Courses — Summer 2014
For official course schedules, restrictions, classrooms, and current enrollments, check
the Registrar's schedule.
More current syllabi and course information might be available for students on my.rochester.edu.
PSC 117 Introduction to American Government
Summer Session 2 (June 30 - July 28)
This course will introduce students to the foundations of American government and institutional design using the tools of rational choice theory. Students will examine important political institutions and the linkage mechanisms that connect institutions, political actors, and American citizens. This course is appropriate for majors and non-majors with an interest in understanding how and why the American political system works as it does and avenues for possible reform. Students will be graded on two midterms, a final exam, and short writing assignments.
PSC 161 Introduction to International Politics
Summer Session 1 (May 19- June 16)
This course is an introduction to the central theories and issues in international relations. It explores important debates in international relations, both historical and contemporary, in order to provide students with the concepts and background knowledge necessary to critically analyze affairs in international politics. A broad range of topics will be considered, including the causes of international conflict, balance of power in international security, the democratic peace theory, and the role of domestic politics in foreign policymaking. Also discussed will be the economic dimension of international relations, including free trade, the effects of globalization, and the function of institutions such as the WTO and the IMF.