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Courses - Spring 2020
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.
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.
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.
GVPT289A
Appetite for Change: Politics and the Globalization of Food
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
GenEd: DSHS, SCIS
An overview of the major forces transforming the food system--political, economic, technological, environmental--and the political debates surrounding them.
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; or must be in 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.
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.
Cross-listed with MLAW358W. Credit only granted for GVPT331 or MLAW358W.
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
Cross-listed with AASP398D, GEOG398A, and SOCY398Y. Credit only granted for AASP398D, GEOG398A, GVPT359F, or SOCY398Y.
GVPT368N
Special Topics in Government and Politics; American Jewry and Public Policy
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Jointly offered with JWST429M. Credit only granted for JWST429M or GVPT3 68N. An examination of the contours of American Jewry and its engagement in public policy. Focus will be on historical development, Jewish political thought, organizational and representation structures. Ar eas of specific concern include Israel and foreign policy, as well as domestic topics, including electoral politics. A number of in-depth casestudies will be examined.
GVPT373
Geographic Information Systems for Redistricting
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: GVPT392.
Recommended:
Recommended: at least one course in statistics.
Local, state and federal governments must periodically draw and redraw political boundaries to account for shifts in the population. This course will be an introduction and overview of district drawing and redistricting as an important application of GIS research in political science and public policy. This class will equip students to use convenient GIS tools to create and consider alternative district scenarios to find the best possible solution. After finishing this class students will be able to draw districts to define police beats, sales territories, congressional and state legislative districts, school and fire protection districts, and numerous other boundaries.
Students must pay a $50.00 materials fee.

Students are required to bring a laptop to every class meeting. Students will need to download software onto their laptops and must have at least 60GB free space available (hard drive or a USB 3.0 external hard or flash drive) for proper installation and use. Questions regarding laptop specifications should be directed to the course instructor.
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
Topical Investigations; Innovation in the Public Sector
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: PSYC100, GVPT100 or ECON200. Cross-listed with GVPT388B. Credit will be granted for BSOS388f or GVPT 388B.

Restricted to GVPT majors.
GVPT388M
(Perm Req)
Topical Investigations; Mock Trial Independent Study
Credits: 1
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F
Prerequisite: Permission of department.
GVPT388R
(Perm Req)
Topical Investigations; Race Relations in the US and France
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 in Paris, France from March 13-22, 2020. The on-campus lectures will focus on racial and ethnic politics in the US and France. The goal of the course is to contrast the experiences of racial and ethnic minorities in the US with those in France. It is designed to explore how racial and ethnic groups shape and are shaped by the American and French political systems. Among the topics to be covered include the meaning and measurement of race and ethnicity, immigration politics, prejudice, and political representation. The estimated cost associated with the travel and stay in Paris is between $2500 to $3000 (does not include airfare). Financial aid and/or need-based scholarships may be available.

For permission to register or more course information, contact the instructor at abanks12@umd.edu. Students must complete both GVPT388R and the spring break study abroad course in order to earn GVPT major credit.
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 GVPT 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 28th, March 10th, and April 28th.
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)
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.
GVPT406
International Organizations
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.
A basic introduction to the full range of international organizations that have come into being over the past century and one-half, including those that aspire to be universal or global, those with a geopolitical or regional focus, and those that address specific structural or functional areas of human endeavor or issue areas.
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.

This course examines classic and contemporary perspectives on peace, justice, and conflict resolution before, during, and after armed conflict.
GVPT409C
Seminar in International Relations and World Politics; Conflict and the Environment
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 GVPT309A, ENSP399A, or GVPT409C.

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 refugee migration, Arctic territorial claims and state weakness, or decrease it through damage to military infrastructure and disaster diplomacy. It will also cover the impact of war on the environment, as in the cases of military base pollution and nuclear/chemical warfare.
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 & Politics: 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 Government & Politics: International Relations program.
GVPT409H
(Perm Req)
Seminar in International Relations and World Politics; Peace, Justice, and Conflict Resolution
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Restriction: Must be in the Government & Politics Honors program.

This course examines classic and contemporary perspectives on peace, justice, and conflict resolution before, during, and after armed conflict.
GVPT409P
Seminar in International Relations and World Politics; Conflict 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. Prerequisite: GVPT200.

This course is designed to provide an overview on conflict in the international system. Students will examine different types of conflict including state-to-state war, civil war, terrorism, and non-violent conflict. The course will describe trends in the incidence of conflict, as well astheories about the causes of conflict and conflict resolution. In addition, we will examine conflicts in Central Africa and the Middle East in detail.
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.

This course will examine the political causes and effects of foreign aid, including development, democracy, and conflict.
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.
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.
Jointly offered with MLAW358Y.Credit only graned for GVPT432 or MLAW358Y .
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.

Introduction to basic issues of constitutional law in a global and comparative perspective. Topics: constitution making and amending, enforcing,suspending, and reasoning with constitutions. Federalism and separation of powers. Fundamental rights. Constitutionalism outside the West. Constitutions beyond states. In this course the US Constitution will not be discussed.
GVPT439T
Seminar in Public Law; Constitutional Difficulties in the Age of Trump
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Restrictions: Must be in Government & Politics program or Government & Politics: International Relations program.

Also offered as MLAW358V. Credit only granted for MLAW358V or GVPT439T.
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.
GVPT449E
Seminar in Political Philosophy; Social Philosophy and Political Economy
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Also offered as PHPE401. Credit only granted for PHPE401 or GVPT449E.

Restriction: Must be in Government & Politics program or Government & Politics: International Relations program.

This course examines capitalism and socialism as differing modes of economic production through several different theoretical lenses. We begin by examining capitalism and socialism as they developed historically, by looking primarily at the work of Adam Smith and Karl Marx. Then, we turn our attention to one of the most important debates 20th century economics: to what extent rational economic calculation is possible in a socialist commonwealth. After this we turn our attention to how capitalist and socialist modes of production functioned in practice. We end by turning our attention to the ethics of capitalism and socialism: which mode of economic production is most just?
GVPT449G
Seminar in Political Philosophy; Global Justice
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Restriction: Must be in Government & Politics program; or must be in Government & Politics: International Relations program.

The course begins by laying the foundation for the debate over the scope and limits of global justice, and then examines some topics that arise when thinking globally about justice, such as poverty, the environment and waging war. The course ends by considering the possibility of creating a cosmopolitan framework within which to adjudicate between competing interests in the globalized world.
GVPT449P
Seminar in Political Philosophy; The Psychotic Edge of Political Life
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Must be in Government & Politics program or Government & Politics: International Relations program.

This course in modern political theory will cover critical concepts in political thought: genocide, legitimacy, responsibility resistance, and political ethics.
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.
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 Government & Politics program or Government & Politics: International Relations program. 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 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
Restriction: Must be in Government & Politics program or Government & Politics: International Relations program.

Prerequisite: GVPT200 or GVPT280

Discussion-intensive advanced seminar exploring the ways that social movements mobilize, the role of governments and bystanders in shaping that process, and the outcomes that they produce through connecting history, theory, and scholarship to contemporary politics. Special topics include youth movements and campus activism, transnationalism, and violent vs. non-violent strategies.
GVPT459P
Seminar in Comparative Politics; The Revolutions of 1989 and Their Consequences: Communism and Post-Communism in East-Central Europe
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Restriction: Must be in Government & Politics program or Government & Politics: International Relations Program.
GVPT459Y
Seminar in Comparative Politics; Comparative Political Ideology
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Restriction: Must be in Government & Politics program or Government & Politics: International Relations program.

Recommended Prerequisites: GVPT280 and GVPT282.

A comparative survey of leading political ideologies, including their origins, core tenets, and implications. Specific attention is given to ideology's relationship to material practice, both western and non-western interpretations, and ramifications for contemporary politics . Includes nationalism, populism, religious fundamentalism, liberalism, socialism, and neoliberalism, among other influential ideologies.
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.
GVPT473H
(Perm Req)
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.
Restriction: Must be in the Government and Politics Honors program.
GVPT479C
Seminar in American Politics; Civic Engagement in Action
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Restriction: Must be in Government & Politics program or Government & Politics: International Relations program.

This course will help students understand Maryland politics through direct engagement with the state legislative process. Students will identify a bill that is being considered in the current Maryland legislative session. They will conduct analysis and engage in advocacy work needed to affect the preferred outcome of the bill. Direct work on legislation will be integrated with the study of state political institutions and processes. As such, the course will involve travel to the Maryland State Legislature in Annapolis to meet with lawmakers and policy advocates. Students should have the flexibility in their schedules to be able to make at least two trips to Annapolis during the semester. While several class sessions will be dedicated for this purpose, students will need more than the hour and a half class time to make the trip and engage with legislative stakeholders.
GVPT479K
Seminar in American Politics; Presidential Elections
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Restriction: Must be in Government & Politics program or Government & Politics: International Relations program. Prerequisite: GVPT170 This class will explore American Presidential elections. While noting the current campaign unfolding around us, we are interested in the process, not just the events of 2020. We examine the institutions that structure candidates' and voters' behavior and how they have developed historically. We also look at American Presidential elections in comparative perspective, noting electoral arrangements in other countries.
GVPT479M
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.

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.
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.
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.
GVPT729M
Special Topics in Quantitative Political Analysis; Multilevel Analysis
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
GVPT771
Seminar in American Political Behavior
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
This is the core seminar in American political behavior. The course will 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 Relations
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.
GVPT849
(Perm Req)
Readings in Government and Politics
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Contact department for information to register for this course.
GVPT868L
Problems of State and Local Government; State and Local Politics
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
GVPT873
Seminar in Legislatures and Legislation
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Reports on topics assigned for individual study and reading about the composition and organization of legislatures and about the legislative process.
GVPT888B
Selected Topics in Comparative Governmental Institutions; Democracy and Democratization
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
GVPT889B
Selected Topics in Area Problems in International Relations; International Relations Theory and East Asia
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.