College of Arts and Sciences

School of Politics, Philosophy, and Public Affairs

Political Science (POL S) Courses

101 [SSCI] [S] American National Government. Introduction to American politics exploring the constitution, political institutions and actors, the policy making process, and various public policies.
102 [SSCI] [S] Introduction to Comparative Politics. Nature of the state; fundamental problems of government and politics; ideological and institutional comparison of democracies and dictatorships.
103 [SSCI] [S] International Politics. Operation and interaction of national, international, and supranational communities; major world problems since 1945.
201 Political Research Methods. Training in social science research methodologies as applied to political phenomena.
206 State and Local Government. Institutions, processes, and problems, with special reference to the state of Washington.
276 Special Topics: Study Abroad. May be repeated for credit. S, F grading.
277 Special Topics: Study Abroad. May be repeated for credit. S, F grading.
300 The American Constitution. Constitutional principles as established by the Supreme Court and related political developments.
301 Political Simulations. May be repeated for credit; cumulative maximum 9 hours. Preparation for and participation in political simulations.
305 [S] Gender and Politics.  Role of gender in political behavior; voting and political participation; women as subjects and objects of political systems. (Crosslisted course offered as POL S 305, WOMEN ST 305).
314 National States and Global Challenges. Comprehensive introduction to the processes of the economic and political integration of the European Union.
316 American Public Policy. Institutions, processes, and substantive issues of American public policy and policy formation.
317 Media and Politics. Relationship between the media and American political institutions and the public.
333 [S] Development of Marxist Thought. Marxist theory from the original writing of Marx and Engels to contemporary developments.
340 Introduction to Public Administration.  Basic theories of administrative organization, relationships, and behavior.
375 Chicana/o and Latina/o Politics. Character, role, and goals of Chicano/Latino politics; contemporary Chicano/Latino issues. (Crosslisted course offered as CES 359, POL S 375). 
381 Crime and Justice in the Movies. Mass media as both reflector and shaper of public attitudes and opinions about crime, criminals, law, order, and justice; using films. (Crosslisted course offered as CRM J 381, POL S 381).
400 Political Science Issues. May be repeated for credit; cumulative maximum 6 hours. Current issues in political science.
402 Civil Liberties. Origin and development of civil liberties; responsibility of the branches of government and the people for their maintenance.
404 [M] The Judicial Process.  Relationship of judicial behavior to structure, politics and the behavior of other participants in the judicial process.
405 [M] Comparative Criminal Justice Systems. Comparative study of criminal justice systems in the US and selected foreign countries. (Crosslisted course offered as CRM J 405, POL S 405). Cooperative: Open to UI degree-seeking students.
410 History of American Indian Sovereignty and Federal Indian Law. The history of sovereignty and Federal Indian Law against the backdrop of treaties and trust responsibility. (Crosslisted course offered as HISTORY 410, ANTH 410, POL S 410).
416 Policy Analysis. Analysis of public policy formation, evaluation and implementation.
417 Voting and Elections. Analysis of voting behavior and elections; turnout, influences on voter choice, congressional and presidential elections, campaign finance, and polling.
418 Human Issues in International Development. Interdisciplinary analysis of complex interaction between tradition and modernity in Third World societies. (Crosslisted course offered as ANTH 418, POL S 418, SOC 418).
420 Political Parties and Interest Groups. Roles, characteristics, and theories of political parties; organization, behavior, and impact of interest groups.
424 [M] US National Security Policy. Substantive and theoretical research on issues relevant to formulation and requirements of post-Cold War, US national security and defense policy.
427 United States Foreign Relations. Ends and means in foreign policy; organization, management, control, and current policy issues. (Crosslisted course offered as POL S 427, HISTORY 486).
428 [T] Issues in Political Psychology. Course Prerequisite: POL S 101 or PSYCH 105; junior standing. Introduction to the ways in which psychological factors influence political phenomena.
429 Special Topics in American Foreign and Defense Policy. “Developing the Critical Thinking Skills of the Professional Policy Analyst.”  May be repeated for credit; cumulative maximum 6 hours. Current issues in foreign policy.
429 Special Topics in American Foreign and Defense Policy. “Homeland Security.”  May be repeated for credit; cumulative maximum 6 hours. Current issues in foreign policy.
430 [T] The Politics of Natural Resource and Environmental Policy. Course Prerequisite: Junior standing. Issues and problems of natural resource and environmental policy.
432 [M] Comparative Public Policy. Processes of public policy formation and outcomes in post-industrial democracies, and how to analyze it in a comparative perspective.
435 Politics of Developing Nations. Issues and problems of political development and modernization common among developing nations.
436 Disability, Aging, and Public Policy. Application of disability and aging theory to public policy challenges in the 21st century.
437 Classical Political Thought. The development of political philosophy from the pre-Socratics to Machiavelli.
438 [M] Recent Political Thought. The development of political thought since Machiavelli. (Crosslisted course offered as POL S 438, HISTORY 489).
442 [M] Leadership Skills for the Public Sector. Leadership, motivation, team-building, group dynamics, interpersonal and group conflict and job design for the public sector.
443 Administrative Jurisprudence. Study of the origins, nature, and practice of justice and law in public administration.
445 Public Personnel Administration. Development of American civil service systems and concepts; problems and techniques involved in selection and management of public employees. Cooperative: Open to UI degree-seeking students.
446 [M] Public Budgeting. The government budget as an instrument of politics, planning and control; organizing for democratic accountability.
447 [M] Comparative Public Administration. Public administration systems in Europe, Japan, Socialist and developing countries; origins and development.
448 Urban Politics and Policy.  Urban political processes and policies; intergovernmental relationships; impact of urban reform.
450 [M] The Legislative Process.  Role of legislatures in a democratic system; problems of representation; election and tenure of lawmakers; legislative organization and procedures.
455 The Presidency.  Organization and processes of executive institutions at the national level; uses and limits of executive power.
472 [M] European Politics.  Government and politics of postindustrial societies, including West Europe and Japan.
474 [T] African Politics. 3 Course Prerequisite: Junior standing. Historical, economic, and social factors that shape contemporary African political systems and problems of nation-building.
475 Mao to Deng: The People's Republic of China, 1949 – 1999. The major political, social, economic and cultural developments during the People's Republic of China. (Crosslisted course offered as HISTORY 475, ASIA 475, POL S 475).
476 [M] Revolutionary China, 1800 to Present. Continuity and change in the political, social, cultural and economic experience of China since 1800. (Crosslisted course offered as HISTORY 476, ASIA 476, POL S 476). Offered at 400 and 500 level.
497 Political Science Internship. May be repeated for credit; cumulative maximum 12 hours. On/off campus internship in federal, state, or local government institutions; nonprofit or public organizations; written assignments and readings required. S, F grading.
498 Cooperative Education Internship. May be repeated for credit; cumulative maximum 12 hours. Course Prerequisite: By interview only. Off-campus cooperative education internship with business, industry, or government unit coordinated through the Professional Experience Program. S, F grading.
499 Special Problems. May be repeated for credit. Independent study conducted under the jurisdiction of an approving faculty member; may include independent research studies in technical or specialized problems; selection and analysis of specified readings; development of a creative project; or field experiences. S, F grading.










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