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Fall 2018 Undergraduate Courses


POL SCI 1100 Introduction to American Politics (MOTR POSC 101): 3 semester hours

Introduction to basic concepts of government and politics with special reference to the United States, but including comparative material from other systems. Course fulfills the state requirement. 

POL SCI 1450 Introduction to Labor Studies: 3 semester hours

This course covers many topics important to the role of unions in the American political system and American society from a labor perspective. Topics include the role of workers in current and future times, unions' institutional structure, collective bargaining strategies and obstacles for union organizing, recent union campaigns, labor's political role, and the relationship between labor and the media.

POL SCI 1500 Introduction to Comparative Politics (MOTR POSC 202): 3 semester hours

This course introduces students to western and non-western systems. It examines similarities and differences in the basic political ideologies, structures, economies, social institutions and governmental processes of developed and developing countries. It also provides frameworks for understanding the cultures of the world that are the basis for formal economic and political institutions. In addition, the course examines the role of non-state institutions, including trans-national ones, in shaping national policies. It uses case studies from Africa, Asia, Latin America, as well as Europe, to enhance student understanding of comparative politics. This course fulfills the cultural diversity requirement. 

POL SCI 1800 World Politics (MOTR POSC 201): 3 semester hours

An introduction to the field of international relations, covering such topics as nationalism, power, foreign policymaking, diplomacy, war, terrorism, arms control and disarmament, economic interdependence, the regulation of conflict, and other aspects of politics among nations. 

POL SCI 1901 Capitalism in America: 3 semester hours

Same as HIST 1901. This course offers students the opportunity to approach America’s political economy with tools different than those offered by more quantitative economic constructs. Students will analyze market processes through a three dimensional approach to economics that focuses not just on market competition but also on relationships of command—the exercise of power in firms, among nations, and between social groups—and on processes of historical change. The course takes account of new knowledge in the subject while offering a chronological survey of economic activity and change in America from the late colonial era through most of the twentieth century.

POL SCI 2000 Political Analysis: 3 semester hours

Prerequisites: Math proficiency of MATH 1020 or higher. An introduction to political analysis, emphasizing both the logic of inquiry and practical methods. Students learn about the construction and evaluation of theories that relate to real-world politics. They also have an opportunity for hands-on experience with qualitative and quantitative methods including graphics, descriptive statistics, cross-tabular and correlational analysis, hypothesis testing, and computer applications.

POL SCI 2102 Introduction to Gender Studies: 3 semester hours

Same as SOC WK 2102SOC 2102GS 2102HIST 2102. This core class is required for all Gender Studies Certificate earners. This class introduces students to cultural, political and historical issues that shape gender. Through a variety of disciplinary perspectives in the humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences, the course familiarizes students with diverse female and male experiences and gendered power relationships.

POL SCI 2280 Judicial Politics: 3 semester hours

Prerequisites: POL SCI 1100 or POL SCI 1200 or consent of instructor. This course is an examination of the American state and federal legal systems. Topics examined in this course include an analysis of the structure, organization and foundation of courts. Emphasis will be placed on the role of juries, judges, attorneys, litigants, and interest groups in the judicial system. The objective of the course is to evaluate courts as political institutions and analyze the policy-making role of judges.

POL SCI 2290 Gender and the Law: 3 semester hours

Same as GS 2290. This course examines the ways in which laws and interpretations of the laws affect gender equality in the United States. Emphasizing how traditional roles impact both women and men historically and currently, the course highlights major pieces of legislation and court rulings related to employment, economics, education, sexual harassment, pornography, rape, reproductive rights, and domestic relations. The course stresses the impact of federal and state institutions and non- governmental influences on equality. It also addresses gender representation in the legal profession and its effect on judicial decisions. (This course satisfies State requirements in American History and Government).

POL SCI 2320 African Americans and the Political System: 3 semester hours

Prerequisites: POL SCI 1100 or consent of instructor. Examination of the status of African Americans in the context of the American political system. The course will focus on a number of issues, including: attitudes of various publics toward racial concerns; nature of problems in specific policy areas (e.g., unemployment, school desegregation, housing, poverty); representation of African Americans in governmental institutions and the private sector; and the role of African American leadership and civil rights groups in the political process. Course fulfills the state requirement.

POL SCI 2370 The Politics of Identity and Social Justice: 3 semester hours

Examines the meaning of social justice at the intersections of identities linked to race, ethnicity, class, gender, sexuality, age, ability, religion, and citizenship in the United States. We will dissect how the social construction of "difference" within systems of power has resulted in social policies that marginalize some groups more than others. We will also discuss how oppression linked to delineations of difference can be challenged and socially reconstructed, and ultimately used as a source of political empowerment.

POL SCI 2400 Public Administration: 3 semester hours

Prerequisite: POL SCI 1100 or consent of instructor. Survey of Public Administration, with reference to organization, financial administration, personnel management, judicial control of the administrative process.

POL SCI 2551 National Security Policy and Practice: 3 semester hours

Same as MVS 2850. This simulation-driven course focuses on national security policies and the processes that put these policies into practice. It examines the elements that underpin national security policy and the processes employed by the US government for integrating and synchronizing those instruments in the pursuit of national security objectives.

POL SCI 2900 Studies in Political Science: 1-6 semester hours

Selected topics in political science.

POL SCI 3200 Constitutional Law: 3 semester hours

Prerequisites: POL SCI 1100, or POL SCI 1200, or consent of the instructor. Study of leading American constitutional principles regarding legislative, executive, and judicial power, federalism, the commerce clause, and economic due process as they have evolved through the important decisions of the U.S. Supreme Court.

POL SCI 3350 Political Parties and Elections: 3 semester hours

Prerequisite: POL SCI 1100 or consent of instructor. Development, organization, functions, activities of major and minor political parties, pressure groups, election administration, especially in the United States.

POL SCI 3420 Public and NonProfit Personnel Management: 3 semester hours

Prerequisite: POL SCI 1100POL SCI 2400 or consent of instructor. A study of personnel practices in the public and nonprofit sectors, including recruitment, job development, labor relations, and administration of equal employment/ affirmative action programs.

POL SCI 3430 Union Leadership and Administration: 3 semester hours

Prerequisites: Consent of instructor. This course will focus on the roles and challenges of union leadership in a changing environment. Topics will include the union leader's roles as representative, organizer and educator as well as administrative responsibilities within the union and the relationship with enterprise management in both adversarial and participatory situations. Options for leadership style and organizational models will be discussed and explored in both theory and practice. Leaders will develop their skills of motivation, speaking strategic planning and managing complex campaigns and diverse organizations.

POL SCI 3460 The Politics Of Poverty And Welfare: 3 semester hours

Prerequisite: POL SCI 1100 or consent of instructor. An examination of the structure of income inequality in the U.S. and public policies designed to redistribute wealth and to treat poverty. The history of welfare programs, the growth of the welfare state, and attempts to cut social spending are closely examined.

POL SCI 3480 Environmental Policy: 3 semester hours

Prerequisites: POL SCI 1100 or consent of instructor. This course examines the process of environmental policy-making and key environmental issues. Topics include national and international policies toward land, air, and water pollution; energy use; solid and toxic waste disposal; climate change; population; biodiversity; conservation; and sustainability.

POL SCI 3590 Women and Leadership World-Wide: Breaking the Glass Ceiling: 3 semester hours

Same as GS 3590. Prerequisites: POL SCI 1500 or consent of instructor. Compares women's day-to-day leadership and participation patterns across a wide variety of political-economic contexts, emphasizing their performance as elective and executive office holders. It examines the experiences of individual female leaders, the effect of country- specific nomination and recruitment strategies, party dynamics, and the larger political opportunity structure hindering or promoting the balanced participation of women and men in national leadership. Understanding how gender (the socially constructed meanings related to biological sex) operates within these specific contexts is a major concern.

POL SCI 4090 American Government for the Secondary Classroom: 3 semester hours

Same as: SEC ED 4090. Prerequisites: Admission to the Teacher Education Program. TCH ED 3310 or the consent of the instructor. Adapts the themes and subject matter of American Government to the secondary classroom and trains teachers in techniques particularly designed to maximize the use of primary sources, foster critical inquiry, and encourage knowledge of subject matter. Particular emphasis will be placed on defining the broad and connecting methods of inquiry for use in an interactive classroom. Can be counted towards the Political Science major requirement, but not the American Politics subgroup. Counts towards Social Studies certification. Not available for graduate credit.

POL SCI 4345 War Crimes, Genocide, and Justice in the 20th and 21st Centuries: 3 semester hours

Same as SOC 4345CRIMIN 4345, and MVS 4345. Prerequisite: ENGL 3100. This course provides advanced undergraduate and Master’s level students a comprehensive overview of the subject of war crimes, crimes against humanity, genocide and legal responses to these crimes in the modern era. The goal of this course is to engage students in sustained, critical thought about these issues and to foster a deeper understanding of both the causes and consequences—legal, social and human—of these egregious crimes.

POL SCI 4510 Comparative Public Policy and Administration: 3 semester hours

Prerequisite: POL SCI 1500 or consent of instructor. A comparative study of the characteristics of public administrators, their institutions and environments in western democratic, developing nations and communist political systems.

POL SCI 4520 Mega-Cities and Diasporas: Understanding Global Migration: 3 semester hours

Prerequisites: POL SCI 1500 or consent of instructor. This course examines the causes, dynamics and effects of mega-city development and migrating diasporas in a variety of national settings. Case studies include cities based in Europe, South America, china, India, Turkey, and parts of Africa, fostering global awareness, as well as an understanding of the "interconnectedness" of politics, economics and climate change across the planet. This course fulfills the cultural diversity requirement.

POL SCI 4850 International Law: 3 semester hours

Prerequisite: POL SCI 1100POL SCI 1500, or consent of instructor. Study of the international legal system, including the content and operation of the laws of war and peace, how law is created and enforced with regard to the oceans and other parts of the globe, and the relationship between international law and international politics.