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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

Topics include federalism; institutions and jurisdictional responsibilities of governance at the municipal, county, and state level; participatory potential and policy importance of politics at the subnational level. Spring.

ISPOSC220 International Relations

An introduction to the modern international political system with emphasis on the key institutions and issues that affect the interactions of the state and non-state actors in the contemporary global community. Fall, Spring.

ISPOSC230 Political Philosophy to 1688

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.

ISPOSC240 Introductory Comparative Government

Introduction to comparative analysis. Primary emphasis: the context and evolution of political traditions, institutions, and behavior. Secondary emphasis: the methods of comparative analysis. Fall.

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 speech-making, and foreign and domestic policy-making. A key theme concerns the nature and paradoxes of presidential power. Prerequisite: 24 credits in ISP, including ITW 101 and a QL course. Fall.