Courses Offered in Fall 2015

GVPT105S: Introduction to Political Ethics
An examination of major theories of political life and politics as they pertain to international politics, conflict, and culture. Emphasis will be given to theories of ethics and morality that pertain to international studies, such as human rights.
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    Fall 2015 Instructor: James Glass
    Fall 2014 Instructor: James Glass View Syllabus
GVPT170: American Government
A comprehensive study of national government in the United States.
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    Fall 2017 Instructor: Patrick C. Wohlfarth View Syllabus
    Spring 2017 Instructor: Kris Miler View Syllabus
    Fall 2016 Instructor: Stella Rouse View Syllabus
    Fall 2015 Instructor: Kris Miler
    Spring 2015 Instructor: Patrick C. Wohlfarth View Syllabus
GVPT200: International Political Relations
A study of the major factors underlying international relations, the causes of conflict and cooperation among international actors, the role of international institutions, the interactions of domestic and foreign policies, and major issues in security, economy and the environment.
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    Spring 2018 Instructor: Calvert Jones View Syllabus
    Spring 2017 Instructor: Calvert Jones View Syllabus
    Fall 2016 Instructor: Piotr Swistak View Syllabus
    Fall 2015 Instructor: Todd Allee
    Fall 2014 Instructor: Ping-Kuei Chen View Syllabus
GVPT201: Scope and Methods for Political Science Research
An introduction to empirical research in political science.
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    Spring 2018 Instructor: William Reed View Syllabus
    Fall 2018 Instructor: Jóhanna Birnir
    Fall 2017 Instructor: Sarah Croco View Syllabus
    Spring 2017 Instructor: Sarah Croco View Syllabus
    Fall 2015 Instructor: Irwin Morris View Syllabus
GVPT205S: Special Topics in International Ethics, Conflict, and Immigration
An examination of issues in international ethics, conflict generated at the international level, and problems in immigration policy and law, including theories of rights and immigration, and ideological sources of international violence.
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    Fall 2015 Instructor: Unlisted/TBD
GVPT217: Mock Trial
Experience the excitement and reward of arguing, and perhaps winning your client's case in court. Mock Trial is designed for students who are interested in learning practical techniques for shaping the evidence, using the law, and exploiting the courtroom to create a coherent and convincing case theory. Also offered as: MLAW217. Credit only granted for: MLAW217, GVPT217, or GVPT319A. Formerly: GVPT319A.
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    Fall 2015 Instructor: Unlisted/TBD
GVPT221: Introduction to Formal Theories of Political Behavior and Politics
An introduction to the theories of rational choice including theories of negotiation and bargaining, elections and voting in democracies, community organizing and the contrast between the roles and performances of government and market.
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    Spring 2018 Instructor: Piotr Swistak View Syllabus
    Fall 2017 Instructor: Piotr Swistak View Syllabus
    Spring 2017 Instructor: Piotr Swistak View Syllabus
    Fall 2015 Instructor: Piotr Swistak
    Spring 2015 Instructor: Piotr Swistak
GVPT241: The Study of Political Philosophy: Ancient and Modern
Examines some of the salient continuities and breaks between the ancient and modern traditions in Western political philosophy.
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    Spring 2018 Instructor: James Glass View Syllabus
    Fall 2017 Instructor: Brandon Ives View Syllabus
    Spring 2017 Instructor: James Glass View Syllabus
    Winter 2016 Instructor: James Glass View Syllabus
    Fall 2016 Instructor: C. Fred Alford View Syllabus
GVPT273: Introduction to Environmental Politics
An overview of modern environmental philosophy, politics, and policy, exploring environmental politics in the US by way of comparison with other developed and developing countries.
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    Spring 2018 Instructor: Jennifer Hadden View Syllabus
    Spring 2017 Instructor: Jennifer Hadden View Syllabus
    Fall 2016 Instructor: Stephen Arves View Syllabus
    Fall 2015 Instructor: Stephen Arves
GVPT280: The Study of Comparative Politics
An introduction to the comparative study of politics and governance, including the analytical concepts for studies of politics and a survey of the major types of regimes, including democratic and authoritarian/communist regimes.
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    Fall 2015 Instructor: Margaret Pearson View Syllabus
GVPT282: Politics and the Developing World
A study of the domestic governmental institutions; processes and problems such as conflict and economic development; and the socio-economic environments that are common to developing countries of Africa, the Middle East, Asia, and Latin America.
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    Spring 2018 Instructor: John McCauley View Syllabus
    Spring 2017 Instructor: John McCauley View Syllabus
    Fall 2015 Instructor: John McCauley
GVPT289J: Special Topics in Government and Politics; Uncertain Partners: US & China in a Changing World
No description.
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    Spring 2018 Instructor: Scott Kastner View Syllabus
    Spring 2018 Instructor: Scott Kastner View Syllabus
    Spring 2017 Instructor: Scott Kastner View Syllabus
    Fall 2015 Instructor: Scott Kastner View Syllabus
    Fall 2014 Instructor: Scott Kastner View Syllabus
GVPT354: International Development and Conflict Management
Serves as the gateway course for the Minor in International Development and Conflict Management. Provides an introductory foundation in the theory and practice of international development and conflict management. Introduces the structures, key players, intersections, and main trends in the evolution of the fields. Explores causal factors that drive economic growth, poverty, inequality, and conflict, as well as the resources, methods, and tools available to track and address these issues.
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    Fall 2015 Instructor: Stacy J. Kosko View Syllabus
    Fall 2014 Instructor: Stacy J. Kosko View Syllabus
GVPT356: Capstone in International Development
Serves as one of the two capstone courses for the Minor in International Development and Conflict Management. Focuses on advanced theory and the practice and profession of international development and is designed to provide students an introduction to, and a chance to engage with, a core set of practical skills relevant to the field.
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    Fall 2015 Instructor: Stacy J. Kosko View Syllabus
    Spring 2015 Instructor: Stacy J. Kosko View Syllabus
    Fall 2014 Instructor: Stacy J. Kosko View Syllabus
    Spring 2014 Instructor: Stacy J. Kosko View Syllabus
GVPT388B: Topical Investigations; Innovation in the Public Sector
How does innovation occur in the public sector? How can government serve as a catalyst for problem-solving? Using the tools of innovation and entrepreneurship, this laboratory course engages students in a semester-long project to innovate change around a specific public sector issue or industry in our local or regional community. Some examples might include: public broadband access, sustainability infrastructure, transportation improvements, or health care access in the College Park, Prince George's, or Maryland communities.
Course Offering
    Fall 2015 Instructor: Unlisted/TBD
GVPT388L: Topical Investigations; Maryland Politics, Policy, and Leadership
This course will examine Maryland's political history, its present, and potential future. Attention will be focused on the legislative process and the legislative institution. We will discuss current policy issues before the General Assembly and the State as well as methods by which to approach issues, develop possible solutions, and negotiate agreements. The course will be led by an individual with extensive experience in the Maryland legislative branch.
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    Spring 2018 Instructor: Karl Aro View Syllabus
    Spring 2017 Instructor: Karl Aro View Syllabus
    Fall 2015 Instructor: Stella Rouse View Syllabus
GVPT390: Game Theory
Introduction to game theory with applications to political science, economics and sociology. Topics include preference theory, expected utility theory, Nash equilibria, subgame perfection, repeated games, folk theorems, and evolutionary stability.
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    Spring 2018 Instructor: Piotr Swistak View Syllabus
    Fall 2017 Instructor: Piotr Swistak View Syllabus
    Spring 2017 Instructor: Piotr Swistak View Syllabus
    Spring 2016 Instructor: Piotr Swistak
    Fall 2015 Instructor: Piotr Swistak
GVPT409H: Seminar in International Relations and World Politics
Seminar for students in the GVPT Honors program. Topics vary.
Course Offering
    Spring 2018 Instructor: Shibley Telhami View Syllabus
    Fall 2017 Instructor: Scott Kastner View Syllabus
    Fall 2017 Instructor: Scott Kastner Co-Instructor: Margaret Pearson View Syllabus
    Spring 2017 Instructor: Shibley Telhami View Syllabus
    Fall 2015 Instructor: Sarah Croco
GVPT423: Elections and Electoral Behavior
An examination of various topics relating to elections; the focus includes the legal structure under which elections are conducted, the selection and nomination process, the conduct of election campaigns, and patterns of political participation and voting choice in different types of elections.
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    Fall 2017 Instructor: James Gimpel View Syllabus
    Spring 2017 Instructor: James Gimpel View Syllabus
    Fall 2016 Instructor: Eric M. Uslaner View Syllabus
    Fall 2015 Instructor: Lilliana Mason
    Spring 2015 Instructor: Eric M. Uslaner View Syllabus
GVPT431: Introduction to Constitutional Law
A systematic inquiry into the general principles of the American constitutional system, with special reference to the role of the judiciary in the interpretation and enforcement of the federal constitution.
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    Fall 2017 Instructor: Michael Spivey View Syllabus
    Fall 2016 Instructor: Michael Spivey View Syllabus
    Fall 2015 Instructor: Unlisted/TBD
GVPT432: Civil Rights and the Constitution
A study of civil rights in the American constitutional context, emphasizing freedom of religion, freedom of expression, minority discrimination, and the rights of defendants.
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    Spring 2018 Instructor: Michael Spivey View Syllabus
    Spring 2017 Instructor: Michael Spivey View Syllabus
    Fall 2016 Instructor: Michael Spivey View Syllabus
    Fall 2015 Instructor: Unlisted/TBD
GVPT439C: Seminar in Public Law; Current Issues in the Supreme Court
No description.
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    Fall 2015 Instructor: Unlisted/TBD
GVPT441: History of Political Theory: Ancient and Medieval
A survey of the principal political theories set forth in the works of writers before Machiavelli.
Course Offering
    Spring 2017 Instructor: C. Fred Alford View Syllabus
    Spring 2016 Instructor: C. Fred Alford View Syllabus
    Fall 2015 Instructor: C. Fred Alford View Syllabus
    Spring 2015 Instructor: C. Fred Alford View Syllabus
GVPT445: Marxism and Postmarxism
The study of Marxist thought and an assessment of the critical transformations and reassessments of the theory and practice of Marxism.
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    Spring 2017 Instructor: Vladimir Tismaneanu View Syllabus
    Fall 2015 Instructor: Vladimir Tismaneanu View Syllabus
GVPT449C: Seminar in Political Philosophy; Democratic Theory
No description.
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    Fall 2015 Instructor: Unlisted/TBD
GVPT449K: Seminar in Political Philosophy; Politics Through Popular Fiction and Short Stories
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    Fall 2016 Instructor: C. Fred Alford View Syllabus
    Spring 2016 Instructor: C. Fred Alford View Syllabus
    Fall 2015 Instructor: C. Fred Alford View Syllabus
    Spring 2015 Instructor: C. Fred Alford View Syllabus
GVPT459R: Seminar in Comparative Politics; The Rise and Fall of Communism
The course will explain the appeals of revolutionary politics and the role of “true believers” in totalitarian mass movements.
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    Spring 2018 Instructor: Vladimir Tismaneanu View Syllabus
    Spring 2017 Instructor: Vladimir Tismaneanu View Syllabus
    Fall 2015 Instructor: Vladimir Tismaneanu View Syllabus
GVPT473: The U.S. Congress
A detailed survey of lawmaking and the legislative process, emphasizing the U.S. Congress, and its members.
Course Offering
    Fall 2017 Instructor: Eric M. Uslaner View Syllabus
    Spring 2017 Instructor: Frances Lee View Syllabus
    Fall 2016 Instructor: Eric M. Uslaner View Syllabus
    Fall 2015 Instructor: Eric M. Uslaner View Syllabus
    Fall 2014 Instructor: Eric M. Uslaner View Syllabus
GVPT479F: Seminar in American Politics; The Supreme Court
This course offers a thorough examination of the U.S. Supreme Court in the American political system.
Course Offering
    Fall 2015 Instructor: Patrick C. Wohlfarth View Syllabus
GVPT484: Government and Politics of Africa
A comparative study of the governmental systems and political processes of the African countries, with special emphasis on the problems of nation-building in emergent countries.
Course Offering
    Fall 2017 Instructor: John McCauley View Syllabus
    Spring 2017 Instructor: John McCauley View Syllabus
    Fall 2015 Instructor: John McCauley
GVPT622: Quantitative Methods For Political Science
Introduction to quantitiative methods of data analysis, with emphasis on statistical methods and computer usage. Measures of association, probability, correlation, linear regression estimation techniques, introductory analysis of variance, and use of package computer programs.
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    Fall 2015 Instructor: David Cunningham View Syllabus
    Fall 2015 Instructor: Patrick C. Wohlfarth
    Fall 2014 Instructor: David Cunningham View Syllabus
GVPT700: Scope and Method of Political Science
A seminar in the methodologies of political science, and their respective applications to different research fields. Interdisciplinary approaches and bibliographical techniques are also reviewed.
Course Offering
    Fall 2015 Instructor: Kanisha Bond
    Fall 2015 Instructor: Sarah Croco
    Fall 2014 Instructor: Mark Lichbach View Syllabus
GVPT708A: Seminar in International Relations Theory; International Relations Theory
No description.
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    Fall 2016 Instructor: Scott Kastner View Syllabus
    Fall 2015 Instructor: Paul Huth
GVPT761: International Political Economy
Major issues in international political economy including such matters as the monetary system, trade, debt, and development.
Course Offering
    Fall 2015 Instructor: Todd Allee
    Fall 2014 Instructor: Virginia Haufler View Syllabus
GVPT770: Seminar in American Political Institutions
This is the core institutions seminar in American politics. The course surveys the primary literature in the field and addresses substantively significant topics related to the study of political institutions in the American context.
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    Fall 2015 Instructor: Eric M. Uslaner View Syllabus