Winter 2019 Class Schedule
|POLI_SCI 101-6||Freshman Seminar: #WithRefugees: Politics of Sanctuary and Solidarity||Ben-Arieh||MW 2:00-3:20||15|
POLI_SCI 101-6 Freshman Seminar: #WithRefugees: Politics of Sanctuary and Solidarity
#WithRefugees – Politics of Sanctuary and Solidarity. We will explore Northwestern’s historic activism on behalf of refugees in the form of the Northwestern Circus that raised funds to create and maintain the Northwestern Settlement House, later becoming the Dance Marathon that still exists today. We will use this historic entry point to explore the broader contemporary politics around standing with refugees, providing sanctuary as we consider why and ways in which some communities are welcoming while others take the position “not in my back yard.”
|POLI_SCI 101-6||Freshman Seminar: Undocumented Immigrant Politics||Merseth||MW 11:00-12:20`||15|
POLI_SCI 101-6 Freshman Seminar: Undocumented Immigrant Politics
This course examines the politics of undocumented immigrants in the United States. Topics include the construction of “illegality” and unauthorized immigration policy in historical perspective; political identities among the undocumented, foregrounding the role of race and ethnic/national origin; public opinion toward and among the undocumented; media framing and representations of undocumented immigrants; participation and mobilization with a focus on undocumented youth activism (DREAMers); and policies targeting undocumented immigrants (e.g., racial and ethnic profiling, sanctuary cities, detention and deportation, birthright citizenship and mixed status families, access to work permits and public benefits). Throughout the course, we attend to how undocumented immigrants fit into larger—and increasingly contentious—local and national immigration debates in the contemporary U.S., examining the distinct challenges that undocumented immigrants face, and theories and evidence of how unauthorized immigration impacts American politics and society.
|POLI_SCI 101-6||Freshman Seminar: Racial Politics in the Age of Obama and Trump||Rogers||MW 3:30-4:50||15|
POLI_SCI 101-6 Freshman Seminar: Racial Politics in the Age of Obama and Trump
The election of Barack Obama, the country's first Black president, marked a historic watershed in American race relations. His presidency prompted heady expectations for greater racial tolerance and inclusion while also fueling worries about racial backlash and conflict. The contest to select a new president following Obama’s two terms and the eventual victory of Donald Trump actually amplified the concerns about deepening racial divisions. This course examines shifts in American racial politics since the Obama presidency, including the period covering Trump’s election victory and the early days of his administration.
|POLI_SCI 210||Introduction to Empirical Methods in Political Science||Bouchat||MW 2:00-3:20||W 4:00-4:50 (2)|
W 5:00-5:50 (2)
POLI_SCI 210 Introduction to Empirical Methods in Political Science
This course provides an introduction to the empirical methods political scientists use to answer questions about politics, and the reasons why such methods matter. We begin by considering how we use data and information in social science in general and political science in particular. We then examine three basic strategies for overcoming the obstacles to reliable knowledge about the political world: experimentation, quantitative studies (statistics) and smaller case studies with a qualitative emphasis. This course will prepare you to take a more in-depth look into these methods in subsequent coursework.
|POLI_SCI 220||American Government and Politics||McGrath||TuTh 3:30-4:50||Th 5:00-5:50 (2)|
Th 6:00-6:50 (2)
F 10:00-10:50 (2)
POLI_SCI 220 American Government and Politics
This course introduces students to the institutions and processes of national government in the United States of America. The course explores the following core questions: What are the philosophical foundations of the American republic? How does America’s constitutional design shape the functioning of the nation’s institutions? What are the 2 basic roles of the legislative, executive and judicial branches? What is the history of political parties in America? How are public policies made in the United States? What are the basic rights of American citizens? How have social movements shaped politics in the United States?
|POLI_SCI 240||Introduction to International Relations||Kaplan||TuTh 11:00-12:20||Th 1:00-1:50 (2)|
Th 5:00-5:50 (2)
F 10:00-10:50 (2)
POLI_SCI 240 Introduction to International Relations
The course is divided in three parts. In part I we will focus on explaining the causes of war, and reflect on current security problems, particularly in terms of inter-state conflicts. In part II we turn to how we have moved from traditional inter-state relations to a globalized economic environment in which states, non-state actors, and international organizations interact. Part III discusses some global problems that we are facing and possible solutions.
More specifically the emphasis in part I will be on achieving a theoretical understanding of how one might explain the occurrence of war or peace. This course is not a discussion of current events, although they might be introduced to clarify particular perspectives. In other words, the emphasis is on developing a “toolkit” which you can use to understand international relations in general. The emphasis is not on memorizing details and empirical data, although of course you will need to understand key concepts and definitions. Instead you should ask yourself what caused war in this instance but not others? What are the underlying causes behind these observations?
Explanations of conflict occur at the individual level; at the state level; and at the level of the international system. We will use these different levels of analysis, or different images, to explain the outbreak of WW I. Analyzing this conflict will demonstrate the various approaches to understanding complex, macrohistorical phenomena in general. We will then apply some of these methodological insights to understand the absence of super power conflict during the Cold War, and to study security issues that have emerged since then.
In Part II we turn to global issues in the areas of international economic management (particularly trade). How did the post-war international economic order differ from the 1930s? How will the rise of economic powers such as China possibly affect this international order?Part III, touches on global problems that go beyond traditional inter-state relations such as trans-boundary environmental problems. We will particularly examine two global commons issues. First, we will analyze the problems of global oceans management, particularly fisheries. Second we will turn to the international agreements on chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) and conversely the failure of the Kyoto protocol. We will also briefly touch on the state of play on the Paris accord.
|POLI_SCI 302||Subjects, Citizens, Revolutionaries: Early Modern Political Thought||Farr||TuTh 12:30-1:50||Th 2:00-2:50 (2)|
Th 3:00-3:50 (2)
POLI_SCI 302 Subjects, Citizens, Revolutionaries: Early Modern Political Thought
Political philosophers from the 16th, 17th, and 18th centuries. Topics include sources of power and their impact on justice, equality, and law. No prerequisites, but some knowledge of political theory is desirable.
|POLI_SCI 322||Ideas and Institutions in Urban Politics||Ogorzalek||TuTh 9:30-10:50||Th 11:00-11:50|
POLI_SCI 322 Ideas and Institutions in Urban Politics
Advanced urban politics. Analyzes opportunities for action in local politics and challenges for effective governance in the modern metropolis.
Most politics in the US is local, but few Americans know much about or participate in local politics. For students interested in politics in the Chicago area or similar large cities, understanding the political traditions, contemporary debates, and avenues for fruitful action are key elements of thoughtful political analysis. Taught from an historical-institutional perspective, this course focuses on the key institutions of local governance, and how entrepreneurial actors can navigate and/or change those institutions to achieve their policy goals. Using this lens, it identifies both opportunities for meaningful political action and challenges for successful local governance in large cities. The course capstone is a case study of a particular contemporary political actor and an analysis of that actor’s strategy for pursuing a specific goal, with attention to both the hurdles and opportunities that present themselves to local political actors. Over the term, students learn current models of local politics; encounter illustrations of how actors can design institutions that structure outcomes, and how layered institutions intersect with each other; and learn how these ideas have been important in shaping the course of Chicago’s political and social realities. This year's edition will also include significant attention to the ongoing 2019 Chicago election.
|POLI_SCI 327||African American Politics||Rogers||TuTh 12:30-1:50||Th 2:00-2:50 (2)|
Th 5:00-5:50 (2)
POLI_SCI 327 African American Politics
Survey of black politics in the United States, including blacks' relations with government, whites, political parties, public policy, and electoral politics.
This course takes stock of African-American politics in the decades since the Civil Rights Movement. We will explore the complex internal dynamics of Black political life, paying attention to the “who-gets-what-when-where-how” dimension of politics. As we chart the shifts in the political fortunes and policy interests of Blacks, we will focus on class, gender, and other cleavages within the population. One of our chief aims will be to consider how different segments of the population have been affected by these shifts and changing fortunes. We also will examine Blacks’ relations with whites and their engagement with mainstream political institutions. In doing so, we will take up several topics that have occupied students of race and American politics since the Civil Rights Movement: party politics, racial dynamics in voting patterns, intergroup conflict and prejudice, the tension between integration and segregation, welfare and criminal justice policies, and political representation, including the election of the country's first Black president. Ultimately, the goal of the course is to shed light on the nature of American democracy by analyzing the contemporary political experiences of African Americans.
|POLI_SCI 329||US Environmental Politics||Suiseeya||TuTh 2:00-3:20||Th 4:00-4:50 (2)|
Th 5:00-5:50 (2)
POLI_SCI 329 US Environmental Politics
Political problems associated with human impact on natural environment; pollution, natural resources, public lands, land use, energy, and population.
This course explores the ongoing socio-political challenges of addressing environmental problems. Drawing primarily on research in political science and political ecology, we will analyze the diverse types of social dilemmas that produce environmental problems. We begin by examining the nature of environmental problems through different theoretical frameworks, including collective action, distributive, and ideational explanations of environmental problems. We then explore three core debates in environmental politics that interrogate the role of science, ethics, and economics in shaping environmental policy solutions. In the third part of the course we shift our gaze to evaluate different policy approaches to solving environmental problems. Throughout the course, we will pay particular attention to the values conflicts that shape environmental policy and how politicians respond. This course is designed to give students an understanding of important conceptual issues in environmental politics and policy.
|POLI_SCI 333||Constitutional Law II: Civil and Political Rights||TerBeek||MW 2:00-3:20||W 4:00-4:50|
POLI_SCI 333 Constitutional Law II: Civil and Political Rights
Consideration of US Supreme Court decisions dealing with civil and political rights, including equality, freedom of speech and religion, and criminal procedures. Taught with LEGAL ST 333; may not receive credit for both courses. Prerequisite: 220 or 230.
|POLI_SCI 334||Latino Politics||Dominguez||TuTh 11:00-12:20||25|
POLI_SCI 334 Latino Politics
Implications of Latino politics including contemporary social and political developments of Latino communities in the United States from a comparative urban framework. Focus on Mexican and Cuban Americans and Puerto Ricans.
|POLI_SCI 335||Political Psychology||Bullock||TuTh 3:30-4:50||Th 5:00-5:50 (2)|
F 9:00-9:50 (2)
POLI_SCI 335 Political Psychology
Examination of mental processes that underpin political judgments. The origins of political views, the influence of political parties and other groups, reactions to political news, common decision-making heuristics and biases, and causes and effects of political ignorance. Emphasis on the political thinking of ordinary citizens, with some attention to political elites.
|POLI_SCI 341||International Political Economy||Nelson||MW 2:00-3:20||W 4:00-4:50 (2)|
W 5:00-5:50 (2)
POLI_SCI 341 International Political Economy
Introduction to the politics of international economic relations. Roots and evolution of the international political economy. Fundamental controversies about international trade, finance, and development. Prerequisite: 240 or consent of instructor.
This course focuses on the forces shaping countries’ foreign economic policies. Why do governments choose to protect some industries behind high tariff walls while leaving others exposed to the vagaries of international competition? Why do most countries rely on the U.S. dollar for their primary reserve currency – and will the dollar continue to serve that function? Why have many countries removed barriers to cross-border financial flows – and what are the social and political consequences of financial market openness? Does international trade and investment make military conflict less or more likely? Do economic sanctions even work? Have the series of economic crises over the past half-decade – the 2008 financial market meltdown in the U.S., the global credit crunch the followed, and the ongoing sovereign debt crises (in the Eurozone countries and elsewhere) – shifted the distribution of global economic and political power?
|POLI_SCI 344||US Foreign Policy||Krcmaric||MW 5:00-6:20||Th 5:00-5:50 (2)|
POLI_SCI 344 US Foreign Policy
How US foreign policy is formulated, executed, legitimated, and contested. Topics include 9/11 and its aftermath, covert action, interventionism, trade, US respect for international norms, and US engagement with the Middle East.
|POLI_SCI 355||Politics of China||Hurst||MW 9:30-10:50||20|
POLI_SCI 355 Politics of China
Chinese politics since 1949, focusing on social issues and state-society relations since 1989. Basic foundation for the nonspecialist as well as preparation for advanced study.
|POLI_SCI 356||Constitutional Challenges in Comparative Perspective||Ben-Arieh||MW 9:30-10:50||20|
POLI_SCI 356 Constitutional Challenges in Comparative Perspective
Constitutional controversies and resolutions in liberal democracies. Constitutional traditions and governance, rule of law, legitimacy and authority in diverse societies, human rights, social transformation. Taught with LEGAL ST 356-0; may not receive credit for both courses.
In this course we will be thinking about how and whether constitutions shape national values and offer a framework for legitimacy and governance to hold together diverse societies and resolve deeply rooted social tensions and ethnic divisions. We will consider the constitutional responses of other democratic countries such as the U.S., Canada, India, France, Germany, Great Britain, South Africa and Australia to the challenges of capital crimes, right to life/abortion, terrorism, racism, gender disparities, religious discrimination. In learning about the varying traditions of written and unwritten constitutions, civil and common law and the foundations and structures of separation of powers and judicial review of the constitutionality of laws in these countries, students will learn to think critically about the U.S. Constitution and the different ways in which constitutional democracies provide for public order, counter-majoritarian governance, equality and protection of the rights of minorities through rule of law and question whether constitutional solutions can address the kinds of social and political problems we have today.
|POLI_SCI 359||Politics of Africa||Rice||TuTh 11:00-12:20||Th 1:00-1:50|
POLI_SCI 359 Politics of Africa
Political structures and relation of cultural factors to political stability and change; development of modern political systems.
This class will consider some key questions about politics in Africa at the present time. This will not be a survey. The primary focus will be the nation state: governance, democracy, and development. A second theme, sometimes explicit, sometimes implicit, is what happens when an African state fails and when international intervention such as humanitarian aid appears necessary. Our case studies will be Ethiopia and Rwanda (genocide/post genocide) and famine). Sub-themes will include the strength of internal institutions and government effectiveness.
|POLI_SCI 368||Political Economy of Development||Gans-Morse||TuTh 9:30-10:50||Th 11:00-11:50 (2)|
Th 12:00-12:50 (2)
POLI_SCI 368 Political Economy of Development
Major analytical perspectives of modern political economy seen through concrete problems of development and underdevelopment in the least developed countries.
Why are some countries rich and others poor? This course explores key factors that shape the development trajectory of nations, drawing on work from political science, economics, and sociology. We will examine various aspects of development, including but not limited to economic growth. A primary focus of the course is how political institutions influence development outcomes. Topics covered include the relationship between democracy and development, the role of the state, consequences of natural resources and corruption, and the impact of foreign aid. Lectures and readings will include examples from various countries around the world.
|POLI_SCI 373||Chinese Foreign Policy||Hurst||MW 11:00-12:20||40|
POLI_SCI 373 Chinese Foreign Policy
Basic dynamics of Chinese foreign policy toward a variety of countries and regions.
|POLI_SCI 374||Politics of Capitalism||Roberts||TuTh 2:00-3:20||TH 4:00-4:50||25|
POLI_SCI 374 Politics of Capitalism
Effects of politics on the economy and vice versa, especially in advanced industrial economies. The welfare state, varieties of capitalism, and neoliberalism.
|POLI_SCI 388||Institutions and Society||Clipperton||MW 11:00-12:20||55|
POLI_SCI 388 Institutions and Society
Institutions in a broad societal context. How institutional frameworks apply to government, family, education, and the environment; implications of institutions. Taught with SOCIOL 288; may not receive credit for both courses.
|POLI_SCI 390||Special Topic: The Politics of Global Cities||Ogorzalek||TuTh 12:30-1:50||30|
POLI_SCI 390 Special Topic: The Politics of Global Cities
Democracy in the Global City will focus on the distinctive political role of hubs in the global economy. Massive global flows of capital and people have changed demographic patterns and weakened national borders, leading to a new kind of place: the global city. Global cities are hubs in the global economy, characterized by very high levels of movement, international connectedness, inequality, and social change. Despite being the economic headquarters of their home nations, however, they often sit uneasily within them,
|POLI_SCI 390||Special Topic: Race, Ethnicity, and American Politcs||Tillery||TuTh 2:00-3:20||Th 4:00-4:50 (2)|
Th 5:00-5:50 (2)
F 11:00-11:50 (2)
POLI_SCI 390 Special Topic: Race, Ethnicity, and American Politcs
|POLI_SCI 390||Special Topic: International Response to Mass Atrocities||Krcmaric||MW 11:00-12:20||15|
POLI_SCI 390 Special Topic: International Response to Mass Atrocities
This class is about what, if anything, the international community can and should do in
|POLI_SCI 395||Political Research Seminar: The Israeli-Palestinian Conflict||Pearlman||Tu 9:00-11:50||15|
POLI_SCI 395 Political Research Seminar: The Israeli-Palestinian Conflict
The Political Research Seminar is required of all political science majors; ordinarily taken during junior year or in fall quarter of senior year. With consent of the department, students may receive full credit for more than 1 395 seminar provided that 399 and 395 courses together do not exceed a total of 4 course credits.
This course explores the history and politics of the Israeli- Palestinian conflict. We will study the conflict’s development from its origins until the present, as well as a range of perspectives on topics such as the sources of violence, the rise and fall of the peace process, United States policy toward the conflict, and the nature of internal politics for both Israelis and Palestinians.
|POLI_SCI 395||Political Research Seminar: Public Opinion and Representation in the United States||Bullock||M 3:00-5:50||15|
POLI_SCI 395 Political Research Seminar: Public Opinion and Representation in the United States
This is not a course about statistics or computing. That said, background in statistics or econometrics is sure to help, as many of the assigned readings contain statistical analyses of data on public opinion or representation.
|POLI_SCI 395||Political Research Seminar: Oligarchs and Elites||Winters||Th 3:30-6:20||15|
POLI_SCI 395 Political Research Seminar: Oligarchs and Elites
|POLI_SCI 395||Political Research Seminar: Black Political Thought||Tillery||TuTh 12:30-1:50||15|
POLI_SCI 395 Political Research Seminar: Black Political Thought
|POLI_SCi 398-2||Senior Thesis Seminar||Nelson||F 2:00-:4:50||20|
POLI_SCi 398-2 Senior Thesis Seminar
Two consecutive quarters (fall and winter) during which students work on their senior theses. Prerequisite: 395 and admission to the honors program.