Politics Summer Courses


    Citizenship and Action

  • 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.) 

    Instructor: Alena Wolfing


  • American Politics

  • POLI 20

    Session 1

    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.) 

    Instructor: Paige Lancourt


  • 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.) 

    Instructor: Dominique de Wit


  • Congress, President, and the Court in American Politics

  • 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. 

    Instructor: Trina Barton


  • 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. 

    Instructor: Eleonora Pasotti


  • 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.)

    Instructor: Juan Diego Prieto


  • Security, Conflict, Violence, War

  • POLI 160C

    Session 1

    Genesis and theories of conflict and war and their avoidance (past, present, future). Relationship between foreign policy and intra- and interstate conflict and violence. National security and the security dilemma. Non-violent conflict as a normal part of politics; violent conflict as anti-political; transformation of conflict into social and interstate violence. Interrelationships among conduct of war, attainment of political objectives, and the end of hostilities. Civil and ethnic wars. Political economy of violence and war. Prerequisite(s): satisfaction of the Entry Level Writing and Composition requirements.

    Instructor: Michael Wilson


  • Human Rights

  • POLI 175

    Session 1

    Prerequisites lifted for all students in summer.
    Embraces an interdisciplinary approach to the study of human rights. Captures the malleable nature of human rights and the contours of its dual role as both law and discourse. Also offered as LGST 175. Students cannot receive credit for both courses.
    Instructor: Sam Cook