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 prin-ciples
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 techni-cal
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.
POLI U399. Independent Study (1-6)
POLI U400. Terrorism and Political Violence (3) Forms, causes, and
consequences of political violence with special attention to terrorism.
POLI U403. History of Western Political Thought (3) A survey of
political theories propounded by western political philosophers from Plato
POLI U408. Democratization (3) Essential principles, theories, conceptual
tools, and cases relating to the process and problems of democratic transition
and consolidation around the world.
POLI U409. Politics of Non-Democracies (3) Essential principles, theories,
conceptual tools, and cases relating to the governance of non-democratic
POLI U420. Women and Politics: A Global Perspective (3) Women's status
and political activism around the globe. The focus is on similarities and differ-ences
and the basis for them. Prerequisite: POLI U320 or consent of instructor.
POLI U445. Public Policy Seminar: K-12 School Reform (3) Examination
of current K-12 school reform efforts as public policy initiatives. Analysis of
various models and approaches as appropriate methods of stabilizing and
changing public schools as institutions fundamental to American society.
POLI U450. Constitutional Law (3) The evolution of governmental
powers focusing on the judiciary, the presidency, congress, the states, and
POLI U451. Civil Rights and Civil Liberties (3) Freedom of religion,
freedom of speech and association, due process, equal protection, and
POLI U452. The Judicial Process (3) The growth of law, the lawmaking
of the courts, the structure and organization of federal and state courts,
the procedures involved in civil and criminal cases, and the problems and
proposals for reform in the administration of justice.
POLI U460. International Law (3) History and basic principles of law
among nation-states. Emphasis is upon the scope of international law and
the extent to which law shapes the behavior of international actors.
POLI 461. Comparative Political Behavior (3) Theories, practices, and
patterns of mass political behavior and opinion formation across countries;
social and psychological influences on opinion and behavior in comparative
POLI U462. The Legislative Process (3) Structure, organization, powers,
functions and problems of legislative bodies.
POLI U463. The American President (3) The constitutional powers and
political roles of the president with lesser emphasis upon state governors.
Emphasis is placed on the chief executive and administration, executive rela-tionships
with legislatures, and party and popular leadership by the executive.
POLI U481. The Politics of Inequality (3) The progress made by, and rela-tionship
between, the struggles for racial, gender, and economic equality in
America. Topics include theories of justice, the nature of oppression, political
participation, and the philosophical and legal development of equal rights.
POLI U491. Topics in Political Science (1-3) May be repeated as topics
POLI U495. Political Science Internship (1-6) Supervised work experi-ence
in a political or governmental environment. A minimum of three hours
work per week is required for each credit hour. Students are required to meet
periodically with the supervising faculty member. Prerequisites: junior or
senior standing and consent of the instructor. Students are limited to a
maximum of six hours combined from POLI U495 and U496.
POLI U496. Public Administration Internship (1-6) Supervised work
experience in a public administration environment. A minimum of three
hours work per week is required for each credit hour. Students are required
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