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101 Introduction to Comparative Political Systems (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. Relevant cultural factors with respect to sex and race will be dealt with in this class. S09, S10

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. F08, S09, F09, S10 

175 The Making of the Modern Global System (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. F08, F09 

185 First-Year Internship (3) Provides an 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 the individual placements, arranged by the instructors in consultation with each student. Open to all entering students; required of POLS majors. F08, F09 

201 Politics of Sexuality (3) Modern people and the politics of their ways of life.  Students investigate how social practices, legal protections and moral philosophy intersect with one another to produce political action and vice versa. Designed for students who think about the way we live and the way we make sense of how we live.  Focues on the area of sexual politics, with specific focus on the legal protections extended to gay and lesbian people by governments and municipalities throughout the United States, with particular focus on Wisconsin and Minnesota. Cross-listed as WST/PHIL 201. S10 

202 The Origins and Politics of Protestant Fundamentalism (3) Origins of Protestant Fundamentalism as well as the political behavior to its adherents in the United States. Major topics: Biblical inerrancy, the “Fundamentals” and the “higher criticism;” the 1925 “Monkey Trial” of John Scopes; the creationism/intelligent design/evolution dispute and its impact on public education (Kitzmiller v. Dover [2005]), and the recent behavior of the “Religious Right” in American politics.  

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. F08, S09, F09, S10 

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. 

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. S08 

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. 

296 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 296. F08, S09, F09, S10 

301 Study Abroad (0-6) Field trips designed by department 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. Course can be repeated only if content is different. 

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. F08, S09, F09, S10 

339 Secondary Methods in Social Science Education (3) Principles and problems of teaching the social sciences at the Early Adolescence-Adolescence Level (EA-A). Emphasis on activities, lesson plans, materials, resources, and current methodology in social science education both in integrated (fusion) courses and academic discipline courses. Required for EA-A teacher certification Social Studies, History, Political Science, Psychology, and Sociology. Prerequisite: Admission to the Teacher Education Program. Cross-listed as HIST/PSYC 339. S09, S10

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. 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. F08

356 Reconciliation: Bosnia Case Study (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 U.N. 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. S09, S10 

367 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 367. F09

 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. F08

 431 International Law: Human Rights and War Crime (3) 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. Main substance of the course covers human rights and war crimes. Cross-listed as CJUS/LSTU 431. F09

 441 Topics in Peace Studies (3) Students examine a religious, national, ethnic, political or economic conflict and propose a solution for resolving it. Each time offered, the course will select one type of conflict, such as civil wars, minority rights or ethnic conflict, and each student will select her or hers specific conflict and work on resolving it.

 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. S09, S10 

454 History of Political Thought, Part I (3) History of political thought from Plato to Thomas Aquinas. Cross-listed as PHIL 454/654. F08. F09

455 History of Political Thought, Part II (3) Survey of political thought from Machiavelli and Thomas Hobbes to contemporary political theorists. Cross-listed as PHIL 455/655. S09, S10 

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

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.  

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, Corequisites. Prerequisites: Only students with a Political Science major or minor may enroll in this course. Written consent of the instructor must be obtained before registering for this course. 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 Undergrad Teaching Internship (3) Provides professional academic experience for students interested in pursuing a graduate degree. On demand. 

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

492/692 Peace and Human Rights Education (3) Designed to promote teaching about peace and human rights. Designed for existing or future teachers and community members interested in such issues. Primary emphasis on developing different types of teaching material(s) to be used by the participants in their classrooms to promote students to think about issues of peace and human rights. Overall expectation is to increase our attention to issues of peace and human rights in K-12 education. 

497 Student-Initiated Seminar (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.