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ISPOSC110 Governing America

An analysis of governance and political citizenship in the United States. Includes examination of national institutions (Congress, Courts and the Presidency), other public offices, election cycles, and subnational politics. Compares democracy with other governing models, and examines types of political information and practice in deliberative political discussion. Fall.

ISPOSC210 United States Politics

Survey of U.S. politics at the federal level. Emphasis is on the context and development of the Constitution and the evolution of political institutions, such as Congress, the presidency, and the courts. Other topics include political economy, media, public opinion, parties, elections, interest groups, and social movements. Fall, Spring.

ISPOSC211 State and Local Politics

Topics include federalism; institutions and jurisdictional responsibilities of governance at the municipal, county, and state level; participatory potential and policy importance of politics at the subnational level. Spring.

POSC218 Lawmaking and Politics

This course examines how laws are drafted, debated, passed, implemented, interpreted, and revised. It considers the role that many actors play in the lawmaking process—including Congress, presidents, federal agencies, interest groups, and courts. It also considers how the political incentives of these actors shape their decisions on legal questions. Spring, even years.

ISPOSC220 International Relations

An introduction to the modern international political system with emphasis on the key institutions and issues that affect the interactions of the state and non-state actors in the contemporary global community. Fall, Spring.

ISPOSC230 Political Philosophy to 1688

Introduction to the political philosophies that framed political action and governance in the West between the Classical Era and the end of the 17th century. Students learn the political contributions of Greek, Roman, Church, Reformation, and Enlightenment thinkers. Students also learn how to ask, answer, and assess philosophical questions about political power. Fall, Spring.

ISPOSC240 Introductory Comparative Government

Introduction to comparative analysis. Primary emphasis: the context and evolution of political traditions, institutions, and behavior. Secondary emphasis: the methods of comparative analysis. Fall.

POSC250 Political Writing and Research

Emphasizes the background work and writing tasks that are intrinsic to scholarly political argument and analysis. Via close examination of exemplary political writing students will learn the parts and related tasks in researched and revised analytical study related to politics. Prerequisite: One course in Politics at the 200 level or higher. Spring.

POSC290 Special Topics

1-4 credits

Study of a selected topic in Political Science. May be repeated as topic changes.

POSC294 Cooperative Education

1-4 credits

Introductory work-learning experience related to career interests, for which compensation may be received. Positions arranged by students with sponsorship, approval, and evaluation by full-time faculty. Elective credit only (normally 120 hours per credit) for a total of 12 credits per degree program. Prerequisites: 24 total credits earned, 2.0 cumulative GPA, and permission of instructor. Graded Pass/Fail.

POSC298 Independent Study

1-4 credits

Individualized study of an issue, problem, or topic, selected and pursued in consultation with a faculty member. May be repeated. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor.

POSC310 Political Participation

An examination of American elections and voting, assessing the quality of modern democracy. Polling and prediction, historic turnout and choice patterns among population groups, political information, campaign tactics and money. Also discussion of sufficiency of voting to functional democracy. Prerequisite: ISPOSC 210 is strongly recommended but not required. Fall, even years.

POSC312 Public Policy Analysis

Emphasis on study of public policy including analysis of policy options and varied ways of adopting and enacting policy ideas. Central to the course will be an understanding of three main ideological approaches to policy problems and application of different models of how policy is made. Prerequisite: ISPOSC 210 or permission of instructor. Fall, odd years.

POSC316 Constitutional Law

The Constitution as interpreted by the U.S. Supreme Court, nature and origins of judicial review, battles over strict and loose construction and judicial activism, recent cases in political and civil rights, economic regulation, and distribution and scope of government powers. Prerequisite: ISPOSC 210, or ISPOSC 220, or (for majors in Criminal Justice Studies) CJS 240 with a minimum grade of B, or permission of instructor. Fall.

ISPOSC317 The U.S. Presidency

This course examines the modern American presidency. It provides a broad introduction to the executive branch and covers a range of topics, including campaigns and elections, rhetoric and speech-making, and foreign and domestic policy-making. A key theme concerns the nature and paradoxes of presidential power. Prerequisite: 24 credits in ISP, including ITW 101 and a QL course. Fall.

POSC319 National Security Law

This course explores the distribution of national security powers across the executive, legislative, and judicial branches. In particular, it examines the legal debates over wartime military operations, foreign intelligence collection, the detention and prosecution of terrorists, and government hacking. Prerequisites: CJS 240 or ISPOSC 210 or ISPOSC 220. Spring.

POSC321 U.S. Foreign Policy

Analysis of foreign policy formation in the United States as it interacts with the international system. Includes historical development of US foreign policy, as well as contemporary policies and problems. Prerequisite: ISPOSC 210, or ISPOSC 220, or ISPOSC 240, or permission of instructor. Spring, odd years.

POSC324 International Law

This course is a comprehensive examination of international law and its role in international politics. Topics include: the sources and subjects of international law, the jurisdiction of states, the use of force, treaties, human rights law, international criminal law, laws of citizenship and nationality, among others. Prerequisite: ISPOSC 220 is recommended but not required. Spring.

POSC325 Ethics and War

This course is a comprehensive examination of the role of ethics in the realm of war. Topics include: aggression, noncombatant immunity, guerilla war, terrorism, torture, and nuclear deterrence. Prerequisite: ISPOSC 220 is recommended but not required. Spring, odd years.

POSC330 Modern Political Thought

Study of political philosophies that have explained and critiqued political action and governance since the 17th century. Emphasis on variants of individual-centered liberalism and community-focused collectivism prominent over this time period. Students integrate knowledge of foundational political thought with modern political thought. ISPOSC 230 is strongly recommended, but not required. Spring, odd years.

POSC340 European Politics

A comparative analysis of European political systems, focusing on constitutional structures, legislatures, executives, political parties, elections, social movements, public welfare, and contemporary policy issues. Spring, even years.

POSC390 Special Topics

1-4 credits Study of a selected topic in Political Science. May be repeated as topic changes. Occasionally.

POSC497 Internship

1-4 credits

Application of a political science background to the practical affairs and activities of a political organization or institution as a participant observer. May be repeated for a total of 8 credits. Prerequisites: A minimum of 12 credits in Political Science, 2.5 cumulative GPA in major, and permission of instructor.

POSC498 Independent Study

1-4 credits

Intensive study of an issue, problem, or topic. May be repeated. Prerequisite: A minimum of 12 credits in Political Science at the 200 level or higher, and permission of instructor.