Undergraduate Courses

**See bottom of this page for a list of courses by sub field.  

 

Fall 2018 Course Offerings (subject to change without notice):

  • PS 1 - Intro to Political Theory - STAFF
  • PS 6 - Intro to Comparative Politics - STAFF
  • PS 7 – Intro to International Relations - Dr. Coggins
  • PS 15 – Intro to Research Methods - Prof. Nomikos
  • PS 114 - Democracy & Diversity (AP/PT) - STAFF
  • PS 118 - Comparative Ethnic Politics (CP) - Kaplan
  • PS 121 - International Politics (IR) - Dr. Strathman
  • PS 126 - International Security (IR) - Dr. Strathman
  • PS 138 - Topics in Comparative Politics (CP) - STAFF
  • PS 160 – Asian American Politics (AP) - Dr. Lien

 

  • PS 196 - Senior Seminar (PT)  - Dr. Norris: " Nietzsche and Kierkegaard on Individuality"   In this senior seminar we shall explore the meaning and promise of the idea of individuality in two of the greatest thinkers of the 19th century, Søren Kierkegaard and Friedrich Nietzsche.  [See instructor for an add code.]
     
  • PS 196 - Senior Seminar (AP) - Dr. Lien.   "Gender and Multi-Cultural Leadership in America"   This course explores the intersection of race and gender in American political leadership, with a particular focus on the experiences of U.S. political women of African/Black, American Indian, Asian/Pacific, Latina/Hispanic, and White/Anglo background.  Whereas the focus is on contemporary electoral politics, we shall also examine the challenges and opportunities related to the development of women’s leadership throughout the multicultural history of the United States. There will be no mid-term or final examination but a major paper is required. Students are also required to attend all sessions, to lead a class discussion once or more, and to keep a weekly journal of your learning throughout the quarter."  [See instructor for an add code.]

 

  • PS 197A– Senior Honors Thesis Seminar (Approval by Instructor Only) - Dr. Stoll

 

Special Topics Courses [Open to full POLS majors ONLY during PASS 1 registration]

  • POLS 106EP - Special Topics: Energy Politics & Policy (AP/CP) - Dr. Stokes 

             Introduces students to the politics and policy of the contemporary global energy system. Covers discuss major public policies and politics related to both the electricity and transportation systems. Students will learn energy technologies’ characteristics and understand contemporary political debates over the energy system.

 

  • POLS 110AM - Political Concepts: American Political Theory "Freedom, Self-Determination, and Self-Realizationin American Political Thought"  (PT) - Dr. Norris 

            This is a course in American political philosophy, not a study of American institutions or American political behavior.  In it we will study how the issues of freedom, self-determination, and self-realization have been addressed by a small number of important American writers and artists.  We shall read a sermon, a memoir, a generous selection of philosophical essays, and a novel.  Authors read will include James Baldwin, John Calhoun, Stanley Cavell, John Dewey, Frederick Douglass, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln, Thorstein Veblen, and Edith Wharton.  We shall also watch one film, Terrence Malick’s 1973 classic, Badlands.  Our emphasis throughout will be on the close analysis of the assigned material.  Because this is a seminar, not a lecture, it is essential that each student come prepared every day to actively participate in our discussions.  Enrollment is by permission of the instructor only, and will be limited to students with relatively strong backgrounds in theory and philosophy.  [See instructor for an add code.]

 

  • POLS 110DT - Political Concept: Democratic Theory (PT) - STAFF    Is democracy really the form of government? If so, what do we really mean by 'democracy'? This course will explore several varieties of contemporary democratic theory, including deliberative, agonistic, aversive, realist, and plebiscitary, as well as several works that critique democratic practice.

 

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Tentative Winter 2019 Course Offerings (subject to change without notice):

  • PS 1 – Intro to Political Philosophy - Dr. Norris
  • PS 7 – Intro to International Relations - Dr. Morse
  • PS 12 – Intro to American Politics - Dr. Meyer-Gutbrod
  • PS 15 – Intro to Research Methods - Dr. Mahdavi
  • PS 116 - Politics of Electoral Laws (CP) - Dr. Allen
  • PS 127 - American Foreign Policy (IR/AP) - Dr. Strathman
  • PS 135 - Politics and Government of Japan (CP) - Dr. Freeman
  • PS 141 - Civil War (IR) - Dr. Coggins
  • PS 142 - Decisionmaking (IR) - Dr. Strathman
  • PS 161 - Minority Politics (AP) - Dr. Lien
  • PS 173 - Comparative Media & Politics (CP) - Dr. Freeman
  • PS 187 - Classical Political Theory (PT) - Dr. Miller
  • PS 189 - Contemporary Political Theory (PT) - Dr. Miller
  • PS 196 - Senior Seminar on Civil War (IR) - Dr. Coggins [OPEN only to Seniors]
  • PS 196 - Senior Seminar on Nuclear War and International Security - Dr. Narang [OPEN only to Seniors]
  • PS 197B - Senior Thesis Seminar [By instructor approval ONLY]

 

Special Topics Courses [Open to full POLS majors ONLY during PASS 1 registration]

  • PS 106CP - Special Topics: Crime, Policing, and Political Participation (AP) - STAFF
  • PS 106MO - Special Topics: International Political Economy of Money (IR) - Dr. Cohen: The focus of this course is on the politics of international monetary relations.  The main aim is to help students learn how to understand and evaluate the current functioning of money and finance in the global economy.  The first three weeks of the course are devoted to the historical development of the international monetary system up to the present day.  The remaining weeks will address a range of contemporary issues in monetary relations, with particular emphasis on politics at both the domestic and international levels of analysis.
  • PS 106PK - Special Topics: "Peacemaking/Peacebuilding" (IR) - Mr. Nomikos  The international community devotes considerable financial and human resources to preventing civil wars from breaking out and stopping them once they do. Do such attempts succeed? In this course, we examine international efforts to create sustainable peace after civil wars from a variety of perspectives. Drawing upon theoretical and empirical analyses in Political Science, we investigate the effectiveness of peacekeeping troops deployed to keep warring parties from fighting as well as statebuilding initiatives that attempt to construct or re-construct domestic institutions in a post-conflict state. We also consider the spatial challenges peacekeeping operations, which may prevent certain operations from succeeding locally where they've succeeded nationally. Finally, we examine different types of peacekeepers, including the United Nations's extensive network of peacekeeping operations around the globe.

 

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Spring (Last) Quarter 2018 Course Offerings:

  • PS 6 – Intro to Comparative Politics - Dr. Freeman
  • PS 7 – Intro to International Relations - Dr. Coggins
  • PS 12 – Intro to American Politics - Dr. Woolley
  • PS 15 – Intro to Research Methods - Dr. Mildenberger
  • PS 126 - International Security (IR) - Dr. Narang
  • PS 127 - American Foreign Policy (IR) - Dr. Strathman
  • PS 142 - Decisionmaking (IR) - Dr. Strathman
  • PS 143 – Russian Domestic Policy (CP) - Dr. Kaplan
  • PS 147 – 3rd World Politics – (CP) - Dr. Bruhn
  • PS 155/155L - Congress and Congress Lab (AP) - Dr. Smith
  • PS 194 - Group Studies: "Politics of Isla Vista" - Taught by Dr. Marisela Marquez

    Students enrolled in this course learn the history of the community of Isla Vista and gain personal experience in accessing local area governments responsible for it. Learning objectives include application of the history of Isla Vista to address current issues and resident’s needs in positions papers addressed to elected representatives and stakeholders responsible for Isla Vista. Students utilize coalition building and organizational actions to understand the politics of bringing about changes for the community of Isla Vista. Students begin the practice of community engagement by developing position papers, develop a campaign plan for change, and finally deliver their individual and group campaign plans during in class presentations.

    LIMITED TO 15 STUDENTS. Contact Dr. Marquez for an add code: mariselam@as.ucsb.edu

Special Topics  [Open to full POLS majors ONLY]

  • PS 106AT - Special Topics: American Presidency (AP) - Dr. Woolley: Many scholars have been interested in how the peculiarities of specific historical moments affect presidential performance.  We will try to examine this as well, typically by looking the president’s response to crises.  It is very standard to ask how political “context” constrains presidential choice—perhaps reducing the impact of individual traits, or perhaps magnifying the importance of those traits.
  • PS 106DP - Special Topics: Political Parties and Democracy (CP) - Mr. Allen:  Modern democracy has been deemed unthinkable save in terms of political parties. In fact, party government is found in nearly every democratic state around the world. In this class, we will explore why parties are so instrumental to democracy, how parties are created and shaped by members and leaders, and how parties campaign and govern in contemporary democratic states.
  • PS 106EC - Special Topics: Ethnic Conflict (IR/CP) - Mr. Nomikos: Ethnic conflicts have become the prevailing political crises of our times. This course will introduce students to the study of ethnic conflict in political science, overviewing both classics as well as more recent research in the field. We will study the sources of ethnic identification; debates about the role of ethnicity in the origins, fighting, and termination of conflict; and international intervention and peacekeeping. Students will learn about themes relating to ethnic conflict and specific countries, which they will select at the beginning of the course. Regions covered include (but are not limited to) Europe, Africa, and the Middle East. 
  • PS 106HR - Special Topics: Human Rights (IR/CP) - Ms. Bennett: This is a survey course on human rights that will analyze human rights theories, human rights in international law, institutions and politics, and examples of different kinds of human rights violations across the world. Human rights play a central role in contemporary international politics, but many aspects of human rights and their implementation remain controversial. Throughout this course we will explore answers to the following questions: What are international human rights? What are the social and political conditions that seem to cause widespread human rights violations? How are human rights best protected and fulfilled at global and national levels? What contemporary events present challenges for the protection and fulfillment of international human rights? In answering some of these questions, students will have an opportunity to develop an independent research paper on a human rights issue of their choosing.
  • PS 106LPSpecial Topics: Latino Politics (AP): Ms. Rivas-Pineda:  This course is a comprehensive, high-level introduction to the political causes and consequences of Latino migration to (and presence in) the United States. Specifically, the course will focus on these immigrants, present day political attitudes and behavior through available survey data, and the historical, institutional and political conditions that factor in to these attitudes. The course will also help students develop basic qualitative and quantitative tools to study of the political attitudes and behavior of Latinos and other immigrant communities in the US.
  • PS 106MO - Special Topics: International Political Economy of Money (IR) - Dr. Cohen: The focus of this course is on the politics of international monetary relations.  The main aim is to help students learn how to understand and evaluate the current functioning of money and finance in the global economy.  The first three weeks of the course are devoted to the historical development of the international monetary system up to the present day.  The remaining weeks will address a range of contemporary issues in monetary relations, with particular emphasis on politics at both the domestic and international levels of analysis.
  • PS 106NG - Special Topics: Negotiations (AP/IR) - Dr. Stokes:  This course focuses on negotiation in theory and practice. It uses lectures and hands-on exercises in class to build students’ skills. It draws on research on negotiation, with a focus on applying these ideas to political contexts and institutions. It will also help build practical skills in communication, leadership and decision-making.
  • PS 106PK - Special Topics: "Peacemaking/Peacebuilding" (IR) - Mr. Nomikos 
    The international community devotes considerable financial and human resources to preventing civil wars from breaking out and stopping them once they do. Do such attempts succeed? In this course, we examine international efforts to create sustainable peace after civil wars from a variety of perspectives. Drawing upon theoretical and empirical analyses in Political Science, we investigate the effectiveness of peacekeeping troops deployed to keep warring parties from fighting as well as statebuilding initiatives that attempt to construct or re-construct domestic institutions in a post-conflict state. We also consider the spatial challenges peacekeeping operations, which may prevent certain operations from succeeding locally where they've succeeded nationally. Finally, we examine different types of peacekeepers, including the United Nations's extensive network of peacekeeping operations around the globe.
  • PS 110DT - Special Topics: Democratic Theory and Its Critics (PT) - Mr. Miller: Is democracy really the form of government? If so, what do we really mean by 'democracy'? This course will explore several varieties of contemporary democratic theory, including deliberative, agonistic, aversive, realist, and plebiscitary, as well as several works that critique democratic practice.
  • PS 110S - Political Concepts: "Modernity and the Slaughterhouse: Violence, Labor, and Animals in Contemporary Society" (PT) - Prof. Dutkiewicz:   Steven Pinker open his influential bestseller The Better Angels of Our Nature with the claim that “If the past is a foreign country, it is a shockingly violent one,” going on to argue that the contemporary age is one marked by relatively more peace and less violence than ever before. Drawing on a long tradition of optimist thinkers, he credits this civilizational progress to a combination of the intellectual legacy of Enlightenment humanism, greater faith in scientific rationality and technological progress, a strong system of states and social institutions, and the development of the liberal market economy. For Pinker, this account holds as much for humans as it does for animals, and he goes so far as to claim the emergence of animal rights as “another rights revolution” akin to civil rights and women’s rights. But does this account of modern society hold up under scrutiny? Or, more specifically, where does it fail? How exactly does contemporary society relate to different forms of violence?

 

  • PS 196 - Senior Seminar: Media and Politics in Comparative and Historical Perspective -- Dr. Freeman  (Requires Senior Standing and approval by the instructor)   

                                                                                                         

  • PS 197C Honors Thesis Seminar (Enrollment by Instructor Approval ONLY)

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Summer 2018 Course Offerings:

Session A:

  • PS 1 - Intro to Political Philosophy - Dr. Miller
  • PS 6 - Intro to Comparative Politics - Prof. Allen
  • PS 15 - Intro to Research Methods - STAFF
  • PS 106RP - Special Topics: Religion and Politics (AP) - Dr. Covich
  • PS W121 - International Politics (IR) - Dr. Coggins/Dr. Strathman ON LINE COURSE
  • PS 124 - International Organizations (IR) - Prof. Bennett
  • PS 151 - Voting & Elections (AP) - Prof. Sriram
  • PS 158 - Power in Washington (AP) - Prof. Weiner
  • PS 173 - Media and Politics in a Comparative Perspective (CP) - Prof. Jenkins

Session B:

  • PS 7 – Intro to International Relations - Prof. Allen
  • PS 12 - Intro to American Government - Prof. Weiner
  • PS 146 - Globalization & Politics (IR/CP) - Prof. Bennett
  • PS W157 - American Presidency - Dr. Woolley ON LINE COURSE
  • PS 188 - Modern Political Theory (PT) - Dr. Miller

 

 

 

COURSES BY SUB FIELD: 

[These are the default subfield classifications of courses appearing in the general course catalog.  Not all courses automatically apply towards major requirements and may need to be petitioned.  You may petition for a different subfield classification if you feel that it is justified based on the course content. Please see the bottom of the "Major Requirements" page of this website for a downloadable "Course Petition" form.]

  • AMERICAN POLITICS:
  • 106AF
  • 106AT
  • 106CL
  • 106CP
  • 106EP (also CP)
  • 106IG
  • 106IL
  • 106IP ((Replaced by 166 eff. S17)
  • 106IV
  • 106LP
  • 106MM (Replaced by 156)
  • 106NG (also IR)
  • 106PO
  • 106RP
  • 115
  • 151
  • 152
  • 153
  • 154 (AP/PT)
  • 155 & 155L
  • 156
  • 157 & W157
  • 158
  • 160 [Cross-listed with Asian American Studies as AS AM 160]
  • 161
  • 162 (also CP in W18)
  • 165
  • 166 (Replaces 106IP eff. S17)
  • 170
  • 171 (AP/CP)
  • 172 (Replaces 171 eff. M17)
  • 175 [Cross-listed with Environmental Studies as ENV S 178]
  • 180
  • 182
  • 185

 

  • COMPARATIVE POLITICS:
  • 101
  • 105 (Also IR)
  • 106AC
  • 106BP
  • 106DP
  • 106EA
  • 106EC
  • 106ED
  • 106EP (also AP)
  • 106HR (also IR)
  • 106LC (also IR)
  • 106MI (also IR)
  • 106ND (also IR)
  • 106RM
  • 106SM (Replaced by 117 eff. W18)
  • 108 (also PT)
  • 109
  • 116
  • 117 (Replaces 106SM eff. W18)
  • 118
  • 128
  • 130
  • 132
  • 134
  • 135
  • 136
  • 137
  • 138
  • 143
  • 144 (also IR)
  • 145 (also IR)
  • 146 (also IR)
  • 147
  • 148A & B
  • 149
  • 150A & B
  • 162 (also AP in W18)
  • 173 (Replaces 171 eff. M17)
  • 177

 

  • INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS:
  • 105 (Also CP)
  • 106DM (Replaced by 142 eff. S17)
  • 106CW (Replaced by 141 eff. S17)
  • 106HR (also CP)
  • 106LC (also CP)
  • 106LR (also CP)
  • 106MI (also CP)
  • 106MO
  • 106NG (also AP)
  • 106ND (also CP)
  • 106PK
  • 106UN
  • 119 (all – also PT)
  • 121 & W121
  • 124
  • 126
  • 127
  • 141 (Replaces 106CW eff. S17)
  • 142 (Replaces 106DM eff. S17)
  • 144 (also CP)
  • 145 (also CP) [Cross-listed with Italian as ITAL 161AX]
  • 146 (also CP)
  • 186 [Cross-listed with Global Studies as GLOBL 123]

 

  • POLITICAL THEORY:
  • 108 (also CP)
  • 110 (all)
  • 114 [Cross-listed with Chicano Studies as CH ST 179]
  • 119 (all – also IR)
  • 154 (also AP)
  • 187
  • 188
  • 189