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Synchronous online: Online course that includes real-time class meetings using technology (e.g. Zoom). The number of required meetings varies based upon the particular class, but meetings take place during the scheduled class times. Faculty will inform students of the schedule for real-time meetings in their courses.
Hybrid Courses: Hybrid courses combine both in-person, on-campus meetings with online instruction. All face-to-face activities take place during the regularly-scheduled meeting times in the rooms assigned on the course listing. The number of people in classrooms is limited by social distancing requirements, and the number of in-person meetings varies by course. Faculty will notify students of the exact meeting schedule for their courses.
If your class is not listed as online or hybrid, it will meet fully face-to-face with proper social distancing following the noted class schedule.
This course offers an institutional, historical, and theoretical survey of United States politics with a consideration of contemporary policy issues, the distribution of power in the United States, and the relationship between politics and economics. Fall, Spring (US) (L10)
One credit of course is online.
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This course will serve as an introduction to the major strands of political ideology and political theory, such as liberalism, conservatism, socialism/Marxism, feminism, and fascism. Students will read major political theorists as well as history putting great thinkers in historical and theoretical context. This course serves as a valuable introduction to political ideas for both non-majors and for prospective political science majors of any concentration. These ideas about politics will be applicable to future courses in all aspects of the discipline, including not only political theory but also American politics, comparative politics, and international relations. (L10)
Hybrid course, one credit online.
This course studies major contemporary international problems utilizing salient concepts and theories in the discipline. The course is a preparatory course designed for majors and Social Studies concentrators, emphasizing enhanced development of analytical and research skills. Fall (IR) (L10)
Open to all students. Cannot be taken Pass/Fail.
The purpose of this course is to provide flexibility within the course offerings and an opportunity for students and faculty to explore areas of current or topical interests which are not available in the regular course offerings. (L10)
Cross-Listed with ENG 245
“Those People:” depictions of systemic racism in contemporary black film--This course focuses on race as a primary site of power in the American context. In an effort to critically analyze what systemic/institutional racism is and how it operates and is reinvented and recast, we will employ three popular series as a springboard: The Watchmen, Them, and Lovecraft Country. These films will be contextualized by substantial readings on racial capitalism, literary theory, critical race theory, public policy, intersectionality, and the history of the shifting boundaries of the category of race, among others. Some of the major themes we plan to highlight will include the Tulsa Massacre, redlining, segregation (de jure and de facto), the politics of “respectability,” white supremacy and its racial terror campaigns, miscegenation, blackness and gender, Jim Crow (and its newer manifestations), eugenics (and new-eugenics), and policing.
Race is at the center of so much conflict, disagreement, and violence in the US. Race has been a central formative force in American history whose categories and meanings have constantly shifted and been contested. This course is designed to interrogate the invention and development of race in America as a central nodule in the power structure and discover the ways it has been deployed, especially as it relates to the control, surveillance and incarceration of the black body, as well as other communities of color. We will begin with a historical analysis of the post emancipation convict leasing system along with a careful unpacking of the social and historical construction of race and the work it performs. We will then embark on a philosophical exploration of the relationship between the power order and what this means for how we determine what constitutes "punishment." The final section of the course will turn more explicitly to the use of the prison and techniques of surveillance to define, police, and terrorize communities of color. (L10)
Hybrid One credit of this course is online.
This course examines the academic treatment of race and ethnicity as political structures in the United States. Readings and discussions include close examinations of theories about race and ethnicity, especially comparing "constructivist" and "essentialist" approaches. Fulfills writing-intensive requirement. Prerequisite: POS 112 (US)
Hybrid course, one credit online.
This course examines the development of Soviet-American relations since the Bolshevik Revolution, with special emphasis on the Gorbachev era, the dissolution of the USSR, and the emergence of Russia and the Commonwealth of Independent States. Fulfills writing-intensive requirement. Prerequisite: POS 171 (IR)
Supervised work in federal, state, or local government offices and/or agencies. Internships are also available with community organization, labor unions, and public interest groups. Brochure listing internship opportunities is available from Intern Director, Dr. Ryane Straus. Restricted to upper-class students.
This capstone course will be an examination of the history and politics related to a given topic that will vary by semester.
Restricted to Second Semester Junior and Senior HIS/POS Majors and SS Concentrators ONLY. Instructor's Permission Required. Cross-listed with HIS 498.