POLITICAL SCIENCE/PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION (POL)

 

College of Liberal Studies

Department Chair: Pamela Rodgers

421A Wimberly Hall, 608-785-6645

e-mail: rodgers.pame@uwlax.edu

 

 

Professors: Bigel, Heim, Manrique, Reithel, Rodgers; Associate Professors: Freeman, R., Nelson, A.J.; Assistant Professor: McDougal; Lecturers: Doyle, Solie.

 

Major and/or minor requirements differ for students in the College of Liberal Studies, College of Science and Allied Health, and the College of Business Administration from those in the School of Education and the College of Health, Physical Education and Recreation. See separate listings below.

 

 

Political Science Major

(All colleges, excluding Teacher Certification programs) — 33 credits, including POL 101 and either 361 or 495 (three credits), and electives of which 18 credits must be

at the 300 or above level. Students are required to take at least one course in three of the following subfields of the discipline: (1) American Politics — POL 102, 201, 205, 300, 301, 302, 303, 304, 305, 307, 342, 365, 410, 472; (2) Legal Studies — POL 221, 222, 306, 325, 326, 327, 329, 370, 371, 372, 373, 374, 422; (3) International Relations — POL 202, 246, 340, 341, 344, 345, 443, 445; (4) Comparative Politics — POL 234, 330, 332, 333, 335, 336, 337, 338, 339; (5) Political Philosophy — POL 251, 350, 351, 353, 354, 355, 356; (6) Public Policy/ Public Administration — POL 211, 311, 312, 313, 314, 315, 317, 318, 420. Each student majoring in political science should consult the current advising handbook and a faculty member before selecting a course of study.

 

 

Political Science Minor

(All colleges, excluding Teacher Certification programs) — 21 credits, including POL 101 and either 361 or 495 (three credits) and electives of which nine credits must be at the senior college level. Each student minoring in political science should consult the current advising handbook and a faculty member before selecting a course of  study.

 

 

Political Science Major

(Teacher Certification programs) — 33 credits, including POL 101, 102, 201, 202, 300, 353 or 354, 370 or 371 or 372 or 373 or 374, 495 (three credits) and electives in political science. (GEO 200, EFN 200 and C-I 381 are statutory/ administrative code requirements that must be taken in addition to the courses required for the major.)

 

 

Political Science Minor

(Teacher Certification programs) — 21 credits, including POL 101 or 102, 201, 495 (three credits), POL 202 or 234, one course from: POL 302, 305, 370, 371, 372, 373, or 374; and electives in political science. (GEO 200, EFN 200 and C-I 381 are statutory/ administrative code requirements that must be taken in addition to the courses required for the minor.)

 

 

Public Administration Major

(All colleges) — 36 credits including:

A.            Highly recommended General Education and elective courses: C-S 101, MTH 205 or 250, ENG 303, 307, CST 210, 260, 360, ECO 110, 120, PSY 100, SOC 110, and I-S 220.

B.            P.A. Required Core (18 credits): POL 211, 312, 450 (six credits), ACC 235 (or ACC 221), and ECO 120 or 110.

C.            Managerial and Organizational Skills Group (three credits): one course chosen from POL 311, MGT 303, 385, 308, PSY 376, ECO 310 or ECO 402.

D.            Policy Analysis Group (three credits): one course chosen from POL 300, 313, 314 or 495.*

E.             Research Tool Group (3 credits): one course chosen from POL 361, 495*, or BUS 230. (Students in psychology or sociology who have completed a research methods course should discuss POL 495 with a PA adviser.)

F.             Areas of Specialization Group (nine credits), three courses required.** Students may specialize in one area or take upper division courses in two or three different areas. Specialization courses are in addition to courses taken in sections B, C, D, or E above.

                1. Financial Administration: ACC 435, ECO 310, 402, 447, FIN 355

2. Urban Management/Planning: GEO 307, 309, 409, POL 300, 314, 315, 410,

    PSY 341, SOC 311

3. Health Administration:  ECO 471, FIN 465, HED 340, 360, 453, 486, POL

    317, 420, SOC 325, 420

4. Personnel: MGT 303, 385, 386, 486, POL 311, PSY 376, 341, 343 

5. American Policy/Implementation/ Evaluation: POL 301, 302, 303, 313, 318,

    325, 400, 410, 495*, 499*

               

Note: Students must possess a cumulative grade point average of 2.50 or above to declare and remain a PA major, and to graduate. Public Administration majors in CLS, SAH, and HPERTE will be able to complete at most 30 credit hours in the College of Business Administration (Accounting, Information Systems, Management, Marketing and Finance courses). Prerequisite for College of Business Administration upper division courses is junior standing. However, students are strongly encouraged to take either ECO 110 or 120 prior to enrolling. ACC 221 (three credits) may be substituted for ACC 235 (three credits). Some of the above courses require prerequisites not included as part  of the major. For example, I-S 220 requires C-S 101 as a prerequisite. A course can only be used in one category. POL 313, for example, can be counted only once, in section D or section F5, not both.

 

 

Public Administration Minor

(All colleges) — 21 credits, including POL 102, 211 and 450 (six credits) and nine credits chosen from ECO 402; POL 300 or 314, 311, 312, 313, 315, 317, 318, and 325. POL 101 is a prerequisite to the minor. POL 300, 311, 312, 313, 314, 317, 318, 325 and 450 (six credits) may not be counted toward a major in political science if they are included as electives for this minor.

 

 

Social Studies Major

(Middle/Secondary Education) —

See description of this broadfield major on p. 73.

 

 

Pre-Law

Most, though not all, law schools require a bachelor’s degree before admission. All

recommend it. Law school counselors are practically unanimous in suggesting that the best “pre-law” majors are the ones in which students are vitally interested and will,

therefore, devote themselves whole-heartedly. Beyond that, there are several guides: first, select a major which is intellectually rigorous, demanding and substantial. Second, there are a number of courses which are of special benefit in subsequent law school work. Accounting will be useful when encountering courses in corporations, taxes and other business areas. Courses in mathematics or statistics will acquaint students with quantitative measurement. Logic is recommended for the purpose of developing powers of imaginative and incisive reasoning. History courses will provide valuable backgrounds and content as well as analytical training. Any and all English courses will improve the ability to read and write, and speech and debate will improve verbal skills. Third, a choice of a major may depend upon the kind of law practice envisioned if such a decision can be made.

 

     Thus, business and economics obviously provide an excellent background for those entering corporate practice; sociology, criminology, and social work relate well to criminal justice work; and political science and/or public administration (perhaps the

most common major) will especially serve the needs of those who contemplate public service, elective or otherwise. Applicants must take the Law School Admission Test (LSAT) which covers a broad range of disciplines and gives no advantage to

candidates with particular specializations.

 

Criminal Justice Minor

(All colleges) — 21 credits, including SOC 324; six credits from: SOC 313, 321, 322, SOC 330 or PSY 341, SOC 325, 326, 429; six credits from: POL 211, 221, 222, 306, 311, 326, 373, 374; three credits from: GEO/ESC 481, PHL 201, 337, PSY 304, 311, 330, PSY 341 or SOC 330, PSY 417, 426,  W-S 320; the remaining three credits are elective credits and may be selected from any of the courses listed above, or three credits from SOC 451. Note: A maximum of three credits may be counted toward the fulfillment of the criminal justice minor and another major, minor or emphasis.

 

 

Political Science and/or Public Administration Major

Honors Program Requirements

The Department Honors Program seeks to provide an opportunity for in-depth research, reading, and writing for department majors. The program emphasizes highly personalized student-teacher contact and discussion.

 

The minimum requirements are:

I.              Admission

A.            Junior standing

B.            Twelve credits in the major

C.            Cumulative grade point average of 3.25 in the major

D.            Recommendation of two faculty members from the department

II.            Program

A.            Completion of the regular major

B.            Completion of POL 361, 496H, and 498H

C.            Passing of a terminal examination

III.           Evaluation

A.            Cumulative 3.50 grade point average in the major and a

                                cumulative 3.25 overall grade point average at graduation

B.            Distinguished performance on a paper or project developed in POL 496H

C.            Presentation of paper or project to a colloquium of faculty and students

D.                  Superior performance on a terminal examination in conjunction with

POL 498H

 

 

+ above a course number indicates a General Education course.

 

 

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POL       101                                                                                                                                     Cr. 3

American National Government

An introduction to the underlying principles and values, administrative and political decision-making processes, and institutions of American national government in an international context utilizing a comparative approach. The course includes discussion, analysis and development of critical thinking skills related to public policy-making problems and current issues. The course emphasizes the development of intellectual skills associated with an informed, involved and active citizenry.

 

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POL       102                                                                                                                                     Cr. 3

State and Local Government

An introduction to the underlying principles of federalism and focus on the new increasing decentralization of government program responsibilities to subnational governments in the United States. This is complemented by a comparison of the complex cultural, economic and intergovernmental settings of subnational governments. Students consider the implications of different environments for citizen participation, government characteristics, policy processes, and values associated with policy outcomes. The course emphasizes constructive citizenship in an environment where subnational governments will increasingly affect their lives.

 

POL       201                                                                                                                                     Cr. 3

Introduction to Political Science

A general introduction to areas of study in political science. Basic concepts and approaches to the study of politics will be applied to current events. Offered occasionally.

 

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POL       202                                                                                                                                     Cr. 3

Contemporary Global Issues

This course offers a contemporary multi-disciplinary perspective regarding the major issues and trends confronting the global society as it enters the 21st century. Emphasis will be given to a critical review and assessment of the origin and present condition of the plethora of situations and problems affecting modern global society. The student will also learn to critically evaluate current and future events. The course will incorporate the views and approaches of the following disciplines: sociology/anthropology, economics, geography, political science, and history. (Cross-listed with ANT/ECO/GEO/SOC/HIS 202; may only earn credit in one department.)

 

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POL       205                                                                                                                                     Cr. 3

Women and Politics

An examination of the positions and roles of women in the political arena. This course

discusses the nature and extent of women’s political involvement, both in the United States and abroad, with particular emphasis on the cultural and racial diversity of women political participants in the United States. Additional topics will include the legal status of women, differences between male and female political behavior, factors that influence women’s political participation and current political issues related to women. Offered Sem. II.

 

POL       211                                                                                                                                     Cr. 3

Introduction to Public Administration

An introduction to the principles of bureaucracy, decision-making organization theory, individual and group behavior, personnel and budgetary policies, and the regulatory process within public agencies at all levels of government in the United States. Prerequisite: POL 101 or 102.

 

POL       221                                                                                                                                     Cr. 3

The American Legal System

An introductory survey of the American legal system in operation; utilizing case materials, class discussion, and hypothetical conflict situations to illustrate and study the range of problems, proceedings, actions, and remedies encountered.

 

POL       222                                                                                                                                     Cr. 3

Law, Governance and Politics

An examination of the numerous factors and influences acting upon and within the formal legal process, including: judicial interpretations and statutes and constitutions, litigation as a political strategy, legislation and litigation as an instrument of social change, law as a system of values; law as a mechanism of political power and oppression. Prerequisite: POL 101 or 102. Offered every two years.

 

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POL       234                                                                                                                                     Cr. 3

Comparative Political Systems

The course is devoted to the comparison and the critical analysis of selected topical global societies and regions. A general comparative framework will be utilized to develop a critical assessment of a representative sample of developed and developing contemporary societies. Emphasis will be given to a comparative study of institutions and their functions, various administrative and decision-making processes, and contemporary problems and issues. Finally, implications for the 21st century will also be discussed. Offered Sem. I.

 

POL       246                                                                                                                                     Cr. 2

Model United Nations

An in-depth exploration of international issues and nation state politics in the United Nations through participation in a model UN. Those registering will be required to participate in an approved Model United Nations. Prerequisite: ANT/ECO/GEO/

POL/SOC/HIS 202. Repeatable for credit — maximum 4. Offered Sem. II.

 

POL       250                                                                                                                                     Cr. 1

Applied Practical Governance

Provides practical experience in the various styles and techniques of consensual governance. Open to any university student who serves in the UW-L Student Association, Student Senate or the Residence Hall Association Council. Pass/Fail Grading. Repeatable for credit — maximum 4.

 

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POL       251                                                                                                                                     Cr. 3

The Individual and the State: Values and Power

An examination of some historically and currently important issues in political philosophy concerning the relationship between the individual and the power of the state. The course focuses on a range of perennial questions in political thought. Topics addressed include the following questions: By their nature, are humans good, evil, both or neither? What is the nature and purpose of state power? Is it properly addressed only to enforce order or may it be employed to promote equality or enforce morality? Who should rule and why? What are the limits, if any, of political obligation? Can it be right to break the law? And, are there human rights beyond the reach of government power? The course emphasizes the development of the intellectual skills necessary to understand and analyze the assertions of some important political philosophers on these questions. The course also strongly emphasizes the value, to both society and the individual student, of thoughtfully confronting these issues.

 

POL       300                                                                                                                                     Cr. 3

Urban Politics

An in-depth analysis of the forms, functions, and problems of urban governments with special attention to metropolitan areas. Field work and the materials of contemporary urban politics will be used. Prerequisite: POL 101 or 102. Offered

Sem. II.

 

POL       301                                                                                                                                     Cr. 3

American Presidency

The American Presidency will emphasize the development of the office, selection and institutional relations with Congress coupled with an assessment of presidential power in the modern era in domestic and foreign policy making. Prerequisite: POL 101 or 102. Offered Sem. I.

 

POL       302                                                                                                                                     Cr. 3

Legislative Process

Study of the organizations and behavior of legislatures and their membership at both the national and state levels. Legislative influence on the administration of the law and effect of pressure groups on the legislative process will also be studied. Prerequisite: POL 101 or 102. Offered every two years.

 

POL       303                                                                                                                                     Cr. 3

Wisconsin Government and Politics

An in-depth study of the governmental institutions and political system in the State of Wisconsin. Included are an examination of Wisconsin political parties, interest groups, and electoral behavior as well as institutions such as the state legislature, judiciary, governmental structures and administration. Both state and local aspects are discussed. Prerequisite: POL 101 or 102. Offered occasionally.

 

POL       304                                                                                                                                     Cr. 3

Politics and the Media

A critical examination of the media in its capacity as the 4th Estate. The course will assess the special relationship that has evolved and its implication for American democracy. Special topics to be examined include: role of the media in the democratic process, limits on the media, the role of bias and opinion, the impact of distortion and propaganda, the media and the electoral process, the media’s role in creating news events, and an examination of the media/political relationship in other political systems. Prerequisite: POL 101 or 102. Offered Sem. II.

 

POL       305                                                                                                                                     Cr. 3

Political Parties

An analysis of political parties and their role in the American political system. Organization, principles and practices of parties are discussed. Prerequisite: POL 101 or 102. Offered every two years.

 

POL       306                                                                                                                                     Cr. 3

Judicial Process

A detailed examination of the participants in American courts and the procedures encountered by litigants at different stages in the judicial hierarchy. Among the topics covered are the role of juries and grand juries, plea bargaining, and the manner in which judges attempt to decide cases. Prerequisite: POL 101 or 102 or 221. Offered every two years.

 

POL       307                                                                                                                                     Cr. 3

Political Language and Communication

A critical examination of the language of politics and power in American society, including; how political language shapes perceptions and understandings about government and politics; deception as method of governance; symbolism, ideology, popular political culture and campaign rhetoric as sources of political power. Prerequisite: POL 101 or 102. Offered Sem. I.

 

POL       311                                                                                                                                     Cr. 3

Public Personnel Administration

The study of principles and problems of public personnel management and behavior. Prerequisite: POL 211. Offered Sem. I.

 

POL       312                                                                                                                                     Cr. 3

Public Budgetary Process

An examination of the public budgetary process. Included are studies of the various approaches to taxation, decision-making and policy evaluation. Prerequisite: POL 211. Offered Sem. II.

 

POL       313                                                                                                                                     Cr. 3

Public Policy

An intensive, in-depth analysis of selected public policies — their development, administration, effects and relationship to the broader political system from the perspectives of the policy maker and policy analyst. Prerequisite: POL 101 or 102. Offered Sem. I.

 

POL       314                                                                                                                                     Cr. 3

Urban Administration and Politics

Examination of the politics and policy problems facing urban administrators. Emphasis will be placed on policy formulation and implementation, particularly the systematic approaches to urban service delivery. Prerequisite: POL 211. Offered Sem. II, every other year.

 

POL       315                                                                                                                                     Cr. 3

Special Topics in Public Administration

An introduction and study of selected topics in public administration. Local officials, visiting lecturers, or persons specializing in a particular sub-area of public administration will be invited to present a course focusing on a particular topic. To be offered on an ad hoc basis. Prerequisite: POL 211. Repeatable for credit — maximum 6.

 

POL       317                                                                                                                                     Cr. 3

Health Policy

An intensive, in-depth analysis of health policies — their development, administration, effects and relationship to the broader political system. The perspectives of the policy maker and public policy analyst are emphasized. Prerequisite: POL 101 or 102. Offered Sem. II.

 

POL       318                                                                                                                                     Cr. 3

Environmental Politics and Policymaking

An in-depth exploration of environmental politics and policy making beginning with American environmentalism in the 1960s and concluding with global environmental politics in the 21st century. Environmental issues, ethics, institutional problems, philosophical approaches, economic analyses and implementation problems will be studied. Prerequisite: POL 101 or 102. Offered Sem. I.

 

POL       325                                                                                                                                     Cr. 3

Administrative Law

An introduction to the field of administration regulation in the United States and its relation to the constitutional foundations, the political structures and the policies of our various governmental units. Prerequisite: POL 101 or 102 or 211 or 221. Offered every third semester.

 

POL       326                                                                                                                                     Cr. 3

Mock Trial I: Trial Advocacy

The Mock Trial is part of an intercollegiate competition run by the American Mock Trial Association. The class consists of two parts: Mock Trial I covers trial skills (opening statements, direct examination, cross-examination, and closing arguments) and modified evidentiary objections. Students will participate as lawyers and witnesses in practice trial problems and in the Tournament trial case. Regular classroom participation and a trial book will be required. Offered Sem. I.

 

POL       327                                                                                                                                     Cr. 3

Introduction to Paralegalism and Judicial Administration

Role of the “paralegal”, or legal assistant, in the profession of law. Includes an elementary analysis of: professional responsibilities, standards and ethics; court structure and process; major fields of law; legal research and related skills; judicial administration and career opportunities. Prerequisite: POL 221. Offered occasionally.

 

POL       329                                                                                                                                     Cr. 2

Mock Trial II: Preparation

Mock Trial II is an intense period of preparation before the Competition itself. The Team will compete at a Regional Tournament and, if successful, the Intercollegiate National Championship. Individual Team members will compete for “All American” honors. Prerequisite: POL 326. Repeatable for credit — maximum 4. Offered Sem. II.

 

POL       330                                                                                                                                     Cr. 3

Politics of Developing Areas

An introduction to a wide range of issues and problems impacting political development in the Third World. The focus is on political systems of selected countries, the relationships between political processes and other aspects of development and on the factors which accelerate or impede development. Prerequisite: POL 101 or 102 or 234 or ANT/ECO/GEO/POL/SOC/HIS 202. Offered every third semester.

 

POL       332                                                                                                                                     Cr. 3

Russia, Commonwealth and Independent States (CIS) and Central/East European Government and Politics

A study of the institutions, administrative and decision-making processes, and politics of Russia, the former Soviet republics now members of the CIS, and the countries of Central and Eastern Europe. The course will include discussion of both domestic and foreign policy problems and issues. Prerequisite: POL 101 or 102 or 234 or ANT/ECO/GEO/POL/SOC/HIS 202. Offered every two years.

 

POL       333                                                                                                                                     Cr. 3

Asian Government and Politics

Comparison and analysis of the contemporary governments and politics of the major Asian nations such as Japan, China, and India as well as the Philippines, Korea, Pakistan, Indonesia, and Vietnam. Prerequisite: POL 101 or 102 or 234 or ANT/ECO/GEO/POL/SOC/HIS 202. Offered every two years.

 

POL       335                                                                                                                                     Cr. 3

Soviet Seminar

An interdisciplinary course with guest lecturers discussing the contemporary geography, history, economics, society and politics of the Soviet Union. The seminar includes a two-week tour of the Soviet Union organized around St. Petersburg and Moscow.

 

POL       336                                                                                                                                     Cr. 3

Middle Eastern Government and Politics

An examination of Middle Eastern political systems and practices. General topics covered will include: political institutions, electoral practices, political parties, policy formation, leadership selection and critical contemporary issues. Prerequisite: POL 101 or 102 or 234 or ANT/ECO/GEO/POL/ SOC/HIS 202. Offered every two years.

 

POL       337                                                                                                                                     Cr. 3

African Government and Politics

A study of political evolution and practice on the African continent. Emphasis will be given to a regional assessment of political behavior as well as the impact of current problems on selected countries. Special focus will be given to contemporary issues and developments. Prerequisite: POL 101 or 102 or 234 or ANT/ECO/GEO/POL/SOC/HIS 202. Offered every two years.

 

POL       338                                                                                                                                     Cr. 3

European Government and Politics

A critical comparative assessment of the political institutions and practices of the various political systems of Europe. All countries in the region will be discussed but special emphasis will be given to the systems of Great Britain, France and Germany. Also examined will be the development of the European Community. Prerequisite: POL 101 or 102 or 234 or ANT/ECO/GEO/POL/SOC/HIS 202. Offered every two years.

 

POL       339                                                                                                                                     Cr. 3

Contemporary Latin America

An examination of the historical interplay between cultural and developmental factors in the politics of Latin America. Issues of development and underdevelopment are examined and related to regional and international political forces. Prerequisite: POL 101 or 102 or 234 or ANT/ECO/ GEO/POL/SOC/HIS 202 or SOC 110 or 120 or 200 or ANT 203. Offered every two years.

 

POL       340                                                                                                                                     Cr. 3

The Making of American Foreign Policy

This course will cover the institutions and actors important to the making of foreign policy, the tools or instruments used in foreign policy, and defense policy. This course will feature simulation exercises in foreign policy decision making. Prerequisite: POL 101 or 102 or ANT/ECO/GEO/ POL/SOC/HIS 202. Offered every two years.

 

POL       341                                                                                                                                     Cr. 3

America and the World

This course will address current issues in American relations with other countries and regions of the world and with the United Nations and other international organizations. Both bilateral and/or regional and global issues will be addressed in the context of U.S. relations with particular countries and regions. Students will be required, through a variety of exercises, to critically evaluate options and alternatives for American foreign policy. Prerequisite: POL 101 or 102 or ANT/ECO/GEO/ POL/SOC/HIS 202. Offered every two years.

 

POL       342                                                                                                                                     Cr. 3

Ethnic Politics in Contemporary America

This course examines social class and racial and ethnic divisions in the United States with a focus on who gets what, when and how in this political system. The political, social and economic implications of segregation, political socialization, participation, voting behavior and mobilization patterns of African Americans, Native Americans, Latinos, Asian Americans and immigrant groups are studied. Offered occasionally.

 

POL       344                                                                                                                                     Cr. 3

International Organization and Administration

An introduction and study of the United Nations, the specialized agencies such as the World Bank, and regional organizations such as the European Economic Community. Special attention is paid to international administration including personnel and budgetary practices. Also included is the discussion and analysis of current political conflicts, problems, and prospects of inter-national organizations. Prerequisite: POL 101 or 102 or ANT/ECO/GEO/POL/SOC/HIS 202. Offered every two years.

 

POL       345                                                                                                                                     Cr. 3

Public International Law

Examination of contemporary public international law utilizing case studies and including study of the International Court of Justice. Case studies will focus on the norms of international law as they may apply to current international conflicts and controversies, such as the Law of the Sea, the Middle East, and Human Rights. Prerequisite: POL 101 or 102 or ANT/ECO/GEO/POL/SOC/HIS 202. Offered every two years.

 

POL       350                                                                                                                                     Cr. 3

Early American Political Philosophy

A survey of American political thought from the early colonial period to the Civil War, including the ideas implicit in law, literature, and philosophy which underlie American institutions, public policy and administration, and the issues of American politics. Prerequisite: POL 101 or 102 or 251. Offered every two years.

 

POL       351                                                                                                                                     Cr. 3

Classical Political Philosophy

A survey of the great social and political philosophies of the western world and from ancient Greece to the Age of Reason: Plato, Aristotle, the Roman Lawyers, the Church Fathers, Machiavelli, Hobbes, Locke, Rousseau, and Voltaire. Prerequisite: POL 101 or 102 or 251. Offered every other year.

 

POL       353                                                                                                                                     Cr. 3

Modern Political Philosophy

A survey of some major political philosophies of the western world from the French Revolution through the 20th century: Burke, Mill, Bentham, Marx, Shaw, Ford, Camus, Leary, et al. Prerequisite: POL 101 or 102 or 251. Offered every other year.

 

POL       354                                                                                                                                     Cr. 3

Recent American Political Philosophy

A survey of American political thought from the Civil War to the present, including the ideas implicit in law, literature and philosophy which underlie American institutions, public policy and administration and the issues of American politics. Prerequisite: POL 101 or 102 or 251. Offered every two years.

 

POL       355                                                                                                                                     Cr. 3

20th-Century Ideologies

A survey of some major ideologies which have impacted political consciousness and behavior in the current century: communism, socialism, capitalism and Social Darwinism, Naziism and fascism, anarchism, liberation ideologies, protest and reform movements. Prerequisite: POL 101 or 102 or 251. Offered every other year.

 

POL        356                                                                                                                                     Cr. 3

Political Utopias

A survey of some utopian political thinkers through the ages and the imagined political cultures and systems they created: Harrington, More, Huxley, Lytton Bellamy, Butler, Skinner, Callenbach, Orwell, Zamyatin, et al. Students will participate in a utopia design exercise. Prerequisite: POL 101 or 102 or 251. Offered every other year.

 

POL       361                                                                                                                                     Cr. 3

Research Methods in Politics and Government

An analysis of politics, public policy and government administration utilizing contemporary research methods. Special emphasis is placed on the scientific method and the basic elements of research, research design, measurement, and data analysis utilizing SPSS. Prerequisites: POL 101 or 102, MTH 205 or 250, 15 credits in political science and junior standing. Offered Sem. I.

 

POL        365                                                                                                                                     Cr. 3

Political Behavior

Political science as a “behavioral science.” A study of human behavior in political situations and the techniques for observing, measuring and classifying such behavior. Prerequisite: POL 101 or 102. Offered occasionally.

 

POL       370                                                                                                                                     Cr. 3

Constitutional Law I

An examination of the United States Constitution, and the role of judiciary in elaborating its fundamental principles: Judicial Review, the Federal System, the range of National Power, and Presidential-Congressional relations. Prerequisite: POL 101 or 102 or 221. Offered every two years.

 

POL       371                                                                                                                                     Cr. 3

Constitutional Law II

The First Amendment protects freedom of speech, press, religion and assembly. This course will carefully examine U.S. Supreme Court opinions in these areas. Among the topics to be covered are the constitutional relationship between speech and conduct, separation of religion and government, definition of obscenity and pornography, and the latitude available to those who use the media and newspapers to communicate ideas. Prerequisite: POL 101 or 102 or 221. Offered every two years.

 

POL       372                                                                                                                                     Cr. 3

Constitutional Law III

A careful examination of U.S. Supreme Court rulings on racial and gender discrimination. Prerequisite: POL 101 or 102 or 221. Offered every two years.

 

POL       373                                                                                                                                     Cr. 3

Constitutional Law IV

In recent years the U.S. Supreme Court has issued a large number of opinions dealing with the rights of the accused. This subject is primarily addressed in the 4th, 5th and 6th amendments. This course will examine Court rulings in the areas of police searches and arrests, coercion in criminal proceedings, empaneling and deliberation of juries, right to counsel, and the protection against self-incrimination. Prerequisite: POL 101 or 102 or 221. Offered

Sem. II.

 

POL       374                                                                                                                                     Cr. 3

Constitutional Law V

A careful examination of the U.S. Supreme Court’s opinions on capital punishment, abortion, and mercy killing, as well as other issues affecting the constitutional right to life. Prerequisite: POL 370 or 371 or 372 or 373. Offered every two years.

 

POL       400                                                                                                                                     Cr. 2-3

Political Forum

Academicians and practicing politicians will be invited to address the students and lead discussion sessions on the important political questions of the time. Reading assignments, lectures and audio-visual presentations will be used to provide background information. Repeatable for credit — maximum 6.

 

POL       410                                                                                                                                     Cr. 3

Community Service and the Wisconsin Idea

The study of the Wisconsin Idea of Community Service and late twentieth century communitarian and service learning philosophies are examined. The course includes service learning work in non-profit and local governmental agencies as well as the study of the meaning of democracy, citizenship, personal political efficacy, leadership and political culture. Lect. 1, Lab. 4. Prerequisite: POL 101 or 102. Offered every other spring semester.

 

POL       420                                                                                                                                     Cr. 3

Health Administration

Examination of the policy, political and management problems facing health administrators and policy analysts. Emphasis will be placed on policy formulation and implementation. Prerequisites: POL 101 or 102 and 211. Offered every other year.

 

POL       422/522                                                                                                                             Cr. 3

Current Problems in Constitutional Law

A detailed and exhaustive consideration of a current and crucial problem in constitutional law including the whole range of political, social and judicial processes which culminate in legal action and directives. Prerequisites: junior standing and two of the following: POL 306, 370, 371 or 372. Repeatable for credit under different subtitles — maximum 6. Offered occasionally.

 

POL       443/543                                                                                                                             Cr. 3

Introduction to International Political Risk

An introduction to the international political, social, economic, and cultural environment for international operations. The approach is multidisciplinary, focusing on the nature of the international system, analysis of the nation-state, and the problems of operations in this environment, focusing on political risks to operational success. Prerequisites: POL 101 or 102 and junior standing. Offered occasionally.

 

POL       445/545                                                                                                                             Cr. 3

War and Peace

A critical study of war and peace from the perspectives of international politics, law and organization. This course is contemporary, problem oriented, and analytical. The course will address all uses of force and violence from war to terrorism and alternatives to force and violence from diplomacy to international law and organization. Prerequisite: POL 101 or 102 or 234 or ANT/ECO/GEO/POL/SOC/HIS 202. Offered occasionally.

 

POL       450                                                                                                                                     Cr. 1-12

Internships in Government and Politics

An academically relevant work experience within the federal, state, or local government structure; or within other political organizations, such as political parties, as arranged by the department. The experience will be supervised closely both by local internship coordinator and the departmental staff. A written report relating the field experience to academic training will be required. Prerequisites: 15 credits in political science and/or departmental consent. Repeatable for credit — maximum 12.

 

POL       472                                                                                                                                     Cr. 3

Interest Group Politics

This course will first examine why interest groups arise, how they maintain their existence, and what sorts of interest groups exist in the United States. It will go on to investigate the strategies used by interest groups to influence public policy and the extent to which they are successful in doing so. Prerequisite: 101 or 102. Offered Sem. II.

 

POL       495/595                                                                                                                             Cr. 1-3

Seminar

Discussion and reading in the student’s area of concentration in a seminar situation. Prerequisites: senior standing, and 15 credits in political science. Repeatable for credit —

maximum 6. Each repetition is to be with a different instructor.

 

POL       496/596                                                                                                                             Cr. 2-3

Honors Seminar

Discussion and reading in a seminar format and writing of a superior paper or project. Prerequisites: 21 credits in political science or public administration, senior standing, and either a political science honors program candidate or a cumulative grade point average of 3.25 in political science, or graduate standing.

 

POL       498/598                                                                                                                             Cr. 2-3

Honors/Graduate Reading and Research in Political Science

Directed honors or graduate reading and research from reading lists under the supervision of the candidate’s faculty adviser. Designed to prepare the honors candidate for the terminal examination. Prerequisites: senior standing and an honors program candidate or graduate standing.

 

POL       499                                                                                                                                     Cr. 1-3

Reading and Research in Political Science

Directed readings and research under the supervision of an instructor. Prerequisites: junior standing or 15 credits in political science and consent of instructor. Repeatable for credit — maximum 6. Only one registration per semester. Each repetition is to be with a different instructor.