Description: This course analyzes the major political institutions of the American political system at the federal and state levels, considers major public policy issues and the interests that influence policy making, examines the civil and political rights of American citizens under the Constitution, and evaluates the democratic system of campaigns and elections.
Description: The course is an introduction to the study of comparative politics. It will provide the basis for understanding and comparing different political systems, political histories, political attitudes, and political institutions. The course will introduce different approaches to and methodologies for comparing political phenomena. It will also familiarize students with global political geography, through map quizzes and current events.
Description: The course is a general survey of political theory, with a particular focus on the classical forms of government and major concepts in political ideologies. The four chief goals of the course will be to increase the students appreciation of political ideas and the particular ideas shaping Western Civilization (as a grounding for later explorations of non-Western traditions), to help students appreciate the contributions they can make to political life, to serve as a foundation for the departments upper level courses to follow, and to begin an inquiry into ethics and politics which will be continued in department seminars and the capstone senior seminar.
Description: This course is an introduction to the study of international relations (IR) between the states of the world. Students will explore such concepts as global interdependence, international political economy, foreign policy, and international conflict and cooperation. We will consider current problems such as the tension between globalism and nationalism, the problems of national security, conflict and migration, and the role of international organizations like the UN in resolving (or complicating) these matters.
Description: This course considers the Supreme Court as a major policymaker in the American political system. It will include an analysis of major doctrines of constitutional law through examination of the leading cases. Prerequisite: PO 210
Description: An examination of the legal protections of liberty in the First Amendment, including freedoms of speech, press, religion and assembly. These issues are explored through major court decisions, supplementary materials and class debates. Prerequisites: PO 210, PO 211. (Not offered in 2002-2003)
Description: A systematic examination and evaluation of the main currents in American political thought as manifest in the key works of prominent thinkers. The course gives special attention to the role of democracy, capitalism and individualism as guiding ideologies, and uses a variety of materials to explore the development of current debates in American political life. Prerequisite: PO 210.
Description: In this course students will examine the creation, implementation, and evaluation of public policy with particular emphasis on the ethics of the policy process. The course will consider different public issues and help students develop professional skills used when selecting policy alternatives. Prerequisite: PO 210
Description: This course will provide a general introduction to the criminal justice system in the United States. The primary goal of this course to provide a comprehensive survey of the criminal justice system?s response to crime. Topics of this course will follow five main components: 1.tThe American Criminal Justice System and Crime in America: definitions and models, crime classifications, measurement, causation and consequences. 2.tPolicing in America: historical components of law enforcement, constitutional and procedural law, policing at the local and federal levels, forensics, community policing, the broken windows theory of crime, ethics in criminal justice. 3.tAdjudication of the Law: the American Court System, players in the court system, sentencing, appeals and alternative court systems. 4.tCorrections: Institutional corrections, prison life, inmate rights and disenfranchisement, recidivism, community corrections, restorative justice, and parole. 5.tSpecial Issues: Juvenile justice, female offenders, criminal justice in the modern media, and current events in criminal justice. Through careful survey and analysis of above, students will gain a comprehensive understanding of the criminal justice system. Students will learn to explore this field of social science by examining crime through a sociological, economical and public policy perspective.
Description: Criminalistics will introduce the student to the study of criminology and the scientific approach taken in solving crimes. Based solidly in the study of forensics, students will become familiar with the tools, methods and techniques available to Local, State and Federal investigators.
Description: This course will give students a critical understanding of the process of foreign policy making, with special attention to cross-¡-cultural (particularly North-¡-South) differences. Students will study the factors and actions that influence decision making, including leadership, the roles of blocs and alliances, the significance of new issues such as environmental concerns, and the influence of culture on foreign policy making. Students will explore how foreign policy has changed since the end of the Cold War and what challenges will have to be confronted in the new century. Prerequisite: PO 230
Description: An examination of the principles and rules of laws which regulate the conduct of nations in their mutual relations. Such topics as international person, nationality, rights of aliens, diplomatic recognition, treaty law and law of sea will be included. Prerequisites PO 210, PO 211. (Not offered in 2002-2003)
Description: This course is designed to give students a full understanding of international organizations, with a particular focus on the United Nations. Students will develop a critical understanding of the history and role of regional and global organizations. Prerequisite: PO 230.
Description: The course deals with the outstanding issues between the Global North and the Global South. The political, technological, economic and demographic differences between the Global North and the Global South constitute the key categories of North-South Issues. The course will examine these issues in depth and explore possible avenues for resolving the North-South conflicts with peace and justice via reasoned approximation and accommodation rather than resorting to arms. Prerequisite: PO 230. (Not offered in 2002-2003)
Description: The objective of this course is to present a survey and overview of the criminal corrections system in the U.S. It will analyze the institutions, functions, processes, and mission of the correction system. Topics will include the history of penology and prisons, theories about punishment and incarceration, prison culture and staffing, prison litigation, new trends in rehabilitation, probation and parole, privatized versus public and correctional facilities, and careers in corrections.
Description: The Law! It is both majestic and puzzling, while it can also frustrate at the same time. Without question, though, it is an essential feature of human existence. All societies, at whatever level of sophistication, have created bodies of law and institutions and modes of decision-making between governmental and legal institutions. Questions about justice, fairness, equity nearly always have a legal component. In this seminar, we will cover a wide range of issues that highlight the interaction between law, court cases, social trends, and politics. It will consist of an in-depth analysis of several major legal-governmental issues that greatly affect the lives of American systems. Thinking critically about the role of justice and how it should be applied in our lives and roles as citizens will be especially explored in this seminar.