PLSC 404: Special Topics in American Politics: Women and Politics
Tue 4:15pm / LSC
This graduate seminar is designed as an American politics course with an emphasis on political behavior. Most of the readings will be statistically oriented research from the top political science journals. The class starts with a focus on the impact of the women’s movement, including the fight to win the right to vote. We also look at how women vote, how women act as political candidates, and whether women as members of the legislature legislate differently than men. Today, women hold five out of 50 governorships, twenty out of one hundred Senate seats, and 79 out of 435 House seats. There are two major questions that come out of these simple facts. Why are women so poorly represented? And does it matter? We spend a considerable amount of time on both of these questions within the American context.
PLSC 430: Theories of International Politics
Wed 7:00pm / LSC
PLSC 432: Comparative Foreign Policy Theory
Tue 7:00pm / LSC
PLSC 476: Political Analysis II
Mon 7:00pm / LSC
This is an intermediate course in the application of statistical methods to political analysis. The primary focus of the course is the theory and practice of multiple regression, the most important statistical technique in the social sciences. Among the specific topics examined are the assumptions underlying regression and the consequences of violating them; analysis of residuals; collinearity; dummy regression; analysis of variance and covariance; hierarchical regression; nonlinearity and nonadditivity; pooled cross-sectional/time series analysis; probit/logit analysis; structural equations; and factor analysis. Emphasis throughout the course will be on practical applications and extensive use will be made of SPSS and Stata, computer programs commonly used in social science analysis. Prerequisite: the successful completion of Political Science 475, Techniques of Political Science I, or the instructor's permission.
PLSC 546: Special Topics in Political Theory: Theories of International Justice
Th 4:15pm / LSC
If we do not share a government, a nationality, or a culture with other human beings, what does justice require of us in our dealings with these peoples and their states? In this seminar we survey the growing body of literature that seeks to identify principles of international justice. These contemporary theories are concerned with topics such as the right of self-determination, the entailments of sovereignty, the nature of human rights, the distribution of resources across the globe, the terms of trade, the use of force, and so forth. The theories we will consider can be sorted into two main camps: cosmopolitan and communal. Their point of disagreement concerns the proper unit of analysis in arguments about international justice—either nation-states or humanity as a whole. One of our tasks during the semester will be to decide which approach is more appropriate in determining what justice requires in international affairs.