Special Topics Courses
In addition to courses listed in the catalog, almost every quarter the department offers "special topics courses" in history and political science. These are listed under Hist 298 and PSci 472, and you may take more than one special topics course for credit. Hist 299 is also a special topics course but one focused on the Historical Background of Current Issues.
201315 PSCI 472 001 15095 – ST: Race and International Politics
Instructor: Zoltan Buzas, PhD
Despite the historical prominence of race in international politics, its prevalence in cognate disciplines, and its pervasiveness in the “real” world, it remains understudied in International Relations (IR). This course aims to mitigate this omission. The first part of the class looks at a variety of theoretical approaches to race and racism in IR and cognate disciplines. The second part revisits central topics in international politics through the lens of race. The course ends with debates of contemporary problems related to race and international politics.
201325 HIST 298 004 – ST: Intro to South Asian History
Instructor: Madhumita Saha, PhD
What does it mean to study the history of the “Indian civilization”? What can such a history tell us about the people and places of South Asia? Is the making of the India civilization the work of rulers and the literati that represented cultural achievements, economic progress, imperial conquests and good governance? How have the people in the margin-the tribes, the women, the lower castes and the poor- experienced and contributed to the history of the subcontinent?In this course, we shall seek answers to these questions by looking into 3 broad themes in South Asian history: 1) Age of Empires 2) Colonialism 3) Nationalism. We will mainly look into the political, economic and cultural history of the subcontinent. We will see how events, people, and actions related to the history of South Asia are subject to different interpretations depending on the narrator.
201325 HIST 298 001 24901 - ST: American Expansionism
Instructor: Jonson Miller, PhD
This course is an overview of American territorial acquisition and expansion from the late eighteenth to the late nineteenth century. This will include perspectives from cultural and political history, historical sociology, and American Studies. In addition, student presentations and projects will allow for a broader range of historical perspectives, such as economic or military history.
PSCI 272 001 25689 – Environment and Health
Instructor: Alison Kenner, PhD
In this course, we will examine the complexity of and controversies about environmental health issues, issues that are notoriously difficult to address through research, regulation, and medical care. Students will examine how "environment" and "health" are defined by different stakeholders. How is health impacted by environment, and how are environmental factors addressed in healthcare? How do scientists study human exposure in everyday environments? What institutions are responsible for regulating hazardous materials? How is community health impacted by pollution and what actions do communities take to protect health? Using historical and contemporary case studies, students will engage with these questions at different scales of analysis, learning about the politics of knowledge, social movements, the medical establishment, and the ethics of health in late industrialism.
201335 PSCI 472 001 34093 - ST: Latin America’s Left Turn
Instructor: George Ciccariello-Maher, PhD
Beginning with the 1998 election of Hugo Chávez in Venezuela, Latin America has undergone a radical leftward shift, of which a string of elected leaders in Chile, Argentina, Brazil, Bolivia, Nicaragua, Uruguay, Paraguay, Honduras, and Ecuador is only the most obvious indicator. This course will approach this leftward turn as a response to neoliberal reform efforts in the 1980s, and through the lens of the popular social movements that made such elections possible in the first place.