POLI: Political Science

POLI 1005  Introduction to Political Science  (4 Credits)  

Students will be introduced to the methods and basic principles of political science. This course will cover the major subfields of political science: national government, comparative politics, international relations, and political theory.

Attributes: Liberal

POLI 1996  Special Topics in POLI  (4 Credits)  

The content of this course will vary by term and section. Students may repeat this course for credit as long as the topic differs. Please refer to the Term Guide for course topic offerings.

Attributes: Liberal

POLI 1998  Individualized Studies in Political Science (POLI)  (1-8 Credits)  

Students have the opportunity to develop individualized studies with their mentor in Political Science (POLI). Please contact your mentor/advisor for more details.

POLI 2005  New York State & Local Government  (4 Credits)  

New York State and Local Government is an introductory level course that explores the political system of New York State and the diverse and complex relationships between the state government and the various municipalities. The course examines the extraordinary history of New York government and the interaction between the branches of government and the state agencies that deliver services and programs to citizens of the state. The course examines the policy process and the influence of federalism on state and local governments. This course was previously SOC-262224 New York State and Local Government.

Attributes: Liberal

POLI 2013  Race in United States Politics  (4 Credits)  

The student will examine the issue of race in contemporary US politics. Students will examine issues relating to white supremacy/white nationalism, immigration and demographic/cultural change, and how racial resentments connect to economic issues, among others. Students will explore how these issues affect electoral politics, campaigns, and how office-holders govern. We will learn how politicians and partisan media use these issues to move public opinion, and how mainstream media cover these issues. This course is cross listed with HIST 2013.

Cross-listed with HIST 2013.

Attributes: Liberal

POLI 2998  Individualized Studies in Political Science (POLI)  (1-8 Credits)  

Students have the opportunity to develop individualized studies with their mentor in Political Science (POLI). Please contact your mentor/advisor for more details.

POLI 3005  America's Founding Ideas  (4 Credits)  

The founding of the United States of America is one of the defining events of world history, and the political ideas of the founding generation continue to be invoked all manner of political debate. But questions about the founding generation remain: What did Thomas Jefferson and James Madison really think about politics? How did the American founding generation understand terms like 'liberty,' 'democracy,' and 'freedom?' This course is designed to separate fact from fiction by introducing students to the intellectual, economic, and social context of the American founding. This course was previously SOC-263454 America's Founding Ideas.

Attributes: American History Gen Ed, Liberal

POLI 3010  American Political Thought: From Jackson to Obama  (4 Credits)  

From the founding to the present, intellectual argument has informed politics in the United States. Ideas and theories that contribute to writings in American political thought shape, and have been shaped by, the development of the American political system and institutions. The more than two-century discussion of such questions as the role of government, political obligation, the economy and politics, and the importance of individual liberty and rights contribute to American politics and, in addition, have made significant and enduring contributions to the canon of political theory. Students will read and critique primary sources, as well as secondary sources that illuminate historical contexts of American political thought.

Attributes: Liberal

POLI 3015  Ancient Political Theory  (4 Credits)  

In this course students will learn about the ancient foundations of political theory and political science, with an emphasis on the two giants of ancient political thought: Plato and Aristotle. Students will study some of the most famous and influential ideas in the history of Western thought, including: the Philosopher-King, the allegory of the cave, the idea that 'man is a political animal', the Golden Mean, and the nature of justice. This course was previously SOC-263124 Ancient Political Theory.

Attributes: Western Civilization Gen Ed, Liberal

POLI 3020  Comparative Politics  (4 Credits)  

Comparative Politics is the study of political systems from a comparative perspective. Students learn the Comparative Method and gain facility with the method by studying what to compare and how to compare in the context of world regions and nation states. Students will learn within-case and among case comparative methodology. Specifically, students will consider various approaches to the comparative study of political systems, institutions and forms of government. Possible themes include but are not limited to globalization, political economy, political violence, and the characteristics of developed and developing countries. Students will gain an understanding of global studies and be able to analyze and evaluate past, present and future geopolitical issues from a comparative perspective. Students will learn to avoid ethnocentricity and be able to objectively evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of different political systems. This course was previously SOC-263414 Comparative Politics.

Attributes: Social Science Gen Ed, Liberal

POLI 3025  Conflict & Negotiation  (4 Credits)  

The course examines international negotiation as the most widely used means of conflict management, rule-making and decision-making in international affairs. It concerns not only tangible matters such as diplomatic relations, wars, and material resources, but also identifies issues, symbols, rules, norms, and regime and relationship building for cooperative ventures, governance and conflict prevention or resolution. Negotiation has been a vital tool of managing international conflict, ranging from bilateral arms control talks to the birth of new multilateral security arrangements. The course explores why some negotiations succeed, while others keep failing. Among the themes covered in the course are the role of power, leadership, ethics, and information technology. Each student will have an opportunity to develop his or her own capacity to be a more proficient and successful negotiator.

Attributes: Liberal

POLI 3030  Cultural Differences & Politics  (4 Credits)  

The course explores the concept of culture and cultural differences with a specific focus on how differences impact international relations. In this current period of globalization, it is more important than ever to be informed about international affairs and the impact of cultural differences as illustrated, for example, by the growing nationalistic fervor of mainland China. Prerequisites: Prerequisites: Intro to Sociology and/or Psychology, or Intro to Cultural Anthropology and, preferably an introductory course in international relations.

Attributes: Liberal

POLI 3035  Democracy: Theory & Practice  (4 Credits)  

Central themes in democratic thought are examined to introduce students to the study of political theory. Topics and concepts such as citizenship, equality, political participation, elites, and representation provide a focus for examining enduring and new questions about the problems and promise of democracy and democratic societies. Examples of democratic organizations will be examined to explore the experience of individuals in such groups as voluntary associations, cooperative and cohousing living arrangements, worker-owned cooperatives, and political activism, e.g., civil rights organizations, the anti-war movement, and 'second-wave' feminism.

Attributes: Liberal

POLI 3040  Ethnic Conflict: The Balkans & Beyond  (4 Credits)  

The Balkans is a region where power has changed hands as rapidly as ethnic and national boundaries. This course examines the complexity of the regional and ethnic conflicts in the Balkans, especially since the collapse of the Soviet Union. It reviews major political events, international relations and foreign policies between Macedonia, Bulgaria, Greece, Turkey, Yugoslavia, and Albania. Comparing and contrasting ethnic conflict in the Balkans with similar conflicts in other regions, students will formulate practical insights about the diverse nature of ethnic conflict and the possibility of either defining universal approaches to manage them, or building a strong locally defined approach to ethnic conflict resolution. Finally, it examines questions related to nationalism and the impact of globalization. Prerequisites: Prerequisites: Intro to Sociology and/or Psychology, Intro to Macroeconomics, European History, and/or a course in US foreign relations.

Attributes: Liberal

POLI 3045  Foreign Policy Analysis  (4 Credits)  

The purpose of this course is to familiarize students with the processes of formulating foreign policy. This includes the main theoretical approaches that will shed some light on the most significant agents in the policy-making process. It addresses the subject from the perspective of levels of analysis and different approaches of studies that illustrate the differences of the behavior of states in an interactive international system. Prerequisites: Prerequisites: This course assumes grounding in relevant theories related to international relations.

Attributes: Liberal

POLI 3050  Human Rights & International Humanitarian Law  (3 Credits)  

The course provides a comprehensive understanding of international human rights and international humanitarian law and how both bodies of law complement each other. The course examines in great detail the various aspects and controversies in the human rights debate and considers the obstacles to the implementation of human rights as universal norms. It traces the evolution of international humanitarian law from the beginning of the 19th century to the present. Moreover, the course examines the concept of war and how it has changed since the end of World War II; the threat posed by terrorist and extremist groups; the difficulty of distinguishing civilians from combatants on the battlefields; and the role and contribution of the United Nations and its successes and failures in developing and enforcing human rights norms. The course ends by examining the role of international tribunals in enforcing international humanitarian law and its prosecution of individuals who violated the law. Prerequisites: Prerequisites: Ethics or U.S. History, familiarity with the United Nations.

Attributes: Liberal

POLI 3055  International Law  (3,4 Credits)  

The purpose of this course is to introduce students to the core themes of international law. It covers a wide array of topics: from diplomatic immunity to the United Nations charter provisions, and from the recognition of governments to international law as it applies to war crimes. After an introduction presenting the historical development of the theory and practice of international law, the course then examines the sources of international law such as treaties, customs, general principles, and judicial decisions. Moreover, the course examines various forms of jurisdiction as they relate to institutions under international law, including states and governments as they relate to international organizations, individuals, companies, and groups. Prerequisites: The course assumes prior coursework related to international relations.

Attributes: Liberal

POLI 3060  International Organizations  (4 Credits)  

This course examines international organizations, their origins, purpose, function, and their role in international politics. The course will examine the birth of major international organizations and institutions such as the League of Nations, the United Nations, the World Trade Organization, the World Bank, and the International Monetary Fund, among others. In addition, the course will examine the role of international organizations in conflict avoidance, containment, and resolution. Prerequisites: Previous studies including International Relations theory

Attributes: Liberal

POLI 3065  International Politics & Relations  (4 Credits)  

In this course students will learn about how nation states, international organizations, and non-state actors interact with one another through governance structures and other means. Students will be introduced to different theories of international relations, including, but not limited to realism, idealism, dependency, and interdependency theory. Particular attention will be given to international organizations and regimes that have emerged in the governmental and non-governmental arenas of international relations. Using the social science methods addressed in the course, each student will be able to develop a major research project based on international relations theories and his or her specific interests and goals. This course was previously SOC-264454 International Politics and Relations.

Attributes: Social Science Gen Ed, Liberal

POLI 3070  Modern Africa  (4 Credits)  

This course focuses on African politics during the most recent centuries. We will also explore the inter-connected areas such as social, cultural, economic and international relations of the African continent, based on its unique history and geographical position. The course explores topics including: the legacy of colonialism, ethnic relations; militarism; economics; and democracy. Prerequisites: Previous studies in International Relations, Comparative Politics or their equivalent.

Attributes: Liberal

POLI 3075  Modern Diplomacy  (3 Credits)  

This course focuses on the goals and practices of modern diplomacy beginning with French and Italian conventions that emerged during the Renaissance to the rise of the new diplomacy of the 20th century and the challenges it faces in the present era. In addition, students examine how politicians and diplomats use diplomacy to secure the interest of their states or groups they represent. Prerequisites: Prerequisites: The course assumes background in history and knowledge related to international relations.

POLI 3080  Modern Political Theory  (4 Credits)  

The course will examine some of the most important contributions to political theory in the history of Western Civilization with a focus on the modern period, roughly from 1500-1900 C.E.. Students will explore questions about the proper role of government, the nature of political and moral obligation, the role of economics in political life, and the importance of personal, political and religious liberty. This course was previously HIS-243444 Modern Political Theory.

Attributes: Humanities Gen Ed, Western Civilization Gen Ed, Liberal

POLI 3085  Political Parties & Interest Groups  (4 Credits)  

This course examines in depth the ways citizens participate in setting the public policy agenda and influence policy making. Students will evaluate two dominant institutions through which American citizens communicate their political demands to policy makers: the political parties and interest groups. This includes the debate over the future of political parties and the mechanics of political party involvement in nominations, campaigns, campaign finance and the formation of public policy. They will also study interest groups and their activities and the growing influence of political action committees. This course was previously SOC-263214 Political Parties and Interest Groups.

Attributes: Liberal

POLI 3090  Post-Soviet Russia  (4 Credits)  

The course examines central trends in the domestic and foreign policy of the Russian Federation since the collapse of the USSR in 1991. The course explores the historical and philosophical legacies informing the foreign policy of the successive Yeltsin and Putin regimes as a basis for understanding the post-Soviet relationships with the West, including the United Sates and three other regions: The countries of the former Soviet Union, the Caspian Region and Central Asia, and East Asia. In this context, the course focuses on the critical analysis of Russia’s contemporary international situation. Prerequisites: Prerequisites: US History II and courses in the social sciences.

Attributes: Liberal

POLI 3095  Power & the American Presidency  (3 Credits)  

This course provides students a comprehensive understanding of the nature of the American system of government, in particular the Office of President. Students examine how the President is elected and how she/he governs in a system of checks and balances provided by the co-equal branches of Congress and the Supreme Court. In this regard, the course examines how the domestic powers of the office are both defined and constrained, while the powers of the presidency in foreign affairs are less so. In addition, the American system of government is viewed in the larger context of the European parliamentary system. Prerequisites: U.S. History I or II, preferably the latter.

Attributes: Liberal

POLI 3100  The American Political System  (4 Credits)  

Explore the principles, institutions and processes of American government and politics. Gain an understanding of the structure and operation of U.S. government and political systems; a recognition of the avenues available to individuals and groups for effective political involvement; an appreciation of the role of the media in influencing politics and public policy; detailed comprehension of key decision making and implementing political institutions with particular attention to the budgetary process; an introductory working knowledge of the public policy process and policy area substance; and a foundation for advanced study in public affairs, public policy and public administration. This course was previously SOC-261204 The American Political System: An Introduction to American Government.

Attributes: Social Science Gen Ed, Liberal

POLI 3105  The American Presidency  (4 Credits)  

This course will examine the office of the American presidency and the operation of the executive branch of the American federal government from a historical perspective. We will analyze the office of the presidency throughout the history of the Republic, identifying patterns of change as well as continuities in presidential power. We will consider the presidency’s design in the Constitution and what factors have led to departures from that framework. This course was previously SOC-263314 The American Presidency.

Attributes: American History Gen Ed, Liberal

POLI 3110  The United States Congress  (4 Credits)  

As defined in Article I of the Constitution, the Congress occupies a central role in the U.S. federal governmental system. The legislative processes of the U.S. Congress, however, have evolved in form and complexity since the first Congress, 1789-1791. While taking account of historical developments that influenced the evolution of the Congress, current congressional organization will be the major focus of study, including committee structures, rules and informal practices, elections, and the role of lobbyists and interest groups. Checks and balances in relation to the two other branches of the national government will be highlighted, in addition to consideration of the impact of state governments and actors on the national legislative process. This course was previously SOC-263324 The United States Congress.

Attributes: Liberal

POLI 3115  The United States Constitution  (4 Credits)  

Students in this course will learn about the history, structure, interpretation, and evolution of the American Constitution. Substantial portions of the course will be dedicated to the issues of constitutional rights, constitutional interpretation, the interplay between the American constitutional system and the environment, and major judicial decisions about how, when, and where certain parts of the Constitution are applicable. This course was previously SOC-263344 The United States Constitution: A Survey.

Attributes: American History Gen Ed, Liberal

POLI 3125  US Foreign Policy Analysis  (4 Credits)  

This course examines the political, social, cultural, military, and economic aspects of American foreign policy. It spans the period from the inception of the republic to the era of globalization. Relevant theories of international relations are applied to actual studies. Special references are made to terrorism, the 9/11 events, and the evasions of Afghanistan and Iraq. In addition, the course examines the concept of diplomacy, the purpose of embassies, as well as such terms as regional power, global power, and superpower. Various types of world systems, and concepts such as conflict avoidance, containment and resolution are analyzed, including the purpose and function of such organizations as the OAS, NATO, the UN, the World Bank, the IMF, and the WTO. Prerequisites: Prerequisites: The course assumes some background knowledge related to international relations and an introductory-level course in U.S. history.

Attributes: Liberal

POLI 3130  Women & American Politics  (4 Credits)  

This course explores the participation and roles of women in U.S. politics as citizens, voters, activists, and office holders and the impacts of gender in U. S. politics. The historical roles of the suffrage and women’s movements in shaping women’s engagement in political activities and parties, as well as differences by race and class, will be emphasized. The impact of women officeholders on public policy, at both nationally and at the state level, will be discussed. Other topics may include gender and political behavior; the intersection of race, class and gender in women’s political engagement and attitudes; media treatment of women candidates for office, and public attitudes toward women in office.

Attributes: Liberal

POLI 3996  Special Topics in POLI  (3,4 Credits)  

The content of this course will vary by term and section. Students may repeat this course for credit as long as the topic differs. Please refer to the Term Guide for course topic offerings.

Attributes: Liberal

POLI 3997  Special Topics in POLI  (2-8 Credits)  
POLI 3998  Individualized Studies in Political Science (POLI)  (1-8 Credits)  

Students have the opportunity to develop individualized studies with their mentor in Political Science (POLI). Please contact your mentor/advisor for more details.

POLI 4005  European Integration  (4 Credits)  

This course focuses on theoretical approaches addressing various aspects of European integration as it relates to EU policies and politics. European integration theory is the field of systematic reflection on the process of political cooperation in Europe and the development of common political institutions. Challenges to integration such as the unanticipated fiscal consequences of the monetary union, the growing power of the European Central Bank, the Syrian refugee crisis, and the impact of 'Brexit' are viewed in the larger context of sustaining or reversing the momentum of European integration. Prerequisites: Economic Policies of the European Union and familiarity with the formation, function, and crises regarding the European Union.

Attributes: Liberal

POLI 4010  Global Perspectives on Political Theory  (4 Credits)  

In this course students will explore the history and controversies associated with the idea of human rights; different theories of cosmopolitanism (i.e. the idea that a common thread of humanity ought to influence how we think about politics in a globalized world); and a range of cultural perspectives on endearing political questions. This course was previously SOC-263444 Global Perspectives on Political Theory.

Attributes: Western Civilization Gen Ed, Liberal

POLI 4015  Race Law & Politics  (4 Credits)  

This course examines how race continues to influence law and politics in the U.S., despite claims of a 'post-racial' society. Through the study of such topics as the history of discrimination, policing, voting, and hate speech, students will investigate how legal and political institutions and rules have disparate impacts on different segments of American society - and how those impacts in turn inform and affect identity, law, and politics. This course will offer students the opportunity to analyze the interrelatedness of law, race, and society, and explore how the law is used as a tool for social change.

Attributes: Liberal

POLI 4998  Individualized Studies in Political Science (POLI)  (1-8 Credits)  

Students have the opportunity to develop individualized studies with their mentor in Political Science (POLI). Please contact your mentor/advisor for more details.