Courses — Spring 2015

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Political Science

PSC/IR 101 Introduction to Comparative Politics

G. Bingham Powell, Jr.
Spring 2015 — MWF 10:25-11:15
Political Science Field: Comparative Politics, Introductory Courses
International Relations Track: Governance of Nations (C)
Typically offered every year

Restriction: Open to freshmen only. This course is an introduction to the study of political science and comparative politics. It focuses on how citizens may be able to control public policies in different modern democracies. The course begins by applying some of these ideas briefly to the American political system. It then turns explicitly to the politics of contemporary Britain, Russia and Germany, examining the political culture, the basic institutional arrangements, the party system, the voters' choices, and the policymaking system in each country. These systems will be compared to each other, to the United States and, occasionally, to other democracies. This course is recommended for those thinking about a major, minor, or cluster in political science, or international relations, and others who are simply interested in learning more about the politics of democracies.

PSC/IR 106 Introduction to International Relations

William Spaniel
Spring 2015 — MWF 9:00-9:50
Political Science Field: International Relations, Introductory Courses
International Relations Track: Global Security (A)
Typically offered every year

This course provides students with the background and conceptual tools they need to understand contemporary international relations. The course will introduce students to the wide range of issues that make up the study of international relations, including the workings of the state system, the causes of international conflict and violence, and international economic relations. Students will be introduced to the literature in a broad way, to make them familiar with the main theoretical traditions in the field. Students will be asked, as much as possible, to read original texts, rather than a textbook. Time permitting, we will also examine topics of particular current interest, such as the evolving nature of power in the post-Cold War environment as well as special global challenges like nation-building and the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction.

PSC 200 Applied Data Analysis

Kevin A. Clarke
Spring 2015 — MWF 11:50-12:40
Political Science Field: Techniques of Analysis
Typically offered every year

Data analysis has become a key part of many fields including politics, business, law, and public policy. This course covers the fundamentals of data analysis, giving students the necessary statistical skills to understand and critically analyze contemporary political, legal, and policy puzzles. Lectures will focus on the theory and practice of quantitative analysis and weekly lab sessions will guide students through the particulars of statistical software. No prior knowledge of statistics or data analysis is required.

PSC 208 Undergraduate Research Seminar

Mitch Sanders
Spring 2015 ("W" Required) — R 14:00-16:40
Political Science Field: Individual Research
Typically offered every year

Through reading and critiquing political science research in American politics, comparative politics, and international relations, students learn how to select a research question, formulate testable hypotheses, find and evaluate relevant literature, locate or collect data that addresses their research question, analyze the data, and write a research report. The primary task for the semester is to complete a research paper on a topic the student chooses jointly with the instructor. Students work on individual or joint projects. The course is not a prerequisite for writing a senior honors thesis, though it is good preparation for doing so. With that in mind, near the end of the semester, juniors who are interested in doing an honors project during the senior year will be assisted in their efforts to identify a faculty member with whom they can work and in formulating a plan to carry out the thesis during the ensuing year. Prerequisite: Permission of the instructor. Open to juniors and seniors (and outstanding sophomores). Past or concurrent enrollment in a techniques of analysis course (PSC 200, 201, 203, 205, ECO 230 231, or the equivalent).

PSC 212 Supreme Court in U.S. History

Joel Seligman
Spring 2015 — M 16:50-19:30
Political Science Field: American Politics
Typically offered every year

This seminar will study leading constitutional law cases decided by the United States Supreme Court and their impact on the evolution of the Court, the balance of powers among our three governmental branches, relations between the federal government and the states, and individual express and implied rights. The seminar is intended to introduce students to legal reasoning and will make use of casebook and teaching methods typical of law schools.

PSC 218 Emergence of the Modern Congress

Gerald Gamm
Spring 2015 ("W" Optional) — M 12:30-15:15
Political Science Field: American Politics
Typically offered every 2-3 years

Through intensive reading and discussion, we will analyze major issues in congressional history and legislative institutions. We will examine the basic institutions of the House and Senate--committees, parties, leaders, and rules. Topics include the development of careerism, the seniority system and the "textbook Congress," electoral linkages, divided government, institutional reforms, and partisan polarization. The course is designed to introduce students to the principal approaches used by political scientists to study Congress, with special emphasis on the development of congressional institutions over time. This is an advanced seminar, primarily for graduate students but open also to juniors and seniors with substantial background in political science, economics, and history.

PSC 222 U.S. Presidency

Stuart Jordan
Spring 2015 ("W" Optional) — TR 9:40-10:55
Political Science Field: American Politics
Typically offered every 2-3 years

This course introduces the major topics and theoretical perspectives in the study of the U.S. presidency. Topics include: rationales for and effects of separation of powers; the presidency in comparative perspective; the nature and origin of the president's influence on policy; the president's role in lawmaking and the veto; presidential management of the executive branch; war powers and the president's role in national security.

PSC 240 Criminal Procedure and Constitutional Principles

Edward L. Fiandach
Spring 2015 — MW 16:50-18:05
Political Science Field: Associated Courses
Typically offered every year

Through analysis of the Constitution and the Bill of Rights, we examine criminal procedure as elaborated by federal and state court decisions. Topics include arrest procedures, search and seizure, right to counsel, and police interrogation and confessions. We will discuss the theoretical principles of criminal procedure and the application of those principles to the actual operation of the criminal court system.

PSC 247 Green Markets: Environmental Opportunities and Pitfalls

Lawrence Rothenberg
Spring 2015 ("W" Optional) — TR 11:05-12:20
Political Science Field: American Politics
Typically offered rarely

In recent years, there has been much discussion of the possibility of a green economy. This course examines the potential for "green markets," focusing on three drivers-social, political, and economic-that can both constrain firms and potentially condition whether issues of environment and sustainability can be exploited as a means for competitive advantage. Among issues covered will be demand and willingness to pay for green goods, the roles of NGOs and investors, regulation and its alternatives, firm reputation and product differentiation, supply chain management, and green production processes. Special attention will be given to the need of firms to deal with climate change now and in the future.

PSC/IR 256 Theories of Comparative Politics

G. Bingham Powell, Jr.
Spring 2015 ("W" Optional) — TR 9:40-10:55
Political Science Field: Comparative Politics
International Relations Track: Governance of Nations (C)
Typically offered every year

This course introduces theories in the field of comparative politics. We want to understand how the national and international environment, the political culture, the political institutions and the choices of citizens and leaders affect political performance. We explain democratization, stability, competition, citizen influence, and policy outcomes as consequences of the environment, culture and institutions--and human choices in these contexts. The theories of comparative politics offer such explanations. In this course we want to introduce some of the theories and evaluate their credibility, both through general readings and by seeing how they play out in some specific countries. We shall especially use politics in Germany, Britain and India to exemplify various theoretical features.

PSC/IR 261 Latin American Politics

Gretchen Helmke
Spring 2015 ("W" Optional) — R 14:00-16:40
Political Science Field: Comparative Politics
International Relations Track: Governance of Nations (C)
Typically offered every 1-2 years

This course provides an introduction to political institutions and institutional reform in contemporary Latin America. The central theme of the course will be to focus on the emergence and functioning of key political institutions in Latin America, including the presidency, the legislature, the system of electoral rules, political parties, the judiciary, and the bureaucracy. The course will draw on a broad range of theoretical perspectives to analyze institutional choice and performance. In addition, the course will consider competing definitions of institutions, evaluate the trade-offs posed by institutional choice, and consider the prospects for institutional reform in the region.

PSC/IR 265 Civil War and the International System

William Spaniel
Spring 2015 — TR 15:25-16:40
Political Science Field: Comparative Politics, International Relations
International Relations Track: Global Security (A), Governance of Nations (C)
Typically offered every year

Civil wars are now the most common form of armed combat in the world. However, as recent American forays in Afghanistan, Iraq, and Libya have illustrated, civil wars are rarely fought in isolation. Each side looks to foreign actors for military support or outright intervention. Meanwhile, international organizations like the United Nations mediate conflicts and initiate peacekeeping missions. As such, this course analyzes how the international system interacts with civil conflict.

PSC/IR 279 War and the Nation State

Philip Arena
Spring 2015 — MWF 10:25-11:15
Political Science Field: International Relations
International Relations Track: Global Security (A)
Typically offered every 2-3 years

This course consists of two parts. First, we will discuss the puzzle of war and assess various policies states have adopted to make themselves and the international system more secure. Second, we will discuss organized violence within states and governmental responses thereto. Game-theoretic and statistical models will appear throughout the course, but no prior background in either is assumed or required.

PSC 288 Game Theory

Tasos Kalandrakis
Spring 2015 — MW 15:25-16:40
Political Science Field: Positive Theory
Typically offered every year

Game theory, despite its frivolous-sounding name, gives us a unified approach to understanding social phenomena. It helps us understand not just the way people play games in the usual sense, like tic-tac-toe, chess or poker, but the way they behave in complex social situations as well. Examples of situations to which we will apply the theory include (but are not limited to): arms races, provision of public goods, competition between firms, electoral campaigns, voting, auctions, and bargaining. While there are no formal prerequisites, aptitude for logical or mathematical reasoning is desirable.

PSC 291 First Amendment and Religion

Thomas H. Jackson
Spring 2015 ("W" Optional) — T 14:00-16:40
Political Science Field: American Politics, Political Philosophy
Typically offered every year

The Constitution helps define, as it perhaps reflects, American society. In this scheme, religion has a special role. It, arguably uniquely, is given both Constitutional protection (free exercise) as well as Constitutional limitation (no establishment). Religion's placement in the Bill of Rights (as a part of the First Amendment) suggests its importance (both in protection and in limitation) to the founders, and religion's role in society today remains important and controversial. This course examines the historical forces that led to the adoption of the religion clauses of the First Amendment, the subsequent development of those clauses (importantly through the close reading of key Supreme Court opinions), and religion's role in modern American society.

PSC 380 Scope of Political Science

James Johnson
Spring 2015 — M 15:25-18:05
Political Science Field: Political Philosophy
Typically offered every year

Note: Instructor permission required. The aim of the seminar is to encourage students to examine political science in a reflective, disciplined, critical way. It is primarily designed for entering Ph.D. students, but may be appropriate for undergraduate seniors considering graduate work in political science. We use basic concepts in the philosophy of science to explore a range of specific examples of research in the discipline with the aim of discerning more clearly what it means to say that social and political inquiry is scientific.

PSC 394 Local Law and Politics Internships

Lynda W. Powell
Spring 2015 ("W" Optional)
Political Science Field: Internship
Typically offered every semester

Most internship placements are in the District Attorney's or Public Defender's offices or in the local offices of U.S. members of Congress or Senators. Other internships are available depending on student interest. Interns work 10-12 hours per week through the entire semester. Grades are primarily based on a research paper. Applicants should have an appropriate course background for the internship and at least a B average. Students must be accepted in the course before approaching an agency for an internship. Applications are available from Professor L. Powell and an interest meeting is held just before preregistration each semester.

PSC 396 Washington Semester

Lynda W. Powell
Spring 2015
Political Science Field: Internship
Typically offered every semester

These internships provide an opportunity to learn experientially one or more of the following: how government functions; how public policies are created, adopted and implemented; and how political campaigns work. Students intern in Congress, the executive branch, party campaign committees, and lobbying and advocacy groups. For applications and information, students should contact Professor L. Powell. An interest meeting is held each semester.

PSC/IR 397 European Political Internship

Lynda W. Powell
Spring 2015
Political Science Field: Internship
International Relations Track: Governance of Nations (C)
Typically offered every semester

Internships are available for students in Edinburgh, London, Brussels, Bonn, Berlin and Madrid. Internships are in English in Edinburgh, London, and Brussels: students need proficiency in the language for the latter four placements. For applications and information, students should contact the Study Abroad Office in Dewey Hall 2147.

PSC 405 Linear Models

Kevin A. Clarke
Spring 2015 — TR 15:25-16:40
Political Science Field: Techniques of Analysis
Typically offered every year

In this course, we will examine the linear regression model and its variants. The course has two goals: (1) to provide students with the statistical theory of the linear model, and (2) to provide students with skills for analyzing data. The linear model is a natural starting point for understanding regression models in general, inferences based on them, and problems with our inferences due to data issues or to model misspecification. The model's relative tractability has made it an attractive tool for political scientists, resulting in volumes of research using the methods studied here. Familiarity with the linear model is now essentially required if one wants to be a consumer or producer of modern political science research.

PSC 408 Positive Political Theory

Tasos Kalandrakis
Spring 2015 — MW 10:30-12:00
Political Science Field: Positive Theory
Typically offered every year

This course is part of a rigorous introduction to the main concepts and results in positive political theory. It is the second half of a two-course sequence consisting of PSC 407 and PSC 408. This course will focus on the basics of game theory, which analyzes individual behavior in strategic situations. It will also cover the mathematical tools required to express the theory. Examples and applications will be drawn from several different areas in political science, including the American Congress, voting, international relations, political economy, and law.

PSC 480 Scope of Political Science

James Johnson
Spring 2015 — M 15:25-18:05
Political Science Field: Political Philosophy
Typically offered every year

The aim of the seminar is to encourage students to examine political science in a reflective, disciplined, critical way. It is primarily designed for entering Ph.D. students, but may be appropriate for undergraduate seniors considering graduate work in political science. We use basic concepts in the philosophy of science to explore a range of specific examples of research in the discipline with the aim of discerning more clearly what it means to say that social and political inquiry is scientific. Undergraduates need permission of the instructor.

PSC 506 Advanced Topics in Methods

Curtis S. Signorino
Spring 2015 — R 14:00-16:40
Political Science Field: Techniques of Analysis
Typically offered every other year

This course is designed for graduate students intending to pursue political methodology as a major field. It covers advanced statistical methods that are not yet standard fare in political methodology courses: e.g., semiparametric methods, nonparametric regression, time-series econometrics, Bayesian methods, and ideal point estimation. Course content will vary year to year, and this semester will focus more heavily on Bayesian methods, simulation-based estimation, and ideal point estimation. As a research workshop, this course also allows students to pursue areas of individual interest in more depth, and therefore course content is determined based on the interests of both the professor and the students. Prerequisites: PSC 404, PSC 405, and PSC 505.

PSC 518 Emergence of the Modern Congress

Gerald Gamm
Spring 2015 — M 12:30-15:15
Political Science Field: American Politics
Typically offered every 2-3 years

Through intensive reading and discussion, we will analyze major issues in congressional history and legislative institutions. We will examine the basic institutions of the House and Senate--committees, parties, leaders, and rules. Topics include the development of careerism, the seniority system and the "textbook Congress," electoral linkages, divided government, institutional reforms, and partisan polarization. The course is designed to introduce students to the principal approaches used by political scientists to study Congress, with special emphasis on the development of congressional institutions over time. This is an advanced seminar, primarily for graduate students but open also to juniors and seniors with substantial background in political science, economics, and history.

PSC 558 Comparative Parties and Elections

Bonnie M. Meguid
Spring 2015 — T 12:30-15:15
Political Science Field: Comparative Politics
Typically offered every 2-3 years

How and why do political parties emerge? What are the causes and consequences of adopting different electoral rules? Under what conditions do voters behave strategically? This course examines the growing literature on parties, electoral systems, and voting in comparative politics. We consider multiple methodological approaches to these questions and explore the dynamics of voting, elections, and party competition in a range of empirical contexts.

PSC 572 International Politics Field Seminar

Randall Stone
Spring 2015 — F 9:30-12:00
Political Science Field: International Relations
Typically offered every other year

An advanced course intended to prepare Ph.D. students for comprehensive exams in international relations. The course conducts a broad survey of influential works in the field and of current research into the causes of international conflict and cooperation. Extraordinarily well-prepared undergraduates may be admitted.

PSC 582 Political Economy II

Mark Fey
Spring 2015 — W 14:00-16:40
Political Science Field: Positive Theory
Typically offered every year

This course covers much of the modern game-theoretic literature on models of voting and elections. It is meant to expose students to the techniques and models used in this line of research. Some of the topics covered include probabilistic voting, policy-motivated candidates, candidate entry, strategic voting, and issues of information in elections, including uncertainty on the part of voters and candidates, and problems associated with private information in elections. The course covers both complete and incomplete information models and thus students must have a working knowledge of Bayesian games prior to taking this course.

International Relations

PSC/IR 101 Introduction to Comparative Politics

G. Bingham Powell, Jr.
Spring 2015 — MWF 10:25-11:15
Political Science Field: Comparative Politics, Introductory Courses
International Relations Track: Governance of Nations (C)
Typically offered every year

Restriction: Open to freshmen only. This course is an introduction to the study of political science and comparative politics. It focuses on how citizens may be able to control public policies in different modern democracies. The course begins by applying some of these ideas briefly to the American political system. It then turns explicitly to the politics of contemporary Britain, Russia and Germany, examining the political culture, the basic institutional arrangements, the party system, the voters' choices, and the policymaking system in each country. These systems will be compared to each other, to the United States and, occasionally, to other democracies. This course is recommended for those thinking about a major, minor, or cluster in political science, or international relations, and others who are simply interested in learning more about the politics of democracies.

PSC/IR 106 Introduction to International Relations

William Spaniel
Spring 2015 — MWF 9:00-9:50
Political Science Field: International Relations, Introductory Courses
International Relations Track: Global Security (A)
Typically offered every year

This course provides students with the background and conceptual tools they need to understand contemporary international relations. The course will introduce students to the wide range of issues that make up the study of international relations, including the workings of the state system, the causes of international conflict and violence, and international economic relations. Students will be introduced to the literature in a broad way, to make them familiar with the main theoretical traditions in the field. Students will be asked, as much as possible, to read original texts, rather than a textbook. Time permitting, we will also examine topics of particular current interest, such as the evolving nature of power in the post-Cold War environment as well as special global challenges like nation-building and the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction.

IR 200 Politics of Authoritarian Regimes

Shu Yu
Spring 2015 — MW 10:25-11:40
Political Science Field: Associated Courses
International Relations Track: Governance of Nations (C)
Typically offered every year

In The End of History and the Last Man (1992), Francis Fukuyama argued that liberal democracies may become the final form of human government. However, two decades later, 1/3 of the regimes on earth are still authoritarian. Some countries went through democratization, such as Spain after the death of Francisco Franco. But others remained authoritarian, such as North Korea. This course provides an introduction to authoritarian regimes and covers: 1) the different types of authoritarian regimes, which range from personalistic dictatorships to new forms where a variety of actors are institutionally represented (e.g., militants, monarchists, technocrats, etc.); 2) the conditions for authoritarian regimes to survive, function, and be accountable (e.g., Singapore); and 3) a comparison between democratic regimes and authoritarian regimes.

IR 225 Politics & Policymaking in the Developing World

Adam Cohon
Spring 2015 — MW 11:50-13:05
Political Science Field: Associated Courses
International Relations Track: Political Economy and Development (B), Governance of Nations (C)
Typically offered

Throughout the developing world, citizens face issues such as poverty, crime and violence, and environmental degradation. Governments' abilities to address these problems, however, are shaped by the political institutions in which they work, the capacity of the states they lead, and the incentives that they face. In this course we examine how institutions such as party systems, federalism, clientelism, and bureaucracy affect politicians' willingness and capacity to address developmental challenges. We draw on country cases from around the world, such as Brazil, South Africa, and India, to more closely examine these causal relationships. In the final section of the course, we shift our attention to China to study policymaking in a unique authoritarian context.

IR 236 Contentious Politics and Social Movements

Adam Cohon
Spring 2015 — T 14:00-16:40
Political Science Field: Associated Courses
International Relations Track: Governance of Nations (C)
Typically offered rarely

From the salons of Rochester to the shipyards of Gdansk to streets of Cairo, ordinary people have joined together to act outside of regular political institutions and push for change. They have formed organizations to protest, used nonviolence and violence, and fought to keep movements alive. These movements persist despite great personal risk and costs for participants. In this course we examine why and how social movements begin, organize, and succeed or fail. We examine how leaders develop new protest techniques, and how elites try to counter or neutralize these activities. Finally, we explore the impact of protest on macro-level outcomes such as political liberalization, new conceptions of citizenship and public policy. The course ends with a study of contemporary pro-democracy protests in the Middle East, considering hypotheses on the new use of social media. Throughout the semester, students will apply course theories to social movement organizations of their choice in independent research projects. Note: The course is a seminar capped at 20 students. Students will be expected to participate actively in class and complete three short research papers over the course of the semester.

IR 239 Women, Men, Gender and Development

Milena Novy-Marx
Spring 2015 ("W" Optional) — W 14:00-16:40
Political Science Field: Associated Courses
International Relations Track: Political Economy and Development (B)
Typically offered every two to three years

This course examines a range of issues in international development from a gender perspective, with a particular focus on women and girls. Students will review recent literature on gender and development, including how development policies, programs and issues affect men and women, and girls and boys, differently. The course also covers recent trends in economic growth and development across low, middle and high-income countries. Students will have the opportunity to examine development issues, policies, and programs that address poverty and development in a range of sectors including health, education, agriculture, microfinance, and the environment.

IR 248 The Arab-Israeli Conflict

Philip Arena
Spring 2015 — MWF 11:50-12:40
Political Science Field: Associated Courses
International Relations Track: Global Security (A)
Typically offered every year

This course consists of two parts. First, we will discuss the origins and resolution of Israel's rivalry with Egypt. Second, we will discuss the escalation and persistence of conflict between Israel and the Palestinians. In addition to historical analysis, game-theoretic models will appear periodically throughout the course, but no prior background is assumed or required. Students are strongly encouraged to keep up with current events.

PSC/IR 256 Theories of Comparative Politics

G. Bingham Powell, Jr.
Spring 2015 ("W" Optional) — TR 9:40-10:55
Political Science Field: Comparative Politics
International Relations Track: Governance of Nations (C)
Typically offered every year

This course introduces theories in the field of comparative politics. We want to understand how the national and international environment, the political culture, the political institutions and the choices of citizens and leaders affect political performance. We explain democratization, stability, competition, citizen influence, and policy outcomes as consequences of the environment, culture and institutions--and human choices in these contexts. The theories of comparative politics offer such explanations. In this course we want to introduce some of the theories and evaluate their credibility, both through general readings and by seeing how they play out in some specific countries. We shall especially use politics in Germany, Britain and India to exemplify various theoretical features.

PSC/IR 261 Latin American Politics

Gretchen Helmke
Spring 2015 ("W" Optional) — R 14:00-16:40
Political Science Field: Comparative Politics
International Relations Track: Governance of Nations (C)
Typically offered every 1-2 years

This course provides an introduction to political institutions and institutional reform in contemporary Latin America. The central theme of the course will be to focus on the emergence and functioning of key political institutions in Latin America, including the presidency, the legislature, the system of electoral rules, political parties, the judiciary, and the bureaucracy. The course will draw on a broad range of theoretical perspectives to analyze institutional choice and performance. In addition, the course will consider competing definitions of institutions, evaluate the trade-offs posed by institutional choice, and consider the prospects for institutional reform in the region.

PSC/IR 265 Civil War and the International System

William Spaniel
Spring 2015 — TR 15:25-16:40
Political Science Field: Comparative Politics, International Relations
International Relations Track: Global Security (A), Governance of Nations (C)
Typically offered every year

Civil wars are now the most common form of armed combat in the world. However, as recent American forays in Afghanistan, Iraq, and Libya have illustrated, civil wars are rarely fought in isolation. Each side looks to foreign actors for military support or outright intervention. Meanwhile, international organizations like the United Nations mediate conflicts and initiate peacekeeping missions. As such, this course analyzes how the international system interacts with civil conflict.

PSC/IR 279 War and the Nation State

Philip Arena
Spring 2015 — MWF 10:25-11:15
Political Science Field: International Relations
International Relations Track: Global Security (A)
Typically offered every 2-3 years

This course consists of two parts. First, we will discuss the puzzle of war and assess various policies states have adopted to make themselves and the international system more secure. Second, we will discuss organized violence within states and governmental responses thereto. Game-theoretic and statistical models will appear throughout the course, but no prior background in either is assumed or required.

IR 280 The Politics and Economy of China

Jidong Chen
Spring 2015 — TR 11:05-12:20
Political Science Field: Associated Courses
International Relations Track: Political Economy and Development (B), Governance of Nations (C)
Typically offered every year

Over the past two decades, China has experienced spectacular economic growth. Yet its institutions seem ill-suited to achieve such a result, and they suffer serious shortcomings that may hinder further development. This course provides an introduction to political institutions and economic development of China. It will focus on the fundamental institutional features of authoritarian governance in China, including: regionally decentralized authoritarianism, deliberative governance and legislative representation, civil service exam system, and rural governance and elections. We will analyze the functions of those institutional arrangements, discuss their historical origins, and make relevant comparisons with other countries. Topics regarding some on-going deep institutional transformations will also be covered, such as politics-driven urbanization, the reform of fiscal and bureaucratic hierarchy, the reform of state-owned enterprises, and the financial sector. The style of the course is half lecture and half discussion. Basic knowledge of comparative politics (PSC 101) or microeconomics (ECO 108) is desirable though not required.

PSC/IR 397 European Political Internship

Lynda W. Powell
Spring 2015
Political Science Field: Internship
International Relations Track: Governance of Nations (C)
Typically offered every semester

Internships are available for students in Edinburgh, London, Brussels, Bonn, Berlin and Madrid. Internships are in English in Edinburgh, London, and Brussels: students need proficiency in the language for the latter four placements. For applications and information, students should contact the Study Abroad Office in Dewey Hall 2147.