Political Science

POLS-Y 103 Introduction to American Politics (3 cr.)
Introduction to the nature of government and the dynamics of American politics. Origin and nature of the American federal system, its political party base, public policy, and law.

POLS-Y 105 Introduction to Political Theory (3 cr.)
Perennial problems of political philosophy, including relationships between rulers and ruled, nature of authority, social conflict, law and morality, economic issues, and democracy.

POLS-Y 107 Introduction to Comparative Politics (3 cr.)
Explores similarities and differences between political institutions and processes in political systems around the world. Usually covers Britain, Germany, Russia, China, Mexico, Nigeria, and Egypt.

POLS-Y 109 Introduction to International Politics (3 cr.)
Causes of war, nature and attributes of the state, imperialism, international law, national sovereignty, arbitration, adjudication, international organizations, major international issues.

Political Science Advanced

POLS-Y 200 Contemporary Political Problems (1-6  cr.)
Topics vary from semester to semester and are listed in the Schedule of Classes. May be repeated once for credit, up to maximum of 12 units.

POLS-Y 205 Elements of Political Analysis (3 cr.)
An analysis of the major approaches to and techniques of the systematic study of political science. Professionally oriented.

POLS-Y 301 Political Parties and Interest Groups (3 cr.)
P: POLS-Y 103. Examination and evaluation of the behavior of political parties, voters, and interest groups and of other institutions and procedures by which Americans try to control their government.

POLS-Y 302 Public Bureaucracy in Modern Society (3 cr.)
Examines public bureaucracy as a political phenomenon engaging in policy making and in defining the terms of policy issues; places special emphasis on the United States. Considers the role of bureaucratic instruments in promoting social change, and in responding to it.

POLS-Y 303 Formation of Public Policy in the United States (3 cr.)
R: POLS-Y 103. Processes and institutions involved in formation of public policy in a democratic society, with emphasis on American experience.

POLS-Y 304 Constitutional Law (3 cr.)
R: POLS-Y 103. Nature and function of law and the American court system; selected Supreme Court decisions interpreting American constitutional system.

POLS-Y 305 Constitutional Rights and Liberties (3 cr.)
R: POLS-Y 103. Nature and function of law and the American court system; selected Supreme Court decisions interpreting the American constitutional system.

POLS-Y 306 State Politics in the United States (3 cr.)
Comparative study of politics in the American states. Special emphasis on the impact of political culture, party systems, legislatures, and bureaucracies on public policies.

POLS-Y 308 Urban Politics (3 cr.)
Political behavior in modern American communities; emphasizing the impact of municipal organizations, city officials and bureaucracies, social and economic notables, political parties, interest groups, the general public, and protest organizations on urban policy outcomes.

POLS-Y 316 Public Opinion and Political Participation (3 cr.)
The nature of public opinion on major domestic and foreign policy issues; mass political ideology; voting behavior and other forms of political participation; political culture; the impact of public opinion on political systems. Credit not given for this and SOC-S 436 or JOUR-J 423.

POLS-Y 319 The United States Congress (3 cr.)
Evaluation and development of the contemporary Congress. Examines such topics as electoral process, organizational structures and procedures of the Senate and House of Representatives, involvement of Congress with other policy-making centers, law-making and oversight activities of the national legislature.

POLS-Y 322 The American Presidency (3 cr.)
Examination of the office of the chief executive, including recruitment powers, cabinet relations, and congressional relations.

POLS-Y 324 Women and Politics (3 cr.)
Analysis of women in contemporary political systems, domestic or foreign, with emphasis on political roles, participation, and public policy. Normative and/or empirical examination of how political systems affect women and the impact women have on the system(s).

POLS-Y 331 British Politics (3 cr.)
Governmental structure and political behavior of contemporary Britain, with emphasis on process and policies.

POLS-Y 334 Japanese Politics (3 cr.)
Political development of Japan, with emphasis on changing attitudes toward modernization; cultural and sociological factors affecting the functioning of contemporary political institutions; and the implication of Japanese experience in modernization of other developing societies.

POLS-Y 335 West European Politics (3 cr.)
R: POLS-Y 107 Examines different political systems in Europe. Highlights democratic alternatives in institutions and processes of liberal democracies.

POLS-Y 337 Latin American Politics (3 cr.)
R: POLS-Y 107 and POLS-Y 109. Analysis of political change in major Latin American countries, emphasizing alternative explanations of national development; brief historical overview with examination of the impact of political culture, the military, labor, political parties, peasant movements, the Catholic Church, multinational corporations, and the United States on politics and the study of public policy processes in democratic and authoritarian regimes.

POLS-Y 343 Developmental Problems in the Third World (3 cr.)
R: POLS-Y 107 and POLS-Y 109. Study of economic, political, and social change in the developing countries. Emphasis placed on the relationship between economic growth/ development and political development, the causes of political instability, and the problems of democracy in the developing countries.

POLS-Y 349 Comparative Public Policy (3 cr.)
R: POLS-Y 107 Investigates public policies and policy making among advanced industrial democracies from a comparative perspective. Usually covers policy areas such as immigration, health care, education, and taxation.

POLS-Y 350 Politics of the European Union (3 cr.)
R: POLS-Y 107. Explores the politics, policies, and processes of European integration; the forces that are creating the “New Europe” of the European Union.

POLS-Y 351 Political Simulations (1-3 cr.)
P: Permission of instructor. A course tied to simulations of international organizations such as the United Nations, the League of Arab States, or the European Union. May be taken alone or in conjunction with related political science courses. Repeatable for credit up to 3 units.

POLS-Y 354 Ethnicity and Nationalism in Contemporary Europe (3 cr.)
R: POLS-Y 107 and/or POLS-Y 109. Examines the politics surrounding ethnicity, ethnic minorities, and nationalism in Europe. Covers both indigenous and immigrant groups.

POLS-Y 360 United States Foreign Policy (3 cr.)
R: POLS-Y 103 and POLS-Y 109. Study of the foreign policy decision making process in the United States. Focus on the application of decision making models to foreign policy making, international economic policy of the United States; and the role of ethics and morals in foreign policy.

POLS-Y 366 Current Foreign Policy Problems (3 cr.)
R: POLS-Y 103 and POLS-Y 109. Study of current problems or topics in United States foreign policy. Possible topics include U.S.-Latin American relations, U.S.-Russian relations, and international terrorism. See schedule of classes for topic.

POLS-Y 369 Introduction to Asian Politics (3 cr.)
R: POLS-Y 107. This course examines the political diversity in Asia, a region of growing global importance, by exploring governing structures and processes, political culture and ideologies, and the forces shaping them. Case studies may include China, Japan, Korea, Vietnam, and India.

POLS-Y 374 International Organization (3 cr.)
R: POLS-Y 109. Study of the historical roots of international organizations. Major topics include the League of Nations, the United Nations, and the European Union.

POLS-Y 376 International Political Economy (3 cr.)
ECON-E 200 and POLS-Y 107 or POLS-Y 109. Study of how the international political system determines the nature of international economic relations. Focus is on the following: (1) trade and monetary regimes, (2) the role of multinational corporations; (3) global action, (4) relations between wealthy countries, and (5) relations between wealthy and poor countries.

POLS-Y 379 Ethics and Public Policy (3 cr.)
This course examines the ethical responsibilities of public officials in democratic societies. It explores such topics as the meaning of moral leadership, the appeal to personal conscience in public decision making, the management of conflicts of values, and the ethics of loyalty and dissent in administrative agencies. A special concern is the way institutional arrangements promote or inhibit moral choices.

POLS-Y 384 American Political Ideas (3 cr.)
R: POLS-Y 105. Study of the development of American political thought from colonial times to the contemporary period. This course will explore such topics as the nature and evolution of American liberalism, capitalism, and egalitarianism.

POLS-Y 392 Problems of Contemporary Political Philosophy (3 cr.)
R: POLS-Y 105. An extensive study of one or more great philosophical thinkers, movements, or problems. Subject will vary with instructor and year. Current information may be obtained from the Department of Political Science. Repeatable for credit up to 6 units.

POLS-Y 401 Studies in Political Science (2-3 cr.)
Topic varies with the instructor and year. Consult the Schedule of Classes for current information. Repeatable for credit up to 6 units.

POLS-Y 402 Politics of the Budgetary Process (3 cr.)
R: POLS-Y 302. Examines the interactions among the legislative, executive, and administrative aspects of the budgetary process in national, state, and local governments. Emphasis placed on the politics of the budgetary process.

POLS-Y 403 Legal Issues in Public Bureaucracy (3 cr.)
R: POLS-Y 302. Examines the legal framework of public bureaucracies, their powers, functions and roles. Analysis of relevant cases in which basic principles are identified and synthesized along with other elements of public law.

POLS-Y 404 Political Issues in Public Personnel Administration (3 cr.)
R: POLS-Y 302. Examines the political framework in which public agencies hire, train, motivate, promote, and discipline their employees. Also examines the historical legal development of public personnel management.

POLS-Y 471 Terrorism (3 cr.)
This course will focus on the problems in defining terrorism; the causes of terrorism; the nature of terrorist organizations (resources, structure, methods, goals); the media and terrorism; and policies and policy responses to terrorism. The course will focus on both domestic (within the United States) and international case studies of terrorism.

POLS-Y 480 Undergraduate Readings in Political Science (1-6 cr.)
P: Written consent of Instructor. Individual readings and research. Repeatable for credit up to 6 units.

POLS-Y 481 Field Experience in Political Science (1-6 cr.)
P: Junior or senior standing, 15 credit hours of political science, and project approved by instructor. Faculty-directed study of aspects of the political process based on field experience. Directed readings, field research, and research papers. Certain internship experiences may require research skills. Repeatable for credit up to 6 units.

POLS-Y 490 Senior Seminar in Political Science (1-6 cr.)
P: Senior standing, POLS-Y 103, and POLS-Y 205. Readings and discussion of selected problems; research paper usually required. Seminar divided into sections to allow students to select an area of study. Repeatable for credit up to 6 units.

POLS-Y 498 Honors Readings in Political Science (1-6 cr.)
P: Authorization of Instructor. To be taken in conjunction with advanced political science courses to meet the requirement of Political Science Honors Program. Repeatable for credit up to 6 units.

POLS-Y 499 Reading for Honors (1-12 cr.)
P: Approval of instructor. Individual readings and research for students admitted to the Political Science Honors Program. Repeatable for credit up to 12 units.

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