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Political Science Courses

POLS 201 United States Government
United States Government: Origins and development of the constitution and the federal system; introduction to the presidency, Congress, Supreme Court; political parties and interest groups as actors in politics; conservatism and liberalism as motivating philosophies. 3 hrs.

POLS 250 Introduction Comparative Politics
Introduction to Comparative Politics: Introduction to the comparative study of politics. Examines the nature of contemporary political systems and explanations for how and why they vary. Examines the historical process of political change and development as well as countryspecific political institutions, practices and policies. This course fulfills the writing-intensive course requirement. 3 hrs.

POLS 270 Intro to World Politics
Introduction to World Politics: Introduction to the behavior of nation-states in the contemporary world system; examination of concepts and problems regarding security, international organizations and human rights. 3 hrs.

POLS 298 Moot Court
Moot Court: Introduction to basic legal terms and procedures. Examination of the techniques of legal
arguments and the basics of writing of legal briefs. Students will be required to participate in simulated oral arguments. May be repeated once for elective credit. Repeatable for a total of 6 hrs. 3 hrs.

POLS 299 Model United Nations
Model United Nations: This course is designed to give students an understanding of the United Nations in the international system, an introduction to the UN's principles and organization, and preparation to attend the Southern Regional Model United Nations Conference held every fall in Atlanta, Georgia. The course helps develop skills in diplomacy, negotiation, writing, and public speaking. May be repeated for elective credit. Repeatable for a total of 12 hrs. 3 hrs.

POLS 300 Current Topics in Political Science
Current Topics in Political Science: The study of selected approaches to the study of political activity or specialized topics of contemporary political science research. Possible topics include political psychology, political economics and political fiction. Topics to be announced the term prior to offering. Course may be repeated for credit with different topics. 3 hrs.

POLS 301 European Politics
European Politics: Comparative analysis of history, political culture, institutions and behavior in selected modern European nations. Examination of the role of the European Union in shaping modern Europe. Prerequisite: POLS 250 or permission of instructor. 3 hrs.

POLS 302 African Politics
African Politics: Comparative analysis of history, political culture, institutions and behavior in selected modern African nations. Examination of various forces that have shaped modern Africa. Prerequisite: POLS 250 or permission of instructor. 3 hrs.

POLS 303 Latin American Politics
Latin American Politics: This course introduces students to contemporary political conditions in Latin America and examines major theoretical explanations for political and economic development in the region. The course will focus on issues such as the emergence of democratic rule, efforts to create political stability, and how issues such as poverty and development affects the political process in the region. Country emphasis will vary. Prerequisite: POLS 250 or permission of the instructor. 3 hrs.

POLS 304 Politics of the Middle East
Politics of the Middle East: The Middle East has experienced more crises and generated more political,
ideological and religious controversies than any other region of the "Third World," particularly from a Western perspective. This course addresses the following question: What explains the turbulent politics of the modern Middle East? Our collective aim is to critically contemplate the wide range of explanations that have been offered to date. We begin by probing the geographical, historical, and religious contours of the Middle East. We then scrutinize the nature of contemporary politics in the region, before turning our attention to an examination of the complex relationships among economics, ethnicity, nationalism, religion, and gender relations that have influenced the lives of Middle Eastern men and women. Prerequisite: POLS 250 or permission of instructor. 3 hrs.

POLS 306 Politics of Developing Countries
Politics of Developing Countries: Introduction to the processes of political development and change, and to problems confronting developmental efforts of an emerging nation; emphasis on selected African, Asian and Latin American nations. Prerequisite: POLS 250 or permission of instructor. 3 hrs.

POLS 307 Asian Politics
Asian Politics: Comparative analysis of political culture, institutions and behavior in selected modern Asian states; emphasis on Japan, China, Indonesia or Malaysia, Thailand or Vietnam and India. In addition, Asian regional institutions will be considered (ASEAN, APEC, SCO). Prerequisite: POLS 250 or permission of instructor. 3 hrs.

POLS 309 Campaigns and Elections
Campaigns and Elections: This course will focus on the procedures of campaigns and elections, past and present. It will examine the various parts of an election campaign money, organization, strategy, use of the media in order to gain a better understanding of how modern campaigns are run and differ from campaigns in the past. Case studies will be utilized to illustrate key concepts and ideas. The course will focus on the congressional and/or presidential campaigns in progress as the course is taught. 3 hrs.

POLS 313 Constitutional Law/Judicial System
Constitutional Law and the Judicial System: Examines major decisions by the United States Supreme Court in areas of legislative and executive power, commerce, civil rights and civil liberties. Examines the structure and function of the American court system, its relationship to the political process, the basis for legal argument and judicial decision-making. Participation in moot court exercises required. No prerequisite. 3 hrs.

POLS 315 Congress & the Presidency
Congress and the Presidency: Examination of the history, structures, functions and politics of the United States Congress and the Presidency including the electoral process, conflicts in decision-making, and policy outcomes. No prerequisite. 3 hrs.

POLS 320 Ethnic, Minority & Gender Politics
Ethnic, Minority and Gender Politics: An examination of the struggle for political, social, and economic rights on the part of ethnic minorities, religious minorities, and women in America. Focus is on political struggles, past discrimination, and present inequalities. A central question of the course looks at the extent to which opportunities for success are available to all groups. Groups examined include African Americans, Latinos, Asians, Native Americans, Jews, and women. 3 hrs.

POLS 326 Contemp American Foreign Policy
Contemporary American Foreign Policy: Analysis of the role of the United States in contemporary world politics; emphasis upon the nature of the foreign policy-making process and the rationale, content and impact of contemporary American international action and policies. No prerequisite. 3 hrs.

POLS 332 Politics and Society of Ireland
Politics and Society of Ireland: An examination of the various forces that have shaped modern Ireland (Northern Ireland as well as the Republic). Focus on historical, religious, geographic, cultural and political factors. Discussion of the impact of Irish emigration on the world. Analysis of contemporary issues facing Ireland (North and South). 3 hrs.

POLS 333 Classical Political Thought
Classical Political Thought: This course introduces students to classical social and political philosophy
through analysis of Plato's Republic and Aristotle's Nicomachean Ethics and Politics. It addresses enduring questions about the community, the individual, happiness, and justice. Other themes to be discussed include the ideal political order, the character of virtue or human excellence, the relationship between politics and other aspects of human life (such as economics, the family, and friendship), and the political responsibility for education. This class is both a study in intellectual history and a foundational course in political theory. Students may elect this course as HIST 333. Prerequisite: Sophomore standing or permission of the instructor. 3 hrs.

POLS 334 Modern Political Thought
Modern Political Thought: This course examines and evaluates the challenge to classical social and political philosophy posed by such writes as Hobbes in the Leviathan, Madison in selected Federalist Papers, Tocqueville in Democracy in America, Mill in On Liberty, and Weber in selections from several works. We consider the differing views of these authors on how best to construct healthy and successful political societies; the proper relation between politics and religion, and between the individual and the community; the nature of our rights; and the proper extent of human liberty and equality. This class is both a study in intellectual history and a foundational course in political theory. Students may elect this course as PHIL 334 or HIST 334. Prerequisite: Sophomore standing or permission of the instructor. 3 hrs.

POLS 340 Environmental Politics
Environmental Politics: This course examines key issues in the area of environmental protection, focusing on how political actors make decisions about environmental policy. The course provides a look at the historical evolution of environmental issues, the extent of the environmental "crisis" and related moral and ethical questions. Topics include population growth, land and water protection, air quality (including ozone depletion and the greenhouse effect), the protection of animal life, and the disposal of regular, toxic and nuclear waste. 3 hrs.

POLS 344 International Law
This course addresses the fundamentals of international law as a discipline. It focuses on contemporary legal issues in the international arena, key principles, the role of conventions and treaties as international instruments of law, and policies of nation-states on specific subjects of interest related to international law. The course utilizes readings, discussion, internet projects, in-class projects, presentations and case-study methods. 3 hrs.

POLS 345 International Human Rights
International Human Rights: This course examines the philosophical origins of international human rights, the institutional mechanisms established to promote and protect international human rights, and the contending discourses over human rights policies between states, international agencies and governmental organizations and citizen action. Case studies include Bosnia, Kosovo, Rwanda, China and Guatemala. 3 hrs.

POLS 346 International Political Economy
International Political Economy: Examines the relationship between the state and the economy and explores the interaction of power or authority and markets. Examines whether economic activity is to benefit individual consumers, promote social welfare goals, or to maximize national power. Looks at specific issues such as globalization, competition among industrialized countries, economic development in poorer countries, the function of intergovernmental organizations, roles of multinational corporations, and the international monetary and trade systems. Prerequisite: ECON 203 Macroeconomics, or permission of instructor. 3 hrs.

POLS 347 Global Conflict
Examines the complexities of global conflict including its definition; reasons and sources of global conflict; political responses by states; legal means of addressing conflict through international and comparative law; and the difficulties of preventing conflict. The course also seeks to train students in international and comparative law and to examine issues of success and failure in addressing conflict. Course structure includes readings, discussions, internet projects, in-class projects, presentations and the use of case study methods. 3 hrs.

POLS 350 Directed Study
Directed Study: Investigation of a specialized topic in political science through research, special instruction and assigned readings. A paper and oral or written examination by staff are required. Prerequisite: Approval of department. Cannot be used to substitute for existing courses. 3 hrs.

POLS 450 Independent Study
Independent Study: Opportunity for independent investigation of a topic by means of a thesis or a program of directed readings; oral examination by department members. Open to seniors with permission of the department. Cannot be used to substitute for existing courses. Repeatable for a total of 9 hrs. 1-3 hrs.

POLS 460 Major Issues in Politics
Major Issues in Politics: In-depth examination of a major issue through readings, major writing assignments and class discussion. Topics vary based on faculty and student interest. Possible topics include democracy, nationalism, religion and politics, women in politics, revolution, development, the world system, environmental law, international political economy, state, and society. This course fulfills the writing-intensive course requirement. Prerequisite: Junior standing and12 credit hours in political science, or permission of the instructor. 3 hrs.

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