February 2, 2015, 5-6:30 PM | THH 212 | Pizza Served

Co-sponsored by the USC Levan Institute Undergraduate Fellows and the Thematic Option Honors Program

Following the workshop on courage, we will now move to the virtue of justice. Aristotle noted that, among the canonical virtues, justice is a special case primarily because people mean so many different things when they appeal to it. Sometimes what is lawful is just, while at other times justice may require unlawful action. Sometimes justice can be equated with fairness, and yet at other times justice may require actions that seem inequitable. According to Aristotle, justice is also difficult to determine because, of the two parties which it involves, one often has a higher status than the other. We will navigate this difficult terrain with special focus, as ever, on how we might best be just in our daily lives.

The discussion will be guided by Levan Institute Fellows and students from Thematic Option and will be moderated by James Collins, Assistant Professor of Classics.

The Virtues and Vices Series encourages student discussion about virtues, vices, and their role in everyday life.

Dornsife Degrees Get Jobs! Learn From Successful Alumni

Date: Wednesday, January 28, 2015
Time: 4:00pm-5:00pm
Location: Trojan Presentation Room (TPR), Student Union B3 (basement)

Are you trying to figure out your career choices after college? Ever wonder what you can do with your undergraduate degree?

A student’s major does not dictate their career options or possibilities. The Dornsife Advising Office will be hosting a panel of Dornsife Alumni who graduated from the college with one major and are now successfully employed in a different field. The panel will consist of alumni from a range of majors including Spanish, Economics, Psychology, Political Science, and Art History who are now working in areas such as sales, research, business, law, and management. Learn about their experiences as undergraduates and how they were able to able to make the most of their time at USC.  Discover the importance of transferable skills and how they contribute to your success when searching for a job and internship.

ZYGO Series – QUARANTINE: Balancing Human Rights with Medical Best Interests

ZYGO Series—QUARANTINE: Balancing Human Rights with Medical Best Interests
Friday, January 23, 2014, Doheny Memorial Library 241 | 12:30-1:30 PM | Lunch Provided
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The first known usage of quarantine dates back from 1377 in the city of Dubrovnik, Croatia when ships suspected of carrying the Black Plague were subjected to a 40 day hold before being allowed to enter the port. Quarantine is distinct from isolation in that it is solely a preventive measure enacted to seclude individuals who may be at risk of spreading a certain disease.

Although quarantine has not been frequently implemented in recent history, during the recent outbreak of Ebola, entire villages in Liberia were subjected to quarantines, and in the US, multiple states implemented mandatory quarantines for health care workers returning from West Africa. These quarantine policies were heavily criticized by many as violating basic human rights and simply being unnecessary. Panelists for this forum will consider the medical relevance and necessity of quarantine and the human rights concerns associated with it.

Moderator: Varun Awasthi, ZYGO Student Director

Sofia Gruskin, J.D., MIA, Professor, Department of Preventive Medicine and Gould School of Law, and Director, Program on Global Health & Human Rights, Keck School of Medicine
Alison Dundes Renteln, Professor of Political Science, Anthropology, and Policy, Planning, and Development, USC Dornsife
Paul Holtom, MD, Associate Professor of Medicine and Orthopedics and Program Director, Infectious Disease Fellowship Program, Keck School of Medicine
Abelard Podgorski, Ph.D. Student, Philosophy, USC Dornsife
Jacob Roberts, Undergraduate Student, Economics and East Asian Languages and Cultures, USC Dornsife

Co-sponsored by the Levan Institute for Humanities and Ethics and the Sidney Harman Academy for Polymathic Study

Problems without Passports in Dakar, Senegal

Dakar, Senegal awaits! Culture, cuisine, history, nightlife, and beaches…experience all of these while learning about and researching Senegal’s rich literary traditions and contemporary literati.

This Problems without Passports class, French 499, invites any and all students with a good knowledge of French (intermediate recommended) to apply for this unique course. After one week at USC, we will travel to Dakar, Senegal to spend three weeks with writers, publishers, artists, Senegalese university students, and the like. USC students in anthropology, comparative literature, history, global studies, IR, narrative studies, global health, ASE, sociology, and of course, French, would all gain from this opportunity. For example, if you’re interested in history, your research could focus on writers whose works rewrite and reimagine postcolonial history. Global health? Choose a novel that treats disability and/or disease in Senegal.

INFO SESSION to be held Tuesday, January 27, 3 – 4:30pm in Taper 120.

Refreshments served!

Internship Deadline Approaching

Enrollment Deadline: Wednesday, January 28, 2015
POSC 395: Spring 2015 Semester
Interns Wanted

Thinking about doing an internship this Spring 2015 semester? USC’s Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics offers internship opportunities with elected officials, political consultants, non-profit organizations, state and local government agencies, environmental organizations, political parties, campaigns, interest groups, political media, and much more.

Internships provide exciting opportunities to participate in the political process, help students gain insight into the nature of political institutions, and learn about important public policy issues. Internships allow students to obtain practical experience in the field and build invaluable relationships with potential future employers, all while earning college credit.

For internship related inquiries, or to make an appointment with Jodi Epstein, please email, visit, call (213) 740-8964, or visit VKC 263.

Political Science Courses

POSC 360 – Comparative Political Institutions – Professor Oliver
51995 – Mon, Wed & Fri; 10-10:50am

Course description
This course engages students in a comparative analysis of political institutions and political processes across European countries. We focus on the cases of the United Kingdom, Germany, Sweden and Italy, and France, exploring key political institutions, such as, political parties, electoral structures, coalitions, courts, territorial subnational institutions and the institutions of the political economy. Our attention will shift periodically to theoretical debates surrounding institutional change. In the final segment of the class, students will engage directly with the research in the field of comparative political institutions and identify and investigate a research hypothesis and present the results during a brief presentation of the class.

POSC 420 – Practicum in the American Political Process – Professor Crigler
Section 52060 -
Tuesday; 2-4:50pm

Course description
Are you still looking for a fun and engaging class to perfect your spring schedule? If so, consider taking POSC-420, Practicum in the American Political Process! Not only will you get to learn about civic and political engagement in an intimate classroom setting, but you will apply what you learn by interacting with local elementary and middle-school students. Specifically, you will visit LA schools to help build and implement Penny Harvest, a community based civic organization that empowers children to identify and address the needs of their community. As a class, you will create leadership workshops and put on a Leadership Academy for the students in these schools. Whether you’re a political science major or not, this class will provide the opportunity to impact and shape the Los Angeles community.

POSC 422 – Political Attitudes and Behaviors – Professor Bonilla-Worsley
Section 52070
- Mon, Wed, & Fri; 11:00-11:50am

Course description
This class surveys the vast literature that explores political behavior and formation of political attitudes. The primary focus is on the political behavior of non-elite actors in the American context. We begin with the basic question of how informed the electorate is, and how that might affect their decision-making. We then turn to one of the most discussed expressions of political behavior, voting. We investigate how voter and candidate characteristics and institutional features shape voting behavior. Next, we analyze how political attitudes are formed and disseminated, specifically paying attention to attitudes on race. Finally, we examine other avenues through which one expresses political attitudes including social media, protesting, and contacting elected officials. Throughout the class, we will pay particular attention to how behavior and attitude formation are measured as the literature in this class draws on methodologies from many fields including psychology, sociology, and computational linguistics.

POSC 439 – Critical Issues in American Politics – Professor Wolinsky-Nahmias
Section 52105 – Monday; 2:00-4:50pm

Course description
This course examines civic participation in international, national, and local environmental governance. We will first discuss theories on public participation and the development of civil society. We will then study the role environmental nongovernmental organizations (ENGOS) play in expanding civic participation, setting the public agenda and shaping environmental policy-making. We will examine case studies of ENGOs and discuss public attitudes on environmental problems and sustainability. Students will develop a project on community engagement in environmental issues.

POSC 452 – Critical Issues in Law/Public Policy: Labor Regulation & Negotiation in Europe – Professor Oliver
Section 52132 – Friday; 1:00-3:50 pm

Course description
This course is designed to be an overview of comparative labor movements and the labor relation system focused on European cases. We will study the political economy of labor regulation and collective bargaining, with particular attention to issues relating to inequality, gender politics, immigration and precarious work.

POSC 469 – Critical Issues in Comp Politics: Social Policy in Euro Union – Professor Oliver
Section 52145 – Mon & Wed; 2:00- 3:20 pm

Course description
In this course we will study social policies and labor market policies in countries within European countries as well as European Union policy developments. Utilizing a comparative political economy framework, we will analyze welfare states, labor politics, gender policies, immigration, and public opinion. We examine theoretical pieces and well as in-depth empirical studies. In the final portion of the course, the students will take charge of the learning outcomes and lead the class in investigating the dynamics of a single policy dimension in two cases.







POSC Spring 2015 Classes

Still need a class for Spring 2015?
Look no further — 
POSC has got you covered!

American Government
POSC 328: Asian American Politics – Mon, Wed & Fri; 9-9:50am
POSC 420: Practicum in the American Political Process – Tues; 2-4:50pm
POSC 422: Political Attitudes and Behavior – Mon, Wed & Fri; 11-11:50am
POSC 437: Mass Media and Politics in Critical Issues – Mon; 2-4:50pm
POSC 439: Environmental Participation – Mon; 2-4:50pm

Comparative Politics
POSC 356: Politics in the People’s Republic of China – Mon; 7-9:50pm
POSC 360: Comparative Political Institutions – Mon, Wed & Fri; 10-10:50am
POSC 456: Social Policy in the European Union – Mon & Wed; 2-3:20pm

Law and Public Policy
POSC 452: Labor Regulation and Negotiation in Europe – Fri; 1-3:50pm