Courses

The political development of the East European nations from the interwar period to the present. Special attention is paid to the problems and prospects for democratic transition in the region, with particular concentration on Hungary, the Czech Republic, Poland, and the former Republics of Yugoslavia.
A seminar lecture series on a specific theme or topic presented by members of the department, other SSU faculty, and guest speakers. May be audited or taken for credit. May be repeated for credit with different topic.
This course explores how gender is used to interpret American politics. Major works in the field are used to investigate the explanatory power of gender as an analytic category. Specific topics include the Constitution, elections, the media, social movements, race, sexuality, and comparative issues. How these aspects of American politics affect, and are affected by, men and women, will be addressed.
A seminar dealing with selected topics in political theory, including contemporary theories of the political system, the political novel, revolutionary theorists, and socialist theory. A different area of emphasis will be offered each year. Consult Schedule of Classes for current offering.
The development of American Political institutions including the Congress, the Presidency, the Political Party System, the Public Bureaucracy, and Federalism over time from the early years of the republic to the present. Emphasis will be upon explaining stability, critical junctures, and political change on those institutions understood from a development perspective.
This course examines how the different levels of government interact in the creation and implementation of public policies at the federal, state and local levels. The class provides students with an understanding of the theory and reality of federalism in the American political system. Can be used to fulfill prerequisite course for M.P.A. program for intergovernmental relations.
Leading constitutional cases in criminal justice including: search and seizure, death penalty, electronic surveillance, privilege against self-incrimination, jury trial, right to counsel, and double jeopardy, will be studied in detail. Cross-listed as CCJS 405.
Judicial interpretation of the Constitution, with particular emphasis upon separation of powers, presidential powers, relationship between state and national government control of interstate commerce, and jurisdiction of the courts. Cross-listed as CCJS 404.
Judicial interpretation of the Constitution in the areas of civil liberties, freedom of speech, freedom of religion, rights of persons accused of crimes, citizenship, and the government's responsibility to protect persons from discrimination. Cross-listed as CCJS 489.

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