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Political Science

Course Descriptions

POLS& 101: Introduction to Political Science

Credits: 5.0

Explores key Political Science concepts, principles, and theories emphasizing an understanding of the nature, purpose, and practice of politics. Consideration of how people and societies deal with social, economic, and political problems (was POLSC 100). Prerequisite(s): Placement in ENGL 100.

Course Level Objectives

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Describe the key concepts in Political Science. [COMMUNICATE]
  2. Describe the main fields of Political Science and their analytic concerns. [COMMUNICATE]
  3. Analyze cases studies AND/OR contemporary events/issues using key concepts and theories. [REASON]

POLS 155: Special Topics

Credits: 1.0 to 5.0

Seminars of current interest in political science (was POLSC 155).

Course Level Objectives

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Apply political science theory to cases. [EXPLORE]
  2. Report results of case study. [COMMUNICATE]

POLS 198: Individual Project in Political Science

Credits: 1.0 to 5.0

Study of student-selected topics or approved experiences in the field of political science (was POLSC 198). S/U grade option. Registration is permitted first seven weeks as space is available. Prerequisite(s): Instructor permission.

Course Level Objectives

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Apply the theoretical language and practice of political science to analysis of contemporary socio-political data most applicable to the topic under study. [REASON]
  2. Describe, analyze, and critically judge contemporary events using political science concepts and theories most applicable to the topic under study. [REASON]
  3. Explore critically and creatively the diversity of cultures, ethics, values, and ways of thinking across communities. [EXPLORE]
  4. Communicate their knowledge, analysis, and viewpoint with an audience (via, papers, presentations, poster-sessions, or multimedia). [COMMUNICATE]

POLS& 200: Introduction to Law

Credits: 5.0

Legal institution and processes, American Constitution, legislative processes, state and federal systems, legal reasoning of substantive law including its application to business environments (was POLSC 200). Required law course for University of Washington business transfer students. Prerequisite(s): Placement in ENGL 100.

Course Level Objectives

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Analyze the structure and functioning of the various elements of the legal system and alternative dispute resolution. [REASON]
  2. Identify, evaluate, and apply legal principles and processes among Contracts, Torts, Property, Criminal Law, Family Law, Administrative Law and Constitutional Law. [REASON]
  3. Identify and communicate about the role law plays in business, society and government. [COMMUNICATE]
  4. Demonstrate college-level communication through composition of original materials in Standard American English by discussing the law and applying it to factual scenarios. [COMMUNICATE]
  5. Assess the effect of the law on decision making and ethics. [EXPLORE]

POLS& 201: Introduction to Political Theory

Credits: 5.0

Explores the sources of human conflict, freedom, equality, good governance, the use of power, justice, and the question of obedience. Prerequisite(s): Placement in ENGL& 101.

Course Level Objectives

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate an understanding of the major concepts and themes used in the field of political theory (community and individualism, class, equality and inequality, order, power and its limits, authority, scope and duty of government, scope and duty of citizenship, power and knowledge, and ideology). [COMMUNICATE]
  2. Demonstrate an understanding of the evolving "conversation" about the major concepts and themes used in the field of political theory. [COMMUNICATE]
  3. Analyze contemporary social, political, and economic issues using political theory concepts. [REASON]
  4. Make critical judgments regarding social, political, and economic issues using political theory concepts. [EXPLORE]

POLS& 202: American Government

Credits: 5.0

Introduction to the structure and processes of American government and politics. Special emphasis is placed on the relationship between political culture, thought, institutions, and the debate over public policy. Prerequisite(s): Placement in ENG& 101 recommended.

Course Level Objectives

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Identify the basic structure, functions, and processes of American government. [COMMUNICATE]
  2. Explain the historical and philosophical roots of the American political system and its function. [COMMUNICATE]
  3. Explain the ideological and structural inputs into policy making. [COMMUNICATE]
  4. Identify and explain the basic theories used by Political Science to understand American political behavior and political culture. [REASON]
  5. Choose and apply relevant theory and data to an analysis of contemporary issues/policies using relevant theory and data. [EXPLORE]

POLS& 203: International Relations

Credits: 5.0

Current trends in global politics. Emphasis is on the sources of conflict and cooperation, international law and ethics, globalization, and international political economy. Prerequisite(s): Placement in ENGL& 101 recommended.

Course Level Objectives

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate an understanding of the historical roots of contemporary global politics. [COMMUNICATE]
  2. Demonstrate an understanding of the concepts and theories used to analyze global politics and political processes. [COMMUNICATE]
  3. Demonstrate an understanding of contemporary issues in international politics. [COMMUNICATE]
  4. Critically apply relevant theories to interpret contemporary case studies. [REASON]
  5. Cultivate an awareness of the linkage between international issues and local issues. [EXPLORE]

POLS& 204: Comparative Government

Credits: 5.0

Comparison of political systems around the world including: government types, distribution of power, social movements, and social forces influencing political and economic development. Prerequisite(s): Placement in ENGL& 101 recommended.

Course Level Objectives

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate an understanding of the diversity of political cultures throughout the world. [EXPLORE]
  2. Apply the theoretical language and practice of political science to analysis of contemporary socio-political data. [REASON]
  3. Describe, analyze, and critically judge contemporary events using course concepts. [REASON]
  4. Communicate their knowledge, analysis, and viewpoint with other students. [COMMUNICATE]

POLS 206: State and Local Government

Credits: 5.0

This course explores the basic problems confronting state and local government with emphasis on state political forces, institutions and processes, and intergovernmental relations. Focus on the characteristics of and recent developments in Washington State politics (was POLSC 105). Prerequisite(s): Placement in ENGL& 101 (was ENGL 105) recommended.

Course Level Objectives

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate an understanding of political institutions and processes at the state and local levels of government, the process through which state and local public policy is made, the shifting relationships between government at the federal, state, and local level, and the institutions, political cultures, and processes of Washington State. [EXPLORE]
  2. Apply the theoretical language and practice of political science to analysis of contemporary socio-political data. [REASON]
  3. Describe, analyze, and critically judge contemporary events using course concepts. [REASON]
  4. Communicate their knowledge, analysis, and viewpoint with other students. [COMMUNICATE]

POLS 210: Media and Politics

Credits: 5.0

An examination of media influence on contemporary politics with emphasis on how information shapes public thinking on political issues, candidates, causes, and public perceptions of government institutions (was POLSC 210). Prerequisite(s): Completion of ENGL& 101 (was ENGL 105) with a grade of 2.0 or higher.

Course Level Objectives

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Explain the relationship between the media, politics, and information in the American political context and process. [EXPLORE]
  2. Explain the historical structural development of media systems. [EXPLORE]
  3. Explain the major concepts used in the field of political communication. [EXPLORE]
  4. Apply the theoretical language and practice of political communication studies to analysis of relevant socio-political data and media output. [REASON]
  5. Describe, analyze, and critically judge contemporary events using course concepts. [REASON]
  6. Communicate their knowledge, analysis, and viewpoint with other students. [COMMUNICATE]

POLS 220: Africa in World Politics

Credits: 5.0

Thematic, regional, or issue-based focus on contemporary African politics emphasizing regional political systems, local governance, international relationships, social issues, development, and resource management. Prerequisite(s): Placement in ENGL& 101 (was ENGL 105).

Course Level Objectives

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate an understanding of the diversity of political cultures throughout Africa. [EXPLORE]
  2. Apply the theoretical language and practice of political science to analysis of contemporary socio-political events. [REASON]
  3. Describe, analyze, and critically judge contemporary events using course concepts. [REASON]
  4. Communicate their knowledge, analysis, and viewpoint with other students. [COMMUNICATE]

POLS 224: The European Union

Credits: 5.0

Designed to familiarize students with the origin, purpose, and future of the European Union. Attention will be on the process and politics of "enlargement" and the European Union's relationship with the United States (was POLSC 224). Prerequisite(s): Placement in ENGL& 101 (was ENGL 105) recommended.

Course Level Objectives

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Describe the origins, purposes, organization, activities, and future of the European Union. [EXPLORE]
  2. Apply the theoretical language and practice of political science to analysis of contemporary socio-political events. [REASON]
  3. Communicate their knowledge, analysis, and viewpoint with other students. [COMMUNICATE]

POLS 255: Special Topics

Credits: 1.0 to 5.0

Seminars of current interest in political science (was POLSC 255).

Course Level Objectives

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Apply political science theory to cases. [EXPLORE]
  2. Report results of case study. [COMMUNICATE]

POLS 298: Individual Project in Political Science

Credits: 1.0 to 5.0

Study of student-selected topics or approved experiences in the field of political science (was POLSC 298). S/U grade option. Registration is permitted first seven weeks as space is available. Prerequisite(s): Instructor permission.

Course Level Objectives

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Apply the theoretical language and practice of political science to analysis of contemporary socio-political data most applicable to the topic under study. [REASON]
  2. Describe, analyze, and critically judge contemporary events using political science concepts and theories most applicable to the topic under study. [REASON]
  3. Explore critically and creatively the diversity of cultures, ethics, values, and ways of thinking across communities. [EXPLORE]
  4. Communicate their knowledge, analysis, and viewpoint with an audience (via, papers, presentations, poster-sessions, or multimedia). [COMMUNICATE]