236 Course Descriptions
2019-2020 USC Upstate Catalog
POLI U101. American National Government (3) The formation and
development of the national government, its organization and powers.
POLI U210. Research Methods in Political Science (3) Various approaches
to the rigorous study of political phenomena. The emphasis is upon the criti-cal
thinking and evaluative skills necessary to the understanding of politics.
Among the techniques to be considered are surveys, charts and graphs, case
studies, and statistical summaries.
POLI U238. Fundamentals of Political Behavior (3) Interpretation of
the basic concepts relative to American political behavior. Focus on political
ideology, political culture, including political socialization, and both individual
and group political behavior.
POLI U300. Introduction to Political Theory (3) A survey of various
concepts in western political philosophy such as political obligation, freedom,
equality, justice, rights, authority, and power.
POLI U310. International Politics (3) An introduction to the basic factors
influencing nation-state behavior in the world: the nation-state system,
nationalism and imperialism, national power, and the present world crisis.
The role of the United States in the world community is emphasized.
POLI U312. Race and Ethnicity in American Politics (3) Impact of race
and ethnicity on political participation, representation, institutions, and the
evolution of public policy.
POLI U314. Armed Forces & Society (3) (=AMST U314) Interdisciplinary
approach to military-social relations in the United States with emphasis on
the powers of civilian political leaders to wage war; the rise of the garrison
state and military-industrial complex; and past and present uses of the
armed services as a social laboratory to test and apply ideas about race,
class, and gender.
POLI U320. Comparative Politics (3) An introduction to the analysis of the
major types of political systems utilizing examples drawn from democratic,
communist and underdeveloped nation-states. Problems, approaches and
methods associated with the comparative field are emphasized.
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 pro-cesses
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 organiza-tions.
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 practi-cal
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 develop-ment
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, contact-ing
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 develop-ments
POLI U364. State and Local Government (3) The institutions, func-tions,
policy making processes, and politics of state and local govern-ments
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