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American Urban History I, Spring 2010
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This course is a seminar on the history of institutions and institutional change in American cities from roughly 1850 to the present. Among the institutions to be looked at are political machines, police departments, courts, schools, prisons, public authorities, and universities. The focus of the course is on readings and discussions.

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History
Political Science
Social Science
U.S. History
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Full Course
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M.I.T.
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M.I.T. OpenCourseWare
Author:
Fogelson, Robert
Date Added:
01/01/2009
Analytic Techniques for Public Management and Policy
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Analytic Techniques for Public Management and Policy was written with the hope that the techniques of psychometrics, econometrics, and the ever-increasing quality of quantitative research in the social sciences can be used effectively to engage in evidence-based research. The ultimate goal is to encourage public management and policy researchers to inform more effective governance.

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Business and Finance
Economics
Management
Political Science
Social Science
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Activity/Lab
Author:
Jiwon N
Date Added:
03/01/2021
Analyzing Projects and Organizations, Fall 2009
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"This course teaches students how to understand the rationality behind how organizations and their programs behave, and to be comfortable and analytical with a live organization. It thereby builds analytic skills for evaluating programs and projects, organizations, and environments. It draws on the literature of the sociology of organizations, political science, public administration, and historical experience-and is based on both developing-country and developed-country experience."

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Political Science
Social Science
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Full Course
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M.I.T.
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M.I.T. OpenCourseWare
Author:
Tendler, Judith
Date Added:
01/01/2009
The Arab Spring of Discontent
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Written as events unfolded, this edited collection of articles offers insightful and diverse perspectives on the Arab uprising, and expands to consider related political unrest outside the predominantly Arab world.

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Political Science
Social Science
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Textbook
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E-International Relations
Author:
Al McKay
Date Added:
05/22/2019
Boko Haram: Anatomy of a Crisis
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During recent years the phenomenon of Boko Haram has dominated policy debates among academics and policymakers interested in African and Nigerian politics. Yet, many issues about the sect remain unclear and contested. This collection of articles on Boko Haram by selected experts is essential reading for those interested in Nigeria, and the broader issues of state building, terrorism, humanitarian emergencies, conflict resolution and intrastate violence.

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Political Science
Social Science
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Textbook
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E-International Relations
Author:
Ioannis Mantzikos
Date Added:
05/22/2019
Caliphates and Islamic Global Politics
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The events of the Arab Spring, beginning in December 2010, saw renewed hope for Arab Civil Society. However, the fall of authoritarian regimes did not always seem to benefit Civil Society – whilst Political Islamic movements often took advantage. In Syria, Iraq, and beyond, groups like the Islamic State are declaring Caliphates in the territories they seize in an attempt to fulfil the Political Islam ideal of a ‘global Islamic Caliphate’ encompassing the Muslim world. This collection of articles aims to address common questions about Political Islam, as well as to provide an assessment of the Islamic State/ISIS/ISIL and finally challenge common understandings on the issue of Islam and democracy.

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Political Science
Social Science
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Textbook
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E-International Relations
Author:
Robert L. Oprisko
Timothy Poirson
Date Added:
05/22/2019
Causes and Prevention of War, Spring 2018
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This course examines the causes of war, with a focus on practical measures to prevent and control war. Topics include causes and consequences of misperception by nations; military strategy and policy as cause of war; religion and war; U.S. foreign policy as a cause of war and peace; and the likelihood and possible nature of great wars in the future.

The historical cases covered include World War I, World War II, the Korean War, the Seven Years' War, the Arab-Israel conflict, other recent Mideast wars, and the Peloponnesian War.

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Political Science
Social Science
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Full Course
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M.I.T.
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M.I.T. OpenCourseWare
Author:
Stephen Van Evera
Date Added:
05/23/2019
Chinese Foreign Policy, Fall 2005
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This lecture course provides students with a comprehensive introduction to the international relations of the People's Republic of China. China's foreign relations during the Cold War as well as contemporary diplomatic, security and economic issues will be examined to identify and explain China's foreign policy goals and their implementation since 1949. Throughout, this course will investigate the sources of conflict and cooperation in China's behavior, assessing competing explanations for key events and policies. Readings will be drawn from political science, history, and international relations theory.

Subject:
Political Science
Social Science
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Full Course
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M.I.T.
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M.I.T. OpenCourseWare
Author:
Fravel, M
Date Added:
01/01/2005
Chinese Foreign Policy: International Relations and Strategy, Spring 2009
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" China's rise as a great power raises important questions about how that power might be used in its relations with other states. Nowhere are such questions more salient than in the future trajectory of China's conflict behavior, including its approach to deterrence, crisis management and the use of force. To explore these important questions in China's international relations, this seminar examines the evolution of Chinese strategic thought, in primary sources as well as its reflection in the interactions among Chinese states and between China and other states."

Subject:
Political Science
Social Science
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Full Course
Provider:
M.I.T.
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M.I.T. OpenCourseWare
Author:
Fravel, M. Taylor
Date Added:
01/01/2009
Citizen Participation, Community Development, and Urban Governance in the Developing World, Spring 2007
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Citizen participation is everywhere. Invoking it has become de rigueur when discussing cities and regions in the developing world. From the World Bank to the World Social Forum, the virtues of participation are extolled: from its capacity to ‰ŰĎdeepen democracy‰Ű to its ability to improve governance, there is no shortage to the benefits it can bring. While it is clear that participation cannot possibly ‰ŰĎdo‰Ű all that is claimed, it is also clear that citizen participation cannot be dismissed, and that there must be something to it. Figuring out what that something is -- whether it is identifying the types of participation or the contexts in which it happens that bring about desirable outcomes is the goal of the class.

Subject:
Political Science
Social Science
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Full Course
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M.I.T.
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M.I.T. OpenCourseWare
Author:
Baiocchi, Gianpaolo
Date Added:
01/01/2007
Civil-Military Relations, Spring 2003
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Subject consists of five sections. After a general survey of the field, students consider cases of stable civilian control, stable military rule (coups), and transitions from military to civilian rule. Cases are selected from around the world.

Subject:
Political Science
Social Science
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Full Course
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M.I.T.
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M.I.T. OpenCourseWare
Author:
Petersen, Roger
Date Added:
01/01/2003
Civil Society, Social Capital, and the State in Comparative Perspective, Fall 2004
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In recent years both scholars and policymakers have expressed a remarkable amount of interest in the concepts of social capital and civil society. A growing body of research suggests that the social networks, community norms, and associational activities signified by these concepts can have important effects on social welfare, political stability, economic development, and governmental performance. This discussion based course examines the roles played by these networks, norms, and organizations in outcomes ranging from local public goods provision and the performance of democracies to ethnic conflict and funding for terrorism.

Subject:
Political Science
Social Science
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Full Course
Provider:
M.I.T.
Provider Set:
M.I.T. OpenCourseWare
Author:
Tsai, Lily
Date Added:
01/01/2004
Civil War, Spring 2010
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This course surveys the social science literature on civil war. Students will study the origins of civil war, discuss variables that affect the duration of civil war, and examine the termination of conflict. This course is highly interdisciplinary and covers a wide variety of cases.

Subject:
Arts and Humanities
English Language Arts
History
Literature
Political Science
Social Science
U.S. History
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Full Course
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M.I.T.
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M.I.T. OpenCourseWare
Author:
Petersen, Roger
Date Added:
01/01/2010
The ‘Clash of Civilizations’ 25 Years On: A Multidisciplinary Appraisal
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The purpose of this collection is to present Samuel P. Huntington’s ‘Clash of Civilizations’ thesis, and to appraise its validity and shortcomings 25 years after the publication of his landmark article.The notion of a ‘clash of civilizations’ is examined from a multidisciplinary perspective. First, the volume examines Huntington’s contribution from a theoretical perspective, focusing on his ideas about politics and the concept of civilization. Second, the individual articles also consider Huntington’s thesis in the light of recent events, including the conflict in Ukraine, the rise of ISIS, China–India relations, the electoral success of far-right movements in Europe, the refugee crisis in the Mediterranean and the activity of the International Criminal Court in Africa. In sum, this book offers a vibrant and multifaceted conversation among established and emerging scholars on one of the most important paradigms for the understanding of international politics.

Subject:
Political Science
Social Science
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Textbook
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E-International Relations
Author:
Davide Orsi
Date Added:
05/22/2019
Comparative Grand Strategy and Military Doctrine, Fall 2004
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A comparative study of the grand strategies and military doctrines of the great powers in Europe (Britain, France, Germany, and Russia) from the late nineteenth to the mid-twentieth century. Examines strategic developments in the years preceding and during World Wars I and II. What factors have exerted the greatest influence on national strategies? How may the quality of a grand strategy be judged? Exploration of comparative case study methodology also plays a central role. What consequences seem to follow from grand strategies of different types? Open to undergraduates with permission of instructor.

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Political Science
Social Science
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Full Course
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M.I.T.
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M.I.T. OpenCourseWare
Author:
Posen, Barry
Date Added:
01/01/2004
Comparative Security and Sustainability, Fall 2004
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This course focuses on the complexities associated with security and sustainability of states in international relations. Covering aspects of theory, methods and empirical analysis, the course is in three parts, and each consists of seminar sessions focusing on specific topics.

Subject:
Political Science
Social Science
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Full Course
Provider:
M.I.T.
Provider Set:
M.I.T. OpenCourseWare
Author:
Choucri, Nazli
Date Added:
01/01/2004
Conflict and Diplomacy in the Middle East: External Actors and Regional Rivalries
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The Middle East’s geographical and strategic uniqueness has made every great power in history to seek to advance its interests in the region. Yet, the region constitutes the greatest single reserve of oil in the world, which has made it a regular source of foreign interference in the post-World War II era. In addition to its geographical and strategic uniqueness, the Middle East is the birthplace and spiritual center of the world’s three most important monotheistic religions. Due to its geopolitical importance, any inter- and intra-state conflict in the Middle East has the potential not only for destabilizing the region as a whole or upsetting the regional balance of power but also affecting global stability. After employing the Regional Security Complex Theory (RSCT) in order to define and delimit the region of the Middle East, the chapters of this book address the question of regional order, examine how regionalism and globalism feature in Middle Eastern integration processes, explore regional bids for hegemony, and investigate the approaches and policies of major international actors.

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Political Science
Social Science
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Textbook
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E-International Relations
Author:
Yannis Stivachtis
Date Added:
05/22/2019
Congress and the American Political System II, Fall 2005
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This course analyzes the development of the United States Congress by focusing on the competing theoretical lenses through which legislatures have been studied. In particular, it compares sociological and economic models of legislative behavior, applying those models to floor decision-making, committee behavior, political parties, relations with other branches of the Federal government, and elections. Graduate students are expected to pursue the subject in greater depth through reading and individual research. This course analyzes the development of the United States Congress by focusing on the competing theoretical lenses through which legislatures have been studied. In particular, it compares sociological and economic models of legislative behavior, applying those models to floor decision-making, committee behavior, political parties, relations with other branches of the Federal government, and elections. Graduate students are expected to pursue the subject in greater depth through reading and individual research.

Subject:
Political Science
Social Science
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Full Course
Provider:
M.I.T.
Provider Set:
M.I.T. OpenCourseWare
Author:
Stewart, Charles
Date Added:
01/01/2005
Conversations You Can't Have on Campus: Race, Ethnicity, Gender and Identity, Spring 2012
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What is race? What is ethnicity? How can communication and relationships between men and women be improved? What causes segregation in our society? How do stereotypes develop and why do they persist? How do an individual's racial, ethnic, and sexual identities form and develop? This course explores these topics and more.

Subject:
Political Science
Social Science
Material Type:
Full Course
Provider:
M.I.T.
Provider Set:
M.I.T. OpenCourseWare
Author:
Tobie Weiner
Date Added:
01/01/2012
Critical Epistemologies of Global Politics
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Critical Epistemologies of Global Politics combines social science and cultural studies approaches to IR, showing why contemporary Border Studies needs to be trans-disciplinary if it is to avoid reproducing the epistemological and political order that has led to contemporary global crises like the rise of ISIS, global migration, or increasing contestations of the State form as such. The volume offers a critical epistemology of global politics and proposes an enriched vision of borders, both analytically and politically, that not only seeks to understand but also to reshape and expand the meanings and consequences of IR.

Subject:
Political Science
Social Science
Material Type:
Textbook
Provider:
E-International Relations
Author:
Marc Woons
Sebastian Weier
Date Added:
05/22/2019