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Political Science

Political Science, PSCI = 0158

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.
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.
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 will address either the work of selected theorists, such as Plato, Thucydides, Machiavelli, Locke or Marx, or such themes 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. Prerequisite(s): PSCI 1040, 1050 and 2300 or its equivalent.
4620. Political Change. 3 hours. Cross-national analysis of processes of modernization and political development; selected developing nations.
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.
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.
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.
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.
5020. Proseminar in American Government and Politics. 3 hours. Concepts, research, analytical methods and literature drawn from the leading scholars in the various areas of the field.
5050. Seminar in American Government and Politics. 3 hours. Analysis of pertinent government and political problems confronting the American people on the national, state and local levels. May be repeated for credit as topics vary.
5220. Proseminar in Public Law. 3 hours. Concepts, research, analytical methods and literature drawn from leading scholars in various areas of the field.
5230. Seminar in American Public Law. 3 hours. The legal framework within which American governmental processes operate; analysis of substantive legal rules and basic processes by which law is made and applied. May be repeated for credit as topics vary.
5310. Proseminar in Political Theory. 3 hours. Explores the variety of concepts, research, analytical methods and literature drawn from leading scholars in various areas of the field.
5340. Seminar in Political Science Scope and Methods. 3 hours. Concepts, trends and research design in political science.
5350. Topics in Political Theory. 3 hours. Study of selected theorists or themes in political philosophy. Seminar may include works of ancient, medieval or modern theorists, focusing on issues of power and justice, human nature and politics, and the nature of the best political system. Themes might include liberalism and conservatism, ethics and international politics, or American political thought. May be repeated for credit as topics vary.
5420. Proseminar in Public Administration. 3 hours. Concepts, research, analytical methods and literature drawn from leading scholars in various areas of the field.
5610. Proseminar in Comparative Government. 3 hours. Concepts, research, analytical methods and literature drawn from leading scholars in various areas of the field.
5650. Seminar in Area Studies. 3 hours. The institutions and processes of the major regional areas of the world: Africa, Asia, Europe, the former Soviet Union, Western Europe, Latin America and the Commonwealth. May be repeated for credit as topics vary.
5810. Proseminar in International Relations. 3 hours. Concepts, research, analytical methods and literature drawn from leading scholars in various areas of the field.
5820. Seminar in International Relations. 3 hours. Selected problems and concepts related to the theory and practice of international politics, international law, and organization and foreign policy. May be repeated for credit as topics vary.
5900-5910. Special Problems. 1-3 hours each. Conference courses open to advanced students capable of doing independent research under the direction of the instructor. Prerequisite(s): consent of department chair.
5950. Master's Thesis. 3 or 6 hours. To be scheduled only with consent of department. 6 hours credit required. No credit assigned until thesis has been completed and filed with the graduate dean. Continuous enrollment required once work on thesis has begun. May be repeated for credit.
6000. Research Seminar. 3 hours. Specialized study and research in the field of political science. May be repeated for credit.
6100. Political Science Teaching and Research. 3 hours. Classroom methods for political science instruction, as well as basic research and job-hunting skills. Pass/no pass. May be repeated for credit as topics vary. Hours may not count toward graduate degree plans.
6320. Quantitative Political Research Methods. 3 hours. Empirical research design and contemporary statistical applications in political science, including an introduction to the use of computers. An undergraduate introductory statistics course would be useful prior to registering for this course.
6340. Time Series Methods for Political Data. 3 hours. Focuses on methods for analyzing dynamic relationships among political variables. Topics include pooled cross-sectional time series designs, ARCH, ECM, State-Space, VAR and Box-Jenkins-Tiao intervention-transfer function models. Emphasis is placed on the application of these methodologies using mainframe and microcomputer programs such as BMDP, MICROCRUNCH, RATS and SPSS PC + TRENDS. Prerequisite(s): PSCI 6320 or consent of instructor.
6900-6910. Special Problems. 1-3 hours each. Conference courses for doctoral students. Directed reading and research in fields of special interest. Prerequisite(s): consent of department.
6950. Doctoral Dissertation. 3, 6 or 9 hours. To be scheduled only with consent of department. 12 hours credit required. No credit assigned until dissertation has been completed and filed with the graduate dean. Doctoral students must maintain continuous enrollment in this course subsequent to passing qualifying examination for admission to candidacy. May be repeated for credit.

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