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POL 10100 American Politics
Instructor: Chris Banks
This course is an introduction to American politics and the controversies that make political ideology relevant to every citizen. It examines the nature of the constitutional republic that the founders created and whether its principal institutions, namely the Congress, the Presidency, and the courts, work as they intended in contemporary society. We will study current topics of great controversy and public interest, such as whether government can strike an appropriate balance between public safety and individual rights in the post-9/11 terrorism era; the federalism implications of same-sex marriage or gun rights; whether the infusion of unregulated political money corrupts our elected representatives; and if the results of elections and campaigns truly represent the public will and voting behavior of American citizens.
Prerequisite: none
This course may be used as a Social Science Kent Core Requirement and the domestic
Diversity Requirement.
MTWR 12:00P-1-55P
POL 10500 World Politics
Instructor: Steve Hook
A practical, theoretical introduction to a study of systematic patterns in international relations.  Includes analysis of rules, instruments, processes, decision-making factors, conflict resolution.  
Prerequisite: none
This course may be used to satisfy the Social Science Kent Core Requirement and global Diversity Requirements.
MTWR 9:45A-11:40A
POL 20001 Political Methods
Instructor: Oindrila Roy 
This course is designed to bring students to a basic level of “statistical literacy.” The course introduces the fundamentals of research design, hypothesis testing and statistical interpretation as well as basic descriptive and inferential statistics.
This course may be used to satisfy the Experiential Learning Requirement.
MTWR 12:00P-1:55P
POL 40183 Con Law: Civil Rights and Liberties
Instructor: Chris Banks
This course centers on the origins, nature, and exercise of judicial power. Using the U.S. Supreme Court as the focus of study, it examines how nine unelected and life-tenured justices exercise their discretion and political will to declare and make constitutional law—and use that power to draw the judicial lines that define the parameters of basic civil rights and personal freedoms, such as the scope of gun rights under the Second Amendment; whether there any limits under the Fourth Amendment’s search and seizure clause to prevent or stop the police from abusing their authority in criminal cases; whether citizens can use the Fifth Amendment to not incriminate themselves while they are under police interrogation, especially if counsel is not present; whether indigents have a right to government-subsidized legal aid in criminal cases under the Sixth Amendment; whether certain types of offenders can be executed and, if so, by what means, under the Eighth Amendment’s cruel and unusual punishment clause; and whether Fourteenth Amendment due process or equal protection permits affirmative action or same-sex marriage.
This course may be used to satisfy the domestic Diversity Course Requirement.
MTWR 9:45A-11:40A
POL 40591 Senior Seminar: Political Violence & “Low Intensity Conflict”
Instructor: Julie Mazzei
This course examines the many forms of political violence that are not considered "conventional warfare" but are used extensively to pursue political ends. These include but are not limited to: state and non-state violence against civilians, political policing, and so-called resource wars. Whether employed by the state, non-state actors or both, these political tactics affect vast numbers of civilians, command immense resources, and help define politics around the globe. This course will examine the political structures and interests that perpetuate these forms of violence, the variety of actors who employ them, and the role of the international community in perpetuating or mitigating them.
This course may be used to satisfy the domestic Diversity Course Requirement.
MTWR 12:00P-1:55P
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