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ClassID Name Description Credits
POLS 2100 Introduction to American Government A study of the legislative, judicial, and executive branches of the national government, with emphasis on the changing interpretation of the Constitution. 3
POLS 2110 Introduction to Comparative Politics Prerequisite: POLS 2100. A survey course that examines and compares institutions, cultures, and philosophies in Africa, Asia, Latin America, and other countries. 3
POLS 2115 Introduction to International Politics Prerequisite: POLS 2100. A survey course that examines the interactions among states 3
POLS 2120 State Government Prerequisites: POLS 2100. A study of the relationship of state government to national and local governments, and the problems and operation of state government, particularly state government in North Carolina. 3
POLS 2800 Applied Comparative Civic Engagement Prerequisite: POLS 2100. A review of contemporary social, economic, and public policy alternatives and an examination of the micro and macro level social, economic, and public policy making processes from a local, state, national, and international perspective, employing international service-learning as a tool for addressing social, economic, and public policy issues. 3
POLS 3000 Scope, Method and Writing Prerequisite: POLS 2100. A study of practical application techniques and methods used in collection, analysis, and written presentation of political data. 3
POLS 3020 Major Powers and Asia. Prerequisite: POLS 2100. A survey of the inter-relationship of the global interests of the major powers 3
POLS 3030 Foreign Policy of Major Afro-Asian Nations Prerequisite: POLS 2100. An analytical review of the trends and goals of the foreign policies of Ghana, Nigeria, Tanzania, India, Indonesia, Japan, and other African and Asian nations. 3
POLS 3040 Major Powers and Africa Prerequisite: POLS 2100. A survey of the inter-relationship of the global interests of the major powers 3
POLS 3120 Governments of the Far East A study of present-day Chinese, Japanese, and Indian governments, with emphasis upon the relation of governmental structure to the historical and philosophical development of these nations. 3
POLS 3130 Nuclear War A study of the relationship between domestic and foreign policy making in terms of nuclear war and weapons, as well as peace theory. 3
POLS 3210 Public Opinion and Propaganda Prerequisite: POLS 2100. A study of the nature, formation, and content of public opinion and the uses and characteristics of propaganda in the modern state. 3
POLS 3310 The American Constitutional System Prerequisite: POLS 2100. A study of judicial interpretation of the Constitution, the separation of governmental powers, federal-state relations, the control of interstate commerce and the role of the federal courts in the development of the concepts of due process and equal protection. 3
POLS 3320 American Political Parties and Pressure Groups Prerequisite: POLS 2100. A study of the purposes, history, and organization of major parties and pressure groups. 3
POLS 3410 Municipal Government Prerequisite: POLS 2120. A study of the history and types of city and town government, problems of metropolitan area governments, and federal-local relations. 3
POLS 3500 Practicum in Political Science An introduction to the theory and practice of the community political process. Students entering the course will spend a minimum of three hours per week in a particular field under the guidance of an instructor. 3
POLS 3510 Black Politics in America Prerequisite: POLS 2100. A study of the history and impact of African-Americans’ participation in government and politics in the United States. 3
POLS 3550 Oil Politics An examination of the politics of oil producing areas of the world. 3
POLS 3560 Media Politics An examination of the relationship of the media and the electoral process. 3
POLS 3600 American Foreign Policy An examination of U.S. foreign policy in the modern era, with emphasis on the process and mechanics of policy formulation and execution, and on economic and military implications in conducting American foreign policy. 3
POLS 3700 The U.S. Congress: People, Power and Politics A study of the U.S. Congress, focusing on both its internal functions and policy processes, with special emphasis on the issues of representation and responsiveness. 3
POLS 3710 The American Presidency: Office and Occupants An examination of presidential leadership and decision making, as well as the sources of and obstacles to presidential influence. Particular attention is paid to the problems and prospects of the modern presidency. 3
POLS 3800 Junior Thesis Independent study and research course under the guidance of the instructor. 3
POLS 3810 Independent Study in Political Science Prerequisite: Permission of the instructor. A course that allows students to do independent study and research in a specialized area of political science. 3
POLS 3990 Behavioral Research Methods in Political Science Prerequisite: POLS 3000. A course that introduces students to advanced political analysis. 3
POLS 3995 Environmental Politics A review of the history, principles, and issues in American environmental politics, with a focus on both governmental institutions and organizations. 3
POLS 3999 Environmental Politics 3
POLS 4000 Political Economy Prerequisite: POLS 2100 and ECON 2200 or ECON 2300. A course designed to be an advanced level introduction to a range of theoretical and applied concerns regarding political economy. It is an exploration of the fundamental questions about government, policies, and the relationship among global market systems. 3
POLS 4100 Internship in Political Science Prerequisites: POLS 2100, 2120, 3000, 3310. Advanced junior classification or permission of the chair. 3 to 12
POLS 4110 Political Theory I Prerequisite: POLS 2100. An examination of the development of political philosophy from Plato to the early eighteenth century, to the advent of the modern state system. 3
POLS 4120 Political Theory II Prerequisite: POLS 2100. A continuation of POLS 4110. An examination of political thought from the post-feudal period to modern times. 3
POLS 4200 Contemporary Black Political Thought Prerequisites: POLS 2100, 3510, and 4110 or 4120. A course to study alternative philosophical and political strategies based on an analysis of various black political movements. 3
POLS 4310 International Organization Prerequisite: 2100 or permission of the instructor. A study of the United Nations, NATO, European ventures into international cooperative organization, and the Organization of American States. 3
POLS 4330 Politics of Developing Nations Prerequisite: 2110 or 2115. A study of complex processes and forces involved with political integration and economic modernization in selected African countries. 3
POLS 4340 Civil Rights: Problems in Administration and Compliance Prerequisite: POLS 3310 or permission of the instructor. An advanced study of public administration and constitutional problems in the context of civil rights laws. 3
POLS 4400 Problems of Contemporary Governments Prerequisites: Advanced standing and a minor or major in the social sciences. A careful study of selected governmental problems facing our nation today. These problems include both domestic and international areas. 3
POLS 4500 Revolution and Ideology in the Third World Prerequisite: POLS 2110 or 2115. A study designed to offer students a representative cross-section of political movements, ideas, and “currents” in the new nations in ferment. 3
POLS 4520 Middle Eastern Politics An analysis of formal power structures of Middle Eastern countries and an examination of political forces impinging upon and undergirding the foreign policy of these nations. 3
POLS 4600 Workshop in International Affairs Prerequisite: POLS 2100 or permission of the instructor. An examination of major problems in international affairs with emphasis upon the factors which generate tensions among nations, focusing on interlocking and interdependent relationships of both larger and smaller nations in world politics. 3
POLS 4880 Special Topics in Political Science Prerequisite: 2100 or permission of the instructor. An examination of special topics in political science. 3
POLS 4990 Senior Honors I Prerequisites: Advanced standing and permission of the instructor or department chairman. Honors course offered for senior political science majors with a minimum 3.0 grade point average. 3
POLS 4995 Senior Honors II Prerequisites: Advanced standing and permission of the instructor or department chairman. Honors course offered for senior political science majors with a minimum 3.0 grade point average. This course offers additional readings beyond Senior Honors I and independent research. 3
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