Courses and Descriptions
The semesters listed after course descriptions indicate when courses are expected to be offered. Schedules are subject to change; students should confirm semester offerings with the department when planning degree programs.
101. American Federal Government (4) (SOCIAL SCIENCE).
The structure and function of the federal government, with emphasis on the concept of limited government, constitutional stuctures such as federalism and seperation of powers, and consideration of how it actually functions in the contemporary world. FALL, SPRING.
102. State and Local Government (4) (SOCIAL SCIENCE).
How state and local governments function, issues they face and how they relate to the federal government, with special emphasis on Michigan. Attendance at governmental meetings, interviews of public officials and presentations by governmental guest speakers are included. Fall, SPRING.
205. Introduction to Public Policy (4) (SOCIAL SCIENCE).
The public policy process is the heart of politics, where decisions are made about who gets taxed, who gets that money, and who determines what rules we have to live by. Investigates how policy is made, who the players are, and the effects of different types of policies. (Open to freshmen.) OFFERED AS NEEDED.
206. Global Health Policy (1).
This course provides students with knowledge about health care policy, or lack of, in a selected less-developed country, prepares students with basic knowledge of that country, and culminates in an approximately 10-day service learning trip to the selected country during the winter break. (Open to freshman.) FALL.
210. Career Seminar (2).
Discusses post-graduate and career opportunities for Political Science students. FALL.
220. United States Presidency (4) (SOCIAL SCIENCE).
Examines the role and function of the Presidency in the American political system. Focus areas include presidential elections, the growth of presidential power, relations between President and Congress, and the President’s role in foreign affairs. OFFERED AS NEEDED.
236. International Relations (4) (SOCIAL SCIENCE).
Analysis of current worl politics in terms of biological, psychological, institutional, technical and geographical factors. Exphasizes the United States role in major world issues. FALL, SPRING.
237. Anicent and Medieval Political Theory (4) (SOCIAL SCIENCE).
Survey of classical and medieval political philosophy. SPRING OF ODD YEARS.
238. Modern Political Theory.
Survey of modern and postmodern political philosophy. SPRING OF EVEN YEARS.
245. Environmental Politics (4) (SOCIAL SCIENCE).
Considers the problems of humans’ effect on the environment and political responses to it. Different approaches to environmentalism are considered, and different environmental problems analyzed. OFFERED AS NEEDED.
250. United States Foreign Policy (4) (SOCIAL SCIENCE).
How foreign policy is made; how and why the U.S. has been involved in recent world affairs, including trade, foreign aid, alliances, diplomacy, terrorism, wars and revolutions, and arms control. OFFERED AS NEEDED.
260. Contemporary Democracies (4) (SOCIAL SCIENCE).
Political institutions, policies, and practices of contemporary democracies throughout the world, as well as the effects of different democratic arrangments on political and economic policy and on democratic sucesses and failures. OFFERED AS NEEDED.
295. Research Methods for Political Science (4).
Introduction to the research methods used in Poltical Science, including casual inference, hypothesis testing, measurement, sampling, survey research, document analysis, and basic statistical analysis. SPRING.
301. Special Topics in Political Science (4).
May be repeated with different topic. (Prerequisites: PSCI one of 101, 102, 236, or 295.)
305. Political Economy (4).
Examination of government’s role in the economy, including consideration of the theoretical foundations of free trade, Marxism, Keynesianism and monetarism, with emphasis on Public Choice theory. rent seeking behavior, market distorting effects of government regulation and economic analysis of politics. Students who have taken ECON 305 may not take this course for credit. (Prerequisites: Junior standing.) FALL.
315. Globalization (4).
Central issues of the global political economy: global governance, international organizations such as the World Bank, International Monetary Fund and World Trade Organization, and the phenomenon of globalization and its implications. (Prerequisite: One of PSCI 101, 102, 236, or 295.) OFFERED AS NEEDED.
328. Politics in the Third World (4) (NON-WESTERN).
Politics and problems of selected third and fourth world nations of Asia, Africa and Latin America and their relations with the United States and the rest of the world. (Prerequisite: One of PSCI 101, 102, 236, or 295.) OFFERED AS NEEDED.
330. Public Opinion, Parties and Elections (4).
The nature, sources and effects of public opinion; techniques, strategies and effects of propaganda; and membership, beliefs and campaigns of political parties. Coursework will include analysis and creation of propaganda and working for political parties or candidates. (Prerequisite: one of PSCI 101, 102, 236, or 295.) OFFERED AS NEEDED.
351. European Politics (4).
Examines the political institutions, culture, history and problems of selected European countries and the European Union, as well as their relations with the United States and the rest of the world. (Prerequisite: One of PSCI 101, 102, 236, or 295.) OFFERED AS NEEDED.
355. Model Arab League (4) (NON-WESTERN).
The politics and policies of the member-states of the Arab League and the League itself. Course involves participation in the Michigan Model Arab League and other MAL events. (Prerequisites: COMM 102, and one of PSCI 101, 102, 236, or 295.) SPRING.
356. Advanced Model Arab League (4).
Advanced training in the politics of the Arab League and participation in the Michigan and National Model Arab Leagues for veterans of the Model Arab League program. (Prerequisite: PSCI 355.) SPRING.
360. Contemporary Middle East (4) (NON-WESTERN).
Introduces students to the political and cultural diversity of the Middle East through a trip to selected Arabic states. Includes lectures by U.S. consular officials and faculty at local universities, with visits to important cultural sites. Fee covers ground travel, lodging, most meals. Students are responsible for airfare. (Open to freshman.) MAY/SUMMER.
370. Democratization (4).
Examines the processes by which authoritarian regimes become democartic, as well as current understandings of why some democratic transitions are more successful than others, by examining a number of historical and contemporary cases from around the world. (Prerequisites: One of PSCI 101, 102, 236, or 295.) OFFERED AS NEEDED.
394. Constitutional Law I: Government Powers (4).
Study of the U.S. Supreme Court decisions that resolve struggles for power betweem the three branches of federal government and the federal state governments. Consideration of such issues as the governement’s authority to regulate drugs, the president’s commander-in-chief powers and the distinctions between federal and state court cases. (Prerequisites: Junior Standing.) Students who have taken SCJ 394 or 398 may not take this course for credit. FALL.
395. Constitutional Law II: Civil Liberties (4).
Study of U.S. Supreme Court decisions that determine the extent to which individual liberties are protected under the U.S. Constitution, with special attention to the constitutional rights of the accused during criminal investigations and litigation and exporlation of civil rights issues and the limits of free speech and the religious expression. (Prerequisites: Junior Standing.) Students who have taken SCJ 395 or 397 may not take this course for credit. SPRING.
405. Political Behavior (4).
Examines the foundations of social and political behavior, considering such issues as the evolutionary basis of cooperation, the foundations of racism and violence, the confluence of power and sex, the strategic value of deception, and what it means to behave rationally in a complex political world. (Prerequisites: One of PSCI 101, 102, 236, or 295.) OFFERED AS NEEDED.
409. Capstone: Research Seminar (2).
Culmination experience for political science majors. Students will select a research topic, review the published literature on that topic, prepare a research proposal, conduct the research, and present their findings publicly. Important writings in the discipline may be assigned. May be repeated once for credit, with permission of instructor. (Prerequisites: PSCI 295 and MATH 204 or PSYC 211 and Junior or Senior Status.) FALL.
Advanced and Special Classes top
299 Experimental Course (1-4).
399. Professional Internship (1-12).
Political science interns have been placed with judges, private and prosecuting attorneys, city and county managers, police departments, probate and district courts, newspapers, social service agencies, political campaigns and state and national legislators. FALL, SPRING, SUMMER.
451. Independent Study (1-4).
Supervised reading, research or work in an area of special interest to the student. (Prerequisite: Written departmental permission.) FALL, SPRING, MAY, SUMMER.
499 Advanced Experimental Course.