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Sophomore/Junior Research Independent Study Political Theory

Individual directed research under the supervision of a faculty member. Central goal is substantive research paper or report containing significant analysis and interpretation of a previously approved topic. Offered only in areas of study not otherwise provided in department course offerings and with the direct approval and sponsorship of a faculty member. Will not generally be offered unless student has first established an extensive record of work with the faculty member.

Human Rights Activism

Introduction to the foundations and development of the human rights movement. Explore themes related to mass violence and social conflict, U.S. foreign policy and international humanitarian law, and the challenges of justice and reconciliation around the world. Emphasis on the changing nature of human rights work and the expanding, contested boundaries of the struggle to protect basic human dignity both at home and abroad. Required participation in service learning. One course.

Course originates in Cultural Anthropology.

War and Peace

Evaluation of the social science literature on the causes of war. Focus on theoretical and empirical works, using a variety of research strategies. Application of prominent theories of war to the analysis of several case studies. Course objectives: identification of strengths and weaknesses of the literature concerning the causes of war: definition of specific questions and issues for future research; and application of knowledge of causes of war to historical case studies. Required research paper involving case study. One course.

International Conflict and Violence

The various causes, processes and impacts of violent international and domestic social conflicts in international affairs. Emphasis on analyzing various factors that contribute to violence, including the impact of scientific and technological developments on war and the ethical arguments and beliefs associated with war making in different cultures. Analysis of those factors in various cultures that hinder or contribute to peace making and peace keeping following the termination of war. One course.

Origins of WWI and WWII in Europe

Seminar will examine major scholarly works from History and Political Science that address the same question, namely, how can we explain the origins of World War I and World War II in Europe? Consider how these two disciplines explain why the Cold War did not escalate to full-blown war.  Will provide students with an opportunity to undertake a significant research project, with opportunities to use one or another of the two disciplines or to undertake some form of integration across the two fields.

Globalization and Public Policy

How the various aspects of globalization affect, and are affected by public policy at the international, national and local levels.  Development of an analytic framework for thinking about globalization and its core concepts, major institutions and political dynamics; survey of a range of major policy areas affected by globalization; focus on a policy area of particular interest. One course.

Course originates in Public Policy.

Politics in the Developing World

This course addresses the challenges developing countries typically face. What is developing world? What is development? What is democracy? How do democratic regimes emerge and endure and sometimes die? What about the relationship between development and democracy? What factors hinder or facilitate the democratization process? Areas of study include Mexico, Chile, Turkey, Iran, South Africa and Nigeria. Case studies help enormously to illustrate and understand the broader theoretical issues studied early in the semester.

International Political Economy

Examination of the politics of international economic relations from the perspective of both advanced industrialized and developing countries. Focus on international trade; money and finance; multinational corporations and global value chains; foreign aid and the politics of development; distributional consequences of economic globalization; and the role of power and institutions in the governance of world economy. One course.

Globalization and Domestic Politics

Examines the economic and political consequences of integrating international markets for democracy. Will explore the political and ethical implications of various features of globalization including trade, outsourcing, mobile finance capital, reform of the welfare state, international and intra-national inequality, uneven economic development, regional integration, etc. Class will end with a consideration of political and policy challenges presented by globalizing markets. One course.

The Modern Regulatory State

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. One course.

Course originates in History.

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