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Political Science (POLS)


100 Introduction to Politics and Public Policy (3) Basic introduction to the study of politics and the formation, implementation and evaluation of public policy.


101 Introduction to Comparative Political System (3) Examines the concept of political development. The primary questions are what development means and what countries hope to achieve and avoid by undergoing this process. Attempts to question the universality of the dominant paradigm, namely the Western development model. Deals with relevant cultural factors with respect to sex and race. S07, S08


150 American National Government (3) Theory and practice of American national government; the Constitution as an instrument of change through interpretation and action by the executive, legislative and judicial branches as well as through the development of informal custom and usage. F06, S07, F07, S08


151 Introduction to Tribal Administration (3) Introduction to the basics of First Nations law and tribal governments and how federal Indian policy has affected development of tribal governments that exist today. Cross-listed as FNS 151.


175 Introduction to World Politics (3) Evolution of the international system from 1500. Theories of international politics, such as political realism, neo-realism, neo-mercantilism, and interdependence; alternative economic and sociological theories, such as liberalism, Marxism, dependency and dependent development. With special emphasis on identifying structural changes and prospects for the future of the international system. F06, F07


185 First-Year Internship (3) Opportunity for entering students to have a hands-on experience of politics in the Twin Ports. The first sessions focus on theory and then give way to individual placements, arranged by the instructors in consultation with each student. Open to all entering students; required of POLS majors. F06, F07


230 U.S. National, State and Local Government (4) Structure of American government on the national, state and local levels; federalism; behavior patterns of public officials; modes of citizen participation. Meets DPI requirements. Not open to Political Science majors. Cross-listed as LSTU 230. F06, S07, F07


260 Contemporary Issues in American Politics (3) Review of controversial issues of contemporary American politics. Focuses on how the American political system deals with these issues. Specific issues covered will vary as public attention shifts from one to another. Students are encouraged to consider the differential impact of issues on various American demographic groups.


261 Contemporary Issues Law and Society (3) Explores the relationship between the legal system, law and courts and current, controversial issues in society. Students will research and debate in class 20 issues of contemporary significance in American society regarding law. Students will be encouraged to consider the differential impact of issues on various disempowered and minority groups in the United States and around the world, where relevant. Fulfills General Education Social Science-Contemporary Society category. Cross-listed as requirements LSTU 261.


262 Introduction to Political Theory (3) Introductory course in political theory. What rules and institutions should govern human social existence? Introduces students to basic issues in political theory through consideration of a particular position or topic of current importance. Cross-listed as PHIL 262.


263 Contemporary Issues in World Politics (3) Examines issues such as nationalism, nuclear proliferation, terrorism, war on drugs, land mines, diplomacy, global poverty, globalization, regionalization, regional development, European Union, global market, human rights, women's rights, right of refugees, minority rights, rise of religious fundamentalism, population, consumption, citizenship, global warning, ozone layer, biodiversity, rain forests, and conservation. Deals with basic understanding of the nature and scope of global problems and emphasizes the legal, political, economic, social and moral dimensions of these issues. S07


270 International Peace Studies and Film (3) A number of films are analyzed which address global issues such as the arms race, social justice, human rights, sexuality and others. Examines the political climate in which these movies take place and are in while they are made.


271 International Peace Studies and Literature (3) Political writings - poems, essays, novels, and biographies - will be analyzed that allow for greater understanding of the socio-economic, political and economic conditions of different countries at various stages of their development within the international system.


301 Study Abroad (0-6) Field trips designed by the HPS faculty to give students direct experiences in foreign countries. Each program includes preparatory reading, orientation meetings, a faculty-supervised study tour, and a detailed written evaluation of learning situations associated with the course. With consent of the relevant program and content adaptation, programs provided by other agencies can be considered for this credit. Students must obtain approval for taking these courses prior to participation, otherwise the course may not count. For specific degree requirements consult your advisor. May be repeated only if the content is different.


302/502 Legislation and Legal Process (3) Examines drafting, revision, implementation, adjudication and revision of statutory enactments. In addition to exercises in statutory interpretation, students produce mock bills, to be evaluated and revised. Cross-listed as LSTU 302.


303 Environmental Law and Regulation (3) Explores the ethics of and inter-relationships between environmental issues and governmental action, as well as conversation, preservation and management of natural resources through public policy relation to government and the role of morality and legislation in matters of individual choice. Cross-listed as LSTU 303/503, PHIL 303.


321/521 Judicial Process (3) Operation of the judicial process within the context of the criminal and legal system. Examines judicial process as a mediator of social change, mitigator of social conflict and mechanism of dispute resolution. Also explores how courts and judges interpret, make and enforce the law, the role of various officers of the court (including lawyers), the processes and procedures of litigation, compliance and enforcement challenges and external social and political influences on the courts. Cross-listed as CJUS/LSTU 321/521. 


330 U.S. State and Local Government (3) Comparative study of the political behavior and institutions of the state and local governments in the United States; current structural and functional problems confronting these political systems. F06, S07, F07, S08


339 Secondary Methods in Social Science Education (3) Principles and problems of teaching the social sciences in secondary schools. Emphasis on activities, materials, resources, and current methodology in social science education both in integrated courses and discipline courses. Required for teacher certification in the Broad Area Social Studies major and majors in Political Science, History, Psychology, Sociology or Economics. Prerequisite: Admission to the Teacher Education program. Cross-listed as: HIST/PSYC/SOCI 339. 


343 Politics of Sexuality (3) This course has two focal points. First, it raises the question of sexual desire in order to understand it as a moral concern. Second, it studies American judges' and legislators' recent efforts to recognize and accommodate the variety of its expressions. Topics include: same-sex marriage and domestic partnership arrangements; hate speech and hate crime legislation; privacy and the AIDS epidemic; statutory definitions of sex and gender; dress codes and the regulation of sexual identities. Cross-listed as PHIL/WST 343. S08


352 Introduction to Peace Studies (3) Examines the concept of peace. What is peace and what is its relationship with justice? Discusses various types of conflict as well as the human, economic, political costs of conflict. The latter part of the course concentrates on economic, social, political, racial, historical, psychological, and religious causes of conflict. Discusses the relationship between gender and conflict. F06


354/554 Introduction to Jurisprudence (3) History of philosophical consideration of law, its means and ends; focus on special problems in contemporary legal philosophy such as conflicting theories of punishment, the natural law/positivist debate, individual rights in relation to government and the role of morality and legislation in matters of individual choice. Cross-listed as PHIL/LSTU 354.


356 Methods of Conflict Resolution (3) Examines conflict resolution methods, including arbitration, adjudication, and mediation. Emphasizes various types of negotiations, i.e., bilateral or multilateral as well as various forums for conducting negotiations, such as the UN and regional organizations. Emphasis on not only the process of negotiations, but also the outcome of the negotiations as related to other concepts such as democracy, human rights and justice. S07, S08


365 Race, Class, the Law and Politics (3) Explores how the law has interacted with, impacted and affected race, ethnicity, gender and class issues in the United States context. Students read and criticize key legal cases, explore arguments made in legal settings about race/ethnicity/class/gender, examine the areas of silence or inaction by the law and assess the current interconnection between race, ethnicity, class, gender and the law. Fulfills diversity requirement of General Education. Cross-listed as LSTU 365.


368 Alternative Dispute Resolution (3) Explores the comparisons and contrasts between the adversary system of American law, the settlement/negotiation model and the Alternative Dispute Resolution movement, including institutions, processes, costs, theoretical approaches and justifications, historical development; theories, practice and skill/training development of alternatives to litigation including mediation, arbitration, mini-trials, etc. Cross-listed as CJUS/LSTU 368/568.


370 Public Policy Analysis and Evaluation (3) Survey of strategies and methods used in analyzing and evaluating proposed and existing public policies; discussion of types of argument, problem structuring, forecasting, methods of policy recommendation, monitoring, diagnostic procedures for evaluating on-going programs, alternative evaluation designs, impact design and measurement of program efficiency.


371 The Modern Middle East (3) Examines the growth of Jewish nationalism from the middle of the 19th century to the present. Emphasis on the relationship of the State of Israel with the Arab World and to the confrontations and conflicts that have grown out of this relationship. Cross-listed as HIST 371.


372 Political Activism and Strategies (3) Analysis of the political characteristics of the American voter, political party and interest group activities, campaign organization, use of the media, campaign strategies of political parties and interest groups, campaign finance, and campaign reform. F06


373 Congress and the Presidency (3) Analysis of the U.S. Congress and the presidency as institutions of American government: powers, behavior, decision making, policy, interaction and trends. F07


396/596 Research Design (3) Application of the scientific method in the social sciences with emphasis on basic survey research methods. Completion of MATH 130 or PSYC 301, though not required, is recommended before enrolling in this course. Cross-listed as CJUS 396/596. F06, S07, F07, S08


431 International Law: Human Rights and War Crime (3) The development of modern international law; sources and types of law; rights of states, corporations and individuals; the laws of war and peace "war crimes" and "crimes against humanity"; and the crime of genocide. The main substance of the course covers human rights and war crimes. Cross-listed as CJUS 431/631, LSTU 431. F07


450 U.S. Constitutional Law I (3) Survey of the origin and development of the U.S. Constitution using Supreme Court cases which define the powers of the Supreme Court, Congress and the president; the relationship between the national government and the individual states. Cross-listed as LSTU 450/650. F06, F07


451 U.S. Constitutional Law, Part II - Civil Liberties and Criminal Process (3) Study of the constitutional principles concerning the relations between the individual and the government; an inquiry into selected civil rights and civil liberties decisions of the Supreme Court; consideration of the requirements of due process and criminal procedure necessary to safeguard the constitutional rights of criminal suspects and defendants. Cross-listed as CJUS/LSTU 451/651. S07, S08


454 History of Political Thought, Part I (3) History of political thought from Plato to Thomas Aquinas. Cross-listed as PHIL 454/654. F06


455 History of Political Thought, Part II (3) Survey of political thought from Machiavelli and Thomas Hobbes to contemporary political theorists. Cross-listed as PHIL455/655. S07


465 Seminar in American Politics (3) Selected topics in American political parties, interest groups, elections, the Congress and the presidency. S07


467 Public Administration (3) Theory and practice of public administration; principles of administrative organization; decision-making methods and rules; bureaucratic reform; current theory and practice of personnel management in government. Cross-listed as LSTU 467. S08


476 Theories of World Politics (3) Examines theories of world politics, such as realism, mercantilism, liberalism, Marxism, complex interdependence, feminism, dependency, world system, rational choice, hegemonic power and world order; and regime analysis. The assumptions of each of these theories will be explained and analyzed. Each theory will be evaluated on its ability to: explain current world trends in terms of global peace, development, and justice; and explain change over time. S08


485 Internship (2-10) Structured and focused field experience in a public agency. Students will be assigned duties in various agencies. General Education requirements: Since the internship is both an independent learning and a capstone experience, the course satisfies the requirements of Category C, Co-requisites. Prerequisites: Political Science majors or minors only. Written consent of the instructor must be obtained before registering. Since the internship is an independent learning experience involving the cooperation and assistance of an outside agency, students should notify the instructor in writing of their interest in doing an internship early in the semester before the semester of the actual field experience. On demand


486 Undergraduate Teaching Internship (3) Provides professional academic experience for students interested in pursuing a graduate degree. On demand.


487 Undergraduate Research Internship (3) Provides academic experience for students who are interested in pursuing a graduate degree or work in research-related agencies. On demand.


492 Peace and Human Rights Education (3) Designed to promote teaching about peace and human rights. Intended for current or future teachers and community members interested in such issues. Primary emphasis on developing teaching material to be used by participants in their classrooms to encourage students to think about issues of peace and human rights. Overall expectation is to increase attention to issues of peace and human rights in K-12 education.


497 Special and Student-Initiated Seminars (1-3) The program offers a specially designed seminar or student-initiated seminar when there is sufficient interest. For further information, see the program coordinator. On demand.


499/699 Individualized Research or Applied Skills (3) Either supervised research in selected subfields of the discipline, resulting in the submission of a formal research paper, or development and execution of a project designed to apply political or administrative concepts and skills to a particular situation, drawing upon the relevant professional literature and resulting in submission of a formal research and experience-evaluation paper. Projects devoted to the demonstration of skills may include, but need not be limited to: direct participation in a national, state or local political campaign; other activity on behalf of a political party or political interest group; involvement in university governance; service as an intern with a government agency or a private organization with a public interest; or an active leadership role in a campus or community organization. May be repeated once for a total of six credits. A minimum of three credits is required for Political Science majors in Liberal Arts or in Secondary Education. Other students may elect POLS 499/699 with permission of the program coordinator. Consultation with the instructor must take place within the first two weeks of the semester. General Education requirements: Since Individualized Research or Applied Skills is both an independent learning and a capstone experience, the course satisfies the requirements of Category C, Corequisites. F06, S07, F07, S08