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PLSC: Political Science

Department of Political Science

College of Humanities and Social Sciences

PLSC 500 Research Methods in Political Science 3 cr.

Provides students with a working knowledge of the statistical techniques commonly applied to the study of political phenomena and an understanding of the basic assumptions, limitations, and theoretical foundations of these various techniques. Focuses on measurement principles, research design and data collection, univariate distributions, sampling, and bivariate analysis.

PLSC 522 International Law and Organizations 3 cr.

A survey of the main concepts and history of international law and an analysis of the major international organizations such as United Nations, the European Union, and the Organization of American States. Knowledge of how such organizations operate is essential to understanding international relations. Prerequisites: None

PLSC 550 The Presidency 3 cr.

Examines the office of President with attention to Constitutional foundations, evolution, structure, powers, and functions. Comparisons are made between Presidential and parliamentary systems and between offices of President and governor.

PLSC 551 The Legislative Process 3 cr.

Legislative process in the U.S. with emphasis on Congress. Focus on organization and function of legislative bodies, with American legislative institutions compared with those of other nations.

PLSC 554 Metropolitan Problems 3 cr.

Analyzes multiplicity of problems facing our metropolitan areas, such as urban renewal, shrinking tax base, federal aid to cities, subsidized mass transit, municipal authorities, and political consolidation.

PLSC 555 Intergovernmental Relations 3 cr.

Explores the characteristics of federal system of government with emphasis on theories, origins, institutions, and problems in intergovernmental relations in the U.S.; federal systems in other nations; and trends.

PLSC 558 Judicial Process 3 cr.

Explores nature and limits of judicial power, courts as policymaking bodies, selection of judges, decision process, external forces impinging on the courts, and role of Supreme Court in its relationship with Congress, the Presidency, and federalism.

PLSC 559 Constitutional Law and Civil Liberties 3 cr.

Study of civil liberties and civil rights issues through leading Supreme Court decisions. Topics include First Amendment rights, procedural due process, and the Bill of Rights and equal protection problems.

PLSC 560 Classical Political Thought 3 cr.

Evolution of Western political tradition of Constitutionalism from Plato and Aristotle to Locke and Montesquieu; religious and rational foundations; medieval theories of authority and representation; early modern theories of state and sovereignty. Concepts of law, natural rights, liberty, equality, and justice are treated in detail.

PLSC 561 Modern Political Thought 3 cr.

Development of Western political thought since the mid-sixteenth century; classic liberalism; conservative thought; modern irrational ideologies such as fascism and national socialism; socialist thought; contemporary collectivist liberalism.

PLSC 562 American Political Thought 3 cr.

Develops an understanding of American political thinkers from the Puritans through the current Afro-American writers. Political phenomena are examined relating to past writings, and inferences are made for future political behavior.

PLSC 565 Intelligence Process and Policy 3 cr.

Demystifies intelligence and focuses on the critical thinking and intellectual skills the process of intelligence requires to provide government, private, and non-profit decision makers with useful information upon which to base sound decisions: collecting, analyzing, and providing data to those decision makers. Students will also examine the impact of the structure and role of the intelligence community in formulating U.S. national security policy.
Prerequisites: None

PLSC 570 The Practice of Public Administration 3 cr.

Examines the environment and structure of public sector organizations, organizational theory, organizational culture, intergovernmental and intra-organizational relations, leadership and ethics, the planning, management and evaluation of programs and services, the administration of human resources, budgeting and finance, and management information. Emphasizes the integration of theory and practice through case studies and projects.

PLSC 571 Issues in Public Administration 3 cr.

An intensive study of the role of federal agencies and their administrators in determining and developing public policies. Public administration in practice is emphasized by using case studies, third-person teaching, problem-based exercises, and debates.

PLSC 581 Special Topics 1-3 cr.

In-depth study of a specific problem or topic not regularly treated in courses. May be repeated.

PLSC 583 Political Studies: Asia 3 cr.

Comparative study of government and politics of Asia.

PLSC 584 Political Studies: Middle East 3 cr.

Comparative study of government and politics of the Middle East.

PLSC 587 Political Studies: Latin America 3 cr.

Comparative study of government and politics of Latin America.

PLSC 588 Dimensions of National Security 3 cr.

Deals with national security problems including decision-making and budgeting levels of strategy, the utility of force, and the impact of the military on American society.

PLSC 589 International Development Strategies 3 cr.

Deals with the political characteristics of emerging nations; the impact of economic and social change upon political structure; evolving patterns of political development; and techniques of nation-building.

PLSC 631 Human Resource Management in Public Sector 3 cr.

In-depth study of human resources management systems with special focus on public sector organizations. Emphasizes the development of an understanding of traditional functional systems as well as skills necessary to manage such systems successfully.

PLSC 666 Public Policy Analysis 3 cr.

Examines public policy using analytical tools and policy models. Considered within this framework are values and resources, the cultural-political environment, the policymaking process, and evaluation methods and their application to major policy areas.

PLSC 668 Public Sector Financial Administration 3 cr.

Concerned with the administration of fiscal and monetary processes of government on all three levels. Included are topics related to revenue and expenditure, how the former are calculated and provided for, and how the latter are prioritized and allocated via the budgetary process; control systems which are concerned with recordkeeping; and the monitoring of the flow of revenues.

PLSC 670 Foreign Policy Studies 3 cr.

Considers selected problems in international affairs. Emphasis on those problems and conflicts which have evolved in the postwar era, particularly as they relate to position of the United States in world affairs. Specific problems are approached both in terms of countries involved and the existing balance in world economic, ideological, and power structure.

PLSC 671 Seminar in Public Administration 3 cr.

Intensive study of role of agencies and their administrators in determining and developing public policy. Public administration in practice is emphasized by utilizing case studies.

PLSC 674 Analytical Techniques 3 cr.

Exposes the student to approaches, methods, tools, focus, and boundary lines of political science study. As a research methods course in graduate political science, it should be scheduled early in the program.

PLSC 675 International Political Economy 3 cr.

Examines the interaction between governments and markets on economic issues. This examination will occur comparatively both within countries and between nations. Acquaints students with the theoretical issues, trends, and findings of some of the major studies on and subfields within international political economy. Assumes a basic familiarity with foreign policy, comparative politics, and economics. Focus is on both international political economy as a subject and a field of study.

PLSC 678 The Ethical Dimensions of Leadership 3 cr.

Focuses on the ethical dimensions of leadership and strategies to integrate ethical considerations into organizational, administrative, decision-making, and policy processes. To facilitate discussion and the application of ethics to professional practice, a series of speakers examines the relationship between ethics and leadership within varying contexts. Case studies, videos, and exercises link theory and practice. Students are expected to complete all assigned readings prior to each class to facilitate their active participation in all discussions. A literature review project provides students with the opportunity to pursue individualized interests related to leadership and ethics. Prerequisite: None 

PLSC 698 Political Science Internship 3-6 cr.

Practical experience in government and politics. Students are individually assigned to a cooperating local or state government agency, political party, or interest group or to a federal or international agency when arrangements can be made. Students report periodically to professor in charge and undertake reading assignments and write such reports and papers as the professor may require. Prerequisite: Must have approval of instructor and department chairperson.

PLSC 699 Independent Study 1-3 cr.

Readings and written assignments on a specific topic determined by student and instructor in charge. May be repeated.

PLSC 744/CRIM 744

An in-depth study of the legal and international issues that the U.S. faces in response to combating international terrorism. Emphasis is placed on identifying causes of terrorism and the most plausible threats; terrorist networks, their commonalities and differences, and the difficulty in countering; and determining appropriate responses, to include political and legal implications, threat analysis, physical security, and target hardening.
Prerequisites: Enrolled in CRIM or PLSC graduate program, or permission of instructor.

PLSC 795 Thesis 3 cr.

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