Political Science Course Descriptions

POL 101
AMERICAN POLITICAL INSTITUTIONS

  • This course is a study of national, state and local government, including the national and state constitutions. It emphasizes the rights and responsibilities of citizens and political processes and issues facing government. Emphasis will be given to practical policy formulation at all levels.

  • Transfer Credit: CSU; UC


POL 201
INTRODUCTION TO POLITICAL SCIENCE & AMERICAN GOVERNMENT

  • This course is an introductory survey of the field of political science designed to familiarize students with basic political concepts, political ideologies, political systems, and subfields within political science. This course will also focus on the major concepts, theories, institutions, processes and policies of government at the national, state, and local levels. The class is intended for college transfer students, especially political science majors.

  • Transfer Credit: CSU; UC


POL 210
INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS

  • This course is a study of basic concepts, theories, and principles of international politics. Emphasis shall be placed on an examination of contemporary world affairs including the importance of nationalism, imperialism, ideology, alliance systems, the rise of the developing nations and the nature of international organizations. Specific case studies shall be examined to illustrate the various principles of international relations.

  • Transfer Credit: CSU; UC


POL 220
COMPARATIVE GOVERNMENT

  • This course includes a study of comparative systems of government, differing ideologies, and current political problems. Analyses of revolutionary forces in the 20th century are conducted for political insight and understanding.

  • Transfer Credit: CSU; UC


POL 230
CONTEMPORARY POLITICAL ISSUES: MIDDLE EAST

  • A one-semester course emphasizing the basic issues in conflict between nations of the Middle East, this class will investigate, in addition to the political and economic conditions, the social and cultural contributions of the Middle Eastern nations.

  • Transfer Credit: CSU; UC


POL 240
INTRODUCTION TO POLITICAL THEORY

  • This course is an introduction to western political thought. The course surveys major themes in the history of political theory, including works by Plato, Aristotle, Augustine, Machiavelli, Locke, Hobbes, Rousseau and Marx. Topics of discussion include how best to govern society, the quality and ethics of political leadership, the sources of law and governmental authority, the issue of liberty and justice, and the role of the state in economic relations.

  • Transfer Credit: CSU; UC


POL 250
MODEL UNITED NATIONS: THEORY AND PRACTICE

  • This course introduces students to the theory and practice of international diplomacy through participation in Model United Nations simulations. It explores the purpose and functions of international organizations with emphasis on the United Nations. It examines the historical development, norms, rules and procedures of the United Nations. Students will debate major issues of the organization; learn parliamentary procedures, diplomacy, international advocacy and extemporaneous speaking. The simulation activities in this course will afford students the opportunity to role-play as delegates representing specific countries at conferences sponsored and attended by colleges and universities in the region, nation-wide and all over the world. POL 250 may be taken a maximum of 2 times.

  • Transfer Credit: CSU


POL 255
PUBLIC POLICY & THE SUPREME COURT

  • This course is an introduction to international studies and global studies for political science majors and non-majors. It reviews the key events and patterns in the world to understand the ways that relations among world communities impact the lives of the people in them. It examines the key elements of global citizenship. And it introduces students to the concept of “Glocal” – think globally, act locally. The world communities are becoming increasingly interconnected, interrelated, and interdependent. This phenomenon undoubtedly has a significant effect on the way people live around the world. This course aims to introduce students to the reality of this occurrence, and to critically analyze the various factors that help us to understand how the interconnectedness, interrelatedness, and interdependency is happening and the general effects they are having on us. By examining these factors which are rooted in politics, economic, military, environmental, and social relations, we ourselves are immersed in them as global citizens. And ultimately seek to understand what global citizenship is, and what are the rights and responsibilities that accompany this title of global citizen.

  • Transfer Credit: CSU; UC


POL 280
RACE, GENDER & SEXUAL IDENTITY IN POLITICS

  • This course introduces students to an overview of the history, the issues, and the political processes that effect the status and power of groups which have traditionally been politically and socially disadvantaged, scapegoated and marginalized in the United States. These groups include, but are not restricted to, African-Americans, Asians, Latinx, women, gay and lesbian, bisexual, and transgendered people. Of particular concern are the ways inequalities regarding race, gender, sexual orientation and identity affect political power and political privilege within the American political system. 

  • Transfer Credit: CSU; UC
  • Meets CSU/UC Ethnic Studies Requirement 


POL 281
RACE, Ethnicity & Lantinx POLITICS 

  • This course serves to broaden the ethnic and racial perspectives of students by examining the political, social, and cultural experiences of Latinx communities in the United States. Special attention is devoted to theoretical approaches to the study of Latinx politics, the diversity and intersectionality of Latinx identity and political equality, the systemic barriers to political and socio-economic progress, and how inequalities affect power, privilege, and political behavior in the United States. Students will also analyze the social movements and contemporary issues affecting Latinx Americans in their struggle for equal access to the U.S. political system. This course is not open to students who are currently enrolled in or who have received credit for ETHN 281.

  • Transfer Credit: CSU; UC
  • Meets CSU/UC Ethnic Studies Requirement (pending


POL 282
RACE, Ethnicity & black POLITICS 

  • This course serves to broaden the ethnic and racial perspectives of students by examining the political, social, and cultural experiences of African Americans in the United States. Special attention will be placed on Black political ideologies and theories, the diversity and intersectionality of Black identity and political equality, systemic barriers to political and socioeconomic progress, and how discrimination affects power, privilege, and political behavior. Students will also analyze the social movements and contemporary political issues affecting Black Americans in their struggle for equal access to the U.S. political system. . This course is not open to students who are currently enrolled in or who have received credit for ETHN 282.

  • Transfer Credit: CSU; UC
  • Meets CSU/UC Ethnic Studies Requirement (pending