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PUBLPOL 124: What's Wrong with American Government? An Institutional Approach (POLISCI 120C)

How politicians, once elected, work together to govern America. The roles of the President, Congress, and Courts in making and enforcing laws. Focus is on the impact of constitutional rules on the incentives of each branch, and on how they influence law. Fulfills the Writing in the Major Requirement for Political Science majors.
Terms: Aut | Units: 5 | UG Reqs: GER:DB-SocSci, WAY-SI
Instructors: Grimmer, J. (PI)

PUBLPOL 133: Political Power in American Cities (AMSTUD 121Z, POLISCI 121, URBANST 111)

The major actors, institutions, processes, and policies of sub-state government in the U.S., emphasizing city general-purpose governments through a comparative examination of historical and contemporary politics. Issues related to federalism, representation, voting, race, poverty, housing, and finances.
Terms: Win | Units: 5 | UG Reqs: GER:DB-SocSci
Instructors: Nall, C. (PI)

PUBLPOL 168: Global Organizations: Managing Diversity (PUBLPOL 268, SOC 168, SOC 268)

Analytical tools derived from the social sciences to analyze global organizations, strategies, and the tradeoffs between different designs of organizations. Focus is on tribal mentality and how to design effective organizations for policy implementation within and across institutional settings. Recommended: PUBLPOL 102, MS&E 180, SOC 160, ECON 149, or MGTECON 330.
Terms: Win | Units: 4 | UG Reqs: GER:DB-SocSci, WAY-ED

PUBLPOL 184: Poverty and Policies in Developing Economies

Economic models of growth and poverty, differences in growth rates among countries, and the persistence of poverty. Models of physical and human capital accumulation, and recent theories of the importance of institutions, social capital, and political factors. The effectiveness of social policies in developing countries, emphasizing India, in the light of theories of growth and poverty, and in terms of immediate goals and long-term consequences. Policies include schooling and health, anti-poverty, banking, and political decentralization. Limited Enrollment. Prerequisites: ECON 1 and ECON 50.
Terms: Win | Units: 5 | UG Reqs: GER:DB-SocSci, WAY-SI
Instructors: Kochar, A. (PI)

PUBLPOL 102: Organizations and Public Policy (PUBLPOL 202)

Analysis of organizational processes emphasizing organizations that operate in a non-market environment. Prerequisite: ECON 1.
| UG Reqs: GER:DB-SocSci

PUBLPOL 125: Law and Public Policy

Do ¿Super PACs¿ and corporate lobbying corrupt democratic elections? Do Democratic and Republican economic proposals hold up to scrutiny? Can a state prevent you from buying and carrying a gun? How would Martin Luther King analyze American society, public policy and racial discourse had he lived to celebrate the 50th anniversary of his ¿I Have A Dream¿ speech this year? This seminar investigates the relationship between law and public policy on issues related to economic regulation, electoral politics and finance, civil rights, sexuality and culture. We will explore how law both facilitates and constrains public policy reforms in historical context and our own era of challenging budgetary pressures, intensive political division, and increasing socio-economic inequality. Class discussion will involve the close reading and interpretation of judicial opinions, legislation and other legal texts, interdisciplinary scholarship, and film.
| UG Reqs: GER:DB-SocSci

PUBLPOL 183: Philanthropy and Social Innovation

Philanthropic innovation, action and social transformation in the 21st century. Topics: individual giving; philanthropic landscape and models; foundation mission and infrastructure; philanthropic strategy and grantmaking; accountability and knowledge management; global, venture and corporate philanthropy; public policy and advocacy. Readings: business school cases and industry articles. Guest speakers include individual donors and foundation presidents. Class activities: case discussions, role-plays, breakouts, and debates. Individual project: $10 million Foundation Business Plan. Must attend first class; limited enrollment.
| UG Reqs: GER:DB-SocSci

REES 224A: The Soviet Civilization (HISTORY 224A, HISTORY 424A)

Socialist visions and practices of the organization of society and messianic politics; the Soviet understanding of mass violence, political and ethnic; and living space. Primary and secondary sources. Research paper or historiographical essay.
Terms: Win | Units: 4-5 | UG Reqs: GER:DB-SocSci
Instructors: Weiner, A. (PI)

REES 105: Central and East European Politics (REES 205)

Focus is on how the states of Central and East Europe, including the Baltic states, have moved from communism and the Soviet Bloc to democracy, NATO and the EU. Topics include the communist legacy, transitions and their legacies, ethnic issues, and the evolution of economic and social policies, and the comparison of democratization processes in these countries to democracies in other regions, such as Latin America and southern Europe.
| UG Reqs: GER:DB-SocSci

SOC 1: Introduction to Sociology at Stanford

The Stanford Sociology department includes some of the best-known and most influential thinkers in the discipline. This class will be an opportunity to meet them and hear about their research and other interests that occupy them as professional sociologists. As you learn about their work, you also will learn about key concepts, methods, and theoretical orientations within sociology.
| UG Reqs: GER:DB-SocSci
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