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POLITICAL SCIENCE (PSC)

Professor David J. Lanoue, Chairperson
Office: 302 ten Hoor Hall

PSC 101 Introduction to American Politics. Three hours.

Survey of the principles, political institutions, and practices of American national, state, and local politics.

PSC 102 America and the World. Three hours.

Examination of the political factors external to the United States that affect the American political system. Attention is given to the nature of foreign policy, the processes and substance of American foreign policy, and the ways that actions by foreign governments affect the United States.

PSC 103 Introduction to Public Policy. Three hours.

Survey of problems encountered by American governmental units in fields such as agriculture, welfare, education, health, and business regulation.

PSC 201 The Scope of Political Science. Three hours.

Survey of the political processes and institutions of contemporary societies and an introduction to the concepts and concerns of political research.

PSC 202 Political Science Methods. Three hours.

Introduction to the conduct of political inquiry and methods of political research.

PSC 203 Comparative Politics. Three hours.

Theoretical approaches to the comparative study of national political systems.

PSC 204 International Relations. Three hours.

Survey of the evolution of the modern state system and the basic forces in international relations.

PSC 205 Political Theory. Three hours.

Survey of fundamental concepts in political theory such as liberty, equality, and authority.

PSC 206 Public Administration. Three hours.

Study of the administrative principles and practices in the areas of organization, personnel management, budgeting, government regulation, and democratic controls.

PSC 211 State and Local Government. Three hours.

Study of the institutions and functions of American state and local governments and their relationship to the political process.

PSC 251 Power, Public Policy, and Technology. Three hours.

Examination of the basic processes of change shaping post-industrial society, especially the impact of technology in the 20th century.

PSC 311 Political Parties and Elections. Three hours.

Activities of parties and pressure groups in American politics. Attention is given to the social composition, organization, finance, and nominating processes of parties.

PSC 312 The American Legislative System. Three hours.

Examination of the constitutional and theoretical foundations of Congress and state legislatures, emphasizing problems of structure, procedure, leadership, and legislative reform.

PSC 313 The American Executive. Three hours.

Examination of the role of the president, governors, and local executives in the American political system.

PSC 314 The American Judicial System. Three hours.

Introductory analysis of judicial organization, processes, and behavior, stressing the development of constitutional doctrines through judicial interpretation.

PSC 315 Political Psychology. Three hours.

Bridges the gaps between areas of interest to psychologists and those occupying the center of attention in the fields of political science, sociology, anthropology, and economics.

PSC 316 Southern Politics. Three hours.

Examination of the party system of the Southern states in terms of its origin, nature, distribution of power, and impact on national politics.

PSC 317 Political Sociology. Three hours.

Study of political institutions, political movements, political participation, voluntary organizations, and distribution of power, prestige, and wealth in societies.

PSC 320 Special Studies in Political Science. One to three hours.

Supervised independent reading and research.

PSC 321 Special Topics in Political Science. Three hours.

Course content varies from offering to offering. The course may be repeated for a total of 6 hours, with permission of the department.

PSC 331 Japanese Sociopolitical Systems. Three hours.

Study of Japanese politics with emphasis on political culture, parties, and public policy.

PSC 332 Latin American Political Systems. Three hours.

Analysis of the contemporary distribution of political power in Latin America. Special attention is given to nation-state building, praetorianism, and revolution.

PSC 333 Soviet and Post-Soviet Politics. Three hours.

Study of institutions and processes in the USSR and the post-Soviet republics, with attention to concepts of authoritarianism, systemic change, and democratization.

PSC 334 Governments and Politics of Western Europe. Three hours.

Prerequisite: PSC 203 or permission of the instructor.

Analysis of the democracies of Western Europe. Attention is given to participation, societal cleavages, elections, parties, government institutions, policy making, and the European Union.

PSC 341 Chinese Political System. Three hours.

Study of Chinese politics with emphasis on political culture, parties, and public policy.

PSC 342 Foreign Policies of the Soviet Union and Its Successor States. Three hours.

Examination of the influence of the Soviet Union in the evolution of the international system as well as the interests and strategies of Russia and other successor states.

PSC 352 Modern Political Ideologies. Three hours.

Study of the major liberal, conservative, and authoritarian ideologies of the modern era and their relevance for the political systems of the period.

PSC 353 Modern Political Thought: Machiavelli to Nietzsche. Three hours.

Prerequisite: PSC 205 or PHL 220.

Key political theorists from the sixteenth to the nineteenth centuries. Assigned texts may vary, but typically include works by Machiavelli, Hobbes, Locke, Rousseau, J. S. Mill, Marx, and Nietzsche. Topics include conceptions of a just society, the state, the value of political participation, liberty, and equality.

PSC 361 Fiscal Policy and Budgeting. Three hours.

Study of governmental revenue and expenditure policies with emphasis on the budget as a method of administrative and fiscal control.

PSC 362 Organization Theory. Three hours.

Prerequisite: PSC 206 or permission of the instructor.

An examination of traditional and contemporary organizational theory and its application to public administration.

PSC 364 African-Americans and the American Political System. Three hours.

A historical and contemporary assessment of the political, social, and economic development of blacks in the American system.

PSC 399 Internships in Political Science. Three to six hours.

PSC 411 Public Opinion. Three hours.

The formation, distribution, structure, properties, and techniques of measuring public opinions in the United States.

PSC 412 Urban and Metropolitan Government. Three hours.

Examination of the implications of urban growth, the organization of urban and metropolitan areas, and the political forces operating at this level.

PSC 413 American Foreign Policy. Three hours.

Examination of the forces and processes affecting United States foreign relations. Attention is also given to the content and problems of contemporary American foreign policy.

PSC 414 American Defense Policy. Three hours.

Investigation of the processes involved in making American defense and security policy and of the substance of that policy.

PSC 421 Research Design. Three hours.

Prerequisite: PSC 202.

Attention is given to research design, the role of theory, variance control, measurement, reliability, validity, and sampling; includes an introduction to SPSS.

PSC 422 Seminar in Political Science. Three hours.

The course may be repeated for a total of 6 hours. Selected problems in various areas in political science.

PSC 423 Survey Research Methods. Three hours.

Examination of the theory and practice of various types of surveys and different parts of the survey research process (e.g., sampling, questionnaire design, interviewing, data reduction).

PSC 433 Communism in Europe, 1945—89. Three hours.

Examination of the interaction of Marxist theory and practice in various national settings. Attention is given to the differential evolution of parties and regimes and to reasons for the dissolution of communist systems.

PSC 434 International Political Economy. Three hours.

Prerequisite: PSC 204, PSC 413, or EC 111.

The course deals with the international trade and finance regimes, foreign economic policy, transnational corporations in the world economy, North/South and East/West relations, and the implications of economic interdependence.

PSC 435 War and Peace. Three hours.

Prerequisite: PSC 204 or PSC 413.

Study of the causes of war at the individual, societal, and international levels of analysis, with particular emphasis on international relations research using the scientific method.

PSC 436 Non-Communist Eastern Europe. Three hours.

An examination of the political issues, processes, and institutions, primarily in the formerly communist states of East-Central Europe.

PSC 442 International Conflict. Three hours.

Examination of the various kinds of violent conflicts in which nation-states become involved.

PSC 443 Comparative Public Policy. Three hours.

Prerequisite: PSC 203 or PSC 334.

Analysis of domestic policy in advanced industrialized democracies, looking at both policy process and policy substance. Attention will be given to the questions of how and why policies differ across countries, and how one might evaluate policy performance cross-nationally.

PSC 444 International Organizations. Three hours.

An examination of the essential structures and processes in international organizations, both governmental and nongovernmental, and their roles in the area of global security, economy, and social welfare.

PSC 445 Nationalism and Ethnic Conflict. Three hours.

An examination of the theoretical aspects of ethnicity, interethnic conflict, conflict management policies, and some examples of ethnic crises. Prepares students for analyzing interethnic conflicts and critically evaluating proposed solutions to ethnic strife.

PSC 451 Man and the State. Three hours.

Survey of contemporary political thought and action in political theory, including liberty, equality, justice, natural law, and the organic state.

PSC 452 American Political Thought. Three hours.

Prerequisite: PSC 205.

Investigates primary sources and secondary literature covering the origin and direction of the U.S. political ideology. Topics typically include liberalism, civic republicanism, and debates between contemporary scholars concerning American exceptionalism.

PSC 461 Administrative Regulation. Three hours.

The impact of legal powers and procedures of administrative agencies on public policy. Analysis of regulatory powers in American governments.

PSC 462 Public Personnel Administration. Three hours.

Study of the American public personnel system at the local, state, and national level. Emphasis is on such areas as the political activity of government employees, the application of the principle of equal opportunity and affirmative action, and the role of collective bargaining in government.

PSC 466 Urban Policy. Three hours.

Examination of urban political structure and its influence on selected areas of public policy in contemporary urban society.

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