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Minor in Government & Politics

Minor in Government & Politics

US Credits

UK Credits

TWO of the following: 6 24
  • PLT 3102 Government, State, Politics

    This course examines the political experience, institutions, behavior and processes within major political systems that operate in today鈥檚 world. Within the course we analyses major concepts including power, legitimacy, society, and sovereignty and take into account approaches and methods of political science. As a result, we are able to produce comparative analyses of different states and governments and provide a critical understanding of political decision-making processes and the continuing transformation of the modern state.

3 12
  • PLT 4102 Rich World, Poor World

    Provides students with an introduction to development studies, seeking to explain both the existence of and persistence of a Poor World from a political, sociological, historical and economic perspective. The course addresses numerous issues as they affect the Poor World, and studies relations both within and between Poor World and Rich World. Topics include colonialism and post-colonialism, processes of industrialization, food security, inequality, ethnicity and nationalism, aid, democratization, and conflict, as well as an introduction to theories of development.

3 12
plus FOUR of the following: Minimum of 12 Minimum of 24
  • INR 5102 Global Development Politics

    Examines the global politics of development and of developing states. The course will consider development theory, strategies and methods, and provide an overview of global development politics in practice though a range of case studies. Contemporary development debates are addressed, particularly issues of gender and development, and the impact of the changing global division of labour on developing states.

3 12
  • PLT 5102 Democracy and its Enemies

    This course analyses the rise of democracy as an idea and as a practice using both theoretical and historical approaches, and processes of democratization in both theoretical and empirical terms. The course aims to provide an introduction to the central models of democracy (namely classical democracy, republicanism, liberal democracy, deliberative democracy and cosmopolitan democracy). Students are then enabled to analyse problems associated with the practice of liberal democracy, namely political engagement, the advent of post-democracy and the rise of populism. Finally, the course examines the practices of democracy and experiences with democratization in Europe, Latin America, Africa, Asia, and the Middle East.

3 12
  • PLT 5103 Politics of Environmentalism

    Examines the political, economic, ideological, and social dilemmas associated with environmental issues. The first section of the course addresses the historical roots of environmentalism, its key concepts, and a range of key thinkers and paradigms for understanding environmentalism as an ideology. The second section of the course explores the role of key actors engaged in environmental policy making, and important issues in contemporary environmental politics. Topics addressed include environmental movements and parties, global environmental regimes, the impact of the media on environmental issues, and prospects for green technologies and employment.

3 12
  • PLT 5205 British Politics & Parliament

    This course will introduce students to the main political institutions in the United Kingdom (the monarchy, the executive, parliament, political parties and electoral systems) and to important debates in contemporary British society, such as constitutional reform, Britain鈥檚 relations with Europe, the power of the media, gender debates and multiculturalism. The class combines theoretical and empirical approaches. Classes are supplemented by 10 sessions in the House of Commons with a Member of Parliament.

3 12
  • PLT 6102 Policy-Making in a Globalized World

    This course investigates the process of policy-making in modern states. It explores the role of ideas and institutions in policy-making, how in the new globalized world governments 鈥渋mport鈥 and 鈥渂orrow鈥 policy ideas from each other, while analyzing how the different actors (i.e. states, bureaucrats, think-tanks, policy-networks, lobby groups, global civil society, and citizens) participate and influence the policy-making process. Through active learning activities (such as mapping the agenda-setting of ideas, identifying policy networks, advising a President) students will understand the complexities of policy-making and the challenges that the modern state faces in the era of globalization.

4 16
  • PLT 6103 Political Sociology: Power, State, Society

    At the heart of political sociology is a concern with the relationship between the state and society, a relationship that, as citizens, affects us all. This course explores the link between the people and the state in three interrelated respects: the concept of power, the theory and practice of revolution and the way politics affects the social fabric of daily life in technologically advanced, multi-media societies. In addition, a discussion takes place regarding the global significance of political and social change.

4 16
  • PLT 6105 The European Union

    This course analyses the historical evolution of the European Union from its inception until the current times. The course also examines the nature of the EU, the role of its institutions, the impact of European common policies like the Single Market, the monetary union and Foreign and Security Policy. The course then addresses the governance challenges the EU faces, namely the rise of Euroscepticism, the management of the Eurozone and migratory pressures from outside the EU.

4 16
Minor Requirements 18 36