political Science department

  • Course List
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    • Political Science 11 is required of all Political Science majors and is a prereq- uisite for advanced courses. It is recom- mended that Political Science 150 be taken before courses numbered 151-159.

    • Political Science 11 Power and Politics Offered every semester An introduction to the world of politics and power, from the workplace to the United States Supreme Court. Topics include the family, the community, the evolution of the nation-state, forms of political organization, state and federal governments, the Constitution, Congress, the presidency, and other political institutions and formations. Three credits.


    • I. American Institutions and Political Practices


    • Political Science 120 Power in America Offered Fall 2008 What is the nature of power in American society? How is it distributed? How is it used? An examination of the different theories of social, economic and political power; the interrelationships among those types of power; the role of race and culture; and the effective use of power. Three credits.


    • Political Science 121 The Legislative Process Offered Spring 2007 An analysis of lawmaking at city, state and national levels. The impact of inter- ests and constituents upon legislators is considered. Selected laws are evaluated through all stages. Three credits.


    • Political Science 123 Political Parties and Political Behavior Offered Summer 2007 A study of the role of political parties in American government, including prob- lems with respect to organization, finance, campaigns, issues and candi- dates; their relationship to the citizen- voter; and trends in recent studies on political leadership, election research and political behaviorism. Three credits.


    • Political Science 124 The Media and American Politics Offered on occasion An evaluation of the role of the media in American political life. Emphasis is on the effect of the media on leading domes- tic and foreign policy issues, including racism, McCarthyism, the Civil Rights Movement, Vietnam and Watergate. Media personalities who helped shape the national conscience are examined. Selected videos dealing with these topics are presented in class. Three credits.


    • Political Science 125 The American Presidency Offered Spring 2007 A study of executive powers and decision making; leadership and the electoral process; and the relationship of the President to pressure groups, political parties and the states. Three credits.


    • Political Science 126 American Constitutional Law Offered Fall 2007 An analysis of constitutional principles as expressed in major United States Supreme Court decisions relating to separation of powers, federalism, and reg- ulation of business. Three credits.


    • Political Science 128 Race, Sex and the Law Offered Spring 2007 An exploration of the role of politics, the Constitution and the law and the shaping of public policies in areas of race and sex. When the law has or has not played a positive role in advancing soci- ety toward the goal of equality, justice, and the promises of the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution is considered. What are both the possibili- ties and limits of using the law as an instrument for social and political progress? A major theme is whether "group rights" exist or are emerging in American constitutional and legal think- ing and, if so, what their impact on the principle of individual rights is. Three credits.


    • Political Science 129 Civil Liberties and the American Constitution Offered Spring 2008 A study of basic constitutional guaran- tees of the civil liberties as interpreted by the courts, especially through the Bill of Rights and the Fourteenth Amendment. Three credits.


    • Political Science 130 The American Judicial System Offered on occasion A study of the function, structure and decision-making process in federal and state courts. Visits may be made to courts and judges. Three credits.


    • Political Science 132 Administration of Criminal Justice Offered Fall 2007 A study of the agencies that play signifi- cant roles in determining the reality of criminal justice in the United States. Topics include crime statistics, the police, criminal courts, correctional insti- tutions, juvenile justice, organized crime, crimes without victims, and conflicting evaluations of American systems of administering criminal justice. Three credits.


    • Political Science 133 Rights of the Accused Offered Fall 2007 An examination into the legal rights of persons accused of crimes. Topics include arrests - lawful and unlawful - wire- tapping, searches, right to bail, stop-and- frisk laws, right to counsel, privilege against self-incrimination, right to a jury trial, and right to a fair sentence. Three credits.


    • Political Science 134 Police and Public Offered Spring 2007 A study of the origins of the system, including its roles and functions. Police and youth, minorities and the general public; organization and control; and professional training and behavior are covered. Three credits.


    • Political Science 139 Prisons and Prisoners Offered Fall 2007 A study of the origins and development of corrections. Myths and realities; sen- tencing, probation, imprisonment and parole; and prisoner rights are examined. City, state and federal systems are reviewed. Trends. Three credits.


    • Political Science 140 Public Administration Offered Spring 2007 A study of organization and management in executive departments and agencies at various levels and bureaucracy, policy formation, planning, budgeting and pro- gram implementation. Case studies illus- trate administrative theories and practices Three credits.


    • Political Science 143 Urban Politics and Problems Offered Fall 2007 A study of the urbanization process and urban institutions. Topics include ethnic, brokerage and reform politics; powers of mayors and councils; and suburbia. Critical problems, including state and federal issues, are discussed. Three credits.


    • Political Science 144 State and Local Government Offered Summer 2008 A study of the structure and operation of departments, legislatures and courts. Roles of mayor and governor; interest groups and unions; and city-state rela- tions are considered. Three credits.


    • Political Science 145 Ethnic Politics Offered Summer 2007 A survey of the role of ethnic groups within the American political system. Among the topics for analysis are ethnic roles in party organization; ethnic politi- cians; ethnic voting; conventional and militant ethnic organizations; ethnic issues in housing, education and employ- ment; inter- and intra-ethnic conflict; the ethnic press; and other selected top- ics. Three credits.


    • Political Science 146 The Politics of the Civil Rights Movement Offered Spring 2007 An examination of the politics of demo- cratic leadership, with special emphasis on the evolution of the American Civil Rights Movement. Special emphasis is placed on the relationship between Martin Luther King and the movement he led. Three credits.


    • Political Science 147 The Dynamics of Political Leadership Special Fee: $55.00 Offered Fall 2008 An exploration of the broad range of political leadership in communities, countries and the world, with a particu- lar eye to identifying critical elements in the relationship between leaders and fol- lowers. Three credits.


    • Political Science 148 Political Leaders and Community: A Practicum Offered on occasion practices Three credits. The application of the theory of group leader process to real group and leadership experiences in the community. Students decision-making process in federal and state courts. Visits may be made to courts and judges. Three credits. cant roles in determining the reality of criminal justice in the United States. Topics include crime statistics, the police, criminal courts, correctional insti- tutions, juvenile justice, organized crime, crimes without victims, and conflicting evaluations of American systems of administering criminal justice. Three credits.


    • II. International Relations- Foreign Policy Political Science 150 World Politics Offered Spring 2007 Introduction to the systematic study of international relations. The nature of state behavior in the international system - its parameters, major actors, forces and patterns of conflict and coop- eration - are reviewed. The major theories of international relations from the realist school to liberal/idealist, and Marxist/dependency approaches to world politics are examined. Cycles of "hege- monic" leadership and the origins, scope and future direction of American global power are considered. Three credits.


    • Political Science 151 American Foreign Policy Offered Fall 2007, Fall 2008 An introduction to the sources, processes, policies, goals and major debates in American Foreign policy since World War II. The focus is on the glob- alization of American foreign policy, the development of the Cold War, the dimensions of East-West rivalry (with their domestic consequences) and the development of an interventionist policy in the Third World. An analysis of American involvement in Vietnam, the major foreign policy failure in the post- war era, calling into question all the assumptions of American foreign policy since 1945. An examination of the evo- lution of the American commitment to Vietnam and the major institutional forces shaping policy. Three credits.


    • Political Science 152 Soviet and Russian Foreign Policy Offered Fall 2007 An analysis of the dynamics and central problems of Soviet foreign policy; discus- sion of ideological roots and the impact of Leninism and Stalinism; world rela- tions, Sino-Soviet split and the Third World; evolution of peaceful coexistence; and detente and new partnerships. Special attention is given to the problem of reformulating foreign policy in an era of the breakup of the dominant role of the Communist Party, the breakdown of central Soviet power, and the emergence of a new Russia. Three credits.


    • Political Science 153 International Political Economy Offered Fall 2007, Fall 2008 An introduction to the study of political economy: the interrelationships between politics and economics (power and wealth) demonstrated by many current issues, including development in the global South, economic restructuring in formerly Communist countries, foreign aid, the roles of transnational corpora- tions, the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank, and the question of the link between democracy and free markets. A review is conducted of major theoretical approaches and methodolo- gies. Three credits.


    • Political Science 154 Human Rights in International Politics Offered Fall 2007 A study of the role of human rights in inter- national politics and the impact of human rights considerations on foreign and domes- tic policies of states; the study of conceptual and historical issues, including the struggle between human rights claims and state sov- ereignty, the Cold War and the politiciza- tion of human rights, and the significance of grassroots human rights movements in the world; and the role of the United Nations and non-governmental organizations. An analysis is made of case studies of human rights abuses and reactions of the interna- tional community. Three credits.


    • Political Science 157 Intelligence and Covert Operations in U.S. Foreign Policy Offered on occasion An examination of the use of intelli- gence in government decision making and covert operations in U.S. foreign policy as a middle ground between diplo- macy and direct military intervention. The methods of intelligence gathering, analysis and operations and the how and why policy-makers decide on the option of covert action are explored, as are the tensions between secrecy and democratic accountability; foreign policy decisions and strategic choices; the role of the CIA and its key missions - espionage, coun- terintelligence and covert operations; and other civilian and military intelli- gence bodies. Case studies of covert operations are reviewed. Three credits Offered Fall 2007


    • Political Science 158 The Politics of the Vietnam War Offered Spring 2007 The study of the Vietnam War and the Vietnam revolution. Antecedents of the "American" war, including the history of Western intervention in Vietnam, grad- ual American involvement, and the American defeat and its aftermath are explored, as are the roots of peasant anti- colonialism, the revolutionary Communist movement and its eventual triumph. An examination is made of the experiences and struggles of those who fought the war, both American and Vietnamese; United States foreign policy goals and the Cold War; and the impact of the war on Vietnam and its people. Three credits.


    • Political Science 159 Introduction to International Law Offered on occasion An introduction to the nature and oper- ations of international law and interna- tional organizations. The interaction between law, politics, international orga- nizations and the global environment is emphasized. Three credits.


    • III. Foreign Political Systems- Comparative Politics


    • Political Science 160 Comparative Politics of Europe Offered on occasion An analysis of the political systems of major Western European states and con- temporary developments. Three credits.


    • Political Science 161 Concepts and Theories in Comparative Politics Offered Fall 2007 A review of the basic theoretical frame- works, concepts, approaches and methodologies in comparative politics. The study of major authors, key texts and theories, including modernization, politi- cal culture, corporatism, dependency, bureaucratic authoritarianism, rational choice, democratic transition theory and others is conducted. Comparative analy- sis is made of distinctive political systems and their development. Three credits


    • Political Science 162 Soviet and Post- Soviet Political Systems Offered Spring 2007 An examination of the evolution of the political and governmental systems, the impact of Marxism and Leninism, the Communist Party, and the development of Stalinism and its legacy. A study is conducted of contemporary innovations; problems of economics, nationalities and union breakup; the law and legal system; the politics of the republics and inter- republic tensions; and the dual struggle and search for democracy and coherent union relationships in the period of the breakdown of central Soviet power and the transition to democratic institutions and practices. Three credits.


    • Political Science 164 Latin American Politics Offered Fall 2007 The politics of Latin America in revolu- tion and reform, military coups and democracy movements, human rights struggles and experiments with economic models from socialism to laissez-faire cap- italism. The political, social and eco- nomic developments in Latin America are examined, with special attention to historical antecedents, recent democrati- zation processes, social and economic conditions, the role of the military, and current issues, such as the impact of glob- alization. The effects of American for- eign policy and major theories explaining Latin American development and poli- tics are also included. Three credits.


    • Political Science 165 Contemporary Asian Politics Offered Spring 2007 A study of the governments and politics of contemporary Asian countries - the great political and cultural diversity of East Asia, from Japan and South Korea to the Communist countries of China and Vietnam, to Thailand and Indonesia. How the governments work, political tra- ditions, the role of democracy and politi- cal participation, government-business relations, social forces and global influ- ences are all considered. Three credits.


    • Political Science 166 The Politics of Development Offered Spring 2007, Spring 2009 A study of the process of modernization and development, with examples from Latin America, Africa and Asia. The relationship between politics and eco- nomics, socialism and capitalism, and peasant, intellectual and bureaucracy are examined. Three credits.


    • Political Science 167 Revolutionary Theory and Governments Offered Fall 2007 An examination of the various approaches and theories of revolution developed to explain the major political and social revolutions and upheavals of our time. From the French Revolution in 1789 to the recent Zapatistas in Chiapas, Mexico, revolution can be studied for what it reveals about the political process, the breakdown of that process, the role of the state, international/ domestic factors, the function of ideology and socio-political change. The most prominent theories about revolution and an analysis of the historical/sociological and ideological elements of revolution in specific cases. Three credits.


    • IV. Political Theory


    • Political Science 170 Classical Political Theory Offered Fall 2007 An analysis of political thought from Plato through the Middle Ages. Special focus is on the position of the individual, authority of the state, citizenship, liberty and order. Three credits.


    • Political Science 171 Modern Political Theory Offered Spring 2008 An exploration of political thought from Machiavelli through Marx. Questions of liberty, obligations and order, and the individual and the state are discussed. Three credits.


    • Political Science 173 American Political Thought Offered Fall 2007 An examination of American political thought with respect to constitution- making, rights, the federal union, and trends in liberalism and conservatism. Three credits.


    • Political Science 174 Contemporary Political Theory Offered Fall 2007 An examination of the major trends in twentieth century political theory. Focus is on democratic theory, postmodernism, feminism, theories of justice, communi- tarianism, and liberal individualism, among others. Three credits.


    • Political Science 175 Comparative Democratic Theory Offered Spring 2008 A contextual and theoretical study of the development and maturation of modern democratic theory. Focus is on the devel- opment and critique of rights-based democratic theory and the problems associated with theories of justice, com- munitarianism, feminism and others. Three credits.


    • Political Science 176 Marxism Offered Fall 2008 A historical and theoretical introduction to the work of Karl Marx and Frederick Engels. The course examines the eco- nomic, political and ideological environ- ment in which Marxism developed; considers Marx's and Engel's work in phi- losophy, economic history, politics, and ideology; and evaluates the content of their activities. Three credits.


    • Political Science 185 Seminar: Political Inquiry Required of all Political Science majors Open to juniors and seniors only Offered every Spring An analysis of the different ways political scientists ask questions and study politics and how such modes of inquiry affect their answers about what happens in pol- itics. Emphasis is on understanding the major theoretical frameworks in the study of politics and the application of those theories to an important research problem in politics. Three credits.


    • Political Science 190-191 Senior Honors Thesis Political Science 190 offered every Fall Political Science 191 offered every Spring A yearlong program designed to chal- lenge students, who will work closely with a faculty mentor in shaping a thesis idea, developing a methodology, and writing a high-quality research thesis. To be eligible, students must be seniors with a major grade point average of 3.25 or better and an overall cumulative grade point average of 3.00 or better and have approval of the Political Science Department. Students contemplating the Senior Honors Thesis are encouraged to develop a thesis topic in the Spring of their junior year. The thesis prospectus should be developed with the approval of the faculty mentor and a second and third faculty reader. The Senior Honors Thesis is a requirement for students wish- ing to graduate with honors as a Political Science major. Students should register for 190 in the Fall and 191 in the Spring. No credit will be awarded unless both courses are completed successfully. Three credits per semester.


    • Political Science 195, 196 Honors Study Honors Study is designed to give out- standing students an opportunity to do independent work in their major under the guidance of a member of the faculty. There are no regular class meetings. To be eligible, students must have upper- junior or senior status, a cumulative quality-point ratio of 3.00 and a 3.25 ratio in their major subject, and the per- mission of the Chair of the Department and the Dean. A total of six credits of Honors Study is the maximum allowed. Three credits per semester.


    • Political Science 197, 198 Independent Study/Internship Prerequisite: Permission of Chair of the Department and the Dean The usual undertaking is research associ- ated with working assignments closely related to the student's specific courses. Students may develop internships. Three credits per semester. Political Science 200 Series Select Topics in Political Science Offered every year An opportunity to explore in depth select critical issues, problems and fron- tiers in political science. Topics vary from year to year and promote the con- cept of experimentation. Three credits. Political Science courses numbered in the 500s and listed below are graduate courses open to qualified undergraduate students with the permission of the Department Chair.


    • Political Science 505 Foundations of Political Theory
      Political Science 508 Seminar in Political Theory
      Political Science 509 Revolutionary Theory and Government
      Political Science 510 Violence and Terrorism
      Political Science 520 Poverty, Politics and Law
      Political Science 521 The Electoral Process
      Political Science 522 Labor Law and Politics
      Political Science 546 Rights of the Defendant
      Political Science 547 International Human Rights
      Political Science 571 Public
      Administration and Public Policy
      Political Science 572 Decision Making in the Public Service
      Political Science 573
      Comparative Bureaucracy
      Political Science 575 Concepts of the American Presidency
      Political Science 577 Problems in American Foreign Policy
      Political Science 578 The Problems of Military Strategy and World Security