Political Science Courses

 

POLI101 Political Science

[Minimum Semester Hours: 3 sh; Maximum Semester Hours: 3 sh]

A comprehensive approach to political fundamentals: theory and organization of the modern state; the theory, processes, and ideologies of all types of governments. Basic to further study of the structure and function of government. Fulfills General Education Requirements.

Prerequisite: None

Corequisite:   None


 

POLI105 American National Government

[Minimum Semester Hours: 3 sh; Maximum Semester Hours: 3 sh]

An introduction to the study of American politics.  Topics include the foundations of American political thought, governing principles under the U.S. Constitution, major governmental institutions (Congress, the presidency, the court system, bureaucracy), elections, political parties, public opinion, and outstanding public policy issues in the United States.

Prerequisite:  None


 

POLI107 World Politics

[Minimum Semester Hours: 3 sh; Maximum Semester Hours: 3 sh]

An introduction to the fields of international relations.  The course reviews the evolution of the modern international system and introduces basic theories and models used by political scientists and others in analyzing world politics.  Primary emphasis on the post-Cold War “world order” and major issues confronting the international state system.

Prerequisite: None

Corequisite:   None


 

POLI119 First Year Student Seminar

[Minimum Semester Hours: 1 sh; Maximum Semester Hours: 1 sh]

Introduces students to the culture and mission of the University and its programs of study, with a particular emphasis on the social sciences. Explores the purpose of a liberal arts education as a foundation for professional development and life-long learning. Through class discussion of readings and activities, students are engaged in active learning and teh development of effective college study skills.

Prerequisite: None

Corequisite:   None


 

POLI200 Introduction to Political Inquiry and Action

[Minimum Semester Hours: 3 sh; Maximum Semester Hours: 3 sh]

Prepares students for advanced study in political science by introducing the various modes of political inquiry, competing theories of democracy, and the range of methods and information resources used in the study of politics and public policy.

Prerequisite: ( POLI101 ) OR ( POLI105 ) OR ( POLI107 )

Corequisite:   None


 

POLI205 Comparative Politics

[Minimum Semester Hours: 3 sh; Maximum Semester Hours: 3sh ]

An analysis of the method and scope of the comparative study of government, and an examination of selected countries representing advanced industrial and developing democracies as well as authoritarian systems.

Prerequisite: None

Corequisite:   None


 

POLI210 State & Local Government
[Minimum Semester Hours: 3 sh; Maximum Semester Hours: 3sh ]
Examines the political process, governmental institutions, and the politics of governing at the state and local levels today. Special effort will be made to examine Pennsylvania examples. Fulfills political science/economics general education requirement.

Prerequisite: None

Corequisite:   None


 

POLI230 Political Parties & Elections
[Minimum Semester Hours: 3 sh; Maximum Semester Hours: 3 sh]
This is an intermediate level undergraduate course intended to build upon knowledge acquired in introductory courses in political science. The course examines the role function of political parties and electoral processes in the U.S. and elsewhere. In broader terms, the course explores the theoretical and practical linkages among political parties, electoral processes, and the development and maintenance of representative democracy.

Prerequisite: ( POLI101 ) OR ( POLI105 )

Corequisite: None


 

POLI250 US Foreign Policy

[Minimum Semester Hours: 3 sh; Maximum Semester Hours: 3 sh]

An examination of the nature of foreign policy, the manner in which foreign policy is formulated and executed in a democracy, and the objectives and limits of U.S. Foreign Policy. Emphasis is placed on U.S. Foreign Policy since 1945.

Prerequisite: None

Corequisite:   None


 

POLI260 Intro Public Administration

[Minimum Semester Hours: 3 sh; Maximum Semester Hours: 3 sh]

Survey of governmental administration in the U.S. with particular emphasis on the national government. Organization and management, budgeting, personnel, planning and public relations.

Prerequisite: None

Corequisite:   None


 

POLI301 Comparative Government

[Minimum Semester Hours: 3 sh; Maximum Semester Hours: 3 sh]

An analysis of the methods and scope of the comparative study of government, and an examination of political systems in selected countries with a focus on well established industrialized system.

Prerequisite: None

Corequisite:   None


 

POLI305 Congress and the Presidency

[Minimum Semester Hours: 3 sh; Maximum Semester Hours: 3 sh]

Examines the nature of the relationship and interdependencies between the Congress and the Presidency of the United States. Focuses on the constitutional powers of these respective institutions of American national government. Substantive areas that will be examined include, but are not limited to: the historic origins of federalism and the separation of powers model of American Constitutionalism; the changing role(s) and functions of the respective institutions regarding domestic and foreign policy; the electoral processes that shape and influence Congressional and Presidential decision-making; the impact and consequences of the rise of the federal bureaucracy in the U.S.; and the social, political, and economic forces that have shaped contemporary Congressional and Presidential relations.

Prerequisite: None

Corequisite:   None


 

POLI308 African Politics

[Minimum Semester Hours: 3 sh; Maximum Semester Hours: 3 sh]

A survey and analysis of African politics. Provides a grounded understanding of the various contextual stages (pre-colonial, colonial, post-colonial, and post-post-colonial) that have shpaed and continue to influence African politics and policy.

Prerequisite: None

Corequisite:   None


 

POLI310 Criminal Justice

[Minimum Semester Hours: 3 sh; Maximum Semester Hours: 3sh ]

Study of the institutions and processes by which criminal justice decisions are made, with emphasis on their legal and political aspects. The roles and interactions of law and rights, prosecution and defense, courts, police, and correctional institutions. Focus on the conflicting values and principles underlying criminal justice.

Prerequisite: None

Corequisite:   None


 

POLI312 Media and Politics
[Minimum Semester Hours: 3 sh; Maximum Semester Hours: 3sh ]
An exploration of the effects of the media (print, broadcast, electronic, and film) on political behavior in the American political system.

Prerequisite: None

Corequisite:   None


 

POLI315 Politics in Developing Nations
[Minimum Semester Hours: 3 sh; Maximum Semester Hours: 3 sh]
Students will be introduced to the most prominent theories of political development and the major political, economic, and social issues common to developing nations.

Prerequisite: None

Corequisite: None


 

POLI320 Latin American Politics

[Minimum Semester Hours: 3 sh; Maximum Semester Hours: 3 sh]

Study of selected Latin American political systems in the 20th century, analyzing the impact of cultural and socio-political forces on modernization adn political development. Through the study of several cases, students will develop an understanding of the historical roots of issues facing Latin America today.

Prerequisite: None

Corequisite:   None


 

POLI322 International Political Economy

[Minimum Semester Hours: 3 sh; Maximum Semester Hours: 3 sh]

An introduction to international political economy, the study of the interaction of politics and economics in the international system. Includes discussion of how politically motivated policies and dynamics influence economic activity and how economic interests and calculations influence political events. Highlights the impact of international economic dynamics and institutions on domestic political, economic, and social conditions as well as the influence of domestic political structures and economic interests on the international system.

Prerequisite: None

Corequisite:   None


 

POLI325 Labor-Management Relations

[Minimum Semester Hours: 3 sh; Maximum Semester Hours: 3 sh]

This course will introduce students to the general field of labor-management relations. The focus will be on the issues which face workers and employers in the U.S. labor markets, especially those issues to be resolved through collectively bargained contracts between employees and management.

Prerequisite: None

Corequisite:   None


 

POLI328 Social Science Seminar

[Minimum Semester Hours: 3 sh; Maximum Semester Hours: 3 sh]

A thematic or topical approach, with emphasis on historical/political/economic analysis. Treatment of historical, contemporary and/or comparative topics (for example, the historical roots and contemporary practice of terrorism and its political and economic impact; the impact of imperialism --political, economic, and historical-- in different global areas; the frontier experience of Russian Siberia and the American West) within a framework provided by the instructor.

Prerequisite: None

Corequisite:   None


 

POLI330 Public Policy

[Minimum Semester Hours: 3 sh; Maximum Semester Hours: 3 sh]

An overview of the study of public policy, with emphasis on public policy in the U.S. but including come comparative perspectives.  Introduces theories of the policy making process and methods of policy analysis.  Explores the political environment and policy issues in several substantive policy areas, such as economic policy, social welfare, health, education, environment, and energy.

Prerequisite:  POLI105 OR POLI210 OR POLI260 OR ECON101


 

POLI335 Politics of Global Health

[Minimum Semester Hours: 3 sh; Maximum Semester Hours: 3sh ]

Explores the relationship between global health and social and economic development.   Students will learn about key players in international health-UN agencies, Ministries of Health, and Non-governmental Organizations. Students will consider the impact that political action has on the health and well being of individuals. The course will be global in scope but with a special emphasis on health problems affecting people in the developing world.

Prerequisite: None

Corequisite:   None


 

POLI350 International Relations
[Minimum Semester Hours: 3 sh; Maximum Semester Hours: 3sh ]
The study of current diplomatic, economic, and
political problems as they affect the balance of power, disarmament, the East-West struggle, the United Nations and the emerging states of Africa and Asia.

Prerequisite: None

Corequisite:   None


 

POLI370 United Nations & International Organizations
[Minimum Semester Hours: 3 sh; Maximum Semester Hours: 3 sh]
A rapid survey of the history of international organizations prior to the United Nations and an intensive study of the United Nations. Emphasis upon the purposes, principles, membership, structure, and functions of the U.N. Attention to other international organizations for such purposes as mutual security, disarmament, and the pacific settlement of international disputes.

Prerequisite: None

Corequisite: None


 

POLI380 Constitutional Law

[Minimum Semester Hours: 3 sh; Maximum Semester Hours: 3 sh]

Analysis of the American constitutional system and its principles, with emphasis upon the Constitution, the Supreme Court, and judicial review. Constitutional principles, as applied by the Courts, to Congress, the President, federalism, state powers, and civil liberties.

Prerequisite: None

Corequisite:   None


 

POLI381 Law and Society

[Minimum Semester Hours: 3 sh; Maximum Semester Hours: 3 sh]

A study of American legal institutions and process. Common law, statutory law, administrative law, and constitutional law. The majority of the substantive materials in the course will be drawn from issues involving freedom of expression.

Prerequisite: None

Corequisite:   None


 

POLI385 Constitutional Law II: Civil Liberties and Civil Rights

[Minimum Semester Hours: 3 sh; Maximum Semester Hours: 3 sh]

One of two courses in teh analysis of the American constitutional system and its principles, this course presents fundamental principles of civil liberties and civil rights, including the First Amendment, the rights of the accused, anti-discrimination, and voting rights.

Prerequisite: None

Corequisite:   None


 

POLI390 Political Theory 1

[Minimum Semester Hours: 3 sh; Maximum Semester Hours: 3 sh]

The history of Western political thought from the Greeks through the 18th century. Theories pertaining to the nature of the state and the legitimate objectives of governments: authority, sovereignty, law, liberty, etc.

Prerequisite: None

Corequisite:   None


 

POLI391 Political Theory 2

[Minimum Semester Hours: 3 sh; Maximum Semester Hours: 3 sh]

This is an advanced elective course in political theory focusing on major issues in 20th century political philosophy. An understanding of the Western tradition of political theory developed in POLI390 will be used as the background for a survey of major ideologies and for an in-depth exploration of three philosophic issues: freedom, equality, and democracy.

Prerequisite: None

Corequisite:   None


 

POLI400 Junior/Senior Research Seminar

[Minimum Semester Hours: 3 sh; Maximum Semester Hours: 3sh ]

This is an advanced course in political science research. It provides the upper-level political science major with practice in the use of various research tools as part of a semester-long individual research project. The specific substantive focus of the course will vary, depending on the instructor.

Prerequisite: None

Corequisite:   None


 

POLI405 Senior Capstone Management Seminar
[Minimum Semester Hours: 3 sh; Maximum Semester Hours: 3sh ]
The seminar is intended to be an educational experience in which specialized skills and concepts introduced in individual courses in the major are integrated through investigation and discussion of broader issues in management.

Prerequisite: None

Corequisite:   None


 

POLI600 Junior/Senior Research Seminar
[Minimum Semester Hours: 3 sh; Maximum Semester Hours: 3 sh]
This is an advanced course in political science research. It provides the upper-level political science major with practice in the use of various research tools as part of a semester-long individual research project. The specific substantive focus of the course will vary, depending on the instructor.

Prerequisite: None

Corequisite: None


 

POLI628 Social Science Seminar

[Minimum Semester Hours: 3 sh; Maximum Semester Hours: 3 sh]

A thematic or topical approach, with emphasis on historical/political/economic analysis. Treatment of historical, contemporary and/or comparative topics (for example, the historical roots and contemporary practice of terrorism and its political and economic impact; the impact of imperialism --political, economic, and historical-- in different global areas; the frontier experience of Russian Siberia and the American West) within a framework provided by the instructor.

Prerequisite: None

Corequisite:   None


 

POLI630 Public Policy

[Minimum Semester Hours: 3 sh; Maximum Semester Hours: 3 sh]

An upper-level course on the study of public policy. Includes an overview of the epistemological and methodological issues surrounding the study of public policy as they are viewed from different ideological perspectives. In addition the course provides an in-depth study of public policy related to poverty and welfare in the U.S.

Prerequisite: None

Corequisite:   None


 

POLI650 International Relations

[Minimum Semester Hours: 3 sh; Maximum Semester Hours: 3 sh]

The study of current diplomatic, economic, and political problems as they affect the balance of power, disarmament, the East-West struggle, the United Nations and the emerging states of Africa and Asia.

Prerequisite: None

Corequisite:   None


 

POLI690 Political Theory

[Minimum Semester Hours: 3 sh; Maximum Semester Hours: 3 sh]

The history of Western political thought from the Greeks through the 18th century. Theories pertaining to the nature of the state and the legitimate objectives of governments: authority, sovereignty, law, liberty, etc.

Prerequisite: None

Corequisite:   None

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