Special Course Descriptions
Political Science



POL 294 10:SpTp: Introduction to Model United Nations
Professor Oros

This course is offered in conjunction with participation in an off-campus Model United Nations simulation. Enrollment in the course is not required for participation in the simulation, but will offer supplemental instruction on the background and procedures of the United Nations as an institution, on how to write effective briefs and conduct effective research, and on how to best present research orally. Students will complete background written work on the United Nations, submit briefs on their committee topics for evaluation, and complete a post-simulation written exercise. The course will meet for 2 hours per week for six weeks, with meeting times determined collectively after registration. Two credits will be offered for successful completion and may apply as elective credit or to POL or INT major requirements.

Prerequisite: Permission of instructor.

POL 394 10 SpTp: Advanced Model United Nations
Professor Oros

This course is offered in conjunction with participation in an off-campus Model United Nations simulation. Enrollment in the course is not required for participation in the simulation, but will offer supplemental instruction on the background and procedures of the United Nations as an institution, on how to write effective briefs and conduct effective research, and on how to best present research orally. Students will develop advanced background research on the United Nations as a living institution, submit briefs on their committee topics for evaluation, and complete a post-simulation written exercise. The course will meet for 2 hours per week for six weeks, with meeting times determined collectively after registration. Two credits will be offered for successful completion and may apply as elective credit or to POL or INT major requirements.

Prerequisite: Introduction to Model United Nations and Permission of instructor.

POL 394 11 SpTp: Public Policy Analysis
Professor Gerrity

This course is an exploration of the American public policy process. Students will identify and understand the major participants and institutions of policymaking, understand the processes of policy formation, identify the approximate stages of policy making, and think critically and analytically about specific public policies.

Prerequisite: Political Science 102.

POL 394-12: SpTp: U.S. Foreign Policy in the Middle East
Professor Shad

The course begins by outlining the historical backdrop to current events: the "Near East Question" of the 19th century in which the Ottoman, Persian, Russian, and British empires engaged in a competitive "Great Game" from the Balkans to India. It will then deal with the evolution of United States policy toward the Middle East since World War II, identifying basic American interests and investigating how the U.S. has pursued those interests in the context of issues including conflicting nationalisms (such as the Arab-Israeli, Iraqi-Iranian, and Turkish-Greek disputes), the role of Turkey and Iran in the regional balance of power, the Islamist revival, and the collapse of the Soviet Union. Finally, it will investigate the question of whether recent developments such as the post-9/11 "war on terror" and the potential new "Great Game" in the Balkans, Caucasus and Central Asia herald a fundamental transformation in U.S. Near East policy.

Prerequisite: Political Science 101.

POL 394-13 SpTp: Human Rights and Social Justice
Professor Wade

This course examines the international human rights movement through an exploration of contemporary cases that address human rights and social justice, such as women's human rights, minority rights, genocide, food security, extreme poverty, globalization, torture, and sustainable peace. Through a careful examination of human rights treaties and regimes, and organizations charged with assessing accountability, promoting reconciliation, and protecting the abused, students will consider the philosophical and political positions underlying the debates that are central to the promotion of human rights.

Prerequisite: Political Science 104.

POL 394-14 SpTp: Armed Forces and Society (cross-listing of SOC 394-11)
Professor Kelty

This course focuses on the interactive effects among the military, the state (government), and society (citizens). Components of the course include examination of social change and the growth of military institutions, civil-military relations, the changing functions of the military in (global) society, military service as an occupation versus a profession, the sociology of military life, and the intersection of the military institution with policy and practical issues of race, gender, and sexual orientation. The course will also explore the relationships of foreign militaries to their host societies in a comparative context with the U.S. The course will run as a seminar.

Prerequisite: Sociology 101 and one other sociology course, or permission of the instructor.