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POLS 1101 AMERICAN GOVERNMENT 3.0

Introduction to American Government. American system of government covering the institutions and ideals basic to the American experience and the process by which the public participates in and is governed by these institutions and ideals.

 

POLS 2101 INTRO TO POLITICAL SCIENCE 3.0

Introduction to Political Science. A survey of the fundamental questions in the study of political science.

 

POLS 2401 GLOBAL ISSUES 3.0

Global Issues. An introduction to international relations focusing on contemporary issues in world politics such as conflict and cooperation, business and trade, population, environment, and human rights.

 

POLS 3110 STATE GOVERNMENT 3.0

State Government. Organization, powers, functions, and political processes at the state level in the United States.

 

POLS 3140 JUDICIAL PROCESS & COURTS 3.0

Judicial Process and Courts. Social and political context of judicial decisions with emphasis on Supreme Court decisionmaking. Relates law to public policy.

 

POLS 3145 INTRO TO AMERICAN LAW 3.0

Introduction to American Law. Substance of law as a component of public policy and the political system; emphasis on the elements and rationale of private law.

 

POLS 3150 AMER POL PARTIES/INTEREST GRPS 3.0

American Political Parties and Interest Groups. The nature and role of political parties and interest groups in the American political system.

 

POLS 3170 AMERICAN LEGISLATIVE PROCESS 3.0

American Legislative Process. The role of Congress and state legislatures in policy making. Special emphasis on legislative organization, procedure, and legislative structure including the speakership, parties, staff, and committees.

 

POLS 3171 CONGRESSIONAL SIMULATION 3.0

Congressional Simulation. Recommended prerequisite: PolS 3170. This simulation provides students with an opportunity to experience how a legislative body makes decisions about policy. Students gain insight into the legislative process by actively participating in it. In the course of the simulation, students will be faced with the kinds of choices that professional legislators must make daily, such as deciding which bills of many bills to support and negotiating between the pressures put on them from disparate sources, such as party and constituency. Students will take away from the class knowledge about both the legislative process and the substantive policy areas the mock legislature takes up, as well as enhanced negotiating skills.

 

POLS 3200 COMPARATIVE POLITICS 3.0

Comparative Politics. Comparative analysis of major political systems.

 

POLS 3400 INTERNATIONAL POLITICS 3.0

International Politics. Concepts and theories of international politics.  Covers the evolution of the contemporary international system and conflict and cooperation among nationstates.

 

POLS 3450 U.S. FOREIGN POLICY 3.0

United States Foreign Policy. Analysis of U.S. foreign policy patterns and decision making since World War II. Examines contending explanations of policy making and the evolving role of the United States in world affairs.

 

POLS 3490 STUDSFOREIGN POL/INTERNTL POL 3.0

Studies in Foreign Policy and International Politics. Prerequisite (recommended): PolS 3400 or 3450. Selected topics in foreign policy and international politics. May be repeated for credit if topic varies.

 

POLS 3530 CLASSICAL & EARLY MOD POLT THT 3.0

Classical and Early Modern Political Thought. (Same as Phil 3530.) A survey of the historical writings in political thought from Plato to Machiavelli. Special emphasis on the contributions these thinkers made to Western conceptions of democracy, equality, human nature, citizenship, etc., as well as the continuing relevance of the texts for explaining contemporary political phenomena.

 

POLS 3540 MODERN POLITICAL THOUGHT 3.0

Modern Political Thought. (Same as Phil 3540.) A survey of the historical writings in political thought from Hobbes to Marx.  Special emphasis on the contributions these thinkers made to Western conceptions of democracy, equality, human nature, citizenship, etc., as well as the continuing relevance of the texts for explaining contemporary political phenomena.

 

POLS 3550 MODERN POLITICAL IDEOLOGIES 3.0

Modern Political Ideologies. Major political ideologies of our times; democracy, capitalism, socialism, communism, elitism, and nationalism. Readings from original sources, both western and nonwestern.

 

POLS 3700 PUBLIC ADMIN/BUREAUCRATIC POLI 3.0

Public Administration and Bureaucratic Politics. (Same as PAUS 3801.) Bureaucratic politics and behavior in the political process. The role of administrators in policy making and implementation, agency strategies, relations with other executive agencies and

with the legislature, the president, the judiciary and clientele groups.

 

POLS 3750 PUBLIC POLICY ANALYSIS 3.0

Public Policy Analysis. Effectiveness, alternatives, and politics of governmental policies concerning areas such as social welfare, environment, education, business regulation, and defense.

 

POLS 3770 GOVERNMENTAL BUDGETING 3.0

Governmental Budgeting. (Same as PAUS 3831.) Fiscal planning and management in the administrative process, budgetary theory, and the budget process.

 

POLS 3800 INTRO TO POLITICAL RESEARCH 3.0

Introduction to Political Research. Research techniques in political science including data collection, analysis, and interpretation.

 

POLS 4115 URBAN POLITICS 3.0

Urban Politics. Impact of urban society on the structure and function of county and municipal governments. Text and reading from recent studies in community power structure and decision making, concerned with metropolitan growth, federallocal relations, and political process and problems in urban communities.

 

POLS 4120 SOUTHERN POLITICS 3.0

Southern Politics. The development of Southern political institutions and practices, including the role that Southern political figures have played in national politics and similarities and differences between Southern political behavior and national political behavior.

 

POLS 4125 GEORGIA POLITICS & GOVERNMENT 3.0

Georgia Politics and Government. An examination of state and local government in the state of Georgia.

 

POLS 4130 AMERICAN CONSTITUTIONAL LAW 3.0

American Constitutional Law. Development of U.S. constitutional system and fundamental principles of constitutional interpretation. Includes the courts and judicial review, authority of Congress in fields of commerce and taxation, authority of the

president and federalstate relations.

 

POLS 4131 CIVIL LIBERTIES & RIGHTS 3.0

Civil Liberties and Rights. Supreme Court’s interpretation of the Bill of Rights and Fourteenth Amendment. Areas covered include administration of justice, freedom of expression and religion, and equal protection of racial, sexual, political and economic groups.

 

POLS 4155 VOTING AND ELECTIONS 3.0

Voting and Elections. Political, institutional, social, and psychological factors involved in individual and group electoral decisions. Emphasis placed on the role of campaigns and candidate strategy in shaping voting decisions.

 

POLS 4157 POLIT OF CIVIL RIGHTS MOVEMENT 3.0

Politics of the Civil Rights Movement. (Same as AAS 4180.) Examination of the underpinnings, leadership, political strategies, and policies of the modern civil rights movement.

 

POLS 4158 CAMPAIGN ORGANIZATION 3.0

Campaign Organization and Management. A broad introduction to electoral campaign research, organization, and management.

 

POLS 4160 POL ATTITUDES & PUBLIC OPINION 3.0

Political Attitudes and Public Opinion. Concept and measurement of political attitudes, acquisition of attitudes, the role of attitudes in political behavior, and the relation of elites and publics in the formation of public opinion.

 

POLS 4162 POLITICS AND COMMUNICATION 3.0

Politics and Communication. An analysis of how political communications affect our relationships with political actors and processes.

 

POLS 4165 AFRICANAMERICAN POLITICS 3.0

AfricanAmerican Politics. (Same as AAS 4160.) Analysis of the ideology, public opinions, and political behavior of AfricanAmericans. AfricanAmerican impact on the electoral system.

 

POLS 4167 WOMEN AND POLITICS 3.0

Women and Politics. Analysis of the interaction between gender roles and the political system, with emphasis on political socialization, participation, recruitment, and policy making.

 

POLS 4180 AMERICAN CHIEF EXECUTIVES 3.0

American Chief Executives. Constitutional powers and the political role of the American president with a comparative examination of the function of state governors.

 

POLS 4185 POLITICAL LEADERSHIP 3.0

Political Leadership. Examines the scope and theory of political leadership at the local, state, and national governments.

 

POLS 4190 STUDIES IN AMERICAN POLITICS 3.0

Studies in American Politics. Intensive treatment of current topics in American politics and government. May be repeated if topic varies.

 

POLS 4205 COMPARATIVE DEMOCRATIZATION 3.0

Comparative Democratization. Theories and problems of emerging and transitional democracies around the world.

 

POLS 4210 POLITICS OF DEVELOPING NATIONS 3.0

Politics of Developing Countries. Prerequisite (recommended): PolS 3200. Examines rapid political, social, and economic change in developing countries.

POLS 4215 POLITICS OF PEACE 3.0

Politics of Peace. Explores the challenges of building stable political systems in the wake of civil war, using cases drawn from all regions of the world.

 

POLS 4220 COMPR LEGAL SYSTEMS & POLITICS 3.0

Comparative Legal Systems and Politics. Survey of three major legal systems: AngloAmerican adversarialprecedent systems; Napoleonicinquisitorialcode systems used in the majority of countries; and customary legal approaches in traditional societies.

Analyzes problems of judicial independence, legal professionalism, and accountability of constitutional development in new democracies in the developing world, as well as problems of developed legal systems in Japan and the West.

 

POLS 4223 COMPARATIVE ELECTORAL SYSTEMS 3.0

Comparative Electoral Systems. Examines different election systems used in various democracies. Advantages and disadvantages of particular election systems.

 

POLS 4225 POLITICAL NEGOTIATION 3.0

Political Negotiation. Examines negotiation and conflict resolution as central elements of the political process, whether in international diplomacy, collective bargaining in labor disputes, post election formation of governments in parliamentary

democracies, or administrative budgeting.

 

POLS 4228 COMP PARTY SYSTEM DEVELOPMENT 3.0

Comparative Party System Development. Drawing on both theoretical literature and empirical research, this course provides an introduction to the comparative study of party system development in democratic political systems. The course explores the experiences of newly democratized countries as well as that of established democracies. Insights will be drawn from Europe, Africa, Asia, the United States, and Latin America.

 

POLS 4230 AFRICAN POLITICS 3.0

African Politics. Prerequisite (recommended): PolS 3200. Addresses the politics of SubSaharan Africa, including major issues of political, economic, and social analysis.

 

POLS 4240 EUROPEAN POLITICS 3.0

European Politics. Prerequisite (recommended): PolS 3200. The politics and government of Europe. Comparative study of institutions, issues, and social forces, including the  impact of integration on the politics of the nationstate.

 

POLS 4242 EUROPEAN UNION 3.0

European Union: Politics, Economy, and Foreign Policy. Broad overview of developments in the European Union since the early 1950s. Key issues, such as monetary union and development of common foreign policy, are explored. Institutional actors,

including the European Parliament, European Commission, Council of Ministers, and Court of Justice are compared.

 

POLS 4245 POLITICS OF RUSSIA/EAST EUROPE 3.0

The Politics of Russia and Eastern Europe. Prerequisite (recommended):

PolS 3200 or 3400. Political, economic, and social variables explaining change and the current political structures in the region.

 

POLS 4250 LATIN AMERICAN POLITICS 3.0

Latin American Politics. Prerequisite (recommended): PolS 3200. Political, historical, economic, and cultural explanations of political change in Latin America. Compares twentieth century democratic, authoritarian, and revolutionary regimes.

 

POLS 4255 POLITICAL ECONOMY OF EAST ASIA 3.0

Politics and Political Economy of East Asia. Examines the key political institutions, economic structures, and socioeconomic policies of Japan, Korea, Taiwan, Singapore, and Hong Kong.

 

POLS 4256 POLITICAL ECONOMY OF JAPAN 3.0

Politics and Political Economy of Japan. Explores the politics and political economy of contemporary Japan. Topics include: the evolution and nature of Japanese democracy, the functioning of the political economy, the “Japanese miracle” econony of the early postwar period and economic decline in recent years, protest and social movements in Japan, and Japan’s role in Asia.

 

POLS 4258 GOV’T & POLITICS OF SOUTH ASIA 3.0

Government and Politics of South Asia. Examines the societies and politics of South Asia, with specific reference to India and Pakistan since independence from Britain in 1947.

 

POLS 4260 POL OF MIDDLE EAST/NOR. AFRICA 3.0

Politics of the Middle East and North Africa. Prerequisite (recommended): PolS 3200. (Same as MES 4210.) Politics and culture of the region. Contemporary issues including: the region’s relations with the West, regional conflict, and the increasing role of

religious movements in politics.

 

POLS 4270 COMPARATIVE POLITICAL ECONOMY 3.0

Comparative Political Economy. Examination of the theoretical and substantive relationships between politics and economics.

 

POLS 4285 POL & RELIGN IN COMPAR PERSPCT 3.0

Politics and Religion in Comparative Perspective. Prerequisite (recommended): PolS 3200 or 3400. (Same as MES 4220.) Role of religious beliefs and institutions on political behavior.

 

POLS 4290 STUDIES IN COMPARATIV POLITICS 3.0

Studies in Comparative Politics. Prerequisite (recommended): PolS 3200. Topics may include the government and politics of selected countries and regions of the world or themes in comparative political analysis. May be repeated for credit if topic varies.

 

 

POLS 4420 INTERNATIONAL LAW 3.0

International Law. Analysis of origin, principles, enforcement, and adjudication of international law.

 

POLS 4421 INTERNATIONAL ORGANIZATIONS 3.0

International Organizations. Prerequisite (recommended): PolS 3400 or 3450. Analysis of the formation, role, process, and politics of international organizations, such as the United Nations, and mechanisms of international cooperation.

 

POLS 4422 NGOS AND WORLD POLITICS 3.0

NGOs and World Politics. Survey of current literature on nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) and global civil society and exploration of the various roles NGOs play in a variety of policy areas including the environment, human rights, international development, trade, humanitarian crises, women’s issues, and security.

 

POLS 4425 POL OF INTRNL CRIMINAL JUSTICE 3.0

Politics of International Criminal Justice. Politics of international crimes, such as drugs and other contraband, fissile materials, Internet fraud, and war crimes, as well as the national and transnational conspiracies and organizations that commit or control these crimes.

 

POLS 4427 POL OF INTERNATNL HUMAN RIGHTS 3.0

Politics of International Human Rights. Analysis of international human rights issues and institutions at the multilateral, regional, and domestic levels. Attention to foreign policy, gender, minorities, disappearances, and genocide in various regions.

 

POLS 4430 INTERNATIONL POLITICAL ECONOMY 3.0

International Political Economy. Prerequisite (recommended): PolS 3400. Analyzes the politics of international economic relations.

 

POLS 4435 STDY IN INTRNTL POLITICAL ECON 3.0

Studies in International Political Economy. Prerequisite (recommended): PolS 3400. Topics may include international trade, monetary and financial relations, multinational corporations, and northsouth relations among others. May be repeated for credit if

topic varies.

 

POLS 4450 FOREIGN POLICY DECISION MAKING 3.0

Foreign Policy Decision Making. Prerequisite (recommended): PolS 3400 or 3450. Analysis of theories and processes of foreign policy decision making.

 

POLS 4460 U.S. NATIONAL SECURITY POLICY 3.0

U S National Security Policy. Prerequisite (recommended): PolS 3400. Major issues in U.S. national security policy.

 

POLS 4470 CAUSES OF WAR 3.0

Causes of War. Prerequisite : PolS 3400 or 3450. Conditions affecting the prospects for war and conflict within and between nationstates.

 

POLS 4471 THE WAR OF CIVILIZATIONS 3.0

The War of Civilizations. An evaluation of the new paradigm of international conflict and war among civilizations, advanced by Samuel Huntington, instead of the orthodox Westphalian/Clausewitzian view of the conflicts among states.

 

POLS 4490 STUDIES IN INTERNATL RELATIONS 3.0

Studies in International Relations. Intensive treatment of a topic in International Relations. May be taken more than once if topic varies.

 

POLS 4510 FEMINIST POLITICAL THEORY 3.0

Feminist Political Theory. The treatment of women in Western political thought. Various strands of feminist thinking: liberal, Marxist, socialist, radical, and postmodern

.

POLS 4520 THEORIES ON DEMOCRACY 3.0

Theories on Democracy. This course examines democracy’s theoretical foundation, looking both at contemporary and classical texts.

 

POLS 4530 THEORIES OF NATIONALISM 3.0

Theories of Nationalism. Review of wellestablished theories of the nation. Consideration of how the nation is constructed through political structures, changes in economic structure, cultural practices, and “invented memories” about it.

 

POLS 4540 POL THEORY/ECONOMIC JUSTICE 3.0

The Political Theory of Economic Justice. Focuses on the proper role of government in the economy. Readings from both classical and contemporary sources about laissezfaire, mixed economy, and democratic socialism.

 

POLS 4550 LIBERALISM AND ITS CRITICS 3.0

Liberalism and Its Critics. A look at the theoretical foundations of America’s most prominent public philosophy: liberalism. Reviews the work of nineteenth and twentiethcentury British, French, and American theorists.

 

POLS 4555 CONTEMP POLITICAL PHILOSOPHY 3.0

Contemporary Political Philosophy. This course examines contemporary thinking in political philosophy. Particular emphasis is placed on debates within the discipline over matters such as the ethics of war, abortion, civil rights, income distribution, judicial

interpretation and homelessness.

 

POLS 4560 AFRICANAMER POLITICAL THOUGHT 3.0

AfricanAmerican Political Thought. (Same as AAS 4120.) Examination and critical analysis of AfricanAmerican political and social ideas.

 

POLS 4570 AMERICAN POLITICAL THOUGHT 3.0

American Political Thought. Readings in the development of political ideas underlying American political institutions.

 

POLS 4585 POL THEORY: RACE, CLASS,GENDER 3.0

Theorizing the Politics of Race, Class and Gender. Political questions concerning race, gender and class inequalities affect almost every political system in the contemporary world. The course will examine theories on the social construction of race and gender, postcolonial theory, and revisions to classic Marxist theories of social class.

 

POLS 4590 STUDIES IN WESTERN POL THEORY 3.0

Studies in Western Political Theory. Analysis of a particular concept or period in political theory. May be repeated for credit if topic varies.

 

POLS 4720 ENVIRONMENTAL POLITICS 3.0

Environmental Politics. Ozone and energy policies, endangered species, air and water pollution, business and environmental interest groups, rain forests, parks. U.S. and international coverage.

 

POLS 4770 POLITICS OF US SOCIAL WELFARE 3.0

The Politics of Social Welfare in the United States. Analysis of the various social welfare policies of the government and the political foundations underlying these policies.

 

POLS 4780 ADMINISTRATIV LAW & GOVERNMENT 3.0

Administrative Law and Government. Legal elements of the public administration environment, including the law in books and in action, regulatory activities, freedom of information, right to privacy, and legal control of administrative discretion.

 

POLS 4790 STUDIES IN PUBLIC POLICY 3.0

Studies in Public Policy. Intensive treatment of current topics in public policy. May be repeated for credit if topic varies.

 

POLS 4870 HONORS THESIS: RESEARCH 3.0

Honors Thesis: Research. Prerequisites: consent of the instructor and Honors Program director. Readings or research preparatory to honors thesis or project.

 

POLS 4880 HONORS THESIS: WRITING 3.0 to 6.0

Honors Thesis: Writing. Prerequisites: PolS 4870, consent of the instructor and Honors Program director. Writing or production of honors thesis or project.

 

POLS 4920 DIRECTED READING & RESEARCH 1.0 to 3.0

Directed Reading & Research. Special directed research. Paper required. By arrangement at student request, as approved by the department. May be repeated for credit.

 

POLS 4930 LEGISLATIVE INTERNSHIPS 3.0 to 9.0

Legislative Internships. Prerequisite: consent of instructor. Program to combine academic training with professional experience through legislative internships. Paper required.

 

POLS 4940 INTERNSHIPS 1.0 to 9.0

Internships. Program to combine academic training with professional experience through shortterm internships.

 

POLS 4950 PRACTICUM IN POLITICAL SCIENCE 2.0

Practicum in Political Science. Prerequisite: consent of instructor. An exercise in a governmental or politcal process and/or institution. May be repeated for credit.

 

POLS 4951 MODEL UNITED NATIONS 3.0

Model United Nations. Prerequisite: consent of instructor. An exercise in modeling the process and politics of the United Nations. May be repeated for credit.

 

POLS 4952 MODEL ARAB LEAGUE 2.0

Model Arab League. Prerequisite: consent of instructor. (Same as MES 4230.) An exercise in modeling the process and politics of the Arab League. May be repeated for credit.

 

POLS 4955 MOCK TRIAL 2.0

Mock Trial. Prerequisite: consent of instructor. An exercise in modeling the process, analytical reasoning and theory of litigation. May be repeated for credit.

 


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