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Fall 2016

POLS 111 - Intro to US Politics (SS)

Introduction to the study, analysis and evaluation of U.S. political institutions, processes and policies. Subjects of the course include the structure of the federal government, constitutional rights and liberties, the functions of political parties, interest groups, communication media, and the process of democratic decision-making.

Monday/Wednesday/Friday    11:30 am - 12:25 pm          Dr. Whitney Court

Tuesday/Thursday                    9:35 am - 10:55 am           Dr. Claire Haeg

POLS 121 - Intro to International Relations (SS & IC)

Analysis of the fundamental structure of the international system, including power, development, war and peace and trade viewed from a political, economic and social perspective.

Tuesday/Thursday                    11:10 am - 12:30 pm           Dr. Gary Prevost

Monday/Wednesday/Friday      12:40 pm - 1:35 pm           Dr John Friend

Monday/Wednesday/Friday        3:00 pm - 3:55 pm           Dr John Friend

POLS 211 - Politics and Political Life (GE)

Monday/Wednesday/Friday       9:10 am - 10:05 am         Dr. Jim Read

Tuesday/Thursday                       2:20 pm - 3;40 pm          Dr. Matt Lindstrom

"Get ready to learn who you are. "

"I learned so much about who I was, what I believed and why that matters!"

"Great for learning about yourself. If you're gonna take one political science class, it should be this one."

"Really enjoyed this, such a key class toward development as a political scientist."

POLS 221 - Intro to Political Theory (HM)

Introduction to the practice of thinking theoretically about politics. Readings will include classic works (such as Aristotle's Politics, Hobbes' Leviathan, Locke's Second Treatise on Civil Government) as well as some American and 20th-century political theory.

Monday/Wednesday/Friday        10:20 am - 11:15 am     Dr. Jim Read

Tuesday/Thursday                         12:45 pm - 2:05 pm     Dr. Scott Johnson

POLS 320 - Law & Literature

Wednesday night                           6:15 pm - 9:15 pm         Dr. Scott Johnson

In this course we will read a series of books and discuss them as a group. This is not a lecture course. Some of the texts are novels, some are plays, some are monographs, some are short stories, some are collections of theoretical essays. There is something here for every taste. Each of the books illustrates some aspect of the law that is worth understanding, whether that aspect concerns interpretation or a particular problem such as vengeance. We will also read a selected set of essays related to the book of the week from various law journals and these are available on-line via Lexis/Nexis. The point of this course is to give each student an understanding of the law as something beyond the cases and institutions studied in POLS 111, 224, 323 and 324. This is not a course in the nitty gritty practicalities of the law. Here I want you to begin to see some of the theoretical complexity as well as the majesty and diversity of law. For the future lawyers among you, this is an undergraduate version of a seminar you might see during your second or third year in law school. For those of you who have no intention of ever setting foot in a court room, let alone a law school, this should be a challenging course that will improve your reading, writing, and critical thinking skills. 

POLS 331 - US Parties & Elections

Tuesday/Thursday                         11:10 am - 12:30 pm     Dr. Claire Haeg

Analysis of the party system of U.S. elections. Students evaluate how populations are connected to governance through electoral and other processes; specifically, major parties, minor parties, interest groups, media, movements, and campaign organizations. Students investigate and compare the value of a 'two-party' system to one-party and multi-party systems as organizers of government power. 

POLS 336 - State & Local Government (EL)

Monday/Wednesday/Friday          9:10 am - 10:05 am        Dr. Whitney Court

Inclusive and comparative examination of governments and politics at the subnational level. In the federal structure of the United States, states and tribal nations share sovereignty with the national government. The course examines subnational policies, processes, and political structures and their potential for success in addressing issues such education, public assistance, pollution, health care, transportation, etc.

POLS 347 - Latin American Politics

Tuesday/Thursday                       9:35 am - 10:55 am          Dr. Gary Prevost

Comparative analysis of Latin American politics focusing on the themes of the military in politics, economic dependency, reform and revolution, and agrarian reform. Case studies include Mexico, Brazil, Chile, Argentina, Nicaragua and Cuba. 

POLS 352 - Global Gender Issues

Tuesday/Thursday                       12:45 pm - 2:05 pm          Dr. John Friend

Study of gender as a fundamental variable in social, political and economic developments around the world. In this course, the focus is to identify the significance of gender at a global level. Examination of gendered division of labor in industrialized and developing societies, in particular, gendered discourses in development policies and gender-based economic strategies of modernization and restructuring. Beyond the economic realm, the course will also deal with other issues, such as wars, peace movements and concerns over military spending, which show remarkably similar patterns in terms of gender differences over policies.

POLS 361 - Senior Research Seminar: Public Affairs (Capstone)

Monday nights                                   6:15 pm - 9:15 pm        Dr. Jim Read

POLS 363 - Senior Research Seminar: Political Institutions (Capstone)

Monday/Wednesday (not Fridays)   1:50 pm - 3:10 pm       Dr. Whitney Court

POLS 364 - Senior Research Seminar: International Relations (Capstone)

Tuesday/Thursday                             2:20 pm - 3:40 pm       Dr. Gary Prevost

POLS 395 - Model UN

Wednesday mornings           8:00 am - 8:55 am                  Dr. Gary Prevost

POLS 399 - Senior Colloquium (2 credits)

Monday/Wednesday/Friday    12:40 pm - 1:35 pm             Dr. Jim Read