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POLITICAL SCIENCE (POL)
College of Liberal Arts
Political Science
 
POL 1011 - American Government and Politics (SOC SCI, LE CAT6)
(3.0 cr; A-F or Aud, fall, spring, every year)
Principles of American national government. Survey of American governmental system, structure, operations, and services; constitutionalism, federalism, civil liberties, parties, pressure groups, and elections.



POL 1015 - Introduction to Political Science
(3.0 cr; Prereq-1011, Pol Sci majors and minors or instructor consent; A-F or Aud, spring, every year)
An introduction to the history, development, scope, and methods of political science as a scholarly discipline.



POL 1050 - International Relations (GLOBAL PER, LE CAT8, LEIP CAT08)
(3.0 cr; A-F or Aud, fall, spring, every year)
Introduction to contemporary international politics: levels of analysis; the international system; nation-state behavior; foreign policy decision making; economic and defense policy issues.



POL 1500 - Introduction to Comparative Politics (GLOBAL PER, LE CAT6, LEIP CAT06)
(3.0 cr; A-F or Aud, fall, spring, every year)
Survey of the politics of countries selected to reflect alternative styles of politics and forms of government; examples of Western liberal democratic, Communist and post-Communist, and Third World systems.



POL 1610 - Introduction to Political Theory (HUMANITIES, LE CAT7)
(3.0 cr; A-F or Aud, fall, spring, every year)
Introduction to the history of political thought from a thematic perspective such as freedom and citizenship, democracy and its critics, political obligation and justice, diversity and inequality. Close attention to method of interpretation and argument.



POL 1800 - Mock Trial
(3.0 cr [max 6.0 cr]; Prereq-Students may take this course twice for a maximum of 6 credits. Political Science majors and minors may only apply one attempt towards the major or minor. Political Science majors and minor may only take the course once.; A-F or Aud, fall, spring, every year)
Mock trial covers the procedures, evidentiary rules, and functioning of the judiciary at the trial court level. Students apply their classroom training as attorneys and witnesses in American Mock Trial association sanctioned tournaments. The course increases student skills in critical thinking, analysis, and oral and written expression and argument. (One attempt applicable in the Pol Sci major or minor.)



POL 2700 - Methodology and Analysis (LOGIC & QR)
(4.0 cr; A-F or Aud, fall, every year)
Theory and methods of conducting political research: theory construction, concept formulation, survey research and sampling design, basic statistical analysis, and measurement of relationships.



POL 3001 - American Public Policy
(3.0 cr; Prereq-1011, min 45 cr or instructor consent; A-F or Aud, fall, even academic years)
Approaches to policy study, context of policy process, and discussion of policy issues.



POL 3015 - State and Local Government
(4.0 cr; Prereq-1011, 45 cr or instructor consent; credit will not be granted if already received for 3020; A-F or Aud, fall, spring, summer, offered periodically)
State and local governments in the United States; governmental institutions and processes; intergovernmental relations. Special reference to Minnesota



POL 3025 - Popular Culture and Politics
(4.0 cr; Prereq-45 cr incl 6 cr soc sci or instructor consent; A-F or Aud, summer, offered periodically)
Evaluation of the presentation of American political institutions, officials, and policy issues in mass entertainment. How accurate are the portrayals? How influential is Hollywood's view of American government? How do Americans know what they think they know about politics?



POL 3040 - Women and Politics
(3.0 cr; Prereq-45 cr or instructor consent; A-F or Aud, spring, odd academic years)
Women's political status; implications of women's role in political process; women as political actors; feminist critique and vision of politics.



POL 3080 - Environment and Politics
(3.0 cr; Prereq-1011, 45 cr or instructor consent; A-F or Aud, fall, every year)
American natural resource problems with special attention to conservation activities on national, state, and local levels; development of conservation agencies in Minnesota.



POL 3097 - Government Internship
(1.0 - 12.0 cr [max 12.0 cr]; Prereq-60 cr; 4 cr max from 3097, 3197, 3297 may be applied toward advanced Pol major requirements; instructor consent; S-N or Aud, fall, spring, summer, every year)
Scheduled work assignments with direct supervision in performance of governmental functions; full- or part-time employment.



POL 3120 - Congress and the Presidency
(4.0 cr; Prereq-1011, 45 cr or instructor consent; A-F or Aud, fall, spring, offered periodically)
Functioning and structure of the United States Congress and Presidency. Members of Congress and the Presidency: their characteristics, their selection, roles they play, how they interact with each other as well as with others in the policy-making process.



POL 3131 - Judicial Politics and Policy Making
(3.0 cr; A-F or Aud, spring, even academic years)
An examination of the characteristics and behavior of judicial institutions, emphasizing the interaction with other policy-makers and social and political problems. Investigates the policy roles of state and lower federal courts and the U.S. Supreme Court.



POL 3141 - American Political Parties
(3.0 cr; Prereq-1011 or equivalent, 45 cr; A-F only, spring, even academic years)
History of political parties in the U.S.; the role of parties in the executive, legislative, and judicial branches of government and their effect on public policy; party organization; parties at the state and local level; party competition and third parties.



POL 3142 - Voting, Campaigning, and Elections
(3.0 cr; Prereq-1011, 45 cr; A-F only, fall, every year)
Covers theories of voting, including how they explain who votes and vote choice. Examines how campaign money, policy issues, the media, and campaign advertising play a role in presidential and congressional elections



POL 3143 - Political Psychology
(3.0 cr; Prereq-minimum 45 credits; A-F or Aud, spring, odd academic years)
How political opinion formation and behavior of citizens and political elites is shaped by psychological factors, including personality, attitudes, values, and emotions. Study opinion formation, mass media, identify, and culture.



POL 3150 - American Constitutional Law I
(4.0 cr; Prereq-1011, 45 cr or instructor consent; A-F or Aud, fall, every year)
Institutional powers and civil rights: judicial review; authority of Congress and President; powers in war and foreign affairs; power of national and state governments; property rights; civil rights and equal protection (race, gender, and other groups); anti-discrimination; affirmative action.



POL 3151 - American Constitutional Law II
(4.0 cr; Prereq-1011, 45 cr or instructor consent; A-F or Aud, spring, every year)
Civil liberties: incorporation of the Bill of Rights; Due Process clause; freedom of religion; freedom of speech; freedom of press; privacy rights; rights of the accused; search and seizure; rights before the Courts; cruel and unusual punishment.



POL 3170 - Political Interest Groups and Individuals
(3.0 cr; Prereq-1011, 45 cr or instructor consent; A-F or Aud, spring, odd academic years)
Role of interest groups and individuals who lobby government to influence public policy. Internal dynamics of groups; strategies of lobbying and its regulation.



POL 3195 - Special Topics: (Various Titles to Be Assigned)
(1.0 - 4.0 cr [max 8.0 cr]; Prereq-45 credits including 6 credits in social sciences or instructor consent; A-F or Aud, fall, spring, summer, every year)
Detailed examination of contemporary topics in political science. Specific course announced in [Class Schedule].



POL 3197 - Nongovernmental Internship
(1.0 - 12.0 cr [max 12.0 cr]; Prereq-60 cr; 4 cr max from 3097, 3197, 3297 may be applied toward advanced Pol major requirements; instructor consent; S-N or Aud, fall, spring, summer, every year)
Supervised, scheduled work assignments in performance of political functions in nongovernmental organizations; full- or part-time employment. Not all outside work is eligible; see department head for requirements.



POL 3311 - Public Opinion and Polling Methods
(4.0 cr; Prereq-1011 or equivalent, 45 cr; A-F only, spring, every year)
Formation of public opinion; attitudes and nonattitudes; polls in the media; role of public opinion in democracy; measurement of opinion; survey methods; questionnaire construction; sampling techniques.



POL 3400 - Contemporary Issues in World Politics
(4.0 cr [max 8.0 cr]; Prereq-1050, 45 cr; 4 cr may be applied toward Pol major requirements; A-F or Aud, fall, even academic years)
Detailed examination and analysis of selected contemporary issues in world politics and international relations. Policy recommendations dealing with each issue.



POL 3403 - American Foreign Policy
(3.0 cr; =[POL 3402]; Prereq-1011 or 1050, min 45 cr; A-F only, fall, odd academic years)
Various influences on the making of American foreign policy; understanding why particular foreign policy choices are made and the effects of a changing international environment on American foreign policy.



POL 3420 - International Organization and Global Governance
(3.0 cr; Prereq-1050 and minimum 45 credits; A-F or Aud, spring, even academic years)
Explores the role of international organizations in world politics and the evolution of global governance systems. Includes examinations of state sovereignty, methods for achieving cooperation, and whether international organizations are effective means for achieving global collective goods.



POL 3426 - Politics of International Law
(4.0 cr; Prereq-minimum 45 credits, including 8 credits of social science or instructor consent; A-F or Aud, fall, spring, offered periodically)
Investigation of development, operations, and significance of international organization and law in contemporary international politics.



POL 3430 - Global Health Politics
(3.0 cr; Prereq-1050 or 1500 or instructor consent; A-F or Aud, spring, offered periodically)
Examination of the political effects of health and disease globally, how health influences relations among states, and the role of national and international actors in addressing global health concerns. Topics may include HIV/AIDS, financing for health programs, the role of trade and the military in facilitating the spread of diseases, noncommunicable diseases, and global health governance.



POL 3451 - Theories of International Relations
(4.0 cr; Prereq-45 cr incl 8 cr soc sci or instructor consent; A-F or Aud, spring, even academic years)
Historical and contemporary theories of international relations. Views of contending theorists are analyzed and assessed.



POL 3456 - International Security: War and More
(4.0 cr; Prereq-Minimum 45 credits; A-F or Aud, spring, odd academic years)
Introduction to a variety of different aspects of International Security, including warfare, terrorism, human rights, environmental justice, and women and violence worldwide. Includes discussion of efforts to ensure and barriers to achieving international security in its various forms.



POL 3457 - Understanding Terrorism and the Terrorist Threat to America
(4.0 cr; Prereq-30 credits including 6 credits social sciences or instructor consent; A-F or Aud, fall, spring, every year)
Introduces students to the major causes of terrorism in the Cold War and post-Cold War worlds and the threats terrorist groups pose to the United States and its interests around the world.



POL 3511 - Politics of South Asia
(4.0 cr; Prereq-1500, 45 cr incl 8 cr soc sci or instructor consent; A-F or Aud, spring, even academic years)
Comparative study of five South Asian countries (namely India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, and Nepal). It analyzes the history and impact of colonialism in South Asia; state formations in South Asia; and controversies in recent South Asian politics over issues like globalization; democratization; religious fundamentalism; nuclearism; and gender. Policy solutions to these problems will be considered.



POL 3515 - Theories of Comparative Politics
(4.0 cr; Prereq-1500, 45 cr incl 8 cr soc sci or instructor consent; A-F or Aud, fall, even academic years)
Introduces the theoretical, methodological, and substantive debates in the discipline of Comparative Politics.



POL 3517 - Western European Political Systems
(4.0 cr; Prereq-45 cr incl 8 cr soc sci or instructor consent; A-F or Aud, fall, odd academic years)
Comparative analysis of development and operation of political-governmental institutions and processes in selected Western European countries; political and ideological patterns and trends; problems of democratic politics; policy issues in advanced industrial societies and the future of the "welfare state."



POL 3518 - Transitional Politics of Asia
(3.0 cr; Prereq-1500, 3570, or equivalent, 45 cr; A-F only, spring, even academic years)
A comparative study of transitional societies in Asia (i.e., societies undergoing political, economic, technological, and socio-cultural changes--in varying degrees and forms--as part of their state building projects). Addresses the political economy of transitional states of Asia such as China, Japan, Korea, Taiwan, and India. Exploration, in the context of their historical experiences, of the rise of their state structures; ideologies; their transition from agrarian to industrialization; and how has this transition impacted their indigenous social cultures and identities.



POL 3525 - African Politics
(3.0 cr; Prereq-1050 or 1500, 45 cr including 8 social science credits or instructor consent; A-F or Aud, fall, odd academic years)
A survey of politics in Africa, with an emphasis on sub-Saharan Africa. Includes discussions of pre-colonial history, colonialism and its effects, the politics of independence movements, contemporary political systems, and the forces influencing politics on the continent.



POL 3530 - Comparative Constitutional Law and Judicial Politics
(3.0 cr; Prereq-minimum 45 credits or permission of instructor; A-F or Aud, spring, even academic years)
A cross-national examination of the intersection of law and politics in the development of constitutional law, especially in newly emerging democracies. Includes an investigation of the relationship between globalization and constitutional development and the role that law plays in social control, dispute resolution, protection of minority rights, social change and economic development.



POL 3570 - Politics of Developing Nations
(3.0 cr; Prereq-1050 or 1500 or 8 cr soc sci, 45 cr or instructor consent; A-F or Aud, fall, spring, even academic years)
Nature of political development; individual and institutional causes and consequences of development; political economy of Third World.



POL 3575 - Latin American Politics and Development
(4.0 cr; Prereq-Minimum 45 credits; A-F or Aud, spring, odd academic years)
A comparative examination of politics and development in the Latin American region. Topics of this course include transition to democracy, democratic consolidation, rule of law, human rights, the military and politics, women and politics, executive-legislative relations, civil society, and economic development.



POL 3580 - Central American Politics
(4.0 cr; Prereq-1050, minimum 45 credits or instruction permission; A-F or Aud, spring, even academic years)
Explores the history, politics, culture, and modern problems in Central America. Includes examination of the differences and similarities in colonial history among Central American countries, the role the U.S.influence on Central American politics and the economy, and legacies of civil wars. Then, it focuses on modern problems of violence against women, gangs, violent crime, and governance, and how international and local organizations and individuals can (or cannot) contribute to alleviating these problems.



POL 3600 - Political Concepts
(4.0 cr; Prereq-45 credits or instructor consent; A-F or Aud, fall, every year)
Fundamental political themes and concepts in political theory, including but not limited to justice, liberty, equality, power, democracy, political obligation, and community. Perspectives of diverse political philosophies and cultures may be addressed.



POL 3610 - Political Economy: An Introduction
(4.0 cr; Prereq-45 credits including 6 credits social sciences or economics or business or instructor consent; A-F or Aud, spring, odd academic years)
Relationship between politics and economics and ways they affect each other, focusing on political and economic values/goals and their role in shaping public policy; policies and policy making in selected national systems; the international economy.



POL 3651 - Classical Political Thought
(4.0 cr; Prereq-1610 or instructor consent; A-F or Aud, fall, every year)
Advanced survey of classical political thought from ancient Greece to the rise of medieval Christianity and Islam to early Renaissance Italy. Major themes include the tensions between individuality and community, morality and politics, utopia and reality, and politics and literature. Major thinkers include, Thucydides, Plato, Aristotle, Cicero, Augustine, al-Farabi, Aquinas and Machiavelli.



POL 3652 - Modern Political Thought
(4.0 cr [max 12.0 cr]; Prereq-1610 or instructor consent, course is repeatable with instructor consent only.; A-F or Aud, spring, every year)
Advanced survey of political thought from Enlightenment to the present; course topic may include one or more of the following traditions of political theorizing: English (e.g. Hobbes, Locke, Burke, Bentham, Mill, Wollstonecraft), German (e.g. Kant, Hegel, Marx, Nietzsche, Habermas) or French (e.g. Montesquieu, Rousseau, Tocqueville, Foucault, Derrida).



POL 4190 - The Senior Seminar
(4.0 cr; Prereq-6 cr in relevant upper div pol courses, instructor consent; A-F or Aud, fall, spring, every year)
Supervised research and writing in current areas or issues of politics and political science, subject matter varying with instructor.



POL 4191 - Independent Study
(1.0 - 4.0 cr [max 6.0 cr]; Prereq-8 cr in pol, 6 cr in other soc sci, instructor consent; A-F or Aud, fall, spring, summer, every year)
Advanced study and research under supervision of a staff member; student must consult with instructor before registration.



POL 4195 - Special Topics: (Various Titles to Be Assigned)
(1.0 - 4.0 cr [max 6.0 cr]; Prereq-45 credits including 8 credits in social sciences or instructor consent; A-F or Aud, fall, spring, offered periodically)
Detailed examination of contemporary topics in political science. Specific course content announced in Class Schedule.



POL 4910 - Teaching Assistantship in Political Science
(1.0 - 2.0 cr [max 3.0 cr]; Prereq-90 cr, Pol major, instructor consent; 3 cr max may be applied to upper div Pol major requirements and between Pol 3109 and 4910; no grad credit; S-N or Aud, fall, spring, every year)
Practical experience in teaching beginning courses in the department. Students serve as intern teachers assisting the instructor in administration of the course. Application deadline is one week before the beginning of registration for the following semester.



 
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