Politics in Violence

Exploration of the role of violence in politics. What is the role of violence in the formation and consolidation of states? What is the relationship between violence and political regimes? In-depth analysis of the varieties of political violence in contemporary world: terrorism, coups, riots, wars, protest violence, revolutions. Combination of theoretical analysis and empirical exploration of cases. Exploration of non-violent forms of resistance and protest. Reading responses and final research paper required. One course.

The Economic and Political Performance of Civilizations

Critical survey of theories concerning the economic and 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. One course.

Course originates in Economics.

Latino Immigration and Elections

Course investigates the role of Latino immigrants in the U.S. political system. Examines patterns of Latino immigration historically and when and how both citizen and non-citizen Latinos engage in politics and to what extent these groups influence political outcomes. Prerequisite: any one field introduction taken at the 100 level. One course.

Whose Democracy? Participation and Public Policy in the United States

Overview of patterns in Americans' engagement in and diengagement from civic life. Theories of why people do not participate. Differences across gender, race, ideology, generation, and class. Role of interest groups and social movements in policy change. Influence of public policies (e.g., federal tax laws, participation requirements, programs such as AmeriCorps) on civic and political participation. Reflection on normative questions of democracy, voice, and equality in 21st-century America.

Political Persuasion

Examines political persuasion and democratic decision-making, with particular attention paid to political campaigns in the U.S. Explores what techniques political elites use to attempt to influence mass opinions and behaviors; who is likely to be influenced by such appeals; and the role of the mass media. Readings drawn from political communication, political psychology, and political behavior. Prerequisite: any one field introduction taken at the 100 level. One course.

Political Communication in a Changing Media Environment

Examination of interaction between citizens, media and political actors in today’s fragmented information environment. Topics include evolution of political communication and media, emergence of new communication technologies, changes in campaign communication strategy, nature of news, theories of attitude formation and change, and role of political communications in campaigns and elections. Focus on implications of changing information environment for political communication strategies and for citizen knowledge and engagement in democratic process. One course.