POLS 111 INTRO TO US POLITICS - Dr. Claire Haeg & Dr. Scott Johnson (2 sections)
POLS 121 INTRO TO INT'L RELATIONS – Dr. John Friend & Colin Hannigan (2 sections)
POLS 211 POLITICS & POLITICAL LIFE – Dr. Jim Read
POLS 221 INTRO TO POLITICAL THEORY – Dr. Scott Johnson
POLS 222 ANALYSIS: U.S. POLICY/ELECTION - Dr. Whitney Court
POLS 223 COMPARATIVE POLITICS - Dr. Christi Siver
POLS 224 COURTS, LAW & POLICY – Dr. Phil Kronebusch
Upper Division Courses
POLS 313 20th Century Political Thought - Dr. Jim Read (Cross listed with Ethics)
Examination of political thought throughout the turbulent 20th century, with special attention to writers who theorize about justice and the struggle to achieve it. Topics covered may include: just and unjust wars, imperialism, economic justice, justice in relations between men and women and between members of different racial and ethnic groups. A careful study of the ideas of the 20th century will prepare students to face the new challenges of the 21st century.
POLS 350D Political Psychology/Behavior - Dr. Whitney Court
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 347 Latin American Politics – Prof Colin Hannigan
Comparative analysis of Latin American politics focusing on the themes of the military in politics, economic dependency, reform and revolution, and agrarian reform. Case studies include Mexico, Brazil, Chile, Argentina, Nicaragua and Cuba.
POLS 339 Gender & Politics – Dr. Claire Haeg
Analysis of public policy expectations, processes and decisions as they influence and are influenced by men and women differently. Students investigate criteria for gender-neutral policies, and evaluate the value and likelihood of such policy approaches.
POLS 344 Middle East Politics - Dr. John Friend
POLS 324 Constitutional Law: Civil Rights and Liberties - 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 356 Security: Defense, Diplomacy and Development - Dr. Christi Siver
In this course, students will explore issues of international security from different perspectives. The course will start by looking at traditional security issues involving violence and warfare, but then move on to economic security, environmental security, and human security. Students will examine the role of states, international institutions, and non-governmental actors in seeking to understand and increase security.
POLS Global Environmental Politics – Dr. Jeff Anderson (Cross-listed with Peace Studies)
This course explores the efforts of nation-states to collectively deal with global environmental problems, identifies alternatives to the nation-state (e.g. environmental NGOs), and studies domestic political movements to protect the environment. As a historically-rooted endeavor, this course examines how global environmental action has emerged as a result of increased international cooperation, newly available scientific information, ambivalence about the success of development, and changing attitudes regarding our responsibility to nature. Through the application of social science concepts such as the "tragedy of the commons," collective action theory, and regime formation theory, students will attempt to devise public policy solutions for global environmental issues. Many global environmental effects are felt most strongly in the developing world and these countries' experiences have given rise to many of the most potent critiques of modernization and development theory, both of which contribute to the course emphasis on areas outside of Western Europe and the United States.
POLS 361 Senior Research Seminar: Public Policy – Dr. Jim Read