The Department of Government
The Department of Government

GOV 310L • American Government

38830 • Leal, David
Meets TTH 3:30PM-5:00PM MEZ 1.306
GO
show description

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

38825 • O'Brien, Shannon
Meets MWF 1:00PM-2:00PM JES A121A
GO
show description

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

38834 • O'Brien, Shannon
Meets MWF 2:00PM-3:00PM JES A121A
GO
show description

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-Honors

38835 • McDaniel, Eric
Meets MW 2:30PM-4:00PM PAR 210
GO
show description

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

38840 • Theriault, Sean
Meets MW 2:30PM-4:00PM • Internet; Synchronous
GO
show description

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-Wb

38845 • Moser, Robert
Meets TTH 2:00PM-3:30PM • Internet; Synchronous
GO
show description

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

38855 • Philpot, Tasha
Meets TTH 12:30PM-2:00PM GAR 0.102
CD GO
show description

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

38864
Meets MWF 9:00AM-10:00AM PAR 1
GO
show description

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

38862
Meets MWF 12:00PM-1:00PM PAR 1
GO
show description

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

38863
Meets MWF 12:00PM-1:00PM PAR 203
GO
show description

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

38850
Meets TTH 8:00AM-9:30AM PAR 1
GO
show description

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

38860 • Budziszewski, J
Meets MW 4:00PM-5:30PM MEZ 1.210
Wr GO
show description

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 Prins: Core Texts

38870 • Pangle, Lorraine
Meets TTH 9:30AM-11:00AM MEZ 1.120
CDE GO
show description

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

38865 • Brennan, Timothy
Meets MWF 9:00AM-10:00AM GAR 0.128
CDE GO
show description

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

38880 • Myers, Ian
Meets MWF 12:00PM-1:00PM MEZ 1.120
CDE GO
show description

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

38875 • Pangle, Lorraine
Meets TTH 11:00AM-12:30PM MEZ 1.216
CDE GO
show description

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 Socl/Polit Thought

38885 • Viroli, Maurizio
Meets TTH 11:00AM-12:30PM RLP 1.104
SB (also listed as CTI 302)
show description

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 324L • Govs & Polit Of Western Europe

38895 • Somer-Topcu, Zeynep
Meets TTH 9:30AM-11:00AM RLP 0.112
(also listed as EUS 350)
show description

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 328L • Intro To Lat Amer Gov & Pol

38900 • Madrid, Raul
Meets TTH 3:30PM-5:00PM MEZ B0.306
GC (also listed as LAS 337M)
show description

An introductory survey of Latin American political systems: governmental organization, political processes, and current problems.


GOV 330K • The American President

38905 • O'Brien, Shannon
Meets MWF 11:00AM-12:00PM MEZ B0.306
show description

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 350K • Statistical Anly In Polit Sci

38935 • Lin, Tse
Meets TTH 2:00PM-3:30PM PHR 2.116
QR
show description

Elementary statistical techniques and their applications to problems in political science.


GOV 350K • Statistical Anly In Polit Sci

38925 • McIver, John
Meets MWF 9:00AM-10:00AM MEZ 2.124
QR
show description

Elementary statistical techniques and their applications to problems in political science.


GOV 350K • Statistical Anly In Polit Sci

38930 • McIver, John
Meets MWF 12:00PM-1:00PM GAR 2.112
QR
show description

Elementary statistical techniques and their applications to problems in political science.


GOV 351C • Classical Quest For Justice

38940 • Stauffer, Dana
Meets MWF 11:00AM-12:00PM WAG 101
EGC
show description

Introduces students to classical political thought through a study of seminal works of antiquity, focusing on those of Plato and Aristotle.


GOV 355M • Gender/Pol In A Comp Persp

38965 • Holmsten, Stephanie
Meets TTH 2:00PM-3:30PM GAR 2.112
show description

Please check back for updates.


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

38954 • Theriault, Sean
Meets W 9:00AM-12:00PM • Internet; Synchronous
show description

Please check back for updates.


GOV 355M • Intl Pol Econ Low-Incm Countrs

38970 • Nielson, Daniel
Meets TTH 3:30PM-5:00PM RLP 0.108
show description

Please check back for updates.


GOV 355M • News Media As A Pol Institutn

38955 • Sparrow, Bartholomew
Meets MW 2:30PM-4:00PM GDC 4.302
show description

Please check back for updates.


GOV 355M • Political Bioethics

38960 • Gregg, Benjamin
Meets TTH 3:30PM-5:00PM RLP 0.106
Wr
show description

Please check back for updates.


GOV 355P • Political Sociology

38975 • Charrad, Mounira
Meets TTH 5:00PM-6:30PM RLP 0.122
Wr (also listed as SOC 320K)
show description

Writing Flag 

Course Description:

This course surveys classical theories and major contemporary debates in political sociology.  It is designed to provide students with a general understanding of the different theoretical perspectives on the study of power and politics. The empirical focus of the course includes the US and other countries and the approach is comparative.  We consider issues such as state building, nations, civil society, political parties, elites, social movements, protest, and democracy.  We discuss recent developments both in the US and internationally. Students use major theories and concepts in Political Sociology to analyze these events.

Course Requirements and Grading Policy

Students are encouraged to take an active role in discussing readings and raising questions.  I expect students to attend class and to complete the assigned readings prior to coming to class.  This is a Writing Flag course that involves writing papers, revising them, and giving comments to your peers on their writing.  Course requirements include one position paper and 2 papers, a team presentation and participation in class discussions. Grading is as follows: Position Papers (500 words): 15%; Paper no. 1 (750 words):  20%; Paper no. 2 (1200 words):  40%; Team presentation: 10%; Class participation: 10 %; Peer review of papers: 5%.  

Papers are evaluated in terms of quality of research, depth of thought, strength of argument, and clarity of expression (i.e., writing style).  Presentations are done in teams.

Text/Readings:

Karl Marx, Communist Manifesto, On line at UT Library

Tocqueville, Democracy in America.  On line at UT Library. Author’s Introduction, chs. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 8. 

Max Weber, The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism.  One Line at UT library.  Preface, Intro, chs 1, 2, 4 a. 

Dan Smith, The State of the World Atlas.  10th ed. Penguin. 2021

  1. M. Charrad, States and Women’s Rights:  The Making of Postcolonial Tunisia, Algeria and Morocco. Berkeley:  Univ of California Press, 2001 (SWR)

Articles, TBA.

Audiovisuals: Audiovisuals are an integral part of the course. They are used to cover current events.


GOV 357D • Civil Liberties-Wb

38985 • Abramson, Jeffrey
Meets W 3:00PM-6:00PM • Internet; Synchronous
show description

Explore the United States constitution and Supreme Court with a focus on civil rights and liberties.


GOV 358 • Introduction To Public Policy

38995 • Epp, Derek
Meets TTH 12:30PM-2:00PM CAL 100
show description

A survey of American public policy, with emphasis on modern problems and trends.


GOV 360E • Intrntl Political Economy

39010 • Wang, Di
Meets TTH 2:00PM-3:30PM WAG 201
show description

Study of the changing relationship between political and economic power in international relations.


GOV 360E • Intrntl Political Economy

39015 • Wellhausen, Rachel
Meets TTH 2:00PM-3:30PM WAG 214
show description

Study of the changing relationship between political and economic power in international relations.


GOV 362L • Government Research Internship

39025
show description

Fieldwork in research and analysis on governmental and political problems.


GOV 362S • Memories Of War

39035 • Laubenthal, Barbara
Meets TTH 11:00AM-12:30PM PMA 6.112
GC (also listed as AMS 321W, EUS 346, GSD 362D)
show description

The course aims at enabling students to understand central theories and concepts of memory studies and to familiarize them with the cultural and social scientific definitions and research perspectives on war, death, trauma, mourning and political activism. At the end of the course, students will have a thorough theoretical and empirical understanding of the ways in which memory and war intersect both as research fields and as cultural, societal and political practices in contemporary societies. Students will be able to independently design a case study, to identify a relevant research question and to carry out a small research project.

 

Grading:

  • Moderator/discussion leader: 20 percent
  • Presentation of vignette of your research project: 20 percent
  • War and Memory brief: 30 percent
  • Short written and oral comment on somebody else’s brief: 20 percent
  • Homework: 10 percent

GOV 363U • Switzerland/Globalization

39040 • Hess, Peter
Meets TTH 9:30AM-11:00AM JES A307A
GC (also listed as EUS 348, GSD 361T)
show description

This course investigates how this small European country positions itself in a globalized world and how it competes and thrives in it. A key question will be how globalization pressures impact a small, affluent country, how the economy copes with globalization, what defense mechanisms—both integrative and isolationist—they elicit, and what identity issues they provoke accentuate. A key factor of the Swiss strategy is a unique relationship with the European Union that highlights the themes of integration and integrative patterns versus isolation and the ideology of exceptionalism in a small European country. The course starts with a brief survey of Swiss history, beginning with a defensive pact among three small alpine valleys in 1291, in order to better understand Swiss exceptionalism. We will closely examine the Swiss system of direct democracy, how it shapes the political country, but also how it inspires right-wing populists across the globe. We also will study how direct democracy has created unique patterns of conflict resolution and consensus building. Finally, we will take a look at Swiss responses to climate change.

Grading:

  • research paper (8-10 pp.) 30%
  • short paper (minimum 2 pages) 10%
  • group presentation 10%
  • first exam 20%
  • second exam 20%
  • class participation, homework, quizzes 10%

GOV 365T • Suicide Terrorism

39065 • Pedahzur, Ami
Meets TTH 8:00AM-9:30AM WAG 214
show description

Studies the causes of suicide terrorism at elite, community, and rank-and-file levels.


GOV 365W • Human Rights/World Politics

39075 • Evans, Rhonda
Meets TTH 5:00PM-6:30PM WAG 201
(also listed as WGS 340)
show description

Introduction to the political and policy dimensions of human rights.


GOV 370C • Election Campaigns

39090 • Luskin, Robert
Meets MW 1:00PM-2:30PM PAR 203
show description

The study of contemporary American election campaigns.


GOV 370P • Policy-Making Process-Dc

39110
Wr
show description

Focus on the role of Congress and the President in the policy-making process.


GOV 370R • Money In US Politics-Hon

39115 • Roberts, Brian
Meets W 3:30PM-6:30PM PAR 310
CD (also listed as LAH 350)
show description

     This course explores the nature and consequences of money in American politics and why, at this point in history, we find ourselves embroiled in the most significant debate over campaign finance reform in over thirty years.   The debate goes to the heart of the U.S. Constitution, pitting the First Amendment rights of speech and assembly against the perceived fairness and efficacy of a republican government awash, some claim, in increasingly unaccountable money.

     Campaign finance issues lie at the crossroads of a bewildering number of analytical perspectives.  We (must) examine the work of historians, social scientists, legal scholars, and interested parties on all sides of the debate in an effort not only to assess current policy debates but also to understand how we got here.  During the course we confront and seek answers to a host of questions, including, but by no means limited to:

- How will corporations respond to the Supreme Court’s recent decision permitting unlimited political advertising?

- Why did most 2008 presidential candidates abandon the system of public financing for presidential elections? -Why does the public believe that corporations play such a large role in funding federal election campaigns?

-Why does the Supreme Court allow public perceptions to determine the constitutionality of campaign finance laws?

-Why do U.S. Senators refuse to report their campaign finance activity electronically to the Federal Election Commission?

-How and why is the Internet treated differently than other means of political communication by campaign finance laws?

-What are the consequences of unlimited individual contributions to state election candidates in Texas?

Texts and Works: 

Corrado, Anthony, et al. The New Campaign Finance Sourcebook. 2004. Washington D.C.: Brooking Institution;
Corrado, Anthony and David Magleby Financing the 2008 Election. 2010. Washington D.C.: Brooking Institution;
McChesney, Fred. Money For Nothing: Politicians, Rent Extraction, and Political Extortion.  1997. Cambridge: Harvard University Press;
Urofsky, Melvin., Money & Free Speech: Campaign Finance Reform and the Courts. 2005. Lawrence, KS: University of Kansas Press. Other readings as assigned.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


GOV 371I • United States Congress

39125 • Craig, Alison
Meets TTH 2:00PM-3:30PM RLP 0.128
show description

Examine the modern Congress and analyze various factors influencing the legislative process.


GOV 374N • Political Internship-Wb

39145 • Henson, James • Internet; Asynchronous
II
show description

Students perform research and related activities for an entity directly related to government and politics. Written reports required.


GOV 381L • Money In US Politics

39155 • Roberts, Brian
Meets M 9:00AM-12:00PM BAT 1.104
show description

Seminar in American Government and Politics.


GOV 381S • Citizenship And Democracy

39160 • Luskin, Robert
Meets M 3:00PM-6:00PM PAR 208
show description

Seminar in Political Behavior.


GOV 382M • Machiavelli's Discourses

39165 • Stauffer, Devin
Meets W 6:00PM-9:00PM GAR 1.134
show description

Seminar in Political Theory and Philosophy.


GOV 382M • Republicanism & Liberalism

39170 • Tulis, Jeffrey
Meets W 9:00AM-12:00PM BAT 1.104
show description

Seminar in Political Theory and Philosophy.


GOV 384M • Gov Research And Policy Agenda

39175 • Jones, Bryan
Meets TH 3:30PM-6:30PM MEZ 5.104
show description

Seminar in Public Policy and Administration.


GOV 384M • Public Opinion & Public Policy

39180 • Wlezien, Christopher
Meets W 3:00PM-6:00PM BAT 5.102
show description

Seminar in Public Policy and Administration.


GOV 384N • Comparative Judicial Politics

39185 • Brinks, Daniel
Meets T 3:30PM-6:30PM BAT 1.104
show description

Seminar in Public Law.


GOV 384N • Smnr: Const Crts/High Politics

39190 • Hirschl, Ran
Meets T 3:45PM-5:45PM JON 6.206
(also listed as LAW 397S)
show description

Constitutional courts and transnational tribunals worldwide have become a central forum for dealing with contentious political questions that define and divide entire nations. This seminar offers an opportunity for students to engage with cutting-edge research concerning this global trend—arguably one of the most significant developments in late-20th and early 21st century government. It combines the comparative study of landmark court rulings concerning key political matters with exploration of pertinent social science research concerning the global expansion of constitutionalism and judicial review, modes of constitutional reasoning and judicial decision-making, and political clashes over courts and judicial power. Among the issues covered are the engagement of constitutional courts and constitutional jurisprudence worldwide with democracy, elections and the political process; dilemmas of collective identity; ethno-nationalist populism and constitutional retrogression; secession and self-determination; religion and diversity; equality; economic and social rights; and restorative justice. Evaluation will be based on participation, a short integrative comment paper, and a final seminar paper.

This seminar will be offered through the School of Law.  


GOV 385L • Advanced Statistical Analysis

39195 • Lin, Tse
Meets TTH 5:00PM-6:30PM MEZ 1.210
show description

Seminar in Methodology.


GOV 385L • Conceptualizatn & Measurement

39200 • Elkins, Zachary
Meets W 12:00PM-3:00PM BAT 5.102
show description

Seminar in Methodology.


GOV 385L • Network Analysis

39205 • Craig, Alison
Meets TH 9:30AM-12:30PM BAT 5.102
show description

Seminar in Methodology.


GOV 388L • International Organization

39215 • Chapman, Terrence
Meets M 12:00PM-3:00PM BAT 1.104
show description

Seminar in International Relations.


GOV 388L • Internatl Political Economy

39225 • Wellhausen, Rachel
Meets T 9:30AM-12:30PM BAT 1.104
show description

Seminar in International Relations.


GOV 388L • Strat/Ideas/Statcrft: Amer Exp

39220 • Suri, Jeremi
Meets T 9:00AM-12:00PM SRH 3.124
(also listed as HIS 381, P A 388L)
show description

This seminar examines the sources, implementation, and consequences of American foreign policy strategy.  Drawing on the work of historians and political scientists, we will explore how geopolitics, domestic politics, and strategic ideas have shaped America’s international priorities and policy practice.  To this end, the seminar will focus on several critical junctures in the American experience to consider how new understandings of the nation’s international purposes arise, and the contours of debates over how best to pursue them.  A portion of the course will be set aside to examine contemporary visions of the evolving geopolitical landscape and what these visions mean for U.S. statecraft in the present and near future.


Texts:
John Lewis Gaddis, Strategies of Containment

Carl von Clausewitz, On War

Niccolo Machiavelli, The Prince

Leo Tolstoy, War and Peace

Charles Kupchan, No One’s World

James Mann, Rise of the Vulcans

John Mearsheimer, Tragedy of Great Power Politics

Christopher McKight Nichols, Promise and Peril

Jeremi Suri, Henry Kissinger and the American Century

Marc Trachtenberg, The Craft of International History

Peter Trubowitz, Politics and Strategy

Course requirements

Weekly seminar participation, weekly Canvas postings, 20 page research paper or policy brief.


GOV 390L • Comparative Race And Ethnicity

39235 • Liu, Amy
Meets W 9:00AM-12:00PM BAT 5.102
show description

Seminar in Comparative Government and Politics.


GOV 390L • Military In Politics

39240 • Barany, Zoltan
Meets M 12:00PM-3:00PM BAT 5.102
show description

Seminar in Comparative Government and Politics.


GOV 390L • South Asian Pol In Comp Persp

39245 • Brownlee, Jason
Meets T 12:30PM-3:30PM BAT 1.104
(also listed as ANS 384)
show description

Seminar in Comparative Government and Politics.




GOV 662N • Archer Cen Wash Internship

39030
show description

Archer Center Washington Internship.







  •   Map
  • Department of Government

    The University of Texas at Austin
    158 W 21st ST STOP A1800
    Batts Hall 2.116
    Austin, TX 78712-1704
    512-471-5121