Courses in Political Science

PSC 207. Europe in the 20th Century. An introduction to the main political, social, economic and intellectual developments in twentieth-century Europe. The major themes of the course include the experience of the two world wars; the development of fascist and communist regimes under Lenin and Stalin, Mussolini, and Hitler; the weakness of the western democracies after World War I; the Holocaust; the Cold War; the Communist Bloc; the end to colonialism; the European Union; the development of the welfare state, and the new nationalism.  Fulfills general education requirement: Writing Process. Liberal Studies Area 1 (History). Prerequisite: Sophomore standing or permission of instructor. 3 credits. [This course is cross-listed with HIS 207]

PSC 210. Comparative Politics. This is an introduction to the study of comparative politics: the comparison of political systems in order to understand how and why these systems function differently. The course is built around three fundamental questions: What is comparative politics? What kinds of phenomena do we compare? What are the major theoretical approaches that guide our studies? We also examine distinctions between the "developing" and the "developed" worlds, and between authoritarian and democratic political regimes.  Prerequisites: Sophomore standing or permission of the instructor. 3 credits.

PSC 313. Contemporary Global Security. This course will examine contemporary conflict and the use of force in world politics. It introduces two schools of thought (security studies and strategic studies) and examines theories and concepts used to understand contemporary global security.  Fulfills general education requirement: Writing Process. Prerequisite: Sophomore standing or permission of the instructor. 3 credits.