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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.

*Note: Some UC transferable courses have credit limitations. For details, see a counselor, the Transfer Center adviser, or the articulation officer. 

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 governments will be examined. Emphasis is 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 is placed on freedom of speech, religion and press, rights of the defendant, and equal protection issues of minority groups facing discrimination.

 

Political Science 7
Political Philosophy

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

In this course students will examine political theory as presented in the primary works of major Western thinkers from Plato to Marx. Fundamental issues to be explored include human nature, justice, power, the role of the state, and the legitimate scope of government.

Note: Political Scienc7 is the same course as Philosophy 117.

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.

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 Last Published 10/12/15