POL - Political Science

POL 101 Politics: Comparative Introduction

New Core: Fulfills 3 credits in Area of Knowledge III.

Course Description: An introduction to politics using comparative analysis of countries. Executive, judicial, legislative, socialization, public opinion, media, decision making and power will be among the functions in a political system that are considered.

Course Rotation: NYC: Fall, Spring, and Summer. PLV: Fall - Odd years.

3 credits

POL 101C Politics: Comparative Introduction (CAP)

New Core: Fulfills 3 credits in Area of Knowledge III.

Course Description: How humans develop attitudes towards power. The roles of family, peers, church, mass media, interest groups, parties, psychic tension, and cultural myths in shaping political beliefs and action. United States patterns are compared with political conditioning and behavior in other countries, including democracies and other regimes.

3 credits

POL 102 Public Myth and Ideologies

Course Description: Major systems of symbol and rationale which give cultures their distinctive political imagery. Nationalism, capitalism, socialism, communism, agrarianism, modernization, conservatism, liberalism, and anarchism. How these idea systems affect the general population, groups, elites, and leaders.

Course Rotation: NYC: Fall and Spring. PLV: Fall - Even years.

3 credits

POL 102C Public Myth and Ideologies: We Protest: Dissent & Democracy

New Core: Fulfills 3 credits in Area of Knowledge II.

Learning Community: Course Description: Major systems of symbol and rationale which give cultures their distinctive political imagery. Nationalism, capitalism, socialism, communism, agrarianism, modernization, conservatism, liberalism, and anarchism. How these idea systems affect the general population, groups, elites, and leaders.

Course Rotation: NYC: Fall and Spring. PLV: Fall - Even years.

3 credits

Prerequisites

ENG 110 Min Grade D and ENG 120 Min Grade D

POL 110 Leadership and Advocacy

Course Description: This course will explore organizing and leadership through a combination of readings, ?real world? community work and online discussions. Students will undertake grassroots mobilization work as well as develop organizing skills that influence the community and strengthen leadership skills. An interest in organizing, empowerment, policy, government and/or improving civic life is strongly recommended for individuals enrolled in this online course. Students will participate in community-based work with advocacy organizations in their own communities during the semester.

Course Rotation: NY and PL: Spring and Summer.

3 credits

POL 111 American Government and Political Institutions

Course Description: A basic course in American government which explores the theoretical and philosophical background of the Constitution and the creation and development of the three branches of national government: executive, judicial, and legislative. The course also explores the nature of linkage institutions in the American political system, including political parties, interest groups, the media and campaigns and elections.

Course Rotation: NYC: Fall, Spring - Odd years, and Summer. PLV: Fall.

3 credits

POL 111C American Government and Political Institutions - CAP

A basic course in American government which explores the practical and theoretical background of the Constitution, examines the nature of government under the Constitution, focusing on the three branches: executive, judicial, and legislative, explores how government actually operates, and seeks to explain the workings of the American political process.

3 credits

POL 114 Introduction to International Relations

Course Description: In this course, we will explore power relationships between the major political entities in the world, including both nation-states and non-state actors. We will explore how major schools of thought interpret how the world works. Topics we will discuss among others include the processes of globalization, global and regional security, terrorism, global environmental crises, transnational social movements, war, peacemaking/keeping, trade, diplomacy, colonialism, and human rights. Particular attention will be paid to the United Nations, the effect of systems/institutions on real people, and the phenomena of civil society producing changes in a global context. Anyone who expects to be working in a global context should consider taking this course.

Course Rotation: NYC: Fall, Spring, and Summer. PLV: Fall and Spring.

3 credits

POL 118 State and LocalGovernment

Course Description: A study of state and local government within the context of the Constitutional structure in the United States. Courses in New York City focus on the functions of the mayor's office of New York and the City Council; courses on the Pleasantville campus emphasize the nature of state and local government within the context of the metropolitan area.

Course Rotation: PLV: Spring.

3 credits

POL 196B Topic in Political Science: Leadership and Advocacy

Course Description: This course will explore organizing and leadership through a combination of readings, "real world" community work and online discussions. Students will undertake grassroots mobilization work, as well as develop organizing skills that influence the community and strengthen leadership skills. An interest in organizing, empowerment, policy, government and/or improving civic life is strongly recommended for individuals enrolled in this online course. Students will participate in community-based work with advocacy organizations in their own communities during the semester.

3 credits

POL 196C Topic: Metropolis: Issues in Politics and Governments in the New York Metro Area

Course Description: This course is designed to provide the student with basic knowledge of how governments in the New York metropolitan area decide "who gets what, when and how" (Lasswell 1958). We will examine the general principles of federalism as the process impacts on local and on state governments, as necessary. We will study the sources of power in governments and how such powers influence which policies governments pursue. This course will focus on the roles of economic power, officials, business, and interests groups. We will examine these factors as they relate to specific New York metropolitan-area governments and public policy issues (poverty, taxes, the environment, sprawl, etc.) through in class, student and faculty-driven, discussions and debates.

3 credits

POL 200A Topic: Empowerment

New Core: Fulfills 3 credits in Area of Knowledge I. Service Learning Component.

Course Description: This class will explore the notion of empowerment to create democratic involvement through a combination of in-class workshops, readings and "real world" community-based work. Students will undertake group and individual grassroots mobilization work and coalition-building on an actual issue-based empowerment campaign that will seek to influence local policy. An interest in policy, community-building, government and/or improving civic life is strongly recommended for individuals wishing to enroll to this course. Students will conduct community-based work with staff from outside organizations.

3 credits

POL 202F Topic: Introduction to International Organizations

Course Description: This course will provide an introduction to the institutions and organizations that structure, regulate and govern international political, economic, social, cultural and humanitarian affairs. Students will learn about the political issues and dilemmas facing the United Nations, World Bank, IMF, non-governmental organizations, transnational advocacy networks and multinational businesses.

Course Rotation: NY: Spring.

3 credits

POL 203G Politics Worshop: African Politics and Foreign Policy

New Core: Fulfills 3 credits in Area of Knowledge III.

3 credits

POL 206 Politics and the Environment: An Urban Perspective

Course Description: This course will focus on how politics and environmental concerns manifest themselves in an urban setting. A history of legislation such as the Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act, NY State Environmental Quality Act, Noise and Air Space Regulations will be reviewed and applied to New York City. Confronting the environmental problems that downtown New York faces in relationship to the aftermath of 9/11/01 will also be a topic of analysis. This course will be jointly offered to students in the Environmental Studies major so that a team approach can be developed in analyzing public policy and the environmental consequences of decision-making and non decision-making.

Course Rotation: NY: Fall, PL: Fall and Spring.

3 credits

POL 207 Political Empowerment

Course Description:With all major challenges facing this country and our world, why doesn?t everyone want to do something about it? What prevents people from getting involved? This course seeks to answer these questions through exploration of the notion of empowerment. What is it? What does it have to do with politics, or democracy? This course will examine these questions through the combination of lectures, presentations, readings and ?real world? community-based work. An interest in policy, community-building, government and/or improving civic life is strongly recommended for individuals wishing to enroll in this course. Students will conduct 25 hours of community-based work with staff from outside organizations.

Course Rotation:PLV:Fall

3 credits

POL 210 Comparative Political Systems

Course Description: Key features and functions of political systems are analyzed and compared by cross-referencing states that are diverse geographically, developmentally, and ideologically. Students will examine case studies in regions such as Europe, Latin America, Asia, Africa, and the former Soviet Union.

Course Rotation: NYC: Spring. PLV: Fall.

3 credits

POL 213 Twenty-First Century Politics

Course Description: Crisis areas in humanity's future - war, revolution, racism, poverty, automation, crime, civil liberty, education, the arts, and urbanism. Preconditions, contemporary problems, and prospects for the decades ahead are examined. Worldwide, regional and local experiences are contrasted with other cultures.

Course Rotation: NYC: Fall and Spring. PLV: Fall - Odd years.

3 credits

POL 214 Revolution or Reform

New Core: Fulfills 3 credits in Area of Knowledge III.

Course Description: It is not enough to ask why governments are overthrown, why a group wants political change, why some political actions fail and others succeed. We need to ask how. The "how" can determine whether there will be a massacre as a penalty for a slave revolt, or whether new laws will finally acknowledge that someone?s pain and existence matters. This class explores revolution, resistance, and reform, three methods to deal with political crisis. We will explore the differences, particularly in terms of advantages and disadvantages, of these forms of political action. Our main region of focus will be Latin America, particularly the history and contemporary status of Haiti.

Course Rotation: NYC: Fall. PLV: Fall - Odd years.

3 credits

POL 218 Political Science and Economic Thought

3 credits

POL 219 International Political Economy and Globalization

Course Description: This course examines the politics of international financial institutions, regional economic organizations, and globalization. Case studies of the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank, and the World Trade Organization as well as the effects of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC), the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), and other major economic actors will be discussed. The effects of and responses to globalization by people around the world will be a central focus throughout the course.

Course Rotation: NYC: Fall. PLV: Spring - Even years.

3 credits

POL 220 Political Parties and Interest Groups

Course Description: A comprehensive study of the organization and operation of the political party and pressure group as component factors in American government, including their influences upon the electoral process and the development of public policy.

Course Rotation: NYC: Fall - Even years.

3 credits

POL 222 Contemporary Issues in Public Policy

3 credits

POL 233 Advanced International Relations

Old Core: This course may be taken for International Studies core credit.

Revised Course Description: Building on theories of international relations and diplomacy, this course will explore in-depth case studies focused on: border and resource conflicts, global capitalism, weapons proliferation, social movements, displacement, and human rights. Research, writing, communication, and critical analytical skills will be emphasized, particularly through the development of individual case studies.

Course Rotation: PLV: Spring - Odd years.

3 credits

Prerequisites

POL 114 Min Grade D or POL 247 Min Grade D or POL 303 Min Grade D

POL 240 Applied Research Methods

Course Description: This course is designed to provide a broad introduction to issues of research methods and design in Political Science. Emphasis is on the subfield of American Politics, but most of the methodological issues discussed could apply to other areas of the discipline as well, or even to the social sciences more generally. Consideration is given to both quantitative and non-quantitative approaches to research and no specific background in methodology is expected or assumed. The goals of this course are to prepare you to understand material taught in Political Science and other social science courses and to teach you research methods that you may use in future courses or later in your careers. We will discuss the logic of the scientific method, research design (emphasizing survey research and experiments), and statistical analysis of data.

Course Rotation: NYC: Spring - Even years. PLV: Spring - Odd years.

3 credits

POL 241 Classical Political Thought

New Core: Fulfills 3 credits in Area of Knowledge IV.

Course Description: A consideration of the major political concepts that shaped classical culture, with an emphasis on biblical, Greek, Roman, and early Christian writings.

Course Rotation: NYC: Summer.

3 credits

POL 242 Medieval Political Theory

Course Description: An examination of the main political theories of the Middle Ages, presented in the writings of several medieval thinkers. These works are read and then discussed against the political background of Europe from the fourth to the fourteenth centuries.

Course Rotation: NYC: Summer.

3 credits

POL 243 Modern Political Theory

New Core: Fulfills 3 credits in Area of Knowledge II.

Course Description: The contributions of some of the major political theorists, including Machiavelli, Hobbes, Locke, Rousseau, Marx, Hegel, Kant. Special attention is given to their treatment of the following concepts: the nature of man and the nature of the state; political power and authority; political rights and duties; political change.

Course Rotation: NYC: Spring.

3 credits

POL 244 American Political Thought

Course Description: The contribution of major American theorists from John Winthrop to the present are examined. Their contributions to the uniquely American systems of government are analyzed.

Course Rotation: PLV: Spring - Even years.

3 credits

POL 245 Politics and Media

Course Description: This course focuses on the role of information in American political life. The fundamental question is: is it possible for the average citizen to make wise political choices in a complex and contentious world, where elites often manipulate information. In our discussion of the sources and effects of information we will use real-life examples such as the Iraq War. We will explore what Americans know about politics, and examine the various meanings of deliberation, and the relationship between deliberation and democracy. We will also address the growing question of the importance of apathy in American political life.

Course Rotation: PL: Fall and Spring.

3 credits

POL 246 Hip Hop Politics: A Music Movement, Civic Engagement, and the First Amendment

Course Description: In just under three decades, Hip Hop has evolved from Bronx based block parties to the high rise offices of multi-national corporations. Hip hop is now a nearly billion dollar industry, and most recently, a re-emerging viable political movement aimed at organizing the minority, poor, and youth vote. The course will utilize core tenants of an emerging critical Hip-Hop pedagogy to examine this movement?s history and political implications?from the first National Hip Hop Political Convention in 2004, to Russell Simons? voter mobilization in 2004, to Bling vs. Blood Diamonds (?Diamonds?, Kanye West, 2005), to the Hip Hop based organizing for Katrina victims and the Jena 6, to the 90/07 Hip Hop Hearings on Capitol Hill. We will also explore Hip Hop?s impactful influence on the on-going debate regarding expansive First Amendment rights for all. The course is ideal for students interested in a relevant, culturally and legally inclined look at domestic and international politics.

Course Rotation: NY: Fall and Spring.

3 credits

Prerequisites

POL 303A Min Grade D or POL 303C Min Grade D or POL 114 Min Grade D

POL 247 International Law and Human Rights

Course Description: This course is intended for advanced students eager to explore the topic of international law and human rights. We will use novels/theoretical pieces to explore the political philosophy underlining international law, particularly in the context of human rights. How did this context develop? What power relationships & disciplining methods are involved? We will examine torture, gender violence, international criminal law, sovereignty and refugees. Students will explore case studies and independent research projects.

Course Rotation: NY: Fall

3 credits

Prerequisites

POL 114 Min Grade D or POL 303A Min Grade D or POL 303C Min Grade D

POL 249 Feminist Political Theory

Course Description: This course provides a survey of feminist theorizing with a particular emphasis on social and political theory and on probing the impact of feminist theory on domestic and international practice. It explores questions such as the how gender is constructed, the significance of diversity and intersecting status positions in gender constructions, how feminist agency and knowledge creation are possible within structures of masculine domination, the contribution of feminist knowledge to moral and democratic theories, and the relevance of these questions to feminist activism and scholarship.

Course Rotation: NY.

3 credits

Prerequisites

POL 102 Min Grade D

POL 250 Gender and Politics

Prerequisite: Permission of instructor required: Students must have arrangements with civic engagement projects set in place before they can register for the class.

New Core: Fullfills 3 credits in Area of Knowledge I.

Course Description: In this course we will critically examine women in formal decision-making roles; political decision and events that affect men and women in various ways; the interaction of gender with other constructs such as race, class, sexuality and nationalism; and the relevance of feminist political philosophies and feminist critiques of mainstream political theory.

Course Rotation: NY: Spring

3 credits

POL 256 Middle East Politics through Film

New Core: Fulfills 3 credits in Area of Knowledge III.

Course Description: Assuming that "a picture is worth a thousand word," this course will use films, background readings and discussion to make the problems, tensions and forces at work in the Middle East today more understandable to the student. Documents like "Promises" and "The Fifty Years War", large budget Hollywood films like "Lawrence of Arabia" and "Syriana" independent films like "My Country, My Country" will enable the students to more deeply explore the countries and complexities of the Middle East.

3 credits

POL 296 Resource Wars, Political Economics and the Search for Sustainability

3 credits

POL 296J Topic: Ethnic Conflict and Nationalism

Course Description: This course seeks to understand the politicization of ethnicity. Confronting outdated theories of primordial ethnic hatreds, this class instead explores the multiple factors at play in conflicts between various groups. What are the underlying causes of conflict, and what are appropriate peace-building measures? What is the relationship between states, nationalism, and ethnic identity?

3 credits

POL 296K he Political Economy of the Middle East

3 credits

POL 296L Topic: Politics and the Environment: An Urban Perspective

Course Description: This course will focus on how politics and environmental concerns manifest themselves in an urban setting. A history of legislation such as the Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act, NY State Environmental Quality Act, Noise and Air Space Regulations will be reviewed and applied to New York City. Confronting the environmental problems that downtown New York faces in relationship to the aftermath of 9/11/01 will also be a topic of analysis. This course will be jointly offered to students in the Environmental Studies major so that a team approach can be developed in analyzing public policy and the environmental consequences of decisionmaking and non-decisionmaking.

3 credits

POL 296M Topic: Public Opinion, Voting, and Campaign Strategy: AC-Span Experience

Course Description: This course will study the various aspects of elections in the United States during campaign years for the U.S. Presidential, U.S. Senate, and U.S. congressional elections. The students collect and analyze data, study public opinion surveys, and evaluate voter preferences within the context of the elections. Course is usually offered in the semester of a campaign.

3 credits

Prerequisites

POL 111 Min Grade D or POL 118 Min Grade D

POL 296N Topic: The Road to the White House

Course Description: This class will focus on the presidential selection process. We will take an in-depth look at what candidates have to do in order to capture the party nomination, and the role that political parties play in linking voters to the only nationally elected office in the American system of government. We will also examine other important aspects of the process, including the role of the media and interest groups, and the demands of campaign financing. When this semester concludes, you should be able to make informed judgments about the impact of the presidential selection process on the democratic character of the American political system.

3 credits

POL 296Q Topic: Gender and Politics

Prerequisite: Fulfills 3 credits towards Women's and Gender Studies Major/Minor.

Course Description: In this course we will critically examine women in formal decision-making roles; the politics of violence against men, women, and children; the interaction of gender with other social constructs such as race, class, sexuality, and nationalism; and the relevance of feminist political philosophies and feminist critiques of mainstream political theory. Case studies will focus on human rights and the law, masculinity and the state/national, and globalization.

3 credits

POL 296R Topic: Race and American Political Development

Course Description: This course will look at the politics of race in America as it has developed over most of its history. It will seek to understand how the issue of race has impacted upon the various institutions of American government, how individuals and governmental institutions have responded (or have not responded) to racial conflict, what solutions to the problem of racial conflict were proposed and settled upon at certain points in U.S. history, and what its legacy has been as America enters the 21st century. The goal of the course will be to keep a larger question in mind ? namely, what the politics of race at its core says about an American Contract that is premised on freedom and equality.

3 credits

POL 296S The Future of Democracy: Race for the Presidency

New Core: Fulfills 3 credits in Area of Knowledge I.

Course Description: This course will deal with the different strategies being pursued by each of the major party candidates, the historical significance of these strategies, and an analysis of which is most likely to be successful. Students will work as teams to develop state by state and regional strategies for the candidates. The Electoral College will be examined and the American system will be compared with parliamentary systems with specific emphasis on Italy. Campaign tactics and organization along with financing will be major items of discussion. Students need to bring an interest in politics, a willingness to learn and the willingness to interact with one another. A series of short papers will be required along with two examinations. First year students are welcome in the course.

3 credits

POL 296W Topic: Money, Message and American Political System

Prerequisite: POL 111 or permission of the Instructor.

Course Description: This course will be videoconferenced with the C-Span center in Washington DC and the University of Denver. The objective of this class is to critically examine the way we elect our public officials, including the extensive process behind the scenes. Classroom guests will be brought in to the studio in DC and will add to the educational experience in the field of government, media and the political process. We will also incorporate material from the C-Span archives, as well as other video/film/television material from other sources, to enhance this unique learning experience. At the conclusion of this class, you will have a clearer understanding of the American political system. We will study political history, campaign financing, special interest money, media strategy, polling and grassroots organization.

3 credits

Prerequisites

POL 111 Min Grade D

POL 296X New York City Council Governance

Prerequisite: POL 111 or POL 118 or permission of Instructor. New Core: Fulfills 3 credits in Area of Knowledge I. Service Learning.

Updated Course Description: This course will study the politics, structure and operations of the New York City Council. Students will have the opportunity to engage in an eight-week practicum with a member of the City Council or a division of the Council, depending on the student?s specific interests. The course will provide classroom instruction that will analyze the Council, including its Finance, Legal and Investigative Units, and the operation of a Council Member?s legislative and community functions. Students will then work on a project for the Council after which they will return to the classroom to share their experiences with their classmates. Ideally, this course will bridge the gap between ?classroom learning? and ?hands-on work experience? in municipal government.

3 credits

Prerequisites

POL 111 Min Grade D or POL 118 Min Grade D

POL 296Z Topic in Political Science: Middle East Politics through Film

Course Description: Assuming that "a picture is worth a thousand words", this course will use fils, background readings and discussion to make the problems, tensions and forces at work in the Middle East today more understandable to the student. Documentaries like "Promises" and "The Fifty Years War", large budget Hollywood films like "Lawrence of Arabia" and "Syriana" independent films like, "My Country, My Country" will enable the student to more deeply explore the countries and complexities of the Middle East.

3 credits

POL 297A Topic: International Law and Human Rights

Course Description: This course is intended for advanced students eager to explore the topic of international law and human rights. We will use novels/theoretical pieces (such as Eichmann in Jerusalem and Body in Pain) to explore the political philosophy underlining international law, particularly in the context of human rights. How did this concept develop? What power relationships and disciplinary methods are involved or invoked? What are the implications for stopping egregious practices? Students will explore case studies in the class as well as in independent research projects to understand international human rights law "in practice".

3 credits

Prerequisites

POL 114 Min Grade D or POL 302 Min Grade D or POL 303B Min Grade D

POL 297C Leading Change: Leadership Seminar

Course Description: This spring?s seminar is based on the book Our Iceberg is Melting, written by the world-renowned leadership guru, Dr. John Kotter and Holger Rathgeber. Holger will share his knowledge with the class in-person several times during the semester. This is a rare opportunity for students to learn collaborative leadership from the author of this great new book. The goal of this course is to help students develop a tool-set, skill-set and mind-set for working, living and succeeding in an ever-changing world. You will learn to analyze what is happening with the change you aspire to see and ideas where to focus your energy. Our mission is to help students understand which natural role you can play in (the leadership of) any transformational effort.

3 credits

POL 297D Hip Hop Politics: A Music Movement, Civic Engagement, and the First Amendment

Course Description: In just under three decades, Hip Hop has evolved from Bronx based block parties to the high rise offices of multi-national corporations. Hip Hop is now a nearly billion dollar industry, and most recently, a re-emerging viable political movement aimed at organizing the minority, poor, and youth vote. The course will utilize core tenants of an emerging critical Hip-Hop pedagogy to examine this movement's history and political implications-- from the first National Hip Hop Political Convention in 2004, to Russell Simmons' voter mobilization in 2004, to Bling vs. Blood Diamonds ("Diamonds," Kanye West, 2005), to the Hip Hop based organizing for Katrina victims and the Jena 6, to the 09/07 Hip Hop hearings on Capitol Hill. We will also explore Hip Hop's impactful influence on the on-going debate regarding expansive First Amendment rights for all. The course is ideal for students interested in a relevant, culturally and legally inclined look at domestic and international politics.

3 credits

POL 297E Global Climate Change: Politics and Policy

Course Description: This course will explore the science and economics of global warming, the politics, and policy options for averting the worst impacts. We will look at the work of a number of scientists, journalists, and policymakers. Writing for class will be an important component, as will active discussion in class.

3 credits

POL 297F Manifest Destiny Abroad, Social Darwinism at Home: The Politics of 9/11 and Hurricane Katrina

Course Description: The attacks of September 11, 2001 presented the United States with one of its most challenging foreign policy crises in its history. On the other side, Hurricane Katrina was the largest natural ? and some say man-made ? disaster in its history. Occurring within five short years of one another, some say that 9/11 and Katrina have changed the United States in fundamental ways of which we are just beginning to see the effects. Others argue that these two events have actually exposed the ?true? nature of American politics and culture. How have 9/11 and Hurricane Katrina changed American politics? This course will examine these two events and seek to place them in a historical context by analyzing American foreign policy and domestic policy pre- and post-9/11 and Katrina.

3 credits

POL 297G Topic: Political Consciousness - The Inward Journey Meets Transforming the World

Course Description: Planet earth is becoming an increasingly web-linked social network, a global village. Globalization has the potential for increased understanding as well as the potential for destructive misunderstanding. Exciting debates are emerging across academic disciplines about developing a political consciousness of democracy that will positively mediate our understanding of globalization. This workshop will engage students in a personal transformation towards understanding democracy. Understanding our own process of increasing democratic behavior is a precursor to creating democratic relationships with others. We will examine contemporary conflicts among groups while attempting to apply deep democracy to mediate long-standing conflicts.

3 credits

POL 297H Topic: Presidential Leadership: The Politics of Change

Course Description: Change was the major theme of the 2008 Presidential election. This course will examine how American presidents have brought about change during the first few months of their administrations. The newly elected President and his policies will be examined as well as the political strategies he uses to forward his agenda. Comparisons will be made with the first two years (2000-2002) of the Bush presidency and the first two years of the Clinton presidency (1992-1994) as well as the Ronald Reagan and Franklin Roosevelt administrations. We will focus on the resources the president has to use and the opposition which he must overcome to bring about change. We will be looking at mass media analysis, presidential histories and undertaking policy analysis of competing proposals. The emphasis will be on a dynamic analysis of the various proposals undertaken, how they fare and the political implications of these actions. Given the continuing economic concerns, the foreign policy concerns, and the need to meet leadership questions quickly, this should be a lively and provocative course. Students with a general interest in public policy and presidential leadership should take the course.

3 credits

POL 297J Presidential Politics and the 2010 Midterm Elections

Course Description: November 2010 promises to be an important month for President Obama and for American politics. It will be his first off-year or midterm elections. Historically, we know that the President?s party often loses seats in the House and the Senate. In some cases the off-year and midterm elections become centered on the president?s performance to date or on a particular program or policy which he has championed. This course examines the historical content of prior midterm elections, places the 2010 midterm election in the context of prior midterm elections and within the context of Presidential politics, considers the various possible outcomes and what they could mean for the future of American politics and considers the impact of the midterm elections on the 2012 Presidential race and how both Democrats and Republicans are affected by the results. This course is designed for the student who wants to understand the midterm elections and their possible political significance. Professor Caputo has extensive experience in electoral politics and public policy analysis. We will also be utilizing C-SPAN and I Clicker technology in the course. Both majors and non-majors are welcome.

3 credits

POL 297K Topic: Reconciliation and Justice in Post-Conflict Societies

New Core: Fulfills 3 credits in Area of Knowledge III or 3 credits in Area of Knowledge V.

Course Description: Questions of reconciliation and justice are at the heart of peacebuilding in divided societies and post-conflict settings. This course exposes students to the complexities of reconciliation processes and helps students think analytically about the challenges that balancing the need for justice and peace in societies which have been devastated by violence. Throughout the course we will explore how societies go about resolving the tension between reconciliation and justice in post-conflict settings.

Course Rotation: NY and PL: Spring.

3 credits

POL 297S Topic: The Arab Spring

Course Description: In the Spring of 2011, a chain-reaction of popular upheavals shook the countries of North Africa and the Arabian Peninsula, causing authoritarian leaders in Tunisia and Egypt to step down. Other countries throughout the region experienced massive protests as well, producing diverse outcomes, ranging from the NATO intervention in Libya, to timid reforms in Morocco and Saudi Arabia. This course will explore the cultural, geopolitical, and socioeconomic forces that set the stage for the so-called Arab Spring, in the light of both recent history as well as ongoing events in this world-changing regional drama.

3 credits

POL 301 Community Politics and Environment

3 credits

POL 301C Politics Workshop: Political Satire and Cartoons

Course Description: Humorists, cartoonists, and commentators around the world are surveyed. Their wit is added to the accumulated body of satire and science fiction to shed light on excess, pomposity, hypocrisy, rabble-rousing, and taste. Weekly surveys of cartoons yield examples for collections on topics such as ethics, apathy, power, authority, influence, force, and manipulation. Students construct a satirical gallery of contemporary heroes and rogues and compile a current manual of archetypal political scenarios, fables, and cautionary tales.

3 credits

POL 301D Workshop: Politics and News

Course Description: This course focuses on the role of information in American political life. The fundamental question is: is it possible for the average citizen to make wise political choices in a complex and contentious world, where elites often manipulate information. In our discussion of the sources and effects of information we will use real-life examples such as the Iraq War. We will explore what Americans know about politics, and examine the various meanings of ¨deliberation¨, and the relationship between deliberation and democracy. We will also address the growing question of the importance of apathy in American political life.

3 credits

POL 301F Workshop: The Supreme Court and Authority

3 credits

POL 301G Workshop: Presidential Leadership

Course Description: Many political scientists have analyzed the character, policies, and achievements of presidents. This course will look primarily at post World War II presidents to determine the rise in presidential decision making power. Are there sufficient checks and balances to oversee this rise? Has Congress, the Courts or the media properly addressed this? Do we have an imperial presidency? If yes, must something be done to insure that democratic institutions limit the use of executive power? Why? How does presidential power impact present national and international issues?

3 credits

POL 301J Workshop: Constitutional Law and Social Change

Course Description: How does law change and evolve? Why do some societies experience gradual social growth, while others violent political revolution? What are the conditions by which groups displaced by legal norms can use legal processes to redefine their legal status? How do legal institutions work under the stress of social pressure? How do abstract normative concepts such as justice, liberty and equality redefine, and are redefined by, the goals of groups and the standards of legal obligation which are afforded to those groups? The course seeks to answer these and other questions.

3 credits

POL 301L Politics Workshop: The Theory and Practice: Community Applied Legislative Advocacy

New Core: Fulfills 3 credits in Area of Knowledge I (Service Learning Component) or fulfills 3 credits in Area of Knowledge III.

Course Description: This is an active legislative advocacy course teaching grassroots campaign work, lobbying, research, and media management through hands-on activities to pass legislation toward lowering the price and improving the safety of prescription drugs in New York State. Experienced-based learning activities will be accompanied by readings, writing assignments, guest lecturers and classroom work and discussion. This course in civic engagement will involve students who will be actively lobbying New York, State officials both elected and appointed.

3 credits

POL 301M Topic: Slavery and American Politics

3 credits

POL 302 Political Workshop

3 credits

POL 302C Workshop: Constitutional Law: Civil Rights

Prerequisite: POL 111 or POL 118 or permission of Instructor. Satisfies Politics Senior Seminar. Fulfills 3 credits in Inquiry and Exploration.

Revised Course Description: Equality lies at the heart of American democracy. And yet, the word "equality" has had different meanings at different times, and has been defined in different ways by different individuals and groups. This course focuses on the history of civil rights litigation and the unending search for "equality" on the part of marginalized groups in the United States. Students will learn how to brief cases which is perfect for any student who wants to attend law school.

3 credits

Prerequisites

POL 111 Min Grade D or POL 118 Min Grade D

POL 302I Workshop: Freedom and Substainability in 21st Century: Global Comparison

This course explores the meaning of "sustainable development" in international and comparative politics and law. You will read various definitions and come up with your own interdisciplinary definition and case study based on the theories and perspectives of conservation biology, restoration ecology, international environmental law, trade, and the "triple bottom line" of economic, environmental, and social concerns.

3 credits

POL 303 Political Workshop

3 credits

POL 303A Politics Workshop: International Organization

Course Description: Topics about many aspects of International Relations are researched, negotiated and discussed. Simulations of many intergovernmental organizations, particularly the United Nations, are used in the method of instruction. A requirement of this course is participation in at least one of intercollegiate model of international affairs. The usual time for this competition is the weekend before Thanksgiving break. You may take this course twice since topics, countries and non-governmental organizations are always different.

3 credits

POL 303C Politics Workshop: United Nations

Course Description: The purpose of this politics workshop is to understand how intergovernmental systems, especially the United Nations' system, function. The art of diplomacy and policy-making is practiced through the simulation of the behavior of United Nations member states and non-governmental organizations. Students will attain skills in communication, writing, research, public speaking, and negotiation as they relate to international relations and comparative politics. Skills will be practiced at competitive conferences at the local, regional, national, and international levels. Attendance at one intercollegiate conference is mandatory that usually occurs the week before Easter Sunday.

3 credits

POL 303D Workshop: International Issues and Trouble Spots

Course Description: Studies current instances of international disputes in the long-term context of conflict and interdependence. National, regional, religious, ethnic, ideological and economic differences receiving the attention of the international community are examined. Up-to-date developments are analyzed in international structures for managing conflict, including diplomacy, peace-keeping forces, and regional integration. Issues eligible for Security Council consideration are monitored.

3 credits

POL 303G 100 Years of Democracy and Citizenship

Prerequisite: POL 111 or POL 118 or permission of Instructor.

Course Description: This course explores the ideas and movements of western political thought in the 20th century, including communism, fascism, liberalism, existentialism, feminism, postmodernism, and religious fundamentalism. The course will take students through the major events in the West over the last hundred years, from the onset of the Russian Revolution and World War I, to World War II, to the Cold War, to the ?War on Terror.?

3 credits

Prerequisites

POL 111 Min Grade D or POL 118 Min Grade D

POL 303L Topic in Political Science: Deep Democracy: The Inward Journey and Transforming the World

Course Description: As planet earth becomes an increasingly web linked social network, a global village, with its wonderful potential for increased understanding as well as horrible potential for destructive misunderstanding, exciting debates are emerging across academic disciplines about the meaning of democracy. How does democracy merge as a value in the hearts, minds and actions of persons, groups, and nations? How significant is democracy in the process of creating meaningful paradigmatic change. This conversation has transcended the discipline of political science and has become a vigorous debate in psychology, sociology, philosophy and even theoretical physics. This workshop in Deep Democracy will explore the work of Arthur Mindell and others contemporary thinkers who are challenging democratic thinkers by demanding the implementation of democracy start as a personal transformational process within the individual and the group in which he participates. Understanding the predispositions towards democracy as well as the resistance to sharing its process in our own consciousness is a precursor to creating democratic relationships with others. Proliferating democratic engagements cross-culturally and mediating conflict by deliberative democratic experiences are necessary to reduce dissonance and encourage creative interchange among people. When democratic understanding reaches a critical mass so to speak, transformative shift occurs generating the space and context in which creative possibilities of trans-cultural understanding emerges, shedding light on the path toward formerly unconstruable, more humanly effective institutions.

3 credits

POL 315 Public Bureaucracy

3 credits

POL 325 Conflict Analysis

This is a writing-enhanced course.

Course Description: This class will provide students with a range of analytical tools for understanding armed conflict, including the kinds of actors involved, their motivations, the systems in which they operate. It will examine the ways in which war is changing and contrast a variety of theoretical approaches to conflict, including the human needs approach, political economy, international relations and psychology.

Course Rotation: NY: Spring, even years.

3 credits

Prerequisites

POL 114 Min Grade D

POL 330 Politics of the Global City

Course Description:
This class will explore the historical and contemporary role of global cities in international politics. Though comparative study, it will examine questions of political geography, cosmopolitanism, policing, urban warfare urban planning and the role of the art and culture in metropolitan politics.
Course Rotation:
Spring;NYC

3 credits

POL 380M Politics Through Film

Course Description: The course looks at the nature of politics though its portrayal in film. Attention is paid to the relationship between the individual and society, between human nature and the nature of social and political institutions.

3 credits

POL 391 Politics Internship I

Prerequisite: POL 111 or POL 114 or POL 118, junior standing, 3.00 QPA and permission of Instructor.

Course Description: Internships enable students to participate in the daily management and operation of federal, state, county, and local government agencies. Placements are tailored to the particular interests and goals of students.

Course Rotation: Fall and Spring.

4 credits

Prerequisites

POL 111 Min Grade D or POL 114 Min Grade D or POL 118 Min Grade D

POL 392 Politics Internship II

Prerequisite: Junior standing, 3.00 QPA and permission of Instructor.

Course Description: Internships enable students to participate in the daily management and operation of federal, state, county, and local government agencies. Placements are tailored to the particular interests and goals of students.

Course Rotation: Fall and Spring.

4 credits

POL 393 Internship in Government

Prerequisite: POL 111 or POL 114 or POL 118, junior standing, 3.00 QPA and permission of the Instructor. This course may be taken as an approved internship in various programs that the department approves.

Course Description A variety of internships at local, state, and national levels of government is available to qualified students. Students supplement the knowledge gained in the classroom setting by the "hands on" experience of program research, planning, and execution in a government agency.

Course Rotation: TBA.

3 - 16 credits

Prerequisites

POL 111 Min Grade D

POL 395 Independent Study in Political Studies/Science

Prerequisite: Junior standing and a minimum CQPA of 3.00, and permission of the Instructor.

Course Description: With the approval of the appropriate faculty member, the departmental chairperson, and the academic dean, students may select a topic for guided research that is not included in the regular course offerings. The student meets regularly with the faculty member to review progress. A research project or paper must also be submitted.

Course Rotation: TBA.

1 - 9 credits

POL 499 Senior Year Experience in the Political Science

Prerequisite: Senior standing as a major of Political Science, or approval of the department Chairperson.

Course Description: This course examines changing contemporary social, political, and economic issues from the viewpoint of the several social and behavioral sciences, including anthropology, economics, political science, and sociology. Multidisciplinary analyses are integrated through individual and group investigations and dialogue.

Course Rotation: NYC: Spring - Even years. PLV: Spring.

3 credits