POS 1005 SUMMER ODYSSEY 20XX: FSC IN D.C.
One hour. Pass/fail. Designated Junior Journey. This course is an exploration of the connections between the people, businesses and political networks of Florida with those of Washington, D.C, and represents an effort for Floridians and others to see Florida's political aspects in the national context. Through site visits, selected speakers, and formal and informal meetings with political, business and alumni figures associated with both, students will gain firsthand knowledge of the national contours of state politics.
1115 INTRODUCTION TO AMERICAN POLITICAL SCIENCE
Four hours. This course is a survey of the methods, questions, and analytic protocols of Political Science, as practiced in the analysis of politics in the United States. It is a survey of how political scientists select and ask questions, a discussion of what questions may be important and why, in Political Science, and begins the process of training students in approaches to answering them.
POS 2500 LAW AND THE COURTS
Four hours. This course is a systematic description and analysis of the role, structure, and behavior of the American legal system, with an eye to the interests and concerns of pre- law students. The course reviews and integrates the topics of the law and legal system into the US, discusses procedures and patterns of behavior within that system, and examines the impact of our legal system within the larger arena of American policy and politics. Some previous coursework in political science is desirable, but not required.
POS 2290 CURRENT ISSUES IN AMERICAN POLITICS
Four hours. After briefly examining models of policy making, the course focuses on the major contemporary political issues. Topics include but are not limited to the economy, the environment, energy, poverty and health care. Students have an opportunity to select additional issues. Gen Ed: SW (Glb, Aw, An), Ql
POS 2295 ELEMENTARY PUBLIC POLICY ANALYSIS
Four hours. A systematic examination of the issues and methods associated with the analysis of the central issues of American public policy. A large proportion of the content of the course is focused on approaches to the creation of testable hypotheses, data gathering, and the quantitative methods of data-manipulation and analysis. Students engage in bath short-term problem sets and long-term projects associated with making critical decisions about policy creation, costs, equity, and efficacy as well as implementation, forecasting, and projections of policy outcomes.
POS 2900 INTRODUCTION TO INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS
Four hours. A systematic examination of the international political landscape. Topics may include the connections between and among sovereign states, the influences of non-state actors on national states’ behaviors with each other, the roles that such things as economics (e.g. globalization) plays in international relations, war-making and nation-building objectives; religious and other cultural factors influences on international relations, and the effects of scarce resources (e.g. oil, water, and food) on state behaviors. Gen Ed: SW (Glb, Aw)
POS 3175 FOREIGN AND SECURITY POLICY OF THE UNITED STATES
Four hours. Same as HIS 3175. Prerequisite: One year of college-level coursework or permission of the instructor. This course examines the development of United States foreign policies, with an emphasis on the twentieth century. The course's focus is on the principles, aims, applications, and decision-making processes that shaped America's policies with other states. Gen Ed: SW (Glb, An)
POS 3315 AMERICAN POLITICAL BEHAVIOR: PARTIES, VOTING AND ELECTIONS
Four hours. This course examines and analyzes the history, organization and role of political parties in the American electoral system. It also examines and analyzes political behavior of individuals and the role of elections in the American political process. Gen Ed: SW (Glb, Aw, An)
POS 3320 LEGISLATIVE PROCESSES
Four hours. The focus of the course is the executive and legislative branches of government. This course examines the legislative process in the United States and select international arenas, with special emphasis on the interactions between the executive and legislative branches or elements of government in the policymaking process. The course also examines and analyzes the structure, organization, leadership positions and processes of US Congress. Gen Ed: SW (An), Ql
POS 3323 INTERNATIONAL ORGANIZATIONS
Four hours. Prerequisite: One year of college-level coursework or permission of the instructor. The course addresses the role of international organizations in global politics, examining the history and functioning of major organizations such as the United Nations and the European Union; we also examine the role of these IOs in addressing contemporary global issues. A significant portion of the class will involve UN and EU simulations, with each student researching and representing the position of a member country. Possible topics covered in the simulations include humanitarian interventions, post-conflict resolution, global financial stability, and immigration policy. Gen Ed: SW (An)
POS 3327 TOPICS IN COMPARATIVE POLITICS
Four hours. A comparison of the political structure and process of selected states, including both developed and developing political systems in various parts of the world. Gen Ed: SW (Glb, Ap)
POS 3339 CONSTITUTIONAL LAW
Four hours. Using major Supreme Court decisions and a case study approach, this course will examine and analyze American constitutional structures and a selection of civil liberties guaranteed in the Bill of Rights. Gen Ed: SW (Glb, Aw, An), Ql
POS 3345 CONFLICT AND WAR
Four hours. Prerequisite: One year of college-level course work or permission of the instructor. This course introduces students to the study of various forms of violent conflict in international politics, with a focus on analyzing the outcomes of historical conflicts. The course will address the use of violence by both states and non-state actors, such as separatist movements and terrorist groups. Possible topics covered in the course include, but are not limited to: the development of military doctrine, terrorism, insurgency and counterinsurgency, alliance formation, civil-military relations, and nuclear proliferation. Gen Ed: SW (An)
POS 3380 SPECIAL TOPICS IN AMERICAN POLITICS
Four hours. This advanced course explores significant issues/topics within the discipline of American government. Examples include but are not limited to: Post WWII American Politics; Southern Politics; Women in the American Political Process or the America Political System in Films. Gen Ed: SW (Glb, Aw, An), Ql
POS 4429 POLITICAL THEORY
Four hours. From Plato to the present, the course explores the writings of the world’s greatest political theorists on such topics as the state, the ideal state, the individual in the state, natural law, institutional religion and the state, revolution, the state of nature, sovereignty, the social contract, moral law, separation of power, the universal state, the dialectic, capitalism, class conflict, anarchism, liberty, libertarianism, and justice. Emphasis is placed on the question of how relevant are these concepts for our times. Gen Ed: MV
POS 4960/4961 INTERNSHIP IN POLITICAL SCIENCE
One to eighteen hours. Pass/fail. Students may earn up to a maximum of 18 credit hours in POS 4960 and 4961 combined, but of the total number of credit hours earned, only five may be applied to the 41 hours required to complete the political science major, the remainder will count as elective credit hours. Internships are out of classroom experiences designed to enable learning that cannot be gained in a traditional classroom setting, to set in practical environments skills or other content gained in a traditional classroom setting, or to gain work experience that is specifically tied to a student’s pre--professional training and connected to discipline/field-specific content. An internship requires and assumes an active learning component on the part of the student: “shadowing”, per se, is not an internship under this definition.
POS 4999 SENIOR SEMINAR IN POLITICAL SCIENCE
Four hours. Prerequisites: Permission of the instructor, and successful completion of coursework that satisfies Effective Communication SLOs A and B. Empirical theoretical approaches and the qualitative and quantitative methodologies used by political scientists in the study of political attitudes and behavior. Capstone course. Gen Ed: SW (Ap), Qn, EC-C