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GOVT 7999 : Independent Study
Semester offered: Spring 2018 Instructor:
Individualized readings and research for graduate students. Topics, readings, and writing requirements are designed through consultation between the student and the instructor. Graduate students in government who are looking to use this as an option to fulfill their course requirements should check with their chairs to be certain that the program of study is acceptable for this purpose. Applications must be completed and signed by the instructor and by the chairs of their special committees. They are available from, and must be returned to, the graduate assistant in 212 White Hall.
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GOVT 7937 : Proseminar in Peace Studies
Crosslisted as: HIST 7937, STS 7937 Semester offered: Spring 2018 Instructor:
The Proseminar in Peace Studies offers a multidisciplinary review of issues related to peace and conflict at the graduate level. The course is led by the director of the Judith Reppy Institute for Peace and Conflict Studies and is based on the Institute's weekly seminar series, featuring outside visitors and Cornell faculty. 
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GOVT 6897 : International Security
Semester offered: Spring 2018 Instructor:
This course will examine a variety of international relations theories in studying a broad range of security issues, including the causes of war, alliance formation, balance-of-power politics, security regimes, nuclear and conventional deterrence, the democratic peace, military strategy, international terrorism, and domestic constraints on the use of force. We will use a variety of theoretical perspectives to investigate these and other issues, paying particular attention to evaluating the theoretical arguments with both historical and systematic evidence. 
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GOVT 6857 : International Political Economy
Semester offered: Spring 2018 Instructor:
Exploration into a range of contemporary theories and research topics in the field of international political economy. The seminar covers different theoretical perspectives and a number of substantive problems.
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GOVT 6775 : Language and Politics
Semester offered: Spring 2018 Instructor:
This course explores the nature and power of speech in ancient political theory alongside contemporary debates over the political and epistemological consequences of different philosophies of language.  Writers examined will include Aeschylus, Euripides, Thucydides, Plato, and Aristotle.
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GOVT 6303 : Comparative Political Economy and Global Debates
Crosslisted as: ILRIC 6330 Semester offered: Spring 2018 Instructor:
Lowell Turner
From a perspective rooted in comparative political economy, this graduate seminar examines the politics of economic inequality in the United States and Europe.  The emphasis is contemporary: growing inequality, causes and consequences.  Active participation in discussion is expected, and each student will write a substantial term paper.
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GOVT 6294 : Parties, Populism and Movements
Semester offered: Spring 2018 Instructor:
Political parties, populism, and social movements are all forms of political representation, but typically they are studied in isolation from one another.  This research seminar will explore the interrelationships between them—namely, how populism and social movements tend to emerge where partisan representation is weak or ineffectual, and how populism and social movements can break down or reconfigure party systems.  Readings will include classic theoretical and empirical analyses of parties, populism, and movements, as well as recent works that explore the intersections among them. Students will help lead seminar discussions and write a research paper in one of the three areas of interest.
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