Loyola University Chicago

Department of Political Science

International Relations

PLSC 300D: Capitalism & its Discontents
Professor Endless
MWF 12:35 / LSC

Capitalism is the dominant international economic system, but is it really the best system for the people of the world? From the 99% movement, to the Greek economy, and on to stagnation, poverty and enormous debt levels in much of the developing world, it is clear that many people in the world are not prospering under capitalism. This course will explore what modern capitalism is and where it came from both in the US and on an international level. We will look at what drives capitalism, who benefits, and at what kind of change is possible.


PLSC 316: Politics of Genocide
Professor Endless
MWF 10:25 / LSC


PLSC 325 American Foreign Policy
Professor Sensi
MWF 11:30 / LSC

American foreign policy produces very substantial short-term effects and longer-term consequences not only for the people and institutions of the United States but also, and often especially, for the rest of the world. Given its global impact, understanding how US foreign policy is designed and executed is a key priority for students and scholars of both American and international politics. This course will attempt to identify the key sources of US foreign policy-making including often overlooked constraints and limitations. We shall apply these explanations to various case studies including the War on Terror; US relations with other global powers (China and Russia) and with regional powers in the Middle East such as Saudi Arabia, Iran and Israel; free trade; environmental initiatives; and US attitudes towards international organizations.


PLSC 350: International Political Economy
Professor Hasselmann
MWF 11:30 / LSC

This course examines the politics behind international economic relations.  The course explores the movement of three items across international borders: the movement of goods (trade), the movement of money (finance), and the movement of people (migration).  The goal is for students to developed a better understanding for the issues, processes, and challenges faced in the area international economic relations.  The intent is to not only help students become more informed consumers of the news and events of the day, but also to enable them to critically evaluate and understand these events in their own terms. 


PLSC 356: Intervention in World Politics
Professor Schraeder
TTh 11:30 / LSC

This course focuses on the hotly debated topic of "intervention" in world politics: The purposeful and calculated use of political, economic, and military instruments by one country to influence the domestic or foreign policies of another country.  Among the tools of intervention to be examined include economic and military aid, economic sanctions, covert intervention, and direct military intervention.  During the course of the semester, we will focus on the evolution of United States interventionist practices in all regions of the world.  Our time-frame of analysis will be from the American Revolution of 1776 to the present, with an emphasis on evolving U.S. practices during the contemporary post-cold war era (1989-present) and especially during the Obama administration (January 2009-present).  As a result of the tragic events of September 11, 2001, and their aftermath, this course particularly focuses on U.S. interventionist practices in the Middle East (especially Iran, Iraq, and Syria) and South Asia (especially Afghanistan and Pakistan).  We will also focus on U.S. responses to the “Arab Spring” in the Middle East since January 2011, including the regime changes that have taken place in the North African countries of Egypt, Libya, and Tunisia.


PLSC 364: UN & International Organizations
Professor Grigorescu
TTh 10:00 / LSC

This course focuses on the major concepts and theories in the study of international organizations (IOs). In order to illustrate various theoretical approaches, we will use more than a dozen organizations (such as the U.N., the European Union, the International Monetary Fund and the World Health Organization).  Although the course does not involve large-scale simulations (as PLSC 367: Model United Nations) it will offer a variety of smaller scale interactive activities that are intended to illustrate bargaining and negotiations among states in various IOs.


PLSC 300A: Moot Court
Professor Walsh
Tue  7:00 / LSC

This course provides formal, academic guidance for the moot court teams at Loyola.  In particular, it offers the team members the opportunity to improve oral and written communication skills, to test and improve logical reasoning and argumentation skills, and to gain greater knowledge about the role of the appellate process in finding truth and administering justice.


PLSC 320: Con Law: Due Process
Professor Walsh
Th  7:00 / LSC

This course focuses on Supreme Court decisions construing the fourth, fifth, sixth, eighth and fourteenth amendments, the constitutional provisions dealing with the rights of the criminally accused and convicted.  Specific attention will be paid to the different ways the Supreme Court has interpreted these provisions over the years, particularly during the Warren, Burger, Rehnquist and Roberts Court eras.


PLSC 326: American National Security
Professor Williams
TTh  8:30 / LSC

This course explores the making and implementation of U.S. national security policies, focusing on national defense and the threat or use of force. In addition to historical and organizational considerations, we will discuss such issues as military strategy (nuclear and non-nuclear), low-intensity conflicts, terrorism, homeland defense, and intelligence operations. Throughout the course we will consider the ethical and practical implications of national security policy choices. Students are encouraged to form their own judgments on these issues. In this period of rapid changes in the national security environment, students will be expected to become familiar with national and international events affecting U.S. security.


PLSC 381: The American Presidency
Professor Tatalovich
TTh  10:00 / LSC

This course discusses the presidency from the dual perspectives of historical evolution and contemporary developments since Franklin D. Roosevelt.  Special attention is given to how some of the leading scholarly thinkers have understood presidential power and presidential leadership. 


PLSC 384: The Judicial Process
Professor Bryan
TTh  11:30 / LSC


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.



PLSC 385: Introduction to Law
Professor Horan
MWF  1:40 / LSC

The Civil Rights Movement and the Courts--"This course will focus on the ways the U.S. legal system both aided and hindered the advance of civil rights and equal opportunity for African American citizens."


PLSC 386: Campaigns and Elections
Professor Doherty
MWF  1:40 / LSC



PLSC 391: Chicago Politics
Professor Rodriguez
Tue  4:15 / LSC

The objectives of this course are to increase a student’s local political knowledge and critical thinking skills so that they can be more informed and involved citizens.  This course focuses on how the Chicago political process works today and how decisions about current issues and public policies are shaped.  We will study how public perception impacts public opinion resulting in public policies.  We will analyze civic leaders (corporate, government, not-for-profit, community organizers, and media) within the public arena and their influential interrelationships.   We will also discuss power (actual/perceived) and how it is distributed. Chicago political history will be researched and applied to the present-day shape of city, county and state politics.


PLSC 392 Environmental Politics
Professor Frendreis
MWF  10:25 / LSC

This course examines the issues, significant actors, and public policies relating to the environment.  It begins with a history of environmentalism and a discussion of the basic issues of environmental politics.  It then examines the structures of law and government within the United States directed toward environmental concerns.  Finally, the course turns to a discussion of the environmental issues addressed by U.S. governments, the content of environmental policies, and emerging issues of sustainability.