University of Vermont

UVM Course Directory

Term: Fall 2017

Subject: Political Science

POLS 021 - American Political System

Institutions, processes, and problems of American government.

POLS 041 - Intro to Political Theory

Examination of basic problems in political philosophy, e.g. morality and law; punishment; freedom; equality; obligation and disobedience.

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.

POLS 071 - Comparative Political Systems

Examination of political behavior, political structures, and political processes from a cross-national perspective.

POLS 095 - Special Topics

Introductory courses or seminars on topics beyond the scope of existing departmental offerings. See Schedule of Courses for specific titles.

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.

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.

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. Prerequisite: POLS 021.

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.

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.

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.

POLS 173 - Canadian Political System

Institutions, process, and problems of the Canadian polity. Prerequisite: POLS 071.

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. Prerequisites: STAT 051 or higher; three hours of Sociology or Political Science; minimum Sophomore standing. Cross-listed with: SOC 100.

POLS 191 - Internship

On-site supervised work experience combined with a structured academic learning plan directed by a faculty member or a faculty-staff team in which a faculty member is the instructor of record, for which academic credit is awarded. Offered at department discretion.

POLS 195 - Intermediate Special Topics

See Schedule of Courses for specific titles.

POLS 197 - Independent Study

A course which is tailored to fit the interests of a specific student, which occurs outside the traditional classroom/laboratory setting under the supervision of a faculty member, for which credit is awarded. Offered at department discretion.

POLS 237 - Pol Effects of Entertain Media

Investigates the relationship between popular film, TV, books, and/or video games and people's perspectives on politics. Prerequisite: POLS 137.

POLS 297 - Independent Study

A course which is tailored to fit the interests of a specific student, which occurs outside the traditional classroom/laboratory setting under the supervision of a faculty member, for which credit is awarded. Offered at department discretion.