Undergraduate Courses

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

 

Spring Quarter 2019 Course Offerings:

  • 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 196 - Senior Seminar: American Foreign Policy (IR) -- Dr. Strathman  (Requires Senior Standing)   This seminar surveys leading research on American foreign policy.  The course explores alternative models of policy-making, and examines the roles and dynamics of key institutions in the policy process including the Presidency, Congress, bureaucracies, the media, public opinion, and interest groups.  We will examine a number of case study examples to illuminate these alternative explanations of behavior, and focus our attention on the sometime hidden logics of American foreign policy.

 

  • 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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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

 

Session B:

  • PS 6 - Intro to Comparative Politics - Dr. Allen
  • PS 12 - Intro to American Government - Prof. Wiener
  • PS 119JW - Ethical Issues in International Relations (IR/PT) - Prof. Stein
  • PS 121 W - International Politics (IR) - Strathman (ON LINE)
  • PS 146 - Globalization & Politics (IR/CP) - Dr. Moosbrugger
  • PS 153 - Political Interest Groups (AP) - Prof. Fontaine

 

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TENTATIVE Fall 2019 Course Offerings (subject to change without notice):

  • PS 1 - Intro to Political Theory - STAFF
  • PS 6 - Intro to Comparative Politics - Prof. Allen
  • PS 7 – Intro to International Relations - Prof. Narang
  • PS 12 – Intro to American Politics - Prof. Smith
  • PS 15 – Intro to Research Methods - Prof. Stokes
  • PS 110- Political Concepts (PT) - Prof. Norris
  • PS 121 - International Politics (IR) - Dr. Strathman
  • PS 126 - International Security (IR) - Dr. Strathman
  • PS 175 - Politics of the Environment (AP) - Prof. Smith
  • PS 177 - Comparative Environmental Politics (CP) - Prof. Mildenberger
  • PS 197A – Honors Thesis Seminar (Enrollment by Instructor Approval ONLY) - Prof. Bruhn

 

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

  • 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 106MI - Special Topics: Military Politics (CP) - Prof. Ahuja:  We often think of militaries as war making machines used in interstate conflicts.
    And yet, militaries are prominent actors in the domestic politics of countries. They employ a large workforce; globally 27 million people serve in the military. Militaries
    make a substantial claim on a state’s resources, often manage a state’s internal security, and sometimes govern the state. This course will examine a military’s role
    in domestic politics by focusing on a diverse set of topics including civil-military relations, military’s role in citizen making, economic progress, nation building, and
    counterinsurgency.

 

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 Winter 2019 Course Offerings:

  • 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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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