POLS 111 INTRO TO US POLITICS (SS)
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)
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