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Political Science (PS) and Paralegal (PLEG) Courses


Courses in Paralegal Studies [PLEG] | Graduate Courses

1005. American Government and Politics (previously PS 2010).
Three credits. Constitutional principles, functions, and administration of American federal government; Congress, the Presidency, and the Supreme Court. Meets the General Education Requirement in Social/Behavioral Sciences.

1010. Foundations of Government.
Three credits. Introduction to comparative theories and institutions of government. Law, constitutions, power, political socialization, ideologies, and the media. Meets the General Education Requirement in Social/Behavioral Sciences.

2020. State and Local Government.
Three credits. Prerequisite: PS 1005 or permission of instructor. Politics and administration at the state and local level. Legislative, judicial, and administrative structures and processes; major issues and problems. Familiarizes pre-law students with general law office procedures and an active law environment.

2100. Legal Courtroom Procedure. (EXL)
One credit. For students interested in developing trial advocacy skills; practical course offering preparation for mock trial competition. May be repeated for up to three hours credit. Pass/Fail.

2105. Introduction to Latin American Politics.
Three credits. (Same as SPAN 2105, SOC 2105, ART 2105, ANTH 2105, GEOG 2105.) A multidisciplinary, team-taught introduction to Latin America. Covers the cultures and societies of the region: pre-history, history, geography, politics, art, languages, and literatures. Required course for all Latin American Studies minors.

2110. Moot Court. (EXL)
One credit. Students conduct research of legal controversies, prepare briefs, and argue cases before a mock judicial panel. May be repeated for up to four hours of credit. Pass/Fail.

2120. Mediation Procedure. (EXL)
One credit. Prerequisite: PS 1005 or permission of instructor. For students interested in developing skills as a mediator and an advocate in mediation settings. Practical application of theories, methods, and ethical components of mediation. Participation in intercollegiate mediation competition. May be repeated for up to four hours of credit. Pass/Fail.

2130. Model United Nations/Crisis simulation. (EXL)
One credit. Prerequisite: PS 1010 or permission of instructor. For students interested in developing skills in negotiation and conflict resolution involving international issues. A practical application of negotiating skills, policy process, and understanding of international conflicts and problems through participation in intercollegiate MUN/crisis simulation competition. Course may be repeated for up to 4 hours of credit.

2140. Tennessee Intercollegiate State Legislature. (EXL)
One credit. Students work through content and activities on legislative procedures designed to prepare them to participate in the annual Tennessee Intercollegiate State Legislature (TISL). May be repeated for up to four hours of credit. Pass/Fail.

2440. Law and the Legal System.
Three credits. Prerequisite: PS 1005 or permission of instructor. A general introduction to American law and the American legal system; focus on the case system.

3001. Research Methods in Political Science ( previously PS 4000. Quantitative Methods of Research ).
Three credits. Prerequisite: PS 1010 and 1005. Fundamentals of quantitative methods in empirical research problems in the social sciences.

3010. Women and the Law.
Three credits. Prerequisite: PS 1005 or permission of instructor. Analysis of the legal treatment of women in the home, school, and workplace. Examines development of law, relationship of law to political movements, and current state of law and legal theory on women's rights and gender equality.

3050. The U.S. Presidency.
Three credits. Prerequisite: PS 1005 or permission of instructor. A comprehensive analysis of the presidency; includes origins of the presidency, political power, the nature of the institutionalized presidency, campaigns and elections and a careful look at selected presidents.

3060. The U.S. Congress.
Three credits. Prerequisite: PS 1005 or permission of instructor. An analysis of the United States Congress; its origins, political power, the nature of the institutionalized Congress, campaigns, and elections.

3100. Politics and Film.
Three credits. Prerequisite: PS 1010 or PS 2020 or premission of instructor. Analysis of political ideas as expressed in motion pictures. Topics include leadership, political biographies, campaigns and elections, ideology, and war.

3160. American Public Policy.
Three credits. Prerequisite: PS 1005 or permission of instructor. Examines the public policy-making process in the United States, the stages of policy development and the problems inherent in policy making. At least one substantive policy area examined in depth; examples: health care, environmental, welfare, agricultural, poverty, or budgetary policies.

3170. Civil Rights and Politics.
Three credits. Assesses the institutional impact—past and present—of the civial rights movment on American political institutions (the presidency, Congress, the courts, the executive cabinets, the administrative regulatory agencies, and the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights). Events and topics include the 1964 Civil Rights Act, the Voting Rights Act of 1965, the 1991 Civil Rights Act, voter dilution, felony disenfranchisement and sentencing disparities, campaign finance reform, affirmative action, disability rights, gender discrimination, and majority-minority congressional districts.

3200. British Government and Films.
Three credits. Prerequisite: P S 1010 or permission of instructor. The evolution of parliamentary government in the United Kingdom and its current distinctive characteristics, processes, and functions in contrast to other parliamentary regimes.

3210. International Relations.
Three credits. Prerequisite: PS 1010 or permission of instructor. The state system and national power, balance of power, balance of terror, game theory, psychological aspects of international conflict, decision making, diplomacy and negotiation, war, disarmament, and collective security.

3220. Comparative Politics (previously International and Comparative Politics in Theory and Practice).
Three credits. Prerequisites: PS 1010 or permission of instructor. This course covers the theoretical literature, methodological debates, and current issues in the field of comparative politics. Offers preparation for upper division courses in comparative politics.

3250. Public Administration.
Three credits. Prerequisite: PS 1005 or permission of instructor. Fundamentals of public management--organization, leadership, policy making, planning, budgeting, personnel, administrative law, bureaucratic behavior.

3320. Public Opinion.
Three credits. The nature of public opinion and its role in the political and social process. How opinion is shaped, created, and measured.

3330. Political Parties.
Three credits. The nature of democracy, politics, and political parties, party organization and role in government; campaigning; primaries, conventions, general elections, the Electoral College; voting behavior and pressure groups.

3340. Political Campaign Management.
Three credits. An analysis of applied politics; how to plan and manage a modern political campaign. Readings, discussions, and hands-on projects; students will learn the strategies, tactics, and varied techniques of political campaigning.

3350. Interest Groups and Social Change.
Three credits. Examines role of interest groups in American politics and the policy-making process, including the role of lobbyists, money, and politics, and case studies of severalspecific interest groups.

3370, 3380. American Constitutional Law.
Three credits. Prerequisite: PS 1005 or permission of instructor. PS 3370 is a prerequisite for 3380. The Supreme Court as a policy-making body in the governmental system. Emphasis on case studies in major areas of conflict including federalism, civil liberties, criminal procedure, and economic regulation. 3370 is a prerequisite to 3380 unless permission of instructor is obtained.

3400. Municipal Government.
Three credits. Powers, functions, and politics of municipal governments from the standpoint of city management. Attention is given to problems related to the execution of municipal policy. *

3420. African American Politics.
Three credits. The unique history, content, and form of African American political participation; examines the nature of consequences of African American influence within, or exclusion from, the workings of various American political institutions; the nature and types of issues that influence contemporary discussions in American and African American politics related to the socioeconomic conditions of African Americans. Students who have taken PS 4390 Special Topics (Black Politics in America) may not take P S 3420 for credit.

3440. Governmental Budgeting and Finance Administration.
Three credits. Prerequisite: PS 1005 or permission of instructor. Analysis of the legal and social nature of government budgets emphasizing the procedures and administrative methods of fiscal control. Budget documents at state and local levels.*

3490. Alternative Dispute Resolution. (EXL)
Three credits. Prerequisite: PS 1005 or permission of instructor. Theory, methods, and ethical components of alternative dispute resolution (ADR); emphasis on various forms of mediation, but including other ADR formats such as arbitration, negotiation, and summary jury trial.

3500. International Law.
Three credits. Prerequisite PS 1010 or or permission of instructor. General principles of modern international law taught by the case study method in a seminar format encouraging debate and discussion. Issues concerning the development of international law and human rights will be studied.

3510 . International Political Economy.
Three credits. Prerequisites: PS 1010 or permission of instructor. The relationship between politics and economics in international affairs and its implications for global peace, security, ecology, and social welfare.

3530. Legal Writing and Research.
Three credits. Prerequisite: PS 1005 or permission of instructor. A specialized composition course for the student planning to attend law school or paralegal school to become a legal secretary. Practice in legal research, documentation, and a variety of legal problems.

3550. Democratic Participation and Civic Advocacy.
Three credits. Focus on theories of democratic participation, the role and impact of participation in a democracy, and practical approaches to build and work through organizations to advocate for candidates or particular policies or to work with the government in crafting and implementing public policies.

3780. Study Abroad. (EXL)
Three or six credits. Prerequisite: PS 1010 or permission of instructor. Supervised study in a foreign country; familiarize students with foreign cultures and political systems. Three to six hour classes may be repeated once if of destination varies. No more than 6 hours may count toward a political science major. Pass/Fail.

3910. International Organization.
Three credits. Prerequisite: PS 1010 or permission of instructor; PS 3210 recommended. Development and prospects of the United Nations Organization and its major approaches to peace--pacific settlement, collective security, international law, arms control, trusteeship, preventive diplomacy, international conferences, functionalism.

4030. Human Rights.
Three credits. Prerequisite: PS 1010 or permission of instructor. Fosters critical thinking about human rights by developing skills in weighting powerful but opposing arguments in complex moral situations. Familiarizes students with the role of both national and international organizations in global politics.

4040. Pre-Law Internship. (EXL)
One credit. Prerequisites: Senior standing, competitive selection, P S 2440, or by permission of instructor. Familiarizes pre-law students with general law office procedures and an active law environment.

4070. Political Violence and Terrorism.
Three credits. Prerequisite: PS 1010 or permission of instructor. Examines political violence, including assassination, terror, repression, and genocide, in comparative and international perspectives. Theoretical and case study approaches used to examine forms, goals of, tactics, and responses to political violence.

4120. Tennessee Government.
Three credits. Prerequisite: PS 1005 or permission of instructor; PS 2020 recommended. Structure, functions, and processes of Tennessee's governmental and political institutions. Policy issues studied.

4180/ 5180. African Politics.
Three credits. (Same as AAS 3180.) Prerequisite: PS 1010 or permission of instructor. Introduction to the comparative study of the political systems, modernization efforts, and development problems of countries with different traditions or colonial pasts, selected from the continent of Africa.

4190. Middle East Politics.
Three credits. Prerequisite: PS 1010 or permission of instructor. Emphasis on the Palestinian question; the Arab-Israeli wars; the role of the United Nations; conflict between and among the Arab nations; the various peace initiatives that have been proposed

4200. Problems in Government.
Three credits. Prerequisite: PS 1010 or 1005 and at least 12 hours of political science. Work done under the close direction of a professor on a tutorial basis. Student expected to present a sound proposal for departmental consideration and acceptance before enrolling in this class.

4210. International Conflict: Causes, Consequences, and Responses.
Three credits. Prerequisite: PS 1010 or permission of instructor; PS 3210 recommended. Theoretical and empirical approaches to understanding the causes of interstate war, intrastate war, and transnational terrorism as well as the social consequences of and policy responses to international conflict.

4220. World Politics.
Three credits. Prerequisite: PS 1010 or permission of instructor; PS 3210 recommended. Experiencing contemporary international politics through the medium of simulation. Particular focus areas include the U.S., F.S.U., People's Republic of China, the Middle East, South Asia, and Southern Africa.

4230. Classical Political Theory.
Three credits. Prerequisite: PS 1010 or 1005 or PHIL 1030 or permission of instructor. Western political theory from the ancient Greeks through the medieval Christians.. Includes Sophocles, Aristophanes, Plato, Aristotle, stoicism, skepticism, Lucretius, Augustine, Thomas Aquinas, Thomas More.

4240. American Foreign Policy.
Three credits. Prerequisite: PS 1010 or or permission of instructor; PS 3210 recommended. Foreign policies in the nuclear age from Kennan and Containment to the present with particular emphasis on contemporary problems and policies.

4260. The Political Status of Women in the World.
Three credits. Prerequisite: PS 1010 or WMST 2100 or permission of instructor. Considers both developed and developing countries. Emphasizes ferment and change in the twentieth century in terms of emergent concepts of equality; highlights effects of religion, economy, culture, and psychological behavior on the politics of male-female relationships.

4270. Political Campaign Internship. (EXL)
One to six credits. Prerequisites: permission of instructor. Students work for a political campaign as an employee under the joint administration of the campaign and the department. Only six hours may count toward a political science major and three hours toward a political science minor. Arrangement for this course must be made in advance. Pass/Fail.

4280. The Washington Experience. (EXL)
Twelve credits. A cooperative program with the Washington Center that provides for student service with a governmental office in Washington, D.C., on a full-time basis during the fall or spring semester. On-the-job training will be supplemented with lectures and other activities. Students selected on a competitive basis. Only six hours count toward a political science major.

4290. Public Service Internship. (EXL)
Three to twelve credits. Prerequisite: Junior standing and a minimum 2.50 GPA. Student assigned to a public service agency as an employee under the joint administration of the agency and the department. Only six hours may count toward a political science major. Arrangement for this course must be made in advance. Pass-Fail course.

4300. Comparative European Governments.
Three credits. Prerequisite: PS 1010 or permission of instructor. Comparative analysis of the governmental forms and practices of England. France, Germany, the European community, and others

4310. Comparative Asian Governments.
Three credits. Prerequisite: PS 1010 or permission of instructor. Comparative analysis of the governmental forms and practices of China, Japan, and India


4360. Legislative Internship. (EXL)
Twelve credits. A cooperative program with the State of Tennessee that provides for student service with the legislature on a full-time basis during the Spring Semester. Students selected on a competitive basis. Only six hours may count toward a political science major.

4390. Special Topics in Political Science.
Three credits. Prerequisite: P S 1010 or 1005 or permission of the instructor. An in-depth study of a special topic significant in contemporary political developments or political science literature. May be taken more than once, as topics change, with up to six credit hours applied to a Political Science major.

4590. Administrative Law.
Three credits. Prerequisite: PS 1005 or PS 3250 or permission of instructor. Procedural aspects, substantive issues, judicial review of the type of law concerned with the powers and procedures of government agencies and the rights of citizens affected by them.

4630. Personnel Management.
Three credits. Prerequisite: PS 3250 or permission of instructor. Human resources administration in government agencies. Patterns of position classification, compensation, recruitment, selection, training, performance appraisal, promotion, discipline, separation, collective bargaining. *

4690. Comparative Foreign Policies and International Relations of the Middle East.
Three credits. Prerequisite: PS 1010 or MES 2100 or permission of instructor. Examines framework within which to understand Middle East international relations. Includes Arab/Israeli conflict; oil and Middle East international relations; political Islam; the war on terror; and United States, European, Chinese, and Russian policies in the Middle East.

4700. American Political Thought.
Three credits. Prerequisite PS 1005 or 1010 or PHIL 1030 or permission of instructor. Major thinkers and movements in American political thought from colonial times to the twentieth century with special emphasis on the thoughts of the framers of the American Constitution and their contemporaries.

4770. Russian Politics.
Three credits. Prerequisite: PS 1010 or permission of instructor. The formation and evolution of the Russian state from the pre-Communist to the Soviet (Communist) and post-Soviet stages of its development.

4800. Senior Seminar.
Three credits. Prerequisites: PS 1005, 1010, and 12 hours of PS courses. A reading and discussion seminar designed to integrate knowledge of the subfields of political science through critical reflection on politics, law, ideology, and culture from both a domestic and global perspective.

4801. Senior Seminar in International Relations.
Three credits. Prerequisites: PS 1010, PS 3001, PS 3210, PS 3220 and 6 hours electives in the major. A reading and discussion seminar focused on the subfields of international relations and comparative politics, the practical application of theories, preparation for professional work or graduate study following graduation, and assessment of student learning outcomes for the program.

4820. Advanced Studies in American Politics.
Three credits. Prerequisite: PS 1005, one upper-division course in American politics or permission of instructor. Variable content course focusing on special topics within American politics. May be repeated for credit when content varies.

4830. Advanced Studies in Public Administration.
Three credits. Prerequisite: PS 1005, 3250 or permission of instructor. Variable content course focusing on special topics within the field of public administration.May be repeated for credit when content varies .

4850. Advanced Studies in Comparative Politics.
Three credits. Prerequisite: PS 1010, 3220, or permission of instructor. Variable content course focusing on special topics within the field of comparative politics. May be repeated for credit when content varies .

4860. Advanced Studies in International Relations.
Three credits. Prerequisite: PS 1010, 3210 or permission of instructor. Variable content course focusing on special topics within the field of international relations. May be repeated for credit when content varies .

4870. Advanced Studies in Political Theory.
Three credits. Prerequisite: PS 1010, 1005, and either 4230, 4700 or 4920, or permission of instructor. Variable content course focusing on special topics within the field of political theory. May be repeated for credit when content varies .

4900. Latin American Politics.
Three credits.Prerequisite: PS 1010 or permission of instructor. Emphasis on the comparative analysis of structures, functions, and aspects of Latin American political cultures and systems.


4920. Modern Political Theory.
Three credits. Prerequisite: PS 1010 or 1005 or PHIL 1030 or permission of instructor. Western political theory from the Renaissance to the twentieth century. Includes Machiavelli, Hobbes, Locke, Rousseau, J.S. Mill, Marx and Engels, Kierkagaard, Nietzsche, facism, existentialism, Strauss, Arendt, and contemporary thought.

4930. Introduction to Contemporary Political Philosophy.
Three credits. Prerequisite: PS 1005 or 1010 or PHIL 1030 or permission of instructor. Aims to foster critical thinking about contemporary political philosophy by introducing students to four main approaches: Aristotelianism, Utilitarianism, Contractarian Liberalism, and Marxism. Familiarizes students with certain philosophical arguments about important issues in both national and global politics such as multiculturism, justice, democracy, and freedom.

4950. Community-Based Research Practicum.
One to six credits. Students are given supervision in planning and carrying out an applied social research project that is defined in partnership with a local civic group, nonprofit agency, or public department. Students may work individually or in groups of up to six. A final report is presented to the community partner at the end of the course. Projects must be approved prior to enrollment.

4970. Undergraduate Research.
One to six credits. Students pursue their own topics and fields of concentration under the supervision of a political science faculty member. Working with the faculty member, the student will design and conduct independent research, with the final paper presented at a conference or a public forum on campus.

Courses marked with an * are Offered infrequently.


Courses in Paralegal Studies [PLEG]

3010. Litigation.
Three credits. Prerequisites: PS 2020 and 2440. Legal procedures required for introducing and pursuing cases in the judicial.

3410. Family Law.
Three credits. Prerequisites: PS 2020 and 2440. The law of marriage, divorce, child custody and support, adoption, paternity, and related issues.

3420. Torts.
Three credits. Prerequisites: PS 2020 and 2440. The law of injury to legally protected interests in personal safety, liberty, and property.

4010. Internship.
Three credits. Supervised work in a law office or agency as a paralegal assistant.


Graduate Courses
Courses appropriate for the Master in International Affairs are marked with
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( + ) 5030. Human Rights.
Three credits. Aims to foster critical thinking about human rights, develop skills in weighing powerful but opposed arguments, and evaluate complex moral situations. Familiarization with the role of national and international organizations in human rights and global politics.

5060. The U.S. Congress.
Three credits. An analysis of the United States Congress. The origins of the Congress, political power, the nature of the institutionalized Congress, campaigns, elections.

( + ) 5070. Political Violence and Terrorism.
Three credits. Political violence, assassination, terror, repression, and genocide examined in comparative and international perspective. Theoretical and case study approaches used to examine political violence forms, goals, tactics, and responses. Significant independent research component.

5120. Tennessee Government.
Three credits. Structure, functions, and processes of Tennessee's governmental and political institutions. Policy issues studied.

( + ) 5180. African Politics.
Three credits. Comparative study of selected African political systems with different colonial traditions in the process of rapid change. Ideology and politics of development, political system forms and processes, modernization efforts, and challenges of nation-building.

( + ) 5190. Middle East Politics.
Three credits. Emphasis on the Palestinian question; the Arab-Israeli wars; the role of the United Nations; conflict between and among the Arab nations; the various peace initiatives that have been proposed

5200. Problems in Government.
Three credits. Work done on a tutorial basis under the close direction of a professor. Student must present a proposal for departmental consideration and acceptance before enrolling in this course.

5210. International Relations.
Three credits. National power, balance of power, nationalism, imperialism, colonialism, war as an instrument of national policy, economic instruments of national policy, diplomacy, collective security, international law, and organization.

5220. World Politics.
Three credits. Experiencing contemporary international politics through the medium of simulation. Particular focus areas include the U.S., former Soviet Union, People's Republic of China, the Middle East, South Asia, and Southern Africa.

5230. Classical Political Theory.
Three credits. Western political theory from the ancient Greeks through the medieval Christians. Includes Sophocles, Aristophanes, Plato, Aristotle, stoicism, skepticism, Lucretius, Augustine, Thomas Aquinas, Thomas More.

( + ) 5240. American Foreign Policy.
Three credits. Foreign policies in the nuclear age from Kennan and containment to the present with emphasis on contemporary problems and policies.

5250. Public Administration.
Three credits. Fundamentals of public management—organization theory, leadership, policy making, planning, budgeting, personnel, administrative law, bureaucratic behavior.

( + ) 5261. The Political Status of Women in the World.
Three credits. Comparative examination of the political, economic, and social status of women in the United States and abroad. Emphasis on women in developing countries, the relationship between economic and political power, and the impact of conflict and globalization on the status of women.

( + ) 5300. Comparative European Governments.
Three credits. Comparative analysis of the governmental forms and practices of England, France, Germany, the European Community, and others.

( + ) 5310. Comparative Asian Government.
Three credits. Comparative analysis of the governmental forms and practices of China, Japan, India, and other governments of the region.

5320. Public Opinion.
Three credits. The nature of public opinion and its role in the political and social process; myths, symbols, other instruments.

5330. Political Parties.
Three credits. The nature of democracy, politics, and political parties; party organization and role in government; campaigning, primaries, conventions, general elections; the electoral college; voting behavior and pressure groups.

5360. Legislative Internship.
Twelve credits. A cooperative program with the state of Tennessee that provides for student service with the legislature on a full-time basis during the spring semester. Students selected on a competitive basis. Only six hours may count toward the degree for graduate programs.

5370/ 5380. American Constitutional Law.
Three credits each. The Supreme Court as a policy-making body in the governmental system. Emphasis on case studies in major areas of conflict including federalism, civil liberties, criminal procedure, and economic regulation.

5400. Municipal Government.
Three credits. The structure, powers, functions, and politics of municipal governments from the standpoint of city management. Attention is given to problems of municipal policy implementation.

5410. Business and Government.
Three credits. Government's role in regulating and supporting business and its impact on the economic health of the private sector. Analyses of the business-government relationship at the federal, state, and local levels. The new role of organized consumers.

5440. Governmental Budgeting and Finance Administration.
Three credits. Analysis of the legal and social nature of government budgets emphasizing the procedures and administrative methods of fiscal control. Study of budget documents at state and local levels.

5500. International Law.
Three credits. General principles of modern international law taught by the case study method in a seminar format encouraging debate and discussion. Issues concerning the development of international law and human rights.

5510. International Political Economy.
Three credits. Prerequisites: PS 1010 and 3210 or permission of instructor. The relationship between politics and economics in international affairs and its implications for global peace, security, the ecology, and social welfare.

5590. Administrative Law.
Three credits. Procedural aspects, substantive issues, judicial review of the type of law concerned with the powers and procedures of government agencies and the rights of citizens affected by them.

5630. Personnel Management.
Three credits. Prerequisite: PS 3250 or permission of instructor. The development and characteristics of public personnel administration in the United States with attention to recruitment, selection, position classification, compensation, performance evaluation, promotion, motivation, morale, discipline, separation, and public service unionism.

 

( + ) 5690. Comparative Foreign Policies and International Relations of the Middle East.
Three credits.  Examines framework within which to understand Middle East international relations. Includes Arab/Israeli conflict; oil and Middle East international relations; political Islam; the war on terror; and United States, European, Chinese, and Russian policies in the Middle East.

5700. American Political Thought.
Three credits. Major thinkers and movements in American political thought from colonial times to the twentieth century with special emphasis on the thoughts of the framers of the American Constitution and their contemporaries.

(+ ) 5770. Russian Politics.
Three credits. Formation and evolution of the Russian state from pre-Communist to Soviet and post-Soviet stages. Special attention to historical origins and the role of authoritarianism in Russian political culture and to the ideological foundations, formation, and evolution and the reasons for decline of the Communist system. Includes a brief discussion of the other post-Soviet states.

(+ ) 5900. Latin American Politics.
Three credits. Comparative analysis of the institutions, functions, and aspects of culture of the Latin American nation-states and their relevance to understanding international relations, world politics, and diplomacy.

5910. International Organization.
Three credits. Development and prospects of the United Nations Organization and its major approaches to peace—pacific settlement, collective security, international law, arms control, trusteeship, preventive diplomacy, international conferences, functionalism.

5920. Modern Political Theory.
Three credits. Western political theory from the Renaissance to the present. Includes Machiavelli, Hobbes, Locke, Rousseau, J.S. Mill, Marx and Engels, Kierkegaard, Nietzsche, facism, existentialism, Strauss, Arendt, and contemporary thought.

(+ ) 6000. Comparative Social Change.
Three credits. (Same as SOC 6000.) A historical comparative examination of the structure, institutions, and development of the modern world system; a review of major theoretical and empirical research on the world system.

(+ ) 6100. Seminar in International Relations.
Three credits. This course is an in-depth examination of the theoretical foundations of international relations, the historical contexts in which they arose, the practical implications of the competing theoretical models, and the contemporary issues that occupy researchers and policy-makers in the discipline.

(+ ) 6110. International Security in a Changing World.
Three credits. This course surveys the research on the causes of international conflict; including interstate and intrastate conflict as well as other types of political violence between states and non-state actors. The course includes discussions of the major wars in the modern international system, the military legacy of the Cold War, recent and continuing conflicts (intra and interstate), and the future of conflict in the international system.

(+ ) 6120. Peace and Conflict Resolution: Concepts, Processes, and Consequences.
Three credits. This course surveys the theories of conflict resolution, the skills involved in negotiation, mediation, and crisis management, and the implications of crisis management. It includes discussions of theoretical premises of conflict resolution, negotiation, and mediation as well as the techniques of each and how they differ. It examines the ways in which society is reconstructed and the implications of reconstruction for the future of society.

(+ ) 6150. Special Topics in International Security & Peace Studies (variable content)
Three credits. Advanced, graduate-level study in a specialized area within International Security and Peace Studies. May be repeated for credit when subject matter varies.

(+ ) 6170. Literature Review in International Affairs.
Three credits. This course focuses on the selection of a research topic and review of pertinent literature associated with a thesis.

(+ ) 6200. Seminar in Comparative Politics.
Three credits. This course examines the theories and methods of comparative politics, the evolution of the discipline, and the issues that drive comparative political research today. Readings include both classic and contemporary literature from different theoretical, empirical, and methodological orientations.

(+ ) 6220. International Development.
Three credits. This course examines the continuing problems and challenges of development and underdevelopment and socio-economic disparity across the world. It traces the roots of such problems, discusses different approaches, concepts, and theoretical models of development, assesses past policies to address global development problems, and examines the impact of globalization on Third World politics, economies, and societies.

(+ ) 6250. Special Topics in International Development & Globalization (variable content)
Three credits. Advanced, graduate-level study in a specialized area within International Development. May be repeated for credit when subject matter varies.

6260. Readings in Political Science or Public Administration.
Three credits. Individual study focusing on subject matter selected by the student and approved by the instructor; strengthens knowledge in a subfield of political science or public administration. Focus guided by the student's professional interests, career objectives, and program requirements.

(+ ) 6290. Practicum in International Affairs.
Six credits. This course offers a supervised experience with students placed in organizations active in the areas of security, peace, globalization and development issues. The practicum placement must be approved by the graduate advisor and Departmental Graduate Director prior to enrolling.

 (+) PS 6400. Global Governance.
Three credits. This course examines the issue and challenges of global governance in an increasingly globalized world. It discusses the evolving area of global governance, governance mechanisms, processes, and institutions, and the effect they have on the international system in maintaining order, and promoting peace, security, and prosperity. Among some of the key topics to be covered are the roles and activities of inter-governmental organizations, international non-governmental organizations, international law, and transnational processes in global governance.

(+ ) 6500. Research Methods for International Affairs.
Three credits. Pre-requisites: PS 3001 or its equivalent; and permission of instructor for non-International Affairs students. Develops the methods of research and data analysis commonly used in the study of international affairs. Emphasis is upon proper design and execution of research strategies, and upon practical application through use of software such as STATA or R. The course is required for completion of the M.A. in International Affairs.

(+ ) 6640. Thesis Research.
One - three credits. Prerequisite: PS 6170. Drawing on work from PS 6170, collect and analyze data, and composition of thesis. Once enrolled, student should register for at least one credit hour of master's research each semester until completion.