Fall 2021

POLS-111 INTRO TO US POLITICS

10849 TR 12:45pm-2:05pm Dr. Matt Lindstrom

10850 MWF 10:20am-11:15am Dr. Whitney Court

POLS-121 INTRO INT'L RELATIONS

10854 MWF 9:10am-10:05am Dr. Pedro dos Santos

10855 MWF 11:30am-12:25pm Dr. Christi Siver

16261 TR 9:35am-10:55am Dr. Colin Hannigan

POLS-211 POLITICS & POLITICAL LIFE

10857 TR 9:35am-10:55am Dr. Matt Lindstrom

15854 MWF 11:30am-12:25pm Dr. Colin Hannigan

16262 TR 2:20pm-3:40pm Dr. Jim Read

POLS-221 INTRO POLITICAL THEORY

10861 TR 11:10am-12:30pm Dr. Jim Read

POLS-395A MODEL UNITED NATIONS SEMINAR

15185 W 8:00am-8:55am Dr. Colin Hannigan

UPPER DIVISION CLASSES:

POLS-313 20TH C POLITICAL THOUGHT

16266 TR 9:35am-10:55am Dr. Jim Read

The theme of this Political Science 313/Ethics 390 offering is “Markets, Justice, and Identity.” We will focus on two different ways in which questions of justice and injustice arise in the modern world: in matters of distribution (who gets how much of what?); and in matters of recognition (are we respected and valued for who we are, or treated as though we don’t matter?) We will examine the ethical choices we face on in this respect as citizens, voters, consumers, and members of a community. We will give sustained attention to issues of racial equality and racial injustice – including in the context of law enforcement and the U.S. criminal justice system. Finally, we will explore how identity politics, in both positive and destructive forms, shapes modern democratic societies.

POLS-323 CONSTITUTIONAL LAW: STRUCTURE/POWER

15855 TR 11:10am-12:30pm 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-332 U.S. CONGRESS

16263 MW 1:50pm-3:10pm Dr. Claire Haeg

Ever wondered why Congress is so polarized and why can't it get anything done? Why hasn't Congress addressed climate change or fixed health care and student loan debt? Is Congress going to impeach the president and if so, when? What are those rules and committees and debt ceilings people keep talking about? Ever wondered if there’s any way we could fix this institution that's supposed to represent the people? 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-347 LATIN AMERICAN POLITICS

16265 MW 1:50pm-3:10pm Dr. Pedro dos Santos

Why is Chile writing a new constitution and who gets to write it? What's the deal with populist presidents in Brazil and Mexico? What is the impact of COVID on the political process? These are some of the questions we will answer in this course, paying special attention to the historical development of Latin American political institutions and their impact on the current situation in many countries in the region. This course will combine theoretical and conceptual debates in Political Science with case studies in the region to address issues related to minority representation, political violence, economic inequality, corruption, despacito, women’s issues, social movements, and other important and timely topics about Latin American politics.

POLS-358B ETHICS OF WAR

15015 TR 2:20pm-3:40pm Dr. Christi Siver

What do Ethics Mean during a Time of War?

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.

POLS-358C CONFLICT & HUMAN RIGHTS

16411 TR 12:45pm-2:05pm Dr. Colin Hannigan

Right now, there are 9 wars, 23 conflicts, and 13 violent skirmishes taking place in the world, most of them worsening in severity as time goes on. There are several more instances of growing tensions within and between states that could escalate at any moment. What causes violent conflict in the first place? What induces states to cooperate, instead? This course surveys the political science literature on international conflict, aiming to grow our understanding of the causes, conduct, and termination of interstate and intrastate violence. Students will examine conflict and cooperation from multiple levels of analysis, using a variety of methodological tools to answer critical questions about war and peace. Is there going to be a war between the U.S. and China? In Venezuela? If tensions between India and Pakistan escalate to full-scale war, who would win? Why doesn’t Assad just give in and negotiate peace in Syria? Why isn’t the United Nations intervening in Yemen? Using applied game theory and interpreting statistical models of conflict and cooperation, students will learn how to analyze power relations, domestic costs, and preferences to make inferences and predictions about the wars we wage. Funk legend (and amateur political scientist) Edwin Starr already warned that war is costly: “War. Huh. Yeah. What is it good for? Absolutely nothin’.” So, let’s put our heads together to figure out why it keeps happening anyway.

Senior Research Seminars:

POLS-362 SENIOR RESEARCH SEMINAR: LAW

15014 TR 2:20pm-3:40pm Dr. Phil Kronebusch

POLS-363 SENIOR RESEARCH SEMINAR: POLITICAL INSTITUTIONS

14771 MWF 9:10am-10:05am Dr. Whitney Court

POLS-364 SENIOR RESEARCH SEMINAR: INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS

10872 TR 11:10am-12:30pm Dr. Pedro dos Santos