SGPP Electives-Ideas & Methods

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 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 479: Intelligence and U.S. National Security (Cross-listed: PA 479)

Overview of the role of intelligence in the formulation and execution of US national security policy. Will include a detailed look at challenges facing both the analysis of intelligence information and the introduction of that analysis into the national security policy process. Will also entail close reading and discussion of selected declassified intelligence documents.

POL 478H: Intelligence Analysis: The US Experience

This course will focus on strategic intelligence analysis in the US context: the analysis of major foreign trends and situations prepared for the President and other top national security officials.  It will examine the role of analysis in the overall intelligence process, the basic components of analysis, and several of the crucial challenges that analysis faces in helping policymakers understand the current global environment.

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 431: Political Culture and the Dynamics of Change in American Society

Examination of the manner in which attitudes about politics and political problems are acquired from exposure to music and television, and the manner in which such attitudes lead to political action.

POL 409: Causes and Consequences of Public Opinion

Students will learn about public opinion, including how it is measured and what is its role in a democratic country.   In addition, students will learn what leads people to hold specific opinions.

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