POL207E Peace & War
The development and characteristics of the European state system, the effects of ideological movements and war, the power structure of the contemporary world, the elements of national power, the making and conduct of foreign policy, international organization and law, and the practice of diplomacy are discussed. Included is a survey of U.S. foreign policy since WWII. Major conceptions of world politics are evaluated.
POL316E Constitutional Law
The role of the Supreme Court in the American political system is examined. Topics include constitutional powers and limitations, with primary emphasis on judicial interpretations of the 1st and 14th amendments.
POL318E Problems in Civil Liberties
This course deals with important problems in the field of civil liberties, including the meaning and scope of the freedoms of speech and religion (including such issues as seditious speech, obscenity, school prayer, parochial school aid, and free exercise of religion). This course also considers special problems in civil liberties in light of the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001.
POL319E First Amendment Law
POL321E Public Policy
First Amendment Law covers six categories within the amendment: Establishment of Religion; Free Exercise of Religion; Freedom of Speech; Freedom of the Press; the Right to Assemble; and the Right of People to Petition the Government. The course focuses on the “speech clause”, (because it represents the constitutional grounding for the right of free expression), on the religious clauses, (which frequently clash since government cannot establish religion nor inhibit the free exercise of it), and on the press clause.
This course examines selected contemporary problems of the U.S. and the federal policies designed to deal with them. Particular problems may include education, health, transportation, consumer protection, environmental protection, and energy.
POL323E Political Leadership
POL324E Public Administration
This course is intended as an introduction to the study of democratic statesmanship, or political leadership in a democratic political regime. Although the primary emphasis will be on the study of the rhetoric and actions of some leading American presidents, some materials will also be drawn from antiquity and from modern Britain and France.
This course considers the role of bureaucracy in federal, state, and local government. It analyzes the place of administration in a constitutional system of separated powers. It traces briefly the origins and evolution of the study and practice of public administration. The relationship of the bureaucracy to the other branches of government, the political and ethical dimensions of administration, the organization and operation of bureaucracy, and the politics of the budgetary process are all highlighted.
POL372E American Foreign Policy
A study of the policy of the United States regarding important areas and problems in the contemporary world, and the development of the American involvement in foreign affairs from the Roosevelt-Truman era of World War II to the present time. Emphasis is placed on American Russian relations, problems of the Western Alliance, and policies toward issues of developing countries. Legalist, moralist, realist, and revisionist interpretations of American foreign policy are evaluated.