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Political Science: 2007-2008

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Description

The political science curriculum is designed to give students an understanding of political organization and political forces in modern society, to provide knowledge and a basis for insight and judgment on the problems involved in the relationship of the individual to government, and of governments to one another. The broad areas of study include: analysis of political theory in relation to its institutional environment, comparison and appraisal of different types of governments and political organizations, American political behavior and institutions, the problems of international relations, and the study of global governance and transnational actors.

The courses are designed primarily for a liberal arts education and are intended to create intelligent and lasting interest and participation in the formulation of public policy.

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Faculty

Professor Harvey Glickman, Emeritus
Professor Sidney R. Waldman
Associate Professor Anita Isaacs
Associate Professor Stephen J. McGovern, Chair
Assistant Professor Cristina Beltrán
Assistant Professor Craig Borowiak
Assistant Professor Susanna Wing
Assistant Professor Barak Mendelsohn

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Major Requirements

Courses fall into five subfields of the discipline of political science: American politics (A); comparative politics (C); international politics (I); global theory (GT); and political theory (T). To enter the major, two one-semester courses are required from the following: 121, 123, 131, 141, 143, and 151 at Haverford; 121, 131, 141, 151 at Bryn Mawr College. These courses should represent two different subfields.

Department Studies: Eight additional courses, of which one must be a senior research seminar and one must be a senior thesis, are required. The combination of introductory and elective courses is expected to include representation of three of the five subfields, with work at the intermediate or advanced level in at least two subfields, prior to taking the research seminar. Some courses may count in either of two subfields but not in both. However, in consultation with a member of the department, students may substitute two or three intermediate or advanced courses from another department for those in the student’s third subfield, where this serves to complement and strengthen the student’s work within the political science department. For example, a student concentrating in international politics might offer international economics courses as a subfield; or a student in political theory-social and political philosophy courses; or a student in comparative politics-courses in an area study; or a student in American politics-social policy courses, and so forth.

All senior majors write a thesis and do an oral defense of the thesis through enrollment in 392.

Related Studies: Four courses outside political science at Haverford or Bryn Mawr College which are related to the major. Some examples of possible interests around which the courses could cluster are: American or other area studies; political and social theory; international affairs; environmental policies; urban affairs; intermediate and advanced foreign language work related to work in the major; or courses from one or more of the other social sciences.

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Requirements for Honors

The award of Departmental Honors is determined on the basis of the thesis, including its oral defense, and the quality of course work.

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Courses

  • 121 American Politics and Its Dynamics (A) SO
    R.Rodgers
    The dynamics of the political process as seen in the Congress, the Presidency, and the judiciary. The role of
    public opinion, interest groups, political parties, elections, and political culture are also examined.
                   
  • 123 American Politics: Difference and Discrimination (A) SO (Cross-listed in African and Africana Studies and Gender and Sexuality Studies)
    S.McGovern
    Introduction to American politics and government through the perspective of individuals who have experienced discrimination, including people of color, the poor, women, and gays and lesbians. Particular attention to how the political system maintains inequality with respect to race, class, gender, and sexual orientation and the extent to which it provides opportunities for empowerment. (Satisfies the social justice requirement.)
                   
  • 131 Comparative Government and Politics (C) SO
    A.Isaacs
    An introduction to basic concepts and themes in comparative politics analyzed through case studies from around the world. Themes include political authority and governance structures; political culture and identity politics; political participation and representation; and political economy.
                   
  • 141 International Politics (I) (SO (Cross-listed in Peace and Conflict Studies)
    B.Mendelsohn
    An introduction to the major issues and trends in world politics, especially since World War II: realism and idealism, bi-polarity and multi-polarity, emergence of the Third World, role of force and diplomacy, the post-Cold War era, foreign policy-making, the United Nations, and humanitarian intervention.
                   
  • 143 The Politics of Globalization (GT) SO
    S.Marr
    An introduction to the major academic and policy debates over globalization and global governance. Key themes will include: sovereignty, free/fair trade; immigration; anti-globalization and violence; democratic governance and international economic institutions; and the global justice movement.
                   
  • 151 Introduction to Political Theory: Democratic Authority (T) SO
    C.Beltrán
    An introduction to central concepts of political life through exploring the questions and problems surrounding democratic freedom, power, authority and citizenship. Reading from ancient, modern, and contemporary sources, literary as well as philosophical, American as well as European, will be included.
                   
  • 211 The Soviet System and Its Demise (C) SO (Cross-listed in Economics and Russian)
    V.Kontorovich
    The Soviet system was inspired by some of the loftiest ideals of humanity. The entire society was redesigned so as to pursue common goals, rather than conflicting private objectives. The economy was run for people, not profits. The Soviet system is no more, but the ideas on which it was founded will probably always be with us. What does the largest social and economic experiment in history teach us? The course is 1/3 political science and 2/3 economics. Prerequisite: Two one-sem courses in Econ, Pols, or Hist.
                   
  • 223 American Political Process: The Congress (A) SO
    S.Waldman
    Functional and behavioral analysis of the policy-making process in Congress, from the electoral process as it affects Congress to the distribution of power and influence in Congress, and the relations of Congress with the Executive Branch. Prerequisite: Political Science 121 or 123, or consent.
                   
  • 224 The American Presidency (A) SO
    S.Waldman
    The institution of the Presidency in the past few decades; how the President relates 1) to Congress, 2) to others in the executive branch, 3) to his party, and (4) to the public. Prerequisite: Political Science 121 or 123, or consent of instructor.
                   
  • 225 Mobilization Politics (A) SO
    S.McGovern
    Explores how ordinary citizens have sought to advance their interests outside the normal institutions of politics and government. Emphasis on protest movements concerning issues such as civil rights, women's rights, the environment, taxation, and abortion. Prerequisite: Political Science 121 or 123 or consent of instructor. (Satisfies the social justice requirement.)
  • 226 Social Movement Theory (A) SO
    S.McGovern
    Theoretical analysis of origins and development of mass-based protest movements in the U.S. Scholarly explanations of recruitment of individuals, modes of organization and leadership, strategies and tactics, countermovements, and the impact of movements on policy and polictics. Prerequisite: Political Science 121 or 123, or consent of instructor.
                   
  • 227 Urban Politics (A) SO
    S.McGovern
    Explores various paradigms of urban politics based on whether: (1) the market or government plays the primary role in addressing societal problems; and (2) power is concentrated among elites or dispersed widely among the citizenry. Prerequisite: Political Science 121 or 123, or consent of instructor.
                   
  • 228 Urban Policy (A) SO
    S.McGovern
    Analysis of public policies aimed at revitalizing U.S. cities following several decades of suburbanization and capital disinvestment. Focus on economic development, housing and community development, environmental protection, transportation, education, crime, and the management of regional sprawl. Prerequisite: Political Science 121 or 123, or consent of the instructor.
                   
  • 229 Latino Politics in the U.S. (A,T) SO (Cross-listed in Gender and Sexuality Studies and Latin American and Iberian Studies)
    C.Beltrán
    Political thought and practice of Latinos and Latinas in the U.S.; ways in which ethnicity, gender, sexuality, and class affect the quest for economic and political empowerment. Prerequisite: One political science course or consent of instructor. (Satisfies the social justice requirement.)
                   
  • 230 Topics in Comparative Politics (C) SO (Cross-listed in African and Africana Studies)
    H.Glickman
    Prerequisite: One course in comparative politics or one course in international politics or consent.
                   
  • 232 Peace Building: Reintegration, Reconciliation, and Reconstruction (C,I) SO (Cross-listed in Latin American and Iberian Studies)
    A.Isaacs
    Peace building in the aftermath of civil war. Combines theory with case studies in exploring triple challenges of reintegration (demilitarization and refugee repatriation); reconciliation (alternative approaches to dealing with wartime violations of human rights); and reconstruction (fostering democracy and socio-economic development). Prerequisite: One course in political science or peace studies, and field experience. (Satisfies the social justice requirement.)
                   
  • 233 Perspectives on Civil War and Revolution: Southern Europe and Central America (C) SO (Cross-listed in History)
    A.Isaacs, A.Kitroeff
    An examination of the history and politics of civil war and revolution. A central concern is theories of revolution, guerrilla warfare and counterinsurgency, in light of Southern European (Greece and Spain) and Central American (El Salvador, Guatemala, and Nicaragua) experiences. Prerequisite: One course in history or one course in political science.
                   
  • 235 African Politics (C) SO (Cross-listed in African and Africana Studies and Peace and Conflict Studies)
    S.Wing
    Analysis of political change in Africa from the colonial period to contemporary politics. Selected case studies will be used to address central themes including democracy, human rights, gender, interstate relations, economic development, and globalization. Prerequisite: A course in political science or concent of instructor. (Satisfies the social justice requirement.)
                   
  • 237 Latin American Politics (C) SO (Cross-listed in Latin American and Iberian Studies)
    A.Isaacs
    Processes of political change in selected Latin American countries. Theoretical approaches will be combined with case studies in assessing processes of revolutionary change, military rule, and democratization. Prerequisite: One course in political science or consent of instructor.
                   
  • 239 The United States and Latin America (I) SO (Cross-listed in Latin American and Iberian Studies)
    A.Isaacs
    Introduction to the study of U.S.-Latin American relations through an exploration of key issues that shape relations between the United States and countries in Latin America. It examines the history of U.S.-Latin relations as well as the U.S. and Latin American perspective on each of the policy issues reviewed, and concludes with a consideration of new ways of managing hemispheric relations. Prerequisite: One course in political science, or consent of instructor.
                   

  • 240 Inter-American Dialogue (I) SO (Cross-listed in Latin American and Iberian Studies)
    A.Isaacs
    Examines major issues in Inter-American Relations from United States and Latin American perspectives. Conference format: Working in sub-committees, contributing to a collective policy report and writing individual papers, students explore the history and current state of policy in select issue areas and formulate alternatives, with the objective of promoting better understanding and enhancing mutual cooperation between the United States and Latin America. An outside evaluator critiques the policy report. Prerequisite: One course in political science or one course in Latin American studies, or consent of instructor. (Satisfies the social justice requirement.)
                   
  • 245 The State System (I) SO (Cross-listed in Peace and Conflict Studies)
    B.Mendelsohn
    Theoretical and policy issues growing out of the state system model of international politics. Selected case studies in foreign policy and international political economy and issues in regional sub-systems and North-South relations also are studied. Prerequisite: One course in international politics, or consent of instructor.
                   
  • 246 The Politics of International Institutions (I) SO (Cross-listed in Peace and Conflict Studies)
    Staff
    The role of the United Nations and regional organizations in the settlement of international disputes; patterns of global bargaining in international institutions and regimes are considered. Prerequisite: One course in international politics, or comparative politics, or consent of instructor.
                   
  • 248 American Foreign Policy (I) SO
    H.Glickman
    An inquiry into the ideological and conceptual dimensions of American foreign policy since 9/11, with consideration of the remifications for major policy issues, regional and global; e.g. war on terrorism, Middle East, role of the U.N., crisis in Africa. Prerequisite: One course in international politics or comparative politics or consent.
                   
  • 249 Human Rights and Global Politics (GT) SO
    C.Borowiak
    Critically examines the principles, history and practice underlying the international human rights regimes. Will explore theoretical debates over the cultural specificity of human rights, policy debates over national sovereignty and international law, and questions of accountability for human rights abuses. Attention will also be paid to the impact of globalization and the role of civil society in the human rights movement.   
  • 250 Politics, Markets and Theories of Capitalism (GT) SO
    C.Borowiak
    Theoretical approach to the role of politics and markets in modern capitalism. Draws from the history of political economic thought (including Adam Smith, Marx, Karl Polanyi, Schumpeter and Hayek) and from contemporary political economists to address the meanings of "capitalism" and the effects of global markets on domestic politics. Prerequisite: One political science course or consent of instructor.
                   
  • 251 Global Civil Society (GT) SO
    C.Borowiak
    An introduction to the theories and debates behind the concept of a global civil society, and the role of transnational civil society actors in shaping global governance. Case studies of specific transnational networks, movements, and coalitions will be examined. Prerequisite: One political science course or consent of professor.
                   
  • 255 Democratic Theory: Membership, Citizenship and Community (T) SO
    C.Beltrán
    Particular attention will be paid to questions of identity in the American context (Chicano/Latino, African-American, gay/lesbian, etc.) and the relationship between group identity and democracy in the critical examination of the relationship between democratic theory and practice. Topics include political freedom, civil disobedience and political obligation, civic and social equality, political legitimacy, and the relationship of the individual to the community. Prerequisite: One course in political theory or American politics or consent of instructor. (Satisfies the social justice requirement.)
                   
  • 263 Women and Politics (C) SO (Cross-listed in Gender and Sexuality Studies)
    Staff
    Analysis of the complex issues surrounding women as political actors and the ways in which citizenship relates to men and women differently. Selected cases from the United States, Africa, Latin America, and Asia are studied as we discuss gender, domestic politics, and international relations from a global perspective. Prerequisite: One course in political science or consent of instructor.
                   
  • 264 Political Economies in Developing Countries (C) SO (Cross-listed in African and Africana Studies)
    S.Wing
    Explores concepts and dynamics of political and economic reform in developing countries and the social and international context in which policy is formulated and implemented. Combines theories of development with case studies from Africa, Latin America and Asia. Prerequisite: One course in comparative politics or international relations, or consent of instructor.
                   
  • 266 American Political Thought from Founding to Civil War (T) SO
    C.Beltrán
    An examination of American historical thinking on a variety of political topics dealing with the American founding. Beginning with the nation’s birth in conquest and its repeated struggles over social subordination, we will explore some of the most important ways in which both dominant and dissident figures have handled such themes as revolution, authority, community, equality, liberty, slavery, and war. The course examines American responses to fundamental questions about the appropriate scope of federal and state power, the workings of constitutional democracy, the meaning of citizenship and national identity, and the character of American political culture. Prerequisite: Political Science 121, 151, or consent of instructor.
                   
  • 268 American Political Thought: Post Civil War (T) SO
    C.Beltrán
    An examination of American historical and contemporary thinking on a variety of political topics. The course explores American responses to fundamental questions about the appropriate scope of federal and state power, the workings of constitutional democracy, the meaning of citizenship and national identity, and the character of American political culture. An exploration of both the mainstream tradition and some branches of the counter tradition of political ideas in America, focusing on the themes of community, equality, authority, liberty, and individualism. Prerequisite: Political Science 121, 151, 266, or consent of instructor.
                   
  • 325 Grassroots Politics in Philadelphia (A) SO
    S.McGovern
    Advanced seminar on city politics, public policy, and grassroots activism. Traditional seminar format combined with an experiential learning component featuring intensive internships with city government agencies, public interest groups, or community-based organizations in Philadelphia. Prerequisite: Two courses in political science and/or urban studies, or consent of instructor; limited to juniors and seniors. (Satisfies the social justice requirement.)
  • 326 Topics in American Politics (A) SO
    S.Waldman
    Selected problems in institutional, behavioral, and public polocy analysis in the American political system.  Topic varies. Prerequisite: One course in American government or consent of instructor. 
  • 338 Topics in Comparative Politics (C) SO (Cross-listed in Latin American and Iberian Studies)
    A.Isaacs
    Prerequisite: One course in comparative politics and a course in Peace and Conflict Studies or consent of instructor.
                   
  • 346 Topics in International Politics (I) SO
    B.Mendelsohn
    Prerequisite: A course in international or comparative politics or consent of instructor.
                   
  • 356 Topics in Political Theory (T) SO
    Staff
    Prerequisite: One course in political theory.
                   
  • 359 Feminist Political Theory (T) SO (Cross-listed in Gender and Sexuality Studies)
    C.Beltrán
    An advanced seminar focusing on the ways in which feminist theory can inform and shape our understanding of Western political thought. Prerequisite: One course in political theory or consent of instructor.
  • 391 Research Seminar SO
    S.Waldman
                   
  • 392 Senior Thesis SO
    C.Beltrán, A.Isaacs, S.McGovern, S.Waldman, B. Mendelsohn
    This course consists of tutorials and research projects, culminating in a senior thesis. Prerequisite: Open to political science senior majors.
                   
  • 460 Teaching Assistant SO
    Staff
                   
  • 480 Independent Study SO
    Staff

COURSES OFFERED AT BRYN MAWR COLLEGE

  • 121 American Politics
  • 131 Comparative Politics
  • 141 International Politics
  • 205 European Politics
  • 206 Conflict & Conflict Management
  • 228 Western Political Philosophy (Ancient and Early Modern)
  • 231 Western Political Theory (Modern)
  • 241 The Politics of International Law and Institutions
  • 243 African and Caribbean Perspectives in World Politics
  • 251 Politics and the Mass Media
  • 254 Bureaucracy and Democracy
  • 284 Modernity and its Discontents
  • 316 Ethnic Group Politics
  • 321 Technology and Politics
  • 333 The Policy Making Process
  • 347 Advanced Issues in Peace and Conflict
  • 348 Culture and Ethnic Conflict
  • 362 Environmental Policy in Comparative Perspective

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