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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.

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.

ISPOSC240 Comparative Politics

Introduction to comparative political systems. Course covers the context and evolution of political traditions, institutions, and behavior. Includes discussion of concepts like states, nationalism, political ideologies, democracy and authoritarianism, and political violence, as well as key political institutions around the world such as elections, executives, and legislatures. 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.

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.

ISPOSC318 Law and Policy

This course examines how laws are drafted, debated, passed, interpreted, and revised. Emphasis will be on legislation and the lawmaking process but alternative routes to policy action and change will be discussed. Government and private actors and their incentives and behaviors will be examined. Prerequisite: 24 credits in ISP, including ITW 101 and a QL course.

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.

ISPOSC330 Modern Political Thought

Introduction to the political philosophies that have framed political action and governance in modern societies over the past several centuries. Emphasis on variants of individual-centered liberalism and community-focused collectivism prominent over this time period. Students compare these with older and/or alternative contemporary models of human nature and political organization. Prerequisite: 24 credits in ISP, including ITW 101 and a QL course.

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.

POSC410 Adv. Topics in US Politics

Description: An in-depth analysis of an issue in contemporary American politics. The course will involve seminar-style group discussion of relevant books, an individual research project, and a presentation of research findings. Specific topics vary from year to year. Prerequisite: ISPOSC 210, ISPOSC 220, ISPOSC 240 or ISPOSC 330; or permission of instructor. Fall of even years.

POSC420 Adv. Topics in Global Politics

Description: An in-depth analysis of an issue in contemporary international politics. The course will involve seminar-style group discussion of relevant books, an individual research project, and a presentation of research findings. Specific topics vary from year to year. Prerequisite: ISPOSC 210, ISPOSC 220, ISPOSC 240 or ISPOSC 330; or permission of instructor. Fall of odd years.

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.