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2012-2013 Catalogue

Courses in Political Science

POLS 021 - American Political System
Institutions, processes, and problems of American government.
Credits: 3.
POLS 028 - D1: Race & Ethnicity in the US
Examines race and oppression in American society by looking at the experiences of four groups: Native Americans, African Americans, Latinos and Asians.
Credits: 3.
POLS 029 - D1: Amer Civil Rights Movemnts
Examination of American racial discrimination; emphasis on strategies and actions of NAACP, SCLC, SNCC, Black Panthers, Nation of Islam, to end racial discrimination.
Credits: 3.
POLS 041 - Intro to Political Theory
Examination of basic problems in political philosophy, e.g. morality and law; punishment; freedom; equality; obligation and disobedience.
Credits: 3.
POLS 051 - Intro International Relations
Examination of the basic theoretical concepts in international relations. Introduces the student to systemic, domestic, and individual levels of analysis for assessing foreign policy decisions.
Credits: 3.
POLS 071 - Comparative Political Systems
Examination of political behavior, political structures, and political processes from a cross-national perspective.
Credits: 3.
POLS 095 - Special Topics
Introductory courses or seminars on topics beyond the scope of existing departmental offerings. See Schedule of Courses for specific titles.
Credits: 1-18.
POLS 096 - Special Topics
Introductory courses or seminars on topics beyond the scope of existing departmental offerings. See Schedule of Courses for specific titles.
Credits: 1-18.
POLS 120 - The Politics of Sex
The evolution of sexual politics within the United States. Includes examinations of shifting debates over marriage, reproduction, abortion, LGBT rights, sex education, and teen sexuality. Pre/co-requisites: POLS 021 or WGST 073 or WGST 075. Cross-listed with: WGST 125.
Credits: 3.
POLS 121 - Law & Politics
Examination of the U.S. courts focusing on the legal and political factors that influence court action, and judicial action that affects public policy. Prerequisite: POLS 021.
Credits: 3.
POLS 122 - Constitutional Law:Gov Powers
Emphasis on developing skills of legal analysis. Historical origins and general principles of constitutionalism. Prerequisite: POLS 021.
Credits: 3.
POLS 123 - The Vermont Political System
Analysis of the political processes and institutions of governance in Vermont in the context of the federal system and other American states. Prerequisite: POLS 021.
Credits: 3.
POLS 124 - The Presidency
The functions and activities of the president and staff. Prerequisite: POLS 021.
Credits: 3.
POLS 125 - Political Parties & Elections
Analysis of U.S. political parties and elections, including partisan realignments throughout history, campaign technology, and voting for president and Congress. Prerequisite: POLS 021.
Credits: 3.
POLS 127 - The Congressional Process
Organization, procedure, and behavior of the chambers of the U.S. Congress. Prerequisite: POLS 021.
Credits: 3.
POLS 129 - D1:Const Law:Civil Rights Amer
Critical examination of role of judiciary in enforcing 14th Amendment's "Equal Protection Clause." Prerequisite: POLS 021.
Credits: 3.
POLS 130 - U.S.Environmental Politics
Environmental and natural resources politics in the American context. Analysis of the environmental movement and political theories, issues, processes, and institutions. Prerequisite: POLS 021.
Credits: 3.
POLS 131 - Political Leadership
Methods of identifying leaders, their relationships with nonleaders and with one another, their impact on public policy, and their personalities and social backgrounds. Prerequisite: POLS 021.
Credits: 3.
POLS 132 - US Supreme Court:Proc&Policy
The U.S. Supreme Court as one of the three major political institutions, including the selection process, intracourt politics, and dynamics of court decision making. Prerequisite: POLS 021.
Credits: 3.
POLS 133 - Public Opinion/Political Part
Theories and the empirical study of public opinion and political participation. Topics include: public opinion polling methodology, the origins of political outlooks, ideology, authoritarianism, generational politics, public opinion on race, voting behavior. Prerequisite: POLS 021.
Credits: 3.
POLS 137 - Politics and The Media
The role of the media in politics, including how media presentation and interpretation of events affect public opinion, political institutions, and public policy. Prerequisite: POLS 021.
Credits: 3.
POLS 138 - Const Law: Civil Liberties
Investigation of the Supreme Court's interpretation of the First Amendment, rights of the accused, and the right to privacy. Prerequisite: POLS 021.
Credits: 3.
POLS 139 - Public Policy:Tools&Processes
Examination of public policy process with particular focus on tools used to fashion public policy such as contracts, regulations, legislation, and presidential orders. Pre/co-requisites: POLS 021.
Credits: 3.
POLS 141 - History of Political Thought
Development of Western political thought from Plato to Aquinas. Prerequisite: POLS 041.
Credits: 3.
POLS 142 - History of Political Thought
Modern political thought from Machiavelli to Nietzsche. Prerequisite: POLS 041.
Credits: 3.
POLS 143 - Philosophy of Law I
Analysis of the nature of law, the relation between law and morality, legal obligation, and the judicial decision. Prerequisites: POLS 041 or one Philosophy course. Cross-listed with: PHIL 142.
Credits: 3.
POLS 144 - Philosophy of Law II
Cross-listed with: PHIL 143. Problems of liberty, e.g. freedom of expression, privacy, paternalism; scope and limits of the criminal law; philosophy of punishment; selected problems in criminal justice, e.g. plea bargaining; preventive detention. Prerequisites: POLS 041 or one Philosophy course.
Credits: 3.
POLS 147 - 20thC Political Thought
This course examines selected major works by the leading political thinkers of the twentieth century. Prerequisite: POLS 041.
Credits: 3.
POLS 148 - Democratic Theory
This course explores the nature of democracy. Students will examine both recent debates in democratic theory and classical sources of democratic ideas. Prerequisite: POLS 041.
Credits: 3.
POLS 149 - Intermediate Political Theory
Intermediate courses on topics in political theory beyond the scope of existing departmental offerings. See Schedule of Courses for specific titles. Prerequisite: POLS 041 or Instructor permission.
Credits: 3.
POLS 150 - International Security
Theoretical and empirical examination of the security of the international system and the states within it, with particular emphasis on 21st century security challenges. Prerequisite: POLS 051.
Credits: 3.
POLS 151 - American Foreign Policy
Overview of the United States' involvement with the world. Focuses on the domestic political, institutional, and ideological influences on the formation of policy. Prerequisite: POLS 051.
Credits: 3.
POLS 153 - International Organization
Theory and practice in supranational institutions. Prerequisite: POLS 051.
Credits: 3.
POLS 154 - Internatl Political Economy
Examination of the major theories in international political economy. Specific topics include trade, finance, development, foreign direct investment, and the multinational corporation. Prerequisite: POLS 051 or EC 011.
Credits: 3.
POLS 157 - D2:Int'l Politics Middle East
Formation and operation of the state system in the 20th century Middle East. Emphasis on Great Power involvement, Arab-Israeli issues, regional conflict, transitional ideologies. Prerequisite: POLS 051.
Credits: 3.
POLS 159 - Int'l Environmental Governance
Examination of official and informal processes and institutions that have developed among, across, and beyond nation states for global environmental governance. Prerequisite: POLS 051.
Credits: 3.
POLS 160 - International Development
Examination of theories defining the post-World War II development project, alternatives to the project, and their relevance to solving global development problems. Prerequisite: POLS 051.
Credits: 3.
POLS 161 - Political Geography
Prerequisites: POLS 051 or POLS 071, GEOG 050 or GEOG 070, or Instructor permission. Cross-listed with: GEOG 177.
Credits: 3.
POLS 168 - D2: Middle East Politics
State formation in the Middle East and problems it has occasioned. Review of modern history and examination of contemporary politics of several countries. Prerequisite: POLS 071.
Credits: 3.
POLS 171 - Western European Political Sys
A comparative examination of the British, German, and French political systems. Prerequisite: POLS 071.
Credits: 3.
POLS 172 - Politic&Society in Russian Fed
Examines the nature of politics and the development of post-Soviet social and economic institutions in Russia. Prerequisite: POLS 071.
Credits: 3.
POLS 173 - Canadian Political System
Institutions, process, and problems of the Canadian polity. Prerequisite: POLS 071.
Credits: 3.
POLS 174 - D2: Latin American Politics
Comparative examination of selected Latin American political systems. Prerequisite: POLS 071.
Credits: 3.
POLS 175 - D2: Govt & Politics of China
Institutions, processes, and problems of government of China. Prerequisite: POLS 071.
Credits: 3.
POLS 176 - D2:Govt & Politics of Japan
Institutions, processes, and problems of government in Japan. Prerequisite: POLS 071.
Credits: 3.
POLS 177 - D2: Pol Systs of Trop Africa
Development of differing political systems in African countries located south of the Sahara and north of South Africa. Prerequisite: POLS 071, or one course in African Prerequisite: POLS 071, or one course in African Studies.
Credits: 3.
POLS 181 - Fund of Social Research
Introduction to research methods in social science. Includes examination of research design, measurement, data collection, data analysis, and the presentation and theoretical interpretation of research findings. Prerequisite: One core course and STAT 051 or higher. Cross-listed with: SOC 100.
Credits: 4.
POLS 191 - Internships
Credits: 1-6.
POLS 192 - Internships
Credits: 1-6.
POLS 195 - Intermediate Special Topics
See Schedule of Courses for specific titles.
Credits: 1-18.
POLS 196 - Intermediate Special Topics
See Schedule of Courses for specific titles.
Credits: 1-18.
POLS 197 - Readings & Research
Credits: 1-6.
POLS 198 - Readings & Research
Credits: 1-6.
POLS 220 - Topics in Law
In-depth analysis of selected topics in law. May repeat for credit with different content. Prerequisites: POLS 021, three hours at 100-level.
Credits: 3.
POLS 222 - Constitutional Law II
Selected topics in constitutional law. Prerequisite: POLS 122.
Credits: 3.
POLS 225 - Intergovernmental Relations
Problems of the federal system. National-state-local cooperative administration of selected public functions. Prerequisite: POLS 021, three hours at the 100-level.
Credits: 3.
POLS 226 - Topics on the Presidency
Further study of the executive branch and its operations. Selected topics, e.g. presidential decision making. White House staffing and operations, congressional-executive relations. Prerequisite: POLS 124.
Credits: 3.
POLS 228 - Congress & Foreign Policy
Congress's role in foreign policy making, emphasizing congressional action in the post-Vietnam period. Prerequisite: POLS 021, three hours at the 100-level.
Credits: 3.
POLS 229 - Seminar in American Politics
Credits: 3.
POLS 230 - VT Legislative Research Shop
This course involves students in policy research for the Vermont State Legislature on a wide range of topics that include the environment, health, and welfare. Prerequisite: Prerequisite: POLS 021, three hours at the 100-level.
Credits: 3.
POLS 232 - Comparative State Politics
Politics, policy, and institutions of state governments of the U.S.; techniques for comparative analysis of these aspects of politics. Prerequisite: POLS 021, three hours at the 100-level.
Credits: 3.
POLS 234 - Topics in Public Opinion
This course will examine the quality and sophistication of public attitudes, and the motivations that underlie political participation and electoral choice. Pre/co-requisite: POLS 021; three hours at 100 level; Junior/Senior level only.
Credits: 3.
POLS 235 - Gender and Law
Examination of the interaction between gender and law in American society. Topics covered include workplace law, family law, and personal autonomy. Pre/co-requisites: POLS 021, three hours at 100-level, or Instructor permission. Cross-listed with: WGST 235.
Credits: 3.
POLS 237 - Film, TV and Public Opinion
The impact of popular Film and TW on public opinion. Class research projects relate Film and/or TV to people's views of politics. Pre/co-requisite: POLS 137.
Credits: 3.
POLS 238 - Law & Public Policy
Examination of courts as policymakers, relationships with other actors in the policy process, fields in which courts play policy roles, and difficulties facing judges. Pre/co-requisite: POLS 021; three hours at 100 level.
Credits: 3.
POLS 241 - Justice & Equality
Cross-listed with: PHIL 242. Examination of contemporary normative theories of distributive justice and equality. Prerequisite: POLS 041 and either a 100-level POLS course or PHIL 140, PHIL 142, PHIL 143, or PHIL 144.
Credits: 3.
POLS 242 - American Political Thought
American political thought from the colonial period to recent times. Prerequisites: POLS 041, three hours at the 100-level. Background in American history recommended.
Credits: 3.
POLS 244 - Liberalism and its Critics
This course examines the works of leading contemporary liberal political theorists, and also works representing various theoretical approaches critical of liberalism. Pre/co-requisite: POLS 041; three hours at 100 level.
Credits: 3.
POLS 245 - Ethics and Public Policy
This course explores some of the most difficult moral questions that confront citizens and policymakers today. Topics include the ethics of war and torture, abortion and euthanasia, capital punishment, immigration, and other related issues. Prerequisite: One course in ethics or political philosophy.
Credits: 3.
POLS 249 - Seminar in Political Theory
Credits: 3.
POLS 251 - Foreign Pol Newly Indep States
Examines the development of foreign relations of post- Soviet states, with a special focus on Russia and the post-Communist era. Prerequisite: POLS 051 or three hours at 100 level.
Credits: 3.
POLS 257 - Pol of European Integration
Survey of the European Union including historical development, public opinion, governmental institutions, internal policies, external relations, and future prospects. Prerequisite: POLS 051 or POLS 071 100 level or appropriate International Studies background. plus three hours at the
Credits: 3.
POLS 258 - Causes of War
Examination of various theories explaining the outbreak of war, with applications to historical cases. Prerequisite: POLS 051; three hours at the 150 level.
Credits: 3.
POLS 259 - Sem in International Relations
Credits: 3.
POLS 260 - War, Strategy and Politics
The domestic, international, and geopolitical factors determining states' choice of strategies and tactics in interstate conflicts and confrontations. Contemporary and historical examples. Prerequisite: POLS 051; three hours at the 150 level.
Credits: 3.
POLS 261 - Topics American Foreign Policy
In-depth examination of selected topics related to the making and implementation of U.S. foreign policy. Prerequisite: POLS 051; three hours at the 150 level.
Credits: 3.
POLS 263 - Third World Foreign Policy
The particular security and political economic challenges facing states in the process of nation-building in Latin America, Africa, Middle East, South Asia, Southeast Asia. Prerequisite: POLS 051; three hours at the 150 level.
Credits: 3.
POLS 265 - East Asian Political Economy
Examination of the historical, political, economic, and international factors for the rise of East Asia since the Second World War. Prerequisite: POLS 051 or POLS 071, one 100-level course.
Credits: 3.
POLS 266 - D2:Politics of Persian Gulf
Covers the political systems of the states bordering the Persian Gulf, the role of oil in regional politics and the international relations of the region. Prerequisite: POLS 157 or POLS 168 or permission of the Instructor.
Credits: 3.
POLS 270 - Mexican Politics
An in-depth examination of the Mexican political system. Topics will include an overview of Mexican history, one-party authoritarian rule, democratization, and political economy. Prerequisites: POLS 071, plus three hours at the 100 level, or appropriate International Studies background.
Credits: 3.
POLS 272 - Eastern European Pol Systems
Examination of Eastern European political systems with emphasis on the role of ethnic conflict and Marxist-Leninist ideology. Prerequisites: POLS 071, three hours at the 100-level.
Credits: 3.
POLS 276 - British Politics
Topics include the role of the citizenry; the character of political and governmental institutions; and policy making in particular fields. Northern Ireland is also covered. Prerequisite: POLS 071 plus three hours at the 100 level or appropriate International Studies background.
Credits: 3.
POLS 277 - Comparative Ethno-Nationalism
Ethnicity and nationalism in Europe, Asia, and Africa. Political, historical, social, and economic factors are examined comparatively. Prerequisite: POLS 071; three Prerequisites: POLS 071, three hours at the 100-level.
Credits: 3.
POLS 279 - Sem in Comparative Politics
Credits: 3.
POLS 280 - D2: Central Asian Politics
This course explores political and economic change in Soviet and post-Soviet Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan. Prerequisites: POLS 071, three hours at 100 level, or appropriate Russian/East European Studies background.
Credits: 3.
POLS 293 - Senior Honors Seminar I
Examination of major contemporary research topics in political science. Prerequisite: Admission by invitation only.
Credits: 3.
POLS 295 - Advanced Special Topics
Advanced courses or seminars on topics beyond the scope of existing departmental offerings. See Schedule of Courses for specific titles.
Credits: 1-18.
POLS 296 - Advanced Special Topics
Advanced courses or seminars on topics beyond the scope of existing departmental offerings. See Schedule of Courses for specific titles.
Credits: 1-18.
POLS 297 - Advanced Readings & Research
For advanced undergraduate and graduate students.
Credits: 3.
POLS 298 - Advanced Readings & Research
For advanced undergraduate and graduate students.
Credits: 3.

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