Course Catalog

CONTEMPORARY POLITICAL THOUGHT (PO3004)

Type: 
Regular

The course provides a perspective on major currents of recent political thought in the context of the economy. It considers the spectrum of thinking from libertarianism through classical and progressive liberalism, focusing on distinctions between economic and political liberty, social justice, and democratic citizenship. The course considers lastly contemporary concerns with international distributive justice.

COMPARATIVE POLITICAL COMMUNICATION (PO3011)

Type: 
Regular

This course provides an overview of political communication theories, modes, means and institutions and serves as an introduction to how communication scholars study politics and the media. We will cover prevalent political communication theories and trends, the relationship between political institutions and the press both in the US and in other countries, elections, debates, political campaigning and advertising, new media and politics, political socialization, education, politics and popular culture.

COSMOPOLITANISM & ITS CRITICS (PO3021)

Type: 
GE115

The course discusses the pertinence or not of cosmopolitan thought to analysis of world politics. Born from a moral dis-course pitched against the power politics of empire (Greek stoicism), cosmopolitanism is today defined by a moral and legal culture of human rights and an ethical and political culture of global values and/or goods. Contemporary proponents and critics of cosmopolitanism are analyzed in this context.

POLITICS OF HUMAN RIGHTS (PO3024)

Type: 
Regular

Examines the work of international organizations, public and private, that are engaged in exposing the violation of human rights throughout the world, as well as the international agreements that have been concluded and the results of these agreements.

INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS IN ASIA (PO3029)

Type: 
Regular

This seminar is designed to introduce students to modern Southeast Asian politics, particularly the historical foundations for current events. Students will explore the complexities of the continental and island states of this region with emphasis on the legacy of colonialism and war, ASEAN, the burgeoning regional economy, terrorism and democratic governance.

INTERNAT'L POLITICS OF THE ENVIRONMENT (PO3033)

Type: 
Regular

Examines concerns about interaction between environmental degradation and developmental aspirations that have recently been placed on political agendas around the world. Examines how and to what extent the international system imposes constraints on and presents opportunities for nation-states as they attempt to achieve sustainable development.

WATERS OF THE GLOBE (PO3035)

Type: 
Regular

This course examines the role of marine environments and fresh waters from the perspective of international security, conflict and cooperation, international law, economics, and environmental safety and culture. Topics include water scarcity, access to sanitation and health, water and gender, capacity-building, financing, valuation, integrated water resources management, trans-boundary water issues, environment and biodiversity, and disaster prevention.

MULTI-DISCIPLINARY PERSPECT ON POLIT'L ECON (PO3037)

Type: 
Regular

As the bridge-course for the major in Philosophy, Politics and Economics, this team-taught course offers a multidisciplinary perspective on key questions of political economy. First presenting the similarities and differences between philosophical, political and economic approaches to political and economic rationality, the course offers varied analyses of representation and government, the commons, security, inequality and debt. The overall purpose of the course is to engage students, at various levels of theoretical abstraction and empirical precision, with the fundamental issues lying between ethics, politics, and economics.

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