POLS 1101 Introduction to American Government
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

A survey of the American system of government, with some attention given to state government, including the State of Georgia, covering the institutions and ideals basic to the American experience and the process by which the public participates in and is governed by these institutions and ideals.

POLS 2101 Introduction to Political Science
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

A survey of the fundamental questions in the study of political science including the fields of Political Theory, Comparative. Politics, and International Politics.

POLS 2401 Global Issues
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

An introduction to global affairs focusing on contemporary issues in world politics such as conflict and cooperation, business and trade, population, environment, and human rights.

POLS 3110 State Government
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

Organization, powers, functions, and political processes at the state level in the United States.

POLS 3140 Judicial Process and Courts
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

Social and political context of judicial decisions with emphasis on Supreme Court decision-making. Relates law to public policy.

POLS 3145 Introduction to American Law
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

Substance of law as a component of public policy and the political system; emphasis on the elements and rationale of private law.

POLS 3150 American Political Parties
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

The evolution, roles, and positions of political parties in the American system.

POLS 3170 American Legislative Process
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

The role of Congress and state legislatures in policy making. Special emphasis on legislative organization, procedure, and legislative structure including the speakership, parties, staff, and committees.

POLS 3171 Congressional Simulation
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

Recommended prerequisite: POLS 3170. This simulation provides students with an opportunity to experience how a legislative body makes decisions about policy. Students gain insight into the legislative process by actively participating in it. In the course of the simulation, students will be faced with the kinds of choices that professional legislators must make daily, such as deciding which bills of many bills to support and negotiating between the pressures put on them from disparate sources, such as party and constituency. Students will take away from the class knowledge about both the legislative process and the substantive policy areas the mock legislature takes up, as well as enhanced negotiating skills.

POLS 3200 Comparative Politics
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

Comparative analysis of major political systems.

POLS 3400 International Politics
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

Concepts and theories of international politics. Covers the evolution of the contemporary international system and conflict and cooperation among nation-states. Global Perspectives Course.

POLS 3450 United States Foreign Policy
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

Analysis of U. S. foreign policy patterns and decision making since World War II. Examines contending explanations of policy making and the evolving role of the United States in world affairs. Global Perspectives Course.

POLS 3530 Classical and Early Modern Political Thought
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

(Same as PHIL 3530.) A survey of the historical writings in political thought from Plato to Machiavelli. Special emphasis on the contributions these thinkers made to Western conceptions of democracy, equality, human nature, citizenship, etc. , as well as the continuing relevance of the texts for explaining contemporary political phenomena.

POLS 3540 Modern Political Thought
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

(Same as PHIL 3540.) A survey of the historical writings in political thought from Hobbes to Marx. Special emphasis on the contributions these thinkers made to Western conceptions of democracy, equality, human nature, citizenship, etc. , as well as the continuing relevance of the texts for explaining contemporary political phenomena.

POLS 3700 Public Administration and Bureaucratic Politics
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

(Same as PAUS 3801.) Bureaucratic politics and behavior in the political process. The role of administrators in policy making and implementation, agency strategies, relations with other executive agencies and with the legislature, the president, the judiciary and clientele groups.

POLS 3750 Public Policy Analysis
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

Effectiveness, alternatives, and politics of governmental policies concerning areas such as social welfare, environment, education, business regulation, and defense.

POLS 3800 Introduction to Political Research-CTW
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

Research techniques in political science including data collection, analysis, and interpretation. Serves as one of the two Critical Thinking Through Writing (CTW) courses required of all Political Science majors.

POLS 3805 Survey Research Methods Lab
Credit Hours 1.0
Prerequisites Concurrent or prior registration in POLS 3800
Description

This course provides students with a background in the principles and application of survey research methods in political science, including hands-on experience conducting survey research.

POLS 4110 Political Psychology
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

Introduction to the psychological foundations of political life. Theories applied to particular political problems including policy decision making, the formation of belief systems, moral reasoning and ideology, racism and intolerance, political socialization, and authoritarianism.

POLS 4120 Southern Politics
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

The development of Southern political institutions and practices, including the role that Southern political figures have played in national politics and similarities and differences between Southern political behavior and national political behavior.

POLS 4125 Georgia Politics and Government
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

An examination of state and local government in the state of Georgia.

POLS 4130 American Constitutional Law
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

Development of U. S. constitutional system and fundamental principles of constitutional interpretation. Includes the courts and judicial review, authority of Congress in fields of commerce and taxation, authority of the president and federal-state relations.

POLS 4131 Civil Liberties and Rights
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

Supreme Court’s interpretation of the Bill of Rights and Fourteenth Amendment. Areas covered include administration of justice, freedom of expression and religion, and equal protection of racial, sexual, political and economic groups.

POLS 4141 Supreme Court Decision Making
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites POLS 3800
Description

Study of how Supreme Court justices decide the cases that come before them, with introduction and application of three primary theoretical perspectives (the attitudinal, legal, and strategic models).

POLS 4151 Interest Group Politics
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

Theoretical and practical approaches to the study of interest groups in the American political system, with attention to influence on Congress and impact on elections.

POLS 4155 Voting and Elections
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

Political, institutional, social, and psychological factors involved in individual and group electoral decisions. Emphasis placed on the role of campaigns and candidate strategy in shaping voting decisions.

POLS 4157 Politics of the Civil Rights Movement
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

(Same as AAS 4180.) Examination of the underpinnings, leadership, political strategies, and policies of the modern civil rights movement.

POLS 4158 Campaign Organization and Management
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

A broad introduction to electoral campaign research, organization, and management.

POLS 4160 Political Attitudes and Public Opinion
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

Concept and measurement of political attitudes, acquisition of attitudes, the role of attitudes in political behavior, and the relation of elites and publics in the formation of public opinion.

POLS 4162 Politics and the Media
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

Analysis of the role of mass media in American political life.

POLS 4165 African-American Politics
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

(Same as AAS 4160.) Analysis of the ideology, public opinions, and political behavior of African-Americans. African-American impact on the electoral system.

POLS 4168 Women and Law
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

Explores the development of constitutional and statutory law as it relates to the status and rights of women. The focus of this course will be on the development of U. S. Supreme Court jurisprudence in the last 50 years. We will read and analyze U. S. Supreme Court decisions and students will learn to critically assess and apply legal arguments to the concepts of equality, privacy, and sexual harassment.

POLS 4180 American Chief Executives
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

Constitutional powers and the political role of the American president with a comparative examination of the function of state governors.

POLS 4190 Studies in American Politics
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

Intensive treatment of current topics in American politics and government. May be repeated if topic varies.

POLS 4205 Comparative Democratization
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

Theories and problems of emerging and transitional democracies around the world.

POLS 4210 Politics of Developing Countries
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

Prerequisite (recommended): POLS 3200.
Examines rapid political, social, and economic change in developing countries.

POLS 4215 Politics of Peace
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

Explores the challenges of building stable political systems in the wake of civil war, using cases drawn from all regions of the world.

POLS 4220 Comparative Legal Systems and Politics
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

Survey of three major legal systems: Anglo-American- adversarial-precedent systems; Napoleonic-inquisitorial-code systems used in the majority of countries; and customary legal approaches in traditional societies. Analyzes problems of judicial independence, legal professionalism, and accountability of constitutional development in new democracies in the developing world, as well as problems of developed legal systems in Japan and the West.

POLS 4223 Comparative Electoral Systems
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

Examines different election systems used in various democracies. Advantages and disadvantages of particular election systems.

POLS 4224 Law and Courts in Film
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

Students learn about the representation of the rule of law, judges, lawyers, and courtrooms in Hollywood cinema in the last 60 years. A selected list of films and readings form the background of discussion on how the popular conception of courts has evolved and is still being represented in popular culture. Particular attention will be given to the juxtaposition of justice and law as they are represented in film.

POLS 4228 Comparative Party System Development
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

Drawing on both theoretical literature and empirical research, this course provides an introduction to the comparative study of party system development in democratic political systems. The course explores the experiences of newly democratized countries as well as that of established democracies. Insights will be drawn from Europe, Africa, Asia, the United States, and Latin America.

POLS 4230 African Politics
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

Prerequisite (recommended): POLS 3200.
Addresses the politics of Sub-Saharan Africa, including major issues of political, economic, and social analysis.

POLS 4240 European Politics
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

Prerequisite (recommended): POLS 3200.
The politics and government of Europe. Comparative study of institutions, issues, and social forces, including the impact of integration on the politics of the nation-state.

POLS 4242 European Union: Politics, Economy, and Foreign Policy
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

Broad overview of developments in the European Union since the early 1950s. Key issues, such as monetary union and development of common foreign policy, are explored. Institutional actors, including the European Parliament, European Commission, Council of Ministers, and Court of Justice are compared.

POLS 4245 The Politics of Russia and Eastern Europe
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

Prerequisite (recommended): POLS 3200 or POLS 3400.
Political, economic, and social variables explaining change and the current political structures in the region.

POLS 4250 Latin American Politics
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

Prerequisite (recommended): POLS 3200.
Political, historical, economic, and cultural explanations of political change in Latin America. Compares twentieth century democratic, authoritarian, and revolutionary regimes.

POLS 4255 Politics and Political Economy of East Asia
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

Examines the key political institutions, economic structures, and socio-economic policies of Japan, Korea, Taiwan, Singapore, and Hong Kong.

POLS 4256 Politics and Political Economy of Japan
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

Explores the politics and political economy of contemporary Japan. Topics include: the evolution and nature of Japanese democracy, the functioning of the political economy, the Japanese miracle econony of the early postwar period and economic decline in recent years, protest and social movements in Japan, and Japan’s role in Asia.

POLS 4257 Chinese Politics
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

Introduction to the political history of contemporary China, the structure and functioning of its political and governmental institutions, and political, social, and economic challenges facing the current Chinese political leadership.

POLS 4258 Government and Politics of South Asia
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

(Same as MES 4258.) Examines the societies and politics of South Asia, with specific reference to India and Pakistan since independence from Britain in 1947.

POLS 4260 Politics of the Middle East and North Africa
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

Prerequisite (recommended): POLS 3200.
(Same as MES 4210). Politics and culture of the region. Contemporary issues including: the region’s relations with the West, regional conflict, and the increasing role of religious movements in politics.

POLS 4270 Comparative Political Economy
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

Examination of the theoretical and substantive relationships between politics and economics.

POLS 4285 Politics and Religion in Comparative Perspective
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

Prerequisite (recommended): POLS 3200 or POLS 3400.
(Same as MES 4220). Role of religious beliefs and institutions on political behavior.

POLS 4290 Studies in Comparative Politics
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

Prerequisite (recommended): POLS 3200.
Topics may include the government and politics of selected countries and regions of the world or themes in comparative political analysis. May be repeated for credit if topic varies.

POLS 4420 International Law
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

Analysis of origin, principles, enforcement, and adjudication of international law.

POLS 4421 International Organizations
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

Prerequisite (recommended): POLS 3400 or POLS 3450.
Analysis of the formation, role, process, and politics of international organizations, such as the United Nations, and mechanisms of international cooperation.

POLS 4422 NGOs and World Politics
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

Survey of current literature on non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and global civil society and exploration of the various roles NGOs play in a variety of policy areas including the environment, human rights, international development, trade, humanitarian crises, women’s issues, and security.

POLS 4423 Middle East in World Affairs
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

Prerequisite (recommended): POLS 3400 or POLS 4260.
International relations of the Middle East (West Asia and North Africa), combining IR theory and the perspectives of policymakers and other actors of the region.

POLS 4424 Regional Organization Simulation
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

This course gives participants an opportunity to deepen their knowledge of the regional politics of the Arab World. Students will research and then represent member countries of the Arab League in simulations of debate and legislative forums of the organization. Students will learn, develop, and practice skills in debate, consensus building, critical thinking, parliamentary procedure, legislation drafting, and public speaking. Students will also learn to represent the interests and foreign policy objectives of the country they represent. Students will also participate as part of the Georgia State University Model Arab League Team at the Southeast Model Arab League (SEMAL), National Model Arab League (NMAL) and depending on availability of funds, an international model Arab League conference in the Spring Semester. They will also help run the High School Model Arab League.

POLS 4425 Politics of International Criminal Justice
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

Politics of international crimes, such as drugs and other contraband, fissile materials, Internet fraud, and war crimes, as well as the national and transnational conspiracies and organizations that commit or control these crimes.

POLS 4426 International Organization Simulation
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

Students will research and then represent a country in simulations of United Nations debate and legislative forums. Students will learn, develop, and practice skills in debate, consensus building, critical thinking, parliamentary procedure, legislation drafting, and public speaking. Students will learn to represent the interests and foreign policy objectives of the country represents. As part of the course students will participate as part of the GSU Model United Nations Team in National Model United Nations Conference in New York and, depending on availability of funds at an international Model UN Conference. In addition students are required to serve on the staff of the GSU High School MUN.

POLS 4427 Politics of International Human Rights
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

Analysis of international human rights issues and institutions at the multilateral, regional, and domestic levels. Attention to foreign policy, gender, minorities, disappearances, and genocide in various regions.

POLS 4430 International Political Economy
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

Prerequisite (recommended): POLS 3400.
Analyzes the politics of international economic relations.

POLS 4435 Studies in International Political Economy
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

Prerequisite (recommended): POLS 3400.
Topics may include international trade, monetary and financial relations, multinational corporations, and north-south relations among others. May be repeated for credit if topic varies.

POLS 4460 U S National Security Policy
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

Prerequisite (recommended): POLS 3400.
Major issues in U. S. national security policy.

POLS 4465 China in the International System
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

This course examines the impact of an increasingly powerful China on the international system. Its primary focus will be the evolving interaction between the United States and China.

POLS 4470 Causes of War
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

Prerequisite : POLS 3400 or POLS 3450.
Conditions affecting the prospects for war and conflict within and between nation-states.

POLS 4475 War and Public Opinion
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites POLS 3400 recommended
Description

Examines public opinion about war and international relations. Topics include public preferences surrounding issues of war and peace, how public opinion responds to war, and how the public opinion shapes and constrains the choices of leaders and foreign policy makers in democratic states.

POLS 4490 Studies in International Relations
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

Intensive treatment of a topic in International Relations. May be taken more than once if topic varies.

POLS 4510 Feminist Political Theory
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

The treatment of women in Western political thought. Various strands of feminist thinking: liberal, Marxist, socialist, radical, and postmodern.

POLS 4520 Theories on Democracy
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

This course examines democracy’s theoretical foundation, looking both at contemporary and classical texts.

POLS 4550 Liberalism and Its Critics
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

A look at the theoretical foundations of America’s most prominent public philosophy: liberalism. Reviews the work of nineteenth- and twentieth-century British, French, and American theorists.

POLS 4555 Contemporary Political Philosophy
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

This course examines contemporary thinking in political philosophy. Particular emphasis is placed on debates within the discipline over matters such as the ethics of war, abortion, civil rights, income distribution, judicial interpretation and homelessness.

POLS 4560 African-American Political Thought
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

(Same as AAS 4120.) Examination and critical analysis of African-American political and social ideas.

POLS 4570 American Political Thought
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

Readings in the development of political ideas underlying American political institutions.

POLS 4585 Theorizing the Politics of Race, Class and Gender
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

Political questions concerning race, gender and class inequalities affect almost every political system in the contemporary world. The course will examine theories on the social construction of race and gender, post-colonial theory, and revisions to classic Marxist theories of social class.

POLS 4590 Studies in Western Political Theory
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

Analysis of a particular concept or period in political theory. May be repeated for credit if topic varies.

POLS 4780 Administrative Law and Government
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

Legal elements of the public administration environment, including the law in books and in action, regulatory activities, freedom of information, right to privacy, and legal control of administrative discretion.

POLS 4800 Advanced Research Methods
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

Prerequisite POLS 3800 with a grade of C or higher.
The purpose of this course is to provide students with an introduction to advanced principles and applications of data analysis in political science. The course will review both the conceptual issues and methodological issues in using data analysis by working step-by-step through the key theoretical debates and practical issues of this type of research.

POLS 4870 Honors Thesis: Research
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites Good standing with the Honors College and consent of instructor
Description

Readings or research preparatory to honors thesis or project. This course may include a Signature Experience component.

POLS 4880 Honors Thesis: Writing
Credit Hours 3.0 - 6.0
Prerequisites POLS 4870 with grade of C or higher, good standing with the Honors College and consent of instructor
Description

Writing or production of honors thesis or project. This course may include a Signature Experience component.

POLS 4900 Senior Seminar-CTW
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites POLS 3800 with a C or higher
Description

This course is a senior capstone seminar. All Political Science majors are required to take the seminar in their senior year. Several sections of the seminar may be offered each term. The focus/topic of the seminar varies depending on the interests of the faculty member(s) offering the course(s). Serves as one of the two Critical Thinking Through Writing (CTW) courses required of all Political Science majors.

POLS 4920 Directed Reading and Research
Credit Hours 1.0 - 3.0
Description

Special directed research. Paper required. By arrangement at student request, as approved by the department. May be repeated for credit. This course may include a Signature Experience component.

POLS 4930 Legislative Internships
Credit Hours 3.0 - 9.0
Prerequisites consent of instructor
Description

Program to combine academic training with professional experience through legislative internships. Paper required. This course may include a Signature Experience component.

POLS 4935 Urban Semester Internship
Credit Hours 1.0 - 6.0
Description

The purpose of this internship course is to give participating students some practical experience in supervised work with an urban governing or policy development/urban service delivery agency. Such organizations will include any of the 63 municipalities or 10 counties in the Atlanta Regional Commission’s ten-county metropolitan area, any government special districts (such as public school districts, MARTA, water management districts, etc.), or non-profit agencies specializing in community development issues. This course may include a Signature Experience component.

POLS 4940 Internships
Credit Hours 1.0 - 9.0
Description

Program to combine academic training with professional experience through short-term internships. This course may include a Signature Experience component.

POLS 4945 Experiential Learning
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

This course is for students seeking Political Science major credit for internships they have secured with an external provider.

POLS 4951 Model United Nations
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites consent of instructor
Description

An exercise in modeling the process and politics of the United Nations. May be repeated for credit. This course may include a Signature Experience component.

POLS 4952 Model Arab League
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites consent of instructor
Description

(Same as MES 4230.) Classroom instruction and participation in academic team. History, culture, religion, economics and politics of the Arab World plus participation in the Southern Eastern Regional Model Arab League and the National Model Arab League. This course may include a Signature Experience component.

POLS 4955 Mock Trial
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites consent of instructor
Description

An exercise in modeling the process, analytical reasoning and theory of litigation. May be repeated for credit. This course may include a Signature Experience component.

POLS 4995 Directed Readings B.I.S.-CTW
Credit Hours 3.0 - 4.0
Description

Directed Readings designed for Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies students. This course may satisfy the junior and/or senior-level Critical Thinking Through Writing requirements.

POLS 4996 Study Abroad: European Studies in Strasbourg, France
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

Contemporary politics and political economy of European integration. Designed specifically for those students participating in Georgia State University Study Abroad Program. This course may include a Signature Experience component.