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Political Science

PS 193 Introduction to Model United Nations (3)
An introduction to Model United Nations, international issues, policy making and the activities of the United Nations. Students will also develop public speaking, research and writing, negotiation, interpersonal and leadership skills while role playing United Nations delegates at MUN conferences locally and regionally.

 

PS 199 Special Studies (1-6)
Terms and hours to be arranged. Special studies designed to develop research, writing, career-related or participatory skills at a basic level in a variety of political science/public policy and administration areas, such as Model United Nations, Great Decisions in U.S. Foreign Policy, government or campaign experiences.

 

PS 201 American National Government (3)
An introduction to the study of political institutions, public policy and public opinion in the United States.

 

PS 202 State and Local Government (3)
A survey of government operations, political processes, contemporary issues, problems, and recent reforms relating to the state and local levels, with emphasis on Oregon.

 

PS 203 International Relations (3)
An introduction to the analysis of relations among nations, international organizations, global problems and possibilities.

 

PS 204 Introduction to Comparative Politics (3)
An introduction to the comparative method of analysis of different political systems, and to political concepts such as formal government institutions, political participation and socialization, ideologies, power, authority and democratization.

 

PS 325 Democracy: Theory and Practice (3)
This course integrates political philosophy and modern social science research to examine the nature and relationship between democratic ideals and practices.

 

PS 350 Introduction to Public Policy (3)
An investigation of the political processes and substantive content of American public policy, patterns of problem identification, policy creation, approval, implementation, and evaluation. Consideration of selected contemporary national, state and local policies.

 

PS 351 Introduction to Public Administration (3)
An investigation of the role of public administration in the political process; administrative organization; basic problems of management; personnel and financial administration. An analysis of the continuing role of bureaucracy in the solution of public problems.

 

PS 375 Scope and Methods of Political Science (3)
An introduction to the history, nature and methods of political science as a discipline. Examines a variety of conceptual tools used to study politics, including qualitative and quantitative research methods.

 

PS 393 Advanced Model United Nations (1-3)
An advanced orientation to Model United Nations, international issues, policy making and the activities of the United Nations. Students will also improve public speaking, research and writing, negotiation, interpersonal and leadership skills while role playing United Nations delegates at MUN conferences locally, nationally and internationally. Course may be repeated up to 12 credits.

 

PS 399 Special Studies (1-3)
Special studies designed to develop research, writing, career-related or participatory skills at an advanced level in a variety of political science/public policy and administration areas. Prerequisite: PS 199 or consent of instructor

 

PS 406 Special Individual Studies (1-6)
Terms and hours to be arranged. A specialized or individualized course of study within political science/public policy and administration developed in consultation with the instructor. Prerequisite: consent of instructor

 

PS 407 Seminar (1-3)
Terms and hours to be arranged. Special seminar topic offerings in the political science/public policy and administration discipline.

 

PS 409 Practicum: Administrative Internship (3-12)
Terms and hours to be arranged. This course provides opportunities for practical experience in the administrative processes of federal, state and local government agencies and public or nonprofit organizations. Prerequisite: consent of instructor and at least 3.00 GPA

 

PS 410 Political Science Internship (3-12)
Provides opportunities for practical experience with the Oregon State Legislature, city councils, legal offices, political campaign or interest group activities. Prerequisite: consent of instructor and at least 3.00 GPA

 

PS 414 Political Parties, Pressure Groups and Elections (3)
An analysis of the nature, organization and operation of political parties, pressure groups and elections with special attention to their functions in the American political process. A consideration of current problems and reforms in the area. Prerequisite: PS 201 or consent of instructor

 

PS 415 Politics and Psychology (3)
An analysis of the motivations for various forms of political behavior (apathy, voting, revolution) and the creation of political belief systems with emphasis on psychological theories and the socialization process. Consideration of the impact of various beliefs and behaviors on political systems. Prerequisite: PS 201 or consent of instructor

 

PS 416 Politics and Communication (3)
An examination of the relationship between politics and communication and how it affects American society. Emphasis is on the politics of communication, the ways in which institutions of mass media, particularly television, help create, advance and reinforce public opinion and political agendas. Prerequisite: PS 201 or consent of instructor

 

PS 419 American Presidential Elections (3)
Examination of the processes and outcomes of American presidential elections with emphasis on the period from 1952 to the present. Considers impact of political parties, groups, issues, candidates and process. Prerequisite: PS 201 or consent of instructor

 

PS 423 Issues in National Policy (3)
A detailed analysis of the functions and policies of American national government with emphasis on selected contemporary problems and issues. Prerequisite: PS 201 or consent of instructor

 

PS 424 Policy-making in the States (3)
An examination and analysis of selected key issues and characteristics of contemporary state government. Prerequisite: PS 201 or consent of instructor

 

PS 426 Federalism and Intergovernmental Relations (3)
An investigation of the constitutional, political, financial, and administrative relationships among national, state and local governments within the American Federal system. Prerequisites: PS 201, PS 202 or consent of instructor

 

PS 430 The Aging Society (3)
Analyzes the demographic, economic, social, and political dimensions of our aging population. The unique nature, needs and policy implications of the growing elderly population receive particular attention.

 

PS 433 Health Care Politics and Policy (3)
Course examines the fundamentals of health care access in the United States. Specific topics include: the Medicare and Medicaid systems; the evolving nature of private health care insurance systems; the concerns and influence of interest groups and political parties in this field; and the prospects of reform.

 

PS 435 Women and Politics (3)
A survey and analysis of the socioeconomic and political status of women, the structures and concerns of the feminist movement, public policy issues relevant to the status of women and roles women play in the political arena. Prerequisites: PS 201, PS 202 or consent of instructor

 

PS 436 Gender and Public Policy (3)
Examines public policy, the policy process and policy-making institutions through a “gender lens.” It deals with how gender differences affect the identification of public policy problems, their perceived importance and their potential solutions, the differences between male and female policy-makers and the differential gender impact of policies.

 

PS 440 Causes of War (3)
A theoretical and empirical overview of the causes of war and conflict. Students will learn the main international relations theories, specific causes of war from the causes of war literature and analysis of case studies including World War II, the Iraqi wars and the Israeli conflicts.

 

PS 445 Introduction to Policy Analysis (3)
A study of the process and problem of policy analysis with a focus on the limitations and proper use of analytical techniques. Prerequisite: PS 201 or consent of instructor

 

PS 446 Land Resource Politics and Policy (3)
A broad examination of the development and present nature of land use policies, particularly the management of national lands.

 

PS 447 Environmental Politics and Policy (3)
An analysis of the history, politics and implementation of national environmental policy and the most important environmental laws and organizations.

 

PS 449 Environmental Values and Political Action (3)
Surveys the values and philosophies which influence the level and nature of political activism in environmental and natural resource issues. Analysis focuses on “classic” and contemporary writings ranging from ecocentrism to the wise use and market-oriented perspectives and their practical influence.

 

PS 451 Political Theory: Plato to Marx (3)
An examination of the history of political thought from Plato, Aristotle, Cicero and Aquines to Machiavelli, Hobbes, Locke, Rousseau, Wallstonecraft, Mill and Marx.

 

PS 452 Political Theory: Marx to Habermas (3)
An examination of Modern political thought from Marx, Nietzsche, Weber and Freud to Arendt, Fanon, Rawls and Habermas.

 

PS 454 Public Personnel Administration (3)
A study of governmental personnel systems. Topics include the underlying values of public personnel administration, classification, pay, and benefits, evaluation, recruitment, training, affirmative action, and collective bargaining. Prerequisites: PS 350, PS 351 or consent of instructor

 

PS 460 Governments and Politics of Asia (3)
A comparative study of political cultures, ideologies, governments and contemporary issues in selected Asian nations. Prerequisites: PS 203, PS 204 or consent of instructor

 

PS 461 Politics and Governments of Post-Communist States (3)
A comparative study of political cultures, ideologies, governments and contemporary issues in selected post-communist nations. Prerequisites: PS 203, PS 204 or consent of instructor

 

PS 462 Politics and Governments of Europe (3)
A comparative study of political cultures, ideologies, governments and contemporary issues in selected European nations. A consideration of the problems and possibilities of regional integration. Prerequisites: PS 204 or consent of instructor

 

PS 463 Governments and Politics of Developing Nations (3)
A comparative study of political cultures, ideologies, governments and contemporary issues in selected developing nations. Prerequisite: PS 203, PS 204 or consent of instructor

 

PS 464 Government and Politics of Africa (3)
Examines South African politics within a wider sub-Saharan and African context. South Africa’s most pressing problems and challenges, such as the AIDS pandemic, economic inequality, race relations, land redistribution, health care, environmental degradation and immigration are explored.

 

PS 465 Government and Politics of the Middle East (3)
A survey of the major social and political issues in the Middle East, such as the role of Islam, pan-Arabism, nationalism, democratization, gender and society, relations with the West, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, and the Iraq wars.

 

PS 466 Governmental Budgeting (3)
A study of the political, fiscal, policy and management aspects of budget formation and implementation in American state and national governments. Prerequisites: PS 350, PS 351 or consent of instructor

 

PS 469 Congress and the Presidency (3)
An investigation of the structures, powers, operations, politics and problems of the American Congress and the Presidency with emphasis on the functioning of Separation of Powers. Prerequisite: PS 201 or consent of instructor

 

PS 471 Immigration Politics and Policy (3)
An introduction to the politics, policies, concepts, theories and issues surrounding immigration to the United States. Topics include the history of immigration to America, settlement patterns, push and pull forces, assimilation, national identity and national security in the post 9/11 age of globalization.

 

PS 473 Globalization Issues (3)
A study of the political, social, economic and cultural forces that are transforming the modern world. Considers the ways in which people and countries are increasingly interconnected by technology, immigration, culture, the environment, international trade and economics.

 

PS 477 International Environmental Politics (3)
An introduction to the issues, processes and actors of international environmental politics. Issues to be covered will be the creation and evolution of international environmental actions including domestic and international processes and in-depth examinations of cases.

 

PS 478 Political Fiction and Film (3)
A study of political belief systems, behaviors, relationships and concepts (justice, moral choice, liberty) in various cultures and time periods through the medium of the political novel and film.

 

PS 479 American Constitutional Law (3)
An introduction to the study of American constitutional law that involves a detailed case-study approach in which the students prepare briefs on case law. Focuses on the application of the concepts of federalism and separation of powers; the evolving relationship between the states and the national government; between the three institutions of the Presidency, Congress and the Courts; and between government and the individual. Prerequisite: PS 201

 

PS 480 Administrative Law (3)
An advanced review of the legal context of public administration. The legal process within the bureaucracy and the duties and responsibilities of the individual administrator receive particular attention. Prerequisites: PS 350, PS 351 or consent of instructor

 

PS 481 International Law (3)
An introduction to the principles, sources, and basic concepts of international law. Issues to be covered will be the creation and evolution of international law, its nature and sources, and its relation with states, individuals and international organizations. Prerequisite: PS 203 or consent of instructor

 

PS 484 American Jurisprudence (3)
This course is intended to improve understanding of how the law works and of legal reasoning through reading and discussion of cases and essays. It covers both concrete legal principles and more abstract reflection on the sources and functions of the law. Prerequisites: PS 201 or consent of instructor and at least junior standing

 

PS 485 Legal Reasoning and Writing (3)
This course is designed for those considering a career in the law. It consists of training in the use of legal research sources, briefing cases, writing legal briefs and arguing cases in topical areas in both civil and criminal law. Prerequisites: PS 201 or consent of instructor and at least junior standing

 

PS 490 Community Politics (3)
An analysis of political processes, institutions, problems, and issues at the local level with emphasis on metropolitan areas, city management and federal/state/urban relations. Prerequisite: PS 202 or consent of instructor

 

PS 492 Ideologies of the 21st Century (3)
Capitalism, liberalism, conservatism, communism, socialism and fascism considered as world views and politico-economic systems in various cultures, with emphasis on comparative values and methods. Prerequisite: PS 203 or consent of instructor

 

PS 493 International Organizations (3)
An advanced study of global problems (war, human rights, economic development) and organizations designed to alleviate them. Consideration and assessment of various cultural views of such problems and of the successes/failures of the United Nations, European Union and collective security arrangements. Prerequisite: PS 203 or consent of instructor

 

PS 495 Public Sector Labor Relations (3)
Introduction to labor relations in the public sector. Topics include the historical background and legal environment of public sector unions, the fundamentals of collective bargaining, including processes, politics, and methods of resolving impasses, the implementation of collective bargaining agreements, including grievance procedures and the impact of unions on public personnel policies.

 

PS 497 American Foreign Relations (3)
A consideration of the origin, character and consequences of American foreign policy with an emphasis on policy-making and issues since 1945. Prerequisites: PS 201, PS 203 or consent of instructor

 

PS 530 The Aging Society (3)
Analyzes the demographic, economic, social, and political dimensions of our aging population. The unique nature, needs and policy implications of the growing elderly population receive particular attention.

 

PS 536 Gender and Public Policy (3)
This course examines public policy, the policy process and policy-making institutions through a “gender lens.” It deals with how gender differences affect the identification of public policy problems, their perceived importance and their potential solutions, the differences between male and female policy-makers and the differential gender impact of policies.

 

PS 554 Public Personnel Administration (3)
A study of governmental personnel systems. Topics include the underlying values of public personnel administration, classification, pay and benefits, evaluation, recruitment, training, affirmative action and collective bargaining.

 

PS 566 Governmental Budgeting (3)
A study of the political, fiscal, policy and management aspects of budget formation and implementation in American state and national governments.

 

PS 579 Constitutional Law (3)
An introduction to the study of American constitutional law that involves a detailed case-study approach in which the students prepare briefs on case law. Focuses on the application of the concepts of federalism and separation of powers; the evolving relationship between the states and the national government; between the three institutions of the presidency, congress, and the courts; and between government and the individual. Prerequisite: PS 201 or consent of instructor

 

PS 580 Administrative Law (3)
An advanced review of the legal context of public administration. The legal process within the bureaucracy and the duties and responsibilities of the individual administrator receive particular attention.

 

PS 601 Research (1-6)
Terms and hours to be arranged.

 

PS 603 Thesis or Field Study (1-6)
Terms and hours to be arranged.

 

PS 605 Reading and Conference (1-6)
Terms and hours to be arranged.

 

PS 607 Seminar (3)

 

PS 608 Workshop (1-6)

 

PS 609 Practicum: Internship (1-9)

 

PS 615 Social Policy Case Studies (3)
This course provides opportunities for experience in social problem analysis and solution. Students will consider case studies in teams, devise problem solutions and implementation plans and compare their results with those of others. Students pursuing the M.S. in Social Policy are especially encouraged to take this course.

 

PS 640 Policy Implementation (3)
Graduate level examination of the factors that influence the social impacts of policies. The impacts of legislative design, administrative structure and social context of policy are central concerns.

 

PS 675 Policy Issues and the Law (3)
A reading and research seminar focused on legal issues associated with social policy. These issues concern free speech, religion, press and privacy, the rights of the criminally accused and issues relating to race and gender based discrimination. Students will write and present a research paper related to social policy legal issues.

 

 

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