Form NC:

New Course Proposal




Political Science

Form NC #:





I. Give complete UMM catalog entry (see instructions).

Pol 3453s. Variable Topics in International Relations: Russian Politics and Foreign Policy. (IP; 4cr; QP-1400; SP-1401; or #)

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

II. Rationale (see instructions):

This new course is made possible by the addition of a new tenure-line faculty member in Political Science with expertise in Comparative Politics. Some course swapping with the existing international relations courses was possible due to overlapping subject expertise of our faculty.

III. Other Course Information

First semester to be offered:

Spring 2002

Principal Faculty Sponsor(s):

Seung-Ho Joo

Is course repeatable? (if yes, give max cr)


To what quarter course(s) does this correspond?


Course Type (choose one from instruction sheet):


Course requires:(check all that apply):


Laboratory sections


Recitation/discussion sections

IV. Assessment Information

Please state clearly and briefly the GOALS of this course.

The course is designed to introduce students to the literature of Russian politics and foreign policy.

How will you ASSESS the success of this course in achieving the GOALS described above?

Students will be given predominantly essay exams approximately three times during the semester that measure their ability to understand and analyze the assigned readings. They will also be required to complete a paper that demonstrates their understanding of the material.

V. GER Exception Request

If no GER category is being designated for this course, give rationale for exception:


VI. Honors Rationale

If an Honors course, please outline how your proposed course will fit the Honors Program guidelines.


Regular Approval Process:

For long-term approval, curricular change forms must go through the following regular approval process (put check in box and date when approved):



Step #




Discipline approves (sends hard copy and electronic copy of proposal to #2)




Division approves (Division Chair sends proposal to #3)




Curriculum Committee approves (sends proposal to #4)




Campus Assembly approves. (New courses become effective immediately following Campus Assembly approval.)