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2017-2018 Academic Catalog: Course Descriptions - Political Science

POLS 1201 POLITICAL SCIENCE
Study of the use of power in society. The course introduces the student to the nature of political systems at the local, state, national, and international levels. (3 credits)
Prerequisite: ENGL1050

POLS 1350 AMERICAN GOVERNMENT (CPCE)
This course covers the concept of citizenship in the community and the nation. Basic political concepts, governing philosophies, and contemporary governmental structures as they pertain to public policy development are studied. (3 credits)
Prerequisite: ENGL1050 and ENGL2050

POLS 2990 INDEPENDENT STUDY IN POLITICAL SCIENCE
This course investigates a topic of special interest to faculty and students that is outside existing course offerings. (4 credits)
Prerequisite: completion of an ENGL sequence

POLS 3800 SPECIAL TOPICS IN POLITICAL SCIENCE
These courses present topics that are not covered by existing courses and are likely to change from semester to semester. Refer to the semester schedule for the courses offered that semester.  Contact the faculty assigned for more information about the course topic. (4 credits)
Prerequisite: completion of an ENGL sequence

POLS 4102 AMERICAN GOVERNMENT
This course provides students with an overview of American democracy. Basic political concepts, governing philosophies, and contemporary governmental structures as they pertain to public policy development are studied. In addition to addressing the important role of institutions, politics and the role of non-state actors will be a central component of class discussion. Most importantly, this course seeks to empower students as citizens in a democratic society, and develops the concept of citizenship in the community and the nations. (4 credits)
Prerequisite: completion of an ENGL sequence

POLS 4300 RACE, CLASS & GENDER POLITICS
This course provides perspectives on identity politics, the complex interaction between the categories of race, class, gender and ethnicity. We will examine the role that race, class, gender and ethnicity play in our politics on a personal, local and national level. In addition to historical and current readings, we will also discuss a foundation on which to conduct analysis of the intersections among issues of race, class and gender. (4 credits)
Prerequisite: completion of an ENGL sequence

POLS 4350 SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY POLICY
This course introduces students to science and technology policy generally, and in particular, it considers the concepts, actors, processes and challenges involved with promoting innovation while regulating new technologies. How do we ensure the protection of public health and safety without dampening innovation? What is the role of government in all of this? What should it be? What are the current scientific questions that are challenging policymakers? (4 credits)
Prerequisite: completion of an ENGL sequence

POLS 4402 INTERNATIONAL POLITICS
A course designed to analyze how nation-states interact in the contemporary world. Basic concepts such as sovereignty, national interest and diplomacy will be studied and assessed in relation to the conduct of foreign policy. Case studies will be used to examine and understand the process of modern decision-making and the intelligence and diplomacy upon which it is based. A basic knowledge of modern history or government is recommended. (4 credits)
Prerequisite: Completion of an ENGL sequence

POLS 4450 INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS & SCIENCE FICTION
Students will come away from this course with an understanding of the international political system and the ability to apply a general conceptual framework and theoretical tools to interpret, analyze and evaluate issues and events in international politics. The twist is that we will be using science fiction notably the idea of a zombie apocalypse, but also other films and pop culture references to illustrate important concepts. (4 credits)
Prerequisite: completion of an ENGL sequence

POLS 4452 THIRD WORLD STUDIES
A course by which a student may enlarge his or her knowledge and understanding about the history and traditions of sub-Asia, Africa and Latin America. The purpose of this course is to prepare students for employment in multi-national corporations with overseas divisions and for technical assistance projects in emerging nations. (4 credits)
Prerequisite: completion of an ENGL sequence

POLS 4502 MEDIA & POLITICS
This course considers the critical role played by the media in democratic political systems. Students will explore the ways in which the media portrays government processes and officials and shape agendas and public opinion. Sources of bias, regulation, and censorship, as well as the role of new media and political satire are also explored. (4 credits)
Prerequisite: completion of an ENGL sequence