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GOVERNMENT

GOVT-396
Selected Topics: Non-recurring (1-6)

Course Level: Undergraduate

Topics vary by section, may be repeated for credit with different topic. Prerequisite: minimum 2.5 GPA.

GOVT-396
003
GOVERNMENT
FALL 2015

Course Level: Undergraduate

Selected Topics: Non-recurring (1-6)

Building Political Institutions after the Arab Spring

This course explores theoretical perspectives on democratization and institution building with a focus on the latest wave of constitution-making in the post-Arab Spring. The class has two major elements: in-class theoretical instruction and an out-of-class assignment on constitution writing. Instruction focuses on the major aspects of constitutional design, constitutional law and democracy: the separation of powers; electoral systems; presidentialism vs. parliamentarism; federalism; judicial review; and development of civil rights and liberties. As a final project, the class is divided into several groups which applies democratization and comparative constitutional design theories to reconsider new and more democratic constitutions for countries from the most recent wave of new constitutions worldwide.

GOVT-396
002
GOVERNMENT
FALL 2015

Course Level: Undergraduate

Selected Topics: Non-recurring (1-6)

Inequality

Rising incomes among the richest Americans and stagnating incomes for middle class Americans have contributed to the salience of inequality as an issue in American politics. This course considers what social scientists know about inequality and several competing accounts of its causes and consequences from both empirical and normative points of view. Readings include both contemporary works of social science and classic works of political theory on this topic.

GOVT-396
006
GOVERNMENT
FALL 2015

Course Level: Undergraduate

Selected Topics: Non-recurring (1-6)

Human Nature, Justice and Necessity: Thucydides'

One of the greatest works in the history of political thought, Thucydides' History has influenced thinkers from Plato to Hobbes to Nietzsche to Heidegger. This course is a close reading of his text with a view to gaining clarity about the title subjects--human nature, justice, and necessity--as well as freedom, the role of rhetoric in democracy, and, of course, war.

GOVT-396
005
GOVERNMENT
FALL 2015

Course Level: Undergraduate

Selected Topics: Non-recurring (1-6)

Political Theory: Issues and Texts

In this reading/discussion course in conjunction with the lecture and debate programming of the Political Theory Institute (PTI), students read works by the PTI speakers as well as relevant original texts and information that the speakers will be analyzing. Students attend the PTI events and have a special private meeting with several of the speakers. The course aim is for students to be well prepared for the events and learn in-depth about an array of political theory issues and texts.