVT 229 (3)
Amer Politics & Popular Cultr
This course will examine the development of American politics and law through the lens of popular culture, from the colonial era to the present. Using novels, plays, movies, television, and other media, we will trace the development of myths and symbols that illuminate the transformation and development of the American state over time. Offered alternate years. This course cannot be taken on a P/CR/NC grading option. V7

GOVT 232 (3)
Women, Law, and Politics
This course explores how American women have participated in the legal and political systems to influence public policy related to education, health care, reproductive rights, employment, economic equity, and families. The course emphasizes case studies of gender law and women in public office. Offered alternate years. V7

GOVT 238 (3)
How Leaders Decide
This course examines factors that influence high-level decision-making in international politics. Students will consider factors that affect how decisions are made including cognition and affect, the nature of bureaucracy, the structure of the policymaking process, political ideology, and international communication. The course is balanced between theory and history, exploring specific historical examples of strategic decision-making in war and peace. Offered alternate years. This course cannot be taken on a P/CR/NC grading option. V7

GOVT 242 (3)
Identity Pol in Cross-Natl Prs
This course examines the causes and dynamics of conflict framed in terms of identity, e.g. race, language, religion. Why do groups choose to become violent? What accounts for the timing of outbreaks of violence? What role do political leaders play in contributing to or preventing violence? We will explore answers to these questions through case studies from around the world. V4

GOVT 261 (1)
Directed Study
Selected topics pursued by individual students or small groups of students under supervision of a member of the department.

GOVT 266 (3)
Democracy/Dictatrshp in Africa
Sub-Saharan Africa has had a tumultuous political history since independence. This course examines the rise and fall of democratic regimes throughout the continent, especially since the 1990s. We examine cases where democracy is firmly planted and others where it has not been attempted or has failed to take root to discover patterns in the conditions that favor democracy or dictatorship. Offered alternate years. This course cannot be taken on a P/CR/NC grading option.

GOVT 303 (3)
President
This course studies the American presidency, with emphasis on campaigns, elections, models of executive power and leadership, presidential character, decision-making in foreign and domestic policy, and relations with Congress, the judiciary, and the media. It uses historical and contemporary case studies. V7

GOVT 304 (3)
Congress
Studies the legislative process in the U.S. Congress with emphasis on election of members, internal distribution of power, behavior of legislators, interactions with other political institutions and the American polity and policy outcomes. Offered alternate years. V7

GOVT 309 (3)
International Law
The nature and modern sources of international law, the role of law in state decision-making, problems of legal jurisdiction, the protection of individual rights under international law and the legal means of controlling violence and war. Case studies are used to evaluate the operations of international law in contemporary world politics. Offered alternate years.

GOVT 312 (3)
American Political Development
The study of the American regime from the Revolution to the present. Particular focus will be on the evolution of the concepts of sovereignty, regulation, civil rights and civic obligations, within the context of the development of the American state. Offered alternate years. This course cannot be taken on a P/CR/NC grading option. IIIW, V

GOVT 315 (3)
Constitutional Law in the United States I
This course examines the evolving power of the nation's highest court, as well as the biographies and ideologies of its justices. It uses past and current legal controversies and cases to illustrate how the Court has interpreted the constitutional powers of the president, Congress, and states. The class also focuses on government regulation of commerce and social welfare. V7

GOVT 316 (3)
Constitutional Law in the United States II
This course examines the development of constitutional law in the U.S. Supreme Court's interpretation of the Bill of Rights, including religion, speech, and criminal justice. It studies the constitutional basis of equality in the Fourteenth Amendment and how the justices have applied it to race and gender. The class uses historical and contemporary legal cases and analyzes the Court's expansion/contraction of civil rights and liberties. V7

GOVT 318 (3)
Comparative Politics of Latin America
An introduction to the politics and government of the 20 Latin American republics. Special attention will be given to the political development of selected Latin American political systems. Offered alternate years. V4, V

GOVT 320 (3)
Politics of Africa
An examination of political life and development in sub-Saharan Africa in the post-colonial era, including discussions of economic development, democratization, conflict, and the role of the West. Offered alternate years. This course cannot be taken on a P/CR/NC grading option. V4, V

GOVT 322 (3)
The Conduct of United States Foreign Policy
A study of the formulation, conduct and content of contemporary United States foreign policy. V7

GOVT 329 (3)
Topics in Government
Topics will vary by semester. The course may be repeated for credit when the course content changes. This course cannot be taken on a P/CR/NC grading option. V7

GOVT 332 (3)
Terrorism and Insurgency
This course explores the causes of terrorism and insurgency. Conceptual and historical examinations of the subject will be followed by a consideration of the various sources of terrorism and insurgency including the psychological, social, religious, organizational, and strategic influences that generate transnational political violence. Students will examine contending arguments pertaining to effective counterterrorism and counterinsurgency policies. Offered alternate years. This course cannot be taken on a P/CR/NC grading option. V7

GOVT 335 (3)
Military Force in Intl Relatns
Why and how do states use military force? What factors best explain the origins of war? What are the alternatives to the use of force and when are they effective? This course examines critical issues in international security studies, striking a balance between the theory and history of war by examining case studies on the origins of war, up to the current war in Iraq. This course cannot be taken on a P/CR/NC grading option. V7

GOVT 339 (3)
Theories of Comparative Pol
How and why did the modern state emerge? Why do some states fare better than others economically? Why does democracy take root in some states but not in others? Why do some states experience violence and civil war? This course discusses other major questions, theories, and scholars of comparative politics. Offered alternate years. This course cannot be taken on a P/CR/NC grading option. V4

GOVT 342 (3)
Causes and Prevention of Civil War
Civil wars account for the vast majority of civilian deaths, forced displacement, and human rights atrocities that occur during conflict. This course examines and assesses the many competing theories of civil war, including economic, ethnic, religious, and ideological explanations. The course also addresses strategies for peacemaking and prevention of civil wars. V7

GOVT 345 (3)
International Conflict Resolution
This course assesses competing frameworks for resolving international conflict. Controversial issues include: the role of negotiation and mediation, how to deal with war criminals, tradeoffs between justice and peace, and military intervention to end a war. In addition to theory, the course evaluates the practical applications of peacemaking to current and past wars through case studies and simulations. This course cannot be taken on a P/CR/NC grading option. IIIW, V

GOVT 348 (3)
Environmental Law and Policymaking
Sub-Saharan Africa has had a tumultuous political history since independence. This course examines the rise and fall of democratic regimes throughout the continent, especially since the 1990s. We examine cases where democracy is firmly planted and others where it has not been attempted or has failed to take root to discover patterns in the conditions that favor democracy or dictatorship. Offered alternate years. This course cannot be taken on a P/CR/NC grading option. V4, V

GOVT 356 (3)
War and Peace in Africa
This course explores the circumstances under which peace or conflict prevails in sub-Saharan Africa. Students will examine the role of various factors, such as ethnic differences, control of natural resources, and diffusion, which lead to violent conflict. The course cannot be taken on a P/CR/NC grading option. V4, V

GOVT 361 (1)
Special Study
Selected topics pursued by individual students or small groups of students under supervision of a member of the department.

GOVT 377 (1)
Internship

GOVT 452 (3)
Senior Seminar in Government
Subjects and projects are determined by the interests and needs of the members of the group. Opportunity is given for independent work. IIIO, IIIW,V

GOVT 454 (3)
Senior Seminar in International Affairs
Supervised independent study, with emphasis on the correlation of different approaches to international affairs. IIIO, IIIW,V

GOVT 461 (1)
Independent Study
Special topics pursued by individual students under supervision.

GOVT 470 (3)
Junior Honors Research

GOVT 472 (3)
Senior Honors Thesis