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Descriptions and Sample Syllabi

I. Introductory Courses

The Government of the U.S. (POS 1041) 3 credits
American political institutions and processes; the constitutional and legal framework of American government; the policy-making process; national-state-local relationships; political participation, elections and public control of government.
Syllabus: Sample1, Sample2

Freshman Seminar (POS 1930) 3 credits
Gordon Rule, writing
Special topics course for freshmen in which the approach is generally philosophical and/or historical and which focuses on basic questions and issues of enduring importance related to the topic. The course emphasizes improvement of students’ critical thinking and writing skills.

II. American Politics

American State and Local Government (POS 2112) 3 credits
An introductory survey of subnational governments in the U.S. Focus is on intergovernmental relations, operations, and policy issues.

Introductory Topics in Political Science (POS 2934) 1-3 credits
In-depth analysis of current and emergent issues in government and politics. Topics vary from semester to semester.

Issues in American Politics (POS 3033) 3 credits
This course examines the critical issues facing the American political system and the ability of the system to resolve them.

Law and American Society (POS 3691) 3 credits
An introductory course examining the cultural foundations of law in American society, including historical and contemporary uses of law, violence, and the conflict between individual freedom and government power.
Syllabus: Sample1

Women and the Law (POS 3693) 3 credits
The changing legal status of women and men in American society. Subjects include political rights, family law, employment and education policy, and the 5th, 14th, and Equal Rights Amendments to the Constitution. (May be taken for credit in Women’s Studies Program.)

Internet and Other Applications for Political Science Research (POS 3762) 3 credits
Introduction to the resources, tools, and culture of the Internet. Includes research tools and strategies, creating web pages, e-mail, TELNET and FIP, newsgroups and listservs, database access and analysis, and a research paper.

Research Methods in Political Science (POS 3936) 3 credits
Introduction to the scope and methodology of political analysis. Includes introductory examinations of research design, survey research, computer applications, data analysis, and library research. (Course should be completed by the end of second semester of junior year.)
Syllabus: Sample1

Urban Politics (POS 4145) 3 credits
Political development and change in metropolitan areas. Problems of coordinating federal, state and urban policy making and of regional governance. Economic and social problems in metropolitan areas and policies for solving them.

Florida Politics and Government (POS 4182) 3 credits
Study of political process and forces which shape state government and policy in Florida. Emphasis on the impact of a changing political environment on policy and government structure.

Public Opinion and American Politics (POS 4204) 3 credits
Political beliefs, values and attitudes of the American public; mass participation in public affairs; voting behavior; compliance and support for public policies. Linkages between the mass public and government in the United States.

Media in Politics (POS 4235) 3 credits
An examination of the relationship between politics and the media and the effect of this relationship in limiting, creating, and shaping political power.

Political Film and Fiction (POS 4258) 3 credits
An exploration of important political concepts, themes, and questions through the study of film and fiction.

Campaigns/Elections (POS 4275) 3 credits
This course focuses on how candidates for office conceive and implement their campaign strategies and what determines a campaign’s success or failure.

The U.S. Presidency (POS 4413) 3 credits
Examination of historical and contemporary role of the presidency, including the presidential selection process and the office’s evolution in status, powers, administrative responsibilities, leadership, and decision-making.
Syllabus: Sample1

The U.S. Congress (POS 4424) 3 credits
Study of Congress and the behavior of its members. Emphasis upon the recruitment and election of legislators, institutional and informal rules, the committee system, and legislative procedures.

Political Parties and Interest Groups (POS 4453) 3 credits
The nature of political parties and interest groups and their impact on elections, public policy and political change.

Constitutional Law I (POS 4603) 3 credits
This course examines the constitutional structure of U.S. government. It describes the separation of powers (the legal foundations and modern powers of the legislature, executive, judiciary and bureaucracy) and federalism (the powers of the national and state governments).
Syllabus: Sample1
 
Constitutional Law II (POS 4604) 3 credits
This course examines American Civil Liberties and civil rights. It focuses upon Bill of Rights freedoms and the 14th Amendment.
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The Judicial Process (POS 4609) 3 credits
The examination of the structural and behavioral components of justice in America. Topics to be covered include the role of law in society, the history and structure of American courts, and the processes of civil and criminal litigation.
Syllabus: Sample1

Directed Independent Study (POS 4905) 1-3 credits
Prerequisite: Approval of department
Reading and research in a field of political science; a program to be approved in consultation with staff members.

Senior Research Project (POS 4910) 3 credits
Prerequisite: Permission of instructor
Completion of research project in the field of political science.

Special Topics (POS 4931) 1-3 credits
Selected topics in political science.

Internship (POS 4941) 3 credits
Prerequisite: Permission of department
Student will work in a government office, agency or legislative office under supervision of a professor in the political science department. Written paper required.

Masterworks in Political Theory (POT 4024) 3 credits
A review of major political thinkers from Plato to the present, stressing their contributions to an empirical understanding of political systems, to problems of political value, and their influence on current political ideas.

American Political Thought (POT 4204) 3 credits
A review of major themes in American political thought from the colonial period to the present and the effects of political ideas on political institutions and behavior.

Special Topics (POT 4932) 3 credits
Selected topics in political theory.

III. Comparative Politics

Political Science Study Abroad (CPO 2952) 1-4 credits
Prerequisite: Sophomore standing
Credit for enrollment in approved study abroad programs.

Comparative Politics (CPO 3003) 3 credits
Examination of the methods of comparative political analysis, exploration of institutions and processes in cross-national perspective, and study of selected countries and regions.
Syllabus: Sample1, Sample2, Sample3

Religions and World Politics (CPO 3761) 3 credits
This course will discuss the rise of religious movements worldwide and the impact of religious conflicts on world politics.

Global Development and Inequality of Nations (CPO 4033) 3 credits
Cross-cultural examination of political and economic development in the “Third World.” Students examine comparatively the evolution of state-society relations, with attention to gender relations, market forces, and public action in promoting or inhibiting development.

Comparative European Politics (CPO 4042) 3 credits
The comparative study of political culture, institutions, political processes, and change in major West European political systems and the European Union.

Latin American Politics (CPO 4303) 3 credits
The comparative study of politics in the Latin American region. Problems of democracy, military politics, and revolution and their relation to political development. May be used for credit in the Caribbean and Latin American Certificate Program.

Comparative Politics: Middle East (CPO 4403) 3 credits
The course will explain the complex political process in the Middle East. Students will explore the historical background and current developments of the major socio-political trends.

Asia Pacific Rim Politics (CPO 4502) 3 credits
The comparative study of politics in Asia and Pacific Rim with emphasis on democratization, economic development, power and leadership.

Comparative Politics: Russia and Eastern Europe (CPO 4633) 3 credits
The comparative study of communist and postcommunist regimes in countries of Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union for advanced undergraduate students. Topics include the collapse of communism, the politics of transition, and prospects for stability and democracy. Research project included.

Comparative Gender Politics (CPO 4710) 3 credits
Examines issues of gender with respect to political participation, policy making, and women’s rights in comparative and international perspective.

The Comparative Politics of Ethnic Conflict (CPO 4724) 3 credits
The objective of the course is to study the development of ethnic conflict, separatism, and identity issues, and their impact on world politics.

Special Topics (CPO 4932) 3 credits
Selected topics in political science.

Political Science Study Abroad (CPO 4957) 1-4 credits
Prerequisite: Sophomore standing
Credit for enrollment in approved study abroad programs.

IV. World Politics

Introduction to World Politics (INR 2002) 3 credits
Introduces language and forms of politics in a variety of social, economic, and national contexts and provides the foundation for understanding the structure and dynamics of the international political system.

American Foreign Policy (INR 3102) 3 credits
Syllabus: Sample1

International Law (INR 3403) 3 credits
The course provides an in-depth analysis of international law, examining central concepts and primary fields of international law.

International Organization (INR 3502) 3 credits
The course provides an overview of international organization in contemporary times with an emphasis on the United Nations system and its role in international affairs.

International Political Economy (INR 3702) 3 credits
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War and Peace (INR 4006) 3 credits
An examination of the causes of international behavior with special emphasis on conflict and cooperation.

The International System (INR 4081) 3 credits
An examination of trends and transformations in world politics including great-power politics, foreign policy decision-making, democratization, economic globalization, global inequalities, ethnonationalistic groups and terrorism, population dynamics, the ecology of world politics and sustainable development, international law, international organizations, international diplomacy, and the global predicament at the dawn of the new millennium.
Syllabus: Sample1

Model United Nations (INR 4503) 3 credits
Prerequisite: Permission of instructor
Prepares students to represent an assigned country in a national Model United Nations.

Special Topics (INR 4932) 3 credits
Selected topics in political theory.
Syllabus: Sample1, Sample2

V. Public Law and Policy

Policy Making and Administration (PUP 4004) 3 credits
Policy making activities of public administrators, and intergovernmental cooperation and conflict in development and implementation of policies in the United States.

Policy Analysis (PUP 4008) 3 credits
Examines analytic methods for planning and evaluating public policies, and considers alternative strategies for developing and using information in administrative agencies.

Women and Politics (PUP 4323) 3 credits
This course focuses on the role of women in politics and the effects of women’s political involvement. Also considered are historical and contemporary barriers to women’s political participation.

Politics of Community Development (PUP 4623) 3 credits
An investigation of the issues of urban poverty, public policies designed to address poverty, and forms of mobilization by poor people in urban places.

Government and the Economy (PUP 4710) 3 credits
Analyzes the relationship between the political and economic systems in the United States: the impact of politics on economics and the impact of economics on politics.

VI. Graduate Courses

Seminar in Comparative Political Processes (CPO 6007) 3 credits
Prerequisite: Admission to graduate study
A study of political processes in modern states from a comparative perspective. Major literature in comparative method, systems analysis, political culture and personality, parties, elections, elites, and public policy will be covered.

Latin American Politics (CPO 6307) 3 credit
Prerequisite: Admission to graduate study
Designed to comprehensively explore and understand the politics of Latin America in the 20th and 21st centuries. The main topics addressed during the course are conquest, colonization and independence; debt and development; democratization and democracy; U.S.-Latin American relations; revolution and revolutionaries and the current political state of Latin America.

Jihadism and Transnational Islamism (CPO 6405 ) 3 credits
Prerequisite: Admission to graduate study
Examination of the evolution of political Islam as a set of ideas. Investigation of Islamist movements and different models of Isalmic states. Course also explores the phenomenon of transnational Islamism and international jihadism against the backdrop of East-West relations and sociopolitical conditions in the Muslim world.

Middle East Politics (CPO 6407) 3 credits
Prerequisite: Admission to graduate study
This course will survey the main crises of the 20th century and will analyze current tensions. Special topics: Islam, Arab-Israeli peace, minorities, human rights, democratization.

Comparative Ethnic Conflict (CPO 6723) 3 credits
Prerequisite: Admission to graduate study
The objective of this graduate seminar is to study the concept of ethnic conflict and its effects on world politics. The seminar will discuss theories of nationalism and a comprehensive number of case studies: Bosnia, Kosovo, Sudan, Lebanon, Nigeria, Chiappas, Arabs and Jews, the Kurds, etc.

Seminar in International Relations Theory (INR 6607) 3 credits
Prerequisite: Admission to graduate study
The purpose of this course is to survey the principal theoretical developments in international relations, and to develop an ability to deal critically with such developments.

Seminar in Administrative Policy Making (PAD 6035) 3 credits
Prerequisite: Admission to graduate study
An analysis of the role of bureaucrats in the policy process, with an emphasis on (1) intergovernmental policy relations among federal, state, and local units of government; and (2) legislative-executive- administrative policy relations at the national and state levels.
Syllabus: Sample1

Seminar in Policy Implementation (PAD 6365) 3 credits
Prerequisite: Admission to graduate study
An examination of the political and bureaucratic setting in which public policies are implemented. There is an emphasis on political constraints on administrative agencies.

Seminar in American National Government (POS 6045) 3 credits
Prerequisite: Admission to graduate study
A description and analysis of American governmental institutions, policy-making processes, and contemporary policies within the context of political participation and power.

Seminar in Urban Politics (POS 6146) 3 credits
Prerequisite: Admission to graduate study
An analysis of problems and prospects of urban political change, urbanization and metropolitan development, regionalism, and community power structure.

Seminar in Political Behavior (POS 6208) 3 credits
Prerequisite: Admission to graduate study
A study in recent theory and research on mass political attitudes, participation and voting behavior, and the influence of the latter on political processes with a major emphasis on the United States.

Seminar in the Legislative Process (POS 6427) 3 credits
Prerequisite: Admission to graduate study
Study of legislative bodies: recruitment, composition, leadership, procedures, party and group roles, and theories of representation.

Seminar in Political Parties (POS 6447) 3 credits
Prerequisite: Admission to graduate study
A study of the composition, organization, structure, and functions of political parties and their roles in the political process. It discusses the relationship of parties to pressure groups.

Seminar in the Judicial Process (POS 6607) 3 credits
Prerequisite: Admission to graduate study
Examines and evaluates various elements of the American legal system, including the role of the law and courts in the political system, judicial behavior, and judicial policymaking.

Quantitative Analysis in Policy Research (POS 6746) 3 credits
Prerequisite: STA 3123 or an equivalent introductory course in statistics
An introduction to the design of research and to statistical analysis at the intermediate level, with emphasis on statistical structures of interest to public policy analysts.

 

Graduate Reading s (POS 6904) 1-3 Credits
Prerequisite: Approval of department
This class is preparation for taking the comprehensive written exam.
 It is a program to be selected and approved in consultation with staff members.


Directed Independent Study (POS 6909) 1-3 credits
Prerequisite: Approval of department
Involves reading and research in a field of political science. It is a program to be selected and approved in consultation with staff members.

Graduate Research Project (POS 6919) 3 credits
Grading: S/U

Special Topics (POS 6934) 1-3 credits
Prerequisite: Admission to graduate study
Graduate-level study of a selected area in political science. Topics will vary.

Graduate Internship (POS 6942) 3-6 credits
Prerequisite: Approval of department
Internship for graduate students in political science. Each student will work in a public sector agency or community college under supervision of a professor in the political science department.
Grading: S/U

Master’s Thesis (POS 6971) 1-6 credits
Prerequisite: Approval of department
Grading: S/U

Policy Formulation (PUP 6027) 3 credits
Prerequisite: PAD 6035
A reading and research seminar on the formulation of U.S. public policy.

Urban Environmental Politics (PUP 6208) 3 credits
A review of environmental politics and policies at the urban level, with a focus on politics of development and environmental justice.

Issues in Public Policy (PUP 7058) 3 credits
Prerequisite: PAD 6035
A reading and research seminar on issues in U.S. public policy.

 Last Modified 6/19/14