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Political Science

ISPOSC110 Governing America

An analysis of governance and political citizenship in the United States. Includes examination of national institutions (Congress, Courts and the Presidency), other public offices, election cycles, and subnational politics. Compares democracy with other governing models, and examines types of political information and practice in deliberative political discussion. Fall.

ISPOSC210 United States Politics

Survey of U.S. politics at the federal level. Emphasis is on the context and development of the Constitution and the evolution of political institutions, such as Congress, the presidency, and the courts. Other topics include political economy, media, public opinion, parties, elections, interest groups, and social movements. Fall, Spring.

ISPOSC211 State and Local Politics

The role of power and institutions in the states and their government subdivisions. Comparative state and local cultures, federalism, revenues and expenditures, and contemporary problems. Spring.

ISPOSC220 Global Politics

International politics in the era of globalization. International security frameworks, the global political economy, and critical agendas. Fall, Spring.

ISPOSC223 Introductory Comparative Government

Introduction to comparative analysis, usually focusing on a pair of cases (such as Canada and the United States) that have similar histories and societies, but different governments and policy outcomes. Primary emphasis: the context and evolution of political traditions, institutions, and behavior. Secondary emphasis: the methods of comparative analysis. Spring.

ISPOSC228 Understanding Global Politics Through Literature and Film

Survey of important concepts in global politics that can be studied through such media as documentaries, films, and novels. The course treats important political questions and provocative theories about the international environment, hegemony, the international monetary regime, and the use of war. Occasionally.

ISPOSC230 Foundations of Political Thought

Introduction to the political philosophies that framed political action and governance in the West between the Classical Era and the end of the 17th century. Students learn the political contributions of Greek, Roman, Church, Reformation, and Enlightenment thinkers. Students also learn how to ask, answer, and assess philosophical questions about political power. Fall, Spring.

ISPOSC317 The U.S. Presidency

This course examines the modern American presidency. It provides a broad introduction to the executive branch and covers a range of topics, including campaigns and elections, rhetoric and speechmaking, and foreign and domestic policymaking. A key theme concerns the nature and paradoxes of presidential power. Prerequisite: 24 credits in ISP, including ITW 101 and IQL 101. Fall.