Political Science (POL SCI)

Courses

POL SCI 1 Introduction to American Politics 4 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2018, Fall 2017, Spring 2017
An introductory analysis of the structure and operations of the American political system, primarily at the national level.

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POL SCI N1AC Introduction to American Politics 4 Units

Terms offered: Summer 2017 Second 6 Week Session, Summer 2016 Second 6 Week Session
Politics is the art and noise of collective governance under conditions of scarce resources, conflicting interests, diverse beliefs, uncertain outcomes, and unequal power. In 1AC, we learn about the institutions, ideologies, and processes that constitute politics in the U.S. In fulfilling the AC requirement, we further examine how power, equality, and diversity are configured and contested in our politics. The
course emphasizes active research- and group-based learning.
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POL SCI 2 Introduction to Comparative Politics 4 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2018, Fall 2017, Spring 2017
This course aims to furnish students with the tools needed to study politics and society in comparative perspective. The first part of the course introduces concepts and methods of comparative analysis and examines core assumptions about human nature that underpin social scientists’thinking. The second part investigates the variety of political regimes under which people live around the world. Third, we will consider the factors that influence
which type of political regime prevails in particular national settings. The fourth section focuses on economic development. Attendance at lecture and discussion section required.
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POL SCI N2 Introduction to Comparative Politics 4 Units

Terms offered: Summer 2017 Second 6 Week Session
This course aims to furnish students with the tools necessary to study political processes and outcomes in comparative perspective. It is divided into three parts. The first introduces the basic concepts and methods of comparative analysis and examines our principal unit of analysis: the state. The second surveys the range of political regimes under which people live around the world. The third examines three key variables that both influence
political outcomes and are influenced by political processes: institutions, identity, and agency. Throughout the course we will use a wide variety of country examples, but will not focus exclusively on any particular set of countries.
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POL SCI 3 Introduction to Empirical Analysis and Quantitative Methods 4 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2017, Fall 2016, Summer 2016 First 6 Week Session
Analytical and methodological problems of political inquiry, with an emphasis on quantification and measurement.

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POL SCI N3 Introduction to Empirical Analysis and Quantitative Methods 4 Units

Terms offered: Summer 2017 First 6 Week Session
Analytical and methodological problems of political inquiry, with an emphasis on quantification and measurement.

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POL SCI 4 Introduction to Political Theory 4 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2018, Spring 2017, Spring 2016
An approach to the understanding of politics through the perspectives and language of the political theorist.

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POL SCI 5 Introduction to International Relations 4 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2017, Fall 2016, Fall 2015
This course is designed to introduce students to the major theoretical approaches to international politics, to explore important historical and contemporary questions and debates in international affairs, and to teach students to think critically about international relations. It is a prerequisite for most upper division international relations courses in Political Science.

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POL SCI 18AC Race, Culture, and Politics in the Golden State 4 Units

Terms offered: Summer 2001 10 Week Session, Summer 2000 10 Week Session, Summer 1999 10 Week Session
This course will study the historical processes of racial formation and transformation in California. Students will develop an understanding of the dynamic nature of racial and ethnic cultures and identities, and use these tools to better understand their own cultural position. Two periods are studied: 1848-1882 and 1964-1988. The course will consider the experiences of Asian Americans, Chicano/Latinos
, African Americans, European Americans, and Native Americans.
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POL SCI 39B Freshman/Sophomore Seminar 2 - 4 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2009, Fall 2008, Spring 2006
Freshman and sophomore seminars offer lower division students the opportunity to explore an intellectual topic with a faculty member and a group of peers in a small-seminar setting. These seminars are offered in all campus departments; topics vary from department to department and from semester to semester.

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POL SCI 41 Freshman Seminar 4 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2010, Fall 2007, Fall 2005
Topics, experimental in nature, will vary from year to year.

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POL SCI C79 Societal Risks and the Law 3 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2013
Defining, perceiving, quantifying and measuring risk; identifying risks and estimating their importance; determining whether laws and regulations can protect us from these risks; examining how well existing laws work and how they could be improved; evaluting costs and benefits. Applications may vary by term. This course cannot be used to complete engineering unit or technical elective requirements for students in the College of Engineering.

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POL SCI 98 Directed Group Study for Lower Division Students 1 - 3 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2016, Fall 2015, Spring 2015
Lectures and small group discussion focusing on topics of interest that vary from semester to semester.

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POL SCI 99 Supervised Independent Study 1 - 4 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2006, Fall 2005, Spring 2005
Supervised Independent Study and Research for lower division students, pursuant to the Regulations of the Berkeley Division, Section A230.

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POL SCI 102 The American Presidency 4 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2017, Fall 2014, Spring 2014
Analysis of principal institutions, functions, and problems of the Presidency and the federal executive branch. Special attention will be given to topics of presidential leadership, staffing, executive-legislative relations, and policy formation. Comparative reference to executive processes in other political systems.

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POL SCI 103 Congress 4 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2017, Spring 2014, Spring 2013
Nomination and election, constituent relations, the formal and informal structures of both houses, relations with the executive branch, policy formation, and lobbying.

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POL SCI 103W The Congress 4 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2009, Fall 2006, Spring 2006
This course will explore the Congress--the first branch under the Consititution--and its role in our political system. It will leverage our environment in Washington by featuring frequent guest speakers and seeking connections to current policy and political debate. In addition to surveying the pathways of lawmaking, we will ask how Congress and its members relate to the other branches of government, to the press, and to the public.

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POL SCI 104 Political Parties 4 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2010, Fall 2009, Fall 2008
The institutional environment within which American politics takes place. Concept and history of parties in the American context: their nature and function, origin and development. Party organization and structure. State, national, and local party systems and their variations. Nominations and elections.

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POL SCI 105 The Politician 4 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2013, Spring 2012, Spring 2011
The nature of politics, the education of politicians, the structure of ambition, and the ethical values of social behavior in the political world. Sessions with elected officials and party workers on their vocation.

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POL SCI 106A American Politics: Campaign Strategy - Media 4 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2018, Fall 2017, Spring 2017
An inside look at how political campaigns operate from the viewpoint of the media, taught by the people who run them. Class material will be directed towards students who are interested in direct involvement in campaign politics or who are looking for a greater understanding of the political process. Students will be required to develop a complete written campaign strategy document in order to fulfill class requirements. Students will be expected
to follow political and campaign news via the media and be prepared to discuss those developments in class.
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POL SCI 109 Special Topics in American Politics 4 Units

Terms offered: Summer 1999 10 Week Session, Summer 1998 10 Week Session, Summer 1997 10 Week Session
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POL SCI 109A Special Topics in American Politics 4 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2013, Spring 2011, Spring 2010
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POL SCI 109B Special Topics in American Politics 4 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2016, Spring 2010, Fall 2006
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POL SCI 109G Special Topics in American Politics 4 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2015, Fall 2014, Fall 2012
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POL SCI 109H Special Topics in American Politics 4 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2017, Spring 2009
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POL SCI 109L Special Topics in American Politics 4 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2011
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POL SCI 109M Special Topics in American Politics 4 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2010
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POL SCI 109P Special Topics in American Politics 4 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2017, Spring 2016, Spring 2015
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POL SCI 109R Special Topics in American Politics 4 Units

Terms offered: Summer 2012 10 Week Session, Summer 2012 First 6 Week Session, Summer 2011 First 6 Week Session
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POL SCI 109W Selected Topics in American Politics-UCDC 4 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2015, Spring 2012, Summer 2011 8 Week Session
Topics will vary.

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POL SCI 110B Cal-in-Sacramento 2 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2016, Spring 2015, Spring 2014
The purpose of this course is to provide Cal-in-Sacramento interns and other interested UC Berkeley students with a rudimentary understanding of our state government. We will focus on the state legislature and executive branch, exploring both the policy-making process and the politics in Sacramento, which we will learn are quite closely related to one another.

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POL SCI 111AC The Politics of Displacement 4 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2018, Spring 2017, Spring 2016
In this class, the revolution against traditional political authority embodied in Jefferson's and Thomas Paine's attack on the British crown, the rise of slavery, and the conflict with Native America are seen as coherent parts of a cultural and social development that emerges in 18th- and 19th-century America. Using both original antebellum materials, including biographies, history, and literature, and contemporary images from American popular
culture such as film, news and magazine articles, and music, we will compare and contrast the experiences of antebellum Native Americans, Euopean immigrants, and African slaves as a connection between the past and the present emerges.
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POL SCI 112A History of Political Theory 4 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2017, Spring 2016, Spring 2015
Major theories from the ancient Greeks to the modern period. Ancient and medieval political thought, including Plato, Aristotle, and St. Augustine.

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POL SCI 112B History of Political Theory 4 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2018, Fall 2016, Fall 2015
Early modern political thought up to the French Revolution, including Machiavelli, Hobbes, Locke, and Rousseau.

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POL SCI 112C History of Political Theory 4 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2018, Spring 2016, Spring 2015
Nineteenth and twentieth century political thought, including Burke, Utilitarianism, Marx, and contemporary theory.

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POL SCI 112D History of European Political Theory: The 20th Century 4 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2010, Fall 2008
This is a survey course that will examine developments in 20th-century European Political Theory. It will focus on theorists' contributions and reactions to various major political and intellectual shifts, including Marxism (as "Western Marxism" and Critical Theory, as well as institutionalized Soviet communism in its heyday); psychoanalysis; and fascism.

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POL SCI N113A American Political Theory 4 Units

Terms offered: Summer 2012 10 Week Session, Summer 2012 First 6 Week Session, Summer 2005 10 Week Session
Basic problems of political theory as viewed within the context of American history and institutions.

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POL SCI 114A Theories of Governance: Late 20th Century 4 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2016, Fall 2014, Spring 2013
What is governance? How should we explain its emergence? What are its implications for public policy and democracy? This course uses debates about contemporary governance to examine four approaches to political science and political theory. The approaches are rational choice theory, institutionalism, Marxism, and poststructuralism. The course looks at the narrative that each approach provides of the origins and workings of governance since 1979
, and at the way these narratives embody theoretical commitments about rationality and power, structure and agency, and democracy. It thus promotes an awareness of the way questions about contemporary governance are inextricably linked to philosophical and normative commitments.
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POL SCI 116A Special Topics in Political Theory 4 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2017, Spring 2017
Intensive study of one topic, problem, or intellectual movement in political theory. See department web site for specific course offerings.

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POL SCI 116B Special Topics in Political Theory 4 Units

Terms offered: Prior to 2007
Intensive study of one topic, problem, or intellectual movement in political theory. See department web site for specific course offerings.

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POL SCI 116C Special Topics in Political Theory 4 Units

Terms offered: Prior to 2007
Intensive study of one topic, problem, or intellectual movement in political theory. See department web site for specific course offerings.

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POL SCI 116D Special Topics in Political Theory 4 Units

Terms offered: Prior to 2007
Intensive study of one topic, problem, or intellectual movement in political theory. See department web site for specific course offerings.

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POL SCI 116E Special Topics in Political Theory 4 Units

Terms offered: Prior to 2007
Intensive study of one topic, problem, or intellectual movement in political theory. See department web site for specific course offerings.

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POL SCI 116F Special Topics in Political Theory 4 Units

Terms offered: Prior to 2007
Intensive study of one topic, problem, or intellectual movement in political theory. See department web site for specific course offerings.

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POL SCI 116G Special Topics in Political Theory 4 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2014
Intensive study of one topic, problem, or intellectual movement in political theory. See department web site for specific course offerings.

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POL SCI 116H Special Topics in Political Theory 4 Units

Terms offered: Prior to 2007
Intensive study of one topic, problem, or intellectual movement in political theory. See department web site for specific course offerings.

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POL SCI 116I Special Topics in Political Theory 4 Units

Terms offered: Prior to 2007
Intensive study of one topic, problem, or intellectual movement in political theory. See department web site for specific course offerings.

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POL SCI 116J Special Topics in Political Theory 4 Units

Terms offered: Prior to 2007
Intensive study of one topic, problem, or intellectual movement in political theory. See department web site for specific course offerings.

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POL SCI 116K Special Topics in Political Theory 4 Units

Terms offered: Prior to 2007
Intensive study of one topic, problem, or intellectual movement in political theory. See department web site for specific course offerings.

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POL SCI 116L Special Topics in Political Theory 4 Units

Terms offered: Prior to 2007
Intensive study of one topic, problem, or intellectual movement in political theory. See department web site for specific course offerings.

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POL SCI 116M Special Topics in Political Theory 4 Units

Terms offered: Summer 2012 10 Week Session, Summer 2012 Second 6 Week Session
Intensive study of one topic, problem, or intellectual movement in political theory. See department web site for specific course offerings.

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POL SCI 116N Special Topics in Political Theory 4 Units

Terms offered: Prior to 2007
Intensive study of one topic, problem, or intellectual movement in political theory. See department web site for specific course offerings.

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POL SCI 116O Special Topics in Political Theory 4 Units

Terms offered: Prior to 2007
Intensive study of one topic, problem, or intellectual movement in political theory. See department web site for specific course offerings.

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POL SCI 116P Special Topics in Political Theory 4 Units

Terms offered: Summer 2014 Second 6 Week Session
Intensive study of one topic, problem, or intellectual movement in political theory. See department web site for specific course offerings.

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POL SCI 116Q Special Topics in Political Theory 4 Units

Terms offered: Prior to 2007
Intensive study of one topic, problem, or intellectual movement in political theory. See department web site for specific course offerings.

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POL SCI 116R Special Topics in Political Theory 4 Units

Terms offered: Summer 2017 Second 6 Week Session
Intensive study of one topic, problem, or intellectual movement in political theory. See department web site for specific course offerings.

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POL SCI 116S Special Topics in Political Theory 4 Units

Terms offered: Prior to 2007
Intensive study of one topic, problem, or intellectual movement in political theory. See department web site for specific course offerings.

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POL SCI 116T Special Topics in Political Theory 4 Units

Terms offered: Prior to 2007
Intensive study of one topic, problem, or intellectual movement in political theory. See department web site for specific course offerings.

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POL SCI 116U Special Topics in Political Theory 4 Units

Terms offered: Summer 2016 10 Week Session, Summer 2016 Second 6 Week Session
Intensive study of one topic, problem, or intellectual movement in political theory. See department web site for specific course offerings.

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POL SCI 116V Special Topics in Political Theory 4 Units

Terms offered: Prior to 2007
Intensive study of one topic, problem, or intellectual movement in political theory. See department web site for specific course offerings.

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POL SCI 116W Special Topics in Political Theory 4 Units

Terms offered: Prior to 2007
Intensive study of one topic, problem, or intellectual movement in political theory. See department web site for specific course offerings.

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POL SCI 116X Special Topics in Political Theory 4 Units

Terms offered: Prior to 2007
Intensive study of one topic, problem, or intellectual movement in political theory. See department web site for specific course offerings.

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POL SCI 116Y Special Topics in Political Theory 4 Units

Terms offered: Prior to 2007
Intensive study of one topic, problem, or intellectual movement in political theory. See department web site for specific course offerings.

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POL SCI 116Z Special Topics in Political Theory 4 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2013
Intensive study of one topic, problem, or intellectual movement in political theory. See department web site for specific course offerings.

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POL SCI 118AC Three American Cultures 4 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2011, Summer 2007 10 Week Session, Summer 2006 10 Week Session
The course will examine three American cultural forms. The focus of the course is to be comparative; readings will center around first-person accounts, written by members of the ethnic groups most immediately involved in each of the cultural forms. The theme is that of identity, seen politically as well as culturally: examining how the various ethnic groups involved came to forge a collective identity for themselves.
The three groups studied will vary by instructor. See departmental listings for more specific information.
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POL SCI 122A Politics of European Integration 4 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2015, Spring 2014, Spring 2013
The European Union is the world's most advanced experiment in governance beyond the level of the traditional nation-state. Through the European Union, the main members countries have pooled their national sovereignty and created new ways political authority, economic competition, social cohesion, and cultural identity. While specialists in comparative politics focus on the separate countries, scholars in international relations emphasize
the construction of supranational institutions and transnational identities. This course seeks to synthesize the comparative and international approaches by examining the economic, political, and cultural aspects of integration. Readings are drawn from international relations, comparative politics, public policy, sociology, and some anthropological debates. Course requirements include careful preparation of the readings, discussion sections, participation in a group report on one of the major domains mentioned above, and a closed-book final.
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POL SCI 123A Special Topics in International Relations 4 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2012, Spring 2009, Spring 2007
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POL SCI 123G Special Topics in International Relations 4 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2011
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POL SCI 123H Special Topics in International Relations 4 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2016, Fall 2015, Fall 2013
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POL SCI 123J Special Topics in International Relations 4 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2018
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POL SCI 123M Conflict Management 4 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2017, Spring 2016, Fall 2013
The goal of this class is to familiarize students with the various ways in which actors can manage and resolve their conflicts. Conflict management in both international and civil conflicts will be discussed. Students will learn about negotiation, mediation, arbitration and adjudication, sanctions, military intervention, peacekeeping, nation-building, and the design of peace agreements. We will also talk about the role of the United Nations
, regional organizations, and major powers like the U.S. in conflict management. While the main goal of the class is to familiarize students with central concepts and theories of conflict management, we will also take a look at cases that illustrate when, how and why different strategies work.
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POL SCI 123S Special Topics in International Relations 4 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2018, Fall 2016, Spring 2016
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POL SCI 123Y Special Topics in International Relations 4 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2017
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POL SCI 124A War! 4 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2018, Spring 2017, Spring 2016
War, what is it good for? Absolutely nothing! Is this necessarily true? Wars are brutal and horrific events, but are they all necessarily the result of miscalculation, accident, or fanaticism? Can war serve a rational purpose? Are wars governed by rules and do states care about these rules? This course is designed for upper-level undergraduate students.

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POL SCI 124C Ethics and Justice in International Affairs 4 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2018, Spring 2017, Spring 2016
Should nations intervene in other countries to prevent human rights abuses or famine? On what principles should immigration be based? Should wealthy states aid poorer states, and if so, how much? Who should pay for global environmental damage? Answers to these moral questions depend to a great degree on who we believe we have an obligation to: Ourselves? Nationals of our country? Residents of our country? Everyone in the world equally? We
will examine different traditions of moral thought including skeptics, communitarians, cosmopolitans, and use these traditions as tools to make reasoned judgments about difficult moral problems in world politics.
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POL SCI 124M The Scientific Study of International Conflict 4 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2017, Fall 2016, Fall 2015
The goal of this upper-level seminar is to familiarize students with the scientific approach to studying international conflict, provide them with a deep understanding of the basic factors that exacerbate or mitigate international conflict, and sharpen students' analytical and research skills.

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POL SCI 125 Civil Conflict and International Intervention 4 Units

Terms offered: Spring 1995, Fall 1979
This course is designed to help you: (1) understand the existing theory and evidence about (a) the causes, strategies, and outcomes of civil conflict, and (b) the ways in which international actors intervene, (2) broaden your theoretical and empirical framework in international relations more generally, (3) think critically about the existing work in the field, and (4) begin to consider engaging in research on civil conflict and international intervent
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POL SCI 126A International Political Economy 4 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2018, Spring 2014, Spring 2013
Economic concepts in the study of international political behavior. Political concepts influencing the choice of economic policies.

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POL SCI 128 Chinese Foreign Policy 4 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2014, Spring 2012, Spring 2011
This course covers the history and analysis of Chinese foreign policy since the inception of the People's Republic of China 1949. Some attention is devoted to pre-1949 Far Eastern international relations, but only as a background to the study of the contemporary period. Emphasis is placed on Sino-American and Sino-Soviet relations, on the domestic determinants of Chinese foreign policy, on the changing nature of China's relations with her
Asian neighbors, and on important substantive issues.
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POL SCI 128A Chinese Foreign Policy 4 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2009, Spring 2008, Spring 1996
Chinese foreign policy from the inception of the People's Republic of China in 1949 to the present. This course aims at providing the student with a sufficient factual base, alternative theoretical approaches and some of the methodological tools useful in studying Chinese foreign policy.

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POL SCI C131A Applied Econometrics and Public Policy 4 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2018, Spring 2017, Fall 2016, Fall 2015, Fall 2014, Spring 2014
This course focuses on the sensible application of econometric methods to empirical problems in economics and public policy analysis. It provides background on issues that arise when analyzing non-experimental social science data and a guide for tools that are useful for empirical research. By the end of the course, students will have an understanding of the types of research designs that can lead to convincing
analysis and be comfortable working with large scale data sets.
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POL SCI 133 Selected Topics in Quantitative Methods 4 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2017, Spring 2013, Fall 2001
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POL SCI C135 Game Theory in the Social Sciences 4 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2017, Fall 2016, Fall 2015
A non-technical introduction to game theory. Basic principle, and models of interaction among players, with a strong emphasis on applications to political science, economics, and other social sciences.

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POL SCI W135 Game Theory in the Social Sciences 4 Units

Terms offered: Summer 2017 8 Week Session, Summer 2016 10 Week Session, Summer 2016 8 Week Session
This course provides an introduction to game theory and its application in social science, especially political science and economics. The purposes of the course are to give students a sense of the field of game theory and how political scientists use it in making arguments about how government and politics work, to develop students' intuition about strategic situations in everyday life, and to
develop students' analytical capabilities generally. Upon completion of the course, students will be able to depict social situations as simple game theoretic models, analyze those models to understand how the behaviors of the individuals involved are mutually reinforcing, and apply computer-based tools to evaluate under conditions of uncertainty.
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POL SCI 137A Revolutionary Change 4 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2008, Fall 2007, Fall 2006
Theories of revolutionary violence, rebellion, and revolution. Strategies of revolution, terrorism, sources of revolutionary action.

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POL SCI 138E The Varieties of Capitalism: Political Economic Systems of the World 4 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2017, Fall 2015, Fall 2014
This course examines the interaction between politics and markets, both in theory and in practice, explicitly linking classic works on political economy with current policy debates. We study how political systems and markets are organized in a wide range of different national settings, looking at both history and contemporary issues. Topics include: 1) early industrialization in Britain and the United States, 2) late industrialization in continental
Europe and Japan, 3) the varieties of capitalism in contemporary industrialized countries, 4) the newly industrializing economics of Latin America and East Asia, 5) the problems of development, and 6) the transition from communism to a market economy in Eastern Europe and China.
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POL SCI 138G National Success and Failure in the Age of a Global Economy: from Pleats to Cleats 4 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2015, Spring 2014, Spring 2013
In the present era political, economic, and social organization powerfully influence national capacity to assure economic success, real and rising incomes for the population, and political success, basic survival, and the projection of its purposes and values. This course looks at the continual process of international competition and transformation, and examines which factors separate the winners from the losers. We will gain leverage into
these questions by examining critical moments in the 20th and 21st centuries and analyze according to national responses. What choices signal success? Can the failures be avoided? The course will discuss whether globalization is shunting aside national political choice, or whether globalization is in fact a sequence of national and regional stories played out on a larger stage. We will consider how economic constraint structures political choice and national response to the global economy. But we will also examine how political developments shape market dynamics and national innovations. We will learn about all sorts of things from the politics of French fashion to why Japanese make good cars.
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POL SCI 139B Development Politics 4 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2016, Summer 2013 10 Week Session, Summer 2013 Second 6 Week Session
Politics of economic development in developing countries. Comparative analysis of the theories and practice of development in the light of contemporary experience. Political strategies of agrarian, industrial, educational, and regional development and their impact on autonomy, welfare, justice, and human development.

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POL SCI C139 Urban and Sub-national Politics in Developing Countries 4 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2017, Fall 2013
Over half of the world's population is now urban. As urban populations swell, metropolitan areas in both the developed and the developing world struggle to provide basic services and address the negative externalities associated with rapid growth. Sanitation, transportation, pollution, energy services, and public safety typically fall to sub-national governments. Yet local sub-national institutions face difficulties as they tackle these challenges because
development tends to spill over political boundaries and resources are limited. Such difficulties are particularly acute in the developing world due to tighter resource constraints, weak institutions, and the comparative severity of the underlying problems. Moreover, democratization and decentralization suggest that urban governance and service delivery may have become more democratic, but present challenges with respect to priority setting, coordination, and corruption.
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POL SCI 139D Urban and Sub-national Politics in Developing Countries 4 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2016, Fall 2011, Fall 2010
Over half of the world's population is now urban. As urban populations swell, metropolitan areas in both the developed and the developing world struggle to provide basic services and address the negative externalities associated with rapid growth. Sanitation, transportation, pollution, energy services, and public safety typically fall to sub-national governments. Yet local sub-national institutions face difficulties as they tackle these challenges
because development tends to spill over political boundaries and resources are limited. Such difficulties are particularly acute in the developing world due to tighter resource constraints, weak institutions, and the comparative severity of the underlying problems. Moreover, democratization and decentralization suggest that urban governance and service delivery may have become more democratic, but present challenges with respect to priority setting, coordination, and corruption.
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POL SCI 140E Selected Topics in Comparative Politics 4 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2018, Spring 2013, Spring 2012
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POL SCI 140F Selected Topics in Comparative Politics 4 Units

Terms offered: Summer 2012 10 Week Session, Summer 2012 First 6 Week Session, Fall 2011
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POL SCI 140L Selected Topics in Comparative Politics 4 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2018, Spring 2017
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POL SCI 140R Selected Topics in Comparative Politics 4 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2008
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POL SCI 140S Selected Topics in Comparative Politics 4 Units

Terms offered: Summer 2015 First 6 Week Session, Summer 2013 First 6 Week Session
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POL SCI 140W Selected Topics in Comparative Politics 4 Units

Terms offered: Not yet offered
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POL SCI 140Z Selected Topics in Comparative Politics 4 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2017
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POL SCI 141A Russia after Communism 4 Units

Terms offered: Not yet offered
This course presents a broad introduction to contemporary politics and society in Russia. The social movements and political transformations of the Gorbachev period will be explored. Most of the course is devoted to the post-communist period and current problems of political change and upheaval. Topics to be investigated include the movement from a command economy to capitalism, struggles among emerging social interests, the changing role of the military in society
, crime and social disintegration, the rise of nationalism and the search for national identity, civil war, and the transformation of political institutions. The course is recommended for juniors and seniors but is open to all students.
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POL SCI 141C Politics and Government in Eastern Europe 4 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2017, Summer 2015 10 Week Session, Summer 2015 Second 6 Week Session
Modern politics and government in the states of Eastern Europe presented within a broader cultural, historical, and sociological framework. Problems of economic underdevelopment and national fragmentation. Comparisons of the pre-Communist, Communist, and post-Communist periods.

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POL SCI 142A Middle East Politics 4 Units

Terms offered: Summer 2017 Second 6 Week Session, Summer 2016 10 Week Session, Summer 2016 Second 6 Week Session
The Middle East in world affairs, international relations and domestic policies of contemporary states in the Middle East; policies and strategy of major powers; supranational movements, regional political and security organizations. The area comprises Turkey, Iran, Afghanistan, Israel, and the Arab countries.

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POL SCI 143A Northeast Asian Politics 4 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2017, Fall 2016, Fall 2015
The structure and evolution of political institutions in China, Japan, and Korea. Emphasis upon such topics as nationalism, political modernization, and ideology.

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POL SCI 143B Japanese Politics 4 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2017, Fall 2016, Fall 2015
The structure and evolution of political institutions in Japan. Emphasis upon such topics as political parties, the bureaucracy, social change, and contemporary policy issues.

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POL SCI 143C Chinese Politics 4 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2016, Fall 2015, Spring 2015
An overview of Chinese politics since the fall of the Qing Dynasty. Emphasis on the People's Republic of China and post-Mao reforms.

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POL SCI 143E The Political Economy of China 4 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2017, Fall 2016
China's extraordinary growth has in some respects confirmed the power of free markets, but at the same time, it has challenged social scientists to think more deeply about the foundations and limits of the market economy. Furthermore, China's ever-increasing economic freedom and prosperity has been accompanied by only limited steps toward greater political freedom, running counter to one of the most consistent patterns of comparative politics and history.
This class will cross conventional boundaries between political and economic analysis in order to address these issues.
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POL SCI 143T Chinese Politics and Society 4 Units

Terms offered: Summer 2002 10 Week Session
This course offers the opportunity to learn about contemporary Chinese politics and society while visiting both famous and ordinary places to see and hear first hand how the Chinese people have experienced over five decades of dramatic change. The course has two components. The first week will be spent on the Berkeley campus and will involve an intensive introduction to the major strands of scholarly work on Chinese politics since the Communist revolution.
During this time, students will also have a chance to become familiar with the basic outlines of recent Chinese history. The remaining 3 weeks of the course will be held in the Peoples Republic of China with an emphasis on experiential learning. Lecture and discussions will be on-going during and following field work and tours. In addition to lecture and discussions, two essays will be required.
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POL SCI 144 American Foreign Policy Toward Asia 4 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2017, Fall 2016, Spring 2016
This course is designed primarily for students interested in exploring in depth the relationship between U.S. foreign policy and developments in East Asia. This course will explore the historical and contemporary foreign policies of the United States toward Asia with an eye toward analyzing the ways in which Asia has been shaped by American, and in turn American policies have been shaped by events in Asia.

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POL SCI 144B Politics of Divided Korea 4 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2015, Fall 2014, Fall 2013
An overview of modern Korea divided into the Republic of Korea and the Democratic People's Republic of Korea. The course will compare the two Koreas in terms of political, social and economic institutions, culture, political elites and modernization strategy.

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POL SCI 145A South Asian Politics 4 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2015, Spring 2014, Spring 2013
A comparative analysis of development and change in the political systems of contemporary South Asia.

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POL SCI 145B South Asian Politics 4 Units

Terms offered: Spring 1998, Spring 1997
A comparative analysis of development and change in the political systems of contemporary South Asia.

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POL SCI W145A Understanding Political Developments in India 4 Units

Terms offered: Summer 2017 8 Week Session, Summer 2016 10 Week Session, Summer 2016 8 Week Session
This class focuses mostly on the "domestic" politics of India. In addition to providing an overview of political developments in India since independence, this online course assesses the nature of democratic participation and representation in contemporary India - the world's largest democracy.

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POL SCI 146A African Politics 4 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2015, Fall 2013, Spring 2013
Introduction to politics in the states of contemporary sub-Saharan Africa. Comparative study of political institutions and regime transitions; economic crisis and development; political violence and civil conflict.

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POL SCI 146D Environment, Culture, and Peacebuilding 6 Units

Terms offered: Summer 2010 10 Week Session
The course begins at the global level and moves to the local level in examining the nexus of politics, environment, and culture where conflicts ensue. These conflicts can lead to violence and hardship. They can also result in creative adaptations and solutions based in political and administrative institutions and processes that build peace. The first three weeks of the course examine global trends and institutions; the last three weeks examine the
specific dynamics involving land and resource conflict in Kenya. Throughout the course, students will be introduced to social science and environmental science perspectives. Students will be exposed to the analytical tools of political economy, history, and political ecology. The class will consist of students from the University of California, Berkeley and Kenyatta University. It will be led by faculty from both institutions.
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POL SCI N146C Conflict and Change in Southern Africa 4 Units

Terms offered: Summer 2000 10 Week Session, Summer 1999 10 Week Session, Summer 1998 10 Week Session
Combining classroom lectures and discussion with visits to interesting and relevant places in the Cape Town area, this course will be concerned with the dynamics of political change in South Africa. We will sketch the historical evolution of the system of minority racial rule that characterized South Africa until 1994; analyze the process of political upheaval and the transformation that culminated
in the transitional election of 1994; examine the process of negotiations and constitution making that began in 1990, and its implications for the nature of politics and governance in a new government to overcome the legacies of South Africa's past.
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POL SCI 147F Contemporary French Politics: The Republican Model in Transition 4 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2017, Fall 2015, Fall 2013
French political life has long gravitated around a "Republican model" marked by an unmediated relationship between the citizen and the state, socialization into French values through secular public education, a special vocation for France on the international stage, and an activist state. Recent developments have called the Republican model into question. This course will examine the transformation of France's Republican model - its origins
, operations, and responses to contemporary challenges.
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POL SCI 147G The Welfare State in Comparative Perspective 4 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2017, Fall 2014, Fall 2012
Comparision of welfare states in Western Europe and North America. Origins of welfare states. Varieties of welfare states. Relationship between welfare states and the economy. Impact of changing social, economic, and family structure states. Contemporary welfare reform.

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POL SCI 147T German History and Politics 4 Units

Terms offered: Prior to 2007
This course provides an introduction to German history, from ancient times to the post-reunification period. Special emphasis will be placed on the history of the city of Berlin. Except for a few preparatory activities in Berkeley, the course will be conducted in Berlin, offering lectures as well as hands-on visits to important places of German history. This is a four-week travel-study course.

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POL SCI 148A Latin American Politics 4 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2017, Fall 2009, Fall 2008
Political institutions, groups and parties in Latin American countries. Basic characteristics of political processes in Latin America; problems of political development and modernization and political change. Comparative study of political systems, institutions, groups and political culture.

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POL SCI 149B Special Topics in Area Studies 4 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2013, Fall 2010, Fall 2009
See department web site for specific course details.

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POL SCI 149C Special Topics in Area Studies 4 Units

Terms offered: Summer 2011 10 Week Session, Summer 2011 First 6 Week Session, Fall 2010
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POL SCI 149E Special Topics in Area Studies 4 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2018, Fall 2017, Spring 2017
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POL SCI 149F Special Topics in Area Studies 4 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2013
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POL SCI 149I Special Topics in Area Studies 4 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2012, Summer 2011 10 Week Session, Summer 2011 Second 6 Week Session
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POL SCI 149J Special Topics in Area Studies 4 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2012, Fall 2011
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POL SCI 149M Special Topics in Area Studies 4 Units

Terms offered: Summer 2017 Second 6 Week Session
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POL SCI 149N Special Topics in Area Studies 4 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2016
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POL SCI 149P Special Topics in Area Studies 4 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2010
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POL SCI 149R Special Topics in Area Studies 4 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2018
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POL SCI 149S Special Topics in Area Studies 4 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2018, Spring 2017
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POL SCI 149W Special Topics in Area Studies 4 Units

Terms offered: Summer 2017 First 6 Week Session, Fall 2014, Summer 2014 First 6 Week Session
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POL SCI 149Y Special Topics in Area Studies 4 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2012
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POL SCI 149Z Special Topics in Area Studies 4 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2012
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POL SCI 150 The American Legal System 4 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2017, Summer 2016 First 6 Week Session, Fall 2015
The nature of the American legal system; the interrelationships of judges, lawyers, police, political officials, bureaucrats, press, and general public; the political and social aspects of the legal process.

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POL SCI 157A Constitutional Law of the United States 4 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2018, Spring 2017, Spring 2015
Fundamental principles of constitutional law, leading cases, causes, and consequences of legal decisions and their role in influencing, shaping, and constraining the American political system. Judicial Review and the Limits to National Power.

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POL SCI 157B Constitutional Law of the United States 4 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2010, Spring 2009, Spring 2008
Fundamental principles of constitutional law, leading cases, causes, and consequences of legal decisions and their role in influencing, shaping, and constraining the American political system. Civil Rights and Civil Liberties.

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POL SCI 161 Public Opinion, Voting and Participation 4 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2017, Spring 2016, Spring 2015
The nature of public opinion, attitude formation, electoral turnout and choice; political cleavages; the role of the mass public.

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POL SCI 164A Political Psychology and Involvement 4 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2018, Fall 2017, Fall 2015
Personality factors in political behavior; psychological roots of decision-making; leadership; psychological sources of political belief; conflict theory.

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POL SCI N164A Psychology of Politics 4 Units

Terms offered: Summer 2013 10 Week Session, Summer 2013 First 6 Week Session, Summer 2012 First 6 Week Session
This course explores the sources of political beliefs and actions through the application of psychological theories about personality, learning, cognition, and group dynamics. The course begins by briefly considering a number of alternative analytic approaches to linking human nature and politics and then considers such problems as political ideology, persuasion, compliance, protest
, violence, and leadership in terms of these approaches. The course considers both mass and elite political behavior. The readings include both quantitative materials drawn from survey research and experiments and more impressionistic and clinical studies.
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POL SCI 166 Latinos and the U.S. Political System 4 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2016, Spring 2016, Fall 2013
This course provides a critical analysis of the political circumstances, political behavior, and the activities and consequences of Latinos (or Hispanics) within the governmental and political system of the United States. Latinos became the nation's largest minority group in 2005 and are also the largest minority group in U.S. elementary/secondary schools. For these and other reasons the situation of Latinos has broad social and political si
gnificance.
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POL SCI 167AC Racial and Ethnic Politics in the New American Century 4 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2015, Fall 2014, Fall 2010
Some of the most enduring and violent conflicts in America center on race. The goal of this course is to explore, discuss, and better understand the relationship between perceptions of racial identity, attributions of racial difference, and politics, broadly defined. We focus on the recent and persistent debates about racism, identity, rights, representation, citizenship, conflict, and coalitions. A repeated theme of this course is the question
whether racial order and inequality are essential to, or an exception from, the liberal democracy in the U.S. This is a lecture course with intensive readings, written assignments, and in-class discussion.
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POL SCI 169 Selected Topics in Political Behavior 4 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2014, Spring 2013, Spring 2012
See departmental announcements.

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POL SCI 171 California Politics 4 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2018, Fall 2017, Spring 2017
An inquiry into the political environment of the state--historical, economic, geographic, and social; its political institutions--government, parties, interest groups, and citizens; and the policies resulting from the interaction of environment and institutions.

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POL SCI 173S Political Economy of the California Crisis 4 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2006, Fall 2004, Spring 2004
This course examines the emergence and crisis of California's political economy. An analytical framework is developed that encompasses the secular growth and cyclical variability of California's income, expenditure, and revenue levels. California's economic growth and political development since 1875 will be analyzed. Specific topics covered include the Edmund G. (Pat) Brown era; Proposition 13 and the Ronald Reagan governorship; California's
demographic transformation; challenges of minority economic development and political representation; the 2003 gubernatorial recall and the 2002-04 fiscal crisis. Course is part of the University of California Center Sacramento Program and is located in Sacramento.
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POL SCI 175A Urban and Metropolitan Government and Politics 4 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2013, Spring 2012, Spring 2011
The roles of various levels of government--local, regional, state, and national--in politics and policy-making in metropolitan regions.

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POL SCI 179 Undergraduate Colloquium on Political Science 1 Unit

Terms offered: Spring 2018, Fall 2017, Spring 2017
Political issues facing the state of California, the United States, or the international community.

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POL SCI 181 Public Organization and Administration 4 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2017, Fall 2016, Fall 2015
The methods used to manage the power of the bureaucracy in the American political system. An introduction to theories of organizational behavior. The effects of administrative structure upon the creation and distribution of public benefits.

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POL SCI 182AC The Politics of Educational Inequality 4 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2017, Spring 2016, Spring 2014
This course explores the state of U.S. public education, particularly how success within that system varies by race, class, and gender. It explores educational attainment across different groups within the U.S. and then looks at how the structure of educational policymaking affects different types of students. It concludes by investigating the varied impact of different approaches to reform, with an eye toward identifying how best to reduce
educational inequality in the United States.
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POL SCI 186 Public Problems 4 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2018, Spring 2017, Fall 2016
This course explores the way societies try to address and solve difficult and seemingly intractable public problems. Can we attribute success or failure to institutions and their capacity to solve problems? Are problems difficult to solve because they are complex or because of a failure of political will? What are the characteristics of organizations or communities that are able to solve problems? How are public problems framed and how are
they used to mobilize constituencies? The course draws on literature in public administration, public policy studies, and democratic theory to try to better understand some of the major social, political, environmental, and economic problems of our contemporary world.
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POL SCI H190A Honors Seminar 4 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2017, Fall 2016, Fall 2015
H190A is the first of a two-semester research seminar designed to provide support and structure to political science seniors writing an honors thesis. To receive department honors, students must maintain the minimum GPA for honors and complete H190B with a B+ or better. For additional details, please consult the Undergraduate Advising Office or http://www.polisci.berkeley.edu.

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POL SCI H190B Honors Seminar 4 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2016, Spring 2015, Spring 2014
H190B is the second of a two-semester research seminar designed to provide support and structure to political science seniors writing an honors thesis. To receive department honors, students must maintain the minimum GPA for honors and complete H190B with a B+ or better. For additional details, please consult the Undergraduate Advising Office or http://www.polisci.berkeley.edu.

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POL SCI 191 Junior Seminar 4 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2018, Fall 2017, Spring 2017
The seminars will be led by ladder-rank faculty members in the subfields of American Politics, International Relations, and Comparative Politics. These intense writing seminars will focus on the research area of the faculty member teaching the course. The seminars will provide an opportunity for students to have direct intellectual interactions with faculty members while also giving the students an understanding of faculty research.

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POL SCI 196 Special Research Project 1 - 4 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2015, Fall 2014, Spring 2014
Independent study of an advanced topic resulting in a substantial research paper.

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POL SCI C196A UCDC Core Seminar 4 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2018, Fall 2017, Spring 2017, Fall 2016, Spring 2016, Fall 2015, Spring 2015, Spring 2014, Fall 2013, Spring 2013, Fall 2012, Spring 2012
This course is the UCDC letter-graded core seminar for 4 units that complements the P/NP credited internship course UGIS C196B. Core seminars are designed to enhance the experience of and provide an intellectual framework for the student's internship. UCDC core seminars are taught in sections that cover various tracks such as the Congress
, media, bureaucratic organizations and the Executive Branch, international relations, public policy and general un-themed original research.
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POL SCI C196B UCDC Internship 6.5 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2018, Fall 2017, Spring 2017, Fall 2016, Spring 2016, Fall 2015, Spring 2015, Spring 2014, Fall 2013, Spring 2013, Fall 2012, Spring 2012
This course provides a credited internship for all students enrolled in the UCDC and Cal in the Capital Programs. It must be taken in conjunction with the required academic core course C196A. C196B requires that students work 3-4 days per week as interns in settings selected to provide them with exposure to and experienc in government
, public policy, international affairs, media, the arts or other areas or relevance to their major fields of study.
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POL SCI C196W Special Field Research 10.5 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2018, Fall 2017, Spring 2017, Fall 2016, Spring 2016, Fall 2015, Spring 2015, Fall 2014, Spring 2014, Spring 2013
Students work in selected internship programs approved in advance by the faculty coordinator and for which written contracts have been established between the sponsoring organization and the student. Students will be expected to produce two progress reports for their faculty coordinator during the course of the internship, as well as a final paper for the course
consisting of at least 35 pages. Other restrictions apply; see faculty adviser.
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POL SCI 196S UC Sacramento Internship and Research Seminar 9 - 13 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2007, Spring 2006, Spring 2005
This seminar will introduce students to the theory and practice of policy analysis and development as it relates to legislative action at the state level to maximize students' internship experience. The internship component of the course will provide students with a challenging opportunity to engage in experiential learning in some aspect of the political, policy-making, or governmental processes in California's state capital. This course
will permit students to develop a systematic understanding of the public policy and political process in California and to develop analytical writing skills to produce a 25-30 page research paper developing and reflecting on this understanding. This course is part of the University of California Center Sacramento Program and is located in Sacramento.
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POL SCI 196W Understanding the Congressional World: A Field Research Seminar 10.5 Units

Terms offered: Fall 1997, Spring 1997, Fall 1996
This research seminar will explore the workings of Congress and its role in making public policy. It combines elective coursework with the original scholarship requirements of a UCDC research seminar and is designed for students in Congressional internships and those considering Congressional staff positions after graduation. In addition to studying the pathways of lawmaking, we will ask how Congress and its Members relate to the other branches
of government, the press, and the public.
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POL SCI 197 Field Study in Political Science 1 - 3 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2015, Fall 2014, Fall 2013
Supervised experience relevant to specific aspects of Political Science in off-campus organizations. Regular individual meetings with faculty sponsor and written reports required.

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POL SCI 198 Directed Group Study for Undergraduates 1 - 4 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2017, Spring 2017, Fall 2016
Submission of study proposal by faculty sponsor to the department chairman one month in advance of the semester to be offered. Group studies of selected topics which vary from year to year.

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POL SCI 199 Supervised Independent Study and Research for Undergraduates 1 - 4 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2015, Fall 2014, Fall 2013
Enrollment is restricted by departmental regulation.

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POL SCI 200A Major Themes in Comparative Analysis 4 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2018, Fall 2016, Fall 2015
Subject and texts to be studied vary with instructor. See departmental announcements.

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POL SCI 200B Major Themes in Comparative Analysis: Research Design 4 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2017, Spring 2016, Spring 2015
This course provides an introduction to research design in comparative politics; it is the second semester of the two-semester introductory graduate sequence for the comparative
sub-field. We will focus on various topics relevant to doing research, such as how to formulate research questions; develop concepts and measures; bolster the validity of descriptive and causal inferences; and use various qualitative and quantitative methods
in the service of diverse substantive agenda. Developing the ability to critique research is one important objective. However, the primary goal of the course is to provide a first foundation for actually doing research.
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POL SCI 201A Comparative Analysis of Industrial Democracies 4 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2013, Fall 2012, Fall 2011
The comparative study of politics in Western societies. The place of parties, political structures, interest groups, and economic institutions. The relation between domestic political developments and the international system. The effect of economic development on political change. The effect of labor politics on national politics.

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POL SCI 201B Comparative Analysis of Industrial Democracies 4 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2010, Fall 2007, Fall 2006
The comparative study of politics in Western societies. The place of parties, political structures, interest groups, and economic institutions. The relation between domestic political developments and the international system. The effect of economic development on political change. The effect of labor politics on national politics.

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POL SCI 201D Governance of the E-conomy 4 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2008, Spring 2006, Spring 2002
New digital technologies, changing market structures, and innovative business organizations are transforming the economic and social landscape of the advanced industrial countries. The policy issues associated with this transformation pose fundamental philosophical and political questions of how to organize our markets, polity, and society. The means of making and implementing these choices is politics. The necessarily global scope of the E-conomy
extends the political and policy challenges to the international arena. This course will explore the literature on the political economy of the Internet to determine what policy choices -- hence which political debates -- are and will be most important. We also will examine our conceptual understanding of the burgeoning digital economy and its impact on politics, law, and socio-economic relations.
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POL SCI 202A Theories of Development and Political Change 4 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2013, Spring 2012, Fall 2011
Issues of social organization and political change. Theories of progress, development, modernization and dependence.

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POL SCI 203 Urban and Subnational Politics in Developing Countries 4 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2016, Fall 2013, Fall 2011
Metropolitan areas in the developing world face enormous challenges. This course will consider the political and institutional environment in which efforts to address metropolitan problems are developed, the financial and institutional vehicles used to provide services of different types, and the role of political parties and other political organizations in the development and allocation of services. Readings will be drawn from Political Science
, Sociology, Geography, and Economics.
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POL SCI C203 Urban and Subnational Politics in Developing Countries 4 Units

Terms offered: Prior to 2007
This course will consider the political and institutional environment in which efforts to address metropolitan problems are developed, the financial and institutional vehicles used to provide services of different types, and the role of political parties and other forms of political organization in the development and allocation of services. Emphasis will be placed upon fertile areas for research within the social sciences.

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POL SCI 206 Comparative Party Systems 4 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2013, Spring 2012, Spring 2001
Why are there political parties? The origins of parties in issue cleavages, legislatures, social movements, and personal followings. Types of parties. The political machine, the ideological party, third parties, flash parties. Federalism and political parties. Intra-party competition and selection of leaders. What do parties try to maximize: votes? ideological purity? personal security of party professionals? How parties change: reform movements
, issue crises, external social movements.
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POL SCI 207 Political Violence 4 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2017, Spring 2014, Spring 2013
This graduate seminar is designed to introduce students to the comparative study of political violence. The course examines two broad themes through a variety of theoretical and empirical approaches. The first theme focuses on why individuals choose to rebel: When does violence become a strategy for resolving conflict? Why do individuals participate in violence? How is violence organized? The second theme focuses on how states choose to repress
citizens: When are human rights violations committed? When does a state use violence over other strategies? What are the effects of state violence?
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POL SCI 209A Comparative Political Economy 4 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2017, Spring 2017, Fall 2015
This seminar provides an introduction to the major debates in comparative political economy. Although the empirical focus is on the affluent democracies, many of the debates and issues analyzed have implications for other regions. The course is divided into two main parts. The first part examines leading theoretical perspectives on political economy, such as Friedman, Marx, Weber, and Polanyi. The second part of the course is more topical. It
probes a number of examples of economic development, crisis, and change, with an eye to assessing alternative theoretical perspectives.
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POL SCI 209B Post Fordism: New Patterns of Production, Time, and Meaning in Contemporary Capitalism 4 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2009
With changes in technology, the internationalization of production and the massive increase in trans-border transactions of all kinds, it has been argued that we live and work in an era of substantively different capitalism. Were this true, it has deep implications for politics and for political economy. This graduate seminar explores the validity of this claim of a "new capitalism" through a variety of materials, starting with the question of whether "Fordism"
ever existed, moving on to the question of whether "Post-Fordism" exists and ending with a variety of ethnographic studies that show how global production chains shape culture, gender, and hieraarchy/power.
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POL SCI 210 Selected Topics in Comparative Politics 4 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2017, Fall 2016, Spring 2016
See departmental announcements. Topic will vary with instructor.

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POL SCI 211 Special Topics in Political Theory 4 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2018, Fall 2017, Spring 2017
See department web site for specific course offerings.

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POL SCI 212A History of Political Thought: Ancient and Medieval 4 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2017, Spring 2015, Fall 2012
A weekly seminar on political thought from the ancient Greeks to the Renaissance. Ancient and medieval political theorist, typically including Plato, Aristotle, St. Augustine, and Aquinas.

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POL SCI 212B History of Political Thought: Early Modern (Renaissance to French Revolution) 4 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2018, Fall 2015, Spring 2014
A weekly seminar on political thought from the Renaissance to the French Revolution. Early modern political theorist, typically including Machiavelli, Hobbes, Locke, Rousseau.

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POL SCI 212C History of Political Thought: Modern (French Revolution through World War II) 4 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2016, Fall 2014, Fall 2011
A weekly seminar on political thought in the 19th and early 20th centuries. Modern political theorists, typically including Tocqueville, Hegel, Marx, Mill, Nietzsche, and Weber.

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POL SCI 213 Methodological Topics in the History of Political Thought 4 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2017, Fall 2012, Fall 2010
A weekly seminar on approaches to the history of political thought. Theoretical topics, typically including the nature of meaning and textuality, validity, and historical explanation.

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POL SCI 214 Symposium in the History of Political Thought 4 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2015, Spring 2014, Fall 2013
An intensive examination of theorists, theories, or concepts in the history of political thought.

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POL SCI 215A Approaches to Contemporary Political Theory 4 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2017, Fall 2015, Fall 2013
A weekly seminar on contemporary approaches to political theory.

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POL SCI 215B Topics to Contemporary Political Theory 4 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2013, Spring 2012, Spring 2011
A weekly seminar on leading topics in contemporary political theory.

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POL SCI 216 Symposium in Contemporary Political Theory 4 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2016, Fall 2012, Fall 2010
An intensive examination of a contemporary theorist, debate, or issue.

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POL SCI 220A Theories of International Relations 4 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2017, Spring 2016, Spring 2014
Origin, application and utility of major concepts featured in the study of international relations. Relation of various strands of political and social theory to international relations.

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POL SCI 221 International Security 4 Units

Terms offered: Spring 1996, Fall 1995
The goal of this course is to introduce advanced political science graduate students to current debates in the field of international security and to prepare these students for conducting dissertation research in their own areas of interest within this field. This course is designed for advanced political science graduate students preparing to commence their dissertation research. Its orientation is theoretical rather than empirical and it is both reading
and research.
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POL SCI 222 Religion and International Relations 4 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2001, Spring 1999
How has religion shaped the structure of the international system? How should IR scholars approach the role that religion plays in contemporary affairs? How does religion constrain or motivate international conflict? This seminar seeks to guide students through readings in the social sciences, from psychology and sociology to anthropology and political science, that explore the intersection of religion and international relations. We will examine a variety
of theoretical approaches to the topic of religion and global politics, explore religious origins of the modern state system, and analyze the influence of religion on historical and comtemporary conflicts, with a particular focus on ethnic conflict, terrorism, and peacemaking.
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POL SCI 223 Selected Topics in International Relations 4 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2016, Spring 2014, Fall 2013
See departmental announcements. Topic will vary with instructor.

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POL SCI 224 Sociological Traditions in International Relations 4 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2009, Spring 2007
This seminar traces the development of the constructivist program in international relations in order to better understand its elements, assumptions, and methods and apply those to current issues. We start by uncovering the roots of constructivism in sociology and philosophy and examine structuation theory, the English School, world systems theory, regime theory, and sociological institutionalism. The second part of this course focuses on the constructivist
agenda in international relations, its boundaries and its critics. In the last part of the course we examine current research in IR that draws on sociological methods, including work on the role of norms, epistemic communities, transnational civil society, and the origins of the state.
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POL SCI 225 Constructivism 4 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2017, Fall 2010
This seminar traces the development of the constructivist program in international relations in order to better understand its elements, assumptions, and methods and apply those to current issues. We start by uncovering the roots of constructivism in sociology and philosophy and examine structuation theory, the English School, world systems theory, regime theory, and sociological institutionalism. The second part of this course focuses on the constructivist
agenda in international relations, its boundaries and its critics. In the last part of the course we examine current research in international relations that draws on sociological methods, including work on the role of norms, epistemic communities, transnational civil society, and the origins of the state.
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POL SCI 225A The Empirical Analysis of International Security 4 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2013, Fall 2007, Spring 2006
This course offers an introduction to the empirical analysis of International Security. The primary goals are 1) to acquaint students with the empirical knowledge in the field of International Security that has been produced with quantitative approaches and 2) to help students develop and hone their skills in empirical analysis. Therefore, particular emphasis will be given on how to go beyond being "consumers" of empirical research
and how to become "producers" of novel empirical knowledge.
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POL SCI 226A International Political Economy 4 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2017, Fall 2014, Fall 2012
The creation, maintenance, transformation, and decay of international arrangements designed to manage or regulate interstate activities relating to trade, money, resource use, technology, and physical environment.

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POL SCI 227 International Cooperation 4 Units

Terms offered: Prior to 2007
This seminar will cover the topic of international cooperation. We will begin by reviewing the positions of central IR paradigms on the possibility of international cooperation and the role of international institutions. We will talk about why states want to cooperate, which obstacles need to be overcome, and how international institutions can facilitate interstate cooperation. We examine questions concerning the design of international institutions, the extent
of compliance they evoke, and their effect in various areas of international cooperation. We also discuss how domestic politics affect a state’s willingness to cooperate and comply with international institutions.
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POL SCI 228 Civil Conflict and International Intervention 4 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2015, Spring 1998, Spring 1996
Civil conflict, committed primarily by non-state actors, often results in international intervention
in some form. This course, then, focuses on two themes: first, why does civil conflict occur?
What motivates individuals and groups to resort to violence? What tactics do they use? How do
they expect to succeed? Second, why do international actors intervene in civil conflict? What are
their aims in intervening? Are they
successful in those goals or in others?

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POL SCI 230 Essential Methodological Tools 4 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2012, Fall 2011, Fall 2010
This course presents essential methodological concepts, ideas, and tools students need to know before beginning their study of the formal and quantitative methods tools used in political science research. Topics covered include functions, limits, continuity, calculus, optimization, probability and statistics, and linear algebra. Entire courses are often devoted to each of these topics (e.g., Math 1A-1B, 53, 54; Stat 101, 134, 135), and this course
clearly cannot provide an equally comprehensive treatment. Rather, the class selectively focuses on specific mathematical concepts that are most commonly used in applied formal and quantitative work in political science. The goal of the class is to ensure that students have a sufficiently firm understanding of these critical ideas and facility with them that subsequent methods course can build on the foundation.
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POL SCI 231A Quantitative Analysis in Political Research 4 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2017, Fall 2016, Fall 2015
Introductory course in the analysis of political data.

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POL SCI 231B Quantitative Analysis in Political Research 4 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2017, Fall 2016, Spring 2016
Topics from multi-equation causal modeling and introductory econometrics, with special emphasis on procedures appropriate for political data, including survey data.

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POL SCI 232A Formal Models of Political Science 4 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2018, Spring 2017, Spring 2016
Mathematical models of politics with applications to political learning, bargaining, and democratic theory. Topics from game theory, collective choice theory, and mathematical psychology.

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POL SCI 232B Formal Models of Political Science 4 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2013, Spring 2012, Fall 2010
This course emphasizes the application of the formal analytic tools to current or significant research in political science.

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POL SCI 232H Public Policy and Business 4 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2011, Fall 2009
The course will study public policy in its connection with business. Policy is seen as an endogenous outcome of a game where diverse political forces try to shape public decisions to their advantage. The focus is broad, covering both theory and evidence. The aim is to analyze how a wide range of political institutions and processes affect public policy and economic performance. The ultimate goal of the course is to acquaint students with the topics at hand
, and to consolidate their control of formal theory and quantitative techniques by discussing their application to the subject.
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POL SCI 234A Qualitative and Multi-Method Research 4 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2016, Spring 2012, Spring 2011
This course introduces diverse methodological tools, following the premise that all methods are strengthened if linked to qualitative analysis. Explores alternative approaches to concept formation, measurement, and causal inference, based on large- and small-N analysis and case studies. Analytic tensions that motivate the course derive from, among other sources, the pressure on case-study and small-N researchers to strive for analytic rigor
and generality; and the skepticism of some statisticians about quantitative inference - both descriptive and casual - in social science.
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POL SCI 235 Introduction to Research Methods 4 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2015, Fall 2013, Fall 2011
Overview of methods of political research. Theories, concepts, variables, hypotheses. Research design, quantitative and qualitative methodology. Basic data collection techniques. Approaches to data analysis. Provides an overview of different statistical techniques, but does not teach statistics .

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POL SCI 236A The Statistics of Causal Inference in the Social Sciences 4 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2015, Fall 2014
Approaches to causal inference using the potential outcomes framework. Covers observational studies with and without ignorable treatment assignment, randomized experiments with and without noncompliance, instrumental variables, regression discontinuity, sensitivity analysis, and random inference. Applications are drawn from a variety of fields including political science, economics, sociology, public health, and medicine.

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POL SCI 236B Quantitative Methodology in the Social Sciences Seminar 4 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2016, Spring 2015, Spring 2014
A seminar on successful research designs and a forum for students to discuss the research methods needed in their own work, supplemented by lectures on relevant statistical and computational topics such as matching methods, instrumental variables, regression discontinuity, and Bayesian, maximum likelihood and robust estimation. Applications are drawn from political science, economics, sociology, and public health. Experience with R is as
sumed.
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POL SCI C236A The Statistics of Causal Inference in the Social Science 4 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2017, Fall 2016, Fall 2013
Approaches to causal inference using the potential outcomes framework. Covers observational studies with and without ignorable treatment assignment, randomized experiments with and without noncompliance, instrumental variables, regression discontinuity, sensitivity analysis and randomization inference. Applications are drawn from a variety of fields including political science, economics, sociology, public health and medicine.

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POL SCI C236B Quantitative Methodology in the Social Sciences Seminar 4 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2018, Fall 2017, Spring 2017
A seminar on successful research designs and a forum for students to discuss the research methods needed in their own work, supplemented by lectures on relevant statistical and computational topics such as matching methods, instrumental variables, regression discontinuity, and Bayesian, maximum likelihood and robust estimation. Applications are drawn from political science, economics, sociology, and public health. Experience with R is assu
med.
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POL SCI C237A Political Economics 3 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2010, Fall 2009
Tools of political economics: preferences and institutions, electoral competition, agency, partisan politics. Redistributive politics: general interest politics, special interest politics. Comparative politics: electoral rules, separation of powers, political regimes. Dynamic politics: fiscal policy, growth.

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POL SCI C237B Political Economics 3 Units

Terms offered: Prior to 2007
Tools of political economics: preferences and institutions, electoral competition, agency, partisan politics. Redistributive politics: general interest politics, special interest politics. Comparative politics: electoral rules, separation of powers, political regimes. Dynamic politics: fiscal policy, growth.

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POL SCI 239 Selected Topics in Methodology 4 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2017, Fall 2015, Spring 2015
See departmental announcements. Topic will vary with instructor.

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POL SCI 239T An Introduction to Computational Tools and Techniques for Social Science Research 4 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2018, Fall 2016, Fall 2015
This course will provide graduate students the critical technical skills necessary to conduct research in computational social science and digital humanities, introducing them to the basic computer literacy, programming skills, and application knowledge that students need to be successful in further methods work. This course is not an introduction to statistics, computer science, or specialized social science / digital humanities methods. Rather
, it is meant as a springboard for students to further their training once the course is finished, whether through campus workshops (e.g. D-Lab workshops), online courses, traditional classrooms, or independent learning.
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POL SCI 243B Political Authority and Economic Exchange in East Asia 4 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2011, Fall 2009, Fall 2007
This course will compare how authority and exchange relations are combined to regulate political and economic activities in China, Taiwan, South Korea, North Korea, and Japan. The course will examine theoretical literature on state-society relations, market, world system, late development, as well as empirical case studies dealing with each nation covered.

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POL SCI 243C Japanese Politics 4 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2014, Fall 2010, Spring 2006
Japanese domestic politics--issues in historical development; political bureaucratic and legal structures; studies in economic policymaking.

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POL SCI 244A Analysis of Contemporary China 4 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2013, Fall 2012, Spring 2011
This is the first in a two-semester sequence designed to provide the incoming graduate student with a basic grounding in the politics of contemporary China. The focus will be on wide reading and comprehension of the available analytical literature; its sequel will be devoted to integrating that reading with primary source research materials. There are no prerequisites, though undergraduate course work in Chinese politics and/or some acquaintance
with the Chinese language would be useful.
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POL SCI 244C Approaches to Chinese Politics 4 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2015, Fall 2012, Spring 2011
This course has three main objectives: to expose students to debates in the study of post-1949 Chinese politics; to consider how research on contemporary China both draws from and informs political science; and to explore characterizations of the Chinese state and state-society relations. Emphasis on questions such as: What can we learn by examining Chinese culture and institutions? Do concepts such as fragmented authoritarianism, neotraditionalism
, state "reach," civil society, and corporatism produce insights into the structure and dynamics of Chinese politics?
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POL SCI 244D Collective Action in China 4 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2017, Spring 2012, Fall 2009
This course will explore contentious politics in the People's Republic of China. Special attention to the current era and dissent by peasants, migrants, workers, religious groups, women, students, artists, and dissidents. How do concepts drawn from social movement theory help us understand popular activism? What are the consequences of protest for regime stability and the development of a more complete citizenship?

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POL SCI 245A South Asian Politics 4 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2011, Spring 2010, Fall 2009
Major themes of politics and international relations in India, Pakistan, Burma and the mountain kingdoms.

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POL SCI 245B International Relations in East Asia 4 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2017, Spring 2015, Spring 2014
This seminar will focus on postwar relations among the countries in East Asia. Asia was long divided by colonialism, the Cold War, and America's "hub and spoke" alliance system. Nationalist sentiments and suspicions remain strong; one scholar characterized the region as "the cockpit of great power rivalries." Northeast Asia has seen no shooting wars between states since the Korean armistice in 1953; Southeast Asia has
been at peace since the pullback of Vietnam from Cambodia in 1979.
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POL SCI 246B Ethnic Politics 4 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2010
This graduate seminar is designed to introduce students to the comparative study of ethnic politics. It provides an overview of theoretical questions and methodological innovations across five topics: the conceptualization and measurement of ethnicity; the sources of ethnic mobilization and cleavage choice; the consequences of ethnic mobilization for democratization and democracy; the impact of ethnicity on redistributive politics; and the relationship between ethnicity
and patterns of violence ranging from urban riots to civil wars. Readings for each topic are drawn from various political science subfields as well as from other disciplines. They also reflect a range of regional contexts, including Eastern Europe, South Asia, and Sub-Saharan Africa. The purpose of the course is to provide graduate students with a basis for undertaking their own original research on questions relating to ethnic politics. It should enable them to critically engage recent scholarship, understanding which theories have yet to be adequately tested and which theoretically interesting questions have yet to be asked.
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POL SCI 247A Western European Politics 4 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2013, Fall 2011, Fall 2009
Major themes of politics and international relations of Western Europe.

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POL SCI 247G The Comparative Politics of the Welfare State 4 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2015, Fall 2012, Fall 2010
This course analyzes the politics of social protection in Western Europe and the United States. After describing different national welfare regimes, we turn to contemporary challenges, notably globalization, persistent poverty, and changes in family forms and gender roles. We also look at the politics of welfare retrenchment and adjustment, paying particular attention to the prospects for progressive social policy. Must reform inevitably scale
back protections for the weak and vulnerable, or can equity be safeguarded while promoting efficiency?
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POL SCI 248A Latin American Politics 4 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2017, Spring 2014, Spring 2011
Explores different analytical approaches to Latin American politics, focusing both on major concepts (clientelism, corporatism, the state, legitimacy, nationalism) and different explanatory approaches (focusing on factors such as dependency and imperialism, internal social order and economic change, political structure and institutions and political culture).

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POL SCI 249A Special Topics in Area Studies 4 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2011, Spring 2009, Fall 2008
See department web site for specific course offerings.

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POL SCI 249B Special Topics in Area Studies 4 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2009, Spring 2008, Spring 2006
See department web site for specific course offerings.

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POL SCI 249C Special Topics in Area Studies 4 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2013, Spring 2012, Fall 2011
See department web site for specific course offerings.

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POL SCI 250 Courts and the State 4 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2013
The course is a political science graduate seminar that will focus on courts' relationship to other political institutions, particularly but not exclusively in the American separation of powers context, with an emphasis on readings from institutionalist (both historical and rational choice) perspectives.

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POL SCI 252 Legal Theory and Institutions 4 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2015, Spring 2014, Spring 2013
The organization and behavior of legal institutions, with particular reference to American courts and administrative agencies. Institutional responses to problems of legality, authority, policy choice, and the organization of enforcement and decision-making processes. Readings include empirical studies, judicial opinions, jurisprudential writings and organization theory.

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POL SCI 257 Constitutional Law 4 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2009, Spring 2008, Fall 2001
Fundamental principles of constitutional law, leading cases, judicial decisions affecting the liabilities, rights, duties and procedures of governmental officers and agencies, causes and consequences of legal decision, judicial behavior.

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POL SCI 259 Selected Topics in Public law 4 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2012, Spring 2008, Fall 2007
See departmental announcements. Topic will vary with instructor.

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POL SCI 261 Political Behavior 4 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2017, Spring 2016, Spring 2015
A comprehensive review of the major topics in political behavior through intensive examination of the theories, findings, and proceedings of the most significant studies in the field.

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POL SCI 262 Voting Behavior and Public Opinion 4 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2018, Fall 2015, Spring 2013
Examination of the basic literature on American voting behavior, public opinion and student research on individually selected topics in this field.

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POL SCI 263 Mass Politics in Advanced Industrial Democracies 4 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2010
Theories and evidence concerning political conflict in advanced industrial societies. The empirical focus is on mass politics: the beliefs, attitudes, and behaviors of ordinary citizens rather than of activists or elites. The principal theoretical focus is on how changes in social structure, culture, and political institutions influence patterns of political cleavages. The analysis is largely comparative, with attention to the issue of American exceptionalism versus
cultural and policy convergence.
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POL SCI 269 Selected Topics in Political Behavior 4 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2017, Fall 2014, Spring 2012
See departmental announcements. Topic will vary with instructor.

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POL SCI 271 American Government and Political Field Seminar 4 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2017, Fall 2016, Fall 2015
This seminar is designed to acquaint students with current research approaches in various subfields of American Politics. Particular attention will be given to debates over theory, methodology, and substance. The seminar is not designed to provide a complete survey of the field. Students planning to be examined in American Politics are expected to master recommended readings on their own and should review additional readings included in versions
of this seminar offered in the past years.
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POL SCI 273 Urban Politics 4 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2010, Fall 2002, Spring 1998
Politics and policy-making in American cities. Historical, economic and social context of cities. Major urban political institutions, other levels of government in urban affairs.

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POL SCI 274 American Political Development 4 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2016, Spring 2012, Spring 2009
This course will consider several broad themes in American political development. The objective is to extract the central conditions, processes, and controversies that scholars have found running through American political development and try to come to terms with possible relations among them.

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POL SCI 279 Selected Topics in American Government 4 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2018, Spring 2017, Fall 2015
See departmental announcements. Topic will vary with instructor.

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POL SCI 280A Public Organization Theory 4 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2013, Fall 2012, Fall 2011
A survey of the literature of organization and management theory, emphasizing the major writers and distinctive contributions of various disciplines.

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POL SCI 284 Strategies of Contemporary Governance 4 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2010
This course explores the implications of new strategies for coping with social problems and managing public programs. In response to growing criticism of government bureaucracy, public skepticism of expert authority, and an explosion of advocacy groups, a variety of new governance strategies have been developed. These new strategies are characterized by five broad themes: the use of markets or market mechanisms to increase efficiency; an emphasis on holding public agencies
accountable and making them more transparent; the development of coordinating networks to link public agencies with each other and with stakeholders; the extensive involvement of non-state organizations in all aspects of governing; and renewed attention to the civic role of individuals and communities. The course investigates the extent to which these new strategies succeed in making the governance process more efficient, accountable, effective, representative, and civic.
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POL SCI 289 Research Topics in Public Organization 4 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2017, Spring 2016, Spring 2015
See departmental announcements.

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POL SCI 290 Dissertation Research 4 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2017, Spring 2017, Fall 2016
Seminar to aid students in initiating, carrying out, and completing dissertation research. Problems of planning dissertation research, the preparation of research designs and proposals for outside funding, field work, and writing and presenting the results of completed research. Presentations by graduate students working on their dissertations.

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POL SCI 290A Research and Writing 4 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2017, Fall 2016, Fall 2015
The goal of this yearlong course is to provide a forum in which students propose, develop, and complete a research project that produces a journal-length paper of publishable quality. It is primarily oriented towards second-year Ph.D. students in any subfield (students in other years may participate with the professors’ consent). The course meets regularly during parts of the fall semester and irregularly during the spring semester. In the first
few weeks of the course, we discuss the process of moving from research topic to research question; and we survey published articles by recent Ph.D. students/assistant professors, focusing on the structure and nature of the writing and presentation as well the quality of the argument and evidence.
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POL SCI 290B Research and Writing 4 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2018, Spring 2017, Spring 2016
The goal of this yearlong course is to provide a forum in which students propose, develop, and complete a research project that produces a journal-length paper of publishable quality. It is primarily oriented towards second-year Ph.D. students in any subfield (students in other years may participate with the professors’ consent). During the spring semester, students meet individually with the course instructors and their advisors, develop
and revise drafts of their papers, and present their work at a department “APSA-style” conference.
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POL SCI 290SA Africa Research Seminar 2 - 4 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2018, Fall 2017, Spring 2017
This seminar is intended for graduate students who are conducting original research in the countries of sub-Saharan Africa. Primarily intended for graduate students in the social
sciences and related humanistic fields, the seminar will provide students with a framework for engaging recent scholarship, developing their own theoretically informed questions, and
proposing rigorous research designs. Students will also discuss the structure
and quality of scholarly writing. Students will ultimately produce a research paper that serves as the basis for a prospectus, dissertation chapter, or publishable article.
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POL SCI 291 Research Workshop in American Politics 1 or 2 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2018, Fall 2017, Spring 2017
A forum for the presentation and discussion of research in progress by graduate students. To receive two units of credit, a student must make at least one presentation of work in progress and serve as a discussant for another student's presentation. To receive one unit of credit a student must regularly attend class and participate in discussion, but will not be required to make a presentation. Appropriate works in progress include (but are
not limited to) a paper in preparation for submission to a journal, a dissertation prospectus (including early drafts), a dissertation chapter, or a job market paper. Anyone working on American politics, political behavior, public law, or public administration is welcome.
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POL SCI 291AS Research Workshop in Area Studies 2 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2018, Fall 2017, Spring 2017
A forum for the presentation and discussion of research in progress by graduate students (second year and above). To receive credit for the course, the student will make at least one presentation of work in progress per semester and to serve as a discussant for another student's work. Appropriate works-in progress include (but not limited to) a paper in preparation for submission to a journal a dissertation prospectus (including early drafts)
, dissertation chapter, or a job market paper. Anyone working on Area Studies is welcome.
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POL SCI 291F Research Workshop in Quatitative Modeling 1 - 3 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2018, Fall 2017, Spring 2017
A forum for the presentation and discussion of research in quantitative modeling. Anyone working on quantitative modeling or empirical testing of quantitative models is welcome to attend. To receive credit for the course, a student must attend regularly, participate actively, and make at least two presentations per semester. Presentations can be of the student's own work-in-progress or of work by other scholars (including both influential/classic
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POL SCI 291IR Research Workshop in International Relations 2.0 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2018, Fall 2017, Spring 2017
A forum for the presentation and discussion of research in progress by graduate students (second year and above). To receive credit for the course, the students will make at least one presentation of work-in-progress per semester and to serve as a discussant for another student's work. Appropriate works-in-progress include (but not limited to) a paper in preparation for submission to a journal a dissertation prospectus (including early drafts)
, dissertation chapter, or a job market paper. Anyone working on International Relations is welcome.
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POL SCI 291T Research Workshop in Theory 2 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2014, Fall 2013, Spring 2013
A forum for the presentation and discussion of research in progress by graduate students (second year and above). To receive credit for the course, the student will make at least one presentation of work in progress per semester and to serve as a discussant for another student's work. Appropriate works-in-progress include (but are not limited to) a paper in preparation for submission to a journal, a dissertation prospectus (including early
drafts), a dissertation chapter, or a job market paper. Anyone working on theory is welcome.
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POL SCI 292 Directed Advanced Study 2 - 12 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2017, Fall 2016, Spring 2016
Open to qualified graduate students wishing to pursue special study and research under direction of a member of the staff.

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POL SCI 296 Directed Dissertation Research 4 - 12 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2016, Fall 2015, Spring 2015
Open to qualified students advanced to candidacy for the Ph.D. degree.

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POL SCI 299 Special Study in Political Science 1 - 12 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2016, Spring 2015, Spring 2014
Special individual study for qualified graduate students.

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POL SCI 375 Graduate Student Instructor Training Seminar 2 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2017, Fall 2016, Fall 2015
This course is intended for all new graduate student instructors (GSI) in the Department of Political Science, and is meant to be taken simultaneously with the first semester of teaching as a GSI. The course functions as a participatory workshop. Although the course is intended for first-time GSIs, it is not a course in "how to be a GSI," but rather, how to be an effective political science teacher, now and at later steps in professional
careers. Workshop time will be divided among presentations by the instructor, discussion of required readings, and discussion of weekly assignments in relation to challenges encountered by GSIs in the course of their teaching.
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POL SCI 398 Professional Preparation for Graduate Student Instructors. 4 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2017, Fall 2016, Spring 2016
Special study under the direction of a staff member with emphasis on the teaching of undergraduate courses in political science.

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POL SCI 404 Research Skills 1 - 4 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2016, Fall 2015, Spring 2015
Individual research work under supervision of faculty members. Open to students engaged in supervised research projects in Political Science.

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POL SCI 602 Individual Study for Doctoral Students 4 - 12 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2015, Fall 2014, Fall 2013
Individual study in consultation with the major field adviser, intended to provide opportunity for qualified students to prepare themselves for the various examinations required of candidates for the Ph.D. May not be used for unit or residence requirements for the doctoral degree.

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