Fall 2011 Course Offerings

GRADUATE REGISTRATION FOR FALL 2011 has begun for Continuing Graduate students and new Domestic students.

PLEASE NOTE: For the most up-to-date and comprehensive course schedule, including course additions, cancellations, and room assignments, visit the Registrar’s Schedules website.

For an easy to read and printable one page list of Graduate POLS courses in the Fall 2011 semester Graduate Course Schedule- Fall 2011

Course Descriptions

POLS 7200 – PERSPECTIVES ON SOCIAL SCIENCE INQUIRY

Professor W.D. Kay

  • CRN: 12153
  • 3 SH
  • Wednesday, 5:15-7:15 PM
  • Location: TBD
  • Fulfills: Required Course for PhD students.

Explores the philosophy of science and the scientific method as applied to the social sciences and political analysis. Considers individualist perspectives (that is, rational choice), group perspectives (pluralism), structural/institutional perspectives (class analysis), and postmodern critiques. Prereq. Public and international affairs students and political science students only.


POLS 7201 – METHODS OF ANALYSIS

Professor Ronald Hedlund

  • CRN: 15458
  • 3 SH
  • Monday, 5:15-7:15 PM
  • Location: TBD
  • Fulfills: Required Course for PhD students.

Provides an overview of research methods and tools used by social scientists including survey research, elite interviews, statistical approaches, case studies, comparative analysis, use of history, and experimental/non-experimental design.


POLS 7202 – QUANTITATIVE TECHNIQUES (SECTION 01)

Professor Alan Clayton-Matthews

  • CRN: 11912
  • 3 SH
  • Wednesday, 5:15-7:45 PM
  • Location: TBD
  • Fulfills: Required Course for MA, MPA and PhD students.

Teaches the use of social science quantitative techniques, emphasizing applications of value to public sector analysts and scholars alike. Includes descriptive statistics, hypothesis testing, cross-tabulation, bivariate regression and correlation, and multiple regression. Examines how to generate and interpret statistical analyses through use of SPSS.


POLS 7202 – QUANTITATIVE TECHNIQUES (SECTION 02)

Professor Alan Clayton-Matthews

  • CRN: 14381
  • 3 SH
  • Thursday, 5:15-7:45 PM
  • Location: TBD
  • Fulfills: Required Course for MA, MPA, and PhD students.

Teaches the use of social science quantitative techniques, emphasizing applications of value to public sector analysts and scholars alike. Includes descriptive statistics, hypothesis testing, cross-tabulation, bivariate regression and correlation, and multiple regression. Examines how to generate and interpret statistical analyses through use of SPSS.


POLS 7203 – TECHNIQUES OF POLICY ANALYSIS

Professor David Rochefort

  • CRN: 13839
  • 3 SH
  • ONLINE
  • Location: Virtual
  • Fulfills: Required Course for MPA and PhD Public Policy Concentration; Public Policy Elective for MA Students

Provides a systematic approach to understanding the origins, formulation, implementation, and impact of government outputs. Reviews key analytical concepts and competing theoretical perspectives. Considers both the political dimensions of public policymaking and the technical aspects of program design within the natural history of the policymaking process. Draws on case materials from a spectrum of policy areas.


POLS 7204 – SEMINAR IN PUBLIC POLICY

Professor Christopher Bosso

  • CRN: 15459
  • 3 SH
  • Tuesday: 5:15 – 7:15 PM
  • Location: TBD
  • Fulfills: Required Course for PhD program and MA students pursuing a concentration in Public Policy

Concentrates on the scope of the study of public policy, disciplinary contributions to policy analysis and the study of public policy, methods of policy analysis, and models of policy processes.


POLS 7207 – SEMINAR IN INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS

Professor Natalie Boorman

  • CRN: 15455
  • 3 SH
  • Thursday: 5:15 – 7:15 PM
  • Location: TBD
  • Fulfills: Required course for PhD program and MA students pursuing a concentration in International Relations

Focuses on major research approaches and corresponding academic literature in international relations. Examines major fields of study, including international security, international regimes, international organizations, globalization, and international political economy.


POLS 7251 – CONGRESS AND POLICY

Professor Richard Arenberg

  • CRN: 15450
  • 3 SH
  • Wednesday: 5:15 – 7:15 PM
  • Location: TBD
  • Fulfills: American Government and Public Policy electives

Assesses the role of Congress in making public policy. Examines the impacts of congressional elections, the structure of the legislative branch, and the effects of other actions (the president, mass media, or interest groups) on legislative branch behavior.


POLS 7252 – THE AMERICAN PRESIDENCY

Professor Robert Gilbert

  • CRN: 15456
  • 3 SH
  • Thursday: 5:15 – 7:15 PM
  • Location: TBD
  • Fulfills: American Government elective

Studies the institutional and personal factors that affect the exercise of presidential power as well as the development of constitutional and extra constitutional presidential powers. Examines the role of the president in formulating and executing domestic and foreign policy.


POLS 7255 – AMERICAN POLITICAL PARTIES AND ELECTIONS

Professor William Crotty

  • CRN: 15451
  • 3 SH
  • Tuesday: 5:15 – 7:15 PM
  • Location: TBD
  • Fulfills: American Government elective

Focuses on American political parties and includes analyses of party organizations and decision-making systems, leader/activist differences in policy and ideology, party reform, policy commitments, campaign finance, media, voting behavior, and an overview and assessment of contemporary elections and campaigns.


POLS 7301 – PUBLIC PERSONNEL ADMINISTRATION

Professor: Alysha Glazier

  • CRN: 12963
  • 3 SH
  • Monday: 5:15 – 7:45 PM
  • Location: TBD
  • Fulfills: Required Course for MPA

Introduces students to the public personnel function from a managerial standpoint. Addresses methods of constructive leadership of government personnel, leadership that encourages a more competent, motivated, and representative public administrative work force. Employs case studies and films, along with assigned readings.


POLS 7302 (SECTION ONE) – ORGANIZATIONAL THEORY AND MANAGEMENT

Professor: Elaine Walker

  • CRN: 14790
  • 3 SH
  • ONLINE
  • Location: VIRTUAL
  • Fulfills: Required Course for MPA

Examines the general principles underlying organizational structures and processes. Topics include models and ideal types, open systems theories, organizational technologies, decision making, and organizational development and change.


POLS 7302 (SECTION 02) – ORGANIZATIONAL THEORY AND MANAGEMENT

Professor: Elaine Walker

  • CRN: 16353
  • 3 SH
  • ONLINE
  • Location: VIRTUAL
  • Fulfills: Required Course for MPA

Examines the general principles underlying organizational structures and processes. Topics include models and ideal types, open systems theories, organizational technologies, decision making, and organizational development and change.


POLS 7303 – PUBLIC BUDGETING AND FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT

Professor: Daniel Ahern

  • CRN: 14462
  • 3 SH
  • ONLINE
  • Location: VIRTUAL
  • Fulfills: Required Course for MPA

Surveys governmental budgeting at the federal, state, and local levels. Surveys major revenue sources and expenditure responsibilities. Discusses budgetary processes and politics, as well as resulting policies. Considers both proposed and implemented reforms. Also introduces financial management practices including cash management, fund accounting, debt financing, endowment spending and control, cost allocation procedures, and tax expenditures.


POLS 7304 – ECONOMIC INSTITUTIONS AND ANALYSIS (SECTION 01)

Professor: Lawrence Overlan

  • CRN: 11780
  • 3 SH
  • Wednesdays, 5:15-7:45 PM
  • Location: TBD
  • Fulfills: Required Course for MPA

Introduces the fundamentals of macroeconomics and microeconomics as well as the role of key economic institutions, such as the Federal Reserve. Includes analysis of government’s role in a market economy and introduces methods of economic analysis.


POLS 7304 – ECONOMIC INSTITUTIONS AND ANALYSIS (SECTION 02)

Professor: Robert Pritchard

  • CRN: 15460
  • 3 SH
  • ONLINE
  • Location: Virtual
  • Fulfills: Required Course for MPA

Introduces the fundamentals of macroeconomics and microeconomics as well as the role of key economic institutions, such as the Federal Reserve. Includes analysis of government’s role in a market economy and introduces methods of economic analysis.


POLS 7305 – INSTITUTIONAL LEADERSHIP AND THE PUBLIC MANAGER

Professor: Michael Dukakis

  • CRN: 12186
  • 3 SH
  • Tuesdays, 5:15- 7:45 PM
  • Location: TBD
  • Fulfills: Required Course for MPA

Examines the problems and techniques relevant to effective management of a public agency in a complicated and often turbulent political environment. Topics include legislative relations, media relations, role of the courts, unions and advocacy groups, policy implementation and evaluation, and setting and working with high standards of integrity.


POLS 7307 – FUNCTIONS AND TECHNIQUES OF PUBLIC MANAGEMENT

Professor: Gary Sasse

  • CRN: 15941
  • 3 SH
  • Thursdays, 5:15- 7:45 PM
  • Location: TBD
  • Fulfills: Elective

Examines the problems and techniques relevant to management of a public agency, with an emphasis on internal issues that face public managers. Topics include planning and agenda setting; organizational design; agency budgeting; employee recruitment, selection, and development; and reporting, monitoring, and evaluation.


POLS 7309 – THE NONPROFIT SECTOR IN CIVIL SOCIETY AND PUBLIC AFFAIRS

Professor: Lori Gardinier

  • CRN: 15933
  • 3 SH
  • ONLINE
  • Location: Virtual
  • Fulfills: Elective in Public Policy

Examines the challenges facing the nonprofit sector, particularly as it relates to civil society and public policy concerns. Emphasizes current controversies in which the nonprofit sector is involved, such as the impact of changes in government spending and tax policy, the nature and legitimacy of nonprofit advocacy, the role of faith-based organizations in providing public services, accountability and oversight of nonprofit organizations, the growth of social entrepreneurship, and the work of nonprofits in fostering social capital and supporting civic engagement.


POLS 7310 – ADMINISTRATIVE LAW AND POLITICS

Professor: Michael Tolley

  • CRN: 15452
  • 3 SH
  • Tuesdays; 5:15- 7:45 PM
  • Location: TBD
  • Fulfills: Elective option American Government or Public Policy

Introduces students of American politics and policymaking with a segment of politics that concerns the relationship between administrative agencies and the courts that review them. Emphasis is on the development of important administrative law principles and the application of these principles to practical problems in public administration.


POLS 7313 – STATE GOVERNMENT

Professor: Martha Walz

  • CRN: 15757
  • 3 SH
  • ONLINE
  • Location: Virtual
  • Fulfills: Elective option American Government or Public Policy

Appraises the problems of contemporary state government in the United States. Emphasizes the diversity of political institutions, political processes, and public policies in the states.


POLS 7318 – TECHNIQUES OF PROGRAM EVALUATION

Professor: Laurie Dopkins

  • CRN: 15776
  • 3 SH
  • Mondays, 5:15- 7:45 PM
  • Location: TBD
  • Fulfills: Elective option for Public Policy

Reviews methodologies for assessing the impact of public policy. Includes experimental and quasi-experimental research design, the value and limits of case studies, political and organizational barriers to evaluation research, report writing, and procedures for instituting change.


POLS 7327 – COMPARATIVE PUBLIC POLICY AND ADMINISTRATION

Professor: Ioannis Livanis

  • CRN: 15777
  • 3 SH
  • Thursdays, 5:15- 7:45 PM
  • Location: TBD
  • Fulfills: Elective option for Comparative Politics or Public Policy

Examines issues related to public policy, bureaucracy and organization, budgeting, public management, and personnel administration in a cross-national, cross-cultural, and international context. Uses examples from Africa, Asia, and Latin America as well as from the United States and Europe.


POLS 7357 – INTERNATIONAL POLITICAL ECONOMY

Professor: Kirsten Rodine Hardy

  • CRN: 15893
  • 3 SH
  • Mondays, 5:15- 7:15 PM
  • Location: TBD
  • Fulfills: Elective option for International Relations

Contrasts two approaches to understanding trade, financial, and other economic relations among nation-states. The first, international relations theory, emphasizes the relative power positions of states in a fundamentally anarchic and unequal international system. The second, neoclassical economies, assumes peace and security, and stresses market relations of supply and demand among both states and private firms. We employ these alternative prisms to examine historical and contemporary issues, which may include the Bretton Woods Agreement, the behavior of the euromarkets, the North American Free Trade Agreement, and the possibilities for collective action to reduce environmental degradation or the for-profit trade in arms or drugs.


POLS 7361 – U.S. NATIONAL SECURITY POLICY

Professor: David Schmitt

  • CRN: 15457
  • 3 SH
  • Thursdays, 5:15- 7:15 PM
  • Location: TBD
  • Fulfills: Elective option for International Relations, American Government, or Public Policy

Analyzes U.S. national security policy, with emphasis on the various forms of war that threaten the United States and world security.


POLS 7362 – NATIONALISM

Professor: Amilcar Barreto

  • CRN: 15453
  • 3 SH
  • Wednesdays, 5:15- 7:15 PM
  • Location: TBD
  • Fulfills: Elective option for International Relations or Comparative Politics

Focuses on contending theories of nationalism and nationalist movements. Topics include cultural objectification and the establishment of group boundaries, ethnic elites and cultural hegemony, mass mobilization, intergroup socioeconomic disparities, nationalism and modernity, nationalist parties and their policy strategies, and the “constitution” of race, particularly in the Americas.


POLS 7363 – POLITICS OF REVOLUTION AND CHANGE

Professor: L. Gerald Bursey

  • CRN: 15934
  • 3 SH
  • Wednesdays, 5:15- 7:15 PM
  • Location: TBD
  • Fulfills: Elective option for International Relations or Comparative Politics

Analyzes revolution and political change with attention to both theory and practice. Discusses revolution, major trends in contemporary politics, and the relationship between political change and technological, scientific, or social change.


POLS 7379 – CHINESE POLITICS AND FOREIGN POLICY

Professor: Suzanne Ogden

  • CRN: 15449
  • 3 SH
  • Mondays, 5:15- 7:15 PM
  • Location: TBD
  • Fulfills: Elective option for International Relations or Comparative Politics

Examines the impact of ideology, development, and culture on the major issues in Chinese politics since the Communist Party took control in 1949. Issues include leadership recruitment and succession, economic development, class and class struggle, political culture, education, socialist democracy, socialist legality, and the evolving definition of socialism in the context of Chinese culture. Also examines major principles and issues in China’s foreign relations, such as trade, investment, technology transfer, military and strategic policy, and China’s role in the United Nations and other international organizations.


POLS 7393 – TOPICAL SEMINAR IN COMPARATIVE POLITICS (“GENDER, THE STATE, AND WOMEN’S POLITICAL POWER”)

Professor: Eileen McDonagh

  • CRN: 16010
  • 3 SH
  • Thursdays, 3-6 PM
  • Location: This course is held as part of the Graduate Consortium in Women’s Studies (GCWS) at MIT. If interested in registering for this course you must first apply through the GCWS website.
  • Fulfills: Elective option in Comparative Politics

This course examines the impact of state policies on gender relations in society and the ways in which the state is itself gendered. How do government policies reveal gendered traits and how does a gendered state impact women’s political representation? What impact in turn does women’s participation have on decisions that shape the political and economic world? How do the political and the domestic spheres of a given society intersect? As part of this inquiry the course will explore the gendered character of welfare states, reproductive rights, sex and sexuality, the workplace, and the body, as well as the status of women’s political inclusion in contemporary political systems. The course focuses on countries with a Western European heritage and on global challenges to women’s rights.


POLS 8407 – INTERNSHIP

Professor: David Smith

  • CRN: 11715
  • 3 SH
  • Location: Off-campus. Approval of Professor Required for Registration.
  • Fulfills: Required for pre-service MPA students

Offers work experience (at least fifteen hours per week) that includes planning, research, policy development, and other administrative aspects in a government or nonprofit organization.


POLS 8960 – EXAM PREPARATION- DOCTORAL

Professor: Michael Tolley

  • CRN: 12483
  • 0 SH
  • Department Approval Required
  • Fulfills: Required for PhD Students, after completion of all coursework

Offers the student the opportunity to prepare for the PhD qualifying exam under faculty supervision. Prereq. Permission of advisor.


POLS 9990 – DISSERTATION (FIRST TWO SEMESTER OF CANDIDACY)

Professor: Michael Tolley

  • CRN: 12332
  • 0 SH
  • Fulfills: Required for PhD Candidates in first two semesters of Candidacy

Offers dissertation supervision by individual members of the department. Prereq. Permission of advisor.


POLS 9996 – DISSERTATION CONTINUATION (EVERY FALL AND SPRING SEMESTER AFTER FIRST TWO SEMESTER UNTIL THE DISSERTATION IS COMPLETED AND DEFENDED)

Professor: Michael Tolley

  • CRN: 12332
  • 0 SH
  • Fulfills: Required for PhD Candidates in first two semesters of Candidacy

Offers continued dissertation supervision by individual members of the department. Prereq. Permission of advisor.

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