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Political Science

Course Descriptions

POLS& 101: Introduction to Political Science

Credits: 5.0

Explores key Political Science concepts, principles, and theories emphasizing an understanding of the nature, purpose, and practice of politics. Consideration of how people and societies deal with social, economic, and political problems (was POLSC 100).Prerequisite(s): Placement in ENGL 100.

Course Level Objectives

Upon successful completion of this course, sudents will be able to:

  1. Describe the key concepts in Political Science. [COMMUNICATE]
  2. Describe the main fields of Political Science and their analytic concerns. [COMMUNICATE]
  3. Analyze cases studies AND/OR contemporary events/issues using key concepts and theories. [REASON]

POLS& 202: American Government

Credits: 5.0

Introduction to the structure and processes of American government and politics. Special emphasis is placed on the relationship between political culture, thought, institutions, and the debate over public policy.Prerequisite(s): Placement in ENG& 101 recommended.

Course Level Objectives

Upon successful completion of this course, sudents will be able to:

  1. Identify the basic structure, functions, and processes of American government. [COMMUNICATE]
  2. Explain the historical and philosophical roots of the American political system and its function. [COMMUNICATE]
  3. Explain the ideological and structural inputs into policy making. [COMMUNICATE]
  4. Identify and explain the basic theories used by Political Science to understand American political behavior and political culture. [REASON]
  5. Choose and apply relevant theory and data to an analysis of contemporary issues/policies using relevant theory and data. [EXPLORE

POLS& 203: International Relations

Credits: 5.0

Current trends in global politics. Emphasis is on the sources of conflict and cooperation, international law and ethics, globalization, and international political economy.Prerequisite(s): Placement in ENGL& 101 recommended.

Course Level Objectives

Upon successful completion of this course, sudents will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate an understanding of the historical roots of contemporary global politics. [COMMUNICATE]
  2. Demonstrate an understanding of the concepts and theories used to analyze global politics and political processes. [COMMUNICATE]
  3. Demonstrate an understanding of contemporary issues in international politics. [COMMUNICATE]
  4. Critically apply relevant theories to interpret contemporary case studies. [REASON]
  5. Cultivate an awareness of the linkage between international issues and local issues. [EXPLORE]

POLS 206: State and Local Government

Credits: 5.0

This course explores the basic problems confronting state and local government with emphasis on state political forces, institutions and processes, and intergovernmental relations. Focus on the characteristics of and recent developments in Washington State politics (was POLSC 105).Prerequisite(s): Placement in ENGL& 101 (was ENGL 105) recommended.

Course Level Objectives

Upon successful completion of this course, sudents will be able to: