GOVERNMENT

GOVT-432
Political Institutions and Processes in Selected Countries (3)

Course Level: Undergraduate

Topics vary by section, may be repeated for credit with different topic. The nature of political institutions and processes of specific countries, such as Great Britain, Germany, France, the former Soviet Union, Israel, Iran, Greece, India, Turkey, and Mexico. Prerequisite: GOVT-130 or GOVT-231 or GOVT-232, and minimum 2.5 GPA.

GOVT-432
001
GOVERNMENT
FALL 2014

Course Level: Undergraduate

Political Institutions and Processes in Selected Countries (3)

Politics and Public Policy in Israel

Israel's parliamentary democracy is a mosaic in which ethnic, class, religious, national and migration considerations play a dynamic part in the intricacies of the political system. This course provides an overview of the geopolitical history of Israel and the Arab-Israeli conflict from the pre-state era until the present, and also an introduction to the principles that guide Israel's political system and the cleavages in Israeli society which greatly affect developments and trends in politics and policy.

GOVT-432
003
GOVERNMENT
FALL 2014

Course Level: Undergraduate

Political Institutions and Processes in Selected Countries (3)

Communism and Capitalism in East Asia

This course focuses on the practice of communism and capitalism in East Asia, as well as its implications for the political and socioeconomic development in this region. More specifically, this course examines the major functions of political and economic systems, processes, and changes in East Asia (two systems of China, two systems of Korea, Japan, and Singapore). Major contemporary issues and policies of the East Asian systems are also surveyed, with particular emphasis on how each government enhances its regime's claim to political legitimacy.

GOVT-432
002
GOVERNMENT
FALL 2014

Course Level: Undergraduate

Political Institutions and Processes in Selected Countries (3)

Native American Politics

What is the best term for the first inhabitants of this continent: Native American, American Indian, or First Peoples? Canada refers to their indigenous inhabitants as First Peoples, but the United States uses a variety of terms. Native Americans is a not a term embraced by all indigenous inhabitants, indeed, many indigenous peoples within the United States prefer American Indian. Due to the history of indigenous peoples on this continent, "American" is often controversial: native inhabitants were brutally killed (10 million people in 1492 became roughly 200,000 by 1920), enslaved, conquered and ultimately either assimilated into American society or sequestered on reservations. Native American is also a geographical reference to the indigenous peoples living in the United States. The use of the word Indian was a mistake, Columbus thought he had arrived in the West Indies, and since people in India are referred to as Indians, calling indigenous peoples in North America "Indians" is culturally inaccurate, especially considering the confusion that arises from the term Indian-American, which describes an immigrant from India. This course on native Indian politics examines the politics of a geographical entity, U.S. tribes, and reservations.

GOVT-432
E01L
GOVERNMENT
SUMMER 2014

Course Level: Undergraduate

Political Institutions and Processes in Selected Countries (3)

Understanding Government in Africa through Novels,Film,Music

Throughout much of Sub Saharan Africa, governments are democratizing while addressing historical, political, and economic challenges that largely result from the legacy of colonialism. African authors, directors, and musicians have recorded these challenges in novels, films, and music from the continent. This online course focuses on these works of fiction, offering students the opportunity to study themes in governance and development from perspectives found in the continent's novels, films, and music. These themes include precolonial political structures; the political, social, economic, and cultural impacts of colonialism; resistance to colonialism; the modern state and economy; politics and reconciliation at the national and local levels; and democratic consolidation. The course compares novels, films, and music from West, Central, East, and Southern Africa, while exploring local perspectives on governance issues and also uses historical and political texts to supplement novels, film, and music. Meets with GOVT-696 E01L SIS-676 E01L.

GOVT-432
001
GOVERNMENT
SPRING 2015

Course Level: Undergraduate

Political Institutions and Processes in Selected Countries (3)

Canadian Politics

This course is a systemic study of past and current political issues, government institutions, and economic actors through an analysis of the constitutional, institutional, legal, political, cultural, behavioral, social, and economic features of Canadian politics and government, the Canadian economy, the Canadian defense structure, and contemporary provincial topics. The course addresses important issues in Canadian society including regionalism, political parties, interest groups, competing national and regional identities, and political reform.