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Political Science


ADPO 131301  Executive Politics and Policy Making
This is a hybrid course, which combines some in-person and some online class meetings. Please refer to the course syllabus on the Woods College website or on the course Canvas page for more detailed information.
ADPO131301 Syllabus
The political environment in any organization influences how power, control and conflict are used to affect change and develop policy. Course explores the dynamics among executive branch personnel in making public policy in American national government, focusing on the president, White House staff, senior presidential appointees in the agencies and career civil servants. Attention is given to the sources and uses of political power in the executive branch, the various configurations of political conflict found across policy areas, the constraints imposed by the larger political environment; the impact of uncertain international tensions and competing centers of power.
Wed 6:15–9:15, Jan 17–May 9, Marie Natoli

ADPO 300501  Comparative Politics
ADPO300501 Syllabus
This course introduces students to the comparative method in political science. In doing so it covers the fundamental concepts of political science - the logic of comparison, regime types, and institutionalism. It then goes on to look
at the institutional building blocks of modern states - constitutions, executives, legislatures, electoral systems - before employing these same fundamental and institutional concepts to grapple with contemporary political questions around issues such as political violence, the rise of populism, and the impact of globalization on politics and society.
ONLINE,  Jan 16–May 14, John Fitzgibbon
FULLY ONLINE COURSE - Asynchronous. No days or times are specified; students must participate weekly per all communications and instructions from the professor, must adhere to course schedule, and submit all course work on time.


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