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  • POLS 100 - Natl Politics/United States

    Origins, principles, structures, processes, and practices of American national government. Stresses different perspectives on democratic theory and practice, and the adequacy of governmental institutions.

     

  • POLS 102 - Intro to Political Theory

    Introduction to select perennial themes in the history of political philosophy.

     

  • POLS 110 - Intr.to International Politics

    Introduction to analytical concepts, nature of the interstate system, the assumptions and ideas of diplomacy, the determinants of foreign policy.

     

  • POLS 120 - Intro.to Comparative Politics

    Political systems of major nations in comparative perspective.

     

  • POLS 150 - Foundations of Amer. Democracy

    Discussion based course on the foundational ideas that underlie American democracy and other major American political debates from the revolutionary era to the present. Readings drawn from classic texts and original documents, speeches and writings of leading American political figures.This course is part of Emory's Voluntary Core Curriculum program.

     

  • POLS 190 - Fresh Sem: Poli Sci

    For first-year students only. Entry level seminar focusing on a specific topic. May be repeated for credit when topic varies.

  • POLS 200 - Intermed Natl Politics of U.S.

    This intermediate course in American politics examines how the public, elected officials and political institutions interact to govern and make public policy.

     

  • POLS 201 - Classical Political Thought

    Beginnings of the Western political heritage as shaped by such great political thinkers as Plato, Aristotle, Thucydides, and Xenophon.

     

  • POLS 202 - Modern Political Thought

    Political thought in the early modern period, from Machiavelli through the nineteenth century.

  • POLS 208 - Research Design and Methods

    Fundamental concepts and quantitative techniques of empirical political inquiry. Introduction to concepts of measurement, parametric, and non-parametric statistics. Basic bivariate and univariate statistics used in political science.

     

  • POLS 210 - Interm. International Politics

    Intermediate course in international politics and relations, building on analytical concepts and applying them to the interstate system, as well as further examining assumptions and ideas of diplomacy, the determinants of foreign policy, causes and cessation of conflicts, etc.

     

  • POLS 220 - Intermed. Comparative Politics

    This intermediate course in comparative politics examines two core challenges of democratic and autocratic governance- how power is constructed and maintained, and how public policy is constructed and implemented.

     

  • POLS 227 - Environmental Policy

    Introduction to basic concepts of American environmental policy. Topics include: history of federal environmental policymaking, environmental policy tools, controversies in environmental policy, and U.S. environmental policy in the age of globalization. Field trips required.

     

  • POLS 227W - Environmental Policy

    Introduction to basic concepts of American environmental policy. Topics include: history of federal environmental policymaking, environmental policy tools, controversies in environmental policy, and U.S. environmental policy in the age of globalization. Field trips required.

     

  • POLS 228 - Environmental Policy with Lab

    Prerequisite: ENVS 131, POLS 100 or permission. An introduction to basic concepts of American environmental policy in the age of globalization. Topics include the history of federal policymaking, policy tools and controversies in environmental policy. Field trips and weekly lab required.

     

  • POLS 228W - Environmental Policy with Lab

    Prerequisite: ENVS 131, POLS 100 or permission. An introduction to basic concepts of American environmental policy in the age of globalization. Topics include the history of federal policymaking, policy tools and controversies in environmental policy. Field trips and weekly lab required.

     

  • POLS 285 - Spec.Topics: Political Science

    Selected topics and problems in political science. Content will vary in successive offerings of this course. May be repeated for credit when topic varies.

     

  • POLS 285W - Spec.Topics: Political Science

    Selected topics and problems in political science. Content will vary in successive offerings of this course. May be repeated for credit when topic varies.

    • POLS 304 - Maj Texts In Political Theory

      Intensive analysis of one or more texts of political philosophy or political science, with an emphasis on developing skills of close reading, textual analysis, and independent interpretation.

       

    • POLS 305 - 20th Cent.Political Ideologies

      Examination of contemporary political ideologies, focusing primarily on fascism, communism, and democracy. Some attention tom Marxist humanism and the neoconservative revival.

       

    • POLS 306 - Contemporary Democratic Theory

      An introduction to classical and contemporary political theories of justice, with application to several specific contemporary questions of public policy.

       

    • POLS 307 - Political Thought of Lincoln

      A deep examination of Abraham Lincoln's political thought, focused on his responses to problems that confronted him as president (e.g., slavery and the Civil War).

       

    • POLS 309 - Survey Rsrch/Politicl Analysis

      Suggested prerequisite: Political Science 308. Use of SPSS, multivariate analysis, and other computer routines to analyze survey and aggregate data. Special attention to political science data archives.

       

    • POLS 310 - Research: Statistical Modeling

      An introduction to the various approaches to using statistics to study social phenomena.

       

    • POLS 310W - Research: Statistical Modeling

      An introduction to the various approaches to using statistics to study social phenomena.

       

    • POLS 311 - Intl Conflict Resolution

      Suggested prerequisite: Political Science 110. Examines general principles and problems of international conflict resolution, including strategic bargaining, issue linkage, third party involvement, and coalition formation.

       

POLS 312 - International Law

Suggested prerequisite: Political Science 110. Procedures and practices regarded by states as constituting international law, with major emphasis on contemporary problems and probable trends.

 

    • POLS 313 - Rch: Intl.Organizations

      Suggested prerequisite: Political Science 110. Nature and development of international organization, with emphasis on the interaction between international systems and organizations.

       

POLS 313W - Rch: Intl.Organizations
    • Suggested prerequisite: Political Science 110. Nature and development of international organization, with emphasis on the interaction between international systems and organizations.

       

POLS 314 - U.S. National Security Policy
    • Suggested prerequisite: Political Science 110. Organizations and processes involved in the formulation and execution of United States national security policy. Topics include nuclear strategy, bureaucratic politics, and the programming and budgeting process.

       

POLS 315 - Foreign Policies of Maj Powers
    • Comparison of post-World War II foreign policies of selected states. Primary focus on developing an understanding of the impact of internal influences on external behavior.

       

POLS 316 - Foreign Policy/The U States
    • Traditions and assumptions of American foreign policy; analysis of post-World War II policy, including nuclear deterrence, foreign aid, and alliance policies.

       

POLS 317 - Global Human Rights
    • Suggested prerequisite: Political Science 110. This course delves into the philosophical and contextual underpinnings of human rights in order to create a framework for understanding the increasing importance of human rights in the international system.

       

POLS 318 - US Policy Toward Latin America
    • Examination of United States foreign policy toward Latin America and the Caribbean from the Monroe Doctrine to the Reagan Doctrine. Emphasis on the evolution and formulation of United States policy, national security, and foreign economic policy.

       

    • POLS 319 - Int'l Political Economy

      Examines interactions between economic developments (domestic and external) and political changes (domestic and external). Begins with general views and then examines particular issues (e.g., trade, monetary, development, environmental).

       

POLS 320 - Political Violence
    • Suggested prerequisite: Political Science 110 or 120. Reviews several theories of the causes and dynamics of political violence. Includes an exploration of the ethical and moral issues concerning the proper role of government, the question of ends versus means, and the value of human existence.

       

POLS 321 - Comparative Political Economy
    • Suggested prerequisite: Political Science 120. Examination of the theoretical and substantive relationships between politics and economics from a comparative perspective, including macroeconomic policy, economic influence on the vote, and political control of economic behavior.

       

POLS 322 - Politics of Southeast Asia
    • Suggested prerequisite: POLS 110 or 120. Intro to the contemporary politics of SE Asia. Focus on capitalist developing countries of the region - Indonesia, Thailand, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore. Approach is comparative, with focus on democratization, economic growth, and environmental issues.

       

POLS 323 - Comparative Political Parties

Suggested prerequisite: Political Science 120. This course looks at the role of political parties for democracies and at ways parties represent interests in democracies. It combines general literature on parties and detailed study of a few countries.

POLS 324 - Sthrn Euro Political System
    • Examines the contemporary political systems of Portugal, Spain, Italy, and Greece, including the topics of authoritarian rule, transition to democracy, reform of government institutions, and other issues.

       

POLS 325 - Eastern European Politics
    • Suggested prerequisite: Political Science 110 or 120. An introduction to the politics and governments of Eastern Europe from World War I to the present.

       

POLS 326 - Western European Politics
    • Suggested prerequisite: Political Science 120. Comparative examination of the contemporary political systems of democratic Europe.

       

POLS 327 - Contemporary British Politics
    • Suggested prerequisite: Political Science 120. Focuses on the breakdown of the postwar consensus and its replacement by Thatcherism in 1979. Three topics receive detailed attention: race relations, territorial politics, and radical critiques of British democracy.

       

POLS 328 - Politics of Japan & East Asia
    • Suggested prerequisite: Political Science 110 or 120. Examines politics of contemporary Japan, with stress on political bases of Japanese economic growth and in comparison with other East Asian economic successes (e.g., Taiwan, South Korea).

       

POLS 329 - Democratic Transitions
    • Suggested prerequisite: Political Science 120. Provides a survey and analysis of ways states undergo transitions from authoritarian to democratic regimes. Emphasizes interplay of elite and social factors, and addresses relationship between political and economic reform.

       

POLS 330 - Developmental Democracy
    • Examines those political, social, and economic conditions necessary for the successful implementation of a democratic form of governance.

       

POLS 331 - Latin American Politics
    • Overview of the major political systems in Latin America; emphasis on patterns of authority; development of groups; the nature of institutions; political culture; forces of change; and the role of the state.

       

POLS 332 - Latin American Revolutions
    • An analysis of the Mexican, Cuban, and Nicaraguan revolutions, with emphasis on the sources and consequences of political change.

       

POLS 333 - Politics in the European Union
    • Suggested prerequisite: Political Science 120. Institutions and processes of the European Union including issues of membership, federalism, regional cohesion, effectiveness, accountability, and identity.

       

POLS 334 - Contemporary African Politics
    • Politics of sub-Saharan Africa are examined, with emphasis on the major issues of social and political analysis as well as the African economic predicament and its political implications.

       

POLS 335 - Nations And Nationalism

Suggested prerequisite: Political Science 120. Surveys the main contemporary theories of ethnic mobilization and nation building. Discusses the relationship between ethnicity and nationalism, and examines ethnic conflict and ways of resolving and preventing it.

 

    • POLS 336 - Politics in Russia

      Suggested prerequisite: Political Science 120. This course discusses the contemporary Russian political system, including major institutions and processes. Reviews development and collapse of the U.S.S.R. and briefly examines developments in other newly independent successor states.

       

POLS 337 - Islam and Politics
    • A broad introduction to the relationship between Islam and politics in twentieth-century Iran, the Middle East, and North Africa.

       

POLS 338 - Politics of the Middle East
    • Political Science 120 is recommended but not required. Introduces students to critical issues in Middle East politics. Central themes include the colonial encounter, the rise of the authoritarian state, Israel and Palestine, and the rise of political Islam.

       

POLS 339 - Politics & the Environment
    • Examines the connection between political activity and environmental management. Focus ranges from regulatory activity to the environmental consequences of particular electoral forms of democratic governance.

       

POLS 341 - The Presidency
    • An introduction to the structure and behavior of the American presidency. Examines presidential elections, the organization of the office, and its relations with the other national political institutions.

       

POLS 342 - Congressional Politics
    • Constitutional responsibilities of the federal legislature. Effects of internal procedures and organization, external links, and member goals on congressional decisions.

       

POLS 343 - Federalism&Intergovrnl Relatns
    • Examination of how and why national, state, and local governments in the American federal system interact (or fail to interact) to resolve important public policy problems.

       

POLS 344 - American Political Leadership
    • Theories of leadership. Cultural and structural factors that influence leadership in the American political system. Leadership in American political institutions (national, state, and local), interest groups, and social movements.

       

POLS 345 - American Political Parties
    • Party organization, candidate recruitment, political campaigning, and legislative parties as facets of the total political system. Effect of parties in differing national and cultural contexts in fostering or inhibiting democratic values and practices.

       

POLS 346 - African American Politics
    • Comprehensive examination of African American politics and its critical influence upon the American political system. Civil rights and black power movements; the voting rights act and redistricting; African American political participation, attitudes, and governance.

       

POLS 347 - The South in National Politics
    • The changing roles of the South in national politics since World War II, with attention to presidential elections, the two-party system, and the United States Congress.

       

POLS 348 - Research: Elections and Voting
    • Voter and candidate decision-making during primary and general elections, patterns of partisan support in the electorate, and factors affecting campaign strategy in American elections.

       

POLS 349 - Politics of Race in the U.S.
    • Comprehensive examination of the significance of race in the development of the American political system. Topics include Reconstruction, the civil rights movement, and the contemporary political attitudes and behavior of black and white Americans.

       

POLS 350 - American Legal System
    • Suggested prerequisite: Political Science 100. Basic concepts of American law, judicial selection, the legal profession, court systems, and judicial behavior.

       

POLS 351 - United States Supreme Court

Course focuses on the Supreme Court as an institution. Legal, attitudinal, and strategic models are employed to examine the court's history and processes, and its role in the political system.

 

    • POLS 352 - Constitutional Law

      Suggested prerequisite: Political Science 100. Basic principles of the Constitution and powers of the national and state governments, examined through Supreme Court decisions and secondary works.

       

    • POLS 353 - Civil Liberties

      Personal liberties guaranteed by the United States Constitution, including freedom of speech, religion, assembly, petition; the right of privacy; the right against age, sex, race, or economic discrimination.

       

POLS 354 - Criminal Justice

Examination of the various stages of the criminal justice process in the United States and the constitutional rights accorded to the criminally accused.

 

POLS 355 - Nonprofits and Politics

Identifies and examines the ways in which the nonprofit sector has and continues to organize communities for political action, foster citizen participation, promote social responsibility, influence local elections, inform public policy, and critique government decisions.

 

    • POLS 356 - Politics of Budgetary Process

      Explores of how federal budget decisions are made and how formal budget institutions and processes are interwoven with political dynamics. Course explains how the federal budget process has evolved and analyzes recent developments in key areas: entitlements, defense, deficit/surplus and reforms.

       

POLS 357 - Gender Politics
    • Overview of the role of gender in defining and shaping politics, political systems, political beliefs, political behavior, and public policy in the American and/or international context.

       

POLS 358 - Women and the Law
    • Comprehensive analysis of legal issues relevant to women's status in society. Constitutional and statutory law addressed.

       

POLS 359 - American Radicalism
    • History, ideas and personalities of American radicalism, including utopianism, socialism, the Industrial Workers of the World, communism, and the New Left. American reactions to radicalism, including McCarthyism.

       

POLS 360 - Public Policy
    • How national public policies develop. Focus on who American governing actors and elites are, what they control, how they work together, and how issues thereby develop, recur, and evolve into policy.

       

    • POLS 361 - Public Administration

      Comprehensive overview of public administration in our American system of government. Focuses on organization of bureaucracies, theories explaining services provision, and implementation of laws, regulations, court decisions and policies.

       

POLS 362 - Executive Branch Governance
    • Examines how American executive branch agencies behave as organizations and how they relate in practice to the rest of the people in government and the nation.

       

POLS 363 - Public Opinion
    • The nature, sources, and consequences of Americans' political preferences and beliefs. Topics include public opinion research methods, political socialization, self interest, reference groups, and voting behavior.

       

POLS 364 - Interest Group Politics
    • Focusing primarily on politics in the United States, this course examines the important roles played by organized interest groups and broader social movements in democratic politics.

       

POLS 365 - State & Local Politics
    • Structures and political processes of state and local governments. Emphasis on the roles of state and local governments in the American federal system.

       

POLS 366 - Poverty in America
    • Three fundamental questions about poverty in America will be assessed: Who are the poor and how has the composition of the poverty population changed recently? What role do politics and ideology play in assessing the needs of the poor? What has been the effect of government programs and policies?

       

      POLS 367 - Urban Politics

    • Introduction and overview to the politics and governance of American cities. Emphasis is on understanding the relationships among governing structures, decision-making processes, and policy outcomes.

       

    • POLS 368 - Urban Public Policy

      Overview of major public policy problems confronting American urban areas today and the responses city, state, and national governments have made to address these problems. Policy areas covered include poverty, education, crime, housing, and community development.

       

POLS 369 - Public Policy Analysis
    • Overview of the quantitative and qualitative methodologies employed by analysts in determining whether public programs and policies work. Attention is also given to research utilization and the role of analysis in the policymaking process.

       

POLS 370A - Community Bldg & Soc Change I
    • Open only to undergraduate students by permission of the instructor. Additionally, this course is required for all students seeking to apply for the fellowship in Community Building and Social Change.

       

POLS 370B - Planning Community Initiatives
    • Open only to students admitted as fellows in the program in Community Building and Social Change.

       

POLS 370BW - Planning Community Initiatives
    • Open only to students admitted as fellows in the program in Community Building and Social Change.

       

POLS 370L - Planning Comm.Initiatives-Lab
    • Open only to students admitted as fellows in the program in Community Building and Social Change.

       

POLS 371 - Guerilla Political Videography
    • Practical, applied course on how to express political ideas using the video medium. This course is appropriate for students with no prior experience in video production. This course also addresses the theory of political television advertising, political documentaries and commentaries.

       

POLS 372 - Nuclear Weapons
    • This course examines the science, history, politics and policy of nuclear weapons.

       

POLS 373 - Consequences of War
    • Suggested prerequisite: Political Science 110 or 120. Describes the manifold consequences of war to the individual, the state, and the international system; reviews a variety of theories of war consequences and explores the possible political and moral implications.

       

POLS 374 - Research: War and Politics
    • This class covers a variety of topics regarding the nature, causes, prosecution, and consequences of war. Specific topics discussed include counterinsurgency, deterrence, public opinion and war, economic development and war, democracy and war, civil-military relations, civil war, ethnicity and war.

       

POLS 374W - Research: War and Politics
    • This class covers a variety of topics regarding the nature, causes, prosecution, and consequences of war. Specific topics discussed include counterinsurgency, deterrence, public opinion and war, economic development and war, democracy and war, civil-military relations, civil war, ethnicity and war.

       

POLS 375 - Contemp. Chinese Politics
    • Examines contemporary Chinese politics, covering regime institutions and processes, policies and their effects, and the dynamics of political development, including Chinese Communist party and central government, as well as the role of subnational government.

       

POLS 377 - Politics of Democratic Spain
    • Suggested prerequisite: Political Science 120. Analysis of the contemporary Spanish political system, including its transition to democracy, political institutions, and governmental processes.

       

POLS 378 - Compar State & Stratification
    • Suggested prerequisite: Sociology 214 or 311 or Political Science 321, 324, 326, or 327. Comparative sociology of state social and economic politics in advanced industrial democracies, 1880 to present.

       

POLS 379 - Politics in Music
    • An examination of political information as it is conveyed through music and music video/film art forms. Course fulfills an elective requirement for the political science major.

       

POLS 380 - Pol. Economy of Development
    • Influence of political institutions (e.g. democracy), domestic interests, external constraints (e.g. global value chains), and structural factors (e.g. natural resources) on various types of development (e.g. GDP growth, economic upgrading, poverty alleviation, green growth, human development).

       

POLS 382 - Dictatorship and Development
    • Course focuses on economic development in post-World War II dictatorships, emphasizing conceptual issues, typologies of dictatorships, dynamics of dictatorships, and benefits of democracy vs. dictatorship for development.

       

POLS 383 - The Arab-Israeli Conflict
    • Progression of the conflict from the 19th century to the present is reviewed in a multidisciplinary manner. Topics include political history, communal disparities, and the various wars and their diplomatic outcomes.

       

POLS 384W - Int'l Environmental Policy
    • Focuses on the complexity of policy problems surrounding international environmental issues, the fragility of international environmental institutions, and specific policy problems such as free trade, sustainable development, population growth, climate change, and endangered species.

       

POLS 385 - Spec. Topics:Political Science
    • Selected topics and problems in political science. Content will vary in successive offerings of this course. May be repeated for credit when topic varies.

       

POLS 385W - Spec Tops: Political Science
    • Selected topics and problems in political science. Content will vary in successive offerings of this course. May be repeated for credit when topic varies.

       

POLS 386 - Special Topics Class, Variable
    • This is a variable credit course; special topics in Political Science.

       

POLS 386W - Special Topics Class, Variable
    • This is a variable credit course; special topics in Political Science.

       

POLS 387R - Independent Research (CLSS)
    • This course offers independent research study credit. Participating students are matched with a member of the Emory faculty (or advanced graduate student) and conduct independent research under the faculty member's supervision.

       

POLS 394 - Rsch.Topics Political Science
    • Research on selected topics and problems in political science. Class will fulfill the "research" requirement for the political science major. May be repeated for credit when the topic varies.

       

POLS 394W - Rsch.Topics Political Science
  • Research on selected topics and problems in political science. Class will fulfill the "research" requirement for the political science major. May be repeated for credit when the topic varies.

    • POLS 403 - Theories of Justice

      Introduction to the subject of justice in contemporary Anglo-American political theory. Its aim is to provide students with an understanding of the current state of the theoretical literature on justice as well as to enable them to engage in their own critical thinking about the topic.

       

POLS 486 - Washington Semester

Credit sixteen hours, satisfactory/unsatisfactory. Special course for students selected by the department to study for one semester in the nation's capital, with an occasional abroad component.

 

POLS 487 - Internt'l Studies at Bard (NY)

Credit sixteen hours, satisfactory/unsatisfactory.Special course for students selected by the department to study for one semester in New York City.

 

  • POLS 490R - Advanced Seminar

    Open only to senior and junior majors and others by permission of instructor. Selected topics in political science.

     

  • POLS 490RW - Advanced Seminar

    Open only to senior and junior majors and others by permission of instructor. Selected topics in political science.

     

  • POLS 491 - Special Topics, Variable

    This is a variable credit course; special topics class in Political Science that will be a variation of a senior seminar.

     

  • POLS 491W - Special Topics, Variable

    This is a variable credit course; special topics class in Political Science that will be a variation of a senior seminar.

     

  • POLS 492R - Practicum:Comm Bldg & Soc Chng

    Open only to students admitted as fellows in the program in Community Building and Social Change.

     

  • POLS 494 - Rsch Topics Sem Polit Science

    Research Seminar on selected topics and problems in political science. Class will fulfill the "research" requirement for the political science major. May be repeated for credit when the topic varies.

     

  • POLS 494W - Rsch Topics Sem Polit Science

    Research Seminar on selected topics and problems in political science. Class will fulfill the "research" requirement for the political science major. May be repeated for credit when the topic varies.

     

  • POLS 495 - Research: Honors Tutorial

    Open only to students selected to participate in the department's Honors Program. Basic social science research methods and preparation of an honors thesis on some previously uninvestigated or insufficiently investigated area of political science. This course is required for completion of the Honors Program in political science.

     

  • POLS 495W - Research: Honors Tutorial

    Open only to students selected to participate in the department's Honors Program. Basic social science research methods and preparation of an honors thesis on some previously uninvestigated or insufficiently investigated area of political science. This course is required for completion of the Honors Program in political science.

     

  • POLS 496R - Internshp in Political Science

    Credit, four to twelve hours. Supervised participation in a government/political internship approved by the department.

     

  • POLS 496RW - Internshp in Political Science

    Credit, four to twelve hours. Supervised participation in a government/political internship approved by the department.

     

  • POLS 497R - Directed Study

    Credit, one to twelve hours. Prerequisite: consent of instructor. Independent reading and research under the direction of a faculty member. May be repeated for credit.

     

  • POLS 497RW - Directed Study

    Credit, one to twelve hours. Prerequisite: consent of instructor. Independent reading and research under the direction of a faculty member. May be repeated for credit.

     

  • POLS 499 - Honors Research

    Credit, one to eight hours. Independent research course for students selected to participate in the department's Honors Program. This course is required for completion of the Honors Program in political science.