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Course Descriptions

PSC 421 Constitutional Law: Powers of Government 3(3-0)

Examines major U.S. Supreme Court decisions concerning judicial review, separation of powers, federalism, fiscal and commerce powers, and economic liberties.

PSC 422 Constitutional Law: Civil Rights and Liberties 3(3-0) Examines major U.S. Supreme Court decisions regarding the First Amendment, criminal procedure, racial and gender equality, and the right to privacy.

PSC 514 American Public Policy Making 3(3-0)

This course serves to integrate political institutions and levels of govern- ment in terms of policy development and implementation. Prerequisites: PSC 105 or graduate standing. This course is approved for offering in a distance learning format.

PSC 515 Comparative Public Policy 3(3-0)

Techniques of cross-national and other comparative policy analysis applied to social and economic policies of industrialized nations, especially Western Europe.

PSC 520 American National Government and Politics 3(3-0)

This course will examine the major theoretical frameworks used in the study of American national government and politics and survey current research in the area. Prerequisites: a minimum of 9 hours of political science coursework, including PSC 105.

PSC 522 Regulatory Processes and Administrative Law 3(3-0)

Survey of the principles of administrative law and the politics of the U.S. regulatory processes. This course is approved for offering in a distance learn- ing format.

PSC 551 Seminar in International Relations 3(3-0) Significant aspects of international relations on the basis of timeliness and importance. This course is approved for offering in a distance learning format.

PSC 555 International Law I 3(3-0)

Processes of international law; role in international relations and organizations; effects on individual rights in peacetime through cases, treaties, customs, and legal rules. This course is approved for offering in a distance learning format.

PSC 561 American State Government and Administration 3(3-0) Political, legislative, executive, and judicial processes of American state gov- ernment, with emphasis on the way they affect public policies in the states.

PSC 563 Politics and Policy in Urban Communities 3(3-0)

Examination of large and small city governments. Their political process, behavior and citizen participation. Emerging public policies and intergovern- mental cooperation.

PSC 565 Managing Modern Local Government 3(3-0) Covers all aspects of local government. Simulated problem solving in local administration. Recommended: A course in local government.

PSC 566 Intergovernmental Relations in the United States 3(3-0)

An analysis of the administrative and fiscal relationships between the national, state, and local governments, with emphasis on grants-in-aid and revenue sharing.

PSC 583 Survey Research 3(3-0) Development and utilization of quantitative data, with emphasis on behavioral research, public opinion polling, and statistical analysis.

PSC 585 Public Sector Information Technology Management 3(3-0)

To teach public administrators applied management techniques for public sector information systems, and the computer’s role in the management of information in a democracy. Prerequisites: PSC 210; 56 semester hours com- pleted or graduate status.

PSC 598 Special Topics in Political Science 1-12(Spec) Subject matter not included in courses currently listed in Bulletin.

PSC 610 Foundations of Public Administration 3(3-0)

Overview of major subfields of modern public administration including ad- ministrative theories and processes, democratic environments, administrative functions and activities and analytical tools and concepts.

PSC 615 Politics and Regulation of Health Care Policy 3(3-0)

Explore external environments in which health care systems operate, political determinants of health care policy, politics of bureaucracy, social and economic demands placed upon the system.

PSC 651 Comparative Political & Economic Systems 3(3-0)

An introduction to comparative political and economic systems. How politics and economics interact in theory, as well as in concrete political-economic interactions of nations. Prerequisite: PSC 351.

PSC 710 Seminar on Public Bureaucracies and Policy Formation 3(3-0) Selected topics in bureaucratic policy-making, including science and public policy, liberalism and the bureaucratic states, and street-level bureaucracies.

PSC 711 Public Personnel Administration Practice 3(3-0)

Emphasizes skill development in selected areas of public personnel adminis- tration, including: personnel evaluation, collective bargaining, affirmative action, and human resource planning and development. This course is approved for offering in a distance learning format.

PSC 712 Implementation and Reform of Public Programs 3(3-0)

Methodology of implementing public programs. Examination of administra- tive reforms and their implementation. Recommended: Admission to MPA program.

PSC 713 Public Budgeting and Finance 3(3-0)

Advanced study of public budgets and processes. Emphasizes political na- ture of budget preparation, adoption, administration and evaluation at various levels of government.

PSC 714 Program Analysis and Evaluation 3(3-0)

Methodology of analyzing and evaluating public programs. Design and use of quantitative and qualitative techniques for predicting and measuring perfor- mance. Recommended: Admission to MPA program.

PSC 761 Seminar in American State Government 3(3-0) Study and research in the problems and the process of state government. Content varies. Recommended: PSC 561.

PSC 773 Public Administration and Public Interest 3(3-0) Normative theoretical inquiry into the ethical dimensions of public administration through a variety of sources in political thought and administrative theory.

PSC 774 Strategic Planning for Public/Non-Profit Organizations 3(3-0)

Study of strategic planning process and documents in public and no-profit organizations. Develop and critique strategic plans, goals, and information processes. Recommended: PSC 713 or PSC 714.

PSC 775 Organization Theory in Public Administration 3(3-0)

A systems approach to studying the appropriate design structures for ad- ministering complex organizations in the public sector. Emphasis on diverse strategies in decision making, planning, and coordination.

PSC 780 Research in Public Administration in Political Science 3(3-0) Conceptual frameworks within which policy is studied, and relationship between theory and empirical research.

PSC 785 Strategic Leadership 3(3-0)

The study of leadership within public and not-for-profit organizations or agen- cies. Examines major theories of leadership, analyzes case studies involving leaders in various settings, and explores how to lead and manage change in organizations.

PSC 790 Advanced Readings I 1-6(Spec) Prerequisite: permission of advisor and department chairperson.

PSC 795 Internship in Public Administration 1-6(Spec)

An integrative learning experience where students apply textbook knowledge to public administration and public affairs work experience. CR/NC only. Pre- requisite: permission of instructor.

PSC 796 Applied Research in Public Administration 3(3-0)

Work experience in administration in a public agency is utilized in the course for an applied research project to integrate the practical and theoretical con- tributions.

PSY - Psychology

PSY 100 Introduction to Psychology 3(3-0) Survey of concepts, methods, and fields of psychology. This course is approved for offering in a distance learning format. (University Program Group III-A)

PSY 211 Introduction to Psychological Statistics 3(3-0)

Basic descriptive and inferential statistics are considered, including measures of central tendency and variability, the normal distribution, the t-test, correlation, and chi-square. Prerequisite: PSY 100. This course is approved for offering in a distance learning format.

PSY 220 Developmental Psychology 3(3-0)

The development of human behavior from conception through old age will be examined in terms of psychological, social, and biological processes. Prerequisite: PSY 100. This course is approved for offering in a distance learning format.

PSY 225 Foundations of Cognitive Science 3(3-0)

Introduction to cognitive science, the problems it addresses, its evolving models of the mind, its interdisciplinary nature, and its broader ramifications. Identical to PHL 225. Credit may not be earned in more than one of these courses. (University Program Group IV-A)

PSY 250 Abnormal Psychology 3(3-0) Nature, causes, and treatment of mental disorders. Prerequisite: PSY 100. This course is approved for offering in a distance learning format.

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