Courses & Schedule

Schedule of Courses Site

 

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