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Political Science Department

  HBI 400        Harrisburg Internship Seminar
       A full-semester internship in Pennsylvania state government. Student intern is placed in cabinet-level or legislative office. Placement (9 cr.); Policy Research Project (3 cr.); Policy Seminar (3 cr.). The internship is open to any junior or senior student, regardless of major, who has a minimum GPA of 3.5. Stipend involved.
 


  HBI 401        Harrisburg Internship Seminar
       A full-semester internship in Pennsylvania state government. Student intern is placed in cabinet-level or legislative office. Placement (9 cr.); Policy Research Project (3 cr.); Policy Seminar (3 cr.). The internship is open to any junior or senior student, regardless of major, who has a minimum GPA of 3.5. Stipend involved.
 


  HBI 402        Harrisburg Internship Seminar
       A full-semester internship in Pennsylvania state government. Student intern is placed in cabinet-level or legislative office. Placement (9 cr.); Policy Research Project (3 cr.); Policy Seminar (3 cr.). The internship is open to any junior or senior student, regardless of major, who has a minimum GPA of 3.5. Stipend involved.
 


  PMG 372        Organization and Management
       Introduction to public and nonprofit organization management. Broad coverage of key elements of organizational functions and structure for potential managers. Uses both macro sociological and micro psychological levels of analysis. Case studies integrated into conceptual frameworks.
 


  PMG 373        American Intergovernmental Relations
       Designed to familiarize students with the complex network of conflict, cooperation, and interdependence among national, state, and local government units. Topic areas, among others, include an analysis of the continuing evolution of American federalism, an examination of this relationship from state and city government perspectives, and a description of specific intergovernmental fiscal programs and policies.
 


  PSC 100        American Government and Politics
       Devoted to understanding how the system works: political action, elections, interest groups, civil liberties, Congress, the presidency, and the courts are among the topics considered. Seeks to provide a framework in terms of which process and current issues become meaningful. Offered each semester.
  This course is required for the major. This course is required for the minor.
This course has the following designations:  distributive.
 


  PSC 101        The Politics of Diversity in the United States
       Uses contemporary issues as a means to investigate the effects of race, class, and gender on the political experiences of citizens while providing an overview of American political institutions.
 


  PSC 200        Political Issues Today
       Uses the issues of our time as vehicles to an understanding of the political process. Emphasis is on American politics but in a world-wide perspective. Topics considered may include economic, race, gender, and civil liberty issues among others.
  Prerequisites for this course:  PSC 100. Cannot be used to meet University general education requirements
This course is required for the major.
This course has the following designations:  distributive.
 


  PSC 201        State and Local Government
       Examination of the organization, functions, and politics of state and local government, including analysis of politics in states, counties, cities, and towns in urban, suburban, and rural areas. Intergovernmental relations in education, transportation, and welfare policy are examined.
  Prerequisites for this course:  PSC 100
This course is required for the major.
 


  PSC 202        Elements of Public Administration
       Considers public administration in the United States as a process of implementing public policy. Uses case studies and projects with texts focusing on organizational theory, human behavior and motivation, budgeting, personnel, and administrative responsibility.
 


  PSC 204        Introduction to Urban Studies
       An examination of the breadth of urban studies from the perspectives of many social science disciplines. Philadelphia is emphasized as an object of perception, as a place of life and livelihood, and as an example of continual change in the urban environment.
  Prerequisites for this course:  WRT 200.
This course has the following designations:  interdisciplinary
 


  PSC 213        International Relations
       Politics among nations, including politics carried on through international organizations. Examines power politics, techniques of diplomacy, and methods of current international organizations. Special attention to U.S. interests and policies.
  This course is required for the major.
This course has the following designations:  distributive.
 


  PSC 217        American Foreign Policy
       Cultural, political, economic, and psychological influences on policy; process of decision making. Special attention to a few policy areas such as relations with allied, underdeveloped, revolutionary, or Communist countries. Possible response to threats of war, population growth, resource shortages, and pollution may be examined.
 


  PSC 230        Introduction to Political Thought
       Great political thinkers of Western civilization from Plato to the present. Historical background of Western thought and its relevance to the present political world.
  This course is required for the major.
 


  PSC 240        Introduction to Comparative Politics
       An introduction to the comparative study of political systems at various stages of cultural, social, economic, and political development.
 


  PSC 246        Soviet Politics
       Marxism-Leninism, the functioning of the political system, and its domination of all areas of Soviet life. Some brief attention to the conduct of Soviet foreign policy.
  This course has the following designations:  culture cluster
 


  PSC 252        Civil Liberties and Civil Rights
       A survey of the sources of civil liberties and civil rights in the United States with an inquiry into contemporary problems and their solutions through statutory and constitutional developments.
 


  PSC 256        Energy and the Political Process
       Stresses the process of policy making and implementation in the field of energy. Emphasis also is given to foreign policy and natural security implications.
 


  PSC 301        Gender and Politics
       Examines the role of women in politics and examines how the perspectives of marginalized groups gives access to new interpretations about the U.S. political system. Specific topics include socialization, the media, political campaigns, elections, and public policy.
  This course has the following designations:  diversity.
 


  PSC 310        The United States and Latin America
       This course examines U.S. relations with the nations of Latin America. Emphasis is on understanding the goals of U.S. policies and the real impact of those policies. U.S. views of Latin America, both contemporary and historical, are explored as are Latin American attitudes and views toward the United States. The extent to which the United States has been motivated in its dealing by great power hegemonic concerns, economic self interests (dollar diplomacy), cultural imperialism, human rights, and desire to champion democratic governance are all examined. Contemporary concerns with promoting market economics, narcotic trafficking, and immigration are also considered.
 


  PSC 311        Russian Foreign Policy
       Emphasis on Russian and Soviet-American relations since 1945. Topics treated include the influence of Marxism, Great Russian nationalism, and historical experience on Soviet and Russian foreign relations.
  Prerequisites for this course:  PSC 213 or 246 or permission of instructor
 


  PSC 312        Politics of Modern Nationalism
       An analysis of political processes in the former Soviet Union and Eastern Europe, Western Europe, and the Middle East. The role of nationalism in these countries after the demise of communism. The rise of nationalism in the Middle East and Western Europe.
 


  PSC 317        Contemporary International Relations
       Recent issues and problems with special emphasis on superpower behavior around the world. Also, third world revolutions, international terrorism, human rights, international law and the United Nations, and the changing international economic order.
 


  PSC 318        International Political Economy
       The focus is the politics of international economic relations. Alternative analytical and theoretical perspectives will be examined for their value in helping to understand and evaluate the historical developments and current operation of the global economy. Special attention is given to system governance (international regimes such as the World Trade Organization and the International Monetary Fund) and the ability of the nations of the world to provide stability to the international political economy.
  This course has the following designations:  interdisciplinary
 


  PSC 319        Middle Eastern Politics
       Topics include the Arab-Israeli conflict, the politics of the Persian Gulf, the role of OPEC, and the superpower conflict in the region.
 


  PSC 320        American Foreign Policy
       Cultural, political, economic, and psychological influences on policy; process of decision making. Special attention to a few policy areas such as relations with allied, underdeveloped, revolutionary, or Communist countries. Possible response to threats of war, population growth, resource shortages, and pollution may be examined.
 


  PSC 322        Public Opinion, Propaganda, and Political Behavior
       The dynamics of opinion formation and change, and the role of public opinion in policy formation. Political socialization, survey research and political socialization, survey research, and propaganda techniques also are considered.
 


  PSC 323        The Politics of Race, Class, and Gender
       This course examines the relationship between racial and ethnic groups' political behavior and the American political system's response to them in terms of its public policies.
  This course has the following designations:  diversity.
 


  PSC 324        American Political Parties
       Patterns, functions, and history of the American political party system at national, state, and local levels. Theoretical and empirical studies of political interest groups, public opinion, and voting behavior.
 


  PSC 325        Campaigns and Elections
       This course analyzes American elections and voting behavior, with an emphasis on recent presidential elections. Course objectives include understanding American voting patterns in elections.
 


  PSC 329        Judicial Behavior
       A behavioral approach to the law, with specific reference to conceptual, methodological, and ideological considerations. Depending on the availability of information, role-playing simulations will be used with students portraying judges and attorneys.
 


  PSC 330        The Politics of the Holocaust and Genocide
       This course examines the political causes of the Holocaust and genocide both in a historical and current context. Case studies include the Jews in Europe as well as the Armenians and Cambodians.
 


  PSC 339        Contemporary Political Thought
       Consideration of major political thinkers since Marx, including Berlin, Rawls, Dworkin, Nozick, and rational choice theorists.
 


  PSC 340        Latin-American Culture and Politics
       Comparative analysis of contemporary Latin-American systems. Political cultures, decision making, ideologies, and political processes. Emphasis is on Mexico and Central America.
  This course has the following designations:  culture cluster
 


  PSC 342        Government and Cultures of Western Europe
       Primary attention focuses on France, Germany, and Great Britain; secondary attention is on other European systems. Political cultures, popular participation, political parties, and formal institutions of government.
  This course has the following designations:  culture cluster
 


  PSC 343        Culture and Politics of Asia
       Study of cultural, philosophical, and political systems of modern Asia with special emphasis on China, Japan, and India.
 


  PSC 346        Russian Government and Politics
       Analysis of the Russian political system with a strong emphasis on the old Soviet system. Some focus on Russian foreign policy.
  This course has the following designations:  culture cluster
 


  PSC 348        African Culture and Politics
       The political nature and practices of individuals, organizations, and governments of Black Africa are examined in the cultural context of the contemporary independent period.
  Prerequisites for this course:  PSC 100 or equivalent
 


  PSC 350        American Constitutional Law
       The development of the American constitutional system as reflected in leading decisions of the United States Supreme Court. Emphasis on national powers, federalism, and the Bill of Rights.
  Prerequisites for this course:  PSC 100 or permission of instructor
 


  PSC 351        Energy and the Political Process
       Stresses the process of policy making and implementation in the field of energy. Emphasis also is given to foreign policy and national security implications.
 


  PSC 352        Civil Liberties and Civil Rights
       A survey of the sources of civil liberties and civil rights in the United States with an inquiry into contemporary problems and their solutions through statutory and constitutional developments.
 


  PSC 353        Latino Politics
       This is a "hands-on" course for upper-level social science students, as research methods are explored and put into practice in coordination with local organizations working with Latinos. Service-learning projects with Latinos in the region are required. Content material includes demographics of Hispanics in the United States, critical theories from Latino perspectives, interdisciplinary immigration studies, and Hispanic perspectives in relation to social welfare, education, employment, crimes and justice, and politics.
 


  PSC 355        Congressional Politics
       Deals with the internal and external factors that influence Congressional behavior, including the roles of constituents, pressure groups, parties, the committee system, rules, and the leadership. Their relationships to the president and court structure and their impact on electoral politics also are considered. Comparisons with state legislatures.
 


  PSC 356        American Public Policy
       Policy formation and execution. Policy areas considered vary from semester to semester. May include role-playing.
  Prerequisites for this course:  PSC 100 or 101 or permission of instructor
 


  PSC 357        Advanced Political Analysis
       Discussion and application of research design, conceptualization, measurement, operalization, research models, sampling, and data analysis for political science.
 


  PSC 358        Applied Public Policy Analysis
       An examination of public policy issues of state or national concern. Both analysis of current policy and research resulting in new policy recommendations will be included.
 


  PSC 359        The American Presidency
       In-depth analysis of the nature and significance of the American presidency, including constitutional development, presidential roles and customs, the recruitment process, the executive branch, and the politics of the presidency.
 


  PSC 372        Organization and Management
       Introduction to public and nonprofit organization management. Broad coverage of key elements of organizational functions and structure for potential managers. Uses both macro sociological and micro psychological levels of analysis. Case studies integrated into conceptual frameworks.
 


  PSC 373        American Intergovernmental Relations
       Designed to familiarize students with the complex network of conflict, cooperation, and interdependence among national, state, and local government units. Topic areas, among others, include an analysis of the continuing evolution of American federalism, an examination of this relationship from state and city government perspectives, and a description of specific intergovernmental fiscal programs and policies.
 


  PSC 375        Public Policy and Budgeting
       Introductory course to public fiscal management applicable to local, state, and national levels of government. Focus on the three major aspects of fiscal management: public services in a free market/mixed economy; revenue/taxation theory and practice; and governmental budgeting systems and concepts.
  Prerequisites for this course:  PSC 202, and one prior course in economics recommended
 


  PSC 399        Political Science Symposium
       Nature of research in political science. Construction of a research design. Extensive reading in an area of political science.
 


  PSC 400        Senior Seminar in Political Science
       Research in political science. Methodology, bibliography, and presentation, both oral and written. The research paper for the seminar must be acceptable as a required departmental senior research paper.
 


  PSC 401        Senior Project in Political Science
       Execution of the research design constructed in PSC 399. Involves completion of a major senior paper under supervision of a staff member. Extensive independent effort.
 


  PSC 402        Seminar in International Relations
       Theme centered with capstone paper. Senior I.R. majors only.
 


  PSC 410        Independent Studies in Political Science
       Research projects, reports, and readings in political science. Open to seniors only.
  Prerequisites for this course:  Permission of instructor
 


  PSC 412        Internship in Political Science
       Upper-level student field placement learning. Short-term, 3- to 6-hour experiences in political settings under faculty advisement; and 9- to 15-hour placements in state, federal, local government or public service agencies. Learning contracts and faculty advisement create a whole experience from exposure to government administration and politics. Offered each semester.
  This course may be taken again for credit
 


  PSC 414        International Theory
       General theory applied to specific case studies. Advanced readings.