Foreign Affairs Electives

POL 448: Politics of East and Southeast Asia

POL 446: Comparative Political Elites

Survey of political elite studies, cross-cultural and interdisciplinary, with linkage to world and domestic politics. National case studies will vary by instructor.

POL 442A: European Politics and Society

This course offers an introduction to the political systems of post-World War II Europe. Using a country-by-country approach, the course focuses specifically on Britain, France, Germany, Italy, Russia, and East-Central Europe. It also contains a unit on the institutions and policies of European Union. We will take a closer look at the impact of immigration on European society, the interaction between domestic and European institutions,  the debates on economic reforms and market  liberalization in different countries, and the relationship between the EU and the US.

POL 437: Democracies, Emerging and Evolving

Causal analysis of conditions of stability and breakdown of democratic regimes with particular emphasis on the developing democracies of the third world.

POL 436: Violent Crime and Political Order

Description and analysis of how and why people wield, and respond to, authority. Based on presumption that people's reactions to the public order are influenced by the private order-or disorder-of their minds and the way they learned to respond to the private authorities of their childhoods.

POL 415: The Scientific Study of Civil Wars

What conditions are sufficiently 'dire or inspiring'to make someone take up arms and risk his (or her) life as part of a rebel group? By the end of this advanced undergraduate-level course, you will be able to answer this question just like the leading academic minds in the field of international relations. This class will provide you with extensive exposure to the quantitative study of civil wars around the world.

POL 414: Diffusion and Contagion in World Politics

How can we best explain the emergence and spread of nonviolent protest and violent conflict across the Middle East and North Africa region during the so-called 'Arab Spring'? What mechanisms facilitated the diffusion of democratic norms, ideas, and institutions across eastern Europe and the former Soviet states in the wake of the decline of communism? How, after being so deeply entrenched in western practice, can we account for the sudden and comprehensive abolition of the atlantic slave trade in the nineteenth century?

POL 365: Contemporary International Politics

Analysis of conflicts of national interests; decision making in the present international system; role-playing and simulation experience.

POL 361: International Organizations

Basic acquaintance with the United Nations and other major international organizations. One of the fundamental trends in the present and future world is the increasing and ever more complex interdependence between nations. To cope with that, conventional unilateral and bilateral means are insufficient. Multilateral approach - cooperative and competitive simultaneously - proves indispensable.

POL 340: Politics in Advanced Industrialized States

Analysis of how variations in social structures and political configurations influence governmental policy and determine international competitiveness of states. Industrial sectors in five major economies are examined to determine how political systems differ, what kinds of policies enhance competitiveness, and where countries rank in terms of innovation of key industrial sectors.

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