Description of Courses
GOV GOVERNMENT AND INTERNATIONAL STUDIES (Evans School of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences)
207. Contemporary World Issues - 3-0-3
Major issues in world affairs, including security issues, international financial and trading regimes, global ecopolitics and ethnic conflicts. Elaborate coverage of emerging crises or conflicts or other notable world developments.
211. American National Government - 3-0-3
An introduction to the ideas and institutions that constitute American political life.
217. Introduction to Comparative Politics - 3-0-3
Introduction to the different types of political systems and to contemporary theoretical approaches used in the comparative analysis of these systems. Connections among political systems, political culture, ideologies and social systems.
231. Model United Nations - 1-0-1
Simulation that provides the basic structural tenets and procedural framework of the United Nations and a working knowledge of the national interests of a member state. Students attend a regional MUN as simulated diplomats, responsible for discovering the most desirable solution to an international problem for their state. May be repeated for a total of three credit hours applied to the government major and the comparative-politics/ international-relations track of the international-studies major. Fee $75.
318. Ancient Political Philosophy - 3-0-3
A close reading of some of the leading texts of classical political philosophy and Christian thought, including such writers as Aristophanes, Plato, Aristotle, St. Augustine and St. Thomas Aquinas. PR: GOV 211 or 217 or CI.
319. Modern Political Philosophy - 3-0-3
A close reading of some of the leading texts of modern political philosophy, including such writers as Machiavelli, Hobbes, Locke, Rousseau, Marx and Nietzsche. PR: GOV 211 or 217 or CI.
320. Comparative Politics of Western Europe - 3-0-3
Comparison of the political systems of Britain, France, Germany, Italy and the European Community. Examination of relationships between political institutions and behavior with emphasis on electoral systems and party systems. Analysis of contemporary political movements and the problems of European integration. PR: GOV 217 or CI.
321WI. International Relations - 3-0-3
Introduction to the contemporary international system. State and nonstate actors and the instruments used to achieve their objectives; approaches to peace including arms control, international organizations and international law.
323. Revolution and Political Violence - 3-0-3
Examines the phenomenon of revolution-causes and methods used by revolutionary movements to effect regime change. Case studies include the French, Russian, Chinese, Cuban and Iranian revolutions.
329. Political Thought Today - 3-0-3
A close reading of some of the books that shape political debate today in the United States and throughout the world. PR: GOV 211 or CI.
330. American Founding - 3-0-3
Study of the political origins and nature of the Founding period in America, especially the writing of the American Constitution and the subsequent Federalist/Antifederalist debates. The American experience will be used as an occasion to consider the phenomenon of political foundings more generally. PR: GOV 211 or CI.
333. American Political Development - 3-0-3
How American political institutions and practices have changed over time, with emphasis on the constitutionality, cause and consequences of these changes. PR: GOV 211 or CI.
335WI. Political Parties and Interest Groups - 3-0-3
A study of the origin, development and contemporary practices of political parties and interest groups in the constitutional system of the United States. PR: GOV 211 or CI.
336. American Political Thought - 3-0-3
Close reading and analysis of historically crucial and representative American political texts that have informed America's political debates over the meaning and realization of America's political identity. These texts stretch from America's first founding, the arrival of the Puritans, to contemporary thought. PR: GOV 211 or 319.
338WI. Presidency and Congress - 3-0-3
Presidential and Congressional elections and institutional structure as influences on executive and legislative behavior. Patterns of executive-legislative interaction in policy making. Relationships among the presidency, the Congress, the bureaucracy, the press and the public. PR: GOV 211 or CI.
339WI. Politics and History of Russia - 3-0-3
Survey of Russian political history, with emphases on the revolutions of 1905 and 1917, Stalinism, the collapse of Communism and democratization in the post-Soviet successor states. PR: HIS 155 or CI.
343WI. Comparative Politics of South Asia - 3-0-3
Comparative survey of political development and current politics in India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Nepal and Sri Lanka. Investigation of the historical, cultural and institutional factors that affect political behavior. PR: GOV 217 or CI.
344WI. Politics and History of East Asia - 3-0-3
Examination of political history of the Confucian societies of East Asia: China, Japan, Korea, Taiwan and Vietnam. Topics will include the dynastic cycle, imperialism, revolution and contemporary democratization. PR: GOV 217 or CI.
358. Politics of Latin America - 3-0-3
Introduction to and overview of political systems and political behavior in Latin America. Emphasis on historical, social and economic factors shaping contemporary political structures and processes. PR: GOV 217 or CI.
393WI. Social-Science Research Methods - 3-0-3
Introductory research methods course for social scientists. Examination of the nature of scientific inquiry, appropriate research design, techniques of data collection, data analysis, development of research-policy implications and research ethics. Emphasis on the linkage between theory and research methods. PR: GOV 211 or GOV 217; MAT 111 strongly recommended.
406. Senior Project - 3-0-3
A research project involving a paper or series of papers that will integrate and develop what the student has learned in the major courses. A capstone course for government and international-studies majors. PR: SS, major, CI.
410. Conflict and Cooperation in World Politics - 3-0-3
Examination of the contending theories of conflict, focusing on interstate war, nationalist and ethnic conflict and terrorism. Explores the causes of conflict as well as strategies for preventing and limiting conflict, with reference to historical and contemporary cases. Considers major strategies employed in the postwar period in the promotion of international cooperation. PR: GOV 321WI.
411. International Law and Organizations - 3-0-3
Examination of the contending theories of international law and organizations. Considers the impact of international law and organizations on state behavior and interstate cooperation in the issues of war and peace, human rights and economics. Particular emphasis on the role of the United Nations, European Union and North Atlantic Treaty Organization. PR: GOV 321WI.
417. Constitutional Law: American Political Institutions - 3-0-3
Close reading of leading Supreme Court opinions dealing with American political institutions. PR: GOV 211 or CI.
418. Constitutional Law: Civil Liberties and Civil Rights - 3-0-3
Close reading of leading Supreme Court opinions dealing with civil liberties and civil rights. PR: GOV 211 or CI.
420WI. Public Administration and Public Policy - 3-0-3
Bureaucracy and policy making in the constitutional system of the United States. PR: GOV 211 or CI.
421. International Relations Theory - 3-0-3
Advanced examination of the dominant theoretical approaches to the study of international relations and the substantive areas of global conflict and cooperation, international law and organization, international political economy, and global, social and environmental issues. Students will research and write a substantive paper involving original research or a critical review of the literature. PR: GOV 321WI.
435WI. Foreign-Policy Analysis - 3-0-3
Advanced analysis of the process and determinants of foreign-policy making, with emphasis on the formulation and conduct of U.S. foreign policy. PR: GOV 321WI or CI.
450. Seminar in Political Science - 3-0-3
In-depth examination of particular political questions, with emphasis on intensive reading and discussion. (Government majors may enroll a maximum of two times in the course; government minors and non-majors are limited to one enrollment.) PR: GOV 211 or 217 and nine additional hours in GOV or CI.
496. Academic Internship - 3, 6, 9 or 12 hours
Problem-oriented experiences in specific academic projects relating to the individual student's program of study, planned in consultation with the student's advisor. PR: See general provisions for academic internships in this catalog.
498. Directed Study - 1 to 3 hours
Supervised reading in political science when the area of study is highly specialized or the material is not otherwise available in the departmental curriculum. PR: second-semester JS or SS and approval of school dean.