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Top PS 110 GOVERNING AFTER THE ZOMBIE APOCALYPSE (3)  Offered in current or future terms Baccalaureate Core Course
Constitution-writing in a post-apocalyptic world. Students write a constitution that addresses issues of difference, power, and discrimination. (Bacc Core Course)

Top PS 126 INTRODUCTION TO LAW AND POLITICS (3) 
Introductory course to the Summer Pre-Law Series. Topics include role of courts and lawyers in society, basic judicial process, and pre-law advising. Conducted via Ecampus Canvas portal. Graded P/N.

Top PS 201 INTRODUCTION TO UNITED STATES GOVERNMENT AND POLITICS (4)  Offered in current or future terms Baccalaureate Core Course
Description and analysis of American politics and government, including such topics as interest groups, parties, elections, media, the presidency, Congress, the Constitution, and the courts. (SS) (Bacc Core Course)

Top PS 204 INTRODUCTION TO COMPARATIVE POLITICS (4)  Offered in current or future terms Baccalaureate Core Course
Major concepts of comparative politics applied to various political settings; the United States, Western Europe, Communist regimes, and developing countries. (SS) (Bacc Core Course)

Top PS 205 INTRODUCTION TO INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS (4)  Offered in current or future terms Baccalaureate Core Course
Analysis of the international system and factors affecting world politics. (SS) (Bacc Core Course)

Top PS 206 INTRODUCTION TO POLITICAL THOUGHT (4)  Offered in current or future terms Baccalaureate Core Course
Introduction to political philosophy. Major ideas and issues of selected political thinkers. (H) (Bacc Core Course)

Top PS 299 SPECIAL STUDIES (1-4)  Offered in current or future terms
This course is repeatable for a maximum of 4 credits.

Top PS 300 RESEARCH METHODS (4)  Offered in current or future terms WIC Core Course
Qualitative and quantitative approaches to the study of political phenomena. The role of values, theory, hypothesis, data collection, and analysis in evaluating and conducting political science research. (Writing Intensive Course)

Top PS 311 CONGRESSIONAL POLITICS (4) 
Congressional politics, both in Capitol Hill and in the district, including campaigns, constituent relations, lobbying, legislating, and the legislature in democratic theory.

Top PS 312 PRESIDENTIAL POLITICS (4) 
Office, powers, and politics of the American presidency, with reference to other executive offices in American government; emphasis on the importance and effect of the presidency in American politics.

Top PS 313 CAMPAIGNS AND ELECTIONS (4)  Offered in current or future terms
Political parties and elections, the conduct of electoral campaigns, the electorate and voting behavior, electoral system, exercise of the suffrage, extent and consequences of voter participation.

Top PS 314 INTEREST GROUP POLITICS (4) 
Interest group formation, resources, strategies, and internal struggles, as well as group influence on elections and politics, in government and policy making, and in relation to democratic theory.

Top PS 315 THE POLITICS OF MEDIA (4)  Offered in current or future terms Baccalaureate Core Course
Examination of the methods of operation, content and effects of the media in relation to politics and government. Includes analysis of newspaper, radio and television, political advertising, and other forms of political communication. (Bacc Core Course)

Top PS 316 PUBLIC OPINION AND POLITICS (4) 
Examination of methods of study, formation, and content of public opinion and of its effect on elections and politics, government operations, and public policy, primarily in the United States. (SS)

Top PS 317 GENDER AND POLITICS (4) 
Analyzes the role that gender plays in shaping politics and other aspects of society. The course will cover theories of gender difference, gender-based movements, gender and political office, and gender and public policy. (SS)

Top PS 321 CONSTITUTIONAL LAW: GOVERNMENT POWERS AND CONSTRAINTS (4)  Offered in current or future terms
The role of the U.S. Supreme Court in shaping the powers and limitations of the U.S. government. The powers of the three main branches of our government, and cases where the powers of these branches clash with one another or with the powers of the states or rights of the individual.

Top PS 322 CONSTITUTIONAL LAW: CIVIL RIGHTS AND LIBERTIES (4)  Offered in current or future terms Baccalaureate Core Course
Doctrines pertaining to the First, Second and Fourteenth Amendments, such as freedom of speech, of expression, of the press and of the exercise, the right to bear arms and the prohibition against governmental establishment of religion. Issues of discrimination and the reach of the 14th amendment's equal protection clause, and the right to privacy. (Bacc Core Course)

Top PS 323 CONSTITUTIONAL LAW: RIGHTS OF THE ACCUSED (4)  Offered in current or future terms
The role of the U.S. Supreme Court in shaping the powers and limitations of the U.S. government. The powers of the three main branches of our government, and cases where the powers of these branches clash with one another or with the powers of states or rights of the individual.

Top PS 325 GENDER AND THE LAW (4)  Baccalaureate Core Course
Legal status of American women, with emphasis on constitutional law, the 1964 Civil Rights Act and its amendments, and various state laws as they relate to the legal rights of women. (Bacc Core Course)

Top PS 326 JUDICIAL PROCESS AND POLITICS (4) 
Study of the operation, processes, behavior and influence of the state and federal judiciaries, as well as current research in the judiciary as it relates to politics.

Top PS 328 SPORTS AND POLITICS (4)  Offered in current or future terms
Topics include: Sport's interactions with formal political institutions, sports law, sports in the international community, sports at the university, sports and gender, sports and labor politics, and sports and race.

Top PS 331 STATE AND LOCAL POLITICS (4)  Baccalaureate Core Course
Role, organization, and functions of government at the state and local level. Satisfies teaching certification requirement for course work in state and local government. (Bacc Core Course)

Top PS 340 EASTERN AND CENTRAL EUROPEAN POLITICS (4) 
Analyzes domestic and international politics in Central and Eastern Europe, focusing on the period since WW II. Particular attention will be paid to the establishment and dissolution of the Soviet bloc; the interplay of Soviet foreign policy and domestic politics in the various states; and comparisons of domestic political structures, especially since 1989.

Top PS 341 EUROPEAN AND EU POLITICS (4)  Offered in current or future terms Baccalaureate Core Course
Describes and analyzes the political situation in Europe and the European Union. Special focus is given to issues concerning European security and the European Union, its institutions, politics, and the challenges it faces since the opening of Europe to the East. (Bacc Core Course)

Top PS 342 THE POLITICS OF CORRUPTION (4)  Offered in current or future terms
Surveys corruption and how it manifests itself in democracies and centralized states. Topics include theoretical accounts for why corruption occurs, what factors are conducive toward producing corruption, the consequences of corruption, and anti-corruption efforts that have succeeded and failed to rectify corruption.

Top PS 343 RUSSIAN POLITICS (4)  Offered in current or future terms Baccalaureate Core Course
Brief survey of Russian politics in Tsarist and Soviet periods followed by extensive analysis of Russian politics in the late Soviet period under Gorbachev (1985-91), the collapse of the USSR in 1991, and post-Soviet Russian politics (1992-present). (Bacc Core Course)

Top PS 344 LATIN AMERICAN POLITICS (4)  Baccalaureate Core Course
The key political, social and economic issues in Latin America. Surveys topics of interest in the region such as economic development, democratization, revolution and political leadership from both an historical and contemporary perspective. (Bacc Core Course)

Top PS 345 POLITICS OF DEVELOPING NATIONS (4)  Offered in current or future terms Baccalaureate Core Course
Analyzes the concepts of development and modernization. Also focuses on the economic, political, and cultural problems faced by developing nations. (NC) (Bacc Core Course)

Top PS 346 MIDDLE EAST POLITICS (4)  Baccalaureate Core Course
The comparative study of the Middle East and North Africa focusing on the internal political dynamics of countries in the region and the international relations among them. Examines issues of political and economic development in their post-colonial context and analyzes impact of nationalism, political Islam, ethnicity, and globalization. (Bacc Core Course)

Top PS 348 CHINESE POLITICS (4)  Offered in current or future terms Baccalaureate Core Course
Examines China's post-1949 political and economic development. Special attention is given to the reform era from the late 1970s to the present. The course also addresses the impact of the reforms on society and on the country's relationship with the world. (NC) (Bacc Core Course)

Top PS 349 BRITISH POLITICS (4)  Offered in current or future terms Baccalaureate Core Course
The structure and operation of the British political system, the nature of the political parties and how the governing institutions of the British state have changed over time. The course will also consider how British politics impact upon the culture, politics and institutions of the United States. (Bacc Core Course)

Top PS 350 JAPANESE POLITICS (4)  Baccalaureate Core Course
Examination of the Japanese political system during the postwar period. Topics include prewar historical influences, political parties, bureaucracy, interest groups, policy processes and issues, political economy, foreign policy, and United States-Japan relations. Attention will also be given to recent dramatic changes in Japan's political system. (Bacc Core Course)

Top PS 351 AMERICAN FOREIGN POLICY (4)  Offered in current or future terms
Overview of the role of the United States in the world since World War II and of the factors influencing the formation of American foreign policy.

Top PS 354 INTERNATIONAL ORGANIZATIONS AND GLOBAL POLITICS (4)  Baccalaureate Core Course
The role of international law and organizations in global politics. How sovereign states interact, and what motivates them to commit to supranational laws and intergovernmental organizations. How international law has evolved since the early 1900s. Intergovernmental organizations and treaties, with emphasis on the United Nations, the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank, the World Trade Organization, the European Union, and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. (Bacc Core Course)

Top PS 356 INTERNATIONAL POLITICS OF ASIA PACIFIC (4)  Offered in current or future terms
Examines the most pressing issues facing the region: security and regional economic integration. The major players, their interests, and their differing perspectives on regional issues will be analyzed.

Top PS 361 CLASSICAL POLITICAL THOUGHT (4) 
Major political theorists from the pre-Socratics through the Scholastics. (H)

Top PS 362 MODERN POLITICAL THOUGHT (4)  Offered in current or future terms
Major political theorists from the Renaissance to the mid-nineteenth century. (H)

Top PS 363 GENDER AND RACE IN AMERICAN POLITICAL THOUGHT (4)  Baccalaureate Core Course
Traditional canon of American political thought scrutinized from vantage point of feminist and critical race theory scholarship. (Bacc Core Course)

Top PS 364 CONTEMPORARY POLITICAL THEORY (4)  Offered in current or future terms
Major issues in contemporary political theory. The specific emphasis of the course may vary from term to term, focusing on questions related to theories of justice, theories of democracy, global political theory, or the work of a single important thinker.

Top PS 365 AMERICAN POLITICAL THOUGHT (4)  Offered in current or future terms
Political values and theoretical systems in the American tradition, from the Puritans to the present.

Top PS 370 SCIENCE, RELIGION, AND POLITICS (4)  Baccalaureate Core Course
Addresses historical interplay between religion and science in Western culture, then focuses on the perceived conflicts between science and religion within American socio-political context; illustrates role of politics as the

Top PS 371 PUBLIC POLICY PROBLEMS (4) 
The content and the politics of adoption and application of such policy areas as defense, poverty and welfare, macroeconomics, and regulation.

Top PS 372 PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION (4) 
The workings of the modern administrative state, processes and procedures through which government acts, and the balance between powerful government, democratic and accountable government, and efficient government.

Top PS 374 SUSTAINABLE LIVING: PRACTICES AND POLICES (4)  Baccalaureate Core Course
Exploration of the role individuals in sustainability practices and policies. Special focus is given to an examination of how individuals can make sustainable lifestyle choices in light of policy regulations, technologies, socio-economic conditions, and cultural values. (Bacc Core Course)

Top PS 375 THE CIVIL RIGHTS MOVEMENT AND POLICIES (4)  Offered in current or future terms Baccalaureate Core Course
Political and social evolution of the civil rights movement, emphasizing events 1954-1965, and major contemporary civil rights politics and policies in the South and the nation. (Bacc Core Course)

Top PS 399 CURRENT PROBLEMS IN POLITICS (1-4) 
Selected issues of recent American and international concern such as Vietnam, Central America, or similar topical issues. May be repeated for credit when topic varies. This course is repeatable for a maximum of 16 credits.

Top PS 399H CURRENT PROBLEMS IN POLITICS (1-4) 
Selected issues of recent American and international concern such as Vietnam, Central America, or similar topical issues. May be repeated for credit when topic varies. This course is repeatable for a maximum of 16 credits. PREREQS: Honors College approval required.

Top PS 401 RESEARCH AND SCHOLARSHIP (1-16)  Offered in current or future terms
This course is repeatable for a maximum of 16 credits. PREREQS: Departmental approval required.

Top PS 402 INDEPENDENT STUDY (1-16)  Offered in current or future terms
This course is repeatable for a maximum of 16 credits. PREREQS: Departmental approval required.

Top PS 403 THESIS (1-16)  Offered in current or future terms
This course is repeatable for a maximum of 16 credits. PREREQS: Departmental approval required.

Top PS 405 READING AND CONFERENCE (1-16)  Offered in current or future terms
This course is repeatable for a maximum of 16 credits. PREREQS: Departmental approval required.

Top PS 405H READING AND CONFERENCE (1-16) 
This course is repeatable for a maximum of 16 credits. PREREQS: Honors College approval required.

Top PS 406 PROJECTS (1-16)  Offered in current or future terms
Section 1-5: Reading. Associated with the internship for which credit is given in PS 410. This course is repeatable for a maximum of 16 credits. PREREQS: Departmental approval required.

Top PS 407 SEMINAR (1-16)  Offered in current or future terms
This course is repeatable for a maximum of 16 credits. PREREQS: Departmental approval required.

Top PS 407H SEMINAR (1-16) 
This course is repeatable for a maximum of 16 credits. PREREQS: Departmental approval required, Honors College approval required.

Top PS 408 WORKSHOP (1-16) 
This course is repeatable for a maximum of 16 credits. PREREQS: Departmental approval required.

Top PS 409 PRACTICUM (1-16) 
This course is repeatable for a maximum of 16 credits. PREREQS: Departmental approval required.

Top PS 410 POLITICAL SCIENCE INTERNSHIP (1-12)  Offered in current or future terms
Supervised work experience in government- or law-related programs or other public affairs organizations. Reports and appraisals required. Only 4 credits may be applied to the major. This course is repeatable for a maximum of 12 credits. PREREQS: Departmental approval required.

Top PS 419 TOPICS IN AMERICAN POLITICS (4)  WIC Core Course
Topics in American politics not covered in other courses. May be repeated for credit when topic varies. (Writing Intensive Course) This course is repeatable for a maximum of 16 credits.

Top PS 425 GENDER AND THE LAW (4)  Baccalaureate Core Course
Legal status of American women, with emphasis on constitutional law, the 1964 Civil Rights Act and its amendments, and various state laws as they relate to the legal rights of women. (Bacc Core Course) PREREQS: PS 201 or PS 326

Top PS 429 TOPICS IN JUDICIAL POLITICS (4)  WIC Core Course
Topics in judicial politics not covered in other courses. May be repeated for credit when topic varies. (Writing Intensive Course) This course is repeatable for a maximum of 8 credits.

Top PS 441 DEMOCRATIZATION (4) 
Democratization and the factors that encourage and/or erode democratic stability. Political developments in a wide array of countries, with a particular focus on the unfolding events in the Middle East. Theories of what causes authoritarian regimes to collapse and what helps initially fragile democracies endure or collapse.

Top PS 446 EAST ASIAN POLITICAL ECONOMY (4)  Offered in current or future terms
Surveys and analyzes the economic and political development of China, Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, Hong Kong, and Singapore. Japan is examined as a developmental model for the East Asian Newly Industrializing Countries (NICs) and as a major player in the regional economy. China is examined as a contrasting model in terms of its changing pattern of economic development and its importance for the region.

Top PS 449 TOPICS IN COMPARATIVE POLITICS (4)  WIC Core Course
Topics in comparative politics not covered in other courses. May be repeated for credit when topic varies. (Writing Intensive Course) This course is repeatable for a maximum of 16 credits.

Top PS 454 INTERNATIONAL LAW AND ORGANIZATIONS (4) 
Theories and historical development of international law and organizations; the United Nations system. PREREQS: PS 204 or PS 205

Top PS 455 THE POLITICS OF CLIMATE CHANGE (4)  Baccalaureate Core Course
Covers domestic and international political aspects of global climate change. Topics include local, state, and national activity as well as roles played by presidents, Congress, the Supreme Court, corporations and media. International focus on conventions and treaties, tensions between developed and developing nations and possible national security impacts. (Bacc Core Course)

Top PS 457 US-CHINA RELATIONS (4)  Offered in current or future terms
Historical evolution of US-China relationship. Emphasis on economic ties, tensions, and conflicts surrounding trade, investment, security, human rights, political reform, Tibet, and Taiwan.

Top PS 458 INTERNATIONAL POLITICAL ECONOMY (4)  Baccalaureate Core Course
Examines topics in which politics and economics meet in the international arena, such as trade, debt, finance, development, multinational corporations, and globalization. Does not require a background in economics. (Bacc Core Course)

Top PS 459 TOPICS IN INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS (4)  WIC Core Course
Topics in international relations not covered in other courses. May be repeated for credit when topic varies. (Writing Intensive Course) This course is repeatable for a maximum of 16 credits.

Top PS 461 ENVIRONMENTAL POLITICAL THEORY (4) 
Examines the ways in which political theory enhances our understanding of environmental issues. Focuses on the political and philosophical premises of various environmental perspectives, and how different theories of justice and democracy address issues such as environmental racism, ecological justice, and global climate change.

Top PS 462 THEORIES OF LAW (4) 
Covers some of the main theories and approaches to the nature of law. What is law? What is its relation, if any, to morality? What is it that judges do? Questions such as these are explored through reading some of the classic works on the topic.

Top PS 469 TOPICS IN POLITICAL PHILOSOPHY (4)  WIC Core Course
Topics in political philosophy not covered in other courses. May be repeated for credit when topic varies. (Writing Intensive Course) This course is repeatable for a maximum of 16 credits.

Top PS 470 GLOBAL FOOD POLITICS AND POLICY (4) 
Examines the politics and policy of global food systems as they relate to food distribution, production, and consumption. The cultivation and consumption of food is highly political, and at times, contentious. Specific focus is given to issues like social justice, GMOs, human health, environment and agribusiness.

Top PS 471 NUCLEAR POLITICS AND POLICY (4)  Offered in current or future terms
Covers the political and policy implications of nuclear technology, including both nuclear weapons and civilian applications such as nuclear energy.

Top PS 473 US ENERGY POLICY (4)  Offered in current or future terms
Addresses US energy policy with respect to how the U.S. governs the production and use of different energy sources, along with the management of its energy infrastructure. Examines policies currently in place, as well as proposals for alternatives, while examining the economic, environmental, national security and energy security implications of different policy approaches.

Top PS 475 ENVIRONMENTAL POLITICS AND POLICY (4)  Offered in current or future terms
Environmental and natural resource issues and policies in national and regional context, emphasizing public attitudes, elections, Congress, public policy, and relevant national and state agencies.

Top PS 476 SCIENCE AND POLITICS (4)  Offered in current or future terms Baccalaureate Core Course
Relationship between science and the political system in political ideas and history, in bureaucratic politics of science policy, and in contemporary scientific disputes. (Bacc Core Course)

Top PS 477 INTERNATIONAL ENVIRONMENTAL POLITICS AND POLICY (4)  Offered in current or future terms
Analysis of international environmental theory and politics, the development of international environmental regimes, agreements and treaties, and the process of globalization and the quality of the environment.

Top PS 478 RENEWABLE ENERGY POLICY (4) 
Renewable energy policy with respect to how the U.S. governs the market development, production and use of different renewable energy sources are addressed.

Top PS 479 TOPICS IN PUBLIC POLICY AND PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION (4) 
Topics in public policy or public administration not covered in other courses. May be repeated for credit when topic varies. This course is repeatable for a maximum of 12 credits.

Top PS 499 SPECIAL TOPICS (1-16)  Offered in current or future terms
Selected topics in political science of special or current interest not covered in other courses. May be repeated for credit when topic varies. This course is repeatable for a maximum of 99 credits.

Top PS 501 RESEARCH AND SCHOLARSHIP (1-16)  Offered in current or future terms
Independent research project under supervision of graduate faculty. This course is repeatable for a maximum of 16 credits. PREREQS: Departmental approval required.

Top PS 502 INDEPENDENT STUDY (1-16)  Offered in current or future terms
This course is repeatable for a maximum of 16 credits. PREREQS: Departmental approval required.

Top PS 503 THESIS (1-16)  Offered in current or future terms
This course is repeatable for a maximum of 999 credits. PREREQS: Departmental approval required.

Top PS 505 READING AND CONFERENCE (1-16)  Offered in current or future terms
This course is repeatable for a maximum of 16 credits. PREREQS: Departmental approval required.

Top PS 506 PROJECTS (1-16)  Offered in current or future terms
This course is repeatable for a maximum of 16 credits. PREREQS: Departmental approval required.

Top PS 507 SEMINAR (1-16) 
This course is repeatable for a maximum of 16 credits. PREREQS: Departmental approval required.

Top PS 508 WORKSHOP (1-16) 
This course is repeatable for a maximum of 16 credits. PREREQS: Departmental approval required.

Top PS 509 PRACTICUM (1-16) 
This course is repeatable for a maximum of 16 credits. PREREQS: Departmental approval required.

Top PS 510 POLITICAL SCIENCE INTERNSHIP (1-12)  Offered in current or future terms
Supervised work experience in government- or law-related programs or other public affairs organizations. Reports and appraisals required. This course is repeatable for a maximum of 12 credits. PREREQS: Departmental approval required.

Top PS 512 PRESIDENTIAL POLITICS (4) 
Office, powers, and politics of the American presidency, with reference to other executive offices in American government; emphasis on the importance and effect of the presidency in American politics. PREREQS: PS 201

Top PS 513 POLITICAL PARTIES AND ELECTIONS (4) 
Political parties and elections, the electorate and voting behavior, electoral system, exercise of the suffrage, extent and consequences of voter participation. PREREQS: PS 201

Top PS 514 INTEREST GROUPS (4) 
Interest group formation, resources, strategies, and internal struggles, as well as group influence on elections and politics, in government and policy making, and in relation to democratic theory. PREREQS: PS 201

Top PS 516 PUBLIC OPINION AND POLITICS (4) 
Examination of methods of study, formation, and content of public opinion and of its effect on elections and politics, government operations, and public policy, primarily in the United States. PREREQS: PS 201

Top PS 523 AMERICAN CONSTITUTIONAL LAW (4) 
Examines constitutional law with a heavy emphasis on the practices and procedures of the criminal justice system. Pays particular attention to the rights of the criminally accused; how these rights have changed over time; and the role of politics in the decisions of the Supreme Court.

Top PS 541 DEMOCRATIZATION (4) 
Democratization and the factors that encourage and/or erode democratic stability. Political developments in a wide array of countries, with a particular focus on the unfolding events in the Middle East. Theories of what causes authoritarian regimes to collapse and what helps initially fragile democracies endure or collapse.

Top PS 546 EAST ASIAN POLITICAL ECONOMY (4)  Offered in current or future terms
Surveys and analyzes the economic and political development of China, Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, Hong Kong, and Singapore. Japan is examined as a developmental model for the East Asian Newly Industrializing Countries (NICs) and as a major player in the regional economy. China is examined as a contrasting model in terms of its changing pattern of economic development and its importance for the region.

Top PS 549 TOPICS IN COMPARATIVE POLITICS (4) 
Topics in comparative politics not covered in other courses. May be repeated for credit when topic varies. This course is repeatable for a maximum of 16 credits. PREREQS: At least one upper-division course in comparative politics.

Top PS 554 INTERNATIONAL LAW AND ORGANIZATIONS (4) 
Theories and historical development of international law and organizations; the United Nations system. PREREQS: PS 204 or PS 205

Top PS 555 THE POLITICS OF CLIMATE CHANGE (4) 
Covers domestic and international political aspects of global climate change. Topics include local, state, and national activity as well as roles played by presidents, Congress, the Supreme Court, corporations and media. International focus on conventions and treaties, tensions between developed and developing nations and possible national security impacts.

Top PS 556 INTERNATIONAL POLITICS OF ASIA PACIFIC (4) 
Examines the most pressing issues facing the region: security and regional economic integration. The major players, their interests, and their differing perspectives on regional issues will be analyzed. PREREQS: PS 205

Top PS 557 US-CHINA RELATIONS (4)  Offered in current or future terms
Historical evolution of US-China relationship. Emphasis on economic ties, tensions, and conflicts surrounding trade, investment, security, human rights, political reform, Tibet, and Taiwan.

Top PS 558 INTERNATIONAL POLITICAL ECONOMY (4) 
Examines topics in which politics and economics meet in the international arena, such as trade, debt, finance, development, multinational corporations, and globalization. Does not require a background in economics.

Top PS 561 ENVIRONMENTAL POLITICAL THEORY (4) 
Examines the ways in which political theory enhances our understanding of environmental issues. Focuses on the political and philosophical premises of various environmental perspectives, and how different theories of justice and democracy address issues such as environmental racism, ecological justice, and global climate change.

Top PS 562 THEORIES OF LAW (4) 
Covers some of the main theories and approaches to the nature of law. What is law? What is its relation, if any, to morality? What is it that judges do? Questions such as these are explored through reading some of the classic works on the topic.

Top PS 570 GLOBAL FOOD POLITICS AND POLICY (4) 
Examines the politics and policy of global food systems as they relate to food distribution, production, and consumption. The cultivation and consumption of food is highly political, and at times, contentious. Specific focus is given to issues like social justice, GMOs, human health, environment and agribusiness.

Top PS 571 PUBLIC POLICY THEORY (4)  Offered in current or future terms
Theoretical approaches to the study of the policy process, policy elements, policy tools, (e.g., regulation), and policy typologies. PREREQS: Departmental approval required.

Top PS 572 PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION (4)  Offered in current or future terms
Principles of public administration, administrative organization and procedures, public relations.

Top PS 573 US ENERGY POLICY (4)  Offered in current or future terms
Addresses US energy policy with respect to how the U.S. governs the production and use of different energy sources, along with the management of its energy infrastructure. Examines policies currently in place, as well as proposals for alternatives, while examining the economic, environmental, national security and energy security implications of different policy approaches.

Top PS 575 ENVIRONMENTAL POLITICS AND POLICY (4)  Offered in current or future terms
Environmental and natural resource issues and policies in national and regional context, emphasizing public attitudes, elections, Congress, public policy, and relevant national and state agencies.

Top PS 576 SCIENCE AND POLITICS (4)  Offered in current or future terms
Relationship between science and the political system in political ideas and history, in bureaucratic politics of science policy, and in contemporary scientific disputes.

Top PS 577 INTERNATIONAL ENVIRONMENTAL POLITICS AND POLICY (4)  Offered in current or future terms
Analysis of international environmental theory and politics, the development of international environmental regimes, agreements and treaties, and the process of globalization and the quality of the environment.

Top PS 578 RENEWABLE ENERGY POLICY (4)  Offered in current or future terms
Renewable energy policy with respect to how the U.S. governs the market development, production and use of different renewable energy sources are addressed.

Top PS 599 SPECIAL TOPICS (0-16)  Offered in current or future terms
This course is repeatable for a maximum of 16 credits.

Top PS 808 WORKSHOP (4) 
Principles of public administration, administrative organization and procedures, public relations. It will include collaborative governance, leadership, and other issues.



 
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