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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 201A Campaign Politics

Course Description: Studies the inner workings of how campaigns and elections operate in the United States as candidates seek to gain eelctive office. Takes students through the process of a campaign including: fundraising, media strategy, policy research and formulation, and get out the vote efforts on election day.

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 203B Politics Workshop: Social Global Entreprenuership

Course Description: From 'doing well by doing good' to fair and transparent leadership - ethics in business, government and society is all about transforming the paradigm in which these enterprises take place. One name given to this transformative process is "social entrepreneurship." Topics discussed will include definitions, implications, and routes to creating a better world while enabling the student to find success in their choice of work. A model will be developed in class for a sustainable business opportunity that can have global impact. Guests who have succeeded while caring to make their workplace and the world better places will be invited into roundtable discussions with the class throughout the session.

3 credits

POL 203G Politics Worship: 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

Course Description: The works of classical, neo-classical, and radical thinkers whose ideas have had a major impact upon Western political ideology, governmental economic policies, and global development reviewed. Writings of such theorists as Adam Smith, Thomas Malthus, John Locke, David Ricardo, Karl Marx, Thomas Jefferson, and more recent writers are examined in terms of their political and ideological relevance in the world today.

Course Rotation: NYC: Spring - Even years.

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 Issues in Public Policy

Course Description: The course focuses on the process and substance of public policy in the democratic system of the United States. Analysis will focus agenda-setting, the legislative process, policy outcomes and policy implementation. The course will also focus on the "politics" of public policy as policy seekers compete for preferences within the system.

Course Rotation: PLV: Spring - Odd years.

3 credits

Prerequisites

POL 111 Minimum Grade of D

POL 224 Public Opinion and Polling Methods

Course Description: This course examines public opinion in American politics and how to measure it. Topics include what public opinion is, Americans' knowledge about politics, political socialization, group differences in public opinion, the content of public opinion on certain issues (environmental protection, selected social and racial issues, and presidential approval), and public opinion polling methods. In the first half of the term, we will consider issues of sampling, question wording, how survey information is collected, how to be an effective poll taker, and how to read and understand survey results. We also will explore focus groups and several cutting-edge techniques in survey research, such as survey experiments, There will be several videos during the semester.

Course Rotation: NYC: Fall, even years.

3 credits

Prerequisites

POL 114 Minimum Grade of D

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 Minimum Grade of D or POL 247 Minimum Grade of D or POL 303 Minimum Grade of 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

Pre-requisite for POL 246 ( Course : POL 303A . Required Courses: 1. ) or (Course : POL 303C . Required Courses: 1. ) or (Course : POL 114 . Required Courses: 1. ) or (Course : POLA 114 . Required Courses: 1. )

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 Minimum Grade of D or POL 303A Minimum Grade of D or POL 303C Minimum Grade of 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 Minimum Grade of 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 296F Topic: Politics of Education

Course Description: This civic engagement (AOK 1) course will be centered on the ¿We The People¿ curriculum that was developed by the Center for Civic Education and offered throughout the United States. We will concentrate our efforts in working with high schools in the NYC system. The class will be a two-stage process. First we will learn the instructional material and discuss the principles underpinning the U.S. Constitution. In the second stage, Pace students will mentor high school students on gaining political literacy and competency on the principles and history of the Constitution by helping them prepare for the city-wide ¿We the People¿ competition which will be held at Pace University in January 2007. This four-credit course demands that each student participates in both the learning and teaching parts of the class.

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 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 296P Topic: Middle East Politics

Course Description: This course examines the region known as the Middle East, comprising North African and Western Asian states. Central points of discussion will include the legacy of colonialism, the historical relationship with South Asia and Africa, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, U.S. foreign policy, peace and security, and refugee crises.

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 296U Campaign Politics

Course Description: How do people get elected to public office? We will explore the regulations governing elections in city, state and national elections. How do campaigns work? What do I need to do to be or help a candidate? How do candidates raise money? What party should I work for and why? These questions hopefully will give you grounding for working actively for a candidate of your choice. The course will be one of civic engagement so that we in part will learn politics by "doing" politics.

3 credits

POL 296V America, Empire, and Democracy in the 21st Century

New Core: Fulfills 3 credits in Inquiry and Exploration.

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 Minimum Grade of 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

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POL 296Y C-Span in the Classroom

Course Description: Using the latest technology, our class will join via video-conferencing with classes at Denver University and George Mason University in Virginia. We will explore timely issues in government, politics, and the media. This class will be using the extensive library of C-Span television and real-time interviews with some of the most influential political leaders and opinion makers in the United States. This class is a nationally recognized innovation in teaching political science. In this course students will learn the meaning of the terms "political junkies" and "political pundits" by entering the real world within the Washington beltway.

3 credits

Prerequisites

POL 111 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 297B Topic: Environmental Policy: From the American Environmental Movement to International Law

Course Description: The history of the American Environmental Movement will be analyzed stressing its roots in advocacy and conservation to its development as a legislative and litigation activity. How the environment developed into a global movement will be explored by following the development of the concept of "sustainable development." Finally how the global community is working to develop treaties that will curb abuses and develop an "Agenda for the 21st Century" will be analyzed.

3 credits

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 297I Topic: Global Justice

Course Description: Do we have duties of justice as global citizens? Is it even possible to speak of justice beyond the borders of a political community like the "nation-state"? For example, are we permitted to be selfish and not care about world hunger? May we favor our own countrymen and countrywomen over foreigners? lf our duties conflict, how do we reason about them? These are some of the types of questions we address in this course. We look at what justice is as a concept, how to determine whether something is a matter of personal ethics or justice, how that helps us answer what global justice specifically is, how to use empirical studies of the world to determine how to apply standards of justice in concrete cases, what global justice would look like if it were to realized, how it might be advanced in a world where states still are the most powerful actors, and to what extent citizens, political leaders, and other actors have a duty to further global justice. Specific topics may include world hunger and poverty, global economic in equality, just war theory, self-determination and secession, immigration, culture, and human rights.

Course Rotation: PLV: Spring, even years

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 299A Challenge Seminar in Politics: "...Teaching Democracy, the Constitution, & Civic Engagement"

Course Description: A four-credit course that will have Pace students utilizing their classroom experience by preparing N.Y. City High School students for a city wide competition sponsored by the Center for Civic Engagement.

4 credits

POL 299B Challenge Seminar: America, Democracy and the Empire in the 21st Century

Course Description: New York City and the World is designed to introduce international students to the political, cultural, economic and social life of New York and the United States. This six credit course will focus on America, Democracy and the Empire in the 21st Century. It will be an intensive, month-long seminar focusing on the following three areas: 1) The Declaration of Independence, the Constitution and American Democracy; 2) "A Pax Americana": American foreign policy in a post 9/11 world; and 3) "The World Responds": international relations and the US role in a global world.

6 credits

POL 299M Challenge Seminar: Politics and the Media

Course Description
Media plays an increasing role in informing our political opinions. The class will analyze the growth of the media industry, laws governing access and free speech, political campaigns, polling, and ideology. How the Presidency, Congress, the courts, state and local governments use media will be considered. The continuem of media as a corporate entity to grassroots media activism will be explored.

3 credits