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Summer 2024  |  POL 3080 Section 001: Internship in Politics or Government (81783)

Instructor(s)
Class Component:
Field Work
Credits:
3-13 Credits
Repeat Credit Limit:
15 Credits
Grading Basis:
A-F only
Instructor Consent:
Department Consent Required
Instruction Mode:
Completely Online
Class Attributes:
Pre-Covid
Times and Locations:
Regular Academic Session
 
06/03/2024 - 07/26/2024
12:00AM - 12:00AM
Off Campus
Virtual Rooms ONLINEONLY
Enrollment Status:
Open (0 of 20 seats filled)
Also Offered:
Course Catalog Description:
Students search for and arrange an internship with an organization or office working in government or politics, and then complete academic coursework in association with their internship. prereq: instr consent, dept consent
Class Notes:
http://classinfo.umn.edu/?psoper+POL3080+Summer2023
Class Description:
This course has two purposes. The first is to provide students with an opportunity to acquire first-hand political experience and knowledge. The second is to enable students to situate their internship experience in the context of relevant political science research on the subject matter. Students earn 1 credit for every 3 hours per week worked at the internship. Students must work at least 10 hours per week (or 140 total hours), and take POL 3080 for at least 3 credits. To enroll in POL 3080, students must meet with the instructor to discuss the course requirements, sign a Student/Faculty contract that specifies the required coursework, and get a permission number. This meeting takes 15-20 minutes, and should be scheduled once you have secured your internship and you know how many hours per week you will be working (so that you will know how many credits you can take). These meetings usually take place once enrollment for the next semester is open. NOTE: you MUST sign up for the course by the end of the first week of classes for the semester in which you are doing the internship. All students must submit weekly analytical journal entries, and two informational interview reports. At higher credits levels, students must complete a 5-7p essay and 10p research paper.
Who Should Take This Class?:
Any UofM undergraduate student in any College or School who wants to learn more about politics, policy making, policy implementation, the legal system, or community service
Learning Objectives:
To gain hands-on practical experience in politics, government, law, or community service work, and to reflect on that experience via political science research.
Grading:
Political Science majors and minors MUST take 3080 A-F; non-majors/minors may take 3080 S/N, but A-F is recommended for all students.
Exam Format:
90% Reports/Papers
10% Other Evaluation Other Grading Information: Grade based 90% on coursework, 10% on internship supervisor's evaluation.
Class Format:
100% Web Based Students work at their internships, and submit their course work by e-mail. There are no required classroom meetings.
Workload:
30-50 Pages Reading Per Week
20-50 Pages Writing Per Term Other Workload: Workload varies by number of credits taken. Minimum 14 weekly journal entries, 2 informational interview reports. Additional papers at higher credit levels
Textbooks:
https://bookstores.umn.edu/course-lookup/81783/1245
Past Syllabi:
http://classinfo.umn.edu/syllabi/psoper_POL3080_Fall2017.doc (Fall 2017)
http://classinfo.umn.edu/syllabi/psoper_POL3080_Summer2017.doc (Summer 2017)
http://classinfo.umn.edu/syllabi/psoper_POL3080_Spring2016.doc (Spring 2016)
Instructor Supplied Information Last Updated:
23 February 2017

Summer 2024  |  POL 3085 Section 001: Quantitative Analysis in Political Science (82287)

Instructor(s)
Class Component:
Lecture
Credits:
4 Credits
Grading Basis:
A-F or Audit
Instructor Consent:
No Special Consent Required
Instruction Mode:
Completely Online
Class Attributes:
UMNTC Liberal Education Requirement
Online Course
Times and Locations:
Regular Academic Session
 
06/03/2024 - 07/26/2024
Tue, Thu 09:00AM - 12:00PM
Off Campus
UMN REMOTE
Enrollment Status:
Open (0 of 25 seats filled)
Also Offered:
Course Catalog Description:
POL 3085 teaches students how to study politics scientifically and introduces them to how to use quantitative analysis to answer political questions. The first part of the class covers how to formulate a theory (a possible answer to a question), specify testable hypotheses (what you would see if the theory is correct or incorrect), and set up a research design to test those hypotheses. In the second part of the class, we cover quantitative data analysis, beginning from preliminary statistical analysis to multivariate linear regression. There is no mathematical or statistical background required for this course. By the end of the class, students should be able to ask and answer political questions using quantitative data and fluently evaluate statistical analyses of political phenomena in the media and many academic articles.
Class Notes:
This course will be offered online, with class sessions meeting synchronously.
Class Description:
Political Science 3085 is an upper-level undergraduate course designed to introduce you to quantitative political analysis. Political scientists use statistics and data to explore a wide variety of questions and topics including voting behavior in the United States and other democracies, how democracy influences economic growth, and whether the American public is becoming more or less polarized. These are just a few of the many political questions that political scientists try to answer with quantitative analyses. This course will give you the tools to begin your own examination of these types of questions. This course focuses on issues of research design, hypothesis formation, causation, basic statistical techniques, and how to use computer software to manage data and perform these calculations. By the end of the semester, you will be able to develop testable research questions and hypotheses, design research to answer these questions and hypotheses, apply statistical techniques with quantitative data to answer these questions and hypotheses, present and explain your results using ordinary language, and consume and evaluate academic research and political news that use quantitative data
Grading:
30% Midterm Exam
30% Reports/Papers
30% Written Homework
10% Class Participation Other Grading Information: Part of your final paper grade will be based on a presentation of your results during the final week of class.
Exam Format:
Short answer, some of which will involve calculations requiring a calculator.
Class Format:
40% Lecture
15% Discussion
30% Laboratory
15% Small Group Activities Lab time will be built into the assigned time for the course. While a certain amount of lecture is necessary for a class like this, I promise I won't lecture for 3 hours for any class!
Workload:
60-80 Pages Reading Per Week
15 Pages Writing Per Term
1 Exam(s)
1 Paper(s)
1 Presentation(s)
6 Homework Assignment(s)
Textbooks:
https://bookstores.umn.edu/course-lookup/82287/1245
Instructor Supplied Information Last Updated:
21 March 2013

Summer 2024  |  POL 3311 Section 001: Law and Justice: The View From Hollywood (82190)

Instructor(s)
Class Component:
Lecture
Credits:
3 Credits
Grading Basis:
Student Option
Instructor Consent:
No Special Consent Required
Instruction Mode:
In Person
Times and Locations:
May Session
 
05/13/2024 - 05/31/2024
Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu 08:00AM - 11:10AM
UMTC, West Bank
Enrollment Status:
Open (0 of 30 seats filled)
Also Offered:
Course Catalog Description:
Politics and the law have played major thematic roles in American films. This course analyzes eight films that focus on justice, the law, and the legal system, to see what they tell us about political and legal culture, and what messages (if any) they have for contemporary politics. To that end, we will read about, watch, talk about, and write about films. Mostly we will be focusing on questions about the relationship between law and justice, the practice of law, and the role of courts and trials in a political system; however, many other issues will arise in the course of these discussions - race/class/gender and the law, legal ethics, legal education, the adversarial system, the relationship between law and popular culture, among others. You should expect to develop a more in-depth understanding of these issues as well as a better appreciation of the cultural and political significance of the way that law, lawyers, and judges are depicted in the movies.
Class Notes:
http://classinfo.umn.edu/?trj+POL3311+Summer2023
Class Description:
Student may contact the instructor or department for information.
Textbooks:
https://bookstores.umn.edu/course-lookup/82190/1245

Summer 2024  |  POL 3477 Section 001: Political Economy of Development (82044)

Instructor(s)
Class Component:
Lecture
Credits:
3 Credits
Grading Basis:
Student Option
Instructor Consent:
No Special Consent Required
Instruction Mode:
Completely Online
Class Attributes:
UMNTC Liberal Education Requirement
Online Course
Times and Locations:
Regular Academic Session
 
06/03/2024 - 07/26/2024
Tue, Thu 05:30PM - 08:00PM
Off Campus
UMN REMOTE
Enrollment Status:
Open (0 of 25 seats filled)
Also Offered:
Course Catalog Description:
How can the vast disparities of wealth between countries be explained? Why have some countries in the post-colonial world, in particular, those of East Asia, experienced stunning economic growth, while those in other parts have not? We will explore inequality among nations through an engagement with competing explanations from multiple disciplines. Do free markets, the legacies of colonialism, state power, culture, or geography offer the most persuasive account of current patterns of global inequality? The course also examines what we mean by "development" and exposes students to cutting-edge debates in contemporary development studies. By the end of the course, students will have a better understanding of the causes of and possible solutions to global inequality.
Class Notes:
This course will be offered online, with class sessions meeting synchronously.
Class Description:

While some countries have achieved unimaginable levels of wealth and well-being, many others continue to struggle with astonishingly high poverty rates and stagnant growth levels. In this course, we will explore these disparities, focusing on the political aspects of development. We will investigate the different "meanings" of development and grapple with the factors fostering (or hampering) development. We will engage with the theories about the relationship between development and colonialism, state power, geography, natural resources, international aid, and political regime types (democratic vs. authoritarian regimes). We will also focus on distributive politics and different responses to inequality and poverty. The course will provide empirical evidence from various world regions, with a particular emphasis on Asia, Latin America, and the Middle East. By the end of the course, students will have a better understanding of the competing explanations for disparities of wealth between countries and possible solutions to global inequalities.

Textbooks:
https://bookstores.umn.edu/course-lookup/82044/1245
Instructor Supplied Information Last Updated:
5 February 2022

Summer 2024  |  POL 3766 Section 001: Political Psychology of Mass Behavior (82235)

Instructor(s)
Class Component:
Lecture
Credits:
3 Credits
Grading Basis:
Student Option
Instructor Consent:
No Special Consent Required
Instruction Mode:
Completely Online
Class Attributes:
UMNTC Liberal Education Requirement
Online Course
Times and Locations:
Regular Academic Session
 
06/03/2024 - 07/26/2024
Mon, Wed 09:00AM - 11:30AM
Off Campus
UMN REMOTE
Enrollment Status:
Open (0 of 25 seats filled)
Also Offered:
Course Catalog Description:
How do people develop their political opinions? What makes people vote the way that they do? Why do some people love, and other loathe, Donald Trump? Understanding how ordinary citizens engage with the political sphere is essential to understanding how politics work. This course applies a psychological approach to understanding how average people - members of the mass public - think about politics, make political decisions, and decide how (and whether) to take political actions. We will explore arguments about the role that ideology, biological and evolutionary factors, personality, identity and partisanship, racial attitudes, and political discussion play in shaping the opinion and behavior of members of the mass public. In addition, this class introduces students to the methodology of political psychology and how political psychologists approach questions and attempt to understand the political world. Students will exit the class having mastered a body of knowledge about how they and their fellow citizens think about politics and the different approaches that scholars take to study these decisions. They will also gain the critical capacity to judge arguments about politics, the ability to identify, define, and solve problems, and the skill to locate and critically evaluate information relevant to these tasks. Finally, this course takes a cooperative approach to learning, and many course activities will be structured around learning and working with a group of fellow students over the course of the semester.
Class Notes:
This course will be offered online, with class sessions meeting synchronously.
Class Description:

What do all citizens have in common? Although we are more divided than ever across partisan and ideological lines, we are, fundamentally, all human. This course reviews how several different aspects of human psychology influence public opinion and political behavior. How we discuss politics with others, our positions on major policy issues, the decision to vote in elections, and even how we interpret political information, are all shaped (at least in part) by psychological factors.


This course will cover seven broad thematic units. The first (1) focuses on the essential theories and methods underlying the study of political psychology, most generally. The remaining six describe how different aspects of psychology influence many aspects of public opinion and behavior, including: (2) personality traits, (3) emotion, (4) how we process political information, (5) core values and morality, (6) heritable and biological factors, and (7) how we identify with different groups in society. Along the way, we will relate core principles learned in each unit to central questions and challenges in political science more broadly; both in the U.S., and globally.
Grading:
15% - Attendance, Bi-Weekly "Discussion Tweets"
25% - Midterm Exam
25% - Election 2016 Analysis (Research Paper)
35% - Final Exam - 35%
Exam Format:
Both the Midterm and Final Exams will feature multiple choice and short answer questions (defining key concepts). The final exam will also include an essay question touching on major themes in the course. The final exam is cumulative.
Class Format:
50% lecture, 50% discussion.
Workload:
In addition to regular class attendance and completion of the exams/paper, students are expected to complete a short set of readings about relevant research and concepts prior to each class.
Textbooks:
https://bookstores.umn.edu/course-lookup/82235/1245
Instructor Supplied Information Last Updated:
16 March 2017

Summer 2024  |  POL 3835 Section 001: International Relations (82288)

Instructor(s)
Class Component:
Lecture
Credits:
3 Credits
Grading Basis:
Student Option
Instructor Consent:
No Special Consent Required
Instruction Mode:
Completely Online
Class Attributes:
UMNTC Liberal Education Requirement
Online Course
Times and Locations:
Regular Academic Session
 
06/03/2024 - 07/26/2024
Mon, Wed 09:00AM - 11:30AM
Off Campus
UMN REMOTE
Enrollment Status:
Open (0 of 25 seats filled)
Also Offered:
Course Catalog Description:
Why do countries go to war? Are individuals, organizations, and states driven by their interests or their ideas? What role does power play in international relations and is there any role for justice in global politics? Do international laws and transnational advocacy groups matter in a world dominated by powerful states? Whose interests are served by a globalizing world economy? These questions are central to the study of international relations, yet different theoretical approaches have been developed in an attempt to answer them. Often these approaches disagree with one another, leading to markedly different policy prescriptions and predictions for future events. This course provides the conceptual and theoretical means for analyzing these issues, processes, and events in international politics. By the end of this class, you will be able to understand the assumptions, the logics, and the implications of major theories and concepts of international relations. These include realism and neorealism, liberalism and liberal institutionalism, constructivism, feminism, Marxism, and critical theory. A special effort is made to relate the course material to world events, developments, or conflicts in the past decade or so.
Class Notes:
This course will be offered online, with class sessions meeting synchronously.
Class Description:
Why does war occur? What role do international institutions and international law play in international politics? Do ideas and culture matter in a world dominated by power politics? What is the purpose of international alliances? Why do states want nuclear weapons, and can we prevent them from spreading? What are economic consequences of tariffs and immigration? Why has progress been so slow on the issue of climate change?

This course is designed to introduce students to a variety of theoretical approaches for analyzing these issues, processes, and events in international politics. Specific topics will include: the causes and consequences of war; the role of law and institutions; human rights and humanitarian intervention; transnational activism and environmental politics; the regulation of arms and conflict; globalization and political economy; and the role of ideas, norms, and culture. We will also discuss how to assess evidence in the social sciences. By the end of the course, students will gain a better understanding of why and how events happen in global politics, and will be able to develop and articulate their own views on current and historical cases in global politics. We will often discuss current events in class, as well as several cases, such as the 2003 Iraq War, the 2008 financial crisis, and the current war between Russia and Ukraine.
Learning Objectives:
Students who complete this course will gain a better understanding of why and how things happen in international relations. They will be able to critically analyze scholarly and popular articles, and by the end of the term should be able to develop and articulate their own views on current and historical events in international relations. They should be able to apply analytical frameworks and tools to understand the political world.
Grading:
30% Policy Paper
25% Midterm Exam
35% Final Exam
15% Participation (inc. Attendance)
Exam Format:
The midterm exam will be a combination of short answer and essay questions. The final exam is a longer, analytical essay (5-7 pages).
Class Format:
A mix of lecture, discussion, and in-class activities.
Workload:
100 Pages Reading Per Week
1 Exam
1 Policy Paper
1 Essay Final
Textbooks:
https://bookstores.umn.edu/course-lookup/82288/1245
Instructor Supplied Information Last Updated:
10 February 2023

Summer 2024  |  POL 4993 Section 001: Honors Thesis: Directed Studies (82122)

Instructor(s)
No instructor assigned
Class Component:
Independent Study
Credits:
1-6 Credits
Repeat Credit Limit:
12 Credits
Grading Basis:
A-F only
Instructor Consent:
Department Consent Required
Instruction Mode:
Independent/Directed Study
Class Attributes:
Honors
Enrollment Requirements:
Pol 3108H, political science major, honors
Times and Locations:
Regular Academic Session
 
06/03/2024 - 07/26/2024
UMTC, West Bank
Enrollment Status:
Open (0 of 10 seats filled)
Also Offered:
Course Catalog Description:
Individual research/writing of departmental honors thesis.
Class Notes:
http://classinfo.umn.edu/?+POL4993+Summer2023
Class Description:
Student may contact the instructor or department for information.
Textbooks:
https://bookstores.umn.edu/course-lookup/82122/1245

Summer 2024  |  POL 4994 Section 001: Directed Research: Individual (81799)

Instructor(s)
No instructor assigned
Class Component:
Independent Study
Credits:
1-4 Credits
Repeat Credit Limit:
4 Credits
Grading Basis:
Student Option
Instructor Consent:
Department Consent Required
Instruction Mode:
Independent/Directed Study
Times and Locations:
Regular Academic Session
 
06/03/2024 - 07/26/2024
12:00AM - 12:00AM
UMTC, West Bank
Enrollment Status:
Open (0 of 10 seats filled)
Also Offered:
Course Catalog Description:
Directed individual reading and research between a student and faculty member. Prerequisite instructor and department consent.
Class Notes:
http://classinfo.umn.edu/?+POL4994+Summer2023
Class Description:
Student may contact the instructor or department for information.
Textbooks:
https://bookstores.umn.edu/course-lookup/81799/1245

Summer 2024  |  POL 4994 Section 101: Directed Research: Individual (81917)

Instructor(s)
No instructor assigned
Class Component:
Independent Study
Credits:
1-4 Credits
Repeat Credit Limit:
4 Credits
Grading Basis:
Student Option
Instructor Consent:
Department Consent Required
Instruction Mode:
Independent/Directed Study
Times and Locations:
May Session
 
05/13/2024 - 05/31/2024
12:00AM - 12:00AM
UMTC, West Bank
Enrollment Status:
Open (0 of 30 seats filled)
Also Offered:
Course Catalog Description:
Directed individual reading and research between a student and faculty member. Prerequisite instructor and department consent.
Class Notes:
http://classinfo.umn.edu/?+POL4994+Summer2023
Class Description:
Student may contact the instructor or department for information.
Textbooks:
https://bookstores.umn.edu/course-lookup/81917/1245

Summer 2024  |  POL 5970 Section 001: Individual Reading and Research (82093)

Instructor(s)
No instructor assigned
Class Component:
Independent Study
Credits:
1-4 Credits
Repeat Credit Limit:
8 Credits
Grading Basis:
Student Option
Instructor Consent:
Department Consent Required
Instruction Mode:
Independent/Directed Study
Class Attributes:
Grade Sort
Times and Locations:
Regular Academic Session
 
06/03/2024 - 07/26/2024
UMTC, West Bank
Enrollment Status:
Open (0 of 10 seats filled)
Also Offered:
Course Catalog Description:
Guided individual reading or study. Prereq instr consent, dept consent, college consent.
Class Notes:
http://classinfo.umn.edu/?+POL5970+Summer2023
Class Description:
Student may contact the instructor or department for information.
Textbooks:
https://bookstores.umn.edu/course-lookup/82093/1245

Summer 2024  |  POL 8333 Section 001: FTE: Master's (81849)

Instructor(s)
No instructor assigned
Class Component:
Independent Study
Credits:
1 Credit
Grading Basis:
No Grade Associated
Instructor Consent:
No Special Consent Required
Instruction Mode:
Independent/Directed Study
Class Attributes:
Grade Sort
Enrollment Requirements:
Advanced Master's Student
Times and Locations:
Summer Session 10 wk
 
06/03/2024 - 08/09/2024
12:00AM - 12:00AM
UMTC, West Bank
Enrollment Status:
Open (0 of 10 seats filled)
Also Offered:
Course Catalog Description:
(No description) prereq: Master's student, adviser and DGS consent
Class Notes:
http://classinfo.umn.edu/?+POL8333+Summer2023
Class Description:
Student may contact the instructor or department for information.
Textbooks:
https://bookstores.umn.edu/course-lookup/81849/1245

Summer 2024  |  POL 8444 Section 001: FTE: Doctoral (81871)

Instructor(s)
No instructor assigned
Class Component:
Independent Study
Credits:
1 Credit
Repeat Credit Limit:
10 Credits
Grading Basis:
No Grade Associated
Instructor Consent:
No Special Consent Required
Instruction Mode:
Independent/Directed Study
Class Attributes:
Grade Sort
Enrollment Requirements:
Advanced Doctoral Student
Times and Locations:
Summer Session 10 wk
 
06/03/2024 - 08/09/2024
12:00AM - 12:00AM
UMTC, West Bank
Enrollment Status:
Open (0 of 10 seats filled)
Also Offered:
Course Catalog Description:
(No description) prereq: Doctoral student, adviser and director of graduate studies consent
Class Notes:
http://classinfo.umn.edu/?+POL8444+Summer2023
Class Description:
Student may contact the instructor or department for information.
Textbooks:
https://bookstores.umn.edu/course-lookup/81871/1245

Summer 2024  |  POL 8888 Section 001: Thesis Credit: Doctoral (81976)

Instructor(s)
No instructor assigned
Class Component:
Independent Study
Credits:
1-24 Credits
Repeat Credit Limit:
100 Credits
Grading Basis:
No Grade Associated
Instructor Consent:
No Special Consent Required
Instruction Mode:
In Person
Class Attributes:
Grade Sort
Enrollment Requirements:
Political Science PhD, Doct or ETCR
Times and Locations:
Regular Academic Session
 
06/03/2024 - 07/26/2024
UMTC, West Bank
Enrollment Status:
Open (0 of 10 seats filled)
Also Offered:
Course Catalog Description:
(No description) prereq: Max 18 cr per semester or summer; 24 cr required
Class Notes:
http://classinfo.umn.edu/?+POL8888+Summer2023
Class Description:
Student may contact the instructor or department for information.
Textbooks:
https://bookstores.umn.edu/course-lookup/81976/1245

Summer 2024  |  POL 8990 Section 001: Directed Readings and Research in Political Science (81784)

Instructor(s)
No instructor assigned
Class Component:
Independent Study
Credits:
1-7 Credits
Repeat Credit Limit:
7 Credits
Grading Basis:
Student Option
Instructor Consent:
Department Consent Required
Instruction Mode:
Independent/Directed Study
Class Attributes:
Grade Sort
Times and Locations:
Regular Academic Session
 
06/03/2024 - 07/26/2024
UMTC, West Bank
Enrollment Status:
Open (0 of 10 seats filled)
Also Offered:
Course Catalog Description:
TBD prereq: 16 cr 8xxx pol sci courses, instr consent, dept consent
Class Notes:
http://classinfo.umn.edu/?+POL8990+Summer2023
Class Description:
Student may contact the instructor or department for information.
Textbooks:
https://bookstores.umn.edu/course-lookup/81784/1245

Spring 2024  |  POL 1001 Section 001: American Democracy in a Changing World (52554)

Instructor(s)
Class Component:
Lecture
Credits:
3 Credits
Grading Basis:
Student Option
Instructor Consent:
No Special Consent Required
Instruction Mode:
In Person
Class Attributes:
UMNTC Liberal Education Requirement
Freshman Full Year Registration
Times and Locations:
Regular Academic Session
 
01/16/2024 - 04/29/2024
Mon, Wed 01:00PM - 02:15PM
UMTC, West Bank
Walter F. Mondale Hall 40
Enrollment Status:
Open (1 of 85 seats filled)
Also Offered:
Course Catalog Description:
This course is intended to introduce students to the expressed hopes of the American people for their government and to the institutions and processes that have been created and recreated to achieve these hopes. The course is designed to help students understand what liberal education is by engaging in the study of American politics as a fundamentally critical and creative enterprise, and by grappling with the most complex and challenging problems of political life, such as the sources of political equality and inequality, and the tension between individual aspirations and political control. Questions of power and choice, opportunity and discrimination, freedom and restrictions on freedom are fundamental to the historical development of and current controversies within the American political system, and we will attend to all of these. We will explore topics including the ideas underlying the nation's founding and its constitutional foundations; civil rights and civil liberties; the role of the United States in an increasingly globalized world; the structure and function of American political institutions; and the behavior of American citizens in the political process. In addition, we will learn to think and communicate like political scientists. We will read primary documents, such as the Federalist papers, engage with scholarly arguments about the way the American political system works, and critically evaluate critiques of the American political system that have been offered from a variety of perspectives. By the end of the semester students should have a basic understanding of the structure and function of American government as well as an increased ability to critically reflect on the degree to which our institutions, processes, and citizens live up to the expectations placed on them. Students will be able to identify, define, and solve problems and to locate and critically evaluate information. Students will have mastered a body of knowledge and a mod
Class Description:

Why doesn't Congress seem to work? Why do Americans love democracy, but hate politics? Why are there only two political parties, and why do they seem to despise each other so much? This course will introduce students to politics in the United States, addressing these and many more questions about how the American political system really works. We will begin with the founding principles and historical development of the American system of government and then move on to examine the contemporary structure and function of American political institutions and the role that average citizens play in the political process. Students will exit the class with a better understanding of how the American political system succeeds or fails at living up to our ideals and what we can do about it.

Who Should Take This Class?:
This class will be of interest to anyone who wants a better understanding of how the American political system operates, what is going on in Washington, or how to effect change in our current political climate. The class is also an entry point for the department's upper division American politics classes, including classes on political psychology, social movements, Congress, the Supreme Court, and state and local government.
Grading:
Grades will be based on three elements. Short quizzes at the beginning of each class will evaluate students' comprehension of key concepts from readings and lecture (40%), three long quizzes over the course of the semester will evaluate students' ability to apply these concepts to new situations and problems (40%), and a final paper will evaluate students' ability to use these concepts to advance and defend an argument (20%).
Exam Format:
All short quizzes will be multiple choice and closed book. All long quizzes will be short answer/essay and open book.
Class Format:
Class is lecture based, but "lecture" will be broken up by short writing exercises, small group discussion, and other exercises that will ask you to apply the concepts you are learning in real time. While these will not be graded, engaging fully with them will make the subsequent quizzes and essays much, much easier.
Textbooks:
https://bookstores.umn.edu/course-lookup/52554/1243
Past Syllabi:
http://classinfo.umn.edu/syllabi/cdmyers_POL1001_Fall2018.docx (Fall 2018)
http://classinfo.umn.edu/syllabi/cdmyers_POL1001_Fall2017.docx (Fall 2017)
http://classinfo.umn.edu/syllabi/cdmyers_POL1001_Fall2016.docx (Fall 2016)
Instructor Supplied Information Last Updated:
27 March 2017

Spring 2024  |  POL 1025 Section 001: Global Politics (51514)

Instructor(s)
Class Component:
Lecture
Credits:
3 Credits
Repeat Credit Limit:
4 Credits
Grading Basis:
Student Option
Instructor Consent:
No Special Consent Required
Instruction Mode:
In Person
Class Attributes:
UMNTC Liberal Education Requirement
Freshman Full Year Registration
Times and Locations:
Regular Academic Session
 
01/16/2024 - 04/29/2024
Tue, Thu 09:45AM - 11:00AM
UMTC, West Bank
Anderson Hall 250
Enrollment Status:
Open (0 of 85 seats filled)
Also Offered:
Course Catalog Description:
Global politics is complex, fast-paced, and often confusing. This introductory course explores both the enduring challenges of international politics as well as more recent transformative trends. The course introduces theoretical traditions, but its focus is on making sense of real-world problems, both today and in the past. Why is the world organized into states, and what implications does the states system have for indigenous populations globally? Why and when do states go to war and use military force? Why do they sign international agreements and treaties, on matters from arms control to investment? In what ways do existing systems of international law and trade exacerbate or mitigate global inequities? Why has human rights emerged as a central problem in world politics? What are the prospects for international cooperation to address climate change? How have inequities and prejudices, along the lines of race and other categorical identities, shaped our world - from the practice of global security to the structures of the international political economy? These are among the pressing real-world questions that this course in Global Politics will address and that it will give you the tools to answer - though particular instructors will naturally emphasize different topics and questions. But the course will also highlight how our answers to these questions are changing along with the deep power structures of global politics - as US dominance wanes and others, most notably China, rise; as core ideas and discourses underpinning the international system, such as sovereignty, come under assault; as institutions, such as those governing international law, thicken; and as attention grows to the structuring effects of race and other ascriptive categories. Global Politics is an essential guide to our increasingly globalized world.
Class Description:
Americans hardly need to be told that international politics matters. US forces are still deployed around the globe, and economic uncertainty has barely abated. Knowing that international politics matters is one thing, making sense of it is another. This course will give students the tools they need to begin to understand patterns and trends in global politics. Students will be introduced to international relations' theoretical traditions, but the course will focus primarily on explaining and understanding historical and especially current problems in world politics. It will explore, among other issues, the causes of war and peace, the limited use of force, humanitarian intervention, nuclear proliferation, nationalist conflict, international ethics, the politics of international trade and finance, foreign aid, globalization, the prospects for environmental cooperation and human rights norms, migration, terrorism, and the future of world politics. By the end of the course, students should be familiar with all these issues and others, should have developed their own views on these much-debated questions, and should be able to apply basic analytical frameworks to answer them.
Grading:
25% Midterm Exam
40% Final Exam
20% Essay, Quizzes
15% Class Participation
Exam Format:
Identifications; short paragraphs; essays; reading quizzes
Class Format:
80% Lecture
20% Discussion
Workload:
50-75 Pages Reading Per Week
Textbooks:
https://bookstores.umn.edu/course-lookup/51514/1243
Instructor Supplied Information Last Updated:
27 October 2015

Spring 2024  |  POL 1054 Section 001: Politics Around the World (52911)

Instructor(s)
Class Component:
Lecture
Credits:
3 Credits
Repeat Credit Limit:
4 Credits
Grading Basis:
Student Option
Instructor Consent:
No Special Consent Required
Instruction Mode:
In Person
Class Attributes:
UMNTC Liberal Education Requirement
Freshman Full Year Registration
Times and Locations:
Regular Academic Session
 
01/16/2024 - 04/29/2024
Mon, Wed 11:15AM - 12:30PM
UMTC, West Bank
Blegen Hall 120
Enrollment Status:
Open (1 of 55 seats filled)
Also Offered:
Course Catalog Description:
This course is an introduction to the study of politics in different countries around the world. It focuses on domestic politics within countries, as opposed to a course in international relations, which focuses on relations between countries. Some of the questions we tackle include: Why are some countries prone to violent conflict while others remain peaceful? Why do some countries grow rich while others remain poor? Why does democracy emerge in some countries, while dictators hold onto power elsewhere? How do attitudes about gender and sexuality influence politics? Do particular religions, or the strength of religious faith, strengthen or weaken democracy? The readings and assignments help you make sense of the complexity of world politics - to sift through and distill the avalanche of information available and learn how to develop your own arguments about pertinent global issues. Upon completion of this course you will be able to understand and provide examples of 1) the difference between strong and weak states; 2) the distinctions between democratic and non-democratic forms of government; 3) the various ways democracies are governed; 4) arguments explaining the origin of democracy and the persistence of non-democracy; 5) the significance of different forms of political identity such as ethnicity, religion, and gender; 6) why some countries are rich while others remain poor; and 7) why some countries tax and spend more than others. Assignments seek to develop your skills at developing arguments through logic and evidence and to give you the ability to distinguish between a persuasive argument about politics and simply stating an opinion.
Class Description:
This course provides an introduction to the study of politics in different countries around the world. We seek to understand how people establish a durable and legitimate political system, and how they seek to benefit from, transform or even overthrow that system. Over the course of the semester we will explore the following questions: 1) How and why do societies establish political order? 2) What is democracy and how is it different from dictatorship? 3) What factors cause democracy to emerge? 4) What are the different kinds of dictatorships? 5) When, where and why does ethnicity impact politics? 6) What is nationalism? 7) How does religion drive conflict in the contemporary world? 8) What is the impact of women in politics around the world? 9) What causes civil wars? 10) Why are some countries rich and some poor? 11) Why do some countries tax and spend quite a lot, while others have lower tax rates and lower levels of redistribution?
Who Should Take This Class?:
Anyone interested in global politics
Exam Format:
30% Reports/Papers
50% Written Homework
20% Class Participation Other Grading Information: There is one five-page paper, and up to 10 short assignments. A draft of the 5-page paper is required; students will receive feedback before turning in the final version.
Class Format:
60% Lecture
25% Discussion
15% Small Group Activities
Workload:
100 Pages Reading Per Week
15 Pages Writing Per Term
1 Paper(s)
10 Homework Assignment(s)
Textbooks:
https://bookstores.umn.edu/course-lookup/52911/1243
Instructor Supplied Information Last Updated:
27 March 2017

Spring 2024  |  POL 1201 Section 001: Political Ideas (51482)

Instructor(s)
Class Component:
Lecture
Credits:
3 Credits
Grading Basis:
Student Option
Instructor Consent:
No Special Consent Required
Instruction Mode:
Completely Online
Class Attributes:
UMNTC Liberal Education Requirement
Freshman Full Year Registration
Times and Locations:
Regular Academic Session
 
01/16/2024 - 04/29/2024
Mon, Wed 09:45AM - 11:00AM
Off Campus
UMN REMOTE
Enrollment Status:
Open (0 of 85 seats filled)
Also Offered:
Course Catalog Description:
This course serves as an introduction to the study of political theory. Political theory analyzes the meaning and significance of fundamental concepts in politics. Starting from such basic concerns as the nature of politics, humans, power and justice, political theorists explore how these basic starting assumptions organize the norms, practices, and institutions of political and social order. To explore these topics, the field turns to key texts, as well as to political and social events and other media (film, historical documents, etc.). In this introductory course, students will investigate some of the basic texts in political theory, with the goal of learning how to read texts more analytically and to address fundamental questions in political theory. Among the topics that might be the nature of justice and injustice, political obligation and civil disobedience, democracy and other forms of governance. Students who complete this course will understand the deep issues about the nature of politics, will have learned to read and to analyze complex texts. They will also have had the opportunity to reflect upon their own ethical engagement in political life and upon the ways in which historically, political ideas change.
Class Description:

Aristotle once called human beings "political animals,"meaning that, unlike gods or the other animals, we naturally create institutions to govern ourselves. What those institutions should look like, what values they should embody, and who should be in charge prove to be difficult questions that Aristotle leaves for us. Building on Aristotle's definition, this course offers an introduction to political theory, a sub-discipline of political science. By exploring some of the core issues and concepts of political theory, students will grapple with a number of "big questions" about politics in history and in the present: Why and how does politics matter in our everyday lives beyond the voting booth? On what basis is political authority seen as legitimate? How should we understand and embody political values like justice and equality in our own lives? What is the role of economics (capitalism, socialism, etc.) and economic inequality in the creation of political order? What should we think of the use of violence or non-violence in contemporary politics and protests? To explore these "big questions," we will relate historical readings to contemporary "hot-button" issues here in the Twin Cities, the US, and the globe.

Workload:
50 Pages Reading Per Week
9-10 Pages Writing Per Term
Textbooks:
https://bookstores.umn.edu/course-lookup/51482/1243
Instructor Supplied Information Last Updated:
21 March 2022

Spring 2024  |  POL 3065 Section 001: Political Engagement Careers: Planning and Preparing For Your Future (53582)

Instructor(s)
Class Component:
Lecture
Credits:
3 Credits
Grading Basis:
Student Option
Instructor Consent:
No Special Consent Required
Instruction Mode:
In Person
Class Attributes:
UMNTC Liberal Education Requirement
Times and Locations:
Regular Academic Session
 
01/16/2024 - 04/29/2024
Wed, Fri 01:00PM - 02:15PM
UMTC, West Bank
Blegen Hall 230
Enrollment Status:
Open (0 of 35 seats filled)
Also Offered:
Course Catalog Description:
Are you interested in pursuing a career in public service? Do you plan to run for office in the future, or work in a government agency (such as the State Department or the FBI or the MN DNR), or become a professional campaign manager or lobbyist, or work as an issue activist on a cause important to you? Would you like to learn more about the variety of public service careers open to a college graduate? Do you wonder what motivates people to pursue careers in politics, public administration, and community service, and how these motivations vary across career fields? Would you like to explore some options for future internship or service learning while at the University? Then this course is for you! This course is the Political Science Department's introduction to careers in political and civic engagement. Through readings focused on theories about and case studies of political engagement, and on the ethics of politics and public service, numerous guest speakers with extensive experience as public service professionals, and a discussion-oriented class format, we will explore the meaning of public service and the main types of public service careers that you could pursue. We will think about the virtues and challenges associated with doing public service work, and how these differ across different types of jobs and venues for serving the public. Finally, you will acquire practical knowledge and skills related to the search for public service work opportunities, including how to write a resume and cover letter, how to conduct an informational interview, networking, and the job search and application process. Intended primarily for first- and second-year undergraduates, but open to students of any major at any point in their undergraduate program.
Class Description:
Student may contact the instructor or department for information.
Textbooks:
https://bookstores.umn.edu/course-lookup/53582/1243

Spring 2024  |  POL 3080 Section 001: Internship in Politics or Government (51481)

Instructor(s)
Class Component:
Field Work
Credits:
3-13 Credits
Repeat Credit Limit:
15 Credits
Grading Basis:
A-F only
Instructor Consent:
Department Consent Required
Instruction Mode:
In Person
Times and Locations:
Regular Academic Session
 
01/16/2024 - 04/29/2024
12:00AM - 12:00AM
Off Campus
Enrollment Status:
Open (0 of 60 seats filled)
Also Offered:
Course Catalog Description:
Students search for and arrange an internship with an organization or office working in government or politics, and then complete academic coursework in association with their internship. prereq: instr consent, dept consent
Class Description:
This course has two purposes. The first is to provide students with an opportunity to acquire first-hand political experience and knowledge. The second is to enable students to situate their internship experience in the context of relevant political science research on the subject matter. Students earn 1 credit for every 3 hours per week worked at the internship. Students must work at least 10 hours per week (or 140 total hours), and take POL 3080 for at least 3 credits. To enroll in POL 3080, students must meet with the instructor to discuss the course requirements, sign a Student/Faculty contract that specifies the required coursework, and get a permission number. This meeting takes 15-20 minutes, and should be scheduled once you have secured your internship and you know how many hours per week you will be working (so that you will know how many credits you can take). These meetings usually take place once enrollment for the next semester is open. NOTE: you MUST sign up for the course by the end of the first week of classes for the semester in which you are doing the internship. All students must submit weekly analytical journal entries, and two informational interview reports. At higher credits levels, students must complete a 5-7p essay and 10p research paper.
Who Should Take This Class?:
Any UofM undergraduate student in any College or School who wants to learn more about politics, policy making, policy implementation, the legal system, or community service
Learning Objectives:
To gain hands-on practical experience in politics, government, law, or community service work, and to reflect on that experience via political science research.
Grading:
Political Science majors and minors MUST take 3080 A-F; non-majors/minors may take 3080 S/N, but A-F is recommended for all students.
Exam Format:
90% Reports/Papers
10% Other Evaluation Other Grading Information: Grade based 90% on coursework, 10% on internship supervisor's evaluation.
Class Format:
100% Web Based Students work at their internships, and submit their course work by e-mail. There are no required classroom meetings.
Workload:
30-50 Pages Reading Per Week
20-50 Pages Writing Per Term Other Workload: Workload varies by number of credits taken. Minimum 14 weekly journal entries, 2 informational interview reports. Additional papers at higher credit levels
Textbooks:
https://bookstores.umn.edu/course-lookup/51481/1243
Past Syllabi:
http://classinfo.umn.edu/syllabi/psoper_POL3080_Fall2017.doc (Fall 2017)
http://classinfo.umn.edu/syllabi/psoper_POL3080_Summer2017.doc (Summer 2017)
http://classinfo.umn.edu/syllabi/psoper_POL3080_Spring2016.doc (Spring 2016)
Instructor Supplied Information Last Updated:
23 February 2017

Spring 2024  |  POL 3085 Section 001: Quantitative Analysis in Political Science (65412)

Instructor(s)
Class Component:
Lecture
Instructor Consent:
No Special Consent Required
Instruction Mode:
In Person
Class Attributes:
UMNTC Liberal Education Requirement
Freshman Full Year Registration
Times and Locations:
Regular Academic Session
 
01/16/2024 - 04/29/2024
Tue, Thu 09:45AM - 11:00AM
UMTC, East Bank
Peik Hall 28
Enrollment Status:
Open (0 of 60 seats filled)
Also Offered:
Course Catalog Description:
POL 3085 teaches students how to study politics scientifically and introduces them to how to use quantitative analysis to answer political questions. The first part of the class covers how to formulate a theory (a possible answer to a question), specify testable hypotheses (what you would see if the theory is correct or incorrect), and set up a research design to test those hypotheses. In the second part of the class, we cover quantitative data analysis, beginning from preliminary statistical analysis to multivariate linear regression. There is no mathematical or statistical background required for this course. By the end of the class, students should be able to ask and answer political questions using quantitative data and fluently evaluate statistical analyses of political phenomena in the media and many academic articles.
Class Notes:
http://classinfo.umn.edu/?jlsumner+POL3085+Spring2024
Class Description:

POL 3085 teaches students how to study politics scientifically and introduces them to how to use quantitative analysis to answer political questions. The first part of the class covers how to formulate a theory (a possible answer to a question), specify testable hypotheses (what you would see if the theory is correct or incorrect), and set up a research design to test those hypotheses. In the second part of the class, we cover quantitative data analysis, beginning from preliminary statistical analysis to multivariate linear regression. There is no mathematical or statistical background required for this course and students are encouraged to pursue research projects of personal interest to them. By the end of the class, students should be able to ask and answer political questions using quantitative data and fluently evaluate statistical analyses of political phenomena in the media and many academic articles.

Who Should Take This Class?:
This class is ideal for anyone interested in conducting quantitative research or evaluating quantitative research (note: 'reading the news' qualifies). It does not require you to be a "math person"* (* there is no such thing as a "math person") -- all mathematical backgrounds and perceived ability levels can thrive in this class.
Learning Objectives:
The lab section is solely dedicated to understanding the statistical software program R. Learning statistical software is good for several reasons: not only does it give you practical tools for manipulating and analyzing data and making cool graphics, but it also teaches you algorithmic thinking, which is a good skill set for life.
Grading:

There are short assignments intended to be done within lab and mostly-weekly quizzes done outside of class. Quizzes are online and untimed.

Exam Format:
None
Class Format:
Most weeks student will be expected to watch a lecture video before lab. The class period will be dedicated to going through specific activities related to that content and answering student questions.
Workload:
Students have a homework assignment due every 1-2 weeks (depending on how extensive the assignment is). Lectures require some preparation, either in the form of reading and or forms of preparation.
Textbooks:
https://bookstores.umn.edu/course-lookup/65412/1243
Instructor Supplied Information Last Updated:
9 December 2021

Spring 2024  |  POL 3085 Section 002: Quantitative Analysis in Political Science (65413)

Instructor(s)
Class Component:
Discussion
Class Attributes:
UMNTC Liberal Education Requirement
Times and Locations:
Regular Academic Session
 
01/16/2024 - 04/29/2024
Thu 02:30PM - 03:20PM
UMTC, East Bank
Blegen Hall 145
Auto Enrolls With:
Section 001
Enrollment Status:
Open (0 of 30 seats filled)
Course Catalog Description:
POL 3085 teaches students how to study politics scientifically and introduces them to how to use quantitative analysis to answer political questions. The first part of the class covers how to formulate a theory (a possible answer to a question), specify testable hypotheses (what you would see if the theory is correct or incorrect), and set up a research design to test those hypotheses. In the second part of the class, we cover quantitative data analysis, beginning from preliminary statistical analysis to multivariate linear regression. There is no mathematical or statistical background required for this course. By the end of the class, students should be able to ask and answer political questions using quantitative data and fluently evaluate statistical analyses of political phenomena in the media and many academic articles.
Class Notes:
http://classinfo.umn.edu/?jlsumner+POL3085+Spring2024
Class Description:

POL 3085 teaches students how to study politics scientifically and introduces them to how to use quantitative analysis to answer political questions. The first part of the class covers how to formulate a theory (a possible answer to a question), specify testable hypotheses (what you would see if the theory is correct or incorrect), and set up a research design to test those hypotheses. In the second part of the class, we cover quantitative data analysis, beginning from preliminary statistical analysis to multivariate linear regression. There is no mathematical or statistical background required for this course and students are encouraged to pursue research projects of personal interest to them. By the end of the class, students should be able to ask and answer political questions using quantitative data and fluently evaluate statistical analyses of political phenomena in the media and many academic articles.

Who Should Take This Class?:
This class is ideal for anyone interested in conducting quantitative research or evaluating quantitative research (note: 'reading the news' qualifies). It does not require you to be a "math person"* (* there is no such thing as a "math person") -- all mathematical backgrounds and perceived ability levels can thrive in this class.
Learning Objectives:
The lab section is solely dedicated to understanding the statistical software program R. Learning statistical software is good for several reasons: not only does it give you practical tools for manipulating and analyzing data and making cool graphics, but it also teaches you algorithmic thinking, which is a good skill set for life.
Grading:

There are short assignments intended to be done within lab and mostly-weekly quizzes done outside of class. Quizzes are online and untimed.

Exam Format:
None
Class Format:
Most weeks student will be expected to watch a lecture video before lab. The class period will be dedicated to going through specific activities related to that content and answering student questions.
Workload:
Students have a homework assignment due every 1-2 weeks (depending on how extensive the assignment is). Lectures require some preparation, either in the form of reading and or forms of preparation.
Textbooks:
https://bookstores.umn.edu/course-lookup/65413/1243
Instructor Supplied Information Last Updated:
9 December 2021

Spring 2024  |  POL 3085 Section 003: Quantitative Analysis in Political Science (65414)

Instructor(s)
Class Component:
Discussion
Class Attributes:
UMNTC Liberal Education Requirement
Times and Locations:
Regular Academic Session
 
01/16/2024 - 04/29/2024
Thu 04:00PM - 04:50PM
UMTC, East Bank
Blegen Hall 225
Auto Enrolls With:
Section 001
Enrollment Status:
Open (0 of 30 seats filled)
Course Catalog Description:
POL 3085 teaches students how to study politics scientifically and introduces them to how to use quantitative analysis to answer political questions. The first part of the class covers how to formulate a theory (a possible answer to a question), specify testable hypotheses (what you would see if the theory is correct or incorrect), and set up a research design to test those hypotheses. In the second part of the class, we cover quantitative data analysis, beginning from preliminary statistical analysis to multivariate linear regression. There is no mathematical or statistical background required for this course. By the end of the class, students should be able to ask and answer political questions using quantitative data and fluently evaluate statistical analyses of political phenomena in the media and many academic articles.
Class Notes:
http://classinfo.umn.edu/?jlsumner+POL3085+Spring2024
Class Description:

POL 3085 teaches students how to study politics scientifically and introduces them to how to use quantitative analysis to answer political questions. The first part of the class covers how to formulate a theory (a possible answer to a question), specify testable hypotheses (what you would see if the theory is correct or incorrect), and set up a research design to test those hypotheses. In the second part of the class, we cover quantitative data analysis, beginning from preliminary statistical analysis to multivariate linear regression. There is no mathematical or statistical background required for this course and students are encouraged to pursue research projects of personal interest to them. By the end of the class, students should be able to ask and answer political questions using quantitative data and fluently evaluate statistical analyses of political phenomena in the media and many academic articles.

Who Should Take This Class?:
This class is ideal for anyone interested in conducting quantitative research or evaluating quantitative research (note: 'reading the news' qualifies). It does not require you to be a "math person"* (* there is no such thing as a "math person") -- all mathematical backgrounds and perceived ability levels can thrive in this class.
Learning Objectives:
The lab section is solely dedicated to understanding the statistical software program R. Learning statistical software is good for several reasons: not only does it give you practical tools for manipulating and analyzing data and making cool graphics, but it also teaches you algorithmic thinking, which is a good skill set for life.
Grading:

There are short assignments intended to be done within lab and mostly-weekly quizzes done outside of class. Quizzes are online and untimed.

Exam Format:
None
Class Format:
Most weeks student will be expected to watch a lecture video before lab. The class period will be dedicated to going through specific activities related to that content and answering student questions.
Workload:
Students have a homework assignment due every 1-2 weeks (depending on how extensive the assignment is). Lectures require some preparation, either in the form of reading and or forms of preparation.
Textbooks:
https://bookstores.umn.edu/course-lookup/65414/1243
Instructor Supplied Information Last Updated:
9 December 2021

Spring 2024  |  POL 3108H Section 001: Honors Tutorial: Thesis Preparation and Political Science Inquiry (53229)

Instructor(s)
Class Component:
Lecture
Credits:
3 Credits
Grading Basis:
A-F only
Instructor Consent:
No Special Consent Required
Instruction Mode:
In Person
Class Attributes:
Honors
Enrollment Requirements:
Politcal Science honors major, jr or sr
Times and Locations:
Regular Academic Session
 
01/16/2024 - 04/29/2024
Mon 01:30PM - 03:55PM
UMTC, West Bank
Blegen Hall 240
Enrollment Status:
Open (0 of 25 seats filled)
Also Offered:
Course Catalog Description:
In this course, students will improve their research skills in preparation to write their senior theses. Students will enter with a few ideas for topics about which they might like to write their theses. They will leave the class with a clear and tractable research question, a literature review that describes how this question fits in with the existing scholarly literature, and a research design that will enable them to answer the question. Along the way, they will advance their understanding of what constitutes political science research and how to conduct political science research. Students will be graded on the basis of drafts of their annotated bibliography, literature review and research design, a class presentation of the "front half" of their senior thesis, and class participation including short weekly assignments. Students are expected to keep up with the reading and, most importantly, to begin to conduct their own independent research. prereq: Pol sci major, honors
Class Description:
In this course, students will advance their research skills and prepare to write their senior theses. Students will gain a deeper understanding of what constitutes political science research and how to conduct research in political science. Most important, students will develop their own thesis topics and research designs, testing out their ideas in a structured and collegial setting. The first half of the course will enhance students? understanding of political science research, and the second half of the course will focus on the students? own research. Students will be graded on the basis of several short assignments and two revised papers, a class presentation, and class participation. Students are expected to keep up with course reading and conduct their own independent research. Students will turn in two drafts of a literature review and their research design.
Textbooks:
https://bookstores.umn.edu/course-lookup/53229/1243
Instructor Supplied Information Last Updated:
11 November 2011

Spring 2024  |  POL 3235W Section 001: Democracy and Citizenship (53741)

Instructor(s)
Class Component:
Lecture
Credits:
3 Credits
Grading Basis:
Student Option
Instructor Consent:
No Special Consent Required
Instruction Mode:
In Person
Class Attributes:
UMNTC Liberal Education Requirement
Times and Locations:
Regular Academic Session
 
01/16/2024 - 04/29/2024
Tue, Thu 01:00PM - 02:15PM
UMTC, West Bank
Blegen Hall 155
Enrollment Status:
Open (0 of 58 seats filled)
Also Offered:
Course Catalog Description:
This course considers the nature of contemporary democracy and the role that members of the political community do, can, and should play. While approaches in teaching the class vary, students can expect to read historical and contemporary texts, see films and videos, to approach questions about the nature of democracy, justifications for democracy, and challenges faced by contemporary democracy as it relates to racial inequality, immigration, gender inequality, and ecological crises. Topics will include: the centrality of social movements for democracies; deliberative and participatory democracy; as well as questions about how members of political communities can best participate in democratic life to address structural inequalities. Students will write a longer essay that allows them to demonstrate their capacities to understand and explain complex ideas and to make a theoretically compelling argument, using appropriate supporting evidence. prereq: Suggested prerequisite 1201
Class Description:
Democracy seems to be an intuitively simple concept to many Americans. Americans know what democracy, and the corresponding values of freedom and equality mean because they live under a democratic system of government that guarantees liberty and justice for all, and equality regardless of race, color, national origin, religion, or sex. Likewise, Americans know that being a citizen means we have certain rights. (and duties?) When we delve a little deeper into what these concepts mean, however, we discover that this apparent certainty papers over a host of disagreements, divisions, and uncertainties. These complexities have bubbled up to the surface today, as they have historically, through a number of contemporary concerns espoused by the Occupy Movement, the Tea Party Movement, Black Lives Matter, anti-establishment politics, etc.

This class helps students to engage in the contemporary problems of democracy, in the United States and beyond, by grounding the conversation in the historical debates of democratic theory. Rather than suggesting any simple answers, our class will instead pose questions with which we, together, must wrestle. What is democracy? How should we understand basic concepts of democracy like freedom, equality, and solidarity? How should we respond when these concepts come into conflict? Is capitalism inherently in conflict with democracy? Working through these questions, we will tack back and forth between theoretical debates and contemporary and historical political problems, gaining a more nuanced understanding of the political stakes behind these questions, as well as a more critical perspective from which to understand the political challenges of this moment in history.
Who Should Take This Class?:
Any student is welcome to take this course, whether a political science major or not. The questions we deal with are issues affecting all students, and we will work to connect contemporary issues with theoretical and historical texts in a way that is both rigorous enough to engage majors while being accessible to those without a background in political science.
Grading:

Attendance: 10%

Paper 1: 35%

Paper 2: 35%

Final Presentation: 20%

Workload:
approximatley 40 pages of reading per class
Textbooks:
https://bookstores.umn.edu/course-lookup/53741/1243
Instructor Supplied Information Last Updated:
24 June 2022

Spring 2024  |  POL 3251W Section 001: Power, Virtue, and Vice: Ancient and Early Modern Political Theory (65359)

Instructor(s)
No instructor assigned
Class Component:
Lecture
Credits:
3 Credits
Grading Basis:
Student Option
Instructor Consent:
No Special Consent Required
Instruction Mode:
In Person
Class Attributes:
UMNTC Liberal Education Requirement
Times and Locations:
Regular Academic Session
 
01/16/2024 - 04/29/2024
Mon, Wed 11:15AM - 12:30PM
UMTC, West Bank
Blegen Hall 235
Enrollment Status:
Open (0 of 58 seats filled)
Also Offered:
Course Catalog Description:
Key concepts of contemporary political life such as 'democracy', 'tyranny', 'authority' - and indeed 'politics' itself - derive from ancient sources. This course offers students an opportunity to return to the foundations of this vocabulary by delving into work by such major thinkers as Plato, Aristotle, Augustine, Aquinas, and Machiavelli. Lectures and discussion shall consider the endurance of certain basic questions of political life, such as: What is justice? What is the best regime? What is the relationship between human nature and political order? Can politics be virtuous and, if so, in what way? The course will also consider the radically diverse responses to these essential questions through examination of a wide range of historical periods and the unique terms of political order each offered. Previous iterations of the course have included examination of the Classical Greek city-state system and its fragile experiments with democracy; the rise and fall of the Roman empire; the establishment of Western Christendom; the Renaissance, so-called 'discovery' of the New World, and dawn of the modern era. Students will gain a glimpse into worlds preoccupied by matters of truth, virtue and nobility, but also widely populated by slavery, imperialism, violence, and religious strife. In this way, the study of ancient theory is intended to serve as both supplement and challenge to the terms of contemporary political life.
Class Description:
Student may contact the instructor or department for information.
Textbooks:
https://bookstores.umn.edu/course-lookup/65359/1243

Spring 2024  |  POL 3282 Section 001: Black Political Thought: Conceptions of Freedom (65364)

Instructor(s)
Class Component:
Lecture
Credits:
3 Credits
Grading Basis:
Student Option
Instructor Consent:
No Special Consent Required
Instruction Mode:
In Person
Class Attributes:
UMNTC Liberal Education Requirement
Times and Locations:
Regular Academic Session
 
01/16/2024 - 04/29/2024
Tue, Thu 04:00PM - 05:15PM
UMTC, West Bank
Blegen Hall 125
Enrollment Status:
Open (0 of 35 seats filled)
Also Offered:
Course Catalog Description:
On January 21, 1964, Ella Baker, one of the most important Black leaders of the Civil Rights Movement stood in front of a large crowd in Hattiesburg, Mississippi and said: "Even if segregation is gone, we will still need to be free; we will still have to see that everyone has a job. Even if we can all vote, but if people are still hungry, we will not be free. Remember, we are not fighting for the freedom of the Negro alone, but for the freedom of the human spirit, a larger freedom that encompasses all mankind." With these words, Baker held before the crowd a political vision that went beyond the immediate goals of social struggle and defined one of the central impulses of Black political thought: to articulate a large and expansive conception of freedom. In this course, our main objective is to enter an intellectual terrain of rich and vibrant debates between African American political thinkers over the meaning of Black freedom. We will explore questions about 1) the geographical reach of their visions of freedom 2) their strategies for agitating for and achieving freedom 3) their different understandings of the nature of domination and how this informs their conception of freedom and 4) their emphasis on political affect in the struggle for freedom. Our orientation will be historical and theoretical. To this end, we reconstruct theoretical debates from four important periods of African American history. 1) pre-Civil War debates about the abolition of slavery (1830-1860) 2) Turn of the century debates about racial progress (1880-1910) 3) Civil rights era debates about integration and separatism (1950-1970) and 4) contemporary debates about law enforcement, police killings, mass incarceration, and political disenfranchisement (1990-present).
Class Description:
Student may contact the instructor or department for information.
Textbooks:
https://bookstores.umn.edu/course-lookup/65364/1243

Spring 2024  |  POL 3306 Section 001: Presidential Leadership and American Democracy (55312)

Instructor(s)
Class Component:
Lecture
Credits:
3 Credits
Grading Basis:
Student Option
Instructor Consent:
No Special Consent Required
Instruction Mode:
In Person
Times and Locations:
Regular Academic Session
 
01/16/2024 - 04/29/2024
Mon, Wed 02:30PM - 03:45PM
UMTC, East Bank
Anderson Hall 350
Enrollment Status:
Open (0 of 85 seats filled)
Also Offered:
Course Catalog Description:
To most Americans - if not most human beings - the President of the United States is probably the most powerful person on the planet. This course examines how, why, and whether that is the case. What does the US President do, and why? Why is so much power entrusted to just one person? Students will critically analyze these questions and synthesize answers by evaluating the history, evolution, and current state of the "highest office in the land."
Class Description:
Student may contact the instructor or department for information.
Textbooks:
https://bookstores.umn.edu/course-lookup/55312/1243

Spring 2024  |  POL 3308 Section 001: Congressional Politics and Institutions (54959)

Instructor(s)
Class Component:
Lecture
Credits:
3 Credits
Grading Basis:
Student Option
Instructor Consent:
No Special Consent Required
Instruction Mode:
In Person
Class Attributes:
UMNTC Liberal Education Requirement
Times and Locations:
Regular Academic Session
 
01/16/2024 - 04/29/2024
Tue, Thu 01:00PM - 02:15PM
UMTC, West Bank
Anderson Hall 230
Enrollment Status:
Open (0 of 85 seats filled)
Also Offered:
Course Catalog Description:
This course is an introduction to the politics of the U.S. Congress and the federal legislative process. Throughout the semester, we will focus on the behavior of individual legislators and the role that they play in crafting federal legislation in policy areas such as healthcare, civil rights and the environment. We will devote special attention to changes in Congress, as well as current political and scholarly controversies such as congressional confirmation process of Supreme Court justices, congressional war powers, the influence of parties, and campaign finance. The theme of the course is why do legislators behave as they do and who interests do they represent.
Class Description:
This course is a comprehensive survey of the contemporary U.S. Congress. We will begin by analyzing congressional elections, how members of Congress represent their states and districts, and the links between elections and governance. Then we will focus on the organization of Congress, including the interplay between parties and the committee system. We will then analyze the legislative process, rules and procedure, the budget process, interest groups, and the interaction between the Congress and the White House. The current Congress is deeply polarized along partisan lines. We will investigate the implications of this partisan polarization, along with the consequences of divided and unified party control of government and important institutional features of Congress, such as the Senate filibuster and the House Committee on Rules. Class sessions will include lecture and discussion. It is important that students keep up with the assigned reading to understand the lectures and participate in class. Although attention to current congressional politics will enhance the value of this course, it is no substitute for careful reading and classroom discussion. Students will write two short papers, an 8-10 page paper, and take a midterm and a final exam.
Textbooks:
https://bookstores.umn.edu/course-lookup/54959/1243
Instructor Supplied Information Last Updated:
3 November 2014

Spring 2024  |  POL 3423 Section 001: Politics of Disruption: Violence and Its Alternatives (65366)

Instructor(s)
Class Component:
Lecture
Credits:
3 Credits
Repeat Credit Limit:
4 Credits
Grading Basis:
Student Option
Instructor Consent:
No Special Consent Required
Instruction Mode:
In Person
Class Attributes:
UMNTC Liberal Education Requirement
Times and Locations:
Regular Academic Session
 
01/16/2024 - 04/29/2024
Mon, Wed 01:00PM - 02:15PM
UMTC, West Bank
Blegen Hall 130
Enrollment Status:
Open (0 of 55 seats filled)
Also Offered:
Course Catalog Description:
Political struggles aimed at undermining the existing political order have been a pervasive feature of global politics. Modern states have constantly been sites of relentless challenges from their citizenry, which sometimes take the form of non-violent action while on other occasions manifest in terrorism and violence. This course introduces students to the politics of disruption and violent and non-violent struggles targeted at bringing about political change. We will study a range of manifestations of such struggles focusing on some well-known cases such as the US civil rights movement, the Arab Springs, the Ferguson riots and the Islamic State (ISIS). Can non-violent resistance succeed against a coercive state? Why do individuals and groups participate in high-risk political struggles? What explains patterns of violence in civil conflicts? What are the effects of violence? What facilitates peace? This course will enable you to answer these questions.
Class Description:
Political struggles aimed at undermining the existing political order have been a pervasive feature of global politics. Modern states have constantly been sites of relentless challenges from their citizenry, which sometimes take the form of non-violent action while on other occasions manifest in terrorism and violence. This course introduces students to the politics of disruption - violent and non-violent struggles targeted at bringing about political change. We will study a range of manifestations of such struggles focusing on some well-known cases such as the US civil rights movement, the Arab Springs, the Ferguson riots and the Islamic State (ISIS). Can non-violent resistance succeed against a coercive state? Why do individuals and groups participate in high-risk political struggles? What explains patterns of violence in civil conflicts? What are the effects of violence? What facilitates peace? This course will enable you to answer these questions.

The course will begin with an examination of alternatives to political violence. The focus will be primarily on India's non-violent struggle for independence from the British rule under the leadership of Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi, but we will also spend some time on the US civil rights movement led by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and the anti-apartheid movement in South Africa with Dr. Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela in the lead. Students will be familiarized with definitional, conceptual and practical distinctions between various forms and manifestations of violent and non-violent struggles. To facilitate a better understanding, we will study a carefully-selected list of cases in-depth during the course of the semester.

Our discussion on political violence will be structured around four broad themes, which are:

1. Causes underlying violence;
2. Dynamics of conflict -- focusing on such questions as who participates in violent activities, how violence and violent actors are organized, and what can we learn from the pattern of violence;
3. Consequences of violence, both short-term and long-term; and,
4. Prevention and termination of violence.

This course will instill in students a strong sense of their role as historical agents by: a) facilitating a deeper understanding of the problems and challenges confronting much of humanity; b) inculcating an ability to assess the performance of policies, programs, actions and interventions aimed at addressing these challenges; c) imparting knowledge about the continuous struggles of individuals and groups against the existing political order; and, d) demonstrating the working, performance and implications of the methods and techniques deployed by individuals and groups to change political order. Students will learn that the issues raised by this course confront the larger global community including both the developing and the developed world. The course materials, assignments and class discussions are all directed towards encouraging students to reflect on the implications of the issues and themes covered across diverse cultural and political contexts across the world. We will be constantly engaged in deliberating and discussing the wider applicability and relevance of arguments advanced or developed and experiences acquired in the studied cases.

The class time will be apportioned between lectures (40 percent), multimedia presentations (35 percent) and discussions, both individual and group based (25 percent). The multimedia presentations will incorporate movies, documentaries, media reports, speeches, memoirs, etc.
Who Should Take This Class?:
Open to all undergraduate students
Learning Objectives:
This course fulfills the Council on Liberal Education (CLE) Global Perspectives Theme. The first four weeks of the course will be devoted to nonviolent resistance. The remainder of the course will cover key topical issues related to political violence mentioned above. During the course of the semester, we will:
1. Undertake a close examination of approaches to nonviolent resistance;
2. Learn about the dynamics of mass protest, especially conditions underlying successful mobilization and action;
3. Examine factors contributing to political violence;
4. Study violent action involving mass killing and the role of international community in mitigating such episodes;
5. Study the global problem of terrorism and approaches to addressing it; and,
6. Examine the challenge of ending violent conflict and problems of peace-making and peace-building
Grading:
1. Class Participation: 15%
2. Seven Short Assignments: 40%
a. In-class (Three):} 12% (100-150 words)
b. Homework (Four):} 28% (1-2 pages, single-space)
3. Individual/Group Research Assignment: 20% (7-8 pages, double-space)
4. Final Paper: 25% (9-10 pages, double-space)
Exam Format:
No exams
Class Format:
40% Lecture
35% Film/Video
25% Discussion
Textbooks:
https://bookstores.umn.edu/course-lookup/65366/1243
Past Syllabi:
http://classinfo.umn.edu/syllabi/sarbahi_POL3423_Spring2018.pdf (Spring 2018)
Instructor Supplied Information Last Updated:
17 October 2017

Spring 2024  |  POL 3475 Section 001: Islamist Politics (65367)

Instructor(s)
Class Component:
Lecture
Credits:
3 Credits
Grading Basis:
Student Option
Instructor Consent:
No Special Consent Required
Instruction Mode:
In Person
Times and Locations:
Regular Academic Session
 
01/16/2024 - 04/29/2024
Tue, Thu 11:15AM - 12:30PM
UMTC, West Bank
Blegen Hall 120
Enrollment Status:
Open (0 of 55 seats filled)
Also Offered:
Course Catalog Description:
The relationship between Islam and politics-both in the Muslim world and in the West-is one of the most important political issues of our day. This class will address these issues by taking a historical and political look at the development of Islam (the religion) and Islamism (Islamic political movements) in many areas of the Muslim world. We will begin by discussing the Islamic faith and historical debates about its relationship to politics. Then we will turn to the twentieth century, and examine the rise of Islamist politics in the Middle East and North Africa (e.g. Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Iran, Sudan) and south central Asia (e.g. Pakistan, Afghanistan). We will study the successes and failures of Islamist revolutions. Then we will focus on the evolution of the "Arab Spring" and its implications for both Islamism and democracy. In doing so, we will discuss debates about the compatibility of Islam and democracy, and examine attempts at democracy in the Muslim World (e.g. Tunisia). We will examine the revival of Islam and rise of post-Soviet Islamism in Eurasia (Central Asia, Russia, and the Caucasus) during the last two to three decades. We will examine the effects of state repression of Islam and religious freedom in those countries. We will also discuss varying ideas about jihad, and the rise of global jihadists and terrorist groups, such as Al Qaeda and ISIS. We will study the jihads waged by Al Qaeda, the Taliban, and ISIS, and the implications of militancy and terrorism for establishing stability and democracy in the Muslim world. We will read both Muslim and non-Muslim, American and non-American perspectives on these problems. Understanding these issues is critical to gaining perspective on the troubling state of today's complex global politics, and US foreign policy in Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, and elsewhere.
Class Description:
Course Description: From the bloody battles of ISIS, to the Taliban in Afghanistan, to terrorism across the globe, "Islamist politics" has been at the center of political debates and US foreign policy. Particularly since 9/11, scholars and policymakers around the world have been debating the consequences of U.S. policy in the Middle East, the roots of rising Islamist movements in the 20th century, the causes of terrorism and suicide bombings, and the clash or compatibility of Islam and democracy. This class will address these issues by taking a historical and comparative political approach to the development of Islam (the religion) and Islamism (Islamic political movements) in many areas of the Muslim world. We will begin by discussing the early historical relationship between Islam and state. Then we will turn to the twentieth century, and examine the rise of Islamist politics in the Middle East and North Africa (e.g. Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Iran) and central Asia (e.g. Pakistan, Afghanistan). We will study the successes and failures of Islamist revolutions. We will focus on the successful Islamist revolution in Iran, failed Islamist politics in Sudan. We will trace the causes of 9/11 and the subsequent US war in Afghanistan, and then the rise of ISIS in Iraq/Syria). We will study the Arab Spring and its implications for Islamic parties and democracy in that region, and the Syrian civil war. We will examine the rise of Islamist violence in Eurasia (Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, Russia, and the Caucasus). We will also discuss varying ideas about jihad, and the rise of global jihadists and terrorist groups, such as Al Qaeda and ISIS. We will study the implications of militancy and terrorism for establishing stability and democracy in the Muslim world. We will read both diverse Muslim and non-Muslim perspectives on these issues. Understanding these issues is critical to gaining perspective on today's complex global politics, and US foreign policy in Afghanistan, Iraq, and elsewhere. This course aims at increasing our knowledge and understanding, tolerance, and wisdom in dealing with these critical issues.
Who Should Take This Class?:
The class is designed for students with an interest in policy-relevant political science-- US policy in Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria!
Grading:
Grading will likely be based on class participation and several short papers. Final requirements will be printed on the syllabus in January.
Exam Format:
no exams; short papers will replace exams due to covid
Class Format:
lecture and discussion
Workload:
about 75 pages of reading per week
Textbooks:
https://bookstores.umn.edu/course-lookup/65367/1243
Instructor Supplied Information Last Updated:
3 November 2020

Spring 2024  |  POL 3769 Section 001: Public Opinion and Voting Behavior (65368)

Instructor(s)
Class Component:
Lecture
Credits:
3 Credits
Grading Basis:
Student Option
Instructor Consent:
No Special Consent Required
Instruction Mode:
In Person
Class Attributes:
UMNTC Liberal Education Requirement
Times and Locations:
Regular Academic Session
 
01/16/2024 - 04/29/2024
Mon, Wed 04:00PM - 05:15PM
UMTC, West Bank
Blegen Hall 120
Enrollment Status:
Open (0 of 55 seats filled)
Also Offered:
Course Catalog Description:
Polls are ubiquitous, measuring what Americans think on topics big and small. This course examines the nature, measurement, and consequences of public opinion in the contemporary United States, with a particular emphasis on understanding why some voters preferred Donald Trump to Hillary Clinton - vice versa - in the 2016 presidential election. We'll address the following questions throughout the term. First, how do pollsters measure what the public thinks about government and public affairs? Second, can we assume that the responses people give to survey questions reflect their true thoughts and feelings about politics? Third, what are the major factors that shape voter decision making in U.S. presidential elections? By the end of this semester you will have a broader and deeper understanding of the nature, measurement, meaning, and consequences of public opinion.
Class Description:
This course focuses on whether citizens and the broader public make sensible political decisions. We will assess whether ordinary citizens are capable of meeting their responsibilities as democratic citizens. The first part of the course focuses on what public opinion means, how it is measured, and how it changes over time. The second part of the course focuses on how voters decide which presidential candidate to vote for and whether to turn out on election day. Class time will feature lecturing, classroom discussion and debate, viewing political films/video, and evaluating the videos. Note finally that I will provide pdf copies of slides for each lecture a day or two before the materials are formally presented in class.
Grading:
25% Midterm Exam
25% Final Exam
25% Special Projects
15% Attendance
10% Class Participation Other Grading Information: If you do the readings, show up regularly, pay attention in class, and study, you will do well in this course.
Exam Format:
A combination of multiple choice and short answer questions. There will also be extra credit opportunities on the exams.
Class Format:
40% Lecture
20% Film/Video
40% Discussion I will strive for the right mix of lecture and classroom discussion each day. In no case will I lecture for 3 straight hours. I lack sufficient charm to pull that off!
Workload:
50-75 Pages Reading Per Week
3 Exams
2 medium-length writing assignments
Textbooks:
https://bookstores.umn.edu/course-lookup/65368/1243
Instructor Supplied Information Last Updated:
23 October 2017

Spring 2024  |  POL 3810 Section 002: Topics in International Relations and Foreign Policy -- The Politics of Trade and Money (67189)

Instructor(s)
No instructor assigned
Class Component:
Lecture
Credits:
3 Credits
Repeat Credit Limit:
6 Credits
Grading Basis:
Student Option
Instructor Consent:
No Special Consent Required
Instruction Mode:
In Person
Class Attributes:
Topics Course
Times and Locations:
Regular Academic Session
 
01/16/2024 - 04/29/2024
Mon, Wed 11:15AM - 12:30PM
UMTC, East Bank
Enrollment Status:
Closed (0 of 0 seats filled)
Also Offered:
Course Catalog Description:
Topics courses delve in-depth into important issues in contemporary international politics. They aim to give students the theoretical, conceptual, and historical understanding, and/or empirical tools needed to understand the complexity of international politics today. Topics courses vary substantially from year to year as specified in the class schedule, but recent topics courses have included: 'Technology and War', International Law', 'Drones, Detention and Torture: The Laws of War', and 'The Consequences of War.'
Class Notes:
This course introduces students to the study of political economy. After illuminating some current issues about trade and monetary affairs including debates about trade with and investment from China, we study the evolution of the world's trading and monetary systems. Then we analyze the politics of trade. We learn how trade produces skill and occupational cleavages within democratic countries and, in turn, how these cleavages produce populism and other kinds of political movements. Institutions for trade like the World Trade Organization also are studied. The effects of money flows--currency and capital--are examined next. We examine the U.S. Federal Reserve's role as an international lender of last resort and why some groups oppose (support) direct foreign investment. The International Monetary Fund and World Bank are studied in this part. In the closing weeks we take a closer look at trade and monetary issues in Asia and Africa. The claim that countries in these regions are falling into a Chinese debt trap is evaluated in this last part of the class.
Class Description:
Student may contact the instructor or department for information.
Textbooks:
https://bookstores.umn.edu/course-lookup/67189/1243

Spring 2024  |  POL 3835 Section 001: International Relations (51912)

Instructor(s)
Class Component:
Lecture
Credits:
3 Credits
Grading Basis:
Student Option
Instructor Consent:
No Special Consent Required
Instruction Mode:
In Person
Class Attributes:
UMNTC Liberal Education Requirement
Times and Locations:
Regular Academic Session
 
01/16/2024 - 04/29/2024
Tue, Thu 11:15AM - 12:30PM
UMTC, West Bank
Anderson Hall 330
Enrollment Status:
Open (0 of 85 seats filled)
Also Offered:
Course Catalog Description:
Why do countries go to war? Are individuals, organizations, and states driven by their interests or their ideas? What role does power play in international relations and is there any role for justice in global politics? Do international laws and transnational advocacy groups matter in a world dominated by powerful states? Whose interests are served by a globalizing world economy? These questions are central to the study of international relations, yet different theoretical approaches have been developed in an attempt to answer them. Often these approaches disagree with one another, leading to markedly different policy prescriptions and predictions for future events. This course provides the conceptual and theoretical means for analyzing these issues, processes, and events in international politics. By the end of this class, you will be able to understand the assumptions, the logics, and the implications of major theories and concepts of international relations. These include realism and neorealism, liberalism and liberal institutionalism, constructivism, feminism, Marxism, and critical theory. A special effort is made to relate the course material to world events, developments, or conflicts in the past decade or so.
Class Description:
Why does war occur? What role do international institutions and international law play in international politics? Do ideas and culture matter in a world dominated by power politics? This course is designed to introduce students to a variety of theoretical approaches for analyzing these issues, processes, and events in international politics. Specific topics will include: the causes and consequences of war; the role of law and institutions; human rights and humanitarian intervention; transnational activism and environmental politics; the regulation of arms and conflict; globalization and political economy; and the role of ideas, norms, and culture. By the end of the course, students will gain a better understanding of why and how events happen in global politics, and will be able to develop and articulate their own views on current and historical cases in global politics.
Who Should Take This Class?:
There are no formal prerequisites for the course, but students who have taken a previous introductory course on international politics (for example, POL 1025: Global Politics or POL 1026: U.S. Foreign Policy) are likely to get more out of the course. If you do not have any background of this sort, it would be advisable to speak with the TA or instructor before committing to take the course.
Learning Objectives:
Students who complete this course will gain a better understanding of why and how things happen in international relations. They will be able to critically analyze scholarly and popular articles, and by the end of the term should be able to develop and articulate their own views on current and historical events in international relations. They should be able to apply analytical frameworks and tools to understand the political world.
Grading:
TBC
Exam Format:
TBC
Class Format:
A mix of lecture, discussion, and in-class activities.
Workload:
TBC
Textbooks:
https://bookstores.umn.edu/course-lookup/51912/1243
Instructor Supplied Information Last Updated:
14 April 2023

Spring 2024  |  POL 3841 Section 001: The Consequences of War (65369)

Instructor(s)
Class Component:
Lecture
Credits:
3 Credits
Grading Basis:
Student Option
Instructor Consent:
No Special Consent Required
Instruction Mode:
In Person
Times and Locations:
Regular Academic Session
 
01/16/2024 - 04/29/2024
Tue, Thu 01:00PM - 02:15PM
UMTC, West Bank
Blegen Hall 120
Enrollment Status:
Open (0 of 55 seats filled)
Course Catalog Description:
War - both between and within states - is often horrific. With good reason, when the field of international relations emerged in the wake of the world wars, it was centrally preoccupied with shedding light on the causes of war so as thereby to prevent another one. But both interstate and civil wars are remarkably complex affairs. Notwithstanding wars' alarming human costs, their consequences are varied, often cross-cutting, and sometimes contradictory, and they resist our efforts to narrate their consequences in simple and straightforward ways. Wars can increase executive authority and strengthen the state, but they can also undermine inequitable international and domestic political orders, empires, and regimes, and make it possible for more just ones to take their place. Wars can permit repression and exploitation along the lines of race and other categorical identities, but those same experiences can also inspire those groups to demand first-class citizenship. In the name of insecurity and war, governments sometimes trample upon liberties, especially those of the politically weak and unpopular, but those measures may eventually come to seem unwarranted and even provoke a backlash that expands human liberty. War is filled with privation and trauma, but its horrors can also inspire veterans and victims to mobilize and promote more humane norms. We are properly taught to hate war, to avoid it at all costs. Yet social and political good has sometimes, surprisingly, come out of war too. This course explores the consequences of violent conflict in all its dimensions - the threat of conflict, mobilization for conflict, and the experience of warfare - on, among others, international order and norms, the fate of states and empires, population movements, state-building, nationalism, democracy, civil society, the citizenship struggles of racial minorities and other groups, gender roles, economic growth and inequality, the military-industrial complex, public health, and polit
Class Description:
Student may contact the instructor or department for information.
Textbooks:
https://bookstores.umn.edu/course-lookup/65369/1243

Spring 2024  |  POL 3843W Section 001: Night Raids, Detention, Torture, and Drones: Methods of War (65370)

Instructor(s)
Class Component:
Lecture
Credits:
3 Credits
Grading Basis:
Student Option
Instructor Consent:
No Special Consent Required
Instruction Mode:
In Person
Class Attributes:
UMNTC Liberal Education Requirement
Times and Locations:
Regular Academic Session
 
01/16/2024 - 04/29/2024
Mon, Wed 08:15AM - 09:30AM
UMTC, West Bank
Blegen Hall 155
Enrollment Status:
Open (0 of 58 seats filled)
Course Catalog Description:
In this class, we will be examining the use of particular tactics of war-night raids, detention, torture, and drones-as deployed, primarily, but not only, in the US-led war on terror. The purpose of this class is to grapple with the fundamental questions such tactics raise about what is right in war, and the costs and consequences of such tactics on both those who choose to use them and those that are targeted by them.
Class Description:
Student may contact the instructor or department for information.
Textbooks:
https://bookstores.umn.edu/course-lookup/65370/1243

Spring 2024  |  POL 3994 Section 001: Directed Research: Distinguished Undergraduate Research Program (53457)

Instructor(s)
Class Component:
Independent Study
Credits:
2 Credits
Repeat Credit Limit:
4 Credits
Grading Basis:
A-F only
Instructor Consent:
Department Consent Required
Instruction Mode:
In Person
Times and Locations:
Regular Academic Session
 
01/16/2024 - 04/29/2024
12:00AM - 12:00AM
UMTC, West Bank
Enrollment Status:
Open (0 of 20 seats filled)
Also Offered:
Course Catalog Description:
Students accepted into the Distinguished Undergraduate Research Program work closely with a faculty mentor on supervised projects related to faculty research. Through these activities, students will deepen research, organizational, and communication skills that will prove useful for further training in political science or for other careers. Students are chosen through a highly competitive online application the semester prior to registration. Students should check with Political Science advising for details about the application process. This course is only open to Political Science majors.
Class Description:
Student may contact the instructor or department for information.
Textbooks:
https://bookstores.umn.edu/course-lookup/53457/1243

Spring 2024  |  POL 4087 Section 001: Thinking Strategically About Politics (65375)

Instructor(s)
Class Component:
Lecture
Credits:
3 Credits
Grading Basis:
Student Option
Instructor Consent:
No Special Consent Required
Instruction Mode:
In Person
Class Attributes:
UMNTC Liberal Education Requirement
Times and Locations:
Regular Academic Session
 
01/16/2024 - 04/29/2024
Tue, Thu 02:30PM - 03:45PM
UMTC, East Bank
Molecular Cellular Biology 2-122
Enrollment Status:
Open (0 of 55 seats filled)
Course Catalog Description:
The purpose of this class is threefold. First is to introduce students to the use and value of formal models of strategic interaction (game theoretic models) in political science. Second is to impart some basic tools of such modeling to students. And third is to examine the contribution of theoretical models to several common game theoretic problems that appear across a variety of different political applications. In keeping with these three goals, the course is divided into three sections. The first session will be devoted to such questions as, what is a theoretical model? What are rational choice and game theory? The next portion of the class will introduce students to the basic tools employed in game theoretic analysis. The readings will illustrate the use of the tools introduced in class. Five problem sets will be administered, requiring students to make use of these tools. The final portion of the class will examine types of game theoretic problems that appear in a variety of political settings. These include retrospective voting and accountability, prospective voting and the role of the median voter, problems of coordination and the role of information, problems of collective action and the problem of free riding, and problems of credible commitment.
Class Description:
Student may contact the instructor or department for information.
Textbooks:
https://bookstores.umn.edu/course-lookup/65375/1243

Spring 2024  |  POL 4275 Section 001: Domination, Exclusion, and Justice: Contemporary Political Thought (54393)

Instructor(s)
Class Component:
Lecture
Credits:
3 Credits
Grading Basis:
Student Option
Instructor Consent:
No Special Consent Required
Instruction Mode:
In Person
Class Attributes:
UMNTC Liberal Education Requirement
Times and Locations:
Regular Academic Session
 
01/16/2024 - 04/29/2024
Tue, Thu 11:15AM - 12:30PM
UMTC, West Bank
Blegen Hall 140
Enrollment Status:
Open (0 of 35 seats filled)
Also Offered:
Course Catalog Description:
Contemporary Political Theory systematically analyzes the meaning and significance of concepts central to current politics: domination, exclusion, and justice. Starting from basic concerns about the nature of politics, humans, power and justice, this course will explore how these basic starting assumptions organize the norms, practices, and institutions of political and social order. To explore these topics, the field turns to key texts, as well as to political and social events and other media (film, historical documents, etc.). Through this course, students will also be introduced to different interpretive approaches, ranging from democratic theory, feminist, queer and critical race theories, as well as ethics and moral philosophy. Organized around the politics of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries, the course will pursue a range of questions about democratic legitimation, the exclusion of historically marginalized communities, systematic inequalities of different kinds, as well as ideals of democracy and justice. It will range from theoretical inquiry to practical questions of implementing different political projects. Through this course, students will develop skills in critical thinking, careful reading and clear writing, as well as recognizing and constructing arguments. These skills are basic for the critical, lifelong role that all of us play as members of political community. prereq: 1201 recommended
Class Description:
Contemporary democracies find themselves faced with relations of domination and exclusion in a number of different sites: prisons, the workplace, politics, and at home. This course will examine different ways to understand the emergence and persistence of relations of domination and exclusion in contemporary politics. Each of these perspectives offers its own way of conceiving of politics, and a different vision of what justice might offer and require. Course readings will explore different theoretical approaches to contemporary politics, while also turning to specific examples to think them through. These examples include: mass incarceration, the persistence of economic and racial hierarchies, and domestic violence. Readings will change from one semester to another, but will include thinkers such as Michel Foucault, Charles Taylor, Iris Marion Young, Michelle Alexander, Audre Lorde, Ruth Wilson Gilmore, Keaanga-YahmattaTaylor, and others. Class sessions will include some lecturing as well as a substantial amount of class discussion.
Grading:
55% Reports/Papers
35% Reflection Papers
10% Class Participation
Class Format:
60% Lecture
40% Discussion
Workload:
75 Pages Reading Per Week
20-25 Pages Writing Per Term
2 Paper(s)
3 Homework Assignment(s)
Other Workload: plus three short "response" papers
Textbooks:
https://bookstores.umn.edu/course-lookup/54393/1243
Instructor Supplied Information Last Updated:
31 March 2021

Spring 2024  |  POL 4315W Section 001: State Governments: Laboratories of Democracy (65376)

Instructor(s)
Class Component:
Lecture
Credits:
3 Credits
Repeat Credit Limit:
4 Credits
Grading Basis:
Student Option
Instructor Consent:
No Special Consent Required
Instruction Mode:
In Person
Class Attributes:
UMNTC Liberal Education Requirement
Times and Locations:
Regular Academic Session
 
01/16/2024 - 04/29/2024
Tue, Thu 02:30PM - 03:45PM
UMTC, West Bank
Blegen Hall 155
Enrollment Status:
Open (0 of 58 seats filled)
Also Offered:
Course Catalog Description:
State governments are rarely at the forefront of the minds of the American public, but in recent years they have made critical decisions about issues like education, health care, climate change, and same-sex marriage. State governments perform a host of vital services, and they regulate and tax a wide array of business activities. Moreover, the states have adopted a very wide range of approaches in addressing these and other policy issues. This course examines the institutional and political changes that sparked the recent "resurgence of the states," and it investigates why state policies differ so dramatically from one another. In addition to playing a central and increasingly important role in the U.S. political system, the American states provide an unusually advantageous venue in which to conduct research about political behavior and policymaking. They are broadly similar in many ways, but they also offer significant variation across a range of social, political, economic, and institutional characteristics that are central to theories about politics. As a result, it becomes possible for scholars to evaluate hypotheses about cause-and-effect relationships in a valid way. This course pursues two related objectives. Its first goal is to give students a better understanding of American state governments' substantive significance. Its second goal is to use the states as an analytical venue in which students can hone their research and writing skills. Students will design and complete an original research paper on an aspect of state politics of their choosing. They will develop a research question, gather and critically evaluate appropriate and relevant evidence, and discuss the implications of their research. prereq: 1001 or equiv, non-pol sci grad major or instr consent
Class Description:
State governments have been incredibly active in recent years, making critical decisions about such diverse issues as climate change, same-sex marriage, health care, and immigration. This course examines the institutional and political changes that sparked this resurgence of the states and help explain why state policies in these and other areas differ so dramatically.
Grading:
10% Homework Assignments
10% First Writing Assignment
20% Midterm Exam
10% Second Writing Assignment
25% Final Research Paper
25% Final Exam
Exam Format:
All exams will consist of multiple-choice questions, short identifications, and essay questions.
Class Format:
75% Lecture
10% Discussion
15% Small Group Activities
Workload:
50-75 pages of reading per week; the three writing assignments use "scaffolding" and culminate in a 15-page original research paper
Textbooks:
https://bookstores.umn.edu/course-lookup/65376/1243
Instructor Supplied Information Last Updated:
12 November 2019

Spring 2024  |  POL 4463 Section 001: The Cuban Revolution Through the Words of Cuban Revolutionaries (53615)

Instructor(s)
Class Component:
Lecture
Credits:
3 Credits
Grading Basis:
Student Option
Instructor Consent:
No Special Consent Required
Instruction Mode:
In Person
Class Attributes:
UMNTC Liberal Education Requirement
Times and Locations:
Regular Academic Session
 
01/16/2024 - 04/29/2024
Wed 06:20PM - 08:50PM
UMTC, West Bank
Blegen Hall 240
Enrollment Status:
Open (0 of 35 seats filled)
Also Offered:
Course Catalog Description:
Why do policy makers in Washington, D.C. continue to rail against the Cuban Revolution? Despite their best efforts, both Republican and Democratic administrations, the Revolution is still in place after six decades. How to explain? This is the central research question of the course. A definitive answer would require a thorough examination of the revolution from its initiation until today - which is beyond what can be done in a semester. The focus, rather, is more limited. First, how was the revolution made and consolidated - from 1953 until about 1969 - and, second, how has it been able to survive and advance since the collapse of the Soviet Union, that is, since 1991? The emphasis here is on the role of leadership and strategy, how the Cubans and their leaders saw and see what they are doing - in their own words. This is an attempt to get into their heads, their understandings, through documents, speeches and writings. In keeping with the goals of liberal education, this course helps students to think outside the box of conventional wisdom. Why, for example, an underdeveloped society lacking many of the characteristics of a liberal democracy can do a better job in meeting the basic needs of its citizens than its far richer neighbor to the north? What the Cubans seek to do is reorganize human relations on the basis of solidarity and not individual self-interest. How successful they have been in that pursuit is exactly one of the questions to which the course seeks to provide an answer. These questions are not simply of intellectual interest. Given the deepening crisis of world capitalism with the accompanying human misery, to know about Cuba's reality can have life and death consequences. Given, also, that the U.S. government doesn't make it easy for most of its citizens to travel to the island to make up their own minds about its reality, this course is a unique educational opportunity.
Class Description:
The history of socialist revolutions over the course of a century or more reveals that what occurred in Cuba has proven to have more lasting power. In spite of all the challenges it continues to face, what explains why the Cuban Revolution is still in place after six decades? This is the central research question of the course. A definitive answer would require a thorough examination of the revolution from its initiation until today, which is beyond what can be done in a semester or its equivalent. The focus, rather, will be more limited. First, how was the revolution made and consolidated, from 1953 until about 1969. Second, how has it been able to survive and advance since the collapse of the Soviet Union, that is, since 1991? The emphasis here is on the role of leadership and strategy and how the Cubans and their leaders saw and see what they are doing, in their own words. This is an attempt to get into their heads, their understandings, through documents, speeches and writings. For the first question I will also draw on the data from a research/film documentary project that I'm involved in at this moment: the participation of women and men in the guerrilla army and underground movement.
Textbooks:
https://bookstores.umn.edu/course-lookup/53615/1243
Instructor Supplied Information Last Updated:
27 October 2021

Spring 2024  |  POL 4481 Section 001: Comparative Political Economy: Governments and Markets (65371)

Instructor(s)
Class Component:
Lecture
Credits:
3 Credits
Grading Basis:
Student Option
Instructor Consent:
No Special Consent Required
Instruction Mode:
In Person
Times and Locations:
Regular Academic Session
 
01/16/2024 - 04/29/2024
Tue, Thu 08:15AM - 09:30AM
UMTC, West Bank
Blegen Hall 140
Enrollment Status:
Open (0 of 35 seats filled)
Also Offered:
Course Catalog Description:
This course analyzes the compatibility of democracy and markets - whether democratic institutions undermine (enhance) the workings of market institutions and vice versa. Competing theoretical perspectives in political economy are critically evaluated. And the experiences of countries with different forms of democratic market systems are studied. Among the topics singled out for in-depth investigation are the economics of voting, producer group politics, the politics of monetary and fiscal policy, political business cycles, and trade politics.
Class Description:
This course addresses the question of whether democracy and markets are compatible, whether democratic institutions enhance (undermine) the workings of market institutions and vice versa. Competing theoretical perspectives in the field of political economy are critically evaluated. And the experiences of countries with different forms of democratic market system are studied. Among the topics singled out for in-depth investigation are the economics of voting, politics of money management, political business cycles,and the politics of trade.
Exam Format:
3 exams (two mid term exams and a final)
Class Format:
75% Lecture
25% Discussion
Textbooks:
https://bookstores.umn.edu/course-lookup/65371/1243
Instructor Supplied Information Last Updated:
23 October 2017

Spring 2024  |  POL 4487 Section 001: Democracy and the Class Struggle from Athens to the Present (54963)

Instructor(s)
Class Component:
Lecture
Credits:
3 Credits
Repeat Credit Limit:
4 Credits
Grading Basis:
Student Option
Instructor Consent:
No Special Consent Required
Instruction Mode:
In Person
Times and Locations:
Regular Academic Session
 
01/16/2024 - 04/29/2024
Tue 06:20PM - 08:50PM
UMTC, West Bank
Blegen Hall 140
Enrollment Status:
Open (0 of 35 seats filled)
Also Offered:
Course Catalog Description:
How best to advance democracy?through the ballot box or in the streets? This question more than any other is what informs the course. As well as the streets, the barricades and the battlefields, it argues, are decisive in the democratic quest. If democracy means the rule of the demos, the people, then who gets to be included in ?the people"? An underlying assumption of the course is that the inclusion of previously disenfranchised layers of society into the category of the people, the citizens, is due to social struggles or the threat of such?an assumption to be examined in the course. Struggles refer to any kinds of movement for social change, from protests and strikes to revolutions broadly defined. This course seeks to see if there are lessons of struggle. The course traces the history of the democratic movement from its earliest moments in human history and attempts to draw a balance sheet. In the process, it seeks to answer a number of questions. Did social inequality always exist? How do property rights figure in the inclusion process? What is the relationship between the state, social inequality and democracy? Which social layers played a decisive role in the democratic breakthrough? What are the effective strategies and tactics in the democratic struggle? How crucial is leadership? And lastly, can the lessons of the past inform current practice? A particular feature of the course is to read about the thinking and actions of activists on both sides of the democratic struggle in, as much as possible, their own words.
Class Description:
The setting for this course is the mounting effort on the part of states and a variety of social forces to roll back the historic gains of the world-wide democratic movement--from anti-immigrant campaigns (in both fascist and non-fascist clothing) that would limit citizenship rights to efforts that undermine civil liberties in the guise of combatting terrorisim. This takes place in a larger context in which increasing numbers of citizens feel disempowered and alienated from the state. As democracy and popular participation are central to citizenship the course traces the origins of the democratic process with particular emphasis on how the disenfranchised fought to become included. Both implicitly and explicitly it seeks to understand how that occured in order to see if there are lessons of the past that that might have appllicability for the defense and extension of democratic rights today. To understand it was the disenfranchised who empowered themselves is in itself empowering. An underlying assumption of the course is that the inclusion of previously disenfranchised layers of society into the category of citizens is due to social struggles or the threat of such--an assumption to be examined in the course.
Grading:
25% Midterm Exam
50% Final Exam
25% Reports/Papers
Exam Format:
Essay
Class Format:
75% Lecture
25% Discussion
Workload:
100 Pages Reading Per Week
15 Pages Writing Per Term
2 Exam(s)
2 Paper(s)
Textbooks:
https://bookstores.umn.edu/course-lookup/54963/1243
Instructor Supplied Information Last Updated:
24 October 2011

Spring 2024  |  POL 4502W Section 001: The Supreme Court, Civil Liberties, and Civil Rights (51513)

Instructor(s)
Class Component:
Lecture
Credits:
3 Credits
Grading Basis:
Student Option
Instructor Consent:
No Special Consent Required
Instruction Mode:
In Person
Class Attributes:
UMNTC Liberal Education Requirement
Times and Locations:
Regular Academic Session
 
01/16/2024 - 04/29/2024
Tue, Thu 08:15AM - 09:30AM
UMTC, West Bank
Blegen Hall 125
Enrollment Status:
Open (0 of 35 seats filled)
Also Offered:
Course Catalog Description:
Today, more than anytime since the civil rights movement of the 1960s, individual liberties are at the heart of controversial debate in the U.S. Groups, from the far left and far right of the political spectrum have pushed free speech towards the boundaries set by the Supreme Court. At the same time, the religion clauses have become as controversial as ever, with corporations and local governments using them in ways they have not been used before. Finally, the right to privacy is at a crossroads as the U.S. Supreme Court considers cases about reproductive rights and personal privacy. Given these issues, this course allows students to read all the major cases where the U.S. Supreme Court interprets the balance of protecting civil liberties versus allowing government to limit or suppress such liberties. Specifically, the course covers the 14th Amendment, freedom of speech, press, religion, and the limits of the free speech clause of the 1st Amendment. It also covers the 2nd Amendment and the right to privacy found in the 1st, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 9th, and 14th Amendments.
Class Description:
This course deals with civil liberties in the United States and how the United States Supreme Court decides which rights and liberties get which protections, at which times. Specifically, our focus will be on the First Amendment, and the Right to Privacy. Special emphasis will be placed on how the Supreme Court defines, establishes, and protects these liberties through its interpretation of the Constitution.
Grading:
30% Midterm Exam
30% Final Exam
30% Reports/Papers
10% Class Participation
Exam Format:
Exam -- Hypothetical Questions
Class Format:
40% Lecture
60% Discussion
Workload:
50-75 Pages Reading Per Week
40-50 Pages Writing Per Term
2 Exam(s)
5 Paper(s)
25 Homework Assignment(s)
Textbooks:
https://bookstores.umn.edu/course-lookup/51513/1243
Instructor Supplied Information Last Updated:
22 October 2012

Spring 2024  |  POL 4891 Section 001: The Politics of Nuclear Weapons (65373)

Instructor(s)
Class Component:
Lecture
Credits:
3 Credits
Grading Basis:
Student Option
Instructor Consent:
No Special Consent Required
Instruction Mode:
In Person
Times and Locations:
Regular Academic Session
 
01/16/2024 - 04/29/2024
Tue, Thu 02:30PM - 03:45PM
UMTC, West Bank
Blegen Hall 120
Enrollment Status:
Open (0 of 55 seats filled)
Also Offered:
Course Catalog Description:
Nuclear weapons have been a feature of international politics since the development of nuclear weapons by the United States during World War II. But how exactly do nuclear weapons affect international politics? This course tackles this question. In doing so, we examine the history of the nuclear era, the theories we can use to try to understand the ways in which nuclear weapons affect international politics, and key current policy challenges associated with nuclear weapons. For example, we'll ask: how do nuclear weapons work and how are nuclear materials created? Are nuclear weapons a force for peace or for instability and war? How likely is a nuclear war and how close did we come to nuclear war in the Cuban Missile Crisis or other crises? How dangerous is nuclear proliferation and why does the United States go to such lengths to stop other countries acquiring nuclear weapons? Why does the United States have so many nuclear weapons and what drove the nuclear arms race between the United States and the Soviet Union? Why have indigenous populations often borne the brunt of nuclear testing and how have issues of race and gender played into the history of nuclear weapons? What role do nuclear weapons play in India-Pakistan relations and what role will they play in future U.S.-China relations? How likely is nuclear terrorism? Is nuclear disarmament possible? Is it desirable?
Class Description:
How do nuclear weapons affect international politics? How likely is nuclear war or nuclear terrorism? How dangerous is nuclear proliferation? Is nuclear disarmament possible? Is it desirable? This course examines these questions.

The course is organized loosely into three sections. In the first section, students are introduced to the major theories used to understand nuclear weapons. They will be exposed to the technological underpinnings of nuclear materials, nuclear weapons, and their effects; the classic theory of the nuclear revolution and more recent criticisms of it; deterrence theory; theories of escalation and nuclear strategy; and theories of why and how countries seek nuclear weapons. The goal of this section is to give students the technical and conceptual tools needed to understand nuclear weapons and the way they have affected international politics.

The second section introduces students to the history of the nuclear age. Major historical episodes and the political, strategic, and ethical debates surrounding them will be discussed. For example, the course will cover the Manhattan Project and bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki; the evolution of nuclear strategy and the arms race between the Soviet Union and the United States; the proliferation of nuclear weapons to regional powers and the development of the global non-proliferation regime; nuclear crises including the Cuban Missile Crisis, the Suez Crisis, and Able Archer; and the history of arms control and detente. The goal of this section of the course is to give students a solid empirical understanding of the nuclear age that will enable them to evaluate, use, and understand the limitations of the theories and concepts introduced in the first third of the course.

The third section considers a range of contemporary issues, including nuclear terrorism; the role nuclear energy will (and should) play in the future, the feasibility of nuclear disarmament; the role of nuclear weapons in future US-China relations; the role of nuclear weapons in South Asia; the Iran nuclear deal and potential future proliferation; and the ways in which current and future technological developments may impact nuclear issues. In this section of the course, we will use understanding of both history and theory to evaluate the importance and impact of these ongoing and future challenges.
Who Should Take This Class?:
There are no formal prerequisites for the course, but students who have taken a previous course on international politics (for example, POL 1025: Global Politics, POL 1026: U.S. Foreign Policy, POL 3835: International Relations, POL 3810: International Law, or POL 4885: International Conflict and Security) will likely get the most out of the course. If you don't have any background of this sort, it would be advisable to speak with the TA or instructor before committing to take the class.
Textbooks:
https://bookstores.umn.edu/course-lookup/65373/1243
Instructor Supplied Information Last Updated:
14 April 2023

Spring 2024  |  POL 4991 Section 001: Political Science Capstone (53752)

Instructor(s)
Class Component:
Lecture
Instructor Consent:
No Special Consent Required
Instruction Mode:
In Person
Enrollment Requirements:
Political Science senior
Times and Locations:
Regular Academic Session
 
01/16/2024 - 04/29/2024
Mon 04:00PM - 05:15PM
UMTC, West Bank
Anderson Hall 230
Enrollment Status:
Open (0 of 90 seats filled)
Also Offered:
Course Catalog Description:
The Political Science Capstone is a required course that provides students with a unique opportunity to reflect on, articulate, share, and build on their individual experiences in the major. It invites students to reflect on what they have learned as political science majors; to demonstrate their knowledge through the preparation of a portfolio of materials; and to think about how the knowledge, skills, and insights of acquired in their major experience can be used and applied outside of the University. Students double majoring in Political Science and another discipline may choose to take this course or complete the capstone in their other major. Political Science majors who are writing an Honors thesis are exempt from this capstone requirement, as the department will recognize the senior thesis as the capstone experience.
Class Description:
This is a required course for completion of the Political Science major. The purpose of this capstone course is to provide a common, meaningful, and practical culminating experience for soon-to-be graduating seniors in Political Science. In this course, students will reflect on, articulate, share, and build upon their highly-individualized experiences in the major so that they finish the major with a more complete and synthetic understanding of what they have learned, what their undergraduate work prepares them for, and what questions, old or new, they can and should keep asking, reformulating, and seeking answers for after graduation. In addition, the course is designed to reinforce the fundamental skills associated with evidence-based reasoning and argumentation. These include the location, evaluation, and presentation of different sources of evidence as well as employment of different forms of analysis.

The course is organized around the theme of ‘Democracy under Threat'. This theme stems from the widespread consensus among scholars and observers of democracy that democracy is on the decline around the world. The most recent Freedom House report documents the 14th successive year of decline in global freedom. The most notable aspect of the current phase of democratic decline is that it is affecting the more advanced and established democracies of the world including those in the West. Over the course of this semester, we will be addressing some of the major challenges confronting democracy across the world and will accord special attention to recent developments in the United States. We will approach these challenges from a comparative perspective engaging evidence, accounts, and arguments from across the world.

The delivery modality for POL 4991 005 and the related sections 006, 007, and 008 is online, synchronous.
Who Should Take This Class?:
All graduating seniors majoring in Political Science.
Learning Objectives:
This course will provide you with an opportunity to: a) reflect on what you have learned as a Political Science major; b) demonstrate your knowledge through the preparation of a portfolio of materials; and, c) think about how the knowledge, skills, and insights acquired in your major experience can be used and applied outside of the university. The main goal of the course is to guide you through the process of preparing your capstone portfolio by providing structure, feedback, and encouragement. Along the way, we will emphasize the relationship between political science perspectives, critical thinking, effective communication, and meaningful civic engagement.
Exam Format:
No exams.
Class Format:
We will meet twice every week - on Tuesdays for lectures and Thursdays for discussion sections. The class time during lectures will be apportioned between lectures (50 percent), multimedia presentations (35 percent) and discussions, both individual and group based (15 percent).
Textbooks:
https://bookstores.umn.edu/course-lookup/53752/1243
Instructor Supplied Information Last Updated:
9 November 2021

Spring 2024  |  POL 4991 Section 002: Political Science Capstone (54044)

Instructor(s)
Class Component:
Discussion
Times and Locations:
Regular Academic Session
 
01/16/2024 - 04/29/2024
Wed 04:00PM - 05:15PM
UMTC, West Bank
Blegen Hall 140
Auto Enrolls With:
Section 001
Enrollment Status:
Open (0 of 35 seats filled)
Course Catalog Description:
The Political Science Capstone is a required course that provides students with a unique opportunity to reflect on, articulate, share, and build on their individual experiences in the major. It invites students to reflect on what they have learned as political science majors; to demonstrate their knowledge through the preparation of a portfolio of materials; and to think about how the knowledge, skills, and insights of acquired in their major experience can be used and applied outside of the University. Students double majoring in Political Science and another discipline may choose to take this course or complete the capstone in their other major. Political Science majors who are writing an Honors thesis are exempt from this capstone requirement, as the department will recognize the senior thesis as the capstone experience.
Class Description:
This is a required course for completion of the Political Science major. The purpose of this capstone course is to provide a common, meaningful, and practical culminating experience for soon-to-be graduating seniors in Political Science. In this course, students will reflect on, articulate, share, and build upon their highly-individualized experiences in the major so that they finish the major with a more complete and synthetic understanding of what they have learned, what their undergraduate work prepares them for, and what questions, old or new, they can and should keep asking, reformulating, and seeking answers for after graduation. In addition, the course is designed to reinforce the fundamental skills associated with evidence-based reasoning and argumentation. These include the location, evaluation, and presentation of different sources of evidence as well as employment of different forms of analysis.

The course is organized around the theme of ‘Democracy under Threat'. This theme stems from the widespread consensus among scholars and observers of democracy that democracy is on the decline around the world. The most recent Freedom House report documents the 14th successive year of decline in global freedom. The most notable aspect of the current phase of democratic decline is that it is affecting the more advanced and established democracies of the world including those in the West. Over the course of this semester, we will be addressing some of the major challenges confronting democracy across the world and will accord special attention to recent developments in the United States. We will approach these challenges from a comparative perspective engaging evidence, accounts, and arguments from across the world.

The delivery modality for POL 4991 005 and the related sections 006, 007, and 008 is online, synchronous.
Who Should Take This Class?:
All graduating seniors majoring in Political Science.
Learning Objectives:
This course will provide you with an opportunity to: a) reflect on what you have learned as a Political Science major; b) demonstrate your knowledge through the preparation of a portfolio of materials; and, c) think about how the knowledge, skills, and insights acquired in your major experience can be used and applied outside of the university. The main goal of the course is to guide you through the process of preparing your capstone portfolio by providing structure, feedback, and encouragement. Along the way, we will emphasize the relationship between political science perspectives, critical thinking, effective communication, and meaningful civic engagement.
Exam Format:
No exams.
Class Format:
We will meet twice every week - on Tuesdays for lectures and Thursdays for discussion sections. The class time during lectures will be apportioned between lectures (50 percent), multimedia presentations (35 percent) and discussions, both individual and group based (15 percent).
Textbooks:
https://bookstores.umn.edu/course-lookup/54044/1243
Instructor Supplied Information Last Updated:
9 November 2021

Spring 2024  |  POL 4991 Section 003: Political Science Capstone (54043)

Instructor(s)
No instructor assigned
Class Component:
Discussion
Times and Locations:
Regular Academic Session
 
01/16/2024 - 04/29/2024
Wed 04:00PM - 05:15PM
UMTC, West Bank
Blegen Hall 125
Auto Enrolls With:
Section 001
Enrollment Status:
Open (0 of 35 seats filled)
Course Catalog Description:
The Political Science Capstone is a required course that provides students with a unique opportunity to reflect on, articulate, share, and build on their individual experiences in the major. It invites students to reflect on what they have learned as political science majors; to demonstrate their knowledge through the preparation of a portfolio of materials; and to think about how the knowledge, skills, and insights of acquired in their major experience can be used and applied outside of the University. Students double majoring in Political Science and another discipline may choose to take this course or complete the capstone in their other major. Political Science majors who are writing an Honors thesis are exempt from this capstone requirement, as the department will recognize the senior thesis as the capstone experience.
Class Description:
Student may contact the instructor or department for information.
Textbooks:
https://bookstores.umn.edu/course-lookup/54043/1243

Spring 2024  |  POL 4993 Section 001: Honors Thesis: Directed Studies (52177)

Instructor(s)
No instructor assigned
Class Component:
Independent Study
Credits:
1-6 Credits
Repeat Credit Limit:
12 Credits
Grading Basis:
A-F only
Instructor Consent:
Instructor Consent Required
Instruction Mode:
In Person
Class Attributes:
Honors
Enrollment Requirements:
Pol 3108H, political science major, honors
Times and Locations:
Regular Academic Session
 
01/16/2024 - 04/29/2024
12:00AM - 12:00AM
UMTC, West Bank
Enrollment Status:
Open (0 of 20 seats filled)
Also Offered:
Course Catalog Description:
Individual research/writing of departmental honors thesis.
Class Description:
Student may contact the instructor or department for information.
Textbooks:
https://bookstores.umn.edu/course-lookup/52177/1243

Spring 2024  |  POL 4994 Section 001: Directed Research: Individual (51990)

Instructor(s)
No instructor assigned
Class Component:
Independent Study
Credits:
1-4 Credits
Repeat Credit Limit:
4 Credits
Grading Basis:
Student Option
Instructor Consent:
Department Consent Required
Instruction Mode:
In Person
Times and Locations:
Regular Academic Session
 
01/16/2024 - 04/29/2024
12:00AM - 12:00AM
UMTC, West Bank
Enrollment Status:
Open (0 of 20 seats filled)
Also Offered:
Course Catalog Description:
Directed individual reading and research between a student and faculty member. Prerequisite instructor and department consent.
Class Description:
Student may contact the instructor or department for information.
Textbooks:
https://bookstores.umn.edu/course-lookup/51990/1243

Spring 2024  |  POL 5970 Section 001: Individual Reading and Research (54100)

Instructor(s)
No instructor assigned
Class Component:
Independent Study
Credits:
1-4 Credits
Repeat Credit Limit:
8 Credits
Grading Basis:
Student Option
Instructor Consent:
Department Consent Required
Instruction Mode:
In Person
Class Attributes:
Grade Sort
Times and Locations:
Regular Academic Session
 
01/16/2024 - 04/29/2024
UMTC, West Bank
Enrollment Status:
Open (0 of 15 seats filled)
Also Offered:
Course Catalog Description:
Guided individual reading or study. Prereq instr consent, dept consent, college consent.
Class Description:
Student may contact the instructor or department for information.
Textbooks:
https://bookstores.umn.edu/course-lookup/54100/1243

Spring 2024  |  POL 8060 Section 001: Research Proseminar in Political Science (54137)

Instructor(s)
Class Component:
Lecture
Credits:
2 Credits
Repeat Credit Limit:
8 Credits
Grading Basis:
Student Option
Instructor Consent:
No Special Consent Required
Instruction Mode:
In Person
Enrollment Requirements:
Pol Sci grad major
Times and Locations:
Regular Academic Session
 
01/16/2024 - 04/29/2024
Fri 11:00AM - 12:55PM
UMTC, West Bank
Social Sciences Building 1314
Enrollment Status:
Open (0 of 10 seats filled)
Also Offered:
Course Catalog Description:
Readings, discussion, guest speakers. Topics vary by semester.
Class Notes:
Power, Equity, & Diversity (PED) Proseminar Publishing Confidential: *Security Studies* from the Inside
Class Description:

This course considers approaches to the study of power, equity, and diversity (PED) in American higher education across the social sciences and humanities. It is the Core course of the PED concentration offered by the Department of Political Science.The PED concentration emerged as a counter-weight to diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) initiatives that divorced the pursuit of equity and diversity from critiques of power. On account of this separation, institutions of higher education could appear equitable and diverse without making meaningful changes to enduring hierarchies, the kind of changes required for actual equity and diversity. The PED concentration abandons aspirations for mere inclusion and instead takes recent interest in and support for DEI as an opportunity to advance scholarly agendas that center power. The concentration replaces efforts to superficially administer DEI with intellectual inquiry and cutting-edge research about PED. At root, this course asks, how are the social sciences and humanities disciplines constituted? Who gets to conduct research? What historical struggles have been waged to open these fields to marginalized groups? How has the opening changed the substance of research agendas? And finally, what role have the American social sciences and humanities played in the world at large?


To focus and enrich our investigation, the course pairs a wide-ranging inventory of interdisciplinary approaches to power, equity, and diversity (PED) with a critique of Political Science, the discipline nominally charged with the study of power in the American academy. In the United States, the field of Political Science most conventionally understands power as the capacity of the state or individuals to shift outcomes in their favor. How do other disciplines in this country and/or formations of the discipline in other locales approach the study of power? How must we reconceptualize power - its agents, dynamics, and effects - when we foreground questions of equity and diversity? How, if at all, does a PED framework challenge Political Science as a discipline, i.e., as a provincial formation in the service of empire? And how does it challenge received understandings of power beyond Political Science? What new modes of inquiry are compelled by a cross-disciplinary engagement and/or by an emphasis on equity and diversity? Any attempt to study the intersection of power, equity, and diversity worth its salt must also address questions about knowledge production in the study of politics. Here, again, American higher education reveals a peculiar arrangement. The study of politics nominally falls to the discipline of Political Science, the title of which designates expertise in the service of broader scientific knowledge. Political Science turns the noun "politics" into an adjective ("political") in order to describe a particular type of "science." Meanwhile, every other discipline in the social sciences and humanities features significant studies of politics conducted from their own respective methodological orientations - at times incorporating politics as a case study, at others pursuing approaches that Political Science renders silent. How did this arrangement come to be? What does it make possible and what does it foreclose?

Who Should Take This Class?:
This course is intended for graduate students both inside and outside the Department of Political Science.

Interested students from outside of Political Science are encouraged to contact the instructor for permission to enroll.
Grading:
70% of the final grade is assessed by attendance and active participation in weekly seminars.
30% of the final grade is assessed by a 5 page research proposal due at the end of the semester.
Textbooks:
https://bookstores.umn.edu/course-lookup/54137/1243
Past Syllabi:
http://classinfo.umn.edu/syllabi/davar008_POL8060_Fall2023.pdf (Fall 2023)
Instructor Supplied Information Last Updated:
13 July 2023

Spring 2024  |  POL 8104 Section 001: Professional Development I (54968)

Instructor(s)
Class Component:
Lecture
Credits:
2 Credits
Repeat Credit Limit:
4 Credits
Grading Basis:
S-N only
Instructor Consent:
Department Consent Required
Instruction Mode:
In Person
Enrollment Requirements:
Pol Sci grad major
Times and Locations:
First Half of Term
 
01/16/2024 - 03/11/2024
Tue 01:25PM - 03:20PM
UMTC, West Bank
Enrollment Status:
Open (0 of 10 seats filled)
Also Offered:
Course Catalog Description:
The objectives of this course are as follows: (1) to provide students with professional advice that will help them move with dispatch through the graduate program; (2) to learn the formal and informal norms of the discipline; and (3) to help them prepare to do independent research and dissertation research. prereq: 1st year Pol graduate student
Class Description:
Student may contact the instructor or department for information.
Textbooks:
https://bookstores.umn.edu/course-lookup/54968/1243

Spring 2024  |  POL 8107 Section 001: Quantitative Political Science II (54969)

Instructor(s)
Class Component:
Lecture
Credits:
3 Credits
Grading Basis:
A-F only
Instructor Consent:
No Special Consent Required
Instruction Mode:
In Person
Times and Locations:
Regular Academic Session
 
01/16/2024 - 04/29/2024
Tue, Thu 09:45AM - 11:00AM
UMTC, West Bank
Enrollment Status:
Open (0 of 10 seats filled)
Also Offered:
Course Catalog Description:
Multiple linear regression model applied to political science data. How to use regression techniques to analyze data, interpret statistical results, and summarize/report the findings. Estimation of model. Underlying assumptions. Inference. Model diagnostics. Extensions of model. prereq: Political science grad major or instr consent
Class Description:
Student may contact the instructor or department for information.
Textbooks:
https://bookstores.umn.edu/course-lookup/54969/1243

Spring 2024  |  POL 8124 Section 001: Game Theory (65378)

Instructor(s)
Class Component:
Lecture
Credits:
3 Credits
Grading Basis:
Student Option
Instructor Consent:
No Special Consent Required
Instruction Mode:
In Person
Enrollment Requirements:
Political Science grad student
Times and Locations:
Regular Academic Session
 
01/16/2024 - 04/29/2024
Tue 05:45PM - 07:40PM
UMTC, West Bank
Blegen Hall 260
Enrollment Status:
Open (0 of 10 seats filled)
Also Offered:
Course Catalog Description:
Application of noncooperative game theory in political science. Equilibrium concepts, bargaining, repeated games, games of incomplete information, signaling games, reputation, learning in games.
Class Description:
Student may contact the instructor or department for information.
Textbooks:
https://bookstores.umn.edu/course-lookup/65378/1243

Spring 2024  |  POL 8160 Section 001: Topics in Models and Methods -- Causal Inference & Experimental Methods (65383)

Instructor(s)
Class Component:
Lecture
Credits:
3 Credits
Repeat Credit Limit:
12 Credits
Grading Basis:
Student Option
Instructor Consent:
No Special Consent Required
Instruction Mode:
In Person
Class Attributes:
Topics Course
Enrollment Requirements:
Pol Sci grad major
Times and Locations:
Regular Academic Session
 
01/16/2024 - 04/29/2024
Fri 01:25PM - 03:20PM
UMTC, West Bank
Carlson School of Management 2-228
Enrollment Status:
Open (0 of 10 seats filled)
Also Offered:
Course Catalog Description:
Seminars on selected topics, as specified in Class Schedule.
Class Notes:
Why are experiments useful for making causal inferences about the political world? This course will explore the statistical basis for randomized experiments and provide students a deeper understanding of how this affects experimental design and the interpretation of results from experiments. We will start by introducing the counterfactual approach to thinking about causality and the potential outcomes framework that formalizes this approach. We will then use this framework to describe the unique statistical properties of experiments and the implications of these properties for the design of experiments. We then will build on this framework to discuss issues related to choosing samples and designing experimental treatments. The class will end with a discussion of replication, pre-registration, and the central importance of statistical power in the design of experiments. Each class will open with lecture about the key statistical concepts covered in that week's readings. We will then take a brief break and return to discuss an applied paper that draws on the concepts covered. Class will close with a general discussion of the statistical and substantive issues raised in the week's readings.
Class Description:
Student may contact the instructor or department for information.
Textbooks:
https://bookstores.umn.edu/course-lookup/65383/1243

Spring 2024  |  POL 8160 Section 002: Topics in Models and Methods (65384)

Instructor(s)
Class Component:
Lecture
Credits:
2-3 Credits
Repeat Credit Limit:
12 Credits
Grading Basis:
Student Option
Instructor Consent:
No Special Consent Required
Instruction Mode:
In Person
Class Attributes:
Topics Course
Enrollment Requirements:
Pol Sci grad major
Times and Locations:
Regular Academic Session
 
01/16/2024 - 04/29/2024
Wed 01:30PM - 03:30PM
UMTC, West Bank
Enrollment Status:
Open (0 of 10 seats filled)
Also Offered:
Course Catalog Description:
Seminars on selected topics, as specified in Class Schedule.
Class Notes:
ITV course
Class Description:
Student may contact the instructor or department for information.
Textbooks:
https://bookstores.umn.edu/course-lookup/65384/1243

Spring 2024  |  POL 8160 Section 003: Topics in Models and Methods (65385)

Instructor(s)
Class Component:
Lecture
Credits:
2-3 Credits
Repeat Credit Limit:
12 Credits
Grading Basis:
Student Option
Instructor Consent:
No Special Consent Required
Instruction Mode:
In Person
Class Attributes:
Topics Course
Enrollment Requirements:
Pol Sci grad major
Times and Locations:
Regular Academic Session
 
01/16/2024 - 04/29/2024
Fri 11:00AM - 01:00PM
UMTC, West Bank
Enrollment Status:
Open (0 of 10 seats filled)
Also Offered:
Course Catalog Description:
Seminars on selected topics, as specified in Class Schedule.
Class Notes:
ITV course
Class Description:
Student may contact the instructor or department for information.
Textbooks:
https://bookstores.umn.edu/course-lookup/65385/1243

Spring 2024  |  POL 8253 Section 001: Late Modern Political Thought (65379)

Instructor(s)
Class Component:
Lecture
Credits:
3 Credits
Grading Basis:
Student Option
Instructor Consent:
No Special Consent Required
Instruction Mode:
In Person
Enrollment Requirements:
Pol Sci grad major
Times and Locations:
Regular Academic Session
 
01/16/2024 - 04/29/2024
Tue 03:35PM - 05:30PM
UMTC, West Bank
Blegen Hall 205
Enrollment Status:
Open (0 of 10 seats filled)
Also Offered:
Course Catalog Description:
Theoretical responses to and rival interpretations of Western economy, society, politics, and democratic culture in the modern age; theories of history; class struggle; the end of metaphysics and the death of God; technology and bureaucracy; psychology of culture, in Hegel, Marx, Tocqueville, Mill, Nietzsche, Weber, Freud. prereq: Grad pol sci major or instr consent
Class Description:
Modernity and its Discontents surveys European political theory of the 19th century, and concentrates on the emergence of capitalism and the liberal state as well as the challenges, alienation and discontent that develop alongside each. With these two historical developments in mind, this course will trace three themes. Central to capitalism and the liberal state both, is the ideal of individuality. To develop our analysis of individuality as an ideal, we will ask, what are the characteristics that define (or ought to define) individuals? What are the terms on which individuals develop themselves and in pursuit of which political, economic, or ethical goals? Second, we will analyze theories of emancipation and freedom. Even as the 19th century witnesses an extension of voting rights to increasing numbers of people, and even as political liberties appear more democratically accessible, thinkers struggle to define the scope and nature of these liberties. What kinds of political institutions and recognition best permit individuals to express themselves as citizens ? and what are the psychological, economic, or political obstacles that might impede this expression? Third, political expression implies knowledge: an ability to analyze one's context and to determine what is to be done. Alongside the thinkers of the period, we will consider the kind of information about the world that is necessary in order to act in ? and perhaps transform ? one's immediate context and longed-for future. Readings for the course include Hegel, Marx, Tocqueville, Mill, Nietzsche, Freud, and Weber.
Grading:
100% Reports/Papers
Class Format:
100% Discussion
Workload:
150-200 Pages Reading Per Week
30 Pages Writing Per Term
5 Paper(s)
1 Presentation(s)
Textbooks:
https://bookstores.umn.edu/course-lookup/65379/1243
Instructor Supplied Information Last Updated:
13 June 2008

Spring 2024  |  POL 8301 Section 001: American Politics (65647)

Instructor(s)
Class Component:
Lecture
Credits:
3 Credits
Grading Basis:
Student Option
Instructor Consent:
No Special Consent Required
Instruction Mode:
In Person
Enrollment Requirements:
Pol Sci grad major
Times and Locations:
Regular Academic Session
 
01/16/2024 - 04/29/2024
Tue 11:00AM - 12:55PM
UMTC, West Bank
Enrollment Status:
Open (0 of 10 seats filled)
Course Catalog Description:
Seminar on main themes of theory and research in American politics, institutions, law, and policy. Major works on individual, mass, elite, and institutional behavior and their relationship to each other. Foundation for advanced seminars in American politics. prereq: Grad pol sci major or instr consent
Class Description:
Student may contact the instructor or department for information.
Textbooks:
https://bookstores.umn.edu/course-lookup/65647/1243

Spring 2024  |  POL 8302 Section 001: Public Opinion and Political Behavior (65380)

Instructor(s)
Class Component:
Lecture
Credits:
3 Credits
Grading Basis:
Student Option
Instructor Consent:
No Special Consent Required
Instruction Mode:
In Person
Enrollment Requirements:
Pol Sci grad major
Times and Locations:
Regular Academic Session
 
01/16/2024 - 04/29/2024
Mon 11:00AM - 12:55PM
UMTC, West Bank
Enrollment Status:
Open (0 of 10 seats filled)
Course Catalog Description:
Major theoretical perspectives/research on political participation, voting behavior, public opinion. Voter turnout, importance of party identification, effects of campaigns, long-term change in public opinion, designing/conducting research. prereq: Grad pol sci major or instr consent
Class Description:
Student may contact the instructor or department for information.
Textbooks:
https://bookstores.umn.edu/course-lookup/65380/1243

Spring 2024  |  POL 8308 Section 001: Proseminar in Political Psychology II (54956)

Instructor(s)
Class Component:
Lecture
Credits:
2 Credits
Grading Basis:
Student Option
Instructor Consent:
No Special Consent Required
Instruction Mode:
In Person
Enrollment Requirements:
Pol Sci grad major or Pol Psy minor
Meets With:
PSY 8212 Section 001
Times and Locations:
Regular Academic Session
 
01/16/2024 - 04/29/2024
Fri 09:00AM - 10:55AM
UMTC, West Bank
Vincent Hall 364
Enrollment Status:
Open (0 of 5 seats filled)
Also Offered:
Course Catalog Description:
Readings, discussion, and guest speakers. Topics vary by semester.
Class Description:
Student may contact the instructor or department for information.
Textbooks:
https://bookstores.umn.edu/course-lookup/54956/1243

Spring 2024  |  POL 8360 Section 001: Topics in American Politics -- Supreme Court Seminar (65389)

Instructor(s)
Class Component:
Lecture
Credits:
3 Credits
Repeat Credit Limit:
9 Credits
Grading Basis:
Student Option
Instructor Consent:
No Special Consent Required
Instruction Mode:
In Person
Class Attributes:
Topics Course
Enrollment Requirements:
Political Science grad student
Times and Locations:
Regular Academic Session
 
01/16/2024 - 04/29/2024
Thu 11:00AM - 12:55PM
UMTC, West Bank
Enrollment Status:
Open (0 of 10 seats filled)
Also Offered:
Course Catalog Description:
Readings and research in special topics or problems. prereq: instr consent
Class Notes:
The aim of this seminar is to provide an introduction to the literature in the field of judicial politics. Particular emphasis will be placed on the Supreme Court. We will discuss some of the classics in the field of judicial politics as well as some of the more recent work that is being done by scholars of the courts. My goals are to: (1) introduce graduate students to the literature in judicial process and behavior and, in so doing, discuss some of the most important debates (both past and present) in the sub-field; and (2) underscore the importance of sound theoretical arguments, careful research designs, and compelling empirical results. This course is taught from the perspective that the study of courts should be (and currently is) closely connected to the theoretical and empirical traditions in American Politics. As such, we will focus on the scientific study of judicial process and politics, analyzing the substantive, theoretical, and methodological developments in the field.
Class Description:
Student may contact the instructor or department for information.
Textbooks:
https://bookstores.umn.edu/course-lookup/65389/1243

Spring 2024  |  POL 8405 Section 001: International Political Economy (65381)

Instructor(s)
Class Component:
Lecture
Credits:
3 Credits
Grading Basis:
A-F or Audit
Instructor Consent:
No Special Consent Required
Instruction Mode:
In Person
Enrollment Requirements:
Pol Sci grad major
Times and Locations:
Regular Academic Session
 
01/16/2024 - 04/29/2024
Wed 09:00AM - 10:55AM
UMTC, West Bank
Enrollment Status:
Open (0 of 10 seats filled)
Also Offered:
Course Catalog Description:
Theoretical and policy issues in international economic relations. Different approaches for understanding outcomes in international economy. Trade, finance, labor markets, creation and maintenance of international regimes, and "globalization" of economic liberalism. prereq: Grad pol sci major or instr consent
Class Description:
Student may contact the instructor or department for information.
Textbooks:
https://bookstores.umn.edu/course-lookup/65381/1243

Spring 2024  |  POL 8444 Section 001: FTE: Doctoral (52032)

Instructor(s)
No instructor assigned
Class Component:
Independent Study
Credits:
1 Credit
Repeat Credit Limit:
10 Credits
Grading Basis:
No Grade Associated
Instructor Consent:
No Special Consent Required
Instruction Mode:
In Person
Class Attributes:
Grade Sort
Enrollment Requirements:
Advanced Doctoral Student
Times and Locations:
Regular Academic Session
 
01/16/2024 - 04/29/2024
12:00AM - 12:00AM
UMTC, West Bank
Enrollment Status:
Open (0 of 30 seats filled)
Also Offered:
Course Catalog Description:
(No description) prereq: Doctoral student, adviser and director of graduate studies consent
Class Notes:
http://classinfo.umn.edu/?POL8444+Spring2023
Class Description:
Student may contact the instructor or department for information.
Textbooks:
https://bookstores.umn.edu/course-lookup/52032/1243

Spring 2024  |  POL 8460 Section 001: Topics in International Relations (65390)

Instructor(s)
Class Component:
Lecture
Credits:
3 Credits
Repeat Credit Limit:
6 Credits
Grading Basis:
Student Option
Instructor Consent:
No Special Consent Required
Instruction Mode:
In Person
Class Attributes:
Topics Course
Enrollment Requirements:
Pol Sci grad major
Times and Locations:
Regular Academic Session
 
01/16/2024 - 04/29/2024
Mon 01:25PM - 03:20PM
UMTC, East Bank
Enrollment Status:
Open (0 of 10 seats filled)
Also Offered:
Course Catalog Description:
Readings and research in advanced topics or problems. Recent topics: global environmental issues, morality in world politics, and norms and institutions in world politics.
Class Description:
Student may contact the instructor or department for information.
Textbooks:
https://bookstores.umn.edu/course-lookup/65390/1243

Spring 2024  |  POL 8621 Section 001: Comparative and Case Study Methods (65382)

Instructor(s)
Class Component:
Lecture
Credits:
2 Credits
Repeat Credit Limit:
4 Credits
Grading Basis:
Student Option No Audit
Instructor Consent:
No Special Consent Required
Instruction Mode:
In Person
Enrollment Requirements:
Pol Sci grad major
Times and Locations:
Regular Academic Session
 
01/16/2024 - 04/29/2024
Thu 01:25PM - 03:20PM
UMTC, West Bank
Enrollment Status:
Open (0 of 10 seats filled)
Also Offered:
Course Catalog Description:
This course will provide students with a basic introduction to methodological debates surrounding comparative and case study methods in political science. Although the course is designed primarily with an eye to the needs of students in comparative politics, this course will also be useful to students in other subfields who wish to learn more about comparative and/or case study methods. This course is primarily for students in their 2nd year and beyond in the Political Science PhD program.
Class Description:
Student may contact the instructor or department for information.
Textbooks:
https://bookstores.umn.edu/course-lookup/65382/1243

Spring 2024  |  POL 8660 Section 001: Topics in Comparative Politics -- Comparative Political Economy of Development (65387)

Instructor(s)
Class Component:
Lecture
Credits:
3 Credits
Repeat Credit Limit:
9 Credits
Grading Basis:
Student Option
Instructor Consent:
No Special Consent Required
Instruction Mode:
In Person
Class Attributes:
Topics Course
Enrollment Requirements:
Pol Sci grad major
Times and Locations:
Regular Academic Session
 
01/16/2024 - 04/29/2024
Wed 11:00AM - 12:55PM
UMTC, West Bank
Enrollment Status:
Open (0 of 10 seats filled)
Also Offered:
Course Catalog Description:
Readings in advanced topics or problems. Supervised research/training. Topics specified in Class Schedule.
Class Description:
Student may contact the instructor or department for information.
Textbooks:
https://bookstores.umn.edu/course-lookup/65387/1243

Spring 2024  |  POL 8660 Section 002: Topics in Comparative Politics -- Comparative Political Economy of Development (65388)

Instructor(s)
Class Component:
Lecture
Credits:
3 Credits
Repeat Credit Limit:
9 Credits
Grading Basis:
Student Option
Instructor Consent:
No Special Consent Required
Instruction Mode:
In Person
Class Attributes:
Topics Course
Enrollment Requirements:
Pol Sci grad major
Times and Locations:
Regular Academic Session
 
01/16/2024 - 04/29/2024
Thu 03:35PM - 05:30PM
UMTC, West Bank
Blegen Hall 335
Enrollment Status:
Open (0 of 10 seats filled)
Also Offered:
Course Catalog Description:
Readings in advanced topics or problems. Supervised research/training. Topics specified in Class Schedule.
Class Notes:
Instructor Asst. Prof. Kevin Luo
Class Description:
Student may contact the instructor or department for information.
Textbooks:
https://bookstores.umn.edu/course-lookup/65388/1243

Spring 2024  |  POL 8888 Section 001: Thesis Credit: Doctoral (52105)

Instructor(s)
No instructor assigned
Class Component:
Independent Study
Credits:
1-24 Credits
Repeat Credit Limit:
100 Credits
Grading Basis:
No Grade Associated
Instructor Consent:
No Special Consent Required
Instruction Mode:
In Person
Class Attributes:
Grade Sort
Enrollment Requirements:
Political Science PhD, Doct or ETCR
Times and Locations:
Regular Academic Session
 
01/16/2024 - 04/29/2024
12:00AM - 12:00AM
UMTC, West Bank
Enrollment Status:
Open (0 of 30 seats filled)
Also Offered:
Course Catalog Description:
(No description) prereq: Max 18 cr per semester or summer; 24 cr required
Class Notes:
http://classinfo.umn.edu/?POL8888+Spring2023
Class Description:
Student may contact the instructor or department for information.
Textbooks:
https://bookstores.umn.edu/course-lookup/52105/1243

Spring 2024  |  POL 8990 Section 001: Directed Readings and Research in Political Science (51547)

Instructor(s)
No instructor assigned
Class Component:
Independent Study
Credits:
1-7 Credits
Repeat Credit Limit:
7 Credits
Grading Basis:
Student Option
Instructor Consent:
Department Consent Required
Instruction Mode:
In Person
Class Attributes:
Grade Sort
Times and Locations:
Regular Academic Session
 
01/16/2024 - 04/29/2024
UMTC, West Bank
Enrollment Status:
Open (0 of 30 seats filled)
Also Offered:
Course Catalog Description:
TBD prereq: 16 cr 8xxx pol sci courses, instr consent, dept consent
Class Notes:
http://classinfo.umn.edu/?POL8990+Spring2023
Class Description:
Student may contact the instructor or department for information.
Textbooks:
https://bookstores.umn.edu/course-lookup/51547/1243

Fall 2023  |  POL 1001 Section 001: American Democracy in a Changing World (18421)

Instructor(s)
Class Component:
Lecture
Credits:
3 Credits
Grading Basis:
Student Option
Instructor Consent:
No Special Consent Required
Instruction Mode:
In Person
Class Attributes:
UMNTC Liberal Education Requirement
Times and Locations:
Regular Academic Session
 
09/05/2023 - 12/13/2023
Mon, Wed 08:15AM - 09:30AM
UMTC, West Bank
Anderson Hall 350
Enrollment Status:
Closed (85 of 85 seats filled)
Also Offered:
Course Catalog Description:
This course is intended to introduce students to the expressed hopes of the American people for their government and to the institutions and processes that have been created and recreated to achieve these hopes. The course is designed to help students understand what liberal education is by engaging in the study of American politics as a fundamentally critical and creative enterprise, and by grappling with the most complex and challenging problems of political life, such as the sources of political equality and inequality, and the tension between individual aspirations and political control. Questions of power and choice, opportunity and discrimination, freedom and restrictions on freedom are fundamental to the historical development of and current controversies within the American political system, and we will attend to all of these. We will explore topics including the ideas underlying the nation's founding and its constitutional foundations; civil rights and civil liberties; the role of the United States in an increasingly globalized world; the structure and function of American political institutions; and the behavior of American citizens in the political process. In addition, we will learn to think and communicate like political scientists. We will read primary documents, such as the Federalist papers, engage with scholarly arguments about the way the American political system works, and critically evaluate critiques of the American political system that have been offered from a variety of perspectives. By the end of the semester students should have a basic understanding of the structure and function of American government as well as an increased ability to critically reflect on the degree to which our institutions, processes, and citizens live up to the expectations placed on them. Students will be able to identify, define, and solve problems and to locate and critically evaluate information. Students will have mastered a body of knowledge and a mod
Class Description:
This course is intended to introduce students to the expressed hopes of the American people for their government and to the institutions and processes that have been created and recreated to achieve these hopes. What do we mean by good government? Have we achieved it? How do we build it? Through an examination of the roles of American political institutions and the behavior of American citizens, we will be able to critically reflect on issues such as political and economic inequality in the U.S., the role of American political and economic power in the world, and the possibility for an American public policy that lives up to the ideals of the founders. By the end of the semester students should have a basic understanding of the structure and function of American government as well as an increased ability to critically reflect on the degree to which our institutions, processes, and citizens live up to the expectations placed on them.
Who Should Take This Class?:
Students who want a basic introduction to American government in a way that connects the core material to current events
Grading:
60% three non-cumulative tests (20% each)
30% written assignment (5-7 pages)
10% in-class assignments (for credit only, not graded)
Exam Format:
short answer
essay
Class Format:
50% Lecture
25% Discussion
25% Small Group Activities
Workload:
100 Pages Reading Per Week
3 tests
Periodic in-class assignments (for credit only, not graded)
5-7 page written assignment
Textbooks:
https://bookstores.umn.edu/course-lookup/18421/1239
Instructor Supplied Information Last Updated:
24 October 2022

Fall 2023  |  POL 1025 Section 001: Global Politics (17483)

Instructor(s)
Class Component:
Lecture
Credits:
3 Credits
Repeat Credit Limit:
4 Credits
Grading Basis:
Student Option
Instructor Consent:
No Special Consent Required
Instruction Mode:
In Person
Class Attributes:
UMNTC Liberal Education Requirement
Times and Locations:
Regular Academic Session
 
09/05/2023 - 12/13/2023
Mon, Wed 09:45AM - 11:00AM
UMTC, West Bank
Blegen Hall 250
Enrollment Status:
Open (80 of 85 seats filled)
Also Offered:
Course Catalog Description:
Global politics is complex, fast-paced, and often confusing. This introductory course explores both the enduring challenges of international politics as well as more recent transformative trends. The course introduces theoretical traditions, but its focus is on making sense of real-world problems, both today and in the past. Why is the world organized into states, and what implications does the states system have for indigenous populations globally? Why and when do states go to war and use military force? Why do they sign international agreements and treaties, on matters from arms control to investment? In what ways do existing systems of international law and trade exacerbate or mitigate global inequities? Why has human rights emerged as a central problem in world politics? What are the prospects for international cooperation to address climate change? How have inequities and prejudices, along the lines of race and other categorical identities, shaped our world - from the practice of global security to the structures of the international political economy? These are among the pressing real-world questions that this course in Global Politics will address and that it will give you the tools to answer - though particular instructors will naturally emphasize different topics and questions. But the course will also highlight how our answers to these questions are changing along with the deep power structures of global politics - as US dominance wanes and others, most notably China, rise; as core ideas and discourses underpinning the international system, such as sovereignty, come under assault; as institutions, such as those governing international law, thicken; and as attention grows to the structuring effects of race and other ascriptive categories. Global Politics is an essential guide to our increasingly globalized world.
Class Description:

This course provides an introduction to the study of international relations. We will cover several approaches to and issues in the field, including the causes of war and peace, nuclear proliferation, trade, finance, globalization, international law, the environment, and terrorism. We will discuss several cases, such as the 2003 Iraq War and the 2008 financial crisis, throughout the semester. We will also discuss current events in international relations.

Who Should Take This Class?:
There are no prerequisites for this course. This course is meant as an introduction to international relations, and is thus suitable for any student interested in gaining an entry-level understanding and overview of this topic.
Learning Objectives:
By the end of the semester, students should have gained an understanding of:
- The role of the state in international politics
- Basic theories of international relations and their application to questions of conflict and cooperation
- The challenges of international bargaining and diplomacy
- Ongoing issues in international relations
Grading:

Course grades will be based on:


One ~1000 word paper analyzing an in-class exercise (10%)

Statecraft* quizzes and memos (10%)

One in-class mid-term examination (20%)

One ~1500 word policy paper based on critical analysis of course readings, lectures, and your own research (15%)

Final examination (35%)

Participation in Statecraft (10%)


*Statecraft is an online platform that implements a simulation of international politics. Statecraft memos should be at least 300 words and must be posted before each turn starts, beginning with Turn 1. These memos should detail challenges faced and strategies recommended for your country for each turn, and also should focus on your role within the simulation (e.g., the defense minister must include a defense budget for each turn). Each student must take both Statecraft quizzes and complete memos every other week, beginning with Week 1 or Week 2. In addition, students will be evaluated by both the T.A.'s and their peers regarding their participation in Statecraft. Students are responsible for turning memos in and taking quizzes on time. Statecraft will not accept late assignments, and you will lose credit for these assignments if they are submitted late.

Exam Format:
The midterm exam is in-class and closed book.

The final examination will have an in-class component that will be administered on the last day of class and a take-home essay portion that will be distributed on following the final class session and due approximately five days later.

Class Format:
This class will meet twice weekly. Each session is 75 minutes. Class sessions will be a mix of lecture, discussion, and Statecraft.
Workload:
- Approximately 50 pages of reading assigned per session
- Statecraft will begin approximately the fourth week of class. Students should plan to spend at least 30 minutes/week (outside of class) on Statecraft, and may certainly choose to spend additional time.
- Students are expected to attend class.
- Workload for course assignments (see "Grading," above) will vary by student.
Textbooks:
https://bookstores.umn.edu/course-lookup/17483/1239
Instructor Supplied Information Last Updated:
19 March 2018

Fall 2023  |  POL 1026 Section 001: U.S. Foreign Policy (19998)

Instructor(s)
https://www.law.umn.edu/profiles/tracey-blasenheim" target="lookup">Tracey Blasenheim
Class Component:
Lecture
Credits:
3 Credits
Grading Basis:
Student Option
Instructor Consent:
No Special Consent Required
Instruction Mode:
In Person
Times and Locations:
Regular Academic Session
 
09/05/2023 - 12/13/2023
Tue, Thu 08:15AM - 09:30AM
UMTC, West Bank
Anderson Hall 330
Enrollment Status:
Open (55 of 85 seats filled)
Also Offered:
Course Catalog Description:
The United States is the most powerful country in the world. This means that how the United States behaves in the world is hugely important. As a result, we should all try to better understand U.S. foreign policy: why the U.S. behaves in the way it does, how the U.S. should behave, and how it has behaved in the past. These are the questions that this class tackles. For example, we'll ask: why does the United States play such an active role in world politics? Might this change in the future and has the United States always behaved in this way? Why is the United States so often at war despite being so militarily powerful and secure? What role has race and racism played in key episodes of U.S. foreign policy? Does the rise of China pose a threat to the United States and if so, what should the United States do about it? Why does the United States care so much about stopping other countries from acquiring nuclear weapons? Should addressing climate change be a key priority of U.S. foreign policy and how should it be addressed?
Class Description:
Student may contact the instructor or department for information.
Textbooks:
https://bookstores.umn.edu/course-lookup/19998/1239

Fall 2023  |  POL 1054 Section 001: Politics Around the World (17474)

Instructor(s)
Class Component:
Lecture
Credits:
3 Credits
Repeat Credit Limit:
4 Credits
Grading Basis:
Student Option
Instructor Consent:
No Special Consent Required
Instruction Mode:
In Person
Class Attributes:
UMNTC Liberal Education Requirement
Times and Locations:
Regular Academic Session
 
09/05/2023 - 12/13/2023
Tue, Thu 09:45AM - 11:00AM
UMTC, West Bank
Blegen Hall 5
Enrollment Status:
Open (81 of 85 seats filled)
Also Offered:
Course Catalog Description:
This course is an introduction to the study of politics in different countries around the world. It focuses on domestic politics within countries, as opposed to a course in international relations, which focuses on relations between countries. Some of the questions we tackle include: Why are some countries prone to violent conflict while others remain peaceful? Why do some countries grow rich while others remain poor? Why does democracy emerge in some countries, while dictators hold onto power elsewhere? How do attitudes about gender and sexuality influence politics? Do particular religions, or the strength of religious faith, strengthen or weaken democracy? The readings and assignments help you make sense of the complexity of world politics - to sift through and distill the avalanche of information available and learn how to develop your own arguments about pertinent global issues. Upon completion of this course you will be able to understand and provide examples of 1) the difference between strong and weak states; 2) the distinctions between democratic and non-democratic forms of government; 3) the various ways democracies are governed; 4) arguments explaining the origin of democracy and the persistence of non-democracy; 5) the significance of different forms of political identity such as ethnicity, religion, and gender; 6) why some countries are rich while others remain poor; and 7) why some countries tax and spend more than others. Assignments seek to develop your skills at developing arguments through logic and evidence and to give you the ability to distinguish between a persuasive argument about politics and simply stating an opinion.
Class Description:
This course provides an introduction to the study of politics in different countries around the world. We seek to understand how people establish a durable and legitimate political system, and how they seek to benefit from, transform or even overthrow that system. Over the course of the semester we will explore the following questions: 1) How and why do societies establish political order? 2) What is democracy and how is it different from dictatorship? 3) What factors cause democracy to emerge? 4) What are the different kinds of dictatorships? 5) When, where and why does ethnicity impact politics? 6) What is nationalism? 7) How does religion drive conflict in the contemporary world? 8) What is the impact of women in politics around the world? 9) What causes civil wars? 10) Why are some countries rich and some poor? 11) Why do some countries tax and spend quite a lot, while others have lower tax rates and lower levels of redistribution?
Who Should Take This Class?:
Anyone interested in global politics
Exam Format:
30% Reports/Papers
50% Written Homework
20% Class Participation Other Grading Information: There is one five-page paper, and up to 10 short assignments. A draft of the 5-page paper is required; students will receive feedback before turning in the final version.
Class Format:
60% Lecture
25% Discussion
15% Small Group Activities
Workload:
100 Pages Reading Per Week
15 Pages Writing Per Term
1 Paper(s)
10 Homework Assignment(s)
Textbooks:
https://bookstores.umn.edu/course-lookup/17474/1239
Instructor Supplied Information Last Updated:
27 March 2017

Fall 2023  |  POL 1201 Section 001: Political Ideas (17450)

Instructor(s)
Class Component:
Lecture
Credits:
3 Credits
Grading Basis:
Student Option
Instructor Consent:
No Special Consent Required
Instruction Mode:
In Person
Class Attributes:
UMNTC Liberal Education Requirement
Times and Locations:
Regular Academic Session
 
09/05/2023 - 12/13/2023
Mon, Wed 09:45AM - 11:00AM
UMTC, West Bank
Anderson Hall 350
Enrollment Status:
Open (136 of 149 seats filled)
Also Offered:
Course Catalog Description:
This course serves as an introduction to the study of political theory. Political theory analyzes the meaning and significance of fundamental concepts in politics. Starting from such basic concerns as the nature of politics, humans, power and justice, political theorists explore how these basic starting assumptions organize the norms, practices, and institutions of political and social order. To explore these topics, the field turns to key texts, as well as to political and social events and other media (film, historical documents, etc.). In this introductory course, students will investigate some of the basic texts in political theory, with the goal of learning how to read texts more analytically and to address fundamental questions in political theory. Among the topics that might be the nature of justice and injustice, political obligation and civil disobedience, democracy and other forms of governance. Students who complete this course will understand the deep issues about the nature of politics, will have learned to read and to analyze complex texts. They will also have had the opportunity to reflect upon their own ethical engagement in political life and upon the ways in which historically, political ideas change.
Class Description:
This course examines different models of political rule. What models of politics, throughout history, have structure those relations of rulers and ruled? How does each model for rule try to grapple with questions of inequality, power and domination, justice and equality? To answer these questions, we will range across the globe (looking at examples that bear on contemporary politics both in the US and elsewhere), and also across history.
Grading:
50% Reports/Papers
20% Journal
30% Reflection Papers
Class Format:
70% Lecture
30% Discussion
Workload:
50 Pages Reading Per Week
15 Pages Writing Per Term
4 Paper(s)
Other Workload: 2 of the papers will be 1-2 page micro-papers; the others will be 4-5 pages each
Textbooks:
https://bookstores.umn.edu/course-lookup/17450/1239
Instructor Supplied Information Last Updated:
19 December 2018

Fall 2023  |  POL 1916 Section 001: The Politics of Trade and Money (33520)

Instructor(s)
Class Component:
Discussion
Credits:
3 Credits
Grading Basis:
A-F only
Instructor Consent:
No Special Consent Required
Instruction Mode:
In Person
Class Attributes:
Freshman Seminar
Enrollment Requirements:
Freshman and FRFY
Times and Locations:
Regular Academic Session
 
09/05/2023 - 12/13/2023
Mon, Wed 01:00PM - 02:15PM
UMTC, West Bank
Hubert H Humphrey Center 60
Enrollment Status:
Open (16 of 19 seats filled)
Also Offered:
Course Catalog Description:
This seminar introduces students to the study of international political economy. After illuminating some important current issues about trade and monetary affairs, including recent efforts to restrict trade with China and China's effort to promote economic development through its Belt and Road Initiative, we study the post-World War II evolution of the global trading and monetary systems. This includes evaluating some contending theoretical perspectives about these systems. Then we analyze the politics of trade. Among the topics singled out for close study are the distributional consequences of trade, particularly, how trade produces skill and occupational cleavages within democratic countries and, in turn, these cleavages produce populism. Institutions for governing trade like the World Trade Organization also are studied. The effects of monetary flows - both of currency and capital - are examined next. Topics in this part of the class include the American Federal Reserve as a world lender of last resort, the reasons why countries adopt the U.S. dollar as their currency, the demand for and consequence of direct foreign investment, and the workings and activities of the World Bank. In the closing weeks of the class we take a closer look at trade and monetary developments in Asia, Latin America, and Africa. The recent claim that developing countries are falling into to Chinese financed "debt trap" is studied in these weeks.
Class Description:
Student may contact the instructor or department for information.
Who Should Take This Class?:
Students interested in political science and economics as well as current, international events. No prerequisites.
Grading:
Combination of class participation, one or two mid term exams and a final exam, and a short paper (based on a short class presentation)
Exam Format:
Define and explain the relevance for class themes of a set of terms; one essay per mid term exam and one or two on final eam.
Class Format:
Seminar format--combination of lecture and class discussion and short class member presentations
Workload:
In addition to written work above (see grading) 40-60 pages of reading per week
Textbooks:
https://bookstores.umn.edu/course-lookup/33520/1239
Instructor Supplied Information Last Updated:
3 April 2023

Fall 2023  |  POL 1921 Section 001: Dictatorship, Democracy, and Development in East Asia (33524)

Instructor(s)
Class Component:
Discussion
Credits:
3 Credits
Grading Basis:
A-F only
Instructor Consent:
No Special Consent Required
Instruction Mode:
In Person
Class Attributes:
Freshman Seminar
Enrollment Requirements:
Freshman and FRFY
Times and Locations:
Regular Academic Session
 
09/05/2023 - 12/13/2023
Mon, Wed 01:00PM - 02:15PM
UMTC, West Bank
Blegen Hall 215
Enrollment Status:
Open (16 of 19 seats filled)
Also Offered:
Course Catalog Description:
Home to the world's most advanced economies and mature democracies, but also history's biggest authoritarian party and one of the poorest totalitarian states - East Asia is a region full of contrasts despite their interconnected pasts. How do we understand the political trajectories of China, Japan, North/South Korea, and Taiwan, as they experienced significant socioeconomic transformations from the late 19th century up until the present? In this freshman seminar, we will examine the entangled relationship between modernization and political systems through a comparative lens, and ask what East Asia can teach us about the evolution and persistence of democratic and authoritarian regimes in the rest of the world.
Class Notes:
Instructor: Asst. Prof. Kevin Luo
Class Description:
Student may contact the instructor or department for information.
Textbooks:
https://bookstores.umn.edu/course-lookup/33524/1239

Fall 2023  |  POL 3080 Section 001: Internship in Politics or Government (17449)

Instructor(s)
Class Component:
Field Work
Credits:
3-13 Credits
Repeat Credit Limit:
15 Credits
Grading Basis:
A-F only
Instructor Consent:
Department Consent Required
Instruction Mode:
In Person
Times and Locations:
Regular Academic Session
 
09/05/2023 - 12/13/2023
12:00AM - 12:00AM
Off Campus
Enrollment Status:
Open (20 of 50 seats filled)
Also Offered:
Course Catalog Description:
Students search for and arrange an internship with an organization or office working in government or politics, and then complete academic coursework in association with their internship. prereq: instr consent, dept consent
Class Description:
This course has two purposes. The first is to provide students with an opportunity to acquire first-hand political experience and knowledge. The second is to enable students to situate their internship experience in the context of relevant political science research on the subject matter. Students earn 1 credit for every 3 hours per week worked at the internship. Students must work at least 10 hours per week (or 140 total hours), and take POL 3080 for at least 3 credits. To enroll in POL 3080, students must meet with the instructor to discuss the course requirements, sign a Student/Faculty contract that specifies the required coursework, and get a permission number. This meeting takes 15-20 minutes, and should be scheduled once you have secured your internship and you know how many hours per week you will be working (so that you will know how many credits you can take). These meetings usually take place once enrollment for the next semester is open. NOTE: you MUST sign up for the course by the end of the first week of classes for the semester in which you are doing the internship. All students must submit weekly analytical journal entries, and two informational interview reports. At higher credits levels, students must complete a 5-7p essay and 10p research paper.
Who Should Take This Class?:
Any UofM undergraduate student in any College or School who wants to learn more about politics, policy making, policy implementation, the legal system, or community service
Learning Objectives:
To gain hands-on practical experience in politics, government, law, or community service work, and to reflect on that experience via political science research.
Grading:
Political Science majors and minors MUST take 3080 A-F; non-majors/minors may take 3080 S/N, but A-F is recommended for all students.
Exam Format:
90% Reports/Papers
10% Other Evaluation Other Grading Information: Grade based 90% on coursework, 10% on internship supervisor's evaluation.
Class Format:
100% Web Based Students work at their internships, and submit their course work by e-mail. There are no required classroom meetings.
Workload:
30-50 Pages Reading Per Week
20-50 Pages Writing Per Term Other Workload: Workload varies by number of credits taken. Minimum 14 weekly journal entries, 2 informational interview reports. Additional papers at higher credit levels
Textbooks:
https://bookstores.umn.edu/course-lookup/17449/1239
Past Syllabi:
http://classinfo.umn.edu/syllabi/psoper_POL3080_Fall2017.doc (Fall 2017)
http://classinfo.umn.edu/syllabi/psoper_POL3080_Summer2017.doc (Summer 2017)
http://classinfo.umn.edu/syllabi/psoper_POL3080_Spring2016.doc (Spring 2016)
Instructor Supplied Information Last Updated:
23 February 2017

Fall 2023  |  POL 3085 Section 001: Quantitative Analysis in Political Science (33390)

Instructor(s)
Class Component:
Lecture
Instructor Consent:
No Special Consent Required
Instruction Mode:
In Person
Class Attributes:
UMNTC Liberal Education Requirement
Times and Locations:
Regular Academic Session
 
09/05/2023 - 12/13/2023
Tue, Thu 11:15AM - 12:30PM
UMTC, East Bank
Blegen Hall 317
Enrollment Status:
Open (52 of 60 seats filled)
Also Offered:
Course Catalog Description:
POL 3085 teaches students how to study politics scientifically and introduces them to how to use quantitative analysis to answer political questions. The first part of the class covers how to formulate a theory (a possible answer to a question), specify testable hypotheses (what you would see if the theory is correct or incorrect), and set up a research design to test those hypotheses. In the second part of the class, we cover quantitative data analysis, beginning from preliminary statistical analysis to multivariate linear regression. There is no mathematical or statistical background required for this course. By the end of the class, students should be able to ask and answer political questions using quantitative data and fluently evaluate statistical analyses of political phenomena in the media and many academic articles.
Class Notes:
https://classinfo.umn.edu/?cdmyers+POL3085+001+Fall2023
Class Description:
Political Science 3085 is an upper-level undergraduate course designed to introduce you to quantitative political analysis. Political scientists use statistics and data to explore a wide variety of questions and topics including voting behavior in the United States and other democracies, how democracy influences economic growth, and whether the American public is becoming more or less polarized. These are just a few of the many political questions that political scientists try to answer with quantitative analyses. This course will give you the tools to begin your own examination of these types of questions. This course focuses on issues of research design, hypothesis formation, causation, basic statistical techniques, and how to use computer software to manage data and perform these calculations. By the end of the semester, you will be able to develop testable research questions and hypotheses, design research to answer these questions and hypotheses, apply statistical techniques with quantitative data to answer these questions and hypotheses, present and explain your results using ordinary language, and consume and evaluate academic research and political news that use quantitative data
Grading:
30% Midterm Exam
30% Reports/Papers
30% Written Homework
10% Class Participation Other Grading Information: Part of your final paper grade will be based on a presentation of your results during the final week of class.
Exam Format:
Short answer, some of which will involve calculations requiring a calculator.
Class Format:
40% Lecture
15% Discussion
30% Laboratory
15% Small Group Activities Lab time will be built into the assigned time for the course. While a certain amount of lecture is necessary for a class like this, I promise I won't lecture for the whole class period!
Workload:
60-80 Pages Reading Per Week
15 Pages Writing Per Term
1 Exam(s)
1 Paper(s)
1 Presentation(s)
6 Homework Assignment(s)
Textbooks:
https://bookstores.umn.edu/course-lookup/33390/1239
Instructor Supplied Information Last Updated:
12 October 2022

Fall 2023  |  POL 3085 Section 002: Quantitative Analysis in Political Science (33391)

Instructor(s)
Class Component:
Discussion
Class Attributes:
UMNTC Liberal Education Requirement
Times and Locations:
Regular Academic Session
 
09/05/2023 - 12/13/2023
Thu 03:00PM - 03:50PM
UMTC, East Bank
Blegen Hall 130
Auto Enrolls With:
Section 001
Enrollment Status:
Open (26 of 30 seats filled)
Course Catalog Description:
POL 3085 teaches students how to study politics scientifically and introduces them to how to use quantitative analysis to answer political questions. The first part of the class covers how to formulate a theory (a possible answer to a question), specify testable hypotheses (what you would see if the theory is correct or incorrect), and set up a research design to test those hypotheses. In the second part of the class, we cover quantitative data analysis, beginning from preliminary statistical analysis to multivariate linear regression. There is no mathematical or statistical background required for this course. By the end of the class, students should be able to ask and answer political questions using quantitative data and fluently evaluate statistical analyses of political phenomena in the media and many academic articles.
Class Notes:
http://classinfo.umn.edu/?cdmyers+POL3085+Fall2023
Class Description:
Political Science 3085 is an upper-level undergraduate course designed to introduce you to quantitative political analysis. Political scientists use statistics and data to explore a wide variety of questions and topics including voting behavior in the United States and other democracies, how democracy influences economic growth, and whether the American public is becoming more or less polarized. These are just a few of the many political questions that political scientists try to answer with quantitative analyses. This course will give you the tools to begin your own examination of these types of questions. This course focuses on issues of research design, hypothesis formation, causation, basic statistical techniques, and how to use computer software to manage data and perform these calculations. By the end of the semester, you will be able to develop testable research questions and hypotheses, design research to answer these questions and hypotheses, apply statistical techniques with quantitative data to answer these questions and hypotheses, present and explain your results using ordinary language, and consume and evaluate academic research and political news that use quantitative data
Grading:
30% Midterm Exam
30% Reports/Papers
30% Written Homework
10% Class Participation Other Grading Information: Part of your final paper grade will be based on a presentation of your results during the final week of class.
Exam Format:
Short answer, some of which will involve calculations requiring a calculator.
Class Format:
40% Lecture
15% Discussion
30% Laboratory
15% Small Group Activities Lab time will be built into the assigned time for the course. While a certain amount of lecture is necessary for a class like this, I promise I won't lecture for the whole class period!
Workload:
60-80 Pages Reading Per Week
15 Pages Writing Per Term
1 Exam(s)
1 Paper(s)
1 Presentation(s)
6 Homework Assignment(s)
Textbooks:
https://bookstores.umn.edu/course-lookup/33391/1239
Instructor Supplied Information Last Updated:
12 October 2022

Fall 2023  |  POL 3085 Section 003: Quantitative Analysis in Political Science (33392)

Instructor(s)
Class Component:
Discussion
Class Attributes:
UMNTC Liberal Education Requirement
Times and Locations:
Regular Academic Session
 
09/05/2023 - 12/13/2023
Thu 04:00PM - 04:50PM
UMTC, East Bank
Blegen Hall 130
Auto Enrolls With:
Section 001
Enrollment Status:
Open (26 of 30 seats filled)
Course Catalog Description:
POL 3085 teaches students how to study politics scientifically and introduces them to how to use quantitative analysis to answer political questions. The first part of the class covers how to formulate a theory (a possible answer to a question), specify testable hypotheses (what you would see if the theory is correct or incorrect), and set up a research design to test those hypotheses. In the second part of the class, we cover quantitative data analysis, beginning from preliminary statistical analysis to multivariate linear regression. There is no mathematical or statistical background required for this course. By the end of the class, students should be able to ask and answer political questions using quantitative data and fluently evaluate statistical analyses of political phenomena in the media and many academic articles.
Class Notes:
http://classinfo.umn.edu/?cdmyers+POL3085+Fall2023
Class Description:
Political Science 3085 is an upper-level undergraduate course designed to introduce you to quantitative political analysis. Political scientists use statistics and data to explore a wide variety of questions and topics including voting behavior in the United States and other democracies, how democracy influences economic growth, and whether the American public is becoming more or less polarized. These are just a few of the many political questions that political scientists try to answer with quantitative analyses. This course will give you the tools to begin your own examination of these types of questions. This course focuses on issues of research design, hypothesis formation, causation, basic statistical techniques, and how to use computer software to manage data and perform these calculations. By the end of the semester, you will be able to develop testable research questions and hypotheses, design research to answer these questions and hypotheses, apply statistical techniques with quantitative data to answer these questions and hypotheses, present and explain your results using ordinary language, and consume and evaluate academic research and political news that use quantitative data
Grading:
30% Midterm Exam
30% Reports/Papers
30% Written Homework
10% Class Participation Other Grading Information: Part of your final paper grade will be based on a presentation of your results during the final week of class.
Exam Format:
Short answer, some of which will involve calculations requiring a calculator.
Class Format:
40% Lecture
15% Discussion
30% Laboratory
15% Small Group Activities Lab time will be built into the assigned time for the course. While a certain amount of lecture is necessary for a class like this, I promise I won't lecture for the whole class period!
Workload:
60-80 Pages Reading Per Week
15 Pages Writing Per Term
1 Exam(s)
1 Paper(s)
1 Presentation(s)
6 Homework Assignment(s)
Textbooks:
https://bookstores.umn.edu/course-lookup/33392/1239
Instructor Supplied Information Last Updated:
12 October 2022

Fall 2023  |  POL 3225 Section 001: American Political Thought (19238)

Instructor(s)
Class Component:
Lecture
Credits:
3 Credits
Grading Basis:
Student Option
Instructor Consent:
No Special Consent Required
Instruction Mode:
In Person
Class Attributes:
UMNTC Liberal Education Requirement
Times and Locations:
Regular Academic Session
 
09/05/2023 - 12/13/2023
Tue, Thu 08:15AM - 09:30AM
UMTC, West Bank
Blegen Hall 150
Enrollment Status:
Open (52 of 85 seats filled)
Also Offered:
Course Catalog Description:
This course provides an introduction to several key periods and some of the leading concepts and debates in American political thought. It might also focus on a broader theme such as: conceptions of destiny, mission, and exceptionalism; arguments over economic development and inequality; or debates over government and corporate power. The course will begin with Puritan religious and political thought, tracing its secularization over time. Considerable attention will be paid to the ideas behind the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution, such as the social contract and the right of resistance to civil authority, civic republicanism, and the founders' new science of politics and government. The course will consider some if not all of the following: debates over slavery and emancipation, women's rights, the rise of imperialism and nationalism, race and racism, and the rise of rule by public and private bureaucratic organizations, and the consequences of these developments for the possibility of continued individual liberty, equality, and justice. This course requires considerable reading of difficult texts. The ultimate goal of this course is for students to gain a deeper understanding of American political thought as a product of the country's ever-evolving political discourse. prereq: Suggested prerequisite POL 1201
Class Description:
In this course we will examine classic texts in the history of American political thought in order to understand how Americans have theorized about and argued over their political system, and to consider how we can draw upon these texts to address contemporary American political problems. Some of the questions we will address: What political and moral obligations do citizens have to the state, and to each other? What is the basis of legitimate state authority? What is the social contract, and how have Americans used social contract theory to legitimate their governments? What is the right of resistance, and when is it acceptable for individuals or a people to resist or rebel against their government? Does the Declaration of Independence merely list the reasons for separating from Great Britain, or is it also a founding document establishing American principles of liberty and equality? How does the Constitution limit (or fail to limit) the power of the state, and protect (or fail to protect) individual and corporate rights? Is class conflict over the distribution of wealth in society a recent development or a long-standing feature of American political discourse? How have religious texts and ideas been used as a basis for political argument? How relevant to our century and our political problems are the ideas of 50, 100, 150, 200, or more years ago? What, if anything, can we still learn and use from these past ideas and theories? How might they help us, or lead us astray, in addressing our own problems today? Prominent theorists covered include Winthrop, Franklin, Paine, Jefferson, Adams, Madison, Hamilton, the Anti-Federalist "Brutus," Thoreau, Calhoun, Douglass, Lincoln, Sumner.
Who Should Take This Class?:
Any student interested in political theory, philosophy, American history, American politics, textual interpretation and analysis, or the roles of ideas, race, gender, and religion in politics.
Learning Objectives:
To understand significant texts in history of American political thought, both in relation to their original historical context and in terms of how they still resonate with our political concerns and problems today; to understand how Americans have thought about and argued over politics from the colonial period through the present; to cultivate students' analytical reasoning.
Exam Format:
80% Reports/Papers
20% Quizzes
Class Format:
80% Lecture
20% Discussion
Workload:
150 Pages Reading Per Week
30 Pages Writing Per Term
3 Paper(s)
2 Quiz(zes)
Textbooks:
https://bookstores.umn.edu/course-lookup/19238/1239
Past Syllabi:
http://classinfo.umn.edu/syllabi/psoper_POL3225_Fall2017.doc (Fall 2017)
Instructor Supplied Information Last Updated:
23 February 2017

Fall 2023  |  POL 3235W Section 001: Democracy and Citizenship (19999)

Instructor(s)
Class Component:
Lecture
Credits:
3 Credits
Grading Basis:
Student Option
Instructor Consent:
No Special Consent Required
Instruction Mode:
In Person
Class Attributes:
UMNTC Liberal Education Requirement
Times and Locations:
Regular Academic Session
 
09/05/2023 - 12/13/2023
Tue, Thu 02:30PM - 03:45PM
UMTC, West Bank
Blegen Hall 255
Enrollment Status:
Open (54 of 58 seats filled)
Also Offered:
Course Catalog Description:
This course considers the nature of contemporary democracy and the role that members of the political community do, can, and should play. While approaches in teaching the class vary, students can expect to read historical and contemporary texts, see films and videos, to approach questions about the nature of democracy, justifications for democracy, and challenges faced by contemporary democracy as it relates to racial inequality, immigration, gender inequality, and ecological crises. Topics will include: the centrality of social movements for democracies; deliberative and participatory democracy; as well as questions about how members of political communities can best participate in democratic life to address structural inequalities. Students will write a longer essay that allows them to demonstrate their capacities to understand and explain complex ideas and to make a theoretically compelling argument, using appropriate supporting evidence. prereq: Suggested prerequisite 1201
Class Description:
Democracy seems to be an intuitively simple concept to many Americans. Americans know what democracy, and the corresponding values of freedom and equality mean because they live under a democratic system of government that guarantees liberty and justice for all, and equality regardless of race, color, national origin, religion, or sex. Likewise, Americans know that being a citizen means we have certain rights. (and duties?) When we delve a little deeper into what these concepts mean, however, we discover that this apparent certainty papers over a host of disagreements, divisions, and uncertainties. These complexities have bubbled up to the surface today, as they have historically, through a number of contemporary concerns espoused by the Occupy Movement, the Tea Party Movement, Black Lives Matter, anti-establishment politics, etc.

This class helps students to engage in the contemporary problems of democracy, in the United States and beyond, by grounding the conversation in the historical debates of democratic theory. Rather than suggesting any simple answers, our class will instead pose questions with which we, together, must wrestle. What is democracy? How should we understand basic concepts of democracy like freedom, equality, and solidarity? How should we respond when these concepts come into conflict? Is capitalism inherently in conflict with democracy? Working through these questions, we will tack back and forth between theoretical debates and contemporary and historical political problems, gaining a more nuanced understanding of the political stakes behind these questions, as well as a more critical perspective from which to understand the political challenges of this moment in history.
Who Should Take This Class?:
Any student is welcome to take this course, whether a political science major or not. The questions we deal with are issues affecting all students, and we will work to connect contemporary issues with theoretical and historical texts in a way that is both rigorous enough to engage majors while being accessible to those without a background in political science.
Grading:


Workload:
approximatley 40 pages of reading per class
Textbooks:
https://bookstores.umn.edu/course-lookup/19999/1239
Instructor Supplied Information Last Updated:
13 July 2023

Fall 2023  |  POL 3252W Section 001: Revolution, Democracy, and Empire: Modern Political Thought (32792)

Instructor(s)
Class Component:
Lecture
Credits:
3 Credits
Grading Basis:
Student Option
Instructor Consent:
No Special Consent Required
Instruction Mode:
In Person
Class Attributes:
UMNTC Liberal Education Requirement
Times and Locations:
Regular Academic Session
 
09/05/2023 - 12/13/2023
Wed, Fri 09:45AM - 11:00AM
UMTC, East Bank
Carlson School of Management 1-123
Enrollment Status:
Open (32 of 58 seats filled)
Also Offered:
Course Catalog Description:
From the seventeenth through the nineteenth centuries, Europe and its colonies were wracked by large scale, sweeping changes: from the violent emergence of the sovereign state, to intense religious conflict, to geographic expansions at once transformative and brutal in search of new economic markets. These changes posed extraordinary challenges to usual ways of conceiving of political order and governance. Our course this semester will read these changes through three key concepts - revolution, democracy, and empire. Class discussion will seek to understand different meanings of these concepts, their political stakes, and ways of knowing how to move between political ideals and historical examples. Students will read a range of materials - from primary historical sources, to philosophic texts, political pamphlets and treatises, and travel journals - so as to study the effects on both the European context and beyond. prereq: Suggested prerequisite 1201
Class Description:
LE Core: Arts & Humanities
LE Theme: Civic Life & Ethics

This course considers essential themes - revolution, democracy, and empire - in the development of modern political thought between the seventeenth and nineteenth centuries. Students will learn about key historical moments, such as the French Revolution and the American Revolution, and the long chains of antecedent events and political thought that precipitated these world-historical transformations. Students will also learn about the ramifications of these events and how they shaped politics in the nineteenth century and beyond.
We begin with the natural law tradition, considering the intersections of liberty, equality, and authority, and the tensions between freedom and political obligation. The effect of commerce on politics, including colonization in the Americas and Asia, will be another crucial element of the course. Similarly, questions of democratic founding in the Enlightenment era, like in America (1776) or France (1789), alongside the limits of democratic politics will be particularly salient. In addition, the puzzle of the concurrent developments of democracy and imperialism will remain a key theme during the second half of the course. Finally, the course ends with a comprehensive reappraisal of the natural law and Enlightenment traditions, and a revolutionary proposal to reorganize society on more just and solidaristic grounds.

Readings range from primary texts in the history of political thought to journal and newspaper articles (40-60 pages a week). Thinkers covered in the course include Thomas Hobbes, John Locke, David Hume, John-Jacques Rousseau, John Stuart Mill, and Karl Marx. All readings will be available electronically.
Who Should Take This Class?:
No prerequisites. The class is suitable for all students. Having taken POL 1201 previously may be helpful.
Learning Objectives:
  • Identify and define ideas, solve problems of textual interpretation

  • Locate and critically evaluate information on revolution, democracy, and empire in the history of political thought

  • Analyze and interpret arguments, restate them orally and in written form

  • Compare, contrast, and connect thinkers and ideas across different historical periods

  • Communicate complex ideas both orally and in writing

  • Participate in debate and argument with peers

Grading:
Participation: 20%
Short Paper (1 page): 5%
Long Paper 1 (3 pages): 20%
Long Paper 2 (4 pages): 25% (includes first draft and redraft)
Final Essay (5 pages): 30%
Exam Format:
Writing assignments, submitted electronically.
Class Format:
50% Lecture
50% Discussion
Workload:
40-60 pages of reading per week
13-15 pages of writing overall
4 papers (this is a writing-intensive course)
Other Workload: Active participation in breakout groups and in weekly Google Doc
Textbooks:
https://bookstores.umn.edu/course-lookup/32792/1239
Instructor Supplied Information Last Updated:
31 October 2022

Fall 2023  |  POL 3265 Section 001: Ideas and Protest in French Postwar Thought (21084)

Instructor(s)
Class Component:
Lecture
Credits:
3 Credits
Grading Basis:
Student Option
Instructor Consent:
No Special Consent Required
Instruction Mode:
In Person
Class Attributes:
UMNTC Liberal Education Requirement
Times and Locations:
Regular Academic Session
 
09/05/2023 - 12/13/2023
Mon, Wed 01:00PM - 02:15PM
UMTC, West Bank
Blegen Hall 125
Enrollment Status:
Open (25 of 35 seats filled)
Also Offered:
Course Catalog Description:
France witnessed a number of extraordinary events in the 20th century: the carnage and trauma of World Wars I and II; the Vichy regime's collaboration with German Nazis; the general strike and student protests of the 1960s; the tensions prompted by anti-colonialism and later decolonization in North Africa; and the challenges of post-colonialism and racial politics. This course will examine these events, the political and ethical challenges they raised, and the intellectuals who shaped the ensuing public debates. It will draw on historical documents, cultural media (e.g. posters, art, film), and philosophical texts to explore contemporary France in its century of politics and protest. Thinkers range from film-maker Gillo Pontecorvo, to philosopher-playwright Jean-Paul Sartre, to philosopher Michel Foucault.
Class Description:
France witnessed a number of extraordinary events in the 20th century: the carnage and trauma of World Wars I and II; the Vichy regime's shameful collaboration with German Nazis; the general strike and student protests of the 1960s; the tensions prompted by decolonization in North Africa; and the challenges of contemporary multiculturalism and identity politics from the 1990s to the 2015 Charlie Hebdo tragedy. This course will examine these events, the political and ethical challenges they raised, and the intellectuals who shaped the ensuing public debates. It will draw on historical documents, cultural media (e.g. posters, art, film), and philosophical texts to explore contemporary France in its century of politics and protest. Thinkers range from novelist Albert Camus, to philosopher-playwright Jean-Paul Sartre, to philosopher Michel Foucault.
Exam Format:
20% Midterm Exam
50% Reports/Papers
20% Special Projects
10% In-class Presentations
Class Format:
40% Lecture
10% Film/Video
50% Discussion
Workload:
75-100 Pages Reading Per Week
20 Pages Writing Per Term
1 Exam(s)
3 Paper(s)
Textbooks:
https://bookstores.umn.edu/course-lookup/21084/1239
Instructor Supplied Information Last Updated:
24 March 2015

Fall 2023  |  POL 3309 Section 001: U.S. Supreme Court Decision-Making, Process, and Politics (21085)

Instructor(s)
Class Component:
Lecture
Credits:
3 Credits
Grading Basis:
Student Option
Instructor Consent:
No Special Consent Required
Instruction Mode:
In Person
Times and Locations:
Regular Academic Session
 
09/05/2023 - 12/13/2023
Tue, Thu 09:45AM - 11:00AM
UMTC, West Bank
Anderson Hall 350
Enrollment Status:
Closed (85 of 85 seats filled)
Also Offered:
Course Catalog Description:
The principal purpose of this course is to introduce you to judicial politics and decision-making of the U.S. Supreme Court. Specifically, we will examine theoretical issues regarding judicial process and politics. Unlike constitutional law and civil liberties classes, this course does not study legal doctrine. Rather, it examines political aspects of the legal system with an emphasis on the social scientific literature about how the U.S. Supreme Court functions. Thus, we will cover nominations of justices, decision making models, and how justices interact with one another and the political world beyond the ivory tower. Recommended prerequisite: POL 1001
Class Description:
The principal purpose of this course is to introduce you to the scientific study of judicial politics. Specifically, we will examine theoretical issues regarding judicial process and politics. This course, unlike constitutional law and civil liberties classes, does not study legal doctrine; rather, it examines political aspects of the legal system, with an emphasis on the social scientific literature on law and legal process.
Grading:
70% Midterm Exam
30% Final Exam
Exam Format:
Essay
Class Format:
80% Lecture
20% Discussion
Workload:
50 Pages Reading Per Week
3 Exam(s)
Textbooks:
https://bookstores.umn.edu/course-lookup/21085/1239
Instructor Supplied Information Last Updated:
10 April 2014

Fall 2023  |  POL 3319 Section 001: Education and the American Dream (32821)

Instructor(s)
Class Component:
Lecture
Credits:
3 Credits
Grading Basis:
A-F or Audit
Instructor Consent:
No Special Consent Required
Instruction Mode:
In Person
Class Attributes:
UMNTC Liberal Education Requirement
Times and Locations:
Regular Academic Session
 
09/05/2023 - 12/13/2023
Mon, Wed 11:15AM - 12:30PM
UMTC, West Bank
West Bank Skyway AUDITORIUM
Enrollment Status:
Open (84 of 85 seats filled)
Also Offered:
Course Catalog Description:
What role does education play in American democracy? What role should it play? Does American education, particularly public education, live up to its citizens' hopes and expectations? And, perhaps most importantly, what do we mean by a "good education"? This is a question with deep historical roots in this country, one that is the subject of current policy debates and one that cannot be separated from questions of discrimination and inequality. The over-arching theme of the course is to wrestle with what it means to be an educated citizen in the context of historical struggles to achieve that vision in the face of multiple and inter-related inequalities and competing visions about how to make the American dream a reality in the field of public education. No one political perspective will be offered or favored. No magic powder will be revealed on the last day of the course. The fact is that the underlying issues are really complicated, often seemingly intractable, and very, very political. This course is intended as introduction to education politics and policy in the United States. It will focus on K-12 education, especially in the public system. It is designed for any student who might have an interest in exploring education, public policy, or American government. Topics will include equality of educational opportunity, educating democratic citizens, school finance, the role of political institutions in making educational policy, and efforts to reform and remake American education, including charter schools, private school vouchers, and standardized testing. By the end of the course, students should have a basic understanding of the provision of public education in the United States, including the ways in which education is governed and the institutions involved in that governance. Students should be able to critically reflect on the degree to which American education fulfills the sometimes-competing goals Americans have for their schools. This course fulfills the
Class Description:
This course is intended as introduction to education politics and policy in the United States. It is designed for any student who might have an interest in exploring education, public policy, or American government. Topics will include equality of educational opportunity, educating democratic citizens, school finance, the role of political institutions in making educational policy, and efforts to reform and remake American education, including charter schools and private school vouchers. By the end of the course, students should have a basic understanding of the provision of education in the United States, including the ways in which education is governed and the institutions involved in that governance. Students should be able to critically reflect on the degree to which American education fulfills the sometimes-competing goals Americans have for our schools.
Who Should Take This Class?:
Students with an interest in American education, especially public education. Students interested in public policy.
Learning Objectives:
To develop a thorough and critical understanding of American education policy.
Grading:
2 exams, final paper
Exam Format:
short answer/essay
Class Format:
50% Lecture
25% Discussion
25% Small Group Activities
Workload:
100 pages reading per week
2 exams
5-8 page paper
Periodic in-class assignments (for credit only, not graded)
Textbooks:
https://bookstores.umn.edu/course-lookup/32821/1239
Instructor Supplied Information Last Updated:
24 October 2022

Fall 2023  |  POL 3323 Section 001: Political Tolerance in the United States (21198)

Instructor(s)
Class Component:
Lecture
Credits:
3 Credits
Grading Basis:
Student Option
Instructor Consent:
No Special Consent Required
Instruction Mode:
In Person
Times and Locations:
Regular Academic Session
 
09/05/2023 - 12/13/2023
Tue, Thu 01:00PM - 02:15PM
UMTC, West Bank
West Bank Skyway AUDITORIUM
Enrollment Status:
Open (52 of 55 seats filled)
Also Offered:
Course Catalog Description:
Intergroup conflict continues to be one of the defining fault lines in American politics. Most obviously, the existence of racial inequality has consequences for any given individual's social and economic standing. However, it also has had an enormous impact on the pattern of attitudes and beliefs that have served as the backdrop for many of society's most pressing political debates and conflicts. The purpose of this course is to provide students with an introduction to how political scientists have studied ethno-racial attitudes and the larger problem of inter-ethnic conflict in American society.
Class Description:
Political tolerance is the willingness to extend basic rights and civil liberties to persons and groups whose viewpoints differ from one's own. In this era of political discontent, much of the roots of our discussion are premised on a understanding of opposing viewpoints. In this class we address the following questions: What is political tolerance and how important is it for the health or viability of democracy? What is the relationship between various political ideologies and tolerance? How politically tolerant are Americans, both masses and elites, what are the roots of political intolerance, and what implications does this have for democratic government and democratic theories? How do Americans compare with other countries and what does this tell us about the roots of intolerance? How does liberal democracy compare with other ideologies and what does that tell us about the importance of tolerance to a free society? In answering these questions, we will use the lens of various movements to focus our study, including but not limited to Political Ideology, Race, Gender, and Sexual Orientation.
Grading:
Traditional A - F Scale
10% Mandatory Attendance
30% Written Assignments
30% Exam 1
30% Exam 2
Exam Format:
In-person short answer tests. Not cumulative.
Class Format:
70% Lecture
30% Discusion
Workload:
50-100 Pages Reading Per Week
10 - 20 Pages Writing Per Term
2 Non-cumulative exams
Textbooks:
https://bookstores.umn.edu/course-lookup/21198/1239
Instructor Supplied Information Last Updated:
4 April 2023

Fall 2023  |  POL 3329 Section 001: The Balance of Power: Federalism & Community in the United States (32822)

Instructor(s)
Class Component:
Lecture
Credits:
3 Credits
Grading Basis:
Student Option
Instructor Consent:
No Special Consent Required
Instruction Mode:
In Person
Times and Locations:
Regular Academic Session
 
09/05/2023 - 12/13/2023
Mon, Wed 09:45AM - 11:00AM
UMTC, West Bank
Blegen Hall 120
Enrollment Status:
Closed (55 of 55 seats filled)
Also Offered:
Course Catalog Description:
The appropriate balance of power between the national government and the states has been the subject of intense debate since the United States became an independent country in the eighteenth century, and it has never been resolved. This unresolved controversy has profound democratic and policy implications. Some of the political and social rights that are part and parcel of what it means to be a member of the American community are influenced by geography and the specific state in which an individual resides. For example, state governments make numerous decisions that define voter eligibility, an especially important form of community membership and political participation. In addition, federalism strongly affects the policymaking process. In fields as diverse as environmental protection and health care, the relationship between the national government and the states affects which policies are adopted and how they work in practice. While federalism is rarely at the forefront of the minds of the American public, it plays a central and increasingly important role in the U.S. political system. This course seeks to give students a better understanding of American federalism. By examining both the historical evolution of intergovernmental relations in the United States and contemporary policy debates, it also aims to help students develop the substantive knowledge and analytical skills they need to become critical thinkers. All of the writing assignments that students will complete in the course have been designed with this objective in mind, and the course will emphasize systematic thinking about politics, the explication of logically coherent arguments, and the use of relevant and appropriate empirical evidence to evaluate those arguments. The successful development of the critical thinking and writing skills emphasized in this course will enable students to communicate effectively in a variety of future roles, including as employees and citizens.
Class Description:
Even before the proverbial ink was dry on the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act in March 2010, over a dozen states filed suit against the health care reform law and challenged its constitutionality. When President Obama announced a series of immigration-related executive actions four years later, another large group of states launched a lawsuit to fight the policy change. A similar dynamic emerged after the presidency changed hands. After President Trump issued an executive order in January 2017 that restricted travel and suspended the admission of refugees from seven majority-Muslim countries, the state of Washington (later joined by Minnesota) filed suit and seventeen other states filed an amicus brief outlining the undesirable effects of the order. These legal challenges are especially dramatic manifestations of what appears to be heightened tension between the fifty states and the national government. Indeed, the contemporary period has been described as one of "uncooperative" or "fend for yourself" federalism.

Such sweeping generalizations understate the complexity of contemporary American federalism and the historical record. The appropriate balance of power between the national government and the states has been the subject of intense debate since the United States became an independent country in the eighteenth century, and it has never been resolved. This unresolved controversy has profound democratic and policy implications. Federalism was designed to encourage policy differences among the states while simultaneously establishing a national government that was powerful enough to prevent interest groups in the states from abusing the rights of their minorities. As a result, some of the political and social rights that are part and parcel of what it means to be a member of the American community are influenced by geography and the specific state in which an individual resides. For example, state governments make numerous decisions that define voter eligibility, an especially important form of community membership and political participation. In addition, federalism strongly affects the policymaking process. In fields as diverse as environmental protection and health care, the relationship between the national government and the states affects which policies are adopted and how they work in practice. While federalism is rarely at the forefront of the minds of the American public, it plays a central and increasingly important role in American politics. Some scholars even argue that it is partly responsible for the growing inequality and political polarization that characterize the contemporary United States.
Learning Objectives:
This course seeks to give students a better understanding of American federalism. By examining both the historical evolution of intergovernmental relations in the United States and contemporary policy debates, it also aims to help students develop the substantive knowledge and analytical skills they need to become critical thinkers. All the assignments that students will complete in the course have been designed with this objective in mind; they emphasize systematic thinking about politics, the explication of logically coherent arguments, and the use of relevant and appropriate empirical evidence to evaluate those arguments. The successful development of the critical thinking and writing skills emphasized in this course will enable students to communicate effectively in a variety of future roles, including as employees and citizens.
Grading:
20% In-Class Assignments
25% Take-Home Midterm Exam (1,500 words)
15% Voting Rights Opinion Column (750 words)
15% Congressional Hearing Analysis (1,000 words)
25% Final Exam
Exam Format:
The take-home midterm exam consists of one essay. Students receive three different essay prompts and choose one of them.

The final exam consists of three essays. Students receive four essay prompts and choose three of them. At least six potential essay prompts, including the four that appear on the final exam, are distributed in advance of the final exam.
Class Format:
65% Lecture
10% Discussion
25% Small Group Activities
Workload:
75-100 pages of reading per week
Two exams
Two short papers (750-1,000 words)
Textbooks:
https://bookstores.umn.edu/course-lookup/32822/1239
Instructor Supplied Information Last Updated:
17 December 2021

Fall 2023  |  POL 3451W Section 001: Politics and Society in the New Europe (20685)

Instructor(s)
Class Component:
Lecture
Credits:
3 Credits
Grading Basis:
Student Option
Instructor Consent:
No Special Consent Required
Instruction Mode:
In Person
Class Attributes:
UMNTC Liberal Education Requirement
Times and Locations:
Regular Academic Session
 
09/05/2023 - 12/13/2023
Tue, Thu 04:00PM - 05:15PM
UMTC, West Bank
Hanson Hall 1-106
Enrollment Status:
Open (51 of 58 seats filled)
Also Offered:
Course Catalog Description:
The devastation of Europe through two World Wars put the deadly results of ultra-nationalism on full display. To avoid such destruction again, a group of European technocrats and leaders embarked on a mission of incrementally deepening economic and later, social partnerships between an ever-expanding number of European countries. These efforts culminated in the birth of the European Union in the late 20th Century. From its inception, the Union has found obstacles in the forms of a weak institutional structure and authority, deep skepticism of a central European authority, financial crisis, ethnic anxiety, and resurgent nationalism. Yet, the continuation and strengthening of the Union is seen as the antidote to the rise of anti-democratic and authoritarian tendencies on the continent. Some of the key questions that we will engage in are: What are the ideological and historical roots of the European Union? What are the structural flaws of the Union? What are the obstacles to a stronger Union? Is the Union still or even more essential than ever? What are the ways the Union could collapse from within and from the intervention of outside forces?
Class Description:
This course examines the establishment, institutions and functions of the European Union, with an overview of the political processes in European countries and the European Union. Students will examine the history behind the EU's construction, theories of European integration, the EU's institutions and policy competencies, reoccurring problems with democratic representation in the EU, and the EU's political and economic influence over candidate countries via requirements for entry. We will exam the causes and effects of Brexit. The class will also discuss the creation of the European Monetary Union and the Euro currency, and challenges it faced during the sovereign debt crisis. Special focus will be given to the War in Ukraine throughout the semester. Finally, we will address challenges of migration, integration and the rise of nationalist parties across Europe.
Grading:
20% Midterm Exam
20% Final Exam
20% Research Paper
20% Attendance
20% Short Reflection Papers
Workload:
100 Pages Reading Per Week
20-25 Pages Writing Per Term
2 Exams
Textbooks:
https://bookstores.umn.edu/course-lookup/20685/1239
Instructor Supplied Information Last Updated:
4 April 2023

Fall 2023  |  POL 3462 Section 001: The Politics of Race, Class, and Ethnicity in the United States, South Africa and Cuba (21088)

Instructor(s)
Class Component:
Lecture
Credits:
3 Credits
Grading Basis:
Student Option
Instructor Consent:
No Special Consent Required
Instruction Mode:
In Person
Times and Locations:
Regular Academic Session
 
09/05/2023 - 12/13/2023
Tue 06:20PM - 08:50PM
UMTC, West Bank
Blegen Hall 120
Enrollment Status:
Open (32 of 55 seats filled)
Also Offered:
Course Catalog Description:
Is it true that since the election of Donald Trump, the United States is more racist than ever? Is racism on the rise elsewhere in the world? Consistent with the goals of liberal education, this course helps students navigate their way through what is often seen as one of the most perplexing and intractable problems in today's world - racial and ethnic conflicts. It supplies a set of theoretical tools that can be utilized in the most diverse of settings - including, though to a lesser extent, gender. Rather than looking at these conflicts, as the media and popular knowledge often does, as centuries-old conflicts deeply set in our memory banks, a script from which none of us can escape, the course argues that inequalities in power and authority - in other words, class - go a long way in explaining racial and ethnic dynamics. To support this argument, the course examines the so-called "black-white" conflict in three settings, the U.S., South Africa, and Cuba. While all three share certain similarities, their differences provide the most explanatory power. Most instructive is the Cuba versus U.S. and South Africa comparison. Specifically, what are the consequences for race relations when a society, Cuba, attempts to eliminate class inequalities? The course hopes to show that while we all carry with us the legacy of the past, we are not necessarily its prisoners.
Class Description:
Is it true that since the election of Donald Trump the United States is more racist than ever? Is racism on the rise elsewhere in the world? Consistent with the goals of liberal education, this course helps students navigate their way through what is often seen as one of the most perplexing and intractable problems in today's world, racial and ethnic conflicts. It supplies a set of theoretical tools that can be utilized in the most diverse of settings, including, race, class, ethnicity, and to a lesser extent, gender. Rather than looking at these conflicts, as the media and popular knowledge often does, as centuries-old conflicts deeply set in our memory banks, a script from which none of us can escape, the course argues that inequalities in power and authority, in other words, class, go a long way in explaining racial and ethnic dynamics. To support this argument, the course examines the so-called "black-white" conflict in three settings, the U.S., South Africa, and Cuba. While all three share certain similarities, their differences provide the most explanatory power. Most instructive is the Cuba versus U.S. and South Africa comparison. Specifically, what are the consequences for race relations when a society, Cuba, attempts to eliminate class inequalities? The course hopes to show that while we all carry with us the legacy of the past, we are not necessarily its prisoners.
Textbooks:
https://bookstores.umn.edu/course-lookup/21088/1239
Instructor Supplied Information Last Updated:
27 March 2020

Fall 2023  |  POL 3464 Section 001: The Politics of Economic Inequality (32823)

Instructor(s)
Class Component:
Lecture
Credits:
3 Credits
Grading Basis:
Student Option
Instructor Consent:
No Special Consent Required
Instruction Mode:
In Person
Class Attributes:
UMNTC Liberal Education Requirement
Times and Locations:
Regular Academic Session
 
09/05/2023 - 12/13/2023
Tue, Thu 01:00PM - 02:15PM
UMTC, West Bank
Anderson Hall 230
Enrollment Status:
Open (80 of 85 seats filled)
Also Offered:
Course Catalog Description:
Distributional issues are at the core of the study of politics. This is because while democracy is premised on formal political equality, if wealth and property can shape political power then equal rights do not mean equal influence. This class meets the UMN "Race, Power, and Justice in the US" Liberal Education theme by engaging the question of the tension between democracy and economic inequality. What policies increase or decrease inequality? What are the political consequences of rising inequality - in general and particularly for ethnic and racial minorities? The course focuses on the USA but puts American politics in global perspective. To do so, the course explores how dominant socio-economic groups in the US have historically shaped political institutions and attitudes to generate, perpetuate, and defend inequality. We will also explore the extent to which and why white and non-white citizens have bought into the concept of the "American Dream," undermining efforts to redress social injustice.
Class Description:
Distributional issues are at the core of the study of politics. This is because while democracy is premised on formal political equality, if wealth and property can shape political power then equal rights do not mean equal influence. This class meets the UMN "Race, Power and Justice in the US" Liberal Education theme by engaging the question of the tension between democracy and economic inequality. What policies increase or decrease inequality? What are the political consequences of rising inequality - in general and particularly for ethnic and racial minorities? The course focuses on the USA but puts American politics in global perspective. To do so, the course explores how dominant socio-economic groups in the US have historically shaped political institutions and attitudes to generate, perpetuate, and defend inequality. We will also explore the extent to which and why white and non-white citizens have bought into the concept
of the "American Dream," undermining efforts to redress social injustice.

Readings are drawn from across the social sciences, and are chosen to highlight the key questions at stake in the study of the tension between inequality and democracy.
Who Should Take This Class?:
Anyone interested in learning how scholars measure inequality and try to understand its political origins and consequences
Learning Objectives:
Upon completion of this course you will be able to understand and contribute to debates about
1) the tension between democracy and property
2) how social scientists measure inequality
3) why some Americans prioritize liberty over equality and others the reverse
4) the origins and evolution of inequality
5) the different ways countries respond to inequality through taxation and social-welfare spending
6) how structural inequalities of race, ethnicity and gender intersect with growing income and wealth gaps
7) how personal work and family experience shape perceptions of inequality
8) the consequences of inequality for political representation
9) how individuals can take action to support policy remedies for inequality.
Grading:
Grades will be based on 10 short assignments (2 pp each), participation in a group project/class debate, and in-class oral and online written participation
Exam Format:
There is no midterm or final in this class
Class Format:
Lecture, group discussion and activities
Workload:
Reading will *average* about 100 pages per week. Students will also frequently engage with videos and interactive websites
Textbooks:
https://bookstores.umn.edu/course-lookup/32823/1239
Past Syllabi:
http://classinfo.umn.edu/syllabi/dsamuels_POL3464_Spring2020.pdf (Spring 2020)
Instructor Supplied Information Last Updated:
10 December 2021

Fall 2023  |  POL 3477 Section 001: Political Economy of Development (32824)

Instructor(s)
Class Component:
Lecture
Credits:
3 Credits
Grading Basis:
Student Option
Instructor Consent:
No Special Consent Required
Instruction Mode:
In Person
Class Attributes:
UMNTC Liberal Education Requirement
Times and Locations:
Regular Academic Session
 
09/05/2023 - 12/13/2023
Wed 06:20PM - 08:50PM
UMTC, West Bank
Hanson Hall 1-111
Enrollment Status:
Open (19 of 55 seats filled)
Also Offered:
Course Catalog Description:
How can the vast disparities of wealth between countries be explained? Why have some countries in the post-colonial world, in particular, those of East Asia, experienced stunning economic growth, while those in other parts have not? We will explore inequality among nations through an engagement with competing explanations from multiple disciplines. Do free markets, the legacies of colonialism, state power, culture, or geography offer the most persuasive account of current patterns of global inequality? The course also examines what we mean by "development" and exposes students to cutting-edge debates in contemporary development studies. By the end of the course, students will have a better understanding of the causes of and possible solutions to global inequality.
Class Description:
The world today is characterized by vast disparities of wealth between countries. In this course, students will learn about contending explanations for the historical roots of these global inequalities, as well as about why some countries in the post-colonial world, in particular those of East Asia, have experienced stunning economic growth, while those in others parts of the world have not. 3 credits.
Grading:
20% Midterm Exam
20% Final Exam
40% Reports/Papers
20% Class Participation
Exam Format:
The exams will be a combination of essay, multiple choice, and short answer questions. They will focus on topics not covered in the short papers, so collectively the exams and the essays function as four midterms. The final exam is not cumulative.
Class Format:
45% Lecture
15% Film/Video
20% Discussion
20% Small Group Activities
Workload:
80-100 Pages Reading Per Week
2 Exam(s)
2 4-5 page essays
Textbooks:
https://bookstores.umn.edu/course-lookup/32824/1239
Instructor Supplied Information Last Updated:
17 April 2023

Fall 2023  |  POL 3478W Section 001: Contemporary Politics in Africa and the Colonial Legacy (20555)

Instructor(s)
Class Component:
Lecture
Credits:
3 Credits
Grading Basis:
Student Option
Instructor Consent:
No Special Consent Required
Instruction Mode:
In Person
Class Attributes:
UMNTC Liberal Education Requirement
Meets With:
AFRO 4478W Section 001
POL 4478W Section 001
AFRO 3478W Section 001
Times and Locations:
Regular Academic Session
 
09/05/2023 - 12/13/2023
Mon, Wed 02:30PM - 03:45PM
UMTC, West Bank
Blegen Hall 125
Enrollment Status:
Open (17 of 30 seats filled)
Also Offered:
Course Catalog Description:
At the core, this class is about the interaction between the assertion of and challenge to political authority in Africa. Who should have the right to make decisions that structure people's lives? To what extent is "might" an important source of political authority? How, in turn, do people respond to these different means of establishing political authority? Using these questions as a springboard, this class will examine some broader themes relating to colonialism, state building, conflict, and development in Africa. Politics in Africa, just as in any other place in the world, is complex and for that reason, the objective of the class is not to give you answers, but to have you think critically about the issues we cover. Towards this end, this class will draw on different sources ranging from novels to manifestos so as to illustrate both the mundane and extraordinary events that have helped shape the political landscape of the continent.
Class Description:
Student may contact the instructor or department for information.
Textbooks:
https://bookstores.umn.edu/course-lookup/20555/1239

Fall 2023  |  POL 3489W Section 001: Citizens, Consumers, and Corporations (21593)

Instructor(s)
Class Component:
Lecture
Credits:
3 Credits
Grading Basis:
Student Option
Instructor Consent:
No Special Consent Required
Instruction Mode:
In Person
Class Attributes:
UMNTC Liberal Education Requirement
Times and Locations:
Regular Academic Session
 
09/05/2023 - 12/13/2023
Mon 06:20PM - 08:50PM
UMTC, East Bank
Hanson Hall 1-111
Enrollment Status:
Open (20 of 58 seats filled)
Also Offered:
Course Catalog Description:
Corporations are the most powerful actors in the global political economy. They employ millions of people, produce a wide variety of goods, and have massive effects on the communities where they do business. Although considered to be "legal persons," corporations are not living beings with a conscience. Milton Friedman famously proclaimed that the only moral obligation of corporations is the maximize shareholder returns. Yet maximizing financial returns may negatively affect humans, other living beings, and the planet. This potential conflict between profit and ethics is at the heart of this course, which focuses on how people have mobilized as citizens and consumers to demand ethical behavior from corporations. We will explore these different modes of action through an examination of corporate social responsibility for sweatshops, the industrial food system in the United States, and the privatization of life, water, and war. The course also considers how corporations exploit racial hierarchies and immigration status in their pursuit of profit.
Class Description:

Corporations are perhaps the most powerful actors in the global political economy. They employ millions of people, produce a wide variety of goods, and have massive effects on the ecological and social environments in which they do business. Although considered to be "legal persons," corporations are not living beings with a conscience. Milton Friedman is famously known for his view that the only moral obligation of corporations is to maximize shareholder returns. Yet maximizing financial returns may result in behavior that negatively affects humanity, other living beings, and the planet. This potential conflict between profit and ethics is at the heart of this course.


We will think carefully about what it means for corporations to behave ethically. Doing so necessarily means that we will also think about our own values and the extent to which markets and politics should be employed to change corporate behavior. Are sweatshops immoral? Do corporations have ethical obligations to their employees and to the communities in which they do business? How do corporations exploit racial hierarchies and immigration status in their pursuit of profit? Should there be limits to what corporations can own or to the services that they supply? How do we balance costly labor and environmental regulations with our economic dependence on corporations? Does imposing our moral values on corporations risk killing the goose that lays the golden egg?


This course focuses on two ways that people have mobilized to demand ethical behavior from corporations - as citizens and as consumers. When people mobilize as citizens, we put pressure on corporations through the political system - e.g., through protests, lobbying, and pursuing claims through the courts. When people act as consumers, we use the power of our purchasing decisions to encourage corporations to change their behavior. We will explore these different modes of action through an examination of the following topics: corporate social responsibility (with special attention to sweatshops); the industrial food system in the United States; and the privatization of life, water, and war.
Grading:
25% Final Exam
50% Reports/Papers
25% Class Participation
Exam Format:
The final exam will be an essay exam.
Class Format:
40% Lecture
15% Film/Video
30% Discussion
15% Small Group Activities
Workload:
80-100 Pages Reading Per Week
1 Final Exam (essay format)
2 short papers (about 9 pages total)
2 Homework Assignment(s)
Textbooks:
https://bookstores.umn.edu/course-lookup/21593/1239
Instructor Supplied Information Last Updated:
17 April 2023

Fall 2023  |  POL 3701 Section 001: Indigenous Tribal Governments and Politics (33588)

Instructor(s)
Class Component:
Lecture
Credits:
3 Credits
Grading Basis:
A-F or Audit
Instructor Consent:
Instructor Consent Required
Instruction Mode:
In Person
Class Attributes:
UMNTC Liberal Education Requirement
Meets With:
AMIN 3501 Section 001
Times and Locations:
Regular Academic Session
 
09/05/2023 - 12/13/2023
Mon 02:00PM - 04:30PM
UMTC, East Bank
Blegen Hall 260
Enrollment Status:
Open (2 of 10 seats filled)
Also Offered:
Course Catalog Description:
History, development, structure, politics of American Indian Governments. North American indigenous societies from pre-colonial times to present. Evolution of aboriginal governments confronted/affected by colonizing forces of European/Euro-American states. Bearing of dual citizenship on nature/powers of tribal governments in relation to states and federal government.
Class Notes:
Please email Professor Yazzie for a permission number for the course: yazzi014@umn.edu
Class Description:
Student may contact the instructor or department for information.
Textbooks:
https://bookstores.umn.edu/course-lookup/33588/1239

Fall 2023  |  POL 3733 Section 001: From Suffragettes to Senators: Gender, Politics & Policy in the U.S. (21089)

Instructor(s)
Class Component:
Lecture
Credits:
3 Credits
Grading Basis:
A-F or Audit
Instructor Consent:
No Special Consent Required
Instruction Mode:
In Person
Class Attributes:
UMNTC Liberal Education Requirement
Times and Locations:
Regular Academic Session
 
09/05/2023 - 12/13/2023
Tue, Thu 11:15AM - 12:30PM
UMTC, West Bank
Anderson Hall 350
Enrollment Status:
Open (65 of 85 seats filled)
Also Offered:
Course Catalog Description:
Overview to field of gender/politics. Examine role women play in U.S. policy process. How public policies are "gendered." How policies compare to feminist thinking about related issue area. Theories of role(s) gender plays in various aspects of politics.
Class Description:
This in-person lecture course examines gender dynamics in several domains of the American political system, including the mass public, electoral politics, legislative politics, and the policymaking process. We explore the interaction of gender and race and challenges and opportunities for women of color. Throughout the course, we focus on gender differences that affect various aspects of the political process. We begin by analyzing differences in the ways that women and men conceptualize politics. We study gender stereotypes among the public and their influence on attitudes toward women in politics and vote choice. We ask why women are underrepresented in public office. We examine gender dynamics in electoral politics, asking what barriers women may face when running for office. We consider whether women and men advocate different policy agendas and issue positions when serving in office. We consider the representational implications of the gender differences we uncover, including substantive policy differences and non-policy benefits that are conferred to citizens when women serve in office. We analyze the institutional features of the American political process, asking how institutions and organized interests may help and hinder women pursuing power and policy.
Grading:

20% Class participation

40% 2 midterm exams (20% each)

15% 1 short paper (15%)

25% Research paper and presentation
Class Format:
online only, synchronous.
Textbooks:
https://bookstores.umn.edu/course-lookup/21089/1239
Instructor Supplied Information Last Updated:
6 September 2022

Fall 2023  |  POL 3786 Section 001: Media and Politics (20329)

Instructor(s)
Class Component:
Lecture
Credits:
3 Credits
Grading Basis:
Student Option
Instructor Consent:
No Special Consent Required
Instruction Mode:
In Person
Meets With:
JOUR 3786 Section 001
Times and Locations:
Regular Academic Session
 
09/05/2023 - 12/13/2023
Mon, Wed 02:30PM - 03:45PM
UMTC, West Bank
Murphy Hall 130
Enrollment Status:
Closed (45 of 45 seats filled)
Also Offered:
Course Catalog Description:
Do facts matter anymore? Is press freedom under threat? Are audiences trapped in filter bubbles? Why do people hate the media, and how can the news be improved to better serve citizens? Explore the historical and contemporary dynamics that shape the relationship between professionals in the media, the mass public, and political actors across different parts of government. Study major forms of mass media, including television and newspapers, alongside new forms such as digital and social media. Look at specific reporting rituals and practices, as well as issues involving media ownership, regulation, ethics, and press freedom. We will study politicians? efforts to craft messages, advertise strategically, and target select audiences for political gain. The course will focus primarily, but not exclusively, on the United States, and you will be asked to engage with current events and the role of communication technologies in political and civic life.
Class Description:
Student may contact the instructor or department for information.
Textbooks:
https://bookstores.umn.edu/course-lookup/20329/1239

Fall 2023  |  POL 3835 Section 001: International Relations (17448)

Instructor(s)
Class Component:
Lecture
Credits:
3 Credits
Grading Basis:
Student Option
Instructor Consent:
No Special Consent Required
Instruction Mode:
In Person
Class Attributes:
UMNTC Liberal Education Requirement
Times and Locations:
Regular Academic Session
 
09/05/2023 - 12/13/2023
Tue, Thu 01:00PM - 02:15PM
UMTC, West Bank
Anderson Hall 330
Enrollment Status:
Open (83 of 85 seats filled)
Also Offered:
Course Catalog Description:
Why do countries go to war? Are individuals, organizations, and states driven by their interests or their ideas? What role does power play in international relations and is there any role for justice in global politics? Do international laws and transnational advocacy groups matter in a world dominated by powerful states? Whose interests are served by a globalizing world economy? These questions are central to the study of international relations, yet different theoretical approaches have been developed in an attempt to answer them. Often these approaches disagree with one another, leading to markedly different policy prescriptions and predictions for future events. This course provides the conceptual and theoretical means for analyzing these issues, processes, and events in international politics. By the end of this class, you will be able to understand the assumptions, the logics, and the implications of major theories and concepts of international relations. These include realism and neorealism, liberalism and liberal institutionalism, constructivism, feminism, Marxism, and critical theory. A special effort is made to relate the course material to world events, developments, or conflicts in the past decade or so.
Class Description:
Why does war occur? What role do international institutions and international law play in international politics? Do ideas and culture matter in a world dominated by power politics? This course is designed to introduce students to a variety of theoretical approaches for analyzing these issues, processes, and events in international politics. Specific topics will include: the causes and consequences of war; the role of law and institutions; human rights and humanitarian intervention; transnational activism and environmental politics; the regulation of arms and conflict; globalization and political economy; and the role of ideas, norms, and culture. By the end of the course, students will gain a better understanding of why and how events happen in global politics, and will be able to develop and articulate their own views on current and historical cases in global politics.
Who Should Take This Class?:
There are no formal prerequisites for the course, but students who have taken a previous introductory course on international politics (for example, POL 1025: Global Politics or POL 1026: U.S. Foreign Policy) are likely to get more out of the course. If you do not have any background of this sort, it would be advisable to speak with the TA or instructor before committing to take the course.
Learning Objectives:
Students who complete this course will gain a better understanding of why and how things happen in international relations. They will be able to critically analyze scholarly and popular articles, and by the end of the term should be able to develop and articulate their own views on current and historical events in international relations. They should be able to apply analytical frameworks and tools to understand the political world.
Grading:
TBC
Exam Format:
TBC
Class Format:
A mix of lecture, discussion, and in-class activities.
Workload:
TBC
Textbooks:
https://bookstores.umn.edu/course-lookup/17448/1239
Instructor Supplied Information Last Updated:
14 April 2023

Fall 2023  |  POL 3879 Section 001: Critical Humanitarianism: Policy and Politics (32825)

Instructor(s)
Class Component:
Lecture
Credits:
3 Credits
Grading Basis:
Student Option
Instructor Consent:
No Special Consent Required
Instruction Mode:
In Person
Times and Locations:
Regular Academic Session
 
09/05/2023 - 12/13/2023
Mon, Wed 08:15AM - 09:30AM
UMTC, West Bank
Blegen Hall 120
Enrollment Status:
Open (36 of 40 seats filled)
Also Offered:
Course Catalog Description:
Over the last two centuries the international community established a set of humanitarian norms, principles, and institutions designed to alleviate the suffering and improve the welfare of vulnerable populations. Humanitarianism - the efforts undertaken to relieve suffering for those displaced by war, human rights violations, climate change, and other disasters - has undergone significant development and transformation, with the expansion and institutionalization of humanitarian action now accepted as a normal part of global politics. Humanitarian organizations, such as the International Committee of the Red Cross or Doctors without Borders, are expected to be on the ground in situations of violence and disaster, with humanitarians leading the emergency responses. Their successes and failures inform not only our sense of what humanitarianism is, or what humanitarians do, but the life and death of those individuals whom they are sent to assist. Thus, this course engages the questions of what does it mean to claim humanitarianism, to do humanitarian work, and to be a humanitarian? We will take a historical approach to the rise of humanitarianism and trace its subjects and actors from the early 19th century to today, as one way of gaining purchase on these questions and to chart the practical, political, and ethical issues intrinsic to the promotion and legitimacy of humanitarianism. Students in this course will develop a better understanding of the current themes and debates in the field of humanitarianism, including the decolonization of aid and aid organizations, the relationship of humanitarian aid and military might, the professionalization of humanitarianism and the attendant issues of accountability to vulnerable populations. This course will also analyze the successes and failures of humanitarianism through both historical and contemporary examples.
Class Description:
Student may contact the instructor or department for information.
Textbooks:
https://bookstores.umn.edu/course-lookup/32825/1239

Fall 2023  |  POL 3994 Section 001: Directed Research: Distinguished Undergraduate Research Program (19577)

Instructor(s)
Class Component:
Independent Study
Credits:
2 Credits
Repeat Credit Limit:
4 Credits
Grading Basis:
A-F only
Instructor Consent:
Department Consent Required
Instruction Mode:
In Person
Times and Locations:
Regular Academic Session
 
09/05/2023 - 12/13/2023
12:00AM - 12:00AM
UMTC, West Bank
Enrollment Status:
Open (9 of 20 seats filled)
Also Offered:
Course Catalog Description:
Students accepted into the Distinguished Undergraduate Research Program work closely with a faculty mentor on supervised projects related to faculty research. Through these activities, students will deepen research, organizational, and communication skills that will prove useful for further training in political science or for other careers. Students are chosen through a highly competitive online application the semester prior to registration. Students should check with Political Science advising for details about the application process. This course is only open to Political Science majors.
Class Description:
Student may contact the instructor or department for information.
Textbooks:
https://bookstores.umn.edu/course-lookup/19577/1239

Fall 2023  |  POL 4255 Section 001: Comparative Real Time Political Analysis: Marxist versus Liberal Perspectives (20284)

Instructor(s)
Class Component:
Lecture
Credits:
3 Credits
Grading Basis:
Student Option
Instructor Consent:
No Special Consent Required
Instruction Mode:
In Person
Class Attributes:
UMNTC Liberal Education Requirement
Times and Locations:
Regular Academic Session
 
09/05/2023 - 12/13/2023
Wed 06:20PM - 08:50PM
UMTC, West Bank
Blegen Hall 125
Enrollment Status:
Open (22 of 35 seats filled)
Also Offered:
Course Catalog Description:
Karl Marx and Frederick Engels had better democratic credentials than Alexis de Tocqueville and John Stuart Mill. Vladimir Lenin, too, had better democratic credentials than Max Weber and Woodrow Wilson. That's the provocative argument of this course. Performing what it calls "comparative real-time political analysis," it presents convincing evidence to sustain both claims. When the two sets of protagonists are compared and contrasted in how they read and responded to big political events in motion, in real-time, the Marxists, it contends, proved to be better democrats than the Liberals. Real-time analysis argues that responding to and making decisions about events in motion is the real test of political perspective and theory; on Monday morning, we can all look smart. The writings and actions of all seven protagonists are the primary course materials - reading them in their own words. The European Spring of 1848, the United States Civil War, the 1905 Russian Revolution and, the 1917 Russian Revolution and end of World War I, all consequential in the democratic quest, are the main scenarios the course employs to test its claims. The findings, course participants will learn, challenge assumed political wisdom like never before. Employing the lessons of the comparisons to trying to make sense of current politics - given the unprecedented moment in which we find ourselves - is the other goal of the course.
Class Description:
Karl Marx and Frederick Engels had better democratic credentials than Alexis de Tocqueville and John Stuart Mill. Vladimir Lenin, too, had better democratic credentials than Max Weber and Woodrow Wilson. That's the provocative argument of this course. Performing what it calls "comparative real-time political analysis," it presents convincing evidence to sustain both claims. When the two sets of protagonists are compared and contrasted in how they read and responded to big political events in motion, in real-time, the Marxists, it contends, proved to be better democrats than the Liberals. Real-time analysis argues that responding to and making decisions about events in motion is the real test of political perspective and theory; on Monday morning, we can all look smart. The writings and actions of all seven protagonists are the primary course materials, reading them in their own words. The European Spring of 1848, the United States Civil War, the 1905 Russian Revolution and, the 1917 Russian Revolution and end of World War I, all consequential in the democratic quest, are the main scenarios the course employs to test its claims. The findings, course participants will learn, challenge assumed political wisdom like never before. Employing the lessons of the comparisons to trying to make sense of current politics, given the unprecedented moment in which we find ourselves, is the other goal of the course.
Textbooks:
https://bookstores.umn.edu/course-lookup/20284/1239
Instructor Supplied Information Last Updated:
25 March 2021

Fall 2023  |  POL 4474W Section 001: Russian Politics: From Soviet Empire to Post-Soviet State (32826)

Instructor(s)
Class Component:
Lecture
Credits:
3 Credits
Grading Basis:
Student Option
Instructor Consent:
No Special Consent Required
Instruction Mode:
In Person
Class Attributes:
UMNTC Liberal Education Requirement
Times and Locations:
Regular Academic Session
 
09/05/2023 - 12/13/2023
Tue, Thu 11:15AM - 12:30PM
UMTC, West Bank
Blegen Hall 155
Enrollment Status:
Open (40 of 58 seats filled)
Also Offered:
Course Catalog Description:
Twenty five years ago, Russia appeared to be democratizing and was even on friendly relations with the US and NATO. Now Vladimir Putin runs the state with the FSB (KGB), and US-Russian relations are at their worst point since the 1970s. This course examines major themes and periods in Soviet and Post-Soviet Russian politics. It begins with the Russian Revolution of 1917, and continues with a study of the creation of the USSR and Soviet rule under Lenin, Stalin, and later decades. We look in depth at the economic and political system set up by the Communist Party, and at the causes of its collapse in 1991, which has had profound legacies for the post-Soviet development of Russia. Then in the second half of the course we turn to themes of political, economic, social and civic development under Yeltsin and Putin. We will pose the following questions: Why does democratization begin and why does it fail? How is economic reform undermined? What type of state and regime is Russia now? What caused the Chechen wars and the massive bloodshed in the Caucasus during this period? Is Putin trying to recreate the Soviet Union and retake control of its neighbors? Are US-Russian relations improving as a result of Obama's "Reset," or are we now in an era of a new Cold War? What is Russia's goal in Syria, Iran, or Central Asia? Is Putin rebuilding Russia, or driving it to disaster, and how will this impact the West?
Class Description:
Thirty years ago, Russia appeared to be democratizing and was even on friendly relations with the US and NATO. Now Vladimir Putin runs the state with the FSB (ex-KGB), and US-Russian relations are at their worst point since the 1970s. This course examines major themes and periods in Soviet and Post-Soviet Russian politics. It begins with an overview of Communism, Stalin's use of the KGB, and mass repression, and key moments in the USSR's Cold War foreign policy, which have a legacy for today. We study the Communist economic and political system, and why it collapsed in 1991. We examine Russian foreign policy under Putin: Is Putin trying to recreate the Soviet Union and retake control of its neighbors? Did US-Russian relations improve under Yeltsin, or as a result of Obama's "Reset"? Are we now in a new Cold War? Why and how is Russia attempting to destabilize Western elections? What will be the consequence of US elections in 2020 for US-Russian relations?
What is Russia's goal in Ukraine, Belarus, Syria, and Central Asia? Is it recreating the USSR? We study Russia's failed democratization and how corruption has undermined economic reform. We study the Russian military and the Chechen wars, and the massive bloodshed in the Caucasus, leading to Islamist radicalization and fighters joining ISIS. Finally, we ask whether Putin is successfully rebuilding Russia, or driving it to disaster.
Who Should Take This Class?:
Students in any college with an interest in Russia!; Students interested in US policy debates
Grading:
This is a writing class (W). Grading is primarily based on papers (a research paper and several short papers).
Exam Format:
no in class exams
Class Format:
lecture with discussion, especially debates about foreign policy issues related to Russia and the USSR.
Workload:
approximately 75-100 pages of reading a week; approximately 20 pages of writing (W class); no exams; take-home papers in place of exams
Textbooks:
https://bookstores.umn.edu/course-lookup/32826/1239
Instructor Supplied Information Last Updated:
3 November 2020

Fall 2023  |  POL 4501W Section 001: The Supreme Court and Constitutional Interpretation (21094)

Instructor(s)
Class Component:
Lecture
Credits:
3 Credits
Grading Basis:
Student Option
Instructor Consent:
No Special Consent Required
Instruction Mode:
In Person
Class Attributes:
UMNTC Liberal Education Requirement
Times and Locations:
Regular Academic Session
 
09/05/2023 - 12/13/2023
Tue, Thu 08:15AM - 09:30AM
UMTC, West Bank
Blegen Hall 135
Enrollment Status:
Open (32 of 35 seats filled)
Also Offered:
Course Catalog Description:
This Course is designed to introduce students to constitutional law, with an emphasis on the U.S. Supreme Court's interpretation of Articles I, II, and III. This means that we will discuss how the nation's Court of last resort has helped shape the powers of and constraints on the three branches of our federal government. We will also discuss and analyze the development of law surrounding the separation of powers, the structure of federalism, congressional power over the commerce clause, and the creation and demise of the concept of substantive due process. Successful completion of this course will satisfy the liberal education requirement of Civic Life and Ethics. Effective citizenship in the 21st century requires an understanding of our how government was created, is structured, and has been interpreted by the Supreme Court over the past two centuries. This course is premised on the notion that such an understanding is best achieved by reading the primary sources that led to these goals - the opinions handed down by the U.S. Supreme Court.
Class Description:
This Course is designed to introduce students to constitutional law, with an emphasis on the U.S. Supreme Court's interpretation of Articles I, II, and III.
Grading:
33% Midterm Exam
33% Final Exam
33% Reports/Papers
Exam Format:
Exams will be a combination of short answer/multiple choice and essays.
Class Format:
50% Lecture
50% Discussion
Workload:
75-100 Pages Reading Per Week
50 Pages Writing Per Term
2 Exam(s)
25 Paper(s)
Textbooks:
https://bookstores.umn.edu/course-lookup/21094/1239
Instructor Supplied Information Last Updated:
5 April 2016

Fall 2023  |  POL 4771 Section 001: Race and Politics in America: Making Sense of Racial Attitudes in the United States (32829)

Instructor(s)
Class Component:
Lecture
Credits:
3 Credits
Grading Basis:
Student Option
Instructor Consent:
No Special Consent Required
Instruction Mode:
In Person
Class Attributes:
UMNTC Liberal Education Requirement
Times and Locations:
Regular Academic Session
 
09/05/2023 - 12/13/2023
Tue, Thu 02:30PM - 03:45PM
UMTC, West Bank
Blegen Hall 140
Enrollment Status:
Open (27 of 35 seats filled)
Also Offered:
Course Catalog Description:
Race continues to be one of the defining fault lines in American politics. Most obviously, the existence of racial inequality has enormous consequences for any given individual's social and economic standing. However, it also has had an enormous impact on the pattern of attitudes and beliefs which have served as the backdrop for many of society's most pressing political debates and conflicts. The purpose of this course is to provide students with an introduction to how political scientists have studied racial attitudes and the larger problem of inter-ethnic conflict in American society. We will begin with a look at the historical circumstances which have given rise to the major research questions in the area. From there, we'll look at the major research perspectives in the area, and see how well they actually explain public opinion on matters of race. In doing so, we'll also get a look at some of the major controversies in this area of study, particularly the issues of whether the "old-fashioned racism" of the pre-civil-rights era has been replaced by new forms of racism; and the degree to which debates over policy matters with no apparent link to race - such as crime and social welfare - may actually have a lot to do with racial attitudes. Finally, we will conclude by taking an informed look at racial attitudes in recent American history, focusing on how racial attitudes and their political consequences of have changed - and not changed - over the course of the Obama presidency and the tumultuous 2016 election.
Class Description:
Race continues to be one of the defining fault lines in American politics. The purpose of this course is to provide students with an introduction to how political scientists have studied racial attitudes and the larger problem of inter-ethnic conflict in American society. We will begin with a look at the historical circumstances which have given rise to the major research questions in the area. From there, we'll look at the major research perspectives in the area, and see how well they actually explain public opinion on matters of race. In doing so, we’ll also get a look at some of the major controversies in this area of study, particularly whether the
“old-fashioned racism” of the pre-civil-rights era has been replaced by new forms of racism and the degree to which debates over policy matters with no apparent link to race—such as crime and social welfare—may actually have a lot to do with racial attitudes. Finally, we will conclude by taking a look at the question of whether the election of America’s first African-American president has ushered in a “post-racial” era.
Grading:
30% Midterm Exam
35% Final Exam
25% Reports/Papers
10% Class Participation
Exam Format:
There will be one midterm and a final exam; the midterm is worth 30%, whereas the final is worth 40%. Both exams consist of short answers and one essay question. In addition, students will complete a 5-10 page paper, worth 30% of their course grade.
Class Format:
75% lecture, 25% class discussion and small-group activities.
Workload:
100-150 pages of reading per week, plus one 5-10 page term paper
Textbooks:
https://bookstores.umn.edu/course-lookup/32829/1239
Instructor Supplied Information Last Updated:
29 April 2015

Fall 2023  |  POL 4773W Section 001: Advocacy Organizations, Social Movements, and the Politics of Identity (33526)

Instructor(s)
Class Component:
Lecture
Credits:
3 Credits
Grading Basis:
Student Option
Instructor Consent:
No Special Consent Required
Instruction Mode:
In Person
Class Attributes:
UMNTC Liberal Education Requirement
Times and Locations:
Regular Academic Session
 
09/05/2023 - 12/13/2023
Tue, Thu 09:45AM - 11:00AM
UMTC, West Bank
Blegen Hall 155
Enrollment Status:
Open (20 of 58 seats filled)
Also Offered:
Course Catalog Description:
This course introduces students to the major theoretical concepts and empirical findings in the study of U.S interest group politics. Students will read books and articles from a wide range of topics that include how interest groups are formed and maintained; various strategies and tactics that groups use to influence Congress, the courts, and executive branch; and whether those strategies result in fair and effective representation for all citizens in society. Throughout the semester students will be exposed to research using a variety of methodologies and intellectual approaches. Further, the class discussions will emphasize general concepts that reoccur in the readings and in other classes. The goal is to assist students in mastering the key concepts in group politics. This is also a writing intensive course. Effective writing is encouraged through several writing assignments that require you to think clearly and express your thoughts concisely.
Class Description:
Student may contact the instructor or department for information.
Textbooks:
https://bookstores.umn.edu/course-lookup/33526/1239

Fall 2023  |  POL 4845 Section 001: The Laws of War in International Politics (32830)

Instructor(s)
Class Component:
Lecture
Credits:
3 Credits
Grading Basis:
Student Option
Instructor Consent:
No Special Consent Required
Instruction Mode:
In Person
Times and Locations:
Regular Academic Session
 
09/05/2023 - 12/13/2023
Mon, Wed 11:15AM - 12:30PM
UMTC, West Bank
Blegen Hall 130
Enrollment Status:
Open (54 of 55 seats filled)
Also Offered:
Course Catalog Description:
Is it possible to wage war and to maintain morality? Do the laws of war maintain morality, or do they justify vigorous wars? Do the laws of war even matter? If so, how do they matter? If not, why do they not? These are some of the broader questions that will guide our collaborative exploration and discussion of the laws of war and, importantly, our assessment of the applicability of the laws of war to contemporary topics. We will trace the codification of the laws of war in the 1949 Geneva Conventions and their 1977 Additional Protocols. We will look at their application in practice through the US led war on terror and specific questions such as protection of humanitarian actors, prisoner exchange, destruction of cities in war, protection of medical personnel, and other topics.
Class Description:
Student may contact the instructor or department for information.
Textbooks:
https://bookstores.umn.edu/course-lookup/32830/1239

Fall 2023  |  POL 4885W Section 011: International Conflict and Security (21095)

Instructor(s)
Class Component:
Lecture
Credits:
3 Credits
Repeat Credit Limit:
4 Credits
Grading Basis:
Student Option
Instructor Consent:
No Special Consent Required
Instruction Mode:
In Person
Class Attributes:
UMNTC Liberal Education Requirement
Times and Locations:
Regular Academic Session
 
09/05/2023 - 12/13/2023
Tue 06:20PM - 08:50PM
UMTC, West Bank
Blegen Hall 155
Enrollment Status:
Open (23 of 58 seats filled)
Also Offered:
Course Catalog Description:
Why do states turn to military force and for what purposes? What are the causes of war and peace? What renders the threat to use force credible? Can intervention in civil wars stall bloodshed and bring stability? How effective is military force compared to other tools of statecraft? How can states cope with the threat posed by would-be terrorists? What is counterinsurgency doctrine? What is the future of military force in global politics? This course addresses these questions - and others. The course is organized loosely into three sections or themes. The first section explores the causes and consequences of interstate war and peace. We will examine whether and how the international system, domestic institutions and politics, ideas and culture, ethnic and racial prejudice and inequity, and human psychology shape the path to war. Along the way, we debate whether war has become obsolete and why great power rivalry might be raising its ugly head once again. Attention is also devoted to the impact of war on economy and politics as well as the relations between armed forces and civilian government. The second section of the class explores the possibilities, limits, and challenges of more limited uses of force - such as the threat of force (coercion), peacekeeping and humanitarian intervention, and terrorism and counterterrorism. A third theme explores the strategic and ethical implications of the use of force and especially of innovation in military technologies - nuclear weapons, cyber, drones. Across all three sections, we examine how war and society mutually affect each other, including how racial, ethnic, and other categorical identities affect critical dynamics in security, from threat perception to military mobilization. The course is organized around theoretical arguments, historical cases and data, and policy debates. Sessions are deeply interactive, engaged discussion is a must, and the class often divides into smaller groups for more intensive debate. Class t
Class Description:
With the end of the Cold War, many foresaw the birth of a new world order. Military strategy, strategic bombing and coercive diplomacy, deterrence and compellence, signaling and the escalatory ladder--these concepts, staples of Cold War thinking, were believed to be outmoded and to have little relevance to the emerging world. The events of the past two decades have shown how wrong this conclusion was. Military force is as pertinent to international politics as ever. Unable to reap the peace dividend that was expected to accompany the end of the Cold War, the United States has since 1989 repeatedly deployed its military forces across the globe--from Kuwait to Somalia to Bosnia and Kosovo to Afghanistan and Iraq. These operations have sometimes ended in apparent success, other times in failure. This course explores central issues regarding the use of military force in international politics. Why do states turn to military force and for what purposes? What are the causes of war and peace? What renders the threat to use force credible? Can intervention in civil wars stall bloodshed and bring stability? Under what conditions is the use of force ethical, and when does it exceed those bounds? How effective is military force compared to other tools of statecraft? What is the future of military force in global politics? Through theoretical readings, concrete historical cases, and contemporary policy debates, this course examines these questions and others.
Exam Format:
No exam. Occasional online quizzes. Final research paper, completed in multiple stages. Weekly reading questions.
Class Format:
75% Lecture
25% Discussion
Workload:
~75 pages of reading per week; 15-20 pages of writing per term
Textbooks:
https://bookstores.umn.edu/course-lookup/21095/1239
Instructor Supplied Information Last Updated:
26 February 2020

Fall 2023  |  POL 4991 Section 001: Political Science Capstone (20238)

Instructor(s)
Class Component:
Lecture
Instructor Consent:
No Special Consent Required
Instruction Mode:
In Person
Enrollment Requirements:
Political Science senior
Times and Locations:
Regular Academic Session
 
09/05/2023 - 12/13/2023
Tue 02:30PM - 03:45PM
UMTC, West Bank
Anderson Hall 330
Enrollment Status:
Open (44 of 90 seats filled)
Also Offered:
Course Catalog Description:
The Political Science Capstone is a required course that provides students with a unique opportunity to reflect on, articulate, share, and build on their individual experiences in the major. It invites students to reflect on what they have learned as political science majors; to demonstrate their knowledge through the preparation of a portfolio of materials; and to think about how the knowledge, skills, and insights of acquired in their major experience can be used and applied outside of the University. Students double majoring in Political Science and another discipline may choose to take this course or complete the capstone in their other major. Political Science majors who are writing an Honors thesis are exempt from this capstone requirement, as the department will recognize the senior thesis as the capstone experience.
Class Notes:
Instructor: Asst. Prof. Kevin Luo
Class Description:
Student may contact the instructor or department for information.
Textbooks:
https://bookstores.umn.edu/course-lookup/20238/1239

Fall 2023  |  POL 4991 Section 002: Political Science Capstone (20556)

Instructor(s)
Class Component:
Discussion
Times and Locations:
Regular Academic Session
 
09/05/2023 - 12/13/2023
Thu 02:30PM - 03:45PM
UMTC, West Bank
Blegen Hall 425
Auto Enrolls With:
Section 001
Enrollment Status:
Open (22 of 35 seats filled)
Course Catalog Description:
The Political Science Capstone is a required course that provides students with a unique opportunity to reflect on, articulate, share, and build on their individual experiences in the major. It invites students to reflect on what they have learned as political science majors; to demonstrate their knowledge through the preparation of a portfolio of materials; and to think about how the knowledge, skills, and insights of acquired in their major experience can be used and applied outside of the University. Students double majoring in Political Science and another discipline may choose to take this course or complete the capstone in their other major. Political Science majors who are writing an Honors thesis are exempt from this capstone requirement, as the department will recognize the senior thesis as the capstone experience.
Class Notes:
Instructor: Asst. Prof. Kevin Luo
Class Description:
Student may contact the instructor or department for information.
Textbooks:
https://bookstores.umn.edu/course-lookup/20556/1239

Fall 2023  |  POL 4991 Section 003: Political Science Capstone (20557)

Instructor(s)
Class Component:
Discussion
Times and Locations:
Regular Academic Session
 
09/05/2023 - 12/13/2023
Thu 02:30PM - 03:45PM
UMTC, West Bank
Blegen Hall 110
Auto Enrolls With:
Section 001
Enrollment Status:
Open (22 of 35 seats filled)
Course Catalog Description:
The Political Science Capstone is a required course that provides students with a unique opportunity to reflect on, articulate, share, and build on their individual experiences in the major. It invites students to reflect on what they have learned as political science majors; to demonstrate their knowledge through the preparation of a portfolio of materials; and to think about how the knowledge, skills, and insights of acquired in their major experience can be used and applied outside of the University. Students double majoring in Political Science and another discipline may choose to take this course or complete the capstone in their other major. Political Science majors who are writing an Honors thesis are exempt from this capstone requirement, as the department will recognize the senior thesis as the capstone experience.
Class Description:
Student may contact the instructor or department for information.
Textbooks:
https://bookstores.umn.edu/course-lookup/20557/1239

Fall 2023  |  POL 4993 Section 001: Honors Thesis: Directed Studies (18191)

Instructor(s)
No instructor assigned
Class Component:
Independent Study
Credits:
1-6 Credits
Repeat Credit Limit:
12 Credits
Grading Basis:
A-F only
Instructor Consent:
Instructor Consent Required
Instruction Mode:
In Person
Class Attributes:
Honors
Enrollment Requirements:
Pol 3108H, political science major, honors
Times and Locations:
Regular Academic Session
 
09/05/2023 - 12/13/2023
12:00AM - 12:00AM
UMTC, West Bank
Enrollment Status:
Open (15 of 20 seats filled)
Also Offered:
Course Catalog Description:
Individual research/writing of departmental honors thesis.
Class Description:
Student may contact the instructor or department for information.
Textbooks:
https://bookstores.umn.edu/course-lookup/18191/1239

Fall 2023  |  POL 4994 Section 001: Directed Research: Individual (17882)

Instructor(s)
No instructor assigned
Class Component:
Independent Study
Credits:
1-4 Credits
Repeat Credit Limit:
4 Credits
Grading Basis:
Student Option
Instructor Consent:
Department Consent Required
Instruction Mode:
In Person
Times and Locations:
Regular Academic Session
 
09/05/2023 - 12/13/2023
12:00AM - 12:00AM
UMTC, West Bank
Enrollment Status:
Open (2 of 20 seats filled)
Also Offered:
Course Catalog Description:
Directed individual reading and research between a student and faculty member. Prerequisite instructor and department consent.
Class Description:
Student may contact the instructor or department for information.
Textbooks:
https://bookstores.umn.edu/course-lookup/17882/1239

Fall 2023  |  POL 5970 Section 001: Individual Reading and Research (20407)

Instructor(s)
No instructor assigned
Class Component:
Independent Study
Credits:
1-4 Credits
Repeat Credit Limit:
8 Credits
Grading Basis:
Student Option
Instructor Consent:
Department Consent Required
Instruction Mode:
In Person
Class Attributes:
Grade Sort
Times and Locations:
Regular Academic Session
 
09/05/2023 - 12/13/2023
UMTC, West Bank
Enrollment Status:
Open (0 of 15 seats filled)
Also Offered:
Course Catalog Description:
Guided individual reading or study. Prereq instr consent, dept consent, college consent.
Class Description:
Student may contact the instructor or department for information.
Textbooks:
https://bookstores.umn.edu/course-lookup/20407/1239

Fall 2023  |  POL 8060 Section 001: Research Proseminar in Political Science (19366)

Instructor(s)
Class Component:
Lecture
Credits:
2 Credits
Repeat Credit Limit:
8 Credits
Grading Basis:
Student Option
Instructor Consent:
No Special Consent Required
Instruction Mode:
In Person
Enrollment Requirements:
Pol Sci grad major
Times and Locations:
Regular Academic Session
 
09/05/2023 - 12/13/2023
Fri 11:00AM - 12:55PM
UMTC, West Bank
Social Sciences Building 1450
Enrollment Status:
Open (8 of 10 seats filled)
Also Offered:
Course Catalog Description:
Readings, discussion, guest speakers. Topics vary by semester.
Class Notes:
Power, Equity, & Diversity (PED) Core
Class Description:

This course considers approaches to the study of power, equity, and diversity (PED) in American higher education across the social sciences and humanities. It is the Core course of the PED concentration offered by the Department of Political Science.The PED concentration emerged as a counter-weight to diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) initiatives that divorced the pursuit of equity and diversity from critiques of power. On account of this separation, institutions of higher education could appear equitable and diverse without making meaningful changes to enduring hierarchies, the kind of changes required for actual equity and diversity. The PED concentration abandons aspirations for mere inclusion and instead takes recent interest in and support for DEI as an opportunity to advance scholarly agendas that center power. The concentration replaces efforts to superficially administer DEI with intellectual inquiry and cutting-edge research about PED. At root, this course asks, how are the social sciences and humanities disciplines constituted? Who gets to conduct research? What historical struggles have been waged to open these fields to marginalized groups? How has the opening changed the substance of research agendas? And finally, what role have the American social sciences and humanities played in the world at large?


To focus and enrich our investigation, the course pairs a wide-ranging inventory of interdisciplinary approaches to power, equity, and diversity (PED) with a critique of Political Science, the discipline nominally charged with the study of power in the American academy. In the United States, the field of Political Science most conventionally understands power as the capacity of the state or individuals to shift outcomes in their favor. How do other disciplines in this country and/or formations of the discipline in other locales approach the study of power? How must we reconceptualize power - its agents, dynamics, and effects - when we foreground questions of equity and diversity? How, if at all, does a PED framework challenge Political Science as a discipline, i.e., as a provincial formation in the service of empire? And how does it challenge received understandings of power beyond Political Science? What new modes of inquiry are compelled by a cross-disciplinary engagement and/or by an emphasis on equity and diversity? Any attempt to study the intersection of power, equity, and diversity worth its salt must also address questions about knowledge production in the study of politics. Here, again, American higher education reveals a peculiar arrangement. The study of politics nominally falls to the discipline of Political Science, the title of which designates expertise in the service of broader scientific knowledge. Political Science turns the noun "politics" into an adjective ("political") in order to describe a particular type of "science." Meanwhile, every other discipline in the social sciences and humanities features significant studies of politics conducted from their own respective methodological orientations - at times incorporating politics as a case study, at others pursuing approaches that Political Science renders silent. How did this arrangement come to be? What does it make possible and what does it foreclose?

Who Should Take This Class?:
This course is intended for graduate students both inside and outside the Department of Political Science.

Interested students from outside of Political Science are encouraged to contact the instructor for permission to enroll.
Grading:
70% of the final grade is assessed by attendance and active participation in weekly seminars.
30% of the final grade is assessed by a 5 page research proposal due at the end of the semester.
Textbooks:
https://bookstores.umn.edu/course-lookup/19366/1239
Syllabus:
http://classinfo.umn.edu/syllabi/davar008_POL8060_Fall2023.pdf
Instructor Supplied Information Last Updated:
13 July 2023

Fall 2023  |  POL 8106 Section 001: Quantitative Political Science I (34358)

Instructor(s)
Class Component:
Laboratory
Credits:
3 Credits
Grading Basis:
Student Option
Instructor Consent:
No Special Consent Required
Instruction Mode:
In Person
Enrollment Requirements:
Pol Sci grad major
Times and Locations:
Regular Academic Session
 
09/05/2023 - 12/13/2023
Tue, Thu 11:15AM - 12:30PM
UMTC, West Bank
Social Sciences Building 1450
Enrollment Status:
Open (7 of 10 seats filled)
Also Offered:
Course Catalog Description:
This course provides a thorough grounding in the quantitative analysis of political science data. The emphasis is on how to analyze such data, interpret statistical results, and summarize and report the findings. By the end of the term you will (1) know how to describe variables; (2) test hypotheses; (3) use measures of association to quantify the relationship between two variables while holding a third variable constant; (4) understand bivariate regression and the basics of multiple regression; (5) understand reliability and validity and how to assess these properties empirically; and (6) know how to use the STATA statistical software program. prereq: political science grad major or instr consent
Class Description:
Student may contact the instructor or department for information.
Textbooks:
https://bookstores.umn.edu/course-lookup/34358/1239

Fall 2023  |  POL 8108 Section 001: Maximum Likelihood Estimation (32872)

Instructor(s)
Class Component:
Lecture
Credits:
3 Credits
Grading Basis:
Student Option
Instructor Consent:
No Special Consent Required
Instruction Mode:
In Person
Enrollment Requirements:
Pol Sci grad major
Times and Locations:
Regular Academic Session
 
09/05/2023 - 12/13/2023
Wed 05:45PM - 07:40PM
UMTC, West Bank
Social Sciences Building 1383
Enrollment Status:
Open (8 of 10 seats filled)
Also Offered:
Course Catalog Description:
This course presents an overview of the likelihood theory of statistical inference, and its wide range of uses in applied quantitative political science. When dependent variables take the form of ordered or unordered categories, event counts, or otherwise violate the traditional assumptions of the linear regression model, models estimated by maximum likelihood provide an essential alternative. Topics covered include binary, multinomial, and ordered logit/probit, Poisson regression, and multilevel models. We will rely heavily on computational methods of analysis using the R statistical computing environment, and instruction on how to use R for applied research will be provided throughout the length of the course.
Class Description:
Student may contact the instructor or department for information.
Textbooks:
https://bookstores.umn.edu/course-lookup/32872/1239

Fall 2023  |  POL 8120 Section 001: Core Course in Political Methodology: Modeling Political Processes (32873)

Instructor(s)
Class Component:
Lecture
Credits:
3 Credits
Grading Basis:
Student Option
Instructor Consent:
No Special Consent Required
Instruction Mode:
In Person
Enrollment Requirements:
Pol Sci grad major or Pol Psy minor
Times and Locations:
Regular Academic Session
 
09/05/2023 - 12/13/2023
Wed 11:00AM - 12:55PM
UMTC, West Bank
Social Sciences Building 1383
Enrollment Status:
Closed (10 of 10 seats filled)
Also Offered:
Course Catalog Description:
Methods used and potential for creating models of political processes. Designing political institutions, discerning/forecasting election outcomes, producing early warnings of international conflicts, increasing turnout in elections. Using mathematics to study political strategy and collective decision making in committees/legislatures. Using statistics to measure political variables, design experiments with human subjects, and test micro/macro political theories. prereq: Pol sci grad major or instr consent
Class Description:
Student may contact the instructor or department for information.
Textbooks:
https://bookstores.umn.edu/course-lookup/32873/1239

Fall 2023  |  POL 8252 Section 001: Early Modern Political Thought (32887)

Instructor(s)
Class Component:
Lecture
Credits:
3 Credits
Grading Basis:
Student Option
Instructor Consent:
No Special Consent Required
Instruction Mode:
In Person
Enrollment Requirements:
Pol Sci grad major
Times and Locations:
Regular Academic Session
 
09/05/2023 - 12/13/2023
Thu 03:35PM - 05:30PM
UMTC, West Bank
Social Sciences Building 1383
Enrollment Status:
Open (6 of 10 seats filled)
Also Offered:
Course Catalog Description:
Theorists and texts from Renaissance to French Revolution. Selectively includes Machiavelli, More, Calvin, Luther, Grotius, Bodin, Hobbes, Winstanley, Harrington, Locke, Montesquieu, Rousseau, Hume, Smith, Burke, and Wollstonecraft; key debates over liberty, law, power, and knowledge. prereq: Grad pol sci major or instr consent
Class Description:
Student may contact the instructor or department for information.
Textbooks:
https://bookstores.umn.edu/course-lookup/32887/1239

Fall 2023  |  POL 8307 Section 001: Proseminar in Political Psychology I (21101)

Instructor(s)
Class Component:
Lecture
Credits:
2 Credits
Grading Basis:
S-N or Audit
Instructor Consent:
No Special Consent Required
Instruction Mode:
In Person
Enrollment Requirements:
Pol Sci grad major or Pol Psy minor
Meets With:
PSY 8211 Section 001
Times and Locations:
Regular Academic Session
 
09/05/2023 - 12/13/2023
Fri 09:00AM - 10:55AM
UMTC, East Bank
Social Sciences Building 1314
Enrollment Status:
Closed (6 of 5 seats filled)
Also Offered:
Course Catalog Description:
Readings, discussion, and guest speakers. Topics vary by semester. prereq: Grad pol sci major or pol psych minor or instr consent
Class Description:
Student may contact the instructor or department for information.
Textbooks:
https://bookstores.umn.edu/course-lookup/21101/1239

Fall 2023  |  POL 8312 Section 001: Legislative Process (32896)

Instructor(s)
Class Component:
Lecture
Credits:
3 Credits
Grading Basis:
Student Option
Instructor Consent:
No Special Consent Required
Instruction Mode:
In Person
Enrollment Requirements:
Pol Sci grad major
Times and Locations:
Regular Academic Session
 
09/05/2023 - 12/13/2023
Tue 01:25PM - 03:20PM
UMTC, West Bank
Social Sciences Building 1383
Enrollment Status:
Open (6 of 10 seats filled)
Also Offered:
Course Catalog Description:
Introduction to study of legislative politics; theories of legislative institutions and individual behavior; congressional elections; congressional committees, parties, and leaders. prereq: Grad pol sci major or instr consent
Class Description:
Student may contact the instructor or department for information.
Textbooks:
https://bookstores.umn.edu/course-lookup/32896/1239

Fall 2023  |  POL 8401 Section 001: International Relations (32897)

Instructor(s)
Class Component:
Lecture
Credits:
3 Credits
Grading Basis:
Student Option
Instructor Consent:
No Special Consent Required
Instruction Mode:
In Person
Enrollment Requirements:
Political Science grad student
Times and Locations:
Regular Academic Session
 
09/05/2023 - 12/13/2023
Thu 09:00AM - 10:55AM
UMTC, West Bank
Social Sciences Building 1383
Enrollment Status:
Open (9 of 10 seats filled)
Also Offered:
Course Catalog Description:
Basic theories/approaches to study of international politics. Surveys representative work/central issues of scholarship. prereq: Grad pol sci major or dept consent
Class Description:
Student may contact the instructor or department for information.
Textbooks:
https://bookstores.umn.edu/course-lookup/32897/1239

Fall 2023  |  POL 8403 Section 001: International Norms and Institutions (32899)

Instructor(s)
Class Component:
Lecture
Credits:
3 Credits
Grading Basis:
Student Option
Instructor Consent:
No Special Consent Required
Instruction Mode:
In Person
Enrollment Requirements:
Pol Sci grad major
Times and Locations:
Regular Academic Session
 
09/05/2023 - 12/13/2023
Mon 12:00PM - 01:55PM
UMTC, West Bank
Social Sciences Building 1314
Enrollment Status:
Open (9 of 10 seats filled)
Also Offered:
Course Catalog Description:
Origins, roles, and effectiveness of international norms and institutions; theoretical explanations and debates. Institution of sovereignty; rational choice versus constructivist perspectives; role of international law, international organizations, and non-governmental organizations; and international society and transnational cultural norms. prereq: Grad pol sci major or instr consent
Class Description:
Student may contact the instructor or department for information.
Who Should Take This Class?:
This class is primarily meant for PhD students in Political Science, particularly those for whom International Relations is a first or second field.
Textbooks:
https://bookstores.umn.edu/course-lookup/32899/1239
Instructor Supplied Information Last Updated:
19 March 2018

Fall 2023  |  POL 8444 Section 001: FTE: Doctoral (18014)

Instructor(s)
No instructor assigned
Class Component:
Independent Study
Credits:
1 Credit
Repeat Credit Limit:
10 Credits
Grading Basis:
No Grade Associated
Instructor Consent:
No Special Consent Required
Instruction Mode:
In Person
Class Attributes:
Grade Sort
Enrollment Requirements:
Advanced Doctoral Student
Times and Locations:
Regular Academic Session
 
09/05/2023 - 12/13/2023
12:00AM - 12:00AM
UMTC, West Bank
Enrollment Status:
Open (18 of 30 seats filled)
Also Offered:
Course Catalog Description:
(No description) prereq: Doctoral student, adviser and director of graduate studies consent
Class Description:
Student may contact the instructor or department for information.
Textbooks:
https://bookstores.umn.edu/course-lookup/18014/1239

Fall 2023  |  POL 8621 Section 001: Comparative and Case Study Methods (32901)

Instructor(s)
Class Component:
Lecture
Credits:
2 Credits
Repeat Credit Limit:
4 Credits
Grading Basis:
Student Option No Audit
Instructor Consent:
No Special Consent Required
Instruction Mode:
In Person
Enrollment Requirements:
Pol Sci grad major
Times and Locations:
Regular Academic Session
 
09/05/2023 - 12/13/2023
Thu 01:25PM - 03:20PM
UMTC, West Bank
Social Sciences Building 1383
Enrollment Status:
Open (8 of 10 seats filled)
Also Offered:
Course Catalog Description:
This course will provide students with a basic introduction to methodological debates surrounding comparative and case study methods in political science. Although the course is designed primarily with an eye to the needs of students in comparative politics, this course will also be useful to students in other subfields who wish to learn more about comparative and/or case study methods. This course is primarily for students in their 2nd year and beyond in the Political Science PhD program.
Class Description:
Student may contact the instructor or department for information.
Textbooks:
https://bookstores.umn.edu/course-lookup/32901/1239

Fall 2023  |  POL 8660 Section 001: Topics in Comparative Politics -- Comparative Political Economy of Development (32948)

Instructor(s)
Class Component:
Lecture
Credits:
3 Credits
Repeat Credit Limit:
9 Credits
Grading Basis:
Student Option
Instructor Consent:
No Special Consent Required
Instruction Mode:
In Person
Class Attributes:
Topics Course
Enrollment Requirements:
Pol Sci grad major
Times and Locations:
Regular Academic Session
 
09/05/2023 - 12/13/2023
Tue 05:45PM - 07:30PM
UMTC, West Bank
Social Sciences Building 1383
Enrollment Status:
Open (3 of 10 seats filled)
Also Offered:
Course Catalog Description:
Readings in advanced topics or problems. Supervised research/training. Topics specified in Class Schedule.
Class Description:
Student may contact the instructor or department for information.
Textbooks:
https://bookstores.umn.edu/course-lookup/32948/1239

Fall 2023  |  POL 8888 Section 001: Thesis Credit: Doctoral (17941)

Instructor(s)
No instructor assigned
Class Component:
Independent Study
Credits:
1-24 Credits
Repeat Credit Limit:
100 Credits
Grading Basis:
No Grade Associated
Instructor Consent:
No Special Consent Required
Instruction Mode:
In Person
Class Attributes:
Grade Sort
Enrollment Requirements:
Political Science PhD, Doct or ETCR
Times and Locations:
Regular Academic Session
 
09/05/2023 - 12/13/2023
12:00AM - 12:00AM
UMTC, West Bank
Enrollment Status:
Open (27 of 30 seats filled)
Also Offered:
Course Catalog Description:
(No description) prereq: Max 18 cr per semester or summer; 24 cr required
Class Description:
Student may contact the instructor or department for information.
Textbooks:
https://bookstores.umn.edu/course-lookup/17941/1239

Fall 2023  |  POL 8990 Section 001: Directed Readings and Research in Political Science (17526)

Instructor(s)
No instructor assigned
Class Component:
Independent Study
Credits:
1-7 Credits
Repeat Credit Limit:
7 Credits
Grading Basis:
Student Option
Instructor Consent:
Department Consent Required
Instruction Mode:
In Person
Class Attributes:
Grade Sort
Times and Locations:
Regular Academic Session
 
09/05/2023 - 12/13/2023
12:00AM - 12:00AM
UMTC, West Bank
Enrollment Status:
Open (1 of 30 seats filled)
Also Offered:
Course Catalog Description:
TBD prereq: 16 cr 8xxx pol sci courses, instr consent, dept consent
Class Description:
Student may contact the instructor or department for information.
Textbooks:
https://bookstores.umn.edu/course-lookup/17526/1239

Summer 2023  |  POL 3080 Section 001: Internship in Politics or Government (82028)

Instructor(s)
Class Component:
Field Work
Credits:
3-13 Credits
Repeat Credit Limit:
15 Credits
Grading Basis:
A-F only
Instructor Consent:
Department Consent Required
Instruction Mode:
Completely Online
Class Attributes:
Pre-Covid
Times and Locations:
Regular Academic Session
 
06/05/2023 - 07/28/2023
12:00AM - 12:00AM
Off Campus
Virtual Rooms ONLINEONLY
Enrollment Status:
Open (11 of 20 seats filled)
Also Offered:
Course Catalog Description:
Students search for and arrange an internship with an organization or office working in government or politics, and then complete academic coursework in association with their internship. prereq: instr consent, dept consent
Class Notes:
http://classinfo.umn.edu/?psoper+POL3080+Summer2023
Class Description:
This course has two purposes. The first is to provide students with an opportunity to acquire first-hand political experience and knowledge. The second is to enable students to situate their internship experience in the context of relevant political science research on the subject matter. Students earn 1 credit for every 3 hours per week worked at the internship. Students must work at least 10 hours per week (or 140 total hours), and take POL 3080 for at least 3 credits. To enroll in POL 3080, students must meet with the instructor to discuss the course requirements, sign a Student/Faculty contract that specifies the required coursework, and get a permission number. This meeting takes 15-20 minutes, and should be scheduled once you have secured your internship and you know how many hours per week you will be working (so that you will know how many credits you can take). These meetings usually take place once enrollment for the next semester is open. NOTE: you MUST sign up for the course by the end of the first week of classes for the semester in which you are doing the internship. All students must submit weekly analytical journal entries, and two informational interview reports. At higher credits levels, students must complete a 5-7p essay and 10p research paper.
Who Should Take This Class?:
Any UofM undergraduate student in any College or School who wants to learn more about politics, policy making, policy implementation, the legal system, or community service
Learning Objectives:
To gain hands-on practical experience in politics, government, law, or community service work, and to reflect on that experience via political science research.
Grading:
Political Science majors and minors MUST take 3080 A-F; non-majors/minors may take 3080 S/N, but A-F is recommended for all students.
Exam Format:
90% Reports/Papers
10% Other Evaluation Other Grading Information: Grade based 90% on coursework, 10% on internship supervisor's evaluation.
Class Format:
100% Web Based Students work at their internships, and submit their course work by e-mail. There are no required classroom meetings.
Workload:
30-50 Pages Reading Per Week
20-50 Pages Writing Per Term Other Workload: Workload varies by number of credits taken. Minimum 14 weekly journal entries, 2 informational interview reports. Additional papers at higher credit levels
Textbooks:
https://bookstores.umn.edu/course-lookup/82028/1235
Past Syllabi:
http://classinfo.umn.edu/syllabi/psoper_POL3080_Fall2017.doc (Fall 2017)
http://classinfo.umn.edu/syllabi/psoper_POL3080_Summer2017.doc (Summer 2017)
http://classinfo.umn.edu/syllabi/psoper_POL3080_Spring2016.doc (Spring 2016)
Instructor Supplied Information Last Updated:
23 February 2017

Summer 2023  |  POL 3085 Section 001: Quantitative Analysis in Political Science (87056)

Instructor(s)
Class Component:
Lecture
Credits:
4 Credits
Grading Basis:
A-F or Audit
Instructor Consent:
No Special Consent Required
Instruction Mode:
Completely Online
Class Attributes:
UMNTC Liberal Education Requirement
Times and Locations:
Regular Academic Session
 
06/05/2023 - 07/28/2023
Tue, Thu 09:00AM - 12:00PM
Off Campus
UMN REMOTE
Enrollment Status:
Open (15 of 25 seats filled)
Also Offered:
Course Catalog Description:
POL 3085 teaches students how to study politics scientifically and introduces them to how to use quantitative analysis to answer political questions. The first part of the class covers how to formulate a theory (a possible answer to a question), specify testable hypotheses (what you would see if the theory is correct or incorrect), and set up a research design to test those hypotheses. In the second part of the class, we cover quantitative data analysis, beginning from preliminary statistical analysis to multivariate linear regression. There is no mathematical or statistical background required for this course. By the end of the class, students should be able to ask and answer political questions using quantitative data and fluently evaluate statistical analyses of political phenomena in the media and many academic articles.
Class Notes:
This course will be offered online, with class sessions meeting synchronously.
Class Description:
Political Science 3085 is an upper-level undergraduate course designed to introduce you to quantitative political analysis. Political scientists use statistics and data to explore a wide variety of questions and topics including voting behavior in the United States and other democracies, how democracy influences economic growth, and whether the American public is becoming more or less polarized. These are just a few of the many political questions that political scientists try to answer with quantitative analyses. This course will give you the tools to begin your own examination of these types of questions. This course focuses on issues of research design, hypothesis formation, causation, basic statistical techniques, and how to use computer software to manage data and perform these calculations. By the end of the semester, you will be able to develop testable research questions and hypotheses, design research to answer these questions and hypotheses, apply statistical techniques with quantitative data to answer these questions and hypotheses, present and explain your results using ordinary language, and consume and evaluate academic research and political news that use quantitative data
Grading:
30% Midterm Exam
30% Reports/Papers
30% Written Homework
10% Class Participation Other Grading Information: Part of your final paper grade will be based on a presentation of your results during the final week of class.
Exam Format:
Short answer, some of which will involve calculations requiring a calculator.
Class Format:
40% Lecture
15% Discussion
30% Laboratory
15% Small Group Activities Lab time will be built into the assigned time for the course. While a certain amount of lecture is necessary for a class like this, I promise I won't lecture for 3 hours for any class!
Workload:
60-80 Pages Reading Per Week
15 Pages Writing Per Term
1 Exam(s)
1 Paper(s)
1 Presentation(s)
6 Homework Assignment(s)
Textbooks:
https://bookstores.umn.edu/course-lookup/87056/1235
Instructor Supplied Information Last Updated:
21 March 2013

Summer 2023  |  POL 3311 Section 001: Law and Justice: The View From Hollywood (82462)

Instructor(s)
Class Component:
Lecture
Credits:
3 Credits
Grading Basis:
Student Option
Instructor Consent:
No Special Consent Required
Instruction Mode:
In Person
Times and Locations:
May Session
 
05/15/2023 - 06/02/2023
Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu 08:00AM - 11:10AM
UMTC, West Bank
Carlson School of Management 1-132
Enrollment Status:
Open (19 of 30 seats filled)
Also Offered:
Course Catalog Description:
Politics and the law have played major thematic roles in American films. This course analyzes eight films that focus on justice, the law, and the legal system, to see what they tell us about political and legal culture, and what messages (if any) they have for contemporary politics. To that end, we will read about, watch, talk about, and write about films. Mostly we will be focusing on questions about the relationship between law and justice, the practice of law, and the role of courts and trials in a political system; however, many other issues will arise in the course of these discussions - race/class/gender and the law, legal ethics, legal education, the adversarial system, the relationship between law and popular culture, among others. You should expect to develop a more in-depth understanding of these issues as well as a better appreciation of the cultural and political significance of the way that law, lawyers, and judges are depicted in the movies.
Class Notes:
http://classinfo.umn.edu/?trj+POL3311+Summer2023
Class Description:
Student may contact the instructor or department for information.
Textbooks:
https://bookstores.umn.edu/course-lookup/82462/1235

Summer 2023  |  POL 3477 Section 001: Political Economy of Development (82302)

Instructor(s)
Class Component:
Lecture
Credits:
3 Credits
Grading Basis:
Student Option
Instructor Consent:
No Special Consent Required
Instruction Mode:
Completely Online
Class Attributes:
UMNTC Liberal Education Requirement
Times and Locations:
Regular Academic Session
 
06/05/2023 - 07/28/2023
Tue, Thu 05:30PM - 08:00PM
Off Campus
UMN REMOTE
Enrollment Status:
Open (14 of 25 seats filled)
Also Offered:
Course Catalog Description:
How can the vast disparities of wealth between countries be explained? Why have some countries in the post-colonial world, in particular, those of East Asia, experienced stunning economic growth, while those in other parts have not? We will explore inequality among nations through an engagement with competing explanations from multiple disciplines. Do free markets, the legacies of colonialism, state power, culture, or geography offer the most persuasive account of current patterns of global inequality? The course also examines what we mean by "development" and exposes students to cutting-edge debates in contemporary development studies. By the end of the course, students will have a better understanding of the causes of and possible solutions to global inequality.
Class Notes:
This course will be offered online, with class sessions meeting synchronously.
Class Description:

While some countries have achieved unimaginable levels of wealth and well-being, many others continue to struggle with astonishingly high poverty rates and stagnant growth levels. In this course, we will explore these disparities, focusing on the political aspects of development. We will investigate the different "meanings" of development and grapple with the factors fostering (or hampering) development. We will engage with the theories about the relationship between development and colonialism, state power, geography, natural resources, international aid, and political regime types (democratic vs. authoritarian regimes). We will also focus on distributive politics and different responses to inequality and poverty. The course will provide empirical evidence from various world regions, with a particular emphasis on Asia, Latin America, and the Middle East. By the end of the course, students will have a better understanding of the competing explanations for disparities of wealth between countries and possible solutions to global inequalities.

Textbooks:
https://bookstores.umn.edu/course-lookup/82302/1235
Instructor Supplied Information Last Updated:
5 February 2022

Summer 2023  |  POL 3766 Section 001: Political Psychology of Mass Behavior (82527)

Instructor(s)
Class Component:
Lecture
Credits:
3 Credits
Grading Basis:
Student Option
Instructor Consent:
No Special Consent Required
Instruction Mode:
Completely Online
Class Attributes:
UMNTC Liberal Education Requirement
Times and Locations:
Regular Academic Session
 
06/05/2023 - 07/28/2023
Mon, Wed 09:00AM - 11:30AM
Off Campus
UMN REMOTE
Enrollment Status:
Open (19 of 25 seats filled)
Also Offered:
Course Catalog Description:
How do people develop their political opinions? What makes people vote the way that they do? Why do some people love, and other loathe, Donald Trump? Understanding how ordinary citizens engage with the political sphere is essential to understanding how politics work. This course applies a psychological approach to understanding how average people - members of the mass public - think about politics, make political decisions, and decide how (and whether) to take political actions. We will explore arguments about the role that ideology, biological and evolutionary factors, personality, identity and partisanship, racial attitudes, and political discussion play in shaping the opinion and behavior of members of the mass public. In addition, this class introduces students to the methodology of political psychology and how political psychologists approach questions and attempt to understand the political world. Students will exit the class having mastered a body of knowledge about how they and their fellow citizens think about politics and the different approaches that scholars take to study these decisions. They will also gain the critical capacity to judge arguments about politics, the ability to identify, define, and solve problems, and the skill to locate and critically evaluate information relevant to these tasks. Finally, this course takes a cooperative approach to learning, and many course activities will be structured around learning and working with a group of fellow students over the course of the semester.
Class Notes:
This course will be offered online, with class sessions meeting synchronously.
Class Description:

What do all citizens have in common? Although we are more divided than ever across partisan and ideological lines, we are, fundamentally, all human. This course reviews how several different aspects of human psychology influence public opinion and political behavior. How we discuss politics with others, our positions on major policy issues, the decision to vote in elections, and even how we interpret political information, are all shaped (at least in part) by psychological factors.


This course will cover seven broad thematic units. The first (1) focuses on the essential theories and methods underlying the study of political psychology, most generally. The remaining six describe how different aspects of psychology influence many aspects of public opinion and behavior, including: (2) personality traits, (3) emotion, (4) how we process political information, (5) core values and morality, (6) heritable and biological factors, and (7) how we identify with different groups in society. Along the way, we will relate core principles learned in each unit to central questions and challenges in political science more broadly; both in the U.S., and globally.
Grading:
15% - Attendance, Bi-Weekly "Discussion Tweets"
25% - Midterm Exam
25% - Election 2016 Analysis (Research Paper)
35% - Final Exam - 35%
Exam Format:
Both the Midterm and Final Exams will feature multiple choice and short answer questions (defining key concepts). The final exam will also include an essay question touching on major themes in the course. The final exam is cumulative.
Class Format:
50% lecture, 50% discussion.
Workload:
In addition to regular class attendance and completion of the exams/paper, students are expected to complete a short set of readings about relevant research and concepts prior to each class.
Textbooks:
https://bookstores.umn.edu/course-lookup/82527/1235
Instructor Supplied Information Last Updated:
16 March 2017

Summer 2023  |  POL 3835 Section 001: International Relations (87058)

Instructor(s)
Class Component:
Lecture
Credits:
3 Credits
Grading Basis:
Student Option
Instructor Consent:
No Special Consent Required
Instruction Mode:
Completely Online
Class Attributes:
UMNTC Liberal Education Requirement
Times and Locations:
Regular Academic Session
 
06/05/2023 - 07/28/2023
Mon, Wed 09:00AM - 11:30AM
Off Campus
UMN REMOTE
Enrollment Status:
Open (15 of 25 seats filled)
Also Offered:
Course Catalog Description:
Why do countries go to war? Are individuals, organizations, and states driven by their interests or their ideas? What role does power play in international relations and is there any role for justice in global politics? Do international laws and transnational advocacy groups matter in a world dominated by powerful states? Whose interests are served by a globalizing world economy? These questions are central to the study of international relations, yet different theoretical approaches have been developed in an attempt to answer them. Often these approaches disagree with one another, leading to markedly different policy prescriptions and predictions for future events. This course provides the conceptual and theoretical means for analyzing these issues, processes, and events in international politics. By the end of this class, you will be able to understand the assumptions, the logics, and the implications of major theories and concepts of international relations. These include realism and neorealism, liberalism and liberal institutionalism, constructivism, feminism, Marxism, and critical theory. A special effort is made to relate the course material to world events, developments, or conflicts in the past decade or so.
Class Notes:
This course will be offered online, with class sessions meeting synchronously.
Class Description:
Why does war occur? What role do international institutions and international law play in international politics? Do ideas and culture matter in a world dominated by power politics? What is the purpose of international alliances? Why do states want nuclear weapons, and can we prevent them from spreading? What are economic consequences of tariffs and immigration? Why has progress been so slow on the issue of climate change?

This course is designed to introduce students to a variety of theoretical approaches for analyzing these issues, processes, and events in international politics. Specific topics will include: the causes and consequences of war; the role of law and institutions; human rights and humanitarian intervention; transnational activism and environmental politics; the regulation of arms and conflict; globalization and political economy; and the role of ideas, norms, and culture. We will also discuss how to assess evidence in the social sciences. By the end of the course, students will gain a better understanding of why and how events happen in global politics, and will be able to develop and articulate their own views on current and historical cases in global politics. We will often discuss current events in class, as well as several cases, such as the 2003 Iraq War, the 2008 financial crisis, and the current war between Russia and Ukraine.
Learning Objectives:
Students who complete this course will gain a better understanding of why and how things happen in international relations. They will be able to critically analyze scholarly and popular articles, and by the end of the term should be able to develop and articulate their own views on current and historical events in international relations. They should be able to apply analytical frameworks and tools to understand the political world.
Grading:
30% Policy Paper
25% Midterm Exam
35% Final Exam
15% Participation (inc. Attendance)
Exam Format:
The midterm exam will be a combination of short answer and essay questions. The final exam is a longer, analytical essay (5-7 pages).
Class Format:
A mix of lecture, discussion, and in-class activities.
Workload:
100 Pages Reading Per Week
1 Exam
1 Policy Paper
1 Essay Final
Textbooks:
https://bookstores.umn.edu/course-lookup/87058/1235
Instructor Supplied Information Last Updated:
10 February 2023

Summer 2023  |  POL 4993 Section 001: Honors Thesis: Directed Studies (82382)

Instructor(s)
No instructor assigned
Class Component:
Independent Study
Credits:
1-6 Credits
Repeat Credit Limit:
12 Credits
Grading Basis:
A-F only
Instructor Consent:
Department Consent Required
Instruction Mode:
Independent/Directed Study
Class Attributes:
Honors
Enrollment Requirements:
Pol 3108H, political science major, honors
Times and Locations:
Regular Academic Session
 
06/05/2023 - 07/28/2023
UMTC, West Bank
Enrollment Status:
Open (0 of 10 seats filled)
Also Offered:
Course Catalog Description:
Individual research/writing of departmental honors thesis.
Class Notes:
http://classinfo.umn.edu/?+POL4993+Summer2023
Class Description:
Student may contact the instructor or department for information.
Textbooks:
https://bookstores.umn.edu/course-lookup/82382/1235

Summer 2023  |  POL 4994 Section 001: Directed Research: Individual (82044)

Instructor(s)
No instructor assigned
Class Component:
Independent Study
Credits:
1-4 Credits
Repeat Credit Limit:
4 Credits
Grading Basis:
Student Option
Instructor Consent:
Department Consent Required
Instruction Mode:
Independent/Directed Study
Times and Locations:
Regular Academic Session
 
06/05/2023 - 07/28/2023
12:00AM - 12:00AM
UMTC, West Bank
Enrollment Status:
Open (0 of 10 seats filled)
Also Offered:
Course Catalog Description:
Directed individual reading and research between a student and faculty member. Prerequisite instructor and department consent.
Class Notes:
http://classinfo.umn.edu/?+POL4994+Summer2023
Class Description:
Student may contact the instructor or department for information.
Textbooks:
https://bookstores.umn.edu/course-lookup/82044/1235

Summer 2023  |  POL 4994 Section 101: Directed Research: Individual (82168)

Instructor(s)
No instructor assigned
Class Component:
Independent Study
Credits:
1-4 Credits
Repeat Credit Limit:
4 Credits
Grading Basis:
Student Option
Instructor Consent:
Department Consent Required
Instruction Mode:
Independent/Directed Study
Times and Locations:
May Session
 
05/15/2023 - 06/02/2023
12:00AM - 12:00AM
UMTC, West Bank
Enrollment Status:
Open (0 of 30 seats filled)
Also Offered:
Course Catalog Description:
Directed individual reading and research between a student and faculty member. Prerequisite instructor and department consent.
Class Notes:
http://classinfo.umn.edu/?+POL4994+Summer2023
Class Description:
Student may contact the instructor or department for information.
Textbooks:
https://bookstores.umn.edu/course-lookup/82168/1235

Summer 2023  |  POL 5970 Section 001: Individual Reading and Research (82351)

Instructor(s)
No instructor assigned
Class Component:
Independent Study
Credits:
1-4 Credits
Repeat Credit Limit:
8 Credits
Grading Basis:
Student Option
Instructor Consent:
Department Consent Required
Instruction Mode:
Independent/Directed Study
Class Attributes:
Grade Sort
Times and Locations:
Regular Academic Session
 
06/05/2023 - 07/28/2023
UMTC, West Bank
Enrollment Status:
Open (0 of 10 seats filled)
Also Offered:
Course Catalog Description:
Guided individual reading or study. Prereq instr consent, dept consent, college consent.
Class Notes:
http://classinfo.umn.edu/?+POL5970+Summer2023
Class Description:
Student may contact the instructor or department for information.
Textbooks:
https://bookstores.umn.edu/course-lookup/82351/1235

Summer 2023  |  POL 8333 Section 001: FTE: Master's (82095)

Instructor(s)
No instructor assigned
Class Component:
Independent Study
Credits:
1 Credit
Grading Basis:
No Grade Associated
Instructor Consent:
No Special Consent Required
Instruction Mode:
Independent/Directed Study
Class Attributes:
Grade Sort
Enrollment Requirements:
Advanced Master's Student
Times and Locations:
Summer Session 10 wk
 
06/05/2023 - 08/11/2023
12:00AM - 12:00AM
UMTC, West Bank
Enrollment Status:
Open (0 of 10 seats filled)
Also Offered:
Course Catalog Description:
(No description) prereq: Master's student, adviser and DGS consent
Class Notes:
http://classinfo.umn.edu/?+POL8333+Summer2023
Class Description:
Student may contact the instructor or department for information.
Textbooks:
https://bookstores.umn.edu/course-lookup/82095/1235

Summer 2023  |  POL 8444 Section 001: FTE: Doctoral (82118)

Instructor(s)
No instructor assigned
Class Component:
Independent Study
Credits:
1 Credit
Repeat Credit Limit:
10 Credits
Grading Basis:
No Grade Associated
Instructor Consent:
No Special Consent Required
Instruction Mode:
Independent/Directed Study
Class Attributes:
Grade Sort
Enrollment Requirements:
Advanced Doctoral Student
Times and Locations:
Summer Session 10 wk
 
06/05/2023 - 08/11/2023
12:00AM - 12:00AM
UMTC, West Bank
Enrollment Status:
Open (0 of 10 seats filled)
Also Offered:
Course Catalog Description:
(No description) prereq: Doctoral student, adviser and director of graduate studies consent
Class Notes:
http://classinfo.umn.edu/?+POL8444+Summer2023
Class Description:
Student may contact the instructor or department for information.
Textbooks:
https://bookstores.umn.edu/course-lookup/82118/1235

Summer 2023  |  POL 8888 Section 001: Thesis Credit: Doctoral (82231)

Instructor(s)
No instructor assigned
Class Component:
Independent Study
Credits:
1-24 Credits
Repeat Credit Limit:
100 Credits
Grading Basis:
No Grade Associated
Instructor Consent:
No Special Consent Required
Instruction Mode:
In Person
Class Attributes:
Grade Sort
Enrollment Requirements:
Political Science PhD, Doct or ETCR
Times and Locations:
Regular Academic Session
 
06/05/2023 - 07/28/2023
UMTC, West Bank
Enrollment Status:
Open (0 of 10 seats filled)
Also Offered:
Course Catalog Description:
(No description) prereq: Max 18 cr per semester or summer; 24 cr required
Class Notes:
http://classinfo.umn.edu/?+POL8888+Summer2023
Class Description:
Student may contact the instructor or department for information.
Textbooks:
https://bookstores.umn.edu/course-lookup/82231/1235

Summer 2023  |  POL 8990 Section 001: Directed Readings and Research in Political Science (82029)

Instructor(s)
No instructor assigned
Class Component:
Independent Study
Credits:
1-7 Credits
Repeat Credit Limit:
7 Credits
Grading Basis:
Student Option
Instructor Consent:
Department Consent Required
Instruction Mode:
Independent/Directed Study
Class Attributes:
Grade Sort
Times and Locations:
Regular Academic Session
 
06/05/2023 - 07/28/2023
UMTC, West Bank
Enrollment Status:
Open (0 of 10 seats filled)
Also Offered:
Course Catalog Description:
TBD prereq: 16 cr 8xxx pol sci courses, instr consent, dept consent
Class Notes:
http://classinfo.umn.edu/?+POL8990+Summer2023
Class Description:
Student may contact the instructor or department for information.
Textbooks:
https://bookstores.umn.edu/course-lookup/82029/1235

Spring 2023  |  POL 1001 Section 001: American Democracy in a Changing World (52922)

Instructor(s)
Class Component:
Lecture
Credits:
3 Credits
Grading Basis:
Student Option
Instructor Consent:
No Special Consent Required
Instruction Mode:
In Person
Class Attributes:
UMNTC Liberal Education Requirement
Freshman Full Year Registration
Times and Locations:
Regular Academic Session
 
01/17/2023 - 05/01/2023
Mon, Wed 08:15AM - 09:30AM
UMTC, West Bank
Anderson Hall 230
Enrollment Status:
Open (51 of 85 seats filled)
Also Offered:
Course Catalog Description:
This course is intended to introduce students to the expressed hopes of the American people for their government and to the institutions and processes that have been created and recreated to achieve these hopes. The course is designed to help students understand what liberal education is by engaging in the study of American politics as a fundamentally critical and creative enterprise, and by grappling with the most complex and challenging problems of political life, such as the sources of political equality and inequality, and the tension between individual aspirations and political control. Questions of power and choice, opportunity and discrimination, freedom and restrictions on freedom are fundamental to the historical development of and current controversies within the American political system, and we will attend to all of these. We will explore topics including the ideas underlying the nation's founding and its constitutional foundations; civil rights and civil liberties; the role of the United States in an increasingly globalized world; the structure and function of American political institutions; and the behavior of American citizens in the political process. In addition, we will learn to think and communicate like political scientists. We will read primary documents, such as the Federalist papers, engage with scholarly arguments about the way the American political system works, and critically evaluate critiques of the American political system that have been offered from a variety of perspectives. By the end of the semester students should have a basic understanding of the structure and function of American government as well as an increased ability to critically reflect on the degree to which our institutions, processes, and citizens live up to the expectations placed on them. Students will be able to identify, define, and solve problems and to locate and critically evaluate information. Students will have mastered a body of knowledge and a mod
Class Description:
This course is intended to introduce students to the expressed hopes of the American people for their government and to the institutions and processes that have been created and recreated to achieve these hopes. What do we mean by good government? Have we achieved it? How do we build it? Through an examination of the roles of American political institutions and the behavior of American citizens, we will be able to critically reflect on issues such as political and economic inequality in the U.S., the role of American political and economic power in the world, and the possibility for an American public policy that lives up to the ideals of the founders. By the end of the semester students should have a basic understanding of the structure and function of American government as well as an increased ability to critically reflect on the degree to which our institutions, processes, and citizens live up to the expectations placed on them.
Who Should Take This Class?:
Students who want a basic introduction to American government in a way that connects the core material to current events
Grading:
60% three non-cumulative tests (20% each)
30% written assignment (5-7 pages)
10% in-class assignments (for credit only, not graded)
Exam Format:
short answer
essay
Class Format:
50% Lecture
25% Discussion
25% Small Group Activities
Workload:
100 Pages Reading Per Week
3 tests
Periodic in-class assignments (for credit only, not graded)
5-7 page written assignment
Textbooks:
https://bookstores.umn.edu/course-lookup/52922/1233
Instructor Supplied Information Last Updated:
24 October 2022

Spring 2023  |  POL 1025 Section 001: Global Politics (51843)

Instructor(s)
Class Component:
Lecture
Credits:
3 Credits
Repeat Credit Limit:
4 Credits
Grading Basis:
Student Option
Instructor Consent:
No Special Consent Required
Instruction Mode:
In Person
Class Attributes:
UMNTC Liberal Education Requirement
Freshman Full Year Registration
Times and Locations:
Regular Academic Session
 
01/17/2023 - 05/01/2023
Tue, Thu 08:15AM - 09:30AM
UMTC, West Bank
Blegen Hall 215
Enrollment Status:
Open (38 of 85 seats filled)
Also Offered:
Course Catalog Description:
Global politics is complex, fast-paced, and often confusing. This introductory course explores both the enduring challenges of international politics as well as more recent transformative trends. The course introduces theoretical traditions, but its focus is on making sense of real-world problems, both today and in the past. Why is the world organized into states, and what implications does the states system have for indigenous populations globally? Why and when do states go to war and use military force? Why do they sign international agreements and treaties, on matters from arms control to investment? In what ways do existing systems of international law and trade exacerbate or mitigate global inequities? Why has human rights emerged as a central problem in world politics? What are the prospects for international cooperation to address climate change? How have inequities and prejudices, along the lines of race and other categorical identities, shaped our world - from the practice of global security to the structures of the international political economy? These are among the pressing real-world questions that this course in Global Politics will address and that it will give you the tools to answer - though particular instructors will naturally emphasize different topics and questions. But the course will also highlight how our answers to these questions are changing along with the deep power structures of global politics - as US dominance wanes and others, most notably China, rise; as core ideas and discourses underpinning the international system, such as sovereignty, come under assault; as institutions, such as those governing international law, thicken; and as attention grows to the structuring effects of race and other ascriptive categories. Global Politics is an essential guide to our increasingly globalized world.
Class Description:
Global politics introduces students to the study of the world's political systems and to the debates over certain global issues. Various theroretical frameworks are examined throughout the semester, but the emphasis is on the so-called realist and liberal perspectives. Related middle range accounts of war and of international political economy also are studied. While many global political issues will be mentioned, the focus will be on the legacies of the East-West conflict, particularly nuclear proliferation, and on the North-South conflict, expecially Southern demands for distributional justice. At the end of the semester, students will be able to describe and predict the evolution of a global political system. In addition, they will be able to carve out and defend a stand on one of the global issues mentioned above.
Exam Format:
20% Midterm Exams (3)
40% Final Exam Other Grading Information: Weightings are approximate
Class Format:
Some digitized video materials are used.
Workload:
50-75 Pages Reading Per Week
4 Exam(s)
Textbooks:
https://bookstores.umn.edu/course-lookup/51843/1233
Instructor Supplied Information Last Updated:
25 October 2016

Spring 2023  |  POL 1026 Section 001: U.S. Foreign Policy (54246)

Instructor(s)
Class Component:
Lecture
Credits:
3 Credits
Grading Basis:
Student Option
Instructor Consent:
No Special Consent Required
Instruction Mode:
In Person
Times and Locations:
Regular Academic Session
 
01/17/2023 - 05/01/2023
Tue, Thu 11:15AM - 12:30PM
UMTC, West Bank
Anderson Hall 350
Enrollment Status:
Open (62 of 85 seats filled)
Also Offered:
Course Catalog Description:
The United States is the most powerful country in the world. This means that how the United States behaves in the world is hugely important. As a result, we should all try to better understand U.S. foreign policy: why the U.S. behaves in the way it does, how the U.S. should behave, and how it has behaved in the past. These are the questions that this class tackles. For example, we'll ask: why does the United States play such an active role in world politics? Might this change in the future and has the United States always behaved in this way? Why is the United States so often at war despite being so militarily powerful and secure? What role has race and racism played in key episodes of U.S. foreign policy? Does the rise of China pose a threat to the United States and if so, what should the United States do about it? Why does the United States care so much about stopping other countries from acquiring nuclear weapons? Should addressing climate change be a key priority of U.S. foreign policy and how should it be addressed?
Class Notes:
http://classinfo.umn.edu/?msbell+POL1026+Spring2023
Class Description:
The United States is the most powerful country in the world. This means that how the the United States behaves in the world is hugely important. As a result, we should all try to better understand U.S. foreign policy: why the U.S. behaves in the way it does, how the U.S. should behave, and how it has behaved in the past. These are the questions that this class tackles. For example, we'll ask: why does the United States play such an active role in world politics? Might this change in the future and has the United States always behaved in this way? Why is the United States so often at war despite being so militarily powerful and secure? What role has race and racism played in key episodes of U.S foreign policy? Does the rise of China pose a threat to the United States and if so, what should the United States do about it? Why does the United States care so much about stopping other countries from acquiring nuclear weapons? Should addressing climate change be a key priority of U.S. foreign policy and how should it be addressed?
Who Should Take This Class?:
This is an introductory class and all students are welcome to enroll
Textbooks:
https://bookstores.umn.edu/course-lookup/54246/1233
Instructor Supplied Information Last Updated:
16 March 2022

Spring 2023  |  POL 1054 Section 001: Politics Around the World (53300)

Instructor(s)
Class Component:
Lecture
Credits:
3 Credits
Repeat Credit Limit:
4 Credits
Grading Basis:
Student Option
Instructor Consent:
No Special Consent Required
Instruction Mode:
In Person
Class Attributes:
UMNTC Liberal Education Requirement
Freshman Full Year Registration
Times and Locations:
Regular Academic Session
 
01/17/2023 - 05/01/2023
Mon, Wed 11:15AM - 12:30PM
UMTC, West Bank
Blegen Hall 130
Enrollment Status:
Open (51 of 55 seats filled)
Also Offered:
Course Catalog Description:
This course is an introduction to the study of politics in different countries around the world. It focuses on domestic politics within countries, as opposed to a course in international relations, which focuses on relations between countries. Some of the questions we tackle include: Why are some countries prone to violent conflict while others remain peaceful? Why do some countries grow rich while others remain poor? Why does democracy emerge in some countries, while dictators hold onto power elsewhere? How do attitudes about gender and sexuality influence politics? Do particular religions, or the strength of religious faith, strengthen or weaken democracy? The readings and assignments help you make sense of the complexity of world politics - to sift through and distill the avalanche of information available and learn how to develop your own arguments about pertinent global issues. Upon completion of this course you will be able to understand and provide examples of 1) the difference between strong and weak states; 2) the distinctions between democratic and non-democratic forms of government; 3) the various ways democracies are governed; 4) arguments explaining the origin of democracy and the persistence of non-democracy; 5) the significance of different forms of political identity such as ethnicity, religion, and gender; 6) why some countries are rich while others remain poor; and 7) why some countries tax and spend more than others. Assignments seek to develop your skills at developing arguments through logic and evidence and to give you the ability to distinguish between a persuasive argument about politics and simply stating an opinion.
Class Notes:
http://classinfo.umn.edu/?sarbahi+POL1054+Spring2023
Class Description:
Why are some countries democratic while others are authoritarian? Why do seemingly parochial identities such as race, ethnicity and religion continue to play a powerful role in modern politics? What accounts for the variation in the prevalence of civil wars and other forms of political violence across countries? Why are some countries still plagued by poverty and underdevelopment? This introductory course in comparative politics will provide you with the skills and knowledge to answer these and other intriguing questions in world politics. You will be able to recognize, understand and explain the variation in political systems, which includes political institutions, processes, behavior, culture and outcomes, across countries. Students will be introduced to terminology, concepts, issues and approaches that would provide the foundation for upper division courses in political science. They will read some of the classic and path-breaking works and will be familiarized with cutting-edge research in the discipline.
Grading:
Three In-class assignments: 12%
Four homework assignments: 28%
Two individual/group research assignments: 40%
Class Participation: 20%
Class Format:
60% Lecture
20% Film/Video
20% Discussion
Workload:

https://bookstores.umn.edu/course-lookup/53300/1233

Instructor Supplied Information Last Updated:
31 October 2022

Spring 2023  |  POL 1201 Section 001: Political Ideas (51811)

Instructor(s)
Class Component:
Lecture
Credits:
3 Credits
Grading Basis:
Student Option
Instructor Consent:
No Special Consent Required
Instruction Mode:
In Person
Class Attributes:
UMNTC Liberal Education Requirement
Freshman Full Year Registration
Times and Locations:
Regular Academic Session
 
01/17/2023 - 05/01/2023
Mon, Wed 09:45AM - 11:00AM
UMTC, West Bank
West Bank Skyway AUDITORIUM
Enrollment Status:
Closed (85 of 85 seats filled)
Also Offered:
Course Catalog Description:
This course serves as an introduction to the study of political theory. Political theory analyzes the meaning and significance of fundamental concepts in politics. Starting from such basic concerns as the nature of politics, humans, power and justice, political theorists explore how these basic starting assumptions organize the norms, practices, and institutions of political and social order. To explore these topics, the field turns to key texts, as well as to political and social events and other media (film, historical documents, etc.). In this introductory course, students will investigate some of the basic texts in political theory, with the goal of learning how to read texts more analytically and to address fundamental questions in political theory. Among the topics that might be the nature of justice and injustice, political obligation and civil disobedience, democracy and other forms of governance. Students who complete this course will understand the deep issues about the nature of politics, will have learned to read and to analyze complex texts. They will also have had the opportunity to reflect upon their own ethical engagement in political life and upon the ways in which historically, political ideas change.
Class Notes:
http://classinfo.umn.edu/?rbnichol+POL1201+Spring2023
Class Description:

Aristotle once called human beings "political animals,"meaning that, unlike gods or the other animals, we naturally create institutions to govern ourselves. What those institutions should look like, what values they should embody, and who should be in charge prove to be difficult questions that Aristotle leaves for us. Building on Aristotle's definition, this course offers an introduction to political theory, a sub-discipline of political science. By exploring some of the core issues and concepts of political theory, students will grapple with a number of "big questions" about politics in history and in the present: Why and how does politics matter in our everyday lives beyond the voting booth? On what basis is political authority seen as legitimate? How should we understand and embody political values like justice and equality in our own lives? What is the role of economics (capitalism, socialism, etc.) and economic inequality in the creation of political order? What should we think of the use of violence or non-violence in contemporary politics and protests? To explore these "big questions," we will relate historical readings to contemporary "hot-button" issues here in the Twin Cities, the US, and the globe.


Workload:
50 Pages Reading Per Week
9-10 Pages Writing Per Term
Textbooks:
https://bookstores.umn.edu/course-lookup/51811/1233
Instructor Supplied Information Last Updated:
12 October 2022

Spring 2023  |  POL 3065 Section 001: Political Engagement Careers: Planning and Preparing For Your Future (54018)

Instructor(s)
Class Component:
Lecture
Credits:
3 Credits
Grading Basis:
Student Option
Instructor Consent:
No Special Consent Required
Instruction Mode:
In Person
Class Attributes:
UMNTC Liberal Education Requirement
Times and Locations:
Regular Academic Session
 
01/17/2023 - 05/01/2023
Wed, Fri 01:00PM - 02:15PM
UMTC, West Bank
Blegen Hall 230
Enrollment Status:
Open (31 of 35 seats filled)
Also Offered:
Course Catalog Description:
Are you interested in pursuing a career in public service? Do you plan to run for office in the future, or work in a government agency (such as the State Department or the FBI or the MN DNR), or become a professional campaign manager or lobbyist, or work as an issue activist on a cause important to you? Would you like to learn more about the variety of public service careers open to a college graduate? Do you wonder what motivates people to pursue careers in politics, public administration, and community service, and how these motivations vary across career fields? Would you like to explore some options for future internship or service learning while at the University? Then this course is for you! This course is the Political Science Department's introduction to careers in political and civic engagement. Through readings focused on theories about and case studies of political engagement, and on the ethics of politics and public service, numerous guest speakers with extensive experience as public service professionals, and a discussion-oriented class format, we will explore the meaning of public service and the main types of public service careers that you could pursue. We will think about the virtues and challenges associated with doing public service work, and how these differ across different types of jobs and venues for serving the public. Finally, you will acquire practical knowledge and skills related to the search for public service work opportunities, including how to write a resume and cover letter, how to conduct an informational interview, networking, and the job search and application process. Intended primarily for first- and second-year undergraduates, but open to students of any major at any point in their undergraduate program.
Class Notes:
http://classinfo.umn.edu/?psoper+POL3065+Spring2023
Class Description:
Student may contact the instructor or department for information.
Textbooks:
https://bookstores.umn.edu/course-lookup/54018/1233

Spring 2023  |  POL 3080 Section 001: Internship in Politics or Government (51810)

Instructor(s)
Class Component:
Field Work
Credits:
3-13 Credits
Repeat Credit Limit:
15 Credits
Grading Basis:
A-F only
Instructor Consent:
Department Consent Required
Instruction Mode:
In Person
Times and Locations:
Regular Academic Session
 
01/17/2023 - 05/01/2023
12:00AM - 12:00AM
Off Campus
Enrollment Status:
Open (46 of 60 seats filled)
Also Offered:
Course Catalog Description:
Students search for and arrange an internship with an organization or office working in government or politics, and then complete academic coursework in association with their internship. prereq: instr consent, dept consent
Class Notes:
http://classinfo.umn.edu/?psoper+POL3080+Spring2023
Class Description:
This course has two purposes. The first is to provide students with an opportunity to acquire first-hand political experience and knowledge. The second is to enable students to situate their internship experience in the context of relevant political science research on the subject matter. Students earn 1 credit for every 3 hours per week worked at the internship. Students must work at least 10 hours per week (or 140 total hours), and take POL 3080 for at least 3 credits. To enroll in POL 3080, students must meet with the instructor to discuss the course requirements, sign a Student/Faculty contract that specifies the required coursework, and get a permission number. This meeting takes 15-20 minutes, and should be scheduled once you have secured your internship and you know how many hours per week you will be working (so that you will know how many credits you can take). These meetings usually take place once enrollment for the next semester is open. NOTE: you MUST sign up for the course by the end of the first week of classes for the semester in which you are doing the internship. All students must submit weekly analytical journal entries, and two informational interview reports. At higher credits levels, students must complete a 5-7p essay and 10p research paper.
Who Should Take This Class?:
Any UofM undergraduate student in any College or School who wants to learn more about politics, policy making, policy implementation, the legal system, or community service
Learning Objectives:
To gain hands-on practical experience in politics, government, law, or community service work, and to reflect on that experience via political science research.
Grading:
Political Science majors and minors MUST take 3080 A-F; non-majors/minors may take 3080 S/N, but A-F is recommended for all students.
Exam Format:
90% Reports/Papers
10% Other Evaluation Other Grading Information: Grade based 90% on coursework, 10% on internship supervisor's evaluation.
Class Format:
100% Web Based Students work at their internships, and submit their course work by e-mail. There are no required classroom meetings.
Workload:
30-50 Pages Reading Per Week
20-50 Pages Writing Per Term Other Workload: Workload varies by number of credits taken. Minimum 14 weekly journal entries, 2 informational interview reports. Additional papers at higher credit levels
Textbooks:
https://bookstores.umn.edu/course-lookup/51810/1233
Past Syllabi:
http://classinfo.umn.edu/syllabi/psoper_POL3080_Fall2017.doc (Fall 2017)
http://classinfo.umn.edu/syllabi/psoper_POL3080_Summer2017.doc (Summer 2017)
http://classinfo.umn.edu/syllabi/psoper_POL3080_Spring2016.doc (Spring 2016)
Instructor Supplied Information Last Updated:
23 February 2017

Spring 2023  |  POL 3085 Section 001: Quantitative Analysis in Political Science (52790)

Instructor(s)
Class Component:
Lecture
Instructor Consent:
No Special Consent Required
Instruction Mode:
In Person
Class Attributes:
UMNTC Liberal Education Requirement
Freshman Full Year Registration
Times and Locations:
Regular Academic Session
 
01/17/2023 - 05/01/2023
Mon, Fri 08:15AM - 09:30AM
UMTC, West Bank
Blegen Hall 155
Enrollment Status:
Open (32 of 60 seats filled)
Also Offered:
Course Catalog Description:
POL 3085 teaches students how to study politics scientifically and introduces them to how to use quantitative analysis to answer political questions. The first part of the class covers how to formulate a theory (a possible answer to a question), specify testable hypotheses (what you would see if the theory is correct or incorrect), and set up a research design to test those hypotheses. In the second part of the class, we cover quantitative data analysis, beginning from preliminary statistical analysis to multivariate linear regression. There is no mathematical or statistical background required for this course. By the end of the class, students should be able to ask and answer political questions using quantitative data and fluently evaluate statistical analyses of political phenomena in the media and many academic articles.
Class Notes:
http://classinfo.umn.edu/?cdmyers+POL3085+Spring2023
Class Description:
Political Science 3085 is an upper-level undergraduate course designed to introduce you to quantitative political analysis. Political scientists use statistics and data to explore a wide variety of questions and topics including voting behavior in the United States and other democracies, how democracy influences economic growth, and whether the American public is becoming more or less polarized. These are just a few of the many political questions that political scientists try to answer with quantitative analyses. This course will give you the tools to begin your own examination of these types of questions. This course focuses on issues of research design, hypothesis formation, causation, basic statistical techniques, and how to use computer software to manage data and perform these calculations. By the end of the semester, you will be able to develop testable research questions and hypotheses, design research to answer these questions and hypotheses, apply statistical techniques with quantitative data to answer these questions and hypotheses, present and explain your results using ordinary language, and consume and evaluate academic research and political news that use quantitative data
Grading:
30% Midterm Exam
30% Reports/Papers
30% Written Homework
10% Class Participation Other Grading Information: Part of your final paper grade will be based on a presentation of your results during the final week of class.
Exam Format:
Short answer, some of which will involve calculations requiring a calculator.
Class Format:
40% Lecture
15% Discussion
30% Laboratory
15% Small Group Activities Lab time will be built into the assigned time for the course. While a certain amount of lecture is necessary for a class like this, I promise I won't lecture for the whole class period!
Workload:
60-80 Pages Reading Per Week
15 Pages Writing Per Term
1 Exam(s)
1 Paper(s)
1 Presentation(s)
6 Homework Assignment(s)
Textbooks:
https://bookstores.umn.edu/course-lookup/52790/1233
Instructor Supplied Information Last Updated:
12 October 2022

Spring 2023  |  POL 3085 Section 002: Quantitative Analysis in Political Science (53201)

Instructor(s)
Class Component:
Discussion
Class Attributes:
UMNTC Liberal Education Requirement
Times and Locations:
Regular Academic Session
 
01/17/2023 - 05/01/2023
Fri 10:00AM - 10:50AM
UMTC, West Bank
Hubert H Humphrey Center 35
Auto Enrolls With:
Section 001
Enrollment Status:
Open (29 of 30 seats filled)
Course Catalog Description:
POL 3085 teaches students how to study politics scientifically and introduces them to how to use quantitative analysis to answer political questions. The first part of the class covers how to formulate a theory (a possible answer to a question), specify testable hypotheses (what you would see if the theory is correct or incorrect), and set up a research design to test those hypotheses. In the second part of the class, we cover quantitative data analysis, beginning from preliminary statistical analysis to multivariate linear regression. There is no mathematical or statistical background required for this course. By the end of the class, students should be able to ask and answer political questions using quantitative data and fluently evaluate statistical analyses of political phenomena in the media and many academic articles.
Class Notes:
http://classinfo.umn.edu/?cdmyers+POL3085+Spring2023
Class Description:
Political Science 3085 is an upper-level undergraduate course designed to introduce you to quantitative political analysis. Political scientists use statistics and data to explore a wide variety of questions and topics including voting behavior in the United States and other democracies, how democracy influences economic growth, and whether the American public is becoming more or less polarized. These are just a few of the many political questions that political scientists try to answer with quantitative analyses. This course will give you the tools to begin your own examination of these types of questions. This course focuses on issues of research design, hypothesis formation, causation, basic statistical techniques, and how to use computer software to manage data and perform these calculations. By the end of the semester, you will be able to develop testable research questions and hypotheses, design research to answer these questions and hypotheses, apply statistical techniques with quantitative data to answer these questions and hypotheses, present and explain your results using ordinary language, and consume and evaluate academic research and political news that use quantitative data
Grading:
30% Midterm Exam
30% Reports/Papers
30% Written Homework
10% Class Participation Other Grading Information: Part of your final paper grade will be based on a presentation of your results during the final week of class.
Exam Format:
Short answer, some of which will involve calculations requiring a calculator.
Class Format:
40% Lecture
15% Discussion
30% Laboratory
15% Small Group Activities Lab time will be built into the assigned time for the course. While a certain amount of lecture is necessary for a class like this, I promise I won't lecture for the whole class period!
Workload:
60-80 Pages Reading Per Week
15 Pages Writing Per Term
1 Exam(s)
1 Paper(s)
1 Presentation(s)
6 Homework Assignment(s)
Textbooks:
https://bookstores.umn.edu/course-lookup/53201/1233
Instructor Supplied Information Last Updated:
12 October 2022

Spring 2023  |  POL 3085 Section 003: Quantitative Analysis in Political Science (53422)

Instructor(s)
Class Component:
Discussion
Class Attributes:
UMNTC Liberal Education Requirement
Times and Locations:
Regular Academic Session
 
01/17/2023 - 05/01/2023
Fri 11:00AM - 11:50AM
UMTC, West Bank
Hubert H Humphrey Center 35
Auto Enrolls With:
Section 001
Enrollment Status:
Open (3 of 30 seats filled)
Course Catalog Description:
POL 3085 teaches students how to study politics scientifically and introduces them to how to use quantitative analysis to answer political questions. The first part of the class covers how to formulate a theory (a possible answer to a question), specify testable hypotheses (what you would see if the theory is correct or incorrect), and set up a research design to test those hypotheses. In the second part of the class, we cover quantitative data analysis, beginning from preliminary statistical analysis to multivariate linear regression. There is no mathematical or statistical background required for this course. By the end of the class, students should be able to ask and answer political questions using quantitative data and fluently evaluate statistical analyses of political phenomena in the media and many academic articles.
Class Notes:
http://classinfo.umn.edu/?cdmyers+POL3085+Spring2023
Class Description:
Political Science 3085 is an upper-level undergraduate course designed to introduce you to quantitative political analysis. Political scientists use statistics and data to explore a wide variety of questions and topics including voting behavior in the United States and other democracies, how democracy influences economic growth, and whether the American public is becoming more or less polarized. These are just a few of the many political questions that political scientists try to answer with quantitative analyses. This course will give you the tools to begin your own examination of these types of questions. This course focuses on issues of research design, hypothesis formation, causation, basic statistical techniques, and how to use computer software to manage data and perform these calculations. By the end of the semester, you will be able to develop testable research questions and hypotheses, design research to answer these questions and hypotheses, apply statistical techniques with quantitative data to answer these questions and hypotheses, present and explain your results using ordinary language, and consume and evaluate academic research and political news that use quantitative data
Grading:
30% Midterm Exam
30% Reports/Papers
30% Written Homework
10% Class Participation Other Grading Information: Part of your final paper grade will be based on a presentation of your results during the final week of class.
Exam Format:
Short answer, some of which will involve calculations requiring a calculator.
Class Format:
40% Lecture
15% Discussion
30% Laboratory
15% Small Group Activities Lab time will be built into the assigned time for the course. While a certain amount of lecture is necessary for a class like this, I promise I won't lecture for the whole class period!
Workload:
60-80 Pages Reading Per Week
15 Pages Writing Per Term
1 Exam(s)
1 Paper(s)
1 Presentation(s)
6 Homework Assignment(s)
Textbooks:
https://bookstores.umn.edu/course-lookup/53422/1233
Instructor Supplied Information Last Updated:
12 October 2022

Spring 2023  |  POL 3108H Section 001: Honors Tutorial: Thesis Preparation and Political Science Inquiry (53638)

Instructor(s)
Class Component:
Lecture
Credits:
3 Credits
Grading Basis:
A-F only
Instructor Consent:
No Special Consent Required
Instruction Mode:
In Person
Class Attributes:
Honors
Enrollment Requirements:
Politcal Science honors major, jr or sr
Times and Locations:
Regular Academic Session
 
01/17/2023 - 05/01/2023
Mon 01:30PM - 03:55PM
UMTC, West Bank
Blegen Hall 110
Enrollment Status:
Open (18 of 25 seats filled)
Also Offered:
Course Catalog Description:
In this course, students will improve their research skills in preparation to write their senior theses. Students will enter with a few ideas for topics about which they might like to write their theses. They will leave the class with a clear and tractable research question, a literature review that describes how this question fits in with the existing scholarly literature, and a research design that will enable them to answer the question. Along the way, they will advance their understanding of what constitutes political science research and how to conduct political science research. Students will be graded on the basis of drafts of their annotated bibliography, literature review and research design, a class presentation of the "front half" of their senior thesis, and class participation including short weekly assignments. Students are expected to keep up with the reading and, most importantly, to begin to conduct their own independent research. prereq: Pol sci major, honors
Class Notes:
http://classinfo.umn.edu/?kpearson+POL3108H+Spring2023
Class Description:
In this course, students will advance their research skills and prepare to write their senior theses. Students will gain a deeper understanding of what constitutes political science research and how to conduct research in political science. Most important, students will develop their own thesis topics and research designs, testing out their ideas in a structured and collegial setting. The first half of the course will enhance students? understanding of political science research, and the second half of the course will focus on the students? own research. Students will be graded on the basis of several short assignments and two revised papers, a class presentation, and class participation. Students are expected to keep up with course reading and conduct their own independent research. Students will turn in two drafts of a literature review and their research design.
Textbooks:
https://bookstores.umn.edu/course-lookup/53638/1233
Instructor Supplied Information Last Updated:
11 November 2011

Spring 2023  |  POL 3210 Section 001: Topics in Political Theory -- Revolution (68042)

Instructor(s)
Class Component:
Lecture
Credits:
3 Credits
Repeat Credit Limit:
18 Credits
Grading Basis:
Student Option
Instructor Consent:
No Special Consent Required
Instruction Mode:
In Person
Class Attributes:
Topics Course
Times and Locations:
Regular Academic Session
 
01/17/2023 - 05/01/2023
Tue, Thu 01:00PM - 02:15PM
UMTC, East Bank
Blegen Hall 317
Enrollment Status:
Closed (35 of 35 seats filled)
Also Offered:
Course Catalog Description:
Topics courses provide students with the opportunity to study key concepts, thinkers, and themes in Political Theory not normally covered in the standard slate of course offerings. The specific content of these courses varies considerably from year to year. See the current class schedule for details.
Class Notes:
Revolutions are commonly viewed as the start of something entirely new. When, where, and how did this idea emerge? How has it traveled across history? How does it relate to contemporary revolutionary politics? This class examines different concepts of revolution in the humanistic social sciences with a focus on contemporary political theory. It begins with the legacies of the 1789 revolution in France and the claim that it initiated a period of Enlightenment characterized by the notion that revolutions are breaks in political history. We will then consider the 1979 revolution in Iran, known in some corners as "the last great revolution," and the claim that it broke the Enlightenment mold by projecting an image of revolution as restoration. We will assess both claims in conversation with a survey of mass revolutionary movements in the 21st century. Do recent movements refer to or depart from the legacies of France in 1789 and Iran in 1979?
Class Description:
Student may contact the instructor or department for information.
Textbooks:
https://bookstores.umn.edu/course-lookup/68042/1233

Spring 2023  |  POL 3235W Section 001: Democracy and Citizenship (54247)

Instructor(s)
Class Component:
Lecture
Credits:
3 Credits
Grading Basis:
Student Option
Instructor Consent:
No Special Consent Required
Instruction Mode:
In Person
Class Attributes:
UMNTC Liberal Education Requirement
Times and Locations:
Regular Academic Session
 
01/17/2023 - 05/01/2023
Tue, Thu 09:45AM - 11:00AM
UMTC, West Bank
Blegen Hall 155
Enrollment Status:
Open (55 of 58 seats filled)
Also Offered:
Course Catalog Description:
This course considers the nature of contemporary democracy and the role that members of the political community do, can, and should play. While approaches in teaching the class vary, students can expect to read historical and contemporary texts, see films and videos, to approach questions about the nature of democracy, justifications for democracy, and challenges faced by contemporary democracy as it relates to racial inequality, immigration, gender inequality, and ecological crises. Topics will include: the centrality of social movements for democracies; deliberative and participatory democracy; as well as questions about how members of political communities can best participate in democratic life to address structural inequalities. Students will write a longer essay that allows them to demonstrate their capacities to understand and explain complex ideas and to make a theoretically compelling argument, using appropriate supporting evidence. prereq: Suggested prerequisite 1201
Class Notes:
http://classinfo.umn.edu/?davar008+POL3235W+Spring2023
Class Description:
Democracy seems to be an intuitively simple concept to many Americans. Americans know what democracy, and the corresponding values of freedom and equality mean because they live under a democratic system of government that guarantees liberty and justice for all, and equality regardless of race, color, national origin, religion, or sex. Likewise, Americans know that being a citizen means we have certain rights. (and duties?) When we delve a little deeper into what these concepts mean, however, we discover that this apparent certainty papers over a host of disagreements, divisions, and uncertainties. These complexities have bubbled up to the surface today, as they have historically, through a number of contemporary concerns espoused by the Occupy Movement, the Tea Party Movement, Black Lives Matter, anti-establishment politics, etc.

This class helps students to engage in the contemporary problems of democracy, in the United States and beyond, by grounding the conversation in the historical debates of democratic theory. Rather than suggesting any simple answers, our class will instead pose questions with which we, together, must wrestle. What is democracy? How should we understand basic concepts of democracy like freedom, equality, and solidarity? How should we respond when these concepts come into conflict? Is capitalism inherently in conflict with democracy? Working through these questions, we will tack back and forth between theoretical debates and contemporary and historical political problems, gaining a more nuanced understanding of the political stakes behind these questions, as well as a more critical perspective from which to understand the political challenges of this moment in history.
Who Should Take This Class?:
Any student is welcome to take this course, whether a political science major or not. The questions we deal with are issues affecting all students, and we will work to connect contemporary issues with theoretical and historical texts in a way that is both rigorous enough to engage majors while being accessible to those without a background in political science.
Grading:

Attendance: 10%

Paper 1: 35%

Paper 2: 35%

Final Presentation: 20%

Workload:
approximatley 40 pages of reading per class
Textbooks:
https://bookstores.umn.edu/course-lookup/54247/1233
Instructor Supplied Information Last Updated:
24 June 2022

Spring 2023  |  POL 3252W Section 001: Revolution, Democracy, and Empire: Modern Political Thought (65513)

Instructor(s)
Class Component:
Lecture
Credits:
3 Credits
Grading Basis:
Student Option
Instructor Consent:
No Special Consent Required
Instruction Mode:
In Person
Class Attributes:
UMNTC Liberal Education Requirement
Times and Locations:
Regular Academic Session
 
01/17/2023 - 05/01/2023
Wed, Fri 09:45AM - 11:00AM
UMTC, West Bank
Blegen Hall 250
Enrollment Status:
Open (35 of 58 seats filled)
Also Offered:
Course Catalog Description:
From the seventeenth through the nineteenth centuries, Europe and its colonies were wracked by large scale, sweeping changes: from the violent emergence of the sovereign state, to intense religious conflict, to geographic expansions at once transformative and brutal in search of new economic markets. These changes posed extraordinary challenges to usual ways of conceiving of political order and governance. Our course this semester will read these changes through three key concepts - revolution, democracy, and empire. Class discussion will seek to understand different meanings of these concepts, their political stakes, and ways of knowing how to move between political ideals and historical examples. Students will read a range of materials - from primary historical sources, to philosophic texts, political pamphlets and treatises, and travel journals - so as to study the effects on both the European context and beyond. prereq: Suggested prerequisite 1201
Class Notes:
http://classinfo.umn.edu/?asinha+POL3252W+Spring2023
Class Description:
LE Core: Arts & Humanities
LE Theme: Civic Life & Ethics

This course considers essential themes - revolution, democracy, and empire - in the development of modern political thought between the seventeenth and nineteenth centuries. Students will learn about key historical moments, such as the French Revolution and the American Revolution, and the long chains of antecedent events and political thought that precipitated these world-historical transformations. Students will also learn about the ramifications of these events and how they shaped politics in the nineteenth century and beyond.
We begin with the natural law tradition, considering the intersections of liberty, equality, and authority, and the tensions between freedom and political obligation. The effect of commerce on politics, including colonization in the Americas and Asia, will be another crucial element of the course. Similarly, questions of democratic founding in the Enlightenment era, like in America (1776) or France (1789), alongside the limits of democratic politics will be particularly salient. In addition, the puzzle of the concurrent developments of democracy and imperialism will remain a key theme during the second half of the course. Finally, the course ends with a comprehensive reappraisal of the natural law and Enlightenment traditions, and a revolutionary proposal to reorganize society on more just and solidaristic grounds.

Readings range from primary texts in the history of political thought to journal and newspaper articles (40-60 pages a week). Thinkers covered in the course include Thomas Hobbes, John Locke, David Hume, John-Jacques Rousseau, John Stuart Mill, and Karl Marx. All readings will be available electronically.
Who Should Take This Class?:
No prerequisites. The class is suitable for all students. Having taken POL 1201 previously may be helpful.
Learning Objectives:
  • Identify and define ideas, solve problems of textual interpretation

  • Locate and critically evaluate information on revolution, democracy, and empire in the history of political thought

  • Analyze and interpret arguments, restate them orally and in written form

  • Compare, contrast, and connect thinkers and ideas across different historical periods

  • Communicate complex ideas both orally and in writing

  • Participate in debate and argument with peers

Grading:
Participation: 20%
Short Paper (1 page): 5%
Long Paper 1 (3 pages): 20%
Long Paper 2 (4 pages): 25% (includes first draft and redraft)
Final Essay (5 pages): 30%
Exam Format:
Writing assignments, submitted electronically.
Class Format:
50% Lecture
50% Discussion
Workload:
40-60 pages of reading per week
13-15 pages of writing overall
4 papers (this is a writing-intensive course)
Other Workload: Active participation in breakout groups and in weekly Google Doc
Textbooks:
https://bookstores.umn.edu/course-lookup/65513/1233
Instructor Supplied Information Last Updated:
31 October 2022

Spring 2023  |  POL 3272 Section 001: Colonial Encounters (65514)

Instructor(s)
Class Component:
Lecture
Credits:
3 Credits
Grading Basis:
Student Option
Instructor Consent:
No Special Consent Required
Instruction Mode:
In Person
Class Attributes:
UMNTC Liberal Education Requirement
Times and Locations:
Regular Academic Session
 
01/17/2023 - 05/01/2023
Tue, Thu 11:15AM - 12:30PM
UMTC, West Bank
Blegen Hall 120
Enrollment Status:
Open (47 of 55 seats filled)
Also Offered:
Course Catalog Description:
If politics classically is the exercise of power by rulers over the ruled, how have different communities, traditions, and contexts sought to organize this power and render it just? What are the lessons to be learned from looking to past experiences with political communities ranging in size from the face-to-face polis to the far-flung reaches of empire? How does the 'discovery' of other societies disorient our usual frames of reference for thinking about political community? What different frames might we use? What should we make of problems that seem to exceed the capacity of existing institutions to manage, such as mass violence and total war? The aim of this course is to examine exemplary moments that consider the radical conflict of interpretations that can arise when different cultures come into contact with one another (whether through trade, war, intellectual exchange, or the like), and how these exchanges transform the scale of political community (local, regional, global, universal). Here, we are concerned with large-scale upheaval, processes that are more than simply difficult political problems, but in fact transform the very institutions, relationships, and concepts through which we come to understand what political community is and can be. The substantive focus of the course varies according to instructor, and may include: Colonial Encounters; the Black Atlantic; Revolutionary Moments; Colonialism and the Post-colony.
Class Notes:
http://classinfo.umn.edu/?luxon+POL3272+Spring2023
Class Description:

What Makes Political Community? We will explore different ways to think political community. Many contemporary political challenges are not just thorny problems but transform the very institutions, engagements, and concepts through which we understand what the activity of politics is and might be. Other societies and thinkers have faced drastically new challenges to their politics. So, we propose a course that would explore how political actors make and remake community. Our first unit, Colonial Encounters, studies the contact between Europeans and AmerIndians in the West Indies and North America, to think about the forging of new concepts of "human" and political order. Second, Revolution Reimagined, will analyze the movements of ideas, trades, and people back and forth across the Black Atlantic, with special attention to the Haitian Revolution. Third, Reparative Futures, treats the presence of the past as it thinks about the historical legacies of slavery for Africans and Americans. This course speaks to humanist concerns of how humans forge meanings and communities even from conditions of injustice and inequality.

Who Should Take This Class?:
As a 3xxx course, it should appeal to sophomores, juniors, and seniors.
Grading:
50% Reports/Papers
20% Journal
30% Reflection Papers
Class Format:
50% Lecture; 50% Discussion
Workload:
50 Pages Reading Per Week
15 Pages Writing Per Term
4 Paper(s)
Other Workload: 2 of the papers will be 1-2 page micro-papers; the others will be 4-5 pages each
Textbooks:
https://bookstores.umn.edu/course-lookup/65514/1233
Instructor Supplied Information Last Updated:
6 April 2019

Spring 2023  |  POL 3306 Section 001: Presidential Leadership and American Democracy (67676)

Instructor(s)
Class Component:
Lecture
Credits:
3 Credits
Grading Basis:
Student Option
Instructor Consent:
No Special Consent Required
Instruction Mode:
In Person
Times and Locations:
Regular Academic Session
 
01/17/2023 - 05/01/2023
Mon, Wed 02:30PM - 03:45PM
UMTC, East Bank
Blegen Hall 10
Enrollment Status:
Open (79 of 85 seats filled)
Also Offered:
Course Catalog Description:
To most Americans - if not most human beings - the President of the United States is probably the most powerful person on the planet. This course examines how, why, and whether that is the case. What does the US President do, and why? Why is so much power entrusted to just one person? Students will critically analyze these questions and synthesize answers by evaluating the history, evolution, and current state of the "highest office in the land."
Class Notes:
http://classinfo.umn.edu/?tpcollin+POL3306+Spring2023
Class Description:
Student may contact the instructor or department for information.
Textbooks:
https://bookstores.umn.edu/course-lookup/67676/1233

Spring 2023  |  POL 3308 Section 001: Congressional Politics and Institutions (65515)

Instructor(s)
Class Component:
Lecture
Credits:
3 Credits
Grading Basis:
Student Option
Instructor Consent:
No Special Consent Required
Instruction Mode:
In Person
Class Attributes:
UMNTC Liberal Education Requirement
Times and Locations:
Regular Academic Session
 
01/17/2023 - 05/01/2023
Tue, Thu 11:15AM - 12:30PM
UMTC, West Bank
Anderson Hall 370
Enrollment Status:
Closed (85 of 85 seats filled)
Also Offered:
Course Catalog Description:
This course is an introduction to the politics of the U.S. Congress and the federal legislative process. Throughout the semester, we will focus on the behavior of individual legislators and the role that they play in crafting federal legislation in policy areas such as healthcare, civil rights and the environment. We will devote special attention to changes in Congress, as well as current political and scholarly controversies such as congressional confirmation process of Supreme Court justices, congressional war powers, the influence of parties, and campaign finance. The theme of the course is why do legislators behave as they do and who interests do they represent.
Class Notes:
http://classinfo.umn.edu/?kpearson+POL3308+Spring2023
Class Description:
This course is a comprehensive survey of the contemporary U.S. Congress. We will begin by analyzing congressional elections, how members of Congress represent their states and districts, and the links between elections and governance. Then we will focus on the organization of Congress, including the interplay between parties and the committee system. We will then analyze the legislative process, rules and procedure, the budget process, interest groups, and the interaction between the Congress and the White House. The current Congress is deeply polarized along partisan lines. We will investigate the implications of this partisan polarization, along with the consequences of divided and unified party control of government and important institutional features of Congress, such as the Senate filibuster and the House Committee on Rules. Class sessions will include lecture and discussion. It is important that students keep up with the assigned reading to understand the lectures and participate in class. Although attention to current congressional politics will enhance the value of this course, it is no substitute for careful reading and classroom discussion. Students will write two short papers, an 8-10 page paper, and take a midterm and a final exam.
Textbooks:
https://bookstores.umn.edu/course-lookup/65515/1233
Instructor Supplied Information Last Updated:
3 November 2014

Spring 2023  |  POL 3309 Section 001: U.S. Supreme Court Decision-Making, Process, and Politics (53946)

Instructor(s)
Class Component:
Lecture
Credits:
3 Credits
Grading Basis:
Student Option
Instructor Consent:
No Special Consent Required
Instruction Mode:
In Person
Times and Locations:
Regular Academic Session
 
01/17/2023 - 05/01/2023
Tue, Thu 09:45AM - 11:00AM
UMTC, West Bank
Walter F. Mondale Hall 40
Enrollment Status:
Open (84 of 85 seats filled)
Also Offered:
Course Catalog Description:
The principal purpose of this course is to introduce you to judicial politics and decision-making of the U.S. Supreme Court. Specifically, we will examine theoretical issues regarding judicial process and politics. Unlike constitutional law and civil liberties classes, this course does not study legal doctrine. Rather, it examines political aspects of the legal system with an emphasis on the social scientific literature about how the U.S. Supreme Court functions. Thus, we will cover nominations of justices, decision making models, and how justices interact with one another and the political world beyond the ivory tower. Recommended prerequisite: POL 1001
Class Notes:
http://classinfo.umn.edu/?trj+POL3309+Spring2023
Class Description:
The principal purpose of this course is to introduce you to the scientific study of judicial politics. Specifically, we will examine theoretical issues regarding judicial process and politics. This course, unlike constitutional law and civil liberties classes, does not study legal doctrine; rather, it examines political aspects of the legal system, with an emphasis on the social scientific literature on law and legal process.
Grading:
70% Midterm Exam
30% Final Exam
Exam Format:
Essay
Class Format:
80% Lecture
20% Discussion
Workload:
50 Pages Reading Per Week
3 Exam(s)
Textbooks:
https://bookstores.umn.edu/course-lookup/53946/1233
Instructor Supplied Information Last Updated:
10 April 2014

Spring 2023  |  POL 3319 Section 001: Education and the American Dream (53753)

Instructor(s)
Class Component:
Lecture
Credits:
3 Credits
Grading Basis:
A-F or Audit
Instructor Consent:
No Special Consent Required
Instruction Mode:
In Person
Class Attributes:
UMNTC Liberal Education Requirement
Times and Locations:
Regular Academic Session
 
01/17/2023 - 05/01/2023
Mon, Wed 11:15AM - 12:30PM
UMTC, West Bank
Anderson Hall 330
Enrollment Status:
Open (84 of 85 seats filled)
Also Offered:
Course Catalog Description:
What role does education play in American democracy? What role should it play? Does American education, particularly public education, live up to its citizens' hopes and expectations? And, perhaps most importantly, what do we mean by a "good education"? This is a question with deep historical roots in this country, one that is the subject of current policy debates and one that cannot be separated from questions of discrimination and inequality. The over-arching theme of the course is to wrestle with what it means to be an educated citizen in the context of historical struggles to achieve that vision in the face of multiple and inter-related inequalities and competing visions about how to make the American dream a reality in the field of public education. No one political perspective will be offered or favored. No magic powder will be revealed on the last day of the course. The fact is that the underlying issues are really complicated, often seemingly intractable, and very, very political. This course is intended as introduction to education politics and policy in the United States. It will focus on K-12 education, especially in the public system. It is designed for any student who might have an interest in exploring education, public policy, or American government. Topics will include equality of educational opportunity, educating democratic citizens, school finance, the role of political institutions in making educational policy, and efforts to reform and remake American education, including charter schools, private school vouchers, and standardized testing. By the end of the course, students should have a basic understanding of the provision of public education in the United States, including the ways in which education is governed and the institutions involved in that governance. Students should be able to critically reflect on the degree to which American education fulfills the sometimes-competing goals Americans have for their schools. This course fulfills the
Class Notes:
http://classinfo.umn.edu/?abernath+POL3319+Spring2023
Class Description:
This course is intended as introduction to education politics and policy in the United States. It is designed for any student who might have an interest in exploring education, public policy, or American government. Topics will include equality of educational opportunity, educating democratic citizens, school finance, the role of political institutions in making educational policy, and efforts to reform and remake American education, including charter schools and private school vouchers. By the end of the course, students should have a basic understanding of the provision of education in the United States, including the ways in which education is governed and the institutions involved in that governance. Students should be able to critically reflect on the degree to which American education fulfills the sometimes-competing goals Americans have for our schools.
Who Should Take This Class?:
Students with an interest in American education, especially public education. Students interested in public policy.
Learning Objectives:
To develop a thorough and critical understanding of American education policy.
Grading:
2 exams, final paper
Exam Format:
short answer/essay
Class Format:
50% Lecture
25% Discussion
25% Small Group Activities
Workload:
100 pages reading per week
2 exams
5-8 page paper
Periodic in-class assignments (for credit only, not graded)
Textbooks:
https://bookstores.umn.edu/course-lookup/53753/1233
Instructor Supplied Information Last Updated:
24 October 2022

Spring 2023  |  POL 3321 Section 001: Issues in American Public Policy (55069)

Instructor(s)
Class Component:
Lecture
Credits:
3 Credits
Grading Basis:
Student Option
Instructor Consent:
No Special Consent Required
Instruction Mode:
In Person
Times and Locations:
Regular Academic Session
 
01/17/2023 - 05/01/2023
Mon, Wed 09:45AM - 11:00AM
UMTC, West Bank
Anderson Hall 230
Enrollment Status:
Open (82 of 85 seats filled)
Also Offered:
Course Catalog Description:
This course examines the politics of social policy in the United States. Recent controversies over Social Security reform, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (?Obamacare?), and the No Child Left Behind Act and Common Core showcase the profound political and substantive impact of this topic. The first half of the course places the United States in comparative perspective. Scholars typically describe the United States as a ?laggard? where social policies developed relatively late, grew relatively slowly, and are less generous than are corresponding policies in other advanced industrial democracies. Is this an accurate portrayal of American social policy? Recent scholarship challenges the conventional wisdom, suggesting that the United States does not necessarily do less in terms of social policy but that it relies on an unusual set of policy tools to pursue objectives like poverty alleviation. What explains the distinctive shape of American social policy? This course investigates the impact of political culture, the relative power of various interest groups, the American constitutional system, and other factors. The second half of the course examines recent trends in American social policy, focusing on four specific policy areas: pensions, health care, education, and income support. It examines both the historical origins of contemporary American policies and recent reform proposals. A major theme of the course is that it is impossible to understand the contemporary shape of social policy, and the positions of specific stakeholders, without understanding the long-term historical processes that have shaped, and that continue to shape, the present political terrain of preferences and actors. New generations of leaders do not have the opportunity to build social policy from scratch. Rather, they have to react to what already exists. Some reforms will seem like logical extensions of what is already in place, while existing programs might make other alternative
Class Notes:
http://classinfo.umn.edu/?ajkarch+POL3321+Spring2023
Class Description:
This course examines the politics of social policy in the United States. The first half of the course places the United States in comparative perspective. Scholars typically describe the United States as a "laggard" where social policies developed relatively late, grew relatively slowly, and are less generous than are corresponding policies in other advanced industrial democracies. Is this an accurate portrayal of American social policy? Recent scholarship challenges the conventional wisdom, suggesting that the United States does not necessarily do less in terms of social policy but that it relies on an unusual set of policy tools to pursue objectives like poverty alleviation. What explains the distinctive shape of American social policy? This course investigates the impact of political culture, the politics of race, the relative power of various interest groups, the American constitutional system, and other factors.

The second half of the course examines recent trends in American social policy, focusing on four specific policy areas: pensions, health care, education, and income support. It examines both the historical origins of contemporary American policies and recent reform proposals. A major theme of the course is that it is impossible to understand the contemporary shape of social policy, and the positions of specific stakeholders, without understanding the long-term historical processes that have shaped, and that continue to shape, the present terrain of preferences and actors. New generations of leaders do not have the opportunity to build social policy from scratch. Rather, they have to react to what already exists. Some reforms will seem like logical extensions of what is already in place, while existing programs might make other alternatives difficult if not impossible to pursue. By understanding the roots of contemporary American social policy it becomes possible to devise a political strategy for major policy change.
Grading:
15% Midterm Exam I
15% Social Security Reform Policy Analysis
15% Health Care Reform Policy Analysis
15% Midterm Exam II
20% Education Policy Memo
20% Final Exam
Exam Format:
All exams will consist of multiple-choice questions, short identifications, and essay questions.
Class Format:
75% Lecture
15% Discussion
10% Small Group Activities
Workload:
75-100 pages of reading per week
Three exams
Three papers (2-4 double-spaced pages each)
Textbooks:
https://bookstores.umn.edu/course-lookup/55069/1233
Instructor Supplied Information Last Updated:
17 December 2021

Spring 2023  |  POL 3435 Section 001: Political Dynamics in the Horn of Africa (55859)

Instructor(s)
Class Component:
Lecture
Credits:
3 Credits
Grading Basis:
Student Option
Instructor Consent:
No Special Consent Required
Instruction Mode:
In Person
Class Attributes:
UMNTC Liberal Education Requirement
Meets With:
AFRO 3135 Section 001
POL 3135 Section 001
AFRO 3435 Section 001
Times and Locations:
Regular Academic Session
 
01/17/2023 - 05/01/2023
Mon, Wed 09:45AM - 11:00AM
UMTC, West Bank
Walter F. Mondale Hall 3
Enrollment Status:
Closed (10 of 10 seats filled)
Also Offered:
Course Catalog Description:
Who wields political power? Who challenges those in power? And how do they legitimize their claims and go about enforcing them? These are the core questions that will guide our exploration of the political dynamics in the Horn of Africa. Just like most regions in Africa, the Horn is home to diverse cultures and languages. What distinguishes it, however, is the contested nature of state borders, which have been redrawn in ways not observed anywhere else in Africa since the end of European colonialism. The purpose of this class is to delve deeper into these conflicts, to examine the interactions between incumbent governments, armed rebel groups, and international actors in shaping war and peace in the Horn. Throughout this journey, we will pay special attention to ideas of sovereignty, identity, and violence and draw on literature outside of the Horn to help us better dissect what is going on within it.
Class Notes:
http://classinfo.umn.edu/?jwoldens+POL3135+Spring2023
Class Description:
Student may contact the instructor or department for information.
Textbooks:
https://bookstores.umn.edu/course-lookup/55859/1233

Spring 2023  |  POL 3464 Section 001: The Politics of Economic Inequality (65517)

Instructor(s)
Class Component:
Lecture
Credits:
3 Credits
Grading Basis:
Student Option
Instructor Consent:
No Special Consent Required
Instruction Mode:
In Person
Class Attributes:
UMNTC Liberal Education Requirement
Times and Locations:
Regular Academic Session
 
01/17/2023 - 05/01/2023
Tue, Thu 09:45AM - 11:00AM
UMTC, West Bank
Blegen Hall 250
Enrollment Status:
Open (84 of 85 seats filled)
Also Offered:
Course Catalog Description:
Distributional issues are at the core of the study of politics. This is because while democracy is premised on formal political equality, if wealth and property can shape political power then equal rights do not mean equal influence. This class meets the UMN "Race, Power, and Justice in the US" Liberal Education theme by engaging the question of the tension between democracy and economic inequality. What policies increase or decrease inequality? What are the political consequences of rising inequality - in general and particularly for ethnic and racial minorities? The course focuses on the USA but puts American politics in global perspective. To do so, the course explores how dominant socio-economic groups in the US have historically shaped political institutions and attitudes to generate, perpetuate, and defend inequality. We will also explore the extent to which and why white and non-white citizens have bought into the concept of the "American Dream," undermining efforts to redress social injustice.
Class Notes:
http://classinfo.umn.edu/?dsamuels+POL3464+Spring2023
Class Description:
Distributional issues are at the core of the study of politics. This is because while democracy is premised on formal political equality, if wealth and property can shape political power then equal rights do not mean equal influence. This class meets the UMN "Race, Power and Justice in the US" Liberal Education theme by engaging the question of the tension between democracy and economic inequality. What policies increase or decrease inequality? What are the political consequences of rising inequality - in general and particularly for ethnic and racial minorities? The course focuses on the USA but puts American politics in global perspective. To do so, the course explores how dominant socio-economic groups in the US have historically shaped political institutions and attitudes to generate, perpetuate, and defend inequality. We will also explore the extent to which and why white and non-white citizens have bought into the concept
of the "American Dream," undermining efforts to redress social injustice.

Readings are drawn from across the social sciences, and are chosen to highlight the key questions at stake in the study of the tension between inequality and democracy.
Who Should Take This Class?:
Anyone interested in learning how scholars measure inequality and try to understand its political origins and consequences
Learning Objectives:
Upon completion of this course you will be able to understand and contribute to debates about
1) the tension between democracy and property
2) how social scientists measure inequality
3) why some Americans prioritize liberty over equality and others the reverse
4) the origins and evolution of inequality
5) the different ways countries respond to inequality through taxation and social-welfare spending
6) how structural inequalities of race, ethnicity and gender intersect with growing income and wealth gaps
7) how personal work and family experience shape perceptions of inequality
8) the consequences of inequality for political representation
9) how individuals can take action to support policy remedies for inequality.
Grading:
Grades will be based on 10 short assignments (2 pp each), participation in a group project/class debate, and in-class oral and online written participation
Exam Format:
There is no midterm or final in this class
Class Format:
Lecture, group discussion and activities
Workload:
Reading will *average* about 100 pages per week. Students will also frequently engage with videos and interactive websites
Textbooks:
https://bookstores.umn.edu/course-lookup/65517/1233
Past Syllabi:
http://classinfo.umn.edu/syllabi/dsamuels_POL3464_Spring2020.pdf (Spring 2020)
Instructor Supplied Information Last Updated:
10 December 2021

Spring 2023  |  POL 3766 Section 001: Political Psychology of Mass Behavior (53558)

Instructor(s)
Class Component:
Lecture
Credits:
3 Credits
Grading Basis:
Student Option
Instructor Consent:
No Special Consent Required
Instruction Mode:
In Person
Class Attributes:
UMNTC Liberal Education Requirement
Times and Locations:
Regular Academic Session
 
01/17/2023 - 05/01/2023
Mon, Fri 01:00PM - 02:15PM
UMTC, West Bank
Blegen Hall 317
Enrollment Status:
Open (63 of 85 seats filled)
Also Offered:
Course Catalog Description:
How do people develop their political opinions? What makes people vote the way that they do? Why do some people love, and other loathe, Donald Trump? Understanding how ordinary citizens engage with the political sphere is essential to understanding how politics work. This course applies a psychological approach to understanding how average people - members of the mass public - think about politics, make political decisions, and decide how (and whether) to take political actions. We will explore arguments about the role that ideology, biological and evolutionary factors, personality, identity and partisanship, racial attitudes, and political discussion play in shaping the opinion and behavior of members of the mass public. In addition, this class introduces students to the methodology of political psychology and how political psychologists approach questions and attempt to understand the political world. Students will exit the class having mastered a body of knowledge about how they and their fellow citizens think about politics and the different approaches that scholars take to study these decisions. They will also gain the critical capacity to judge arguments about politics, the ability to identify, define, and solve problems, and the skill to locate and critically evaluate information relevant to these tasks. Finally, this course takes a cooperative approach to learning, and many course activities will be structured around learning and working with a group of fellow students over the course of the semester.
Class Notes:
http://classinfo.umn.edu/?cdmyers+POL3766+Spring2023
Class Description:

How do people develop their political opinions? What makes people vote the way that they do? Why do some people love, and others loathe, Donald Trump? Understanding how ordinary citizens engage with the political sphere is essential to understanding how politics work. This course applies a psychological approach to understanding how average people - members of the mass public - think about politics, make political decisions, and decide how (and whether) to take political actions. We will explore arguments about the role that ideology, biological and evolutionary factors, personality, identity and partisanship, racial attitudes, and political discussion play in shaping the opinions and behavior of members of the mass public. In addition, this class introduces students to the methodology of political psychology and how political psychologists approach questions and attempt to understand the political world.


Students will exit the class having mastered a body of knowledge about how they and their fellow citizens think about politics and the different approaches that scholars take to study these decisions. They will also gain the critical capacity to judge arguments about politics, the ability to identify, define, and solve problems, and the skill to locate and critically evaluate information relevant to these tasks. Finally, this course takes a cooperative approach to learning, and many course activities will be structured around learning and working with a group of fellow students over the course of the semester.

Grading:
15% - Five 250-500 word reading memos.

30% - Group Research Project and Presentation

5% - Participation in Other Groups' Data Collection

5% - Evaluation of other Groups' Projects

15% - Op-Ed Assignment

30% - Final Exam

Optional Final Research Paper - Students may write an optional final paper to improve their final grade.
Exam Format:
Short answer and essay questions. The final exam is take-home.
Class Format:
50% lecture, 50% discussion.
Workload:
Each class session will have assigned reading consisting of 2-3 academic journal articles or book chapters of roughly 5,000-7,500 words (20-30 pages).
Textbooks:
https://bookstores.umn.edu/course-lookup/53558/1233
Instructor Supplied Information Last Updated:
12 October 2022

Spring 2023  |  POL 3833 Section 001: The United States and the Global Economy (54099)

Instructor(s)
Class Component:
Lecture
Credits:
3 Credits
Grading Basis:
Student Option
Instructor Consent:
No Special Consent Required
Instruction Mode:
In Person
Times and Locations:
Regular Academic Session
 
01/17/2023 - 05/01/2023
Mon, Wed 04:00PM - 05:15PM
UMTC, West Bank
Anderson Hall 230
Enrollment Status:
Open (48 of 85 seats filled)
Also Offered:
Course Catalog Description:
POL 3833 teaches students about the politics of the global economy with a focus on the role the United States plays within it. The class covers a variety of topics in international political economy, including international trade, international investment, and international finance. Students will learn about the factors that drive politicians' decision-making, interest-group stances, and citizens' preferences over such salient issues as tariffs and other forms of trade protection, trade and investment agreements, central banking, interest rates, international migration, and more. No background in economics is required or assumed.
Class Notes:
http://classinfo.umn.edu/?jhollyer+POL3833+Spring2023
Class Description:
Globalization has been a defining force driving markets - and, hence, shaping politics - over the past 30 years. Global financial flows and imbalances are implicated in financial crises both recent and past, and the mobility of firms and migrants across international borders has important distributional and regulatory consequences. Yet, the impact of the U.S. on the global economy is not exclusive to purely financial phenomena: conflict and peace, technological innovation, natural resources, and economic development are all affected as rising levels of trade create new "winners" and "losers." This class examines some of the broad themes that characterize globalization with a focus on - but not only on - the U.S. and the ways in which its policy responses shape and are being shaped by globalization.
Textbooks:
https://bookstores.umn.edu/course-lookup/54099/1233
Instructor Supplied Information Last Updated:
13 October 2022

Spring 2023  |  POL 3835 Section 001: International Relations (52261)

Instructor(s)
Class Component:
Lecture
Credits:
3 Credits
Grading Basis:
Student Option
Instructor Consent:
No Special Consent Required
Instruction Mode:
In Person
Class Attributes:
UMNTC Liberal Education Requirement
Times and Locations:
Regular Academic Session
 
01/17/2023 - 05/01/2023
Tue, Thu 02:30PM - 03:45PM
UMTC, West Bank
Anderson Hall 230
Enrollment Status:
Open (83 of 85 seats filled)
Also Offered:
Course Catalog Description:
Why do countries go to war? Are individuals, organizations, and states driven by their interests or their ideas? What role does power play in international relations and is there any role for justice in global politics? Do international laws and transnational advocacy groups matter in a world dominated by powerful states? Whose interests are served by a globalizing world economy? These questions are central to the study of international relations, yet different theoretical approaches have been developed in an attempt to answer them. Often these approaches disagree with one another, leading to markedly different policy prescriptions and predictions for future events. This course provides the conceptual and theoretical means for analyzing these issues, processes, and events in international politics. By the end of this class, you will be able to understand the assumptions, the logics, and the implications of major theories and concepts of international relations. These include realism and neorealism, liberalism and liberal institutionalism, constructivism, feminism, Marxism, and critical theory. A special effort is made to relate the course material to world events, developments, or conflicts in the past decade or so.
Class Notes:
http://classinfo.umn.edu/?ccreamer+POL3835+Spring2023
Class Description:

Why do countries go to war? Are individuals, organizations, and states driven by their interests or their ideas? What role does power play in international relations and is there any role for justice in global politics? Do international laws and transnational advocacy groups matter in a world dominated by powerful states? Whose interests are served by a globalizing world economy? These questions are central to the study of international relations, yet different theoretical approaches have been developed in an attempt to answer them. Often these approaches disagree with one another, leading to markedly different policy prescriptions and predictions for future events.


This course provides the conceptual and theoretical means for analyzing these issues, processes, and events in international politics. By the end of this class, you will be able to understand the assumptions, the logics, and the implications of major theories and concepts of international relations. These include realism, liberalism, institutionalism, constructivism, critical security studies, feminist theory, queer IR theory, post-colonial theory, indigenous approaches to international relations, and neo-Marxism.


A special effort is made to relate the course material to world events, developments, or conflicts in the past decade or so. Specific topics covered include: the ascendance of China and great power politics in an age of economic rivalries; new technologies and national security; gender-based violence during conflict; multilateral cooperation and its disintegration; the future of the human rights movement and backlash against global governance; the internationalization of the Movement for Black Lives; trade wars, weaponized interdependence, and pandemic politics; and the global politics of climate change.

Who Should Take This Class?:

Students from all concentrations are welcome to enroll. This is an upper-level course that surveys competing theories or approaches in the field of international relations through readings and assignments that are more intellectually demanding than 1xxx-level courses. While there are no formal prerequisites for this course, it is recommended that you have previously taken POL 1025: Global Politics or POL 1026: U.S. Foreign Policy.

Learning Objectives:


This course places special emphasis on helping you - as a global citizen - learn to:

  • synthesize and evaluate existing theoretical approaches within international relations

  • identify their strengths and weaknesses

  • construct an argument for why we observe particular outcomes in world politics
Grading:
  • MINI-ANALYTICAL PAPERS: 30% (two, each worth 15 points)
  • IN-CLASS QUIZZES: 25% (two, Quiz #1 worth 10 points & Quiz #2 worth 15 points)
  • FINAL TAKE-HOME Paper: 30%
  • ATTENDANCE & PARTICIPATION: 15%
Exam Format:

Written closed-book, closed-notes in-class quizzes

Class Format:
In-person lectures, two times per week
Workload:

· 45-80 Pages Reading Per Week

· 3 Take-Home Papers

Textbooks:
https://bookstores.umn.edu/course-lookup/52261/1233
Instructor Supplied Information Last Updated:
13 October 2022

Spring 2023  |  POL 3994 Section 001: Directed Research: Distinguished Undergraduate Research Program (53882)

Instructor(s)
Class Component:
Independent Study
Credits:
2 Credits
Repeat Credit Limit:
4 Credits
Grading Basis:
A-F only
Instructor Consent:
Department Consent Required
Instruction Mode:
In Person
Times and Locations:
Regular Academic Session
 
01/17/2023 - 05/01/2023
12:00AM - 12:00AM
UMTC, West Bank
Enrollment Status:
Open (19 of 20 seats filled)
Also Offered:
Course Catalog Description:
Students accepted into the Distinguished Undergraduate Research Program work closely with a faculty mentor on supervised projects related to faculty research. Through these activities, students will deepen research, organizational, and communication skills that will prove useful for further training in political science or for other careers. Students are chosen through a highly competitive online application the semester prior to registration. Students should check with Political Science advising for details about the application process. This course is only open to Political Science majors.
Class Description:
Student may contact the instructor or department for information.
Textbooks:
https://bookstores.umn.edu/course-lookup/53882/1233

Spring 2023  |  POL 4267 Section 001: Imperialism and Modern Political Thought (65523)

Instructor(s)
Class Component:
Lecture
Credits:
3 Credits
Grading Basis:
Student Option
Instructor Consent:
No Special Consent Required
Instruction Mode:
In Person
Class Attributes:
UMNTC Liberal Education Requirement
Times and Locations:
Regular Academic Session
 
01/17/2023 - 05/01/2023
Mon, Wed 01:00PM - 02:15PM
UMTC, West Bank
Walter F. Mondale Hall 40
Enrollment Status:
Open (32 of 35 seats filled)
Also Offered:
Course Catalog Description:
How has political theory been shaped by imperialism? We will investigate this question through a study of such key thinkers as Kant, Mill, Marx, Lenin, Césaire, Fanon, and Gandhi, reading them through the lens of empire. Our goal is to analyze how such thinkers reflected upon, problematized and, at times, justified forms of Western imperialism. We will look at their explicit reflections on empire, as well as more tangential or ostensibly separate themes that may have only been shaped by the imperial context in indirect ways. Finally, we will reflect upon our contemporary location as readers and agents situated in the wake of these political and intellectual developments, analyzed through the question of what it means to engage in anti-colonial, decolonial, and/or postcolonial critique. This course will combine lectures by the professor with student-led seminar discussion.
Class Notes:
http://classinfo.umn.edu/?rbnichol+POL4267+Spring2023
Class Description:
How has political theory been shaped by imperialism? We will investigate this question through a study of such key thinkers as Kant, Mill, Marx, Lenin, Cesaire, Fanon, and Gandhi, reading them through the lens of empire. Our goal is to analyze how such thinkers reflected upon, problematized and, at times, justified forms of Western imperialism. We will look at their explicit reflections on empire, as well as more tangential or ostensibly separate themes that may have only been shaped by the imperial context in indirect ways. Finally, we will reflect upon our contemporary location as readers and agents situated in the wake of these political and intellectual developments, analyzed through the question of what it means to engage in anti-colonial, decolonial, and/or postcolonial critique. This course will combine lectures by the professor with student-led seminar discussion.
Textbooks:
https://bookstores.umn.edu/course-lookup/65523/1233
Instructor Supplied Information Last Updated:
4 April 2019

Spring 2023  |  POL 4275 Section 001: Domination, Exclusion, and Justice: Contemporary Political Thought (55076)

Instructor(s)
Class Component:
Lecture
Credits:
3 Credits
Grading Basis:
Student Option
Instructor Consent:
No Special Consent Required
Instruction Mode:
In Person
Class Attributes:
UMNTC Liberal Education Requirement
Times and Locations:
Regular Academic Session
 
01/17/2023 - 05/01/2023
Tue, Thu 02:30PM - 03:45PM
UMTC, West Bank
Blegen Hall 140
Enrollment Status:
Open (23 of 35 seats filled)
Also Offered:
Course Catalog Description:
Contemporary Political Theory systematically analyzes the meaning and significance of concepts central to current politics: domination, exclusion, and justice. Starting from basic concerns about the nature of politics, humans, power and justice, this course will explore how these basic starting assumptions organize the norms, practices, and institutions of political and social order. To explore these topics, the field turns to key texts, as well as to political and social events and other media (film, historical documents, etc.). Through this course, students will also be introduced to different interpretive approaches, ranging from democratic theory, feminist, queer and critical race theories, as well as ethics and moral philosophy. Organized around the politics of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries, the course will pursue a range of questions about democratic legitimation, the exclusion of historically marginalized communities, systematic inequalities of different kinds, as well as ideals of democracy and justice. It will range from theoretical inquiry to practical questions of implementing different political projects. Through this course, students will develop skills in critical thinking, careful reading and clear writing, as well as recognizing and constructing arguments. These skills are basic for the critical, lifelong role that all of us play as members of political community. prereq: 1201 recommended
Class Notes:
http://classinfo.umn.edu/?luxon+POL4275+Spring2023
Class Description:
Contemporary democracies find themselves faced with relations of domination and exclusion in a number of different sites: prisons, the workplace, politics, and at home. This course will examine different ways to understand the emergence and persistence of relations of domination and exclusion in contemporary politics. Each of these perspectives offers its own way of conceiving of politics, and a different vision of what justice might offer and require. Course readings will explore different theoretical approaches to contemporary politics, while also turning to specific examples to think them through. These examples include: mass incarceration, the persistence of economic and racial hierarchies, and domestic violence. Readings will change from one semester to another, but will include thinkers such as Michel Foucault, Charles Taylor, Iris Marion Young, Michelle Alexander, Audre Lorde, Ruth Wilson Gilmore, Keaanga-YahmattaTaylor, and others. Class sessions will include some lecturing as well as a substantial amount of class discussion.
Grading:
55% Reports/Papers
35% Reflection Papers
10% Class Participation
Class Format:
60% Lecture
40% Discussion
Workload:
75 Pages Reading Per Week
20-25 Pages Writing Per Term
2 Paper(s)
3 Homework Assignment(s)
Other Workload: plus three short "response" papers
Textbooks:
https://bookstores.umn.edu/course-lookup/55076/1233
Instructor Supplied Information Last Updated:
31 March 2021

Spring 2023  |  POL 4335 Section 001: African American Politics (54106)

Instructor(s)
Class Component:
Lecture
Credits:
3 Credits
Grading Basis:
Student Option
Instructor Consent:
No Special Consent Required
Instruction Mode:
In Person
Class Attributes:
UMNTC Liberal Education Requirement
Meets With:
AFRO 4335 Section 001
Times and Locations:
Regular Academic Session
 
01/17/2023 - 05/01/2023
Tue, Thu 01:00PM - 02:15PM
UMTC, West Bank
Blegen Hall 335
Enrollment Status:
Open (11 of 30 seats filled)
Also Offered:
Course Catalog Description:
This course examines the historical and contemporary efforts by African Americans to gain full inclusion as citizens in the US political system. Specifically, the course explores advocacy efforts by civil rights organizations and political parties to obtain and enforce civil and political rights for blacks. An examination of these efforts begins in the Reconstruction Era and concludes with the historic election of the nation's first African American president. The course will cover topics such as the politics of the civil rights movement, black presidential bids and racialized voting in federal and state elections. Finally, the course examines how political parties and organized interests used the Voting Rights Act to increase the number of minorities in Congress. The course focuses on whether the growing number of minorities in Congress increases citizens' trust in government and their involvement in voting and participation in political organizations.
Class Notes:
http://classinfo.umn.edu/?mdminta+POL4335+Spring2023
Class Description:

Specifically, students will explore advocacy efforts by civil rights organizations and political parties to obtain and enforce civil and political rights for Blacks. The course will cover topics such as the Reconstruction era, the politics of the civil rights movement, Black presidential campaigns, and racialized voting in federal and state elections. The course will also pay special attention to the historic election of the nation's first African American president, Barack Obama and the first African American and woman vice president, Kamala Harris. Finally, we We focus on whether the growing number of minorities in Congress increases citizens' trust in government and their involvement in voting and participation in political organizations.

Learning Objectives:

Students will also conduct a qualitative analysis of social media correspondence and websites of Black and White legislators to determine whether efforts to elect more Black candidates to political office led to better political representation of minority interests in federal or state policymaking.

https://bookstores.umn.edu/course-lookup/54106/1233

Syllabus:
http://classinfo.umn.edu/syllabi/mdminta_AFRO4335_Spring2023.pdf
Instructor Supplied Information Last Updated:
13 December 2022

Spring 2023  |  POL 4403W Section 001: Constitutions, Democracy, and Rights: Comparative Perspectives (65524)

Instructor(s)
Class Component:
Lecture
Credits:
3 Credits
Grading Basis:
Student Option
Instructor Consent:
No Special Consent Required
Instruction Mode:
In Person
Class Attributes:
UMNTC Liberal Education Requirement
Times and Locations:
Regular Academic Session
 
01/17/2023 - 05/01/2023
Tue, Thu 04:00PM - 05:15PM
UMTC, West Bank
Blegen Hall 255
Enrollment Status:
Open (34 of 58 seats filled)
Also Offered:
Course Catalog Description:
Around the world, fundamental political questions are often debated and decided in constitutional terms, and in the United States, the constitution is invoked at almost every turn to endorse or condemn different policies. Is adhering to constitutional terms the best way to safeguard rights and to achieve a successful democracy? When and how do constitutions matter to political outcomes? This course centers on these questions as it moves from debates over how constitutional drafting processes should be structured and how detailed constitutions should be, to the risks and benefits of different institutional structures (federal v. unitary, and the distribution of powers between the executive, legislature, and judiciary), to which rights (if any) should be constitutionalized and when and why different rights are protected, closing with a discussion of what rules should guide constitutional amendment and rewrite. For each topic, we compare how these issues have been resolved in the U.S. with alternative approaches in a wide variety of other countries around the globe. The goal is not only to expose students to the variety of ways, successful or unsuccessful, that other political communities have addressed these issues, but also to gain a more contextualized and clearer understanding of the pros and cons of the U.S. model, its relevance for other democratic or democratizing countries, whether and how it might be reformed, and, generally speaking, when/how constitutions matter for democratic quality and stability.
Class Notes:
http://classinfo.umn.edu/?hilbink+POL4403W+Spring2023
Class Description:
Around the world, fundamental political questions are often debated and decided in constitutional terms, and in the United States, the constitution is invoked at almost every turn to endorse or condemn different policies. Is adhering to constitutional terms the best way to safeguard rights and to achieve a successful democracy? When and how do constitutions matter to political outcomes? This course centers on these questions as it moves from empirically-informed debates over how constitutional drafting processes should be structured and how detailed constitutions should be, to the risks and benefits of different institutional structures(federal v. unitary, and the distribution of powers between the executive, legislature, and judiciary), to which rights (if any) should be constitutionalized and when and why different rights are protected in practice, closing with a discussion of what rules should guide constitutional amendment and rewrite. For each topic, we compare how these issues have been resolved in the U.S. with alternative approaches in a wide variety of other countries around the globe, paying particular attention to how constitutional design matters for women, indigenous peoples, and racial, ethnic, religious, and sexual minorities. The goal is not only to expose students to the variety of ways, successful or unsuccessful, that other political communities have addressed these issues, but also to gain a more contextualized and clearer understanding of the strengths and weaknesses of the U.S. model, whether and how it might be reformed, and, generally speaking, when/how constitutions matter for democratic quality and stability.
Grading:
50% Reports/Papers
10% Final Group Activity
20% Class Participation
20% Quizzes
Other Grading Information: Some quizzes will be in the form of take-home questions. All quizzes will check for reading/reading comprehension.
Class Format:
50% Lecture
30% Discussion
20% Small Group Activities
Workload:
15 Pages Writing Per Term
1 Exam(s)
1 Paper(s)
10 Quiz(zes)
Other Workload: The paper assignment will be cumulative, with the various steps in the research and writing process due across the term, and the final, polished version due during finals week.
Textbooks:
https://bookstores.umn.edu/course-lookup/65524/1233
Instructor Supplied Information Last Updated:
29 April 2022

Spring 2023  |  POL 4463 Section 001: The Cuban Revolution Through the Words of Cuban Revolutionaries (54052)

Instructor(s)
Class Component:
Lecture
Credits:
3 Credits
Grading Basis:
Student Option
Instructor Consent:
No Special Consent Required
Instruction Mode:
In Person
Class Attributes:
UMNTC Liberal Education Requirement
Times and Locations:
Regular Academic Session
 
01/17/2023 - 05/01/2023
Mon 06:20PM - 08:50PM
UMTC, West Bank
Blegen Hall 125
Enrollment Status:
Open (17 of 35 seats filled)
Also Offered:
Course Catalog Description:
Why do policy makers in Washington, D.C. continue to rail against the Cuban Revolution? Despite their best efforts, both Republican and Democratic administrations, the Revolution is still in place after six decades. How to explain? This is the central research question of the course. A definitive answer would require a thorough examination of the revolution from its initiation until today - which is beyond what can be done in a semester. The focus, rather, is more limited. First, how was the revolution made and consolidated - from 1953 until about 1969 - and, second, how has it been able to survive and advance since the collapse of the Soviet Union, that is, since 1991? The emphasis here is on the role of leadership and strategy, how the Cubans and their leaders saw and see what they are doing - in their own words. This is an attempt to get into their heads, their understandings, through documents, speeches and writings. In keeping with the goals of liberal education, this course helps students to think outside the box of conventional wisdom. Why, for example, an underdeveloped society lacking many of the characteristics of a liberal democracy can do a better job in meeting the basic needs of its citizens than its far richer neighbor to the north? What the Cubans seek to do is reorganize human relations on the basis of solidarity and not individual self-interest. How successful they have been in that pursuit is exactly one of the questions to which the course seeks to provide an answer. These questions are not simply of intellectual interest. Given the deepening crisis of world capitalism with the accompanying human misery, to know about Cuba's reality can have life and death consequences. Given, also, that the U.S. government doesn't make it easy for most of its citizens to travel to the island to make up their own minds about its reality, this course is a unique educational opportunity.
Class Notes:
http://classinfo.umn.edu/?animtz+POL4463+Spring2023
Class Description:
The history of socialist revolutions over the course of a century or more reveals that what occurred in Cuba has proven to have more lasting power. In spite of all the challenges it continues to face, what explains why the Cuban Revolution is still in place after six decades? This is the central research question of the course. A definitive answer would require a thorough examination of the revolution from its initiation until today, which is beyond what can be done in a semester or its equivalent. The focus, rather, will be more limited. First, how was the revolution made and consolidated, from 1953 until about 1969. Second, how has it been able to survive and advance since the collapse of the Soviet Union, that is, since 1991? The emphasis here is on the role of leadership and strategy and how the Cubans and their leaders saw and see what they are doing, in their own words. This is an attempt to get into their heads, their understandings, through documents, speeches and writings. For the first question I will also draw on the data from a research/film documentary project that I'm involved in at this moment: the participation of women and men in the guerrilla army and underground movement.
Textbooks:
https://bookstores.umn.edu/course-lookup/54052/1233
Instructor Supplied Information Last Updated:
27 October 2021

Spring 2023  |  POL 4487 Section 001: The Struggle for Democratization and Citizenship (65525)

Instructor(s)
Class Component:
Lecture
Credits:
3 Credits
Repeat Credit Limit:
4 Credits
Grading Basis:
Student Option
Instructor Consent:
No Special Consent Required
Instruction Mode:
In Person
Times and Locations:
Regular Academic Session
 
01/17/2023 - 05/01/2023
Thu 06:20PM - 08:50PM
UMTC, West Bank
Blegen Hall 125
Enrollment Status:
Open (18 of 35 seats filled)
Also Offered:
Course Catalog Description:
How best to advance democracy - through the ballot box or in the streets? This question more than any other is what informs the course. As well as the streets, the barricades and the battlefields, it argues, are decisive in the democratic quest. If democracy means the rule of the demos, the people, then who gets to be included in "the people"? An underlying assumption of the course is that the inclusion of previously disenfranchised layers of society into the category of the people, the citizens, is due to social struggles or the threat of such - an assumption to be examined in the course. Struggles refer to any kinds of movement for social change, from protests and strikes to revolutions broadly defined. This course seeks to see if there are lessons of struggle. The course traces the history of the democratic movement from its earliest moments in human history and attempts to draw a balance sheet. In the process it seeks to answer a number of questions. Did social inequality always exist? How do property rights figure in the inclusion process? What is the relationship between the state, social inequality and democracy? Which social layers played a decisive role in the democratic breakthrough? What are the effective strategies and tactics in the democratic struggle? How crucial is leadership? And lastly, can the lessons of the past inform current practice? A particular feature of the course is to read about the thinking and actions of activists on both sides of the democratic struggle in, as much as possible, their own words.
Class Notes:
http://classinfo.umn.edu/?animtz+POL4487+Spring2023
Class Description:
The setting for this course is the mounting effort on the part of states and a variety of social forces to roll back the historic gains of the world-wide democratic movement--from anti-immigrant campaigns (in both fascist and non-fascist clothing) that would limit citizenship rights to efforts that undermine civil liberties in the guise of combatting terrorisim. This takes place in a larger context in which increasing numbers of citizens feel disempowered and alienated from the state. As democracy and popular participation are central to citizenship the course traces the origins of the democratic process with particular emphasis on how the disenfranchised fought to become included. Both implicitly and explicitly it seeks to understand how that occured in order to see if there are lessons of the past that that might have appllicability for the defense and extension of democratic rights today. To understand it was the disenfranchised who empowered themselves is in itself empowering. An underlying assumption of the course is that the inclusion of previously disenfranchised layers of society into the category of citizens is due to social struggles or the threat of such--an assumption to be examined in the course.
Grading:
25% Midterm Exam
50% Final Exam
25% Reports/Papers
Exam Format:
Essay
Class Format:
75% Lecture
25% Discussion
Workload:
100 Pages Reading Per Week
15 Pages Writing Per Term
2 Exam(s)
2 Paper(s)
Textbooks:
https://bookstores.umn.edu/course-lookup/65525/1233
Instructor Supplied Information Last Updated:
24 October 2011

Spring 2023  |  POL 4497W Section 001: Patronage & Corruption (65526)

Instructor(s)
Class Component:
Lecture
Credits:
3 Credits
Grading Basis:
Student Option
Instructor Consent:
No Special Consent Required
Instruction Mode:
In Person
Class Attributes:
UMNTC Liberal Education Requirement
Times and Locations:
Regular Academic Session
 
01/17/2023 - 05/01/2023
Tue, Thu 02:30PM - 03:45PM
UMTC, West Bank
Walter F. Mondale Hall 3
Enrollment Status:
Open (34 of 35 seats filled)
Also Offered:
Course Catalog Description:
This course examines dysfunction within the state apparatus -- in the specific forms of patronage, corruption, and clientalism -- and asks why such dysfunction persists and what factors drive it to change. The first half of the course will be primarily devoted to patronage. It will examine the functioning of the patronage mechanism; ask when and why patronage is abandoned in favor of meritocracy; and will assess the relationship between merit reforms and changes in the quality of governance. The second half of the course will be devoted to corruption. Specific topics to be covered will include: an examination of different forms of corruption, both at the level of political leaders and of bureaucratic officials; the relationship between corruption, democracy, transparency and accountability; governments' manipulation of corruption to provide incentives to bureaucratic and party officials; and different means of combating corruption. The course will conclude with an examination of the relationship between patronage, corruption, clientalism and party politics, with a particular focus on the mechanisms that cause the correlation between these different forms of mis-governance.
Class Notes:
http://classinfo.umn.edu/?jhollyer+POL4497W+Spring2023
Class Description:
Student may contact the instructor or department for information.
Textbooks:
https://bookstores.umn.edu/course-lookup/65526/1233

Spring 2023  |  POL 4502W Section 001: The Supreme Court, Civil Liberties, and Civil Rights (51842)

Instructor(s)
Class Component:
Lecture
Credits:
3 Credits
Grading Basis:
Student Option
Instructor Consent:
No Special Consent Required
Instruction Mode:
In Person
Class Attributes:
UMNTC Liberal Education Requirement
Times and Locations:
Regular Academic Session
 
01/17/2023 - 05/01/2023
Tue, Thu 08:15AM - 09:30AM
UMTC, West Bank
Blegen Hall 10
Enrollment Status:
Open (57 of 58 seats filled)
Also Offered:
Course Catalog Description:
Today, more than anytime since the civil rights movement of the 1960s, individual liberties are at the heart of controversial debate in the U.S. Groups, from the far left and far right of the political spectrum have pushed free speech towards the boundaries set by the Supreme Court. At the same time, the religion clauses have become as controversial as ever, with corporations and local governments using them in ways they have not been used before. Finally, the right to privacy is at a crossroads as the U.S. Supreme Court considers cases about reproductive rights and personal privacy. Given these issues, this course allows students to read all the major cases where the U.S. Supreme Court interprets the balance of protecting civil liberties versus allowing government to limit or suppress such liberties. Specifically, the course covers the 14th Amendment, freedom of speech, press, religion, and the limits of the free speech clause of the 1st Amendment. It also covers the 2nd Amendment and the right to privacy found in the 1st, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 9th, and 14th Amendments.
Class Notes:
http://classinfo.umn.edu/?trj+POL4502W+Spring2023
Class Description:
This course deals with civil liberties in the United States and how the United States Supreme Court decides which rights and liberties get which protections, at which times. Specifically, our focus will be on the First Amendment, and the Right to Privacy. Special emphasis will be placed on how the Supreme Court defines, establishes, and protects these liberties through its interpretation of the Constitution.
Grading:
30% Midterm Exam
30% Final Exam
30% Reports/Papers
10% Class Participation
Exam Format:
Exam -- Hypothetical Questions
Class Format:
40% Lecture
60% Discussion
Workload:
50-75 Pages Reading Per Week
40-50 Pages Writing Per Term
2 Exam(s)
5 Paper(s)
25 Homework Assignment(s)
Textbooks:
https://bookstores.umn.edu/course-lookup/51842/1233
Instructor Supplied Information Last Updated:
22 October 2012

Spring 2023  |  POL 4881W Section 001: The Politics of International Law and Global Governance (65528)

Instructor(s)
Class Component:
Lecture
Credits:
3 Credits
Grading Basis:
Student Option
Instructor Consent:
No Special Consent Required
Instruction Mode:
In Person
Class Attributes:
UMNTC Liberal Education Requirement
Times and Locations:
Regular Academic Session
 
01/17/2023 - 05/01/2023
Tue, Thu 04:00PM - 05:15PM
UMTC, West Bank
Blegen Hall 235
Enrollment Status:
Open (41 of 58 seats filled)
Also Offered:
Course Catalog Description:
Why do countries go to war? Are individuals, organizations, and governments driven by their interests or their ideas? What role does power play in international relations and is there any role for justice in global politics? What are the causes and consequences of an increasingly globalized world economy? These questions are central to the study of international relations, yet different theoretical approaches have been developed in an attempt to answer them. Often these approaches disagree with one another, leading to markedly different policy prescriptions and predictions for future events. This course provides the conceptual and theoretical means for analyzing these developments in international politics. By the end of this class, you will be able to understand the assumptions, the logics, and the implications of major theories and concepts of international relations. These include realism, liberalism, institutionalism, constructivism, critical security studies, feminist theory, queer IR theory, post-colonial theory, indigenous approaches to international relations, and neo-Marxism. A special effort is made to relate the course material to world events, developments, or conflicts in the past decade or so.
Class Notes:
http://classinfo.umn.edu/?ccreamer+POL4881W+Spring2023
Class Description:

This course is an introduction to international law for students of world politics. A dense and expanding network of international rules and regulations now cover the globe. The primary purpose of this course is to enhance your understanding of the ways in which international legal rules order international and domestic politics. How and to what extent has international law helped resolve conflicts between countries or helped governments achieve common goals? What is law's relationship with countries' foreign policies? How does international law interact with or impact domestic politics and legal systems? Throughout the course, we emphasize the relationship between law and politics to understand why international law operates as it does. A special effort is made to relate the course material to global developments in the past decade or so: new technologies and the use of force; racial biases in war crimes accountability; trade wars & investment disputes; forced migration, refugees, and climate change; systemic racism, gender-based violence, and human rights; the international law of pandemics; and backlash against global governance.

Who Should Take This Class?:

Students from all concentrations are welcome to enroll. This is advanced, specialized course that examines in-depth the politics of international law and global governance. It includes readings and assignments at the most intellectually demanding undergraduate level. While there are no course prerequisites, you would benefit from previous coursework in international politics or global studies, such as POL 3835: International Relations.

Requirements fulfilled by this course:


· Liberal Education

· Global Perspectives Theme

· Writing Intensive

Learning Objectives:

As a result of taking this course, you will be able to:

· Understand the basic structures and norms of the international legal system

· Articulate how and why various actors use international law to express values or achieve goals

· Better understand how law relates to important current issues

· Describe clearly when and how international law shapes global politics and policy

· Explain persuasively when and how international law shapes domestic politics and policy

· Use comparative and critical thinking and writing skills to bring together theory and practice

Grading:

Policy Memo: 15%

Analytical Essay: 15%

Online Comprehension Quizzes: 26%

International Agreement Group Project: 20%

Attendance & Participation: 24%

Exam Format:
n/a
Class Format:

This course adopts an in-person, synchronous modality with partial online delivery of academic content.


The course will be split between:


- Synchronous in-person discussion & simulation sessions during scheduled course time (once per week)

- Online lectures followed by comprehension quizzes

Textbooks:
https://bookstores.umn.edu/course-lookup/65528/1233
Instructor Supplied Information Last Updated:
24 November 2021

Spring 2023  |  POL 4991 Section 001: Political Science Capstone (54260)

Instructor(s)
Class Component:
Lecture
Instructor Consent:
No Special Consent Required
Instruction Mode:
In Person
Enrollment Requirements:
Political Science senior
Times and Locations:
Regular Academic Session
 
01/17/2023 - 05/01/2023
Tue 01:00PM - 02:15PM
UMTC, West Bank
Anderson Hall 210
Enrollment Status:
Open (72 of 90 seats filled)
Also Offered:
Course Catalog Description:
The Political Science Capstone is a required course that provides students with a unique opportunity to reflect on, articulate, share, and build on their individual experiences in the major. It invites students to reflect on what they have learned as political science majors; to demonstrate their knowledge through the preparation of a portfolio of materials; and to think about how the knowledge, skills, and insights of acquired in their major experience can be used and applied outside of the University. Students double majoring in Political Science and another discipline may choose to take this course or complete the capstone in their other major. Political Science majors who are writing an Honors thesis are exempt from this capstone requirement, as the department will recognize the senior thesis as the capstone experience.
Class Notes:
http://classinfo.umn.edu/?hilbink+POL4991+Spring2023
Class Description:
Student may contact the instructor or department for information.
Textbooks:
https://bookstores.umn.edu/course-lookup/54260/1233

Spring 2023  |  POL 4991 Section 002: Political Science Capstone (54616)

Instructor(s)
Class Component:
Discussion
Times and Locations:
Regular Academic Session
 
01/17/2023 - 05/01/2023
Thu 01:00PM - 02:15PM
UMTC, West Bank
Blegen Hall 415
Auto Enrolls With:
Section 001
Enrollment Status:
Closed (36 of 35 seats filled)
Course Catalog Description:
The Political Science Capstone is a required course that provides students with a unique opportunity to reflect on, articulate, share, and build on their individual experiences in the major. It invites students to reflect on what they have learned as political science majors; to demonstrate their knowledge through the preparation of a portfolio of materials; and to think about how the knowledge, skills, and insights of acquired in their major experience can be used and applied outside of the University. Students double majoring in Political Science and another discipline may choose to take this course or complete the capstone in their other major. Political Science majors who are writing an Honors thesis are exempt from this capstone requirement, as the department will recognize the senior thesis as the capstone experience.
Class Description:
Student may contact the instructor or department for information.
Textbooks:
https://bookstores.umn.edu/course-lookup/54616/1233

Spring 2023  |  POL 4991 Section 003: Political Science Capstone (54615)

Instructor(s)
Class Component:
Discussion
Times and Locations:
Regular Academic Session
 
01/17/2023 - 05/01/2023
Thu 01:00PM - 02:15PM
UMTC, West Bank
Blegen Hall 240
Auto Enrolls With:
Section 001
Enrollment Status:
Closed (36 of 35 seats filled)
Course Catalog Description:
The Political Science Capstone is a required course that provides students with a unique opportunity to reflect on, articulate, share, and build on their individual experiences in the major. It invites students to reflect on what they have learned as political science majors; to demonstrate their knowledge through the preparation of a portfolio of materials; and to think about how the knowledge, skills, and insights of acquired in their major experience can be used and applied outside of the University. Students double majoring in Political Science and another discipline may choose to take this course or complete the capstone in their other major. Political Science majors who are writing an Honors thesis are exempt from this capstone requirement, as the department will recognize the senior thesis as the capstone experience.
Class Description:
Student may contact the instructor or department for information.
Textbooks:
https://bookstores.umn.edu/course-lookup/54615/1233

Spring 2023  |  POL 4991 Section 005: Political Science Capstone (55080)

Instructor(s)
Class Component:
Lecture
Instructor Consent:
No Special Consent Required
Instruction Mode:
In Person
Enrollment Requirements:
Political Science senior
Times and Locations:
Regular Academic Session
 
01/17/2023 - 05/01/2023
Mon 04:00PM - 05:15PM
UMTC, West Bank
Blegen Hall 255
Enrollment Status:
Open (44 of 46 seats filled)
Also Offered:
Course Catalog Description:
The Political Science Capstone is a required course that provides students with a unique opportunity to reflect on, articulate, share, and build on their individual experiences in the major. It invites students to reflect on what they have learned as political science majors; to demonstrate their knowledge through the preparation of a portfolio of materials; and to think about how the knowledge, skills, and insights of acquired in their major experience can be used and applied outside of the University. Students double majoring in Political Science and another discipline may choose to take this course or complete the capstone in their other major. Political Science majors who are writing an Honors thesis are exempt from this capstone requirement, as the department will recognize the senior thesis as the capstone experience.
Class Notes:
http://classinfo.umn.edu/?sarbahi+POL4991+Spring2023
Class Description:
This is a required course for completion of the Political Science major. The purpose of this capstone course is to provide a common, meaningful, and practical culminating experience for soon-to-be graduating seniors in Political Science. In this course, students will reflect on, articulate, share, and build upon their highly-individualized experiences in the major so that they finish the major with a more complete and synthetic understanding of what they have learned, what their undergraduate work prepares them for, and what questions, old or new, they can and should keep asking, reformulating, and seeking answers for after graduation. In addition, the course is designed to reinforce the fundamental skills associated with evidence-based reasoning and argumentation. These include the location, evaluation, and presentation of different sources of evidence as well as employment of different forms of analysis.

The course is organized around the theme of ‘Democracy under Threat'. This theme stems from the widespread consensus among scholars and observers of democracy that democracy is on the decline around the world. The most recent Freedom House report documents the 14th successive year of decline in global freedom. The most notable aspect of the current phase of democratic decline is that it is affecting the more advanced and established democracies of the world including those in the West. Over the course of this semester, we will be addressing some of the major challenges confronting democracy across the world and will accord special attention to recent developments in the United States. We will approach these challenges from a comparative perspective engaging evidence, accounts, and arguments from across the world.

The delivery modality for POL 4991 005 and the related sections 006, 007, and 008 is online, synchronous.
Who Should Take This Class?:
All graduating seniors majoring in Political Science.
Learning Objectives:
This course will provide you with an opportunity to: a) reflect on what you have learned as a Political Science major; b) demonstrate your knowledge through the preparation of a portfolio of materials; and, c) think about how the knowledge, skills, and insights acquired in your major experience can be used and applied outside of the university. The main goal of the course is to guide you through the process of preparing your capstone portfolio by providing structure, feedback, and encouragement. Along the way, we will emphasize the relationship between political science perspectives, critical thinking, effective communication, and meaningful civic engagement.
Exam Format:
No exams.
Class Format:
We will meet twice every week - on Tuesdays for lectures and Thursdays for discussion sections. The class time during lectures will be apportioned between lectures (50 percent), multimedia presentations (35 percent) and discussions, both individual and group based (15 percent).
Textbooks:
https://bookstores.umn.edu/course-lookup/55080/1233
Instructor Supplied Information Last Updated:
9 November 2021

Spring 2023  |  POL 4991 Section 006: Political Science Capstone (55081)

Instructor(s)
Class Component:
Discussion
Times and Locations:
Regular Academic Session
 
01/17/2023 - 05/01/2023
Wed 04:00PM - 05:15PM
UMTC, West Bank
Blegen Hall 255
Auto Enrolls With:
Section 005
Enrollment Status:
Closed (35 of 35 seats filled)
Course Catalog Description:
The Political Science Capstone is a required course that provides students with a unique opportunity to reflect on, articulate, share, and build on their individual experiences in the major. It invites students to reflect on what they have learned as political science majors; to demonstrate their knowledge through the preparation of a portfolio of materials; and to think about how the knowledge, skills, and insights of acquired in their major experience can be used and applied outside of the University. Students double majoring in Political Science and another discipline may choose to take this course or complete the capstone in their other major. Political Science majors who are writing an Honors thesis are exempt from this capstone requirement, as the department will recognize the senior thesis as the capstone experience.
Class Description:
This is a required course for completion of the Political Science major. The purpose of this capstone course is to provide a common, meaningful, and practical culminating experience for soon-to-be graduating seniors in Political Science. In this course, students will reflect on, articulate, share, and build upon their highly-individualized experiences in the major so that they finish the major with a more complete and synthetic understanding of what they have learned, what their undergraduate work prepares them for, and what questions, old or new, they can and should keep asking, reformulating, and seeking answers for after graduation. In addition, the course is designed to reinforce the fundamental skills associated with evidence-based reasoning and argumentation. These include the location, evaluation, and presentation of different sources of evidence as well as employment of different forms of analysis.

The course is organized around the theme of ‘Democracy under Threat'. This theme stems from the widespread consensus among scholars and observers of democracy that democracy is on the decline around the world. The most recent Freedom House report documents the 14th successive year of decline in global freedom. The most notable aspect of the current phase of democratic decline is that it is affecting the more advanced and established democracies of the world including those in the West. Over the course of this semester, we will be addressing some of the major challenges confronting democracy across the world and will accord special attention to recent developments in the United States. We will approach these challenges from a comparative perspective engaging evidence, accounts, and arguments from across the world.

The delivery modality for POL 4991 005 and the related sections 006, 007, and 008 is online, synchronous.
Who Should Take This Class?:
All graduating seniors majoring in Political Science.
Learning Objectives:
This course will provide you with an opportunity to: a) reflect on what you have learned as a Political Science major; b) demonstrate your knowledge through the preparation of a portfolio of materials; and, c) think about how the knowledge, skills, and insights acquired in your major experience can be used and applied outside of the university. The main goal of the course is to guide you through the process of preparing your capstone portfolio by providing structure, feedback, and encouragement. Along the way, we will emphasize the relationship between political science perspectives, critical thinking, effective communication, and meaningful civic engagement.
Exam Format:
No exams.
Class Format:
We will meet twice every week - on Tuesdays for lectures and Thursdays for discussion sections. The class time during lectures will be apportioned between lectures (50 percent), multimedia presentations (35 percent) and discussions, both individual and group based (15 percent).
Textbooks:
https://bookstores.umn.edu/course-lookup/55081/1233
Instructor Supplied Information Last Updated:
9 November 2021

Spring 2023  |  POL 4991 Section 007: Political Science Capstone (55082)

Instructor(s)
Class Component:
Discussion
Times and Locations:
Regular Academic Session
 
01/17/2023 - 05/01/2023
Wed 04:00PM - 05:15PM
UMTC, West Bank
Blegen Hall 140
Auto Enrolls With:
Section 005
Enrollment Status:
Open (9 of 10 seats filled)
Course Catalog Description:
The Political Science Capstone is a required course that provides students with a unique opportunity to reflect on, articulate, share, and build on their individual experiences in the major. It invites students to reflect on what they have learned as political science majors; to demonstrate their knowledge through the preparation of a portfolio of materials; and to think about how the knowledge, skills, and insights of acquired in their major experience can be used and applied outside of the University. Students double majoring in Political Science and another discipline may choose to take this course or complete the capstone in their other major. Political Science majors who are writing an Honors thesis are exempt from this capstone requirement, as the department will recognize the senior thesis as the capstone experience.
Class Description:
This is a required course for completion of the Political Science major. The purpose of this capstone course is to provide a common, meaningful, and practical culminating experience for soon-to-be graduating seniors in Political Science. In this course, students will reflect on, articulate, share, and build upon their highly-individualized experiences in the major so that they finish the major with a more complete and synthetic understanding of what they have learned, what their undergraduate work prepares them for, and what questions, old or new, they can and should keep asking, reformulating, and seeking answers for after graduation. In addition, the course is designed to reinforce the fundamental skills associated with evidence-based reasoning and argumentation. These include the location, evaluation, and presentation of different sources of evidence as well as employment of different forms of analysis.

The course is organized around the theme of ‘Democracy under Threat'. This theme stems from the widespread consensus among scholars and observers of democracy that democracy is on the decline around the world. The most recent Freedom House report documents the 14th successive year of decline in global freedom. The most notable aspect of the current phase of democratic decline is that it is affecting the more advanced and established democracies of the world including those in the West. Over the course of this semester, we will be addressing some of the major challenges confronting democracy across the world and will accord special attention to recent developments in the United States. We will approach these challenges from a comparative perspective engaging evidence, accounts, and arguments from across the world.

The delivery modality for POL 4991 005 and the related sections 006, 007, and 008 is online, synchronous.
Who Should Take This Class?:
All graduating seniors majoring in Political Science.
Learning Objectives:
This course will provide you with an opportunity to: a) reflect on what you have learned as a Political Science major; b) demonstrate your knowledge through the preparation of a portfolio of materials; and, c) think about how the knowledge, skills, and insights acquired in your major experience can be used and applied outside of the university. The main goal of the course is to guide you through the process of preparing your capstone portfolio by providing structure, feedback, and encouragement. Along the way, we will emphasize the relationship between political science perspectives, critical thinking, effective communication, and meaningful civic engagement.
Exam Format:
No exams.
Class Format:
We will meet twice every week - on Tuesdays for lectures and Thursdays for discussion sections. The class time during lectures will be apportioned between lectures (50 percent), multimedia presentations (35 percent) and discussions, both individual and group based (15 percent).
Textbooks:
https://bookstores.umn.edu/course-lookup/55082/1233
Instructor Supplied Information Last Updated:
9 November 2021

Spring 2023  |  POL 4993 Section 001: Honors Thesis: Directed Studies (52533)

Instructor(s)
No instructor assigned
Class Component:
Independent Study
Credits:
1-6 Credits
Repeat Credit Limit:
12 Credits
Grading Basis:
A-F only
Instructor Consent:
Instructor Consent Required
Instruction Mode:
In Person
Class Attributes:
Honors
Enrollment Requirements:
Pol 3108H, political science major, honors
Times and Locations:
Regular Academic Session
 
01/17/2023 - 05/01/2023
12:00AM - 12:00AM
UMTC, West Bank
Enrollment Status:
Open (9 of 20 seats filled)
Also Offered:
Course Catalog Description:
Individual research/writing of departmental honors thesis.
Class Notes:
http://classinfo.umn.edu/?POL4993+Spring2023
Class Description:
Student may contact the instructor or department for information.
Textbooks:
https://bookstores.umn.edu/course-lookup/52533/1233

Spring 2023  |  POL 4994 Section 001: Directed Research: Individual (52344)

Instructor(s)
No instructor assigned
Class Component:
Independent Study
Credits:
1-4 Credits
Repeat Credit Limit:
4 Credits
Grading Basis:
Student Option
Instructor Consent:
Department Consent Required
Instruction Mode:
In Person
Times and Locations:
Regular Academic Session
 
01/17/2023 - 05/01/2023
12:00AM - 12:00AM
UMTC, West Bank
Enrollment Status:
Open (3 of 20 seats filled)
Also Offered:
Course Catalog Description:
Directed individual reading and research between a student and faculty member. Prerequisite instructor and department consent.
Class Notes:
http://classinfo.umn.edu/?POL4994+Spring2023
Class Description:
Student may contact the instructor or department for information.
Textbooks:
https://bookstores.umn.edu/course-lookup/52344/1233

Spring 2023  |  POL 5970 Section 001: Individual Reading and Research (54703)

Instructor(s)
No instructor assigned
Class Component:
Independent Study
Credits:
1-4 Credits
Repeat Credit Limit:
8 Credits
Grading Basis:
Student Option
Instructor Consent:
Department Consent Required
Instruction Mode:
In Person
Class Attributes:
Grade Sort
Times and Locations:
Regular Academic Session
 
01/17/2023 - 05/01/2023
UMTC, West Bank
Enrollment Status:
Open (0 of 15 seats filled)
Also Offered:
Course Catalog Description:
Guided individual reading or study. Prereq instr consent, dept consent, college consent.
Class Notes:
http://classinfo.umn.edu/?POL5970+Spring2023
Class Description:
Student may contact the instructor or department for information.
Textbooks:
https://bookstores.umn.edu/course-lookup/54703/1233

Spring 2023  |  POL 8060 Section 001: Research Proseminar in Political Science (54761)

Instructor(s)
Class Component:
Lecture
Credits:
2 Credits
Repeat Credit Limit:
8 Credits
Grading Basis:
Student Option
Instructor Consent:
No Special Consent Required
Instruction Mode:
In Person
Enrollment Requirements:
Pol Sci grad major
Times and Locations:
Regular Academic Session
 
01/17/2023 - 05/01/2023
Thu 01:25PM - 03:20PM
UMTC, West Bank
Social Sciences Building 1450
Enrollment Status:
Open (3 of 10 seats filled)
Also Offered:
Course Catalog Description:
Readings, discussion, guest speakers. Topics vary by semester.
Class Notes:
Publishing Confidential: *Security Studies* from the Inside
Class Description:
Student may contact the instructor or department for information.
Textbooks:
https://bookstores.umn.edu/course-lookup/54761/1233

Spring 2023  |  POL 8104 Section 001: Professional Development I (65542)

Instructor(s)
Class Component:
Lecture
Credits:
2 Credits
Repeat Credit Limit:
4 Credits
Grading Basis:
S-N only
Instructor Consent:
Department Consent Required
Instruction Mode:
In Person
Enrollment Requirements:
Pol Sci grad major
Times and Locations:
First Half of Term
 
01/17/2023 - 03/13/2023
Tue 11:00AM - 12:55PM
UMTC, West Bank
Social Sciences Building 1314
Enrollment Status:
Closed (10 of 10 seats filled)
Also Offered:
Course Catalog Description:
The objectives of this course are as follows: (1) to provide students with professional advice that will help them move with dispatch through the graduate program; (2) to learn the formal and informal norms of the discipline; and (3) to help them prepare to do independent research and dissertation research. prereq: 1st year Pol graduate student
Class Description:
Student may contact the instructor or department for information.
Textbooks:
https://bookstores.umn.edu/course-lookup/65542/1233

Spring 2023  |  POL 8107 Section 001: Quantitative Political Science II (65544)

Instructor(s)
Class Component:
Lecture
Credits:
3 Credits
Grading Basis:
A-F only
Instructor Consent:
No Special Consent Required
Instruction Mode:
In Person
Times and Locations:
Regular Academic Session
 
01/17/2023 - 05/01/2023
Tue, Thu 09:45AM - 11:00AM
UMTC, West Bank
Social Sciences Building 1383
Enrollment Status:
Open (7 of 10 seats filled)
Also Offered:
Course Catalog Description:
Multiple linear regression model applied to political science data. How to use regression techniques to analyze data, interpret statistical results, and summarize/report the findings. Estimation of model. Underlying assumptions. Inference. Model diagnostics. Extensions of model. prereq: Political science grad major or instr consent
Class Description:
Student may contact the instructor or department for information.
Textbooks:
https://bookstores.umn.edu/course-lookup/65544/1233

Spring 2023  |  POL 8125 Section 001: Dynamic Analysis (65545)

Instructor(s)
Class Component:
Lecture
Credits:
3 Credits
Grading Basis:
Student Option
Instructor Consent:
No Special Consent Required
Instruction Mode:
In Person
Enrollment Requirements:
Pol Sci grad major
Times and Locations:
Regular Academic Session
 
01/17/2023 - 05/01/2023
Fri 11:00AM - 12:55PM
UMTC, West Bank
Social Sciences Building 1450
Enrollment Status:
Open (0 of 10 seats filled)
Also Offered:
Course Catalog Description:
Time series method, its application in political science. prereq: Pol sci grad student or instr consent
Class Notes:
In-person and ITV seminar; co-taught by Prof. Jon Pevehouse, UW-Madison.
Class Description:
Student may contact the instructor or department for information.
Textbooks:
https://bookstores.umn.edu/course-lookup/65545/1233

Spring 2023  |  POL 8160 Section 001: Topics in Models and Methods -- Survey Experiments in Political Science (65546)

Instructor(s)
Class Component:
Lecture
Credits:
2 Credits
Repeat Credit Limit:
12 Credits
Grading Basis:
Student Option
Instructor Consent:
No Special Consent Required
Instruction Mode:
In Person
Class Attributes:
Topics Course
Enrollment Requirements:
Pol Sci grad major
Times and Locations:
Regular Academic Session
 
01/17/2023 - 05/01/2023
Wed 01:00PM - 03:00PM
UMTC, East Bank
Blegen Hall 215
Enrollment Status:
Open (3 of 10 seats filled)
Also Offered:
Course Catalog Description:
Seminars on selected topics, as specified in Class Schedule.
Class Notes:
ITV Course: Survey Experiments in Political Science; instructor: Prof. Matthew Winters, Illinois This class will expose students to survey experimental research in political science and international relations through concrete examples complemented by methodological readings. The course will review the general methodological logic behind experiments; discuss the strengths, weaknesses, and current uses of survey experiments; and explore some of the frontiers in analyzing experimental data. Students will develop an improved capacity to read research that uses survey experimental methodologies and to think about designing their own experimental and non-experimental research. At the end of the course, student will have developed, in consultation with the instructor, their own research design using survey experimental methods for a substantive question of interest to them.
Class Description:
Student may contact the instructor or department for information.
Textbooks:
https://bookstores.umn.edu/course-lookup/65546/1233

Spring 2023  |  POL 8260 Section 001: Topics in Political Theory -- Modern Thought & Empire (65547)

Instructor(s)
Class Component:
Lecture
Credits:
3 Credits
Repeat Credit Limit:
6 Credits
Grading Basis:
Student Option
Instructor Consent:
No Special Consent Required
Instruction Mode:
In Person
Class Attributes:
Topics Course
Enrollment Requirements:
Pol Sci grad major
Times and Locations:
Regular Academic Session
 
01/17/2023 - 05/01/2023
Thu 01:25PM - 03:20PM
UMTC, West Bank
Social Sciences Building 1383
Enrollment Status:
Open (4 of 10 seats filled)
Also Offered:
Course Catalog Description:
Readings and research in special topics or problems.
Class Notes:
Modern Thought & Empire This course examines the complex relationship between the development of modern political thought and the history of empire since the sixteenth century. What was the role of imperial experience in shaping the central concepts of political theory, such as state, sovereignty, rights, property, liberty, and progress? What kinds of moral, political, and economic arguments were made to justify or denounce empire? What are the intellectual legacies of these arguments that inform our shared ideas of universalism, pluralism, difference, dignity, solidarity, and community? The course tackles these questions by analyzing global processes - overseas trade, imperial competition, colonization and imperial rule, international migration, the origins of anticolonialism - through the works of canonical political thinkers, alongside a range of primary and secondary sources. Thinkers covered in the course include Montaigne, Grotius, Hobbes, Rousseau, Marx, Fanon, and Arendt.
Class Description:
Student may contact the instructor or department for information.
Textbooks:
https://bookstores.umn.edu/course-lookup/65547/1233

Spring 2023  |  POL 8308 Section 001: Proseminar in Political Psychology II (65501)

Instructor(s)
Class Component:
Lecture
Credits:
2 Credits
Grading Basis:
Student Option
Instructor Consent:
No Special Consent Required
Instruction Mode:
In Person
Enrollment Requirements:
Pol Sci grad major or Pol Psy minor
Meets With:
PSY 8212 Section 001
Times and Locations:
Regular Academic Session
 
01/17/2023 - 05/01/2023
Fri 09:00AM - 11:00AM
UMTC, West Bank
Social Sciences Building 1314
Enrollment Status:
Open (4 of 5 seats filled)
Also Offered:
Course Catalog Description:
Readings, discussion, and guest speakers. Topics vary by semester.
Class Description:
Student may contact the instructor or department for information.
Textbooks:
https://bookstores.umn.edu/course-lookup/65501/1233

Spring 2023  |  POL 8311 Section 001: Political Psychology and Socialization (65548)

Instructor(s)
Class Component:
Lecture
Credits:
3 Credits
Grading Basis:
A-F or Audit
Instructor Consent:
No Special Consent Required
Instruction Mode:
In Person
Enrollment Requirements:
Pol Sci grad major or Pol Psy minor
Times and Locations:
Regular Academic Session
 
01/17/2023 - 05/01/2023
Wed 09:00AM - 10:55AM
UMTC, West Bank
Social Sciences Building 1383
Enrollment Status:
Open (7 of 10 seats filled)
Also Offered:
Course Catalog Description:
Introduction to political psychology. Personality and politics; political cognition, emotion, and political behavior; political expertise; media and politics; aggression, authoritarianism, and political behavior; altruism and politics. prereq: Grad pol sci major or pol psych minor or instr consent
Class Description:
Student may contact the instructor or department for information.
Textbooks:
https://bookstores.umn.edu/course-lookup/65548/1233

Spring 2023  |  POL 8402 Section 001: International Security (65549)

Instructor(s)
Class Component:
Lecture
Credits:
3 Credits
Grading Basis:
Student Option
Instructor Consent:
No Special Consent Required
Instruction Mode:
In Person
Enrollment Requirements:
Pol Sci grad major
Times and Locations:
Regular Academic Session
 
01/17/2023 - 05/01/2023
Mon 01:25PM - 03:20PM
UMTC, West Bank
Social Sciences Building 1383
Enrollment Status:
Open (6 of 10 seats filled)
Also Offered:
Course Catalog Description:
Introduction to contending theories of international conflict/security. prereq: Grad pol sci major or instr consent
Class Description:
Student may contact the instructor or department for information.
Textbooks:
https://bookstores.umn.edu/course-lookup/65549/1233

Spring 2023  |  POL 8444 Section 001: FTE: Doctoral (52386)

Instructor(s)
No instructor assigned
Class Component:
Independent Study
Credits:
1 Credit
Repeat Credit Limit:
10 Credits
Grading Basis:
No Grade Associated
Instructor Consent:
No Special Consent Required
Instruction Mode:
In Person
Class Attributes:
Grade Sort
Enrollment Requirements:
Advanced Doctoral Student
Times and Locations:
Regular Academic Session
 
01/17/2023 - 05/01/2023
12:00AM - 12:00AM
UMTC, West Bank
Enrollment Status:
Open (21 of 30 seats filled)
Also Offered:
Course Catalog Description:
(No description) prereq: Doctoral student, adviser and director of graduate studies consent
Class Notes:
http://classinfo.umn.edu/?POL8444+Spring2023
Class Description:
Student may contact the instructor or department for information.
Textbooks:
https://bookstores.umn.edu/course-lookup/52386/1233

Spring 2023  |  POL 8601 Section 001: Introduction to Comparative Politics (67215)

Instructor(s)
Class Component:
Discussion
Credits:
3 Credits
Grading Basis:
Student Option
Instructor Consent:
No Special Consent Required
Instruction Mode:
In Person
Enrollment Requirements:
Pol Sci grad major
Times and Locations:
Regular Academic Session
 
01/17/2023 - 05/01/2023
Thu 05:45PM - 07:40PM
UMTC, East Bank
Social Sciences Building 1383
Enrollment Status:
Open (8 of 10 seats filled)
Also Offered:
Course Catalog Description:
Main theoretical approaches and issues: comparative method, the state and class; political culture; development, democratization, rational choice, social movements. prereq: Grad pol sci major
Class Description:
Student may contact the instructor or department for information.
Textbooks:
https://bookstores.umn.edu/course-lookup/67215/1233

Spring 2023  |  POL 8666 Section 001: Doctoral Pre-Thesis Credits (52408)

Instructor(s)
No instructor assigned
Class Component:
Independent Study
Credits:
1-6 Credits
Repeat Credit Limit:
12 Credits
Grading Basis:
No Grade Associated
Instructor Consent:
Department Consent Required
Instruction Mode:
In Person
Class Attributes:
Grade Sort
Enrollment Requirements:
Pol Doctoral Student
Times and Locations:
Regular Academic Session
 
01/17/2023 - 05/01/2023
12:00AM - 12:00AM
UMTC, West Bank
Enrollment Status:
Open (0 of 30 seats filled)
Also Offered:
Course Catalog Description:
TBD prereq: Doctoral student who has not passed prelim oral, up to 24 combined cr, permission number required for registration, doctoral student admitted before summer 2007 may register up to four times, up to 60 combined cr
Class Notes:
http://classinfo.umn.edu/?POL8666+Spring2023
Class Description:
Student may contact the instructor or department for information.
Textbooks:
https://bookstores.umn.edu/course-lookup/52408/1233

Spring 2023  |  POL 8888 Section 001: Thesis Credit: Doctoral (52459)

Instructor(s)
No instructor assigned
Class Component:
Independent Study
Credits:
1-24 Credits
Repeat Credit Limit:
100 Credits
Grading Basis:
No Grade Associated
Instructor Consent:
No Special Consent Required
Instruction Mode:
In Person
Class Attributes:
Grade Sort
Enrollment Requirements:
Political Science PhD, Doct or ETCR
Times and Locations:
Regular Academic Session
 
01/17/2023 - 05/01/2023
12:00AM - 12:00AM
UMTC, West Bank
Enrollment Status:
Open (19 of 30 seats filled)
Also Offered:
Course Catalog Description:
(No description) prereq: Max 18 cr per semester or summer; 24 cr required
Class Notes:
http://classinfo.umn.edu/?POL8888+Spring2023
Class Description:
Student may contact the instructor or department for information.
Textbooks:
https://bookstores.umn.edu/course-lookup/52459/1233

Spring 2023  |  POL 8990 Section 001: Directed Readings and Research in Political Science (51878)

Instructor(s)
No instructor assigned
Class Component:
Independent Study
Credits:
1-7 Credits
Repeat Credit Limit:
7 Credits
Grading Basis:
Student Option
Instructor Consent:
Department Consent Required
Instruction Mode:
In Person
Class Attributes:
Grade Sort
Times and Locations:
Regular Academic Session
 
01/17/2023 - 05/01/2023
UMTC, West Bank
Enrollment Status:
Open (0 of 30 seats filled)
Also Offered:
Course Catalog Description:
TBD prereq: 16 cr 8xxx pol sci courses, instr consent, dept consent
Class Notes:
http://classinfo.umn.edu/?POL8990+Spring2023
Class Description:
Student may contact the instructor or department for information.
Textbooks:
https://bookstores.umn.edu/course-lookup/51878/1233

Fall 2022  |  POL 1001 Section 001: American Democracy in a Changing World (19000)

Instructor(s)
Class Component:
Lecture
Credits:
3 Credits
Grading Basis:
Student Option
Instructor Consent:
No Special Consent Required
Instruction Mode:
In Person
Class Attributes:
UMNTC Liberal Education Requirement
Times and Locations:
Regular Academic Session
 
09/06/2022 - 12/14/2022
Tue, Thu 01:00PM - 02:15PM
UMTC, West Bank
Anderson Hall 310
Enrollment Status:
Open (146 of 149 seats filled)
Also Offered:
Course Catalog Description:
This course is intended to introduce students to the expressed hopes of the American people for their government and to the institutions and processes that have been created and recreated to achieve these hopes. The course is designed to help students understand what liberal education is by engaging in the study of American politics as a fundamentally critical and creative enterprise, and by grappling with the most complex and challenging problems of political life, such as the sources of political equality and inequality, and the tension between individual aspirations and political control. Questions of power and choice, opportunity and discrimination, freedom and restrictions on freedom are fundamental to the historical development of and current controversies within the American political system, and we will attend to all of these. We will explore topics including the ideas underlying the nation's founding and its constitutional foundations; civil rights and civil liberties; the role of the United States in an increasingly globalized world; the structure and function of American political institutions; and the behavior of American citizens in the political process. In addition, we will learn to think and communicate like political scientists. We will read primary documents, such as the Federalist papers, engage with scholarly arguments about the way the American political system works, and critically evaluate critiques of the American political system that have been offered from a variety of perspectives. By the end of the semester students should have a basic understanding of the structure and function of American government as well as an increased ability to critically reflect on the degree to which our institutions, processes, and citizens live up to the expectations placed on them. Students will be able to identify, define, and solve problems and to locate and critically evaluate information. Students will have mastered a body of knowledge and a mod
Class Notes:
http://classinfo.umn.edu/?tpcollin+POL1001+Fall2022
Class Description:
Student may contact the instructor or department for information.
Textbooks:
https://bookstores.umn.edu/course-lookup/19000/1229

Fall 2022  |  POL 1025 Section 001: Global Politics (18001)

Instructor(s)
Class Component:
Lecture
Credits:
3 Credits
Repeat Credit Limit:
4 Credits
Grading Basis:
Student Option
Instructor Consent:
No Special Consent Required
Instruction Mode:
In Person
Class Attributes:
UMNTC Liberal Education Requirement
Times and Locations:
Regular Academic Session
 
09/06/2022 - 12/14/2022
Tue, Thu 09:45AM - 11:00AM
UMTC, West Bank
Blegen Hall 5
Enrollment Status:
Closed (85 of 85 seats filled)
Also Offered:
Course Catalog Description:
Global politics is complex, fast-paced, and often confusing. This introductory course explores both the enduring challenges of international politics as well as more recent transformative trends. The course introduces theoretical traditions, but its focus is on making sense of real-world problems, both today and in the past. Why is the world organized into states, and what implications does the states system have for indigenous populations globally? Why and when do states go to war and use military force? Why do they sign international agreements and treaties, on matters from arms control to investment? In what ways do existing systems of international law and trade exacerbate or mitigate global inequities? Why has human rights emerged as a central problem in world politics? What are the prospects for international cooperation to address climate change? How have inequities and prejudices, along the lines of race and other categorical identities, shaped our world - from the practice of global security to the structures of the international political economy? These are among the pressing real-world questions that this course in Global Politics will address and that it will give you the tools to answer - though particular instructors will naturally emphasize different topics and questions. But the course will also highlight how our answers to these questions are changing along with the deep power structures of global politics - as US dominance wanes and others, most notably China, rise; as core ideas and discourses underpinning the international system, such as sovereignty, come under assault; as institutions, such as those governing international law, thicken; and as attention grows to the structuring effects of race and other ascriptive categories. Global Politics is an essential guide to our increasingly globalized world.
Class Notes:
http://classinfo.umn.edu/?rkrebs+POL1025+Fall2022
Class Description:
Americans hardly need to be told that international politics matters. US forces are still deployed around the globe, and economic uncertainty has barely abated. Knowing that international politics matters is one thing, making sense of it is another. This course will give students the tools they need to begin to understand patterns and trends in global politics. Students will be introduced to international relations' theoretical traditions, but the course will focus primarily on explaining and understanding historical and especially current problems in world politics. It will explore, among other issues, the causes of war and peace, the limited use of force, humanitarian intervention, nuclear proliferation, nationalist conflict, international ethics, the politics of international trade and finance, foreign aid, globalization, the prospects for environmental cooperation and human rights norms, migration, terrorism, and the future of world politics. By the end of the course, students should be familiar with all these issues and others, should have developed their own views on these much-debated questions, and should be able to apply basic analytical frameworks to answer them.
Grading:
25% Midterm Exam
40% Final Exam
20% Essay, Quizzes
15% Class Participation
Exam Format:
Identifications; short paragraphs; essays; reading quizzes
Class Format:
80% Lecture
20% Discussion
Workload:
50-75 Pages Reading Per Week
Textbooks:
https://bookstores.umn.edu/course-lookup/18001/1229
Instructor Supplied Information Last Updated:
27 October 2015

Fall 2022  |  POL 1026 Section 001: U.S. Foreign Policy (20762)

Instructor(s)
https://www.law.umn.edu/profiles/tracey-blasenheim" target="lookup">Tracey Blasenheim
Class Component:
Lecture
Credits:
3 Credits
Grading Basis:
Student Option
Instructor Consent:
No Special Consent Required
Instruction Mode:
In Person
Times and Locations:
Regular Academic Session
 
09/06/2022 - 12/14/2022
Tue, Thu 08:15AM - 09:30AM
UMTC, West Bank
Anderson Hall 230
Enrollment Status:
Open (70 of 85 seats filled)
Also Offered:
Course Catalog Description:
The United States is the most powerful country in the world. This means that how the United States behaves in the world is hugely important. As a result, we should all try to better understand U.S. foreign policy: why the U.S. behaves in the way it does, how the U.S. should behave, and how it has behaved in the past. These are the questions that this class tackles. For example, we'll ask: why does the United States play such an active role in world politics? Might this change in the future and has the United States always behaved in this way? Why is the United States so often at war despite being so militarily powerful and secure? What role has race and racism played in key episodes of U.S. foreign policy? Does the rise of China pose a threat to the United States and if so, what should the United States do about it? Why does the United States care so much about stopping other countries from acquiring nuclear weapons? Should addressing climate change be a key priority of U.S. foreign policy and how should it be addressed?
Class Notes:
http://classinfo.umn.edu/?POL1026+Fall2022
Class Description:
Student may contact the instructor or department for information.
Textbooks:
https://bookstores.umn.edu/course-lookup/20762/1229

Fall 2022  |  POL 1054 Section 001: Politics Around the World (17989)

Instructor(s)
Class Component:
Lecture
Credits:
3 Credits
Repeat Credit Limit:
4 Credits
Grading Basis:
Student Option
Instructor Consent:
No Special Consent Required
Instruction Mode:
In Person
Class Attributes:
UMNTC Liberal Education Requirement
Times and Locations:
Regular Academic Session
 
09/06/2022 - 12/14/2022
Tue, Thu 11:15AM - 12:30PM
UMTC, West Bank
Anderson Hall 210
Enrollment Status:
Closed (85 of 85 seats filled)
Also Offered:
Course Catalog Description:
This course is an introduction to the study of politics in different countries around the world. It focuses on domestic politics within countries, as opposed to a course in international relations, which focuses on relations between countries. Some of the questions we tackle include: Why are some countries prone to violent conflict while others remain peaceful? Why do some countries grow rich while others remain poor? Why does democracy emerge in some countries, while dictators hold onto power elsewhere? How do attitudes about gender and sexuality influence politics? Do particular religions, or the strength of religious faith, strengthen or weaken democracy? The readings and assignments help you make sense of the complexity of world politics - to sift through and distill the avalanche of information available and learn how to develop your own arguments about pertinent global issues. Upon completion of this course you will be able to understand and provide examples of 1) the difference between strong and weak states; 2) the distinctions between democratic and non-democratic forms of government; 3) the various ways democracies are governed; 4) arguments explaining the origin of democracy and the persistence of non-democracy; 5) the significance of different forms of political identity such as ethnicity, religion, and gender; 6) why some countries are rich while others remain poor; and 7) why some countries tax and spend more than others. Assignments seek to develop your skills at developing arguments through logic and evidence and to give you the ability to distinguish between a persuasive argument about politics and simply stating an opinion.
Class Notes:
http://classinfo.umn.edu/?dsamuels+POL1054+Fall2022
Class Description:
This course provides an introduction to the study of politics in different countries around the world. We seek to understand how people establish a durable and legitimate political system, and how they seek to benefit from, transform or even overthrow that system. Over the course of the semester we will explore the following questions: 1) How and why do societies establish political order? 2) What is democracy and how is it different from dictatorship? 3) What factors cause democracy to emerge? 4) What are the different kinds of dictatorships? 5) When, where and why does ethnicity impact politics? 6) What is nationalism? 7) How does religion drive conflict in the contemporary world? 8) What is the impact of women in politics around the world? 9) What causes civil wars? 10) Why are some countries rich and some poor? 11) Why do some countries tax and spend quite a lot, while others have lower tax rates and lower levels of redistribution?
Who Should Take This Class?:
Anyone interested in global politics
Exam Format:
30% Reports/Papers
50% Written Homework
20% Class Participation Other Grading Information: There is one five-page paper, and up to 10 short assignments. A draft of the 5-page paper is required; students will receive feedback before turning in the final version.
Class Format:
60% Lecture
25% Discussion
15% Small Group Activities
Workload:
100 Pages Reading Per Week
15 Pages Writing Per Term
1 Paper(s)
10 Homework Assignment(s)
Textbooks:
https://bookstores.umn.edu/course-lookup/17989/1229
Instructor Supplied Information Last Updated:
27 March 2017

Fall 2022  |  POL 1201 Section 001: Political Ideas (17965)

Instructor(s)
Class Component:
Lecture
Credits:
3 Credits
Grading Basis:
Student Option
Instructor Consent:
No Special Consent Required
Instruction Mode:
In Person
Class Attributes:
UMNTC Liberal Education Requirement
Times and Locations:
Regular Academic Session
 
09/06/2022 - 12/14/2022
Wed, Fri 09:45AM - 11:00AM
UMTC, West Bank
Anderson Hall 350
Enrollment Status:
Open (146 of 149 seats filled)
Also Offered:
Course Catalog Description:
This course serves as an introduction to the study of political theory. Political theory analyzes the meaning and significance of fundamental concepts in politics. Starting from such basic concerns as the nature of politics, humans, power and justice, political theorists explore how these basic starting assumptions organize the norms, practices, and institutions of political and social order. To explore these topics, the field turns to key texts, as well as to political and social events and other media (film, historical documents, etc.). In this introductory course, students will investigate some of the basic texts in political theory, with the goal of learning how to read texts more analytically and to address fundamental questions in political theory. Among the topics that might be the nature of justice and injustice, political obligation and civil disobedience, democracy and other forms of governance. Students who complete this course will understand the deep issues about the nature of politics, will have learned to read and to analyze complex texts. They will also have had the opportunity to reflect upon their own ethical engagement in political life and upon the ways in which historically, political ideas change.
Class Notes:
http://classinfo.umn.edu/?asinha+POL1201+Fall2022
Class Description:

Aristotle once called human beings "political animals,"meaning that, unlike gods or the other animals, we naturally create institutions to govern ourselves. What those institutions should look like, what values they should embody, and who should be in charge prove to be difficult questions that Aristotle leaves for us. Building on Aristotle's definition, this course offers an introduction to political theory, a sub-discipline of political science. By exploring some of the core issues and concepts of political theory, students will grapple with a number of "big questions" about politics in history and in the present: Why and how does politics matter in our everyday lives beyond the voting booth? On what basis is political authority seen as legitimate? How should we understand and embody political values like justice and equality in our own lives? What is the role of economics (capitalism, socialism, etc.) and economic inequality in the creation of political order? What should we think of the use of violence or non-violence in contemporary politics and protests? To explore these "big questions," we will relate historical readings to contemporary "hot-button" issues here in the Twin Cities, the US, and the globe.

Workload:
50 Pages Reading Per Week
9-10 Pages Writing Per Term
Textbooks:
https://bookstores.umn.edu/course-lookup/17965/1229
Instructor Supplied Information Last Updated:
21 March 2022

Fall 2022  |  POL 3080 Section 001: Internship in Politics or Government (17964)

Instructor(s)
Class Component:
Field Work
Credits:
3-13 Credits
Repeat Credit Limit:
15 Credits
Grading Basis:
A-F only
Instructor Consent:
Department Consent Required
Instruction Mode:
In Person
Times and Locations:
Regular Academic Session
 
09/06/2022 - 12/14/2022
12:00AM - 12:00AM
Off Campus
Enrollment Status:
Open (21 of 50 seats filled)
Also Offered:
Course Catalog Description:
Students search for and arrange an internship with an organization or office working in government or politics, and then complete academic coursework in association with their internship. prereq: instr consent, dept consent
Class Notes:
http://classinfo.umn.edu/?psoper+POL3080+Fall2022
Class Description:
This course has two purposes. The first is to provide students with an opportunity to acquire first-hand political experience and knowledge. The second is to enable students to situate their internship experience in the context of relevant political science research on the subject matter. Students earn 1 credit for every 3 hours per week worked at the internship. Students must work at least 10 hours per week (or 140 total hours), and take POL 3080 for at least 3 credits. To enroll in POL 3080, students must meet with the instructor to discuss the course requirements, sign a Student/Faculty contract that specifies the required coursework, and get a permission number. This meeting takes 15-20 minutes, and should be scheduled once you have secured your internship and you know how many hours per week you will be working (so that you will know how many credits you can take). These meetings usually take place once enrollment for the next semester is open. NOTE: you MUST sign up for the course by the end of the first week of classes for the semester in which you are doing the internship. All students must submit weekly analytical journal entries, and two informational interview reports. At higher credits levels, students must complete a 5-7p essay and 10p research paper.
Who Should Take This Class?:
Any UofM undergraduate student in any College or School who wants to learn more about politics, policy making, policy implementation, the legal system, or community service
Learning Objectives:
To gain hands-on practical experience in politics, government, law, or community service work, and to reflect on that experience via political science research.
Grading:
Political Science majors and minors MUST take 3080 A-F; non-majors/minors may take 3080 S/N, but A-F is recommended for all students.
Exam Format:
90% Reports/Papers
10% Other Evaluation Other Grading Information: Grade based 90% on coursework, 10% on internship supervisor's evaluation.
Class Format:
100% Web Based Students work at their internships, and submit their course work by e-mail. There are no required classroom meetings.
Workload:
30-50 Pages Reading Per Week
20-50 Pages Writing Per Term Other Workload: Workload varies by number of credits taken. Minimum 14 weekly journal entries, 2 informational interview reports. Additional papers at higher credit levels
Textbooks:
https://bookstores.umn.edu/course-lookup/17964/1229
Past Syllabi:
http://classinfo.umn.edu/syllabi/psoper_POL3080_Fall2017.doc (Fall 2017)
http://classinfo.umn.edu/syllabi/psoper_POL3080_Summer2017.doc (Summer 2017)
http://classinfo.umn.edu/syllabi/psoper_POL3080_Spring2016.doc (Spring 2016)
Instructor Supplied Information Last Updated:
23 February 2017

Fall 2022  |  POL 3085 Section 001: Quantitative Analysis in Political Science (21040)

Instructor(s)
Class Component:
Lecture
Instructor Consent:
No Special Consent Required
Instruction Mode:
In Person
Class Attributes:
UMNTC Liberal Education Requirement
Times and Locations:
Regular Academic Session
 
09/06/2022 - 12/14/2022
Tue, Thu 11:15AM - 12:30PM
UMTC, West Bank
Blegen Hall 155
Enrollment Status:
Closed (62 of 60 seats filled)
Also Offered:
Course Catalog Description:
POL 3085 teaches students how to study politics scientifically and introduces them to how to use quantitative analysis to answer political questions. The first part of the class covers how to formulate a theory (a possible answer to a question), specify testable hypotheses (what you would see if the theory is correct or incorrect), and set up a research design to test those hypotheses. In the second part of the class, we cover quantitative data analysis, beginning from preliminary statistical analysis to multivariate linear regression. There is no mathematical or statistical background required for this course. By the end of the class, students should be able to ask and answer political questions using quantitative data and fluently evaluate statistical analyses of political phenomena in the media and many academic articles.
Class Notes:
http://classinfo.umn.edu/?jlsumner+POL3085+Fall2022
Class Description:

POL 3085 teaches students how to study politics scientifically and introduces them to how to use quantitative analysis to answer political questions. The first part of the class covers how to formulate a theory (a possible answer to a question), specify testable hypotheses (what you would see if the theory is correct or incorrect), and set up a research design to test those hypotheses. In the second part of the class, we cover quantitative data analysis, beginning from preliminary statistical analysis to multivariate linear regression. There is no mathematical or statistical background required for this course and students are encouraged to pursue research projects of personal interest to them. By the end of the class, students should be able to ask and answer political questions using quantitative data and fluently evaluate statistical analyses of political phenomena in the media and many academic articles.

Who Should Take This Class?:
This class is ideal for anyone interested in conducting quantitative research or evaluating quantitative research (note: 'reading the news' qualifies). It does not require you to be a "math person"* (* there is no such thing as a "math person") -- all mathematical backgrounds and perceived ability levels can thrive in this class.
Learning Objectives:
The lab section is solely dedicated to understanding the statistical software program R. Learning statistical software is good for several reasons: not only does it give you practical tools for manipulating and analyzing data and making cool graphics, but it also teaches you algorithmic thinking, which is a good skill set for life.
Grading:

There are short assignments intended to be done within lab and mostly-weekly quizzes done outside of class. Quizzes are online and untimed.

Exam Format:
None
Class Format:
Most weeks student will be expected to watch a lecture video before lab. The class period will be dedicated to going through specific activities related to that content and answering student questions.
Workload:
Students have a homework assignment due every 1-2 weeks (depending on how extensive the assignment is). Lectures require some preparation, either in the form of reading and or forms of preparation.
Textbooks:
https://bookstores.umn.edu/course-lookup/21040/1229
Instructor Supplied Information Last Updated:
9 December 2021

Fall 2022  |  POL 3085 Section 002: Quantitative Analysis in Political Science (21041)

Instructor(s)
Class Component:
Discussion
Credits:
4 Credits
Grading Basis:
A-F or Audit
Instructor Consent:
No Special Consent Required
Instruction Mode:
In Person
Class Attributes:
UMNTC Liberal Education Requirement
Times and Locations:
Regular Academic Session
 
09/06/2022 - 12/14/2022
Thu 03:00PM - 03:50PM
UMTC, West Bank
Blegen Hall 130
Enrollment Status:
Closed (32 of 30 seats filled)
Also Offered:
Course Catalog Description:
POL 3085 teaches students how to study politics scientifically and introduces them to how to use quantitative analysis to answer political questions. The first part of the class covers how to formulate a theory (a possible answer to a question), specify testable hypotheses (what you would see if the theory is correct or incorrect), and set up a research design to test those hypotheses. In the second part of the class, we cover quantitative data analysis, beginning from preliminary statistical analysis to multivariate linear regression. There is no mathematical or statistical background required for this course. By the end of the class, students should be able to ask and answer political questions using quantitative data and fluently evaluate statistical analyses of political phenomena in the media and many academic articles.
Class Notes:
http://classinfo.umn.edu/?jlsumner+POL3085+Fall2022
Class Description:

POL 3085 teaches students how to study politics scientifically and introduces them to how to use quantitative analysis to answer political questions. The first part of the class covers how to formulate a theory (a possible answer to a question), specify testable hypotheses (what you would see if the theory is correct or incorrect), and set up a research design to test those hypotheses. In the second part of the class, we cover quantitative data analysis, beginning from preliminary statistical analysis to multivariate linear regression. There is no mathematical or statistical background required for this course and students are encouraged to pursue research projects of personal interest to them. By the end of the class, students should be able to ask and answer political questions using quantitative data and fluently evaluate statistical analyses of political phenomena in the media and many academic articles.

Who Should Take This Class?:
This class is ideal for anyone interested in conducting quantitative research or evaluating quantitative research (note: 'reading the news' qualifies). It does not require you to be a "math person"* (* there is no such thing as a "math person") -- all mathematical backgrounds and perceived ability levels can thrive in this class.
Learning Objectives:
The lab section is solely dedicated to understanding the statistical software program R. Learning statistical software is good for several reasons: not only does it give you practical tools for manipulating and analyzing data and making cool graphics, but it also teaches you algorithmic thinking, which is a good skill set for life.
Grading:

There are short assignments intended to be done within lab and mostly-weekly quizzes done outside of class. Quizzes are online and untimed.

Exam Format:
None
Class Format:
Most weeks student will be expected to watch a lecture video before lab. The class period will be dedicated to going through specific activities related to that content and answering student questions.
Workload:
Students have a homework assignment due every 1-2 weeks (depending on how extensive the assignment is). Lectures require some preparation, either in the form of reading and or forms of preparation.
Textbooks:
https://bookstores.umn.edu/course-lookup/21041/1229
Instructor Supplied Information Last Updated:
9 December 2021

Fall 2022  |  POL 3085 Section 003: Quantitative Analysis in Political Science (21042)

Instructor(s)
Class Component:
Discussion
Credits:
4 Credits
Grading Basis:
A-F or Audit
Instructor Consent:
No Special Consent Required
Instruction Mode:
In Person
Class Attributes:
UMNTC Liberal Education Requirement
Times and Locations:
Regular Academic Session
 
09/06/2022 - 12/14/2022
Thu 04:00PM - 04:50PM
UMTC, West Bank
Blegen Hall 140
Enrollment Status:
Closed (30 of 30 seats filled)
Also Offered:
Course Catalog Description:
POL 3085 teaches students how to study politics scientifically and introduces them to how to use quantitative analysis to answer political questions. The first part of the class covers how to formulate a theory (a possible answer to a question), specify testable hypotheses (what you would see if the theory is correct or incorrect), and set up a research design to test those hypotheses. In the second part of the class, we cover quantitative data analysis, beginning from preliminary statistical analysis to multivariate linear regression. There is no mathematical or statistical background required for this course. By the end of the class, students should be able to ask and answer political questions using quantitative data and fluently evaluate statistical analyses of political phenomena in the media and many academic articles.
Class Notes:
http://classinfo.umn.edu/?jlsumner+POL3085+Fall2022
Class Description:

POL 3085 teaches students how to study politics scientifically and introduces them to how to use quantitative analysis to answer political questions. The first part of the class covers how to formulate a theory (a possible answer to a question), specify testable hypotheses (what you would see if the theory is correct or incorrect), and set up a research design to test those hypotheses. In the second part of the class, we cover quantitative data analysis, beginning from preliminary statistical analysis to multivariate linear regression. There is no mathematical or statistical background required for this course and students are encouraged to pursue research projects of personal interest to them. By the end of the class, students should be able to ask and answer political questions using quantitative data and fluently evaluate statistical analyses of political phenomena in the media and many academic articles.

Who Should Take This Class?:
This class is ideal for anyone interested in conducting quantitative research or evaluating quantitative research (note: 'reading the news' qualifies). It does not require you to be a "math person"* (* there is no such thing as a "math person") -- all mathematical backgrounds and perceived ability levels can thrive in this class.
Learning Objectives:
The lab section is solely dedicated to understanding the statistical software program R. Learning statistical software is good for several reasons: not only does it give you practical tools for manipulating and analyzing data and making cool graphics, but it also teaches you algorithmic thinking, which is a good skill set for life.
Grading:

There are short assignments intended to be done within lab and mostly-weekly quizzes done outside of class. Quizzes are online and untimed.

Exam Format:
None
Class Format:
Most weeks student will be expected to watch a lecture video before lab. The class period will be dedicated to going through specific activities related to that content and answering student questions.
Workload:
Students have a homework assignment due every 1-2 weeks (depending on how extensive the assignment is). Lectures require some preparation, either in the form of reading and or forms of preparation.
Textbooks:
https://bookstores.umn.edu/course-lookup/21042/1229
Instructor Supplied Information Last Updated:
9 December 2021

Fall 2022  |  POL 3225 Section 001: American Political Thought (19874)

Instructor(s)
Class Component:
Lecture
Credits:
3 Credits
Grading Basis:
Student Option
Instructor Consent:
No Special Consent Required
Instruction Mode:
In Person
Class Attributes:
UMNTC Liberal Education Requirement
Times and Locations:
Regular Academic Session
 
09/06/2022 - 12/14/2022
Mon, Wed 01:00PM - 02:15PM
UMTC, West Bank
Walter F. Mondale Hall 40
Enrollment Status:
Closed (85 of 85 seats filled)
Also Offered:
Course Catalog Description:
This course provides an introduction to several key periods and some of the leading concepts and debates in American political thought. It might also focus on a broader theme such as: conceptions of destiny, mission, and exceptionalism; arguments over economic development and inequality; or debates over government and corporate power. The course will begin with Puritan religious and political thought, tracing its secularization over time. Considerable attention will be paid to the ideas behind the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution, such as the social contract and the right of resistance to civil authority, civic republicanism, and the founders' new science of politics and government. The course will consider some if not all of the following: debates over slavery and emancipation, women's rights, the rise of imperialism and nationalism, race and racism, and the rise of rule by public and private bureaucratic organizations, and the consequences of these developments for the possibility of continued individual liberty, equality, and justice. This course requires considerable reading of difficult texts. The ultimate goal of this course is for students to gain a deeper understanding of American political thought as a product of the country's ever-evolving political discourse. prereq: Suggested prerequisite POL 1201
Class Notes:
http://classinfo.umn.edu/?psoper+POL3225+Fall2022
Class Description:
In this course we will examine classic texts in the history of American political thought in order to understand how Americans have theorized about and argued over their political system, and to consider how we can draw upon these texts to address contemporary American political problems. Some of the questions we will address: What political and moral obligations do citizens have to the state, and to each other? What is the basis of legitimate state authority? What is the social contract, and how have Americans used social contract theory to legitimate their governments? What is the right of resistance, and when is it acceptable for individuals or a people to resist or rebel against their government? Does the Declaration of Independence merely list the reasons for separating from Great Britain, or is it also a founding document establishing American principles of liberty and equality? How does the Constitution limit (or fail to limit) the power of the state, and protect (or fail to protect) individual and corporate rights? Is class conflict over the distribution of wealth in society a recent development or a long-standing feature of American political discourse? How have religious texts and ideas been used as a basis for political argument? How relevant to our century and our political problems are the ideas of 50, 100, 150, 200, or more years ago? What, if anything, can we still learn and use from these past ideas and theories? How might they help us, or lead us astray, in addressing our own problems today? Prominent theorists covered include Winthrop, Franklin, Paine, Jefferson, Adams, Madison, Hamilton, the Anti-Federalist "Brutus," Thoreau, Calhoun, Douglass, Lincoln, Sumner.
Who Should Take This Class?:
Any student interested in political theory, philosophy, American history, American politics, textual interpretation and analysis, or the roles of ideas, race, gender, and religion in politics.
Learning Objectives:
To understand significant texts in history of American political thought, both in relation to their original historical context and in terms of how they still resonate with our political concerns and problems today; to understand how Americans have thought about and argued over politics from the colonial period through the present; to cultivate students' analytical reasoning.
Exam Format:
80% Reports/Papers
20% Quizzes
Class Format:
80% Lecture
20% Discussion
Workload:
150 Pages Reading Per Week
30 Pages Writing Per Term
3 Paper(s)
2 Quiz(zes)
Textbooks:
https://bookstores.umn.edu/course-lookup/19874/1229
Past Syllabi:
http://classinfo.umn.edu/syllabi/psoper_POL3225_Fall2017.doc (Fall 2017)
Instructor Supplied Information Last Updated:
23 February 2017

Fall 2022  |  POL 3235W Section 001: Democracy and Citizenship (20763)

Instructor(s)
Class Component:
Lecture
Credits:
3 Credits
Grading Basis:
Student Option
Instructor Consent:
No Special Consent Required
Instruction Mode:
In Person
Class Attributes:
UMNTC Liberal Education Requirement
Times and Locations:
Regular Academic Session
 
09/06/2022 - 12/14/2022
Tue, Thu 02:30PM - 03:45PM
UMTC, West Bank
Blegen Hall 317
Enrollment Status:
Closed (58 of 58 seats filled)
Also Offered:
Course Catalog Description:
This course considers the nature of contemporary democracy and the role that members of the political community do, can, and should play. While approaches in teaching the class vary, students can expect to read historical and contemporary texts, see films and videos, to approach questions about the nature of democracy, justifications for democracy, and challenges faced by contemporary democracy as it relates to racial inequality, immigration, gender inequality, and ecological crises. Topics will include: the centrality of social movements for democracies; deliberative and participatory democracy; as well as questions about how members of political communities can best participate in democratic life to address structural inequalities. Students will write a longer essay that allows them to demonstrate their capacities to understand and explain complex ideas and to make a theoretically compelling argument, using appropriate supporting evidence. prereq: Suggested prerequisite 1201
Class Notes:
http://classinfo.umn.edu/?POL3235W+Fall2022 Instructor: Assistant Professor Arash Davari
Class Description:
Democracy seems to be an intuitively simple concept to many Americans. Americans know what democracy, and the corresponding values of freedom and equality mean because they live under a democratic system of government that guarantees liberty and justice for all, and equality regardless of race, color, national origin, religion, or sex. Likewise, Americans know that being a citizen means we have certain rights. (and duties?) When we delve a little deeper into what these concepts mean, however, we discover that this apparent certainty papers over a host of disagreements, divisions, and uncertainties. These complexities have bubbled up to the surface today, as they have historically, through a number of contemporary concerns espoused by the Occupy Movement, the Tea Party Movement, Black Lives Matter, anti-establishment politics, etc.

This class helps students to engage in the contemporary problems of democracy, in the United States and beyond, by grounding the conversation in the historical debates of democratic theory. Rather than suggesting any simple answers, our class will instead pose questions with which we, together, must wrestle. What is democracy? How should we understand basic concepts of democracy like freedom, equality, and solidarity? How should we respond when these concepts come into conflict? Is capitalism inherently in conflict with democracy? Working through these questions, we will tack back and forth between theoretical debates and contemporary and historical political problems, gaining a more nuanced understanding of the political stakes behind these questions, as well as a more critical perspective from which to understand the political challenges of this moment in history.
Who Should Take This Class?:
Any student is welcome to take this course, whether a political science major or not. The questions we deal with are issues affecting all students, and we will work to connect contemporary issues with theoretical and historical texts in a way that is both rigorous enough to engage majors while being accessible to those without a background in political science.
Grading:

Attendance: 10%

Paper 1: 35%

Paper 2: 35%

Final Presentation: 20%

Workload:
approximatley 40 pages of reading per class
Textbooks:
https://bookstores.umn.edu/course-lookup/20763/1229
Instructor Supplied Information Last Updated:
24 June 2022

Fall 2022  |  POL 3251W Section 001: Power, Virtue, and Vice: Ancient and Early Modern Political Theory (32635)

Instructor(s)
Class Component:
Lecture
Credits:
3 Credits
Grading Basis:
Student Option
Instructor Consent:
No Special Consent Required
Instruction Mode:
In Person
Class Attributes:
UMNTC Liberal Education Requirement
Times and Locations:
Regular Academic Session
 
09/06/2022 - 12/14/2022
Mon, Wed 11:15AM - 12:30PM
UMTC, West Bank
Blegen Hall 155
Enrollment Status:
Open (56 of 58 seats filled)
Also Offered:
Course Catalog Description:
Key concepts of contemporary political life such as 'democracy', 'tyranny', 'authority' - and indeed 'politics' itself - derive from ancient sources. This course offers students an opportunity to return to the foundations of this vocabulary by delving into work by such major thinkers as Plato, Aristotle, Augustine, Aquinas, and Machiavelli. Lectures and discussion shall consider the endurance of certain basic questions of political life, such as: What is justice? What is the best regime? What is the relationship between human nature and political order? Can politics be virtuous and, if so, in what way? The course will also consider the radically diverse responses to these essential questions through examination of a wide range of historical periods and the unique terms of political order each offered. Previous iterations of the course have included examination of the Classical Greek city-state system and its fragile experiments with democracy; the rise and fall of the Roman empire; the establishment of Western Christendom; the Renaissance, so-called 'discovery' of the New World, and dawn of the modern era. Students will gain a glimpse into worlds preoccupied by matters of truth, virtue and nobility, but also widely populated by slavery, imperialism, violence, and religious strife. In this way, the study of ancient theory is intended to serve as both supplement and challenge to the terms of contemporary political life.
Class Notes:
http://classinfo.umn.edu/?rbnichol+POL3251W+Fall2022
Class Description:
Key concepts of contemporary political life such as 'democracy', 'tyranny', 'authority' - and indeed 'politics' itself - derive from ancient sources. This course offers students an opportunity to return to the foundations of this vocabulary by delving into work by such major thinkers as Plato, Aristotle, Augustine, Aquinas, and Machiavelli. Lectures and discussion shall consider the endurance of certain basic questions of political life, such as: What is justice? What is the best regime? What is the relationship between human nature and political order? Can politics be virtuous and, if so, in what way? The course will also consider the radically diverse responses to these essential questions through examination of a wide range of historical periods and the unique terms of political order each offered. Previous iterations of the course have included examination of the Classical Greek city-state system and its fragile experiments with democracy; the rise and fall of the Roman empire; the establishment of Western Christendom; the Renaissance, so-called 'discovery' of the New World, and dawn of the modern era. Students will gain a glimpse into worlds preoccupied by matters of truth, virtue and nobility, but also widely populated by slavery, imperialism, violence, and religious strife. In this way, the study of ancient theory is intended to serve as both supplement and challenge to the terms of contemporary political life.
Textbooks:
https://bookstores.umn.edu/course-lookup/32635/1229
Instructor Supplied Information Last Updated:
13 October 2021

Fall 2022  |  POL 3265 Section 001: Ideas and Protest in French Postwar Thought (32636)

Instructor(s)
Class Component:
Lecture
Credits:
3 Credits
Grading Basis:
Student Option
Instructor Consent:
No Special Consent Required
Instruction Mode:
In Person
Class Attributes:
UMNTC Liberal Education Requirement
Times and Locations:
Regular Academic Session
 
09/06/2022 - 12/14/2022
Tue, Thu 09:45AM - 11:00AM
UMTC, West Bank
Blegen Hall 130
Enrollment Status:
Open (25 of 55 seats filled)
Also Offered:
Course Catalog Description:
France witnessed a number of extraordinary events in the 20th century: the carnage and trauma of World Wars I and II; the Vichy regime's collaboration with German Nazis; the general strike and student protests of the 1960s; the tensions prompted by anti-colonialism and later decolonization in North Africa; and the challenges of post-colonialism and racial politics. This course will examine these events, the political and ethical challenges they raised, and the intellectuals who shaped the ensuing public debates. It will draw on historical documents, cultural media (e.g. posters, art, film), and philosophical texts to explore contemporary France in its century of politics and protest. Thinkers range from film-maker Gillo Pontecorvo, to philosopher-playwright Jean-Paul Sartre, to philosopher Michel Foucault.
Class Notes:
http://classinfo.umn.edu/?luxon+POL3265+Fall2022
Class Description:
France witnessed a number of extraordinary events in the 20th century: the carnage and trauma of World Wars I and II; the Vichy regime's shameful collaboration with German Nazis; the general strike and student protests of the 1960s; the tensions prompted by decolonization in North Africa; and the challenges of contemporary multiculturalism and identity politics from the 1990s to the 2015 Charlie Hebdo tragedy. This course will examine these events, the political and ethical challenges they raised, and the intellectuals who shaped the ensuing public debates. It will draw on historical documents, cultural media (e.g. posters, art, film), and philosophical texts to explore contemporary France in its century of politics and protest. Thinkers range from novelist Albert Camus, to philosopher-playwright Jean-Paul Sartre, to philosopher Michel Foucault.
Exam Format:
20% Midterm Exam
50% Reports/Papers
20% Special Projects
10% In-class Presentations
Class Format:
40% Lecture
10% Film/Video
50% Discussion
Workload:
75-100 Pages Reading Per Week
20 Pages Writing Per Term
1 Exam(s)
3 Paper(s)
Textbooks:
https://bookstores.umn.edu/course-lookup/32636/1229
Instructor Supplied Information Last Updated:
24 March 2015

Fall 2022  |  POL 3306 Section 001: Presidential Leadership and American Democracy (21750)

Instructor(s)
Class Component:
Lecture
Credits:
3 Credits
Grading Basis:
Student Option
Instructor Consent:
No Special Consent Required
Instruction Mode:
In Person
Times and Locations:
Regular Academic Session
 
09/06/2022 - 12/14/2022
Mon, Wed 02:30PM - 03:45PM
UMTC, West Bank
Anderson Hall 330
Enrollment Status:
Open (69 of 85 seats filled)
Also Offered:
Course Catalog Description:
To most Americans - if not most human beings - the President of the United States is probably the most powerful person on the planet. This course examines how, why, and whether that is the case. What does the US President do, and why? Why is so much power entrusted to just one person? Students will critically analyze these questions and synthesize answers by evaluating the history, evolution, and current state of the "highest office in the land."
Class Notes:
http://classinfo.umn.edu/?tpcollin+POL3306+Fall2022
Class Description:
Student may contact the instructor or department for information.
Textbooks:
https://bookstores.umn.edu/course-lookup/21750/1229

Fall 2022  |  POL 3308 Section 001: Congressional Politics and Institutions (20764)

Instructor(s)
Class Component:
Lecture
Credits:
3 Credits
Grading Basis:
Student Option
Instructor Consent:
No Special Consent Required
Instruction Mode:
In Person
Class Attributes:
UMNTC Liberal Education Requirement
Times and Locations:
Regular Academic Session
 
09/06/2022 - 12/14/2022
Mon, Wed 11:15AM - 12:30PM
UMTC, West Bank
Walter F. Mondale Hall 40
Enrollment Status:
Open (69 of 85 seats filled)
Also Offered:
Course Catalog Description:
This course is an introduction to the politics of the U.S. Congress and the federal legislative process. Throughout the semester, we will focus on the behavior of individual legislators and the role that they play in crafting federal legislation in policy areas such as healthcare, civil rights and the environment. We will devote special attention to changes in Congress, as well as current political and scholarly controversies such as congressional confirmation process of Supreme Court justices, congressional war powers, the influence of parties, and campaign finance. The theme of the course is why do legislators behave as they do and who interests do they represent.
Class Notes:
http://classinfo.umn.edu/?mdminta+POL3308+Fall2022
Class Description:
Student may contact the instructor or department for information.
Textbooks:
https://bookstores.umn.edu/course-lookup/20764/1229

Fall 2022  |  POL 3309 Section 001: U.S. Supreme Court Decision-Making, Process, and Politics (32637)

Instructor(s)
Class Component:
Lecture
Credits:
3 Credits
Grading Basis:
Student Option
Instructor Consent:
No Special Consent Required
Instruction Mode:
In Person
Times and Locations:
Regular Academic Session
 
09/06/2022 - 12/14/2022
Tue, Thu 09:45AM - 11:00AM
UMTC, West Bank
Anderson Hall 210
Enrollment Status:
Open (84 of 85 seats filled)
Also Offered:
Course Catalog Description:
The principal purpose of this course is to introduce you to judicial politics and decision-making of the U.S. Supreme Court. Specifically, we will examine theoretical issues regarding judicial process and politics. Unlike constitutional law and civil liberties classes, this course does not study legal doctrine. Rather, it examines political aspects of the legal system with an emphasis on the social scientific literature about how the U.S. Supreme Court functions. Thus, we will cover nominations of justices, decision making models, and how justices interact with one another and the political world beyond the ivory tower. Recommended prerequisite: POL 1001
Class Notes:
http://classinfo.umn.edu/?trj+POL3309+Fall2022
Class Description:
The principal purpose of this course is to introduce you to the scientific study of judicial politics. Specifically, we will examine theoretical issues regarding judicial process and politics. This course, unlike constitutional law and civil liberties classes, does not study legal doctrine; rather, it examines political aspects of the legal system, with an emphasis on the social scientific literature on law and legal process.
Grading:
70% Midterm Exam
30% Final Exam
Exam Format:
Essay
Class Format:
80% Lecture
20% Discussion
Workload:
50 Pages Reading Per Week
3 Exam(s)
Textbooks:
https://bookstores.umn.edu/course-lookup/32637/1229
Instructor Supplied Information Last Updated:
10 April 2014

Fall 2022  |  POL 3323 Section 001: Political Tolerance in the United States (33075)

Instructor(s)
Class Component:
Lecture
Credits:
3 Credits
Grading Basis:
Student Option
Instructor Consent:
No Special Consent Required
Instruction Mode:
In Person
Times and Locations:
Regular Academic Session
 
09/06/2022 - 12/14/2022
Tue, Thu 01:00PM - 02:15PM
UMTC, West Bank
West Bank Skyway AUDITORIUM
Enrollment Status:
Closed (57 of 55 seats filled)
Also Offered:
Course Catalog Description:
Intergroup conflict continues to be one of the defining fault lines in American politics. Most obviously, the existence of racial inequality has consequences for any given individual's social and economic standing. However, it also has had an enormous impact on the pattern of attitudes and beliefs that have served as the backdrop for many of society's most pressing political debates and conflicts. The purpose of this course is to provide students with an introduction to how political scientists have studied ethno-racial attitudes and the larger problem of inter-ethnic conflict in American society.
Class Description:
Political tolerance is the willingness to extend basic rights and civil liberties to persons and groups whose viewpoints differ from one's own. In this era of political discontent, much of the roots of our discussion are premised on a understanding of opposing viewpoints. In this class we address the following questions: What is political tolerance and how important is it for the health or viability of democracy? What is the relationship between various political ideologies and tolerance? How politically tolerant are Americans, both masses and elites, what are the roots of political intolerance, and what implications does this have for democratic government and democratic theories? How do Americans compare with other countries and what does this tell us about the roots of intolerance? How does liberal democracy compare with other ideologies and what does that tell us about the importance of tolerance to a free society? In answering these questions, we will use the lens of various movements to focus our study, including but not limited to Race, Gender and Sexual Orientation.
Class Format:
70% Lecture
30% Discusion
Workload:
50-100 Pages Reading Per Week
20 Pages Writing Per Term
2 Exam(s)
Textbooks:
https://bookstores.umn.edu/course-lookup/33075/1229
Instructor Supplied Information Last Updated:
8 November 2018

Fall 2022  |  POL 3325 Section 001: U.S. Campaigns and Elections (32638)

Instructor(s)
Class Component:
Lecture
Credits:
3 Credits
Grading Basis:
A-F or Audit
Instructor Consent:
No Special Consent Required
Instruction Mode:
In Person
Times and Locations:
Regular Academic Session
 
09/06/2022 - 12/14/2022
Tue, Thu 11:15AM - 12:30PM
UMTC, West Bank
Anderson Hall 370
Enrollment Status:
Open (94 of 182 seats filled)
Also Offered:
Course Catalog Description:
Presidential/congressional campaigns/elections in the United States. How political scientists study electoral politics. Theoretical generalizations about candidates, voters, parties, and the media. Ways electoral context and "rules of the game" matter.
Class Notes:
http://classinfo.umn.edu/?kpearson+POL3325+Fall2022
Class Description:
This course examines presidential and congressional campaigns and elections in the United States. We will explore how political scientists study and understand electoral politics. What theoretical generalizations can we make about candidates, voters, parties, and the media? In what ways do the electoral context and the "rules of the game" matter? What are the effects of incumbency and the economy? How do gender and race affect campaigns and elections? The 2020 elections promise to be interesting for many reasons. Students will monitor the presidential campaigns and some congressional campaigns to asses how theory and practice converge in 2020. In addition to exams, students will write short papers analyzing specific elements of major campaigns and elections and a research paper of around eight to ten pages that addresses one of the themes of the course.
Textbooks:
https://bookstores.umn.edu/course-lookup/32638/1229
Instructor Supplied Information Last Updated:
27 March 2020

Fall 2022  |  POL 3423 Section 001: Politics of Disruption: Violence and Its Alternatives (32639)

Instructor(s)
Class Component:
Lecture
Credits:
3 Credits
Repeat Credit Limit:
4 Credits
Grading Basis:
Student Option
Instructor Consent:
No Special Consent Required
Instruction Mode:
In Person
Class Attributes:
UMNTC Liberal Education Requirement
Times and Locations:
Regular Academic Session
 
09/06/2022 - 12/14/2022
Mon, Wed 09:45AM - 11:00AM
UMTC, West Bank
Blegen Hall 130
Enrollment Status:
Open (52 of 55 seats filled)
Also Offered:
Course Catalog Description:
Political struggles aimed at undermining the existing political order have been a pervasive feature of global politics. Modern states have constantly been sites of relentless challenges from their citizenry, which sometimes take the form of non-violent action while on other occasions manifest in terrorism and violence. This course introduces students to the politics of disruption and violent and non-violent struggles targeted at bringing about political change. We will study a range of manifestations of such struggles focusing on some well-known cases such as the US civil rights movement, the Arab Springs, the Ferguson riots and the Islamic State (ISIS). Can non-violent resistance succeed against a coercive state? Why do individuals and groups participate in high-risk political struggles? What explains patterns of violence in civil conflicts? What are the effects of violence? What facilitates peace? This course will enable you to answer these questions.
Class Notes:
http://classinfo.umn.edu/?sarbahi+POL3423+Fall2022
Class Description:
Political struggles aimed at undermining the existing political order have been a pervasive feature of global politics. Modern states have constantly been sites of relentless challenges from their citizenry, which sometimes take the form of non-violent action while on other occasions manifest in terrorism and violence. This course introduces students to the politics of disruption - violent and non-violent struggles targeted at bringing about political change. We will study a range of manifestations of such struggles focusing on some well-known cases such as the US civil rights movement, the Arab Springs, the Ferguson riots and the Islamic State (ISIS). Can non-violent resistance succeed against a coercive state? Why do individuals and groups participate in high-risk political struggles? What explains patterns of violence in civil conflicts? What are the effects of violence? What facilitates peace? This course will enable you to answer these questions.

The course will begin with an examination of alternatives to political violence. The focus will be primarily on India's non-violent struggle for independence from the British rule under the leadership of Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi, but we will also spend some time on the US civil rights movement led by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and the anti-apartheid movement in South Africa with Dr. Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela in the lead. Students will be familiarized with definitional, conceptual and practical distinctions between various forms and manifestations of violent and non-violent struggles. To facilitate a better understanding, we will study a carefully-selected list of cases in-depth during the course of the semester.

Our discussion on political violence will be structured around four broad themes, which are:

1. Causes underlying violence;
2. Dynamics of conflict -- focusing on such questions as who participates in violent activities, how violence and violent actors are organized, and what can we learn from the pattern of violence;
3. Consequences of violence, both short-term and long-term; and,
4. Prevention and termination of violence.

This course will instill in students a strong sense of their role as historical agents by: a) facilitating a deeper understanding of the problems and challenges confronting much of humanity; b) inculcating an ability to assess the performance of policies, programs, actions and interventions aimed at addressing these challenges; c) imparting knowledge about the continuous struggles of individuals and groups against the existing political order; and, d) demonstrating the working, performance and implications of the methods and techniques deployed by individuals and groups to change political order. Students will learn that the issues raised by this course confront the larger global community including both the developing and the developed world. The course materials, assignments and class discussions are all directed towards encouraging students to reflect on the implications of the issues and themes covered across diverse cultural and political contexts across the world. We will be constantly engaged in deliberating and discussing the wider applicability and relevance of arguments advanced or developed and experiences acquired in the studied cases.

The class time will be apportioned between lectures (40 percent), multimedia presentations (35 percent) and discussions, both individual and group based (25 percent). The multimedia presentations will incorporate movies, documentaries, media reports, speeches, memoirs, etc.
Who Should Take This Class?:
Open to all undergraduate students
Learning Objectives:
This course fulfills the Council on Liberal Education (CLE) Global Perspectives Theme. The first four weeks of the course will be devoted to nonviolent resistance. The remainder of the course will cover key topical issues related to political violence mentioned above. During the course of the semester, we will:
1. Undertake a close examination of approaches to nonviolent resistance;
2. Learn about the dynamics of mass protest, especially conditions underlying successful mobilization and action;
3. Examine factors contributing to political violence;
4. Study violent action involving mass killing and the role of international community in mitigating such episodes;
5. Study the global problem of terrorism and approaches to addressing it; and,
6. Examine the challenge of ending violent conflict and problems of peace-making and peace-building
Grading:
1. Class Participation: 15%
2. Seven Short Assignments: 40%
a. In-class (Three):} 12% (100-150 words)
b. Homework (Four):} 28% (1-2 pages, single-space)
3. Individual/Group Research Assignment: 20% (7-8 pages, double-space)
4. Final Paper: 25% (9-10 pages, double-space)
Exam Format:
No exams
Class Format:
40% Lecture
35% Film/Video
25% Discussion
Textbooks:
https://bookstores.umn.edu/course-lookup/32639/1229
Past Syllabi:
http://classinfo.umn.edu/syllabi/sarbahi_POL3423_Spring2018.pdf (Spring 2018)
Instructor Supplied Information Last Updated:
17 October 2017

Fall 2022  |  POL 3451W Section 001: Politics and Society in the New Europe (21776)

Instructor(s)
Class Component:
Lecture
Credits:
3 Credits
Grading Basis:
Student Option
Instructor Consent:
No Special Consent Required
Instruction Mode:
In Person
Class Attributes:
UMNTC Liberal Education Requirement
Times and Locations:
Regular Academic Session
 
09/06/2022 - 12/14/2022
Tue, Thu 04:00PM - 05:15PM
UMTC, West Bank
Hanson Hall 1-102
Enrollment Status:
Open (49 of 58 seats filled)
Also Offered:
Course Catalog Description:
The devastation of Europe through two World Wars put the deadly results of ultra-nationalism on full display. To avoid such destruction again, a group of European technocrats and leaders embarked on a mission of incrementally deepening economic and later, social partnerships between an ever-expanding number of European countries. These efforts culminated in the birth of the European Union in the late 20th Century. From its inception, the Union has found obstacles in the forms of a weak institutional structure and authority, deep skepticism of a central European authority, financial crisis, ethnic anxiety, and resurgent nationalism. Yet, the continuation and strengthening of the Union is seen as the antidote to the rise of anti-democratic and authoritarian tendencies on the continent. Some of the key questions that we will engage in are: What are the ideological and historical roots of the European Union? What are the structural flaws of the Union? What are the obstacles to a stronger Union? Is the Union still or even more essential than ever? What are the ways the Union could collapse from within and from the intervention of outside forces?
Class Notes:
http://classinfo.umn.edu/?POL3451W+Fall2022
Class Description:
This course examines the establishment, institutions and functions of the European Union, with an overview of the political processes in European countries and the European Union. Students will examine the history behind the EU's construction, theories of European integration, the EU's institutions and policy competencies, reoccurring problems with democratic representation in the EU, and the EU's political and economic influence over candidate countries via requirements for entry. The class will also discuss the creation of the European Monetary Union and the Euro currency, and challenges it faced during the sovereign debt crisis. Finally, we will address challenges of migration, integration and the rise of nationalist parties across Europe.
Grading:
20% Midterm Exam
20% Final Exam
20% Research Paper
20% Attendance
20% Short Reflection Papers
Workload:
100 Pages Reading Per Week
20-25 Pages Writing Per Term
2 Exam(s)
1 Paper(s)
5 Homework Assignment(s)
Textbooks:
https://bookstores.umn.edu/course-lookup/21776/1229
Instructor Supplied Information Last Updated:
31 May 2016

Fall 2022  |  POL 3462 Section 001: Politics of Race, Class, and Ethnicity (32640)

Instructor(s)
Class Component:
Lecture
Credits:
3 Credits
Grading Basis:
Student Option
Instructor Consent:
No Special Consent Required
Instruction Mode:
In Person
Times and Locations:
Regular Academic Session
 
09/06/2022 - 12/14/2022
Thu 06:20PM - 08:50PM
UMTC, West Bank
Blegen Hall 120
Enrollment Status:
Open (27 of 55 seats filled)
Also Offered:
Course Catalog Description:
Is it true that since the election of Donald Trump the United States is more racist than ever? Is racism on the rise elsewhere in the world? Consistent with the goals of liberal education, this course helps students navigate their way through what is often seen as one of the most perplexing and intractable problems in today's world - racial and ethnic conflicts. It supplies a set of theoretical tools that can be utilized in the most diverse of settings - including, though to a lesser extent, gender. Rather than looking at these conflicts, as the media and popular knowledge often does, as centuries-old conflicts deeply set in our memory banks, a script from which none of us can escape, the course argues that inequalities in power and authority - in other words, class - go a long way in explaining racial and ethnic dynamics. To support this argument, the course examines the so-called "black-white" conflict in three settings, the U.S., South Africa and Cuba. While all three share certain similarities, their differences provide the most explanatory power. Most instructive is the Cuba versus U.S. and South Africa comparison. Specifically, what are the consequences for race relations when a society, Cuba, attempts to eliminate class inequalities? The course hopes to show that while we all carry with us the legacy of the past, we are not necessarily its prisoners.
Class Notes:
http://classinfo.umn.edu/?animtz+POL3462+Fall2022
Class Description:
Is it true that since the election of Donald Trump the United States is more racist than ever? Is racism on the rise elsewhere in the world? Consistent with the goals of liberal education, this course helps students navigate their way through what is often seen as one of the most perplexing and intractable problems in today's world, racial and ethnic conflicts. It supplies a set of theoretical tools that can be utilized in the most diverse of settings, including, race, class, ethnicity, and to a lesser extent, gender. Rather than looking at these conflicts, as the media and popular knowledge often does, as centuries-old conflicts deeply set in our memory banks, a script from which none of us can escape, the course argues that inequalities in power and authority, in other words, class, go a long way in explaining racial and ethnic dynamics. To support this argument, the course examines the so-called "black-white" conflict in three settings, the U.S., South Africa, and Cuba. While all three share certain similarities, their differences provide the most explanatory power. Most instructive is the Cuba versus U.S. and South Africa comparison. Specifically, what are the consequences for race relations when a society, Cuba, attempts to eliminate class inequalities? The course hopes to show that while we all carry with us the legacy of the past, we are not necessarily its prisoners.
Textbooks:
https://bookstores.umn.edu/course-lookup/32640/1229
Instructor Supplied Information Last Updated:
27 March 2020

Fall 2022  |  POL 3489W Section 001: Citizens, Consumers, and Corporations (34458)

Instructor(s)
Class Component:
Lecture
Credits:
3 Credits
Grading Basis:
Student Option
Instructor Consent:
No Special Consent Required
Instruction Mode:
In Person
Class Attributes:
UMNTC Liberal Education Requirement
Times and Locations:
Regular Academic Session
 
09/06/2022 - 12/14/2022
Tue 06:20PM - 08:50PM
UMTC, East Bank
Hanson Hall 1-111
Enrollment Status:
Open (11 of 35 seats filled)
Also Offered: