SGPP Electives-American Politics

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 430: Electoral Systems & Their Consequences

This course will be about electoral systems used in democracies around the world.  The course will cover both the mechanics of how votes are translated into seats and how the particulars of these mechanisms affect practices and organization of politics in the countries with various electoral systems.

POL 428: Problems in Contemporary Political Theory

Intensive examination of selected problems and concepts in political theory.

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 399H: Honors Independent Study

Qualified students working on an individual basis with professors who have agreed to supervise such work.

POL 399: Independent Study

Qualified students working on an individual basis with professors who have agreed to supervise such work.

POL 392: Directed Research

Individual or small group research under the guidance of faculty.

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.

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