2010 - 2011 Political Studies Courses

PLSC 101 Introduction to Political Science, LE (4)
Introduces students to the study of politics. Includes an analysis of political language, conflict resolution, major concepts employed within political science, and contemporary ideologies. Extensive use is made of simulations and negotiation exercises.
PLSC 121 American National Government, LE (4)
An introduction to the basic framework of American government at the national level, including a brief look at historical developments. Emphasizes an examination of various theoretical approaches. Students are introduced to policy making and elementary political analysis.
PLSC 200/300 Special Topics in Political Science (1–4)
Courses may be taught as either workshops or seminars. Significant themes are explored in certain sub-disciplinary areas of political science. Recent offerings and/or suggested topics have included Conflict Management, Language and Politics, Politics of Federalism (State and Local Government), Topics in Political Thought, Political Issues Analysis, Politics of Argentina, Central Asian/Eurasian Politics, Public Policy Analysis, Political Anthropology, Regime Opposition Movements, International Political Economy, and Methods of Political Analysis. Prerequisites vary with course content.
PLSC 200FN Social Sciences Foundation Course I, LE (4)
This course covers a wide range of economic and political perspectives. Students will have the opportunity to debate contemporary economic and political issues as well as study a variety of theories relevant to both disciplines. Most of the course is aimed at understanding and resolving contemporary political/economic problems and issues. The separate disciplines of political science and economics will be joined once more in this course as they were throughout history until recent times. The somewhat arbitrary and artificial division of these two subjects will be avoided as students search for new and useful insights into the functioning of society's political and economic arenas. Same as ECON 200FN.
PLSC 303 Public Administration and Bureaucracy (4)
An introductory study of the formal and informal dimensions involved in the operation of public organizations. Explores administrative problem-solving strategies, public policy analysis, and the nature of bureaucratic organizations.
PLSC 306 Comparative Political Systems (4)
Focuses on political systems and governments which are representative of the world's major national and international structures. Includes an analysis of comparative methods, theories, and ideologies.
PLSC 327 Environmental Politics and Policy (4)
Focuses on continuity and change in the politics of environmentalism within the United States. Includes an in-depth look at the Environmental Protection Agency as a means of examining institutional and public policy activities in the environmental arena, an overview of environmental legislation, and a consideration of pollution prevention strategies.
PLSC 348 Congress and the Presidency (4)
An examination of the role of Congress and the presidency in government, and their effects on the entire political process. Includes a look at various approaches to the study of Congress and the presidency.
PLSC 355 Constitutional Law: Civil Liberties (4)
Analysis of key civil liberties cases and the decision-making process followed by the Supreme Court. Overview of the impact of Supreme Court decisions on the political process and of the Court as a political institution.
PLSC 367 Contemporary Political Philosophy (4)
An examination and comparison of contemporary continental European and Anglo-American political philosophers: includes consideration of a wide range of traditions, schools and works as well as an effort to locate underlying assumptions common to many of them.
PLSC 401 Directed Studies (1–4)
A tutorial-based course used only for student-initiated proposals for intensive individual study of topics not otherwise offered in political science. Prerequisite: consent of instructor and school dean.
PLSC 414 International Relations (4)
Theory and analysis of the dynamics of the international political system, regionalism, international political behavior, causes and prevention of war, and world organizations as they concern the community of nations.
PLSC 440 Internship (1–8)
Offers students the opportunity to integrate classroom knowledge with practical experience. Prerequisites: junior or senior standing (for transfer students, at least 15 hours completed at Westminster or permission of instructor), minimum 2.5 GPA, completion of the Career Resource Center Internship Workshop, and consent of program director and Career Center Internship Coordinator.
PLSC 490 Research Seminar in Political Studies (4)
A required course for all senior political studies majors. Students select, research, analyze, and discuss a political studies topic or problem. The results of each student's project will be written as a senior thesis and presented for discussion in a seminar setting.