POLS 111 INTRODUCTION TO COMPARATIVE POLITICS AND INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS (3 credits) This broad introductory course launches the formal study of comparative politics and international relations at the college level, exploring these distinct yet complementary subfields of the discipline. Students in this course begin to address enduring questions about global phenomena with both theoretical and practical implications. Students also engage in political debates about questions both historical and contemporary. This course is a prerequisite for upper division work in the Politics and International Studies majors.
POLS 121 INTRODUCTION TO AMERICAN POLITICS AND POLICY (3 credits) This broad introductory course launches the formal student of American politics and public policy at the college level. It explores basic questions regarding the political philosophy that underpins the American system, investigates American political history and culture, examines American institutional arrangements, and surveys the six-step policymaking process. Students also engage in political debates about questions both historical and contemporary. This course is a prerequisite for upper division work in the Politics and Public Policy majors.
POLS 242 INTERMEDIATE AMERICAN PUBLIC POLICY (3 credits)This course examines the theoretical underpinnings of public policy. It also familiarizes students with the tools of policy analysis, ranging from descriptive and inferential statistics to cost-benefit analysis to policy history. Finally, the course provides a deep dive into three or four substantive domestic policy debates as we try to better understand the problems and solutions in each area. Prerequisite: POLS 121 or consent of the instructor.
*POLS 270 INTRODUCTION TO DIPLOMACY (3 credits) An experiential course that examines political, economic and social issues in world politics by simulating the work of states in U.N. committees and organizations. Students serve as delegates to a regional Model U.N. Scholarly readings on the practice of diplomacy. Also listed as PAGS 270. (D-I)
POLS 292 FCNL SPRING LOBBY WEEKEND (2 credits)This field trip-centered course is designed to help students learn first-hand about the legislative and lobbying process through a hands-on experience with the Friends Committee on National Legislation, focusing on a topic of current legislative opportunity. Past Lobbying Weekends have focused on the Authorization for the Military Use of Force, Climate Change, and Mass Incarceration. This course meets once a week for the first half of the semester and over Spring Break. Also listed as CIL 292.
*POLS 303 HUMAN RIGHTS IN THE MUSLIM WORLD (4 credits)This course is motivated by several questions to which students will be trusted to develop their own answers. Questions include: What is Islam? What are human rights? How do Muslims embody human rights? How much variation is there in how Muslims articulate and enact human rights? Prerequisite: An Earlham Seminar and POLS 111. Also listed as PAGS 303 and REL 303. (WI)
*POLS 305 FRENEMY POLITICS: CONFLICTS AND CONTROVERSIES IN JAPANESE AND ASIAN RELATIONS (3 credits)This course is a study of international relations within the context of Japan and Asian-Pacific politics and foreign policy. This course examines past, present and emerging transnational and trans-regional issues, such as territorial disputes, trade agreements and imbalances, human rights, immigration management, regional militarization, and constitutional revisionism, by way of the political and policy action or inaction of state actors in Japan and Asia. Also listed as JPNS 305. (RCH)
POLS 322 CLIMATE POLICY (3 credits) Examines the basic causes of global weirding (e.g., industrialization, electrification, transportation), the key impacts of global weirding (e.g., water scarcity, extreme weather events, rising sea level), mitigation strategies in various sectors (e.g., food production, water systems, and urban planning), and prominent policy solutions (e.g., carbon tax, cap and trade system, feed-in-tariffs, renewable energy portfolios, clean energy research and development). Students will engage in an extended simulation that will investigate the political constraints to adopting various policy solutions. A.R.T.S. Designation: A or S, depending on semester. (AY)
POLS 324 ENERGY POLICY (3 credits) Examine the energy crisis, investigating a broad range of technical and policy alternatives to solve the problem. Students will investigate basic energy science, peak oil, fossil fuel uses, energy efficiency, clean energy, smart grids, and the impacts of solving the energy crisis on our daily lives. Students will engage in a group project aimed at drafting a detailed policy brief assessing a specific energy problem. A.R.T.S. Designation: A or S, depending on semester. (AY)
*POLS 327 URBAN POLITICS, POLICY AND SUSTAINABILITY (3 credits)By the end of the semester, students will have a solid grounding in the basic theories of urban planning. They also will gain an understanding of the historical development of the city, both globally and in America. In addition, they will learn about evolving structure for regional municipal governing. Finally, they will learn about urbanism's role as a solution to the climate crisis. Prerequisite: POLS 121 or ENSU 141. Also listed as ENSU 327. (WI)
*POLS 333 GENDER AND SEXUALITY IN MUSLIM MIDDLE EAST AND NORTH AFRICA (4 credits)The overarching goal of the course is to unpack the many ways in which Arab Muslims have embodied genders and to explore the range of intimate practices that constitute “sexuality” in the present and past. This course is decidedly interdisciplinary and is structured by categorical inquiry into the meanings and practices of gender and sexuality. Prerequisite: POLS 111. Also listed as AAAS 333 and REL 333. (D-I)
POLS 339 APPROACHING POLITICAL PUZZLES (4 credits) Designed to improve students’ understanding of political science by enhancing critical thinking skills and exploring different theoretical approaches to political science. Students learn how to build on existing research and use “real world” examples in their own work. Experience gained in hands-on research and writing can be applied to the Senior Capstone Experience and other upper-division courses. A.R.T.S. Designation: R. Prerequisites: POLS 111 or consent of the instructor.
POLS 3XX POLITICS RESEARCH METHODS (3 credits) Pending approval
POLS 341 POLITICAL PARTIES AND ELECTIONS (3 credits) Examines the role parties and elections play in American politics. Students will develop an understanding of: the historical foundations of the two-party system in the United States, including the role of major realigning elections; the major contemporary coalitions supporting each major party; and, the who, what, where and when of American elections. Students will write a significant research paper examining the electoral situation in a specific state. A.R.T.S. Designation: A or R, depending on semester. Prerequisite: POLS 111 or consent of the instructor. (AY)
POLS 343 LEGISLATIVE TOOLKIT (3 credits) Hands on orientation to current functions and practices of the U.S. Congress with the goal of preparing students for staff positions in legislative or advocacy offices. Comparison of House and Senate and relations between Congress and the Executive branch, as well as the behavior of Members of Congress in both their legislative and representative roles. Particular attention to the policy making process and constituent work. Optional field trip to DC may be offered. A.R.T.S. Designation: S. Prerequisite: POLS 111 or consent of the instructor. (AY)
POLS 345 THE AMERICAN PRESIDENCY (3 credits) Examines the evolution of the presidency, tracking institutional developments using landmark documents and assessments from contemporary scholars. Students will engage in ongoing debates about different aspects of executive power in the American government. Students will also participate in a semester long speechwriting project A.R.T.S. Designation: A or R, depending on semester. Prerequisite: POLS 111 or consent of the instructor. (AY)
*POLS 346 CONSTITUTIONAL LAW (4 credits) Examines the historic foundations of the American legal system and its existing structural framework. Examines case law associated with defining federalism, democracy, and capitalism under the American Constitution. Examines case law associated with civil rights and civil liberties under the American Constitution. Students will learn how to write case briefs, a key skill for anyone considering law school. A.R.T.S. Designation: A or R, depending on semester. (D-D) (AY)
*POLS 348 AMERICAN EMPIRE: ARE WE ROME? (3 credits) American exceptionalism is the belief that the United States differs qualitatively from other developed nations because of its unique origins, national credo, historical evolution, and distinctive political and religious institutions. This course will begin by examining the rise and fall of a number of past empires, including the Romans, Mayans, Spanish, Dutch, British and Soviets. This foundation will be built upon to consider whether economic, fiscal, political, climate and energy crises provide dire warnings regarding the potential collapse of the American Empire. Prerequisite: POLS 111. (RCH)
*POLS 349 NATIONAL SECURITY POLICY VIA FILM (3 credits) Examines a collection of contemporary films that seek to enhance our understanding of real-world politics and major policy debates. Expands the view of movies as entertainment to deepen our understanding of politics, economics and culture. Also discusses the politics of film-making, seeking to understand why filmmakers choose political subjects. A.R.T.S. Designation: A. Also listed as FILM 349. (AY)
*POLS 350 THEORIES OF COMPARATIVE POLITICS (3 credits) Introduces core comparative political theories to analyze current affairs in domestic and global politics. Improves critical thinking skills through logical application of core concepts and such approaches as political culture, rational choice, states and institutions, and democracy. Prerequisite: POLS 111 or consent of the instructor. (D-I with appropriate topic) (AY)
*POLS 351 DEMOCRACY AND DEMOCRATIZATION (3 credits)The tumultuous events of the Arab Spring are still playing out, but it’s not too soon to start analyzing them. Though Comparative Politics has been trying to understand why and how countries democratize for many years, the recent events in the Middle East and North Africa offer fresh opportunities to test old theories and develop new ones. In this course we will analyze definitions of democracy and various hypotheses that can help explain the timing of transitions from authoritarian rule, and why attempts at democratization succeed or fail, using examples from the Arab Spring and elsewhere. A.R.T.S. Designation: A or R, depending on semester. Prerequisite: POLS 111 or consent of the instructor. (D-I) (AY)
*POLS 352 AFRICA & THE WORLD: DEVELOPMENT, CONFLICT AND COOPERATION (3 credits) Investigates the unique situation of African countries in terms of economics and international relations, with a focus on development (economic and human development) and conflict and cooperation both on the continent and between the region and the rest of the world. Taking a thematic approach, the course offers an overview of the central debates on these crucial questions and invites students to focus on how all these issues play out in one country of their choice. A.R.T.S. Designation: R or S, depending on semester. Prerequisite: POLS 111 or consent of instructor. (D-I) (AY)
*POLS 355 POLITICS OF THE DEVELOPING WORLD (3 credits) What can developing countries do to promote economic growth and good governance? While development questions often focus on the relationship between the international donor community and aid recipients, looking at political and economic progress from a domestic perspective can be enlightening, as there is arguably greater space for reform in a domestic system than an international one. This course uses the tools of comparative politics to explore governance and economic management in the developing world, focusing on positive steps that countries can take to improve the lives of their citizens. A.R.T.S. Designation: R or S, depending on semester. Prerequisite: POLS 111 or consent of the instructor. (D-I) (AY)
*POLS 357 COMPARATIVE FOREIGN POLICY (3 credits) Examines foreign policy using a comparative perspective by focusing on major domestic and foreign political issues in various countries. Examines the decision-making process and the impact of international organizations. Analyzes international political economy and compares and contrasts foreign policies. Prerequisite: POLS 111 or consent of the instructor. (D-I) (AY)
*POLS 358 CONTEMPORARY CHINESE POLITICS (3 credits) This course provides students with a broad introduction to China's politics in the modern period. The focus will be on top leaders, political institutions and policies under Chinese Communist Party (CCP) rule. The course covers the main stages in the history of CCP rule: the Mao Zedong period,1949-1976; the Deng Xiaoping period, 1977-1994; and the rule of the so-called third- and fourth-generation leaders, Jiang Zemin, 1995-2003, and Hu Jintao, 2003-1012. A.R.T.S. designation: R. Prerequisite: Politics 111 or consent of the instructor. Also listed as CHIN 358. (D-I, WI)
*POLS 359 AFRICAN DEMOCRACY AND DICTATORSHIP (3 credits) Explores the evolution of African dictatorships and asks whether democracy in sub-Saharan Africa is substantially different from democracy elsewhere in the world. Considers whether African countries' experimentation with different forms of governance—from military to civilian rule, from one-party states to multiparty democracies—has resulted in better governance. A.R.T.S. Designation: A or R, depending on semester. Prerequisite: POLS 111 or consent of the instructor. Also listed as AAAS 359. (D-I) (AY)
POLS 361 POLITICAL PHILOSOPHY I (3 credits) An examination of the central questions posed by major political philosophers of the classical and early modern periods. Attention to major primary works of Plato, Aristotle, Machiavelli and Hobbes. A.R.T.S. Designation: T, if Political Philosophy requirement already met. Also listed as PHIL 361. (AY)
POLS 362 POLITICAL PHILOSOPHY II (3 credits) Examination of the central ideas of modern political philosophers. Attention to major primary works by Locke, Rousseau, Burke, Mill, Marx and Nietzsche. A.R.T.S. Designation: T, if Political Philosophy requirement already met. Also listed as PHIL 362. (AY)
*POLS 363 ISRAEL AND THE MIDDLE EAST (3 credits) Topics include the history and context of Israeli politics, governmental institutions and behavior, and the setting within which Israeli foreign policy decisions are made. Briefly examines the Palestinian setting. Explores the processes of peacemaking, including the history of the peace process and more contemporary action in the Middle East. Prerequisite: POLS 111 or consent of the instructor. (D-I)
POLS 364 POWER, POLITICS, THEORY (3 credits) This course surveys the classical texts and themes of political theory. Students will read selections of both the Western and Eastern canonical works in order to investigate a wide range of issues related to politics — power, state, citizen, justice, community, identity, rights, liberty, etc. Prerequisite: POLS 111. Also listed as PAGS 364.
*POLS 365 TOPICS IN POLITICAL PHILOSOPHY (3 credits) An intensive study of a significant concept, set of ideas or philosopher. Recent topics include the search for utopia, Hobbes and Rousseau, the American Framers, contemporary political philosophy, the crisis of American Liberalism, and Thomas Jefferson and the American Enlightenment. A.R.T.S. Designation: T. Prerequisite: POLS 361, 362 or 366; or consent of the instructor. (WI)
*POLS 366 AMERICAN POLITICAL THOUGHT (3 credits) The development of political ideas in America from the Puritan colonial experience to the present. Examines the changing concepts of the role of government and the nature of political society through the writings of major thinkers. A.R.T.S. Designation: T, if Political Philosophy requirement already met. Also listed as HIST 366. (D-D) (AY)
*POLS 368 CHINESE POLITICAL THOUGHT (3 credits)Today the field of political theory is rapidly growing beyond the realm of the "western canonical" in finding non-western intellectual resources to expand the sphere of cross-cultural conversation. This course introduces the great intellectual tradition of Chinese political thinking. It surveys a variety of schools of thought in both ancient and modern Chinese intellectual history. For the ancient period, the class will read Confucianism, Daoism, Mohism and Legalism to answer questions about the origin of politics, power, authority, ethics, state, etc. For the latter, there will be discussion of the works of Chinese intellectuals Liang Qichao, Kang Youwei, Zhang Shizhao, etc. Prerequisites: Earlham Seminar I and II, and POLS 111. (D-I) (WI)
*POLS 369 POLITICS OF AUTHORITARIANISM (3 credits)This course provides students with a broad introduction to authoritarian politics, beginning by investigating conceptual and operational differences between authoritarian and democratic regimes. Asking if those differences matter, the course proceeds to examine the question of ‘who governs’ in authoritarian regimes. The course will look at conceptual distinctions between and empirical examples of personalist, monarchical, military and single party regimes. The course then moves to consider the means by which authoritarian governments maintain and exercise their power. Students will examine issues related to ideology, coercion, cooptation, electoral manipulation, patronage distribution and political socialization. Prerequisites: Earlham Seminar I and II, and POLS 111. (WI)
*POLS 371 THEORIES OF INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS (4 credits)Examines classics, trends and innovations in empirical and normative theories of international relations, from Thucydides and Machiavelli to Galtung and beyond. Reading and writing intensive. Provides opportunities for students to apply theoretical perspectives to problems and issues of particular salience to them (e.g. questions raised by off-campus study). Designed for juniors and seniors. A.R.T.S. Designation: A, R or T, depending on semester. Prerequisite: POLS 111 or consent of the instructor. Also listed as PAGS 371. (D-I) (AY)
*POLS 372 INTERNATIONAL LAW: SOVEREIGNTY, HUMANITARIAN LAW AND HUMAN RIGHTS (4 credits) Surveys concepts and theories of international law and treaty interpretation, focusing on problems of the international law of war and peace (international humanitarian law), and questions of socio-political justice (human rights). A.R.T.S. Designation: A or S, depending on semester. Prerequisites: POLS 111 or consent of the instructor. Also listed as PAGS 372. (D-I) (AY)
*POLS 373 INTERNATIONAL LAW: ENVIRONMENT AND DEVELOPMENT (4 credits)Surveys concepts and theories of international law focusing on environmental problems and policy-making in the global arena. Topics include the emergence of “the environment” as a global issue, the history of international principles of sustainable development, managing global common property resources, and the human rights consequences of environmental degradation. A.R.T.S. Designation: A or R, depending on semester. Prerequisite: POLS 270. Also listed as ENST 373. (D-I) (AY)
*POLS 374 AMERICA'S WARS IN ASIA (3 credits) Examines American perceptions and diplomatic and military conduct in Asia in the 20th century, from the Philippine War to the War on Terror, focusing on the bilateral relations between Asian countries and the U.S., and on American behavior in the context of U.S. domestic culture and politics. Examines the future of U.S. foreign policy towards Asia. Prerequisite: An Earlham Seminar or consent of the instructor. Also listed as HIST 374 and JPNS 374. (WI, D-I) (AY)
*POLS 375 TOPICS IN INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS (3 credits) Offers an in-depth study of a current controversy or theoretical problem in IR. Past topics have included feminist theories of IR, the Bomb, and the Responsibility to Protect. A.R.T.S. Designation: R. Prerequisite: Consent of the instructor. Also listed as PAGS 375. (WI)
*POLS 377 POLITICS OF GLOBAL INEQUALITY (3 credits) Explores the problem of global inequality, its implications for human development and possible solutions. Builds on concepts from International Political Economy and Comparative Politics. Defines inequality and development, and discusses how to measure these phenomena. Explores competing explanations for the existence and persistence of global inequality, and tackles issues important in the developing world. A.R.T.S. Designation: R or S, depending on semester. Prerequisite: POLS 111, 270 or consent of the instructor. (D-I) (AY)
*POLS 378 INTERNATIONAL POLITICAL ECONOMY (3 credits) Explores the interactions and tensions between states and markets in the international political economy. Examines both current and past events with international political and economic ramifications and theories that seek to provide systematic explanations for the economic behavior of states, multinational corporations and international financial institutions. A.R.T.S. Designation: A or T, depending on semester. Prerequisite: POLS 111, 270 or consent of the instructor. (D-I) (AY)
POLS 481 INTERNSHIPS, FIELD STUDIES AND OTHER FIELD EXPERIENCES (1-3 credits)
POLS 482 SPECIAL TOPICS (3 credits) Selected topics determined by the instructor for upper-level study.
POLS 483 TEACHING ASSISTANTS (1-3 credits)
POLS 484 FORD/KNIGHT RESEARCH PROJECT (1-4 credits) Collaborative research with faculty funded by the Ford/Knight Program.
POLS 485 INDEPENDENT STUDY (1-3 credits) An investigation of a specific topic conceived and planned by the student in consultation with a faculty adviser.
POLS 488 SENIOR CAPSTONE EXPERIENCE (4 credits) Designed to bring together both the substantive and methodological diversities of the discipline of Politics in an intensive, collegial format. Seminar topics vary. Students produce a final project that serves as the comprehensive examination for majors, and complete a portfolio that reflects their accomplishments in the major and prepares them for opportunities after graduation.