Political Science

  • 21A.245J / 17.045J Power: Interpersonal, Organizational and Global Dimensions, Fall 2005
    Using examples from anthropology and sociology alongside classical and contemporary social theory, t
  • 21F.084J / 21A.224J / 17.55 Introduction to Latin American Studies, Fall 2005
    This course is designed as an introduction to Latin American politics and society for undergraduates
  • 17.000J / 24.611J Political Philosophy: Global Justice, Spring 2003
    This course explores the foundations and content of norms of justice that apply beyond the borders o
  • 17.01J / 24.04J Justice, Spring 2006
    This course explores three fundamental questions about the ideal of a just society and the place of
  • 17.037 / 17.038 American Political Thought, Spring 2004
    This course surveys American political thought from the colonial era to the present. Required readin
  • 17.03 Introduction to Political Thought, Spring 2004
    This course examines major texts in the history of political thought and the questions they raise ab
  • 17.042 Citizenship and Pluralism, Fall 2003
    This course will serve as both an introduction to contemporary political philosophy and a way to exp
  • 17.148 Political Economy of Globalization, Spring 2006
    This is a graduate seminar for students who already have some familiarity with issues in political e
  • 17.158 Political Economy of Western Europe, Spring 2003
    Examines role of European states in postwar period of rapid economic growth and current crisis. Incl
  • 17.181 / 17.182 Sustainable Development: Theory, Research and Policy, Spring 2006
    This course examines alternative conceptions and theoretical underpinnings of the notion of \”sustai
  • 17.196 / 17.195 Globalization, Fall 2005
    This seminar explores changes in the international economy and their effects on domestic politics, e
  • 17.199J / 21F.098J Working in a Global Economy, Fall 2005
    The course introduces the main debates about the \”new\” global economy and their implications for p
  • 17.20 Introduction to the American Political Process, Spring 2004
    This class introduces students to innovative as well as classic approaches to studying U.S. governme
  • 17.245 The Supreme Court, Civil Liberties, and Civil Rights, Spring 2006
    This course introduces students to the work of the Supreme Court and to the main outlines of America
  • 17.251 Congress and the American Political System I, Fall 2004
    This course focuses on both the internal processes of the House and Senate and on the place of Congr
  • 17.261 / 17.262 Congress and the American Political System II, Fall 2005
    This course analyzes the development of the United States Congress by focusing on the competing theo
  • 17.315 Comparative Health Policy, Fall 2004
    This course examines in comparative prospective the health care policy problems facing the United St
  • 17.317 U.S. Social Policy, Spring 2006
    This subject examines the historical development and contemporary politics of social policy in the U
  • 17.32 Environmental Politics and Policy, Spring 2003
    \”Environmental Politics & Policy\” explores the workings of environmental policymaking in the U
  • 17.405 / 17.406 Seminar on Politics and Conflict in the Middle East, Fall 2003
    This course focuses on evolution of contemporary politics and economics. The subject is divided
  • 17.407 / 17.408 Chinese Foreign Policy, Fall 2005
    This lecture course provides students with a comprehensive introduction to the international relatio
  • 17.40 American Foreign Policy: Past, Present, and Future, Fall 2004
    The mission for this course is to explain and evaluate past and present United States policies.
  • 17.410 / 17.411 Globalization, Migration, and International Relations, Spring 2006
    Tracing the evolution of international interactions, this course examines the dimensions of globaliz
  • 17.418 Field Seminar in International Relations Theory, Fall 2005
    This seminar provides an overview of the field of international relations. Each week, a different ap
  • 17.420 Advances in International Relations Theory, Spring 2003
    This course offers a critical analysis of contending theories of international relations. Focus
  • 17.422 Field Seminar in International Political Economy, Fall 2003
    This field seminar in international political economy covers major theoretical, empirical, and polic
  • 17.428 American Foreign Policy: Theory and Method, Fall 2004
    This course examines the causes and consequences of American foreign policy since 1898. Course readi
  • 17.42 Causes and Prevention of War, Spring 2005
    The causes and prevention of interstate war are the central topics of this course. The course goal i
  • 17.432 Causes of War: Theory and Method, Fall 2003
    This course explores the causes of modern war with a focus on preventable causes. Course readings co
  • 17.433 / 17.434 International Relations of East Asia, Spring 2005
    The aim of this lecture course is to introduce and analyze the international relations of East Asia.
  • 17.436 Territorial Conflict, Fall 2004
    This graduate seminar introduces an emerging research program within International Relations on terr
  • 17.460 Defense Politics, Spring 2006
    This course focuses on the institutional relationships that affect the raising, maintenance and use
  • 17.462 Innovation in Military Organizations, Spring 2001
    Innovations have frequently determined the course of wars. This seminar has three purposes. One, it
  • 17.466 Organization Theory and the Military, Spring 2003
    This course explores organizational concepts and research methods that explain the performance and d
  • 17.471 American National Security Policy, Fall 2002
    This course examines the problems and issues confronting American national security policymakers and
  • 17.484 Comparative Grand Strategy and Military Doctrine, Fall 2004
    This course will conduct a comparative study of the grand strategies of the great powers (Britain, F
  • 17.504 Ethnic Politics I, Fall 2003
    This course is designed to provide students with a broad overview of the major theories on the relat
  • 17.508 The Rise and Fall of Democracy/ Regime Change, Spring 2002
    Coups, civil wars, revolutions, and peaceful transitions are the \”real stuff\” of political science
  • 17.509 Social Movements in Comparative Perspective, Spring 2005
    This course seeks to provide students with a general understanding of the form of collective action
  • 17.50 Introduction to Comparative Politics, Spring 2006
    This class first offers some basic analytical frameworks – culture, social structure, and institutio
  • 17.523 Ethnicity and Race in World Politics, Fall 2005
    Discerning the ethnic and racial dimensions of politics is considered by some indispensable to under
  • 17.524 Nationalism, Fall 2004
    This course provides a broad overview of the theories of and approaches to the study of nationalist
  • 17.537 / 17.538 Politics and Policy in Contemporary Japan, Spring 2003
    This subject is designed for upper level undergraduates and graduate students as an introduction to
  • 17.53 Democratization in Asia, Africa, and Latin America, Fall 2001
    Recent years have seen an astonishing spread of democracy to many African, Asian, and Latin American
  • 17.544 Comparative Politics and China, Fall 2002
    This graduate seminar has two main goals: to explore the main theoretical and methodological approac
  • 17.547 Government and Politics of China, Fall 2002
    This course analyzes contemporary Chinese politics, both pre-Communist and Communist. It focuses on
  • 17.552 / 17.551 Political Economy of Chinese Reform, Spring 2003
    This course focuses on China\’s transition from plan to market. What has the trajectory of instituti
  • 17.554 Political Economy of Latin America, Fall 2002
    This class explores the politics of economic reform in Latin America. Topics addressed include: Depe
  • 17.556 Political Economy of Development, Spring 2003
    This course examines theoretical and empirical approaches to understanding the process of late devel
  • 17.559 / 17.560 Comparative Security and Sustainability, Fall 2004
    This course focuses on the complexities associated with security and sustainability of states in int
  • 17.57J / 21H.467J Soviet Politics and Society, 1917-1991, Spring 2003
    At its greatest extent the former Soviet Union encompassed a geographical area that covered one-sixt
  • 17.582 Civil War, Spring 2005
    This course surveys the social science literature on civil war. It studies the origins of civil war,
  • 17.584 Civil-Military Relations, Spring 2003
    This course centers on mechanisms of civilian control of the military. Relying on the influential te
  • 17.869 Political Science Scope and Methods, Fall 2003
    This course is designed to provide an introduction to a variety of empirical research methods used b
  • 17.871 Political Science Laboratory, Spring 2004
    This course introduces students to the conduct of political research using quantitative methodologie
  • 17.872 Quantitative Research in Political Science and Public Policy, Spring 2004
    This course provides students with a rigorous introduction to Statistics for Political Science. Topi
  • 17.874 Quantitative Research Methods: Multivariate, Spring 2004
    This course is the second semester in the statistics sequence for political science and public polic
  • 17.878 Qualitative Research: Design and Methods, Spring 2005
    This seminar explores the development and application of qualitative research designs and methods in
  • 17.881 / 17.882 Game Theory and Political Theory, Fall 2004
    Increasingly, political scientists are using game theory to analyze strategic interactions across ma
  • 17.884J / 14.296J Collective Choice I, Fall 2005
    This is an applied theory course covering topics in the political economy of democratic countries. T
  • 17.905 Forms of Political Participation: Old and New, Spring 2005
    How and why do we participate in public life? How do we get drawn into community and political affai
  • 17.908 Reading Seminar in Social Science: Intelligence and National Security, Fall 2005
    This course will examine the origins, structure and functions of the U.S. Intelligence Community and
  • 17.914 International Politics in the New Century – via Simulation, Interactive Gaming, and ‘Edutainment’, January (IAP) 2005
    This workshop is designed to introduce students to different perspectives on politics and the state
  • 17.918 New Global Agenda: Exploring 21st Century Challenges through Innovations in Information Technologies, January (IAP) 2006
    This workshop is designed to introduce students to different perspectives on international politics
  • 17.950 Understanding Modern Military Operations, Spring 2005
    A proper understanding of modern military operations requires a prior understanding of both the mate
  • 17.951 Special Graduate Topic in Political Science: Political Behavior, Fall 2005
    This graduate seminar provides an examination of mass and elite political behavior in the United Sta
  • 17.951 Intelligence: Practice, Problems and Prospects, Spring 2005
    This course will explore the organization and functions of the U.S. Intelligence Community, its inte
  • 17.951 Special Graduate Topic in Political Science: Public Opinion, Spring 2004
    This course provides an introduction to the vast literature devoted to public opinion. In the next 1
  • 17.952 Great Power Military Intervention, Spring 2004
    The purpose of this seminar is to examine systematically, and comparatively, great and middle power
  • 17.953 U.S. Military Budget and Force Planning, Fall 2004
    The United States is spending about $400 billion this year on national defense, some $40 billion on
  • 17.955 Civil Society, Social Capital, and the State in Comparative Perspective, Fall 2004
    In recent years both scholars and policymakers have expressed a remarkable amount of interest in the
  • 17.959 Organizational Analysis, Fall 2005
    This reading course seeks to provide students with frameworks for understanding organizational behav
  • 17.960 Foundations of Political Science, Fall 2004
    This subject, required of all first-year PhD students in political science, introduces fundamental i
  • 17.960 Foundations of Political Science, Spring 2005
    This course continues from the fall semester. The course introduces students to the fundamental theo
  • 17.THT Thesis Research Design Seminar, Fall 2004
    This seminar is for students who plan to write a senior thesis in Political Science, and is required