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UVM Course Directory

Term: Fall 2019

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

Examines the major theories of international relations, important concepts in the study of international relations (such as the balance of power and democratic peace theory), dilemmas leaders face when formulating foreign policies, and current international events.

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 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 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 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.

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 141 - History of Political Thought

Development of Western political thought from Plato to Aquinas. Prerequisite: POLS 041.

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 174 - D2: Latin American Politics

Comparative examination of selected Latin American political systems. Prerequisite: POLS 071 or HST 063 or SPAN 145 or SPAN 146.

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 STAT 111 or STAT 141 or higher; three hours of Sociology or Political Science; minimum Sophomore standing. Cross-listed with: SOC 100.

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 241 - Justice & Equality

Examination of contemporary normative theories of distributive justice and equality. Prerequisites: POLS 041 and three hours at the 100-level, or PHIL 140, PHIL 142, PHIL 143, or PHIL 144.

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.