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POE-300   Constitutional Law I3 credits

Prerequisites: Junior standing

An examination of the principles of American constitutional law concerning allocation of powers through the study of Supreme Court decisions, the role of the judicial branch and judicial review, separation of powers, congressional and presidential powers and federalism.

POE-301   Constitutional Law II3 credits

Prerequisites: Junior standing

An examination of the principles of American constitutional law concerning civil liberties and civil rights through the study of Supreme Court decisions: due process, rights of the accused, equal protection, freedom of expression, and freedom of religion.

POE-302   Economic Development3 credits

Prerequisites: POE-263

Students pursuing other majors must have attained junior standing and have permission of instructor. An examination of the characteristics of underdeveloped nations, what factors contribute to their relative poverty, particular development problems they face, and policies for alleviating these problems.

POE-305   Theories of Democracy1 credit

Prerequisites: Junior standing

The concept of democracy has been evaluated and debated since the early days of the Greek city states. What is meant by democracy? What are the criteria necessary for the establishment and execution of a viable democracy? Throughout his career, Robert Dahl has explored these issues. This course will examine the meaning of democracy as formulated by Dahl in his writings. We will discuss Dahl's writings in detail and explore our own views of democracy. We will also closely examine the writings of Peter Bachrach, a continuing critic of Robert Dahl. The success of this course will depend upon the participation of the students involved and their dedication to examining the concept of democracy through directed readings and in-depth class discussion.

POE-307   The Legislative Process3 credits

Prerequisites: Junior standing

An examination of the legislative process within the United States with special emphasis on the unique characteristics of the US Congress and the Idaho State Legislature

POE-309   The American Presidency3 credits

Prerequisites: Junior standing

The course will concentrate on the institution of the presidency and how it interacts with other entities and the formal and informal powers available to the president.

POE-310   Mock Supreme Court3 credits

Prerequisites: Instructor permission

A study of politics, personalities, and institutional norms of the Supreme Court, primarily through role playing and intensive research, writing, and oral argument.

POE-311   The Federalists and Anti-Federalists3 credits

This course will examine the arguments made by both proponents and opponents of the constitution and determine their applicability to current political debates.

POE-321   Comparative Economics3 credits

Prerequisites: POE-263

An evaluation of economies from an historical, evolutionary perspective. Emphasis is given to the evolution of the 19th century laissez faire market economy and the 20th century variations, which have evolved in countries such as France and Japan.

POE-322   Comparative Economics II3 credits

Prerequisites: POE-263

An evaluation of alternative types of economies such as those of Sweden, the European Union, China, and the transforming Central and East European nations.

POE-326   Myths of the Free Market1 credit

Prerequisites: POE-263, POE-250 or BUS-270

Are free markets possible? Are they desirable? Do producers, consumers, states, and democratic communities really want free markets? This course explores the powerful notion of "free markets" in theories of capitalism. It contrasts ideological claims and market fundamentalism with real world economic practice across the global economy and within states. It is designed for students interested in political economy, international affairs, business, finance, and economic policy generally.

POE-339   Environmental Policy Analysis3 credits

Prerequisites: Junior standing

This course will focus on the conceptual foundations of policy analysis as they relate to the area of environmental policy. Students will focus on both substantive environmental policies and methods for analyzing those policies. Special emphasis will be made on economic techniques of policy analysis.

POE-343   Politics and Ethics Through Film3 credits

The study of ethical issues and practical politics through movies and documentary films.

POE-350   Topics in Political Philosophy3 credits

Prerequisites: Instructor permission

A study of selected works of ancient, medieval, modern or contemporary political philosophy. Topics will vary from year to year. See courses listed below.

POE-350.1   Topics: The Political Philosophy of Nietzsche3 credits

Prerequisites: Instructor permission

An examination of the political philosophy of Nietzsche through reading and class discussion. This is a seminar-type course where students are expected to lead discussions and develop a personal understanding of the material with limited help from the professor.

POE-350.2   Topics: Feminist Political Philosophy3 credits

Prerequisites: Instructor permission

An examination of relational feminist political philosophy through reading and class discussion. Students will be required to lead class discussions.

POE-350.3   Topics: Readings in Relational Feminist Political Philosophy1 credit

Prerequisites: Instructor permission

In this one-credit course, we will read and discuss texts dealing with relational feminist political philosophy. Students will be responsible for leading class discussions.

POE-351   Politics in Developing Countries3 credits

Prerequisites: POE-120, POE-250, POE-263, and POE-299; or permission of instructor if a student is not a major or minor in the POE department.

An examination of the common and unique problems facing countries in Asia, Africa, the Middle East, and Latin America. Identifies the strategies used by governments to improve economic conditions and consolidate political processes.

POE-360   Comparative Politics3 credits

Prerequisites: POE-120, POE-250, POE-263, and POE-299; or permission of Instructor if a student is not a major or minor in the POE department.

A comparative study of governments and political activity. Industrial democracies, transitional democracies, and various forms of authoritarian rule are examined. Case studies are drawn from Europe, Asia, Africa, Latin America, and the Middle East.

POE-364   State and Local Politics3 credits

Prerequisites: Junior standing

The study of sub-national governmental units with a special emphasis on Idaho politics.

POE-368   African Political Economy3 credits

Prerequisites: POE-120, POE-263, POE-250 and POE-299

This course examines trends in African political economy with particular attention to Sub-Saharan regions. Beginning with the pre-colonial era, the course moves through colonialism, independence, and the Cold War era before examining contemporary issues such as corruption, resource management, and economic development. By examining Africa through a comparative lens, the course seeks to present a balanced assessment of historical legacies, present successes,ongoing problems, and prospects for the future.

POE-370   Political Economy of China3 credits

A study of political and economic change in the People's Republic of China since 1949. The themes of revolution, reform, growth, and stability are explored through an examination of changing state policies and their political, economic, and social effects.

POE-374   Political Economy of Southeast Asia3 credits

This course examines political and economic development in one of the world's most diverse and economically dynamic regions. Students explore how the region has transitioned from a Cold War battlefield to a post-Cold War marketplace. Topics range from the Vietnam War, the Cambodian genocide, and military rule in Myanmar (Burma) to rapid economic growth in Thailand, Indonesia, and Singapore. Major themes cover economic development, globalization, agrarian change, democratization and human rights.

POE-376   International Economics3 credits

Prerequisites: POE-263

A review of the principles of international trade, the institutions that govern trade, the economic and political aspects of economic integration, and the impact of trade on the development of nations.

POE-380   International Political Economy3 credits

Prerequisites: POE-120, POE-250, POE-263, and POE 299; or permission of Instructor if a student is not a major or minor in the POE department.

An exploration of how politics and economics intersect in the global arena. Considers key institutions and the role of state and transnational actors in facilitating and undermining economic and political development. Examines the rise of globalization including its empirical and moral dimensions.

POE-389   Ecological Economics3 credits

Prerequisites: Junior standing

A discussion-based course covering topics in renewable and nonrenewable resource use, sustainable yields in fisheries, transportation issues, management of endangered species, and land-use management (e.g., urban sprawl). Primary focus will be on issues of regional significance (e.g., conservation of Pacific salmon stocks, water-use management). Economic concepts covered include market failure, cost-benefit analysis, monetary evaluation of the environment, and sustainable economic development.

POE-392   Field Research Methods3 credits

This course introduces methods currently used by social scientists to develop research questions, make arguments, and test the implications thereof by gathering original data in the field (i.e., outside one's home institution). Students will learn the logic underlying case selection, participant observation, interview and survey methods, experimental protocol, and research ethics, ultimately creating their own research design.

POE-399   Model United Nations II1 credit

Prerequisites: Instructor permission

This course is designed to facilitate student participation in National Model United Nations (NMUN) conference each Spring. The NMUN is held in New York City and part of the conference takes place at the United Nations itself. Students will prepare to represent The College of Idaho at the conference. Course content will be based on the country assignment for the NMUN conference. May be repeated for credit. Only three credits of POE-199 (Model United Nations I) and POE-399 will count toward a major in the POE department.

POE-399T   Special Topics in Political Economy3 credits

Prerequisites: POE-263

Study of selected areas of politics and economics not available in the regular curriculum. See courses listed below.

POE-399T.03   Domestic Political Economy3 credits

Prerequisites: POE-263

The political economy aspects of selected domestic issues will be analyzed. These issues will include (but not be limited to) the federal budget deficit, health care, immigration, minimum wage, social security, subsidies to private firms, environmental protection, and technological development.