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USA Undergraduate/Graduate Bulletin 2014-2015

POLITICAL SCIENCE (PSC)

NOTE: It is not recommended that freshmen register for any 300 or 400 level Political Science course.

PSC 101

Introduction to Political Science: 3 cr

Honors  

The course is an intellectual investigation of the traditional and behavioral approaches to the five broad areas of sub-fields that constitute the academic study of political science, namely, political theory, American government, comparative politics, international relations, and public administration.

PSC 130

Introduction to U.S. Government 3 cr

Stresses formation and principles of the United States Constitution and roles of Congress, the President, and the Courts in the American system of government. Considers popular participation in politics, rights and responsibilities of citizens, and current public problems. Core Course: PSC & CJ majors must pass with a "C" or better.

PSC 230

Current Political Issues 3 cr

An examination of the perennial political questions as they arise in current political issues and the arguments supporting different positions on the issues.

PSC 232

State and Local Governments 3 cr

An overview of state and local government systems. An analysis of administration and politics within states and localities and an examination of state and local governmental action.

PSC 250

Comparative Politics 3 cr

Introduction into the basic differences and similarities of the major political systems of the world. Emphasis is placed upon governmental structures and processes. PSC majors must pass with a "C" or better.

PSC 251

World Leaders 3 cr

This course introduces students to the concept of leadership and focuses on the lives and achievements of a number of influential 20th century leaders.

PSC 270

International Relations 3 cr

A survey of theoretical and substantive aspects of international relations. Topics covered include power and alternative to power, war and peace, money and trade, international organization and law, North-South relations, environment and technology, human rights, and the like. PSC majors must pass with a "C" or better.

PSC 301

Public Policy 3 cr

Examination of selected functions and policies of the US Government, with special emphasis on the relationship between politics and the socioeconomic environment. Emphasis is placed upon the political, economic, and historical variables as they affect contemporary public policy output. Pre-requisites: PSC 130 and sophomore standing or above.

PSC 310

Research Methods 3 cr

Examines the concepts and techniques of systematic political analyses and research methodology. (Identical to CJ 310.) PSC & CJ majors must pass with a "C" or better. Pre-requisite: Sophomore standing or above.

PSC 311

Political Philosophy I: 3 cr

Classical and Medieval  

An examination of the central themes of classical Western political philosophy through the reading and discussing of the primary works of such thinkers as Plato, Aristotle, Augustine, and Aquinas. Cross-listed as PHL 311. Credit cannot be received for both PSC 311 and PHL 311. PSC majors must pass with a "C" or better. Pre-requisite: Sophomore standing or above.

PSC 312

Political Philosophy II: 3 cr

Renaissance and Enlightenment  

An examination of the central themes of modern Western political philosophy through the reading and discussing of the primary works of such thinkers as Machiavelli, Hobbes, Locke, and Rousseau. Cross-listed as PHL 312. Credit cannot be received for both PSC 312 and PHL 312. PSC majors must pass with a "C" or better. Pre-requisite: Sophomore standing or above.

PSC 313

Political Philosophy III: 19th Century (W) 3 cr

An examination of the central themes of modern Western political philosophy through the reading and discussing of the primary works of such thinkers as Hegel, Mill, Marx, and Nietzsche. Cross-listed as PHL 313. Credit cannot be received for both PSC 313 and PHL 313. PSC majors must pass with a "C" or better. Pre-requisites: EH 102 and sophomore standing or above.

PSC 330

Judicial Process

3 cr

The study of the American judicial process at the federal and state court levels. (Identical to CJ 330). Pre-requisite: Sophomore standing or above.

PSC 331

Constitutional Law (W)

3 cr

Principles of constitutional powers and liberties will be examined through an analysis of decisions and opinions by the US Supreme Court. (Identical to CJ 331). Pre-requisites: EH 102 and sophomore standing or above.

PSC 338

Parties and Political Participation

3 cr

Examines the nature of participation in the political process with special emphasis on political parties, interest groups and voting. Pre-requisite: Sophomore standing or above.
PSC 340 Race, Gender and Politics 3 cr
This course is designed to provide students with a critical examination of race and gender in the political system. Politics and government reflect ideological judgments about who gets what, when, and how. As such, government has legitimized only certain individuals as political actors, certain identities as politically relevant, certain relationships as important, and certain practices as the means by which one might change political status. Pre-requisite: Sophomore standing or above.
PSC 345 Women and Politics 3 cr
The central premise of this course is that politics cannot be fully understood without including gender as an analytical construct. From the founding to the present, politics and government reflect ideological judgments about who gets what, when, and how. As such, government has legitimized only certain individuals as political actors and certain identities as politically relevant. This course sets out to discover how gender matters in U.S. politics. Pre-requisite: Sophomore standing or above.

PSC 347

Public Opinion and

3 cr

Political Participation

The formation, composition, distribution, and measurement of public opinions and its effect upon public policy. Pre-requisite: Sophomore standing or above.

PSC 360

Politics of Europe

3 cr

Comparative study of the political institutions and policies of the European countries, with a special focus on Great Britain, France, Germany, and Russia. Pre-requisite: Sophomore standing or above.

PSC 363

Politics of Latin America

3 cr

Comparative study of the political institutions and policies of the Latin American countries. Pre-requisite: Sophomore standing or above.

PSC 364

Politics of Africa (W)

3 cr

Comparative study of the political institutions and policies of the countries of Sub-Sahara Africa. Pre-requisites: EH 102 and sophomore standing or above.

PSC 365

Middle East Politics (W)

3 cr

Comparative study of the political institutions and policies of the countries of North Africa and the Middle East. Pre-requisites: EH 102 and sophomore standing or above.

PSC 368

Politics of South Asia (W)

3 cr

Comparative study of the political institutions and policies of the South Asian countries. Pre-requisites: EH 102 and sophomore standing or above.

PSC 372

American Foreign Policy

3 cr

The traditional features, the formulation, the instruments, and the general trends of American diplomacy. Pre-requisite: Sophomore standing or above.

PSC 390

Special Topics

3 cr

Study of a significant topic or problem in political science. May be repeated up to two times when content varies. Only 6 credit hours may be applied to the Political Science major. Pre-requisite: Sophomore standing or above.

PSC 401

Public Administration (W)

3 cr

National, state, and local administration, with special attention to the relationship between formal agency structure and policy execution. (Identical to PSC 501). Pre-requisites: EH 102 and sophomore standing or above.

PSC 421

American Political Thought I (W)

3 cr

An examination of the central themes of American political thought through the reading and discussing of the primary works of such thinkers as Roger Williams, Hamilton, Madison, Jefferson, Thoreau, Calhoun, and Lincoln. Pre-requisites: EH 102 and sophomore standing or above.

PSC 422

American Political Thought II (W)

3 cr

An examination of the central themes of American political thought through the reading and discussing of the primary works of such thinkers as Tocqueville, Sumner, Veblen, Lippmann, Niebuhr, Martin Luther King, Jr. and Malcolm X. Pre-requisites: EH 102 and sophomore standing or above.

PSC 436

The Politics and Process of

3 cr

Urban Government

A study of Urban growth with an analysis of the major problems facing large cities of this country. Political, administrative, social, and economic aspects will be covered. Pre-requisite: Sophomore standing or above.

PSC 437

Legislative Process in the United

3 cr
States
Principles, procedures, and problems of law making, with special attention given to the US Congress. Pre-requisite: Sophomore standing or above.

PSC 438

The American Presidency (W)

3 cr

A study of the presidency in its institutional context, with an emphasis on competing strategies of executive decision making and leadership. Pre-requisites: EH 102 and sophomore standing or above.

PSC 450

Advanced Studies in

3 cr

Comparative Politics

Advanced study in the area of comparative politics. May be repeated when subject matter varies. Pre-requisites: PSC 250 and sophomore standing or above.
PSC 452 The Muslim World 3 cr
This course will introduce students to Islam and Islamism in the Muslim world. In doing so, the course will cover politics, economics and sociocultural environment in Muslim countries; discuss the meaning, characteristics, causes and consequences of Islamism; profile a few of the most prominent Islamic organizations; cover the biographies of the most prominent Muslim leaders and Islamists, and offers suggestions for ameliorating relations between the Muslim world and the West in a way that promotes mutual understanding, peace, rather than misunderstanding and conflict. Pre-requisite: junior or senior standing. Pre-requisite: Sophomore standing or above.

PSC 470

Advanced Studies in

3 cr

International Relations

Advanced study in the field of international relations. May be repeated for credit when subject matter varies. Pre-requisites: PSC 270 and sophomore standing or above.
PSC 473 International Law 3 cr
This course covers major issues, cases and topics in public and private international law. Topics covered include individuals and corporations, diplomatic relations, extraterritorial jurisdiction, human rights, economic relations, treaty systems, environmental law, arbitration and adjudication, and the use of force. (Identical to CJ 473 and IS 473). Pre-requisite: Sophomore standing or above.
PSC 475 International Political Economy 3 cr
An integrative course that combines material from political science, economics, international relations, and general business studies. Topics covered include public policy towards multinational corporations, issues of globalization, theoretical issues about international political economy, trade and finance, and the like (Identical to IS 475). Pre-requisite: Sophomore standing or above.

PSC 481

Public Policy and Aging

3 cr

Examines government response to the growing number of older Americans. The course examines the policy process and focuses on such issues as retirement, pensions, health care, housing, social services, and intergenerational issues. Elder advocacy and the long term political consequences of demographic changes are also addressed. Pre-requisite: Sophomore standing or above.

PSC 490

Special Topics

3 cr

Study of a significant topic or problem in political science. May be repeated up to two times when the content varies. Only 6 credit hours may be applied to the Political Science major. Pre-requisite: Sophomore standing or above.
PSC 492 Capstone Seminar in
Political Science (W) 3 cr
Required course for all political science majors and serves as the comprehensive experience in political science. The course will be taught at the senior level and will focus on public policy issues at the national and international levels. In addition the course requirements, including a major research paper, students must take the ETS field test in political science and receive a satisfactory score. Political Science majors must pass with a "C" or better. This course serves as a capstone course for political science majors. Pre-requisites: Senior Political Science Major, and EH 102. Taught in the fall semester.

PSC 494

Directed Studies

1-3 cr

Under the guidance of a faculty member, the student will pursue directed research or readings on an approved topic in political science. May be repeated for a maximum of 3 credit hours. Pre-requisites: Senior standing, PSC major, and a minimum GPA of "B" in PSC and overall.

PSC 496

Professional Studies: Internship

3-12 cr

Relates the intern's classroom studies with occupational and professional experiences in an approved government or para-governmental agency. Written reports required. Course may be repeated for a maximum of twelve hours' credit. Only three hours apply to the political science curriculum. Pre-requisites: Open only to political science majors and minors with advanced standing with permission of department chair. S/U grading only.

PSC 497

Practicum in Polling

3 cr

Supervised experience in all aspects of the survey research process including but not limited to literature review, research design, questionnaire development, sampling techniques, interviewing, data analysis, interpretation and presentation of findings. Pre-requisites: PSC 130, PSC 310, S/U grading only, and permission of the professor.

PSC 498

Practicum in Policy Studies

3-9 cr

Students will be exposed to a variety of experiences associated with the operations of a fully operational research center, including in-service and management training, consulting, sponsored research, organizational assessments, strategic and programming planning, operations, program evaluations, intergovernmental fiscal processes including the research for funding, and grant writing. Research assignments will include basic research design, survey and focus group instrument development, administration of surveys, handling focus groups, curriculum preparation and administration, data manipulation and analysis, and report writing. Only three hours of PSC 498 can be applied toward the requirements for the political science major or minor curriculum at the University of South Alabama. Pre-requisites: PSC 130, PSC 310, or permission of professor, S/U grading only.

PSC 499

Honors Thesis (W)

3 cr

The research and writing of a major paper in the field of political science. Pre-requisite: USA Honors Program.
(NOTE: PSC 130, Introduction to US Government, or its equivalent and permission of graduate director or department chair, are Pre-requisites for each of the following courses.)

PSC 500

Public Administration

3 cr

Organization Theory and Concepts

of Public Management

A review and examination of the several principal, traditional, and contemporary theories of organization, policy making, and administration. Field problems and case studies are stressed.
PSC 501 Public Administration 3 cr
National, state, and local administration, with special attention to the relationship between formal agency structure and policy execution. (Identical to PSC 401).

PSC 510

Intergovernmental and

3 cr

Interorganizational Relations

A review of the political, fiscal and administrative relationships between various levels of government in America. In addition, the emerging nexus to 3d sector non-profit organizations will be examined.

PSC 520

Research Methods and Design

3 cr

Social science research methodologies will be used to help students develop skills for policy analysis and decision making in the public service. Stresses the understanding of research methods and data collection in a Public Administration setting. Theoretical development and elaboration, and an overview of the variety of research designs used in social science research will be included.

PSC 530

Quantitative Analysis

3 cr

Focus is on application of statistical analysis techniques to Public Administration problems and issues. Computer analysis and interpretation of descriptive statistics will be emphasized. Topics will include fundamentals of probability, sampling, hypothesis testing, point estimation, association, correlation, and multi variate analysis.

PSC 537 Legislative Process in the United States 3 cr
Principles, procedures, and problems of law making, with special attention given to the U.S. Congress.

PSC 540

Public Human Resource

3 cr

Management

This course will cover contemporary topics in public personnel administration, including public-employee unionization, relevance of the traditional civil-service approach, the challenge of employee productivity and motivation, equal opportunity, and public service ethics.

PSC 541

Leadership: Theory and Practice

3 cr

This course will provide the analytical and intellectual thought and careful examination and reflection of the core issues in the practice of leadership. Models and influences on leadership will be critically examined.

PSC 550

Managing the Public Budget

3 cr

This course emphasizes the political management and public-policy implications of budget reform. The conceptual framework for program and performance budgeting will be explored, as well as the increasing congressional role in federal budget policy.

PSC 560

Comparative Public Administration

3 cr

A study of the operation of government systems throughout the World-their history, features, similarities, and differences.

PSC 570

Administrative Law

3 cr

This course emphasizes the relationship between administrative processes of government and the legal system. Attention is given not only to the administrative process involving formal adjudication, rule making, and judicial review, but also to those processes involving formal and unreviewed discretionary action. Students propose legal resolutions to contemporary administrative issues.

PSC 572

Environmental Law

3 cr

This course will introduce the student to some of the fundamental concepts of environmental law. It will utilize the philosophy and history of environmental law as it has developed from the Common Law of England to provisions of a Municipal Code.

PSC 576

Administration Issues in

3 cr

Criminal Justice in the

Mental Health System

An overview of the relevant federal and state laws, federal regulations, and court rulings that address the issues of criminal justice for preserving the rights of those citizens who suffer from mental illness.

PSC 580

Public Policy Analysis and

3 cr

Evaluation

A practical introduction to policy analysis and program evaluation including a general overview of conceptual frameworks by which evaluations are conducted and an examination of the various qualitative and quantitative techniques by which policy outcomes and programs are analyzed. Designed to develop skills necessary for conducting evaluations and assessing the validity and credibility of evaluations conducted by others.

PSC 581

Public Policy and Aging

3 cr

Examines government response to the growing number of older Americans. The course examines the policy process and focuses on such issues as retirement, pensions, health care, housing, social services, and intergenerational issues. Elder advocacy and the long term political consequences of demographic changes are also addressed.
PSC 585 Health Policy 3 cr
This course focuses on two distinct aspects of American health policy. First the policy making process is examined in the context of health care and the major decision making powers (congress, presidency, bureaucracy, and special interests). Second, existing health care policies are examined with an emphasis on the implications for access, financing, and quality of care.
PSC 586 Health Administration 3 cr
Applications of management principles to health care organizations with a focus on governance and leadership, human resources, control systems, strategic planning, and accountability.
PSC 587 Health Politics and the Elderly 3 cr
This course focuses on the health policy process and issues impacting the elderly, with particular attention given to the politics of legislation, financing mechanisms, and strategies for reform.

PSC 590

Special Topics

3 cr

Study of a significant topic in Public Administration. May be repeated for credit when the content varies.

PSC 594

Directed Studies

1-6 cr

Under the guidance of a faculty member, student will pursue directed study of approved topics in public administration. For non-thesis students.

PSC 596

Professional Studies

3-9 cr max

Internship in Public Administration

Relates the participants' classroom studies to occupational and professional experiences in an approved public agency. Written reports required. May be taken for a total of nine hours. (For further details, see section on internship.)

PSC 597

Practicum in Polling

3 cr

Supervised experience in all aspects of the survey research process including but not limited to literature review, research design, questionnaire development, sampling techniques, interviewing, data analysis, and interpretation and presentations of findings. Pre-requisite: permission of professor.

PSC 598

Practicum in Policy Studies

3-9 cr

Students will be exposed to a variety of experiences associated with the operations of a fully operational research center, including in-service and management training, consulting, sponsored research, organizational assessments, strategic and program planning, operations, program evaluation, intergovernmental fiscal processes including the search for funding, and grant writing. Research assignments will include basic research design, survey and focus groups, curriculum preparation and administration, data manipulation and analysis, and report writing. Only three hours of PSC 598 can be applied toward the requirements for the MPA program at the University of South Alabama. Pre-requisite: permission of the professor.

PSC 599

Thesis

3-6 cr

Completion and oral defense of a master's thesis based upon original research. May be repeated for up to six credit hours. A minimum of six hours credit is required to meet degree requirements. Pre-requisite: Approval of research prospectus, including IRIB or Animal Use and Care Committee approval, if applicable.
Department of Political Science and Criminal Justice
College of Arts and Sciences

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