Course Offerings - POLITICAL SCIENCE
Historical role of administration in government; techniques and problems of executive leadership, finance, personnel, planning and control. Prerequisite: 84-101 or 84-105.81-307/507 Administrative Law and Procedure 3 cr.
The rule-making and adjudicating powers of governmental agencies. Specific topics such as rights of public employees in dismissal or suspension proceedings, rights of industries in regulatory proceedings, and open meeting laws. Judicial review of agency action. Prerequisite: 81-221 or 35-212.81-361 Campaign Management 3 cr.
This course is designed to expose students to the principles and techniques necessary for the organization and management of electoral campaigns. It will provide the conceptual base for understanding, planning a strategy, establishing an organization, and utilizing the appropriate media. This class will attempt to raise the level of 'inside' or practical election management experience so that it can be combined with political theory and social science data in order to assist class participants in making the many judgement needed for effective electioneering.
81-362/562 Public Personnel Administration 3 cr.
Personnel concepts and techniques in public organization, staffing, career systems, affirmative action, public unionism, compensation, fringe benefits, motivation, evaluation, supervisor-supervisee relations, etc. Traditional, behavioral and reform approaches in personnel administration. Prerequisite: 81-221.81-363/563 American Bureaucracy and Political Process 3 cr.
The role of bureaucracy in the making and implementing of public policy. Special focus on strategic interactions between American Bureaucracy and political institutions. Critical examination of administrative accountability and responsibility, administrative ethics and law, planning and budgeting, and professionism and bureaucratic elitism. Prerequisite: 81-221 or 35-212.81-364/564 Administrative Leadership and Behavior 3 cr.
Leadership criteria, sources, motivations and possibilities at different organizational levels in America; tools of leadership for promoting organizational goals; analysis of effects on societal, political and bureaucratic structures on a cross-cultural basis. Prerequisite: 81-221 or 35-212.
The application in modern governmental agencies of budgeting processes, planning regulatory activities and organizational devices for control, supervision, and decision making. Prerequisite: 81-221 or 35-212.81-390 Comparative Public Administration 3 cr.
The administrative systems of selected North American, European, African and Asian countries; with particular emphasis on administrative recruitment, promotion, policy making, supranational organizations, developmental planning and institution building. Prerequisite: 84-101 or 81-221.81-391/591 Environment and Energy Management 3 cr.
This course will introduce students of Public Administration to the growing fields of environmental protection and energy conservation. Students will be introduced to policy options addressing the diminishing supply of fossil fuels at the national as well as the state and local levels. Students will learn basic skills related to managing energy in order to develop and supervise energy conservation programs for units of local government and small organizations. Students will be expected to have completed 81-221 or 35-212.POLITICAL SCIENCE
84-101 Introduction to Government (SS) 3 cr.
Role of government in contemporary society; varying systems of government; political ideologies; principles and problems; the individual and the government.84-105 American Government and Politics (SS) 3 cr.
Organization, principles and actual working of the American National Government in all its branches.84-106 Honors: American Government and Politics (SS) 3 cr.
Organization, principles and actual working of the American National Government in all its branches.84-107 Honors: Introduction to Government (SS) 3 cr.
Role of government in contemporary society; varying systems of government; political ideologies; principles and problems; the individual and the government. Emphasis placed on a series of research projects, normative position papers and essays.84-115 International Politics (SS) 3 cr.
Development of the nation-state system; role of the great powers; the struggle for power; settlement of disputes; diplomacy, the quest for law; nationalism; contemporary problems.84-175 National, State and Local Government in the United States (SS) 3 cr.
Enrollment in this course is limited to Education Majors. Students in education with a social science emphasis, double majors in both education and political science and all those with an interest in future study of political science should take 84-105 and either 84-209 or 84-225. This course will examine basic political phenomena as they are dealt with by the different levels of government in the United States. Topics covered will include such things as constitutional settings, political parties, executive, legislative, and judicial functions as they operate at the different levels of government in the United States. Students may not receive credit toward graduation for both 84-175 and 84-105; students may receive credit toward graduation for any two of the three courses 84-175, 84-225, 84-310, but not all three.84-225 State and Local Government 3 cr.
This course examines the institutions and policy-making of state political systems, with special emphasis given to Wisconsin. Topics to be examined include: the changing nature of federal-state relationship; electoral rules and their political parties, candidates, and outcomes; how the executive, legislative and judicial branches are structured and how they jointly create policy in selected areas. Prerequisite: 84-105.84-245 Political Methodology 3 cr.
This course is designed to acquaint students with the process by which one goes about exploring political questions and conducting research. The course will focus on such topics as theory definition, hypothesis development, concept definition, and data collection and analysis. This course will also expose students to a variety of data sources and methods of collection such as survey research, content analysis, and experimentation.
The development of political systems of jurisprudence, the judicial system of the United States and Wisconsin together with a survey of the major branches of law designating the place of law in society. Prerequisites: 84-101 or 84-105.84-302 Civil Liberties in the United States 3 cr.
Philosophy of civil liberties; constitutional basis, rights of conscience and expression; rights of persons accused of crime; political rights; equal protection of the laws. Cross-listed with 98-302. Students may receive credit for only one of the two cross-listed courses. Prerequisite: 84-105.84-303 Women and Politics 3 cr.
This course is intended to be an examination of the status of women in the American political system. This examination will explore the history and current status of women's rights, women as voters, political activists, and officeholders, and current issues surrounding the role and status of women in the United States. Cross-listed with 98-303. Students may receive credit for only one of the two cross-listed courses. Prerequisite: 84-105.84-304 Race and Ethnicity in United States Politics (ES) 3 cr.
How issues of race and ethnicity have been defined and by whom, and their impact on communities of color; the strategies used by minority groups to become equal participants in the political system; how economic and social conditions might affect political opportunities for minority groups. This course will examine these topics in a historical perspective, with an eye to the interplay between national, state, and local political outcomes.
The American Constitution as seen in the jurisprudence of the Supreme Court; judicial review; federalism; the contract clause; taxing and spending power; interstate commerce. Prerequisite: 84-105.84-306 Constitutional Law and Judicial Policy-Making II 3 cr.
Constitutional law of the Bill of Rights and Fourteenth Amendment as applied to the federal government and the states. Includes law of freedom of speech, press and assembly; freedom of religion; due process; rights of the accused in criminal proceedings (search and seizure, right to counsel, etc.); and discriminatory governmental classifications (race, gender, etc.). Prerequisite: junior standing or above (84-305 not required).84-309 Comparative West European Politics 3 cr.
Analysis of patterns of European politics and public policy with particular reference to the political systems of Great Britain, France and Germany. Emphasis on the historical, cultural, social and economic context of politics as well as the frameworks, European union and the global economy. Prerequisite: 84-101.84-310 Urban Government 2-3 cr.
This course focuses on urban politics and policy making. Topics to be examined include: The impact of local institutional arrangements upon electoral and policy outcomes; the impact of federal policies and a changing world economy upon economies and land use patterns; and how increased racial diversity has altered urban political dynamics. Prerequisite: 84-105..84-311 Government and Politics of East Asia (NW) 3 cr.
This course offers a comprehensive analysis of politics in contemporary Japan and China. Topics will include political institutions, changing political and social issues and domestic origins of foreign policy. Prerequisite: 84-101.84-317 United States Foreign Policy 3 cr.
Formulation, implementation and objectives of United States foreign policy; role of president, bureaucracy, Congress, public opinion, and other forces. Prerequisite: 84-105.84-321 American Public Policy 3 cr.
An examination of some of the major political issues facing American society today, including the environment, criminal justice issues, equality, education and health care politics. The issue of how public policy is made in this country will also be examined in some detail. Prerequisites: 84-101, 84-105.84-324 The United States Presidency 3 cr.
Conceptions of the office; evolution of the executive branch; the president's power and limitation; proposed reforms. Prerequisite: 84-101 or 84-105.84-325 United States Political Thought 3 cr.
Systematic analysis of writings on American democratic theory. Origins of United States capitalist and reformist-social thought; their progression and compromise as systematized in contemporary Labor-Management model of socio-political and economic behavior. Relation to present United States political institutions. Prerequisite: 84-105.84-330 Discrimination and Legal Remedies 3 cr.
This course is an examination of issues of discrimination in American society against groups and individuals and how the system responds to these problems. Issues of race, ethnicity, gender, economic class, sexual orientation, and physical disability are among those examined. Cross-listed with 98-330. Students may receive credit for only one of the two cross-listed courses.84-336 Government and Politics of Russia (NW) 3 cr.
An examination of the post-Cold War governmental system and politics of Russia. The course will also examine Russian Foreign Policy and will look at events in other parts of the former Soviet Union as well. Prerequisites: 84-101 or 84-115.84-339 Political Economy of Asia 3 cr.
This course examines the politics of growth in East Asia. Countries to be covered will include Japan, Korea, Taiwan, China, and other countries to be selected by the instructor. The course will cover the politics of economic policy making in these countries to be selected by the policy in the process in industrialization and trade. Finally, the course will examine the impact of development on the political regimes of these countries, especially in the link between economic change and democracy. Prerequisite: 84-101 or 84-115.
Classical period through Hobbes. Environmental influences on political philosophers; psychological factors; clarification of concepts. Prerequisite: 84-101.84-350 Political Behavior 3 cr.
This course will focus on mass political behavior, the civic activities undertaken by the general public. This examination will include a look at public opinion, survey research, political participation and attitudes, campaigns and elections, and citizenship. Prerequisite: 84-105.84-355 Modern Political Thought 3 cr.
An exposition and critical analysis of the ideas of major western political philosophers covering Locke, Montesquieu, Rousseau, Burke, Bentham, Mill, Hegel, Marx, Marcuse and others, to the present. Prerequisite: 84-101 and senior standing or 84-101 and junior standing with 3.0 GPA or consent of instructor.84-365 Congress in the American Political System 3 cr.
This course will examine the organization, membership, and powers of the U.S. Congress. It will focus on Congress as both a legislative and representative institution, and will examine the relationship between Congress, the President, and the courts. Prerequisite: 84-105.84-366 The Politics of Urban Growth 3 cr.
This course examines the issues of growth and development, which are of paramount concern to cities of all sizes. It explores the question of why cities view growth and development as a top priority, the institutions and actors who play important roles in the developmental policy arena, developmental strategies, and the broad political, economic, and environmental contexts of growth and development. Prerequisite: 84-105.84-370 Special Topics: Group I. 1-3 cr.
Experimental courses and curriculum innovations within the department. Descriptive titles, abbreviated course descriptions, and number of credits to be assigned will be announced in the class schedule prior to the beginning of the semester during which a course is to be offered. Prerequisites: To be stated when title is announced. May be repeated in different terms.84-372 Special Topics: Group II. 1-3 cr.
Experimental courses and curriculum innovations within the department. Descriptive titles, abbreviated course descriptions, and number of credits to be assigned will be announced in the class schedule prior to the beginning of the semester during which a course is to be offered. Prerequisite: To be stated when title is announced. May be repeated in different terms.84-373 Special Topics: Group III. 1-3 cr.
Experimental courses and curriculum innovations within the department. Descriptive titles, abbreviated course descriptions, and number of credits to be assigned will be announced in the class schedule prior to the beginning of the semester during which a course is to be offered. Prerequisites: To be stated when title is announced. May be repeated in different terms.84-374 Special Topics: Group IV. 1-3 cr.
Experimental courses and curriculum innovations within the department. Descriptive titles, abbreviated course descriptions, and number of credits to be assigned will be announced in the class schedule prior to the beginning of the semester during which a course is to be offered. Prerequisites: To be stated when title is announced. May be repeated in different terms.84-375 Special Topics Group V. 3 cr.
A multi-disciplinary approach to study the causes and conditions of war and peace in our world. Simulations of situations of war and peace will be researched in the classroom with student participation.84-379 Latin American Government and Politics (NW) 3 cr.
Analysis of the governmental institutions, political process and political cultures of Latin America. Prerequisite: 84-101.84-380 Political Parties and Interest Groups 3 cr.
Party organization, nominations, campaigning, election behavior. Interest group organization, pressures on electoral and governmental process.84-383 Latin America in International Relations 3 cr.
Foreign policies of major Latin American countries; Latin America within the Organization of American States and in the United Nations. Prerequisite: 84-101, or 84-115, or 84-379.84-392 Judicial Process in America 3 cr.
Focuses on courts in the political process. Examines decisions by judges, juries and other decision-makers in the judicial process. Emphasizes explanations for decisions rather than simply describing decisions. For example, attention is given to the effects of race, social class and other demographic characteristics of a defendant on the verdict or sentence imposed. Other related topics include selection of judges and impact of judicial decisions. Prerequisite: Junior standing.84-393 International Law and Organization 3 cr.
A basic survey of the nature and functions of international law and organizations in relation to the individual, governments, and the international community. The course will examine the role of international law and organizations in the peaceful settlement of conflict, monitoring of elections by international observers, human rights including war crimes, and implementation of international environmental treaties. Prerequisite: 84-101 or 84-115.
This course explores the issue of how political and economic power is distributed and maintained at the local level. It examines competing theories of power relationships, the way in which grassroots communities might organize to change the status quo (in various policy arenas), and the limits to grassroots collective action. These topics are placed in the context of changes in local institutional arrangements, changes in the world economy, and increased ethnic diversity. Prerequisites: Junior standing; 9 credits in social science.84-395 Global Environmental Politics 3 cr.
This course examines the role of environmental issues in international relations. We will look at such issues as global warming, global pollution, management of scarce resources, and eco-development. How have various countries responded to these problems? How should they respond? What is the role of international institutions such as the World Bank? What is the role of non-governmental organizations such as Greenpeace? How have countries and international institutions interacted to deal with these environmental problems? Prerequisites: 84-101, or 84-115, or 92-161.
The department offers internships of up to 8 credits, which may be applied to the major. Internships generally fall into the following categories: 1) administrative internships; 2) legislative internships; 3) judicial or court-related internships; 4) international internships; 5) internships with law firms; 6) law enforcement internships; 7) fieldwork in political campaigns or with political parties; 8) internships with other groups seeking to influence public policy. Prerequisite: Generally internships will be open only to juniors or seniors who have had at least one relevant course in political science, or demonstrate an equivalent level of knowledge about the political system, before the internship.84-401 Political Analysis 3 cr.
This is a Senior Seminar designed to provide a capstone research experience for majors during their final year and to provide a vehicle for the Assessment of their mastery of the discipline of Political Science. Student will engage collaborative research project to be devised each semester by the individual instructor. The research project will alternate between an American national and a Comparative or International orientation depending on the instructor and will be undertaken within a discipline-wide theoretical and methodological framework. In addition, students will prepare and take comprehensive Departmental and National examinations covering the discipline of Political Science and prepare a portfolio of their undergraduate work in the discipline as a part of their assessment. Prerequisite: Senior Political Science Major.
Theories and typology of political systems; analysis of comparable and unique structures and functions in Western, non-Western, modern and transitional political systems; selected cross cultural studies of parties, interest groups, ideologies, and institutions. Prerequisite: 9 credits in Political Science.84-446 Independent Study 1-3 cr.
See Independent Study under Course and Academic Advisement Policies information for general course description, general prerequisites, and proper contract form requirements.84-456 Related Readings 1-3 cr.
See Related Readings under Course and Academic Advisement Policies information for general course description, general prerequisites, and proper contract form requirements.84-474 Honors: Thesis 1-6 cr.
Prerequisites: University scholar status and junior standing. Honors thesis projects include any advanced independent endeavor in the student's major field of study e.g., a written thesis, scientific experiment or research project, or creative arts exhibit or production. Proposals (attached to Independent Study contract) must show clear promise of honors level work and be approved by a faculty sponsor. Course title for transcript will be Honors Thesis. Completed projects will be announced and presented to interested students and faculty. Maximum of 6 credits.
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