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Course Catalog

Political Science  
List of all courses and their descriptions
List of all courses, their descriptions and offerings in the schedule book

POLS1010 - Intro To Political Science
Spring 2015

This course presents an entry level overview of the discipline of political science. The material will focus on the basic theories, concepts, methods, and enduring questions of political science. The course will address all four sub-fields of political science: American politics, comparative politics, international relations and political theory. Students gain a foundation of knowledge and analytical skills necessary to understand modern politics in a historical context.
3 Credits

POLS1020 - American National Government
Spring 2015

This courseis a basic course in the structure, principles, and functions of American political institutions through which the people of the United States govern themselves. The federal government is emphasized.
3 Credits

POLS1025 - Honors American National Govt
Spring 2015

This courseis a basic course in the structure, principles, and functions of American political institutions through which the people of the United States govern themselves. The federal government is emphasized.
3 Credits

POLS1030 - Compar/Contemp Political Syst
Spring 2015

This course is an exploration of the general principles and problems of modern governments. Students examine the role of government in the social process, the nature and development of political organization, the relationship of the state to society, and the search for a just balance between freedom and authority. The course involves an examination of comparative governments and political theory as appropriate to the United States, Great Britain, France, West Germany, the Soviet Union, mainland China, and others which may be selected. An individual research paper may be required.
3 Credits

POLS1040 - International Relations
Spring 2015

This course is an examination of the basic elements and procedures by which governments relate to international institutions. The United Nations system, international law, diplomacy, and international crisis are emphasized. This course is usually offered only in the fall term.
3 Credits

POLS2020 - Criminal Law and Evidence
Spring 2015

This course is a basic introduction to the judicial process, with specific emphasis on federal criminal procedure. Students will learn the methods that the government uses to detect, investigate, apprehend, prosecute, convict, and punish criminals. It will cover the most common crimes prosecuted in American courts, including homicide, sexual assault, and theft, and common defenses, including insanity and self-defense. The course will first give an overview of criminal law and the American court system, and will then proceed to go through the constitutional provisions of criminal procedure chronologically as they occur in real life. The criminal justice system depends on the successful handling of evidence, and the last part of the course will emphasize the rules for the admissibility of evidence and the safeguards the Constitution provides for criminal defendants.
3 Credits

POLS3010 - Political Thought
Spring 2015

This course covers critical and canonical contributions in the field of political theory. Emphasis is placed on political reasoning and critical thinking, and questions of the purpose of government and law, justice, civil society and disobedience, and equality are addressed. Classical, modern and American thinkers will be covered chronologically.
Prerequisite: POLS1010
3 Credits

POLS3020 - The Constitution
Spring 2015

This course examines the origins and development of our nation's basic law, the Constitution of the United States of America. It blends the historical, legal and philosophical perspectives on our country's founding document, beginning with the intellectual and historical background through the drafting of the Constitution. Topics to be covered in the first part of the course include: the convention debates, the contributions of the framers, the ratification debates, and the Federalist and Anti-Federalist Papers. This is followed with the historical development of political practices under the Constitution and various theories of the Constitution. The last section of the class provides an examination of various areas of Constitutional Law.
3 Credits

POLS3030 - The American Presidency
Spring 2015

This course is an overview of the institution of the presidency in U.S. political history. It will begin with the constitutional foundations, including a discussion of the debate at the Philadelphia convention and ratification. It will then move through American Political history and, building on the constitutional origins of the presidency, consider the development of the institution into its modern-day form, with the relationship of the executive branch to the other two branches of government as a major theme. The transformations made by George Washington, Andrew Jackson, Theordore Roosevelt and Franklin Roosevelt will be highlighted. The modern presidency will be a major section of the course, with an emphasis on the rise of the rhetoricl presidency. Both the public law paradigm and presidential power approach to studying the presidency will be covered. The importance and impact of the nomination and election process will be dealt with, as well as the organization of the White House and Executive Branch.
Prerequisite: HIST1100, HIST1200 or POLS1020
3 Credits

POLS3040 - American Foreign Policy
Spring 2015

This course is an analysis of the development and objectives of United States foreign policy. Special attention is focused on Far Eastern, Middle Eastern, and Latin American policies, the involvement in world wars, the end of the policy of isolation, and the expansion of the American role in foreign affairs since 1945. This course is usually offered only in the winter term.
3 Credits

POLS3050 - Amer Pol Parties/Elections
Spring 2015

This course is a study of the functions, structures, and operations of American political parties and pressure groups.
Prerequisites: POLS1020 and COSK2220
3 Credits

POLS3060 - Civil Rights and Liberties
Spring 2015

This course will focus on and analyze case law tracing the development of civil liberty litigation throughout American history, with emphasis on the First, Fourth, Fifth, Sixth, Eighth and Fourteenth Amendments. It teaches how to brief case law and analyze difficult constitutional questions. Students will gain a better understanding of the complexity of the American legal system and the American concept of liberty.
Prerequisite: POLS1020 or POLS1025
3 Credits

POLS3070 - Pennsylvania Politics
Spring 2015

This course examines city and state government and politics in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. The political and legal structure of city and state government in Pennsylvania is examined, as well as interest groups, public opinion, political parties, campaigns and elections. Major current local and state issues are covered as well.
3 Credits

POLS4040 - Israel: History/Politics/Socie
Spring 2015

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3 Credits

POLS4050 - Israel: Cultures and Contexts
Spring 2015

This course is a study abroad program to the State of Israel. The course will meet during the spring semester before departure, for the students to learn about the history and current political situation of Israel, and to prepare them for what they will encounter on their visit. An online course shell will be utilized to familiarize students with Israeli news sources, logistical and cultural issues, and other educational resources. In country, various sites will be visited, including: Tel Aviv, Jaffa, Jerusalem, the Galilee, and Nazareth. Other sites might include: Haifa, Akko, and Masada.
3 Credits

POLS4800 - Senior Research Project
Spring 2015

This is the capstone course for political science majors. Building upon the content knowledge achieved in prior coursework, this course provides students with an opportunity to work with a faculty mentor and the seminar director to complete and present a research project. Topics to be explored include the evaluation of existing research, selecting and refining a research topic, utilizing databases in the social sciences, research methods, and writing a research report. Students will conduct an approved research project, write a report, create PowerPoint slides and present their project to the class
Prerequisites: 90 credit hours and permission of the Department Head
3 Credits

POLS4801 - Political Science Practicum
Spring 2015

This course allows students to obtain practical, real world experience through the opportunity to work in a government, government affairs, political or law office or campaign which is consistent with the student?s career goals. Successful completion of the course requires 120 hours of supervised professional activity, as well as completion of academic requirements established by the department.
Prerequisites: 90 credits and permission of the Department Head
1 Credits

POLS4802 - Political Science Practicum
Spring 2015

These three one-credit courses allows students to obtain practical, real world experience through the opportunity to work in a government, government affairs, political or law office or campaign which is consistent with the student?s career goals. Successful completion of the course requires 120 hours of supervised professional activity, as well as completion of academic requirements established by the department.
Prerequisites: 90 credit hours and permission of the Department Head
2 Credits

POLS4803 - Political Science Practicum
Spring 2015

These three one-credit courses allows students to obtain practical, real world experience through the opportunity to work in a government, government affairs, political or law office or campaign which is consistent with the student?s career goals. Successful completion of the course requires 120 hours of supervised professional activity, as well as completion of academic requirements established by the department.
Prerequisites: 90 credit hours and permission of the Department Head
3 Credits

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