V53.0800.01 Quantitative Methods in Political Science
Introduces students to the use of quantitative methods in the study of
politics. Begins with a brief review of the basic elements of
scientific thinking and their application to the social sciences. Next,
students are introduced to probability theory and statistics with a
view to testing hypotheses about politics. Students learn to use
statistical software to organize and analyze data.
V53.0844.01 Games, Strategy, Politics
MW 2:00-3:15 50
Theories of political strategy with emphasis on the theory of games.
Uses of strategy in defense and deterrence policies of nations,
guerrilla warfare of revolutionaries and terrorists, bargaining and
negotiation processes, coalitions and the enforcement of collective
action, and voting in committees and elections. Secrecy and deception
as political strategies and uses of power, with some applications
outside political science.
V53.0845 Social Choice and Politics
Introduces students to social choice theory applied to political
science. It focuses on (1) individual choice, (2) group choice, (3)
collective action, and (4) institutions. It looks at models of
individuals' voting behavior, the incentive structures of interest
groups, and the role of institutions. The emphasis is analytical,
though students are not expected to have a background in formal
V53.0994.08 Doing Political Economy
Political economy is a field of inquiry that has made great strides in
recent years in explaining political and economic behavior by
characterizing the incentives of actors and the context in which these
actors make decisions and influence outcomes. The purpose of this class
is to introduce students to these theoretical approaches and show how
they can be used to address contemporary policy questions.
V53.0395.01 Seminar: Congressional Elections
V53.0595.01 Seminar: Topics in African Politics
V53.0595.02 Seminar: Political Economy of Institutions
V53.0741 War, Peace and World Order
G53.1120.001 Intro to Quant I
Introduces elementary statistical analysis and prepares the
student for G53.2127. Topics include probability theory, distribution theory,
estimation of simple statistical models, and hypothesis testing.
G53.1300.002 American Politics: Theories and Arguments
Professor Ray Smith
G53.2105.001 Formal Modeling in Political Science
Introduction to formal modeling and deductive theorizing.
Main tools of analysis used are decision theory, game theory, and social choice
G53.2775.001 International Political Economy
G53.3400.001 Topics in Political Economy: Multinational Corporations
G53.3500.004 Sustainable Development
G53.3501.001 Democaracy and Development
Are there theoretical reasons for expecting democracy to contribute to development?
Does an empirical relationship exist between democracy and development? Is this
relationship conditional on particular factors, such as information levels, social
homogeneity and societal inequality? This course provides an in-depth look at the
relationship between democracy and a variety of development indicators. Students will
read theoretical and empirical articles on these subjects, will debate the merits of the
scholarly work, and will conduct original research on a topic related to the themes of the
class. A secondary goal of the course is to expose students to a wide range of research
tools, including quantitative and qualitative analysis, formal models and experimental
G53.3501.002 Political and Economic Reforms