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MAY SESSION 2012 COURSES

POL 1050: International Relations, 3 credits
Time, days and room: 8-10:55 a.m., MTWThF, Cina 202  
Description: Introduction to contemporary international politics: levels of analysis; the international system; nation-state behavior; foreign policy decision making; economic and defense policy issues.
Instructor: Paul Sharp

POL 3025: Popular Culture and Politics, 4 credits
Time, days and room: 1-4:55 p.m., MTWThF, Cina 102
Description: Evaluation of the presentation of American political institutions, officials, and policy issues in mass entertainment. How accurate are the portrayals? How influential is Hollywood's view of American government? How do Americans know what they think they know about politics?
Instructor: Garrick Percival

POL 3400: Contemporary Issues in World Politics, 4 credits
Time, days and room: 4-7:55 p.m., MTWThF, SCC 120
Description: Detailed examination and analysis of selected contemporary issues in world politics and international relations. Policy recommendations dealing with each issue.
Instructor: Jeremy Youde

POL 3457: Understanding Terrorism and the Terrorist Threat to America, 4 credits
Time, days and room: 8-11:55 a.m., MTWThF, H 314
Description: Introduces students to the major causes of terrorism in the Cold War and post-Cold War worlds and the threats terrorist groups pose to the United States and its interests around the world.
Instructor: Mary Caprioli

POL 3097: Government Internship, 1-12 credits [max 12 credits]
Description: Scheduled work assignments with direct supervision in performance of governmental functions; full- or part-time employment.
Instructor: Arranged

POL 3197: Nongovernmental Internship
Description: Supervised, scheduled work assignments in performance of political functions in nongovernmental organizations; full- or part-time employment. Not all outside work is eligible; see department head for requirements.
Instructor: Arranged

POL 4191: Independent Study, 1-4 credits
Description: Advanced study and research under supervision of a staff member; student must consult with instructor before registration.
Instructor: Arranged

 

 


FALL 2012 COURSES

POL 1011: American Government and Politics, 3 credits
Time, days and room: Sect. 001: 2-2:50 p.m., MWF, H 314
(Instructor: Mark Jennings)
Sect. 002: 12-12:50 p.m., MWF, MonH 203
(Instructor: Mark Jennings)
Sect. 003: 10-10:50 a.m., MWF, H 314
(Instructor: Joseph Staats)
Description: Principles of American national government. Survey of American governmental system, structure, operations, and services; constitutionalism, federalism, civil liberties, parties, pressure groups, and elections.

POL 1050: International Relations, 3 credits
Time, days and room: Sect. 001: 11-11:50 a.m., MWF, H 314                                     (Instructor: Cindy Christian)
Sect. 002: 8-8:50 a.m., MWF, MonH 70
(Instructor: Paul Sharp)
Description: Introduction to contemporary international politics: levels of analysis; the international system; nation-state behavior; foreign policy decision making; economic and defense policy issues.

POL 1500: Introduction to Comparative Politics, 3 credits
Time, days and room: 2-3:15 p.m., TuTh, MonH 203
Description: Survey of the politics of countries selected to reflect alternative styles of politics and forms of government; examples of Western liberal democratic, Communist and post-Communist, and Third World systems.
Instructor: Jeremy Youde

POL 1610: Introduction to Political Theory, 3 credits
Time, days and room: 1-1:50 p.m., MWF, H 314   
Description: Introduction to the history of political thought from a thematic perspective such as freedom and citizenship, democracy and its critics, political obligation and justice, diversity and inequality. Close attention to method of interpretation and argument.
Instructor: Bruno Anili

POL 2700: Methodology and Analysis, 4 credits
Time, days and room: 12-1:50 p.m., TuTh, Cina 202
Description: Theory and methods of conducting political research: theory construction, concept formulation, survey research and sampling design, basic statistical analysis, and measurement of relationships.
Instructor: Garrick Percival

POL 3001: American Public Policy, 3 credits
Time, days and room: 8-9:15 a.m., TuTh, LSBE 225
Description: Approaches to policy study, context of policy process, and discussion of policy issues.
Instructor: Garrick Percival

POL 3025: Popular Culture and Politics, 4 credits
Time, days and room: 6-7:50 p.m., MW, Cina 316
Description: Evaluation of the presentation of American political institutions, officials, and policy issues in mass entertainment. How accurate are the portrayals? How influential is Hollywood's view of American government? How do Americans know what they think they know about politics?
Instructor: Bruno Anili

POL 3097: Government Internship, 1-12 credits [max 12 credits]
Description: Scheduled work assignments with direct supervision in performance of governmental functions; full- or part-time employment.
Instructor: Arranged

POL 3131: Judicial Politics and Policy Making, 3 credits
Time, days and room: 12-12:50 p.m., MWF, Engr 280
Description: An examination of the characteristics and behavior of judicial institutions, emphasizing the interaction with other policy-makers and social and political problems. Investigates the policy roles of state and lower federal courts and the U.S. Supreme Court.
Instructor: Joseph Staats

POL 3142: Voting, Campaigning, and Elections, 3 credits
Time, days and room: 12-12:50 p.m., MWF, Engr 280
Description: Covers theories of voting, including how they explain who votes and vote choice. Examines how campaign money, policy issues, the media, and campaign advertising play a role in presidential and congressional elections.
Instructor: Mary Currin-Percival

POL 3150: American Constitutional Law I, 4 credits
Time, days and room: 1-2:50 p.m., MW, EduE 40
Description: Institutional powers and civil rights: judicial review; authority of Congress and President; powers in war and foreign affairs; power of national and state governments; property rights; civil rights and equal protection (race, gender, and other groups); anti-discrimination; affirmative action.
Instructor: Joseph Staats

POL 3197: Nongovernmental Internship
Description: Supervised, scheduled work assignments in performance of political functions in nongovernmental organizations; full- or part-time employment. Not all outside work is eligible; see department head for requirements.
Instructor: Arranged

POL 3403: American Foreign Policy, 3 credits
Time, days and room: 4-5:15 p.m., MW, KPlz 312
Description: Various influences on the making of American foreign policy; understanding why particular foreign policy choices are made and the effects of a changing international environment on American foreign policy.
Instructor: Paul Sharp

POL 3511: Politics of South Asia, 4 credits
Time, days and room: 12-1:50 p.m., TuTh, Cina 102
Description: Comparative study of five South Asian countries (namely India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, and Nepal). It analyzes the history and impact of colonialism in South Asia; state formations in South Asia; and controversies in recent South Asian politics over issues like globalization; democratization; religious fundamentalism; nuclearism; and gender. Policy solutions to these problems will be considered.
Instructor: Runa Das

POL 3515: Theories of Comparative Politics, 4 credits
Time, days and room: 3-4:50 p.m., TuTh, Cina 224
Description: Introduces the theoretical, methodological, and substantive debates in the discipline of Comparative Politics.
Instructor: Runa Das

POL 3517: Western European Political Systems, 4 credits
Time, days and room: 4-5:50 p.m., TuTh, Cina 308
Description: Comparative analysis of development and operation of political-governmental institutions and processes in selected Western European countries; political and ideological patterns and trends; problems of democratic politics; policy issues in advanced industrial societies and the future of the "welfare state."
Instructor: Jeremy Youde

POL 3525: African Politics, 3 credits
Time, days and room: 9:30-10:45 a.m., TuTh, Cina 308
Description: A survey of politics in Africa, with an emphasis on sub-Saharan Africa. Includes discussions of pre-colonial history, colonialism and its effects, the politics of independence movements, contemporary political systems, and the forces influencing politics on the continent.
Instructor: Jeremy Youde

POL 3651: Classical Political Thought, 4 credits
Time, days and room: 3-4:50 p.m., MW, Cina 308
Description: Advanced survey of classical political thought from ancient Greece to the rise of medieval Christianity and Islam to early Renaissance Italy. Major themes include the tensions between individuality and community, morality and politics, utopia and reality, and politics and literature. Major thinkers include, Thucydides, Plato, Aristotle, Cicero, Augustine, al-Farabi, Aquinas and Machiavelli.
Instructor: Bruno Anili

POL 4190: The Senior Seminar, 4 credits
Time, days and room: Sect. 001: 1-2:50 p.m., MW, Chem 153
                                    (Instructor: Mary Currin-Percival)
Topic: Campaign, Advertising with Focus on TV Ads for the Presidential Elections
                                    Sect. 002: 8-9:50 a.m., TuTh, Chem 153
                                    (Instructor: Mary Caprioli)
Topic: International Security – Human Security
Description: Supervised research and writing in current areas or issues of politics and political science, subject matter varying with instructor.

POL 4191: Independent Study, 1-4 credits
Description: Advanced study and research under supervision of a staff member; student must consult with instructor before registration.
Instructor: Arranged

POL 4910: Teaching Assistantship in Political Science, 1-2 credits
Description: Practical experience in teaching beginning courses in the department. Students serve as intern teachers assisting the instructor in administration of the course. Application deadline is one week before the beginning of registration for the following semester.
Instructor: Arranged

 

INTERNATIONAL STUDIES

INTS 4100 - Seminar in International Studies, 4 credits
Time, days and room: 1-2:50 p.m., MW, Cina 106
Description: Analysis of and supervised research and writing on selected topics.
Instructor: Paul Sharp



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updated March 27, 2012



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