A list of current and past courses offered at UCDC is provided below. Use the drop-down menu to select the relevant Quarter or Semester course listing. For detailed information about a course, click on the course title. You may also view a calendar of the full slate of courses for the current term by visiting the Course Schedule.
For information on future courses offered at UCDC, please see Future Courses.
Congress and Politics in Washington
This course will focus on the design and operation of the U.S. Congress and its relationship with the Executive Branch. Students will also...
Research methods in the social sciences are a set of tools that assist us in understanding our world. This seminar is designed to teach you...
This is an introductory course to the international development field. The focus is on some of the key questions, challenges and...
This seminar is designed to help you to engage critically and think systematically about crucial questions of international and global affairs. Through weekly news briefings, student research, and course readings, we will engage with a wide range of...
The U.S. Supreme Court
Gay marriage. The death penalty. Abortion. Health care. Cell phone privacy. The U.S. Supreme Court has heard cases on all of these topics in...
This seminar will examine the relationship between politics, governance and the media, in all its new finery. By wedding practice with theory, the course provides an academic framework for students interning in government, news media and advocacy...
Our nation’s capital is a center of governance and politics but also of historical sites, research institutes, arts and cultural institutions, and diverse communities. In this seminar you will become acquainted with Washington DC – its beauty and...
Human Rights in Theory and Practice
The course examines the philosophical and historical foundations of the international human rights regime, and probes debates over universality, culture, and human rights. The course also includes an introduction to the United Nations and regional...
Law and Society
In this course, we will examine the relationship between the rules that govern us (law) and how we organize ourselves into communities (...
Money, Message and Media
This course will look at all aspects of national campaigns, from the evolution of political parties and advertising, to the messages of...
Politics of Water Policy
As the title suggests, this course is about one of the trenchant policy problems of our time, policy regarding the availability, uses, and distribution of water, particularly in arid parts of the world. Though the focus of the class will be the...
Race and Ethnic Politics in a Post-Obama Presidency
This course will examine the fundamental theories of race and representation as it applies to the lived experiences and quest for freedom, justice, and equality on part of African Americans, Latinos, Asian Americans, Native Americans and other groups....
*NEW* Partisanship and Polarization in American Politics (2-Unit Elective)
American politics and voters are currently at the highest stage of polarization since the Civil War. As a result of the heightened state of the partisan divide, conflict between -- as well as within -- the branches of our government, including within...