Politics Summer Courses


    Citizenship and Action (5 credits)

  • POLI 4

    Session 2

    What does a citizen do? What kind of citizen activity is appropriate to democratic aspirations? Course uses political theory to answer these questions as they relate to current and historical events, primarily in the North American context. Draws on texts ranging from Aristotle, Locke, Thoreau, Ellizon, and Ranciere, as well as present-day debates, to bear on the relationship of citizen action and identity. (General Education Code(s): TA.) 

    Proposed Instructor: Alena Wolflink

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  • American Politics (5 credits)

  • 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.)

    Proposed Instructor: David Amaral

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  • Introduction to International Relations (5 credits)

  • 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 such as nuclear proliferation, international terrorism, global trade conflict, climate change, and humanitarian intervention. (General Education Code(s): CC.) 

    Proposed Instructor: Dominique De Wit

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  • Modern Political Thought (5 credits)

  • POLI 105C

    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. (Also offered as Legal Studies 105C. Students cannot receive credit for both courses.) Prerequisite(s): satisfaction of the Entry Level Writing and Composition requirements. 

    Proposed Instructor: Dylan Davis

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  • Comparative Law (online) (5 credits)

  • POLI 116

    Session 2

    Online only class.

    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. (Also offered as Legal Studies 116. Students cannot receive credit for both courses.) Enrollment is restricted to politics and legal studies majors during first and second pass enrollment. (General Education Code(s): CC.) 

    All students - restrictions waived in summer.

    Satisfies Public Law and Institutions or "additional requirement" to CORE courses.

    Course video

    Proposed Instructor: Jacqueline Gehring

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  • Topics in Contemporary Political and Critical Theory (5 credits)

  • POLI 118

    Session 1

    Course uses a multidisciplinary approach to the study of politics through significant contemporary authors and approaches in critical theory. Topics include: democracy action, violence, subjectivity, identity, power and resistance, the body, political economy, and post-colonialism. Enrollment is restricted to politics and Latin American and Latino studies/politics combined majors during first and second pass enrollment.

    All students - restrictions waived in summer.

    Proposed Instructor: John Wang

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  • Congress, President, and the Court in American Politics (5 credits)

  • POLI 120A

    Session 2

    Study of political development, behavior, performance, and significance of central governmental institutions of the U.S. Emphasizes the historical development of each branch and their relationship to each other, including changes in relative power and constitutional responsibilities. (Also offered as Legal Studies 120A. Students cannot receive credit for both courses.) Prerequisite(s): satisfaction of the Entry Level Writing and Composition requirements. Satisfies American History and Institutions Requirement. 

    Visiting Students - prerequisites are lifted in summer.

    Proposed Instuctor: Trina Barton

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  • European Politics (online) (5 credits)

  • 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.

    Visiting Students - prerequisites are lifted in summer. 

    Proposed Instructor: Eleonara Pasotti

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  • Russian Politics (5 credits)

  • POLI 142

    Session 1

    Historical-political survey of Russia within the U.S.S.R. is followed by examination of the 1991 revolution, the attempt to recover a national identity and establish a unified Russian state. Highlighted in this course are cultural and political factors central to the Russian experience: personalistic modes of political organization, a remote and corrupt state apparatus, collectivist forms of thought and self-defense. 

    Proposed Instructor: Daria Saprykina

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  • International Political Economy (5 credits)

  • POLI 160D

    Session 1

    Introduction to the politics of international economic relations. Examines the history of the international political economy, the theories that seek to explain it, and contemporary issues such as trade policy, globalization, and the financial crisis. (Formerly course 176.) Prerequisite(s): satisfaction of the Entry Level Writing and Composition requirements.

    Proposed Instructor: Scott Newsome

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