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Course Listing for POLITICAL SCIENCE - Spring 2020 (ALL: 01/21/2020 - 05/08/2020)
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2280 POLS-102-01 American Natl Govt 1.00 LEC Laws, Serena MW: 2:40PM-3:55PM TBA SOC  
  Enrollment limited to 29 Waitlist available: Y
  This course is not open to seniors.
  NOTE: This course is Methodologically Focused.
  NOTE: 15 seats reserved for first year students, 10 seats for sophomores, and 4 seats for juniors who have declared a POLS major. No seniors unless by Instructor Permission.
  How do the institutions of American national government shape our politics and policies? This introductory course examines the nation’s founding documents (including the Declaration of Independence, Constitution, and Federalist Papers), the goals they sought to achieve, and the institutional framework they established (including Congress, the Presidency, and the courts). It then evaluates the extent to which these institutions achieve their intended aims of representing interests and producing public goods, taking into account the role of parties, interests groups, and the media. Throughout the course, we will attend to the relevance of race, class, religion, and gender. We will draw on the example of the 2012 presidential election and other current events to illustrate the functioning of American government and politics.
2294 POLS-102-02 American Natl Govt 1.00 LEC Dudas, Mary TR: 9:25AM-10:40AM TBA SOC  
  Enrollment limited to 29 Waitlist available: Y
  This course is not open to seniors.
  NOTE: 15 seats reserved for first year students, 10 seats for sophomores, and 4 seats for juniors who have declared a POLS major. No seniors unless by Instructor
  How do the institutions of American national government shape our politics and policies? This introductory course examines the nation’s founding documents (including the Declaration of Independence, Constitution, and Federalist Papers), the goals they sought to achieve, and the institutional framework they established (including Congress, the Presidency, and the courts). It then evaluates the extent to which these institutions achieve their intended aims of representing interests and producing public goods, taking into account the role of parties, interests groups, and the media. Throughout the course, we will attend to the relevance of race, class, religion, and gender. We will draw on the example of the 2012 presidential election and other current events to illustrate the functioning of American government and politics.
1989 POLS-104-01 Intro Intl Relations 1.00 LEC Flibbert, Andrew TR: 9:25AM-10:40AM TBA GLB5  
  Enrollment limited to 29 Waitlist available: Y
  Also cross-referenced with INTS
  This course is not open to seniors.
  NOTE: 15 seats reserved for first year students, 10 seats for sophomores, and 4 seats for juniors who have declared a POLS Major. No seniors unless by Instructor Permission.
  This course offers an introduction to international relations (IR), addressing fundamental questions in the fields of international security, international political economy, and international law & organization. We learn about the leading theoretical perspectives in political science-Realism, Liberalism, and Constructivism-as well as a range of alternatives rooted in domestic politics, political psychology, postmodernism, Marxism, and feminism. The course serves as a foundational introduction to the IR subfield, with equal emphasis on substantive issues and theoretical concerns.
1990 POLS-104-02 Intro Intl Relations 1.00 LEC Flibbert, Andrew TR: 10:50AM-12:05PM TBA GLB5  
  Enrollment limited to 29 Waitlist available: Y
  Also cross-referenced with INTS
  This course is not open to seniors.
  NOTE: Seats are reserved: 15 seats reserved for first year students, 10 seats for sophomores, and 4 seats for juniors who have declared a POLS Major. No seniors unless by Instructor Permission.
  This course offers an introduction to international relations (IR), addressing fundamental questions in the fields of international security, international political economy, and international law & organization. We learn about the leading theoretical perspectives in political science-Realism, Liberalism, and Constructivism-as well as a range of alternatives rooted in domestic politics, political psychology, postmodernism, Marxism, and feminism. The course serves as a foundational introduction to the IR subfield, with equal emphasis on substantive issues and theoretical concerns.
2295 POLS-105-01 Intro Pol Philosophy 1.00 LEC Terwiel, Anna TR: 9:25AM-10:40AM TBA SOC  
  Enrollment limited to 29 Waitlist available: Y
  Also cross-referenced with PHIL
  This course is not open to seniors.
  NOTE: 15 seats reserved for first year students, 10 seats for sophomores, and 4 seats for juniors who have declared a POLS major. No seniors unless by Instructor Permission.
  An introduction to the philosophical study of political and moral life through a consideration of various topics of both current and historical interest. Topics include environmentalism, ancients and moderns, male and female, nature and nurture, race and ethnicity, reason and history, and reason and revelation.
1991 POLS-220-01 Histry of Pol Thought II 1.00 LEC Smith, Gregory TR: 10:50AM-12:05PM TBA SOC  
  Enrollment limited to 69 Waitlist available: Y
  This course focuses on the development of modern political philosophy. All readings will be from primary sources that include, among others, Machiavelli, Descartes, Bacon, Hobbes, Locke, Rousseau, Kant, Hegel, Nietzsche, and Marcuse. Enrollment limited.
2296 POLS-242-01 Pol Sci Research Methods 1.00 LEC Laws, Serena MW: 1:15PM-2:30PM TBA NUM  
  Enrollment limited to 19 Waitlist available: Y
  NOTE: This course will not count toward the lower level course requirements in Political Science.
  Why do people participate in politics? Which government policies best serve the public good? What prevents wars between nations? Political scientists employ a toolbox of research methods to investigate these and other fundamental questions. By learning the strengths and weaknesses of various qualitative and quantitative methods, students in this course will identify how best to answer the political questions about which they feel most passionate. They will apply these practical skills in assignments that ask them observe, analyze, and report on political phenomena. Research skills will include field observation, interviewing, comparative case studies, and data analysis using statistical software. No previous statistical or programming experience is necessary. NOTE: This course will not count toward the lower level course requirements in Political Science.
2297 POLS-256-01 Comparative Political Analysis 1.00 LEC Matsuzaki, Reo MW: 1:15PM-2:30PM TBA GLB5  
  Enrollment limited to 29 Waitlist available: Y
  Also cross-referenced with INTS
  NOTE: This course is Methodologically Focused.
  NOTE: 12 seats reserved for first year students, 13 seats for sophomores, and 4 seats for juniors who have declared a POLS major. No seniors unless by Instructor Permission.
  This survey course in comparative political analysis will examine the various ways government and social actors interact as both collaborators and competitors in the exercise of power and authority. The course will focus on four broad themes: (1) societal and institutional foundations of effective governance within democratic states; (2) statebuilding and the causes of global variation in the strength of states, with a focus on the legacy of colonialism; (3) the causes of rebellions and civil wars and the factors that explain patterns of violence within societies in conflict; (4) nationalism and ethnic politics and why some countries are able to achieve social cohesion and unity, while others fragment along ethnic and racial lines This methodologically focused course will provide the theoretical and analytical foundations for upper-level courses in comparative politics.
2298 POLS-305-01 Intl Organizations 1.00 LEC Lefebvre, Thomas MW: 1:15PM-2:30PM TBA GLB5  
  Enrollment limited to 25 Waitlist available: Y
  This course explores the dynamics of international organizations, examining a broad range of institutions in world politics. In particular, we draw on a variety of perspectives—from mainstream International Relations theory to organizational analysis—to understand questions of institutional emergence, design, and effectiveness. Using case studies and simulations, students are encouraged to think concretely about the challenges facing international organizations.
1992 POLS-309-01 Congress and Public Policy 1.00 LEC Evans, Diana TR: 9:25AM-10:40AM TBA SOC  
  Enrollment limited to 25 Waitlist available: Y
  Prerequisite: C- or better in Political Science 102.
  A study of the structure and politics of the American Congress. This course examines the relationship between Congress members and their constituents; the organization and operation of Congress; the relationship between legislative behavior and the electoral incentive; and the place of Congress in national policy networks.
2246 POLS-310-01 Tax Pol & Inequality in Htfd 1.00 SEM Laws, Serena T: 6:30PM-9:00PM TBA SOC  
  Enrollment limited to 19 Waitlist available: Y
  Also cross-referenced with CLIC
  Social tax expenditures (social benefits delivered through the tax code) have become an increasingly important part of the American social safety net, lifting an estimated 28.2 million Americans out of poverty per year even as the number of traditional "welfare" recipients decreased substantially in the wake of welfare reform. This course reviews scholarship on the politics and policies that led to the growth of these "hidden" social programs in the tax code, and also includes hands-on learning about the intersection between tax policy and social policy. For the community learning component, students will be trained to do income tax preparation, and volunteer for six hours per week to assist Hartford residents at the Trinity VITA Tax Clinic, located near campus at Trinfo Café.
2617 POLS-311-01 Polarization and Policy-Making 1.00 SEM Dudas, Mary TR: 2:55PM-4:10PM TBA  
  Enrollment limited to 28 Waitlist available: Y
    Cross-listing: PBPL-870-01
  This course is not open to first-year students.
  This course will examine the interaction between policy and polarization. We will first survey the contours and history of polarization in America with a focus on the development of the national political parties. We will then examine the interaction of policy making and polarization at the national and state levels: how does polarization affect policy making at the national and state levels; how does policy affect polarization; why have some states become more polarized than others; and how does that polarization affect policy making at the state level? Finally, we will assess the relationship between policy making and polarization at the national and state levels using the case studies of health care and abortion.
2299 POLS-313-01 Nationl & Europ Forgn Policies 1.00 LEC Lefebvre, Thomas MW: 2:40PM-3:55PM TBA SOC  
  Enrollment limited to 25 Waitlist available: Y
  This course will investigate the relationship between European Union member states and EU foreign policy. It will question how EU member states reconcile their independent foreign policies with their membership in the European Union as well as their relationship with NATO. Students will have the opportunity to assess to what extent EU member states have Europeanized their foreign affairs policies in order to build a more coherent Common Security and Defense Policy (CDSP).
2300 POLS-320-01 End of Democratic Hegemony? 1.00 SEM Matsuzaki, Reo MW: 10:00AM-11:15AM TBA GLB5  
  Enrollment limited to 18 Waitlist available: Y
  Also cross-referenced with ASIANSTDS, HRST, INTS
  NOTE: This course is a sophomore/Junior Seminar
  NOTE: Counts toward distribution requirement for GBL5
  Is the era of democratic hegemony coming to an end? This seminar will address this question in two parts. First, we will explore whether the U.S. democratic system is in crisis, and evaluate the extent to which America can, and will, continue to be a force for maintaining and spreading democracy across the globe. Second, we will examine the rise of China and what this means for the future of democracy. Will China eventually democratize, similar to how other East Asian countries did when they reached a certain level of economic development? Or does China offer a viable nondemocratic model for a peaceful and prosperous polity, thus challenging the liberal-democratic model as the only conceivable long-term vision of modernity?
2555 POLS-325-01 American Presidency 1.00 LEC McMahon, Kevin TR: 10:50AM-12:05PM TBA SOC  
  Enrollment limited to 25 Waitlist available: Y
  An explanation of the institutional and political evolution of the presidency with an emphasis on the nature of presidential power in domestic and foreign affairs. Attention is also given to institutional conflicts with Congress and the courts. The nature of presidential leadership and personality is also explored.
2534 POLS-332-01 Understanding Civil Conflict 1.00 LEC Carbonetti, Benjamin TR: 10:50AM-12:05PM TBA SOC  
  Enrollment limited to 25 Waitlist available: Y
    Cross-listing: HRST-332-01
  This course surveys the many causes and consequences of civil conflict and civil war. Major themes of the course include ethnic fractionalization, natural resources, climate change, colonial legacies, institutional design, globalization, intervention, international efforts in state building, gendered violence, and human rights. The course also examines the different theoretical and methodological approaches to studying civil conflict.
1503 POLS-337-01 Building the European Union 1.00 LEC Messina, Anthony MW: 1:15PM-2:30PM TBA GLB5  
  Enrollment limited to 25 Waitlist available: N
  As an intergovernmental and supranational union of 27 democratic member countries, the contemporary European Union is arguably the boldest experiment in inter-state economic and political integration since the formation of the contemporary nation-state system during the mid-17th century. Against this backdrop, this course considers the project for greater economic, political, and security integration within its appropriate historical context, its current economic and political setting, and its projected future ambitions. As such, it will very much be concerned with recent events and important events-in-the-making, including the continuing conflict over the Lisbon Treaty and the EU's projected enlargement by several new members. Not open to students who completed POLS 237.
2304 POLS-344-01 Politics of Africa 1.00 LEC Kamola, Isaac TR: 1:30PM-2:45PM TBA SOC  
  Enrollment limited to 25 Waitlist available: Y
  Also cross-referenced with INTS, PBPL
  NOTE: This course is Methodologically Focused
  Political Scientists often study Africa as a distinct place, defined by a unique set of crises, which set the continent apart from the rest of the world. This class, in contrast, starts from the assertion that Africa is not a discrete location to be studied in isolation but instead a site of active and dynamic human practices that intersect and define the political and economic lives of all people across the world. "Africa" is, in the words of James Ferguson, a "category through which a 'world' is structured." We first examine the colonial and Cold War histories shaping the modern world, and how they played out in Africa specifically. We then study contemporary issues that tie Africa to the rest of the world, including: civil conflict and the "responsibility to protect"; debt, structural adjustment, aid, and development; Chinese/Africa economic cooperation; "the land question"; and the Arab Spring.
2434 POLS-352-01 Comparative Political Economy 1.00 SEM Fernandez Milmanda, Belen TR: 9:25AM-10:40AM TBA SOC  
  Enrollment limited to 18 Waitlist available: Y
    Cross-listing: INTS-352-01
  NOTE: This course is a Sophomore/Junior Seminar in Political Science
  NOTE: This course is Methodologically Focused
  This course provides a survey of the field of comparative political economy broadly defined as the comparative study of the interrelationships between politics and economics. We will review the main classic and contemporary debates in the discipline. Topics include: the relationship between political institutions and economic development, inequality and political stability, interest groups, welfare states, varieties of capitalism, the politics of taxation and international trade, and market reforms. We will look at both developed and developing countries, with an emphasis on understanding why they choose (or end up with) the policies and institutions that they have, even when in some cases these policies and institutions might hamper development.
2305 POLS-359-01 Feminist Political Theory 1.00 LEC Terwiel, Anna TR: 1:30PM-2:45PM TBA SOC  
  Enrollment limited to 25 Waitlist available: Y
  NOTE: This course is Methodologically Focused
  This course examines debates in feminist political theory. Topics will include liberal and socialist feminist theory, as well as radical, postcolonial, and postmodern feminist theory. We will also consider feminist perspectives on issues of race and sex, pornography, law and rights, and “hot button” issues like veiling. We will pay particular attention to the question of what feminism means and should mean in increasingly multicultural, global societies. Readings will include work by Mary Wollstonecraft, Carol Gilligan, Catherine MacKinnon, Chandra Mohanty, Wendy Brown, Audre Lorde, Patricia Williams, & Judith Butler.
2306 POLS-369-01 Intl Human Rights Law 1.00 LEC Carbonetti, Benjamin TR: 1:30PM-2:45PM TBA GLB5  
  Enrollment limited to 25 Waitlist available: Y
  Also cross-referenced with HRST
  This course offers a comprehensive survey of the evolution of international human rights law, focusing on the major actors and processes at work. Which rights do individual human beings have vis-a-vis the modern state? What is the relationship between domestic and international legal processes? Are regional human rights mechanisms like the European system more influential than international ones? More generally, how effective is contemporary international human rights in securing accountability and justice? We use specific cases and contemporary debates to study a range of treaties and emerging institutions, including ad hoc war crimes tribunals and the International Criminal Court.
1998 POLS-380-01 War & Peace in the Middle East 1.00 SEM Flibbert, Andrew W: 1:15PM-3:55PM TBA GLB5  
  Enrollment limited to 18 Waitlist available: Y
  Also cross-referenced with INTS
  NOTE: This course satisfies the Sophomore/Junior seminar requirement. Closed to seniors.
  This course addresses the causes and consequences of nationalist, regional, and international conflict in the Middle East. We use theoretical perspectives from political science to shed light on the dynamics of conflict, the successes and failures of attempts to resolve it, and the roles played by the United States and other major international actors. The course is organized on a modified chronological basis, starting with the early phases of the Arab-Israeli conflict and ending with current developments in Iraq.
2308 POLS-385-01 Crossing Borders 1.00 LEC Messina, Anthony M: 6:30PM-9:10PM TBA GLB5  
  Enrollment limited to 25 Waitlist available: Y
  This course investigates the primary economic, humanitarian, and political forces that are driving and sustaining the complex phenomenon of contemporary transnational migration. Within this context, several key questions are addressed: Have the forces of globalization and the entanglements of international commitments and treaty obligations significantly compromised the policy-making prerogatives of the traditional nation state? What are the benefits and costs of migration for the immigration receiving countries? Is a liberal immigration regime desirable and, if so, can it be politically sustained?
2309 POLS-390-01 Theor Internat Political Econ 1.00 SEM Kamola, Isaac TR: 2:55PM-4:10PM TBA GLB5  
  Enrollment limited to 18 Waitlist available: Y
  NOTE: This course is being taught as a Sophomore/Junior Seminar
  This course asks a number of core questions concerning international political economy: What explains inequality between nations? How do countries develop? What can states, international institutions, and other political actors do to advance economic prosperity? How one answers these questions, however, depends upon where one stands regarding various fundamental principles of political economy. We start the class with the work of Adam Smith and Karl Marx. We then examine how this debate plays out in the work of early twentieth century thinkers debating the cause of the Great Depression and the two world wars (including Polanyi, Schumpeter, Keynes, Hayek, and Friedman). We conclude by examining various contemporary economic issues.
1532 POLS-392-01 Legislative Internship 1.00 LEC Evans, Diana M: 1:15PM-3:55PM TBA Y SOC  
  Enrollment limited to 15 Waitlist available: Y
  The Trinity College Legislative Internship is a special program designed for those students who want to observe politics and government firsthand. Student interns work full time for individual legislators and are eligible for up to four course credits, three for a letter grade and one pass/fail. One of the graded credits is a political science credit. In addition to working approximately 35 to 40 hours per week for a legislator, each intern participates in a seminar in which interns present papers and discuss issues related to the legislative process. Although there are no prerequisite courses for enrollment in this program, preference will be given to juniors and seniors. Students majoring in areas other than political science are encouraged to apply. Candidates for this program, which is limited to 14 students, should contact the Political Science Department in April or September. The program will accommodate some students who wish to work part time (20 hours per week) for two graded course credits.
2499 POLS-394-01 Legislative Internship 1.00 LEC Evans, Diana TBA TBA Y SOC  
  Enrollment limited to 15 Waitlist available: N
2500 POLS-396-01 Legislative Internship 1.00 LEC Evans, Diana TBA TBA Y SOC  
  Enrollment limited to 15 Waitlist available: N
2501 POLS-398-01 Legislative Internship 1.00 LEC Evans, Diana TBA TBA Y SOC  
  Enrollment limited to 15 Waitlist available: N
1214 POLS-399-01 Independent Study 1.00 - 2.00 IND TBA TBA TBA Y  
  Enrollment limited to 15 Waitlist available: N
  Submission of the special registration form, available in the Registrar’s Office, and the approval of the instructor and chairperson are required for enrollment.
2310 POLS-406-01 Sr Sem: Why Political Phil? 1.00 SEM Smith, Gregory TR: 1:30PM-2:45PM TBA WEB  
  Enrollment limited to 15 Waitlist available: Y
  This course is open only to senior Political Science majors.
  This seminar will be devoted to a close reading of a major political philosopher in the Western tradition.
2311 POLS-408-01 Sr Sem: Racial & Ethnic Pol 1.00 SEM Chambers, Stefanie M: 1:15PM-3:55PM TBA Y WEB  
  Enrollment limited to 15 Waitlist available: Y
  Also cross-referenced with CLIC
  This course is open only to senior Political Science majors.
  This course examines the role of African Americans, Asian Americans, Latinos, and Native Americans in all areas of the American political system. We study each group and their roles as voters, party activists, candidates and public officials. By exploring the socio-historical context within which each group acts, we will also consider the non-traditional forms of political participation embraced by some of these groups and the reasons that minority groups have resorted to such strategies. The process of political socialization will also be considered, as will the political behavior, attitudes, and public policy opinions of these groups. Finally, we will also explore theories of racial and ethnic political coalitions and conflict.
2510 POLS-412-01 Sr Sem:Constitutional Conflics 1.00 SEM McMahon, Kevin R: 6:30PM-9:00PM TBA Y WEB  
  Enrollment limited to 7 Waitlist available: Y
    Cross-listing: PBPL-808-01
  This course is open only to senior Political Science majors.
  This course first considers civil rights movements in three different nations: Canada, Northern Ireland, and the United States. In doing so, it explores why some movements-given the dynamics of their quest and the nature of governmental resistance-resorted to violence and armed conflict while others were largely peaceful, usually because they embraced a judicial strategy. Additionally, we consider the similarities of these movements in which ethnic/language, racial, and religious minorities battled for equal standing. Secondly, the course explores the concept of the political construction of law. Here, we consider the interconnectedness of law and politics, largely by focusing on politics "outside" the judicial realm and assessing how politics shapes and is shaped by judicial decisions, both in the US and around the world.
1215 POLS-466-01 Teaching Assistant 0.50 - 1.00 IND TBA TBA TBA Y  
  Enrollment limited to 15 Waitlist available: N
  Submission of the special registration form, available in the Registrar’s Office, and the approval of the instructor and chairperson are required for enrollment.
2452 POLS-475-01 Sr. Seminar: Bodily Belongings 1.00 SEM Terwiel, Anna W: 1:15PM-3:55PM TBA SOC  
  Enrollment limited to 15 Waitlist available: Y
  This course is open only to senior Political Science majors.
  This course examines how biomedical developments are affecting established understandings of individuality, freedom, and citizenship. Practices such as in-vitro fertilization (IVF), transplantation medicine, and stem-cell research do not just create cures for disease. By making bodily material available for ownership, exchange, and screening, they also change individuals' self-understanding as well as their relationships to governments and corporations. Engaging with recent scholarship in political theory, feminist theory, and medical humanities, we will examine the risks that new biomedical technologies exacerbate inequality and exploitation, as well as their promise for creating new forms of kinship and public goods.
1402 POLS-490-01 Research Assistant 1.00 IND TBA TBA TBA Y  
  Enrollment limited to 15 Waitlist available: N
  Submission of the special registration form, available in the Registrar’s Office, and the approval of the instructor and chairperson are required for enrollment.
2727 POLS-496-01 Senior Thesis Colloquium 1.00 SEM TBA TBA TBA Y WEB  
  Enrollment limited to 15 Waitlist available: N
  This is a required colloquium for senior political science majors writing theses. The class will proceed in part through course readings about research methods and aims, and in part through offering students the opportunity to present and discuss their thesis projects. All students will be required to write a (non-introductory draft) chapter by semester's end.
1403 POLS-497-01 Senior Thesis 1.00 IND TBA TBA TBA Y WEB  
  Enrollment limited to 15 Waitlist available: N
  For honors candidates (see description of Honors in Political Science following the “Areas of Concentration” section). Submission of the special registration form, available in the Registrar’s Office, and the approval of the instructor and chairperson are required for enrollment in honors.
1331 PBPL-220-01 Research and Evaluation 1.00 SEM Moskowitz, Rachel TR: 10:50AM-12:05PM TBA NUM  
  Enrollment limited to 19 Waitlist available: Y
  Also cross-referenced with POLS
  Prerequisite: C- or better in Public Policy and Law 201 or 202, or permission of instructor.
  NOTE: Students taking this course should not enroll in POLS 242.
  Which policy interventions actually work and which fail to meet their goals? Answering this question is essential to improving public and non-profit services and securing further funding for worthwhile projects. This course aims to give students the ability to comprehend policy research and evaluation, as well as the tools to design and conduct basic qualitative and quantitative analysis. Students will apply these practical skills in assignments that ask them to design evaluations or analyze data to assess the effectiveness of policies. Topics will include data analysis using statistical software, but no previous programming experience is necessary.
2418 PBPL-375-01 Federalism and Public Policy 1.00 SEM Fulco, Adrienne TR: 1:30PM-2:45PM TBA SOC  
  Enrollment limited to 19 Waitlist available: N
  Also cross-referenced with POLS
  Prerequisite: C- or better in Public Policy 201, Public Policy 202, or Political Science102, or permission of instructor.
  Federalism, a defining American constitutional principle, is a system in which political power is shared by the national government and state and local entities. This structure of “dual sovereignty,” which has been subject to ongoing interpretation, has informed some of the most divisive controversies in American history. Currently, executives, legislators, and the courts at all levels of government are engaged in robust debates about the degree to which power should be shared and whether governing authority should reside with national or with state and local officials. We will focus on how the American federal structure shapes arguments and choices in three contentious policy areas: Immigration, Abortion, and Environmental Regulations