Political Science

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46.101 Introduction to American Politics Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 1243
Status Active

An introduction to the politics, structure, and behavior of the American National Political Community

46.105 Introduction to Public Policy Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 5570
Status Active

An introductory survey of the major forces and processes involved in the development of public policy; contemporary issues in public policy will also be considered.

46.110 Introduction to Politics Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 5571
Status Active

An introductory exploration of basic political concepts, ideologies, and themes. Stresses the importance of understanding politics for everyday life.

46.111 Election of 2012 Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 30408
Status Active

An examination of the American election process in this presidential election year. Attention especially is given to candidates, political issues, political parties, and financing, among other factors, within the process and their influence in the election outcome. Strengths and weaknesses of the election process and reform proposals and prospects will also be addressed.

46.112 Introduction to Comparative Political Systems Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 5572
Status Active

A cross-cultural analysis of various governmental systems; elements common to all forms of government are emphasized and variations among contemporary political systems are discussed. Balance between developed and Third World countries.

46.121 Introduction to International Relations Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 5573
Status Active

Surveys some recent methods and approaches used in the study of international politics and provides an introduction to current problems of foreign policies of major world powers.

46.125 Introduction to Peace and Conflict Studies Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 36942
Status Active

This course will focus on the causes of conflict, conflict resolution methods, and ways to sustain peace. The course will explain and define each of those areas. A mid-term will be administered to examine the students' grasp of the concepts and key terminology. The second part of the class will emphasize student participation and the application of concepts learned earlier in class. The final is a take home exam that will require the application of theory and praxis in the field of Peace and Conflict Studies.

46.175 Introduction to Environmental Politics Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 31964
Status Active

This course introduces major concepts in environmental politics to provide a comprehensive understanding of the formation of environmental policy in the United States. Throughout the course, particular attention is paid to the role of government and markets in creating environmental crises and shaping policy responses.

46.201 Introduction Political Analysis Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 5576
Status Active

Introduces the Political Science major to the scope of politics as a discipline. Highlights value questions through analysis of the political, socio-demographic and constitutional background of selected contemporary public issues and policies.

Pre/Co-Requisites: Pre-Req: Political Science Majors only.

46.210 Media & Politics Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 5583
Status Active

This course explores the role of the media in American politics and the role of politics in the American media including a survey of general approaches to media analysis and the history of mass communication.

46.218 Introduction to Politics and Sports Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 5586
Status Active

Analyzes the growing importance of sports in American life. Examines the psychological, political and social impact of sports on society. Discusses how sports have been shaped by such monumental events as war, the civil rights movement, and the changing economy.

46.222 Politics of the Internet Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 5588
Status Active

This course will examine the influence social media and web connectivity have had on political campaigns, campaign fundraising, political mobilization, and the recent proliferation of democratic movements.

46.230 Law and the Legal System Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 5590
Status Active

Presents an introduction to the nature of the legal process and the operation of the American legal system. Also discusses considerations of its political and social functions.

46.231 Introduction Political Thought Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 5591
Status Active

A critical survey of the history of Western political thought from Plato to the present.

46.235 Introduction to the Law and Politics of Constitutional Development Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 5592
Status Active

An introductory study of constitutional law and politics; analysis of constitutional doctrine and the American constitutional system, with emphasis on contemporary controversies.

46.251 Politics of Identity Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 30848
Status Active

This interdisciplinary course considers the way we construct self-identity through our affiliation with various cultural and political groups- from the"Red Sox nation" to linguistic, economic, nationalistic and ethnic groups. It examines the central role of nationalism; its symbols, traditions and expectations; the role of the media; and the benefits and risks of our allegiance to these groups.

46.253 Introduction to Public Administration and Policy Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 5597
Status Active

An examination of the little studied fourth branch of government. Bureaucratic power in the American political system is reconsidered.

46.265 State and Local Politics Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 5600
Status Active

Examination and study of politics and government at the state and local levels, with emphasis on Massachusetts and New England. Practitioners from state and local government will meet with the class.

46.301 Research Methods in Political Science Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 5605
Status Active

This is a course in designing Quantitative Research and applying statistics for Political Scientific.

Pre/Co-Requisites: Pre-Req: 46.201 Intro Political Analysis.

46.302 Research and Writing for Political Science Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 38655
Status Active

This course provides political science majors with opportunities to hone their research and writing skills. Students analyze representative scholarly and popular sources, explore writing for various venues; and practice editing and revising their work. With prior arrangements students may use this course to complete an honors thesis, pursue an independent research project, or revise and expand an especially promising research paper submitted in a previous course.

46.304 Politics of Development Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 5580
Status Active

This course considers the politics of the global development process, the actors involved and the contexts within which development occurs.

46.307 American Political Thought Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 5608
Status Active

A survey of the historical development of American political thought from the colonial era to the present.

46.309 Political Psychology Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 5610
Status Active

An in-depth examination of the acquisition and role of political attitudes, values, belief systems, and other psychological mechanisms in shaping political behavior and conflict.

46.310 'Isms' in American Politics Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 5611
Status Active

An examination of major ideological, philosophical and social currents.

Pre/Co-Requisites: Pre-Req: 42.101 College Writing I and 42.102 College Writing II.

46.313 Electoral Politics Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 37643
Status Active

This course will examine voting behavior in American elections: how voters make decisions, the changing nature of campaigns, the influence of money, media, and polling, and related matters.

46.314 Parties and Interest Groups Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 37644
Status Active

An examination of party systems and coalitions in the US, their changing nature over time, the history of realignment, and the relationship of parties to interest groups.

46.316 Politics and Film Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 5615
Status Active

Analysis of the role of film in creating, expressing, revealing, and responding to social and political ideas and values. Examines a variety of film and film styles and introduces students to elements of film theory, the theory of popular culture and the role of film in forming our ideas about the world.

46.319 Survey Research Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 38119
Status Active

The techniques, methods and uses of Survey Research in contemporary Politics and Policy.

46.320 Gender Law and Politics Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 5617
Status Active

Explores legal constructions of gender by examining Supreme Court cases, federal legislation, historical documents, news stories, and scholarly essays on sexual inequality in the United States. Topics include the evolution of the family as a legal (and illegal) reality; political regulation of reproduction and sexual activity; feminist critiques of economic inequality; the rise and fall of affirmative action; the changing role of gender in class consolidation; and ongoing debates about the relationships between public and private life.

46.321 Soccer and Politics Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 36431
Status Active

This course analyzes the social, political and business aspects of the World Cup, the most popular sporting event in the world. The course will study the evolution of the World Cup, from the 1930's when fascist regimes used the Cup to buttress their doctrines to the emergence of new soccer powers like the U.S.

46.323 Politics and Baseball Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 36432
Status Active

Introductory look at the interaction between the world of baseball and the social and political structures which influence the sport.

46.324 Politics of Football Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 36433
Status Active

How the rise of pro football's popularity reflects changes in American society during the 20th century. An examination of how politics, economics and television created a sport that has become an American obsession, and some argue, a new religion.

46.327 The Dynamics of Sexual Politics Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 5621
Status Active

Starting with the constructionist approach of analyzing the sexual dynamics of ancient civilizations, we will expose how sex has been used as a political tool to further the cause of unrelated agendas, how attitudes about sex have changed from Greco-Roman times to the 1960's sexual revolution, culminating in the current political debate about Vermont's civil union laws. Join us in this academic endeavor to understand our roles as sexual beings both in history and in politics, as well as an exploration of our own attitudes towards differing sexualities.

46.329 Politics of College Sports Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 36434
Status Active

Current controversies over the role of college sports within in academic environment with particular attention to Title IX, the pivotal law that altered gender in college sports.

46.331 Animal Rights and Animal Welfare Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 35839
Status Active

This course examines how the structure of the human/non-human animal relationship affects of determines the nature of public policy formation on issues with impacts on non-human animals, both nationally and internationally.

46.332 The Politics of Food Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 37038
Status Active

The course will examine current debates in food politics over: regulatory politics and the appropriate reach of the state in food labeling, safety, and oversight; genetically modified food, organic and sustainable agriculture, the effects of economic globalization of the food supply chain and the future of the world food system.

46.334 Islam and Politics Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 36670
Status Active

The course will explain the nature of the relationship between Islam and Politics by examining the rise of the first modern Islamic movement, and by examining other Islamic movements that spread throughout the Muslim world.

46.335 Constitutional Law and Politics Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 5624
Status Active

A study of constitutional law focused on the principles and structures of American government. The course will discuss the Constitution, the Bill of Rights, the origins of judicial review, and the principles of federalism, natural law, ordered liberty, limited government, separation of powers, equal protection, and due process.

46.337 Civil Liberties Law & Politics Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 5626
Status Active

A study of constitutional law focused on the evolution of the civil liberties decisions of the Supreme Court. The course will discuss the case law on freedom of religion, freedom of speech, freedom of the press, gun rights, search and seizure, rights of the accused, privacy, and other controversies that reflect the balance of liberty and authority in a free society.

46.338 Political Participation Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 5627
Status Active

Political movements; voting and elections, parties and interest groups; civil disobedience in American politics. Consideration of causes, fluctuations and trends.

46.339 Judicial Review Seminar Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 5672
Status Active

An advanced examination of the contemporary controversy over judicial activism and constitutional interpretation.

46.340 American Politics And Law Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 5628
Status Active

Perspectives on American Politics and Law. Advanced study involving extensive reading, writing and discussion seeking understanding of the major transformations impacting contemporary American Society, Politics, Law, Economics and Culture; consideration of different interpretations of these changes, and the ways in which they are manifested in shifting political attitudes and coalitions, and new problems and conflicts.

46.341 Equal Rights Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 5629
Status Active

Advanced study in law and politics involving extensive reading, writing and discussion of the complex interrelationship between social change and the development of constitutional doctrine focusing upon the area of Equal Rights.

46.343 Congress Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 5631
Status Active

Legislative Politics. An advanced study of representation, campaigns and elections, and the functioning of the American national congress within the American political system.

46.344 American Presidency Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 5632
Status Active

An examination of the nature of the American presidency and its functioning within the American political system. Specific attention is given to the problems and evolution of the presidency since World War I.

46.350 Urban Politics and Policy Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 5637
Status Active

A study of political power in, and the political structures of urban areas and the major issues and conflicts currently confronting them.

46.351 Irish Politics Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 35710
Status Active

For students of Politics, Ireland is perhaps one of the most fascinating examples of a territory that has undergone, and continues to undergo dramatic transformations in its governing structures, its passionate struggles for freedom, civil wars, colonial resistance and modern nationalism. This class will study the political history of Ireland before and during its time as a part of the United Kingdom, through the partition of the island into two states, and up to the modern politics of both the Republic of Ireland and the British state of Northern Ireland. We will examine the results of the 1998 "Good Friday Agreement". Then we will dissect and evaluate modern Irish institutions of government, in the Republic and in the North. Students will research the competing ideologies and present arguments supporting the parties and organizations that propound these ideologies, like Sinn Fein, the IRA, the Uster Unionist Party and Unionist paramilitaries in the North; the Fine Gael and Fianna Fail in the South.

46.353 Public Policy and Administration Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 5639
Status Active

An examination of the little studied fourth branch of government. Bureaucratic power in the American political system is reconsidered.

46.355 Government Fiscal Policy Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 5641
Status Active

An examination of government's budgetary, taxation and expenditure decisions and activities.

46.356 Public Policy Analysis Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 5642
Status Active

This course examine issues in and techniques utilized in public policy analysis.

46.357 Thoreau in Our Time Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 5643
Status Active

This course traces Henry David Thoreau's influence on major social and political transformations in American history from the abolitionist movement to the present day. We will focus first on Thoreau's writings on slavery, commercial development, environmental history, and individual liberty. Then we will study his formative role in the civil rights and environmental movements of the twentieth century. Finally, through a mix of outside speakers and student presentations, we will explore how his writings continue to shape ongoing struggles to contend with climate change, advance social justice, and promote a greater sense of fairness in American life. The course will involve at least one trip to Walden Pond and a tour of Thoreau's birthplace in Concord, Massachusetts. Course page: http://faculty.uml.edu/sgallagher/Thoreau_in_Our_Time.html.

46.358 Global Environmental Policy Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 5644
Status Active

This course explores contemporary international environmental issues from both theoretical and policy perspectives; consideration too of broader forces impacting international environmental politics.

46.359 British Politics Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 5645
Status Active

The context, background and forces shaping the contemporary politics of Great Britain.

46.360 European Politics Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 5646
Status Active

An analytical examination of selected modern European political systems, emphasizing similarities and differences in political culture, behavior, institutions, and performance.

46.363 Politics of China Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 5649
Status Active

A study of the recent development of governmental institutions, parties, and ideology in China. Emphasis is placed on the processes of nation-building in the post World War II period.

46.366 Russian Politics Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 5652
Status Active

Conflict and Change in the former Soviet Union. An examination of the relationship of politics to the functioning of post-Soviet societies. The influence of politics on economy, education, family life, religion, etc.

46.368 Middle Eastern Politics Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 5654
Status Active

Utilizes an appreciation of Middle Eastern attitudes and values in developing insight into the tensions within the Middle East and between the Middle East and the western world.

46.370 Latin American Politics Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 5656
Status Active

The context, background and forces shaping the contemporary politics of the Latin American region.

46.371 Caribbean Politics Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 5657
Status Active

A comparative study of the political, social, cultural and economic forces that have led to the current situations in the countries of the Caribbean area (Mexico, Central America and the islands).

46.372 Crime, Security, and Democracy in Latin America Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 5658
Status Active

In the past two decades, different forms of organized crime have besieged democratic stability and security in Latin America. The explosion of violence in Mexico in 2006, problems with postconflict criminality in Central America, and complex relations between criminality and political violence in Colombia are only some prominent expressions of a problem that seems to be exacerbated by globalization, but that has clear historic roots and local expressions. The main objective of this class is to provide students with analytic, conceptual and factual tools that will allow them to critically evaluate the impact of criminality on distinct aspects of Latin American politics and society.

46.374 Democracy and Development Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 5660
Status Active

Explores the theories and experiences of countries newly converting to democracy in Asia, Africa, Latin America and the former Eastern Bloc. Also examines the strategies and prospects for development among the same countries.

46.375 Politics of Pacific Rim Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 5661
Status Active

An examination of the politics, policies and institutions of Japan, the "four tigers" and other countries of the Pacific rim area.

46.378 International Political Economy Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 5662
Status Active

An examination of the politics of global economic relations stressing the role of international institutions, multinational corporations and other international actors on the policies of the nation-state.

46.379 Reading in Political Theory Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 37354
Status Active

Advanced exploration of the ways landmark political texts continue to influence present-day Political discourse; selections from Plato, Aristotle, Machiavelli, Locke, Smith , Wollstonecraft, Marx, Mill, Thoreau, DeBois and Behavior will be read.

Pre/Co-Requisites: Pre-Req: 42.101 College Writing I and 42.102 College Writing II.

46.380 American Foreign Policy Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 5663
Status Active

A study of the processes of American foreign policy in the contemporary world.

46.384 International Politics of Human Rights Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 5666
Status Active

This course will address the history, content, structure, law, and politics of international human rights. Using interactive participatory class format students will learn analytical and critical thinking skills as well as written and oral communication skills.

46.387 Politics of International Organizations Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 33791
Status Active

This coure will address the history, functioning, structure and politics of international organizations in world politics. International Governmental Organizations as well as Non-Governmental Organizations on the global and regional level will be analyzed and discussed. In a participatory and interactive class format students will develop analytical and critical thinking skills.

46.395 International Law and Politics Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 33793
Status Active

This course will address the history, content, functioning and politics of International Law. It will deal with public law as it has developed throughout history and how it guides the politics of states and other actors in international relations.

46.397 Seminar: Labor Law & Politics Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 5670
Status Active

Consideration of a variety of political, legal and social issues involving labor relations, unions, employment, and dispute resolution, and their place in American society.

46.398 The War on Drugs Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 5671
Status Active

The war against drugs stands as both a major foreign policy priority for the US and the International community in general, and as a constant source of debate and contention. The aim of this course is to provide students with analytical tools, concepts, and information, which will enable them to critically evaluate the war on drugs beyond the common myths and misconceptions that often surround this highly controversial topic. By analyzing a wide range of countries around the world, students would gain an in depth and nuanced perspective of the relation between drug trade, violence, corruption, development, and democracy. Students will also gauge arguments and possible impacts on different drug policy options.

46.401 Research Seminar Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 5673
Status Active

Requires the writing of a substantial paper (or production of an equivalent project.) Typically, students should select a 300 level seminar course from among Departmental offerings that are of interest, all of which involve the writing of one or several papers, and select one paper or topic to expand upon. The student should then register in the Research Seminar section for the appropriate supervising instructor and expand the paper into a more substantial form.

Pre/Co-Requisites: Pre-Req: 46.201 Intro Political Analysis.

46.402 Women in Islam Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 5674
Status Active

Focusing upon one of the most important topics in Islam, this course will go beyond conventional stereotypes and explore woman's many and varied roles within Islamic cultures and societies.

46.406 The Politics of Identity in the Middle East Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 5676
Status Active

The course will examine the ethnic, political, religious and social changes in the modern Middle East. The course will start with an introduction to the diverse identities all over the Middle East and then it will comparatively examine a number of those identities.

46.410 Seminar Instructional Internship American Politics Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 5680
Status Active

Advanced reading and critical analysis in American Politics. Students selected will serve as group project leaders and tutors in association with a large introductory American politics course section.

46.411 Dynamics Power and Authority Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 6189
Status Active

This course surveys theories of power, authority, participation, and politics. Building on these theories, students will examine changing social, political, and economic patterns of inequality based on class, race (and related divisions of ethnicity, religion, caste, nationality), and gender. Reviews various approaches to altering these dynamics (business strategy, public policy, community and social movements). Cuts across units of firm, community, region, and nation, along with corresponding governmental institutions, and links theoretical analysis with study of practical problem solving. Instructor-initiated cases drawn from a variety of national experiences. Students will learn techniques of power analysis and prepare a power analysis project.

46.418 American Courts and Judicial Process Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 33792
Status Active

This course will study the organization of and the processes employed by American Courts in an intensive participation format. Traditional text lessons on the U.S. Court system will be supplemented by simulations and mock trial problems. Using this two track approach, students will learn about the courts and simultaneously develop the analytical, critical reasoning and public speaking skills used in the Judicial system.

46.420 Reading and Simulation Experience International Organization Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 5684
Status Active

Students take part in a simulation of the proceedings of a regional or international organization, e.g., U.N., O.A.S., O.A.U., or the Arab League. They study all aspects of the selected institution but concentrate on key economic, social and security issues discussed in the body's debates. The course aims to give the student a clearer understanding of the forces and constraints which shape the foreign policies of individual states.

46.422 SMR: Political communication and Media Studies Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 31968
Status Active

Advanced study in contemporary issues in Political Communication and Media Studies.

46.439 Justice and Trade in the Global Economy Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 37372
Status Active

We know that we are part of a global economy and that many of the things we buy and consume are produced in other countries. But what do we know of how they are made? Do we understand that there may be hidden costs in the price we pay for goods at the supermarket, in a department store? Understanding the nature of global trade is critical for us to be effective citizens in the world. Perhaps more important is that we understand how goods are produced and traded - what many think of as "fair" trade. The subject of Fair Trade isn't simply limited to the production and sale of coffee and chocolate. Fair Trade principles encompass environmental issues, human rights, and politics. Once aware of the ramifications of consumerism on all parts of the world, including the United States, people can make informed choices about the products they buy, the companies that employ them, and the political views they support. By the end of this course students should understand the major ideas and tools used to comprehend complex international and global trade relations. Students will understand the way in which goods are produced for global markets and the possible human and environmental costs such production entails.

46.444 Advanced Research Methods Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 36723
Status Active

Both quantitative and qualitative methods will be examined with a focus on locating and utilizing available data to study social questions.

46.446 The Politics of Discord between the Arab East and The West Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 35836
Status Active

The course examines the roots of political discord in the Arab East starting with colonialism and progressing to the contemporary state of dissension. Throughout the course the stress on the effect of this discord on comparative domestic politics and international relations in the region will be examined.

46.447 Theories of Political and Criminal Violence Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 38759
Status Active

The study of violence has been a central piece of debates in comparative politics that range from the causes of revolution to the analysis of civil wars. This course aims to provide a broad overview of different bodies of research on violence. The class will also revisit crucial debates in the study of violence, such as the problems of separating criminal and political violence (such as interstate wars). By the end of the class, students will be able to identify major theoretical and methodological approaches to violence, major debates and concepts, as well as key cases across the world.

Pre/Co-Requisites: Junior or Senior Status.

46.490 War and Peace in the Sovereign State System Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 5687
Status Active

Despite much effort to limit the occurrence of interstate and intrastate war, such violence is still prevalent in the sovereign state system. This course will focus on the causes, dynamics, and outcomes of interstate and intrastate conflict and ways to sustain peace. We will examine the foundational works in the area of conflict before moving quickly into more recent research. The class will emphasize student participation and the application of concepts we learn in class. Students are asked to write a final paper exploring a concept of war and peace in the sovereign state system.

Pre/Co-Requisites: Pre-req: 46.121 Intro to International Relations, and Junior or Senior status.

46.491 Directed Study Credits: 1-3

Course Details
Min Credits 1
Max Credits 3
Course ID 5688
Status Active

Directed study offers the opportunity to engage in an independent study or research project under the supervision of a department member. Working closely with the instructor, students define and investigate a research problem in an area of special interest and present the results of their investigation through a combination of readings and papers and/or a significant research paper.

46.492 Directed Study In International Organizations Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 5689
Status Active

Advanced and intensive reading and other activity in connection with the study of selected international organizations.

46.496 Practicum Experience Requirement Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 5693
Status Active

A program of study and research for political science majors only stressing involvement in and first-hand knowledge and observation of the political life and relationships of national, state and local institutions. The purpose is to acquaint the student in a directed way with political institutions and political behavior. Specific requirements vary depending upon the nature of the program undertaken by the student. The course will be graded S (satisfactory) or U (unsatisfactory).

Pre/Co-Requisites: Pre-Req: Political Science Majors only.

46.497 Practicum in the Law Requirement. Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 5694
Status Active

A program of study and research which includes involvement in and first-hand knowledge and observation of the legal system and legal practice. Open only to political science majors and, with certain restrictions, legal studies minors. The course will be graded S (satisfactory) or U (unsatisfactory).

Pre/Co-Requisites: Pre-Req: Political Science Majors only.