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Renee Buhr

Associate Professor
Degree
Ph.D., University of Wisconsin—Madison
Office
JRC 408
Phone
(651) 962-5722
Mail
University of Saint Thomas
Department of Political Science
Mail JRC 432
2115 Summit Avenue
St. Paul, MN 55105

Education:

B.S. and Ph.D., University of Wisconsin—Madison
M.A., University of Chicago

Dr. Buhr joined UST in 2008 with specializations in International Relations and Comparative Politics.   Her research interests include the study of nationalism in East Europe and the effects of European integration on political parties and voting behavior.  In addition to her studies in the United States, Dr. Buhr studied at the Institut d'Etudes Politiques in Aix-en Provence, France. She has also worked in a number of organizations outside of academia, including the RAND Corporation and the Central Intelligence Agency. 

Spring 2015 Courses

Spring 2015 Courses
Course - Section Title Days Time Location
POLS 225 - 01 Intro to World Politics M - W - F - - 1055 - 1200 JRC 222
CRN: 20327 4 Credit Hours Instructor: Renee L. Buhr An overview of the contemporary international political system that examines the nature of power in global politics, particularly the transition from a bipolar to a post-cold war world. Emphasis is given to the changing relationships among the great powers, such as the United States and Russia, and to the interaction between the industrialized democracies of the North and the less-developed states of the South. Issues that cut across international politics - arms proliferation, the debt crisis, terrorism, resurgent nationalism - are examined. The course also analyzes the role and impact of non-state actors, such as the United Nations and multi-national corporations, on the international system. Prerequisite: POLS 104 or permission of the instructor

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POLS 326 - 0 Intl Law & Organization M - W - F - - 1215 - 1320 MCH 231
CRN: 22137 4 Credit Hours Instructor: Renee L. Buhr Aimed at upper-level undergraduates with an interest in international relations generally and the IR subfield of international organization (IO) specifically. An examination of the ways in which state behavior is affected by international norms, international legal documents such as UN delcarations and bilateral treaties, and international organizations like the United Nations are examined. The course also looks closely at the ways in which states, individuals, and power relations shape the nature and objectives of international law and organizations. Prerequisites: POLS 104 or permission of the instructor.

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POLS 424 - 01 Seminar in Int'l Politics - T - - - - - 1330 - 1700 OEC 306
CRN: 20488 4 Credit Hours Instructor: Renee L. Buhr Seminars in political science provide an opportunity for students to synthesize and further develop knowledge gained in earlier courses and enhance their critical and analytical skills. Students in the seminars will engage in reading and discussion and undertake a major research project pertinent to the seminar's topic. Specific topics or themes of each seminar will vary. Seminars are offered in each of the sub-fields of the discipline. Prerequisite: POLS 104 and Senior status or permission of the instructor.

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Summer 2015 Courses

Summer 2015 Courses
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Fall 2015 Courses

Fall 2015 Courses
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POLS 104 - 02 Amer Govt in Comp Perspec - T - R - - - 1330 - 1510 SCB 206
CRN: 40748 4 Credit Hours Instructor: Renee L. Buhr An introduction to the concepts basic to an understanding of politics and government with an emphasis on the political systems of the United States. A comparative examination of political processes, decision making institutions and policy issues relevant to the contemporary world. An introduction to basic research methods used in the discipline. This course fulfills the Social Analysis requirement in the core curriculum.

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POLS 225 - 01 Intro to World Politics M - W - F - - 1055 - 1200 JRC 201
CRN: 40297 4 Credit Hours Instructor: Renee L. Buhr An overview of the contemporary international political system that examines the nature of power in global politics, particularly the transition from a bipolar to a post-cold war world. Emphasis is given to the changing relationships among the great powers, such as the United States and Russia, and to the interaction between the industrialized democracies of the North and the less-developed states of the South. Issues that cut across international politics - arms proliferation, the debt crisis, terrorism, resurgent nationalism - are examined. The course also analyzes the role and impact of non-state actors, such as the United Nations and multi-national corporations, on the international system. Prerequisite: POLS 104 or permission of the instructor

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POLS 328 - 01 International Security M - W - - - - 1525 - 1700 SCB 325
CRN: 42485 4 Credit Hours Instructor: Renee L. Buhr Addresses theories of international relations that apply to international security and focuses on both traditional and contemporary issues in security studies. Among the traditional issues covered are defense strategy, conventional weapons, weapons of mass destruction, and military alliances. Contemporary issues addressed include ethnic conflict, genocide, democratic peace theory, and terrorism. Prerequisites: POLS 104 or permission of the instructor.

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