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Political Science Summer Courses

POSC 1100 R11 - Introduction to Politics
Session I, May 28-June 27, 2019
Rose Hill: TWTh, 6-9 p.m.

The purpose of this course is to systematically present to the student approaches to politics as an organizing principle in the larger social community and as a way of life. In pursuing this goal, the student will be introduced to certain essential concepts and unifying themes germane to the discipline. Special attention will be paid to politics in the United States.

CRN:  10233
Instructor: Baumgarth
3 credits


POSC 2501 R11 - Introduction to International Politics
Session I, May 28-June 27, 2019
Rose Hill: MTWTh, 1-4 p.m.

The course will survey international politics since 1945 with particular focus on the collapse of the Soviet Union and the end of the Cold War. Special attention will be paid to four themes currently occupying both public and scholarly discourse on the nature and future of international politics: understanding international conflicts, globalization, the clash of civilizations, and the European-American divide.

CRN:  10234
Instructor: Entelis
4 credits


POSC 3231 L11 - Judicial Politics: SCOTUS Watch
Session I, May 28-June 27, 2019
Lincoln Center: MW (hybrid), 6-9 p.m.

Scheduled for the month when the Supreme Court typically makes landmark decisions, 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 judicial doctrine, the impact of courts on society. 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. Fulfills the Advanced Social Science and Pluralism requirements in Fordham's core curriculum.

CRN:  10236
Instructor: Hume
4 credits


POSC 3419 R21 - Politics and Science Fiction
Session II, July 2-August 6, 2019
Rose Hill: MTWTh, 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.

CRN:  10238
Instructor: Baumgarth
4 credits


POSC 3421 R11 - Political Theory in Popular Culture
Session I, May 28-June 27, 2019
Rose Hill: MTWTh, 6-9 p.m.

This course introduces students to political ideologies such as liberalism, conservatism, socialism, anarchism, nationalism, fascism, feminism, and multiculturalism. The course then sees how these ideas express themselves in popular movies, comic books, television shows, and video games.  Fulfills the Advanced Social Science and EP3 requirements in Fordham's core curriculum.

CRN:  10239
Instructor: Tampio
4 credits


POSC 3915 L11 - International Political Economy
Session I, May 28-June 27, 2019
Lincoln Center: 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.

CRN:  10241
Instructor: Aleman
4 credits


POSC 5244 R11 - Elections and Campaign Management Internship
Session I, May 28-June 27, 2019
Rose Hill: TTh, 6-9 p.m.

Graduate course. Internship requirement for the graduate program in Elections and Campaign Management. Permission of the instructor is required.

CRN:  10243
Instructor: McDermott/Cuevas-Molina/Heersink
3 credits


POSC 5299 R21 - Special Topics in Elections and Campaign Management
Session II, July 2-August 6, 2019
Rose Hill: TTh, 6-9 p.m.

Graduate course. This course is designed for students in the Elections and Campaign Management Program. The course will build upon previous coursework in the program by requiring students to work on an independent project that demonstrates mastery of the skills learned in the program.

CRN:  10246
Instructor: McDermott
3 credits


POSC 6991 R11 - Political Risk Analysis
Session I, May 28-June 27, 2019
Rose Hill: 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 may 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 associated with foreign investment and international business; learn how to assess the domestic political climate of a country by examining factors such as the levels of 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. Graduate students only.

CRN:  10247
Instructor: Entelis
3 credits