Political Science Summer Courses

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POSC 3213 PW1 - Interest Group Politics
Summer Session III, May 30 - August 7, 2023
Online, Asynchronous

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.

CRN: 15046

Instructor: Zein, Murib
4 credits

Fordham course attributes: AMST, APPI, ASHS, ASSC, PLUR, POAP

POSC 3231 V11 - Judicial Politics
Summer Session I, May 30 - June 29, 2023
Online: MW, 06:00PM - 09:00PM

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.

Supplemental asynchronous online coursework will be required in this course.


Instructor: Hume, Robert
4 credits

Fordham course attributes: AMST, APPI, ASHS, ASSC, LPGP, LPHP, PJCJ, PJST, PLUR, POAP. POMI

POSC 3421 V21 - Political Theory in Pop Culture
Summer Session II, July 5 - August 7, 2023
Online: MTWTh, 06:00PM - 09:00PM

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 comic books, movies, and Netflix series.

CRN: 15030

Instructor: Tampio, Nicholas
4 credits

Fordham course attributes: ASSC, CCUS, COMC, COMM, POPT, REST

POSC 3915 L11 - International Political Economy
Summer Session I, May 30 - June 29, 2023
Lincoln Center: MTWTh, 09:00AM - 12:00PM

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.

CRN: 14830

Instructor: Aleman, Jose
4 credits

Fordham course attributes: AMST, APPI, ASHS, ASSC, INST, IPE, ISIE, ISIN, PJEC, PJST, POIP, URST

POSC 4037 V11 - Social Movements and Revolutions
Summer Session I, May 30 - June 29, 2023
Online: TTh, 01:00PM - 04:00PM

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).

Supplemental asynchronous online coursework will be required in this online course.

CRN: 14919

Instructor: Nikolayenko, Olena
4 credits


POSC 6991 R11 - Political Risk Analysis
Summer Session I, May 30 - June 29, 2023
Rose Hill: MW, 06:00PM - 09:00PM

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 associated with foreign investment and international business; learn how to assess the domestic political climate of a country by examining factors such as the level 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. 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: 14973

Instructor: Porter, Geoffrey
3 credits

Classes listed as either Lincoln Center or Rose Hill will meet on-campus only. Classes listed as "Online" during Session I or II will meet synchronously online during their scheduled meeting times. Students in different time zones should plan accordingly. Session III online courses are asynchronous (exceptions are noted in course descriptions).

Hybrid courses will meet in person on campus at the times indicated; additional online work will also be required.