Political Science

Current Course Offerings

Spring 2022

POLS 111 INTRO TO US POLITICS (SS and SW designation)
  • Tuesday/Thursday: 11:10 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., QUAD-360, Dr. Whitney Court
  • Tuesday/Thursday : 2:20 p.m. - 3:40 p.m., SIMNS-310, Dr. Matt Lindstrom
POLS 121 INTRO TO INT'L RELATIONS (SS & SW designation)
  • Tuesday/Thursday: 9:35 a.m. - 10:55 a.m., SIMNS-G60, Dr. Colin Hannigan
  • Monday/Wednesday/Friday: 9:10 a.m. - 10:05 a.m., SIMNS-G60, Dr. Pedro dos Santos
  • Monday/Wednesday/Friday: 10:20 a.m. - 11:15 a.m., SIMNS-G40, Dr. Christi Siver
POLS 180 POLITICS & POLITICAL LIFE (CI designation)
  • Monday/Wednesday/Friday: 10:20 a.m. - 11:15 a.m., SIMNS-310, Dr. Claire Haeg
  • Tuesday/Thursday: 2:20 p.m. -3:40 p.m., SIMNS-G10, Dr. Jim Read
POLS 221 INTRO TO POLITICAL THEORY (HM and HE designation – Benedictine designation)
  • Tuesday/Thursday: 11:10 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., QUAD-254, Dr. Jim Read
  • Tuesday/Thursday: 12:45 p.m. -2:05 p.m., SIMNS-G60, Dr. Scott Johnson
POLS 222 ANALYSIS: US POLICY/ELECTION (QR designation)
  • Tuesday/Thursday: 9:35 a.m. - 10:55 a.m., QUAD-360, Dr. Whitney Court
POLS 223 COMPARATIVE POLITICS
  • Monday/Wednesday/Friday: 12:40 p.m. - 1:35 p.m., SIMNS-G10, Dr. Christi Siver
POLS 224 COURTS, LAW & POLICY
  • Mednesday/Wednesday/Friday: 11:30 a.m. - 12:25 p.m., SIMNS-G40, Dr. Phil Kronebusch
1 credit  - POLS 295 PUBLIC POLICY DEBATE
  • Tuesday: 8:00 a.m. - 9:20 a.m., SIMNS-G60, Dr. Christi Siver
2 credit - POLS 114 PUBLIC POLICY ANALYSIS
  • Monday: 8:00 a.m. - 8:55 a.m., SIMNS-G40, Dr. Colin Hannigan
POLS 314 SEX GENDER POLITICAL THEORY (ES and CS designation) (Cross-listed with GEND 360L)
  • Tuesday/Thursday: 2:20 p.m. - 3:40 p.m., SIMNS-G60, Dr. Scott Johnson

Examination of the common theme that cannot be ignored in feminist thought: a claim to equality. This course examines the many varieties of feminist political theory including liberal feminism, radical feminism and socialist feminism. Students will look at how feminism has dealt with gender, ethnicity, sexual preference and examine where feminist theory is going into the future.

POLS 324 CONSTITUTIONAL LAW: LIBERTY/RIGHTS
  • Tuesday/Thursday: 11:10 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., SIMNS-G10, 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 342 DEMOCRATIZATION (SS and SW designation)
  • Tuesday/Thursday: 12:45 p.m. - 2:05 p.m., SIMNS-G10, Dr. Colin Hannigan

Study of regime change and regime stability in a comparative context. This course examines the origins, structures, value, stability, and international consequences of democracy and democratization. Topics include trends over time in regime change, structural and actor-based explanations for democratization, authoritarian survival strategies (repression, elections, parties, media control), institutional variation (e.g. electoral systems and forms of government), backsliding and authoritarian resurgence, the role of civil society and political culture, and the international behavior of democracies and autocracies. While democracy is sometimes perceived as singular, Western experience, empirical cases are primarily drawn from Latin America, Africa, Asia, post-Communist Eastern Europe, the Middle East, etc. 

POLS 350A SUSTAINABLE URBAN PLANNING (Cross-listed with ENVR 300R)
  • Tuesday Night:  6:15 p.m. - 9:15 p.m., SIMNS-G10, Dr. Matt Lindstrom

A sustainable world requires continual examination and debate related to the ways we plan, design and manage human settlements. Urban planners and policy makers address both the built and natural environment and the relationships between town and country. Sustainable development has ecological, economic and social aspects. The organization and design of space is a prime source of resource and energy use, as well as being a key to well -functioning and healthy communities. The course includes discussion and debate on themes including land use, economic development, ecological footprint, social neighborhood planning, citizen participation, work and mobility, and urban ecology.

POLS 377A JUSTICE (HM and HE designation)
  • Tuesday/Thursday: 9:35 a.m. - 10:55 a.m., SIMNS-G10, Dr. Jim Read

This course examines several of the most important contemporary conceptions of justice, especially the contrast between liberal egalitarian and libertarian approaches, along with their implications for the design of political, economic, and social institutions. This course will examine critiques of these approaches and ask students to reflect on their own choices regarding fair and equitable conditions, actions, policies, and laws.

POLS 380B RACE & GENDER IN BRAZIL (ES, CS and GL designation)
  • Tuesday/Thursday CD Mod: 9:35 a.m. - 10:55 a.m., QUAD-254, Dr. Pedro dos Santos

This course combines classroom learning at CSB/SJU during CD mod and ends with an experiential component abroad. Brazil is a complex country. Blessed with abundant natural resources, it has constantly failed to transform this potential into sustained economic development. The economic growth of the past century has exacerbated long lasting inequalities that date back to the colonial period, with the legacy of slavery looming large to this day. These inequalities, when analyzed more deeply, show that race and gender are important categories in understanding the country’s struggle for social and economic development. This class explores the relationship between development, inequality, race and gender in Brazil. Students will learn about the historical contexts that have created Brazil as a nation while also seeing firsthand the economic, social, cultural, and racial diversity of the country.

POLS 380C COMPARATIVE HEALTH CARE POLICY (CS and ES designation)
  • Monday/Wednesday : 1:50 p.m. - 3:10 p.m., SIMNS-G60, Dr. Claire Haeg

Is “Medicare for All” the solution to all our healthcare woes or is it just a big communist plot to destroy America? What is “Medicare for All” anyway? What’s the difference between Medicare and Medicaid? Are Canadians honestly happy waiting in line for knee surgery and are the Brits just insufferably smug about their NHS? Come find out this spring in a new course that examines the challenges and solutions to contemporary health care in countries across the world, from Europe and the Americas, to Asia and Africa. The course will focus on various parts of the United States’ health care system in comparison with that of the United Kingdom, Canada, Austria, Australia, Botswana, Japan, and others, with guest speakers from some of those countries. We examine how national health systems were shaped by different political, historical, cultural and socio-economic traditions and the political, social, and economic consequences of each system.

Contact the Political Science Department
College of Saint Benedict
Saint John’s University

Dr. Whitney Court
Chair, Political Science Department
SJU Simons 146
320-363-2048

Sheila Hellermann
Department Coordinator
SJU Simons 150
320-363-2731