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(This list of courses may not be up to date. Please see the latest General Catalog for a complete list of current courses.)


POLS 011. Introduction to Political Science (4) An examination of the basic functions performed by a political system, comparison to the different organizations and procedures societies have developed for handling these functions, and analysis of recurring patterns of political behavior from the level of the individual to that of the nation/state. 

POLS 021. Introduction to Political Theory. (4) This course introduces the philosophical study of basic issues in political life, such as democracy, freedom, the responsibilities of political power, the role of the state, and justice through the close reading and analysis of selected major political thinkers. (GE2B)

POLS 041. U.S. Government and Politics (4) An analysis of the constitutional structure of the federal government and its functioning, including the political processes involved. Not open to students who have completed POLS 031 or equivalent. This course satisfies the state requirement on the U.S. Constitution.

POLS 051. International Politics (4) An introduction to the major issues of international politics and the analytical approaches applied to their study. Included among the topics are: the causes of war, intervention, pursuit of economic prosperity and managing global resources.

POLS 081. Internship Orientation (4) Orientation to and preparation for the workplace expectations commonly encountered by students in political science internships. The course also provides information about careers commonly pursued by political science majors and how to prepare for them. Prerequisites: POLS 041 and sophomore standing.

Upper-Division Courses

POLS 104. Urban Government (4) The structure and operation of urban units of government with emphasis on inter-governmental relations in the United States. Problems of finance, adequacy of services and planning for future growth are included.

POLS 106. Calif. Government and Politics (4) An overview of California governmental structures and selected political, economic and ecological conflicts, both historic and contemporary.

POLS 108. The Legislative Process (4) Analysis of the legislative process, including powers and functions of Congress, participants in the legislative process, procedures, reorganization and reform.

POLS 110. The U.S. Presidency (4) Study of the Constitutional foundations of the presidency, structure of the office, executive powers and functions and the presidency as compared with other chief executives.

POLS 114. Interest Group Politics (4) Analysis of special interest groups (factions), their membership, leadership, goals and tactics in gaining access to authoritative decision makers and their influence in the policy making process.

POLS 119. Government in Action: Public Policy Analysis (4) Analysis and evaluation of how government makes and implements policy at various levels, including state and local. Prerequisite: POLS 041.

POLS 120. The Judicial Process (4) The role, nature and sources of law, the courts and the adversary system; schools of jurisprudence and emphasis on contemporary problems such as reform, the jury system, selection of judges and selected problems.

POLS 122. Constitutional Law (4) A study of the development of the American Constitutional System through court cases. Law school techniques and methods are stressed.

POLS 124. Constitutional Law: Civil Liberties (4) The analysis of the rights and guarantees contained in the Bill of Rights and other constitutional and statutory provisions.

POLS 126. Criminal Law (4) This course focuses on the concepts, principles and problems of substantive criminal law.

POLS 128. The Administrative State (4) An examination of the administrative arm of government, including discussions on the proper role and organization of public administrative units and empirical explorations of the way administrative units actually operate.

POLS 130. Western Political Theory (4) The nature of political thought from Jewish antiquity to the nineteenth century.

POLS 131. Approaches to Political Theory (4) Examination of the most important approaches to political theory and normative political theorizing used by political scientists and the application of these approaches to significant works of political theory. Prerequisite: POLS 041 and 051.

POLS 132. Modern Political Theory (4) Nineteenth- and 20th Century political theory in the Western developed world.

POLS 133. Political Science Research (4) Development of skills needed for conducting and understanding research in political science, including research design, critical statistical techniques and computer applications. Prerequisites: POLS 041, POLS 051 or instructor permission.

POLS 134. American Political Thought (4) Principles and problems of political theory within the American setting as they emerge from the founding period to the present. The course explores both the mainstream tradition and branches of counter traditions of political ideas in America, focusing on the themes of authority, community, equality, liberty.

POLS 136. Jurisprudence (4) Analysis of the nature and functions of law, law as an instrument of social control, and the relationship between law, morality, and justice. This course examines current problems in law as it intersects with politics and society. Readings are drawn from legal and political philosophy, social science, and judicial opinions.

POLS 141. W. European Comparative Politics (4) Comparative analysis of the political and economic forces that have shaped the advanced industrial states of Western Europe. Issues considered are: 1) state-building, nation-building and industrialization; 2) political and economic reconstruction of France, Great Britain and Germany; 3) contemporary problems facing the advanced capitalist states of Western Europe.

POLS 146. Latin American Politics (4) A study of the political processes and governmental structures of Latin American states, focusing on Mexico and Brazil, as well as certain other South and Central American countries. Selective attention will be given to the expanding regional and international relations of Latin America.

POLS 148. Politics of the Middle East (4) Comparative study of contemporary politics in the Middle East, emphasizing the problems of development, and the background, issues and political forces involved in the Arab-Israeli conflict.

POLS 150. Political Development (4) A general introduction to the problems and politics of post-colonial or lesser developed countries, including case studies from Asia, Africa and Latin America.

POLS 151. Principles of Comparative Politics (4) Examination of the most important analytical approaches used by political scientists in the comparative analysis of political systems and application of those approaches to selected examples. Prerequisites: POLS 041, 051 or permission of instructor.

POLS 152. Politics of Asia (4) A general political introduction to modern East, South-East and South Asia including a survey of geography, history and culture. Using selected case studies in all three areas, an exploration of problems of development and modernization, regional interaction and the relation of Asia to the West.

POLS 160. Theories of International Politics (4) Intensive study of the principal analytical and normative theories of international politics and behavior. Prerequisite: POLS 051 or permission of the instructor.

POLS 162. International Organization (4) Examination of the role of international organization in the contemporary global political system. Major theories and approaches in the field will be studied in conjunction with topics such as interstate conflict and peacekeeping, arms control and nonproliferation, human rights, economic relations between developed and developing countries, food and nutrition and management of the global commons. Prerequisite: POLS 051 or permission of the instructor.

POLS 164. International Political Economy (4) An examination of the major analytical and substantive issues in the field of international political economy, exploring the political and economic problems generated by growing interdependence among advanced industrial states and the conflicts between industrialized and developing countries over the structure and functioning of the postwar international economic order. Prerequisite: ECON 055 or permission of the instructor.

POLS 166. International Conflict and Conflict Management (4) A study of the sources and nature of conflict and methods of conflict management in the international arena, directed especially to identifying and understanding the kinds and functions of nonviolent conflict management now in use, including international law, international regimes, negotiation and arbitration. Prerequisite: POLS 051 or permission of the instructor.

POLS 168. Comparative Foreign Policy (4) A comparative study of the formulation and execution of foreign policy in a variety of political systems, focusing especially on Russia, China, India, Britain, Japan, France, Germany and the United States. Prior completion of a basic course in political science is recommended.

POLS 170. U.S. Foreign Policy (4) An examination of the major developments in American foreign policy and various analytical approaches to their study. Among the issues considered: isolationism; manifest destiny; the Cold War and containment; Vietnam and Central America; detente and arms control; foreign economic policy; and human rights. Prerequisite: POLS 041.

POLS 172. Inter-American Relations (4) Regional principles, laws, treaties and agreements; foreign policy formulation; hemispheric organizations; and exploration and analysis of contemporary trends in Latin American international relations.

POLS 187a, b. Political Science Internship (4) Supervised experience in an approved government or political setting to be contracted on an individual basis. POLS 187b can be either an experience in a second government or political setting or a second experience in the same setting focused at a more advanced level than POLS 187a. The course may be repeated for credit, but will apply toward major requirements only once. Prerequisites: Junior standing and overall GPA of 2.0, POLS 041, department permission. POLS 187c. Pre-Law Internship (4) Supervised experience in an approved legal or judicial setting to be contracted on an individual basis. Prerequisites: Junior standing and overall GPA of 2.0, POLS 041, department permission.

POLS 189. Capstone Seminar (4) A seminar focused on recent and significant work in the major political science subfields: American Politics, Political Theory and Methodology, Comparative Politics, and International Politics. Prerequisite: Open to majors in Political Science with senior standing only, or by permission of the instructor.

POLS 191. Independent Study (2-4) Open only to political science majors with a “B’’ average in their work in political science.

POLS 193. Special Topics (4)

POLS 197. Undergraduate Research in Political Science (2-4) Students will acquire skills in the design and implementation of political science research while serving as a research assistant to a faculty member or conducting an independent research project under the supervision of a faculty member. Prerequisite: Junior or senior standing as a political science major and permission from the department.