GOVERNMENT

GOVT-696
Selected Topics: Non-recurring (1-6)

Course Level: Graduate

Topics vary by section, may be repeated for credit with different topic.

GOVT-696
001
GOVERNMENT
SPRING 2014

Course Level: Graduate

Selected Topics: Non-recurring (1-6)

Chinese Politics

This course is an introduction to the evolution and change in modern Chinese politics since the Opium War in the 1840s. In addition to comprehensive introductions on various significant events in modern Chinese politics, the course pays close attention to how transformed social structures, institutions, and even political culture had shaped the political development in China. The course covers political and economic reforms in the late Qing dynasty, the Xinhai Revolution, the Communist Revolution, the totalitarian state established by the Chinese Communist Party, the political process and relations between the state and society in the 1950s and 1960s, the Cultural Revolution, and the political implications and consequences of the reforms undertaken in the post-Mao era. Meets with GOVT-432 001.

GOVT-696
003
GOVERNMENT
SPRING 2014

Course Level: Graduate

Selected Topics: Non-recurring (1-6)

Recovering Human Nature

Since the beginning of Western civilization, political thinkers have debated the character of human nature with their differences having sharp implications for their recommendations for political institutions. However, as summed up by the slogan "we are socially constructed all the way down," most major theorists since World War II have denied the very existence of human nature itself. This course begins by examining the arguments of some of the main theorists who deny the existence of human nature. The bulk of the course, however, reads some of the most convincing accounts of human nature in order to articulate a compelling vision of it consistent with everything else we know today. Meets with GOVT-496 002.

GOVT-696
004
GOVERNMENT
SPRING 2014

Course Level: Graduate

Selected Topics: Non-recurring (1-6)

Political Violence and Civil War

This course fills in those aspects of political violence that an international relations "theories of war" course might neglect. The course looks at violence that exists within the boundaries of a country (the realm of comparative politics), as well as political violence that often has transnational dimensions (e.g., terrorism, civil wars). The course serves as an introduction to theories of political violence. The class looks at structural approaches to conflict (i.e., big historical processes or lead to war) as well as more micro-level approaches (e.g., why individual soldiers fight). This reading and writing intensive course also teaches skills including strong argumentative/persuasive writing, the ability to boil down complex or dense writing to its most basic points, and a facility with evaluating evidence. Meets with GOVT-432 002.

GOVT-696
005
GOVERNMENT
SPRING 2014

Course Level: Graduate

Selected Topics: Non-recurring (1-6)

African Politics

This course is an introduction to the politics of Sub-Saharan Africa in the post-independence period. In the first half of the course, students learn about the basic building blocks for understanding African politics. These include ethnicity, clientelism, and state weakness. In the second half of the course, students use their understanding of these concepts to examine larger questions, such as the causes of civil war, the effectiveness of international aid, or variation in government performance. The course also serves as an introduction to new and cutting-edge methods in policy and international development. Meets with GOVT-432 005.

GOVT-696
006
GOVERNMENT
SPRING 2014

Course Level: Graduate

Selected Topics: Non-recurring (1-6)

Freedom and the Human Condition

Human beings take pride in their freedom from nature, in free thought, deliberation, choice, and action. In an effort to uncover what it means to be free human beings, this course considers whether our pride is justified, how free are we, and what it means to be free. It also looks at questions such as, is the body nothing more than a prison for the soul; is the mind nothing but matter in motion; and does political freedom consist in voting, local institutions, or other forms of participation and activism? Meets with GOVT-496 004.

GOVT-696
N01
GOVERNMENT
SUMMER 2014

Course Level: Graduate

Selected Topics: Non-recurring (1-6)

The Politics of Human Trafficking: Theory and Power

A multifaceted exploration of the politics of human trafficking, coupling analysis of the theoretical debate on the morality of "owning" human beings with on-the-ground investigation in Thailand, a world hub of human trafficking. The class reads great philosophers such as Hobbes, Locke, Marx, and Nietzsche, government reports, and academic analyses of both the sex and labor trade, and also meets Thai politicians, activists, victims, and survivors, and learns from in-country experts. The highest morality and the ugliest reality are all considered. Meets with GOVT-496 N01.

GOVT-696
001
GOVERNMENT
FALL 2014

Course Level: Graduate

Selected Topics: Non-recurring (1-6)

Introduction to Research Design

This course teaches students a range of methods of inquiry and how to design their own research projects. It covers a basic introduction to the philosophy of science, the construction and testing of theories through observation and experiments, design and validity of research questions, causal inference, operationalization and measurement of variables, and case selection and sampling issues. It also introduces students to a range of qualitative methods, including ethnographic case studies, Qualitative Comparative Analysis (QCA), and archival and media research to complement the quantitative methods students learn in other courses. Students critique research and write and present a project meeting professional standards in the social sciences. Prerequisite: admission to Ph.D. program or permission of the director of doctoral programs.

GOVT-696
002
GOVERNMENT
FALL 2014

Course Level: Graduate

Selected Topics: Non-recurring (1-6)

Campaign Finance

Money in politics is one of the most consistently controversial and compelling topics in American elections. Fundamental issues of free speech, government regulation and public participation in the democratic process are all central to campaign finance policy and law. This rigorous course explores campaign finance in federal elections and public policy. This course examines how American campaign finance policy has evolved, the intersection of policy and law, and considers how money and politics are important in campaigns and governing. Few other areas of American politics and law have evolved as substantially as campaign finance in recent years. This course provides a unique opportunity to learn about an area that is politically, practically, and academically essential to the democratic process. Meets with GOVT-496 002.

GOVT-696
E01L
GOVERNMENT
SUMMER 2014

Course Level: Graduate

Selected Topics: Non-recurring (1-6)

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-432 E01L SIS-676 E01L.

GOVT-696
N02T
GOVERNMENT
SUMMER 2014

Course Level: Graduate

Selected Topics: Non-recurring (1-6)

Native Nations, the Global Economy and the Future

This WINS program course builds on GOVT-436/636. The focus is on contemporary issues important to AI/AN/NH communities through a combination of lectures, discussions, relevant readings, research projects, field trips, volunteer work and guest speakers. At a challenging economic and political moment in America's history, the course addresses the role Native nations can play in the economic, social, and political future of the United States. Exploring various theories of development in Native communities, the course applies those theories to challenges and opportunities facing tribes and other Indigenous communities in the United States and around the world. The course engages students from an asset-based frame to see the strengths tribes offer to our nation and the world. Open only to students in the WINS program. Meets with GOVT-496 N02T.

GOVT-696
004
GOVERNMENT
FALL 2014

Course Level: Graduate

Selected Topics: Non-recurring (1-6)

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. Meets with GOVT-432 003.