All courses are offered for 3 credit hours unless otherwise noted.
|Course Number||Course Name||Days/Times||Faculty|
|POSC 109||The U.S. Political System||MWF 10:35-11:25||Girma Parris|
|POSC 160||Introduction to Comparative Politics (Counts for CAS Global and Cultural Diversity Requirement)||MWF 9:30-10:20||Staff|
|POSC 172||Introduction to International Relations||MWF 3:20-4:10
|POSC 308/408||The American Presidency||TR 1:00-2:15||Joseph White|
|POSC 321/421||News Media and Politics||MWF 2:15-3:05||Girma Parris|
|POSC 325/425||American Constitutional Law||TR 11:30-12:45||Laura Tartakoff|
|POSC 341/441||Elections, Voters, and Political Parties||MW 12:45-2:00||Karen Beckwith|
|POSC 349/449||Research Methods||MWF 11:40-12:30||Staff|
|POSC 354/454||Political and Social Philosophy||TR 4:00-5:15||Laura Hengehold|
|POSC 364/464||Dictatorship and Democracy in Modern Latin America (Counts for CAS Global and Cultural Diversity Requirement)||TR 5:30-6:45||Laura Tartakoff|
|POSC 370D/470D||The Politics of China (Counts for CAS Global and Cultural Diversity Requirement)||MWF 2:15-3:05||Paul Schroeder|
|POSC 370F/470F||Financial Politics in the United States and the World||TR 2:30-3:45||Kathryn Lavelle|
|POSC 370J/470J||International Law and Organizations||TR 11:30-12:45||Kathryn Lavelle|
|POSC 379/479||Introduction to Middle East Politics (Counts for CAS Global and Cultural Diversity Requirement)||TR 10:00-11:15||Pete Moore|
|POSC 380A||State and War in Africa and the Middle East (Counts as SAGES Departmental Seminar)||TR 1:00-2:15||Pete Moore|
|POSC 382A||Child Policy||MW 5:30-6:45||Gabriella Celeste|
|POSC 395||Special Projects (1-6 credit hours. Prerequisites: see description)||Times as arranged||Staff|
|POSC 396||Senior Project/SAGES Capstone (Prerequisites: See description)||Times as arranged||Staff|
|POSC 495||Independent Study (Graduate students only. Must be taken for a letter grade. Prerequisites: See description)||Times as arranged||Staff|
|POSC 601||Individual Investigation (1-6 credit hours. Graduate students only. May be taken only on a pass/fail basis. Prerequisites: See description)||Times as arranged||Staff|
|POSC 651||M.A. Thesis Research (6 credit hours. Graduate students only. Permission from supervisor and graduate committee is required. Grade is for the thesis itself, so Satisfactory or Unsatisfactory)||Times as arranged||Staff|
|POSC 701||Dissertation Ph.D. (1-9 credit hours. Prerequisites: see description)||Times as arranged||Staff|
|Integrated Graduate Studies (See description)|
This course provides an overview of governmental institutions and processes in the United States, the political forces that combine to shape them, and how we might best understand the system that government and politics create.
Comparative politics is the study of processes and institutions within countries. Prompted by real-world puzzles, comparativists investigate broad, theoretical questions: What constitutes a revolution, and why do revolutions occur? How does one country become more democratic than another? Why do relations between some ethnic groups turn violent? This course introduces some of the central puzzles and theories of comparative politics in order to help students better understand world events. Counts as CAS Global and Cultural Diversity Requirement.
Why do countries fight wars? Can nuclear proliferation be curtailed? Does trade help developing countries or harm them? This survey of the field of International Relations examines “big questions” in world politics. It introduces themes including the rise, development and changes of the nation-state system; patterns and causes of international conflict and cooperation; international law, organizations, and transnational institutions; the roles of both state and non-state actors in international politics; and the methods used to understand this field.
Introduction to the institutions and processes that make up the political environment of nonprofit and other organizations in the United States, beginning with an examination of the role of civil society in a democracy and continuing with the framing of issues, role of political entrepreneurs and organized interests, elections, the legislative process and strategies for influencing it, and the roles of executive institutions and the courts.
This course traces the evolution of the media from an appendage of the American Party system to the so called fourth branch of government and how its influence on the political system has changed with its maturation. A central theme of the course will be an investigation of the changing normative conceptions concerning the role of the media in a popular democracy: When did fake news become objective journalism? Is the news now fake or objective? And why does this matter? These are some of the issues that students will address in class and in written assignment/ class examination.
An introductory survey of U.S. constitutional law. Special attention given to the historical, philosophical, and political dimensions of landmark Supreme Court cases. Judicial review, federalism, separation of powers, due process, and equal protection. Supreme Court’s involvement in major political controversies: the New Deal, abortion, physician-assisted suicide, school desegregation, and affirmative action.
Rights of the accused as outlined in the Fourth, Fifth, Sixth, and Eighth Amendments. Topics covered are (1) arrests, searches, and seizures, (2) the privilege against compelled self-incrimination, (3) the rights to counsel, confrontation, and jury trial, and (4) the prohibition against cruel and unusual punishments. Case-specific approach but presents interplay of history, philosophy, and politics as background of each topic.
This course examines approaches that political scientists use to understand events and processes. In doing so, the course provides students with skills helpful to completing senior projects, such as the ability to evaluate and conduct research. Through exercises and projects, students will take part in the research process from constructing a question to developing a research design to interpreting results. Students will learn and apply key techniques, including inductive and deductive reasoning, hypothesis construction, operationalization of concepts, measurements, sampling and probability, causal inference, and the logic of controls. They will produce materials common to the discipline, such as research designs. SAGES departmental seminar.
Justification of social institutions, primarily political ones. Such distinctions as that between de facto and legitimate authority; analysis of criteria for evaluation, such as social justice and equality; inquiry into theories of justification of the state; theory of democratic government and its alternatives. Readings from classical and contemporary sources. Recommended preparation: PHIL 101.
Examination of political leadership in 20th-century Latin America, exploring the nature, causes, and consequences of dictatorship and democracy in the region, moving from the collapse of oligarchic rule and the emergence of populism in the 1930s and 1940s, to the end of democracy and establishment of military regimes in the 1960s and 1970s, and ultimately to the contemporary processes of democratization and economic liberalization.
Now more than ever, the Chinese state and society are facing tremendous economic, social, and political challenges. This course presents an overview of current issues facing the People’s Republic, including a changing (or not) political culture, policy processes and outcomes at the national and local levels, reform and economic growth, the resultant societal changes and pressures, and the consequent challenges the Communist Party faces as demand for political reform grows. The class involves a mixture of lectures and discussion and draws on a combination of primary and secondary sources, including current news reports and films. Counts as CAS Global and Cultural Diversity Requirement.
This course explores how political institutions make policy in the financial area with particular emphasis on the United States. Using a bureaucratic politics framework, it examines money, banks and the securities industry by integrating a wide range of literature in economics and political science. Specific objectives include familiarizing students with different approaches to the political economy of finance from different disciplines, exploring the historical evolution of finance, examining the changing relationship between public and private authority within the financial system, considering how politics operates in a crisis, and evaluating the role of international financial institutions in the global economy. By taking this course, students will equip themselves for further research into politics and economics, as well as offer them tools to analyze future policy developments as they unfold.
Study of international organizations and international law as two means for regulating and coordinating nation-state behavior. History of the two techniques will be traced, covering 19th century efforts at cooperation, the League of Nations and the United Nations, regional and specialized global organization. The functions of international law in global politics will be stressed, with primary focus on the evolving role of law in dealing with global problems, e.g., war, the environment, economic cooperation, and human rights.
This is an introductory course about Middle East Politics, in regional as well as international aspects. In this course we will explore broad social, economic, and political themes that have defined the region since the end of World War Two. Since this is an introductory course, a major goal will be to gain comparative knowledge about the region’s states and peoples. The countries that comprise the modern Middle East are quite diverse; therefore, we will only be able to focus on a few cases in depth. A second goal is to use the tools and theories social scientists employ to answer broad questions related to the region, such as: How have colonial legacies shaped political and economic development in the Middle East? How do oil, religion, and identity interact with politics? How have external powers affected the region’s political development? What do the uprisings of 2011 hold for the region’s future? Counts as CAS Global and Cultural Diversity Requirement.
The Middle East, North Africa, and Sub-Saharan Africa remain the most volatile and conflict prone regions of the world. Traditional approaches to war and state conflict have emphasized systemic variables, such as balance of power, military capabilities, perceptions, the security dilemma, and of course anarchy. While these concepts have generated much academic interest, their ability to explain and understand conflict in the developing world is severely limited. This is due to the basic fact that nearly all conflict in the world today is not between states but is taking place within state boundaries. What drives these conflicts? Are there common factors and patterns within the Middle East and Africa? How does sub-state conflict affect political and economic development? What are the most likely resolution strategies? Recommended preparation: POSC 379. Counts as SAGES Departmental Seminar.
This course introduces students to issues in public policy that impact children and families. Local, state, and federal child policy will be considered, and topics will include, for example, policies related to child poverty, education, child welfare, juvenile justice, and children’s physical and mental health. Students will learn how policy is developed, how research informs policy and vice versa, and a framework for analyzing social policy. Recommended preparation: One social sciences course or consent.
Also offered as ANTH 305 and CHST 301.
(Requires consent and a permit from instructor) Study of a topic of particular interest, or an approved internship. The student must submit to the departmental office a project prospectus form, approved and signed by the faculty supervisor, no later than the end of the second week of classes. The prospectus must outline the goals of the project and the research methodology to be used and is part of the basis for grading. The prospectus form is available from the departmental office of from the department’s Web page.
(Requires consent and a permit from instructor) Capstone experience for political science majors or senior POSC minors as part of the SAGES program, providing opportunity to do an in-depth paper on a topic of particular interest to them. Students must obtain approval from a faculty project advisor and list that advisor on the registration form. The advisor must sign and student submit to the department a prospectus including goals, schedule, and research methodology. This paper should demonstrate, and ideally even extend, the skills and expertise developed over the course of study in the department. Upon completion of the capstone, students will be expected to present their work in a public forum. Recommended preparation: Junior or Senior political science major or senior political science minor and departmental prospectus form. Counts as SAGES Senior Capstone.
(Requires consent and a permit from instructor) Independent study on particular topics that are not covered by individual graduate courses or are not available in a timely manner for the student’s needs. In order to receive a permit, the student must complete a prospectus form, approved and signed by the faculty project supervisor and the student. The prospectus must outline the material to be covered and the basis for grading of the course, and a copy of the form will be filed with the Department Office. POSC 495 is designed especially for reading courses but can be used for other purposes as well. Note that this course will result in a letter grade. Graduate students wanting to take independent study on a pass/fail basis should speak with their project supervisors about registering for POSC 601, “Individual Investigation.”
(Requires consent and a permit from instructor) POSC 601 permits a graduate student to do an in-depth study of a topic of particular interest for which no regular course is available. It should be particularly helpful in preparing for field exams. Students must develop their course of study with a supervising professor, who will set requirements for written work.
Credit (1-6 hours) and times as arranged. Note that this course may be taken only on a pass/fail basis. Graduate students who wish to do a project for a letter grade should speak with their supervising professors about registering for POSC 495, “Independent Study.”
IMPORTANT: In order to obtain a permit, the student must complete a POSC 601 project prospectus form, signed by the faculty project advisor and the student, which will form the basis of a “contract” of expectations for the project. The prospectus form, available in the Department Office (Mather House 111), will outline the goals of the project and the research methodology to be used and thus will be part of the basis for grading. A copy of this completed and signed form will be filed with the Department Office.
Independent study of a research question and completion of a major paper under advisor supervision. The School of Graduate Study requires 6 credit hours be completed. The thesis will be reviewed by the advisor and a departmental committee.
(Requires consent and a permit from instructor) Credit (1-9 hours) and times as arranged. However, Graduate School regulations specify that a student must register for a minimum of 3 hours of 701 per semester until 18 hours of 701 credit have been completed. After having earned 18 hours of 701, a candidate may be permitted to register for less than 3 hours per semester, but only with the prior approval of his/her dissertation advisor and only for a maximum of four semesters. Thereafter, the student must resume registering for a minimum of 3 hours of 701 credit per semester until the dissertation is completed and defended. See the Political Science Graduate Brochure or your POSC dissertation advisor for complete details on eligibility to register for 701.
It is possible for a qualified student to obtain an M.A. in Political Science simultaneously with, or shortly after, completion of the baccalaureate program. If by the end of the senior year the student has completed successfully 90 undergraduate hours, 30 graduate hours (for a total of 120 hours), and the Political Science M.A. Examination, that student can receive both the Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees within the four undergraduate years.
Admission to the Political Science IGS program is competitive, and only a limited number of students are accepted in any academic year. Admission is determined by fulfillment of specific requirements (see below), and by the Department’s estimate of the student’s potential for advanced study and independent work.
Phase I of IGS alerts the Department and the School of Graduate Studies to your interest in the program and allows the monitoring of your junior year for fulfillment of the undergraduate prerequisites to graduate study. Application to Phase I must occur no later than second week of classes at the beginning of the junior year, but preferably earlier. To qualify for Phase I, the student must have completed 54 hours of undergraduate work and must have minimum grade point averages of 3.7 in Political Science courses and 3.3 overall.
During Phase I, the student must complete 90 undergraduate hours (ordinarily by the end of the junior year) and must have satisfied all general requirements for the B.A., including at least 21 hours in the Political Science major, the Arts and Sciences Core Curriculum, and one minor program. Included in the 21 Political Science hours must be one course each in American, Comparative, and International politics taken at CWRU. Also, the student must maintain minimum GPAs of 3.5 in Political Science courses and 3.3 overall to qualify for admission to Phase II.
Before enrolling for any graduate-level course work, the student must be formally admitted to the School of Graduate Studies (Phase II of IGS). Therefore, it is mandatory that application to Phase II occur during the second semester of the junior year, specifically no later than April 1 or November 1 (for graduate status to begin the following semester). If admitted to the M.A. program, the student will take, or begin to take, 30 hours of graduate-level Political Science courses during the senior year, adhering to all departmental regulations governing the Master’s degree program; and if completed successfully with maintenance of academic standing as pertains to both the B.A. and M.A. programs, these hours will count simultaneously toward both degrees in Political Science. The B.A. will be awarded upon completion of all requirements for that degree, including total hours; the M.A. will be awarded upon successful completion of the 30 hours of graduate-level Political Science courses and the M.A. Examination or Thesis.
For additional information on application procedures and program requirements, make an appointment to see Professor Pete Moore (Mather House 219, 368-5265, e-mail: email@example.com).