Political Science (POLS)

POLS 101. AP Credit3 Units

Description: Placeholder course to record AP credit in Political Science.

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POLS 111. Political Discourse - OC3 Units

Term Typically Offered: Fall, Spring

Description: Course designed to familiarize students with dimensions of political discourse while simultaneously providing students with opportunity to practice arts of political speech.

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POLS 201. Introduction to American Government and Politics - SB3 Units

Term Typically Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer

Description: An introduction to national government, stressing the constitutional system, individual rights, techniques of popular control, organization of the presidency, Congress, and the federal courts.

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POLS 202. Introduction to Comparative Politics - D2, SB3 Units

Term Typically Offered: Fall, Spring

Description: An introduction to foreign governments and major topics in comparative politics, such as democracy, dictatorship, political economy and civil war.

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POLS 299. Honors Introduction to Political Science3 Units

Term Typically Offered: Fall, Spring

Prerequisite(s): Invitation by departmental Honors Committee.

Description: An examination of the theories, concepts, and units of analysis used in contemporary political science.

Note: Seminar format.

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POLS 302. Urban Political Economy3 Units

Term Typically Offered: Fall, Spring

Description: Examination of the interrelationships between economic and political forces in the community and how these shape urban development.

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POLS 304. Comparative Urban Politics3 Units

Term Typically Offered: Occasionally Offered

Description: Examination of urban politics in comparative perspective. Highlights the rise of a global economy, its consequences for urban governance and the new role of cities in the international arena.

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POLS 305. Urban Politics3 Units

Term Typically Offered: Fall, Spring

Description: Examination of urban government and politics. Topics include machine politics, urban development, race and ethnicity, power and democracy, and metropolitan problems.

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POLS 306. State Government3 Units

Term Typically Offered: Fall, Spring

Description: State and local government, with emphasis upon political, legislative, judicial, and administrative processes.

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POLS 310. Policy, Community & Service3 Units

Term Typically Offered: Spring Odd Years

Description: Students will gain career experience applying principles of civic engagement, disciplinary knowledge & skills in a real world setting, and reflecting on those experiences while fostering mentorships, personal values, and civic responsibility.

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POLS 311. American Presidency3 Units

Term Typically Offered: Fall Only

Description: An examination of the constitutional roots and historical development; concentrates on the current roles, strengths, and problems of the presidency.

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POLS 312. American Constitutional Law 3 Units

Term Typically Offered: Fall Only

Prerequisite(s): POLS 201, or POLS 299, or faculty consent.

Description: The development and application of constitutional law: nature and scope of judicial, legislative, and presidential power in the national government and the allocation of powers in the federal system.

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POLS 313. American Constitutional Law 3 Units

Term Typically Offered: Spring Only

Prerequisite(s): POLS 201, or POLS 299, or faculty consent.

Description: American constitutional law, with a focus on civil and political rights such as First Amendment freedoms, rights of accused persons, racial equality, due process, equal protection of the law.

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POLS 314. Judicial Politics3 Units

Term Typically Offered: Fall, Spring

Prerequisite(s): POLS 201, POLS 299, or faculty consent.

Description: Analysis of court systems, including structure and functions of the courts, staffing, relationship to other branches, formation of judicial policy, and the impact of judicial decisions.

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POLS 315. Race, Law and Politics - D1, SB3 Units

Term Typically Offered: Fall, Summer

Description: This course examines the legal consequences of racial inequality in the United States. It explores the origins of the concept of race and documents the nature of contemporary racial inequality.

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POLS 316. Gender, Sexuality & Law3 Units

Prerequisite(s): POLS 201 or instructor consent.

Description: This course examines how legal policy both reflects and shapes norms related to gender and sexuality, and analyze the public policy implications of court decisions related to gender and sexuality.

Note: Cross-listed with WGST 316.

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POLS 317. American Congress3 Units

Term Typically Offered: Spring Only

Description: An analysis of external and internal forces, institutional organization and processes, constitutional provisions, pressure group activities, and other factors which interact to determine the role of the Congress in the making of public policy.

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POLS 318. Religion and United States Politics3 Units

Term Typically Offered: Occasionally Offered

Description: Study of the impact of religion on politics in the United States. Includes analysis of religion in political development, constitutional law, elections, and policy lobbying.

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POLS 319. Media and Politics3 Units

Term Typically Offered: Fall, Spring

Description: An examination from normative, empirical and legal perspectives, of the influence of the news media on American politics.

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POLS 320. Civil Rights and the Law II3 Units

Term Typically Offered: Spring Only

Description: An examination of the legal and political aspects of Black civil rights from World War II to contemporary times.

Note: Cross-listed with PAS 363.

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POLS 321. Public Opinion3 Units

Term Typically Offered: Summer Only

Description: An analysis of the origins, distribution and consequences of public opinion upon the political and policy process of governmental institutions.

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POLS 322. American Political Parties and Elections3 Units

Term Typically Offered: Fall, Spring

Description: The American party system, emphasizing the two-party system, minor parties, suffrage and voter behavior, party organizations, nominations, and elections.

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POLS 323. Queer Politics3 Units

Term Typically Offered: Spring Only

Description: The course examines the political organization of gays, lesbians and transgendered persons, forms of oppression they experience, forms of political activism they utilize, and their relationship to mainstream political institutions.

Note: Cross-listed with WGST 323.

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POLS 324. Women in American Politics3 Units

Term Typically Offered: Summer Only

Description: A study of women's involvement in American politics as active political party members, as candidates for national, state, and local offices, as elected officials, and as appointees to government positions at all levels.

Note: Cross-listed with WGST 355.

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POLS 325. Public Administration3 Units

Term Typically Offered: Fall, Spring

Description: Introduction to basic issues and concepts in public administration, bureaucratic politics, public-sector management, and decision-making strategies.

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POLS 326. Public Policy3 Units

Term Typically Offered: Fall, Spring

Prerequisite(s): POLS 201, or POLS 299, or faculty consent.

Description: A study of American public policy processes and outcomes, focusing on the national level of government.

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POLS 327. African American Politics - D1, SB3 Units

Term Typically Offered: Spring Only

Description: The relationship between African Americans, race history and the American political system via political behavior research: political socialization, organization, mobilization, leadership, voting, political parties, coalitions and interest group strategies.

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POLS 328. Information Technology and Politics3 Units

Term Typically Offered: Fall Only

Description: What is the impact of information technology on politics? This course will examine how the Internet in general, social media, digital news and other information technologies fit into an already developed understanding of society and politics. This means that we will explore how new information technologies may challenge or support current theories in political science and communications. This exploration will involve looking at the impact of digital technology on some basic political processes such as news consumption and information gathering, bureaucratic functions, voting, public opinion, and campaigning among other things.

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POLS 330. International Relations3 Units

Term Typically Offered: Fall, Spring

Description: An introduction to the study of world affairs, with a focus on interstate politics; examines power politics, the role of ideology and globalism.

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POLS 331. International Organization - WR3 Units

Term Typically Offered: Fall, Spring

Description: Work of the United Nations and non-governmental organizations in peacemaking; peacekeeping, and the promotion of global economic, social and humanitarian progress through the interpretation of international law.

Note: Approved for the Arts and Sciences upper-level requirement in written communication (WR).

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POLS 332. International Law - WR3 Units

Term Typically Offered: Fall, Spring

Description: A study of existing and emerging law which governs nation-states in their relations with each other.

Note: Approved for the Arts and Sciences upper-level requirement in written communication (WR).

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POLS 333. American Foreign Policy3 Units

Term Typically Offered: Fall, Spring

Description: Examines the process of making U.S. foreign policy, including actors and their interests, as well as major contemporary issues such as the use of force and trade policy.

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POLS 334. The Politics of Global Economic Relations3 Units

Term Typically Offered: Occasionally Offered

Description: Introduction to political aspects of international economic institutions and processes, international trade, foreign aid, theories of neo-colonialism and dependency. North-South and East-West problems and prospects.

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POLS 335. Global Environmental Politics3 Units

Term Typically Offered: Occasionally Offered

Description: Study of environmental and resource issues on the global level, focusing on the various implications of sustainable development.

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POLS 336. Politics of European Integration and Foreign Policy3 Units

Term Typically Offered: Occasionally Offered

Description: Examination of the European Union's evolution, structures, decision-making, and policies in economic and political integration. Also examines the foreign and defense policies of members of the European Union and U.S./European relations.

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POLS 337. Law, Diplomacy and Power3 Units

Term Typically Offered: Fall, Spring

Description: An examination of the development of U.S. diplomacy, focusing on the interplay of moral, legal, and power-driven motives and themes, analyzing diplomatic strategies, objectives, errors and accomplishments.

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POLS 338. National and International Security: Issues and Policies3 Units

Term Typically Offered: Fall, Spring

Description: A survey of contemporary security policy issues, including both military and nonmilitary questions, such as deterrence, arms control, ecological destruction, nationalism, resource scarcity, etc.

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POLS 339. Terrorism3 Units

Term Typically Offered: Fall, Spring

Description: An examination of the phenomenon of nationalism and terrorism in international politics. Historical and contemporary examples used to illustrate the theoretical issues.

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POLS 340. Politics and Government of Western Europe3 Units

Term Typically Offered: Occasionally Offered

Description: An examination of the political structures, processes, and policies of the nation-states of Western Europe.

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POLS 341. Political Violence3 Units

Term Typically Offered: Fall Odd Years

Description: Course will consider various manifestations of sub-national political violence, including terrorism, insurgency, and civil war.

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POLS 345. Russia and Eurasia - WR3 Units

Term Typically Offered: Occasionally Offered

Description: Political processes and policies in the former communist states of Euro-Asia. Emphasis on ethnic relations, economics, and institution-building.

Note: Approved for the Arts and Sciences upper-level requirement in written communication (WR).

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POLS 347. Democratization3 Units

Term Typically Offered: Occasionally Offered

Description: This course examines the differences between democratic and non-democratic states, and discusses in comparative perspective the process by which states move from dictatorship to democracy. The role of economics and culture, and the impact of structures such as presidential and parliamentary forms of government on democratization are treated, as are explanations for occasional breakdown of democratic systems.

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POLS 349. Comparative Political Culture - WR3 Units

Term Typically Offered: Occasionally Offered

Prerequisite(s): POLS 202 or faculty consent.

Description: Comparative approach to the political values, attitudes and belief systems of nations and sub-national units.

Note: Approved for the Arts and Sciences upper-level requirement in written communication (WR).

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POLS 350. African Government and Politics3 Units

Term Typically Offered: Occasionally Offered

Description: Cultural settings of Africa south of Sahara, decline of European dominance, national independence movements, self-governing states, and such problems as economic development, race relations, and relations with world power blocs.

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POLS 355. Introduction to Middle East Politics3 Units

Term Typically Offered: Fall, Spring

Description: Survey of Middle Eastern political systems with emphasis on the process of development and modernization and its impact on the region.

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POLS 356. Political Islam3 Units

Term Typically Offered: Spring Odd Years

Description: Course will consider various political organizations that desire the greater influence of Islam on public life throughout the Muslim World.

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POLS 362. Comparative Political Economy3 Units

Term Typically Offered: Fall Only

Description: An examination of the institutional framework of economic performance and cultural dynamics of the United States, Japan, and Western Europe.

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POLS 363. Politics of Oil3 Units

Term Typically Offered: Occasionally Offered

Description: Oil in domestic and international politics of selected countries, oil as a catalyst for war, influence of oil companies on politics, political implications of recent shifts in world energy balance.

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POLS 364. World Order3 Units

Term Typically Offered: Occasionally Offered

Description: This course will investigate central concepts and theories of international relations from a world-order perspective. It will examine disorder and efforts to create order through interactions and manipulation of power.

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POLS 365. People's Republic of China - WR3 Units

Term Typically Offered: Fall, Spring

Description: An analysis of political processes in China, with emphasis on participation and recruitment, socialization, ideology, education, and organization.

Note: Cross-listed with AST 365.
Note: Approved for the Arts and Sciences upper-level requirement in written communication (WR).

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POLS 366. Politics of East Asia3 Units

Term Typically Offered: Fall Only

Description: A survey of East Asian political systems with an emphasis on development, social and economic policies, political institutions, and cultures.

Note: Cross-listed with AST 366.

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POLS 367. Politics and Government of Southeast Asia3 Units

Term Typically Offered: Occasionally Offered

Description: An introduction to the government and politics of Southeast Asia, revealing the historical context within which to locate the current security, political and economic challenges that the countries of the region face. Special focus will be given to the politics of Burma, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Thailand and Singapore as well as the impact of an ascendant China.

Note: Cross-listed with AST 367.

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POLS 370. Comparative Political Development in Latin America3 Units

Term Typically Offered: Occasionally Offered

Description: The process of nation building in selected countries, with emphasis on evolution of government and party systems, violent revolution, the military, and the political culture.

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POLS 371. Latin America in the World3 Units

Term Typically Offered: Spring Only

Description: Survey of Latin America's role in the international system focusing on contemporary theoretical and institutional developments including OPEC, the OAS, the Andean Pact and institutions involved in North-South dialogue.

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POLS 381. Early Political Thought3 Units

Description: A general survey of political thought, typology, and systems, from classical antiquity through the Middle Ages to the beginning of modern times.

Note: Cross-listed with HIST 301.

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POLS 382. Modern Political Thought3 Units

Term Typically Offered: Spring Only

Description: Main currents in modern political thought, including liberal, Marxist-Leninist, socialist, anarchist, and conservative thought. Topics such as equality, alienation, participation, political obligation, political order, and change.

Note: Cross-listed with HIST 302.

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POLS 383. American Political Thought3 Units

Term Typically Offered: Occasionally Offered

Description: General survey of American political thought from colonial times to the present. Examination of topics such as puritanism, federalism, utopianism, social Darwinism, and anarchist, socialist, and populist thought.

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POLS 384. Democracy and Its Critics - WR3 Units

Term Typically Offered: Spring Only

Description: Problems in democratic theory, examination of the moral foundations of democracy; consideration of such issues as liberty and authority, equality, representation, majority rule, and participation.

Note: Approved for the Arts and Sciences upper-level requirement in written communication (WR).

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POLS 386. Political Theory and Utopia - WR3 Units

Term Typically Offered: Occasionally Offered

Description: Examination of selected literary utopias from the perspective of political theory. Analysis of socialist, anarchist, democratic and totalitarian elements.

Note: Approved for the Arts and Sciences upper-level requirement in written communication (WR).

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POLS 387. American Utopian Communities3 Units

Term Typically Offered: Occasionally Offered

Description: Examination of selected "utopian" communities, past and present. Consideration of groups such as the Shakers, Rappites, Oneidans, Owenites and Fourierists as well as current intentional communities. Emphasis on communal values and practices, issues of equality, authority, conflict, participation and freedom.

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POLS 388. Contemporary Political Theory3 Units

Term Typically Offered: Fall, Spring

Description: Survey of twentieth century political theory. Topics may include the crisis of reason; capitalism; technology and freedom; political values and globalization; terrorism and modernity; human rights.

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POLS 390. Contemporary Political Research3 Units

Term Typically Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer

Description: This class develops quantitative arguments and analyses in political science through the use of contemporary analytical and presentation techniques. This class emphasizes diverse data sources and statistical arguments.

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POLS 395. Political Leadership - WR3 Units

Term Typically Offered: Spring Odd Years

Prerequisite(s): POLS 201, or POLS 202, or POLS 299, and faculty consent.

Description: Major concepts and theories of political leadership, including psychological, cultural and social factors; moral, transforming and transactional leadership types.

Note: Approved for the Arts and Sciences upper-level requirement in written communication (WR).

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POLS 399. Topics in Political Science3 Units

Term Typically Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer

Description: Topics will vary depending on instructor and demand.

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POLS 401. Topics in American Politics3 Units

Term Typically Offered: Occasionally Offered

Description: An examination of one or more selected contemporary problems in American government, such as national-state relationships, civil rights, foreign policy, labor relations, and taxation policy.

Note: Topics to be varied from year to year.

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POLS 402. Topics in Comparative Politics3 Units

Term Typically Offered: Fall, Spring

Description: A comparative study of governments of selected countries, stressing one or more subjects such as party systems, policy-making processes, administration, regulation of economics, and others to be determined each time course is offered.

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POLS 404. Topics in Political Theory3 Units

Term Typically Offered: Spring Odd Years

Description: An examination of one or more selected topics in the study of political theory.

Note: Topics to be determined each time course is offered.

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POLS 405. Topics in Public Policy3 Units

Term Typically Offered: Fall, Spring

Description: An examination of one or more selected topics in the study of public policy.

Note: Topics to be determined each time course is offered.

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POLS 406. Topics in International Relations3 Units

Term Typically Offered: Fall Only

Description: An examination of one or more selected topics in world politics.

Note: Topics to be determined each time course is offered.

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POLS 426. Environmental Policy3 Units

Term Typically Offered: Fall, Spring

Description: Political dynamics and choices affecting American and international environmental policy.

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POLS 430. Cooperative Internship in Political Science1-3 Units

Term Typically Offered: Fall Only

Prerequisite(s): Students must meet Arts & Sciences requirements for co-ops/internships.

Description: An individually arranged course combining a work experience with a related academic project.

Note: May not apply toward major.

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POLS 437. The United States and East Asia - WR3 Units

Description: A survey and analysis of U.S. relations with the states of East Asia with particular attention to political, economic and military affairs during the Cold War and after.

Note: Approved for the Arts and Sciences upper-level requirement in written communication (WR).

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POLS 450. Topics in World Affairs1 Unit

Description: Attend minimum of three lectures sponsored by department, read works by featured speakers and about topics, meet under faculty supervision to discuss readings.

Note: Students may enroll up to six times and count up to six credits toward major requirements.

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POLS 465. Chinese Culture3 Units

Term Typically Offered: Spring Only

Description: Introduction to the politics and society of the People's Republic of China. Includes travel to the People's Republic of China.

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POLS 491. Independent Study1-3 Units

Term Typically Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer

Prerequisite(s): Minimum grade point average of 3.0 overall; minimum grade point average of 3.5 in the department, and at least 18 semester hours credit in the department.

Description: Opportunity for the student, under the supervision of a sponsoring faculty member, to pursue individualized study related to research or practice that is not included in regular courses in the curriculum.

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POLS 492. Independent Study1-3 Units

Term Typically Offered: Fall Only

Prerequisite(s): Minimum grade point average of 3.0 overall; minimum grade point average of 3.5 in the department, and at least 18 semester hours credit in the department.

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POLS 495. Senior Seminar - CUE, WR3 Units

Term Typically Offered: Fall, Spring

Prerequisite(s): Completed 90 hours, political science majors only.

Description: Will examine issues using material drawn from the subfields of political theory, comparative politics, and American politics.

Note: Approved for the Arts and Sciences upper-level requirement in written communication (WR).

Course Attribute(s): CUE - This course fulfills the Culminating Undergraduate Experience (CUE) requirement for certain degree programs. CUE courses are advanced-level courses intended for majors with at least 90 earned credits/senior-level status.

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POLS 499. Senior Honors Thesis - WR3 Units

Term Typically Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer

Prerequisite(s): Senior standing; admission to department Honors Program.

Description: An intensive examination of a topical area in political science undertaken with a designated faculty advisor.

Note: Approved for the Arts and Sciences upper-level requirement in written communication (WR).

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POLS 501. Topics in American Politics3 Units

Description: An advanced examination of one or more selected contemporary problems in American government, such as national-state relationships, civil rights, foreign policy, labor relations, and taxation policy.

Note: Topics to be varied from year to year.
Note: Individual research projects and reports will be required.

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POLS 502. Topics in Comparative Politics3 Units

Description: A comparative study of governments of selected countries, stressing one or more subjects such as party systems, policy-making processes, administration, regulation of economics, and others to be determined each time course is offered.

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POLS 504. Topics in Political Theory - WR3 Units

Prerequisite(s): Senior standing or faculty consent.

Description: An examination of one or more selected topics in the study of political philosophy. Individual research projects and reports are required.

Note: Approved for the Arts and Sciences upper-level requirement in written communication (WR).

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POLS 505. Topics in Urban and Public Policy3 Units

Description: An interdisciplinary study of metropolitan problems, providing an opportunity to probe into basic long-range trends and human factors.

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POLS 506. Topics in International Relations3 Units

Prerequisite(s): Consent of instructor.

Description: An advanced focus on one or more selected topics in world politics. Research projects, reports and simulations will likely be required.

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POLS 507. Topics in Digital Politics3 Units

Description: Investigation of the role of information technology in politics and policy-making with a focus on real-world applications. Topics may include political campaigns, interest group advocacy, and e-government.

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POLS 510. Louisville Metro Council Internship1-3 Units

Term Typically Offered: Fall Only

Prerequisite(s): Consent of instructor.

Description: Practical internship in government.

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POLS 511. Practicum1-3 Units

Prerequisite(s): Consent of instructor.

Description: Practical internship in government.

Note: Application must be made before enrollment.
Note: Placement opportunities are limited.

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POLS 512. Frankfort Legislative Internship3 Units

Description: This course offers students the opportunity to experience working in the office of an elected member of Kentucky General Assembly. Interns work an average of 16 hours per week during the legislative session. Intern responsibilities may vary, depending on the intern's experience and interests as well as the needs of the office. The primary objectives of the intern program include: providing students the opportunity to gain first-hand experience working in government and politics, generating insight into the realities of the political process and how it relates to traditional theoretical perspectives of political science, and educating students about the possibilities of public service and politics as a career choice.

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POLS 520. Coping with Conflict3 Units

Description: This active-learning course involves students negotiating and then analyzing realistic hypothetical cases related to local, national, and international issues found within the North American countries.

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POLS 530. International Negotiation3 Units

Description: An examination of the politics of interstate bargaining. Various theoretical perspectives are examined as well as several real world examples. Students will participate in role-playing exercises.

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POLS 552. Politics through Film2-3 Units

Description: An examination of authority patterns, political change, using cinematic portrayals as the primary literature base for investigation.

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POLS 563. Women in Developing Countries - WR3 Units

Description: Follows the progress of the international women's movement by focusing on the emergence of women leaders and their work in developing countries since the First World Conference on Women, 1975 to the present.

Note: Cross-listed with WGST 558.
Note: Approved for the Arts and Sciences upper-level requirement in Written Communication (WR).

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POLS 568. Feminist Theory - WR3 Units

Description: Survey of the history and scope of the feminist tradition with emphasis upon liberal, radical, Marxist, socialist, psychoanalytic, and postmodern approaches to feminist theory.

Note: Cross-listed with WGST 556.
Note: Approved for the Arts and Sciences upper-level requirement in written communication (WR).
Note: Credit may not be earned for both WGST 556/POLS 568 and WGST 656/POLS 668.

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