Political Science Major with Teacher Certification in Social Studies (Preschool-Grade 12) (B.A.) - Undergraduate - 2015 University Catalog

Students who wish to pursue P-12 teacher certification in Social Studies must apply to and be admitted to the Teacher Education Program. Please visit the Teacher Education Program Web site for the required professional sequence of courses and other important Program requirements, guidelines, and procedures. Students also are strongly advised to review the Teacher Education Program Handbook. The course SOSC 401 Methods of Teaching Social Studies is the departmental requirement.

The social studies teacher is expected to have a broad understanding of the cultural and environmental factors which shape the individual and society. To meet the approved program for certification in social studies, course work is required in each of the following: anthropology, economics, geography, history, political science and sociology. A detailed description of the requirements is available in the office of the Social Studies Teacher Education Coordinator in the College of Humanities and Social Sciences.

A minimum of 120 semester hours of coursework is required for the baccalaureate degree with a minimum 2.0 overall GPA, and a minimum 2.0 major GPA. However, more than 120 semester hours may be required depending upon the major field of study. In addition to the major requirement outlined below, all university students must fulfill the set of General Education requirements applicable to their degree.


POLITICAL SCIENCE/TEACHER ED MAJOR

Complete 63 semester hours including the following 2 requirement(s):

  1. POLITICAL SCIENCE MAJOR

    Complete 2 requirement(s):

    1. POLITICAL SCIENCE MAJOR REQUIRED COURSES

      Complete the following 15 semester hours:

      POLS 100 Introduction to Politics (3 hours lecture,) 3
      POLS 101 American Government and Politics (3 hours lecture) 3
      POLS 201 Comparative Politics (3 hours lecture) 3
      POLS 202 International Relations (3 hours lecture) 3
      POLS 300 Essentials of Political Thought (3 hours lecture) 3
    2. POLITICAL SCIENCE MAJOR ELECTIVE COURSES

      Complete 18 semester hours from the following. Up to 15 hours may be from any one group. 12 credits must be at the 300-400 level:

      1. AMERICAN POLITICS

        POLS 214 Women in Politics (3 hours lecture) 3
        POLS 215 Ethnic Politics in America (3 hours lecture) 3
        POLS 216 Urban Politics (3 hours lecture) 3
        POLS 301 American Party System (3 hours lecture) 3
        POLS 302 Public Opinion and Pressure Groups (3 hours lecture) 3
        POLS 304 State and Local Government (3 hours lecture) 3
        POLS 306 Campaign Politics (3 hours lecture) 3
        POLS 312 Black Politics in America (3 hours lecture) 3
        POLS 313 The Internet, Politics & Public Policy (3 hours lecture) 3
        POLS 314 Seminar in Campaign Politics (3 hours seminar) 3
        POLS 317 The American Congress (3 hours lecture) 3
        POLS 318 The American Presidency (3 hours lecture) 3
        POLS 319 Politics and Film (3 hours lecture) 3
        POLS 324 American Public Policy (3 hours lecture) 3
        POLS 327 Food and Politics (3 hours lecture) 3
        POLS 420 Seminar and Internship in Political Science 4
        POLS 425 Politics of Federal Bureaucracy (3 hours lecture) 3
        POLS 429 Polling in the U.S (3 hours lecture) 3
        POLS 436 Political Science Washington, D.C., Internship 1-7
      2. AMERICAN LAW

        JURI 210 Perspectives on Law (3 hours lecture) 3
        POLS 320 Law in Society: Civil Law (3 hours lecture) 3
        POLS 321 Law in Society: Criminal Law (3 hours lecture) 3
        POLS 322 American Constitutional Law: The Federal System (3 hours lecture) 3
        POLS 323 American Constitutional Law: Civil Rights and Liberties (3 hours lecture) 3
        POLS 331 Animal Rights: Law, Politics and Culture (3 hours lecture) 3
        POLS 332 U.S. Immigration: Law and Politics (3 hours lecture) 3
        POLS 351 Comparative Legal Perspectives: Israel and the United States (3 hours lecture) 3
      3. PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION & PUBLIC POLICY

        POLS 205 Introduction to Public Administration (3 hours lecture) 3
        POLS 304 State and Local Government (3 hours lecture) 3
        POLS 310 Public Personnel Administration (3 hours lecture) 3
        POLS 311 Governmental Budgeting (3 hours lecture) 3
        POLS 315 Urban Administration (3 hours lecture) 3
        POLS 324 American Public Policy (3 hours lecture) 3
        POLS 425 Politics of Federal Bureaucracy (3 hours lecture) 3
        POLS 426 Seminar and Internship in Public Administration I 4-6
        POLS 427 Seminar and Internship in Public Administration II 4-6
      4. POLITICAL THOUGHT

        JURI 300 Essentials of Jurisprudence (3 hours lecture) 3
        JURI 316 Theories of Conflict (3 hours lecture) 3
        POLS 307 American Political Thought (3 hours lecture) 3
        POLS 331 Animal Rights: Law, Politics and Culture (3 hours lecture) 3
        POLS 333 Topics in Political Thought (3 hours lecture) 3
        POLS 334 Politics of Science Fiction (3 hours lecture) 3
        POLS 335 Theories of Political Economy (3 hours lecture) 3
        POLS 363 Politics and Morality of War (3 hours lecture) 3
      5. COMPARATIVE POLITICS

        POLS 204 Government and Politics of Africa (3 hours lecture) 3
        POLS 206 Government and Politics of China and Japan (3 hours lecture) 3
        POLS 303 Politics of Development and Modernization (3 hours lecture) 3
        POLS 327 Food and Politics (3 hours lecture) 3
        POLS 329 Narco-Terrorism (3 hours lecture) 3
        POLS 335 Theories of Political Economy (3 hours lecture) 3
        POLS 339 Contemporary Western European Politics (3 hours lecture) 3
        POLS 340 Government and Politics of India and South Asia (3 hours lecture) 3
        POLS 341 Government and Politics of Latin America (3 hours lecture) 3
        POLS 342 Government and Politics of the Middle East (3 hours lecture) 3
        POLS 343 Government and Politics in the Post-Soviet States (3 hours lecture) 3
        POLS 344 Government and Politics in the East European States (3 hours lecture) 3
        POLS 351 Comparative Legal Perspectives: Israel and the United States (3 hours lecture) 3
      6. INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS

        JURI 474 Human Rights Law (3 hours lecture) 3
        POLS 203 International Organizations (3 hours lecture) 3
        POLS 207 American Foreign Policy (3 hours lecture) 3
        POLS 319 Politics and Film (3 hours lecture) 3
        POLS 329 Narco-Terrorism (3 hours lecture) 3
        POLS 353 Intelligence and National Security (3 hours lecture) 3
        POLS 362 International Relations in Asia (3 hours lecture) 3
        POLS 363 Politics and Morality of War (3 hours lecture) 3
        POLS 364 War and International Security (3 hours lecture) 3
        POLS 365 Global Environmental Politics (3 hours lecture) 3
        POLS 430 International Law (3 hours lecture) 3
        POLS 431 Globalization and Security (3 hours lecture) 3
      7. OTHER MAJOR ELECTIVES

        POLS 410 Directed Study 3-6
        POLS 416 Selected Topics in Political Science (3 hours lecture) 3
        POLS 497 Honors Seminar-Political Science (3 hours seminar) 3
  2. RELATED SOCIAL SCIENCE REQUIREMENTS

    Complete the following 4 requirement(s):

    1. HISTORY

      Complete the following 6 requirement(s):

      1. AMERICAN

        Complete the following 2 courses:

        HIST 117 History of the United States to 1876 (3 hours lecture) 3
        HIST 118 History of the United States Since 1876 (3 hours lecture) 3
      2. EUROPEAN

        Complete 3 semester hours from the following:

        HIST 103 Foundations of Western Civilization (3 hours lecture) 3
        HIST 105 Emergence of European Civilization, 1500-1914 (3 hours lecture) 3
        HIST 106 Contemporary Europe, 1914 to the Present (3 hours lecture) 3
      3. AFRICAN

        Complete the following 1 course:

        HIST 108 Introduction to African Civilization (3 hours lecture) 3
      4. LATIN AMERICA

        Complete 3 semester hours from the following:

        HIST 114 Early Latin America (3 hours lecture) 3
        HIST 116 Modern Latin America (3 hours lecture) 3
      5. MIDDLE EAST

        Complete 3 semester hours from the following:

        HIST 109 Introduction to Islamic Civilization (3 hours lecture) 3
        HIST 112 Introduction to the Modern Middle East (3 hours lecture) 3
      6. ASIAN

        Complete 3 semester hours from the following:

        HIST 128 Pre-Modern Japan: A History of Japan to the Meiji Restoration (3 hours lecture) 3
        HIST 129 Modern Japan: A History of Japan From the Meiji Through the Showa (3 hours lecture) 3
        HIST 131 Introduction to Indian Civilization (3 hours lecture) 3
        HIST 132 Introduction to Chinese Civilization (3 hours lecture) 3
        HIST 133 Modern Chinese Civilization (3 hours lecture) 3
    2. Economics

      Complete

      ECON 101 Applied Macroeconomics (3 hours lecture) 3
    3. Geography

      Complete .

      EAES 100 Principles of Geography (3 hours lecture) 3
    4. Sociology

      Complete .

      SOCI 113 Social Problems (3 hours lecture) 3

Course Descriptions:

EAES100: Principles of Geography (3 hours lecture)

The course studies the major elements of the natural environment and their interrelation. The principles and processes essential to the understanding of the natural environmental system and their significance are stressed. The elements studied include: atmosphere, weather and climate, continents, landforms, river systems, ocean currents and tides, soils, vegetation, animal and marine life. Previous course EUGS 100 effective through Spring 2012. 3 sh.

ECON101: Applied Macroeconomics (3 hours lecture)

The course introduces undergraduate students to the macro economy of the United States of America. Students learn how to apply the mechanism needed for the achievement of an optimal allocation of resources, price stability, full employment level of national income and long-term growth. In addition, they learn to analyze the macroeconomic data and the implications of fiscal and monetary policies. Meets Gen Ed 2002 Requirements - Social Science. 3 sh.

HIST103: Foundations of Western Civilization (3 hours lecture)

Origins and development of Western civilization to about 1350: Egyptian, Judaic, Greek, Roman, Islamic and Medieval European contributions. Meets Gen Ed 2002 - Social Science, American or European History. 3 sh.

HIST105: Emergence of European Civilization, 1500-1914 (3 hours lecture)

The emergence of Europe as a distinctive world civilization. The development of ideas, institutions and technologies from medieval times to World War I. Meets Gen Ed 2002 - Social Science, American or European History. 3 sh.

HIST106: Contemporary Europe, 1914 to the Present (3 hours lecture)

European society in transition since World War I. The role of two world wars in shaping contemporary times. Meets Gen Ed 2002 - Social Science, American or European History. 3 sh.

HIST108: Introduction to African Civilization (3 hours lecture)

Pre-colonial African civilization and its eclipse under slavery and the colonial onslaught. Principal social, political and cultural systems of the period. Meets Gen Ed 2002 - Social Science, Non-Western Cultural Perspectives. Meets World Cultures Requirement. 3 sh.

HIST109: Introduction to Islamic Civilization (3 hours lecture)

Examination of various institutions and value systems in Islam which characterize it as a major civilization. Important cultural developments as they are affected by the process of transition. Meets World Cultures Requirement. 3 sh.

HIST112: Introduction to the Modern Middle East (3 hours lecture)

This course aims to offer a general survey of the important themes and developments in Modern Middle Eastern History from 1750 to the present. By the end of the course, students should gain an appreciation of some of the major topics and issues that are central to the understanding of the Modern Middle East. Students will consider the social political and cultural history of the late eighteenth, nineteenth and twentieth century Middle East. Meets Gen Ed 2002 - Non-Western. 3 sh.

HIST114: Early Latin America (3 hours lecture)

This course will provide a background in the main issues, themes and events in the history of colonial Latin America, including an introduction to the pre-contact (pre-1492) histories of Spain, Portugal and the Americas. Meets Gen Ed 2002 - Social Science, Non-Western Cultural Perspectives. Meets World Cultures Requirement. 3 sh.

HIST116: Modern Latin America (3 hours lecture)

This course offers an introduction to the history of Latin America, with an emphasis on the period since the 1810s. Students unfamiliar with the region should emerge from the course with a firm grounding in the major themes of modern Latin American history. Meets Gen Ed 2002 - Non-Western Cultural Perspectives. 3 sh.

HIST117: History of the United States to 1876 (3 hours lecture)

Issues and problems in the development of the American nation from discovery and exploration to the Civil War and Reconstruction. Meets Gen Ed 2002 - Social Science, American or European History. 3 sh.

HIST118: History of the United States Since 1876 (3 hours lecture)

American development from an agrarian power after the Civil War into an urban-industrial society with the liberal institutions that accompanied it. Meets Gen Ed 2002 - Social Science, American or European History. 3 sh.

HIST128: Pre-Modern Japan: A History of Japan to the Meiji Restoration (3 hours lecture)

This is an introductory survey course in Japanese history from earliest times to the Meiji (1868-1912). It is a first step in Japan studies designed to provide a broad, useful, working knowledge of key aspects of traditional Japan. Culture, politics, society and economy will be built into a chronological, historical structure. Japan's uniqueness will be outlined against a background of greater East Asian and world interactions. This course will stand on its own, but will also serve as a useful background to understanding modern and contemporary Japan. The course also aspires to sensitizing students to the inherent value of East Asian culture as a part of human richness and diversity. 3 sh.

HIST129: Modern Japan: A History of Japan From the Meiji Through the Showa (3 hours lecture)

This is an introductory survey course in Japanese history from the Meiji (1868-1912) through the Showa (1925-present). While it would be useful to study premodern Japan before taking this course, modern Japan does stand on its own. A review of traditional Japan will be followed by study of the dynamic interaction of Japan and the West during the 19th Century. Japan's expansionism, World War II and the postwar period will be important topics. Cultural, military, economic, political, and social developments will be discussed in historical settings. Students will be encouraged to appreciate the unique dynamics of Japan's development as a modern nation state and to explore the likely progress of Japan into the 21st Century. 3 sh.

HIST131: Introduction to Indian Civilization (3 hours lecture)

The early history of India, 3000 B.C. to 1000 A.D. Principal religions, political and literary works, and their insights into Indian social values and institutions. Meets World Cultures Requirement. 3 sh.

HIST132: Introduction to Chinese Civilization (3 hours lecture)

The early history of China, 2000 B.C. to 1300 A.D. Principal social, political and metaphysical-philosophic works, corresponding values and institutions. Meets Gen Ed 2002 - Social Science, Non-Western Cultural Perspectives. Meets World Cultures Requirement. 3 sh.

HIST133: Modern Chinese Civilization (3 hours lecture)

Modern China, 1600 to the present. Changes in values and mutual influence of East and West, studied through literary, philosophical, anthropological, historical and artistic works. Meets World Cultures Requirement. 3 sh.

JURI210: Perspectives on Law (3 hours lecture)

This course provides the theoretical foundations and practical applications of legislative and judicial areas in United States legal systems. Integrating readings from theorists, scholars and jurists, the course introduces students to methodologies for resolving legal problems within the evolving United States system of law. Students may take LAWS 200 or JURI 210 but not both courses. Students in the Jurisprudence and/or Political Science majors should take JURI 210, not LAWS 200. Meets Gen Ed 2002 - Social Science. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: ENWR 105 or HONP 100.

JURI300: Essentials of Jurisprudence (3 hours lecture)

This core course within the Jurisprudence major provides a fundamental understanding of the principles, ideologies, and political movements that have shaped American law and procedure. It explores the evolution of the theory and scholarship of American law from its inception to the present. Through historical and contemporary readings and classroom discussion, students will consider the origin of law, the nature of social and political rights as well as the reciprocal effects of law and social institutions upon one another. Students will analyze legal opinions, statutes, treaties conventions, regulations and essays in the context of issues such as capital punishment, euthanasia, abortion and civil rights. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: JURI 210 or LAWS 200 or departmental approval.

JURI316: Theories of Conflict (3 hours lecture)

This course will provide students with central theories of conflict that have been used to analyze various types of conflict, to evaluate the usefulness of these theories by applying them to specific case studies, and to encourage and assist students to develop their own perspectives and to construct useful theories for conflict analysis from interpersonal to international. The role of environment, culture and group dynamics on conflict will be studied. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: JURI 210 or LAWS 200 or LAWS 220 or departmental approval.

JURI474: Human Rights Law (3 hours lecture)

This course will provide an introductory study of the basic principles shaping Human Rights Law. Students will be required to analyze various legal opinions, statutes, treaties, conventions, and regulations in the context of real-world and hypothetical human rights issues. Traditional notions of Human Rights Law will be compared and contrasted with recent developments. In addition to the traditional methods of assessment, students will be responsible for preparing position papers in each phase of the class examining the jurisprudential issues related to this area of law. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: JURI 210 or LAWS 200 or departmental approval.

POLS100: Introduction to Politics (3 hours lecture,)

This course analyzes politics from the four main vantage points of the discipline of political science, that is, political theory, comparative politics, international relations and American government. Of special concern is the U.S. Constitution, its classical and English roots, and its development to the present. This course is required for Political Science Majors. Meets Gen Ed 2002 - Social Science, Social Science. 3 sh.

POLS101: American Government and Politics (3 hours lecture)

This course will introduce students to the basic institutions and processes of American politics, and will do so, in part, through a focus on current policy issues. Meets Gen Ed 2002 - Social Science, Social Science. 3 sh.

POLS201: Comparative Politics (3 hours lecture)

Constitutional principles, governmental institutions and political processes of selected contemporary states. Meets Gen Ed 2002 - Social Science, Social Science. Meets the University Writing Requirement for majors in Political Science. 3 sh.

POLS202: International Relations (3 hours lecture)

Recent and contemporary world politics and the foreign relations and policies of selected states. 3 sh.

POLS203: International Organizations (3 hours lecture)

The nature, place, need, evolution, principles, achievements and functioning of major international organizations, with emphasis upon the United Nations and selected regional organizations. 3 sh.

POLS204: Government and Politics of Africa (3 hours lecture)

The salient characteristics of government and politics in the independent black African states, and the way these impinge on developmental efforts therein, are examined. Meets World Cultures Requirement. 3 sh.

POLS205: Introduction to Public Administration (3 hours lecture)

Literature and developments in the field of public administration; the federal bureaucracy in the policy-making process. 3 sh.

POLS206: Government and Politics of China and Japan (3 hours lecture)

Governmental and political development, institutions, and practices in contemporary China-Japan. Meets World Cultures Requirement. 3 sh.

POLS207: American Foreign Policy (3 hours lecture)

A consideration and analysis of the goals that the nation's foreign policy officials seek to attain abroad, the values that give rise to those objectives, and the means or instruments through with they are pursued. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: POLS 202.

POLS214: Women in Politics (3 hours lecture)

The role of women in the functioning of the American political system. Meets World Cultures Requirement. 3 sh.

POLS215: Ethnic Politics in America (3 hours lecture)

The political behavior of American ethnic groups from the Puritans to the Puerto Ricans. Meets World Cultures Requirement. 3 sh.

POLS216: Urban Politics (3 hours lecture)

The policies, processes, inter-relationships and organization of governments in heavily populated areas of the United States. 3 sh.

POLS300: Essentials of Political Thought (3 hours lecture)

This course is designed to acquaint students with the major ideas that shape politics and political science as a discipline. Blending both historical and conceptual approaches to the development of political ideas, this class will also introduce fundamental concepts in political science as a whole. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: Any POLS 200-level course.

POLS301: American Party System (3 hours lecture)

Organization, function and practice of political parties in the U.S.; campaign functions, membership problems, political finance and policy-formation practices. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: POLS 100 or POLS 101 or departmental approval.

POLS302: Public Opinion and Pressure Groups (3 hours lecture)

The nature and development of public opinion and pressure groups in the United States and their influence on public policy and political process. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: POLS 100 or POLS 101 or departmental approval.

POLS303: Politics of Development and Modernization (3 hours lecture)

The major contemporary schools of political modernization and development theory; inter-relationship among political, social and economic variables. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: POLS 201.

POLS304: State and Local Government (3 hours lecture)

State political sub-systems, including their administrative and local sub-systems, federal-state relations, political institutions and groups in the states and in New Jersey. This course helps students understand lawmaking and enforcement as functions of state and local government. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: POLS 101 or departmental approval.

POLS306: Campaign Politics (3 hours lecture)

This course is taught in election years and provides the student with field experience at the local precinct or party level. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: POLS 100 or POLS 101.

POLS307: American Political Thought (3 hours lecture)

This course will provide an introduction to the main strands of American political thought from the founding of the American colonies to the present day. Our goal will be to come to grips with the major questions that have driven our politics throughout the nation's history. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: POLS 300 or JURI 300.

POLS310: Public Personnel Administration (3 hours lecture)

The problems and processes in the U.S. of public personnel administration at the state and local level. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: POLS 205 or departmental approval.

POLS311: Governmental Budgeting (3 hours lecture)

The budgetary process in governmental agencies from the perspective of political demands and influences. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: POLS 205 or departmental approval.

POLS312: Black Politics in America (3 hours lecture)

Black participation in the American political system from the colonial period to the present. Meets World Cultures Requirement. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: POLS 101 or departmental approval.

POLS313: The Internet, Politics & Public Policy (3 hours lecture)

This course introduces undergraduates to the intersection of the Internet and politics called "new media." Students will study various aspects of government and politics through a range of technologies from websites to blogs and social networking sites, exploring how these technologies impact the political landscape. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: Any POLS 200-level course or departmental approval.

POLS314: Seminar in Campaign Politics (3 hours seminar)

Seminar in Campaign Politics provides an introduction to the history and theory surrounding elections in the United States and complements students practicums in POLS 306. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: Departmental approval.

POLS315: Urban Administration (3 hours lecture)

Problems and policy-making in the larger urban or metropolitan complexes. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: POLS 101 or POLS 205 or departmental approval.

POLS317: The American Congress (3 hours lecture)

This course will provide a detailed examination of the United States Congress. It will allow students to explore in depth one of the key American political institutions introduced to them in POLS 101, American Government and Politics. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: POLS 101 or departmental approval.

POLS318: The American Presidency (3 hours lecture)

This course will provide a detailed examination of the American presidency. It will allow students who were introduced to the presidency in POLS 101, American Government and Politics, to explore in depth one of the key institutions of the American political system. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: POLS 101 or departmental approval.

POLS319: Politics and Film (3 hours lecture)

This course is designed to introduce undergraduates to film and politics. Films and assigned readings on a particular topic will familiarize students with particular aspects of government or politics, including but not limited to institutions, processes, movements, and the media. Students will attempt to reconcile portrayal of politics in films with scholarly work. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: Any POLS 200-level course or departmental approval.

POLS320: Law in Society: Civil Law (3 hours lecture)

This course will examine the American civil legal system as it affects a variety of our social institutions. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: POLS 101 or LAWS 200 or JURI 210 or departmental approval.

POLS321: Law in Society: Criminal Law (3 hours lecture)

Introduces the student to institutions, processes, and social functions of criminal law. Students may take POLS 321 or PALG 301 but not both courses as part of the Political Science Major, the Paralegal Studies Minor or the Criminal Justice Minor. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: POLS 101 or LAWS 200 or JURI 210 or departmental approval.

POLS322: American Constitutional Law: The Federal System (3 hours lecture)

Interpretation of supreme court decisions in the areas of the distribution of power within the national government and between the national government and the states. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: POLS 101.

POLS323: American Constitutional Law: Civil Rights and Liberties (3 hours lecture)

The development of the constitution and the Supreme Court of the United States illustrated through reference to court opinions in civil rights and liberties. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: POLS 101 or LAWS 200 or JURI 210 or departmental approval.

POLS324: American Public Policy (3 hours lecture)

A study of the methods used to analyze public policy and an examination of current public policy issues. Special attention is given to the use of comparative analysis in analyzing American public policies. This course deals with issues such as crime, punishment, social welfare, drug abuse, child abuse, equality, health, education and the environment. It focuses on public policy responses to these issues. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: POLS 101 or departmental approval.

POLS327: Food and Politics (3 hours lecture)

This course takes a global and interdisciplinary approach to studying the phenomenon of Food and Politics. It explores questions ranging from how is food produced to how effective is food regulation? Through a comparative approach this course explores various social movements including the organic, local and slow food movements and policy areas ranging from hunger to obesity. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: POLS 201 or POLS 202 or POLS 300 or departmental approval.

POLS329: Narco-Terrorism (3 hours lecture)

This course will be an in-depth examination into the nexus between terrorism and drug trafficking. Students will explore topics such as U.S. law, policy, and strategy in regards to targeting terrorist organizations involved in the drug trade, as well as an overview of the most infamous narco-terrorists in history and the present day. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: POLS 201, POLS 202, POLS 203, POLS 204, POLS 205, POLS 206, POLS 207, POLS 214, POLS 215 or POLS 216.

POLS331: Animal Rights: Law, Politics and Culture (3 hours lecture)

This course seeks to provide students with an understanding of how human-animal relations have been affected by politics and the rule of law. It will generate debate about the treatment of animals in a multitude of contexts, including agricultural food production, product development, wild fauna, and domestic pets. Students will develop an understanding of the political nature of human-animal relations. Students will analyze the individual and group efforts to exercise power over and on behalf of animals. Also, students will analyze the efforts to grant political power to animals themselves. Students will seek to understand the values and interests that vie for control of collective decision-making, institutions, and public policy regarding animals. Students will analyze the interests for and against animal protection laws and the nature of such laws. Throughout the course, students will develop their critical reading, writing, and analytical reasoning abilities. Also, students will increase their knowledge of human-animal relations. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: POLS 201, POLS 202, POLS 203, POLS 204, POLS 205, POLS 206, POLS 207, POLS 214, POLS 215, POLS 216 or JURI 210.

POLS332: U.S. Immigration: Law and Politics (3 hours lecture)

This course explores the interrelationships among the legal, political and societal factors in major legislative enactments of U.S. immigration and nationality law as they relate to government institutions and affected populations. The course examines the law and politics of restrictive immigration since the founding of our nation, including exclusion laws of the nineteenth century, quota systems of the twentieth century, and key legislative acts of the later 20th and early 21st centuries. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: POLS 101 or LAWS 200 or JURI 210 or departmental approval.

POLS333: Topics in Political Thought (3 hours lecture)

This course allows instructors to develop a new course not regularly offered in the area of political thought. Texts and topics will vary from semester to semester. The course may be repeated for credit up to four times as long as the titles differ. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: POLS 300.

POLS334: Politics of Science Fiction (3 hours lecture)

This class will use prominent science fiction novels and some classics of political thought and political science to investigate some ways that the imagined worlds of science fiction in the last century resonate with and amplify our understanding of important political concepts such as citizenship, the nature of power, the relationship between choice and fate, and the evolution of social order. The course will also explore important belief systems such as anarchism, libertarianism, classic republicanism, and liberal constitutionalism, which will bring the class discussion to bear on today's political dilemmas. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: POLS 300.

POLS335: Theories of Political Economy (3 hours lecture)

This course provides students an understanding of the fundamental notions in political economy. By engaging with the practical and moral ideas that drive different understandings of politics and the economy, students will acquire an understanding of the forces that shape modern societies. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: POLS 201, POLS 202, POLS 203, POLS 204, POLS 205, POLS 206, POLS 207, POLS 214, POLS 215 or POLS 216.

POLS339: Contemporary Western European Politics (3 hours lecture)

Government and politics of Great Britain, France, Germany and Italy. Institutions, parties, ideologies and interest groups. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: POLS 201 or departmental approval.

POLS340: Government and Politics of India and South Asia (3 hours lecture)

The political experiences and institutions of the Indian subcontinent since 1947: The Republic of India, Pakistan, Ceylon and Bangladesh. Meets World Cultures Requirement. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: POLS 201 or departmental approval.

POLS341: Government and Politics of Latin America (3 hours lecture)

Governmental and political development, organization and practices in the states of Central America and South America. Meets World Cultures Requirement. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: POLS 201 or departmental approval.

POLS342: Government and Politics of the Middle East (3 hours lecture)

Government and politics in the Arab states, Turkey, Israel and Iran. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: POLS 201 or departmental approval.

POLS343: Government and Politics in the Post-Soviet States (3 hours lecture)

The political and institutional organizations of the countries of the former Soviet Union; contemporary political issues; party and governmental structures. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: POLS 201 or departmental approval.

POLS344: Government and Politics in the East European States (3 hours lecture)

The political and governmental organizations of the Communist countries of Eastern and Central Europe (exclusive of the former U.S.S.R.);institutions, processes and problems, including inter-regional relations. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: POLS 201 or departmental approval.

POLS351: Comparative Legal Perspectives: Israel and the United States (3 hours lecture)

This seminar explores the legal and political traditions giving rise to contemporary Israeli and American legal systems. This encompasses such aspects as democratic process with its origins and influences, governmental institutions within each legal system, the role of religion and the protection of minority rights. Comparative perspectives provide an understanding of each legal system within its national context. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: POLS 201 or POLS 202 or LAWS 200 or JURI 210 or JAST 201 or permission of department.

POLS353: Intelligence and National Security (3 hours lecture)

This course primarily examines the role of the U.S. intelligence community in national security but will also engage with issues of international espionage. Students will learn about the collection, analysis, dissemination, and use of intelligence products. Students will also discuss the moral and political questions intelligence work and covert action raises both for leaders and citizens in a liberal democracy. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: POLS 201, POLS 202, POLS 203, POLS 204, POLS 205, POLS 206, POLS 207, POLS 214, POLS 215 or POLS 216.

POLS362: International Relations in Asia (3 hours lecture)

This course explores and debates some of the key questions facing the U.S. and other countries in Asia, including Japan, China, the Koreas and Russia. Students will study the concepts, institutions and cooperative frameworks in Asia that enable the countries in the region to address their common economic and security concerns. The course addresses three current conflicts (Taiwan-China relations, North Korea's nuclear program, war in Afghanistan) and looks at the costs and benefits of globalization for Asia. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: POLS 202.

POLS363: Politics and Morality of War (3 hours lecture)

This course aims at giving students an understanding of how thinkers and practitioners try to limit the violence of armed conflict. To accomplish this, the class will engage with the major elements of the just war tradition and its realist, militarists, and pacifist critics. The course ends with an intensive examination of the moral issues presented by recent conflicts such as assassination, terrorism, counterinsurgency, occupation, and nation-building. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: POLS 202 and POLS 300.

POLS364: War and International Security (3 hours lecture)

This course aims at giving students an understanding of basic concepts in grand strategy, war, and diplomacy. By studying the concepts and practices at the hard edge of international politics, students will acquire an understanding of the forces that shape global peace and conflict. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: POLS 202.

POLS365: Global Environmental Politics (3 hours lecture)

The course will introduce students to the politics of global environmental issues. Students will begin by studying the key actors, concepts, forms of governance and debates that are central to the field. The course then will address important questions in international relations such as the relationship between environmental protection and trade, the achievement of sustainable development, the connection between environmental change and security, and differing perspectives on the environment among different types of states and social groups. The last section will involve case studies which highlight the state and human security consequences of particular environmental problems and explore the forms of governance designed to address them. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: POLS 202.

POLS410: Directed Study

Juniors and seniors may elect three to six credits of independent study under the direction of a member of the Political Science staff. May be repeated without limit as long as the topic is different. 3 - 6 sh.

Prerequisites: Departmental approval.

POLS416: Selected Topics in Political Science (3 hours lecture)

This course allows the instructor to select a political problem which is either not covered in the curriculum or which deserves more in-depth treatment than is possible in a regular course. May be repeated without limit as long as the topic is different. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: POLS 100 or POLS 101 or departmental approval.

POLS420: Seminar and Internship in Political Science

In this course students will work as interns for one semester in the office of a N.J. State Legislator, U.S. Congressperson or Senator, or state or federal executive. 4 sh.

Prerequisites: POLS 101 and departmental approval.

POLS425: Politics of Federal Bureaucracy (3 hours lecture)

In-depth examination of the federal bureaucracy in relationship with national, state and local agencies. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: POLS 101 or departmental approval.

POLS426: Seminar and Internship in Public Administration I

A one semester public administration field experience in local government. Application must be made directly to the instructor in preceding semester. 4 - 6 sh.

Prerequisites: Departmental approval.

POLS427: Seminar and Internship in Public Administration II

A one semester public administration field experience in local government. Application must be made directly to the instructor in preceding semester. 4 - 6 sh.

Prerequisites: Departmental approval.

POLS429: Polling in the U.S (3 hours lecture)

The main goal of this course will be to familiarize students with various polling methods used in political science research with the aim of giving them the ability to evaluate and criticize such research. A variety of polling techniques will be covered including simple descriptive statistics, tracking polls, and quota polls. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: POLS 101 or departmental approval.

POLS430: International Law (3 hours lecture)

The nature, place, evolution, subjects, sources, principles, role and substance of international law in the international system of nation-states. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: POLS 202 or POLS 203 or departmental approval.

POLS431: Globalization and Security (3 hours lecture)

After reviewing debates on globalization, this course covers its impact on global security through an examination of key issues such as crime, terrorism, migration, environment, and health, and a detailed case study of the Bosnian War. The course includes evaluation of the role of the international community and civil society in addressing these new security challenges. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: POLS 202 or permission of instructor.

POLS436: Political Science Washington, D.C., Internship

In this course students intern in Washington, D.C., at governmental offices, interest groups, party and electoral organizations, law and lobbying firms or other political organizations. Students' academic learning is assessed by faculty, and their work performance is evaluated by their placement supervisor. Students may receive up to 7.0 credits in Political Science and up to 8.0 credits in a corequisite Cooperative Education course. Cross listed with Women's and Gender Studies, WMGS 436. 1 - 7 sh.

Prerequisites: Departmental approval.

POLS497: Honors Seminar-Political Science (3 hours seminar)

The course will involve intensive research in a seminar setting for junior and senior political science majors. Students will conduct original research and present reports to meetings of the seminar. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: Open only to junior and senior majors with at least a 3.2 cumulative grade point average in Political Science.

SOCI113: Social Problems (3 hours lecture)

How social structure and social institutions are related to problems such as discrimination, environmental pollution, violence, and poverty. Meets Gen Ed 2002 - Social Science, Social Science. 3 sh.