Math and Democracy: Designing Better Voting and Fair- Division Procedures (POL-GA.2107) 4 points. Syllabi: [Brams S07] [Brams S08] This course analyzes democratic procedures, or rules of play, that (1) reflect the interests of the citizens in elections and (2) respect due process and rule of law in the fair division of public and private goods. By making precise the properties of these procedures and clarifying trade-offs among them, mathematics strengthens the intellectual foundations of democratic institutions. While mathematical training will be helpful in understanding some topics in the course, more important is the ability to think carefully and rigorously about the nature of democracy and its institutions.
Communism (POL-GA.2140), Ollman. 4 points. Syllabi: [Ollman F04] Fundamentals of modern communist thought; writings of Marx, Engels, Lenin, and their major critics. Emphasis is on communism as the unrealized potential of capitalism and therefore more on what in capitalism suggests this potential and less on the precapitalist societies that called themselves "communist."
Approaches to Political Inquiry (POL-GA.1000) Core course. Cohen. 4 points. Syllabi: [Cohen F02] Comprehensive survey of modern research techniques. Reviews competing approaches to political research. Evaluates strengths and weaknesses of alternative methods of dealing with various problems of political research.
Mathematics for Political Scientists (POL-GA.1110), Cohen, Hafer. 4 points. (This course is normally open only to Politics PhD students.) Syllabi: [Dickson F04] [Hafer F03] [Eguia F08] [Eguia F09] [Eguia F11] Covers basic topics of mathematics -- calculus, linear algebra, optimization, real analysis -- with wide application in political science, and introduces the student to the rigorous and formal mathematical language used in Game Theory I, Game Theory II, Political Economy Core, and more advanced courses.
Introduction to Quantitative Political Analysis I (POL-GA.1120), MA Only. Cohen. 4 points. Syllabi: [Cohen F02] Introduces elementary statistical analysis and prepares the student for G53.2127. Topics include probability theory, distribution theory, estimation of simple statistical models, and hypothesis testing.
Quantitative Research in Political Science III (POL-GA.xxxx) Prerequisite: Syllabi: [Beck F07] The course is continuation of Quantitative Research in Political Science II. It includes an extended treatment of time series and time-series-cross-sectional data, along with a treatment of spatial data analysis. Attention then turns to modern Bayesian methods and ideas. There is room at the end of the course for topics of interest to the class to be covered.
The course assumes students have had the Politics Department basic series of quantitative courses, that is, Quantitative Research in Political Science I and II.
Statistical Methods for Comparative Research (POL-GA.2129), Przeworski. 4 points. Syllabi: [Przeworski S05] Last taught Spring 2005. Covers statistical models of discrete and limited dependent variables leading to the problem of nonrandom selection and appropriate ways of handling it. Focuses on selection models, using probit, logit, and tobit analysis and applying them to the origins of democracy and the impact of political regimes and institutions.
The Domestic Politics of the United States I (POL-GA.1350) Core course. 4 points. Syllabi: This course provides graduate students with a broad overview of important topics in the study of the domestic politics in the United States. The course will examine in depth the analysis and merits of a selection of contemporary research on political participation, mass opinion, elections, legislative politics, inter-branch relations,bureaucratic politics, judicial politics, federalism, inequality, and the role of money in politics. The course goals are to first, introduce students to important controversies in the study of American domestic politics; and second, to encourage students to think rigorously about the process of conducting political research.
American Legislative System (POL-GA.2302), Gordon. 4 points. Last taught prior to Fall 2000. Syllabi: Theory of councils and representation, legislative structures and behavior, reform of representative government.
American Political Parties (POL-GA.2320), Harvey. 4 points. Last taught Spring 2001. Syllabi: [Harvey S00] Major and minor American parties; varieties of state and local systems; leadership patterns, structural characteristics, roles, functions, and behavior of electorate.
Politics of the Legal Order (POL-GA.2355),Harrington. 4 points. Focuses on the political and ideological character of law, legal institutions, dispute processing, and litigation. Examines the major theoretical approaches and empirical studies in the politics of the legal order field.
State, Law and Politics in Society (POL-GA.2356),Harrington. Examines the relationship between law and the state by asking whether and how law is autonomous from the political powers of the state. Studies the institutional powers of the legal profession and the judiciary, doctrinal, and legal rights. Examines sociolegal theories of interpretation. Investigates the ideology of law in legal formalism, both contemporary and in the past; law and society; and critical legal studies.
The Sociolegal Seminar (POL-GA.2358),Harrington. This seminar (1) surveys approaches for understanding the relationship between social and legal thought and (2) examines their methodologies. Readings examine the extent to which social science and law have common theoretical and methodological foundations. Focus is on analytical, doctrinal, institutional ,and philosophical perspectives and approaches to the study of law and society. The interface between legal and social, cultural, economic, and political phenomena is studies through critical debates as well as from a historical and comparative perspective.
Public Policy (POL-GA.2371), Mead. 4 points. Syllabi: [Mead F04] [Mead F03] Advanced-level study of policymaking process in federal politics and research issues raised by it. Emphasis is on interaction of policy analysis and political institutions. Some prior knowledge of public policy is assumed.
Political Economy (POL-GA.1400) Core course. Eguia, Hafer. 4 points. Syllabi: [Hafer S06] [Hafer S07][Eguia S12] Overview of fundamental contributions to the field of Political Economy. Covers topics in: (1) Social Choice and collective aggregation of preferences. (2) Electoral competition. The Spatial model and theories of turnout. (3) Public Choice, Public Economics and Comparative Electoral Systems. Mathematical background at the level of Mathematics for Political Science G53.1110 or above is a pre-requisite.
State, Law and Politics in Society (POL-GA.2356), Harrington.
Examines the relationship between law and the state by asking whether and how law is autonomous from the political powers of the state. Studies the institutional powers of the legal profession and the judiciary, doctrinal, and legal rights. Examines sociolegal theories of interpretation. Investigates the ideology of law in legal formalism, both contemporary and in the past; law and society; and critical legal studies.
Politics of Economic Growth (POL-GA.2424), Przeworski. 4 points. Syllabi: [Przeworski F05] [Schain S03] Introduction to growth economics, the impact of intracountry inequality on growth, the effects of voter preferences and government policies on economic growth. Knowledge of some economics (microeconomics with calculus), game-theory (perfect Bayesian equilibrium), and statistics (OLS) is assumed.
Note: In addition to the required core course and seminar, courses toward a major or minor overlap with, and are drawn from, the remaining five fields. These courses are listed below. For course descriptions, refer to entries by number within the other field listings. Other courses may be included with the approval of the director of graduate studies.
State, Law and Politics in Society (POL-GA.2356), Harrington. Examines the relationship between law and the state by asking whether and how law is autonomous from the political powers of the state. Studies the institutional powers of the legal profession and the judiciary, doctrinal, and legal rights. Examines sociolegal theories of interpretation. Investigates the ideology of law in legal formalism, both contemporary and in the past; law and society; and critical legal studies.
This course is designed to provide a thorough and technically rigorous introduction to non-cooperative game theory for political science PhD students. The objective of the course is to cover the basic concepts of non-cooperative game theory rigorously, as well as applications in many different fields of political science.
This course focuses on canonical games of incomplete information that are used widely in all fields of political science and political economy, e.g. signaling games, cheap-talk games, and wars of attrition. It will also introduce PhD students to theoretical topics that play a prominent role in recent contributions to the political science literature. The course is suitable for students who, in the course of their own research, wish to evaluate, critique, or otherwise engage formal-theoretic work
A formal theoretical analysis of social choice, aggregation of preferences, collective decision making and the spatial model of politics, with applications to the study of the electoral competition and the determination of economic policies.
Topics in Formal Models of Political Economy. (POL-GA.xxxx) Syllabi:
This class focuses on a particular substantive topic in political economy using formal models, which varies with the interest of students and instructors.
Analytical Introduction to Political Economy (POL-GA.2502), Przeworski. Syllabi:
This course approaches international governance both as (a) an emergent focus of research in the international relations (IR) field, and (b) an explication of the utility of international regimes and institutions in achieving public goods – e.g., the orderly exchange of values, and maintenance of peace & stability -- through collective action in lieu of unilateral self-help.
Comparative Politics of Industrialized Democracies (POL-GA.1550) Core course. 4 points. Syllabi: [Laver S07] This course is designed as an introduction to the comparative study of politics in different institutional and cultural settings. Themes covered will include: the role of institutional "veto players"; presidential and parliamentary government; bicameral and unicameral legislatures; the institutional structuring of legislative decision-making; electoral systems; social capital/civic culture; social and political cleavages; dimensions of policy and ideology; voting; party competition; and the making and breaking of governments.
Comparative Politics of Developing Countries (POL-GA.1551) Core course. 4 points. Syllabi: This course introduces students to the methodology and to some of the main themes in comparative politics of developing countries. The aim of the course is to prepare students to do comparative research through an in-depth coverage of current debate in comparative politics of developing countries and an introduction to the main methodological approaches.
Politics of the Legal Order (POL-GA.2355),Harrington. 4 points.
Focuses on the political and ideological character of law, legal institutions, dispute processing, and litigation. Examines the major theoretical approaches and empirical studies in the politics of the legal order field.
French Politics, Society, and Culture (POL-GA.2524). 4 points. Syllabi: [Schain S04] Emphasis is on political institutions, beliefs, and behavior in their social and cultural setting. Longevity of centralization, myth of the public good, and the quest for accountable and stable government are among the subjects examined.
The Political Economy of Development (POL-GA.2536), . 4 points. [Kingsley S05] Syllabi: Assesses the issues and debates in the current literature on the political economy of development; analyzes principal characteristics of the contemporary world economy, especially patterns of inequality and the varying explanations for their emergence.
Topics in Latin American and Caribbean Politics (POL-GA.2620), Cohen, C. Mitchell. 4 points. Last taught Fall 2004. Syllabi: Specific subject matter varies from semester to semester. Topics may include politics of the Andean region, urban politics in Latin America, Brazilian politics, and redemocratization of Latin America.
Normative Issues in International Politics (POL-GA.1730)4 points. For M.A. students only. Syllabi: [Rosenthal S06] What values guide us as we make choices about using force, ending conflict, protecting human rights, promoting social justice, preserving the environment, and participating in international organizations? This course is designed to provide analytical rigor to the perennial question: What role does ethics play in the conduct of foreign affairs? Principles of realism, liberalism, cosmopolitanism, communitarianism, and supranationalism are considered in light of specific case studies.
Topics in International Organization (POL-GA.1731-1735) 4 points. For M.A. students only. Syllabi: [Cheema F05] [Aksoy S05] Introduction to the practice of policymaking in the United Nations system. Taught by practitioners from the United Nations, its affiliated agencies, and regional subgroups, and, in some cases, related nongovernmental organizations. Topics change depending on the expertise of the practitioner teaching the course. Examples include peacekeeping operations, humanitarian assistance, regional integration, or economic development. Note: Ph.D. students may not take this course.
International Relations: Conflict (POL-GA.1751) Core course. 4 points. Syllabi: This graduate course surveys modern approaches to the study on international conflict. Emphasis is placed on rigorous scientific approaches which use models to derive testable implication as to conflict relations.
Strategy and Defense Policy (POL-GA.2701), Bueno de Mesquita. 4 points. Syllabi: [Bueno de Mesquita S03] [Bueno de Mesquita S07] Introductory course that examines the historical roots of strategic doctrine in the 20th century and contemporary nuclear and conventional defense. Also covers arms control and disarmament problems.
Diplomacy and Negotiation (POL-GA.2704), Brams. 4 points. Last taught prior to Fall 2000. Syllabi: Analysis of negotiation and diplomatic processes based on an examination of different approaches (e.g., game-theoretic and cultural); application to specific cases.
Foreign Policy Decision Making (POL-GA.2725) 4 points. Syllabi: Theory and practice of foreign policy decision making. Quantitative and formal methodologies used for three levels of analysis: individual choice and both intraorganizational and interorganizational (or governmental) decision processes.
The Political Economy of North- South Relations (POL-GA.2770), Denoon. 4 points. Syllabi: [Denoon F02] Major issues involved in restructuring the international economic system. Analyzes initiatives of the Western, Socialist, and developing countries. Emphasis is on trade and monetary questions. Acquaintance with international politics and economics is necessary.
The Political Economy of the Pacific Basin (POL-GA.2774), Denoon. 4 points. Syllabi: [Denoon F03] Evaluates recent trends in East Asian and Pacific economic and political developments. The character of economic growth, the nature of the political systems, and implications of recent dynamism. Overall trends are analyzed with discussion focused on three distinct regions: Northeast Asia, Southeast Asia, and the Pacific Islands.
International Political Economy (POL-GA.2775), Gilligan. 4 points. Syllabi: [Satyanath S02] A general introduction to the field: evolution of the international political economy, international cooperation, international institutions, international trade and finance policy, macroeconomic policy coordination.
International Organization (POL-GA.2800), Downs, Gilligan, Hsiung. 4 points. Last taught Summer 2004. Syllabi: [Gilligan F02] [Downs S01] Functions, operation, structure, and accomplishments of the United Nations and the specialized organizations. Emphasis is on international organization as an approach to peace.
International Law (POL-GA.2900), Hsiung. 4 points. Syllabi: [Hsiung F06] [Hsiung F10] Rules that govern in the legal relationship and current development of law among nations, based on the study of cases. The use of the law for the regulation of international behavior and environment.