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Political Science (PS) and Paralegal (PLEG) Courses and Schedules

Schedule of Classes for Fall 2015

Political Science Undergraduate Courses | Paralegal Undergraduate Courses  | Political Science Graduate Courses


Political Science Undergraduate Courses

PS 1005 - American Government and Politics
3 credit hours

Constitutional principles, functions, and administration of American federal government; Congress, the presidency, and the Supreme Court. A General Education Social/Behavioral Sciences course.

PS 1010 - Foundations of Government
3 credit hours

Meets part of the General Education Social/Behavioral Sciences requirement. Comparative theories and institutions of government. Law, constitutions, power, political socialization, ideologies, and the media.

PS 2000 - Political Science and International Relations as a Prof
1 credit hour credit

To be taken as early as possible by Political Science and International Relations majors. Provides practical information for majors on career planning and development, including potential careers in law, graduate school and research, government, policy analysis, political campaign management, lobbying, and non-profit management.

PS 2020 - State and Local Government
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: PS 1005 or permission of instructor. Politics and administration at the state and local level. Legislative, judicial, and administrative structures and processes; major issues and problems.

PS 2100 - Legal Courtroom Procedure
1 credit hour credit

For students interested in developing trial advocacy skills; practical course offering preparation for mock trial competition. May be repeated for up to four hours credit. Pass/Fail.

PS 2105 - Introduction to Latin American Studies
3 credit hours

(Same as SPAN 2105, SOC 2105, ART 2105, ANTH 2105, GEOG 2105.) A multidisciplinary, team-taught introduction to Latin America. Covers the cultures and societies of the region: pre-history, history, geography, politics, art, languages, and literatures. Required course for all Latin American Studies minors.

PS 2110 - Moot Court
1 credit hour credit

Students conduct research of legal controversies, prepare briefs, and argue cases before a mock judicial panel. May be repeated for up to four hours credit. Pass/Fail.

PS 2120 - Mediation Procedure
1 credit hour credit

Prerequisite: PS 1005 or permission of department chair. For students interested in developing skills as mediators and advocates in mediation settings. Practical application of theories, methods, and ethical components of mediation. Participation in intercollegiate mediation competition. May be repeated for up to four hours of credit. Pass/Fail.

PS 2130 - Model United Nations and Crisis Simulation
1 credit hour credit

For students interested in developing skills in negotiation and conflict resolution involving international issues. A practical application of negotiating skills, policy process, and understanding of international conflicts and problems through participation in intercollegiate MUN/crisis simulation competition. Course may be repeated for up to 4 hours of credit. Pass/Fail.

PS 2140 - Tennessee Intercollegiate State Legislature
1 credit hour credit

Students work through content and activities on legislative procedures designed to prepare them to participate in the annual Tennessee Intercollegiate State Legislature (TISL). May be repeated for up to 4 hours of credit. Pass/Fail.

PS 2440 - Law and the Legal System
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: PS 1005 or permission of instructor. A general introduction to American law and the American legal system; focus on the case system.

PS 3001 - Research Methods in Political Science
3 credit hours

Fundamentals of quantitative methods in empirical research problems in the social sciences.

PS 3010 - Women and the Law
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: PS 1005 or permission of the instructor. Analysis of the legal treatment of women in the home, school, and workplace. Examines development of law, relationship of law to political movements, and current state of law and legal theory on women's rights and gender equality.

PS 3050 - The U.S. Presidency
3 credit hours

Prerequisite:  PS 1005 or permission of instructor. A comprehensive analysis of the presidency; includes origins of the presidency, political power, the nature of the institutionalized presidency, campaigns and elections, and a careful look at selected presidents.

PS 3060 - The U.S. Congress
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: PS 1005. An analysis of the United States Congress; its origins, political power, the nature of the institutionalized Congress, campaigns, and elections.

PS 3100 - Politics and Film
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: PS 1005 PS 1010, or permission of instructor. Analysis of political ideas as expressed in motion pictures. Topics include leadership, political biographies, campaigns and elections, ideology, and war.

PS 3160 - American Public Policy
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: PS 1005 or permission of instructor. Examines the public policy-making process in the United States, the stages of policy development and the problems inherent in policymaking. At least one substantive policy area examined in depth; examples: health care, environmental, welfare, agricultural, poverty, or budgetary policies.

PS 3170 - Civil Rights Policy and Politics
3 credit hours

Assesses the institutional impact--past and present--of the civil rights movement on American political institutions (the presidency, Congress, the courts, the executive cabinets, the administrative regulatory agencies, and the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights). Events and topics include the 1964 Civil Rights Act, the Voting Rights Act of 1965, the 1991 Civil Rights Act, voter dilution, felony disenfranchisement and sentencing disparities, campaign finance reform, affirmative action, disability rights, gender discrimination, and majority-minority congressional districts.

PS 3180 - African Politics
3 credit hours

(Same as AAS 3180.) Prerequisite: PS 1010. Comparative study of the political systems, modernization efforts, and development problems of countries with different traditions or colonial pasts, selected from the continent of Africa.

PS 3200 - British Government and Films
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: PS 1010 or permission of instructor. The evolution of parliamentary government in the United Kingdom and its current distinctive characteristics, processes, and functions in contrast to other parliamentary regimes.

PS 3210 - International Relations
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: PS 1010 or permission of instructor. The state system and national power, balance of power, balance of terror, game theory, psychological aspects of international conflict, decision making, diplomacy and negotiation, war, disarmament, and collective security.

PS 3220 - Comparative Politics
3 credit hours

Prerequisites: PS 1010 or permission of instructor. Seminar covering the theoretical literature, methodological debates, and current issues in the field of comparative politics. Offers preparation for upper-division courses in comparative politics.

PS 3250 - Public Administration
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: PS 1005 or permission of instructor. Fundamentals of public management--organization theory, leadership, policy making, planning, budgeting, personnel, administrative law, bureaucratic behavior.

PS 3270 - NGOs and Non-Profits
3 credit hours

Key topics and issues surrounding the political environment and competing pressures that international non-governmental organizations and domestic non-profits confront. Formal readings paired with discussions from practitioners in the field and hands-on professional exercises.

PS 3320 - Public Opinion
3 credit hours

The nature of public opinion and its role in the political and social process. How opinion is shaped, created, and measured.

PS 3330 - Political Parties
3 credit hours

The nature of democracy, politics, and political parties; party organization and role in government; campaigning; primaries, conventions, general elections; the Electoral College; voting behavior and pressure groups.

PS 3340 - Political Campaign Management.
3 credit hours

An analysis of applied politics; how to plan and manage a modern political campaign. Readings, discussions, and hands-on projects; students will learn the strategies, tactics, and varied techniques of political campaigning.

PS 3350 - Interest Groups and Social Change
3 credit hours

Examines role of interest groups in American politics and the policymaking process, including the role of lobbyists, money, and politics, and case studies of several specific interest groups.

PS 3370 - American Constitutional Law
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: PS 1005 or permission of instructor. Analysis of theories of judicial decision making as well as the establishment of judicial review itself, followed by case studies of major Supreme Court decisions in federalism. Issues covered include commerce, contracts, police, and war powers as well as restrictions placed on state governments after the ratification of the Civil War Amendments. Offered  fall only.

PS 3380 - American Constitutional Law
3 credit hours

Prerequisite:  PS 1005, PS 3370, or permission of instructor. The Supreme Court as a policy-making body in the governmental system. Focuses on case studies of major Supreme Court decisions dealing with civil liberties. Issues covered include racial and gender discrimination, freedom of speech and religion, as well as rights of the criminally accused and the right to privacy. Offered spring only.

PS 3400 - Municipal Government
3 credit hours

Powers, functions, and politics of municipal governments from the standpoint of city management. Attention is given to problems related to the execution of municipal policy. Offered infrequently.

PS 3420 - African American Politics
3 credit hours

The unique history, content, and form of African American political participation; examines the nature of consequences of African American influence within, or exclusion from, the workings of various American political institutions; the nature and types of issues that influence contemporary discussions in American and African American politics related to the socioeconomic conditions of African Americans. Students who have taken PS 4390 - Special Topics in Political Science (Black Politics in America) may not take PS 3420 for credit.

PS 3440 - Governmental Budgeting and Finance Administration
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: PS 1005 or permission of instructor. Analysis of the legal and social nature of government budgets emphasizing the procedures and administrative methods of fiscal control. Budget documents at state and local levels. Offered infrequently.

PS 3490 - Alternative Dispute Resolution
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: PS 1005 or permission of the department chair. Theory, methods, and ethical components of alternative dispute resolution (ADR); emphasis on various forms of mediation, but including other ADR formats such as arbitration, negotiation, and summary jury trial.

PS 3500 - International Law
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: PS 1010 or permission of instructor. General principles of modern international law taught by the case study method in a seminar format encouraging debate and discussion. Issues concerning the development of international law and human rights will be studied.

PS 3510 - International Political Economy
3 credit hours

Prerequisites: PS 1010  or permission of instructor. The relation between politics and economics in international affairs and its implications for global peace, security, ecology, and social welfare.

PS 3530 - Legal Writing and Research
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: PS 1005 or permission of instructor. A specialized composition course for the student planning to attend law school or paralegal school or to become a legal secretary. Practice in legal research, documentation, and a variety of legal problems.

PS 3550 - Democratic Participation and Civic Advocacy
3 credit hours

Focus on theories of democratic participation, the role and impact of participation in a democracy, and practical approaches to building and working through organizations advocating for candidates or particular policies or working with the government in crafting and implementing public policies.  

PS 3780 - Study Abroad
3 to 6 credit hours

Prerequisite: PS 1010 or permission of instructor. Supervised study in a foreign country; familiarizes students with foreign cultures and political systems. Three to six hour classes may be repeated once if country of destination varies. No more than 6 hours may count toward a political science major. Pass/Fail.

PS 3910 - International Organization
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: PS 1010 or permission of instructor. Development and prospects of the United Nations Organization and its major approaches to peace--pacific settlement, collective security, international law, arms control, trusteeship, preventive diplomacy, international conferences, functionalism. Offered infrequently.

PS 4030 - Human Rights
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: PS 1010 or permission of instructor. Fosters critical thinking about human rights by developing skills in weighing powerful but opposing arguments in complex moral situations. Familiarizes students with the role of both national and international organizations in global politics.

PS 4040 - Pre-Law Internship
3 credit hours

Prerequisites: Senior standing, competitive selection, PS 2440, or by permission of instructor. Familiarizes pre-law students with general law office procedures and an active law environment.

PS 4070 - Political Violence and Terrorism
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: PS 1010 or permission of instructor. Examines political violence, including assassination, terror, repression, and genocide, in comparative and international perspectives. Theoretical and case study approaches used to examine forms, goals of, tactics, and responses to political violence.

PS 4120 - Tennessee Government
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: PS 1005 or permission of instructor. Structure, functions, and processes of Tennessee's governmental and political institutions. Policy issues studied.

PS 4180 - African Politics
3 credit hours

(Same as AAS 3180.) Prerequisite: PS 1010 or permission of instructor. Comparative study of selected African political systems with different colonial traditions in the process of rapid change. The ideology and politics of development, political system forms and processes, modernization efforts, and the challenges of nation building.

PS 4190 - Middle East Politics
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: PS 1010 or permission of instructor. Emphasis on the Palestinian question, the Arab-Israeli wars, the role of the United Nations; conflicts between and among the Arab nations; the various peace initiatives that have been proposed.

PS 4200 - Problems in Government
3 credit hours

Prerequisites: PS 1005 or PS 1010 and at least 12 hours of political science classes. Work done under the close direction of a professor on a tutorial basis. Student expected to present a sound proposal for departmental consideration and acceptance before enrolling.

PS 4210 - International Conflict: Causes, Consequences, and Respo
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: PS 1010 or permission of instructor. Theoretical and empirical approaches to understanding the causes of interstate war, intrastate war, and transnational terrorism as well as the social consequences of and policy responses to international conflict.

PS 4220 - World Politics
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: PS 1010 or permission of instructor. Experiencing contemporary international politics through the medium of simulation. Particular focus areas include the U.S., F.S.U., People's Republic of China, the Middle East, South Asia, and Southern Africa.

PS 4230 - Classical Political Theory
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: PS 1005, PS 1010, or PHIL 1030. Western political theory from the ancient Greeks through the medieval Christians. Includes Sophocles, Aristophanes, Plato, Aristotle, stoicism, skepticism, Lucretius, Augustine, Thomas Aquinas, Thomas More.

PS 4240 - American Foreign Policy
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: PS 1010 or permission of instructor. Foreign policies in the nuclear age from Kennan and Containment to the present with particular emphasis on contemporary problems and policies.

PS 4260 - The Political Status of Women in the World
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: PS 1010 or WGST 2100 or permission of instructor. Comparative examination of the political, economic, and social status of women in the United States and abroad. Particular emphasis on women in developing countries, the relationship between economic and political power, and the impact of both conflict and globalization on the status of women.

PS 4270 - Political Campaign Internship
1 to 12 credit hours

Prerequisites: Sophomore standing, PS 1005, and a 2.50 minimum GPA. Students work for a political campaign as an employee under the joint administration of the campaign and the department. Only six hours may count toward a political science major and three hours toward a political science minor. Arrangement for this course must be made in advance.

PS 4280 - The Washington Experience
12 credit hours

A cooperative program with the Washington Center that provides for student service with a governmental office in Washington, D.C., on a full-time basis during the fall or spring semester. On-the-job training will be supplemented with lectures and other activities. Students selected on a competitive basis. Only six hours count toward a Political Science major or minor.

PS 4290 - Public Service Internship
1 to 12 credit hours

Prerequisites: Junior standing and 2.50 minimum GPA. Student assigned to a public service agency as an employee under the joint administration of the agency and the department. May be repeated for up to 12 hours of credit, but only six hours of internship credit may count toward a Political Science major or minor. Arrangement for this course must be made in advance.

PS 4300 - Comparative European Government
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: PS 1010 or permission of instructor. Comparative analysis of the governmental forms and practices of England, France, Germany, the European community, and others.

PS 4310 - Comparative Asian Government
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: PS 1010 or permission of instructor. Comparative analysis of the governmental forms and practices of China, Japan, India, and other governments in the region.

PS 4360 - Legislative Internship
12 credit hours

A cooperative program with the State of Tennessee that provides for student service with the legislature on a full-time basis during the spring semester. Students selected on a competitive basis. Only six hours may count toward a Political Science major or minor.

PS 4390 - Special Topics in Political Science
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: PS 1010 or PS 1005 or permission of the instructor. An in-depth study of a special topic significant in contemporary political developments or political science literature. May be taken more than once, as topics change, with up to six credit hours applied to a Political Science major.

PS 4590 - Administrative Law
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: PS 1005 PS 3250, or permission of instructor. Procedural aspects, substantive issues, judicial review of the type of law concerned with the powers and procedures of government agencies and the rights of citizens affected by them.

PS 4630 - Personnel Management
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: PS 3250 or permission of instructor. Human resources administration in government agencies. Patterns of position classification, compensation, recruitment, selection, training, performance appraisal, promotion, discipline, separation, collective bargaining.

PS 4690 - Comparative Foreign Policies and International Relation
3 credit hours

Prerequisite:  PS 1010, MES 2100, or permission of instructor. Examines framework within which to understand Middle East international relations. Includes Arab/Israeli conflict; oil and Middle East international relations; political Islam; the war on terror; and United States, European, Chinese, and Russian policies in the Middle East.

PS 4700 - American Political Thought
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: PS 1005 or PS 1010 or PHIL 1030 or permission of instructor. Major thinkers and movements in American political thought from colonial times to the twentieth century with special emphasis on the thoughts of the framers of the American Constitution and their contemporaries.

PS 4770 - Russian Politics
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: PS 1010 or permission of instructor. The formation and evolution of the Russian state from the pre-Communist to the Soviet (Communist) and post-Soviet stages of its development. Special attention given to the historical origins and the role of authoritarianism in the Russian political culture and to the ideological foundations, formation, evolution, and the reasons for decline of the Communist system.

PS 4800 - Senior Seminar
3 credit hours

Prerequisites:  PS 1005, PS 1010, and 12 additional hours of political science courses. A reading and discussion seminar designed to integrate knowledge of the subfields of political science through critical reflection on politics, law, ideology, and culture from both a domestic and global perspective.

PS 4801 - Senior Seminar in International Relations
3 credit hours

Prerequisites: PS 1010, PS 3001, PS 3210, and 6 hours electives in the major. A reading and discussion seminar focused on the subfields of international relations and comparative politics, the practical application of theories, preparation for professional work or graduate study following graduation, and assessment of student learning outcomes for the program.

PS 4820 - Advanced Studies in American Politics
3 credit hours

Prerequisites: PS 1005, PS 1010, and one upper-division course in American Politics. Advanced study in the area of American politics. May be repeated for credit when subject matter varies.  

PS 4830 - Advanced Studies in Public Administration
3 credit hours

Prerequisites: PS 1005, PS 1010, and PS 3250. Advanced study in the area of public administration. May be repeated for credit when subject matter varies.  

PS 4850 - Advanced Studies in Comparative Politics
3 credit hours

Prerequisites: PS 1010 and PS 3220 or permission of instructor. Advanced study in the area of comparative politics. May be repeated for credit when subject matter varies.

PS 4860 - Advanced Studies in International Relations
3 credit hours

Prerequisites: PS 1010 and PS 3210. Advanced study in the area of international relations. May be repeated for credit when subject matter varies.

PS 4870 - Advanced Studies in Political Theory
3 credit hours

Prerequisites: PS 1005, PS 1010, and either PS 4230, PS 4700, or PS 4920. Advanced study in the area of political theory. May be repeated for credit when subject matter varies.  

PS 4900 - Latin American Politics
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: PS 1010 or permission of instructor. Emphasis on the comparative analysis of structures, functions, and aspects of Latin American political cultures and systems.

PS 4920 - Modern Political Theory
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: PS 1010, PS 1005, or PHIL 1030 or permission of instructor. Western political theory from the Renaissance to the twentieth century. Includes Machiavelli, Hobbes, Locke, Rousseau, J.S. Mill, Marx and Engels, Kierkegaard, Nietzsche, facism, existentialism, Strauss, Arendt, and contemporary thought.

PS 4930 - Introduction to Contemporary Political Philosophy
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: PS 1005, PS 1010, or PHIL 1030 or permission of instructor. Aims to foster critical thinking about contemporary political philosophy by introducing students to four main approaches: Aristotelianism, Utilitarianism, Contractarian Liberalism, and Marxism. Familiarizes students with certain philosophical arguments about important issues in both national and global politics such as multiculturism, justice, democracy, and freedom.

PS 4950 - Community-Based Research Practicum
1 to 6 credit hours

Supervised planning and carrying out applied social research project defined in partnership with a local civic group, nonprofit agency, or public department. Students may work individually or in groups or up to six. A final report is presented to the community partner at the end of the course. Projects must be approved prior to enrollment by the department's student research committee.  

PS 4970 - Undergraduate Research
1 to 6 credit hours

Students pursue their own topics and fields of concentration under the supervision of a political science faculty member. Working with the faculty member, the student will design and conduct independent research, with the final paper presented at a conference or a public forum on campus.  


Paralegal Undergraduate Courses

PLEG 3010 - Litigation
3 credit hours

Prerequisites: PS 1005 and PS 2440. Legal procedures required for introducing and pursuing cases in the judicial system.

PLEG 3410 - Family Law
3 credit hours

Prerequisites: PS 1005 and PS 2440. The law of marriage, divorce, child custody and support, adoption, paternity, and related issues.

PLEG 3420 - Torts
3 credit hours

Prerequisites: PS 1005 and PS 2440. The law of injury to legally protected interests in personal safety, liberty, and property.

PLEG 4010 - Internship
3 credit hours

Supervised work in a law office or agency as a paralegal assistant.


Political Science Graduate Courses

PS 5000 - Quantitative Methods of Research
3 credit hours

Fundamentals of quantitative methods in empirical research problems in the social sciences.

PS 5020 - Political Science Laboratory
3 credit hours

Research, statistics, data processing, or simulation studies related to political and social questions.

PS 5030 - Human Rights
3 credit hours

Aims to foster critical thinking about human rights, develop skills in weighing powerful but opposed arguments, and evaluate complex moral situations. Familiarization with the role of national and international organizations in human rights and global politics.

PS 5050 - Introduction to City and Regional Planning
3 credit hours

Analysis of the basis of particular forms in urban settlements and regions; introduction to planning history, theory, methods, processes, and current trends.

PS 5060 - The U.S. Congress
3 credit hours

An analysis of the United States Congress. The origins of the Congress, political power, the nature of the institutionalized Congress, campaigns, elections.

PS 5070 - Political Violence and Terrorism
3 credit hours

Political violence, assassination, terror, repression, and genocide examined in comparative and international perspective. Theoretical and case study approaches used to examine political violence forms, goals, tactics, and responses. Significant independent research component.

PS 5120 - Tennessee Government
3 credit hours

Structure, functions, and processes of Tennessee's governmental and political institutions. Policy issues studied.

PS 5180 - African Politics
3 credit hours

Comparative study of selected African political systems with different colonial traditions in the process of rapid change. Ideology and politics of development, political system forms and processes, modernization efforts, and challenges of nation-building.

PS 5190 - Middle East Politics
3 credit hours

Examines Middle East political structures and processes; group and elite behavior; the dynamics between politics, society, and culture; and the role and impact of the Arab/Israeli conflict and Radical Islamic ideology in the region's politics and policies.

PS 5200 - Problems in Government
3 credit hours

Work done on a tutorial basis under the close direction of a professor. Student must present a proposal for departmental consideration and acceptance before enrolling in this course.

PS 5210 - International Relations
3 credit hours

National power, balance of power, nationalism, imperialism, colonialism, war as an instrument of national policy, economic instruments of national policy, diplomacy, collective security, international law, and organization.

PS 5220 - World Politics
3 credit hours

Experiencing contemporary international politics through the medium of simulation. Particular focus areas include the U.S., former Soviet Union, People's Republic of China, the Middle East, South Asia, and Southern Africa.

PS 5230 - Classical Political Theory
3 credit hours

Western political theory from the ancient Greeks through the medieval Christians. Includes Sophocles, Aristophanes, Plato, Aristotle, stoicism, skepticism, Lucretius, Augustine, Thomas Aquinas, Thomas More.

PS 5240 - American Foreign Policy
3 credit hours

Foreign policies in the nuclear age from Kennan and containment to the present with emphasis on contemporary problems and policies.

PS 5250 - Public Administration
3 credit hours

Fundamentals of public management: organization theory, leadership, policy making, planning, budgeting, personnel, administrative law, bureaucratic behavior.

PS 5261 - The Political Status of Women in the World
3 credit hours

A comparative examination of the political, economic, and social status of women in developing countries, the relationship between economic and political power, and the impact of both conflict and globalization on the status of women.

PS 5300 - Comparative European Governments
3 credit hours

Comparative analysis of the governmental forms and practices of England, France, Germany, the European Community, and others.

PS 5310 - Comparative Asian Government
3 credit hours

Comparative analysis of the governmental forms and practices of China, Japan, India, and other governments of the region.

PS 5320 - Public Opinion
3 credit hours

The nature of public opinion and its role in the political and social process; myths, symbols, other instruments; techniques of propaganda.

PS 5330 - Political Parties
3 credit hours

The nature of democracy, politics, and political parties; party organization and role in government; campaigning, primaries, conventions, general elections; the electoral college; voting behavior and pressure groups.

PS 5360 - Legislative Internship
12 credit hours

A cooperative program with the state of Tennessee that provides for student service with the legislature on a full-time basis during the spring semester. Students selected on a competitive basis. Only six hours may count toward the degree for graduate programs.

PS 5370 - American Constitutional Law
3 credit hours

The Supreme Court as a policy-making body in the governmental system. Emphasis on case studies in major areas of conflict including federalism, civil liberties, criminal procedure, and economic regulation.

PS 5380 - American Constitutional Law
3 credit hours

The Supreme Court as a policy-making body in the governmental system. Emphasis on case studies in major areas of conflict including federalism, civil liberties, criminal procedure, and economic regulation.

PS 5400 - Municipal Government
3 credit hours

The structure, powers, functions, and politics of municipal governments from the standpoint of city management. Attention is given to problems of municipal policy implementation.

PS 5410 - Business and Government
3 credit hours

Government's role in regulating and supporting business and its impact on the economic health of the private sector. Analyses of the business-government relationship at the federal, state, and local levels. The new role of organized consumers. Offered only in alternate years.

PS 5440 - Governmental Budgeting and Finance Administration
3 credit hours

Analysis of the legal and social nature of government budgets emphasizing the procedures and administrative methods of fiscal control. Study of budget documents at state and local levels. Offered only in alternate years.

PS 5500 - International Law
3 credit hours

General principles of modern international law taught by the case study method in a seminar format encouraging debate and discussion. Issues concerning the development of international law and human rights.

PS 5510 - International Political Economy
3 credit hours

Prerequisites: PS 1010 and 3210 or permission of instructor. The relationship between politics and economics in international affairs and its implications for global peace, security, the ecology, and social welfare.

PS 5590 - Administrative Law
3 credit hours

Procedural aspects, substantive issues, judicial review of the type of law concerned with the powers and procedures of government agencies and the rights of citizens affected by them.

PS 5630 - Personnel Management
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: PS 3250 or permission of instructor. The development and characteristics of public personnel administration in the United States with attention to recruitment, selection, position classification, compensation, performance evaluation, promotion, motivation, morale, discipline, separation, and public service unionism. Offered only in alternate years.

PS 5690 - Comparative Foreign Policies and International Relation
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: PS 1010, PS 3210, PS 4190, or MES 2100. The contextual, substantive, and theoretical framework within which to understand Middle East international relations. Course themes include the Arab/Israeli Conflict, the major powers and the Middle East, Middle East Oil and international relations, Globalization and the Middle East, Islam and Middle East international relations, regional cooperation, and terrorism.

PS 5700 - American Political Thought
3 credit hours

Major thinkers and movements in American political thought from colonial times to the twentieth century with special emphasis on the thoughts of the framers of the American Constitution and their contemporaries.

PS 5770 - Russian Politics
3 credit hours

Formation and evolution of the Russian state from pre-Communist to Soviet and post-Soviet stages. Special attention to historical origins and the role of authoritarianism in Russian political culture and to the ideological foundations, formation, and evolution and the reasons for decline of the Communist system. Includes a brief discussion of the other post-Soviet states.

PS 5900 - Latin American Politics
3 credit hours

Comparative analysis of the institutions, functions, and aspects of culture of the Latin American nation-states and their relevance to understanding international relations, world politics, and diplomacy.

PS 5910 - International Organization
3 credit hours

Development and prospects of the United Nations Organization and its major approaches to peace - pacific settlement, collective security, international law, arms control, trusteeship, preventive diplomacy, international conferences, functionalism. Offered only in alternate years.

PS 5920 - Modern Political Theory
3 credit hours

Western political theory from the Renaissance to the present. Includes Machiavelli, Hobbes, Locke, Rousseau, J.S. Mill, Marx and Engels, Kierkegaard, Nietzsche, facism, existentialism, Strauss, Arendt, and contemporary thought.

PS 6000 - Comparative Social Change
3 credit hours

(Same as SOC 6000.) A historical comparative examination of the structure, institutions, and development of the modern world system; a review of major theoretical and empirical research on the world system.

PS 6100 - Seminar in International Relations
3 credit hours

Examines the theoretical foundations of international relations, the historical contexts in which they arose, the practical implications of the competing theoretical models, and the contemporary issues that occupy researchers and policymakers in the discipline.

PS 6110 - International Security in a Changing World
3 credit hours

Surveys the research on the causes of international conflict, including interstate and intrastate conflict as well as other types of political violence between states and non-state actors. Includes discussions of the major wars in the modern international system, the military legacy of the Cold War, recent and continuing conflicts (intrastate and interstate), and the future of conflict in the international system.

PS 6120 - Peace and Conflict Resolution: Concepts, Processes, and
3 credit hours

Surveys the theories of conflict resolution, the skills involved in negotiation, mediation, and crisis management, and the implications of crisis management. It includes discussions of theoretical premises of conflict resolution, negotiation, and mediation as well as the techniques of each and how they differ. It examines the ways in which society is reconstructed and the implication of reconstruction for the future of society.

PS 6150 - Special Topics in International Security and Peace Stud
3 credit hours

Study in a specialized area within international security and peace studies. May be repeated for credit when subject matter varies.

PS 6170 - Literature Review in International Affairs
3 credit hours

Focuses on the selection of a research topic and review of pertinent literature associated with a thesis.

PS 6200 - Seminar in Comparative Politics
3 credit hours

Examines the theories and methods of comparative politics, the evolution of the discipline, and the issues that drive comparative political research today. Readings include both classic and contemporary literature from different theoretical, empirical, and methodological orientations.

PS 6210 - Global Political Economy and Globalization
3 credit hours

Examines the major theoretical approaches to global political economy. Discusses the emergence of the global economy, globalization trends, and their impacts on and among countries and regions of the world. Examines the role of states, international and domestic institutions, and other factors in creating and/or managing conflicts and facilitating of cooperation in the global political economy.

PS 6220 - International Development
3 credit hours

Examines the continuing problems and challenges of development across the world. It traces the roots of such problems, discusses the different approaches, concepts and theoretical methods of development, and assesses the impact of globalization on Third World politics, economics, and societies.

PS 6250 - Special Topics in International Development and Globali
3 credit hours

Study in a specialized area within international development. May be repeated for credit when subject matter varies.

PS 6260 - Readings in Political Science or Public Administration
3 credit hours

Individual study focusing on subject matter selected by the student and approved by the instructor; strengthens knowledge in a subfield of political science or public administration. Focus guided by the student's professional interests, career objectives, and program requirements.

PS 6290 - Practicum in International Affairs
6 credit hours

A supervised experience with students placed in organizations active in globalization and development issues. The practicum placement must be approved by the graduate advisor and departmental graduate director prior to enrolling.

PS 6300 - Readings in International Relations
3 credit hours

The theoretical basis of international politics. The biological, sociological, psychological, economic, and ideological aspects of international relations.

PS 6400 - Global Governance
3 credit hours

Examines the issue and challenges of global governance in an increasingly globalized world. Discusses the evolving area of global  governance, governance mechanisms, processes, and institutions, and the effect they have on the international system in maintaining order, and promoting peace, security, prosperity. Topics include roles and activities of inter-governmental organizations, international non-governmental organizations, international law, and transnational processes in global governance.

PS 6500 - Research Methods in International Affairs
3 credit hours

Develops the methods of research and data analysis commonly used in the study of international affairs. Emphasis upon proper design and execution of research strategies and upon practical application through use of software such as STATA or R. Required for completion of the M.A. in International Affairs.

PS 6640 - Thesis Research
1 to 3 credit hours

Prerequisite: PS 6170. Drawing on work from PS 6170, collect and analyze data and compose thesis. Once enrolled, student should register for at least one credit hour of master's research each semester until completion.