Courses Offered in Fall 2017

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
GVPT201: Scope and Methods for Political Science Research
An introduction to empirical research in political science.
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    Fall 2017 Instructor: Sarah Croco View Syllabus
    Spring 2017 Instructor: Sarah Croco View Syllabus
    Fall 2015 Instructor: Irwin Morris View Syllabus
    Fall 2012 Instructor: Stella Rouse View Syllabus
    Spring 2012 Instructor: David Cunningham View Syllabus
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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    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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    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
    Fall 2015 Instructor: Unlisted/TBD
GVPT289L: Special Topics in Government and Politics; Religions, Beliefs, and World Affairs
No description available.
Course Offering
    Fall 2017 Instructor: John McCauley View Syllabus
    Spring 2015 Instructor: John McCauley
GVPT309L: Topics in International Relations; Israel & Arab Spring
Also offered as ISRL329E. Credit granted for ISRL329E or GVPT309L. This course will explore and analyze the political, diplomatic, and strategic effects of the Arab Spring and its continuing after effects on the State of Israel, using that as a lens to study the contemporary Middle East. It starts with a preliminary study of Israel's foreign policy and then examines the effects of the Arab Spring on its domestic politics: relations with other regional actors, the Palestinians, and the United States; and Israel's strategy towards non-state actors such as Hamas, Hezbollah and ISIS.
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    Fall 2017 Instructor: Moran Stern 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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    Fall 2017 Instructor: Piotr Swistak View Syllabus
    Spring 2017 Instructor: Piotr Swistak View Syllabus
    Spring 2016 Instructor: Piotr Swistak
    Fall 2015 Instructor: Piotr Swistak
GVPT409G: Seminar in International Relations and World Politics; Corporations and the Global Political Economy
The rise of global corporations is one of the distinctive features of globalization. What are the origins of the modern global corporation? What is their impact on politics, society and the economy? This course seeks to convey a sophisticated understanding that goes beyond bumper stickers maligning corporations or celebrating unfettered capitalism, to deepen the students understanding of multinationals as complex and powerful organizations, and to learn a variety of perspectives on multinational corporate activity.
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    Fall 2017 Instructor: Unlisted/TBD View Syllabus
GVPT409H: Seminar in International Relations and World Politics; China and the World
No description.
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    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
GVPT417: Seminar in Advanced Topics in Environmental Policy Analysis
A series of critical tools and methods used to analyze environmental policy. This class should be of interest to students who are either considering a career or graduate studies in environmental protection.
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    Fall 2017 Instructor: Isabella Alcaniz View Syllabus
GVPT420: The Logic and Practice of Measuring Political Behavior
Introduction to concepts and practices used for measuring political behavior. Political analysis is an increasingly quantitative field, It is crucial for students of political behavior to learn how to define concepts in concrete ways, examine different methods of measuring concepts, learn how to test the quality of chosen measures, learn how to construct richer measures out of multiple questions, and finally how to examine the relationship between multiple measures of similar concepts. Common pitfalls, errors, bias, and ethics will be examined along the way.
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    Fall 2017 Instructor: Lilliana Mason View Syllabus
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
GVPT457: American Foreign Relations
The principles and machinery of the conduct of American foreign relations, with emphasis on the Departments of State and Defense, and an analysis of the major foreign policies of the United States.
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    Fall 2017 Instructor: Jennifer Wallace View Syllabus
GVPT459H: Tweeting Political Crises
Seminar in Comparative Politics.
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    Fall 2017 Instructor: Ernesto Calvo View Syllabus
    Spring 2017 Instructor: Ernesto Calvo View Syllabus
GVPT460: Problems in State and Local Government
A study of the structure, procedures and policies of state and local governments with special emphasis on the state level and on intergovernmental relationships, and with illustrations from Maryland governmental arrangements.
Course Offering
    Fall 2017 Instructor: Stella Rouse View Syllabus
    Fall 2017 Instructor: Stella Rouse 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
GVPT479H: Seminar in American Politics; Political Ambition
Seminar
Course Offering
    Fall 2017 Instructor: Frances Lee View Syllabus
GVPT482: Government and Politics of Latin America
A comparative study of the governmental systems and political processes of the Latin American countries.
Course Offering
    Fall 2017 Instructor: Unlisted/TBD View Syllabus
    Spring 2017 Instructor: Isabella Alcaniz 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