2023 Politics Summer Courses


    Feminist Interventions (5 credits)

  • POLI 103 [In Person]

    Session 1

    Situates ongoing debates around feminist theory and practice within the context of political theory, the role of the state, and the position of women in contemporary (predominantly Western) society. Engages with classical political theory, second wave feminism, and the role of the state on matters pertaining to pornography and prostitution.

    Proposed Instructor: Alyssa Mazer


  • Early Modern Political Thought (5 credits)

  • POLI 105B [In Person]

    Session 2

    Studies republican and liberal traditions of political thought and politics. Authors studied include Hobbes, Locke, and Rousseau. Examination of issues such as authorship, individuality, gender, state, and cultural difference. Prerequisite(s): satisfaction of the Entry Level Writing and Composition requirements. Cross Listed Courses LGST 105B.

    Proposed Instructor: Rowan Powell


  • Modern Political Thought (5 credits)

  • POLI 105C [In Person]

    Session 1

    Studies in 19th- and early 20th-century theory, centering on the themes of capitalism, labor, alienation, culture, freedom, and morality. Authors studied include J. S. Mill, Marx, Nietzsche, Foucault, Hegel, Fanon, and Weber. Prerequisite(s): satisfaction of the Entry Level Writing and Composition requirements. Cross Listed Courses LGST 105C.

    Proposed Instructor: Ingy Higazy


  • Constitutional Law (5 credits)

  • POLI 111A [In Person]

    Session 1

    An introduction to constitutional law, emphasizing equal protection and fundamental rights as defined by common law decisions interpreting the 14th Amendment, and also exploring issues of federalism and separation of powers. Readings are primarily court decisions; special attention given to teaching how to interpret, understand, and write about common law. Prerequisite(s): satisfaction of the Entry Level Writing and Composition requirements. Cross Listed Courses LGST 111A.

    Proposed Instructor: Eric Snickars


  • Civil Liberties (5 credits)

  • POLI 111B [In Person]

    Session 2

    Explores the status of American civil liberties as provided by the Bill of Rights. Particular attention will be given to issues of concern relating to the aftermath of 9/11, including issues relating to detainees, freedom of information requests, wiretapping authority, watch lists, profiling, and creation of a domestic intelligence agency. Cross Listed Courses LGST 111B.

    Proposed Instructor: Eric Snickars


  • Comparative Law (5 credits)

  • POLI 116 [Online]

    Session 2

    Explores how countries organize their societies through legal rules. Particular attention is given to constitutional design, differences between common and civil law systems, changes brought about by the European Union, and the convergence of legal norms globally. Cross Listed Courses LGST 116.

    General Education Code CC

    Proposed Instructor: Jackie Gehring


  • Latin American Politics (5 credits)

  • POLI 140C [In Person]

    Session 1

    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.

    Proposed Instructor: Nathan Edenhofer