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  • Schaehrer Memorial Lecture - Peace and Conflict Studies
    Resistance Works Professor Erica Chenoweth is co winner of the 2013 Grawemeyer Award for Ideas Improving World Order for her 2011 book co authored with Maria Stephan Why Civil Resistance Works The Strategic Logic of Non Violent Conflict Columbia University Press She is assistant professor at the University of Denver s Josef Korbel School of International Studies and directs that school s Program on Terrorism and Insurgency Research She has been a fellow at Harvard University s Kennedy School of Government Stanford University s Center for International Security and Cooperation and the University of California Berkeley s Institute of International Studies 2012 Lecture Joy Gordon Professor of Philosophy Fairfield University The Invisible War Professor Joy Gordon is a professor of philosophy at Fairfield University She has a PhD in philosophy from Yale University and a JD from Boston University School of Law She has published articles in Le Monde Diplmatique Global Governance Harper s The Atlantic Ethics and International Affairs Arab Studies Quarterly and the Fletcher Forum of World Affairs in addition to her book Invisible War The United States and the Iraq Sanctions Harvard University Press 2010 Photos from the event 2011 Lecture Carolyn Nordstrom Professor of Anthropology University of Notre Dame The Global Shadow of Tomorrow s War Professor Carolyn Nordstrom gave the keynote to the UNSPOKEN Human Rights Forum Professor Nordstrom is a professor of anthropology at the University of Notre Dame Her books Global Outlaws Crime Money and Power in the Contemporary World and Shadows of War Violence Power and International Profiteering in the 21st Century touch on the invisible economies and networks created during times of war especially in conflict countries and her eyewitness accounts provide deep access into these strange but accepted worlds in many different countries Some of her research interests include the anthropology of war and peace epicenters of conflict and peace building transnational crime and gender along with the intersection points along each area 2010 Lecture Scott Straus Associate Professor of Political Science and International Studies at the University of Wisconsin Madison Violence and the Future of America Professor Scott Straus is an associate professor of political science and international studies at the University of Wisconsin Madison where he also directs the Human Rights Initiative His book The Order of Genocide Race Power and War in Rwanda received the 2006 Award for Excellence in Political Science and Government from the Association of American Publishers Leading genocide scholar René Lemarchand calls The Order of Genocide a landmark in the field of genocide studies for its combination of meticulous survey research and interviews with hundreds of detainees accused of taking part in the genocide in Rwanda Lemarchand writes that Straus s book is the most significant effort to date to bring the horrors of mass murder into the cold light of social scientific inquiry If for no other reason it will remain for years to come the definitive book on the most horrifying and puzzling genocide of modern times 2009 Lecture Darius Rejali

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  • Academic Program - Department of Philosophy
    central obligation to respect patient autonomy Other questions are more recent When exactly is a person dead such that withdrawing life saving equipment is appropriate Should parents and doctors take steps to see that their children are born with more desirable traits and characteristics Students learn how philosophic argument can help illuminate these and related issues No prerequisites 216 Existentialism D Dudrick This course is designed to introduce students to existentialist thought via an examination of its 19th century origins and 20th century manifestations Among the authors to be discussed are Kierkegaard Nietzsche Heidegger Sartre Beauvoir Camus and Marcel Among the topics to be considered are existence freedom subjectivity and absurdity 225 Logic I J Kawall U Meyer E Witherspoon Logic is the science of correct reasoning It provides rigorous methods for evaluating the validity of arguments This introductory course covers the basic concepts and techniques of propositional logic and first order predicate logic with identity including truth tables proofs and elementary model theory This course is suitable for students in all areas and is highly recommended for philosophy majors 226 Philosophy of Religion D Dudrick Can the existence of God be proven Can it be disproven What is the relationship between faith and reason Does evil provide strong evidence against the existence of God How should we think about the relationship between creation and evolution and about the relationship between science and religion generally Does the Christian notion of the Trinity make any sense What about the idea of Original Sin or the Atonement Students seek reasoned answers to many of these questions by evaluating the work of philosophers who address them Students encounter both classical and contemporary authors though the class focuses more on perspicacious presentations of these issues than on their historical development 228 Philosophy of Science U Meyer This course is an introduction to the philosophy of science and explores issues of general philosophical interest to the sciences rather than those germane to any particular discipline The course focuses on the rise and decline of logical positivism and the status of its post positivist descendants with particular emphasis on the issues of scientific laws induction theory confirmation and choice falsificationism reductionism realism explanation prediction and problems relevant to the special sciences 301 Ancient Philosophy MF J Klein Staff This course surveys some of the central figures and ideas of classical Greek and Roman philosophy with particular emphasis on Plato Aristotle and the main Hellenistic schools Topics to be considered include the aim and method of Socratic inquiry Plato s epistemology theory of forms and defense of justice Aristotle s logic ontology and ethical theory Stoic and Epicurean cosmology and ethics 302 Modern Philosophy MF M Jayasekera E Witherspoon This historical and critical reading of classic philosophical thought from the 16th to 19th centuries works with original texts of Bacon Hobbes Descartes Pascal Spinoza Leibniz Locke Berkeley Hume and Kant 303 Medieval Philosophy MF Staff Medieval philosophy involved the absorption and transformation of Greek and Hellenistic thought by Jewish Christian and Muslim thinkers often in relations of mutual influence The period is crucial not only for its project of reconciling reason and faith but also for philosophical insights arguments and formulations that have remained influential in several of the main areas of philosophy The course focuses on questions concerning freedom of the will the nature of moral requirements and obligation the role of rational considerations in morality the virtues and ideals of human excellence Students read figures from the three faith traditions and explore their interactions and mutual influences as well as their differences Coverage of Jewish Christian and Muslim thinkers is roughly equal and students look at the Platonic Neoplatonic and Aristotelian background to their thought as well as the new directions in which they took philosophy 304 Kant and 19th Century Philosophy MF Staff This course studies Kant and some major developments in 19th century continental philosophy that stem from the transformations and criticisms of Kant s philosophy Readings are from Kant Hegel Nietzsche and Schopenhauer Issues explored include the possibility of knowing things in themselves the status of religion and science the basis of morality and the relationship between the individual and community Prerequisite one course in philosophy or permission of instructor 306 Recent Continental Philosophy D Dudrick This course is a study of some of the major movements in recent continental philosophy Among the movements to be considered are phenomenology existentialism philosophical hermeneutics post structuralism and postmodernism Among the thinkers to be considered are Husserl Heidegger Gadamer Sartre Foucault and Derrida Movements and thinkers may vary from year to year Prerequisite one course in philosophy or permission of instructor 310 Philosophy and the Social Sciences Science Rationality and Morality E Witherspoon This course explores philosophical issues raised by the methods and results of the social sciences It begins by considering fundamental questions raised by anthropology How is one to understand a culture other than one s own In attempting to understand other cultures can one employ the concept of rationality Is there one standard of rationality that applies to every culture Do different cultures possess different logics that are immune to understanding and criticism from outsiders Exploration of these questions requires thinking about the status of logic and how it is related to systems of belief and action The course also explores the related question of the status of moral norms as well as the nature of explanation in the social sciences Prerequisite one course in philosophy or permission of instructor 312 Contemporary Political Philosophy VT D McCabe This course offers a critical engagement with the rich work in political philosophy that has appeared since the landmark publication of John Rawls A Theory of Justice After a close examination of Rawls egalitarian liberalism the course takes up the range of alternative positions that dominate contemporary political theory conservatism libertarianism communitarianism feminism Marxism and multiculturalism Prerequisites at least one course in ethics or political theory is recommended No first year students 313 International Ethics

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  • Faculty and Staff - Department of Philosophy
    accomplishments Anne Anne Freire Ashbaugh Professor of Philosophy Emerita aashbaugh colgate edu Jerome Jerry Balmuth Harry Emerson Fosdick Professor of Philosophy and Religion Emeritus jbalmuth colgate edu Reid Blackman Assistant Professor of Philosophy 101 Hascall Hall P 315 228 7681 rblackman colgate edu Maudemarie Clark George Carleton Jr Professor of Philosophy Emerita P 315 228 7691 mclark colgate edu David Dudrick Professor of Philosophy Director Sophomore Residential Scholars Program 107 Hascall Hall P 315 228 6719 ddudrick colgate edu Jean Jeanie Getchonis Administrative Assistant 113 Hascall Hall P 315 228 7681 jgetchonis colgate edu David David Miguel Gray Assistant Professor of Philosophy 109 Hascall Hall P 315 228 6520 dgray colgate edu Robert Haraldsson NEH Professor 104 Hascall Hall P 315 228 6236 rharaldsson colgate edu Marie Jayasekera Assistant Professor of Philosophy 110 Hascall Hall P 315 228 6171 mjayasekera colgate edu Jason Kawall Associate Professor of Philosophy and Environmental Studies Director Lampert Institute for Civic and Global Affairs 13 Hascall Hall P 315 228 7817 jkawall colgate edu Jacob Klein Associate Professor of Philosophy 112 Hascall Hall P 315 228 6031 jklein colgate edu Benjamin Ben Lennertz Visiting Assistant Professor Hascall Hall blennertz colgate edu David McCabe Richard J and Jean Head Chair in Philosophy Director Division of the Arts Humanities 12 Hascall Hall P 315 228 7689 dmccabe colgate edu Ulrich Meyer Professor of Philosophy 108 Hascall Hall P 315 228 7681 umeyer colgate edu Hibi Pendleton Lecturer in Philosophy 201M McGregory Hall P 315 228 7685 hpendleton colgate edu Brooks Sommerville Visiting Assistant Professor of Philosophy 206 Hascall Hall P 315 228 6002 bsommerville colgate edu Marilyn Thie Professor of Philosophy and Religion and Women s Studies Emerita mthie colgate edu Maura Tumulty Associate Professor of Philosophy Chair Faculty Development Council 111 Hascall Hall P 315 228

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  • Off-Campus Study - Department of Philosophy
    Profile Financial Aid Admission Publications Request More Information For Counselors Contact Us Athletics Offices and Services Portal Sign In Prospective Students Parents Families Current Students Faculty Staff Community Alumni Directory Search APPLY DIRECTORY MAKE A GIFT RAIDERS SPORTS OFFICES SERVICES Home Academics Departments and Programs Philosophy Off Campus Study Menu Menu Off Campus Study in Philosophy We strongly encourage philosophy students to expand their global perspective by studying off campus and abroad Check out some of these great opportunities Colgate has to offer Colgate Semester Programs Our off campus study office offers full semester off campus study opportunities all over the world In these programs you will travel live and study with your Colgate classmates and a Colgate faculty adviser whilst simultaneously immersing yourself in the culture of your temporary home As a student of philosophy you may find the study group to St Andrews Scotland of particular interest as its primary focus is on subjects of philosophy and religion Learn more about the St Andrews Study Group Extended Study Programs Some courses across disciplines include an extended study opportunity in which course participants continue the class off campus for two or three weeks after the conclusion of the semester Check out the current extended study opportunities from all departments Colgate affiliated Programs As a university we also are directly affiliated with several other off campus study programs you may find interesting Check out all affiliated off campus study programs Academics Majors and Minors Departments and Programs Africana and Latin American Studies Art and Art History Asian Studies Biology Chemistry The Classics Computer Science East Asian Languages and Literatures Economics Educational Studies English Environmental Studies Film and Media Studies Geography Geology German History International Relations Jewish Studies LGBTQ Studies Linguistics Mathematics Medieval Renaissance Studies Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies Music

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  • Events - Department of Philosophy - Colgate University
    Sustainability Admission Aid Admissions Overview Visit Colgate Tuition and Fees Virtual Tour Apply Transfer and Other International Students Class of 2019 Profile Financial Aid Admission Publications Request More Information For Counselors Contact Us Athletics Offices and Services Portal Sign In Prospective Students Parents Families Current Students Faculty Staff Community Alumni Directory Search APPLY DIRECTORY MAKE A GIFT RAIDERS SPORTS OFFICES SERVICES Home Academics Departments and Programs Philosophy Upcoming Events Upcoming Philosophy Events Throughout each semester many events around campus explore philosophical questions Menu Menu The philosophy department sponsors a wide array of events each semester During school breaks however there may be no events listed above If that is the case check back soon or explore the full campus calendar Academics Majors and Minors Departments and Programs Africana and Latin American Studies Art and Art History Asian Studies Biology Chemistry The Classics Computer Science East Asian Languages and Literatures Economics Educational Studies English Environmental Studies Film and Media Studies Geography Geology German History International Relations Jewish Studies LGBTQ Studies Linguistics Mathematics Medieval Renaissance Studies Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies Music Native American Studies Neuroscience Peace and Conflict Studies Philosophy Academic Program Course Offerings Faculty and Staff Off Campus Study Upcoming

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  • Success After Colgate Results
    Philosophy Georgia State University 1986 graduate Web Designer International Rescue Committee The 2009 graduate Advertising Sales Publishing Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia LLC 2010 graduate Buyer H P Products Inc 2006 graduate Sales Assistant Univision 2011 graduate Business Architect Leveraging Technology 2006 graduate MA Candidate Philosophy University of Colorado 2010 graduate Admissions Officer Program Coordinator Columbia University 2010 graduate Administrative Intern Kenya International Justice Mission 2010 graduate Assistant Appellate Defender Office of the State Appellate Defender 2005 graduate Chief Information Officer PoseidonFX 2012 graduate Information Technology Manager Country Music Association 1994 graduate Reporter Wall Street Journal 2004 graduate Litigation Legal Assistant Cravath Swaine Moore LLP 2007 graduate Exec Dir Publicity Inst l Marketing Children s Pub Group MacMillan Publishing 1980 graduate Deputy Attorney General Office of the Attorney General 1989 graduate Director of NYC Streets Renaissance Campaign Transportation Alternatives 1998 graduate Director Global Capital Markets Citigroup 1997 graduate Sous Chef with Bobby Flay s Throw Down Television Food Network 1983 graduate Senior Vice President Agency Life Operations New York Life Insurance Company 1996 graduate Researcher National Geographic Society 2011 graduate Owner Director Beverly Farmers Market 2000 graduate Research Analyst Swarthmore College 1998 graduate Program Associate America Achieves 2011 graduate Portfolio Management CREF Arbor Commercial Mortgage 2012 graduate Senior Travel Editor Sunset Magazine 1996 graduate Master s Student 12 School of Music New York University 2010 graduate Rare Book Seller Eilenberger David 1992 graduate Presidential Management Fellow Financial Analyst U S Small Business Administration 1997 graduate Senior Asset Manager Equity Resource Investments LLC 2000 graduate Philosopher Winefield 2000 graduate Financial Advisor Wells Fargo Advisors LLC 1987 graduate Attorney New York Police Department 1992 graduate Associate Kirkland Ellis LLP 2010 graduate Vice Provost for Graduate Education Professor of Education Stanford University 1980 graduate Law Student Fordham University 2011 graduate JD Candidate University of

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  • Success After Colgate Results
    and religion Choose a Major Africana Latin American studies Art and art history Asian studies Astrogeophysics Astronomy physics Biochemistry Biology Chemistry Chinese Classical studies Classics Computer science Computer science mathematics Economics Educational studies English Environmental biology Environmental economics Environmental geography Environmental geology Environmental studies French Geography Geology German Greek History Humanities International relations Japanese Latin Mathematical economics Mathematics Molecular biology Music Native American studies Natural sciences Neuroscience Peace and conflict studies Philosophy Philosophy and religion Physical science Physics Political science Psychology Religion Russian and Eurasian Studies Social sciences Sociology and anthropology Spanish Theater Women s studies SUCCESS AFTER COLGATE RESULTS ALUMNI SPOTLIGHTS Educational Leadership Cultural Foundations Dept University of North Carolina at Greensboro 1989 graduate Dentist Raphaelson Dental Associates 1994 graduate Humanities Teacher St Paul s School 2003 graduate Vice President Business Development FileString 1995 graduate Attorney Committee for Public Counsel Services 2002 graduate Social Studies Teacher Poudre School District 1986 graduate Yoga Teacher Director Maui School of Yoga Therapy 1976 graduate Farmer Owner Green Rabbit Farm 1991 graduate Staff Attorney Legal Aid Society of NY The 2005 graduate Captain Foreign Area Officer Infantry Officer US Marine Corps 2010 graduate President Publisher Platforms Tremor Video 1991 graduate Rabbi Temple Shir Tikva 1992 graduate Freelance Consultant for Children s TV MTV Networks 1988 graduate Vice President Honeywell International Inc 1974 graduate Executive Editor Seventeen Magazine Hearst Corporation 1995 graduate Director of Trading JetStream Capital 1993 graduate Manager of Finance an Administration Purchase College 1998 graduate Organic Farmer Touring Musician Self employed 2009 graduate Project Coordinator I Have a Dream Foundation of Boulder County 1999 graduate Owner Groff NetWorks LLC 1997 graduate Advisor Clean Air Plan for Industry Ontario Ministry of Environment 1994 graduate Economist Federal Reserve Bank NY 1979 graduate Social Worker Child and Family Services 1989 graduate Wage Hour Investigator

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  • Academic Program - Department of Political Science
    authoritarian and unstable democratic countries 208 Comparative Democracies CO Staff This course offers a comparative examination of the social bases of democracy and of different forms of constitutional government and competitive politics in advanced industrial societies The theory and practice of representative and participatory democracy in selected West European countries are compared with nations in several other parts of the world Other topics include the European Union the Single European Act and relationships with the rapidly changing nations of Eastern Europe 210 Congress AM M Hayes N Moore This course analyzes the legislative process with a special emphasis on the relationship between Congress and the presidency This course examines the historical development and structural attributes of Congress that determine its role in the executive legislative relationship Since the decision making process varies enormously by issue area the course focuses on several distinct policy areas Course materials include classics of congressional scholarship as well as results from some of the latest research in the field 211 The Presidency and Executive Leadership AM T Byrnes An examination of the complex and controversial role the presidency plays in the American political system The course begins with the founders and with the creation of the presidency at the Constitutional Convention This is followed by an examination of the powers vested in the office and the ways in which they check and are checked by Congress Discussion then turns to what has come to be called the managerial presidency Descriptive and analytical treatment of the ways in which the country elects presidents is a major topic At many points the American presidency is compared to executive power in other democracies 212 The Politics of Race and Ethnicity AM N Moore This course examines the political dynamics of race in American society focusing primarily on the experience of blacks as a socio political group and to a lesser degree on that of other racial and ethnic minorities The overriding theme is how race has influenced American politics and conversely how certain political phenomena have shaped the development of race The specific topics around which the course is organized include the following the most enduring and predominant racial issue racial inequality competing explanations for the origins and continuance of racial inequality leadership approaches and ideologies for redressing the race problem mass political strategies for dealing with the problem majority attitudes and opinions regarding racial issues including racial inequality and the comparative experience of non black minorities These topics individually and collectively represent the essence of racial politics This course is crosslisted as ALST 212 213 Comparative Politics The Third World CO N Murshid What is the Third World Should countries as diverse as India and Cuba be included in its description Why is democracy so fragile in Latin America How can women contribute to development This course tries to answer these questions by examining the historical origins political evolution and economic development of Third World countries from Thailand to Tanzania Using the tools and methods of comparative inquiry students explore the states societies and economies of different regions included under the rubric of the Third World such as the Caribbean South America Africa and Southeast Asia The role of women health population migration and democratization issues in these regions are discussed as well as the theories and methods used by comparativists in order to explain political systems and economic changes in the Third World 214 Comparative Politics East Asia CO I Nam This course covers the government politics society and economics of the People s Republic of China Japan North Korea Democratic Republic of Korea and South Korea Republic of Korea It reviews the political history of each country from 1945 to the present examines the organization and operation of each political system and compares and contrasts their political historical and sociological dynamics No previous study of East Asia or government is required or presupposed Students learn to understand each political system today in light of its own distinctive history and development goals its sociopolitical values and traditions and its international situation These countries are compared with the United States focusing on such topics as political leadership political culture governmental structure constitutions and economic policies 215 Comparative Politics Middle East CO IR B Rutherford An introduction to Middle Eastern politics including historical foundations of the modern Middle East competing strategies of state building the Arab Israeli conflict the Gulf War the rise of political Islam and American policy toward the region This course is crosslisted as MIST 215 216 Comparative Politics Latin America CO Staff Today Latin America is one of the most democratic regions of the developing world although it faces problems of inequality gridlock and economic growth Latin America s 20th century experiences of coups revolutions and instability also present important lessons for comparative politics This course introduces students to the countries of Latin America and the important patterns of similarity and difference that can help them understand political development and elucidate comparative trends Regime type is one prism through which students examine the region s countries including democracy semi democracy and various authoritarian regimes especially bureaucratic authoritarianism Another important topic is the United States relationship with the region s polities on issues like the Cold War drug wars and economic policies In addition to big countries like Brazil Argentina Chile Mexico Colombia and Venezuela the course also focuses on countries of particular student interest 232 Fundamentals of International Relations IR F Chernoff E Fogarty D Lupton V Morkevicius N Murshid A Yee This course is an introduction to the basic approaches to international relations such as realism idealism and the interdependence school It also considers fundamental problems of national security the uses of power the causes of war the nature of international institutions the relationships among security deterrence conflict escalation and nuclear proliferation 260 Foundations of Political Thought TH N Dauber R Kraynak B Shain This introduction to political thought explores the questions What is a just society What is the best way of life The course examines major alternatives from Plato to Nietzsche as well as recent critics and defenders of American liberal democracy 304 Islam and Politics B Rutherford This course studies the impact of the Islamic resurgence on international and intra national politics The course begins with an introduction to the Islamic faith Students explore the origins of the Islamic resurgence the ideas of influential Islamic political thinkers and Islamic movements in comparative perspective Iran Egypt Indonesia the United States and France The class concludes by examining two issues of great contemporary importance the impact of Islam on democracy and the future relationship between the Islamic world and the West This course is crosslisted as MIST 304 305 The Political Economy of East and Southeast Asia I Nam This course studies the role of the state in economic and social development and the relationship between economic development and democratization in Southeast Asia Two subjects are discussed the relationship between the state and the market in economic development and the relationship between security concerns and economic development Students explore the interplay of traditional culture authoritative state market economy and democratic institution building 307 The Foreign Policy of the People s Republic of China A Yee This systematic study of the foreign policy of the People s Republic of China examines the mainsprings of China s foreign policy and its development since 1949 The relationships between domestic and foreign policies and between ideology and national interest are also considered 313 Political Corruption Staff Like it or not corruption is a significant form of political influence as much a part of politics as voting or writing a member of Congress Indeed in some parts of the world corruption is not the exception but the norm This course examines the limits of privately interested political action in a variety of societies and considers possible explanations for corruption examines case studies drawn from American politics and from other nations and identifies the consequences of corruption both for whole societies and for important groups within them Reforms are a concern as well Finally the class considers the ways people in a variety of cultures respond to the wrongdoing they perceive around them Prerequisite POSC 150 151 152 or 153 or permission of instructor 317 Identity Politics D Koter This course examines the politics of identity in comparative perspectives The course introduces students to a variety of theoretical approaches concerning the origin transformation and mobilization of national ethnic and other forms of collective identity The course considers empirical applications of these theories students identify processes through which identity becomes politicized explore why some identity conflicts manifest as violence and analyze the various ways ranging from electoral solutions to genocide in which states manage difference Case studies are drawn from Europe the former Soviet Union Africa the Asian sub continent and the United States 320 States Markets and Global Change I Nam Do states intervene in the economy too much as conservatives and libertarians claim or should they intervene more as many liberals and progressives argue Does business have too much power or have the critics of big business and multinationals been too alarmist Is the role of the government diminishing as the world becomes more global This course discusses ancient and contemporary controversies regarding the relationship between government and the economy It evaluates and examines the extent and kinds of state intervention into markets and the private sector the influence and impact of corporations and business leaders on government institutions and policy from the United States to Latin America and what role there is for domestic and international civic engagement in a world where transnational political and economic power has drastically increased 321 Political Parties and Electoral Process M Hayes D Koter Political parties are some of the most influential entities in politics and this course examines them as they pursue pork policy and power in the arenas of elections and elected institutions After providing a strong background in party theory and the American party system the remainder of the course highlights important commonalities by comparing party activity and party system development in other countries that straddle the developed and developing world 322 The Politics of Privatization in Comparative Perspective Staff The adoption of neoliberal economic policies has been one of the most significant reforms undertaken around the world in the last two decades Privatization in particular has been so popular and so widespread that one writer has remarked that even the United States that quintessential free market economy was looking for something to sell This course examines political and economic explanations for the global adoption of privatization and economic restructuring in the 1980s and 1990s It looks at the conditions under which governments enacted policies and compares the outcome of privatization measures in selected countries and sectors in East and Central Europe Latin America and Africa It analyzes the claims of critics of privatization and the responses of privatization s winners and losers Students examine recent changes in the approach to the distribution of public goods and explore innovative public private partnerships such as that between the development agency CARE and the coffee company Starbucks to provide water sanitation or micro credit in developing countries 323 American Elections and Party Power Staff This course focuses closely on the US party system and the electoral area in which the parties struggle for power In order to develop a strong conception of American parties it combines scrutiny of the day to day media representations of political parties with important comparative perspectives that help students understand how American parties and elections fit into broader political science frameworks as well as their long term and global implications Students compare the current US party system in three directions back through history especially the 20th century to understand the roots of today s parties out to the rest of the world comparing party systems in other highly democratic countries and also down to the state level where the course examines to what degree New York State parties and elections reflect national trends Important topics covered include the effects of redistricting and campaign finance Students also investigate the importance of issue framing with unites on contrasting party strategies of presenting a war on women and President Obama s socialism Prerequisites POSC 150 153 208 or 321 or permission of instructor 328 Religion and Politics T Byrnes Religion and politics influence each other pervasively and controversially in almost every political system across the globe This course examines this fundamentally important relationship in a variety of national settings through a comparative assessment of issues and controversies such as constitutional relations between religious institutions and the state the appropriate role of religious beliefs in a democracy the challenges posed to contemporary governments by the expansion of religious pluralism the role that religious interests and religious leaders can play in elections and policy making and the many ways that religion and religious mobilization are shaping the very nature of political life in the modern world 331 Politics in Sub Saharan Africa D Koter This course provides an understanding of politics in 48 countries that constitute sub Saharan Africa Following the independence era of the early 1960s and 1970s much of the sub continent exploded into a seemingly endless cycle of violence underscored by military coups d état and civil wars Over the last decade various conflicts subsided enough for some states to institute political and market reforms Others remained stuck in the throes of economic stagnation on the verge of disintegration and vulnerable to terrorist groups and drug runners who exploit their vast ungovernable territories What explains the various transitions that some states have experienced in sub Saharan Africa Why did most states disintegrate in violence following the end of colonial rule Drawing upon pre colonial accounts and histories of state formation and the theoretical methodological and conceptual tools that various Africanists have used to analyze key events this course offers answers to these and other important questions about political and socio economic developments on the continent of Africa 335 U S Environmental Politics Staff Public policies to protect the environment are among the most important and controversial issues in local state and national government This course analyzes the politics of environmental protection in the United States through the use of social science theory and a variety of quantitative and qualitative methods The course introduces frameworks for understanding environmental policy problems and reviews several important American environmental laws Readings include social science classics on the environment as well as recent scholarship on environmental politics and emerging environmental issues Topics covered in the course include the politics of environmental science environmentalism as a social movement environmental lawmaking in Congress bureaucracy and environmental regulation federalism environmental law and environmental justice Prerequisite POSC 150 or ECON 151 340 Politics of the American Metropolis Staff The United States is an urban society today nearly 80 percent of Americans live in urbanized metropolitan areas These urban areas are governed by a dizzying array of local state and federal institutions whose policies affect citizens lives enormously and in myriad ways This course explores the politics of urban America in the context of the contemporary metropolis The legal and philosophical origins of local American government are discussed along with the political economy of the city and classic theories of urban politics The course traces the history of urbanization and the accompanying growth of government institutions and addresses issues of suburbanization regional balkanization and federalism Other issues addressed in the course include land use segregation housing economic development and poverty Prerequisite POSC 150 344 Politics of Poverty M Hayes This course examines the nature and extent of poverty in the United States with particular emphasis on public policies designed to alleviate poverty and recent proposals for reform Political factors affecting the formulation and implementation of poverty policies are examined drawing on case studies of selected issues such as the war on poverty Medicare food stamps aid to families with dependent children and negative income tax proposals 346 Beneath the Black Robes Courts as Political Institutions N Moore This course focuses on the causal dynamics of judicial behavior It introduces students to the study of courts as political institutions and in doing so provides some understanding of the political nature of the role of courts in American society The course departs from the view that landmark national decisions such as Roe v Wade Baker v Carr and Brown v Bd of Education along with their more recent conservative corollaries are solely the product of adherence to constitutional standards of interpretation Instead it posits that these controversial rulings and judicial policy in general can be explained through careful examination of certain political factors In short the course is based on the premise that the judiciary is a permeable structure that is responsive to democratic processes and that in turn exerts influence upon those processes Two major theoretical concerns integrate the lectures and materials covered in the course 1 the dynamic relationship between court decision making processes and major features of the larger American political arena and 2 the inherent tensions between judicial independence and democratic politics Prerequisite 100 level POSC course or permission of instructor 348 The Rise and Fall of Communism Staff This course examines the spread of political and economic ideas and practices in the shocking advent and demise of state socialism and subsequent transitions to market capitalism It studies the ideological struggles with Nazism Fascism and Capitalism focusing mainly on the countries of East Central Europe and the former Soviet Union but addresses an entire system of states where such transformative processes occurred in the 20th century It explores the politics implementation and impact of radical economic and social ideas Students devote particular attention to the relationship between personal and cultural influences of ideologies local polities and economies and processes of global ideological development 349 The International Political Economy E Fogarty N Murshid This course looks at the historical and theoretical development of the international political economy Some of the major topics considered include the interaction between politics and economics in trade and protectionism capital flows exchange rates debt globalization and problems in development 350 Africa in World Politics D Koter This course examines relations between African states and between African and foreign states Major topics include the effects of the international system on economic and political development African states use of foreign policy to achieve development goals the role of the major outside powers intra African conflicts African organization the role of African thought in foreign policies and the international relations of southern Africa 353 National Security F Chernoff This course discusses and analyzes the idea of national security in theory and practice as well as the impact of nuclear weapons on contemporary statecraft topics including deterrence theory arms control and disarmament nuclear proliferation and recent strategic developments An optional three week extended study in New York City POSC 383 deepens students understanding of several issues that are treated in class during the term Prerequisite POSC 152 or 232 or permission of instructor 354 Capitalism the State and Development in Latin America Staff Perhaps the most important aspect of international affairs for the countries of Latin America since the dawn of the 20th century has been how they fit into the world economy Although neither wars nor diplomacy put Latin America at the center of the international stage it has been of great importance in international markets for trade investment and debt The place of Latin American countries in world markets has influenced domestic politics and economies and at the same time trends in economic development and government policies have had a large impact on the changing roles that Latin American countries have played in those markets Thus this course focuses mostly on the evolving position of several Latin American countries in the world economy over the past century and how international and domestic forces combined to shape their economic development An additional related topic to be considered is the region s role in the competition between the US and the USSR that monopolized the second half of the 20th century and this is examined through considering the cases of Cuba and Chile in Cold War politics 357 International Institutions T Byrnes E Fogarty B Shain This analysis of the role of international institutions in international politics emphasizes both the United Nations and the major international economic institutions WTO the IMF and the World Bank 358 Transnational Politics T Byrnes E Fogarty This course examines the segment of world politics that includes interactions and transactions between actors who are not representatives of governments or intergovernmental institutions Non state actors as diverse as global social movements multinational corporations religious communities and even terrorist networks are now recognized as playing crucial roles on the world s political stage This course focuses on a variety of these transnational actors as we seek to stretch the limits of state based approaches and emphasize the rich variety of relationships and interactions that characterizes contemporary world politics This course is crosslisted as PCON 358 359 Power in Russia from Gorbachev to Putin Staff This course examines the domestic and international politics of the world s largest country It tracks the weakness and disorder of the chaotic 1990s under Boris Yeltsin and the birth of a new system on the ashes of Communism Students examine the rise of Russian power and prestige under Vladimir Putin and his centralizing innovations to strengthen political and economic institutions The course also considers dissent and protest movements the national conflicts with internal minorities as in Chechnya and projection of power over the post Soviet Near Abroad and the construction of a corporatist style system that presents new challenges to the global dominance of ideas about democracy and capitalism This course is crosslisted as REST 359 360 Domestic Sources of American Foreign Policy T Byrnes M Hayes To the extent that the U S sets its own course in international affairs domestic sources of American foreign policy become a crucial consideration This course examines the role of domestic politics in formulating U S foreign policy Special emphasis is placed on the function of representative institutions bureaucracies and public opinion in determining and implementing American foreign policy Students are presented with a comprehensive framework of analysis that permits them to describe and perhaps predict actions taken by the U S government 361 Humanitarian Interventions V Morkevicius Peace operations have been widely deployed to contain and promote resolution of conflicts This course focuses primarily on humanitarian intervention and probes the different contexts in which peacekeepers have been introduced interstate conflicts civil conflicts and humanitarian emergencies Students consider how humanitarian interventions differ in practical terms from other types of peace operations considering questions of strategy mandates and political will Students also analyze the ethical implications of humanitarian intervention particularly questions of responsibility legitimacy sovereignty and unintended consequences Theoretical readings are combined with comparative case studies are drawn from Africa the Middle East the Balkans and elsewhere 363 International Relations of the Middle East B Rutherford This course focuses on the process of foreign policy formation in Middle Eastern countries from the point of view of these nations themselves Topics studied include the Arab Israeli conflict the political economy of the region state formation and development democratization political Islam and U S policy toward the Middle East Some prior study of the Middle East is strongly recommended Prerequisite POSC MIST 215 or HIST 259 or ANTH MIST 252 or GEOG MIST 305 or permission of instructor This course is crosslisted as MIST 363 364 Politics of India Bangladesh and Pakistan N Murshid Modern South Asia is the product of the partition of British India into India and Pakistan in 1947 The secession of Bangladesh changed the map of South Asia again in 1971 The history of South Asia is thus one of division and rivalry This course focuses on the broad developments since colonial times nationalism the rise and fall of democratic processes ethnic strife communal divisions secession incentives power imbalances and emergence of a nuclear South Asia and the recent links between Islamic fundamentalist groups and terrorists in India Bangladesh and Pakistan 365 Just War in Comparative Perspective V Morkevicius This course aims to introduce students to a wide variety of ways of thinking about justice and warfare across time space and religion Using political science rather than theology or philosophy as the lens for inquiry emphasizes the role played by political power in the creation and transmission of these systems of value Beginning with an exploration of the roots of Western Just War thinking in the ancient world Greece Rome and Israel the course explores traditional just war thinking in Christianity Islam and Hinduism Students delve into source texts examining the evolution of just war thought in a historical and comparative context and the course illustrates the ways in which concepts of justice may be contingent on both a society s religious ethnical beliefs and its military capabilities Finally the course turns to contemporary scholarship to ask is just war theory still relevant today Modern just war responses to weapons of mass destruction terrorism and counter insurgency warfare provide students the opportunity to apply these ancient theories to the modern world 366 Contemporary American Foreign Policy F Chernoff E Fogarty D Lupton A Yee This course provides students with both an historical overview of modern U S foreign policy since Pearl Harbor and a review of current thinking on issues of the day since 9 11 and how they are shaped and driven by traditional American political culture such as globalization the long war on terror policies toward the Third World relations with traditional allies following the Cold War civil military relations and competing ideologies The analytical emphasis is on elite decision making and security issues Students wishing to learn more about the domestic processes of American foreign policy should take POSC 360 Domestic Sources of American Foreign Policy 367 The European Union E Fogarty This course examines the development and consequences of European unification after World War II Major topics include the nature and history of integration concepts of sovereignty and the nation state the role of international organizations in world politics the institutional structure of the EU major initiatives such as the Common Agricultural Policy and the Common Market the meaning and repercussions of the Maastrict Treaty and the development of a single currency The course includes the opportunity to participate in a model European union with American and European students 368 American Policy toward China A Yee China has been a major concern for American foreign policy makers for many years The course begins with a historical review of American relations with China and then considers World War II the Communist takeover the Korean War and the ensuing Cold War and the Nixon and post Nixon eras Other topics include the Taiwan and Hong Kong issues current economic relationships and questions of arms control 370 International Relations in the Post Cold War Environment F Chernoff E Fogarty The end of the Cold War and the introduction of a large number of non traditional issues environmental economic and normative to the international agenda have raised very serious questions about the discipline of international relations itself How new or old will the new international relations be What conceptual framework should be used to explore these issues What issues should be the focus The course begins with a reassessment of the grand tradition in international relations and of how the order upon which it was based fell The emerging world order and the agenda of new issues with which it confronts us the likely new patterns of cooperation and conflict those issues will foster and the possibilities for a new consensus are considered Prerequisite POSC 232 371 West European Politics E Fogarty This course looks at the history and political development of Britain France Germany and Italy The course studies these countries within the context of not only their distinct histories but also provides a comparison of how these histories impacted the development of diverging domestic interests the creation of societal cleavages and consequently the construction of political institutions to mediate and regulate internal conflict Major policies within the countries are considered including their involvement with NATO and the European Union 373 The Public Policy Process M Hayes This course examines how the executive and legislative branches of government interact to formulate public policies The influence of political parties interest groups business organizations and public opinion on these institutions is explored in depth The course also highlights the impact of federalism within the American political system pointing both to intergovernmental implementation of national policies and to policy innovation at the state level 377 Political Psychology D Lupton How do the forces that shape personality and motivation affect the political behavior of individuals What role do factors such as schooling religion social class mass media race and gender have upon individual beliefs and attitudes How does the use of stereotypes and political symbols shape the popular understanding of politics and affect the relationship between the rulers and the ruled By employing an individualistic perspective this course investigates the formation of public opinion and the structure of political beliefs values and attitudes 379 The Development of the Modern State N Dauber Though the state is now the standard form of political organization this was not always the case For centuries political organization was dominated by city states feudal relations and tribal or clan organizations This course examines the emergence of the modern state as the predominant form of political organization It explores various arguments for state sovereignty and examines several challenges to it as well Finally it considers the state of the state in today s globalized world 380 Reason Faith and Politics R Kraynak This course examines the claims of reason and revelation as sources of ultimate truth and as guides for the political world Readings are from the great theologians of the Jewish Christian and Islamic traditions 382 American Political Thought N Dauber R Kraynak B Shain This study of the principles of American government as articulated by leading statesmen and political thinkers gives particular attention to the founding period and the Constitution and to their relationship to later periods of reform 383 National Security Extended Study F Chernoff This 0 50 credit extended study course is intended for students who have completed POSC 353 The extended study in New York City explores four topics covered in POSC 353 conflict in the Middle East conflict in the Balkans NATO and European security and the UN peacekeeping system The class meets with academics and representatives of roughly a dozen countries who deal with these issues The study includes panels of military scholars from the US Army War College and the United States Military Academy at West Point Prerequisite POSC 353 and permission of instructor 385 Modernity and its Conservative Critics R Kraynak B Shain What is wrong with the modern world especially with the political culture of liberal and progressive intellectual elites Such questions are explored by studying the radical critique of modernity offered by philosophical classical and Christian conservatives 386 Enlightenment Political and Social Thought B Shain Important Enlightenment era political treatises are explored in this course The bourgeois sensibilities of Montesquieu Hume Smith and Voltaire are compared culminating in the tenets of classical liberalism to the more radical and perfectionist aspirations of Rousseau Diderot and Condorcet For both schools of thought the focus is on those aspects and ideas that cast light on matters of continuing concern and that help explain the 19th century emergence of liberalism romanticism and radicalism 387 Reason and Relativism in Social and Political Thought N Dauber How can one understand human beings when they seem to have such a complicated variety of interests and motives Not only does behavior vary dramatically across cultures and over time but so do conceptions of truth God religion morality justice and the good Differences abound The intent of this course is to look at the controversies that divide social and political theorists in their effort to understand human beings and the human condition In the process students discover that beneath conflicting theories are recurring themes concerning subjectivity and objectivity the nature of human beings theories of self and other as well as a debate over rationality irrationality truth and knowledge By better understanding these controversies students gain new insights into human nature human knowledge and the human condition 388 Constitutional Law Civil Rights and Liberties S Brubaker In this course students examine the nature of civil rights and liberties under the Constitution such include freedom of speech and the press religious freedom equal protection with major attention to race and gender due process property and privacy autonomy abortion right to die sexual orientation Students also explore the role of the Supreme Court in the definition and protection of these rights and engage the several controversies surrounding the larger enterprise of constitutional interpretation such as originalism v nonoriginalism natural law v positivism judicial activism v judicial restraint and so forth 389 Constitutional Law Structures and Powers S Brubaker The focus of this course is what Aristotle identified as the central question of political science the character of regime the organization of offices and the distribution of power that is designed to achieve an understanding of justice and the human good More specifically students focus on the structural characteristics of the American regime or Constitution separation of powers federalism emergency powers property rights but students are equally concerned with the politics of interpretation itself the complex process by which people determine what is the Constitution how it is to be understood and who has authority to interpret it The responsibility for constitutional interpretation is broadly distributed but it is also obvious that the pre eminent voice for interpreting the Constitution has become the Supreme Court Accordingly students spend the greater portion of the course with the analysis of cases that is the Court s opinion of what the Constitution means 390 Silent Warfare Intelligence Analysis and State Craft D Lupton This course introduces students to the complex and crucial process of obtaining analyzing and producing intelligence in the making of American foreign policy Subjects covered include cognitive and psychological impediments to the successful uses of intelligence covert action bureaucratic constraints on the intelligence process product sharing with other nations the uses of disinformation counterintelligence moral and ethical issues raised in a democratic society and efforts to improve the intelligence process since 9 11 Historical and contemporary case studies are used with an emphasis on the long war against terrorism Prerequisite POSC 366 may be taken concurrently 409 Study Group Sponsored Internship Geneva Switzerland Students taking part in the department s Geneva Switzerland study group are placed in semester long part time internships in international organizations non governmental organizations or private concerns with interests related to international governance international relations or business or international humanitarianism Work in these organizations complements coursework completed in POSC 357Y and group travel undertaken during the semester Discussion of the internship experience and short writing assignments are part of the course requirements This course is graded as satisfactory unsatisfactory S U and provides one university credit toward graduation 410 Our Constitutional Order Continuity and Change S Brubaker M Hayes R Kraynak This Washington DC study group course is an inquiry into the enduring principles and changing features of our constitutional order Topics include the design of the founders their underlying propositions about human nature and the common good expectations for institutional performance and hopes for the way of life fostered by this constitutional order significant changes within this order as marked by shifts in the underlying premises of the Supreme Court s interpretation of the Constitution and parallel realignments of the political party system and contemporary features of institutions and political mores The class meets as a daily seminar for the first two weeks

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