American Politics (PLSI)

PLSI-3301 Political Parties and Interest Groups
Description
An analysis of the development, structure, functions, and activities of political parties and interest groups in the American political system. In addition to an analysis of the interaction of these institutions, attention is given to the role of parties and interest groups in organizing mass political behavior in the electoral and policy making processes.
Credits
3 credits
Level
Upper Division
PLSI-3303 Elections and Campaigns
Description
A study of the recruitment, nomination, and election of public officials in the United States with an emphasis on election theory, the legal framework of elections, campaign strategy and tactics, voting behavior, political advertising, and campaign finance.
Credits
3 credits
Level
Upper Division
Pathways Curriculum
The Interdisciplinary Clusters
PLSI-3304 Political Communication
Description
Studies communication aspects of the political processes in a democratic society with an emphasis on contemporary political campaigns; presidential and congressional rhetoric; and less public forms of communication in the policy-making process. (Also listed as HCOM 4350.)
Credits
3 credits
Level
Upper Division
PLSI-3306 The American Presidency
Description
An examination of the Presidency in the constitutional order, including recruitment, powers, and responsibilities and its relationship to the other major agencies of the state.
Credits
3 credits
Level
Upper Division
Pathways Curriculum
The Interdisciplinary Clusters
PLSI-3329 Special Topics in American Politics
Description
Occasionally courses will be offered on special topics. Students are encouraged to bring to the attention of the Department Chair topics they wish to have offered. Students may take this course more than once provided the topics vary.
Credits
3 credits
Level
Upper Division
PLSI-3405 The U.S. Congress
Description
An analysis of the U.S. Congress, with an emphasis on its historical roots and constitutional foundations, the legislative process and policy outcomes, the development of institutional structures and organizations, and the role of political parties, interest groups, and legislative behavior. (Offered every Spring)
Credits
4 credits
Level
Upper Division
PLSI-3413 Policy Analysis and the Policymaking Process
Description
An examination of public policy from an interdisciplinary perspective. Students study public policies from a historical, theoretical, institutional, political, and social perspective; they study how "problems" are identified and which problems government responds to and why; and they learn how to examine the role of race, ethnicity, gender, social class, and other differences when policies are analyzed, created, and implemented. (Offered every Fall)
Credits
4 credits
Level
Upper Division
Pathways Curriculum
The Core Capacities
PLSI-3416 Urban Politics
Description
An exploration of the urban space, including the politics, institutions, power centers, policies, and the people who live in urban environments. Emphasis is given to why cities matter, how cities are organized, how cities operate as an economic engine, and how cities shape identity and experiences while producing inequality. Contemporary urban issues are considered, such as demographic changes, community power, and public transportation. (Offered every Spring) (Also listed as URBS 3416.)
Credits
4 credits
Level
Upper Division
Pathways Curriculum
The Core Capacities

Comparative Politics (PLSI)

PLSI-3333 Latin American Politics
Description
A comparative survey of government and politics in Latin America, focusing on illiberal democracies, political participation, and clientelism in the region.
Credits
3 credits
Level
Upper Division
PLSI-3339 Special Topics in Comparative Politics
Description
Occasionally courses will be offered on special topics. Students are encouraged to bring to the attention of the Department Chair topics they wish to have offered. Students may take this course more than once provided the topics vary.
Credits
3 credits
Level
Upper Division
PLSI-3430 European Politics
Description
A study of the successes and failures, strengths, and weaknesses of parliamentary democracy in various European countries. (Also listed as GRST 3470.) (Offered every other year)
Credits
4 credits
Level
Upper Division
Pathways Curriculum
The Core Capacities
PLSI-3431 Comparative Political Economy of North America, Europe, and East Asia
Description
A comparative study of the relationship between the public and private sectors in North America, Europe, and East Asia, with special emphasis on the extent to which government intervenes in the economy. (Also listed as GRST 3471.) (Offered every other year.)
Credits
4 credits
Level
Upper Division
PLSI-3434 State, Society, and Change in the Middle East
Description
A comparison of the political systems of major Middle Eastern countries, emphasizing the socio-economic and cultural characteristics of selected cases. Prerequisite: Junior standing or consent of instructor.
Credits
4 credits
Level
Upper Division
PLSI-3435 Global City Berlin
Description
An examination of the political tensions surrounding increased immigration to and diversity in Berlin and Germany during the past and the present. (Also listed as GRST 3435.)(Offered every other year)
Credits
4 credits
Level
Upper Division
Pathways Curriculum
The Core Capacities, The Interdisciplinary Clusters, The Core Capacities

International Politics (PLSI)

PLSI-3345 US Foreign Policy
Description
An examination of US foreign policy and actions in a globalizing world. Prerequisite: PLSI 1342 or consent of instructor.
Credits
3 credits
Level
Upper Division
PLSI-3349 Special Topics in International Politics
Description
Occasionally courses will be offered on special topics. Students are encouraged to bring to the attention of the Department Chair topics they wish to have offered. Students may take this course more than once provided the topics vary.
Credits
3 credits
Level
Upper Division
PLSI-3440 Performing Human Rights
Description
Through the analysis of forms of artistic expression and contemporary questions about human rights violations, this course will assess the impact performance has on the understanding of human rights violations, on the reconciliation of societal conflicts and on the restitution of human dignity to victims of repression. This course typically includes a study abroad component. (Also listed as THTR 3444.) Prerequisite: Consent of Instructor
Credits
4 credits
Level
Upper Division
PLSI-3441 East Asian Security
Description
An examination of core debates and arguments with respect to international security in East Asia. Topics include important cases in past and current dynamics in East Asia, such as Chinese hierarchy, Japan's political role in Asia, the Korean Peninsula, growing interactions in Southeast Asia, and U.S foreign policy in East Asia. (Offered every other year)
Credits
4 credits
Level
Upper Division
Pathways Curriculum
The Interdisciplinary Clusters
PLSI-3442 International Law
Description
An introductory survey of public international law as practiced by states and international organizations, with an emphasis on philosophical and theoretical perspectives, and on different subfields of international law such as international criminal law, law of the sea, human rights, economy, and international humanitarian law. (Offered every Fall)
Credits
4 credits
Level
Upper Division
Pathways Curriculum
The Interdisciplinary Clusters, The Core Capacities
PLSI-3443 Chinese Foreign Policy
Description
An examination of Chinese foreign policy by focusing on leadership, economic conditions, political settings, public opinion, and China's relations with other countries. Includes a brief exploration of the historical role of China in international politics. Taught in English. (also listed as CHIN 3443).
Credits
4 credits
Level
Upper Division
Pathways Curriculum
The Interdisciplinary Clusters
PLSI-3444 The Middle East and the World
Description
An examination of international relations in the Middle East with an emphasis on domestic, regional, and global factors in shaping the foreign policies of major countries of the region. Prerequisite: Junior standing or consent of instructor.
Credits
4 credits
Level
Upper Division
PLSI-3446 War and Alliance
Description
A study of theoretical and empirical studies on the nature of international conflicts and alliance. Topics include the causes of war, crisis management, escalation of conflicts, termination of war, and the role of alliances in war and peace. (Offered every other year) Prerequisite: One lower division course in Political Science or consent of instructor.
Credits
4 credits
Level
Upper Division
Pathways Curriculum
The Core Capacities
PLSI-3447 International Criminal Justice: The Hague Program
Description
An analysis of the birth and development of International Criminal Justice and the international crimes leading to the creation of International Criminal Tribunals. (Offered every other year)
Credits
4 credits
Level
Upper Division
Pathways Curriculum
The Interdisciplinary Clusters, The Core Capacities, The Core Capacities
PLSI-3448 International Human Rights
Description
An examination of the historical, legal, and political evolution of international human rights law. Topics include the history of human rights violations, the legal development of the major human rights instruments, and the work of human rights activists. (Offered every other year)
Credits
4 credits
Level
Upper Division
PLSI-4341 International Political Economy
Description
An examination of the relationship between international politics and international economy. Particular attention is given to the explanation of political decisions based on economic determinants. Emphasis will be given to concepts of power, interdependence, poverty, imperialism, justice, and development.
Credits
3 credits
Level
Upper Division

Political Theory (PLSI)

PLSI-3361 Classical Political Thought
Description
An examination of the nature of politics, justice, and civic virtue in ancient Greek, Roman, Christian, and Renaissance thought. Plato, Aristotle, Augustine, Aquinas, and Machiavelli.
Credits
3 credits
Level
Upper Division
Pathways Curriculum
The Interdisciplinary Clusters, The Core Capacities
PLSI-3369 Special Topics in Political Theory
Description
Occasionally courses will be offered on special topics. Student are encouraged to bring to the attention of the Department Chair topics they wish to have offered. Students may take this course more than once provided the topics vary.
Credits
3 credits
Level
Upper Division
PLSI-3462 Modern Political Thought
Description
An examination of freedom, authority, and democracy through the writings of the great political thinkers of the modern age. Hobbes, Locke, Rousseau, Marx, Mill, and de Tocqueville, and feminist thinkers such as Mary Wollenstonecraft and Simone de Beauvoir. Prerequisite: Junior standing or consent of instructor.
Credits
4 credits
Level
Upper Division
Pathways Curriculum
The Interdisciplinary Clusters, The Core Capacities
PLSI-3463 Masters of Suspicion: Contemporary Political Thought
Description
A study of many of the sharpest contemporary thinkers who have been opposed to democracy or pessimistic about its prospects. This course examines some of these thinkers and then takes up the work of other prominent contemporaries who have sought to defend democracy. (Also listed as GRST 3472.) (Offered every other year)
Credits
4 credits
Level
Upper Division
Pathways Curriculum
The Core Capacities

Public Law (PLSI)

PLSI-3351 Constitutional Law
Description
A study of the U.S. Supreme Court's role in defining the nature and scope of national judicial, executive, and legislative authority. Additional topics include federalism, commerce power, and economic substantive due process. Emphasis on the development of basic legal research skills.
Credits
3 credits
Level
Upper Division
Pathways Curriculum
The Interdisciplinary Clusters
PLSI-3352 Civil Rights and Liberties
Description
A study of the U.S. Supreme Court's role in defining the meaning of the Bill of Rights, selective incorporation, privacy doctrine, and the Fourteenth Amendment's Due Process and Equal Protection Clauses. Emphasis on the development of basic legal research skills.
Credits
3 credits
Level
Upper Division
Pathways Curriculum
The Core Capacities, The Interdisciplinary Clusters
PLSI-3354 Judicial Process
Description
An examination of the functions and roles of courts in the American political and legal system. Topics include legal education/profession, group litigation strategies, methods of judicial selection, theories of judicial decision-making, and judicial philosophy.
Credits
3 credits
Level
Upper Division
Pathways Curriculum
The Interdisciplinary Clusters
PLSI-3359 Special Topics in Public Law
Description
Occasionally courses will be offered on special topics. Students are encouraged to bring to the attention of the Department Chair topics they wish to have offered. Students may take this course more than once provided the topics vary.
Credits
3 credits
Level
Upper Division

Special Courses (PLSI)

PLSI-3190 Reading and Conference
Description
Individual work under supervision. Varies in credit from one to six credit hours. Prerequisites: Junior standing with 6 hours upper division credit and consent of instructor
Credits
1 credit
Level
Upper Division
PLSI-3191 Special Topics in Political Science
Description
Occasionally courses will be offered on special topics. Students are encouraged to bring to the attention of the Department Chair topics they wish to have offered. Students may take this course more than once provided the topics vary.
Credits
1 credit
Level
Upper Division
PLSI-3197 Internship in Politics, Administration, And Law
Description
Students enrolled in PLSI 3-97 will be assigned to various party, governmental or law offices on the basis of individual preferences and the availability of the assignments. The nature of the student's responsibilities will vary with the assignment involved and subject to the approval of the supervising faculty. Must be taken Pass/Fail. Permission from the instructor required.
Credits
1 credit
Level
Upper Division
PLSI-3290 Reading and Conference
Description
Individual work under supervision. Varies in credit from one to six credit hours. Prerequisites: Junior standing with 6 hours upper division credit and consent of instructor
Credits
2 credits
Level
Upper Division
PLSI-3291 Special Topics in Political Science
Description
Occasionally courses will be offered on special topics. Students are encouraged to bring to the attention of the Department Chair topics they wish to have offered. Students may take this course more than once provided the topics vary.
Credits
2 credits
Level
Upper Division
PLSI-3297 Internship in Politics, Administration, And Law
Description
Students enrolled in PLSI 3-97 will be assigned to various party, governmental or law offices on the basis of individual preferences and the availability of the assignments. The nature of the student's responsibilities will vary with the assignment involved and subject to the approval of the supervising faculty. Must be taken Pass/Fail. Permission from the instructor required.
Credits
2 credits
Level
Upper Division
PLSI-3366 Governance and Public Policy in Contemporary China
Description
This course covers most significant issues of contemporary policies and public policy in China. It explores the forces changing the lives of nearly a fifth of humanity, the 1.1 billion people of China. This course is designed to be experimental in both subject and teaching methodology. In order to explore the political, economic, and social processes of liberalization that have created this new era of the increased circulation of people, ideas, commodities and technologies across national boundaries, seminar participants must use materials and methods from many scholarly disciplines and traditions: urban studies, political science, sociology, history, anthropology, economics, and media/cultural studies. In order to study these increasingly mobile populations that often fall outside the boundaries of conventional area studies approaches, students must develop innovative comparative case study and survey methodologies. (Also listed as CHIN 3366, URBS 3366)
Credits
3 credits
Level
Upper Division
Pathways Curriculum
The Interdisciplinary Clusters
PLSI-3372 Research Methods in Political Science
Description
An introduction to quantitative political science with emphasis on epistemology, falsifiability, research design, and statistical analysis. Students will produce an original empirical research paper by the end of the semester. Prerequisite: One lower division course in Political Science or consent of instructor
Credits
3 credits
Level
Upper Division
Pathways Curriculum
The Core Capacities, Approaches to Creation and Analysis
PLSI-3390 Reading and Conference
Description
Individual work under supervision. Varies in credit from one to six credit hours. Prerequisites: Junior standing with 6 hours upper division credit and consent of instructor
Credits
3 credits
Level
Upper Division
PLSI-3391 Special Topics in Political Science
Description
Occasionally courses will be offered on special topics. Students are encouraged to bring to the attention of the Department Chair topics they wish to have offered. Students may take this course more than once provided the topics vary.
Credits
3 credits
Level
Upper Division
PLSI-3397 Internship in Politics, Administration, And Law
Description
Students enrolled in PLSI 3-97 will be assigned to various party, governmental or law offices on the basis of individual preferences and the availability of the assignments. The nature of the student's responsibilities will vary with the assignment involved and subject to the approval of the supervising faculty. Must be taken Pass/Fail. Permission from the instructor required.
Credits
3 credits
Level
Upper Division
PLSI-3490 Reading and Conference
Description
Individual work under supervision. Varies in credit from one to six credit hours. Prerequisites: Junior standing with 6 hours upper division credit and consent of instructor
Credits
4 credits
Level
Upper Division
PLSI-3491 Special Topics in Political Science
Description
Occasionally courses will be offered on special topics. Students are encouraged to bring to the attention of the Department Chair topics they wish to have offered. Students may take this course more than once provided the topics vary.
Credits
4 credits
Level
Upper Division
PLSI-3497 Internship in Politics, Administration, And Law
Description
Students enrolled in PLSI 3-97 will be assigned to various party, governmental or law offices on the basis of individual preferences and the availability of the assignments. The nature of the student's responsibilities will vary with the assignment involved and subject to the approval of the supervising faculty. Must be taken Pass/Fail. Permission from the instructor required.
Credits
4 credits
Level
Upper Division
PLSI-3597 Internship in Politics, Administration, And Law
Description
Students enrolled in PLSI 3-97 will be assigned to various party, governmental or law offices on the basis of individual preferences and the availability of the assignments. The nature of the student's responsibilities will vary with the assignment involved and subject to the approval of the supervising faculty. Must be taken Pass/Fail. Permission from the instructor required.
Credits
5 credits
Level
Upper Division
PLSI-3697 Internship in Politics, Administration, And Law
Description
Students enrolled in PLSI 3-97 will be assigned to various party, governmental or law offices on the basis of individual preferences and the availability of the assignments. The nature of the student's responsibilities will vary with the assignment involved and subject to the approval of the supervising faculty. Must be taken Pass/Fail. Permission from the instructor required.
Credits
6 credits
Level
Upper Division

Political Science (PLSI)

PLSI-1301 American Politics
Description
A study of the institutions, processes, and behavior of American government, with an emphasis on how enduring constitutional features impact contemporary concerns. This is the basic introductory course in American government. (Offered every semester)
Credits
3 credits
Level
Lower Division
Pathways Curriculum
Approaches to Creation and Analysis, The Interdisciplinary Clusters
PLSI-1331 Global Politics
Description
A comparative study of different political systems around the globe and the major issues faced by governments as they manage the economy, immigration, climate change, and other issues. This is the basic introductory course in comparative politics. (Offered every year)
Credits
3 credits
Level
Lower Division
Pathways Curriculum
The Core Capacities, The Interdisciplinary Clusters
PLSI-1342 International Politics
Description
An introduction to the interaction among state and non-state actors in the international arena. This course reviews international theory and examines important historical and contemporary issues in international relations. Topics include international security, war, globalization, terrorism, and the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction. This is the basic introductory course in international relations. (Offered every semester)
Credits
3 credits
Level
Lower Division
Pathways Curriculum
Approaches to Creation and Analysis, The Interdisciplinary Clusters
PLSI-1361 Politics & Morality
Description
An introduction to some of the most important moral issues persons confront as citizens of a given polity. For example, when should one (dis)obey a law? Is the community's interest greater than the individual's? Students read selected prominent thinkers who have taken positions on such questions and then formulate their own positions in the context of their own situation. (Offered every year)
Credits
3 credits
Level
Lower Division
Pathways Curriculum
The Interdisciplinary Clusters, Approaches to Creation and Analysis
PLSI-2150 Trial Procedure and Argumentation
Description
An experiential study of courtroom trial and procedure. Students research and analyze elements of case law, rules of evidence, and persuasive argumentation. This study culminates in the preparation and performance of fully simulated trials, with students filling the roles of attorneys and witnesses. Offered in conjunction with participation in the Mock Trial program. May be repeated for no more than six credits. (Offered every semester.) Admission by consent of instructor only.
Credits
1 credit
Level
Lower Division
Pathways Curriculum
The Core Capacities
PLSI-2432 Film, Literature, and Politics of the Third World
Description
An examination of challenges facing Third World societies through literature and film. Relying primarily on the works of Third World artists and writers, the course will explore issues such as poverty, the plight of ethnic minorities, the status of women, and the legacy of colonialism. (Offered every year)
Credits
4 credits
Level
Lower Division
Pathways Curriculum
The Core Capacities, The Interdisciplinary Clusters
David Crockett
David Crockett, Ph.D.
Department Chair
Professor
Rosa Aloisi
Rosa Aloisi, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
John Burke
John Burke, Ph.D.
Visiting Assistant Professor
Headshot of Yen-Hsin Chen
Yen-Hsin Chen, Ph.D.
Visiting Assistant Professor
Jesse Crosson faculty headshot
Jesse Crosson, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
John Hermann
John Hermann, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Katsuo A. Nishikawa
Katsuo A. Nishikawa, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
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Maria Laura Rodriguez
Academic Office Manager
Juan Sepulveda
Juan Sepulveda, J.D.
Calgaard Distinguished Professor of Practice
Sussan Siavoshi
Sussan Siavoshi, Ph.D.
Una Chapman Cox Professor of International Affairs
Hyon Joo Yoo
Hyon Joo Yoo, Ph.D.
Associate Professor

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