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Summer Session


Session 1: Weeks 1 – 4 (June 26 – July 23)

PS 399 Political Scandals (4 credits; u) (MTWR 1000–1150); CRN: 42302; Syllabus
Critical and historical analysis of the phenomenon of political scandals. Examines: Watergate, Iran-Contra, Clinton-Lewinsky-Starr Affair, Wall Street/housing market collapse of 2007-8, and Eliot Spitzer. Professor Southwell

PS 399 Politics of Human Rights (4 credits; i) (MTWR 1400–1550); CRN: 42301; Syllabus
This course will use case studies ranging from the Armenian genocide to the War on Terror to explore the meaning, basis, roots, and practical significance of human rights. Special attention will be paid to questions of the universality of human rights and the importance of political and economic context for understanding the reasons for persistence of human rights violations. Instructor Malekafzali

Session 2: Weeks 5 – 8 (July 24–August 20)

PS 347 Political Power, Influence, and Control (4 credits; SSC, t) (MTWR 1200-1350); CRN: 41848; Syllabus
Survey of the use of the concept of power in the social sciences, stressing diverse theoretical perspectives and empirical studies of political institutions. Professor Baumgold

PS 484 United States Supreme Court (4 credits; u) (MTWR 1000-1150); CRN: 42306; Syllabus
The Supreme Court as a political body; the judicial role in the context of the economic, political, social, and psychological factors that influence the court’s decisions. Instructor Davidson

Session 3: Weeks 9 – 12 (August 21–September 17)

PS 275 Legal Process (4 credits; SSC, u) (MTWR 1200-1420); CRN: 41846; Syllabus
Overview of the United States legal system. Covers a range of sociolegal writing and provides a context for the legal system under which the U.S. operates. Associate Professor Gash

PS 346 Terrorism and Weapons Proliferation (4 credits; i) (MTWR 1000–1150); CRN: 41847; Syllabus
Examines causes and control of terrorism, especially preventing terrorist use of weapons of mass destruction; theories and policies of nonproliferation and arms control. Associate Professor Cramer

Independent Study, Online Courses

Weeks 1 – 8 (June 26–August 20)

PS 204 Intro to Comparative Politics (4 credits; SSC, m); CRN: 41844; Syllabus
Introduction to major concepts and approaches in the study of comparative government and politics. Assistant Professor Kauffman

PS 399 Music and Politics (4 credits; t); CRN: 42303; Syllabus
Examines how the music of any and every kind is involved in the production of subjectivity. Our interest here is in the “micropolitics” of music. Various musical styles and historical periods will be examined. Assistant Professor Chari

Weeks 1 – 11 (June 26–September 10)

PS 111 Introduction to Political Science (4 credits; SSC, m); CRN: 42304; Syllabus
Offers students the tools to think for themselves about politics: multiple ideological and analytical viewpoints on varying political arrangements around the world.Professor Parsons

PS 201 United States Politics (4 credits; SSC, u); CRN: 41843; Syllabus
Theoretical introduction to American institutions, political doctrines, and ideology as these affect the course of politics and public policy in the United States. Professor Southwell

PS 350 Politics and Film (4 credits; u); CRN: 41850; Syllabus
Examines the political relevance of films and their role as a medium for illustrating, defending, and challenging political ideas. Professor Southwell

Courses approved to satisfy the university’s group-satisfying and/or multicultural requirements have been designated with the corresponding group requirement code:

  • Arts and Letters (A&L)
  • Social Science (SSC)
  • Science (SC)
  • American Cultures (AC)
  • Identity, Pluralism, and Tolerance (IP)
  • International Cultures (IC)

Courses that count toward a PS subfield requirement are noted with the corresponding subfield code.

  • Comparative Politics (m)
  • International Relations (i)
  • Political Theory (t)
  • US Politics (u)

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