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Political Science

Departmental Representative:
Prof. Robert Amdur
311 Hamilton Hall
212-854-4049
rla2@columbia.edu

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POLS S3290D Voting and American Politics. 3 points.

BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: Social Analysis (SOC I)., BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: Social Analysis (SOC II).

Elections and public opinion; history of U.S. electoral politics; the problem of voter participation; partisanship and voting; accounting for voting decisions; explaining and forecasting election outcomes; elections and divided government; money and elections; electoral politics and representative democracy.

Summer 2017: POLS S3290D
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
POLS 3290 001/24990 T Th 1:00pm - 4:10pm
Room TBA
Michael Miller 3 15

POLS S4316Q The American Presidency. 3 points.

The growth of presidential power, the creation and use of the institutionalized presidency, presidential-congressional and presidential-bureaucratic relationships, and the presidency and the national security apparatus.

Summer 2017: POLS S4316Q
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
POLS 4316 001/76026 M W 1:00pm - 4:10pm
Room TBA
Richard Pious 3 18/18

POLS S4811D Global Energy and Climate Change: Security and Geopolitics. 3 points.

The course focuses on the nexus between energy and security as it reveals in the policies and interaction of leading energy producers and consumers. Topics include: hydrocarbons and search for stability and security in the Persian Gulf, Caspian basin, Eurasia, Africa and Latin America; Russia as a global energy player; role of natural gas in the world energy balance and European energy security; transformation of the global energy governance structure; role and evolution of the OPEC; introduction into energy economics; dynamics and fundamentals of the global energy markets; IOCs vs NOCs; resource nationalism, cartels, sanctions and embargoes; Asia's growing energy needs and its geo-economic and strategic implications; nuclear energy and challenges to non-proliferation regime; alternative and renewable sources of energy; climate change and attempts of environmental regulation; emerging international carbon regimes and search for optimal models of sustainable development. Special focus on implications of the shale revolution and technological innovations on U.S. energy security.

Summer 2017: POLS S4811D
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
POLS 4811 001/16078 T Th 9:00am - 12:10pm
Room TBA
Albert Bininachvili 3 25/25

POLS S4832Q Strategic Intelligence and Political Decision Making. 3 points.

The interaction of intelligence and political decision-making in the U.S., other Western democracies, Russia and China. Peculiarities of intelligence in the Middle East (Israel, Iran, Pakistan).  Intelligence analyzed both as a governmental institution and as a form of activity, with an emphasis on complex relations within the triangle of intelligence communities, national security organizations, and high-level political leadership.  Stages and disciplines of intelligence process. Intelligence products and political decision-making.  The function of intelligence considered against the backdrop of rapid evolution of information technologies, changing meaning of homeland security, and globalization. Particular emphasis on the role of intelligence in the prevention of terrorism and WMD proliferation.

Summer 2017: POLS S4832Q
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
POLS 4832 001/67115 T Th 9:00am - 12:10pm
Room TBA
Albert Bininachvili 3 17/25

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