SGPP Electives-Ideas & Methods

POL 491: Preceptorship

Specialized work on an individual basis, consisting of instruction and practice in actual service in a department, program, or discipline. Teaching formats may include seminars, in-depth studies, laboratory work and patient study.

POL 462: Armed Conflict and Conflict Management

This course will survey the many issues surrounding the management and resolution of international and domestic conflicts.

POL 459: German Politics

This course will introduce students to Germany's politics and society. Starting with a survey of modern German history from World War II until today, the course continues with a discussion of its political system and selected policies such as immigration and energy policy. Germany's post-war history, politics and policies are deeply interwoven with Europe. The increasingly prominent German role in the European Union and the world will also be analyzed. The class ends with a unit on Berlin, the artistic and multicultural capital of Europe.

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 451: Russian Foreign Policy

Surveys Russian power capabilities, foreign policy, and engagement of the world system. Attention to the Soviet period, but focus on the post-1991 era. Relations with the U.S., Germany, and China are highlighted, as are relations with former Soviet Union (FSU) countries.

POL 448: Politics of East and Southeast Asia

POL 446: Comparative Political Elites

Survey of political elite studies, cross-cultural and interdisciplinary, with linkage to world and domestic politics. National case studies will vary by instructor.

POL 442A: European Politics and Society

This course offers an introduction to the political systems of post-World War II Europe. Using a country-by-country approach, the course focuses specifically on Britain, France, Germany, Italy, Russia, and East-Central Europe. It also contains a unit on the institutions and policies of European Union. We will take a closer look at the impact of immigration on European society, the interaction between domestic and European institutions,  the debates on economic reforms and market  liberalization in different countries, and the relationship between the EU and the US.

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.

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