Fall 2017

POLS 111 - Intro to US Politics

POLS 121 - Intro to IR

POLS 211 - Politics & Political Life

POLS 221 - Political Theory

Upper Division Offerings for Fall 2017

POLS 314 Feminist Political Theory                         

WED 6:15pm-9:15pm - 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 323 Constitutional Law: Structures/Power

MON/WED 1:50pm-3:10pm - Dr. Phil Kronebusch

Examination of constitutional interpretation and development in the United States with an emphasis on the role of the Supreme Court in the U.S. system of government. The course uses a combination of case, historical and political analysis to acquaint students with the power of the Supreme Court as an institution of government. Themes studied include the development of constitutional doctrines regarding the power relationship among the president, Congress, and the judiciary and between the federal and state governments.


POLS 333 Presidency

TUES/THURS 12:45pm-2:05pm - Dr. Whitney Court

Analysis of the president, organizational aspects of the executive office and relationship with Congress, the bureaucracy, the media and public opinion.


POLS 346 Asian Politics

TUES/THURS 9:35am-10:55am  - Dr. John Friend

Examination of the politics and economics of Asia. 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 in light of distinct foreign policy approaches.


POL 350A Sustainable Urban Planning (cross-listed with Environmental Studies)

TUES/THURS 11:10am-12:30pm  - Dr. Matt Lindstrom

A sustainable world requires major rethinking of the ways we plan, design and manage human settlements. We need a new paradigm for urban planners and policy makers, addressing both cities, infrastructures and buildings, as well as the relationships between town and country. Sustainable development has ecological, economic and social aspects. Our 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 will include themes of land use, ecological footprint, social neighborhood planning, citizen participation, work and mobility, life cycle design, low carbon / zero emission cities and urban ecology.


POLS 358B ETHICS IN WAR (Cross listed with Ethics)                

TUES/THUR 2:20pm-3:40pm - 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.  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. 



MWF 10:20am-11:15 am - Dr. Colin Hannigan

Over the past ten years, the United States and the United Nations has led major nation-building efforts while contributing stabilization and development in fragile and conflict-affected regions around the world. Common to these are attempts to begin long-term growth in areas that still suffer from the threat of violence. The course will examine these topics with questions such as: What are the causes of genocide and ethnic conflict? What interventions are most successful at enhancing human wellbeing, promoting human rights, and creating economic opportunities in these environments? How can we improve governance, enhance stability, and support economic development in conflict zones?

This course addresses inequality and human rights in an age of globalization. Topics may include welfare and society policy, regionalism and multilateralism, environmental protection, terrorism, human trafficking, modern slavery, world poverty, corporate military firms, governance of global financial institutions, and transnational social movements.

In addition

POLS 114 - Policy Memo (2 credits) - Dr. Jim Read

In this course students will diagnose a public policy problem and recommend a specific course of action to address that problem. Policy fields from which problems are drawn might include foreign policy, environmental policy, health care policy, education policy, or any other field of interest to the student. There are no regular classroom meetings. Each student will write a focused 3-page policy memo.


Senior Research Seminars

POLS 362 - Senior Research Seminar - Law (Kronebusch)

POLS 363 - Senior Research Seminar - Political Institutions (Haeg)

POLS 364 - Senior Research Seminar - International Relations/Comparative (Siver)