A study of the basic principles and concepts of political science.
Courses Offered in Spring 2017
A comprehensive study of national government in the United States.
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.
An introduction to empirical research in political science.
A thorough examination of the U.S. Supreme Court in the American political system. Focusing on the Court as an institution-the set of norms, rules, and policymaking processes that lead to the Supreme Court's decisions-and how justices' decision-making processes critically determine substantive legal policy and the meaning of the U.S. Constitution.
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.
Examines some of the salient continuities and breaks between the ancient and modern traditions in Western political philosophy.
This course is an introduction to subnational government in the U.S. context, with some attention paid to state and local government in Maryland.
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.
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.
An examination of identity as a source of civil conflict. The course explores how identity is embedded in context, how identity is manipulated for political ends, and how identity conflict may be resolved.
Focus on three processes of international environmental policy development- identifying problems, negotiating solutions, and implementing agreements- through a range of case studies, including global climate change.
An introductory course to the study of law with emphasis on how lawyers and judges think and argue. Topics include, contract law, property, family law, torts, and criminal procedure. This course is a duplication of GVPT331, Law and Society.
A study of the complexities of international negotiation and cross-cultural decision-making. Students will apply advanced computer technology in an interactive simulation involving actual negotiations.
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.
A basic introduction to the full range of international organizations that have come into being over the past century and one-half, including those that aspire to be universal or global, those with a geopolitical or regional focus, and those that address specific structural or functional areas of human endeavor or issue areas.
This course is an advanced seminar on nationalism and ethnic conflict. Students are expected to gain an understanding of the major causes and consequences of ethnic, nationalist, and separatist conflict.
Seminar in International Relations and World Politics.
Introduction to quantitative methods of data analysis, including selected statistical methods, scale construction, multivariate regression, and statistical software instruction.
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.
A study of civil rights in the American constitutional context, emphasizing freedom of religion, freedom of expression, minority discrimination, and the rights of defendants.
Seminar in Public Law.
A survey of the principal political theories set forth in the works of writers before Machiavelli.
The study of Marxist thought and an assessment of the critical transformations and reassessments of the theory and practice of Marxism.
The goal of this class is to give you an introduction to the relationship between politics and economics in the developing world.
Seminar in Comparative Politics.
The goal of this course is to give you an introduction to the relationship between politics and economics.
The course will explain the appeals of revolutionary politics and the role of “true believers” in totalitarian mass movements.
This class exploreS the politics of civil war (and civil war studies).
A detailed survey of lawmaking and the legislative process, emphasizing the U.S. Congress, and its members.
A descriptive and analytical examination of American political parties, nominations, elections, and political leadership.
An examination of the U.S. presidency in historical and contemporary perspective: nomination and electoral politics and the president's place in policy-making, administration, and public opinion.
A comparative study of the governmental systems and political processes of the Latin American countries.
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.