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Courses - Fall 2019
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
Cross-listed with 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
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
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.
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
GVPT289O
Special Topics in Government and Politics; Racial and Ethnic Politics in the Obama Era
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
GenEd: DSHS, DVUP, SCIS
GVPT306
Global Environmental Politics
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: GVPT200.
Restriction:
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.
Restriction: Must be in Government & Politics program, Government & Politics: International Relations program, or ENSP: Environmental Politics & Policy program.
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.
GVPT319E
Topics in Social Advocacy; Careers in International Relations
Credits: 1
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
An overview of careers in international relations. We will discuss United State Government opportunities (State Department and USAID), international organizations (United Nations), humanitarian aid organizations, development organizations (NGOs and banks), and private sector IR opportunities (consulting and corporations). Class will include guest panelists from these sectors.
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, P-F, Aud
Cross-listed with ISRL329N and PLCY388N. Credit granted for GVPT368B, ISRL329N or PLCY388N.
GVPT368L
Special Topics in Government and Politics; African-American Politics from Frederick Douglass to Barack Obama
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Jointly offered with 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.
GVPT388F
(Perm Req)
Topical Investigations; Foreign Policy Decision Making
Credits: 2
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
This is a new course that combines lectures on campus in College Park with a study abroad component based in Havana, Cuba. The lectures on campus at UMD will focus on different strategies for studying foreign policy decision making. These include approaches that leverage rational decision making processes, psychological models of decision-making, and various pathologies of decision making as they apply to foreign policy decision. Once the semester is over, the class will travel to Cuba to learn about several foreign policy events that shaped much of the Cold War and post Cold War foreign policy of the United States in this region. These include the sinking of the USS Maine which precipitated the Spanish American War, the Bay of Pigs crisis which is a classic case of a failed US foreign policy, the Cuban Missile Crisis, and the current foreign relations between the United States and Cuba. The estimated cost associated with the travel and stay in Cuba is between 2 to 3 thousand. Financial aid and/or need-based scholarships may be available. For permission to register or more course information, contact the instructor at wlr@umd.edu. Students must complete both GVPT388F and the winter study abroad course in order to earn GVPT major credit.
GVPT388M
(Perm Req)
GVPT388W
(Perm Req)
Topical Investigations; Experiential Learning: Maryland, Public Policy, and Beyond
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Three required in-class meetings on the following Tuesdays from 6:30pm-9:15pm: September 3rd, October 22nd, and December 3rd. All other class meetings will be online.

Students interested in registering for this course must have an internship secured and must apply to the GVPT Internship Program; the application is available at the link below.
GVPT392
Introduction to Geographic Information Systems for Social Science Research
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Credit only granted for: GVPT392, GVPT429A, or GVPT729D.
Formerly: GVPT429A, GVPT729D.
Introduction to the use of Geographic Information Systems for conducting research in the social sciences. Overview of spatially embedded nature of many social science phenomena and content of theories common to spatial thinking. Students will obtain hands-on experience with various GIS tools and methods most frequently employed by social scientists.
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)
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.
GVPT409D
Seminar in International Relations and World Politics; Immigration and Crossing Borders: Causes, Consequences, and New Questions
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Restriction: Must be in Government & Politics program or Government & Po litics: International Relations program.
GVPT409E
Seminar in International Relations and World Politics; International Relations of East Asia
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Restriction: Must be in Government & Politics program or Goverment & Politics: International Relations program.
GVPT409H
(Perm Req)
Seminar in International Relations and World Politics; Corporations and the Global Political Economy
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: GVPT200. Restriction: Must be in the Government and Politics Honors Program.

The course will examine corporations as political actors in global politics, analyzing power, norms and governance in different issue areas.
GVPT409M
Seminar in International Relations and World Politics; Nationalism and Ethnic Conflict
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Restriction: Must be in Government & Politics Program or Government & Politics: International Relations program.
GVPT409N
Seminar in International Relations and World Politics; Nonviolent Resistance 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.
GVPT409R
Seminar in International Relations and World Politics; Political Economy of Foreign Aid
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Restriction: Must be in Government & Politics program or Government & Politics: International Relations program.
GVPT417
Seminar in Advanced Topics in Environmental Policy Analysis
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: GVPT273.
Restriction: Must be in one of the following programs (Government & Politics; Environmental Sci&Policy-Env Politics & Policy).
Credit only granted for: GVPT419B or GVPT417.
Formerly: GVPT419B.
A series of critical tools and methods used to analyze environmental policy. This class should be of interest to students who are either considering a career or graduate studies in environmental protection.
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.
GVPT423
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.
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 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.
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.
Jointly offered with MLAW358X. Credit only granted for GVPT431 or MLAW35 8X.
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.

Prerequisite: GVPT431 or GVPT432.
GVPT439C
Seminar in Public Law; Current Issues in the Supreme Court
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Restriction: Must be in Government & Politics program or Government & Politics: International Relations program.

Prerequisite: GVPT431 or GVPT432.

Credit only granted for GVPT439C or MLAW358C.
GVPT439E
Seminar in Public Law; Cities, Crimes, and the Constitution
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg
Jointly offered with MLAW358N. Credit granted for GVPT439E or MLAW358N.
GVPT454H
(Perm Req)
Seminar in the International Relations of China
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: GVPT200.
Restriction: Must be in Government & Politics program; and junior standing or higher. Or must be in Government & Politics: International Relations program; and junior standing or higher.
Explores the foreign relations behavior of the People's Republic of China, with focus on the contemporary era.
Restriction: Must be in the Government and Politics Honors 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.
GVPT457
American Foreign Relations
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: GVPT200.
Restriction: Must be in Government & Politics program; and junior standing or higher.
The principles and machinery of the conduct of American foreign relations and an analysis of the major foreign policies of the United States.
GVPT459A
Seminar in Comparative Politics; Ethnic Politics
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Restriction: Must be in Government & Politics program or Government & Politics: International Relations program.
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.
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.
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
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.
GVPT459X
Seminar in Comparative Politics; Political Radicalism: Comparing Communism and Fascism
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Restriction: Must be in Government & Politics program or Government & Politics: International Relations program.
GVPT460
State Politics and Government
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: GVPT241 and GVPT170.
Recommended: GVPT260.
Restriction: Must be in Government & Politics program; or must be in Government & Politics: International Relations program.
A study of the structure, procedures and policies of state governments with special emphasis on intergovernmental relationships, and with illustrations from Maryland governmental arrangements.
GVPT473
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.
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.
GVPT479H
(Perm Req)
Seminar in American Politics; Presidential Elections
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Restriction: Must be in the Government and Politics Honors program.
GVPT479M
(Perm Req)
Seminar in American Politics; Political Science Survey Methods and Experience
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: GVPT170 and GVPT201. Restriction: Must be in Government & Politics program or Government & Politics: International Relations program. For permission to register please send a statement of interest to Dr. Michael Hanmer at mhanmer@umd.edu.

Surveys help us understand social problems, assess support for public policies, and explain political outcomes. Students will experience from beginning to the end the process of conducting survey research. This includes question wording, question placement, mechanisms for testing response time and survey length, and issues related to survey execution in the field. Students will then evaluate and analyze the survey data.
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.
GVPT484
Government and Politics of Africa
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: GVPT282 or GVPT280.
Restriction: Must be in one of the following programs (Government & Politics; Government & Politics: International Relations).
A comparative study of the governmental systems and political processes of the African countries, with special emphasis on the problems of nation-building in emergent countries.
GVPT599
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.
GVPT708A
Seminar in International Relations Theory; International Relations Theory
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
GVPT718A
Selected Topics in Political Science; Professionalization and Academic Skills in Grant Writing, Publishing, Giving Talks, and Reviewing
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.
GVPT870
Interest Groups Politics in the United States
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Recommended: GVPT770.
The theory and practice of interest group politics in the United States.
GVPT888I
Selected Topics in Comparative Governmental Institutions; The Politics of Identity
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.