Spring 2014 Courses

Spring 2014 Courses
Course - Section Title Days Time Location
POLS 104 - 01 Amer Govt in Comp Perspec - T - R - 0955 - 1135 MHC 202
CRN: 20704 4 Credit Hours Instructor: Nicholas F. Martini 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.
POLS 104 - 02 Amer Govt in Comp Perspec M - W - F 1215 - 1320 JRC 247
CRN: 20705 4 Credit Hours 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.
POLS 205 - 01 Intro Amer Publ Pol Process M - W - F 1215 - 1320 JRC 246
CRN: 20337 4 Credit Hours Instructor: Steven M. Hoffman 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
POLS 225 - 01 Intro to World Politics M - W - F 1055 - 1200 JRC 247
CRN: 20338 4 Credit Hours Instructor: Arijit Mazumdar 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
POLS 275 - 01 Intro to Political Thought - T - R - 0800 - 0940 JRC 481
CRN: 20339 4 Credit Hours Instructor: Frederick M. Hemker Examines how understanding of politics and political problems has evolved in western civilizations over time. Explores ideas and the methods for developing political knowledge about concepts like justice, equality, legitimacy, law, public responsibility, and human nature. This will be accomplished by closely reading and analyzing a survey of the most significant political theory texts in the Western tradition. Prerequisites: POLS 104 or permission of the instructor.
POLS 305 - 01 Congress and the Presidency M - W - F 0935 - 1040 JRC 222
CRN: 22227 4 Credit Hours Instructor: Kathleen H. Winters An examination of the development and contemporary operation of the legislative and executive branches of government, focusing particularly on the interaction between them in the policy-making process. Topics include: the evolution of selection processes; the growth of careerism in the legislature; increasing complexity and bureaucratization of both branches; the nature of representation; the role of political parties; and the expansion and contraction of each branch's powers relative to the other. Primary attention will be on Congress and the presidency, but parallels also will be drawn with state legislatures and governors. Prerequisite: POLS 205 or permission of instructor
POLS 314 - 01 Constit Rights & Liberties - T - R - 0800 - 0940 JRC 201
CRN: 22228 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
POLS 320 - 01 American Foreign Policy M - W - F 1335 - 1440 JRC 247
CRN: 22231 4 Credit Hours Instructor: Renee L. Buhr Examination of the traditional American approach to foreign policy; America's post-World War II role in the world; the roles of the president and Congress in the making of foreign policy; the foreign-policy bureaucracy; nuclear-weapons policy; contemporary American foreign policies. Prerequisite: POLS 225 or permission of instructor
POLS 356 - 01 Politics of South Asia - T - R - 0955 - 1135 OEC 209
CRN: 22230 4 Credit Hours Instructor: Arijit Mazumdar An examination of the politics, economy and society of South Asian countries, including Afghanistan, Bangladesh, India, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka. Involves comparison between these countries utilizing themes such as political culture, political institutions, government structures and processes, political economy, interest groups and political development and transition. Prerequisities: POLS 104 and 225 or permission of the instructor.
POLS 414 - 01 Seminar in Law/Judicial Pol - T - - - 1330 - 1630 JRC 222
CRN: 20644 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.
POLS 424 - 01 Seminar in Int'l Politics - - - R - 1330 - 1630 JRC 222
CRN: 20513 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 enior status or permission of the instructor.
POLS 478 - 01 Experiential Learning - - - - - -
CRN: 22918 4 Credit Hours Instructor: Steven M. Hoffman

Summer 2014 Courses

Summer 2014 Courses
Course - Section Title Days Time Location

Fall 2014 Courses

Fall 2014 Courses
Course - Section Title Days Time Location
POLS 104 - 01 Amer Govt in Comp Perspec M - W - F 1055 - 1200 MCH 229
CRN: 40807 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.
POLS 104 - 02 Amer Govt in Comp Perspec M - W - - 1525 - 1700
CRN: 40808 4 Credit Hours 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.
POLS 104 - 03 Amer Govt in Comp Perspec M - W - F 1335 - 1440 BEC LL07
CRN: 40810 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.
POLS 205 - 01 Intro Amer Publ Pol Process - T - R - 0800 - 0940 JRC 246
CRN: 40310 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
POLS 225 - 01 Intro to World Politics M - W - F 0935 - 1040 SCB 329
CRN: 40311 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
POLS 275 - 01 Intro Amer. Political Thought M - W - F 1055 - 1200 MCH 108
CRN: 40312 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.
POLS 301 - 01 American Political Behavior M - W - F 0935 - 1040 MCH 231
CRN: 42377 4 Credit Hours Instructor: Nicholas F. Martini 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
POLS 309 - 01 Environmental Policy M - W - - 1335 - 1510 MHC 202
CRN: 40806 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
POLS 312 - 01 Judicial Process M - W - F 0815 - 0920 SCB 325
CRN: 42378 4 Credit Hours Instructor: Kathleen H. Winters An examination of the relationship of law and judicial policy-making to American political culture. The selection, powers and operation of American courts - trial and appellate, federal and state; the evolution of the judiciary in American constitutional history with emphasis on the decision-making process; relations with law enforcement agencies, the legal profession, interest groups, executive and legislative institutions. Prerequisite: POLS 104, or permission of instructor
POLS 352 - 01 Politics of Developing World M - W - F 1215 - 1320 MCH 229
CRN: 40811 4 Credit Hours 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 104 or permission of the instructor.
POLS 354 - 01 Politics of Post-Soviet States - T - R - 0955 - 1135 SCB 205
CRN: 42379 4 Credit Hours Instructor: Renee L. Buhr 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. These topics are illustrated with case studies from the former Soviet Union, including Russia, East European and Central Asian post-Soviet states. Prerequisites: POLS 104 or permission of the instructor.
POLS 404 - 01 Seminar in American Poltics - T - - - 1330 - 1700 OEC 314
CRN: 40659 4 Credit Hours Instructor: Angela High-Pippert 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.
POLS 454 - 01 Sem in Comparative Politics - - - R - 1330 - 1700 OEC 314
CRN: 41099 4 Credit Hours Instructor: Arijit Mazumdar 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.