2022 Politics Summer Courses


    Introduction to International Relations (5 credits)

  • POLI 65 [In Person]

    Session 2

    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 CC

    Proposed Instructor: Mark Howard


  • Ancient Political Thought (5 credits)

  • POLI 105A [In Person]

    Session 2

    Explores tensions between reason and revelation, justice and democracy, and freedom and empire through close readings of ancient texts. Emphasis on Athens, with Hebrew, Roman, and Christian departures and interventions. Includes Sophocles, Thucydides, Socrates, Plato, Aristotle, Stoics, the Bible, and Augustine.

    Prerequisite(s): satisfaction of the Entry Level Writing and Composition requirements.

    Cross Listed Course LGST 105A

    Proposed Instructor: Rowan Powell


  • Revolt, Rebellion, Revolution (5 credits)

  • POLI 108 [In Person]

    Session 1

    Examines revolt, rebellion, and revolution as ideas in political theory, and as prisms through which we can analyze historical events. Introduces works of political theory (historical and contemporary), and looks at historical events considered to be revolts and/or revolutions.

    Proposed Instructor: Dylan Davis


  • 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. Cross Listed Course LGST 111A

    Prerequisite(s): satisfaction of the Entry Level Writing and Composition requirements.

    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 Course LGST 111B

    Proposed Instructor: Eric Snickars


  • Comparative Law (5 credits)

  • POLI 116 [Online/Remote]

    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 Course LGST 116

    General Education Code CC

    Proposed Instructor: Jacqueline Gehring


  • Society and Democracy in American Political Development (5 credits)

  • POLI 120B [In Person]

    Session 1

    Examines the role of social forces in the development of the American democratic processes and in the changing relationship between citizen and state. Course materials address the ideas, the social tensions, and the economic pressures bearing on social movements, interest groups, and political parties. Cross Listed Course LGST 120B

    Prerequisite(s): satisfaction of the Entry Level Writing and Composition requirements.

    Proposed Instructor: Sasha Wasserstrom


  • Law and Politics of Memory (5 credits)

  • POLI 158 [Online/Remote]

    Session 2

    Examines why we choose to memorialize some aspects of our history, but not others. What impact do those choices have on our contemporary politics and society? How may memorials help create a stronger democracy? Cross Listed Course LGST 158

    General Education Code CC

    Proposed Instructor: Jacqueline Gehring