Courses

An examination of political parties in the American system. Comparison with party systems in other democratic countries, Independent voters, third parties, proposed reforms, and the nature of the electorate. Satisfies, with Political Science department chair's signature, the state code requirement in U.S. constitution and California state and local government.
An examination of the organization and operation of the American Congress. For comparative purposes, legislatures in selected American states and Western European democracies will be briefly considered. Satisfies, with Political Science department chair's signature, the state code requirement in U.S. Constitution and California state and local government.
An examination of the place of the Presidency in the American governmental system. Emphasis will be placed upon the interplay between the president and other elements of the system, particularly the Congress, the bureaucracy, and the media. Satisfies, with Political Science department chair's signature, the state code requirements in U.S. Constitution and California state and local government.
Analysis of the California political system. Attention is given to governmental institutions, but primary emphasis is upon parties, interest groups, public opinion, ideologies, and leadership. Satisfies, with Political Science department chair's signature, the state code requirement in U.S. Constitution and California state and local government. Can be used to fulfill prerequisite courses for the M.P.A. program for structure of state and local government agencies, as well as the political science requirement for the California Cultural Studies major.
The role of interest groups in the American policy-making process at both federal and state levels. Group formation, the influence of money and P.A.C.s on election outcomes, and lobbying reform. Satisfies, with Political Science department chair's signature, the state code requirement in U.S. constitution and California state and local government.
An introduction to the field of public administration, with emphasis upon bureaucratic life, leadership, and decision-making. Cross-listed as CCJS 365.
The role of the mass media in American political life. Emphasis on television, news magazines, major newspapers, and political columnists, and their interrelationship with American political institutions.
Field experience in city, county, state, and federal agencies. May be repeated three times for credit. Note that no more than a total of 6 internship and special studies units may be counted in the 40-unit major.
An analysis of the forces, governmental and non-governmental, that influence the formulation of U.S. foreign policy. An examination of the organizational structure charged with the formulation and execution of that policy, as well as the content of policy since World War II.
An analysis of the theories and concepts guiding the study of international organizations, followed by an examination of the United Nations, the European Union, NATO, the WTO and other financial institutions, and various non-governmental organizations.

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