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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.
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TPOL S 201 Introduction to Political Values and Ideas (5) I&S
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.
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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.
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TPOL S 203 Introduction to International Relations (5) I&S
The world community, its politics, and government.
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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.
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TPOL S 210 Debate (2) I&S
Introduces students to the practice of academic, legal and political debate. Provides students with basic principles and theories of argument, but primarily emphasizes opportunities for in-class and public debates in order to develop student abilities in public speaking, research and analytical and legal reasoning. Cannot be taken for credit if credit received for COM 335.
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TPOL S 230 International Human Rights (5) I&S
Introduces historical origins, foundational theories, basic documents, personalities, and legal and political processes which have promoted international human rights as a widely accepted legal and moral foundation for a just world order.
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TPOL S 251 Cultural Studies (5, max. 10) I&S
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.
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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.
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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.
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TPOL S 275 Political Rhetoric (5) I&S
Explores the role of rhetoric, argumentation, deliberation, and debate in politics. Examines different theories of public dialogue, the importance of civic culture as well as critiques of these forums. Develops students' public speaking, argumentation, and oral rhetoric skills.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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TPOL S 317 The Politics of Race and Ethnicity in the United States (5) I&S, DIV
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.
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TPOL S 319 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.
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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.
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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.
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TPOL S 329 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.
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TPOL S 340 Middle East Politics (5) I&S
Study of democracy/ authoritarianism; ethnic, religious, and national identity; civil society, social movements, and gender; political economy, and issues of development in the Middle East.
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TPOL S 341 Conflict and Cooperation in the Middle East (5) I&S
Investigates regional politics and security in the Middle East; conflict and collaboration among local powers; politics of oil, and relations with global power. Incorporates case studies such as Palestinian-Israeli conflict, nuclear arms, and the Persian Gulf security. Study of regional and global factors.
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TPOL S 343 Community and Labor Organizing: A Multicultural Perspective (5) I&S, DIV
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.
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TPOL S 350 Politics and Film in the Middle East (5) VLPA/I&S
Studies symbols, depiction, and narratives of Middle East politics through motion picture produced inside and outside of the region. Incorporates country studies with a particular thematic focus on state-society relations, cultural politics, and development.
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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.
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TPOL S 360 Genocide (5) I&S
Introduces students to the problem of genocide from a historical and theoretical perspective. Examines the origins of international law of genocide, key methodological questions in genocide studies, and historical perspective of the Armenian Genocide, Nazi Genocide, and Rwandan Genocide as well as colonial and indigenous genocides.
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TPOL S 371 The Politics of Security (5) I&S
Investigates competing theories of security and examines the historical emergence of security as a chief concern in both international relations and contemporary politics more broadly. Explores the debate over a variety of current security concerns such as war, climate change, data surveillance, and technological development.
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TPOL S 382 State Government (5) I&S
Focus on the structures, processes, and policy outputs of state governments in the United States.
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TPOL S 400 The American Presidency (5) I&S
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.
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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: TPOL S 305.
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TPOL S 410 Labor Rights and Human Rights (5) I&S, DIV
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.
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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.
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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 influences implementation of social policies. Offered: jointly with TSOCWF 425.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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TPOL S 480 Politics: Philosophy and Public Affairs 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.
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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.
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TPOL S 496 Politics, Philosophy, and Public Affairs Internship (5-15, max. 20)
Internships in federal, state and local government; international organizations; non profit and lobbying organizations; and research and advocacy organizations.
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TPOL S 497 Political Internship in State Government (1-15, max. 20)
Students serving in approved internship program with state government agencies.
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