Courses Offered in Spring 2018

GVPT101: Introduction to Political Science
A study of the basic principles and concepts of political science.
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    Spring 2018 Instructor: Karol Soltan View Syllabus
    Spring 2017 Instructor: Karol Soltan View Syllabus
    Spring 2016 Instructor: Karol Soltan View Syllabus
    Spring 2015 Instructor: Karol Soltan 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
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.
Course Offering
    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
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
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.
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    Spring 2018 Instructor: Jennifer Wallace View Syllabus
    Spring 2017 Instructor: Jennifer Wallace View Syllabus
    Fall 2016 Instructor: Jennifer Hadden View Syllabus
    Spring 2015 Instructor: Carla Abdo-Katsipis View Syllabus
GVPT317: Mock Trial II: Advanced Trial Advocacy
Development of trial advocacy skills through participation in practice trials and intercollegiate mock trial competitions. Student may have an opportunity to represent the university in intercollegiate mock trial tournaments, including the National Mock Trial Championships.
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    Spring 2018 Instructor: Unlisted/TBD View Syllabus
GVPT319C: Topics in Social Advocacy; Careers in the Social Sector
An overview of careers in the social sector ecosystem. We will discuss common jobs and career tracks in nonprofits, foundations, impact investing, social entrepreneurship, social sector consulting, corporate social responsibility, think tanks, and academia.
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    Spring 2018 Instructor: Unlisted/TBD View Syllabus
GVPT319D: Topics in Social Advocacy; Careers in Government and Politics
An overview of career in government and politics. We will discuss human resource rules and processes specific to the government along with career tracks in the federal government (executive,legislative, and judicial), state & local government, running for office and working on campaigns and lobbying.
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    Spring 2018 Instructor: Unlisted/TBD 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 2018 Instructor: Michael Spivey View Syllabus
    Spring 2017 Instructor: Michael Spivey View Syllabus
GVPT355: Capstone in International Conflict Management
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 conflict management 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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    Spring 2018 Instructor: Unlisted/TBD 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.
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    Spring 2018 Instructor: Jennifer Wallace View Syllabus
    Spring 2017 Instructor: Jennifer Wallace View Syllabus
GVPT373: Geographic Information Systems for Redistricting
Local, state and federal governments must periodically draw and redraw political boundaries to account for shifts in the population. This course will be an introduction and overview of district drawing and redistricting as an important application of GIS research in political science and public policy. This class will equip students to use convenient GIS tools to create and consider alternative district scenarios to find the best possible solution.
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    Spring 2018 Instructor: James Gimpel View Syllabus
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
GVPT388W: Topical Investigations; Experiential Learning: Maryland, Public Policy, and Beyond
Students interested in registering for this course must have an internship secured and must apply to the CAPC Internship Program.
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    Spring 2018 Instructor: Casey Burgat View Syllabus
    Spring 2017 Instructor: Casey Burgat
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
GVPT409E: International Relations of East Asia
This course will explore international relations in East Asia, focusing mostly on Northeast Asia. The course will provide some background on the evolution of international politics in the region over the past several decades, and will examine several contemporary issues—including the North Korean nuclear issue, the relationship across the Taiwan Strait, and the maritime disputes in the East and South China Seas—in depth.
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    Spring 2018 Instructor: Scott Kastner View Syllabus
    Spring 2018 Instructor: Scott Kastner View Syllabus
GVPT409H: Seminar in International Relations and World Politics
Seminar for students in the GVPT Honors program. Topics vary.
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    Spring 2018 Instructor: Shibley Telhami View Syllabus
    Fall 2017 Instructor: Scott Kastner Co-Instructor: Margaret Pearson View Syllabus
    Fall 2017 Instructor: Scott Kastner View Syllabus
    Spring 2017 Instructor: Shibley Telhami View Syllabus
    Fall 2015 Instructor: Sarah Croco
GVPT409O: The Politics of Climate Change
Seminar in International Relations and World Politics.
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    Spring 2018 Instructor: Jennifer Hadden View Syllabus
    Spring 2017 Instructor: Jennifer Hadden View Syllabus
GVPT421: Advanced Quantitative Methods
Advanced quantitative methods for political science research.
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    Spring 2018 Instructor: Sarah Croco View Syllabus
GVPT423H: 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
    Spring 2018 Instructor: James Gimpel View Syllabus
    Spring 2018 Instructor: Lilliana Mason View Syllabus
    Fall 2016 Instructor: Eric M. Uslaner View Syllabus
GVPT429E: Problems in Political Behavior; Public Opinion and Partisanship
This course is an advanced seminar on voters in the American political system. Broadly, we will cover topics ranging from what factors influence how individuals vote to discussions of social groups, partisanship, opinions, and other characteristics that shape Americans as political actors.
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    Spring 2018 Instructor: Lilliana Mason 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 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
GVPT439A: Comparative Constitutional Law
Seminar in Public Law.
Course Offering
    Spring 2018 Instructor: Karol Soltan View Syllabus
    Spring 2017 Instructor: Karol Soltan View Syllabus
GVPT456: The Politics of Terrorism
Examination of the definition, causes and organization of terrorist activity, along with key domestic and international counter- and anti-terrorism responses. Special emphasis on challenges and opportunities to the scientific study of terrorism.
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    Spring 2018 Instructor: Kanisha Bond View Syllabus
GVPT459E: Seminar in Comparative Politics; Comparative Politics of the Middle East
Seminar in Comparative Politics; Comparative Politics of the Middle East
Course Offering
    Spring 2018 Instructor: Calvert Jones View Syllabus
GVPT459M: Seminar in Comparative Politics; Social Movements
Seminar in Comparative Politics; Social Movements
Course Offering
    Spring 2018 Instructor: Kanisha Bond View Syllabus
GVPT459O: Seminar in Comparative Politics; Politics of Authoritarian Regimes
Seminar in Comparative Politics; Politics of Authoritarian Regimes
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    Spring 2018 Instructor: Jennifer Wallace 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 2018 Instructor: Vladimir Tismaneanu View Syllabus
    Spring 2017 Instructor: Vladimir Tismaneanu View Syllabus
    Fall 2015 Instructor: Vladimir Tismaneanu View Syllabus
GVPT479D: Seminar in American Politics; Minority Politics
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Course Offering
    Spring 2018 Instructor: Stella Rouse View Syllabus
    Spring 2015 Instructor: Stella Rouse View Syllabus
GVPT479L: Seminar in American Politics; Local Politics and Government
Seminar in American Politics; Local Politics and Government
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    Spring 2018 Instructor: Richard Engstrom View Syllabus
GVPT479P: Seminar in American Politics; Political Polarization
Seminar in American Politics; Political Polarization
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    Spring 2018 Instructor: Eric M. Uslaner View Syllabus
GVPT479Y: Seminar in American Politics: Political Psychology
Seminar.
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    Spring 2018 Instructor: Antoine Banks View Syllabus
    Fall 2017 Instructor: Antoine Banks View Syllabus
GVPT482H: Government and Politics of Latin America
This is a seminar for students in the GVPT Honors program. A comparative study of the governmental systems and political processes of the Latin American countries.
Course Offering
    Spring 2018 Instructor: Isabella Alcaniz View Syllabus