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PSC - Political Science

PSC 100 Introduction to Political Science 3(3-0)

Historical and theoretical concepts of political science, required for all politi- cal science majors and minors. Does not substitute for PSC 105. This course is approved for offering in a distance learning format. (University Program Group III-B)

PSC 101 Political Behavior 3(3-0)

Focus is on the elements of individual political behavior. Includes socializa- tion; political involvement, commitment and participation; voting behavior; and political opinion and personality. (University Program Group III-A)

PSC 105 Introduction to American Government and Politics 3(3-0)

Focuses both on the formal institutions of government and how politics actu- ally works in the United States. Recommended prior to taking any other political science courses in American Political Institutions. This course is approved for offering in a distance learning format. (University Program Group III-B)

PSC 125 - African-American Politics 3(3-0)

Examines issues of political economy, political participation, political efficacy and alienation, Black Nationalism and Pan-Africanism. (University Program Group IV-C)

PSC 150 World Politics 3(3-0)

Introductory conceptual analysis of international politics: North-South rela- tions; and major areas of tension in Latin America, Africa, Middle East, and Asia. This course is approved for offering in a distance learning format. (University Program Group III-B)

PSC 151 The U.S. and the World 3(3-0)

To prepare the student to confront, in a systematic fashion, the issues to be faced as a citizen of the United States and as a member of the global society. (University Program Group III-B)

PSC 210 Introduction to Public Administration 3(3-0)

Provides a broad understanding of basic concepts and principles of public administration, including role, structure, and functions of public agencies and how they operate. Prerequisite: PSC 100 or PSC 105. This course is approved for offering in a distance learning format.

PSC 242 Introduction to Comparative Politics 3(3-0)

An examination of relevant theories, concepts, and methods of compara- tive political analysis and application of these in the study of selected political systems. (University Program Group III-B)

PSC 261 State and Local Government 3(3-0)

Structure and functions of state, county, and city governments, with emphasis on policy issues. Michigan governments are used for illustrations and examples. (University Program Group III-B)

PSC 275 Great Political Thinkers 3(3-0)

Discussion of vital issues in the history of Western political thought, such as freedom, justice, equality, and power. Authors include Plato, Aristotle, Machia- velli, Marx. This course is approved for offering in a distance learning format. (University Program Group I-A)

PSC 280 Introduction to Empirical Methods of Political Research 3(3-0)

Empirical political research techniques including the scientific method, mea- surement, descriptive and inferential statistics, literature reviews, data collec- tion, computer assisted data analysis, and research reporting. This course is approved for offering in a distance learning format. Prerequisites: PSC 100 or PSC 105; one other political science course.

PSC 313 Budgetary Processes in the United States 3(3-0)

Study of the determination and execution of fiscal policies in public agencies with special attention to preparation, authorization, and execution of govern- ment budgets.

PSC 320 The American Legislative Process 3(3-0)

Analysis of the legislative process, studying formal and informal devices used by legislative bodies in determining policy. Primary emphasis is on the United States Congress. Prerequisites: PSC 105.

PSC 322 Judicial Process and Politics 3(3-0)

Focuses on the American judicial process, including federal and state courts, roles of judges and other actors, civil and criminal justice processes, and judicial policymaking. Recommended: PSC 100 or PSC 105.

PSC 323 American Parties and Politics 3(3-0)

Analysis of American political parties as instruments of democratic government. Their structures, functions, and organizations, with emphasis on nomination, campaigns, and elections.

PSC 325 The Civil Rights Movement 3(3-0)

Examines the civil rights movement from 1954 to 1980s; based on PBS series: Eyes on the Prize. Identical to PHL 345, REL 345, SOC 345. Credit may not be earned in more than one of these courses. Prerequisites: Any one of the following: HST 110, HST 111, HST 112, LAR 145, PSC 100, PSC 125, REL 140, SOC 100. (University Program Group IV-C).

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PSC 326 Women and Politics 3(3-0)

This course will look primarily at empirical studies of women’s role in politics in the U.S. but also in other contexts. Identical to WST 326. Credit may not be earned in more than one of these courses. (University Program Group IV-A)

PSC 327 Lobbying and Interest Group Behavior 3(3-0)

The reasons for and the methods of lobbying constitute the major subjects. Also includes the identification of different lobbyists, their goals, behavior, and organizations.

PSC 340 African Political Systems and Processes 3(3-0) Comparative survey of selected African political systems with focus upon Sub-Saharan Africa. (University Program Group IV-B)

PSC 341 Comparative Politics: Eastern Europe 3(3-0)

Comparative analysis of selected Eastern European states, including Poland, Czech Republic, Hungary, former Yugoslavia, Romania, Bulgaria. Identical to EUR 303. Credit may not be earned in more than one of these classes. (Uni- versity Program Group IV-B)

PSC 343 Southeast Asian Political Systems and Processes 3(3-0)

The impact of culture on politics in several countries of Southeast Asia, including Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, Thailand, Burma, Malaysia, Indonesia, Singapore, Brunei and Philippines. (University Program Group IV-B)

PSC 344 East Asian Political Systems and Processes 3(3-0) Emphasis on selected states in East Asia. East Asia consists of China, Japan, and Korea. (University Program Group IV-B)

PSC 345 Middle Eastern Political Systems 3(3-0)

Comparative analysis of the politics of selected Middle Eastern states, includ- ing Egypt, Iraq, Saudi Arabia, Algeria, Jordan, Morocco, Iran, Israel and Turkey. (University Program Group IV-B)

This course is approved for offering in a distance learning format.

PSC 347 Comparative Politics: Western Europe 3(3-0) Comparative analysis of selected European states, including Great Britain, France, Italy and Germany. (University Program Group IV-B)

PSC 348 Latin American Political Systems 3(3-0)

Acomparative analysis of selected LatinAmerican political systems, analyzing the impact of authoritarianism, international intervention, and democratization. (University Program Group IV-B)

PSC 349 Panama: Exploring Politics and Society in a Central American Nation 3(3-0)

A short term (three weeks) faculty-led study abroad program exploring the politics, society, and culture of Panama. Prerequisites: complete minimum of 25 credits of university course work and a minimum 2.5 GPA. (University Program Group IV-B)

PSC 371 American Political Thought 3(3-0)

Selective survey of dominant trends in American political thought from the revolutionary era to the present. This course is approved for offering in a distance learning format. (University Program Group I-A)

PSC 373 American Individualism 3(3-0)

Integrates methods of social sciences and humanities in developing interdis- ciplinary analyses of the history, content, variety and normative implications of American Individualism. (University Program Group IV-A)

PSC 375 Socialism, Fascism, and Liberalism 3(3-0) Political and psychological analyses of socialist, fascist, and liberal ideologies. (University Program Group IV-A)

PSC 378 Modern Democratic Theory 3(3-0)

Exploration of modern arguments for and against liberal democracy and discussion of the future of liberal democracy in the U.S. and elsewhere. (Uni- versity Program Group I-A)

PSC 395 Internship in Government and Politics 1-12(Spec)

An integrative learning experience where students apply textbook knowledge to governmental and public affairs work experience. CR/NC only. Prerequisite: permission of instructor.

PSC 405 Methods for Teaching Political Science 3(3-0)

Lesson plans, objectives evaluations, organization and methods of teaching government and politics. Three weeks of mid-tier experiences. Prerequisites: completion of at least 15 hours of political science course work; at least junior

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PSC 411 3(3-0)

Public Sector Human Resources and Organization Theory

Seminar on human resource management (personnel administration) and organizational theory in public agencies including hiring, developing, and reward- ing employees; and structuring and designing organizations. Prerequisites: PSC 105 or PSC 210 and 56 semester hours completed. This course is approved for offering in a distance learning format.

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