Will be offered Fall 2021.

Elective Course offerings for Spring 2021:

Electives are divided by topic for organizational purposes only.  Students may take electives from any category. Click a heading for course descriptions.

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American Founding & American Constitutional History

Course Title



Primary # Primary CRN Instructor Time Location Attributes

American Politics

CNST 20002


POLS 20100


Layman, Geoffrey (GLAYMAN)

MW 9:10am-10am


SOSC – old Core Social Science; WKSS – new Core Social Science

Constitutional Law

CNST 30002


POLS 30060


Munoz, Vincent (VMUNOZ)

TTh 12:45pm-2pm


SOSC – old Core Social Science; WKSS – new Core Social Science

U.S. Civil War Era, 1848-1877

CNST 30003


HIST 30604


Przybyszewski, Linda (LPRZYBYS)

TTh 9:35am-10:50am


HIST – old Core History; WKHI – new Core History

The American Revolution

CNST 30012


HIST 30602


Griffin, Patrick (PGRIFFI4)

MW 10:25am-11:15am


HIST – old Core History; WKHI – new Core History

FDR to Obama

CNST 30028


HIST 30760


Miscamble, Wilson (WMISCAMB)

MW 4:05pm-4:55pm


HIST – old Core History; WKHI – new Core History

American Political Thought

CNST 30029


PHIL 30409


Weithman, Paul (PWEITHMA); McGreevy, John (JMCGREEV)

MW 2:30pm-3:20pm


HIST – old Core History; PHI2 – old Core 2nd Philosophy; WKHI – new Core History; WKIN – new Core Integration; WKSP – new Core 2nd Philosophy

Race and Constitutional Controversies

CNST 30030


POLS 30163


Sadeh, Amir

MW 12:45-2:00


Sexual Morality & the Constit.

CNST 30417


POLS 30075


Barber, Sotirios (SBARBER)

TTh 11:10am-12:25pm


American Politics


POLS 10100


Layman, Geoffrey (GLAYMAN)

MW 9:10am-10am


SOSC – old Core Social Science; WKSS – new Core Social Science; ZFYSFYS Bulletin (Admin)

Senior Seminar: Constitutional Interpretation


POLS 53002-04


Barber, Sotirios (SBARBER)

TTh 2:20pm-3:35pm


IBCLIBC Liberal Arts;

Comparative Constitutionalism & International Law

Course Title



Primary # Primary CRN Instructor Time Location Attributes

World Politics: Intro to Comp

CNST 20200


POLS 20400


Gould, Andrew (AGOULD)

TTh 9:35am-10:50am


IBCLIBC Liberal Arts; SOSC – old Core Social Science; WKSS – new Core Social Science

International Law

CNST 30200


POLS 30220


Powell, Emilia Justyna (EPOWELL4)

TTh 11:10am-12:25pm


ALSS – A & L- Social Science; ; IBCLIBC Liberal Arts;

Middle-East Politics

CNST 30233


POLS 30441


Hoffman, Michael (MHOFFMA5)

MW 3:55pm-5:10pm


Faith Freedom & Fanaticism

CNST 30246


POLS 30567


Dowd, Robert (RDOWD1)

MW 9:35am-10:50am


Catholic Social Teaching


THEO 40613


Pfeil, Margaret (MPFEIL1)

MW 2:20pm-3:35pm


Constitutional Government & Public Policy

Course Title



Primary # Primary CRN Instructor Time Location Attributes

Introduction to Criminology

CNST 20403


SOC 20732


Martinez-Schuldt, Ricardo (RMARTI23)

MWF 10:25am-11:15am


SOSC – old Core Social Science; WKSS – new Core Social Science

Introduction to Public Policy

CNST 20405


HESB 20010


Kaplan, Joshua (JKAPLAN)

MW 9:35am-10:50am


ALSS – A & L- Social Science;

History of American Capitalism

CNST 30414


AMST 30108


Garibaldi, Korey (KGARIBAL)

TTh 2:20pm-3:35pm


HIST – old Core History; WKHI – new Core History

Free Speech

CNST 30419


POLS 30077


Hall, Matthew (MHALL11)

TTh 2:20pm-3:35pm


Civil Rights in America

CNST 30425


AMST 30189


Cajka, Peter (PCAJKA)

MW 2:20pm-3:35pm


Church&State: A Moot Court Sem

CNST 40407


POLS 40076


Hall, Matthew (MHALL11)

TTh 3:55pm-5:10pm


Privacy and Security


CDT 30200


Bulosan, Jared (JBULOSAN)

MW 12:45pm-2pm


Reading Trump’s America


HESB 34114


Kellenberg, Thomas (TKELLENB); Lozada, Carlos (CLOZADA)

T 6:30pm-9:30pm


; OLF-Fully Online (100 percent)

The Policy-Making Process


HESB 43897


Ramirez, Ricardo (RRAMIRE5)

MW 11:10am-12:25pm


Medical Ethics


PHIL 20602


To Be Determined



; PHI2 – old Core 2nd Philosophy; WKSP – new Core 2nd Philosophy


Constitutional History and Philosophy

Course Title



Primary # Primary CRN Instructor Time Location Attributes

Classics of Pol & Const Theory

CNST 20600


PHIL 20407


Flint, Thomas (TFLINT)

TTh 2:20pm-3:35pm


PHI2 – old Core 2nd Philosophy; WKSP – new Core 2nd Philosophy

Political Theory

CNST 20602


POLS 20600


Deneen, Patrick (PDENEEN1)

MW 9:10am-10am


PHI2 – old Core 2nd Philosophy; WKSP – new Core 2nd Philosophy

Political Philosophy

CNST 20611


PHIL 20441


To Be Determined



PHI2 – old Core 2nd Philosophy; WKSP – new Core 2nd Philosophy

Politics and Conscience

CNST 30602


POLS 30653


Keys, Mary (MKEYS1)

MW 2:20pm-3:35pm


ALSS – A & L- Social Science;

Old Regime France

CNST 30605


HIST 30450


Jarvis, Katie (KJARVIS)

MW 12:45pm-2pm


HIST – old Core History; HPREHIST: Pre-1500 Courses; WKHI – new Core History

Roman Law and Governance

CNST 30609


CLAS 30210


Mazurek, Tadeusz (TMAZUREK)

MWF 11:40am-12:30pm


HIST – old Core History; MMME – Mediter/Mid East Elect; WKHI – new Core History

Rise&Fall Democrac&Dictatorshp

CNST 30612


POLS 30415


Mainwaring, Scott (SMAINWAR)

MW 11:10am-12:25pm



CNST 30621


HIST 30390


Gregory, Brad (BGREGOR3)

MW 10:25am-11:15am


HIST – old Core History; IBCLIBC Liberal Arts; WKCD – new Core Cathol&Discipl; WKHI – new Core History

Religion in American Politics

CNST 30641


POLS 30028


Campbell, David (DCAMPBE4)

MW 3:55pm-5:10pm


The Political Philosophy of Education

CNST 30642


POLS 30659


Deneen, Patrick (PDENEEN1)

MW 9:35pm-10:50am


Radical Politics

CNST 43604


PHIL 43429-01


Rush, Fred (FRUSH)

TTh 9:35am-10:50am


Radical Politics


PHIL 43429-02


Rush, Fred (FRUSH)

TTh 9:35am-10:50am


Political Theory


POLS 10600


Deneen, Patrick (PDENEEN1)

MW 9:10am-10am


PHI2 – old Core 2nd Philosophy; WKSP – new Core 2nd Philosophy

Aristotle’s Constitutionalism


POLS 60110


Collins, Susan (SCOLLIN5)

T 3:55pm-6:40pm


Philosophy of Law


PHIL 20408


Warfield, Ted (TWARFIEL)

MW 11:10am – 12:00 pm


PHI2 – old Core 2nd Philosophy; WKSP – new Core 2nd Philosophy

Polit. & Const. Theory


PLS 30302-01


To Be Determined

TTh 9:35am-10:50am


ALSS – A & L- Social Science;

Polit. & Const. Theory


PLS 30302-02


Planinc, Emma (EPLANINC)

TTh 11:10am-12:25pm


ALSS – A & L- Social Science;

Updated 11.25.2020

American Founding & American Constitutional History


American Politics | POLS 20100-01-20002

Joshua Kaplan | MWF 8:20am-9:10am

This course surveys the basic institutions and practices of American politics. The goal of the course is to gain a more systematic understanding of American politics that will help you become better informed and more articulate. The course examines the institutional and constitutional framework of American politics and identifies the key ideas needed to understand politics today. The reading and writing assignments have been designed not only to inform you, but also to help develop your analytic and research skills. The themes of the course include the logic and consequences of the separation of powers, the build-in biases of institutions and procedures, the origins and consequence of political reforms, connections between demographics and politics, and recent changes in American politics in the 21st century. This semester we will emphasize the significance of the upcoming elections. Although the course counts toward the Political Science major and will prepare prospective majors for further study of American politics, its primary aim is to introduce students of all backgrounds and interests to the information, ideas, and academic skills that will enable them to understand American politics better.

Election 2020 | POLS 30102-01-30026

David Campbell and Geoffrey Layman | MW 9:30am-10:45am

In this class, we will examine the 2020 presidential election—in real time—and then consider its effects on America’s political future. Presidential elections provide the biggest and most important stage for the drama of American democracy. The 2020 version of this democratic drama promises to be one of the most intriguing and consequential in American history. For the first time, a presidential impeachment process has played out in an election year. Meanwhile, that same impeached president is seeking reelection, a Democratic field of unprecedented size and diversity is vying for that party’s presidential nomination, and Americans continue to experience the political turmoil produced by the ever-increasing polarization of our two major parties. We will address all of this—from the “invisible primary” in 2018 and 2019, to the actual primaries and caucuses, the conventions, and the fall campaign and election. It does not matter whether you already know a lot or a little about presidential politics; if you want a front-row seat to the 2020 presidential election, this is the class for you.

Women’s Suffrage: Gender, Politics and Power | POLS 30032-01-30024

Christina Wolbrecht | MW 11am-12:15pm

In 2020, the United States is commemorating the centennial of the 19th Amendment, which prohibited the denial of voting rights on the basis of sex. In this course, we will take the occasion of the centennial to explore the place of women’s suffrage in the development of American democracy and the political empowerment of women. We will examine such topics as the meaning of citizenship, the place of voting in the American democratic system, the woman suffrage movement and other feminist movements, the anti-suffrage movement and other conservative movements, and the participation of women in various political roles, including as candidates and office-holders. We will approach these topics with an explicitly intersectional lens, exploring the ways in which gender, race/ethnicity, and class, in particular, shape politics and power in the United States. Students in this course will also participate in a DPAC Learning Beyond the Classics film course (4-6 weeks) on women’s suffrage.

Race/Ethnicity and American Politics | POLS 30035-01-30025

Dianne Pinderhughes | TTh 2pm-3:15pm

This course introduces students to the dynamics of the social and historical construction of race and ethnicity in American political life. The course explores the following core questions: What are race and ethnicity? What are the best ways to think about the impact of race and ethnicity on American citizens? What is the history of racial and ethnic formation in American political life? How do race and ethnicity link up with other identities animating political actions like gender and class? What role do American political institutions the Congress, presidency, judiciary, state and local governments, etc. play in constructing and maintaining these identity categories? Can these institutions ever be used to overcome the points of division in American society?

American Conservatism from the 1950s-present | HIST 30799-01-30027

TBD | TTh 3:30pm-4:45pm

Historians have argued that conservatism has been the dominant political ideology in the United States since the late 1960s. Yet, during this time, different actors have demonstrated diverse understandings of what it means to be conservative. Furthermore, at no point during our period of study was conservatism a monolithic force. We will look at some of the key events, persons, movements, and ideas that shaped conservatism in the postwar United States. We will also read excerpts of the rich historiography on the subject that has identified various social, cultural, and political factors as driving forces behind the rise of conservatism. By contrasting such explanations with the self-image of American conservatives conveyed through their writings, communication, and activism, we will get a critical understanding of the complexity of our subject. The course will focus on sourcework. We will learn to apply the historical method to diverse material and how to ask and answer historiographical questions using sources.

Law and Religion in US History | HIST 30640-01-30004

Linda Przybyszewski | MW 3:30pm-4:45 pm

Americans have long supported religious liberty under law, yet many also believed that only a religious people could guarantee the success of the Republic. Americans argued over how to define religious liberty, and over which particular religion best suited a republican government. Some said God had made certain people too inferior for citizenship, while others shot back that He had made all people equally capable. One man’s piety was another man’s oppression, one woman’s equality another woman’s blasphemy. We begin with the colonial era the concerns of the Revolutionary generation, look at the 19th Century’s reform movements and new state institutions, then consider the Civil Rights movement of the 20th Century, and the place of religion in public schools. This discussion class will examine legal documents, like judges’ rulings, and popular beliefs in political speeches and best-selling novels.

Political Disappointment and Disillusion | ENGL 40781-01-40003

Sara Marcus | TTh 12:30pm-1:45pm

This seminar explores literature and culture connected with 20th-century US social movements and their periodic failures. The 20th century included periods when major expansions in American democracy seemed possible, even inevitable. But these periods often ended without delivering on their transformative potential. In this class, we will analyze political disappointment and disillusion as it turns up in fiction and poetry, journalism and memoir, music and film, feminist best sellers and classics of psychoanalytic theory, by Ralph Ellison, Sigmund Freud, Audre Lorde, Tillie Olsen, Ezra Pound, Adrienne Rich, Nina Simone, Richard Wright, and others. In all of this, we will explore how individuals and collectives work to produce political meaning in and out of season. Course requirements will include two substantive essays, presentations, and active participation in online and in-class discussions.

USEM: Evolution of Voting Rights | POLS 13181-01

Luis Fraga | TTh 11:00am-12:15pm

Voting has often been restricted to only small segments of our population despite its importance to the presence of democracy and popular sovereignty in the U.S. How has access to the ballot changed over time? What are the current challenges confronting African Americans, Latinos, Asian Americans, Native Americans, and others in accessing the ballot? What role has the evolution of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 had on the presence of democracy and popular sovereignty in the U.S. today? Each of these questions will be addressed through an examination of the history of voting, Supreme Court decisions, and current legislative efforts regarding access to the ballot.


Comparative Constitutionalism & International Law

World Politics: Intro to Comparative Politics | POLS 20400-01-20200

Luis Schuimerini | MW 10:30am-11:20am (with co-req Friday discussion)

This course teaches students how to think comparatively about politics. We study how nation-states emerged as the dominant form of political organization, explain the differences among various states, and explore diverse responses to economic, cultural, and military globalization. The empirical material is drawn from around the globe. This introductory course fulfills the comparative politics breadth requirement for the political science major.



Catholicism and Politics | POLS 30654-01-30215

Daniel Philpott | TTh 9:30am-10:45am

Catholicism and Politics poses the question, both simple and complex: How ought Catholics to think about the political order and political issues within it? The first part of the course will survey major responses to this question drawn from Church history: the early church, the medieval church, and the modern church. The second part applies these models to contemporary issues ranging among war, intervention, globalization, abortion, the death penalty, religious freedom, gender issues, and economic development. The course culminates in “Vatican III,” where teams of students, representing church factions, gather to discover church teachings on selected controversial political issues.



European Politics | POLS 30421-01-30203

Andrew Gould | TTh 9:30am-10:45am

In this course on European politics we will examine the literature on three major issues: regional integration, origins of modern political authority, and industrial political economy. We will seek to understand the origin, current functioning, and possible futures for key European institutions, including the EU, nation-states, social provision, unions, and political parties. Readings on politics in the European Union, Germany, France, Portugal, and other countries will be drawn from both scholarly sources and contemporary analyses of political events.



International Criminal Justice | POLS 30222-01-30211

Luc Reydams | TTh 11am-12:15pm

This course critically examines the phenomena of international judicial intervention and criminalization of world politics; the actors, ideas, and rationales behind the international criminal justice project; the operation of international criminal justice in a world of power politics; its accomplishments, failures, and financial costs; and the future of international criminal justice. The course includes Skype conferences with a war crimes investigator, a war crimes analyst, a defense counsel, a victim representative, a State Department official, and a staff member of the Coalition for the International Criminal Court.



Elections and Social Protest in Latin America | POLS 30406-01-30232

Guillermo Trejo | MW 11am-12:15pm

Elections and social protest are the two most important means of political participation in Latin America today. Every year, millions of Latin Americans go to the ballot box to elect their representatives, but millions also march to their country’s capitals to oust elected politicians or simply to demand public goods or policy changes. Are Latin American citizens taking to the streets to contest market-oriented reforms, as it is often portrayed? Or do they take to the streets because elections don’t work in Latin America’s dysfunctional democracies? Are Latin American voters electing leftist politicians to move the economies away from neoliberal policies? Do the rich vote for the Right and the poor for the Left? In this course we want to understand who votes, who protests, and why they do it. We also want to understand the relationship between elections and protest. The course first provides a general overview of democratization, economic reforms, electoral behavior and social protest in Latin America. We then analyze electoral and social dynamics in six countries: Mexico, Bolivia, Chile, Argentina, Venezuela, and Guatemala. The in-depth analysis of these countries will provide you with a solid understanding of markets, democracies, voters and protesters in Latin America and will give you skills on how to assess public opinion surveys.



The Politics of Compliance with International Law | POLS 30311-01-30427

Anibal Perez-Linan | TTh 9:30am-10:45am

Under what conditions do governments comply with international norms? How can international courts secure respect for their orders? Because international courts lack effective means of enforcement, governments often defy their rulings. We will analyze why governments adhere to court orders and how international bodies can become more effective. We will also introduce advanced methodological tools to analyze and predict compliance. Students in the seminar will have the opportunity to participate in research projects integrated to the Notre Dame Reparations Design and Compliance Lab (NDRL). Participants will be able to use the tools acquired in the course to analyze compliance with the rulings of the Inter-American Court of Human Rights, the World Bank Inspection Panel, and other international bodies.



Middle East Politics | POLS 30441-01-30233

Michael Hoffman | MW 11am-12:15pm

The Middle East is simultaneously one of the most strategically important regions in the world and one of the least understood. This course provides an introduction to the politics of the region from a thematic perspective. It addresses a variety of topics, including democracy, development, sectarianism, oil, and conflict. Students will be assigned readings from both historical scholarship and contemporary analysis of regional issues. When applicable, cases from across the region will be used to illustrate the themes of the course.



International Law & Human Rights | CHR 30708-01-30245

Diane Desierto | MW 2pm-3:15pm

What role does international law have in the advancement of human rights, and how does human rights, in turn, advance international law? This course introduces university students to the general system of modern international law (e.g. its norm-generating framework involving States and non-State actors; the roles of many State and non-State authoritative decision-makers in shaping expectations of peaceful, just, and responsible behavior in the international system; its varied constellation of dispute settlement courts and tribunals, alongside the prospects and limits of enforcing State compliance with international decisions), specifically viewed from the lens of historic global, regional, and domestic challenges to human dignity that influenced the first global codification of human rights norms under the United Nations’ 1948 Universal Declaration of Human Rights, up to the present development of the current international system of protection for human rights. The course situates the framework of modern international law and civil, political, economic, social, and cultural human rights, using five examples of the historic, defining, and ‘constitutionalizing moments’ for the international system: 1) the international abolition of slavery; 2) the evolution from classical to modern international law in dismantling colonial empires to enshrine the self-determination of all peoples and the equality of sovereignty of all nations; 3) the outlawing of the aggressive use of force since 1929, towards the peaceful settlement of maritime and territorial disputes and the humanitarian rules applicable to armed conflict situations; 4) the establishment of international accountability of individuals and States for genocide, crimes against humanity and other human rights atrocities; and 5) the global regulation for sustainable use, shared protection, and intergenerational responsibility over natural resources (land, oceans, atmosphere, outer space).



From Rasputin to Putin | HIST 30355-01-30227

Semion Lyandres | MW 2pm-2:50pm (with co-req Friday discussion)

This lecture course examines some of the most important events, ideas, and personalities that shaped late Imperial, Soviet, and post-Soviet periods of Russian history during the last one hundred years: from the outbreak of the First World War and the Revolutions of 1905 and 1917 through the Great Terror of the 1930s, the experience of the Second World War and the emergence of the Soviet Empire, late Stalinism and post-Stalinist developed or mature socialism, the collapse of the communist rule and the disintegration of the Soviet Union in the early 1990s, as well as Russia’s uneasy transition “out of Totalitarianism” and into Putin’s authoritarianism during the first fourteen years of the twentieth-first century. The course is designed for history majors as well as for students in other disciplines with or without background in modern Russian and East European history.



Modern Mexican History: Art and Revolution | HIST 30912-01-30210

Jaime Pensado | TTh 11am-12:15pm

This course is designed to introduce students to Mexico’s modern history and its people. We will pay particular attention to political and artistic movements during the Porfiriato (1876-1910), the Revolution (1910-1938), and the post-revolutionary period (1938-1970s). We will include a detailed discussion of the recent disappearance of 43 students in Ayotzinapa, in the State of Guerrero.Students will examine what it meant to be a “militant” in the political world of artistic production and social movements and the different ways in which the Mexican state responded to this militancy. We will explore how and why a broad range of representative leaders of Mexico’s most important political and cultural revolutions used paintings, murals, graphic art, cartoons, literature, music, film, and graffiti to (A) lead a social, cultural, and political restructuring of their respective communities; (B) export their unique notions of “Revolution” to the nation and the world; and © question the contradictions that some artists (at times) faced within their own revolutionary movements.



USEM: International Justice | POLS 13181-06

Emilia Powell | TTh 12:30pm-1:45pm

Is there international justice? How did it evolve? How do different societies and communities understand concept of international law? We will consider the meaning of international law and justice, their execution on the international arena, and the way that these concepts have evolved historically. The purpose of this course is to introduce students to main factors that promote international cooperation. We will focus on international organizations, international courts and international law. We will examine the history, main thinkers, subjects, and sources of international law. We will conclude the course by studying peaceful resolution of disputes in different cultural traditions (Jewish, Christian, and Islamic). Upon completion of this course, students should be familiar with main features of international legal order, and crucial concepts of interstate cooperation/reconciliation.




Constitutional Government & Public Policy

Introduction to Public Policy | HESB 20010-01-20405

Paul Mueller | TTh 9:30am-10:45am

Public policy could be fairly described as applied social science. This course will introduce you to the fundamentals of public policy by (1) understanding how policy is crafted, (2) detailing the linkages between public opinion and public policy, (3) appreciating how political institutions may bound policy outcomes, (4) and exploring the ability of special interests, and other parties, to shape policy outcomes all while introducing you to various tools and frameworks for approaching the study of public policy. These tools will draw from an understanding of human behavior (psychology), markets (economics), governments (political science), and organizations (sociology) and introduce you to policy analysis. We will use a case study approach to delve into current public policy controversies including healthcare, higher education finance, and infrastructure. This course acts as the primary introductory course for the Hesburgh Minor in Public Service, but is designed for students of all majors and interests.


Education Law and Policy | ESS 30605-01-30402

John Schoenig | MW 3:30pm-4:45pm

This course focuses on selected legal and policy issues related to K-12 education in the United States. A central theme is the intersection of K-12 schooling and the state, with a particular focus on Constitutional issues of religious freedom and establishment, student speech and privacy, parental choice, educational opportunity, and education reform trends such as charter schools and accountability measures. Questions examined over the course of the semester include: What are the most basic obligations of the state with regard to its regulation of K-12 education? What are the most basic rights of parents in this regard? In what ways does the 1st Amendment protect – and limit – the speech and privacy rights of K-12 schoolchildren? In what ways may the state accommodate K-12 schools with an explicitly religious character? What are the Constitutional requirements with regard to religious speech or expression within K-12 public schools? To what degree is the principle of equality manifest in the form of educational opportunity? How has this changed over time? In what ways have education reform trends such as charter schooling and increased accountability changed the policy landscape of K-12 education?


US Foreign Policy in the Cold War | HIST 30805-01-30411

Fr. Bill Miscamble | TTh 3:30pm-4:45pm

This course covers the main developments in American foreign policy from World War II through the end of the Cold War. The principal topics of investigation will be wartime diplomacy and the origins of the Cold War; the Cold War and containment in Europe and Asia; Eisenhower/Dulles diplomacy; Kennedy-Johnson and Vietnam; Nixon-Kissinger and détente; Carter and the diplomacy of Human Rights; Reagan and the revival of containment; Bush and the end of the Cold War.


Cybercrime and the Law | POLS 30173-01-30420

Eric Tamashasky | TTh 11am-12:15pm

Almost all crimes, or even human interactions, contain a digital component. The fact that “old” laws don’t always fit “new” problems is no more apparent than in the area of cybercrimes. This course will include discussion of topics including: the methodology of typical cyber investigations, the application of the Fourth Amendment to digital evidence, and different types of cyber-specific laws enforced today. The course will also focus on the responses of both courts and legislators to the ever-evolving issues presented by computer crimes.


Philanthropy: Society and the Common Good | POLS 30142-01-30423

Jon Hannah | TTh 12:30pm-1:45pm

This course will explore the roots of philanthropy in American society, the role philanthropy plays within the modern economy, and how philanthropic activity helps us create a better world and strive for the common good. The key component of the course requires students to act as a Board of Directors and use thoughtful analysis to award real grants to deserving nonprofits (a sum up to $50,000). Students are expected to come to each class prepared to discuss course readings, and to offer ideas and suggestions regarding the grant making process. Each student is also expected to complete two site visits to nonprofit organizations outside of normal class hours. Students will nominate nonprofits for awards and the class will systematically discuss, analyze, and ultimately vote to award the grants.


History of American Capitalism | AMST 30108-01-304141

Korey Garibaldi | TTh 11am-12:15pm

This course offers a broad thematic overview of the history of capitalism from the early sixteenth century up to the late 1980s. As a discussion-based seminar, we will devote most of our conversations to discovering, analyzing and reflecting on the transformation of the U.S. from a newly-independent British colony, to the most influential economic power in the world. Topics and themes we will consider include: the rise of early modern transnational capitalism, European imperialism and trade, and indigenous dispossession after 1492; science and technological transformations; social and economic thought; slavery and servitude, broadly construed; and characteristics of prosperity, wealth, and economic flux. Our readings and viewings will be a mix of scholarly and primary sources, including an abundance of canonical literary and artistic material, such as novels, visual art, and film excerpts (e.g. Henrik Ibsen’s A Doll’s House (1879), Aaron Douglas’s Building More Stately Mansions (1944), and Edith Wharton’s The Age of Innocence (1920)). Over the course of the semester, students will draw upon this eclectic combination of sources to synthesize the dominant historical dimensions of capitalism in and beyond the U.S. via four short essays (4 – 5 pages, double-spaced-between 1,100 and 1,400 words), and a final paper (10 – 12 pages, double-spaced) based on cumulative texts.


Introduction to Criminology | SOC 20732-01-20403

Mim Thomas | TTh 12:30pm-1:45pm

Introduction to Criminology provides students with an overview of the sociological study of law making, law breaking and the resulting social responses. In this class we not only look at a variety of crimes, but we also discuss the varying methods sociologists use to collect, interpret and evaluate data, as well as how we theorize about crime and punishment. We address questions such as “Why are some people or groups labeled as criminal, while others are not?” “Do laws in both their construction and enforcement serve everyone’s interests equally?” “How can the communities in which people are embedded be considered as criminogenic?” “How are poverty, race, gender and other social factors related to crime?”


Crime, Heredity and Insanity in American History | HIST 30634-01-30428

Linda Przybyszewski | MW 2pm-3:15pm

This course gives students the opportunity to learn more about how Americans have thought about criminal responsibility and how their ideas have changed over time. Historians contend that the 19th century witnessed a transformation in the understanding of the origins of criminal behavior in the United States. The earlier religious emphasis on the sinfulness of all mankind, which made the murderer into merely another sinner, gave way to a belief in the inherent goodness of humankind. But if humans were naturally good, how are we to explain their evil actions? And crime rates varied widely by sex and race; European women were said to have been domesticated out of crime doing. What do those variations tell us about a common human nature? The criminal might be a flawed specimen of humankind born lacking a healthy and sane mind. Relying in part upon studies done in Europe, American doctors, preachers, and lawyers debated whether insanity explained criminality over the century and how it expressed itself in different races and sexes. Alternative theories were offered. Environment, heredity, and free will were all said to have determined the actions of the criminal. By the early 20th century, lawyers and doctors had largely succeeded in medicalizing criminality. Psychiatrists now treated criminals as patients; judges invoked hereditary eugenics in sentencing criminals. Science, not sin, had apparently become the preferred mode of explanation for the origins of crime. But was this a better explanation than what had come before? Can it explain the turbulent debates in the late 20th and early 21st Centuries over variations in crime rates by race? Can it explain why men, not women, are still more likely to commit murder?

Public Economics | ECON 30541

David Betson | TTh 12:30pm-1:45pm

A belief in efficient markets leaves little room for government economic activities other than the establishment and enforcement of property rights and the redistribution of income to promote social justice. Yet free markets are known in certain situation to fail to achieve an efficient allocation of goods and resources in a society. The first half of the course will examine the conditions when markets can be expected to fail and the alternative policies that governments could follow to promote social welfare. Governments like markets can also fail to adopt policies that efficiently address social problems. In the first half of the course we will also address problems in collective decision-making that can lead to government failures. The second half of the course will be devoted to examining applications of these theories to real world problems. In each of these areas, we will ask how can we justify government intervention; how has the government decided how to intervene; what are the impact of the intervention on economic outcomes; and what alternative interventions should be considered to improve outcomes. The policy areas we will examine will vary from year to year but in the past have been are the formation of a market for body parts (kidneys); sugar subsidies; student loan programs; unemployment insurance; nutritional and housing assistance programs; infrastructure; and guaranteed income programs


Labor Law | ECON 33410-01

William Leahy | TTh 9:30am-10:45am

A study of the development of common and statutory law with reference to industrial relations in the United States with emphasis on the case method.


Rethinking Crime and Justice | CSC 33997-01

Susan Sharpe and Jay Brandenberger | M 4:30pm-10:00pm

This course includes attention to some of the issues behind the current call for criminal justice reform, including mass incarceration, racial disproportionality, and reentry challenges. Yet the focus of the course is on deeper concerns, including why criminal justice systems rely on punishment, what else they could be accomplishing, and what responsibility we have as citizens for the justice systems operating in our names. As part of the national Inside-Out Prison Exchange Program, the course involves inside students (men who are incarcerated at the Westville Correctional Facility in Westville, IN) and outside students (people enrolled at Notre Dame, St. Marys, or Holy Cross) learning with and from each other and breaking new ground together. Most weeks of the semester, campus students travel to Westville for class with the incarcerated students; all are responsible for the same reading and writing assignments, and participate together in class activities and discussions. Together the two groups examine myths and realities related to crime and to punishment, explore the effects of current criminal justice policies, and develop ideas for responding more effectively to crime in our communities. Apply online via the CSC website:

Constitutional History and Philosophy

Political Theory | POLS 20600-01-20602

Dana Villa | MW 2pm-2:50pm (with co-req Friday discussion)

This course is an introduction to political theory as a tradition of discourse and as a way of thinking about politics. The course surveys selected works of political theory and explores some of the recurring themes and questions that political theory addresses. This introductory course fulfils the political theory breadth requirement for the political science major.


Topics in Civil Liberties and Civil Rights | POLS 30068-01-30006

Matthew Hall | TTh 2pm-3:15pm

This course explores topics in American constitutional law related to civil liberties and civil rights. The course employs a variety of instructional methods including Socratic method lectures, class debates, and moot court exercises in which students play the role of lawyers and justices arguing a Supreme Court case. Students will explore the social and political struggles that have shaped freedom and equality in the United States, including debates over protest, hate speech, pornography, religious freedom, gun control, abortion, race, gender, and homosexuality.


Race and the Constitution | POLS 40064-01-40606

Sotirios Barber | TTh 11am-12:15pm

Was the American Constitution originally a pro-slavery constitution that changed over time to a constitution that outlawed slavery and state-supported racial discrimination? Did the Civil War and subsequent developments through the civil rights acts of the 1960’s represent a commitment implicit in constitutional principles from the nation’s beginning? Do these constitutional principles embrace active governmental efforts to achieve an equal-opportunity society, including equal educational opportunity and an end to racism, a “private” attitude? Do constitutional principles promise a color-blind society? Or do they promise no more than color-blind governments? This course addresses these questions. Readings will include state documents like the Declaration of Independence and The Federalist Papers, the speeches of American politicians and other public figures, and decisions of the U.S. Supreme Court regarding slavery, public accommodations, education, voting, housing, and employment. Grades will be based on mid-term and final exams. Texts TBA.


Theology, Ethics, and Business | THEO 20639-01-20608

David Clairmont | MW 9:30am-10:45am

This course is intended to be an introduction to Catholic moral theology customized for those discerning a career as a business professional. In the wake of ethical failures at a number of prominent corporations, business leaders have renewed their call for ethical behavior and have begun to establish criteria for hiring morally thoughtful employees and to institute ethics education in the workplace. This is a move which has prompted a number of questions. Are institutions of higher education or small groups of well-meaning business professionals capable of training people to behave ethically? Is the real problem in contemporary business a lack of ethical knowledge, a lack of skill in applying rules to particular cases, or a lack of sensitivity to morally relevant issues? In the first part of the course, we will examine philosophical, theological, and economic interpretations of our current business situation, and we will consider various approaches to thinking about the ethical dimensions of business. In the second part of the course, we will examine the tradition of Catholic theology as a virtue ethics tradition, considering how virtue relates to happiness, law, moral judgment, and one’s professional vocation. Third, we will examine Catholic theologies of work and the tradition of Catholic social teaching, with special attention to the relationship between workers and management as well as the norms of justice that ought to govern these relations. The course will conclude with student presentations of original cases.


History of Ancient Greece | CLAS 20105-01-20610

Christopher Baron | MW 9:25am-10:15am (with co-req Friday discussion)

An outline introduction to the history of ancient Greece from the Bronze Age to the Roman conquest. The topics covered include the rise of the distinctive Greek city-state (the ‘polis’), Greek relations with Persia, Greek experiments with democracy, oligarchy, and empire, the great war between Athens and Sparta, the rise to power of Philip and Alexander of Macedon, and the Greeks’ eventual submission to Rome. Readings include narrative, documentary, and archaeological sources. The course prepares students for advanced study in ancient history. Offered biennially.


Political Philosophy | PHIL 20441-01-206011

Ross Jensen | TTh 2pm-3:15pm

A critical examination (either historical or topical) of central works and topics in political philosophy. For information on the works and topics covered in a specific section, please consult


Intro to Philosophy: Ethics and Politics | PHIL 10105-01

James Sterba | MWF 12:50pm-1:40pm

This course will be an introduction to philosophy with a special focus on issues in moral and political philosophy. Topics to be discussed may include justice, the nature of the good, eudaemonic and hedonic conceptions of happiness, virtue, ethical theory, moral relativism, feminist ethics, liberty, equality, and the foundations of rights, as well as particular applied topics in moral and political philosophy (such as economic justice and the ethics of war).


USEM: Plato’s Republic | POLS 13181-05

Sotirios Barber | TTh 2:00pm-3:15pm

Plato’s Republic could be the most widely influential philosophic work in human history. Here an elderly Socrates speaks directly to the reader and relates an all-night conversation mostly between himself and two of his young friends. The conversation explores the meaning of justice and its relationship to human happiness. These questions quickly prove unexpectedly complicated, and by conversation’s end Socrates and his friends have discussed a great variety of subjects, including theology, constitution-making, education, human psychology, the structure of reality, the nature of human perception, the structure of knowledge, the nature of art, the mathematical sciences and their inter-connections, the different kinds of literature and their social value. As one influential scholar has written, whether readers are interested in government, art, science, literature, or psychology, The Republic is “the one book” to study, “before and after all the others.” (Eva Brann, The Music of the Republic (Paul Dry, 2004) 248). In agreement with many others, this same scholar has also noted that The Republic seeks to stimulate the reader’s interest in and concern for the reader’s inner self — his or her personal priorities, mental habits, and psychic organization (see Brann, 96-97). Plato thus calls on readers to take an active part in what they read – actually to enter into the conversation between Socrates and his friends, agreeing and disagreeing with what’s said, especially with what Socrates says. We shall accept Plato’s call, and because we’ll accept his call, this seminar is not for students who are chiefly interested in what Plato says. This seminar is for students who are chiefly interested in what Plato’s characters ought to have said – ought to have said in light of evidence about the matters discussed. Students considering this seminar should know that an active and critical reading of The Republic is intellectually quite demanding, frequently frustrating, and often emotionally unsettling. Students considering this seminar should also know that good writing skills are essential to good grades in this course. If you think your writing could be better, register for this course only if you’re already working to improve your writing. Course texts are: Allan Bloom, trans., The Republic of Plato (Basic Books, 1968) and Diana Hacker, A Pocket Style Manual (St. Martin’s, any edition). Course requirements: faithful class attendance, active class participation, 4 short papers, and one term paper; no midterm of final exams.