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Political Science

POLI 100: Introduction to Government in the United States

Offered Fall semester 2015 (August 18-December 11)

This course is a general introduction to government and politics in the United States. We will examine government from both normative and empirical perspectives. How should our government function, and how does it function in reality? As a society, how close have we come to the ideal of a representative democracy in which citizens are informed, politically active, and heard on an equal basis? How can we move closer to that ideal? We will attempt to answer these questions through the study of American political institutions and political behavior.

After taking this course, you should have a

  • clear understanding of the founding principles of American government
  • firm grasp on the institutional makeup of American government, both in theory and in practice
  • sense of the actual and potential roles that citizens can play in American government and politics
  • healthy skepticism about politics, particularly when you encounter public opinion poll results, campaign advertising, and media coverage of politics.

Required Textbooks

  • Ginsberg, et al. We the People: An Introduction to American Politics, 8th Essentials edition (2011) ISBN 978-0393935653.
  • Canon, Coleman, and Mayer, eds., The Enduring Debate: Classic and Contemporary Readings in American Politics, 5th edition (2008)

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POLI 101: State & Local Government in the United States

Offered Fall semester 2015 (August 18-December 11)

The purpose of this course is to familiarize students with the politics of state and local governments through the prism of political science. At the course's conclusion, students should be able to identify and discuss the operation of major political actors and institutions common to many political situations in the American states and their constituent subdivisions. Moreover, students should develop a reasonably comprehensive framework to analyze and understand political systems and information that may fall beyond the scope of this course. As such, this course will encompass a basic introduction to the field of political science. This material will also serve as an important foundation for students who pursue more advanced studies in political science.

Required Textbooks

  • Gray and Hanson, Politics in the American States: A Comparative Analysis, 9th edition (2008), ISBN 978-0872893429
  • Deckman, School Board Battles: The Christian Right in Local Politics (2004), ISBN 978-1589010017

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POLI 150: International Relations and World Politics

Offered Fall semester 2015 (August 18-December 11)

The objectives of this course are three-fold:

  • to introduce students to the central concepts of and analytical approaches to the study of international politics
  • to apply those ideas to historical and current international events
  • to provide students with a foundation of basic knowledge and skills that will enable them to analyze and digest information about international issues outside of the context of the class.

This class will teach students how to think about international politics theoretically, and in so doing improve their understanding of a seemingly random and accidental world. Upon completion of this course, student will have the tools to engage rather than simply accept international events.

Required Textbooks

  • Oatley, International Political Economy: Interests and Institutions in the Global Economy, 5th edition, ISBN 978-0205060634
  • Betts, ed., Conflict After the Cold War: Arguments on Causes of War and Peace, 4th edition, ISBN 978-0205851751
  • Nye and Welch, Understanding Global Conflicts: An Introduction to Theory and History, 9th edition, ISBN 978-0205851638

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POLI 239: Introduction to European Government

Offered Fall semester 2015 (August 18-December 11)

The course looks at the political institutions and processes of Western European democracies, with special attention to France, Germany, England, and Italy.

Required Textbooks

  • Gallagher, Laver, and Mair, Representative Government in Modern Europe, 4th edition (2005), ISBN 978-0072977066
  • McCormick, Understanding the European Union: A Concise Introduction, 4th edition (2008), ISBN 978-0230201026

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POLI 271: Modern Political Thought

Offered Fall semester 2015 (August 18-December 11)

People living in the United States today have formed similar or shared opinions about the nature of human beings, what liberty and equality mean, what the ends of government should be, and, given those ends, how government ought to be structured. Few dispute, for example, the United States’ philosophical commitment to “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness” for all of its citizens. Far from being isolated in time, however, these opinions are shaped by a long history of scholars thinking and writing about politics—we are the heirs to this tradition of modern political thought. The purpose of this course will be to learn about that inheritance.

Required Textbooks

  • Machiavelli, Selected Political Writings, trans. and ed. Wootton
  • Hobbes, Leviathan, ed. Curley
  • Locke, Second Treatise of Government, ed. Macpherson
  • Rousseau, The Basic Political Writings, trans. Cress
  • Mill, ed., On Liberty and Other Essays, ISBN  978-0199535736
  • Tucker, ed., The Marx-Engels Reader, ISBN 978-0393090406

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