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Arthur F. Bentley Professors
Warner O. Chapman Professor
Director of Graduate Studies
(See also general University Graduate School requirements.)
Foreign Language/Research-Skill Requirement
Information regarding this degree program may be obtained from the director of graduate studies.
Fields of Study
In exceptional cases, with the written approval of the director of graduate studies, the student may offer as one of the fields a course of study that cuts across two of the established fields. For students in comparative politics, the department offers specialized training on Russia, the other Soviet successor states, and Eastern Europe; Western Europe, the Middle East, Africa, and East Asia (China, Japan, and Korea).
Foreign Language/Research-Skill Requirement
Y311 Democracy and National Security (3 cr.)
Y550 Political Science and Professional Development (1-3 cr.) Philosophies and techniques of teaching various types of political science courses in different learning environments; factors related to the motivation and performance of students; development of course materials for undergraduate courses; preparing to present papers at conventions and to apply for grants; improving self-presentation skills for job interviews. May be repeated for up to three credits.
Y557 Comparative Politics: Approaches and Issues (3 cr.) Overview and analysis of the approaches and issues in the literature of comparative politics. Required of students taking comparative politics as a field of study for the Ph.D. It is recommended that this course be taken during the first two years of graduate work at Indiana University.
Y561 American Politics: Approaches and Issues (3 cr.) Overview and analysis of the approaches and issues in the literature of American politics. Required of students taking American politics as a field of study for the Ph.D. It is recommended that this course be taken during the first two years of graduate work at Indiana University.
Y565 Public Administration, Law, and Policy: Approaches and Issues (3 cr.) Overview and analysis of the approaches and issues in the literature of public administration, law, and policy. Required of students taking public administration, law, and policy as a field of study for the Ph.D. It is recommended that this course be taken during the first two years of graduate work at Indiana University.
Y569 International Relations: Approaches and Issues (3 cr.) Overview and analysis of the approaches and issues in the literature of international relations. Required of students taking international relations as a field of study for the Ph.D. It is recommended that this course be taken during the first two years of graduate work at Indiana University.
Y570 Introduction to the Study of Politics (3 cr.) Problems of graduate study and professional scholarship; central organizing concepts and the use of theory in political science and related disciplines; specialized areas of research and scholarship in political science; conditions of scientific inquiry and methodological problems in the study of political phenomena; central importance of theory in explanation.
Y572 Mathematical Tools for Political Scientists (1 cr.) Review of topics in mathematics that are particularly useful in the application of formal political theory and political methodology. Typical topics include Euclidean spaces and functions; sets, neighborhoods, sequences, and limits; derivatives; integrals; vectors and matrices; optimization. To be taken prior to or concurrent with Y573 and Y577.
Y573 Introduction to Formal Political Theory (3 cr.) Introduction to the use of formal models in political science. Provides the training required to develop basic models of political process and exposes students to classic works and problems in formal political theory.
Y575 Political Data Analysis I (3 cr.) Basic quantitative analysis techniques applied to political science data: principles of measurement, tables, graphs, probability distributions, nonparametric statistics, matrix algebra, Markov chains, correlations and simple regression, tests of significance. Computer processing of data and applications of bivariate statistics to problems in political science emphasized.
Y576 Political Data Analysis II (3 cr.) P: Y575 or equivalent. Focuses on general linear model and multivariate statistical techniques such as analysis of variance and covariance, partial and multiple regression and correlation, time series analysis, logit and probit analysis, canonical correlation, and discriminant analysis. Applications to problems in political science research emphasized.
Y577 Advanced Topics in Political Data Analysis (3 cr.) P: Y576 or equivalent. Content varies. Topics include analysis of covariance structures, dynamic modeling, estimation of multiple equation systems, mathematical models, time series analysis. Applications to problems in political science research emphasized. May be repeated for credit if topic differs.
Y580 Research Methods in Political Science (1-3 cr.) Foundations of political research; alternative research strategies; problems of measuring political variables; design of research to test hypotheses. S/F grading.
Y591 Computer Applications in Political Science (1 cr.) Introduces students to computing applications for political scientists. Topics include computing packages such as STATA, GAUSS, and EXCEL; creating datasets; and transferring datasets among programs. Covers only personal computer (DOS) applications and operating systems.
Y592 Bibliography of Political Science (1 cr.) Introduction to library research tools in political science, problems of bibliographical research, special resources of Indiana University, problems of utilizing library resources.
With the exception of individual readings courses, 600-level courses are seminars or colloquia. In some instances a seminar will introduce students broadly to the principal scholarly literature in a field; in others, the objective will be to provide an in-depth analysis of a more specialized area of research. The kinds of seminar topics that are offered regularly are illustrated below.
Seminar topics often have relevance for each of several of the departmental examination fields. Furthermore, a given topic may be approached from a variety of perspectives. Therefore, although cross-listing is avoided here for the sake of brevity, it should be noted that essentially the same topic may appear under each of two or more generic titles at various times.
Interested students should consult detailed course descriptions, which are available on request from the departmental graduate office in advance of each semester. Any course at the 600 level may be taken more than once, provided the topic is not repeated.
Y657 Comparative Politics (3 cr.) (The focus may be on one or more political systems within regions indicated.) Illustrative topics: political elites and social stratification, comparative administration and public policy, cross-national analysis, West Europe, East Europe, comparative Communist systems, Russia, Africa, Middle East, Latin America, East Asia, comparative development strategies.
Y661 American Politics (3 cr.) Illustrative topics: the presidency, legislative process, political behavior, political parties and representation, political socialization, comparative state politics, urban politics, bureaucratic politics.
Y663 Political and Administrative Development (3 cr.) Illustrative topics: politics of social change, comparative urbanization, political and administrative development.
Y665 Public Law and Policy (3 cr.) Illustrative topics: urban policy analysis; politics of higher education; science, technology, and public policy; politics of environmental policy.
Y669 International Relations (3 cr.) Illustrative topics: international conflict, international organization, quantitative international relations, analysis and evaluation of policy making, U.S. foreign policy, Russian and Soviet foreign policy, international and comparative communism, international political economy.
Y671 Public Administration (3 cr.) Illustrative topics: organization theory, urban administration, public administration.
Y673 Empirical Theory and Methodology (3 cr.) Illustrative topics: survey of empirical theory, theory building and causal inference, positive political theory, institutional analysis and design, empirical democratic theory, research design.
Y675 Political Philosophy (3 cr.) Illustrative topics: analysis of political concepts; political theory of the Enlightenment; nineteenth-century political thought; welfare state: theory and practice; Marxist theory; American political thought.
All 700-level courses are research seminars. Students are expected to demonstrate their own research enterprise on a topic agreed upon with the instructor. In some instances, team research may be carried out. Students are also expected to make significant progress toward identification of an eventual dissertation project in the research seminars in the major field. Each course may be taken more than once.
Y757 Comparative Politics (3 cr.)
Y880 M.A. Thesis (1-4 cr.)**
**These courses are eligible for a deferred grade.
1 Graduate students must obtain consent of the instructor in order to enroll for graduate credit.