Every course listed here cannot be offered every year. Students should consult the most recent class schedule or inquire at the department office.
101 Modern World Governments (4) Introduction to the political systems, practices, and institutions of leading contemporary nations including Britain, France, Russia, China, and selected nations in Africa and Latin America.
104 Problems in United States Politics (4) Current policy issues in American politics (e.g., unemployment, education, crime).
199 Special Studies: [Topic] (1–5R) R when topic changes.
201 United States Politics (4) Theoretical introduction to American institutions, political doctrines, and ideology as these affect the course of politics and public policy in the United States.
203 State and Local Government (4) Compares political behavior, governmental institutions, and public policies in American states; special attention given to Oregon.
204 Introduction to Comparative Politics (4) Major concepts and approaches in the study of comparative government and politics.
205 Introduction to International Relations (4) Introduction to theoretical and methodological tools for the analysis of world politics.
208 Introduction to the Tradition of Political Theory (4) Selected issues in political theory such as political obligation, rationality, diversity, and relativism. Covers contemporary and classical theories.
225 Political Ideologies (4) Origins, functions, and political implications of several ideologies such as liberalism, fascism, communism, feminism, environmentalism, and nationalism.
230 Introduction to Urban Politics (4) Conflict in cities; power structures; protest movements and political participation; urban political institutions; critiques of urban politics; black politics.
260 Public Policy and Democracy (4) Explores how American political ideals, interests, institutions, and history shape public policy, focusing on issues such as education, immigration, welfare, and civil liberties.
275 Legal Process (4) Overview of the United States legal system. Covers a range of sociolegal writing and provides a context for the legal system under which the U.S. operates.
297 Introduction to Environmental Politics (4) United States environmental policy and alternative environmental political futures.
301 Art and the State (4) Comparative analysis of issues raised by state intervention in production and distribution of art: censorship, artistic freedom, ideological domination, regulation of artistic marketplace, cultural imperialism. Prereq: PS 201 or 204.
308 United States Political Thought (4) Development of United States political thought from the Revolution through the 20th century. Includes writings of Jefferson, Paine, Madison, Tocqueville.
321 Introduction to Political Economy (4) Systematic comparison of markets and political processes and their outcomes.
324 European Politics (4) Overview of the formation and current dynamics of national politics in Western Europe. Prereq: PS 204.
326 United States Foreign Policy I (4) Basic concepts underlying the formulation and implementation of United States foreign policy; relationships between American society and foreign policy; the relationship of the U.S. to its international environment. Prereq: PS 205.
337 The Politics of Development (4) Presents alternative perspectives on key north-south issues: trade, aid, foreign investment, debt, and the environment. Includes such institutions as the International Monetary Fund, World Bank, and World Trade Organization. Prereq: PS 204.
340 International Political Economy (4) Links between economics and politics in the international system. Basic concepts include power, dependence, inequality, imperialism, and development. EC 201, 202, and PS 205 recommended preparation. Prereq: PS 205.
342 Politics of China (4) Survey of the politics of the People’s Republic of China. Emphasis on political sociology and group conflict: elites, ideology, social change, and organization.
345 Southeast Asian Politics (4) Surveys major themes in contemporary Southeast Asian politics, including nation-state building, economic development, authoritarianism and democracy, and religious and ethnic politics. Pre- or coreq: Any lower-division core political science course.
346 Terrorism and Weapons Proliferation (4) Examines causes and control of terrorism, especially preventing terrorist use of weapons of mass destruction; theories and policies of nonproliferation and arms control.
347 Political Power, Influence, and Control (4) Survey of the use of the concept of power in the social sciences, stressing diverse theoretical perspectives and empirical studies of political institutions.
348 Women and Politics (4) Examines the political role of women and questions of equality in the U.S. from historical and contemporary perspectives. Topics may include voting, welfare, reproductive rights, and representation. Prereq: PS 201.
349 Mass Media and American Politics (4) The role of the mass media in contemporary American politics; the effect of the media on such institutions as political parties, elections, and the presidency. Prereq: one from PS 201, 203, 260.
350 Politics and Film (4) Examines the political relevance of films and their role as a medium for illustrating, defending, and challenging political ideas.
352 Political Parties and Elections (4) Overview of current developments in political parties and interest groups in the United States.
355 Oregon Government and Politics (4) Current political issues in Oregon with particular attention to political races and ballot measures before the Oregon electorate as well as the state’s major political institutions.
375 Race, Politics, and the Law (4) Examines the development and transformation of race-based domination and resistance in the United States by examining the intersection of policy and law.
377 Gods and Governments (4) Examines the politics of religion in a contemporary global context.
378 Games in Politics (4) Politics viewed as strategic interactions among politicians, voters, and countries; focuses on how to model these interactions using tools of game theory.
379 United States Political Culture (4) Introduces some of the key themes in U.S. political culture, including religion, liberalism, democracy, race, gender, and empire.
386 United States Social Movements and Political Change (4) Causes and consequences of American social movements. Considers theoretical perspectives. Topics may include agrarian populism, labor movement, civil rights movement, the women’s movement, and identity politics.
388 Mafia and Corruption in Russia (4) Focuses on the Mafia, corruption, and organized crime as integral parts of Russia’s transition to democracy, and their relationships with the state.
389 Direct Democracy (4) Explores the way issues such as affirmative action, same-sex marriage, and immigration have been debated through ballot initiatives; utilizes simulated campaign exercises.
399 Special Studies: [Topic] (1–5R) R when topic changes.
401 Research: [Topic] (1–15R)
403 Thesis (1–12R)
405 Reading and Conference: [Topic] (1–15R)
406 Field Studies: [Topic] (1–5R) R for maximum of 10 credits.
407/507 Seminar: [Topic] (1–4R) Offerings vary from year to year, depending on student needs and faculty interests. R when topic changes.
408/508 Workshop: [Topic] (1–21R)
409 Practicum: [Topic] (1–3R)
410/510 Experimental Course: [Topic] (1–4R) Offerings vary from year to year, depending on student needs and faculty interests. R when topic changes.
411 Honors Thesis Prospectus (1) Prepares students for writing the senior honors thesis in political science. Provides guidance in framing a suitable topic, conducting preliminary research, and writing a prospectus. Major with honors standing required.
420/520 International Organization (4) Studies the efforts by states to cooperate, to avoid, or to resolve conflict in the realms of security, trade, human rights, and the environment. Prereq: PS 205.
430/530 Political Theory: Ancient and Medieval (4) Greek, Roman, and medieval political thought covering Socrates, Plato, Aristotle, Cicero, Augustine, and Aquinas.
431/531 Political Theory: Renaissance, Reformation, and Early Modern (4) Development of political theory. Primary figures are Machiavelli, Hobbes, Locke, and Rousseau.
432/532 Political Theory: Modern and Contemporary (4) Political theory during the 19th and 20th centuries including utilitarianism and radical, revolutionary, and liberal democratic traditions.
433/533 Marxism and Radical Thought (4) Surveys utopian socialist thought, anarchism, Marxism, and Leninism. Central themes include the nature of radical theory, the role of the state, human nature and the new society.
440/540 Causes and Prevention of War (4) Surveys theories of causes of war; focuses on major theories of prevention; case studies from World War I, World War II, and other wars. Prereq: PS 205.
445/545 Methods for Politics and Policy Analysis I (4) Introduction to quantitative analysis, concepts and methods of empirical research, applied statistical data analysis in political science. Methods include descriptive statistics, bivariate correlation, and regression techniques.
446/546 Methods for Politics and Policy Analysis II (4) Survey of multivariate model building for political analysis. Multiple regression, discrete-variable techniques, recursive systems, and cross-level analysis. Application of these techniques to concrete political problems. Prereq: PS 445/545.
449/549 Racial Politics in the United States (4) Considers how race has interacted with political development in the U.S., from the New Deal to the present.
455/555 Theories of International Politics (4) Competing theories of international relations and strategies for testing the theories. Prereq: PS 205.
458/558 Feminist Political Theories (4) Examines the relationship between feminism, gender, and the state. Offered alternate years.
460/560 Political Economy of East Asia (4)Examines the political economy of East Asia, with a focus on states, markets, and social classes during economic transformation. Offered alternate years.
463/563 Government and Politics of Latin America (4) Historical and contemporary social, political, and economic developments in Latin America; causes and consequences of revolutions, democratization, market-oriented policies; regional trends with examples from Mexico, Guatemala, Argentina, Chile, and Peru.
467/567 The United States Presidency (4) An ambivalent view of the presidency as the key institution in the United States political system: source of great good but also of great harm.
468/568 Congress (4) Study of Congress as an institution: congressional elections, the committee system, and the internal distribution of influence; relations with the president and the Supreme Court. Prereq: PS 201 or 260.
470/570 Constitutional Law (4) Surveys how the U.S. Constitution works as a structure for government. Addresses how the federal courts interact within the U.S. system of government. Prereq: one from PS 201, 260, 275.
471/571 Intergenerational Justice (4) Examines the ethical and legal obligations that exist between earlier and later generations within a political society.
472/572 Matters of Life and Death (4) Examines the right to life from political, legal, and philosophical perspectives. Considers abortion, capital punishment, assisted suicide, just-war theory, and animal rights.
475/575 Politics of the European Union (4) Surveys the historical development and current workings of the European Union’s major institutions and policies. Prereq: PS 204. Offered alternate years.
477/577 International Environmental Politics (4) How nations solve international environmental problems. Explores major problems, processes, and current debates. Evaluates existing treaties through case studies. Prereq: ENVS 201 or PS 205.
479/579 United States Interventions in Developing Nations (4) Examines theories of intervention: security, economic imperialism, humanitarian intervention, spreading democracy, domestic politics; over thirty-seven U.S. interventions since 1898 are surveyed.
480 Introduction to Rational Choice (4) Introduces the paradigm of rational choice and game theory that is of special significance to politics.
484/584 United States Supreme Court (4) The Supreme Court as a political body; the judicial role in the context of the economic, political, social, and psychological factors that influence the court’s decisions. Prereq: one from PS 201, 260, 275.
485/585 Civil Rights and Civil Liberties (4) Overview of the role of rights in the United States legal system. Particular emphasis on the role of freedom and equality in a federal system. Prereq: one from PS 201, 260, 275.
491 Politics of Everyday Life (4) Examines how we try to influence each other’s behaviors in the course of everyday life. Readings from several disciplines.
495/595 United States Political Economy (4) Examines United States political-economic institutions from a comparative and historical perspective. Topics include rise and fall of mass production, labor and the law, and regional development. Berk. 503 Thesis (1–16R)
601 Research: [Topic] (1–16R)
602 Supervised College Teaching (1–5R)
603 Dissertation (1–16R)
605 Reading and Conference: [Topic] (1–16R)
606 Field Studies: [Topic] (1–16R)
607 Seminar: [Topic] (1–5R)
608 Workshop: [Topic] (1–16R)
609 Practicum: [Topic] (1–4R)
610 Experimental Course: [Topic] (1–5R)
612 Qualitative Methods (5) Survey of rationales for qualitative methods in the social sciences and the main conceptual and practical issues raised in qualitative research. Offered alternate years.
620 State of the Discipline (5) Introduction to trends in the political science profession and to the faculty at the University of Oregon.
621 United States Politics (5) Not offered 2013–14.
622 Political Theory (5) Survey of major works in the field of classical and contemporary political theory.
624 International Relations (5) Survey of major works in the field of international relations.
625 Public Policy (5) Survey of major works in the field of public policy.
627 Formal Theory and Methodology (5) Reviews basic formal theory as developed in political science since 1957.