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

Course Level: Graduate

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

GOVT-696 002
Term: SPRING 2016
Course Level: Graduate
Section Title: Political Economy of Inequality in Global South
Inequality has become a core theme of politics across much of the world. This course addresses why and for whom inequality matters, how it evolves in different settings, and competing explanations for changes in patterns of distribution. The course emphasizes how phenomena that on the surface may appear to be strictly economic are in fact inherently political in nature. This accounts for our emphasis on political economy. The following are among the questions addressed: How do political institutions shape distributive outcomes? What is the role of competing social and political actors in shaping these outcomes? To what extent does political regime type influence distribution? And how do structural characteristics of economies, and their insertion into global networks of production and trade, determine who among competing social actors emerge as winners and losers in the struggle to secure a greater portion of the pie?
GOVT-696 003
Term: SPRING 2016
Course Level: Graduate
Section Title: Conduct of Inquiry IV
Increasingly social science research is concerned with causal inference. Experimental, quasi-experimental, and field designs intended to make causal inferences have special considerations outside of the standard econometric framework. The class is focused on causality, and examines this topic observationally, and experimentally. It is split into two parts: "Causal Framework" and "Field Methods."
GOVT-696 004
Term: SPRING 2016
Course Level: Graduate
Section Title: Presidential Primaries
This course examines what makes the New Hampshire primary unique, its influence in presidential politics, and its people. The course looks at political advertising, polling, the role of the media, and how online media is changing the political environment. Guest lectures include campaign managers, staffs, and reporters sharing their experience in this crucial time in the election cycle. Prerequisite: permission of advisor. Meets with COMM-420 001 COMM-620 001 GOVT-496 004.