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2008-2009 University Catalog

Political Science

POLS 102 COMPARATIVE GOVERNMENT (3)

Three hours lecture/discussion per week

This course introduces the student to the contemporary study of comparative politics. The theme for the course will be democratization and democracy. Topics will include political institutions (constitutions, executives, legislatures, courts, and political parties), political behavior (voting, group activism, and other modes of political participation), and political ideas (political culture, socialization, status of women, and political economy).

GenEd: D

POLS 103 INTRODUCTION TO INTERNATIONAL POLITICS (3) [top]

Three hours lecture/discussion per week

This course offers an overview of current theory, topics, and research in the Political Science subfield of International Relations. Emphasis will be placed on the role of power in international affairs, the structure of the international system, the meaning of security, and the importance of economic relations between nations and regions.

GenEd: D 

POLS 104 INTRODUCTION TO PEACE STUDIES (3)

Three hours lecture per week

Introduction to issues and theories in the interdisciplinary field of peace and conflict studies. Topics include conceptualizing peace and war, causes of conflict and war, achieving negative peace, building positive peace, case studies in nonviolence. 

POLS 140 CALIFORNIA GOVERNMENT AND POLITICS (1)

One hour of lecture per week

Introduction to the structure and function of California state government. Satisfies California state and local government requirement for students who have taken American Government without a California component or who receive Advanced Placement credit for American Government

POLS 150 AMERICAN POLITICAL INSTITUTIONS (3) [top]

Three hours lecture per week

Examines the major American national and state political institutions and processes, including the presidency, congress, the federal court system, political parties, the electoral system, and major institutions of state government. This course emphasizes how these institutions and processes function within changing American Constitutional principles of the role of law, federalism, shared power, and individual and civil rights. Meets Title 5 US Constitution and State and Local Government requirement.

POLS 300 POLITICAL SCIENCE RESEARCH METHODS (3)

Three hours lecture per week

Prerequisite: SOC/POLS/PSY 303

Introduction to research methods commonly used in political science. Topics include: research design, literature reviews, measurement and observation. Covers quantitative as well as qualitative methods of inquiry.

POLS 301 POLITICAL THEORY (3) [top]

Three hours lecture/discussion per week

Political Theory is devoted to assessing the authority, legitimacy, and justification of various kinds of political arrangements. How should people live together in society? Is democracy really the best form of government? Can a society legislate morality? What do individuals owe their government? What does their government owe them? This course will consider these and related questions through an introductory survey of works by major political philosophers such as Plato, Hobbes, Locke, Mill, and Marx. Ramifications for issues such as freedom of speech, religious liberty, affirmative action, women's rights, economic inequality, criminal punishment, civil disobedience, and revolution will also be explored.

POLS 303 STATISTICAL APPLICATIONS IN THE SOCIAL SCIENCES (3)

Two hours lecture and two hours activity per week

Prerequisites: MATH 105 or equivalent

Introduces quantitative methods as used in social science research and prepares students for statistical literacy. Students will be expected to demonstrate a clear understanding of statistical techniques and data analysis unique to the social sciences. Students will learn to use descriptive and inferential statistics to test hypotheses. Students will use SPSS to analyze data. 

Same as SOC 303, PSY 303

POLS 305 GENDER AND POLITICS (3) [top]

Three hours lecture per week

Examines the role of women as political actors in the United States. Also explores the impact of public policies on women in America.

POLS 306 THE POLITICS OF RACE & ETHNICITY (3)

Three hours lecture per week

Examines the politics and policy consequences of racial and ethnic identity in the United States. Special attention will be paid to issues of race and politics in contemporary southern California.

GenEd: C3B 

POLS 312 INTEREST GROUPS AND COLLECTIVE ACTION (3) [top]

Three hours lecture per week

Prerequisite: POLS 150

The course surveys political interest groups by examining the contrast between political parties and elections versus interest groups and lobbying, the logic behind collective action; the institutional arrangements governments use to channel group demands, and interest group resources, strategies and tactics in asserting influence. The course will examine groups in different issue domains, and make distinctions between interest groups and social movements.  

POLS 313 THE UNITED STATES CONGRESS (3)

Three hours lecture per week

Prerequisite: POLS 150

This course addresses the historical development of the Congress, the dynamics of congressional elections, analytical perspectives on the study of Congress, and the major internal mechanisms of the institution including parties, leaders, committees, rules, etc. 

POLS 314 THE AMERICAN PRESIDENCY (3)

Three hours lecture per week

Prerequisite: POLS 150

An introduction to major approaches to the study of the presidency, presidential selection, presidential power, interbranch relations, the role of the public, interest groups, and the media, and presidential behavior in the policy-making process. The course also focuses on the historical development of the office.

POLS 315 CONGRESS AND THE PRESIDENCY (3) [top]

Three hours lecture/discussion per week

This course will examine the ongoing struggle between the President and Congress to enact public policy. Students will study the two institutions singly and in their interaction. Particular attention will be placed on the electoral incentives of members of each institution and the inherent difficulties of cooperation in a system of separation of powers.

POLS 316 STATE AND LOCAL POLITICS & POLICY (3)

Three hours lecture per week

Examines the structures, functions, policies, politics and administration of subnational governments in the United States. Satisfies the California State and local government requirement for students who have taken American Government without a California component or who have received Advanced Placement credit for American Government.

POLS 317 JUDICIAL POWER AND PROCESS (3) [top]

Three hours lecture per week

Study of the American court system, including study of the history, organization, politics and policymaking of the judicial branch.

POLS 318 CAMPAIGNS AND ELECTIONS (3)

Three hours lecture per week

Prerequisite: POLS 150

Explores political parties, campaigns, elections and voting behavior in the American context.

POLS 319 POLITICAL BEHAVIOR AND PUBLIC OPINION (3)

Two hours lecture per week and three hours laboratory per week

Prerequisite: POLS 150

An introduction to the study of individual political behavior. Among the topics covered are the development of political attitudes, political socialization, measuring behavior and opinion, and the uses and abuses of public opinion data. 

POLS 320 PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION (3) [top]

Three hours lecture/discussion per week

This course is an introduction to public administration in the United States at the national, state and local levels of government. It will explore the various trends in American public administration, examine the unique circumstances involved in administering public organizations and look at different techniques of public management. Topics of study include: the structure and function of the American system of federalism, organizational theory and behavior, public budgeting and finance, public human resources management and the role of women in public administration.

POLS 321 PUBLIC BUDGETING (3)

Three hours lecture per week

Examines the major concepts of public budgeting and finance in the United States. Key topics of study include: expenditure estimation, revenue forecasting, capital budgeting, budget reform and financial management. The politics that characterizes the budgetary process will be emphasized throughout.

Same as FIN 321  

POLS 325 AMERICAN PUBLIC POLICY (3) [top]

Three hours lecture per week

A study of how public policy is formulated and implemented, using several policy areas such as health, transportation, housing, energy, and welfare policy as areas for specific examination. The course will review several contemporary perspectives on policy making.

POLS 326 GOVERNMENT AND POLITICS OF SELECTED NATIONS (3)

Three hours lecture per week

An intensive study of the politics and government of a nation or group of nations. Topics will include study of the government structure, political processes, political behavior and public policies. Areas of focus vary by semester. Repeatable based on topic.

POLS 327 INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS OF SELECTED AREAS (3) [top]

Three hours lecture per week

Examination of the international political and economic relations among nations of a particular area of the world. Area of focus varies by semester. Repeatable by topic.

POLS 328 UNITED STATES FOREIGN POLICY (3)

Three hours lecture per week

Examines the process of foreign policy making by the United States from several theoretical perspectives.

GenEd: D 

POLS 329 INTERNATIONAL LAW AND ORGANIZATIONS (3)

Three hours lecture per week

Studies processes of global governance, which includes a focus on selected international institutions and the basics of international law.

POLS 330 POLITICAL SOCIOLOGY (3) [top]

Three hours lecture per week

Examines power and power structures at all levels of society. The roles of social classes, movements, and institutions in shaping the political process and social influences on political behavior are explored.

Same as SOC 330

GenEd: C3B, D, Interdisciplinary 

POLS 331 NARRATIVES OF THE WORKING CLASS (3)

Three hours lecture per week

Examines the lives of working people using various thematic approaches and disiplinary methodoligies. Materials included literature, film, and case studies.

Same as ECON 331, ENGL 331, SOC 331, HIST 331

GenEd: C2, D, Interdisciplinary

POLS 333 NONPROFIT ORGANIZATIONS (3)

Three hours lecture per week

Issues unique to nonprofit organizations including financial, legal, and political.

Same as COMM 333,ECON 333, BUS 333

GenEd: D, Interdisciplinary

POLS 335 POLITICS AND FILM (3) [top]

Two hours lecture and two hours activity per week.

Explores the themes, issues and processes of politics through an in depth study of selected films. Area of focus varies by semester.

Same as COMM 335

GenEd: D, Interdisciplinary

POLS 340 POLITICS AND THE ENVIRONMENT (3)

Three hours lecture per week

Exploration of environmental politics in both the international and domestic contexts.

GenEd: Interdisciplinary

Same as ESRM 340

GenEd: D,Interdisciplinary 

POLS 341 THE NATIONAL PARK (3)

Three hours lecture per week

Prerequisite: Upper Division Standing

An interdisciplinary, in-depth study of one or more units of the National Park Service from a variety of perspectives including Political Science, Public Administration, and Environmental Science and Resource Management. The course analyzes how conservation issues and practices, administrative and policy processes and interpretive (educational) programs work within the context of a national public resources agency. Each term this course will focus on one or more park unit in the region.

Same as ESRM 341

GenEd: D, Interdisciplinary

POLS 345 SCIENCE AND PUBLIC POLICY (3) [top]

Three hours lecture per week

Examines the relationship between science, politics, and public policy and prepares students to make informed decisions concerning the societal implications of many rapidly advancing avenues of scientific research.

Same as BIOL 345

GenEd: D, Interdisciplinary

POLS 401 CONSTITUTIONAL LAW (3)

Three hours lecture per week

Explores how the U.S. Constitution creates and allocates power within the American structure of government. Examines the role of the U.S. Supreme Court in the political struggles over the distribution and uses of power in the American Constitutional system.

POLS 402 CIVIL RIGHTS AND CIVIL LIBERTIES (3) [top]

Three hours lecture per week

Examines the scope of rights and liberties under the United States Constitution. Includes a study of the leading decisions of the United States Supreme Court in this area.

POLS 403 COMPARATIVE FOREIGN POLICY (3)

Three hours lecture per week

Prerequisite: POLS 103

Examination of how and why states develop distinct foreign policies through review of prominent theoretical perspectives in the comparative foreign policy literature. Application of theories to a number of real world cases of foreign policy decision making by the governments of countries in Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America, and the Middle East, in different issue areas, including national security policy, foreign economic policy, human rights, environmental policy, and the fight against terrorism.  

POLS 404 POLICY LEADERSHIP (3) [top]

Three hours lecture per week

Prerequisite: POLS 150

Explores policy leadership across all levels of society and across educational and political domains. Exposes students to ideas about policy leadership, requiring students to learn about current leaders in the region, the U.S. and abroad as theories and concepts are applied to the real world of politics and policy.

Same as EDUC 404 

POLS 426 POLITICS OF DEVELOPING COUNTRIES (3)

Three hours lecture per week

Prerequisite: POLS 103

Examines political, economic and social development in developing countries .

POLS 430 POLITICAL COMMUNICATION (3)

Three hours lecture per week

An analysis of the relationship between mass media and political decision-making. Topics covered include: political communication theories and trends, the relationship between political institutions and the press in the US and in other countries, elections, debates, political campaigning and advertising, new media and politics, political socialization, education, politics and popular culture.

Same as COMM 430

GenEd: D, Interdisciplinary  

POLS 431 EDUCATION POLICY AND POLITICS (3) [top]

Three hours lecture per week

Prerequisites: POLS 150 for POLS students or Consent of Instructor

Examines the roles of political institutions in education policy making, the political factors that shape policy formulation and implementation, the values and assumptions of different types of policies, and the links between policy and local-level implementation. Analyzes current and pending policies' effect on schools and classrooms to illustrate how education policy reflects American politics.

Same as EDUC 431

GenEd: D, Interdisciplinary

POLS 450 ENVIRONMENTAL CONFLICT RESOLUTION (3)

Three hours lecture per week

Provides practical experience in negotiation and mediation techniques within the context of complex environmental and public policy disputes.

Same as COMM 450, ESRM 450

POLS 490 SPECIAL TOPICS IN POLITICAL SCIENCE (3)

Three hours lecture per week

In depth analysis of current topics in Political Science. Topics vary each semester. Repeatable by topic

POLS 492 SERVICE LEARNING IN POLITICAL SCIENCE (3) [top]

One hour lecture per week and two hours activity per week

Community based service combined with course work and reflection on a topic with political or policy significance.

POLS 493 INTERNSHIP IN POLITICAL SCIENCE (3)

Three hours lecture per week

Prerequisites: Consent of Instructor

Community based internship in political science.

POLS 494 INDEPENDENT RESEARCH (1-3) [top]

Variable hours per week

Prerequisite: Senior standing or consent of the instructor

Independent research in Political Science conducted under the supervision of a faculty member.

POLS 499 CAPSTONE (3)

Three hours lecture per week

Integrating and culminating experience in which students work in teams to analyze political or policy issues in a community-based setting.

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