Law & Public Policy Electives

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.

POL 424A: Political Ecology (Cross-listed: ANTH 424A)

This course introduces a variety of environmental thought linking the political sphere and the biosphere. It examines ecological economics, environmental history and ethics, theoretical ecology, ecofeminism, political ecology in anthropology and intellectual property law.

POL 488: Governing Science and Technology (Cross-listed GEOG: 488)

Historical, cross-cultural, and geographical assessment of strategies societies have deployed to govern science and technology; effects of particular strategies in terms of impacts (both positive and negative) of science and technology on people, their lives, and the environment.

POL 485: National Security Policy

Decision-making structures, processes, and outcomes relevant to American security policy; comparison with major foreign powers.

POL 483: Urban Public Policy

Analysis and discussion of social, economic, and political problems and proposed solutions in changing urban environments.

POL 475: Religion and the Law

The evolving relationship between law and religion has had a profound influence on American political life and discourse since the country's founding. This course is designed to develop familiarity with that history and the resulting major tenets of the First Amendment's religion clauses. Taking as our starting point the concept of the separation of church and state, we examine what this idea has meant in U.S. Constitutional law.

POL 471: Constitutional Law: Civil Liberties

Analysis of the constitutional guarantees of civil liberties in the U.S.

POL 476: Women and the Law

Legal status of women in America, including constitutional protections, marriage and family relationships, educational and vocational opportunities, political rights, criminal law.

POL 470: Constitutional Law: Federalism

POL 469: Law & Social Change

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