Undergraduate Courses

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

 

Tentative Summer 2020 Course Offerings (subject to change without notice):

Session A:

  • PS 6 - Intro to Comparative Politics
  • PS 12 - Intro to American Government
  • PS 15 - Intro to Research Methods
  • PS 121 W - International Politics (IR)            (ON LINE)
  • PS 146 - Globalization & Politics (IR/CP)
  • PS 153 - Political Interest Groups (AP)
  • PS 188 - Modern Political Theory (PT)

Session B:

  • PS 1 - Intro to Political Philosophy
  • PS 7 – Intro to International Relations
  • PS 160 - Asian American Politics (AP)
  • PS 176 - Energy Politics (AP/CP)
  • PS 188 - Modern Political Theory (PT)

 

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Tentative Spring 2020 Course Offerings (subject to change without notice):

  • PS 1 – Intro to Political Philosophy - Dr. Hobbs Morgan
  • PS 6 - Intro to Comparative Politics - Prof. Freeman
  • PS 7 – Intro to International Relations - Prof. Coggins
  • PS 15 – Intro to Research Methods - Prof. Mahdavi
 
  • PS 124 - International Organizations (IR) - Prof. Morse
  • PS 126 - International Security (IR) - Dr. Strathman
  • PS 141 - Civil War (IR) - Prof. Coggins
  • PS 143 - Russian Domestic Politics (CP) - Prof. Kaplan
  • PS 155/155L - Congress and Congress Lab (AP) - Dr. Smith
  • PS 161 - Asian American Politics (AP) - Prof. Lien
  • PS 162 - Urban Government & Politics (AP) - Prof. Nall
  • PS 170 - Public Policy Analysis (AP) - Prof. Nall
  • PS 172 - U.S. Political Communication (AP) - Prof. Bimber
  • PS 173 - Political Communication in a Comparative Perspective (CP) - Prof. Freeman
  • PS 186 - Intro to International Political Economy (IR) - Prof. Cohen
  • PS 197C - Senior Thesis Seminar [By instructor approval ONLY]
 

Special Topics Courses [Open to full POLS majors ONLY during PASS 1 registration]

  • PS 106DI - Special Topics: "Democracy and the Internet" (AP) - Prof. Bimber: Democracy and the Internet (PS 106DI) is a course about the consequences of the Internet for the health of democracy. It covers topics such as privacy, political polarization, hate and political extremism, misinformation, inequality, and populism. It also covers regulation of Internet corporations, among other topics, with a focus on the US. Throughout the course, students will examine how the affordances of social media and the rest of the Internet present challenges to democratic processes and norms.

 

  • PS 106PW - Special Topics: "The Politics of Water" (CP) - Prof. Singh.  Rapidly depleting water resource is one of the biggest challenges facing humanity in the 21st century. Increasing water scarcity has a direct bearing on access the poor have to this resource in an unequal and fragmented society. The control of water led to the establishment of agrarian civilization and the control over water to an unequal world. Contest over water across regions and boundaries continue as it is a critical resource for production and the manner in which access to it can change people’s lives. Water does not only affect the economy and politics of states but also social and cultural issues of society. There are enormous discriminations of gender, caste and access of land that are related to water. Removal of poverty is critically linked to fair distribution of water as well as access to safe and clean drinking water. As recently reported, as many as 2000 children die every day due to lack of access to safe water, and many women spend a large time of daylight fetching water for their families (UNICEF 2013). Hence conservation of water is directly related to protecting civilization as we know it. This course will deal with the pressing challenges related to water and will give the students a better understanding in negotiating politics related to water.

 

  • PS 110ET - Political Concepts: Environmental Theory (PT) - Dr. Hobbs Morgan: This course explores what political theorists have had to say about the ‘natural’ world and the place of humans within that world. To begin, it asks where our ideas of nature and the environment have come from, and how they have differed across time and culture. Next, we assess various proposed causes of environmental harm: overpopulation, overconsumption, and overproduction. In the second half of the course we compare and contrast ways of responding to environmental harms. In doing so, we look at proposals from across and beyond the ideological spectrum, reading work that embraces liberalism, neoliberalism, conservatism, feminism, Marxism, anarchism, ecomodernism, Indigenous resilience, and beyond.

 

SENIOR SEMINARS: Open only to Seniors.  Requires a 3.0 GPA in all categories.  Students may take only ONE Senior Seminar during their time at UCSB.

  • PS 196 - Senior Seminar w/ Prof. Lien  (AP)  "Gender and Multicultural Leadership in America"    This course explores the intersection of race and gender in American political leadership, with a particular focus on the experiences of U.S. political women of African/Black, American Indian, Asian/Pacific, Latina/Hispanic, and White/Anglo background. Whereas the focus is on contemporary electoral politics, we shall also examine the challenges and opportunities related to the development of women’s leadership throughout the multicultural history of the United States.
  • PS 196 - Senior Seminar w/ Prof. Strathman  (Area D)  "Political Psychology"  This seminar surveys leading research on political psychology.  The course explores alternative models and theories of psychology as they apply to a wide variety of political behavior.                          
  • PS 196 - Senior Seminar w/ Prof. Smith (AP)  This seminar examines the U.S. Congress.  Most of our readings and discussions will focus on the internal workings of Congress--the committee system, the party system, how members make roll call voting decisions, etc.  We will also discuss how congress has changed over time and some questions about representation.  We will not cover topics such as congressional-bureaucratic relations or congressional elections.  The course will consist of a mixture of short lectures and longer open discussions of class readings.  The syllabus is posted here:  http://smith.faculty.polsci.ucsb.edu/courses/PS254_2011.pdf.

 

 

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Winter 2020 Course Offerings:

  • PS 1 – Intro to Political Philosophy - Prof. Norris
  • PS 7 – Intro to International Relations - Prof. Morse
  • PS 12 – Intro to American Politics - Prof. Bimber
  • PS 15 – Intro to Research Methods - Prof. Miljanich
  • PS 119JW - Ethics of International Relations (PT/IR) - Prof. Digeser
  • PS 127 - American Foreign Policy (IR/AP) - Dr. Strathman
  • PS 130 - Politics of South Asia (C) - Prof. Singh
  • PS 135 - Politics and Government of Japan (CP) - Prof. Freeman
  • PS 142 - Decisionmaking (IR) - Dr. Strathman
  • PS 152 - American Political Parties - Dr. Meyer-Gutbrod
  • PS 160 - Asian American Politics (AP) - Prof. Lien
  • PS 166 - Immigration Politics (AP) - Prof. Lien
  • PS 176 - Energy Politics (AP/CP) - Prof. Stokes
  • PS 197B - Senior Thesis Seminar [By instructor approval ONLY]

 

Special Topics Courses [Open to full POLS majors ONLY during PASS 1 registration]

  • PS 106HR - Special Topics: Human Rights (IR) - Prof. Morse
  • PS 106MO - Special Topics: International Political Economy of Money (IR) - Prof. Cohen: The focus of this course is on the politics of international monetary relations.  The main aim is to help students learn how to understand and evaluate the current functioning of money and finance in the global economy.  The first three weeks of the course are devoted to the historical development of the international monetary system up to the present day.  The remaining weeks will address a range of contemporary issues in monetary relations, with particular emphasis on politics at both the domestic and international levels of analysis.

 

SENIOR SEMINARS: Open only to Seniors.  Requires a 3.0 GPA in all categories.  Students may take only ONE Senior Seminar during their time at UCSB.

  • PS 196 - "The Political Theory of Max Weber" w/ Prof. Norris  (PT) 
  • PS 196 - "Japanese Government & Politics" w/ Prof. Freeman (CP) - JAPANESE GOVERNMENT, POLITICS, & SOCIETY IN COMPARATIVE ANALYSIS - This course has two aims: 1) to introduce seniors to key issues related to Japanese politics, economy, and society, and 2) to analyze the different (and often conflicting) theories and methods applied to the Japanese case (including cultural, behavioral, pluralist, historical-institutional and rational choice theories). Throughout this course we will also consider the ways in which the Japanese experience has challenged traditional western theories about the rise of capitalism and the development of democracy, with a special attention to the role of the Japanese state.  We will also consider Japan’s historic and modern relations, especially with the U.S., China and Korea. The course is open to graduate students and seniors with an interest in Japan, East Asia,  and/or comparative analysis, and will be of interest to political scientists, sociologists, historians, economists, and others.  (Not open to students who have taken, or are taking, POLS 135)
  • PS 196 - "American Institutions" w/ Prof. Nall  (AP)

 

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(Last) Fall 2019 Course Offerings:

  • PS 1 - Intro to Political Theory - Dr. Hobbs-Morgan
  • PS 6 - Intro to Comparative Politics - Dr. Moosbrugger
  • PS 7 – Intro to International Relations - Prof. Narang
  • PS 12 – Intro to American Politics - Prof. Smith
  • PS 15 – Intro to Research Methods - Prof. Stoll
  • PS 110 - Political Concepts (PT) - Prof. Norris
  • PS 110DT - Political Concepts: Democratic Theory (PT) - Dr. Hobbs-Morgan
  • PS 121 - International Politics (IR) - Dr. Strathman
  • PS 126 - International Security (IR) - Dr. Strathman
  • PS 175 - Politics of the Environment (AP) - Prof. Smith
  • PS 177 - Comparative Environmental Politics (CP) - Prof. Mildenberger
  • PS 196 - Senior Seminar: Nuclear Security (IR) - Prof. Narang
  • PS 197A – Honors Thesis Seminar (Enrollment by Instructor Approval ONLY) - Prof. Bruhn

 

Special Topics  [Open to full POLS majors ONLY during PASS 1]

  • PS 106IG - Special Topics: Intergovernmental Relations (AP) - Dr. Keleher: Using the newly created Isla Vista Community Services District as a case study, this course examines the relationship between local, state, and federal government, and the challenges these intertwined relationships present for American governance.

 

  • PS 106MI - Special Topics: Military Politics (CP/IR) - Prof. Ahuja:  We often think of militaries as war making machines used in interstate conflicts.
    And yet, militaries are prominent actors in the domestic politics of countries. They employ a large workforce; globally 27 million people serve in the military. Militaries
    make a substantial claim on a state’s resources, often manage a state’s internal security, and sometimes govern the state. This course will examine a military’s role
    in domestic politics by focusing on a diverse set of topics including civil-military relations, military’s role in citizen making, economic progress, nation building, and
    counterinsurgency.

 

  • PS 196 - Senior Seminar: Nuclear Security (IR) - Prof. Narang (OPEN ONLY TO SENIORS) This course addresses contemporary issues of nuclear security.  While it reflects on the past, it focuses on the present and future

 

 

 


 

(Last) Summer 2019 Course Offerings (subject to change without notice):

 

Session A:

  • PS 1 - Intro to Political Philosophy - Prof. Norris
  • PS 7 – Intro to International Relations - Dr. Allen
  • PS 15 - Intro to Research Methods - Prof. Jenkins
  • PS 160 - Asian American Politics (AP) - Prof. Brush
  • PS 177 - Comparative Environmental Politics (CP) - Prof. Rohrer
  • PS 188 - Modern Political Theory (PT) - Prof. Norris

Session B:

  • PS 6 - Intro to Comparative Politics - Dr. Moosbrugger
  • PS 12 - Intro to American Government - Prof. Wiener
  • PS 119JW - Ethical Issues in International Relations (IR/PT) Prof. Stein
  • PS 121 W - International Politics (IR) - Strathman (ON LINE)
  • PS 146 - Globalization & Politics (IR/CP) - Dr. Moosbrugger
  • PS 153 - Political Interest Groups (AP) - Prof. Fontaine

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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:
  • 106AF
  • 106AT
  • 106CL
  • 106CP
  • 106DI
  • 106EP (also CP)
  • 106IG
  • 106IL
  • 106IP ((Replaced by 166 eff. S17)
  • 106IV
  • 106LP
  • 106MM (Replaced by 156)
  • 106NG (also IR)
  • 106PO
  • 106RP
  • 127 (W19 ONLY)
  • 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 (also CP in W18)
  • 165
  • 166 (Replaces 106IP eff. S17)
  • 170
  • 171 (also CP)
  • 172 (Replaces 171 eff. M17)
  • 175 [Cross-listed with Environmental Studies as ENV S 178]
  • 176 (also CP) [Cross-listed with Environmental Studies as ENV S 176]
  • 180
  • 182
  • 185

 

  • COMPARATIVE POLITICS:
  • 101
  • 105 (Also IR)
  • 106AC
  • 106BP
  • 106DP
  • 106EA
  • 106EC
  • 106ED
  • 106EP (also AP)
  • 106HR (also IR)
  • 106LC (also IR)
  • 106MI (also IR)
  • 106ND (also IR)
  • 106PW
  • 106RM
  • 106SM (Replaced by 117 eff. W18)
  • 108 (also PT)
  • 109
  • 116
  • 117 (Replaces 106SM eff. W18)
  • 118
  • 128 (also IR)
  • 130
  • 132
  • 134
  • 135
  • 136
  • 137
  • 138
  • 143
  • 144 (also IR)
  • 145 (also IR)
  • 146 (also IR)
  • 147
  • 148A & B
  • 149
  • 150A & B
  • 162 (also AP in W18)
  • 173 (Replaces 171 eff. M17)
  • 176 (also AP) [Cross-listed with Environmental Studies as ENV S 176]
  • 177 [Cross-listed with Environmental Studies as ENV S 177]

 

  • INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS:
  • 105 (Also CP)
  • 106DM (Replaced by 142 eff. S17)
  • 106CW (Replaced by 141 eff. S17)
  • 106HR (also CP)
  • 106LC (also CP)
  • 106LR (also CP)
  • 106MI (also CP)
  • 106MO
  • 106NG (also AP)
  • 106ND (also CP)
  • 106PK
  • 106UN
  • 119 (all – also PT)
  • 121 & W121
  • 124
  • 126
  • 127 (also AP in W19 ONLY)
  • 128 (also CP)
  • 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