Annual 2019-20 Class Schedule
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|POLI_SCI 403||Introduction to Probability and Statistics||Clipperton|
POLI_SCI 403 Introduction to Probability and Statistics
This course provides the opportunity to develop skills to empirically evaluate questions about the
|POLI_SCI 407||Experimental Political Science||Druckman|
POLI_SCI 407 Experimental Political Science
Experiments are a central methodology in political science. Scholars from every subfield regularly turn to experiments. Practitioners rely on experimental evidence in evaluating social programs, policies, institutions, and information provision. The design, implementation, and analysis of experiments raise a variety of distinct epistemological and methodological challenges. This is particularly true in political science due to the breadth of the discipline, the varying contexts in which experiments are implemented (e.g., laboratory, survey, field), and the distinct methods employed (e.g., psychological or economic approaches to experimentation). This class will review the challenges to experimentation, discuss how to implement experiments, and survey prominent applications. The class also will touch on recent methodological advances in experiments and ongoing debates about the reliability of experimental studies. To do so, we will read parts of a new, yet to be published, volume on experimental methods.
|POLI_SCI 410||American Political Institutions and Behavior||Tillery|
POLI_SCI 410 American Political Institutions and Behavior
The American Politics Field Seminar will give students exposure to trends in the empirical study of American politics. The course will cover current debates in the fields of political behavior, public opinion, legislative politics, presidential politics, American political development, and race and politics.
|POLI_SCI 441||International Political Economy||Nelson|
POLI_SCI 441 International Political Economy
This graduate seminar surveys classic and frontier research in Comparative and International Political Economy. Half of the course focuses on the main analytical traditions in IPE (emphasizing interests and material incentives, power, institutions, and ideational factors) and explores the major research topics in the field (international trade, finance, foreign investment and sovereign debt, and immigration). The other half deals with CPE topics, including national varieties of capitalism, redistribution, institutions and economic performance, and development.
|POLI_SCI 450||Contemporary Theory and Research in Comparative Politics||Winters|
POLI_SCI 450 Contemporary Theory and Research in Comparative Politics
This seminar exposes students to some of the foundational works in Comparative Politics. We will read Karl Marx, Max Weber, Perry Anderson, Karl Polanyi, Joseph Schumpeter, Barrington Moore, Theda Skocpol, Sam Huntington, Jim Scott, and Ben Anderson. The focus is on the generation and architecture of major theories in the field. The concepts and analyses contained in these readings provide essential building blocks for you to pursue further reading on your own and in other courses in comparative politics and political economy.
|POLI_SCI 490-0-20||Special Topic in Political Science: Political Theories of Membership||Stevens|
POLI_SCI 490-0-20 Special Topic in Political Science: Political Theories of Membership
As nationalist rhetorics, parties, and politicians ascend to positions of authority in regimes worldwide, political theorists are debating the meanings, etiologies, and treatments of nationalism and, relatedly, a resurgent antipathy toward immigrants. This course reviews key political and anthropological theories
|POLI_SCI 490-0-21||Special Topic in Political Science: Methods in Analytical Political Theory||Nili|
POLI_SCI 490-0-21 Special Topic in Political Science: Methods in Analytical Political Theory
This graduate course has two aims. The first is to introduce students to debates on method in contemporary analytical political philosophy. We examine disputes on the degree of idealization and abstraction that is appropriate in political theory, and reflect on how these disputes relate to different conceptions of political philosophy’s practical task. Second, in the process of investigating these meta-theoretical issues, the course also introduces students to substantive theories that have been dominant in contemporary moral and political philosophy.
|POLI_SCI 490-0-22||Special Topic in Political Science: Informal Institutions: Institutionalism for Developing Countries||Gans-Morse|
POLI_SCI 490-0-22 Special Topic in Political Science: Informal Institutions: Institutionalism for Developing Countries
This course will examine informal institutions - rules and procedures that lack formal codification yet effectively structure political behavior. The first part of the course will provide an overview of institutional analysis. Existing institutionalist approaches focus primarily on formal institutions, yet in many developing and transition countries formal rules and procedures have a marginal influence on actual political practices. We will examine recent efforts to define, conceptualize, and empirically analyze informal institutions and informal politics more broadly. The second part of the course will consider informal institutions in the context of several vigorous recent debates in comparative politics and political economy, including clientelism and informal practices in electoral politics, the causes and consequences of corruption, and the role of institutions in economic growth. The study of informal institutions entails inherent methodological challenges, in that many of the practices we will examine are illicit and/or covert. Throughout the course we will focus on innovative methodological approaches, ranging from interviewing techniques to statistical tools, designed to overcome these challenges.
|POLI_SCI 490-0-24||Special Topic in Political Science: Nation Building and State Formation after WWII||Spruyt|
POLI_SCI 490-0-24 Special Topic in Political Science: Nation Building and State Formation after WWII
This seminar will introduce you to various approaches to the study of nationalism nation building state formation as well as state fragmentation. We thus explore how some diverse communities have been forged into integrated high capacity states. However, we also examine the converse, why do some attempts at state formation fail? We furthermore will explore why some political units, that seemed quite viable at certain junctures, subsequently failed to maintain their territorial integrity. In so doing we will inevitably touch on the causes and consequences of inter-state conflict but also on internal processes that lead to "failed" or composite states.
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