CRN 18117 POLS 60001 Field Seminar in American Politics
W 3:00-5:30 pm
This is the "core" seminar in American politics, designed to provide a survey of the most important literature in the field. The seminar is intended to present the student with a broad, eclectic view of the current state of the literature in American politics. The readings attempt to provide a sampling of classic and recent theory and substance in the hope of suggesting where scholars stand, and where they seem to be headed, with respect to some major topics in the American subfield.
CRN 18118 POLS 60019 Representation
M 3:00-5:30 pm
This course will investigate the translation of public preferences into public policies. Among the topics that will be discussed are public opinion and public policy, measuring public opinion, political participation and representation, political parties and representation, representation in legislatures, and demographic disparities in representation, the courts as representative institutions, and the presidency and representation.
CRN 18731 POLS 60030 Race and Representtion in American Politics
T 3:30-6:00 pm
This course is an introduction to the issues which have arisen around race and representation in American politics and introduces students to the contexts from which these questions evolved. The course focuses on African Americans, but also examines the distinctive sets of factors shaping political participation associated with Mexican Americans, Native Americans and Asian Americans and which therefore affect their relation to the American polity. The course introduces historical patterns predating the founding of the republic which have shaped American political institutions throughout their history, and compares statutory discrimination against and the evolution of citizenship rights for Blacks and for other racial and ethnic groups. More contemporary developments of legal protection for voting rights, debates over electoral redistricting, the impact of the intersection of race and gender on political representation will be examined. The development of political philosophy as well as party and electoral dynamics, and racial attitudes are also considered. Since the 2008 Presidential campaign will be underway, we will also explore the implications of developments in the primary and general elections. Approaches to these questions will be considered from the contrasting intellectual traditions incorporated within the political and social sciences, reflecting distinctive methodologies and perspectives.
CRN 18120 POLS 60205 International Political Economy
R 11:00-1:30 pm
This course examines the interactions between international politics and international economics. We begin with a brief exploration of the economic rationale for trade and financial relations, and then examine the recent political history of the global trade and finance. Topics include global and regional trade liberalization; coordination and cooperation in monetary policy (including the advent of the single currency in Europe); causes and implications of financial crises; and the linkages among economic globalization, environmental regulation, and human rights.
CRN 18121 POLS 60217 Theories of International Relations
M 6:00-8:30 pm
This course provides an overview of some of the major international relations theories. The first half of the course is devoted to exploring the three major approaches of the study of international politics (realism, liberalism, and constructivism) with a particular emphasis on identifying and criticizing their central assumptions and casual logics. The focus in the second half of the course is on using these theories to understand the contemporary international system.
This seminar puts the state at the center of political analysis. What drives state formation: war, trade, or ideas? Is the state formation paradigm Eurocentric and so inapplicable to non-European contexts, especially the developing world? Does war make or weaken states? How should we understand the state at the intersection of domestic and international politics? Are state autonomy and state capacity mutually complementary or contradictory? Why do states fail and how can failed states be rebuilt?
CRN 19161 POLS 60601 Cicero and the Romans Walter Nicgorski R 3:30-6:00 pm
This course offers the opportunity to study major issues in political theory, moral philosophy, and jurisprudence as they appear in the writings of Cicero and in the teachings of the philosophical schools of ancient Rome. Lucretius is also read. Topics considered include the relation of practice and theory, the virtues and expediency, the basis of right and law, and the natures of republican and mixed constitutions. Above all the course provides an opportunity for reading and discussing some of Cicero’s most significant writings. Cicero’s skepticism and his metaphysical and theological views come to attention in certain of the readings. Cicero, a leading statesman of the late Roman Republic, endeavored to mediate between the work of Greek theorists and Roman practice; in time, his writings became among their most important sources on ancient moral and political thought for the Christian tradition. His acknowledged influence on key American founders was much greater than that of Plato or Aristotle.
This seminar will explore several interrelated themes concerning the relationship between religious belief and politics. It will critically compare several authors on a variety of questions including the status of politics, its natural versus conventional status, whether religion is understood as natural theology or divine particular providence, whether reason and revelation can conflict, toleration of other religions, and what claims are made about the role of revealed religion in establishing political obligation. Readings will include parts of Plato "Laws," Augustine's "City of God," Aquina's "Summa Theologica," Maimonides "Guide of the Perplexed," Alfarabi's "Plato's Laws," John Calvin's "Institutes of the Christian Religion," and selections from Martin Luther. Requirements will include two five-page seminar papers, four one-page commentaries, and a 20-page term paper due at the end of the semester.
CRN 18861 POLS 60651 On the Relation Between Ethics and Politics in Aristotle
A basic introduction to Aristotle's philosophy of man by reading the Nicomachean Ethics, the Rhetorics and the Politics. The aim of the course: obtain a critical understanding of the substantive structure of Aristotle's theory of excellence in personal and political practice as well as of the method used in presenting the theory. Each seminar participant is expected to write a critical research paper on some issue in Aristotle's ethico-political theory.
CRN 13453 POLS 63800 Proseminar
T 6:00-8:30 pm
This course introduces the methods that political scientists employ in dissertations and other original research. You will study a wide range of methods, from interpretive understanding to formal statistics. The course is a first-semester requirement so that you can have in mind the methods of original research as you work through the intermediate tasks of graduate education (such as course work, exams, papers, grant proposals, and so on). Graduate students who learn the lessons of this course should be better able to plan and develop their own contributions to scholarship. The course also aims to familiarize you with the key terms, concepts, and theories that are used when evaluating research by political scientists. Students who successfully complete this course will be able to: 1) Orient their intellectual development towards producing original scholarly contributions. 2) Anticipate in practical ways the key steps of a successful career in political science. 3) Engage in debates about how research should be conducted and evaluated in political science. During the course you will be required to prepare and submit some work for external review. Examples include: an application for external funding from the National Science Foundation or other funding organization; a paper proposal to a professional conference; an article for a peer-viewed publication; a proposal for collaborative research with a professor. If no appropriate outside assignment exists for you during the semester, then you may substitute an essay that reviews your plans for undertaking one or more of these activities in the near future. You need to discuss your work for external review with me and meet any external deadline.
CRN 16786 POLS 60833 Math for Political Scientists
In order to understand quantitative and game theoretic work in political science, it is necessary to have a basic understanding of a few mathematical concepts. Topics covered in this course include probability, set theory, logic, matrix algebra, logarithms, exponents, calculus, and frequently used distributions. Learning math is like learning a language, so this course emphasizes short problem sets for each class as well as larger projects designed to pull together disparate skill sets.
CRN 18178 POLS 60841 Survey Research Methodology
T 9:30-12:00 pm
This course is designed for graduate students who plan to conduct surveys themselves or to be active consumers of survey data by using the results of surveys as evidence in their research. No prior knowledge or experience is expected. Topics addressed include types of surveys, pilot work, populations and samples, measurement, question wording, question order, response categories, item non-
response, the psychology of survey response, sensitive questions, response rates, data entry and cleaning, codebook construction, and data analysis.