Political Science Undergraduate Course Descriptions

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] 

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 power, 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, equality, 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 Global Politics

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, Courts, and Social Change

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. (Irreg.) [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. (Irreg.)

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. (Irreg.)

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. (Irreg.)

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. (Irreg.)

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. (Irreg.)

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. (F)

3443 Mass Media and American Politics

Prerequisite: 1113. Role of mass media in American politics including origin and development of relationships between press and politics, how the press covers politics, effects of mass media on public opinion, political elites, and institutions. (Sp)

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 southern 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. (Irreg.) [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. (Irreg.)

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. (Irreg.) [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. (F) [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. (Irreg.) [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. (Irreg.) [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. (Irreg.)

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 explore the basis of each of them. (Irreg.) [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. (Irreg.) [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. (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.)

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  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.)

4023 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)

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 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) [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. (Irreg.)

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.)

4263 American Constitutional Law I

Prerequisite: 1113. Chronological exploration of the role of constitutional principles and the United States Supreme Court in the historical and contemporary political struggles concerning the structure, distribution, and uses of national governmental power in the American polity. Examines the Constitution's allocation of powers vertically between the national government and the states, and horizontally among the legislative, executive, and judicial branches; the changing understandings of the relationship between the economic powers of private individuals and the national government; the powers of the national government over non-citizens; and the Constitution's allocation of war-making powers.

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? (Irreg.) [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. (F, 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. (Irreg.)

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. (Irreg.)

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)

3263 Social Welfare

Introduction to the basics of welfare policy in the United States. To do so, we will review the history of this policy area from early efforts in Western Europe up to the changes made by, and the impacts of, the Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Act of 1996 which did away with the Aid to Families with Dependent Children (AFDC) program and ushered in TANF (Temporary Assistance to Needy Families). There will be a specific focus on the logic behind policy components (to include examining competing theories of human behavior and how they relate to relief efforts), their evolution, and the role of the political environment in fostering change. (Irreg.)

4033 Capitol 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. (Sp)


 

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