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Courses - Fall 2017
GVPT
Government and Politics Department Site
GVPT105S
Introduction to Political Ethics
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
CORE: SB
GenEd: DSHS
Restriction: Must be in the College Park Scholars program; and must be in International Studies program or Public Leadership program.
An examination of major theories of political life and politics as they pertain to international politics, conflict, and culture. Emphasis will be given to theories of ethics and morality that pertain to international studies, such as human rights.
GVPT170
American Government
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
CORE: SB
GenEd: DSHS
A comprehensive study of national government in the United States.
GVPT200
International Political Relations
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
CORE: SB
GenEd: DSHS, DVUP
A study of the major factors underlying international relations, the causes of conflict and cooperation among international actors, the role of international institutions, the interactions of domestic and foreign policies, and major issues in security, economy and the environment.
GVPT201
Scope and Methods for Political Science Research
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
GenEd: DSSP
Credit only granted for: GVPT100 or GVPT201.
Formerly: GVPT100.
An introduction to empirical research in political science.
GVPT205S
Special Topics in International Ethics, Conflict, and Immigration
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
CORE: SB
GenEd: DSHS, DVUP
Prerequisite: GVPT105.
Recommended: GVPT241.
Restriction: Must be in College Park Scholars program; and must be in GVPT international Studies program.
An examination of issues in international ethics, conflict generated at the international level, and problems in immigration policy and law, including theories of rights and immigration, and ideological sources of international violence.
GVPT217
(Perm Req)
Mock Trial
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Also offered as: MLAW217.
Credit only granted for: MLAW217, GVPT217, or GVPT319A.
Formerly: GVPT319A.
Experience the excitement and reward of arguing, and perhaps winning your client's case in court. Mock Trial is designed for students who are interested in learning practical techniques for shaping the evidence, using the law, and exploiting the courtroom to create a coherent and convincing case theory
GVPT221
Introduction to Formal Theories of Political Behavior and Politics
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: GVPT170.
An introduction to the theories of rational choice including theories of negotiation and bargaining, elections and voting in democracies, community organizing and the contrast between the roles and performances of government and market.
GVPT241
The Study of Political Philosophy: Ancient and Modern
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
GenEd: DSSP
Restriction: Must be in Government & Politics program; or must be in Government & Politics: International Relations program.
Examines some of the salient continuities and breaks between the ancient and modern traditions in Western political philosophy.
GVPT273
Introduction to Environmental Politics
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
GenEd: DSSP
An overview of modern environmental philosophy, politics, and policy, exploring environmental politics in the US by way of comparison with other developed and developing countries.
GVPT289L
Special Topics in Government and Politics; Religions, Beliefs, and World Affairs
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
GenEd: DSHS, DVUP, SCIS
GVPT289O
Special Topics in Government and Politics; Racial and Ethnic Politics in the Obama Era
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
GenEd: DSHS, DVUP, SCIS
GVPT306
Global Environmental Politics
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: GVPT200.
Focus on three processes of international environmental policy development- identifying problems, negotiating solutions, and implementing agreements- through a range of case studies, including global climate change.
GVPT319C
Topics in Social Advocacy; Careers in the Social Sector
Credits: 1
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
An overview of careers in the social sector ecosystem (International Organizations, Entrepreneurship, Federal Government, etc.). We will review common jobs, career tracks, and how to enter and move between different parts of the sector.
GVPT319L
Topics in Social Advocacy; Legal Advocacy
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
GVPT354
(Perm Req)
International Development and Conflict Management
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Restriction: Enrollment is restricted to students in the Minor in International Development and Conflict Management; and permission of BSOS-Government & Politics department; and sophomore standing or higher.
Additional information: Students are expected to take the course during the Fall semester after admission to the program.
Serves as the gateway course for the Minor in International Development and Conflict Management. Provides an introductory foundation in the theory and practice of international development and conflict management. Introduces the structures, key players, intersections, and main trends in the evolution of the fields. Explores causal factors that drive economic growth, poverty, inequality, and conflict, as well as the resources, methods, and tools available to track and address these issues.
GVPT356
(Perm Req)
Capstone in International Development
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
GenEd: DSSP, DVCC
Prerequisite: GVPT354.
Restriction: Enrollment is restricted to students in the Minor in International Development and Conflict Management; and sophomore standing or higher; and permission of BSOS-Government & Politics department.
Serves as one of the two capstone courses for the Minor in International Development and Conflict Management. Focuses on advanced theory and the practice and profession of international development and is designed to provide students an introduction to, and a chance to engage with, a core set of practical skills relevant to the field.
GVPT386
(Perm Req)
Experiential Learning
Credits: 3 - 6
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F
Restriction: Permission of BSOS-Government & Politics department; and junior standing or higher.
Contact department for information to register for this course.
GVPT388
(Perm Req)
Topical Investigations
Credits: 1 - 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Permission of Director of Undergraduate Studies required.
Contact department for information to register for this course.
GVPT388B
(Perm Req)
Topical Investigations; Innovation in the Public Sector
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: PSYC100, GVPT100 or ECON200. Also offered as GVPT388B. Credit will be granted for BSOS388f or GVPT 388B.

How does innovation occur in the public sector? How can government serve as a catalyst for problem-solving? Using the tools of innovation and entrepreneurship, this laboratory course engages students in a semester-long project to innovate change around a specific public sector issue or industry in our local or regional community. Some examples might include: public broadband access, sustainability infrastructure, transportation improvements, or health care access in the College Park, Prince George's, or Maryland communities. Lead instructor Ken Ulman,'97 is the former Howard County Executive who now heads the University's efforts to transform College Park into one of the most innovative university towns in the country.

For permission to register, email bsos-ugdean@umd.edu with your name, UID and a brief statement of why this course is of interest to you.
GVPT388M
(Perm Req)
Topical Investigations; Mock Trial
Credits: 1 - 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
GVPT388W
(Perm Req)
Topical Investigations; Experiential Learning: Maryland, Public Policy, and Beyond
Credits: 1 - 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
GVPT389
(Perm Req)
Experiential Learning II
Credits: 3 - 6
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Junior standing.
Contact department for information to register for this course.
GVPT390
Game Theory
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Restriction: Must not have completed ECON414.
Credit only granted for: GVPT399A, GVPT390, CMSC474 or ECON414.
Formerly: GVPT399A.
Introduction to game theory with applications to political science, economics and sociology. Topics include preference theory, expected utility theory, Nash equilibria, subgame perfection, repeated games, folk theorems, and evolutionary stability.
GVPT392
Introduction to Geographic Information Systems for Social Science Research
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Credit only granted for: GVPT392, GVPT429A, or GVPT729D.
Formerly: GVPT429A, GVPT729D.
Introduction to the use of Geographic Information Systems for conducting research in the social sciences. Overview of spatially embedded nature of many social science phenomena and content of theories common to spatial thinking. Students will obtain hands-on experience with various GIS tools and methods most frequently employed by social scientists.
Recommended: At least one course in statistics.
GVPT396
(Perm Req)
Introduction to Honors Research
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg
Restriction: Must be in Government & Politics Honors Program; and must have permission of the Government & Politics Honors Program.
A required course for all honors students designed to emphasize library research, methodology, and writing skills in political science and political philosophy. A written proposal, bibliography and research design for an honors paper required of all students as a final project.
Contact department for information to register for this course.
GVPT397
(Perm Req)
Honors Research
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg
Prerequisite: GVPT396.
Restriction: Must be in Government & Politics Honors Program.
Individual reading and research. Preparation of an original paper.
Contact department for information to register for this course.
GVPT406
International Organizations
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: GVPT200.
Restriction: Must be in Government & Politics program; and junior standing or higher. Or must be in Government & Politics: International Relations program; and junior standing or higher.
A basic introduction to the full range of international organizations that have come into being over the past century and one-half, including those that aspire to be universal or global, those with a geopolitical or regional focus, and those that address specific structural or functional areas of human endeavor or issue areas.
GVPT409G
Seminar in International Relations and World Politics; Corporations and the Global Political Economy
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: GVPT200. Restriction: Must be in Government and Politics program.
GVPT409H
(Perm Req)
Seminar in International Relations and World Politics; China and the World
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: GVPT100. Restriction: Must be in the Government and Politics Honors Program.
GVPT409P
Seminar in International Relations and World Politics; Conflict in the International System
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: GVPT200. Restriction: Must be in Government and Politics program.
GVPT409Q
Seminar in International Relations and World Politics; Globalization and the Future of Politics
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
GVPT417
Seminar in Advanced Topics in Environmental Policy Analysis
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: GVPT273.
Restriction: Must be in one of the following programs (Government & Politics; Environmental Sci&Policy-Env Politics & Policy).
Credit only granted for: GVPT419B or GVPT417.
Formerly: GVPT419B.
A series of critical tools and methods used to analyze environmental policy. This class should be of interest to students who are either considering a career or graduate studies in environmental protection.
GVPT419A
Seminar in Public Policy; Public Policy Process in the US
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Restriction: Must be in Government and Politics program.
GVPT420
The Logic and Practice of Measuring Political Behavior
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: GVPT201.
Restriction: Must be in Government & Politics program; or must be in Government & Politics: International Relations program.
Introduction to concepts and practices used for measuring political behavior. Political analysis is an increasingly quantitative field, It is crucial for students of political behavior to learn how to define concepts in concrete ways, examine different methods of measuring concepts, learn how to test the quality of chosen measures, learn how to construct richer measures out of multiple questions, and finally how to examine the relationship between multiple measures of similar concepts. Common pitfalls, errors, bias, and ethics will be examined along the way.
GVPT423
Elections and Electoral Behavior
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: GVPT241 and GVPT170.
Restriction: Must be in Government & Politics program.
An examination of various topics relating to elections; the focus includes the legal structure under which elections are conducted, the selection and nomination process, the conduct of election campaigns, and patterns of political participation and voting choice in different types of elections.
GVPT431
Introduction to Constitutional Law
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: GVPT241 and GVPT170.
Restriction: Must be in Government & Politics program; and junior standing or higher.
A systematic inquiry into the general principles of the American constitutional system, with special reference to the role of the judiciary in the interpretation and enforcement of the federal constitution.
GVPT439C
Seminar in Public Law; Current Issues in the Supreme Court
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Restriction: Must be in the Government and Politics program. Recommended prerequisites: GVPT431 and GVPT432.
GVPT439W
Seminar in Public Law; Womend and the Law
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
GVPT456
The Politics of Terrorism
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: GVPT200.
Restriction: Must be in Government & Politics program; or must be in Government & Politics: International Relations program.
Credit only granted for: GVPT456 or GVPT459T.
Formerly: GVPT459T.
Examination of the definition, causes and organization of terrorist activity, along with key domestic and international counter- and anti-terrorism responses. Special emphasis on challanges and opportunities to the scientific study of terrorism.
GVPT459B
Seminar in Comparative Politics; Comparative Political Institutions
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: GVPT280 or GVPT282. Restriction: Must be in Government and Politics program.
GVPT459H
(Perm Req)
Seminar in Comparative Politics; Tweeting Political Crises
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Restriction: Must be in the Government and Politics Honors program.
GVPT459I
Seminar in Comparative Politics; Thinking Like a Citizen: Civic Ideals and Civic Practices
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: GVPT200 or GVPT280. Restriction: Must be in the Governmentand Politics program. All other majors will be placed on the holdfile. This course is an introduction to the emerging field of civic studies. It takes as a starting point the idea of citizens as co-creators of their many worlds, their various communities, their countries, and of course the literal world. We will look into what knowledge and what ways of thinking are most helpful to such co-creators. Topics will include: civic work in the small (human interaction, politics, power resources), finding and building shared ground, impediments to civic action (problem of a collective action, limited human brain, the power of the status quo), and venues of civic action (including communities, social movements, countries, and the world).
GVPT459K
Seminar in Comparative Politics; Russian Politics: From Lenin to Putin
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: GVPT280 or GVPT282. Restriction: Must be in Government and Politics program.
GVPT459M
Seminar in Comparative Politics; Social Movements
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: GVPT280 or GVPT282. Restriction: Must be in Government and Politics program.
GVPT459X
Seminar in Comparative Politics; Political Radicalism
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: GVPT280 or GVPT282. Restriction: Must be in Government and Politics program.
GVPT460
Problems in State and Local Government
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: GVPT241 and GVPT170.
Recommended: GVPT260.
Restriction: Must be in Government & Politics program.
A study of the structure, procedures and policies of state and local governments with special emphasis on the state level and on intergovernmental relationships, and with illustrations from Maryland governmental arrangements.
GVPT473
The U.S. Congress
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: GVPT241 and GVPT170.
Restriction: Must be in Government & Politics program; and junior standing or higher.
A detailed survey of lawmaking and the legislative process, emphasizing the U.S. Congress, and its members.
GVPT479G
Seminar in American Politics; Interest Groups and Social Movements
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Restriction: Must be in the Government and Politics program.
GVPT479H
(Perm Req)
Seminar in American Politics; POLITICAL AMBITION
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Restriction: Must be in the Government and Politics Honors program.
GVPT479Y
Seminar in American Politics; POLITICAL PSYCHOLOGY
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Restriction: Must be in Government and Politics program.
GVPT484
Government and Politics of Africa
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: GVPT282 or GVPT280.
Restriction: Must be in a major within BSOS-Government & Politics department.
A comparative study of the governmental systems and political processes of the African countries, with special emphasis on the problems of nation-building in emergent countries.
GVPT487
Government and Politics of China
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Restriction: Must be in one of the following programs (Government & Politics; Government & Politics: International Relations) ; and junior standing or higher.
Credit only granted for: GVPT359A or GVPT487.
Formerly: GVPT359A.
Discussion of major issues in the study of the domestic politics of the People's Republic of China.
GVPT599
Teaching Political Science
Credits: 1
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
GVPT622
Quantitative Methods For Political Science
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Introduction to quantitiative methods of data analysis, with emphasis on statistical methods and computer usage. Measures of association, probability, correlation, linear regression estimation techniques, introductory analysis of variance, and use of package computer programs.
Course will meet in the LeFrak OASIS lab. For GVPT majors only.
GVPT700
Scope and Method of Political Science
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Required of all Ph.D. candidates. A seminar in the methodologies of political science, and their respective applications to different research fields. Interdisciplinary approaches and bibliographical techniques are also reviewed.
For GVPT majors only.
GVPT708A
Seminar in International Relations Theory; International Relations Theory
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
GVPT718C
Selected Topics in Political Science; New Methods in the Study of Conflict
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
GVPT729A
Special Topics in Quantitative Political Analysis; Advanced Maximum Likelihood Estimation
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
GVPT742
(Perm Req)
Modern Political Theory
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Recommended: GVPT741.
Restriction: Permission of BSOS-Government & Politics department.
The influence of the Enlightenment on political thought, beginning with Machiavelli and ending around the time of Mill and Marx, in which the Enlightenment worked itself out in the hopes and fears of these and other authors.
GVPT770
Seminar in American Political Institutions
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
This is the core institutions seminar in American politics. The course surveys the primary literature in the field and addresses substantively significant topics related to the study of political institutions in the American context.
GVPT799
Master's Thesis Research
Credits: 1 - 6
Grad Meth: Reg
Contact department for information to register for this course.
GVPT808G
Selected Topics in Functional Problems in International Relations; Transnational Politics and Global Governance
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
GVPT878E
Problems in American Government and Politics; Political Polarization
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
GVPT888E
Selected Topics in Comparative Governmental Institutions; CONFLICT STUDIES
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
GVPT889E
Selected Topics in Area Problems in International Relations; Chinese Politics and Foreign Policy
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
GVPT898
Pre-Candidacy Research
Credits: 1 - 8
Grad Meth: Reg
Contact department for information to register for this course.
GVPT899
(Perm Req)
Doctoral Dissertation Research
Credits: 6
Grad Meth: Reg
Contact department for information to register for this course.