The government curriculum focuses on the four main subfields of the discipline: American Politics, Comparative Politics, Political Theory, and International Politics. The department also has special strengths in American judicial process, media politics, gender politics, international security, and broad coverage of Africa, Asia, Europe, Canada, Middle East, and Latin America. Current course offerings include both introductory and advanced courses in these areas. Students may complete the Government major or elect a combined major of Government courses and any of the following areas: African studies, Asian studies, Canadian studies, or Environmental studies. Students may also choose to combine Government courses with the following minor programs: African studies, Asian studies, Canadian studies, Caribbean and Latin American studies, European studies, and Gender studies. For further information on these options, see the sections on Combined Majors and Program Minors in the Catalog.
228. Latin American Politics Prerequisites: Introduction to Comparative Politics.
230. African Politics
An introductory survey of the evolution of power and authority in Africa. The course explores early history; colonialism and conquest; the rise of nationalism and the coming of independence; and the contemporary challenges of development. Especially recommended for students who plan to participate in the off-campus program in Kenya. Prerequisite: Government 105 or 108 or permission of the instructor. Also offered through African Studies. Prerequisites: 105. Introduction to Comparative Politics. 108. Introduction to International Politics
273, 373. Special Topics in Comparative Politics
Topics may include the politics of race and ethnicity, Central American politics, African politics, Asian politics, Middle Eastern politics, Latin American politics and changing values in developing societies. Also offered through Native American Studies.
322. Government and Politics in the People's Republic of China
This course concentrates on reasons for revolutionary success and contemporary politics including ideology, policy-making, elite conflicts and economic and social policies. The main focus is on the post-Mao Zedong era. Prerequisite: Government 105 or permission of instructor; junior or senior standing. Prerequisites: 105. Introduction to Comparative Politics
325. Government and Politics of Canada: An Introduction
An introductory survey of the formal institutions and the processes of Canadian politics. Emphasis is on the federal government and on federal-provincial relations. Topics covered include the parliamentary process, parties and voting.
327. Politics of Development and Underdevelopment
This course focuses on three questions: Why have a small number of Western countries and Japan emerged as wealthy, industrial societies, while the great majority of countries have not? How have some third-world countries managed to achieve rapid economic development, while others have experienced stagnation or even negative growth in recent decades? The main focus is a comparison between several East Asian and African countries. Third, how has the process of globalization affected countries’ chances for development? Prerequisites: Government 105 or 108 and junior or senior standing. Also offered through Global Studies. Prerequisites: 105. Introduction to Comparative Politics, 108. Introduction to International Politics
330. Politics and Governments of Western Europe
This course focuses on West European governments, political parties and social movements. It seeks to provide students with essential information about West European politics, as well as contemporary theories about advanced capitalist democracies. Comparisons between European and American politics are frequent so that students may better see the distinctiveness of each. Issues examined include the European welfare state, the significance of the European Union, the changing contours of political conflict and what the end of the Cold War has meant for Western Europe. Especially recommended for students who plan to participate in an off-campus program in Europe and for students returning from those programs. Also offered through European Studies.
331. Politics of the Middle East
This course examines the political development of the Arab and non-Arab states in the Middle East since the fall of the Ottoman Empire in World War I. The course adopts both a thematic approach, comparing history, culture, religion and the role of foreign
intervention, as well as a country-based approach, examining the politics and policies of specific Arab and Non-Arab countries. The objective of the course is to provide students with an understanding of the challenges facing the region and those studying it. Prerequisites: 105. Introduction to Comparative Politics
339. Theology of Liberation: Analysis, Critique, Alternatives
This course examines major expressions of the continued vitality of religious life in contemporary Latin America, such as the emergence over the last several decades of a theology of social change, usually called “theology of liberation.” We consider the rise of this theology and the reactions and criticisms it has provoked. We examine the growth of evangelicalism in Latin America as both alternative to and consequence of liberation theology. Prerequisite: Religious Studies 100 or permission of instructor. Also offered as Religious Studies 339.
372. Canada in World Affairs
A broad survey of the Canadian experience in international politics. Ultimately it is an inquiry into the relationship among the international system, the elusive Canadian national interest and the limited set of foreign policy tools at the disposal of the Canadian government. Prerequisite: Government 108 or permission of instructor.
376A. International Political Economy