Political Science Courses
Science | Advanced
101 American Federal Government.
The structure and function of the federal government,
with emphasis on the concept of limited government,
constitutional stuctures such as federalism
and seperation of powers, and consideration
of how it actually functions in the contemporary
102 State and Local Government.
How state and local governments function, issues
they face and how they relate to the federal
government, with special emphasis on Michigan.
Attendance at governmental meetings, interviews
of public officials and presentations by governmental
guest speakers are included. Fall.
Introduction to Public Policy. The
public policy process is the heart of politics,
where decisions are made about who gets taxed,
who gets that money, and who determines what
rules we have to live by. Investigates how policy
is made, who the players are, and the effects
of different types of policies.
Career Seminar. Prepares students for
the transition from college to graduate school,
law school, or the working world. Students will
develop their resumes, learn to write application
letters to improve interviewing skills, and
explore career opportunities for political science
United States Presidency. Examines
the role and function of the Presidency in the
American political system. Focus areas include
presidential elections, the growth of presidential
power, relations between President and Congress,
and the President's role in foreign affairs.
International Relations. Analysis of
current worl politics in terms of biological,
psychological, institutional, technical and
geographical factors. Exphasizes the United
States role in major world issues.
Anicent and Medieval Political Philosophy.
Survey of classical and medieval political philosphy.
Modern Political Theory and Philosophy.
Survey of modern and postmodern political philosophy.
Environmental Politics. Considers the
problems of humans' effect on the environment
and political responses to it. Different approaches
to environmentalism are considered, and different
environmental problems analyzed.
United States Foreign Policy. How foreign
policy is made; how and why the U.S. has been
involved in recent world affairs, including
trade, foreign aid, alliances, diplomacy, terrorism,
wars and revolutions, and arms control.
Contemporary Democracies. Political
institutions, policies, and practices of contemporary
democracies throughout the world, as well as
the effects of different democratic arrangments
on political and economic policy and on democratic
sucesses and failures.
Research Methods for Political Science.
Introduction to the research methods used in
Poltical Science, including casual inference,
hypothesis testing, measurement, sampling, survey
research, document analysis, and basic statistical
301 Special Topics in Political Science.
Political Economy. Examination of government's
role in the economy, including consideration
of the theoretical foundations of free trade,
Marxism, Keynesianism and monetarism, with emphasis
on Public Choice theory. rent seeking behavior,
market distorting effects of government regulation
and economic analysis of politics.
315 Globalization. Central issues of
the global political economy: global governance,
international organizations such as the World
Bank, International Monetary Fund and World
Trade Organization, and the phenomenon of globalization
and its implications. Offered occasionally.
328 Politics in the Third World.
Politics and problems of selected third and
fourth world nations of Asia, Africa and Latin
America and their relations with the United
States and the rest of the world. Offered occasionally.
330 Public Opinion, Parties and Elections.
The nature, sources and effects of
public opinion; techniques, strategies and effects
of propaganda; and membership, beliefs and campaigns
of political parties. Coursework will include
analysis and creation of propaganda and working
for political parties or candidates. Offered
topics of Constitutional law, including civil
rights and criminal law. Explores legal reasoning
and the procedures of the Sumpreme Court. Students
will engage in a Supreme Court simulation involving
a current case.
European Politics. Examines the political
institutions, culture, history and problems
of selected European countries and the European
Union, as well as their relations with the United
States and the rest of the world.
Model Arab League. The politics and
policies of the member-states of the Arab League
and the League itself. Course involves participation
in the Michigan Model Arab League and other
Democratization. Examines the processes
by which authoritarian regimes become democartic,
as well as current understandings of why some
democratic transitions are more successful than
others, by examining a number of historical
and contemporary cases from around the world.
Constitutional Law I: Government Powers.Study
of the U.S. Supreme Court decisions that resolve
struggles for power betweem the three branches
of federal government and the federal state
governments. Consideration of such issues as
the governement's authority to regulate drugs,
the president's commander-in-chief powers and
the distinctions between federal and state court
Constitutional Law II: Civil Liberties. Study
of U.S. Supreme Court decisions that determine
the extent to which individual liberties are
protected under the U.S. Constitution, with
special attention to the constitutional rights
of the accused during criminal investigations
and litigation and exporlation of civil rights
issues and the limits of free speech and the
Political Behavior. Examines the foundations
of social and political behavior, considering
such issues as the evolutionary basis of cooperation,
the foundations of racism and violence, the
confluence of power and sex, the strategic value
of deception, and what it means to behave rationally
in a complex political world.
Capstone: Research Seminar. Culmination
experience for political science majors. Students
will select a research topic, review the published
literature on that topic, prepare a research
proposal, conduct the research, and present
their findings publicly. Important writings
in the discipline may be assigned. May be repeated
once for credit, with permission of instructor.
Advanced and Special
199 Exploratory Internship. Arrangements
may be made for internships fulfilling individual
needs and interests. The Lenawee County Pre-Law
Internship offers an introductory look at the
field through visits and interviews with persons
at a dozen or more agencies related to the legal
process. Fall, spring, summer.
222 Washington Symposium. On-campus
study combined with study at the Washington
Center in Washington, D.C. Topics may include
the presidency, Congress, leadership for women,
foreign policy, or the news media in politics.
Study in Washington includes lectures by government
leaders, field trips to government agencies
and one-day internships in government offices.
May and August.
299 Experimental Course.
399 Professional Internship. Political
science interns have been placed with judges,
private and prosecuting attorneys, city and
county managers, police departments, probate
and district courts, newspapers, social service
agencies, political campaigns and state and
national legislators. Fall, spring, summer.
451 Independent Study. Supervised reading,
research or work in an area of special interest
to the student.
499 Advanced Experimental Course.