Curriculum Overview

Our courses explore a wide range of issues about politics including:

  • the concepts and norms central to the analysis of politics (e.g. power, authority, domination, gender, freedom);
  • the structure and operations of law and institutions (e.g., the U.S. Supreme Court, United Nations, non-citizen organizations);
  • the influence of politics on economics and vice versa;
  • the historical, sociological and cultural factors involved in political development; social movements and processes (e.g., revolution, women's movements, immigration);
  • comparative political systems (e.g., democracy, communism); political trends and transformations in various regions (e.g. Africa, East Asia, South Asia, Latin America);
  • interactions among countries, international organizations, ngos, and other non-state actors in the global system; and analyses of current affairs in the many realms and contexts in which politics take place.