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Courses - Spring 2019
GVPT
Government and Politics Department Site
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.
GVPT202
Politics, Constitutional Policy, and the Institution of the U.S. Supreme Court
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
GenEd: DSHS, SCIS
A thorough examination of the U.S. Supreme Court in the American political system. Focusing on the Court as an institution-the set of norms, rules, and policymaking processes that lead to the Supreme Court's decisions-and how justices' decision-making processes critically determine substantive legal policy and the meaning of the U.S. Constitution.
GVPT203
The Challenge of Authoritarianism
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
GenEd: DSHS, SCIS
An introduction to the persistent challenge of authoritarianism. The course explores the nature of authoritarianism and its evolution from ancient through modern times. Students will study how authoritarian regimes vary, why citizens sometimes comply with them, and when and how citizens rebel. The course concludes with a review of contemporary authoritarianism, focusing on its resilience in the Middle East and East Asia and its potential for a resurgence in the US and Europe.
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.
GVPT282
Politics and the Developing World
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
GenEd: DSHS, DVUP
A study of the domestic governmental institutions; processes and problems such as conflict and economic development; and the socio-economic environments that are common to developing countries of Africa, the Middle East, Asia, and Latin America.
GVPT301
Identity and Conflict
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
GenEd: DVCC
An examination of identity as a source of civil conflict. The course explores how identity is embedded in context, how identity is manipulated for political ends, and how identity conflict may be resolved.
Restriction: Must be in Government & Politics program or Government & Politics: International Relations program.
GVPT317
(Perm Req)
Mock Trial II: Advanced Trial Advocacy
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: GVPT217.
Credit only granted for: GVPT317 or GVPT319B.
Formerly: GVPT319B.
Development of trial advocacy skills through participation in practice trials and intercollegiate mock trial competitions. Student may have an opportunity to represent the university in intercollegiate mock trial tournaments, including the National Mock Trial Championships.
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 career 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.
GVPT319E
Topics in Social Advocacy; Careers in International Relations and Development
Credits: 1
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
GVPT331
Courts, Law and Justice
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: GVPT170.
An introductory course to the study of law with emphasis on how lawyers and judges think and argue. Topics include, contract law, property, family law, torts, and criminal procedure.
This course is a duplication of GVPT331, Law and Society.
GVPT355
(Perm Req)
Capstone in International Conflict Management
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
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 conflict management 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.
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.

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GVPT359F
Topics in Comparative Politics; Issues in African Development
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Also offered as AASP398D, GEOG398A, and SOCY398Y. Credit only granted for AASP398D, GEOG398A, GVPT359F, or SOCY398Y.
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.
GVPT388L
Topical Investigations; Maryland Politics, Policy, and Leadership
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
This course will examine Maryland's political history, its present, and potential future. Attention will be focused on the legislative process and the legislative institution. We will discuss current policy issues before the General Assembly and the State as well as methods by which to approach issues, develop possible solutions, and negotiate agreements. The course will be led by an individual with extensive experience in the Maryland legislative branch.
GVPT388M
(Perm Req)
Topical Investigations; Mock Trial Independent Study
Credits: 1
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F
Prerequisite: Permission of department.
GVPT388W
(Perm Req)
Topical Investigations; Experiential Learning: Maryland, Public Policy and Beyond
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
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. Required in-person class meetings will take place 6:30pm - 9:15pm on the following Tuesdays: January 29th, March 5th, April 9th, and May 7th.
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.
GVPT409G
Seminar in International Relations and World Politics; Corporations and the Global Political Economy
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; International Relations of the Middle East
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Restriction: Must be in the Government & Politics Honors program. This seminar will evaluate major issues of the international relations of the Middle East and the American role and responses to these issues. The seminar will focus on several post-Cold-War cases in American foreign policy, including the 1991 and 2003 Gulf wars, policy toward Iran, American mediation in the Arab-Israeli conflict, responses to the Arab Uprisings, Re-emerging competition with Russia, and broader issues such as regional reform and nuclear non-proliferation.
GVPT409W
Seminar in International Relations and World Politics; Southeast Asia in Contemporary Global Politics
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Restriction: Must be in Government & Politics program or Government & Politics: International Relations program.
GVPT420
The Logic and Practice of Measuring Political Behavior
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: GVPT201.
Restriction: Must be in Government & Politics program; or must be in Government & Politics: International Relations program.
Introduction to concepts and practices used for measuring political behavior. Political analysis is an increasingly quantitative field, It is crucial for students of political behavior to learn how to define concepts in concrete ways, examine different methods of measuring concepts, learn how to test the quality of chosen measures, learn how to construct richer measures out of multiple questions, and finally how to examine the relationship between multiple measures of similar concepts. Common pitfalls, errors, bias, and ethics will be examined along the way.
GVPT423H
(Perm Req)
Elections and Electoral Behavior
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: GVPT241 and GVPT170.
Restriction: Must be in Government & Politics program.
An examination of various topics relating to elections; the focus includes the legal structure under which elections are conducted, the selection and nomination process, the conduct of election campaigns, and patterns of political participation and voting choice in different types of elections.
Restriction: Must be in the Government and Politics Honors Program.
GVPT429E
Problems in Political Behavior; Public Opinion and Partisanship
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Restriction: Must be in Government & Politics program; or must be in Government & Politics: International Relations program. This course is an advanced seminar on voters in the American political system. Broadly, we will cover topics ranging from what factors influence how individuals vote to discussions of social groups, partisanship, opinions, and other characteristics that shape Americans as political actors.
GVPT432
Civil Rights and the Constitution
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).
A study of civil rights in the American constitutional context, emphasizing freedom of religion, freedom of expression, minority discrimination, and the rights of defendants.
GVPT439A
Seminar in Public Law; Comparative Constitutional Law
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Restriction: Must be in Government & Politics program; or must be in Government & Politics: International Relations program.
GVPT439D
Seminar in Public Law; Big Issues Facing Humanity
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Must be in Government & Politics program or Government & Politics: International Relations program. This course will consider four big issues facing humanity: What is the future for democracy? What is the futurefor capitalism? What is the is the future for the natural environment? Whatis the future for justice?
GVPT445
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.
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.
GVPT459E
Seminar in Comparative Politics; Comparative Politics of the Middle East
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Restriction: Must be in Government & Politics program or Government & Politics: International Relations program.
GVPT459H
Seminar in Comparative Politics; Jewish Politics
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Restriction: Must be in the Government & Politics Honors program.
GVPT459M
Seminar in Comparative Politics; Social Movements
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Restriction: Must be in Government & Politics program or Government & Politics: International Relations program.
GVPT459R
Seminar in Comparative Politics; The Rise and Fall of Communism
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: GVPT200; and (GVPT282 or GVPT280). Restriction: Must be in Government & Politics program or Government & Politics: International Relations Program.
GVPT461
Local Politics and Government
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: GVPT170.
Restriction: Must be in Government & Politics program; or must be in Government & Politics: International Relations program.
Credit only granted for: GVPT461 or GVPT479L.
Formerly: GVPT479L.
An introduction to local government and politics in the U.S. context. The course explores the evolution of local jurisdictions, particularly cities, and the politics of local level decision making.
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.
GVPT477
Voting and Participation
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: GVPT170 and GVPT241.
Restriction: Must be in Government & Politics program.
A study of the factors that influence individual vote choice and voter participation in the U.S. The course will introduce political science research pertaining to both topics and will engage current controversies over such things as political campaign laws and the various state and federal rules that govern election administration.
GVPT722
Advanced Quantitative Methods For Political Science
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Prerequisite: GVPT622; or permission of instructor.
Introduction to multivariate analysis. Elementary matrix algebra, multiple linear and curvilinear correlation and regression, analysis of variance, canonical correlation and regression, discriminant analysis, and several types of factor analysis.
GVPT743
Contemporary Political Theory
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg
Restriction: Must have graduate standing.
Theorists from Nietzsche (1884-1900) to the present will be covered with a focus on the apparent failure of the Enlightenment to usher in an age of peace and reason.
GVPT771
Seminar in American Political Behavior
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
This is the core seminar in American political behavior. The course wil deal with prominent theoretical and empirical issues in the areas of voting, public opinion, political participation and other aspects of political behavior in the American context.
GVPT799
Master's Thesis Research
Credits: 1 - 6
Grad Meth: Reg
Contact department for information to register for this course.
GVPT808B
Selected Topics in Functional Problems in International Relations; Conflict and World Politics
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
GVPT808C
Selected Topics in Functional Problems in International Relations; Prospectus Seminar in International Relations & Comparative Politics
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
GVPT828B
Selected Problems in Political Behavior; Race and Ethnic Politics
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
GVPT831
Formal Theories of Politics I
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Survey of major formal theories of politics, with emphasis on those theories based on the assumptions of rationality. The theory of public goods, game theory, coalition theory, and the theoretical properties of voting systems.
GVPT888P
Selected Topics in Comparative Governmental Institutions; Political Institutions
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.