University of Vermont

UVM Course Directory

Term: Spring 2018

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 096 - Special Topics

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

POLS 119 - D2: LGBT Politics and History

This course explores the history, strategies, conflicts, and issues surrounding the various movements advancing the claims of LGBT rights, as well as the roles LGBTQ people play as participants in American politics and culture. Prerequisite: POLS 021, GSWS 001, or Instructor permission. Cross-listed with: GSWS 105.

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. Prerequisite: POLS 021 or GSWS 001. Cross-listed with: GSWS 155.

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.

POLS 122 - Constitutional Law:Gov Powers

Emphasis on developing skills of legal analysis. Historical origins and general principles of constitutionalism. Prerequisite: POLS 021.

POLS 140 - American Political Thought

Introduction to the main currents of political thought in America today (including liberalism, conservatism, libertarianism, and more), considering their moral and philosophical foundations and investigating them in historical perspective. Prerequisite: Minimum Sophomore standing.

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.

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.

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 192 - 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 196 - Intermediate Special Topics

See Schedule of Courses for specific titles.

POLS 198 - Undergraduate Research

Undergraduate student work on individual or small team research projects under the supervision of a faculty member, for which credit is awarded. Offered at department discretion.

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.

POLS 230 - VT Legislative Research Srvc

Involves students in policy research for the Vermont State Legislature on a wide range of topics, including the environment, health, and welfare. Prerequisite: Instructor permission.

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. Prerequisites: POLS 021, three hours at the 100-level.

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.

POLS 292 - Teaching Assistantship

Undergraduate student service as a teaching assistant, usually in an introductory level course in the discipline, for which credit is awarded. Offered at department discretion.

POLS 293 - Senior Honors Seminar I

Examination of major contemporary research topics in political science. Admission by invitation only.

POLS 298 - Undergraduate Research

Undergraduate student work on individual or small team research projects under the supervision of a faculty member, for which credit is awarded. Offered at department discretion.