Loyola University Chicago

Department of Political Science

Summer 2012 Courses

PLSC 100: Political Theory, First Summer Session

Professor MAYER


The clash between the Left and the Right is about equality. People on the left side of the political spectrum think society ought to be more equal than it is, but their opponents on the right think egalitarianism has been carried too far. In this introductory course we examine the arguments for and against equality offered by five of the greatest political thinkers in the Western tradition: Plato, Hobbes, Rousseau, Marx, and Mill. These men disagree not only about whether government should promote equality but also about how we ought to go about answering this important question. Our task during the semester will be to uncover and to assess the logic of each thinker’s argument. This course is an option in the "Philosophical Knowledge" section of the core curriculum.  


PLSC 101: American Politics, First Summer Session

Professor Gitelson


In a relaxed lecture-seminar setting, this course will give an overview of the workings and non-workings of American government and politics. This course is designed for PLSC majors/minors as well as students majoring in the humanities, education and other fields in the social sciences. There are no prerequisite political science courses required for taking this class. Topics covered will include the role of political parties and interest groups; Congress, the presidency and the courts; campaigning, campaign financing, polling, political action committees, the media, and other institutions as they have an impact on the governing process, elections and campaigns. Grades will be based on three exams. All exams are non-cumulative, each exam covering approximately 1/3 of the course material. Constructive class participation is encouraged and will contribute to a higher grade for the course. Don’t hesitate to contact the instructor, Dr. Alan Gitelson (agitels@luc.edu) with any questions about the course.


PLSC 102: International Relations in an Age of Globalization, Second Summer Session

Professor Grigorescu


This course introduces students to the major concepts and approaches in the study of international relations.  It seeks to treat the subject in an analytical and theoretical manner.  We will first discuss different approaches used in study of the field, as well as the assumptions and consequences involved in the use of such approaches.  The course will rely on examples from different areas of the world and from different moments in history.  In the second part of the courses, we will focus on specific issues that are of interest to the study of international politics such as military conflict, the global economy, the environment, and human rights.



PLSC 300D: Arab, Islam, US Foreign Policy, First Summer Session

Professor Schraeder

Tunisia Study Trip





PLSC 337: Terrorism, Second Summer Session

Professor Mayer

TTh 6:00

Whether perpetrated by state or nonstate actors, terrorism always deliberately targets noncombatants. It attacks not soldiers but civilians in order to induce some collection of people to behave differently. The aim of this course is to determine when and why groups of various sorts turn to terror as a political tactic and how this tactic can be countered effectively.  Case studies from across the globe will be analyzed.  This is a Comparative Politics course.


PLSC 370: Political Science Internship Program

Professor Gitelson

June 2 – July 25 / permission required

Gain valuable professional experience as an intern in public or private institutions engaged in public service projects. Internship opportunities include the Chicago offices of national and state legislators, city office holders, alderman, or Cook County Commissioners, the States’ Attorney Office, the Public Defender Office, non-governmental organizations, and various political campaigns.


The Political Science/School of Law/ Public Law Internship/Seminar


Students who will be entering their junior or senior year are invited to apply to the public law internship/seminar course co-sponsored by the Department of Political Science and the Loyola University School of Law. Students participate in an internship in the States’ Attorney Office, the Public Defender Office, or a similar public interest, law-related office. They also attend bi-weekly seminars at Loyola’s School of Law where they discuss their experiences and participate in discussions with law school faculty.


PLSC 396: Directed Readings

permission required: Professor Schraeder


A special readings course designed for students with particular topics in mind.  Interested students should discuss the proposed topic with a faculty member prior to the beginning of the session.


PLSC 499: Directed Readings

Permission required: Professor Sanchez


Directed reading for students in Graduate Programs.