Political Science

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PS 104 The World's Political Systems 3
Comparative survey of the structures and functions of the national governments of selected industrialized and Third World nations, such as the U.S., Russia, Britain, France, India, Nigeria, and Brazil. Scope and methods of political science and key policy issues will be treated in a comparative context. PS 104 or 110 is required for all political science majors. CSUS Common Course. Study Area II [I]

PS 110 American Government & Politics 3
Structure, functions, services, and problems of government and politics at the national level. PS 110 or 104 is required of all political science majors. CSUS Common Course. Study Area II

200s

PS 230 American State and Local Government 3
Organization and major problems of state and local government in the United States, with attention to intergovernmental relations, federalism, and contemporary issues. Study Area II

PS 231 Conduct of American Foreign Policy 3
Theories, processes, and problems of American foreign policy and the craft of diplomacy, with special attention to contemporary issues.

PS 232 Ancient and Medieval Political Thought 3
Political thought from Plato to Machiavelli. Fall. Study Area I

PS 235 International Relations 3
Introduction to study of international relations, including international politics, international law and morality, international organization, international conflict and cooperation and the foreign policies of the major powers. Cross listed with LAS 235. No credit given to students with credit for LAS 235. CSUS Common Course. Study Area II [I]

PS 241 Women and American Law 3
Examines the evolution of women's legal rights in the United States. Special attention given to the legal status of women in the economic, political, educational, and judicial sectors of society. Cross listed with WGSS 241. No credit given to students with credit for WGSS 241. Fall. (E)

PS 250 Approaches to Political Science 3
Prereq.: PS 104 or 110, and open to majors only.  Introduction to social research methods covering the foundations of social science, research design, data collection, and data analysis. Students will learn by doing in all aspects of the course—in class meetings, the computer lab, and out-of-class assignments. Emphasis on effective collection, analysis, and critical evaluation of quantitative and qualitative data. Spring. 

PS 260 Public Administration 3
Prereq.: PS 104 or 110. Study of administrative theory and the politics of bureaucracy. Assigned readings, field projects, and research papers. Study Area II

PS 270 Law and Politics 3
Study of the structure of the U.S. court system, the judicial process and legal reasoning. Other topics include the role of the Supreme Court in U.S. politics and comparative judicial systems. Fall. Study Area II

PS 280 Religion & Politics 3
A cross-national and international survey of the role and impact of religion in domestic, regional, and international politics and conflicts. Select cases and topics, including the role of religion in the politics of the U.S. will be considered. Spring. Study Area II

PS 291 Topics in Political Science 3
Examination of selected topics in political science. Topics may vary from semester to semester. May be repeated with a different topic for up to 6 credits. On demand.

300s

PS 315 Internet & Media Politics 3
Technologies of the information superhighway, their political implications, and decentralizing effects; economic concentration in the media industries; politics and public policy toward the telecommunications industries; the 1996 Telecommunications Act; rate deregulation; and potential threats to privacy and freedom of speech and of the press. Spring. (O) Study Area II

PS 325 Public Opinion in American Politics 3
Content and context of public opinion in American politics, and its relationship to political analysis in the mass media. Emphasis on the formation and political impact of public opinion, and on opinion measurement techniques; critical analysis of the reliability and credibility of political arguments expressed in the public sphere. Fall.

PS 330 American Parties and Interest Groups 3
Prereq.: PS 104, 110 or permission of instructor. Historical development and current operation of party organizations in the United States, with attention to voting behavior, interest groups, the influence of news media, etc. Field research projects. Fall. (E)

PS 331 American Constitutional Law 3
Prereq.: PS 110. Great constitutional issues through the study of Supreme Court decisions. Origins of judicial review in Marbury v. Madison to current issues, exclusive of civil liberties. In addition to the traditional case approach, attention is given to a behavioral understanding of judicial decision making.

PS 332 Civil Liberties 3
Prereq.: PS 110. Constitutional safeguards of liberty and property. Special attention to privileges and immunities, equality and civil rights. Cross listed with AMS 332. No credit given to students with credit for AMS 332.

PS 334 Modern Political Thought 3
Critical consideration is given to modern political thinkers, origins, developments, and present significance. Spring. Study Area II

PS 335 American Political Thought 3
American political thought, with special attention to early and contemporary discussion of liberalism, conservatism, pluralism, and radicalism. Spring. (E)

PS 336 West European Governments 3
Comparison of selected West European political systems, mainly in Britain, France and West Germany. Other countries may be included. [I]

PS 338 International Organization 3
Basic assumptions, objectives, growth, problems, and prospects of international organizations, such as the League of Nations, the U.N. and its specialized agencies, the O.A.S. Irregular. [I]

PS 339 International Law 3
Nature and functions of international law in the international community, in theory as well as in practice. [I]

PS 343 Political Leadership 3
Prereq.: PS 104, 110 or instructor's permission. Analysis of political leadership and its role in the political process.

PS 345 International Terrorism 3
Examination of definitions, history, philosophy, and theories of international terrorism, as well as tactics and strategies of terrorist groups and responses of governments, with emphasis on policy alternatives and civil liberties dilemmas for democratic countries combatting terrorism. [I]

PS 380 International Conflict and Security 3
Theory and case studies of international and domestic conflict and conflict resolution during the Cold War and post-Cold War eras. Emphasis on forms of conflict (international war, civil wars, revolutions, domestic insurgencies) and forms of conflict resolution (intervention, bargaining, negotiation, diplomacy and strategies of international security, peace-building and peacekeeping). Fall, Spring, Summer. [I]

400s

400-LEVEL CLASSES ARE FOR UNDERGRADUATE CREDIT ONLY, EXCEPT WHERE NOTED WITH "[GR]"

PS 415 Government & Business in the Information Age 3
Prereq.: PS 104 or 110 or 315 or permission of department chair. Analysis of the evolution of the pattern of interaction between business and government in the American administrative and political process as we enter the information age, with attention to how we as members of society are affected by and may influence this process. Spring. (E) [GR]

PS 420 Government and Politics of Latin America 3
Historical, social, economic, and ideological factors impacting contemporary government and politics in Latin America. Summer. [I] [GR]

PS 421 Government and Politics of Africa 3
Historical, social, economic, and ideological factors impacting contemporary government and politics in Africa. Summer. [I] [GR]

PS 425 Asian Politics 3
Prereq.: PS 104. Examination of the government and politics of East and South Asia with major focus on Japan, China, and India. Emphasis on historical and cultural forces shaping politics, Western impact on Asia, and cross-national comparisons. Spring. [I] [GR]

PS 430 The American Presidency 3
Prereq.: PS 104 or 110 or permission of instructor. Office of President and place in the political system, colonial antecedents and modern counterparts. Emphasis on the presidency's functional and institutional development, contemporary role in politics and public policy, and interplay between man and office. Cross listed with AMS 430. No credit given to students with credit for AMS 430. Spring. [GR]

PS 431 The Legislative Process 3
Prereq.: PS 104 or 110 or permission of instructor. Structure, behavior, and operation of U.S. Congress. Comparison with state legislatures. Interrelationships with executive and judicial branches. Problems of popular representation. Attention to the budgetary process, lobbying, and campaign financing. Spring. (O) [GR]

PS 432 Urban Politics and Government 3
Prereq.: PS 104 or 110 or permission of instructor (non-Political Science introductory courses may be substituted with permission of instructor). Selected urban conditions and problems such as housing, racial relations, power structure, intergovernmental relations, partisan politics, group behavior, forms of government, politics of planning, regionalism, economic development, transportation, and communication. Field research projects. Fall. (O) [GR]

PS 433 20th-Century Political Thought 3
Contemporary approaches to political theory, such as socialism, conservatism, liberalism, and group theory. Fall. [GR]

PS 434 Government and Politics of the Middle East and North Africa 3
Historical background, contemporary setting, political processes, and major problems of some of the countries of Middle East and North Africa. Spring. [I] [GR]

PS 435 Russian and Eastern Europe 3
Government and politics of Russia and of selected Eastern European countries such as Poland, Hungary, Ukraine, and Yugoslavia. Irregular. [I] [GR]

PS 439 U.S. Middle East Policy 3
Examination of the evolution of United States foreign policy towards the Middle East since WW II. Emphasis placed on the sources, determinants, and goals of United States policy and the challenges facing the United States in the region. Irregular. [GR]

PS 445 Public Policy Analysis and Evaluation 3
Prereq.: PS 260 or permission of department chair. An investigation in perspectives and methods of measuring public policies. [GR]

PS 446 The Budgetary Process 3
Prereq.: PS 110 and 260. Examination and analysis of budgeting as an administrative and political process, with attention to techniques and reform efforts. [GR]

PS 448 Current U.S. Public Policy Issues 3
Prereq.: PS 110 and PS 230; or permission of instructor. Study of the politics and administration of government programs in such fields as education, healthcare, housing, and social welfare policy. Significant independent student reserach project in U.S. politics required. Fall

PS 450 Ethics, Corruption, and Virtue in Public Service 3
Prereq.: PS 110, 260, and junior standing. An examination of the ethical dimensions of public service, including elective, appointment, and civil service. Topics include relationship between ethical theory and practice, standards of evaluation for action, administrative discretion, and ethical training for public administrators. Fall.

PS 470 National Intern Experience 12
Prereq.: Junior, senior, or graduate status; minumum 3.00 grade point average. For undergraduate students, special exception may be granted by the internship advisor in consultation with the department chair. Government or political intern experience in Washington, D.C., or other national settings, typically through a program such as the Washington Center. Cannot be used to satisfy the requirements for a political science major if the student has completed PS 480 or PS 482. No more than 6 credits of PS 470 may be applied toward a political science major. By application. [GR]

PS 480 State Internship Experience 4
Prereq.: Junior or senior status with a minimum 2.50 grade point average unless special exception is granted by the internship coordinator in consultation with the department chair. Also open to graduate students with a minimum 3.00 grade point average. Must be taken concurrently with PS 485. Students who apply and are admitted to this program are assigned to work in state and local government departments and agencies for a minimum of two days a week. Not open to students who have completed PS 482. Cannot be used to satisfy the requirements for a political science major if the student has completed PS 470. By application. Spring. [GR]

PS 482 Intensive State Internship Experience 9
Prereq.: Junior, senior, or graduate status; minumum 3.00 grade point average. For undergraduate students, special exception may be granted by the internship advisor in consultation with the department chair. Must be taken concurrently with PS 485. Students who apply and are admitted to this internship are assigned to work on a full-time basis, five days per week. Not open to students who have completed PS 480. Cannot be used to satisfy the requirements for a political science major if the student has completed PS 470. No more than 5 credits of PS 482 may be applied toward a political science major. By application. Spring. [GR]

PS 485 State Internship Seminar 3
Prereq.: Students must be enrolled in a department approved internship. Concurrent enrollment in either PS 480 or PS 482 is required. Structure, behavior, and operation of government institutions, agencies, and external organizations with an emphasis on applying theoretical knowledge to practical political experiences. Spring. [GR]

PS 490 Directed Readings in Political Science 1 TO 6
Prereq.: Permission of instructor. Individual programs of study for students with special abilities or interests in political science. May be repeated with different topics to a maximum of 6 credits. On demand. [GR]

PS 491 Advanced Studies in Political Science 1 TO 6
Intensive study of selected problems in political science. On demand. [GR]

500s

PS 501 Advanced Studies in International Law 3
Prereq.: Graduate status. Origins, scope and limitations of public international law. Fundamental principles affecting laws among nations, and variables influencing state compliance. Discussion of contemporary issues, the role of international organizations, and the impact of the changing global power configuration on the international legal, political and economic environment. Fall.

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