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Spring 2016

POLS 111 INTRO TO US POLITICS (SS)

TUESDAY/THURSDAY                                           

9:35am-10:55am                 Dr. Matt Lindstrom

12:45pm-2:05pm                 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)

MON/WED/FRI

10:20am-11:15am                Dr. Christi Siver

3:00pm-3:55pm                     Dr. John Friend

"A must -an IR building block for your future as a political scientist."

"Some of the most fun I have had in political science."

POLS 211 POLITICS & POLITICAL LIFE (GE)

MON/WED/FRI                 11:30am-12:25pm               Dr. Claire Haeg

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

POLS 221 INTRO TO POLITICAL THEORY (HM)

MON/WED/FRI                10:20am-11:15am               Dr. Jim Read

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 222 ANALYSIS: U.S. POLICY/ELECTION

TUES/THURS      9:35am-10:55am          Dr. Whitney Court

POLS 223 COMPARATIVE POLITICS

MON/WED/FRI     1:50pm-2:45pm           Dr. Christi Siver

POLS 224 COURTS, LAW & POLICY

MON/WED/FRI    12:40pm-1:35pm          Dr. Phil Kronebusch

POLS 114-PUBLIC POLICY ANALYSIS (1 credit)

TUES/THURS          8:00am-9:20am         Dr. Jim Read

POLS 324 CONSTITUTIONAL LAW: LIBERTIES 

TUES/THURS          12:45pm-2:05pm         Dr. Phil Kronebusch

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 332 U.S. CONGRESS

MON/WED (not FRI)      1:50pm-3:10pm      Dr. Claire Haeg

Ever wonder why the US Congress just can't seem to get things done? Why is it such a frustrating mess? What are those rules and committees and debt ceilings people keep talking about? Ever wondered if there's any way we could fix it? This class will give you the background to legislative procedures, an understanding of how congressional elections work, and discuss possible ways to reform the whole system so that you don't have to start a revolution or move to Canada.

POLS 346 ASIAN POLITICS

TUES/THURS                     11:10am-12:30pm    Dr. John Friend

Examination of the politics and economics of three Asian countries, namely India, China and Japan. Contemporary politics is examined through a broad study of history, cultural and social traditions, and economic conditions. The U.S. relationships with each of these nations are also studied.

POLS 350A SUSTAINABLE URBAN PLANNING

TUES/THURS                       2:20pm-3:40pm        Dr. Matt Lindstrom

The course will include seminars, readings and case studies on themes including land use, ecological footprint, social neighborhood planning, citizen participation, work and mobility, life cycle design, low carbon / zero emission cities and urban ecology. The major focus of the course will be to examine different models of urban development, from traditional settlements to modern cities, and to develop an understanding of the complex human and environmental issues involved.

POLS 358 ETHICS OF WAR

TUES/THURS                      9:35am-10:55am            Dr. Christi Siver

If General Sherman was right that "war is hell," the concept of ethics seems completely irrelevant.  However, as human society has evolved, numerous politicians, philosophers, and religious figures have agreed on the need for an ethics in war, even if they have not agreed on the content of those ethics.  Students will be introduced to formal ethical frameworks and discover the dilemmas they encounter when applying these frameworks to real world situations.  Students will compare how these ethical frameworks overlap and diverge from political values.  We will debate particular dilemmas in warfare, including which authorities can declare war and when they are justified in doing so, what methods can be used in war, and what obligations both combatants and non-combatants have.  Students will work with a basic ethics text supplemented by contemporary articles outlining modern dilemmas related to ethics of war.

POLS 363 SENIOR RESEARCH SEMINAR: INSTITUTIONS

 TUES/THURS         8:00am-9:20am          Dr. Whitney Court

POLS 395 MODEL UNITED NATIONS SEMINAR

WEDNESDAYS        8:20am-9:15am           Dr. Gary Prevost

POLS 399 SENIOR COLLOQUIUM  (2 credits)

AB MOD-MWF         12:40pm-1:35pm  Dr. Jim Read

CD  MOD-MWF        12:40pm-1:35pm   Dr. Jim Read