Political Science

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James Krueger, Chairperson

Department Office: Sage 4630
Department Telephone: (920) 424-3456

Code POL SCI

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Faculty

Faculty

Jasinski Siemers
Kalmbach       Simmons 
Krueger Slagter
Scribner Thomas

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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 Master of Public Administration Program. For specifics, please see the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh Graduate Bulletin.

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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. The Department offers students opportunities to apply their theoretical knowledge and methodological skills to practical policies and administration through internships and independent studies.

  • The Major(s)

    • The Department offers a Political Science major.

  • The Minor(s)

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

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    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.

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    Required Core Courses

    Required Core Courses

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

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    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 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, 315, 316, 321, 324, 330, 335, 350, 354, 357, 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, 328, 336, 339, 342, 373, 379, 386.
      • Group 4 International Relations and Organizations courses: Political Science 301, 308, 313, 317, 322, 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, 375, 390, 391/591.
      • Group 6 Special courses: Political Science 108, 111, 112, 113, 114, 116, 212, 214, 261, 312, 329, 346, 351, 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 course as an elective toward the Political Science 36 unit (cr.) requirement: Interdisciplinary Studies 312.
      • 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.

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      The Minor(s)

      The Minor(s)

      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.

      Civic Engagement Minor 

      The Civic Engagement Minor is intended to be of value to students from a wide array of majors who are interested in leadership, public service, and advocacy.  

      • Required Units (crs.): 21 minimum
      • Required Courses: 9 units (crs.)\
        • Political Science: Political Science 105, 108, 113.
      • Other Requirements: 
        • One of the following three experiences:
          • An internship experience of at least three credits approved by the civic engagement minor coordinator;
          • A service learning experience of at least three credits approved by the civic engagement minor coordinator;
          • A study abroad experience of at least three credits approved by the civic engagement minor coordinator.
        • 15 units (crs.) from the following list.  No more than six (6) units (crs.) may be taken from any one department.
          • Anthropology 338, 380
          • Business 321, 450
          • Criminal Justice 358
          • Communication 319, 338, 422
          • Economics 307, 319, 339
          • Educational Foundations 408, 412
          • Environmental Studies 326, 355, 375, 450
          • Geography 321, 414
          • Health 315
          • History 326, 355, 369, 385, 386
          • Human Services 340, 377
          • International Studies 308
          • Journalism 211
          • Nursing 437
          • Philosophy 311, 330
          • Political Science 301, 303, 310, 315, 321, 328, 329, 335, 342, 350, 365, 380, 386, 388, 393
          • Public Administration 307, 361, 364
          • Religious Studies 381
          • Sociology 311, 342, 347, 351
          • Social Work 333
          • Special Education 414
          • Urban Planning 317
          • Women's Studies 370

      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 315 or 392
        • Political Science 253
      • Other Requirements: 15 credits from the following elective courses. No more than six credits of elective courses may be taken in the same department:
        • Accounting 403, 404
        • Anthropology: 338
        • Business 320, 321
        • Criminal Justice 218, 270, 319, 328, 331, 347, 348
        • Finance 320, 351
        • Human Services 415
        • Journalism 412
        • Management & Human Resources 387
        • Philosophy 330, 345
        • Political Science 302, 305, 306, 308, 315, 316, 321, 323, 330, 342, 346, 354
        • Public Administration 307
        • Radio-TV-Film 313
        • Sociology 351, 353, 373
        • Urban Planning 317
        • Women and Gender Studies 342, 370

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      Course Offering(s)

      Course Offering(s)

      Political Science    101

      3 (crs.)

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

      This course provides an introduction to key concepts and issues in comparative politics in the context of case studies from Europe, Asia, the Americas, Africa and the Middle East. It explores political participation and institutions, political ideology and culture, the role of government, political parties, democratization, economic development and inequality, nationalism, and ethnic and religious conflict in a variety of national and regional contexts around the globe.

       

       

      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)(XS)

      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)(XS)

      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)(XS)

      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.)

      Politics and Culture - Global Perspectives (SS)(XS)(NW)(GC)

      This course focuses on a current global issue or set of issues. Students will gain an ability to analyze, understand, evaluate, and appreciate the complex dynamics that shape our collective capacity to address global challenges in a complex and interconnected world. The course provides an introduction to governance in societies with different cultural perspectives and examines different vantage points of political actors tasked with governing (global, transnational, national, and local) in societies outside the United States.

       

       

      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 (SS)(XS)

      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 that make up the nation's public agenda. First, we will explore the rules of the political game. We will then examine the popular debate over major social problems. Lastly, 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.

       

       

      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 its 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)(GC)

      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    212

      2 - 6 (crs.)

      Study Abroad Optional Content (SS)(XS)

      Study Abroad is a course offered by our faculty with most of the content delivered 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 the location of study. Courses offered under this title may include such offerings as: British Politics, German Politics, Comparative Genocide, Comparative West European Politics, and US Supreme Court. Prerequisite: Consent of Instructor.

       

       

      Political Science    214

      3 (crs.)

      The Politics of Food (SS)(XS)

      In this course, we'll learn about how food policy is made at the national, state, and local levels. Then we'll examine how those policies impact the type and quantities of the food we eat, food distribution, food safety, and nutrition. Throughout, we'll have an eye to the future: is our current food system sustainable: That is, will it last beyond our lifetimes? Our class will encounter these issues not only in the classroom, but through our work with partners in the Oshkosh community.

       

       

      Political Science    235

      3 (crs.)

      Politics of Sports, Recreation and Leisure (SS)

      The role of government in sports, recreation and leisure. Forbidden sports (gambling, bull fighting, cock fighting, etc.); government support of specific sports and creation of leisure and recreation facilities; sports in international relations (ping-pong diplomacy, the Olympics); the Equal Rights Amendment and sport; sports, recreation, and leisure interest groups.  Cross-listed: Interdisciplinary Studies 235/Political Science 235, students may receive credit for only one of the two cross-listed courses.

       

       

      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)(XS)

      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)(XS)

      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 or consent of instructor.

       

       

      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 and Gender 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, Politics and Policy - A Global Perspective (SS)(GS)

      This is a Comparative Politics course that examines how women's political power varies across countries and around the globe. The course examines topics such as: women's representation in government and political explanations for the variation across countries; women's movements locally and globally and the degree to which they have been able to achieve their objectives; and gender policy that affects women's political and economic empowerment around the globe, including violence against women policy, family law, social policy, and reproductive health policy. The course is designated as a Global Scholar course; and is 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. There are no prerequisites. Political Science 101 or 105 is recommended, but not required.

       

       

      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.

       

       

      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.).

       

       

      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 or consent of instructor.

       

       

      Political Science    309

      3 (crs.)

      West European Politics (SS)(GS)

      This course examines the large issues facing European countries today and how they impact not only Europe, but the entire world. Examples include the refugee crisis, the rise of the far-right, independence movements, and the European Union membership, in addition to others that may arise in this rapidly changing environment. We'll use the U.K., France and Germany as core case studies, adding Sweden, Italy, or Belgium as necessary to illustrate important concepts.

       

       

      Political Science    310

      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.

       

       

      Political Science    311

      3 (crs.)

      Southeast Asian Politics (NW) (SS)(GS)

      This course is an introduction to the politics of Southeast Asia. We will examine regional and global forces including colonialism, nationalism, and religious and ethnic conflict and evaluate their influence on Indonesia, Thailand, the Philippines, and Vietnam. Our broader goal throughout this process is to understand the impact of these forces and political and economic events have had both across and within Southeast Asian societies. Along the way we will gain both a historical and theoretical background for understanding the complexity of modern Southeast Asian politics, particularly as they relate to the structure of government, political and economic privilege, and persistent communal crises such as: environmental degradation, sex trafficking, and genocide. The final section of our course will evaluate the success of organizations and initiatives spanning the local to the transnational in addressing social, political, and economic crises. This course qualifies for the global scholar designation.  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 or consent of instructor.

       

       

      Political Science    315

      3 (crs.)

      Policy Analysis (SS)

      This course introduces techniques for analyzing policies and evaluating the consequences of governmental decisions. Consideration is given to the factors that affect policy success, including problem definition, implementation challenges, and enforcement issues. Prospects for reforming existing policies are also discussed in depth. Special fees may apply.

       

       

      Political Science    316

      3 (crs.)

      Environmental Law

      This course focuses on U.S. (federal) environmental law, with particular focus on common law and administrative law. The course examines legal frameworks for environmental law in the federal court system, including how federal courts review the policies of administrative agencies that regulate the environment. 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 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 Environmental Studies 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.

       

       

      Political Science    322

      3 (crs.)

      International Political Economy (SS)(GS)

      This course examines the evolution of ideas on the nature of international and comparative economics during the last two centuries, performs comparative analysis of political effects of economic policies in selected countries, including United States, Germany, United Kingdom, France, Russia, and others, examines the problems faced by developing countries in a globalizing world, and examines measures undertaken to create a stable global economic environment during the last two centuries.

       

       

      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. Political Science 101 or 115 are recommended.

       

       

      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. Political Science 105 is recommended.

       

       

      Political Science    328

      3 (crs.)

      Terrorism and Counter-Terrorism (GS)

      The purpose of the course is to develop an understanding of the phenomenon of terrorism, including theories of terrorism, political violence, and terrorism as a social movement. In addition to providing the historical context, the course focuses on recent and contemporary terrorist groups operating in Europe and the Middle East and on international terrorist groups, and examines approaches used by United States, European Union countries, Russia, and Israel, to cope with their respective terrorism challenges.

       

       

      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.

       

       

      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 and Gender 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.

       

       

      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    342

      3 (crs.)

      Gender, Law and Policy

      This course examines the most significant legal and policy issues relating to gender (the roles, behaviors, activities, and attributes considered appropriate for men and women). The legal system has shaped gender relations for both women and men through regulation of such issues: work, family, education, pay equity, reproductive rights, military service, violence, and social justice. The course offers students the opportunity to engage in a critical analysis of the relationship between law and gender that is grounded in court decisions and legal commentary, and centered on competing theoretical frameworks of gender equality in a democratic society. The course utilizes a comparative approach and draws on case law from the United States, South Africa, regional human rights courts, and UN bodies that interpret international law. The course does not assume prior background in political science, law, or women's studies; however, previous coursework in any of these areas will be helpful. Cross-listed Poli Sci 342/WG Stds 342 Students may receive credit for only one of the cross-listed courses.

       

       

      Political Science    346

      3 (crs.)

      Queer Politics and Policy

      What role does sexual identity play in American politics? In what ways has domestic politics shaped the U.S. LGBT community? In this course, we will debate the meaning of sexual identity and ideologies and explore how they have been viewed throughout American history. Next we will examine the impact of sexual identity on public opinion and political participants, particularly candidates and officeholders. We will look at the unique experiences of LGBT groups in the U.S., and consider the relationships between sexual identity, race, class, and gender. Finally, we will look at the relationship between sexual identity and public policy, particularly: same-sex marriage, adoption rights, anti-sodomy laws, and hate crimes legislation.

       

       

      Political Science    349

      3 (crs.)

      Foundations of Political Theory (SS)

      Classical period through Hobbes. Environmental influences on political philosophers; psychological factors; clarification of concepts.

       

       

      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.

       

       

      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.

       

       

      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.

       

       

      Political Science    354

      3 (crs.)

      Science, Politics and Policy

      An examination of how science and technology affect public policy. Consideration is given to the role of science and scientists in policy formulation and implementation, and how political actors utilize scientific information in policy debates. Discussion topics will include the role of science and technology in governmental decisions about energy, health, space exploration, the environment, and national defense.

       

       

      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.

       

       

      Political Science    357

      3 (crs.)

      Environmental Policy (SS)

      This course examines the process in which environmental policy is made. The course will introduce students to interdisciplinary approaches used to analyze environmental problems. The role of political actors, scientific experts and the citizenry in identifying problems and developing solutions in considered. Emphasis is also placed on the use of scientific information and values in the decision-making process. Topics to be covered include major US and international legislation protecting air and water quality, climate change, natural resource extraction, agricultural production, and land management. Prerequisites: Political Science 105 or Environmental Studies 261 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 or consent of instructor.

       

       

      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.

       

       

      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.

       

       

      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.

       

       

      Political Science    379

      3 (crs.)

      Latin American Politics (NW) (SS) (GS)

      This course is an analysis of the governmental institutions, political process and political cultures of Latin America and explores issues of democracy and development in Latin America. We focus on the nature and limitations of democracy in the region, as well as long-standing regional and global issues that affect democratic political development: market-oriented economic reforms, social inequality, climate change, political violence, corruption, and drug trafficking. Political Science 101 recommended.

       

       

      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)(GS)

      This course explores the dynamics of Latin American international relations and forms of cooperation from both historical and contemporary perspectives. The course focuses on important cross-border and global issues affecting the Americas.

       

       

      Political Science    386

      3 (crs.)

      Politics of Development (SS) (GS)

      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 386/Social Justice 386/Environmental Studies 386. Students may receive credit for only one of the cross-listed courses. Poli Sci 101 or 115 are recommended.

       

       

      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: Political Science 253 or consent of instructor.

       

       

      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 8 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. Special fees may apply.

       

       

      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: The Honors College and junior standing.  Maximum of 6 credits.

       

       

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