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Political Science 1
Governments of the United States and California

3 units; 3 hours lecture
Recommended Preparation: eligibility for English 1A
Credit, degree applicable
Transfer CSU, UC*

This course is a survey of the concepts, theories, and functions of the American political system. The basic principles of the United States Constitution and the government of California will be examined. Emphasis will be placed on the formal and informal influences of federalism on national and state governments.

Political Science 2
Introduction to Comparative Politics

3 units; 3 hours lecture
Recommended Preparation: Political Science 1
and eligibility for English 1A
Credit, degree applicable
Transfer CSU, UC

In this course students will analyze political systems of different countries in a comparative context. Emphasis will be placed on studying the differences and similarities of governmental systems found in developed democratic nation-states. Developing countries, regional systems, and new democracies will also be analyzed to illustrate the complex nature of creating and maintaining a functioning nation-state system.

Political Science 3
Introduction to Principles and Methods of Political Science

3 units; 3 hours lecture
Recommended Preparation: eligibility for English 1A
Credit, degree applicable
Transfer CSU, UC

This course focuses on analysis of the basic concepts, political theories and subfields of political science.  Major topics include a description of the methodology and research techniques employed by contemporary political scientists.  Major political theories of the individual and the state, and the impact of these themes on modern political ideologies will also be examined.

Political Science 5
Ethnicity in the American Political Process

3 units; 3 hours lecture
Recommended Preparation: eligibility for English 1A
Credit, degree applicable
Transfer CSU, UC

In this course students will analyze racial and ethnic group relations in the context of the American political system and process.  The relationship of racial and ethnic groups in American society to local, state, and national government will be examined.  Emphasis will be placed on problems of assimilation and integration into the American political system.

Political Science 6
Civil Rights and Liberties in the United States

3 units; 3 hours lecture
Recommended Preparation: eligibility for English 1A
Credit, degree applicable
Transfer CSU, UC

This course introduces students to the study of civil rights and liberties based on current legislation and pertinent court decisions. Emphasis will be placed on First Amendment protections, rights of the defendant, and problems of minority groups facing discrimination.

Political Science 8
California State and Local Government and Intergovernmental Issues

3 units; 3 hours lecture
Recommended Preparation: eligibility for English 1A
Credit, degree applicable
Transfer CSU

In this course the organization and operation of California's state and local (county, city, special district) governments, as well as intergovernmental issues, will be examined. Topics will include urban problems, regional politics, and intergovernmental relations. California's interrelationships with local and national institutions and policies will be analyzed.

Political Science 10
Introduction to International Relations

3 units; 3 hours lecture
Recommended Preparation: Political Science 1;
eligibility for English 1A
Credit, degree applicable
Transfer CSU, UC

In this course students will examine the factors that determine the relations between nations and the problems that result from the interplay of these factors. The conditions that can lead to both conflict and cooperation among nations will be examined. Major topics include international security, issues of international political economy, and international organizations. International law and diplomacy are examined as alternative means of resolving conflict.

Political Science 50
Special Topics in Political Science

Units determined by individual course;
lecture/ lab hours determined by individual course
Credit status determined by individual course

This course is designed to explore topics in Political Science more specific than provided in other courses in the regular departmental curriculum. Students are referred to the current schedule of classes for details of specific courses.

Political Science 99abc
Independent Study

1-3 units; hours to be arranged
Enrollment Limitation: two courses in Political Science with a minimum grade of B
in each and acknowledgment by the instructor with whom the student will work
Credit, degree applicable
Transfer CSU, UC - limitations apply

This course provides advanced studies in a subject field of Political Science not covered in the regular departmental offerings. Regular conferences will be held with the instructor to discuss and coordinate the assigned projects (60 hours per unit).

Note: Refer to page 11 of the College Catalog for eligibility requirements.

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 Last Published 8/5/10