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Courses - Fall 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.
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
Uncertain Partners: US and China in a Changing World
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
GenEd: DSHS, SCIS
Credit only granted for: GVPT204 or GVPT289J.
Formerly: GVPT289J.
The rapid ascent of the People's Republic of China (PRC) as a major political and economic power has meant that its relationship with the United States has become central in contemporary international politics. To an increasing extent, some of the biggest global challenges--ranging from nuclear proliferation, to climate change, to economic growth--require U.S.-China cooperation if they are to be managed effectively. Yet the U.S.-China relationship is at times turbulent, and its future remains highly uncertain. Will the U.S. and China be able to forge a closer partnership that will enable them to cooperate in dealing with some of the vexing challenges facing the international community? Or are they more likely to drift toward a more adversarial relationship, as China's growing power--and the US reaction--generate a vicious cycle of mutual mistrust? In this class, students will grapple with these questions as they learn about the history of U.S.-China relations, and about many of the current issues facing the relationship.
GVPT289L
Religions, Beliefs, and World Affairs
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
GenEd: DSHS, DVUP, SCIS
This course is intended to introduce students to an increasingly important question: what is the relationship between religion and politics around the world? For a long period in the 20th Century, religion seemed to be decreasing in importance. Eventually, it was thought, religion would simply go away and secularism, development, and rationality would rule the day. In the last generation, however, events like the Iranian Revolution, the rise of the Christian Right, 9/11, the Tibetan monks protest, the spread of Truth and Reconciliation Commissions, and numerous wars fought in the name of God have brought religion back to prominence in world affairs. In this course, we will explore the contemporary impact of religions on politics around the world, through four broad themes: how to understand religion in politics , the relationship between religion and the state, religious groups as sources of conflict and peace, and contemporary religio-political challenges.
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.
Restriction: Must be in Government & Politics program, Government & Politics: International Relations program, or ENSP: Environmental Politics & Policy program.
GVPT309C
Topics in International Relations; Advances in the Study of Conflict
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: GVPT200. Restriction: Must be in Government & Politics program or Government & Politics: International Relations program.

This course will bring together faculty from several top schools around the country (e.g, UNC, Harvard, Dartmouth, UT Austin, U Chicago, OSU, Columbia, etc.) to share the latest research on international conflict and related topics. Lectures will be pre-recorded, so you can watch them at your convenience. On the week that each instructor's lecture is aired, he or she will also host an evening Zoom meeting from 7:00-7:50pm EST every Wednesday to discuss the lecture and the readings with you. Rather than ask for a paper or midterm/final, grading will be via short multiple-choice quizzes, taken at the time of your choosing at the end of each week. In addition to quizzes, students must submit questions to the faculty member ahead of each zoom meeting and attend the zoom session.
GVPT319J
Topics in Social Advocacy; Making the World a Better Place: Global Development and Justice
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Restriction: Must be in Government & Politics program or Government & Politics: International Relations program.

Suppose you want to make the world a better place. You need to explore the global potential for improvement. What is the potential for justice in the world? What is the potential for sustainable development? What about the potential for a better form of democracy or a better form of capitalism? The short term potential for improvement is almost guaranteed to be limited, but what if we made an effort to think in a long term way? Can one do that? Shouldn't one do that? These are the big issues we will explore in this course.
GVPT319L
Topics in Social Advocacy; Legal Advocacy
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
The focus in this course is on trial advocacy, a concept which refers to the litigation process and adversarial proceedings that occur between the parties, and that ultimately are resolved by judges or jurors. Although the practice of law in the United States involves more than litigation (e.g., corporate or "transactional" legal work, which typically occurs out of court), the vast majority of law school courses, including virtually all traditional first-year courses, implicate legal principles related to litigation. Thus, just like law school itself, this course focuses on legal principles and concepts related to litigation. By the end of this course, students will have been exposed to the majority of legal concepts that one encounters in law school and in the practice of law and, it is hoped, will begin (as they say in law school) to "think like a lawyer."
GVPT320
Advanced Empirical Research
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: GVPT201.
Restriction: Must be in Government & Politics or Government & Politics: International Relations program.
This class will allow students to build on the knowledge of statistical inference they gained from GVPT 201. Topics include data collection, data cleaning, data analysis, and data visualization. By the time students complete this class, they will be able to do basic statistical modeling using OLS regression independently.
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. Credit granted for GVPT368 or ISRL329N

An examination of 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, which 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
Jointly offered with AASP499P. 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.
GVPT388M
(Perm Req)
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.
GVPT404
Political Economy of Foreign Aid
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Recommended: GVPT200.
Restriction: Must be in Government & Politics or Government & Politics: International Relations program.
Credit only granted for: GVPT409R or GVPT404.
Formerly: GVPT409R.
The world spends hundreds of billions of dollars on foreign aid every year. The effects of this aid spending are controversial. Research supports both pessimistic and optimistic views of foreign aid's effectiveness, with little consensus. Where does aid money go? What are the motivations of aid donors? Is foreign aid effective at achieving its goals? Why or why not? This course is designed to survey the promise and the challenges of foreign aid as a policy tool. The first half of the course will focus on the motivations and goals of foreign aid. We will consider various foreign aid donors, such as countries, institutions, and individuals, to understand the motivations behind and effects of foreign aid. We will create a typology of foreign aid agendas, motivations, and donors. The second half of the course will consider the challenges specific to foreign aid. This includes both technical challenges and political challenges. We will consider the strategies that aid donors and organizations have taken to try to overcome these challenges.
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.
GVPT409E
Seminar in International Relations and World Politics; International Relations of East Asia
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: GVPT200. Restriction: Must be in Government & Politics program or Goverment & Politics: International Relations program.

An examination of international relations in East Asia, focusing mostly Northeast Asia. The course will provide some background on the evolution of international politics in the region over the past several decades, and will examine several contemporary issues- including the North Korean nuclear issue, the relationship across the Taiwan Strait, and maritime disputes in the East and South China Seas- in depth.
GVPT409O
Seminar in International Relations and World Politics; The Politics of Climate Change
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: GVPT200. Restriction: Must be in Government & Politics or Government & Politics: International Relations program.

This seminar surveys the political and normative challenges posed by climate change, drawing on scholarly research, policy texts, and popular media accounts. We will pay particular attention to the multi-level nature of climate policy-making, examining the interaction between political processes in sub-national, national, and international arenas.
GVPT409Q
Seminar in International Relations and World Politics; Globalization and the Future of Politics
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Globalization and the Future of Politics examines a wide variety of seemingly disparate topics that are united by the fact that they all transcend national boundaries, and therefore present trans-national challenges that can only be met by trans-national solutions. As citizens or residents of the United States, we stand near the center of an interlinking web of truly global issues and opportunities. This course will examine our role in each of these issues, in order to provide a comprehensive perspective on our place in the world today.
GVPT409W
Seminar in International Relations and World Politics; Southeast Asia in Contemporary Global Politics
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: GVPT200. Restriction: Must be in Government & Politics program or Government & Politics: International Relations program.

Southeast Asia, home to three major religious cultures and various regime types, is one of the most politically and socially diverse regions of the world. While the region is unique for its diversity, its states face challenges that are common in other parts of the world including globalization; adjusting to the new geopolitical landscape of rising global powers; and external pressure to improve the standards of human rights, the environment and democracy. Given this dynamic political context, this course is designed to give students a greater understanding of the problems and prospects of the region, as well as the ability to assess its efforts to adapt to the changing regional and international environment.
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.
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.
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 Government & Politics Honors Program.
GVPT429A
(Perm Req)
Problems in Political Behavior; Quantitative Study of Exit Polling and Elections
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: GVPT201. Restriction: Must be in Government & Politics program or Government & Politcs: International Relations program.

This class will teach students skills in data analysis and data visualization. The primary focus will be the 2020 election. Students are also required to participate in exit polling before and on the day of the election.

In ordert to register for this course, students must complete a Memorandum of Understading indicating their ability to particpate in exit polling. Completed forms should be submitted via email to Tristan Hightower, Assistant Director of Global Learing, at thighto@umd.edu.
GVPT429C
Problems in Political Behavior; Campaign Modeling and Data Analysis
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: GVPT201. Restriction: Must be in Government & Politics program or Govertment & Politics: International Relations program.

This course is designed to provide students with advanced knowledge and experience conducting real-world political campaign analysis. Using the R statistical software, students will develop a fundamental analytical expertise in combing through commonly bloated campaign cross-tabs, prepping and evaluating data from field experiments, managing voter files, building predictive voter models, presenting to clients, and more.
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.

The purpose of this course is to explore the various facets of the First Amendment. Why protect speech and the practice of religion? Are these "special?" What is speech? What is religion? Do rights to speech and religion trump other rights? In this course, we will examine various "types" of speech and their relationship to the First Amendment as well as the religion provisions of the First Amendment: the Free Exercise Clause and the Establishment Clause.
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.
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.
GVPT449D
Seminar in Political Philosophy; Individual and Group Decision-Making
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Restriction: Must be in Government & Politics program or Government & Politics: Inter national Relations program. Credit granted for PHPE400 or GVPT449D.

Foundational issues that arise within the theories of rational choice that underlie the treatments of decision-making found in economics, politics, and the other social sciences. The course is focused on individual decisions (rational choice theory), strategic decisions (game theory) and group decisions (social choice theory). In addition to presenting the formal models of decision making, we also discuss to what extent these mathematical theories explain social interactions. An important aspect of the course is to introduce students to the ways in which economic analysis has been applied to issues in social and political philosophy. Readings will be drawn from the literature in economics, psychology, statistics and political science, as well as philosophy.
GVPT449L
Seminar in Political Philosophy; Liberalism and Its Critics
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: GVPT241. Restriction: Must be in Government & Politics or Government & Politics: International Relations program.
GVPT449P
Seminar in Political Philosophy; The Psychotic Edge of Political Life
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Restriction: Must be in Government & Politics program or Government and 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.
GVPT457H
(Perm Req)
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.
Restriction: Must be in Government & Politics Honors 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.

This course provides a general introduction to Comparative Political Institutions. It explores basic political concepts that relate to issues of representation, elections, and congresses.
GVPT459H
(Perm Req)
Seminar in Comparative Politics; Comparative Constitutional Law
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: GVPT280 or GVPT282. Restriction: Must be in Government and Politics Honors 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.
GVPT459M
Seminar in Comparative Politics; Social Movements
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: GVPT200 and GVPT280 or GVPT282. Restriction: Must be in Government & Politics or Government & Politics: International Relations program.

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 environmental activism, transnationalism, and violent vs.non-violent strategies.
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.

This course examines the rise and fall of communism both as a utopian theory and institutional practice in the 20th century. We will discuss Communism's main ideological sources, key notions, as well as the most significant events in the dynamics of communism. The course will explain the appeal of revolutionary politics and the role of "true believers" in totalitarian mass movements.
GVPT459W
Seminar in Comparative Politics; Revolutions and Revolutionary Movements
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: GVPT280 or GVPT282. Restriction: Must be in Government & Politics program or Government & Politics: International Relations program.

This course examines revolution as a means of political and social change. In the first part of the course, we will examine competing theories about the causes, processes, actors and outcomes of revolution. In the second part of the course, we will apply these theories and approaches to case studies of contemporary revolutions from the 19th century to the present.
GVPT459Y
Seminar in Comparative Politics; Comparative Political Ideology
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Recommended prerequisites: GVPT200 and GVPT282 Restriction: Must be in Government & Politics or Government & Politics: International Relations program.

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.
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.
GVPT474
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.
GVPT479D
Seminar in American Politics; Minority Politics
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: GVPT170 Restriction: Must be in Government & Politics or Government & Politics: International Relations program.

A comprehensive examination of how minority groups operate within the U.S. political system. The substantive focus of the course will be on the historical positon of minorities in the U.S. political system, on different concepts of representation, on minority group identity, and on political participation and policy issues that are of particular importance to minorities.
GVPT479K
Seminar in American Politics; Presidential Elections
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: GVPT170 Restriction: Must be in Government & Politics or Government & Politics: International Relations program.

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.
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.
GVPT485
Government and Politics of the Middle East
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: GVPT200; and (GVPT282 or GVPT280).
Restriction: Must be in Government & Politics program.
Credit only granted for: GVPT485 or GVPT459E.
Formerly: GVPT459E.
A comparative study of the governmental systems and political processes of Middle Eastern countries, with special emphasis on the problems of nation-building in emergent countries.
GVPT600
Professionalization Seminar in Political Science
Credits: 1
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Restriction: Must be in Government and Politics PhD program.
An introduction to the practices, norms, and expectations of professional political science.
GVPT604
(Perm Req)
Introduction to War and Armed Conflict in World Politics
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Recommended: GVPT200.
Restriction: Must be in MAIR program, or permission of GVPT department.
This seminar examines major theories of both international and civil wars and reviews major empirical studies that test theories of conflict. The topics include the onset of armed conflict, the duration and outcomes of wars, and the durability of peace in the aftermath of wars. The focus is on developing an understanding of central debates in the literature and primary empirical findings from quantitative and cross-national analyses that are of policy relevance.
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.
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
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: S-F
Contact department for information to register for this course.
GVPT803
Seminar in International Political Organization
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
A study of the forms and functions of various international organizations.
GVPT828O
Selected Problems in Political Behavior; Public Opinion
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
GVPT849
(Perm Req)
Readings in Government and Politics
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
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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
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GVPT899
(Perm Req)
Doctoral Dissertation Research
Credits: 6
Grad Meth: S-F
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