101. UNITED STATES POLITICS 3 cr. The U.S. political system in theory and practice; political processes, institutions, individual and group behavior; the relationship of the political system to the organizational and economic environments.

102. COMPARATIVE POLITICS 3 cr. Introduction to the study of political behavior and institutions through a comparative perspective.

103. INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS 3 cr. Origin, nature, and development of the modern state system. International conflict and its management by political and legal means. Concepts include sovereignty, nationalism, national power and security, balance of power. Contemporary international issues.

104. POLITICAL THOUGHT 3 cr. Examination of the assumptions, methods, and substantive positions of selected political theorists as a basis of analyzing political life. Themes include sovereignty, power, equality, slavery, peace, representation, identity, force, and violence.

105. POLITICAL ANALYSIS 3 cr. Introduces students to foundational quantitative analysis in a political context, specifically describing and representing data, posing precise and testable questions, drawing inferences from data, analyzing data, and understanding appropriate statistical software.

200. INTRODUCTION TO METHODS 3 cr. Introduces various approaches used in the social sciences to understand the socio-political world and provide causal explanation for its discernable patterns and features. Includes the basics of forming a research hypothesis and a review of the literature relevant to a research project. Required of all political science majors and a prerequisite for PO 300 and PO 300L.

201. U.S. POLITICAL INSTITUTIONS 3 cr. Focuses on how American government works, with an emphasis on how our political institutions are intertwined. Specific topics include Congress, the presidency, media, interest groups, bureaucracy, and voting.

203. GIS I 3 cr. Introduction to the theory and practice of geographic information science through computer-based processing tools, specifically geographic information systems (GIS). Students will study fundamentals of GIS components, spatial data models, integration of coordinate systems, digital data sources, spatial database functions, spatial analysis, thematic mapping, and data quality. Applications include political analysis, land use planning, public health mapping, environmental management, and demographic mapping.

205. HEALTHCARE ACCESS IN LATIN AMERICA 2 cr. Integrates immersion experience with the realities of healthcare access in Latin America. Topics include the cycle of poverty in Latin American countries, the link between healthcare access and poverty, and the specific case of the rural Honduran healthcare system.

210. MODEL ARAB LEAGUE SIMULATION 3 cr. Explores the functioning of international organizations through participation in Model Arab League Conferences; develops oral and written capabilities as well as critical thinking. Includes travel to participate in both regional and national conferences.

213. WRONGFUL CONVICTIONS 3 cr. Examines theories explaining why wrongful convictions occur, including discussion of witness identification, false confessions, perjured testimony from informants, ineffective counsel, and police and prosecutorial misconduct. Addresses consequences of wrongful conviction and proposed remedies.

215. ISLAM AND POLITICS 3 cr. Studies the history and development of Islam as a political movement; also, rise of political Islam and failure of the state in the Middle East.

220. EUROPEAN UNION SIMULATION 3 cr. Simulation course that models the policy-making process within the European Union. Includes a three-day conference in November in Washington, D.C. Each student will take on the role of a political decision-maker from an EU member. Offered fall term of even-numbered years.

241. HISTORY, CULTURE, AND POLITICS 3 cr. Explores ways that relationships among religion, culture, and politics are expressed within nations and across national borders. Incorporates comparative perspectives and field opportunities.

242. ISSUES IN SOCIAL JUSTICE 3 cr. Explores what counts as an issue of social justice. Includes a critical introduction to rights-based thinking, structural and ideological foundations of injustices, importance of narration and writing, and approaches to social change.

243. GLOBAL DEBT AND JUSTICE 3 cr. Examines debt from an interdisciplinary perspective, including how different religions and cultures understand debt, interest, profit, and obligation; the political economy of debt between nation-states and global institutions; and debt justice movements.

254. LATIN AMERICAN POLITICS 3 cr. Broad historical and regional overview of the political, economic, and social issues that have shaped today’s Latin American politics. Focus on various countries suited to student interest and current events.

256. GLOBALIZATION AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT 3 cr. Introduction to the major political and economic forces of historical development from the explosive encounter of Europe with the Americas at the initiation of the “Colombian exchange” to the collapse of time and distance with the introduction of digital technology and the Internet.

295. SPECIAL TOPICS IN UNITED STATES POLITICS 3 cr. Course title will be listed in the semester course schedule. Special-topics courses at the 200 level are designed for first- and second-year students or for prospective majors.

296. SPECIAL TOPICS IN COMPARATIVE POLITICS 3 cr. Course title will be listed in the semester course schedule. Special-topics courses at the 200 level are designed for first- and second-year students or for prospective majors.

297. SPECIAL TOPICS IN INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS 3 cr. Course title will be listed in the semester course schedule. Special-topics courses at the 200 level are designed for first- and second-year students or for prospective majors.

298. SPECIAL TOPICS IN POLITICAL THOUGHT 3 cr. Course title will be listed in the semester course schedule. Special-topics courses at the 200 level are designed for first- and second-year students or for prospective majors.

300. POLITICAL SCIENCE RESEARCH METHODS 3 cr. Prerequisite: PO 200; corequisite: PO 300L. Examines principles of political (and social) science research.  The key tools of quantitative social science research: variables, hypotheses, measurement, research designs, sampling, data collection, and data analysis.  Should be taken by the end of the junior year.


301. U.S. CONGRESS 3 cr. Committees, leaders, party organizations, and floor proceedings in Congress; elections, legislative reform, lobbyists, and legislative behavior.

304. INTRODUCTION TO POLICY ANALYSIS 3 cr. Introduction to the public policy process; institutions that structure and implement policy response, models of decision-making, analytical and evaluative methodologies, epistemological approaches, normative concerns. Policy areas are investigated to illustrate both the actual and symbolic impact of the policy process within diverse political settings.

311. U.S. FOREIGN POLICY 3 cr. Prerequisites: PO 101 and PO 103 or PO 102.  Sources, conduct, and effects of U.S. foreign policy from the standpoint of various analytical frameworks.

315. CIVIL RIGHTS AND LIBERTIES 3 cr. Conflict in American society between majority rule and minority rights. Case-study approach to freedom of speech, press, religion, and association, the protections of due process, the rights of the accused, the equal protection of the laws, voting rights, and privacy.

316. SOCIAL MOVEMENTS 3 cr. Prerequisite: PO 101.  Focusing primarily on the U.S., how and why social movements form in a democratic society, the use of extra-institutional political tactics, the ways they maintain themselves against strenuous opposition, and the dynamics of movement decline.

317. JUDICIAL POLITICS 3 cr. Prerequisite: PO 101. Analysis of the role of the courts in the political process and the impact of law on society: structure of federal and state judiciaries, judicial selection, models of judicial decision-making, and the implementation of judicial decisions.

318. INTEREST GROUPS AND POLITICAL PARTIES 3 cr. Prerequisite: PO 101.  How interest groups affect the American political process. Analysis of interest-group behavior in electoral politics and in the policy process; theory and structure of groups; the rise of political action committees (PACs) and single-issue voters; the functions and activities of the political parties.

319. U.S. ELECTIONS 3 cr. Analysis of candidate recruitment, nomination processes, campaign strategies, campaign finance, voting behavior, and reform proposals in congressional and presidential elections.  (Offered every two years on the election cycle).

320. CHRISTIAN DEMOCRACY IN EUROPE 3 cr. Prerequisite: PO 102.  One of the most important contemporary political movements in Europe. Development of Catholic political and social thought from the French Revolution to the present; the role played by Christian Democratic parties in eight countries today.

321. THE POLITICS OF THE EUROPEAN UNION 3 cr. Prerequisite: PO 102. A more advanced course on the European Union than PO 220, going well beyond its history, institutions, and processes. Analyzes in detail some key issues and controversies within the EU concerning its structure of governance, its purpose, and its future. Includes participation in the EU Simulation in Washington, D.C., in November.

325. POLITICS OF THE LEAGUE OF ARAB STATES 3 cr. Focuses on achieving an understanding of international issues and the function of international organizations with specific emphasis on Arab States.  Develops diplomatic capabilities, persuasion skills, and proficiency in parliamentary procedure.  Includes travel for participation in the Model Arab League conferences.

328. THE MIDDLE EAST IN FILM AND MEDIA 3 cr. Explores the Middle East through film and media.  Focuses on discussions of the diversity of religious, political, and social trends in the area along with an emphasis on bias and stereotypes portrayed in both audio-visuals and readings.

330. INTERNATIONAL POLITICS OF THE MIDDLE EAST 3 cr. International issues and conflicts of the Middle East and their influences across the world studied within the context of the history of the area and theories of international relations.  Provides a deeper understanding of the area and the system which produced the international relations in the Middle East today.

331. U.S. FOREIGN POLICY IN THE MIDDLE EAST 3 cr. Overview of U.S. policy in the Middle East from the end of World War II to the present.  Examines U.S. policy through the interplay of factors such as national interest, the Cold War, the new world order, ongoing wars, and U.S. relations with a number of Middle Eastern countries.

332. AFRICAN POLITICS 3 cr. Historical perspective on topics of colonialism, independence movements, neopatrimonialism, nationalism, democratization, conflict, genocide, women’s movements, civil society, and HIV/AIDS, with an emphasis on variation across space and time.

333. INTERNATIONAL CONFLICT AND SECURITY 3 cr. Prerequisite: PO 103. Sources of insecurity for states and individuals, including genocide, insurgency, civil wars, interstate conflicts, and other global threats. Discusses the psychological, social, and material impact of insecurity and war on combatants and their families.

334. INTERNATIONAL INSTITUTIONS, LAW, AND HUMAN RIGHTS 3 cr. Prerequisite: PO 103. Focus on international organizations such as the International Criminal Court that have emerged to help the international community cope with egregious abusers of human rights. Analysis of their structure, theory, procedure, operation, and problems, as well as their role in maintaining peace and security among member states.

336. INTERNATIONAL POLITICAL ECONOMY 3 cr. Prerequisite: PO 103. Trends in the global economy, including institutions designed to facilitate rules between world states; processes shaping globalization; and questions related to development and poverty, debt, and fair trade.

337. COMPARATIVE HEALTH POLICY 3 cr. Prerequisite: PO 102.  Introduction to the basic concepts, issues, and dilemmas of public health and healthcare policy.  Provides students with the vocabulary and tools of comparative public health/healthcare policy analysis by examining in detail the promises and problems of various healthcare systems worldwide.

340. LAW AND FILM 3 cr. Explores the interplay between law and popular culture as represented by film.  Also considers important themes in the study of law and judicial politics, including the relationship between law and justice, the practice of law, and the role of the courts and trials in a political system.

351. BERLIN SEMINAR 3 cr. Intensive introduction to the city of Berlin, Germany, focusing on Berlin as capital of empire, republic, and the Nazi regime; as divided city during the Cold War; and as center of the reunified Federal Republic. Includes a ten-day study tour of Berlin during spring break preceded by a series of seminar meetings in preparation for the trip. Offered spring semester of odd-numbered years. Requires additional fee for travel.

355. CATHOLICISM, IDENTITY, POLITICAL POWER, AND DEVELOPMENT IN LATIN AMERICA 3 cr. Examines various identities (national, religious, indigenous) as groups have mobilized in response to political and economic change. Includes a historical overview of Latin America emphasizing Catholic interactions with other traditions important in Latin American politics and economic development.

356. POLITICAL TRANSFORMATION: CASE STUDIES FROM LATIN AMERICA 3 cr. Prerequisite: PO 102. Intensive examination and comparison of recent political and economic developments in major countries or regions of Latin America, e.g., Mexico, Brazil, Chile, Venezuela, the Andes, or Central America.

3 cr. Designed to serve as an EHE Core course linked with a PL course. Examines the political implications of the human desire for happiness.

390. INTERNSHIP 1-6 cr. Internship in government and political organizations. Internship prerequisites to be arranged with intern advisor. (Only 3 credits may count toward political science major or minor).

395. SPECIAL TOPICS IN UNITED STATES POLITICS 3 cr. Topic listed in the semester schedule. Students may register for more than one 395 course on advice of academic advisor.

396. SPECIAL TOPICS IN COMPARATIVE POLITICS 3 cr. Topic listed in the semester schedule. Students may register for more than one 395 course on advice of academic advisor.

397. SPECIAL TOPICS IN INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS 3 cr. Topic listed in the semester schedule. Students may register for more than one 395 course on advice of academic advisor.

398. SPECIAL TOPICS IN POLITICAL THOUGHT 3 cr. Topic listed in the semester schedule. Students may register for more than one 395 course on advice of academic advisor.

399. INDEPENDENT STUDY 1-3 cr. Prerequisite: permission of chair. Directed reading or individual research.

401. SENIOR THESIS 3 cr. Prerequisites: PO 300/300L and permission of instructor. Research of a topic in political science. Reviewing past research, developing a research plan, carrying out the research plan, and writing the thesis.

410. AMERICAN PRESIDENCY 3 cr. Prerequisite: PO 101 and PO 200.  Institutions, personalities, and political processes centered in the presidency; implications of the shifting balance of powers between the presidency and the other federal branches; analysis of media and public expectations in light of effective leadership and public accountability.

412. URBAN POLITICS 3 cr. Comparative study of the political systems of urban areas emphasizing forms of urban government, metropolitan government, political machines, elections, interest groups, local executives, city councils, and bureaucracies.

417. THE U.S. SUPREME COURT 3 cr. Prerequisite: PO 314 or 315 or 317 or permission of instructor. History and role of the U.S. Supreme Court in U.S. politics. Special attention given to how and why the Court renders its decisions, how it determines its docket and case load, and the impact of its decisions. Includes significant independent research component.

430. SEMINAR: INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS ON THE BLEEDING EDGE: IMAGINING TOMORROW 3 cr. Explores topics in current international relations pertaining to security, intelligence, and defense applications. Wars today take place in physical space, cyberspace, and narrative space, i.e., social media. Also examines application of neuroscience and neurotechnology to counter state and nonstate threats, how virtual reality and augmented reality can help understand data, and how UAVs and robotics change the nature of the fight in the kinetic sphere.

445. NATIONALISM AND CITIZENSHIP 3 cr. The two dominant ways of interpreting political identity today, with both a theoretical and empirical component. Relationship between ascriptive identity and democracy, meaning of patriotism, impact of colonialism and race-thinking, and examination of possibilities for shared political life beyond the nation-state.

446. MARXIST THOUGHT 3 cr. The varieties of Marxism, including Marx, Lenin, Rosa Luxemburg, and Antonio Gramsci. Significant emphasis on leadership and party politics, hegemony, imperialism, culture, ideology, and the role of gender and race analysis in Marxist thought. Involves significant reading and writing.

458. TOPICS IN POLITICAL DEVELOPMENT 3 cr. Prerequisite: PO 102 or permission of instructor. Uses a different theme each semester it is offered. Examines topics from around the globe related to political transformation and economic development.

498. ADVANCED INDEPENDENT STUDY 1-3 cr. Prerequisite: permission of chair. Senior- and/or graduate-level directed reading or independent research.

499. SEMINAR 3 cr. Courses on a variety of topics taught in a seminar format.

Political Science course descriptions can also be found in the John Carroll Undergraduate Bulletin.

For questions concerning courses, contact the Political Science Department at 216.397.4311.