Duke University Political Science

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Summer II 2012

Course Title Instructor Section Time Room
POLSCI 91
Amer Political System 1 01 MTuWThF 11:00 AM-12:15 PM Social Sciences 124

Course Description

Focus on the institutional structure of the American national government, the goals of the political actors who operate within it, and the contexts that affect political action. Institutional analysis of the effects of the original constitutional structure and of developments since. Emphasis on the relationship between the preferences of the general public and the decisions of government actors. Instructor: Staff
POLSCI 92
Democ, Development & Violence 1 01 MTuTh 02:00 PM-04:05 PM Allen 226

Course Description

Analysis of creation and break down of political order. Exploration of why some societies establish democratic political orders but others dictatorial rule; how democracies and dictatorships work; impact of political regimes and institutions on economic growth, development, poverty, and inequality; civil wars and revolutions. Goal is to understand how political regimes and economic development shape the dynamics of collective violence and how political orders collapse. Examples drawn from contemporary world history and current world affairs, including advanced capitalist democracies and low- and middle-income countries. Instructor: Staff
POLSCI 173
Ethnic Conflict 1 01 MTuTh 05:00 PM-07:05 PM Social Sciences 119

Course Description

An examination of ethnic conflict and discrimination in the United States, Africa, Europe, and Asia. Theories of ethnic identify formation, ethnic conflict, the role of ethnicity in politics, and the economics of discrimination. How ethnic conflict is likely to change in the next few decades. The impact of a freer trade environment and the increasing integration of the world economy on ethnic conflict. The effectiveness of international institutions like the United Nations and NATO in preventing the reoccurrence of tragedies like Rwanda. Instructor: Staff
POLSCI 199AS
Spec Top In Govt & Pol (amer) 1 01 MTuTh 03:30 PM-05:35 PM Sanford 150

Course Description

Special Topics in Government and Politics (American Politics). Same as Political Science199A except in seminar format. Instructor: Staff
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