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Kanner, Michael David Instructor


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courses taught

  • IAFS 1000 - Global Issues and International Affairs
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2018 / Spring 2019 / Spring 2020 / Spring 2021
    Introduces the student to the international affairs program. The course examines political and economic development in several countries in many different world regions. Examines historical trends and development as well as current political and economic issues.
  • IAFS 3000 - Special Topics in International Affairs
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2018
    Junior or senior level umbrella seminar spanning a variety of topics relevant to the study of international affairs. Subjects addressed under this heading vary according to student interest and faculty availability. May be repeated up to 9 total credit hours.
  • PSCI 2223 - Introduction to International Relations
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2018 / Fall 2019 / Fall 2020
    Introduces the field of international relations, with general survey of the theories, histories, and problems of historical and contemporary relations among state and nonstate actors.
  • PSCI 3011 - The American Presidency and the Executive Branch
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2018 / Summer 2018 / Fall 2018 / Summer 2019 / Spring 2020 / Summer 2020 / Fall 2020
    Examines the constitutional, institutional and historical development of the presidency and the federal bureaucracy. Explores the changing role of the executive branch in the U.S. political system over time and competing views of executive power.
  • PSCI 3031 - Political Parties and Interest Groups
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2021
    Highlights the practice of party politics in the United States, including the nature, structure, organization, and functions of political parties and interest groups. Analyzes interest group politics and political behavior. Recommended prerequisite: PSCI 1101.
  • PSCI 3041 - The American Congress
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2019
    Provides intensive examination of the role of Congress in American government, including congressional elections, representation, the organization of Congress, and congressional policy making. Examines larger context of congressional politics, including political parties, the president, and interest groups. Recommended prerequisite: PSCI 1101.
  • PSCI 3123 - War, Peace, and Strategic Defense
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2020
    Analyzes employment, or the threat of employing force, in securing American interests in the post-Cold War world. Gives special attention to utilities claimed for nuclear weapons, and alternatively, to weapons control and disarmament. Recommended prerequisite: PSCI 2223. Similar to PACS 3800.
  • PSCI 3143 - Current Affairs in International Relations
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2019 / Fall 2021
    Analyzes the various theoretical and policy challenges facing the post-Cold War world, with an emphasis on examining alternative conceptions of and approaches to such challenges. Recommended prerequisite: PSCI 2223.
  • PSCI 3163 - American Foreign Policy
    Primary Instructor - Summer 2021
    Examines foundations, assumptions, objectives, dynamics, and methods of U.S. foreign policy since WWII. Gives special attention to domestic and external problems of adapting U.S. policy to the changing world environment. Recommended prerequisite: PSCI 2223.
  • PSCI 3191 - National Security Organization and Policy Making
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2018 / Fall 2018 / Spring 2019 / Fall 2019 / Spring 2020 / Fall 2020 / Spring 2021 / Fall 2021
    Analyzes how the American governmental and political system is structured to define, select, and implement national security policies. Examines roles of the president, Congress, bureaucracy, interest groups,and other actors. Recommended prerequisite: PSCI 1101.
  • PSCI 3193 - International Behavior
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2018 / Summer 2019 / Summer 2020 / Fall 2021
    Presents alternate theoretical frameworks for the explanation of international processes. Applies theories of conflict behavior and social organization to problems of war and peace. Recommended prerequisite: PSCI 2223.
  • PSCI 4173 - International Cooperation and Global Anarchy
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2020
    Explores if and how countries cooperate under anarchy. Investigates cooperation over a number of international issues, including peace and security, trade and development, human rights, and justice for victims of war crimes. Gives special attention to organizations including the United Nations, European Union, International Monetary Fund, and World Trade Organization.
  • PSCI 4701 - Symbolic Politics
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2019 / Spring 2021
    Introduces uses and abuses of symbols as instruments and indicators of political change. Recommended prerequisite: PSCI 1101.