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 2015Instructor: James Glass
    Fall 2014Instructor: James GlassView: Syllabus

A comprehensive study of national government in the United States.

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    Fall 2017Instructor: Patrick C. WohlfarthView: Syllabus
    Spring 2017Instructor: Kris MilerView: Syllabus
    Fall 2016Instructor: Stella RouseView: Syllabus
    Fall 2015Instructor: Kris Miler
    Spring 2015Instructor: Patrick C. WohlfarthView: Syllabus

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 2018Instructor: Calvert JonesView: Syllabus
    Spring 2017Instructor: Calvert JonesView: Syllabus
    Fall 2016Instructor: Piotr SwistakView: Syllabus
    Fall 2015Instructor: Todd Allee
    Fall 2014Instructor: Ping-Kuei ChenView: Syllabus

An introduction to empirical research in political science.

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    Spring 2018Instructor: William ReedView: Syllabus
    Fall 2018Instructor: Jóhanna Birnir
    Fall 2017Instructor: Sarah CrocoView: Syllabus
    Spring 2017Instructor: Sarah CrocoView: Syllabus
    Fall 2015Instructor: Irwin MorrisView: Syllabus
    Fall 2012Instructor: Stella RouseView: Syllabus
    Spring 2012Instructor: David CunninghamView: Syllabus

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 2015Instructor: Unlisted/TBD

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 2015Instructor: Unlisted/TBD

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.

Course Offerings:
    Spring 2018Instructor: Piotr SwistakView: Syllabus
    Fall 2017Instructor: Piotr SwistakView: Syllabus
    Spring 2017Instructor: Piotr SwistakView: Syllabus
    Fall 2015Instructor: Piotr Swistak
    Spring 2015Instructor: Piotr Swistak

Examines some of the salient continuities and breaks between the ancient and modern traditions in Western political philosophy.

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    Spring 2018Instructor: James GlassView: Syllabus
    Fall 2017Instructor: Brandon IvesView: Syllabus
    Spring 2017Instructor: James GlassView: Syllabus
    Winter 2016Instructor: James GlassView: Syllabus
    Fall 2016Instructor: C. Fred AlfordView: Syllabus
    Fall 2015Instructor: Unlisted/TBD
    Winter 2014Instructor: James GlassView: Syllabus
    Fall 2014Instructor: C. Fred AlfordView: Syllabus

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.

Course Offerings:
    Spring 2018Instructor: Jennifer HaddenView: Syllabus
    Spring 2017Instructor: Jennifer HaddenView: Syllabus
    Fall 2016Instructor: Stephen ArvesView: Syllabus
    Fall 2015Instructor: Stephen Arves

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 2015Instructor: Margaret PearsonView: Syllabus

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 2018Instructor: John McCauleyView: Syllabus
    Spring 2017Instructor: John McCauleyView: Syllabus
    Fall 2015Instructor: John McCauley

No description.

Course Offerings:
    Spring 2018Instructor: Scott KastnerView: Syllabus
    Fall 2018Instructor: Scott KastnerView: Syllabus
    Spring 2017Instructor: Scott KastnerView: Syllabus
    Fall 2015Instructor: Scott KastnerView: Syllabus
    Fall 2014Instructor: Scott KastnerView: Syllabus

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 2015Instructor: Stacy J. KoskoView: Syllabus
    Fall 2014Instructor: Stacy J. KoskoView: Syllabus

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.

Course Offerings:
    Fall 2015Instructor: Stacy J. KoskoView: Syllabus
    Spring 2015Instructor: Stacy J. KoskoView: Syllabus
    Fall 2014Instructor: Stacy J. KoskoView: Syllabus
    Spring 2014Instructor: Stacy J. KoskoView: Syllabus

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.

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    Fall 2015Instructor: Unlisted/TBD

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.

Course Offerings:
    Spring 2018Instructor: Karl AroView: Syllabus
    Spring 2017Instructor: Karl AroView: Syllabus
    Fall 2015Instructor: Stella RouseView: Syllabus

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.

Course Offerings:
    Spring 2018Instructor: Piotr SwistakView: Syllabus
    Fall 2017Instructor: Piotr SwistakView: Syllabus
    Spring 2017Instructor: Piotr SwistakView: Syllabus
    Spring 2016Instructor: Piotr Swistak
    Fall 2015Instructor: Piotr Swistak

Seminar for students in the GVPT Honors program. Topics vary.

Course Offerings:
    Spring 2018Instructor: Shibley TelhamiView: Syllabus
    Fall 2017Instructor: Scott KastnerCo-Instructor: Margaret PearsonView: Syllabus
    Spring 2017Instructor: Shibley TelhamiView: Syllabus
    Fall 2015Instructor: Sarah Croco

No description.

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    Fall 2017Instructor: David CunninghamView: Syllabus
    Spring 2017Instructor: David CunninghamView: Syllabus
    Fall 2015Instructor: David CunninghamView: Syllabus

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.

Course Offerings:
    Fall 2017Instructor: James GimpelView: Syllabus
    Spring 2017Instructor: James GimpelView: Syllabus
    Fall 2016Instructor: Eric M. UslanerView: Syllabus
    Fall 2015Instructor: Lilliana Mason
    Spring 2015Instructor: Eric M. UslanerView: Syllabus
    Spring 2015Instructor: James Gimpel

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 2017Instructor: Michael SpiveyView: Syllabus
    Fall 2016Instructor: Michael SpiveyView: Syllabus
    Fall 2015Instructor: Unlisted/TBD

A study of civil rights in the American constitutional context, emphasizing freedom of religion, freedom of expression, minority discrimination, and the rights of defendants.

Course Offerings:
    Spring 2018Instructor: Michael SpiveyView: Syllabus
    Spring 2017Instructor: Michael SpiveyView: Syllabus
    Fall 2016Instructor: Michael SpiveyView: Syllabus
    Fall 2015Instructor: Unlisted/TBD

No description.

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    Fall 2015Instructor: Unlisted/TBD

A survey of the principal political theories set forth in the works of writers before Machiavelli.

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    Spring 2017Instructor: C. Fred AlfordView: Syllabus
    Spring 2016Instructor: C. Fred AlfordView: Syllabus
    Fall 2015Instructor: C. Fred AlfordView: Syllabus
    Spring 2015Instructor: C. Fred AlfordView: Syllabus

The study of Marxist thought and an assessment of the critical transformations and reassessments of the theory and practice of Marxism.

Course Offerings:
    Spring 2017Instructor: Vladimir TismaneanuView: Syllabus
    Fall 2015Instructor: Vladimir TismaneanuView: Syllabus

No description.

Course Offerings:
    Fall 2015Instructor: Unlisted/TBD

See restrictions.

Course Offerings:
    Fall 2016Instructor: C. Fred AlfordView: Syllabus
    Spring 2016Instructor: C. Fred AlfordView: Syllabus
    Fall 2015Instructor: C. Fred AlfordView: Syllabus
    Spring 2015Instructor: C. Fred AlfordView: Syllabus

The course will explain the appeals of revolutionary politics and the role of “true believers” in totalitarian mass movements.

Course Offerings:
    Spring 2018Instructor: Vladimir TismaneanuView: Syllabus
    Spring 2017Instructor: Vladimir TismaneanuView: Syllabus
    Fall 2015Instructor: Vladimir TismaneanuView: Syllabus

A detailed survey of lawmaking and the legislative process, emphasizing the U.S. Congress, and its members.

Course Offerings:
    Fall 2017Instructor: Eric M. UslanerView: Syllabus
    Spring 2017Instructor: Frances LeeView: Syllabus
    Fall 2016Instructor: Eric M. UslanerView: Syllabus
    Fall 2015Instructor: Eric M. UslanerView: Syllabus
    Fall 2014Instructor: Eric M. UslanerView: Syllabus

This course offers a thorough examination of the U.S. Supreme Court in the American political
system.

Course Offerings:
    Fall 2015Instructor: Patrick C. WohlfarthView: Syllabus

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 Offerings:
    Fall 2017Instructor: John McCauleyView: Syllabus
    Spring 2017Instructor: John McCauleyView: Syllabus
    Fall 2015Instructor: John McCauley

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.

Course Offerings:
    Fall 2015Instructor: David CunninghamView: Syllabus
    Fall 2015Instructor: Patrick C. Wohlfarth
    Fall 2014Instructor: David CunninghamView: Syllabus

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.

Course Offerings:
    Fall 2015Instructor: David CunninghamView: Syllabus
    Fall 2015Instructor: Patrick C. Wohlfarth
    Fall 2014Instructor: David CunninghamView: Syllabus

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 Offerings:
    Fall 2015Instructor: Kanisha Bond
    Fall 2015Instructor: Sarah Croco
    Fall 2014Instructor: Mark LichbachView: Syllabus

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 Offerings:
    Fall 2015Instructor: Kanisha Bond
    Fall 2015Instructor: Sarah Croco
    Fall 2014Instructor: Mark LichbachView: Syllabus

No description.

Course Offerings:
    Fall 2016Instructor: Scott KastnerView: Syllabus
    Fall 2015Instructor: Paul Huth

Major issues in international political economy including such matters as the monetary system, trade, debt, and development.

Course Offerings:
    Fall 2015Instructor: Todd Allee
    Fall 2014Instructor: Virginia HauflerView: Syllabus

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.

Course Offerings:
    Fall 2015Instructor: Eric M. UslanerView: Syllabus