College of Arts and Sciences

School of Politics, Philosophy, and Public Affairs

Graduate Seminars

Political Science (Pol S):
501 The Scope of Political Science. Historical development and present status of the discipline; contemporary issues and future trends.
502 Seminar in Normative Theory.  Elements of normative theory developments; examination of bases of controversies and approaches in the modern literature using historical sources.
503 Research Methods in Political Science.  Social science research design topics, measurement, sampling, data sources, experimental and quasi-experimental designs, field and historical designs, content analytic designs. Cooperative: Open to UI degree-seeking students.
504 Quantitative Methods in Political Science.  Applied statistical skills, enabling understanding of substantive political and social questions.
505 Comparative Criminal Justice. Comparative study of crime laws and criminal justice systems in selected foreign countries. (Crosslisted course offered as CRM J 505, POL S 505). Cooperative: Open to UI degree-seeking students.
510 Seminar on American Institutions and Processes.  3 Seminar required of all graduate students using this field as a major or a minor; it is a prerequisite of all other graduate seminars in the field.
511 Seminar in American Political Thought.  May be repeated for credit; cumulative maximum 6 hours. The genesis and development of political thought in the United States.
512 Seminar in American Institutions.  May be repeated for credit; cumulative maximum 6 hours. Origin, development, and contemporary issues in political organization and structure in the United States.
513 Seminar in American Political Behavior.  May be repeated for credit; cumulative maximum 6 hours. Theoretical approaches to, and empirical analysis of, mass political behavior in the US.
514 Seminar in Public Policy.  Examination of central questions in public policy including the nature of public policy, policy analysis, and government intervention in society.
516 Seminar on Law, Courts, and Judicial Politics.  Seminar on law, courts, and judicial politics. Cooperative: Open to UI degree-seeking students.
530 American Foreign Policy: Theories and Applications.  Theories of international politics applied to American foreign policy. Cooperative: Open to UI degree-seeking students.
531 Seminar in International Security.  International security and arms control politics, negotiations, agreements. Cooperative: Open to UI degree-seeking students.
532 Seminar in International Political Economy.  Institutions, politics, and decision-making processes in managing international economic relations.
533 Topics in Political Psychology.  “Seminar in Political Psychology” (533a) and “Seminar in the Psychology of Leadership and Decision-making” (533b).  May be repeated for credit; cumulative maximum 6 hours. Psychological influences on political decision making, bargaining, conflict and conflict resolution options.
534 Seminar in Comparative Politics.  Cooperative: Open to UI degree-seeking students.
536 Special Topics in Comparative Politics.  May be repeated for credit; cumulative maximum 6 hours. Advanced issues seminar in international and comparative politics.
537 Concepts and Methods in Comparative Politics.  May be repeated for credit; cumulative maximum 6 hours. Selected concepts (state, political participation), and methods (cross-national analysis, case study approaches) in comparative politics.
538 International Development and Human Resources. History of and recent changes in international development emphasizing anthropological perspectives. (Crosslisted course offered as ANTH 519, POL S 538, SOC 519).
539 The Political Science Profession.  Methods, problems, and purposes of teaching, research, and vocation in political science. S, F grading.
540 Proseminar in Public Administration.  Proseminar over viewing basic theories of administrative organization, relationships, and behavior.
541 Seminar in Evaluation Research.  Interrelationship of ideology, data, policy development, and policy implementation in public policy analysis. (Crosslisted course offered as CRM J 540, POL S 541). Cooperative: Open to UI degree-seeking students.
542 Proseminar in Administration, Justice, and Applied Policy Studies.  May be repeated for credit; cumulative maximum 6 hours. Analytical perspectives and theoretical issues. Cooperative: Open to UI degree-seeking students.
543 Topics in Public Administration and Policy.  May be repeated for credit; cumulative maximum 6 hours. Examination of the literature on the politics of the American public policy process.
544 The Politics of Policy Process.  American political process; policy making under the constraints of a democratic system; relationship to the (non) achievement of the public interest.
590 Policy Studio Course I.  Course Prerequisite: By instructor permission. Public policy training for graduate students in the science and engineering fields through the NSF-IGERT program.
591 Policy Studio Course II.  Course Prerequisite: By instructor permission. Public policy training for graduate students in the science and engineering fields through the NSF-IGERT program.
592 Policy Studio Course III.  Course Prerequisite: By instructor permission. Public policy training for graduate students in the science and engineering fields through the NSF-IGERT program.
597 Graduate Internship. May be repeated for credit; cumulative maximum 12 hours. On/off campus internship in federal, state, or local government institutions; nonprofit or public organizations; written assignments and readings required. S, F grading.
600 Special Projects or Independent Study. May be repeated for credit. Independent study, special projects, and/or internships. Students must have graduate degree-seeking status and should check with their major advisor before enrolling in 600 credit, which cannot be used toward the core graded credits required for a graduate degree. S, F grading. 
700 Master's Research, Thesis, and/or Examination. May be repeated for credit. Independent research and advanced study for students working on their master's research, thesis and/or final examination. Students must have graduate degree-seeking status and should check with their major advisor/committee chair before enrolling for 700 credit. S, U grading.
702 Master's Special Problems, Directed Study, and/or Examination.  May be repeated for credit. Independent research in special problems, directed study, and/or examination credit for students in a non-thesis master's degree program. Students must have graduate degree-seeking status and should check with their major advisor/committee chair before enrolling for 702 credit. S, U grading.
800 Doctoral Research, Dissertation, and/or Examination.  May be repeated for credit. Independent research and advanced study for students working on their doctoral research, dissertation and/or final examination. Students must have graduate degree-seeking status and should check with their major advisor/committee chair before enrolling for 800 credit. S, U grading.

Philosophy (Phil):
501 Advanced Logic.  First-order predicate logic plus some metatheory, applications and/or extensions. Credit not granted for both PHIL 401 and PHIL 501. Recommended preparation: PHIL 201. Offered at 400 and 500 level. Cooperative: Open to UI degree-seeking students.
504 Special Topics in Philosophy.  May be repeated for credit; cumulative maximum 6 hours. Intensive study of a special topic not otherwise covered in depth in the curriculum. Cooperative: Open to UI degree-seeking students.
507 Seminar in Philosophy of Religion.  May be repeated for credit; cumulative maximum 6 hours. Advanced topic-driven seminar. Critical analysis of traditional and contemporary religions and religious phenomena. Credit not granted for both PHIL 407 and PHIL 507. Offered at 400 and 500 level. Cooperative: Open to UI degree-seeking students.
510 Seminar in the History of Philosophy.  May be repeated for credit; cumulative maximum 6 hours. Systematic exploration of the central works of an individual philosopher or philosophical movement. Cooperative: Open to UI degree-seeking students.
520 Seminar in Ethical Theory. The major issues, views, and figures of ethical theory from ancient Greece to the present. Cooperative: Open to UI degree-seeking students.
522 Seminar in Metaphysics.  The nature of reality, through study of key concepts such as God, personhood, free will, causation, space, time, and identity. Cooperative: Open to UI degree-seeking students.
524 Seminar in Epistemology.  Classical problems, questions, and theories involving the concept of knowledge. Cooperative: Open to UI degree-seeking students.
530 Bioethics.  Professional ethics for scientists; ethical implications of new technologies; obligations to human and non-human research subjects. Cooperative: Open to UI degree-seeking students.
532 Seminar in Business Ethics. 3 The major issues in business ethics, both domestic and international, from general principles to specific cases. Cooperative: Open to UI degree-seeking students.
535 Advanced Biomedical Ethics.  Current ethical issues in medical practice, medical research and public policy relating to health issues. Cooperative: Open to UI degree-seeking students.
540 Ethics and Social Science Research.  Professional ethics for social science research, ethical conduct of research, obligations to human subjects and ethical implications of methods and technologies.
543 Philosophy of Language.  Investigation of philosophical issues concerning meaning, reference, truth, the nature of language, and the relation between language and thought. Credit not granted for both PHIL 443 and PHIL 543. Offered at 400 and 500 level. Cooperative: Open to UI degree-seeking students.
570 Philosophy of Law.  Selected topics pertaining to moral and philosophical evaluation of law. Credit not granted for both PHIL 470 and PHIL 570. Offered at 400 and 500 level. Cooperative: Open to UI degree-seeking students.
600 Special Projects or Independent Study.  May be repeated for credit. Independent study, special projects, and/or internships. Students must have graduate degree-seeking status and should check with their major advisor before enrolling in 600 credit, which cannot be used toward the core graded credits required for a graduate degree. S, F grading.
700 Master's Research, Thesis, and/or Examination. May be repeated for credit. Independent research and advanced study for students working on their master's research, thesis and/or final examination. Students must have graduate degree-seeking status and should check with their major advisor/committee chair before enrolling for 700 credit. S, U grading.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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