Apartheid South Africa and the Struggles for Democracy

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

Racial Justice in the 20th Century US and South Africa

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

Honors Seminar

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.

Democracy and Constitutionalism

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.

Hegel's Political Philosophy

Within context of Hegel's total philosophy, an examination of his understanding of phenomenology and the phenomenological basis of political institutions and his understanding of Greek and Christian political life. Selections from Phenomenology, Philosophy of History, and Philosophy of Right. Research paper required. One course / 3 units.

Economy, Society, and Morality in Eighteenth-Century Thought

Explorations of 18th-century topics with a modern counterpart, chiefly (a) self-interest, liberal society, and economic incentive; and (b) the passions, sociality, civic virtue, common moral sensibilities, and the formation of taste and opinion. Original texts: for example, Bacon, Newton, Shaftesbury, Mandeville, Hutcheson, Hume, Smith, Hogarth, Burke, Cato's Letters, Federalist Papers, Jane Austen. Stress on integrating economic and political science perspectives. Open only to seniors majoring in either political science or economics. Not open to students who have had ECON 312.

Contemporary United States Foreign Policy

Focus on challenges and opportunities for American foreign policy in this global age including the impact of interests, ideals and values. Draws on both the scholarly literature and policy analyses. Addresses big picture questions about America's role in the world as well as major current foreign policy issues that raise considerations of power, security, prosperity and ethics. Open to undergraduates with permission of instructor and priority to Public Policy Studies and Political Science majors, and to graduate students. One course / 3 units.