Political Science Courses

Political Science, PSCI = 0158

Students are eligible to take advanced courses after 6 hours of introductory work numbered 1000 or above.

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. American Government. 3 hours each. Fulfills legislative requirement of 6 hours of American government; 1040 satisfies the requirement of a course emphasizing U.S. and Texas constitutions.

1040 (GOVT 2301). Constitutions of the United States and Texas, federalism and political processes.

1050 (GOVT 2302). Organization, powers, processes and functions of national and state governments. Prerequisite(s): PSCI 1040.

1041-1051. American Government for Classic Learning Core. 3 hours each. Fulfills legislative requirement of 6 hours of American government for students in CLC Honors, 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 into CLC Honors.

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

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 Diversity in the United States requirement of the University Core Curriculum.

2300. The Study of Politics. 4 hours. (3;1) Concepts, principles and practices of politics. A survey of major topics and issues in political science. Prerequisite(s): PSCI 1040 or PSCI 1050, 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 Sciences and Philosophy 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.

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 Science and Philosophy 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 Science and Philosophy 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.)

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 Crosscultural 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. 3 hours. 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. 3 hours. 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 will address 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. Prerequisite(s): PSCI 1040, PSCI 1050 and PSCI 2300 or its equivalent.

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

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. Satisfies the Crosscultural 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. Satisfies the Crosscultural and Global Studies requirement of the University Core Curriculum.

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.

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

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