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POS-Political Science

POS100 - Introduction to Political Science

This course is designed to introduce students to key ideas, institutions, processes and actors in the political world. It is intended to be a general, not detailed, examination, and attempts to encourage understanding, reflection and critical thinking. (3 crs.) Fall and spring.

POS101 - Contemporary Policy and Politics

A critical examination of contemporary issues and strategic players with an emphasis on policy outcomes. (3 crs.)

POS102 - American Government for Elementary Education

American Government is a course for elementary education majors, and provides an introduction to the major institutions and processes in the American political system. Co-Requisites: GEO 102 and ECO 102 (1 cr.)

POS105 - American Politics

This is an introductory course in American government focusing on the major institutions and processes in the American political system. Topics discussed in the course include separation of powers, checks and balances, civil liberties, political parties, the Congress, the president, the Supreme Court, federalism, and policy-making processes. (3 crs.) Fall and spring.

POS210 - Politics of Western Europe

A comparative analysis of the institutions, processes and policies of the nations of Great Britain, France and Germany, and how these nations relate to the United States system. Recommended: POS 100 or POS 105. (3 crs.)

POS222 - The Administration of Criminal Justice in the United States

The operations of the criminal justice system in the United States. Topics include crime in American, the rule of law, the role of the police, the function of the prosecuting and defense attorneys, criminal courts and trial processes, sentencing, corrections, incarceration, probation, and parole. Recommended: POS 100 or 105. (3 crs.)

POS300 - Introduction to Public Policy

Primarily in seminar fashion. Students present and discuss major ideas from assigned readings. Formal lectures are also scheduled when needed to present basic ideas and information. Recommended: POS 100 or POS 105. (3 crs.)

POS301 - Research Methods in Political Science

A scope and methods course with an emphasis on research methods, research design, writing techniques, and statistics used in political science. (3 crs.)

POS303 - Mass Media and American Politics

The interaction of politics and the mass media within American society is covered. Topics include media effects on political socialization, techniques of opinion manipulation, propaganda, press responsibility, public opinion polling and government control of the media. Special attention is devoted to the use of television as an instrument of communication. Recommended: POS 100 or 105. (3 crs.)

POS306 - The Congress

In this intensive examination of the legislative problems and procedures of Congress, students are introduced to such topics as the representational functions of Congress, the role of parties and leaders in Congress, the importance of the committee system, and the forces affecting congressional decision making. Recommended: POS 100 or POS 105. (3 crs.)

POS307 - Revolution

A comparative study of the phenomenon of revolution, encompassing the causes, events and principal actors in those periods that culminate in the outbreak of violent political change. Recommended: POS 100 or POS 105. (3 crs.)

POS308 - Municipal Government

The course is designed to provide students with a basic understanding of the organizational forms of municipal governments, the process of decision making and implementation, and proposed solutions to problems of urban society. Recommended: POS 100 or POS 105. (3 crs.)

POS310 - The American Presidency

Intensive study of the American presidency, focusing on personality, organization of the office, use and misuse of power, and policy making. Recommended: POS 105. (3 crs.) Alternate fall.

POS311 - Cyberpolitcs

An examination of the impact of the Internet on American democratic institutions and processes, focusing on campaigns and elections, civil liberties, law enforcement, national security, and public policies, including cyber democracy, cyber terrorism, law enforcement issues of wire tapping and encryption, education, taxes, entitlements, business, and medicine. Recommended: POS 100 or POS 105. (3 crs.)

POS312 - Politics of the World Economy

This course will be concerned with understanding the politics of the world economy. The emphasis will be on the contemporary structure of the international political economy, how it emerged, and what actions and policy responses – by international institutions, governments, multinational corporations and labor unions – continue to shape its order. Students will also gain knowledge of how their lives are impacted by the world economy and what future opportunity exists there. Recommended: POS 100 or POS 105. (3 crs.)

POS314 - Constitutional Law: Governmental Powers

A study of the major provisions of the American Constitution and the growth of American constitutional law based on analysis and discussion of leading judicial decisions. Recommended: POS 100 or POS 105. (3 crs.)

POS315 - Constitutional Law: Civil Liberties & Civil Rights

A study of the development and meaning of the rights and liberties guaranteed to persons under the Constitution of the United States. Special emphasis is placed on the antecedents of and the adoption of the Bill of Rights and a description of the court structure through which the meaning of civil liberties is determined in specific situations. Recommended: POS 100 or POS 105. (3 crs.)

POS316 - Judicial Policy & Politics

Intensive study of the judicial process in the United States and the relationship between the judicial system and the larger American social system. Recommended: POS 100 or POS 105. (3 crs.)

POS317 - Nonquantitative Techniques

This is a course on nonquantitative techniques used in decision making: case studies, field research (e.g., theoretical sampling and semi-structured interviews), nominal group technique, idea writing, future imaging, timelines, Delphi questionnaires and focus groups. Recommended: POS 100 or POS 105. (3 crs.)

POS318 - Political Parties & Pressure Groups

This course examines the roles political parties and pressure groups play in electoral politics and policy making. Recommended: POS 100 or POS 105. (3 crs.)

POS319 - Campaign Management

A course on political campaigns and elections that combines theory and practice. The emphasis is placed on campaign strategy. Recommended: POS 105. (3 crs.)

POS320 - U.S. Foreign Policy

Policy objectives, patterns of decision making and U.S. foreign policy actions. The roles of interest groups, public opinion, Congress and other external influences in U.S. foreign policy are also examined. Recommended: POS 100 or POS 105. (3 crs.)

POS322 - Politics of the Middle East

This course will consider the nature and types of politics found throughout the Middle East. Consideration will begin with the diversity of peoples in this area, both in terms of religion and ethnicity, and how these were shaped by the Ottoman and European imperial systems of government. This will be followed by an examination of how contemporary Arab, Israeli, Turkish and Iranian governments have dealt with this legacy even as they respond to the challenges of the modern world. Recommended: POS 100 or POS 105. (3 crs.)

POS323 - Politics of Latin America

A comparative analysis of institutions, processes and politics of Latin American countries and how these have been shaped by the international relations of the region. Recommended: POS 100 or POS 105. (3 crs.)

POS325 - Politics of Asia

This course will consider the nature and types of politics found throughout Asia. Consideration will focus upon the major governments of China, Japan and India and Pakistan, how they emerged from various imperial forms of political order, and what the legacy of this is. This will be followed by an examination of the various forms of contemporary governments, from parliamentary systems to dictatorships, and a judgement of how they meet or fail to meet the challenges of the changing modern world. Recommended: POS 100 or POS 105. (3 crs.)

POS326 - Politics of Africa

A comparative analysis of the institutions, processes and politics of selected African nations and their place in the international arena. Recommended: POS 100 or POS 105. (3 crs.)

POS327 - Contemporary Political Thought

A general survey of the major political ideas and thinkers of the 20th century, drawing connections between these ideas and contemporary developments in philosophy, psychology, economics and sociology. Recommended: POS 100 or POS 105. (3 crs.)

POS329 - Internship in Political Science

The internship is a supervised real-world experience. Faculty advisers are required to help orientate students to the process, regularly offer support and guidance to both students and host sites, maintain contact with the internship site and the internship student, and create assignments (written or oral) that encourage the students to reflect on their experience. Prerequisite: Approval of Instructor (Variable 3-12 crs.) Fall, Spring, Summer

POS330 - American Political Ideas

An advanced course in political theory: the major political ideas and controversies that are associated with the development of American political thought. Recommended: POS 100 or POS 105. (3 crs.)

POS335 - Administrative Law

The legal structure and political environment within federal administrative agencies in the United States that formulate public policy. Emphasis is given to the growth of the administrative state within the United States, the necessity for the delegation of legislative authority to administrative agencies, and the need for judicial control of the bureaucracy. Recommended: POS 100 or POS 105. (3 crs.)

POS336 - International Organizations

An analysis and evaluation of the United Nations and other international organizations, and of some of the theoretical concepts and practical problems involved. Recommended: POS 100 or POS 105.

POS340 - The Politics of Empires

This course will explore how the organization and evolution of international order has been influenced and determined by empires and imperial political systems from the classical era to the contemporary age. The student will study not only the structure and practice of imperial institutions and patterns of international order, but their impact upon the social, economic and cultural life of those who lived within their authority. The nature of empires will also be considered according to the nature of their political legitimacy, from royal legitimacy to the development of trade to more modern ideological manifestations. The course will conclude with a treatment of the prospect and validity of empire and imperial organization in our own time. Recommended: POS 100 or POS 105. (3 crs.)

POS344 - Intergovernmental Relations

A treatment of the organization, powers, functions, and problems of state and local governmental units. Emphasis is placed on the growing complexity of relationships among the various levels of government as a result of the technological developments and the growth of metropolitan areas. Recommended: POS 100 or POS 105. (3 crs.)

POS346 - International Relations

This course considers the nature of world politics and how it has evolved. Emphasis will be on the nature of power in international relations, and why this often leads to conflict, from war to economic competition. Following this, the student will consider what measures and institutions have been created to deal with such issues, from diplomacy to international organizations like the United Nations to the emergence of international human rights law and citizen advocacy groups. There will also be consideration of careers available in international relations, and the students will be exposed to this through playing the role of a diplomat in an international relations simulation or game. (3 crs.)

POS347 - Political Thought: Classical

This course will consider the content and evolution of political thought from the world of ancient Greece and Rome through the medieval period. Emphasis will be on reading and understanding the actual writings of political thinkers from Plato and Aristotle to Julius Caesar and Tacitus to the writers of medieval Europe and the Byzantine Empire. The subjects considered will be the nature and forms of government, what political values are, and how these values and forms of government, such as democracy or monarchy, or freedom and stability, continue to influence the world of contemporary politics. (3 crs.)

POS348 - Political Thought: Medieval and Modern

This course will consider the content and evolution of political thought from the world of the Renaissance and early Italian city states such as Florence to the advent of our own times, with the beginnings of modern mass democracy and the administrative and social security state. Emphasis will be on reading and understanding the actual writing of political thinkers from Dante and Machiavelli through the advocates of parliamentary government such as John Locke to modern thinkers such as Alexis De Tocqueville. The subjects considered will be the nature and forms of government, what political values are, and how these values and forms of government, such as classical republicanism or parliamentary democracy, or natural rights and social welfare, continue to influence the world of contemporary politics. (3 crs.)

POS355 - Public Administration

Primarily an introduction to the study of American public administration, this course seeks to achieve several broad objectives. First, it conveys an understanding of the significant role played by administration in present-day American government and of the implications of the role for a democratic society. It has the further purpose of providing insight into the specific relationships between administration and the broad political environment from which it arises and in which it operates. Finally, and mainly, the course offers opportunity for consideration of those more specialized and technical factors, such a public organization, public personnel, budgeting, and executive leadership, that are involved in the formulation and administration of public policy. Recommended: POS 100 or POS 105

POS360 - Politics, Palaces and Art in Islam

This course will be concerned with understanding the classical and royalist patterns of Islamic politics and how these have been an enduring and formative influence in contemporary Islamic thought and practice. The emphasis will be on the arrangement of Islamic political and religious power and how these are reflected in public architecture and art. The student will also gain knowledge and familiarity with the Umayyad, Tuqluq, Timurid, Fatimid, Safavid, Ottoman and Mughal cultures and empires and how these continue to have resonance and meaning for today’s Muslims. Recommended: POS 100 or POS 105. (3 crs.)

POS379 - Special Topics in Political Science

Topical study of a political problem, policy issue, or discipline controversy determined by departmental faculty. (3 crs.)

POS415 - Public Opinion & Political Behavior

A course on the fundamentals of public opinion research, including measurement methods. The study of political behavior as it relates to political participation and public policy. Prerequisites: Recommended POS 105 or permission of the instructor (3 crs.)

POS450 - Seminar in Politics

A seminar designed to provide an intensive examination of a specific and narrowly focused problem or controversy in the discipline. Prerequisite: Students taking this course must be seniors majoring in political science. (3 crs.)