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POSC 110 - Introduction to Politics

Credits: (3)
Instructional Method:
Three hours lecture.
Introduces students to the concepts and methods of political science by examining enduring questions and concerns of political life using political philosophy and literature.

Note(s): This course has been approved for Core Curriculum credit in Humanities.

POSC 120 - Introduction to American Government

Credits: (3)
Instructional Method:
Three hours lecture.
Introduces students to the study of American government. Philosophical foundations, constitutional development, institutions, and contemporary issues will be examined. There will be an emphasis on the continuing influence of founding principles.

Note(s): This course has been approved for Core Curriculum credit in Social and Behavioral Sciences or U.S. Perspectives.

POSC 231 - Comparative Government

Credits: (3)
Instructional Method:
Three hours lecture.
Prerequisites: POSC 110 or POSC 120.
Gives political science majors a solid grounding in the comparative study of political regimes. Considers both the methodological issues and the principal topics involved in comparative political analysis, and introduces students to the theoretical concerns and vocabulary of this subfield of political science. Prerequisite for any 300 or 400-level comparative government class within the department, including topics courses and seminars with a comparative area studies focus.

Note(s): Students cannot receive credit for both POSC 130 and POSC 231.

POSC 241 - Theories of International Relations

Credits: (3)
Instructional Method:
Three hours lecture.
Examination of the theoretical foundations of the study of international relations, including the relation of power to justice, the effects of war on the regime and the soul, the question of law among nations, the morality of war and peace, theories of international political economy, and the relation of diplomatic-strategic conduct to the question of order itself as explored by political philosophy. Required for all political science majors and foundation class for all upper-level international relations classes.

Note(s): Students cannot receive credit for both POSC 140 and POSC 241.

POSC 290 - Seminar in Political Science

Credits: (3)
Instructional Method:
Three hours seminar.
Prerequisites: POSC 110 or POSC 120; limited to political science majors and minors.
Analyzes a contemporary political issue as it relates to the major sub and investigates what it means to study politics within the framework of a liberal arts education. Its focus is on preparing students for upper-division courses in political science while integrating work in their major into their overall university experience.

POSC 300 - Public Administration (AG, PA)

Credits: (3)
Instructional Method:
Three hours lecture.
Prerequisites: POSC 120.
Background of administration as a profession, principles that are helpful to the administrator, and effect of political influence.

POSC 320 - Congress (AG)

Credits: (3)
Instructional Method:
Three hours lecture.
Prerequisites: POSC 120.
Constitutional basis for development, organization, and role of Congress in the American political system. Analysis of Congress and formulation of public policy.

POSC 321 - The American Presidency (AG)

Credits: (3)
Instructional Method:
Three hours lecture.
Prerequisites: POSC 120.
Development of the presidency since the founding of America. Institutional and political problems associated with the modern chief executive.

POSC 326 - American Political Parties and Elections (AG)

Credits: (3)
Instructional Method:
Three hours lecture.
Prerequisites: POSC 120.
Analysis of origins, development, and current state of American political parties. Emphasis on the role of parties in the electoral process; voting behavior and public opinion; presidential and congressional elections.

Note(s): Students who have received credit for either POSC 325 or 426 cannot also receive credit for POSC 326.

POSC 327 - Politics and the Media (AG)

Credits: (3)
Instructional Method:
Three hours lecture.
Prerequisites: POSC 120 and COMS 130.
Cross-Listed: COMS 327

Modern mass media as actors in the political arena, with an emphasis on how elections and policy-making are affected by the mass media.

POSC 330 - State and Local Government (AG)

Credits: (3)
Instructional Method:
Three hours lecture.
Prerequisites: POSC 120.
Governmental institutions and processes, political parties, voting at state and county levels.

POSC 331 - Urban and Metropolitan Politics (AG)

Credits: (3)
Instructional Method:
Three hours lecture.
Prerequisites: POSC 120.
Development of urban government and impact of its politics; attention to roles of formal and informal actors on urban and metropolitan scene.

POSC 333 - Judicial Process (AG)

Credits: (3)
Instructional Method:
Three hours lecture.
Prerequisites: POSC 120.
American government. Emphasis on political nature of judicial decisions.

POSC 335 - American Public Policy (AG, PA)

Credits: (3)
Instructional Method:
Three hours lecture.
Prerequisites: POSC 120.
Examination of policy-making process and approaches to issues in American government; emphasis on role of informal influences as opposed to function of elected and appointed officials.

POSC 341 - Western European Government and Politics (CG)

Credits: (3)
Instructional Method:
Three hours lecture.
Prerequisites: POSC 231.
Political structures and functioning of selected Western European political systems. Emphasis on such major powers as the United Kingdom, France, and Germany and on the European Union and the prospects for continuing political integration.

POSC 350 - U. S. Foreign and Defense Policy (IR)

Credits: (3)
Instructional Method:
Three hours lecture.
Prerequisites: POSC 241.
Surveys the development of the relationship of American foreign policy and its corollary, American strategy, from the perspective of political philosophy. Assuming that strategy is the continuation of politics by other means, POSC 350 raises questions about the relation of American regime principles to the diplomacy and strategy that implement these principles in the international milieu.

POSC 360 - International Law and Organization (IR)

Credits: (3)
Instructional Method:
Three hours lecture.
Prerequisites: POSC 241.
Law and organization in an anarchic milieu of sovereign states. Emphasis on theoretical foundations and historical evolution.

POSC 370 - History of Political Philosophy (PT)

Credits: (3)
Instructional Method:
Three hours lecture.
Prerequisites: POSC 110.
First Semester: Development of Western political philosophy from ancient Greece through medieval period. Second Semester: Machiavelli through early modern period. Third Semester: Hegel to the present. Emphasis on reading primary sources. Discussion of major schools of thought and interpretation of politics.

POSC 371 - History of Political Philosophy (PT)

Credits: (3)
Instructional Method:
Three hours lecture.
Prerequisites: POSC 110.
First Semester: Development of Western political philosophy from ancient Greece through medieval period. Second Semester: Machiavelli through early modern period. Third Semester: Hegel to the present. Emphasis on reading primary sources. Discussion of major schools of thought and interpretation of politics.

POSC 372 - History of Political Philosophy (PT)

Credits: (3)
Instructional Method:
Three hours lecture.
Prerequisites: POSC 110.
First Semester: Development of Western political philosophy from ancient Greece through medieval period. Second Semester: Machiavelli through early modern period. Third Semester: Hegel to the present. Emphasis on reading primary sources. Discussion of major schools of thought and interpretation of politics.

POSC 390 - Topics In Political Science (AG, PA, IR, CG, PT, depending on course topic)

Credits: (3)
Instructional Method:
Three hours lecture.
Prerequisites: Junior or senior standing, and POSC major, or permission of instructor.
Detailed study of a topic in political science.

Note(s): May be taken twice for credit with a different topic each time.

POSC 432 - Public Organization Theory and Leadership (AG, PA)

Credits: (3)
Instructional Method:
Three hours lecture.
Prerequisites: POSC 300 or permission of instructor.
Focuses on transformational leadership theories, the impact of leadership on organizational behavior/culture, and public sector revitalization in order to examine the role of (visionary) leadership in the redesign of public organizations to: (a) “fit” or become congruent with their turbulent operating environment(s); (b) enhance efficiency outcomes; and (c) fulfill their legislative, judicial, and/or political mandate.

Note(s): Students who have received credit for POSC 430 or POSC 431 cannot also receive credit for POSC 432.

POSC 435 - Contemporary Problems in Public Administration (AG, PA)

Credits: (3)
Instructional Method:
Three hours lecture.
Prerequisites: POSC 300.
Developments in public finance, budgeting and personnel; trends in representative bureaucracy, regulation, regional administration.

POSC 438 - Constitutional Law: Governmental Powers (AG)

Credits: (3)
Instructional Method:
Three hours lecture.
Prerequisites: POSC 120.
Constitutional powers exercised by federal government; emphasis on intergovernmental relations, separation of powers, role of the Supreme Court in constitutional process and general theories of constitutional government.

POSC 439 - Constitutional Law: Civil Liberties (AG)

Credits: (3)
Instructional Method:
Three hours lecture.
Prerequisites: POSC 120.
Theoretical bases, popular support, judicial interpretation, and role of civil liberties in the United States.

POSC 445 - Government and Politics in the Developing World (CG)

Credits: (3)
Instructional Method:
Three hours lecture and discussion.
Prerequisites: POSC 231.
Analysis of processes, problems, and prospects of modernization in underdeveloped areas of the world. Asian, African, and Latin American countries used as examples.

POSC 458 - Force in International Relations (IR)

Credits: (3)
Instructional Method:
Three hours lecture.
Prerequisites: POSC 241.
An intensive study of the use of force in international relations and its effect on regimes and the soul. Themes include the classical perspective on force, just war theory, pacifism, empire maintenance and decay, and force and world order.

POSC 461 - Government and Politics of Latin America (CG)

Credits: (3)
Instructional Method:
Three hours lecture.
Prerequisites: POSC 231.
An introduction to Latin American politics that focuses on enduring themes and contemporary politics in selected countries.

POSC 463 - International Political Economy (IR)

Credits: (3)
Instructional Method:
Three hours lecture.
Prerequisites: POSC 241.
Analysis of the political impact of economic relationships among nation-states and between nation-states, subnational organizations, and supranational organizations. Topics covered include international trade, international monetary relations, imperialism, dependency, multinational corporations and the politics of natural resources.

POSC 474 - American Political Thought (AG, PT)

Credits: (3)
Instructional Method:
Three hour lecture.
Prerequisites: POSC 110 and POSC 120.
Examines the thought of the American founders, the principles of the constitutional order, and the evolution of American political thought over more than two centuries. Emphasis on original sources in the thought of American statesmen, political activists and dissenters, and intellectuals.

Note(s): Students who have received credit for POSC 472 or POSC 473 cannot also receive credit for POSC 474.

POSC 485 - Internships in Political Science and Public Administration

Credits: (3-15)
Prerequisites:
Junior or Senior standing; 2.5 in political science; 2.0 cumulative university GPA; departmental approval.
Must be POSC major or minor. Only three hours may be applied toward requirements for the major or minor. This course will allow students to integrate concepts developed in classroom experiences and relevant readings in the theory of political science and public administration with the practice of these concepts in public and private agencies, organizations, and institutions.

POSC 490 - Seminar (AG; CG; IR; PA; PT; as designated)

Credits: (3)
Instructional Method:
Three hours lecture and discussion.
Prerequisites: Successful completion of appropriate 100- or 200-level course or permission of the instructor.
Analysis of a particular problem or issue in political science or contemporary politics. Depending upon the topic, this course may be used to meet requirements for the minor in Appalachian Studies.

Note(s): May be repeated as topics change.

POSC 491 - Scope and Methods in Political Science (PT)

Credits: (3)
Instructional Method:
Three hours lecture.
Prerequisites: POSC 110, and junior or senior standing.
Introduction to professional study; focus on conceptual approaches to study of political science, various contemporary schools of thought and methodology. Primary work in research methods as appropriate to the various subfields of the discipline.

POSC 498 - Independent Study (AG; CG; IR; PA; PT: as designated)

Credits: (1-3)
Prerequisites:
18 hours of political science, and permission of instructor.
Students must obtain approval from department on proposed program in semester preceding that in which independent study is anticipated. See “Independent Study.”

Note(s): Course may carry one to three hours credit a semester and may be repeated up to six semester hours, but a maximum of three hours may be counted toward completion of any concentration requirements. Offered as required.