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International Democratization

Focus on critical analysis of international efforts to improve governance, build democracy and increase respect for human rights through a series of methods or tools: international law, sanctions, aid, conditionality, and a vast array of activities broadly labeled democracy promotion, including election assistance and civil society development. Class requires a high level of discussion and preparation for each meeting. Emphasis on student application of reading material to a particular country. One course / 3 units.

The Politics of European Integration

Politics and institutions of the European Union (EU) and the historical process that led to it. Theoretical perspectives discussed include classics of integration theory (neofunctionalism, intergovernmentalism) but also theories of state formation, delegation, and distributional politics (EU comparatively as instance of common political phenomena). Social constructivist, gender, and Marxist theories also considered. Research papers on process of European integration or contemporary EU politics. One course / 3 units.

Global Inequality Research Seminar

Engagement of vertically integrated research teams in projects exploring racial and ethnic disparities exhibited and expressed in six arenas: employment, wealth, health, political participation, education, and arts and culture. Each team will produce a major paper that will qualify for submission to a refereed journal in the area relevant to the focus of the study. One course / 3 units.

Course originates in African and African American Studies.

Social Networks and Political Interdependence

Theory of and empirical support for importance of networks and interdependent behavior in political and social processes. Methodology covered includes tools for empirical analysis of relational data as well as game theoretic and computational/behavioral modeling approaches to analyzing role of network structure. Substantive ties to literatures in political science, economics, and sociology. One course / 3 units.

Positive Political Theory

Introduction to generating hypotheses and building theory in political science. Focus on general principles of deductive and computational modeling, how theoretical models connect to empirical tests, and several of the main schools of theoretical modeling in political science including game theory and social choice. Course is expected to be taken simultaneously with POLSCI 748. One course / 3 units.

Introduction to Deductive & Analytical Approaches to Political Phenomena

Introduction to deductive and analytical approaches currently used to study political phenomena, with focus on fundamentals of non- cooperative game theory. Students will become good consumers of applied game theoretic research as well as be able to develop some simple game theoretic models of political phenomena. Required of all incoming graduate students. One course / 3 units.

Media and Social Change

Media perform crucial connecting links between civil society and leadership. Authoritarian regimes or single-party states seeking to suppress formation of civil society can be changed drastically when media use changes. This course will examine why and how such processes can take place, focusing on Russia, Eastern Europe, and other cases, such as China. One course / 3 units.

Course originates in Policy Journalism and Media Studies.

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