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Spring 2023 Advising Guide

The course list for Spring 2023 is shown below. Classes marked with an asterisk have a topic, which are listed below the course list.

 

Winter 2023 Course List

Course Title Faculty Session Dates Instruction Mode Subfield Liberal Learning Domain / Civic Responsibility
POL 130 101 International Relations Cho Winter 3-week term 1/3/23 - 1/20/23 Online International Behavioral, Social or Cultural Perspectives / Global

 

Spring 2023 Course List

Course Title Faculty Day Time Room Subfield Liberal Learning Domain / Civic Responsibility
POL 110 01 American Government McMahon M-TH 9:30 AM - 10:50 AM SOCI 223 American Behavioral, Social or Cultural Perspectives
POL 110 02 American Government McMahon M-TH 11:00 AM - 12:20 PM SOCI 223 American Behavioral, Social or Cultural Perspectives
POL 130 01 International Relations Cho M-TH 12:30 PM - 1:50 PM SOCI 225 International Behavioral, Social or Cultural Perspectives / Global
POL 150 01 Comparative Politics Potter T-F 11:00 AM - 12:20 PM SOCI 225 Comparative Behavioral, Social or Cultural Perspectives / Global
POL 200 11 Political Analysis Willse M-TH 9:30 AM - 10:50 AM SOCI 225 Behavioral, Social or Cultural Perspectives, Quantitative Reasoning
POL 220 01 Judicial Politics & Process Dumas T-F 11:00 AM - 12:20 PM BLISS 152 American Behavioral, Social or Cultural Perspectives
POL 270 01 Topics in Political Science* Burkey T-F 9:30 AM - 10:50 AM SOCI 223 American Behavioral, Social or Cultural Perspectives / Race & Ethnicity
POL 270 02 Topics in Political Science* Burkey T-F 3:30 PM - 4:50 PM SOCI 223 American Behavioral, Social or Cultural Perspectives / Race & Ethnicity
POL 316 01 Public Opinion, Voting, and Elections Bowen M-TH 12:30 PM - 1:50 PM SOCI 223 American Behavioral, Social or Cultural Perspectives
POL 322 01 Constitutional Law II: Civil Rights and Liberties Dumas T-F 9:30 AM - 10:50 AM BLISS 148 American Behavioral, Social or Cultural Perspectives
POL 330 01 US Foreign Policy Cho M-TH 2:00 PM - 3:20 PM SOCI 225 International Behavioral, Social or Cultural Perspectives
POL 350 01 Politics in Europe Toloudis M-TH 11:00 AM - 12:20 PM SOCI 225 Comparative Behavioral, Social or Cultural Perspectives
POL 365 01 Origins of the U.S. Constitution Brindle T 5:30 PM - 8:20 PM SOCI 223 Political Theory Behavioral, Social or Cultural Perspectives, Social in Historical Perspective
POL 370 01 Topics in Political Science* Potter T-F 8:00 AM - 9:20 AM SOCI 223 Behavioral, Social or Cultural Perspectives
POL 370 02 Topics in Political Science* McMahon M-TH 3:30 PM - 4:50 PM SOCI 223 Behavioral, Social or Cultural Perspectives
POL 372 01 History of American Political Ideas Burkey T-F 2:00 PM - 3:20 PM SOCI 225 Political Theory Behavioral, Social or Cultural Perspectives
POL 380 01 International Political Economy Potter T-F 9:30 AM - 10:50 AM SOCI 225 International Behavioral, Social or Cultural Perspectives
POL 390 01 Tutorial In Political Science* McMahon M-TH 2:00 PM - 3:20 PM SOCI 131 Behavioral, Social or Cultural Perspectives
POL 498 01 Seminar In Political Science* Willse M-TH 2:00 PM - 3:20 PM SOCI 241 Behavioral, Social or Cultural Perspectives
POL 498 02 Seminar In Political Science* Chartock M-TH 12:30 PM - 1:50 PM SOCI 241 Behavioral, Social or Cultural Perspectives

 

 

Spring 2023 Graduate Course List

 

Spring 2023 Graduate Courses

Students with 24 or more completed units and a 3.0 GPA or better can take one (or both) of the courses and count them as elective credit toward their Political Science major or general unit requirement to graduate. Contact Susan Scibilia at scibilis@tcnj.edu to register.

Course Title Faculty Day Time Room
PUBG 501 01 THE POLICY PROCESS IN THEORY & PRACTICE Willse,Cadence M-TH 11:00 AM - 12:20 PM SOCI 241
PUBG 511 01 PROGRAM EVALUATION & CAUSAL INFERENCE FOR POLICY ANALYSIS Bowen,Daniel TH 3:30 PM - 6:20 PM SOCI 241

 

 

Summer 2023 Course List

Course Title Faculty Session Dates Instruction Mode Subfield
POL 130 101 International Relations Potter 2 6/13/22 - 7/14/22 Online American

 

 

Special Topics & Seminars

 

POL 270-01 & 02: Politics of the Civil Rights Movement

Dr. Maxwell Burkey

“Politics of the Civil Rights Movement” examines different iterations of civil rights protest in American Politics. Beginning with the Black Freedom Struggle, we will analyze the connective tissue between social movements, exploring how the quest for racial justice has often demanded and inspired activism on other fronts. Students will explore primary texts that speak to the meaning and underlying humanism of resistance politics. 

 

POL 370-01: Global governance and Model United Nations competition

Dr. Brian Potter

Students in this class prepare for and participate in a Model United Nations conference.  The course studies theories and issues of global governance, as well as offering practical training for participation in the conference.  Funding for the conference has been provided by the HSS Dean’s Office.

Students from all majors can enroll in the class but they must be available to attend the conference in NYC April 10-14, 2023. Contact Professor Potter with any questions (potter@tcnj.edu).

All interested students need to complete this survey before being enrolled in POL 370-01.

 

POL 370-02: Politics of Homeland Security

Dr. Adam McMahon

More than two decades after the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001, the pursuit of homeland security remains a powerful vehicle through which the federal government has increased its power. Through an interdisciplinary survey of the field we will examine topics including risk management and analysis, threats to the homeland, strategic planning, and the federal role in countering the terrorist threat to name just a few.

 

POL 390-01: Interest Groups

Dr. Adam McMahon

Interest groups are essential to American government. Through an assessment of both outsider and insider tactics including lobbying at the state and national level, we will examine the role these groups play in public policy formation in the United States.

 

POL 498-01: The Politics of Public Education

Dr. Cadence Willse

Education is at the center of some of the most contentious political debates in the United States. Politicians and policymakers – at the federal, state, and local levels – disagree on a wide array of topics: what role should the government play in schooling? How should we organize and fund public education equitably? What role should states have in school curricula, and what topics should be covered? Should schools and teachers be held accountable for student achievement? In this course, we will explore the politics of the K-12 public education system, focusing on key institutions, actors and theories of policy making.

 

POL 498-02: Social Movements and the Politics of Protest

Dr. Sarah Chartock

Often, when we think about politics, formal and regulated institutions and processes such as elections, political parties, and policy-making come to mind. So often, however, the most concentrated pressures for political change come from ordinary people coming together outside of the formal political sphere. In this Political Science Seminar, we therefore focus on social movements and other forms of collective action aimed at achieving or preventing social and political change (often, though not always, through non-institutionalized forms of political action such as protests and demonstrations). We examine theories that explain how social movements arise and succeed (and why they sometimes do not) and apply these theories to cases from the US and countries in various other regions.

Among the primary objectives of this course is to produce a polished research paper that draws from the frameworks we establish in class, but that is largely based on intensive research on a relevant topic of your choosing. Your topic may have anything to do with social movements and/or the politics of protest, and may examine cases both within and outside the United States.

Course Descriptions

 

POL 110: American Government

Examines the strengths and weaknesses, problems and promise of representative democracy in the United States. Surveys the relationships of citizens to Congress, the president and the courts through political parties, elections, interest groups, and the media. Considers the constitutional framework of government and the rights of the individual against governmental intrusion.

POL 130: International Relations

An examination of contemporary patterns of international interaction and their historic roots with attention to competing theoretical perspectives. Topics studied include foreign policy, international law and organization, and international political economy.

POL 150: Comparative Politics

Introduces students to some of the most important concepts, themes and approaches in the comparative study of politics. Comparative Politics is the study of the domestic or internal politics of particular countries. By comparing the processes, institutions and other political phenomena of one country in relation to others, those engaged in the study of comparative politics isolate the primary causes and consequences of these political phenomena and are thus able to create and test theories of politics around the world.

POL 200: Political Analysis

The course familiarizes students with the basic statistical, conceptual, and technical skills needed for research in political science. Topics include research design, hypothesis testing, statistical methodology common in the social sciences, and practical experience examining and analyzing quantitative data. This course provides students hands-on training with Stata, a commonly used statistical software package. Should normally be completed by the end of the sophomore year prior to taking POL 390.

POL 220: Judicial Politics & Process

This class is intended for students who are interested in law and politics and serves as a foundational course to prepare students for upper-division political science law classes.  The purpose of this course is to introduce students to types and foundations of U.S. law and the organization and jurisdiction of US courts in the federal system, with an in-depth focus on understanding the Supreme Court of the United States.  The course is intended to give students a broad understanding of the U.S. judiciary, as well as specific training in reading and briefing cases.  The class will also explore how politics and non-judicial actors’ impact judicial processes.

POL 316: Public Opinion, Voting, and Elections

A study of the origins, content, and impact of citizen attitudes on the U.S. political system. Particular attention will be given to the impact of public opinion, along with other factors, on voting and elections.

POL 322: Constitutional Law II: Civil Rights and Liberties (please note, the course number and name were recently updated. The course was formerly POL 321/Civil Liberties.)

An analysis of how the U.S. Supreme Court interprets the Constitution, focusing on the rights of the individual, including freedom of expression, freedom of religion, the right of privacy, due process of law, and equal protection of the laws.

POL 330: US Foreign Policy

Examines the formulation and execution of American foreign policy in the context of American politics and of the United States’ historic role in the world; some themes considered include the domestic sources of foreign policy and the conditions under which the United States uses force abroad.

POL 350: Politics in Europe

Examines government, politics, and society in the major European nations including but not necessarily limited to the United Kingdom, France, and the Federal Republic of Germany.

POL 358: Latin American Politics

An examination of the contemporary political, economic, and social structures of Latin American countries through a comparative-historical lens. Emphasis is on transformative shifts from state-led economies to free market (and perhaps back again), from military authoritarian governments to democracies, and from a focus on class identities to a greater role for racial and ethnic identities in politics.

POL 365: Origins of the U.S. Constitution

An examination of the political theories, people, social and economic forces, events, and political context that influenced the framing and ratification of the U.S. Constitution and Bill of Rights.

POL 372: History of American Political Ideas

Follows the evolution of ideas of major American political theorists and politicians, concerning the individual, community, and world, to develop a framework for evaluating contemporary political thought and practice.

POL 380: International Political Economy

A study of the politics of international economic relations. Economic theories of international trade and finance are presented in the context of their political origins and implications. Includes review of primary analytical perspectives, historical developments, and major contemporary institutions and processes bearing on the politics of international economics.