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Political Science Summer Courses

Classes listed as "online" during Session I or II will meet synchronously online during a portion of their scheduled meeting times with additional coursework to be completed asynchronously. Session III online courses are all asynchronous (exceptions are noted in course descriptions).

Hybrid courses will meet in person on campus; however, the university will continue to implement the Flexible Hybrid Learning Environment to keep the community safe and allow for the possibility of remote attendance as necessary.


Fordham students please check courses in my.fordham.edu for the most accurate Attribute listings.

POSC 1100 R11 - Introduction to Politics
Session I, June 1 - July 1, 2021
Online: MW, 6-9 p.m.

Introduces students to major approaches to the study of politics. Discusses such key concepts as power, democracy, and justice, analyzes a variety of political actors, including political parties, interest groups, and voters, and examines the functioning of different political institutions in comparative perspective.

Closed
Instructor: Baumgarth
3 credits


POSC 2401 R11 - Introduction to Political Philosophy
Session I, June 1 - July 1, 2021
Rose Hill, Hybrid: MTWTh, 1-4 p.m.

This course will study the major philosophers from Plato to Marx, discussing questions such as the best regime, the nature of justice and the relation between the individual and the community.

CRN: 12887
Instructor: Tampio
4 credits


POSC 2501 R11 - Introduction to International Politics
Session I, June 1 - July 1, 2021
Rose Hill, Hybrid: TTh, 1-4 p.m.

A look at modern nation-states in terms of national character, resources, industrial and military capacity, and geography.  An examination of their foreign policies in terms of alliance and balance of power theories as influenced by regional and international organizations and movements.  A study of war and its alternatives, such as diplomacy, peaceful change, peaceful settlement of disputes, and future models of world order

Closed
Instructor: Labonte
4 credits


POSC 3209 R21 - Constitutional Law
Session II, July 6 - August 5, 2021
Online: TTh, 6-9 p.m.

A casebook analysis of central issues of constitutional law. Examines the Constitution's origins, judicial review, federalism, separation and balance of powers, domestic and foreign affairs, the commerce clause, substantive due process, the rise of the administrative state, philosophies of interpretation. Presents the Constitution as defining a structure of government, rights and political economy. Examines the Constitution's role in American political development and democracy.

Closed
Instructor: Hume
4 credits


POSC 3213 L11 - Interest Group Politics
Session I, June 1 - July 1, 2021
Lincoln Center, Hybrid: TTh, 1-4 p.m.

An examination of pressure groups and their role in the political process. Special attention will be paid to the origins of groups, who joins and who does not and how groups affect their own members.

Closed
Instructor: Murib
4 credits


POSC 3231 R11 - SCOTUS Watch: Judicial Politics
Session I, June 1 - July 1, 2021
Online: TTh, 6-9 p.m.

This course provides an introduction to the study of law and courts as political institutions and judges as political actors. Topics include judicial behavior and policymaking, the politics of Supreme Court nominations, the role of public opinion in shaping judicial doctrine, and the impact of courts on society. Because this is an American Pluralism course, a major objective of the course is to increase knowledge of how reform groups have used the courts to combat discrimination based on race, sex, and sexual orientation. The course also explores how the structure of the legal system systematically advantages some litigants more than others based on class. The primary institutional focus is the U.S. Supreme Court, but we also study other courts as well, including the state supreme courts and lower federal courts.

Closed
Instructor: Hume
4 credits


POSC 3419 R21 - Politics and (Science) Fiction
Session II, July 6 - August 5, 2021
Online: MW, 6-9 p.m.

We shall be reading and discussing works of fiction, especially science fiction and fantasy, which center upon political themes and ideas. Such works will deal with modern political movements such as libertarianism, communism and fascism. Authors include, among others C.S. Lewis, R. Heinlein, A. Rand, G. Orwell, and N. Spinrad.

Closed
Instructor: Baumgarth
4 credits


POSC 3421 L21 - Political Theory in Popular Culture
Session II, July 6 - August 5, 2021
Online: MTWTh, 6-9 p.m.

This course introduces students to political ideologies such as liberalism, conservatism, socialism, anarchism, nationalism, fascism, feminism, ecologism, and multiculturalism. The course then sees how these ideas express themselves in the Marvel Universe, including the comic books, movies and Netflix series. Fulfills the EP3 requirement in Fordham's core curriculum.

Closed
Instructor: Tampio
4 credits


POSC 3616 L21 - Political Economy of Poverty
Session II, July 6 - August 5, 2021
Online: TTh, 6-9 p.m.

This course examines the causes of widespread poverty in the developing world from a political economy perspective. The aim is to understand the relationship between political, economic, and social phenomena in causing, perpetuating, and alleviating poverty across the globe. Course readings include classic texts in the field, policy strategies and debates, and case studies on Latin America, Middle East, South and East Asia, and sub-Saharan Africa. Critical analysis of the issues and approaches is strongly encouraged.

Closed
Instructor: Bastiaens
4 credits


POSC 3915 L11 - International Political Economy
Session I, June 1 - July 1, 2021
Lincoln Center, Hybrid: MTWTh, 9 a.m.-Noon

This course introduces various theoretical frameworks explaining the international political economy and examine topics including trade, monetary policy, exchange rates, finance, multinational corporations, international institutions, and economic development. There is a particular focus on the distribution of benefits within an increasingly globalized world, and the ways in which interest groups work to advance their favored economic policies within this system.

Closed
Instructor: Aleman
4 credits


POSC 3915 L21 - International Political Economy
Session II, July 6 - August 5, 2021
Online: MW, 6-9 p.m.

This course introduces various theoretical frameworks explaining the international political economy and examine topics including trade, monetary policy, exchange rates, finance, multinational corporations, international institutions, and economic development. There is a particular focus on the distribution of benefits within an increasingly globalized world, and the ways in which interest groups work to advance their favored economic policies within this system.

Closed
Instructor: Bastiaens
4 credits


POSC 4037 L21 - Social Movements and Revolutions
Session II, July 6 - August 5, 2021
Online: MW, 1-4 p.m.

Over the course of world history, various social movements were formed to challenge dominant power relations and bring about social change. Drawing upon literature in history, political science, and sociology, this course examines a wide range of challenger organizations and revolutions. In particular, this course discusses the development of several twenty-first century social movements and revolutions in the United States and abroad, including Black Lives Matter, the Occupy Wall Street, Otpor (Serbia), the Arab Spring (Middle East), Umbrella Revolution (Hong Kong), and EuroMaidan (Ukraine).

Closed
Instructor: Nikolayenko
4 credits


POSC 4216 L21 - Seminar: Campaigns and Elections
Session II, July 6 - August 5, 2021
Lincoln Center, Online: MW, 9 a.m.-Noon

The primary goal of this course is to provide an introduction to the major theoretical frameworks on campaigns, elections, and parties in the U.S. to better understand how incorporation and participation shape the multifaceted political identities of citizens and residents in the U.S. This course will largely push students to solidify and clarify their understanding of incorporation, democracy, inclusion, and rights at this particular historical moment, more specifically in relation to partisan and racial group identity in the U.S., incorporation of underrepresented groups over time, and the future of representation of all groups, both descriptive and substantive.

Closed
Instructor: Heersink
4 credits


POSC 4821 R21 - Careers In Political Science
Session II, July 6 - August 5, 2021
Online: MW, 4:30 p.m.-6 p.m.

This course will discuss different types of careers in political science. Political science majors pursue careers in a variety of fields, including law, business, foreign affairs, public administration, campaign management, journalism, and nonprofit organizations. Students enrolled in the course will reflect upon their internship experience and complete written assignments on the topic.

CRN: 13482
Instructor: Nikolaynko
4 credits


POSC 5244 R11 - Campaign Internship
Session I, June 1 - July 1, 2021
Rose Hill, Hybrid: TTh, 6-9 p.m.

Graduate course.  A professional-level internship in a political consulting firm or campaign organization, which will give students direct, practical experience and where they can apply what they have learned in classes to a real world setting.

CRN: 13480
Instructor: McDermott/Cuevas-Molina/Heersink
3 credits


POSC 5299 R21 - Special Topics: Campaigns
Session II, July 6 - August 5, 2021
Rose Hill, Hybrid: TTh, 6-9 p.m.

Graduate course. This is the capstone course for the M.A. in Elections and Campaign Management. Students, in groups, design campaign plans from start to finish. It is restricted to students in the M.A. program.

CRN: 13481
Instructor: McDermott
3 credits


POSC 6991 R11 - Political Risk Analysis
Session I, June 1 - July 1, 2021
Online: MW, 6-9 p.m.

Graduate course. This course is primarily a research/writing course that culminates in an original paper where you will be required to analyze the political risks associated with a country of your choosing. While there will be only a minimal number of lectures, the instructor will serve as your individual mentor as you develop and present your paper. As part of the process of writing this paper, you will study methods used to assess and manage the political risks associatedwith foreign investment and international business; learn how to assess the domestic political climate of a country by examining factors such as the levelsof political violence, the stability of the government, and the existence of political democracy, and make an overall assessment of a country's economic climate by evaluating key macroeconomic indicators. You will also learn the importance of studying foreign relations of a country in order to evaluate the likelihood of any conflict it might have with its neighbors.

CRN: 12517
Instructor: Entelis
3 credits