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Course Listings - Fall 2003

DEPARTMENT OF POLITICAL SCIENCE
FALL 2003 COURSE DESCRIPTIONS

POLI 101S 01 & 02. American National Government
(4 credits)
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. 2/03

POLI 101S 03. American National Government
(4 credits)
R. Baker

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. A subscription to The New York Times is required.
NOTE: This course is required of all political science majors and minors. 2/03

POLI 101S 04. American National Government
(4 credits)
Staff

This course introduces students to American government and politics. The course includes sections on the Constitution, rights and liberties, the major institutions, and political behavior. Students will use current topics in politics to understand the processes of government. Classes will be a combination of lecture and discussion. The course material will include several textbooks and a subscription to The New York Times. There will be two exams, quizzes, and a paper.
NOTE: This course is required of all political science majors and minors. 3/03

POLI 102S 01. Introduction to Comparative Politics
(4 credits)
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. 2/03
NOTE: This course is required of all political science majors and minors. 2/03

POLI 102S 02 & 03. Introduction to Comparative Politics
(4 credits)
Staff

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. 3/03

POLI 209S. Middle East Politics
(4 credits)
H. Nejad

This course provides an overview of contemporary Middle Eastern politics. The overall goal of this course is to critically examine the existing political structures and the complexities of political change in this region. Close attention will be paid to social, cultural, and religious factors, to the impact of the West, to authoritarian rule, to experimentation with democracy, and to human rights and gender issues The focus will be on post-WWII developments, though relevant historical forces will also be examined. 2/03

POLI 210SC. East Asian Politics
(4 credits)
B. Yu

The course introduces students to the political structure and dynamics of three major countries, or group of countries, in East Asia: Japan, China (Mainland, Taiwan, and Hong King), and Korea (South Korea and North Korea). The major objective is to make students familiar with their history, politics, and economy, their relationships with each other, and the impact of East Asia as whole on global affairs. There will be one mid-term exam, one final exam, and a take-home essay (7-9 pages). 2/03

POLI 211R. Justice, Power, & the Self: Readings in Ancient & Medieval Political Philosophy
(4 credits)
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. 2/03

POLI 227. Criminal Law and Politics
(4 credits)
D. Carter

The primary goal of Criminal Law and Politics is to acquire an understanding of the procedural and substantive development of the American Criminal Justice System, and how it has been influenced by social, cultural and political factors. The course will attempt to examine American penal issues from the enactment of the U. S. Constitution, to contemporary problems and debates. 2/03

POLI 232S. Public Opinion
(4 credits)
Staff

This is a study of the measurement, development, and role of public opinion in American politics. We will explore how public opinion affects government as well as how government shapes public opinion. Class will be a combination of lecture and discussion. Class requirements include quizzes, one paper(s), discussion and exams. 3/03

POLI 236S. Media and Politics
(4 credits)
Staff

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. 3/03

POLI 251S. International Relations
(4 credits)
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. 2/03

POLI 260 1Z. Methodology
(4 credits)
Staff

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)
WRITING INTENSIVE 3/03

POLI 312. Contemporary Theories of Power & Resistance
(4 credits)
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, do 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 Delillo.
PREREQUISITES: POLI 211, 212, or permission.
WRITING INTENSIVE 2/03

POLI 320 1W - Public Administration
(4 credits)
R. Baker

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. Students will be asked to write 4 critical book reviews, and an article summary. Two essay exams will also be given.
PREREQUISITES: POLI 101 and Junior standing
WRITING INTENSIVE 2/03

POLI 322 1W. Civil Liberties & the Constitution
(4 credits)
W. Buscemi

The readings for this course will consist primarily of Supreme Court cases dealing with the freedoms of speech, religion, privacy, and equal protection. Attention will be given to the political background and outlook of the justices, and of the political relationships between the court, congress, and President. Students will be expected to read and brief cases regularly, in preparation for class discussion.
PREREQUISITES: POLI 101 and Junior standing
WRITING INTENSIVE

POLI 323 1W. Congress
(4 credits)
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
WRITING INTENSIVE 2/03

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