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Introduction to American government and politics.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
ACE Outcomes: 6, 8
Groups: American Government, Politics and Law
Description and analysis of the principal types of modern political systems, including types of democracies and dictatorships found in Western systems, Eastern systems, and the Third World. Occasional comparison made with American institutions and political processes. Deals both with structures and major policy problems confronting these political systems: the politics of education, human rights, demands for regional autonomy, ethnic conflict and diversity, political violence, demand for welfare services, crises in agriculture, and other topics of relevance.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Delivery: Classroom, Web
Groups: Foreign and Comparative Government
POLS 105
American WaysCrosslisted as HIST 105
Prereqs:
Open to freshmen only.
Not open to students with credit in HIST 110 or HIST 111 or POLS 100.
Develops an historical perspective on current American political problems. The peculiar American relationship to questions of scarcity and how our political institutions have been shaped by those questions.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
Groups: American Government, Politics and Law
POLS 108
Introduction to major political concepts and controversies that have developed in the Western world. Liberty, equality, democracy, human nature, among others. Readings come from leading political theorists, past and present.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Delivery: Classroom, Web
Groups: Political Theory
Broad introduction to how the media work to disseminate information, how people use the media to gather information, and how politicians use the media to get their messages out. Evaluate bias and media effects from the perspective of journalists, politicians, and the public.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lecture 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
An introduction to the central theories, methods, and findings in the application of biological and psychological techniques to politics.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lecture 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
ACE Outcomes: 6
Groups: Biology, Psychology, and Politics
POLS 160
International RelationsCrosslisted as GLST 160
How and why states act as they do in their contemporary international relations. Continuing factors, such as power, war, ideology, and governmental organizations, and recently emerging influences, including supranational organizations, multinational corporations, and natural resource allocation analyzed. Diverse approaches and theories examined.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Delivery: Classroom, Web
ACE Outcomes: 9
POLS 171
Pre-1800 content.
Survey of the traditional cultures and modern history of China and Japan. Emphasis on political systems, intellectual and religious history, and cultural developments.
This course is a prerequisite for: HIST 480
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lecture
Course Delivery: Classroom
ACE Outcomes: 9
Groups: Foreign and Comparative Government
Prereqs:
Good standing in the University Honors Program or by invitation.
University Honors Seminar 189H is required of all students in the University Honors Program.
Topics vary.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
ACE Outcomes: 6
Groups: Other, Theses, and Dissertations
POLS 198
Five week mini course.
Hot political topics of the day. Topics will vary.
Credit Hours: 1
Max credits per degree: 4
Course Format: Lecture 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
Groups: Other, Theses, and Dissertations
Introductory survey to the administrative arm of American national, state, and local government. Bureaucracy has become so important to the functioning of the federal system it has been termed "the fourth branch of government." Bureaucracy's role as a political institution of the first order, not just as an implementer of policy. Bureaucratic power, structure, and democratic control.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
Groups: Public Administration and Policy
Broad introduction to the political structure and operations of state and local governments. Role and power of state and local governments; government institutions; political parties and interest groups; public policy; state constitutions.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
Groups: American Government, Politics and Law
Various aspects of Nebraska government and politics. Unicameral Legislature, the governor and executive branch, the courts, political parties in Nebraska politics, political participation, and current issues of concern to Nebraskans.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
Groups: American Government, Politics and Law
POLS 227
Creation, development, structure, powers, and functions of the office of the President of the United States.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
ACE Outcomes: 6
Groups: American Government, Politics and Law
Roles of political parties and interest groups in government and politics, focusing on their efforts of elections and lobbying.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
ACE Outcomes: 6
Groups: American Government, Politics and Law
Major public issues in American politics. Government spending, civil rights; welfare and health care; poverty; education; urban problems; crime, violence and repression; defense policy; agricultural policy; environment/energy policy.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
Groups: American Government, Politics and Law
Development of regulatory agencies, their functions, intended and unintended impact, and organizational and philosophical critiques of existing regulation. Relationship of regulation to the constitutional separation of powers and tenets of democracy explored. Questions of democratic accountability and other aspects of political context in which regulatory agencies operate. Proposed reforms evaluated.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
Groups: American Government, Politics and Law
Basic policy theories and the policy process, paying special attention to key events that create or prevent policy opportunities and problems that arise throughout the policy process. Substantive policy issues used to illustrate the various concepts and process models.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Delivery: Classroom, Web
Groups: Public Administration and Policy
Approaches to public policy analysis. The nature of politics and policy with emphasis on the role of the citizen, uses of information types in the formation of public policy, the analysis of policy content, and the problems of training for policy analysis. Basic policy analysis methods including interviewing participant observation, document analysis, and surveying.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Delivery: Classroom, Web
Groups: Public Administration and Policy
POLS 238
Role of the Blacks in the American political system, with emphasis on strategies used to gain political power and influence decision makers; problems faced in the southern and urban political settings.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
ACE Outcomes: 6, 9
Groups: American Government, Politics and Law
Role of genes, neural activity, and physiology in shaping human behavior, especially political behavior.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lecture 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
ACE Outcomes: 4, 6
Groups: Biology, Psychology, and Politics
Selected current or otherwise important problems in international relations. Content varies but may include such subjects as weapons and security policies, human rights, multinational corporations, ideologies, etc.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
Groups: International Relations
POLS 261
Conflict and Conflict ResolutionCrosslisted as ANTH 261, PSYC 261, SOCI 261
Core course for minors in conflict and conflict resolution
Introduction to the study of the biological, economic, political-historical, and cultural bases of war and group conflict.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Delivery: Classroom, Web
Groups: International Relations
Leading theories on war and peace, highlighting the causes and consequences of WWI, WWII, the Korean War, Vietnam, and the Gulf War.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
Groups: International Relations
Variety of global crises and challenges that pose threats to world order. Population growth; scarcities of food, energy, and non-fuel minerals; vulnerability of industrial states to resource scarcities; nuclear proliferation; arms racing; and terrorism.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
Groups: International Relations
Postwar western European politics and policy-making in comparative perspective. Political institutions and the role and behavior of political parties. European integration, environmental policy, welfare policy, regionalism, and immigration.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
Groups: Foreign and Comparative Government
Introduction to the politics of the Third World nations of Asia, Africa, and Latin America. Evolution of post-colonial state, the origins and explanations of political violence, and the effects of economic weakness, cultural pluralism, and social structure on politics. Examined within the context of the international political and economic system.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
Groups: Foreign and Comparative Government
Political economy of development in the "Asian Tigers": Taiwan, South Korea, and Malaysia. Historical roots of these "developmental states." Political and economic structures associated with rapid development. Process of democratization and political change that have occurred as these states modernize.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
Groups: Foreign and Comparative Government
POLS 275 requires theoretical and comparative thinking using concepts and theories in comparative politics, regime transition, statesociety debates, and democratization.
Post-communist politics of East Central, Central Europe or Eastern Europe (includes twelve countries) focusing on the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, and the Yugoslav states. Politics and history of the region.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
Groups: Foreign and Comparative Government
POLS 277
Latin American PoliticsCrosslisted as ETHN 277, LAMS 277
Constitutional and political development of selected Latin American countries; contemporary problems and institutions. Latin America in world affairs with special reference to the inter-American relations and the United States.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lecture 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
Groups: Foreign and Comparative Government
Challenges to the state related to human rights and gender issues. How growth of non-state actors affects individuals and groups and their rights. Gendered notions of the state, national security, women's rights, and humanitarian intervention.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
Groups: Foreign and Comparative Government
Ways of studying politics and social situations. Rather than asking what political systems "should" do, the primary questions are what political systems actually do and how we know what they do. Whether the application of the scientific process to social questions is valid? Problems in carrying out proper scientific research. The wide variety of techniques that have been applied to analyze politics.
This course is a prerequisite for: POLS 450
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lecture 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
Groups: Other, Theses, and Dissertations
POLS 295 requires serving as page with the Nebraska Unicameral. Pass/No Pass only.
The development and workings of the Nebraska legislature.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Field
Course Delivery: Classroom
Groups: American Government, Politics and Law
Legislature's role in the American arrangement of legislative-executive-judicial responsibilities. Attention to the internal operation of the Congress with focus on the standing committee stage. State legislative experiences and proposals to reform the legislative system emphasized.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
Groups: American Government, Politics and Law
POLS 333
Immigration and PoliticsCrosslisted as ETHN 333
Immigration as a multifaceted sociopolitical phenomenon. The history of different waves of immigration to the United States. Emphasis on the diversity within every immigrant group, as well as differences and similarities regarding their acculturation process. Public attitudes towards immigration in historical perspective. The American political system's capacity to incorporate newcomers into civic life.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lecture 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
ACE Outcomes: 9
POLS 334
Polls, Politics and Public OpinionCrosslisted as COMM 334
Attitudes and behavior of citizens with respect to politics, how these attitudes and behaviors are shaped, how they are measured, and what influence they have on government.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
Groups: American Government, Politics and Law
POLS 338
Women and PoliticsCrosslisted as WMNS 338
Survey of women as political actors: participation in political life, barriers to participation, political attitudes, issues of special concern to women, and issues of particular concern to women of color.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lecture 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
Groups: American Government, Politics and Law
Role of courts, judges, and lawyers in the American legal system and political process. Covers all federal and state courts but emphasizes the US Supreme Court.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
Groups: American Government, Politics and Law
American criminal justice system from arrest through sentencing. How the system appears to operate. How the system actually operates.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
A consideration of special issues in the study of biology, psychology, and politics, including emotions, behavioral genetics, neuroimaging, decision-making, and research on human subjects.
Credit Hours: 3
Max credits per semester: 6
Max credits per degree: 9
Course Format: Lecture 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
ACE Outcomes: 6
Groups: Biology, Psychology, and Politics
Advanced concepts and theories central to understanding world politics, including dependency, hegemony, geopolitics, regional integration, multilateralism, transnationalism, nationalism, and ethnic conflict.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
Groups: International Relations
Analysis of the role and influence of the United Nations in international relations. Comparison of the UN with the League of Nations and with regional international organizations such as the Organization of American States and NATO. Attention to UN programs concerning security, human rights, economic development, and environmental protection.
This course is a prerequisite for: POLS 473
Credit Hours: 3
Course Delivery: Classroom, Web
Groups: International Relations
Sources of globalization, its various forms, and how it triggers resistance from those who wish to preserve the local and particular from globalizing influences.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
Groups: International Relations
Major domestic factors affecting how US foreign policy is made and the resulting patterns of policy. US foreign policy in four issue-areas: security, human rights, economics, and ecology.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
Groups: International Relations
An introduction to the United Nations system and the Model United Nations program, including research, debate and resolution writing.
Credit Hours: 1
Max credits per semester: 1
Max credits per degree: 3
Course Format: Lecture 1
Course Delivery: Classroom
Groups: International Relations
The relations between the United States, Latin America, and between the individual nations of the region.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Delivery: Classroom, Web
European Union from its inception in the early postwar period to the present. How the balancing act between individual countries' national interests and the transfer of sovereignty to the supranational government of the EU affects policy making, administration, and the construction of EU institutions.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
Groups: Foreign and Comparative Government
POLS 372
Political, economic, and social changes currently affecting the Russian Federation. External and internal factors affecting Russian domestic and foreign policy. Problems and challenges of democratization and economic reform.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
Groups: Foreign and Comparative Government
Introduction and overview of post-war Japanese politics, focusing on rise and fall of one party democracy and political economy of Japan's capitalist development state, and examining impact of rapid development to Japanese society.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
Groups: Foreign and Comparative Government
POLS 375
Conflict and Development in AfricaCrosslisted as ETHN 375
Uses knowledge, theories, methods, and historical perspectives appropriate to the social sciences to understand the causes of conflict and development in Africa. Pays attention to the diversity of conflict and development-related experiences on the continent.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lecture 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
ACE Outcomes: 6, 9
POLS 376
Contemporary Chinese politics. Post-Mao period. Political, economic, and social consequences of Deng Xiaoping's reforms. Prospects for the post-Deng period.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
Groups: Foreign and Comparative Government
Causes, consequences and aftermath of drugs and thugs (war criminals, drugs/arms traffickers and modern-day caudillos, among others) and their role in contemporary international and human security.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lecture
Course Delivery: Classroom
Theories and conceptions underlying development of the American system of government, attention being chiefly directed to the views of publicists and statesmen.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
Groups: Political Theory
The questions of how we ought to live our lives via the study of classic texts in political thought. Debate what makes our actions – and, indeed our lives – just, choice-worthy, and even heroic.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lecture 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
Groups: Political Theory
The core ideas of liberal political thought. Critiques from both the Left and the Right to shed list on why the American experiment in governance – with it intellectual roots in the Enlightment of 17th and 18th Century Europe – turned out as it did and how it might have been changed or improved.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lecture 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
Groups: Political Theory
Surveys the landscape of contemporary political theory, addressing some of the major debates of the past twenty years about reason, right action, human nature, good government, and truth.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lecture 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
Groups: Political Theory
Prereqs:
Junior standing and 12 hrs POLS.
Pass/No Pass only. POLS 395 requires the assignment of and the supervision by a faculty member.
Internship in government agencies, public-interest groups, political parties, or other organizations.
Credit Hours: 1-6
Course Format: Field
Course Delivery: Classroom
Groups: Other, Theses, and Dissertations
POLS 398
This course has no description.
Credit Hours: 1-24
Course Delivery: Classroom
Groups: Other, Theses, and Dissertations
Prereqs:
Permission.
This course has no description.
Credit Hours: 1-24
Course Delivery: Classroom
Groups: Other, Theses, and Dissertations
Prereqs:
Good standing in the university honors program or by invitation; open to candidates for degrees with distinction, with high distinction, and with highest distinction in the College of Arts and Sciences.
This course has no description.
Credit Hours: 1-6
Max credits per semester: 6
Course Delivery: Classroom
Groups: Other, Theses, and Dissertations
Prereqs:
Political science major or permission.
Democracy as a form of government. Types of democracy, alternatives to democracy, and the history and consequences of democracy. Democratic citizenship, what makes a good democratic citizen, whether and how democratic citizenship can be promoted.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
ACE Outcomes: 10
Groups: Other, Theses, and Dissertations
Interdisciplinary examination of the internal dynamics of public and private organizations.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
Groups: Public Administration and Policy
Analysis of the nature and problems of the American federal system, with emphasis on the politics and administration of federal grants; problems in national-state and national-local governmental coordination in administration.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
Groups: American Government, Politics and Law
POLS 417/817
Policy and Program Evaluation ResearchCrosslisted as SOCI 468/868
Prereqs:
6 hrs social sciences.
Techniques useful for research aiding in policy making and for assessing the impact of policy. Acquaints student with the role of research in policy formation and evaluation and to give the student experience in conducting such research.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
Groups: Public Administration and Policy
The policy making role of the Congress including the institutionalization of the House and the Senate, an analysis of congressional behavior, the committee process, and the policy responsiveness of Congress.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
Groups: American Government, Politics and Law
This course may be repeated up to 6 credit hours. Students should check the semester schedule for current offerings.
A significant public policy in American politics. Topics: science, technology, and public policy; or health politics.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
Groups: American Government, Politics and Law
POLS 430/830
Political CommunicationCrosslisted as COMM 430/830
Prereqs:
12 hrs communication studies, or permission.
Role of communication in the political process, with emphasis on communication strategies in political campaigns. Includes communication variables important in the political process, an application of communication theory and principles to political rhetoric, and analysis and criticism of selected political communication events.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
Groups: American Government, Politics and Law
POLS 441/841
Supreme Court doctrine determining the distribution of powers within the national government and between the national government and the state governments.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
Groups: American Government, Politics and Law
Supreme Court doctrine interpreting the First Amendment, covering freedom of speech, assembly, and association; freedom of the press; and freedom of religion.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
Groups: American Government, Politics and Law
Supreme Court doctrine covering the rights of the accused, the right to privacy and the right to racial and sexual equality.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
Groups: American Government, Politics and Law
Prereqs:
POLS 286 or permission of instructor.
Advanced consideration of the theories, methods, and findings in the application of biological and psychological techniques to politics.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lecture 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
ACE Outcomes: 6
Groups: Biology, Psychology, and Politics
Interface of politics and economics in the international arena. Political dimension of international economic issues emphasized. Includes: liberal, mercantile, and radical approaches; theories of imperialism; dependency and interdependency; distribution of the global product; the global division of labor; the political aspects of markets; the politics of trade, aid, investment, multinational corporations, food, and energy.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
Groups: International Relations
Emerging trends in security studies. The claim or hope that military force is no longer important in the post-Cold War era. The continued utility and effectiveness of war as evidenced throughout the world. New threats, environmental problems, population growth, and non-governmental organizations, as threats to the international system.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
Groups: International Relations
Military action as an instrument of American foreign policy. Constitutional basis of the president's and Congress's war powers; assessments of the role of the White House, Congress, CIA, senior pentagon officials, the American public, and military alliances - NATO and coalitions of the willing - in supporting and directing the use of military action abroad; and the political and strategic consequences of various American applications of military force.
Credit Hours: 3
Max credits per degree: 3
Course Format: Lecture 3
Course Delivery: Classroom, Web
Groups: Foreign and Comparative Government
International relations of the Asia-Pacific. Security, economics, and interaction between China, Japan, the United States, and other regional powers.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
Groups: International Relations
POLS 466/866
Pro-seminar in International Relations ICrosslisted as AECN 467, ANTH 479/879, ECON 466/866, GEOG 448/848, HIST 479/879, SOCI 466/866
Prereqs:
Senior standing and permission.
Open to students with an interest in international relations.
Topic varies
Credit Hours: 3
Max credits per degree: 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
Groups: International Relations
POLS 467/867
Pro-seminar in International Relations IICrosslisted as ECON 467/867
Prereqs:
Senior standing and permission.
Open to students with an interest in international relations.
Topics vary.
Credit Hours: 3
Max credits per degree: 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
Groups: International Relations
POLS 468/868
POLS 468/868 may be repeated once for credit if content changes.
Structures and forces relevant to creation of order in world politics. Contents may vary according to semester and instructor. Topics: trends within the United Nations system; transnational economic integration; patterns in arms control and disarmament; prospects for a United States of Europe; human rights and international violence; the United States' response to terrorism and guerrilla warfare; the management of conflict; economic development and world order.
Credit Hours: 3-6
Course Delivery: Classroom
Groups: International Relations
POLS 469/869
Rules and principles accepted by the members of the community of nations as defining their rights and duties, and the procedure employed in protecting their rights and performing their duties.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lecture
Course Delivery: Classroom
Groups: International Relations
Development of international norms on human rights and attempts to implement those standards. Emphasis on political process, with attention to law, philosophy, economics, and culture. Coverage of the United Nations, regional organizations, private agencies, and national foreign policies.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
Groups: International Relations
Various approaches to public policy outside the United States with emphasis on Western industrial societies. Includes policy formation and the various factors that influence policy outputs, the relationship between policy outputs and policy outcomes, efforts to classify and evaluate various types of policy outputs, and the influence of policy on politics.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
Groups: Foreign and Comparative Government
POLS 472/872
Prereqs:
Permission.
Use of terror as an instrument of state policy. A series of case studies of large scale politically based killings. Why and which states use terror and politicide against their own citizens.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
Groups: Foreign and Comparative Government
Prereqs:
POLS 361 or 469 highly recommended.
Selected issues in international law and organization. Content varies. Includes: US Senate's treatment of treaties, use of customary law by US courts, current cases before the World Court, leading legal issues handled by the UN Security Council and General Assembly, etc.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
Groups: International Relations
Formal and informal institutions such as constitutions, electoral rules, property rights, and civil rights. How and why people in different groups, countries, and cultures construct institutions to facilitate collective action. Whether different groups construct distinctly different institutions to deal with similar problems and why similar institutions seem to work differently in distinct societies.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
Groups: Foreign and Comparative Government
POLS 475/875
Water Quality StrategyCrosslisted as AGRO 475/875, CIVE 475/875, CRPL 475/875, GEOL 475/875, MSYM 475/875, NRES 475/875, SOCI 475/875, SOIL 475, WATS 475
Prereqs:
Senior standing or permission.
Capstone course.
Holistic approach to the selection and analysis of planning strategies for protecting water quality from nonpoint sources of contamination. Introduction to the use of methods of analyzing the impact of strategies on whole systems and subsystems; for selecting strategies; and for evaluating present strategies.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lecture 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
ACE Outcomes: 10
Groups: Public Administration and Policy
POLS 476/876
Ethnic Conflict and IdentityCrosslisted as JUDS 476
Theories of natinalism and ethnic conflict. Case studies of Europe, the Middle East, and Africa. The post-Cold War era as multi-polar and multi-cilizational. The states and different cultures that compete for influence and authority to dominate the "New World order." The division of the world along ethnic, religious, and class lines rather than by ideology. The future of international politics and the reassessment of the causes of "conflicts of culture" and their containment.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
Groups: Foreign and Comparative Government
POLS 477/877
Israel and the Middle EastCrosslisted as JUDS 477
Israeli politics, society, and relations with its neighbors, particularly the Palestinians. Rise of Zionism and the Palestinian response to it; wars between Israel and Arab neighbors, and the eventual peace agreements between the two; the internal dynamics of Israeli political life; and state of Zionism today.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
Groups: Foreign and Comparative Government
POLS 478/878
Pro-seminar in Latin American StudiesCrosslisted as ANTH 478/878, EDPS 478/878, GEOG 478/878, HIST 478/878, LAMS 478, MODL 478/878, SOCI 478/878
Prereqs:
Junior standing and permission.
Topical seminar required for all Latin American Studies majors.
An interdisciplinary analysis of topical issues in Latin American Studies.
Credit Hours: 3
Max credits per degree: 6
Course Delivery: Classroom
Groups: Foreign and Comparative Government
Nature, strategies, and mechanics of insurgency, guerrilla warfare and terrorism, where they fit in the spectrum of conflict, and various techniques and methods for analyzing them.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lecture 3
Course Delivery: Classroom, Web
POLS 481/881
Various theories of political behavior at the individual level. The usefulness of these theories in explaining individual political behavior.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
Groups: American Government, Politics and Law
POLS 498/898
This course has no description.
Credit Hours: 3
Max credits per semester: 24
Course Delivery: Classroom
Groups: Other, Theses, and Dissertations
POLS 800
Research MethodsCrosslisted as SRAM 800
Basic techniques used in quantitative political science research. The general linear model. Basic probability theory, ordinary least squares regression, and how to solve problems often encountered when conducting quantitative analyses in political science.
Credit Hours: 3
Campus:
Course Delivery: Classroom
The character of political science as a form of inquiry-what it seeks to know it and how it seeks to know it. The discipline of political science as a science; the meaning of concepts, generalizations, laws, theories and explanations; and concept formation and theory building as embodied in major studies of politics. Alternative understandings of the character and possibility of a science of politics.
Credit Hours: 3
Campus:
Course Delivery: Classroom
Prereqs:
Permission
Professional development topics, teaching methods, grant writing and article writing.
Credit Hours: 3
Campus:
Course Delivery: Classroom
POLS 818
Taxation-Farm and RanchCrosslisted as AECN 818
Prereqs:
Selection of substantial income tax problems affecting farms and ranches.
Credit Hours: 1-4
Campus:
Course Delivery: Classroom
Literature in American governmental institutions, processes, policies, and law. Students required to do extensive reading in these areas. Introduces the beginning graduate student to the field of American government.
Credit Hours: 3
Campus:
Course Delivery: Classroom
Intended for graduate students interested in a review of the field.
Credit Hours: 3
Campus:
Course Delivery: Classroom
Qualitative and quantitative approaches to public policy analysis. Nature of politics and policy, formation of public policy, analysis of policy content, methodological triangulation, participatory policy making designs, and the role of the analyst. Construct and implement a multi-method policy analysis for a local community agency.
Credit Hours: 3
Campus:
Course Delivery: Classroom
Introduction to the relationship between the fields of biology and politics. The political implication of genetics, physiology, neuro-imaging, and evolutionary psychology.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lecture 3
Campus:
Course Delivery: Classroom
Extensive reading required. Rigorous survey of the literature in international relations, including international law and international organization. Intended to introduce the beginning graduate student to the field of international relations.
Credit Hours: 3
Campus:
Course Delivery: Classroom
POLS 879 is intended to introduce the beginning graduate student to the field of comparative politics. Survey of the field of comparative politics. General theory and methodology; issues and crises in a number of functional areas; participation and socialization; and the special problems confronting the area specialist.
Credit Hours: 3
Campus:
Course Delivery: Classroom
Students required to read extensively and to take a final examination. Rigorous survey of some of the major areas of concern in empirical and normative political theory.
Credit Hours: 3
Campus:
Course Delivery: Classroom
Prereqs:
Permission
This course has no description.
Credit Hours: 1-6
Max credits per degree: 24
Campus:
Course Delivery: Classroom
POLS 895
Stuent is assigned and suprevised by designated faculty member. Pass/No Pass only.
Internship in government agencies, quasi public agencies, private firms (profit and nonprofit), and other organizations.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Field
Campus:
Course Delivery: Classroom
POLS 899
Prereqs:
Permission
Prereq: Admission to masters degree program and permission of major adviser.
Credit Hours: 6-10
Campus:
Course Delivery: Classroom
Prereqs:
Permission
This course has no description.
Credit Hours: 3
Campus:
Course Delivery: Classroom
Prereqs:
Permission
This course has no description.
Credit Hours: 3
Max credits per degree: 12
Campus:
Course Delivery: Classroom
Prereqs:
Permission
This course has no description.
Credit Hours: 3
Max credits per degree: 12
Campus:
Course Delivery: Classroom
Prereqs:
Permission
This course has no description.
Credit Hours: 3
Max credits per degree: 9
Campus:
Course Delivery: Classroom
Advanced research in the relationship between biology and politics.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lecture 3
Campus:
Course Delivery: Classroom
Prereqs:
Permission
This course has no description.
Credit Hours: 3
Max credits per degree: 12
Campus:
Course Delivery: Classroom
Prereqs:
Permission
This course has no description.
Credit Hours: 3
Campus:
Course Delivery: Classroom
This course has no description.
Credit Hours: 3
Max credits per degree: 9
Campus:
Course Delivery: Classroom
Prereqs:
Permission
This course has no description.
Credit Hours: 1-6
Max credits per degree: 24
Campus:
Course Delivery: Classroom
Prereqs:
Permission
Prereq: Admission to doctoral degree program and permission of supervisory committee chair.
Credit Hours: 1-24
Max credits per degree: 55
Campus:
Course Delivery: Classroom