Jun 24, 2024  
2013-2014 Academic Catalog 
    
2013-2014 Academic Catalog [Published Catalog]

Courses


 

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  • POLS 203/2003 - Introduction to Political Science II (3 cr.)



    Prerequisites
     

    Description
    This course is reserved for students above the level of their first semester sophomores who wish to major in Political Science, but cannot be taken if students have already taken   . See the description of   .

  
  • POLS 299/2096 - Selected Topics for Core Curriculum (3 cr.)



    Prerequisites
     

    Description
    Course addressing broad intellectual concerns and accessible to all students, irrespective of major

    When Offered
    Offered occasionally.
    Repeatable
    May be repeated for credit if content changes.
  
  • POLS 204/2104 - Introduction to Research Methods in Political Science (3 cr.)



    Prerequisites
      ,   or   

    Description
    The course is an introductory course intended for students seeking a career in political science-related fields. The key purpose of the course is to introduce students to main methods of scientific political enquiry. Using existing data sources, qualitative and quantitative research methods are the main topics to be covered in this course.

     

  
  • POLS 205/2403 - Europe in the Age of Revolution and Reform (1789-1914) (3 cr.)



    Description
    This Course explores Europe’s so-called “Long 19th century” from the French Revolution to World War I including many of the phenomena that came to define the century such as capitalism, nationalism, socialism, feminism and imperialism.

    Cross-listed
    Same as  .
  
  • POLS 206/2404 - Europe in International Politics in the Twentieth Century (3 cr.)



    Description
    This Course explores major development in European and international socio-economic politics from the end of the 1800’s to the present day. It introduces the key events and trends of this tumultuous century including wars, revolutions, and ideological movements.

     

    Cross-listed
    Same as

     .
    When Offered
    Offered in fall and spring.

  
  • POLS 301-302/3201-3202 - History of Political Theory (3 cr. per semester)



    Prerequisites
      and   or  

    Description
    Analysis of the thought of the major contributors, from Plato to the present. Fall semester (301): ancient and medieval political philosophy and the modern break with traditions. Spring semester (302): main currents of modern thought.

    When Offered
    POLS 3202 Is not Offered in the fall semester.
  
  • POLS 313/3401 - Introduction to Comparative Politics (3 cr.)



    Prerequisites
      and   or  

    Description
    This course provides an introduction to the analysis of comparative politics, exploring differences in the institutional make-up and the workings of political systems worldwide. Topics covered include an examination of the key institutions of the state, executive-legislative relations, the different tiers of government, the media in politics, interest group and party politics and political transitions.




  
  • POLS 303/3403 - American Government and Politics (3 cr.)



    Prerequisites
      and   or  

    Description
    Formation and implementation of public policy, with attention to the structure, powers, and functions of the presidency, the bureaucracy, the Congress, and the federal courts and the forces that influence their actions.

    When Offered
    Offered occasionally.
  
  • POLS 305/3405 - Politics and Society in Contemporary Africa (3 cr.)



    Prerequisites
       and 6 hours of social sciences.

    Description
    Introduction to the social arena within which politics occurs and the political arena which helps to shape society in Africa today. Focuses on understanding continuity and change in African politics and societies, and sheds light on both the significant potential of Africa, and the enormous challenges the continent faces.

    When Offered
    Offered occasionally.
  
  • POLS 308/3408 - Comparative Politics of the Middle East (3 cr.)



    Prerequisites
      and   or   .

    Description
    Comparative study of government and ideologies, social stratification, and institutions in the Middle East. Also includes a study of the problems of modernization and political development.

    When Offered
    Offered in fall and spring.
  
  • POLS 323/3423 - Comparative Government and Politics: Developing Systems (3 cr.)



    Prerequisites
      and   or  

    Description
    The government and politics of selected countries in the developing world (Middle East, Africa, Asia, Latin America). Subjects covered may include the structural and functional characteristics of executive, legislative, and judicial institutions; bureaucracy, political parties, mass movements, political culture, the role of public opinion, foreign policy.

    When Offered
    Offered in fall.
  
  • POLS 324/3424 - Comparative Government and Politics in Contemporary Eastern Europe and Russia (3 cr.)



    Prerequisites
      and   or  

    Description
    The collapse of communism and post-communist political and economic developments. Transition to democracy and market economy. Ethnicity, nationalism and the emergence of nation states. Consideration of the government and politics of selected countries.

    When Offered
    Offered in spring.
  
  • POLS 325/3425 - Government and Politics of Egypt (3 cr.)



    Prerequisites
      .

    Description
    Examination of structure and process of the Egyptian government and political life including: the executive, legislative and judicial institutions and their powers; the legislative process; executive policy making; electoral processes; parties and interest groups; and other selected aspects of the interaction between state and society.

  
  • POLS 354/3454 - Political and Social Thought in the Modern Arab World (3 cr.)



    Prerequisites
     

    Description
    Development of political and social ideologies in the Arab world since the beginning of the twentieth century. Topics will include the impact of liberal thought on Arab elites, the rise of nationalism, and the emergence of theories of political and social transformation.

    When Offered
    Offered in fall and spring.
  
  • POLS 310/3510 - Introduction to Development (3 cr.)



    Prerequisites
      and   or  

    Description
    Introduces students to development dilemmas in the “Global South,” using a political economy approach. Questions raised include: What is development? How to measure it? Why are some nations “developed” and others are not? The course covers theories of Modernization, Dependency, Neo-Liberalism, and Statism, as well experiences of various countries.

    When Offered
    Offered in fall and spring.
  
  • POLS 350/3550 - Introduction to Political Economy (3 cr.)



    Prerequisites
      ,  or   and  

    Description
    Analysis of interconnections between politics and economics, political authority and the market, power and wealth. Survey of main schools of thought in political economy, their evolution, convergence and divergence. Empirical issues essential to the understanding of the interaction between politics and economics in today’s world will be included.

  
  • POLS 351/3551 - Theory and History of Political Economy (3 cr.)



    Prerequisites
     

    Description
    Traces the history of political economy and its major schools, covers how different schools conceptualize the mutual relationships between the economy and politics. Relates these schools to the development of capitalism and the process of globalization.

  
  • POLS 320/3620 - International Relations (3 cr.)



    Prerequisites
      ,  or   and  

    Description
    The nature of politics among sovereign states: approaches and basic concepts, national power, the balance of power, nationalism and imperialism, instruments and goals of national policy, real or ideal limitation on international anarchy. Emphasis on international law and the United Nations, selected topics in contemporary international political history.

    When Offered
    Offered in fall and spring.
  
  • POLS 400/4000 - Honors Seminar: Political Theory and Current Issues in World Affairs (3 cr.)



    Prerequisites
    Pre-requisites: Honors Status, PS 301 or 302

    Description
    This seminar aims at training the honors students in the use of various political theories in the course of understanding some of the major world issues of our time.  It seeks to establish the relevance of a range of political frame works to our great issues of today’s world with focus on conflict, crises situations and environmental, demographic and ecological changes.

  
  • POLS 430/4030 - Seminar: Special Topics in Political Science for Undergraduates (3 cr.)



    Prerequisites
       and 6 credit hrs at 3000 level in POLS.

    Description
    Selected topics to be investigated under the guidance of a faculty member.

    When Offered
    Offered in fall and spring.
    Repeatable
    May be repeated for credit if content changes
    Notes
    May be offered as a seminar.

  
  • POLS 433/4033 - Individual Study and Selected Reading (1-3 cr.)



    Prerequisites
       and consent of instructor and department on the basis of a well-defined proposal.

    Description
    Guided reading, research, and discussion based on a subject of mutual interest to a student and faculty member.

    When Offered
    Offered in fall and spring.
  
  • POLS 431/4035 - Political Sociology (3 cr.)



    Prerequisites
    Prerequisites: 9 hours of social science, and junior or senior standing.

    Description
    Social bases of various political systems such as Western-type democracy, authoritarianism, and totalitarianism. Topics include: determinants of political behavior, power, elite formation, bureaucracy, and the political role of the military and intellectuals in Third World societies.

    Cross-listed
    Same as  .
    When Offered
    Offered in fall.
  
  • POLS 499/4099 - Senior Year Thesis (3 cr.)



    Prerequisites
    The pre-requisites for POLS 4099 is being enrolled in the Honors Program and accumulating the requisite credits in the prescribed courses, including, but not limited to,   and  

    Description
    This course provides students enrolled in the department’s Honors Program the opportunity to write an original research thesis with faculty supervision.


     

  
  • POLS 404/4104 - Political Science Methods (3 cr.)



    Prerequisites
        and 3 credit hours at 300 level in POLS.

    Description
    This course seeks to provide students with a critical understanding of political science methods, the ability to read statistical materials, and to use advanced qualitative and quantitative research methods. Electoral behavior and systems are extensively studied in this course and used to demonstrate how different research methods are applied to study a topic as important as elections.
     

  
  • POLS 416/4216 - Race, Class and Gender: Theorizing Political Identity (3 cr.)



    Prerequisites
    Six credits at 300 level in POLS.

    Description
    This course will survey a variety of contemporary trends in the political theorization of race, gender and class as they relate to the development of notions of identity in a historical context and as categories of political exclusion and inclusion. Special emphasis will be given to modern and contemporary concepts of identity, including notions of subjectivity, gender, race, culture, class and ethnicity.

  
  • POLS 417/4217 - Cosmopolitanism and Global Justice (3 cr.)



    Prerequisites
     

    Description
    The course considers questions of justice in a global context. It uses case studies and theoretical (historical and contemporary) to explore issues associated with just war, human rights, migration, citizenship, as well as economic, environmental, and social justice across state borders.
     

  
  • POLS 426/4226 - Contemporary Political Islam (3 cr.)



    Prerequisites
     

    Description
    This course is designed to provide an understanding of the phenomenon of political Islam in the Arab and Muslim worlds. It examines the reasons, implications, and consequences of the reassertion of Islam in today’s politics. The course is divided into three parts. The first provides a thorough analysis of the main idea and model (s) that inspire contemporary Islamist activists. The second part critically examines the different trends within the Islamic movements and presents case studies of their origins, evolution, dynamics, and limitations. Finally, the course concludes with a critical analysis of the ideas of prominent Islamic thinkers that are considered as main ideologues of political Islam.

  
  • POLS 471/4371 - Introduction to Public International Law (3 cr.)



    Prerequisites
      and  

    Description
    Introduces students to the practice and theoretical foundations of public International law, covering such topics as source doctrine (customary International law, treaty law, etc.), international personality, jurisdiction, state responsibility, self-determination and the use of force. This course may be counted toward the Dual Degree Option combining a BA in Political Science and an MA in International Human Rights Law.
     

    Cross-listed
    Same as  
    When Offered
    Offered in fall and spring.
  
  • POLS 472/4372 - International Law in the Middle East (3 cr.)



    Prerequisites
      and   .

    Description
    An in-depth treatment of selected issues of contemporary international law. Provides students with an understanding of specialized areas of international law including the use of force and dispute resolution, acquisition of territory, state succession, law of the sea, and international human rights law by focusing on specific issues relevant to the Middle East.

    When Offered
    Offered in spring.
  
  • POLS 473/4373 - Special Topics in Public Law (3 cr.)



    Prerequisites
       and 6 credit hrs at 300 level in POLS.

    Description
    Topics drawn from constitutional and administrative law, including related jurisprudence and judicial institutions.

    Repeatable
    May be taken a second time if content changes.
  
  • POLS 474/4374 - Special Topics in Public International Law (3 cr.)



    Prerequisites
      and  

    Description
    Specialized areas of international law, such as human rights and humanitarian law.

    Repeatable
    May be taken if content changes.
  
  • POLS 475/4375 - Introduction to Egyptian and Islamic Law (3 cr.)



    Prerequisites
     

    Description
    The Egyptian legal system will be considered according to its present structure and historical development including institutions, processes, laws, and the courts. There will be special emphasis on developments in constitutional law and the role played by the constitution in the political context of present day Egypt. The course also offers an introduction to Islamic jurisprudence in the classical doctrine, in the pre-modern Egyptian legal system, and in contemporary Egypt. This course may be counted toward the Dual Degree option combining a BA in Political Science and an MA in International Human Rights Law.
     

    Cross-listed
    Same as   .
    When Offered
    Offered once a year.
  
  • POLS 477/4377 - Law and Development (3 cr.)



    Prerequisites
      ,  and  

    Description
    This course will explore the interface between law and processes of development. by looking critically at what is meant by “law”, we will explore the impact of law (however defined) on social and economic development. In so doing, the beneficial and detrimental impacts of law on development will be assessed. The influence of law in the domains of population, constitutionalism, and the environment, among others, will be considered.

  
  • POLS 478/4378 - Introduction to International Human Rights Law (3 cr.)



    Prerequisites
      .

    Description
    The course provides an overview of the major human rights treaties, customary norms, international institutions and mechanisms of enforcement, while at the same time encouraging a critical stance that questions the role and effect of human rights in a world of distress and inequality. This course may be counted towards the Dual Degree Option combining a BA in Political Science and an MA in International Human Rights Law.
     

    Cross-listed
    Same as   .
    When Offered
    Offered once a year.
  
  • POLS 420/4420 - Issues in Middle East Politics (3 cr.)



    Prerequisites
      and   .

    Description
    Selected Topics in Middle East Politics investigated under the guidance of a faculty member. May be offered as a seminar.

    When Offered
    Offered occasionally.
    Repeatable
    May be repeated for credit if content changes
  
  • POLS 422/4422 - Contemporary Egypt (3 cr.)



    Prerequisites
      and  

    Description
    This course examines the current Politics of Egypt, including elections, civil society activism and changing power relations between social forces.
     

    When Offered
    Offered in fall.
  
  • POLS 432/4432 - Seminar: Comparative Politics and/or Policies (3 cr.)



    Prerequisites
       and one of       .

    Description
    Selected topics in the field of comparative politics or policies, with concentration on a single country, problem, or policy.

    When Offered
    Offered in fall and spring.
    Repeatable
    May be repeated for credit if content changes.
  
  • POLS 435/4435 - The State and Society (3 cr.)



    Prerequisites
       and 6 credit hrs. at 300 level in Political Science.

    Description
    The concept of the State is at the center of the study of politics and of our understandings of political and socio-economic problems like ethnic conflict, sectarian strife, law enforcement, economic development and democratization. This course offers a critical study of theories from Marx, Weber, and other social scientists about the State, its institutions, and its interactions with its society and its citizens.
     

  
  • POLS 438/4438 - Modern China (3 cr.)



    Prerequisites
     

    Description
    An examination of the evolution of modern China’s political system in the light of Chinese history. Areas for consideration will include the structure of Chinese political culture, how communism has served China, how China’s past may continue to determine China’s future. When there is sufficient interest, and such arrangements are possible, the course will include a two- to three- week trip to China.

    When Offered
    Offered occasionally.
  
  • POLS 439/4439 - Government and Politics in the Modern Caucasus and Central Asia (3 cr.)



    Prerequisites
      ,  and  

    Description
    The policy of colonization and the collapse of the Soviet multi ethnic empire. New nation states in the post communist era including their relations with the Middle East.

  
  • POLS 470/4470 - The Politics of Human Rights (3 cr.)



    Prerequisites
       and 6 credit hrs at 300 level in Political Science.

    Description
    This is a research-oriented class on the politics of human rights in comparative perspective with special reference to issues in Egypt and the Middle East
     

  
  • POLS 480/4480 - Israeli Politics and Society (3 cr.)



    Prerequisites
       and 6 credit hrs. of Social Science.

    Description
    This course offers an analytic view of a wide variety of political and social aspects of Israel’s domestic setting, including: Israel’s political system; economy; civil-military relations; new immigrants; as well as the main political and social divisions.
     

  
  • POLS 481/4481 - The Politics of Palestinian–Israeli Relations (3 cr.)



    Prerequisites
      and   .

    Description
    This course critically examines the politics of Palestinian-Israeli relations. Topics will include, inter alia, the history of political relations between the two communities, and the manner in which the relations have been historicized and politicized, the political economy of the relations, mechanisms of Israel’s occupation and the prospects of and for a Palestinian state.
     

  
  • POLS 402/4502 - The Political Economy of Egypt (3 cr.)



    Prerequisites
      ,  and  

    Description
    The course focuses on the political factors that shaped the economy, the polity and society at large. In this class, we will try to understand the dynamics of internal and international power relations that shaped the history of modern development, the factors of policy making, the role of the state and the role of external factors

  
  • POLS 413/4513 - International Financial Institutions (3 cr.)



    Prerequisites
      ,  and   .

    Description
    The politics of international economics, focusing on the role of the IMF, World Bank, WTO, and other multinational institutions as well as regional financial and economic integration with emphasis on European Union and Middle East and Islamic finance and banking. Special attention will be given to the political dimensions of such issues as debt rescheduling, structural adjustment, international trade regulations, foreign aid, trade wars and embargoes.

  
  • POLS 423/4523 - The Political Economy of Poverty and Inequality (3 cr.)



    Prerequisites
      ,  and  

    Description
    The focus of this seminar is on the mechanisms that influence poverty. Some of the major issues are: the socio-economic and political characterization of the poor; the role of the state in poverty alleviation; the impact of globalization on poverty and the best policies to reduce poverty.

  
  • POLS 424/4524 - Political Economy of the Middle East and North Africa (3 cr.)



    Prerequisites
      ,  and  

    Description
    An examination of the interconnection between the socio-political forces and economic policies in the Middle East and North Africa. For instance: how liberalization affects democratization and vice versa, how economic national characteristics affect the political process and vice versa. Required for all students in Political Economy Specialization.

  
  • POLS 425/4525 - Global Political Economy (3 cr.)



    Prerequisites
      ,  and  

    Description
    The dialectics of the relationship between market and state. Types of international actors and the international division of labor; old and new. Theory of international regimes and the evolution of mechanisms of international trade and finance. Transformation of the global political economy and its impact on patterns of hegemony/ marginalization in the contemporary world.

  
  • POLS 442/4542 - Environmental Politics (3 cr.)



    Prerequisites
     

    Description
    This course analyzes environmental politics in an international arena. It examines the policies and tactics of a range of actors, including national and local governments, non-governmental and intergovernmental organizations, corporations, mass movements and scientists.

  
  • POLS 450/4550 - Business -Government Relations (3 cr.)



    Prerequisites
      and   .

    Description
    The course will explore interactions and the impact of government and business relations in modern economies. It will first look at some of the key theoretical issues and then examine the nature of this relationship in a comparative international context.
     

  
  • POLS 460/4560 - Development Studies Seminar (3 cr.)



    Prerequisites
       and 12 hours of social science.

    Description
    Interdisciplinary and comparative analysis of development as a process and as a historical phenomenon. Critical evaluation of economic, political, social, and cultural technological and managerial factors that structure developmental change.

    Cross-listed
    Same as  , .
    When Offered
    Offered occasionally.
  
  • POLS 405/4605 - International Politics in the Middle East (3 cr.)



    Prerequisites
      ,  and   .

    Description
    This seminar seeks to examine the relationships of the Middle East to the great powers of our time, with emphasis on the political, military, economic and cultural impact of these powers on shaping the region, and its future.

  
  • POLS 409/4609 - Seminar: International Organization (3 cr.)



    Prerequisites
      and  

    Description
    This seminar examines the structure and evolution international organizations, both intergovernmental (IO’s) and non-governmental (NGO’s), with an emphasis on the United Nations system, its specialized agencies, and recent issues of global governance.

    When Offered
    Offered in spring.
  
  • POLS 410/4610 - International Security (3 cr.)



    Prerequisites
      and   .

    Description
    Discusses the major theories of war and peace. Encompasses a study of international crisis, conflict, war, and strategies for managing conflicts. Covers critical security studies to understand the challenges of the assumptions underpinning traditional security studies. Diverse topics including environmental security, global human security, and international terrorism will be studied with a view of focusing on the changing nature of international security.

  
  • POLS 411/4611 - Contemporary Foreign Policies (3 cr.)



    Prerequisites
      and   .

    Description
    Investigates the processes involved in foreign policy decision-making. Focus will be on understanding the contexts, constraints and influences which foreign policy decision-makers have to deal with, combined with specialized knowledge of the post-1945 foreign policies of major and emerging states in the international system.

  
  • POLS 414/4614 - Egyptian Foreign Policy (3 cr.)



    Prerequisites
      and  

    Description
    Main themes of Egyptian foreign policy from 1952 including: Egypt’s relations with the great powers; inter-Arab relationships and policy including unity experiments, the inter-Arab arena including the Arab League, and the Gulf Cooperation Council; effects on foreign policy of the Arab-Israeli conflict; relations with the Non-Aligned Movement, the Islamic Conference, the Organization of African Unity; policy concerns of the national interest including Nile waters and the Suez Canal.

  
  • POLS 415/4615 - U.S. Foreign Policy (3 cr.)



    Prerequisites
      and   .

    Description
    Examines major issues and processes of U.S. foreign policy considered historically focusing on the post World War II era. Processes of policy formulation and values manifested in U.S. foreign policy are explored in the context of specific issue areas such as the Cold War, the end of the Cold War, the Western Alliance, and development aid and assistance to Latin America, Africa, and Asia.

  
  • POLS 440/4640 - Seminar: Special Topics in International Relations for Undergraduates (3 cr.)



    Prerequisites
      and  

    Description
    A special issue or theme in international relations investigated under the guidance of a faculty member.

    Repeatable
    May be repeated for credit if content changes.
  
  • POLS 430/5130 - Seminar: Special Topics in Political Science for both Undergraduates and Graduates (3 cr.)



    Prerequisites
    Junior standing.

     

    Description
    Selected topics to be investigated under the guidance of a faculty member.

    When Offered
    Offered in fall and spring.
    Repeatable
    May be repeated for credit if content changes
    Notes
    May be offered as a seminar.

  
  • POLS 440/5140 - Seminar: Special Topics in International Relations for both Undergraduates and Graduates (3 cr.)



    Prerequisites
    Junior standing.

    Description
    Selected topics to be investigated under the guidance of a faculty member.

    When Offered
    Offered in fall and spring.
    Repeatable
    May be repeated for credit if content changes.
    Notes
    May be offered as a seminar.

  
  • POLS 501/5201 - Comparative Theory (3 cr.)



    Prerequisites
    Prerequisite: graduate standing.

    Description
    An examination of the field of Comparative Politics and major relevant theories, approaches to research, and analysis. Required of all students in the Comparative Politics Specialization.

  
  • POLS 502/5202 - Scope and Method of Developmental Analysis (3 cr.)



    Description
    A critical review of the theories, models, and methodologies relevant to the study of political development, especially in the Third World.

    When Offered
    Offered in fall and spring.
  
  • POLS 503/5203 - International Relations Theory (3 cr.)



    Description
    Critical review of major theories and concepts in international relations, and the relevance of theory to contemporary world politics. Special attention will be given to the development of theoretical and research skills needed for the conducting of graduate research and the writing of graduate thesis.

    When Offered
    Offered in fall and spring.
  
  • POLS 504/5204 - Advanced Political Science Methods (3 cr.)



    Description
    This course seeks to provide students with a critical understanding of political science methods, the ability to read statistical materials, and to use advanced quantitative and qualitative research methods. The topics covered include: the design of research projects, methods to gather and analyze data, and the ethical problems involved in conducting social science research.

  
  • POLS 505/5205 - Identity, Culture and Norms in World Politics (3 cr.)



    Description
    Studies identities, cultures and norms in world politics. It explores, inter alia, the construction of domestic and state identities and the making of norms and cultures, as well as the intersection of these three elements, at the global level.
     

    When Offered
    Offered in Spring.
  
  • POLS 510/5210 - Global Governance and World Order(s) (3 cr.)



    Description
    This course explores the ideas, institutions and practices of global governance, multilateralism and world order. A range of theoretical frameworks and case studies examine the role of social forces, state and non-state actors, issues such as cooperation and regulation, discourses of imperialism and institutional mechanisms in the current world order.
     

    When Offered
    Offered in Fall.
  
  • POLS 520/5220 - Protracted Social Conflicts (3 cr.)



    Description
    Protracted social conflicts (PSCs) are endemic conflicts based on horizontal inequalities such as ethnicity, religion, race and gender. This course will examine how PSCs affect development priorities, the distribution of income and services, etc; which exacerbates unequal access to economic resources and benefits, which in turn intensifies hatred and conflict on non-class demarcation lines.
     

  
  • POLS 525/5225 - International Political Economy (3 cr.)



    Description
    Patterns of the evolution, organization and functioning of the global political economy including the role of states and other international actors; theory and practice of international regimes and global issues of the third millennium.

    When Offered
    Offered in fall.
  
  • POLS 526/5226 - The Political Economy of Regionalism (3 cr.)



    Description
    This course examines the patterns, criteria, and dynamics of regionalism in the global political economy. The course takes a comparative approach to analyzing the political economy of regionalism, studying the Middle East, Latin America, Asia, Europe and Sub-Sahara Africa. We will examine the positive and negative effects of the trends of regionalism, identify patterns, and compare the political, economic, military/security, socio-cultural, linguistic, historical, and ideological variables of each region under study.
     

  
  • POLS 530/5230 - Regime Change and Democratization (3 cr.)



    Prerequisites
     

    Description
    The course addresses the academic debate on authoritarianism, regime change, and democratization in theoretical and empirical perspective. Conceptual approaches include regime type analysis, theories of democratic transition and consolidation, and hybrid regimes. Empirical cases compare developments in different world regimes.
     

  
  • POLS 534/5233 - Middle East Conflicts (3 cr.)



    Description
    The Arab-Israeli conflict is at the core of Middle East conflicts; the numerous Arab-Israeli wars and peace efforts dominated the conflict scene in the region for more than half a century. Other conflicts are fueled, affected, and intertwined with the various aspects of Arab-Israeli conflict. This seminar analyzes roots of this protracted conflict since Zionism clashed with Palestinian nationalism in the early 20th century until the most recent effort to settle it.

     

    When Offered
    Offered in Fall.
  
  • POLS 535/5235 - Middle East Politics (3 cr.)



    Description
    This course provides an in-depth examination of the nature and dynamics of Middle East politics. It explores some of the main approaches to understanding the Middle East Political system. The course will focus on state formation, national identities, leadership, elites and the impact of the west.

  
  • POLS 536/5236 - Contemporary Issues in Political Islam (3 cr.)



    Description
    This course is designed to examine current intellectual, economic, political, and foreign policy issues in political Islam. Among the topics that will be analyzed are political Islam and the challenges modernity,; secularism; the Islamic state; democracy and pluralism; human rights; women; Islamic economic system; and globalization.

  
  • POLS 537/5237 - Modern Islamic Political Thought (3 cr.)



    Description
    This seminar explores key thinkers in the development of modern Islamic political thought. It examines how thinkers from Morocco to South Asia have used religious arguments to inform their political philosophies.

     

  
  • POLS 540/5240 - Politics of Modern Egypt (3 cr.)



    Description
    This course offers an in-depth analysis of the nature and dynamics of modern Egyptian politics. Assessments of the Nasser, Sadat and Mubarak presidencies are followed by a treatment of the major issues and themes confronting and shaping Egypt’s contemporary political arena.

  
  • POLS 544/5244 - European Politics (3 cr.)



    Description
    Considers the governance structures, processes, and patterns of politics in major states, institutions of the EU, and international organizations.

  
  • POLS 545/5245 - Politics and Development (3 cr.)



    Description
    Domestic and international contexts within which development occurs: ethnicity, class, gender, dependence; central institutions involved in decision making (the state, international donors, international financial institutions); contemporary policy sectors such as rural development, industry, health, etc.

    When Offered
    Offered occasionally.
  
  • POLS 550/5250 - Politics In Asia (3 cr.)



    Description
    The general aim of this course is to acquaint the student with an overall historic view of contemporary Asian politics, in an evolving international political and economic environment. The course is divided into two parts: (I) an introduction to the continent, and to Comparative Politics; and (II) five case studies, most of them covering more than one country, which will be thought alternatively, according to the availability of lecturers, 2-3 cases studies per semester.
     

    When Offered
    Offered occasionally.
  
  • POLS 551/5251 - African Politics (3 cr.)



    Description
    The course provides an in-depth examination of the nature and dynamics of African politics. It explores issues related to state formation; post-colonial development processes; conflicts and civil wars; attempts at regional and sub-regional cooperation and integration and Africa international political and economic relations in the globalization era.
     

  
  • POLS 552/5252 - Arab-American Relations (3 cr.)



    Description
    This is a course which will introduce students to the growing importance of Arab-American relations in the post Cold War era. Informed by conceptual approaches in International Relations, it will examine changing patterns in political and strategic relationships, and will also assess the impact of US policy on some of the crucial regional issues which cause serious concerns to the governments and peoples of the region.

  
  • POLS 554/5254 - Comparative Foreign Policy: Theories and Applications (3 cr.)



    Description
    Patterns of the international system are greatly shaped by the strategies, objectives, and decisions of states, i.e. their foreign policies. Consequently, this course deals with the sources, processes and outcomes of these policies and how far they shape the global arena.

    When Offered
    Offered in spring.
  
  • POLS 555/5255 - Conflict and Security in Global Politics (3 cr.)



    Description
    This course examines, theoretically and through case studies, conflict and security in world politics. This includes analysis of the dynamics of inter-state, ethnic, and anti-imperial and –colonial conflict, as well as security arrangements, from balance of power to regional and global security regimes.

    When Offered
    Offered in fall.
  
  • POLS 558/5258 - Comparative Politics and the Middle East (3 cr.)



    Prerequisites
      or   and   or  

    Description
    Polity, economy, and society considered as interconnected areas for research in comparative politics; the impasse debate about theory in Middle East politics explored in relation to comparative work on other areas and analysis of representative studies; consideration of materials relevant for studying the Middle East; practice in formulating a research proposal and in developing an agenda for research.

  
  • POLS 561/5261 - Public Policy and Development (3 cr.)



    Prerequisites
      and   or  

    Description
    Public policy-making considered within contexts of current policy debates. Historical perspectives emphasized, as well as the effects of the globalization of trade, rise of multinationals, and the parameters of effective policy making at national and sub-national levels.

  
  • POLS 562/5262 - International Development Organizations (3 cr.)



    Prerequisites
     

    Description
    The structure of international aid and assistance, with emphasis on analyzing the activities of multilateral, and bilateral organizations and NGOs which attempt to promote development. Emphasis will be on the political and bureaucratic environments in which these organizations operate.

  
  • POLS 570/5270 - Special Topics in Political Science for Graduates (3 cr.)



    Description
    Alternating selected Topics to be investigated and reported.

    When Offered
    Offered in fall and spring.
    Repeatable
    May be taken more than once if content changes.
  
  • POLS 571/5271 - Seminar: Special Topics in International Relations for Graduates (3 cr.)



    Description
    Issues in international relations regionally or topically defined. Each student will investigate an aspect of the topic as defined, researching it and reporting on it within the seminar context.

    Repeatable
    May be taken more than once if content changes.
  
  • POLS 580/5280 - Independent Study and Readings (3 cr.)



    Prerequisites
    Prerequisite: Department approval.

    Description
    Guided individual readings and/or research on a subject of mutual interest to student and faculty member.

    When Offered
    Offered in fall and spring.
    Repeatable
    May be taken only once.
  
  • POLS 584/5284 - Practicum: Internship or Research (3 cr.)



    Prerequisites
    Prerequisites: At least eighteen hours of master’s degree work , or adviser’s permission.

    Description
    Internship for four to six months in an organization pursuing development activities, or active involvement on an institutional research project having a development emphasis. The work is assessed on the basis of a written report and discussion.

  
  • POLS 585/5285 - Project Seminar (3 cr.)



    Description
    This is a special seminar for the practical development specialization. It includes the examination, specification and identification of problem areas; conceptualization and design of programs and their implementation; evaluation of project proposals and implementation. Students will be assessed by a variety of practical exercises, and the design of a project proposal.

  
  • POLS 586/5286 - Skills in Development Practice (3 cr.)



    Description
    This special seminar for the development specialization offers practical skills integral for working in the development field. The approach will be thematic and students will be introduced to the latest in techniques relevant to the field. A critique of the various approaches will be encouraged. Students will be assessed by a variety of practical exercises, essays and research projects.

  
  • POLS 599/5299 - Research Guidance and Thesis (no cr.)



  
  • PPAD 299/2099 - Selected Topics for the Core Curriculum (3 cr.)



    Prerequisites
     

    Description
    Course addressing broad intellectual concerns and accessible to all students, irrespective of major.

    When Offered
    Offered occasionally.
  
  • PPAD 308/3198 - Management in Government (3 cr.)



    Description
    Introduction to management and policy-making in government and non-profit organizations, with an emphasis on development programming in Egypt. Exploration of current policy and governance issues of importance to Egypt. Overview of management techniques applied in designing, implementing, and assessing development programs in government and non-profit settings.




    When Offered
    Offered in spring.
  
  • PPAD 506/5111 - Essentials of Public Policy and Administration (3 cr.)



    Description
    Introduction to public policy and administration for students with limited preparation in political science and social science generally. Exploration of what constitutes policy and how it is made, implemented, and evaluated, including role of different institutions and actors in shaping policy outcomes. Overview of major management issues in nonprofit and government agencies, including setting strategy, developing operational plans, and managing human and financial resources to achieve desired outcomes. May be taken for MPP credit only by students with limited background in management or social sciences (advisor approval required).

    When Offered
    Offered in fall.
  
  • PPAD 510/5113 - Organizational Behavior for Government and Nonprofit Management (3 cr.)



    Description
    Factors that shape how employees and managers interact with each other, with partners, citizens, and clients, and with the institutions themselves in public and nonprofit settings. Theories of motivation, leadership, group dynamics, power, communication, and ethical behavior in organizations. Application of theoretical constructs to the reality of developing country conditions, preparing students to address organizational challenges in professional settings.

    When Offered
    Offered in alternate years.
  
  • PPAD 512/5114 - Management of Development Programs (3 cr.)



    Description
    Theory and practice of management as applied to development projects, programs, and organizations. Managerial aspects of social and economic development, with extensive use of case material to explore how management shapes development outcomes. Implementation of management reforms in public and nonprofit settings, including project design and management.

    When Offered
    Offered in fall.
  
  • PPAD 505/5121 - Institutions, Democratization, and Public Policy (3 cr.)



    Description
    Review of theoretical and philosophical underpinnings of the state, institutions and public policy; explores dynamic relationships among state, society and economy. Introduction to political theory, institutional theory and public policy theory, from theories of who governs and how to the policy process. Extensive use of case studies to explore how institutions shape political life, policy, reform, and the democratic transition.

    When Offered
    Offered in spring.
  
  • PPAD 511/5122 - Administrative Environment and Public Policy in Egypt and the Middle East (3 cr.)



    Description
    In-depth exploration of the interaction of public policy and government institutions in Egypt and the Middle East to achieve public purposes. Consideration of how administrative structures shape outcomes and how performance constraints can be overcome, with application to selected social and productive sectors of public policy concern in Egypt and the region.

    When Offered
    Offered in alternate years.
  
  • PPAD 518/5123 - Governance, Accountability, and Stakeholder Negotiations (3 cr.)



    Description
    Provides students with an understanding of governance and accountability concepts, tools, and applications as applied in governmental and nonprofit settings, including international development organizations, and corporations working in developing countries. Strategies to overcome governance deficiencies including corruption, weak accountability to stakeholders, and nontransparency. Approaches to negotiation, especially between sectors (government-nonprofit-private sector) and with community stakeholders. Communication tools and other approaches for improving stakeholder relations.

    When Offered
    Offered in fall.
 

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