Political Science

POLITICAL SCIENCE 100: NATIONAL POLITICS IN THE UNITED STATES (HSC)

Fall. Credit, three hours. Prerequisite / corequisite: Political Science 101. Origins, principles, structures, processes, and practices of American government from a political science perspective. Emphases on democratic foundations, lining processes, government institutions, and policy making.

POLITICAL SCIENCE 101: INTRODUCTION TO POLITICS (HAP)

Fall, Spring. Credit, three hours. Approaches to the study of politics and comparison of political systems, including democratic and authoritarian regimes, within the context of Western civilization.

POLITICAL SCIENCE 110: INTRODUCTION TO INTERNATIONAL POLITICS (HSC)

Fall. Credit, three hours. Introduction to analytical concepts, the nature of the interstate system, the assumptions and ideas of diplomacy, and the determinants of foreign policy.

POLITICAL SCIENCE 111: PRINCIPLES OF POLITICAL SCIENCE (HSC)

TBA. Credit, three hours. The chief goals of the course are to help students describe the disciplines most important lines of inquiry, to develop student enthusiasm for political science approaches to understanding politics, and to provide them with a shared vocabulary which may be built upon by the departments other courses. The course introduces students to different types of political interdependencies that are common across the subfields in political science through an examination of big questions that drive the discipline.

POLITICAL SCIENCE 113: THE GENESIS OF THREE MAJOR WORLD ISSUES

Spring, on demand. Credit, one hour. Prerequisite: Political Science 101; without this course the student would not have the knowledge they need to gain advantage from it. A consideration of three international issues and their relation to justice.

POLITICAL SCIENCE 120: INTRODUCTION TO COMPARATIVE POLITICS (HSC)

Fall. Credit, three hours. This course provides an introduction to the comparative study of modern political systems. It outlines the major concepts and methods of comparative political analysis and applies them to a selection of advanced industrial democracies, communist and post-communist states, and developing countries. In each case, we will examine the key institutions and patterns of political behavior as well as the historical and social context of present-day politics.

POLS 200: INTERMEDIATE NATIONAL POLITICS OF THE U.S. (HSC)

Spring. Credit, three hours. Prerequisite: Political Science 100; prerequisite / corequisite: Political Science 101Q. This is the second course in American government. The course moves analysis of American politics from the examination of individual institutions and mass political behavior to the analysis of how the public, elected officials, and political institutions interact to govern and make public policy. We do this to understand how our system actually works and evaluate how our democratic system is performing.

POLITICAL SCIENCE 201: CLASSICAL POLITICAL THOUGHT (HAP)

Fall. Credit, four hours. Prerequisite: Political Science 101. Beginnings of the Western political heritage as shaped by the great political thinkers from Plato to Marsilius.

POLITICAL SCIENCE 202: MODERN POLITICAL THOUGHT (HAP)

Spring. Credit, four hours. Prerequisite: Political Science 101. Political thought in the modern period, from Machiavelli through the nineteenth century.

POLITICAL SCIENCE 208: RESEARCH DESIGN METHODS (HSC)

Spring. Credit, three hours. Prerequisites: Quantitative Theory and Methods 100 and Political Science 101Q. This course provides an introduction to the theory and method of contemporary political analysis. Political Science 208 is mandatory for majors in political science or international studies at Emory University. The department strongly encourages all students to take this course during the first two years to prepare themselves for upper-level coursework.

POLITICAL SCIENCE 210: INTERMEDIATE INTERNATIONAL POLITICS (HSC)

Spring. Credit, three hours. Prerequisite: Political Science 110; prerequisite / corequisite Political Science 101Q. This is an advanced survey of current research and topics in international relations. This course will continue to introduce students to topics of inquiry and methods in the field of international relations.

POLITICAL SCIENCE 220: INTERMEDIATE COMPARATIVE POLITICS

Spring. Credit, three hours. Prerequisite: Political Science 120; prerequisite / corequisite: Political Science 101Q. This intermediate course in comparative politics examines two core challenges of democratic and autocratic governance – how power is constructed and maintained, and how public policy is constructed and implemented. 

POLITICAL SCIENCE 306: HUMAN NATURE IN POLITICS FROM THE FEMININE PERSPECTIVE (HAP)

Spring (alternate years). Credit, three hours. Prerequisite: Political Science 101 or permission of instructor. A survey course in political philosophy, ancient to modern. It investigates the theme of human nature by consideration of varying views of the feminine.

POLITICAL SCIENCE 320: POLITICAL VIOLENCE (HSC)

Spring. Credit, three hours. Prerequisites: Political Science 101 and Political Science 110 or Political Science 120. This course introduces students to social scientific explanations for the causes, consequences, and resolution of insurgency and terrorism. Students use theoretical models to analyze major developments in world events. This course is designed to allow student to engage critically and seriously with recent scholarship on a variety of forms of political violence and violent conflict.

POLITICAL SCIENCE 346: AFRICAN AMERICAN POLITICS (HSC)

TBA. Credit, three hours. Prerequisite: Political Science 101. Comprehensive examination of African American politics and its critical influence upon the American political system. Civil rights and black power movements; the voting rights act and redistricting; African American political participation, attitudes, and governance. (Cross-listed with African American Studies 346)

POLITICAL SCIENCE 353: CIVIL LIBERTIES (HSC)

Spring. Credit, three hours. Prerequisites: Political Science 101; Political Science 100 suggested but not required. Examination of individual liberties guaranteed by the United States Constitution, including freedom of expression and religion; the right to privacy; and the right against discrimination based on age, sex, race or economic status.

POLITICAL SCIENCE 354: CRIMINAL JUSTICE (HSC)

Fall. Credit, three hours. Prerequisites: Political Science 101Q; Political Science 100 suggested. Examination of the various stages of the criminal justice process in the United States and the constitutional rights accorded to the criminally accused.

POLITICAL SCIENCE 385R: SPECIAL TOPICS IN POLITICAL SCIENCE

TBA. Credit, one to four hours. Prerequisite: Political Science 101 and permission of both instructor and chair of the History and Social Sciences Division. May be repeated for credit when topic varies. Seminar and/or advanced class in selected political science topics. Primarily for students interested in politics.

POLITICAL SCIENCE 397R: DIRECTED STUDY

TBA. Credit, one to four hours. Prerequisites: Political Science 101, two other political science courses, and permission of instructor. Independent reading and research under the direction of a faculty member. This course does not satisfy distribution requirements in history and social sciences.