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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 blackboard portal. Students taking PS 126 should plan to enroll in PS 321, PHL 321, WR 329. Graded P/N. PREREQS: PS 321* and PHL 321* and WR 329*

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 205H INTRODUCTION TO INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS (4)  Baccalaureate Core Course
Analysis of the international system and factors affecting world politics. (SS) (Bacc Core Course) PREREQS: Honors College approval required.

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 POLITICAL ANALYSIS (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) PREREQS: (PS 201 and PS 204 and (PS 205 or PS 206)

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) PREREQS: PS 201 or PS 204

Top PS 321 AMERICAN CONSTITUTIONAL LAW (4)  Offered in current or future terms
The Supreme Court's work from 1789 to 1876; origins of judicial power, issues of federalism, contracts clause, status of blacks, women, and Native Americans. (PS 321, PS 322, and PS 323 form a sequence, though each course may be taken independently.) PREREQS: PS 201

Top PS 322 AMERICAN CONSTITUTIONAL LAW (4)  Offered in current or future terms
The Supreme Court's work from 1876-1948; economic substantive due process, judicial formalism, incorporation doctrine, rise of administrative state, beginnings of Second Reconstruction. PREREQS: PS 201

Top PS 323 AMERICAN CONSTITUTIONAL LAW (4) 
The Supreme Court's work from 1950 to the present; status of women and racial minorities, freedom of expression versus social order, defendant's rights versus crime control, privacy issues, equal protection doctrine. PREREQS: PS 201

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

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. PREREQS: PS 204

Top PS 341 POLITICS OF WESTERN EUROPE AND THE EUROPEAN UNION (4)  Offered in current or future terms
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. PREREQS: PS 204

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) PREREQS: PS 204

Top PS 344 LATIN AMERICAN POLITICS (4)  Offered in current or future terms
Exploration of the region's political culture and of the forces contending for maintenance of the status quo, for reform, and for revolution. PREREQS: PS 204

Top PS 345 THE 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) PREREQS: PS 204

Top PS 348 CHINESE POLITICS (4)  Offered in current or future terms
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) PREREQS: PS 204

Top PS 350 GOVERNMENT AND POLITICS OF MODERN JAPAN (4)  Offered in current or future terms
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.

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. PREREQS: PS 201 or PS 205

Top PS 361 CLASSICAL POLITICAL THOUGHT (4)  Offered in current or future terms
Major political theorists from the pre-Socratics through the Scholastics. (H) PREREQS: PS 206

Top PS 362 MODERN POLITICAL THOUGHT (4) 
Major political theorists from the Renaissance to the mid-nineteenth century. (H) PREREQS: PS 206

Top PS 363 GENDER AND RACE IN AMERICAN POLITICAL THOUGHT (4)  Offered in current or future terms 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 365 AMERICAN POLITICAL THOUGHT (4) 
Political values and theoretical systems in the American tradition, from the Puritans to the present. PREREQS: PS 201 and PS 206

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 "playing field" on which social differences contend; requires students to grapple with viewpoints that differ from their own. Team taught. (Bacc Core Course)

Top PS 371 PUBLIC POLICY PROBLEMS (4)  Offered in current or future terms
The content and the politics of adoption and application of such policy areas as defense, poverty and welfare, macroeconomics, and regulation. PREREQS: PS 201

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) PREREQS: PS 201

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. Section 11: MU Field Training, 3 credits. Section 12: ASOSU Field Training, 3 credits. Completion of this course is required to receive credit for PS 410. Each section graded P/N. This course is repeatable for a maximum of 16 credits. PREREQS: Departmental approval required. COREQS: PS 410

Top PS 407 SEMINAR (1-16) 
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. Concurrent enrollment in either PS 406 or PS 506, Sections 1-5, is required.

Top PS 411 LEGISLATIVE POLITICS (4) 
Congressional (and state legislative) politics, both on Capitol Hill and in the district, including campaigns, constituent relations, lobbying, legislating, and the legislature in democratic theory. PREREQS: PS 201

Top PS 412 PRESIDENTIAL POLITICS (4)  Offered in current or future terms
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 413 POLITICAL PARTIES AND ELECTIONS (4)  Offered in current or future terms
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 414 INTEREST GROUPS (4)  Offered in current or future terms
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 415 POLITICS AND THE MEDIA (4)  Offered in current or future terms
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. PREREQS: PS 201

Top PS 416 PUBLIC OPINION AND POLITICS (4)  Offered in current or future terms
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 419 TOPICS IN AMERICAN POLITICS (4)  Offered in current or future terms 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. PREREQS: PS 201 and at least one upper-division course in American politics.

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 425H 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 and Honors College approval required

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. PREREQS: PS 201

Top PS 446 EAST ASIAN POLITICAL ECONOMY (4) 
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. PREREQS: PS 204

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. PREREQS: At least one upper-division course in comparative politics.

Top PS 454 INTERNATIONAL LAW AND ORGANIZATIONS (4)  Offered in current or future terms
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) 
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 456 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. PREREQS: PS 205

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. PREREQS: PS 205

Top PS 458 INTERNATIONAL POLITICAL ECONOMY (4)  Offered in current or future terms
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 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. PREREQS: PS 205 and at least one upper-division course in international relations.

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)  Offered in current or future terms
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. PREREQS: At least one upper-division course in political philosophy.

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. PREREQS: PS 201 or instructor approval required.

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) PREREQS: PS 201 or 6 credits of lower-division courses in political science or instructor approval required.

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. PREREQS: PS 201 and at least one upper-division course in public policy or public administration.

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. PREREQS: At least one lower-division political science course.

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
Section 1-5: Reading. Associated with the internship for which credit is given in PS 410. Completion of this course is required to receive credit for PS 410. Section 11: MU Field Training, 3 credits. Section 12: ASOSU Field Training, 3 credits, each graded P/N. This course is repeatable for a maximum of 16 credits. PREREQS: Departmental approval required. COREQS: PS 510

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 511 LEGISLATIVE POLITICS (4) 
Congressional (and state legislative) politics, both on Capitol Hill and in the district, including campaigns, constituent relations, lobbying, legislating, and the legislature in democratic theory. PREREQS: PS 201

Top PS 512 PRESIDENTIAL POLITICS (4)  Offered in current or future terms
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 515 POLITICS AND THE MEDIA (4) 
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. PREREQS: PS 201

Top PS 516 PUBLIC OPINION AND POLITICS (4)  Offered in current or future terms
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 519 TOPICS IN AMERICAN POLITICS (1-4)  Offered in current or future terms
Topics in American 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: PS 201 and at least one upper-division course in American politics.

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 525 GENDER AND THE LAW (4) 
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. PREREQS: PS 201 or PS 326

Top PS 529 TOPICS IN JUDICIAL POLITICS (1-4) 
Topics in judicial politics not covered in other courses. May be repeated for credit when topic varies. This course is repeatable for a maximum of 8 credits. PREREQS: PS 201 and at least one of PS 321 or PS 322 or PS 323

Top PS 546 EAST ASIAN POLITICAL ECONOMY (4) 
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. PREREQS: PS 204

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)  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. 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. PREREQS: PS 205

Top PS 558 INTERNATIONAL POLITICAL ECONOMY (4)  Offered in current or future terms
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 559 TOPICS IN INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS (4) 
Topics in international relations not covered in other courses. May be repeated for credit when topic varies. This course is repeatable for a maximum of 16 credits. PREREQS: PS 205 and at least one upper-division course in international relations.

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)  Offered in current or future terms
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 569 TOPICS IN POLITICAL PHILOSOPHY (4) 
Topics in political philosophy 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 political philosophy.

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 approved required.

Top PS 572 PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION (4)  Offered in current or future terms
Principles of public administration, administrative organization and procedures, public relations. PREREQS: PS 201

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 Has Extra Fees
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. PREREQS: PS 201 or instructor approval required.

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. PREREQS: PS 201 or 6 credits of lower-division courses in political science or instructor approval required.

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) 
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 579 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. PREREQS: PS 201 and at least one upper-division course in public policy or public administration.

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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