PLSC 405: American Executive Branch
Th 4:15pm / LSC
This course will be reading intensive, and designed to provide a solid overview of the scholarly books on the presidency from two perspectives--the historical evolution of the office and the power of contemporary presidents. Five books and scholarly articles are required reading and each student will be assigned book(s) for review and lecture. You should write a one page, double-sided, and single-spaced typed book summary of the argument and methodology of each chapter, and provide copies of your review for each person in the class.
PLSC 420: Comparative Politics
Wed 7:00pm / LSC
PLSC 429: Comparative Politics Selected Problems: Comparative Public Policy
Mon 7:00pm / LSC
This core graduate seminar is designed to introduce the subfield of comparative public policy both thematically and theoretically and give students a basic map of research in comparative public policy. The reading schedule is not organized according to historical development of public policy, but according to some of the main subjects of inquiry that constitute the comparative public policy subfield. The goal of the course is not only to familiarize students with some of the most basic and important research in comparative public policy, but to develop tools useful for evaluating work in the discipline.
PLSC 442: Modern Political Thought
Tue 4:15pm / LSC
The centuries from the Renaissance to the French Revolution witnessed the emergence of the modern world -- the disintegration of feudalism and the Christian Church, and the rise of capitalism, the sovereign state and modern natural science. In this course we examine some of the most significant political theorists responsible for articulating the founding principles of modernity: Machiavelli, Hobbes, Locke, and Rousseau.
PLSC 475: Political Analysis I
Tue 7:00pm / LSC
This course, which is the first of a two-course sequence, offers an introduction to statistical analysis in political science. Among the major topics covered will be the basics of translating an interesting question about politics into a feasible research project; measures of central tendency and variability; statistical inference; significance tests; difference of means tests; the Chi Square statistic; and basic correlation and regression. Emphasis will be on practical applications and extensive use will be made of SPSS and Stata, statistical programs that are commonly used in the discipline of political science.