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Department of Political Science and Philosophy
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Political Science Courses (POLS)

2301/2301 Federal and State Government (3-0).  A study of the constitution and organization of agencies in the United States and Texas governments integrating the study of comparable agencies on both levels. Designed to fulfill certification requirements for prospective teachers as required by Texas law.

2302/2302 Federal and State Government (3-0).  A study of the functions of the various agencies in federal, state and local governments. Court systems, foreign affairs, taxation, finance, city and county governmental functions, and other subjects are covered.

Satisfactory completion of Political Science 2301 and 2302 or equivalent credit is prerequisite to advanced political science courses (3000 and 4000 level courses).

3301 Scope and Methods (3-0).  An overview of the major questions in the various social sciences that includes a principal focus on the fields of political theory, American, comparative and international politics. The course will also survey the major sources of social science information as well as the methods used to evaluate this information. (Required for all political science majors. Credit may not be earned for this course and Sociology 3301).

3302 American Political Parties (3-0).  A study of the development of the party system in the United States with emphasis on present-day operations, including such points as nominating techniques, political campaigns and elections, organizational elements and party finance.

3303 State and Local Government (3-0).  A general study of various principles and elements involved in state and local governments with special consideration shown to federal-state relations, state constitutions, municipal charters, and administrative problems.

3305 Public Administration (3-0).  A study of the fourth branch of government; its organization, personnel, finance and methods of policy formation with an analysis of problems accompanying an expanding bureaucracy.

3306 Non-profit Management (3-0).  Public policy continues to expand beyond the public sector with non-profit organizations increasingly administering public funds and supervising programs that impact the community and society.  The course will provide students with an overview of the challenges facing non-profit management from a public policy perspective.  Students will learn all aspects of the non-profit management process.

3307 The Legislative Process (3-0).  An in-depth analysis of the legislative process on both the national and state levels.

3311 American Political Culture (3-0).  A study of the cultural context of American politics, the development and transmission of political attitudes and values, and the role of public opinion in the political process. (Credit may not be earned for this course and Sociology 3310).

3313 American Campaigns, Elections, and Voting Behavior (3-0).  An in-depth examination of the electoral process in the United States including analysis of the theoretical and practical importance of elections in the policy-making process, the techniques of professional campaign management and American voting behavior.

3314 The American Presidency (3-0).  An in-depth examination of the presidency’s role in the American government. Emphasis will be given to questions of presidential power, style, and performance in the formulation and implementation of foreign and domestic policy. Other topics considered include psychological interpretations of the presidency, impeachment, and presidential selection and accountability.

3315 Political Economy of Latin America (3-0).  A study of the political economy of Latin America, especially with regard to the theory and practice of how economic motives affect political decisions and how most political decisions have economic repercussions, both domestically and in Latin America.  This course reviews and explores the key themes of Latin America’s relationship with the global political economy and raises questions about the nature of state action in Latin American countries.

3331 Development of American Political Theory (3-0).  A study of eighteenth and nineteenth century classical theorists and their influence upon the development of American political theory. A very brief survey of the development of classical theory from Greece to the eighteenth century will precede the study.

3332 Development of American Political Theory (3-0).  A continuation of Political Science 3331.

3341 Comparative Political Systems (3-0).  A comparative study of modern post-industrial societies and the third world. The course content will alternate between the analysis of the major political systems in Europe and the study of developing areas such as Africa, Asia and Latin America. (The course may be repeated once for credit when the topic varies).

3343 Political Economy of Globalization (3-0).  This course is an introduction to the politics of globalization. It provides students with analytical tools to enhance an understanding of the multi-dimensions of globalization and its impact on contemporary world politics. The course also discusses the controversy surrounding the consequences of globalization.

3347 Politics of China (3-0).  This course examines the historic, cultural, economic, social, and geographic traits that distinguish China and shapes its domestic political processes and interstate relations. Topics include Chinese communist ideology, the institutions, and processes of the Chinese political system, and the significant issues of contemporary political history.

3351 International Relations (3-0).  A study of international relations since World War II which examines changing global economic and political systems and important contemporary international issues.

3361 Judicial Process and Behavior (3-0).  A study of the judicial process, judicial personnel (including judges, prosecutors and defense attorneys), judicial reasoning and behavior and the impact of judicial activity. Although some attention will be directed to appellate courts (both national and state), the primary emphasis will be on trial courts.

*4301 American Constitutional Law (3-0).  An analysis and interpretation, primarily through case studies, of judicial decisions leading to the development of constitutional principles of judicial review, separation of powers, federalism, implied powers, taxation and commerce.

*4302 American Constitutional Law (3-0).  An analysis and interpretation, primarily through case studies, of judicial decisions leading to the development of constitutional rights with particular emphasis on political, procedural, civil and personal liberties.

4310 Government and the Economy (3-0).  A course that focuses on the changing role of government in the American political economy. It examines the structure and ideological underpinning of the private enterprise system in the context of American history. Throughout this analysis the course emphasizes the constant interplay between corporate and government decision making.

4311 Urban Problems and Public Policy (3-0).  A study of issues and research areas in selected urban problems and the development of public policy in response to these problems. (Credit may not be earned for this course and Sociology 4311).

4321 Comparative Political Economy (3-0).  This course is a comparative study of modern post-industrial societies and the third world. The course will examine the influence of political and institutional factors related to economic performance while comparing differing economic policies throughout the world.

*4331 Classical Political Theory (3-0).  A survey of classical Greek, Roman and Renaissance political thought from Socrates to Machiavelli.

*4332 Modern Political Thought (3-0).  A survey of modern political thought from Hobbes to Nietzsche.

*4333 Contemporary Political Thought (3-0).  A survey of recent political thought from Nietzsche to Derrida.

*4334 Existentialism and Political Violence (3-0).  A survey of existentialist thought, and the existentialist critique of political violence from Kierkegaard, Nietzsche, Heidegger, and Sartre.

4341 Political Economy of East Asia (3-0).  This course is an introduction to the political economy of East Asia. Students will explore the theory and practice of how economic motives affect political decisions and how most political decisions have economic repercussions, both domestically and in East Asia. This course reviews and explores the key themes of East Asia’s contemporary political economy. In doing so, it concentrates on East Asia’s relationship with the global political economy, and raises questions about the nature of state action in East Asian countries.

4351 United States Foreign Policy (3-0).  An examination of the processes of formulating and conducting United States foreign policy, the factors that influence foreign policy and the objectives and instruments of such policy.

4353 International Relations of the Western Hemisphere (3-0).  A study of the evolving international relations in the Western Hemisphere especially with regard to political, economic and security issues of the region.

4381 Special Topics (3-0). A course dealing with selected topics in government. (May be repeated once for credit when topic varies.) Prerequisite: Junior standing.

4391 Research in Government (3-0).  A specialized course that may be directed reading or research for exceptional students majoring in political science.

4671 Internship in Government (3-0).  The student will be assigned to work in a unit of government. A research paper dealing with the internship experience written under the direction of a faculty member will be required. Prerequisites: Political Science major, junior/senior status and political science program approval.

* These courses are cross-listed with philosophy courses.