1 Department Chair: M. Martinez Department Office: Business Development Center, A248 Telephone: (661) Website: Faculty: M. Ault, R. Bzostek, S. Clark, G. Commuri, R. Geigle, K. Price Students are encouraged to check the Political Science Department s webpage regularly throughout the quarter for online class schedules, course syllabi, changes in curriculum, and internship/career opportunities at CSUB. Political Science majors are strongly encouraged to contact Mrs. Tina Giblin to be included on the Departmental mailing list. Program Description The Political Science Department has two principal goals. The first is to provide students, whatever their career aims, with information they will need to be effective citizens. The role of citizen in a democratic system requires that people be able to understand, analyze, and describe the complexities of the democratic process, to appreciate and comprehend the historical and theoretical frameworks of democratic constitutionalism, and to cultivate the analytical ability to analyze the interaction among states in the international realm. Moreover, throughout their studies, students will be challenged to refine their own political judgments, learn the issues surrounding contemporary affairs, and be able to identify and analyze the available alternatives as well as their consequences. The political science department and others in the humanities and behavioral sciences are responsible for helping students gain the kind of understanding of their political and social environment, which enables them to approach politics in an informed and intelligent manner. Our objective is not to produce mere consumers of information but to educate creative participants in our political life. The second goal is to help those for whom the study of politics may be useful career preparation. Those who major or minor in Political Science can expect to develop an understanding of contemporary political systems and institutions, to become acquainted with the basic methods of political science research, and to become aware of the relationships between this field of study and the other social sciences. Many of our courses involve students in direct, original research. Such experiences have been shown to be valuable as preparation for lives devoted to government and non-governmental service, journalism, politics, law, community leadership, teaching, and business. Student Learning Objectives for CSUB Political Science Majors Objective 1: Objective 2: Objective 3: Objective 4: Objective 5: Objective 6: Objective 7: Distinguish between current theories of politics and analyze current political situations in terms of one or more of the above theories. Know the structures of U.S. national government and explain their relations to each other and to State and local governments. Critique reasoning of judges; analyze the courts' roles in U.S. society. Formulate hypotheses, research designs and apply appropriate analytical skills, including quantitative reasoning, to the study of political science. Practice of empirical research and statistical applications. Understanding of philosophical traditions in the West. Understand the ethical dilemmas facing governmental actors and available alternatives compared for probable consequences.
2 Objective 8: Objective 9: Shaping the discipline and their application to political values (right, equality, justice). Learn the facts and concepts of international relations and will learn to relate these to contemporary global issues. Objective 10: To think about and evaluate theories of power from diverse national and cultural perspectives. Objective 11: Use computers for word processing and data analysis; access remote data sites; develop auxiliary skills in foreign language, arts, economics, filmmaking, etc. Objective 12: Write with sufficient clarity and skill to convey knowledge of and beliefs concerning the above stated goals. Objective 13: Develop career goals and plan of action. Requirements for the Bachelor of Arts Degree with a Major in Political Science The Bachelor of Arts Degree with a major in Political science requires a minimum of 180 units which includes courses for the major and minor and courses for the other university-wide graduation requirements: General Education, American Institutions, First-Year Experience, Gender-Race-Ethnicity, and Upper Division Writing, and Foreign Language (see pages 56-63). A student must demonstrate a familiarity with the basic approaches, methods and theories underlying modern social sciences including competency in statistics. Familiarity with data processing and electronic data retrieval and verbal and written communication is also required. All majors are encouraged to study at least one foreign language, field research, data analysis, film production, or other state-of-the-art methodology. To facilitate this, the Department both teaches itself and accepts transfer credits from other programs of five units of internship, cooperative education, and certificate courses. Further, the Department assumes a responsibility for assessment of student outcomes apart from grades students earn in specific courses. Assessment is a collaborative process in which students and graduates provide portfolios, job histories and other information on the value of their major or minor in Political Science. The Political Science major has the following discipline-based requirements. All majors must satisfactorily complete at least thirteen full courses in Political Science, of which at least ten must be at the upper division level and must also declare a minor (see section on Minor Requirement below). Course programs for majors in Political Science are developed in close consultation with a faculty advisor interested in the student s intellectual growth and development and in his/her eventual career plans. Discipline-Based Requirements--Required Courses (61 units) General Core Requirements (36 units) A. Lower Division Required Courses (10 units) PLSI 101 American Government & Politics (5)
3 MATH 140 Statistics (5) or PSYC 200 Introduction to Statistical Methods in Psychological Research (5) B. Upper Division Required Courses (16 units) PLSI 304 International Relations (5) PLSI 333 Political Philosophy & Thought (5) PLSI 490 Senior Seminar (6) Before taking PLSI 490 you must have completed - and been given a final grade in - three out of the following four courses: PLSI 300, PLSI 304, PLSI 333 and 380/481. C. Methods (10 units) PLSI 300 Political Inquiry (5) (Fall Quarter) PLSI 380 Political Science Laboratory (5) (Winter Quarter) D. Honors Requirements The Department recognizes two types of graduation with distinction: 1. Graduate with Honors: The requirements to graduate with Honors in Political Science are a 3.0 overall GPA, a 3.3 GPA in the major, and a Directed Research course (PLSI 481, offered in the Spring Quarter) with a minimum grade of B. Note: Consent of the instructor and GPA of 3.00 in the major are required to participate in PLSI Pi Sigma Alpha Honor Society: The requirements for Pi Sigma Alpha are a 3.0 overall GPA and a 3.3 GPA in the major. Applications for Pi Sigma Alpha are due no later than January 30. Program Concentrations (10 units) Choose one of the following concentrations: A. American (10 units) This course of study is designed to facilitate learning the basic concepts, theories, and methods of institutions and behaviors of American government and to train students in research, analytical, and communication skills that focus on the uses of American Government and policy. Select two of the following courses: PLSI 302 American Foreign Policy (5) PLSI 313 Electoral Behavior and Political Parties (5) PLSI 316 Congress (5) PLSI 317 The Presidency (5) PLSI 319 California Politics (5) BEHS 321 Community Politics (5) PLSI 335 American Political Theory (5) PLSI 418 Politics and Culture (5) B. International Relations (10 units) This course of study is designed to facilitate learning the basic concepts, theories, and methods of international relations and comparative politics. Students are trained in research, analytical, and communication skills that focus on the uses of comparative and international relations training. Select two of the following courses: PLSI 303 Global Security Issues (5) PLSI 308 Government and Politics of China (5) PLSI 309 Government and Politics of Latin America (5) PLSI 323 Government and Politics of the Middle East (5) PLSI 324 Politics of Mexico (5) PLSI 371 International Organizations (5) PLSI 376 Politics of International Terrorism (5) PLSI 404 Politics of International Commerce (5) C. Pre-Law (10 units)
4 This course of study is designed to facilitate learning the basic concepts, theories, and methods of research that are important to attorneys and to others whose work requires understanding of common and statutory law. Select two of the following courses: PLSI 314 Judicial Power and the Constitution (5) PLSI 315 Civil Rights and Civil Liberties (5) INST 369 Environmental Politics (5) PLSI 370 Legal Reasoning (5) PLSI 335 American Political Theory (5) Political Science Studies Courses (15 units) Select three courses not taken for the concentration from the list below; only one of these may be lower division. PLSI 102 World Politics (5) PLSI 302 American Foreign Policy (5) PLSI 303 Global Security Issues (5) PLSI 306 European Political Cultures (5) BEHS 307 Developing Political Systems (5) PLSI 308 Government and Politics of China (5) PLSI 309 Government and Politics of Latin America (5) BEHS 311 Small Group Dynamics (5) PLSI 313 Electoral Behavior and Political Parties (5) PLSI 314 Judicial Power and the Constitution (5) PLSI 315 Civil Rights and Civil Liberties (5) PLSI 316 Congress (5) PLSI 317 The Presidency (5) PLSI 319 California Politics and Public Policy (5) PLSI 320 Social Groups and Political Power in America (5) BEHS 321 Community Politics (5) PLSI 322 Government and Politics of Japan (5) PLSI 323 Government and Politics of the Middle East (5) PLSI 324 Politics of Mexico (5) PLSI 325 The Government, Politics, Economy, and Foreign Policy of Russia (5) PLSI 328 Media, Propaganda, and Public Opinion (5) PLSI 329 Latino Politics (5) BEHS 330 Political Psychology (5) BEHS 331 Political Sociology (5) PLSI 332 Political Geography (5) PLSI 334 Democratic Theory (5) PLSI 335 American Political Theory (5) PLSI 337 Politics in the Novel and Film (5) PLSI 339 Women in Politics (5) PLSI 340 Racial & Ethnic Politics in the United States (5) PLSI 342 The Politics of Change in Asian Societies (5) INST 369 Environmental Politics (5) PLSI 370 Legal Reasoning (5) PLSI 371 International Organizations (5) PLSI 376 Politics of International Terrorism (5) PLSI 404 Politics of International Commerce (5) PLSI 411 U.S. Immigration Politics and Policy (5) PLSI 418 Politics and Culture (5) PLSI 420 Religion and Politics Portfolio Requirement Portfolios should be seen as works in progress during your tenure here, and must be turned in to the responsible faculty member teaching Senior Seminar 490 when you take the Senior Comment [RB1]: Reading over this, I think that it sounds abrupt to talk about who you turn your portfolio into before we talk about what the portfolio is. I think that this section needs a little more work, at least in terms of the placement of the information.
5 Seminar course. No student will be allowed to graduate from Senior Seminar with a portfolio project that receives a B- or less. Questions about the portfolio may be directed to the student s advisor, or to any Political Science faculty member. Every student who completes the major in Political Science in any one of the three concentrations (American, International Relations, or Pre-Law) is required to prepare a portfolio that displays what has been gained from the major in Political Science. The portfolio is a collection of materials gathered from work done in various classes sanctioned by the Political Science Department. This collection addresses each of the competency goals outlined by the Political Science Department, which is detailed on the Department web page and is available in the Department office. To create a portfolio, each student will have to provide evidence of competency in the following areas: political understanding, theory building, data analysis, formal presentations, research methods, basic computer management, and personal career management. Demonstrating individual competency in these areas will require that each student provide evidence of his/her work and accomplishments from individual classes, internships, and research projects. Minor Requirement The requirement for a major in Political Science mandates the completion of a minor. This can be accomplished by completing one of the three options listed below: a. Completion of a minor program approved by another discipline and listed in the catalog. b. An interdisciplinary concentration or minor listed in the catalog (see Interdisciplinary Concentrations and Minors ). c. A special minor approved by the student s advisor and the Dean of Undergraduate Studies. Special Minor in Pre-Law for Political Science Majors Four courses selected from the following. Two courses must be taken from Economics and two from Philosophy. 1. EEGS 201 Essentials of Microeconomics 2. EEGS 404 Law and Economics 3. PHIL 311 Marx and Marxism 4. PHIL 332 Ethics Theory 5. PHIL 333 Political Philosophy or PLSI 333 Political Philosophy and Thought 6. PHIL 335 Philosophy of Law 7. PHIL 350 Symbolic Logic 8. PHIL 498 Special Topics American Institutions Requirement Satisfaction of the American Institutions requirement shall be met by no less than one course in United States History and one other course in United States and California government or by examinations administered respectively by the History and Political Science Departments. For courses in the Political Science Department which satisfy the United States and California Government portions of the American Institutions Requirement (see page 62). Requirements for the Minor in Political Science Four courses totaling 20 quarter units in Political Science (at least three of which must be upper division) with an average of C or better. No more than five units in the minor may be internship, cooperative education, or applied course work. Courses which will be of special interest to students without substantial quantitative skills include PLSI 302, PLSI 306, PLSI 308, PLSI 313, PLSI 315, PLSI 317, PLSI 319, BEHS 321, PLSI 322, PLSI 323, PLSI 328, PLSI 333, PLSI 334, and PLSI 376. Other courses may be suitable depending on the instructor s announced objectives and approach.
6 Social Science Teacher Preparation Program Within the BA in Political Science The California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CCTC) has authorized CSUB to offer an approved single subject teacher preparation program in Social Science. The program certified in 1992 expired July 1, Students who began course work prior to 2009, but who did not complete all program requirements, must complete the requirements of the new CCTC approved program or pass all parts of the California Subject Examination for Teachers (CSET) in Social Science. The new program follows. Courses recommended for Political Science majors are in bold. For information about the program, contact the Social Science Program Coordinator, Alicia Rodriquez, Requirements for the Social Science Preparation Program I. Core Requirements (11 courses, 55 quarter units) HIST 231 US History to 1865 HIST 232 US History since 1865 Three courses from the following, one of which must be in world history: HIST 202 Western Civilization I or HIST 210 World History I HIST 204 Western Civilization II or HIST 211 World History II HIST 206 Western Civilization III or HIST 212 World History III HIST 370 Early California HIST 371 Modern California or PLSI 319 California Politics and Public Policy: ECON 201 Microeconomics ECON 202 Macroeconomics One of the following: GEOG 302 Cultural Geography of the World s Regions; GEOG/ECON 395 Economic Geography; HIST 330 Historical Geography; PLSI 332 Political Geography INST 390 The Educator as Social Scientist II. Breadth and Depth requirements (7 courses; 35 units). Choose ONE COURSE from EACH of the following groups: A. U.S. History HIST 351 Colonial North America HIST 352 Revolutionary and Early National America HIST 356 The Civil War Era HIST 357 The Gilded Age and Progressive Era HIST 358 America s Rise to Globalism HIST 359 Recent America 1960 to the Present B. World History and Perspectives (One from each group): 1. Africa/Asia HIST 423 Modern Japan HIST 424 China from Qin to Qing HIST 425 China HIST 426 China, Present HIST 481 History of Southern Africa 2. Europe/Latin America HIST 306 Europe HIST 307 Europe HIST 308 Europe HIST 309 Europe since 1914 HIST 325 European Colonialism HIST 340 Latin America HIST 442 Colonial Mexico HIST 443 Modern Mexico 3. International Relations/Global Perspectives ECON 311 Pacific Rim Economies
7 ECON 341 Globalization and Development PLSI 304 International Relations BEH SCI 307 Developing Political Systems PLSI 308 Government and Politics of China PLSI 309 Government and Politics of Latin America PLSI 322 Government and Politics of Japan PLSI 323 Government and Politics of the Middle East PLSI 324 Politics of Mexico C. U.S. Constitution/Government PLSI 314 Judicial Power and the Constitution PLSI 315 Civil Rights and Civil Liberties PLSI 316 Congress PLSI 317 The Presidency PLSI 335 American Political Theory D. International Economics ECON 340 Global Economics ECON 440 International Economics PLSI 404 The Politics of International Commerce E. Comparative religious/ethical systems RS 110 Introduction to Western Religions RS 111 Introduction to Asian Religions RS 316 Islam RS 320 India RS 323 China and Japan Gender, Race, Ethnicity Requirement In addition, Social Science students must satisfy the University s GRE requirement through one of the following courses taken from a discipline other than that of their declared major: ANTH 438 Anthropology of Women, ECON 380 Gender and Diversity in the Workplace, HIST 421 Gender in East Asia, HIST 462 Women and Gender in the Modern Transatlantic World, HIST 465 History of African Americans to 1865, HIST 466 History of African Americans Since 1865, HIST 467 American Indian History, HIST 468 Mexican-American History, PLSI 339 Women in Politics, PSYCH 421 Psychology of Women, RS 326 Native American Religion, SOC 327 Race and Ethnic Relations, SOC 335 The Latino Experience, SOC 336 The Asian-American Experience, SOC 337 The African-American Experience, SOC 338 The Indigenous Experience, SOC 370 Gender and Society. Students should consult the catalog for additional requirements for a BA in History. Taken alone, the Social Science Preparation Program is neither a degree program nor a major. Also, please note that only those courses earning a C- or higher may be counted toward the Social Science Preparation Program and an overall minimum GPA of 2.7 is required for certification of subject matter competency. COURSE DESCRIPTIONS Lower Division PLSI 101 American Government and Politics (5) An examination of the ways in which those who practice political science view the American political system. Students can expect to gain a basis for systematic, informed thinking about the processes by which Americans govern each other and govern themselves, the manner in which those processes affect the policies we adopt in response to issues, and the way in which issues influence changes in the decision-making processes. Prerequisite: Must have completed or be currently enrolled in ENGL 100. PLSI 102 World Politics (5)
8 An examination of the basic elements influencing global politics. Central themes of the course include the emergence of the modern nation state system, the origins of international law and organization, and the impact of technology and globalization on society in the 21st century. The course concludes by focusing on contemporary world problems such as the threats posed by nuclear war and proliferation, environmental degradation, climate change, global inequality, and international financial crises. PLSI 208 The Politics of Change in Asian Societies (5) An examination of the economic, social, and geographical factors of political culture in the Asian nations of Japan and India. The focus of the course is on a comparative study of change in the two societies, particularly on the interaction of cultures and politics in the processes of modernization. The focus will be on examining political and economic change in Asia. The thrust of the course is comparative and students will be exposed to the history, politics, culture and economy of states in the region. The purpose of the course is to introduce students to the revolutionary and evolutionary changes in the region from a political and economic perspective, while providing a broader understanding of the regional and international implications of these changes. PLSI 218 Politics in the Novel and Film (5) An analyses of the form, content, and effect of various sorts of political novels and films, paying special attention to the emergence and success of various sorts of political expression at different points in American political experience. Students can expect to gain an acquaintance with the conventions of novels and films, a basis for systematic, informed criticism of such works, and some understanding of the nature of political life. PLSI 240 Honors Seminar: The Nature of Politics (5) An examination of some of the central concepts of political science and some of the continuing issues of politics. Students can expect to gain exposure to and practice in each of the major kinds of activity in which political scientists engage. Emphasis will be on the preparation, presentation, and critical evaluation of a series of brief papers. Prerequisite: Freshman standing and invitation by the department. INST 275 Administrative Processes in Government (5) PLSI 277 Special Topics (1-5) An examination of selected contemporary political problems. Subjects vary from term to term but might include such topics as the politics of Black America, the politics of student protest, the politics of ecology, etc. Prerequisite: one course in Political Science or consent of instructor. May be repeated once for credit. PLSI 289 Experiential Prior Learning (variable units) Evaluation and assessment of learning which has occurred as a result of prior off-campus experience relevant to the curriculum of the department. Requires complementary academic study and/or documentation. Available by petition only, on a credit, no-credit basis. Not open to postgraduate students. Interested students should contact the department office. Upper Division PLSI 300 Political Inquiry (5) An analysis of political science methods and the design of political research. Includes an examination of social problems, formulation of research hypotheses, and introduction to social science statistics. Prerequisite: one course in Political Science and sophomore standing. PLSI 302 American Foreign Policy (5)
9 An analysis of the major schools and approaches in the study of U.S. Foreign policy. Particular attention is paid to historical, ideological, and economic influences on the decision-making process. Includes a survey and evaluation of the major developments in U.S. foreign policy from the Cold War to the current Post-Cold War system. PLSI 303 Global Security Issues (5) An examination of the theoretical and pragmatic factors relevant to the formulation and execution of U.S. national defense policy. The course will focus on the role of various factors (executive, legislative, public opinion, military, etc.) in the defense policy-making process. This course focuses on both international and domestic security problems. While traditional concepts of power and the use of force are covered, this course also looks at other elements impacting the global security environment. These include the increasing impact that international organizations, revolution(s) in military affairs, enduring interstate rivalries, economic globalization, terrorism, ethnic cleansing and genocide, and the perspectives of role competing political ideologies concerning have on issues related to global security. PLSI 304 International Relations (5) An examination of theories and logic behind nation-state strategies with regard to power, defense, stability, and economic development, among others. This course examines the theories that explain how states prioritize goals by analyzing state actions via individual, state, and international levels of analysis. PLSI 306 European Political Cultures (5) A study of socialization and society in European nations and regions with an emphasis on cultural nationalism, socialism, post-materialism, and other value orientations that affect political outcomes. Studies of generational changes, migration, alienation, and other phenomena in both large and small European national communities. BEHS 307 Developing Political Systems (5) PLSI 308 Government and Politics of China (5) An examination of institutions, participants, and processes of government in China. This course examines the impact of ideology and leadership in the processes of modernization and liberalization in contemporary China. PLSI 309 Government and Politics of Latin America (5) A comparative analysis of selected nations in Latin America, with a primary focus on the Southern Cone region (especially Argentina, Brazil, and Chile) and Central America. Emphasis is on social and economic structures as determinants of contemporary politics and policy change in Latin American society. Challenges to development are also examined within the contemporary neoliberal policies currently practiced throughout the region. BEHS 311 Small Group Dynamics (5) PLSI 313 Electoral Behavior and Political Parties (5) An examination of the organization and activities of political parties and electoral behavior in America combined with an analysis of the political, social, and psychological factors that promote and inhibit individual and group participation in electoral activity. Within the context of voting behavior, this course explores political parties in America and how they attempt to win popular control of government through the electoral process. Prerequisite: upper division standing or consent of instructor. PLSI 314 Judicial Power and the Constitution (5)
10 An examination of the judicial role in American constitutional adjudication, both historical and contemporary. Particular emphases on federalism, separation of powers, and other topics on the exercise and extent of national power. Prerequisite: one course in Political Science or consent of instructor. PLSI 315 Civil Rights and Civil Liberties (5) An examination of the principles, reasoning, and politics of private and individual rights in American constitutional adjudication. Emphasis on Equal Protection, Criminal Justice Due Process, Freedom of Expression, and Right to Privacy. Prerequisite: one course in Political Science or consent of instructor. PLSI 316 Congress (5) An examination of Congressional decision making and the factors that shape legislative processes. Students will analyze the history of the institution, the electoral process that leads to service in the national legislature, and the rules and norms that govern its internal processes. Prerequisite: one course in Political Science or consent of instructor. PLSI 317 The Presidency (5) An examination of the constitutional design and practical operation of the American Presidency. The course includes investigations into the nature of executive leadership, the constitutional and administrative powers of the president, legislative-executive relations, and role of public opinion, and the role of personality as expressed in presidential character. PLSI 319 California Politics and Public Policy (5) An examination of the issues, institutions, and processes that affect public policy in California. Topics include the constitution, the history and political culture, and the impact of policies regarding such matters as taxes, energy, education, criminal justice, immigration, and home rule for local governments. PLSI 320 Social Groups and Political Power in America (5) An examination of the ways in which nongovernmental groups influence the formation, direction, execution and change in public policy in America. Emphasis is on factors that contribute to such influences. Students can expect to pursue a research project on a selected topic. Prerequisite: PLSI 300. BEHS 321 Community Politics (5) PLSI 322 Government and Politics of Japan (5) An examination of the institutions and processes of government in Japan. The period covered will include the final years of the Tokugawa Government, the Meiji Restoration, the war years, and contemporary democracy. Special attention will be given to the government role in the economy, changing party politics and public protests as determinants of Japanese interests in the 21st century. PLSI 323 Government and Politics of the Middle East (5) An examination of contemporary conflicts and policies among nations in the Middle East. Emphasis is on religion, nationalism, political sovereignty, and economic modernization affecting regional relations. The role of the United States will also be discussed. PLSI 324 Politics of Mexico (5) An analysis of the historical and social roots of Mexican politics and contemporary policy issues in Mexico. Particular emphasis is given to U.S. Mexican relations, challenges of development and peasant economies, the history of one party rule in the 20th century, NAFTA, and the key issues surrounding post-pri Mexico.
11 PLSI 325 The Government, Politics, Economy, and Foreign Policy of Russia (5) This is a course in the politics, government, and economy of contemporary Russia. The course will be divided into three parts, the first of which will focus on the pre-communist and Communist period following the civil war and the formation of the Soviet Union. The second will focus on the Cold War development of the USSR, the final decade of the Communist system, and the collapse of the state in the period from 1989 through The third part of the course will examine post-soviet Russia. PLSI 328 Media, Propaganda, and Public Opinion (5) An examination of the psychological processes involved in the formation and change of public opinion. Attention focused on the role of propaganda in attitude acquisition and change. Several examples of political propaganda and mass appeals will be examined. Prerequisite: upper division standing. PLSI 329 Latino Politics (5) An overview of Latino political experience in the U.S. with special attention to Mexican- Americans. Particular emphasis on cultural background, social history, politics, education, and the law. Other issues deal with political impacts of Latino family structure and Latinos role in the economy. BEHS 330 Political Psychology (5) BEHS 331 Political Sociology (5) PLSI 332 Political Geography (5) Lectures, analysis and field work on the relationships between physical and cultural geography and the power in nations, states, and communities. Case studies in both U.S. and other nations and GIS exercises. Satisfies the Geography requirement for Liberal Studies. Cross-listed as GEOG 332. PLSI 333 Political Philosophy and Thought (5) This course examines various theories of the nature of social and political life. Significant contributions to Western political philosophy, such as those of Plato, Hobbes, Locke, Mill, Marx, and Rawls, will be examined along with the concepts of rights, equality, justice, obligation, liberty and utility. Additional readings may contribute to analysis of the development of political institutions and civil society in the West and their effects on non-european nations and cultures. This course carries credit in either Philosophy or Political Science. Cross-listed as PHIL 333. PLSI 334 Democratic Theory (5) An analysis of fundamental assumptions about democratic government and practices. Students can expect to develop tests for evaluating performance of political institutions and practices based on the results of that examination. Special attention will be given to American experience as a whetstone for shaping those tests. Prerequisite: upper division standing or consent of instructor. PLSI 335 American Political Theory (5) This course investigates the theoretical foundations, the functional processes, and contemporary theories of the American Regime. Students investigate the political and social institutions established under the U.S. Constitution, review important changes in the political and social institutions, and study changes in relations between government and citizens. Taken as a whole, the themes explored in this course lie at the intersection of politics, philosophy, history, and sociology, and should appeal to students wishing to pursue a career in teaching civics or social studies at the secondary school level.
12 PLSI 339 Women in Politics (5) The course presents a general understanding of feminist concepts and gender cultural differences that affect American and International politics. For American politics, the emphasis is on how gender ideas affect public opinion, voting patterns, campaigning and women as leaders. The course applies a gender lens to basic questions of international relations, such as national security questions, economic development, and foreign policy. PLSI 340 Racial & Ethnic Politics in the United States (5) Focus on political experiences of African Americans, American Indians, Asian Americans, and Latinos. This course examines the major theories explaining American politics in light of race and ethnicity. Particular emphasis on intra- and intergroup conflict and cooperation, and the nature and dynamics of American political values, discourse, leadership, organizations, institutions, and policies, when analyzed from the perspectives of four major racial and ethnic groups. INST 369 Environmental Politics (5) PLSI 370 Legal Reasoning (5) Discussion and practice in the logic, analysis, data interpretation, and writing that characterizes Anglo-Saxon jurisprudence. Special topics taken from contemporary issues include torts and remedies, administrative authority, freedom of speech, death penalty, entertainment law, and antitrust policy. PLSI 371 International Organizations (5) The subject matter of this course is the network of international organizations redefining global politics. By the end of the 20th century, international organizations challenge the nation-state s political authority and power. Two types of international organizations are examined in this course: intergovernmental organizations (IGOs) and nongovernmental organizations (NGOs). This growth of transnational organizations reflects the processes of social, economic, and technological globalization that creates a complex network of participants in global politics. PLSI 376 Politics of International Terrorism This course will examine terrorism from both the historical and international perspectives. The historical and ideological roots and development of terrorism will be explored along with the different types of terrorism, such as state terrorism, state-sponsored terrorism, and rebel terrorism. Additionally, attention will be given to cases drawn from different regions of the globe, including Europe, the United States, Latin America, Africa, and the Middle East. PLSI 377 Special Topics (1-5) An intensive examination of issues of current political concern with attention to the development of the problem and alternate ways of responding to it. The issues examined vary from term to term but include such topics as political corruption, the political implications of multinational corporations, terrorism and political subversion, etc. Course credits can also be applied for the Model United Nations experience. Prerequisite: Upper division standing, or permission of instructor. May be repeated for different course content. PLSI 380 Political Science Laboratory (5) One of the alternatives for applications after PLSI 300, with emphasis on practice of social research, including inferential statistics, data management using SPSS, and other computerbased analytical techniques, and other skills important in political science careers. Prerequisite: PLSI 300. BEHS 400 Data Processing in the Behavioral Sciences (5) PLSI 404 Politics of International Commerce (5)
13 An examination of the international political economy focusing on the structures and patterns of trade and trade agreements. Particular emphasis is given to international banking, currency exchange, problems of international lending, debt management in developing countries and the former Soviet bloc, and multinational corporate approaches to economic development. Agreements and protocols of the post-wwii period and the World Trade Organization are emphasized throughout. PLSI 411 U.S. Immigration Politics and Policy (5) This course explores the politics of the social, cultural, demographic, economic, and security impacts of immigration on American society and how politics shape U.S. immigration policy on issues of family reunification, human rights, civil liberties, civil rights, and State roles in integrating immigrants into U.S. society. Comparisons to immigrations politics in European Union and other nations and regions. PLSI 418 Politics and Culture (5) Study of the relationship between culture and politics, with emphasis on how culture and subculture shape political processes and values and how regimes utilize popular culture to achieve their goals in domestic and foreign policy. Among the forms of popular culture in these analyses will be music, film, literature, and sports. Emphasis is on the U.S., but with attention also to other nations and cultures. Prerequisite: upper division standing. PLSI 420 Religion and Politics (5) This course explores the relationship between religion and politics. The purpose of this course is to understand the role of religious ideas, values, and beliefs in influencing politics within and between states. The course may examine diverse aspects beyond religion such as nationalism, colonialism-orientalism, human rights and cultural globalization. BEHS 471 Colonialism and Culture Change (5) PLSI 477 Selected Topics in Political Science (1-5) Current concerns challenging the discipline s theories and methods. Topics include governmental regulation of innovation in medical treatment, ethics in the intelligence community, the impact of development on ideology, politics and mass media, etc. Offered periodically to respond to student and faculty interests. Prerequisite: upper division standing. May be repeated for different course content. PLSI 480 Directed Research Seminar in Political Science (5) Student conducts and writes up an individual study under faculty supervision. PLSI 300 and consent of instructor. Prerequisite: PLSI 481 Directed Research in Political Science (1-5) Student conducts and writes up a research project under faculty supervision. Prerequisite: PLSI 300 and consent of instructor. PLSI 489 Experiential Prior Learning (variable units) Evaluation and assessment of learning which has occurred as a result of prior off-campus experience relevant to the curriculum of the department. Requires complementary academic study and/or documentation. Available by petition only, on a credit, no-credit basis. Not open to postgraduate students. Interested students should contact the department office. PLSI 490 Senior Seminar (6) This course reflects on the nature of the discipline of Political Science. Synthesis and integration of coursework is the focus of this course. The seminar format facilitates discussions of theories, and research questions including those that cross boundaries between the disciplines. Analysis and policy essays along with a portfolio that demonstrates a set of competencies in political science.
14 PLSI 496 Internship in the Political Process (1-5) Students are assigned to either public or private agencies involved in the public choice process. Supervision of internship is shared by agency director and the course instructor. Assigned readings and projects where appropriate. Prerequisite: permission of instructor. Up to five units may be applied to elective requirements in the major. With departmental approval, additional units (up to a total of ten) may be used if the internship experience generating the additional units is in a different institutional setting or involves a significantly greater responsibility on the intern s part. PLSI 497 Cooperative Education (5) The Cooperative Education program offers a sponsored learning experience in a work setting, integrated with a field analysis seminar. The field experience is contracted by the Cooperative Education office on an individual basis, subject to approval by the department. The field experience, including the seminar and reading assignments, is supervised by the cooperative education coordinator and the faculty liaison (or course instructor), working with the field supervisor. Students are expected to enroll in the course for at least two quarters. The determination of course credits, evaluation, and grading are the responsibility of the departmental faculty. Offered on a credit, no-credit basis only. (See statement on credit under PLSI 496, above.) PLSI 499 Individual Study (1-5) Consent of department. GRADUATE COURSES BEHS 500 Quantitative Methods in the Behavioral Sciences (5) BEHS 501 Philosophy and Methodology of the Behavioral Sciences (5) BEHS 695 Master s Thesis in Behavioral Science (5-9) PLSI 699 Individual Graduate Study (1-5) Investigation of an approved project leading to a written report. Project selected in conference with professor in area of major interests; regular meetings to be arranged with professor.
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