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POLS 101 INTRODUCTION TO GOVERNMENT AND POLITICS

Fall/Spring 3 credit hours GER 3

This course introduces students to the study of politics and government and examines the impact of politics in our lives. Students learn about the fundamentals of political theory and American government, examine the differences between forms of government and politics around the world, and analyze the relations between countries in the international community. Students consider contemporary issues of civil and human rights, political violence, globalization, and the workings of democracy in light of the theories and systems presented throughout the semester.

POLS 105 INTRODUCTION TO AMERICAN GOVERNMENT AND POLITICS

Fall/Spring, 3 credit hours GER 3

This course examines the fundamental components of American government and politics, including political culture, interest representation, political participation, government institutions, and government policymaking. Students develop a basic knowledge of American politics and the tools for careful and critical evaluation of current events and political phenomena. Through the framework of the Constitution, this course examines governmental and political issues from the founding until now, including federalism, civil liberties and rights, political processes such as campaigns and elections, and the checks and balances between branches of government.

POLS 120 COMPARATIVE POLITICS AND GOVERNMENT

Spring, 3 credit hours

This course presents a comparative analysis of historical development of key institutions of government, operations of government, political leadership, process, and change, policy making process and present evaluation of political performance in selected democratic, socialist, and third world countries. Three hours lecture per week.

POLS 200 INTERNATIONAL POLITICAL ECONOMY

Spring/Fall, 3 credit hours

The economic effect of globalization on the international political economy and individual national economies has sparked significant debate and conflict. The focus of this course is the development of the relationship between states and markets. Concentrating on economic exchange in modern times, with emphasis on the 20th Century, this course introduces the major theoretical approaches and tools used in analysis of international and domestic political economy. The course also introduces policy issues in areas such as export- oriented development, common-pool resource management, and welfare policy in a globalized world. While utilizing insights from economics, emphasis is on the political dynamics that underpin cooperation and conflict in such areas as international trade, regional integration, and development. Three hours lecture per week

POLS 201 CONSTITUTIONAL LAW AND CIVIL LIBERTIES

Fall, 3 credit hours

An examination of the principles and Processes of the American judicial system, constitutional issues Defining the relationship between law enforcement and civil rights and liberties will be discussed to acquaint the student with the Special problems of justice in a democratic society. Three hours lecture per week.

PREREQUISITES: Introduction to Government and Politics (POLS 101) or permission of the instructor.

POLS 291-295, 391-395 OR 491-495 SPECIAL TOPICS IN POLITICAL SCIENCE

Fall/Spring, 1 - 4 credit hours

An introductory or more advanced exploration of subjects not covered or only partially covered by other courses in politics.