Political Science

Winter 2006

POLI 260  Comparative Politics (SS)                               3 credits
This introductory course provides a basic understanding of the fundamental concepts in comparative politics, using both a thematic and case study-based approach. Each day a new concept in comparative politics will be introduced and we will study the history and political system of a different country to provide an example for each theme. In this way and in the spirit of the comparative method, students will learn how to recognize and systematically analyze similarities and differences among the world’s political systems. For more information contact forestie@umbc.edu.
          Grade Method: REG
          GFR/GER:Meets SS. GDR:Meets S.
[0058] 9101 TuWTh......9:00am-12:10pm (PUP 208)       FORESTIERE, C

POLI 409B Selected Topics in Political Science                    3 credits
          Politics of Kurdistan: No Friends but the         
The Kurds are the largest stateless nation in the world—-almost 30 million people, spread mostly across Turkey, Iraq, Iran and Syria. Many Kurds want complete independence, some want just the Kurdish part of the country they live in to be independent, while others simply want autonomy and cultural freedom within existing Middle Eastern states. Would an independent, oil-rich “Kurdistan”—-of any size—-pose a threat to its Arab, Turkish and Persian neighbors? And what effect would European Union membership for Turkey have on its Kurdish population? This course includes lectures by the leading Kurdish activist in the United States, who will discuss what the Kurds must do to gain their freedom and live in peace. For more information contact mcroatti@umbc.edu.
          Grade Method: REG
[0059] 9101 TuWTh......6:00pm- 9:10pm (PUP 208)       CROATTI, M

POLI 489  Selected Topics in International Relations              3 credits
          Science and International Politics                
This course discusses the role science and scientists played in influencing the course of world politics especially in the Cold War, in areas such as nuclear energy, air power, and missiles. It analyzes new weapons systems and their strategic implications, and will argue a number of cases related to American business and its promotion of science and technology. It compares science and technology policies in the European Union, Russia, China, and India. It covers U.S. and Soviet-Russian space policy in different decades and the future of the International Space Station (ISS.) For more information contact mikhailn@umbc.edu.
          Grade  Method: REG PLEASE NOTE: class will
          meet in LH 6 on Wednesday, January 18th.
[0060] 9101 MTuW.......9:00am-12:10pm (PUP 105)       MIKHAIL, N

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