Course Descriptions

(For a list of undergraduate course descriptions for the current term, click here.)

The department offers courses which are slashlisted so undergraduate students may take an undergraduate 4000-level course while graduate students may take a graduate 5000-level course. The lectures in a slashlisted course are the same. However, students in the 5000-level course have substantial additional requirements beyond those for students in the 4000-level course. These additional requirements are listed in the slashlisted course syllabus.

Courses offered through the Advanced Programs format have a two-hour credit award with a one-hour additional independent study option, and the course numbers are listed on the transcript as ending with 2 and 1. To gain the full equivalent of the content as the comparable course listed on campus, both the two-hour and one-hour enrollment must be completed.

1113 American Federal Government - Not accepted for major credit. A study of the structure, organization and powers of the executive, legislative and judicial branches including relationships between state and national governments. Emphasis upon political processes and popular government; elections, political parties, pressure groups, voting behavior. (F, Sp, Su) [III-PSC]

2001 Political Science, Fields and Careers - Serves as an introduction to the academic subfields of the discipline. Provides career guidance and information relevant to post-BA employment, graduate schools, law schools and government service. (Su)


2013 Introduction to Political Analysis - Prerequisite: 1113. Scientific method and the variety of approaches to a science of politics; problems of research design; methods and techniques of systematic political inquiry. (F)


2103 Politics in America - Prerequisite: 1113. Focuses on the practice of politics in the United States and the forces and ideas that shape political conflict and determines who wins. The three major national institutions of American government are considered: Congress, the presidency, and the judiciary. Examines their constitutional bases of pwer, their evolving relationships, and their roles in contemporary policymaking. Also considers how ideas and power relationships influence the shape of political conflict. Contemporary political issues will be integrated into course content. (F)

2173 Administration and Society - Prerequisite: 1113. Studies relation of public administration to legislators, executives, and courts; and challenges to public management, such as diversity, equiality, and justice. Topics include government budgeting, personnel, leadership, and organizing and delivering programs and services. Focuses on how to maintain ethics and accountability and increase efficiency and effectiveness in public programs. (F, Sp)

2223 Making Public Policy - Prerequisite: 1113. Explores government actions to address social problems such as crime, poverty, health care, education, welfare reform, and the environment. Focuses on how to craft policy responses to conflict situations; resolve competing political demands for more services yet lower taxes; and achieve important societal goals of efficiency, equity, fairness, and freedom. (F)

2503 Relations Among Nations - Prerequisite: 1113. Introduces students to sources of continuity and change in world politics. Emphasis is given to the struggle for power and search for peace among state and non-state actors. Additional topics include the relevance of international law, foreign policy decision-making, balance of power, collective security, and moral choices in international politics. (F)

2603 Governments Around the World (Crosslisted with International and Area Studies 2603) - Prerequisite: 1113. Gateway course in political science and international and area studies. Provides an introduction to the varieties of politics and governmental systems around the world. Students will develop skills in comparative analysis to understand why countries have distinct types of government. (F) [IV-WC]

2703 Justice, Liberty and the Good Society - Prerequisite: 1113. An introduction to the literature about the best form of government, how a just a free society should be designed, and what difficulties stand in the way of our pursuit of the good society. Topics may include: the classic idea of a republic, theories shaping American democracy, the theory of equality and liberty, and contemporary ideas for the critical analysis and improvement of democracy. (F, Sp)

Unless otherwise noted, the prerequisite for courses in political science numbered 3000–3999 is five hours of political science, or 1113 and three hours of another social science, or junior standing and permission of instructor.

3020 Problems in American Government and Politics - 1 to 3 hours. Prerequisite: 1113 or permission of instructor. May be repeated with change of subject matter; maximum credit nine hours. Will not assume prior knowledge on the part of the students in reference to the topics under examination. The focus is on the national government, including the political processes and policies that relate to it. (F, Sp)

3023 Law and Courts - Prerequisite: 1113 or permission of the instructor. This is an introduction to the judicial process, origin and sources of law, and the relationship between courts and other sectors of the American political system. It will focus on the criminal justice system, civil justice system, constitutional law, judicial selection, judicial policymaking, and how interest groups use the courts. (F)

3033 Religion and Politics in America - Prerequisite: 1113. Examines the diverse religious traditions in America and explores their political manifestations. Assesses the religious impact on voting, lobbying, political mobilization and political culture. Particular attention will be paid to the strategic environment in which religious political actors must operate. [IV-WC]

3043 Gender, Power and Leadership in Politics and Administration (Crosslisted with Women's Studies 3043) -Prerequisite: 1113. Focuses on the relationship between gender, power, leadership, and government in politics and public administration. Causes of under-representation of women in elected office and the bureaucracy are explored. Historical, social, psychological, and organizational barriers are considered. (Irreg.)

3053 Global Religion and American Foreign Policy - Prerequisite: 1113 or permission of instructor. This course examines the intersection of American faith-based movements, global religious developments, and U.S. foreign policy. It explores how global religious conflicts impinge on American foreign policy, and how domestic religious groups attempt to shape U.S. policy on such concerns as human rights, humanitarian aid, and conflict mediation. (F, Sp)

3090 Special Topics - Prerequisite: 1113 or permission of instructor. May be repeated with change of content; maximum credit nine hours. Topics considered will deal with issues whose subject matter spans two or more subfields of the undergraduate curriculum in political science and/or public affairs and public administration. (Irreg.)

3113 Bureaucracy and Citizenship - Prerequisite: 1113 or permission of instructor. Focuses upon various aspects of political life in bureaucratic society, including the scope of contemporary public programs and their impact on society, and extent and character of citizens' bureaucratic encounters, administrative pathology, bureaucratic helping, appeals of administrative decisions, bureaucratic accountability and democratic theory, and the future of citizen-bureaucratic relations. (Sp)

3123 Social Statistics (Crosslisted with Sociology 3123) - Prerequisite: Sociology 1113 or permission of instructor, and completion of General Education Mathematics requirement. Descriptive and inferential statistics as they are used in sociology to analyze survey and macro-level data. Problems of research design and interpretation of analysis in sociological theory are major topics. A grade of C or higher in this course is a prerequisite for Sociology capstone courses. (F, Sp, Su)

3133 Politics and Public Administration - Examines the concept of the political role of the bureaucracy and the impact of other government institutions on bureaucratic structure, functions and behavior. The role of the bureaucracy in public policy making and the influence of politics on policy implementation is analyzed. (F) [III-SS]

3143 U.S. Congress - An introduction to the legislative process, with emphasis upon the United States Congress: the legislative process, committee systems; legislative leadership; the legislator and constituents; lobbyist and interest groups; legislative-executive relations. (Sp)

3163 The American Presidency - Prerequisite: 1113. Examination of the constitutional, electoral, administrative and political aspects of the contemporary American presidency; ending with an assessment of its capabilities in the context of its demands. (F)

3170 Problems in Public Administration - 1 to 3 hours. Prerequisite: five hours of political science or three hours of another social science, or junior standing and permission of instructor. May be repeated with change of subject matter; maximum credit nine hours. Special topics and/or problems in the field of public administration not covered in the regular curriculum or by supervised individual study. The course will involve readings appropriate to the subject matter and requires completion of a substantial paper. Additional requirements will be covered by the instructor in the syllabus. (Irreg.)

3173 Theory of Public Organizations - Prerequisite: 1113 and 2173. Analyzes public organizations to distinguish them from private organizations. Looks at the intellectual heritage of Adam Smith, Marx, Weber and Freud and the political theory of American public organizations from Wilson, through the “Principles” writers, to the administrative behavior schools and modern open systems. (F)

3183 Politics of Government Budgeting - Prerequisite: 2173. Provides an introduction to budgeting and the budgetary process in American government. Budgeting decision-making about government revenues and expenditures. (Sp)

3193 Nonprofits and Government - Prerequisite: junior standing or permission of instructor. Examines nonprofit-government relationships in addressing societal problems. The nonprofit sector and government closely interact with each other in the realms of public policy and service delivery. Nonprofit roles in the domain of service delivery have intensified in recent years and thus triggered numerous research interests in academic and practical concerns for both government and nonprofit organizations. (Sp)

3203 Sexuality, Gender and the Law - Prerequisite: P SC 1113 or permission of the instructor. The course will examine a number of the most politically significant legal debates regarding gender and sexuality. Though the issues covered will vary by semester, they will include many of the following: discrimination on the basis of gender and sexual orientation, reproductive rights, the regulation of pornography, same-sex marriage, sexual harassment in the workplace, and the right to sexual privacy. (Irreg.)

3213 Law, Politics and Society - Prerequisite: 1113 or permission of instructor. Examines how courts and other political actors use law to solve problems and how judicial decisions incorporate legal and political considerations. It explores how law shapes or alters the political community, the extent that law changes to fit needs of society, and the role of politics in interpretation of law. (Sp)

3220 Topics in Public Policy - 1 to 3 hours. Prerequisite: 1113. May be repeated with change of content; maximum credit six hours. Research and investigation on selected topics in public policy. (Irreg.)

3233 Environmental Policy and Administration - Prerequisite: 1113. Characterizes the evolution of public sector involvement in protection of the environment; addresses current issues associated in environmental protection including administrative efficiency and effectiveness and intergovernmental relations, and assesses potential solutions to emerging environmental problems. (F)

3243 Health Policy - Prerequisite: 1113 and junior standing. Analyze United States health policy, the impact of health policy on the nation's health, and contemporary health policy issues. (Irreg.)

3253 Human Resource Management - Deals with the techniques, problems and processes of human resource management at the undergraduate level. Specific topics include: civil service reform, recruitment and training in the public sector and public sector EEO and labor problems. (Sp)

3313 Urban Government and Politics - Structure and function of urban governments and analysis of politics in urban areas. (F)

3323 State Government - The organization, structure, functions and administration of American state and local governments; federal-state relations; constitutions and legal systems; legislative, executive, and judicial departments; a study in the political process; problems of metropolitan areas; fiscal and administrative systems. (F)

3403 Interest Groups and Social Movements - Role of interest groups and collective action in the political process; theory of collective action and development of American pressure groups; group organization and internal behavior; patterns of external behavior; collective action and foreign political systems; and organized interests and democratic government. (F)

3413 American Political Parties - A descriptive and critical examination of the political processes in the United States, with special reference to the role and organization of political parties and their relationship to voter behavior and the popular control of government. (Irreg.)

3433 Voters and Campaigns - Prerequisite: 1113. Covers some of the literature on voting behavior and political campaigns: political socialization; political participation; election studies; influence on voting such as party, candidate, issues, and group affiliations; the legal framework and impact of reform; election outcomes and their policy import. Coverage of the campaign process includes party and interest group activity, campaign financing, strategy, the media, and campaign reform. (Irreg.)

3443 Mass Media and American Politics - Prerequisite: 1113. Role of mass media in American politics including origin and development of relationship between press and politics, how the press covers politics, effects of mass media on public opinion, political elites, and institutions. (Irreg.)

3453 Southern Politics - Prerequisite: 1113 and junior standing, or permission of instructor. Focuses on the history and evolution of southern politics and the role of race, religion, and political culture as these factors impact and give the region its distinctive political features. These factors, plus the realignment of the political parties in these states, contribute to souther political strength in Congress, which in turn impacts national politics as a whole. The course will examine all of these factors both in terms of institutional structures and behavioral values. (Sp) [III-SS]

3503 Russian Foreign Policy - Prerequisite: 1113 or permission of instructor. Traces the history of Russia's foreign relations from the Imperial period to the present, with an emphasis on the origins, conduct and conclusion of the Cold War. Consider Russia's contemporary geopolitical status, the emergence of new military doctrine, relations among the newly independent countries of the former Soviet Union, and Russian integration into the world economic system. (Sp)

3513 Causes of War - Prerequisite: 1113 or permission of instructor. This course will examine causes and consequences of war, looking at the changing nature of war, international relations theories about causes of war, and case studies, primarily from the 20th century. (Irreg.)

3523 The History of Terrorism - Prerequisite: Junior standing or permission of instructor. Surveys terrorism from its first use during the Roman Empire through the French Revolution and up to its modern form. Includes a focus on several important groups such as the Irish Republican Army and the Ku Klux Klan, as well as how terrorist goals move in historical cycles. (Irreg.)

3533 Contemporary Terrorism - Prerequisite: Junior standing or permission of instructor. Designed to help students develop a better understanding of the nature of terrorism, the variety of terrorist motivations, the means by which governments attempt to deal with the problem, and the variety of research questions that remain unanswered. (Irreg.)

3543 United States-Latin American Relations - Prerequisite: junior standing or permission of instructor. This course studies both the historical development and current problems of conflict and cooperation between the United States and the countries of Latin America, and the ways their interactions affect each country's security, politics, economy, society, and culture. (Irreg.)

3550 Topics in International Relations - 1 to 3 hours. Prerequisite: 1113 or permission of instructor. May be repeated with change of content; maximum credit nine hours. Systematically explores contemporary problem areas in international relations. Will not assume prior knowledge on the part of the students in reference to the topics under examination. Meets in a seminar format where emphasis will be placed on classroom presentations and extensive research papers. (Irreg.)

3553 International Political Economy - Prerequisite: 1113. Focus on patterns, processes, and problems of international trade, monetary, technological, and investment relations. Deals with the roles played by key international organizations in managing conflict and cooperation among states. Students learn to apply theoretical approaches in analyzing issues in the global economy. (F) [IV-WC]

3563 United States Diplomatic History (Crosslisted with History 3563) - Prerequisite: none. A survey of American diplomatic history from the War for Independence to the present, emphasizing relations with major European, Latin American and Far Eastern countries. [IV-WC]

3600 Topics in Comparative Politics - 1 to 3 hours. Prerequisite: 1113 or permission of instructor. May be repeated with change of content; maximum credit nine hours. Will examine contemporary issues in politics and government around the world. Meets in a seminar format where emphasis will be placed on classroom presentations and research. (Irreg.)

3603 Government of England - Historical background; the political environment; the constitutional structure; the monarch, the cabinet, and the public service; Parliament; political parties and interest groups; the law and courts; local government; external affairs. (F) [IV-WC]

3613 Politics in Western Europe - Comparative analysis of the governmental systems of selected European states, with special reference to France, Germany, and the Soviet Union; historical background and political environment; constitutional structure; legislative, executive, and judicial processes; political parties and interest groups; local government. (Sp) [IV-WC]

3623 Politics of Transitional Areas - The major characteristics of the political systems of the new states of Asia and Africa. Through an examination of the common problems of these new nations, the student will not only survey such basic issues as nation building and political modernization, but will increase his/her understanding of new concepts in the field of comparative politics. (F, Sp)

3633 Politics in East Asia - Prerequisite: 1113 or permission of instructor. This course provides a survey of politics and political systems in select countries in east Asia and aims at developing comprehensive understanding of contemporary Asian politics. We will identify similarities and differences in the politics of these countries in specific dimensions and expore the basis of each of them. (F) [IV-NW]

3653 Government and Politics of Latin America - Prerequisite: 1113 or permission of instructor. General survey of structure, organization and operation of Latin American governments. Problems of dictatorship, underdevelopment, social reform and relations with the United States are covered. (F) [IV-WC]

3663 Politics of the Middle East - Prerequisite: 1113 or permission of instructor. This course surveys the developments in current domestic politics in Middle Eastern countries. It will focus on the process of state building, great power politics, Islam and political ideologies, economic crises, and regime stability and change. (Irreg.)

3683 The Politics of Russia - Prerequisite: five hours of political science, or 1113 and three hours of another social science, or junior standing and permission. Introduction to domestic politics in the Russian Federation. An overview of Russian and Soviet history, focusing on recurrent dilemmas of Russian political life. Special emphasis will be on Gorbachev's reforms, the collapse of communism, the emergence of post-Soviet politics, and the future of Russian democracy, economic institutions and inter-ethnic relations. (F) [IV-WC]

3703 From Plato to Machiavelli, the Classic Art of Politics - Prerequisite: 1113 and sophomore standing. Study of the origins of political science or political philosophy in the thought of classical antiquity and of the continuing influence of the classic works. Topics may include: Plato and Aristotle’s attempt at a systematic political science; Thucydides on democracy and war; the interaction of religion and politics; and the early modern rebirth of the classical republican era. (F) [IV-WC]

3713 The Idea of a Liberal Society - Prerequisite: 1113 and sophomore standing. Study of the major works of modern political thought that inspired the idea of a rights-oriented liberal society. Readings vary, but may include Thomas Hobbes and John Locke, their followers and critics in later centuries (such as Montesquieu, Rousseau, Kant, Hegel, and Mill), and those who later subjected the liberal idea to fundamental criticism (Marx, Nietzsche, and others). (Sp) [IV-WC]

3723 Foundations of American Politics - An examination of the principal issues and ideas of the American colonial, revolutionary and founding periods and their influence on, and relevance to contemporary American politics.

3733 Modernity and Its Discontents - Prerequisite: junior standing or permission of instructor. Survey of the foundational thinkers of the 19th and early 20th century. Begins with an analysis of the political implications of the 'enlightenment project" before moving on to consider the major critique of modernity in the second half of the 19th and early part of the 20th century. Focuses on major philosophical approaches to key concepts such as: property, labor, freedom, democracy, equality, reason, and the rule of law. (Sp)

3743 Problems in Political Theory - Prerequisite: junior standing or permission of the instructor May be repeated with change of content; maximum credit six hours. Special topics in political theory, including concepts such as power, liberty, justice, equality, democracy, etc., or particular theorists or schools of thought. (Irreg.)

3890 Political Science Intersession - 1 to 3 hours. Prerequisite: five hours of political science, or 1113 and five hours of another social science, or junior standing and permission of instructor. Special permission required for graduate students. May be repeated; maximum credit six hours. Course content varies with instructor. Will focus on specialized subject matter not covered in existing course offerings. (Intersession)

3910 Government Internship - 2 to 3 hours. Prerequisite: good academic standing with 45 semester hours completed, including nine hours of political science; permission of instructor. May be repeated; maximum credit six hours. Interns observe and participate in the functions, processes and actions of governmental institutions at the federal, state and local level. Grade of S/U based on completion of directed readings, an academic research paper, performance reports. (F, Sp, Su)

3913 Public Opinion and Survey Research - Prerequisite: 1113 and junior standing. Explores public opinion and survey research to understand the meaning, theory and role of public opinion, facilitate competency in the basic conduct of survey research methods, and explore the ways public opinion and survey research are used in election, public policy formation, and in policy evaluation. (irreg.)

3960 Honors Reading - 1 to 3 hours. Prerequisite: admission to Honors Program. May be repeated; maximum credit six hours. Will consist of topics designated by the instructor in keeping with the student's major program. The topics will cover materials not usually presented in the regular courses. (F, Sp, Su)

3970 Honors Seminar - 1 to 3 hours. Prerequisite: admission to Honors Program. May be repeated: maximum credit six hours. The projects covered will vary. The content will deal with concepts not usually presented in regular coursework. (F, Sp)

3980 Honors Research - 1 to 3 hours. Prerequisite: admission to Honors Program. May be repeated; maximum credit six hours. Will provide an opportunity for the gifted honors candidate to work at a special project in the student's field. (F, Sp, Su)

3990 Independent Study - 1 to 3 hours. Prerequisite: one course in general area to be studied; junior standing; permission of instructor and department. May be repeated; maximum credit six hours. Through a written contract, independent study may be arranged for a topic not currently offered in regularly scheduled courses. Independent study may include library and/or laboratory research and field projects. (F, Sp, Su)

Unless otherwise noted, the prerequisite for courses in political science numbered 4000–4999 is eight hours of political science, or 1113 and six upper-division hours of another social science, or junior standing and permission of instructor.

4020 Problems in American Government - 1 to 3 hours. May be repeated with change of content; maximum credit nine hours. Focus on the national government, including the political processes and policies that relate to it. (Irreg.)

4033 Capitol and Community Scholars: A Service Learning Course - Prerequisite: 1113 and permission of instructor. May be repeated with change of content; maximum credit six hours. The course uses service-learning and weekly seminars to focus on institutions, policy-making and politics in legislative and community settings. (F, Sp, Su)

4043 Public Policy Implementation (Slashlisted with 5043) - Prerequisite: 2223. This course examines how public laws are implemented. It investigates actors, institutions and processes influential in decisions and actions regarding public program delivery. No student may earn credit for both 4043 and 5043. (Irreg.)

4093 Capstone Seminar in Political Science - Prerequisite: senior standing, completion of four of the following courses: 2103, 2173, 2223, 2503, 2603, 2703; and permission of department. Capstone seminar for major in political science. Explore topics in political science for students with substantial background in the discipline and includes a significant writing component. Specific subtitles will vary. (F, Sp) [V]

G4113 American Foreign Policy from World War II to the Present - Prerequisite: 1113 or permission of instructor. An analysis of American foreign policy in the twentieth century. Covers the emergence of the United States as a great power, abandonment of isolation, World War II and the development of internationalism, the Cold War and policies of containment, the American involvement in the Far East, Middle East and Latin America. (Irreg.) [IV-WC]

4143 Policy/Program Evaluation - Prerequisite: 2223. Introduces the planning and implementation of a variety of evaluation types and methods. Considers the utilization of findings in a political environment. (Irreg.)

4193 The Profession of Public Management - Prerequisite: 1113 or permission of instructor. Open to undergraduate students only. Focuses on the internal administrative processes of public agencies, concentrating on the generic management functions of planning, directing and controlling as they relate to the development and implementation of public policy programs. (Irreg.)

4203 Capstone Seminar in Public Affairs and Administration - Prerequisite: senior standing and permission of instructor. May be repeated once with change of content. The focus and subtitle will vary. Develops the ability to analyze and interpret the subject matter; contains a substantial writing component. (F, Sp) [V]

4213 Regulatory Policy - Prerequisite: junior standing or permission of instructor. Examines the topic of administration and the agencies that are responsible for these government activities. Emphasizes the constitutional, legal, administrative, and political issues raised by the growth and nature of regulatory activities. (F)

4220 Problems in Public Policy - 1 to 3 hours. Prerequisite: 1113 or permission of instructor. May be repeated with change of content; maximum credit nine hours. Research and investigation on selected problems in the field of public policy. (Irreg.)

4223 Public Policy Analysis - Prerequisite: 2223. Introduces students to public policy theories and analytical methods. Public policy is placed within the context of similar disciplines and practical applications. (Irreg.)

G4273 Constitutional Interpretation - Prerequisite: 1113 or permission of instructor. Asks basic questions about the nation's fundamental law: What is the Constitution? Who is authorized to interpret it? How might one authoritatively interpret it? Why should anyone try to interpret it? (F) [IV-WC]

G4283 Civil Rights and Civil Liberties - Prerequisite: 1113 or permission of instructor. Investigates the character, function, and enforcement of civil rights and civil liberties in the American constitutional system. (Sp) [IV-WC]

4293 American Constitutionalism - Prerequisite: 1113 or permission of instructor. This course focuses on the nature and meaning of constitutional government in America . It is particularly concerned with what is often described as our “unwritten” constitution, how constitutionalism shapes us as citizens, how we are obligated toward it, and how it may legitimately change. (Irreg.)

4323 Political Communication (Crosslisted with Communication 4323) - Prerequisite: Communication 1113 and junior standing. Considers the role of communication in political settings. Major topics include political persuasion, public speaking in political campaigns, political debating, political advertising, bias in news coverage of campaigns. (F, Sp)

G4420 Topics in Electoral Behavior - 1 to 3 hours. May be repeated with change of topic; maximum credit nine hours. Topics include voting behavior of the American mass public; cross-cultural research; the methodology of aggregate and survey analysis; computer applications; political attitudes, political socialization and attitude change; sociological, psychological, and cultural dimensions of electoral behavior; resultant behavior in the form of vote direction, registration, turnout, and participation; and theoretical consideration and implications for public policy. (Irreg.)

G4523 International Organizations and Regimes - Prerequisite: 1113 or permission of instructor. The course focuses on the organization of international politics via formal multilateral arrangements (international organizations) and informal multilateral agreements (international regimes). (F)

4603 Comparative Public Policy - Prerequisite: 2603. Introduces students to the study of public policy in advanced industrial societies; emphasis is placed on understanding differences in policy outcomes in countries with similar economic and political systems; introduces students to the thematic study of different areas of public policy. (Irreg.)

4613 Conflict, Violence, Warfare: Current Analysis and Future Trends - Introduces the student to the comparative analysis of different forms of conflict, violence and warfare in the national, regional and international arenas. Provides the means to assess present and future trends in reference to conflict, violence and warfare. (Irreg.)

4623 Globalization and Industrial Democracy - Prerequisite: senior standing. Examines the impact of globalization on political economies of the advanced industrial countries, including Germany, Japan, and the United States. Compares industrial policy for economic development and corporate governance in these countries. Reviews the globalization of finance and commerce. Evaluates the convergence of political and economic activities under globalization. (Irreg.)

4643 Politics of the European Union - Prerequisite: 2503 or 2603, or permission of instructor. Examines the political processes and the institutions of the European Union. Particular attention is paid to the historical process of political integration in Europe and the economic and political force that drive integration. (Sp)

4960 Directed Readings - 1 to 4 hours. Prerequisite: good standing in University; permission of instructor and dean. May be repeated; maximum credit four hours. Designed for upper-division students who need opportunity to study a specific problem in greater depth than formal course content permits. (Irreg.)

4970 Special Topics/Seminar - 1 to 3 hours. Prerequisite: Senior standing or permission of instructor. May be repeated; maximum credit nine hours. Special topics or seminar course for content not currently offered in regularly scheduled courses. May include library and/or laboratory research and field projects. (Irreg.)

4990 Independent Study - 1 to 3 hours. Prerequisite: three courses in general area to be studied; senior standing; permission of instructor and department. May be repeated; maximum credit six hours. Through a written contract, independent study may be arranged for a topic not currently offered in regularly scheduled courses. Independent study may include library and/or laboratory research and field projects. (F, Sp, Su)

Unless otherwise noted, the prerequisite for courses in political science numbered 5000–5999 is 12 hours of political science, or senior standing and permission of instructor.

G5003 Introduction to Public Administration - Prerequisite: graduate standing. An introductory graduate seminar surveying the field of public administration and its role and position in contemporary government, providing a basis from which to undertake advanced studies of theoretical and substantive nature. Attention will be given to key themes in past and present of mainstream public administration, such as the foundation, personnel, organization, and policies of government. (F, Sp, Su)

G5013 History and Theory of Urban Planning (Crosslisted with Regional and City Planning, Sociology 5013) -Open to seniors in social science departments, civil engineering and architecture, and to graduate students in regional and city planning. An introductory course on the history and theory of contemporary planning, focusing on the physical, social, institutional and economic structure and dynamics of human settlements, and on the role and responsibilities of the professional planner. (F)

G5023 Problems in American Government - Content varies with instructor; may be repeated for credit with change of content; maximum credit nine hours. The focus is on the national government, including the political process and policies that relate to it. (Irreg.)

G5033 Foundations of Nonprofit Management - . Prerequisite: Graduate standing. Introduces broad theories and managerial practices in the field of nonprofit management. The main foci of the course are to provide theoretical foundations of the non profit sector by examining its nature, scope, legal frameworks, functions, and policy implications and to examine various managerial challenges nonprofit organizations face due to their unique sector positions and how they respond to those challenges. Challenges are multifaceted (leadership, financial, personnel, performance evaluation and accountability, governmental relations) and the course will provide several case studies for students to review and seek potential solutions in individual as well as group settings. (Irreg.)

G5043 Public Policy Implementation (Slashlisted with 4043) - Prerequisite: graduate standing. This course examines how public laws are implemented. It investigates actors, institutions and processes influential in decisions and actions regarding public program delivery. No student may earn credit for both 4043 and 5043. (Irreg.)

G5053 Agenda-Setting in Public Policy. Prerequisite: Graduate standing. This class will focus on agenda-setting and policy change - that is, how policy agendas are determined and their impact on policy change. In so doing, we will examine the role that various actors play (including public administrators), the impact of focusing events, political institutions, and the media. (Irreg.)

G5063 Nonprofits and the Public Sector Relations - Prerequisite: Graduate standing. Explores various issues that arise from collaborative efforts between the nonprofit and government sectors in delivering public services. Includes an examination of a nonprofit-public sector collaboration and partnership, especially the nature of nonprofit–public sector strategic alliances, the dynamics of service delivery networks, and the effectiveness of collaborations. The role of nonprofits and the policy implications in social service contracting are examined. (Irreg.)

G5103 Organizations: Design, Structure and Process - Prerequisite: full graduate standing or permission of instructor. Analyzes large, complex organizations, particularly governmental units and other public sector agencies. Attention will be given to the principal theoretical models for their design and structure. Also seeks to understand system-subsystem relationships in the processes of decision making, communication, influence, leadership and technology. (F)

G5113 Federalism and Intergovernmental Relations - Covers the origins, development, and operational aspects
of federalism in the U.S. Intergovernmental relations as the dynamics of federalism are studied as they impact on decision-making, administrative and fiscal patterns. Decentralization and reorganization are analyzed as they affect the administration of national programs. (Sp)

G5123 The Making of American Foreign Policy - A study of American policy formulation with its problems and limitations. Current American foreign policies and alternate courses of action are examined critically. (Irreg.)

G5133 Strategic Planning and Performance Measurement - Prerequisite: graduate standing or permission of instructor. Introduces students to strategic planning, performance measurement, and benchmarking in the public sector. Provides an overview of strategic management and illustrates the development, implementation and reformulation of public policy and operational strategy. Emphasis on the changes in an organization's environment. (Irreg.)

G5143 Program Evaluation & Applied Policy Analysis - Prerequisite: graduate standing. Methodology of planning and evaluating government policies and programs. Emphasizes research design, economic analysis of public policies and programs, and methods for handling threats to validity of research results. (F)

G5153 Problems in Public Management - Prerequisite: graduate standing. Content will vary. May be repeated with change of content; maximum credit nine hours. Focus will center on various issues in public management. Particular courses may include emergency management, managing diversity, network management in public service delivery, or performance management. (Irreg.)

G5163 Legislative Process and Behavior - Prerequisite: graduate standing or permission of instructor. Examination of character of legislative process in United States Congress, American state legislatures and foreign legislative bodies; in-depth exploration of empirical hypotheses and related data concerning legislative process and behavior; major focus on legislature (especially Congress) as institution and on such topics as: committees; norms; socialization; leadership; staff; voting cues. (Irreg.)

G5170 Problems in Public Administration - 2 to 3 hours. May be repeated; maximum credit six hours. Research
and investigation on selected problems of public administration. Some alternative subjects; administrative theory and organizational theory; bureaucracy; organization and management; government corporations; administrative policy making; responsibility and accountability. (Irreg.)

G5173 Bureaucracy and Politics - Prerequisite: graduate standing. Examines the concept of the political role of the bureaucracy and the impact of other government institutions on bureaucratic structure, functions and behavior. The role of the bureaucracy in public policy making and the influence of politics on policy implementation is analyzed. (Sp)

G5183 Public Budgeting and Finance - Prerequisite: graduate standing or permission of instructor. Examines the techniques and politics of raising and spending public funds. Discusses topics such as deficity politics, legislative and executive powers, and the budgetary role of the courst. Assesses the impacts of taxing and spending policies. Explores issues relevant to national, state, and local governments. (Sp)

G5193 Comparative Administration - Will compare analytically the political, legal, economic and cultural influences. Similarities and contrasts in the bureaucratic functions and structures will be examined and attention given to organization around the chief executive, both centrally and in departments and ministries. (Irreg.)

G5203 Urban Land Use Controls (Crosslisted with Regional and City Planning, Sociology 5203) - Open to seniors in social sciences, architecture and civil engineering, and to graduate students in regional and city planning. Provides a study of the historical development of property systems; of zoning law, ordinance preparation, and administrative procedures; of subdivision regulations and other codes used in the regulation and control of land use. (Sp)

G5213 Risk, Public Policy and Law - Prerequisite: graduate standing. This seminar will focus on how concepts of risk serve to justify and shape public policies, legal rules, and risk management practices. It will introduce some of the primary methods for analyzing potentially risky policies and managing risk. We will begin with a focus on the definition of risk as it applies to public policy, and as it has been used to analyze and inform policies and laws designed to address risks. We will then turn to the differences between formal assessments of risk and the “perceived risks” and social, political and institutional responses that typically drive public policy. These concepts will then be applied to a set of specific cases in current public policies that involve the intersection of environmental, energy, natural disaster, and security concerns. (Irreg.)

G5223 Public Policy Analysis - An introduction to public policy analysis and policy making with emphasis on the examination of selected policy issues. (F)

G5233 Health Policy - Prerequisite: graduate standing. This course is designed to provide students with a clear understanding of the nature and dynamics of health policy making and administration in the United States. (Irreg.)

G5243 Managing Public Programs - Introduces MPA students to the general principles of management as they are applied in the public sector. Topics include: systems theory, systems design (PERT), organization design, techniques of supervision, public sector labor relations, public sector personnel practices, agency interface with political actors in the environment. (Irreg.)

G5253 Human Resource Administration - An analysis of the structure and role of manpower in all levels of U.S.
government, focusing on the development of the public service, manpower planning, unionization of public employees and recent trends in public personnel relations. (Sp)

G5263 Congress in the Political System - Prerequisite: graduate standing or permission of instructor. Empirically based course considering United States Congress and its role in American political system; examination of relationships between Congress and other institutions and actors. Possible topics include: Congress and the Presidency, interest groups, and lobbyists; Congress and Supreme Court; Congress and foreign policy; Congress and executive bureaus. (F)

G5273 The Judiciary - The U.S. Supreme Court, through its use of the Constitution as a standard, has become a significant institution in the making of national policy. Survey and analysis of that policy-making function, and how it has become a significant part of the entire American political process. Primary attention is paid to the analysis of decisions made by the Court, although this entails considerable attention to the institutional processes which result in such decisions. The following areas of concern are examined: the judicial process, economic policy, equality, criminal justice, presidential power, personal rights and the frontiers of judicial policy making. Additional readings in substantive judicial policy areas will be assigned. A research paper will be required. (Sp)

G5293 Administration, Ethics and American Government - Prerequisite: graduate standing. An exploration of the role of ethics in American government, especially in public administration. Topics to be studied include codes of professional ethics for administrators, ethics and constitutionalism, law and ethics, and the ethical implications of differing approaches to administrative work and to democracy. (Irreg.)

G5303 Research, Writing and Analysis for Public Administration - Prerequisite: graduate standing. An online, self-paced course introducing public administration graduate students to the practice of applied research, analysis and writing for the public sector. Topics will include administrative writing, the use and presentation of data and research, analytic skills in policy and administration, and ethical issues related to writing and analysis. (Irreg.)

G5313 Urban Politics - Prerequisite: Prerequisite: Graduate standing. Examine differing theories as to how urban governance, administration,and politics actually operate. Included in this examination are a variety of major issues related to urban governance and administration including intergovernmental relations, urban service delivery, fragmentation of urban areas between cities and suburbs, the rise of sunbelt cities, urban sprawl, racism, poverty, crime, and national urban policy. We will also examine broader visions and proposals to revitalize and enhance urban living. Finally, we will consider the current state of urban politics and where it might go in the future. (Irreg.)

G5323 Problems in Public Policy - May be repeated with change of content; maximum credit six hours. Content varies with professor. Focus on topics related to public policy issues at all levels of government, including the design, implementation, and evaluation of specific policy initiatives. (Irreg.)

G5333 Environmental Policy and Administration - Prerequisite: graduate standing. United States environmental policy, environmental movements, policy process, cost-benefit analysis, risk analysis and management, clean air policy, hazardous waste policy, other topical policy areas, global environmental issues. (Irreg.)

G5343 Public Policy and Inequality - Prerequisite: graduate standing or permission of instructor. Explores alternative definitions of equality and their implications in terms of public policy. Specific topics include the role of issue definition and agenda-setting in policy formation, the causes and politics of inequality, the difficulties in measuring inequality, and institutional dynamics that exacerbate or ameliorate inequality. (F)

G5353 State and Local Public Finance and Budgeting Systems (Crosslisted with Regional and City Planning 5353) - Prerequisite: graduate standing or permission. An overview of the process and methods for local capital improvement programs and capital budget preparation, and an examination of the relationships between local development policies and fiscal decision making, including revenue potential. (CE)

G5363 Public Financial Management - Prerequisite: graduate standing or permission of instructor. Introduces students to important concepts, procedures, and skills associated with managing public monies. Major topics include government accounting, debt management, forecasting, cash management, and capital budgeting. (Irreg.)

G5373 Education Policy - Prerequisite: graduate standing. This course is designed to give students an overview of the major policy issues in primary, secondary, and higher education. Special attention will be given to how these issues relate to prominent theories of the policy process. (Irreg.)

G5383 Survey of Political Communication (Crosslisted with Communication 5383) - Prerequisite: graduate standing. Surveys communication in the political system. Discusses theory and research on interpersonal, public and mass communication in politics, particularly political campaigns. (F)

G5393 Regulatory Policy - Prerequisite: graduate standing or permission of instructor. Examines the reasons for the growth of administration regulation, regulatory agencies and processes, the nature of their formal, legal and informal powers, organization and procedures, and of their relationships with legislature, chief executives, courts, and interest groups, including consumer interests. (Irreg.)

G5400 Problems in Political Behavior - 2 to 3 hours. Prerequisite: graduate standing, qualified senior by permission of instructor. May be repeated; maximum credit six hours. Content varies, representative topics would include interdisciplinary contributions to the study of political behavior, political socialization, decision making, voting behavior, belief systems, political violence, personality and politics and political culture. (Irreg.)

G5403 Mediating Institutions: Parties, Interest Groups and Mass Media - Prerequisite: graduate standing. Surveys literature on parties, interest groups and mass media as institutions linking citizens and governments. (Irreg.)

G5413 Rational Choice and Politics - Prerquisite: graduate standing or permission of instructor. Rational choice and politics-the theory, applications, and critiques. Builds on the assumption that humans are narrowly self-interested and proceeds to examine whether this assumption can illuminate and explain various political outcomes, both in the abstract and in the particular context of American political institutions. (Sp)

G5423 Mass Politics: Public Opinion, Voting, Realignment - A survey of the literature on public opinion, voting behavior and realignment (or electoral change). Additional topics may include political socialization, participation and elite-mass interactions. (Irreg.)

G5433 American Constitutional Development - Prerequisite: Graduate standing or permission of instructor. This course focuses on changing conceptions of our national institutions and political thought that have led to dramatic changes in our view of the Constitution. (F)

G5453 The Presidency - Will survey recent literature on the institution of the American presidency and examine behavior of recent presidents. A research paper is required. (Irreg.)

G5463 Representation in American Politics - Prerequisite: graduate standing or permission of instructor. Explores the concept of representation in American politics and government, and the implications of political representation for public policy and governance. With a primary focus on legislative and electoral institutions that shape representation, the course will also deal with the causes and consequences of under-representaton. (Irreg.)

G5513 International Relations Theory - Overview and appraisal of the state of the field of international relations. Primary emphasis will be placed on scope and method issues and on a review of theoretical attempts to explain general and specific aspects of international relations. (Irreg.)

G5523 Morality and Foreign Policy - Prerequisite: graduate standing or permission of instructor. Addresses the moral and ethical foundations of foreign policy. Emphasis wll be on American foreign policy, but may also include broader issues of foreign policy and international relations. Sample issues may include national interest versus conceptions of justice as foundations for foreign policy, idealism and realism in the American foreign policy tradition, ethical issues in international relations, globalization, genocide, just war theory, etc. Readings may be taken from political theory, American foreign policy, and international relations. (Irreg.)

G5533 The United Nations and U.S. Foreign Policy - Prerequisite: graduate standing or permission of instructor. Examines the role of the United Nations in the execution of American foreign policy. An analysis of the viability of the United Nations as an international actor in a world infinitely more complex than the world system of 1945 provides the framework for the course. (F)

G5543 International Organizations and Regimes - Prerequisite: graduate standing. The course focuses on the organization of international politics via formal multilateral arrangements (international organizations) and informal multilateral ageeements (international regimes) from a theoretical perspective. (F)

G5550 Problems in International Relations - 2 to 3 hours. May be repeated; maximum credit six hours. Analysis of current international conflicts and problems with study of possible solutions. May include study of the role and current problems of the United Nations. (Irreg.)

G5553 International Security - Prerequisite: Graduate standing. This course examines major theoretical approaches to the study of international security, including traditional approaches, the role of weapons, and new dimensions in internal security. (F)

G5563 International Political Economy - Prerequisite: graduate standing or permission of instructor. The organization of the international economic system and the opportunities and constraints faced by national governments in managing economic relations with other countries. Also examines the role of international agencies in managing economic crises and the globalization of the world economy. (Irreg.)

G5573 Political Economy of Emerging Nations - Prerequisite: graduate standing or permission of instructor. Examines political, economic, and social development in emerging nations. The course investigates first how colonialism affected Asia, Latin America, and Africa, and then analyzes development under the post-independence government. (Irreg.)

G5600 Problems in Comparative Government - 2 to 3 hours. May be repeated; maximum credit six hours. Content varies, but involves systematic comparative treatment of such central themes as the transitional society, change and revolution, modernization, political groups, constitutionalism, and bureaucracy. (Sp)

G5603 Russian Politics in Comparative Perspective - Prerequisite: Graduate standing or permission of instructor. Designed to demonstrate how comparativists who focus on Russia have engaged in seminal works in the subfield of comparative politics. (Irreg.)

G5613 Political Economy of Industrial Democracies - Prerequisite: graduate standing. Examines the interrelationship of political and economic factors in influencing both political and economic outcomes. A key element will be application of microeconomic theory to obtain a better understanding of decision-making processes. Topics will include theory of collective action, comparative economic performance, political business cycles and theories of economic voting. (Irreg.)

G5623 International Terrorism - Will study the phenomenon of international terrorism. After analyzing different types of incidents the students will explore patterns of terrorism and the tactical and strategic responses to the threat along with policy implications on all levels. (Irreg.)

G5633 Comparative Public Policy Analysis - Analyzes the content of public policies cross-nationally, comparing the United States and several Western European democracies. Particular attention is given to social and economic policies, i.e., welfare state issues. (Irreg.)

G5643 Politics in Western Europe - Analyzes western European politics in a comparative perspective. Attention will be given to both processes and structures of governments in western European countries with particular emphasis on interest articulation and policy outcomes. (Irreg.)

G5653 Democracies and Democratization - Prerequisite: graduate standing or permission of instructor. Examines the historical sources of modern democracy, the causal factors underlying the genesis and survival of democracy, the dynamics of democratic breakdowns and transitions from authoritarian rule, and the problems of democratic regime consolidation and quality. (Irreg.)

G5663 Politics of the Middle East - Prerequisite: Graduate standing or permission of instructor. This course will survey the political structure of Middle Eastern states and societies. It will highlight the processes of state and nation building, the growth of political ideologies, and economic change in the region. A number of theoretical perspectives will be used. (F)

G5673 Comparative Political Economy - Prerequisite: graduate standing or permission of instructor. Examines the organization of economic institutions in different national settings, asking in particular how political systems help shape the economic institutions and outcomes. Specific issues include the organization of economic actors and their influence on economic policy, the impact of technology, and globalization. (Irreg.)

G5683 Politics in Latin America - Prerequisite: graduate standing or permission of instructor. Covers recent approaches to understanding politics in Latin America, with an emphasis on questions of transitions to democracy and regime stability, the nature of democratic rule, and the role of political institutions, the economy, and the military. (F)

G5693 Political Economy of China - Prerequisite: graduate standing or permission of instructor. Explores debates over the political economy of China. Examines theories of institutional change and economic performance, state capacity and political development, rent-seeking and corruption, and class formation and collective action. How do China’s reforms over the past three decades confirm or challenge the assumptions and propositions central to these established social science theories? How have recent studies of political economy in China advanced our understanding of these theories or suggested new approaches to the study of comparative political economy? These and other core questions will be covered including topics such as popular protest, global capitalism, corruption, and the nature of one-party rule in China. (Irreg.)

G5703 Problems in Political Theory -Prerequisite: graduate standing or permission of instructor. Content varies; may be repeated for credit with change of content; maximum credit 12 hours. Focuses on special topics in political theory. These might include concepts such as power, liberty, justice, equality, democracy, etc.,; or particular theorists or schools of thought. (Irreg.)

G5713 Classical Political Theory - Prerequisite: 3703 or other undergraduate work introducing classical political thought. Open to qualified undergraduate students with permission of instructor. Devoted to study of the political thought developed in classical antiquity, at which time the quest for a systematic and rational understanding of political life emerged and permanently altered the way we think about politics. Emphasis will be given to the works of Plato and Aristotle. (Irreg.)

G5723 Modern Political Theory - Prerequisite: 3713 or other undergraduate work introducing modern political thought. Open to qualified undergraduate students with permission of instructor. Devoted to major works in modern political theory, from Machiavelli through Hegel, Marx and Nietzsche in the nineteenth century. Emphasis will be given to those thinkers whose ideas contribute to shaping the major forms of society and government found in the modern state. (Irreg.)

G5733 Contemporary Political Theory - Prerequisite: open to qualified undergraduates with permission of instructor. Will study selected issues in contemporary political theory. Specific topics will include the modern theory of a "social science," problems of modern democratic theory, contemporary Marxism, the crisis of the idea of progress, economics and politics, historicism, contemporary analysis of natural law and natural right and others. (Irreg.)

G5743 Foundations of International Political Thought - Prerequisite: graduate standing or permission of instructor. Survey course on the foundational thinkers in international law and international political thought. Examines different philosophical approaches to just war theory and the laws of war, theories of sovereignty and laws governing the interaction of states, theories of human rights, and debates over humanitarian intervention. (Irreg.)

G5910 Government Internship - 2 to 8 hours. Prerequisite: 15 hours of political science or 24 hours of social science. May be repeated; maximum credit eight hours. (F, Sp, Su)

G5913 Introduction to Analysis of Political and Administrative Data - Presents an introduction to the foundations and use of quantitative methods in political science/public administration. Topics covered include: conducting systematic research in political science/public administration, measurement theory, bivariate analysis, hypothesis testing and statistical inference. (F)

G5933 Intermediate Analysis of Political Data - Prerequisite: 5913; 5000-level prerequisite. Continues the study of the foundations and use of quantitative methods in political science. Topics covered include: probability theory, distribution theory, control table analysis, analysis of variance and correlation and regression analysis. (Sp)

G5940 Advanced Research Methods: Special Topics - 1 to 3 hours. Prerequisite: 5913 or permission of instructor. May be repeated with change of subject matter; maximum credit six hours. Provides introduction into advanced qualitative or quantitative analytical methods for students who will pursue a career in research. Topics will vary but may include such methodologies as ethnographic, cultural, discriminant, or factor analysis. (Irreg.)

G5943 Maximum Likelihood Estimation for Generalized Linear Models - Prerequisite: 5933. Introduces a number of new and useful statistical models that move beyond standard linear regression. Among the topics covered are logit and probit models for both binary, multinomial and ordinal dependent variables, event count models, duration models, and models of heteroskedastic regressions. Maximum likelihood provides a single, coherent approach to estimation and a way of thinking about how data are generated. (Irreg.)

G5950 Research Problems - 2 to 5 hours. May be repeated with change of subject matter; maximum credit 10 hours. Students must indicate field of research and hours credit at the time of enrollment. To be subdivided topically as follows: American national government, public administration, American state and local government, public law, popular government, international relations, comparative government, political theory, elections and political behavior, behavioral laboratory. (F, Sp, Su)

G5953 Qualitative Research Methods - Prerequisite: P SC 5913 or permission of instructor. This course provides graduate-level training in qualitative research methods as preparation for dissertation research. The course begins by orienting students towards research traditions and epistemological issues. It then considers a range of options for designing research and achieving causal inference. The last third of the course covers concrete tools that researchers may deploy while conducting fieldwork.< (Irreg.)

G5960 Directed Readings - 1 to 3 hours. Prerequisite: graduate standing or permission of instructor. May be repeated; maximum credit six hours. (F, Sp, Su)

G5970 Special Topics/Seminar - 1 to 3 hours. Prerequisite: Graduate standing or permission of instructor. May be repeated; maximum credit nine hours. Special topics or seminar course for content not currently offered in regularly scheduled courses. May include library and/or laboratory research and field projects. (Irreg.)

G5980 Research for Master's Thesis -Variable enrollment, two to nine hours; maximum credit applicable toward degree, six hours. (F, Sp, Su)

G5990 Independent Study - 1 to 3 hours. Prerequisite: Graduate standing and permission of instructor. May be repeated; maximum credit nine hours. Contracted independent study for a topic not currently offered in regularly scheduled courses. Independent study may include library and/or laboratory research and field projects. (Irreg.)

Unless otherwise noted, the prerequisite for courses numbered 6000–6993 is graduate standing and permission of instructor. All seminar courses may be repeated with change of subject matter.

G6003 Political Science: Survey of a Discipline - Prerequisite: admission to doctoral program in political science. Traces the development of the discipline of political science as well as the epistemological and theoretical foundations of the field. Emphasis is given to the role of research design for political analysis. Attention also is devoted to the professional norms and expectations of an academic career in political science. (Every third semester)

G6023 Field Seminar in American Politics - Prerequisite: graduate standing. Seminar designed to introduce as much of the field of American politics as possible. Includes epistemology and paradigms, institutionalism, the various political institutions that structure our politics, and the role of the individual in American politics. (Irreg.)

G6103 Field Seminar in Public Administration - Prerequisite: graduate standing. Review of the field of public administration. Investigates epistemology and paradigms of the field and considers the role of bureaucratic organizations in the American system of governance. (Irreg.)

G6113 Foundations in Public Administration - Prerequisite: graduate standing or permission of instructor. Broad overview of the public administration literature. Historical underpinnings of the subfield and its evolution. Focuses on the frameworks and theories scholars have developed to understand public administration generally. Both theoretical and empirical research are reviewed to examine the “big picture.” (Irreg.)

G6123 Seminar in American Politics and Bureaucracy - Content varies; examination of topics relating to the role of bureaucracy in the American political system and the economic, political and cultural impact of other institutions upon bureaucracy. (Irreg.)

G6143. Seminar in Public Organization Behavior - Covers the literature of organization theory which led to the organization behavior movement. Deals with the models or organization behavior in a cultural as well as organizational/governmental framework. (Irreg.)

G6173 Seminar—Public Administration - Directed research in selected areas of public administration. Commentary and discussion by instructor over general area or areas selected for research. Paper prepared by students and based upon individual research presented to the seminar for analysis and discussion. Example of topic: Decision making in governmental bureaucracy. (Irreg.)

G6223 Field Seminar in Public Policy -Prerequisite: permission of the instructor. A capstone seminar for doctoral students who have substantially completed public policy coursework in preparation of information on completing theories, frameworks, approaches, analytical tools, and guiding principles central to the study of the formulation, implementation, and evaluation of public policy. Attention also will be given to crosscutting topics such as values in the policy process, the role(s) of the policy analyst; ethics; and the utilization and misutilization of the results of social science research. (Irreg.)

G6603 Field Seminar in Comparative Politics - Prerequisite: graduate standing. This course is an exploration of the central theoretical concepts and problems of comparative politics. (Irreg.)

G6753 Seminar in Political Theory - Participants should have a basic knowledge of the history of political theory and should have taken at least one core graduate course in the field (5713, 5723, 5733) or the equivalent. The intensive study of a major text or issue in political theory. Topics examined in recent years include the politics of Aristotle, Rousseau, the political theory of the Enlightenment, and the Greek theory of the Polis. (Irreg.)

G6960 Directed Readings - 1 to 3 hours. Prerequisite: graduate standing or permission of instructor. May be repeated; maximum credit six hours. Directed readings and/or literature review under the direction of a faculty member. (Irreg.)

G6970 Special Topics/Seminar - 1 to 3 hours. Prerequisite: graduate standing or permission of instructor. May be repeated; maximum credit 12 hours. Special topics or seminar course for content not currently offered in regularly scheduled courses. May include library and/or research and field projects. (Irreg.)

G6980 Research for Doctoral Dissertation - (F, Sp, Su)

G6990 Independent Study - 1 to 3 hours. Prerequisite: Graduate standing and permission of instructor. May be repeated; maximum credit nine hours. Contracted independent study for a topic not currently offered in regularly scheduled courses. Independent study may include library and/or laboratory research and field projects. (Irreg.)




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