The impact of climate variability and change on Chinese society and history will be discussed.
A survey of the discipline of political science designed to introduce students to important theories, concepts, issues, in the study of political behavior, phenomena, and processes.
The course will cover the major subfields of political science, including political theory, research methods, American government, comparative politics, public administration, public policy, and international relations.
An introduction to the principles and problems of American government, governing institutions, and political processes. A study of the interactions and behaviors of state and non-state actors in the international system, with particular emphasis on the concepts and theories related to the subfields of international security, international political economy, and globalization.
An introduction to descriptive and inferential statistics, hypothesis testing, and displaying of data in various formats. A study of the concepts and methods of comparative politics, with a special emphasis on comparing how the types and forms of political systems develop and adapt to changing circumstances.
This computer lab-oriented course introduces the student to the spatial analysis in the discipline of political science.
A short lecture and lab exercise format are employed to develop understanding of and practically apply the fundamental concepts of GIS and its use in political science.
A research project applying spatial analysis to a political problem is required. A survey of state and local government with particular reference to the changing problems faced by these units of government. This course is a core requirement for the Political Science major and minor, and is a core requirement for the Public Administration major.
A study of the history, establishment, charter, structure, and decision-making processes of the United Nations. A study of the origins and roles of international law and international organizations in the international system beginning in the 19th century.
Special emphasis is placed on the extent to which aspects of international law and international organizations influence or constrain the behaviors and interactions of states and non-state actors in the international system. As a result of this course, students will be able to critically analyze the effectiveness of specific aspects of international law and international organizations in the international system since the end of the Second World War.
An introduction to environmental policy at the federal and state levels in the United States. The changing relationships between science, technology, economics and culture, as well as the formation and implementation of environmental policy, will be analyzed.
The history of environmental regulation and the evolving distribution of policy-making and enforcement authority are also considered. A study of the history, organization, and operation of political parties in the United States, with emphasis on electoral behavior.
A comparative study of the governments and political systems of selected countries in Western Europe, Eastern Europe, and Russia since the end of the Cold War. A study of the roles and practices of organized interest groups in the American political process, from the financing of candidates for public office through the influencing of decision-makers and of public policy.
An introduction to the concepts, structures and procedures of the bureaucratic process. A study of the public policy process in the United States, with focus on various theories of public policy and specific policy areas. A study of Western political thought from the early Greeks to the nineteenth century.
A descriptive analysis of the normative and empirical aspects of political thought from the nineteenth century to the present. A study of the various techniques of empirical research in political science with particular emphasis on the analysis of public opinion, electoral behavior, and other forms of political behavior.
An examination of the legal system in the United States, with emphasis upon the structure of federal and state courts, court procedure, the role of lawyers and judges, and the political impact of court decisions. A study of the Constitution of the United States, focusing on the work of the Unites States Supreme Court and the effects of its decisions upon the political system of the United States.
An examination of the historical background, judicial decisions and contemporary social criticisms regarding civil liberties, with a focus on the Bill of Rights.
This course is an elective for the Political Science major and minor. This course is a thorough study of the relationship between politics and ethics, with an emphasis on understanding the moral and political challenges of public office holders.
The course is an elective for majors and minors in political science but it is open to other students with an interest in the topic. Combines lecture and discussion methods. A study of the theories of international political economy and globalization.
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