PSC 110: Comparative Politics
An introduction to comparative political analysis with application of concepts and theories to selected democratic and authoritarian countries worldwide. Topics include formal institutional structures, representation and participation, public policy, political violence, ethnic politics, and political culture. Every Fall. Syllabus.
PSC 312: Foreign Policy & War
An analysis of the development and conduct of US national security policy, including the causes and consequences of war and patterns of American foreign policy. The course covers general explanations of international conflict, critical junctures in foreign policy decision making, and application of these to present-day national security challenges. Students will present concrete policy briefings and simulate international negotiation and conflict through the game Diplomacy. Every other Fall. Syllabus.
PSC 111: Global Politics
An introduction to the political, economic, and security issues that have influenced the development of the international system since 1945. Emphasizes patterns of global conflict and cooperation, tools for understanding these interactions, and application of these tools to current global issues. Every Spring.
PSC 258: Political Analysis
An examination of the major analytical approaches used in the study of political behavior. Every Spring.
Trek 116: More Money, More Problems
PSC 202: Games People Play
Game of Thrones, Hunger Games, Wargames, the Game of Love. We often think of games as a metaphor to describe and explain our interactions with each other, and the social sciences have formalized this practice into the field of Game Theory. This course introduces students to game theory using a variety of resources: academic and popular literature, films and videos, current events, and of course many games that we play in daily labs. Students will learn the main technical components of games, a wide range of model games that have been used to help explain political events, and how to apply games to clarify, explain, and predict the likely outcomes of complex interactions among individuals or groups. Every other May.
PSC 324S: International Law & Justice
An introduction to the basic principles of public international law and the functions of international organizations such as the United Nations and the International Criminal Court. After an overview of the main areas and functions of international law, the course examines the possibilities, obstacles, and politics of international law by focusing intensively on international tools of human rights enforcement and transitional justice. Specific topics include transnational organizations, international NGOs, international criminal tribunals, truth commissions, universal jurisdiction, and state sovereignty.
PSC 325: European Politics
This class approaches European politics from two perspectives. First is the analysis and comparison of European political systems, patterns, and conflicts, such as parliamentary systems, political economy, varieties of democracy, citizenship, and immigration. Second is the European Union, including its supranational structures, political and economic consequences of the Euro, and tensions with member states. From these two perspectives the course investigates current issues such as immigration & migration, radicalism & violence, and prosperity & inequality.
PSC 331: Democracy & Ethnic Conflict
This course is an investigation of two of the most important sources of collective identity and conflict in the world today: nationalism and ethnicity. What is the connection between nationalism and democracy? What are nations and why can nationalism be a significant political problem, particularly for democracies? What are ethnic groups, what is ethnic conflict, and what causes it to become violent? Topics include theories of nationalism and ethnicity, links between nationalism, ethnicity, and democratic success, and political mechanisms for managing or resolving these conflicts. Examples come from Europe, India, Africa, and the Middle East.
PSC 473: Senior Seminar
The undertaking of an individual research project in which the student demonstrates their mastery of the discipline.