Summer 2020 Sessions

CPOL Courses Summer 2020
Various Sessions

CPOL 507 Challenges of Global Democracy 
What can we learn about democracy, its importance to international affairs, and the challenges democracy faces today?  In the last generation democracies bloomed in nearly every part of the world. In this generation new and established democracies have come under pressure while voices calling for freedom persist in undemocratic places. We examine questions about the surge and impact (and partial retreat) of democracies in the world.  We look at the role of democracy in foreign policy and emerging issues like the rise of populism and the influence of technology and social media. 
Prof. James Quirk
Online: May 11 – Jun 27, 2020

CPOL 680: Leaders and their Spies
For some time, the role of intelligence in government was ignored. More recently political scientists recognized it as the hidden dimension in governance. Today it appears in the media every day.  Although it is clear that modern political leaders rely on the fruits of espionage to inform their policy decisions, the relationship between these leaders and their spies remains shrouded in myth, misunderstanding, and ignorance. This course considers the nature of the relationship between leaders and spies. The class examines key questions like: How have political leaders used and abused intelligence to secure their goals; and conversely, the actions and reactions of their spies to these leaders? What factors have had an impact on this relationship? Does it depend on the nature of the regime, the character of the leader, or factors inherent to the nature of intelligence? Through a series of readings, discussions, and exercises, this class will explore this vital, but often hidden, relationship at the heart of modern governments and seek to understand how spies, an ancient trade, continue to be vital to modern leaders.
Prof. John Fox
Online: May 18 – June 27, 2020

CPOL 594 – Independent Study (3 credits)
CPOL 595C –Washington Internship (3 credits)


Fall Semester 2020

CPOL Courses Fall 2020
August 31 – December 19, 2020
Enrollment Begins March 24, 2020

International Affairs (MAIA)

CPOL 500 – Introduction to International Affairs
Required of all new students. Designed to acquaint the student with the recent history of International Affairs, principal subfields in the discipline, major theoretical and methodological debates in the study of world politics, and the importance of proposing parsimonious hypotheses in testing the theories. 
Dr. Laura Manning Johnson (UC Santa Barbara)
Monday, 6:40 PM  - 9:15 PM

CPOL 514 – Terrorism
Analyzes the impact of terrorism on national security policy by systematically profiling the terrorist problem, to include future forms of violence. Identifies key attributes and principles of a counterterrorist program by synthesizing and codifying lessons from the experiences of other countries. Concludes by focusing on United States policies and the responsibilities of major commanders in coping with terrorism in their areas of responsibility.  
Dr. Eric Thompson (UVa)
Thursday, 6:40 PM – 9:15 PM

CPOL 548 – Internationalpolitics of Eastern Asia: Korea, Japan and China
Provides a broad overview of developments in East Asia, with particular emphasis on China, Japan, Korea and selected Southeast Asian nations. Examines domestic and foreign policies of these countries and assesses implications of United States and Russian policies in the region.   
Dr. Richard Love (US Army War College)
Monday, 6:40 PM – 9:15 PM

Congressional and Presidential Studies (CAPS)

CPOL 671  – The Modern Congress
Explores the shaping of the present-day Congress as a representative and legislative institution; trends in organization, procedure, personnel, and political behavior; major reform movements; and major institutional problems.
Dr. Diana Rich (Georgetown)
Thursday, 6:40 PM – 9:15 PM

CPOL 674 – Congressional Parties and Elections
The past and present roles of political parties in the Congress, including their functions in choosing leaders, organizing the institution, setting public agendas, electing and socializing members, and interacting with the other branches of the federal government. 
Dr. John White (U Conn)
Monday, 6:40 PM – 9:15 PM 

CPOL 594 – Independent Study (3.00 Credits)
CPOL 595A – Congressional Internship (3.00 Credits)
CPOL 595C – Washington Internship (3.00 Credits)
CPOL 694 – Independent Study: Master's Thesis (3.00 Credits)
CPOL 698A – Master's Comprehensive Examination (w/Classes) (0.00 Credits)
CPOL 698B – Master's Comprehensive Examination (w/o Classes) (1.00 Credit)