Spring 2015 Courses

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POLS 104 - 01 Amer Govt in Comp Perspec M - W - F - - 0935 - 1040 MHC 209
CRN: 20658 4 Credit Hours Instructor: Kathleen H. Winters An introduction to the concepts basic to an understanding of politics and government with an emphasis on the political systems of the United States. A comparative examination of political processes, decision making institutions and policy issues relevant to the contemporary world. An introduction to basic research methods used in the discipline. This course fulfills the Social Analysis requirement in the core curriculum.

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POLS 104 - 02 Amer Govt in Comp Perspec M - W - F - - 1055 - 1200 MHC 209
CRN: 20659 4 Credit Hours Instructor: Angela High-Pippert An introduction to the concepts basic to an understanding of politics and government with an emphasis on the political systems of the United States. A comparative examination of political processes, decision making institutions and policy issues relevant to the contemporary world. An introduction to basic research methods used in the discipline. This course fulfills the Social Analysis requirement in the core curriculum.

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POLS 205 - 01 Intro Amer Publ Pol Process - T - R - - - 0955 - 1135 OWS LL54
CRN: 20326 4 Credit Hours Instructor: Angela High-Pippert A survey of the way public policy is made in the American political system including agenda-setting, formulation of alternative policy choices, representation of interests and selection and implementation of policy options. Public policy case studies will be used as illustrations. Students also will be introduced to data analysis as a tool for policy evaluation. Prerequisite: POLS 104 or permission of the instructor

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POLS 225 - 01 Intro to World Politics M - W - F - - 1055 - 1200 JRC 222
CRN: 20327 4 Credit Hours Instructor: Renee L. Buhr An overview of the contemporary international political system that examines the nature of power in global politics, particularly the transition from a bipolar to a post-cold war world. Emphasis is given to the changing relationships among the great powers, such as the United States and Russia, and to the interaction between the industrialized democracies of the North and the less-developed states of the South. Issues that cut across international politics - arms proliferation, the debt crisis, terrorism, resurgent nationalism - are examined. The course also analyzes the role and impact of non-state actors, such as the United Nations and multi-national corporations, on the international system. Prerequisite: POLS 104 or permission of the instructor

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POLS 275 - 01 Intro Amer. Political Thought M - W - F - - 1335 - 1440 OEC 307
CRN: 20328 4 Credit Hours Instructor: Steven M. Hoffman The course offers a survey of important American political themes, essays, and writers. Critical foundational documents such as the Declaration of Independence, the Federalist Papers, and the Emancipation Proclamation, as well as debates and speeches central to American political thought, including the Lincoln-Douglas debates, the Gettysburg Address, and great political speeches of the 20th century, are examined. Mainstream writers such as Jefferson, Thoreau, Dewey, Debs, Mencken, and Walzer are reviewed as well as generally overlooked women and minority writers such as Sojourner Truth and Elizabeth Cady-Stanton. Prerequisite: POLS 104 or permission of the instructor.

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POLS 302 - 01 Women and Politics M - W - F - - 1215 - 1320 MHC 209
CRN: 22134 4 Credit Hours Instructor: Angela High-Pippert An examination of the political involvement of women. Topics include: the representation of women, feminism as a social movement, the campaign strategies and styles of women candidates, the election of women to local, state, and national office, and the differences that women make in public office. Emphasis is on women in the United States, but comparisons will be made with women in other countries. Prerequisite: POLS 104 or permission of instructor

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POLS 313 - 0 Constitutional Law/Politics - T - R - - - 0955 - 1135 OWS 275
CRN: 22135 4 Credit Hours Instructor: Kathleen H. Winters The Supreme Court as a legal and political institution; leading cases and related materials on the presidency, Congress, the judiciary, federalism and national emergency. Prerequisite: POLS 104, or permission of instructor

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POLS 321 - 0 Comparative Foreign Policy - T - R - - - 1330 - 1510 OEC 309
CRN: 22136 4 Credit Hours Instructor: Nicholas F. Martini Analysis of the domestic and external determinants of foreign-policy behavior. The general processes discovered by analysis will be examined on a comparative basis in the foreign policies of the major powers. Prerequisite: POLS 104 or permission of instructor

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POLS 326 - 0 Intl Law & Organization M - W - F - - 1215 - 1320 MCH 231
CRN: 22137 4 Credit Hours Instructor: Renee L. Buhr Aimed at upper-level undergraduates with an interest in international relations generally and the IR subfield of international organization (IO) specifically. An examination of the ways in which state behavior is affected by international norms, international legal documents such as UN delcarations and bilateral treaties, and international organizations like the United Nations are examined. The course also looks closely at the ways in which states, individuals, and power relations shape the nature and objectives of international law and organizations. Prerequisites: POLS 104 or permission of the instructor.

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POLS 424 - 01 Seminar in Int'l Politics - T - - - - - 1330 - 1700 OEC 306
CRN: 20488 4 Credit Hours Instructor: Renee L. Buhr Seminars in political science provide an opportunity for students to synthesize and further develop knowledge gained in earlier courses and enhance their critical and analytical skills. Students in the seminars will engage in reading and discussion and undertake a major research project pertinent to the seminar's topic. Specific topics or themes of each seminar will vary. Seminars are offered in each of the sub-fields of the discipline. Prerequisite: POLS 104 and Senior status or permission of the instructor.

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Summer 2015 Courses

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POLS 205 - 01 Intro Amer Publ Pol Process - T - R - - - 1300 - 1700 JRC 414
CRN: 30424 4 Credit Hours Instructor: Angela High-Pippert A survey of the way public policy is made in the American political system including agenda-setting, formulation of alternative policy choices, representation of interests and selection and implementation of policy options. Public policy case studies will be used as illustrations. Students also will be introduced to data analysis as a tool for policy evaluation. Prerequisite: POLS 104 or permission of the instructor

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Fall 2015 Courses

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POLS 104 - 01 Amer Govt in Comp Perspec M - W - - - - 1335 - 1510 JRC 247
CRN: 40747 4 Credit Hours Instructor: Kathleen H. Winters An introduction to the concepts basic to an understanding of politics and government with an emphasis on the political systems of the United States. A comparative examination of political processes, decision making institutions and policy issues relevant to the contemporary world. An introduction to basic research methods used in the discipline. This course fulfills the Social Analysis requirement in the core curriculum.

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POLS 104 - 02 Amer Govt in Comp Perspec - T - R - - - 1330 - 1510 SCB 206
CRN: 40748 4 Credit Hours Instructor: Renee L. Buhr An introduction to the concepts basic to an understanding of politics and government with an emphasis on the political systems of the United States. A comparative examination of political processes, decision making institutions and policy issues relevant to the contemporary world. An introduction to basic research methods used in the discipline. This course fulfills the Social Analysis requirement in the core curriculum.

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POLS 104 - 03 Amer Govt in Comp Perspec M - W - F - - 0935 - 1040 MHC 204
CRN: 40750 4 Credit Hours Instructor: Staff An introduction to the concepts basic to an understanding of politics and government with an emphasis on the political systems of the United States. A comparative examination of political processes, decision making institutions and policy issues relevant to the contemporary world. An introduction to basic research methods used in the discipline. This course fulfills the Social Analysis requirement in the core curriculum.

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POLS 205 - 01 Intro Amer Publ Pol Process - T - R - - - 0955 - 1135 JRC 414
CRN: 40296 4 Credit Hours Instructor: Angela High-Pippert A survey of the way public policy is made in the American political system including agenda-setting, formulation of alternative policy choices, representation of interests and selection and implementation of policy options. Public policy case studies will be used as illustrations. Students also will be introduced to data analysis as a tool for policy evaluation. Prerequisite: POLS 104 or permission of the instructor

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POLS 225 - 01 Intro to World Politics M - W - F - - 1055 - 1200 JRC 201
CRN: 40297 4 Credit Hours Instructor: Renee L. Buhr An overview of the contemporary international political system that examines the nature of power in global politics, particularly the transition from a bipolar to a post-cold war world. Emphasis is given to the changing relationships among the great powers, such as the United States and Russia, and to the interaction between the industrialized democracies of the North and the less-developed states of the South. Issues that cut across international politics - arms proliferation, the debt crisis, terrorism, resurgent nationalism - are examined. The course also analyzes the role and impact of non-state actors, such as the United Nations and multi-national corporations, on the international system. Prerequisite: POLS 104 or permission of the instructor

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POLS 275 - 01 Intro Amer. Political Thought M - W - F - - 1215 - 1320 MCH 118
CRN: 40298 4 Credit Hours Instructor: Steven M. Hoffman The course offers a survey of important American political themes, essays, and writers. Critical foundational documents such as the Declaration of Independence, the Federalist Papers, and the Emancipation Proclamation, as well as debates and speeches central to American political thought, including the Lincoln-Douglas debates, the Gettysburg Address, and great political speeches of the 20th century, are examined. Mainstream writers such as Jefferson, Thoreau, Dewey, Debs, Mencken, and Walzer are reviewed as well as generally overlooked women and minority writers such as Sojourner Truth and Elizabeth Cady-Stanton. Prerequisite: POLS 104 or permission of the instructor.

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POLS 301 - 01 American Political Behavior M - W - F - - 0935 - 1040 MCH 106
CRN: 42483 4 Credit Hours Instructor: Angela High-Pippert An examination of the political attitudes and behavior of the public, as well as the linkages between the public and their government. Topics include: public opinion; political psychology; political participation; voting; elections; political parties; interest groups; and the mass media. The emphasis is on the American system, but comparisons will be made with other democratic systems. Attention also will be paid to survey research as a principal method by which these topics are studied. Prerequisite: POLS 104 or permission of instructor

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POLS 309 - 01 Environmental Policy M - W - - - - 1335 - 1510 MCH 118
CRN: 40746 4 Credit Hours Instructor: Steven M. Hoffman An examination of environmental policy outcomes generated by institutions and organizations, including legislation, court decisions and administrative decisions. Additional focus is on the nature of the decision-making process and those methods commonly used to assess public policy. Prerequisite: POLS 104 or permission of instructor

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POLS 314 - 01 Constit Rights & Liberties - T - R - - - 0955 - 1135
CRN: 42484 4 Credit Hours Instructor: Kathleen H. Winters The Supreme Court as a legal and political institution; leading cases and related materials on the Bill of Rights and the Fourteenth Amendment, including the freedom of speech and press, the freedom of religion, the rights of the criminally-accused and equal protection of the laws. Prerequisite: POLS 104 or 205, or permission of instructor

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POLS 328 - 01 International Security M - W - - - - 1525 - 1700 SCB 325
CRN: 42485 4 Credit Hours Instructor: Renee L. Buhr Addresses theories of international relations that apply to international security and focuses on both traditional and contemporary issues in security studies. Among the traditional issues covered are defense strategy, conventional weapons, weapons of mass destruction, and military alliances. Contemporary issues addressed include ethnic conflict, genocide, democratic peace theory, and terrorism. Prerequisites: POLS 104 or permission of the instructor.

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POLS 352 - 01 Politics of Developing World M - W - F - - 1215 - 1320 MCH 111
CRN: 40751 4 Credit Hours Instructor: Staff A survey of the politics and economy of Asia, Africa and Latin America. Focuses on issues such as colonialism, democratization, human rights, gender, population, poverty, environment, political leadership, economic development and relations between developed and developing countries. Prerequisites: POLS 104 or permission of the instructor.

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POLS 414 - 01 Seminar in Law/Judicial Pol - T - R - - - 1525 - 1700 JRC 481
CRN: 42486 4 Credit Hours Instructor: Kathleen H. Winters Seminars in political science provide an opportunity for students to synthesize and further develop knowledge gained in earlier courses and enhance their critical and analytical skills. Students in the seminars will engage in reading and discussion and undertake a major research project pertinent to the seminar's topic. Specific topics or themes of each seminar will vary. Seminars are offered in each of the sub-fields of the discipline. Prerequisite: POLS 104 and Senior status or permission of the instructor.

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