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Political Science - Fall 2014

POLI 101S 01 & 02 American National Government
4 credits
Hasecke, Ed

This introductory course will examine the institutions and workings of the federal government. Students will learn basic concepts that define American democracy, learn about ideology and think about their own ideological positions, and gain an understanding of the nature of politics. Reading of internet news sources is required.

NOTE: This course is required of all political science majors and minors.

 

POLI 102S 01 Introduction to Comparative Politics
4 credits
Yu, Bin

This course begins with some of the central concepts of comparative approaches to the study of politics. It then examines the origins, development, institutions, and the functioning of political systems of three general types of politics: industrialized democracies (Britain and France), the rise and fall of communist systems (Russia and China), as well as the workings and problems of the Third World (Africa and East Asia). There will be two mid terms, a final exam, and one quiz.

NOTE: This course is required of all political science majors and minors.

 

POLI 102S 02 Introduction to Comparative Politics
4 credits
Allan, James

This course introduces students to the study of political institutions and political behavior from a comparative perspective. During the course of the semester, the course will focus on political processes and issues in a wide variety of countries, including advanced industrial democracies, communist and post-communist systems, as well as countries in the developing world. A second major objective is to learn basic concepts and techniques used in comparative political analysis. Evaluation will be based on two exams, reading quizzes, and participation in three short political analysis/simulation exercises.

NOTE: This course is required of all political science majors and minors

 

POLI 210SC East Asian Politics
4 credits
Yu, Bin

The course introduces students to the political structure and dynamics of three major countries, or group of countries, in East Asia: Japan, China, and Korea (South Korea and North Korea). The role of the United States in regional politics is also discussed. The major objective is to make students familiar with their history, politics, and economy, their relationships with each other, and the impact of East Asia as whole on global affairs. There will be one mid-term exam, one final exam, and a take-home essay (7-9 pages).

Cultures and Languages Across the Curriculum: CLAC

The course allows students with intermediate level Chinese and Japanese language skills—completed two credits beyond 112 or to be currently enrolled in a course beyond 112—to earn extra 1 credit connected to this course. Your work will be guided by your Language instructor.

To register for the CLAC component, students must also register for a one-credit LANG 230 CLAC module listed among the Language Department’s offerings. Meeting times and location will be arranged at the beginning of the semester. Credit for CLAC modules may be counted toward the requirements for International Studies and as elective credit in the Language department.

 

POLI 212R Modern Political Philosophy
4 credits
Wright, Heather

What is modernity? Why are works written in the 17th century considered modern? This course explores the revolutionary challenge to ancient and medieval political philosophy posed by the development of “modern” political theory, from its origin in 16th century Florence with Machiavelli to its restatement in the 20th century by Rawls. The focus of our study is liberal democratic thought, from the social contract theory articulated by Hobbes and Locke to the institutionalization of liberal ideas in Madison and Hamilton to the expansion of liberal rights in Wollstonecraft, Mill, and Rawls. We will conclude with a consideration of various critiques of liberalism, including those leveled by Rousseau, Marx, and Arendt.

Cultures and Languages Across the Curriculum: CLAC

Interested in using your foreign language skills to earn extra credit connected to this course and to learn more about the subject matter of this course at the same time? If so, register for the CLAC components offered here. You don't need to be fluent in the language to exercise this option. In fact, you need only to have completed two credits beyond 112 or to be currently enrolled in a course beyond 112. Your work will be guided by your professor and by faculty from the Languages Department. The CLAC module is designed for intermediate level language learners.

This course offers a foreign language component or CLAC component in any of the languages taught at Wittenberg: Chinese, French, German, Japanese, Russian or Spanish.
Students who select the CLAC option will complete work in a foreign language that will supplement the work in this course. Students who complete the CLAC assignments successfully will earn 1 credit for the CLAC component.

To register for the CLAC component, you must also register for a one-credit LANG 230 CLAC module listed among the Language Department's offerings. Meeting times and location will be arranged at the beginning of the semester.

 

POLI 216R Family Values: Politics of Virtue, Care, and Equality
4 credits
Wright, Heather

This course examines the theoretical underpinnings of the contemporary debate over family values. We will “begin at the beginning,” studying the ancient and modern political philosophers and their profoundly influential conceptions of the proper relationship between the family and public life. Once we grasp the philosophical foundation, we will move into the contemporary “house.” We will encounter thoughtful and profound analyses of the conflict of rights involved in these debates over the family. What is the proper relationship between biology and society? Should the family be regulated, or is it beyond the reach of public political scrutiny? How does emerging reproductive technology enter into the mix? Whose side should the state take when the conflict over abortion is represented as a contest between the rights of the fetus and the rights of the mother? Should we allow genetic manipulation of embryos? How have adoption, surrogate motherhood, and stepparenting redefined the traditional family? Is that redefinition reflected in contemporary family law? How will we care for our children and for our parents in an age in which most everyone, male and female, works outside the home? Do we need a new family politics? Having completed our consideration of the American debate, we will turn to an illuminating comparative case study: Poland. The addition of perspectives grounded in a radically different political history, and cultural and religious traditions, will throw the American political landscape into sharp relief.

Cultures and Languages Across the Curriculum: CLAC

Interested in using your foreign language skills to earn extra credit connected to this course and to learn more about the subject matter of this course at the same time? If so, register for the CLAC components offered here. You don't need to be fluent in the language to exercise this option. In fact, you need only to have completed two credits beyond 112 or to be currently enrolled in a course beyond 112. Your work will be guided by your professor and by faculty from the Languages Department. The CLAC module is designed for intermediate level language learners.

This course offers a foreign language component or CLAC component in any of the languages taught at Wittenberg: Chinese, French, German, Japanese, Russian or Spanish.
Students who select the CLAC option will complete work in a foreign language that will supplement the work in this course. Students who complete the CLAC assignments successfully will earn 1 credit for the CLAC component.

To register for the CLAC component, you must also register for a one-credit LANG 230 CLAC module listed among the Language Department's offerings. Meeting times and location will be arranged at the beginning of the semester.

 

POLI 219 01 Ethics American and Public Policy
4 credits
Duncan, Christopher

All political and policy questions presuppose a normative or ethical framework. Often this framework is simply assumed without explanation or interrogation. In doing so, policy makers and students of politics alike neglect to account for and examine rigorously and critically the preconceived ethical and moral foundations upon which they base their work and study. This course is designed to accomplish two broad tasks. First, to acquaint the student of American politics and public policy in a systematic manner with the rudiments of various schools of thought concerning moral theory and the larger questions that have emerged from said thought. And second, to demonstrate through various case studies and issues areas how those models have been, and could be, applied to political decisions and policy choices. Topics in the course will include the ethics of war, revolution and violence, property rights and economic inequality, issues around life and death including abortion, euthanasia, and capital punishment, the politics and policies related to race and gender equality, and the ethics of environmental sustainability, as well as others. 10/13

 

POLI 222S Urban Politics
4 credits
Baker, Rob

This course is an examination of politics and government in American cities. Emphasis is on how changes over time in local political structures and processes have affected the delivery of services at this most basic level of our federal system. The course has a lecture/discussion format. Two exams, quizzes, and a simulation will be required.

 

POLI 230S Campaigns and Elections
4 credits
Rhine, Staci

This course explores campaigns and political participation, with a particular focus on presidential elections. We study voter turnout over time and between different groups. We also study the voting decision. The course will focus on the 2012 presidential election and 2010 and 2014 midterm elections. Students are required to volunteer time with a political campaign of their choice in Ohio. Class requirements include quizzes, journals about volunteer time, discussion and exams.

 

POLI 251S International Relations
4 credits
Yu, Bin

This course begins with an overview of the evolution of international system. This is followed by the discussion of some key theoretical concepts and approaches in the study of international relations (IR). Students will then apply IR history and theories to analyze some major issues in the 21st century, including international security, international political economy, nationalism, democratization, and global governance. The course has a lecture/discussion format. There will be a mid-term, a final exam, one short take-home paper, and a few quizzes.

 

POLI 253S International Political Economy
4 credits
Allan, James

This course provides an introduction to the subfield of international political economy, which explores the linkages between politics and economics in the international system. We will first critically examine the dominant theories used to interpret and explain patterns of international economic relations. We will then examine institutions and features of the international political economy, relating to areas such as trade, foreign investment, foreign aid, and relations between "advanced industrial" and "less developed" countries. Evaluation will be based on a
midterm and a final exam, two short reflective papers, class participation, and a project that uses computer software to assess major challenges to the international system.

Students will need their own personal computer or have regular access to a computer in a lab in order to run software used in this course.

Cultures and Languages Across the Curriculum: CLAC

Interested in using your foreign language skills to earn extra credit connected to this course and to learn more about the subject matter of this course at the same time? If so, register for the CLAC components offered here. You don't need to be fluent in the language to exercise this option. In fact, you need only to have completed two credits beyond 112 or to be currently enrolled in a course beyond 112. Your work will be guided by your professor and by faculty from the Languages Department. The CLAC module is designed for intermediate level language learners.

This course offers a foreign language component or CLAC component in any of the six foreign languages offered by the languages department. Students who select the CLAC option will complete work in a foreign language that will supplement the work in this course. Students who complete the CLAC assignments successfully will earn 1 credit for the CLAC component.

To register for the CLAC component, you must also register for a one-credit LANG 230 CLAC module listed among the Language Department's offerings. Meeting times and location will be arranged at the beginning of the semester. Credit for CLAC modules may be counted toward the requirements for International Studies and as elective credit in the Language department.

 

POLI 260 1Z Methodology
4 credits
Rhine, Staci

This course aims to prepare students to better understand as well as conduct research. The course will explore hypothesis development and testing, measurement, research design, analysis, and interpretation of results. Students will pursue their own research question as well as refine the presentation of their results. There will be exams, several small projects, and a large research paper.

NOTE: This course is required by all political science majors.
WRITING INTENSIVE

 

POLI 302 1W North American Politics
4 credits
Allan, James

Prerequisite: POLI 102S and Junior/Senior standing
This course is a comparative survey of the political systems within North America: Canada, Mexico, and the United States (although more emphasis will be placed on Canada and Mexico). Topics covered in the course from a comparative perspective include political culture and values, political institutions, federalism, paradiplomacy, political parties and electoral systems, public policies, and NAFTA. The course will also focus on politics across, as well as within, the three countries: are there commonalities among North American states? What is the impact of NAFTA and do attitudes to further economic integration vary across borders? What is the future of North American integration? Evaluation will be based on exams, class participation, and a research paper.

WRITING INTENSIVE

Cultures and Languages Across the Curriculum: CLAC

Interested in using your foreign language skills to earn extra credit connected to this course and to learn more about the subject matter of this course at the same time? If so, register for the CLAC components offered here. You don't need to be fluent in the language to exercise this option. In fact, you need only to have completed two credits beyond 112 or to be currently enrolled in a course beyond 112. Your work will be guided by your professor and by faculty from the Languages Department. The CLAC module is designed for intermediate level language learners.

This course offers a foreign language component or CLAC component in the following languages: Chinese, French, German, Russian.
Students who select the CLAC option will complete work in a foreign language that will supplement the work in this course. Students who complete the CLAC assignments successfully will earn 1 credit for the CLAC component.

To register for the CLAC component, you must also register for a one-credit LANG 230 CLAC module listed among the Language Department's offerings. Meeting times and location will be arranged at the beginning of the semester. Credit for CLAC modules may be counted toward the requirements for International Studies and as elective credit in the Language department.

 

POLI 320 1W Public Administration
4 credits
Baker, Rob

Prerequisites: POLI 101S and Jr class standing
Using a systems framework, this course focuses on politics and policymaking of the federal bureaucracy. Emphasis is on how bureaucrats and bureaucratic agencies interact with each other, and with other political actors at the federal level. The course combines lectures with seminar discussion format. Students will be asked to write 4 critical book reviews, and an article summary. Two essay exams will also be given.

WRITING INTENSIVE

POLI 322 1W American Constitutional Law
4 credits
Wright, Heather

Prerequisites: POLI 101S and Jr. class standing
A course on constitutional law can be - and is - nothing less than an extended inquiry into the meaning of America. This semester we focus on civil liberties within their constitutional framework, including free speech, religious freedom, and the impact of the Equal Protection and Due Process clauses on racial and gender equality. We will take up specific controversies — including abortion, gay rights, and hate speech. Developing a nuanced understanding of the Constitution and of key political and interpretive disputes, including the basis and nature of judicial authority, we will go beyond the facts and rulings of the great Supreme Court cases to engage important issues of political theory and the nature of our democracy.

WRITING INTENSIVE

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