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POLI 1042 Introduction to Modern Politics (Fall/Spring: 3 )


Course Description

This course examines the politics and government of modern states, identifying what is distinctively modern (e.g., representative government, political parties), including in the survey both democratic and non-democratic nations. We will consider the nation-state itself—the most typical modern political arrangement—as well as efforts to "transcend" the nation (e.g., the European Union, the United Nations). We will examine the kinds of public policies that modern states adapt, and consider their consequences. Although this is not a class in international politics, some attention will be paid to the relations among modern states, including war and its causes.


Instructor(s): Alice Behnegar, David DiPasquale, Dennis Hale, Kathleen Bailey, Kenji Hayao, Marc Landy and Jennie Purnell

Prerequisites: None

Cross listed with:

Comments: For majors only. Restricted to freshmen and sophomores only.


Last Updated: 24-Feb-17