POLITICAL SCIENCE (PSC)
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Survey of the principles, political institutions, and practices of American national, state, and local politics.
PSC 102 America and the World. 3 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.
Survey of problems encountered by American governmental units in fields such as agriculture, welfare, education, health, and business regulation.
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. 3 hours.
Introduction to the conduct of political inquiry and methods of political research.
PSC 203 Comparative Politics. 3 hours.
Theoretical approaches to the comparative study of national political systems.
PSC 204 International Relations. 3 hours.
Survey of the evolution of the modern state system and the basic forces in international relations.
PSC 205 Political Theory. 3 hours.
Survey of fundamental concepts in political theory such as liberty, equality, and authority.
PSC 206 Public Administration. 3 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. 3 hours.
Study of the institutions and functions of American state and local governments and their relationship to the political process.
Unless otherwise stated, the prerequisite for enrollment in 300-level courses is sophomore standing or permission of the instructor.
Activities of parties and pressure groups in American politics. Attention is given to the social composition, organization, finance, and nominating processes of parties.
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. 3 hours.
Examination of the role of the president, governors, and local executives in the American political system.
Introductory analysis of judicial organization, processes, and behavior, with emphasis on the institutional characteristics of the courts.
PSC 316 Southern Politics. 3 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 318 Constitutional Law: Limits of Government Power. 3 hours.
Prerequisite: PSC 101 and any two courses from those numbered PSC 201–PSC 206 or junior standing.
Study of the constitutional foundations of federalism and the separation of powers, with emphasis on the role of the Supreme Court.
PSC 319 Constitutional Law: Civil Rights and Liberties. 3 hours.
Prerequisites: PSC 101 and two courses from PSC 201-206 or junior standing.
Study of the Constitution’s protections for civil rights and civil liberties, and the Supreme Court’s interpretations of them.
PSC 320 Special Studies in Political Science. 1 to 3 hours.
Supervised independent reading and research.
Course content varies from offering to offering. May be repeated for a maximum of 12 hours, with permission of the department.
Analysis of the contemporary distribution of political power in Latin America. Special attention is given to nation-state building, praetorianism, and revolution.
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. 3 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 335 Social Movements and Contentious Politics. 3 hours.
Prerequisite: PSC 203 or permission of the instructor.
Examination of social movements. Particular attention will be paid to the impact of movements on political processes.
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.
U.S. relations with Latin America since the end of the Cold War—democracy, drug trade, and immigration.
PSC 353 Modern Political Thought: Machiavelli to Nietzsche. 3 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. 3 hours.
Study of governmental revenue and expenditure policies with emphasis on the budget as a method of administrative and fiscal control.
An examination of traditional and contemporary organizational theory and its application to public administration.
A historical and contemporary assessment of the political, social, and economic development of blacks in the American system.
PSC 399 Internships in Political Science. 3 to 6 hours.
Unless otherwise stated, the prerequisite for 400-level courses is junior standing or higher or permission of the instructor.
PSC 411 Public Opinion. 3 hours.
The formation, distribution, structure, properties, and techniques of measuring public opinions in the United States.
PSC 413 American Foreign Policy. 3 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. 3 hours.
Investigation of the processes involved in making American defense and security policy and of the substance of that policy.
Attention is given to research design, the role of theory, variance control, measurement, reliability, validity, and sampling; includes an introduction to SPSS.
May be repeated for a maximum of 6 hours. Selected problems in various areas in political science.
PSC 423 Survey Research Methods. 3 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).
Analysis of resolution of civil wars in Latin America. Compares Nicaragua, El Salvador, Guatemala and Columbia.
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.
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.
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.
An examination of the political issues, processes, and institutions, primarily in the formerly communist states of East-Central Europe.
PSC 437 Postcommunism. 3 hours.
Examination of processes of democratization and reversion to authoritarianism in East Central Europe and Eurasia. Political, social, and economic alterations of communist arrangements are discussed.
Examination of South Asian states. Attention is given to the legacies of colonialism, political institutions, democratization, economic development, political conflict, and regional security.
PSC 441 Terrorism. 3 hours.
Explores the definition and dynamics of domestic and international terrorism, terrorist ideas and terrorist organization, and the political problems of suppressing terrorism.
PSC 442 International Conflict. 3 hours.
Examination of the various kinds of violent conflicts in which nation-states become involved.
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. 3 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.
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.
The course will cover a variety of topics that link security and political economy.
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.
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. 3 hours.
Examination of urban political structure and its influence on selected areas of public policy in contemporary urban society.