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POL S 101 Introduction to Politics (5) I&S
Political problems that affect our lives and shape the world around us.
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POL S 110 Political Argumentation (5) VLPA/I&S
Skills- and practice-based approach to political argumentation. Suitable for non-majors.
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POL S 195 Study Abroad: Political Science (1-10, max. 15) I&S
Lower-division political science courses taken through a UW approved study abroad program. Specific content varies and must be individually evaluated. Credit does not apply to major requirements.
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POL S 201 Introduction to Political Theory (5) I&S
Philosophical bases of politics and political activity. Provides an introduction to the study of politics by the reading of books in political philosophy. Organized around several key political concepts, such as liberty, equality, justice, authority, rights, and citizenship. Offered: AWSpS.
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POL S 202 Introduction to American Politics (5) I&S
Institutions and politics in the American political system. Ways of thinking about how significant problems, crises, and conflicts of American society are resolved politically. Offered: AWSpS.
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POL S 203 Introduction to International Relations (5) I&S
The world community, its politics, and government. Offered: AWSpS.
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POL S 204 Introduction to Comparative Politics (5) I&S
Political systems in a comparative framework. Traditional and contemporary approaches to the study of governments and societies in different countries. Offered: AWSpS.
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POL S 205 Political Science as a Social Science (5) I&S, QSR
Methodological perspectives of social science disciplines: commonalties and differences in assumptions, values, and paradigms. Current issues from the multiple perspective of social sciences; limits of the social sciences in resolving key social issues.
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POL S 207 Issues of Global Justice (5) I&S M. BLAKE, J. MAYERFELD, W. TALBOTT
Introduces issues of global justice. Topics include: global poverty and aid, immigration, transnational governance, gender in global relations, climate change, and cultural relativism. Offered: jointly with PHIL 207/VALUES 207.
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POL S 212 Philosophy of Feminism (5) I&S, DIV
Philosophical analysis of the concepts and assumptions central to feminism. Theoretical positions within the feminist movement; view of the ideal society, goals and strategies of the movement, intersections of the sex-gender system with other systems of oppression. Offered: jointly with GWSS 206/PHIL 206.
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POL S 213 The Korean Peninsula and World Politics (5) I&S Ha
Introduces Korean politics, economics, society, and international relations. Overviews the development in politics, economy, and society since the late nineteenth century. Addresses the evolution of Korea in the international society by comparing Korea experience with that of China and Japan. Offered: jointly with JSIS A 213.
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POL S 246 African American Politics (5) I&S, DIV C. PARKER
Survey of African Americans within the U.S. socio-political processes. Situates African Americans within a post-civil rights context where there is debate about race's centrality to an African American politics. Recommended: either AES 150, AFRAM 201, or POL S 202. Offered: jointly with AFRAM 246.
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POL S 249 Introduction to Labor Studies (5) I&S
Conceptual and theoretical issues in the study of labor and work. Role of labor in national and international politics. Formation of labor movements. Historical and contemporary role of labor in the modern world. Offered: jointly with HSTCMP 249/SOC 266.
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POL S 270 Introduction to Political Economy (5) I&S A. GILL
Political economy as a tool for understanding and evaluating the political world. Combines theory, methods, and insights derived from economics and political science and applies them to a range of substantive issues.
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POL S 273 The Concept of Political Power (5) I&S
How to understand and explain relationships of power. Readings from Marxism, Weberian sociology, anarchism, classical political philosophy, and contemporary political science. May also include works of fiction.
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POL S 281 Literature and American Political Culture (5) VLPA/I&S
Introduction to the methods and theories used in the analysis of American culture. Emphasizes an interdisciplinary approach to American literature, including history, politics, anthropology, and mass media. Offered: jointly with ENGL 251.
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POL S 295 Study Abroad: Political Science (1-10, max. 15) I&S
Political science courses taken through a UW approved study abroad program. Specific content varies and must be individually evaluated.
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POL S 299 Special Topics in Political Science (2-5, max. 10) I&S
Examines a different subject or problem of current interest within the discipline.
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POL S 301 Topics in Political Theory (5, max. 10) I&S
Study of topics in political theory.
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POL S 302 Free Will, Nature, and Nurture in Politics and Society (5) I&S M. SMITH
Examines beliefs and actions in politics and other domains from the standpoint of free will, nature, and nurture. Compares political science to other disciplines in explaining why people think and act as they do.
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POL S 303 Public Policy Formation in the United States (5) I&S
Policy decision making with emphasis on: how issues arise, the way they become part of the policy agenda of the executive and the legislature, how these institutions organize to handle policy issues, and the roles of the legislature, the executive, and the bureaucracy. Public policy literature and familiarization with key aspects of policy decision making at the national, state, and local levels.
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POL S 304 The Press and Politics in the United States (5) I&S
Journalists' role in elections and public policy. Relationship between news coverage and political campaigns. Study and analysis of local political newswriting, reporting, and response by local and state political figures. Extensive off-campus experience included. Offered: jointly with COM 304.
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POL S 305 The Politics of Mass Communication in America (5) I&S
Role of mass audiences in politics from the standpoint of the communication strategies used to shape their political involvement. Topics include: social structure and political participation, political propaganda and persuasion, the political uses of public opinion, and the mass media and politics. Offered: jointly with COM 305.
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POL S 306 Media, Society, and Political Identity I&S (5) I&S W. BENNETT
Explores how society and culture are both represented in and shaped by communication technologies and media content. Media include film, advertising, news, entertainment television, talk shows, and the Internet. Explores how media represent and affect individual identity, values, and political engagement. Offered: jointly with COM 306.
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POL S 307 Religion and World Politics (5) I&S A. GILL
Explores the intersection of religion and politics in various regions of the world, including the United States, Europe, Middle East, Latin America, and other regions. Presents an historical perspective on religion alongside contemporary issues in religion, politics, and church-state relations. Offered: jointly with JSIS C 307.
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POL S 308 The Western Tradition of Political Thought, Ancient and Medieval (5) I&S
Origin and evolution of major political concepts from ancient Greece to the medieval period.
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POL S 309 The Western Tradition of Political Thought, Pre-Modern (5) I&S
Continuation of POL S 308, treating materials from the fifteenth through eighteenth centuries.
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POL S 310 The Western Tradition of Political Thought, Modern (5) I&S
Continuation of POL S 308 and POL S 309, focusing on material from the eighteenth through twentieth centuries.
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POL S 311 Individual and the State (5) I&S
Individualism and communitarian critics. Political and ethical implications of both. Nature of the state, liberty, responsibility, cooperation. Important individualist and collectivist literature, dealing with market institutions and citizen politics, critically assessed.
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POL S 312 Survey of American Political Thought (5) I&S
Survey of American political thought from colonial times to the 1980s. Topics include the idea of the self-made man; the intellectual contexts of the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution; slavery, abolition, and the Civil War; progressivism; Cold War liberalism; the Civil Rights Movement and and its critics; and modern conservatism. Prerequisite: cannot be taken for credit if POL S 318 or POL S 319 already taken.
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POL S 313 Women in Politics (5) I&S, DIV
Theoretical, historical, and empirical studies of women's participation in political and social movements. Women's diverse efforts to improve their political, social, and economic status. Policy issues of particular concern to women. Women's political experiences in household, local, regional, national, and international arenas. Offered: jointly with GWSS 313.
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POL S 314 Israel: Dynamic Society and Global Flashpoint (5) I&S
Introduces the people, institutions, and culture of Israel is the context of larger global forces. Examines domestic, regional, and international elements, both historically and in the contemporary period, that have shaped Israel's culture, politics, and special role in world affairs. Topics include nationalism, ethnicity, politics, religion, film, literature, and culture. Offered: jointly with JSIS A 314/NEAR E 315.
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POL S 315 Black Identities and Political Power (5) I&S Rivers
Relates the deployment of political power within institutions to shifting racial identities. Shows how racial identities both reflect and inflect relations of domination and resistance within and between cultures in the black diaspora. Prerequisite: either AES 150, AFRAM 150, AFRAM 201, or POL S 201. Offered: jointly with AFRAM 315.
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POL S 316 African-American Political and Social Thought (5) I&S C. PARKER
Race relations in U.S. politics as defined by the struggle of African Americans for economic, political, and social equality. Studies of African-American political and social thought; expands and clarifies our understanding of the strengths and weaknesses of American democratic ideals.
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POL S 317 The Politics of Race and Ethnicity in the United States (5) I&S, DIV M. FRANCIS
Introduction to the history and development of racial hierarchy, focusing on how race and ethnicity shape political institutions (e.g., the Constitution, political parties, voting systems). Examination of political relationships between Whites, African Americans, Latinos, and Asian Americans. Case studies of minority representation and the politics of welfare, crime, immigration, and terrorism. Offered: jointly with LSJ 331.
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POL S 318 American Political Thought I (5) I&S J. TURNER III
Major thinkers and themes in American political and cultural development from Puritan origins to the Civil War. Prerequisite: cannot be taken for credit if POL S 312 already taken.
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POL S 319 American Political Thought II (5) I&S J. TURNER III
Major thinkers and themes in American political and cultural development from the Civil War to the present. Prerequisite: cannot be taken for credit if POL S 312 already taken.
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POL S 320 State-Society Relations in Third World Countries (5) I&S, DIV Bachman, Callahan
Relationships among political, social, and economic changes in Asia, Africa, and Latin America. Problems of economic and political development, revolution and reform, state-society relations, imperialism and dependency. Offered: jointly with JSIS B 310.
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POL S 321 American Foreign Policy (5) I&S
Constitutional framework; major factors in formulation and execution of policy; policies as modified by recent developments; the principal policymakers - president, Congress, political parties, pressure groups, and public opinion.
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POL S 322 International Political Economy of Latin America (5) I&S V. MENALDO
Exploration of politics underlying Latin America's economic development. Topics covered include import-substituting industrialization, mercantilism, the debt crisis, neoliberalism, market integration, and poverty. Review of major theoretical perspectives such as modernization theory, dependency, and the new political economy. Offered: jointly with JSIS A 322.
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POL S 324 Europe in World Politics (5) I&S
Independent and coordinated efforts of Britain, France, and West Germany to adapt to the post-World War II global system. Creation and development of the Atlantic Alliance. Relations with postcommunist states. Decolonization and the evolution of relations with the Third World. The movement for European integration. Recommended: POL S 203.
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POL S 325 The Arab-Israeli Conflict (5) I&S
The politics of conflicting ideologies: Zionism and Arab nationalism; formation of the state of Israel; development of Palestinian nationalism; Arab-Israeli wars. Re-emergence of Palestinian activism; domestic sources of foreign policy.
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POL S 326 Scandinavia in World Affairs (5) I&S C. INGEBRITSEN
Introduction to the foreign relations of Scandinavia with a focus on Nordic security, international economic pressures, and global conflict resolution. Includes a survey of the national settings for international involvements and highlights the dilemmas for industrial societies exposed to the pressures of interdependence. Offered: jointly with SCAND 326.
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POL S 327 Women's Rights as Human Rights (5) I&S R. CICHOWSKI
Women's rights in comparative perspective, focusing on varying settings that alter the meaning and practical application. Domestic level: areas including abortion politics to trafficking in women. International level: areas including equality claims before European supranational judicial bodies, rape as war crime in international law. Offered: jointly with LSJ 327.
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POL S 328 International Organizations (5) I&S
Explores historical, theoretical, and empirical aspects of the United Nations, its specialized agencies, and other international organizations, both governmental and nongovernmental. Recommended: POL S 203.
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POL S 329 Global Communication (5) I&S
Introduction to the history, purpose, channels, content, technologies, policy, and regulation of international communications systems. Issues covered include disparities in media development between post-industrial and developing nations, imbalances in international news and information flow, and the emergence of global communications. Offered: jointly with COM 322.
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POL S 330 Communications in International Relations (5) I&S
Looks at communications in relations between international groups and states. Examines the range of functions and roles communication media play in international affairs, global issues, and intergroup relations. Also examines the strategic use of communications by various groups. Offered: jointly with COM 321.
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POL S 331 Government and Politics in the Middle East and North Africa (5) I&S
Breakdown of traditional society and the problems of building modern political systems.
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POL S 332 Topics in Comparative Politics (5, max. 10)
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POL S 333 Topics in International Relations (5, max. 10)
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POL S 334 Topics in American Politics (5, max. 10)
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POL S 335 Topics in Political Economy (5, max. 10)
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POL S 337 Collective Violence and the State (5) I&S, DIV
Comparative study of how and why genocides have occurred in modern times. Examines how ethnic, religious, and nationalist conflicts have sometimes led to violent conflict, and how political leaders and governments have mitigated or exacerbated them, sometimes engaging in state sponsored mass killing. Offered: jointly with JSIS B 337.
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POL S 338 Topics in Public Policy (5, max. 10)
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POL S 340 Government and Politics of South Asia (5) I&S
Comparison of problems of national integration and political development in India, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka. Offered: jointly with JSIS A 340.
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POL S 341 Government and Politics of Canada (5) I&S
Critical analysis of parliamentary institutions, political parties, and the federal system in Canada. Offered: jointly with JSIS A 321.
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POL S 342 Government and Politics of Latin America (5) I&S
Analysis of the political dynamics of change in Latin America comparing various national approaches to the political problems of modernization, economic development, and social change. Offered: jointly with JSIS A 342.
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POL S 343 Politics and Change in Southeast Asia (5) I&S
Government and politics in the countries of Southeast Asia, with attention given to the nature of the social and economic environments that condition them. Offered: jointly with JSIS A 343.
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POL S 346 Governments of Western Europe (5) I&S
Modern government and politics of Great Britain, France, Germany, and Italy.
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POL S 348 European Union as Global Actor (5) I&S
Surveys the European Union's evolution as a global actor and emergence as a potential superpower with increasingly unified foreign and defense policies. Covers institutions and interests that have driven this process; specific examples of European Union global engagement; and the potential implications for U.S. foreign policy. Offered: jointly with JSIS A 348.
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POL S 350 Government and Interest Groups in the United States (5) I&S
Agrarian, labor, professional, business, and ethnic interest in politics; impact on representative institutions and governmental processes.
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POL S 351 The American Democracy (5) I&S
Democratic theory; constitutional theory; the presidency; Congress; the Supreme Court; civil rights and civil liberties. Designed for nonmajors.
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POL S 352 American Political Parties (5) I&S
Theories of American parties, campaigns, and voting behavior; party leadership; political socialization and participation.
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POL S 353 United States Congress (5) I&S J. WILKERSON
Organization and procedure of Congress, state legislative politics, lobbying, legislative roles, theory and practice of representative government.
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POL S 354 Elections and Voting in the United States (5) I&S
Electoral institutions and processes of the United States: the idea and practice of elections, the electoral system, individual voting behavior, collective voting behavior, and the impact of elections on policy.
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POL S 355 The American Presidency (5) I&S R. THORPE
The American presidency; its evolution, its occupants, and its place within the American system. Topics include presidential character, war, elections, impeachment, the economy, and the Constitution.
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POL S 356 Society and Politics (5) I&S
Causes of political change in democratic countries, including public opinion, social movements, interest group activity, and party organization. Offered: jointly with SOC 356.
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POL S 357 Minority Representation and the Voting Rights Act (5) I&S
Explores whether and how African-Americans and Latinos are able to organize effectively and press their demands on the political system. Focuses on minority political behavior, the effect of these groups at the polls, the responsiveness of elected officials, and legal or constitutional obstacles affecting these phenomena.
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POL S 358 American Political Culture (5)
Examines the origins and content of Americans' political values and beliefs. Topics include American exceptionalism, the culture war, freedom, civic engagement, the American dream, individualism, and political ideology.
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POL S 359 U.S. Latino Politics (5) I&S, DIV M. BARRETO
Examines historical and current political incorporation of Latinos in the United States. Topics include Latino voting and voter mobilization, office seeking and representation, Latino public opinion, and public policy formation on "Latino issues." Offered: jointly with CHSTU 359.
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POL S 360 Introduction to United States Constitutional Law (5) I&S G. LOVELL
Growth and development of the United States Constitution as reflected in decisions of the Supreme Court; political, social, and economic effects. Offered: jointly with LSJ 360.
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POL S 361 United States Courts and Civil Liberty (5) I&S G. LOVELL
Cases and literature bearing on protection of constitutionally guaranteed private rights, with particular reference to the period since 1937. Offered: jointly with LSJ 361.
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POL S 363 Law in Society (5) I&S
Inquiry into how law matters in social practice. Examines general theories of law, the workings of legal institutions, and the character of legally constituted practices and relationships in diverse terrains of social life. Instructor: McCann. Offered: jointly with LSJ 363.
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POL S 365 Lawyers in American Politics (5) I&S
Influence of lawyers on American politics. Official and unofficial political roles, lawyers as lobbyists, as legislators, in the bureaucracy, politics of the American Bar Association. Includes study of legal education, professional values, and avenues of political access.
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POL S 367 Comparative Law and Courts (5) I&S R. CICHOWSKI
Introduction to comparative judicial politics, focusing on the relationship between law and politics in cross-national perspective, as well as on the functioning of supranational and international legal entities in the international system. May not be taken for credit if student has taken LSJ/JSIS B 366. Offered: jointly with LSJ 367.
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POL S 368 The Politics and Law of International Human Rights (5) I&S, DIV J. MAYERFELD
Studies the international human rights movement in its legal and political context. Focuses on institutions which influence, enable, and constrain the international promotion of human rights. Offered: jointly with LSJ 320.
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POL S 370 Privacy (5) I&S S. Pekkanen
Explores how individuals, corporations, and governments respond to privacy challenges in the digital age. Examines evolution of the idea of privacy using case studies of actual privacy policies, legal cases, and real-world situations. Covers legal, political, and social facets of this fundamental human issue. Offered: jointly with JSIS B 370/LSJ 370; Sp.
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POL S 381 Urban Politics and Policy in the United States (5) I&S Fraga
Introduces actors, institutions, processes, and policies of substate governments in the United States. Provides and intensive comparative examination of historical and contemporary politics and policy-making. Promotes understanding of city government and its role within the larger context of state and national governments.
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POL S 382 State Government (5) I&S J. WILKERSON
Focus on the structures, processes, and policy outputs of state governments in the United States.
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POL S 383 Environmental Politics and Policy in the United States (5) I&S
Interrelation between technological and environmental change and policy formation. Consideration of political behavior related to these phenomena and the capacity of urban public organizations to predict change and to formulate policies that can take future states into account.
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POL S 384 Global Environmental Politics (5) I&S K. LITFIN
Examines the globalization of environmental problems, including climate change, ozone depletion, and loss of biodiversity, as well as the globalization of political responses to these problems within the framework of globalization as set of interlinked economic, technological, cultural, and political processes. Offered: jointly with ENVIR 384.
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POL S 385 Political Ecology of the World Food System (5) I&S/NW K. LITFIN
Investigates the intersection of globalization and food politics, the pivotal role of petroleum in the world food system, and the commodity chains for some foods. Includes an optional service learning component. Offered: jointly with ENVIR 385.
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POL S 395 Study Abroad: Political Science (1-10, max. 15) I&S
Political science courses taken through a UW approved study abroad program. Specific content varies and must be individually evaluated.
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POL S 398 Honors Seminar (5, max. 15) I&S
Intensive and advanced studies in various aspects of political science. Open only to participants in the departmental Honors program. Offered: AWSp.
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POL S 401 Advanced Seminar in Political Theory (5, max. 10) I&S
Topics can include, but are not limited to, analytical theory pertaining to justice, exploitation, and freedom; revolution and social changes; collective choice and action; sexuality and politics; critical theory; Marxist theory; post-structuralism. Content varies. Recommended: POL S 201.
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POL S 402 Advanced Seminar in Human Rights (5, max. 10) I&S J. MAYERFELD
Examines selected human rights topics including questions relating to the meaning, justification, promotion, implementation, suppression, or denial of human rights.
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POL S 403 Advanced Seminar in International Relations (5, max. 10) I&S
Examination of contemporary developments in the field of international relations. Content varies according to the nature of developments and research interests of the instructor.
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POL S 404 Topics in Public Policy (3-5, max. 6) I&S
Examines selected issues of importance in all areas of public policy. Focus on in-depth analysis of vital public policy issues and the integration of economic, political, and administrative perspectives on them. Offered: jointly with PB AF 499.
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POL S 405 Advanced Seminar in American Politics (5, max. 10) I&S
Intensive reading and research in selected problems or fields of political analysis.
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POL S 406 Marxian Political Economy (5) I&S
Explores the relationship between social classes, the state, and political power in advanced capitalist societies. Investigates this relationship primarily by means of the tools of Marxian political economy and, in the process, evaluates these tools. Emphasis on theoretical perspectives, although the reading list has a few empirical applications as well. Recommended: POL S 201.
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POL S 407 International Conflict (5) I&S E. KIER, J. MERCER
Examines different theoretical explanations for the causes of war, including the role of international, state, organizational, and individual factors; additional topics vary with instructor. May include the development of warfare, deterring weapons of mass destruction, terrorism, intelligence, and the ethics of warfare.
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POL S 409 Undergraduate Seminar in Political Economy (5, max. 10) I&S
Seminar in political economy with focus on Marxian and public choice approaches to political economy. Explores the questions raised by each approach, the assumption(s) and testability of hypotheses, and applies these approaches to a number of problems in political economy. Recommended: ECON 300; POL S 270. Offered: jointly with ECON 409.
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POL S 410 Technology, Politics, and the State (5) I&S
Relationships between politics and technological change. Considers whether the relations between political and economic systems of industrial societies have been fundamentally altered by the increased importance and interdependence of government, experts, and new technological possibilities for intervention in social life.
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POL S 411 Theories of the State (5) I&S
Topics may include origins and development of the state; arguments about the necessity, desirability, and proper role of the state; the nature and operation of modern states and the international state system; the legitimacy of modern state power.
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POL S 412 Democratic Theory (5) I&S
Explores the concept of democracy and theoretical models purporting to describe its central features: majority rule, participation, and deliberation. Themes also include: representative vs. direct democracy; the rights of minorities; the relationship between democracy and other political theories such as liberalism, socialism, and conservatism. Recommended: POL S 201.
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POL S 413 Contemporary Political Theory (5, max. 10) I&S
Analysis of political theorists, exploring contemporary theories of humanity and society that form the basis for differing political ideas. Recommended: POL S 201.
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POL S 414 Politics and Culture (5) I&S
How people interpret and shape the political world around them through the use of such cultural resources as language, symbolism, myth, and ritual. The various uses of these cultural elements establish the place of the individual in society, influence the perception of political events, and create opportunities for individual and mass political responses.
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POL S 415 Women's Rights in an Integrated Europe (5) I&S
Examines the transformation in women's rights policy within the European community from the late 1950s through the present. Focuses on the legal rules and bodies that govern not only these policy domains, but also their evolution and impacts. Offered: jointly with LSJ 428.
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POL S 416 Economic Theory as Applied to the Political System (5) I&S
Explanation and evaluation of the political system, using elementary economics theory. Topics include alternative voting rules, the political effectiveness of various types of groups, causes and consequences of logrolling, and bureaucratic organizations. Prerequisite: ECON 300. Offered: jointly with ECON 452.
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POL S 417 Political Economy of India (5) I&S
Analysis of relationships among processes of economic change, political institutions, and structures of political power in contemporary India. Includes contrasting approaches to Indian economic development, land reform, radical and agrarian political movements, and role of foreign aid. Offered: jointly with JSIS A 417.
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POL S 418 Japanese Trade Politics (5) I&S R. Pekkanen
Survey of Japan's foreign trade diplomacy. Examines evolution of Japan's trade patterns in exports and foreign direct investment with key partners. Covers institutional and legal frameworks of Japan's trade relations, such as bilateral fora, regional options including free trade agreements, and multilateral venues such as the WTO. Recommended: either JSIS A 437 or POL S 424. Offered: jointly with JSIS A 487.
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POL S 419 United States-China Relations (5) I&S Bachman
Surveys the history of United States-China relations and examines the evolution of bilateral relations, particularly since 1949. Focus on the period since 1972 and the major issues as they have evolved since that time, including trade, human rights, security, and Taiwan. Offered: jointly with JSIS A 459.
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POL S 420 Soviet and Russian Foreign Policy (5) I&S
Ideological, historical, and strategic components of Soviet foreign policy; Gorbachev's "new thinking" and the collapse of the USSR; redefining post-Soviet "Russia"; Russian military and security policy; Russia and the West; Russian relations with the newly independent states.
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POL S 421 Relations Among Communist and Post-Communist States (5) I&S
Major disputes and types of relationships among different communist states; international effects of the communist collapse; comparative dynamics of state-building, market reform, and democratic transition; international integration and domestic politics in the former Soviet bloc; ethnic conflict and the problem of state boundaries; redefining security in the post-communist milieu.
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POL S 422 International Environmental Politics Seminar (5) I&S
Study of the practical and theoretical challenges associated with global ecological interdependence. Examination of international treaties and institutions, state, and nonstate actors with an emphasis on the emerging concept of sustainability.
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POL S 424 International Relations of Japan (5) I&S S. Pekkanen
Comprehensive examination of Japan's international relations. Covers issues such as trade, security, environment, aid, and human rights. Investigates Japan's participation in international organizations, including the UN, World Bank, IMF, and WTO. Examines Japan's relations with the United States, the European Union, Asia, Latin America, Africa, and other regions. Recommended: JSIS A 242. Offered: jointly with JSIS A 437.
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POL S 425 War and Deterrence (5) I&S
Seminar addresses the strengths and weaknesses of deterrence theory and then applies it to a variety of international security issues. Topics may include deterring the use of nuclear, chemical, and biological weapons, the use of brute force when deterrence fails, and the role for humanitarian intervention.
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POL S 426 World Politics (5) I&S
The nation-state system and its alternatives, world distributions of preferences and power, structure of international authority, historical world societies and their politics. Offered: jointly with JSIS B 426.
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POL S 427 International Political Economy (5) I&S
Examines major theoretical problems, substantive issues, and schools of thought in international political economy (IPE), including issues of trade, production, and finance. Preparation for critical analysis of dilemmas entailed in establishing and maintaining an instrumentally effective and ethically acceptable IPE system.
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POL S 428 Military Intervention (5) I&S
Historical and theoretical analysis of military intervention in the post-World War II era. Considers how and why interventions occur and evaluates intervention as a foreign-policy response.
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POL S 429 Political Parties in Japan and East Asia (5) I&S R. Pekkanen
Focus on political parties in Japan. Combines theoretical readings on political parties with intensive study of Japanese political parties. Recommended: either JSIS A 242, JSIS A/POL S 435, or JSIS A 424/HSTAS 424. Offered: jointly with JSIS A 436.
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POL S 430 Civil-Military Relations in Democracies (5) I&S E. KIER
Explores issues of civil-military relations in the United States including debates about the garrison state hypothesis; military advice on the use of force; the civil-military "gap"; and issues of race, gender, and sexual orientation in the military.
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POL S 431 International Relations in the Middle East (5) I&S
Study of domestic sources of foreign policy in the Middle East; politics of oil; the East-West rivalry in the arena; and conflict and collaboration among the local powers.
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POL S 432 Political Islam and Islamic Fundamentalism (5) I&S, DIV Robinson
Study of resurgence, since mid-1970s, of political Islam and what has come to be called Islamic fundamentalism, especially in the Middle East. Topics include the nature and variety of political Islam today, causes and implications of the current resurgence, and comparison with previous resurgences. Offered: jointly with JSIS B 406.
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POL S 433 International Relations in Southeast Asia (5) I&S
Analysis of the problems affecting relations among the countries of Southeast Asia.
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POL S 434 International Relations of South Asia (5) I&S
Interrelationships of domestic, interstate, and extraregional forces and their effects upon the resolution or expansion of interstate conflicts in South Asia. Offered: jointly with JSIS A 434.
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POL S 435 Japanese Government and Politics (5) I&S
Government and politics of Japan with emphasis on the period since 1945. Recommended: JSIS A 242. Offered: jointly with JSIS A 435.
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POL S 436 Ethnic Politics and Nationalism in Multi-Ethnic Societies (5) I&S
Provides a broad theoretical base, both descriptive and analytical, for the comparative study of ethnicity and nationalism. Examples drawn from ethnic movements in different societies. Some previous exposure either to introductory courses in political science or to courses in ethnicity in other departments is desirable. Offered: jointly with JSIS B 436.
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POL S 437 Politics in Scandinavia (5) I&S C. INGEBRITSEN
Twentieth-century politics in Scandinavia. How Scandinavian countries have been governed. Costs and consequences of their governmental style and its uncertain future. Optimal size of polities, problems of mature welfare states, process of leadership and representation in multiparty systems, decline of political parties. Offered: jointly with SCAND 437.
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POL S 438 Politics in France (5) I&S
Study of contemporary France. Structures of government in the Fifth Republic; nature of French voting behavior and evolution of the bipolarized political party system; behavior of political interest groups; training of France's administrative elite and functioning of the state bureaucracy; dynamics of policy-making.
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POL S 439 Politics of Divided Korea (5) I&S
Governments, politics, and economy of South and North Korea, the inter-Korea relations, and the two Koreas' relationship with the major powers - especially the United States - with emphasis on the post-cold war period. Offered: jointly with JSIS A 439.
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POL S 440 European Fascism (5) I&S
Analysis of fascism as revolutionary movement and type of political system in post-World War I Europe: Hitler's Third Reich, Mussolini's Italy, and Vichy France. Consideration of dynamics of resistance, policies that produced Holocaust, and questions raised at trials of fascist leaders in Nuremberg and elsewhere.
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POL S 441 Government and Politics of Russia (5) I&S
Ideological and historical bases of Soviet politics; Leninism; Stalinism; Gorbachev's perestroika and the collapse of the USSR; the role of Yeltsin; problems of Russian state-building, market reform, and democratic transition; political parties and civil society; the relationship between the center and the regions; the problem of Russian national identity.
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POL S 442 Government and Politics of China (5) I&S S. WHITING
Post-1949 government and politics, with emphasis on problems of political change in modern China. Offered: jointly with JSIS A 408.
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POL S 443 Comparative Political Societies (5) I&S
Analyses of modern and premodern types of stable political society; special attention to contemporary representative democracy.
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POL S 444 Revolutionary Regimes (5) I&S
Analysis of the several types of political regimes concerned with effecting fundamental social change; emphasis on the twentieth century.
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POL S 445 Politics and Society in Eastern Europe (5) I&S
Political and social issues in lands east of the Elbe, treating some historical problems but focusing particularly on developments since 1945. Includes all communist states of Eastern Europe and their successors. Offered: jointly with JSIS D 445.
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POL S 447 Advanced Seminar in Comparative Politics (5, max. 10) I&S
Selected comparative political problems, political institutions, processes, and issues in comparative perspective. Strongly Recommended: POL S 204.
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POL S 448 Politics of the European Union (5) I&S
Examines the origins, structures, and political dynamics of the European Union. Attention given to theories of integration, to relations between the European Union and member states, and to the role of the European Union in world politics.
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POL S 449 Politics of Developing Areas (5) I&S
Comparative study of problems of national integration and political development in the new states of Asia and Africa.
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POL S 451 Communication Technology and Politics (5) I&S
Employs some core concepts of political communication and theories of democracy to examine the emerging role of information and communication technologies in candidate and issue campaigning; online voting; protest and advocacy movements; law-making and electronic governance in the United States and internationally. Offered: jointly with COM 407.
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POL S 452 Mass Media and Public Opinion (5) I&S
Examines the foundations of the idea of public opinion in a democratic environment and the role of mass communication in the organization, implementation, and control of that opinion. Considers these relationships from the perspectives of societal elites, media, and citizens. Offered: jointly with COM 414.
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POL S 453 The State Legislature (5) I&S
Study of American state legislatures, with special reference to Washington State legislature. Student must spend several Fridays in Olympia when the legislature is in session. Those desiring a more extensive involvement with the legislature should enroll in the political internship.
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POL S 454 Political Communication Seminar (5, max. 10) I&S
Contemporary topics studying how communication affects citizen engagement with public life. Offered: jointly with COM 411.
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POL S 455 Political Deliberation (5) I&S
Exploration of philosophical and empirical writings on political deliberation in small groups, campaigns, and other public settings. Contemporary deliberative theory. Participation in face-to-face discussions on current issues. Recommended: either COM 273 or COM 373. Offered: jointly with COM 417.
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POL S 457 Topics in Labor Research (5, max. 10) I&S
Analysis of the post-World War II decline of national labor movements and strategies employed to reverse this trend. Requires a major research project on organizing, bargaining, or another question in labor studies. Prerequisite: either POL S 249, HIST 249, or SOC 266. Offered: jointly with HSTCMP 457.
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POL S 460 Political Economy of the European Union (5) I&S J. CAPORASO
Historical foundation of the European Economic Community; major phases of its development; theoretical explanations for European integration.
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POL S 461 Mass Media Law (5) I&S
Survey of laws and regulations that affect the print and broadcast media. Includes material on First Amendment, libel, invasion of privacy, freedom of information, copyright, obscenity, advertising and broadcast regulation, and matters relating to press coverage of the judicial system. Offered: jointly with COM 440.
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POL S 462 The Supreme Court in American Politics (5) I&S
Explores the US Supreme Court as a political institution. Topics include processes that bring issues before the court, influences on judicial decision making, the impact of the court on democratic processes, the role of the court in constitutional development, and the court's interactions with other branches. Prerequisite: either POL S 360 or POL S 361.
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POL S 464 The Politics of American Criminal Justice (5) I&S
Political forces and value choices associated with the enforcement of criminal law. Distribution of resources among participants in the criminal justice system (e.g., police, attorneys, defendants, and judges). Understanding and evaluation of the interaction of criminal justice processes with the political system.
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POL S 465 Law and Public Policy in the United States (5) I&S
Relationship between law and public policy, with particular attention to problems of social, economic, and political change. Considers legal and constitutional processes as they relate to such problems of public policy as race relations, the environment, and the economy.
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POL S 467 Comparative Law in Society (5) I&S
Legal systems around the world as they actually work in their respective political, social, and economic contexts. Emergence and development of European legal systems, legal customs at variance with those of Europe, problems of legal processes in the modern state.
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POL S 468 Comparative Media Systems (5) I&S
Provides students an understanding of policies that shape national communication processes and systems. Uses comparative analysis to identify both similarities and differences among media structures of nations at different levels of development. Primary emphasis on broadcast media. Offered: jointly with COM 420/JSIS B 419.
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POL S 469 Law and Rights in Authoritarian Regimes (5) I&S S. WHITING
Explores role of law and courts and nature of rights in authoritarian regimes. Questions addressed include why authoritarian regimes promote "rule-of-law", who is empowered by law, and the political consequences of "rule-of-law' promotion. Recommended: LSJ 366/JSIS B 366 or POL S 367/LSJ 367. Offered: jointly with JSIS B 469/LSJ 469.
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POL S 470 Public Bureaucracies in the American Political Order (5) I&S
Growth, power, and roles of governmental bureaucracies in America: conflict and conformity with American political thought, other political institutions, and the public.
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POL S 471 Politics of Risk (5) I&S May
Examines risks that occur infrequently but have catastrophic impacts, including health and environmental harms, terrorism, and natural disasters. Considers social science theorizing about risks, how risks enter the policy agenda, and political and policy responses to different risks within the United States.
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POL S 472 Electoral Systems (5) I&S R. Pekkanen
Explores a fundamental link between citizens and political representation: how electoral systems shape party systems, what kinds of people become candidates, how parties work, representation, and policy. Covers effects and mechanics of the various voting systems. Offered: jointly with JSIS B 472.
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POL S 473 Decision-Making in Politics (5) I&S
Process of decision-making in politics at elite and mass levels, comparison of approaches based on the comprehensive rationality of decision makers with approaches based on limitations on the cognitive capacities of decision makers. Applications to real decision-making situations.
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POL S 474 Government and the Economy (5) I&S
Interaction between politics and the economy. Impact of policy makers on economic performance. Models of partisan and political business cycles. Concepts of economic voting. Marxist theories of modern capitalist economics.
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POL S 475 Public Choice (5) I&S A. GILL
Problems and prospects for collective action in a political democracy. Designing rules and institutions for effective central authority and effective constraints on governmental power. Social choice theory and game theory. Recommended: either POL S 270 or POL S 474.
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POL S 476 Strategy in Politics (5) I&S
Explores the problem of finding fair methods for making social decisions, and examines alternative methods of social choice. Emphasis on the importance of agenda control for outcomes, and the implications of theories of social choice for common interpretations of concepts such as democracy and the general will. Recommended: either POL S 101 or POL S 202; POL S 481.
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POL S 477 African Politcal Development (5) I&S
Topics in contemporary African politics related to development of the African state in comparative perspective, including state formation; nationalism and the struggle for independence; civil wars, genocide, and under-development; democratic transition, elections, and voting; economic growth; film and literature; gender and ethnicity; and corruption and terrorism. Prerequisite: POL S 204.
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POL S 479 Contemporary Central Asian Politics (5) I&S Radnitz
Examines the politics of contemporary post-Soviet Central Asia. Analyzes issues relevant to the region in comparative perspective, including democratization, religion, terrorism, civil society, economic reform, ethnic identity, and international influences. Uses theory to shed light on current policy debates. Offered: jointly with JSIS A 479.
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POL S 480 Comparative Politics and Korea Studies (5) I&S Ha
Approaches Korean politics, political economy, and society from a comparative perspective. Examples of major comparative questions based on Korean case include democratization, strong state dynamics, civil society, and impact of globalization. Offered: jointly with JSIS A 466.
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POL S 481 Big City Politics (5) I&S
Contemporary big city politics, focusing on Seattle and the largest 25 cities. Social, economic, and political trends that have shaped characteristics of large American cities. Distribution and use of economic and political power among parties and groups. Future of large cities and politics of change.
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POL S 488 Honors Senior Thesis (5-) I&S
Political Science Honors students individually arrange for independent study of selected topics under the direction of a faculty member. Research paper is student's honors thesis.
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POL S 489 Honors Senior Thesis (-5) I&S
Political Science Honors students individually arrange for independent study of selected topics under the direction of a faculty member. Research paper is student's honors thesis.
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POL S 495 Study Abroad: Political Science (1-10, max. 20) I&S
Political science courses taken through a UW approved study abroad program for which there are no direct UW equivalents. Specific content varies and must be individually evaluated.
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POL S 496 Undergraduate Internship (2-5, max. 15)
Students serving in approved internships. Credit/no-credit only.
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POL S 497 Political Internship in State Government (5, max. 20)
Students serving in approved internship program with state government agencies.
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POL S 498 The Washington Center Internship (15)
Full-time academic internship with the Washington Center in Washington, DC. Includes internship activities, academic seminar, assemblies, and related activities. Recommended: POL S 202; 45 UW credits. Credit/no-credit only.
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POL S 499 Undergraduate Readings and Research (1-5, max. 20)
Intensive study with faculty supervision.
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POL S 500 Political Research Design and Analysis (5)
Major quantitative methods of empirical research in political science. Primary emphasis on research design, data collection, data analysis, and use of computers.
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POL S 501 Advanced Political Research Design and Analysis (5)
Testing theories with empirical evidence. Examines current topics in research methods and statistical analysis in political science. Content varies according to recent developments in the field and with interests of instructor. Offered: jointly with CS&SS 501.
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POL S 502 Qualitative Research Methods (5)
Introduction to qualitative methods in political science, emphasizing practical experience with techniques. Readings and exercises cover research design, multiple methods, varieties of qualitative data, measurement and validation, participant observation, interviewing, and content analysis. Research decision-making issues include analytical strategies, presentation of data, ethics, epistemology, and theory-building.
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POL S 503 Advanced Quantitative Political Methodology (5)
Theory and practice of likelihood inference. Includes probability modeling, maximum likelihood estimation, models for binary responses, count models, sample selection, and basis time series analysis. Offered: jointly with CS&SS 503.
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POL S 504 Multi-Method Field Research (5) J. LONG IV
Provides training in how to design and implement multi-method field research in American, comparative, and international politics, covering qualitative/ethnographic approaches; survey design, implementation, and analysis; and the design and implementation of field experiments and randomized impact evaluation.
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POL S 505 Comparative Politics Core (5)
Modern theories, approaches, and methods in the study of comparative politics.
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POL S 509 Political Theory Core (5, max. 10)
Central themes in political theory and the works of major political theorists, past and present.
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POL S 510 Maximum Likelihood Methods for the Social Sciences (5) C. ADOLPH
Introduces maximum likelihood, a more general method for modeling social phenomena than linear regression. Topics include discrete, time series, and spatial data, model interpretation, and fitting. Prerequisite: POL S 501/CS&SS 501; POL S 503/CS&SS 503. Offered: jointly with CS&SS 510; W.
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POL S 511 Seminar in Ethical and Political Theory (5)
Ethical writings of major political philosophers. Coherent themes arising from these works and assessment of their impact on concepts of politics.
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POL S 513 Issues in Feminist Theory (5, max. 10)
Contemporary issues in feminist theory as they affect studies of women, politics, and society. Content varies according to recent developments in the field and the research interests of the instructor.
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POL S 514 Selected Topics in Political Theory (5, max. 15)
Selected topics, historical and conceptual, national, regional, and universal. Prerequisite: permission of instructor.
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POL S 515 Political Theory Research Seminar (5)
Survey of paradigmatic research approaches in political theory through the exploration of a theme (canonical text, theoretical concept, and specific topic). Methods covered may include rational choice, psychoanalytic, Straussian, Marxian, and feminist approaches. Students carry out substantive theoretical research. Recommended: second- or third-year graduate standing.
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POL S 516 Special Topics in American Political Thought (3/5)
Special topics or themes in the development of American political culture.
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POL S 517 Marxism and Critical Theory (5)
Works of Marx and Engels as well as selected works of twentieth-century Marxist and critical theorists. Themes such as Marx's method, twentieth-century interpretations of Marx, and relationship of twentieth-century theorists to their eighteenth- and nineteenth-century forebears.
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POL S 519 Modern Scandinavian Politics (5)
Analyzes the political, economic, and historical development of Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Iceland, and Finland from World War II to the present. Readings focus on domestic and foreign policies that distinguish these countries from other advanced industrial societies. Offered: jointly with SCAND 519.
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POL S 520 Seminar on Russian Foreign Policy (3)
Selected topics in the development and objectives of the foreign policy of the Russian Federation.
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POL S 521 International Relations Core (5)
Key theories, concepts, and debates in the study of world politics and international relations. Provides an overview of the field and prepares students for the IR comprehensive exam.
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POL S 522 International Political Economy (5)
Theories of international political economy. Focuses on the emergence and development of the modern world system, the transition from feudalism to capitalism, and the institution of the nation-state system. Examines the political economy of trade, investment, and the international division of labor from a variety of theoretical perspectives. Prerequisite: POL S 521.
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POL S 524 International Security (5) E. KIER
Introduces some of the major debates concerning the use of force in international politics. Covers traditional issues in international security such as alliances and the causes of war, as well as some of the new and important questions, such as explaining war outcomes and war termination.
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POL S 525 International Law and Institutions (5) K. LITFIN
Inputs of international law into the decisional process in foreign policy. Effect of policy on law. Relevant roles of individuals and institutions in routine and crisis situations.
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POL S 526 The Security of China (5) Bachman
Examines how the Chinese state conceptualizes its national security interests and how it pursues strategies designed to achieve those interests. Topics include use of force, military modernization, civil-military relations, and defense industrialization. Offered: jointly with JSIS A 526.
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POL S 527 Special Topics in International Relations Research (5, max. 15)
Examination of current topics in the theory and practice of world politics. Content varies according to recent developments in the field and research interests of the instructor.
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POL S 530 Transatlantic Relations: The United States and Europe in World Politics (3)
Fulfills required component of "American Module" of Transatlantic Studies program. Addresses political dynamics of relations between United States and Europe from American republic's founding to post-Cold War era. Limited to students in Transatlantic Studies program.
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POL S 532 The Chinese Political System (5) S. WHITING
Examination of key approaches, interpretations, and secondary literature in the study of contemporary Chinese politics. Offered: jointly with JSIS A 532.
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POL S 533 Seminar on Contemporary Chinese Politics (5)
Research on selected problems in contemporary Chinese politics. Prerequisite: POL S 532, or permission of instructor. Offered: jointly with JSIS D 533.
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POL S 534 International Affairs (3)
Provides a broad understanding of international issues and United States policy. Students explore U.S. foreign policy and theories of major international actors in international trade, security, and strategic concerns, refugee policy, conflict resolution, development assistance, and the environment. Offered: jointly with JSIS B 534/PB AF 530.
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POL S 535 International Relations of Modern China (5)
Foreign policy of the People's Republic of China: historical antecedents; domestic and international systemic determinants; and Chinese policies toward major states, regions, and issues. Prerequisite: a course on contemporary Chinese politics or history, or permission of instructor. Offered: jointly with JSIS A 535.
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POL S 537 Approaches to East European Politics (3-5)
Selected concepts and methodologies useful for the analysis of politics and social structure in the socialist countries of east-central and southeastern Europe. Prerequisite: permission of instructor. Offered: jointly with JSIS A 563.
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POL S 538 Government and Politics in the Middle East and North Africa (5)
Political change in the area within the context of comparative politics; breakdown of traditional political systems; new range of choice expressed in competing ideologies; governmental and nongovernmental instrumentation of change; and problems of international relations and regional conflict and integration.
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POL S 539 International Relations of Northeast Asia (5) Hellmann
Comprehensive survey of contemporary international relations of Northeast Asia with emphasis on Russia, Japan, China, and the United States. Multidisciplinary approach placing contemporary problems in historical context, drawing on modern social science theories. Connections between defense and economics are examined. Prerequisite: permission of instructor. Offered: jointly with JSIS A 551.
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POL S 540 Problems in South Asian Politics (3)
Research problems in contemporary Indian politics.
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POL S 541 Institutions and Institutional Change in the Soviet Union, Russia, and the Newly Independent States (5)
Critical appraisal of the principal theories and research methods dealing with the development of the Soviet state from 1917-1991 and the formation of the newly independent states after the Soviet collapse.
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POL S 542 Seminar: State and Society (5) Migdal
Examines the mutually conditioning relationship between states and the societies they seek to govern. Studies states as large, complex organizations and their interactions with society on different levels. Shows that interactions on any level affect the nature of the state on other levels as well. Offered: jointly with JSIS B 542.
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POL S 543 Latin American Politics (5)
Theories of authoritarianism, corporatism, democratization, and revolution in Latin America. Explores role of international and domestic economic factors shaping politics and the effect of politics on economic development. Examines elite behavior and grassroots social movements.
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POL S 544 Problems in Comparative Government (5, max. 15)
Selected problems in the comparative analysis of political institutions, organizations, and systems.
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POL S 547 Politics of Reform (5)
Examines cases of reform in democratic political systems, e.g., Roosevelt's New Deal, Allende's Chilean "revolution," Mitterand's socialist experiment in France, and the Thatcher government in Britain.
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POL S 548 Comparative Political Parties (5)
Role of political parties in the modern state. Similarities and differences in origins and development of political parties and functions they perform, both in established democracies and in developing countries.
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POL S 549 Problems of Political Development (5)
Concepts of development and modernization, with particular attention to their political dimensions and their application to various historical and contemporary cases.
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POL S 550 American Politics Core (5)
Systematic survey of the American government and politics literature; focuses on national politics.
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POL S 551 Political Communication (5)
Surveys classic works and new directions in political communication, including functionalist, structuralist, constructivist, network, and comparative approaches, reflecting a range of methods. Examines political organizing, electoral and legislative processes, civic (dis)engagement, media and politics, public deliberation and opinion formation, political identify and discourse. Offered: jointly with COM 551.
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POL S 552 Special Topics in Political Communication (5, max. 10)
Examination of current topics in the theory and practice of political communication.
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POL S 553 Public Opinion (5) C. PARKER
Selected problems in opinion formation, characteristics, and role of public opinion in policy-making process.
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POL S 554 Legislative Politics (5)
Selected problems in legislative processes and leadership, state and national.
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POL S 555 American Politics Topics (5, max. 10)
Examination of current topics in the theory and practice of American politics. Content varies according to recent developments in the field and research interests of the instructor.
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POL S 556 American Political Development (5)
Examination of leading works in, and theories of, American political development. Topics include the development approach itself; critical junctures in U.S. political history; key changes in institutions, the American state, the representation of interests and party politics; and the relevance of development studies to current politics.
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POL S 557 United States Party System (5)
Examines the institutional and behavioral foundations of party politics in the United States, emphasizing key historical patterns of party system development and the major scholarly approaches to the study of the American parties and party politics.
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POL S 558 Political Deliberation (5) Gastil
Exploration of deliberative theories of democracy and research on political discussion in campaigns, face-to-face meetings, on-line forums, and informal conversations. Presents different uses and understandings of deliberation and its role in democratic governance. Recommended: COM 577; POL S 551/COM 551. Offered: jointly with COM 555.
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POL S 559 Special Topics in Political Methodology (5, max. 10)
Examination of current topics on the theory and practice of political methodology. Course content varies according to recent developments in the field and the research interests of the instructor.
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POL S 560 Industrialization and International Relations (5) Ha
Examines internal-external linkage with a focus on industrialization and international relations. Comparative perspective on the question of how industrialization shapes distinctive international perspectives in terms of perception, strategies, and foreign policy behaviors. Countries covered: South Korea, Japan, Prussia, the Soviet Union, and China. Offered: jointly with JSIS A 552.
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POL S 561 Law and Politics (5) McCann, Lovell.
Points and levels at which law and politics intersect. What is distinctive about legal forms; how these legal forms influence, and are influenced by, politics. Conceptions of law, courts and public policy, law and bureaucracy, civil and criminal justice, and the legal profession.
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POL S 562 Law, Politics, and Social Control (5)
Explores works of social scientists and lawyers regarding these competing conceptions of social control: as the seamy side of law - reinforcing equitable patterns of domination and disciplining deviants; as law embodying society's basic values, articulating minimum rules for harmonious social interaction.
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POL S 563 Supreme Court in American Politics (5)
Explores the tendency in the United States to turn to the Supreme Court to provide constitutional solutions for some of our biggest social, economic, and political problems. Focuses on the controversies concerning the legitimacy and capacity of the Supreme Court to intervene in American politics and public policy.
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POL S 564 Law and the Politics of Social Change (5)
Explores the many ways that law figures into the politics of social struggle and reform activity. Analyzes law in terms of particular state institutions (courts, agencies), professional elites (lawyers, judges), and especially cultural norms ("rights" discourses) that are routinely mobilized by reform-movement activists.
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POL S 565 Special Topics in Public Law (5, max. 10)
Examination of current topics on the theory and practice of public law. Content varies according to recent developments in the field and the research interests of the instructor.
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POL S 566 Comparative Law and Politics (5) R. CICHOWSKI
Study of the interaction between law and politics, at both the macro and micro levels of politics, and discussion of research drawing from a wide array of geographical settings. Examination in comparative context of whether macro-structures are autonomous from underlying social structures of power and interest in the micro-level.
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POL S 567 Discourse and the Politics of Resistance (5)
Examines how disciplines theorize and empirically study discourse in the politics of resistance. Examines the discursive turn in U.S. and European "new" social movement theory. Ranges across disciplines, such as political sociology, cultural anthropology and human geography, to discover ways in which discourse is conceptualized and studied for its role in seeding social change. Offered: jointly with COM 554.
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POL S 569 Law and Rights in Authoritative Regimes (5)
Explores role of law and courts and the nature of rights in authoritarian regimes. Questions addressed include why authoritarian regimes promote "rule-of-law", who is empowered by law, and the political consequences of "rule-of-law promotion. Offered: jointly with JSIS B 569.
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POL S 570 The American Racial State (5)
Explores the mutually constitutive relationship between race and American political institutions, beginning with theories of race and racial constructions, race-making and nation-making, racial triangulation, and intersectionality. Examines various institutions and public policies as manifestations of the American racial state, focusing on the epistemological challenges of identifying race, racism, and racialization.
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POL S 571 American National Institutions (5)
Answers the question, "Do institutions matter?" Surveys American national institutions from theoretical perspectives, focusing on how they affect the manner in which decisions are made. Employs cross-institutional perspective of American institutions.
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POL S 572 Electoral Systems (5) R. Pekkanen
Explores a fundamental link between citizens and political representation: how electoral systems shape party systems, what kinds of people become candidates, how parties work, representation, and policy. Covers effects and mechanics of the various voting systems. Offered: jointly with JSIS B 572.
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POL S 573 Topics in Public Policy (5, max. 10)
Specialized research topics with a policy process or related theoretical content.
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POL S 574 Environmental Regulation Policy (5)
Scholarly and practical aspects of environmental regulation. Examines literature concerning regulatory policy design, policy instruments, federalism, compliance, and enforcement. Studies selected federal, state, and other nations' environmental policies. Participants are expected to have a good understanding of American policy processes.
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POL S 575 Public Policy Processes (5)
Covers political science research about policy processes. Research seminar addressing frameworks and perspectives on policy processes as they concern issue emergence, agenda dynamics, policy subsystems, policy learning, and implementation.
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POL S 576 Political Culture (5)
Values, beliefs, and rituals that guide political action in society. Some approaches emphasize symbolic sphere of value and belief over material conditions of power and economic production. Other approaches emphasize material relations. Reconciliation of symbolic and materialist approaches that explain intervention of the modern state in cultural processes.
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POL S 577 The Politics of Social Movements (5)
Theoretical inquiry directed to questions of collective action and political tactics by social movement groups. Case studies include labor, civil rights, women's, environmental, and other movements in twentieth-century United States.
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POL S 578 Health Politics and Policy (5)
Introduces central themes of health-policy research: health is not healthcare and politics has much to do with why our healthcare system works as it does. Investigates how social science helps us understand health issues.
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POL S 579 Contemporary Central Asian Politics (5) Radnitz
Examines the politics of contemporary post-Soviet Central Asia. Analyzes issues relevant to the region in comparative perspective, including democratization, religion, terrorism, civil society, economic reform, ethnic identity, and international influences. Uses theory to shed light on current policy debates. Offered: jointly with JSIS A 579.
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POL S 580 Comparative Politics and Korea Studies (5) Ha
Approaches Korean politics, political economy, and society from a comparative perspective. Examples of major comparative questions based on Korean case include democratization, strong state dynamics, civil society, and impact of globalization. Offered: jointly with JSIS A 566.
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POL S 582 Institutional Analysis (3/5)
Social change and property rights theory. Exploration of long-term secular change through works whose approaches derive from neoclassical economics and analytical Marxism. Evolution and transformation of property rights over land, labor, and capital and the consequences of the property rights structure for political and economic institutions.
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POL S 583 Economic Theories of Politics (5)
Problems of public goods provision and collective action. Collective action theories and applications as well as critical review of the concept of rationality.
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POL S 584 Comparative Political Economy (5)
Overview of current developments in comparative political economy. Topics may include globalization, the welfare state, partisan models of economic policymaking, economic development, and trade.
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POL S 586 Topics in International Political Economy (5, max. 10)
Examination of current topics in the theory and practice of international political economy. Content varies according to recent developments in the field and research interests of the instructor.
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POL S 587 Politics of Urban Reform (5)
Interpretations of urban reformers at turn of this century and during 1960s and 1970s. Historical and political science literature on the subject. Prerequisite: permission of instructor.
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POL S 588 Special Topics in Comparative Political Economy (5, max. 10)
Examination of current topics in the theory and practice of comparative political economy. Content varies according to recent developments in the field and research interests of the instructor.
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POL S 589 Special Topics in Political Economy (3-5, max. 10)
Evaluating research in political economy as well as developing research problems. Topics vary with instructor and with current problems in the literature.
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POL S 590 Seminar in Political Behavior (5, max. 10)
Analysis of behavioral research in selected fields of political science.
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POL S 593 Theories of Decision Making (5)
Explanation of political decisions using models of such theoretical processes as preference formation, learning, heuristics, noncooperative games, collective action, agenda manipulation, and coalition formation. Examination of competing notions of political rationality and irrationality and criteria for their evaluation. Strategies for design of decision research.
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POL S 594 Political Communication Research Practicum: Community, Communication, and Civic Engagement (5)
Overview of the research process, including literature review, hypothesis generation, data gathering, empirical analysis, and writing for publication Topics vary with instructor, but generally address questions of how communication affects democracy and citizen engagement in national or international contests. Offered: jointly with COM 556.
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POL S 595 College Teaching of Political Science (1)
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POL S 597 Directed Readings (1-10, max. 10)
Intensive reading in the literatures of political science, directed by the chair of the doctoral Supervisory Committee. Credit/no-credit only.
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POL S 598 Independent Writing I (1-5, max. 5)
Supervised research and writing for graduate students completing the MA essay of distinction.
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POL S 600 Independent Study or Research (*-)
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POL S 800 Doctoral Dissertation (*-)
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