Annual 2018-19 Class Schedule
|Course #||Course Title||Fall||Winter||Spring|
|POLI_SCI 403||Introduction to Probability and Statistics||Clipperton|
POLI_SCI 403 Introduction to Probability and Statistics
|POLI_SCI 405||Linear Models||McGrath|
POLI_SCI 405 Linear Models
Theory and application of linear regression and extensions such as limited dependent variables. Consequences of violating the assumptions underlying the classical linear regression model. Prerequisites: Knowledge of introductory econometrics.
This course is about linear models, the major workhorses of statistics for description and prediction - and the most common quantitative methods in political science. We will use a linear models framework to discuss significance tests, graphical displays, tests of assumptions, interpretation of coefficients and interactions, and questions of causal inference. We will also work through statistical computing skills such that students can use all of the above in their own work.
|POLI_SCI 406||Quantitative Causal Inference||Bullock|
POLI_SCI 406 Quantitative Causal Inference
|POLI_SCI 410||American Political Institutions and Behavior||Druckman|
POLI_SCI 410 American Political Institutions and Behavior
|POLI_SCI 411||Theories of American Political Institutions||Harbridge-Yong|
POLI_SCI 411 Theories of American Political Institutions
This course provides a broad overview of the literature on American political institutions, introduces some of the major theoretical perspectives and controversies, and encourages a wide-ranging familiarity with the substance of American politics. Although not all subjects are covered nor is the entirety of any topic covered, my hope is that each student will gain a better understanding of the field and some of the newest directions of research on institutions.
|POLI_SCI 424||Public Opinion Media Democracy||Page|
POLI_SCI 424 Public Opinion Media Democracy
This seminar builds upon micro foundations of individual public opinion to consider collective or aggregate opinion: the nature and origins of collective policy preferences; leadership or manipulation of opinion through the media; and the influence or noninfluence of public opinion on policy making. The focus is on the United States, but research papers concerning any country or locality are welcome.
|POLI_SCI 440||International Relations Theory||Spruyt|
POLI_SCI 440 International Relations Theory
|POLI_SCI 443||International Law and International Politics||Alter|
POLI_SCI 443 International Law and International Politics
|POLI_SCI 445||International Security||Henke|
POLI_SCI 445 International Security
This class addresses fundamental questions of International Security. What are the causes of war? What are possible paths to peace? How do state, sub-state and non-state-actors use violence or the threat of it? How has U.S. Grand Strategy evolved over the past century? What are momentarily the most pressing national security challenges? What tools exists to counter these challenges? This course will meet weekly as a seminar, with discussions initiated by students. Before each class, two short (500 word) student-authored discussion papers will be circulated in addition to a longer (1000 word) book review. All discussion papers and book reviews are not to be descriptions of the readings. Instead they are to raise questions and criticisms and draw connections and comparisons with readings in other weeks. The authors will circulate their papers at least 24h before the class starts and present the papers at the beginning of the class. In addition to the discussion papers and book reviews, each student will write a “foreign affairs-style” paper (max. 10pp) to be submitted on Dean’s Day. The paper should address a question of current security concern. It should be theoretically interesting but also written in a way that is appealing to an informed mass audience. Students are highly encouraged to submit their papers to Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy or an equivalent journal for publication. Evaluations of student performance in the seminar will depend on evaluations of the book reviews, discussion papers, general participation in class discussion, as well as on the “foreign-affairs” papers. Discussion papers and oral participation will count for 40%, book reviews for 20% and final papers for 40% of the final grade.
|POLI_SCI 450||Comparative Politics Proseminar 1||Winters|
POLI_SCI 450 Comparative Politics Proseminar 1
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|POLI_SCI 451||Comparative Political Economy of Developing Countries||Gans-Morse|
POLI_SCI 451 Comparative Political Economy of Developing Countries
Examines political explanations for the divergence in economic performance among developing countries. Topics include the developmental state, collective action, property rights, and democracy.
This graduate seminar explores key factors that shape the development trajectory of nations, drawing on work from political science, economics, and sociology. We will examine various aspects of development, with a particular focus on economic growth. A primary area of inquiry is how political institutions influence development outcomes. Topics covered include the relationship between democracy and development, the role of the state, consequences of natural resources and corruption, and the impact of foreign aid. Throughout the course, there is also a focus on methodological debates concerning the pros and cons of quantitative vs. qualitative analysis, macro vs. micro-level data, and observational vs. experimental research.
POLI_SCI 452 Democratization
|POLI_SCI 460||Proseminar in Comparative Politics II||Riedl|
POLI_SCI 460 Proseminar in Comparative Politics II
This course surveys the major topics in comparative politics and is intended for Ph.D. students. Its purpose is to introduce the main theoretical and conceptual building blocks of the sub-‐ field. We will focus on the intellectual evolution of the field, the dominant debates and controversies, and the variety of approaches to research within comparative politics. The course develops a shared language and set of references that will prove useful to you throughout your professional career. It proceeds thematically. Each week we discuss a subset of the pertinent scholarly literature, usually focusing on a major theme or theoretical controversy. Key methodological issues in the study of comparative politics are addressed in context of these substantive and theoretical works, as well as in the written assignments for the class.
The course is meant as a kind of “boot camp” for graduate students in the comparative politics field. The main objective is to ensure your basic literacy in the field by introducing key questions and exposing you to classic readings. The proseminar II is a partner to Proseminar I which presents classic great books; this course will focus on contemporary works and controversies in the field.
Inevitably, there is an enormous amount of material that should be on the list but is not, simply for lack of time. In order to complete your education as a comparativist, you will need to take additional courses in the field, master the comparative politics general examination reading list, read the recent journal literature, and learn about the latest research in the field by attending presentations in the department and at conferences. There are many topic areas that I have omitted from this syllabus due to lack of time, but that you will engage with in other ways in your studies and research.
|POLI_SCI 469||Knowledge & Politics||Stevens|
POLI_SCI 469 Knowledge & Politics
|POLI_SCI 490||Special Topic: Urban Politics||Ogorzalek|
POLI_SCI 490 Special Topic: Urban Politics
|POLI_SCI 490||Special Topic: Liberal Internationalism||Hurd|
POLI_SCI 490 Special Topic: Liberal Internationalism
|POLI_SCI 490||Special Topic: Time Series and Panel Analysis in the Social Sciences||Seawright|
POLI_SCI 490 Special Topic: Time Series and Panel Analysis in the Social Sciences
|POLI_SCI 490||Special Topic: Islamic Political Thought||Ahmed Salem|
POLI_SCI 490 Special Topic: Islamic Political Thought
|POLI_SCI 490||Special Topic: Religion, Race, and Politics: Global and Imperial Perspectives||Hurd|
POLI_SCI 490 Special Topic: Religion, Race, and Politics: Global and Imperial Perspectives
This seminar is an experiment in studying the intersections of religion, race, and global politics. We discuss how particular understandings of ‘religion’ and ‘race’ have informed contemporary scholarship and also shaped national and international legal and governmental practice. These questions are examined in contexts ranging from anti-superstition laws in Haiti, to religious aspects of the colonial encounter in the Dutch East Indies, to the celebration of “moderate” religion at the US State Department, to the politics of secularism, magic and spirituality in India and China, and beyond. Cross-cutting themes include religion and the rise of the nation-state; the politics of religious establishment and religious freedom; the role of race in the formation of the disciplines of religious studies and international relations; the formation of modern vocabularies of religious and racial exclusion; the role of race and secularism in American history at home and abroad, and the international politics of religion and race in colonial and postcolonial contexts. Readings are comprised of books and articles, including new and not yet published work, which draw on international politics, religion, political theory, law, anthropology and history.
|POLI_SCI 490||Special Topic: Global Environmental Politics||Suiseeya|
POLI_SCI 490 Special Topic: Global Environmental Politics
Global environmental problems are amongst the most intractable challenges facing our global community. As a subfield that emerged from international relations, scholars of global environmental politics seek to understand and explain the ways in which international politics shape the global environment. This seminar addresses fundamental and emerging questions in Global Environmental Politics, such as: What explains global environmental problems? How do politics influence the global environment? Who are the key actors that shape the global environment and what explains their practices, especially related to global commons and transboundary environmental issues? What are the modes and sites that constitute global environmental governance? Under what conditions does cooperation emerge and with what effect? We will direct particular attention to the intersection of global environmental governance, international politics, and justice in the context of the global commons.
|POLI_SCI 490||Special Topic: Methods and Approaches to the Interpretation of Machiavelli||Dietz|
POLI_SCI 490 Special Topic: Methods and Approaches to the Interpretation of Machiavelli
|POLI_SCI 490||Special Topic: Bayesian Analysis||Bouchat|
POLI_SCI 490 Special Topic: Bayesian Analysis
|POLI_SCI 490||Special Topic: Pragmatism, Marxism, and Critical Theory||Farr|
POLI_SCI 490 Special Topic: Pragmatism, Marxism, and Critical Theory
This graduate seminar addresses some fundamental issues related to political theory and social inquiry. In particular, it addresses the political-theoretic dimensions of social inquiry—one might even say “the political philosophy of social science”—in connection with claims that criticism or critique is essential to both political theory and social inquiry.
The seminar will broach these issues and claims by attending to the changing traditions of Marxism, Pragmatism, and Critical Theory (as associated with the Frankfurt School). These traditions have complex and intersecting histories. At different times, they critique and criticize—not to mention challenge, condemn, or complement—one another in a process of mutual transformation. In different ways, they situate “critique” and “criticism” within the defining categories of science, method, and politics. It is the intent of the seminar, then, to investigate these traditions involved in mutual critique and criticism, and to take up their respective and changing understandings of “critique” and “criticism” in matters of political theory and social inquiry, as a contribution to the political philosophy of social science. As a matter or organization and presentation, the readings will unfold more or less historically, from the 1840s down to the present.
Given this broad intent, the seminar involves intellectual history, political theory, and the philosophy of science. It pretends to be no more than an advanced introduction to the issues, figures, and traditions in question. As graduate students in the seminar, you are not expected to have any special preparation, aside from a general interest in the issues at stake and some basic course work in political theory, philosophy, or the social sciences. You are also encouraged to develop paper topics that play to your own particular ongoing research agendas, the better to make the seminar serve your longer-term intellectual growth and academic interests.
|POLI_SCI 490||Special Topic: Politics of Conflict - Civil Wars||Reno|
POLI_SCI 490 Special Topic: Politics of Conflict - Civil Wars
Events of the past two decades highlight the roles of state failure, ethnic strife, enterprising commanders, and elements of international politics in civil wars. Are ethnic tensions, great power strategies, religious extremism, colonialism, class warfare, resource competition, ideology or state failure causes of these conflicts or consequences of civil wars? Why and how do civil wars end? What is the impact of international efforts to mediate conflicts? This course will provide students with analytical tools to understand and evaluate different explanations of the causes of civil wars This course will be useful for those who are interested in the politics of ethnic conflict, the relationship between the character of civil wars and changes in the international system, the (potentially diverse) causes of civil wars, civil wars and state-building, and the causes for variations in the organization and behavior of armed groups.
|POLI_SCI 490||Special Topic: Race and Immigration||Merseth|
POLI_SCI 490 Special Topic: Race and Immigration
This course examines the role of immigration in American politics with a focus on influential theories and evidence of the relationship between race and immigration, historically and present-day.
|POLI_SCI 490||Special Topic: Comparative Methods||Mahoney|
POLI_SCI 490 Special Topic: Comparative Methods
|POLI_SCI 490||Special Topic: Race and Contemporary Political Theory||Tillery|
POLI_SCI 490 Special Topic: Race and Contemporary Political Theory
This course introduces students to philosophical debates over the nature of the race concept, race relations and racial justice in contemporary political theory. The course will explore the following core questions: How have contemporary political theorists conceptualized the race concept and racial difference? How do contemporary political theorists see the relationship between democracy and racial inequality? What theories of racial justice have emerged in contemporary political theory? The course will examine the works of theorists ranging from the late nineteenth century to the rise of the critical race theory movement in the late twentieth century.
|POLI_SCI 490||Special Topic: Perspectives on Southeast Asian Politics||Hurst|
POLI_SCI 490 Special Topic: Perspectives on Southeast Asian Politics
What, if anything, is distinctive about politics across the countries of the region we call Southeast Asia? Are the similarities between different national experiences necessarily greater than the differences? While these are to some extent open questions, what is clear is that the general perspectives arising from analyses of Southeast Asian politics have extended their influence across large parts of comparative politics and beyond. In this class, we’ll focus on reading a mix of classic and recent contributions (with some tilt toward the latter) to a variety of literatures that spring from deep engagement and careful field research across a range of Southeast Asian contexts.
|POLI_SCI 490||Special Topic: Small-N and Case Study Methods||Mahoney|
POLI_SCI 490 Special Topic: Small-N and Case Study Methods
This seminar offers a broad and advanced introduction to the field of comparative methodology. The emphasis is on what are conventionally regarded in political science as “qualitative” methods for the analysis of a relatively small number of cases. In sociology, this field is generally known as comparative-historical methodology. The course focuses on recent methodological writings, though a few classical pieces are also included. The readings are not specific to any substantive subfield in political science or sociology. The course assumes no prior background in qualitative methodology, but the material is advanced.
|POLI_SCI 490||Special Topic: Comparative Political Theory: Methods, Issues, and Applications||El Amine|
POLI_SCI 490 Special Topic: Comparative Political Theory: Methods, Issues, and Applications
This course will explore how political thought from outside the Western canon should be studied, and how to think normatively about polities outside the industrialized West. It involves an overview of the growing field of Comparative Political Theory, as well as related discussions in the disciplines of comparative literature, philosophy, history, and anthropology. The first half of the course will focus on methodological debates, while the second will turn to applied work in CPT on the topics of democracy, liberalism, self-determination, and multiculturalism.