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Political Science

www.coloradocollege.edu/academics/dept/politicalscience/

Professors CRONIN, DUNHAM, FULLER, HENDRICKSON, R. LEE, LINDAU; Associate Professors GOULD,  E. GRACE, PRICE-SMITH (chair); Assistant Professors ITO, MCKENDRY, WITTMER.

THE MAJOR — REQUIREMENTS:

Political science prepares students for a variety of careers, public and private, some related directly to politics and some not, some based in graduate training and some not. Departmental requirements are designed not just to prepare students for graduate school, but to give all majors broad exposure to the discipline and to prepare them for responsible citizenship in the contemporary world.

A minimum of 10 units in the political science department is required, to include the following:

  1. Two units in each of four subfields. The four subfields are: American politics, comparative politics, international relations, and political theory. Students must take 200 in the American politics subfield; 209 or 225 in the international relations subfield; 236 in comparative politics; and 205 or 270 or 292 or 298 in the political theory subfield. Either 209 or 225 can be counted towards the major, but not both.
  2. A tutorial in one subfield selected for emphasis. Students who are admitted to write theses are exempt from the tutorial requirement.
  3. One additional course to reach the 10-unit minimum. The elective may not be 231 or 233. In addition to the regular courses offered by the department, students may count as their elective one of the following courses: a topics course (203), an independent study (402), or one course taken at another institution.

Distinction in Political Science will be awarded based on a graduating senior’s cumulative GPA in courses within the major. Proposals to write a senior thesis must normally be submitted by the beginning of the final block of the student’s junior year, but a student studying off campus at the end of their junior year may submit a proposal in the first week of Block 1 of the senior year. The department strongly urges all its majors to achieve fluency in a foreign language and to take Principles of Economics and at least two courses in history. Students are strongly advised to take the prescribed courses at the 200 level before taking courses at the 300 level. Non-majors are welcome to sample departmental offerings at that level, but need consent of instructor or chair to so do.

Minor in Political Science

Advisers--DEPARTMENT

THE MINOR — REQUIREMENTS:

A minor in political science enables students to complete a course of study within one of the subfields in the major. Completion of a minor in political science requires five courses, distributed as follows and chosen in consultation with an adviser in the department:

  1. One of the following: 200 in the American politics subfield; 209 or 225 in the international relations subfield; 236 in comparative politics; 205 or 270 or 292 or 298 in the political theory subfield. Either 209 or 225 can be counted toward the minor, but not both.
  2. Three upper-division courses in the minor subfield, including at least one 300-level course for which the student has completed the prerequisite. A course in another subfield can be substituted for one of these three courses upon consultation with the minor advisor.
  3. A tutorial in the minor subfield. 

Further information is available on the web at www.coloradocollege.edu/academics/dept/politicalscience/.

Political Science Courses

101 What is Politics? Examines enduring themes in political life

Questions explored include the balance between state authority and individual liberty; analogies between the exercise of power in government and other areas of human life; the nature of ethical judgment in governance; and the varying ways in which constitutional regimes give expression to and tame the exercise of power. (Formerly 201 Political Analysis.) (Cannot be taken after 103.)

Prerequisite: No credit after 103.

1 unit —

103 Western Political Traditions

A survey of the experiences and ideas that have shaped political life in the West. Treatment of selected periods and political philosophies from Ancient Greece through the 20th century. The foundations and development of liberal-democratic thought, together with critiques of, and alternatives to, liberal-democratic thought and practice. Focus on the constitutional democracy of the United States. (Cannot be taken after PS 101.) (Offered as an FYE course.) Meets the Critical Perspectives: The West in Time requirement. (Not offered 2013-14).

Prerequisite: No credit after Political Science 101.

1 to 3 units

115 Concepts of Freedom From Ancient to Modern Times

This interdisciplinary course explores enduring questions in the Western tradition: What does it mean to be free? What are the basic ideas of freedom that figure prominently in the Western tradition? What is freedom for? Is there a rational use of freedom? Discussion will spring from readings in ancient, medieval and modern philosophy, politics, religion and literature, and complementary films. Meets the Critical Perspectives: The West in Time requirement.

Also listed as English 115.

2 units —

123 Race in America: A Conversation

(Not offered 2013-14).

.5 unit

150 Fundamental Debates on the Common Good

A major controversy in the history of Western political philosophy has been over the foundation and aims of political rule. Crucial to this debate is the question of the character and limits of a 'common good,' and indeed, the question whether such a good can even exist. Basic but competing perspectives, drawn from ancient, medieval, modern, and contemporary texts, will be examined, and stress will be placed on how the question of the 'common good' continues to animate political debate, as well as on its potential for shaping a student's moral and political outlook. (Offered as an FYE course.) Meets the Critical Perspectives: The West in Time requirement.

2 units —

200 American Politics and Government

The structure and process of United States national politics and government. Special attention to the ideas and values, institutions, and political processes that shape contemporary public policies in this country.

1 unit —

202 United States Environmental Politics

Studies environmental politics in the United States from the early twentieth century through the present. Follows changing environmental policies at the federal level and investigates the environmental movement, the greening of industry, and the role of state and local governments in environmental regulation. Illuminates the diversity of approaches to environmental protection taken by different political actors in the U.S., the major debates that have arisen regarding the environment over the past century, and the political challenges and opportunities that mark environmental politics today. (Not offered 2013-14).

1 unit

203 Topics in Politics:

Also listed as Dance Theory 200 and Feminist & Gender Studies 206 and General Studies 222 and General Studies 233 and Theatre 200.

1 unit —

204 Topics in Politics: The Prison-Industrial Complex

An examination of shifting notions of crime and punishment in the United States and their political and social consequences. Primary focus on the growing incarceration rate, emerging corrections practices and philosophies, the rise of privatization and emergence of a 'revolving door' prison economy. (Not offered 2013-14).

.5 to 1 unit

205 Foundations of Political Economy

Examines enduring themes of Political Economy with a focus on the balance between individual liberty, state authority, regulation of economic activity and the relation of the polity to economy.

1 unit —

209 Introduction to International Relations

Introduction to the theory and practice of the contemporary state system. Emphasis on the last hundred years of inter-state rivalry.

Prerequisite: Either 209 or 225 can be counted towards the PS and IPE majors, but not both.

1 unit —

210 The Law & Social Justice

Analysis of significant and controversial Supreme Court decisions on issues such as racism and the legacy of slavery, school desegregation, affirmative action, gender discrimination, sexual harassment, the right to an abortion, criminal law, freedom of speech, and the separation of church and state. (Not offered 2013-14).

1 unit

211 Women, Government and Public Policy

Examines the relationship between women, government, and public policy -- with the primary goal of understanding how politics is gendered. Topics include the 'waves' of feminism, how female lawmakers navigate the electoral and legislative arenas, and the role of gender in public policy. (Not offered 2013-14).

1 unit

212 The Civil Rights Movement

A survey of the Civil Rights Movement from the Montgomery bus boycott of 1955 to the assassination of Martin Luther King in Memphis in 1968. Particular emphasis on the enduring legal, political, and social effects of the movement. (Not offered 2013-14).

.5 unit

213 Leadership in Theory and Practice

Introduction to models and theories of leadership. Analysis of skills, styles and abilities that are frequently associated with effective leadership in political and organizational settings. Analysis of the paradoxes of leadership and the tensions among leadership, democracy, and creativity.

1 unit —

225 Conduct of American Foreign Policy

Ideas and Institutions which condition the formulation and execution of the nation's foreign policy.

Prerequisite: Either 209 or 225 can be counted towards the PS and IPE majors, but not both.

1 unit —

226 Gender & Politics

Examines the following questions: Are there politically relevant differences between the sexes, and if so, are they the product of nature and/or convention? What is/ought to be the relation between the political community and private attachments? How has liberalism answered these questions? How does consideration of gender challenge liberal theories such as contract, individual rights, and human nature? Readings in both political theory and in feminist literature.

Also listed as Feminist & Gender Studies 226.

1 unit —

227 20th Century Japan

This course will trace the social, political, and cultural developments in Japan from the first Parliamentary elections in 1890 to the current fiscal crisis in the 1990s. Using a wide range of sources, students will explore major themes in Japan's empire, World War, economic miracle, and troubled role as Asian leader. Major themes will include cross-cultural contact, world systems, and women's history. Meets the Critical Perspectives: Diverse Cultures and Critiques requirement. Meets the Critical Perspectives: Global Cultures requirement. (Not offered 2013-14).

1 unit

231 Political Campaigning

Student internships in primary and general elections. Post-campaign written analysis required. (Offered as an independent study.)

Prerequisite: consent of instructor & may be arranged any block.

.5 to 1 unit —

233 Governmental Participation

Directed internships in national, state and local government agencies. Written analysis of the work experience required. (Offered as an independent study.)

Prerequisite: consent of instructor & may be arranged any block.

.5 to 1 unit —

234 Freedom and Empire: The Drama of Ancient Politics

Examines ancient politics, from the struggle for freedom to the temptations of empire, insofar as it is vividly portrayed in Shakespeare and the classical literature of Greece and Rome: the greatness, challenges and defects of the ancient republic; the nature of political and military ambition; and the causes and character of empire. Focus/possible works: Shakespeare's Roman plays; the Socratic Xenophon's novel on the rise and rule of Cyrus the Great; Tacitus on Roman emperors. The course may also draw upon Machiavelli on Rome. (Not offered 2013-14).

1 unit

236 Introduction to Comparative Politics

This course introduces the concepts, definitions, theories and scholarly approaches used to study comparative politics with reference to selected case studies in different regions of the world.

1 unit —

242 Conservatism & Liberalism

Examination of leading conservative and liberal thinkers in America since 1945.

1 unit —

243 Southeast Asian Politics

By providing an overview of states and societies in pre-colonial, colonial, and post-colonial Southeast Asia, this course aims to make sense of key forces which have shaped the region's diverse political systems today-the military juntas in Burma and Thailand, the socialist regime in Vietnam, single party dominant systems in Singapore and Malaysia, and multiparty presidential systems in Indonesia and the Philippines. Meets the Critical Perspectives: Diverse Cultures and Critiques requirement. Meets the Critical Perspectives: Social Inequality requirement. (Not offered 2013-14).

1 unit

246 Politics in Literature

Reading and discussion of classic and contemporary works of fiction and drama known both for their literary merit and for their insight into politics. (Not offered 2013-14).

1 unit

248 Environmental Politics of Agriculture

This course focuses on the historical and contemporary processes of environmental change and agrarian transformation as a result of resource scarcity, scientific progress, and capitalist development. Meets the Critical Perspectives: Diverse Cultures and Critiques requirement. Meets the Critical Perspectives: Social Inequality requirement. (Not offered 2013-14).

1 unit

253 Introduction to International Development

Drawing on politics, economics, sociology and anthropology, this course critically examines the First World's relations with the Third World through the lens of 'development.'

1 unit —

254 Democracy & Justice

(Not offered 2013-14).

.5 unit

265 Religion and Politics

Difficulties in determining the proper relations between religion and politics continuously provoke heated debate within American politics. This course examines a variety of philosophic approaches to the problem. We begin with a careful consideration of the classical liberal democratic solution of separating church and state, and then turn to a variety of contemporary alternatives - from moderate revisions to radical criticisms. (Not offered 2013-14).

Prerequisite: Cannot be taken after Political Science 270.

1 unit

270 Liberty & Equality

Explores the question whether there is a fundamental justification for democratic rule by analyzing diverse defenses and critiques of the claims that democracy is founded on the truth of human equality and best provides for individual liberty.

Prerequisite: No credit if Political Science 298 is taken.

1 unit —

272 Cities, Sustainability, and Environmental Justice

Examines the relationship between cities and nature, with a particular emphasis on current efforts by cities around the world to become more environmentally sustainable. Explores the meanings of sustainability in the context of urban areas, and how these meanings differ among cities in the Global North and the Global South. Considers the major political challenges that cities face in their efforts to reduce their environmental impact and ques-tions of environmental justice.

Also listed as Environmental Science 272.

1 unit —

290 Foundations of Political Thought

Examines the origins and development of political theory from Plato to Machiavelli. (Not offered 2013-14).

Prerequisite: Meets AP:A if taken immediately before Political Science 101.

1 unit

292 American Political Thought

An examination of the political theory of the American founding and its relevance to contemporary political problems.

1 unit —

296 The Politics of the Legal Process

Norms and processes of courts and the legal professions. How they shape and are shaped by public policy and political culture. Emphasis given to interpretation of statutes, common law, and the U. S. Constitution. (Not offered 2013-14).

1 unit

298 What is Political Philosophy?

Among the fundamental questions to be raised: How does the perspective of a political philosopher differ from that of an experienced practitioner of politics? What - if anything - makes for a philosophical approach to politics, and what accounts for the differences in approaches and conclusions among various political philosophies? Why have philosophers turned their attention to politics, and why is it the case that, for some political philosophers, a concern for affecting political practice is not the primary interest, nor even a goal, while for others it is?

Prerequisite: No credit if Political Science 270 is taken.

1 unit —

301 Europe and its Governments:

A comparative study of the political systems and political cultures of selected European countries with consideration of the history and prospects of European Union.

1 unit —

303 The Uses of the Past

Examination of modern philosophies of history since Hegel. Taught as an independent study, extended format or Summer Readings course in accordance with student schedules by arrangement with the instructor. Also fulfills a requirement in the Classics-History-Political Science major. COI.

.5 to 1 unit —

304 Political Psychology

An overview of the interdisciplinary field of political psychology. Questions include: 1)Why do people engage in 'evil' behavior; 2)Why is there intergroup conflict; 3)How does the media alter political attitudes; and 4)Why do people make 'irrational' political decisions? To answer these questions we will engage the situationist - dispositionist debate: which shapes political behavior more, the situations in which individuals find themselves, or the psychological dispositions of those individuals?

1 unit —

306 Democracy & Markets

A comparative examination of the introduction of democracy and markets in Latin America, Africa, Eastern Europe, and Asia, featuring an analysis of how the contemporary package of neo-liberal policies known as 'the Washington consensus' interacts with political institutions.

1 unit —

308 Comparative Politics: Russia

The roots, rise, maturity, and collapse of Soviet Leninism. Addresses implications of the Soviet legacy and contemporary conditions of the post-Soviet political order in Russia and other successor states of the Soviet Union.

1 unit —

310 Post-Communist Politics and Literature

Examination of post-communist political and economic changes in Eastern Europe, Central Europe, and Russia following the fall of communism through the lenses of political theory, economic theory, and literature. Exploration of how literature not only reflects and comments on political and economic developments but also enacts them. (Not offered 2013-14).

Prerequisite: 200 or 300-level literature course in Comparative Literature, English or other literature course; any 100 or 200 level Political Science course; or Consent of Instructor.

1 unit

312 Balkan Politics-Disintegration & Rebirth

Focuses on Yugoslavia's disintegration in the 1990's and the subsequent international response. Evaluates theories developed in the fields of international relations and comparative politics that purport to explain events. Places specific focus on the interaction of identity and political institutions. (Not offered 2013-14).

.5 to 1 unit

313 The Middle East and North Africa

A comparative study of the internal politics of selected states in the region, with emphasis on the relationship between the religious and political spheres and on the question of democratization. Meets the Critical Perspectives: Diverse Cultures and Critiques requirement. Meets the Critical Perspectives: Global Cultures requirement.

1 unit —

314 International Politics of the Middle East and North Africa

The re-emergence of the Middle East as a regional subsystem in the 20th Century. The role of foreign powers, the rise and decline of Arabism, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, wars in the Gulf, and the impact of the Islamist movements since 1967. Meets the Critical Perspectives: Diverse Cultures and Critiques requirement. Meets the Critical Perspectives: Global Cultures requirement.

1 unit —

315 Parties and Voting Behavior

Current philosophies and strategies for victory of the Democratic and Republican parties in the United States. Emphasis on group voting behavior and recent election statistics. (Not open to students who have taken Topics in Politics: Electoral Politics and Voting Behavior.) (Not offered 2013-14).

1 to 2 units

318 The American Presidency

Examines and evaluates the institution, the politics and policy impact of the American presidency with special emphasis on theories, models and strategies of presidential leadership.

1 unit —

320 The United States Congress

Structure and operation of the United States House of Representatives and the United States Senate. Emphasis on political organization, the committee system, lobby groups, roll-call analysis, and congressional relations with the executive and the bureaucracy.

1 unit —

321 Public Policymaking

Forces shaping public policies and decisions; internal politics of the national bureaucracy, the Presidency and Congress. Applies theories of policymaking to such cases as the environment, race and military affairs.

Also listed as Environmental Science 373.

2 units —

322 Russia & the World

(Not offered 2013-14).

1 unit

323 Minority Politics

A comparative analysis of the political experience and responses of major ethnic minorities and women to the American political process. Meets the Critical Perspectives: Diverse Cultures and Critiques requirement. Meets the Critical Perspectives: Social Inequality requirement. (Not offered 2013-14).

1 unit

324 Environmental Law and Policy for Global Commons

Examines the application of international policy and law in the protection of the global commons -- climate, biological diversity, the marine environment and the atmosphere. Considers the major issues -- pollution control, natural resource management, and trade -- and focuses on the international infrastructure and treaties that have been negotiated to regulate the environment -- the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Seas (UNCLOS), the Rio Declaration, the Convention on Climate Change, the Kyoto Protocol and Convention on the International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES). (Not offered 2013-14).

1 unit

325 Conduct of American Foreign Policy

Ideas and Institutions which condition the formulation and execution of the nation's foreign policy. (Not offered 2013-14).

Prerequisite: Either Political Science 101, 103 or 104 or consent of instructor.

1 unit

326 Japanese Politics

Survey course on the development of modern politics in Japan, from the Meiji Restoration to the contemporary corporatist partnership between the state and the business and financial community. (Not offered 2013-14).

1 unit

327 Modern China

This survey course, covering Chinese history and politics from the Boxer Rebellion and the first Western influences to the successful revolution by the Chinese Communist Party, will provide a basic understanding of Chinese history and politics in the modern era. Meets the Critical Perspectives: Diverse Cultures and Critiques requirement. Meets the Critical Perspectives: Global Cultures requirement. (Not offered 2013-14).

1 unit

330 Colloquium in History and Politics

A seminar organized around comparative analysis of a common theme or topic, employing both historical and political science approaches to analysis and research. Designed principally for History/Political Science majors, but others may be admitted with consent of instructor.

Prerequisite: HY/PS major or consent of instructor.

Also listed as History 330.

1 unit —

331 Comparative Politics: China

The development of Chinese politics, with emphasis on the period of reform and opening to the world after 1976 and the contemporary politics of the People's Republic of China. Meets the Critical Perspectives: Diverse Cultures and Critiques requirement. Meets the Critical Perspectives: Social Inequality requirement.

1 unit —

333 Building The European Union: Integration, Institutions and Politics

(Not offered 2013-14).

Prerequisite: Political Science 101, 103 or consent of instructor.

1 unit

335 Latin America I

A comparative overview of theories of political development, and the political culture, institutions, and processes of Latin America. Meets the Critical Perspectives: Diverse Cultures and Critiques requirement. Meets the Critical Perspectives: Social Inequality requirement.

1 unit —

336 Latin America II

Political life of selected major Latin American nations, including the role of the United States. Meets the Critical Perspectives: Diverse Cultures and Critiques requirement. Meets the Critical Perspectives: Social Inequality requirement.

Prerequisite: consent of instructor or Political Science 335.

1 unit —

342 Inter-American Relations

International Politics in the Americas during the 20th century. Special focus on contemporary subjects including: foreign debt; economic integration; regional conflicts; drug trafficking and production; and environmental issues. Meets the Critical Perspectives: Diverse Cultures and Critiques requirement. Meets the Critical Perspectives: Social Inequality requirement.

1 unit —

344 Realism and Idealism in Political Philosophy

We examine the meanings of political 'idealism' and 'realism' by focusing on two indispensable works of political philosophy, and on their treatments of human aspirations to justice and to the rule of law. Through interpretation of Rousseau's On the Social Contract (as well as shorter works) and Plato's Republic, we consider how philosophic engagement with political 'idealism' can lead to philosophic 'realism' toward politics.

1 unit —

351 State Formation and Social Movements

Examines the historical processes of state formation in the West and elsewhere. Explores reactions from societies, which took the forms of social movements--from peasant rebellions to social revolutions. (Not offered 2013-14).

1 unit

356 Global Environmental Policy

An interdisciplinary analysis of environmental policy formulation and regulation at the international level. Examines the negative impact of human activity upon complex ecosystems and the 'global commons,' and analyses the efficacy of international regimes, such as the Kyoto Protocol. Debates the linkages between environmental change, prosperity, and conceptualizations of security.

1 unit —

358 Environment, Health and Security

Focuses on the global dimensions of environmental change, resource scarcity, and their interactions with human health within the domain of political science. Examines the utility of orthodox 'national security' paradigms versus emerging conceptualizations of 'human security.' (Not offered 2013-14).

1 unit

362 Seminar in Political Science

A year-long lecture series covering a wide variety of contemporary political issues and disputes. (Not offered 2013-14).

.25 unit

372 Political Thought Since Nietzsche

Reading of major essays in political thought from Nietzsche to the present including such thinkers as Hannah Arendt, Friedrich Hayek, Pierre Manent, Michael Oakeshott, Leo Strauss and Eric Voegelin.

Prerequisite: Junior standing or consent of instructor.

1 unit —

375 Introduction to International Political Economy

Examination of classic and modern conceptions of political economy. Emphasis on understanding theory and applying it to explain political and economic outcomes within states and among states in the international arena. Open to declared junior International Political Economy majors, and to others with consent of instructor.

Prerequisite: Economics 150 (or 151 and 152).

Also listed as Economics 375.

1 unit —

380 Constitutional Law in American Politics

Examines (1) the political and social dynamics and interpretive methods that shape the constitutional decisions of the U. S. Supreme Court, and (2) the political impact of the Court's constitutional decisions and doctrines on political and social conditions. Emphasis given to the shift from judicial concern with governmental structures and powers to the contemporary concern with individual and group rights.

Prerequisite: consent of instructor or Political Science 200.

1 unit —

396 Foundations of American Constitutionalism and Diplomacy

Emphasizes the intellectual precursors and historical development of the federal union of 1787 and of early American foreign policy. Considers America before the Civil War as a system of states and explores through debates over the American union and early foreign policy a range of theoretical issues in international relations.

Prerequisite: Also listed as History 240.

1 unit —

397 Interpretations of American Diplomacy

Examines the rise of the United States to world power in the 20th century and its role in the contemporary international system. (Not offered 2013-14).

1 unit

398 Origins of Modern State System: Theory and Practice

Examines the philosophical significance and historical development of thought concerning the relations of states and peoples from the Renaissance to the American and French Revolutions, with attention to thinkers such as Erasmus, Machiavelli, Las Casas, Grotius, Hobbes, Locke, Bolingbroke, Hume, Smith, Burke, Rousseau, Constant, Gentz, Kant, and the American Founding Fathers.

1 unit —

399 Theories of the Contemporary International System

Surveys contending theories of the contemporary global system, with attention to topics such as globalization, U.S. hegemony, the just war, the environment, and terrorism.

Prerequisite: Political Science 309, 325 or consent of instructor.

1 unit —

402 Independent Research in Political Science

A project normally organized around preparation of a substantial paper. Proposed and carried out at student initiative, under supervision of a department faculty member, in an area in which the student has already completed basic course work. (May also be listed as North American Studies 402 if emphasis is on Canada.)

1 unit —

403 Independent Study

1 unit —

404 Tutorial in American Politics

Prerequisite: consent of instructor.

1 unit —

408 Tutorial in Political Theory

May be taught as a block course or as an extended format year-long course. (Not offered 2013-14).

Prerequisite: consent of instructor.

1 unit

410 Tutorial in International Relations

Prerequisite: consent of instructor.

1 unit —

412 Tutorial in Comparative Politics

Prerequisite: consent of instructor.

1 unit —

419 Seminar in Political Philosophy:

A semester long intensive study of advanced texts and topics in political philosophy. The seminar takes one of two forms: Morality of Power. Examines various accounts and defenses of the human interest in the pursuit of power; what constitutes power; and the relations among power, political rule, and justice. Philosophy and Politics in Post-modernity. An introduction to radical changes in philosophic thinking and their potential significance for our understanding of American politics and its principles. This introduction will take place, in part, through a debate with a modern approach to philosophy, politics and morals, including a consideration of its possible connection to Nihilism. (Not offered 2013-14).

Prerequisite: consent of instructor.

.5 to 1 unit

424 History-Political Science Thesis

Prerequisite: Consent of both Departments.

2 units —

450 Political Science Thesis

Thesis on a subject chosen by the student with approval from the department. Independent-study format with regular consultation between student and faculty supervisor.

1 unit —

470 Tutorial in International Political Economy

Focuses on the historical development and current role of international institutions and multilateral treaties in the regulation of the world economy and environment, with emphasis on the impact of and challenges presented by globalization. Students write a substantial paper exploring some aspect of this interaction, but have considerable freedom in defining their research agenda.

Prerequisite: IPE major or consent of instructor.

1 unit —

490 Political Economy Distinction Thesis

Optional for majors in American Political Economy and International Political Economy, upon application to, and approval of, the departments of Political Science and Economics and Business. (Must be taken in conjunction with Economics 491 for a total of 2 units.)

1 to 2 units —