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balance of power between states, collective security through treaties and international
organizations, nuclear deterrence, and the growing influence of non-Western states. Typically
includes historical and current case studies. (Social Science)

143. Comparative Politics
Various types of political systems, including liberal democracies, current and former communist
systems, and mixed systems of the developing world. (Social Science)

330. Women and Politics: A Cross-National Perspective
This course examines a variety of issues and debates within the field of Political Science that are
particularly relevant to the study of women and politics. The course will examine women's
participation in formal politics in a comparative perspective, by focusing on women's roles as
voters, candidates, and officeholders. Course materials include case studies from various
countries. To be taught in India, alternate years. This course also counts towards the GSS major.
Prerequisite: POL 143. Alternate years. (Social Science)

331. Gender and Development
This course will critically investigate the complex ways in which gender relationships shape
history, ideology, economy, and polity in developing countries. The role and status of Asian
women will be examined to enable students to compare and contrast non-Western experiences
with Western experiences. The forces of modernity and the impact on colonialism will also be
discussed especially in relation to the economic and political conditions of the non-Western
world and development. Prerequisite: POL 143. Alternate years. This course also counts towards
the GSS major. (Social Science)

332. Human Rights
Practices and characteristics of governments and non-governmental actors that abuse and
protect human rights, history of the concept and treatment of rights, justifications for the
protection of rights, differences between categories of rights, prospects for the improved
protection of rights through international and domestic action. Prerequisite: junior standing.
Alternate years. (Social Science)

333. International Organizations
History, present characteristics, and future prospects of efforts to establish international order
through global and regional integration and governance, the development of international law,
the activity of internationally-oriented non-state actors and social movements, and resistance
thereto. Prerequisite: POL 142. Alternate years. (Social Science)

334. Strategies to Alleviate Poverty
The course explores the nature of poverty in the developing world. What causes it? What
behaviors does it induce? Emphasis is on discussing various institutional factors that lead to
poverty. The course will explore strategies and programs designed to alleviate poverty at the
international, national and local levels, and analyze the role of the World Bank, national
governments and non-governmental organizations in eliminating poverty. Can poverty be
eradicated and if so, can the solution be found in capitalism itself? If not, is there a viable
alternative? Prerequisite: POL 142 or 143. Alternate years. (Social Science)

335-339. Seminar in International Relations and Comparative Government
Examination of a particular topic or issue in international relations or in comparative

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