Current Student Bulletin



Here are detailed descriptions of political science courses for fall 2018. You'll find
date/times, descriptions and how each course fits major requirements.

There is mandatory advising this quarter. Your advisor may have contacted you
about making an appointment. All majors are to contact their advisor if this is not
the case. If you fail to do so, your registration hold will not be lifted. We are
looking forward to seeing you soon. PLSC's advising period is Monday the 30th
through Friday May 4th.

Each professor has their own way of scheduling advisees, so you can expect an
email from them about how that will work. We are looking forward to seeing you

CAPSTONES: We are offering three capstone courses this year, one each
quarter. You may enroll in multiple capstones (they count toward your upper
division subfield credit, just like a 3000-level). In fall 2018, Dr. Bakiner’s
Transitional Justice is a capstone course.

2000-01: Introduction to U.S Politics – Mon. Wed. Fri.; 9:20 – 10:45 AM


This course is fundamentally about democracy-- how we know one when we see one. We will
take the United States as an extended case study, the lens through which we will examine the
challenges that accompany democratic governance. We will thus explore American politics from
both the top down (the institutional landscape that shapes the way American government
operates) and the bottom up (the attitudes and behaviors of individual Americans) as well as
consider the often ignored ideas that underlie the American model of democracy. Along the way,

we will be guided by the central question of whether America has too much democracy or too
little. Or maybe, just maybe, it has just the right amount.

2300-01: Intro to Comparative Politics – Tues. Thurs. ; 8:00 – 10:05AM


This introductory course exposes students to some fundamental concepts and vocabulary used in
contemporary comparative politics. The course examines issues such as state and society,
political culture, political ideology, political institutions, democracy, authoritarianism,
international political economy, and globalization. Through this course, students are expected to
develop a familiarity with the politics of several countries and political systems, understand
important topics in comparative politics, and utilize comparative methods to analyze some of the
current political issues in the world.

2500-01: Intro To Political Theory – Mon. Wed. ; 3:40 – 5:45PM


This introductory course surveys the basic concepts, principles, theoretical perspectives, and
contemporary issues of international politics. We will consider a broad range of topics, including
the modern international system, foreign policy international conflict and war, international
organization and law, trade, and globalization, among others. During this process, we will seek a
better understanding of some of the most pressing issues at the core in international politics.

2600-01: Intro to International Politics – Mon. Wed. Fri. ; 9:20 – 10:45AM


This introductory course surveys the basic concepts, principles, theoretical perspectives, and
contemporary issues of international politics. We will consider a broad range of topics, including
the modern international system, foreign policy, international conflict and war, international
organization and law, trade, and globalization, among others. During this process, we will seek a better understanding of some of the most pressing issues at the core in international politics.

2600-02: Intro to International Politics – Tues. Thurs. ; 3:45 – 5:50 PM


The contemporary debate on where global politics is headed concerns whether globalization will
eclipse war, whether established national interest in wealth will address global economic
inequities, and whether society will become so truly global as to become more interested in
human rights than in national interest. To understand what the opportunities are for change, we
will consider: a) major international relations theories; b) anarchy; c) economic justice and the
rule-based world of the global market; d) global human rights issues.

3120-01: Social Movements In Us – Tues. Thurs. ; 10:15AM – 12:20PM

SUBFIELD: United States

This course introduces students to concepts of collective resistance, domination, and the politics
of institutional and societal change. Why do social movements emerge? What factors explain
differing goals, strategies and tactics employed? What is the relationship between movements
and the state? What are the politics of intramovement disputes? What happens to movements after they achieve their goals? These are just a few of the questions that we will explore in this course. We begin with theoretical work on the contours of power, resistance and domination, paying special attention to problems of structure and agency. While we will explore conventional academic social movement scholarship in this course, we will move beyond this literature to include a more robust consideration of power at an individual and collective level. We will accomplish this through a series of historical and contemporary case studies of individual movements in the United States.

3190-01: Law, Politics, & Society – Mon. Wed. Fri. ; 12:30 – 1:55PM

SUBFIELDS: Theory/Law & United States

“Law” is the medium for sociopolitical contestation in which individuals and groups promote and institutionalize their vision for social order and justice. Alexis de Tocqueville wrote, “Hardly any political question arises in the United States that is not resolved sooner or later into a judicial question.” Accordingly, this course will cover the role of “law” to restore, maintain and create social order and the utilization of law as a process for (1) dispute resolution, (2) maintenance of historical continuity and doctrinal consistency and (3) resolution of acute social conflict. By the end of this course you will develop and understanding of the structure of the American legal system and develop the ability to critically reflect on the role of “law” in the United States. In addition, you will become familiar with basic legal concepts, research and terminology.

3910-01 : Campaigns & Elections – Mon. Wed. Fri.; 10:55AM – 12:30PM

SUBFIELDS: United States

At the heart of the democratic process is the election. Elections are the vehicle through which the people
help to set the course of the government, by selecting individuals to represent them and to act on their
behalf. Elections don’t just happen, though. A lot goes into an election to make it work. This course will
explore what exactly makes American elections work. From exploring the underpinnings of public
opinion polling and political psychology to election law and campaign strategy, this fast-paced course
will dive into the many aspects that shape the ultimate outcome of political campaigns.

3910-02: Transitional Justice – Tues. Thurs. 3:40 – 5:50PM



SUBFIELDS: Theory/Law & Comparative
“The struggle of man against power is the struggle of memory against forgetting.” (Milan
Kundera’s The Book of Laughter and Forgetting) This special topics course explores the
possibility of justice, civic repair and reconciliation in societies transitioning from a period of
political violence and massive human rights violations. In the last three decades, many societies
have made the hard decision to come to terms with past wrongs. Domestic and international
human rights trials, amnesty laws, truth commissions, lustration, victim-centered reparations, and
commemorative acts have become central to conflict resolution, peace-building and
democratization processes. Throughout the course we will question what transitional justice
means, how it has emerged as a distinctive field of study and policy-making, and whether or not
transitional justice measures have lived up to their promise of truth, justice and reconciliation in
post-conflict societies. We will look at transitional justice from multiple perspectives: (i) the
sociology of memory; (ii) the politics of democratization and democratic consolidation; (iii)
policy implications in a post-conflict context; and (iv) the representation of the struggle for
justice in art and literature. The challenge we set for ourselves is to rethink our everyday notions
of memory, truth, justice, reconciliation, and forgiveness in a critical light.

4650-01: East Asian Political Economy – Tues. Thurs.; 10:15AM – 12:20PM

SUBFIELD: International

This course explores key issues related to the political economy of East Asia, including
economies of Japan, the Koreas, and China from both the perspectives of comparative and
international political economy. In particular, this course investigates the economic, political
and social strategies and institutional foundations of these economies. In doing so, we examine
major contending explanations and debates for East Asia’s high growth, as well as the region’s
financial downfalls. While we will consider similarities and differences in these countries’
experiences of economic development and examine some of the challenges facing each economy
today, we will also examine the interactions of East Asia with other regions of the world.


4950-01 – Internship - Dates & Times To Be Arranged


Internships are an outstanding vehicle through which to translate political theory into practice as well as
to build your resume in advance of your graduation. Students will work off campus at an appropriate site
and combine work experience with a guided research project and other academic projects under the
supervision of the Internship Coordinator. Internships require the permission of the Internship
Coordinator or the Chair, and must be arranged a month before the beginning of the quarter. Please see
Dr. Schoettmer (Internship Coordinator) if you are considering signing up for this class.



1600-01 TBD Mon. Wed. Fri. 10:55AM – 12:20PM


1600-02: Reconciliation After Conflict – Tues. Thurs. ; 1:30 – 3:35PM


Offered by Connie Anthony Fall Quarter:

WGST 2020-01: Introduction To LGBTQ Studies – Tues. Thurs. ; 1:30 – 3:35PM


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Yitan Li, PhD

Patrick Schoettmer, PhD
Internship Coordinator 

Melissa Poquiz
Administrative Assistant