Course Listings

Politics

POLI 216 Comparative Democratic Systems (1)

Comparative examination of the processes of change that give rise to new patterns of political and social behavior in advanced industrial society; analysis of the causes of these changes and their impact on political, social and economic life in selected countries. Closed to seniors except with consent of instructor.

  • General Education Requirement Fulfillment: Social Sciences
  • Offering: Spring
  • Instructor: Marks

POLI 318 Death in America (1)

An ethics and public policy case-based seminar that proceeds from the premise that the patterned mal-distribution of mortality rates is a conspicuous consequence and hence robust measure of social justice. Four distinct cases are addressed from philosophical, ethical and policy perspectives, on topics such as the automobile, capital punishment, food, environmental causes, health-care, being health uninsured, gun ownership, HIV/Aids, occupational fatalities, oil and petroleum, physician-assisted suicide, and tobacco. Pedagogy includes discussion, exams, digital field-work, and service-learning.

  • General Education Requirement Fulfillment: Social Sciences
  • Prerequisite: One POLI course
  • Offering: Alternate years
  • Instructor: Basu

POLI 328W Political Metaphors (1)

This course provides an opportunity for students to critically interrogate the use of metaphors in political discourse. Metaphors often are deployed by individuals inside and outside government to frame political issues, shape policy debates, influence public discourse, and persuade government officials and the population at large to act in specified ways. Through readings, in-class discussion, and extended writing students will investigate political metaphors and their role in politics around the world.

  • General Education Requirement Fulfillment: Writing-centered; Social Sciences
  • Prerequisite: One 200 level Politics course
  • Offering: Alternate years
  • Instructor: Marks

POLI 370W Europe and the International System (1)

This course is designed to introduce students to politics and foreign policy in modern Europe. Special emphasis is placed on the evolving relationships among European countries in a rapidly changing international environment. Through lectures and discussions, students will explore the political, economic and security relations among European states and Europe's interactions with the rest of the world. The course will also examine various theoretical approaches designed to explain the changing relationships among countries in post-Cold War Europe.

  • General Education Requirement Fulfillment: Writing-centered; Social Sciences
  • Prerequisite: INTST 214 or POLI 216
  • Offering: Alternate years
  • Instructor: Marks

POLI 373 International Security and Cooperation (1)

This course introduces students to various important theoretical approaches to the study of international security and cooperation. It also applies these approaches to empirical cases and concrete issues of international harmony and discord. Among the strategies of cooperation examined are strategic interaction and institution-building. These approaches will be analyzed in light of traditional theories that focus on military relationships and armed conflict. Special emphasis is placed on security and cooperation in the post-Cold War world.

  • General Education Requirement Fulfillment: Social Sciences
  • Prerequisite: INTST 214 or consent of instructor
  • Offering: Annually
  • Instructor: Marks

POLI 480W Senior Thesis (2)

The Senior Thesis is the capstone experience in the Politics major. It involves the writing of a major research paper under the close supervision of a faculty member. The paper is subject to multiple stages of criticism and rewriting. This process is intended to deepen students' insights into different forms of inquiry, methods and literature; hone their skills of critical thinking; sharpen their abilities to analyze theory and test ideas through research; and ensure that their research designs and methodologies are effective and appropriate.

  • General Education Requirement Fulfillment: Writing-centered; Social Sciences
  • Prerequisite: A minimum of seven Politics credits, and three-credits at the 300 level, two of which must be completed in residence at Willamette; POLI 390, POLI 396 and POLI 398 do not count toward the three credit minimum
  • Offering: Every semester; phasing out
  • Instructor: Staff