Comparative Politics

POSC-341. Post Soviet Politics
(3 credits)

A study of the political cultures and institutions of the newly independent states that were once part of the Soviet empire. The course includes discussions of modernization and adaptation as well as problems of ethnicity, race, and political socialization. Prerequisite: POSC-140 or Juniors or above. (ATTR: ARTS, ISP)

POSC-343. European Politics
(3 credits)

This course is designed as an analysis of political institutions in Western Europe. Topics to be addressed include the impact of the welfare state and dilemmas of governing in post-modern and post-industrial societies, as well as problems of race and ethnicity. Some familiarity with parliamentary systems or other political cultures would be a helpful background for interested students. Prerequisite: POSC-140 or POSC-150 or Juniors or above. (ATTR: ARTS, ISP)

POSC-346. Middle East Politics
(3 credits)

This course explores political, economic, socio-cultural, and structural factors that have intensified ethnic, religious, and tribal conflict, extreme poverty, and a legacy of authoritarianism.   The propagation of the global oil trade and the consequences for marginalized and poor communities, and women and minorities in the region, will also be examined. Prerequisite: POSC-140 or 150; or GLST-100 for Globalization Studies minors. (ATTR: ARTS, GLST)

POSC-347. Politics and Society in the Americas
(3 credits)

The purpose of this course is to introduce students to the politics of Latin America and the Caribbean and to gain insight into the numerous social, political, and economic dilemmas confronting our neighbors in the Americas. Through the study of selected cases some of the more significant contemporary issues in the region will be explored, including the foreign debt crisis, environmental concerns, immigration, and the process of democratization. Prerequisite: POSC-140, POSC-150, or Juniors or above. (ATTR: ARTS, ISP, MULT)

POSC-349. Special Studies in Comparative Politics
(3 credits)

This course explores political, economic, socio-cultural, and structural factors that create, encourage, and manage the transnational movement of populations worldwide.  In particular, this seminar emphasizes an analysis of both the positive and negative implications of population movements on refugee sending and receiving countries.  It also examines the impact of migration on the marginalized and poor communities both in the industrialized and the developing world.  Prerequisite:  POSC-140 or POSC-150 or GLST-100.  (ATTR:  ARTS, GSSS)

POSC-362. Refugee and Migration Studies
(3 credits)

The course examines political systems at the regional, state or substate level and focuses upon socio-political organization, political socialization and decision-making structures.. (May be taken more than once with different content. Consult Fall and Spring Schedules for specific topics.) Prerequisite: POSC-140 or POSC-150 or Juniors or above. An additional fee my be required, depending on the course offered. (ATTR: ARTS, ISP)

POSC-450 Political Science Travel Course
(3 credits)

As an academically oriented field experience, this course offers three semester hours credit for a semester-long course that includes an extended study program in selected geographical areas.  Lectures, supervised research into aspects of the field study course, and orientation meetings will prepare students for an informed experience.  Travel cost paid by student.  Cost varies each semester.  Permission of instructor required. (ATTR: ARTS).