Examine the variety of ways in which authoritarian regimes operate. Study the emergence and persistence of authoritarian regimes, the institutions they adopt, leadership change, government/opposition relations, their potential for democratic transistion as well as the theories that explain these outcomes.
An exploration of human rights advocacy from an ethical, political science and comparative perspective. Will focus on issues related to business and human rights. A core component of the course will include a human rights "lab" in which students work in groups on policy-oriented projects in collaboration with international NGOs. Permission of instructor required. Instructor: Katzenstein
Survey of problems of social choice and collective action in politics and economics. Representing preferences, indifference, geometric representation of trade-offs. Consideration of Arrow Problem and Olson Problem of Collective Action. Instructor consent required. Prerequisite: Political Science 342 Strategy and Politics or equivalent. Instructor: Munger
Explores key themes in post World War II South African history, paying attention to the plethora of anti-apartheid struggles, while giving voice to some pro-apartheid proponents. Discusses how apartheid affected peoples daily lives, the ideological and programmatic opposition to apartheid, and internecine struggles between and within anti-apartheid organizations and movements. Concludes with contemporary reflections on life during apartheid. Offered through DukeImmerse program. Instructor consent required. Instructor: Shapiro
Students participating in the DukeImmerse program will write a 30-40 page research paper on some aspect of either the civil rights movement or the anti-apartheid struggles in South Africa. Meeting with the instructor on a weekly basis, the students will define their topics and research agendas and will workshop their papers with their classmates. Papers will be based on primary and secondary sources. Instructor consent required. Instructor: Shapiro
Course is open to junior political science majors who intend to write an honors thesis during their senior year. Purpose of the course is to develop a thesis project, and to prepare students to conduct independent research under the direction of a faculty advisor. Students will acquire the skills required to formulate a research question, develop a research design, conduct literature reviews, and gather appropriate data.
Course explores a fundamental question for students of world affairs across several disciplines: are governments and their respective societies making progress in building a more peaceful, democratic, and prosperous global order?
Study of the concept and measurement of inequality; evolution of inequality across concepts, space, time (developed and developing world); what explains this evolution; and political consequences of inequality. One course.
Study of the essential questions of constitutional democracy and constitutional law: what makes democracy valuable and how constitutions work and are interpreted. Class will provide a strong foundation in both constitutional and political theory. Readings include works by Hamilton, Dahl, Ely, Dworkin, and Ackerman. One course / 3 units.