Undergraduate Courses

**See bottom of this page for a list of courses by sub field.  

Tentative Winter 2018 Course Offerings (subject to change without notice):

  • PS 1 – Intro to Political Philosophy - Dr. Norris
  • PS 12 – Intro to American Politics - Dr. Smith
  • PS 15 – Intro to Research Methods - Dr. Lasala Blanco
  • PS 106PK - Special Topics: "Peacemaking/Peacekeeping" (IR) - STAFF  [Open to full POLS majors ONLY]
  • PS 106MI - Special Topics: "Military Politics" (CP) - Dr. Ahuja  [Open to full POLS majors ONLY]  We often limit our views of militaries as war making machines used in interstate conflicts. And yet, militaries are also prominent actors in a state's domestic politics. They employ a large workforce, globally 27 million people serve in the military. Militaries make a substantial claim on a state’s resources, in many instances  manage a state’s internal security, and sometimes govern the state. This course will examine a military’s role in domestic politics by drawing on a diverse set of topics, including civil-military relations in democracies and authoritarian countries, military’s role in citizen making, economic progress, nation building, and counterinsurgency.

  • PS 106ND - Special Topics: "State, Nation, Regime" (CP) - STAFF [Open to full POLS majors ONLY]

 

  • PS 110U - Political Concepts: "The Politics of Utopia" (PT) - STAFF [Open to full POLS majors ONLY]   Envisioning utopias has been a constant in human life. Whereas such visions have often been seen purely as acts of imagination for its own sake, this course considers them as a political activity. It explores a range of texts that entail visions of utopia, from utopian fiction, to works of political theory and proposals made by past and existing social and political discourses.

 

  • PS 119JW - Ethical Issues in International Relations (PT/IR) - Dr. Digeser
  • PS 126 - International Security (IR) - Dr. Strathman
  • PS 130 - Politics of South Asia (CP) - Dr. Ahuja
  • PS 135 - Politics and Government of Japan (CP) - Dr. Freeman
  • PS 141 - Civil War (IR) - Dr. Coggins
  • PS 146 - Globalization & Politics (IR/CP) - STAFF
  • PS 161 - Minority Politics (AP) - Dr. Lien
  • PS 162 - Urban Gov't & Politics (AP) - STAFF
  • PS 172 - US Political Communication - Dr. Bimber
  • PS 173 - Comparative Media & Politics (CP) - Dr. Freeman
  • PS 175 - Politics of the Environment (AP) - STAFF
  • PS 186 - Intro to International Political Economy (IR) - Dr. Cohen
  • PS 187 - Classical Political Theory (PT) - STAFF
  • PS 196 - Senior Seminar on Civil War (IR) - Dr. Coggins [OPEN only to Seniors]
  • PS 197B - Senior Thesis Seminar [By instructor approval ONLY]

 

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Fall 2017 Course Offerings:

  • PS 1 - Intro to Political Philosophy - Dr. Digeser
  • PS 6 – Intro to Comparative Politics - Dr. Bruhn
  • PS 7 – Intro to International Relations - Dr. Narang
  • PS 15 – Intro to Research Methods - Dr. Stokes
  • PS 106LC - Special Topics: Legacies of Colonialism (IR/CP) - STAFF.  "Legacies of Colonialism: Conflict, Development, and Identity"

    Although the globe-spanning European colonial empires of centuries past are now mostly gone, societies around the world continue to deal with the aftermath of their dominion. In this course, students will learn about the diverse legacies of Western colonialism through the lens of analytical political science. We will review how colonialism has shaped post-colonial identity politics, development outcomes, and modern conflicts. The course will focus primarily on Sub-Saharan Africa but will also discuss other parts of the world, including Latin America, Southeast Asia, South Asia, and the Middle East.  [Open to full POLS majors ONLY]
  • PS 116 - Politics of Electoral Laws(CP) - STAFF
  • PS 121 - International Politics (IR) - Dr. Strathman
  • PS 124 - International Organizations (IR) - Ms. Natasha Bennett
  • PS 126 - International Security (IR) - Dr. Strathman
  • PS 137 – Politics of Economic Development (CP) - Dr. Ahuja
  • PS 153 – Political Interest Groups (AP) - Dr. Han
  • PS 157 – American Presidency – (AP) - Dr. Woolley
  • PS 160 – Asian American Politics (AP) - Dr. Lien
  • PS 162 - Urban Politics (AP) - STAFF
  • PS 177 - Comparative Environmental Politics (CP) - Dr. Mildenberger
  • PS 188 - Modern Political Theory (PT) - Dr. Norris
  • PS 189 - Contemporary Political Theory (PT) - STAFF
  • PS 196 - Senior Seminar (PT) "Readings in American Political Philosophy" - Dr. Norris
  • PS 196 - Senior Seminar (CP) "Comparative Immigration Policy" - Dr. Bruhn
  • PS 197A– Senior Honors Thesis Seminar (Approval by Instructor Only) - McDonnell

 

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Spring Quarter (LAST SPRING) 2017 Course Offerings:

  • PS 6 – Intro to Comparative Politics - Dr. Freeman
  • PS 7 – Intro to International Relations - Dr. Coggins
  • PS 15 – Intro to Research Methods - Dr. Lasala Blanco
  • PS 110J - Justice (PT) - Dr. Digeser
  • PS 127 - American Foreign Policy (IR) - Dr. Strathman
  • PS 134 – US/Mexico Relations (CP) - Dr. Bruhn
  • PS 143 – Russian Domestic Policy (CP) - Dr. Kaplan
  • PS 146 - Globalization and Politics (IR) - Mr. Kuehl
  • PS 147 – 3rd World Politics – (CP) - Dr. Bruhn
  • PS 161 – US Minority Politics (AP) - Dr. Lien
  • PS 171 - Political Communication (AP) - Dr. Bimber
  • PS 187 - Classical Political Theory (PT) - Mr. Miller

Special Topics and Senior Seminars:

  • PS 106HR - Special Topics: Human Rights (IR/CP) - Ms. Bennett
  • PS 106IV - The Politics of Isla Vista (AP) - Dr. Marquze.   Students understand Isla Vista from a perspective of community, democracy and public space in this class.
  • PS 106LPSpecial Topics: Latino Politics (AP): Dr. Lasala Blanco  This course is a comprehensive, high-level introduction to the political causes and consequences of Latino migration to (and presence in) the United States. Specifically, the course will focus on these immigrants, present day political attitudes and behavior through available survey data, and the historical, institutional and political conditions that factor in to these attitudes. The course will also help students develop basic qualitative and quantitative tools to study of the political attitudes and behavior of Latinos and other immigrant communities in the US.
  • PS 110J Political Concepts: Justice (PT)  - Dr. Digeser
  • PS 196Senior Seminar: Russian Foreign Policy (CP/IR): Dr. Kaplan  The course will address patterns of Russian Foreign Policy behavior and what appears to explain them.  We will begin with a brief review of Soviet foreign policy behavior and the Cold War.  We will then examine the degree to which recent behavior by the Putin regime reflects domestic needs to maintain authority and power reflected in the instrumental use of nationalism and the effects of an economic downturn versus reaction to the role of the United States and NATO.  Special attention will be devoted to Russia’s complex relations with what is referred to as the “Near Abroad,” Independent states which were formerly part of the Soviet Union.  In particular, the issue of Russian-Estonian relations and the role of NATO, the Georgian-Russian conflict of 2008, the occupation of Crimea and the ongoing conflict in Eastern Ukraine will be considered.  In this context, the concept of hybrid wars will be explored.  Russian relations with Central Asia will be analyzed in the context of security and the role of China, the potential threat of terrorism, and resource dependence (oil).  Other issues will include the use of cyber warfare, Russia’s active role in the Syrian conflict, and US-Russian relations.  Finally, we will reflect upon whether Russia simply wants to be respected as a nuclear power and a major international actor, or whether it is pursuing new policies with the goal of challenging the international system.  {Open ONLY to Seniors}
  • PS 196Senior Seminar: Media and Politics in a Comparative & Historical Perspective (CP) - Professor Freeman   The aim of this course is to provide students with an understanding of important issues and theories related to the media-politics nexus in a diverse range of democratic and  non-democratic societies. In addition to examining the role that political communication plays in democratic elections, we also address important theoretical and empirical issues related to media ownership, industry structure, and the governance of the media by different types of states. The course concludes with an examination of the growing role and impact of social media in domestic politics, political resistance and social mobilization.  {Open ONLY to Seniors}
  • PS 196 - Senior Seminar: American Foreign Policy (IR/AP) - Professor Strathman  This seminar surveys leading research on American foreign policy.  The course explores alternative models of policy-making, and examines the roles and dynamics of key institutions in the policy process including the Presidency, Congress, bureaucracies, the media, public opinion, and interest groups.  We will examine a number of case study examples to illuminate these alternative explanations of behavior, and focus our attention on how to make sense of the sometime hidden logics of American foreign policy over time.  {Open ONLY to Seniors}
  • PS 197C Honors Thesis Seminar (Enrollment by Instructor Approval ONLY)

 

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Summer 2017 Course Offerings:

Session A:

  • PS 1 - Intro to Political Philosophy
  • PS 6 - Intro to Comparative Politics
  • PS 7 – Intro to International Relations
  • PS 151 - Voting & Elections (AP)
  • PS 154 - Public Opinion (AP/PT)
  • PS W157 - American Presidency - Dr. Woolley ON LINE COURSE
  • PS 158 - Power in Washington (AP)
  • PS 173 - Media and Politics in a Comparative Perspective (CP)

Session B:

  • PS 12 - Intro to American Government
  • PS 15 – Intro to Research Methods - Dr. Stoll
  • PS 105 - Comparative Politics Theories (CP/IR)
  • PS 106RP - Special Topics: Religion and Politics (AP)
  • PS W121 - International Politics (IR) - Dr. Coggins ON LINE COURSE
  • PS 143 - Russian Domestic Policy (CP)
  • PS 189 - Contemporary Political Theory (PT)

 

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COURSES BY SUB FIELD: 

[These are the default subfield classifications of courses appearing in the general course catalog.  Not all courses automatically apply towards major requirements and may need to be petitioned.  You may petition for a different subfield classification if you feel that it is justified based on the course content. Please see the bottom of the "Major Requirements" page of this website for a downloadable "Course Petition" form.]

  • AMERICAN POLITICS:
  • 106AT
  • 106EP (also CP)
  • 106IL
  • 106IP ((Replaced by 166 eff. S17)
  • 106IV
  • 106LP
  • 106MM (Replaced by 156)
  • 106PO
  • 106RP
  • 115
  • 151
  • 152
  • 153
  • 154 (AP/PT)
  • 155 & 155L
  • 156
  • 157 & W157
  • 158
  • 160 [Cross-listed with Asian American Studies as AS AM 160]
  • 161
  • 162
  • 165
  • 166 (Replaces 106IP eff. S17)
  • 170
  • 171 (AP/CP)
  • 172 (Replaces 171 eff. M17)
  • 175 [Cross-listed with Environmental Studies as ENV S 178]
  • 180
  • 182
  • 185

 

  • COMPARATIVE POLITICS:
  • 101
  • 105
  • 106BP
  • 106EA
  • 106ED
  • 106EP (also AP)
  • 106HR (also IR)
  • 106LC (also IR)
  • 106SM (Replaced by 117 eff. W18)
  • 108 (also PT)
  • 109
  • 116
  • 117 (Replaces 106SM eff. W18)
  • 118
  • 128
  • 130
  • 132
  • 134
  • 135
  • 136
  • 137
  • 138
  • 143
  • 144 (also IR)
  • 145 (also IR)
  • 146 (also IR)
  • 147
  • 148A & B
  • 149
  • 150A & B
  • 173 (Replaces 171 eff. M17)
  • 177

 

  • INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS:
  • 106DM (Replaced by 142 eff. S17)
  • 106CW (Replaced by 141 eff. S17)
  • 106HR (also CP)
  • 106LC (also CP)
  • 106LR (also CP)
  • 106PK
  • 106UN
  • 119 (all – also PT)
  • 121 & W121
  • 124
  • 126
  • 127
  • 141 (Replaces 106CW eff. S17)
  • 142 (Replaces 106DM eff. S17)
  • 144 (also CP)
  • 145 (also CP) [Cross-listed with Italian as ITAL 161AX]
  • 146 (also CP)
  • 186 [Cross-listed with Global Studies as GLOBL 123]

 

  • POLITICAL THEORY:
  • 108 (also CP)
  • 110 (all)
  • 114 [Cross-listed with Chicano Studies as CH ST 179]
  • 119 (all – also IR)
  • 154 (also AP)
  • 187
  • 188
  • 189