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GVPT
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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.
GVPT210
Religions, Beliefs, and World Affairs
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
GenEd: DSHS, DVUP, SCIS
Credit only granted for: GVPT210 or GVPT289L.
Formerly: GVPT289L.
Introduces 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.
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.
GVPT289D
How to Make Better Decisions
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
GenEd: DSHS, SCIS
The problem with decisions is that we rarely, if ever, find out if our decisions were good or bad. Was choosing your major, for instance, a good decision or could you have made a better one? I don't think most of us would ever know the answer to this question. So, is it possible that we regularly make bad decisions but don't know that we do? And, if so, how can we fix something if we don't know it is broken? In fact, we do regularly make bad decisions. This has been shown in many experimental studies some of which will be covered in this class. What is more, for some types of decision problems we are hardwired to make mistakes. This means that we are bound to go wrong regardless of how much we know or how smart we are. So, what can we do to remedy this problem? Quite a bit, as it turns out.
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.
Open to students in the ENSP: Environmental Politics & Policy 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.
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.
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.
Allows students to build on the knowledge of statistical inference they gained from GVPT201. 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.
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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GVPT368A
Special Topics in Government and Politics; U.S. Foreign Policy and the Arab-Israeli Conflict
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Cross-listed with ISRL349F. Credit only granted for ISRL349F or GVPT368A.

Students who attended the course "The United States and Israel: Likely or Unlikely Allies?" (ISRL329N or GVPT368B) may not enroll in this course.

What are the U.S. interests in the Middle East? Who and what defines these interests, or how to pursue them diplomatically and militarily? The Arab/Palestinian-Israeli conflict is a defining feature of the modern Middle East and it unquestionably has a significant impact on U.S. domestic politics and international leadership. Given those realities, this course will examine how U.S. foreign and security affecting the Arab/Palestinian-Israeli conflict is made and how it shapes and determines the realities on the ground, as well as the prospects for its peaceful resolution.
GVPT368C
Special Topics in Government and Politics; Asian American Politics
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: AAST443 or GVPT368C.

Students will gain a greater understanding of 1) the role of Asian Americans in US politics, 2) the political attitudes and behaviors of Asian Americans and 3) how to conduct research on Asian American politics. Though the class will concentrate on Asian Americans, issues related to Asian American politics will be examined within the larger context of America's multicultural political landscape.
GVPT368F
Special Topics in Government and Politics; Tzahal: The Israeli Military in State, Society, and its Middle Eastern Context
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Cross-listed with ISRL349G. Credit only granted for ISRL349G or GVPT368F.

This course offers an introduction to general concepts of civil- military relations with a strong focus on the Israeli case. Situating Israel within the Middle East context, the course readings and class discussions will include comparative references to major regional players, such as Egypt, Turkey, Iran, and the Arab Gulf States. The military is a salient feature of all Middle Eastern states; we will explore how Israel both resembles and differs from other states in the region regarding the role of its military and of civil-military relations.
GVPT368N
Special Topics in Government and Politics; American Jewry and Public Policy
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Jointly offered with GVPT368N.

Credit only granted for JWST429M or GVPT368N.

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. Areas of specific concern include Israel and foreign policy, as well as domestic topics, including electoral politics. A number of in- depth case studies will be examined.
GVPT368P
Special Topics in Government and Politics; Political Psychology, Israel, and the Middle East
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Cross-listed with GVPT368P. Credit only granted for ISRL329Q or GVPT368P.

What is the role of perceptions and misperceptions in international politics? How do emotions impact policy making processes? Does social psychology matter when analyzing domestic politics or foreign policy? Political psychology is an interdisciplinary academic field dedicated tothe analysis of the nexus between psychological and political processes. This course will identify and employ multiple pertinent political psychology theories to account for Israeli domestic politics and foreign policy as well as other major political events throughout the Middle East.
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.
GVPT377
(Perm Req)
Experiential Learning: Government and Politics Internship Program
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: GVPT170.
Credit only granted for: GVPT377 or GVPT388W.
Formerly: GVPT388W.
The application of major concepts of political science to the realities of the political process. The course connects internship experiences with larger themes of political science. Students must be admitted to the GVPT Internship Program.
Students interested in registering for this course must have an internship secured and must apply to the GVPT Internship Program. Required in-person class meetings will take place 6:30pm-9:15pm on the following Wednesdays: February 23, March 30, and April 27.
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)
Topical Investigations; Mock Trial Independent Study
Credits: 1
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F
Prerequisite: Permission of department.
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.
GVPT409G
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 Government & Politics or Government & Politics: International Relations program.

The course will examine corporations as political actors in global politics, analyzing power, norms and governance in different issue areas.
GVPT409H
(Perm Req)
Seminar in International Relations and World Politics; International Relations of the Middle East
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: GVPT200. Restriction: Must be in Government & Politics Honors program.

This seminar will evaluate major issues of the international relations of the Middle East and the American role and responses to these issues. The seminar will focus on several post-Cold War cases in American foreign policy, including the 1991 and 2003 Gulf wars, policy toward Iran, American mediation in the Arab-Israeli conflict, responses to the Arab Uprisings, re-emerging competition with Russia, and broader issues such as regional reform and nuclear non-proliferation.
GVPT409M
Seminar in International Relations and World Politics; China's Rise and the Future of US-China Relations
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Restriction: Must be in Government & Politics program or Government & Politics: International Relations program. Prerequisite: GVPT200 Recommended: GVPT204 or GVPT289J

This course will apply theories of international politics in assessing the prospects for conflict and cooperation in US-China relations.
GVPT414
International Relations of East Asia
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: GVPT200.
Restriction: Must be in Government & Politics or Government & Politics: International Relations program.
Credit only granted for: GVPT409E or GVPT414.
Formerly: GVPT409E.
An examination of international relations in East Asia, focusing mostly on 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.
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.
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.
Credit only graned for GVPT432 or MLAW358Y.
GVPT439A
Seminar in Public Law; Comparative Constitutional Law
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: GVPT280 or GVPT282

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.
GVPT439I
Seminar in Public Law; American Economic Inequality and the Law
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Restriction: Must be in Government & Politics or Government & Politics: International Relations program.

The United States has one of the highest levels of economic inequality in the developed world. While some level of economic inequality is inherent and even desirable in a capitalistic economy, many scholars believe that the level of inequality that prevails in the United States erodes generalized levels of trust, poisons interpersonal relationships, and ultimately makes it far more difficult to govern a democratic society. This course examines the roots of American economic inequality, with a tight focus on how laws adopted through democratic processes have resulted in a huge transfer of wealth from the hands of the many to the hands of the few.
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 Government & 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?
GVPT449F
Seminar in Political Philosophy; Political Theory & Film: How to Think About Concepts ThroughImages
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: GVPT241. Restriction: Must be in Government & Politics program or Government & Politics: International Relations program.
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.

Prerequisite: GVPT241

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.
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.
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.
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.
GVPT475
The Presidency and the Executive Branch
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: GVPT241 and GVPT170.
Restriction: Must be in Government & Politics program; and junior standing or higher.
An examination of the U.S. presidency in historical and contemporary perspective: nomination and electoral politics and the president's place in policy-making, administration, and public opinion.
GVPT479C
Seminar in American Politics; Civic Engagement in Action
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: GVPT170 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.
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 position 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.
GVPT479H
(Perm Req)
Seminar in American Politics; Power, Representation and Public Policy
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Restriction: Must be in the Government & Politics Honors program.
GVPT479W
Seminar in American Politics; Women of Color in Politics
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: GVPT170. Restriction: Must be in Government & Politics or Government & Politics: International Relations program.

Explores the significant roles that women of color have played in American politics and around the world. Begins with the US context, starting in the antebellum era and moving forward by reading biographies/autobiographies that provide voice to the experiences faced by women of color in both traditional and non-traditional political spaces. These include women of color as close confidants to male political figures (first ladies, wives, and mistresses) and as politicians, judges, activists, and revolutionaries. Then shifts to a more global context considering the perspectives of women of color in countries where they have championed gender equality and feminism, and where they have become powerful political actors.
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.
This is a Global Classrooms course, developed in partnership with the Office of International Affairs (OIA) to provide virtual opportunities for global engagement. Global Classrooms can range from embedded experiences to immersive, project-based collaboration. Learn more about Global Classrooms: go.umd.edu/gc-umd.
GVPT605
(Perm Req)
Introduction to Conflict and Cooperation in the World Economy
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Prerequisite: GVPT604.
Restriction: Must be in the International Relations Master's program; or permission of Government and Politics department.
This seminar examines major theoretical approaches and empirical studies of international political economy, contemporary dynamics of globalization, the role of domestic politics in the formation of foreign economic policies of states, the dynamics of international trade and investment disputes, and role of international institutions in multi-lateral governance of the world economy. 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.
GVPT606
(Perm Req)
Introduction to International Institutions and International Law
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Prerequisite: GVPT604.
Restriction: Must be in the International Relations Master's program; or permission of Government and Politics department.
This seminar examines major theoretical approaches and empirical studies of international law and institutions relating to international political economy and international security. Topics to be covered include the sources of international law and the development of core legal principles in the post-WWII ear, the role of international economic institutions such as WTO, IMF, and World Bank in the global economy, and the influence of international institutions such as the UN Security Council, World Court, and International Criminal Court in addressing international security issues. Larger questions about the effectiveness of the WTO, Laws of War, and International Human Rights Law will be considered. 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.
GVPT621
Coding in Statistical Software
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Restriction: Must be in the Applied Political Analytics Master of Science program; or permission of department.
Introduction to different statistical software packages used in empirical political research. Instruction in beginning programming in STATA and R.
GVPT624
National Security and International Relations
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Restriction: Must be in the Applied Political Analytics Master of Science program; or permission of department.
Introduction to key areas of research in national security and international relations. Students will learn the major approaches to empirical research on national and international security and work with datasets focused on terrorist attacks and civil conflict.
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
GVPT729Q
Special Topics in Quantitative Political Analysis; Quantitative Analyses of International Political Economy and International Security
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud, S-F
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.
GVPT771
Seminar in American Political Behavior
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud, S-F
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: S-F
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
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
GVPT808I
Selected Topics in Functional Problems in International Relations; The Impact of International Economics and Security on Developing Countries
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud, S-F
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
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GVPT873
Seminar in Legislatures and Legislation
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud, S-F
Reports on topics assigned for individual study and reading about the composition and organization of legislatures and about the legislative process.
GVPT879P
Topics on International Security; The Political Economy of International Power and Security Policy
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud, S-F
GVPT888I
Selected Topics in Comparative Governmental Institutions; The Politics of Identity
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud, S-F
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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