PSC 202 Argument in Political Science

Political Science Field: Required Course
Typically offered every year

Gerald Gamm
Fall 2014 — MWF 11:50-12:40

Restriction: Not open to freshmen. Students generally take PSC 202 in their sophomore year, but the course is also open to juniors and seniors. The course introduces students to the questions, concepts, and analytical approaches of political scientists. This version of the course focuses on the tension between majority rule and minority rights in the American political tradition. Issues include tyranny of the majority, slavery, individual rights, civic engagement, parties and interest groups, international diplomacy, legislative organization, and representation. Readings are drawn from classic texts in American thought--the Declaration of Independence, "The Federalist," Tocqueville's "Democracy in America," the Gettysburg Address--as well as from books and articles written by contemporary political scientists. Note: In this academic year, PSC 202 will only be offered in the fall semester. It will NOT be offered in the spring.

Stuart Jordan
Spring 2014 — TR 14:00-15:15

Course Syllabus

Students generally take PSC 202 in their sophomore year, but the course is also open to juniors and seniors. The course introduces students to the questions, concepts, and analytical approaches of political scientists. This version of the course examines the politics of regulation, law, and legal institutions. Specifically, we look at a series of arguments regarding the role political institutions play in the resolution of conflicts over limited resources. The arguments we examine come from a range of traditions--including political philosophy, positive political theory, and political history. Finally, although we examine a number of applications to American politics, most of what we read regards conflicts over resources in general, not just those that occur within the United States.

Stuart Jordan
Spring 2013 — TR 15:25-16:40

Course Syllabus

Students generally take PSC 202 in their sophomore year, but the course is also open to juniors and seniors. The course introduces students to the questions, concepts, and analytical approaches of political scientists. This version of the course examines the politics of regulation, law, and legal institutions. Specifically, we look at a series of arguments regarding the role political institutions play in the resolution of conflicts over limited resources. The arguments we examine come from a range of traditions--including political philosophy, positive political theory, and political history. Finally, although we examine a number of applications to American politics, most of what we read regards conflicts over resources in general, not just those that occur within the United States.

Gerald Gamm
Fall 2012 — MWF 11:00-11:50

Course Syllabus

Students generally take PSC 202 in their sophomore year, but the course is also open to juniors and seniors. The course introduces students to the questions, concepts, and analytical approaches of political scientists. This version of the course focuses on the tension between majority rule and minority rights in the American political tradition. Issues include tyranny of the majority, slavery, individual rights, civic engagement, parties and interest groups, international diplomacy, legislative organization, and representation. Readings are drawn from classic texts in American thought--the Declaration of Independence, "The Federalist," Tocqueville's "Democracy in America," the Gettysburg Address--as well as from books and articles written by contemporary political scientists.

Stuart Jordan
Fall 2011 — MW 14:00-15:15

Course Syllabus

Students generally take PSC 202 in their sophomore year, but the course is also open to juniors and seniors. The course introduces students to the questions, concepts, and analytical approaches of political scientists. This version of the course examines the politics of regulation, law, and legal institutions. Specifically, we look at a series of arguments regarding the role political institutions play in the resolution of conflicts over limited resources. The arguments we examine come from a range of traditions--including political philosophy, positive political theory, and political history. Finally, although we examine a number of applications to American politics, most of what we read regards conflicts over resources in general, not just those that occur within the United States. In 2011-2012, PSC 202 will be offered only in the fall semester. If you need the course and must take it this academic year, your only option is the fall offering.

Gerald Gamm
Fall 2010 — MWF 11:00-11:50

Course Syllabus

Students generally take PSC 202 in their sophomore year, but the course is also open to juniors and seniors. The course introduces students to the questions, concepts, and analytical approaches of political scientists. This version of the course focuses on the tension between majority rule and minority rights in the American political tradition. Issues include tyranny of the majority, slavery, individual rights, civic engagement, parties and interest groups, international diplomacy, legislative organization, and representation. Readings are drawn from classic texts in American thought--the Declaration of Independence, \"The Federalist,\" Tocqueville\'s \"Democracy in America,\" the Gettysburg Address--as well as from books and articles written by contemporary political scientists. This course will NOT be offered in Spring 2011. If you need the course in 2010-2011, you should plan to take the course in the fall semester.

Stuart Jordan
Spring 2010 — TR 9:40-10:55

Course Syllabus

Students generally take PSC 202 in their sophomore year, but the course is also open to junior and seniors. The course introduces students to the questions, concepts, and analytical approaches of political scientists.

Gerald Gamm
Fall 2009 — MWF 11:00-11:50

Course Syllabus

Students generally take PSC 202 in their sophomore year, but the course is also open to juniors and seniors. The course introduces students to the questions, concepts, and analytical approaches of political scientists. This version of the course focuses on the tension between majority rule and minority rights in the American political tradition. Issues include tyranny of the majority, slavery, individual rights, civic engagement, parties and interest groups, international diplomacy, legislative organization, and representation. Readings are drawn from classic texts in American thought--the Declaration of Independence, "The Federalist," Tocqueville's "Democracy in America," the Gettysburg Address--as well as from books and articles written by contemporary political scientists.