Political Science (POS)

POS 431 Campaigns and Elections. (3) A
Examine campaigns from a multitude of perspectives including the politician, reporter, campaign strategist, and voter. Lecture, discussion. General Studies: SB.

POS 433 Money and Politics. (3) A
The role of money and special interests in elections, campaign politics, and public policy-making in American politics. Lecture, discussion. General Studies: SB.

POS 434 Media and Politics. (3) A
The study of mass media and politics in the United States, e.g., media and elections, media and government. Lecture, discussion. General Studies: SB.

POS 501 Methods of Political Science. (3) A
Problems of method and knowledge in political science, strategies of political inquiry, and issues in philosophy of social science.

POS 502 Philosophy of Political Inquiry. (3) A
Problems of knowledge and method in political science, with attention to both empirical and evaluative analysis.

POS 503 Empirical Political Inquiry. (3) A
Research methods and techniques of the discipline, emphasizing empirical foundations and analytic methods employed in subfields. Prerequisites: POS 401 or equivalent; instructor approval.

POS 530 American Politics. (3) A
Examines major debates in the study of American political processes. Covers parties, media, elections, public opinion, nominations, and social choice theory. Seminar.

POS 532 American Political Institutions. (3) N
Examines major debates in the study of American governmental institutions. Covers legislative branch, executive branch, judicial branch, and interest groups. Seminar.

POS 545 Themes in Political Thought. (3) N
Examination of a particular theme or problem in political thought from both a historical and contemporary perspective. Seminar. Prerequisite: instructor approval. Course may be repeated with approval of the director of graduate studies.

POS 550 Comparative Politics. (3) A
Surveys major approaches across topical areas such as revolutions, authoritarianism, policy processes, interest groups, and electoral politics. Focus varies with instructor. Seminar.

POS 560 International Relations. (3) A
Surveys major theoretical approaches and debates in international relations. Seminar.

POS 563 Comparative Asian Security Policies. (3) N
Analyzes domestic and international constraints, belief systems, and economic components in security decisions by major powers and Asian nations. Seminar. Prerequisite: instructor approval.

POS 591 Seminar. (3) A
(a) American Politics
(b) Comparative Politics
(c) Global Politics
(d) Political Theory

POS 598 Special Topics. (3) A
(a) American Politics
(b) Comparative Politics
(c) Global Politics
(d) Theory

POS 601 Advanced Experimental Research. (3) N
Introduces experimental and quasi-experimental research designs in political research, including laboratory techniques and topics in the analysis of variance. Prerequisite: POS 503 or equivalent.

POS 602 Advanced Survey Research. (3) N
Presents design and conduct of political surveys, including sampling, instrument design, scaling, and statistical and graphical analysis of survey data. Prerequisite: POS 503 or equivalent.

POS 603 Polimetrics I. (3) A
Introduces theory and practice of linear regression analysis. Provides skills to read, understand, and evaluate professional literature using regression analysis. Prerequisites: POS 401 and 503 or instructor approval.

POS 604 Polimetrics II. (3) A
Apply quantitative techniques to research topics producing publishable papers through exposure to time-series, logit and probit, and simultaneous equations. Prerequisites: POS 401 and 503 and 603 or instructor approval.

POS 635 State Politics and Public Policy. (3) N
Introduction to comparative state policy emphasizing policy or performance differences among the states and the reasons for these differences. Seminar. Prerequisites: POS 530 and 603 or instructor approval.

POS 636 Electoral Behavior. (3) N
Introduces fundamental concepts of electoral behavior. Emphasizes presidential elections and examines why people vote and how their votes are determined. Seminar. Prerequisites: POS 530 and 603 or instructor approval.

POS 638 Law and Politics. (3) N
Emphasizes research into such topics as constitutional law, women and the law, American legal system, judicial process, and judicial selection. Seminar. Prerequisite: instructor approval.

POS 651 Politics of Change and Development. (3) N
Examines contending approaches to national, social, and political change. Seminar. Prerequisite: instructor approval.

POS 660 The Modern World System. (3) N
Theoretically driven, historical analysis of the organization and operation of the international political economy since the 16th century. Seminar. Prerequisite: instructor approval.

POS 661 The State. (3) N
Examines theories of state, state-society relations, and interstate politics emphasizing questions of sovereignty, territoriality, violence, representation, democracy, and change. Seminar. Prerequisite: instructor approval.

POS 662 International Organization. (3) N
History, practical political significance, and future of international institutions, transnational regimes, and other approaches to international organization. Seminar. Prerequisite: instructor approval.

POS 664 War, Peace, and Conflict Processes. (3) N
The systematic analysis of the causes of war, the preconditions for peace, and approaches to the resolution of conflict. Seminar. Prerequisite: instructor approval.

POS 665 Foreign Policy Theory. (3) N
Examines foreign policy theory and methods. Development and critique of research designs analyzing foreign policy processes within and among nations. Seminar. Prerequisite: instructor approval.

POS 792 Research. (3) F, S
Projects in various areas of political science. Prerequisite: doctoral student.

Omnibus Graduate Courses: See omnibus graduate courses that may be offered.

1996–98 Graduate Catalog Table of Contents

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