POLITICAL SCIENCE COURSE DESCRIPTIONS

POLISCI 141     AMERICAN GOVERNMENT AND POLITICS   GS         3 u
An introductory course covering the history, structure and functioning of American national government and its relation to state and local government.

 POLISCI 217     ETHNIC POLITICS    GS/Diversity         3 u
The central concern of this course is to provide the student an awareness of the political development of racial and ethnic minorities in today's political arena. It will compare and contrast the development of the white ethnic communities of the 19th and 20th centuries with our modern day racial and ethnic minorities. (Offered jointly with race & ethnic cultures).
Unreq: RACEETH 217

POLISCI 247     ISSUES AND CRISES IN AMERICAN  POLITICS       GS         3 u
An examination of selected major issues and crises confronting the American political system today. Both domestic and foreign policy issues are analyzed. Attention also will be given the political response to these issues and crises as reflected in recent policies and policy proposals of the national government.
Repeatable one time (different topic) for a maximum of 6 units in major/degree, but not repeatable for general studies credit.

 POLISCI 250     INTRODUCTION TO POLITICAL THEORY    GS         3 u
 An introduction to Western political thought, the role of ideology in politics, and perennial questions in political philosophy.

POLISCI 255     INTRODUCTION TO COMPARATIVE  POLITICS   GS         3 u
This course compares the political systems of five or six countries, reflecting the range of political institutions and political behavior around the world. Students will learn to develop explanations for similarities and differences in the political life of countries around the world, e.g. why are some countries democratic and others authoritarian?

GENERAL STUDIES/PREREQUISITES

The above courses are offered by the department as its contribution to General Studies. Unless otherwise indicated, any of the above will satisfy the prerequisite for the following advanced courses in political science.

 POLISCI 301/501     POLITICAL SCIENCE RESEARCH METHODS        3 u
An introduction to basic research methods in political science. Topics will include various data collection and analysis techniques on the U.S. Presidency, the U.S. Congress, the U.S. Supreme Court, political socialization, political parties, interest groups, civil violence, rebellion, and revolution. Students will obtain "hands-on" experience with computer software designed specifically for political science and the social sciences. This is not a statistics course, and no previous knowledge of statistical methods is assumed.
Prereq: Three units of political science.

 POLISCI 315/515     WOMEN AND AMERICAN POLITICS (AREA I COURSE)        3 u
This course is designed to acquaint the student with the roles of women in political life. Topics include effective civic participation, women's issues and the women's movement.
Prereq: Three units of political science

POLISCI 316/516     POLICE AND CRIMINAL JUSTICE ADMINISTRATION (AREA II COURSE)        3 u
This course examines the administrative process within the criminal justice setting. Both administrative theories and principles as well as applications to the criminal justice system will be covered.
Prereq: Three units of political science.

 POLISCI 317/517     THE AMERICAN LEGISLATIVE  PROCESS (AREA I COURSE)        3 u
The study of the organization and functioning of the legislative bodies, with particular attention to Congress: functions, membership, committee system, executive-legislative relations, pressure groups, lobbying, movement for reform.
Prereq: Three units of political science.

 POLISCI 318/518     THE AMERICAN PRESIDENCY (AREA I COURSE)         3 u
Analysis and discussion of the various roles of the President regarding his constitutional status and powers, nomination and election, administrative responsibilities, legislative and political leadership, and his role in the conduct of foreign relations.
Prereq: Three units of political science.

POLISCI 319/519     AMERICAN POLITICAL PARTIES  AND ELECTIONS (AREA I COURSE)       3 u
This course will examine the development, organization, and functions of political parties and elections in the American political system. Topics include the nature and function of political parties, nominations and elections, political campaigns and campaign finance, voting behavior and party realignment issues, and the role of the party in government policy-making. Graduate students will be required to complete and additional paper.
Prereq: Three units of political science.

 POLISCI 320/520     PUBLIC POLICY AND ADMINISTRATION (AREA II COURSE)         3 u
A course to introduce students to the concepts and problems of public policy and administration. Emphasis will be given to the role played by individuals and groups in large organizations; theories of organization will be set forth and operations of governmental administrative agencies in the political world will be examined.
Prereq: Three units of political science.

 POLISCI 330/530     PUBLIC POLICY ANALYSIS  (AREA II COURSE)        3 u
A systematic introduction to the study of public policy issues through a public policy/issue analysis and problem solving approach. It will also examine and explore other analytical models and approaches in the study of public problems and policy issues.
Prereq: Three units of political science.

POLISCI 340/540     POLITICS OF DEVELOPMENT (AREA III COURSE)        3 u
This course focuses on the comparative analysis and contending interpretations of development in the developing countries. Emphasis will be given to the role of the state intervention and the coalitional politics of dominant class factions in capital accumulation and allocation of surplus for development. The analysis also includes the influence of international economic system as exercised through direct foreign investment and commercial lending institutions. Special attention will also be paid to the impact of militarism on the Third World countries and the problems of environment and sustainable development.
Prereq: Any introductory Political Science course.

 POLISCI 344/544     STATE AND LOCAL GOVERNMENT (AREA I COURSE)        3 u
A study of modern American state and local governments, their evolution from colonial beginnings, their problems and their potential. Topics include constitutional revision, the role of governors, legislatures and courts, forms of urban and rural government, and state-local relations.
Prereq: Three units of political science.

 POLISCI 350     INTERNATIONAL LAW (AREA IV COURSE)        3 u
A study of international law, its sources, development and content. Selected readings on theory, and form decisions and opinions of the Permanent Court of International Justice and the International Court of Justice.
Prereq: Three units of political science.

 POLISCI 351     INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS (AREA IV COURSE)        3 u
An introductory survey of political relations among nation-states, including the topics of war and peace, nationalism, elements of national power, conventional and nuclear weaponry, diplomacy, economic interdependence, the Third World, and international and regional organizations.
Prereq: Three units of political science.

 POLISCI 352     COMPARATIVE GOVERNMENT-EUROPE  (AREA III COURSE)        3 u
Comparative analysis of politics in contemporary Europe. Topics covered include the political institutions and political cultures of major states in Europe, nationalism and regionalism in Europe, and the institutions of the European Union.
Prereq: Three units of political science.

 POLISCI 356     POLITICAL SOCIOLOGY         3 u
An analysis of the impact of social cleavages and cohesion on the operation of political institutions; the composition and behavior of power elites; the social base of political power; the social functions of electoral behavior.
Prereq: Three units of political science. Unreq: SOCIOLGY 356.

 POLISCI 357/557     PUBLIC OPINION AND POLITICAL BEHAVIOR (AREA I COURSE)        3 u
An examination of public opinion in the United States as it concerns political and social behavior. Major topics are the acquisition of beliefs, leadership and opinion formation, voting behavior, and propaganda.
Prereq: Three units of political science.

 POLISCI 360/560     RESOURCES FOR LEGAL RESEARCH         1 u
A course to acquaint students with the major resource materials for the study of law and the legal process with an emphasis on library assignments utilizing the various resources of the UW-Whitewater legal collection.
Prereq: Three units of political science.

 POLISCI 365     BLACK POLITICAL AND SOCIAL THOUGHT (AREA V COURSE)    Diversity        3 u
This course will utilize a Pan-African approach to provide an organized and systematic pattern of social and political ideologies/thought put forth by Black publicists and theorists concerning the organization of their society. As such, it will survey the principal personalities and major protest movements that have emerged in the Diaspora African Community, as well as pay special attention to selected African ideologies and personalities involved in shaping Black political and social thought.
Prereq: AFRIAMR 100 or POLISCI 141 or 610/POLISCI 217 or POLISCI 250.

POLISCI 411/611     MODERN POLITICAL THOUGHT (AREA V COURSE)         3 u
An introduction to the principal political concepts and ideas of the modern period, including the writings of Machiavelli, Luther, Calvin, Locke, Hobbes, Rousseau, Hegel, Burke and others.
Prereq: Three units of political science

 POLISCI 412/612     CONTEMPORARY POLITICAL  THOUGHT (AREA V COURSE)       3 u
A study in depth of certain selected topics of contemporary importance, such as the resolution of power conflicts, the theory and practice of nonviolence, and the existentialist dilemma.
Prereq: Three units of political science.

 POLISCI 413/613     CONSTITUTIONAL LAW  (AREA I COURSE)       3 u
A study of judicial review, its meaning and nature. The development of constitutional relationships between the national government and the states as well as among the branches of the national government is considered.
Prereq: Three units of political science.

 POLISCI 414/614     THE CONSTITUTION AND CIVIL LIBERTIES (AREA I COURSE)        3 u
A course focusing on the constitutional development of equal protection and of the rights and freedoms of individuals and the limitations upon the powers of government, both state and national.
Prereq: Three units of political science.

 POLISCI 415/615     CRIMINAL JUSTICE AND THE CONSTITUTION (AREA I COURSE)        3 u
This course examines the role of the major participants in the criminal justice system--defendants, police, prosecutions, courts, and corrections--and the development of constitutional law regulating their behavior.
Prereq: Three units of political science.

 POLISCI 419/619     THE JUDICIAL PROCESS (AREA I COURSE)        3 u
A study of the American judicial system as a part of the larger framework of the political, social and economic systems of the nation. Emphasis will be on topics such as the judicial role, judicial organization and jurisdiction, judicial power, and the decisional process rather than legal cases.
Prereq: Three units of political science.

 POLISCI 420/620     AMERICAN POLITICAL THOUGHT  (AREA V COURSE)       3 u
A study of the fundamental political ideas of America and the political philosophers who espoused them from colonial times to the present.
Prereq: Three units of political science.

 POLISCI 421/621     PUBLIC PERSONNEL ADMINISTRATION (AREA II COURSE)        3 u
A critical study of problems of public personnel, with particular emphasis on the process of recruiting and managing people in the public services.
Prereq: Three units of political science.

 POLISCI 430/630     FORMATION OF PUBLIC POLICY (AREA II COURSE)         3 u
This course will examine the major public policy problems facing the United States today and the political processes seeking to resolve these problems. Special emphasis to be given to governmental cooperation in seeking to resolve these problems. An additional research paper will be required for the graduate students.
Prereq: Three units of political science.

 POLISCI 440/640     THE POLITICS OF GOVERNMENT  BUDGETING (AREA II COURSE)   3 u
A course designed to introduce the students to the study of criteria for what services or functions should be undertaken by government and in what amounts; analyzing the effects that government spending and taxes have on the behavior of the private sector of the economy and on the political system, and evaluating the problems and solutions for allocating tax burden equitably among different groups in the society.
Prereq: Three units of political science.

 POLISCI 446/646     POLITICS OF THE METROPOLIS  (AREA I COURSE)        3 u
A treatment of social, economic and political forms, structures, processes and behavior in metropolitan communities. Ideas concerning the power structure and decision-making process, the role of the citizen, and the complex whole of metropolitan life will be discussed.
Prereq: Three units of political science.

 POLISCI 457/657     AMERICAN FOREIGN POLICY  (AREA IV COURSE)       3 u
An analysis of the forces and institutions involved in the establishment of American foreign policies. Emphasis is placed on the effect of the growth of American power and responsibility upon the development of foreign policies.
Prereq: Three units of political science.

 POLISCI 460/660     GOVERNMENT AND POLITICS OF ASIA (AREA III COURSE)        3 u
A comparative study of the political structures, institutions, and processes of the nations of Asia.
Prereq: Three units of political science.

 POLISCI 461/661     GOVERNMENT AND POLITICS OF  AFRICA (AREA III COURSE)       3 u
The course will critically analyze the political events, major problems, processes and trends in Sub-Saharan African politics and society. It will also attempt to examine the prospects for economic development and democracy in contemporary Africa. Some African countries will be selected for special attention.
Prereq: Three units of political science. Unreq: AFRIAMR 461/661.

 POLISCI 462/662     SOCIAL WELFARE POLICY         3 u
Provides students with the analysis and critical understanding of the policy issues surrounding historical and current social welfare programs, of new social welfare issues and of policy decisions that lead to changes in programming. Community organization, as an intervention approach, will be explored.
Prereq: Three units of political science. Unreq: SOCWORK 462/662.

POLISCI 463/663     PEACE STUDIES: CONFLICT RESOLUTION AND CRISES MANAGEMENT (AREA IV COURSE)        3 u
The course will critically analyze the political events, major problems, processes and trends in international and regional conflicts. It will examine the prospect for peaceful negotiation among states and international organizations to solve international crises.
Prereq: Three units of political science.

 POLISCI 464/664     WOMEN IN INTERNATIONAL  RELATIONS   3 u
This course is designed to provide students with the opportunity to study and analyze international relations from a multi-disciplinary perspective. It will examine current understandings of the causes, processes and structures of international relations, violent conflict, as well as resolution of those conflicts and peace within the context of Feminist theories. The goal is to examine the role of women in international relations, international security, conflict and peace through different approaches to the study of conflict and how it is understood. The course will consider both the strength and limitations of various disciplinary approaches.

The traditional approaches to international relations, international security, international conflict and peace reflect viewpoints consistent with masculine perspectives on power and security. The goal is to consider how the limitations of the approaches can be effectively challenged and what alternatives might be offered. Themes for discussion will include gender, race, ethnicity, nationalism, state, community, conflict and peace.
Prereq: Three units of political science or three units of women's studies

POLISCI 471/671     GOVERNMENT AND POLITICS IN THE MIDDLE EAST (AREA III COURSE)       3 u
 An intense investigation of the social, economic, and political conditions of Islamic, Arab and non-Arab countries of the Middle East. Topics include basic tenets of Islam: political culture, formation of nation states, political systems (monarchies and republics), consequences of political development and modernization, and the role of the Middle East in international politics.
Prereq: Three units of political science.

POLISCI 472     GOVERNMENT AND POLITICS IN CHINA (AREA III COURSE)        3 u
This course exposes students to the breadth of Chinese government and politics. It briefly overviews the traditional Chinese system, its breakdown, and the rise of communism. It also overviews a more detailed treatment of the characteristics and major events of the communist era.
Prereq: Three units of political science.

 POLISCI 489/689     SEMINAR IN PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION (AREA II COURSE)        3 u
A study of the complex aspects of administrative organization, behavior and decision-making in the area of public policy through the examination of a variety of pertinent cases.
Prereq: POLISCI 320 or consent of instructor.

SPECIAL COURSES
Courses in this section can be counted in the area which was given emphasis during the semester the course was taken.

 POLISCI 490/690     WORKSHOP         1-6 u
Repeatable for a maximum of 6 units in major/degree. Prereq: Three units of political science.

 POLISCI 493     INTERNSHIP IN POLITICAL SCIENCE         1-12 u
Study and work with a government unit or in some area of public affairs under the direction of a faculty supervisor. Students will have the opportunity to combine academic learning with practical experience in government and politics.
 Repeatable for a maximum of 12 units in major/degree. Prereq: Three units of political science or consent of department chairperson.

 POLISCI 496/696     SPECIAL STUDIES         1-3 u
Repeatable for a maximum of 6 units in major/degree. Prereq: Three units of political science.

 POLISCI 498     INDEPENDENT STUDIES         1-3 u
Repeatable in major/degree. Prereq: Consent of staff member and chairperson.

 POLISCI 499     SENIOR HONORS THESIS         3 u
Individual research for majors writing thesis for honors degree; emphasis upon depth, scope and individual research on approved topics under the supervision of a member of the faculty.
Prereq: Grade point average of 3.25 and 21 credit hours in political science.
 
 
 

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