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POLS 5010 - American Constitutional Law

Study of the politics of American constitutional law through the study of Supreme Court cases and other public documents.

Credits: 4

Repeat/Retake Information: May not be retaken.

Lecture/Lab Hours: 3.0 lecture

Grades: Eligible Grades: A-F,PR,WP,WF,WN,FN,AU,I

POLS 5015 - Constitutional Politics

The United States Constitution confers authority on the various branches of government in order to empower the federal government. At the same time, the Constitution is designed to restrain public officials in their exercise of institutional power to prevent abuse of government power. In Madisonian theory, the separation of powers system works when one branch challenges another in its exercise of power. Those who challenge another may be motivated by politics or partisanship, but they couch their challenge in constitutional language. Hence 'constitutional politics' serves as conflict that is healthy for the American constitutional order. The system is in trouble when public officials fail to engage in conflict; if one branch asserts excessive power and another branch does not challenge it, then the system runs into the danger of tyranny, which James Madison defined as the accumulation of powers in one branch. Course examines historic and recent constitutional issues to assess whether each branch has lived up to its responsibility of checking the others. If any branch has been remiss, we will explore why.

Credits: 4

Repeat/Retake Information: May not be retaken.

Lecture/Lab Hours: 3.0 lecture

Grades: Eligible Grades: A-F,PR,WP,WF,WN,FN,AU,I

POLS 5040 - Civil Liberties

A problem-based approach to U.S. civil liberties law.

Credits: 4

Repeat/Retake Information: May not be retaken.

Lecture/Lab Hours: 3.0 lecture

Grades: Eligible Grades: A-F,PR,WP,WF,WN,FN,AU,I

POLS 5050 - American Political Parties

Examines the growth, development, and operation of political parties in the United States.

Credits: 4

Repeat/Retake Information: May not be retaken.

Lecture/Lab Hours: 3.0 lecture

Grades: Eligible Grades: A-F,PR,WP,WF,WN,FN,AU,I

POLS 5060 - Elections and Campaigns

Examines the operation of political campaigns in the context of American elections.

Credits: 4

Repeat/Retake Information: May not be retaken.

Lecture/Lab Hours: 3.0 lecture

Grades: Eligible Grades: A-F,PR,WP,WF,WN,FN,AU,I

POLS 5061 - Politics of Appalachia

Provides an introduction to Appalachia, its identity, diversity, (political) culture, and political patterns; also political concerns such as migration, poverty, and powerlessness. The course investigates the region's political economy (with a special focus on the coal industry) and how it fits into the broader national economy. Finally, the course includes an examination of responses to various problems by all levels of government--national, regional, state, and local--plus non-governmental actors; the course investigates reform and resistance efforts.

Credits: 4

Repeat/Retake Information: May not be retaken.

Lecture/Lab Hours: 3.0 lecture

Grades: Eligible Grades: A-F,PR,WP,WF,WN,FN,AU,I

POLS 5062 - American Voting Behavior

Many studies of American elections are premised on the actions of individual voters (as well as potential voters and non-voters). Introduces the classics in the field of voting behavior research, along with recent studies that attempt to stand on the shoulders of these earlier works. Focuses on these two primary questions: a) why do people vote; b) how do they decide for whom to vote? One guiding concern is the issue as to whether voting behavior is self-interested or whether it reflects societal norms. Analyzes patterns of voting behavior in order to better assess American democracy and the manner in which it operates.

Credits: 4

Repeat/Retake Information: May not be retaken.

Lecture/Lab Hours: 3.0 lecture

Grades: Eligible Grades: A-F,PR,WP,WF,WN,FN,AU,I

POLS 5065 - Public Opinion, Political Participation, and Protest

Examines the nature and content of individual and mass political opinion and behavior with an emphasis on explanations of opinion changes, the connection between political opinion and political participation and protest activities, and the consequences of various forms of political behavior for government and democracy.

Credits: 4

Repeat/Retake Information: May not be retaken.

Lecture/Lab Hours: 3.0 lecture

Grades: Eligible Grades: A-F,PR,WP,WF,WN,FN,AU,I

POLS 5067 - Women and Politics

Examines the role of gender in shaping American political life, with an emphasis on the empirical study of gender in politics.

Credits: 4

Repeat/Retake Information: May not be retaken.

Lecture/Lab Hours: 3.0 lecture

Grades: Eligible Grades: A-F,PR,WP,WF,WN,FN,AU,I

POLS 5151 - Politics of Taxation

This course examines sound principles of taxation in the national, state, and local governments. Taxation has also been used as a tool of fiscal policy primarily by the national government. This course will examine how budget and tax policies affect and are affected by the national economy and politics. This course also introduces various fiscal issues such as cost-benefit analysis, intergovernmental fiscal relations, and debt management. Under the quarter system, POLS 490/590 B: Politics of Taxation has been offered for the past several years. This semester course is equivalent to the quarter course.

Credits: 3

Repeat/Retake Information: May not be retaken.

Lecture/Lab Hours: 3.0 lecture

Grades: Eligible Grades: A-F,WP,WF,WN,FN,AU,I

POLS 5152 - Public Sector Cost Accounting

The purpose of this course is to train students as skilled managers of financial and economic resources in public sector organizations. This course provides techniques to control and analyze short run and long run cost behaviors of public sector organizations in line with their goals, outputs, and outcomes, such as cash and debt management. This course also introduces techniques to develop financial reports for financial decision making in public sector organizations, augmented by various financial ratio analyses.

Credits: 3

Repeat/Retake Information: May not be retaken.

Lecture/Lab Hours: 3.0 lecture

Grades: Eligible Grades: A-F,WP,WF,WN,FN,AU,I

POLS 5155 - The White House: Management and Administration

The White House is the center of American public administration. Introduces the White House as a ''mini-bureaucracy'' at the hub of the national government, to include the Executive Office of the President, the White House Office, and the far reaching extensions of presidential bureaucratic power as embodied in such operations as presidential travel. Explores the role of staff within the White House. Focuses on the questions: a) how does the White House work; b) what makes it different from other bureaucracies in the American system of government?

Credits: 4

Repeat/Retake Information: May not be retaken.

Lecture/Lab Hours: 3.0 lecture

Grades: Eligible Grades: A-F,PR,WP,WF,WN,FN,AU,I

POLS 5180 - Interest Groups in American Politics

Organization and tactics of pressure groups and their impact on the policy-making process.

Credits: 4

Repeat/Retake Information: May not be retaken.

Lecture/Lab Hours: 3.0 lecture

Grades: Eligible Grades: A-F,PR,WP,WF,WN,FN,AU,I

POLS 5190 - LGBTQ Politics

Analysis of LGBTQ political issues such as same-sex marriage, military inclusion, non-discrimination, and hate crimes.

Credits: 4

Repeat/Retake Information: May not be retaken.

Lecture/Lab Hours: 3.0 lecture

Grades: Eligible Grades: A-F,PR,WP,WF,WN,FN,AU,I

POLS 5210 - The Politics of Law and Sexuality

An exploration of the regulation of sexuality in the U.S. from legal and theoretical perspectives. Cases and other materials will address a variety of issues including the right to privacy, pornography, the right to marry, and gays in the military.

Credits: 4

Repeat/Retake Information: May not be retaken.

Lecture/Lab Hours: 3.0 lecture

Grades: Eligible Grades: A-F,PR,WP,WF,WN,FN,AU,I