Summer Sessions | Courses | Political Science

Course information is posted for 2021. Please check back at a later time for updated 2022 course offerings.

Political Science

The Political Science Department offers a variety of courses that focus on four major areas of study: American politics, comparative politics, political theory, and international relations studies.

Check the Directory of Classes for the most up-to-date course information.

Summer 2021 Session Information

  • SESSION A courses are May 3–June 18, 2021
  • SESSION B courses are June 28–August 16, 2021
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POLITICAL THEORY I
POLS1101S001 4 points.
What is a just society? What is a good life? How should we live together when we disagree about justice and the good life? Is government essential to living well? What is the best form of government? What rights do we have? How, if at all, can the coercive power of the state be justified? These are some of the enduring questions we will explore. A major goal of the course is to exercise techniques needed to understand a political thinker’s arguments and to construct one’s own.
Course Number Section/Call Number Session Times/Location
POLS1101S001 001/11248 Summer B Subterm We 01:00 PM–04:10 PM
Mo 01:00 PM–04:10 PM

Instructor Points Enrollment Method of Instruction
Luke MacInnis
4 Open for Enrollment
(auto-fill waitlist)
On-Line Only
POLITICAL THEORY I-DISC
POLS1111S001 0 points.
Course Number Section/Call Number Session Times/Location
POLS1111S001 001/11266 Summer B Subterm Th 04:10 PM–05:00 PM
Tu 04:10 PM–05:00 PM

Instructor Points Enrollment Method of Instruction
Isaac Stethem
0 Open for Enrollment
(auto-fill waitlist)
On-Line Only
POLITICAL THEORY I-DISC
POLS1111S002 0 points.
Course Number Section/Call Number Session Times/Location
POLS1111S002 002/14423 Summer B Subterm We 09:10 AM–10:00 AM
Mo 09:10 AM–10:00 AM

Instructor Points Enrollment Method of Instruction
Rebecca Marwege
0 Open for Enrollment
(auto-fill waitlist)
On-Line Only
INTRO TO AMER GOVT & POLITICS
POLS1201S001 4 points.
Introduction to national political institutions and processes. The presidency, Congress, the courts, political parties and elections, interest groups, and public opinion.
Course Number Section/Call Number Session Times/Location
POLS1201S001 001/11261 Summer B Subterm Mo 01:00 PM–04:00 PM
We 01:00 PM–04:00 PM

Instructor Points Enrollment Method of Instruction
Judith Russell
4 Open for Enrollment
(auto-fill waitlist)
Hybrid
INTRO AMER GOVT&POL-DISCUSSION
POLS1211S001 0 points.
Course Number Section/Call Number Session Times/Location
POLS1211S001 001/11263 Summer B Subterm Mo 04:00 PM–05:00 PM
We 04:00 PM–05:00 PM

Instructor Points Enrollment Method of Instruction
Bryn McCarthy
0 Open for Enrollment
(auto-fill waitlist)
On-Line Only
REASON AND POLITICS
POLS3177W001 3 points.

We can lean heavily on the concepts of reason and rationality to justify and criticize political thought, speech, and conduct. But we also find it difficult to explain what it means to be reasonable or rational in politics. What is reason? What does it mean to have a reason for a belief or an action? If someone behaves unreasonably, what are they failing to do? Is reason at odds with passion, rhetoric, authority, or religious conviction? Are there spcial ways in which citizens and public officials should reason in public life? Is it realistic to expect people to exercise "public" forms of reason in a culturally diverse and politically polarized society that sometimes seems indifferent to rational argument? What is the relationship between "reasonable" political discourse and familiar contemporary concepts like "political correctness"? This course studies some influential classical and contemporary answers to these and related questions drawn from a variety of thinkers, especially Aristotle, Immanuel Kant, John Rawls, Jurgen Habermas, Onora O'niell, and Christine Korsgaard. 

Course Number Section/Call Number Session Times/Location
POLS3177W001 001/11291 Summer A Subterm We 01:00 PM–04:10 PM
Mo 01:00 PM–04:10 PM

Instructor Points Enrollment Method of Instruction
Luke MacInnis
3 Closed for Online Registration On-Line Only
REFORMNG AMERICAN ELECTNS
POLS3337X001 3 points.

Prerequisites: POLS 1201 or an equivalent intro-level course in American Politics. The purpose of this course is to examine problems in American democracy, and to critically evaluate proposals for reform. We will examine the manner in which political science has engaged real-world problems in election systems and administration, campaign finance, and fraud.

Course Number Section/Call Number Session Times/Location
POLS3337X001 001/00104 Summer A Subterm Tu 02:45 PM–04:20 PM
We 02:45 PM–04:20 PM
Mo 02:45 PM–04:20 PM
Th 02:45 PM–04:20 PM

Instructor Points Enrollment Method of Instruction
Michael Miller
3 Open for Enrollment
(auto-fill waitlist)
COLL: URBAN VIOLENCE
POLS3501X001 4 points.
Course Number Section/Call Number Session Times/Location
POLS3501X001 001/00105 Summer A Subterm Tu 01:00 PM–04:10 PM
Th 01:00 PM–04:10 PM

Instructor Points Enrollment Method of Instruction
Eduardo Moncada
4 Registration Block
(w/ Self-Managed Wait List)
ENDING WAR & BUILDING PEACE
POLS3623W001 3 points.

This course provides an introduction to the politics of war termination and peace consolidation. The course examines the challenges posed by ending wars and the process by which parties to a conflict arrive at victory, ceasefires, and peace negotiations. It explores how peace is sustained, why peace lasts in some cases and breaks down in others and what can be done to make peace more stable, focusing on the role of international interventions, power-sharing arrangements, reconciliation between adversaries, and reconstruction.

Course Number Section/Call Number Session Times/Location
POLS3623W001 001/11292 Summer A Subterm Th 09:00 AM–11:55 AM
Tu 09:00 AM–11:55 AM

Instructor Points Enrollment Method of Instruction
Sarah Daly
3 Closed for Online Registration On-Line Only
CHINA'S FOREIGN RELATIONS
POLS3671W001 3 points.

This course provides a comprehensive introduction to the foreign relations of the People’s Republic of China from 1949 to the present. The course looks at the world from China’s point of view and is organized geographically, moving from China’s homeland to its borderlands and continents and sea lanes beyond Asia. 

Course Number Section/Call Number Session Times/Location
POLS3671W001 001/11293 Summer B Subterm Mo 01:00 PM–04:10 PM
We 01:00 PM–04:10 PM

Instructor Points Enrollment Method of Instruction
Michael Beckley
3 Open for Enrollment
(auto-fill waitlist)
On-Line Only
RESEARCH DESIGN: SCOPE AND METHODS
POLS3720W001 4 points.

This class aims to introduce students to the logic of social scientific inquiry and research design. Although it is a course in political science, our emphasis will be on the science part rather than the political part — we’ll be reading about interesting substantive topics, but only insofar as they can teach us something about ways we can do systematic research. This class will introduce students to a medley of different methods to conduct social scientific research.

Course Number Section/Call Number Session Times/Location
POLS3720W001 001/12132 Summer B Subterm Mo 05:30 PM–08:40 PM
We 05:30 PM–08:40 PM

Instructor Points Enrollment Method of Instruction
Michael Miller
4 Open for Enrollment
(auto-fill waitlist)
On-Line Only
SCOPE AND METHODS - DISC
POLS3722W001 0 points.

This is the required discussion section for POLS UN3720.

Course Number Section/Call Number Session Times/Location
POLS3722W001 001/12152 Summer B Subterm Tu 05:00 PM–06:40 PM

Instructor Points Enrollment Method of Instruction
Julian Gerez
0 Open for Enrollment
(auto-fill waitlist)
On-Line Only
SCOPE AND METHODS - DISC
POLS3722W002 0 points.

This is the required discussion section for POLS UN3720.

Course Number Section/Call Number Session Times/Location
POLS3722W002 002/14351 Summer B Subterm Tu 07:00 PM–08:40 PM

Instructor Points Enrollment Method of Instruction
Heewon Yoon
0 Open for Enrollment
(auto-fill waitlist)
On-Line Only
SUPERVISED FAC-STUDENT RSRCH
POLS3765X001 4 points.
Prerequisites: None formally; instructor may recommend introductory or advanced course in their subfield For joint Faculty-Student research on a deisgnated topic of the instructor's choice. Students will critically engage with scholarly debates, formulate research designs, analyze or interpret data, and learn to summarize and present findings. Apply directly to the instructor. Can be taken once for elective credit toward the major.
Course Number Section/Call Number Session Times/Location
POLS3765X001 001/00219 Full Trm Crs
Instructor Points Enrollment Method of Instruction
Severine Autesserre
4 Registration Block
(w/ Self-Managed Wait List)
INDEPENDENT RESEARCH II
POLS3902W001 6 points.
Course Number Section/Call Number Session Times/Location
POLS3902W001 001/12939 Summer A Subterm
Instructor Points Enrollment Method of Instruction
Robert Amdur
6 Closed for Online Registration On-Line Only
AMERICAN POLITICS SEMINAR
POLS3922W001 4 points.

Prerequisites: POLS UN1201 or the equivalent, and the instructors permission. Pre-registration is not permitted. Seminar in American Politics. Students who would like to register should join the electronic wait list. For list of topics and descriptions see: https://polisci.columbia.edu/content/undergraduate-seminars

Course Number Section/Call Number Session Times/Location
POLS3922W001 001/11251 Summer A Subterm Tu 02:00 PM–04:10 PM
Th 02:00 PM–04:10 PM

Instructor Points Enrollment Method of Instruction
John Sivolella
4 Closed for Online Registration On-Line Only
AMERICAN POLITICS SEMINAR
POLS3922W002 4 points.

Prerequisites: POLS UN1201 or the equivalent, and the instructors permission. Pre-registration is not permitted. Seminar in American Politics. Students who would like to register should join the electronic wait list. For list of topics and descriptions see: https://polisci.columbia.edu/content/undergraduate-seminars

Course Number Section/Call Number Session Times/Location
POLS3922W002 002/11253 Summer A Subterm Mo 09:00 AM–11:10 AM
We 09:00 AM–11:10 AM

Instructor Points Enrollment Method of Instruction
Shigeo Hirano
4 Closed for Online Registration On-Line Only
AMERICAN POLITICS SEMINAR
POLS3922W003 4 points.

Prerequisites: POLS UN1201 or the equivalent, and the instructors permission. Pre-registration is not permitted. Seminar in American Politics. Students who would like to register should join the electronic wait list. For list of topics and descriptions see: https://polisci.columbia.edu/content/undergraduate-seminars

Course Number Section/Call Number Session Times/Location
POLS3922W003 003/11255 Summer A Subterm Th 04:00 PM–06:10 PM
Tu 04:00 PM–06:10 PM

Instructor Points Enrollment Method of Instruction
Robert Amdur
4 Closed for Online Registration On-Line Only
INTERNATIONAL POLITICS SEMINAR
POLS3962W001 4 points.

Prerequisites: POLS UN1601 or the equivalent, and the instructors permission. Seminar in International Relations. Students who would like to register should join the electronic wait list. For list of topics and descriptions see: https://polisci.columbia.edu/content/undergraduate-seminars

Course Number Section/Call Number Session Times/Location
POLS3962W001 001/11384 Summer A Subterm Mo 06:00 PM–08:00 PM
We 06:00 PM–08:00 PM

Instructor Points Enrollment Method of Instruction
Rebecca Murphy
4 Closed for Online Registration On-Line Only
INTERNATIONAL POLITICS SEMINAR
POLS3962W002 4 points.

Prerequisites: POLS UN1601 or the equivalent, and the instructors permission. Seminar in International Relations. Students who would like to register should join the electronic wait list. For list of topics and descriptions see: https://polisci.columbia.edu/content/undergraduate-seminars

Course Number Section/Call Number Session Times/Location
POLS3962W002 002/11246 Summer A Subterm Th 09:00 AM–12:00 PM
Tu 09:00 AM–12:00 PM

Instructor Points Enrollment Method of Instruction
Albert Bininachvili
4 Closed for Online Registration On-Line Only
CHINESE POLITICS
POLS4471W001 3 points.
Course Number Section/Call Number Session Times/Location
POLS4471W001 001/11287 Summer A Subterm We 08:00 AM–10:10 AM
Mo 08:00 AM–10:10 AM

Instructor Points Enrollment Method of Instruction
Junyan Jiang
3 Closed for Online Registration On-Line Only
PRINC OF QUANT POL RESEARCH 2
POLS4712W001 4 points.

Prerequisites: POLS W4710 or the equivalent. The purpose of this course is to introduce statistical analyses with categorical independent variables and statistical measurement methodology. Throughout the semester students will learn basic concepts of quantitative political data analysis such as logit/probit, ordered/multinomial logit, survival models, factor analysis, roll-call vote analysis, and quantitative text analysis methods such as Wordfish and Wordscore. In addition to the theoretical backgrounds of such topics, students will learn how to apply them in statistical software, R, during weekly sections. Students are expected to attend not only the lectures but also these weekly sections.

Course Number Section/Call Number Session Times/Location
POLS4712W001 001/11288 Summer A Subterm Mo 01:00 PM–04:10 PM
We 01:00 PM–04:10 PM

Instructor Points Enrollment Method of Instruction
Robert Shapiro
4 Closed for Online Registration Hybrid
PRINC OF QUANT POL RESEARCH 2-DISC
POLS4713W001 0 points.

This is the required discussion section for POLS GU4712.

Course Number Section/Call Number Session Times/Location
POLS4713W001 001/11289 Summer A Subterm Fr 11:10 AM–12:50 PM

Instructor Points Enrollment Method of Instruction
Beatrice Montano
0 Closed for Online Registration Hybrid
STRAT INTELLIGNC/POL DEC MAKNG
POLS4832S001 3 points.

The interaction of intelligence and political decision-making in the U.S. other Western democracies, Russia and China. Peculiarities of intelligence in the Middle East (Israel, Iran, Pakistan). Intelligence analyzed both as a governmental institution and as a form of activity, with an emphasis on complex relations within the triangle of intelligence communities, national security organizations, and high-level political leadership. Stages and disciplines of intelligence process. Intelligence products and political decision-making. The function of intelligence considered against the backdrop of rapid evolution of information technologies, changing meaning of homeland security, and globalization. Particular emphasis on the role of intelligence in the prevention of terrorism and WMD proliferation.

Course Number Section/Call Number Session Times/Location
POLS4832S001 001/11247 Summer B Subterm Th 09:00 AM–12:00 PM
Tu 09:00 AM–12:00 PM

Instructor Points Enrollment Method of Instruction
Albert Bininachvili
3 Open for Enrollment
(auto-fill waitlist)
On-Line Only
CONTROVERSIES IN AMER POLITICS
POLS8245G001 4 points.
Course Number Section/Call Number Session Times/Location
POLS8245G001 001/11282 Summer A Subterm Th 09:00 AM–11:10 AM
Tu 09:00 AM–11:10 AM

Instructor Points Enrollment Method of Instruction
Shigeo Hirano
4 Closed for Online Registration On-Line Only
POLIT ECONOMY OF DEVELOPMENT
POLS8412G001 4 points.

Why are some nations able to grow and prosper while others mired in conflicts and poverty? What are the political factors that shape countries’ success in growing their economies? How does economic progress affect a regime’s ability to stay in power and the prospects and directions of political changes? This course addresses these questions by introducing students to major ideas and findings from both classical and cutting-edge scholarship on political economy of development.The first part of the course will review major episodes of growth (or the lack thereof) in human history and how they influenced the theoretical paradigms for studying development. The second half of the course will be devoted to more specialized topics, examining how different institutions, strategies, and contingencies affect countries’ economic fortunes. The goal of the course is to help you acquire the necessary conceptual and empirical toolkit for digesting and producing scholarly knowledge about the origins and consequences of economic development.

Course Number Section/Call Number Session Times/Location
POLS8412G001 001/11284 Summer A Subterm Th 08:00 AM–10:10 AM
Tu 08:00 AM–10:10 AM

Instructor Points Enrollment Method of Instruction
Junyan Jiang
4 Closed for Online Registration On-Line Only
POL CULTURE, PARTICIPTN
POLS8420G001 4 points.

The idea that culture influences politics has been a core theme of the modern social sciences. But scholars have debated what culture is, what it influences, and how. The course looks at some of the foundational works in this literature. It then focuses on the stream of research that uses survey research methods and in so doing, focuses on the understanding of political culture as a distribution within a society of values, norms, and attitudes toward political objects. Within this literature, we look at how social scientists using survey research have assessed the impact of political culture on one type of behavior, political participation, and one type of attitude, regime legitimacy. This in turn involves a discussion of the distinction in the literature between democratic and authoritarian regime types, and how they differ with respect to drivers of participation and causes of legitimacy. The course deals with culture, regime type, participation, and legitimacy at both the conceptual and methodological levels. By critiquing prominent works in the field, we will learn more about problems of measurement, question formulation, response category design, and questionnaire design, and about practical problems of gaining access and conducting interviews in various social and political environments. We will develop an appreciation of how sampling techniques affect the reliability of findings, and discuss the possibilities and limits of using non-random and flawed samples. Students who can use statistical software will have an opportunity to work with the Asian Barometer Survey Wave 4 dataset.

Course Number Section/Call Number Session Times/Location
POLS8420G001 001/11350 Summer A Subterm Th 02:10 PM–04:00 PM
Tu 02:10 PM–04:00 PM

Instructor Points Enrollment Method of Instruction
Andrew Nathan
4 Closed for Online Registration Hybrid
CIVIL & ETHNIC WARS
POLS8854G001 4 points.

This course explores the causes, dynamics and outcomes of civil wars and insurgencies. It addresses when and why violence is employed in place of peaceful solutions to conflict and what accounts for individual and mass recruitment into armed organizations. It aims to understand variation in warring groups’ cohesion, repertoires of violence, and relations with civilians, state counterinsurgency methods, and the political economy of conflict. The course concludes by examining war duration and termination. Students will be pushed to grapple with research written in many traditions including philosophical, statistical, game theoretic, and qualitative materials.

Course Number Section/Call Number Session Times/Location
POLS8854G001 001/11286 Summer A Subterm We 01:00 PM–03:10 PM
Mo 01:00 PM–03:10 PM

Instructor Points Enrollment Method of Instruction
Sarah Daly
4 Closed for Online Registration On-Line Only
SPECIAL RESEARCH COURSE
POLS9010G001 6 points.
Course Number Section/Call Number Session Times/Location
POLS9010G001 001/13458 Summer A Subterm
Instructor Points Enrollment Method of Instruction
Maria Victoria Murillo
6 Closed for Online Registration On-Line Only