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Woodrow Wilson Department of Government and Foreign Affairs
Course Descriptions | Departmental Degree Requirements

Departmental Seminars | American Politics | Comparative Politics | International Relations | Political Theory

Course Descriptions

Courses offered by the department are divided into the following fields: I. American politics, II. comparative politics, III. international relations, IV. political theory. Those listed in this catalog are all offered for graduate credit. Undergraduates may register for courses at the 500 level if they have completed 12 credits of work in the department, or with the permission of the instructor. Courses at the 700 or 800 level are exclusively for graduates.

Graduate students who lack a substantial undergraduate background in political science should consult the instructor before registering for a 500-level course. A corresponding 500-level course (or the equivalent) is ordinarily prerequisite for an 800-level course.

Departmental Seminars

GFAD 709 - (3) (Y)
Research Methods and Design in Political Science

Study of the theoretical formulation of questions for political science research and examination of the design and execution of empirical research. Includes consideration of developing hypotheses for research, strategies for data collection (survey research, observational methods, content analysis), managing research projects, and ethical considerations related to the conduct of research.

GFAD 710 - (3) (Y)
Political Research with Quantitative Methods

Study of descriptive and inferential statistics in examining research questions in political science and public administration, including consideration of probability, hypothesis testing, correlation and regression analysis, statistical significance, and use of the SPSS computer package for quantitative analysis.

GFAD 831 - (3) (IR)
Advanced Quantitative Applications in Political Science

Prerequisites: GFAD 709, GFAD 710 or equivalents
Consideration of the use of selected techniques of behavioral research in the study of government and foreign affairs. Emphasizes the assumptions, procedures, and applications of the techniques rather than substantive findings.

American Politics

GFAP 512 - (3) (IR)
Electoral Behavior

Prerequisites: GFAP 101 and GFAP 327
A survey of current theories and research on electoral behavior, including political participation, partisanship, voting behavior, and the impact of electoral institutions.

GFAP 526 - (3) (Y)
No Title Given

An intensive analysis of selected issues in public administration.

GFAP 543 - (3) (Y)
Intergovernmental Relations

Study of the contemporary relations of national, state, and local governments; and urban and metropolitan growth problems and their implications for public policy and administration in relation to the federal system.

GFAP 545 - (3) (Y)
Virginia Government and Politics

Prerequisite: Permission of instructor. Enrollment limited
Study of Virginia government at the state, county, municipal, and special district levels, including an examination of legislative, executive, and judicial organization, politics and the political structure, intergovernmental relations, and structural and political arrangements in the existing and emerging metropolitan areas.

GFAP 562 - (3) (IR)
Organization Theory and Administrative Behavior

Analysis of the principles of organization from scientific management theory through contemporary theorists. Examines the relationship of workers and management to the organization, with primary emphasis on government.

GFAP 592 - (3) (IR)
Judicial Policy-making

Prerequisites: Three courses in American government or permission of instructor
Examination of the structure and process of judicial policy-making, emphasizing agenda-setting, deciding cases of opinion writing, implementation, compliance, and impact. Focuses on the United States Supreme Court and its relationship to lower federal and state courts and the political environment.

GFAP 594 - (3) (IR)
Administrative Law and Public Policy

Examines the law-politics exchange in the American system of administrative law.

GFAP 595 - (3) (S)
Selected Problems in American Politics

Prerequisite: Permission of instructor
Independent study under faculty supervision, for students who are preparing for intensive research on a specific topic.

GFAP 700 - (3) (Y)
National Institutions and Processes

Study of the constitutional principles of American government and the functions and interactions of the leading institutions—Congress, the president, courts, the bureaucracy, and political parties. (An introductory seminar for graduate students, particularly for those whose study of American government has been limited.)

GFAP 741 - (3) (IR)
Survey of State and Local Government

Readings and research on the institutions, processes, and interrelationships of state, local, and governmental units smaller than national in scope.

GFAP 759 - (3) (IR)
Intergovernmental Relations

GFAP 760 - (3) (Y)
Public Administration

General introduction to public administration at the graduate level, emphasizing the political and ecological influences upon it, the problems of internal organization and management, and the problems and methods of innovation and change.

GFAP 765 - (3) (Y)
Economic Concepts and Public Policy

Introduction to economic concepts of special relevance to administrative and political decision making. Some attention also to critics of economic perspectives on public policy.

GFAP 766 - (3) (Y)
Policy Analysis

Analysis of public policy problems. Emphasizes the use of program evaluation, public management, and decision analysis on national and local programs.

GFAP 777 - (3) (IR)
Groups in the Political Processes

A critical survey of the roles of groups in the American political system.

GFAP 813 - (3) (IR)
Public Affairs Seminar I

Prerequisite: Permission of instructor
An analysis of the American political system and the principal policy making institutions. Includes a review of the philosophical and historical origins of the American system; its evolution; the roles of public opinion, interests, and parties; the functions and problems of legislative and executive institutions; and key aspects of modern federalism. Designed as a core course for participants in the Mid-Career Government Executives Program.

GFAP 814 - (1) (IR)
Public Affairs Seminar II

Prerequisite: Permission of instructor
A continuation of GFAP 813, emphasizing the role of the public executive; contemporary problems of leadership and management in the public service; and the analysis of selected policy problems.

GFAP 821 - (3) (Y)
The American Presidency

Readings and research on special problems of the American political and administrative system that come to a focus in the presidency or arise out of the manifold responsibilities of the president.

GFAP 822 - (3) (IR)
The Party System and the Conduct of Government

Readings and research, emphasizing the functions of parties in the conduct of government, and the evolution of the party system in response to changes in the broader economic, social, and political environment.

GFAP 823 - (3) (IR)
Topics in American Government

GFAP 825 - (3) (Y)
The American Congress

Study of the legislative process in the U.S. Congress. Topics include the internal distribution of power, influences on legislative behavior, congressional relationships with other political institutions, the place of Congress in the American polity, and the problems associated with it.

GFAP 841 - (3) (IR)
Seminar in Comparative State Politics

Prerequisite: GFAP 741 or the equivalent
The study of state government from a comparative perspective, emphasizing the relationship of political, economic, and social variables to state politics and policies.

GFAP 844 - (3) (IR)
Urban Politics

Study of patterns of power and influence in urban decision-making. Topics include social, economic, and other factors influencing urban political institutions; patterns of leadership and political behavior in central cities and suburbs; issues of the exploding metropolis, including urban renewal, finances, transportation, education, reform, and state and federal intervention; and methodological problems.

GFAP 861 - (3) (IR)
Seminar in Public Administration

Readings and research in public administration theory and practice and contemporary administrative problems.

GFAP 862 - (3) (Y)
Topics in Public Administration

GFAP 863 - (3) (IR)
Executive Leadership

Exploration of the careers, personalities, and styles of top executive leaders, the organizational structures and managerial processes available to them, and the dilemmas in establishing and maintaining a leadership role. Emphasizes the president and federal department heads, and comparisons are made with other chief executives in government, education, and other public organizations.

GFAP 868 - (3) (IR)
Urban Administration and Policy

Examination of urban problems and the strategies to attack them. Emphasizes the role of the local executive, including issues such as service delivery, responsiveness, planning, intergovernmental relations.

GFAP 873 - (3) (IR)
Financial Administration and Budgeting

Exploration of the philosophy and processes of fiscal management and control, including budget preparation, legislative consideration and authorization, budget execution, debt management, and audit. Examines problems and proposals such as zero based budgeting, sunset legislation, program evaluation, policy analysis, and intergovernmental financial relationships.

GFAP 874 - (3) (IR)
Personnel Administration

Study of the theories and application of public personnel systems and administration.

GFAP 878 - (3) (Y)
Ethical Issues in Politics and Policy

Exploration of the relationship between ethics, prudence, and public policy in political and administrative settings.

GFAP 883 - (3) (IR)
Topics in Public Law

GFAP 884 - (3) (Y)
Seminar in Civil Rights and Liberties

Prerequisite: Permission of instructor
Exploration the vexatious lines between the rights of individuals and those of the state in democratic society, focusing on such major issues as freedom of expression and worship; separation of church and state; criminal justice; the suffrage; privacy; and racial and gender discrimination. Focuses on the judicial process.

GFAP 885 - (3) (Y)
American Constitutional Law and Theory Seminar

Prerequisite: Permission of instructor
Examination of the nature and parameters of the judicial function, focusing on law courts and jurists, with an emphasis on the political role of the Supreme Court of the United States.

GFAP 897 - (3-12) (S)
Non-Topical Research, Preparation for Research

For master’s research, taken before a thesis director has been selected.

GFAP 898 - (3-12) (S)
Non-Topical Research

For master’s thesis, taken under the supervision of a thesis director.

GFAP 997 - (3-12) (S)
Non-Topical Research, Preparation for Doctoral Research

For doctoral research, taken before a dissertation director has been selected.

GFAP 999 - (3-12) (S)
Non-Topical Research

For doctoral dissertation, taken under the supervision of a dissertation director.

Comparative Politics

GFCP 501 - (3) (IR)
Comparative Political Systems of Northern Europe

Prerequisite: GFCP 311 or permission of instructor
A comprehensive survey of selected political systems of Northern Europe; including the British Isles, the Low Countries, Germany, or Scandinavia.

GFCP 502 - (3) (IR)
Comparative Political Systems of Southern Europe

Prerequisite: GFCP 311 or permission of instructor
A comprehensive survey of selected political systems in Southern Europe, including France, Italy, Spain, and Portugal.

GFCP 506 - (3) (Y)
Political Development and Developmental Politics

Critical examination and analysis of the basic theories of political development. Emphasizes the development of modern nation state in Europe and the Developing World from 1400 to 2000.

GFCP 511 - (3) (IR)
Politics of Western Europe

Prerequisite: Graduate status or permission of instructor
An in-depth analysis of the institutional structures and policy processes of selected political systems in Europe today. Emphasizes legislatures, political executives, administrative bureaucracies, and their interrelationships as they effect policy-making and policy implementation.

GFCP 521 (3) (Y)
Soviet and Post-Soviet Politics

Prerequisite: Graduate status or permission of instructor
Study of the political institutions and processes in the former Soviet Union and its successor states from 1917 to the present. Topics include modernization, social change, changing structures and institutions, political mobilization, political cultures, nationality issues, and the problems of reform, system transformation and democratization.

GFCP 523 - (3) (Y)
Politics of Eastern Europe

Prerequisite: Some background in comparative politics and/or history of Eastern Europe
Study of the development of political institutions in Eastern Europe since 1989. Emphasizes a comparative analysis of the differing paths of development taken by the East Europe regimes. Topics include regional history; the transition and development of political parties, economic reforms, and institutions; and security issues, including the Yugoslav conflict and the expansion of Western security arrangements into Eastern Europe.

GFCP 525 - (3) (Y)
Politics of Economic Reform

A wave of economic change has swept across countries from Argentina to Zimbabwe in recent years, and has influenced the politics in these countries. Course formulates an analytical framework for understanding the politics of economic reform. Readings cover cases in Latin America, Africa, Asia, and Eastern Europe.

GFCP 531 - (3) (IR)
Politics of Latin America

Study of the constitutional, political, and administrative systems of the major countries of Latin America, the political implications of economic development and social reform, and nationalist theories of socio-political development.

GFCP 533 - (3) (IR)
Political Parties and Movements in Latin America

Study of the origins, activities, and contemporary position of the major political parties and movements in Latin America and Spain; and their relationship to economic development, social reform, and conduct of government in the principal Latin-American states.

GFCP 536 - (3) (IR)
Role of the Military in Latin America

Examination of the impact of the military on government and society, the conditions effecting military intervention against constitutional governments, and the circumstances in which military intervention occurs and is likely to occur in Latin America and Spain.

GFCP 539 - (3) (IR)
Political Culture

GFCP 541 - (3) (Y)
Islam and Democracy in the Middle East

Prerequisite: GFCP 341 or equivalent
Study of the prospects for democratic transitions in Middle Eastern states, emphasizing the role of Islamic political movements.

GFCP 551 - (3) (Y)
Politics of China

Study of the structure and process of the Chinese political system, emphasizing political culture, socio-economic development, and political socialization.

GFCP 553 - (3) (Y)
Politics of Japan

Survey of contemporary Japanese society and political behavior including such topics as political culture, interest groups, political parties, parliamentary democracy, decision-making, and public policy.

GFCP 567 - (3) (IR)
Comparative Science and Technology Policy

Examination of the increasingly vital role played by science and technology policy in promoting economic and social welfare. Emphasizes government efforts to enhance domestic scientific and technological capabilities; compares the development of the computer industry in the United States, Japan, South Korea, Brazil and India.

GFCP 581 - (3) (Y)
Politics of Sub-Saharan Africa

A survey of the principal topics in the study of government and politics of Sub-Saharan Africa. Topics include the colonial experience and the rise of African nationalism; the transition to independence; the rise and fall of African one-party states; the role of the military in African politics; the politics of ethnicity, nation-building and state-building; patrimonialism and patron-client relations; development problems faced by African regimes including relations with external actors; and the political future of Southern Africa.

GFCP 583 - (3) (Y)
Politics of South Africa

Prerequisites: GFCP 312 or GFCP 381 or permission of instructor
Study of the socio-political structures of white supremacy and the political transition to majority rule. Emphasizes the confrontation between African and Afrikaaner nationalism, the consequences of economic growth on the patterns of racial stratification, and the complicated process contributing to the creation of the multi-racial democratic society.

GFCP 595 - (3) (S)
Selected Problems in Comparative Politics

Prerequisite: Permission of instructor
Independent study under faculty supervision, for students who are preparing for intensive research on a specific topic.

GFCP 700 - (3) (Y)
Comparative Politics Core Seminar

GFCP 741 - (3) (Y)
Government and Politics of the Middle East

This seminar examines various topics in the government and politics.

GFCP 801, 802 - (3) (Y)
Seminar in Comparative Political Systems I, II

Readings and research on aspects of contemporary political systems suitable for comparative study.

GFCP 805 - (3) (IR)
Processes of Change Affecting Governments

Topics include anticipation and prediction; leadership and communication; basic processes causing change in the social, economic, and political systems; and government as the steering mechanism.

GFCP 806 - (3) (IR)
Topics in Developmental Politics

Seminar in selected issues of political development, including political mobilization, institutionalization, and breakdowns of political development.

GFCP 811 - (3) (IR)
Topics in the Government and Politics of Western Europe

Study of the contemporary politics and society of a country or group of countries. 811A: Great Britain. 811B: France. 811C: Germany. 811D: Italy and Spain. 811E: Scandinavia. These courses will be given on a rotating basis.

GFCP 821 - (3) (Y)
Topics in the Government and Politics of U.S.S.R. and Eastern Europe

GFCP 831 - (3) (O) Topics in the Government and Politics of Latin America

GFCP 842 - (3) (IR)
Topics in the Government and Politics of the Middle East

GFCP 851 - (3) (E)
Topics in the Government and Politics of China

GFCP 853 - (3) (IR)
Topics in the Government and Politics of Japan

GFCP 861 - (3) (IR)
Topics in the Government and Politics of South Asia

Study of the development of political and administrative institutions and practices in modern India.

GFCP 897 - (3-12) (S)
Non-Topical Research, Preparation for Research

For master’s research, taken before a thesis director has been selected.

GFCP 898 - (3-12) (S)
Non-Topical Research

For master’s thesis, taken under the supervision of a thesis director.

GFCP 997 - (3-12) (S)
Non-Topical Research, Preparation for Doctoral Research

For doctoral research, taken before a dissertation director has been selected.

GFCP 999 - (3-12) (S)
Non-Topical Research

For doctoral dissertation, taken under the supervision of a dissertation director.

International Relations

Note   Courses in international economics and economic development may be elected as part of a special or outside subfield, or they may be taken in support of other work. See courses listed under the Department of Economics.

GFIR 504 - (3) (IR)
International Politics

Comparative analysis of the stability of major periods in international politics, emphasizes the definitive traits of the contemporary era.

GFIR 505 - (3) (Y)
Ethics and International Relations

Study of philosophical and practical issues of ethical choice in the world of states.

GFIR 506 - (3) (IR)
Military Force in International Relations

Analysis of the use and threatened use of force in international relations. Topics include relevance of force in pre- and post-nuclear era; the causes of war; the evolution of nuclear and conventional strategy since 1945; and arms control.

GFIR 507 - (3) (IR)
Norms and Value Systems in International Relations

Analysis of the formation, operation, and effect of norms, values, and “regimes” in international relations. Topics include human rights, the role of religion and ideology, and the relationship of norms to international institutions.

GFIR 508 - (3) (IR)
American National Security Policy

An analysis of the changing definitions of national security by U.S. administrations from World War II to the present.

GFIR 522 - (3) (IR)
Conflict Management in International Law and Organizations

Prerequisite: GFIR 321 or graduate status
Analysis of legal, political, and institutional aspects of multilateral efforts to deal with international conflicts. Features case studies.

GFIR 538 - (3) (IR)
International Political Economy

Prerequisites: Nine credits of Economics or permission of instructor
An intensive analysis of concepts and selected issues, both historical and contemporary, found in the interfacing of politics and economics in international relations.

GFIR 542 - (3) (Y)
Patterns and Process of United States Foreign Policy

Prerequisite: GFIR 341 or equivalent
Study of the politics of the American foreign policy process as illustrated through comparative analysis of case studies.

GFIR 551 - (3) (IR)
Western Europe in World Affairs

Study of the changing role of Western Europe in twentieth-century international relations, the loss of Europe’s world hegemony, and the shifts of power between the states of Western Europe.

GFIR 554 - (3) (IR)
Japan and World Politics

GFIR 555 - (3) (Y)
Russian/Soviet Foreign Policy

A thematic analysis of Soviet and Post-Soviet Russian foreign policy.

GFIR 562 - (3) (Y)
Latin America in World Affairs

Study of the relations of Latin-American states with the United States, Western Europe, and other areas. Emphasizes inter-American security and the threat of Communism.

GFIR 571 - (3) (Y)
China in World Affairs

Study of the international relations of China; conditioning historical, political, economic, and social forces; and the aims, strategy, and tactics of China’s foreign policy.

GFIR 572 - (3) (Y)
Japan in World Affairs

Study of the international relations of Japan; domestic and foreign factors and forces that condition its foreign policies; and the political, economic, military, and social problems resulting from contacts with China, the Soviet Union, and the Western powers.

GFIR 581 - (3) (Y)
Africa and World Affairs

Prerequisite: Permission of instructor
An overview of the international politics of sub-saharan Africa. Analyzes the foreign policies and international relations of African states, including inter-African relations and Africa’s relations with the major powers. Explores alternative policy options open to African states through an analysis of case studies. Also examines the international dimensions of the Southern African situation.

GFIR 595 - (3) (S)
Selected Problems in International Relations

Prerequisite: Permission of instructor
Independent study under faculty supervision, for students who are preparing for intensive research on a specific topic.

GFIR 706 - (3) (IR)
The Development of Classical Strategic Thought

A study of the evolution of military strategy before the nuclear age. Examines the writings of major classical theorists, including Sun Tzu, Thucydides, Vegetius, Machiavelli, Frederick the Great, Clausewitz, Jomini, Mahan, Douhet, Mackinder, Mao Tse-Tung, and Liddell Hart. This course is the first half of a two-part series, the second half of which will examine the development of strategy in the nuclear age.

GFIR 708 - (3) (Y)
Military Force in International Relations

Examines the threat and use of military force in international relations. Surveys the conceptual and theoretical literature on the subject; evaluates leading theories in light of historical experience; and explores a variety of factors that have traditionally conditioned the use of force, including ethical considerations, international law and organizations, the policy-making process, and public opinion.

GFIR 712 - (3) (IR)
Theory of International Law

Analysis of the functions of law, and the interrelationship of legal and political factors and processes, in the international system. Emphasizes a critical appraisal of the concept of “the rule of law” in international relations.

GFIR 721 - (3) (IR)
International Organizations

Study of the evolution, objectives, and methods of international organizations; the role of international organizations in contemporary international relations; and an analysis of the principal functions of the United Nations.

GFIR 738 - (3) (Y)
International Political Economy

Provides an understanding of some of the basic principles of international economics as they relate to state and political changes, and the ways in which states and political conflict have in turn changed the “rules” of international economics over the last four centuries.

GFIR 740 - (3) (IR)
Foreign Policy of the United States

Study of the background, processes, and select policy problems of American foreign policy.

GFIR 741 - (3) (IR)
Contemporary U.S. Foreign Policy

An analysis of contemporary American foreign policy, with an emphasis on the Carter, Reagan, Bush and Clinton administrations.

GFIR 752 - (3) (Y)
Western Europe in World Affairs

Study of the contemporary political, military, economic, and social problems of Western Europe, and their effects on the world position of the countries of Western Europe and on European integration and federation.

GFIR 765 - (3) (O) The Middle East in World Affairs
Examine various topics and theories in Middle Eastern affairs.

GFIR 808 - (3) (IR)
Problems of Force in International Relations

Prerequisite: None, but GFIR 506 is recommended
Study of selected topics related to war, security arrangements, and the political functions of military capabilities in the international system.

GFIR 811 - (3) (IR)
Topics in International Law and Organizations

Research seminar on selected issues having both legal and organizational aspects.

GFIR 822 - (3) (IR)
Institutional Trends in the International System

Examination of developments in regional functional or general political institutions.

GFIR 831 - (3) (Y)
Issues and Problems in International Relations Theory

Analysis of major concepts and patterns of behavior in international relations.

GFIR 832 - (3) (IR)
Seminar in International Politics

Comparative analysis of the stability of the major international settlements, emphasizing contemporary arms and territorial negations.

GFIR 835 - (3) (Y)
Normative Approaches to International Politics

Prerequisite: Permission of instructor
A review of major theories of morality and foreign policy, a discussion of outstanding issues and problems, an examination of case studies illustrating theories and problems, and an analysis of concepts of practical morality.

GFIR 836 - (3) (IR)
Ideological Topics in International Relations

GFIR 838 - (3) (Y)
Topics in International Political Economy

Prerequisites: GFIR 538 and at least three additional credits of international economics or permission of instructor
An intensive examination of selected topics covering international political economy.

GFIR 841 - (3) (IR)
Topics in United States Foreign Policy

Comparative analysis of the foreign policy perspectives of America’s leading statesmen since the Second World War.

GFIR 842 - (3) (IR)
Comparative Foreign Policy

GFIR 843 - (3) (IR)
The Far East in U.S. Foreign Policy

A regional study of the political, institutional, and socio-economic factors in the development of United States policy in the Far East, emphasizing the area problems presented by the twentieth-century international revolutionary syndrome, including Korea, China, Japan, and the South East Asian peninsula.

GFIR 845 - (3) (Y)
American Foreign Policy: Cold War and After

Prerequisite: Permission of instructor
Examines major approaches to the Cold War, its causes, origins and major periods and certain crucial policies and problems such as the Marshall Plan, containment and detente.

GFIR 852 - (3) (IR)
Western European Topics in World Affairs

GFIR 856 - (3) (IR)
Russian and Eastern European Topics in World Affairs

GFIR 862 - (3) (IR)
Latin American Topics in World Affairs

GFIR 866 - (3) (IR)
Middle Eastern Topics in World Affairs

GFIR 872 - (3) (O) Chinese Topics in World Affairs

GFIR 873 - (3) (IR)
Japanese Topics in World Affairs

GFIR 876 - (3) (IR)
South Asian Topics in World Affairs

GFIR 897 - (3-12) (S)
Non-Topical Research, Preparation for Research

For master’s research, taken before a thesis director has been selected.

GFIR 898 - (3-12) (S)
Non-Topical Research

For master’s thesis, taken under the supervision of a thesis director.

GFIR 997 - (3-12) (S)
Non-Topical Research, Preparation for Doctoral Research

For doctoral research, taken before a dissertation director has been selected.

GFIR 999 - (3-12) (S)
Non-Topical Research

For doctoral dissertation, taken under the supervision of a dissertation director.

Political Theory

GFPT 501 - (3) (IR)
Nature of Political Inquiry

Prerequisite: Graduate status or at least three credits in political theory
Study of important conceptual issues encountered in the scientific study of politics, including an introduction to the philosophy of science; classic contributions to the scientific study of politics; and important conceptual problems, especially the problems of “value free” science, and studying “meaningful” behavior.

GFPT 502 - (3) (Y)
Basic Problems of Political Philosophy

Examination of the character of political philosophy and its justification under contemporary circumstances.

GFPT 503 - (3) (IR)
Marxist Theories

Study of the basic political, sociological, and philosophical ideas advanced by Marx and Engels, and their historical backgrounds; and the later developments and varieties of Marxist thought in the twentieth century, the principal critics, and chief debates.

GFPT 506 - (3) (IR)
Plato and Aristotle

Prerequisite: GFPT 101 or GFPT 301 or permission of instructor
Study of the political and philosophical ideas of the founders of the tradition of political philosophy.

GFPT 507 - (3) (IR)
Medieval and Renaissance Thought

GFPT 515 - (3) (Y)
Continental Political Thought

Prerequisite: Any previous GFPT course or permission of the instructor
A survey of the main currents of Continental political thought from the eighteenth century through the present.

GFPT 595 - (3) (S)
Selected Problems in Theory and Method

Prerequisite: Permission of instructor
Independent study under faculty supervision, for students who are preparing for intensive research on a specific topic.

GFPT 700 - (3) (Y)
Introduction to Political Theory

An introduction to the themes, methods, and development of political theory from classical antiquity to the present.

GFPT 722 - (3) (IR)
American Political Thought

Study of the development of American political thought by major contributors.

GFPT 802 - (3) (IR)
Problems of Political Philosophy

Detailed study of one or more problems in political philosophy.

GFPT 803 - (3) (Y)
Topics in Modern Political Philosophy

Special study and intensive analysis of a select number of modern writers.

GFPT 804 - (3) (E)
Topics in Ancient and Medieval Political Philosophy

Intensive analysis of selected texts in premodern political thought, focusing on a single thinker or problem.

GFPT 821 - (3) (IR)
Seminar in American Political Thought and Institutions

Research seminar dealing with selected topics of interest to advanced graduate or professional students in government, history, or law.

GFPT 897 - (3-12) (S)
Non-Topical Research, Preparation for Research

For master’s research, taken before a thesis director has been selected.

GFPT 898 - (3-12) (S)
Non-Topical Research

For master’s thesis, taken under the supervision of a thesis director.

GFPT 997 - (3-12) (S)
Non-Topical Research, Preparation for Doctoral Research

For doctoral research, taken before a dissertation director has been selected.

GFPT 999 - (3-12) (S)
Non-Topical Research

For doctoral Dissertation, taken under the supervision of a dissertation director.


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