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Political Science

Course Code
POL 105  Credits
Title Making Sense of Politics 
Lasc Area Goal 5  
Course Outline Course Outline 
Description This course is designed to help the citizens of modern society understand the recurring principles, practices, and patterns of politics. Having learned how politics affects our lives every day, students can become informed participants at the local, national, and global levels. MnTC Goal 5. 



Course Code
POL 120  Credits
Title American National Government and Politics 
Lasc Area
  • Goal 5
  • Goal 9
 
Course Outline Course Outline 
Description This course examines the United States national government; how and why it works. This course will analyze the role of institutions on decision-making and the consequences for public policy. It will address what political science and other social sciences tell us about factors that influence politics, government and the policies that result from the process. MnTC Goal 5 and 9. 



Course Code
POL 140  Credits
Title Political Statecraft 
Lasc Area Goal 2  
Course Outline Course Outline 
Description Statecraft is the art of crafting governmental affairs. This class will explore the use of problem solving simulations to expose students to how democracies, constitutional monarchies, dictatorships, and governments in a state of revolution work to approach and solve public problems such as funding social programs, confronting natural disasters, and addressing military crises. MnTC Goal 2. 



Course Code
POL 160  Credits
Title International Relations 
Lasc Area
  • Goal 5
  • Goal 8
 
Course Outline Course Outline 
Description Nation-state system: the network of economic, political, cultural and technological interdependence; power, diplomacy, intelligence, war and the arms race. MnTC Goal 5 and 8. 



Course Code
POL 210  Credits
Title Introduction to Political Science 
Course Outline Course Outline 
Description An introduction to the major questions of political science and the scientific study of politics. Conceptual development is examined as represented in the major fields of political science. 



Course Code
POL 221  Credits
Title Minnesota State and Local Government 
Lasc Area
  • Goal 5
  • Goal 9
 
Course Outline Course Outline 
Description A study of the basic functions, structure, procedures and problems of American state and local government, with an emphasis upon intergovernmental relations. MnTC Goal 5 and 9. 



Course Code
POL 230  Credits
Title Introduction to the Law 
Course Outline Course Outline 
Description The philosophy of law; its social context; justice and its implications; evolution of legal concepts and systems. 



Course Code
POL 265  Credits
Title International Protection of Human Rights 
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Description This course focuses on the contemporary concern with human rights in its political, social, cultural, and legal contexts. It examines the history, philosophy, and legal foundations of the human rights movement, and how the ideas and context of human rights are realized in different societies. 



Course Code
POL 266  Credits
Title International Terrorism 
Course Outline Course Outline 
Description This course is devoted to understanding the historical roots of modern terrorism and insurgency and to examining the tactics, structures, and targets of international terrorism. It also examines various aspects of counter-terrorism, further trends and prospects, and the role of the media. 



Course Code
POL 290  Credits
Title Topics in Political Science 
Course Outline Course Outline 
Description Examination of an issue at an introductory level. May be repeated as topic varies. 



Course Code
POL 310  Credits
Title Political Science Research Methods 
Course Outline Course Outline 
Description Introduction to empirical research in political science; the nature and role of theory, research design, measurement, and the selection and interpretation of inferential statistics. 



Course Code
POL 314  Credits
Title War and the Modern World 
Lasc Area Goal 8  
Course Outline Course Outline 
Description This course examines world military affairs and patterns of warfare from mid-eighteenth century to the present day. Particular attention will be given to the interplay of cultural, political, and technological factors in the formation of military institutions and in the experience of warfare by diverse constituencies in the participating groups. MnTC Goal 8. 



Course Code
POL 315  Credits
Title Political Thought 
Lasc Area Goal 9  
Course Outline Course Outline 
Description Selected reading and analysis of the major ideas and concepts that have influenced the evolution of modern political ideas. MnTC Goal 9. 



Course Code
POL 316  Credits
Title War and the Environment 
Lasc Area Goal 10  
Course Outline Course Outline 
Description Study of the relationship between human armed conflict and the physical environment, including climate change and resource demand as drivers for conflict, the international security issues arising from environmental disasters, contested borders, contamination resulting from wars and prospects for environmental humanitarianism and peacemaking. MnTC Goal 10. 



Course Code
POL 322  Credits
Title Executive and Legislative Process 
Course Outline Course Outline 
Description Legislative and executive decision-making and organization. Relationships between the two branches and with other parts of government, political parties, and the political process. 



Course Code
POL 324  Credits
Title Political Parties and Interest Groups 
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Description This course will examine the role of parties in American politics and the relationship between parties and interest groups which is relatively new to American politics. The course will examine how parties compete with and complement one another. The behavior of parties and interest groups in elections and governance will be examined. 



Course Code
POL 327  Credits
Title Campaigns & Elections 
Lasc Area Goal 9  
Course Outline Course Outline 
Description This course examines the politics of campaigns and elections in the United States. Topics include campaigns in democratic theory, candidate selection, campaign finance, campaign strategy and organization, the role of parties and interest groups, public opinion polling, and campaign communication. MnTC Goal 9. 



Course Code
POL 328  Credits
Title The Media and Politics 
Prerequisite POL 120 
Course Outline Course Outline 
Description The media's role in politics, including relations between the media and government. 



Course Code
POL 332  Credits
Title Constitutional Law I: Institutional Powers and Constraints 
Prerequisite POL 120 
Course Outline Course Outline 
Description This course focuses on the topics of judicial review, separation of powers, federalism, and economic regulation, including commerce and taxation, substantive due process, and eminent domain. 



Course Code
POL 333  Credits
Title Constitutional Law II: Civil Rights and Liberties 
Lasc Area Goal 7  
Course Outline Course Outline 
Description This course focuses on the First Amendment freedoms -- speech, press, expression, assembly and religion and questions of race, gender and ethnicity, due process, equal protection, voting rights and the right to privacy under the Fifth and Fourteenth Amendments. MnTC Goal 7.