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Courses - Summer 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.
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.
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.
GVPT306
Global Environmental Politics
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: GVPT200.
Restriction: Must be in one of the following programs (Government & Politics; Government & Politics: International Relations) ; or permission of BSOS-Government & Politics department.
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.
GVPT309A
Topics in International Relations; Conflict and the Environment
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Also offered as ENSP399A. Credit only granted for GVPT309A or ENSP399A. This course will examine the complex nexus of security and environmental change. Specifically, the impact of environmental change on conflict - how it may increase conflict through resource scarcity, environmental re fugee migration and state weakness, or decrease it through damage to mil itary infrastructure and public distraction. It will also cover the impa ct of war on the environment, as in the cases of military base pollution and nuclear/chemical warfare.
GVPT309X
Topics in International Relations; Conflict Resolution - The Israeli Palestinian Experiment
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
GenEd: DSSP
Also offered as ISRL349X. Credit offered for GVPT309X or ISRL349X.

This interactive course provides contending and shared perspectives of the cycles of war and peacebuilding with simulations. Topics include common ground on Jerusalem, Palestinian refugees, Jewish settlements, water, borders and security. Professor Kaufman has been Director of both the Truman Institute for the Advancement of Peace (Hebrew University of Jerusalem) and the Center for International Development and Conflict Management (UMD). He is concurrently teaching in Israel. Professor Hassassian has been Dean and Vice-President of Bethlehem University and is currently Palestinian Ambassador to the United Kingdom. For more information, contact kaufmane@umd.edu. Course preview is available on YouTube and internet: search for 'Israeli Palestinian Team Teaching'.
GVPT359N
Topics in Comparative Politics; Nationalism and Ethnic Conflict
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Despite increasing global integration, identity-based conflicts persist throughtout the world. This course provides an overview of the comparati ve study of nationalism and ethnic conflict, juxtaposing classic texts f rom the nationalism literature with contemporary cases to illustrate key themes. The course is divided into two complementary parts: theories of nationalism and explanations of nationalist conflict. Beginning with a t heoretical exploration of the origins of national identity, the course a ddresses concepts including types of nationalism (ethnic, civic, revolu tionary, and couter-revolutionary); aims and goals of nationalist moveme nts (especially recognition, remedial policies, autonomy, and/or indepen dence); nationalism and rationality; the ethnic security dilemma; democr atization and nationalist conflict; colonial legacies; and structural so lutions to violent nationalism, culminating in discussion on the future of nationalism in light of increasing global interconnectedness.
GVPT379F
Topics in American Politics; The Fringe in American Politics
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
This course introduces students to fringe ideas and actors active in America politics. Through an exploration of social and political movements, the course seeks to understand the different forms of political organization that operate outside the two major parties and the ideas or interests that underlie such organization. Additionally, the course explores the motivations for participation in fringe politics . Throughout the course, we will contrast the concepts of mainstream and fringe and critically assess the basis for such a distinction. Finally, the course explores the history of alternative political thought in America, the persistence of particular alternative ideologies, and the role of fringe in contemporary politics.
GVPT386
(Perm Req)
Experiential Learning
Credits: 3 - 6
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F
Restriction: Permission of BSOS-Government & Politics department; and junior standing or higher.
Contact department for information to register for this course.
GVPT388A
Topical Investigations; Film and the Study of Politics of Terror in the Family and the State
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
GVPT388A is an online course that looks at the dynamics of power, terrorand violence through the medium of film. We see films that highlight three levels of human relationships: the self, the group and the state. How does terror affect the self (for example the films Black Swan and Shutter Island); how does terror affect the group (for example, the films Hotel Rwanda and City of God); and how does terror affect the state (for example, the films District 9 and Munich). Students have six weeks to complete the course; but you can at your own pace, complete the course sooner.
GVPT388W
(Perm Req)
Topical Investigations; Experiential Learning: Maryland, Public Policy and Beyond
Credits: 1 - 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
GVPT808D
Selected Topics in Functional Problems in International Relations; Multi-Track Diplomacy: Transforming Violent Conflict
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
This course aims to develop the concepts and professional skills needed to facilitate the transformation of local and societal conflict. Join us in online simulations using multi-track diplomacy to find common ground in both community conflict and ongoing societal conflict in the Middle East. The simulations will be facilitated by Prof. John Davies who has over 30 years' experience in using multi-track diplomacy in many countries suffering from war, terrorism, and instablity around the world . No pre-requisites.
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GVPT849
Readings in Government and Politics
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Contact department for information to register for this course.
GVPT898
Pre-Candidacy Research; Pre-Candidacy Research
Credits: 1 - 3
Grad Meth: Reg, S-F
Contact department for information to register for this course.
GVPT899
Doctoral Dissertation Research
Credits: 1 - 8
Grad Meth: Reg
Contact department for information to register for this course.