Political Science (PSCI)
Survey of the basic concepts and theories of political science, including comparative analysis of political institutions and ideologies.
Survey of major issues in international politics and foreign affairs, with emphasis on global awareness of states, regions, and politics in the international system.
Prerequisites: PSCI 101A and PSCI 102A. This course assesses the strengths and weaknesses of the existing Constitution and considers possible amendments to the Constitution in response to contemporary American political values and conditions. Students who have not yet taken PSCI 201 should consider doing so before taking this course.
Prerequisite PSCI 101A and PSCI 102A. The Study of political and economic development of the People's Republic of China from both historical and conceptual perspectives, including discussion of political and economic reform since 1978, rising differentiation within Chinese society, human rights, and prospects for democracy in China.
Prerequisite PSCI 101A and PSCI 102A. The role of East Asian countries in international affairs. Special emphasis is placed on the examination of the foreign policies of China and Japan, the development of Greater China, tension on the Korean Peninsula, and cooperation and conflict in the Pacific Rim over national security, trade issues, and human rights.
Prerequisite PSCI 101A and PSCI 102A. Provides an overview of the major debates concerning women and politics. The first section of the course examines the historical evolution of women's participation in American politics from the fight for suffrage through the modern feminist movement. The second part of the course analyzes the experience of women as voters, candidates, and officeholders. Finally, students will evaluate the impact of specific public policies on women. The policy areas investigated will include abortion, welfare, child care, education, and employment issues.
Prerequisites: PSCI 101A and PSCI 102A. The course examines the domestic and international political forces that shape women’s access to education, healthcare, work, freedom from violence and other development-related resources, particularly in the developing world. It analyzes the impact of public policies on women’s lives and the latter’s ability to influence the political process.
Prerequisite: PSCI 101A and PSCI 102A. An overview of advanced methods in Political Science, with topics including predictive analytics and machine learning as applied to voter turnout, donor recruitment, and get-out-the vote efforts, best practices for data visualization, and implementing these methods in the R programming language.