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
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
international-relations track of the international-studies major. Fee
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
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