Political Science

POL SCI 10 – UNITED STATES GOVERNMENT
This course is an introductory survey of the institutions and processes of government in the United States. Although we examine the basic structure of state governments, the major emphasis is on the Federal Government. The course includes a close reading of the United States Constitution. Building upon knowledge of the Constitution, we will look at the most important political institutions as they work in the real world. Institutions studied include Congress, the Presidency, the courts and the national security apparatus. We also try to identify the interaction between political structure, ideology, public opinion, the press, money and the press of external events. (3 units)

POL SCI 15 – INTRODUCTION TO POLITICAL SCIENCE
This course is an introduction to basic political thought and how thought has influenced political action. Much of the course will deal with interpretations of democracy. We will examine the basic ideas of democracy and citizenship in Greece and Rome. Also analyzed will be the writings of classic political thinkers such as Hobbes, Locke, Burke, Adam Smith, Rosseau and James Madison. The course will also cover the major alternatives to democracy in modern times such as Marxism, fascism and military rule. (3 units)

POL SCI 280 – INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS
In this course, covering the period 1939-present, we shall examine the changes inside the US and in the world arena that transformed America from isolationism to deep involvement throughout the world in military, diplomatic and economic affairs. We shall attempt to identify motives, the way policy has been made, the relationship between foreign and domestic affairs, the dynamics of the arms race and potential alternatives to the course actually taken. This course will help students compare political systems and judge their strengths and weaknesses, as well as explain. (3 units)  Prerequisite: Upper division standing

POL SCI 299 – SPECIAL TOPICS IN POLITICAL SCIENCE / DIRECTED READINGS
Students in Political Science 299 may be required to read one or more important works in the field of political science and write an original analytical paper on the books assigned. This project will be undertaken under the close supervision of the instructor. Unless an unusual situation arises, this course is designed for students in upper division. Can be given in the form of special studies. (1-4 units)  Prerequisite: Instructor’s permission