Political Science Courses

POLS 1010. Introduction to Political Science (3)
The purpose of this course is to define the discipline of political science. By discipline we mean the way in which political science has developed over the past 150 years. We will assess the basic sub-disciplines of political science: American, Comparative, International Relations, Political Theory, Public Administration and Public Law.

POLS AI1100. American National Government (3)
A study of American constitutional democracy at the national level, including political institutions, interests, ideals, and the processes through which policies are formulated and implemented.

POLS 2060. Freedoms (3)
An examination, at an introductory level, of the American judiciary and basic constitutional guarantees. Many of the specific cases used as examples will be drawn from the constitutionally fertile area of "school law." This course will have theoretical and practical dimensions.

POLS SS2100. Introduction to International Politics (3)
Examines international relations by juxtaposing the traditional nation state model (nationalism, sovereignty, realism, BOP) with the newer model of "complex interdependence" (mutual vulnerability to economic interdependence, nuclear war and environmental dangers).

POLS SS2200. Introduction to Comparative Politics (3)
An introductory survey course that seeks to cover political institutions in the nations of the contemporary world; to compare and contrast political institutions in the free world, in the communist world, in the nations of the developing world, and in the authoritarian systems.

POLS SS2300. Introduction to Political Theory (3)
An examination of the arguments behind and the implications of the dominant theories of politics. Theories that are studied include liberalism, conservatism, socialism, and republicanism, among others. In studying these theories, the works of such theorists as Plato, Aristotle, Locke, Rousseau, Marx, and Mill will be examined.

POLS 2920. Short Courses, Workshops, Institutes and Special Programs (1-3)
Consult the semester class schedule for the current offering under this number. The specific title and credit authorized will appear on the student transcript.

POLS 3060. Mock Trial (2)
An introduction to some of the basic principles of trial advocacy. Students will prepare for participation on the Weber State University Mock Trial team. May be repeated for a total of four hours.

POLS 3140. Foreign Policy of the United States (3)
An analysis of the making of American foreign policy with reference to the role and influences of beliefs, interests, public opinion, media and especially the institutional struggle between President & Congress. The challenges facing contemporary U.S. foreign policy will also be examined.

POLS 3150. Model United Nations (2)
A study of the issues before the current General Assembly of the United Nations as well as preparation for a particular nation's (or nations') position(s) on these issues in preparation for the Model United Nations of the Far West. May be repeated for 4 hours.

POLS 3210. Politics and Governments of Europe (3)
A study of European political systems with special emphasis on the politics and governments of the United Kingdom, France, and Germany.

POLS 3220. Politics and Governments of Asia (3)
A study of politics and governments of the major states in the area with particular reference to India, Japan, and China.

POLS 3290. Introduction to Politics and Governments of Developing Nations (3)
A survey of the political patterns of human beings in the process of modernization by studying the role of colonialism, charismatic leader, political parties, ideologies, military, civil service, and social and economic structures, and the impact of development on stability and integration of nations in Africa, Asia, and Latin America.

POLS 3330. American Political Thought (3)
Historical examination of American thought with stress on its influences on the development of the American Government.

POLS 3600. Political Parties (3)
A study of the organization and function of the American political parties, political organizations that play a role alongside political parties in the American political system, such as interest groups, and a comparative study of political parties in other countries.

POLS 3610. Campaigns and Elections (3)
A study of the electoral process in the United States with an examination of national institutional elections, state and local elections, as well as election rules. Also a study of campaigning techniques in elections at all levels.

POLS 3620. Political Behavior (3)
This course is designed to introduce students to the nature of mass political behavior and its role in the political process. Further, it examines the interaction between and among diverse social groups, the media, and policy makers. The course will also emphasize the political psychology of public opinion formation and political decision of those outside the mainstream political institutions.

POLS DV3630. Identity Politics (3)
A study of the nature of identity politics and its role in the political process. This course examines the interaction among diverse social groups and emphasizes the effect of socio-demographic differences on political decisions.

POLS 3700. Introduction to Public Administration (3)
Presents basic theories, concepts, and analysis of current practices and problems in governmental administration.

POLS 3750. Urban Government and Politics (3)
A study of local government organization and policy problems, with an emphasis on problems of the metropolitan areas.

POLS 3760. State Government and Politics (3)
An examination of governmental organization, operation, policy making, and electoral politics of state governments and the dynamics of relationships with other levels of government.

POLS 3900. Practical Politics (1) not currently taught
Examination of mechanics, dynamics, and strategies of political persuasion. Also includes participation in the assembly and in lobbying efforts on behalf of student issues. This course may be repeated once with the permission of the instructor.

POLS 3990. Quantitative Analysis (3)
An introduction to the scope and methods of political science. This course focuses on the formulation of hypotheses, the collection of data, appropriate study design, and study analysis through statistical testing and interpretation.

POLS 4020. American Constitutional Law I: Governmental Powers (3)
An introduction to many of the basic doctrines of American Constitutional Law relating to government power including: Essential questions in constitutional theory; the role of the federal judiciary -- particularly the United States Supreme Court; congressional power under the Constitution; executive authority under the Constitution; and federalism.

POLS 4030. American Constitutional Law II: Civil Liberties and Civil Rights (3)
An introduction to many of the basic doctrines of American Constitutional Law relating to civil rights and civil liberties including: The process of selective incorporation - why and how the Bill of Rights applies to the states; property rights in the United States, those rights afforded to criminal defendants; First Amendment liberties -- freedom of speech, press, and freedom of religion; the rights and liberties that have emerged from the equal protection clause of the Fourteenth Amendment; and, finally, the controversial and evolving "right of privacy."

POLS 4060. Elements of Law (3)
An introduction to the study of law and the United States' legal system. The course is divided into four fundamental areas of study: The function, development, and history of the law; judicial process; the legal profession; and specific areas of the law.

POLS DV4070. Sex Roles and the Law (3)
An examination of the ways law affects men and women differently and the way law is changing to reflect economic and political change.

POLS 4160. Topics in World Politics (3)
The study of selected contemporary problem areas in world politics to assess their impact within the international arena. Diversity credit is available when the selected topic is "Topics in World Politics: Third World Women." A maximum of 6 hours will be counted toward the hours required for Political Science majors and only 4 hours will be counted toward the political science minor requirement.

POLS 4180. International Law and Organization (3)
An examination of the basic principles of international law and organization. Emphasis is given to the sources and evolution of international law, and a study of the League of Nations and the United Nations.

POLS 4190. Theories of International Politics (3)
An analysis of traditional and contemporary theories offered to explain politics in the international arena.

POLS 4280. Foreign Policies of Major Powers (3)
An examination of the foreign policies of major powers including the United States, Britain, China, France, Germany, India, Japan, and Russia.

POLS 4360. Classical Political Thought (3)
An examination of ideas of God, human nature, society, the state, the problem of evil, etc., from Ancient Greece to the middle ages.

POLS 4380. Modern Political Thought (3)
A survey of political theory from the 17th century to the present, with a focus on theoretical formulations and critiques of democratic government and the political subject.

POLS 4600. American Congress (3)
A study of the United States Congress and its members. This course examines the legislative decision making process as well as an emphasis on the history of the institution.

POLS 4640. American Presidency (3)
A study of the United States presidency and the people who have held the office. This course examines individual presidential character and personality as well as providing a survey of the history of the institution.

POLS 4700. Politics of Administration (3)
A study of public administration from a conflict/power perspective rather than authority. A survival course for public managers.

POLS 4750. Public Policy Analysis (3)
A study of the American policy process, with an emphasis on the dynamics involved in the creation, adoption and implementation of selected domestic policies.

POLS 4800. Individual Projects and Research (1-3)
A maximum of 6 hours may be counted toward the major or 3 hours toward the minor. Department approval required.

POLS 4830. Directed Readings (1-3)
A maximum of 6 hours may be counted toward the major or 3 hours toward the minor. Department approval required.

POLS 4860. Internships (1-6)
A maximum of 6 hours may be counted toward the major or 3 hours toward the minor. Department approval required.

POLS 4870. Internship in Perspective (3)
This course is designed to put the internship experience in broader context. Students will read books and articles on current issues and then focus on the way that government and non-governmental institutions combine to make policy. In this students will take their political science knowledge and apply it to practical politics. Co-requisite POLS 4860.

POLS 4880. Internship Research (3)
This course is designed to complement the student intern's experience while in the placement. This course is designed to give the student a chance to do a research project based on his or her experience in the internship. The research evolves out of assignments given at the internship. Co-requisite POLS 4860.

POLS 4920. Short Courses, Workshops, Institutes and Special Programs (1-3)
Consult the semester class schedule for the current offering under this number. The specific title and credit authorized will appear on the student transcript.

POLS 4940. Topics in American Politics & Thought (1-3)
The study of selected contemporary problem areas in American politics and thought to assess the impact and implication within the U.S. domestic arena. This course may be taken twice (in different topics). This course may count once to satisfy a subfield requirement at the discretion of the department chair.

POLS 4990. Senior Seminar/Senior Thesis (3)
A seminar in the field of political science. Students will be required to produce a major paper out of this seminar. Required for Political Science majors. Prerequisite: POLS 1010. Department approval required. Note: Political Science BS students must take POLS 3990 before POLS 4990.

  

Weber State University 2011-2012 Catalog