Graduate Course Descriptions

The following directory lists the graduate courses which the University expects to offer, although the University in no way guarantees that all such courses will be offered in any given academic year, and reserves the right to alter the list if conditions warrant. Click on the links below for a list of courses in that subject area. You may then click “View Classes” to see scheduled classes for individual courses.

5000. Independent Study in Political Science

1.00 - 6.00 credits | May be repeated for a total of 24 credits.

Prerequisites: None.

Grading Basis: Graded

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5010. Investigation of Special Topics in Political Science

1.00 - 3.00 credits | May be repeated for a total of 24 credits.

Prerequisites: None.

Grading Basis: Graded

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5100. Proseminar in Political Theory

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: None.

Grading Basis: Graded

Historical survey and analysis of fundamental concepts in political theory.

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5105. Political Theory

3.00 credits | May be repeated for a total of 12 credits.

Prerequisites: None.

Grading Basis: Graded

Historical and conceptual analysis of selected political ideas such as justice, liberty, rights, political obligation, or the state; including an examination of one or more major schools or bodies of political thought from ancient to contemporary times.

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5115. Theories of Human Rights

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: None.

Grading Basis: Graded

Debates about the meaning of human rights and their importance.

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5117. Settler Colonialism/American Indigenous Thought and Practice

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: Recommended Preparation: POLS 5100

Grading Basis: Graded

Exploration of work in political theory engaging settler colonialism and historic and contemporary American indigenous thought and practice.

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5119. Historical Women Political Thinkers

Also offered as: WGSS 5119

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: Recommended preparation: POLS 5100. Not open to students who have passed POLS/WGSS 3027/W.

Grading Basis: Graded

Critical study of the writings of several historical women political thinkers.

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5200. Proseminar in Comparative Government

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: None.

Grading Basis: Graded

Political institutions and processes compared. Derivation of generalizations.

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5215. Comparative Political Development

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: None.

Grading Basis: Graded

Development of political systems in relation to socio-economic level and other conditioning factors. Political stability and change.

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5235. Comparative Democratization

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: None.

Grading Basis: Graded

Democratization and major approaches to regime change away from authoritarianism.

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5240. Research Seminar in Comparative Politics

3.00 credits | May be repeated for a total of 24 credits.

Prerequisites: None.

Grading Basis: Graded

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5250. Comparative Voting Behavior

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: None.

Grading Basis: Graded

The effect of economic, social, and political contexts on voters, decision-making processes.

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5260. Democratic Institutions

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: None.

Grading Basis: Graded

Rules that structure access to power and policy-making process across countries; changes over time; and major political effects. Topics include the electoral system, presidentialism, government formation, legislative committees, federalism, and the courts.

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5300. Proseminar in International Relations

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: None.

Grading Basis: Graded

Current theories of and methodological approaches to international relations.

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5305. Foreign Policy Analysis

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: None.

Grading Basis: Graded

Analysis of foreign policy processes from a comparative, theoretical perspective.

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5315. International Security

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: None.

Grading Basis: Graded

Political and military issues as they intersect at the international level, such as war, terrorism, alliances, and intervention.

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5322. Human Security

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: None.

Grading Basis: Graded

Examination of emerging conceptions of human security, important elements of which include good governance, food, water, political, economic, and environmental security. Definition, measurement, and politics of human security. Relationship to domestic and international policy-making and advocacy.

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5325. International Political Economy

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: None.

Grading Basis: Graded

Major problem areas in which politics, economics, and business intersect at the international level -- trade, foreign investment, and monetary relations. The politics and mechanisms of U.S. foreign economic policy.

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5330. International Organization and Law

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: None.

Grading Basis: Graded

International cooperation to resolve economic, social, and political transnational problems.

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5335. U.S. Foreign Policy in the Middle East

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: None.

Grading Basis: Graded

Examination of U.S. political, economic and strategic interests and aims in the Middle East.

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5340. Politics and Security in the Middle East

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: None.

Grading Basis: Graded

Examination of security issues in the Middle East and the responses of regional actors and external powers.

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5390. Economic Rights

Also offered as: ECON 5128, HRTS 5390

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: Not open to students who have passed HRTS or POLS 5390

Grading Basis: Graded

Explores the conceptual bases, measurement, and policy applications of economic rights. Specific topics will include: child labor, the right to development, non-governmental initiatives, and the institutionalization of economic rights (e.g., constitutionalization versus statutory implementation versus discretionary policies).

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5400. Proseminar in American Politics

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: None.

Grading Basis: Graded

Theory and practice of American government and politics, with an emphasis on various theoretical and methodological perspectives.

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5406. Special Topics in American Politics

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: None.

Grading Basis: Graded

Advanced study of selected topics. Intensive examination of research literature dealing with particular aspects of American politics.

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5407. American Political Institutions and Policy

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: None.

Grading Basis: Graded

The institutions and policy-making process of American government.

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5408. American Political Behavior

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: None.

Grading Basis: Graded

The political behavior of the American public, including public opinion, voting behavior, and other forms of participation.

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5409. American Race, Gender and Ethnic Politics

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: None.

Grading Basis: Graded

The politics of American race, gender and ethnicity, with a focus on disadvantaged groups and their influence on the political process.

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5410. Black Feminist Theory and Politics

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: None.

Grading Basis: Graded

Major debates at the core of black feminist theory, emphasizing the ways in which interlocking systems of oppression uphold and sustain each other in contemporary U.S. politics.

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5420. Public Opinion and American Democracy

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: None.

Grading Basis: Graded

Theories of democracy and what they imply about the public's capabilities and role; empirical research on the American public and public opinion in the context of democratic theory.

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5425. American Political Parties

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: None.

Grading Basis: Graded

The development, organization, and role of political parties in the United States, with implications for public policy.

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5460. Social Policy

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: None.

Grading Basis: Graded

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5505. Seminar in Public Law

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: None.

Grading Basis: Graded

Selected topics in public law, the administration of justice, and jurisprudence.

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5510. Judicial Decision-Making

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: None.

Grading Basis: Graded

The judicial decision-making process in terms of methods and models developed in the framework of the behavioral sciences.

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5515. Constitutional Interpretation

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: None.

Grading Basis: Graded

An exploration of the theories and process of constitutional interpretation in the United States, with an emphasis on the role the Supreme Court plays in defending and enforcing civil liberties.

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5600. Nature of Political Inquiry

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: None.

Grading Basis: Graded

The scope of political science, modes of inquiry, the role of concepts and theory. Graduate students are urged to take the course in their first semester.

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5605. Seminar in Quantitative Methods of Political Science

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: None.

Grading Basis: Graded

Introduction to the data analysis techniques most often used by political scientists. Requires no previous background in statistics.

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5615. Seminar in Qualitative Methods of Political Science

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: Prerequisites: POLS 5600 and 5605 (RG4858)

Grading Basis: Graded

A survey of qualitative research methods. Training in use of case studies, comparative historical approach, interviewing and focus groups, ethnography and interpretive methods.

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5620. Master's Project I

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: None.

Grading Basis: Graded

All master's students in Political Science must take this course in their penultimate semester.

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5621. Master's Project II

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: POLS 5620.

Grading Basis: Graded

All master's students in Political Science must take this course in their final semester.

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5625. Political Science Professional Development

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: None.

Grading Basis: Graded

Exploration of careers that involve researching and thinking about politics. Required for 5th Year M.A. students. Does not fulfill Methods or Subfield course requirements for POLS Ph.D. students.

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5630. Prospectus and Dissertation Writing Seminar

1.00 - 3.00 credits | May be repeated for a total of 10 credits.

Prerequisites: None.

Grading Basis: Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory

Writing workshop facilitates prospectus and dissertation writing.

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5700. Proseminar in Politics and Popular Culture

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: None.

Grading Basis: Graded

Intersections of politics and popular culture. Examination of cultural texts for political meaning and for dialogue with academic political science.

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5710. Political Science Fiction

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: Prerequisite: Not open for credit to students who have passed POLS 3710.

Grading Basis: Graded

International relations theory and speculative fiction as interpretations and interrogations of war, peace, politics, knowledge, and imagination.

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5800. Race in the Formation of the Human Sciences

Also offered as: ANTH 5800, LLAS 5800

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: Not open for credit to students who have passed PHIL 5380.

Grading Basis: Graded

Exploration of how race and the human sciences emerged out of the theological, epistemological, and political upheavals that resulted in the Euromodern world.

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6400. Research Seminars in American Politics

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: None.

Grading Basis: Graded

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6500. Research Seminar in Judicial Process

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: None.

Grading Basis: Graded

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6610. Research Seminar in Quantitative Methods

1.00 - 6.00 credits | May be repeated for a total of 6 credits.

Prerequisites: Prerequisite: POLS 5605 (RG509).

Grading Basis: Graded

Research in quantitative applications to political data.

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