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Political Science Course Description(s)

POLS1010 American National Politics (3)

An introduction to American politics from the 18th century to the present. Major themes and events include the writing of the U.S. Constitution, the development of American political principles and institutions, and contemporary political practices and issues in the U.S.

POLS1030 The Foundations of Politics: The Quest for Peace and Justice (3)

Special emphasis given to peace and justice in political communities, as well as the relationship of religious faith to political thought and practice. This course emphasizes the development of reading, writing, and critical thinking skills; and examines historical and contemporary political issues rooted in perennial questions about justice.

POLS1050 Introduction to International Relations (3)

An introduction to the international political system and its major institutions, issues, and events. Major themes and events include the nature of the state system, national security and national interest, war and peace, alliances, diplomacy, the Cold War, conflict resolution, and international law.

POLS3094 Topics in Political Science (2-3)

An examination of various aspects of politics and political science conducted in a seminar format. May be repeated for a maximum of 4 credits.

POLS3210 Social Science Research Methods (3)

The study and application of empirical research methods in the social sciences, with an emphasis on political science. The course will include discussions relating to the philosophy of science, an overview of research designs, the conduct of empirical research, and the organization and preparation of research papers. Offered: Alternate years.

POLS3310 Presidential Power: The Politics of Leadership (3)

An in-depth analysis of the presidency in the American political system. The course will examine the origins of the presidency, the nature of executive-legislative relations, the growth of presidential power, and the exercise of presidential power, especially in the modern era. Offered: Alternate years.

POLS3330 U.S. Foreign Policy (3)

An in-depth examination of the factors influencing the U.S. as a participant in the international system, especially from the end of World War II to the present. Topics include U.S. foreign policy and ideology, domestic politics and interest groups, public opinion and the media, and historical events considered chronologically. (See HIST3330). Offered: Alternate years.

POLS3410 American Political Thought and Ideology (3)

A critical investigation of political ideas and ideologies from the pre-revolutionary era through the founding period, early 20th century and New Deal, to present distinctions between liberals, conservatives and other contemporary political orientations. The course examines the evolution of American political discourse, with particular emphasis on liberty, equality, the locus of power in the American political system, and the relationship between the included and excluded in American political history. Offered: Alternate years.

POLS3520 Theories of Politics (3)

A critical exploration of major themes and issues in the Western political and philosophical tradition from Plato to today, organized around the question, "Why should I obey the State?" Special emphasis will be placed on the concepts of state, citizen, obedience, and the rule of law. Offered: Alternate years.

POLS3610 Comparative Politics (3)

An in-depth study of how nations are governed, how different political systems operate and historical explanations for disparate levels of development. This course examines how modern political systems try to resolve complex domestic and international problems. Topics include the theoretical foundations of comparative political analysis, the relationship between the state, markets and civil society, and the growing importance of culture in explaining development and the quality of governance. Offered: Alternate years.

POLS4410 Constitutional Law (3)

An in-depth study of the U.S. Supreme Court and its role in the American political and legal systems. Landmark judicial decisions are examined concerning governmental powers, separation of powers, and federalism. Special attention is paid to legal reasoning and the role of the Court and its work in American government and society. Recommended for students interested in law school. Offered: Alternate years.

POLS4420 Civil Rights and Civil Liberties (3)

A critical examination of U. S. Supreme Court decisions involving constitutional rights and liberties with special attention given to the Bill of Rights and the Fourteenth Amendment. Topics will include religious freedom, freedom of expression, rights in criminal procedure, due process and equal protection, including racial and gender discrimination and sexual harassment. Prerequisites: Offered: Alternate years. Prerequisites: POLS4410, or instructor's approval.

POLS4560 International Peace and Global Governance (3)

An in-depth study of conflict and conflict resolution in the international political system. This course examines various theories and models such as negotiation theory, peace studies, biblical models, international law, global human rights, and international order models. Offered: Alternate years.

POLS4960 Internship in Political Science (3)

A supervised, practical work experience in either the public or private sectors. The internship is required of all political science majors and provides an opportunity to gain practical experience in government and politics. Prerequisites: Instructor's permission.

POLS4970 Senior Thesis and Capstone (4)

This course, required for all political science and international studies majors, consists of two parts. The departmental component (Thesis) is an independent research paper of 25-30 pages, which includes demonstration of critical analysis and evaluation involving scholarly research and data-gathering. The university component (Capstone) includes a careful evaluation of the fulfillment of the university outcomes in the growth and experience of the student while at NNU, in discussion and an extended paper of 8-10 pages.

POLS4980 Seminar in International Studies (3)

An in-depth examination of a particular problem, issue, or event in global affairs. The course is discussion-centered and involves extensive readings in the field of international studies. Offered: Alternate years.