Political Science Course Descriptions

PSCI 201 (3 cr hrs)

American National Government

This course is a thorough introduction to the U.S. political system, its institutions and processes. Topics will include the Constitutional founding, federalism, political culture, Congress, the Presidency, judiciary, bureaucracy, public opinion and the media, the electoral process, and civil liberties.

General Studies Outcome:           Methods of Inq & Explanatory Schema - Soc Science

 

PSCI 202 (3 cr hrs)

State and Local Government

This course includes description and analysis of political institutions and behavior in American states with interstate comparisons and comparisons between state and national political systems. Lecture topics include the development and role of American local government, its forms and structures, and the relationship to the federal government.

General Studies Outcome: Methods of Inq & Explanatory Schema - Soc Science

 

PSCI 301 (3 cr hrs)

Comparative Government

This course includes a comparative analysis of political systems and institutions of several nations; the nations studied may change with each offering. The course emphasis is on political culture, comparative political history, chief executives, legislatures, political parties, interest groups, courts, and policy making with ample comparisons to the U.S.

General Studies Outcome:            Methods of Inq & Explanatory Schema - Soc Science

 

PSCI 307 (3 cr hrs)

Women in American History and Politics

This course is an introductory survey of American women's history from pre-contact to the present with an emphasis on women's roles in the nation's political and civic life.

General Studies Outcome:           Methods of Inq & Explanatory Schema - Soc Science

 

PSCI 312 (3 cr hrs)

Engagement in the Legislative Process

This course is designed to give students the tools they need for engagement in the legislative process at all levels of American government; local, state, and national. Students will work in small collaborative groups to identify a contemporary political issue and analyze it from a socio-cultural perspective. The culminating activity will be to develop innovative strategies to positively impact the proposed legislative policies that address the issue.

General Studies Outcome:           Community, Regional & Global Studies

Methods of Inq & Explanatory Schema - Soc Science

 

PSCI 316 (3 cr hrs)

Engagement in the Election Process

This course is designed to educate students about and provide opportunities for engagement in the election process at all levels of American government; local, state, and national.  Student will individually volunteer in a political candidate's campaign, collectively organize and conduct a candidate forum at Peru State College, and collectively organize and conduct an election night event (non-partisan) at PSC.

General Studies Outcome:           Community, Regional & Global Studies

Methods of Inq & Explanatory Schema - Soc Science

 

PSCI 325 (3 cr hrs)

American Political Thought

This course describes the major fields and periods of American political thought, its major works, and the scholarly interpretations of those works.

General Studies Outcome:           Methods of Inq & Explanatory Schema - Soc Science

 

PSCI 341 (3 cr hrs)

Modern Europe

This course offers a comparative historical analysis of the ongoing process of modernization in Europe. The emphasis is on movements and institutions such as Liberalism, Conservatism, Romanticism, Socialism, Imperialism, and Totalitarianism from 1815 to the present. Cross listed as HIST 341.

Prerequisite Required:                  HIST 202

General Studies Outcome:           Methods of Inq & Explanatory Schema - Soc Science

 

PSCI 351 (3 cr hrs)

Modern Africa

Modern Africa presents the history of sub-Saharan Africa, concentrating on the events of the last three centuries and providing comparisons with European and American history. Cross listed as HIST 351.

General Studies Outcome:           Community, Regional & Global Studies

Methods of Inq & Explanatory Schema - Soc Science

 

PSCI 371 (3 cr hrs)

Modern Middle East

This course examines the recent history of the Middle East region, focusing on the Arab-Israeli conflict, the growth of fundamentalism and terrorism, and the international conflicts in Afghanistan and Iraq. Cross listed as HIST 371.

General Studies Outcome:           Community, Regional & Global Studies

Methods of Inq & Explanatory Schema - Soc Science

 

PSCI 426 (3 cr hrs)

American Constitutional Law

A study of the historical and political context of constitutional doctrine through major decisions. The emphasis is on constitutional growth as it relates to the fundamental structure of American government and the social order. Cross listed as HIST 426.

Prerequisite Required:                  PSCI 201

General Studies Outcome:           Methods of Inq & Explanatory Schema - Soc Science

 

PSCI 468 (3 cr hrs)

Public Administration

Students will study a range of topics involved in the administration of public agencies. Topics will include the history of America's public service, the development of intergovernmental relations, bureaucracies, public personnel, budgeting, decision making, evaluation procedures, and regulatory administration. This class will encourage students to investigate the role of public administration in the past and today, as well as to conjecture the possibilities for the future. Cross listed as BUS 468.

Prerequisite Required:                  PSCI 201

General Studies Outcome:           Methods of Inq & Explanatory Schema - Soc Science