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Political Science (PSC)

Chairperson: Professor Rothstein

113 Introduction to American Politics (4)

Basic principles of the government of the United States: constitutionalism, separation of powers, federalism, civil liberties; politics; legislative, executive, and judicial organization; functions of government. (Lec. 3, Rec. 1) (S) [D]

116 Introduction to International Politics (4)

Nature of the state system, foundations of national power, means of exercising power. Cooperative interactions between states. Current international problems. (Lec. 3, Rec. 1) (S) [D]

201 Introduction to Comparative Politics (4)

An examination of different governmental systems and political institutions. Illustrations and comparisons from the Americas, Europe, and the developing nations. (Lec. 4) Pre: 116 or 211. (S) [D]

210 American Politics: Theories and Applications (4)

The core course for political science majors pursuing the American politics track. Students identify, apply and criticize the major theories used to interpret American politics. (Lec. 4)

211 World Politics: Theories and Applications (4)

The core course for political science majors pursuing the world politics track. Students identify, apply, and criticize the major theories used in world politics. (Lec. 4)

240 Major Political Ideologies (3)

Introduction to and analysis of fascism, communism, socialism, and capitalism. An examination of the contemporary meaning of liberalism, radicalism, and conservatism. (Lec. 3)

274 Criminal Justice System

See Sociology 274.

288 The American Legal System (4)

Political and social analysis of the American legal system, particularly at trial court and street levels, roles of participants in that system with court observation. (Lec. 4/Online) Pre: 113 or 210. (S)

300 Challenge of Nuclear Arms (3)

Nuclear weapons addressed from a range of perspectives. Emphasis on the strategic, political, social, and moral issues and controversies raised by the potential for nuclear war. (Lec. 3/Online) Pre: 3 credits in the social sciences recommended or permission of instructor.

303 The Politics of the Vietnam War (4)

The politics of the Vietnam War addressed from a range of perspectives. Emphasis on the political, social, strategic, legal, and moral issues raised by the Vietnam War and its aftermath. (Lec. 3, Practicum 2) Pre: 113 or 210 or 116 or 211 or permission of instructor.

305 Politics in Rhode Island (4)

An exploration of the political process In Rhode Island in an age of New Federalism. Examination of the political development of the state and the character of contemporary politics and policymaking. (Lec. 3, Practicum 2) Pre: 113 0r 210.

310 (212) Introduction to Political Science Research (4)

The core scope and methodology course for all political science majors. Topics covered include: history of political science, evaluation of its current character, and the extent to which politics can be studied scientifically. (Lec. 3, Rec. 1)

312 Topics in Political Science (3)

Critical study of selected topics. Subject will vary according to the expertise and availability of instructors. (Lec. 3) Open to any major. May be repeated for a total of 9 credits.

320 Comparative European Politics (4)

Introduces students to the major political, economic and social systems of Europe through a detailed examination of the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Italy, and Russia. (Lec. 3, Online 1)

321 Politics and Problems of Israel (3)

Analysis of the evolution of political institutions and the dynamics of public policy in Israel. Emphasis on contemporary political problems. (Lec. 3) Pre: 113 or 210 or 116 or 210 or permission of instructor.

330 (221) State and Local Politics and Policy (4)

Examination of the politics, institutions, and policy processes of state and local governments. (Lec. 3, Practicum 2) Pre: 113 or 210.

341 Political Theory: Plato to Machiavelli (4)

Major political philosophies from Plato to Machiavelli and their influence on such key concepts as justice, equality, and political obligation. (Lec. 3, Practicum 2) (L)

342 Political Theory: Modern and Contemporary /(4)

Continuation of 341. Rousseau to the present. (Lec. 3, Practicum 2) Pre: 113 or 210 and 116 or 211. (L)

344 International Financial Economics

See Economics 344.

350 From Cold War to Cold Peace (4)

Provides essential political and historical background to understanding the evolution of U.S. and Soviet/Russian relations over the past 60 years. (Lec. 3, Practicum 2) Pre: 116 or 211.

365 Political Parties and Practical Politics (4)

Analysis of the American party process with some attention to comparative party systems. History, organization, functions, methods, problems, and prospects for reform. Focus on interpersonal interactions with party leaders and activists. (Lec. 3, Practicum 2) Pre: 113 or 210.

367 American Political Campaigns and Elections (4)

Examines the most recent political science research on American political campaigns and elections. Emphasis is also on experiencing real world electoral politics. (Lec. 3, Practicum 2) Pre: 113 or 210.

368 Public Opinion (4)

Examination of public opinion and formative influences upon it. Role and implications of public opinion in governmental process. Focus on the practical analysis of public opinion data. (Lec. 3, Online 1) Pre: 113 or 210.

369 Legislative Process and Public Policy (4)

Analysis of American legislative bodies, particularly Congress, some attention to comparative legislatures. Structure, organization, functions of Congress analyzed in relation to its role in determining public policy. (Lec. 3, Online 1) Pre: 113 or 210.

370 Politics and Media (4)

Analysis of the relationship between the mass media in the United States and the political process. Emphasis on the impact of the media on both domestic and foreign policy processes. (Lec. 3, Practicum 2) Pre: 113 or 210 or 116 or 211, or permission of instructor.

371 The Constitution and the Supreme Court (4)

The historical role of the Constitution and the Supreme Court in American democracy. Analysis of leading constitutional decisions regarding governmental powers and civil rights and liberties. (Lec. 3, Online 1)

375, 376 Field Experience in Practical Politics (1-3 each)

Supervised experience in local, state, and national units of government, political organizations, private and public community agencies. Students must have placement description, faculty supervisor, and outline of academic component of experience prior to registration. (Practicum) Pre: 12 credits in the social sciences including 6 credits in political science and permission of instructor. May be repeated for a maximum of 6 credits. S/U credit.

377 Politics of China (4)

Institutions of the Chinese system including the Communist Party, the state system, the bureaucracy, and the army. Emphasis on China 's economic and social progress and relations with other nations. (Lec. 3, Practicum 2) Pre: 116 or 211 or equivalent recommended.

380 Civil Rights Movement

See African and African American Studies 380.

402 Environmental Policy and Politics (4)

Seminar in the politics and public policy associated with environmental pollution. (Lec. 3, Project 3) Pre: 113 or 210 and junior or senior standing. Not for graduate credit.

403 Global Ecopolitics (4)

Seminar focuses on the international politics of global pollution, marine pollution, atmospheric pollution, tropical deforestation, and conservation. (Lec. 3, Project 3) Pre: 212 or 310. Not for graduate credit.

408 (or AAF 408) African Governments and Politics (4)

Political developments in the new nations of sub-Saharan Africa. Main stress is functional: role of parties as integrative forces, democratic centralism, one-party states, African political thought, and common developmental problems. (Lec. 3, Project 3) Pre: 113 or 210 and 116 or 211.

410 Issues in African Development

See African and African-American Studies 410.

415 Dynamics of Social Change in the Caribbean

See African and African American Studies 415.

416 Russian Politics and Society (4)

An upper-level introduction to the politics and society of Russia and the Commonwealth of Independent States. (Lec. 3, Project 3) Pre: sophomore standing or permission of instructor. Not for graduate credit. Offered in alternate years.

417 Russian Foreign Policy (4)

An upper-level introduction to the issues of Russian foreign policy, including relations with newly formed states of the CIS. (Lec. 3, Project 3) Pre: sophomore standing or permission of instructor. Not for graduate credit. Offered in alternate years.

420 Nonviolence and Change in the Nuclear Age /(3)

Focuses on the philosophies and political participation of individuals and movements working nonviolently for social change and conflict resolution from M. Gandhi and M.L. King to the present within America and globally. (Lec. 3) Pre: 113 or 210 or 116 or 211.

422 International Political Economy (4)

Examines the impact of political and economic influences on interactions between and within states. (Lec. 3, Project 3) Pre: 212 or 310 or permission of the instructor. Not for graduate credit.

431 International Relations (4)

Analysis of the various theories of international relations and study of the major factors influencing the politics of international conflict, trade, organizations, and other interactions between international actors. (Lec. 3, Project 3) Pre: 212 or 310 or permission of the instructor. Not for graduate credit.

434 American Foreign Policy (4)

Analysis of the institutions, techniques, and instruments of policy making and the execution of foreign policy. (Lec. 3, Project 3) Pre: 212 or 310 or permission of the instructor. Not for graduate credit.

435 Theories of International Conflict (4)

Analysis of the various theories of internationa! conflict. Topics include interstate war, international disputes, interstate rivalry, and democratic peace theory. (Lec. 3, Project 3) Pre: 212 or 310 or permission of the instructor. Not for graduate credit.

440 The Politics of Being Mortal (4)

Seminar on how attitudes toward death affect political values and priorities, especially in regard to capitalism and the threat of nuclear war. (Seminar 3, Project 3) Pre: 341, 342, or permission of instructor. Not for graduate credit.

443 Twenty-first Century Political Theory (4)

Important political theorists of this century, particularly as they interpret the basis of political obligation and weigh the question of violent political change. (Lec. 3, Project 3) Pre: 240 or 341 or 342 or any 300 level philosophy course or permission of instructor. Not for graduate credit. Offered every third year.

455, 456 Directed Study or Research (3 each)

Special work arranged to meet the needs of individual students who desire advanced work in political science. (Independent Study) Pre: permission of chairperson.

461 The American Presidency (4)

Presidential leadership and decision making, with emphasis on growth in power and prestige of the presidency, exercise of presidential influence in conduct of government, and presidential initiative in formulating and developing national policies and priorities. (Lec. 3, Project 3) Pre: 113 or 210 and 212 or 310 or permission of instructor. Not for graduate credit.

466 (or AAF 466) Urban Problems (3)

Contemporary and emerging problems of urban affairs. Discussion, reading, and assignments on the interaction among urban change, development of social institutions, and formation of public policy. (Lec. 3/Online) Pre: 113 or 210.

471 Constitutional Law (3)

The Supreme Court as a political institution in American democracy. Analysis of leading constitutional decisions exploring adaptation of governmental powers to changed conditions of society, development and function of judicial review, and dynamics of decision making in the Supreme Court. (Lec. 3) Pre: 113 or 210.

472 Civil Liberties (4)

The problem of human freedom examined in the context of the fundamental rights guaranteed to individuals by the American Constitution. Emphasis on religious liberty, freedom of expression, racial equality, fair criminal procedures, and the protection of personality and privacy. (Lec. 3, Project 3) Pre: 371 or permission of instructor. Not for graduate credit.

476 Policy Issues in Criminal Justice

See Sociology 476.

481, 482 Political Science Seminar (3 each)

Intensive studies in various important fields in political science. Class discussion of assigned readings and student reports. Emphasis on independent research. (Seminar) Pre: 6 credits in political science beyond 113 or 210 and 116 or 310.

485 The Politics of Children’s Rights (3)

Explores the political aspects and their relationship to socioeconomic and cultural factors of major issues that affect children’s lives. Focuses on individual and societal rights and responsibilities in America and internationally. (Seminar) Pre: six credits in social sciences recommended or permission of instructor.

491 Principles of Public Administration (3)

Principles of public administration, structure and organization, financial management, administrative responsibility, and the relation between the administration and other branches of government. (Lec. 3) Pre: 113 or 210.

501 Administrative Theory (3)

Theoretical constructs and models in fields of public administration; theories of Weber, Riggs, Dorsey, Simon, Presthus. Lower-level models in subfields of organization, communications, and decision making. Task-oriented subject matter such as personnel, budget, and program administration related to theoretical formulations that seek to explain them. (Lec. 3) Pre: 491 or permission of instructor.

503 (or LRS 503) Problems in Public Personnel Administration (3)

Development of personnel administration, including problems of recruitment, examination, promotion, and staffing within public service. Emphasis on evaluation of employee performance and collective bargaining in public service. (Lec. 3) Pre: graduate standing or permission of instructor.

504 Ethics in Public Administration (3)

This course explores through case studies, class discussion, films, and readings how ethical deliberation in the public sector is an essential commitment and skill for public administrators. (Seminar) Pre: graduate standing or permission of instructor.

505 (or SOC 505) Public Program Evaluation (3) )Research design and methodologies associated with the evaluation of governmental programs and activities. (Lec. 3) Pre: STA 308 or equivalent or permission of instructor.

506 Seminar in Budgetary Politics (3)

Examination of federal, state, and local fiscal and budgetary processes, focusing on the politics of the budgetary process and models of budgeting, with emphasis on contemporary issues. (Seminar)

507 Government Financial Administration (3)

Political, administrative, and technical elements of government financial management in public policy settings are examined. Special emphasis is placed on local and state governments and public authorities. (Seminar) Pre: graduate standing or permission of instructor.

521 International and Comparative Trade Unions and Labor Relations

See Labor and Industrial Relations 521.

524 Seminar in Public Policy Problems (3)

In-depth exploration of selected problems of policy formulation: intergovernmental relations, regionalization, citizen participation and control, priority setting for public sector programs. (Seminar) Pre: 491, 501, or permission of instructor.

544 Democracy and Its Critics (3)

Seminar examining the roots of modern democracy in the social contract theories and analyzing the quality and limits of self-determination in these theories in the light of contemporary politics. (Lec. 3) Pre: 341, 342, or permission of instructor.

546 Peace and World Order Studies (3)

This seminar explores various approaches globally to peace-building, world order, and community. Emphasizes conflict resolution, from local to transnational levels, and the search for social justice and human unity. (Seminar) Pre: 420 or permission of instructor.

553 Scope and Methods of Political Science (3)

Study of political science as a discipline, its development in relation to other social sciences, and survey of political theories, concepts, and analytic models. (Seminar) Pre: graduate standing.

555, 556 Directed Study or Research (3 each)

Special work arranged to meet the individual needs of graduate students in political science. (Independent Study) Pre: permission of chairperson.

573 Administrative Law (3)

Legal aspects of interaction among government agencies, individuals, and public interest groups. Systematic analysis of leading cases, evaluating the courts as an instrument for protecting the individual 's rights in administrative action. (Lec. 3) Pre: 113.

577 International Ocean Law

See Marine Affairs 577.

580 Seminar in International Relations Theory (3)

A critical treatment of major international relations theories beginning with an analysis of core theoretical concepts. (Seminar) Pre: honors seniors with permission of instructor or graduate standing.

581, 582 Special Topics Seminar (3 each)

Master’s-level seminar on special topics in political science not regularly covered in other courses. (Seminar) Pre: graduate or senior standing in political science or permission of instructor. May be repeated up to five times for a total of 15 credits with different topic.

583 Seminar in American Politics (3)

Critical consideration of central issues in American political institutions, behavior, and policy making. (Seminar) Pre: honors seniors with permission of instructor or graduate standing.

584 Seminar in Advanced Comparative Theory (3)

A critical treatment of the major methodological approaches used in comparative politics beginning with an analysis of core theoretical concepts. (Seminar) Pre: graduate standing; undergraduates only with permission of instructor.

590 Internship in Public Administration (3-6)

Participation at an administrative agency under supervision of agency head and a faculty member. Planning, personnel management, research organization, budgeting, interdepartmental relations, informal liaisons that are the hallmark of effective administration. (Practicum) Pre: permission of M.P.A. director. May be taken as one 6-credit unit or two 3-credit units.

595 Environment and Development Economics

See Environmental Economics 595.

599 Master’s Thesis Research

Number of credits is determined each semester in consultation with the major professor or program committee. (Independent Study) S/U credit.


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