University of Vermont

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Department of Political Science

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Courses in Political Science (POLS)with Sub-Field Indicated

POLS 021
American Political System (Sub-field A)
Institutions, processes, and problems of American government. Credits: 3.00

POLS 028
D1: Race Ethnicity in the US (Sub-field A)
Examines race and oppression in American society by looking at the experiences of four groups: Native Americans, African Americans, Latinos and Asians. Credits: 3.00

POLS 029
D1: American Civil Rights Movements (Sub-field A)
Examination of American racial discrimination; emphasis on strategies and actions of NAACP, SCLC, SNCC, Black Panthers, Nation of Islam, to end racial discrimination. Credits: 3.00

POLS 041
Introduction to Political Theory (Sub-field B)
Examination of basic problems in political philosophy, e.g. morality and law; punishment; freedom; equality; obligation and disobedience. Credits: 3.00

POLS 051
Introduction to International Relations (Sub-field C)
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: 3.00

POLS 071
Comparative Political Systems (Sub-field D)
Examination of political behavior, political structures, and political processes from a cross-national perspective. Credits: 3.00

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: 1.00 to 18.00

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: 1.00 to 18.00

POLS 119
D2: LGBT Politics and History (Sub-field A)
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. Credits: 3.00

POLS 120
The Politics of Sex (Sub-field A)
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. Credits: 3.00

POLS 121
Law & Politics (Sub-field A)
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: 3.00

POLS 122
Constitutional Law:Gov Powers (Sub-field A)
Emphasis on developing skills of legal analysis. Historical origins and general principles of constitutionalism. Prerequisite: POLS 021. Credits: 3.00

POLS 123
The Vermont Political System (Sub-field A)
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: 3.00

POLS 124
The Presidency (Sub-field A)
The functions and activities of the president and staff. Prerequisite: POLS 021. Credits: 3.00

POLS 125
Political Parties and Elections (Sub-field A)
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: 3.00

POLS 127
The Congressional Process (Sub-field A)
Organization, procedure, and behavior of the chambers of the U.S. Congress. Prerequisite: POLS 021. Credits: 3.00

POLS 129
D1: Const Law: Civil Rights Amer (Sub-field A)
Critical examination of role of judiciary in enforcing 14th Amendment's "Equal Protection Clause. Prerequisite: POLS 021. Credits: 3.00

POLS 130
U.S.Environmental Politics (Sub-field A)
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: 3.00

POLS 131
Political Leadership (Sub-field A)
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: 3.00

POLS 132
US Supreme Court: Procedures & Policy (Sub-field A)
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: 3.00

POLS 133
Public Opinion/Political Participation (Sub-field A)
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: 3.00

POLS 137
Politics and The Media (Sub-field A)
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: 3.00

POLS 138
Constitutional Law: Civil Liberties (Sub-field A)
Investigation of the Supreme Court's interpretation of the First Amendment, rights of the accused, and the right to privacy. Prerequisite: POLS 021. Credits: 3.00

POLS 139
Public Policy: Tools & Processes (Sub-field A)
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. Credits: 3.00

POLS 140
American Political Thought (Sub-field B)
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. Credits: 3.00

POLS 141
History of Political Thought (Sub-field B)
Development of Western political thought from Plato to Aquinas. Prerequisite: POLS 041. Credits: 3.00

POLS 142
History of Political Thought (Sub-field B)
Modern political thought from Machiavelli to Nietzsche. Prerequisite: POLS 041. Credits: 3.00

POLS 147
20thC Political Thought (Sub-field B)
This course examines selected major works by the leading political thinkers of the twentieth century. Prerequisite: POLS 041. Credits: 3.00

POLS 148
Democratic Theory (Sub-field B)
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: 3.00

POLS 149
Intermediate Political Theory (Sub-field B)
Intermediate courses on topics in political theory beyond the scope of existing departmental offerings. See Schedule of Courses for specific titles. Prerequisite: POLS 041. Credits: 3.00

POLS 150
International Security (Sub-field C)
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: 3.00

POLS 151
American Foreign Policy (Sub-field C)
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: 3.00

POLS 153
International Organization (Sub-field C)
Theory and practice in supranational institutions. Prerequisite: POLS 051. Credits: 3.00

POLS 154
Internatl Political Economy (Sub-field C)
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: 3.00

POLS 157
D2:Int'l Politics Middle East (Sub-field C)
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: 3.00

POLS 159
International Environmental Governance (Sub-field C)
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: 3.00

POLS 160
International Development (Sub-field C)
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: 3.00

POLS 161
Political Geography (Sub-field C or D)
Prerequisites: POLS 051, POLS 071, GEOG 050, or GEOG 070. Cross-listed with: GEOG 177. Credits: 3.00

POLS 168
D2: Middle East Politics (Sub-field D)
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: 3.00

POLS 171
Western European Political Systems (Sub-field D)
A comparative examination of the British, German, and French political systems. Prerequisite: POLS 071. Credits: 3.00

POLS 172
Politics & Society in Russian Federation (Sub-field D)
Examines the nature of politics and the development of post-Soviet social and economic institutions in Russia. Prerequisite: POLS 071. Credits: 3.00

POLS 173
Canadian Political System (Sub-field D)
Institutions, process, and problems of the Canadian polity. Prerequisite: POLS 071. Credits: 3.00

POLS 174
D2: Latin American Politics (Sub-field D)
Comparative examination of selected Latin American political systems. Prerequisite: POLS 071. Credits: 3.00

POLS 175
D2: Govt & Politics of China (Sub-field D)
Institutions, processes, and problems of government of China. Prerequisite: POLS 071. Credits: 3.00

POLS 176
D2: Govt & Politics of Japan (Sub-field D)
Institutions, processes, and problems of government in Japan. Prerequisite: POLS 071. Credits: 3.00

POLS 177
D2: Political Systems of Tropical Africa (Sub-field D)
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 Studies. Credits: 3.00

POLS 180
Comparative Environmental Politics (Sub-field D)
The politics of environmentalism and sustainability from a cross-national perspective, covering social mobilization and nonstate actors, party politics, institutions and governance, policy development, and the role of culture, values, and knowledge in the convergence and divergence of political response. Prerequisite: POLS 071. Credits: 3.00

POLS 181
Fund of Social Research (Sub-field A, B, C or D)
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: POLS 021, POLS 041, POLS 051, or POLS 071, and STAT 051 or higher. Cross-listed with: SOC 100. Credits: 4.00

POLS 191
Internships - Credits: 1.00 to 6.00

POLS 192
Internships - Credits: 1.00 to 6.00

POLS 195
Intermediate Special Topics
See Schedule of Courses for specific titles. Credits: 1.00 to 18.00

POLS 196
Intermediate Special Topics
See Schedule of Courses for specific titles. Credits: 1.00 to 18.00

POLS 197
Independent Study - Credits: 1.00 to 6.00

POLS 198
Undergraduate Research - Credits: 1.00 to 6.00

POLS 220
Topics in Law (Sub-field A)
In-depth analysis of selected topics in law. May repeat for credit with different content. Prerequisites: POLS 021, three hours at 100-level. Credits: 3.00

POLS 222
Constitutional Law II (Sub-field A)
Selected topics in constitutional law. Prerequisite: POLS 122. Credits: 3.00

POLS 225
Intergovernmental Relations (Sub-field A)
Problems of the federal system. National-state-local cooperative administration of selected public functions. Prerequisite: POLS 021, three hours at the 100-level. Credits: 3.00

POLS 226
Topics on the Presidency (Sub-field A)
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: 3.00

POLS 228
Congress & Foreign Policy (Sub-field A or C)
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: 3.00

POLS 229
Seminar in American Politics (Sub-field A)
Credits: 3.00

POLS 230
VT Legislative Research Shop (Sub-field A)
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: 3.00

POLS 232
Comparative State Politics (Sub-field A)
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: 3.00

POLS 234
Topics in Public Opinion (Sub-field A)
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. Credits: 3.00

POLS 235
Gender and Law (Sub-field A)
Examination of the interaction between gender and law in American society. Topics covered include workplace law, family law, and personal autonomy. Prerequisites: POLS 021, three hours at the 100-level. Cross-listed with: GSWS 258. Credits: 3.00

POLS 237
Film, TV and Public Opinion (Sub-field A)
The impact of popular Film and TW on public opinion. Class research projects relate Film and/or TV to people's views of politics. Prerequisite: POLS 137. Credits: 3.00

POLS 238
Law & Public Policy (Sub-field A)
Examination of courts as policymakers, relationships with other actors in the policy process, fields in which courts play policy roles, and difficulties facing judges. Prerequisite: POLS 021, three hours at the 100-level. Credits: 3.00

POLS 241
Justice & Equality (Sub-field B)
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. Cross-listed with: PHIL 242. Credits: 3.00

POLS 242
American Political Thought (Sub-field B)
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: 3.00

POLS 244
Liberalism and its Critics (Sub-field B)
This course examines the works of leading contemporary liberal political theorists, and also works representing various theoretical approaches critical of liberalism. Prerequisite: POLS 041, three hours at the 100-level. Credits: 3.00

POLS 245
Ethics and Public Policy (Sub-field B)
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: 3.00

POLS 249
Seminar in Political Theory (Sub-field B)
Credits: 3.00

POLS 251
Foreign Policy of Newly Independent States (Sub-field C)
Examines the development of foreign relations of post- Soviet states, with a special focus on Russia and the post-Communist era. Prerequisite: POLS 051, three hours at the 100-level. Credits: 3.00

POLS 257
Politics of European Integration (Sub-field C or D)
Survey of the European Union including historical development, public opinion, governmental institutions, internal policies, external relations, and future prospects. Prerequisites: POLS 051 or POLS 071, and three hours at the 100-level; or appropriate International Studies background. Credits: 3.00

POLS 258
Causes of War (Sub-field C)
Examination of various theories explaining the outbreak of war, with applications to historical cases. Prerequisites: POLS 051, three hours at the 100-level. Credits: 3.00

POLS 259
Seminar in International Relations (Sub-field C or A)
Credits: 3.00

POLS 260
War, Strategy and Politics (Sub-field C)
The domestic, international, and geopolitical factors determining states' choice of strategies and tactics in interstate conflicts and confrontations. Contemporary and historical examples. Prerequisites: POLS 051, three hours at the 100-level. Credits: 3.00

POLS 261
Topics American Foreign Policy (Sub-field C)
In-depth examination of selected topics related to the making and implementation of U.S. foreign policy. Prerequisites: POLS 051, three hours at the 100-level. Credits: 3.00

POLS 263
Third World Foreign Policy (Sub-field C)
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. Prerequisites: POLS 051, three hours at the 100-level. Credits: 3.00

POLS 265
East Asian Political Economy (Sub-field C or D)
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, Prerequisites: POLS 051 or POLS 071, three hours at the 100-level. Credits: 3.00

POLS 266
D2: Politics of Persian Gulf (Sub-field C or D)
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 Prerequisite: POLS 157 or POLS 168. Credits: 3.00

POLS 268
Oil and Politics (Sub-field D)
Explores the relationship between energy resource wealth and political outcomes in oil-producing states and examines the geopolitical role of oil in the international system. Prerequisites: POLS 071, three hours at 100-level. Credits: 3.00

POLS 270
Mexican Politics (Sub-field D)
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 and three hours at the 100-level; or appropriate International Studies background. Credits: 3.00

POLS 272
Eastern European Political Systems (Sub-field D)
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: 3.00

POLS 276
British Politics (Sub-field D)
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. Prerequisites: POLS 071, three hours at the 100-level; or appropriate International Studies background. Credits: 3.00

POLS 277
Comparative Ethno-Nationalism (Sub-field D)
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: 3.00

POLS 279
Seminar in Comparative Politics (Sub-field D)
Credits: 3.00

POLS 280
D2: Central Asian Politics (Sub-field D)
This course explores political and economic change in Soviet and post-Soviet Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan. Prerequisites: POLS 071, three hours at the 100-level; or appropriate Russian/East European Studies background. Credits: 3.00

POLS 293
Senior Honors Seminar I
Examination of major contemporary research topics in political science. Admission by invitation only. Credits: 3.00

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: 1.00 to 18.00

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: 1.00 to 18.00

POLS 297
Independent Study
For advanced undergraduate and graduate students. Credits: 3.00

POLS 298
Undergraduate Research
For advanced undergraduate and graduate students. Credits: 3.00

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