270, 370. Special Topics in American Politics
Topics may include American political history, political economy, democracy and its discontents, the politics of labor and political action in modern America. Also offered through Native American Studies.
276. Women in Politics
302. Law and Courts in the United States
An examination of legal and judicial institutions, federal and state. Prerequisite: Government 103. Juniors or seniors. Required as preparation for Government 307.
303. Political Parties, Interest Groups and Voting Behavior
Two mechanisms try to organize ordinary citizens in their approach to government so government may be responsive to people’s needs: parties and interest groups. One of their aims has been to organize citizens into rational, effective voting blocs. This course looks at how parties and interest groups work and at whether or not they are fulfilling their purpose.
305. Urban Society and Potitics
An introduction to the study of urban politics that examines theories of urbanism, the connections between urban society and politics, and issues of race and class in the city. The course pays particular attention to the distinctive political consequences of urbanism, especially as they affect the nature and quality of urban life, and reviews how national policies and corporations affect the ability of urban decision-makers to govern in the midst of mounting problems and declining resources.
307. Constitutional Law of the United States
An examination of the development of the U.S. Constitution through judicial and political processes. Prerequisites: junior or senior standing.
309. Congress and the Lawmaking Process
An institutional and behavioral examination of the legislative process in Congress, with attention to current policy issues. Requires junior or senior standing.
310. U.S. Presidency
An examination of the functions of the presidency, with stress on the development of the executive branch in response to political needs and opportunities. Requires junior or senior standing.
312. Environmental Law and Politics
Legal and governmental reactions to problems of environmental protection, including population, crowding, noise, air and water pollution, depletion of resources and land use. A survey of private law and public law at federal, state and local levels, with stress on the representation of interest groups in legislative, administrative and judicial processes. Requires junior or senior standing. Also offered as Environmental Studies 312.
314. Politics and the Media
Most Americans learn most of what they know about politics from the media. But critics charge that the media’s picture of politics is distorted. This course explains how the picture is distorted and why. In addition to news media, the course will look at the political and social messages of primetime television, Hollywood film and the advertising industry.
315. The Politics of Family in American Life
What is the connection between family structures and the distribution of power in society? We examine this question through a study of the post-World War II American family and how it has changed. To understand the ways family life both shapes and is shaped by broader power relations, we draw upon fictional, analytic, autobiographical and cinematic texts. Our goal is to help students think systematically about the competing strands of meaning that inform American family life so that, by the end of the term, they can assess the promises contemporary families offer and the challenges they face.
316. Ethics in Business and the Professions
This seminar looks at the relation between public policy and ethical dilemmas in the arenas of corporate life and professional service. The course asks students to examine the sorts of moral dilemmas they can expect to encounter in their chosen fields of work and takes a case-study approach to such topics as employee rights, information disclosure, Affirmative Action, sexual harassment and whistle-blowing, and the roles that public policy should — or should not — play in relation to these issues.
317. Sexual Citizenship
Gay/lesbian/bisexual/trangendered (GLBT) people in the United States continue to be denied full citizenship rights. This course explores how GLBT people organize in order to gain full citizenship. We explore issues that clearly and explicitly affect GLBT people, such as the right to serve in the military, marriage and relationship rights, and recognition and employment rights, as well as those issues that have a less apparent, though no less important impact, such as welfare reform, sex education in schools and Social Security reform.
351. African-American Political and Social thought
broad-based survey of African-American social and political thought. Its focus will be the theme of duality, of what it means for a culture and a people to be both integral to, and excluded from, the larger society of which they are part.
361. American Foreign Policy
A study of the formulation, conduct and administration of United States foreign policy, particularly since 1945. The course will examine the directions of U.S. foreign policy since 1989 and the goals and values that have guided foreign policy in the new environment. What directions should American policy take in contemporary foreign relations and what goals and values should guide that policy direction? Prerequisites: Government 108 or permission of instructor; junior or senior standing.