232 Course Descriptions
2018-2019 USC Upstate Catalog
POLI U324. Campaigns and Elections (3) The function, organization,
actors, and consequences of campaigns and elections in American politics.
Particular races and campaigns will be featured as examples for research
into how campaigns work and why they matter.
POLI U325. African Politics (3) Comparative study of political processes
within African countries and their relations with other states, particularly
former colonial powers.
POLI U326. Middle East Politics (3) Comparative study of political
processes within Middle Eastern countries and their relations with other
states, particularly the United States.
POLI U327. East Asian Politics (3) Comparative study of political processes
within East Asian countries and their relations with other countries,
particularly the United States.
POLI U328. East European Politics (3) Comparative study of political
processes within post-communist Central and East European countries and
their relations with other countries.
POLI U330. International Organizations (3) An introduction to the
structure and functions of international political and economic organizations.
Particular attention is given to the United Nations and its specialized
agencies and to emerging regional communities.
POLI U340. United States Foreign Policy (3) Formulation of American
foreign policy, problems of security, trade and diplomacy. Policies related
to specific nation-states and regions will be emphasized.
POLI U345. Security Studies (3) Introduction to key theoretical and practical
foundations of security studies. Emphasis is placed on the causes of war
and armed conflict, defense and intelligence organization, contemporary
and emerging security issues, including cybersecurity.
POLI U350. Women and American Politics (3) The participation of
women in American political life and their influence in electoral politics
and issue-based movements.
POLI U355. Culture and Politics Abroad (3). Travel in selected regions
outside the United States, and field study of culture and politics, with an
emphasis on governmental institutions. This course may be repeated as
long as location/content are different.
POLI U360. American Political Parties (3) The functions, history and
future of political parties in the United States. Emphasis is on the development
of political parties and the consequences of that development upon
the party as an organization, the party as an electorate, and the party in
POLI U361. Political Behavior (3) Political participation in the United
States through such activities as interest groups, political protest, contacting
officials, voting, running for office. Who participates and why, and the
consequences of participation for policy decisions and for society are also
POLI 362. Voting and Elections (3) The process of registering to vote and
voting, the environment within which elections operate, and the different
actors within the system. This designated service-learning course requires
volunteering with a non-profit, interest group, political party, campaign, or
some other political entity or institution during the semester.
POLI U363. Southern Politics (3) Selected political patterns and trends
within the eleven states of the American South including historical developments
POLI U364. State and Local Government (3) The institutions, functions,
policy making processes, and politics of state and local governments
including an examination of the relations between state and local
government, and the relations between state and local government and
the national government.
POLI U365. Politics and Media (3) Interpretation of the pivotal role of
media in contemporary American politics. Familiarizes the student with
fundamental concepts regarding the pervasive role of media in how it
shapes our life, political ideology, political culture and political behavior.
POLI 366. Politics and Social Media (3) How social media is utilized by
politicians, the media, parties and interest groups, as well as the public.
Methods of content analysis applied to social media will be emphasized.
POLI U370. Introduction to Public Administration (3) The basic
principles and theory of administrative structure, responsibility, and control
in relation to policy making in the modern state.
POLI U374. Introduction to Public Policy (3) Social, political, and
technical forces in policy making including various theories of public policy
and inquires into selected policy areas. Current policy issues are included
and integrated into the larger theories of decision making.
POLI U380. Environmental Policy (3) An investigation of American
national and international issues relating to the ecological basis of human
living. Special attention is on environmental issue-areas including air, water,
forests, soil erosion, and wildlife as well as the impact of population, the
economy, and technology on the quality of the environment.
POLI U385. American Political Thought (3) A survey of American political
theorists from the colonial period to the present with an examination of the
social, cultural, historical and scientific developments that have contributed
to the nature of American political thinking.
POLI U386. Art and Politics (3) A presentation of the connection between
art and political thought. The course focuses on architecture, painting, and
music as they express political values and attitudes.
POLI U387. Democratic Theory (3) Exploration of the meaning, purpose,
and value of democracy through reading and analyzing texts that both
advocate for and critique democratic government, from Ancient Greece
through the 21st century.
POLI U390. Urban Planning & Policy (3) (= URBN 380) Urban planning
as an area of public policy. Emphasizes identifying urban sprawl and studying
its effects on the social, psychological, environmental, physical and financial
well-being of cities and city residents.