Ideas & Methods Electives

POL 324: Law and Morality (Cross-listed: PHIL 324)

Exploration of classic and contemporary philosophical issues about law and morality. Topics covered will vary but may include, among others, the limits of social interference with individual liberty, legal paternalism and physician-assisted suicide, legal moralism, freedom of speech and expression, legal punishment and capital punishment, and civil disobedience.

POL 433: Feminist Political Theory (Cross-listed: GWS 433)

Examines the tradition of Western political theory through a gender-sensitive lens and surveys the development of feminist political theory.

POL 438: Philosophy of Law (Cross-listed: PHIL 438)

Nature and validity of law; law and morality, judicial reasoning, law and liberty.

POL 335: Gender and Politics (GWS: 335)

Examination of politics through the lens of gender hierarchy. Emphasis on how constrictions of masculinity and femininity shape and are shaped by interacting economic, political and ideological practices.

POL 325: Foundations of Political Psychology

This course will introduce students to political psychology, with an emphasis on how psychology may be used to understand mass political behavior, political movements, race and intergroup conflict, and attitude change.

POL 463: Studies of the Geopolitical Chessboard (Cross-listed: SOC 463)

Studies of the important principles of Grand Strategic thinking (the calculated use of given means to realize large ends) and their application to contemporary issues in the fields of business, non-governmental organizations, global politics, and international security.

POL 461: Feminist and IR Theories (Cross-listed: GWS 461)

Issues in epistemology; survey and integration of feminist and IR theories; application of feminist theories to IR.

POL 301: Methods of Political Inquiry

The primary goal of this course will be to understand the proper use and interpretation of quantitative analyses of political problems.

POL 454: Theories of International Relations

Introduction to theories of international relations on the levels of man, the nation-state, and the international system, with a logical and empirical evaluation of approaches and theories.

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.

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