PS 104 International Relations

Professor: Sanjib Baruah

CRN: 12278

Time: Mon Wed 10:30 am - 11:50 am OLIN 301

An introduction to basic concepts and selected problems in international relations. How order is maintained in world politics is the central theme of the course. We will examine the role of the balance of power, alliance systems, international organizations, and international law in maintaining order. Has a "new world order been taking shape since the end of the cold war? We will examine a number of current issues, such as global trade and the global environment, nuclear nonproliferation, terrorism, civil wars, and failed states and explore what international cooperation or noncooperation in these areas means for world order.


PS 221 Western Political Theory: Ancient and Modern

Professor: David Kettler

CRN: 12279

Time: Tu Th 10:30 am - 12:00 pm OLIN 303

This course introduces the study of political theory by examining four representative texts from two different epochs. Principal assignments are in Plato, Aristotle, Machiavelli, and Hobbes. The course compares their approaches to still-current issues in political inquiry: political containment of physical force, conflicts between deep beliefs that give meaning to people's lives and the demands of rulers, relations between the order of the household (oikos) and the order of the political association (polis), and connections between knowledge and politics.


PS 252 Civil Rights and Civil Liberties

Professor: Jonathan Kahn

CRN: 12280

Time: Tu Th 2:50 pm - 4:10 pm OLIN 205

Core Course: PIE Cross-listed: American Studies, MES
This course will explore the development of the United States Supreme Court's varied and occasionally contradictory decisions regarding civil rights and civil liberties in the United States. The concepts of equal protection and due process of law will guide our inquiry. Specific areas of the law examined will include the limits of free speech and symbolic expression; the law of privacy; separation of church and state; affirmative action; school desegregation; racial, ethnic, and gender discrimination; and the definition and constitutional meaning of "fundamental rights. Prerequisite: college-level background in American politics or permission of the instructor.


PS 293 Contemporary India

Professor: Sanjib Baruah

CRN: 12281

Time: Mon Wed 2:50 pm - 4:10 pm OLIN 205

Cross-listed: Asian Studies
Contemporary India is a mosaic of paddy fields and nuclear reactors, "traditional theater performances and the world's largest film industry, democratic elections and ethnic and religious warfare, and women professionals, prominent women public figures, and women as victims of extreme domestic violence. The course will be both an introduction to contemporary India and an engagement with social theory. We will study concrete issues of Indian politics, economics, culture, and gender relations as we think about the forms of modernity in different parts of the world. We will critically examine the assumptions behind progressivist concepts such as modernization, economic development, and nation building. Readings are works in the social sciences and humanities by Indian, American, and European authors.


PS 295 Dreams of Perfectibility II: The Cold War from FDR to Bush

Professor: James Chace

CRN: 12282

Time: Mon 1:20 pm - 3:20 pm OLIN 204

Immediately after the Second World War, a clash of ideologies developed into a Cold War between the two victors, the United States and Soviet Russia. To what extent was this a moral struggle and to what degree, a classic conflict of great powers? This course will analyze the direction of American foreign policy during an era that has been characterized as a pax americana. It will also make use of new material dealing with the Soviet approach to the postwar world by studying excerpts from recently released Soviet archives. The Cold War also traces a trajectory from American predominance to American decline, from Soviet assertion as a superpower to the collapse of the Soviet Union. The end of the Cold War paradoxically marks the end of the superpower phenomenon.


PS 324 The Consequences of the Peace: Problems in American Foreign Policy after the Cold War

Professor: James Chace

CRN: 12283

Time: Wed 10:30 am - 12:30 pm OLIN 309

With the collapse of Soviet power in Eastern Europe in 1989, the bipolar world that endured for almost five decades came to an end. This has produced an unexpected result in the international order: the end of superpower rivalry, and a presumed new American hegemony. The United States is thus deprived of a role that provided it with a national mission and self-justification throughout the years of the cold war. It finds itself compelled to reconsider not only what it must do but, in a significant respect, what it is. There is a new global agenda for the United States in which the search for security rests on regional balances of power in a world increasingly characterized by disorder and conflict. This new agenda will be the subject of intense study by a group of upper-level students.


PS 333 Nations, States and Nationalism

Professor: Sanjib Baruah

CRN: 12284

Time: Tu 1:20 pm - 3:20 pm OLIN 307

Core Course: PIE
Cross-listed: MES
One of the paradoxes of the twentieth century is that increased transaction across national borders has accompanied the intensification of the forces of nationalism. The contemporary events in the former Soviet Union and in Eastern and Central Europe are only the latest examples of the power of nationalism. Yet even though we talk of national identities as if they are "natural", terms such as nations, nationalities and nationalism are difficult to define. We will examine the history of the idea of nations and the "nation state" and will read texts written from a variety of disciplinary perspectives. We will give particular attention to nationalism's relationship to the emergence of popular sovereignty and to forces of industrialism, colonialism, modernization and mass migration.


PS 382 Cultural Pluralism & American Law

Professor: Jonathan Kahn

CRN: 12285

Time: Wed 1:20 pm - 3:20 pm OLIN 307

Cross-listed: American Studies, MES
How is it possible to recognize and maintain diverse cultural beliefs, institutions, and practices in our pluralistic society without undermining the political bonds that hold the nation together? This course examines the myriad ways in which the American legal system has confronted this and related questions of the legal status of "culture. We look at such different areas as racial discrimination, religious persecution, Native American rights, historic preservation, zoning, and privacy law in a search for common themes and approaches to elaborate the place of group rights in America's highly individualistic legal system.