Courses

Course focuses upon conditions and causes of poverty; wealth and income inequality in the U.S.; and the variety of economic, social, governmental, and political responses that have occurred in recent decades. Of particular concern are the role of the government's income redistribution and social programs, and the function of values, political interest groups, and social science findings in shaping these policies.
Course examines the impact of the new styles and techniques of political campaigning on both the public decision-making process and control over public policy. Modern techniques of analysis and voter manipulation are discussed, along with the characteristics and behavior of the electorate and their historical patterns of political participation.
The course explores a wide variety of personal, social and political meanings of community, including the decline of social and civic participation, political powerlessness, and theories of social fragmentation and political change. Recent theories link both economic development and community improvement to an ability to increase levels of "social capital." Given its focus, this course will be of particular interest to those concerned with these policy areas, or with a general discussion of the societal milieu of politics and government.

An examination of current topics and developments in global politics, such as regional conflicts, North-South issues, economic interdependence, and environmental issues. Title varies to reflect specific content each semester. May be repeated for credit with different topic.

Focus on dynamic political issues and developments in selected regions.
An examination of current topics and development in American Government and Politics. Title varies to reflect specific content each semester. May be repeated for credit with different topic.
May be repeated for credit with different topic.
A student may be invited by a faculty member to participate in a continuing research project under the faculty member's direction. The research may extend for more than a single semester. Seniors who participate in this course may have their work considered for graduation with honors. May be repeated for credit up to 8 units. Note that no more than a total of 6 special studies and internship units may be counted toward the 40-unit major.
An opportunity for senior majors and graduate students to integrate their basic understanding of political science by exploring the interrelationship between the substantive subfields, basic concepts, and the major modes of analysis current in political science today. All Political Science majors must take POLS 302 prior to enrolling in POLS 498.

This core course examines a variety of public administration literature, including aspects of organizational structure, group behavior, and policy studies. Special attention will focus upon specific topics within the field: organizational behavior, power, leadership, personnel, control and administrative responsibility, and discretion.

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