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Courses in LSA Political Science
Political Science (POLSCI)
POLSCI 409. Twentieth Century Political Thought
POLSCI 101, 302 or an equivalent. (3). May not be repeated for credit.

This course offers a chronological survey of some central contributions to contemporary political thought. Its premise is that 20th-century political thinkers have offered us different (a) vocabularies to understand modern political world and (b) arguments for why and how we should try to change that world. Beginning with the German sociologist Max Weber and ending with the South African novelist J.M. Coetzee, the course draws from contributions outside political theory proper. The course is writing-intensive.

POLSCI 425 / ECON 425. Inequality in the United States
ECON 401. (Prerequisites enforced at registration.) POLSCI 111. (3). May not be repeated for credit.

This course studies inequality in the United States (with comparisons to global inequality). It considers current, plausible, social scientific (especially economic and political) explanations of inequality in income, wealth, health, education, and political power, focusing on the extent to which interconnected social institutions create, maintain, or undermine inequality.

POLSCI 432. Law and Public Policy
Two courses in Political Science, including POLSCI 111 or its equivalent. (4; 3 in the half-term). May not be repeated for credit.

Courts are policy makers. Judges are called upon to "apply" the law to specific disputes that are brought before them, and this process is anything but mechanical. Judges create the law as they resolve specific disputes, often disguising their own creativity. Throughout the course, we inquire into the techniques judges use to make policy and consider whether the courts are up to the task of policy making which confronts them with every decision.

POLSCI 486. Public Opinion, Political Participation, and Pressure Groups
One course in Political Science. (Prerequisites enforced at registration.) (3). May not be repeated for credit.

POLSCI 490. Game Theory and Formal Models
(4). May not be repeated for credit.

An introduction to game theory and other kinds of formal modeling, with an emphasis on models of political systems.

POLSCI 500. First Year Colloquium
Graduate standing. (2). May not be repeated for credit.

POLSCI 501 / ANTHRCUL 501 / ASIAN 501 / CCS 501 / HISTORY 549 / SOC 527. Social Scientific Studies of Historical and Contemporary China
Permission of instructor. (3). May be elected twice for credit.

The course will focus on current issues in social scientific studies of historical and contemporary China. Each class will discuss a different disciplinary approach to a common subject, emphasizing the different research designs and data available and comparing the results with similar studies in other countries.

POLSCI 502 / ANTHRCUL 502 / ASIAN 502 / CCS 502 / HISTART 504 / HISTORY 548. Humanistic Studies of Historical and Contemporary China
Permission of instructor. (3). May not be repeated for credit.

This course will examine the present state of research in selected areas of scholarly inquiry in Chinese studies - language, literature, history, religion material culture, and art history - as we interrogate such seemingly commonsense notions as "civilization," "culture," "tradition," "modernity," and above all, "Chineseness." Our goals are to develop good reading skills, stimulate critical thinking, and inspire imaginative approaches to humanistic problems.

POLSCI 514. The Use of Social Science Computer Programs
Consent of instructor required. POLSCI 599/equivalent or permission of instructor. (1). May not be repeated for credit.

POLSCI 594. Introduction to Statistics and Data Analysis I
Consent of instructor required. College algebra. ICPSR Summer Program and permission of instructor. (2 in the half-term). May not be repeated for credit.

POLSCI 595. Introduction to Statistics and Data Analysis II
Consent of instructor required. POLSCI 594. ICPSR Summer Program and permission of instructor. (2 in the half-term). May not be repeated for credit.

POLSCI 596. Introduction to Regression Analysis
Consent of instructor required. Introductory statistics. ICPSR Summer Program and permission of instructor. (3 in the half-term). May not be repeated for credit.

POLSCI 598. Mathematics for Political Scientists
Graduate standing. The level of mathematical sophistication presumed is high school algebra. (3). May not be repeated for credit.

POLSCI 599. Statistical Methods in Political Research I
Graduate standing; concurrent election of POLSCI 514 is strongly recommended. (4). May not be repeated for credit.

POLSCI 600. Scope and Method
Graduate standing. (3). May not be repeated for credit.

POLSCI 602. Political Thought up to the Early Modern Period
Graduate standing. (3). May not be repeated for credit.

POLSCI 603. Modern Political Thought
Graduate standing. (3). May not be repeated for credit.

POLSCI 609. Proseminar in Twentieth Century Political Thought
Graduate standing. (3). May not be repeated for credit.

POLSCI 611. Proseminar in American National Government
Graduate standing. (3). May not be repeated for credit.

POLSCI 613. Proseminar in Public Law
Graduate standing. (3). May not be repeated for credit.

POLSCI 617. Proseminar in Legislative Behavior
Graduate standing. (3). May not be repeated for credit.

POLSCI 619 / AAS 519. African Americans and the Politics of Race
Graduate standing or permission of instructor. (3). May not be repeated for credit.

POLSCI 622. American Political Institutions
POLSCI 611. (Prerequisites enforced at registration.) Graduate standing. (3). May be elected twice for credit.

This course will focus on American Political Institutions. Parts will focus on the legislative, executive and judicial branches individually; others will focus on the interaction among these institutions. In each case, we will examine both theoretical and empirical explorations of these institutions, with an emphasis on empirical tests of theories.

POLSCI 626. Foundations of Institutional Analysis
Graduate standing. (3). May not be repeated for credit.

This course analyzes institutions - from formal mechanisms like separation of powers to informal ones such as culture - coas, constrain, providers, focal points, sanctioning devices and veto gates. The course analyzes function and design of institutions and their effects on individual and mass behavior.

POLSCI 628. Comparative Political Parties and Party Systems
Graduate standing. (3). May not be repeated for credit.

Political parties are the key link between the government and the governed. Even non-democratic governments often attempt to acquire the patina of legitimacy by calling their official organizations "parties". In examining the "supply-side" of electoral politics, this course examines the impact of political institutions and popular pressures on political parties and the influence of political parties on governmental and policy. We examine four different aspects of party politics: a) the rise and development of political parties, b) their internal life and organizational forms, c) party competition, and d) party governance. This course will also introduce different theoretical approaches to the study of party politics, and examine the methodological questions that arise.

POLSCI 637 / PUBPOL 637. Program Evaluation II
POLSCI 636 and permission of instructor. (2 - 4). (EXPERIENTIAL). May not be repeated for credit.

POLSCI 641. Proseminar in Comparative Politics
Graduate standing. (3). May not be repeated for credit.

POLSCI 643. Ethnicity and Politics
Graduate standing. (3). May not be repeated for credit.

POLSCI 644. Soviet and Post-Soviet Politics
Graduate standing. (3). May not be repeated for credit.

POLSCI 651. Proseminar in Political Economy
Graduate standing. (3). May not be repeated for credit.

POLSCI 652 / JUDAIC 652. Jewish Political Thought and Experiences: Eastern Europe, America and Israel
Graduate standing. (3). May be repeated for a maximum of 6 credits.

Eastern Europe, America and Israel: An exploration of political ideas in "classical" Jewish texts and how these ideas were or were not implemented in sovereign Jewish states, ancient and contemporary, and in Jewish self-government in the diaspora. We analyze the transformation of Jewish political life from traditional to modern modes: from oligarchical to mass politics, from kehillot to political parties, from pleading to political mobilization. Zionism, Bundism, and Communism are among the movements studied. We survey Jewish political behavior in America and study the Jewish and other sources of political thought and behavior in Israel.

POLSCI 658. Comparative Institutional Analysis
Graduate standing. (3). May not be repeated for credit.

A comparison of major institutional structures, such as presidentialism vs. parliamentarism, unicameralism vs. bicameralism, federal vs. unitary government, two- vs. multiparty systems, cadre vs. mass parties, plurality vs. proportional electoral systems. The course focuses on what political outcomes will be produced by different institutions.

POLSCI 660. Proseminar in World Politics
Graduate standing. (3). May not be repeated for credit.

POLSCI 662. Classical Theories of World Politics
Graduate standing. (3). May be repeated for a maximum of 6 credits.

An analysis of world politics in terms of the various structural forms the international system has manifested in the past, or might manifest in the future. Against this structural background, the behavior and interaction of nations is examined, relying heavily upon constructs, data, and methods adapted from the behavioral and communications sciences.

POLSCI 666. International Political Economy
POLSCI 660 or permission of instructor and Graduate standing. (3). May not be repeated for credit.

POLSCI 668. War in World Politics
Graduate standing. (3). May not be repeated for credit.

POLSCI 671. Proseminar in Foreign Policy of the U.S.
Graduate standing. (3). May not be repeated for credit.

POLSCI 680. Proseminar in Behavioral Research Methods
Graduate standing. (3). May not be repeated for credit.

POLSCI 681. Intermediate Game Theory
Graduate standing. (3). May be repeated for a maximum of 14 credits.

This course is for students who have the mathematical background offered in POLSCI 598. It offers a math-based exposure to applications of game theoretic methods in political science. It is problem set oriented. Students who complete this class will obtain a set of skills that is sufficient to read almost all game-theory based articles in the discipline and the technical skills needed to develop their own models.

POLSCI 682. Democratization in Global Perspectives
Graduate standing. (3). May not be repeated for credit.

POLSCI 685 / SOC 651. Proseminar in Electoral Behavior
Graduate standing. (3). May not be repeated for credit.

POLSCI 686. Proseminar in Public Opinion
Graduate standing. (3). May not be repeated for credit.

POLSCI 687. Proseminar in Political Psychology
Graduate standing. (4). May not be repeated for credit.

This seminar evaluates particular theories/methods, and seeks to understand the limitation/possibilities of psychological perspectives on politics. It considers social identities, group processes, personality, political socialization, models of cognition, choice and decision making, the power of symbols, persuasion, attitude change, sources of motivation, emotion and rationality in political reasoning.

POLSCI 688. Selected Topics in Political Science
Graduate standing. (3). May be repeated for credit. May be elected more than once in the same term.

POLSCI 691. Directed Reading
Consent of instructor required. Graduate standing and permission of instructor. (1 - 6). (INDEPENDENT). May not be repeated for credit.

POLSCI 692. Directed Reading
Consent of instructor required. Graduate standing and permission of instructor. (1 - 6). (INDEPENDENT). May not be repeated for credit.

POLSCI 694. Qualitative Research Methods
Graduate standing. (3). May not be repeated for credit.

POLSCI 695. Regression Analysis
Consent of instructor required. Introductory statistics and a background in elementary mathematics sufficient for the study of matrix algebra, and POLSCI 599. ICPSR Summer Program and permission of instructor. (3). May not be repeated for credit.

POLSCI 699. Statistical Methods in Political Research II
POLSCI 599 or equivalent and Graduate standing. (3). May not be repeated for credit.

POLSCI 701. Selected Concepts in Political Theory
Graduate standing. (3). May not be repeated for credit.

POLSCI 730 / PUBPOL 730. Women and Employment Policy
Graduate standing and permission of instructor. (3). May not be repeated for credit.

POLSCI 734 / EDUC 764 / PUBPOL 732. Public Policy in Postsecondary Education
Graduate standing. (3). May not be repeated for credit.

POLSCI 736 / PUBPOL 736 / SW 858. Poverty and Inequality
Graduate standing and permission of instructor. (3). May not be repeated for credit.

POLSCI 760. Research in World Politics
Graduate standing. (3). May not be repeated for credit.

POLSCI 781. Research Seminar in Political Behavior I
Graduate standing. (1 - 6). May not be repeated for credit.

POLSCI 787. Multivariate Analysis
POLSCI 699 or equivalent and Graduate standing. (3). May not be repeated for credit.

POLSCI 793. Methods Seminar
Graduate standing. (2 - 3). May not be repeated for credit.

POLSCI 794. Method Seminar
Graduate standing. (2 - 3). May not be repeated for credit.

POLSCI 811. Advanced Multivariate Statistical Methods
Consent of instructor required. Regression analysis or POLSCI 699. ICPSR Summer Program. Graduate standing and permission of instructor. (3). May not be repeated for credit.

POLSCI 812. Scaling and Dimensional Analysis
Consent of instructor required. Regression analysis or POLSCI 699. ICPSR Summer Program. Graduate standing and permission of instructor. (3). May not be repeated for credit.

POLSCI 813. Structural Equation (Causal) Modeling
Consent of instructor required. Regression analysis or POLSCI 699. ICPSR Summer Program. Graduate standing and permission of instructor. (3). May not be repeated for credit.

POLSCI 814. Time Series Analysis
Consent of instructor required. Regression analysis or POLSCI 699. ICPSR Summer Program. Graduate standing and permission of instructor. (3). May not be repeated for credit.

POLSCI 815. Categorical Analysis
Consent of instructor required. Regression analysis or POLSCI 699. ICPSR Summer Program. Graduate standing and permission of instructor. (3). May not be repeated for credit.

POLSCI 816. (LISREL) Models: General Structural Equations
Consent of instructor required. Multivariate statistics or POLSCI 787. ICPSR Summer Program and permission of instructor. (3). May not be repeated for credit.

POLSCI 817. Advanced Analysis of Variance
Consent of instructor required. An introduction to analysis of variance and linear regression models or Regression analysis or POLSCI 699. ICPSR Summer Program. Graduate standing and permission of instructor. (3). May not be repeated for credit.

POLSCI 818. Mathematical Models: Game Theory
Consent of instructor required. Regression analysis or POLSCI 699. ICPSR Summer Program. Graduate standing and permission of instructor. (3). May not be repeated for credit.

POLSCI 819. Mathematical Models: Rational Choice in a Social Context
Consent of instructor required. An understanding of game theory modeling and a course in applied statistics, Regression analysis or POLSCI 699. ICPSR Summer Program. Graduate standing and permission of instructor. (3). May not be repeated for credit.

POLSCI 820. Maximum Likelihood Estimation for Generalized Linear Models
Consent of instructor required. Regression analysis or POLSCI 699. ICPSR Summer Program. Graduate standing and permission of instructor. (3). May not be repeated for credit.

POLSCI 822. Dynamic/Longitudinal Analysis
Consent of instructor required. Regression analysis or POLSCI 699. ICPSR Summer Program. Graduate standing and permission of instructor. (2). May not be repeated for credit.

POLSCI 824. Non-Linear Systems II
Consent of instructor required. Regression analysis or POLSCI 699. ICPSR Summer Program. Graduate standing and permission of instructor. (3). May not be repeated for credit.

POLSCI 826. Computing for Social Science
Consent of instructor required. ICPSR Summer Program and permission of instructor. (2). May not be repeated for credit.

POLSCI 827. Research Design for Social Science
ICPSR Summer Program. (2). May be repeated for credit. May be elected more than once in the same term.

POLSCI 829. Mathematics for Social Science
Consent of instructor required. Introductory statistics or POLSCI 599. ICPSR Summer Program and permission of instructor. (2). May be repeated for credit. May be elected more than once in the same term.

POLSCI 830. Advanced Topics in Social Research
Consent of instructor required. Graduate standing and permission of instructor. ICPSR Summer Program. (2). May be repeated for credit. May be elected more than once in the same term.

POLSCI 832. Mathematical Statistics for Social Science
Consent of instructor required. Regression analysis or POLSCI 699. ICPSR Summer Program. Graduate standing and permission of instructor. (3). May not be repeated for credit.

POLSCI 838. Mathematical Models: Advanced Game Theory
Regression Analysis or POLSCI 699, and Game Theory or POLSCI 818. ICPSR Summer Program. Graduate standing and permission of instructor. (3). May not be repeated for credit.

POLSCI 841. Advanced Topics in Maximum Likelihood Estimation
Consent of instructor required. POLSCI 821. ICPSR Summer Program. Graduate standing and permission of instructor. (3). May not be repeated for credit.

POLSCI 876 / SW 876. Social Work and Political Science
Doctoral Standing or permission of instructor. (3). May not be repeated for credit.

This seminar provides a foundation and overview for students interested in understanding the intersection between social work and political science. The readings bring together political science theory and scholarship as they relate to contemporary social work and social welfare issues. Topics, chosen to illustrate the intersection of the two fields and to bring together faculty from both schools, may include poverty, social mobilization, and comparative politics. Beyond the joint Political Science/Social Work students, the course is expected to attract joint Social Work/social science students from other disciplines, as well as graduate students in economics, public policy, sociology, psychology, and other fields. The course will include activities such as guest speakers, work in-progress discussions, readings, and presentations.

POLSCI 891. Directed Research
Consent of instructor required. Graduate standing and permission of instructor. (1 - 6). (INDEPENDENT). May not be repeated for credit.

POLSCI 892. Directed Research
Consent of instructor required. Graduate standing and permission of instructor. (1 - 6). (INDEPENDENT). May not be repeated for credit.

POLSCI 990. Dissertation/Precandidate
Consent of instructor required. Election for dissertation work by doctoral student not yet admitted as a Candidate. Graduate standing. (1 - 8; 1 - 4 in the half-term). (INDEPENDENT). May be repeated for credit. This course has a grading basis of "S" or "U".

POLSCI 993. Graduate Student Instructor Training Program
Must have GSI award. Graduate standing. (1). May not be repeated for credit. This course has a grading basis of "S" or "U".

POLSCI 994. Workshops in Political Science
Graduate standing. (1). May be repeated for a maximum of 14 credits. May be elected more than once in the same term. This course has a grading basis of "S" or "U".

This course is pertaining to the student's area of study.

POLSCI 995. Dissertation/Candidate
Graduate School authorization for admission as a doctoral Candidate. Consent of instructor required. (Prerequisites enforced at registration.) (8; 4 in the half-term). (INDEPENDENT). May be repeated for credit. This course has a grading basis of "S" or "U".

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