Course Descriptions

Political Science

POLS 320 War Powers in the American Constitutional System (3)

Casey Dominguez

caseydominguez@sandiego.edu

CRN 31 Limit 35
6-week Mid Session (6/26 – 8/4)
MW    
9 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.                
KIPJ-215

This course focuses on the war powers that the Constitution grants to the Congress and the president. Particular attention will be paid to the ways in which that balance has evolved over time from the founding to the present day.  Note: Course will be canceled if there are fewer than six (6) paid students enrolled by Monday, June 12.

POLS 379/579 International Political Boundaries and Border Policies (3)

Vidya Nadkarni
CRN  32 (379) Limit 15
CRN  278 (579) Limit 10
3-week Post Session (8/7 – 8/25)
M-Th              
1 – 4:15 p.m.              
KIPJ-253
                                       
This course provides an examination of the theoretical and empirical literature on international boundary dynamics and border policies related to diplomacy, migration, trade, economic development, crime, and terrorism. This course may also consider boundary negotiations over contested interstate borders.  Note: Course will be canceled if there are fewer than six (6) paid students enrolled by Monday, June 24.

POLS 435 Washington, D.C.: Directed Study in Political Science (3)

Leeann Otto

lotto@sandiego.edu

CRN 34 Limit 15
12-week Session (6/5 - 8/25)

This course requires students to complete a research paper while interning in Washington, D.C. The paper addresses an issue in political science that relates to the internship experience. The directed study must be approved by the Department of Political Science and
International Relations.

POLS 436 Washington, D.C.: Internship in Political Science (6)

Leeann Otto

lotto@sandiego.edu

CRN 35 Limit 15
12-week Session (6/5 - 8/25)

Students work 35-40 hours a week in Washington, D.C. at an internship related to political science. The internship must be approved by the Department of Political Science and International Relations.

POLS 437 Washington, D.C.: Class in Political Science (3)

Leeann Otto

lotto@sandiego.edu

CRN 36 Limit 15
12-week Session (6/5 - 8/25)

This political science course is taken in Washington, D.C. during the internship. The course must be approved by the Department of Political science and International Relations.

POLS 485 Washington, D.C.: Directed Study in International Relations (3)

Leeann Otto

lotto@sandiego.edu

CRN 37 Limit 15
12-week Session (6/5 - 8/25)

This course requires students to complete a research paper while interning in Washington, D.C. The paper address an issue in international relations that relates to the internship experience. The directed study must be approved by the Department of Political Science and International Relations.

POLS 486 Washington, D.C.: Internship in International Realtions (3)

Leeann Otto

lotto@sandiego.edu

CRN 38 Limit 15
12-week Session (6/5 - 8/25)

Students work 35-40 hours a week in Washington, D.C., at an internship related to international relations. The internship must be approved by the Department of Political Science and International Relations. Students receive 6 units of credit, of which 3 units may apply toward the major.

POLS 487 Washington, D.C.: Class in International Relations (3)

Leeann Otto

lotto@sandiego.edu

CRN 39 Limit 15
12-week Session (6/5 - 8/25)

This international relations course is taken in Washington, D.C. during the internship. The course must be approved by the Department of Political Science and International Relations. 

POLS 494-01 Latin American Politics and Film (3)

Emily Edmonds-Poli

edmonds@sandiego.edu

CRN 33 Limit 35
3-week Pre Sessions (6/5 – 6/23)
M-Th
9 – 12:15 p.m.
KIPJ-219

The purpose of this course is to examine how important political issues in Latin America are treated in film. We will seek to understand how films (both U.S. and Latin American) reflect popular opinion and understanding of specific political events and issues. Topics covered include: revolutions in Cuba and Central America, military authoritarianism in South America and urban violence (Brazil and Mexico). Students will acquire the ability to critique films in the context of Latin American politics. Note: Course will be canceled if there are fewer than six (6) paid students enrolled by Monday, May 15.

POLS 594 Conflict, Counterterroism and Peace Building (3)

Robert Hooper

rhooper@sandiego.edu 

CRN 273 Limit 10
3-week Pre Session (6/5 - 6/23) 
M-Th
4 - 7:15 p.m.
KIPJ-253

This course examines violent extremism and acts of terrorism as strategies designed to recruit and inspire susceptible people to commit violence. Expanding global Internet technologies and media infrastructures enable terrorism, including seemingly irrational acts of violence that lack any strategic objective, to play out as engagement strategies framed for specific target audiences. Violent political conflict, and terrorism in particular, increasingly is being waged on the Internet, 24-hour satellite and cable television news services and the front page of daily newspapers throughout the world. A goal of this course is to provide students with the knowledge and skills to use mass media as a critical strategy in reducing violence and channeling conflict from the terrorist cell and battlefield to the political process. In-depth case studies of terrorism, insurgency and related violence around the world, theoretical approaches to peace building pradigms in nations and regions threatened by violence, models of preventive diplomacy, and the potential of media to address contemporary as well as traditional cultural and religious appraches to the peace process, will serve as the principle foci of this course. Note: Course will be canceled if there are fewer than six (6) paid students enrolled by Monday, May 15.