Courses and Requirements

The goal of Hamilton's Government Department is to engage students in discussion pertaining to the political dynamics of human life through research and intensive writing. Students emerge prepared to shape, analyze and fully participate in civic life.

The department offers concentrations in government, world politics and public policy as follows:

A concentration in government consists of 10 courses: 116, 117 and either 112 or 114, with at least one of these being writing-intensive, and seven additional courses at the 200 level or above. Of these seven courses, at least two must be in international relations or comparative politics, at least two must be in American politics or political theory, at least two must be at the 300 level (one of which must be writing-intensive), and one must be the Senior Project (550). A minor in government consists of five courses, with at least two of these at the 200 level or above.

Honors in government or world politics requires a GPA of 3.7 in the major by the end of the sixth semester, maintaining that average at graduation, and the successful completion of 549 and 551.

The world politics major involves the study of politics on a global scale, including both international relations and politics within nations. In order to understand the complex interplay of international and national politics, all world politics majors study the philosophical and moral bases of various political systems; the history of the modern international system; the political economy of global power and wealth; and the key issues for U.S. foreign policy. To achieve this understanding, all world politics majors are required to take a total of 11 courses, including the following core courses: 112, 114, 117 (one of which must be writing-intensive); 240 or 290; 226 or 291; and 550. Students complete the major by focusing either on a particular region of the world (Africa, Asia, Latin America, Middle East, Russia and Eastern Europe, Western Europe) or a thematic topic (poverty and inequality in world politics, democratization, international law and organization, international security, politics of the global economy, nationalism and identity in global politics). In consultation with their advisor, students will select five related courses in their area or theme from a variety of departments. One of these must be a writing-intensive course at the 300 level in Government. For students focusing on a region of the world, one of the five courses must be in an appropriate language at the fourth-semester level or above. Students may also design their own thematic track with the advice and consent of their advisor. The advisor will approve each student’s course list after the major is declared.

See the public policy section in this catalogue.

Social, Structural, and Institutional Hierarchies Requirement:
Political science provides insights into the formation and persistence of structural and institutional hierarchies as well as to the political and social movements that have challenged them. Students in Government and World Politics must take at least one course where these issues are specifically addressed by the entire course or substantial portions of it. Among the courses that we believe currently meet the requirement are listed below. Other courses, with the permission of the instructor, the student’s advisor, and the department chair, may also be used to satisfy the requirement.

GOVT 244 Nationalism and the Politics of Identity.
GOVT 394 Social Movements and Political Protest
GOVT 201 Introduction to Feminist Thought. 
GOVT 226 Comparative Political Economy
GOVT 229 The American Founding: Ideals and Reality.
GOVT 249 American Political Thought. 
GOVT 270 Democratic Theory. 
GOVT 291 International Political Economy 
GOVT 337 Civil Wars.
GOVT 340 Race and American Democracy.
GOVT 358 Equality and Inequality in American Politics.
GOVT 359 The Organization and Politics of American Policing
GOVT 360 The Politics and Theory of Place and Space.   
GOVT 368 Violence, Justice and the State in Latin America. 
GOVT 389 Capitalism, Democracy, and the Workplace.
Public Policy 251 Introduction to Public Policy.
Public Policy 382 Topics in Public Policy  

The Term in Washington Program, offered each semester, combines regular academic study with the experience and understanding gained by working in congressional and executive offices. Four credits are awarded toward graduation, two of which (325 and 327) count toward a concentration in government, and up to two may be counted toward a concentration in world politics or public policy. It is useful to have some background in the operations of the American federal government, so Government 116 (American Political Process) or its equivalent is strongly advised, but the program has no fixed prerequisite and is open to students majoring in any concentration offered by the College. It is also open to selected students from other colleges.

201 S Introduction to Feminist Thought.
An interdisciplinary examination of the history and contemporary practice of feminist thought. Topics include the history of feminist thought in Western culture, the broadening and complication of that canon to include examinations of race, class, gender, sexuality, ableism and ageism, and the implications of global feminist thought. (Writing-intensive.) Prerequisite, 101 or consent of instructor. (Same as Women's and Gender Studies 201 and Government 201.) Maximum enrollment, 20. Lacsamana.

212 F Climate Change.
This course investigates the scientific, social, economic and political dimensions of anthropogenic climate change, including our scientific understanding of its causes, its local and planetary human and ecological impacts, and the potential for technological, social and policy solutions. Throughout the course, we critically examine the roles of public policy and international negotiations in developing equitable mitigation and adaptation strategies to combat the totalizing problem of our times. Prerequisite, One semester of science or permission of instructor for first year students. (Same as Geosciences 212 and Environmental Studies 212.) Maximum enrollment, 25. Strong.

230 F Data Analysis.
How can we tell whether providing child care will encourage more welfare recipients to work? How do we know whether tougher drunk-driving laws will reduce accidents? This course explains how social scientists try to determine the truth about public issues. Topics covered include descriptive statistics, sampling distributions, hypothesis testing and regression, with a focus on how those tools are used in public policy debates. Mathematical formulae are kept to a minimum, and the intuition behind statistical procedures is emphasized. (Quantitative and Symbolic Reasoning.) Not open to students who have taken Economics 265. Wyckoff.

234 S The Politics of Equality: Hierarchies in Contemporary Life.
Students will explore power, equality, and the ways that parts of our identity influence our experience of political life in areas such as political membership, criminal justice, education, and voting access. The class will integrate course material with student reflections on their own political development and will also bring in public officials and community activists to share their experience of contributing to public life. We will focus primarily on the United States, but will also put course themes in comparative perspective. The course is intended to fulfill the SSIH requirement. (Writing-intensive.) (Social, Structural, and Institutional Hierarchies.) Prerequisite, Any 100-level Government class or permission of instructor. Limit of 12 per section. Maximum enrollment, 12. Anechiarico, Sullivan, and Johnson.

[236 S] Field Study of Criminal Justice Reform and Innovation in Sweden.
As the issues of mass incarceration, judicial and police behavior have come to the fore in American culture and politics, the need for reform and innovation from a comparative perspective has become evident. This field study is designed to provide students with such a perspective through observation and interviews with key actors in Swedish law enforcement, corrections and the courts, during a two-week period from May 27 to June 10, 2017. Larson and Anechiarico (Writing-intensive.) (Proseminar.) Prerequisite, One or more of the following course: Literature 129, 143, 342; Public Policy 251; Government 241, 359; Sociology 223. (Same as Literature 236.) Maximum enrollment, 16.

239 S Native Rituals and Religious Freedom.
Is American religious freedom a reality, an unfinished project, or merely a myth? This course explores how Native Americans have struggled for religious freedom in the United States, focusing on contemporary legal battles to protect sacred lands, repatriate ancestral remains and objects, and defend the ceremonial consumption of peyote. (Writing-intensive.) (Same as American Studies 239 and Religious Studies 239.) Maximum enrollment, 20. Seth Schermerhorn.

[247 F] The Pursuit of Happiness.
What is human happiness? What factors increase or decrease it? Why are some countries and cultures happier than others? How can government policies promote happiness? This course considers:-- the nature of happiness from the major philosophical traditions, --the cognitive biases that impede our ability to maximize happiness, --the empirical literature on subjective well-being from the fields of economics, political science, and psychology, --recent trends in capitalist societies and their effects on happiness, and --government policies that might improve human happiness. (Quantitative and Symbolic Reasoning.) Prerequisite, One course in statistics, from any discipline. (Same as Public Policy 247.)

[379 S] US International Relations: Race, Empire, and Transnational History.
This research course examines US international relations in the twentieth century. Course discussions focus on the reproduction of race alongside the growth of US economic, cultural, political, and military power overseas, including Africa, Southeast Asia, the Caribbean, and Latin America. The course traces how imperial networks have shaped racial categories in the United States, and it examines the formation of transnational political and cultural affiliations such as Pan-Africanism. (Writing-intensive.) Prerequisite, One 200-level history course or consent of the instructor. (Same as History 379.) Maximum enrollment, 20.

549 F Honors Seminar.
Seminar in which honors candidates in world politics, government and public policy will begin their senior honors thesis. Includes common reading on key issues in political science and research methodology. Prerequisite, GPA of 91 in the major (88 for public policy) and consent of the department. Sullivan.

550 S Senior Project.
A senior project required for concentrators in the department who are not pursuing honors. Prerequisite, one 300-level course in government. Open to concentrators only. TBA.

551 S Senior Honors Thesis.
Requires a 90 GPA in government courses by the end of a student's seventh semester and consent of the 549 advisor. The Department.

American Politics

116 F,S The American Political Process.
Introduction to the study of American national institutions, the public policy-making process and, in general, the distribution of political power in American society. (Writing-intensive.) (Proseminar.) Open to juniors and seniors with consent of instructor only. Proseminar and writing-intensive in the Spring. Maximum enrollment, 16. Johnson (Fall); TBA (Spring).

200 F,Su Congressional Campaign Politics.
Course will examine the factors that influence Congressional elections both at the individual and national level. Students will also complete an volunteer internship with a local congressional campaign. Available in both Summer and Fall 2018. Consent of instructor required. Maximum enrollment, 12. Klinkner.

208 F Political Parties and Elections.
Analyzes the development of, and current theories regarding, political parties and elections in American politics. Topics include theories of party realignment, voting behavior, party composition and behavior, and the relationship between parties and elections and democracy. Covers both presidential and congressional elections. Prerequisite, 116 or consent of instructor. Klinkner.

[209 S] Political Oratory.
Examines examples of American political rhetoric from historical, political and rhetorical standpoints. In addition, students will learn how to write and give their own political speeches. (Writing-intensive.) Prerequisite, GOVT116 or consent of instructor. Maximum enrollment, 12.

[219 F] Congress & Legislative Politics.
Examination of the politics and behavior of the legislative branch of government, including constitutional arrangements, elections, institutional structures and political parties. Analysis of congressional decision-making in foreign and domestic policy. Prerequisite, 116.

221 S The American Presidency.
Examines the nature and influence of the executive branch in American politics, including constitutional arrangements, elections, institutional structures and political parties. Analysis of presidential leadership and decision-making in foreign and domestic policy. Prerequisite, GOVT 116. Not open to student who have taken 328. .

[225 S] Courts and Judicial Process.
A survey of the American judicial system. An examination of federal and state courts, and the structure of the American judicial system. Analysis of how courts interact with the public and other government institutions, and the influences on judicial decision-making. Topics also include judicial federalism, criminal and civil procedure, judicial activism, and judicial policy-making. Prerequisite, GOVT 116.

241 S Survey of Constitutional Law.
Analysis of constitutional doctrines through major cases. Function of the Supreme Court as an instrument of government and arbiter of public policy. Doctrines include judicial review, federalism, interstate commerce, due process and questions of individual rights. Prerequisite, 116 or a course in American history. Anechiarico.

242 S The Classical Tradition in American Political Life: Cicero, Hamilton, Jefferson and the Making of the Republic.
A study of ancient Greek and Roman influences on the creation of the United States, with special attention to the influence of Cicero and the rivalry between Alexander Hamilton and Thomas Jefferson. Readings include biographies of and writings by all three figures. (Same as Classics 242.) Anechiarico and Rubino.

251 F Introduction to Public Policy.
The study of policy analysis using and comparing a variety of disciplinary and analytic traditions. Consideration of controversies over particular policies at the national and local level and the premises underlying them. Examination of methods and principles used in formulating and evaluating public policy. (Quantitative and Symbolic Reasoning.) Prerequisite, Economics 101. Open to seniors with consent of instructor. (Same as Public Policy 251.) Anechiarico.

[285 S] Introduction to Environmental Politics.
An overview of environmental politics, domestic and global. Topics include the environmental movement and its history and values, anti-environmentalism, environmental policy analysis, the relation between environmental science and politics, the domestic and international environmental policy processes, the North-South debate, globalization, race and environmental justice, and the implications of environmental politics for liberal democracy. Students will explore these topics directly and through selected policy issues, including forest politics, sprawl and climate change. (Same as Environmental Studies 285.)

306 F American Political Development.
Analyzes contemporary American politics by examining the development of political ideologies, institutions and policies throughout American history. Topics include the role of religion in American politics, the transformation of party ideologies, the dynamics of presidential power, the evolution of American foreign policy, among others (Writing-intensive.) Prerequisite, one 200-level course in American politics or permission of instructor. Not open to students who have taken 220. Maximum enrollment, 20. Klinkner.

321 F,S Term in Washington: Congressional and Executive Internships.
Two consecutive six-week internships: first, in either the office of a member of Congress or with the staff of a congressional committee; second, in a federal administrative office. Interns assume some operational responsibility in each office and gain a perspective on legislative and executive roles in the public policy process. Does not count toward the concentration. Offered credit/no credit only. Martin (Fall); Cafruny (Spring).

323 F,S Term in Washington: Intern Participant-Observation.
Participants in the program are asked to evaluate their experience in government offices through a series of group discussions and papers focused on particular aspects of the internships. Does not count toward the concentration. Martin (Fall); Cafruny (Spring).

325 F,S Term in Washington: Seminar.
An academic seminar focusing on the public policy process and national issues. Martin (Fall); Cafruny (Spring).

327 F,S Term in Washington: Independent Research.
Preparation and presentation of independent research on a problem related to public policy issues. Use of Washington’s unique human and data resources required. Martin (Fall); Cafruny (Spring).

[335 S] Seminar: Criminal Law.
Review of major case law related to search and seizure, fair trial rights, self-incrimination and sanctions including the death penalty. Parallel reading in criminology and political analysis of criminal justice issues. Consideration of representative institutions in the system: juvenile courts, the jury system, the police and others. (Writing-intensive.) Prerequisite, 241. Maximum enrollment, 12.

[338] American Public Administration.
Analysis of the history, structure and political influence of public administration in the United States. Consideration of all levels of government with special attention to the influence of reform movements on the development of federal and local administration. Topics include budgeting, corruption and ethics regulation, public contracting and the organization of public works and public personnel policy. (Writing-intensive.) Prerequisite, one 200-level course in American politics. Maximum enrollment, 20.

[340 S] Race and American Democracy.
Survey of the role of race and equality in American democracy. Special emphasis on understanding how notions of racial equality have advanced and declined throughout American history and the role of race in current American politics. (Writing-intensive.) Prerequisite, one 200-level course in American politics. (Same as Africana Studies 340.) Maximum enrollment, 20.

[358 S] Equality and Inequality in American Politics.
How does American politics reflect and reinforces various forms of equality and inequality? In particular, the class will examine how Americans have wrestled with egalitarian and inegalitarian ideals, and the relationship between political and economic inequality in the U.S. (Writing-intensive.) Prerequisite, GOVT 116 or consent of the instructor. Maximum enrollment, 20.

359 F The Organization and Politics of American Policing.
Review of the history of public safety provision in the U.S.; the impact on the local police function of the wars on drugs and terror, with attention to police relations with ethnic and racial minorities. Analytic approaches to include theories of organizational behavior and criminology. Prerequisite, Government 116 or consent of the instructor (Proseminar.) Prerequisite, Government 116. Maximum enrollment, 16. Frank Anechiarico.

376 S Government Failure?:The American Administrative State.
Federal administrative activity gains the most attention when the federal government seemingly fails to meet the public’s expectations of good and efficient governance. Examples include the failure to prevent the 9/11 terrorist attacks, FEMA’s sluggish response to Hurricane Katrina, and the various crises facing the Department of Veterans Affairs. This course examines the politics of agency design, delegation, political oversight, and internal agency processes. We will discuss the structure and practices of the federal executive branch and potential reforms to help government work effectively (Writing-intensive.) Prerequisite, One 200-level course in American politics. Maximum enrollment, 20. Johnson.

382 S Topics in Public Policy.
The application of theories and methods of evaluation, design and implementation in an intensive study of a significant problem of public policy. Emphasis on skills of analysis, writing and group problem-solving. Coursework may be supplemented by field work as well as participation by scholars and practitioners sponsored by the Arthur Levitt Public Affairs Center. (Writing-intensive.) Prerequisite, 251. (Same as Public Policy 382.) Maximum enrollment, 20.

408 F Modern Conservative Politics.
A survey of conservative politics in America from the New Deal to the present. The course includes readings representing a variety of perspectives on right-of-center political activities and institutions along with selections from the political science literature on ideological movements, parties, elections, and the legislative process. Prerequisite, Gov. 116 or the instructor's permission. Maximum enrollment, 20. David Frisk.

416 S Topics: Urban Homelessness and Social Policy in the US.
Exploration of the historical predecessors of the contemporary homeless; the construction and the causes of contemporary homelessness in the U.S.; and the subjective experiences of homeless individuals, families, youth, students and those who suffer from mental illness and/or substance abuse. Focus on the causes and especially the consequences, which may be more informative in the development of policies designed to reduce homelessness in America. Prerequisite, Permission of the Department. (Same as Sociology 416.) Maximum enrollment, 12. Dordick.

Comparative Politics

112 F,S Comparative Politics.
Introduction to the study of non-American national political systems, emphasizing authority, legitimacy and processes of state- and nation-building. Comparison of alternate forms of political development in selected Western and non-Western countries. Open to juniors and seniors with consent of instructor. (Proseminar and writing-intensive in the Fall.) Olarinmoye (Fall); S Rivera (Spring).

207 S Politics in the Middle East and North Africa.
An introduction to Middle East and North African politics with an emphasis on foundational topics central to understanding the region. Applying a variety of theoretical lenses, the course covers Orientalism, colonialism and state-building, the relationship between religion and politics, the persistence of authoritarianism, gender, identity construction, Imazighen and other non-Arab populations, oil and rentier economies, and the Arab Spring and its aftermath. Prerequisite, 112 or 114. Jumet.

211 F Politics in China.
Decline of Confucian China and problems of recreating political order. Topics include rise of the Communist Party, political organization and policy in the People’s Republic, role of ideology, foreign relations, the politics of modernization and China’s increasing integration into the world economy. Prerequisite, 112 or 114. Chan.

[213 F] Politics in Russia.
Examines political processes in Russia after the collapse of communism in the former Soviet Union. Central focus on explaining the rise of multi-party democracy in the 1990s and the subsequent consolidation of authoritarian rule under Vladimir Putin. Topics include the creation of political parties, the state’s use of propaganda and the media, the problem of corruption, and the prospects for democracy in the future. Prerequisite, Govt 112, 114, Russian Studies 100, or History 222. Closed to first years except with permission of instructor. (Same as Russian Studies 213.)

[214] Politics in Western Europe.
Comparative study of post-World War II politics and government in several European countries, normally concentrating on Britain, France and Germany. Topics include state and political institutions, state- and nation-building, social conflicts and consensus, political culture and the interplay of politics and economics. Some attention paid to international relations in Western European states. Assumes some prior knowledge of Western European history. Prerequisite, 112 or 114.

216 F Politics in Latin America.
Comparative and historical approach to analyzing the political process in contemporary Latin America. Focuses on nature of authoritarian regimes and the current process of redemocratization. Topics include the role of the military and state, popular resistance to military rule, human rights and political problems of economic development. Prerequisite, 112 or 114. Sullivan.

218 S Politics of Africa.
Comparative examination of the domestic politics of sub-Saharan Africa. Central focus on explaining the recent rise of both multi-party democracy and state collapse across the continent. Examination of the colonial legacy, the nature of the African state, ethnic conflict, class divisions, the role of the military and the problems of economic underdevelopment. Prerequisite, 112, 114 or Africana Studies 101. (Same as Africana Studies 218.) Olarinmoye.

226 F Comparative Political Economy.
The purpose of this course is to examine the relationship between states and markets. To understand this interaction in theory and practice, we will discuss classic works in political economy and draw on various country case studies. We will also analyze how markets are embedded in institutions, different models of development, and current policy debates on issues such as globalization and inequality. Prerequisite, GOVT 112, 114, or permission of instructor. Chan.

244 S Nationalism and the Politics of Identity.
The evolution of nationalist, ethnic and religious conflicts in the post-Cold War world. The causes, implications and potential resolutions of such conflicts. The origins, history and power of nationalism. Cases include countries from across the globe. (Writing-intensive.) Prerequisite, 112 or 114. Maximum enrollment, 20.

302 F Fragile States.
What makes governments and political institutions weak or strong, stable or unstable? Examines the causes and consequences of state collapse; the possibility of re-building states; the role of the military; the causes, consequences and possible remedies of corruption using case studies from different regions of the world. (Writing-intensive.) Prerequisite, one 200-level course in comparative politics or international relations. Maximum enrollment, 20. Olarinmoye.

303 S Syrian Politics.
Examines Syrian politics from the early 20th century to the present. Topics include Syrian state formation, the Ba’ath Party, Syrian Islamist movements, the Hafez al-Assad regime, the 2011 Syrian uprising, the international dimensions of the Syrian crisis, the rise of ISIS, and the Syrian refugee crisis. (Writing-intensive.) Prerequisite, GOVT 112, 114, or permission of instructor. Maximum enrollment, 20. Jumet.

[308 S] Politics in Mexico.
Analysis of the modern Mexican political system. Topics include political parties, labor unions, congress, and the executive. Investigation of the current challenges that Mexico is facing to consolidate its democracy, and make the transition from developing to developed nation. Particular attention to an examination of organized crime, the weak rule of law, lack of political representation, and Mexico’s heavy dependence on oil revenues. (Writing-intensive.) Prerequisite, A 200-level course in Comparative Politics or International Relations. Maximum enrollment, 20.

311 F Transitions to Democracy.
Examines the origins and durability of transitions to democratic forms of governance in authoritarian states. Topics include the roles in democratization played by leadership, ethnic diversity, political institutions, and geography. Emphasis on critical reading of the large theoretical and empirical literature on democratization. Case studies will be drawn from the countries of the former Soviet Union and East-Central Europe, although students interested in other parts of the world are welcome. (Writing-intensive.) Prerequisite, One 200-level course in comparative politics or international relations. (Same as Russian Studies 311.) Maximum enrollment, 20. S Rivera.

317 S The Arab Spring and its Aftermath.
"The Middle East has witnessed significant political changes due to the Arab Spring. These transformations have occurred through both violent and non-violent means and with varying assistance from the international community. This class will explore the role of both state and non-state actors in this process. General themes of the course will include the causes and consequences of the uprisings, the role of the military and Islamist groups, the place of traditional and social media, the influence of international actors, communal conflict, and the use of art and symbolism." (Writing-intensive.) Prerequisite, Government 112 or 114. Maximum enrollment, 20. Jumet.

[329 F] Authoritarian Politics.
Consideration of the origins and underpinnings of authoritarian rule. Examines variation in the formal and informal institutions of authoritarian systems as well as the conditions under which transition may take place. Emphasis on critical reading of a growing theoretical and empirical literature in order to gain an understanding the particular problems posed within and by authoritarian regimes. (Writing-intensive.) Prerequisite, one 200-level course in comparative politics or international relations. Maximum enrollment, 20.

[333 S] Topics in Survey Research.
This course will introduce students to basics of survey research, with a particular focus on measuring political, economic, and foreign policy attitudes. The class will analyze and report on the findings of an original survey of Russian elites. (Oral Presentations.) Prerequisite, GOVT 213, HIST 221 or 222, any 200-level GOVT course in comparative politics or international relations, or permission of instructor. (Same as Russian Studies 333.) Maximum enrollment, 12.

363 S Poverty and Development.
Examines debates over poverty and development issues in the "Global South." Includes discussion of the ethics of development, the debate over aid to Africa, UN Millenium Development Goals, microfinance, the "Asian miracle" and rapid rise of China, environmental problems and the effects of globalization. (Writing-intensive.) Prerequisite, 203, 211, 216, 218, 291, 302 or consent of instructor. Maximum enrollment, 20. Olarinmoye.

366 F Chinese Foreign Policy.
China’s ascendance as a global power has been dramatic. In this course, we will analyze the external and domestic determinants of Chinese foreign policy and the political, military, and economic implications of this shift in power for the rest of the world. We will examine what drives China’s interactions with other states,investigate competing sources of ideas and policy change, and engage in foreign policy analysis. (Writing-intensive.) Prerequisite, GOVT 112, 114, or permission of instructor. Maximum enrollment, 20. Chan.

368 S Violence, Justice and the State in Latin America.
This class explores contemporary issues in Latin American politics, focusing on the ways that the capacity of Latin American states impact people’s everyday lives. The course will consider the role of the state in controlling and contributing to violence and in enhancing and impeding struggles for social justice. Emphasis will be placed on critically reading the theoretical and empirical literature in order to understand and assess the relationship between states and citizens in Latin America. (Writing-intensive.) Prerequisite, One 200-level course in comparative politics or international relations (preferably with some prior knowledge of Latin America). Maximum enrollment, 20. Sullivan.

[394 F] Social Movements and Political Protest.
Why do people protest sometimes but more often not? How do social movements work, and why do some succeed while others fail?Examines the origins, dynamics, and consequences of social movements and political protest, exploring both nonviolent and violent movements that have attempted to reshape politics in countries across the globe. Emphasis on critical reading of the theoretical and empirical literature in order to gain an understanding of how political differences across countries shape and are shaped by protest. (Writing-intensive.) Prerequisite, one 200-level course in comparative politics or international relations. Maximum enrollment, 20.

International Relations

114 F,S International Relations.
Introduction to the theory and practice of world politics. Emphasis on the changing structure of the international system; the role of the nation-state and non-state actors; patterns of conflict and cooperation; the use of force, diplomacy and ideology; the interplay between politics and economics. (Writing-intensive.) (Proseminar.) Open to juniors and seniors with consent of instructor only. Cafruny (Fall);TBA (Spring).

[237 S] Russia and the World.
The course will examine Russia’s relations with both its immediate neighbors and the West from the Tsarist era to the present. Topics to be covered include: the formation of the Russian Empire, the Cold War, the “Gorbachev revolution in Soviet foreign policy” that ended the Cold War, the evolution of Russian-American relations since the collapse of communism, and the reasons behind Russia’s annexation of Crimea in 2014. A central theme of the course will be the evolution of Russian national identity, especially as it relates to Russia’s status as an empire and its relationship with the West. Prerequisite, Govt. 114 or Russian Studies 100. (Same as Russian Studies 237.)

240 S International Security.
This course examines the use of force to achieve political objectives by both state and non-state actors. It explores the origins, conduct, and outcomes of international and civil wars; the use of terrorism and other forms of violence against civilians; the motivations of people that participate in political violence; and the lasting effects of such participation. Includes both historical and contemporary cases, ranging from the First World War to the current conflict in Syria. Prerequisite, GOVT 114 or consent of instructor. De Bruin.

290 F,S US Foreign Policy.
The major problems of American foreign policy since the republic's founding and the varying approaches U.S. leaders have adopted to cope with American power and principles. Theories are illustrated with detailed examples since WWI. Some attention given to how foreign policy is shaped by government structure, political culture, organizational dynamics, individual psychology, economic interests and other causes. Students will analyze the limitations of various types of explanations and why policy implementation at times diverges from the intentions of decision-makers. Prerequisite, 114. .

[291 S] International Political Economy.
Examination of the development and evolution of the modern global economy and its political impact. Issues include global trade relations, the monetary system and international debt, the role of multinational corporations, foreign aid, imperialism and dependency, industrial competitiveness and the rise and impact of newly industrializing countries such as South Korea and Taiwan. Prerequisite, 114.

315 S Foreign Policies of Middle Eastern States.
The Middle East is facing a period of instability and transformation. The aim of this course is to explore the foreign policy decisions of Middle Eastern states. Through class discussion, film, and guest speakers, this course will examine the security challenges facing major players in the region (Iran, Saudi Arabia, Iraq, Turkey, Qatar, Egypt, Israel, Palestine, Jordan, Syria and Lebanon). Particular attention will be given to theories of foreign policy decision-making in nondemocratic states. (Writing-intensive.) Prerequisite, Govt 114. Maximum enrollment, 20. Kira Jumet.

[337 F] Civil Wars.
Civil wars have become the most common type of contemporary armed conflict. This course analyzes the causes, dynamics, outcomes, and aftermath of civil wars. Topics include the systematic factors that predict when civil war occurs, logic of violence in civil war, armed group recruitment and governance, international intervention, and post-conflict politics. Prerequisite, 114 or 112. (Writing-intensive.) Prerequisite, GOVT 112 or 114. Maximum enrollment, 20.

355 F Europe in World Affairs.
Examination of European economic and political development and Europe's relations with the rest of the world. Topics include sources of regional economic and political integration; evolution of EU institutions; relations between Europe and the United States; Europe-Russia relations; development of the European monetary system; the crisis of the European social model. (Writing-intensive.) Prerequisite, one 200-level course in comparative politics or international relations. Maximum enrollment, 20. Cafruny.

[385 S] International Law and International Politics.
An examination of the intersection of international law and international politics. The course focuses on laws regulating the conduct of war, human rights, economics, and various treaties. Includes analysis of whether and how the actions of states comply with or break these rules thereby displaying the ways in which international politics impacts international law and institutions. (Writing-intensive.) Prerequisite, GOVT 112, 114, or permission of instructor. Maximum enrollment, 20.

[386] Theories of International Relations.
Survey of competing approaches to the study of international politics. Realism, transnationalism and regime analysis, and the problem of international system transformation. Some attention to research methods. (Writing-intensive.) Prerequisite, 290 or 291. Maximum enrollment, 20.

[387 S] Civil-Military Relations.
This course examines the causes and consequences of military intervention in politics. Topics include the causes of coups d’état; problems of military rule; civil-military relations and the use of force; nationalism, ethnicity, and the military; and the use of “irregular” armed forces such as warlords and civilian militia. (Writing-intensive.) Prerequisite, One 200-level course in international relations or comparative politics, or consent of the instructor. Maximum enrollment, 20.

391 F US-Africa Relations.
The course examines US- Africa relations primarily through policy issues such as foreign aid, conflict management, democracy promotion, immigration, defense/anti-terrorism, environment and immigration. The course also discusses the influence of colonialism, the construction and propagation of American images of Africa, ideology, the various actors, institutions (African-Americans, African diaspora/ Presidency/Congress) and instruments on US- Africa relations. The course will cover issues and debates in US – Africa relations from1960-present. (Writing-intensive.) Prerequisite, GOVT112 or GOVT114 or Consent of instructor. Maximum enrollment, 20. Omobolaji Olarinmoye.

418 S Seminar: International Law.
A general introduction to international law. Topics include the law of treaties, customary international law, human rights, international criminal law, the law of war, and the use of force. Focus on issues pertaining to the formation, interpretation, application, compliance with, and at times even enforcement of, international legal norms and rules. Prerequisite, Permission of the department. Maximum enrollment, 12. Wippman, Rostow.

419 F Seminar: Weapons of Mass Destruction.
The course will provide students with a thorough understanding of weapons of mass destruction proliferation across the Middle East and North Africa, and efforts to strengthen international non-proliferation. Through class discussion and guest speakers from academia and practitioners in WMD non-proliferation, this class will provide students with the ability to analyze these challenges, revisit past efforts to achieve the zone and identify future scenarios in the aftermath of the recent Iran Nuclear Accord and dismantling of Syrian chemical weapons. (Proseminar.) Prerequisite, Permission of the department. Maximum enrollment, 12. Kiyaei.

Political Theory

117 F,S Introduction to Political Theory.
Survey of selected political theorists from Plato to the present. Examination of questions of liberty, equality, justice and community. (Writing-intensive.) (Proseminar.) (Proseminar and writing-intensive in the Fall.) Open to juniors and seniors with consent of instructor only. (Same as Philosophy 117.) Martin (Fall); TBA (Spring).

201 S Introduction to Feminist Thought.
An interdisciplinary examination of the history and contemporary practice of feminist thought. Topics include the history of feminist thought in Western culture, the broadening and complication of that canon to include examinations of race, class, gender, sexuality, ableism and ageism, and the implications of global feminist thought. (Writing-intensive.) Prerequisite, 101 or consent of instructor. (Same as Women's and Gender Studies 201 and Government 201.) Maximum enrollment, 20. Lacsamana.

[229 F,S] The American Founding: Ideals and Reality.
An intensive analysis of the philosophical ideals of the Founding Era (1763-1800) and their uneven realization. Social histories of various races, genders and classes will help illuminate the inherent ambiguities, weaknesses, strengths and legacies of the social and political philosophies of late 18th-century America. Prerequisite, Government 117, Philosophy 117 or a 100-level course in history. May count toward a concentration in either history or government. Not open to students who have taken History 240 or 374. (Same as College Courses and Seminars 229 and History 229.) Maximum enrollment, 24.

[232] Contemporary Political Theory.
How should we think about politics after Nietzsche? Considers the answers of John Rawls, Hannah Arendt, Leo Strauss, Charles Taylor, Gilles Deleuze and William Connolly. Focusing on each theorist's conceptions of human nature and politics. Prerequisite, 117.

[249 S] American Political Thought.
What does it mean to be an American? What are the principles of American politics? Considers the answers of Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, Alexander Hamilton, Alexis de Tocqueville, W.E.B. DuBois, Emma Goldman, John Dewey, Leo Strauss and William E. Connolly. Prerequisite, 116, 117, 229, 241, 270, or consent of the instructor.

270 F Democratic Theory.
Analysis of the idea of democracy, traditions of democratic theory (liberal, Marxist, elitist) and current problems of democracy in practice. Topics include liberty and equality, community power, participation and bureaucracy. Prerequisite, 117 or consent of instructor. Martin.

287 F Political Theory and the Environment.
What is the relationship between theorizing about politics and theorizing about nature? Explores how conceptions of the natural world and our relationship to it have shaped political thought since ancient times and how contemporary "green" political thinkers attempt to craft principles for an ecologically responsible society. (Same as Environmental Studies 287.) Cannavó.

356 F The Political Theory of Personal Privacy.
Analysis of competing understandings of the proper divisions and overlaps between the self and society in the Western thinking. Focuses primarily on contemporary political and legal disputes over issues such as government surveillance, data-mining, and commercial exploitation of non-secret information. Examination of the evolution of American constitutional law concerning personal privacy (e.g., search and seizure, reproductive rights).. (Writing-intensive.) Prerequisite, GOVT 201, 229, 241, 249, 270, or the consent of the instructor. Maximum enrollment, 20. Martin.

360 F The Politics and Theory of Place and Space.
How do we map out, conceptualize, inhabit and govern our spatial environment? What political challenges arise in organizing and maintaining a coherent world of places? A look at the theoretical and political dimensions of place and space through writings of geographers, political theorists, environmental thinkers, novelists and U.S. case studies, including 9/11, the debate over logging in the Pacific Northwest, the problem of sprawl, the decline and revival of old industrial cities, the future of America’s agricultural landscape, and the impact of climate change. (Writing-intensive.) Prerequisite, one 200-level course in American politics or political theory. Maximum enrollment, 20. Cannavo.

[365] Free Speech Theory.
Analysis of competing theories of the liberty of expression in the American context. Focuses primarily on contemporary political and legal disputes over such morally divisive issues as “hate speech,” campus speech codes, pornography, media and Internet censorship, and the proper role of free speech in a democracy. Examination of the evolution of American constitutional law concerning freedom of expression. (Writing-intensive.) Prerequisite, 229, 241, 270 or 276. Maximum enrollment, 20.

[389 S] Capitalism, Democracy, and the Workplace.
What is the relationship between capitalism and democracy? Do the claims of democracy extend into the workplace? This course examines the development of a market society, the division of labor, and contemporary working conditions, exploring the challenges and possibilities each presents democratic life. It emphasizes critical reading of historical, empirical, and normative texts in order to define and assess the mutual obligations between democratic societies and their citizens and workers. Readings include Adam Smith, Max Weber, Hannah Arendt, C. Wright Mills, and Karl Polanyi. (Writing-intensive.) (Proseminar.) Prerequisite, 117. Maximum enrollment, 16.

(from the Hamilton Course Catalogue)

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