Political Science (3700)

Political Science (3700)

100 GOVERNMENT & POLITICS IN US 4 credits
Examination of American political system with emphasis on fundamental principles, ideas, institutions and processes of modern government. Lecture and discussion sections (day classes only).
150 WORLD POLITICS & GOVERNMENT 3 credits
Introduction to international politics and an examination of the governments and foreign policies of selected states from a comparative perspective.
201 INTRO TO POLITICAL RESEARCH 3 credits
Introduction to the research process in political science through an introduction to the logic of social science inquiry and contemporary techniques of analysis.
210 STATE & LOCAL GOVT & POLITICS 3 credits
Examination of institutions, processes and intergovernmental relations at state and local levels.
300 COMPARATIVE POLITICS 4 credits
Introduction to comparative political analysis; description of political systems of Great Britain, France, Germany and Soviet Union; contrast between democracy and totalitarianism.
302 AMERICAN POLITICAL IDEAS 3 credits
Study of major thinkers and writers of American political thought.
303 INTRO TO POLITICAL THOUGHT 3 credits
Survey of major ideas and concepts of Western political theory from pre-Socrates through period of Enlightenment.
304 MODERN POLITICAL THOUGHT 3 credits
Examination of central concepts of political thought from 19th Century to present. Modern liberalism, communism, fascism and totalitarianism emphasized.
310 INTERNATIONAL POLITICS & INS 3 credits
Relations among nations examined in political context.
311 DEVELOPING STATES IN WORLD POL 3 credits
Examines how developing states are conditioned by the global system and how they attempt to modify it.
321 EUROPEAN POLITICS 3 credits
Description and analysis of government and politics of France, Germany, Italy, the United Kingdom, and Russia, with appropriate references to the European Union.
326 POLITICS OF DEVELOPING NATIONS 3 credits
General introduction to concepts and theories of political development and political institutions, elite-recruitment and political processes of selected emerging nations.
328 AMERICAN FOREIGN POLICY PROC 3 credits
Examination of American foreign policy-making process; public opinion and other limitations on policy; specific contemporary problems in selected foreign policy areas.
334 LAW, MEDIATION, AND VIOLENCE 3 credits
A critical analysis of the practical challenges central to learning to better prevent, resolve, or reduce the harms associated with conflict.
335 LAW & SOCIETY 3 credits
This course will examine how law constructs and constrains political conflict, and how legal institutions mediate, reinforce, and challenge existing power relationships.
336 HOMELAND SECURITY POLICY & PRC 3 credits
The course will focus on the topic of homeland security, an area that has received a great deal of attention following the tragic events of September 11, 2001.
337 TERRORISM: PRPTS, PLTCS & RSPN 3 credits
Survey of terrorist organizations, political implications of terrorism, and governmental response to terrorism.
339 TERRORISM AND THE CONSTITUTION 3 credits
Primary goals include learning about the balance courts try to strike in safeguarding public safety and respect for personal freedom in a constitutional republic.
341 THE AMERICAN CONGRESS 3 credits
Examination of structure and function of Congress, with comparative materials on legislative process on all levels. Presidential and congressional conflict examined.
345 WORLD POLITICS IN FILM 3 credits
This course examines the political meaning and content of films. Themes investigated include war, the nuclear age and its consequences, postindustrial society, the future, and unemployment.
346 AMERICAN POLITICS IN FILM 3 credits
Examines the portrayal and representation of American politics through cinema. Emphasis on the positive and negative roles that movies play in educating the public.
350 THE AMERICAN PRESIDENCY 3 credits
The presidency as focal point of politics, policy and leadership in American political system.
351 INSIDE THE WHITE HOUSE 3 credits
The course looks behind the curtain at the inner-workings of the White House. Topics include: physical structure of the White House, travel, protection, and staff.
352 WEAPONS OF MASS DESTRUCTION 3 credits
An exploration of the various weapons of mass destruction available to terrorists and other potential enemies with an emphasis on the challenge America faces in responding to such threats.
353 FUTURE INTERNATIONAL THREATS 3 credits
A study of future threats through the use of scenario construction and future projections.
360 THE JUDICIAL PROCESS 3 credits
Role of police, lawyers, courts and judges in context of American political process. Structure and process of judicial policy making and limitations on judicial power.
361 POLITICS OF THE CRIM JUST SYS 3 credits
Examines the impact of the political process and political institutions on criminal law and policy.
363 CRIME, PUN, POL: A COMP PERSP 3 credits
Comparative study of the structures, practices, power relationships, and politics in various criminal justice systems.
370 PUBLIC ADMN: CONCEPTS & PRACTS 4 credits
Examines current administrative theories and their application in public bureaucracies. Emphasis is placed on practices to improve the quality of public sector administration.
375 WOMEN IN POLITICS 3 credits
Course examines the past, present, and future role of women in politics.
381 STATE POLITICS 3 credits
Analysis of the state political process in terms of its capacity to deal with a wide range of socioeconomic problems. Special emphasis on legislators, administrators, parties and interest groups.
391 HONORS IN POLITICAL SCIENCE 3 credits
Prerequisites: at least 17 credits and a 3.25 average in political science and permission of adviser.
392 SEL T: POLITICAL SCIENCE 1-3 credits
(May be repeated, but no more than three credits can be applied to major in political science) Topics of substantial current importance, specialized topics within political science or experimental courses.
395 INTERN: GOVERNMENT & POLITICS 2-9 credits
(May be taken twice for a total of nine hours. No more than four credits may be applied toward major in political science.) Prerequisite: Three courses in political science at The University of Akron, 2.20 average in political science, and permission of instructor. Supervised individual placement with political office holders, party groups, governmental agencies, law firms and other organizations providing professional-level work.
397 INDP STUDY: POLITICAL SCIENCE 1-4 credits
(May be repeated for a total of four credits) Prerequisites: senior standing, 3.00 grade-point average and permission of adviser.
400 POLITICAL EXTREMISM & VIOLENCE 3 credits
This course examines the causes and consequences of political extremism and political violence in democracies and failed democracies.
402 POLITICS AND THE MEDIA 3 credits
Examination of relationships between the press, the news media and political decision makers.
403 MEDIA, CRIME & PUBLIC OPINION 3 credits
Examines the social construction of crime in mass media and how it impacts public, including fear of crime, beliefs about crime causation, and crime policy.
405 POLITICS IN THE MIDDLE EAST 3 credits
The rise of the state system in the Middle East after World War I; an analysis of the socio-cultural, ideological forces influencing the political behavior of the people of the Middle East. In-depth study of selected political systems.
410 INTERNATIONAL SECURITY POLICY 3 credits
Prerequisite: At least one of the following: 310, or 3400:461, or permission. Introduction to political uses of military forces. Major focus on methodological, conceptual, and ethical dilemmas confronted in developing and implementing security policy.
413 GLOBAL PUBLIC HEALTH THREATS 3 credits
An introduction to comparative global biological and public health security policy. Topics include: infectious disease outbreaks, bioterrorism, and potential "nano-terrorism."
414 WEALTH AND POWER AMONG NATIONS 3 credits
Prerequisite: 310 or permission of instructor. Studies relationship between politics and economy; mesh theoretical perspectives with exploration of key empirical issues. Topics: trade, relations, unions, finance, development, aid, sanctions.
417 ENVIRON SECUR: POLICY & POLITC 3 credits
Prerequisite: 3700:100 or permission of the instructor. Examines the politics, economics, science, security, and policy changes behind global warming/climate change, peak oil (looming energy shortages), and related governmental and resource security.
422 UNDSTND RACIAL & GENDER CNFLCT 3 credits
This is the core course the Certificates in Racial and Gender Conflict, providing students with an opportunity to intensively examine racial and gender conflict.
437 GOVERNMENT VS ORGANIZED CRIME 3 credits
The course gives a history of organized crime and the government's responses to fight it. Newly emerging international crime groups are also discussed.
440 SURVEY RESEARCH METHODS 3 credits
Prerequisites: 100 or permission. Study of survey research methods as applied to the analysis of public opinion, political behavior, and public policy formation.
441 THE POLICY PROCESS 3 credits
Prerequisites: eight credits in political science. Intensive study of policy-making process, emphasizing roles of various participants in executive and legislative branches as well as private individuals and groups.
442 METHODS OF POLICY ANALYSIS 3 credits
Prerequisite: 201. Examines variety of methods available for analyzing public policies. Techniques of cost benefit analysis, evaluation research quasi-experimentation are covered as well as consideration of ethical questions in policy analysis, the practical problems facing policy analysts.
443 POLITICAL SCANDALS & CORRUPT 3 credits
This course will provide information on major political scandals, including media coverage, public opinion, the role of special prosecutors, and the impacts of scandals.
445 AL QAEDA 3 credits
This course explores the causes and consequences of Al Qaeda's terrorism. Students will weigh different explanations for why individuals join and participate in terrorist groups.
446 INTELLIGENCE AND COUNTERTERROR 3 credits
The aim of this class is to familiarize students with intelligence and counterterrorism organizations, politics, mandates, and missions in the United States and abroad.
450 ADM PRISONS,PROBATION & PAROLE 3 credits
Prerequisite: 100. Analysis of the administrative, electoral, and community conflicts central to understanding, resolving, and preventing these conflicts in a correctional environment.
461 THE SUPREME COURT & CONST LAW 3 credits
Prerequisite: 100 or permission. Interpretation of the Constitution by the Supreme Court with emphasis on federal judicial, legislative and executive power; separation of powers; and federalism.
462 THE SUPREME COURT & CIVIL LIB 3 credits
Prerequisite: 100 or permission. Interpretation of the Constitution by the Supreme Court with emphasis on freedom of speech and press, freedom of religion, criminal rights and right to privacy.
463 HUMAN RIGHTS IN WORLD POLITICS 3 credits
An introduction to human rights from a comparative perspective; topics include: definition and development of human rights with attention paid to government interaction and wartime.
470 CAMPAIGN MANAGEMENT I 3 credits
Prerequisite: permission of instructor. Reading, research and practice in campaign management decision making.
471 CAMPAIGN MANAGEMENT II 3 credits
Prerequisite: 470. The second course in campaign management. The focus is on timing, coalition building, candidate positioning, event planning, internal organization, and other elements of campaign strategy.
472 CAMPAIGN FINANCE 3 credits
Prerequisite: permission of instructor. Reading and research in financial decision making in political campaigns.
473 VOTER CONTACT & ELECTIONS 3 credits
Prerequisite: permission of instructor. Theoretical and practical approaches to communication in all types of campaigns.
474 POLITICAL OPIN/BEHAV/ELEC POL 3 credits
Prerequisite: 100 or 201 or permission. Advanced analysis of psychological, cultural, and group processes of opinion formation and change. Attention given to the effect of opinion change on electoral outcomes.
475 AMERICAN INTEREST GROUPS 3 credits
Prerequisite: six credits of political science or permission. Reading and research on the development, structure and function of interest groups in the United States.
476 AMERICAN POLITICAL PARTIES 3 credits
Prerequisites: six credits of political science or permission. Reading and research on the development, structure and function of parties in the United States.
477 LOBBYING 3 credits
Examines the lobbying profession in the political process. Topics include theories of lobbying, tools of lobbying, the lobbying process, and types of lobbying.
480 POLICY PROB: POLITICAL SCIENCE 3 credits
(May be repeated for a total of six credits) Intensive study of selected problems in public policy.
481 THE CHALLENGES OF POLICE WORK 3 credits
Prerequisite: 100. Analysis of the neighborhood, bureaucratic, electoral, and operational conflicts central to police work, with a focus on efforts and obstacles to improving police work.
482 CRIMINAL JUSTICE TOP: CUR ISSU 3 credits
(May be repeated for a maximum of six credits) Prerequisite: 100. Critical analysis of current issues relating to political science and criminal justice. No more than three credits can be applied to the major.
483 CONSTITUTNL PROBS IN CRIM JUST 3 credits
Prerequisite: 100. Analyzes Supreme Court policy-making regarding problems of criminal justice, including search and seizure, self-incrimination, right to counsel, jury selection, and post-appeal prisoner rights.
492 SELECTED TOPICS IN POL SCI 3 credits
Topics of substantial current importance or specialized topics within political science.
497 SR HONORS PROJ: POLITICAL SCI 1-3 credits
(May be repeated for a total of six credits) Prerequisites: senior standing in Honors Program and permission. Open only to a political science major in Honors Program. Independent study leading to completion of senior honors thesis or other original work.

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