Undergraduate Courses

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

 

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

  • PS 6 – Intro to Comparative Politics - Dr. Allen
  • PS 7 – Intro to International Relations - Dr. Narang
  • PS 12 – Intro to American Politics - Dr. Hodges
  • PS 15 – Intro to Research Methods - Dr. Nomikos
  • PS 124 - International Organizations (IR) - Dr. Morse
  • PS 126 - International Security (IR) - Dr. Strathman
  • PS 130 - Politics of South Asia (CP) - Dr. Ahuja
  • PS 147 – 3rd World Politics – (CP) - Dr. Bruhn
  • PS 155/155L - Congress and Congress Lab (AP) - Dr. Smith
  • PS 186 - Introduction to International Political Economy (IR) - Dr. Cohen
  • PS 188 - Modern Political Theory (PT) - Dr. Digeser
  • PS 196 - Senior Seminar: Designing Democratic Government (CP) -- Dr. Stoll  (Requires Senior Standing)    What kind of democratic government should a country have?  In this seminar, we will examine the process by which governments are designed; the major choices that must be made (for example, a proportional representation versus a majoritarian electoral system); and the arguments for and against particular choices.  We will cover key democratic institutions from the small to the big, from deliberative vs. representative democracy, constitutions, the system of government (presidential vs. parliamentary), electoral systems and election administration, centralization vs. decentralization, and legislatures.  We will ask how these choices matter for political outcomes, public policy, and peoples’ lives.  Throughout, the theoretical issues will be illuminated by discussions of both historic and current examples of institutional choice, with a particular focus upon (but not limited to) the United States and other advanced industrial democracies.  Throughout, we will also grapple with the importance of democratic government and how to sustain it (and hence how democracies die, to paraphrase a recent, influential book).
     
  • PS 197C – Honors Thesis Seminar (Enrollment by Instructor Approval ONLY)

 

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

 

  • PS 106BP - Special Topics: Business and Politics in a Comparative Perspective (CP) - Dr. Mildenberger: Politicians and public thinkers have long worried about the outsized role that business plays in public debates. This course examines their concerns head on. How much power does business really have in shaping politics and policy in the United States and around the world? Do political institutions prioritize business interests over the public good? Does business power threaten to erode democratic institutions around the world? Or are businesses unfairly maligned political actors who work hard to support the social and economic prosperity of global publics?
  • PS 106IG - Special Topics: Intergovernmental Relations (AP) - Dr. Keleher: Using the newly created Isla Vista Community Services District as a case study, this course examines the relationship between local, state, and federal government, and the challenges these intertwined relationships present for American governance.
  • PS 106LPSpecial Topics: Latino Politics (AP): Prof. 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 110CT - Special Topics: Conservative Political Theory (PT) - Dr. Miller:

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

 

Session A:

  • PS 1 - Intro to Political Philosophy - Prof. Norris
  • PS 7 – Intro to International Relations - Dr. Allen
  • PS 15 - Intro to Research Methods - Prof. Jenkins
  • PS 160 - Asian American Politics (AP) - Prof. Brush
  • PS 177 - Comparative Environmental Politics (CP) - Prof. Rohrer
  • PS 188 - Modern Political Theory (PT) - Prof. Norris
  • PS W121 - International Politics (IR) - Dr. Strathman ON LINE COURSE

 

Session B:

  • PS 6 - Intro to Comparative Politics - Dr. Allen
  • PS 12 - Intro to American Government - Prof. Weiner
  • PS 119JW - Ethical Issues in International Relations (IR/PT) - Prof. Stein
  • PS 146 - Globalization & Politics (IR/CP) - Dr. Moosbrugger
  • PS 153 - Political Interest Groups (AP) - Prof. Fontaine

 

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Current 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) - Prof. Rivas Pineda
  • 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) - Dr. 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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Fall (Last) 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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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
  • 127 (W19 ONLY)
  • 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 (also AP in W19 ONLY)
  • 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