Course Description

Political Science

POLS 434 Washington D.C: The Press and the Presidency (3)

Williams, M.

CRN 19    Limit 25

This course is an intensive two-week seminar in Washington, D.C. It will provide an exciting insider's view of federal politics and decision-making as seen through an extensive evaluation of the U.S. Press and the U.S. Presidency. Students will meet on a daily basis, usually from 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM. In addition to regular class meetings, students will participate in briefings, tours, and site visits that will offer unique opportunities to discuss politics with members of Congress, administration officials, embassy officials, journalists, lobbyists, politicians, and academics. Note: Enrollment is open to all upper-division students, but is by permission only. Please contact Professor Gary Gray or Dr. Vidya Nadkarni in the Department of Political Science and International Relations.

POLS 444 War Powers and the American Constitution (3)

Dominguez, C.

CRN 18                Limit 30
M-Th (& Fri 1/6)   9 - 12:15 p.m.     KIPJ-215

In this course, students will examine primary source documents from throughout American history to better understand the balance of war powers between the Congress and the president, and the ways in which that balance has changed over time.


POLS 594 Public Diplomacy (3)

Hooper, R.

CRN 31                       Limit 20
M-TH (& Fri. 1/6)         4:30 -7:20 p.m.          KIPJ-253

This course examines the history, practices, theories, institutions and contemporary challenges of public diplomacy, encompassing communication strategies by the government and citizens of a nation with foreign publics to inform and influence. We will study the evolving roles of American embassies and the State Department, educational and cultural exchanges, international broadcasting and other public diplomacy stakeholders in government and civil society. In today's information-driven world, the trend is a shift from viewing public diplomacy narrowly as statecraft to an evolving "global conversation" with a multi-stakeholder approach. We will examine the public diplomacy strategies of the United States and other nations, regions and non-state actors, including NGOs, international media, corporations, religious groups, transnational diasporas and violent non-state actors (insurgencies, cartels and terrorist organizations).


POLS 596 Anti-Corruption Law, Polices and Practice (1.5)

Rodriguez, O.

CRN 113                          Limit 18
(Jan-13, 14, 20, 21, 27)    9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.     KIPJ-253

The course will focus in analyzing global anti-corruption legislation, policies and practice at the national and international level and in the public and private sector. The course starts with a brief discussion of definitions and theories on corruption and anti-corruption. After that, the course will touch three specific areas: national and international anti-corruption legal frameworks; national and international anti-corruption policies and enforcement; and finally anti-corruption strategies and practices in the private sector. This course is designed so students with focus in Law, International Relations and Political Science and Business and Administration can have an interdisciplinary approach to anti-corruption, gauging a general understanding of the law, the policies and the practices both in at the public and the private sector.

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