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Courses - Fall 2018
GVPT
Government and Politics Department Site
GVPT105S
Introduction to Political Ethics
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
CORE: SB
GenEd: DSHS
Restriction: Must be in the College Park Scholars program; and must be in International Studies program or Public Leadership program.
An examination of major theories of political life and politics as they pertain to international politics, conflict, and culture. Emphasis will be given to theories of ethics and morality that pertain to international studies, such as human rights.
GVPT170
American Government
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
CORE: SB
GenEd: DSHS
A comprehensive study of national government in the United States.
GVPT200
International Political Relations
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
CORE: SB
GenEd: DSHS, DVUP
A study of the major factors underlying international relations, the causes of conflict and cooperation among international actors, the role of international institutions, the interactions of domestic and foreign policies, and major issues in security, economy and the environment.
GVPT201
Scope and Methods for Political Science Research
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
GenEd: DSSP
Credit only granted for: GVPT100 or GVPT201.
Formerly: GVPT100.
An introduction to empirical research in political science.
GVPT205S
Special Topics in International Ethics, Conflict, and Immigration
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
CORE: SB
GenEd: DSHS, DVUP
Prerequisite: GVPT105.
Recommended: GVPT241.
Restriction: Must be in College Park Scholars program; and must be in GVPT international Studies program.
An examination of issues in international ethics, conflict generated at the international level, and problems in immigration policy and law, including theories of rights and immigration, and ideological sources of international violence.
GVPT217
(Perm Req)
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Also offered as: MLAW217.
Credit only granted for: MLAW217, GVPT217, or GVPT319A.
Formerly: GVPT319A.
Experience the excitement and reward of arguing, and perhaps winning your client's case in court. Mock Trial is designed for students who are interested in learning practical techniques for shaping the evidence, using the law, and exploiting the courtroom to create a coherent and convincing case theory
GVPT221
Introduction to Formal Theories of Political Behavior and Politics
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: GVPT170.
An introduction to the theories of rational choice including theories of negotiation and bargaining, elections and voting in democracies, community organizing and the contrast between the roles and performances of government and market.
GVPT241
The Study of Political Philosophy: Ancient and Modern
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
GenEd: DSSP
Examines some of the salient continuities and breaks between the ancient and modern traditions in Western political philosophy.
GVPT273
Introduction to Environmental Politics
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
GenEd: DSSP
An overview of modern environmental philosophy, politics, and policy, exploring environmental politics in the US by way of comparison with other developed and developing countries.
GVPT280
The Study of Comparative Politics
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: GVPT201.
An introduction to the comparative study of politics and governance, including the analytical concepts for studies of politics and a survey of the major types of regimes, including democratic and authoritarian/communist regimes.
GVPT289A
Special Topics in Government and Politics; Appetite for Change: Politics and the Globalization of Food
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
GenEd: DSHS, SCIS
GVPT289J
Special Topics in Government and Politics; Uncertain Partners: US and China in a Changing World
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
GenEd: DSHS, SCIS
GVPT306
Global Environmental Politics
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: GVPT200.
Focus on three processes of international environmental policy development- identifying problems, negotiating solutions, and implementing agreements- through a range of case studies, including global climate change.
GVPT309L
Topics in International Relations; Israel & Arab Spring
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Also offered as ISRL329E. Credit granted for ISRL329E or GVPT309L. This course will explore and analyze the political, diplomatic, and strategic effects of the Arab Spring and its continuing after effects on the State of Israel, using that as a lens to study the contemporary Middle East. It starts with a preliminary study of Israel's foreign policy and then examines the effects of the Arab Spring on its domestic politics: relations with other regional actors, the Palestinians, and the United States; and Israel's strategy towards non-state actors such as Hamas, Hezbollah and ISIS.
GVPT319C
Topics in Social Advocacy; Careers in the Social Sector
Credits: 1
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
An overview of careers in the social sector ecosystem. We will discuss common jobs and career tracks in nonprofits, foundations, impact investing, social entrepreneurship, social sector consulting, corporate social responsibility, think tanks, and academia.
GVPT319D
Topics in Social Advocacy; Careers in Government and Politics
Credits: 1
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
An overview of careers in government and politics. We will discuss human resource rules and processes specific to the government along with career tracks in the federal government (executive, legislative, and judicial), state & local government, running for office and working on campaigns and lobbying.
GVPT319L
Topics in Social Advocacy; Legal Advocacy
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
GVPT349H
Topics in Political Philosophy; Introduction to Political Ethics
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Restricted to Honors students.
GVPT354
(Perm Req)
International Development and Conflict Management
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Restriction: Enrollment is restricted to students in the Minor in International Development and Conflict Management; and permission of BSOS-Government & Politics department; and sophomore standing or higher.
Additional information: Students are expected to take the course during the Fall semester after admission to the program.
Serves as the gateway course for the Minor in International Development and Conflict Management. Provides an introductory foundation in the theory and practice of international development and conflict management. Introduces the structures, key players, intersections, and main trends in the evolution of the fields. Explores causal factors that drive economic growth, poverty, inequality, and conflict, as well as the resources, methods, and tools available to track and address these issues.
GVPT356
(Perm Req)
Capstone in International Development
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
GenEd: DSSP, DVCC
Prerequisite: GVPT354.
Restriction: Enrollment is restricted to students in the Minor in International Development and Conflict Management; and sophomore standing or higher; and permission of BSOS-Government & Politics department.
Serves as one of the two capstone courses for the Minor in International Development and Conflict Management. Focuses on advanced theory and the practice and profession of international development and is designed to provide students an introduction to, and a chance to engage with, a core set of practical skills relevant to the field.
GVPT368B
Special Topics in Government and Politics; The United States and Israel: Likely or Unlikely Allies?
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Also offered as ISRL329N and PLCY388N. Credit only granted for ISRL329N, GVPT368B, or PLCY388N.

This course examines the U.S. - Israel relationship through historical and thematic lenses. Stretching from the pre-state era through the post -Cold War alliance and the intensive U. S. role mediating Arab-Israeli peace, the course covers nearly a century of U. S. foreign policy. It will include domestic sources that have shaped U. S. policy, including public opinion, and conclude by examining scenarios for increased cooperation and managing tension in the relationship.
GVPT368L
Special Topics in Government and Politics; African-American Politics from Frederick Douglass to Barack Obama
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Also offered as AASP499P and PLCY388B. Credit only granted for AASP499P, GVPT368L, or PLCY388B.
GVPT388
(Perm Req)
Topical Investigations
Credits: 1 - 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Permission of Director of Undergraduate Studies required.
Contact department for information to register for this course.
GVPT388B
(Perm Req)
Topical Investigations; Innovation in the Public Sector
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: PSYC100, GVPT100 or ECON200. Also offered as GVPT388B. Credit will be granted for BSOS388f or GVPT 388B.

How does innovation occur in the public sector? How can government serve as a catalyst for problem-solving? Using the tools of innovation and entrepreneurship, this laboratory course engages students in a semester-long project to innovate change around a specific public sector issue or industry in our local or regional community. Some examples might include: public broadband access, sustainability infrastructure, transportation improvements, or health care access in the College Park, Prince George's, or Maryland communities. Lead instructor Ken Ulman,'97 is the former Howard County Executive who now heads the University's efforts to transform College Park into one of the most innovative university towns in the country.

For permission to register, email bsos-ugdean@umd.edu with your name, UID and a brief statement of why this course is of interest to you.
GVPT388M
(Perm Req)
GVPT388W
(Perm Req)
Topical Investigations; Experiential Learning: Maryland, Public Policy, and Beyond
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Four required in-class meetings on the following Tuesdays from 6:30pm-9:15pm: August 28th, October 23rd, November 13th and December 4th. All other class meetings will be online.

Students interested in registering for this course must have an internship secured and must apply to the CAPC Internship Program; the application is available at the link below.
GVPT390
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Restriction: Must not have completed ECON414.
Credit only granted for: GVPT399A, GVPT390, CMSC474 or ECON414.
Formerly: GVPT399A.
Introduction to game theory with applications to political science, economics and sociology. Topics include preference theory, expected utility theory, Nash equilibria, subgame perfection, repeated games, folk theorems, and evolutionary stability.
GVPT396
(Perm Req)
Introduction to Honors Research
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg
Restriction: Must be in Government & Politics Honors Program; and must have permission of the Government & Politics Honors Program.
A required course for all honors students designed to emphasize library research, methodology, and writing skills in political science and political philosophy. A written proposal, bibliography and research design for an honors paper required of all students as a final project.
Contact department for information to register for this course.
GVPT397
(Perm Req)
Honors Research
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg
Prerequisite: GVPT396.
Restriction: Must be in Government & Politics Honors Program.
Individual reading and research. Preparation of an original paper.
Contact department for information to register for this course.
GVPT409A
Seminar in International Relations and World Politics; Peace, Justice, and Conflict Resolution
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Restriction: Must be in Government & Politics program or Government & Politics: International Relations program.
GVPT409H
(Perm Req)
Seminar in International Relations and World Politics; Nationalism and Ethnic Conflict
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: GVPT201. Restriction: Must be in the Government and Politics Honors Program.
GVPT409Q
Seminar in International Relations and World Politics; Globalization and the Future of Politics
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
GVPT421
Advanced Quantitative Methods
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: GVPT201.
Restriction: Must be in one of the following programs (Government & Politics; Government & Politics: International Relations).
Advanced quantitative methods for political science research.
GVPT424
Quantitative Study of International Relations
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: GVPT201.
Restriction: Must be in one of the following programs (Government & Politics; Government & Politics: International Relations).
Credit only granted for: GVPT409H (Fall 2015 and Fall 2016) or GVPT424.
Formerly: GVPT409H (Fall 2015 and Fall 2016).
A comprehensive introduction to the quantitative study of international conflict. Students will perform statistical analysis of international conflict data using the R software platform.
GVPT431
Introduction to Constitutional Law
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: GVPT170 and GVPT331.
Restriction: Must be in one of the following programs (Government & Politics; Government & Politics: International Relations) ; and junior standing or higher.
A systematic inquiry into the general principles of the American constitutional system, with special reference to the role of the judiciary in the interpretation and enforcement of the federal constitution.
GVPT439B
Seminar in Public Law; First Amendment: Free Speech, Religion, and the Constitution
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Restriction: Must be in Government & Politics program or Government & Politics: International Relations program. Credit only granted for GVPT439B or MLAW358F.
GVPT439W
Seminar in Public Law; Women, Gender, and Law
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
GVPT445H
(Perm Req)
Marxism and Postmarxism
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Restriction: Must be in a major within BSOS-Government & Politics department.
The study of Marxist thought and an assessment of the critical transformations and reassessments of the theory and practice of Marxism.
Restriction: Must be in the Government and Politics Honors Program.
GVPT449G
Seminar in Political Philosophy; Global Justice
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Restriction: Must be in Government & Politics program or Government & Politics: International Relations program.
GVPT456
The Politics of Terrorism
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: GVPT200.
Restriction: Must be in Government & Politics program; or must be in Government & Politics: International Relations program.
Credit only granted for: GVPT456 or GVPT459T.
Formerly: GVPT459T.
Examination of the definition, causes and organization of terrorist activity, along with key domestic and international counter- and anti-terrorism responses. Special emphasis on challanges and opportunities to the scientific study of terrorism.
GVPT459B
Seminar in Comparative Politics; Comparative Political Institutions
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: GVPT280 or GVPT282. Restriction: Must be in Government and Politics program.
GVPT459G
Seminar in Comparative Politics; Weak and Failing States in the International System
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Restriction: Must be in Government & Politics program or Government & Politics: International Relations program. This course will cover the primary theories, concepts, and concerns of weak and failing states in the international system. The course material will address these issues at both the international and domestic levels, demonstrating how they interconnect. Using real-world examples such as Somalia and Afghanistan, the class will link readings to reality, and challenge students to analyze cases at both the component-level and the holistic-level. Topics will include: weak and porous borders, ethnic fractionalization, institutional weakness, secession and irredentism, international spillover of conflict, and more.
GVPT459I
Seminar in Comparative Politics; Thinking Like a Citizen: Civic Ideals and Civic Practices
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: GVPT200 or GVPT280. Restriction: Must be in the Governmentand Politics program. All other majors will be placed on the holdfile. This course is an introduction to the emerging field of civic studies. It takes as a starting point the idea of citizens as co-creators of their many worlds, their various communities, their countries, and of course the literal world. We will look into what knowledge and what ways of thinking are most helpful to such co-creators. Topics will include: civic work in the small (human interaction, politics, power resources), finding and building shared ground, impediments to civic action (problem of a collective action, limited human brain, the power of the status quo), and venues of civic action (including communities, social movements, countries, and the world).
GVPT459M
Seminar in Comparative Politics; Social Movements
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: GVPT280 or GVPT282. Restriction: Must be in Government and Politics program.
GVPT459R
Seminar in Comparative Politics; The Rise and Fall of Communism
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Restriction: Must be in Government & Politics program or Government & Politics: International Relations program.
GVPT459T
Seminar in Comparative Politics; Tweeting Political Crises
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Restriction: Must be in Government & Politics program or Government & Politics: International Relations program.
GVPT473
The U.S. Congress
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: GVPT241 and GVPT170.
Restriction: Junior standing or higher. And must be in Government & Politics program; or must be in Government & Politics: International Relations program.
A detailed survey of lawmaking and the legislative process, emphasizing the U.S. Congress, and its members.
GVPT474
Political Parties
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: GVPT241 and GVPT170.
Restriction: Must be in Government & Politics program.
A descriptive and analytical examination of American political parties, nominations, elections, and political leadership.
GVPT475
The Presidency and the Executive Branch
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: GVPT241 and GVPT170.
Restriction: Must be in Government & Politics program; and junior standing or higher.
An examination of the U.S. presidency in historical and contemporary perspective: nomination and electoral politics and the president's place in policy-making, administration, and public opinion.
GVPT479A
(Perm Req)
Seminar in American Politics; Mobilization and Civic Engagement
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Restriction: Must be in Government & Politics program or Government & Politics: International Relations program. This course will expose students to political engagement both inside and outside of the classroom. Inside the classroom we will review the key literature on political participation, with an emphasis on mobilization strategies. Both inside and outside the classroom students will team up to develop and implement strategies to provide information to the campus community, particularly fellow students, about voter registration and voting. Along the way, students will learn about various research designs and the analysis of data. The course requires commitments outside of class hours. For permission to register please send a statement of interest to Dr. Michael Hanmer at mhanmer@umd.edu.
GVPT479H
(Perm Req)
Seminar in American Politics; Racial and Ethnic Politics in the Obama Era
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Restriction: Must be in the Government and Politics Honors program. Credit only granted for GVPT479H or GVPT289O.
GVPT479Y
Seminar in American Politics; POLITICAL PSYCHOLOGY
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Restriction: Must be in Government and Politics program.
GVPT482
Government and Politics of Latin America
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Restriction: Must be in Government & Politics program; or must be in Government & Politics: International Relations program.
A comparative study of the governmental systems and political processes of the Latin American countries.
GVPT487
Government and Politics of China
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Restriction: Must be in one of the following programs (Government & Politics; Government & Politics: International Relations) ; and junior standing or higher.
Credit only granted for: GVPT359A or GVPT487.
Formerly: GVPT359A.
Discussion of major issues in the study of the domestic politics of the People's Republic of China.
GVPT599
Teaching Political Science
Credits: 1
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
GVPT622
Quantitative Methods For Political Science
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Introduction to quantitiative methods of data analysis, with emphasis on statistical methods and computer usage. Measures of association, probability, correlation, linear regression estimation techniques, introductory analysis of variance, and use of package computer programs.
Course will meet in the LeFrak OASIS lab. For GVPT majors only.
GVPT700
Scope and Method of Political Science
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Required of all Ph.D. candidates. A seminar in the methodologies of political science, and their respective applications to different research fields. Interdisciplinary approaches and bibliographical techniques are also reviewed.
For GVPT majors only.
GVPT708A
Seminar in International Relations Theory; International Relations Theory
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
GVPT729A
Special Topics in Quantitative Political Analysis; Advanced Maximum Likelihood Estimation
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
GVPT761
International Political Economy
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Recommended: GVPT708.
Major issues in international political economy including such matters as the monetary system, trade, debt, and development.
GVPT770
Seminar in American Political Institutions
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
This is the core institutions seminar in American politics. The course surveys the primary literature in the field and addresses substantively significant topics related to the study of political institutions in the American context.
GVPT780
Seminar in the Comparative Study of Politics
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
An examination of the salient approaches to and conceptual frameworks for the comparative study of politics, followed by the construction of models and typologies of political systems.
GVPT799
Master's Thesis Research
Credits: 1 - 6
Grad Meth: Reg
Contact department for information to register for this course.
GVPT874
Seminar in Political Parties and Politics
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Reports on topics assigned for individual study and reading in the fields of political organization and action.
GVPT888B
Selected Topics in Comparative Governmental Institutions; Democracy and Democratization
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
GVPT898
Pre-Candidacy Research
Credits: 1 - 8
Grad Meth: Reg
Contact department for information to register for this course.
GVPT899
(Perm Req)
Doctoral Dissertation Research
Credits: 6
Grad Meth: Reg
Contact department for information to register for this course.