Political Science - PLS (44)

Administered by Department of Political Science

Effective Fall, 2003

44.101 Elements of Political Science (3) - Uses the procedures of political science to study power and examines the processes of politics and the practices of governments, the performance of and the pressures on the political system. For non-majors.

44.108 Contemporary Political Ideologies (3) - An introduction to those political beliefs that shape contemporary politics: nationalism, liberalism, conservatism, socialism, feminism, religious fundamentalism, populism.

44.120 United States Government (3) - Introduces government and politics in the United States, emphasizing constitutional development, political development, civil rights, parties, elections, pressure groups, the Congress, the president, courts and contemporary problems, such as foreign affairs, defense, unemployment and poverty.

44.181 Contemporary Issues in World Politics (3) - An introduction to international politics through an examination of such critical problems as war and peace, nation-building, revolution, ethnic conflict and democratization.

44.207 Ethics, Politics and Public Policy (3) - Examination of normative, descriptive and metaethical approaches employed by politicians and policymakers in confronting issues of responsibility and choice in public programs and policies. Focuses on ethical problems and responses in civic life and emphasizes the ways alternatives impact on society.

44.210 Introduction to Political Theory (3) - An introduction to fundamental political concepts such as liberty, justice, equality, power and authority, as well as the main ideas of some representative political philosophers from Socrates to the present.

44.222 Women and Politics (3) - Emphasizes political systems and the broad range of issues that find women as the recipients of and makers of public action and policy. Examines issues that unify and divide women as they attempt to understand the problems of becoming equal in an unequal society. The role of women in the United States and in other nations is explored. Approved as a diversity course.

44.250 Globalization and the United Nations (3) - An introductory survey of the functions and organs of the United Nations. Students will be using the knowledge they gain from lecture and discussion to perform as delegates from various countries on topics that are currently being debated for resolution by the international body. The culmination of the semester is a one-day simulation of a United Nations committee session.

44.280 Introduction to International Relations (3) - Examines sources of international conflict and cooperation, power politics in the international arena, problems of collective security, the settlement of disputes, diplomacy and international law.

44.303 Politics and the Arts (3) - Surveys painting, music, films, poetry and novels to show the relationship between these media and political concepts, philosophies and problems.

44.322 Political Violence (3) - Surveys individual, group and mass political violence, concentrating on causes and manifestations. Studies positive and negative effectiveness of political violence with the object of placing the phenomena in meaningful historical and contemporary contexts.

44.326 Parties, Groups and Public Opinion (3) - Examines the development of political parties in the United States; elections, voter behavior and political participation; and the role of interest groups and political propaganda.

44.336 Public Administration Theory (3) - Introductory course to the study of the "management of government business." Examines the multi-dimensional nature of Public Administration by exploring the political, social and economic factors influencing the public sector administration in the United States. Areas of emphasis include principles of public administration organization theory, personnel management, public budgeting, public policy formulation and implementation and collective bargaining in the public sector.

44.360 Nations, States and Governments (3) - Presents a comparative study of the governance of countries or nation-states in selected developed and less developed regions of the world.

44.366 Political Systems of Western Europe (3) - Examines democracy as practiced in Western Europe; the politics and governments of Great Britain, France and Germany.

44.371 Political Systems - Africa (3) - Examines problems of newly independent states, the struggle for independence, attempts to create national unity and create political stability, economic and political development, the role of the military in politics and politics in the Republic of South Africa.

44.375 Multiculturalist Theory (3) - Treats the issues of concern generated from an attention to and appreciation of, our diverse cultural identities. As a theory course, it approaches multiculturalism as a new attempt to respond to the challenges that difference poses in democratic theory. .

44.376 Government and Politics of the Middle East (3) - Introduces the political history and governments of particular states in the region and considers their interactions regionally and internationally. Considers in particular the importance of Islam in politics, the Arab-Israeli conflict, the Iranian revolution, the Iraqi wars.

44.377 Feminist Political Theory (3) - Explores various strands of feminist political thought and approaches to philosophical critique. The primary aim of the course is to familiarize students with the contributions made by feminists to the field of political theory and to provide students with the basic tools with which to read, understand, critique and write in acknowledgement of these contributions.

44.405 Development of Political Thought (3) - A chronological survey from the ancient Greeks to the present. Examines the ideas of seminal political thinkers as they grapple with perennial problems.

44.409 American Political Thought (3) - Analyzes the relationship of American political thought to modern political theory. Traditional models are used in a historical, chronological way but are reworked to show their relation and relevance to contempoary actions and issues. Covers the main ideas of the leading political thinkers in America from the colonial period to the present.

44.437 Public Administration Applications (3) - Examines major theories of public management and their application in the workplace to enhance productivity. Uses readings, cases and simulations.

44.438 Public Personnel Administration (3) - Examines public service as a career, the personnel needs of national, state and local governments; civil service law, personnel systems; collective bargaining in the public sector and current problems in the public service.

44.440 The President and Congress (3) - Reviews presidential and congressional politics, public policy-making roles, executive-legislative relationships, constitutional issues. Explores the constitutional limitations, citizen expectations and myths surrounding these institutions.

44.446 Constitutional Law I (3) - Analyzes the evolution, structure and function of the Supreme Court, concentrating on a case study approach of the court's interpretations of the powers of the president, Congress and federal-state relationships. Offered fall semester only. Prerequisite: 60 credits.

44.447 Constitutional Law II (3) - Studies the decisions of the Supreme Court as they are related to the individual and the government, concentrating on nationalization of the Bill of Rights, rights of persons accused of crimes, equal protection and voting rights. Offered spring semester only. Prerequisite: 60 credits.

44.448 Judicial Process (3) - Studies policy-making by the federal courts, primarily the Supreme Court. Analyzes nature of the policy-making function as well as the impact of policy-making on American society.

44.452 State and Local Government and Politics (3) - Presents a description and analysis of state and local legislatures, executives and judiciaries; the myths and realities of state and local politics; intergovernmental relations; current policies and problems. Offered fall semester only.

44.456 Public Policy (3) - Studies the institutional and political context of policy formation and implementation; the process for designing and administering government programs; and the techniques of analysis and evaluation that are or could be employed in formulating policy objectives, choosing from among alternatives and assessing performance. The approach is pragmatic, applied and interdisciplinary.

44.458 U.S. Foreign Policy (3) - Analyzes the substance, methods and purposes of U.S. foreign policy, including the determinants of policy, policymaking machinery and implementation matters.

44.464 Government and Politics of Ireland (3) - Surveys historic, social, cultural and religious developments in Ireland with concentration on a study of the government and politics of Northern Ireland and the Irish Republic. Examines contemporary literature, drama, music and art.

44.487 International Law and Organizations (3) - Examines the nature of international law and politics and surveys basic issues in contemporary international law. The course also examines the development of international organizations and selected issues. Prerequisite: 60 credits.

44.490 Independent Study in Political Science (3) - Provides for individualized reading, research and reporting under conditions of minimal supervision. Projects must have departmental approval and be under way by the end of the first week of a session.

44.492 Seminar in Government and Politics (3) - Examines problems in government and politics in an attempt to review and unify theories and methods of political science. Emphasizes individual research projects.

44.497 Internship in Political Science (1-15) - Provides for on-site work experience and training designed to give an opportunity to apply the theoretical and descriptive knowledge acquired in the classroom. The student is supervised by an instructor and an on-site person. A paper is required.