PSC - POLITICAL SCIENCE

Department of Political Science (ARS)


PSC - 1100 PRINCIPLES OF POLITICAL SCIENCE
[3 hours] An examination of concepts central to political science, including political science ideologies, governmental structures, and functions and processes of political decision-making and change. (not for major credit)


PSC - 1200 AMERICAN NATIONAL GOVERNMENT
[4 hours] An introductory survey of the institutions, processes and politics of the government of the United States and its relationship to state governments. (not for major credit)


PSC - 1710 CURRENT INTERNATIONAL PROBLEMS
[3 hours] A course designed to give the student a perspective on world affairs through an examination of some contemporary international problems.


PSC - 2210 WOMEN IN AMERICAN POLITICS
[3 hours] Course is crosslisted as WMST 2610. An examination of the role of women in the American political system with special attention to their socializing experiences, political power bases and legal status. Prerequisite: PSC 1200


PSC - 2300 PRINCIPLES OF STATE AND LOCAL GOVERNMENT
[3 hours] A study of the political processes and institutions of American state and local governments, with attention given to selected areas of public policy and intergovernmental relations. Prerequisite: PSC 1200


PSC - 2610 GOVERNMENT OF GREAT BRITAIN
[3 hours] An analysis of British parliamentary democracy and an examination of modern British politics. Recommended: PSC 1200.


PSC - 2620 COMPARATIVE POLITICS - CONTINENTAL EUROPE
[3 hours] A comparative analysis of the politics of continental Europe focusing on the French and German political systems. Recommended: PSC 1200


PSC - 2660 POLITICS IN AFRICA
[3 hours] Course is crosslisted as AFST 2660. The character and development of African political institutions and processes with a special emphasis on patterns in the post-independence period and prospects for the future.


PSC - 2680 GOVERNMENTS OF ASIA
[3 hours] An examination of culture, political institutions, and political processes and problems of development of selected Asian countries.


PSC - 2700 PRINCIPLES OF INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS
[3 hours] An examination of such basic forces as nationalism, ideology and power that promote conflict and cooperation among states in the international community.


PSC - 2790 POLITICAL SCIENCE STUDY ABROAD
[1 - 3 hours] An examination of topics in political science or public administration requiring study and travel in other countries. Topics vary.


PSC - 2800 PRINCIPLES OF POLITICAL THEORY
[3 hours] An investigation of important themes in classical and contemporary political theory, including: justice, liberty, and democracy. These issues are approached through discussion of a number of original works by political theorists.


PSC - 3110 SOCIAL SCIENCE STATISTICS
[3 hours] Descriptive statistics, introduction to inferential statistics, data processing and computer applications in the social sciences.


PSC - 3210 POLITICAL PARTIES
[3 hours] An analysis of the theory, organization, techniques and dynamics of the American party system. Prerequisite: PSC 1200


PSC - 3240 AFRICAN-AMERICAN POLITICS
[3 hours] Course is crosslisted as AFST 3240. A study of the many ways blacks have involved themselves in American politics; examines African-American participation in the political and governmental process. Prerequisite: PSC 1200


PSC - 3250 PUBLIC OPINION
[3 hours] A study of American public opinion with attention to polling and voting data and analysis. Prerequisite: PSC 1200


PSC - 3310 MUNICIPAL GOVERNMENT
[3 hours] A survey of urban government and politics, including the philosophy of local government, urban political processes, structural problems and relations with other units of government. Prerequisite: PSC 2300 and Junior standing or consent of instructor


PSC - 3420 PRINCIPLES OF PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION
[3 hours] An overview of public administration including organization theory, decision making, budgeting, public policy and the changing role of public institutions. Prerequisite: PSC 1200 or equivalent


PSC - 3500 PRINCIPLES OF LAW
[3 hours] An overview of law, legal procedures and the legal professions. Prerequisite: PSC 1200


PSC - 3510 CONSTITUTIONAL LAW I
[3 hours] The development of the American legal system and the implications of judicial decisions affecting the institutions and powers of government, the federal system and the relationship of the individual to government. Prerequisite: PSC 1200


PSC - 3520 CONSTITUTIONAL LAW II
[3 hours] The development of the American legal system and the implications of judicial decisions affecting the institutions and powers of government, the federal system and the relationship of the individual to government. Prerequisite: PSC 1200; PSC 3510


PSC - 3730 AMERICAN FOREIGN POLICY
[3 hours] An examination of the American foreign policy-making process as well as an analysis of the major problems facing the United States in its interaction with the international environment. Prerequisite: PSC 1200; PSC 2700


PSC - 3900 HONORS SEMINAR
[3 hours] Seminar focused on timely topics in political science chosen by rotating faculty in the department. Prerequisite: Invitation or permission of instructor.


PSC - 3990 INDEPENDENT STUDY FOR HONORS STUDENTS
[3 hours] Individual reading and research in selected topics for honors students. Prerequisite: Admission to Honors Program or permission of Department Chairperson


PSC - 4180 COMPUTER APPLICATIONS IN PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION
[3 hours] Applications of spreadsheet, database and statistical software to policy and administrative problems in the public sector. Prerequisite: PSC 3420; PSC 3110


PSC - 4210 POLITICAL BEHAVIOR AND VOTING
[3 hours] A study of the political ideas and the psychological and sociological motivations underlying voting and other types of political behavior in the United States. Prerequisite: PSC 1200


PSC - 4230 CHIEF EXECUTIVE
[3 hours] Development and use of powers and responsibilities of president, governor and mayor. Prerequisite: PSC 1200


PSC - 4250 INTERGOVERNMENTAL RELATIONS
[3 hours] A study of the relationships among the various types and levels of government in the United States with an examination of the fields in which the major governmental contacts occur. Prerequisite: PSC 1200; PSC 1300


PSC - 4260 GOVERNMENT AND THE ECONOMY
[3 hours] An examination of the politics of the American economic system including the role of government in both the public and private sectors of the economy. Prerequisite: PSC 1200


PSC - 4280 LEGISLATIVE PROCESS
[3 hours] An intensive study of the development, functions, committees, party and factional organizations of the U.S. Congress and state legislatures. Prerequisite: PSC 1200


PSC - 4320 URBAN POLICY AND ADMINISTRATION
[3 hours] An examination of the policy process in modern cities, focusing on the interactions between the principle political and administrative organizations in formulating and implementing policy. Prerequisite: PSC 3310, 3420


PSC - 4330 HEALTH CARE POLICY
[3 hours] An examination of United States health care policy and its progression to the current era of cost controls. In addition, the principal actors and theories influencing health care policy are analyzed. Prerequisite: PSC 1200, PSC 3420


PSC - 4340 ENVIRONMENTAL POLICY AND ADMINISTRATION
[3 hours] Policy for air and water pollution control, hazardous wastes, nuclear wastes. Examination of EPA, Congressional committees, state and city agencies. Some international issues. Prerequisite: PSC 3420 or permission of instructor


PSC - 4350 HEALTH CARE DELIVERY SYSTEMS
[3 hours] An overview of the United States health care delivery system. The roles, responsibilities and relationships of various components are discussed and analyzed, with emphasis on interrelationships between government, providers and institutions. Prerequisite: PSC 1200, PSC 3420


PSC - 4360 ETHICS IN PUBLIC POLICY AND ADMINISTRATION
[3 hours] Examination of values and principles which influence public policy and public administration. Applications to policy problems and responsibilities of public administrators will be emphasized. Prerequisite: PSC 3420


PSC - 4370 ADMINISTRATIVE BEHAVIOR
[3 hours] Individual and group behavior in public organizations from the perspective of alternative management strategies. Occasionally offered as a writing intensive course. Prerequisite: PSC 3420


PSC - 4400 CRIMINAL JUSTICE FIELD STUDIES
[1 - 3 hours] An examination of criminal justice operations in metropolitan areas through classroom study and field observations. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor


PSC - 4410 MANAGEMENT OF NONPROFIT ORGANIZATIONS
[3 hours] Examination of forces that influence management of nonprofit organizations in the United States, and their roles and responsibilities. Consideration of organizational structures, leadership, fiscal administration, and relations with citizens and other organizations. Prerequisite: PSC 3420


PSC - 4430 PUBLIC PERSONNEL ADMINISTRATION
[3 hours] The organization, operation and problems of public personnel systems in the functions of selection, training, classification and employee relations. Prerequisite: PSC 3420


PSC - 4440 BUDGETING AND FINANCIAL ADMINISTRATION
[3 hours] An examination of the institutions and techniques of financial administration, including government accounting, budgeting, financial management and governmental choice. Prerequisite: PSC 3420; knowledge of a computer spreadsheet


PSC - 4450 ADMINISTRATION OF POLICE SERVICES
[3 hours] The application of management principles to municipal police departments, emphasizing the resources, constraints and strategies of police managers. Prerequisite: one course in criminal justice or public administration


PSC - 4460 POLICY AND ADMINISTRATION
[3 hours] The relationship of national administration to the formulation of policy by the Executive Branch and Congress and the exercise of controls over the bureaucracy by the Executive Branch, Congress and the Judiciary. Prerequisite: PSC 3420


PSC - 4470 PUBLIC ORGANIZATION THEORY
[3 hours] A systematic consideration of theories of political organization and administration, including institutional, behavioral, sociological, psychological and political theories, with emphasis on decision-making in governmental organizations. Prerequisite: PSC 3420


PSC - 4480 COMPARATIVE PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION
[3 hours] The organization, staffing and management of governmental bureaucracies in contrasting social and cultural contexts and an analysis of attempts to transplant patterns of administration into developing nations. Prerequisite: PSC 3420


PSC - 4490 CURRENT TOPICS IN PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION
[3 hours] Examination of selected current problems in public policy and administration. Topics vary and are listed in each term's schedule of classes. Prerequisite: PSC 3420, or consent of adviser


PSC - 4500 CORRECTIONS POLICY AND ADMINISTRATION
[3 hours] Study of the political, managerial and legal factors in the corrections system. Prerequisite: Criminal Justice major


PSC - 4520 POLICE AND SOCIETY
[3 hours] An examination of the role of the police in contemporary America, emphasizing the ambivalence of the self-image of the police and the social and political forces that compete to redefine police function. Prerequisite: Criminal Justice major


PSC - 4530 CIVIL RIGHTS
[3 hours] Course is crosslisted as AFST 4530. A study of judicial policy-making and administrative implementation of decisions affecting racial issues, freedom of expression, national security and criminal procedures. Prerequisite: PSC 1200


PSC - 4550 ISSUES IN CONTEMPORARY LAW
[3 hours] Examination of contemporary approaches to the analyses of law and the judicial system with special focus on current issues facing the courts. Prerequisite: PSC 3510 or PSC 3520


PSC - 4560 LAW AND PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION
[3 hours] The impact of law on public administration with emphasis on judicial review, agency rule making and procedures. Prerequisite: PSC 3420


PSC - 4570 JUDICIAL PROCESS AND JURISPRUDENCE
[3 hours] A study of the politics and practices of judges and courts, including judicial reasoning. Prerequisite: PSC 1200


PSC - 4580 INTERNATIONAL LAW
[3 hours] An examination of the legal status of nation states and dependencies and of the rules concerning international diplomacy, treatment of persons, and peaceful settlement of disputes. Recommended: PSC 1710 or PSC 2700


PSC - 4590 ADMINISTRATION OF CRIMINAL JUSTICE
[3 hours] General systems approach to criminal justice from an organizational and legal perspective with emphasis on the interaction of the major componentspolice, prosecutors, courts and corrections. Prerequisite: PSC 1200


PSC - 4600 POLITICS OF ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT
[3 hours] An analysis of the political processes and issues of economic development in the Third World with a focus on theories of development. Recommended: PSC 2710


PSC - 4610 COMPARATIVE GOVERNMENT
[3 hours] A study of political functions such as elections, political parties, interest groups, executive-legislative relations and centralization of powers in various nations. Recommended: PSC 2610 or PSC 2620


PSC - 4620 POLITICS OF RUSSIA AND FORMER SOVIET REPUBLICS
[3 hours] Politics and government of Russia, especially since 1989. Discussion of other former Soviet republics will also be included.


PSC - 4630 GOVERNMENT OF CANADA
[3 hours] The government and politics of Canada with particular emphasis on federalism and the operation of parliamentary government in a changing party system. Recommended: PSC 1200


PSC - 4650 INTERNATIONAL POLITICAL ECONOMY
[3 hours] An examination of the relationship between political and economic structures, organizations and events, including such issues as the politics of trade, foreign aid and economic development. Prerequisite: PSC 2700 or consent of instructor


PSC - 4660 GOVERNMENT & POLITICAL INSTITUTIONS OF AFRICA
[3 hours] Course is crosslisted as AFST 4680. An examination of political behavior in selected African states using a case method to examine alternative courses of action available to decision makers. Prerequisite: Prior social science or history course on Africa


PSC - 4670 GOVERNMENTS OF THE MIDDLE EAST
[3 hours] A survey of the institutions of government, political processes, parties and interest groups and problems of development in the Middle East. Recommended: PSC 1710 or PSC 2610 or PSC 2620.


PSC - 4690 GOVERNMENT OF CHINA
[3 hours] A study of the development of Chinese governmental institutions and political process, interest groups, political culture, political participation, economic development, national defense and foreign relations. Prerequisite: two courses in political science


PSC - 4700 INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS - AFRICA
[3 hours] Course is crosslisted as AFST 4700. An examination of factors affecting foreign policy processes in Africa, emphasizing the relations between Africa, the Big Powers and the United Nations. Prerequisite: two courses in political science


PSC - 4710 THEORIES OF INTERNATIONAL POLITICS
[3 hours] An analysis of the major concepts of international politics that attempt to construct a general theory of behavior in world affairs. Recommended PSC 2800. Prerequisite: PSC 2700


PSC - 4720 INTERNATIONAL ORGANIZATION
[3 hours] A study of the background, general concepts and problems of international organizations including the United Nations, historical models, regional organizations and non-governmental organizations. Recommended: PSC 2700


PSC - 4730 THE UNITED NATIONS
[3 hours] An investigation of the origins, organization, political practices, administrative activities and problems of the United Nations and its related agencies. Recommended: PSC 1710 or PSC 2700


PSC - 4740 INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS - MIDDLE EAST
[3 hours] An examination of political, economic and geographic actors affecting international relations of the Middle East, including the role of the major world and regional powers. Recommended: PSC 1710 or PSC 2700


PSC - 4780 CHINESE FOREIGN RELATIONS
[3 hours] An examination of the goals, strategies, instrumentalities and performance of the foreign policy of China. Prerequisite: two courses in political science


PSC - 4800 COMPARATIVE FOREIGN POLICY
[3 hours] A theoretical and comparative study of the patterns of foreign policy. It emphasizes the evaluation of analytical models and conceptual frameworks, and the examination of the foreign policy of key states as case material. Prerequisite: two courses in political science


PSC - 4840 CONTEMPORARY POLITICAL IDEAS
[3 hours] Analysis and discussion of debates and issues in contemporary political theory. Prerequisite: PSC 2800


PSC - 4860 FEMINIST POLITICAL THEORY
[3 hours] Course is crosslisted as WMST 4610. An analysis and discussion of contemporary feminist political theory. Prerequisite: PSC 2800


PSC - 4900 SEMINAR IN ASIAN AFFAIRS
[3 hours] An interdisciplinary and comparative study of the major issues in Asia with special emphasis on political and economic development and international relations in Asia. Prerequisite: two courses in political science


PSC - 4940 APPLIED POLITICS INTERNSHIP
[3 hours] A study of electoral politics, public decision-making or policy implementation through internships with candidates, political parties, public officials or governmental or nonprofit agencies. Prerequisite: PSC 2300 and consent of instructor


PSC - 4960 SENIOR HONORS THESIS
[3 hours] Supervised research and writing for honors students only. Prerequisite: consent of departmental honors director; consent of instructor


PSC - 4980 CURRENT TOPICS IN POLITICAL SCIENCE
[3 hours] Timely examination of emerging issues within the various segments of the discipline of political science. Prerequisite: a prior course in the topic subfield


PSC - 4990 INDEPENDENT STUDY IN POLITICAL SCIENCE
[1 - 3 hours] Individual study in selected topic. Prerequisite: three courses at the 4000 level; consent of instructor


PSC - 5110 SOCIAL SCIENCE STATISTICS
[3 hours] A course covering descriptive statistics and providing an introduction to inferential statistics, data processing and computer applications specifically tailored for the needs of the social sciences


PSC - 5140 INTERMEDIATE SOCIAL SCIENCE STATISTICS
[3 hours] An approach to regression analysis designed for social scientists. Development of a common conceptual basis for correlation and regression analysis and analyses of variance and covariance. Prerequisite: PSC 3110 or equivalent


PSC - 5180 COMPUTER APPLICATIONS IN PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION
[3 hours] Use of software with an emphasis on data-base, spreadsheet, statistical and desktop publishing programs for microcomputers. Application to analysis of administrative and policy problems in the public sector. Prerequisite: PSC 5110, PSC 3420 or equivalent


PSC - 5210 POLITICAL BEHAVIOR AND ELECTIONS
[3 hours] A study of American voting and political behavior. Emphasis is placed on the ideological, psychological and sociological parameters which affect the political behavior and voting of Americans. Prerequisite: two courses in political science


PSC - 5230 CHIEF EXECUTIVE
[3 hours] Development and use of powers and responsibilities of president, governor and mayor. A research paper is required. Prerequisite: two courses in political science


PSC - 5250 INTERGOVERNMENTAL RELATIONS
[3 hours] National, state and local governmental relationships are examined with emphasis on grant-in-aid, formal and informal cooperative devices, and current problems of the federal system in the United States. Prerequisite: two courses in political science


PSC - 5260 GOVERNMENT AND THE ECONOMY
[3 hours] An examination of the politics of the American economic system including the role of government in both the public and private sectors of the economy.


PSC - 5280 LEGISLATIVE PROCESS
[3 hours] An intensive study of the development, functions, committees, party and factional organizations of the U.S. Congress and state legislatures.


PSC - 5330 HEALTH CARE POLICY
[3 hours] An examination of United States health care policy and its progression to the current era of cost controls. In addition, the principal actors and theories influencing health care policy are analyzed. Prerequisite: PSC 3420 or permission of instructor


PSC - 5340 ENVIRONMENTAL POLICY AND ADMINISTRATION
[3 hours] Policy for air and water pollution control, hazardous wastes, nuclear wastes. Examination of EPA, Congressional committees, state and city agencies as well as some international issues. Prerequisite: Graduate standing


PSC - 5350 HEALTH CARE DELIVERY SYSTEMS
[3 hours] An overview of the United States health care delivery system. The roles, responsibilities and relationships of various components are discussed and analyzed with emphasis on interrelationships between government, providers and institutions. Prerequisite: PSC 3420 or permission of instructor


PSC - 5360 ETHICS IN PUBLIC POLICY AND ADMINISTRATION
[3 hours] Examination of values and principles which guide public policy formation and public administration. Applications of philosophical concepts to policy problems and the responsibilities of public administrators will be emphasized. Prerequisite: PSC 3420 or equivalent


PSC - 5370 ADMINISTRATIVE BEHAVIOR
[3 hours] Individual and group behavior in public organizations from the perspective of alternative management strategies. Prerequisite: Admission to MPA program or permission of instructor


PSC - 5390 APPLIED POLITICS INTERNSHIP
[3 hours] A study of electoral politics, public decision-making or policy implementation through internships with candidates, political parties, public officials or governmental or nonprofit agencies. Prerequisite: two courses in political science; consent of instructor


PSC - 5400 CRIMINAL JUSTICE FIELD STUDIES
[1 - 3 hours] An examination of criminal justice operations in metropolitan areas through classroom study and field observations. Prerequisite: consent of instructor


PSC - 5410 MANAGEMENT OF NONPROFIT ORGANIZATIONS
[3 hours] Examination of social, cultural, organizational, economic and political forces that influence management of nonprofit organizations in the United States. Historical and theoretical origins of their roles and responsibilities.


PSC - 5430 PUBLIC PERSONNEL ADMINISTRATION
[3 hours] A study of developments and problems in the recruitment and management of public employees. Prerequisite: Admission to MPA program or permission of instructor


PSC - 5440 BUDGETING AND FINANCIAL ADMINISTRATION
[3 hours] An examination of the institutions and techniques of financial administration, including government accounting, budgeting, financial management and governmental choice. Prerequisite: PSC 3420; knowledge of a computer spreadsheet


PSC - 5450 ADMINISTRATION OF POLICE SERVICES
[3 hours] The application of management principles to municipal police departments, emphasizing the resources, constraints and strategies of police managers. Prerequisite: one course in criminal justice or public administration


PSC - 5470 PUBLIC ORGANIZATION THEORY
[3 hours] Relates a diverse body of literature known as "organization theory" to the behavior of public organizations in their political setting. Prerequisite: PSC 3420 or equivalent


PSC - 5480 COMPARATIVE PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION
[3 hours] A comparison of the public bureaucracies in differing cultural and social patterns and an assessment of utility of cross-national adaptation. Prerequisite: two courses in political science


PSC - 5490 CURRENT TOPICS IN PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION
[3 hours] Examination and analysis of a current policy or administrative issue. Topics vary and are listed in each term's schedule of courses. Prerequisite: consent of MPA adviser


PSC - 5500 CORRECTIONS POLICY AND ADMINISTRATION
[3 hours] A research-oriented course providing a broad theoretical context for the study of politics, management and law in the corrections system. Prerequisite: one course in criminal justice or public administration


PSC - 5520 POLICE AND SOCIETY
[3 hours] An examination of the role of the police in contemporary America, emphasizing the ambivalence of the self-image of the police and the social and political forces that compete to redefine the police function. Prerequisite: one course in criminal justice or public administration


PSC - 5530 CIVIL RIGHTS
[3 hours] Development of analytical methods and research into the judicial and administrative decisions with regard to political dissent and criminal administration. Prerequisite: two courses in political science


PSC - 5550 CONTEMPORARY ISSUES IN LAW
[3 hours] Development of research techniques into the structure of contemporary problems facing the courts, with emphasis on integrating such issues into existing theory.


PSC - 5560 LAW AND PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION
[3 hours] Reading, research and discourse on the impact of law on public administration, including judicial review. Prerequisite: PSC 3420 or equivalent


PSC - 5570 JUDICIAL PROCESS AND JURISPRUDENCE
[3 hours] A research-oriented course providing a broad theoretical context for the study of decision making, reasoning and politics in the process of court adjudication. Prerequisite: two courses in political science


PSC - 5580 INTERNATIONAL LAW
[3 hours] A study of the legal system governing interstate relations. Cases will be reviewed. State jurisdiction and responsibilities will be examined, emphasizing the rules of war. Prerequisite: two courses in political science


PSC - 5590 ADMINISTRATION OF CRIMINAL JUSTICE
[3 hours] A research-oriented course into the relationship of the major structures of criminal justicepolice, prosecutor, courts and corrections with emphasis on the development of performance evaluation criteria.


PSC - 5600 POLITICS OF ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT
[3 hours] An analysis of the political processes and issues of economic development in the Third World with a focus on theories of development.


PSC - 5610 COMPARATIVE GOVERNMENT
[3 hours] An examination of selected topics in comparative politics, with special emphasis on the problems of advanced industrial democracies. Prerequisite: open to graduate students in political science


PSC - 5620 POLITICS OF RUSSIA AND FORMER SOVIET REPUBLIC
[3 hours] An examination of government and politics in Russia and the former Soviet Republics. Prerequisite: two courses in political science


PSC - 5630 GOVERNMENT OF CANADA
[3 hours] An examination of the political institutions and parties of Canada with special attention to the effect of federalism on a parliamentary system of government.


PSC - 5650 INTERNATIONAL POLITICAL ECONOMY
[3 hours] An analysis of the interaction of the international political and economic systems with focus on the political aspects of the international economy. Topics include economic development, interdependence, trade and multilateral institutions.


PSC - 5660 GOVERNMENT AND POLITICAL INSTITUTIONS OF AFRICA
[3 hours] A study of political decision making in selected African states using a case method to examine alternative types of political behavior and their practical consequences. Prerequisite: prior social science or history course on Africa


PSC - 5670 GOVERNMENTS OF THE MIDDLE EAST
[3 hours] A survey within a historical context of the states in the Middle East. Study of political processes and structures. Conferences with the instructor and a paper are required. Prerequisite: two courses in political science


PSC - 5690 GOVERNMENT OF CHINA
[3 hours] A study of the development of Chinese governmental institutions and political process, interest groups, political culture, political participation, economic development, national defense and foreign relations. Prerequisite: two courses in political science


PSC - 5700 INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS - AFRICA
[3 hours] An examination of factors affecting foreign policy processes in Africa, emphasizing the relations between Africa, the Big Powers and the United Nations. Prerequisite: two courses in political science


PSC - 5710 THEORIES OF INTERNATIONAL POLITICS
[3 hours] An analysis of the leading approaches to the study of international politics that contribute to the construction of a general theory. Prerequisite: two courses in political science


PSC - 5720 INTERNATIONAL ORGANIZATIONS
[3 hours] A study of the background, aims, purposes and problems of international organizations. An examination of the functions of the specialized agencies and other organizations of the United Nations system. Prerequisite: two courses in political science


PSC - 5730 THE UNITED NATIONS
[3 hours] An investigation of the origins of the United Nations. Study of the relevant articles of the charter of the United Nations, emphasizing problems of the United Nations through case study. Prerequisite: two courses in political science


PSC - 5740 INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS - MIDDLE EAST
[3 hours] A survey of geopolitical, economic and sociocultural factors affecting foreign policy processes; an examination of the role of the Big Powers and the United Nations. Conferences with the instructor are required. Prerequisite: two courses in political science


PSC - 5780 CHINESE FOREIGN RELATIONS
[3 hours] An analytical study of the formulation and execution of Chinese foreign policy including the examination of its goals, strategies, instrumentalities and performance. Prerequisite: two courses in political science


PSC - 5800 COMPARATIVE FOREIGN POLICY
[3 hours] A theoretical and comparative study of the patterns of foreign policy. It emphasizes the evaluation of analytical models and conceptual frameworks, and the examination of the foreign policy of key states as case material. Prerequisite: two courses in political science


PSC - 5840 CONTEMPORARY POLITICAL IDEAS
[3 hours] Discussion of the principal political theories and ideologies and their proponents.


PSC - 5860 FEMINIST POLITICAL THEORY
[3 hours] An analysis and discussion of contemporary feminist political theory. Prerequisite: PSC 2800 or equivalent


PSC - 5920 SEMINAR IN ASIAN AFFAIRS
[3 hours] An interdisciplinary and comparative study of the major issues in Asia with special emphasis on political and economic development and international relations in Asia. Prerequisite: two courses in political science


PSC - 5950 MPA RESEARCH REPORT
[2 hours] Independent research, under the direction of a faculty adviser, analyzing experience as a public official. Prerequisite: consent of MPA adviser


PSC - 5980 CURRENT TOPICS IN POLITICAL SCIENCE
[3 hours] Examination of emerging issues within the various segments and subfields of the discipline of political science. Prerequisite: a prior course in the topic subfield


PSC - 5990 INDEPENDENT STUDY IN POLITICAL SCIENCE
[1 - 3 hours] Individual study in selected topic. Prerequisite: three courses at the 4000 or 5000 level; consent of graduate adviser and instructor


PSC - 6100 SEMINAR IN METHODOLOGY
[3 hours] A seminar in selected topics of methodology. Prerequisite: PSC 5110 or equivalent; one other course in Political Science and consent of instructor


PSC - 6110 SCOPE AND METHODS OF POLITICAL SCIENCE
[3 hours] An examination of the development, fields of study and methodological approaches of political science and of research techniques and the process of thesis writing. Prerequisite: two courses in political science; consent of graduate adviser


PSC - 6200 SEMINAR IN AMERICAN POLITICS
[3 hours] A seminar in selected topics of American political behavior. Prerequisite: two courses in political science; consent of graduate adviser


PSC - 6300 SEMINAR IN STATE AND LOCAL GOVERNMENT
[3 hours] A seminar in selected problems of state and local political issues. Prerequisite: two courses in political science; consent of graduate adviser


PSC - 6400 SEMINAR IN PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION
[3 hours] A seminar in selected problems and issues of public administration. Prerequisite: two courses in political science; consent of graduate adviser


PSC - 6410 PROSEMINAR IN PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION
[3 hours] An extensive examination of the field of public administration designed to acquaint advanced students with the major academic literature of the major subfields. Prerequisite: PSC 3420 and admission into MPA program or consent of instructor


PSC - 6420 QUANTITATIVE METHODS IN DECISION MAKING
[3 hours] Examination of analytical techniques appropriate for public sector decision making and applications to specific problems. Decision analysis, cost benefit analysis, and tools for evaluating public policies will be considered. Prerequisite: PSC 3420, PSC 5140, PSC 6430; consent of graduate adviser


PSC - 6430 SEMINAR IN PUBLIC POLICY THEORY AND ANALYSIS
[3 hours] Models, theories, approaches and techniques used to analyze public policy with application to policy areas such as discrimination, welfare, mental health or the environment. Prerequisite: admission into MPA program or consent of instructor


PSC - 6440 HEALTH SYSTEMS MANAGEMENT
[3 hours] An overview of the management process and the opportunity to develop skills to apply the process of health-related settings. Emphasis is placed on the premise that an effective manager must be a leader. Prerequisite: PSC 3420


PSC - 6460 PROBLEMS IN POLICY AND ADMINISTRATION
[3 hours] An in-depth examination of major problems in the administration of public policies. Topics will vary from year to year. Prerequisite: PSC 6410


PSC - 6470 SEMINAR IN INTERNATIONAL ADMINISTRATION
[3 hours] The course will acquaint students with the structure of international organizations, personnel policies and problems, and budgeting. Emphasis is placed on the concept of international civil service, management and programming. Prerequisite: two courses in political science or consent of graduate adviser or instructor


PSC - 6500 SEMINAR IN PUBLIC LAW
[3 hours] A seminar in selected topics of constitutional administrative or international law. Prerequisite: two courses in political science; consent of graduate adviser


PSC - 6600 SEMINAR IN COMPARATIVE POLITICS
[3 hours] A seminar in selected topics of comparative political processes or area of studies. Prerequisite: two courses in political science; consent of graduate adviser


PSC - 6700 SEMINAR IN INTERNATIONAL POLITICS
[3 hours] A seminar in selected topics of international politics or national foreign policies. Prerequisite: two courses in political science; consent of graduate adviser


PSC - 6710 SEMINAR ON THE UNITED NATIONS
[3 hours] A seminar on selected topics of the United Nations and other international organizations within the United Nations system. Prerequisite: two courses in political science; consent of graduate adviser


PSC - 6800 SEMINAR IN POLITICAL THEORY
[3 hours] A seminar in selected political theorists or political ideas. Prerequisite: two courses in political science; consent of graduate adviser


PSC - 6940 PUBLIC SERVICE INTERNSHIP
[1 - 6 hours] Internship in public or nonprofit agency and preparation of an internship paper analyzing the internship experience. Prerequisite: consent of MPA adviser


PSC - 6960 THESIS SEMINAR
[1 - 6 hours] Supervision of master's thesis writing. Prerequisite: consent of graduate adviser

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