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  • POL 2390: WMDs: Old Challenges and New Problems 

    Zaitseva, Maria N. (2021-01)
    Course Description and Objectives: The course introduces students to the challenges posed by the invention and proliferation of weapons of mass destruction (WMD) and asks students to think critically and creatively about ...
  • POL 2185H: Power and Public Policy 

    Incantalupo, Matthew (2021-01)
    Course Overview: An exploration of the relationship between policy and economic outcomes—or "who gets what"—in the United States. We will examine the causes of rising inequality and its effects on American democracy, with ...
  • POL 2215: Latin American Politics 

    Losson, Pierre (2019-09)
    1. Course description How did colonialism influence Latin America’s lasting affair with authoritarianism? Why and how have most Latin American countries transitioned from authoritarianism to democracy? What role does ...
  • POL 2170: Media and Politics 

    Incantalupo, Matthew (2021-01)
    Course Overview: The mass media is an important political institution and has played an indispensable role in American political history. In order to fully grasp American politics, it is essential we understand how citizens ...
  • POL 1305: American Foreign Policy 

    Zaitseva, Maria (2021-01)
    Course Description and Objectives: The course examines the sources and conduct of U.S. foreign policy in both historical and theoretical perspectives. The first part of the course explores the domestic and international ...
  • POL 1401: Great Political Thinkers: Ancient Political Thought 

    Rogachevsky, Neil (2021-01)
    Course Description It has been commonly said that Western Civilization—of which America has long been considered a part—was formed through the combination of, or creative tension between, the ideas typified by two cities: ...
  • POL 1201: Politics Across Cultures 

    Panzarelli, Alexandra (2021-01)
    1. Course Description Why do some countries enjoy democracy while others endure dictatorships? What is the relationship between political institutions and economic development? How can we account for similarities and/or ...
  • POL1301: Introduction to International Relations 

    Zaitseva, Maria N. (2021-08)
    Course Description and Objectives: This course provides an introduction to the systematic study and analysis of international politics. It exposes students to major theoretical approaches in the study of international ...
  • POL2391: Writing Social Science: Directed Research for the Majors 

    Zaitseva, Maria N. (2021-01)
    Course Description and Objectives: This course introduces upper level majors to the practice of writing, reviewing, and presenting original social science research. The course teaches students how to select a research ...
  • POL2330: Terrorism: an Introduction 

    Zaitseva, Maria N. (2021-08)
    Course Description and Objectives: The course introduces students to the study of modern terrorism. It explores terrorism’s definitions, history and typology with a particular focus on the internationalization of terrorism ...
  • POL2145: American Constitutional Law 

    Kaminetzky, Benyamin S. (2019-09)
    Course Goal: To gain a deep understanding and appreciation for the Supreme Court’s role in creating, defining, interpreting, expanding and limiting civil rights in the United States by carefully reading and analyzing ...
  • POL2015: Congress and the Legislative Process 

    Incantalupo, Matthew (2019-09)
    Course Overview: The purpose of this course is to analyze the politics of the contemporary U.S. Congress, with an emphasis on the historical roots of the institution. We will cover such topics as representation, elections, ...