Government (GOVT)

GOVT 016: Comparative Politics (3 Credits)

This course introduces students to three major concepts in comparative politics: state, nation, and regime. Using comparisons between countries from all over the world, the course examines how states emerge and survive, nations are built and change, and how regimes—both democratic and authoritarian—operate. The case comparisons expose students to the comparative method and to the wide range of topics studied in the field of comparative politics.

Meets the following Core requirements: International Perspectives

Meets the following Gen Ed requirements: Human Institutions and Behavior

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GOVT 017: International Relations (4 Credits)

Basic character and structure of the international arena. How changes in these patterns determine outbreaks of war and peace among countries.

Meets the following Core requirements: International Perspectives

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GOVT 100: Written and Oral Communication for Political Science (2-2 Credits)

Focus on developing skills in writing, digital presentation, and oral communication appropriate for the political science classroom and related careers. Develop and refine voice and sense of style, learn the rhetorical expectations and formal registers of the field, identify the most appropriate combinations of form and content for academic and professional work in political science, and practice drafting, revising, presenting and receiving feedback on oral and written communications.

Note(s): Student must be concurrently enrolled in a government course. Alternatively, enrollment in another social science course will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Meets the following Core requirements: Written and Oral Communication II

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GOVT 115: The American Presidency (3 Credits)

An examination of the presidential selection process, the scope and powers of the office, and the major determinants of presidential behavior.

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GOVT 130: Regime Change (3 Credits)

Examines the reasons for the emergence, persistence, and collapse of authoritarian and democratic regimes. Countries studies drawn from South America, Europe, East Asia, and the former Soviet Union.

Meets the following Gen Ed requirements: Written Communication

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GOVT 132: Theories of International Relations (4 Credits)

Theories that explain the dynamics of world politics. Topics include the quest for power and domination, imperialism and wealth, international systems and processes, and attempts to create a science of international relations.

Prerequisite(s): GOVT 017

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GOVT 139: Ethical Reasoning in Politics and Public Policy (4 Credits)

An examination of the challenges of formulating and applying ethical argument to policy making. An investigation of major normative disputes in such areas as public assistance and entitlements, the environment, civil rights, and healthcare policy making.

Meets the following Gen Ed requirements: Human Institutions and Behavior

Crosslisted with: PPOL 217

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GOVT 141: States and Nations (3 Credits)

Considers the origins, nature, and limitations of the modern state. Examines how nations and nationalism emerge and interact with states. Focus on exclusionary aspects of nation-building, state-building, and citizenship and their role in the social construction of gender and racial identities.

Meets the following Core requirements: Race, Gender & Power

Meets the following Gen Ed requirements: Multicultural Perspectives

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GOVT 142: African Politics (4 Credits)

Introduces students to the study of contemporary politics in sub-Saharan Africa and provides background on African political history. Focuses on governance, development, and conflict on the continent.

Meets the following Core requirements: International Perspectives

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GOVT 148: Model United Nations (3-4 Credits)

Principles and organization of the United Nations, world trends, and international power relations as reflected in the organization. Preparation for and participation in simulations of U.N. committee sessions.

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GOVT 150: Political Representation (3-4 Credits)

This course examines political representation in America. Topics include what it means to represent; the different means of representation; to what degree the elected behave consistently with constituents' preferences; and the accountability of elected officials.

Meets the following Core requirements: Race, Gender & Power

Meets the following Gen Ed requirements: Human Institutions and Behavior

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GOVT 152: American Constitutional Law: Fundamental Freedoms (3-4 Credits)

This courses provides a study of the legal and political context in the U.S. of freedom of expression, the press, and religion; separation of church and state; equal rights for women and minorities; voting rights; and citizenship. Particular emphasis will be placed on understanding doctrinal understandings of fundamental freedoms and how understandings have changed over time.

Meets the following Core requirements: Critical Analysis

Meets the following Gen Ed requirements: Historical Perspectives

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GOVT 179: Directed Research (0.25-1.25 Credits)

GOVT 187: Comparative Politics of Social Policy (1-3 Credits)

This course examines the politics behind social welfare policies like national health insurance, financial assistance, and family support programs. It compares the US to countries from around the world, examining several questions. Why does social policy vary across countries? What goals do social policies serve and who benefits or does not? What political processes determine these goals and beneficiaries? When and why are social policies reformed? Can governments under fiscal stress continue to provide supportive social policies?