SGPP Electives-American Politics

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 323: Modern Political Theory

Western political theory from the Utilitarians through the 1930s.

POL 465: International Politics of the Middle East (Cross-listed: MENAS 465)

This course is designed to introduce you to the international politics of the Middle East and therefore, provides a general overview of some of the main issues of contemporary Middle Eastern Politics.

POL 441: Arab-Israeli Conflict (Cross-listed: MENAS 441)

Traces the birth and growth of the Arab-Israeli conflict since 1948 with particular attention to the internal impediments to conflict resolution on both the Arab and Israeli sides. Also surveys the role of the Great Powers in Middle East politics generally.

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 364: Development in 20th Century Latin America (Cross-listed LAS 364)

This course offers a general introduction to contemporary Latin America from the perspective of political economy. It will focus on structural factors to help explain the main political, social and economic trends in the region. The overall goal of the course is to provide the basic, historical tools for understanding the current challenges that this region confronts.

POL 348: Drug Wars and Oil Fortunes in Latin America (Cross-listed: LAS 348)

With a focus on Latin America, this course examines the historical, comparative, and current dynamics of two global commodities: illicit drugs and oil. These commodities ¿ which depend on a U.S. consumer base ¿ generate unfathomable wealth and unrelenting violence at local, national, and international levels. We follow them from extraction and production through consumption, examining socioeconomic and environmental impacts, their relationship to state corruption, and possible strategies for responding to the problems they create.

POL 443: Russian Politics

Surveys the Russian political system, its Soviet authoritarian past, and its evolution and democratic potential. Focus on the decision-making process, political elites, and policies. Passing comparative attention to other former Soviet Union (FSU) countries.

POL 413: Human Security

Human security is an emerging paradigm that places individuals, rather than states, at the center of security considerations. This course is designed to provide a foundational understanding of the concept of human security, and the ways in which human security challenges have been addressed by the international community.

POL 393H/493H: Honors Internship (Cross-listed: PA 393H/493H)

Specialized work on an individual basis, consisting of training and practice in actual service in a technical, business, or governmental establishment.

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