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Fall 2015 Class Schedule - updated November 26, 2015 at 11:00 pm

Number/Section  Title
Days Time Room Instructor
POLI 100-01  US Politics
TR 03:00 pm-04:30 pm CARN 206 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 206 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 205-01  Politics and Policymaking
MWF 01:10 pm-02:10 pm CARN 107 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 Chaitanya Mishra
*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 Rosenberg, 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 411 Ahmed Samatar
*Cross-listed with INTL 301-01*

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 401 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 November 26, 2015 at 11:00 pm

Number/Section  Title
Days Time Room Instructor
POLI 100-01  US Politics
MWF 01:10 pm-02:10 pm CARN 208 Philip Chen
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
MWF 03:30 pm-04:30 pm CARN 204 David Blaney
POLI 200-01  Women and American Politics
TR 01:20 pm-02:50 pm NEILL 212 Julie Dolan
POLI 202-01  Political Participation
MWF 09:40 am-10:40 am CARN 204 Philip Chen
“Analysis of institutions and procedures such as parties and elections, and also informal activities such as social movements, interest groups, and community action.” This is how the college catalog describes this course, but what does this really mean? We spend the semester seeking an answer to the question “why do people get involved in politics?” Whether this is through traditional participation like voting, higher cost activities like volunteering for campaigns, or less traditional forms like running for office or participating in protests, students will explore the variety of reasons that people engage in political behavior.

This class will be particularly appealing for students interested in American politics in general, because it provides a strong background on the scholarly literature surrounding participation and helps to dispel common myths about voters. There are no prerequisites and the class is geared towards providing the foundation for future classes on political behavior, public opinion, and American politics in general. The class includes a congressional election simulation as well as a semester-long writing project designed to orient young students to the rigors of college writing and enhance writing for students with more experience.

As part of this course, all students are required to volunteer for a political candidate, political party, or political non-profit (such as the League of Women Voters) during the 2016 Presidential Primary season. Because of this requirement, this course fulfills the practicum requirement for the Political Science Department.

POLI 203-01  Politics and Inequality
MWF 02:20 pm-03:20 pm ARTCOM 102 Lesley Lavery
*Cross-listed with AMST 203-01* “Democracies, and the citizenries that stand at their center, are not natural phenomena; they are made and sustained through politics and government policies can play a crucial role in this process - shaping the things publics believe and want, the ways citizens view themselves and others, and how they understand and act toward the political system.” Suzanne Mettler and Joe Soss, 2004.

How do the social programs that, when woven together, constitute the American Welfare State, contribute to the lived experiences of American citizens? The readings and assignments in this course are designed to examine this question from a policy perspective. We will examine various theoretical justifications for the policies that constitute the American approach to social welfare. We will then confront and dissect major strands of the American social safety net (looking at evolution across time and political jurisdiction) to better understand how political institutions and policy mechanisms contribute to diversity, and often, inequality, in Americans’ lived experiences (based in race, class, gender, dis/ability, region, political jurisdiction, etc.). Students will then explore and offer new approaches to meeting the needs of a diverse American citizenry.

POLI 204-01  Urban Politics
MWF 10:50 am-11:50 am CARN 204 Michael Zis
The history of American cities are peppered with political clashes, from the conflicts between machine party bosses and reformers at the turn of the century to intense struggles over police reform and downtown development plans today. This class begins with a historical approach, believing that the residual effects of America's urban past -- from the political reforms aimed to rid cities of political machines to the housing policies of the twentieth century -- reverberate in today's debates over economics, governance, and integration. After establishing this historical foundation, we move at the midpoint to studying the challenges city leaders face today; from raising revenues to pay for basic services like water, garbage, sewerage, and parks, to persistent racial and economic segregation and exacerbated inequalities, to the dominance of one-party rule, to courting business investment, upwardly mobile millennials, and affluent empty nesters into once-declining downtowns and urban districts without raising rents on longtime residents of nearby neighborhoods.

POLI 207-01  US Civil Rights and Civil Liberties
MWF 09:40 am-10:40 am CARN 206 Patrick Schmidt
POLI 215-01  Environmental Politics/Policy
MWF 01:10 pm-02:10 pm NEILL 401 Margot Higgins
*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 216-01  Legislative Politics
W 07:00 pm-10:00 pm CARN 204 Julie Dolan
*Instructor permission required*

POLI 222-01  Regional Conflict/Security
MWF 09:40 am-10:40 am CARN 208 Andrew Latham
POLI 250-01  Comparative-Historical Sociology
TR 03:00 pm-04:30 pm CARN 305 Chaitanya Mishra
*Cross-listed with SOCI 275-01*

POLI 252-01  Water and Power
TR 09:40 am-11:10 am OLRI 270 Roopali Phadke
*Cross-listed with ENVI 252-01 and GEOG 252-01*

POLI 260-01  Contemporary Political Theory: Truth, Power, and Justice
MWF 02:20 pm-03:20 pm CARN 206 Della Zurick
As citizens and co-creators of public life, we all make judgments about how best to share our world with others. In doing so, we must ask enormously difficult questions about what is right and wrong – questions like: What is the meaning of justice? Are only those with power able to define justice? Does power corrupt or promote justice? Could we achieve a more just world by speaking truth to power? Is there a truth to empower us and set us all free? In this class, we will stand at the theoretical crossroads where these ethically-charged questions are asked – and, where truth, power, and justice collide. The aim of the class is to provide an introduction to contemporary political thought by exploring the ethical dimensions of politics. Together, we will read and critically question works by Nietzsche, Foucault, Hannah Arendt, and Iris Young (among others).

POLI 269-01  Empirical Research Methods
TR 09:40 am-11:10 am CARN 208 Lisa Mueller
POLI 294-01  The Politics of the 2nd World War
MWF 01:10 pm-02:10 pm ARTCOM 202 Andrew Latham
This course explores the causes, character and consequences of Second World War through the disciplinary lenses of both History and International Relations. Among the topics it covers are the origins of the war, the grand strategies of the major belligerent powers, the political economy of the war, the holocaust and other war crimes, the “decisive battles” or turning points of the war, and the world order that emerged out of (and in response to) the conflict. It will also explore some of the ways in which the war has been represented and made meaningful in films made both during and after the war. As an intermediate-level offering, this course is designed primarily for Political Science majors and non-majors in cognate fields (such as History). The course has no pre-requisites, however, and is therefore suitable for all students seeking to satisfy an interest in the relationship between The Second World War and political life in the twentieth and early twenty-first centuries.

POLI 294-02  The Politics of Fear and Hope: Africa from Colonial Times to the "Cheetah Generation"
TR 01:20 pm-02:50 pm CARN 05 Lisa Mueller
The popular image of Africa is one of poverty, violence, and dictatorship. However, levels of these outcomes vary considerably over space and time. Why are some parts of Africa more politically and economically successful than others? Why are civil wars ending? Why is inequality rising? What is the significance of an emerging generation of "cheetahs"—young Africans with an entrepreneurial spirit and distaste for the corrupt political establishment? This is a course for students of all levels who wish to answer such questions. It will introduce concepts that are central to the study of African politics: neopatrimonialism, coethnicity, "politics of the belly," and more.

POLI 294-03  Jews and Politics
TR 09:40 am-11:10 am MAIN 009 Cytron, Zis
*Cross-listed with RELI 294-02* From biblical Egypt and Persia to ancient Rome, from 19th century France and Germany to 21st century America, the Jewish community’s "loyalty" to the state has been called into question in veiled (and not so veiled) attempts to delegitimize Jewish political views, aspirations, and identities. Historically, how has the Jewish community viewed itself politically in relationship to authority? How have notions of Jewish power and powerlessness manifested themselves over time? As famed political theorist Michael Walzer asks, "Are there characteristic forms of 'politics' and thinking about ‘politics’ associated with Jewish culture and life?" This course explores these questions and others through spirited class discussions, close reading of texts, and short, critical writing assignments.

POLI 294-04  Political Psychology: 2016 Primary Edition!
TR 03:00 pm-04:30 pm CARN 208 Philip Chen
*Cross-listed with PSYC 294-02* This course introduces you to the interdisciplinary field of political psychology with a specific focus on the 2016 Presidential Primary. This field uses research and theory from social psychology and mass communication to understand various aspects of politics. This class seeks answers to questions about the 2016 primary. Do female candidates like Hillary Clinton and Carly Fiorina face an uphill battle against gender stereotypes? Why are voters so divided between the parties? Are negative political campaigns bad for democracy? Can we blame the media for the anger and division in the primaries? We'll answer these questions and many more, all in the context of the spring campaign season! Political psychology is a very broad field, so there are many types of research that we will not be able to cover. This class focuses specifically on the mass public (voters). Students do not need to have taken classes in psychology or political science to do well in this class. However, prior coursework (especially classes on social psychology, personality, public opinion, or political behavior) in one of these two fields is recommended.

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 09:40 am-11:10 am CARN 206 Andrew Latham
POLI 323-01  Humanitarianism in World Politics
TR 01:20 pm-02:50 pm CARN 404 Wendy Weber
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 Seminar
TR 01:20 pm-02:50 pm NEILL 213 Phadke, Zis
*Cross-listed with ENVI 394-01; permission of instructor required* This seminar invites students in their sophomore or junior year, with interest in any disciplinary field, to deepen their understanding of sustainability through real-world problem solving. The seminar uses a sustainability framework for considering the political, economic, environmental, and social dimensions of these problems and their potential solutions. All seminar participants commit to a 6-month learning endeavor, comprised of (1) a spring semester course and (2) a paid summer practicum. In the paid practicum, students will be working with an organization to address a problem related to sustainability. The application deadline for participation in the 2016 Sustainability for Global Citizenship cohort is Oct. 26, 2015. Please see either instructor for application information.

POLI 404-01  Honors Colloquium
MWF 01:10 pm-02:10 pm CARN 206 Patrick Schmidt
*2 credit course*

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