Spring 2015

POLS 111              INTRO TO US POLITICS (SS) 

                                MWF     9:10am-10:05am               SIMNS-G40         Haeg, C          

                                TR           9:35am-10:55am               SIMNS-330          Lindstrom, M    

 

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

                                MWF     10:20am-11:15am            SIMNS-G10         Siver, C

                                TR           1:05pm-2:25pm                 MAIN-323           Parikh, M            

 

POLS 211              POLITICS & POLITICAL LIFE  (GE)

                                MWF     11:30am-12:25pm            SIMNS-G10         Haeg, C               

                                TR           2:20pm-3:40pm                 SIMNS-G30         Read, J 

Intensive discussion and writing-oriented course that explores perennial issues of political life (such as freedom and justice, race and gender) through literature, drama, film, and essays. Students write a Political Autobiography reflecting upon their own political experiences and the formation of their own political perspective. The course is required for political science majors, and open to students from all other majors.

 

POLS 221              INTRO TO POLITICAL THEORY (HM) 

                                TR           12:45pm-2:05pm              SIMNS-G30         Read, J 

 

POLS 222              ANALYSIS: U.S. POLICY/ELECTION

                                TR           11:10am-12:30pm            SIMNS-G10         Court, W             

 

POLS 223              COMPARATIVE POLITICS

                                MWF     1:50 pm-2:45 pm             Simons G30       Siver, C

 

POLS 224              COURTS, LAW & POLICY 

                                MWF     12:40pm-1:35pm              SIMNS-330          Greenfest, S     

 

POLS 324              CONSTITUTIONAL LAW:LIBERTY/RIGHTS 

                                TR           12:45pm-2:05pm              QUAD-252           Kronebusch, P  

Examination of the Bill of Rights and the 14th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution with an emphasis on noteworthy Supreme Court cases from the past 50 years. Subjects studied include the guarantees of equal protection and due process, the right to privacy, the doctrines of free expression, and the separation of church and state.

 

POLS 330              ENVIRONMENTAL POLITICS/POLICY 

Cross listed with Environmental Studies

                               T              6:15pm-9:15pm SIMNS-330          Lindstrom, M    

 This is a course about the politics and policies surrounding environmental issues at all levels of government. Many issues are both local and global. Transportation, electricity, and food are locally experienced but have global as well as local environmental ramifications. Environmental politics and policy are necessarily multi-disciplinary topics so we will draw upon a range of disciplines including economics, history, ecology, and ethics in addition to political science, public policy, and public administration. In covering environmental politics, we focus mostly on the major, albeit shifting, themes of "environmentalism" from white-collar lobbying, legislating and litigating to the direct action protests and the politics of corporate sustainability. The policy focus emphasizes content related to major federal laws governing public lands and other environmental issues, and the federal agencies that oversee environmental policy. The second half of the course concentrates on specific local, national and international issues such as the management of national forests, food politics, and local land use planning. We will study each issue by discussing the players and major debates circulating around the respective ecological issues.

 

POLS 350D           POLITICAL PSYCHOLOGY/BEHAVIOR 

                                TR           9:35am-10:55am               SIMNS-G40         Court, W

 This course will apply psychological theories to the context of politics to help us better understand the political behavior of political elites and the citizenry.  We will begin by analyzing how attitudes are formed.  Then we will answer questions like, what does it mean to be a part of a particular identity group and how might that shape your political behavior and beliefs?  We will examine what motivates people to take part in politics while others appear to sit on the sidelines.  This course will investigate how people process and perceive information, and then we will critically examine the effectiveness of different campaign tactics given this knowledge.  By the end of this semester students will gain a stronger understanding of how an interdisciplinary research approach can help us better comprehend and predict the political environment.   

 

POLS 351              U.S. FOREIGN POLICY 

                                TR           2:20pm-3:40pm                 SIMNS-330          Siver, C

 Examination of United States foreign policy. The course focuses on key players as well as institutions and unofficial individuals or groups involved in the making of U.S. foreign policy. Case studies will be used to bring a 'real-life' element to the class.

 

POLS 353              INTERNATIONAL LAW & ORGANIZATION 

Cross-listed with PCST 349

                                 TR           11:10am-12:30pm            SIMNS-G40         Anderson, J       

International law and international organizations are instruments for creating, maintaining, and altering our world. In domestic law, members are able to define the character of their society and design and enforce laws accordingly. But, can this be done in international society? This course explores the potential and limitations of law between sovereign states and those organizations comprised of states to address the challenges our world faces. In addition, we will go beyond the nation‑state to explore the ways in which non‑state actors are playing greater roles in the shaping of global values. Select non‑governmental organizations (NGOs), including multi‑national corporations (MNCs), the Catholic Church, women's organizations, drug trafficking organizations, terrorist organizations, and international development organizations will be examined to augment the traditionally state‑centric focus of many international law and organization courses.

 

POLS 361              SENIOR RESEARCH SEMINAR: PUBLIC AFFAIRS 

                                MWF     8:00am-8:55am                 QUAD-261           Greenfest, S     

 

POLS 395              MODEL UNITED NATIONS SEMINAR 

                                W            8:20am-9:15am                 MAIN-323         Prevost, G          

 

POLS 399              SENIOR COLLOQUIUM

                                Monday, Wednesday    3:00pm-4:20pm     SIMONS G40   Read, J     (A & B Mod only)