POLS Political Science

POLS   1101   American Government

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

Surveys government and politics, with additional attention to the government and the Constitution of Georgia. Topics include the constitutional structure of American government, the role of non-governmental institutions such as interest groups and mass media, the role of governmental institutions such as Congress and the Presidency, the operation of major political process such as elections and policy making, and the interaction between institutions and processes. Satisfies the Georgia Constitution and U.S. Constitution requirements.

Cross Listing(s): POLS   1101H, POLS   1101S.

POLS   1101H   Introduction to American Government

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

Surveys government and politics, with additional attention to the government and the Constitution of Georgia. Topics include the constitutional structure of American government, the role of non-governmental institutions such as interest groups and mass media, the role of governmental institutions such as Congress and the Presidency, the operation of major political process such as elections and policy making, and the interaction between institutions and processes. Satisfies the Georgia Constitution and U.S. Constitution requirements.

Cross Listing(s): POLS   1101, POLS   1101S.

POLS   1101S   Introduction to American Government

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

Surveys government and politics, with additional attention to the government and the Constitution of Georgia. Topics include the constitutional structure of American government, the role of non-governmental institutions such as interest groups and mass media, the role of governmental institutions such as Congress and the Presidency, the operation of major political process such as elections and policy making, and the interaction between institutions and processes. Satisfies the Georgia Constitution and U.S. Constitution requirements.

Cross Listing(s): POLS   1101, POLS   1101H.

POLS   2101   Introduction to Political Science

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

An introduction to the concepts that are considered in the systematic study of politics, such as justice, equality, regimes, and democracy. This course will examine the means by which political scientists explore politics theoretically and in applied settings. Required of all majors and minors in political science.

Prerequisite(s): POLS   1101.

Cross Listing(s): POLS   2101H, POLS   2101S.

POLS   2101H   Intro to Political Science Honors

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

An introduction to the concepts that are considered in the systematic study of politics, such as justice, equality, regimes, and democracy. This course will examine the means by which political scientists explore politics theoretically and in applied settings. Required of all majors and minors in political science.

Prerequisite(s): POLS   1101.

Cross Listing(s): POLS   2101, POLS   2101S.

POLS   2101S   Introduction to Political Science

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

An introduction to the concepts that are considered in the systematic study of politics, such as justice, equity, regimes, and democracy. This course will examine the means by which political scientists explore politics theoretically and in applied settings. Required of all majors and minors in political science.

Prerequisite(s): POLS   1101.

Cross Listing(s): POLS   2101, POLS   2101H.

POLS   2130   Introduction to Political Analysis

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

This course is part of a two-course foundation for Political Science majors. In Introduction to Political Science, students were introduced to the who, what, when, where, and why of Political Science. In this course, students will learn the how; in other words, how Political Scientists use the concepts, tools, and approaches available to them to understand the political world. Students will learn the tools of research design and both qualitative and quantitative techniques that are actively used in the discipline. Additionally, students will learn how the writing process unfolds from puzzle to final manuscript and presentation. The final goal of this course is to create an original, independent research design that can be completed in an upper-level Political Science course for presentation at a professional conference and/or publication in a professional journal.

Prerequisite(s): A minimum grade of "C" in POLS   2101.

POLS   3111H   Honors Thesis Seminar I

1 Credit Hour.   1 Lecture Hour.   0 Lab Hours.

In a seminar setting, students will conduct readings about the research process with a focus on developing an honors thesis proposal.

Prerequisite(s): Minimum junior standing.

POLS   3112H   Honors Thesis Seminar II

1 Credit Hour.   1 Lecture Hour.   0 Lab Hours.

In a seminar setting, students will continue to progress toward researching and writing the honors thesis. Particular emphasis will be given to construction of a comprehensive literature review and research design.

Prerequisite(s): A minimum grade of "C" in POLS   3111H; minimum junior standing.

POLS   3130   Qualitative Research Methods

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

An introduction to the major theoretical models currently used in political science and to qualitative research techniques and methodologies. Students will have direct experience in data collection, analysis, and research reporting.

Prerequisite(s): POLS   1101 and POLS   2101.

POLS   3132   Asian Politics

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

This course examines the diversities across and within all the major countries in the region including India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Indonesia, the Philippines, Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore, Myanmar/Burma, Vietnam and Cambodia. It analyzes the following key themes in the context of South and Southeast Asia - nationalism, colonialism, regime change, economic development, civil society and social movements, political conflict, and ethno-religious pluralism.

Cross Listing(s): INTS   3132, INTS   3132S, POLS   3132S.

POLS   3132S   Asian Politics

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

This course examines the diversities across and within all the major countries in the region including India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Indonesia, the Philippines, Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore, Myanmar/Burma, Vietnam and Cambodia. It analyzes the following key themes in the context of South and Southeast Asia - nationalism, colonialism, regime change, economic development, civil society and social movements, political conflict, and ethno-religious pluralism.

Cross Listing(s): INTS   3132, INTS   3132S, POLS   3132.

POLS   3133   Latin American Politics

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

An examination of the major domestic and international factors in comparative Latin American political systems. Special attention and detail is given to the challenges of development and democratization.

Cross Listing(s): LAST   3133, LAST   3133S, POLS   3133S.

POLS   3133S   Latin American Politics

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

An examination of the major domestic and international factors in comparative Latin American political systems. Special attention and detail is given to the challenges of development and democratization.

Cross Listing(s): LAST   3133, LAST   3133S, POLS   3133.

POLS   3134   Middle East Politics

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

Examines political change and economic development of the Middle East in the last century, focusing on colonialism, radical Islam, oil politics, Arab nationalism, the Arab-Israeli conflict, and the U.S. role in the Middle East.

Cross Listing(s): INTS   3134, POLS   3134H.

POLS   3134H   Middle East Politics

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

Examines political change and economic development of the Middle East in the last century, focusing on colonialism, radical Islam, oil politics, Arab nationalism, the Arab-Israeli conflict, and the U.S. role in the Middle East.

Cross Listing(s): INTS   3134, POLS   3134.

POLS   3135   Legislative Behavior

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

The ability of elected bodies whether they are local, state, regional, or national to represent the preferences of their constituents is linked to te ability of elected officials, their staffs, and the executive agency administrators to manage change in an arena of inadequate information. This course will examine decision making, agenda setting, elections, and institutional arrangements with a particular concern for the mechanisms legislatures have for processing information. Students will become familiar with the three contemporary approaches to the study of legislatures: historical, behavioral, and formal.

POLS   3136   The Presidency

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

An analysis of the political, constitutional, behavioral, symbolic and policy roles of the President. Attention is also paid to the linkages between the Presidency and the other government and political institutions.

POLS   3137   Judicial Politics

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

In this course, students analyze and evaluate judicial politics by examining the actors, institutions, processes, and procedures that contribute to the formulation, administration, and adjudication of the law.

Prerequisite(s): A minimum grade of "C" in POLS   1101.

Cross Listing(s): CRJU   3137.

POLS   3138   Constitutional Law: Government Powers

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

A study of the constitutional development of the national government through landmark Supreme Court decisions. Topics include: judicial power, separation of power, federalism, and interstate commerce.

POLS   3139   Constitutional Law: Civil Liberties and Civil Rights

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

This course focuses on the study of the Bill of Rights through landmark Supreme Court decisions. Topics include freedom of speech, press, and religion, the right to privacy, rights of the accused, search and seizure law, and equal protection of the law.

POLS   3230   Modern Political Thought

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

The course in modern political thought is concerned with the differentiation of politics as an activity distinct from, and independent of, religion. Political thinkers in the modern period are distinguished by their turn to scientific and other modern modes of rationality as foundations for the analysis of politics. Central concerns include delineating the rights of powers of the individual and establishing a secular basis for a just society.

Cross Listing(s): PHIL   3230.

POLS   3231   Environmental Politics

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

Examines important topics in United States environmental protection policy-making. It does so within the institutional context of American politics, including the congressional, presidential, administrative, judicial, intergovernmental, and constituency components of decisions relating to environmental protection. These decisions will be examined using the focus of the regionally important aspects of environmental quality such as water, air, and land resources.

Cross Listing(s): POLS   3231S.

POLS   3231S   Environmental Politics

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

Examines important topics in United States environmental protection policy-making. It does so within the institutional context of American politics, including the congressional, presidential, administrative, judicial, intergovernmental, and constituency components of decisions relating to environmental protection. These decisions will be examined using the focus of the regionally important aspects of environmental quality such as water, air, and land resources.

Cross Listing(s): POLS   3231.

POLS   3232   Philosophy of Law

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

A study of major topics in the philosophy of law, all of which concern the relationship of law to morality and justice-including the nature of law in general; the importance of the rule of law and of limiting the rule of law; and some theory and practice of criminal law.

Cross Listing(s): PHIL   3232.

POLS   3233   Politics and The Media

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

A comprehensive overview of the institutions and processes of the mass media in American politics. Emphasis is given to the history and role of the mass media in the United States and to the use of the media in covering news events as well as in political campaigns.

POLS   3234   Introduction to the European Union

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

This course will introduce students to the history, institutions, policies, and cultures of the European Union and its member states.

Cross Listing(s): INTS   3234, INTS   3234S, POLS   3234S.

POLS   3234S   Introduction to the European Union

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

This course will introduce students to the history, institutions, policies, and cultures of the European Union and its member states.

Cross Listing(s): INTS   3234, INTS   3234S, POLS   3234.

POLS   3235   Gender and Politics

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

A study of the relationship of women to political life and to political theory-building. Focuses on political socialization, behavior, and institutional impact based on gender, using a comparative cross-national approach.

Cross Listing(s): POLS   3235S.

POLS   3235S   Gender and Politics

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

A study of the relationship of women to political life and to political theory-building. Focuses on political socialization, behavior, and institutional impact based on gender, using a comparative cross-national approach.

Cross Listing(s): POLS   3235.

POLS   3236   International Relations

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

Introduces students to the basic concepts of international relations, including those of war and peace, power, foreign policy, international organization, markets, demography, ecology, and the impact of information technology. Students will be provided with the necessary concepts, theories, and methods used in the discipline including quantitative analysis in order to gain a better understanding of the nature and problems of international relations.

Cross Listing(s): INTS   3236, INTS   3236S, POLS   3236S.

POLS   3236S   International Relations

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

Introduces students to the basic concepts of international relations, including those of war and peace, power, foreign policy, international organizations, markets, demography, ecology, and the impact of information technology. Students will be provided with the necessary concepts, theories, and methods used in the discipline including quantitative analysis in order to gain a better understanding of the nature and problems of international relations.

Prerequisite(s): POLS   1101 or POLS   2101.

Cross Listing(s): INTS   3236, INTS   3236S, POLS   3236.

POLS   3237   African American Politics

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

A basic appreciation of the nature, processes, structures, and functions of African American politics in the domestic and international arena and how they differ from dominant assumptions, theories, approaches, and models of American politics. Focus is on how to seek and maintain empowerment.

POLS   3239   Human Rights in International Relations

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

This course will explore the vulnerability of various political minorities to human rights abuses at the global level and provide an assessment of the roles of states, international organizations, and non-governmental organizations in human rights issues.

Cross Listing(s): INTS   3239, INTS   3239S.

POLS   3330   State and Local Government

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

Examines the forms of organizations, the functions, and the operations of the 50 state governments. Special attention will be given to the growing problems in the urban areas such as the interplay of politics, pressure groups, and community power structures.

POLS   3331   Introduction to Bureaucratic Politics

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

This course examines the socio-political impacts of modern bureaucracies, how modern bureaucracy has emerged as a "fourth branch" of federal government (including historical development), and its ability to influence policy making with particular emphasis on implementation.

Cross Listing(s): POLS   3331S.

POLS   3331S   Introduction to Bureaucratic Politics

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

An examination of how local, state, and federal governments make use of human resources, financial resources, and information resources to assist in policy making, provide services to citizens, and exercise the regulatory power of government.

Cross Listing(s): POLS   3331.

POLS   3332   Political Parties and Elections

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

A comprehensive overview of the institutions and processes that connect the public to government institutions. Course emphasis is given to the history and structure of the political parties in the United States and the electoral process and voting at and below the presidential level.

POLS   3333   Southern Politics

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

Examines the changing political conditions and trends within the eleven states of the American South since WWII. Students will examine the events which led to the unique political environment one encounters in the South. The primary focus will be on the political environment, but also on social, cultural, and economic variables as they relate to the political system.

POLS   3334   Film and Politics

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

Considers how the art of film has contributed to an understanding of major twentieth-century political events and thoughts. Topics include war, nationalism, authoritarianism, the Cold War, presidential politics and campaigning, populism and the ethos of democracy in classic and contemporary film.

POLS   3335   Ethnicity and Nationalism

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

This course examines ethnicity and nationalism in comparative perspective. It discusses a wide variety of social and political phenomena including identity, language, violence, religion, class, gender and colonialism. Ethnic groups in almost every multiethnic country continue to compete with one another over issues of economic equity, political decentralization, power-sharing, language, educational policies and cultural rights. This course explores why and how power and passion of these groups are created by comparing ethnic conflicts across the globe and analyzes the following factors - language, religion, race, historical memories, values, territory, customs, symbols, myths and other cultural attributes.

POLS   3336   Classical Political Thought

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

Examines political themes and thinkers from the Ancient Greeks to the Renaissance.

Cross Listing(s): POLS   3336S.

POLS   3336S   Classical Political Thought

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

Examines political themes and thinkers from the Ancient Greeks to the Renaissance.

Cross Listing(s): POLS   3336.

POLS   3337   Language, Power, Politics

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

An in-depth investigation of the role of language in national and international power structures. Comparative evaluation of language in social organization of politics, economic policy and law as aggregated by race, culture, ethnicity, class, group ideology and gender. Emphasis on social policy management and minority/linguistic rights.

Prerequisite(s): A minimum grade of "C" in ENGL   1102.

Cross Listing(s): ANTH   3337, LING   3337.

POLS   3338   Language and Law

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

A critical examination of language as a problem-solving device and tool for understanding argument and legal contestation. Delineation of individual rights, institutional authority and legal jurisdiction with emphasis on language and legal power. Analysis of the sociology of language and law within the concepts of human rights and socio-political entitlements.

Prerequisite(s): A minimum grade of "C" in ENGL   1102.

POLS   3431   African Politics

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

Examines salient themes and background of contemporary African political systems. The emphasis will be on government and politics of modern Africa bearing on the emergence of post-colonial states and regional and global ramifications.

Cross Listing(s): POLS   3431S.

POLS   3431S   African Politics

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

Examines salient themes and background of contemporary African political systems. The emphasis will be on government and politics of modern Africa bearing on the emergence of post-colonial states and regional and global ramifications.

Cross Listing(s): POLS   3431.

POLS   3432   Celtic Identity and Conflict

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

This course examines contemporary issues raised by the conflict in Northern Ireland by studying conflicts in the broader historical context of the experience of the Celtic people in Ireland, Scotland, and Wales who sought to preserve their political and cultural identities in the British Isles.

Cross Listing(s): IRSH   3432.

POLS   3433   Survey of Comparative Politics

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

This course introduces students to the basic concepts of comparative politics, including those of democratization, regime transition, electoral politics, political parties, ethnic conflict, and economic development. Students will be provided with the necessary concepts, theories, and methods used in the discipline including quantitative and qualitative analysis in order to gain a better understanding of the nature and problems of comparative politics.

Cross Listing(s): POLS   3433S.

POLS   3433S   Survey of Comparative Politics

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

This course introduces students to the basic concepts of comparative politics, including those of democratization, regime transition, electoral politics, political parties, ethnic conflict, and economic development. Students will be provided with the necessary concepts, theories, and methods used in the discipline including quantitative and qualitative analysis in order to gain a better understanding of the nature and problems of comparative politics.

Cross Listing(s): POLS   3433.

POLS   3438   Gender and the Law

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

This course focuses on legal issues related to gender, and considers judicial decisions that have helped shape policies related to issues such as reproductive rights, employment discrimination, family law, Title IX, and sexual harassment. Prerequisites(s): A minimum grade of "C" in POLS   1101.

POLS   3712   Community Development

1-2 Credit Hours.   0 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

Covers the various meanings of and approaches to community development. Students will be required to work with nonprofit community development organizations outside of class for either 4 hours per week (one credit) or 10 hours per week (two credits) in addition to classroom meetings.

Prerequisite(s): POLS   1101.

POLS   3730   Introduction to United Nations

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

The preamble to the Charter of the United nations identifies several ambitious goals, which framed the establishment of this international organization, including a desire " to save succeeding generations from the scourge of war" and to promote fundamental human rights, social progress, and economic development. In this course, students will be introduced to the concepts of international organizations and the part that they play today in international politics. Specifically, we will examine the United Nations, its structure and function, its failures and successes, and what the future holds for this organization.

Cross Listing(s): INTS   3730.

POLS   3831   Reading For Honors

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

Reading for Honors in Political Science. Departmental approval required.

POLS   4031   Selected Topics in Political Science

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

Selected Topics in Political Science.

Cross Listing(s): POLS   4031S, POLS   4031H.

POLS   4031H   Selected Topics in PSC Honors

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

Selected Topics.

Cross Listing(s): POLS   4031, POLS   4031S.

POLS   4031S   Selected Topics in Political Science

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

Selected Topics in Political Science.

Cross Listing(s): POLS   4031, POLS   4031H.

POLS   4111H   Honors Thesis Seminar III

1 Credit Hour.   1 Lecture Hour.   0 Lab Hours.

In a seminar setting, students will continue writing and revising their thesis.

Prerequisite(s): A minimum grade of "C" in POLS   3112H; minimum junior standing.

POLS   4112H   Honors Thesis Seminar IV

1 Credit Hour.   1 Lecture Hour.   0 Lab Hours.

Students will complete the final honors thesis and present their findings at a research symposium.

Prerequisite(s): POLS   4111H; minimum junior standing.

POLS   4130   American Political Thought

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

Examines political themes and thinkers from the Colonial to the Contemporary period.

POLS   4131   Introduction to Public Affairs

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

A study of the policy process in the American political system focusing on the analysis, formulation, implementation, and evaluation of public policies. Specific policy areas such as welfare, information technology, education, health, and foreign policy are examined.

Prerequisite(s): POLS   1101.

POLS   4132   U.S. Foreign Policy

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

Provides basic information and understanding of the key elements and actions involved in the formulation and execution of U.S. foreign policy. Special attention is given to the impact of U.S. foreign policy on the international system.

Cross Listing(s): INTS   4132.

POLS   4133   International Political Economy

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

Examines the interplay between international politics and international economics or business or the process of international wealth acquisition and transfer. Emphasis will be on the dynamics that give rise to asymmetric distributions: who gets what, when and how among different players in the global economy.

POLS   4134   International Law and Diplomacy

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

Examines the body of literature, concepts, and historical perspectives of international law and diplomacy as related to the critical problems of the Post-Cold War era. Focuses on the legal, oral, and strategic dimensions of several past, present, and proposed means of conflict resolution.

Cross Listing(s): POLS   4134S.

POLS   4134S   International Law and Diplomacy

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

Examines the body of literature, concepts, and historical perspectives of international law and diplomacy as related to the critical problems of the Post-Cold War era. Focuses on the legal, oral, and strategic dimensions of several past, present, and proposed means of conflict resolution.

Cross Listing(s): POLS   4134.

POLS   4135   International Organizations

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

An analytical study of the organization, powers, and problems of global and regional international agencies with particular emphasis upon the European Union.

Cross Listing(s): INTS   4135.

POLS   4136   Politics of the Global North

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

This course focuses on examination of the cultural, social, and political factors that contribute to the structure, function, and problems of contemporary nation-states in the Global North.

Cross Listing(s): INTS   4136, INTS   4136S, POLS   4136S.

POLS   4136S   Politics of the Global North

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

This course focuses on examination of the cultural, social, and political factors that contribute to the structure, function, and problems of contemporary nation-states in the Global North.

Cross Listing(s): INTS   4136, INTS   4136S, POLS   4136.

POLS   4137   Politics of the Global South

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

A study of government and politics in the major developing countries of Latin America, Africa, and Asia. Historical, cultural, religious, and economic factors influencing the political systems of these countries are also studied.

Cross Listing(s): INTS   4137.

POLS   4138   International Terrorism

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

Designed to explore the political, religious, economic, and social issues which pervade the global environment. Key issues to be addressed include different forms of terrorism, conflict resolution, and at the state level reunification issues. Emphasizes the critical, and perhaps, decisive and controlling impact which terrorist groups level on policy changes.

Cross Listing(s): INTS   4138, POLS   4138S.

POLS   4138S   International Terrorism

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

Designed to explore the political, religious, economic, and social issues which pervade the global environment. Key issues to be addressed include different forms of terrorism, conflict resolution, and at the state level reunification issues. Emphasizes the critical, and perhaps, decisive and controlling impact which terrorist groups level on policy changes.

Cross Listing(s): INTS   4138, POLS   4138.

POLS   4139   Contemporary Political Thought

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

Theorists since the onset of the twentieth century have questioned the scientific foundations of modern political ideas and institutions. Issues to be discussed may include the nature and limitsliberalism, the rise of mass politics, the benefits and dangers of modern technology, and the emergence of multiculturalism and feminism.

POLS   4238   International Conflict

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

Examines the causes of international and civil war, including theories about alliances, power, bargaining, arms races, conventional and nuclear deterrence, nuclear weapon proliferation, and ethnicity.

POLS   4438   Legal Reasoning and Writing

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

This course introduces rule-based reasoning in writing legal documents. Students read and analyze precedents and statutes, use them as a basis for their argument, and translate written arguments into oral arguments. The persuasive writing style is emphasized.

Prerequisite(s): A minimum grade of "C" in POLS   1101.

POLS   4534   Feminist Political Thought

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

This course examines how conceptions of gender have informed notions of political agency, community, and identity. This course foregrounds the role of gender relations in redefining the nature and significance of politics.

POLS   4730   Model United Nations

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

Prepares students for Georgia Southern's participation in the National Model United Nations Conference in New York City in the spring of each year. Students learn the structure, function and organization of the United Nations as well as in-depth knowledge of the particular country that they will be representing in New York. Emphasis is place on learning parliamentary procedure and diplomatic skills as part of the research conducted for becoming an advocate of the country being represented.

Prerequisite(s): A minimum grade of "C" in INTS   3730 or POLS   3730.

Cross Listing(s): INTS   4730.

POLS   4731   Model United Nations II

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

This course is designed for students in the second year of their participation on Georgia Southern University's National Model United Nations (NMUN) delegation. In addition to studying a different country and region of the world which requires students to learn the history, culture, and foreign policies of their assigned country, NMUN students also research and write on topics in different United Nations committees. Second-year delegates also take on added responsibility to plan, coordinate, and execute three Georgia Southern-sponsored Model United Nations conferences. Emphasis is placed on learning the intricacies and nuances of parliamentary procedure as it applies to both the Middle School and High School conferences conducted by Georgia Southern University.

Prerequisite(s): A minimum grade of "C" in POLS   4730 or INTS   4730.

Cross Listing(s): INTS   4731.

POLS   4733   Theories of Justice

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

A consideration of the primary theories of justice formulated through history. Examines and evaluates the theoretical foundations of conceptions of justice from a variety of perspectives.

Prerequisite(s): CRJU   1100 CRJU   1100S or POLS   1101 or POLS   1101S or POLS   1101H.

Cross Listing(s): CRJU   4733, CRJU   4733S.

POLS   4791   Field Internship in Political Science

3-15 Credit Hours.   0 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

The internship is designed to give students practical experience in a government-qualified agency and environment.

Prerequisite(s): POLS   1101 and POLS   2101; departmental approval required.

POLS   4890   Independent Study in Political Science

1-12 Credit Hours.   0 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

Independent Study in Political Science.

Cross Listing(s): POLS   4890S.

POLS   4890S   Independent Study in Political Science

1-12 Credit Hours.   0 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

Independent Study.

Cross Listing(s): POLS   4890.

POLS   5630   Seminar in American Politics

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

A systematic focus on major themes and issues in American public policy and their roots in American politics.

Cross Listing(s): POLS   5630G.

POLS   5631   Seminar in Political Theory

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

A seminar focusing on selected theoretical topics. Emphasis will be placed on normative theory and the history of political thought.

Cross Listing(s): POLS   5631G.

POLS   5632   Seminar in Urban Politics

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

Focuses on the political development of urban areas in the United States from colonial to modern times, including the growth of cities, urban political machines, post-war suburbanization, the structure of urban governments, and the challenges of urban development today.

Cross Listing(s): POLS   5632G.

POLS   5633   Seminar in International Politics

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

Designed to familiarize students with the theories which guide the conduct and analysis of international relations. These theories are examined in both their classical and contemporary context and used to evaluate and assess international relations' phenomena.

Cross Listing(s): POLS   5633G, INTS   5633, INTS   5633G.

POLS   5634   Seminar in Comparative Politics

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

Designed to familiarize students with the theories which guide the conduct and analysis of international relations. These theories are examined in both their classical and contemporary context and used to evaluate and assess international relations' phenomena.

Cross Listing(s): POLS   5634G, INTS   5634, INTS 5634G.

POLS   5635   Seminar in International Organizations

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

An analytical study of the organization, powers, and problems of global and regional international agencies with particular emphasis upon the European Union.

Cross Listing(s): POLS   5635G, INTS   5635, INTS   5635G.

POLS   5930   Political Science Honors Thesis

3 Credit Hours.   0 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

A substantial research project in Political Science structured jointly by a University Honors Program student and a Political Science Department faculty member, approved by the University Honors Program Director.