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Graduate Courses for Spring 2013

POLS 509: The Linear Model

Beardsley, Tuesday and Thursday 10:00 - 11:15am, MAX: 12

Content: This course provides a thorough foundation for understanding and using regression analysis for empirical research in political science. After a basic primer on rudimentary calculus and matrix algebra, and a discussion of the properties of statistical estimators, the course builds the ordinary regression model and estimators from the ground up. It covers model assumptions and techniques for detecting and addressing violations of those assumptions, plus topics such as model specification, interactions and functional forms, measurement error, and endogeneity. The emphasis throughout is on applied techniques common in current political science research.

Wooldridge, Jeffrey M. 2012. Introductory Econometrics: A Modern Approach.
ISBN: 9781111531041
Cengage, 5th Edition.

POLS 512: Conflict

Reiter, Monday 9:00am-12:00pm, MAX: 12

Content: This class, together with POLS 510 and POLS 585 "Security," is intended to prepare political science graduate students for the comprehensive examination in conflict. The class covers an array of topics related to conflict in the international system, including alliances, war termination, the relationships between domestic politics and international conflict, counterinsurgency, military strategy, international institutions, the bargaining model of war, and others. The course is permission-only for students other than political science graduate students. Grading is based on class participation, short papers, and a long research paper.

Reiter, Dan. & Stam, Allan. 2002. Democracies at War.
ISBN: 9780691089492
Princeton University Press (Required).

Reiter, Dan. 2009. How Wars End.
ISBN: 9780691140605
Princeton University Press (Required).

Howard, Michael. 2002. Clausewitz: A Very Short Introduction.
ISBN: 9780192802576
Oxford University Press (Required).

Mearsheimer, John. 1985. Conventional Deterence.
ISBN: 9780801493461
Cornell University Press (Recommended).

Press, Darryl. 2007. Calculating Credibility: How Leaders Assess Military Threats.
ISBN: 9780801474156
Cornell University Press (Recommended).

POLS 513: Introduction to Game Theory

Staton, Friday 9:00am-12:00pm, MAX: 12

Content: Introduction to game theory. The focus of the class will be on the basic tools and solution concepts of game theory. We will also consider the usefulness of formal theory and its appropriate/inappropriate application.

Particulars: Exams--Midterm and final exams
Grading--Midterm exam-30%; Final exam-30%; Problem sets-40%  

Osborne, Martin J. 2003. An Introduction to Game Theory.
ISBN: 9780195128956
Oxford University Press.

POLS 515: Applied Game Theory

Staton, Thursday 8:30-11:30am, MAX: 12

Content: We will read applications of game theory to major lines of research in political science. Topics vary from year to year, but typically include legislative organization, party competition, policy making in a system of separated powers, lobbying, delegation and hierarchical control, common pool resource management, and international conflict. 

Texts: No Texts Ordered.

POLS 540: American National Government

Abramowitz, Thursday 1:00-4:00pm, MAX: 12

Content: General survey of classic and recent research on major questions in American politics research. Topics include public opinion, mass media, voting and participation, elections, institutional theories, Congress, the Presidency, the bureaucracy, the judiciary, and inequality. The development of areas of research will be stressed, along with the theoretical frameworks dominant in substantive areas of inquiry.

Texts: TBA.

POLS 572: Modeling Complex Systems 

Brown, Tuesday and Thursday 10:00-11:15am, MAX: 4

Content: This seminar approaches the study of politics and society from the perspective of the new field of complex systems. This is a cutting edge area, and students gain an appreciation for how a great many social and political phenomena are actually the result of underlying systems that are both beautiful and sophisticated (including fractal systems). The course is ideal for assisting students to develop unique and nontrivial theories of politics and society together with model specifications that exactly match those theories. Helping students develop theories and specifications useful for research is a key component of the course. The subject is taught with an extremely user-friendly approach, and students should have little or no trouble mastering the course content. High school algebra is all that is required to begin. Substantively, the course focuses on a system's view of modeling, and students will learn a great many practical tools that help to bridge the divide between a verbally-stated theory and its mathematical representation. Check out the syllabus and other course materials at [Click on "Student Area (Emory)" in the navigation menu. Also see the instructor's videos on the value of knowing mathematical modeling, statistics, and R for today's graduates.]

Particulars: Written assignments; class presentations (students develop and present their own theories).

Brown, Courtney. 1995. Chaos & Catastrophe Theories.
ISBN: 9780803958470
Sage Publications.

Huckfeldt, R. Robert et. al. 1982. Dynamic Modeling: An Introduction.
ISBN: 9780803909465
Sage Publications.

Brown, Courtney. 2007. Graph Algebra: Mathematical Modeling with a Systems Approach.
ISBN: 9781412941099
Sage Publications.

Brown, Courtney. 2007. Differential Equations: A Modeling Approach.
ISBN: 9781412941082
Sage Publications.

Brown, Clifford; & Liebovitch, Larry. 2010. Fractal Analysis.
ISBN: 9781412971652
Sage Publications.

Ostrom, Charles. 1990.Time Series Analysis, Regression Techniques, Vol. 9.
ISBN: 9780803931350
Sage Publications.

POLS 585-00P: Variable Topics Seminar
Topic title: Political Economy of Development

Doner, Wednesday 9:00am-12:00pm, MAX: 12

Content: This course examines the ways in which political factors, especially  interests and institutions, influence various types and stages of development. We undertake this examination at a time when most scholars, including economists, recognize that the prescription of “free markets and sound money” is often an insufficient guide for development, and that even "to get prices right and to get policies right, it is also necessary to 'get institutions right.'  But getting institutions ‘right” is itself a function of politics.   The course will begin by reviewing different concepts of development, the impact of globalization, and policy characteristics.  We will then explore the impacts of economic institutions (e.g. bureaucracies, business associations), political institutions (e.g. electoral rules, regime type, etc.), and more "structural" factors (e.g. coalitions, resource constraints). In addition to class participation based on the readings, requirements include an extended research design focusing on the political economy of a specific development issue.

Cohen, Jessica; & Easterly, William. 2009. What Works in Development: Thinking Big and Thinking Small.
ISBN: 9780815702825

Kaplinsky, Raphael. 2005. Globalization, Poverty and Inequality: Between a Rock and a Hard Place.
ISBN: 9780745635545
Polity Press.

Rodrik, Dani. 2007. One Economics, Many Recipes: Globalization, Institutions, and Economic Growth.
ISBN: 9780691141176
Princeton University Press.

Walker, Andrew. 2012. Thialand's Political Peasants: Power in the Modern Rural Economy.
ISBN: 9780229288242
University of Wisconsin Press.

POLS 585-01P: Variable Topics Seminar
Topic title: Transitions to Democracy

Gandhi, Wednesday 1:00pm-4:00pm, MAX: 12

Content: This seminar is a thematic introduction to understanding why and how transitions to democracy come about. We first review broad macrohistorical approaches that emphasize the importance of economic structures (i.e., development, crisis, resources) and cultural forces in determining whether transitions from authoritarianism take place. We then examine intentionalist approaches that examine either how dictatorial regimes break down or how authoritarian rulers extricate themselves from power. In particular, we explore whether political institutions under dictatorship provide opportunities for the opposition to challenge these regimes. The course ends with a look at what happens during and just after the transition when democratic forces are bargaining over the shape of new institutions and determining to what extent legacies of authoritarianism remain.

Texts: TBA.

POLS 585-02P: Variable Topics Seminar
Topic title: Bayesian Analysis

Linzer, Monday 1:00-4:00pm, MAX: 12

Content: The logic of Bayesian statistical inference provides an intuitively appealing and philosophically satisfying approach to the use of quantitative information to describe and predict social phenomena. Recent advances in the power of desktop computing have made implementing Bayesian statistical models highly accessible to the applied researcher. This course will teach the theory and practice of model building and estimation using Bayesian inference, especially through the use of Markov chain Monte Carlo algorithms. Particular attention will be paid to latent variable models, ideal point estimation, multilevel models, and the evaluation of game theoretic models. Students will learn the WinBUGS/OpenBUGS software for performing Bayesian inference. It is expected that students already have basic familiarity with the R statistical computing environment.

Particulars: Enrollment is by instructor permission. Please email Dr. Linzer directly if you are interested in taking the course.

Gelman, Andrew. & Hill, Jennifer. 2006. Data Analysis Using Regression and Multilevel/Hierarchical Models.
ISBN: 9780521686891
Cambridge University Press.

Gill, Jeff. 2007. Bayesian Methods: A Social and Behavioral Sciences Approach.
ISBN: 9781584885627
Chapman & Hall (2nd Edition).

POLS 585-03P: Variable Topics Seminar
Topic title: Congressional Politics

Strahan, Tuesday 1:00-4:00pm, MAX: 12

Content: This seminar will examine the leading theoretical and empirical work on the politics of the U.S. Congress.

Fenno, Richard. 2000. Congress at the Grassroots: Representational Change in the South, 1970-1998.
ISBN: 9780807848555
University of North Carolina Press.

Jones, Charles. 2005. The Presidency in a Separated System.
ISBN: 9780815747178
Brookings Institution, 2nd Edition.

Schickler, Eric. 2001. Disjointed Pluralism - Institutional Innovation and the Development of the U. S. Congress.
ISBN: 9780691049267
Princeton University Press.

Frances, Lee. 2009. Beyond Ideology: Politics, Principles, and Partisanship in the U. S. Senate.
ISBN: 9780226470764
Sage Publications.

POLS 585-04P: Variable Topics Seminar
Topic title: Advanced Qualitative Methods

Gillespie, Tuesday 4:00-7:00pm, MAX: 12 

Content: This course is designed to be an applied methods course for students interested in using qualitative or interpretive methods in political science.  Novices are welcome.  In the course, students will learn to use many types of qualitative methods (ethnography/participant observation, individual and focus group interviews, content analysis, and archival work) by completing a major research project that employs all of these methodological techniques.  In addition, students will learn the ethics of doing qualitative and human subjects research.  Please note that the reading list will be divided among students.  Please wait until the first day of class to purchase books.


Morgan, David. 1996. Focus Groups as Qualitative Research, 2nd Editon 
ISBN: 9780761903437
Sage Publications.

Frisch, Scott. et al. 2012. Doing Archival Research in Political Science.
ISBN: 9781604978025
Cambria Press.

Van Maanen, John. 2011. Tales from the Field: On Writing Ethnography.
ISBN: 9780226849645
University of Chicago Press.

Gillespie, Andra. 2012. The New Black Politician.
ISBN: 9780814732441
New York University Press.

Madison, D. Soyini. 2011. Critical Ethnography: Method, Ethics, and Performance, Second Edition.
ISBN: 9781412980241
Sage Publications.

Hochschild, Jennifer. 1986. What's Fair? American Beliefs about Distributive Justice.
ISBN: 9780674950870
Harvard University Press.

Fenno, Richard. 1990. Watching Politicians: Essays on Participant Observation.
ISBN: 9780877723233
University of California, Institute for Government Studies.

Fenno, Richard. 2003. Home Style: House Members in Their Districts.
ISBN: 9780321121837
Longman Publishing Group.

Fenno, Richard. 2003. Going Home: Black Representatives and Their Constituents.
ISBN: 9780226241319
University of Chicago Press.

Anderson, Elijah. 2000. Codes of the Streets: Decency, Violence and the Moral Life of the Inner City.
ISBN: 9780393947052
W.W. Norton.

Anderson, Elijah. 2004. Being Here and Being There: Fieldwork Encounters and Ethnographic Discoveries.
ISBN: 9781412913959
Sage Publications.

Lacy, Karyn. 2007. Blue-Chip Black: Race, Class, and Status in the New Black Middle Class.
ISBN: 9780520251168
University of California Press.

Venkatesh, Sudhir. 2008. Gang Leader for a Day: A Rogue Sociologist Takes to the Streets.
ISBN: 9780143114932

Pattillo, Mary. 2007. Black on the Block: The Politics of Race and Class in the City.
ISBN: 9780226649313
University of Chicago Press.

Waters, Mary. 1990. Ethnic Options: Choosing Identities in America.
ISBN: 9780520070837
University of California Press.

Garcia Bedolla, Lisa. 2005. Fluid Borders: Latino Power, Identity, and Politics in Los Angeles.
ISBN: 9780520243699
University of California Press.

Michelson, Mellissa. & Garcia Bedolla, Lisa. 2012. Mobilizing Inclusion: Transforming the Electorate Through Get-Out-the-Vote Campaigns.
ISBN: 9780300166781
Yale University Press.

Humphreys, Laud. 1975. Tearoom Trade: Impersonal Sex in Public Places.
ISBN: 9780202302836
Aldine Transaction.

Hancock, Ange-Marie. 2004. The Politics of Disgust: The Public Identity of the Welfare Queen.
ISBN: 9780814736708
New York University Press.

Jones, James H. 2007. Bad Blood: The Tuskegee Syphilis Experiment.
ISBN: 9780029166765
Free Press.

Glaser, Barney. & Strauss, Anselm. 1967. The Discovery of Grounded Theory : Strategies for Qualitative Research.
ISBN: 9780202302607
Aldine Transaction Press