Political Science

Departmental Office: 710 International Affairs Building; 212-854-3707
http://www.polisci.columbia.edu

Director of Undergraduate Studies:
Prof. Andrew J. Nathan, 931 International Affairs Building; 212-854-6909; ajn1@columbia.edu

Economics-Political Science Advisers:
Economics: Prof. Susan Elmes, Director of Undergraduate Studies, 1006 International Affairs Building; se5@columbia.edu
Political Science: Prof. Carlo Prato, 702 International Affairs Building; 212-854-3646; cp2928@columbia.edu

Political Science-Statistics Advisers:
Political Science: Prof. Robert Shapiro, 730 International Affairs Building; 212-854-3944; rys3@columbia.edu
Statistics: Prof. Banu Baydil, 612 West 115th Street, Room 611; 212-853-1397; bb2717@columbia.edu
Statistics: Prof. Ronald Neath, 612 West 115th Street, Room 612; 212-853-1398; rcn2112@columbia.edu
 

The discipline of political science focuses on issues of power and governance and, in particular, on political institutions, both formal and informal. It also focuses on political behavior, political processes, political economy, and state-society relations.

The field consists of four substantive subfields: American politics, which covers such topics as national and local politics, elections, and constitutional law; comparative politics, which aims at understanding the political systems of other countries, both by studying individual states and by engaging in cross-national comparisons; international relations, which deals with the ways that states and other political actors behave in the international arena, including such topics as security, foreign policies, international organizations, and international economic relations; and political theory, which analyzes the history of normative political thought as well as of analytic concepts such as the nature of justice or liberty.

Other broad topics, such as “political economy,” or the study of the relationships between economic and political processes, overlap with the subfields, but also constitute a separate program (see below). Methodology, including statistical analysis and formal modeling, also occupies an important place in the discipline.

Advanced Placement

The department grants credit toward the major for work completed under the College Entrance Examination Board (CEEB) Advanced Placement Program. Students receive 3 academic credits and exemption from POLS UN1201 Introduction To American Government and Politics or POLS UN1501 Introduction to Comparative Politics for scores of 5 in the United States and Comparative Government and Politics AP Exams.

Advising

The Department of Political Science offers a variety of advising resources to provide undergraduate majors and concentrators with the information and support needed to successfully navigate through the program. These resources are described below.

Undergraduate Advising Office

Students should take questions or concerns about the undergraduate program to the department's undergraduate advising office first. If advisers cannot answer a student's question, they then refer the student to the appropriate person.

The undergraduate advising office is staffed by a political science Ph.D. student who holds open office hours at least once per week (the schedule can be found on-line at http://polisci.columbia.edu/academic-programs/undergraduate-programs/advising). Students should stop by during these hours with questions about requirements, course selection, course of study, transfer and study abroad credit, and any other aspect of the program. Students may also reach the adviser by email at polisciadvising@columbia.edu.

Students should also visit the undergraduate advising office for assistance in completing the political science program planning form (available in the office, or on-line at http://polisci.columbia.edu/academic-programs/undergraduate-programs/planning-forms). The advisers must sign and date this form in the approval column next to any listed class that requires approval to be counted toward the program (transfer courses, non-traditional courses, etc.). These forms cannot be completed by faculty advisers. Each student's planning form is kept on file in the department, so that each semester they may meet with an adviser to update it.

The advisers are also available to speak with students about more substantive issues, including research interests, internships, and post-college plans. Since the advisers have been through the graduate school application process, they are great resources with whom students may discuss the process. Also, because they are current Ph.D. students in the department, they are familiar with the research interests of political science faculty  and can therefore refer students to a professor for thesis advice, a research assistant job, or a faculty member whose research corresponds to the student's interests.

Requesting a Faculty Adviser

Often the best way for students to obtain advising from a faculty member is to contact a professor with whom they have taken a class in an area of interest. Students also have the option of having a faculty adviser assigned by the department. To request a faculty adviser, students should complete the Faculty Adviser Request Form and submit it to the undergraduate coordinator during the first two weeks of the semester.

Students may consult with their faculty adviser for any substantive issue, but still must visit walk-in advising hours to have courses approved, to fill out and update planning forms, and to discuss departmental requirements and regulations.

Director of Undergraduate Studies

The director of undergraduate studies oversees the undergraduate program and is available during office hours. While a student's first stop for advising should be the undergraduate advising office, the director of undergraduate studies is available to answer any questions that the undergraduate advisers or the undergraduate coordinator cannot. In such cases, the undergraduate coordinator and advisers refer students to the director of undergraduate studies.

Economics–Political Science Adviser

Economics–political science majors may consult with the economics-political science adviser during office hours. Please note that students should also see an undergraduate adviser to discuss major requirements and fill out a planning form. For any questions about the economics–political science program that an undergraduate adviser cannot answer, students are referred to the economics-political science adviser.

Political Science–Statistics Adviser

Political science–statistics majors may consult with the political science-statistics adviser during office hours. Please note that students should also see an undergraduate adviser to discuss major requirements and fill out a planning form. For any questions about the political science–statistics program that an undergraduate adviser cannot answer, students are referred to the political science-statistics adviser.

Faculty At-Large

Students are encouraged to contact any professor for advice during his or her office hours, or by appointment, to discuss interests in political science, course selection, and other academic or post-college issues. The faculty may provide advice about graduate schools, suggest literature that the student might consult as sources for research, recommend specific courses or professors based on the student's interests, or offer information about research opportunities with faculty. However, students should note that any issues surrounding departmental regulations and requirements, major certification, course approvals, etc., are addressed at the undergraduate advising office.

Honors Program

The department offers the Honors Program for a limited number of seniors who want to undertake substantial research projects and write honors theses. The honors thesis is expected to be at least 75 pages in length and of exceptional quality.

Honors students perform research as part of a full-year honors seminar (POLS W3998-POLS W3999 Senior Honors Seminar, 8 points total) during their senior year, in place of the seminar requirement for majors. Honors students may, however, take regular seminars to fulfill other course requirements for the major. Theses are due in late March or early April. To be awarded departmental honors, the student must satisfy all the requirements for the major, maintain a 3.6 GPA in the major, and complete a thesis of sufficiently high quality to merit honors.

The honors seminar director provides general direction for the seminar. The honors seminar director supervises all students; each student also works with a faculty member in his or her major subfield (American politics, comparative politics, international relations, or political theory) and a preceptor. The honors seminar meets weekly for part of the year and addresses general issues involved in research and thesis writing, such as how to develop research questions and projects, methodology, sources of evidence, and outlining and drafting long papers. The sessions are also used for group discussions of students’ research and thesis presentations. Students are also expected to meet periodically with the supervising professor and preceptor.

Students who wish to apply to the Honors Program must notify the department in writing by the end of the spring semester of the junior year. Please check the department website for the official deadline. Normally no more than 10% of graduating majors receive departmental honors in a given academic year. Applicants are required to have already completed the methods requirement for the major.

Application Materials

Applications to the Honors Program must include the following:

  1. A cover page with the student’s name, CUID number, e-mail address, and school (Columbia College or General Studies);
  2. An official transcript, which may be obtained from the Office of the Registrar in Kent Hall, or from Student Services Online (SSOL);
  3. A writing sample, preferably a paper written for a political science course;
  4. A brief description (no more than one page) of a possible thesis topic. For guidelines for writing a proposal, please review the Guidelines for Honors Seminar Proposals.

Complete applications should be sent to:

Department of Political Science
Attn: Departmental Honors
420 West 118th Street
Mail Code 3320
New York, NY 10027

In addition, students are encouraged to find a faculty sponsor for their thesis proposal. Students who have identified a faculty sponsor should indicate the sponsor in the proposal; students without a faculty sponsor should identify a faculty member with whom they would like to work. Research areas for the political science department faculty are listed on the department's website. Students will be notified by e-mail of the decision taken on their applications before fall registration.

Students who are not accepted into the honors seminar, or who decide after the application deadline that they would like to write an honors thesis may take one or two semesters of Special Reading and Research in order to write a thesis to submit for honors consideration.

Students who are not accepted into the honors seminar or who decide after the application deadline that they would like to write an honors thesis may take one or two semesters of Independent Study in order to write a thesis to submit for honors consideration.

For registration information and more details about this process, students should contact the undergraduate coordinator. Students may also submit for honors consideration a paper written for a class. Note that most honors theses are at least 75 pages in length. All theses must be submitted along with a confidential assessment of the paper by the supervising instructor in order to be considered for departmental honors. Students who choose this path must also complete all the requirements for the major and maintain a minimum major GPA of 3.6. Theses are due in late March or early April, and decisions about departmental honors are announced in May.

Departmental Prizes and Fellowships

The Department of Political Science administers the following prizes and awards. Unless otherwise noted, students do not play an active part in the nomination process. Rather, faculty members nominate students at their own discretion. Departmental prizes are reserved for political science majors.

Charles A. Beard Prize

A cash prize awarded every other year to the student who writes the best paper in political science during the academic year.

Caroline Phelps Stokes Prize

A cash prize established at the bequest of Caroline Phelps Stokes is awarded to a student who has been a degree candidate at Columbia College or Barnard College for at least one academic year, and who has written the best essay in course or seminar work on the general subject of human rights.

Allan J. Willen Memorial Prize

A cash prize awarded to the Columbia College student who writes the best seminar paper on a contemporary American political problem.

Edwin Robbins Academic Research/Public Service Fellowship

The Robbins Fellowship provides a stipend each summer for at least two political science students in Columbia College who will be engaged in research in important matters of politics or policy making or who will be working, without other compensation, as interns in a governmental office, agency, or other public service organization. Each spring, the department invites students to submit fellowship proposals. Awards are announced in late April or early May.

The Arthur Ross Foundation Award

A cash prize awarded to GS students for excellence in the field of political science.

Phyllis Stevens Sharp Fellowship in American Politics

The Phyllis Stevens Sharp Endowment Fund provides stipends each year during either academic semester or the summer for one or more Columbia College or School of General Studies students majoring or concentrating in political science to support research in American politics or policy making, or otherwise uncompensated internships in a government office, agency, or other public service organization. Each spring, the department invites students to submit fellowship proposals. Awards are announced in late April or early May.

Early Admission to the Master's Degree Program in Political Science for Columbia and Barnard Political Science Undergraduates

While the Department of Political Science does not offer a joint bachelor of arts/master’s degree, it does allow Columbia and Barnard undergraduates to apply for early admission to its master’s degree program. This enables qualified undergraduates majoring or concentrating in political science to obtain the B.A. degree and M.A. degree in fewer than five years (ten semesters) from the time of their entrance into Columbia or Barnard, if they fulfill the M.A. course and residency requirements through summer course work after receiving the B.A. or accelerated study during the course of their undergraduate career.

Students should apply during the fall semester of their senior year for admission to the M.A. program in the following fall semester, after completion of the B.A. degree. The department and the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences may award up to one-half residence unit of advanced standing and/or up to three courses (nine to twelve credits) of transfer credit for graduate courses (4000-level and above) taken at Columbia in excess of the requirements for the Columbia bachelor's degree, as certified by the dean of the undergraduate school awarding the bachelor's degree.

For further information about the application process and minimum qualifications for early admission, please contact the director of undergraduate studies.

For further information about requirements for the M.A. degree, see http://gsas.columbia.edu/content/academic-programs/political-science.

Professors

  • Richard K. Betts
  • Jagdish Bhagwati (also Economics)
  • Partha Chatterjee (Anthropology)
  • Jean L. Cohen
  • Rodolfo de la Garza (also School of International and Public Affairs)
  • Michael Doyle (also School of International and Public Affairs; Law School)
  • Jon Elster
  • Robert Erikson
  • Virginia Page Fortna
  • Timothy Frye (Chair)
  • Ester Fuchs (School of International and Public Affairs)
  • Andrew Gelman (also Statistics)
  • Donald P. Green
  • Bernard Harcourt (Law)
  • Fredrick Harris
  • Jeffrey Henig (Teachers College)
  • John Huber
  • Macartan Humphreys
  • Robert Jervis
  • David C. Johnston
  • Ira Katznelson (also History)
  • Sudipta Kaviraj (Middle Eastern, South Asian, and African Studies)
  • Mahmood Mamdani (Anthropology)
  • Isabela Mares
  • M. Victoria Murillo (also School of International and Public Affairs)
  • Andrew J. Nathan
  • Sharyn O'Halloran (also School of International and Public Affairs)
  • Kenneth Prewitt (School of International and Public Affairs)
  • Robert Y. Shapiro
  • Jack Snyder
  • Michael Ting (also School of International and Public Affairs)
  • Nadia Urbinati
  • Gregory Wawro
  • Andreas Wimmer (Sociology)
  •  

Associate Professors

  • Shigeo Hirano
  • Kimuli Kasara
  • Jeffrey Lax
  • Justin Phillips
  • Tonya Putnam
  • Johannes Urpelainen

Assistant Professors

  • Allison Carnegie
  • Daniel Corstange (also School of International and Public Affairs)
  • Turkuler Isiksel
  • John Marshall
  • Carlo Prato
  • Joshua Simon

Lecturers

  • Andreas Avgousti
  • Kevin Elliott
  • Jessica Kimpell Johnson
  • Chiara Superti

Visiting Professors

  • Takako Kobori Hikotani (2016-2017)
  • Ehud Sommer (2016-2017)
  • Thomas Lindemann (Fall 2016)

On Leave 

  • Profs. Corstange, Doyle, Fortna and Mares (2016-2017)
  • Profs. Huber and Isiksel (Fall 2016)
  • Prof. Ting (Spring 2017)

Guidelines for all Political Science Majors, Concentrators, and Interdepartmental Majors

Planning Forms

Major Planning forms are available on the departmental website: http://polisci.columbia.edu/academic-programs/undergraduate-programs/planning-forms.

Policy on Double-Counting Courses

  • No course may double-count for two separate majors/concentrations or programs.


Policy on Counting Credits outside the Department of Political Science

  • Courses taken at other institutions or other Columbia departments may not be used to meet the requirement of a major or concentration in political science without the approval of the Director of Undergraduate Studies or the department’s undergraduate adviser. Students should secure such approval in advance of registration.


Pass/D/Fail and Grading Policy

  • A grade of “Pass” is acceptable only for the first course taken toward the major or concentration.
  • Students must receive a grade of at least C- in order for a course to count towards the major or concentration.


AP Credit Policy

  • Students who receive transfer credit for one or more AP exams in political science may count a maximum of one AP course toward the major or concentration, contingent upon completing an upper-level (3000 or higher) course with a grade of C or higher in the subfield in which the AP exam was taken. All transfer credits must be approved by the Director of Undergraduate Studies or the undergraduate adviser.


Transfer Credit Policy

  • A maximum of three 3-point or 4-point courses in Political Science may be transferred from other institutions toward the major; a maximum of two courses in Political Science may be transferred toward the concentration and the two interdepartmental joint majors. This includes study abroad and AP credit. All transfer credits must be approved by the Director of Undergraduate Studies or the undergraduate adviser.
  • Students wishing to count transfer credits toward the major or concentration should send the Director of Undergraduate Studies their transfer credit report, the syllabi of the courses they want to count toward departmental requirements, and a statement of how they want to apply the transfer credits to the requirements.


Independent Study Policy

  • Independent Study (POLS UN3901 Independent Reading and Research I in the fall or POLS UN3902 Independent Reading and Research II in the spring) taken in fulfillment of course requirements for the major/concentration must be taken for at least 3 points of credit.

Major in Political Science

Program of Study

To be planned with the department as soon as the student starts to register for courses toward the major. Students should not wait until they formally declare the major before meeting with an undergraduate adviser during the registration period to plan their programs for the major.

Course Requirements

Students must choose a Primary Subfield and a Secondary Subfield to study. The subfields are as follows:

  • American Politics (AP)
  • Comparative Politics (CP)
  • International Relations (IR)
  • Political Theory (PT)

The major in political science requires a minimum of 9 courses in political science, to be distributed as follows:

Introductory Courses
Students must take two of the following introductory courses:
Introduction To American Government and Politics
Introduction to Comparative Politics
Introduction to International Politics
Political Theory I
NOTE: Introductory courses taken that do not fit into the Primary or Secondary Subfield will be counted in the Political Science Elective category.
Primary Subfield
Minimum three courses.
Minor Subfield
Minimum two courses.
Seminars
Two 4-point seminars, at least one of which is in the student’s Primary Subfield.
(See "Seminars" section below for more information)
Research Methods *
Minimum one course in research methods. Courses that satisfy the research methods requirement are:
Logic of Collective Choice
Data Analysis and Statistics for Political Science Research
Empirical Research Methods
Scope and Methods
Principles of Quantitative Political Research
Analysis of Political Data
Multivariate Political Analysis
Game Theory and Political Theory
Research Topics in Game Theory
Design and Analysis of Sample Surveys
Experimental Research: Design, Analysis and Interpretation
Advanced Topics in Quantitative Research
Advanced Topics in Quantitative Research: Models for Panel and Time-Series Cross-Section Data
Political Science Electives
Minimum one course (in any subfield).
*

A student may take another course inside or outside the department that provides relevant training in research methods to satisfy this requirement only with the written permission in advance of the Director of Undergraduate Studies or the department’s undergraduate adviser. If a course outside the political science department is used to satisfy the research methods requirement, this same course cannot be used toward other majors/concentrations or programs.

Seminars

Students are expected to take two 4-point seminars: one in their junior year and another in their senior year (with exceptions made for students on leave or studying abroad). They may choose from among the seminars offered, though at least one of the seminars taken must be in the student’s Primary Subfield (that in which at least 9 other points have been completed). Entry into seminars requires instructor's permission.

For detailed seminar registration guidelines, see http://polisci.columbia.edu/undergraduate-programs/seminar-registration-guidelines. Seminars cannot be taken for R credit or Pass/D/Fail.

Barnard colloquia are open to students with the permission of the instructor. However, Barnard colloquia can only count for seminar credit at the discretion of the director of undergraduate studies. Note that admission to Barnard colloquia is by application to the Barnard Political Science Department only. Please consult with the Barnard Political Science Department for more information.

Recommended Courses

In addition to political science courses, students are strongly advised, but not required, to take six points in a related social science field.


Major in Economics–Political Science

The major in economics-political science is an interdisciplinary major that introduces students to the methodologies of economics and political science and stresses areas of particular concern to both. This program is particularly beneficial to students planning to do graduate work in schools of public policy and international affairs.

Two advisers are assigned for the interdepartmental major, one in the Department of Economics and one in the Department of Political Science. Please note that the economics adviser can only advise on economics requirements and the political science adviser can only advise on political science requirements.

Course Requirements

For the political science part of the major, students must choose a Primary Subfield and a Secondary Subfield to study. The corresponding introductory courses in both subfields must be taken, plus two electives in the Primary Subfield and one in the Secondary Subfield. The subfields are as follows:

  • American Politics (AP)
  • Comparative Politics (CP)
  • International Relations (IR)

The economics–political science major requires a minimum of 17 courses in economics, mathematics, statistics, and political science, to be distributed as follows:

Core Requirements in Economics
Students must take all of the following core economics courses:
Principles of Economics
Intermediate Microeconomics
Intermediate Macroeconomics
Introduction To Econometrics
Political Economy
Core Requirements in Mathematics and Statistics
Students must take all of the following core mathematics and statistics courses:
Calculus I
Calculus III
Calculus-Based Introduction to Statistics
Economics Electives
Students must take two electives at the 3000 level or higher in the Department of Economics.
Political Science Courses
Students must choose a Primary Subfield and a Secondary Subfield to study. The subfields are as follows: American Politics (AP), Comparative Politics (CP), International Relations (IR), and Political Theory (PT).
Primary Subfield: Minimum three courses, one of which must be the subfield’s introductory course.
Secondary Subfield: Minimum two courses, one of which must be the subfield’s introductory course.
Seminars
Students must take the following two seminars:
ECPS GU4921Seminar In Political Economy
and a Political Science Department seminar, in the student's Primary Subfield. Please select one of the following: *
Seminar in Political Theory
Seminar in Political Theory
Seminar in American Politics
Seminar in American Politics
Seminar in Comparative Politics
Seminar in Comparative Politics
Seminar in International Politics
Seminar in International Politics
*

Students who wish to count toward the political science seminar requirement a course that is not in the above list of approved seminars must obtain permission from the political science Director of Undergraduate studies.

Barnard colloquia can count for seminar credit only with the written permission of the Director of Undergraduate Studies. Note that admission to Barnard colloquia is by application to the Barnard political science department only.

Major in Political Science–Statistics

The interdepartmental major of political science–statistics is designed for students who desire an understanding of political science to pursue advanced study in this field and who also wish to have at their command a broad range of sophisticated statistical tools to analyze data related to social science and public policy research.

Students should be aware of the rules regarding the use of the Pass/D/Fail option. Courses in which a grade of D has been received do not count toward the major requirements.

Political science–statistics students are eligible for all prizes reserved for political science majors.

The political science-statistics major requires a minimum of 15 courses in political science, statistics, mathematics, and computer science, to be distributed as follows:

POLITICAL SCIENCE
Primary Subfield
-Students must choose a Primary Subfield to study. Within the subfield, students must take a minimum of three courses, including the subfield's introductory course. The subfields and their corresponding introductory courses are as follows:
American Politics:
Introduction To American Government and Politics
Comparative Politics:
Introduction to Comparative Politics
International Relations:
Introduction to International Politics
Political Theory:
Political Theory I
-Additionally, students must take one 4-point seminar in their Primary Subfield.
Research Methods
-Students must take the following two research methods courses:
Principles of Quantitative Political Research
Data Analysis and Statistics for Political Science Research
Analysis of Political Data
STATISTICS
-Students must take one of the following sequences:
Sequence A — recommended for students preparing for graduate study in statistics 1
Calculus I
Calculus II
Linear Algebra
Calculus-Based Introduction to Statistics
PROBABILITY THEORY
Statistical Inference
Linear Regression Models
Statistical Computing and Introduction to Data Science
or
Sequence B — recommended for students preparing to apply statistical methods to other fields
Introduction to Statistics
Applied Statistical Computing
Applied Linear Regression Analysis
Applied Categorical Data Analysis
Applied Statistical Methods
Applied Data Mining
Statistics Elective
-Students must take an approved elective in a statistics or a quantitatively oriented course in a social science.
1.

Students taking Statistics Sequence A may replace the mathematics requirements with both MATH UN1207 Honors Mathematics A and MATH UN1208 Honors Mathematics B.

Concentration in Political Science

Program of Study

To be planned with the department as soon as the student starts to register for courses toward the concentration. Students should not wait until they formally declare the concentration before meeting with an undergraduate adviser during the registration period to plan their programs for the concentration.

Concentration Requirements

Students must choose a Primary Subfield and a Secondary Subfield to study. The subfields are as follows:

  • American Politics (AP)
  • Comparative Politics (CP)
  • International Relations (IR)
  • Political Theory (PT)

The concentration in political science requires a minimum of 7 courses in political science, to be distributed as follows:

Introductory Courses
Students must take two of the following introductory courses:
Introduction To American Government and Politics
Introduction to Comparative Politics
Introduction to International Politics
Political Theory I
NOTE: Introductory courses taken that do not fit into the Primary or Secondary Subfield will be counted in the Political Science Elective category.
Primary Subfield
Minimum two courses.
Secondary Subfield
Minimum two courses.
Research Methods *
Minimum one course in research methods. Courses that satisfy the methods requirement are:
Logic of Collective Choice
Data Analysis and Statistics for Political Science Research
Empirical Research Methods
Scope and Methods
Principles of Quantitative Political Research
Analysis of Political Data
Multivariate Political Analysis
Game Theory and Political Theory
Research Topics in Game Theory
Design and Analysis of Sample Surveys
Experimental Research: Design, Analysis and Interpretation
Advanced Topics in Quantitative Research
Advanced Topics in Quantitative Research: Models for Panel and Time-Series Cross-Section Data
Political Science Electives
Minimum two courses (in any subfield).
*

A student may take another course inside or outside the department that provides relevant training in research methods to satisfy this requirement only with the written permission in advance of the Director of Undergraduate Studies or the department’s undergraduate adviser. If a course outside the political science department is used to satisfy the research methods requirement, this same course cannot be used toward other majors/concentrations or programs.

Recommended Courses

In addition to courses in political science, students are strongly advised, but not required, to take six credits in a related social science field.

American Politics

POLS UN1201 Introduction To American Government and Politics. 4 points.

Lecture and discussion. Dynamics of political institutions and processes, chiefly of the national government. Emphasis on the actual exercise of political power by interest groups, elites, political parties, and public opinion.

Fall 2017: POLS UN1201
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
POLS 1201 001/16294 M W 8:40am - 9:55am
Room TBA
Justin Phillips 4 264/400

POLS UN3210 Judicial Politics. 3 points.

Law and courts as political institutions. Considers the role of the judiciary within the American system of government, power relations within the judicial hierarchy, politics of decision making on the Supreme Court, the politics of Supreme Court nominations, the role of interest groups and public opinion in shaping judicial doctrine, the social impact and legitimacy of courts, and the political history of the legal system.

Spring 2017: POLS UN3210
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
POLS 3210 001/11622 T Th 11:40am - 12:55pm
627 Seeley W. Mudd Building
Jeffrey Lax 3 35/40

POLS UN3213 American Urban Politics. 3 points.

This course examines the pattern of political development in urban America, as the country's population has grown in urbanized locations. It explores the process by which cities and suburbs are governed, how immigrants and migrants are incorporated, and how people of different races and ethnicities interact in urbanized settings as well as the institutional relations of cities and suburbs with other jurisdictions of government. The course focuses both on the historical as well the theoretical understandings of politics in urban areas.

Spring 2017: POLS UN3213
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
POLS 3213 001/73782 M W 6:10pm - 7:25pm
717 Hamilton Hall
Carlos Vargas-Ramos 3 69/70

POLS UN3220 Logic of Collective Choice. 3 points.

Much of politics is about combining individual preferences or actions into collective choices. We will make use of two theoretical approaches. Our primary approach will be social choice theory, which studies how we aggregate what individuals want into what the collective “wants.” The second approach, game theory, covers how we aggregate what individuals want into what the group gets, given that social, economic, and political outcomes usually depend on the interaction of individual choices. The aggregation of preferences or choices is usually governed by some set of institutional rules, formal or informal. Our main themes include the rationality of individual and group preferences, the underpinnings and implications of using majority rule, tradeoffs between aggregation methods, the fairness of group choice, the effects of institutional constraints on choice (e.g., agenda control), and the implications for democratic choice. Most of the course material is highly abstract, but these abstract issues turn up in many real-world problems, from bargaining between the branches of government to campus elections to judicial decisions on multi-member courts to the allocation of relief funds among victims of natural disasters to the scoring of Olympic events. The collective choice problem is one faced by society as a whole and by the smallest group alike.

Fall 2017: POLS UN3220
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
POLS 3220 001/64661 M W 10:10am - 11:25am
Room TBA
Jeffrey Lax 3 70/70

POLS UN3222 The American Congress. 3 points.

BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: Social Analysis (SOC I)., BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: Social Analysis (SOC II).

Prerequisites: POLS W1201 or the equivalent, or the instructor's permission.

Inquiry into the dynamics, organization, and policy-making processes of the American Congress. Particular emphasis on the relationship of legislators to constituents, lobbyists, bureaucrats, the president, and with one another.

Fall 2017: POLS UN3222
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
POLS 3222 001/10113 T Th 2:40pm - 3:55pm
Room TBA
Gregory Wawro 3 70/70

POLS UN3225 American Constitutional History. 3 points.

This course looks at key developments of American History through the prism of Supreme Court decisions and their aftermath.  A. How did the Supreme Court reflect, and affect, and effect, historic patterns of U.S. growth, expansion and development?  B. How did the Supreme Court respond to, or exacerbate, crises in U.S. history, and how did it impact the legal and economic framework that underpins what the U.S. has become, and is becoming?  C. How did the perception of individual and collective rights and liberties, and of the function and role of governments -- both federal and state -- evolve over time?

Spring 2017: POLS UN3225
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
POLS 3225 001/85784 T Th 1:10pm - 2:25pm
703 Hamilton Hall
Robert Tortoriello 3 22/30

POLS UN3235 The American President. 3 points.

This course deals with the American Presidency as an institution and the behavior of the 43 men who have managed that institution. Lectures cover the origins of the office, growing out of the experience of the Constitution's framers; the growth of presidential power; presidential personality and leadership style; the changing character of the nomination process and permanent campaign; executive branch agencies that function as "presidential adjuncts;" and presidential accountability.

Spring 2017: POLS UN3235
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
POLS 3235 001/71551 T Th 2:40pm - 3:55pm
313 Fayerweather
Irwin Gertzog 3 59/70

POLS UN3285 Freedom of Speech and Press. 3 points.

Examines the constitutional right of freedom of speech and press in the United States. Examines, in depth, various areas of law, including extremist or seditious speech, obscenity, libel, fighting words, the public forum doctrine, and public access to the mass media. Follows the law school course model, with readings focused on actual judicial decisions.

Fall 2017: POLS UN3285
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
POLS 3285 001/60905 M W 4:10pm - 5:25pm
Room TBA
Lee Bollinger 3 210/210

POLS UN3290 Voting and American Politics. 3 points.

BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: Social Analysis (SOC I)., BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: Social Analysis (SOC II).

Elections and public opinion; history of U.S. electoral politics; the problem of voter participation; partisanship and voting; accounting for voting decisions; explaining and forecasting election outcomes; elections and divided government; money and elections; electoral politics and representative democracy.

Fall 2017: POLS UN3290
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
POLS 3290 001/64475 T Th 10:10am - 11:25am
Room TBA
Robert Erikson 3 64/64

American Politics Seminars

POLS UN3921 Seminar in American Politics. 4 points.

Priority given to senior majors, followed by junior majors, then all other students.

Prerequisites: the instructor's permission. Pre-registration is not permitted.

Seminar in American Politics. Students who would like to register should join the electronic wait list.

Fall 2017: POLS UN3921
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
POLS 3921 001/12276 W 12:10pm - 2:00pm
Room TBA
Fredrick Harris 4 14/18
POLS 3921 003/13606 T 6:10pm - 8:00pm
Room TBA
Martha Zebrowski 4 0/18
POLS 3921 004/65591 T 12:10pm - 2:00pm
Room TBA
Brigitte Nacos 4 0/18
POLS 3921 005/77679 Th 4:10pm - 6:00pm
Room TBA
Robert Amdur 4 0/18
POLS 3921 007/22344 M 12:10pm - 2:00pm
Room TBA
Judith Russell 4 4/18
POLS 3921 011/28382 W 4:10pm - 6:00pm
Room TBA
Michael Ting 4 0/18
POLS 3921 012/23074 T 2:10pm - 4:00pm
Room TBA
Rodolfo de la Garza 4 0/18

POLS UN3922 Seminar in American Politics. 4 points.

Priority given to senior majors, followed by junior majors, then all other students.

Prerequisites: POLS W1201 or the equivalent, and the instructor's permission. Pre-registration is not permitted.

Seminar in American Politics. Students who would like to register should join the electronic wait list.

Spring 2017: POLS UN3922
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
POLS 3922 001/70087 Th 12:10pm - 2:00pm
711 International Affairs Bldg
Fredrick Harris 4 19/18
POLS 3922 002/25824 T 12:10pm - 2:00pm
418 International Affairs Bldg
Brigitte Nacos 4 28/18
POLS 3922 003/64572 Th 4:10pm - 6:00pm
317 Hamilton Hall
Robert Amdur 4 23/18
POLS 3922 004/71623 T 6:10pm - 8:00pm
711 International Affairs Bldg
Martha Zebrowski 4 7/18
POLS 3922 005/19072 Th 2:10pm - 4:00pm
711 International Affairs Bldg
John Sivolella 4 17/18
POLS 3922 006/60039 M 12:10pm - 2:00pm
711 International Affairs Bldg
Judith Russell 4 16/18
POLS 3922 007/15421 W 10:10am - 12:00pm
270b International Affairs Bldg
Robert Erikson 4 16/18
POLS 3922 008/74094 W 2:10pm - 4:00pm
1302 International Affairs Bldg
Shigeo Hirano 4 9/18
POLS 3922 009/67835 T 2:10pm - 4:00pm
711 International Affairs Bldg
Robert Shapiro 4 17/18

POLS UN3930 Constitutional Law Seminar. 4 points.

Prerequisites: the instructor's permission.

This seminar explores major features of U.S. constitutional law through close examination of selected decisions of the U.S. Supreme Court. Through student discussion and some lecturing, the seminar addresses issues arising from the Constitution's allocation of power among the three branches of government; the allocation of powers between the National and State governments, including, in particular, the scope of Congress' regulatory powers; and the protection of the individual from arbitrary and discriminatory government conduct, including the protections of the Fifth, Fourteenth and Fifteenth Amendments against unequal treatment based on race, gender and sexual orientation, the evolution of the concept of liberty from its protection of economic interests before the New Deal to its current role in protecting individual autonomy and privacy, and some aspects of the First Amendment's protection of freedom of speech and press. More generally the seminar aims to enhance understanding of some main aspects of our constitutional tradition and the judicial process by which it is elaborated.

Fall 2017: POLS UN3930
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
POLS 3930 001/73831 Th 2:10pm - 4:00pm
Room TBA
Sidney Rosdeitcher 4 0/18

Comparative Politics

POLS UN1501 Introduction to Comparative Politics. 4 points.

This course provides a broad overview of the comparative politics subfield by focusing on important substantive questions about the world today. The course is organized around four questions. First, why can only some people depend upon the state to enforce order? Second, how can we account for the differences between autocracies and democracies? Third, what different institutional forms does democratic government take? Finally, are some institutions more likely than others to produce desirable social outcomes such as accountability, redistribution, and political stability?

Spring 2017: POLS UN1501
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
POLS 1501 001/18903 M W 10:10am - 11:25am
Ren Kraft Center
Kimuli Kasara 4 117/140

POLS UN3528 New and Old Forms of Political Protest. 3 points.

This course will introduce the students to the important topic of political protest. Each week we will address different aspects of the phenomenon: from the determinant to the actors and strategies of protest. We will discuss how the forms of protest have changed and the current role of the internet in general and social media in particular. Finally, we will discuss the role of the state and state repression, in particular censorship in the dynamics of protest. Since this is a comparative politics course, we will cover a range of different countries, including the United States, as well as both democratic and authoritarian regimes.

POLS UN3545 Comparative Democratic Politics. 3 points.

Prerequisites: a statistical methods course such as POLS W3704, POLS W3720, POLS W3721, POLS W4710 or equivalent, as well as the ability to use (or willingness to learn) Stata.

This course focuses on the comparative study of democratic political processes, and in particular to the role that formal institutional arrangements play in shaping strategic political behavior.  In part I, the course examines the major themes in the comparative institutions literature, such as the impact of electoral laws on party systems, presidential versus parliamentary government, majoritarian and representational approaches in parliamentary systems, federalism, the design of judicial systems, etc. In part II, we examine how the nature of democratic institutions influences various types of outcomes, including political stability, political accountability, and economic policy.

Spring 2017: POLS UN3545
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
POLS 3545 001/64783 M W 11:40am - 12:55pm
503 Hamilton Hall
Hande Mutlu-Eren 3 16/30

POLS GU4405 Insurgencies and Conflicts in Southeast Asia. 4 points.

A number of countries in Southeast Asia have recently faced violent conflicts, often linked to separatist or regionalist demands from territorially concentrated ethnic or religious minorities. This course examines a range of conflicts in Southern Thailand (Patani), Southern Philippines (Mindanao), Indonesia (notably Aceh) and Burma, through a variety of different lenses and comparative perspectives. These include security and (counter)insurgency perspectives, the comparative character of militant movements, perspectives based on minority rights and identity politics, explorations of the salience of religion, studies of language politics, questions of autonomy and decentralization, and the issue of peace negotiations and dialogue processes. These themes and issues have a broader relevance to wider debates in comparative politics, which students will be encouraged to explore in their papers.

Spring 2017: POLS GU4405
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
POLS 4405 001/23960 M 6:10pm - 8:00pm
304 Hamilton Hall
Duncan McCargo 4 18/18

POLS GU4406 Politics in Contemporary China. 4 points.

This course will be taught in Chinese.

This course focuses on the evolution of Chinese politics since the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) took power in 1949. It introduces and discusses the relationship between the two “three decades” (the three decades under Mao and the three decades of “reform and opening up”). More specifically, the course aims to (1) clarify some important historical facts, (2) analyze the ideological consideration of the “official” history sanctioned by the CCP and its epistemological impact, (3) make a comparison between official view and that of independent scholars about the history; (4) try to respond to some urgent problems faced by contemporary China, and (5) provide suggestions and principles for the reconstruction of the historiography of contemporary China. Students will learn how to understand the recent development Chinese politics, how to analyze the complex contemporary history and reality of China, and how to approach issues about China from a systematic perspective.

Spring 2017: POLS GU4406
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
POLS 4406 001/22937 W 12:10pm - 2:00pm
413 International Affairs Bldg
Boshu Zhang 4 14/25

POLS GU4407 Nine Thought Trends in China. 4 points.

This course will be taught in Chinese.

Prerequisites: fluency in Chinese (the course will be taught in Chinese, and a large number of readings will be in Chinese).

This is an elective course designed for both undergraduate and graduate students who are interested in the contemporary politics in China. The course focuses on nine major thought trends in China today that include 1) the Liberalism; 2) the New Authoritarianism; 3) the New Left; 4) Mao Left; 5) the Democratic Group within the Communist Party; 6) Governing through Confucian Theory; 7) Constitutional Socialism; 8) the so-called " Neither-Left and Nor-Right " Governing Theory; and 9) the New Nationalism Calling Tough Foreign Policies. China is deep in the social and political transition process, and the thoughts and actions of intellects themself have formed an important part in this transition. In this sense, the course not only helps understand the thoughts of intellects, but also better help understand today's China affairs as a whole.

Fall 2017: POLS GU4407
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
POLS 4407 001/18100 T 12:10pm - 2:00pm
Room TBA
Boshu Zhang 4 10/25

POLS GU4433 Israel 20 Years After Rabin. 4 points.

20 years after the assassination of Prime Minister Rabin, democracy is still thriving in Israel. The more than six decades of Israel's democratic system of government, under
intense external and internal pressures, have been facilitated by four major characteristics of its society and politics. First, a cultural aspect: a commitment to a national coalescent
orientation on the part of the majority of Israeli population, stemming from sentiments of Jewish solidarity and from the tradition of multi party democratic politics inherited from
the Yishuv, the Jewish community in Palestine prior to 1948. Second, a structural aspect:multiplicity of crosscutting social cleavages that provide for the diffusion of tensions
stemming from internal social conflict. Third, an economic aspect: availability of external resources such as US foreign aid programs, German reparations and Jewish donations.
Those made it possible to allocate resources beyond what was extracted from society. And, forth, a political aspect: oligarchic inclinations of political elites composed of
professional politicians, whose common interests have been to avoid ideological controversies and political confrontations among themselves

Fall 2017: POLS GU4433
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
POLS 4433 001/62038  
Ehud Sommer 4 18/18

POLS GU4434 Ethnic Politics Across Post-Soviet Eurasia. 4 points.

Various forms of ethnic politics have characterized politics in many states throughout Eurasia since 1991, from nationalist separatism to violent conflict to political competition among ethnic minorities and majorities. This course is designed to encourage students to think deeply about the relationship between ethnicity and politics. We will consider several questions. First, why does ethnicity become politicized? We investigate this question by examining nationalist secessionism and ethnic conflict—phenomena that mushroomed at the end of the Cold War. We will focus on East Central Europe and the former Soviet Union, devoting special attention to the cases of Yugoslavia, the USSR, Moldova, Abkhazia and South Ossetia, and Chechnya. However, we will also study cases in which the dog didn’t bark, i.e. places where nationalist mobilization and ethnic violence either did not occur, or emerged and then receded as in the ethnic republics of the Russian Federation (including the “Muslim” regions of Tatarstan and Bashkortostan, etc.). In the second part of the course, we will analyze ethnic politics after independent statehood was achieved throughout the post-Soviet space. How do nationalist state-builders try to construct a nation and a state at the same time? Have they incorporated or discriminated against minorities living within “their” states? How have ethnic minorities responded? We will study Ukraine, the Baltics and Kazakhstan where ethnic Russians and Russian-speaking populations form large portions of the population, devoting particular attention to the crisis in Ukraine. We will also examine how the post-conflict regions of Bosnia and Kosovo have dealt with ethnic pluralism. These cases allow us to gain greater understanding of how multi-ethnic states use forms of federalism, consociationalism, and power-sharing as state-building strategies.

Spring 2017: POLS GU4434
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
POLS 4434 001/66329 Th 2:10pm - 4:00pm
1219 International Affairs Bldg
Elise Giuliano 4 19/25

POLS GU4449 Cleavages, Conflicts and Bridges in Israeli Politics and Foreign Policy. 4 points.

Prerequisites: INSTRUCTOR PERMISSION REQUIRED

Conflicts, cleavages and contentiousness are a common feature of a democratic system of government in general. In this respect Israel is no exception. Apart from being the Start Up

Nation and the Holy Land, in the minds of many around the world Israel is associated with
conflict. Indeed, both internally and externally, Israeli politics is suffused with conflict and
continuously has to live up to the challenge of preserving democracy in the presence of conflict.
The achievements of Israel in the political, economic, international and social arenas were
facilitated by the emergence of a pattern of politics, indeed, a political culture, that puts a strong emphasis on the pursuit of political accommodation among social groupings, political parties and

ideological strands even at the expense of compromising their respective manifest interests,
aspirations and programs. Moreover, the mobilization capabilities of Israel's governments have
been remarkable by any standard. They were capable of inducing the citizens to accept willingly
such burdens as high taxation, harsh economic measures and long conscript and reserve military
service. Israel has done all these without loss of public support for its central political and social
institutions.
This class will focus on conflicts, external and internal. We will examine social, economic and
political cleavages within the state of Israel. We will study the Arab-Israeli conflict and in
particular the interaction of Israel with the Palestinians over the years. Finally, we will examine
broader circles in which Israeli foreign policy applies and in particular in the context of US-Israel
relations and in regional conflicts in the aftermath of the Arab Spring and the Iran Deal.

Spring 2017: POLS GU4449
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
POLS 4449 001/11097 M 10:10am - 12:00pm
511 Hamilton Hall
Ehud Sommer 4 17/18

POLS GU4461 Latin American Politics. 4 points.

BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: Social Analysis (SOC I)., BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: Cultures in Comparison (CUL)., Discussion Section Required

This is a lecture class that seeks to introduce students to social scientific analysis while discuss the shifting dynamics of political representation in Latin America. In analyzing political representation in the region, it focuses on demands for political inclusion by different actors and how they were resisted or accepted by established elites in a process that moved from regime change to electoral rotation in power. The course covers these political dynamics and their institutional consequences since the onset of the twentieth century, starting with the Mexican Revolution, until the contemporary period where democracy is the predominant form of government and elections a crucial tool for social and political change. While analyzing the politics of Latin America, we will cover important political science concepts associated with democratic representation, social inclusion and the rule of the law, such as social movement mobilization, political regime change, presidentialism, political party systems, political identities, state capacity, and institutional weakness.

Fall 2017: POLS GU4461
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
POLS 4461 001/72524 T Th 10:10am - 11:25am
Room TBA
Maria Victoria Murillo 4 70/70

POLS GU4473 Political Transitions in Southeast Asia. 4 points.

What political direction is Southeast Asia taking? Over the past two decades, Indonesia has been transformed from a military-dominated semi-authoritarian state to the region’s most vigorous and open political order. Meanwhile Thailand has experienced two military coups since 2006, and early patterns of political liberalization seem to be unraveling. And Burma has gone from international pariah to prospective new democracy.

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Is it possible to see any overall regional trends? Are teleological assumptions of the inexorable rise of democracy being vindicated – or does much of the evident point in just the opposite direction? The module will examine the nature of transitions (and attempted transitions) to more open political systems in Southeast Asia, with a primary focus on Burma, Indonesia, and Thailand. After a brief review of the three cases, the course will adopt a thematic approach, first reviewing the character of the state, including national mythologies, the military and the relations between capital city and provinces. It will then explore aspects of transition, including the changing political economy, the rise of electoral politics, the role of religion and media, and the phenomenon of rally politics. Challenges to national elites from the regions will also be closely scrutinised. These themes and issues have a broader relevance to wider debates in comparative politics, which students will be encouraged to explore in their papers. 

Spring 2017: POLS GU4473
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
POLS 4473 001/13282 M 12:10pm - 2:00pm
613 Hamilton Hall
Duncan McCargo 4 11/18

Comparative Politics Seminars

POLS UN3951 Seminar in Comparative Politics. 4 points.

Priority given to senior majors, followed by junior majors, then all other students.

Prerequisites: POLS V1501 or the equivalent, and the instructor's permission. Pre-registration is not permitted. Please see here for detailed seminar registration guidelines: http://polisci.columbia.edu/undergraduate-programs/seminar-registration-guidelines.

Seminar in Comparative Politics. For most seminars, interested students must attend the first class meeting, after which the instructor will decide whom to admit.

Fall 2017: POLS UN3951
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
POLS 3951 001/18670  
4 0/18
POLS 3951 002/75387  
4 0/18

POLS UN3952 Seminar in Comparative Politics. 4 points.

Seminar in Comparative Politics. Interested students must attend the first class meeting after which the instructor will decide whom to admit.

Spring 2017: POLS UN3952
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
POLS 3952 001/72803 T 4:10pm - 6:00pm
418 International Affairs Bldg
John Marshall 4 19/18

International Relations

POLS UN1601 Introduction to International Politics. 4 points.

Discussion Section Required

Lecture and discussion. The basic setting and dynamics of global politics, with emphasis on contemporary problems and processes.

Spring 2017: POLS UN1601
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
POLS 1601 001/61729 M W 4:10pm - 5:25pm
417 International Affairs Bldg
Robert Jervis 4 197/300

POLS UN3625 Rising Great Powers in International Relations. 3 points.

The rise of new great powers and hegemonic states has been a major engine of change in international relations, both historically and today.  Predominant theories of war, trade, and empire take as their starting point the uneven growth in the power and wealth of major states and empires. Rapid economic growth and associated domestic institutional changes in rising great powers often unleash a volatile domestic politics that affects the ideologies and social interests that play a role in formulating foreign policy.  In turn, the rising power’s international environment shapes the unfolding of these internal processes.  The course will study these dynamics, tracing patterns in historical cases and applying the insights gained to contemporary issues.

Spring 2017: POLS UN3625
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
POLS 3625 001/28376 M W 10:10am - 11:25am
702 Hamilton Hall
Jack Snyder 3 64/70

POLS UN3645 ADV IN INT'L POLITICAL ECON. 3 points.

This course examines the relationship between domestic and international politics and economic relations between countries. It addresses questions such as: Why do some countries promote globalization while others resist it? Why do some countries adopt inefficient economic policies? We will explore these questions and others by focusing on topics such as international trade, foreign aid, investment, and the

environment. For each topic, we will explore a variety of theoretical lenses and then examine the evidence in favor of each. More generally, the course will consider the challenges of drawing causal inferences in the field of international political economy. There are no prerequisites for this course but an introductory economics course would be helpful. Students will write a short reading response each week and produce a research proposal for studying a topic related to political economy, though they do not need to actually conduct this research.

POLS UN3680 Topics in International Security. 3 points.

This course explores how and why states and non-state actors use violent and non-violent strategies in international politics. While not all topics in international security can be covered thoroughly in one semester, this course will give a sampling of many of the topics, including military doctrines and strategies, diplomatic policies, social forces, civil wars, and roles of individuals. Though historical and current events will be used as examples to illustrate how various theories work, students should keep in mind that this is not a course on current events.

POLS UN3690 International Law. 4 points.

What is public international law, and what does it influence the behavior of states, corporations, and individuals in the international system? This introductory course engages these questions as well as the politics of applying and enforcing public international law in various contexts and issue areas. An understanding of basic international legal principles, institutions, and processes is developed through exploration of foundational cases, and by means of (required) participation in a multi-week group simulation of an international legal dispute.

Spring 2017: POLS UN3690
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
POLS 3690 001/72875 M W 8:40am - 9:55am
413 International Affairs Bldg
Tonya Putnam 4 41/60

POLS GU4845 National Security Strategies of the Middle East: A Comparative Perspective. 4 points.

At the crossroads of three continents, the Middle East is home to many diverse peoples, with ancient and proud cultures, in varying stages of political and socio-economic development, often times in conflict. Now in a state of historic flux, the Arab Spring has transformed the Middle Eastern landscape, with great consequence for the national security strategies of the countries of the region and their foreign relations. The primary source of the world's energy resources, the Middle East remains the locus of the terror-WMD-fundamentalist nexus, which continues to pose a significant threat to both regional and international security. The course surveys the national security challenges facing the region's primary players (Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Iran, Syria and Lebanon, Israel, the Palestinians and Turkey, Jordan) and how the revolutions of the past year will affect them. Unlike many Middle East courses, which focus on US policy in the region, the course concentrates on the regional players' perceptions of the threats and opportunities they face and on the strategies they have adopted to deal with them. It thus provides an essential vantage point for all those interested in gaining a deeper understanding of a region, which stands at the center of many of the foreign policy issues of our era. The course is designed for those with a general interest in the Middle East, especially those interested in national security issues, students of comparative politics and future practitioners, with an interest in "real world" international relations and national security.

Spring 2017: POLS GU4845
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
POLS 4845 001/20024 M 10:10am - 12:00pm
253 Engineering Terrace
Charles Freilich 4 15/20

POLS GU4871 Chinese Foreign Policy. 4 points.

The course describes the major elements of Chinese foreign policy today, in the context of their development since 1949. We seek to understand the security-based rationale of policy as well as other factors - organizational, cultural, perceptual, and so on - that influence Chinese foreign policy. We analyze decision-making processes that affect Chinese foreign policy, China's relations with various countries and regions, Chinese policy toward key functional issues in international affairs, how the rise of China is affecting global power relations, and how other actors are responding. The course pays attention to the application of international relations theories to the problems we study, and also takes an interest in policy issues facing decision-makers in China as well as those facing decision-makers in other countries who deal with China.

Spring 2017: POLS GU4871
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
POLS 4871 001/28140 M W 2:40pm - 3:55pm
309 Havemeyer Hall
Andrew Nathan 4 160/170

POLS GU4895 War, Peace, and Strategy. 4 points.

Discussion Section Required

Survey of the causes of war and peace, functions of military strategy, interaction of political ends and military means. Emphasis on 20th-century conflicts; nuclear deterrence; economic, technological, and moral aspects of strategy; crisis management; and institutional norms and mechanisms for promoting stability.

Fall 2017: POLS GU4895
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
POLS 4895 001/74922 M W 11:40am - 12:55pm
Room TBA
Richard Betts 4 100/100

International Relations Seminars

POLS UN3961 Seminar in International Politics. 4 points.

Priority given to senior majors, followed by junior majors, then all other students.

Prerequisites: POLS V1601 or the equivalent, and the instructor's permission.

Seminar in International Relations. Students who would like to register should join the electronic wait list.

Fall 2017: POLS UN3961
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
POLS 3961 001/18554 T 4:10pm - 6:00pm
Room TBA
Richard Betts 4 0/18
POLS 3961 002/26410 M 6:10pm - 8:00pm
Room TBA
Rebecca Murphy 4 0/18
POLS 3961 003/67627 W 12:10pm - 2:00pm
Room TBA
Jean Krasno 4 0/18
POLS 3961 004/77017 Th 4:06pm - 6:00pm
Room TBA
Andrew Cooper 4 0/18
POLS 3961 006/25267 T 2:10pm - 4:00pm
Room TBA
Robert Jervis 4 0/18

POLS UN3962 Seminar in International Politics. 4 points.

Priority given to senior majors, followed by junior majors, then all other students.

Prerequisites: POLS V1601 or the equivalent, and the instructor's permission.

Seminar in International Relations. Students who would like to register should join the electronic wait list.

Spring 2017: POLS UN3962
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
POLS 3962 001/23566 M 2:10pm - 4:00pm
1219 International Affairs Bldg
Johannes Urpelainen 4 11/18
POLS 3962 002/74671 W 12:10pm - 2:00pm
402b International Affairs Bldg
Dawn Brancati 4 18/18
POLS 3962 003/68867 Th 4:10pm - 6:00pm
711 International Affairs Bldg
Andrew Cooper 4 11/18
POLS 3962 004/60674 W 6:10pm - 8:00pm
711 International Affairs Bldg
Brooke Greene 4 23/18
POLS 3962 005/72729 W 12:10pm - 2:00pm
711 International Affairs Bldg
Jean Krasno 4 14/18
POLS 3962 006/71331 M 6:10pm - 8:00pm
711 International Affairs Bldg
Rebecca Murphy 4 19/18
POLS 3962 007/19213 M 12:10pm - 2:00pm
405 International Affairs Bldg
Linda Kirschke 4 10/18

Political Theory

POLS UN3100 Justice. 3 points.

An inquiry into the nature and implications of justice, including examinations of selected cases and issues such as Roe v. Wade, the O.J. Simpson case, the Pinochet case, affirmative action, recent tobacco litigation, and the international distribution of income and wealth.

Spring 2017: POLS UN3100
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
POLS 3100 001/16185 M W 2:40pm - 3:55pm
209 Havemeyer Hall
David Johnston 3 89/100

POLS UN3122 Citizenship, Rights, and Immigration. 3 points.

Our political discourse is inundated with talk of citizenship. In this course we will examine various theories of citizenship, paying particular attention to the way the increasing complexity and multiculturalism of societies have challenged our understanding of this concept. We will also consider how different conceptions of citizenship address the challenges raised by both global and local forces. After an overview of different theories of citizenship, we explore the debates about political rights and representation for oppressed groups and minorities and consider the nationalist and cosmopolitan understandings of civic identity. What should be the criteria for citizenship? What rights should citizens have? Does citizenship require boundaries? Does democratic citizenship demand a particular kind of patriotism? What rights should illegal immigrants have? What role does the court play in defining citizenship rights? Can there be global or transnational citizenship? Though the primary focus will be to explore normative theories of citizenship, we will briefly consider how the European Union and the United States are dealing with some of the pressing issues regarding citizenship: immigration and assimilation. 

Spring 2017: POLS UN3122
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
POLS 3122 001/29703 T Th 11:40am - 12:55pm
516 Hamilton Hall
Maria Kowalski 3 24/30

POLS UN3170 Nationalism, Republicanism and Cosmopolitanism. 3 points.

Do we have obligations to our co-nationals that we do not owe to others? Might our loyalties or obligations to our fellow citizens be based on a commitment to shared political principles and common public life rather than national identity? Do we have basic duties that are owed equally to human beings everywhere, regardless of national or political affiliation? Do our commitments to co-nationals or compatriots conflict with those duties we might owe to others, and if so, to what extent? Is cosmopolitanism based on rationality and patriotism based on passion? This course will explore these questions from the perspectives of nationalism, republicanism and cosmopolitanism. We will consider historical works from Herder, Rousseau, Kant, Fichte, Mill, Mazzini and Renan; and more contemporary contributions from Berlin, Miller, Canovan, MacIntyre, Viroli, Sandel, Pettit, Habermas, Nussbaum, Appiah, and Pogge, among others.

Spring 2017: POLS UN3170
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
POLS 3170 001/17084 M W 10:10am - 11:25am
602 Northwest Corner
Jessica Kimpell 3 27/30

POLS UN3190 Republicanism: Past and Present, or Plato to Pettit. 3 points.

The course is divided into two main parts. The first half examines features of classical republicanism and its developments from Greece and Rome up to the late eighteenth century. We will analyze the relationship between ethics and politics, the significance of the mixed constitution, the problem of political instability, the role of character in political action, and the relationship between virtuous citizens, good arms and good laws. The second half will be more issue-based, as we will examine the resurgence of republicanism in the late twentieth and early twenty-first centuries, in part as a critique of liberal democracy. We will explore the efforts to define "republican" freedom, the relationship between equality and freedom (and the challenges posed by the market and inequality in resources), the relationship between republicanism and democracy, and the role and nature of civic virtue. The class will end with consideration of recent efforts on the part of some political theorists to redefine patriotism or loyalty to one's particular state in the modern world and to think about what republicanism might require on a global scale.

Fall 2017: POLS UN3190
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
POLS 3190 001/29931 M W 11:40am - 12:55pm
Room TBA
Jessica Kimpell 3 30/30

POLS GU4134 Modern Political Thought. 4 points.

Interpretations of civil society and the foundations of political order according to the two main traditions of political thought--contraction and Aristotelian. Readings include works by Hobbes, Spinoza, Locke, Montesquieu, Hume, Rousseau, Kant, Hegel, Saint-Simon, Tocqueville, Marx, and Mill.

Spring 2017: POLS GU4134
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
POLS 4134 001/18122 M W 2:40pm - 3:55pm
558 Ext Schermerhorn Hall
Nadia Urbinati 4 32/40

Political Theory Seminars

POLS UN3911 Seminar in Political Theory. 4 points.

Priority given to senior majors, followed by junior majors, then all other students.

Prerequisites: the instructor's permission. Pre-registration is not permitted.

Seminar in Political Theory. Students who would like to register should join the electronic wait list.

Fall 2017: POLS UN3911
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
POLS 3911 001/61251 M 4:10pm - 6:00pm
Room TBA
Jon Elster 4 0/18
POLS 3911 002/21825  
4 0/18

POLS UN3912 Seminar in Political Theory. 4 points.

Priority given to senior majors, followed by junior majors, then all other students.

Prerequisites: the instructor's permission. Pre-registration is not permitted.

Seminar in Political Theory. Students who would like to register should join the electronic wait list.

Spring 2017: POLS UN3912
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
POLS 3912 001/12128 M 2:10pm - 4:00pm
711 International Affairs Bldg
Jean Cohen 4 8/18
POLS 3912 002/77011 W 2:10pm - 4:00pm
711 International Affairs Bldg
Jean Cohen 4 12/18

Methods

POLS UN3220 Logic of Collective Choice. 3 points.

Much of politics is about combining individual preferences or actions into collective choices. We will make use of two theoretical approaches. Our primary approach will be social choice theory, which studies how we aggregate what individuals want into what the collective “wants.” The second approach, game theory, covers how we aggregate what individuals want into what the group gets, given that social, economic, and political outcomes usually depend on the interaction of individual choices. The aggregation of preferences or choices is usually governed by some set of institutional rules, formal or informal. Our main themes include the rationality of individual and group preferences, the underpinnings and implications of using majority rule, tradeoffs between aggregation methods, the fairness of group choice, the effects of institutional constraints on choice (e.g., agenda control), and the implications for democratic choice. Most of the course material is highly abstract, but these abstract issues turn up in many real-world problems, from bargaining between the branches of government to campus elections to judicial decisions on multi-member courts to the allocation of relief funds among victims of natural disasters to the scoring of Olympic events. The collective choice problem is one faced by society as a whole and by the smallest group alike.

Fall 2017: POLS UN3220
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
POLS 3220 001/64661 M W 10:10am - 11:25am
Room TBA
Jeffrey Lax 3 70/70

POLS UN3704 Data Analysis and Statistics for Political Science Research. 3 points.

This course examines the basic methods data analysis and statistics that political scientists use in quantitative research that attempts to make causal inferences about how the political world works. The same methods apply to other kinds of problems about cause and effect relationships more generally.  The course will provide students with extensive experience in analyzing data and in writing (and thus reading) research papers about testable theories and hypotheses.  It will cover basic data analysis and statistical methods, from univariate and bivariate descriptive and inferential statistics through multivariate regression analysis. Computer applications will be emphasized.   The course will focus largely on observational data used in cross-sectional statistical analysis, but it will consider issues of research design more broadly as well.  It will assume that students have no mathematical background beyond high school algebra and no experience using computers for data analysis.

Spring 2017: POLS UN3704
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
POLS 3704 001/26964 T Th 8:40am - 9:55am
209 Havemeyer Hall
Robert Shapiro 3 101/100

POLS UN3720 Scope and Methods. 3 points.

This class introduces students to a variety of statistical methods used to investigate political phenomena. We will address the principles behind these methods, their application, and their limitations. The course aims to provide anyone interested in political science with a proficient understanding of the intuitions behind several of the methods most commonly used to analyze political data and identify causal paths. By the end of the course, students will have acquired important analytical and practical skills and will be able to evaluate the quality and reliability of scholarly and journalistic work done using quantitative methods. Students will also learn basic statistical software skills (R).

Spring 2017: POLS UN3720
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
POLS 3720 001/20931 T Th 4:10pm - 5:25pm
703 Hamilton Hall
Chiara Superti 3 44/40
Fall 2017: POLS UN3720
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
POLS 3720 001/14011 T Th 11:40am - 12:55pm
Room TBA
Chiara Superti 3 40/40

POLS GU4710 Principles of Quantitative Political Research. 4 points.

Introduction to the use of quantitative techniques in political science and public policy. Topics include descriptive statistics and principles of statistical inference and probability through analysis of variance and ordinary least-squares regression. Computer applications are emphasized.

Fall 2017: POLS GU4710
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
POLS 4710 001/19062 M W 1:10pm - 2:25pm
Room TBA
Mark Lindeman 4 39/68

POLS GU4712 Analysis of Political Data. 4 points.

Prerequisites: POLS W4710 or the equivalent.

Multivariate and time-series analysis of political data. Topics include time-series regression, structural equation models, factor analysis, and other special topics. Computer applications are emphasized.

Spring 2017: POLS GU4712
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
POLS 4712 001/23188 T Th 10:10am - 11:25am
420 Pupin Laboratories
Mark Lindeman 4 28/70

POLS GU4714 Multivariate Political Analysis. 4 points.

Prerequisites: basic data analysis and knowledge of basic calculus and matrix algebra OR concurrent enrollment in POLS W4760.

Examines problems encountered in multivariate analysis of cross-sectional and time-series data. Covers fundamentals of probability and statistics and examines problems encountered in multivariate analysis of cross-sectional and time-series data. More mathematical treatment of topics covered in POLS W4710 and W4712.

Fall 2017: POLS GU4714
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
POLS 4714 001/26232 T Th 10:10am - 11:25am
Room TBA
Ju Yeon Park 4 5/40

POLS GU4730 Game Theory and Political Theory. 4 points.

Prerequisites: POLS W4760 or equivalent level of calculus.

Application of noncooperative game theory to strategic situations in politics. Solution concepts, asymmetric information, incomplete information, signaling, repeated games, and folk theorems. Models drawn from elections, legislative strategy, interest group politics, regulation, nuclear deterrence, international relations, and tariff policy.

Spring 2017: POLS GU4730
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
POLS 4730 001/28274 T Th 8:40am - 9:55am
304 Hamilton Hall
John Huber 4 20/40

POLS GU4732 Research Topics in Game Theory. 4 points.

Discussion Section Required

Prerequisites: POLS W4730 or the instructor's permission.

Advanced topics in game theory will cover the study of repeated games, games of incomplete information and principal-agent models with applications in the fields of voting, bargaining, lobbying and violent conflict. Results from the study of social choice theory, mechanism design and auction theory will also be treated. The course will concentrate on mathematical techniques for constructing and solving games. Students will be required to develop a topic relating political science and game theory and to write a formal research paper.

Fall 2017: POLS GU4732
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
POLS 4732 001/66187 T Th 8:40am - 9:55am
Room TBA
Carlo Prato 4 9/40

POLS GU4764 Design and Analysis of Sample Surveys. 4 points.

Prerequisites: basic statistics and regression analysis (for example: POLS 4712, STAT 2024 or 4315, SOCI 4075, etc.)

Survey sampling is central to modern social science. We discuss how to design, conduct, and analyze surveys, with a particular focus on public opinion surveys in the United States.

POLS GU4768 Experimental Research: Design, Analysis and Interpretation. 4 points.

Prerequisites: one or two semesters of statistics; basic understanding of probability, hypothesis testing, and regression are assumed. Basic familiarity with statistical software (Stata and R) is helpful but not required.

In this course, we will discuss the logic of experimentation, its strengths and weaknesses compared to other methodologies, and the ways in which experimentation has been -- and could be -- used to investigate social phenomena. Students will learn how to interpret, design, and execute experiments.

Spring 2017: POLS GU4768
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
POLS 4768 001/11156 T Th 7:40pm - 8:55pm
304 Hamilton Hall
Donald Green 4 19/40

POLS GU4790 Advanced Topics in Quantitative Research. 4 points.

Instruction in methods for models that have dependent variables that are not continuous, including dichotomous and polychotomous response models, models for censored and truncated data, sample selection models and duration models.

POLS GU4792 Advanced Topics in Quantitative Research: Models for Panel and Time-Series Cross-Section Data. 4 points.

This course covers methods for models for repeated observations data. These kinds of data represent tremendous opportunities as well as formidable challenges for making inferences. The course will focus on how to estimate models for panel and time-series cross-section data. Topics covered include fixed effects, random effects, dynamic panel models, random coefficient models, and models for qualitative dependent variables.

Senior Honors Seminar

POLS UN3998 Senior Honors Seminar. 4 points.

Prerequisites: admission to the departmental honors program.

A two-term seminar for students writing the senior honors thesis.

POLS UN3999 Senior Honors Seminar. 4 points.

Prerequisites: admission to the departmental honors program.

A two-term seminar for students writing the senior honors thesis.

Spring 2017: POLS UN3999
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
POLS 3999 001/71033 F 9:00am - 10:50am
Room TBA
Macartan Humphreys 4 13/18

Independent Reading and Research

POLS UN3901 Independent Reading and Research I. 1-6 points.

Fall 2017: POLS UN3901
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
POLS 3901 001/18844  
1-6 3/20

POLS UN3902 Independent Reading and Research II. 1-6 points.

Spring 2017: POLS UN3902
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
POLS 3902 001/77027  
Andrew Nathan 1-6 3/1
POLS 3902 002/10287  
Andrew Cooper 1-6 2
POLS 3902 003/71351  
Sudipta Kaviraj 1-6 1
POLS 3902 004/71396  
Justin Phillips 1-6 1
POLS 3902 005/12402  
Jon Elster 1-6 1
POLS 3902 006/28548  
Bernard Harcourt 1-6 1
POLS 3902 007/29646  
Carlos Vargas-Ramos 1-6 1
POLS 3902 008/28300  
Brigitte Nacos 1-6 3
POLS 3902 009/76096  
Paula Franzese 1-6 1
POLS 3902 010/63058  
Sharyn O'Halloran 1-6 1

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