POLS 8493, Political Development: This is a graduate course in political development. It critically analyzes the theories and debates that define the field. Its goals are to encourage rigorous comparative thinking as well as prepare students for general exams and dissertation writing.
POLS 8431, European Domestic Political Development: This is a graduate course in West European political development. It analyzes important theoretical works, and debates about, the evolution of European political systems and institutions and places the European experience in comparative perspective. The aim is to prepare students for general exams and stimulate thinking about dissertation topics.
POLS 3401, Democracy and Dictatorship in Europe: This course examines the development of democracies and dictatorships in Europe from the French Revolution to the present day. It analyzes the nature and dynamics of European political history and uses the European experience as a foundation upon which to build a broader understanding of how different types of political regimes emerge, function and are sustained over time.
POLS 3505, Making Democracy Work: This colloquium examines the problems faced by new democracies and what, if anything, outsiders can do to help them. The course begins with the literature on democratic consolidation, giving students an overview of the most important theories about what makes democracies work. It then explores historical cases of intervention and debates about America’s role in promoting democracy. Finally, it examines some of the research on democracy promotion, asking what can and should be done in this area in the future.
POLS 3761-2, Senior Seminar: This course is designed to help students get through the process of writing a senior thesis.