Courses of Instruction
POLITICAL SCIENCE (POL-Arts and Science)
MPF, MPT 141 American Political System (4)
Theories and methods of political analysis applied to the American political system. Political beliefs, behavior, institutions, and public policies in the American case will be examined. IIC, H.
MPF 142 American Politics and Diversity (4)
Foundations and operations of the American political system, with emphasis on "the people" and how they belong to, challenge, and change the system. How the competing values of unity and diversity influence American politics. Cross-listed with BWS 142. IIC, IIA.
MPF 159 U.S. Identity Politics (3)
Examines challenges posed by cultural diversity for views of American national identity. Explores problems of multiculturalism, individualism and national unity from historical and philosophical perspectives. IIC, IIA.
Note: Course prerequisites are listed below.
- 300- and 400-level: POL 201 is required for POL 302 and 303. POL 306 is required for POL 466. POL 271 is required for upper division courses in the field of international relations. All other upper division courses require POL 141 and three additional POL hours, or six hours of 200-level POL courses, or 12 semester hours of social science courses or permission of instructor. 400-level seminars and independent study courses require permission of instructor. POL 307 and internships (POL 340) require prior permission of instructor and department chair.
- 500- and 600-level: open to graduate students and to qualified seniors with permission of the Graduate School, department chair, and instructor.
- 700- and 800-level: open to advanced graduate students.
MPF, MPT 201 Political Thinking (4)
Examination of ideas that justify or challenge political orders, such as nationalism, totalitarianism, militarism, anarchism, capitalism, socialism, communism, liberalism, conservatism, feminism, elitism, and democracy. IIC, H.
MPF 208 The Rise of Industrialism in East Asia (3)
Introduction to historic parameters, geographic variables, state policies, and sociocultural contexts of industrialism in East Asia (China, Japan, Korea, Taiwan, Hong Kong, and Singapore). Cross-listed with ATH, GEO, HST, ITS, and SOC 208. IIIB, H.
220 Movies and Politics (2)
Course uses popular films and television clips to introducimportant political issues and processes to a broad set of students. The movies for this course will focus on the actors, issues, and processes that are involved in politics. Offered credit/no credit.
MPF 221 Modern World Governments (4)
Comparative introduction to the development, governmental structures, and political processes of societies in modern world. Case studies used to relate theories to actual problems and governing strategies in contemporary political systems. IIC, IIIB.
248 Urban and Community Politics (4)
Urban governments and politics: development, governmental structures and functions, interests and power relationships among governmental actors, local politics and American government; and urban problems and policies. Offered infrequently.
MPF, MPT 261 Public Administration (4)
Introduction to public administration as a field of study and a major component of government; bureaucratic behavior and bureaucracy as formal organization; structures, settings, functions, and personnel of bureaucratic organizations and their effects on public policy and public service delivery. IIC, H.
270 Current World Problems (1; maximum 6)
Examination of major international problems, with special attention to basic forces in world politics and relationship of these forces to present international problems. Cross-listed with SOC 270. Offered infrequently.
MPF, MPT 271 World Politics (4)
Introduction to international politics, with emphasis on factors and processes producing harmony and conflict in interactions within the international system. IIC, IIIB, H.
MPT 302 Classical Political Philosophy (4)
Study of the development of such notions as law, justice, obligation, and right of revolution through analyses of significant political philosophers from Plato to Rousseau. Offered infrequently.
MPT 303 Modern Political Philosophy (4)
Study of the development of the concept of the unalienated, autonomous person and consequences for political philosophy and political economy, as dealt with by Rousseau, Kant, Hegel, Marx, classical economists, and British Utilitarians.
306 Applied Research Methods (3)
Use of quantitative analysis in the public sector; consideration of the methodology of applied research. Special emphasis on research design and data-gathering techniques, including survey research, aggregate data analysis, cost-benefit analysis, and planning.
307 Public Opinion Laboratory (2)
Practice in the execution of survey research with attention to questionnaire construction, sampling, interviewing, data coding, and data analysis. Discussion of ethical issues surrounding polls and the role of polling in a democratic polity.
MPT 326 Comparative Ethnic Politics (3)
A comparative survey of ethnic political relations and conflict in the contemporary world system. Examines theories, concepts, and analytical frameworks employed in the study of ethnic political behavior. Case studies are used to compare factors that influence and are influenced by ethnic politics in the developing, developed, and communist/post-communist countries.
MPT 331 Development of the Russian Polity (3)
Origin and development of Russian model, evolution of Russian political and revolutionary cultures, contribution of Marxism and Leninism to Russian and international revolutionary politics. Offered infrequently.
MPT 332 Post-Soviet Russian Politics (3)
Analysis of Soviet political system with special attention to its development, roles of the Communist Party and Soviet government, emphasizing decision-making process, legal system, and civil rights. Prerequisite: POL 331.
333 Politics of Western Europe (4)
Comparative survey of social and cultural bases of politics, organization of political interests, style of political leadership, decision-making processes, governmental bureaucracies, and political strategies of social and economic change in major political systems of Western Europe.
335 Politics of East Asia (4)
Comparative analysis of politics of nation-building in China and Japan, with special emphasis on internal and external factors which led to transformation of traditional societies to socialist state in China and market-oriented polity in Japan; rise of East Asian industrial states and their roles in the international political economy.
336 Politics of the Middle East (3)
Exploration of the historical and cultural roots of Middle Eastern politics, emphasizing the special position of Islam in the region. Examination of various Middle Eastern political systems, highlighting the tension between state and nation and the way this contributes to the resilience of authoritarian politics in the region.
MPT 337 Politics of Latin America (4)
Diachronic analysis of Latin American political, social, and economic structures and processes, with special emphasis on the study of how the interrelationship between them crystallizes into democratic and authoritarian regimes and how tensions underlying these regimes produce further changes.
338 Contemporary African Politics (4)
An overview of major issues in African politics and the international politics of Africa. Its scope is "Africa south of the Sahara" and is intended to appeal to a variety of interests, from global and continental to modernization, gender and Marxist theories of development, conflict, inequality, and underdevelopment. Cross-listed with BWS 330.
340 Internships (1-12; maximum 16, on credit/no-credit basis)
Supervised work experience in federal, state, and local government organizations, public service, and political institutions. Prior permission of instructor, department chair, and dean required.
340.A Political Science Internship
340.B Administrative Internship
342 American Political Careers (3)
Examination of political careers in America, including issues of ambition, motivation, choices, and responsibility in political life. Use of political science materials, literature, and other sources to make analytical statements about life in the American political arena.
MPT 343 American Presidency (3)
Evolution of the presidency, its powers and restraints; organizing and using White House staff; executive decision-making; contemporary views of the office.
MPT 344 U.S Congress (3)
Sociology and politics of legislative process; legislative recruitment, structure and influence of the committee system, impact of party leadership, and nature of legislative decision-making.
345 National Issues (3)
Examination of major contemporary domestic national issues, especially pollution, health care, inflation and recession, crime, income distribution, poverty, federal budget.
346 Global Gender Politics (3)
Examination of the role of women in political participation, political protest, and political and economic development worldwide. Explores the usefulness of gender as a conceptual tool for comparative analysis, and uses case study material from the developed and developing world to examine how women's involvement in politics both shapes and is shaped by various political contexts. Cross-listed with WMS 346.
347 Women and the Law (3)
Examination of the evolution of sex-based classifications in American law. Considers the role of law as an agent of social change. Cross-listed with WMS 347. Offered infrequently.
MPT 351 Criminal Justice (4)
Survey and analysis of major components of the system of criminal justice with emphasis on law enforcement, judicial process, and corrections.
MPT 352 Constitutional Law and Politics (4)
Supreme Court as a legal and political institution; leading judicial decisions with respect to separation of powers and federalism.
MPT 353 Constitutional Rights and Liberties (4)
Leading cases and related materials on the Bill of Rights and 14th Amendment.
MPT 354 Political Parties and the Election Process (3)
Nature, functions, organizations, and activities of political parties, and the processes of nomination, campaigns and elections in the American political system, with a comparative analysis of parties and the election process in other political systems.
MPT 355 Public Opinion and Political Behavior (3)
Legitimate and non-legitimate political behavior of citizens, including electoral behavior, political recruitment, violence, and apathy; origins, appearance, and impacts of mass and elite opinions and ideologies.
MPT 356 Mass Media and Politics (3)
Mass media, especially television, in politics in the United States, with comparisons to nature, roles, and impacts on politics of the mass media in other countries. Emphasis given to mass media as instruments of political communication and opinion leadership, and as tools of political influence and control.
MPT 357 Politics of Organized Interests (3)
Nature, functions, organizations, and activities of interest groups in the American political system with a comparative analysis of interest groups in other political systems.
MPT 362 Administrative Politics and Decision Making (3)
Decision making and policy formation in the public administrative and bureaucratic setting, comparative analysis of competing models of bureaucratic decision making, bureaucracy as a policy making institution, politics of regulatory agencies and governmental budgetary process.
MPT 363 Administrative Law (3)
Administrative law and procedures; legislative delegation of power; administrative rule making, promulgation and enforcement; scope and constraints; appeals; controlling administrative discretion; public participation and access to information.
MPT 364 Federalism and Intergovernmental Relations (3)
Power and policymaking in the American federal system. Problems in managing, coordinating, and administering intergovernmental system, with case studies on fiscal federalism and grants management, intergovernmental coordination, interstate relations, and federal reorganization.
MPT 373 American Foreign Policy (3)
Theoretical and case studies in the formulation and conduct of American foreign policy; analysis of the role of personality, intelligence gathering, decision making, and diplomacy in the execution of foreign policy.
MPT 374 Comparative Foreign Policies (3)
Comparative analysis of foreign policies of representative world powers, including comparative methods of foreign policy analysis and world roles, foreign policy objectives, foreign policymaking and implementing processes, foreign policy actions and their consequences of such states as Britain, France, Russia, People's Republic of China, Egypt, India.
MPT 375 International Relations of East Asia (3)
Interpretative analysis of international politics in East Asia since World War II, including critical examination of the American role; current strategic and economic capabilities and policy options in People's Republic of China, Taiwan, Japan, Korea, Vietnam, and Russia, and their linkage to the international system.
MPT 376 U.S. National Security Policy (3)
Examination of U.S. national security and defense requirements, the defense policymaking process, U.S. national security interests in the post-Cold War era, the roles for nuclear weapons, new security issues, and the continuing tensions of searching for security in a democratic polity.
MPT 378 Latin America: The Region and the World (3)
Examination of the economic and political relations among Latin American nations and between Latin America and the industrialized world.
MPT 381 Global Governance (3)
Examines different approaches and institutional arrangements for promoting international cooperation and managing conflict, with special emphasis on developments within the United Nations system, the growth of transgovernmental cooperation, and the grassroots activities of nongovernmental organizations.
MPT 382 International Law (3)
Nature and principles of international law, with special emphasis on changing concepts and conflicting claims in the development of rules for the world community.
386 Global Competition (3)
Critical evaluation of the interplay of political and economic factors in international relations. Special attention given to the impact of trade, multinational corporations, and commercial, technological, and industrial policy on international political relations and development of the U.S.A., Japan, Western Europe, and newly industrializing countries. Offered infrequently.
MPT 387 Comparative Security Issues (3)
Comparative analysis of security issues confronting developed and developing countries, with emphasis on traditional military security concerns, and nontraditional security concerns such as national economic development, food security, resource security, and human security.
406 Public Policy Analysis Laboratory (2)
Practice in organizing a policy research team, preparing and presenting an applied policy research project. Practice in the application of program evaluation design, document analysis, interviewing, primary and secondary data collection, data analysis, legislative research, implementation analysis, organizational analysis, benefit-cost analysis, cost effectiveness analysis, and other applied policy research techniques and issues covered in POL 466. Must be taken concurrently with POL 466. Required for public administration majors, POL 466 Capstone.
MPC 419 Civil Society and Modern Politics (4)
Capstone that discusses the nature of modern civil society, including a discussion of its nature, its historical origins, the problems that threaten its continued existence, and the possible solutions that might be used to preserve and maintain it. Cannot be counted to meet the minimum number of credit hours for a major in the department. Prerequisite: open to seniors who are either majors in political science or who, as nonmajors, have taken the Political Thinking Thematic Sequence. Offered infrequently.
423/523 European Union: Politics and Policies (4)
Exploration of the development, structure, and operation of the EC as well as its main policies and their effects on governments, business organizations, and other interests operating in the EC. Examines the interface between politics and economic activity within the EC and its role as a principal economic partner of the U.S., an emerging security actor, and the world's most developed example of regional integration.
MPC 424/524 Transatlantic Seminar: Politics of International Business (4-6; maximum 6)
Concentrated examination of political climate of economic activity in Western Europe with special emphasis on operations, procedures, and policies of the European Community. Based at the European Center in Luxembourg, sessions are also held in Brussels, Paris, and/or other major centers as may be required by the program. Daily seminar sessions primarily with European specialists. Students have access to libraries, data archives, and specialist consultants of the European Community in preparing research. Prerequisite: POL 423/523 or equivalent. Summer only.
430 Seminar on Comparative Political Systems (4; maximum 8)
Reading, research, reports, and discussion on selected topics and problems.
430.A Comparative Political Analysis
430.B Political Systems of Russia and Eastern Europe
430.C Political Systems of Western Europe
430.D Political Systems of Asia
430.E Political Systems of Latin America
430.H Seminar in Ethno-Nationalism
MPC 439 North American Politics: Unity and Diversity (3)
Focuses on the political, economic, and sociocultural integration of North America, as well as factors that impede such integration. Themes may include regionalism, NAFTA, immigration, labor organizing, women's movements, race and ethnicity, and environmental policy making. Students are expected to analyze issues from a diversity of perspectives and to participate actively in a collaborative learning environment. Prerequisite: senior standing; completion of POL 221 or 271 and appropriate Thematic Sequence, or permission of instructor.
MPC 459 Capstone Seminar on the American Political System (4)
Examination of broad themes on the American political system through readings, research, writing, presentations, and discussions. Topics vary, within the broad themes denoted below, according to section. Prerequisite: open to seniors who are majors in the department or who have completed a Thematic Sequence in National Political Institutions, Public Law, or Effective Citizenship.
459.A American Political Culture
459.B American Political Development
459.C American Democracy Reconsidered
459.D Governing the Nation from Washington
459.E The American Agenda
459.F Governing States and Communities
459.G Practical Politics in the U.S.
459.H Citizen Politics in the U.S.
459.I Constitutional Politics in the U.S.
460 Seminar on Public Administration and Policy Analysis (4; maximum 8)
Readings, research, reports, and discussion on selected topics and problems.
460.A Public Administration
460.B Public Policy Analysis
MPC 466 Public Policy Analysis (3)
Final course in the public administration required core. Study of the stages of policy process including problem definition, policy formulation, implementation, impact, evaluation, and termination, and the role of the policy analyst in these processes. Corequisite: POL 409 required. Prerequisite: POL 261, 306, and senior standing. Others who may take this Capstone include students who have completed the Public Management Thematic Sequence or those with permission of instructor.
MPT 467/567 Public Budgeting (3)
Theories and techniques of the role of the modern budget in determination of public policy, in administrative planning, control of government operations, and intergovernmental relations.
MPT 468/568 Public Personnel Administration (3)
Influence of social and political values on public service concepts and institutions. Analysis of the decline of the spoils system and development of civil service. Problems, challenges, and prospects in managing human resources in the public sector at national, state, and local levels, including public service unions, civil liberties of public employees, equal opportunity, affirmative action, health and safety and public productivity. Credit for graduation not given for both POL 468/568 and MGT 401/50l.
470 Seminar on International Relations (4; maximum 8)
Readings, research, reports, and discussion on selected topics and problems.
470.A International Politics
470.B American and Comparative Foreign Policy
470.C International Law and Organization
MPC 471 The International System (3)
Provides opportunity to think critically about the meaning and implications of theories and concepts that have been introduced in their prior course work. Students encouraged to think carefully about how one might conduct research that is designed to test and assess the applicability of these theories and concepts to the international system, past and present. One basic focal point of the class is to think carefully about how well some of the traditional theories about international relations apply to the contemporary international arena. Prerequisite: open to senior political science and diplomacy and foreign affairs majors and to those who have completed an appropriate Thematic Sequence, or permission of instructor.
MPC 478 Media and Politics in Latin America and the Caribbean (3)
Critical examination of the media's treatment of political events in Latin America and the Caribbean. Particular attention given to role of mainstream media in the United States for shaping perceptions of the region and individual countries within it. Cross-listed with LAS 478.
480 Departmental Honors (1-6, maximum of 6)
Departmental honors may be taken for a minimum of four semester hours and a maximum total of six semester hours in one or more semesters of the student's senior year.
MPC 487 Individual Lives and International Politics (3)
Students consider the ways in which personal lives are interwoven into the political lives of nations and the world. Through the use of autobiographies, political histories of 20th century world affairs, and primary documents, students explore the interaction of individual lives and international politics. Students construct their own political autobiographies in partial fulfillment of Capstone requirements. Prerequisite: senior standing and at least one course in international or comparative politics in the Department of Political Science.
488/588 Russia and the Republics in International Relations (3)
Seminar examines the impact and consequences of the collapse of the Soviet Union on international relations. Special attention is devoted to examining the emerging relationships among the former Soviet Republics and between these states and the larger world community. Prerequisite: POL 271.
MPC 489 Conflict Management in a Divided World (3)
Focuses on devising ways to manage contemporary conflicts. Possible areas for investigation include international trade and investment, arms proliferation, ethnic strife, refugees, and immigration. This Capstone is designed as an exercise in collaborative learning to examine the underlying causes of a particular conflict, explore the different alternatives for managing and/or resolving it, and develop a set of constructive recommendations and a plan for implementation. Prerequisite: senior standing; must be major in the department, have completed an appropriate Thematic Sequence, or have permission of instructor.
602 Proseminar on Political Philosophy (4)
Graduate survey of political philosophy as a field; construction, interpretation, and application of political philosophy with special reference to ethical and political implications of analytic and phenomenological movements in philosophy. Offered infrequently.
605 Discipline and Theories of Political Science (4)
Political science as a discipline: its development, scope, fields, goals, functions, and ethics; its foundations in philosophy and methods of science and social science; the nature, elements and practice of research design; major contemporary theoretical approaches to the study of politics.
606 Quantitative Methods for Political Scientists (4)
Methods for analysis of data from all subfields of the discipline of political science. Use of statistical packages and computers.
607 Intermediate Quantitative Political Analysis (4)
Multivariate research methods applied in research for all political science subfields. Assumes and advances skills in data analysis and statistical packages. Prerequisite: POL 606.
608 Techniques of Political Analysis (4)
Advanced quantitative techniques of political analysis. Prerequisite: POL 605, 606, and 607. Offered alternate years.
609 Qualitative Methods of Political Analysis (4)
Nonquantitative methods of political analysis examined and applied to areas of the discipline. Survey of classic and contemporary research employing qualitative approaches to political science. Prerequisite: POL 605 and 607. Summer only; offered infrequently.
610 Seminar on Political Theory and Methodology (4; maximum 8)
Selected topics and problems in political theory and methodology. Offered infrequently.
610.A Seminar on Political Philosophy
623 Proseminar on Comparative Political Analysis (4)
Graduate survey of field: basic concepts and definitions, development of scholarship in the field, current theoretical approaches and methods, survey of the major literature of comparative analysis and its contributors, and an overview of selected theories.
630 Seminar on Comparative Political Systems (4; maximum 8)
630.A Comparative Political Analysis
630.B Political Systems of the Russia and Eastern Europe
630.C Political Systems of Western Europe
630.D Political Systems of Asia
630.E Political Systems of Latin America
630.H Seminar in Ethno-Nationalism
640 Public Affairs Internship (1-6; on pass/fail basis)
Supervised work experience in federal, state, and local government and nonprofit organizations. Prior permission of instructor and department chair required.
641 Proseminar on the American Political System (3)
Graduate survey of the field: its development, scope, divisions, basic concepts, major literature, theories, and modes of analysis; major aspects of the field. Offered infrequently.
650 Seminar on the American Political System (4; maximum 8)
Selected topics and problems in the field of the American political system.
650.A The Presidency and Congress
650.B State and Urban Politics
650.C Law and Judicial Politics
650.D Political Parties, Interest Groups, and Behavior
650.E The Mass Media and Politics
650.F Environmental Politics
660 Seminar on Public Administration and Policy Analysis (4; maximum 8)
Selected topics and problems in the field of public administration and policy analysis.
660.A Public Administration
660.B Public Policy Analysis
660.C Human Services Policy
661 Proseminar on Public Administration (3)
Graduate survey of the field of public administration: its development and scope, major literature, theories and modes of analysis; in-depth consideration of such major aspects as organizational theory and structure, bureaucratic behavior and policymaking, decision theory, comparative administration, budgetary process.
664 Seminar on Federalism and Intergovernmental Relations (4)
Provides an understanding of the dynamics of and the interrelationships among and between the federal, state, and local levels of government. Analyzes origins, evolution, controversies, and prospects for survival of the American federal system and seeks to expand an understanding of intergovernmental relations in federal systems outside the U.S.
666 Proseminar on Public Policy Analysis (4)
Graduate survey of the field of public policy analysis: its development and scope, major literature, theories and mode of analysis; major aspects of public policy in the American political system: national, state, and local.
670 Seminar on International Relations (4; maximum 8)
Selected topics and problems in the field of international relations.
670.A International Politics
670.B Foreign Policy Analysis
670.C International Law and Organization
671 Proseminar on International Relations (3)
Graduate survey of principal areas and approaches to the field of international relations as a research discipline; development and scope of the field, major theories, and modes of analysis; logic and methods of various forms of inquiry and research in the several major areas of the field.
673 U.S. Foreign Policy (4)
Seminar provides an overview of themes and approaches to the study of U.S. foreign policy within political science literature. Main approaches, methods, and critiques of U.S. foreign policy.
674 Foreign Policy of Developing Countries (4)
Advanced seminar looks at the theory and practice of foreign policy in the developing or “Third” world. Examines the impacts of colonialism, neo-colonialism, economic weakness and dependence, internal conflict, and other factors of foreign policy behavior.
675 American Trade Policy (4)
Examines trade theory, the role of the president and Congress in formulating and implementing trade policy, the American role in GATT and WTO, protectionism, trade and coercion, and current trade issues.
681 International Organization (4)
The role of international governmental and nongovernmental organizations as instruments for dealing with problems in an increasingly interdependent world. Introduction to competing theories and approaches to multilateral cooperation and different frameworks for organizing at the international level.
682 International Law (4)
Survey of international law and organization. Topics include theoretical approaches to the study of international law, the historical development of international law, and the nature and function of international law and institutions in the contemporary world.
695 Research Tutorial for Master's Degree (4)
Directed research on subject matter to be determined in consultation with student's adviser and director of tutorial.
698 Teaching Political Science (1)
Theory and practice of teaching political science. Required of graduate students seeking appointment as teaching associates. Pass/fail registration only; credit may not be applied to the minimum requirements for a graduate degree. Summer only.
700 Research for Master's Thesis (1-12; minimum 6, maximum 12)
710 Research on Political Theory and Methodology (4; maximum 12)
Advanced research on selected topics and problems in political theory and methodology.
710.A Research on Political Philosophy
710.B Research on Empirical Theory
710.C Research on Methods of Policy Analysis
730 Research on Comparative Political Systems (4; maximum 12)
Advanced research on selected topics and problems on comparative political systems.
730.A Comparative Political Analysis
730.B The Political Systems of the Soviet Union and Eastern Europe
730.C The Political Systems of Western Europe
730.D The Political Systems of Asia
730.E The Political Systems of Latin America
750 Research on the American Political System (4; maximum 12)
Advanced research on selected topics and problems on the American political system.
750.A The Presidency and Congress
750.B State and Urban Politics
750.C Law and Judicial Politics
750.D Political Parties, Interest Groups, and Behavior
760 Research on Public Administration and Policy Analysis (4; maximum 12)
Advanced research on selected topics and problems on public administration and policy analysis. Offered infrequently.
760.A Public Administration
760.B Public Policy Analysis
770 Research on International Relations (4; maximum 12)
Advanced research on selected topics and problems on international relations.
770.A International Politics
770.B American and Comparative Foreign Policy
770.C International Law and Organization
780 Readings in Political Science (1-4; maximum 4)
Directed readings on selected topics in political science.
790 Directed Study in Political Science (1-16; maximum 24, on credit/no-credit basis)
Directed and supervised study in doctoral student's major and minor fields of comprehensive examination preparation, including tutorials and reports. Prerequisite: completion of field course credits for doctoral degree.
850 Research for Doctoral Dissertation (1-16; minimum 16, maximum 60)
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