REQUIRED “CORE” COURSES FOR PLS DOCTORAL PROGRAM
PLS 800: Proseminar: Political Theory and Research Methods
PLS 801: Quantitative Techniques in Public Policy and Political Science I
PLS 802: Quantitative Techniques in Public Policy and Political Science II
PLS 803: Political Thought
PLS 809: Proseminar in Formal Theory
COURSE DESCRIPTIONS: PLS DOCTORAL COURSES
PLS 800 Proseminar: Political Theory and Research Methods
Issues in the accumulation of knowledge about political phenomena. Approaches to the verification of hypotheses. Alternative theoretical conceptions in study of politics
PLS 801 Quantitative Techniques in Public Policy and Political Science I
Foundations of research methodology. Applications of data in public policy and political science. Individual research projects
PLS 802 Quantitative Techniques in Public Policy and Political Science II
Linear and nonlinear models applied to public policy and political science data. Individualized research projects.
PLS 803 Political Thought
Major political philosophers. Major themes of political philosophy. Consideration of the relationship between political philosophy and other fields of study in political science.
PLS 809 Proseminar in Formal Theory
Formal models in understanding politics. Topics may include game theory, spatial modeling, social choice theory, public choice theory, and dynamic modeling. Theoretical issues and research applications.
PLS 811 Proseminar in Policy Analysis
Economic and political techniques for analyzing public policies. Utility and limitations of these techniques and their use and abuse in public policy analysis.
PLS 820 Proseminar in American Politics
The major subfields of American politics. Political behavior within institutions and mass political behavior.
PLS 821 State Government and Politics
Research literature on state government. Interstate differences. Parties, elections, governors, state legislatures, bureaucracy, interest groups, and policy outcomes.
PLS 822 Urban Government and Politics
Research literature on urban government. Structure, process, and policy issues. Intergovernmental relations and fiscal interdependencies.
PLS 828 Public Opinion and Political Behavior
The acquisition and change of political attitudes. The relationship between political attitudes and political behavior. Methods and problems of measuring political attitudes.
PLS 850 Proseminar in Comparative Politics
Research literature in a subfield of comparative politics. Methods, approaches, and purposes.
PLS 854 Comparative Political Institutions
Political institutions from a comparative perspective. Topics may include electoral systems, political parties, presidential vs. parliamentary systems, representation, federalism, and constitutional engineering.
PLS 857 Parties and Elections
Origin, organization, and behavior of political parties in advanced industrial societies. Structure and transformation of party systems. Role of issues and elections in party systems. Parties in developing societies.
PLS 860 Proseminar in International Relations
Theoretical perspectives and analytical approaches to a subfield of international relations.
PLS 870 Proseminar in Political Thought
Survey of major issues or themes in political philosophy.
PLS 871 Classical Political Philosophy
Study of one or more major figures or thinkers in ancient or medieval political philosophy.
PLS 872 Modern Political Philosophy
Study of one or more major figures or thinkers in modern political philosophy.
PLS 877 American Political Thought
Study of one or more major concepts or thinkers in American political thought.
PLS 884 Proseminar on Political Institutions and Public Choice
Theories of political institutions, with particular emphasis on the U.S. Possible topics include models of rational action in electoral, legislative, and bureaucratic institutions and problems of majority rule, collective action, and social welfare.
PLS 900 Research Seminar in Political Methodology
Advanced topics in political methodology. Individual research projects.
PLS 910 Research Seminar in Public Policy and Public Administration
Specialized topics in public administration or public policy.
PLS 920 Research Seminar in American Politics
Intensive study of one subfield of American politics. Critical evaluation of the literature.
PLS 950 Research Seminar in Comparative Politics
Intensive study of one subfield of comparative politics. Critical evaluation of the literature.
PLS 960 Research Seminar in International Politics
Intensive study of one subfield of international politics. Critical evaluation of the literature.
PLS 970 Research Seminar in Political Thought
Intensive study of one subfield of political philosophy.
PLS 980 Research Seminar in Formal Theory