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GOV 310L • American Government

37328 • Leal, David
Meets TTH 3:30PM-5:00PM WCH 1.120
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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

37329 • O'Brien, Shannon
Meets MWF 3:00PM-4:00PM WCH 1.120
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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-Honors

37365 • Walker, Hannah
Meets TTH 2:00PM-3:30PM WAG 201
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A basic survey of American government, including fundamental political institutions, federal, state, and local; special attention to the United States and Texas Constitutions.


GOV 310L • American Government-Wb

37330-37360 • Shaw, Daron
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A basic survey of American government, including fundamental political institutions, federal, state, and local; special attention to the United States and Texas Constitutions.


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

37370 • McDonald, Patrick
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Analysis of underlying themes concerned with American political institutions and policies, including the United States Constitution.


GOV 312L • Issues & Policies In Amer Gov

37375
Meets MWF 9:00AM-10:00AM MEZ 1.306
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Analysis of underlying themes concerned with American political institutions and policies, including the United States Constitution.


GOV 312L • Issues & Policies In Amer Gov

37385
Meets MWF 10:00AM-11:00AM MEZ 1.306
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Analysis of underlying themes concerned with American political institutions and policies, including the United States Constitution.


GOV 312L • Issues & Policies In Amer Gov

37395 • Budziszewski, J
Meets MW 2:30PM-4:00PM RLP 1.106
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Analysis of underlying themes concerned with American political institutions and policies, including the United States Constitution.


GOV 312L • Issues/Policies In Amer Gov-Wb

37390 • Theriault, Sean
Meets MW 2:30PM-4:00PM • Internet
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Analysis of underlying themes concerned with American political institutions and policies, including the United States Constitution.


GOV 312P • Constitutnl Prins: Core Texts

37410
Meets MWF 12:00PM-1:00PM MEZ B0.306
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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.


GOV 312P • Constitutnl Prins: Core Texts

37415 • Williams, Avery
Meets MWF 1:00PM-2:00PM MEZ B0.306
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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.


GOV 312P • Constitutnl Prins: Core Texts

37400 • Dempsey, Erik
Meets MWF 11:00AM-12:00PM MEZ B0.306
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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.


GOV 314E • Classics Socl/Polit Thought-Wb

37420 • Viroli, Maurizio
Meets TTH 11:00AM-12:30PM • Internet
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 321M • Politics In Japan

37425 • Maclachlan, Patricia
Meets MW 10:00AM-11:30AM FAC 21
GC (also listed as ANS 321M)
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Survey of postwar Japanese politics; the occupation, governmental institutions, interest groups, protest movements, industrial policy, the government-business relationship, and political and economic reform.


GOV 328L • Intro To Lat Amer Gov & Pol

37430 • Madrid, Raul
Meets TTH 2:00PM-3:30PM JGB 2.324
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 335C • Religion In Amer Pol Thought

37435 • Budziszewski, J
Meets MW 4:00PM-5:30PM WAG 201
Wr (also listed as R S 346P)
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Explore religion and politics in the United States through reading of mostly primary sources addressing religious arguments taking positions on historical and contemporary issues.


GOV 350K • Statistical Anly In Pol Sci-Wb

37445-37459 • Jessee, Stephen
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Elementary statistical techniques and their applications to problems in political science.


GOV 351C • Classical Quest For Justice-Wb

37460 • Stauffer, Dana
Meets MWF 11:00AM-12:00PM • Internet
EGC (also listed as CTI 320)
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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 351J • Might/Right Among Nations-Wb

37465 • Pangle, Thomas
Meets MWF 1:00PM-2:00PM • Internet
E (also listed as CTI 323)
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Major alternative approaches to the question of the moral character of international relations, as elaborated by some of the greatest political thinkers.


GOV 355C • Applied Rsrch Methods I

37470 • Findley, Michael
Meets F 1:00PM-4:00PM RLP 0.128
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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 355M • Afr Amer Women Pol Activism-Wb

37475 • Philpot, Tasha
Meets TTH 11:00AM-12:30PM • Internet
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Explores how Black feminism, as a guiding ideology, helps to explain how Black women have functioned in the U.s. political system.


GOV 355M • Evolution Of Spec Op Forces

37480 • Pedahzur, Ami
Meets TTH 11:00AM-12:30PM PAI 2.48
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Explores the global evolution of Special Operations Forces from different theoretical perspectives, including historical institutionalism, Complexity, and Bureuacratic Politics.


GOV 355M • Germany And Immigration-Wb

37484 • Laubenthal, Barbara
Meets TTH 2:00PM-3:30PM • Internet
GC (also listed as EUS 348, GSD 360)
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OUR GSD  COURSES ARE TAUGHT IN ENGLISH.

Course Description

A massive influx of refugees, conflicts about cultural diversity and religion, debates on the lack of highly-skilled workers - immigration currently is at the top of the German public agenda. However, discussions on immigration are taking place in a political climate much different from twenty years ago. Until the year 2000, despite being a major destination for international migration, Germany defined itself as a non-immigration country and aimed at preventing permanent immigration. However, for some years now, the integration of migrants has become a central aim and in some fields the country even pursues a pro-active immigration policy. What factors have encouraged this change, and how has immigration changed German society and culture? These are the questions that the course will address. Applying a historical perspective and using central theories and concepts of contemporary migration research, we will analyze recent changes in the fields of labor migration, asylum and undocumented migration and the integration of migrants. We will ask how the changes that have taken place are reflected on a cultural level, looking at the (contested) incorporation of Islam in German society, the reflection of immigration in contemporary art, movies and novels, and regional and civil society initiatives to preserve the memory of immigration.

The course aims at providing students with a profound knowledge of the main characteristics of Germany as an immigration country and on the current central empirical research topics on immigration in Germany. It also aims at enabling students to understand and apply central theories and concepts of contemporary migration studies beyond the case of Germany. At the end of the course, students should also be able to understand and assess Germany’s profile as an immigration country in comparison to other immigration countries such as the United States.


GOV 355M • Pol Of Voter Suppression-Wb

37485 • Jones, Bryan
Meets TTH 12:30PM-2:00PM • Internet
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Explores the politics of vote suppression and its policy remedies, including manipulation of the size and composition of elections, and how excluded citizens have addressed such measures via politics, policy reforms, and court appeals.


GOV 355M • Race, Crim Just/Civil Rights

37495 • Walker, Hannah
Meets TTH 9:30AM-11:00AM RLP 0.128
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Instructor: Hannah Walker

The purpose of this course is to explore the challenges posed for American democracy by
issues related to criminal justice in the modern era. Such issues include police brutality, felon
disenfranchisement, the treatment of prisoners while in prison, and especially – the
relationship between historical institutional racial exclusion and the current era of mass
incarceration. We will evaluate the challenges posed for a system predicated on democratic
inclusion and equality of voice through the primary lens of civil rights and political organizing
around those rights as they intersect with criminal justice. In so doing, students will become
familiar and conversant on some of the most pressing topics of the current political moment.


GOV 355M • Switzerland/Globalization-Wb

37490 • Hess, Peter
Meets TTH 9:30AM-11:00AM • Internet
GC (also listed as EUS 348, GSD 360)
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Our GSD courses are taught in English.

Course 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.

We will study the following themes in weekly installments:

1. Swiss exceptionalism: founding myth and a heroic republican history

2. Switzerland and the US as sister republics: founding the modern state in 1848

3. Neutrality and political isolation: the meaning of neutrality (Sweden, Finland, Austria, Switzerland) before and after 1989

4. The power of small nations: specialization, multilateralism, humanitarianism

5. Swiss economic structure: how a high-wage country competes globally

6. Switzerland as a hub off the global offshore economy (bank secret, tax competition)

7. The institutions of direct democracy in Switzerland (as tools of identity formation)

8. Swiss consensus democracy: how institutions impact the political culture

9. Direct democracy in international comparison: tool for right-wing populism?

10. Switzerland’s four languages and cultures: model for other plurilingual states?

11. Switzerland and the European Union: resistance and integration

12. Switzerland and the EU: an alternative model for reluctant members (Brexit)

13. Right-wing populism in Switzerland: migration, integration and naturalization policies

14. Climate change: how does it impact Switzerland, and how is the country preparing for it?

 

Students will be assigned daily readings (listed on syllabus) and should expect to turn in one homework assignment per week; we also will work with video material. There will be short quizzes on the readings throughout the semester. Students will write a short paper (2 pp) and a research paper (8-10 pp). Students also will participate in one group presentation during the semester. Each group will focus on a topic that is an integral part of the syllabus and will present it to the class in a group presentation of 20-30 minutes.


GOV 357C • Constitutional Interpretatn-Wb

37500 • Perry Jr, H
Meets TTH 2:00PM-3:30PM • Internet
(also listed as CTI 326C)
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Designed to improve reasoning and communication skills through constitutional interpretation. Determining what the Constitution means, how to determine what it means, and who should determine what it means.


GOV 357J • Law Of Politics

37505 • Sager, Alan
Meets MW 2:30PM-4:00PM BEL 328
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Explore theoretical and philosophical issues at the intersection of law and politics.


GOV 360D • International Security

37510
Meets MWF 9:00AM-10:00AM WCH 1.120
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Explore the conditions and motivations behind the use of military force in world politics.


GOV 360E • Intrntl Political Economy

37520 • Wellhausen, Rachel
Meets TTH 12:30PM-2:00PM ART 1.102
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Study of the changing relationship between political and economic power in international relations.


GOV 360E • Intrntl Political Economy-Wb

37515 • Wang, Di
Meets TTH 9:30AM-11:00AM • Internet
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Study of the changing relationship between political and economic power in international relations.


GOV 360G • Causes Of War

37530 • Wolford, Michael
Meets TTH 9:30AM-11:00AM FAC 21
GC (also listed as REE 335)
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Explore the modern theory of war, viewing conflict between and within states as a political phenomenon, the product of conscious political action in the pursuit of political ends.


GOV 360S • Terrorism/Counterterrorism

37540 • Findley, Michael
Meets TTH 8:00AM-9:30AM MEZ 1.306
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Examines the historical origins of terrorist violence, the primary causes of terrorist acts committed both by opposition and government forces, as well as counter terrorist measures taken by states and international organizations.


GOV 362L • Govt Research Internship-Wb

37545
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Fieldwork in research and analysis on governmental and political problems.


GOV 365D • Intl Rels Of E/Stheast Asia

37555 • Maclachlan, Patricia
Meets MW 1:00PM-2:30PM GAR 0.102
GC (also listed as ANS 361)
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An introduction to the international relations of East and Southeast Asia, with particular attention to postwar economic and security issues, the changing political landscape of the post-Cold War period, and the development and functions of regional institutions.


GOV 365S • Comparative Legal Systems

37575 • Brinks, Daniel
Meets TTH 11:00AM-12:30PM FAC 21
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Comparative study of the nature of courts and law, their position in political systems, and their potential impact on society.


GOV 365T • Suicide Terrorism

37580 • Pedahzur, Ami
Meets TTH 8:00AM-9:30AM FAC 21
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Studies the causes of suicide terrorism at elite, community, and rank-and-file levels.


GOV 365V • Compr Notions Eur Security-Wb

37585 • Mosser, Michael
Meets TTH 9:30AM-11:00AM • Internet
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Examines the conceptual and practical aspects of European comprehensive security via the institutions charged with implementing it.


GOV 370C • Election Campaigns-Wb

37600 • Luskin, Robert
Meets MW 2:30PM-4:00PM • Internet
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The study of contemporary American election campaigns.


GOV 370E • Congressional Elections-Wb

37605 • Theriault, Sean
Meets MW 4:00PM-5:30PM • Internet
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Examination of congressional campaigns and election outcomes from both historical and contemporary perspectives.


GOV 370M • Research On The US Congress

37610 • Epp, Derek
Meets MW 5:30PM-7:00PM PAR 201
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Independent research on lawmaking in the modern United States Congress.


GOV 370P • Policy-Making Process-Dc

37615
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Focus on the role of Congress and the President in the policy-making process.


GOV 370R • Money In US Politics

37620 • Roberts, Brian
Meets TTH 12:30PM-2:00PM FAC 21
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Study of the nature and consequences of campaign finance on American politics.


GOV 371E • Policy Formulation/Implement

37635 • Craig, Alison
Meets TTH 2:00PM-3:30PM GAR 0.102
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Examine the policy-making process in the United States. Focus on the actors and institutions involved in the formulation and implementation of public policy.


GOV 371L • Latino Politics

37640 • Leal, David
Meets TTH 5:00PM-6:30PM MEZ 1.306
CD (also listed as LAS 337S, MAS 374)
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Explore the political experiences of the United States Latino populations.


GOV 371U • Politics And Film

37645 • O'Brien, Shannon
Meets MWF 12:00PM-1:00PM FAC 21
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Explore the importance of political life as it has been captured on screen and examine the role of film in important political events.


GOV 374N • Political Internship-Wb

37650 • Henson, James
II
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Students perform research and related activities for an entity directly related to government and politics. Written reports required.


GOV 379G • Jerusalem And Athens

37655 • Dempsey, Erik
Meets MWF 2:00PM-3:00PM WAG 214
(also listed as CTI 375, LAH 351M)
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Examine the age-old confrontation between the teaching of the Bible and the politics and philosophy of the ancient Greeks.


GOV 390L • Arab Monarchies

37740 • Barany, Zoltan
Meets M 3:00PM-6:00PM GAR 0.120
(also listed as MES 384)
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In this graduate seminar we will answer the fundamental questions of how and why has the monarchical form of government survived to the modern age.  Just as importantly, in the context of the Middle East, why have Arab monarchies weather the challenges posed to them by the Arab Spring upheavals with relative ease in sharp contrast with the republics around them (Egypt, Libya, Syria, Tunisia, Yemen)?  To what extent have the riches derived from hydrocarbons helped these monarchies (Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates) to survive?  And what is the secret of Jordan and Morocco, relatively poor kingdoms, that have allowed them to maintain their rule?

We will begin with a brief look at the general historical evolution of monarchies around the world from the Middle Ages to the present.  We will then turn our focus to the eight contemporary Arab monarchies.  We will analyze the advantages and drawbacks of this kind of government both in the context of democracy vs. authoritarianism as well as in terms of policy implementation, nation-building, state-building, state effectiveness, stability, and security.  And we will discuss at length such crucial issues as religion, tribes, the royal families, defense and security, and the sustainability of absolute monarchy as a form of government in the modern world.


GOV 679HA • Honors Tutorial Course-Wb

37660 • Albertson, Bethany
Meets T 3:30PM-6:30PM • Internet
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Lectures and supervised individual research and the writing of a substantial paper on a special topic in the field of government. No grade is awarded until the student has completed the two-semester sequence.



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