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Political Science

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Information

David Siemers, Chairperson

Department Office: Sage 4622
Department Telephone: (920) 424-0435

Code 81 or PUB ADM, 84 or POL SCI

Faculty

Faculty

Jasinski Simmons 
Krueger Slagter
Scribner Thomas
Siemers

Degrees

Degrees

  • Undergraduate: A major in Political Science can lead to the degree(s): Bachelor of Arts; Bachelor of Science.

  • Graduate: Students who complete an undergraduate major in our Department may wish to consider advanced study in the Public Administration Department in the Master of Public Administration Program. For specifics, please see the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh Graduate Bulletin.

Summary of Fields of Study

Summary of Fields of Study

  1. Goal(s)

    • Political Science is the systematic study of governments and political structures, processes, and policies, using institutional, quantitative and philosophical approaches. The goals of the Political Science Department are to provide students with an understanding of: 1) the theoretical, historical and contemporary background of governments and politics; 2) the various political systems of the world; 3) contemporary value controversies of political theory and ideology; 4) current issues of American and comparative public policy and administration; 5) methodological and analytical tools of the discipline; and 6) global issues and the theories and practice of international relations. Finally, the Department offers students opportunities to apply their theoretical knowledge and methodological skills to practical policies and administration through internship and independent studies.

  2. The Major(s)

    • The Department offers a Political Science major, and a Civic Engagement Emphasis.

  3. The Minor(s)

    • The Department offers three minor(s): 1) Political Science 2) Civic Engagement, and  3) Law and Policy.

Admission/Graduation Requirements

Admission/Graduation Requirements

  • To be eligible for graduation, students must meet all requirements for the degree being sought in addition to earning a minimum grade point average of 2.00 in all courses required for the Political Science major or minor. Refer to the following sections for complete major/minor course requirements.

  • Those students seeking Wisconsin teacher certification must earn a minimum grade point average of 3.00 in all courses required for their majors and minors in order to meet requirements of the College of Education and Human Services.

Required Core Courses

Required Core Courses

  • See sections following for courses required in specialized area(s) of study.

The Major(s), with Emphases and/or Options

The Major(s), with Emphases and/or Options

Political Science Major

Recommended for students who intend graduate study, or careers in fields such as government service, business and industry, or in professions such as law and journalism.

  • Required Units (crs.): 36 minimum

  • Required Courses:

    • Political Science: Political Science 101, 105, 115, 245, 401

  • Other Requirements: 21 units (crs.) in Political Science to include at least one course each from the four different subfields in Groups One through Four of the Course Offerings. Group Five-Public Administration courses and Group Six-Special courses will continue to count toward the Political Science Major as electives.

  • Electives: Sufficient courses from the Department's offerings to meet the Minimum Requirement.

  • Course Offerings:

    • Group 1 American Government courses: Political Science 253, 302, 304, 305, 306, 310, 316, 321, 324, 330, 335, 350, 365, 366, 370, 380, 392, 394.

    • Group 2 Political Theory courses: Political Science 349, 355, 372, 377, 378, 390.

    • Group 3 Comparative Government courses: Political Science 303, 309, 311, 323, 326, 328, 336, 339, 351, 373, 379, 410.

    • Group 4 International Relations and Organizations courses: Political Science 301, 308, 313, 317, 322, 329, 352, 374, 376, 383, 388, 393.

    • Group 5 Public Administration courses: Public Administration 102, 221, 307, 361, 362/562, 363/563, 364/564, 365, 366, 369/569, 390, 391/591, 375.

    • Group 6 Special courses: Political Science 396, 446, 456, 474. These do not meet the 4 Group Requirement.

  • Course Substitutions: Political Science 107 may be substituted for Political Science 101; Political Science 106 may be substituted for Political Science 105.

  • Comment: No more than six units (crs.) in Independent Study and no more than six units (crs.) of Special Topics/Trial Courses may be applied toward the major. The Political Science Department will permit specific courses to be counted as electives towards the Political Science unit (cr.) requirement.

    • Urban Planning majors may count the following courses as electives toward the Political Science 36 unit (cr.) requirement: Urban Planning 131, 300/500, 317/517, 320/520, 351 and 410.

    • Interdisciplinary Studies majors may count the following courses as electives toward the Political Science 36 unit (cr.) requirement: Interdisciplinary Studies 235, 312 and 370.

    • International Studies majors may count the following courses as electives toward the Political Science 36 unit (cr.) requirement: International Studies 205, 206, 207 and 402.

    • Criminal Justice majors may count the following courses as electives toward the Political Science 36 unit (cr.) requirement: Criminal Justice 103, 212, 218, 270, 288, 319, 340/540, 348 and 358.

Civic Engagement Emphasis

The Civic Engagement Emphasis is open to Political Science majors. This emphasis will prepare students for active participation in and positive contributions in public service.

  • Required Courses: 21 units (crs.)
    • Political Science 108
    • Communication 319 or Journalism 211
    • One of the following:
      • an internship experience (3 crs. min.) approved by the civic engagement emphasis coordinator
      • a service learning experience (3 crs. min.) approved by the civic engagement emphasis coordinator (Interdisciplinary Studies 366 or 367)
      • a semester long study abroad experience (3 crs. min.) which has been taken for UW Oshkosh credit and approved by the civic engagement emphasis coordinator
  • One of the following two tracks:

1. Domestic Track:

    • Political Science 335
    • One of the following:
      • Political Science 310, 321, 363, 365
    • One of the following:
      • History 369
      • Sociology 311, 342
    • One of the following:
      • Political Science 350, 380, 329

2. International Track:

    • Political Science 393
    • One of the following:
      • Anthropology 338, 380
      • Sociology 347
    • One of the following:
      • Political Science 303, 326, 388
    • One of the following:
      • Political Science 328, 329, 350

    The Minor(s)

    The Minor(s)

    1. Political Science Minor

      • Required Units (crs.): 24 minimum

      • Required Courses: 9 units (crs.)

        • Political Science: Political Science 101, 105, 115.

      • Other Requirements: 15 units (crs.) in Political Science to include at least one course from three of the first four different subfields in Groups One through Four of the Course Offerings. Group Five-Public Administration courses and Group Six-Special courses will continue to count toward the Political Science Minor as electives.

      • Comment: No more than three units (crs.) in Independent Study and no more than three units (crs.) of Special Topics/Trial Courses may be applied to the Minor.

    2. Civic Engagement Minor

      • Required Units (crs.): 24 minimum

      • Required Courses:

        • Political Science 108

        • Communication 319 or Journalism 211

        • One of the following:

          • an internship experience (3 crs. min.) approved by the civic engagement emphasis coordinator

          • a service learning experience (3 crs. min.) approved by the civic engagement emphasis coordinator (Interdisciplinary Studies 366 or 367)

          • a semester long study abroad experience (3 crs. min.) which has been taken for UW Oshkosh credit and approved by the civic engagement emphasis coordinator

        • One of the following two tracks:

          • 1. Domestic Track:

            • Political Science 105

            • One of the following:

              • Political Science 310, 321, 335, 365

            • One of the following:

              • History 369

              • Sociology 311, 342

            • One of the following:
              • Political Science 329, 350, 380

            2. International Track:

            • One of the following:

              • Political Science 101, 115

            • One of the following:

              • Anthropology 338, 380

              • Sociology 347

            • One of the following:

              • Political Science 303, 326, 388

            • One of the following:

              • Political Science 328, 329, 393

      • Electives: Students must take one course (3 crs.) from the following list:

        • Business 321, 450

        • Criminal Justice 358

        • Communication 338, 422

        • Economics 307, 319, 339

        • Educational Foundations 408, 412

        • Environmental Studies 326, 355, 375, 450

        • Geography 321, 414

        • Health 315

        • History 326, 355, 385, 386

        • Human Services 340, 377

        • International Studies 308

        • Nursing 437

        • Philosophy 311, 330

        • Political Science 326, 393

        • Public Administration 307, 361, 364

        • Religious Studies 381

        • Social Work 333

        • Sociology 311, 351

        • Special Education 414

        • Urban Planning 317

        • Women's Studies 303, 370

    3. Law and Policy Minor

      The Law and Policy minor is an interdisciplinary minor that provides a strong foundation in legal and policy studies. 

        • Required Units (crs): 21 minimum
        • Required Courses:
          • Political Science 253, 392
        • Other Requirements: 15 credits from the following elective courses. No more than six credits of elective courses may be taken in the same department:
          • Anthropology: 338
          • Business 320, 321, 336, 338, 360, 367, 403, 404, 422
          • Criminal Justice 218, 270, 319, 328, 347, 348
          • Human Services 415
          • Journalism 412
          • Philosophy 330, 345
          • Political Science 302, 305, 306, 308, 316, 321, 323, 330
          • Public Administration 307
          • Radio-TV-Film 313
          • Sociology 351, 353, 373
          • Urban Planning 317
          • Women's Studies 331, 370

    Course Offering(s)

    Course Offering(s)

    Political Science   101                                           3 (crs.)

    Introduction to Comparative Politics (SS) (NW) (XS)

    Provides an introduction to key concepts and issues in comparative politics in a variety of non-western and western country cases from Europe, Asia, the Americas, Africa and the Middle East. Major themes include political participation and institutions, role of government, political parties, democratization, economic development, political culture, nationalism and ethnic conflict. More than 50 percent of the course content is devoted to non-western countries and their political realities.

     

     

    Political Science   105                                           3 (crs.)

    American Government and Politics (SS) (XS)

    Organization, principles and actual working of the American National Government in all its branches.

     

     

    Political Science   106                                           3 (crs.)

    Honors: American Government and Politics (SS)

    Organization, principles and actual working of the American National Government in all its branches. Students cannot earn credit in both an honors course and a non-honors course of the same title.

     

     

    Political Science   107                                           3 (crs.)

    Honors: Introduction to Comparative Politics (SS) (NW)

    Provides an introduction to key concepts and issues in comparative politics. Major themes include political participation and institutions, role of government, political parties, democratization, development, political culture, nationalism and ethnic conflict. Comparative cases of countries from Europe, Asia, the Americas and Africa illustrate basic analytical tools and concepts. Students cannot earn credit in both an honors course and a non-honors course of the same title. Prerequisites: Enrolled in good standing with the UW Oshkosh Honors program with prior or concurrent enrollment in HNRS 175.

     

     

    Political Science   108                                           3 (crs.)

    Essentials of Civic Engagement (SS)

    Introduces the student to the obligations and benefits of active citizenship and participation in their communities. Theories of citizenship and citizen activity, policy analysis, the state of public policies at the full array of governing levels from local to global, and experiential activities within the community are featured. This is the gateway course to both the Civic Engagement minor and the Civic Engagement emphasis within the Political Science major.

     

     

    Political Science   111                                           3 (crs.)

    Culture and the Politics of Memory (SS) (XS) (NW)

    This Quest I course examines how collective memory is created and mobilized culturally, socially and politically to develop democratic societies. We will examine the political debates, controversies and compromises surrounding how to memorialize (or to forget) traumatic histories and analyze the political role of commemoration for new democracies.

     

     

    Political Science   112                                           3 (crs.)

    Power, Justice and the State (SS) (XS)

    Power, Justice and the State invites you to consider critical themes of public interest. Why do we have a state? What should the state do and why? What should it not do and why should it not? Sate power may obviously be used for ill, but when and how can it be used for good? Does citizenship create obligations about how to treat others as well as benefits citizens? We will consider several major schools of thought about this, which we label theories of justice. We will discuss the strengths and shortcomings of these theories in practice, looking in-depth at various arenas of state involvement.

     

     

    Political Science   113                                           3 (crs.)

    The Democratic Arena (XS) (SS)

    Strong democracy requires citizens who are informed, knowledgeable and actively engaged in the political process. This course will provide students with the orientation they need to make sense of the complex social questions make up the nation's public agenda. We will first examine the popular debates over major social problems. Next, we will devote considerable attention to those contested topics that challenge students to understand, care about and become involved in national and local policy debates. Finally, this course will ask students to research the practice of Shared Governance on this campus, determine the way in which the academic political process actually works, and the attempt to explain how educational policy is determined at a university.

     

     

    Political Science   114                                           3 (crs.)

    The Politics of Race and Sex (XS) (SS) (ES)

    The Politics of Race and Sex invites students to explore similarities and differences in the values, history and influence of U.S. cultural groups through the lens of representation in government. What does it mean for a group to receive representation? What forms can representation take? How does representation (or a lack of representation) impact the identities and meanings a group applies to itself, and it's relationships with other groups? We will examine these questions by investigating current theories of representation, with a critical eye toward the advantages and disadvantages of each approach. Moreover, we will apply these theories to the real world through attending events hosted by cultural groups present at UWO and throughout the Fox Valley.

     

     

    Political Science   115                                           3 (crs.)

    International Politics (SS) (XS)

    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.

     

     

    Political Science   116                                           3 (crs.)

    Environmental Politics and Sustainability (XS) (SS)

    This course examines the political forces and challenges to developing and adopting sustainable environmental policies in the United States. This course provides an overview of the U.S. political system, sustainability as a lens of inquiry, and the policy making process. What values do we want to sustain? Do environmental policies support these values? Specific policy areas examined include air, water, land, energy, waste, plant and animal life.

     

     

    Political Science   245                                           3 (crs.)

    Political Methodology (SS)

    Designed to acquaint students with the process of exploring political questions and conducting research. Topics include 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.

     

     

    Political Science   253                                           3 (crs.)

    Introduction to Law (SS)

    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.

     

     

    Political Science   261                                           3 (crs.)

    Environment and Society (SS)

    Examines relationship between social structure, culture and natural environments; compares different modes of production and cultural systems. Examines economic, political and ideological structures of industrial and industrializing societies. Analyzes the impact of these structures upon natural environments and analyzes the impact of natural environment upon these structures. Sociology 261/Environmental Studies 261/Political Science 261. Students may receive credit for only one of the three cross-listed courses. Special course fees may apply.

     

     

    Political Science   301                                           3 (crs.)

    European Union Politics

    Examines the history and theories of European integration and provides a detailed introduction to each of the institutions of the European Union. Some of the major issues that the EU has worked through in its short history (e.g., agricultural policy, economic and monetary union, constitution, enlargement), as well as current challenges facing the organization are also covered. Prerequisites: Political Science 101 or 115.

     

     

    Political Science   302                                           3 (crs.)

    Civil Liberties in the United States (SS)

    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: Political Science 302/Women's Studies 302. Students may receive credit for only one of the two cross-listed courses. Prerequisite: Political Science 105.

     

     

    Political Science   303                                           3 (crs.)

    Women and Politics (SS)

    This a comparative politics course that examines how women's political power varies across countries and why differences exist. The course examines topics such as women's representation in government; women's movements and degree of success in achieving their objectives; women and violence; the welfare state and how social policy affects women's political and economic empowerment; and reproductive health policy comparatively. Cross-listed: Political Science 303/ Women's Studies 303/Social Justice 303. Students may receive credit for only one of the three cross-listed courses. Prerequisite: Political Science 105.

     

     

    Political Science   304                                           3 (crs.)

    Race and Ethnicity in United States Politics (ES) (SS)

    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. Cross-listed: Political Science 304/Social Justice 304. Students may receive credit for only one of the two cross-listed courses.

     

     

    Political Science   305                                           3 (crs.)

    Constitutional Law and Judicial Policy-Making I (SS)

    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: Political Science 105.

     

     

    Political Science   306                                           3 (crs.)

    Constitutional Law and Judicial Policy-Making II (SS)

    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: Political Science 105 or consent of instructor.

     

     

    Political Science   308                                           3 (crs.)

    International Law

    This course introduces students to the key components of the international legal system and its primary institutions. Does international law matter? Does it constrain state behavior? When does it apply? Can it be enforced? Students will answer these questions as they not only read about principles of international law but put those principles to use wrestling with problems based on actual cases. Prerequisites: Political Science 101 or 115.

     

     

    Political Science   309                                           3 (crs.)

    West European Politics (SS)

    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: Political Science 101.

     

     

    Political Science   310                                           2-3 (crs.)

    Urban Government (SS)

    Focus 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: Political Science 105.

     

     

    Political Science   311                                           3 (crs.)

    East Asian Politics (NW) (SS)

    Analysis of regional, national and subnational politics of East Asia with a focus on China, Japan and selected countries from Southeast Asia. The course emphasizes historical, social and economic factors to understand current politics and political institutions in the region. Prerequisite: Political Science 101 or 115 or consent of instructor.

     

     

    Political Science   312                                           2-6 (crs.)

    Experiential Study: Optional Content

    Experiential Study is a course offered by our faculty off campus, usually but not always outside of the United States. These courses introduce places and subjects through reading and lecture but heavily emphasize experiential learning in place of study. Courses offered under this title include British Politics, German Politics, Comparative Genocide, Comparative West European Politics and US Supreme Court. Prerequisite: Consent of Instructor

     

     

    Political Science   313                                           3 (crs.)

    Politics of Genocide

    In this course, we examine the sad phenomenon of genocide from two distinct perspectives in our discipline: comparative politics and international relations. In the beginning of the course, we look inside the state to get an idea of the social, economic and political situations that make a state more susceptible to genocide and see if there are indicators common to most genocides. The second part of the course examines several genocides in detail. In the final section of the course, we attempt to figure out why preventing and punishing genocide and other crimes against humanity is so difficult, and evaluate the methods used for prosecution and punishment to date. Cross-listed: Political Science 313/Social Justice 313. Students may receive credit for only one of the two cross-listed courses. Prerequisites: Political Science 101 or 115.

     

     

    Political Science   316                                           3 (crs.)

    Environmental Law and Policy

    This course focuses on U.S. (federal) environmental law and policy, especially laws related to social behaviors and climate change. The course examines policymaking processes, particularly in administrative agencies. Specific policy areas include air, water, waste, and energy policy, but students have the opportunity to examine their own policy areas of interest. The course also probes philosophical and social underpinnings of environmental law, such as ecofeminism, capitalism, collectivism and cost-benefit analyses. One of the main course themes is examining environmental law and policy through a sustainability lens. Students are strongly recommended to have prior coursework or an equivalent understanding of basic principles of American government (Poli Sci 105) and Environmental Studies (either Env Stds 101 or Poli Sci/Env Stds 261).

     

     

    Political Science   317                                           3 (crs.)

    United States Foreign Policy (SS)

    Formulation, implementation and objectives of United States foreign policy; role of president, bureaucracy, Congress, public opinion and other forces.  Prerequisite: Political Science 101 or 115 or consent of instructor.

     

     

    Political Science   321                                           3 (crs.)

    American Public Policy (SS)

    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. Prerequisite: Political Science 105 or consent of instructor.

     

     

    Political Science   322                                           3 (crs.)

    International Political Economy (SS)

    This course examines the politics of global economic relations. It will focus on issues of international trade, the international monetary system, and foreign investment and the relationship of each to international politics. Among the specific topics to be discussed are: trade and protectionism, the role and performance of global institutions such as the IMF, World Bank, and WTO, the significance of multinational corporations' efforts at regional economic integration such as the EU and NAFTA, and the relationship of the world economy to the economic development of poor countries. Prerequisites: Political Science 101 or 115.

     

     

    Political Science   323                                           3 (crs.)

    Comparative Constitutional Law

    This course analyzes the origins and role of constitutions and constitutional law in contemporary comparative politics. The course examines the theory and practice of comparative constitutional law in developing and developed countries. In particular, the course focuses on the accommodation of cultural differences (ethnic, linguistic, religious) in law and the adjudication of various kinds of rights claims by constitutional courts. Students examine relevant legal theory and case law across countries and consider the political significance of courts with constitutional review powers. Prerequisites: Political Science 101 or 115.

     

     

    Political Science   324                                           3 (crs.)

    US Presidency (SS)

    Conceptions of the office; evolution of the executive branch; the president's power and limitation; proposed reforms. Prerequisite: Political Science 105.

     

     

    Political Science   326                                           3 (crs.)

    Politics of Development (SS)

    This course explores the concept of 'development' and critically examines experiences of economic and political development in the developing world in order to understand the political roots of diverse government policies to confront major development issues such as poverty, injustice, corruption, democratization, environmental degradation and deadly conflict. Cross-listed: Political Science 326/Social Justice 326. Students may receive credit for only one of the two cross-listed courses. Prerequisites: Political Science 101 or 115.

     

     

    Political Science   328                                           3 (crs.)

    Terrorism and Counter-Terrorism

    The purpose of the course is to develop an understanding of the phenomenon of terrorism, including its causes, possible solutions and controversies.

     

     

    Political Science   329                                           3 (crs.)

    Political Psychology

    This course will focus on politically relevant aspects of human psychology and behavior, both individual and group. Topics discussed will include individual needs and preferences, the concept of rationality and alternative views on the conception of self-interest, factors affecting perception of the surrounding political environment and how these phenomena translate into individual and group political activity. Prerequisites: Political Science 101, 115, or consent of instructor.

     

     

    Political Science   330                                           3 (crs.)

    Discrimination and Legal Remedies (SS)

    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: Political Science 330/Women's Studies 330. Students may receive credit for only one of the two cross-listed courses.

     

     

    Political Science   335                                           3 (crs.)

    State and Local Government (SS)

    Examination of 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: Political Science 105.

     

     

    Political Science   336                                           3 (crs.)

    Russian Politics (NW) (SS)

    Even though Russia and the United States share many similarities, including large territorial size, wealth of natural resources, highly diverse population, and major power status, Russia's political system has developed along very different lines from that of the United States. The course examines the factors influencing the development of the Russian political system, occasionally delving into the reasons for the US-Russian political divergence, including the causes and effects of Russia's two regime changes during the 20th century. While predominantly a study of domestic policies, the course also evaluates the influence of the international environment of Russia's political system during different periods of its existence, and discusses the impact of Russia's political influence on its neighboring states.

     

     

    Political Science   339                                           3 (crs.)

    Political Economy of Asia (SS)

    Examination of 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: Political Science 101 or Political Science 115.

     

     

    Political Science   349                                           3 (crs.)

    Foundations of Political Theory (SS)

    Classical period through Hobbes. Environmental influences on political philosophers; psychological factors; clarification of concepts. Prerequisite: Political Science 101.

     

     

    Political Science   350                                           3 (crs.)

    Elections and Political Behavior (SS)

    Examines national and statewide political campaigns and elections. This includes analysis of the U.S. publics' political participation, mass opinion and understanding of democratic citizenship. Prerequisite: Political Science 101 or 115 or consent of instructor.

     

     

    Political Science   351                                           3 (crs.)

    Political Film (SS)

    Examines, through the study of film, topics in political leadership, party politics, justice, social problems, political theory, comparative government and international relations. Prerequisite: Political Science 101, 105 or consent of instructor.

     

     

    Political Science   352                                           3 (crs.)

    Politics of National Security

    The purpose of the course is to develop an understanding of the issues and controversies surrounding US national security policy, with particular emphasis on the US military as a tool of US foreign policy. Prerequisites: Political Science 101 or 115 or consent of instructor.

     

     

    Political Science   355                                           3 (crs.)

    Modern Political Thought (SS)

    This course examines the theory of how politics works and how it should work by reading and considering major political thinkers from the Renaissance forward to modernity. These thinkers make claims about humans and societies that cross time and  context. Thus, we consider how their arguments have been employed and their continued relevance given today's issues and challenges. A number of theorists we meet are among the most influential writers in human history and we assess how our thinking has been affected by them. Alternative visions of the way things should be and explanations of how society works are considered as well. Cross-listed: Political Science 355/Social Justice 355. Students may receive credit for only one of the two cross-listed courses. Prerequisite: Political Science 101 or 105 or 144 or consent of instructor.

     

     

    Political Science   365                                           3 (crs.)

    Congress in the American Political System (SS)

    Examination of 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: Political Science 105.

     

     

    Political Science   366                                           3 (crs.)

    The Politics of Urban Growth (SS)

    Examination of 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: Political Science 105.

     

     

    Political Science   370                                           3 (crs.)

    Special Topics - Group I (SS)

    Experimental courses and curriculum innovations within the department. Descriptive titles, abbreviated course descriptions and number of units (crs.) will be announced in the class schedule prior to the beginning of the semester during which the course is to be offered. Prerequisite: To be stated when title is announced. May be repeated in different terms.

     

     

    Political Science   372                                           3 (crs.)

    Special Topics - Group II (SS)

    Experimental courses and curriculum innovations within the department. Descriptive titles, abbreviated course descriptions and number of units (crs.) will be announced in the class schedule prior to the beginning of the term during which the course is to be offered. Prerequisite: To be stated when title is announced. May be repeated in different terms.

     

     

    Political Science   373                                           3 (crs.)

    Special Topics - Group III (SS)

    Experimental courses and curriculum innovations within the department. Descriptive titles, abbreviated course descriptions and number of units (crs.) will be announced in the class schedule prior to the beginning of the term during which the course is to be offered. Prerequisite: To be stated when title is announced. May be repeated in different terms.

     

     

    Political Science   374                                           3 (crs.)

    Special Topics - Group IV (SS)

    Experimental courses and curriculum innovations within the department. Descriptive titles, abbreviated course descriptions and number of units (crs.) will be announced in the class schedule prior to the beginning of the term during which the course is to be offered. Prerequisite: To be stated when title is announced. May be repeated in different terms.

     

     

    Political Science   375                                           3 (crs.)

    Special Topics - Group V (SS)

    Experimental courses and curriculum innovations within the department. Descriptive titles, abbreviated course descriptions and number of units (crs.) will be announced in the class schedule prior to the beginning of the term during which the course is to be offered. Prerequisite: To be stated when title is announced. May be repeated in different terms.

     

     

    Political Science   376                                           3 (crs.)

    International Conflict (SS)

    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. Prerequisite: Political Science 101 or 115 or consent of instructor.

     

     

    Political Science   377                                           3 (crs.)

    Foundations of American Political Thought (SS)

    This course introduces some of the key themes, thinkers and decision points in American history from the American founding forward to the New Deal. The ideas of prevalent commentators and political practitioners will be featured. Through them we will attempt to discern the values which have shaped and influenced the United States government and American attitudes. Alternative visions of government and paths not taken will also be considered. Those who complete the course will come to appreciate the great variety of American political thought. Readings and discussion will help us to discern what kind of community we have been and how ideas have shaped the American nation, matters of utmost concern for the politically literate citizen.

     

     

    Political Science   378                                           3 (crs.)

    Modern American Political Thought

    An exploration of key themes, dilemmas and decision points in American political history from the New Deal to the present. The ideas of influential thinkers and political practitioners like John Dewey, Milton Friedman, Michael Walzer, Ronald Reagan and Barack Obama are featured, as well as those who present alternative visions of the American political landscape. Prerequisite: Political Science 105.

     

     

    Political Science   379                                           3 (crs.)

    Latin American Politics (NW) (SS)

    Analysis of the governmental institutions, political process and political cultures of Latin America.  Prerequisite: Political Science 101.

     

     

    Political Science   380                                           3 (crs.)

    Political Parties and Interest Groups (SS)

    Party organization, nominations, campaigning, election behavior. Interest group organization, pressures on electoral and governmental process. Prerequisite: Political Science 105 or consent of instructor.

     

     

    Political Science   383                                           3 (crs.)

    Latin America in International Relations (SS)

    This course explores the dynamics of Latin American international relations from both historical and contemporary perspectives with particular attention to US Latin American relations. The course focuses on three of the most important cross-border issues affecting the Americas: regional trade, legal and illegal immigration and the illicit drug trade. Prerequisite: Political Science 101 or 115 or consent of instructor.

     

     

    Political Science   388                                           3 (crs.)

    Global Environmental Politics (SS)

    Examination of 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? Cross-listed with Political Science388/Environmental Studies 388 Students may receive credit for only one of the cross-listed courses. Prerequisite: Political Science 101 or 115 or Sociology 261 or Environmental Studies 261 or Political Science 261 or consent of instructor.

     

     

    Political Science   390                                           3 (crs.)

    Feminist Theory: Optional Content (SS)

    Explores the distinct but intersecting explanations for women's personal, professional and political conditions, as well as various recommendations for improving or transforming those conditions. This course may be offered using different content. When cross-listed with different departments or offered using different subtitles, it may be repeated for credit with consent of director.

     

     

    Political Science   392                                           3 (crs.)

    Judicial Process in America (SS)

    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 Political Science 253.

     

     

    Political Science   393                                           3 (crs.)

    International Organization (SS)

    How do international organizations facilitate state cooperation? What are the hallmarks of organizational effectiveness? Do states need international organizations to work out complex problems? These are among the questions undertaken in this course as we explore theories of international organization and then look at several organizations in detail. Prerequisite: Political Science 101 or 115 or instructor consent.

     

     

    Political Science   394                                           3 (crs.)

    Community Power Systems (SS)

    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.

     

     

    Political Science   396                                           1-8 (crs.)

    Internship in Government (SS)

    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. Internships are offered for up to eight units (crs.) and may be applied to the major. 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.

     

     

    Political Science   401                                           3 (crs.)

    Political Analysis (SS)

    Political Analysis is a seminar designed to provide a capstone experience for majors. The course will assess the student's mastery of the discipline of Political Science. Possible areas of study include the proper methods of political analysis, revision and extension of previous work, advanced analysis of texts, and/or a culminating research project. In addition, students will take a comprehensive departmental exam covering the discipline and prepare a portfolio of their undergraduate work in the discipline. Prerequisite: Political Science 245, senior standing and Political Science major.

     

     

    Political Science   410                                           3 (crs.)

    Comparative Political Analysis (SS)

    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: Nine units (crs.) in Political Science.  410/610

     

     

    Political Science   446                                           1-3 (crs.)

    Independent Study (SS)

    See Independent Study under Course and Academic Advisement Policies information for general course description, general prerequisites and proper contract form requirements.

     

     

    Political Science   456                                           1-3 (crs.)

    Related Readings (SS)

    See Related Readings under Course and Academic Advisement Policies information for general course description, general prerequisites and proper contract form requirements.

     

     

    Political Science   474                                           1-6 (crs.)

    Honors: Thesis (SS)

    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.  Prerequisite: University Honors program and junior standing. Maximum of six credits.

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