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111. Introduction to Politics
Although you may not realize it, every one of us is involved in politics on a daily basis. We each
have experienced parents and children haggling over the rules governing curfew or use of the
car, employees and bosses negotiating behaviors at work, and organized crime families
disputing turf wars (ok, maybe not that last one). Yet, in one way or another, politics is a part of
our lives regardless of whether we are interested in Congress, political parties, or international
negotiations. Politics is the process by which individuals and groups reach agreements on a
course of joint action--even if they disagree on the intended goals of that action. This class
discusses the problems that groups need to overcome to reach agreements on a joint course of
action, and looks at the political institutions and other political processes and incentives that
enable groups to overcome those barriers here in the United States and internationally. (Social
Science)

216. Education Policy and Practice
This course will explore education policies and their relationship to sociological patterns of
school resegregation, the rise of credentialism, the end of educational expansion, and inequality
of educational opportunity. Students in the course will be introduced to the history of
policymaking in education beginning with the education reform policies of Horace Mann.
Students will also examine demographic data on educational attainment, analyze the policies
that alleviate or reinforce educational inequality, and describe what assumptions lie behind
current reform ideas. We will evaluate the dynamics of current debates by referencing the long-
standing tensions among the different purposes of schooling we have in our nation. Same course
as EDU 216 (Social Science)

251-255. Topics in Politics
Study of a selected topic in politics. See Topics Courses. (Social Science)

256. Nature, Functions, and Limits of the Law
How the law mediates between individual interests as well as attempts at furthering the
common good, often at the expense of individual interests. Addresses how the law resolves
disputes, how it maximizes welfare and wealth, how it is structured, who decides what we mean
by law and how it functions, who decides what the societal interest is and whether it trumps
what an individual wishes to do. (Social Science)

280/380. Political Affairs Internship
Field experience in applied politics. Prerequisites: acceptance by a sponsoring agency or
individual and approval of a formal prospectus by the faculty sponsor. See Additional Academic
Programs, All-College Independent Study Courses 280/380. (CR)

290/390. Individual Project: See Additional Academic Programs, All-College Independent
Study Courses 290/390.

299/399. Summer Internship in Political Science
Field experience in applied politics. Prerequisites: junior or senior standing, acceptance by a
sponsoring agency or individual, and approval of a formal prospectus by the faculty sponsor.
May be repeated once for credit. See Courses 299/399. (CR)

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