The Catholic University of America

COURSES OFFERED: FALL 2018 SEMESTER

Monday, August 27, 2018 - Saturday, December 15, 2018

Unless otherwise noted, all classes are held at the Hall of the States Building, 444 N. Capitol Street NW.

Please use the map below for driving or DC Metro directions to the Hall of the States Building.

INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS (MAIA)

CPOL 500 Introduction to International Affairs (3.00 Credits)

Required of all new students. Designed to acquaint the student with the recent history of International Affairs, principal subfields in the discipline, major theoretical and methodological debates in the study of world politics, and the importance of proposing parsimonious hypotheses in testing the theories.

James Quirk (The Catholic University of America)
Tuesday, 6:40 pm - 9:10 pm
 

CPOL 505 Congress and Foreign Policy (3.00 Credits)

An examination of the legislative role in the conduct of United States foreign policy, focusing on Congress' powers, including consideration of treaties, nominations, appropriations, and oversight. Course includes focused discussions of war powers, use of intelligence and politicization of foreign policy. Topic is developed in part through case studies and historical examples.

Richard Love (University of South Wales)
Monday, 6:40 pm - 9:10 pm
 

CPOL 546 Intelligence and World Politics (3.00 Credits)

This course examines the US Intelligence Community and its role in national security. It covers the intelligence cycle (planning and direction, collection, processing, analysis, and dissemination) while focusing on key topics such as warning and surprise; denial and deception; covert action; oversight and civil liberties; the role of policymakers; and intelligence reform. For perspective, the organization and activities of intelligence services in select foreign countries will be compared to the US model.

Laura Johnson (University of California Santa Barbara)
Thursday, 6:40 pm - 9:10 pm
 

CPOL 594 Independent Study (3.00 Credits)

CPOL 595A Congressional Internship (3.00 Credits)

CPOL 595C Washington Internship (3.00 Credits)

CPOL 694 Independent Study: Master's Thesis (3.00 Credits)

CPOL 698A – Master's Comprehensive Examination (w/Classes) (0.00 Credits)

CPOL 698B Master's Comprehensive Examination (w/o Classes) (1.00 Credit

 

CONGRESSIONAL AND PRESIDENTIAL STUDIES (CAPS)

CPOL 505 Congress and Foreign Policy (3.00 Credits)

An examination of the legislative role in the conduct of United States foreign policy, focusing on Congress' powers, including consideration of treaties, nominations, appropriations, and oversight. Course includes focused discussions of war powers, use of intelligence and politicization of foreign policy. Topic is developed in part through case studies and historical examples.

Richard Love (University of South Wales)
Monday, 6:40 pm - 9:10 pm

CPOL 671 The Modern Congress (3.00 Credits)

The shaping of the present-day Congress as a representative and legislative institution. Trends in organization, procedure, personnel, and political behavior. Major reform movements. Major institutional problems of the contemporary Congress.

Staff
Thursday, 6:40 pm - 9:10 pm

CPOL 674 Congressional Parties and Elections (3.00 Credits)

The past and present roles of political parties in the Congress, including their functions in choosing leaders, organizing the institution, setting public agendas, electing and socializing members, and interacting with the other branches of the federal government.

John White (University of Connecticut)
Monday, 6:40 pm - 9:10 pm
 

CPOL 594 Independent Study (3.00 Credits)

CPOL 595A Congressional Internship (3.00 Credits)

CPOL 595C Washington Internship (3.00 Credits)

CPOL 694 Independent Study: Master's Thesis (3.00 Credits)

CPOL 698A – Master's Comprehensive Examination (w/Classes) (0.00 Credits)

CPOL 698B Master's Comprehensive Examination (w/o Classes) (1.00 Credit

 

COURSES OFFERED: SPRING 2019 SEMESTER

Monday, January 14, 2019 - Saturday, May 11, 2019

INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS (MAIA)

CPOL 513 – International Politics of Food and Hunger (3.00 Credits)

This course will examine where the United States stands in its bipartisan commitment to end hunger and poverty in the world. It will look at the institutions charged with this responsibility and will analyze why individuals should be similarly engaged.  Among other questions it will explore the root causes of both global and domestic hunger and will review the policy responses likely to be most effective toward the objective of ending hunger in our time.

Daniel Silverstein (Windham College)
Monday, 6:40 pm - 9:10 pm
 

CPOL 527 – Religion and International Politics (3.00 Credits)

This course provides a survey of the interplay of religion on a variety of worldwide political issues, including terrorism, war and peace, the economy, globalization, national identity, and the environment.  The role of Catholicism and other religious bodies will be examined, with consideration of religion’s role for good or bad in conflict situations, such as in the Middle East, as well as its influence on US foreign policy.This is primarily a lecture course, but students also participate in course discussions.

Fr. John Hurley (The Catholic University of America)
Thursday, 6:40 pm - 9:10 pm
 

CPOL 550 – Counter-Intelligence and National Security (3.00 Credits)

The practice of counterintelligence is more than capturing enemy spies.  This course examines the roll that counterintelligence plays in supporting intelligence and national security in modern nation states.  It also looks at problems that arise with such practices, especially in the context of western democracies where counterintelligence practices may have an impact on the rights and liberties of those democracies’ citizens.

John Fox (University of New Hampshire)
Tuesday, 6:40 pm - 9:10 pm
 

CPOL 594 Independent Study (3.00 Credits)

CPOL 595A Congressional Internship (3.00 Credits)

CPOL 595C Washington Internship (3.00 Credits)

CPOL 694 Independent Study: Master's Thesis (3.00 Credits)

CPOL 698A – Master's Comprehensive Examination (w/Classes) (0.00 Credits)

CPOL 698B Master's Comprehensive Examination (w/o Classes) (1.00 Credit)

 

CONGRESSIONAL AND PRESIDENTIAL STUDIES (CAPS) 

CPOL 532 – Congressional Committees (3.00 Credits)

This course examines the history of the congressional committee system, and the functions of congressional committees, including policy development, administrative oversight, investigation, public information, and legislative power-sharing, and committee staffing as a political process.

Diana Rich (Georgetown University)
Thursday, 6:40 pm - 9:10 pm
 

CPOL 626 – The Modern Presidency (3.00 Credits)

This course examines the institutional and political developments that have helped shape the modern presidency. In particular, the course examines the shifts in the nomination process and electoral landscape that have influenced the policies pursued by presidents, the development of and enlarged presidential bureaucracy (including an expanded Cabinet and Executive Office of the President), the making of domestic and foreign policy, the relationship between the president, Congress, and Supreme Court, and how these transformations have intertwined to reconfigure the presidency in the twenty-first century.

John White (University of Connecticut)
Monday, 6:40 pm - 9:10 pm
 

CPOL 675 - Interest Groups and Congressional Lobbying

The nature and structure of interest groups and associations. The resources and techniques of lobbies and lobbyists. Regulation of lobbying, including a survey of relevant statutes and court cases. The perspective of the members of Congress.
 
Staff
Thursday, 6:40 pm - 9:10 pm
 

CPOL 594 Independent Study (3.00 Credits)

CPOL 595A Congressional Internship (3.00 Credits)

CPOL 595C Washington Internship (3.00 Credits)

CPOL 694 Independent Study: Master's Thesis (3.00 Credits)

CPOL 698A – Master's Comprehensive Examination (w/Classes) (0.00 Credits)

CPOL 698B Master's Comprehensive Examination (w/o Classes) (1.00 Credit)