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Political Science

Course Code
POL 335  Credits
Title Criminal Law 
Prerequisite CJ 200 OR POL 230 
Course Outline Course Outline 
Description Substantive criminal law; development of principles, meaning and applications of criminal law; current issues and institutions. Same as CJ 335 



Course Code
POL 337  Credits
Title Criminal Procedure 
Prerequisite CJ 200 OR POL 230 
Course Outline Course Outline 
Description The course will examine contemporary interpretations of the U.S. Constitution's protections for the criminally accused, which are primarily found in the 4th, 5th, 6th, 8th, and 14th Amendments. 



Course Code
POL 340  Credits
Title Public Administration 
Course Outline Course Outline 
Description The structure, operation, and politics of public bureaucracy, and its relations with other actors and institutions in government. 



Course Code
POL 341  Credits
Title Public Policy 
Course Outline Course Outline 
Description An examination of the development, implementation, and evaluation of public policy. 



Course Code
POL 345  Credits
Title Environmental Politics 
Lasc Area Goal 10  
Course Outline Course Outline 
Description The course examines how national and international politics affects the success (and failure) of environmental policies. Since environmental policy is shaped in political arenas by a myriad of social and economic forces combined with observations of the natural world, the course content examine environmental issues with more of an inter-disciplinary approach. Students will gain an intellectually more mature understanding of how environmental policy is made, modified and implemented (or not) in response to political demands that often ignore the scientific realities of the environment. MnTC Goal 10. 



Course Code
POL 349  Credits
Title Great Power Politics 
Course Outline Course Outline 
Writing Intensive Yes  
Description International survey of major wars, the development of states' military and financial capacity, the course of imperial expansion and retreat, diplomatic alignments and alliances, arrangements for international trade and investment, as well as efforts to create international institutions by major national powers in the modern world. 



Course Code
POL 350  Credits
Title Comparative Governments of Western Europe 
Course Outline Course Outline 
Writing Intensive Yes  
Description Comparative examination of the political systems of Britain, France, Germany, and Italy; trans-national cooperation among them. 



Course Code
POL 352  Credits
Title Political Problems in Developing Countries 
Lasc Area Goal 8  
Course Outline Course Outline 
Description Social and economic conditions affecting political institutions in the developing counties. The Third World in international relations and the political economy of development. MnTC Goal 8. 



Course Code
POL 354  Credits
Title U.S. Defense Policy 
Course Outline Course Outline 
Description Introduction to the concepts and issues in the analysis of U.S. defense policy. Topics include development of contemporary defense policy, analysis of the external environment, strategic considerations, the use of force, and defense decision making. 



Course Code
POL 356  Credits
Title Soviet Russia and the Global Cold War 
Lasc Area Goal 8  
Course Outline Course Outline 
Description This course examines the events of the creation of the Soviet Union and its participation in global cold war ranging from the first World War through its collapse in 1989. It will discuss the relationship between the USSR and its satellite states in Eastern Europe and its client states throughout the world, focusing on case studies of conflicts both within the alliance as well as with outside forces including those of NATO. Discussion of the causes of the eventual collapse of the Warsaw Pact and the emergence of a post-Soviet state under Vladimir Putin will also follow. MnTC Goal 8. 



Course Code
POL 360  Credits
Title American Foreign Policy 
Course Outline Course Outline 
Description Analysis of U.S. foreign policy, with an emphasis on decision making and the policy process. 



Course Code
POL 361  Credits
Title International Political Economy 
Course Outline Course Outline 
Description This course will examine the political, economic, and social processes governing international production, trade, and consumption. It includes an examination of the political economy of North-South relations. 



Course Code
POL 363  Credits
Title Public International Law 
Prerequisite POL 120 OR POL 160 
Course Outline Course Outline 
Description This course covers the history, codification and progressive development of international public law. It examines issues such as the sources of public international law, legal personality, state responsibility for breaches, judicial and non-judicial remedies, territory, the law of the sea, air and outerspace, treaty law, decisions of the ICJ and other international institutions and the role of international law in U.S. courts. 



Course Code
POL 364  Credits
Title International Migration 
Lasc Area Goal 8  
Course Outline Course Outline 
Description This course is designed to develop a good knowledge of the politics, economics and international law and organizations of international migration. Same as INTL 364. MnTC Goal 8. 



Course Code
POL 366  Credits
Title International Conflict Resolution 
Course Outline Course Outline 
Description This course is devoted to understanding and examining the phenomenon of international conflict, and to examining the efforts by nation-states, inter-governmental organizations, and non-governmental organizations to resolve international conflict. 



Course Code
POL 368  Credits
Title International Organizations 
Prerequisite POL 120 or POL 160 
Course Outline Course Outline 
Description This course explores the nature, dimensions and functions of international organizations as a new and multi-faceted phenomenon. It examines the emergence, growth and proliferation of international organizations and the factors that have contributed to this development. It also explores the nature of the international environment, the constraints and opportunities which flow from this environment, the role of an international secretariat, its scope and limitations. It focuses on both intergovernmental and non-governmental organizations. 



Course Code
POL 370  Credits
Title Understanding International Security 
Lasc Area Goal 8  
Course Outline Course Outline 
Description This course highlights a series of traditional and non-traditional security issues that have emerged on the Security Studies agenda. The course begins with traditional security concerns such as the threat and use of force, and then moves to the non-traditional issues that have emerged as the subject area has expanded. Same as INTL 370. MnTC Goal 8. 



Course Code
POL 372  Credits
Title International Justice 
Lasc Area Goal 9  
Course Outline Course Outline 
Description This course explores the multitude of international courts, tribunals and special courts, which have been established since the Nuremberg and Tokyo Tribunals after World War II to address protection of human rights and violations of international criminal law. It is intended to take a critical look at such course and explore the role and value of such courts in promoting and protecting human right issues. MnTC Goal 9. 



Course Code
POL 390  Credits 1-3 
Title Topics in Political Science 
Course Outline Course Outline 
Description This is an upper division topical course and may be repeated when the topic varies. 



Course Code
POL 469  Credits 1-12 
Title Internship 
Course Outline Course Outline 
Description A supervised practical experience in political science. A maximum of four credits may be used as electives to fulfill the "Major Requirements in Political Science", and a maximum of 12 internship credits may be applied to the degree.