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government. Content varies from year to year. Prerequisite: POL 142 or 143. Offered subject to
availability of faculty. (Social Science)

341. Latin American Politics
History, present characteristics, and future prospects of political systems in Central America,
South America, and the Caribbean. Addresses decolonization, authoritarianism,
democratization, human rights, the political effects of social institutions and economic crises,
and foreign relations with the US and other powers. Prerequisite: POL 143, LAS 141, or HIS 141.
Alternate years. (Social Science)

346. Political Economy of Developing Countries
Political-economic systems of selected developing countries of Africa, Asia, and Latin America.
Discussions of independence movements, post-independence experiences of civilian rule, civil-
military relations, and the evolving relationships between politics and economics in these
countries. Prerequisite: POL 143. Alternate years. (Social Science)

348. U.S. Foreign Policy
Process by which U.S. foreign policy is made and implemented, focusing on contemporary cases.
Emphasis on how the political process and distribution of authority affect policy. Prerequisite:
POL 142. (Social Science)

349. International Political Economy
This class uses methods and theorems central to international economics in the areas of trade
and money (such as comparative advantage, factor and sector models, partial and general
equilibrium, the Heckscher-Ohlin model, imperfect competition, import-substitution vs. export-
orientation, strategic trade theory, balance of payments, aggregate demand, the Stolper-
Samuelson theorem, and other concepts, methods, and theorems) to sustain an economically
informed discussion of the political constraints upon and political implications of international
exchange of goods and currencies. I have often noted that the class covers a large part of the
same economic material as ECB 223 (International Economics), though we constantly direct our
attention to the questions of what political constraints preclude or modify the outcomes
economists expect and how economic developments favor and constrain the desires of domestic
political actors. The class also has a substantial focus upon the political constraints upon
economic development, that highlights the very important interactions between these economic
and political science concepts in a particular policy area that is often of interest to students.
Thus, the focus of the class is upon questions that are of interest to both economists and political
scientists, and my hope is that our attention to the interaction between economics and politics –
each viewed through the disciplinary lenses best adapted to understanding them – will help my
students understand the value of using multiple disciplinary approaches to approach problems.
Prerequisites: POL 142 and ECB 101. Alternate years. (Social Science)

         American Politics and Public Policy

172. American Politics
Survey of process and institutions of politics in the United States. Addresses topics in political
behavior such as individual political attitudes, political participation in the U.S. context as well
as discussing American political institutions such as the presidency, Congress, the judicial
system, the bureaucracy, political parties, and interested groups. (Social Science)

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