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Political Science

Applicable for the 2017-2018 academic year.

Political Science Website

Professors CRONIN, FULLER, HENDRICKSON, R. LEE (chair), LINDAU; Associate Professors GOULD, E. GRACE, PRICE-SMITH; Assistant Professors COGGINS, MCKENDRY, WITTMER, Visiting Professor DERDZINSKI

Political science prepares students for a variety of careers, public and private, including those directly related to politics and those based on graduate training. Departmental requirements are designed not just to prepare students for graduate school, but to give all majors broad exposure to politics and ready them for responsible citizenship in the contemporary world.

Major Requirements

Basic Requirement: Must complete 10 units in the Department of Political Science 

I. Introductory

The department offers courses in four sub-fields: American Politics, Political Theory, Comparative Politics, and International Relations. The Catalog of Courses indicates the departmental offerings by sub-field, and a current list is included below.

Students must take:

1) In the American politics subfield:
PS 200 - American Politics and Government
2) In the international relations subfield:
PS 209 - Introduction to International Relations or
PS 225 - Conduct of American Foreign Policy
3) In the comparative subfield:
PS 236 - Introduction to Comparative Politics
4) In the political theory subfield:
PS 205 - Foundations of Political Economy or
PS 270 - Liberty and Equality or
PS 292 - American Political Thought or
PS 298 – What is Political Philosophy?

Students are strongly advised to take the prescribed courses at the 200 level before taking courses at the 300 level. Either 209 or 225 can be counted towards the major, but not both.

II. Sub-field Distribution

A minimum of 10 units in the Department of Political Science is required, to include the following:

1) Two units in each of four subfields. In each subfield, students must take A) the prescribed course or one of the prescribed courses, and B) one additional course in that subfield.

2) A tutorial in one subfield selected for emphasis. Students who are admitted to write theses are exempt from the tutorial requirement.

3) One additional course to reach the 10-unit minimum. The elective may not be the internship courses, 231 or 233. In addition to the regular courses offered by the department, students may count as their elective one of the following courses: a Topics in Politics course (203), an independent study (402), or one course taken at another institution, in the United States or abroad.

III. Study Abroad

Students earning political science credit in off-campus programs or study at other institutions may qualify for relief from the 10-unit rule. However, the department believes a degree in political science from Colorado College means that majors did most of their work here. The department will normally count one unit of political science in an off-campus program toward the basic ten units. Any use of non-CC credit toward the major must have the approval of the student's departmental advisor or the department chair.

IV. Recommended Courses Outside of the Department:

A. The department strongly urges all its majors to achieve at least intermediate-level competency in a foreign language.

B. The department also advises all majors to take Principles of Economics and at least two courses in history.

V. Distinction

Distinction in political science will be awarded based on a graduating senior’s cumulative GPA in courses within the major.

VI. Thesis

Proposals to write a senior thesis must normally be submitted by the beginning of the final block of the student’s junior year, but a student studying off campus at the end of the junior year may submit a proposal in the first week of Block 1 of the senior year.

VII. Transfer Students

The department chair will consider granting credit toward the major for courses taken at another institution prior to admission to Colorado College at the time the student declares the major. Advanced Placement courses in high school may count toward total units for graduation and should be taken into consideration when selecting courses for the major. They do not, however, qualify for relief from the 10-unit rule.

Minor Requirements

A minor in political science enables students to complete a course of study within one of the subfields in the major. Completion of a minor in political science requires five courses, distributed as follows and chosen in consultation with an adviser in the department:

1) One of the following: 200 in the American politics subfield; 209 or 225 in the international relations subfield; 236 in comparative politics; 205 or 270 or 292 or 298 in the political theory subfield. Either 209 or 225 can be counted toward the minor, but not both.

2)  Three upper-division courses in the minor subfield, including at least one 300-level course for which the student has completed the prerequisite. A course in another subfield can be substituted for one of these three courses upon consultation with the minor advisor.

3) A tutorial in the minor subfield.


Political Science

PS101 What is Politics? Examines enduring themes in political life

Questions explored include the balance between state authority and individual liberty; analogies between the exercise of power in government and other areas of human life; the nature of ethical judgment in governance; and the varying ways in which constitutional regimes give expression to and tame the exercise of power. (Formerly 201 Political Analysis.) (Cannot be taken after 103.) (Not offered 2017-18).

Prerequisite: No credit after 103.

1 unit

PS103 Western Political Traditions

A survey of the experiences and ideas that have shaped political life in the West. Treatment of selected periods and political philosophies from Ancient Greece through the 20th century. The foundations and development of liberal-democratic thought, together with critiques of, and alternatives to, liberal-democratic thought and practice. Focus on the constitutional democracy of the United States. (Cannot be taken after PS 101.) (Offered as an FYE course.) Meets the Critical Perspectives: The West in Time requirement. (Not offered 2017-18).

Prerequisite: No credit after Political Science 101.

1 to 3 units

PS115 Concepts of Freedom From Ancient to Modern Times

This interdisciplinary course explores enduring questions in the Western tradition: What does it mean to be free? What are the basic ideas of freedom that figure prominently in the Western tradition? What is freedom for? Is there a rational use of freedom? Discussion will spring from readings in ancient, medieval and modern philosophy, politics, religion and literature, and complementary films. Meets the Critical Perspectives: The West in Time requirement. (Not offered 2017-18).

2 units

PS123 Race in America: A Conversation

(Not offered 2017-18).

.5 unit

PS150 Fundamental Debates on the Common Good

A major controversy in the history of Western political philosophy has been over the foundation and aims of political rule. Crucial to this debate is the question of the character and limits of a 'common good,' and indeed, the question whether such a good can even exist. Basic but competing perspectives, drawn from ancient, medieval, modern, and contemporary texts, will be examined, and stress will be placed on how the question of the 'common good' continues to animate political debate, as well as on its potential for shaping a student's moral and political outlook. (Offered as an FYE course.) Meets the Critical Perspectives: The West in Time requirement.

1 or 2 units — Grace

PS200 American Politics and Government

The structure and process of United States national politics and government. Special attention to the ideas and values, institutions, and political processes that shape contemporary public policies in this country.

1 unit — Cronin, Derdzinski

PS203 Topics in Politics:

1 unit — Alters, Chandrani, Coggins, Derdzinski

PS204 Topics in Politics: The Prison-Industrial Complex

An examination of shifting notions of crime and punishment in the United States and their political and social consequences. Primary focus on the growing incarceration rate, emerging corrections practices and philosophies, the rise of privatization and emergence of a 'revolving door' prison economy. (Not offered 2017-18).

.5 to 1 unit

PS205 Foundations of Political Economy

Examines enduring themes of Political Economy with a focus on the balance between individual liberty, state authority, regulation of economic activity and the relation of the polity to economy.

1 unit — Fuller

PS209 Introduction to International Relations

Introduction to the theory and practice of the contemporary state system. Emphasis on the last hundred years of inter-state rivalry.

Prerequisite: Either 209 or 225 can be counted towards the PS and IPE majors, but not both.

1 unit — Hendrickson, Price-Smith

PS210 The Law & Social Justice

Analysis of significant and controversial Supreme Court decisions on issues such as racism and the legacy of slavery, school desegregation, affirmative action, gender discrimination, sexual harassment, the right to an abortion, criminal law, freedom of speech, and the separation of church and state.

1 unit — Galves

PS211 Women, Government and Public Policy

Examines the relationship between women, government, and public policy -- with the primary goal of understanding how politics is gendered. Topics include the 'waves' of feminism, how female lawmakers navigate the electoral and legislative arenas, and the role of gender in public policy.

1 unit

PS212 The Civil Rights Movement

A survey of the Civil Rights Movement from the Montgomery bus boycott of 1955 to the assassination of Martin Luther King in Memphis in 1968. Particular emphasis on the enduring legal, political, and social effects of the movement. (Not offered 2017-18).

.5 unit

PS213 Leadership and Governance

Introduction to models and theories of leadership. Analysis of skills, styles and abilities that are frequently associated with effective leadership in political and organizational settings. Analysis of the paradoxes of leadership and the tensions among leadership, democracy, and creativity. (Not offered 2017-18).

1 to 3 units

PS220 Socrates

Famously condemned by democratic Athens as an impious and immoral corrupter of the young, Socrates has subsequently become a kind of hero of intellectual freedom. Yet Socrates’s radical pursuit of self-knowledge, his claim that 'the unexamined life is not worth living for a human being” has also continuously provoked profound philosophical debates. What does it mean to live an “examined life”? Why is self-knowledge the most important kind of knowledge? Does progress in Socratic self-knowledge help to strengthen – can it even comport with – our heartfelt commitments to moral, religious, and political progress? In this course, we begin to explore Socrates’ enigmatic life and teachings through accounts given of him by Plato and Xenophon, as well as through the many different and thoughtful judgments made of him through the ages - from Aristophanes and Aristotle to Rousseau, Nietzsche, Kierkegaard, and beyond.

.5 unit — Grace

PS225 Conduct of American Foreign Policy

Ideas and Institutions which condition the formulation and execution of the nation's foreign policy.

Prerequisite: Either 209 or 225 can be counted towards the PS and IPE majors, but not both.

1 unit — Foerster, Gould, Price-Smith

PS226 Gender & Politics

Examines the following questions: Are there politically relevant differences between the sexes, and if so, are they the product of nature and/or convention? What is/ought to be the relation between the political community and private attachments? How has liberalism answered these questions? How does consideration of gender challenge liberal theories such as contract, individual rights, and human nature? Readings in both political theory and in feminist literature.

1 unit — Grace

PS227 20th Century Japan

This course will trace the social, political, and cultural developments in Japan from the first Parliamentary elections in 1890 to the current fiscal crisis in the 1990s. Using a wide range of sources, students will explore major themes in Japan's empire, World War, economic miracle, and troubled role as Asian leader. Major themes will include cross-cultural contact, world systems, and women's history. Meets the Critical Perspectives: Global Cultures requirement. (Not offered 2017-18).

1 unit

PS231 Political Campaigning

Student internships in primary and general elections. Post-campaign written analysis required. (Offered as an independent study.)

Prerequisite: consent of instructor & may be arranged any block.

.5 to 1 unit

PS233 Governmental Participation

Directed internships in national, state and local government agencies. Written analysis of the work experience required. (Offered as an independent study.)

Prerequisite: consent of instructor & may be arranged any block.

.5 to 1 unit

PS234 Freedom and Empire: The Drama of Ancient Politics

Examines ancient politics, from the struggle for freedom to the temptations of empire, insofar as it is vividly portrayed in Shakespeare and the classical literature of Greece and Rome: the greatness, challenges and defects of the ancient republic; the nature of political and military ambition; and the causes and character of empire. Focus/possible works: Shakespeare's Roman plays; the Socratic Xenophon's novel on the rise and rule of Cyrus the Great; Tacitus on Roman emperors. The course may also draw upon Machiavelli on Rome. (Not offered 2017-18).

1 unit

PS235 Shakespeare’s Political Wisdom

This course will explore Shakespeare’s dramas as political philosophy. In his plays, Shakespeare often immerses the audience in richly detailed political situations that give rise to profound political and moral dilemmas which human beings continue to confront to this day. The class will pursue the moral and political education that thoughtful and prudent political men and women had for generations found in so many of Shakespeare’s dramas. (Not offered 2017-18).

1 unit

PS236 Introduction to Comparative Politics

This course introduces the concepts, definitions, theories and scholarly approaches used to study comparative politics with reference to selected case studies in different regions of the world.

1 unit — Lindau, Sorace

PS242 Conservatism & Liberalism

Examination of leading conservative and liberal thinkers in America since 1945. (Not offered 2017-18).

1 unit

PS243 Southeast Asian Politics

By providing an overview of states and societies in pre-colonial, colonial, and post-colonial Southeast Asia, this course aims to make sense of key forces which have shaped the region's diverse political systems today-the military juntas in Burma and Thailand, the socialist regime in Vietnam, single party dominant systems in Singapore and Malaysia, and multiparty presidential systems in Indonesia and the Philippines. Meets the Critical Perspectives: Social Inequality requirement. (Not offered 2017-18).

1 unit

PS246 Politics in Literature

Reading and discussion of classic and contemporary works of fiction and drama known both for their literary merit and for their insight into politics. (Not offered 2017-18).

1 unit

PS248 Environmental Politics of Agriculture

This course focuses on the historical and contemporary processes of environmental change and agrarian transformation as a result of resource scarcity, scientific progress, and capitalist development. Meets the Critical Perspectives: Social Inequality requirement. (Not offered 2017-18).

1 unit

PS253 Introduction to International Development

Drawing on politics, economics, sociology and anthropology, this course critically examines the First World's relations with the Third World through the lens of 'development.' (Not offered 2017-18).

1 unit

PS254 Democracy & Justice

(Not offered 2017-18).

.5 unit

PS270 Liberty & Equality

Explores the question whether there is a fundamental justification for democratic rule by analyzing diverse defenses and critiques of the claims that democracy is founded on the truth of human equality and best provides for individual liberty. (Not offered 2017-18).

1 unit

PS272 Cities, Sustainability, and Environmental Justice

Examines the relationship between cities and nature, with a particular emphasis on current efforts by cities around the world to become more environmentally sustainable. Explores the meanings of sustainability in the context of urban areas, and how these meanings differ among cities in the Global North and the Global South. Considers the major political challenges that cities face in their efforts to reduce their environmental impact and questions of environmental justice. (Not offered 2017-18).

1 unit

PS274 Environmental Politics and Policy

Considers environmental politics and policy in the United States from the early twentieth century through the present. Examines environmental policies at the federal level, their effectiveness and limitations in protecting the environment, and the major policy debates that have surrounded them. Investigates the role of other key actors in shaping environmental governance, including environmental organizations, industry, and state and local governments

Prerequisite: Environmental Program 141 or Political Science 200 recommended. EV Policy majors and EV Integrated Science majors can count this course or Environmental Program 271 toward the major, but not both.

1 unit — McKendry

PS290 Foundations of Political Thought

Examines the origins and development of political theory from Plato to Machiavelli. (Not offered 2017-18).

Prerequisite: Meets AP:A if taken immediately before Political Science 101.

1 unit

PS292 American Political Thought

An examination of the political theory of the American founding and its relevance to contemporary political problems.

1 unit — Fuller

PS296 The Politics of the Legal Process

Norms and processes of courts and the legal professions. How they shape and are shaped by public policy and political culture. Emphasis given to interpretation of statutes, common law, and the U. S. Constitution. (Not offered 2017-18).

1 unit

PS298 What is Political Philosophy?

Among the fundamental questions to be raised: How does the perspective of a political philosopher differ from that of an experienced practitioner of politics? What - if anything - makes for a philosophical approach to politics, and what accounts for the differences in approaches and conclusions among various political philosophies? Why have philosophers turned their attention to politics, and why is it the case that, for some political philosophers, a concern for affecting political practice is not the primary interest, nor even a goal, while for others it is?

1 unit — Grace

PS301 Europe and its Governments:

A comparative study of the political systems and political cultures of selected European countries with consideration of the history and prospects of European Union. (Not offered 2017-18).

1 unit

PS303 The Uses of the Past

Examination of modern philosophies of history since Hegel. Taught as an independent study, extended format or Summer Readings course in accordance with student schedules by arrangement with the instructor. Also fulfills a requirement in the Classics-History-Political Science major. COI.

.5 to 1 unit

PS304 Political Psychology

An overview of the interdisciplinary field of political psychology. Questions include: 1)Why do people engage in 'evil' behavior; 2)Why is there intergroup conflict; 3)How does the media alter political attitudes; and 4)Why do people make 'irrational political decisions? To answer these questions we will engage the situationist - dispositionist debate which shapes political behavior more, the situations in which individuals find themselves, or the psychological dispositions of those individuals? (Not offered 2017-18).

1 unit

PS306 Democracy & Markets

A comparative examination of the introduction of democracy and markets in Latin America, Africa, Eastern Europe, and Asia, featuring an analysis of how the contemporary package of neo-liberal policies known as 'the Washington consensus' interacts with political institutions. Meets the Critical Perspectives: Global Cultures requirement.

1 unit — Gould

PS308 Comparative Politics: Russia

The roots, rise, maturity, and collapse of Soviet Leninism. Addresses implications of the Soviet legacy and contemporary conditions of the post-Soviet political order in Russia and other successor states of the Soviet Union. (Not offered 2017-18).

1 unit

PS309 Origins of the Modern State System

Examines the development of international thought from the Renaissance to the Scottish, French, and American Enlightenments. How the modern thinkers saw antiquity, and how their thought is relevant to contemporary trends and debates, are key themes. (Not offered 2017-18).

1 to 2 units

PS310 Post-Communist Politics and Literature

Examination of post-communist political and economic changes in Eastern Europe, Central Europe, and Russia following the fall of communism through the lenses of political theory, economic theory, and literature. Exploration of how literature not only reflects and comments on political and economic developments but also enacts them. (Not offered 2017-18).

Prerequisite: 200 or 300-level literature course in Comparative Literature, English or other literature course; any 100 or 200 level Political Science course; or Consent of Instructor.

1 unit

PS311 Contemporary International Politics

An examination of the conflict zones of the contemporary international system, with typical focus on East Asia, the Middle East, and Europe (Not offered 2017-18).

1 to 2 units

PS312 Balkan Politics-Disintegration & Rebirth

Focuses on Yugoslavia's disintegration in the 1990's and the subsequent international response. Evaluates theories developed in the fields of international relations and comparative politics that purport to explain events. Places specific focus on the interaction of identity and political institutions. May meet either the Critical Perspectives: Global Cultures or Social Inequality requirement. (Not offered 2017-18).

.5 to 1 unit

PS313 Comparative Politics: The Middle East and North Africa

A comparative study of the internal politics of selected states in the region, with emphasis on the relationship between the religious and political spheres and on the question of democratization. Meets the Critical Perspectives: Global Cultures requirement.

1 unit — Lee

PS314 International Politics of the Middle East and North Africa

The re-emergence of the Middle East as a regional subsystem in the 20th Century. The role of foreign powers, the rise and decline of Arabism, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, wars in the Gulf, and the impact of the Islamist movements since 1967. Meets the Critical Perspectives: Global Cultures requirement.

1 unit — Lee

PS315 Parties and Voting Behavior

Current philosophies and strategies for victory of the Democratic and Republican parties in the United States. Emphasis on group voting behavior and recent election statistics. (Not open to students who have taken Topics in Politics: Electoral Politics and Voting Behavior.) (Not offered 2017-18).

1 to 2 units

PS317 The American Founding

Examines the main characters, events, and ideas of the era of revolution and constitution building. Focuses on the debates over the Federal Constitution and the diplomacy of the early republic. Considers changing views of the Constitution’s significance over time. Also listed as History 240.

1 unit — Hendrickson

PS318 The American Presidency

Examines and evaluates the institution, the politics and policy impact of the American presidency with special emphasis on theories, models and strategies of presidential leadership.

1 unit — Cronin

PS320 The United States Congress

Structure and operation of the United States House of Representatives and the United States Senate. Emphasis on political organization, the committee system, lobby groups, roll-call analysis, and congressional relations with the executive and the bureaucracy. (Not offered 2017-18).

1 unit

PS321 Public Policymaking

Forces shaping public policies and decisions; internal politics of the national bureaucracy, the Presidency and Congress. Applies theories of policymaking to such cases as the environment, race and military affairs.

1 unit — Coggins

PS321 Public Policymaking

Forces shaping public policies and decisions; internal politics of the national bureaucracy, the Presidency and Congress. Applies theories of policymaking to such cases as the environment, race and military affairs.

1 unit — Coggins

PS322 Russia & the World

(Not offered 2017-18).

1 unit

PS323 Minority Politics

A comparative analysis of the political experience and responses of major ethnic minorities and women to the American political process. Meets the Critical Perspectives: Social Inequality requirement. (Not offered 2017-18).

1 unit

PS324 Environmental Law and Policy for Global Commons

Examines the application of international policy and law in the protection of the global commons -- climate, biological diversity, the marine environment and the atmosphere. Considers the major issues -- pollution control, natural resource management, and trade -- and focuses on the international infrastructure and treaties that have been negotiated to regulate the environment -- the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Seas (UNCLOS), the Rio Declaration, the Convention on Climate Change, the Kyoto Protocol and Convention on the International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES). (Not offered 2017-18).

1 unit

PS325 The American Century

A study of the world involvement of the United States from World War I to the present. Examines themes of rise and decline; isolation and intervention; union and empire; military industrial complex and national security state; domestic influences on foreign policy.

1 unit — Hendrickson

PS326 Japanese Politics

Survey course on the development of modern politics in Japan, from the Meiji Restoration to the contemporary corporatist partnership between the state and the business and financial community. (Not offered 2017-18).

1 unit

PS327 Modern China

This survey course, covering Chinese history and politics from the Boxer Rebellion and the first Western influences to the successful revolution by the Chinese Communist Party, will provide a basic understanding of Chinese history and politics in the modern era. Meets the Critical Perspectives: Global Cultures requirement. (Not offered 2017-18).

1 unit

PS330 Colloquium in History and Political Science

A seminar organized around comparative analysis of a common theme or topic, employing both historical and political science approaches to analysis and research. Designed principally for History/Political Science majors, but others may be admitted with consent of instructor.

Prerequisite: HY/PS major or consent of instructor.

1 unit — Lee, Murphy

PS331 Comparative Politics: China

The development of Chinese politics, with emphasis on the period of reform and opening to the world after 1976 and the contemporary politics of the People's Republic of China. Meets the Critical Perspectives: Social Inequality requirement.

1 unit — Sorace

PS333 Building The European Union: Integration, Institutions and Politics

Students acquire the historical background and analytical tools necessary to understand the European Union. Covers EU history, institutions, and contemporary policies. (Not offered 2017-18).

1 unit

PS334 The U.S. Environmental Movement

This course examines the politics of environmentalism and environmental activism in the United States. It focuses on the development and transformation of environmentalism as a social movement from its roots in the preservationists of the late 19th century, through the emergence of the modern environmental movement in the mid-twentieth century, up to through the challenges environmentalism has faced from across the political spectrum in the past thirty years. It also examines the principal debates that have divided the environmental movement itself, including the debate between conservationism and reservationism, the relationship between wilderness protection and environmental justice, and debates about the efficacy of the movement’s traditional focus on state regulation. Finally, the course investigates the successes and failures of the environmental movement and the challenges and opportunities that mark environmental politics today (Not offered 2017-18).

Prerequisite: Political Science 200 or Environmental Program 271 recommended.

1 unit

PS335 Comparative Politics of Latin America

An overview of theories of political change and a comparative analysis of the politics of Argentina, Brazil and Chile. Meets the Critical Perspectives: Social Inequality requirement.

1 unit — Lindau

PS336 The Cuban Revolution

This course examines theories of revolution through the lens of the Cuban experience. Special focus on the evolution of the Cuban regime and the evaluation of its performance. Additional topics include the analysis of U.S. policy toward the Castro government. Meets the Critical Perspectives: Social Inequality requirement.

Prerequisite: Political Science 335 or consent of instructor.

1 unit — Lindau

PS342 Intervention, the Drug War and Human Migration: The U.S.-Latin American Relationship

The U.S.-Latin American Relationship: Explores the evolution of the U.S.- Latin American relationship over the last century. Focuses primarily on overt and covert intervention; the genesis and evolution of the drug war; and, the impacts of human migration. Meets the Critical Perspectives: Social Inequality requirement.

1 unit — Lindau

PS344 Realism and Idealism in Political Philosophy

We will reconsider the commonly used terms 'idealism' and 'realism,' 'theory' and 'practice' in light of prominent works of political philosophy that are devoted to the study of human aspirations to peace and justice in both domestic and international politics. Through an attentive reading of Machiavelli’s infamous work The Prince (and selected readings) we will consider how a philosophical or radical realism can give birth to a daring venture, both ruthless and humane, to revolutionize both political thought and practice. Then, by way of a careful interpretation of Plato’s Republic, we will consider how philosophical engagement with political 'idealism' can give rise to a kind of thoroughgoing realism, and a complete transformation of our moral and political aspirations.

1 unit — Grace

PS348 Conduct of Russian Foreign Policy

Investigates competing narratives explaining Russia’s patterns of conflict and cooperation with the West. An in-depth empirical study of the historical record enables students to develop an informed, critical analysis of Russian foreign policy. (Not offered 2017-18).

1 unit

PS350 Theories of the Contemporary International Politics.

Surveys contending theories of the contemporary global system, with attention to topics such as globalization, U.S. hegemony, regional conflict, the just war, and the environment. (Not offered 2017-18).

Prerequisite: Political Science 209, 225 or consent of instructor.

1 unit

PS351 State Formation and Social Movements

Examines the historical processes of state formation in the West and elsewhere. Explores reactions from societies, which took the forms of social movements--from peasant rebellions to social revolutions. (Not offered 2017-18).

1 unit

PS356 Global Environmental Policy

An interdisciplinary analysis of environmental policy formulation and regulation at the international level. Examines the negative impact of human activity upon complex ecosystems and the 'global commons,' and analyses the efficacy of international regimes, such as the Kyoto Protocol. Debates the linkages between environmental change, prosperity, and conceptualizations of security.

1 unit — Price-Smith

PS358 Environment, Health and Security

Focuses on the global dimensions of environmental change, resource scarcity, and their interactions with human health within the domain of political science. Examines the utility of orthodox 'national security' paradigms versus emerging conceptualizations of 'human security.' (Not offered 2017-18).

1 unit

PS371 Political Thought from Kant to Nietzsche

Examination of works fundamental to the development of modern political philosophy, including Kant, Hegel, Marx, Mill and Nietzsche. (Not offered 2017-18).

1 unit

PS372 Political Thought Since Nietzsche

Reading of major essays in political thought from Nietzsche to the present including such thinkers as Hannah Arendt, Friedrich Hayek, Pierre Manent, Michael Oakeshott, Leo Strauss and Eric Voegelin.

Prerequisite: Junior standing or consent of instructor.

1 unit — Fuller

PS375 Introduction to International Political Economy

Examination of classic and modern conceptions of political economy. Emphasis on understanding theory and applying it to explain political and economic outcomes within states and among states in the international arena. Open to declared junior International Political Economy majors, and to others with consent of instructor.

Prerequisite: Economics 201.

1 unit — Kapuria-Foreman, McKendry

PS380 Constitutional Law in American Politics

Examines (1) the political and social dynamics and interpretive methods that shape the constitutional decisions of the U. S. Supreme Court, and (2) the political impact of the Court's constitutional decisions and doctrines on political and social conditions. Emphasis given to the shift from judicial concern with governmental structures and powers to the contemporary concern with individual and group rights.

Prerequisite: consent of instructor or Political Science 200.

1 unit — Galves

PS385 Rousseau Contra Nietzsche

The writings of Jean-Jacques Rousseau and Friedrich Nietzsche - as penetrating as they are eloquent, as radical in their philosophical explorations as they are revolutionary in their moral and political implications – continue to have a profound influence on our age. Both Rousseau and Nietzsche leveled scathing critiques at emergent modernity and incisively detailed its powerful but corrupting effects on our lives, while painting competing visions of how to ennoble modern values, politics and culture. Yet they seem to do so as polar opposites; indeed, Nietzsche directs his immense rhetorical firepower at Rousseau as a thinker who fostered values - values central to us now - that would only serve to deepen the problems that concern him. Nietzsche’s condemnation of Rousseau, however, is the obverse of his high regard for the latter as the originator of one of the most profound alternatives to modernity. The course will seek to enter into this great contest through an attentive reading of a number of Rousseau’s and Nietzsche’s fundamental texts. (Not offered 2017-18).

1 unit

PS402 Independent Research in Political Science

A project normally organized around preparation of a substantial paper. Proposed and carried out at student initiative, under supervision of a department faculty member, in an area in which the student has already completed basic course work. (May also be listed as North American Studies 402 if emphasis is on Canada.)

1 unit — Lindau

PS403 Independent Study:

1 unit — Fuller, Price-Smith

PS404 Tutorial in American Politics

Prerequisite: consent of instructor.

1 unit — Coggins, Wolfe

PS408 Tutorial in Political Theory

May be taught as a block course or as an extended format year-long course.

Prerequisite: consent of instructor.

1 unit

PS410 Tutorial in International Relations

Prerequisite: consent of instructor.

1 unit — Hendrickson, Price-Smith

PS412 Tutorial in Comparative Politics

Prerequisite: consent of instructor.

1 unit — Lee, Lindau, Sorace

PS419 Seminar in Political Philosophy:

A semester long intensive study of advanced texts and topics in political philosophy. The seminar takes one of two forms: Morality of Power. Examines various accounts and defenses of the human interest in the pursuit of power; what constitutes power; and the relations among power, political rule, and justice. Philosophy and Politics in Post-modernity. An introduction to radical changes in philosophic thinking and their potential significance for our understanding of American politics and its principles. This introduction will take place, in part, through a debate with a modern approach to philosophy, politics and morals, including a consideration of its possible connection to Nihilism.

Prerequisite: consent of instructor.

.5 unit

PS424 History-Political Science Thesis

Prerequisite: Consent of both Departments.

2 units

PS450 Political Science Thesis

Thesis on a subject chosen by the student with approval from the department. Independent-study format with regular consultation between student and faculty supervisor.

1 unit — Grace

PS470 Tutorial in International Political Economy

Focuses on the historical development and current role of international institutions and multilateral treaties in the regulation of the world economy and environment, with emphasis on the impact of and challenges presented by globalization. Students write a substantial paper exploring some aspect of this interaction, but have considerable freedom in defining their research agenda.

Prerequisite: IPE major or consent of instructor.

1 unit — Gould

PS490 Political Economy Distinction Thesis

Optional for majors in American Political Economy and International Political Economy, upon application to, and approval of, the departments of Political Science and Economics and Business. (Must be taken in conjunction with Economics 491 for a total of 2 units.)

1 to 2 units