This course surveys the processes and institutions of American politics. Among the topics discussed are individual political attitudes and values, political participation, voting, parties, interest groups, Congress, presidency, Supreme Court, the federal bureaucracy, and domestic and foreign policy making.
The nature of political authority, the experience of a social revolution, and the achievement of an economic transformation will be explored in the context of politics and government in a number of different countries.
The issues of war/peace, nationalism/internationalism, and economic growth/redistribution will be examined in both historical and theoretical perspectives.
An exploration of the relationship between power and justice in modern society. Materials include classic and contemporary texts, films and literature.
An examination of ethical principles (e.g., utilitarianism, individual rights, etc.) and their social and political applications to contemporary issues such as abortion, environmental protection, and affirmative action). Ethical principles will also be applied to moral dilemmas familiar in government, law, business, and the professions. Satisfies the Warren College ethics and society requirement.
(This course may not be used toward the political science major or minor.)
An examination of a single set of major contemporary social, political, or economic issues (e.g. environmental ethics, international ethics) in light of ethical or moral principles and values. Warren College general education requirement. (This course may not be used toward the political science major or minor.)
Introduction to the logic of inference in social science and to quantitative analysis in political science and public policy including research design, data collection, data description and computer graphics, and the logic of statistical inference (including linear regression).
This course is designed as a broad introduction to the study of law as a social institution and its relations to other institutions in society. The focus will be less on the substance of law (legal doctrine and judicial opinions) than on the process of law-how legal rules both reflect and shape basic social values and their relation to social, political, and economic conflicts within society. (This course may not be used toward the political science major or minor. The course is specifically for Law and Society minor requirements.)
The Freshman Seminar Program is designed to provide new students with the opportunity to explore an intellectual topic with a faculty member in a small seminar setting. Freshman seminars are offered in all campus departments and undergraduate colleges and topics vary from quarter to quarter. Enrollment is limited to 15-20 students, with preference given to entering Freshman. (This course may not be applied toward the political science major or minor.)
Selected topics to introduce students to current issues and trends in political science. May not be used to fulfill any major or minor requirements in political science.