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Discipline: Political Science
Course Name Course Number Objectives
African American Politics POLI 35
  • Students will be able to identify significant changes that have occurred in African-American political participation since the passage of the Voting Rights Act.
  • Students will be able to assess the success of African Americans in attaining representation in various levels of government.
  • Students will be able to differentiate among changes in the American constitutional government over time.
Environmental Politics POLI 10
  • Students should be able to define sustainability taking account of social, economic, and environmental indicators.
  • Students should be able to identify and compare competing models of sustainable political economy.
Introduction to International Relations POLI 9
  • Define, explain, analyze and compare core theories in International Relations and explain which theory best describes international relations and why.
  • Describe the International Relations concept Levels of Analysis and argue which level, or levels, best explains and analyzes international relations.
  • Describe the roles of national, international, transnational and sub-national actors in promoting or hindering international cooperation.
  • Analyze and evaluate key topics such as globalization, conflict, cooperation, diplomacy, international law, human rights, and international political economy.
  • Demonstrate a basic knowledge of the United Nations, World Trade Organization, North Atlantic Treaty Organization, the Cold War and its aftermath, the politics of the Middle East and American foreign policy.
  • Explain the impact of important historical events on the contemporary study of international relations and world politics.
  • Explain two theories of International Relations and argue which theory best explains International Relations and support said theory with appropriate evidence.
  • Demonstrate a basic knowledge of the United Nations, World Trade Organization, North Atlantic Treaty Organization, the Cold War and its Aftermath, the politics of the Middle East and American foreign policy.
  • Analyze the relationship between social, political and/or economic institutions and human behavior.
  • Explain the impact of important historical events on the contemporary study of international relations and world politics.
  • Students demonstrate comprehension of two theories of International Relations, able to argue which theory best explains International Relations support said argument with appropriate evidence.
Latino Politics in the United States POLI 25
  • Students will be able to identify significant changes that have occurred over the past two decades in representation by latinos in American government and politics.
  • Students will be able to identify similarities and differences in public opinion held by different Latino communities such as Mexican-Americans and Cuban-Americans.
  • Students will be able to differentiate among changes in the American constitutional government over time.
Political Science POLI 1
  • Marshall empirical data to support a political science theory.
  • Differentiate among changes in the American constitutional government over time.
  • Identify constitutional amendments, which have expanded the right to vote.
  • Differentiate powers delegated to the U.S. from those reserved to the states.
  • Evaluate the role of political parties, interest groups, elections and the mass media in the American political system with an emphasis on the state of California and its relations to the national government.
  • Evaluate the role of Congress, the presidency, the courts and their interaction with state and local governments.
  • Analyze policy areas such as foreign and economic policy, civil rights and civil liberties, environmental and educational policies in order to predict or evaluate the consequences of various policy alternatives.
  • Differentiate powers delegated to the U.S. from those reserved to the states.
  • Identify constitutional amendments which have expanded the right to vote.
Political Science POLI 2
  • Identify the key features of parliamentary and presidential forms of government and identify their advantages and disadvantages.
  • Evaluate the advantages and disadvantages of proportional representation and single member district plurality as electoral methods.
  • Identify the role of the state.
  • Compare political systems, both in theory and with actual country examples.
  • Explain the impact of regional, economic, historical and cultural factors on political institutions and behavior.
  • Analyze the role of political parties, interest groups, elections and the mass media in various countries.
  • Analyze political systems by using the comparative method.
  • Distinguish among regime types and their central features.
  • Explain ethnic group conflict, and political institutions for managing ethnic group conflict.
  • Analyze the relationship between social, political and/or economic institutions and human behavior.
Political Science - Honors POLI 1H
  • Students completing Political Science 1 will be able to marshall empirical data to support a theory.
  • Students will be able to differentiate among changes in the American constitutional government over time.
Political Science Theory POLI 5
  • Evaluate and assess divergent political philosophical and theoretical viewpoints as to their relative validity.
  • Analyze the relationship between philosophical assumptions and theories of government.
  • Analyze the development of political philosophy and theory and its impact on the historical development of governmental institutions.
  • Analyze divergent assumptions about human nature and the theories they influenced.
  • Explain similarities and differences between liberal and republican political philosophies, citing contributions of philosophers instrumental in the development of each.
  • Summarize the main criticisms of liberal democracy made by Karl Marx.
  • Analyze the relationship between social, political and/or economic institutions and human behavior.
  • Explain similarities and differences between liberal and republican political philosophies, citing contributions of philosophers instrumental in the development of each.
  • Summarize the main criticisms of liberal democracy made by Karl Marx
  • Analyze the relationship between social, political and/or economic institutions and human behavior.
Political Theory II - Early Modern to Contemporary POLI 7
  • Students should be able to explain the meaning of the terms public sphere and civil society in the theories of contemporary political theorists.
  • Students should be able to accurately explain theories of power and crisis associated with theories of thinkers covered in the course and to compare them