Political Science: Required Subjects

POLITICAL SCIENCE
First semester Second semester
 
POS 162 HISTORY OF POLITICAL THEORY
This course surveys political ideas and theories of the great thinkers that have influenced political debates through the ages: Plato, Aristotle, St. Augustine, St. Thomas Aquinas, Marsilio of Padua, Machiavelli, Bodin, Hobbes, Locke, Montesquieu, Rousseau, Burke, Bentham, de Tocqueville, John Stuart Mill, Hegel, and Marx.
 
 
 
POS 130 INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS 
This course studies political and diplomatic relations among states and the dynamics of the worldwide system, with a view of world politics as a power struggle. Topics include the elements of national power and its limiting factors, and the search for and promotion of peace.
 
POS 163 CONTEMPORARY POLITICAL THEORIES
Pre-requisite: POS 162 
 
This survey course examines major contemporary theories/ideologies: Marxism, communism, fascism, nationalism, democracy, liberalism, democratic socialism, welfare state, libertarianism, anarchism, feminism, and
environmentalism. It introduces political Islam and theories of justice.
 
POS 131 INTERNATIONAL POLITICAL ECONOMY 
This course examines the interlocking role of politics and economics in international relations: how economics affects a nation's actions; how political will directs a country's foreign policy goals; the politics behind investment, aid, and trade policies; and other aspects of their interrelationship.
 
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POS 190 COMPARATIVE POLITICS 
This course introduces Comparative Politics, one of the major subfields of Political Science. Attention is given to both theoretical foundations of the subfield and empirical studies in various political and cultural settings.