World Politics


PP400: World Politics (Kugler)
This core seminar is designed to provide a broad survey of competing perspectives on international relations. It will evaluate and contrast major approaches to international politics in decision making, confrontation, deterrence, and political economy. The advantages and disadvantages of various perspectives are addressed. Problems associated with studying behavior from multiple levels of analysis (e.g., individual, group, and nation-state, systemic) are stressed.

PP403: Political Risk Analysis (Staff)
Political risk refers to the type and intensity of political hazard that the presence or operation of a government, organization or firm in a foreign country or region may sustain in pursuit of its goals. Students will perform an in-depth analysis of a complex situation. The resulting product should serve as a central element of the student's portfolio in a non-academic job search. (PP471 is recommended prior to taking PP403)

PP404: Political Geography (Staff)
This seminar explores the effects of geography upon politics and of politics upon geography. Using the techniques and understanding imported by the study of geography--physical and human--this course seeks to illuminate the relationship between politics and the physical environment amongst which politics is carried on.

PP405: International Law (Staff)
This course examines the development, major approaches, methods and substantive issues of international law.

PP407: International Organization (Staff)
In an anarchic world of sovereign states, how can nations come together and cooperate in issue areas of common interest? The course draws on structural theories, cognitive theories, game theoretic approaches, functional theories, and theories of bargaining and negotiation which address the dilemma of international cooperation.

PP408: Seminar in World Politics (Kugler)
This seminar is designed to be a capstone for students interested in World Politics. It is assumed that students are familiar with major approaches to the field and have a working knowledge of methods and models used in the field. Students will produce a completed paper sufficiently advanced to be considered for submission to a professional journal or provide an outline that could be used as the core of a thesis or dissertation.

PP409: Special Topics in World Politics (Staff)

SPE410: Foundations of Political Economy (Borcherding)

PP411: Advanced International Political Economy (Staff)
This course offers an introduction to major theories and topics in international political economy for graduate students. It is intended to help graduate students begin to think about how to contribute to the current research frontier in IPE. Readings in the seminar will be a sample of both classics and recent articles on a number of topics across the spectrum of IPE. (PP481 and 482 required prerequisite).

PP412: Political Economics of International Integration (Staff)
This course systematically discusses the political and economic mechanisms of regional and international integration. Such mechanisms include international trade, capital flows, labor migration, domestic political transformation, and international organization, among others. The class consists of a series of lectures on political and economic theories as well as case studies.

PP413: Political Economy and Corporate Policy (Staff)

PP417: International Transactions & Integration (Staff)

PP418: Seminar in International Political Economy (Staff)
(PP481 and 482 required prerequisite)

PP419: Special Topics in International Political Economy (Staff)

PP420: Foreign & Defense Policy (Staff)
This seminar straddles the sub-fields of defense and foreign policy, world politics and international political economy. The course and readings are organized along three policy "dimensions:" Strategy, Force Structure and Economy which are set against challenges from the systemic environment.

PP421: American Foreign Policy (Staff)
This course examines the U.S. policies of the cold war, massive retaliation, nuclear arms, flexible response, the issues of the Cuban missile crisis, Realpolitik, détente, human rights, the shift from idealism to ideology under Reagan, north-south issues, and other contemporary foreign-policy problems.

PP422: Foreign Policy in Other Regions (Staff)

PP426: Diplomacy and Military Power (Staff)

PP430: Perspective on Conflict and Peace (Kugler)
This class will review current theories of international and domestic conflict including proposals that lead to their resolution. In the first half of the class students will cover alternate perspectives for the initiation, escalation, diffusion and settlement of conflicts. In the second half the discussion will center on papers that propose extensions or new innovative approaches to the field. This course assumes familiarity with basic approaches to the field.

PP438: Seminar in Foreign & Defense Policy (Staff)
This course introduces the student to the elements of defense policy - the political objectives which military force will be used to support - that confront great and small powers alike. The general focus is on the problems of reconciling strategic, doctrinal, and force-structuring imperatives with domestic political and budgetary constraints.

PP439: Special Topics in Foreign & Defense Policy (Staff)


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