School of Humanities and Sciences

Politics Courses

POLT 10100 - U.S. Politics 1 H LA SS

Institutions, processes, and cultural roots of U.S. politics. Complex interrelationships among a highly specific set of political-economic institutions that have evolved to reflect the conditions of U.S. society: Congress, the presidency, bureaucracy, judiciary, parties, interest groups, media, and the electoral process. This course or its equivalent is required of all majors. 3 credits. (F-S,Y)

POLT 10200 - Media and Politics LA SS

The complex and subtle relationships between major political institutions and major communication media. Reporting of significant information about politics, both in the United States and in Europe, and efforts of governments to channel or control media; the American case of the Pentagon Papers and the French ORTF; and the Federal Communications Commission as a focal point in the continuing conflict between government and electronic media. 3 credits. (S,Y)

POLT 10300 - The United States and the World 1 LA SS

Aims to comprehend the roots, both mythological and ideological, of U.S. politics; to understand the relationship between American politics and U.S. foreign policy; and to examine specific aspects of foreign policy and relate them to the above aims. 3 credits. (F-S,Y)

POLT 12200 - Politics and Society LA SS

Analysis of political systems and their relationships with social and economic forces in the context of the U.S. political system, parliamentary democracies, one-party systems, and developing systems. Specific topics for study include the sociocultural base of politics, political change, leadership, and political participation. 3 credits. (F-S,Y)

POLT 12300 - Political Justice 1 G LA SS

The definition and analysis of political trials in various cultural and historical contexts as an index of the modern state's expanding claims on individuals and groups. Different perspectives of defense, prosecution, and judgment; media impact; extrajudicial means of repression. 3 credits. (F,Y)

POLT 12500 - Politics of Deviance 1 LA SS

Is the definition of mental health in a society politically determined? This course examines U.S. and Soviet data on psychiatric and legal means of dealing with nonconformists and dissenters. Readings cover Freudian theory, case studies, and critiques by Szasz, Ennis, and Torrey. 3 credits. (S,Y)

POLT 12800 - Introduction to International Relations 1 G LA SS

Introduces students to basic perspectives and events in world politics (international relations). Different theoretical positions (realism, nationalism, liberalism, transnationalism, globalism, Marxism, and feminism) and methodological approaches (case study, quantitative analysis, strategic modeling) are examined critically. The central purpose of the course is to provide the beginning student of international relations/world politics with the analytic tools necessary to understand contemporary events and to undertake advanced study in these areas. 3 credits. (F,Y)

POLT 12900 - Introduction to Global Studies 1 G LA SS

The connections between the industrialized nations of Europe, North America, and the Pacific (the "North") and the "third-world" nations of Africa, Asia, and Latin America (the "South"). From interdisciplinary and cross-cultural perspectives, the course examines a number of global issues — that is, issues transcending national boundaries, such as food and famine; population; foreign aid, debt, and development; natural resources, energy, and the environment; and national security and militarism. National and international public policies relating to these issues are examined critically and policy alternatives are explored, as are individual responses and responsibilities. The course emphasizes geographic literacy and global awareness. Students may receive credit for only one of the following courses: POLT 12900, ANTH 12900, HPS 12900. 3 credits. (F-S,Y)

POLT 14100 - Power: Race, Sex, and Class 1 G LA SS

Distribution of power in the United States according to class, sex, and race. What power is, where it comes from, where it is located. Analysis of class, democracy, capitalism, and specific issues they raise for policy making, persons, the family, and corporate power. 3 credits. (S,Y)

POLT 14200 - Ideas and Ideologies 1 LA SS

Exploration of the philosophical and ideological roots of political life and political inquiry. Concepts such as authority, legitimacy, freedom, and justice are studied, as well as the ideologies of liberation, conservatism, communism, nationalism, and democracy. Analysis of the intellectual wellsprings of modern social and political sciences. 3 credits. (F-S,Y)

POLT 14500 - Politics of Identity: Race, Ethnicity, Culture LA SS

This course explores the impact of race on both individual identities and on the life opportunities afforded to different racial groups in the United States. It engages a wide range of topics, including the relationship between race and resources, the implications of racial diversity for national unity, the political and social effects of thinking in terms of white/black, self/other, similarity/difference, and the relationship between gender and attitudes toward race/racism. The primary aim of exploring these issues is to allow students to understand how identity and race are socially and politically constructed and to devise an anti-racist politics that cuts across racial and cultural differences. 3 credits. (F, Y)

POLT 23000 - The Holocaust 1 G H LA SS

This course surveys the Holocaust. Topics covered include the origins and development of anti-Semitism; the rise of Nazism; the response of European Jews to persecution before and during World War II; the evolution of Nazi policy from repression to genocide; the plight of refugees; the place of the Holocaust in the Nazi plan to create a new racial order in Europe; and the roles of bystanders and rescuers. Prerequisite: One course in the social sciences or humanities. 3 credits. (Y, F)

POLT 29900 - Field Study: Politics NLA

Opportunity for students to explore and experience facets of political life through work experience and/or field research. Academic credit contingent on completion of study design with departmental faculty member. (Course may not be used to satisfy level-1 distribution requirements.) Prerequisites: POLT 10100; one other course in the social sciences; permission of instructor. 1-6 credits. (Y)

POLT 30100 - Legislative Behavior LA SS

Analysis of legislative bodies, with an emphasis placed on the U.S. Congress. State and municipal legislatures, parliamentary legislatures, and other collegial bodies; legislative structures and roles, representation, and apportionment; executive-legislative relations; oversight and investigation; and legislative reform. Prerequisites: Three courses in social sciences or equivalent. 3 credits. (IRR)

POLT 30300 - Constitutional Law: Civil Rights and Liberties 1 H LA SS

An introduction to constitutional law as it develops in the context of the U.S. political process. Emphasis is placed on civil rights and liberties (freedom of speech, press, and thought; equal protection; rights of the accused; etc.). Court decisions in these areas are related to attitudes and behaviors in the political and social system. Prerequisites: Three courses in social sciences or equivalent. 3 credits. (S,Y)

POLT 30400 - U.S. Party Politics LA SS

The role of political parties in the U.S. political system, with special attention to the myth and reality of two-party politics. Organization and leadership of parties; election process; campaign strategies and techniques; money and politics; media and politics. Prerequisites: Three courses in social sciences or equivalent. 3 credits. (IRR)

POLT 30500 - Urban Politics LA SS

Political forces operating within urban areas; older and larger urban areas and their problems in light of local, state, and national politics and policies. Prerequisites: Three courses in social sciences or equivalent. 3 credits. (IRR)

POLT 30600 - U.S. Foreign Policy LA SS

Political and bureaucratic processes central to the formulation of U.S. foreign policy. Readings on the policy-making process; the role of bureaucratic organizations in policy making; and the role of the president, Congress, and Departments of State and Defense. These topics are examined in the context of specific cases such as U.S.-Soviet relations, Sino-American relations, and the Vietnam War. Prerequisites: Three courses in social sciences or equivalent. 3 credits. (F,Y)

POLT 30900 - Personality and Politics LA SS

Linkages between political life and the development of individual personality. Problems of political thinking and consciousness are analyzed for individual citizens, small groups, and political leaders. Consideration of political biographies and public opinion materials. Prerequisites: Three courses in social sciences, or equivalent. 3 credits. (IRR)

POLT 31000 - Supreme Court in U.S. Politics LA SS

Summarizes, surveys, and analyzes Supreme Court decision making in terms of an explicit theoretical framework concerning the court's essential functions within the U.S. political system. Provides students with a nontechnical explanation of the activities of the Supreme Court — what the court does, why it does what it does, and what effects the court's activities have had on U.S. society. Prerequisites: Three courses in social sciences, including U.S. politics, or equivalent. 3 credits. (Y)

POLT 31900 - Selected Topics in U.S. Politics LA SS
POLT 32000 - Selected Topics in U.S. Politics LA SS

Matters of special contemporary interest to students and faculty may be developed under this course heading. May be repeated for credit for selected topics on different subjects. Prerequisites: Three courses in social sciences or equivalent. 3 credits. (IRR)

POLT 32100 - Contemporary British Politics LA SS

Introduction to the British political system. Functioning of governmental institutions, the class base of politics, political parties, elections, interest groups in policy process, and current issues confronting the British polity. Comparisons with U.S. political institutions and processes. Prerequisites: Three courses in social sciences or equivalent. Offered only through the London Center. 3 credits. (F-S,Y)

POLT 32200 - British Foreign Policy LA SS

Examination of Britain's historical role in world affairs as a great power and imperialist state, and of the forces leading to decline. Emphasis also is placed on the British position in East-West relations, relations with Europe and the EC, the role of the Commonwealth today, the foreign policy-making processes, partisan differences among political parties, and current issues such as the nuclear arms debate and relations with South Africa. Prerequisites: Three courses in social sciences or equivalent. Offered only through the London Center. 3 credits. (F,Y)

POLT 32400 - Communist and Post-Communist Societies LA SS

Primary focus on the transition from Communism to post-Communism during the late 1980s and early 1990s. Social, political, and economic causes of this transition mainly in the Soviet Union, Eastern Europe, and China are examined. Special attention is given to exploring and developing a general theoretical explanation for this unique historical process. Prerequisites: Three courses in social sciences. 3 credits. (F)

POLT 32500 - Chinese Politics LA SS

Revolutionary change in modern China: historical survey of China from 1911 to 1949, with attention to development of the Chinese Communist party; rise of Mao Tse-tung and evolution of Maoist thought; and the People's Republic from 1949 to the present, with focus on political and social transformation of Chinese society. Prerequisites: Three courses in social sciences or equivalent. 3 credits. (S,O)

POLT 32600 - Russian Politics LA SS

The focus is on the new Russian state, from Boris Yeltsin onward, looking at the internal conflicts and external forces that shape the Russian experience, as well as continuities with the Soviet system. Considers the effect of Russian culture and nationalism on politics, looking in particular at the "Russian idea" of a uniquely Russian path of development superior to the Western experience. Draws on the Russian experience in order to cast light on questions such as what is democracy, what is the best way to democratize, what are the tensions between democracy and capitalism, and what is the difference between socialism and capitalism. Prerequisites: Three courses in social sciences or equivalent. 3 credits. (F,Y)

POLT 32700 - The Politics of Development LA SS

The struggle of third-world peoples to improve their economic position and political power in the international system. Special attention is given to problems of development in Latin America and Africa and to the role played by industrial societies in the development process. Prerequisites: Three courses in social sciences or equivalent. 3 credits. (S,O)

POLT 32800 - International Conflict LA SS

Study of nationalism, conflict among nations, the role of force and violence, cold wars and arms competitions, ideological conflicts, similarities and differences between national conflict and international conflict, and techniques of conflict resolution. Prerequisites: Three courses in social sciences or equivalent. 3 credits. (F,Y)

POLT 32900 - Third World Politics LA SS

Examines the impact of the emergence of a capitalist world economy on Asian, African, and Latin American societies with the objective of specifying both their common features and their particularities. The methodology is comparative and historical. Prerequisites: Three courses in social sciences. 3 credits. (S)

POLT 33000 - European Politics LA SS

Focuses on changes and continuities in European identity and democracy, and other trends and issues that Europe is facing at the start of the 21st century. Looks at institutions and parties of major European states as well as of the European Union, and at the transition to liberal political and economic systems in Eastern Europe. Also considers issues of citizenship, immigration, racism, and nationalism in all parts of Europe. Prerequisites: Three courses in social sciences or equivalent. 3 credits. (S,Y)

POLT 33100 - Latin American Politics LA SS

Undertakes a comparative political analysis of nations in the region called Latin America — Central and South America and the Caribbean. Includes a systemic analysis of intraregional relations, especially Latin America-U.S., and interregional relations between Latin America and Europe, Africa, Asia, and Russia. Prerequisites: Three courses in social sciences or equivalent. 3 credits. (F,E)

POLT 33200 - Africa through Film: Images and Reality 1 G H LA SS

Challenges popular Western representations of the African continent through a study of representation and reality and interrogates the foundation of these constructs. Emphasizes the need for media literacy and exposure to counter-narratives in the study of African countries and explores African politics, historiographies, and contemporary issues through extensive readings and a comparative analysis of diverse films from Hollywood, radical African filmmakers, and popular African cinema. Materials include "Coming to America," "Flame," and "Lumumba." Students apply sociopolitical analysis to the subject matter, uncovering for instance, apartheid ideology behind the portrayal of Africans in the film "The Gods Must Be Crazy." Prerequisites: Three courses in social sciences or permission of instructor. 3 credits. (F,Y)

POLT 33300 - Understanding Islam LA SS

This course aims to facilitate an understanding of Islam within two overlapping contexts: one is the political, historical, and ideological encounter between Islam and the West that has shaped Western attitudes toward the religion. The other is how Muslims experience Islam as both a system of beliefs about the divine (religion and theology) and as lived reality (history and politics). Topics range from scriptural conceptions of God, human creation, sex and gender relationships, and war and violence to mysticism, from the encounters of early medieval Europeans with Islam to post 9/11 debates on Islam and terrorism. Prerequisites: Three courses in the social sciences. 3 credits. (S,Y)

POLT 33400 - Politics of Rights and Culture LA SS

Investigates controversial issues, including philosophical and legal debates that emphasize the lack of whether human rights are truly universal. Explores the contradictory ways in which religious, social, and cultural forces, gender and class struggles, and structural global inequalities generate diverse concepts of moral rights, justice, freedoms, and protections. Uses case studies and critical questions such as that posed by Mahmood Mamdani: "Can a culture of individual rights coexist with the right of every individual to practice one's culture?" Provides comparative studies of the United States, Latin America, Aisa, and the Middle East but focuses primarily on African countries and their contributions to human rights discourses and practice. Prerequisites: Three courses in the social sciences. 3 credits. (S,O)

POLT 33500 - Crossing Borders/Global Migration LA SS

The movement of people across borders — as refugees and as workers — is a central political issue throughout the world, at times even becoming the focus of violence. The course focuses on the causes of these movements, as well as on questions migration raises about the meaning of borders and the link between identity, culture, and politics. This course uses a range of texts — journalistic accounts, academic writings, fiction, films, and the words of migrants themselves. We examine migrations at the global level, including the United States, as well as at the local level, including migrant workers in western New York. Prerequisites: Three courses in social sciences. 3 credits. (O)

POLT 33600 - Whiteness and Multiculturalism LA SS

This course interrogates the concept of whiteness and relates it to conceptualizations of multiculturalism, tackling these issues at both theoretical and empirical levels, drawing on cases from the United States as well as from other societies. The goal of the course is to foreground the category "white" and to recognize the meanings of this category, the effect it has on white and non-white individuals, and the direct relationship of whiteness to power. It also seeks to bring about a critical rethinking of the concept of multiculturalism by linking the study of whiteness to policies of multiculturalism. Prerequisite: Three courses in social sciences or equivalent. 3 credits. (E)

POLT 33700 - Politics of Memory LA SS

Exploration of the political amd social dilemmas surrounding concepts such as collective memory, truth, justice, confession, forgiveness, healing, and reconciliation in sociopolitical spaces. How, for instance, will the political suppression or mobilization of memory vie for space with efforts to address the systematization of unconscionable crimes against humanity and create a just peace? What lessons do the experiences of South Africa, the United States, Chile, and Rwanda offer other polarized societies? Students engage memory theory and the narratives of victims and perpetrators in examining Czech writer Milan Kundera's suggestion that "the struggle of man against power is the struggle of memory against forgetting." Prerequisites: Three courses in the social sciences. 3 credits. (IRR)

POLT 33900 - Political Economy of the Middle East LA SS

Analyzes the political economy of the Middle East from a historical and theoretical perspective. Explains the nature of socioeconomic change through analysis of the relationships among state, class, and economic development. Topics include the nature and role of the economy and the state, the processes of class formation, the role of women, the Arab-Israeli conflict, and U.S. interests in the region. Prerequisites: POLT 12800 or POLT 12900; two additional courses in social sciences. 3 credits. (F)

POLT 34000 - Selected Topics in Comparative-International Studies LA SS
POLT 34001 - Selected Topics in Comparative-International Studies LA SS
POLT 34002 - Selected Topics in Comparative-International Studies LA SS
POLT 34003 - Selected Topics in Comparative-International Studies LA SS
POLT 34004 - Selected Topics in Comparative-International Studies LA SS
POLT 34005 - Selected Topics in Comparative-International Studies LA SS
POLT 34006 - Selected Topics in Comparative-International Studies LA SS
POLT 34007 - Selected Topics in Comparative-International Studies LA SS

Matters of special contemporary interest to students and faculty may be developed under this course heading. This arrangement permits departmental offerings to be responsive to evolving faculty and student interests. As a rule, a course is offered once under this heading; it is then added to our regular offerings or discontinued. This course may be repeated for credit when topics change. Prerequisites: Three courses in social sciences or equivalent. 3 credits. (IRR)

POLT 34100 - U.S. Political Thought LA SS

The writings of U.S. political thinkers from the Puritans to the present. Focus on questions of equality, rights of the individual, the role of community, relationship between the people and their leaders, the nature of change, and the place of education and religion in the United States. Prerequisites: Three courses in social sciences or equivalent. 3 credits. (IRR)

POLT 34200 - Liberalism and Marxism LA SS

Treats several important political ideas and questions from a feminist, as well as a Marxist, perspective through historical political theory. The first part of the course addresses the division of labor in society and its relationship to private property and alienable labor; the second deals with the treatment of the sexual division of labor. Some of the key issues are conceptions of human nature: What is natural or innate? What is social? What necessitates government? The course also looks at issues of reform or revolution. In essence, students examine classical liberalism as the ideology supporting the capitalist system. Primary readings from historical theorists (Locke, Hobbes, Rousseau, Mill, Marx, Goldman, and Luxemburg). Prerequisites: Three courses in social sciences or equivalent. 3 credits. (F,Y)

POLT 34300 - Feminist Theory LA SS

Discussion of theories of women's oppression, historical and contemporary. In this sense it is a study of feminist ideology as it has been developed by Mary Wollstonecraft, the early American feminists, Emma Goldman, J. S. Mill, socialist literature, and radical feminism. Key questions to be discussed throughout are the issues of the sexual division of labor; the acceptance or rejection of the issues of the sexual division of labor; and the acceptance or rejection of the connection between sexual and class oppression. We will be trying to develop a synthesis of much of the literature in order to assess and compare the contemporary women's movement with historical forms of women's struggle. Prerequisites: Three courses in social sciences or equivalent. 3 credits. (IRR)

POLT 34400 - Contemporary British Political Theory LA SS

Particular emphasis is placed on the controversy concerning the responsibility of the state for economic and social equality. Attention is given to the concepts of freedom and equality and the ideas of market system liberalism, social democracy, socialism, Marxism, conservatism, and neoconservatism. Prerequisites: Three courses in social sciences or equivalent. Offered only through the London Center. 3 credits. (S,Y)

POLT 35000 - Selected Topics in Political Theory LA SS

Matters of special contemporary interest to students and faculty may be developed under this course heading. May be repeated for credit when topics vary. Prerequisites: Three courses in social sciences or equivalent. 3 credits. (IRR)

POLT 36200 - Theory and Politics of Public Policy LA SS

Selected public policy issues; development, formulation, execution, and evaluation. Theories of the policy-making process, such as rationalism, incrementalism, and systems analysis, with a view toward understanding their analytical and explanatory power. Prerequisites: ECON 12100; two additional courses in social sciences or equivalent. 3 credits. (F,Y)

POLT 36300 - Politics of Equality LA SS

Examines equality and inequality from a variety of perspectives, including philosophical, socioeconomic, and public policy analysis, as well as problems entailed in defining and justifying equality as a political and socioeconomic goal. Explores interpretations of the human consequences of inequality. Analyzes equality as a political problem in capitalist and socialist societies. Prerequisites: Three courses in social sciences or equivalent. 3 credits. (S,Y)

POLT 36400 - Law and Public Policy LA SS

Gives a sense of the important place of public law in the policy-making process and examines how legal education shapes legal thinking. Considers the role of courts in forming policies related to housing, school desegregation, mental health care, prison reform, AIDS, and the environment. Contract theory is analyzed as it relates to issues like surrogate motherhood. Covers selected criminal law issues, such as those related to rape. Students evaluate the strengths and limitations of using legal approaches to the formulation of policy options. Prerequisites: Two politics courses; one course in sociology, history, philosophy, economics, or introduction to law. 3 credits. (S,Y)

POLT 36500 - The Politics of Health LA SS

Introduction to issues in health policy as they relate to the general organization of political life in the United States. Methods for the allocation of scarce medical resources, such as markets, political devices, and lotteries, are analyzed and compared. AIDS is examined as a major public health problem. We consider genetic and procreative issues, including the politics of in vitro fertilization, surrogate motherhood contracts, abortion, and genetic engineering. Prerequisites: Two politics courses; one course in sociology, history, philosophy, or economics. 3 credits. (F,Y)

POLT 36600 - Environmental Politics 1 LA SS

Examines environmental protection (and destruction) from numerous political perspectives and in relation to various political ideologies. Looks at policy-making aspects of environmental protection. Traces the development of national and international environmental movements. Considers environmental issues in terms of race, gender, and class politics. Prerequisites: Three courses in the social sciences or equivalent. 3 credits. (Y)

POLT 37000 - Selected Topics in Public Policy LA SS

Matters of special contemporary interest to students and faculty may be developed under this course heading. This course may be repeated for credit for selected topics on different subjects. Prerequisites: Three courses in social sciences or equivalent. 3 credits. (IRR)

POLT 40100 - Seminar: Comparative and International Studies LA SS

Small group settings designed to permit intensive examination of selected topics not provided elsewhere in the curriculum. Seminar topics change from year to year. This course may be repeated for credit for selected topics on different subjects. Prerequisites: Three courses in social sciences or equivalent; permission of instructor. (IRR)

POLT 40101 - Seminar: Comparative and International Studies LA SS

Small group settings designed to permit intensive examination of selected topics not provided elsewhere in the curriculum. Seminar topics change from year to year. This course may be repeated for credit for selected topics on different subjects. Prerequisites: Three courses in social sciences or equivalent; permission of instructor. (IRR)

POLT 40102 - Seminar: Comparative and International Studies LA SS

Small group settings designed to permit intensive examination of selected topics not provided elsewhere in the curriculum. Seminar topics change from year to year. This course may be repeated for credit for selected topics on diferent subjects. Prerequisites: Three courses in social sciences or equivalent; permission of instructor. (IRR)

POLT 40103 - Seminar: Comparative and International Studies LA SS

Small group settings designed to permit intensive examination of selected topics not provided elsewhere in the curriculum. Seminar topics change from year to year. This course may be repeated for credit for selected topics on different subjects. Prerequisites: Three courses in social sciences or equivalent; permission of instructor. (IRR)

POLT 40200 - Seminar: Politics LA SS
POLT 40201 - Seminar: Politics LA SS

Small group settings designed to permit intensive examination of selected topics not provided elsewhere in the curriculum. Seminar topics change from year to year. Prerequisites: Three courses in social sciences or equivalent; permission of instructor. 3 credits. (F-S,Y)

POLT 40300 - Tutorial: Comparative and International Studies LA SS

Individual investigation of selected topics in politics through readings, written reports, and essays under tutorial supervision. This course may be repeated for credit when topics change. Prerequisites: Three courses in social sciences or equivalent; permission of instructor. 1-4 credits. (F-S,Y)

POLT 40400 - Tutorial: Politics LA SS

Individual investigation of selected topics in politics through readings, written reports, and essays under tutorial supervision. This course may be repeated for credit when topics change. Prerequisites: Three courses in social sciences or equivalent; permission of instructor. Variable credit 1-4. (F-S,Y)

POLT 40500 - Internship: Politics NLA

Permits students to explore politics through a variety of governmental and nongovernmental work experiences. Students are expected to perform full-time work for academic credit and to submit, as part of their course obligations, a thorough written evaluative report based on their experiences. Internships may be taken at national, state, and local levels, and in London under the auspices of the Ithaca College London Center. Prerequisites: Three courses in social sciences or equivalent; permission of instructor. See information on internships, above. Variable credit (1-12). (F-S,Y)

POLT 49900 - Directed Study: Politics LA SS

The program of study may be a reading program of materials of special interest to the student, or involve development and execution of a research project on a specific topic. Reading or research is undertaken under faculty direction. Prerequisites: Three courses in social sciences or equivalent; permission of instructor. Variable credit (1-5). (F-S,Y)