FA18 & SP19 - POLI005 - Introduction to Comparative Politics (taught FA17 at Swarthmore)

This course provides an introduction to the comparative, cross-national study of states, focusing on the origins of the contemporary system of nation-states, the nature of revolution, political and economic development processes, the theory and practice of democratization, and the role of ideas, philosophies, ideologies, and religious beliefs in shaping patterns of political development. We will examine contemporary examples of political conflict and political violence, and discuss the ways in which international politics, globalization, and technological innovation impinge on domestic politics. The course also provides an introduction to the theories and methods used by political scientists who engage in the art of comparative politics. To illustrate these themes, we will examine a wide variety of countries, cases, and topics.

FA18 - ID1 - The Politics of Protest (taught FA17 & SP16 at Swarthmore)

Why do people protest? What tactics do they use? When is protest successful and when is it not -- and why?  This class uses both theoretical readings and case studies to explore the dynamics of political protest and mass mobilization in the U.S. and beyond. Strategies of interest include street protests, violent rebellion, civil disobedience, boycotts, corporate campaigns, divestment campaigns, transnational mobilization, and online mobilization.

SP19 - Post-War European Politics

FA19 - Politics of the Welfare State

SP20 - Citizenship and Migration in Comparative Perspective (taught FA2015 at Swarthmore)

This course examines how different nations develop institutions of citizenship, and how these institutions shape responses to immigration.  Starting with an introduction to various typologies of citizenship, we will then use cases from North America and Europe in order to explore key theoretical and policy debates in the field of citizenship and migration studies.  Topics include the evolution of citizenship policy, the multiculturalism debate, denizenship, pluralism, and assimilation. 


POLS036 - Policy in Practice (taught SP17 & SP18 at Swarthmore)

What does the policymaking process look like from the view of practitioners?  This class focuses on putting students in the position of different political actors - from legislative staffers to issue advocates, to bureaucrats and more - in order to gain both theoretical and practical knowledge of how preferences become policy.  The capstone project for the course will be a policy report developed for a real-world 'client'.  Skills to be developed include strategic analysis, writing for internal and external audiences, negotiation strategy, and briefing presentations.