Please note: The course descriptions displayed here are current as of Friday, May 29, 2015, but the official Course Catalog should be used for all official planning.

GOVT 110
Introduction to Political Science

An introduction to the nature of contemporary politics and government. Topics drawn primarily from American national, state, and local government and politics, with other political systems introduced for comparative purposes. Emphasis on such major concepts as power, legitimacy, political culture, conflict, and rational choice and on an examination of how a political system manages problems related to political change. Units: 6.

GOVT 140
Introduction to International Relations

An introductory study of the cultural, political, and economic interactions among states and non-state actors in global politics. Special attention is paid to key issues, including international security, foreign policy decision-making, and the role of diplomacy in promoting cooperation. Required for the interdisciplinary area in international studies. Units: 6.

GOVT 150
Introduction to Global Studies

An introduction to the economic, political, social, and cultural aspects of globalization. Special attention will be paid to the influence of globalization on particular regions of the world, including Europe and North America, the former Soviet Union, East Asia, Africa, and Latin America. Emphasis will be placed on the role of cross-cultural diplomacy in a global world. As part of the course, students will participate in a simulation of an international negotiation. Units: 6.

GOVT 151
Introduction to Environmental Policy

This course applies principles of economics and political science to environmental issues, including pollution, resource limitation, and environmental degradation. It is designed to foster an understanding of the environmental policy-making and regulatory process in the United States and globally. Units: 6.
Also listed as Environmental Studies 151, Economics 151

GOVT 191
Directed Study in Government

Directed study follows a syllabus set primarily by the instructor to meet the needs or interests of an individual student or small group of students. The main goal of directed study is knowledge or skill acquisition, not research or creative work. Units: 1 TO 98. Prerequisite: Counter Registration Required.

GOVT 195
Internship in Governenment

Work with a government agency, legislative office, research institution, private employer, or other relevant organization, arranged under the direction of an instructor in the department. The academic component of the internship includes readings related to the substance of the internship, discussions with the faculty supervisor, and a written report appropriate to the discipline. Course grades are based on this academic work. Units: 1 TO 98. Prerequisite: At least one government course at 200-level or above and consent of instructor; Counter Registration Required

GOVT 200
Politics and Human Nature

What activities are most appropriate for human beings? What is the purpose of political activity? What is the best practicable constitution for a political community? This course examines several philosophers’ arguments concerning the best political regime in light of their respective visions of human nature and happiness. Units: 6. Prerequisite: FRST 101 or sophomore standing

GOVT 204
Special Topics in Government

This course explores a topic in American politics, comparative politics, international politics, political theory, or another government subfield which is not addressed by the Government Department's regular course offerings. It will usually be offered by a visiting faculty member, and the topic will vary based on the faculty member's area of expertise. Units: 1 TO 99.

GOVT 208
Sustainable China: Environment and Economy

This course integrates environmental and economic topics relevant for understanding sustainability in the Chinese context, including economic development, natural resource management, urban growth, and environmental policy. It is a prerequisite for a December study trip to China. Units: 6. Prerequisite: Limited to students selected for the Sustainable China study trip
Also listed as Environmental Studies 208, Economics 208

GOVT 211
Flexibility and Freedom: American Federalism in Transition

Federalism is a compromise between freedom and equality. How much authority should states and cities have over elections? Education? The environment? Observers characterize American federalism both as a bulwark against tyranny and a perpetrator of inequality. This course considers federalism's development, its contradictions, and its survival in a global society. Units: 6. Prerequisite: GOVT 110 or consent of instructor

GOVT 216
Alliances and Power Politics

An examination of the origins and development of U.S. alliances since 1945 that considers the internal and international politics of various countries, including Japan and the United States, explicitly employing relevant theories of politics, economics, and psychology. Units: 6. Prerequisite: Completion of one term at Lawrence

GOVT 220
American Elections, Candidates, and Political Parties

A study of the development, organization, structure, and activities of American political parties, with special attention to the recruitment and selection of presidential candidates. Units: 6. Prerequisite: GOVT 110 or consent of instructor

GOVT 226
Identity Politics and Ethnic Conflict

Are conflicts between identity groups inevitable? Why do outbreaks of violence and ethnic conflict occur when they do? How have governments dealt with diversity and with what consequences? Students will read both new and classic works from the literature on nationalism, identity politics, genocide and post-conflict resolution across the world. Units: 6. Prerequisite: Sophomore standing or consent of instructor
Also listed as Ethnic Studies 226

GOVT 235
American Political Thought

This course examines the character and historical development of American political thought. Students analyze ideas about liberty, virtue, equality, authority, and community expressed in political tracts and speeches from colonial times to the present. Units: 6. Prerequisite: Sophomore standing or consent of instructor

GOVT 245
Comparative Politics of Less-Developed Countries

This course provides an introduction to politics in less-developed countries, paying close attention to differences within the so-called “developing world” and the impact of economic realities on politics. In doing so, it addresses questions about the relationship between economic development and democracy and the impact of globalization on poor countries. Units: 6. Prerequisite: Sophomore standing and one of GOVT 110 or GOVT 140

GOVT 248
Social Entrepreneurship

Social entrepreneurs all over the world adopt and implement innovative ideas in order to address some of the world's most pressing problems. In this course, students will study the many dimensions of social entrepreneurship, especially those ventures that address problems of human rights and sustainable development. Units: 6. Prerequisite: Sophomore standing or consent of instructor
Also listed as Innovation & Entrepreneurship 245

GOVT 260
European Democracies

An examination of the historical development and contemporary characteristics of western European political systems that first compares the contemporary systems of Great Britain, France, and Germany and then focuses on challenges facing European democracies today, including environmental problems and increasing immigration. Particular attention is paid to the process of European integration and the role of the European Union. Units: 6. Prerequisite: GOVT 110 or sophomore standing

GOVT 270
Global Environmental Politics

This course provides an examination of the environment as an issue in world politics. Emphasis will be placed on the role of both state and non-state actors (i.e., the UN, NGOs) in global environmental regimes that are designed to deal with global warming, ozone depletion, and other environmental issues. Particular attention will be paid to the positions taken by both developed and developing countries. As part of the course, students will participate in a simulation of an international negotiation on an environmental issue. Units: 6. Prerequisite: Sophomore standing or ENST 150 or GOVT 110
Also listed as Environmental Studies 270

GOVT 271
Research Methods in Political Science

Considers research approaches and methods political scientists use to create knowledge. The course will explore quantitative and qualitative techniques with theory and hands-on applications. The goal of the course is to improve students’ ability to read research critically and to make and test their own arguments in political science. Units: 6. Prerequisite: GOVT 110 or consent of instructor

GOVT 274
Public Economics

Public economics covers a range of topics from taxation to social insurance and redistribution to homeland security. The course develops a template for framing and analyzing public policy issues that provides a basis for understanding the rationale for government intervention, the alternative policy instruments that can be used to affect economic outcomes, and the economic tools used to evaluate the effects of intervention. Units: 6. Prerequisite: ECON 100 or ECON 120
Also listed as Economics 271

GOVT 275
Global Economic Relations

This course covers the major concepts utilized in the field of international political economy. Major issues covered include globalization, monetary policy, trade policy, and the role of international institutions such as the WTO. Units: 6. Prerequisite: ECON 100 or ECON 120
Also listed as Economics 202

GOVT 276
Economic Development

This course seeks to provide students with a broad based understanding of economic development and the choices countries face. To obtain such an understanding, students will read the works of contemporary economists who provide a variety of approaches to poverty alleviation and the tradeoffs that must be confronted. Emphasis will be placed on close reading, class discussion, and on writing a number of papers that compare and contrast different views of economic development. Units: 6. Prerequisite: ECON 100 or 120
Also listed as Economics 200

GOVT 280
U.S. Foreign Policy

Analysis and interpretation of the nature, patterns, and trends of American foreign policy since World War II. Emphasis on the origins, development, and passing of the Cold War and on factors of continuing significance. Units: 6. Prerequisite: GOVT 110 recommended

GOVT 315
Founding the Just Regime

Can a corrupt people create a just regime? What role must violence, deception, persuasion, and reflection play in promoting political justice? What are the ground and scope of citizens’ political obligations? This course studies the difficulties of creating and reforming political communities. Units: 6. Prerequisite: Sophomore standing

GOVT 320
Introduction to Constitutional Law

This course examines the American Constitution's structure and purposes; who may authoritatively interpret the Constitution; and legal debates that have attended American constitutional development. It focuses particular attention on competing claims about the founding; interpretive expertise and authority; the contract, commerce, and equal protection clauses; the separation of powers; and federalism. Units: 6. Prerequisite: Sophomore standing

GOVT 321
Civil Liberties and the Supreme Court

A study of landmark 20th-century civil-rights and liberties cases in U.S. constitutional law. These cases involve critical constitutional issues concerning the nationalization of the Bill of Rights, freedom of speech and press, abortion and the right to privacy, desegregation and affirmative action. Units: 6. Prerequisite: GOVT 110 or sophomore standing

GOVT 340
International Politics

An analysis of patterns of interactions of state and non-state actors in a system without supreme authority, focusing on alternative theoretical frameworks rather than substantive problems. Special emphasis on “realist” and “liberal” theories; the nature and uses of power in international politics; and issues of security, including conventional war, weapons of mass destruction, terrorism, environmental decay, and migration. Units: 6. Prerequisite: GOVT 110 or 140 or sophomore standing

GOVT 351
Broadsides to Blogs: Mass Media in American Politics

From colonial broadsides to last night's blog, American politics has been enmeshed with mass media. Students will consider the roll of the mass media in shaping what citizens think about candidates for office, election campaigns, making of policy, and ultimately, governing. Does the mass media undermine democracy or strengthen it? Units: 6. Prerequisite: GOVT 220 or consent of instructor

GOVT 360
The American Presidency

An examination of the politics of the American presidency, including the constitutional foundations of the office, elections, and the president's relationships with Congress, the courts, the public, media, and the executive branch. The main theme of the course is the difficulty of assessing presidential leadership, in particular sorting the effects of presidents' individual characteristics and strategies from contextual constraints and opportunities. Units: 6. Prerequisite: GOVT 110 and GOVT 271, or consent of instructor

GOVT 365
International Law

A study of the role of law in international politics. Attention to the distinctive nature of the international legal system and to the relevance of international law to the control of violence, promotion of peace, protection of human rights, and management of resources. Current problems and the outlook for the future world order are assessed. Units: 6. Prerequisite: GOVT 110 or GOVT 140 or sophomore standing

GOVT 370
Congressional Politics

This course covers the basics of congressional politics, including elections, the constitutional framework, committees, parties, and legislative procedures. Thematic focuses include strategies of legslative coalition building and the relative importance of partisanship, constituent pressures, and policy expertise in comgressional politics. Units: 6. Prerequisite: GOVT 110 or consent of instructor

GOVT 380
Introduction to Public Policy

This course considers economic and democratic models for structuring the collective choices that become public policy. It then explores how major American institutions balance political control and technical expertise in the design, enactment and implementation of public policy. Units: 6. Prerequisite: GOVT 110 or consent of instructor

GOVT 385
Modern British Politics

This course analyzes the central structures and processes of British politics, the important policy issues of recent years, British attitudes toward the political system, and critiques of British politics and history. Offered at the London Centre. Units: 6. Prerequisite: Must be attending the Lawrence London Centre.

GOVT 390
Tutorial Studies in Government

Advanced study, arranged and carried out under the direction of an instructor. Units: 1 TO 98. Prerequisite: Counter Registration Required.

GOVT 391
Directed Study in Government

Directed study follows a syllabus set primarily by the instructor to meet the needs or interests of an individual student or small group of students. The main goal of directed study is knowledge or skill acquisition, not research or creative work. Units: 1 TO 98. Prerequisite: Counter Registration Required.

GOVT 395
Internship in Government

Work with a government agency, legislative office, research institution, private employer, or other relevant organization, arranged under the direction of an instructor in the department. The academic component of the internship includes readings related to the substance of the internship, discussions with the faculty supervisor, and a written report appropriate to the discipline. Course grades are based on this academic work. Units: 1 TO 98. Prerequisite: At least one government course at 200-level or above and consent of instructor; Counter Registration Required

GOVT 399
Independent Study in Government

Advanced research, arranged in consultation with the department. Students considering an honors project should register for this course, for one or more terms. Units: 1 TO 98. Prerequisite: Counter Registration Required.

GOVT 401
Field Experience in Development

Students engaged in this course will have the opportunity to do field research in a developing country. Each student will develop and implement a project that concerns economic, political, and/or environmental issues important in Sierra Leone, Jamaica, or another selected country. Students will also have the opportunity to learn from both national and local leaders in political, economic, environmental, and social development issues. Class members will travel to a developing country during a term break. Students must register for this course in the term prior to the planned travel and in the subsequent term, when they will present their research to the wider Lawrence community.

Location for 2014-15: Students will travel to Jamaica during spring break.
Units: 3. Prerequisite: Completed or concurrent enrollment in ENST 300, ECON 205, or GOVT 500 (Research Methods in Comparative Politics and International Relations); ECON 170 and ECON 211
Also listed as Environmental Studies 311, Economics 206

GOVT 405
Individuality and Community

This course studies how political theorists responded to the emergence of open societies in the West. It focuses on the scope of personal autonomy, the consequences of commerce and luxury, the best political and economic arrangements, and other topics explored by writers from the Renaissance to the Twentieth Century. Units: 6. Prerequisite: Junior standing or consent of instructor
Also listed as Economics 415

GOVT 425
Topics in International Security

This course is an exploration of the politics of international security. The specific topic will vary by term, but the concepts to be covered include bargaining, diplomacy, conflict and cooperation. Units: 6. Prerequisite: GOVT 340, GOVT 280, or junior standing.

GOVT 426
Topics in U.S. Foreign Policy

This course will address an advanced topic in American foreign policy, such as military intervention, humanitarian, aid, arms control, trade policy, or counter-terrorism. Whenever possible, this course will be designed, planned and taught in collaboration with the Distinguished Visiting Scarff Professor. Units: 6. Prerequisite: GOVT 280, GOVT 340, GOVT 380, or consent of instructor

GOVT 435
Voting, Political Participation, and Public Opinion

Who votes and why? How do individuals form opinions about politics? How are scientific surveys and polls conducted and what are their limitations? This course examines voting, participation, and public opinion formation (primarily in the United States) through theories of political psychology and rational choice. Units: 6. Prerequisite: GOVT 220, 360, 370, or 380

GOVT 444
Political Economy of Regulation

This course focuses on the tension between politics and expertise that characterize the administrative regulatory state often called "the fourth branch of government." Several competing models of political economy shape an exploration of the continuing evolution of the U.S. regulatory system, the process by which regulations are proposed, written, implemented, and enforced, and the tools used to evaluate the costs and benefits of regulations. Units: 6. Prerequisite: ECON 380 or MATH 207 or GOVT 271
Also listed as Economics 444

GOVT 445
Chinese Government and Politics

This survey course examines the political development of China from the Communist revolution to the present. Among the issues addressed are the legacies of the Maoist era, China’s contemporary economic transformation and its social effects, political participation and protest in the contemporary era and the apparent perpetuation of authoritarianism. Units: 6. Prerequisite: Junior standing and one of EAST 150, GOVT 245, or HIST 360; or consent of the instructor
Also listed as East Asian Studies 410

GOVT 446
Topics in Comparative Politics

This course will address an advanced topic in the sub-field of Comparative Politics, such as democracy and authoritarianism, politics of the city, political participation and social movements, gender and politics, or the comparative method.

Topic for Winter 2015: Africa--Human Security and Sustainable Development
In this course students will examine issues of human security and sustainable development facing Africa as a whole as well as particular countries or regions. Particular attention will be paid to the challenges to African peoples brought by both war and conflict, on the one hand, and climate change and environmental stress on the other. Students will have the opportunity to complete a case study on a human security or sustainable development topic of interest to them. This topic will also serve as a prerequisite for Field Experience in Sierra Leone, GOVT 401/ENST 311 and can count towards the major in environmental studies.

Topic for Spring 2015: Politics of the City
This seminar focuses on the political dynamics of cities using a multi-disciplinary perspective. Topics include: the influence of a city’s spatial organization on its political dynamics; the causes of the rise and decline of cities; the dynamics of urban inequality; innovations in urban governance; and the rise of “global cities.” Units: 6. Prerequisite: GOVT 245 or consent of instructor.

GOVT 475
Games and Strategy in Politics

Political scientists often interpret politics as a game between strategic actors. This course surveys applications of game theory and social-choice theory to a wide variety of political phenomena, Units: 6. Prerequisite: Junior standing or consent of instructor

GOVT 480
International Organizations

An examination of the role of international organizations (IOs) in world politics, focusing on both the historical development and the contemporary functions of the United Nations and other IOs in regard to the promotion of international peace and security. Attention is also given to the role of IOs in regard to global issues such as peacekeeping, humanitarian intervention, and environmental protection and to regional organizations, especially the European Union. As part of the course, students will participate in a simulation of the United Nations. Units: 6. Prerequisite: GOVT 140, GOVT 340, or consent of instructor

GOVT 500
Senior Seminar in Government

Topic for Fall 2014: Research Seminar in International Politics and Comparative Politics
Students enrolled in this seminar will be given the opportunity to research a topic of their choosing that fits within the broad fields of international relations and/or comparative politics. In preparation for this, students will be introduced to methods utilized by both fields and to some of the questions important in both fields, including: (1) how does regime type influence international affairs; (2) what role do non-state actors and social movements play in international affairs? Readings and discussions will be geared toward two broad goals: First, to give students the opportunity to engage substantively with some of the important works shared by both sub-fields; and second, to help students develop their own senior experience projects in the form of a substantive research paper.

Topic for Winter 2015: American Politics
The first part of the seminar will be devoted to an overview of the scope and methods of political science research. During the balance of the term, students will design and produce individual research projects on topics of their choice. Projects must be descriptive or explanatory rather than prescriptive. Ideally, students entering this seminar should have some background in the topic they wish to study.

Topic for Spring 2015: Causes of War
This course will explore why states and non-state actors engage in violence from a variety of theoretical and methodological perspectives, including rationalism, realpolitik, social movement theory, and others. Additionally, a substantial part of the term will be dedicated to senior experience projects. Units: 6.

GOVT 590
Tutorial Studies in Government

Advanced study, arranged and carried out under the direction of an instructor. Units: 1 TO 98. Prerequisite: Counter Registration Required.

GOVT 591
Directed Study in Government

Directed study follows a syllabus set primarily by the instructor to meet the needs or interests of an individual student or small group of students. The main goal of directed study is knowledge or skill acquisition, not research or creative work. Units: 1 TO 98. Prerequisite: Counter Registration Required.

GOVT 595
Internship in Government

Work with a government agency, legislative office, research institution, private employer, or other relevant organization, arranged under the direction of an instructor in the department. The academic component of the internship includes readings related to the substance of the internship, discussions with the faculty supervisor, and a written report appropriate to the discipline. Course grades are based on this academic work. Units: 1 TO 98. Prerequisite: At least one government course at the 200 level or above and consent of instructor; Counter Registration Required

GOVT 599
Independent Study in Government

Advanced research, arranged in consultation with the department. Students considering an honors project should register for this course, for one or more terms. Units: 1 TO 98. Prerequisite: Counter Registration Required.

GOVT 690
Tutorial Studies in Government

Advanced study, arranged and carried out under the direction of an instructor. Units: 1 TO 98. Prerequisite: Counter Registration Required.

GOVT 691
Directed Study in Government

Directed study follows a syllabus set primarily by the instructor to meet the needs or interests of an individual student or small group of students. The main goal of directed study is knowledge or skill acquisition, not research or creative work. Units: 1 TO 98. Prerequisite: Counter Registration Required.

GOVT 695
Internship in government

Work with a government agency, legislative office, research institution, private employer, or other relevant organization, arranged under the direction of an instructor in the department. The academic component of the internship includes readings related to the substance of the internship, discussions with the faculty supervisor, and a written report appropriate to the discipline. Course grades are based on this academic work. Units: 1 TO 98. Prerequisite: At least one government course at the 200 level or above and consent of instructor; Counter Registration Required

GOVT 699
Independent Study in Government

Advanced research, arranged in consultation with the department. Students considering an honors project should register for this course, for one or more terms. Units: 1 TO 98. Prerequisite: Counter Registration Required.

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