Duke University Political Science

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Spring 2015

Course Title Instructor Section Time Room
POLSCI 89S
First-year Seminar (top) 1 01 WF 10:05 AM-11:20 AM Social Sciences 109

Course Description

Topics vary each semester offered. Instructor: Staff
POLSCI 89S
First-year Seminar (top) 1 02 WF 01:25 PM-02:40 PM Social Sciences 107

Course Description

Topics vary each semester offered. Instructor: Staff
POLSCI 105S
Doc Exper: A Video Appr 1 01 W 10:05 AM-12:35 PM Bridges 104

Course Description

A documentary approach to the study of local communities through video production projects assigned by the course instructor. Working closely with these groups, students explore issues or topics of concern to the community. Students complete an edited video as their final project. Not open to students who have taken this course as Film/Video/Digital 105S. Instructor: Hawkins
POLSCI 108
Intro To African Studies 1 01 MW 10:05 AM-11:20 AM Friedl Bdg 240

Course Description

A range of disciplinary perspectives on key topics in contemporary African Studies: nationalism and pan-Africanism, imperialism and colonialism, genocide and famine, development and democratization, art and music, age and gender. Instructor: Staff
POLSCI 110
Comp Appr Global Issues 1 01 MWF 01:40 PM-02:40 PM Friedl Bdg 107

Course Description

Introduction to critical transnational studies through several disciplinary approaches. Examines capitalism and neo-liberal globalization and their relationships to culture, politics, economics, and other social forms and outcomes; considers transnationalism "from below"; addresses linear and Western-centric thinking about progress and modernity; focuses a historical lens on political discourses, institutions, and projects to understand them contextually; demonstrates how cultures and identities are dynamically constituted in interaction with historical, material, political, and situational factors; considers how different inequalities and contestations inflect most social formations. Instructor: Campoamor or Namakkal
POLSCI 120D
Challenges Living Ethical Life 1 001 MW 10:05 AM-10:55 AM West Duke 101

Course Description

Familiar but fundamental ethical questions: What is a good, worthy or just life? How is it to be lived, toward what ends? Readings include dramas and philosophical analyses, parables and autobiographies, polemics and meditations, novels and political commentaries. Introductory course for the Certificate Program in the Study of Ethics. Instructor: Staff
POLSCI 120D
Challenges Living Ethical Life 1 01D F 12:00 PM-12:50 PM Carr 106

Course Description

Familiar but fundamental ethical questions: What is a good, worthy or just life? How is it to be lived, toward what ends? Readings include dramas and philosophical analyses, parables and autobiographies, polemics and meditations, novels and political commentaries. Introductory course for the Certificate Program in the Study of Ethics. Instructor: Staff
POLSCI 120D
Challenges Living Ethical Life 1 02D F 10:20 AM-11:10 AM Bivins 109

Course Description

Familiar but fundamental ethical questions: What is a good, worthy or just life? How is it to be lived, toward what ends? Readings include dramas and philosophical analyses, parables and autobiographies, polemics and meditations, novels and political commentaries. Introductory course for the Certificate Program in the Study of Ethics. Instructor: Staff
POLSCI 175D
Intro To Political Philosophy 1 001 MW 03:20 PM-04:10 PM Gross Hall 103

Course Description

Same as Political Science 175 except instruction is provided in two lectures and one small discussion meeting each week. Instructor: Staff
POLSCI 175D
Intro To Political Philosophy 1 01D F 10:20 AM-11:10 AM Gross Hall 105

Course Description

Same as Political Science 175 except instruction is provided in two lectures and one small discussion meeting each week. Instructor: Staff
POLSCI 175D
Intro To Political Philosophy 1 02D F 12:00 PM-12:50 PM Gross Hall 105

Course Description

Same as Political Science 175 except instruction is provided in two lectures and one small discussion meeting each week. Instructor: Staff
POLSCI 175D
Intro To Political Philosophy 1 03D Th 03:20 PM-04:10 PM Gross Hall 111

Course Description

Same as Political Science 175 except instruction is provided in two lectures and one small discussion meeting each week. Instructor: Staff
POLSCI 175D
Intro To Political Philosophy 1 04D Th 04:55 PM-05:45 PM Gross Hall 105

Course Description

Same as Political Science 175 except instruction is provided in two lectures and one small discussion meeting each week. Instructor: Staff
POLSCI 201
Public Opinion 1 01 MW 03:05 PM-04:20 PM Gross Hall 111

Course Description

Examines nature and role of public opinion in American democracy, providing broad-based introduction to dynamics of citizens' social and political attitudes in contemporary United States. Goal of course is to help students arrive at a more comprehensive understanding of forces that shape beliefs, attitudes, and opinions of American public, the means by which those views are publicly expressed, and the influence of those opinions on policy outcomes. Instructor: Hillygus
POLSCI 206
American Values, Inst, Culture 1 01 MW 04:40 PM-05:55 PM Gross Hall 104

Course Description

Introduction to American political theory and institutional development from European settlement to Progressive Era; origins and evolution of key political institutions, including congress, federalism, the presidency, the party system, and Supreme Court; ways in which these institutions resolve collective action problems; influence of competing political ideologies especially, liberalism, puritanism, republicanism on American political development; role of political ideologies and institutions in re-enforcing and resisting slavery, as well as racial and gender inequality. Instructor: Staff
POLSCI 211
Democracy: Ancient And Modern 1 01 TuTh 01:25 PM-02:40 PM Gross Hall 103

Course Description

Examines democracy in its ancient and modern forms, with special attention to Athenian and American democracy. Does modern democracy fulfill the promise of ancient democracy, or betray its fundamental tenets? Topics may include freedom, equality, and rights; democratic institutions; citizenship; rhetoric; democratic knowledge and decision-making; foreign policy; corruption; religion; and hope. Instructor: Atkins
POLSCI 225S
Research In Intl Pol Issues 1 01 M 08:45 AM-11:15 AM Sanford 102

Course Description

Surveys several issues displaying different forms or policy responses in various geographical regions and cultures. Examples include: competition over energy resources, design of international organization, trends of human migration, privatization of security, and patterns of economic inequality. An interdisciplinary approach with attention to political, economic and social patterns. The goal is to introduce international policy issues that remain unsolved, while understanding how present-day relationships and policies are shaped by the past. Particularly useful for students looking for international topics for honors theses or other research projects. Instructor: Johnson
POLSCI 227
Ethnic Conflict 1 01 TuTh 11:45 AM-01:00 PM Social Sciences 136

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 239S
Political Communication 1 01 Tu 03:05 PM-05:35 PM Gross Hall 111

Course Description

Examination of interaction between citizens, media and political actors in today
POLSCI 249
Denial, Faith, Reason 1 01 W 04:40 PM-07:10 PM West Duke 101

Course Description

Provides historical overview and working understanding of concept of sustainability. Explores how sustainability relates to most aspects of our lives. Examines core ethical concepts, developing models to get on path of sustainable living. Instructor: Philipsen
POLSCI 252
Life Within Capitalism 1 01 TuTh 10:05 AM-11:20 AM West Duke 101

Course Description

Examination of how capitalism has profoundly shaped people's ethical values, with focus on United States. Investigates central developments behind history of capitalism; explores key struggles that led to formation of capitalist logic (choices, values, goals); traces impact of capitalist goals and measures on ethical values and choices; examines discussions about possible future developments within capitalism. Instructor: Philipsen
POLSCI 262
The Holocaust 1 01 TuTh 11:45 AM-01:00 PM Gray 220

Course Description

Antisemitism and the Jewish question in Central Europe, the development of Nazi policy, the Final Solution in its different sites (ghetto, labor camps, extermination camps) and institutions (SS, Judenrat), the Holocaust's legacy. Historiographical debates and documentary research. Class might take field trip to the Holocaust Museum in Washington DC. Instructor: Hacohen
POLSCI 264S
Democ And Dysfunctional Pol 1 01 Tu 03:05 PM-05:35 PM Perkins 079

Course Description

Examination of forms of political and governmental dysfunction in contemporary democracy, such as gridlock, polarization, governmental capture, ineffective and unsustainable policy. Consideration of causes, consequences, and ameliorative possibilities. Instructor: Spragens
POLSCI 268
Politics And Literature 1 01 WF 01:25 PM-02:40 PM Gray 319

Course Description

The enduring questions of ethical and political issues and controversies as expressed in political philosophy and politics and as illustrated in literature. Comparative historical, literary, and philosophical analysis. Instructor: Staff
POLSCI 276
Contemporary Documentary Films 1 01 Tu 01:40 PM-05:10 PM White 107

Course Description

Integrated with the films and filmmakers of the Full Frame Documentary Film Festival. The art form, style, and technology of contemporary documentary films. Issues of autonomy and power, politics, and public policies. Analysis of outstanding films from around the world. Presentations and discussions by filmmakers. Not open to students who have taken this course as Film/Video/Digital 129. Instructor: Staff
POLSCI 310
Pol Analy Pub Pol Making 1 001 TuTh 01:25 PM-02:40 PM Rubenstein 153

Course Description

Analysis of the political and organizational processes which influence the formulation and implementation of public policy. Alternative models. Instructor: Goss, Jentleson, or Krishna
POLSCI 310
Pol Analy Pub Pol Making 1 01D F 12:00 PM-12:50 PM Rubenstein 153

Course Description

Analysis of the political and organizational processes which influence the formulation and implementation of public policy. Alternative models. Instructor: Goss, Jentleson, or Krishna
POLSCI 310
Pol Analy Pub Pol Making 1 002 MW 01:25 PM-02:40 PM Sanford 04

Course Description

Analysis of the political and organizational processes which influence the formulation and implementation of public policy. Alternative models. Instructor: Goss, Jentleson, or Krishna
POLSCI 310
Pol Analy Pub Pol Making 1 02D F 01:40 PM-02:30 PM Rubenstein 153

Course Description

Analysis of the political and organizational processes which influence the formulation and implementation of public policy. Alternative models. Instructor: Goss, Jentleson, or Krishna
POLSCI 310
Pol Analy Pub Pol Making 1 03D F 03:05 PM-04:10 PM Rubenstein 153

Course Description

Analysis of the political and organizational processes which influence the formulation and implementation of public policy. Alternative models. Instructor: Goss, Jentleson, or Krishna
POLSCI 310
Pol Analy Pub Pol Making 1 04D F 03:20 PM-04:10 PM Sanford 03

Course Description

Analysis of the political and organizational processes which influence the formulation and implementation of public policy. Alternative models. Instructor: Goss, Jentleson, or Krishna
POLSCI 310
Pol Analy Pub Pol Making 1 05D F 03:20 PM-04:10 PM West Duke 106

Course Description

Analysis of the political and organizational processes which influence the formulation and implementation of public policy. Alternative models. Instructor: Goss, Jentleson, or Krishna
POLSCI 310
Pol Analy Pub Pol Making 1 06D F 10:20 AM-11:10 AM Rubenstein 149

Course Description

Analysis of the political and organizational processes which influence the formulation and implementation of public policy. Alternative models. Instructor: Goss, Jentleson, or Krishna
POLSCI 310
Pol Analy Pub Pol Making 1 07D F 10:20 AM-11:10 AM Rubenstein 153

Course Description

Analysis of the political and organizational processes which influence the formulation and implementation of public policy. Alternative models. Instructor: Goss, Jentleson, or Krishna
POLSCI 318
Congress And President 1 01 TuTh 01:25 PM-02:40 PM Carr 136

Course Description

Critical interpretations of public policies and institutional practices to better understand the United States system of divided government. Special attention to understanding the consequences of cooperative and adversarial goals of the executive branch and the Congress. Features of this institutional balance of power in policy-making; institutional and political origins of laws and regulations. Instructor: Staff
POLSCI 321
Intl Law/intl Institu 1 01 TuTh 10:05 AM-11:20 AM Gross Hall 111

Course Description

The relationship between international politics and international law; how international institutions operate and affect social practices, and how legalization of institutions changes the manner of interpretation of legal texts. The nature of legal and political discourse over issues subject to international law such as human rights; issues of compliance with rules, the connections between international relations and domestic law, and the overall effects of international law and institutions on world politics; cross-national differences in attitudes toward issues such as environmental regulation, trade liberalization, and military intervention on behalf of human rights. Instructor: Staff
POLSCI 322
Middle East Politics 1 01 TuTh 10:05 AM-11:20 AM Social Sciences 124

Course Description

Introduction to political systems, processes, movements, and conflicts in the Middle East. Instructor: Maghraoui
POLSCI 324
Chinese Politics 1 01 TuTh 04:40 PM-05:55 PM Physics 150

Course Description

The Communist revolution, the structure of the political system and political decision making in the People's Republic of China in different eras of its evolution. The relations between state and society, and the political implications and consequences of reforms undertaken in the post-Mao era. Instructor: Niou
POLSCI 327S
Eco/pol Perform. Civilizations 1 01 M 08:45 AM-11:15 AM Social Sciences 327

Course Description

Critical survey of theories concerning the economic and political development of major civilizations, with an emphasis on the causes of differences that took shape and persisted over long time periods. The theories covered address the roles of institutions, cultures, legal systems, beliefs, family structures, religions, institutions, technologies, geography, and natural resources. Interactions between economic and political development. Instructor: Kuran
POLSCI 328
Intl Conflict Resolution 1 01 TuTh 01:25 PM-02:40 PM Gross Hall 111

Course Description

The origins of armed conflicts and the means to resolve them, with special attention to strategic interaction, international law and third-party conflict managers. Historical and contemporary case studies used to illustrate theories of the onset and termination of violence in both interstate and intrastate conflicts. Writing developed in a multi-part assessment of an ongoing conflict that include simulation of a peace process. Instructor: Beardsley
POLSCI 331
Prisoner's Dilemma/distr Justi 1 01 MW 03:05 PM-04:20 PM Gray 228

Course Description

Economic, political, and philosophical perspectives on distribution justice and the problems in each discipline raised by variations on the prisoner's dilemma. Classic texts include Hobbes and Hume, Smith and Mill, Rawls and Nozick. Gateway course to the Politics, Philosophy, and Economics certificate program. Suggested Instructor: Staff
POLSCI 331
Prisoner's Dilemma/distr Justi 1 02 TuTh 04:40 PM-05:55 PM Gray 228

Course Description

Economic, political, and philosophical perspectives on distribution justice and the problems in each discipline raised by variations on the prisoner's dilemma. Classic texts include Hobbes and Hume, Smith and Mill, Rawls and Nozick. Gateway course to the Politics, Philosophy, and Economics certificate program. Suggested Instructor: Staff
POLSCI 331
Prisoner's Dilemma/distr Justi 1 03 MW 11:45 AM-01:00 PM Gross Hall 111

Course Description

Economic, political, and philosophical perspectives on distribution justice and the problems in each discipline raised by variations on the prisoner's dilemma. Classic texts include Hobbes and Hume, Smith and Mill, Rawls and Nozick. Gateway course to the Politics, Philosophy, and Economics certificate program. Suggested Instructor: Staff
POLSCI 331
Prisoner's Dilemma/distr Justi 1 04 MW 04:40 PM-05:55 PM Gray 228

Course Description

Economic, political, and philosophical perspectives on distribution justice and the problems in each discipline raised by variations on the prisoner's dilemma. Classic texts include Hobbes and Hume, Smith and Mill, Rawls and Nozick. Gateway course to the Politics, Philosophy, and Economics certificate program. Suggested Instructor: Staff
POLSCI 335S
Econ, Pol, Soc Institutions 1 01 Th 04:40 PM-07:10 PM Gross Hall 104

Course Description

Surveys theories of institutions based on economic, political and social perspectives with three parts: (1) an examination of what institutions are, how they originate, how they change, and why they often don't change; (2) consideration of the effects of different institutional arrangements on development, growth, and stability in nations; (3) normative theories of evaluation and comparison - are some institutions better than others, and how could we tell? Covers selections from Aristotle, Buchanan, Dewey, Durkheim, Marx, North, Ostrom, Weber, as well as other thinkers. Instructor: Munger
POLSCI 340D
The Modern Regulatory State 1 001 TuTh 01:25 PM-02:40 PM Perkins 071

Course Description

Interdisciplinary inquiry into the origins/evolution of modern regulatory institutions in Western Europe and North America, along with the more recent rise of global regulatory bodies. Examines conceptual frameworks from across the social sciences, and considers the ethical dimensions of current debates over regulatory purposes, strategies, and policies in areas such as finance and the environment. Instructor: Balleisen
POLSCI 340D
The Modern Regulatory State 1 02D M 01:25 PM-02:40 PM Perkins 072

Course Description

Interdisciplinary inquiry into the origins/evolution of modern regulatory institutions in Western Europe and North America, along with the more recent rise of global regulatory bodies. Examines conceptual frameworks from across the social sciences, and considers the ethical dimensions of current debates over regulatory purposes, strategies, and policies in areas such as finance and the environment. Instructor: Balleisen
POLSCI 340D
The Modern Regulatory State 1 03D M 10:05 AM-11:20 AM Perkins 072

Course Description

Interdisciplinary inquiry into the origins/evolution of modern regulatory institutions in Western Europe and North America, along with the more recent rise of global regulatory bodies. Examines conceptual frameworks from across the social sciences, and considers the ethical dimensions of current debates over regulatory purposes, strategies, and policies in areas such as finance and the environment. Instructor: Balleisen
POLSCI 341S
Business And Human Rights 1 01 MW 03:05 PM-04:20 PM West Duke 101

Course Description

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
POLSCI 342
Strategy And Politics 1 01 MW 01:25 PM-02:40 PM Allen 326

Course Description

Introduction to the application of rational choice analysis (or economic models) to the study of political phenomena. Topics include social choice theory, legislative voting, problems of cooperation and collective action, and public choice theory. Familiarity with algebra and geometric reasoning required. Instructor: Vanberg
POLSCI 353
Globalization Of Democracy 1 01 TuTh 11:45 AM-01:00 PM Social Sciences 124

Course Description

The past three decades have witnessed an unprecedented upsurge in democratic forms of rule in Asia, Africa, Eastern Europe, Latin America, and Middle East. Course explores reasons for this global pattern of political change, analyzes the process of political transition in a variety of empirical settings, and provides comparative perspective on challenges facing political leaders in new democracies. Instructor: Remmer
POLSCI 359S
Social Engineering & Movements 1 01 TuTh 01:25 PM-02:40 PM Gray 319

Course Description

Combining perspectives of political sociology and history, this course questions the respective roles of state policies and social movements in transforming societies. Explores concepts such as social engineering, violence, revolution, totalitarianism, social movements, non-violent resistance, collective action and many others in historically-informed case studies of: colonialism/anticolonial movements (passive resistance and nationalism) in India; revolutionary communism, socialist reconstruction of society, everyday resistance and collective dissent in the Soviet Bloc; authoritarian capitalism and dissent in the form of environmentalist and anti-corruption movements in post-Maoist China. Instructor: Tuna
POLSCI 362
International Security 1 01 Th 04:40 PM-07:10 PM Allen 103

Course Description

The various causes, processes and impacts of international conflict in contemporary international affairs. Factors that contribute to conflict, including the impact of scientific and technological developments on war and the ethical arguments and beliefs associated with war making. Contemporary and future threats to international security. Instructor: Staff
POLSCI 365D
Foreign Policy Of The U S 1 001 MW 10:05 AM-11:10 AM Gross Hall 103

Course Description

Internal and external sources of American Foreign Policy, including the role of ethnicity, nationality, and distinct world views of Americans and other peoples. The formulation and conduct of American foreign policy in different historical periods with an examination of foreign policy in the post-Cold War era and prospects for alternative futures. Instruction is provided in two lectures and one small discussion meeting each week. Instructor: Feaver
POLSCI 365D
Foreign Policy Of The U S 1 01D F 10:20 AM-11:10 AM Old Chem 123

Course Description

Internal and external sources of American Foreign Policy, including the role of ethnicity, nationality, and distinct world views of Americans and other peoples. The formulation and conduct of American foreign policy in different historical periods with an examination of foreign policy in the post-Cold War era and prospects for alternative futures. Instruction is provided in two lectures and one small discussion meeting each week. Instructor: Feaver
POLSCI 365D
Foreign Policy Of The U S 1 02D F 12:00 PM-12:50 PM Social Sciences 124

Course Description

Internal and external sources of American Foreign Policy, including the role of ethnicity, nationality, and distinct world views of Americans and other peoples. The formulation and conduct of American foreign policy in different historical periods with an examination of foreign policy in the post-Cold War era and prospects for alternative futures. Instruction is provided in two lectures and one small discussion meeting each week. Instructor: Feaver
POLSCI 365D
Foreign Policy Of The U S 1 05D Th 03:20 PM-04:10 PM Carr 106

Course Description

Internal and external sources of American Foreign Policy, including the role of ethnicity, nationality, and distinct world views of Americans and other peoples. The formulation and conduct of American foreign policy in different historical periods with an examination of foreign policy in the post-Cold War era and prospects for alternative futures. Instruction is provided in two lectures and one small discussion meeting each week. Instructor: Feaver
POLSCI 365D
Foreign Policy Of The U S 1 06D Th 04:55 PM-05:45 PM Social Sciences 105

Course Description

Internal and external sources of American Foreign Policy, including the role of ethnicity, nationality, and distinct world views of Americans and other peoples. The formulation and conduct of American foreign policy in different historical periods with an examination of foreign policy in the post-Cold War era and prospects for alternative futures. Instruction is provided in two lectures and one small discussion meeting each week. Instructor: Feaver
POLSCI 371
Marxism And Society 1 01 MW 11:45 AM-01:00 PM Friedl Bdg 107

Course Description

Introduction to Marx's core concepts, such as alienation, commodity, and revolution. Includes examination of Marx's own major historical & political analyses, his economic texts, and his philosophical writings. Students also gain familiarity with the role of Marxist thought in different fields and disciplines, including feminist theory, anthropology, history, political science, and literary studies. Instructor: Hardt
POLSCI 390-3
Spec Top In Spc 1 02 MW 01:25 PM-02:40 PM Sanford 102

Course Description

Special Topics in Security, Peace and Conflict. Topics vary from semester to semester. Instructor: Staff
POLSCI 390S-2
Spec Top In Pol Institutions 1 01 TuTh 11:45 AM-01:00 PM Friedl Bdg 216

Course Description

Special Topics in Political Institutions. Same as Political Science 390-2 except in seminar format. Instructor: Staff
POLSCI 390S-2
Spec Top In Pol Institutions 1 02 TuTh 04:40 PM-05:55 PM Friedl Bdg 102

Course Description

Special Topics in Political Institutions. Same as Political Science 390-2 except in seminar format. Instructor: Staff
POLSCI 390S-2
Spec Top In Pol Institutions 1 05 WF 10:05 AM-11:20 AM Perkins 060

Course Description

Special Topics in Political Institutions. Same as Political Science 390-2 except in seminar format. Instructor: Staff
POLSCI 449
Ppe Capstone 1 02 Tu 03:05 PM-05:35 PM Social Sciences 124

Course Description

Capstone course open only to students in the Politics, Philosophy, and Economics program. Integrates and synthesizes the analytical framework and factual studies provided in other PPE courses. Consent of instructor required. Instructor: Staff
POLSCI 497S
Cap Sem-latin Amer. Left Turns 1 01 MW 01:25 PM-02:40 PM West Duke 105

Course Description

Examination of issues surrounding the upsurge of leftist governments elected by the popular vote in the wake of the perceived failures of neoliberalism and the Washington consensus of 1989. Looks at ways Washington has had to come to terms with an unexpected revival on the left that threatens U.S. hegemony while offering an alternative path to achieve national development, distribution of wealth, and recognition of diversity and pluralism. Students will examine these issues from multiple viewpoints and develop projects based on choosing specific research foci within the general enterprise of what these government share in common and how they differ. Instructor: French
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