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Introductory Courses

Three introductory-level lecture courses, each from a different subfield, are required of all Barnard majors and concentrators. These courses are designed to provide an introduction to the main subject matter and major theories of each subfield. Any lecture course at the 1000-level that is listed in this section fulfills this requirement. In addition, selected lecture courses at the 3000-level may be substituted for a 1000-level course in the same subfield. A list of appropriate Barnard and Columbia 3000-level political science lecture courses is on-line.
The subfields of all Barnard courses are listed. These are:

  • Political Theory: the study of the conceptual foundations of political systems and behavior.
  • American Government and Politics: the study of all aspects of the American political system, including its development, institutions, procedures, and actors.
  • Comparative Politics: the study of the political systems of other countries and regions, including the use of comparisons across cases in order to gain a broader and deeper understanding of events, institutions, and processes.
  • International Relations: the study of relations between countries and the dynamics and development of the international system.
Advanced Placement Credit
A student granted Advanced Placement (AP) credit by the College in either American Politics or Comparative Politics with an exam score of 5 will have fulfilled the prerequisite for courses that require the prior completion of POLS BC 1001 or V 1501, respectively. If the student wants to take the introductory American Politics or Comparative Politics course, she may do so, but she will forfeit her corresponding AP credit.
AP credit does not count toward the number of courses required for the major or minor, i.e. the student still needs to complete the nine courses for the major or the five for the minor.

Course Equivalents
POLS BC 1001 Dynamics of American Politics equals POLS W 1201 Introduction to American Politics.
POLS W 1002 Introduction to Political Thought does not count for Barnard major or minor credit.

Sciences Po Bachelors or Masters of Arts
Students interested in the Sciences Po-Barnard five-year joint-degree BA/ MA program are encouraged to start planning early, see Requirements.

Political Theory

POLS V 1013x Political Theory

Critical reading and analysis of key texts in political theory. Emphasis will be placed on political problems such as tensions between justice and law, challenges of democratic citizenship, origins and effects of inequality, paradoxes of modern freedom, and persistent gender inequalities. - A. Gundogdu
Prerequisites: L-course sign-up through eBear. Enrollment is limited to 80. Optional writing sessions. Note: POLS W 1002 "Introduction to Political Thought" does *NOT* satisfy the major or minor requirements. Barnard syllabus. Corequisites: Required discussion section POLS V 1015. Discussion Section Required. General Education Requirement: Reason and Value (REA). General Education Requirement: Ethics and Values.
3 points

Course
Number
Call Number/
Section
Days & Times/
Location
Instructor Enrollment
Autumn 2014 :: POLS V1013
POLS
1013
04111
001
TuTh 10:10a - 11:25a
TBA
A. Gundogdu 60 / 60 [ More Info ]

American Government & Politics

POLS W 1201x and y Introduction to American Government & Politics

Lecture & discussion. Dynamics of political institutions and processes, chiefly of the national government. Emphasis on the actual exercise of political power by interest groups, elites, political parties and political opinion. (Cross-listed by the American Studies Program.)- Daniel Kato
Prerequisites: L-course sign-up through eBear. Not open to students who have taken POLS BC 1001 "Dynamics of American Politics." Barnard syllabus. Corequisites: Required discussion section POLS V1211. Discussion Section Required. General Education Requirement: Social Analysis (SOC).
3 points

Course
Number
Call Number/
Section
Days & Times/
Location
Instructor Enrollment
Spring 2014 :: POLS W1201
POLS
1201
63798
001
MW 11:40a - 12:55p
209 HAVEMEYER HALL
J. Russell 88 / 100 [ More Info ]
Autumn 2014 :: POLS W1201
POLS
1201
11243
002
MW 11:40a - 12:55p
TBA
J. Phillips 100 / 100 [ More Info ]

Comparative Politics

POLS V 1501y Comparative Politics

Introduction to major issues and theories in comparative politics, democratization, and human rights. - To be determined
Corequisites: Required discussion section POLS V1511. May be taken at Barnard or Columbia. Limited to 100 students. L-course sign-up through eBear. Barnard syllabus. Discussion Section Required. General Education Requirement: Cultures in Comparison (CUL). General Education Requirement: Social Analysis (SOC).
3 points

Course
Number
Call Number/
Section
Days & Times/
Location
Instructor Enrollment
Spring 2014 :: POLS V1501
POLS
1501
07755
001
TuTh 11:40a - 12:55p
405 MILBANK HALL
M. El-Ghobashy 82 / 100 [ More Info ]
Autumn 2014 :: POLS V1501
POLS
1501
25338
001
MW 10:10a - 11:25a
TBA
K. Kasara 56 / 100 [ More Info ]

International Relations

POLS V 1601x and y International Politics

Setting and dynamics of global politics; application of theories of international relations to selected historical and contemporary problems. - Kimberly Marten
Corequisites: Required discussion section POLS V1611. May be taken at Barnard or Columbia. L-course sign-up through eBear. Professor Marten's section is limited to 220, including 44 incoming Barnard first-year students. Barnard syllabus. Discussion Section Required. General Education Requirement: Social Analysis (SOC).
3 points

Course
Number
Call Number/
Section
Days & Times/
Location
Instructor Enrollment
Spring 2014 :: POLS V1601
POLS
1601
25903
001
TuTh 2:40p - 3:55p
309 HAVEMEYER HALL
E. Blanchard 138 / 160 [ More Info ]
Autumn 2014 :: POLS V1601
POLS
1601
04589
001
MW 2:40p - 3:55p
TBA
K. Marten 175 / 175 [ More Info ]

Lecture Courses

Political science courses emphasize social scientific reasoning and theory application. The 3000- and 4000-level courses listed here are designed to deepen and expand the knowledge base of our students and to encourage them to apply social scientific reasoning and theories to the analysis of a broad range of political issues and problems. Lecture courses are the primary mechanism of instruction; see individual course descriptions for information on discussion or lab sections.


Any of the courses listed in this section, under "Introductory Courses" above, or cross-listed at the bottom of this page (Note: click "Show all") may be used toward the three elective courses required for the major. Note: because the Columbia Department does not list its courses by subfield, students are responsible for checking with their major advisors to verify the subfield into which Columbia courses fall! Please consult our Department Chair about the eligibility of a Columbia political science course not cross-listed below.


As mentioned in the "Introductory Courses" section above, selected lecture courses at the 3000-level may be substituted for a 1000-level introductory course in the same subfield. A list of appropriate Barnard and Columbia introductory 3000-level political science lecture courses is on-line.
The subfields of all Barnard courses are listed. These are:

  • American Government & Politics;
  • Comparative Politics;
  • International Relations; and
  • Political Theory.

Political Theory

POLS V 3002y Human Rights and Immigration

This course inquires into the challenges posed by international immigration to the existing system of human rights. It provides a theoretical understanding of the imortance of citizenship and sovereignty within this system. It combines theoretical readings on human rights with case studies on asylum-seekers, refugees and undocumented immigrants. (Cross-listed by the Human Rights Program.) - A. Gundogdu
Prerequisites: A Political Theory or a Human Rights course. Not an introductory-level course. Enrollment limited to 25 students; L-course sign-up through eBear. Barnard syllabus. General Education Requirement: Social Analysis (SOC). General Education Requirement: Ethics and Values. Not offered in 2014-2015.
3 points

Political Theory

POLS V 3103x Great Political Thinkers in the Black Intellectual Tradition

In this course, we examine how the black intellectual tradition's best political thinkers grappled with a concrete and particular instance of a universal problematic of domination and submission, inclusion and exclusion, power and powerlessness, and the question of how subaltern groups can find liberation from their subalternity. Though many of the thinkers under consideration are significant as political actors, we understand their writings to provide a complex and contested theoretical backdrop for political action. We explore how black thinkers 1) criticize and American democracy corrupted by slavery 2) articulate the ideological functions of 'race,' 3) redefine race consciousness in terms of linked fate. - M. Smith
Not offered in 2014-2015.
3 points

American Government & Politics

POLS BC 3200x American Political Development, 1789-1980

Explores the development of the American political system and its institutions, including Congress and the Presidency. Traces the ways in which institutions shape our political life, and conversely the ways politics change institutions. Examines how historical approaches to American politics can shed light on some of the dilemmas now facing the American political system. (Cross-listed by the American Studies Program.) - D. Kato
General Education Requirement: Historical Studies (HIS). General Education Requirement: Social Analysis (SOC). Not offered in 2014-2015.
3 points

American Government & Politics

POLS V 3212y Environmental Politics

The political setting in which environmental policy-making occurs. The course will focus on grassroots and top-down policy-making in the United States with some comparative examples.Topics include the conservation movement and national agenda politics, pollution control and iron triangle politics, alternative energy policy and subsidy politics, climate change and issue networks, and transnational environmental issues and negotiation of international policy regimes. (Cross-listed by the American Studies Program.) - R. Pious
Prerequisites: None. Some knowledge of American politics and government (i.e. prior high school or college coursework) is recommended. Barnard syllabus.
"L" sign-up through eBear. General Education Requirement: Social Analysis (SOC). Not offered in 2014-2015.

3 points

Course
Number
Call Number/
Section
Days & Times/
Location
Instructor Enrollment
Spring 2014 :: POLS V3212
POLS
3212
03424
001
MW 11:40a - 12:55p
328 MILBANK HALL
R. Pious 31 / 50 [ More Info ]

American Government & Politics

POLS V 3222y Political Science Research Methods

The course introduces students to the systematic study of political phenomena. Students will learn how to develop research questions and executable research designs. Then, taking an applied approach, students learn basic statistical and case study techniques for evaluating evidence and making empirical claims. No prior experience with statistics is assumed. - S. Minkoff
Prerequisites: At least sophomore standing recommended. No prior experience with statistics is assumed. Corequisites: POLS V 3223 Computer Lab: Thursdays 2:00-3:00 in Lehman 18 (50 minutes per week). Enrollment limited to 40 students: "L" sign-up through eBear. Not an introductory-level course. Barnard syllabus. Lab Required. General Education Requirement: Social Analysis (SOC). Not offered in 2014-2015.
3 points

Course
Number
Call Number/
Section
Days & Times/
Location
Instructor Enrollment
Spring 2014 :: POLS V3222
POLS
3222
05405
001
MW 2:40p - 3:55p
207 MILBANK HALL
S. Minkoff 18 / 40 [ More Info ]

American Politics

POLS V 3240x or y Race, Law, and American Politics

This class focuses on the broader implications of race as it relates to constitutional law, resistance movements and political economy. This class examines the dynamic relationship between race, law and American politics as a lens by which to interrogate core concepts in legal, social and political decision-making. Enrollment limited to 40 students. - D. Kato
Prerequisites: POLS V 1201 or equivalent
3 points

Course
Number
Call Number/
Section
Days & Times/
Location
Instructor Enrollment
Spring 2014 :: POLS V3240
POLS
3240
08972
001
MW 11:40a - 12:55p
302 LEHMAN HALL
D. Kato 25 / 40 [ More Info ]

American Government & Politics

POLS BC 3254y First Amendment Values

Examines the first amendment rights of speech, press, religion and assembly. In-depth analysis of landmark Supreme Court rulings provides the basis for exploring theoretical antecedents as well as contemporary applications of such doctrines as freedom of association, libel, symbolic speech, obscenity, hate speech, political speech, commercial speech, freedom of the press and religion. (Cross-listed by the American Studies Program.) - P. Franzese
Prerequisites: POLS W1201 or the equivalent. Not an introductory-level course. Not open to students who have taken the colloquium POLS BC3302. Enrollment limited to 25 students; L-course sign-up through eBear. Barnard syllabus.
3 points

Course
Number
Call Number/
Section
Days & Times/
Location
Instructor Enrollment
Spring 2014 :: POLS BC3254
POLS
3254
01940
001
Tu 4:10p - 6:00p
203 Diana Center
P. Franzese 29 / 25 [ More Info ]

American Government & Politics

POLS V 3313y American Urban Politics

A study of cities in the US focusing on local government structures and relationships with other levels of government. Themes include power and decision-making; the leadership and administration of cities; and present day problems and strategies to deal with them. Topics include urban political economy, political machines and urban reform, race and ethnicity in urban politics, and urban problems such as fiscal strain, poverty, the burden of growth and attracting economic investment, the costs and consequences of urban terror and disaster, and the global city. (Cross-listed by the American Studies Program.) - S. Minkoff
Prerequisites: This course counts as an introductory-level course in American Politics. L-course sign-up through eBear. Enrollment is limited to 80, including 20 incoming Barnard first-year students. Barnard syllabus. Corequisites: Required discussion section POLS V3314. Discussion Section Required. General Education Requirement: Social Analysis (SOC).
3 points

Course
Number
Call Number/
Section
Days & Times/
Location
Instructor Enrollment
Spring 2014 :: POLS V3313
POLS
3313
26909
001
MW 6:10p - 7:25p
413 KENT HALL
C. Vargas-Ramos 53 / 70 [ More Info ]
Autumn 2014 :: POLS V3313
POLS
3313
68887
001
MW 6:10p - 7:25p
TBA
C. Vargas-Ramos 59 / 70 [ More Info ]

Comparative Politics

POLS V 3401x Democracy and Dictatorship in Europe

Examines the development of democracies and dictatorships in Europe from the French Revolution to the present day. Analyzes the nature and dynamics of European political history and uses the European experience as a foundation upon which to build a broader understanding of how different types of political regimes emerge, function and are sustained over time. (Cross-listed by the European Studies and Human Rights Programs.) - S. Berman
Prerequisites: A course in European history or comparative politics preferred but not necessary. Enrollment is limited to 70, including 20 incoming Barnard first-year students. Barnard syllabus. General Education Requirement: Historical Studies (HIS). General Education Requirement: Social Analysis (SOC).
3 points

Course
Number
Call Number/
Section
Days & Times/
Location
Instructor Enrollment
Autumn 2014 :: POLS V3401
POLS
3401
09545
001
MW 11:40a - 12:55p
TBA
S. Berman 61 / 70 [ More Info ]

Comparative Politics

POLS BC 3402x The Comparative Politics of Gender Inequality

Uses major analytical perspectives in comparative politics to understand the persistence of gender inequality in advanced industrial states. Topics include: political representation and participation; political economy and capitalism; the historical development of welfare states; electoral systems, electoral quotas; the role of supranational and international organizations; and social policy. - C. Ullman
Prerequisites: Not an introductory-level course. Not open to students who have taken the colloquium POLS BC 3507. Enrollment limited to 20 students; L-course sign-up through eBear. Barnard syllabus. General Education Requirement: Social Analysis (SOC). Not offered in 2014-2015.
3 points

Comparative Politics

POLS V 3413x Political Movements in the Middle East and North Africa

The 2011 "Arab Spring" took all observers by surprise. Yet the region has a rich history of bottom-up demands for accountable government. This course examines the diverse forms of popular mobilization in the Middle East region from the 19th century to 2011, including women's, human rights, and labor movements. (Cross-listed by the Department of Asian and Middle Eastern Cultures) - M. El-Ghobashy
Prerequisites: Limited to 40 students. L-course sign-up through eBear. This course counts as an introductory-level course in Comparative Politics. Barnard syllabus. General Education Requirement: Social Analysis (SOC). Not offered in 2014-2015.
3 points

American Government & Politics

POLS BC 3521x Civil Rights and Civil Liberties

Explores seminal caselaw to inform contemporary civil rights and civil liberties jurisprudence and policy. Specifically, the readings examine historical and contemporary first amendment values, including freedom of speech and the press, economic liberties, takings law, discrimination based on race, gender, class and sexual preference, affirmative action, the right to privacy, reproductive freedom, the right to die, criminal procedure and adjudication, the rights of the criminally accused post-9/11 and the death penalty. (Cross-listed by the American Studies and Human Rights Programs.) - P. Franzese
Prerequisites: POLS W1201 or the equivalent. Not an introductory-level course. Not open to students who have taken the colloquium POLS BC3326. Enrollment limited to 25 students; L-course sign-up through eBear. Barnard syllabus.
3 points

Course
Number
Call Number/
Section
Days & Times/
Location
Instructor Enrollment
Autumn 2014 :: POLS BC3521
POLS
3521
04891
001
Tu 4:10p - 6:00p
TBA
P. Franzese 44 / 30 [ More Info ]

International Relations and Comparative Politics

POLS V 3604y Civil Wars and International Interventions in Africa

At least sophomore standing, except in consultation with the instructor. Limited to 70 students. L-course sign-up through eBear. Barnard syllabus. This course counts as an introductory course for International Relations or Comparative Politics. Analyzes the causes of violence in civil wars. Examines the debates around emergency aid, peacekeeping and peacebuilding. Focuses on recent conflict situations in Africa -- especially Congo, Sudan, and Rwanda -- as a background against which to understand the distinct dynamics of violence, peace, and international interventions in civil conflicts. (Cross-listed by the Center for the Study of Ethnicity and Race.) - S. Autesserre
General Education Requirement: Social Analysis (SOC).
3 points

International Relations

POLS V 3615y Globalization and International Politics

Exploration of how globalization affects the structures and functions of the international economy, state sovereignty, international security, and international civil society. Emphasis is placed on problems of international governance, legitimacy and accountability, and the evolving organizational processes that characterize contemporary international politics. - A. Cooley
Prerequisites: Limited to 69 students. L-course sign-up through eBear. Barnard syllabus. General Education Requirement: Social Analysis (SOC). Not offered in 2014-2015.
3 points

Comparative Politics

POLS V 3620y Contemporary Chinese Politics

Introduction to some basic aspects and major events in Chinese political life under the communists since 1949, focusing on the post-Mao reform period since 1978. Examination of economic and political development in China in a broader context of global transition from authoritarianism and state socialism. - X. Lu
Prerequisites: Limited to 69 students. L-course sign-up through eBear. This course counts as an introductory-level course in Comparative Politics. Barnard syllabus. General Education Requirement: Historical Studies (HIS). General Education Requirement: Social Analysis (SOC).
3 points

International Relations

POLS V 3675y Russia and the West

Exploration of Russia's ambiguous relationship with the West, focusing on the political, cultural, philosophic, and historical roots of this relationship, as well as its foreign policy consequences. Cases are drawn from tsarist, Soviet, and post-Soviet periods. Special emphasis is placed on issues of political economy and international security. (Cross-listed by the Athena Center for Leadership Studies.) - K. Marten
Prerequisites: Enrollment limited to 40 students. L-course sign-up through eBear. This course counts as an introductory-level course in International Relations. Barnard syllabus. General Education Requirement: Historical Studies (HIS). General Education Requirement: Social Analysis (SOC).
3 points

American Politics

POLS W 4205x Politics, Crime and Punishment

This course investigates the politics of crime and the criminal justice system. We investigate the origins of the politics of law and order from the mid-twentieth century to today, against a broader backdrop of partisan competition, urban de-industrialization, and socio-cultural tensions. Particular attention is paid to the role of politicians and political institutions such as the Congress, the Judiciary and federal, state and local bureaucracies such as local police in conceptualizing the need for a "war on crime;" and developing the political and institutional mechanisms for carrying out this war. The course reviews the current political, institutional and societal developments arising from the war on crime and current debates amongst politicians and policymakers. Issues such as sentencing disparities; racial differences in death penalty cases; New York City's "stop and frisk" policy; and, felon disenfranchisement, are among some of the topics that will be covered in this course. Students will analyze a mix of social science research, legal cases, and policy analyses, as a means of understanding the political development of the American criminal justice. Readings and in-class discussions will be supplemented by guest speakers drawn from organizations involved in the crime/criminal justice system. - Kimberley Johnson
Prerequisites: At least one social science course. At least one course in American Politics. Not offered in 2014-2015.
3 points

American Government & Politics

POLS W 4316y The American Presidency

Growth of presidential power, creation and use of the institutionalized presidency, presidential-congressional and presidential-bureaucratic relationships, and the presidency and the national security apparatus. (Cross-listed by the American Studies Program.) - R. Pious
Prerequisites: POLS W1201 or any course that qualifies for the the introductory-level American Politics course. Barnard syllabus.
"L" sign-up through eBear. Not offered in 2014-2015.

3 points

Course
Number
Call Number/
Section
Days & Times/
Location
Instructor Enrollment
Spring 2014 :: POLS W4316
POLS
4316
05173
001
MW 1:10p - 2:25p
328 MILBANK HALL
R. Pious 24 / 50 [ More Info ]

American Government & Politics

POLS W 4321y The Constitutional Law of Presidential-Congressional Relations

Constitutional issues involved in presidential-congressional relations, including assertions of presidential emergency powers, control of the administrative agencies, and the constitutional law of diplomatic and war powers. (Cross-listed by the American Studies Program.) - R. Pious
Prerequisites: POLS W1201 or any course that qualifies for the introductory-level American Politics course. At least sophomore standing required. Barnard syllabus. Not offered in 2014-2015.
3 points

Comparative Politics

POLS W 4435x Political Corruption and Governance

Survey of the social science discourse on political corruption in the contemporary world and its relationship to political and economic development. Exploration of questions concerning political corruption�its causes, consequences, patterns, and effective mechanisms to reduce, contain, and eliminate corruption. Barnard syllabus. - X. Lu
Prerequisites: POLS V1501 or its
equivalent. Additional courses in comparative politics are recommended. Open to undergraduate students with at least sophomore standing and graduate students.

3 points

Comparative Politics

POLS W 4445x Politics of the Middle East and North Africa

This course has two objectives: studying the political economy and history of the Arab states, Israel, Turkey, and Iran, and reviewing major themes in the Middle East political science literature. Topics include: historical legacies of colonialism, the political economy of state-society relations, the politics of religion, the politics of democratization, and burgeoning forms of new media. - M. El-Ghobashy
Prerequisites: POLS V1501 or the equivalent. Enrollment limited to 70 students. L-course sign-up through eBear. Barnard syllabus. Not offered in 2014-2015.
3 points

International Relations

POLS W 4820y International Relations of a Post-Western World

Examines emerging challenges to the Western-built order of international politics, including emerging powers and the Bretton Woods economic institutions, the reslience of the US-led security system, and the contestation of Western values issues such as international, human rights and democracy promotion. Focus on Eurasia, Middle East, Africa and Southeast Asia. - A. Cooley
Prerequisites: POLS 1601 or an equivalent introductory course in International Politics; an introductory course in Economics or international finance is recommended for background, but not required.
3 points

Course
Number
Call Number/
Section
Days & Times/
Location
Instructor Enrollment
Spring 2014 :: POLS W4820
POLS
4820
04024
001
MW 2:40p - 3:55p
LL103 Diana Center
A. Cooley 26 / 70 [ More Info ]

Colloquia

Although all political science courses teach students to generate and test hypotheses about political processes, relationships and institutions and/or engage in conceptual analysis and interpretation of political ideas, arguments and phenomena, students are encouraged to do this at a higher level in their two required colloquia. These colloquia feature intensive, small group discussions and a major research paper, and provide students with an opportunity to work more independently than they probably have in previous courses.

The two required colloquia must be completed before the senior research seminar. The colloquium format involves weekly discussion of readings, and development of research skills through completion of a 25- to 30-page research paper, constituting the major piece of written work for the course. Admission is limited to sixteen students who are assigned by the department, not by individual instructors. Students must have completed one lecture course in the relevant subfield before enrolling in the colloquium (or must receive special permission from the instructor for that requirement to be waived). The two required colloquia must be taken with different Barnard instructors and selected from the asterisked colloquium offerings listed in the Barnard course catalogue. Columbia seminars do not fulfill this requirement.
Although admission to each colloquium is limited (to sixteen students), please do not use the L-course sign-up, but apply through the Barnard Political Science Department office during the preceding semester's program-planning period. Majors must complete two colloquia, each taken with different instructors: a second colloquium taken with the same instructor will receive political science elective credit only.

If you plan on spending part or all of junior year abroad, take one or both of your colloquia before your junior year, see Requirements.

International Relations

POLS BC 3055y * Colloquium on Political Violence and Terrorism

What causes political violence and terrorism? How should we define "terrorism"--is it true, as the old saw goes, that one man's terrorist is another man's freedom fighter? What is the role of religious belief, as opposed to more immediate political goals, in fomenting terrorist action? Are al Qaeda and those linked to it different from terrorists we've seen in various places around the world in the past, or does all terrorism and political violence stem from the same variety of goals and purposes? Can governments take effective action to prevent or counter terrorism, or are we all doomed to live in insecurity? What is the proper balance between protection against terrorism and protection of civil liberties? This course examines these questions through weekly assigned readings, analysis and discussion. - K. Marten
Prerequisites: POLS V1501 or POLS V1601 or the equivalent. Admission by application through the Barnard department only. Enrollment limited to 16 students. Barnard syllabus. Not offered in 2014-2015.
4 points

Political Theory

POLS BC 3101x * Colloquium on Black Political Thought

Advanced political theory colloquium treats black political thought as concerned with the universal problem of domination. Examines how black thinkers relate democracy, slavery and race; redefine race consciousness as linked fate; articulate new social theories to suggest new "meanings" for race; redefine the political to address social and aesthetic concerns. - M. Smith
Prerequisites: POLS W1013 or the equivalent. Admission by application through the Barnard department only. Enrollment limited to 16 students. Barnard syllabus. Not offered in 2014-2015.
4 points

Political Theory

POLS BC 3102x or y Race and Modern Political Thought

Race and Modern Political Thought is a Political Theory colloquium that explores how the concept of race became available to modern thought as a legitimate conceptualization of human being and difference and to political thought as an idea useful to structuring political communities. Is race best understood in ideological terms, i.e., as a viewpoint shared by philosophers and lay-persons alike about difference that usefully reflected the needs and aspirations of slaveholders and colonialists? Or is race instead an artifact of modern forms of reasoning? Or should we ignore questions of origin and simply take seriously the notion that the only practical-ethically correct or politically progressive-approach to theorizing race is to attend critically to the organization of racial power? What kind of idea is race? - Michelle Smith
Prerequisites: POLS 1013 or the equivalent. Not offered in 2014-2015.
4 points Admission by application through the Barnard department only. Enrollment limited to 16 students.

International Relations

POLS BC 3118y * Colloquium on Problems in International Security

Examination of causes and consequences of major current problems in international security. Topics include state power dynamics and the rise of China, nuclear deterrence and proliferation, military intervention and R2P, ethnic nationalism and sectarianism, state failure and warlordism, transnational terrorism. - K. Marten
Prerequisites: POLS V1501 or POLS V1601 or the equivalent. Admission by application through the Barnard department only. Enrollment limited to 16 students. Barnard syllabus.
4 points

Course
Number
Call Number/
Section
Days & Times/
Location
Instructor Enrollment
Spring 2014 :: POLS BC3118
POLS
3118
03774
001
M 2:10p - 4:00p
502 Diana Center
K. Marten 15 [ More Info ]

American Government & Politics

POLS BC 3304y * Colloquium on Politics and Policy-Making in American Federalism

Examines increasingly complex relationships existing amongst all levels of American government and theoretical and practical challenges these relationships present for policy-makers and citizens. Themes include which levels of government ought to be doing what, the role of exit and voice, and what it means to produce coherent public policy. - S. Minkoff
Prerequisites: POLS W1201 or the equivalent. Admission by application through the Barnard department only. Enrollment limited to 16 students. Barnard syllabus. Not offered in 2014-2015.
4 points

American Politics

POLS BC 3306y Politics of Judicial Interpretation

Focusing on the development of constiutional doctrine across time, we will consider the growth of Supreme Court authority over constitutional questions (and challenges to that authority), the Court's relation to the other federal branches, and the relationship between constitutional change and social movements - D. Kato
Prerequisites: POLS 1201 Intro to American politics or an equivalent American Politics course.
4 points

Course
Number
Call Number/
Section
Days & Times/
Location
Instructor Enrollment
Spring 2014 :: POLS BC3306
POLS
3306
06986
001
Tu 12:10p - 2:00p
421 LEHMAN HALL
D. Kato 16 [ More Info ]
Autumn 2014 :: POLS BC3306
POLS
3306
09462
001
Tu 11:00a - 12:50p
TBA
D. Kato 11 [ More Info ]

American Politics

POLS BC 3307x or y Racial Violence

This colloquium examines two particular episodes of racial violence, each of which situates the political differently: lynchings and prisons. The goal is to not only explore how to bring the state back in but also examine the differences, similarities and points of intersections across disciplines. - D. Kato
Prerequisites: POLS 1201 Intro to American Politics or an equivalent American Politics course.
4 points

Course
Number
Call Number/
Section
Days & Times/
Location
Instructor Enrollment
Spring 2014 :: POLS BC3307
POLS
3307
09388
001
Th 12:10p - 2:00p
201 LEHMAN HALL
D. Kato 13 [ More Info ]

American Politics

POLS BC 3328y Politics of Urban Development

Explores the development policies that American cities are pursuing and the political, economic, and social contexts in which they pursue them. Emphasis will be placed on developing both a theoretical and practical understanding of the challenges cities face as they seek economic prosperity. - S. Minkoff
Prerequisites: POLS W 1201 (Introduction to American Government and Politics), POLS V 3313 (American Urban Politics), or permission from the instructor.
4 points

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Spring 2014 :: POLS BC3328
POLS
3328
00338
001
W 11:00a - 12:50p
201 LEHMAN HALL
S. Minkoff 11 [ More Info ]

Political Theory

POLS BC 3329y Harlem in Theory

Harlem in Theory is an advanced political theory colloquium. Its focus is both thematic and methodological. Joining a two-thousand year tradition of doing philosophy in and for the city, we theorize Harlem as urbs and civitas (place and socio-political association) and bring Harlem to bear on philosophy. We explore the political theorist's craft by engaging different theoretical approaches and methodologies used by political, social and critical theorists. Our readings include political philosophy, critical frameworks for interpretation and historical, social scientific and literary works about Harlem - supplemented by film, music and of course periodic trips to various Harlem venues. General Education Requirement: Social Analysis (SOC). - M. Smith
Not offered in 2014-2015.
4 points

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Spring 2014 :: POLS BC3329
POLS
3329
02862
001
M 2:10p - 4:00p
302 LEHMAN HALL
M. Smith 6 [ More Info ]

American Government & Politics

POLS BC 3331x * Colloquium on American Political Decisionmaking

Readings on decisionmaking, policy analysis, and the political setting of the administrative process. Students will simulate an ad hoc Cabinet Committee assigned to prepare a presidential program to deal with aspects of the foreign aid program involving hunger and malnutrition. (Cross-listed by the American Studies Program and by the Athena Center for Leadership Studies.) - R. Pious
Prerequisites: POLS W1201 or the equivalent. Admission by application through the Barnard department only. Enrollment limited to 16 students. Barnard syllabus. Not offered in 2014-2015.
4 points

American Government & Politics

POLS BC 3332x * Colloquium on Exploring Political Leadership in the U.S.

Exploration of the effect of political leadership on political outcomes in the United States, with special attention to how individual characteristics, like personality, political style, ideology, gender, race and class, interact with the political environment in shaping political outcomes. (Cross-listed by the American Studies Program and by the Athena Center for Leadership Studies.) - F. Davidson
Prerequisites: POLS W1201 or the equivalent. Admission by application through the Barnard department only. Enrollment limited to 16 students. Barnard syllabus. Not offered in 2014-2015.
4 points

American Politics

POLS BC 3334x or y Colloquium on American Elections

The purpose of this course is to examine how political science can inform the real-world campaign environment, improving our understanding of strategy and outcomes in American elections. - M. Miller
Prerequisites: POLS V 1201 or equivalent American Politics course. Admission by application through the Barnard department only. Enrollment limited to 16 students.
4 points

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Autumn 2014 :: POLS BC3334
POLS
3334
04575
001
Tu 11:00a - 12:50p
TBA
Instructor To Be Announced 12 [ More Info ]

Political Theory

POLS BC 3410y * Colloquium on Human Rights in a Diverse World

Exploration of the nature of human rights and questions of their validity and relevance, protection and redefinition, in this world of cultural diversity and diversity of national interests. (Cross-listed by the Human Rights Program.) - A. Gundogdu
Prerequisites: POLS V1013 or W3001 or the equivalent. Admission by application through the Barnard department only. Enrollment limited to 16 students. Barnard syllabus.
4 points

International Relations

POLS BC 3411y Building Peace

How can we build peace in the aftermath of extensive violence? How can international actors help in this process? This colloquium focuses on international peacemaking, peacekeeping, and peacebuilding efforts in recent conflicts. It covers general concepts, theories, and debates, as well as specific cases of peacebuilding successes and failures. - S. Autesserre
Prerequisites: POLS 1601 (Intro to International Politics) or equivalent
4 points

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Spring 2014 :: POLS BC3411
POLS
3411
00352
001
Tu 2:10p - 4:00p
421 LEHMAN HALL
S. Autesserre 11 [ More Info ]

International Relations

POLS BC 3417y Sovereignty and its Challenges

States are often assumed to maintain control over their sovereign affairs, yet in our contemporary era a variety of external actors regularly violate state sovereignty, pressure governments or challenge their domestic policy autonomy. This course explores how the traditional political, economic and security functions of states are being undermined and reconfigured. - A. Cooley
Prerequisites: POLS 1601 or equivalent Introduction to International Relations course.
4 points

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Spring 2014 :: POLS BC3417
POLS
3417
09380
001
Tu 2:10p - 4:00p
201 LEHMAN HALL
A. Cooley 14 [ More Info ]

Comparative Politics

POLS BC 3500x * Colloquium on Political Economy of Corruption and Its Control

Comparative political economy course which addresses some important questions concerning corruption and its control: the concept, causes, patterns, consequences, and control of corruption. Introduces students to and engages them in several key social science debates on the causes and effects of political corruption. - X Lu
Prerequisites: POLS V1501 or the equivalent. Admission by application through the Barnard department only. Enrollment limited to 16 students. Barnard syllabus.
4 points

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Autumn 2014 :: POLS BC3500
POLS
3500
03576
001
Th 4:10p - 6:00p
TBA
X. Lu 10 [ More Info ]

Comparative Politics

POLS BC 3504x * Colloquium on Social Movements across Time and Space

Examines the origins, trajectories, and effects of social movements, from 18th century Britain to 19th century Iran to late 20th century Argentina, China, and the United States. Focuses on social movements' relation to political parties, the state, and transnational forces and asks whether social movements promote or undermine democratization. - M. El-Ghobashy
Prerequisites: POLS V1501 or the equivalent. Admission by application through the Barnard department only. Enrollment limited to 16 students. Barnard syllabus. Not offered in 2014-2015.
4 points

Comparative Politics

POLS BC 3505y * Colloquium on Making Democracy Work

Examination of democratic consolidation and promotion. What makes democracy work and what, if anything, can outside actors do to help this process along? Topics include the theoretical literature on democratic consolidation, historical cases of intervention, debates about America's role in promoting democracy, and examination of some of the research on democracy promotion. (Cross-listed by the Europen Studies and Human Rights Programs.) - S. Berman
Prerequisites: POLS V1501 or the equivalent. Admission by application through the Barnard department only. Enrollment limited to 16 students. Barnard syllabus.
4 points

Comparative Politics

POLS BC 3507x * Colloquium on Gender, Politics, and Markets

Considers why men more than women control political and economic resources in advanced industrial states of the world. Examines how labor markets, welfare states, and political institutions have a different impact on women than men. Evaluates attempts at increasing gender equality in political representation, labor market participation, and household work. (Cross-listed by the Womens Studies Program.) - C. Ullman
Prerequisites: POLS V1501 or the equivalent. Admission by application through the Barnard department only. Enrollment limited to 16 students. Barnard syllabus.
4 points

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Autumn 2014 :: POLS BC3507
POLS
3507
05871
001
W 2:10p - 4:00p
TBA
C. Ullman 12 [ More Info ]

Comparative Politics

POLS BC 3540x or y States, Nations, and Democracy

The course will examine the development of, and relationship among, the three constituent features of the modern political world: states, nations and democracy. The course will analyze both historical and contemporary cases, tracing how causal processes unfold over time and space and what past conditions and experiences lie behind today's political dynamics and problems. - S. Berman
Prerequisites: Prerequisites: POLS V1501 or the equivalent. Admission by application through the Barnard department only. Enrollment limited to 16 students.
4 points

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Autumn 2014 :: POLS BC3540
POLS
3540
06187
001
W 2:10p - 4:00p
TBA
S. Berman 8 [ More Info ]

International Relations

POLS BC 3805x * Colloquium on International Organization

Exploration of the various structures, institutions, and processes that order relations among states and/or actors in the international system. Emphasis will be placed on contemporary issues such as dilemmas of humanitarian intervention, the politics of international institutions, the rise of non-governmental organizations, and globalization. - A. Cooley
Prerequisites: POLS V1601 or the equivalent. Admission by application through the Barnard department only. Enrollment limited to 16 students. Barnard syllabus.
4 points

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Autumn 2014 :: POLS BC3805
POLS
3805
00523
001
M 11:00a - 12:50p
TBA
A. Cooley 12 [ More Info ]

International Relations

POLS BC 3810x * Colloquium on Aid, Politics & Violence in Africa

Explores the concepts, theoretical traditions and debates around development and humanitarian aid, focusing on the relationships between aid, politics, and violence. It looks at the political and military impacts of aid, the linkage between humanitarian aid and conflict resolution, and aid's contribution to perpetuating subtle forms of domination. (Cross-listed by the Africana Studies and the Human Rights Programs.) - S. Autesserre
Prerequisites: POLS V1601 or the equivalent. Admission by application through the Barnard department only. Enrollment limited to 16 students. Barnard syllabus.
4 points

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Autumn 2014 :: POLS BC3810
POLS
3810
03818
001
W 2:10p - 4:00p
TBA
S. Autesserre 17 [ More Info ]

International Relations

POLS BC 3812y * Colloquium on State Failure, Warlords, and Pirates

What are sovereign states, why do they fail, does their failure matter, and can the international community help? This course examines these questions using social science theories and historical case studies. It focuses on the political economy and security consequences of two current forms of state failure: warlordism and piracy. - K. Marten
Prerequisites: POLS V1501 or POLS V1601 or the equivalent. Admission by application through the Barnard department only. Enrollment limited to 16 students. Barnard syllabus. Not offered in 2014-2015.
4 points

Independent Study Option

POLS BC 3799x and y Independent Study

Students who wish to do an independent study project (I.S.P.), should speak with a Political Science faculty member willing to serve as sponsor, then fill out a "Request for Approval of Credit for Independent Study" (see Registrar's link below) and obtain signatures from the sponsor and from our Department Chair. File this form with the Committee on Programs and Academic Standing, which must approve all requests. (It must be filed with the C.P.A.S. well before the Registrar's program-filing deadline for the semester of the I.S.P.) Note that no credit is given for an internship or job experience in or by itself, but credit is given for an academic research paper written in conjunction with an internship, subject to the procedures outlined above. The internship and the I.S.P. can be in the same semester, or you may do the I.S.P. in the semester following the internship. A project approved for three or four points counts as an elective course for the purpose of the ten-course major or five-course minor requirement. No more than two such three- or four-point projects may be used for the major, and no more than one for the minor. An independent study project may not be used to satisfy either the colloquium or senior seminar requirement. Each instructor is limited to sponsoring one independent study project per semester. The Registrar will assign a POLS BC 3799 section and call number unique to the faculty sponsor. ----- RELATED LINKS: The Registrar's ISP form: http://www.barnard.edu/sites/default/files/inline/indstudy.pdf --- and --- the Political Science faculty: http://polisci.barnard.edu/faculty-directory.
1-4 points.

Research Seminars

Students complete a research project in each of their two colloquia, but are asked to take independent research to yet another level in their senior capstone project. In their senior seminar, students work closely with an individual Barnard faculty member to pick an important political science topic that they would like to investigate; develop a research strategy for their investigation; and write a substantial essay on their topic.
The senior research seminar is a one-semester, four-point course involving group and/or individual tutorials that students use to complete the senior thesis, a paper of 30 to 40 pages that may involve primary sources. The seminar is offered only in the fall semester.
Students are required to have taken a colloquium in the subfield of the proposed topic (or must receive special permission from the instructor for that requirement to be waived).

Although admission to each section is limited, please do *not* enroll using "L-course" registration, but apply through the Department Office during the semester preceding senior standing. Students are admitted by the Barnard Political Science Department and not by individual instructors. Only the senior research seminar POLS BC 3761 satisfies the senior thesis requirement for Barnard Political Science majors, unless you are in the five-year Sciences Po Bachelors/Masters of Arts program.

Barnard syllabi.

POLS BC 3761x (Section 1) Political Theory

Researching and writing of a senior thesis on a topic selected by the student. - A. Gundogdu
Prerequisites: A colloquium in the subfield of the proposed topic. Senior standing. Admission by application through the Barnard department only. Limited enrollment. A student writes a senior thesis in a subfield in which she has successfully completed an introductory course. It is strongly recommended that she has also successfully completed an advanced course in this subfield. Not offered in 2014-2015.
4 points

POLS BC 3761x (Section 2) Political Theory

Researching and writing of a senior thesis on a topic selected by the student. - M. Smith
Prerequisites: A colloquium in the subfield of the proposed topic. Senior standing. Admission by application through the Barnard department only. Limited enrollment. A student writes a senior thesis in a subfield in which she has successfully completed an introductory course. It is strongly recommended that she has also successfully completed an advanced course in this subfield. Not offered in 2014-2015.
4 points

POLS BC 3761x (Section 3) American Government & Politics

Researching and writing of a senior thesis on a topic selected by the student. - K. Johnson
Prerequisites: A colloquium in the subfield of the proposed topic. Senior standing. Admission by application through the Barnard department only. Limited enrollment. A student writes a senior thesis in a subfield in which she has successfully completed an introductory course. It is strongly recommended that she has also successfully completed an advanced course in this subfield. Not offered in 2014-2015.
4 points

POLS BC 3761x (Section 4) American Government & Politics

Researching and writing of a senior thesis on a topic selected by the student. - S. Minkoff
Prerequisites: A colloquium in the subfield of the proposed topic. Senior standing. Admission by application through the Barnard department only. Limited enrollment. A student writes a senior thesis in a subfield in which she has successfully completed an introductory course. It is strongly recommended that she has also successfully completed an advanced course in this subfield. Not offered in 2014-2015.
4 points

POLS BC 3761x (Section 5) Comparative Politics

Researching and writing of a senior thesis on a topic selected by the student. - X. Lu
Prerequisites: A colloquium in the subfield of the proposed topic. Senior standing. Admission by application through the Barnard department only. Limited enrollment. A student writes a senior thesis in a subfield in which she has successfully completed an introductory course. It is strongly recommended that she has also successfully completed an advanced course in this subfield. Not offered in 2014-2015.
4 points

POLS BC 3761x (Section 6) International Relations

Researching and writing of a senior thesis on a topic selected by the student. - A. Cooley
Prerequisites: A colloquium in the subfield of the proposed topic. Senior standing. Admission by application through the Barnard department only. Limited enrollment. A student writes a senior thesis in a subfield in which she has successfully completed an introductory course. It is strongly recommended that she has also successfully completed an advanced course in this subfield. Not offered in 2014-2015.
4 points

POLS BC 3761x (Section 7) Comparative Politics & International Relations

Researching and writing of a senior thesis on a topic selected by the student. - E. Giuliano
Prerequisites: A colloquium in the subfield of the proposed topic. Senior standing. Admission by application through the Barnard department only. Limited enrollment. A student writes a senior thesis in a subfield in which she has successfully completed an introductory course. It is strongly recommended that she has also successfully completed an advanced course in this subfield. Not offered in 2014-2015.
4 points

Human Rights

Courses listed in this section are cross-listed with Human Rights Studies. For the Barnard Political Science major and minor, they count as elective credit only.
To obtain additional information on this program, please contact Professor J.Paul Martin, Executive Director of the Center for the Study of Human Rights, at jmartin@barnard.edu, and visit the web sites at:

Lecture Course

POLS W 3001x Introduction to Human Rights

Evolution of the theory and content of human rights; the ideology and impact of human rights movements; national and international human rights law and institutions; their application with attention to universality within states, including the U.S., and internationally. (Also listed as HRTS V3001; cross-listed by the Human Rights Program.) For the Barnard Political Science major, this lecture course counts as elective credit only. This is not a Barnard political science course. Therefore, please check the Directory of Classes to see if the course is offered. General Education Requirement: Social Analysis (SOC). General Education Requirement: Reason and Value (REA).- A. Nathan
Prerequisites: Limited enrollment. "L" sign-up.
3 points


Cross-Listed Courses

Human Rights Studies (Barnard)

V3001 Introduction to Human Rights

BC3061 Human Rights & the UN in Practice

BC3601 International Law and the United Nations in Practice

Political Science

W1201 Introduction To American Government and Politics

V1501 Introduction to Comparative Politics

V1601 Introduction to International Politics

W3100 Justice

W3120 Democratic Theory

W3125 Citizenship & Exclusion

W3165 Secularism & Its Critics

W3170 Nationalism, Republicanism & Cosmopolitanism

W3180 Liberty & Empire

W3202 Labor & American Politics

W3208 State Politics

W3210 Judicial Politics

W3215 Workshop in Media and Politics

W3218 Mass Media and American Democracy

W3220 Logic of Collective Choice

W3230 Politics of American Policy Making

W3245 Race and Ethnicity In American Politics

W3260 The Latino Political Experience

W3280 20th Century American Politics

W3285 Freedom of Speech and Press

W3290 Voting and American Politics

W3322 The American Congress

W3503 Political Economy of African Development

W3506 Comparative Party Politics

W3585 Political Economy of Development

W3595 Social Protection Around the World

W3616 Global Order: Civilizations & Society in International Relations

W3619 Nationalism and Contemporary World Politics

W3626 Gender & International Relations

W3630 Politics of International Economic Relations

W3631 American Foreign Policy

W3659 International Cooperation & Institutions

W3673 Power & Progress in International Relations

W3690 International Law

W3704 Data Analysis & Statistics for Political Science Research

W3708 Empirical Research Methods

W3720 Scope & Methods

W3911 Seminar in Political Theory

W3912 Seminar in Political Theory

W3921 Seminar in American Politics

W3922 Seminar in American Politics

W3930 Constitutional Law Seminar

W3951 Seminar in Comparative Politics

W3952 Seminar in Comparative Politics

W3961 Seminar in International Politics

W3962 Seminar in International Politics

W4133 Political Thought - Classical and Medieval

W4134 Modern Political Thought

W4209 Game Theory and Political Theory

W4210 Research Topics in Game Theory

W4226 American Politics and Social Welfare Policy

W4291 Advanced Topics in Quantitative Research

W4292 Advanced Topics in Quantitative Research: Models for Panel & Time-Series Cross-Section Data

W4360 Mathematical Methods for Political Science

W4365 Design & Analysis of Sample Surveys

W4368 Experimental Research: Design, Analysis & Interpretation

W4402 The Political Community

W4406 Democracy & Institutional Change in Latin America

W4454 Comparative Politics of South Asia

W4461 Latin American Politics

G4471 Chinese Politics

G4472 Japanese Politics

W4476 Korean Politics

G4491 Post-Soviet States and Markets

W4496 Contemporary African Politics

G4610 Recent Continental Political Thought

G4626 Global Justice & Democracy

W4808 Weapons, Strategy & War

W4871 Chinese Foreign Policy

W4895 War, Peace, and Strategy

W4910 Principles of Quantitative Political Research

W4911 Analysis of Political Data

W4912 Multivariate Political Analysis

Urban Studies

V3315 Metropolitics of Race and Place