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COURSE PROPOSALS

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Revised Course Proposal

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Discipline:

Political Science

 

 

Date:

10-9-02

 

Course Revision #1

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POL 3101s. Political Science Analysis. (SS; 4.0 cr; prereq Stat 1601 or Stat 2601 or #;not offered 2001-02 2004-05)

Techniques commonly used in the systematic study of politics. Application of statistical techniques to recently released data using statistical software. Topics include the use of multivariate regression in political science and/or the assumptions of the linear model, regression diagnostics, and appropriate corrections. Optional topics include logistic regression, time series analysis, factor analysis, survey methodology, experimental design, and /or game theory.

 

II. Rationale (see instructions):

Change year not offered.

 

Course Revision #2

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POL 3201f 4201f. Legislative Process. (SS; 4.0 cr; prereq 1201, Stat 1601 or 2601 recommended or #)

The internal organization of Congress, with emphasis on how rules and organizational changes affect the policy process. Topics include the evolution of the modern Congress, the committee system, the role of party leadership, and competing theories of congressional organization. In addition, comparisons/contrasts are drawn from other legislatures in democracies around the world.

 

II. Rationale (see instructions):

Change course from 3xxx to 4xxx level. Course content is more rigorous or requires more preparation than that of 3000 level classes. As a result, students should view this course as most appropriate during their fourth year of study. Add recommended prereq.

Course Revision #3

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POL 3211s 4211s. The American Presidency. (SS; 4.0 cr; prereq 1201, Stat 1601 or 2601 recommended or # ;not offered 2002-03 2003-04)

Traces the development of the American presidency over time. Major theories of presidential behavior and success are examined, as well as the literature on presidential popularity and executive/congressional relations.

 

II. Rationale (see instructions):

Change course from 3xxx to 4xxx level. Course content is more rigorous or requires more preparation than that of 3000 level classes. As a result, students should view this course as most appropriate during their fourth year of study. Add recommended prereq. Delete year not offered.

Course Revision #4

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POL 3221f 4221f. Judicial Politics. (SS; 4.0 cr; prereq 1201, Stat 1601 or 2601 recommended or # ;not offered 2002-03 not offered 2004-05)

Role of judges, police, attorneys and interest groups within the political system, with analysis focusing on each as political actors. Areas of discretion in the legal system. Extra-legal predictors of judicial decision making and certiorari voting.

 

II. Rationale (see instructions):

Change course from 3xxx to 4xxx level. Course content is more rigorous or requires more preparation than that of 3000 level classes. As a result, students should view this course as most appropriate during their fourth year of study. Add recommended prereq. Delete year not offered.

 

Course Revision #5

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POL 3231s. Constitutional Law: Civil Liberties and Civil Rights. (HDiv; 4.0 cr; prereq 1201 or #;not offered 2002-03 2003-04)

Examination of major Supreme Court opinions in the areas of freedom of religion, speech, assembly, and the press. Topics include the definitions of obscenity and libel, the Court’s struggle with the right to privacy, and civil rights.

 

II. Rationale (see instructions):

Change year not offered.

 

Course Revision #6

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POL 3232s. Constitutional Law: Governmental Powers and Constraints. (SS; 4.0 cr; prereq 1201 or #;not offered 2001-02 2004-05)

Examination of major Supreme Court opinions in the areas of congressional, executive, and judicial authority, nation-state relations, and economic liberties. Topics include substantive vs. procedural due process, the Takings Clause, the contract clause, and the powers to tax and spend.

 

II. Rationale (see instructions):

Change year not offered.

 

Course Revision #7

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POL 3241s. Political Parties and Interest Groups. (SS; 4.0 cr; prereq 1201 or # ;not offered 2001-02)

Organization, operation, and development of political parties and interest groups in the United States.

 

II. Rationale (see instructions):

Inactivate course. Will be offered again, 2005-2007.

 

Course Revision #8

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POL 3251f. Political Participation and Voting Behavior. (SS; 4.0 cr; prereq 1201 or #;not offered 2001-02 2003-2004)

This course provides a broad overview of factors influencing the political behavior of groups and individuals both within and outside institutions. Particular emphasis is placed on examining issues such as voter turnout, economic influences on voting patterns, and social movement mobilization.

 

II. Rationale (see instructions):

Change year not offered.

 

Course Revision #9

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POL 3260f,s. Variable Topics in American Politics. (4.0 cr; prereq 1201 or #; see specific topics for general education categories; repeatable when topic changes)

Selected topics in American politics such as state and local politics, media and politics, minorities and social policy, and political psychology.

 

II. Rationale (see instructions):

Delete Variable Topics “umbrella.” Courses are fixed offerings (not variable).

 

 

Course Revision #10

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POL 3261s. Topics in American Politics: State and Local Politics. (SS; 4.0 cr; prereq 1201 or #;not offered 2001-02 2004-05)

This course examines theoretical discussions of American democracy in the context of the actual performance of American government and society on a variety of levels. Particular emphasis is placed on the ways American democracy functions on the subnational level in states, rural communities, and urban centers. Analysis of principles, organizations, procedures, and functions of state and local government, both urban and rural, in the U.S.

 

II. Rationale (see instructions):

Remove Variable Topics portion of title. This course is offered regularly in the curriculum. Change year not offered.

 

Course Revision #11

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POL 3262f. Topics in American Politics: Minorities and Public Policy. (HDiv; 4.0 cr; prereq 1201 or # ;not offered 2001-02 2004-05)

Analysis of the ways race, ethnicity, and other factors shape political engagement; their implications for public policy and the policy process.

 

II. Rationale (see instructions):

Remove Variable Topics portion of title. This course is offered regularly in the curriculum. Change year not offered.

 

Course Revision #12

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POL 3263sf. Topics in American Politics: Political Psychology. (SS; 4.0 cr; prereq 1201, Psy 1051 or # recommended;not offered 2002-03 2003-04)

Examines the utility of concepts from personality and social psychology for conducting political analysis and understanding political behavior. Explores the role of the individual, group processes, and the political context in political decision making by both leaders and nonleaders.

 

II. Rationale (see instructions):

Remove Variable Topics portion of title. This course is offered regularly in the curriculum. Change year not offered.

Course Revision #13

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POL 3264s 4264s Topics in American Politics: American Political Culture. (Hist; 4.0 cr; prereq 1201 or #; not offered 2001-02 2003-04)

A survey of the ideas shaping the U.S. political system and Americans’ political behavior. Examines the ways that U.S. political culture has shaped institutional development, policy outcomes, and the everyday political experiences within the political system.

 

II. Rationale (see instructions):

Change course from 3xxx to 4xxx level. Course content is more rigorous or requires more preparation than that of 3000 level classes. As a result, students should view this course as most appropriate during their fourth year of study. Delete topics portion of title. This course is offered regularly in the curriculum. Change year not offered.

Course Revision #14

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POL 3264Hs 4264Hs. Topics in American Politics: Honors: American Political Culture. (Hist; 4.0 cr; prereq 1201, participation in Honors Program or #; not offered 2001-02 2003-04)

Same as Pol 3264. A survey of the ideas shaping the U.S. political system and Americans’ political behavior. Examines the ways that U.S. political culture has shaped institutional development, policy outcomes, and the everyday political experiences within the political system.

II. Rationale (see instructions):

Change course from 3xxx to 4xxx level. Course content is more rigorous or requires more preparation than that of 3000 level classes. As a result, students should view this course as most appropriate during their fourth year of study. Delete topics portion of title. This course is offered regularly in the curriculum. Change year not offered.

Course Revision #15

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POL 3266f 4266s. Variable Topics in American Politics: Media and Politics. (SS; 4.0 cr; prereq 1201 or #; not offered 2001-02 2004-05)

Relationships between mass media, government, and public in "American Democracy." Democratic theory and media/press, role of informed citizenry in theories of U.S. democracy, role of media in informing the U.S. citizenry. Ways media influences public opinion, relationship of media, public opinion, and elites in politics.

II. Rationale (see instructions):

Change course from 3xxx to 4xxx level. Course content is more rigorous or requires more preparation than that of 3000 level classes. As a result, students should view this course as most appropriate during their fourth year of study. Delete topics portion of title. This course is offered regularly in the curriculum. Change year not offered.

Course Revision #16

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POL 3267. Variable Topics in American Politics: CE: Courtroom Proceedings in American State and Federal Courts. (SS; 4.0 cr; prereq 1201 or #;additional tuition required; course not included in UMM tuition band; subject to minimum enrollment requirement)

Understanding courtroom procedure by observation of actual courtroom activity. Observation of a wide range of judicial proceedings, including arraignments, trials, sentencing, involuntary commitments to mental and alcohol treatment facilities, and the acceptance of negotiated settlements and/or plea-bargains. Observation of state and federal courts at both the trial and appellate level.

II. Rationale (see instructions):

Remove Variable Topics portion of title. This course is offered regularly in the curriculum.

Course Revision #17

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POL 3301s 4301s. Contemporary Political Ideologies. (Hum; 4.0 cr ;prereq 1101 or #)

Major currents of political theory from Marx to present: Marxism, socialism, syndicalism, anarchism, fascism, political ideologies of antidemocratic thought, and totalitarian regimes.

 

II. Rationale (see instructions):

Change course from 3xxx to 4xxx level. Course content is more rigorous or requires more preparation than that of 3000 level classes. As a result, students should view this course as most appropriate during their fourth year of study.

Course Revision #18

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POL 3350. Variable Topics in Western Political Thought. (4.0 cr; prereq 1101 or #; see specific topics for general education categories; repeatable when topic changes)

Development of the Western political tradition from classical Greek thought to recent phases of American political life. Possible topics include ancient political thought, medieval political thought, modern political thought, and American political thought.

II. Rationale (see instructions):

Delete Variable Topics “umbrella.” Courses are fixed offerings (not variable).

 

Course Revision #19

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POL 3351f. Topics in Western Political Thought: Political Thought: Ancient and Middle Ages. (Hum; 4.0 cr ;prereq 1101 or #)

Survey of classical Greek thought, Plato and Aristotle, primitive natural law, Cynics and Stoics, theory in Roman Republic and Empire, early Christianity and the church fathers, moral theory and political theory, empire and church in ideology, Roman and canon law, St. Thomas, political thought in the 14th and 15th centuries.

 

II. Rationale (see instructions):

Remove Variable Topics portion of title. This course is offered regularly in the curriculum. Add portion of title.

 

Course Revision #20

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POL 3352s. Topics in Western Political Thought: Political Thought: Modern. (Hum; 4.0 cr ;prereq 1101 or #)

Machiavelli, theories during the Renaissance, Reformation, and the Counter-Reformation. Early modern absolutism, the emergence of modern contract theory, constitutionalism, liberalism, and utopianism.

II. Rationale (see instructions):

Remove Variable Topics portion of title. This course is offered regularly in the curriculum. Add portion of title.

Course Revision #21

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POL 3353s. Topics in Western Political Thought: American Political Thought. (Hum; 4.0 cr ;prereq 1101 or #;not offered 2003-04 )

Development of the American political tradition from the Puritan theocracy to recent phases of American political life.

II. Rationale (see instructions):

Remove Variable Topics portion of title. This course is offered regularly in the curriculum. Add year not offered

Course Revision #22

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POL 3401f. United States Foreign Policy. (SS; 4.0 cr; prereq 1401 or # ;not offered 2002-03)

Institutions and processes of American foreign policy. Major factors to be considered and levels of analysis that allow for the examination and dissection of foreign policy decisions. Case study analysis, e.g., Cuban Missile Crisis, Vietnam, Iran/Contra-gate.

II. Rationale (see instructions):

Remove year not offered.

Course Revision #23

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Pol 3411f s. International Law. (E/CR; 4 cr; prereq 1401 or #; offered when feasible ;not offered 2004-05)

Relations of international law to individuals, states, the international community, jurisdictional problems, survey of principles developed by diplomatic agents and consuls, treaties, arbitration, treatment of aliens, pacific settlement. War and hostile measures short of war, military occupation, war crimes, neutrality, collective security sanctions.

II. Rationale (see instructions):

Change semester offered. Change offered when feasible to year not offered.

Course Revision #24

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Pol 3421f s. International Organizations. (E/CR; 4 cr; prereq 1401 or # ;not offered 2003-04)

Origins of diplomacy and its role in maintaining communication among nations, including the recent and special role of international organizations. History of the practice of diplomacy, current bilateral diplomatic practices, and multilateral interactions as practiced through the United Nations and the League of Nations before it. Structure and functional agencies of the U.N. and role in international peacekeeping or collective security.

II. Rationale (see instructions):

Change semester offered. Add year not offered.

Course Revision #25

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POL 3451f 4451s. Topics in International Relations: Comparative Foreign Policy. (IP; 4.0 cr; prereq 1401 or #)

Comparative examinations of foreign policies of selected countries, i.e., the United States, China, and Russia (the Soviet Union). The rise and fall of the Cold War; the triangular relationship between Washington, Beijing, and Moscow; Russia’s new foreign policy; and U.S. foreign and security policy in the post-Cold War era.

II. Rationale (see instructions):

Change course from 3xxx to 4xxx level. Course content is more rigorous or requires more preparation than that of 3000 level classes. As a result, students should view this course as most appropriate during their fourth year of study. Delete topics portion of title. This course is offered regularly in the curriculum.

 

Course Revision #26

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POL 3450. Variable Topics in International Relations. (4.0 cr; prereq 1401 or #; see specific topics for general education categories; repeatable when topic changes)

Advanced topics in international relations, such as comparative foreign policy and international relations theory.

II. Rationale (see instructions):

Delete Variable Topics “umbrella.”

Course Revision #27

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POL 3452 4452. Topics in International Relations: International Relations Theory. (IP; 4.0 cr; prereq 1401 or #; offered when feasible)

Theory and practice of contemporary international relations. Realism and idealism, national power, systems theory, integration theory, war and peace, conflict resolution, and the world government.

II. Rationale (see instructions):

Inactivate course. Will be offered again, 2005-2007.

Change course from 3xxx to 4xxx level. Course content is more rigorous or requires more preparation than that of 3000 level classes. As a result, students should view this course as most appropriate during their fourth year of study. Delete topics portion of title.

Course Revision #28

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POL 3453s. Variable Topcs in International Relations: Russian Politics and Foreign Policy. (IP; 4.0 cr; prereq 1401 or # ;not offered 2003-04)

Domestic and foreign policies of the former Soviet Union from the Bolshevik Revolution to the present. Nature of the Soviet empire, implosion of the Soviet Union, Russian Federalism, democratic and market reforms, ethnic conflicts, nuclear strategy, military policy, and diplomatic style.

 

II. Rationale (see instructions):

Remove Variable Topics portion of title. Add year not offered.

Course Revision #29

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POL 3500. Variable Topics in Comparative Politics. (4.0 cr; prereq 1101 or #; see specific topics for general education categories; repeatable when topic changes)

In-depth analysis of major government systems from regions of the world other than Europe or issues in comparative public policy, e.g., comparing social welfare budgetary priority across nation-states.

 

II. Rationale (see instructions):

Delete Variable Topics “umbrella.”

Course Revision #30

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POL 3501s. Topics in Comparative Politics: Government and Politics of Asia. (SS; 4.0 cr; prereq 1101 1301 or #)

Examination of governments, political and leadership changes, and economic developments in China, Japan, and Korea. Modernization, democratization, political pluralism, revolution, authoritarianism, and civil-military relations.

 

II. Rationale (see instructions):

Inactivate course. Will be offered again, 2005-2007.

Remove Variable Topics portion of title. This course is offered regularly in the curriculum. New prereq is recently developed lower division course in substantive area.

 

 

 

 

Course Revision #31

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POL 3502 f s. Topics in Comparative Politics: Government and Politics of Europe. (SS; 4.0 cr; prereq 1101 1301 or # ;not offered 2001-02 2003-04)

The comparative study of contemporary government/politics in Europe. Emphasizes influence of economic, cultural, and other factors. Parties, bureaucracy, legislatures, executives: way in which they reflect and contribute to political life.

 

II. Rationale (see instructions):

Remove Variable Topics portion of title. This course is offered regularly in the curriculum. Change year not offered. New prereq is recently developed lower division course in substantive area.

Course Revision #32

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POL 3503s 4503s. Topics in Comparative Politics: Women in Politics Worldwide. (IP; 4.0 cr; prereq 1201, 2101 or #; not offered 2002-03 2003-04)

Examines the ways gender influences politics throughout the world. Topics covered include: the “gender gap” and voter turnout, women’s involvement in linkage organizations, such as parties and interest groups, and finally policy outcomes regarding women in different kinds of political systems.

II. Rationale (see instructions):

Change course from 3xxx to 4xxx level. Course content is more rigorous or requires more preparation than that of 3000 level classes. As a result, students should view this course as most appropriate during their fourth year of study. Delete topics portion of title. This course is offered regularly in the curriculum. Change year not offered.

 

Course Revision #33

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POL 3504s. Topics in Comparative Politics: Latin American Politics. (IP; 4.0 cr; prereq 1301 or #)

A comparative examination of central issues in and components of Latin American political life, including economic development, regimes and alliances, guerrilla wars, the armed forces, human rights, and democratic consolidation. Countries may include Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, El Salvador, and Cuba.

 

II. Rationale (see instructions):

Remove Variable Topics portion of title. This course is offered regularly in the curriculum.

 

Course Revision #34

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POL 3505f. Variable Topics in Comparative Politics: Military and Political Development. (IP; 4.0 cr; prereq 1301 or # ;not offered 2001-02)

Explores military intervention in government and the influence of the military on social and economic policies in a variety of regions.

 

II. Rationale (see instructions):

Remove Variable Topics portion of title. This course is offered regularly in the curriculum.

Remove year not offered.

 

Course Revision #35

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POL 3506f. Variable Topics in Comparative Politics: Government and Politics of Africa. (IP; 4.0 cr; prereq 1301 or #)

Comparative study of government and politics of contemporary Africa, with special attention to state/society relations, interaction of politics and economic development, political institutions, and conflict.

 

II. Rationale (see instructions):

Remove Variable Topics portion of title. This course is offered regularly in the curriculum.

 

Course Revision #36

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POL 3507s 4507s. Variable Topics in Comparative Politics: Political Violence. (IP; 4.0 cr; prereq 1301 or #;not offered 2004-05 )

Examination of causes, processes, and outcomes of violent social conflict, including repression, mass political protests, riot revolt, terrorism, and revolution.

 

II. Rationale (see instructions):

Change course from 3xxx to 4xxx level. Course content more rigorous or requires more preparation than that of 3000 level classes. As a result, students should view this course as most appropriate during their fourth year of study. Remove Variable Topics portion of title. This course is offered regularly in the curriculum. Add year not offered.

 

Course Revision #37

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Pol 4901f. Senior Research Seminar in American Government. (SS; 4 cr; prereq 1201 and Senior Standing, or #)

Guided research in American Political Institutions and Processes. With the assistance of a faculty member, each student will formulate testable research questions about some aspect of American government, develop a research design to address those questions, conduct a literature review, gather data (either quantitative or qualitative), test the hypotheses, write up the findings, and make an oral presentation of the work to the discipline faculty and graduating seniors.

 

II. Rationale (see instructions):

Add semester offered.

 

Course Revision #38

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Pol 4902f . Senior Research Seminar in International Relations and Comparative Politics. (IP; 4 cr; prereq 1301 or 1401 and Senior Standing, or #)

Guided research in International Relations and Comparative Politics. With the assistance of a faculty member, each student will formulate testable research questions about some aspect of International Relations and Comparative Politics, develop a research design to address those questions, conduct a literature review, gather data (either quantitative or qualitative), test the hypotheses, write up the findings, and make an oral presentation of the work to the discipline faculty and graduating seniors.

 

II. Rationale (see instructions):

Add semester offered.

 

Course Revision #39

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Pol 4903f. Senior Research Seminar in Political Theory. (HUM; 4 cr; prereq 1101 and Senior Standing, or #)

Guided research in Political Theory. With the assistance of a faculty member, each student will develop a research design to identify and address an important problem in the political theory literature, conduct a literature review, critically analyze the material, summarize the work in the form of a significant research paper, and make an oral presentation of the work to the discipline faculty and graduating seniors.

 

II. Rationale (see instructions):

Add semester offered.