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TPOL S 123 Introduction to Globalization (5) I&S
Provides an introduction to the debates over globalization. Focuses on the growth and intensification of global ties. Addresses the resulting inequalities and tensions, as well as the new opportunities for cultural and political exchange. Topics include the impacts on government, finance, labor, culture, the environment, health, and activism.
Instructor Course Description: Dominic Corva
TPOL S 201 Introduction to Political Values and Ideas (5) I&S Forman, Nascimiento
Surveys a variety of implicit and explicit values that inspire political action. Explores whether there is such a thing as a universe interest and what it might be, who should rule, and whether justice will be done.
TPOL 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.
TPOL S 203 Introduction to International Relations (5) I&S
The world community, its politics, and government.
TPOL 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.
TPOL S 224 Modern Latin America (5) I&S
Provides multi-disciplinary examination of Latin America with social science emphasis. Discusses history of the region, sociological analysis of various Latin American institutions (the Church, the military, the labor movement). Considers migration issues and development economics, including a brief section on culture. examines of contemporary Latin American political and social issues.
TPOL S 229 Making of Modern Africa (5) I&S
Examines how African societies came to be and as they are today. Examines aspects of the experience of five centuries of the African Diaspora as they affected Africa and its peoples.
TPOL S 251 Cultural Studies (5, max. 10)
Selected themes in American and occasionally other modern and contemporary cultures. Themes and readings may include: advertising and consumer culture; class and culture, gender and sexuality, identity, and post-9/11 culture.
Instructor Course Description: Robert Crawford
TPOL S 260 American Political Theory (5) I&S
Considers major issues and traditions in American thinking about democracy, citizenship, membership, and justice. Focuses on works by important thinkers from the Founding to the twentieth century. Includes conflicting visions and tensions associated with the demands of newly rising social groups, and American identities.
TPOL S 270 Introduction to Political Economy (5) I&S
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.
TPOL S 300 Mass Media and U.S. Politics (5) I&S
Examines 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.
TPOL S 305 Campaigns and Elections (5) I&S
Analyzes local, state, and federal elections to examine the role of election rules and organizations on political outcomes. Also evaluates the role of political parties, candidates, the media, financing, political strategies, and various interest groups on who gets elected and how.
TPOL S 310 Modern European Political Theory (5) I&S
Examines the emergence and development of modern European political thought through selected works by some of its most important exponents. Analyzes answers to questions about the nature of a political community, about citizenship and rights, about the evolving meaning of freedom, equality, and democracy.
Instructor Course Description: Michael Forman
TPOL S 311 International Human Rights (5) I&S
Team-oriented research of the historical origins, theories, basic documents, personalities, institutions, and legal and political processes which have promoted international human rights as a widely accepted legal and moral foundation for a just world order.
Instructor Course Description: Michael Forman
TPOL S 312 19th Century Revolutions and Revolutionaries (5) I&S Forman
Examines the major revolutionary events and ideas of the 19th century: liberalism, socialism, nationalism, and anarchism. Emphasizes discussion of political theories, movements, and their relationships to underlying historical processes. Ends with consideration of how these revolutions and revolutionaries helped define the political agenda for 20th century.
TPOL S 314 Twentieth-Century Revolutions (5) I&S
An interdisciplinary look at four major 20th-century revolutions: Russia, China, Cuba, and Nicaragua. Begins with political theories of revolution, then discusses the historical process which accomplished each of the four revolutions, and ends with a discussion of how these revolutions established political legitimacy and culture.
TPOL S 317 The Politics of Race and Ethnicity in the United States (5) I&S
Explores the early historical formation of racial categories, segregation, and discrimination and how these continue to be reflected in modern racial hierarchies in the United States and examines the roles played by race and racism in poverty, crime control, and immigration.
TPOL S 320 American Constitutional Law (5) I&S Duras
Covers fundamental principles of U.S. Constitution with emphasis on current and future controversial issues such as sex and race discrimination, free speech including the entertainment industry, privacy rights, rights of the criminally accused, Roe v. Wade, and separation of church and state. Discusses significant Supreme Court cases.
TPOL 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.
TPOL S 325 Issues in Local Government (5) I&S
Examines a particular topic that confronts local governments. Topics include fiscal/budget issues, education policy, safety, or intergovernmental relations.
TPOL S 326 Modern Brazil (5) I&S
Traces the development of modern Brazil from independence to the present. Emphasizes populism, the evolution of the military, the economic miracle, and contemporary social issues.
TPOL 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.
TPOL S 330 International Political Economy of Latin America (5) I&S
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.
Instructor Course Description: Dominic Corva
TPOL S 340 Middle East Politics (5)
Investigates crises that plague the Middle East. Critically examines a wide range of viewpoints on these issues.
Instructor Course Description: Matthew E. Goldman Khalid Abdalla
TPOL S 342 Third-World Cities (5) I&S
Studies growth of selected Third World cities and the spatial, ethnic and class divisions within them. Introduces their historical legacy, previous ties to colonial rules, and pressures to remain centers of capitalist production. Examines urban "bias" and subsequent concentration of economic, political, and cultural power in terms of political and survival struggles.
TPOL S 348 Gender and Law (5) I&S
Studies the way gender norms influence legal processes and the role of the law in gendered social change. Explores some of the practical strategies men and women may employ in order to negotiate and use gendered constraints to their advantage.
TPOL S 353 United States. Congress (5) I&S
Studies the organization of Congress, the influence of interest groups, legislative roles, and the theory and practice of representative government. Prerequisite: TPOL S 202.
TPOL S 361 United States Courts and Civil Liberty (5) I&S
Cases and literature bearing on protection of constitutionally guaranteed private rights, with particular reference to the period since 1937.
TPOL 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 Course Description: Yuksel Sezgin
TPOL S 367 Comparative Law and Courts (5) I&S
Introduces comparative judicial politics, focusing on the relationship between law and politics in cross-national perspective, as well as the function of supranational and international legal entities in the international system.
TPOL S 368 The Politics and Law of International Human Rights (5) I&S
Studies the international human rights movement in its legal and political context. Focus on institutions which influence, enable, and constrain the international promotion of human rights.
TPOL S 382 State Government (5) I&S
Focus on the structures, processes, and policy outputs of state governments in the United States.
TPOL S 400 The American Presidency (5) I&S Williams
Examines the American presidency, its evolution, its occupants, and its place within the American system. Topics include presidential character, war, elections, the economy, and the Constitution. Offered: Sp.
TPOL S 405 Advanced Campaigns and Elections (5) I&S
Produces advanced analysis of local, state, and federal elections and political campaigns as applied to specific political campaigns, initiative, or election-related issues. Involves independent applied research. Prerequisite: T POLS 305. Offered: S.
TPOL S 410 Labor Rights and Human Rights (5) I&S
Examines labor in western society, exploring the historical emergence of various concepts of labor rights and developing an analysis of labor and human rights in contemporary world order. Topics include slavery, labor and liberalism, individualism and collective labor rights under capitalism, economic security, and labor rights in a global economy.
TPOL S 411 Human Rights and Violence in the Third World (5) I&S
Examines political violence and human rights concerns in under-developed regions. Establishes broad, inclusive definitions of violence and human rights.
TPOL S 420 Theories of Political Violence (5) I&S
Establishes broad, inclusive definitions of violence. Reviews the theoretical discourse on the nature of violence as a political phenomenon. Themes include terrorism (both non-authoritative and state-sponsored), civil conflicts, and "tools" or calculated manifestations of violence (torture, massacres), the relationship between violence and development, and the relationship between culture and violence.
TPOL S 421 Human Rights in Emerging Democracies: Eastern Europe and Latin America (5) I&S
Examines the role of human rights in the context of democratization. Compares emerging democracies in Eastern Europe with counterparts in Latin America, and develops an understanding of the relationship between the two phenomena.
TPOL S 422 International Humanitarian Law (5) I&S Lorenz
Investigates International Humanitarian Law (sometimes called the Law of Armed Conflict), the field concerned with rules developed by civilized nations to protect the victims of armed conflict, including the Geneva Conventions. Case studies include the conflict between Israel and the Palestinians, as well as developments in Afghanistan and Iraq.
TPOL S 423 International Law (5) I&S
Origin and present status of efforts to make rules of conduct for sovereign states; simulation of a treaty-drafting conference, with students playing roles of legal advisers to foreign governments.
TPOL S 425 Comparative Social Policy (5) I&S
Explores current social policy issues in the United States, Canada, and Nordic countries from a comparative perspective. Examines history and political structures that influence implementation of social policies. Offered: jointly with TSOCWF 425.
TPOL 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.
TPOL S 427 Gorbachev and the Second Russian Revolution (5) I&S
Examines Soviet Union during the Gorbachev era. Compares traditional Soviet lifestyle and changes produced by Gorbachev's policies of glasnost and perestroika. Include topics such as ethnic issues, political reforms, economic liberalization, and cultural developments. Examines collapse of USSR and speculates on the future of nations which make up the former Soviet Union.
TPOL S 428 The Soviet Experience (5) I&S
Explores Soviet society and politics since the Bolshevik Revolution. Examines the nature of the revolution, liberalization during the NEP period, Stalinism, World War II, and the changes taking place during the Khrushchev and Brezhnev eras. Focuses on how the lives of Soviet people changed during 70 years of their country's history.
TPOL 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.
TPOL S 435 Popular Movements in Latin America (5) I&S
Examines popular movements in Latin America, including historical background of modern popular organizations, an analysis of the evolution of the discourse surrounding the terms "popular movement," "social movement," and "civil society." Discusses contemporary trade unionism, grass-roots peoples' initiatives, cooperative movements, guerrilla organizations, human rights groups, and feminist movements.
Instructor Course Description: Margaret Griesse
TPOL S 438 Environmental Law (5) I&S
Examines the historical and policy framework of major environmental laws and regulations. Takes a case law approach to evaluate laws in biological conservation, energy, land use, mineral rights, air and water quality, and other complex environmental arenas, and how courts (primarily in the United States) have interpreted such laws.
TPOL S 440 American Foreign Policy in the Middle East (5) I&S
Examines the Middle East through the lens of US foreign policy objectives, focusing on the developments of US policy towards the Middle East from 1945 to the present. Recommended: either TPOL S 203 or TPOL S 321.
Instructor Course Description: Matthew E. Goldman
TPOL S 448 Human Rights in Latin America - Argentina Study Abroad (5) I&S
Examines the history, theory, and practice of international human rights in Latin America. Explores human rights from human rights lawyers and activists, while living, studying, and working in Argentina. Taught in English at the Association of International Studies in Buenos Aires. Prerequisite: T SPAN 102.
TPOL S 450 Contemporary Theories of Culture (5, max. 10) I&S
Studies recent anthropological theory and contemporary cultural theory. Includes topics such as cultural theory, British cultural studies, critical theory, and post-modernism; or ideology, culture, and cultural resistance; ethnocentrism, relativism; class and race; the social body; self and other; gender and sexuality. May be repeated for credit with instructor's approval.
Instructor Course Description: Robert Crawford
TPOL S 451 Human Rights and the Use of Force (5) I&S
Covers both the history and sources of international law, including the system of treaties and emerging principles of customary law. Examines the conditions under which military force is justified, looking specifically at the war against terrorism, and world events since September 11, 2001.
TPOL S 452 Minorities and the Law (5) I&S
Examines the 20th century evolution of equal protection and due process. Particular focus placed upon the case law, its societal context, and its impact upon persons of color.
TPOL S 453 Political Theory of Human Rights (5) I&S
Examines understandings and influence of idea of human rights. Considers conflicts and contradictions between human rights claims and national sovereignty, cultural difference, democracy.
Instructor Course Description: Michael Forman
TPOL S 456 Community and Labor Organizing: A Multicultural Perspective (5) I&S
Explores current community and labor organizing issues through intersections of gender, race, class, and immigration. Discussions of labor movements, community and environmental coalitions, living wage, social justice, and anti-sweatshop campaigns, in context of globalization. Case studies and issues vary.
TPOL S 460 Political Economy of the European Union (5) I&S
Historical foundation of the European Economic Community; major phases of its development; theoretical explanations for European integration.
TPOL 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.
Instructor Course Description: John Laakso
TPOL S 480 Politics, Philosophy, and Economics Seminar (5, max. 10) I&S
Provides in-depth treatment of topics in politics and philosophy; political economy; law and policy; economics and policy; and ethics and economics. Emphasizes analysis of methodological issues and developing students' research and writing skills.
Instructor Course Description: Robert Crawford Michael Forman Mark Jenkins Turan Kayaoglu
TPOL S 485 Study Abroad in Politics, Philosophy, and Economics (5-15, max. 24) I&S
Uses an international setting to explore particular political-economic-philosophical problems or dilemmas. Taught on site and includes interaction with foreign scholars, local exhibits and sites, and local community experiences where appropriate.
TPOL S 496 Politics, Philosophy, and Economics Internship (5-15, MAX. 15) I&S
Internships in federal, state and local government; international organizations; non profit and lobbying organizations; and research and advocacy organizations.
TPOL S 497 Political Internship in State Government (1-15, max. 20)
Students serving in approved internship program with state government agencies.