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    Expand Your Horizons in Summer 2013: Political Science Course Offerings


    The Department of Political Science is offering a range of courses in Summer 2013. Consider taking an introductory course this summer if you are interested in Political Science as a major or enroll in advanced courses focused on political institutions and behavior, the rights and responsibilities of citizens, and the relations of people with their governments, domestically and internationally.  Three summer sessions are offered.

    To enroll for summer courses, all students must register through the Summer School Office at UNC. For information about registration for current and prospective students, please visit:

    MAYMESTER, May 14 – May 30, 2013

    POLI 100  Introduction to Government in the United States (3). Jason Roberts. M-F, 9:00AM-12:15PM, Gardner, Room 210. An introductory course designed to explain the basic processes and issues of the American political system.

    POLI 150  International Relations and World Politics (3). Mark Crescenzi. M-F, 9:00AM-12:15PM, Gardner, Room 104. The analysis of politics among nations.

    POLI 202 The United States Supreme Court (3). Isaac Unah. M-F, 1:15PM-4:30PM, Murphey, Room 112. Examination of the process of policy making on the Supreme Court. Focuses upon the selection of justices, factors affecting the court's decision making, and the impact of its policies.

    POLI 217 Women and Politics (WMST 217) (3). Pamela Conover. M-F, 11:30AM-2:45PM, Hamilton, Room 351. A comparison of men and women as political actors at the mass and elite level in America. Topics considered include: the ”gender gap,” the women's movement, abortion, and the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA).

    POLI 469 Conflict and Intervention in the Former Yugoslavia (PWAD 469), Robert Jenkins, M-F, 9:00AM-12:15PM, Global Center 3024. Focuses on ethnic and political conflicts in the former Yugoslavia and efforts to end the conflict and promote peace.

    FIRST SESSION, May 14 – June 18, 2013

    POLI 101  State and Local Politics (3). John Lappie. M-F, 11:30AM-1:00PM. Murphey, Room 112. An introductory course on the government, politics, and policies at the state and local levels of the United States federal system.

    POLI 206  Ethics, Morality, Individual Liberty, and the Law (3). Donna LeFebvre. M-F, 1:15PM-2:45PM, Murphey, Room 115. This course introduces students to moral and ethical issues that arise when individual rights conflict with the law and the central role race plays in American society’s response.

    POLI 209 Analyzing Public Opinion (3). Michele Hoyman. M-F, 9:45AM-11:15AM;1:15PM-2:45PM, Hamilton, Room 452. A study of forces affecting public opinion and its expression in various political activities. Emphasis on gathering and analyzing opinion data. Course may be taught in the computer classroom.

    POLI 219  Violence Against Women: The Legal Perspective (WMST 219) (3). Donna LeFebvre. M-F, 11:30AM-1:00PM, Murphey, Room 115. This course examines violence against women by examining theories, causes, and contributing factors surrounding violence against women.

    POLI 254 International Environmental Politics (ENST 254) (3). Tim McKeown. M-F, 9:45AM-11:15AM, Murphey, Room 112. Covers the relationship between widespread environmental events and conditions and the cross-border political and economic activity of nations and people.  Historical cases examined will be scattered across time and space, but contemporary cases will be the most prevalent.

    POLI 271 Modern Political Thought (3). Stephen Leonard. Online course. Survey course designed to introduce students to major political thinkers and schools of thought dating roughly from the sixteenth century to the present.

    SECOND SESSION, June 20 – July 23, 2013

    POLI 100  Introduction to Government in the United States (3).  Gregory Wolf. M-F, 9:45AM-11:15AM. Murphey, Room 112. An introductory course designed to explain the basic processes and issues of the American political system.

    POLI 101  State and Local Government in the United States (3). John Cluverius. M-F, 11:30AM-1:00PM. Murphey, Room 112. An introductory course on the government, politics, and policies at the state and local levels of the United States federal system.

    POLI 130  Introduction to Comparative Politics (3). Svet Derderyan. M-F, 9:45AM-11:15AM. Murphey, Room 115. This course highlights the comparative method by seeking to understand differences among diverse states on five continents: UK, Northern Ireland, South Africa, Burma, and Fiji.

    POLI 444 Seminar on Terrorism (3). Navin Bapat. M-F, 11:30AM-1:00PM. Hamilton, Room 452 This course explores the causes of terrorist behavior. The course also examines the government’s response to terrorism, the internal implications of terrorists’ campaigns, and prospects for conflict resolution.

    POLI 452 Africa & International Conflict (3). Navin Bapat. M-F, 1:15PM-2:45PM. Hamilton, Room 452. The purpose of the course is to critically examine African conflicts using social science research. This course proposes a remedy to this by conducting an in-depth analysis of the causes of Africa's internal and external conflicts, both of which are linked. Specifically, the course will examine Africa's conflicts using a historical examination and advances in international relations theory to provide greater insight into Africa's security problems. In addition to theoretically examining Africa, the course will develop an in-depth survey of many of Africa's conflicts. These include the initial European colonial intervention, the wars of independence, the Cold War and the use of proxies, the insurgencies of the 1990s and 2000s, the African World War, the Sudanese War, and the war on terrorism in numerous states.

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