Elections, Representation, and Governance Track

The Elections, Representation, & Governance Track examines how individuals make political decisions, how an individual’s identity shapes their political decisions, how representatives are selected, how representatives govern once selected, and the consequences of governance for society and public policy.

For 2022-23 courses offered for this track, please navigate to the Current Courses page.


Political Science Courses

POLISCI 20N: The American Electorate in the Trump Era
POLISCI 20Q: Democracy in Crisis: Learning from the Past
POLISCI 23Q: Analyzing the 2016 Elections**
POLISCI 25N: The US Congress in Historical and Comparative Perspective
POLISCI 29N: Mixed-Race Politics and Culture**
POLISCI 31N: Political Freedom: Rights, Justice, and Democracy in the Western Tradition
POLISCI 34Q: Nationalism
POLISCI 72: Policy, Politics, and the 2020 Elections: What 2020 Means for Future Campaigns and Elections
POLISCI 75: The 2018 Midterm Election: Making Your Voice Heard**
POLISCI 82: Politics 2022: America at a Crossroads
POLISCI 102: Introduction to American Politics and Policy: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly (formerly Politics and Public Policy)
POLISCI 104: Introduction to Comparative Politics**
POLISCI 110D/110Y: War and Peace in American Foreign Policy
POLISCI 115: Spies, Lies, and Algorithms
POLISCI 120B: Campaigns, Voting, Media, and Elections
POLISCI 120C: American Political Institutions in Uncertain Times
POLISCI 120Z: What's Wrong with American Government? An Institutional Approach
POLISCI 121: Political Power in American Cities**
POLISCI 121L: Racial-Ethnic Politics in US
POLISCI 124A: The American West
POLISCI 124L: The Psychology of Communication About Politics in America
POLISCI 125M: Latino Social Movements**
POLISCI 125P: The First Amendment: Freedom of Speech and Press
POLISCI 125S: Chicano/Latino Politics
POLISCI 127: Controversies in American Public Policy
POLISCI 128F/128S: The Constitution: A Brief History**
POLISCI 130: 20th Century Political Theory: Liberalism and Its Critics
POLISCI 131L: Modern Political Thought: Machiavelli to Marx to Mill
POLISCI 132A: The Ethics of Elections
POLISCI 134P: Contemporary Moral Problems
POLISCI 134L: Introduction to Environmental Ethics
POLISCI 135: Citizenship
POLISCI 140P: Populism and the Erosion of Democracy
POLISCI 143C: The Politics of Internet Abuse
POLISCI 143S: Comparative Corruption**
POLISCI 147: Comparative Democratic Development
POLISCI 147B: Gender, Identity, and Politics
POLISCI 147P: The Politics of Inequality**
POLISCI 148/348: Chinese Politics
POLISCI 149T: Middle Eastern Politics
POLISCI 150A/355A: Data Science for Politics
POLISCI 213E: Introduction to European Studies
POLISCI 217A: American Foreign Policy: Interests, Values, and Process
POLISCI 220: Urban Policy Research Lab
POLISCI 220C/320C: The Politics of the Administrative State
POLISCI 220R/320R: The Presidency
POLISCI 222: The Political Psychology of Intolerance
POLISCI 222F: Seminar on Political Change in the United States 
POLISCI 222P: Creating American Republic**
POLISCI 222S: Topics in Constitutional History**
POLISCI 223: Gender & U.S. Politics
POLISCI 223A: Public Opinion and American Democracy
POLISCI 224: Identity
POLISCI 226: Superpower California: The Indispensable State
POLISCI 226A: The Changing Face of America
POLISCI 226T/326T: The Politics of Education
POLISCI 227C: Money in Politics
POLISCI 228C: Law and Politics of Bureaucracy
POLISCI 234: Democratic Theory
POLISCI 240A/340A: Democratic Politics**
POLISCI 241: The Political Economy of China: Policy and Development from Antiquity to Revolution
POLISCI 241A: Political Economy of Development
POLISCI 242G/342G: Political Mobilization and Democratic Breakthroughs
POLISCI 241B: Special Topics: Comparative Political Economy (Latin America)**
POLISCI 244A: Authoritarian Politics
POLISCI 244U/344U: Political Culture
POLISCI 245R: Politics of Modern Iran
POLISCI 246A: Paths to the Modern World: The West in Comparative Perspective
POLISCI 246P: The Dynamics of Change in Africa**
POLISCI 247G: Governance and Poverty
POLISCI 248S/348S: Latin American Politics
POLISC 293: Democracy in the Balance
POLISCI 311E: Political Economy I**
POLISCI 327C: Law of Democracy
POLISCI 344: Politics and Geography
**Course no longer offered

Pre-Approved Courses

Course NumberCourse Name
ANTHRO 182D/282D
(CSRE 182C, HISTORY 282D/382D, SOC 182H)
Knowledge and Violence in the Middle East**
COMM 130NThe Idea of a Free Press**
COMM 157/257/357Information Control in Authoritarian Regimes
CSRE 220Public Policy Institute
ECON 116
American Economic History**
ECON 155Environmental Economics and Policy
EDUC 197
(FEMGEN 297, SOC 134)
Gender and Education in Global and Comparative Perspectives
History of School Reform: Origins, Policies, Outcomes, and Explanations
HISTORY 4/104Introduction to Geospatial Humanities**
HIST 70/170BCulture, Politics, and Society in Latin America**
HISTORY 81B/181BFormation of the Contemporary Middle East
HISTORY 87/187The Islamic Republics: Politics and Society in Iran, Afghanistan and Pakistan
HISTORY 152/352BHistory of American Law
HISTORY 153Creation of the Constitution
(AMSTUD 165, EDUC 165/265)
History of Higher Education in the U.S.
(REES 304G)
War and Society**
HISTORY 252/352Originalism and the American Constitution: History and Interpretation**
Presidents and Foreign Policy in Modern History
HISTORY 288/388
(JEWISHST 288/388)
JEWISHST 288/388
HUMBIO 120Health Care in America: An Introduction to U.S. Health Policy
HUMBIO 120AAmerican Health Policy
HUMBIO 120BThe American Heath Care System and Health Policy
HUMBIO 129SGlobal Public Health
Science, Innovation and the Law
LAW 2519Water Law
MS&E 193/293
(INTLPOL 256, GEOSCI 167/267)
Technology and National Security
OSPBER 115XThe German Economy: Past and Present**
OSPCPTWN 69Comparatively Assessing South Africa's Transition to Democracy: Past, Present and Future**
OSPFLOR 12Constituting a Republic: Machiavelli, Madison, and Modern Issues**
OSPFLOR 43Machiavelli**
OSPFLOR 78The Impossible Experiment: Politics and Policies of the New European Union
OSPISTAN 72Religion, Secularism and Democracy in the World**
OSPOXFRD 22British Politics Past and Present
OSPOXFRD 24British and American Constitutional Systems in Comparative Perspective**
OSPOXFRD 36Creating English Democracy
OSPOXFRD 82Politics of Inequality: Implications of Electoral Geography for Democratic Representation Quality**
OSPPARIS 32French History and Politics: Understanding the Present through the Past
OSPPARIS 122XEurope and its Challenges Today
OSPSANTG 116XModernization and its Discontents: Chilean Politics at the Turn of the Century
OSPSANTG 129XLatin America in the International System**
PHIL 179W/279W
Du Bois and Democracy
PUBLPOL 132/232The Politics of Policy Making
PUBLPOL 135Regional Politics and Decision Making in Silicon Valley and the Greater Bay Area
PUBLPOL 154Politics and Policy in California
PUBLPOL 156Health Care Policy and Reform
PUBLPOL 209What is Public about Public Lands - Who and How to Manage
PUBLPOL 353AScience and Technology Policy
SIW 105Education Policy
SIW 106Criminal Justice Policy
SIW 107Civil Rights Law
SIW 124The American Presidency: From TR to Nixon**
SIW 156Washington Policymaking: A New Era? Advocacy and Strategy at the Federal Level
SOC 118/218Social Movements and Collective Action
SOC 135/235Poverty, Inequality, and Social Policy in the United States
SOC 136/236Sociology of Law
SOC 145/245
(CSRE 145)
Race and Ethnic Relations in the USA
THINK 47Inventing Government: Ancient and Modern
THINK 51The Spirit of Democracy
(CSRE 149A, SOC 149/249)
The Urban Underclass
 **Course no longer offered