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    INTRODUCTION TO POLITICAL SCIENCE

    Political Science 101, Credits: 1

    Introduction to Political Science introduces students to the specialties within political science, outlines the academic emphases within the major and associated requirements, and explores public and private sector opportunities in the field of political science.

    AMERICAN GOVERNMENT AND POLITICS (GS)

    Political Science 141, Credits: 3

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

    ETHNIC POLITICS (DV)(GS)

    Political Science 217, Credits: 3

    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).

    LAW AND SOCIETY (GS)

    Political Science 240, Credits: 3

    The purpose of this course is to introduce students to the development of law and legal practices from a political science perspective. Special emphasis will be paid to the political factors in our society that shape law. The manner in which law affects the politics of our society will also be stressed.

    ISSUES AND CRISES IN AMERICAN POLITICS (GS)

    Political Science 247, Credits: 3

    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.

    INTRODUCTION TO POLITICAL THEORY (GS)

    Political Science 250, Credits: 3

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

    INTRODUCTION TO COMPARATIVE POLITICS (GS)

    Political Science 255, Credits: 3

    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?

    AFRICAN-AMERICAN POLITICS (DV)(GE)

    Political Science 261, Credits: 3

    The course examines the African-American experience of race, ethnicity, class, and gender within the context of American political landscape. It will therefore explore the unique history, content and forms of African-American political participation as well as their struggle for freedom and equality as full citizens in the workings of various American political institutions.

    POLITICS OF TERRORISM AND COUNTERTERRORISM (GS)

    Political Science 265, Credits: 3

    This course examines the definitions, sources, patterns, and ideologies of modern terrorism. It then analyzes the objectives of various terrorist organizations as well as their operations, including strategies, tactics, weaponry, financing and state sponsorship. The course concludes by assessing the various counterterrorist measures, with special emphasis on U.S. counterterrorism policy.

    ASIAN AMERICANS IN U.S. POLITICS (DV)(GE)

    Political Science 266, Credits: 3

    This course explores political issues confronting Asian Americans in the United States. The course makes in-depth analysis of political aspects of Asian Americans as voters, as candidates, as activists and as contributors in the political process.

    POLITICS OF URBAN INEQUALITY IN THE U.S. (DV)(GS)

    Political Science 280, Credits: 3

    The course offers a sophisticated depiction of systemic urban inequality that constrains the lives of the urban poor. The readings will feature academic books and research articles that describe and analyze the politics and life experiences in inner-city neighborhoods.

    TRAVEL STUDY

    Political Science 291, Credits: 1-3

    Variable topics. Group activity oriented presentations emphasizing `hands on` and participatory instructional techniques. Prereq: 3 credits of Political Science, Sociology, Global Perspectives, Individual and Society and consent of instructor.

    POLITICAL SCIENCE RESEARCH METHODS

    Political Science 301, Credits: 3

    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.

    WRITING IN POLITICAL SCIENCE

    Political Science 302, Credits: 3

    This course will allow students to improve their analytical and writing skills through various writing assignments involving different formats. Some of the assignments will involve multiple drafts, based on peer and instructor feedback.

    MEDIA AND AMERICAN POLITICS

    Political Science 314, Credits: 3

    This course will examine the principles of media and politics, and how the media impacts American public's political attitudes and behaviors. Topics will include campaign advertising, alternative media, public space, bias, and persuasion.

    WOMEN AND AMERICAN POLITICS

    Political Science 315, Credits: 3

    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.

    POLICE AND CRIMINAL JUSTICE ADMINISTRATION

    Political Science 316, Credits: 3

    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.

    THE AMERICAN LEGISLATIVE PROCESS

    Political Science 317, Credits: 3

    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.

    THE AMERICAN PRESIDENCY

    Political Science 318, Credits: 3

    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.

    AMERICAN POLITICAL PARTIES AND ELECTIONS

    Political Science 319, Credits: 3

    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.

    PUBLIC POLICY AND ADMINISTRATION

    Political Science 320, Credits: 3

    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.

    AMERICAN INTEREST GROUP POLITICS

    Political Science 321, Credits: 3

    This course will examine the interest group system in the United States by examining the history, roles, strategies, successes, and failures of interest groups in the American political system.

    PUBLIC POLICY ANALYSIS

    Political Science 330, Credits: 3

    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.

    U.S. DISABILITY POLITICS AND POLICY

    Political Science 331, Credits: 3

    This course will examine disability politics and policy in the United States with a special emphasis on the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA). It will explore the formulation and adoption of disability policy with particular attention paid to the subsequent legal challenges that have interpreted disability law and expanded rights over time.

    POLITICS OF DEVELOPMENT

    Political Science 340, Credits: 3

    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.

    URBAN EDUCATION: ISSUES AND POLICIES (DV)

    Political Science 341, Credits: 3

    This course introduces students to important issues and policies that influence urban schools. It provides a deeper understanding of the difficulties schools, parents, children, and teachers face in making American schools a truly equitable institution. The course is suitable for future teachers and policy professionals interested in the social, political and economic factors that shape urban schooling.

    US ENVIRONMENTAL POLITICS AND POLICY

    Political Science 343, Credits: 3

    This course will explore opportunities and constraints in the development of environmental policy in the United States.

    STATE AND LOCAL GOVERNMENT

    Political Science 344, Credits: 3

    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.

    FEDERALISM

    Political Science 345, Credits: 3

    This course offers a critical and comparative exploration of orgins, operation, and significance of federalism in a variety of countries.

    INTERNATIONAL ORGANIZATIONS

    Political Science 348, Credits: 3

    The course will explore theoretical perspectives as well as the expanding roles of international organizations in the context of global politics. Since the end of the Cold War, the United Nations and other regional organizations have played an enhanced role in global governance. It will, therefore, provide an overview of the United Nations system, a number of regional ogranizations and their contributions to the maintenance of international peace and security.

    INTERNATIONAL LAW

    Political Science 350, Credits: 3

    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.

    INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS

    Political Science 351, Credits: 3

    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.

    COMPARATIVE GOVERNMENT - EUROPE

    Political Science 352, Credits: 3

    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.

    POLITICAL SOCIOLOGY

    Political Science 356, Credits: 3

    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.

    PUBLIC OPINION AND POLITICAL BEHAVIOR

    Political Science 357, Credits: 3

    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.

    BLACK POLITICAL AND SOCIAL THOUGHT (DV)

    Political Science 365, Credits: 3

    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.

    ANCIENT AND MEDIEVAL POLITICAL THOUGHT: GREEK, ROMAN, CHRISTIAN

    Political Science 410, Credits: 3

    This course will examine the political thought of the ancient and medieval worlds, focusing on the Greek, Roman and early Christian periods. Through study of texts by Aristotle, Cicero, Augustine, and others, this course will highlight how these texts both reflect their own times, and inform political thinking today.

    MODERN POLITICAL THOUGHT

    Political Science 411, Credits: 3

    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.

    CONTEMPORARY POLITICAL THOUGHT

    Political Science 412, Credits: 3

    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.

    CONSTITUTIONAL LAW

    Political Science 413, Credits: 3

    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.

    THE CONSTITUTION AND CIVIL LIBERTIES

    Political Science 414, Credits: 3

    A course focusing on the constitutional development of of the freedoms of individuals and the limitations upon the powers of government, both state and national.

    CRIMINAL JUSTICE AND THE CONSTITUTION

    Political Science 415, Credits: 3

    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.

    THE CONSTITUTION AND CIVIL RIGHTS

    Political Science 416, Credits: 3

    This course focuses on the development of constitutional law in the area of equal rights protections offered by the Fourteenth Amendment and civil rights protections guaranteed by the national government.

    LEGAL RESEARCH AND WRITING

    Political Science 418, Credits: 3

    The purpose of this course is to introduce students to research and writing in the field of public law. Students will learn how to use a variety of legal resource materials and how to cite the materials appropriately. Students will also demonstrate a mastery of these skills by completing homework assignments and by writing two major papers.

    THE JUDICIAL PROCESS

    Political Science 419, Credits: 3

    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.

    AMERICAN POLITICAL THOUGHT

    Political Science 420, Credits: 3

    A study of the fundamental political ideas of America and the political philosophers who espoused them from colonial times to the present.

    PUBLIC PERSONNEL ADMINISTRATION

    Political Science 421, Credits: 3

    A critical study of problems of public personnel, with particular emphasis on the process of recruiting and managing people in the public services.

    RELIGION AND AMERICAN POLITICS

    Political Science 422, Credits: 3

    This course provides an overview of how religion influences American politics, and how the U.S. political process shapes the practice of religion in America. Students will learn about American religious history, religious pluralism, religious political behavior, religious interest groups and social movements, and religion and the U.S. constitution.

    FORMATION OF PUBLIC POLICY

    Political Science 430, Credits: 3

    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.

    THE POLITICS OF GOVERNMENT BUDGETING

    Political Science 440, Credits: 3

    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.

    POLITICS OF THE METROPOLIS

    Political Science 446, Credits: 3

    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.

    GOVERNMENT AND POLITICS OF LATIN AMERICA

    Political Science 456, Credits: 3

    This is a survey course of Latin American government and politics. Major concepts and principles of comparative politics are reviewed and applied to the Latin American context. Country studies may include Mexico, Brazil, Argentina, Chile, Cuba, Guatemala, and Venezula.

    AMERICAN FOREIGN POLICY

    Political Science 457, Credits: 3

    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.

    GOVERNMENT AND POLITICS OF ASIA

    Political Science 460, Credits: 3

    A comparative study of the political structures, institutions, and processes of the nations of Asia.

    GOVERNMENT AND POLITICS OF AFRICA

    Political Science 461, Credits: 3

    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.

    SOCIAL WELFARE POLICY

    Political Science 462, Credits: 3

    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.

    PEACE STUDIES: CONFLICT RESOLUTION AND CRISIS MANAGEMENT

    Political Science 463, Credits: 3

    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.

    WOMEN IN INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS

    Political Science 464, Credits: 3

    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.

    GOVERNMENT AND POLITICS IN THE MIDDLE EAST

    Political Science 471, Credits: 3

    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.

    GOVERNMENT AND POLITICS OF CHINA

    Political Science 472, Credits: 3

    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.

    GOVERNMENT AND POLITICS OF JAPAN

    Political Science 480, Credits: 3

    This course will present a historic and thematic overview of political development in contemporary Japan. It consists of analysis of japanese postwar politics, government decision-making stuctures and processes, foreign affairs and political economy.

    SEMINAR IN PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION

    Political Science 489, Credits: 3

    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.

    WORKSHOP

    Political Science 490, Credits: 1-6

    Variable topics. Group activity oriented presentations emphasizing `hands on` and participatory instructional techniques. Repeatable for a maximum of 6 credits in major/degree.

    TRAVEL STUDY

    Political Science 491, Credits: 1-3

    Variable topics. Group activity oriented presentations emphasizing `hands on` and participatory instructional techniques.

    INTERNSHIP IN POLITICAL SCIENCE

    Political Science 493, Credits: 1-12

    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.

    SPECIAL STUDIES

    Political Science 496, Credits: 1-3

    Variable topics. Group activity. Not offered regularly in the curriculum but offered on topics selected on the basis of timeliness, need, and interest, and generally in the format of regularly scheduled Catalog offerings. Repeatable for a maximum of 6 credits in major/degree.

    EXCHANGE STUDY

    Political Science 497, Credits: 1-12

    Variable topics. See Schedule of Classes.

    INDEPENDENT STUDY

    Political Science 498, Credits: 1-3

    Study of a selected topic or topics under the direction of a faculty member. Repeatable for a maximum of 4 credits in major/degree. Department Consent required.

    INDEPENDENT STUDY - UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH

    Political Science 498R, Credits: 1-3

    Study of a selected topic or topics under the direction of a faculty member. Repeatable for a maximum of 4 credits in major/degree. Department Consent required.

    SENIOR HONORS THESIS

    Political Science 499, Credits: 3

    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.

    Location

    College of Letters & Sciences
    Laurentide Hall 4100
    University of Wisconsin-Whitewater
    800 W. Main Street
    Whitewater, WI 53190-1790

    Contact

    Office of the Dean
    Phone: (262) 472-1621
    E-mail: lamkinn@uww.edu

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