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Course Catalog

Political Science: 2009-2010

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Description

The political science curriculum seeks to address issues of power, citizenship, and justice in the United States and throughout the world. Our courses explore political processes and governmental institutions from multiple vantage points - at the grassroots, the nation-state, and the global community - and from a variety of theoretical, conceptual, historical, and experiential perspectives. Our goal is to provide students with a deep understanding of the core concepts and practices of politics and government while developing the analytical, research, and writing skills that will enable them to think critically and creatively about existing structures of power and privilege. In doing so, we hope to nurture a life-long fascination and engagement with the political realm.

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Faculty

Professor Harvey Glickman, Emeritus
Professor Sidney R. Waldman
Associate Professor Anita Isaacs
Associate Professor Steve McGovern, Chair
Associate Professor Cristina Beltrán
Assistant Professor Craig Borowiak
Assistant Professor Susanna Wing
Assistant Professor Barak Mendelsohn
Visiting Professor Sanford Schram

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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 governance (G); and political theory (T). The following is required of all majors:

1. Two one-semester courses are required to enter the major: 121, 123, 131, 151, 161, and 171 at Haverford; 121, 131, 141, 151 at Bryn Mawr College. These courses must represent two different subfields.

2. Seven elective courses above the 100-level, including at least two 300-level research seminars. The 300-level research seminars must be taken with at least two different faculty members and are open to seniors and juniors, and sophomores with the consent of the instructor. One of the 300-level research seminars must be taken during the fall semester of the senior year. 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. Some courses may count in either of the two subfields but not in both.

With the consent of a member of the department, students may substitute two or three intermediate- or advanced-level 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.

3. All senior majors write a thesis and complete an oral defense of the thesis through enrollment in 400.

4. 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

Honors will be awarded to senior majors who, in the Department's judgment, have demonstrated excellence in their course work in political science and senior thesis. High honors may be granted to a very select number of senior majors who have attained an outstanding level of distinction in their political science courses and senior thesis.

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Courses

  • American Politics and Its Dynamics (A) SO
    S.Waldman
    The dynamics of the political process as seen in the Congress, the Presidency, and the judiciary. The role of interest groups, public opinion, and the 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.

    131 Comparative Government and Politics (C) SO
    S.Wing
    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.

    151 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.

    161 The Politics of Globalization (G) SO
    C.Borowiak
    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.

    171 Introduction to Political Theory: Democratic Authority (T) SO
    C.Beltran
    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.

    200 Religion and Liberalism HU (Cross-listed in Religion)
    T.Johnson

    211 The Soviet System and Its Demise SO (Cross-listed in Economics and Russian)
    V.Kontorovich
    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 of instructor.

    224 The American Presidency (A) SO
    S.Waldman
    The institution of the Presidency in the past few decades; how the President relates to 1) Congress, 2) others in the executive branch, 3) his party, and 4) the public. Prerequisite: Pols 121 or 123 or consent.

    225 Mobilization Politics (A) SO
    S.McGovern
    Explores how ordinary citizens in the U.S. seek to advance their interests, both inside and outside of the conventional political system. Evaluation of theories of contentious politics with an emphasis on social movements, public interest groups, direct democracy, and community organizing. Prerequisite: Political Science 121 or 123 or consent of instructor.

    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 politics. Prerequisite: Political Science 121 or 123 or consent of instructor.

    227 Urban Politics (A) SO
    S.McGovern
    Examines who wields power in American cities amidst broad social and economic change. Includes both historical and contemporary analysis of urban politics, with close attention to the influence of race, ethnicity, and class. Prerequisite: Pols 121 or 123 or consent.

    228 Urban Policy (A) SO
    S.McGovern
    Assessment 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 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.Beltran
    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 course in political science or consent of instructor.

    230 Topics in Comparative Politics (C) SO
    Prerequisite: One course in comparative politics or international politics or consent of instructor.

    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.

    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)
    H.Glickman
    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 consent of instructor.

    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 (C) SO (Cross-listed in Latin American and Iberian Studies)
    A.Isaacs
    Prerequisite: One course in Pols or consent.

    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 Latin American studies or consent of instructor.

    242 Women in War and Peace (C) SO (Cross-listed in Gender and Sexuality Studies and Peace and Conflict Studies)
    S.Wing
    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.

    247 Political Economy of 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 politics or consent of instructor.

    252 International Politics of the Middle East (I) SO
    B.Mendelsohn

    253 Introduction to Terrorism Studies SO
    B.Mendelsohn
    After being marginalized in international relations scholarship for years, in the aftermath of 9/11 terrorism has moved to the forefront of scholarly interest. The purpose of this course is to survey the various theories concerning terrorism from diverse perspectives employing rationalist and psychological theories to explain terrorism-related phenomena. Prerequisite: None.

    256 The Evolution of the Jihadi Movement (I) SO
    B.Mendelsohn
    This course explores the evolution of the jihadi movement, focusing on its ideological development throughout the twentieth century, and the structural changes it has gone through since the jihad to drive the Soviets out of Afghanistan during the 1980s. Prerequisite: Political Science 131, 151, or 161 or consent of instructor.

    257 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.

    258 The Politics of International Institutions (I) SO (Cross-listed in Peace and Conflict Studies)
    B.Mendelsohn
    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.

    259 American Foreign Policy (I) SO
    H.Glickman
    Prerequisite: One course in international relations or comparative government. Sophomore standing or above.

    261 Global Civil Society (G) 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 course in political science or consent of instructor.

    262 Human Rights and Global Politics (G) 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. Prerequisite: One course in political science or consent of instructor.

    265 Politics, Markets and Theories of Capitalism (G) 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 course in political science or consent of instructor.

  • 271 The Politics of Pop: Culture, Capitalism, Consumption and the Clash (T) SO
    Staff
    This course in political theory addresses the political implications of popular culture. Melding theory with specific case studies, the course situates music, consumerism, and television in the context of power, capitalism, citizenship, and the practice of democratic politics. Prerequisite: One course in political science or consent of instructor.

    272 Democratic Theory: Membership, Citizenship and Community (T) SO
    C.Beltran
    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: 1 course in Pol Theory or Am Pol or consent.

    276 American Political Thought from Founding to Civil War (A,T) SO
    C.Beltran
    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, 123 or 171 or consent of instructor.

    277 American Political Thought: Post Civil War (A,T) SO
    C. Beltran
    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, 123, 171, or 276, or consent of instructor.

    281 Developing Questions, Finding Answers: Political Science and the Conduct of Inquiry SO
    Staff
    This class provides an introduction into the techniques of social science research. Useful for anyone preparing to write a senior thesis, the course will provide an opportunity for the students to create an original research design and gain experience in a range of qualitative methods. Prerequisite: One course in political science or consent of instructor.

    285 Religion and the Limits of Liberalism HU (Cross-listed in Religion)
    T.Johnson

    314 Strategic Advocacy: Lobbying & Interest Group Politics in Washington, D.C. SO
    R.Christie

    315 Public Policy Analysis (A) SO
    S.Waldman
    Each student will select a public policy to analyze, looking at the nature of the problem being addressed as well as benefits, costs, and risks. Alternative policy solutions to the problem will be examined and a final proposal put forward. Prerequisite: Jr. or Sr. standing or consent.

    320 Democracy in America (A) SO
    S.McGovern
    This seminar assesses the condition of participatory and representative democracy in the United States today. Prerequisite: Jr. or Sr. standing or consent.

    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 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.

    330 Topics in Comparative Politics (C) SO (Cross-listed in Latin American and Iberian Studies)
    Prerequisite: One course in comparative politics or consent of instructor.

    334 Politics of Violence (C) SO (Cross-listed in and Peace and Conflict Studies)
    A.Isaacs
    Examines the evolution, the nature and the causes of violent, intra-state conflict. It pays attention to assessing alternative explanations that include the fear and insecurity provoked by failing states, resource scarcity and the spread of infectious disease and/or a manipulative and self-serving leadership. It places these conflicts in the context of writings about collective violence, revolutions and genocide and asks about the contribution and the responsibility of the international community to resolving civil strife. Prerequisite: Junior or senior standing or consent of instructor.

    336 Democracy and Democratization (C) SO
    A.Isaacs
    The processes of democratization in historical and comparative perspective. It investigates the meaning of democracy and assesses factors that facilitate or impede democratic transition and durability; including strategies of elites, civil society and external actors, civil-military relations, institutional design and the relationship between democratization and economic transformation. Prerequisite: Junior or senior standing or consent of instructor.

    339 Transitional Justice (C) SO
    A.Isaacs
    Challenges of transitional justice -- confronting human rights violations in the aftermath of violent conflict and repressive dictatorship. We will address questions raised in transitional justice studies, focusing on purpose, goals and implications, and assessing practical experiences with key transitional justice mechanisms, including truth commissions, trials and reparations. Prerequisite: Jr. or Sr. standing or consent.

    340 Postcolonialism and the Politics of Nation-building (C) SO (Cross-listed in African and Africana Studies)
    S.Wing
    An examination of the challenges of nation-building in postcolonial states. Explores ethnicity, democracy, citizenship and legal reform. Theoretical approaches are combined with case studies from Africa, Southeast Asia and other regions of the world. Prerequisite: Junior or senior standing or consent of instructor.

    345 Islam, Democracy and Development (C) SO (Cross-listed in African and Africana Studies)
    S.Wing
    An examination of political dynamics of Islam. Islam is analyzed with respect to democracy, human rights, cultural pluralism, and development. Case studies from Africa, Europe and other regions of the world will be explored. Prerequisite: Jr. or Sr. standing or consent.

    350 Topics in International Politics (I) SO
    B.Mendelsohn
    Prerequisite: A course in international or comparative politics or consent of instructor.

    357 International Relations Theory: Conflict and the Middle East (I) SO
    B.Mendelsohn
    Conflicts in the Middle East since World War I. Cleavages are discussed that have contributed to the emergence of violent conflicts in the region and discusses particular conflicts. Prerequisite: Jr. or Sr. standing or consent.

    358 The War on Terrorism (I) SO
    B.Mendelsohn
    Exposes students to the broad range of activities undertaken within the framework of the global war on terrorism and to enhance understanding of the diverse military and political challenges comprising this confrontation. The seminar surveys the multiple components of the war on terrorism and examines them through several relevant analytical prisms. The course also discusses the implications of the war on terrorism for foreign policy and international relations theory. Prerequisite: Junior or senior standing or consent of instructor

    361 Democracy and Global Governance (G) SO
    C.Borowiak
    Examination of contemporary theoretical and practical debates about the extension of democratic principles beyond the nation-state. This course will explore sources of legitimacy in world politics and consider innovative ways to cope with global power asymmetries and democratic deficits caused by globalization. Prerequisite: Junior or senior standing or consent of instructor.

    362 Global Justice SO
    C.Borowiak
    An examination of issues of justice that cross national borders, including world poverty and global distributive justice, corporate accountability, humanitarian intervention, and global environmental justice. Readings chosen from recent works in political philosophy and globalization studies. Prerequisite: At least one 100-level & one 200-level course in political science or consent of instructor.

    365 Solidarity Economy Movements SO
    C.Borowiak
    An intensive research seminar critically examining the politics, theory and social networks behind solidarity economy movements that seek to create solidarity-based alternatives to capitalism. Includes study of the fair trade movement, eco-villages, cooperative movements, and participatory budgeting, among other initiatives. Prerequisite: One 200-level political science course.

    370 Topics in Political Theory (T) SO
    C.Beltran
    Prerequisite: Jr. or Sr. standing or consent.

    379 Feminist Political Theory (T) SO
    C.Beltran
    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.

    400 Senior Thesis SO
    S.McGovern
    This course consists of tutorials and intensive research, culminating in a senior thesis. Prerequisite: Limited to political science senior majors.

    460 Teaching Assistant SO
    S.Waldman

    480 Independent Study SO
    S.McGovern

    INTERMEDIATE COURSES

  • 286 Religion and American Public Life [A] HU (Cross-listed in Religion)
    T.Johnson

     

    COURSES OFFERED AT BRYN MAWR COLLEGE

    121 American Politics
    131 Comparative Politics
    141 International Politics
    205 European Politics
    206 Conflict & Conflict Management
    220 Constitutional Law
    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
    245 Philosophy of Law
    251 Politics and the Mass Media
    253 Feminist Theory
    254 Bureaucracy and Democracy
    279 State/Transformation/Conflict
    283 Modern Middle East/North Africa
    284 Modernity and its Discontents
    310 Comparative Public Policy
    316 Ethnic Group Politics
    320 Greek Political Philosophy
    321 Technology and Politics
    327 Political Philosophy: 1950-Present
    333 The Policy Making Process
    347 Advanced Issues in Peace and Conflict
    348 Culture and Ethnic Conflict
    358 Political Psychology and Ethnic Conflict
    362 Environmental Policy in Comparative Perspective
    383 Islamic Reform and Radicalism
    385 Democracy and Development
    391 International Political Economy