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Introduction | Bachelor of Arts in Political Science
Minor in International Politics
Minor in Law, Politics, and Society | Minor in Political Science
Master of Arts in Political Science | Political Science Courses
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DIVISION OF POLITICS, ADMINISTRATION, AND JUSTICE

DIVISION CHAIR

Phillip Gianos

DIVISION OFFICE
University Hall 511

DEPARTMENT WEBSITE
http://hss.fullerton.edu/polisci

PROGRAMS OFFERED
Bachelor of Arts in Political Science
Minor in International Politics
Minor in Law, Politics, and Society
Minor in Political Science
Master of Arts in Political Science

FACULTY
Michelle Arsneault, Vincent Buck, Bert Buzan, Phillip Gianos, Matthew Jarvis, Alana Northrop, Paul Peretz, Mark Redhead, Choudhury Shamim, Alexei Shevchenko, Raphael Sonenshein, Scott Spitzer, Stephen Stambough, Yuan Ting

ADVISERS
The department emphasizes proper advisement, and all majors are strongly urged to talk with an adviser as soon as possible after entering the program. The adviser helps with study plans, and gives information about career possibilities, including law and other graduate schools, post-baccalaureate fellowships and scholarships, and job possibilities in local government.

INTRODUCTION
Political science is the study of people's behavior as it relates to power and public organizations. The discipline is normally divided into six subfields:

Political philosophy, which deals with normative questions about how power should be used and distributed, rights and obligations, the nature of justice and the ideal state.

American politics, which is concerned with campaigns and elections, parties, elected executives, legislative processes, and issues of public policy.

Public administration, the role played by public employees in policy making, planning, personnel management, taxation and finance, and in responding to the needs and problems of communities and the nation.

Public law, which involves the judicial process, civil rights and liberties, and the significance of such terms as equal opportunity and due process in the United States.

Comparative government, which raises the same questions of politics, administration and law about other countries, and moves toward conclusions based on comparisons between them.

International politics, which is concerned with relations between the states and other international actors such as multinational corporations and the United Nations and with the underlying realities of power, based on resources, wealth, military preparedness and national security.

A major in political science prepares students for law school, government employment on the local, state and national levels, foreign service, teaching, business, journalism, or leadership in civic and political activities.

For pre-law students, the department provides a series of law-related courses numbered in the 370 and 470 series (see course descriptions). There is a prelaw adviser and an active Prelaw Society which enables students to make close and direct contact with the work of attorneys, judges, etc. The department is closely tied to the College Legal Clinic, which provides free legal advice for students and others who cannot afford the usual costs.

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INTERNSHIPS
The department offers a variety of internships. Each one involves students working in an agency or political organization, and meeting on campus to discuss and analyze their experiences. All students are encouraged to take an internship. Students may repeat an internship or take two internships. Internship courses are numbered 298, 491, 492, 497 and 498 (see course descriptions).

POLITICAL SCIENCE HONORS PROGRAM

The department honors program provides an enriched learning experience for a selected group of students and encourages closer interaction between these students and faculty members in specialized fields of interest. Eligibility requires senior standing, a major in political science, 3.0 overall grade point average and 3.25 grade point average in all political science course work, plus recommendation for admission to the program from a faculty member in the department.

CREDENTIAL INFORMATION

The bachelor's degree in political science may be effectively combined with subject matter studies necessary for the single subject teaching credential in social studies. Undergraduates are encouraged to work with the department adviser and/or the Center for Careers in Teaching (714-278-7130) as early as possible in their academic careers to plan efficient course selections for general education, the major and electives. Postgraduate students should contact the Admission to Teacher Education office in the College of Education (714-278-3352) to obtain information on attending an overview presentation and orientation and then contact the department credential adviser.

Political science class

BACHELOR OF ARTS IN POLITICAL SCIENCE

Basic Requirements
The Bachelor of Arts in Political Science requires a minimum of 120 units, which includes courses for the major, General Education, all university requirements, and free electives. The major consists of 48 units: 39 units in Political Science and 9 upper-division units in related disciplines such as American studies, anthropology, criminal justice, economics, geography, history, philosophy, psychology, sociology and statistics. Work in related fields must be approved in writing by one of the department’s undergraduate advisers or the chair. Political Science 100, a graduation requirement for all students, is not part of the major, but is a prerequisite to further work in political science. Not more than 12 units total may be in the lower division. In addition, nine additional adviser-approved upper-division units are required in related disciplines, such as American studies, anthropology, criminal justice, economics, geography, history, philosophy, psychology, sociology, and statistics.

The following requirements apply to majors.

Introductory Requirements (3 units)
Political Science 200 Introduction to the Study of Politics (3)
    OR Political Science 201 Methods and Skills in Political Science (3)
    OR department-approved substitute

Political Philosophy Requirement (3 units)
Political Science 340 Political Philosophy (3)

Breadth Requirements (12 units)
Choose four of the following five:
Political Science 310 Political Behavior and Motivation (3)
    OR Political Science 315 Politics and Policy Making in America (3)
Political Science 320 Introduction to Public Management & Policy (3)
Political Science 330 Politics in Nation-States (3)
Political Science 350 World Politics in the 21st Century (3)
    OR Political Science 352 American Foreign Policy (3)
Political Science 375 Law, Politics & Society (3)

Research Methods Requirement (3 units)
Choose one of the following:
Political Science 321 Research in Public Management (3)
Political Science 376 Legal Tools for Political Research (3)
Political Science 407 Polls, Statistics and Political Interpretation (3)

Related Fields (9 upper-division units)
Students must complete nine adviser-approved units in related disciplines.

Upper-Division Writing Requirement
Political Science majors fulfill the university’s upper-division writing requirement by completing two upper-division classes specially approved for this purpose. Please check with the department office for a current list of qualifying classes.

Electives for the Major (18 units)
Choose six other courses in political science sufficient to achieve a total of 39 units. The upper-division writing requirement is normally fulfilled by choosing appropriate electives.

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MINOR IN INTERNATIONAL POLITICS

The minor consists of 18 units, of which 12 must be in political science. Twelve units must apply exclusively to the minor. Political Science 100, 200, 330 and 350 are required. The remaining units must be taken from Political Science 352 or 457, Communications 426, Economics 330, Economics 335, History 485, and Political Science 331, 431T, 434, 438, 451T, 456, 461, or 476. Students who wish to specialize in a specific geographical area are encouraged to investigate the possibility of taking related units in anthropology, economics, foreign languages, geography, history and literature, etc.

International Learning Opportunities in Political Science
The major in political science requires the completion of courses that focus upon international relations and non-American governments, and such materials also appear in other courses. For example, learning about American political processes can be made sharper through comparisons with other nations and with the international system. Interested students may also minor in International Politics.

In addition, the department warmly encourages students to study abroad. Typically, students find it convenient to fit course credits earned at a foreign university to the CSUF major or minor in political science. An adviser can help to identify how best to do this.

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MINOR IN LAW POLITICS AND SOCIETY

The minor requires 18 units. Course requirements include Political Science 375 Law, Politics and Society (3 units) and 15 units of electives. From the following list, students take at least one course from at least three different departments, and no more than three courses from any one department. All courses listed carry three semester units of credit:

Criminal Justice 330 or Sociology 413; Criminal Justice 465, 485, 486; Chicana/o Studies 360; History 480, 484; Philosophy 355; Political Science 472, 473, 474, 475, 476, 492; Psychology 317; Sociology 365. Twelve units must apply exclusively to the minor.

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MINOR IN POLITICAL SCIENCE
The minor is composed of 18 units in political science courses, 12 of which are upper-division political science courses. Political Science 100, a graduation requirement, counts toward the minor. Twelve units must apply exclusively to the minor.

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MASTER OF ARTS IN POLITICAL SCIENCE

The degree is designed both to enlarge and deepen the competence of political science students. It is especially planned for the professional improvement and advancement of high school and community college teachers, government employees, and military personnel. It also prepares students for entering a doctoral program in political science or for law school. The M.A. program provides training and preparation for journalists, special librarians, and research staffers and for all people active in civic affairs and political life.

Application Deadlines

The deadlines for completing online applications are March 1st for the fall semester and October 1st for the spring semester (see http://www.csumentor.edu). Mailed applications need to be postmarked by the same deadlines. However, deadlines may be changed based upon enrollment projections. Check the university graduate studies website for current information at http://www.fullerton.edu/graduate.

Admission to Graduate Standing: Conditionally Classified
University requirements include a baccalaureate from an accredited institution and a grade-point average of at least 2.5 in the last 60 semester units attempted.

In addition to the university requirements, acceptance into the M.A. in the political science program requires a grade-point average of 3.0 in the major field and in all political science courses. If the major is not in one of the social sciences, the GPA requirement also applies to upper-division social science courses taken. If a student’s GPA does not meet these criteria, the student may appeal to the department’s graduate committee for a waiver.

Normally, admission to the master’s program requires that a student possess a bachelor’s degree in political science, or a minor in political science, or a major in an allied social science field with a minimum of 15 units of political science courses. For those without such a background, the M.A. Coordinator may require the applicant to take a group of upper-division political science courses at the 300 and/or 400 level (not more than nine units of which will be at the 300 level) prior to admission to the program. This requirement is to assure that the student will be prepared for graduate-level work in the discipline of political science.

In addition to the above requirements, applicants need to submit a writing sample to the M.A. Political Science Coordinator.

Graduate Standing: Classified
A student admitted to conditionally classified status may apply for classified standing which requires development of an approved study plan prior to completion of nine units. Refer to the "Graduate Regulations" section of this catalog for further information on classified standing and general study plan requirements.

Study Plan
Each candidate for a degree should, in consultation with the graduate adviser, arrange for the appointment of a graduate committee, composed of three faculty members, one of whom will serve as chair. This committee will approve the study plan, conduct the examination(s) and supervise the thesis if the student chooses that option.

As a requirement for admission to classified standing, the student, in cooperation with the graduate program adviser, must develop a study plan of 30 units of course work:

  1. 15 units of required seminar work in political science. Students are required to take a minimum of one seminar each semester until completion of the entire sequence.

    Scope and Theory of Political Science

    Political Science 540 Seminar Readings in Political Philosophy (3)
    Political Science 541 Seminar in Contemporary Political Theory (3)

    American Politics/Public Affairs

    Political Science 511 Seminar in American Politics (3)
    Political Science 519 State and Local Government (3)
    OR Political Science 509 Administrative Organization and Process (3)
    OR Political Science 525 Seminar in Metropolitan Area Government (3)
    OR Political Science 528 Seminar in Public Administration and Policy (3)

    Cross-National Politics
    Political Science 530 Seminar in Cross-National Politics (3)
    OR Political Science 551 Seminar in Theories of International Relations (3)
  2. Adviser-approved 400- and 500-level elective course work in political science (9-15 units). These will normally be classes in a student’s chosen area of specialization. They may include, where appropriate, 599 Independent Graduate Research (6 units maximum).

    No more than nine units taken prior to classified standing may be applied to a student’s study plan. No more than nine units taken at another institution may be transferred, and these must be approved by the adviser, committee and Office of Graduate Studies.
  3. Culminating Experience (0-6)
    Political Science 597 Project (3-6)
        OR Political Science 598 Thesis (3-6)
        OR Comprehensive Exam (0 units)

Research Skills
Each candidate must demonstrate one of the following:

  1. Reading knowledge of a foreign language. Students must complete this requirement by passing an examination.
  2. Proficiency in quantitative research skills, including data analysis and research design as demonstrated by successful completion of Political Science 407 Polls, Statistics and Political Interpretation, or its equivalent.

Comprehensive Experience Requirement for the M.A. in Political Science
Students select one of the following three options to complete the program, after consulting with the program adviser.

  1. Comprehensive written and oral exams in (a) the scope and theory of political science; (b) American politics/public affairs, and (c) cross-national politics. All three sections must be successfully completed or the entire examination must be retaken. The examination has a written and an oral component. A student who does not pass the written portion is ineligible to take the oral component. The examinations may be retaken only once after an initial failure.
  2. A thesis completed in accord with university regulations on theses, to include an oral defense. This option may be especially desirable for students planning on further graduate work at the doctoral level. Students selecting this option may take up to six units in thesis credit.
  3. Completion and oral defense of a project, including a required oral defense and possible class presentations depending on the project topic. Students selecting this option may take up to six units of credit associated with completion of the project. The project option is intended for students interested in community college teaching or in working in practical politics.

For advisement and further information, consult the M.A. in Political Science adviser.

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POLITICAL SCIENCE COURSES
Courses are designated as POSC in the class schedule.
Political Science 100 or its equivalent is the prerequisite for all upper-division political science courses. Prerequisites may be waived only with consent of instructor.

POSC 100    American Government

Description: People, their politics, and power; contemporary issues, changing political styles and processes, institution and underlying values of the American political system. Satisfies state requirements in U.S. Constitution and California State and local government. (CAN GOVT 2)
Units: (3)

POSC 200    Introduction to the Study of Politics

Description: An introduction to the study of politics in general, not simply American politics. Explores the many faces of politics all over the world, examining its relationship to morality, culture, economics, justice and international affairs both theoretically and practically.
Units: (3)

POSC 201    Methods and Skills in Political Science

Description: Pre/Co-requisite: Poli Sci 100. Basic skills and methods for Political Science majors, including framing and clarifying research questions, using and assessing research resources, and the use and assessment of qualitative and quantitative methods of research.
Units: (3)

POSC 298    Political Externship

Description: Politics for the non-major or beginning political science student. Work in campaigns or in the offices of elected public officials; supervision by faculty and cooperating agency; seminars and individual conferences. May be repeated once.
Units: (3)

POSC 300    Contemporary Issues in California Government and Politics

Description: Prerequisite: Poli Sci 100 or its equivalent. The political process in state and local institutions; crisis in the cities, flight to the suburbs and race relations. Comparisons will be made with other states and their subdivisions. Satisfies state requirement in California state and local government.
Units: (3)

POSC 309    Introduction to Metropolitan Politics

Description: Prerequisite: Poli Sci 100 or its equivalent. The inner city and suburbia. Political processes: power in the city, the urban-suburban relationship, political fragmentation, and the national government in urban areas.
Units: (3)

POSC 310    Political Behavior and Motivation

Description: Prerequisite: Poli Sci 100 or its equivalent. The analysis of issues and divisions in American politics. Focus on race, class, ideology and party.
Units: (3)

POSC 312    Contemporary Issues in Conflict

Description: Prerequisite: Poli Sci 100 or its equivalent. Through opinionated debate and discussion between two professors with opposing viewpoints, we will explore current conflicts in federal and state elections, as well as other public issues. Open discussion will be encouraged.
Units: (3)

POSC 315    Politics and Policy Making in America

Description: Prerequisites: Poli Sci 100 or its equivalent and completion of General Education Category III.C.1. Federal domestic policy making. The structure, functions and relationships among American national institutions, including executive, legislative and judicial branches, media, political parties and pressure groups.
Units: (3)

POSC 317    Black Politics

Description: (Same as Afro-Ethnic 317)
Units: (3)

POSC 320    Introduction to Public Management and Policy

Description: Prerequisites: Poli Sci 100 or its equivalent and completion of General Education Category III.C.1. Introduction to the field of public administration. The course emphasizes current trends and problems of public sector agencies in such areas as organization behavior, public budgeting, personnel, planning, and policy making. Examples and cases from the Criminal Justice field are emphasized. (Same as Criminal Justice 320)
Units: (3)

POSC 321    Research in Public Management

Description: Prerequisite: Poli Sci 100 or its equivalent and Poli Sci 320 (may be taken concurrently). Research concepts, computer applications and information management applied to public administration and policy analysis. Instructional fee.
Units: (3)

POSC 322    Leadership for Public Service

Description: Prerequisites: Poli Sci 100 or its equivalent, 200, or other course that fulfills General Education Category III.C.1. Conceptions of leadership as applied in governmental and nonprofit sectors. Types of leader; tools for leaders; leadership in public policy-making settings. Includes student project and extend leadership concepts; participation in CSUF Student Leadership Institute or similar activity. (Same as Criminal Justice 322)
Units: (3)

POSC 330    Politics in Nation-States

Description: Prerequisites: Poli Sci 100 or its equivalent and completion of General Education Category III.C.1. Compares patterns of political behavior and interaction in various political systems.
Units: (3)

POSC 331    Third World Politics Through Literature

Description: Prerequisite: Poli Sci 100 or its equivalent. Examines comparative political life and circumstances of developing countries as depicted in their literature. In this literature we see the political problems, cultural underpinnings and governmental structures as they affect Third World peoples in their struggle to survive and grow.
Units: (3)

POSC 340    Political Philosophy

Description: Prerequisites: Poli Sci 100 or its equivalent and completion of the General Education Category III.B.2. The major thinkers in the Western tradition of political philosophy from Plato to the present; the principal concepts and theories.
Units: (3)

POSC 350    World Politics in the 21st Century

Description: Prerequisites: Poli Sci 100 or its equivalent. Political relationships among governments and other participants within the global system: internal and external factors influencing foreign policies of the great powers, their allies and minor powers; role of non-state actors such as the United Nations, multinational corporations and liberation movements.
Units: (3)

POSC 352    American Foreign Policy

Description: Prerequisites: Poli Sci 100 or its equivalent and completion of General Education Category III.C.1. United States foreign policy since World War II. Institutions and bureaucracies of foreign policy decision making, military and national security policy, domestic sources of foreign policy.
Units: (3)

POSC 361     Model United Nations

Description: Prerequisites: Poli Sci 100 or its equivalent and prior MUN experience. A practical decision making course where students participate in the national MUN conference in New York and others in California. The focus is on current politics in the UN and delegate preparation with emphasis on the art of lobbying, negotiation, bargaining and diplomacy.
Units: (3)

POSC 375    Law, Politics and Society

Description: Prerequisites: Poli Sci 100 or its equivalent and completion of General Education Category III.C.1. Law as emergent from political processes, rooted within social norms and communities. Law as a feature of the modern state, a tool for seeking advantage, domination and/or liberation. An overview of legislative, judicial, administrative, and other political processes that produce law.
Units: (3)

POSC 376    Legal Tools for Political Research

Description: Prerequisites: Poli Sci 100 or its equivalent and Political Science 375 (may be taken concurrently). Research concepts, techniques and legal tools applied to an individual research project in public law. Useful pre-law course.
Units: (3)

POSC 381    Religion and Politics in the American Experience (formerly 481)

Description: (Same as Comp Religion 381)
Units: (3)

POSC 403    Politics and Policy in Sacramento

Description: Prerequisites: Poli Sci 100 or its equivalent and completion of General Education Category III.C.1. The nature of policy making in California’s state capital. Persistent policy themes and constraints; current issues in education policy. Required three-day trip to Sacramento for seminars and policy briefings. Class times prior to Sacramento visit may vary.
Units: (3)

POSC 405    Campaigns and Elections

Description: Prerequisite: Poli Sci 100 or its equivalent. An exploration of modern political campaigns in America focusing on new types of candidates and electoral organizations; money, media and consultants; and methods of predicting and interpreting election results.
Units: (3)

POSC 407    Polls, Statistics and Political Interpretation

Description: Prerequisite: Poli Sci 100 or its equivalent. Quantitative research methods in political science. Introduction to research design and statistical measures employed in analyzing social science research data.
Units: (3)

POSC 408    The Politics of Los Angeles

Description: Prerequisite: Poli Sci 100 or its equivalent. An examination of politics in Los Angeles, with special attention to race, class, ethnicity, and power. Comparative view places Los Angeles in big-city politics and in global perspective.
Units: (3)

POSC 410    Political Parties

Description: Prerequisite: Poli Sci 100 or its equivalent. The structure and methods by which the political parties operate in the American political system with some comparisons to their structure and operation in other democratic societies.
Units: (3)

POSC 411    Art of Administration

Description: Prerequisite: Poli Sci 100 or its equivalent. Public administration as “art” rather than “science.” Administrative novels and other fictional literature, and other audio-visual media.
Units: (3)

POSC 412    Practicing Politics

Description: Prerequisite: Poli Sci 100 or its equivalent. Politics as practiced and understood by practitioners of the art. A seminar which features guest lecturers and focuses on electoral politics.
Units: (3)

POSC 416    Presidents and the Presidency

Description: Prerequisite: Poli Sci 100 or its equivalent. Presidential power, the resources on which that power is based, and the limitations on the use of that power. The relations between the President and Congress, the bureaucracy, the press and the public.
Units: (3)

POSC 417    Film and Politics

Description: Prerequisite: Poli Sci 100 or its equivalent. American politics from the Twenties to the present as seen through eyes of film-makers. Besides viewing films, students will read material relevant to films and write several papers linking film themes to the literature of American politics.
Units: (3)

POSC 421    Government and the Economy

Description: Prerequisite: Poli Sci 320 or any economics course. Reviews regulation and deregulation of business. Explores industrial policy. Examines government taxes and expenditures. Emphasis on national government.
Units: (3)

POSC 422    Human Resources Management

Description: Prerequisite: Poli Sci 320. Civil service and the merit system; recruitment procedures and examinations; position classification, salary structures, retirement plans, in-service training, employee organizations and personnel supervision. Examples and cases from the Criminal Justice field emphasized. Emphasis on themes and topics from Criminal Justice. (Same as Criminal Justice 422)
Units: (3)

POSC 423    Gender Issues in Public Management

Description: Prerequisite: Poli Sci 320. Explores disparities in public employment related to gender, including leadership, mentoring, recruitment, training, decision-making, and discrimination. Attention to topics of current interest including “sticky floors and glass ceilings,” comparable worth, and diversity.
Units: (3)

POSC 427    Policy-Making: Urban/Metropolitan Issues

Description: Prerequisite: Poli Sci 100 or its equivalent. Policy issues and alternatives in urban and metropolitan problem areas such as law enforcement, transportation, housing or poverty.
Units: (3)

POSC 431T    Government and Politics of a Selected Area

Description: Prerequisite: Poli Sci 100 or its equivalent. A systematic analysis of individual nation-states set against the backdrop of history, culture and economic circumstances in each case. May be repeated for credit.
Units: (3)

POSC 434    The Asia-Pacific in World Affairs

Description: Prerequisite: Poli Sci 100 or its equivalent. A comparison of the politics of Japan and China illuminates both similarities and differences in the premises, processes and policies of these two Asian giants.
Units: (3)

POSC 437    Latin American Politics

Description: Prerequisite: Poli Sci 100 or its equivalent. Systematic analysis of government and politics in selected Latin American states. Considers democratization, state structures, relation of politics to economics and alternative theories and approaches to comparative political analysis as applied to a region marked by ethnic and racial diversity.
Units: (3)

POSC 438    Western European Democracies

Description: Prerequisite: Poli Sci 100 or its equivalent. A comparative study of the government and politics of Western European democracies, including their cooperation within the European Union. Domestic as well as foreign policies will be analyzed.
Units: (3)

POSC 442T    Problems in Political Philosophy

Description: Prerequisite: Poli Sci 340 or 341 or its equivalent. Current issues and problems in political philosophy in the context of major global events and trends. See department for exact title and topics in a given semester. May be repeated for credit.
Units: (3)

POSC 446    Corruption, Ethics and Public Policy

Description: Prerequisite: Poli Sci 100 or its equivalent. Ethical problems which face persons in the public service. The focus is on practical decision-making.
Units: (3)

POSC 448    Media and Politics

Description: Prerequisite: Poli Sci 100 or its equivalent. This course examines the structure and influence of the media in campaigns and in government. Key topics include: the relationship between media and politicians; the use of campaign advertising; and the stature and limits of investigative journalism.
Units: (3)

POSC 451T    Problems in International Politics

Description: Prerequisite: Poli Sci 100 or its equivalent. Selected problems in contemporary world politics. Topics include international responses to terrorism, China in international affairs, U.S. grand strategy after the Cold War, and 9/11. May be repeated for credit.
Units: (3)

POSC 456    The National Security Establishment

Description: Prerequisite: Poli Sci 100 or its equivalent. Conflicting theories of national security, the functions of defense and intelligence bureaucracies in foreign and domestic policy making, problems of arms control and the dangers to democratic values and institutions posed by the technology of national security.
Units: (3)

POSC 457    Politics of International Economics

Description: Prerequisite: Poli Sci 100 or its equivalent. The link between economics and international politics. The political economy of free trade and imperialism, of neo-colonialism and foreign aid.
Units: (3)

POSC 460    The Chicano and Politics

Description: (Same as Chicana/o 460)
Units: (3)

POSC 461    The United Nations and International Organizations

Description: Prerequisite: Poli Sci 100 or its equivalent. Structure, functions, and political processes of the United Nations, various specialized organizations such as the World Bank, and regional organizations such as the European Community.
Units: (3)

POSC 472    The Judicial Process

Description: Prerequisite: Criminal Justice 300 or Poli Sci 375. The nature, functions and roles of courts. Roles of major participants in the American legal system, including judges, attorneys and citizens. The administration of justice as a system. (Same as Criminal Justice 472)
Units: (3)

POSC 473    Introduction to Constitutional Law

Description: Prerequisite: Poli Sci 100 or its equivalent. The role of the courts, the presidency, Congress and the states within the U.S. constitutional system. Topics include judicial review, presidential impoundment and impeachment, presidential foreign and military powers, regulation of the economy and public morals, and congressional investigations.
Units: (3)

POSC 474    Civil Liberties

Description: Prerequisite: Poli Sci 100 or its equivalent. Political analysis of case studies in constitutional rights and liberties with particular attention to relationships between the individual and government under the Bill of Rights and the 14th Amendment. Topics include economic regulation, criminal justice, privacy, gender and racial discrimination.
Units: (3)

POSC 475    Administrative Law

Description: Prerequisite: Poli Sci 100 or its equivalent. Law as it affects public officials and agencies in their relations with private citizens and the business community. Case materials and regulatory practices.
Units: (3)

POSC 476    International Law

Description: Prerequisite: Poli Sci 100 or its equivalent. Introduces the fundamentals or building blocks of international law and covers other selected topics that are traditionally identified as part of public international law.
Units: (3)

POSC 478    Urban Planning Principles

Description: (Same as Geography 478)
Units: (3)

POSC 484    Urban Planning Methods

Description: (Same as Geography 484)
Units: (3)

POSC 485    Women and Politics

Description: Prerequisite: Poli Sci 100 or its equivalent. The changing political environment and women’s role in elected, appointed and other public agencies; issues of particular concern to women, including family issues, comparable worth and other economic issues and political participation. Not applicable for graduate degree credit. (Same as Women’s Studies 485)
Units: (3)

POSC 492    Prelaw Internship

Description: Prerequisite: Poli Sci 100 or its equivalent. Designed to acquaint students with the legal profession. A supervised working commitment of eight hours weekly with an assigned individual or organization. (Same as Criminal Justice 492)
Units: (3)

POSC 493    Teaching Internship

Description: Prerequisite: Poli Sci 100 or its equivalent. Prerequisites: completion of 27 units of Political Science. Integrative overview of American government or of the discipline of Political Science. Classroom instructional activities in freshman and sophomore introductory classes under faculty supervision. Designed for students interested in teaching government/political science.
Units: (3)

POSC 494    Honors Tutorial in Politics

Description: Prerequisites: Poli Sci 100 or its equivalent, senior standing and admission to Honors in Political Science. This is the core course for the Honors in Political Science program. Attendance at presentations by political scientists and critiques thereof. The culminating research for the Honors work will be presented in the tutorial.
Units: (1)

POSC 497    Internship in Public Administration

Description: Prerequisites: Political Science 320 or 509. Students work 12-20 hours per week as supervised interns in a public agency. Supervision by the faculty and cooperating agency. In addition, a weekly seminar.
Units: (3)

POSC 498    Internship in Politics

Description: Prerequisites: Poli Sci 100 or its equivalent, political science concentration and consent of instructor. Students work 8-12 hours per week with elected officials or candidates for elective office. Individual supervision by the faculty and cooperating individuals. Interns meet with instructor by arrangement. May be repeated for credit.
Units: (3)

POSC 499    Independent Study

Description: Prerequisite: open to advanced students in political science with consent of department chair. 
Units: (1-3)

POSC 503    Aging and Public Policy

Description: (Same as Gerontology 503 and Sociology 503)
Units: (3)

POSC 509    Administrative Organization and Process

Description: For graduate students in public administration who have not had an introductory course in public administration. Organizational theory and practice, decision-making, systems analysis, performance evaluation and administrative improvement.
Units: (3)

POSC 511    Seminar in American Politics

Description: Prerequisite: consent of instructor. The political process in the United States.
Units: (3)

POSC 519    State and Local Government

Description: The structure, processes, functions and interrelationships of state and local governments in American society. State, county, municipal and special district government in California as compared with other states.
Units: (3)

POSC 521    Seminar in Public Administration Theory

Description: The concepts, models and ideologies of public administration within the larger political system. Course restricted to students in their final six units of graduate work.
Units: (3)

POSC 522    Seminar in Public Personnel Administration

Description: Topics in public personnel administration.
Units: (3)

POSC 523    Administrative Research and Analysis

Description: Conceptual methods employed in administrative research and analysis: Organization and procedure of surveys, performance evaluation, social impact assessment, computer data analysis and report writing.
Units: (3)

POSC 525    Seminar in Metropolitan Area Government

Description: Prerequisites: a course in basic statistics and Political Science 320 or 509. Political and policy issues facing metropolitan America, and the capacity of governmental institutions to handle urban problems.
Units: (3)

POSC 526    Administration and Systems Management

Description: (Same as Gerontology 526).
Units: (3)

POSC 528    Seminar in Public Administration and Policy

Description: Interplay between public policy and program administration in federal government. Discussion of administrators’ role in policy development, administrative discretion in implementing policy, use of political resources by administrators.
Units: (3)

POSC 529    Seminar in Public Management Analysis

Description: Application of quantitative techniques to management and planning of public organizations. Topics include network analysis, capacity management, management information systems, productivity measurement, forecasting, cost-benefit analysis, simulation and marketing.
Units: (3)

POSC 530    Seminar in Cross-National Politics

Description: The integration of international relations and comparative politics, emphasizing the interdependence of nations and non-state actors in the world political system.
Units: (3)

POSC 540    Seminar Readings in Political Philosophy

Description: Examination of the foundations of contemporary political science through readings in the classics of political philosophy.
Units: (3)

POSC 541    Seminar in Contemporary Political Theory

Description: Analysis of contemporary trends in the study of politics. Emphasis on behavioral political science, criticisms of it and current empirical approaches to the study of politics.
Units: (3)

POSC 551    Seminar in Theories of International Relations

Description: Prerequisite: graduate student status. An introduction to theories of international relations, including theories of the balance of power, deterrence, arms races, alliances, international organizations, globalization and human rights.
Units: (3)

POSC 560    Seminar in Administration of Justice

Description: Development and evaluation of judicial and police administration. Analysis of criminal justice policies, identification of researchable issues, and examination of empirical research in the field. The unique properties of criminal justice management compared with public management generally.
Units: (3)

POSC 571    Seminar in Public Finance

Description: Prerequisite: Poli Sci 509. Surveys state and local budgeting and taxes. Teaches local financial management and cost benefit analysis. Emphasis on local government in southern California.
Units: (3)

POSC 572    Seminar in Public Sector Human Resource Management

Description: Students who have taken Political Science 422 for credit on study plan may not also take this course as part of study plan. Examines the political and legal environments of public personnel management, the general and career civil services and political appointment system and introduces the students to such personnel functions as selection, position classification, performance evaluation and compensation.
Units: (3)

POSC 580    Emergency Management in Public Administration

Description: A comprehensive review of the state-of-the-art in prevention, warning, evacuation, rescue and recovery systems. Covers the development of public policy relating to land use planning, recovery and issues of liability; intergovernmental relations and effective planning.
Units: (3)

POSC 582    Organizational Development and Change

Description: Prerequisites: Political Science 509 or 526. Covers perspectives and theories on organization change and development. Students will be introduced to a variety of concept skills, and tools necessary to achieve organizational goals, deal with change and become a successful change agent. (Same as Management 582).
Units: (3)

POSC 590T    Selected Topics in Political Science

Description: A detailed examination of a selected new or developing area of political science. Emphasis will be both on the relevant literature and on the preparation and presentation of research papers. May be repeated for credit when covering a different topic.
Units: (3)

POSC 597    Project

Description: Prerequisite: consent of instructor. May be repeated for maximum of 6 credit units.
Units: (3-6)

POSC 598    Thesis

Description: Prerequisite: consent of instructor. 
Units: (3-6)

POSC 599    Independent Graduate Research

Description: Prerequisite: consent of department chair. To be taken only after or concurrent with the completion of the required 15 units of graduate seminars. 
Units: (1-3)

 

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