Course Descriptions

Looking for political science courses for next semester? Do you need upper division credits and CO 11 or CO 13? Check out these intriguing courses. For more information, and to learn about our other course offerings, contact one of our advisors, or view the course catalog for more information.

*Prerequisites can sometimes be waived. Email the instructor for permission.

Wintermester 2022

Political science wintermester course descriptions. Please review the course catalog for accuracy.
Course Number Course Name Professor Description
PSC 401A/601A Urban Politics Christina Ladam This class focuses on the unique pressures facing city governments, particularly the competition of public and private interests. We’ll discuss topics like suburbanization and sprawl, urban renewal and gentrification, privatization of governmental services, and local sustainability efforts. Students will have opportunities to explore these issues in Reno, and will develop the expertise to get involved on important issues in their communities! Fulfills CO13 (Capstone Integration & Synthesis)

Spring 2022 courses

Want help making sense of an interconnected, complicated political world? These courses will help you understand and address the momentous challenges of our changing socio-economic and political era.

Political science spring course descriptions. Please review the course catalog for accuracy.
Course Number Course Name Professor Description
PSC 305 The American Presidency Jeremy Gelman While the president matters in American politics, it is sometimes difficult to say exactly how, why, and when. This course considers the formal and informal norms of the presidency, the development and use of the executive branch, and the growing power of this branch of government. Doing so will require analyzing present and past administrations, as well as thinking through the future of the office
PSC 324 Modern Political Theory John Marini Modern government is peculiar. It took a lot of work to develop its cornerstone ideas and institutions. What is the state? Why do I have to obey it? When do I get to disobey it? Who came up with the idea to have a bureaucracy? What are rights, anyway? These are some of the many cornerstone questions in modern political theory.
PSC 336 International Organizations Jeffrey Griffin Addressing environmental problems is an inherently political endeavor. From defining what counts as a problem to developing and implementing appropriate policy solutions, questions about power, participation and the role of scientific information are central to governing the environment. The primary goal of this course is to probe such questions through a broad, interdisciplinary exploration of environmental policymaking in the United States. In addition to examining the key factors and institutions involved in developing and implementing environmental policy, we'll also explore how major existing U.S. environmental policies came to be, how they function within the current political context and what role they can play in addressing the evolving environmental challenges of the 21st century.
PSC 401F Public Opinion and Political Behavior Christina Ladam Everyone has opinions and they can be quite difficult to understand and change. How are these opinions formed? What forces influence them? And what do they do politically? In a world where the opinions and behaviors of others can be perplexing (to say the least), being able to answer these questions is key to being an informed political analyst and actor.
PSC PSC 405I Holocaust and Genocide Jeffrey Griffin The history of holocaust and genocide is in some ways the history of modernity. This course discusses some of the core tragedies that created the modern global order, as well as the lessons learned (and not learned) from them.
PSC405P Global Political Economy Nicholas Seltzer The economy only gets more important and less intuitive as time goes by. While this class won’t tell you how to get rich, it will help you understand how politics and power shape (and are shaped by) the core institutions, assumptions, and actors in the global economy.
PSC409A Political Philosophy Callum Ingram This course focuses on the politics of emotions like happiness, depression, anxiety and boredom. It asks where emotions come from, how they inform our lives, and whether they help or harm our efforts to confront injustice.