Spring 2017 Courses

Course - Section Title Days Time Location
POLS 104 - 02 Amer Govt in Comp Perspec - T - R - - - 1330 - 1510 MHC 208

Days of Week:

- T - R - - -

Time of Day:

1330 - 1510

Location:

MHC 208

Course Registration Number:

20564 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

4

Instructor:

Arijit Mazumdar

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.

Schedule Details

Location Time Day(s)
POLS 104 - W01 Amer Govt in Comp Perspec M - W - F - - 0935 - 1040 JRC 201

Days of Week:

M - W - F - -

Time of Day:

0935 - 1040

Location:

JRC 201

Course Registration Number:

20563 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

4

Instructor:

Steven D. Maloney

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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Location Time Day(s)
POLS 205 - L01 Cit. Participation & Pub Pol - T - R - - - 0800 - 0940 MCH 231

Days of Week:

- T - R - - -

Time of Day:

0800 - 0940

Location:

MCH 231

Course Registration Number:

20278 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

4

Instructor:

Angela High-Pippert

This course focuses on American politics and public policy, with an emphasis on what both citizens and governments do, why they do it, and what difference it makes. It examines aspects of the policy process, such as agenda-setting and issue attention cycles, before covering substantive public policy issues such as education, civil rights, health care, energy and the environment, defense, and immigration. The ways in which citizens influence the public policy process through elections, interest groups, and measures of public opinion will also be considered. Prerequisite: POLS 104 or permission of instructor.

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POLS 225 - 01 World Politics M - W - F - - 1055 - 1200 JRC 414

Days of Week:

M - W - F - -

Time of Day:

1055 - 1200

Location:

JRC 414

Course Registration Number:

20279 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

4

Instructor:

Arijit Mazumdar

This course serves as an introduction to the political science sub-fields of comparative politics and international relations. It introduces a range of divergent theories and perspectives concerning world politics and the nature of the contemporary global political system. It also focuses on the interactions between states and the impact of both states and non-state actors (such as international organizations and multinational corporations) on domestic and international outcomes. Themes include globalization and international trade, international security, foreign policy, international law and organizations, developing world, and European politics. Prerequisite: POLS 104 or permission of instructor.

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POLS 298 - 01 Topics: Comp Asian Politics M - W - F - - 1215 - 1320 JRC 414

Days of Week:

M - W - F - -

Time of Day:

1215 - 1320

Location:

JRC 414

Course Registration Number:

22248 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

4

Instructor:

Arijit Mazumdar

POLS 298-01: Comparative Asian Politics: China, India, and Japan This course examines the government, politics, and foreign policy of the three largest economies of Asia - China, India, and Japan. It will use a comparative approach to explore their history, political culture, political institutions, government structures and processes, political economy, political development and transitions, and international interactions. The goals of the course include determining the impact of traditional cultures, western values and influences, economic change, and globalization on the political processes of these countries.

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Location Time Day(s)
POLS 298 - 02 Topics: Global Envr Politics M - W - - - - 1525 - 1700 MHC 202

Days of Week:

M - W - - - -

Time of Day:

1525 - 1700

Location:

MHC 202

Course Registration Number:

22516 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

4

Instructor:

Chase Hobbs-Morgan

In Global Environmental Politics we will 1) seek to understand different philosophical and cultural approaches to the environment; 2) examine major environmental problems that humans are facing at the global level; and 3) look at actual and potential solutions to these problems. As such, the course will speak to a wide variety of concerns and interests. I hope you'll consider taking the course whether you are primarily interested in the environment itself, in international relations, or in fostering solutions to problems like global climate change, food insecurity, pollution, and beyond.

Schedule Details

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POLS 305 - 01 Congress and the Presidency M - W - F - - 1335 - 1440 MHC 203

Days of Week:

M - W - F - -

Time of Day:

1335 - 1440

Location:

MHC 203

Course Registration Number:

22245 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

4

Instructor:

Steven D. Maloney

The institutions of Congress and the Presidency will be examined in this course, both independently and in the larger policymaking context of repeated interactions. Concepts such as representation, elections, cooperation, and what “success” looks like will be discussed, both in the contemporary context and with an eye towards the institution’s historical development. Prerequisite: POLS 205 or permission of the instructor.

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POLS 314 - 01 Constit Rights & Liberties - T - R - - - 1525 - 1700 MHC 203

Days of Week:

- T - R - - -

Time of Day:

1525 - 1700

Location:

MHC 203

Course Registration Number:

22246 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

4

Instructor:

Kathleen H. Winters

This course examines individual freedoms protected in the U.S. Constitution through the lens of Supreme Court precedent. While many political hot button issues are discussed throughout the semester, understanding and analysis of the varying interpretations of the Constitution and Supreme Court precedents are emphasized. Prerequisite: POLS 104 or permission of the instructor. Junior or senior standing strongly recommended.

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POLS 414 - D01 Seminar in Judicial Politics - T - R - - - 0955 - 1135 SCB 112

Days of Week:

- T - R - - -

Time of Day:

0955 - 1135

Location:

SCB 112

Course Registration Number:

22249 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

4

Instructor:

Kathleen H. Winters

Have you ever wondered how the Supreme Court reaches the conclusions that it does? Or whether the media’s reporting of the Supreme Court’s decision-making process is accurate? By the end of this course, students will have a strong foundation in the scholarly literature and research relating to Supreme Court decision-making, beginning with why the Court accepts the cases that it does and ending with the public’s reaction to Court decisions. This course utilizes a semester-long role-playing simulation of the Supreme Court (and its justices) to dig into the practicalities of the entire decision-making process, as well as to provide for hands-on experience in considering how the results of the scholarly research play out “in the real world.” The course culminates with students completing an original research project on some aspect of the Court’s decision-making process, though it will be written in various stages throughout the semester, which is why the course is designated “Writing in the Discipline.” As this course is a capstone for Political Science majors, it is strongly recommended that students have taken either POLS 313 or POLS 314 prior to enrolling in POLS 414. Please email Dr. Winters with any questions.

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Summer 2017 Courses

Course - Section Title Days Time Location
POLS 205 - L01 Cit. Participation & Pub Pol - T - R - - - 1730 - 2130 JRC 414

Days of Week:

- T - R - - -

Time of Day:

1730 - 2130

Location:

JRC 414

Course Registration Number:

30293 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

4

Instructor:

Angela High-Pippert

This course focuses on American politics and public policy, with an emphasis on what both citizens and governments do, why they do it, and what difference it makes. It examines aspects of the policy process, such as agenda-setting and issue attention cycles, before covering substantive public policy issues such as education, civil rights, health care, energy and the environment, defense, and immigration. The ways in which citizens influence the public policy process through elections, interest groups, and measures of public opinion will also be considered. Prerequisite: POLS 104 or permission of instructor.

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Fall 2017 Courses

Course - Section Title Days Time Location
POLS 104 - W01 Amer Govt in Comp Perspec - T - R - - - 1330 - 1510

Days of Week:

- T - R - - -

Time of Day:

1330 - 1510

Location:

Course Registration Number:

40617 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

4

Instructor:

Arijit Mazumdar

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.

Schedule Details

Location Time Day(s)
POLS 104 - W02 Amer Govt in Comp Perspec M - W - F - - 0935 - 1040

Days of Week:

M - W - F - -

Time of Day:

0935 - 1040

Location:

Course Registration Number:

40619 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

4

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.

Schedule Details

Location Time Day(s)
POLS 104 - W03 Amer Govt in Comp Perspec M - W - F - - 1215 - 1320

Days of Week:

M - W - F - -

Time of Day:

1215 - 1320

Location:

Course Registration Number:

42702 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

4

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.

Schedule Details

Location Time Day(s)
POLS 104 - W41 Honr:Amer Govt in Comp Perspec M - W - F - - 0815 - 0920

Days of Week:

M - W - F - -

Time of Day:

0815 - 0920

Location:

Course Registration Number:

42701 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

4

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.

Schedule Details

Location Time Day(s)
POLS 205 - L01 Cit. Participation & Pub Pol - T - R - - - 0800 - 0940

Days of Week:

- T - R - - -

Time of Day:

0800 - 0940

Location:

Course Registration Number:

40251 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

4

Instructor:

Staff

This course focuses on American politics and public policy, with an emphasis on what both citizens and governments do, why they do it, and what difference it makes. It examines aspects of the policy process, such as agenda-setting and issue attention cycles, before covering substantive public policy issues such as education, civil rights, health care, energy and the environment, defense, and immigration. The ways in which citizens influence the public policy process through elections, interest groups, and measures of public opinion will also be considered. Prerequisite: POLS 104 or permission of instructor.

Schedule Details

Location Time Day(s)
POLS 225 - 01 World Politics M - W - F - - 1055 - 1200

Days of Week:

M - W - F - -

Time of Day:

1055 - 1200

Location:

Course Registration Number:

40252 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

4

Instructor:

Arijit Mazumdar

This course serves as an introduction to the political science sub-fields of comparative politics and international relations. It introduces a range of divergent theories and perspectives concerning world politics and the nature of the contemporary global political system. It also focuses on the interactions between states and the impact of both states and non-state actors (such as international organizations and multinational corporations) on domestic and international outcomes. Themes include globalization and international trade, international security, foreign policy, international law and organizations, developing world, and European politics. Prerequisite: POLS 104 or permission of instructor.

Schedule Details

Location Time Day(s)
POLS 275 - L01 American Political Thought M - W - F - - 1215 - 1320

Days of Week:

M - W - F - -

Time of Day:

1215 - 1320

Location:

Course Registration Number:

40253 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

4

Instructor:

Steven D. Maloney

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. Prerequisite: POLS 104 or permission of the instructor.

Schedule Details

Location Time Day(s)
POLS 298 - 01 Topics: TBA M - W - - - - 1525 - 1700

Days of Week:

M - W - - - -

Time of Day:

1525 - 1700

Location:

Course Registration Number:

42700 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

4

Instructor:

Staff

The subject matter of these courses will vary from year to year, but will not duplicate existing courses. Descriptions of these courses are available in the Searchable Class Schedule on Murphy Online, View Searchable Class Schedule

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POLS 302 - 01 Women and Politics - T - R - - - 0955 - 1135

Days of Week:

- T - R - - -

Time of Day:

0955 - 1135

Location:

Course Registration Number:

42697 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

4

Instructor:

Angela High-Pippert

An examination of the political involvement of women in the United States, including 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 impact that women make in public office. Differences between women’s and men’s political lives and differences among women will also be explored. Potential explanations for the political underrepresentation of women will be evaluated. Prerequisite: POLS 205 or permission of the instructor.

Schedule Details

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POLS 312 - L01 Judicial Process M - W - - - - 1335 - 1510

Days of Week:

M - W - - - -

Time of Day:

1335 - 1510

Location:

Course Registration Number:

42703 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

4

Instructor:

Kathleen H. Winters

This course delves into both criminal and civil judicial process, and also considers the politics of law and justice. Concepts relating to achieving legal justice are emphasized throughout this course. Additionally, many different players in the process, such as lawyers, judges, juries, and witnesses, and their influence on a case’s outcome, are considered. Prerequisite: POLS 104 or permission of the instructor.

Schedule Details

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POLS 352 - 01 Politics of Developing World M - W - F - - 1215 - 1320

Days of Week:

M - W - F - -

Time of Day:

1215 - 1320

Location:

Course Registration Number:

41933 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

4

Instructor:

Arijit Mazumdar

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 225 or permission of the instructor.

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POLS 354 - 01 Politics of Post-Soviet States M - W - F - - 1335 - 1440

Days of Week:

M - W - F - -

Time of Day:

1335 - 1440

Location:

Course Registration Number:

42698 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

4

Instructor:

Renee L. Buhr

This course provides an in-depth understanding of the dynamics of political change in general and of the history of the Soviet Union and the fifteen post-Soviet states. General topics include revolution, totalitarian and authoritarian regimes, and problems of democratic transition experienced by many states both in and outside of the post-Soviet space. These topics are illustrated with case studies from the former Soviet Union, including Russia, East European and Central Asian states. Prerequisite: POLS 225 or permission of the instructor.

Schedule Details

Location Time Day(s)
POLS 424 - D01 Seminar in Int'l Relations - T - R - - - 1330 - 1510

Days of Week:

- T - R - - -

Time of Day:

1330 - 1510

Location:

Course Registration Number:

42699 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

4

Instructor:

Renee L. Buhr

Seminars in political science provide an opportunity for students to synthesize and further develop knowledge gained in previous courses and enhance their critical and analytical skills. Students 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: Juniors and seniors may enroll in a seminar once they have completed at 300-level course within that subfield, or with permission of the instructor.

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