Undergraduate Political Science
2014 Spring Term
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INTRODUCTION TO POLITICAL SCIENCE
Political Science 101
Introduction to Political Science introduces students to the specialties within political science, outlines the academic emphases within the major and associated requirements, and explores public and private sector opportunities in the field of political science.
AMERICAN GOVERNMENT AND POLITICS (GS)
Political Science 141
An introductory course covering the history, structure and functioning of American national government and its relation to state and local government.
ETHNIC POLITICS (DV) (GS)
Political Science 217
The central concern of this course is to provide the student an awareness of the political development of racial and ethnic minorities in today's political arena. It will compare and contrast the development of the white ethnic communities of the 19th and 20th centuries with our modern day racial and ethnic minorities. (Offered jointly with race & ethnic cultures).
LAW AND SOCIETY (GS)
Political Science 240
The purpose of this course is to introduce students to the development of law and legal practices from a political science perspective. Special emphasis will be paid to the political factors in our society that shape law. The manner in which law affects the politics of our society will also be stressed.
INTRODUCTION TO POLITICAL THEORY (GS)
Political Science 250
An introduction to Western political thought, the role of ideology in politics, and perennial questions in political philosophy.
INTRODUCTION TO COMPARATIVE POLITICS (GS)
Political Science 255
This course compares the political systems of five or six countries, reflecting the range of political institutions and political behavior around the world. Students will learn to develop explanations for similarities and differences in the political life of countries around the world, e.g. why are some countries democratic and others authoritarian?
POLITICAL SCIENCE RESEARCH METHODS
Political Science 301
An introduction to basic research methods in political science. Topics will include various data collection and analysis techniques on the U.S. Presidency, the U.S. Congress, the U.S. Supreme Court, political socialization, political parties, interest groups, civil violence, rebellion, and revolution. Students will obtain "hands-on" experience with computer software designed specifically for political science and the social sciences. This is not a statistics course, and no previous knowledge of statistical methods is assumed.
WRITING IN POLITICAL SCIENCE
Political Science 302
This course will allow students to improve their analytical and writing skills through various writing assignments involving different formats. Some of the assignments will involve multiple drafts, based on peer and instructor feedback.
MEDIA AND AMERICAN POLITICS
Political Science 314
This course will examine the principles of media and politics, and how the media impacts American public's political attitudes and behaviors. Topics will include campaign advertising, alternative media, public space, bias, and persuasion.
AMERICAN INTEREST GROUP POLITICS
Political Science 321
This course will examine the interest group system in the United States by examining the history, roles, strategies, successes, and failures of interest groups in the American political system.
PUBLIC POLICY ANALYSIS
Political Science 330
A systematic introduction to the study of public policy issues through a public policy/issue analysis and problem solving approach. It will also examine and explore other analytical models and approaches in the study of public problems and policy issues.
U.S. DISABILITY POLITICS AND POLICY
Political Science 331
This course will examine disability politics and policy in the United States with a special emphasis on the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA). It will explore the formulation and adoption of disability policy with particular attention paid to the subsequent legal challenges that have interpreted disability law and expanded rights over time.
POLITICS OF DEVELOPMENT
Political Science 340
This course focuses on the comparative analysis and contending interpretations of development in the developing countries. Emphasis will be given to the role of the state intervention and the coalitional politics of dominant class factions in capital accumulation and allocation of surplus for development. The analysis also includes the influence of international economic system as exercised through direct foreign investment and commercial lending institutions. Special attention will also be paid to the impact of militarism on the Third World countries and the problems of environment and sustainable development.
US ENVIRONMENTAL POLITICS AND POLICY
Political Science 343
This course will explore opportunities and constraints in the development of environmental policy in the United States.
Political Science 351
An introductory survey of political relations among nation-states, including the topics of war and peace, nationalism, elements of national power, conventional and nuclear weaponry, diplomacy, economic interdependence, the Third World, and international and regional organizations.
ANCIENT AND MEDIEVAL POLITICAL THOUGHT: GREEK, ROMAN, CHRISTIAN
Political Science 410
This course will examine the political thought of the ancient and medieval worlds, focusing on the Greek, Roman and early Christian periods. Through study of texts by Aristotle, Cicero, Augustine, and others, this course will highlight how these texts both reflect their own times, and inform political thinking today.
THE CONSTITUTION AND CIVIL LIBERTIES
Political Science 414
A course focusing on the constitutional development of of the freedoms of individuals and the limitations upon the powers of government, both state and national.
CRIMINAL JUSTICE AND THE CONSTITUTION
Political Science 415
This course examines the role of the major participants in the criminal justice system-defendants, police, prosecutions, courts, and corrections-and the development of constitutional law regulating their behavior.
LEGAL RESEARCH AND WRITING
Political Science 418
The purpose of this course is to introduce students to research and writing in the field of public law. Students will learn how to use a variety of legal resource materials and how to cite the materials appropriately. Students will also demonstrate a mastery of these skills by completing homework assignments and by writing two major papers.
THE JUDICIAL PROCESS
Political Science 419
A study of the American judicial system as a part of the larger framework of the political, social and economic systems of the nation. Emphasis will be on topics such as the judicial role, judicial organization and jurisdiction, judicial power, and the decisional process rather than legal cases.
THE POLITICS OF GOVERNMENT BUDGETING
Political Science 440
A course designed to introduce the students to the study of criteria for what services or functions should be undertaken by government and in what amounts; analyzing the effects that government spending and taxes have on the behavior of the private sector of the economy and on the political system, and evaluating the problems and solutions for allocating tax burden equitably among different groups in the society.
POLITICS OF THE METROPOLIS
Political Science 446
A treatment of social, economic and political forms, structures, processes and behavior in metropolitan communities. Ideas concerning the power structure and decision-making process, the role of the citizen, and the complex whole of metropolitan life will be discussed.
GOVERNMENT AND POLITICS OF AFRICA
Political Science 461
The course will critically analyze the political events, major problems, processes and trends in Sub-Saharan African politics and society. It will also attempt to examine the prospects for economic development and democracy in contemporary Africa. Some African countries will be selected for special attention.
SOCIAL WELFARE POLICY
Political Science 462
Provides students with the analysis and critical understanding of the policy issues surrounding historical and current social welfare programs, of new social welfare issues and of policy decisions that lead to changes in programming. Community organization, as an intervention approach, will be explored.
PEACE STUDIES: CONFLICT RESOLUTION AND CRISIS MANAGEMENT
Political Science 463
The course will critically analyze the political events, major problems, processes and trends in international and regional conflicts. It will examine the prospect for peaceful negotiation among states and international organizations to solve international crises.
GOVERNMENT AND POLITICS IN THE MIDDLE EAST
Political Science 471
An intense investigation of the social, economic, and political conditions of Islamic, Arab and non-Arab countries of the Middle East. Topics include basic tenets of Islam: political culture, formation of nation states, political systems (monarchies and republics), consequences of political development and modernization, and the role of the Middle East in international politics.
SEMINAR IN PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION
Political Science 489
A study of the complex aspects of administrative organization, behavior and decision-making in the area of public policy through the examination of a variety of pertinent cases.
Political Science 491
Variable topics. Group activity oriented presentations emphasizing `hands on` and participatory instructional techniques.
INTERNSHIP IN POLITICAL SCIENCE
Political Science 493
Study and work with a government unit or in some area of public affairs under the direction of a faculty supervisor. Students will have the opportunity to combine academic learning with practical experience in government and politics. Repeatable for a maximum of 12 credits in major/degree.
Political Science 497
Variable topics. See Schedule of Classes.
Political Science 498
Study of a selected topic or topics under the direction of a faculty member. Repeatable for a maximum of 4 credits in major/degree. Department Consent required.
SENIOR HONORS THESIS
Political Science 499
Individual research for majors writing thesis for honors degree; emphasis upon depth, scope and individual research on approved topics under the supervision of a member of the faculty.