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Political Science Summer Courses

POSC 1100 R11 - Introduction to Politics
Session I, May 26 - June 25, 2020
Rose Hill: (hybrid), 6 - 9 p.m.

The purpose of the 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: 11357
Instructor: Baumgarth
3 credits


POSC 3231 L11 - Judicial Politics: SCOTUS WATCH
Session I, May 26 - June 25, 2020
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 Pluralism requirements in Fordham's core curriculum.

CRN: 11358
Instructor: Hume
4 credits


POSC 3419 R21 - Politics and Science Fiction
Session II, June 30 - August 4, 2020
Rose Hill: TBA, 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: 11358
Instructor: Baumgarth
4 credits


POSC 3421 R11 - Political Theory in Popular Culture
Session I, May 26 - June 25, 2020
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. In the summer of 2020, we will focus on the Marvel Universe. Fulfills the Advanced Social Science and EP3 requirements in Fordham's core curriculum.

CRN: 11362
Instructor: Tampio
4 credits


POSC 3915 L11 - International Political Economy
Session I, May 26 - June 25, 2020
Lincoln Center: MTWTh, 9 a.m. - Noon

This course introduces various theoretical frameworks explaining the international political economy and examines 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. Fulfills the Advanced Social Science requirement in Fordham's core curriculum.

CRN: 11359
Instructor: Aleman
4 credits


POSC 4037 L21 - Social Movements and Revolutions
Session II, June 30 - August 4, 2020
Lincoln Center: MTWTh, 6 - 9 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 discussed the development of several twenty-first century social movements and revolutions in the United States and abroad, including Black Live Matter, the Occupy Wall Street, Otpor (Serbia), the Arab Spring (Middle East) Umbrella Revolution (Hong Kong), and EuroMaidan (Ukraine). Fulfills the Interdisciplinary Capstone requirement in Fordham's core curriculum.

CRN: 11386
Instructor: Nikolayenko
4 credits