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Course Listings -Fall 2002

Course Descriptions
Fall 2002

POLI 101S 01 & 02. American National Government J. Young
This course will introduce students to the study of the American Political System. Students will become acquainted with such political concepts as federalism, political culture, political socialization, political participation, etc. The course should enable students to analyze and evaluate the institutions processes and policies of American Government. Emphasis will be given to the role and activities of individuals and institutions as they shape and respond to the American Political Process. Student performance will be evaluated via three exams, group debate and class participation. Instructional format will include lecture/discussion and weekly issue round tables.
NOTE: This course is required of all political science majors and minors.

POLI 101S 03 & 04. American National Government Staff
This introductory course is intended to provide the student with a broad overview of American governmental institutions, processes, and policies. The Constitutional basis of our political system serves as the foundation for lectures and discussions. The course is required for all majors, and is a prerequisite for certain other upper-level courses in political science.
NOTE: This course is required of all political science majors and minors.

POLI 102S 01. Introduction to Comparative Politics B. Yu
This course introduces students to some of the central concepts and issues of the comparative approaches to the study of politics. It examines the origins, development, institutions, and the functioning of political systems other than the United States. Specifically, the course focuses on industrialized democracies (Britain and France), the rise and fall of communist systems (Russia and China), and the developing world (Africa and East Asia). There will be one midterm exam and one final exam, plus several quizzes. Additional assignments/exercises may be offered in class.
NOTE: This course is required of all political science majors and minors.

POLI 102S 02. Introduction to Comparative Politics G. Hudson
The course is devoted to a beginning exploration of similarities and differences among the national political systems found in the world. Students should expect through the course to develop an acquaintance with the principal characteristics of established democracies (Great Britain, Germany, and France), transitional democracies (Russia and Mexico), and non-democracies (China and Nigeria). A second major objective is to learn basic concepts and techniques used in comparative political analysis. Two hourly exams, a final exam, and a short paper are required.
NOTE: This course is required of all political science majors and minors.

POLI 205C. Chinese Politics B. Yu
This course introduces politics in the People's Republic of China. It begins with an overview of traditional and modern Chinese history, and is followed by a survey of contemporary Chinese politics. Emphasis is given to Chinese political culture, institutions, processes and major issues both in the Maoist and post-Mao periods. One mid-term exam, one final exam and one take-home short paper are required.
PREREQUISITE: None (but this is helpful for the 354 Chinese Foreign Policy course).

POLI 211R. Justice, Power, & the Self: Readings in Ancient & Medieval Political Philosophy K. Miyazaki
This course will examine the influential texts that constitute the Ancient and Medieval periods of political philosophy. We will engage the ideas of thinkers such as Plato and St. Augustine, and analyze their proposals for "justice," "authority," and "citizenship." In other words, we will discuss the Ancient and Medieval debates on who should rule, where, and why. Questions we will ask include: Why should an enlightened elite make decisions for society? Does might make right? Why should one obey authority? We will also use additional literary sources to address specific issues.

POLI 227. Criminal Law and Politics D. Carter
This course will focus on the various stages of the criminal justice system, from arrest through trial and punishment. Many speakers will be invited to class, including police officers, judges, and attorneys. Also, students will visit court sessions and prisons, and will ride with police patrols. There will be a mid-term and final exam, weekly quizzes and short papers.

POLI 230. Campaigns and Elections S. Rhine
The course explores how modern political campaigns are organized and conducted, how much the American public knows about elected leaders, and what factors influence the outcomes. Class will be a combination of lecture and discussion. The course will focus on the 2000 presidential and 2002 congressional elections. Students must volunteer with a political campaign of their choice. Class requirements include quizzes, paper, discussion and exams.

POLI 236S. Media and Politics S. Rhine
Media and Politics is a survey course about the impact of the media on the public and political elites. The course will explore topics of the media structure, news content, public knowledge, and elite efforts to influence media coverage. The class will be a combination of lecture and discussion. Students will be assessed using a paper, discussion, quizzes and exams. The paper requires that students conduct original research by doing a small, analytical project.

POLI 251S. International Relations B. Yu
This course introduces some key theoretical concepts and approaches in the study of international relations. The course then will apply these theoretical concepts to the understanding of some specific cases in history. The final part of the course deals with some major issues for the world community including international security (arms control, peace keeping, alliance building, terrorism), international political economy (trade, international finance, development, environmental protection), democratization/cultural issues and international organization. The course has a lecture/discussion format. There will be a mid-term and a final exam, plus oral presentation/discussion.

POLI 260 1Z. Methodology G. Hudson
The political science methodology course focuses on providing the student with requisite skills needed to conduct research in the field of political science. Emphasis is placed on conceptualization and design of a research project and the writing of a paper based upon the design. Various data collection methods used in political science, data analysis techniques, both quantitative and qualitative, and research report writing are topics also included in the class.
NOTE: The course is required for all political science majors.
PREREQUISITE: Statistics (Business, Math, or Psychology)

POLI 312. Contemporary Theories of Power & Resistance K. Miyazaki
What is power? What is legitimate power? How does one resist illegitimate power? Although an ancient, a modern, and a contemporary political theorist might all agree that the formal state has power over its citizens, it is the task of many contemporary theorists to illuminate the hidden forms of power that are unique to our particular time period and culture. How, for example, does the internet and media culture work to create a particular self in contemporary society? What do theorists mean when they describe contemporary culture as "postmodern?" We will address these questions through texts by thinkers such as Herbert Marcuse, Michel Foucault, Jean Baudrillard, and Don Delilla.
PREREQUISITES: POLI 211, 212, or permission.

POLI 320 1W. Public Administration Staff
Using a systems framework, this course focuses on politics and policymaking of the federal bureaucracy. Emphasis is on how bureaucrats and bureaucratic agencies interact with each other, and with other political actors at the federal level. The course combines lectures with seminar discussion format.
PREREQUISITES: POLI 101 and Junior standing

POLI 323 1W. Congress J. Young
To what extent can the behavior of members of Congress be explained by their desire to get reelected? Are there other goals that explain the behavior of Congress and, if so, are these goals significant predictors of the way members of Congress behave? How is that behavior reflected in the way Congress operates? To what extent is the behavior of members constrained by institutional structure and processes? These will be the central questions we consider as we study our national legislative institution. Essay exams and papers will be required.
PREREQUISITES: POLI SCI 101 and Junior standing

POLI 332 1W. Political Parties & Interests Groups S. Rhine
Students of American politics have traditionally focused on parties and interest groups as important components of the American political system. In fact, some political scientists and sociologists have sought to explain how the system works by developing a theory of politics based solely on "group" formation and interaction. The "groups" these theorists study are political parties and interest groups. Our objective in this course is to examine the roles these groups perform in the American political system. Our focus will be primarily on U. S. political parties and interests groups, but we will make reference to institutions in other developed democracies. We will review their historical development and the current patterns of their organizational structures, support in the electorate, and involvement in the governing process of the U. S. The course has a lecture/discussion format. You will write a series of papers and a book review. There will be two exams.
PREREQUISITE: POLI 101 and Junior standing

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