This course analyses the types of questions asked in political science and explores various ways in which political scientists try to address them. It introduces the student to both approaches that are widely shared in the field and to major debates about theory and method.
DIASPORAS AND GENDER
Explores the politics of gender and identity as they unfold in the movement and displacement of peoples from one nation-state to others. Focuses the role of women in the exit, transit, entrance and settlement of diaspora communities. Questions are raised about the place of women in the family; labor markets, and in the construction of identities. The broader dilemmas of displacement, cultural conflict, destruction and reconstruction of identities as well as the role of memory are explored through critical readings of literary texts.
DYNAMICS OF PUBLIC POLICY
Competing theories of policy formulation and the application of these theories to current policy contexts. Problems of policy implementation will be considered.
AGENDA SETTING AND PUBLIC POLICY
This course examines theories of agenda setting and decision making in public policy. It offers empirical and theoretical analyses of linkages between the rise and fall of issues from the agendas of the United States Congress, President, media, interest groups, and public opinion.
SOUTHEAST ASIAN POLITICS
A comparative examination of political institutions, processes, and contemporary problems in select countries such as Laos, Kampuchea, Burma, and Thailand. Issues such as insurgency, modernization, democracy, and political development are featured.
THEORY AND PRACTICE OF PUBLIC POLICY
This course provides an understanding of the public policy process and integrates classroom learning with developments in our community. Volunteer service in an off-campus organization or agency working on a public policy issue is required as part of the course.