Courses Offered in Spring 2017

GVPT101: Introduction to Political Science
A study of the basic principles and concepts of political science.
Course Offering
    Spring 2017 Instructor: Karol Soltan View Syllabus
    Spring 2016 Instructor: Karol Soltan View Syllabus
    Spring 2015 Instructor: Karol Soltan View Syllabus
GVPT170: American Government
A comprehensive study of national government in the United States.
Course Offering
    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.
Course Offering
    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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    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
GVPT202: Law or Politics? The U.S. Supreme Court and the Meaning of the Constitution
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.
Course Offering
    Spring 2017 Instructor: Patrick C. Wohlfarth 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.
Course Offering
    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.
Course Offering
    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
GVPT260: State and Local Government
This course is an introduction to subnational government in the U.S. context, with some attention paid to state and local government in Maryland.
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    Spring 2017 Instructor: Richard Engstrom 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.
Course Offering
    Spring 2017 Instructor: Jennifer Hadden View Syllabus
    Fall 2016 Instructor: Stephen Arves View Syllabus
    Fall 2015 Instructor: Stephen Arves
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.
Course Offering
    Spring 2017 Instructor: John McCauley View Syllabus
    Fall 2015 Instructor: John McCauley
GVPT301: Identity and Conflict
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.
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    Spring 2017 Instructor: Jóhanna Birnir View Syllabus
GVPT306: Global Environmental Politics
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.
Course Offering
    Spring 2017 Instructor: Jennifer Wallace View Syllabus
    Fall 2016 Instructor: Jennifer Hadden View Syllabus
    Spring 2015 Instructor: Carla Abdo-Katsipis View Syllabus
GVPT331: Intro to Courts, Law and Justice
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.
Course Offering
    Spring 2017 Instructor: Michael Spivey View Syllabus
GVPT360: International Negotiations
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.
Course Offering
    Spring 2017 Instructor: Jennifer Wallace View Syllabus
GVPT388L: Topical Investigations; Maryland Politics, Policy, and Leadership
No description.
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    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.
Course Offering
    Fall 2017 Instructor: Piotr Swistak View Syllabus
    Spring 2017 Instructor: Piotr Swistak View Syllabus
    Spring 2016 Instructor: Piotr Swistak
    Fall 2015 Instructor: Piotr Swistak
GVPT406: International Organizations
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.
Course Offering
    Spring 2017 Instructor: Todd Allee View Syllabus
GVPT409H: Seminar in International Relations and World Politics; China and the World
No description.
Course Offering
    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
GVPT409M: Seminar in International Relations and World Politics; Nationalism and Ethnic Conflict
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.
Course Offering
    Spring 2017 Instructor: Kathleen Gallagher Cunningham View Syllabus
GVPT409O: The Politics of Climate Change
Seminar in International Relations and World Politics.
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    Spring 2017 Instructor: Jennifer Hadden View Syllabus
GVPT422: Quantitative Politics Analysis
Introduction to quantitative methods of data analysis, including selected statistical methods, scale construction, multivariate regression, and statistical software instruction.
Course Offering
    Spring 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.
Course Offering
    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
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.
Course Offering
    Spring 2017 Instructor: Michael Spivey View Syllabus
    Fall 2016 Instructor: Michael Spivey View Syllabus
    Fall 2015 Instructor: Unlisted/TBD
GVPT439A: Comparative Constitutional Law
Seminar in Public Law.
Course Offering
    Spring 2017 Instructor: Karol Soltan View Syllabus
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.
Course Offering
    Spring 2017 Instructor: Vladimir Tismaneanu View Syllabus
    Fall 2015 Instructor: Vladimir Tismaneanu View Syllabus
GVPT459D: Politics of the Developing World
The goal of this class is to give you an introduction to the relationship between politics and economics in the developing world.
Course Offering
    Spring 2017 Instructor: Unlisted/TBD View Syllabus
GVPT459H: Tweeting Political Crises
Seminar in Comparative Politics.
Course Offering
    Fall 2017 Instructor: Ernesto Calvo View Syllabus
    Spring 2017 Instructor: Ernesto Calvo View Syllabus
GVPT459L: Comparative Political Economy
The goal of this course is to give you an introduction to the relationship between politics and economics.
Course Offering
    Spring 2017 Instructor: Unlisted/TBD 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.
Course Offering
    Spring 2017 Instructor: Vladimir Tismaneanu View Syllabus
    Fall 2015 Instructor: Vladimir Tismaneanu View Syllabus
GVPT459W: Seminar in Comparative Politics; Civil Wars
This class exploreS the politics of civil war (and civil war studies).
Course Offering
    Spring 2017 Instructor: Kanisha Bond View Syllabus
    Fall 2016 Instructor: Kanisha Bond 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
GVPT474: Political Parties
A descriptive and analytical examination of American political parties, nominations, elections, and political leadership.
Course Offering
    Spring 2017 Instructor: David Karol View Syllabus
GVPT475: The Presidency and the Executive Branch
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.
Course Offering
    Spring 2017 Instructor: David Karol 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