Political Science course descriptions: 2012-2013 Bulletin
Political Science (PS)
501. Political Socialization. 3 hrs. An analysis of the American political system on an advanced level.
502. Urban Politics. 3 hrs. An examination of political issues in America's metropolitan areas.
503. Politics and Environment. 3 hrs. Course examines major political theories applied in environmental approaches. Second, the impact of these political theories on environmental policies is considered.
504. The Legislative Process. 3 hrs. An examination of American legislative institutions, with major emphasis on Congress.
505. Women and Politics. 3 hrs. An examination of the women’s movement, women in political theory with an emphasis on democratic theory, women and the law, and modern feminist thought.
506. Political Parties. 3 hrs. An examination of the role of political parties in the American political system.
507. Mississippi Government. 3 hrs. An examination of political institutions and processes in Mississippi.
508. The American Presidency. 3 hrs. An analysis of the selection, role, power, and performance of the presidency.
509. Southern Politics. 3 hrs. An examination of the politics and political culture of the southern states.
520. Political Theory Plato to Machiavelli. 3 hrs. Examines major thinkers from 500 B.C. to 1500 A.D. Includes–in addition to Plato and Machiavelli–Aristotle, Augustine, and Aquinas, and topics such as feudal political thought.
521. Political Theory Hobbes to Nietzche. 3 hrs. A study of modern political theory, focusing on selected theorists (e.g. Hobbes, Rousseau, Marx, and Nietzsche) and topics such as anarchism and socialism.
526. 20th-Century Political Theory. 3 hrs. Thinkers from V.I. Lenin to Hannah Arendt, Michel Foucault, and Vaclav Havel will be analyzed. The course includes schools of contemporary thought such as feminism and postmodernism.
531. International Law and Organization. 3 hrs. The study of the functions of intergovernmental organizations in the modern world system.
535. Comparative Foreign Policy. 3 hrs. An examination of the foreign policies of other nations.
550. Comparative Studies in European Politics. 3 hrs. An examination of contemporary West European political systems, including the European Union.
552. The Political Systems of Great Britain and the Commonwealth. 3 hrs. An analysis of the politics of Great Britain stressing the dynamics of parliamentary government.
553. Politics and Protests. 3 hrs. Examines political social movements in the United States and abroad. No prerequisite or prior knowledge of the subject is required.
554. African Politics and Culture. 3 hrs. A survey of the political systems of Africa, including both north Africa and sub-Saharan Africa.
556. Latin American Governments and Politics. 3 hrs.
557. Political Development. 3 hrs. A comparative analysis of political change and modernization.
558. Latin American Political and Economic Development. 3 hrs.
559. Human Rights. 3 hrs. Examination of governmental abuses of human rights and efforts to protect human rights.
570. Science, Technology and Politics. 3 hrs. The role of politics in science and technology is examined specifically in terms of the impact of elites, the public, and technocrats.
572. Organization and Management. 3 hrs. The “models” or “theories” of organization. Administrative management and alternative models are evaluated as to their potential for authentic public organization.
574. The Politics of Taxing and Spending. 3 hrs. This course is divided into two areas, budgeting models and their politics; issues such as taxing, fiscal policies, etc., are considered.
580. United States Constitutional Law. 3 hrs. An examination of the powers of the national government and the relationship between the national and state government using Supreme Court decisions.
584. Administrative Law. 3 hrs. An analysis of the procedures and powers of federal agencies.
585. International Law. 3 hrs. The development of the modern law of nations with emphasis on conventions and cases.
588. Women and the Law. 3 hrs. This course examines the constitutional and legal rights of women in the United States.
589. United States Supreme Court and Civil Liberties. 3 hrs. An analysis of the role of the United States Supreme Court in protecting individual rights. Primary focus is on litigation involving provisions of the Bill of Rights.
599. Seminar in British Politics. 3-6 hrs. A seminar conducted in Great Britain under the auspices of the Anglo-American Institute.
611. Research Methods. 3 hrs. An introduction to the theory and practice of research methods in political science.
612. Political Analysis. 3 hrs. An introduction to the theory and practice of political analysis.
640. International Security. 3 hrs. This course examines the causes and effects of international security issues and the array of strategies for addressing problems related to war and peace in world politics.
641. International Development Theory. 3 hrs. This course examines the intellectual heritage and the present global framework for research/practice in international development, including foundations in various disciplines. Course Descriptions 353
642. International Political Economy. 3 hrs. This course examines the intellectual heritage and the present global framework for research and practice in international political economy.
643. Globalization. 3 hrs. This course examines globalization and its effects on states, markets, culture, poverty, inequality, and conflict.
681. Feminist Political Theory and Jurisprudence. 3 hrs. This course will address the question of justice from a feminist perspective.
691. Research in Political Science. 1-16 hrs.
692. Special Problems. 1-3 hrs. arr. The student works individually on a paper in political science under the supervision of a graduate faculty member.
693. Internship in Political Science. Hours. arranged. Departmental approval required. Student will work with an employer acting in the public sector in order to form practical experience in political and public affairs.
697. Independent Study and Research. Hours arranged. Not to be counted as credit toward a degree. Students actively working on a thesis, consulting with the major professor, or using other resources of the university may enroll in this course. Students who are not in residence and are not enrolled in at least 3 hours of thesis but who are actively working on a thesis, consulting with the major professor, or using other resources of the university must enroll in this course for at least 3 hours each semester.
698. Thesis. 1-6 hrs. for a total of 6 hrs.
700. Seminar in United States Government. 3 hrs. Prerequisite: Course in American national, state, and local government or consent of instructor. May be taken twice for credit.
721. Seminar in Political Theory. 3 hrs. May be taken twice for credit.
730. Seminar in United States Foreign Relations. 3 hrs. Prerequisite: Another course in United States foreign policy or history of United States foreign policy or permission of instructor. A survey of current United States foreign policies and problems. May be taken twice for credit.
731. Seminar in International Relations. 3 hrs. May be taken twice for credit. A survey and analysis of classical and modern world politics.
750. Seminar in Comparative Government and Politics. 3 hrs. Prerequisite: One or more courses in comparative government or permission of the instructor. A research-type course in which each student will perform an intensive study of the political institutions of one country, or of a group of countries having similar governments. May be taken twice for credit.
757. Political Development. 3 hrs. A comparative analysis of political change and modernization in the developing world. No prerequisite or prior knowledge of the subject is required.
770. Seminar in Public Administration. 3 hrs. Course focuses on the modern liberal administrative state. This state is analyzed for its political-philosophical origins. May be taken twice for credit.
781. Seminar in Public Law. 3 hrs. Prerequisite: A course in constitutional law or consent of the instructor. A research course in which the students examine in-depth various aspects of the judicial system and its relationship to other elements in the political process. May be taken twice for credit.
799. British Studies: Advanced Seminar in British Politics. 3-6 hrs. Lecture series and research in British politics offered abroad under the auspices of the Center for International and Continuing Education.