The Department of Government
The Department of Government

GOV 310L • American Government

38450 • Prindle, David
Meets MWF 10:00AM-11:00AM WCP 1.402 • Hybrid/Blended
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This course is an introduction to American government and politics.  While the main focus is on the national level, additional attention is paid to the state and local governments of Texas. Topics will include U.S. political history, political institutions, elections, public opinion, rights and freedoms, and public policy issues.


GOV 310L • American Government-Wb

38455 • McIver, John
Meets MWF 10:00AM-11:00AM • Internet; Synchronous
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This course is an introduction to American government and politics.  While the main focus is on the national level, additional attention is paid to the state and local governments of Texas. Topics will include U.S. political history, political institutions, elections, public opinion, rights and freedoms, and public policy issues.


GOV 310L • American Government-Wb

38460 • Shaw, Daron • Internet; Asynchronous
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This course is an introduction to American government and politics.  While the main focus is on the national level, additional attention is paid to the state and local governments of Texas. Topics will include U.S. political history, political institutions, elections, public opinion, rights and freedoms, and public policy issues.


GOV 312L • Iss & Policies In Amer Gov

38470 • Weyland, Kurt
Meets MWF 1:00PM-2:00PM BUR 106
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Government 312L satisfies the second half of the mandated six hours of government that every UT student must take.  Course covers analysis of varying topics concerned with American political institutions and policies, including the United States Constitution, and assumes basic knowledge of government from GOV 310L, which is a prerequiste. May be taken for credit only once.


GOV 312L • Iss & Policies In Amer Gov-Hon

38475 • Roberts, Brian
Meets TTH 8:00AM-9:30AM PAR 1
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Government 312L satisfies the second half of the mandated six hours of government that every UT student must take.  Course covers analysis of varying topics concerned with American political institutions and policies, including the United States Constitution, and assumes basic knowledge of government from GOV 310L, which is a prerequiste. May be taken for credit only once.


GOV 312L • Iss & Policies In Amer Gov-Wb

38485 • McDonald, Patrick • Internet; Asynchronous
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Government 312L satisfies the second half of the mandated six hours of government that every UT student must take.  Course covers analysis of varying topics concerned with American political institutions and policies, including the United States Constitution, and assumes basic knowledge of government from GOV 310L, which is a prerequiste. May be taken for credit only once.


GOV 312L • Iss & Policies In Amer Gov-Wb

38480 • Stauffer, Dana
Meets MWF 11:00AM-12:00PM • Internet; Synchronous
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Government 312L satisfies the second half of the mandated six hours of government that every UT student must take.  Course covers analysis of varying topics concerned with American political institutions and policies, including the United States Constitution, and assumes basic knowledge of government from GOV 310L, which is a prerequiste. May be taken for credit only once.


GOV 312L • Iss & Policies In Amer Gov-Wb

38490 • Phillips, Julie • Internet; Asynchronous
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Government 312L satisfies the second half of the mandated six hours of government that every UT student must take.  Course covers analysis of varying topics concerned with American political institutions and policies, including the United States Constitution, and assumes basic knowledge of government from GOV 310L, which is a prerequiste. May be taken for credit only once.


GOV 312L • Iss/Policies Amer Gov-Ut/Dc-Wb

38465 • Richter, Brian • Internet; Asynchronous
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Government 312L satisfies the second half of the mandated six hours of government that every UT student must take.  Course covers analysis of varying topics concerned with American political institutions and policies, including the United States Constitution, and assumes basic knowledge of government from GOV 310L, which is a prerequiste. May be taken for credit only once.


GOV 312L • Issues & Policies In Amer Gov

38499 • Cozza, Joseph
Meets F 10:00AM-11:00AM BUR 106 • Hybrid/Blended
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Government 312L satisfies the second half of the mandated six hours of government that every UT student must take.  Course covers analysis of varying topics concerned with American political institutions and policies, including the United States Constitution, and assumes basic knowledge of government from GOV 310L, which is a prerequiste. May be taken for credit only once.


GOV 312P • Constitutnl Prin: Core Txts-Wb

38500 • Abramson, Jeffrey
Meets TTH 2:00PM-3:30PM • Internet; Synchronous
CDE GO
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Close readings from primary texts that have shaped or that reflect deeply upon American democracy, including the Declaration of Independence, the Federalist Papers, and Tocqueville's Democracy in America.  Fulfills second half of the legislative requirement for government. May be taken for credit only once. Government 312R and 312P may not both be counted for credit.


GOV 312P • Constitutnl Prins: Core Texts

38515 • Brennan, Timothy
Meets TTH 3:30PM-5:00PM MEZ 1.306 • Hybrid/Blended
CDE GO
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Close readings from primary texts that have shaped or that reflect deeply upon American democracy, including the Declaration of Independence, the Federalist Papers, and Tocqueville's Democracy in America.  Fulfills second half of the legislative requirement for government. May be taken for credit only once. Government 312R and 312P may not both be counted for credit.


GOV 312P • Constitutnl Prins: Core Texts

38510 • Dempsey, Erik
Meets MWF 2:00PM-3:00PM WAG 420
CDE GO
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Close readings from primary texts that have shaped or that reflect deeply upon American democracy, including the Declaration of Independence, the Federalist Papers, and Tocqueville's Democracy in America.  Fulfills second half of the legislative requirement for government. May be taken for credit only once. Government 312R and 312P may not both be counted for credit.


GOV 312P • Constitutnl Prins: Core Texts

38505 • Myers, Ian
Meets MWF 10:00AM-11:00AM MEZ B0.306
CDE GO
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Close readings from primary texts that have shaped or that reflect deeply upon American democracy, including the Declaration of Independence, the Federalist Papers, and Tocqueville's Democracy in America.  Fulfills second half of the legislative requirement for government. May be taken for credit only once. Government 312R and 312P may not both be counted for credit.


GOV 314E • Classics Of Soc/Pol Thought-Wb

38535 • Viroli, Maurizio
Meets TTH 11:00AM-12:30PM • Internet; Synchronous
SB (also listed as CTI 302)
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Explores the origins of social scientific thought in the history of political philosophy and traces the development of one or more of the social sciences in modern times. Focuses on fundamental ideas about human nature, civil society, and politics, explored through reading such authors as Aristotle, Aquinas, Locke, Rousseau, Marx, Weber, Durkheim, and Freud.


GOV 314E • Classics Of Socl/Polit Thought

38530 • Gilmore, Nate
Meets MW 1:00PM-2:30PM PAR 301 • Hybrid/Blended
SB (also listed as CTI 302)
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Explores the origins of social scientific thought in the history of political philosophy and traces the development of one or more of the social sciences in modern times. Focuses on fundamental ideas about human nature, civil society, and politics, explored through reading such authors as Aristotle, Aquinas, Locke, Rousseau, Marx, Weber, Durkheim, and Freud.


GOV 314E • Classics Of Socl/Polit Thought

38525 • Gilmore, Nate
Meets MW 2:30PM-4:00PM SZB 296 • Hybrid/Blended
SB (also listed as CTI 302)
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Explores the origins of social scientific thought in the history of political philosophy and traces the development of one or more of the social sciences in modern times. Focuses on fundamental ideas about human nature, civil society, and politics, explored through reading such authors as Aristotle, Aquinas, Locke, Rousseau, Marx, Weber, Durkheim, and Freud.


GOV 314E • Classics Of Socl/Polit Thought

38520 • Dempsey, Erik
Meets MWF 11:00AM-12:00PM WAG 420
SB (also listed as CTI 302)
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Explores the origins of social scientific thought in the history of political philosophy and traces the development of one or more of the social sciences in modern times. Focuses on fundamental ideas about human nature, civil society, and politics, explored through reading such authors as Aristotle, Aquinas, Locke, Rousseau, Marx, Weber, Durkheim, and Freud.


GOV 320K • US Const Devel: Structures

38540 • Sager, Alan
Meets TTH 3:30PM-5:00PM BUR 106
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A survey of the origin and growth of the American constitutional system, with emphasis on political structures and processes.


GOV 322M • Politics In China-Wb

38545 • Lu, Xiaobo
Meets MW 1:00PM-2:30PM • Internet; Synchronous
GC
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Survey of twentieth-century China: historical trends; 1911 revolution; Warlord-Nationalist period; Communist revolution; post-1949 issues; new social and political institutions.


GOV 324J • Govs/Poli Of Eastern Europe-Wb

38550 • Liu, Amy
Meets TTH 8:00AM-9:30AM • Internet; Synchronous
GC (also listed as EUS 348, REE 335)
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Eastern Europe is home to an ethnically diverse population. And in the past 100 years, the map for Eastern Europe has been redrawn more than a dozen times – often with great consequences for ethnic politics. This is the lens through which we will study the region. The course is divided into five broad topics: 1. We will begin by identifying the ethnicities of Eastern Europe. Next, we will shift our attention to the post-Cold War era. We will then look at the impact of an international institution – i.e., the European Union – and its policy of open-borders. We will return to the domestic politics, but this time, we will examine the effect of the European Union – its membership criteria and its unexpected implications – on the rise of right-wing parties.We will conclude by discussing the implications for minority accommodation, first by focusing on the post-Soviet republics where there are sizable Russian minorities; and then by understanding the importance of democracy for minority accommodation specifically and human rights generally.

Grading:

  • Quizzes Canvas Current Events Quizzes: 10%
  • In-Class Quizzes: 10%
  • Examinations Midterm Examination: 20%
  • Final Examination: 20%
  • Government Cabinet Project Excel Spreadsheet Coding Assignment: 20%
  • Power Point Slides Assignment: 20%

GOV 324L • Gov/Polit Of Western Europe-Wb

38555 • Somer-Topcu, Zeynep
Meets TTH 9:30AM-11:00AM • Internet; Synchronous
(also listed as EUS 350)
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Comparative study of peoples, institutions, parties, interest groups, and bureaucracy in the countries of Western Europe, concentrating on the major political systems of Britain, France, Germany, and Italy.


GOV 325 • Political Parties-Wb

38565 • Shaw, Daron
Meets TTH 2:00PM-3:30PM • Internet; Synchronous
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Character of the American party system, organization and leadership; pressure politics; the nominating process, campaigns, suffrage, elections, and the expression of public opinion.


GOV 325 • Political Parties

38560 • Shaw, Daron
Meets TTH 2:00PM-3:30PM BUR 106 • Hybrid/Blended
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Character of the American party system, organization and leadership; pressure politics; the nominating process, campaigns, suffrage, elections, and the expression of public opinion.


GOV 328L • Intro To Lat Amer Gov & Pol-Wb

38570 • Madrid, Raul
Meets TTH 3:30PM-5:00PM • Internet; Synchronous
GC (also listed as LAS 337M)
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An introductory survey of Latin American political systems: governmental organization, political processes, and current problems.


GOV 330K • The American President

38575 • Wlezien, Christopher
Meets TTH 2:00PM-3:30PM WEL 2.224 • Hybrid/Blended
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Development of the power and influence of the president; nomination, election, and responsibility; case studies of presidential problems; comparison of president and other executives.


GOV 335D • Natural Law Theory

38580 • Budziszewski, J
Meets MW 10:00AM-11:30AM WCH 1.120
Wr (also listed as PHL 342)
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“Natural law” refers to moral law – in particular, the fundamental moral principles that are built into the design of human nature and lie at the roots of conscience. Natural law thinking is the spine of the Western tradition of ethical and legal thought. The founders of the American republic also believed in the natural law -- in universal and "self-evident" principles of justice and morality which the Declaration of Independence called "the laws of Nature and of Nature's God." For generations afterward, most Americans took the reality of natural law for granted. Thomas Jefferson appealed to it to justify independence; Abraham Lincoln appealed to it to criticize slavery; Martin Luther King appealed to it to criticize Jim Crow laws. You would hardly guess any of this from the present day, because belief in natural law has come to be viewed as "politically incorrect." Nevertheless, the tradition of natural law is experiencing a modest renaissance.

Is there really a natural law? What difference does it make to society and politics if there is? Is it really "natural"? Is it really "law"? To consider these questions, we will read a variety of influential works on natural law from the middle ages to the present. Probably, most of your liberal arts education has implicitly rejected the whole idea, but in this course, for a change, you have an opportunity to hear the other side.

We will focus on the classical natural law tradition, not revisionist versions such as the one promoted by the social contract writers of the early modern period. The first two units of the course focus on the ethical and legal thought of the most important and influential classical natural law thinker in history, Thomas Aquinas. He is a difficult writer, but we will work through his Treatise on Law carefully and I will provide lots of help. In the final unit, which is about the continuing influence of the classical natural law tradition, we will read a number of authors including Thomas Jefferson, U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justices John McLean and Benjamin Curtis, Abraham Lincoln, Justin Buckley Dyer, Martin Luther King, C.S. Lewis, John Hittinger, Robert C. Koons, Matthew O’Brien, and myself.

GRADING POLICY

Unit 1, Foundations of Law: Analytical outline, 10-20 pages (20%).

Unit 2, Natural and Human Law: Take-home essay, 4-5 pages (20%).

Unit 3, Legacy of the Classical Natural Law Tradition: Whole-course journal (20%).

Short quizzes on the required readings (20%).

A few extra credit quizzes on the recommended readings the grade on an extra credit quiz replaces the lowest score up to that point on a required reading.

Throughout the course: Class participation (20%).

Absences also affect your grade. Please read the attendance policy in the Frequently Asked Questions section of my personal scholarly website.

I do not use plusses and minuses.

TEXTS

The book is available in the reserve rooms of both the Tarleton Law Library and the Perry-Castaneda Library. However, if you don’t have a personal copy, you must be prepared to share with another student during class. Electronic devices such as laptops, cellphones, sound recorders, and smart pens must be powered down and stowed away during class. There are no exceptions except for pacemakers.

Required:

J. Budziszewski, Commentary on Thomas Aquinas’s Treatise on Law (Cambridge, 2014). This is a paperback.

Additional shorter readings, which will be made available on Canvas or online.

Recommended:

J. Budziszewski, Companion to the Commentary (Cambridge, 2014). This will be available through Canvas.


GOV 337C • Politics Of Mexico-Wb

38590 • Greene, Kenneth
Meets TTH 9:30AM-11:00AM • Internet; Synchronous
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Explore Mexico's political and economic development.


GOV 337E • Interntl Politics Latin Amer

38595 • Weyland, Kurt
Meets MWF 11:00AM-12:00PM WCP 1.402
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Analyze Latin America's political and economic relations with respect to external actors.


GOV 337G • Pol Of Develpmnt Latin Amer-Wb

38600 • Madrid, Raul
Meets TTH 12:30PM-2:00PM • Internet; Synchronous
IIWr
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Examine the struggle for development in Latin America.


GOV 347K • Gov/Politics Of South Asia-Wb

38605 • Liu, Xuecheng
Meets TTH 12:30PM-2:00PM • Internet; Synchronous
GC (also listed as ANS 347K)
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A survey of political developments, governmental organization, and economic and social problems in South Asia.


GOV 350K • Stat Anly In Poli Sci-Wb

38610 • Lin, Tse
Meets TTH 2:00PM-3:30PM • Internet; Synchronous
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Elementary statistical techniques and their applications to problems in political science.


GOV 350K • Stat Anly In Poli Sci-Wb

38615 • Lin, Tse
Meets TTH 5:00PM-6:30PM • Internet; Synchronous
QR
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Elementary statistical techniques and their applications to problems in political science.


GOV 351C • Classical Quest For Justice-Wb

38620 • Stauffer, Devin
Meets TTH 12:30PM-2:00PM • Internet; Synchronous
EGC
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Introduces students to classical political thought through a study of seminal works of antiquity, focusing on those of Plato and Aristotle.


GOV 351D • Theor Foundtns Modern Polit-Wb

38625 • Stauffer, Devin
Meets TTH 11:00AM-12:30PM • Internet; Synchronous
EGC (also listed as CTI 321)
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Examines competing foundations of the ongoing development of political and social modernity. Examines a selection of major authors from Machiavelli to Nietzsche.


GOV 351L • Morality And Politics-Wb

38630 • Stauffer, Dana
Meets MWF 1:00PM-2:00PM • Internet; Synchronous
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Interdisciplinary readings from major works exploring issues of ethics and leadership.


GOV 353D • Darwin & Politics Of Evolution

38635 • Prindle, David
Meets MWF 2:00PM-3:00PM WEL 1.316 • Hybrid/Blended
(also listed as CTI 372)
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A careful reading of Darwin's influential Origin of the Species by Means of Natural Selection, together with an examination of the religious, political, and scientific controversies the book has inspired from its first publication to the present day.


GOV 355D • Applied Rsrch Methods II

38640 • Denly, Michael
Meets F 12:00PM-3:00PM RLP 0.130 • Hybrid/Blended
IIQRWr
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Introduction to the research process in the social sciences. The primary emphasis is on engaging in research projects, writing research proposals, analyzing data, and presenting research.


GOV 355J • Human Behav Rational Action-Wb

38645 • Lin, Tse
Meets MW 4:00PM-5:30PM • Internet; Synchronous
QRWr
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An economic approach in studying rational action.


GOV 355M • American Political Development

38648 • Sparrow, Bartholomew
Meets TTH 9:30AM-11:00AM WCP 1.402 • Hybrid/Blended
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GOV 355M • Asian Amer Jurisprudence-Wb

38649 • Jin, Arnold
Meets TTH 12:30PM-2:00PM • Internet; Synchronous
CD (also listed as AAS 335, AMS 321)
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GOV 355M • Business And Society-Wb

38650 • Jensen, Nathan
Meets TTH 11:00AM-12:30PM • Internet; Synchronous
Wr
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GOV 355M • Defense Policy-Wb

38654 • Dorn, Edwin
Meets W 2:00PM-5:00PM • Internet; Synchronous
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GOV 355M • Glblizatn/Coronavirus Pan-Wb

38655 • Hoberman, John
Meets TTH 3:30PM-5:00PM • Internet; Synchronous
GC (also listed as EUS 348, GSD 360, SOC 321K)
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This course presents a fundamental description of the modern globalization process that also incorporates a description of the current Coronavirus pandemic as a phenomenon that is inextricably linked with modern globalization. The globalization process consists of a vast network of man-made systems that produce innumerable kinds of interconnectivity. Some of these systems, such as global airlines and ocean-going ships, carry microorganisms between continents. Other systems, such as international organizations and various forms of governance, can be profoundly affected ed by the medical calamities that result from the spread of a microorganism like the coronavirus.

 

Grading:

Grading consists of three online examinations and three five-page papers to be submitted online.


GOV 355M • Govt Responses To Covid-19-Wb

38659 • Theriault, Sean
Meets W 9:00AM-12:00PM • Internet; Synchronous
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GOV 355M • Intel And National Security-Wb

38664 • Pope, James
Meets TTH 9:30AM-11:00AM • Internet; Synchronous
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GOV 355M • Political Bioethics

38668 • Gregg, Benjamin
Meets TTH 3:30PM-5:00PM WAG 101
Wr
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GOV 355M • Soc Justice/Sec Policy-Pol

38670 • Mosser, Michael
GC (also listed as EUS 348, REE 335)
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GOV 355M • Xenophon And Machiavelli

38675 • Pangle, Lorraine
Meets TTH 11:00AM-12:30PM WAG 214 • Hybrid/Blended
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GOV 357D • Civil Liberties-Wb

38680 • Perry Jr, H
Meets TTH 3:30PM-5:00PM • Internet; Synchronous
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Explore the United States constitution and Supreme Court with a focus on civil rights and liberties.


GOV 357F • Constitutnl Struct Of Power-Wb

38685 • Jacobsohn, Gary
Meets TTH 11:00AM-12:30PM • Internet; Synchronous
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Explore the structures of power in a constitutional democracy.


GOV 357L • Judicial Process/Behavior-Wb

38695 • McIver, John
Meets MWF 1:00PM-2:00PM • Internet; Synchronous
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Introduction to traditional and modern approaches to the study of the judicial process, with emphasis on the nature and origin of judicial decisions and the factors that affect judicial decision making.


GOV 358 • Introduction To Public Policy

38700 • Epp, Derek
Meets TTH 9:30AM-11:00AM JES A121A
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A survey of American public policy, with emphasis on modern problems and trends.


GOV 360E • Intrntl Political Economy-Wb

38710 • Wang, Di
Meets MW 10:00AM-11:30AM • Internet; Synchronous
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Study of the changing relationship between political and economic power in international relations.


GOV 360E • Intrntl Political Economy-Wb

38705 • Wellhausen, Rachel
Meets MW 2:30PM-4:00PM • Internet; Synchronous
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Study of the changing relationship between political and economic power in international relations.


GOV 360R • Civil Wars/Ethnic Violence

38715 • Findley, Michael
Meets TTH 8:00AM-9:30AM BUR 106 • Hybrid/Blended
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Study of the ethnic conflicts and civil wars that pose the greatest threats to international peace and security today.


GOV 365F • Asian Rgnlism/Multi Coop-Wb

38735 • Liu, Xuecheng
Meets TTH 2:00PM-3:30PM • Internet; Synchronous
GCWr (also listed as ANS 361)
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PREREQUISITE: 6 SEMESTER HOURS OF LOWER-DIVISION COURSEWORK IN GOVERNMENT, INCLUDES CROSS-CULTURAL CONTENT.

Asia’s rise as a region will shape the future world order. This course first addresses the nature, functional principles, leadership, and policy-making process of contemporary Asian regionalism in comparison with the experiences of European integration. We also explore the linkage between the momentum of Asian integration and contemporary Asian nationalism. Then we will introduce and assess the origins and its developments of leading regional cooperation mechanisms: ASEAN, China-Japan-ROK Summit Meeting, SAARC/BIMSTEC, and SCO. Finally, in terms of engaging with the Asian multilateral cooperation we will discuss policies and strategies of major powers, particularly, the United States and China.

 

Grading Policy

  • Two take-home essays (6-7 pages) 40%
  • One 12-page term paper, 50% Note: Writing of the term paper includes the paper proposal, the first draft (15 points), and the second (revised) draft (25 points), and the final draft (10 points)
  • Class participation, 10% Overall class participation/attendance may be reflected in a plus or minus up to l0 points in determining the course grade.

GOV 365J • Australian Society/Politics-Wb

38740 • Evans, Rhonda
Meets TTH 3:30PM-5:00PM • Internet; Synchronous
GC
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Examines Australian politics and society.


GOV 365T • Suicide Terrorism-Wb

38745 • Pedahzur, Ami
Meets TTH 8:00AM-9:30AM • Internet; Synchronous
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Studies the causes of suicide terrorism at elite, community, and rank-and-file levels.


GOV 365U • Europe Environmntl Politics-Wb

38750 • Mosser, Michael
Meets TTH 9:30AM-11:00AM • Internet; Synchronous
(also listed as EUS 348)
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The history of environmental politics in both the member states of the European Union and the EU itself, including conceptual treatment of general environmental politics and policies, history of European environmentalism, and institutional responses at important ‘traditional’ and new EU member states. Also examines EU environmental policies themselves, such as the EU Emissions Trading System, chemicals policy, and GMO policy.


GOV 365W • Human Rights/World Politics-Wb

38755 • Evans, Rhonda
Meets TTH 5:00PM-6:30PM • Internet; Synchronous
(also listed as WGS 340)
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Introduction to the political and policy dimensions of human rights.


GOV 366G • British Politics And Govt-Wb

38760 • Leal, David
Meets TTH 5:00PM-6:30PM • Internet; Synchronous
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Explore key aspects of British politics and government.


GOV 370C • Election Campaigns-Wb

38765 • Luskin, Robert
Meets MW 1:00PM-2:30PM • Internet; Synchronous
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The study of contemporary American election campaigns.


GOV 370N • Research On US Congress II

38770 • Theriault, Sean
Meets TTH 5:00PM-6:30PM BUR 220
IIWr
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Continuation of independent research on lawmaking in the modern United States Congress.


GOV 370O • Politics Of Title IX-Wb

38775 • Philpot, Tasha
Meets TTH 11:00AM-12:30PM • Internet; Synchronous
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Examine how the passage of Title IX has affected the educational and career opportunities of women in the United States, with a particular emphasis on collegiate athletics.


GOV 370S • Social Movements: Thry/Prac

38785 • O'Brien, Shannon
Meets MWF 12:00PM-1:00PM BUR 106
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Examines social movements in theory and practice.


GOV 370U • Urban Politics

38790 • O'Brien, Shannon
Meets MWF 2:00PM-3:00PM MEZ 1.306
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Examine politics in American cities.


GOV 371F • Black Chrch In Afr Amer Pol-Wb

38795 • McDaniel, Eric
Meets MW 8:30AM-10:00AM • Internet; Synchronous
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Explore the political role of the Black church in the African American experience.


GOV 371G • African-American Politics-Wb

38800 • Philpot, Tasha
Meets TTH 9:30AM-11:00AM • Internet; Synchronous
(also listed as AFR 350Q)
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Explore the evolution, nature, and role of African-American politics within the American political system.


GOV 371I • United States Congress-Wb

38805 • Craig, Alison
Meets TTH 12:30PM-2:00PM • Internet; Synchronous
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Examine the modern Congress and analyze various factors influencing the legislative process.


GOV 374N • Political Internship-Wb

38810 • Henson, James • Internet; Asynchronous
II
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Students perform research and related activities for an entity directly related to government and politics. Written reports required.


GOV 381L • Citiznship/Exclusn & Pol Viol

38825 • Walker, Hannah
Meets W 12:00PM-3:00PM GAR 2.112 • Hybrid/Blended
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Seminar in American Government and Politics.


GOV 381S • Public Opinion/Voting Behav-Wb

38835 • Luskin, Robert
Meets M 6:00PM-9:00PM • Internet; Synchronous
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Seminar in Political Behavior.


GOV 382M • Aquinas: Treatise On Law

38840 • Budziszewski, J
Meets M 12:00PM-3:00PM GSB 2.124
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DESCRIPTION

Thomas Aquinas is regarded by more than a few scholars as one of the two or three greatest philosophers and theologians in Western history, as well as one of the most illuminating students of Augustine and Aristotle. His Treatise on Law is the locus classicus of the natural law tradition, and indispensable for anyone seriously interested in ethical philosophy, political philosophy, jurisprudence, natural law, or the interaction of faith and reason in each of these areas. Though it is brief, as treatises go, it is not the sort of book one can browse through in an evening, and requires close reading.

Written in the form of a scholastic disputation, the Treatise takes up 19 disputed questions, for example whether there is such a thing as natural law and whether one may disobey unjust laws. We will closely study each of the first eight (qq. 90-97), as well as a few selections from the other eleven (qq, 98-108), taking them up in sequence and in context. I say “in context” because the Treatise is but a single part of a much larger work, the Summa Theologiae, which takes up a variety of related matters including the ultimate purpose of human life, the nature of human acts, the passions, the virtues, and the vices. I do not expect you to be familiar with the whole Summa; we will explore the connections as necessary.

GRADING POLICY

One quarter: Vigorous class participation.

One quarter: Weekly written reflections on the readings, submitted a day before class, each half a page to a page.

One half: Term paper, 25-30 pages.

For reflections and term papers: Please format in 14-point font, single-spacing within paragraphs, but double-spacing between paragraphs. Formatted that way, your paper should be 20-25 pages.

I do not use pluses or minuses.

TEXTS

J. Budziszewski, Commentary on Thomas Aquinas’ Treatise on Law (Cambridge University Press, 2014). This is really a double book, because it comes with free access to the online Companion to the Commentary, which you can download from my website or download from Cambridge University Press). The Companion provides additional commentary and extended thematic discussion.

You don’t need to purchase a separate copy of the Treatise on Law, since the text is included in the Commentary itself. However, a version of the Treatise with Latin and English in parallel columns can be found at http://dhspriory.org/thomas/summa/FS.html#TOC09 .

The book is available in the reserve rooms of both the Tarleton Law Library and the Perry- Castaneda Library. However, if you don’t have a personal copy, you must be prepared to share with another student during class. Electronic devices such as laptops, cellphones, sound recorders, and smart pens must be powered down and stowed away during class. There are no exceptions except for pacemakers.

 


GOV 382M • Plato's Dialg: Sophist/Statsmn

38845 • Pangle, Thomas
Meets TTH 3:30PM-5:00PM CAL 100 • Hybrid/Blended
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Seminar in Political Theory and Philosophy.


GOV 384M • Glbl Envirmental Governance-Wb

38855 • Busby, Joshua
Meets M 2:00PM-5:00PM • Internet; Synchronous
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Seminar in Public Policy and Administration.


GOV 384M • Gov Research/Policy Agenda-Wb

38860 • Jones, Bryan
Meets F 1:00PM-4:00PM • Internet; Synchronous
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Seminar in Public Policy and Administration.


GOV 384M • Policy Evaluation

38865 • Epp, Derek
Meets TH 12:30PM-3:30PM PAR 105 • Hybrid/Blended
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Seminar in Public Policy and Administration.


GOV 384M • Public Policy Clinic-Wb

38870 • Leal, David
Meets W 12:00PM-3:00PM • Internet; Synchronous
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Seminar in Public Policy and Administration.


GOV 384N • Const/Inequal/Pol Eco-Wb

38880 • Forbath, William
Meets W 4:15PM-6:15PM • Internet; Synchronous
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Seminar in Public Law.


GOV 384N • Core Readings In Public Law-Wb

38890 • Perry Jr, H
Meets W 4:00PM-7:00PM • Internet; Synchronous
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Seminar in Public Law.


GOV 385L • Experiment Methods In Poli Sci

38905 • Albertson, Bethany
Meets T 9:30AM-12:30PM WAG 101 • Hybrid/Blended
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Seminar in Methodology.


GOV 385L • Rsch Meth/Qual Anly In Soc Sci

38910 • Gerring, John
Meets W 3:00PM-6:00PM WAG 101
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Seminar in Methodology.


GOV 385N • Intro To Formal Pol Anly-Wb

38915 • Wolford, Michael
Meets M 9:00AM-12:00PM • Internet; Synchronous
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Introduction to Formal Political Analysis.


GOV 388L • Military Strategy-Wb

38928 • Kuperman, Alan
Meets M 6:00PM-9:00PM • Internet; Synchronous
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Seminar in International Relations.


GOV 388L • Research In Intl Politics-Wb

38929 • Chapman, Terrence
Meets W 9:00AM-12:00PM • Internet; Synchronous
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Seminar in International Relations.


GOV 388L • Transnational Relations-Wb

38927 • Nielson, Daniel
Meets TH 9:30AM-12:30PM • Internet; Synchronous
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Seminar in International Relations.


GOV 390L • Analytcl Iss In Lat Amer Polit

38930 • Hunter, Wendy
Meets T 9:30AM-12:30PM PAR 208
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Seminar in Comparative Government and Politics.


GOV 390L • Comparative Political Institns

38935 • Maclachlan, Patricia
Meets T 3:30PM-6:30PM PAR 201 • Hybrid/Blended
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Seminar in Comparative Government and Politics.


GOV 390L • Polit Parties & Party Sys-Wb

38940 • Greene, Kenneth
Meets TH 12:30PM-3:30PM • Internet; Synchronous
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Seminar in Comparative Government and Politics.


GOV 391L • Stat Anly In Pol Sci II-Wb

38950 • Craig, Alison
Meets TTH 3:30PM-5:00PM • Internet; Synchronous
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Statistical Analysis in Political Science II.


GOV 679HB • Honors Tutorial Course-Wb

38815 • Albertson, Bethany
Meets T 3:30PM-6:30PM • Internet; Synchronous
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Honors Tutorial Course.



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