Department of Politics

  • Chair

    Alan W. Patten

  • Associate Chair

    Grigore Pop-Eleches

  • Departmental Representative

    Keren Yarhi-Milo

  • Director of Graduate Studies

    Kristopher W. Ramsay

  • Professor

    Christopher H. Achen

    R. Douglas Arnold, also Woodrow Wilson School

    Gary J. Bass, also Woodrow Wilson School

    Mark R. Beissinger

    Charles R. Beitz

    Carles Boix, also Woodrow Wilson School

    Charles M. Cameron, also Woodrow Wilson School

    Brandice Canes-Wrone, also Woodrow Wilson School

    Thomas J. Christensen, also Woodrow Wilson School

    Aaron L. Friedberg, also Woodrow Wilson School

    Paul Frymer

    Robert P. George

    Joanne S. Gowa

    G. John Ikenberry, also Woodrow Wilson School

    Amaney A. Jamal

    Atul Kohli, also Woodrow Wilson School

    Melissa Lane

    John B. Londregan, also Woodrow Wilson School

    Stephen J. Macedo, also University Center for Human Values

    Nolan M. McCarty, also Woodrow Wilson School

    Tali Mendelberg

    Helen V. Milner, also Woodrow Wilson School

    Andrew M. Moravcsik, also Woodrow Wilson School

    Jan-Werner Müller

    Alan W. Patten

    Grigore Pop-Eleches, also Woodrow Wilson School

    Markus Prior, also Woodrow Wilson School

    Kristopher W. Ramsay

    Jacob N. Shapiro, also Woodrow Wilson School

    Anna B. Stilz. also University Center for Human Values

    Ezra N. Suleiman

    James R. Vreeland, also Woodrow Wilson School

    Leonard Wantchekon, also Woodrow Wilson School

    Keith E. Whittington

    Jennifer A. Widner, also Woodrow Wilson School

    Deborah J. Yashar, also Woodrow Wilson School

  • Associate Professor

    Rafaela M. Dancygier, also Woodrow Wilson School

    Matias Iaryczower

    Jonathan P. Kastellec

    Keren Yarhi-Milo, also Woodrow Wilson School

  • Assistant Professor

    Faisal Z. Ahmed

    Gregory A. Conti

    Germán S. Gieczewski

    Andrew Guess, also Woodrow Wilson School

    Alisha C. Holland

    Desmond Jagmohan

    Patricia A. Kirkland, also Woodrow Wilson School

    Dean Knox

    Melissa M. Lee, also Woodrow Wilson School

    Jonathan F. Mummolo, also Woodrow Wilson School

    Marc Ratkovic

    LaFleur N. Stephens

    Rory O. Truex, also Woodrow Wilson School

    Ali A. Valenzuela

    Omar Wasow

  • Instructor

    Gleason Judd

  • Lecturer

    Stefan Eich, also Council of the Humanities
     

  • Associated Faculty

    Christopher L. Eisgruber, Woodrow Wilson School, University Center for Human Values

    Daniel Garber, Philosophy

    Elizabeth Levy Paluck, Psychology, Woodrow Wilson School

    Philip N. Pettit, also University Center for Human Values

    Kim Lane Scheppele, Woodrow Wilson School, University Center for Human Values, Sociology

    Michael A. Smith, Philosophy

    Brandon Stewart, Sociology

    Dara Z. Strolovitch, Gender and Sexuality Studies

Information and Departmental Plan of Study

Prerequisites

Normally, students entering the department must have successfully completed at least two courses offered by the Department of Politics on a graded basis before the end of their sophomore year.  It is strongly recommended that one or both of the prerequisites be at the 200-level. Courses taken as prerequisites will be counted as departmentals.

Program of Study

Course Selection. By the end of the senior year, all students in the department must complete, in addition to the prerequisites, eight departmental courses, of which two may be cognates. Students must attain an overall average of C or higher in the ten or more graded courses that count as departmentals. All departmentals must be taken on a graded basis - P/D/F not allowed. All departmentals factor into the Honors calculation.

Concentrators indicate a prospective primary field when they sign into the department in the spring of their sophomore year, and designate a primary field by the end of the first term of their junior year. Concentrators take courses in at least three of the fields listed below, designating one as their primary field of study, another as their secondary field, and an additional field. Students take a minimum of three courses in their primary field, two courses in their secondary field, and one course in a third field. One of three courses in the primary field normally is a 200-level course. Prerequisites may be used to satisfy field requirements. A course taken to satisfy the analytical requirement cannot be used to satisfy the field requirement. The department's website lists additional courses that will fulfill field requirements in a given year, including one-time-only courses. It also lists topics courses offered by other departments that have POL cross-listings and that therefore can be counted as departmental courses. [NOTE: Once you have taken 2, 300-level courses in a given field, you may not take the introductory 200-level Politics course in that field.]

I. Political Theory: the PT sub-field focuses on the nature of justice, democracy, power, and other key ideas, and encourages students to develop frameworks for thinking evaluatively about pressing issues of politics and public policy of the day. POL 210, 301, 302, 303, 304, 305, 306, 307, 308, 309, 313, 315, 316, 321, 403, 410, 411, 412, 413, 416

II. American Politics: the AP sub-field focuses on the U.S. political system and includes the study of the development of the American system of governance, American political institutions, the attitudes and behaviors of U.S. residents, and the relationship between institutions and people. POL 220, 314, 315, 316, 318, 320, 321, 322, 323, 324, 325, 327, 330, 333, 349, 392, 420, 421, 422, 423

III. Comparative Politics: the CP sub-field focuses on the similarities and differences in patterns of politics around the world with attention to what happens within states regarding representation, economic development, violence, and effective government. POL 230, 349, 351, 352, 355, 356, 360, 362, 364, 366, 367, 374, 375, 378, 384, 386, 430, 431, 432, 433, 434, 479

IV. International Relations: the IR sub-field focuses on the study of politics among nations and non-state actors in world affairs including subjects such as the causes of war, the role of international law and institutions, economic interdependence, and cooperation to advance common goals for human rights and environmental protection. POL 240, 313, 380, 381, 385, 386, 388, 389, 392, 393, 440, 441, 442, 443, 444

V. Methods in political science (cannot be the primary field): These courses provide undergraduate students with analytical tools they can use to conduct rigorous social science research. POL 250, 345, 346, 347, 450, 451, 452, 453

Analytic Requirement. The department maintains a list of politics courses that have an emphasis on methodological tools for research in political science. Concentrators are required to take a course to fulfill the analytic requirement, normally no later than the first term of their junior year. The courses used to fulfill the analytic requirement cannot be used to fulfill primary-, secondary-, or third-field requirements. The analytic requirement may be satisfied by POL 341, POL 345/SOC 305, POL 346, or POL 347. We will also accept ANT 300A, ANT 301A, ECO 202, ECO 302, ECO 312, ORF 245, PHI 201, SOC 404, WWS 200, or WWS 332.

Cognates. The department maintains a list of all cognates approved by the departmental representatives for each student. Cognates must be approved before or during the semester in which they are taken, and no later than the last Friday of classes. Courses taken in the Freshman or Sophomore year cannot be designated as cognates. Cognate courses should not be at the introductory level. Cognates cannot be used to satisfy field distribution requirements. To seek approval for a cognate, students must complete the politics cognate approval application and send it along with a current syllabus to the director of undergraduate studies or the relevant politics academic adviser for their review. Once a cognate has been approved, it may not be rescinded. Approved cognates will be used in the departmental honors calculation.

Graduate Courses. Well-prepared undergraduates may take graduate seminars for full University and departmental credit. To enroll in a graduate seminar, the student must have the signature approval of the instructor in charge of the seminar, the director of undergraduate studies, and the student's residential dean. The graduate course approval form can be picked up from and returned to the student's residential college office.

Departmental Tracks

The Department of Politics offers three tracks that provide more focused guidance to students who wish to address themes that bridge the sub-fields.  All students who declare their concentration in Politics are eligible to pursue one of the three tracks and should inform the undergraduate program administrator of their intention to pursue a track upon declaring the concentration in April of their sophomore year, and no later than February 1 of their junior year.  Students who select a track will still need to fulfill the requirements of a Politics concentrator.  The tracks provide additional guidance for structuring the program of study as a Politics concentrator, but students are not required to select a track to graduate with a degree in Politics. Courses may simultaneously fulfill both the program requirements and the Politics concentration requirements.  All courses taken to satisfy a track must be a on a graded basis and will factor into the Honors calculation.  [Please note: The degree will read A.B. in Politics and unlike University Certificates, the departmental program will not appear on the transcript. Concentrators who successfully complete the program’s requirements will receive a departmental attestation on Class Day.]

Program in American Ideas and Institutions. The Department of Politics, in collaboration with the James Madison Program in American Ideals and Institutions, offers the program in American Ideas and Institutions for students who wish to further and demonstrate their understandings of the three branches of the federal government and the values, ideas, and theories that underlie them and are animated by their workings. It draws together a menu of courses from American politics, political theory, public law, and other departmental offerings.

Requirements. A student in the program is required to complete five courses, one in each of the four topics listed below, as well as one more additionally chosen from any one of the areas.  No individual course number may be counted for more than one program requirement (even if, as in the case of POL 332 for example, the course may be taken by a student more than once as the topic changes annually).

(1) The Executive Branch: POL 325, 330, 332 (when approved by the program adviser), 394

(2) The Legislative Branch: POL 324, 329

(3) The Constitution and the Courts: POL 314, 315, 316, 320 

(4) American Political, Legal, and Constitutional Thought: WWS 370/POL 308, POL 314, 315, 316, 319, 321, 328, 332 (when approved by the program adviser)

Senior Thesis. While a student in the program must write a thesis on a topic related to the student's primary field, the thesis must also incorporate significant content related to themes in one or more of the topic areas of the program. The student should meet with the AIIP adviser during the fall semester of senior year to confirm the suitability of their thesis topic. On or before the thesis draft deadline, the appropriate content of the thesis must be certified by the AIIP adviser.

Program in Political Economy. The Department of Politics offers the Program in Political Economy for students who wish to further their understanding of social phenomena and individual behavior by combining the perspectives of its two constituent disciplines. The program allows and encourages students to use analytical tools from game theory, microeconomics and statistics to study political behavior, and to incorporate a thorough analysis of politics and collective decision-making into economic analysis.

Prerequisites. To participate in this program, students must complete two Politics courses and ECO 100 and ECO 101, and MAT 103 (or higher level) before the end of their sophomore year. All five of these courses should be taken on a graded basis (e.g., not p/d/f). (Under special circumstances, students can apply for exceptions or deferrals of these prerequisites. These requests will be considered by the PE advisor.)

Requirements. It is important for each student to select a combination of Economics and Politics courses that form a coherent and meaningful program. Before signing up for the first term of the junior year, the student should work out a tentative course outline for the next two years; this outline must be approved and signed by the PE adviser.

In addition to the PE prerequisites, a student in the PE program is required to complete the following courses, all of which will be counted as departmentals:

(1) Political Economy: either Political Economy (POL 349) or Comparative Political Economy (POL 352);

(2) Game Theory in Politics: Mathematical Models in the Study of Politics (POL 347);

(3) Quantitative Methods: POL 345/SOC 305, POL 346, ECO 202, ECO 302, or ECO 312;

(4) Microeconomics: One of the following Intermediate Microeconomics courses: ECO 300, ECO 310, or WWS 300;

(5) Macroeconomics/Topics: One of the following courses: Intermediate Macroeconomics (ECO 301, ECO 311), International Trade (WWS 301/ECO 352), International Development (WWS 302/ECO 359), Public Economics (WWS 307/ECO 349).

Together with five additional courses in the Politics Department (possibly including POL courses counted as prerequisites), this ten course combination fulfills the requirements both for the PE program and for the major, and is used in calculating department honors.

Students in the PE program must also fulfill the distribution requirement of the Department, however, the quantitative methods course will satisfy the Politics Department's analytical requirement, while POL 347 can serve as a course in a third field.

Senior Thesis. While a student in the program must write a thesis on a topic related to the student's primary field, the thesis must also incorporate significant PE content. On or before the thesis draft deadline, the PE content of the thesis must be certified by the PE adviser. The student should meet with the PE adviser well in advance of this deadline to discuss the PE content of the thesis.

Program in Quantitative and Analytical Political Science. The program in Quantitative and Analytical Political Science is designed for students who wish to deepen their understanding of quantitative and analytical methods to study key questions in political science.

Prerequisite. MAT 175 (or its equivalent EGR 192, MAT 201, MAT 203)

Requirements. In addition to the prerequisite, students must complete four courses among those listed below along with six other departmental courses. Of the following six courses, students must take four with at least one being in Quantitative Analysis as well as at least one from the Game Theory and Applications category.

Quantitative Analysis: POL 245, 345, 346
Game Theory and Applications: POL 347, 349, 352

Senior Thesis. While a student in the program must write a thesis on a topic related to the student's primary field, the thesis must also incorporate quantitative and/or analytics methods at a level similar or superior to the material covered in the program requirements. The student should meet with the QAPS adviser during the fall semester of senior year to confirm the suitability of their thesis research design. On or before the thesis draft deadline, the appropriate content of the thesis must be certified by the QAPS adviser.

Independent Work

Junior Year. Students are required to complete two semesters of junior independent work. Junior Workshops will meet every other week of the Fall teaching period and on alternating weeks, students are required to view online plenary session video modules and attend a 50-minute discussion section. The plenary component provides common instruction in research procedures and techniques. In their Fall Junior Workshops, juniors will complete a series of assignments building up to a research prospectus. [NOTE: Junior Workshops are not considered courses and do not count toward satisfying departmental course requirements.] In the spring semester, juniors will complete a Junior Paper under the supervision of an independent work adviser. Students must achieve at least a “D” on each of their two semesters of junior independent work as well as an average of a “C” or above across the two. If the average of the two is below “C” or one of the two receives an “F”, a second Junior Paper is required (with a grade that brings the average of the Fall JIW and the Summer JP grades to at least a “C” or better). This is a prerequisite for beginning the senior year. For purposes of this requirement, the grades before the application of any late penalties are used.

Senior Year. During the senior year, each student writes a thesis. The senior thesis normally is written on a topic within a student's primary field.

The department encourages students to use the summer between junior and senior year for work on the senior thesis.

Study Abroad

The department encourages students to consider studying abroad for one term or even for a full year in conjunction with departmental concentration in politics. If, under a program approved in advance by the dean of the college, a concentrator in politics studies abroad for the equivalent of an academic year at Princeton, the department is willing to credit as departmentals as many as four courses in political science or related fields when they are taken at a foreign university. Normally, the department is willing to substitute no more than one cognate and one departmental or two cognates for concentrators studying abroad for one term.

Senior Thesis Poster Session

Effective with the Class of 2018, seniors will be required to prepare and present a professional poster describing their senior thesis research in lieu of taking a senior comprehensive exam.

Courses

POL 210 Political Theory Spring EM An introduction to political theory that explores the relevance of theory to a critical understanding of political and social problems. The course will examine the major classical and contemporary expressions of liberal, conservative, and socialist theory and relate them to the problems of order, freedom, equality, and justice. Two lectures, one preceptorial. A. Stilz
POL 220 American Politics (also
WWS 310
) Fall SA
An introduction to the national institutions and political processes of American government. Topics include the Constitution, the American political tradition, public opinion, interest groups, political institutions, civil rights, civil liberties, and public policy. Two lectures, one preceptorial. P. Frymer
POL 230 Introduction to Comparative Politics (also
WWS 325
) Fall SA
This course will focus on the process of democratic transition and consolidation in a comparative and historical manner. In particular, we will analyze the democratic revolution that has swept the globe during the last 30 years by examining the communist and authoritarian backgrounds of newly democratized countries, the factors influencing the emergence of democracy, the problems associated with building stable democratic systems, and finally, the prospects for a regime shift in parts of the world still under autocratic rule. Two lectures, one preceptorial. A. Holland
POL 240 International Relations (also
WWS 312
) Fall SA
A comprehensive introduction to the major issues of contemporary international relations. The course presents competing theoretical perspectives and reviews the historical record to explore such puzzles as the causes of war, explanations of cooperation, the behavior of states, and the proper ethical standards for judging international relations. Two lectures, one preceptorial. A. Moravcsik
POL 250 Introduction to Game Theory Not offered this year SA This course serves as an introduction to strategic issues in politics as well as non-cooperative game theory. The course develops the basic concepts and equilibrium concepts of normal and extensive form games with both complete and incomplete information. We will look at collective action problems, bargaining, voting, legislative politics, deliberation, deterrence and campaigns. Evaluation is through problem sets, exams and a short paper in which students develop their own model and analysis. Two lectures, one preceptorial. Staff
POL 301 Ancient and Medieval Political Theory (also
CLA 301
/
HLS 303
) Not offered this year EM
This course focuses on classical political theory in ancient Greece and its appropriation and development in the Roman, medieval, and Renaissance periods. It examines Greek democracy, drawing on tragedy, rhetoric ,and history; the ethics and politics of Plato and Aristotle; and the Roman republican thought of Cicero and Livy. It considers the influence of Plato on Augustine and More, Aristotle on Aquinas and Marsilius, and Cicero and Livy on Machiavelli. Topics include nature and convention; democracy, oligarchy and tyranny; church and state; consent and representation; and virtue, property, and law. Two lectures, one preceptorial. Staff
POL 302 Continental Political Thought from Rousseau to Nietzsche Not offered this year EM An examination of the development of political thought in Europe from the second half of the 18th century to the end of the 19th. The course will focus on Kantian, Hegelian, and Marxist developments in this tradition. Emphasis on the important role played by different conceptions of freedom, human nature, and history in the political thought of the period, with particular attention to issues concerning autonomy and authority, the nature of the state, and the limits to state power. Two lectures, one preceptorial. Staff
POL 303 Modern Political Theory Fall EM A study of the writings of some major political theorists from the 17th through the 19th centuries, including Hobbes, Locke, Rousseau, Kant, and J. S. Mill. Two lectures, one preceptorial. G. Conti
POL 304 Conservative Political Thought Not offered this year EM A historical and analytic examination of conservative political theories. Topics include the classical and medieval roots of modern conservatism, the development of conservatism in Europe and America, fascism and the radical right, and the tensions between libertarianism and traditionalism in contemporary conservative thought. Two lectures, one preceptorial. Staff
POL 305 Radical Political Thought Not offered this year EM This course will examine traditions of political thought--mostly, but not only, on the Left--which challenge mainstream conceptions of liberal democracy and modern capitalist society. The main focus will be on Marxism, anarchism, feminism, religious radicalism, ecological thought, and critiques of alienation in everyday life. Particular attention is paid to the relationship between political and cultural criticism, and to the philosophical anthropologies underlying different theories as well as the mechanisms for social change they envisage. We also ask if liberal democratic thought can effectively respond to radical challenges. Staff
POL 306 Democratic Theory (also
PHI 360
/
CHV 306
) Not offered this year EM
A study of the intellectual foundations of the modern democratic state. Topics include the meaning and justification of democracy, the rationality of voting, political representation, property rights, civil disobedience, and education. Two lectures, one preceptorial. Staff
POL 307 The Just Society (also
CHV 307
) Spring EM
An introduction to alternative theories of social justice and examination of the implications of those theories in areas of contemporary social and political controversy. Readings and lectures focus on utilitarian, libertarian, liberal egalitarian, communitarian, and feminist conceptions of what it means to live in a just society. Two lectures, one preceptorial. A. Patten
POL 308 Ethics and Public Policy (See WWS 370)
POL 309 Politics and Religion (also
REL 309
) Spring EM
Close study of a number of texts that have illuminated the connection between religiosity and politics, and, in particular, the role of religious language and ideas to establish, preserve, reform, and redeem republics. Special attention will be given to the religious dimensions of revolutionary and messianic politics, and to the role that religiosity has played in the development of contemporary social movements and in the moral and political resistance to totalitarian regimes. Two lectures, one preceptorial. J. Müller
POL 313 Global Justice (also
CHV 313
) Fall EM
What, if any, norms of justice apply to the institutions and practice of world politics? Topics include "political realism" and skepticism about global morality; just wars and justice in warfare; ethics of humanitarian intervention; the nature and basis of human rights; world poverty and global distributive justice; and democracy and accountability in global institutions. Readings chosen from recent works in political philosophy. Two lectures, one preceptorial. C. Beitz
POL 314 American Constitutional Development Spring SA The development of American constitutionalism, considered historically as the product of legal, political, and intellectual currents and crises (e.g., the Founding, the Marshall and Taney eras, the slavery crises, the rise of corporate capitalism, the emergence of the modern state, the New Deal crisis, and new forms of rights and liberties). Topics include the growth of Supreme Court power, the court's relation to the states and the other federal branches, and the influence on constitutional understandings of economic developments, reform movements, wars, party competition, and legal and political thought. Two lectures, one preceptorial. K. Whittington
POL 315 Constitutional Interpretation Fall SA A study of the development of the United States Constitution, chiefly through close analysis of selected judicial decisions. One 90-minute lecture, one two-hour preceptorial. R. George
POL 316 Civil Liberties Not offered this year EM A study of selected problems concerning civil liberties in contemporary America, with specific focus on privacy and on problems derived from living in a pluralistic society. One 90-minute lecture, one 90-minute class. Staff
POL 318 Law and Society Not offered this year SA An exploration of the relationships between law and society, using judicial and other materials from the American legal system. Topics considered include the stages of legal development, law and morality, judicial decision making, formal resolution of disputes, social control through law, the political nature of law, and courts. Two lectures, one preceptorial. Staff
POL 320 Judicial Politics Fall SA An introduction to the political science of law and courts. Topics typically include: bargaining and decision making on the U.S. Supreme Court; political struggles over doctrine within the judicial hierarchy; the politics of Supreme Court nominations; juries as political institutions; court packing, jurisdiction stripping, and judicial intimidation; political use of litigation by activists, firms, and interest groups; judicial oversight of the administrative state; judicial activism by state attorneys general; and the social and economic impact of courts. Two lectures, one preceptorial. J. Kastellec
POL 321 American Political Thought Not offered this year EM The origin and development of political ideas and institutions. Drawn from primary sources, the readings feature the ideas and deeds of those who from colonial times to the present have shaped the American concept of free government. Two lectures, one preceptorial. Staff
POL 322 Public Opinion Not offered this year SA An examination of public opinion and mass political behavior, particularly in the American context. Topics include formation of political attitudes and ideology, conflict and consensus on basic issues, political participation and voting, the effects of the media, and the impact of public opinion on governmental policy. Two lectures, one preceptorial or laboratory. Staff
POL 323 Party Politics Not offered this year SA An examination of party organization and activities, the forces that shape them, and their consequences. The course is concerned primarily with U.S. party politics in the contemporary period but gives some attention to American political history and foreign party systems. Two lectures, one preceptorial. Staff
POL 324 Congressional Politics Not offered this year SA An examination of the role of Congress in American politics, with a special focus on the political world of individual legislators. The course explores how legislators run their campaigns, interact with their constituents, operate within Congress, and make public policy. Two lectures, one preceptorial. Staff
POL 325 The Presidency and Executive Power Fall SA A study of the place of the presidency in the American political order that stresses tension between power and accountability inherent in the office and the system. Topics include: separation of powers, presidential selection, impeachment, relations with Congress and bureaucracy, emergency powers, presidential character, and leadership. Two lectures, one preceptorial. L. Wright
POL 327 Mass Media, Social Media, and American Politics Fall SA This course considers the role of the mass media in American politics and the influence of the media on Americans' political attitudes, beliefs, and behaviors. We will examine the nature of news and news making organizations, the role of the news media in electoral campaigns, how the media shape the behavior of politicians once in office, political advertising, and the impact of the media on Americans' political attitudes. A. Guess
POL 330 Electing the President: Voter Psychology and Candidate Strategy Spring SA An examination of how U.S. election campaigns are conducted and how they affect political reasoning and voting behavior. Empirical analyses of public opinion data and campaign communication provide the foundation for studying campaigns. The goal of the course is to offer a broad theoretical understanding of the conduct of campaigns and their effects. Recent elections serve to illustrate key insights. Two lectures, one preceptorial. M. Prior
POL 332 Topics in American Statesmanship Spring What is statesmanship? Can qualities of statesmanship be critically assessed? If so, by what analytical methods of political science? This course explores statesmanship through a study of the biographies, principles, practices, and leadership styles of men and women who have been widely regarded as having exemplified the craft. Among the goals is to deepen understanding of how the practical necessities of democratic politics have been combined with appeals to democracy's loftiest ideals. Staff
POL 333 Latino Politics in the U.S. (also
LAO 333
/
LAS 333
/
SOC 325
) Not offered this year SA
The course will explore the personal, political, historical and sacred aspects of Latinas/Latinos in the United States from the perspective of a theory of transformation. The course intends to provide Latinas/Latinos as well as students from all backgrounds the opportunity to see a people in their own midst becoming and being political as they move forward to create a new culture and community in this country. Staff
POL 338 Race and the American Legal Process: Emancipation to the Voting Rights Act (See AAS 362)
POL 345 Introduction to Quantitative Social Science (also
SOC 305
) Fall QR
Would universal health insurance improve the health of the poor? Do patterns of arrests in US cities show evidence of racial profiling? What accounts for who votes and their choice of candidates? This course will teach students how to address these and other social science questions by analyzing quantitative data. The course introduces basic principles of statistical inference and programming skills for data analysis. The goal is to provide students with the foundation necessary to analyze data in their own research and to become critical consumers of statistical claims made in the news media, in policy reports, and in academic research. M. Ratkovic
POL 346 Applied Quantitative Analysis Spring QR Develops the use of statistical techniques appropriate for empirical exploration of political topics. Each statistical topic is motivated by a significant question in political science that can be addressed by an available data set. Computers will be used both as part of the lecture and for completing classwork. Emphasis is on hands-on training that will give students the capacity to use these statistical techniques in other courses and independent work. Prerequisites: 345 or instructor's permission. Two lectures, one preceptorial. O. Wasow
POL 347 Mathematical Models in the Study of Politics (also
ECO 347
) Spring QR
An introduction to the use of mathematical models and, especially, game theory in the study of politics. The basics of game theory are presented through applications to a broad range of political phenomena: voting, legislative politics, political campaigns, comparison of electoral systems, the evolution of cooperation, and international relations. Two lectures, one preceptorial. M. Iaryczower
POL 349 Political Economy Fall SA This course provides a rigorous introduction to some of the central ideas in political economy. Game theoretic models of voting are used to illustrate the way that democratic institutions filter interests. Topics may include the measurement of income inequality, the median voter theorem, models of income redistribution, political agency, and the link between institutions and economic performance. Two lectures, one preceptorial. G. Judd
POL 351 The Politics of Development (also
WWS 311
) Spring SA
A comparative study of politics in selected developing countries of Asia, Africa, and Latin America. Topics include colonialism, nationalism, class and ethic conflict, political instability, military coups, revolutionary change, and development strategies such as land reforms, green revolution, import substitution, and management of external dependencies. Two lectures, one preceptorial. A. Kohli
POL 352 Comparative Political Economy Not offered this year SA Explores the dynamic relationship in theory between market-formation and reform on the one hand, and economic ideas and cultural values on the other. The course examines classical and contemporary works in comparative political economy. Two lectures, one preceptorial. Staff
POL 355 Comparative Politics of Legislatures Not offered this year SA This course examines the workings of legislatures in a comparative setting.The course will look at the internal workings of legislative institutions, and at the relationship between electoral systems and legislative outcomes. We will consider and compare parliamentary and presidential systems, unicameral and bicameral legislatures. The course will look at the determinants of cabinet duration in parliamentary systems, and the emergence of committee systems. We will also take up the linkage between electoral systems and the structure of political parties, and the reasons for political parties to emerge from within and outside the legislature. Staff
POL 356 Comparative Ethnic Conflict Not offered this year SA This course introduces students to the study of ethnic conflict. It will examine different theories of ethnically based identification and mobilization; cover different types of ethnic conflict such as riots, genocide, hate crime and war; and study past and present cases of ethnic conflict around the world. Two lectures, one preceptorial. Staff
POL 360 Social Movements and Revolutions Spring SA This course investigates the politics of protest and revolution, examining the conditions under which protest movements emerge, their choice of protest tactics, the effects of repression and concessions, and the determinants of movement success. The second part of the courses focuses on revolutions, examining the forms that they assume and the conditions under which they develop and prove successful. Examples discussed include the civil rights, women's and environmental movements; the French, Russian, and Iranian revolutions; the collapse of communism; and the "colored" revolutions and other waves of revolution in the contemporary world. M. Beissinger
POL 362 Chinese Politics (also
WWS 323
/
EAS 362
) Fall SA
Traditional politics; the rise of warlords, nationalists, and radicals; causes of the "Liberation," land reform, Hundred Flowers, Great Leap Forward, Cultural Revolution, and Four Modernizations; policies of Mao and Deng for development, health, law, and rights. Two lectures, one preceptorial. R. Truex
POL 364 Politics of the Middle East (also
NES 322
) Not offered this year SA
Focuses on social and economic change in the Middle East as reflected in development strategies, political competition and conflict, and state intervention in economic and social life. The emphasis is on domestic and comparative politics in the Middle East rather than its international relations. Two lectures, one preceptorial. Staff
POL 366 Politics in Africa (also
AFS 366
) Fall SA
A comparative approach to African political systems. The meanings of the concepts of modernization, national integration, and development are explored. Topics include the inheritances of colonial rule, independence and the new tasks, political patterns in the postindependence period, prospects for political change, and African interstate relations. Two lectures, one preceptorial. J. Widner
POL 367 Latin American Politics (also
LAS 367
) Not offered this year SA
A study of the governments and politics of Latin America. The political systems of the Latin American countries will be examined, as well as the common political problems and processes of the area. Special attention will be given to the role of revolution, military rule, and constitutional democracy in Latin American political development. Two lectures, one preceptorial. Staff
POL 374 Russian and Post-Soviet Politics Not offered this year SA This course surveys the politics of Russia and the post-Soviet states, focusing on the four major political challenges that these states confront: state-building, nation-building, democratization, and economic development. Particular attention is given to the ways in which the Soviet experience continues to shape the politics of the Eurasian region, nation-building and identity politics, modes of authoritarian rule and democratization, the politics of energy, and the role of external actors and Russian policies in affecting the political evolution of the region. Staff
POL 375 Politics after Communism Not offered this year SA An examination of the political and economic change in Russia and some of the former Soviet republics from Gorbachev to the present. After briefly reviewing the main institutions of the Soviet system and theories of its collapse, the course examines specific reforms and the social impact of rapid systemic change. Topics include shock therapy (privatization and economic liberalization), nationalism, crime, and legislative reform among others. The course will also compare the process of change in the former Soviet Union with democratic and market transitions in Latin America and elsewhere. Two lectures, one preceptorial. Staff
POL 378 Politics in India Not offered this year SA An introduction to politics in the large subcontinental country of India. The course will address themes that are important both to India and to a general study of politics in a developing country. The following questions help organize the course: How does one make sense of democracy in a poor, multiethnic setting? How has democratic politics shaped and been shaped by a society divided along numerous lines, such as caste, class, and linguistic and religious identities? And how well has the democratic state fared in promoting both economic growth and social welfare? Two lectures, one preceptorial. Staff
POL 380 Human Rights Not offered this year SA A study of the politics and history of human rights. What are human rights? How can dictatorships be resisted from the inside and the outside? Can we prevent genocide? Is it morally acceptable and politically wise to launch humanitarian military interventions to prevent the slaughter of foreign civilians? What are the laws of war, and how can we punish the war criminals who violate them? Cases include the Ottoman Empire, Nazi Germany, the Soviet Union, Bosnia, and Rwanda. Two lectures, one preceptorial. Staff
POL 381 Theories of International Relations Not offered this year SA Examination of selected theories and issues of international relations including the following: causes of war, theories of imperialism, the issue of order and change, the relationship of morality and statecraft. Course readings drawn from historical and theoretical materials. Two lectures, one preceptorial. Staff
POL 384 European Politics and Society in the 20th Century (See EPS 300)
POL 385 International Political Economy Spring SA A study of the relationship between political and economic processes in international affairs. Attention will be given to problems that lie on the boundary between politics and economics. Two lectures, one preceptorial. F. Ahmed
POL 386 Violent Politics Fall SA Governments have tremendous power over our lives and thus the competition over who controls them is always intense and often violent. This course will study various ways in which violence is used to political ends. The larger goal of the course is to understand the sources of violence in political competition and the conditions under which political disputes can be peacefully resolved. Specific forms of violence to be covered include assassination, civil war, ethnic conflict, insurgency, revolution, riots, terrorism, and war. J. Shapiro
POL 388 Causes of War Not offered this year SA Why do states and peoples go to war? Conversely, how can war be avoided? This course surveys some of the most important explanations--including human nature, the anarchic international system, domestic politics, economics, technology, nationalism, and terrorism--and evaluates them in light of historical wars, and of crises resolved short of war. The course will examine cases ranging from the Peloponnesian War to the ongoing American-led war against terrorism. Two lectures, one preceptorial. Staff
POL 389 International Relations of East Asia (See WWS 317)
POL 392 American Foreign Policy Not offered this year SA A systematic study of major issues and problems of American foreign policy in the contemporary world. Two lectures, one preceptorial. Staff
POL 393 Grand Strategy (See WWS 315)
POL 403 Architecture and Democracy (also
CHV 403
/
ARC 405
/
URB 403
) Fall EM
What kind of public architecture is appropiate for a democracy? Should public spaces and buildings reflect democratic values - such as transparency and accessibility - or is the crucial requirement for democratic architecture that the process of arriving at decisions about the built environment is as particpatory as possible? The course will introduce students to different theories of democracy, to different approaches to architecture, and to many examples of government architecture from around the world (the U.S., Germany, and China in particular), via images and films. Might include one or two field trips. J. Müller
POL 410 Seminar in Political Theory Not offered this year SA Investigation of a major theme in political theory. Reading and intensive discussion of selected issues in the literature. One three-hour seminar. Staff
POL 411 Seminar in Political Theory Not offered this year SA Investigation of a major theme in political theory. Reading and intensive discussion of selected issues in the literature. One three-hour seminar. Staff
POL 412 Seminar in Political Theory Not offered this year EM Investigation of a major theme in political theory. Reading and intensive discussion of selected issues in the literature. One three-hour seminar. Staff
POL 413 Seminar in Political Theory Not offered this year SA Investigation of a major theme in political theory. Reading and intensive discussion of selected issues in the literature. One three-hour seminar. Staff
POL 416 Moral Conflicts in Public and Private Life (also
CHV 416
) Not offered this year EM
The distinction between public and private spheres of life is both foundational to modern liberal democratic politics and also fraught with controversy. This course examines such conflicts in the context of political theory, ethics, law, and public policy. Including the tense interface between public values and religious conscience and practice, and the scope of freedom with respect to marriage, family, and sexual relations. How broad are the claims of private liberty and what is the nature and extent of legitimate public authority when it comes to activities claimed to be private? Can paternalist and perfectionist policies ever be justified? Staff
POL 420 Seminar in American Politics Not offered this year SA Investigation of a major theme in American politics. Reading and intensive discussion of selected issues in the literature. One three-hour seminar. Staff
POL 421 Seminar in American Politics Not offered this year SA Investigation of a major theme in American politics. Reading and intensive discussion of selected issues in the literature. One three-hour seminar. Staff
POL 422 Seminar in American Politics (also
GSS 422
) Fall SA
Investigation of a major theme in American politics. Reading and intensive discussion of selected issues in the literature. One three-hour seminar. T. Mendelberg
POL 423 Seminar in American Politics Fall SA Investigation of a major theme in American politics. Reading and intensive discussion of selected issues in the literature. K. Whittington
POL 430 Seminar in Comparative Politics Not offered this year SA Investigation of a major theme in comparative politics. Reading and intensive discussion of selected issues in the literature. One three-hour seminar. Staff
POL 431 Seminar in Comparative Politics Not offered this year SA Investigation of a major theme in comparative politics. Reading and intensive discussion of selected issues in the literature. Staff
POL 432 Seminar in Comparative Politics Fall SA Investigation of a major theme in comparative politics. Reading and intensive discussion of selected issues in the literature. One three-hour seminar. M. Beissinger
POL 433 Seminar in Comparative Politics (also
AFS 433
) Not offered this year SA
Investigation of a major theme in comparative politics. Reading and intensive discussion of selected issues in the literature. One three-hour seminar. Staff
POL 434 Seminar in Comparative Politics Not offered this year SA Investigation of a major theme in comparative politics. Reading and intensive discussion of selected issues in the literature. One three-hour seminar. Staff
POL 440 Seminar in International Relations Spring SA Investigation of a major theme in international relations. Reading and intensive discussion of selected issues in the literature. One three-hour seminar. F. Ahmed
POL 441 Seminar in International Relations Fall SA Investigation of a major theme in international relations. Reading and intensive discussion of selected issues in the literature. J. Gowa
POL 442 Seminar in International Relations Not offered this year SA Investigation of a major theme in international relations. Reading and intensive discussion of selected issues in the literature. One three-hour seminar. Staff
POL 443 Seminar in International Relations Not offered this year SA Investigation of a major theme in international relations. Reading and intensive discussion of selected issues in the literature. One three-hour seminar. Staff
POL 444 International Institutions and Law (See WWS 420)
POL 450 Seminar in Methods in Political Science Not offered this year QR Investigation of a major theme in methods of political science. Reading and intensive discussion of selected issues in the literature. One three-hour seminar. Staff
POL 451 Seminar in Methods in Political Science Not offered this year QR Investigation of a major theme in methods of political science. Reading and intensive discussion of selected issues in the literature. Staff
POL 452 Seminar in Methods in Political Science Not offered this year Investigation of a major theme in methods of political science. Reading and intensive discussion of selected issues in the literature. One three-hour seminar. Staff
POL 453 Seminar in Methods in Political Science Not offered this year Investigation of a major theme in methods of political science. Reading and intensive discussion of selected issues in the literature. One three-hour seminar Staff
POL 463 Public Leadership and Public Policy in the U.S. (See WWS 363)
POL 465 Political and Economic Development of the Middle East (See NES 265)
POL 479 Comparative Constitutional Law (See WWS 421)