Political Science

Political Science, PSCI

Students are eligible to take advanced courses after 6 hours of introductory work.

Prerequisites: PSCI 1040 and 1050 are prerequisite to advanced courses in American government and politics, public law, public policy, and international relations (See Fields A, B, D and F in departmental copy). Three hours of political science are prerequisite to advanced courses in political theory and methodology and comparative government and politics (See Fields C and E in departmental copy).

1040-1050-1060. American Government. 3 hours each. PSCI 1040 must be taken to satisfy the requirement of a course emphasizing U.S. and Texas constitutions. PSCI 1050 or PSCI 1060 fulfills the remaining 3 hours of the legislative requirement for 6 hours of government.

1040 (GOVT 2301). American Government: Laws and Institutions. U.S. and Texas constitutions, federalism, local government, institutions, civil rights and civil liberties. Satisfies legislative requirement of a course emphasizing U.S. and Texas constitutions.

1050 (GOVT 2302). American Government: Process and Policies. Political parties, elections, interest groups, mass media, public opinion and public policy.

1060. American Government: Topics. Individually or team-taught courses that explore in depth a substantive aspect of American government or politics. Topics vary and may include (but are not limited to) specific contemporary public issues, institutional simulations, and politics through the arts and literature. May be repeated for credit as topics vary. May be used for duplication only when topic is the same.

1041-1051. Honors American Government. 3 hours each. Fulfills legislative requirement of 6 hours of American government for students in the University Honors Program; 1041 satisfies the requirement of a course emphasizing U.S. and Texas constitutions.

1041. Constitutions of the United States and Texas, federalism and political processes. Prerequisite(s): acceptance to University Honors Program.

1051. Organization, powers, processes and functions of national and state governments. Prerequisite(s): PSCI 1041 and acceptance to University Honors Program.

1085. The American Political and Economic Experience. 3 hours. Study of the organization, powers, processes and functions of institutions of national and state governments; civil liberties and civil rights; and public policy. Integrated into each political science topic are topics of macroeconomics, which are discussed in the context of American government. Includes principles of economic organization and growth in modern economies; decision-making that affects economic policy and activities, including official appointments to the Federal Reserve; economic issues, including money and banking and monetary and fiscal policy; and discussion of income and business cycles as they relate to various areas, including education, social welfare, and environmental policy. Prerequisite(s): acceptance into the University Honors Program. May be substituted for PSCI 1050/1051 and ECON 1110. Fulfills 3 hours of the legislative requirement of 6 hours of American government.

2100. Women and Politics. 3 hours. Explores aspects of women's political, legal and economic lives in which gender intersects with government; provides overview of issues and important concepts, events and movements concerning them. Satisfies the Social and Behavioral Sciences requirement of the University Core Curriculum.

2300. The Study of Politics. 4 hours. Concepts, principles and practices of politics. A survey of major topics and issues in political science. Prerequisite(s): PSCI 1040 or PSCI 1050/1060, or consent of department.

2310. Democracy and Its Critics. 3 hours. A philosophical examination of the strengths and weaknesses of democracy, and the arguments for and against a democratic form of government from the classical to the contemporary world. Readings may include the Federalist papers, and works of Plato and Aristotle, as well as de Tocqueville. Satisfies the Social and Behavioral Sciences requirement of the University Core Curriculum.

2900. Special Problems. 1-3 hours.

3010. American State and Local Government. 3 hours. Political processes among state and local governments, and similarities and variations in the politics and policies of states.

3100. Topics in American Government. 3 hours. Major areas of research and controversy in American politics. Representative topics include political campaigning, minority group politics, and science fiction and politics. May be repeated for credit as topics vary.

3110. The Legislative Process. 3 hours. Legislative behavior, representation, selection of legislators, organization and procedures; relationships to other branches of government.

3130. Interest Groups. 3 hours. The theory, development, types, operations and effectiveness of interest groups in American politics.

3160. Mass Media in American Politics. 3 hours. Mass media's impact upon the political process, institutions and the individual.

3200. The American Legal System. 3 hours. Institutions and processes; courts and judicial behavior.

3210. The U.S. Supreme Court. 3 hours. Explores varying aspects of the U.S. Supreme Court, including how the Supreme Court selects and decides cases, how justices are appointed to the Supreme Court, how the Supreme Court interacts with other branches of government and interest groups, and how decisions are implemented.

3300. Introduction to Political Research. 3 hours. Emphasizes the conceptual and analytical tools necessary for conducting and understanding research in political science. Includes an introduction to statistical analysis and computer use. Prerequisite(s): PSCI 2300.

3310. Political Theory: Socrates to the Eighteenth Century. 3 hours. Political philosophy of Western civilization from early to modern times; works of Plato, Aristotle, Machiavelli, Hobbes and others. Satisfies the Social and Behavioral Sciences requirement of the University Core Curriculum.

3320. Political Theory: Eighteenth Century to the Present. 3 hours. Political thought since the 18th century; Locke and Rousseau; liberalism and conservatism; doctrines of Western democracy; Marxist communism and socialism; 20th-century nationalism. Satisfies the Social and Behavioral Sciences requirement of the University Core Curriculum.

3420. Bureaucracy and Public Policy. 3 hours. A study of the nature of bureaucracy, its role in policy development and the problem of bureaucratic responsibility. (Same as PADM 3420.)

3500. Introduction to Peace Studies. 3 hours. Origins and extent of violence in human relations, foreign and domestic. Satisfies the Cross-cultural and Global Studies requirement of the University Core Curriculum.

3600. Comparative Politics. 3 hours. Major concepts and approaches to comparative government and politics.

3700. Area Politics. 3 hours. Political institutions, processes, problems and policies in distinctive geographic or cultural areas of the world. Frequently offered areas include Africa, Asia, Latin America, the Middle East, the former Soviet Union and Eastern Europe, Western Europe, the Anglo-American democracies, and the Commonwealth of Nations. May be repeated for credit as topics vary.

3810. International Relations. 3 hours. Analytical survey of current world politics. Satisfies the Cross-cultural, Diversity and Global Studies requirement of the University Core Curriculum.

3910. Practicum. 1-3 hours. Field practicum offered as special problems or organized course. Prerequisite(s): consent of department and chair; PSCI 3110 for national or state legislative internships.

4020. Urban Politics. 3 hours. The city in social order; political machinery of central city and suburbs; types of conflicts, policies, leadership and groups; metropolitan government.

4100. Political Parties. 3 hours. Development, nature, problems, organization, operation and functions.

4120. Public Opinion and Participation. 3 hours. Shaping factors, communication techniques, public opinion, governmental action and democracy.

4130. American Intergovernmental Relations. 3 hours. Federal system; constitutional and theoretical bases of federalism; national/state/local government conflict and cooperation; regional arrangements; political centralization; impact upon American traditions; future prospects. (Same as PADM 4130.)

4140. The Presidency. 3 hours. Development of power, influence and limitations of the chief executive; selection, office, changing role and problems of control.

4200-4210. Constitutional Government and Law in the United States. 3 hours each. Constitution of the United States; work of the Supreme Court, and effects of decisions on national and state government.

4200. Constitutional Law: Discrimination and the Powers of the Government. Decisions of the United States Supreme Court; scope of legislative, executive and judicial power; presidential power in war and foreign affairs; clash of national and state power; economic liberties and property rights; racial and gender discrimination.

4210. Constitutional Law: Rights and Liberties. Decisions of the United States Supreme Court; freedom of religion, speech and press; rights of criminal defendants; right to privacy.

4220. Jurisprudence. 3 hours. Law in the modern state, meaning and objects, sources and growth, and conceptions of rights and justice. Prerequisite(s): 3 hours in public law.

4320. American Political Theory. 3 hours. American political thought since Colonial beginnings.

4330. Topics in Political Theory. 3 hours. This course addresses either the work of selected theorists, such as Plato, Thucydides, Machiavelli, Locke or Marx, or themes, such as morality and politics, liberalism and authoritarianism. May be repeated for credit as topics vary.

4450. Public Policy Analysis. 3 hours. Policy making, impact of public policy and factors that place specific problems on the public agenda. (Same as PADM 4450.)

4490. Topics in Public Policy. 3 hours. Analysis of the making, implementation and evaluation of major policy issues in the United States. Representative topics include aging, defense, civil rights, economic growth, education, environment, health care and poverty. May be repeated for credit as topics vary. Prerequisite(s): PSCI 1040, PSCI 1050 and PSCI 2300 or its equivalent.

4520. International Human Rights. 3 hours. Consideration of the concept and role of human rights in international affairs. Satisfies the Cross-cultural, Diversity and Global Studies requirement of the University Core Curriculum.

4620. Political Change. 3 hours. Cross-national analysis of processes of modernization and political development; selected developing nations. Satisfies the Cross-cultural, Diversity and Global Studies requirement of the University Core Curriculum.

4630. The Military in Politics. 3 hours. Involvement of the world's military forces in domestic politics, government and policy making, especially in the non-Western nations of Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Middle East. Topics include civil-military relations, military forces as interest groups, military intervention and the coup d'etat, and military performance in government.

4640. Revolution and Political Violence. 3 hours. Causes and consequences of revolution and other forms of political violence in nations.

4650. Comparative Public Policy. 3 hours. Public policy and policy making in Westernized democratic nations. Analysis and evaluation of public policies. Introduction to cross-national policy study techniques.

4660. Democracy and Democratization. 3 hours. Explores democracy's nature, causes of democratization, the spread of democracy in the world, and problems of consolidation of democracy. Satisfies the Cross-cultural, Diversity and Global Studies requirement of the University Core Curriculum.

4700. Topics in Comparative Politics. 3 hours. Major areas of research and controversy in the politics of contemporary nations. Representative topics include political socialization, peasant movements, political recruitment and judicial politics. May be repeated for credit as topics vary.

4710. Middle East Politics: Critical Issues. 3 hours. Overview of Middle Eastern regional politics. Attention is given to such issues as legitimacy, authority, identity, military, democracy and religious fundamentalism. Satisfies the Cross-cultural, Diversity and Global Studies requirement of the University Core Curriculum.

4720. Ethnicity in World Politics. 3 hours. Consideration of the concepts of ethnicity and nationalism as divisive elements in world affairs. Satisfies the Cross-cultural, Diversity and Global Studies requirement of the University Core Curriculum.

4800. The Politics of International Organization. 3 hours. The formation of policy at the international level on questions of military security, the environment, the international economy, economic development through the United Nations and related agencies, and the place of the multinational corporation in world affairs.

4810. International Law. 3 hours. Theoretical and political foundations of the law among nations; formation, change, application and enforcement of law; modern trends. Prerequisite(s): PSCI 3200 or 3810, or consent of instructor.

4820. Contemporary International Problems. 3 hours. Major contemporary problems and conflicts confronting the international system. Prerequisite(s): consent of instructor. May be repeated for credit as topics vary.

4830. American Foreign Policy. 3 hours. Principles and bases on which American foreign policy rests; machinery and personnel for policy formulation.

4840. Major Problems of American Foreign Policy. 3 hours. Recent policies, decision making, implementation and coordination.

4850. Critical Issues in World Politics. 3 hours. Examination of major issues in world politics, including potential for war, religious fundamentalism, morality, weapons of mass destruction, and diminishing resources. Satisfies the Cross-cultural, Diversity and Global Studies requirement of the University Core Curriculum.

4860. International Political Economy. 3 hours. A study of the politics of economic issues in international affairs, including the creation, maintenance and decay of international cooperation in trade; monetary and financial relations among Western countries; the roles of state and non-state participants; conflict and cooperation in East-West and North-South international economic relations; and an examination of the imperialist and world systems approaches to international affairs.

4900-4910. Special Problems. 1-3 hours each.

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