Fall 2020

POLS-111          Intro to U.S. Politics                                                                                                                        

Dr. Matt Lindstrom                                                                         

Dr. Claire Haeg                                                                                 

POLS-121          Intro to International Relations                                                                                                                 

Dr. Pedro dos Santos                                                                     

Dr. Christi Siver                                                                                

POLS-211          Politics & Political Life                                                                                                                   

Dr. Matt Lindstrom                         

Dr. Colin Hannigan                                                                                                                                        

POLS-221             Intro to Political Theory                                                                                                               

Dr. Scott Johnson                                                                                                                   

                                                                                                                                                                                               

POLS-323          Constitutional Law: Structures & Powers                                                                                              

Dr. Phil Kronebusch                                                                       

Wondering why Obamacare was found constitutional by the U.S. Supreme Court? Questioning where “We the People” fit in? Figure out the answers to these and other questions through an introduction to the U.S. Constitution, constitutional interpretation and development, separation-of-powers, federalism, and the structure of the federal judiciary (including the Supreme Court).    For those interested in the direction our country is going, as well as those interested in law school, this course is for you!

POLS-331          U.S. Political Parties/Elections                                                                                                   

Dr. Claire Haeg                                                                

Will President Trump win a second term in November of this year, or will the Democrats take back the White House? Which party will win control of the House and the Senate? Why do political scientists think that Trump won in 2016 but the Republicans lost control of the House in 2018? Ever wondered if presidential debates can really change an election outcome, or if all those political commercials actually convince people to change their votes? And why do people vote the way they do, anyway?   Figure out the answers to these questions and impress your friends and family with your insights and accurate predictions about the elections in November. This course examines the impact of media, campaigns, political parties, and elections on the US Political system.      

POLS 336             State & Local Government         

Dr. Whitney Court

You may be asking yourself, “Why should I care about state and local government?”  Well, do you wish you could take affordable and efficient public transportation from campus to the Minneapolis Airport?  Do you ever wonder why marijuana laws vary by state while being illegal at the federal level? Or why school quality and household wages vary so much by state and region?  In order to understand these topics, it is important to understand how state and local governments impact our everyday lives.  Understanding how these more accessible levels of government operate and how we might be able to influence them is critical. This course examines subnational political structures, processes, and policies such as education, policing, public assistance, environment, health care, transportation, and if time allows, policies on bears riding in cars.                                                                                                                                                  

POLS-343          Revolutions & Social Movements                                                                                                             

Dr. Colin Hannigan                                     

The revolution is dead. Long live the revolution. Do you often wonder what it takes for people to go from listening to Rage Against the Machine to actually raging against ‘The Machine’ ? Are you interested in why some revolutionaries use guns, while others use words? Do you want to know if peaceful resistance is more effective than violence in generating sociopolitical change? Are you too impatient for reform and not too keen on moving to Canada? This course underlines the power in political movement. We’ll identify the the various ways in which people stick it to the man, learn their reasons for doing so, and figure out what makes some movements more successful than others. Along the way, students will explore these and other key themes in the study of mass mobilization and sociopolitical change: social cleavages (e.g. race, ethnicity, class, gender), ideology and extremism, power and exclusion, state repression and violence, civil disobedience, media and popular culture, transnationalism, Marxism-Leninism, and the ‘logics’ of collective action. So, “come gather ‘round people,” and bring a friend, “for the times, they are a-changin’.”                                                                                                                        

POLS-352          Global Gender Issues                                                                                                      

Dr. Pedro dos Santos                                                                     

"Well, I don't care if the politician is a man or a woman." Have you ever said something like that? Do you know someone who says that? Or do you think that gender matters when choosing your politicians? Regardless of your opinion on the issue, this class is for you! Keeping the statement above in mind, this course will explore the role of gender in the political process. Focusing on the theoretical and practical implications of the concept of representation, this course takes on gender-related issues in all regions of the world to study the role of gender in understanding the idea of representation, the individuals representing citizens, and the impact of these individuals on policymaking. While the starting point and focus of this course is the role of women in the political process, we will also discuss other gender-related concepts and issues, including but not limited to LGBTQ rights and representation, transgender rights, intersectionality, and masculinity.                            

POLS-358B          Ethics in War                                                                                                                                   

Dr. Christi Siver                                                                               

While the number of armed conflicts has declined over the past decades, those that remain seem to persist longer with greater impact on civilians. The United States, only now extricating itself from ongoing conflicts in Afghanistan, Iraq, and Syria, remains engaged both in the broader war on terrorism and with potential peer competitors (China and Russia). How does the United States balance its commitments to human rights and democracy with increasing reluctance on the part of the public to send troops overseas. Is technology (drones, cyberwarfare) the answer? What about people caught in the crossfire? This class examines long-held principles in Ethics in War and asks whether they remain relevant in contemporary conflicts. (From a POLS grad: “You will leave class feeling especially spicy, but ready to take that energy and turn it into something useful.”)

                                                                                                                               

POLS-362          Senior Research Seminar: Law                                                                                                                                    

Dr. Phil Kronebusch                                                                                                         

POLS-363          Senior Research Seminar: Political Institutions                                                                                                   

Dr. Whitney Court                                                                                                                   

POLS-364          Senior Research Seminar: International Relations                                                                                             

Dr. Pedro dos Santos