This course provides an introductory survey of the discipline of political science.  The course deals with the question of why government exists, and the nature of politics.  Key concepts – such as ‘power’, ‘authority’, ‘legitimacy’, ‘sovereignty’ and ‘nation’ –  that are essential for pursuing study in this discipline are investigated.  We are then able to consider the nature of ‘liberal democracy’, along with the various types of authoritarian regimes, and the difficulties countries must overcome to move from the latter to the former.  Finally, we focus on the role of ideology in political life.

This course provides an introduction to the study of global politics.  It uses the concept of ‘globalization’ as a framework to organize the study of what might otherwise be an overwhelming topic.  In addition to the investigation of the economic, political, cultural and environmental aspects of globalization, the course also considers: the nature of the state and the nation; theories of international relations; global governmental institutions and organizations; questions of human rights and international law; and the phenomenon of terrorism.

This course provides an introduction to the comparative politics of developing countries.  The course pursues its goal via a combination of the study of a selected group of individual countries and of a series of thematic issues.  Specifically, five countries – Nigeria, India, Brazil, China, and Russia – representing a range of historical, geographical, and developmental circumstances, are investigated.  Using these countries as examples, there is thematic comparison of the role of a number of internal and external factors in development: colonialism, inequality, nationalism, religious belief, democratization, state-society relations, situation in the global economy, etc.

This course examines the non-mainstream theories of international relations, including Marxism, Feminism and Post-Structuralism. It is a complement to PS 2613.

This course examines the historical and developing foreign policy of the US, with a special focus on 21st century/contemporary events.