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Summer Courses 2017

Maymester (May 15th- 26th)

PSC 322.m500  International Security

Instructor: David Arceneaux
Class #: 72135
Offered: M T W Th F  1:00 pm-5:00 pm

This course examines the causes, conduct, and consequences of conflict in the international system. We will cover a range of security issues, including civil wars, terrorism, interstate conflict, and nuclear proliferation. The course aims to provide students with a policy-relevant understanding of the academic literature. Accordingly, we will read works by both theorists and policymakers, and examine how these arguments apply to contemporary security issues. This course serves as an introduction to the field of security studies within the discipline of political science. We will incorporate case studies with a special focus on the U.S. role in fostering international security, and address contemporary dilemmas for U.S. national security.

Summer Session I (May 22nd- June 30th)

PSC 300.m201 Authoritarianism in Film & TV Drama 

Instructor: Li Shao
Class #: 72134
M W 2:00 pm-5:40 pm  

Why does V for Vendetta have a naive view of totalitarianism?  Why is Lord Voldemort a nascent dictator?  What would be the difference between a true totalitarian regime and that of Hunger Games?

In this course, we will discuss how popular cultural products — including fictional films and TV dramas — misrepresent the authoritarian regimes.  We will study the other side of dictatorship that these products ignore:  Why do people support rather than oppose dictators?  What conditions nurture authoritarian rule?  Why are some dictatorships durable, and why do some dictatorship perform “better” than democracies?

We will discuss the strengths and weaknesses of authoritarian regimes, and the circumstances under which a democracy may collapse into dictatorship.  In addition to popular cultural products, we will also study academic works and documentaries to have a more accurate view of authoritarianism.

PSC 300.m301 Gender in International Relations 

Instructor: Catriona Standfield
Class #: 72134
M W 2:00 pm-5:40 pm  

Instructor: Staff
Class #: 70466
T Th Noon-3:15 pm         

Gender relations shape our identities, social roles, and individual experiences each day.  Yet, when we learn about international relations (IR), these often disappear from view.  This course is an introduction to using gender as an analytical lens in IR.  It will examine how gender shapes things like conflict, foreign policy, migration, development, and international law.  Throughout our analysis, we will ask:  Whose security and prosperity matters, and who defines these?  Where are the women and men in global governance?  How do war, migration, and poverty affect women and men?  We will engage in a critical dialogue with other schools of thought in IR, considering how gender has shaped key concepts and methods in the field.  Above all, we will maintain an emphasis on social justice and human rights in our endeavors as scholars and practitioners of IR.

Summer Session II (July 5th-August 12th)

PSC 121.m001  American National Government & Politics

Instructor: Rachel MacMaster
Course #: 70005
M T W Th, Noon- 1:45 pm

American political institutions. Basic principles embedded in structure and practices of American government. Practical consequences of this political system for the citizen. Credit is given for PSC 121 or PSC 129, but not both.

PSC 124.m001  International Relations

Instructor: Sefa Secen
Course #: 70043
M T W Th, 10:00 am-11:45 am

Foreign policy, decision making, comparative foreign policy, international transactions, and the international system. Credit is given for PSC 124 or PSC 139, but not both.

PSC 355.U800  International Political Economy

Instructor: Daniel McDowell

Course #: 70474

Course Description:  Institutions and politics of international economic relations. Trade, investment, macro-economic policy coordination, economic development, global resource issues, and the causes and consequences of global economic integration.