Spring 2016

PSC 300 – Politics of China: Anatomy of a Superpower – Syllabus 

Course Description: China’s rise is arguably the most important feature of the 21st Century. Its growth-driven model of single-party rule challenges democratic ideals nurtured since WWII and its expanding economic and political weight threatens the existing world order. At the same time, China’s larger-than-life presence belies a fragile domestic environment, riddled with rampant corruption, extreme pollution, and bubbling social tensions. How did China get to this point and where is it going? In this class, we explore China’s transition from an impoverished agriculture society to leading world power and assess how China’s involvement in the global economy influences its domestic as well as its foreign policy aspirations. As such, this class should appeal to a broad audience, including those with personal or professional experience in China as well as those with no background in Chinese studies but with a curiosity and concern for the country and its future.


PSC 794 – Quant II: Advanced Quantitative Methods Syllabus

Course Description: This course has several goals. First, to provide you with the ability to understand, utilize, and evaluate the classical linear regression model in an informed manner. Second, to explore alternative specifications and modeling approaches that better conform to the nature of your data and your questions. Third, to think carefully about the interpre- tations you draw from statistical analysis and to improve inference by design. Finally, this class will introduce you to some advanced empirical methods that increasing in prominence across the field. You will not become an expert in any of these methods as a consequence of this class, but you will be familiar with what they are and have some foundation for pursuing them in the future.