Fall 2015

POLS 111 INTRO TO US POLITICS (SS)

MONDAYS, WEDNESDAYS, FRIDAYS                       

1:50pm-2:45pm

Simons 310—Dr. Claire Haeg

 

TUESDAY/THURSDAY                                    

9:35am-10:55am

Simons G30 —Dr. Whitney Court

Introduction to the study, analysis and evaluation of U.S. political institutions, processes and policies. Subjects of the course include the structure of the federal government, constitutional rights and liberties, the functions of political parties, interest groups, communication media, and the process of democratic decision-making.

 

 

POLS 121 INTRO TO INT'L RELATIONS (SS & IC)

 

MONDAYS, WEDNESDAYS, FRIDAYS       

10:20am-11:15am  (Simons G30); or

12:40pm-1:35pm (Simons 310)

Dr. John Friend                                         

 

TUESDAY/THURSDAY                                    

11:10am-12:30pm

Quad 446 – Dr. Gary Prevost

 

 

POLS 211 POLITICS & POLITICAL LIFE (GE)

 

MONDAYS, WEDNESDAYS (not Fridays)              

1:50pm-3:10pm

Simons—Dr. Matt Lindstrom

 

TUESDAY/THURSDAY                                    

2:20pm-3:40pm

Quad 252—Dr. Gary Prevost

“Get ready to learn who you are. “

“I learned so much about who I was, what I believed and why that matters!”

“Great for learning about yourself. If you’re gonna take one political science class, it should be this one.”

“Really enjoyed this, such a key class toward development as a political scientist.”

 

 

POLS 221 INTRO TO POLITICAL THEORY (HM)

 

TUESDAY/THURSDAY                                        

11:10am-12:30pm; or

12:45pm-2:05pm

Simons G10—Dr. Scott Johnson                                   

 

Introduction to the practice of thinking theoretically about politics. Readings will include classic works (such as Aristotle's Politics, Hobbes' Leviathan, Locke's Second Treatise on Civil Government) as well as some American and 20th-century political theory.

 

POLS 323 CONSTITUTIONAL LAW: STRUCTURE/POWER 

 

TUESDAY/THURSDAY

11:10am -12:30pm  

Quad 247—Dr. Phil Kronebusch

 

Examination of constitutional interpretation and development in the United States with an emphasis on the role of the Supreme Court in the U.S. system of government. The course uses a combination of case, historical and political analysis to acquaint students with the power of the Supreme Court as an   institution of government. Themes studied include the development of constitutional doctrines regarding the power relationship among the president, Congress, and the judiciary and between the federal and state governments.

 

POLS 333 PRESIDENCY

 

TUESDAY/THURSDAY  

12:45pm-2:05pm  

Simons G40 -Dr. Whitney Court

 

Analysis of the president, organizational aspects of the executive office and relationship with Congress, the bureaucracy, the media and public opinion.

 

POLS 339 GENDER & POLITICS  (CROSS LIST WITH GENDER)

 

MONDAYS, WEDNESDAYS, FRIDAYS

10:40am-11:35am 

BAC A104-Dr. Claire Haeg

 

Women were granted the vote almost a century ago, so why are women still a mere 20% of the US Congress? Why has the United Kingdom had a female prime minister when there hasn’t even been a nominated female US presidential candidate? Is it voters or big money or is it there just too much media bias? Do women really know less about politics than men? Why is there a gender pay gap, and how big is it really? Why do men have to register for the draft when women don’t? This course examines the way in which gender affects our political life and how it shapes our politics: our beliefs and attitudes and worldviews, our voting behavior, and how we act in every aspect of the civic arena.

 

POS 344 MIDDLE EAST POLITICS

 

TUESDAY/THURSDAY  

9:35am-10:55 am  

Simons 310– Dr. Gary Prevost

 

Study of the current political conflicts in the Middle East region with particular emphasis on the Arab-Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Also emphasized will be the role of Islam and the political economy of oil.

 

POLS 355 GLOBALIZATION (FORMERLY IPE)

 

TUESDAY/THURSDAY  

2:20PM-3:40PM 

Quad 261 Dr. Christi Siver

 

Have you ever wondered how McDonalds and Apple gained prominence, both in terms of economic strength and as cultural identities? Or how fashions go from London runways to sweatshops in Bangladesh and then to your local Forever 21? How do states attempt to manage (and benefit from) increasing fast and complicated flows of trade and financial transactions? Drawing on insights form political economy, this class will examine both traditional and innovative case studies of globalization.

 

POLS 295 PUBLIC POLICY DEBATE (2 credits)

 

MONDAYS 6:15pm-8:00pm     BAC A104– Dr. Christi Siver

 

Debate students research current events and construct arguments on a variety of domestic and international issues. Students will learn the different structures of debate cases and numerous opposition arguments used in competitive parliamentary debate. 

 

 

 

POLS 395 MODEL UNITED NATIONS SEMINAR (1 credit)

WEDNESDAYS 8:20am-9:15am

Main-322 Dr. Gary Prevost

 

POLS 399 POLITICAL SCIENCE SENIOR COLLOQUIUM (2 credits)

MONDAYS, WEDNESDAYS, FRIDAYS          

12:40pm-1:35pm

Quad 349 Dr. Christi Siver