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Political Science

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  • Prerequisites
  • General Education
  • Writing Emphasis
  • Travel Course
  • Repeatable
  • Additional Fees
Credits 3
Lecture
Spring
Fall
POL SCI-100

Global Politics and Society

The course explores political power and human connections on a global scale. The course covers concepts and ideas on the interaction of governments, organizations, and peoples across regions, cultures, and communities. The course helps students develop a global outlook on their future prospects as citizens and professionals in a globalized world.

Prerequisites
No prerequisites
Credits 3
Lecture
Spring
Fall
POL SCI-101

American Government and Politics

The institutions and political processes of American National government and the nature of political analysis; the Constitution, ideological and cultural bases of American politics; the role of political parties, elections and interest groups; policy-making processes in the Congress, the presidency and courts.

Prerequisites
No prerequisites
Credits 3
Lecture
POL SCI-198

First Year Seminar

Prerequisites
Reserved for New Incoming Freshman
Credits 3
Lecture
Spring
Fall
POL SCI-202

Introduction to Public Policy

Contemporary issues in American public policy. Substantive public policies such as those dealing with the American economy, energy, crime, environmental quality, the welfare state and social programs. Models of the policy process are also considered.

Prerequisites
No prerequisites
Credits 1-4
Field Exp
POL SCI-299

Travel Course

  • Pre-Requisites
  • Travel Course
  • Repeatable

Travel courses are conducted to various parts of the world and are led by one or more faculty members. May be repeated to different locations.

Prerequisites
P: cons of instr & prior trip arr & financial deposit.
  • Travel Course
  • Course is repeatable for credit.
Credits 3
Lecture
Spring
Fall
POL SCI-301

Environmental Politics and Policy

U.S. and global environmental problems and their political implications. Emphasizes U.S. environmental politics, issues and controversies in environmental protection policy, the performance of governmental institution in response to environmental challenges, and strategies for environmental improvement.

Prerequisites
P: Pol Sci 101 or 202 or Pu En Af 202.
Credits 3
Lecture
Spring
POL SCI-305

Urban Politics and Policy

  • Pre-Requisites

Structures and operations of city governments and their responses to policy issues such as education, employment, social welfare, housing, transportation, migration, racial discrimination, urban sprawl and social inequality.

Prerequisites
P: jr st; and Pol Sci 101 or Ur Re St 100.
Credits 3
Lecture
Spring
POL SCI-306

Regulatory Policy and Administration

The origins, purposes and operation of regulatory agencies and the programs in the U.S.: theories of regulation, issues and controversies in regulatory policy, and decision-making in such areas as economic regulation, public health, consumer protection workplace safety and environmental quality.

Prerequisites
P: Pol Sci 101 or 202 or Pu En Af 202.
Credits 3
Lecture
Fall
Odd Only
POL SCI-310

The American Presidency

The president's role in public policy-making. Topics include the history of the presidency, presidential elections, the nature and use of presidential power, the organization and operation of the executive office, the presidential relationship with Congress and the bureaucracy, and presidential leadership.

Prerequisites
P: Pol Sci 101.
Credits 3
Lecture
Fall
POL SCI-312

Community Politics

  • Pre-Requisites

This course emphasizes the historical dimensions of community politics in the U.S. It also explores the role of grass roots social movements in shaping local politics.

Prerequisites
P: none; REC: Pol Sci 101.
Credits 3
Lecture
Fall
POL SCI-314

Administrative Law

  • Pre-Requisites

Administrative law in the American federal (intergovernmental) system: connections between administrative law issues and issues of public policy; and legal dimensions of administrative problems.

Prerequisites
P: Pol Sci 101 or Pu En Af 215.
Credits 3
Lecture
Spring
POL SCI-316

Congress: Politics and Policy

The role of Congress in American politics and policymaking, including the history of Congress, elections, representation, committees, political parties and leadership, rules and procedures, interest groups and lobbying, presidential-congressional relations, and the role of Congress in both domestic and foreign policy decisions.

Prerequisites
P: Pol Sci 101.
Credits 3
Lecture
Spring
POL SCI-318

Political Behavior

An introduction to political behavior that approaches the topics of elections, public opinion, voting behavior, mass media, and political socialization through the application of quantitative methods of analysis.

Prerequisites
P: Pol Sci 100 or 101.
Credits 3
Lecture
Fall
POL SCI-320

Constitutional Law

  • Pre-Requisites

The course emphasizes the history of constitutional law in the United States through an analysis of leading Supreme Court cases that deal with government authority as well as citizen rights and civil liberties. Special attention is given to the political and historical context of major cases and the implications for public policy.

Prerequisites
P: Pol Sci 101.
Credits 3
Lecture
Fall
POL SCI-340

Political Theory

The foundations of Western political theory from the Greek polis to the 20th century. Discusses and analyzes leading political theorists in their historical contexts and in terms of their basic ideas and concepts. Attaches the study of politics to the history of Western political thought and practice.

Prerequisites
P: Pol Sci 100 or 101.
Credits 3
Lecture
Spring
POL SCI-349

American Political Thought

  • Pre-Requisites

The history and development of American political thought, with attention to the thinkers and themes influential to controversies, ideologies, and institutions in American politics.

Prerequisites
P: Pol Sci 101
Credits 3
Lecture
Spring
POL SCI-351

Comparative Politics

  • Pre-Requisites

The course examines fundamental concepts in the study of the processes and outcomes of politics in a variety of country settings. It illustrates the rich diversity of political life, shows available institutional alternatives, explains differences in political regimes and outcomes, and communicates the importance of global political and economic changes.

Prerequisites
P: Pol Sci 100 or 101.
Credits 3
Lecture
Fall
POL SCI-353

Politics of Developing Areas

  • Pre-Requisites

This course examines contemporary problems of comparative political development and changing patterns of political economy in developing areas. The main focus is on the prospects for democracy and economic prosperity after the Cold War.

Prerequisites
P: Pol Sci 100 or 101.
Credits 3
Lecture
Spring
POL SCI-360

International Relations

  • Pre-Requisites

The course focuses on competing explanations for interaction between state and non-state actors, and analyzes recent changes in international organizations and the international political economy.

Prerequisites
P: Pol Sci 100 or 101.
Credits 3
Lecture
Fall
POL SCI-370

Foreign and Defense Policies

Explores the institutions and political processes related to U.S. foreign and defense policies, including the international challenges facing the United States, the nation's policy goals and their evolution over time, the strategies used to achieve those goals, and conflicts over policy implementation and its success.

Prerequisites
No prerequisites
Credits 3
Lecture
Spring
POL SCI-380

Global Environmental Politics and Policy

  • Pre-Requisites

This course explores the transnational and international context of environmental politics and policy. Particular focus areas include the causes of environmental harm, the meaning of sustainability, and the relevance of new environmental actors on the global stage.

Prerequisites
P: jr st. REC: Pol Sci 100
Credits 3
Lecture
Spring
POL SCI-406

State and Local Government

  • Pre-Requisites

Policy and institutional comparisons across states and local governments through hands-on research, placing a special focus on Wisconsin's local governments.

Prerequisites
P: Pol Sci 101 or Pu En Af 215.
Credits 3
Lecture
Fall
POL SCI-408

Public Policy Analysis

An introduction to public policy analysis and to the policy-making process, primarily in American government. The course emphasizes the political aspects of policy analysis, models and methods for rational design of public policies, and applications of policy studies to particular public problems.

Prerequisites
P: Pol Sci 101 or 202 or Pu En Af 202.
Credits 1-12
Field Exp
Spring
Fall
POL SCI-497

Internship

Supervised practical experience in an organization or activity appropriate to a student's career and educational interests. Internships are supervised by faculty members and require periodic student/faculty meetings.

Prerequisites
P: jr st.
  • Course is repeatable for credit.
Credits 1-4
Ind Study
Spring
Fall
POL SCI-498

Independent Study

Independent study is offered on an individual basis at the student's request and consists of a program of learning activities planned in consultation with a faculty member. A student wishing to study or conduct research in an area not represented in available scheduled courses should develop a preliminary proposal and seek the sponsorship of a faculty member. The student's advisor can direct him or her to instructors with appropriate interests. A written report or equivalent is required for evaluation, and a short title describing the program must be sent early inthe semester to the registrar for entry on the student's transcript.

Prerequisites
P: fr or so st with cum gpa > or = 2.50; or jr or sr st with cum gpa > or = 2.00.
  • Course is repeatable for credit.
Credits 1-6
Field Exp
POL SCI-499

Travel Course

  • Pre-Requisites
  • Travel Course
  • Repeatable

Travel courses are conducted to various parts of the world and are led by one or more faculty members. May be repeated to different locations.

Prerequisites
P: cons of instr & prior trip arr & financial deposit.
  • Travel Course
  • Course is repeatable for credit.