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Undergraduate Political Science

2015 Spring Term

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1 Units

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.


3 Units

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.


3 Units

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).


3 Units

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.


3 Units

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.


3 Units

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?


3 Units

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.


3 Units

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.


3 Units

THE AMERICAN PRESIDENCY

Political Science 318

Analysis and discussion of the various roles of the President regarding his constitutional status and powers, nomination and election, administrative responsibilities, legislative and political leadership, and his role in the conduct of foreign relations.


3 Units

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.


3 Units

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.


3 Units

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.


3 Units

FEDERALISM

Political Science 345

This course offers a critical and comparative exploration of orgins, operation, and significance of federalism in a variety of countries.


3 Units

INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS

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.


3 Units

BLACK POLITICAL AND SOCIAL THOUGHT (DV)

Political Science 365

This course will utilize a Pan-African approach to provide an organized and systematic pattern of social and political ideologies/thought put forth by Black publicists and theorists concerning the organization of their society. As such, it will survey the principal personalities and major protest movements that have emerged in the Diaspora African Community, as well as pay special attention to selected African ideologies and personalities involved in shaping Black political and social thought.


3 Units

CONSTITUTIONAL LAW

Political Science 413

A study of judicial review, its meaning and nature. The development of constitutional relationships between the national government and the states as well as among the branches of the national government is considered.


3 Units

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.


3 Units

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.


3 Units

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.


3 Units

AMERICAN POLITICAL THOUGHT

Political Science 420

A study of the fundamental political ideas of America and the political philosophers who espoused them from colonial times to the present.


3 Units

PUBLIC PERSONNEL ADMINISTRATION

Political Science 421

A critical study of problems of public personnel, with particular emphasis on the process of recruiting and managing people in the public services.


3 Units

AMERICAN FOREIGN POLICY

Political Science 457

An analysis of the forces and institutions involved in the establishment of American foreign policies. Emphasis is placed on the effect of the growth of American power and responsibility upon the development of foreign policies.


3 Units

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.


3 Units

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.


3 Units

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.


3 Units

WOMEN IN INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS

Political Science 464

This course is designed to provide students with the opportunity to study and analyze international relations from a multi-disciplinary perspective. It will examine current understandings of the causes, processes and structures of international relations, violent conflict, as well as resolution of those conflicts and peace within the context of Feminist theories. The goal is to examine the role of women in international relations, international security, conflict and peace through different approaches to the study of conflict and how it is understood. The course will consider both the strength and limitations of various disciplinary approaches. The traditional approaches to international relations, international security, international conflict and peace reflect viewpoints consistent with masculine perspectives on power and security. The goal is to consider how the limitations of the approaches can be effectively challenged and what alternatives might be offered. Themes for discussion will include gender, race, ethnicity, nationalism, state, community, conflict and peace.


3 Units

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.


3 Units

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.


1-3 Units

TRAVEL STUDY

Political Science 491

Variable topics. Group activity oriented presentations emphasizing `hands on` and participatory instructional techniques.


1-12 Units

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.


1-12 Units

EXCHANGE STUDY

Political Science 497

Variable topics. See Schedule of Classes.


1-3 Units

INDEPENDENT STUDY

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.


3 Units

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.

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