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