Intro to Comparative Politics

Comparison of politics and government in selected countries around the world., Comparison of politics and government in selected countries around the world. Enroll Info: Not open to students with credit for POLI SCI 182 (or POLI SCI 186 prior to fall 2017), Comparison of politics and government in selected countries around the world. Students may not enroll in Poli Sci 106 and 186., Introduction to Comparative Politics, one of the four sub-fields in Political Science, which involves the comparative analysis of political institutions, processes, and outcomes at the national level. Examines how to usefully compare politics in a variety of countries and makes comparisons explicit and systematic in order to determine how governments work, how power is organized and contested at the national level, and how regular people can participate and pursue their interests in different political settings. Includes key concepts, theories, methods, issues, and language. Enroll Info: None, Political institutions of major foreign nations, stressing comparison of basic principles and techniques with those of the United States.

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The Politics of Human Rights

Examines the origins and development of human rights in international politics. The course discusses what human rights are, international human rights movements, the international search for justice after mass crimes, and international humanitarian intervention., Examines the origins and development of human rights in international politics. The course discusses what human rights are, international human rights movements, the international search for justice after mass crimes, and international humanitarian intervention. Enroll Info: Not open to students with credit for POLI SCI 317 prior to fall 2017

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Hist-Amer Political Thought

The intellectual origins and evolution of American political thought as seen through the lens of leading politicians, novelists and social critics from the Puritans to the Civil War; consideration of the central tensions of American political thought from a contemporary perspective. Enroll Info: Not open to students with credit for POLI SCI 565 prior to fall 2017

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Political Econ of Development

An introduction to the political economy of development. The course asks why are some countries are rich and others poor. To help answer this question, the course examines leading theories of economic development. In light of these theories,the course highlights the development experiences of three major regions of the world: the West, East Asia, and the former Communist Block. The course considers a series of issues about development, including the effect of ethnic diversity, corruption, natural resources and women’s empowerment on economic development concluding with an examination of the effects of the international interactions–via trade, foreign aid, migration and war–on economic development. Enroll Info: None

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Intro-Amer Politcs&Governmt

Basic institutions and processes of American government. The role of constitutional structures, parties, interest groups and elections in the system; policy formation and policy content. Enroll Info: None

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Research Methods in Poli Sci

Introduces students to political science as a discipline by focusing on the development of research questions, research designs, and the quantitative and qualitative tools commonly used to implement research designs. Enroll Info: Not open to students with credit for POLI SCI 200 prior to fall 2017

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Legislative Internship

Practical experience in a legislative office. Policy research. Readings in legislative process. Enroll Info: None

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American Foreign Policy

This course undertakes a historical and analytical approach to U.S. foreign policy since World War II. The course is divided into three main topics: U.S. Foreign Policy since World War II and the evolution of U.S. policy and the impetus behind important foreign policy choices; The people and institutions and processes that guide foreign policy formation and implementation; And the more salient foreign policy challenges facing the U.S. in the 21st century including how the US has responded to the attacks of September 11, 2001, the effectiveness of foreign aid policy. Enroll Info: None

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Internship provides professional experience, alumni connections

UW-Madison senior and Summer Term student Paige Leiser shares her experience interning with the Wisconsin in Washington DC program.

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Ben Sprengeler

Seven incredible Summer Term internships

Each summer, hundreds of University of Wisconsin–Madison students spread out across the globe for internships. They gain vital job skills—that’s a given. They also explore new cities, discover foreign cultures, and have a lot of …

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