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Fall 2015 Class Schedule - updated July 30, 2015 at 06:56 pm

Number/Section  Title
Days Time Room Instructor
 
POLI 100-01  US Politics
TR 03:00 pm-04:30 pm CARN 06A Julie Dolan
 
POLI 120-01  International Politics
MWF 09:40 am-10:40 am CARN 06A David Blaney
*First Year Course only* This course has multiple goals. Some revolve around introducing the understandings, protocols, terrains of debate, and inchoate confusions that constitute the field of international politics/relations. For example, the course materials

1. introduce students to different perspectives or intellectual frameworks for making sense of what conventionally has been called international relations (though many prefer terms like international, transnational, global, or world politics) and to cultivate skills in applying perspectives in aid of understanding events, processes, and/or practices;

2. introduce some of the multiple forms of social science research and some of the debates about the nature of the social sciences;

3. introduce competing notions of power and explore their implications for analyzing world affairs;

4. help students see international relations as an important study of a more general set of issues: the relations of self and other and the problems and possibilities of living with difference;

5. help students think about what kind of subject we are hailed to be by the different authors/perspectives.

6. In sum, I hope that the lessons learned from the class will be (a) sociological/theoretical, in that we will better understand how the world works; (b) meta-theoretical, in that we will reflect a bit on how we study the world; and (c) practical, in that we will think about who we are and how we are to live in the world as it is and might be.

The course also emphasizes the development of skills necessary to intellectual inquiry (and perhaps life), particularly deepening reading, thinking, and writing skills.



POLI 120-02  International Politics
TR 03:00 pm-04:30 pm NEILL 110 Molla Reda
 
POLI 140-01  Comparative Politics
MWF 09:40 am-10:40 am CARN 208 Lisa Mueller
 
POLI 160-01  Foundations of Political Theory
MWF 01:10 pm-02:10 pm MAIN 009 David Blaney
 
POLI 194-01  The Politics of the First World War
MWF 09:40 am-10:40 am CARN 204 Andrew Latham
*First Year Course only* The First World War – referred to simply as “The Great War” by contemporaries who had no idea that it would be followed by an even more catastrophic Second World War a mere two decades later – set the stage for global political life in the twentieth century. Indeed, it is impossible to understand the political, social, cultural and economic developments of the period stretching from 1918 until today without grasping the world-historical impact of the conflict unleashed by the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand on June 28, 1914 (one hundred years ago last summer). In this course, we explore the causes, character and consequences of the First World War. Among the questions we address are:

1. Why did the war break out, and what does this tell us about the causes of war more generally?

2. Who was to blame for the war, and what does this tell us about the morality of war?

3. What was the character of the war? How was it fought? How did it end? And

1. what does this tell us about the relationship between economics, culture, technology and war?

4. How did the war transform the societies that fought it? And what does this tell us about the relationship between war and political development?

5. How did the war transform the international system? How did the First World War set the stage not only for the Second World War, but also the various conflicts in the Middle East (the Arab-Israeli conflict, the Gulf War, etc.) and Europe (the wars in Bosnia and Kosovo)? And what does this tell us about the impact of war on global political life?



POLI 202-01  Political Participation
MWF 10:50 am-11:50 am NEILL 216 Philip Chen
 
POLI 205-01  Politics and Policymaking
MWF 01:10 pm-02:10 pm CARN 208 Michael Zis
 
POLI 206-01  US Constitutional Law and Thought
TR 09:40 am-11:10 am NEILL 215 Patrick Schmidt
 
POLI 215-01  Environmental Politics/Policy
MWF 01:10 pm-02:10 pm OLRI 241 Roopali Phadke
*Cross-listed with ENVI 215-01; first day attendance required; ACTC students may register on the first day of class with the permission of the instructor*

POLI 221-01  Global Governance
TR 09:40 am-11:10 am CARN 204 Wendy Weber
 
POLI 242-01  Political Economy of Development
MWF 01:10 pm-02:10 pm ARTCOM 202 Lisa Mueller
 
POLI 245-01  Latin American Politics
TR 09:40 am-11:10 am NEILL 212 Paul Dosh
*Cross-listed with LATI 245-01*

POLI 262-01  American Political Thought
TR 01:20 pm-02:50 pm CARN 206 Zornitsa Keremidchieva
 
POLI 269-01  Empirical Research Methods
MWF 10:50 am-11:50 am CARN 204 Julie Dolan
 
POLI 270-01  Rhetoric of Campaigns and Election
TR 09:40 am-11:10 am CARN 206 Adrienne Christiansen
 
POLI 294-02  Conservative and Liberal Political Thought
TR 09:40 am-11:10 am NEILL 214 Andrew Latham
*Cross-listed with PHIL 294-02* This course deals with the conservative and liberal currents(s) running through the Western tradition of political thought from the time of the French Revolution to today. The main goal is to provide a solid introduction to these two bodies of philosophical speculation. Through a close reading of texts and commentaries, we will critically (though empathetically) examine the relevant works of thinkers such as John Locke, Thomas Paine, Edmund Burke, John Stuart Mill, John Henry Newman, Russell Kirk, William F. Buckley Jr., Leo Strauss, John Dewey, Friedrich von Hayek, Irving Kristol, Roger Scruton, Michael Oakshott, and Alasdair MacIntyre. The focus of our inquiries will be upon topics such as “how should I lead my life?” (ethics), and “how should we lead our lives together?” (politics).

Important secondary goals of the course include:

1. Familiarizing students with the various “languages” or “idioms” of conservative and liberal political thought;

2. Helping students understand the great political debates between conservative and liberals.

3. Applying both conservative and liberal political frames/concepts to a range of contemporary “hot-button” social and political issues.

As an intermediate-level offering, this course is designed primarily for Political Science majors and non-majors in cognate fields (such as Philosophy) who have some experience in the discipline. The course has no pre-requisites, however, and is therefore suitable for all students seeking to satisfy an interest in conservative and liberal political thought .



POLI 294-03  Polarization in America
MWF 02:20 pm-03:20 pm CARN 208 Philip Chen
From the 1930s through the 1970s, the most conservative Democrats in the Senate were actually further to the right than the most liberal Republicans. Since that time, the parties slowly but steadily distanced themselves from each other, leading to our current state of politics; One defined not by compromise and conference committees, but rather by obstruction, gridlock, and filibusters. Voters mimic this divide, becoming increasingly hostile and antagonistic to their political opponents.

This course covers major themes surrounding polarization in American politics. First, we examine the role of political parties in a democracy and the recent polarization of these parties. We then turn to polarization in Congress and search for potential explanations. After studying Congress, we look towards voters, searching for evidence and causes of polarization among American citizens. Finally, we take a step back, looking at polarization with a broader view and study the Tea Party as an example of the influence voters exert on the political parties.



POLI 294-04  Macro-Sociology and Social Inquiry
R 03:00 pm-04:30 pm ARTCOM 102 STAFF
*Cross-listed with ANTH 294-03 and SOCI 294-02* By juxtaposing and contrasting it with the micro, agency-centered and rational-actor approaches, this course elaborates the two branches of of macrosociological inquiry: the world-systems approach and the comparative historical approach. The body of the course focuses on how the the macrosociological lens can be utilized to comprehend a variety of social subjects, institutions and processes, e.g. individual self, household, livelihood, identity, migration, and knowledge-social sciences-sociology. This would course will draw on ideas from Karl Marx, Max Weber, Emile Durkheim, C Wright Mills, Erving Goffman, Eric Wolff, Frederik Barth, Immanuel Wallerstein, Giovanni Arrighi, Charles Tilly, and other social scientists.

POLI 294-05  Civic Ideals and Education in America
TR 01:20 pm-02:50 pm THEATR 205 Patrick Schmidt
*First Year Course only; cross-listed with EDUC 294-02* What is college for? What should college be? Though many people today might first think of higher education as the launching pad for individuals seeking successful careers--and indeed, that's one thing that can result--throughout American history these questions have inspired many other possibilities. Beginning with history and philosophy, this course examines complementary ideals such as the development of good citizens, the progress of knowledge, and the creation of an orderly society. From that foundation we will explore and debate many concrete questions facing colleges and universities: ensuring access to college, promoting diversity, restricting campus speech, and more. A number of guest speakers will help us explore the problems at the cutting edge, including the future of residential liberal arts education. Writing assignments will include reform proposals that address the challenges faced both at a national level and from Macalester's perspective.

POLI 320-01  Global Political Economy
MWF 03:30 pm-04:30 pm CARN 204 David Blaney
*Cross-listed with INTL 320-01*

POLI 333-01  Power and Development in Africa
TR 09:40 am-11:10 am CARN Ahmed Samatar
*Cross-listed with INTL 301-01; course to meet in Carnegie 411*

POLI 342-01  Urban Politics of Latin America
TR 01:20 pm-02:50 pm NEILL 212 Paul Dosh
*Cross-listed with LATI 342-01*

POLI 352-01  Transitional Justice
TR 09:40 am-11:10 am CARN 404 Bridget Marchesi
*Cross-listed with INTL 352-01*

POLI 394-01  Media and Politics
TR 03:00 pm-04:30 pm CARN 208 Philip Chen
Through the late 1980s, millions of Americans turned their attention to their television sets every evening to watch the national nightly news. Each family preferred one network over the others, but the options were surprisingly limited: CBS, NBC, or ABC. Contrast this with today’s ever-expanding cable news options, not to mention the easy accessibility of online newspapers from around the world and countless blogs and news aggregators, and it’s no wonder that the role of the media in American politics is changing dramatically. This course examines the role of the media as the “fourth branch” of government. The class is focused around several questions. First, what role does the media play in American politics and is this role appropriate? Second, what are the rules, norms, and structures that govern the media? Third, how do citizens receive and respond to the media’s coverage of politics? And finally, how has the internet changed the way we interact with the media? In our search for answers to these questions, we will keep an eye towards differences between the current media environment and the one 30 years ago. The class ends with a discussion of the increasingly blurred line between news, entertainment, and comedy.



POLI 394-02  Food Politics and Policy in America
TR 01:20 pm-02:50 pm CARN 208 Michael Zis
The U.S. industrial food system provides a lot of food per acre at a relatively inexpensive price and, yet, has been heavily criticized for its effects on public health, worker safety and well-being, animal welfare, cropland consolidation, and the environment – just to name a few. Are these criticisms merited? To whom ought they be directed? To what extent have power and choices, at the collective or individual level, played a role in fostering the development of this system? If change is desirable, what form ought it take and how ought it best be realized? We will consider these questions by exploring the role that politics and policy, broadly speaking, play in shaping the supply and access to food in America. To stay focused on “real world” problems and solutions, the class will host local advocates and policymakers, take two field trips, and collaborate with a local food organization on an advocacy project to be completed by semester’s end.

POLI 394-03  French-German Dialogues in Philosophy and Theory
MWF 01:10 pm-02:10 pm NEILL 213 Kiarina Kordela
*Taught in English; cross-listed with FREN 416-01 and GERM 394-01* This course focuses on the dialogue and mutual influence between the French-and German-speaking traditions of political economy and philosophical and theoretical thought, as it becomes evident in the relations among German Idealism, Phenomenology, Existentialism, Psychoanalysis, structuralism, and twentieth-century Critical Theory. In reading the work of influential thinkers in the above fields we shall also examine the structural and conceptual homologies or differences among political economy, abstract thought, and human subjectivity. Beyond Karl Marx, Sigmund Freud, Jean-Paul Sartre, and Jacques Lacan, our readings will include Immanuel Kant, G.W.F. Hegel, Maurice Merleau-Ponty, Jean Laplanche and J. B. Pontalis, Gilles Deleuze, and Robert Pfaller. All readings and class taught in English.*Paper will be written in French for those wishing this course to count for a French major or minor.* If the course reaches its enrollment limit of 20 by the time you register, please contact Prof. Kordela and you'll be allowed to register at the start of the semester.

POLI 400-01  Senior Research Seminar
TR 01:20 pm-02:50 pm CARN 06A Andrew Latham
 
POLI 400-02  Senior Research Seminar
MWF 01:10 pm-02:10 pm MARKIM 303 Paul Dosh
 
POLI 400-03  Senior Research Seminar
MWF 02:20 pm-03:20 pm CARN 204 Julie Dolan
 
POLI 404-01  Honors Colloquium
TR 03:00 pm-04:30 pm CARN 204 Patrick Schmidt
*2 credit course*

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Spring 2016 Class Schedule - updated July 30, 2015 at 06:56 pm

Number/Section  Title
Days Time Room Instructor
 
POLI 100-01  US Politics
MWF 01:10 pm-02:10 pm CARN 208 Michael Zis
 
POLI 120-01  International Politics
MWF 10:50 am-11:50 am NEILL 212 Wendy Weber
 
POLI 140-01  Comparative Politics
TR 03:00 pm-04:30 pm NEILL 212 Paul Dosh
 
POLI 160-01  Foundations of Political Theory
TR 09:40 am-11:10 am NEILL 216 David Blaney
 
POLI 194-01  Comparative Political Behavior
MWF 10:50 am-11:50 am CARN 208 STAFF
 
POLI 203-01  Politics and Inequality
MWF 10:50 am-11:50 am CARN 204 Lesley Lavery
*Cross-listed with AMST 203-01*

POLI 207-01  US Civil Rights and Civil Liberties
MWF 09:40 am-10:40 am CARN 206 Patrick Schmidt
 
POLI 216-01  Legislative Politics
W 07:00 pm-10:00 pm CARN 204 Julie Dolan
 
POLI 222-01  Regional Conflict/Security
MWF 09:40 am-10:40 am CARN 208 Andrew Latham
 
POLI 260-01  Contemporary Political Theory
TR 03:00 pm-04:30 pm CARN 204 David Blaney
 
POLI 269-01  Empirical Research Methods
TR 09:40 am-11:10 am CARN 208 STAFF
 
POLI 294-01  The Politics of the 2nd World War
MWF 01:10 pm-02:10 pm ARTCOM 202 Andrew Latham
 
POLI 294-02  Africa
TR 01:20 pm-02:50 pm CARN 05 STAFF
 
POLI 294-03  Jews and Politics
TR 09:40 am-11:10 am MAIN 009 Cytron, Zis
*Cross-listed with RELI 294-02*

POLI 294-04  Political Psychology
TR 03:00 pm-04:30 pm CARN 208 STAFF
 
POLI 300-01  American Government Institutions
TR 01:20 pm-02:50 pm NEILL 212 Julie Dolan
 
POLI 315-01  Adv Topics in Policy: US Education Politics and Policy
M 07:00 pm-10:00 pm CARN 204 Lesley Lavery
 
POLI 321-01  International Security
TR 01:20 pm-02:50 pm CARN 206 Andrew Latham
 
POLI 323-01  Humanitarianism in World Politics
TR 09:40 am-11:10 am CARN 206 Wendy Weber
 
POLI 335-01  Science and Citizenship
TR 01:20 pm-02:50 pm OLRI 270 Roopali Phadke
*Cross-listed with ENVI 335-01; ACTC students may register on the first day of class with the permission of the instructor; first day attendance required*

POLI 390-01  Chuck Green Civic Engagement Fellowship
TR 08:00 am-11:10 am MARKIM 303 Paul Dosh
 
POLI 394-01  Sustainability for Global Citizenship
TR 01:20 pm-02:50 pm NEILL 213 Michael Zis
 
POLI 404-01  Honors Colloquium
MWF 01:10 pm-02:10 pm CARN 206 Patrick Schmidt
*2 credit course*

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