General - Comparative Politics

POL 345: Caribbean Politics

This course provides an introduction to the politics of Caribbean states, from 1960 to the present. It will discuss major issues that affect the Caribbean region, namely, migration, poverty, regional economic cooperation and political integration, democratic institutions, and U. S. foreign policy towards the region.

POL 452: Politics in the European Union

Offers a comprehensive survey of the history, institutions, and functioning of the European Union.

POL 419: Terrorism and Counterterrorism (Cross-listed PA 419)

This course addresses the political causes and consequences of the use of terrorist violence as well as the variety of methods employed by the state in response to this violence.

POL 389: Middle Eastern Ethnic and Religious Minorities (Cross-listed: MENAS 389)

Overview of ethnic and religious minorities in the contemporary Middle East,  study of ethnic and religious diversity and its origin and manifestations in the modern Middle East.  Examination of how the concept of religious and ethnic minority has emerged as a key factor in state policies towards minorities as well as the cultural, economic, political, religious, and educational lives of its people.

POL 377: Modern Israel (Cross-listed: JUS/HIST 377)

Evolution of the State of Israel from the rise of Zionism in 19th Century Europe to the present. Survey of the origins of the State of Israel from the rise of Zionism in 19th Century Europe to the Declaration of the State of Israel in 1948. Evolution of the State of Israel from 1949 to the present. Emphasis on interactive generative processes and understanding of the interplay between past processes and present socio-political realities.

POL 347: Politics of Latin America

Survey of the political forces and social groups important in shaping contemporary Latin America; examination of Indians, slaves, peasants, landlords, labor, the middle sectors, and the military; discussion of theories of instability.

POL 477: Comparative History of World Revolutions (Cross-listed: HIST 477)

This course examines the historical context against the theoretical, cultural, political, social, and economic elements of sudden revolutionary upheaval.  Revolutions from the French Revolution of 1789 to the Cuban Revolution of 1959 will be studied.

POL 466: Japanese and Chinese Nationalism (Cross-listed: EAS 466)

Though China and Japan share many civilizational traits, they have produced radically different political systems.  Using the intellectual prism of "nationalism", this course explores how Japan and China have reacted to the "every people a polity" principle (nationalism).

POL 467: South Asian Culture and Foreign Policy

The course is an introduction to the culture of the South Asian region (with a focus on India and Pakistan).  It will be a multidisciplinary course that incorporates elements of religion, philosophy, culture, geography, history, sociology and anthropology.  After acquiring sufficient cultural background, students will examine the impact of these cultural variables on the formulation of foreign policy by the governments of the region.

POL 447: Latin-American Political Development (Cross-listed LAS 447)

Presentation of strategies for development in Latin America; examination of case studies from Cuba, Brazil, Chile, Guatemala, and other countries.

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