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Course Offerings (Fall 2009)


POL 364 / NES 322 - Political Systems of the Middle East
Amaney A. Jamal
TTH   10 – 10:50 a.m.
This course offers students an overview of modern Middle Eastern politics. The course will first provide a historical analysis outlining the conditions that shape the formation and consolidation of authoritarian rule in modern Middle Eastern states. Students will examine the political economy of the region, Islamic politics, state-society relations, wars, and other topics as probable explanatory variables to authoritarian persistence. Through case studies, the course will also focus on the impact of authoritarian rule on the political economy, civil societies, and opposition movements in the region. Sample reading list: The Contemporary Middle East, Arthur Goldschmidt, Shibley Telham, Karl Yambert (eds.); History of the Modern Middle East (2nd ed.), Cleveland, William; Islam and Politics (4th ed.), Esposito, John; A Political Economy of the Middle East (2nd ed.), Richards, Alan and John Waterbury.

POL 571 - Quantitative Analysis
Christopher H. Achen 
T-TH   10:30 – 11:50 a.m.
This is a first course in statistics for social scientists. Students will learn to explore data creatively and to conduct straightforward statistical analyses. Basic probability and statistical theory will also be taught. There is no prerequisite except high school mathematics and a willingness to learn elementary calculus.

WWS  481 - Special Topics in Public Affairs - Charting The Nation's Fiscal Future
Joshua  B.  Bolten
W   1:30 – 4:20 p.m.
Fiscal sustainability presents a national challenge shared by all levels of government. This course examines the policy, process, and politics of federal budgeting - including consideration of major budget issues such as social security and healthcare. At each step, the class will consider possible solutions to these critical problems and the hurdles that current policy-makers would face in implementing them. Sample reading list includes The Federal Budget: Politics, Policy and Process ,by Alan Schick; and Restoring Fiscal Sanity:  Meeting the Long Range Challenge, by Alice Rivlin and Isabel Sawhill. Joshua B. Bolten will be teaching this course. Mr. Bolten served in President George W. Bush's cabinet as Director of the Office of Management and Budget and also as White House Chief of Staff, and Deputy Chief of Staff.



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