Lower-Division

POLI 1 Politics: Power, Principle, Process, and Policy

Systematic introduction to the nature of politics and government, organized around the dynamic relationship between power, principle, and process in democratic politics. Provides historic and contemporary overview; explores the interactions among government, laws, and societies at the national and international levels.

Credits

5

Instructor

Daniel Wirls

General Education Code

PE-H

POLI 3 Keywords: Concepts in Politics

Introduces key concepts in political discourse and key debates generated by contested terms such as powers, ideology, and multiculturalism. Students read from canonical texts, feminist scholarship, historical materials, and contemporary cultural and postmodernist writings.

Credits

5

Instructor

Vanita Seth

POLI 4 Citizenship and Action

What does a citizen do? What kind of citizen activity is appropriate to democratic aspirations? Course uses political theory to answer these questions as they relate to current and historical events, primarily in the North American context. Draws on texts ranging from Aristotle, Locke, Thoreau, Ellizon, and Ranciere, as well as present-day debates, to bear on the relationship of citizen action and identity.

Credits

5

General Education Code

TA

POLI 17 U.S. and the World Economy

Explores intellectual and empirical trends shaping the U.S. relationship with the global economy. Traces debates about liberalism and interventionism, surveys post-war American foreign economic policy and discusses varieties of capitalism emerging around the world.

Credits

5

Instructor

Matt Sparke

Quarter offered

Spring

POLI 20 American Politics

Introduces the study of politics through an analysis of the United States political system and processes. Topics vary, but may include political institutions, public policies, parties and electoral politics, and social forces.

Credits

5

Instructor

Melanie Springer

American History and Institutions

Yes

General Education Code

TA

POLI 21 Governing the Golden State

Introduces key principles for understanding state politics in California and how power is mobilized for transformative change. Analyzes distinctive features of California's political development and culture in the governance of enduring social problems and policy dilemmas.

Credits

5

Instructor

Anjuli Verma

General Education Code

ER

Quarter offered

Fall

POLI 45 Music and Politics in Contemporary Society

Introduces music to the study of politics. Considers the fields of music and identity; music and social movements; and theories of music, art, and revolution.

Credits

5

POLI 46 Africa in Global Perspective

Explores interdisciplinary methods, theories, and practices involved in producing and reproducing knowledges about Africa and the West within global politics. Examines ideas of international relations, international political economy, development, military structures, cultural formations, and the state through the critical use of film, literature, and scholarly texts.

Credits

5

POLI 60 Comparative Politics

Introduces the study of politics through the analysis of national political systems within or across regions from the developing world to post-industrial nations. Typical topics include: authoritarian and democratic regimes; state institutions and capacity; parties and electoral systems; public policies; social movements; ethnic conflict; and globalization.

Credits

5

Instructor

Ben Read

General Education Code

CC

Quarter offered

Winter

POLI 61 Politics of Social Policy

Introduces social policy around the world. Some countries provide free and good-quality health and education, as well as a minimum income to all citizens. Others, instead, provide meager benefits to few citizens.

Credits

5

Instructor

Sara Niedzwiecki

General Education Code

CC

Quarter offered

Fall

POLI 65 Introduction to International Relations

Surveys major theories of international relations including realism, liberal institutionalism, constructivism, and newer approaches focused on problems of asymmetric warfare. Examines problems such as nuclear proliferation, international terrorism, global trade conflict, climate change, and humanitarian intervention.

Credits

5

General Education Code

CC

POLI 70 Global Politics

Can common global interest prevail against particular sovereign desires? Surveys selected contemporary issues in global politics such as wars of intervention, ethnic conflict, globalization, global environmental protection, and some of the different ways in which they are understood and explained.

Credits

5

Instructor

David Gordon

General Education Code

PE-H

Quarter offered

Winter

Cross-listed courses that are managed by another department are listed at the bottom.

Cross-listed Courses

ENVS 144 Global Climate Change Politics

Explores the central political questions surrounding global governance of climate change. Focuses on how climate change is governed within the United Nations system, and, in particular, explores issues of equity and justice in terms of how we address climate change.

Credits

5

Cross Listed Courses

POLI 179

Instructor

Sikina Jinnah

Requirements

Prerequisite(s): Environmental Studies students, previous or concurrent enrollment in courses ENVS 100 and ENVS 100L, or by permission of instructor.

Quarter offered

Fall

ENVS 153 Globalization and the Environment: Trade Complements and Conflicts

Explores the relationship between international trade and environmental protection. Centrally, we will consider the question: are trade liberalization and environment protection antithetical or conducive? We will use the theoretical literature on regime overlap to help us better consider this question.

Credits

5

Cross Listed Courses

POLI 162

Requirements

Prerequisite(s): previous or concurrent enrollment in courses ENVS 100 and ENVS 100L, or by permission of instructor.

FMST 112 Women and the Law

Interdisciplinary approach to study of law in its relation to category women and production of gender. Considers various materials including critical race theory, domestic case law and international instruments, representations of law, and writings by and on behalf of women living under different forms of legal control. Examines how law structures rights, offers protections, produces hierarchies, and sexualizes power relations in both public and intimate life.

Credits

5

Cross Listed Courses

POLI 112

Instructor

Amy Krauss

Requirements

Enrollment is restricted to feminist studies, politics, legal studies, and Latin American and Latino studies/politics combined majors during first and second pass enrollment.

Quarter offered

Fall

LGST 111B Civil Liberties

Explores the status of American civil liberties as provided by the Bill of Rights. Particular attention will be given to issues of concern relating to the aftermath of 9/11, including issues relating to detainees, freedom of information requests, wiretapping authority, watch lists, profiling, and creation of a domestic intelligence agency.

Credits

5

Cross Listed Courses

POLI 111B

Instructor

Elizabeth Beaumont

Requirements

Enrollment is restricted to legal studies and politics majors during first- and second-pass enrollment only.

Quarter offered

Fall

LGST 116 Comparative Law

Explores how countries organize their societies through legal rules. Particular attention is given to constitutional design, differences between common and civil law systems, changes brought about by the European Union, and the convergence of legal norms globally.

Credits

5

Cross Listed Courses

POLI 116

Instructor

Jacqueline Gehring

Requirements

Enrollment is restricted to legal studies and politics majors during first and second pass enrollment.

General Education Code

CC

Quarter offered

Winter, Summer

LGST 133 Law of Democracy

Explores the role of law in both enabling and constraining the actions of elected politicians in the U.S. Among issues examined are voting rights, redistricting, and campaign finance. Course asks how the law shapes and limits our ability to choose our elected leaders, and in turn, how the law is shaped by political forces.

Credits

5

Cross Listed Courses

POLI 133

Instructor

Rayn Coonerty

Requirements

Enrollment is restricted to legal studies majors during first and second pass enrollment.

Quarter offered

Winter

LGST 173 Disability, Law, & Politics

Introduction to how individuals, societies, and states answer fundamental questions about disability, including what is or is not a disability, what causes disability, and what the proper responses to the existence of disabilities are.

Credits

5

Cross Listed Courses

POLI 173

Instructor

Jacqueline Gehring

General Education Code

PE-H

Quarter offered

Spring