Undergraduate Bulletin

COURSE DESCRIPTIONS

820-105 GLOBAL PERSPECTIVES: POLITICAL SCIENCE
GS/Core 3 cr

An introductory survey of global relations and problems utilizing the methods of economic, geographic, and political description and analysis. May not be taken on a satisfactory/no credit grade basis.
Unreq: 722-105 and 230-105.

820-141 AMERICAN GOVERNMENT AND POLITICS GS 3 cr

An introductory course covering the history, structure and functioning of American national government and its relation to state and local government.

820-217 ETHNIC POLITICS GS/Diversity 3 cr

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: 850-247, 850-217, 610-217

820-247 ISSUES AND CRISES IN AMERICAN POLITICS GS 3 cr

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 credits in major/degree, but not repeatable for general studies credit.

820-250 INTRODUCTION TO POLITICAL THEORY GS 3 cr

An introduction to Western political thought, the role of ideology in politics, and perennial questions in political philosophy.

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.

820-301/501 POLITICAL SCIENCE RESEARCH METHODS 3 cr

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: Any political science general studies course.

820-316/516 POLICE & CRIMINAL JUSTICE ADMINISTRATION (AREA II COURSE) 3 cr

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: Any political science general studies course.

820-317/517 THE AMERICAN LEGISLATIVE PROCESS
(AREA I COURSE) 3 cr

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: Any political science general studies course.

820-318/518 THE AMERICAN PRESIDENCY
(AREA I COURSE) 3 cr

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: Any political science general studies course.

820-320/520 PUBLIC POLICY AND ADMINISTRATION
(AREA II COURSE) 3 cr

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: Any political science general studies course.

820-330/530 PUBLIC POLICY ANALYSIS (AREA II COURSE) 3 cr

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: Any political science general studies course.

820-344/544 STATE AND LOCAL GOVERNMENT
(AREA I COURSE) 3 cr

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: Any political science general studies course.

820-346/546 POLITICS IN WISCONSIN (AREA I COURSE) 3 cr

A study of government and politics in Wisconsin. Policy formation and administration at both the state and local levels will be considered, with attention to the main branches of government, political parties, interest groups, functions and services.
Prereq: Any political science general studies course.

820-350 INTERNATIONAL LAW (AREA IV COURSE) 3 cr

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: Any political science general studies course.

820-351 INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS (AREA IV COURSE) 3 cr

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: Any political science general studies course.

820-352 COMPARATIVE GOVERNMENT-EUROPE
(AREA III COURSE) 3 cr

Study and analysis of the political systems and public policies of Britain, France, Italy, West Germany, and Russia. Constitutional and political structures and processes are studied along with political culture.
Prereq: Any political science general studies course.

820-356 POLITICAL SOCIOLOGY 3 cr

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: Any political science general studies course. Unreq: 880-356.

820-357/557 PUBLIC OPINION AND POLITICAL BEHAVIOR
(AREA ICOURSE) 3 cr

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: Any political science course general studies course.

820-360/560 RESOURCES FOR LEGAL RESEARCH 1 cr

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: Any political science general studies course.

820-377 WESTERN EUROPEAN FOREIGN POLICIES
(AREA IV COURSE) 3 cr

A comparative analysis of the foreign policies of Britain, France, and Germany, and other Western European nations, with emphasis on the European Community, the NATO alliance and defense policy.
Prereq: Any political science general studies course.

820-380/580 WOMEN AND POLITICS (AREA III COURSE) 3 cr

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: Any political science general studies course.

820-411/611 MODERN POLITICAL THOUGHT
(AREA V COURSE) 3 cr

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: Any political science general studies course.

820-412/612 CONTEMPORARY POLITICAL THOUGHT
(AREA V COURSE) 3 cr

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: Any political science general studies course.

820-413/613 CONSTITUTIONAL LAW (AREA I COURSE) 3 cr

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: Any political science general studies course.

820-414/614 THE CONSTITUTION AND CIVIL LIBERTIES
(AREA I COURSE) 3 cr

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: Any political science general studies course.

820-415/615 CRIMINAL JUSTICE AND THE CONSTITUTION
(AREA I COURSE) 3 cr

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: Any political studies general studies course.

820-419/619 THE JUDICIAL PROCESS (AREA I COURSE) 3 cr

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: Any political science general studies course.

820-420/620 AMERICAN POLITICAL THOUGHT
(AREA V COURSE) 3 cr

A study of the fundamental political ideas of America and the political philosophers who espoused them from colonial times to the present.
Prereq: Any political science general studies course.

820-421/621 PUBLIC PERSONNEL ADMINISTRATION
(AREA II COURSE) 3 cr

A critical study of problems of public personnel, with particular emphasis on the process of recruiting and managing people in the public services.
Prereq: Any political science general studies course.

820-430/630 FORMATION OF PUBLIC POLICY
(AREA II COURSE) 3 cr

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: Any political science general studies course.

820-440/640 THE POLITICS OF GOVERNMENT BUDGETING
(AREA II COURSE) 3 cr

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: Any political science general studies course.

820-446/646 POLITICS OF THE METROPOLIS
(AREA I COURSE) 3 cr

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: Any political science general studies course.

820-457/657 AMERICAN FOREIGN POLICY
(AREA IV COURSE) 3 cr

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: Any political science general studies course.

820-460/660 GOVERNMENT AND POLITICS OF ASIA
(AREA III COURSE) 3 cr

A comparative study of the political structures, institutions, and processes of the nations of Asia.
Prereq: Any political science general studies course.

820-462/662 SOCIAL WELFARE POLICY 3 cr

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: Any political science general studies course. Unreq: 860-462/662.

820-471/671 GOVERNMENT AND POLITICS IN THE MIDDLE
EAST (AREA III COURSE) 3 cr

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: Any political science general studies course.

820-489/689 SEMINAR IN PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION
(AREA II COURSE) 3 cr

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: Any political science general studies course.

SPECIAL COURSES

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

820-488/688 SEMINAR IN POLITICAL SCIENCE 3 cr

An intensive investigation of the major ideas and problems of politics with emphasis on research methods and values in political science, discussions, reports on readings, research papers.
Prereq: Any political science general studies course. Repeatable two times for maximum 6 credits major and degree.

820-490/690 WORKSHOP 1-6 cr

Repeatable for a maximum of 6 credits in major/degree.
Prereq: Any political science general studies course.

820-493 INTERNSHIP IN POLITICAL SCIENCE 1-12 cr

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 credits in major/degree.
Prereq: Any political science general studies course or consent of department chairperson.

820-496/696 SPECIAL STUDIES 1-3 cr

Repeatable for a maximum of 6 credits in major/degree.
Prereq: Any political science general studies course.

820-498 INDEPENDENT STUDIES 1-3 cr

Repeatable for a maximum of 4 credits in major/degree.
Prereq: Consent of staff member and chairperson.

820-499 SENIOR HONORS THESIS 3 cr

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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