An examination of the philosophy of Martin Heidegger from its phenomenological beginnings to its postmodernist conclusions with particular attention to its meaning for questions of identity, history, nihilism, technology, and politics. One course / 3 units.

Nietzsche's Political Philosophy

Study of the thinker who has, in different incarnations, been characterized as the prophet of nihilism, the destroyer of values, the father of fascism, and the spiritual source of postmodernism. An examination of his philosophy as a whole in order to come to terms with its significance for his thinking about politics. One course / 3 units.

Intellectual History and Political Theory

Overview of current and historical approaches to intellectual history and the history of political thought, elucidating their theoretical foundations. Discussion of the major problems involved in the study of texts, ideas and culture and the vocabulary used by historians and political theorists. Readings in the classics of the field from Huizinga, Lovejoy, Febvre and Strauss to Skinner, Pocock and Bourdieu. Focus on joint projects of historians and political theorists. One course / 3 units.

Course originates in History.

American Grand Strategy

Study of policy that nations adopt to marshal their political, economic, military, technological, and diplomatic resources to achieve their national goals in the international environment they face, drawing on political science, history, public policy, law and political economy and other disciplines to achieve these ends. Course examines the history, current reality, and future prospects of American grand strategy. Consent of instructor required. One course / 3 units.

Post War Europe, 1945-1968: Politics, Society, and Culture

Politics, society and culture in Western Europe during the postwar years focusing on Cold War culture, liberalism and intellectual life. "East" and "West" during the Cold War: A comparative examination of Western European societies' and movements' responses to communism, highlighting debates on the morality of socialism and capitalism and on liberty, historical determinism, and individual responsibility.

Comparative Ethnic Politics

Why and when ethnicity becomes a salient cleavage for political mobilization and the conditions under which ethnic collective action may take violent or non-violent forms. Approaches to the study of social identities; types of ethnic collective action, including non-violent (electoral participation and social protest) and violent ones (riots, rebellions, civil war, and terrorism); and main normative debates in favor and against ethno-cultural group rights. Comparisons include Latin America, Africa, Europe, and South Asia. One course / 3 units.

Capstone Seminar: Latin American Left Turns: A New Politics for the 21st Century?

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.

Greek and Roman Law

Law of Greece and Rome from the birth of the Greek polis and Rome's Twelve Tables to the Digest of Justinian. Coverage within the chronological boundaries via survey, case-studies, or a combination of both. Topics might include murder trials, political trials, civil law and procedure, family law, delict, religious "laws," oratory, and others. One course.

Course originates in Classical Studies.

Marx, Nietzsche, Freud

Same as POLSCI 378 except instruction is provided in two lectures and one small discussion meeting each week. Three principle sources of the twentieth (and now twenty-first) century: the insistence on an ultimate convergence of (revolutionary) theory and practice; the phenomenon of nihilism and the challenge of overcoming it; the exploration of the hidden foundations of the self and of culture. A critical examination and assessment of the thought of Marx, Nietzsche, and Freud. One course.