Politics Summer Courses

    Politics: Power, Principle, Process, and Policy

  • POLI 1

    Session 2

    Systematic introduction to the nature of politics and government, organized around the dynamic relationship between power, principle, and process in democratic politics. Provides historic and contemporary overview; explores the interactions among government, laws, and societies at the national and international levels. (Formerly Democratic Politics.) (General Education Code(s): PE-H, IS.)

  • Citizenship and Action

  • POLI 4

    Session 1

    What does a citizen do? Uses political theory to answer this question as it relates to a number of issues, such as voting rights, diversity, gay marriage, and revolution. Draws on texts ranging from Aristotle to contemporary legal and cultural debates, to bear on the relationship of citizen action and identity. Other readings include Thoreau, Ellison, Rousseau, Marx, Arendt, and Socrates. (General Education Code(s): TA, IS.)

  • American Politics

  • POLI 20

    Session 2

    Introduces the study of politics through an analysis of the United States political system and processes. Topics vary, but may include political institutions, public policies, parties and electoral politics, and social forces. Satisfies American History and Institutions Requirement. (General Education Code(s): TA, IS.) 

  • Comparative Politics

  • POLI 60

    Session 2

    Introduces the study of politics through the analysis of national political systems within or across regions from the developing world to post-industrial nations. Typical topics include: authoritarian and democratic regimes; state institutions and capacity; parties and electoral systems; public policies; social movements; ethnic conflict; and globalization. (General Education Code(s): CC, IS.) 

  • Introduction to International Relations

  • POLI 65

    Session 1

    Surveys major theories of international relations including realism, liberal institutionalism, constructivism, and newer approaches focused on problems of asymmetric warfare. Examines problems of nuclear proliferation, international terrorism, global trade conflict, climate change, and humanitarian intervention. (General Education Code(s): CC.) 

  • Law and Social Issues

  • POLI 110

    Session 2

    Examines current problems in law as it intersects with politics and society. Readings are drawn from legal and political philosophy, social science, and judicial opinions. (Also offered as Legal Studies 110. Students cannot receive credit for both courses.) Enrollment restricted to politics, legal studies, and Latin American and Latino studies/politics combined majors during first and second pass enrollment only. 

  • Feminism and the Body

  • POLI 113

    Session 1

    Introduces the literature on the history of the body. Explores the multiple ways in which the body, in the West, has been the site of cultural and political inscription from the Middle Ages to the 19th century. Topics may include: pornography, criminality, sexuality, art, race, and medicine. 

  • European Politics (online)

  • POLI 140A

    Session 1

    Online only course.

    Explores the political and economic systems of advanced industrialized societies. In addition to specific comparisons between the countries of western Europe and the United States, covers important themes and challenges, including immigration, globalization, and the crisis of the welfare state. (Formerly Politics of Advanced Industrialized Societies.) Prerequisite(s): satisfaction of the Entry Level Writing and Composition requirements. 

  • Latin American Politics

  • POLI 140C

    Session 2

    Overview of major approaches to the study of Latin American politics. Introductory survey of historical and contemporary democratic populist, authoritarian, and revolutionary regimes. Special attention is given to region's recent transitions toward democratic rule, market-based economic models, and decentralized governance. Evaluates institutional arrangements (including presidentialism, electoral rules and party systems), as well as a variety of social movements and strategies of resistance among subaltern social groups and classes. Prerequisite(s): satisfaction of the Entry Level Writing and Composition requirements. (General Education Code(s): E.)

  • Theories of International and World Politics

  • POLI 160A

    Session 1

    Examination of analytical perspectives on international and world politics, international and global political economy, war and conflict, corporations and civil society. Explores theoretical tools and applications, recurring patterns of global conflict and cooperation, the nexus between domestic politics, foreign policy and international and world politics. This is not a current events course. (Formerly International Politics.) Prerequisite(s): satisfaction of the Entry Level Writing and Composition requirements. 

  • International Law

  • POLI 160B

    Session 1

    Origins and development of international law: international law is examined both as a reflection of the present world order and as a basis for transformation. Topics include state and non-state actors and sovereignty, treaties, the use of force, and human rights. (Formerly course 173.) (Also offered as Legal Studies 160B. Students cannot receive credit for both courses.) Prerequisite(s): satisfaction of the Entry Level Writing and Composition requirements.