Course Detail

Special Topics in American Politics

The content of this course changes from year to year.

Section A: Women and Politics
MWF 2:30pm - 3:20pm

The objective of this course is to examine the role that gender has on elected officials, the electorate, and public policy. This class will examine three central questions: Where are all the women and how do gender roles in society shape women's pathways to power? What are the policy consequences of women's representation? What interventions have policy makers (worldwide) taken to increase women's representation?

Satisfies a Social Scientific Thought distribution requirement (this topic only).

Counts as a Society and Politics course in the Gender and Sexuality Studies major and minor (this topic only).


Section B: Constitutional Police Procedure
MWF 2:30pm - 3:20pm

This course introduces students to police procedure through the study of U.S constitutional law.  Relying on Supreme Court and lower federal court decisions that interpret clauses contained in the Fourth, Fifth, Sixth, Eighth, and Fourteenth Amendments, this course examines law enforcement liability, responsibility, and authority, as well as the constraints and requirements to surveillance, traffic stops, arrests, and searches and seizures.