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Summer 2020

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Political Science offers online courses that count toward your university and major requirements, while allowing you the flexibility to complete coursework from anywhere in the world.


PS 106 Power, Politics, and Inequality (4 credits; SSC, IP, US); CRN: 43469; Syllabus
Examines power and politics through the lens of inequality, focusing on the constant struggle between the haves and the have-nots.
Previously offered as PS 199 Power, Politics, and Inequality; cannot receive credit for both.

  • Instructor: TBD
  • Session: 3
  • Format: WEB Course; 4 weeks (August 17 – September 13)

PS 111 Introduction to Political Science (4 credits; SSC); CRN: 43102; Syllabus
Offers students the tools to think for themselves about politics: multiple ideological and analytical viewpoints on varying political arrangements around the world.
Previously offered as PS 199 Intro Poli Sci; cannot receive credit for both.

  • Instructor: TBD
  • Session: 1
  • Format: WEB Course; 4 weeks (June 22 – July 19)

PS 201 US Politics (4 credits; SSC); CRN: 43464; Syllabus
Theoretical introduction to American institutions, political doctrines, and ideology as these affect the course of politics and public policy in the United States.

  • Instructor: TBD
  • Session: 1
  • Format: WEB Course; 4 weeks (June 22 – July 19)
  • Gateway course for Career Path: Public Policy and Political Action

PS 275 Legal Process (4 credits; SSC); CRN: 43104; 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.

  • Instructor: Associate Professor Gash
  • Session: 2
  • Format: WEB Course; 4 weeks (July 20 – August 16)
  • Gateway course for Career Path: Politics, Law, and Justice

PS 304 Democracy, Dictators, and Development (4 credits; SSC, GP, IC); CRN: 43105; Syllabus
Examines key questions in political science like why some countries are rich while others are poor, why some countries are democratic and others are authoritarian, how these different political systems work, and which are best equipped to address ethno-nationalist conflict and economic development.
Previously offered as PS 204; cannot receive credit for both.

  • Instructor: Associate Professor Kauffman
  • Session: 1
  • Format: WEB Course; 4 weeks (June 22 – July 19)
  • Career Paths: Public Policy and Political Action; Global Engagement

PS 330 Governments and Politics in Latin America (4 credits; SSC, GP, IC); CRN: 43106; Syllabus
Social, political, and economic developments in Latin America; causes and consequences of revolutions, democratization, economic politics; examples from Mexico, Brazil, Chile, Argentina, Cuba, Guatemala, Venezuela. Offered alternate years. Previously offered as PS 463; cannot receive credit for both.

  • Instructor: Associate Professor Beck
  • Session: 3
  • Format: WEB Course; 4 weeks (August 17 – September 13)
  • Career Paths: Global Engagement; Politics of Business

PS 349 Mass Media and American Politics (4 credits; SSC); CRN: 43467; Syllabus
The role of the mass media in contemporary American politics; the effect of the media on such institutions as political parties, elections, and the presidency.

  • Instructor: Professor Southwell
  • Session: 3
  • Format: WEB Course; 4 weeks (August 17 – September 13)
  • Career Paths: Politics, Law and Justice; Politics of Business

PS 350 Politics and Film (4 credits); CRN: 43107; Syllabus
Examines the political relevance of films and their role as a medium for illustrating, defending, and challenging political ideas.

  • Instructor: Professor Southwell
  • Session: 1
  • Format: WEB Course; 4 weeks (June 22 – July 19)
  • Career Paths: Ethics, Identity, and Society; Sustainability, Development, and Social Action

PS 372 Music and Politics (4 credits; AC, US, t); CRN: 43466; Syllabus
In this class we will be asking questions about what is political about music of various musical styles and from diverse historical periods, exploring issues of cultural appropriation, issues of race, gender, and sexuality in music, and the politics of technology and music.
Previously offered as PS 399 Music and Politics; cannot receive credit for both.

  • Instructor: Associate Professor Chari
  • Session: 2
  • Format: WEB Course; 4 weeks (July 20 – August 16)
  • Political Theory
  • Career Paths: Ethics, Identity, and Society; Global Engagement

PS 479 US Interventions in Developing Nations (4 credits); CRN: 43564; Syllabus
Examines theories of intervention: security, economic imperialism, humanitarian intervention, spreading democracy, domestic politics; over thirty-seven U.S. interventions since 1898 are surveyed.

  • Instructor: Associate Professor Cramer
  • Session: 2
  • Format: Remote Course with synchronous activities; 4 weeks (July 20 – August 19)
  • Career Paths: Global Engagement; Sustainability, Development, and Social Action

Courses approved to satisfy the university’s Areas of Inquiry (previously group-satisfying) and/or Cultural Literacy (previously 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)
  • United States: Difference, Inequality, and Agency (US)
  • Global Perspectives (GP)


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