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The following course information is effective for the Spring 2018 term.

PSC 121 American National Politics

This course is an introductory survey of American politics designed to help students better understand the U.S. political system. The focus of the course is on the system’s key political actors, behaviors, processes and institutions. Empirically based explanations are offered to help students understand why these political factors are important to the system’s operation, and what effect they have on both the electoral and policy making processes and their outcomes.

Prerequisite: College Reading and Writing Readiness

Typically Offered: Offered summer, fall & spring.

Offered Spring 2018: Yes

Open PSC 121 Class Schedule

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  • Units:
    3.00

PSC 122 State and Local Politics

This course introduces students to state and local politics in the United States. It is designed to help students better understand the political institutions and processes of subnational governments. The course adopts a comparative political systems approach that focuses on the variation found among state and local governments. The purpose of the course is to understand why these differences exist, and what effect they have on both the electoral and policy making processes and their outcomes.

Prerequisite: College Reading and Writing Readiness

Typically Offered: Offered summer, fall & spring.

Offered Spring 2018: Yes

Open PSC 122 Class Schedule

  • Subject:
    PSC
  • Units:
    3.00

PSC 221 Comparative Political Systems

This course is a comparative study of national political systems found across the globe. Its primary focus is describing and explaining the conditions necessary and sufficient for a democracy. A three part classification scheme--Developed Democracies, Developing Democracies and Non-Democracies--is used to analyze the similarities and differences found both within and across the different political systems. A select group of countries from different regions in the world are studied to illustrate political, economic and social development as it relates to regime type.

Prerequisite: College Reading and Writing Readiness

Typically Offered: Offered summer, fall & spring.

Offered Spring 2018: Yes

Open PSC 221 Class Schedule

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    PSC
  • Units:
    3.00

PSC 222 International Relations

This course is a survey of world politics designed to better understand current political issues and events at the international or global level. The course uses a multiple perspective analysis approach emphasizing the different levels of analysis and paradigms relevant to international politics. While introducing students to the traditional security concerns of states, it also seeks to emphasize the growing importance of nonstate actors and nonsecurity issues in global politics.

Prerequisite: College Reading and Writing Readiness

Typically Offered: Offered summer, fall & spring.

Offered Spring 2018: Yes

Open PSC 222 Class Schedule

  • Subject:
    PSC
  • Units:
    3.00


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