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Kevin Buterbaugh
CHAIRPERSON
Engleman C 226B
(203) 392-5662 – Fax (203) 392-5670
buterbaughk1@SouthernCT.edu
Department Secretary, Monica Mihailoff: (203) 392-5666

Kevin Buterbaugh, Professor
Costel Calin, Assistant Professor
Theresa Marchant-Shapiro, Associate Professor
Jonathan O'Hara, Associate Professor
Patricia Olney, Professor
Deborah A. Savage, Associate Professor of Economics
Jonathan Wharton, Assistant Professor

MAJOR PROGRAMS IN POLITICAL SCIENCE

The department of Political Science offers four undergraduate majors: Political Science B.S.; Political Science B.S. with teaching certification (7-12); Political Science B.A.; and Economics B.A.  The programs in political science offer the student an understanding of the basic issues in government and politics from the local to the global level, as well as an acquaintance with the methods by which we study the subject. A political science major prepares the student for careers in government service, teaching, law, business, the mass media, international affairs, and organizations advocating public policy. The study of political science may also be of value to many students interested in informed participation in the public life of their society.

Students planning to major in political science may wish to specialize in one or more of the following areas:

American Politics

PSC 312 — Media, Polls, and American Politics
PSC 314 — Urban Politics
PSC 315 — Issues in U.S. Government
PSC 316 — U.S. Security Policy
PSC 319 — Congress and Presidency
PSC 320 — Gender and Politics
PSC 321 —The U.S. Legal System
PSC 322 — U.S. Political Parties & Elections
PSC 325 — U.S. Politics and Economic Policy
PSC 326 — Race and Ethnicity in American Politics
PSC 328 — State and Local Government
PSC 329 — Political Participation
PSC 350 — Public Administration
PSC 351 — Analysis of Public Policy
PSC 353 — Congress and Public Policy
PSC 356 — Politics and Administration in Connecticut
PSC 357 — Administrative Law
PSC 360 — Presidential Politics
PSC 417 — Constitutional Law

Comparative Politics

PSC 300 — Governments of Russia I
PSC 301 — Governments of Russia II
PSC 304 — Politics of Japan and Asian-Pacific Rimlands
PSC 305 — Political Economy of Development
PSC 306 — Politics in Asian Communist and Postcommunist  States
PSC 307 — Middle East Politics
PSC 308 — Latin America Politics
PSC 309 — Politics in India and Pakistan
PSC 310 — Comparative Public Policy
PSC 311 — European Politics
PSC 318 — African Politics and Culture in 21st Century
PSC 320 — Gender and Politics
PSC 333 — Latin American Security
PSC 334 — World Public Opinion
PSC 409 — Ethnic Groups and Ethnic Conflict: An International Perspective

International Relations

PSC 316 — U.S. Security Policy
PSC 317 — U.S.-Latin American Relations
PSC 331 — International Organizations
PSC 333 — Latin American Security
PSC 334 — World Public Opinion
PSC 335 — Global Politics
PSC 336 —The U.S. in World Affairs
PSC 337 — International Law
PSC 338 — Contemporary World Politics
PSC 339 — Foreign Policy Analysis
PSC 409 — Ethnic Groups and Ethnic Conflict: An International Perspective
PSC 435 — On War

Political Thought

PSC 340 — Political Thought I: Classical and Medieval Eras
PSC 342 — Political Thought II: Modern Era
PSC 344 — Political Thought III: Contemporary Era
PSC 346 — Marxism
PSC 348 — Western Political Thought

PSC 150 - Thinking about Politics

Development of the critical thinking skills necessary for academic, professional, and personal success in life. Students will critically read classic approaches to the major dimensions of political conflict and consensus. They will also evaluate the arguments of modern incarnations of the classic debates in terms of the validity of their assumptions and the quality of their evidence. In evaluating evidence, the focus will be on developing competency in informations literacy. By the end of the semester students will be able to identify their own political assumptions. The course will encourage civic engagement by enmpowering students to make well-reasoned and supported arguments.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Fall 2016

PSC 200 - Political Change and Conflict

Analysis of conflicts among political, social, and economic groups within nations and the responses of governments through consensus, cooperation, or violence to maintain order or expand rights and opportunities.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Fall 2016

PSC 210 - American Political Experience

Examination of the American political experience, including the historical development of the American political system, structures of power in American society, the relationship among politics, economy and culture in American society, and America’s relationship with the world.

Prerequisite(s): INQ, LEP Critical Thinking.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Spring 2014

PSC 214 - AmericanTongues: Everyday Politics of Speaking

Investigates the ways that language practice constructs, maintains, and complicates ideas about social cohesion with an emphasis on inequality. Stresses intersections of race, class, and gender.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Fall 2016

PSC 220 - Grassroots Democracy: City and States

Investigates state and local governments as well as community politics. Special focus on social capital and coalition politics in state governments, city halls, and community organizations.

Prerequisite(s): Critical Thinking.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Fall 2016

PSC 230 - War

Examination of war as part of human existence. Topics discussed include the causes of war, the ethics of war, the effects of war on participants (soldiers and civilians), and the impact of war on societies.

Prerequisite(s): INQ, LEP Critical Thinking.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Fall 2016

PSC 240 - Introduction to Political Thought

Introduction to normative political theories, that is, theories about the normal foundations of politics. Most political science addresses questions about how the world works. Instead, answers to questions about how the world ought to work are emphasized. Political philosophy is therefore a component of the realm of philosophical inquiry known as “ethics.” Explores different ethical theories in the class, but the focus is on applying them specifically to political problems.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Fall 2016

PSC 260 - U.S. Government

Examination of American national government, its philosophy, political, legislative, executive, judicial and administrative processes, and the policies that govern us.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Fall 2016

PSC 270 - International Relations

An examination of the characteristics of the international system and of the factors which determine the political relations between states and other actors. Develops an understanding of world political issues.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Fall 2016

PSC 301 - Governments of Russia II: 1953 to Present

Intensive analysis of contemporary political, legal, social, economic, military and cultural institutions of the former USSR, Albania, Bulgaria, Czechoslovakia, Hungary, Poland, Romania, and former Yugoslavia. The role of the Communist Party and the unity and diversity of the area is discussed.

Prerequisite(s): PSC 200 or departmental permission.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Spring 2016

PSC 305 - Political Economy of Development

Introduction to theories of political economy as applied to developing countries and regions. Case studies of development issues in various regions are examined.

Prerequisite(s): PSC 200 or departmental permission.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Spring 2015

PSC 306 - Politics in Asian Communist and Post-Communist States

Analysis of the government and politics of China, Vietnam, Kampuchea, Laos, Mongolia, North Korea, and Central Asia.

Prerequisite(s): PSC 200 or departmental permission.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Fall 2011

PSC 307 - Middle East Politics

A survey of the Arab and non-Arab governments and politics of the region. Particular emphasis on the problems of the political culture, development, modernization, identity, and integration as they present themselves in the area.

Prerequisite(s): PSC 200 or departmental permission.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Fall 2016

PSC 308 - Latin American Politics

Comparative examination of the contemporary political process. Topics include the nature of political change, the role of the military, and the roles of political parties, and government institutions in the democratization process. Studies of selected countries are used to illustrate cases of national political development.

Prerequisite(s): PSC 200 or departmental permission.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Fall 2014

PSC 309 - Politics in India and Pakistan

The nature of political institutions and of political behavior as well as the influence of religion on politics, the nature of Western impact, the crisis of modernization, and the performance of the political systems of India and Pakistan.

Prerequisite(s): PSC 200 or departmental permission.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Spring 2012

PSC 310 - Comparative Public Policy

A comparison of the process of making, implementing, and evaluating public policy in different kinds of nation-states, with a focus on substantive issues such as health policy, education, human rights, taxation, and transportation.

Prerequisite(s): PSC 200 or departmental permission.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Fall 2014

PSC 311 - European Politics

Analysis of governmental institutions, processes, and political behavior in the larger democracies of Western Europe and the European Union. Includes some basic comparisons between European and American politics.

Prerequisite(s): PSC 200 or departmental permission.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Fall 2015

PSC 314 - Urban Politics

The governmental structure and the nature of policy making in urban settings. Emphasis is how urban political issues are dealt with in a federal system and a market society.

Prerequisite(s): PSC 260 or departmental permission.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Fall 2016

PSC 315 - Issues in U.S. Government

Survey of the chief activities of U.S. national government, including the promotion and regulation of business, labor, agriculture, education, civil rights, and welfare.

Prerequisite(s): PSC 260 or departmental permission.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Fall 2016

PSC 316 - U.S. Security Policy

Analysis of the formulation and implementation of American security policy. The role of each of the governmental components concerned with security affairs are emphasized.

Prerequisite(s): PSC 260 or PSC 270 or departmental permission.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Spring 2016

PSC 317 - U.S.-Latin American Relations

Analysis of U.S. relations with Latin America focusing on trade, immigration, drug control, and military affairs.

Prerequisite(s): PSC 270 or departmental permission.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Spring 2016

PSC 321 - The U.S. Legal System

Survey of the principles and nature of U.S. criminal and civil law and the court procedures and personnel used to apply it.

Prerequisite(s): PSC 260 or departmental permission.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Summer 2016

PSC 322 - U.S. Political Parties and Elections

Study of contemporary political parties and the functions of voting and elections in the United States.

Prerequisite(s): PSC 260 or departmental permission.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Fall 2016

PSC 325 - U.S. Politics and Economic Policy

Examination of the role of the national government in economic policy-making since 1945 with a focus on budgeting, deficits, debt, taxation, banking, and trade relations.

Prerequisite(s): PSC 260 or departmental permission.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Fall 2015

PSC 326 - Race and Ethnicity in American Politics

An examination of the roles of Blacks, Hispanics, Asians, and Native Americans in comparison with Whites in the U.S. political system. Issues about political participation, voting behavior, affirmative action, and public policy are examined.

Prerequisite(s): PSC 260 or departmental permission.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Summer 2012

PSC 328 - State and Local Government

Examination of the types of interrelations and policy-making powers of state and local governments.

Prerequisite(s): PSC 260 or departmental permission.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Spring 2016

PSC 329 - Political Participation

Examination of how and why citizens participate in politics through organizing groups, campaigning for candidates, and voting in elections.

Prerequisite(s): PSC 260 or departmental permission.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Summer 2016

PSC 331 - International Organizations

Examination of international and regional organizations whose major functions are conflict resolution and economic and political cooperation. This course focuses on the United Nations and the European Community.

Prerequisite(s): PSC 270 or departmental permission.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Fall 2014

PSC 333 - Latin American Security

Analysis of Latin American major security issues, including revolution, guerrilla warfare, and transnational crime.

Prerequisite(s): PSC 200 or PSC 270 or departmental permission.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Fall 2016

PSC 335 - Global Politics

Analysis of globalization and its impact on political institutions and transnational policies.

Prerequisite(s): PSC 270 or departmental permission.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Fall 2015

PSC 336 - The U.S. in World Affairs

Analysis of U.S. foreign relations with the regions of the world focusing on policy makers, political institutions, and strategic decision-making.

Prerequisite(s): PSC 270 or departmental permission.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Fall 2015

PSC 337 - International Law

Principles of international law, their historical development and application in the modern world.

Prerequisite(s): PSC 270 or departmental permission.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Fall 2012

PSC 338 - Contemporary World Politics

Analysis of the major causes and consequences of contemporary world conflicts and possible conflict resolution strategies.

Prerequisite(s): PSC 270 or departmental permission.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Fall 2014

PSC 339 - Foreign Policy Analysis

Methods and techniques for analyzing foreign policy decisions in the U.S. and other nations.

Prerequisite(s): PSC 270 or departmental permission.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Fall 2011

PSC 340 - Political Thought I: Classical and Medieval Eras

An examination of the problems of political philosophy in the contexts of the city-state, the Roman Empire, and the Medieval Christian order, as seen through the writings of major theorists from Plato to Marsilius.

Prerequisite(s): PSC 240 or departmental permission.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Fall 2013

PSC 342 - Political Thought II: Modern Era

An examination of the problems of political philosophy in the context of the nation-state and the modern scientific world view as seen through the writings of major theorists from Machiavelli to Marx.

Prerequisite(s): PSC 240 or departmental permission.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Spring 2015

PSC 344 - Political Thought III: Contemporary Era

An examination of the major philosophic and scientific approaches to politics in the 20th century through analysis of writers from Marx to Marcuse.

Prerequisite(s): PSC 240 or departmental permission.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Fall 2014

PSC 346 - Marxism

Historical analysis of political and economic thought of Marx, Engels, Lenin, Stalin, Mao, and their successors; and Marxism’s impact on the 20th and 21st centuries.

Prerequisite(s): PSC 240 or departmental permission.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Spring 2016

PSC 348 - Western Political Thought

Examination of the major western political theories from ancient to modern times.

Prerequisite(s): PSC 240 or departmental permission.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Fall 2016

PSC 351 - Analysis of Public Policy

An introduction to policy analysis and the policy process. Techniques for the systematic examination and explanation of the formation of public policy, its substance, and its impact and consequences.

Prerequisite(s): PSC 260 or departmental permission.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Spring 2015

PSC 353 - Congress and Public Policy

An examination of the interactions of Congress with presidents, government agencies, the courts, interest groups, and the media in the policy-making process.

Prerequisite(s): PSC 260 or departmental permission.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Fall 2016

PSC 356 - Politics and Administration in Connecticut

The political and administrative structures of Connecticut government and policy-making, the electoral process, the role of the governor, the legislative process, bureaucracy and administration, and public policy.

Prerequisite(s): PSC 260 or departmental permission.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Fall 2015

PSC 357 - Administrative Law

How administrative agencies, and government departments, boards and commissions interpret and enforce statutes. The procedures used, degree of discretion permitted and relation of administrative agencies to other branches of government are covered.

Prerequisite(s): PSC 260 or departmental permission.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Spring 2016

PSC 360 - Presidential Politics

Examination of the modern presidency focusing on elections, policy decision-making, media relations, and presidential power.

Prerequisite(s): PSC 260 or departmental permission.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Spring 2016

PSC 365 - Research Methods in Political Science

Exploration of recent methodological developments in the field of political science. Systematic political analysis and approaches to the study of politics are emphasized.

Prerequisite(s): 9 PSC credits or departmental permission.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Spring 2016

PSC 367 - Quantitative Analysis of Political Data

Examination of quantitative techniques used as tools for the study of politics, survey research techniques, scaling, and data processing.

Prerequisite(s): 9 PSC credits or departmental permission.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Spring 2016

PSC 398 - Special Topics in Political Science

Examination of current issues in political science.

Prerequisite(s): 6 PSC credits or departmental permission.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Fall 2016

PSC 409 - Ethnic Groups and Ethnic Conflict: An International Perspective

A comparative analysis of the causes and implications of ethnic conflict. Case studies from Europe, Asia, and Africa are examined to illustrate the topics of ethnicity, race, and nationalism.

Prerequisite(s): PSC 200 or PSC 270 or departmental permission.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Fall 2013

PSC 417 - Constitutional Law

Study of the interpretation of the Constitution through the examination of Supreme Court decisions.

Prerequisite(s): PSC 260 or departmental permission.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Spring 2016

PSC 435 - On War

Major philosophies of violence, strategy, and tactics are discussed followed by examinations of total thermonuclear war, limited thermonuclear war, conventional war, guerrilla warfare, and military potential and organization. Also studied are means to control or stop violence — deterrence, arms control, disarmament, etc.

Prerequisite(s): PSC 270 or departmental permission.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Spring 2015

PSC 475 - Capstone Seminar

Demonstration of knowledge accumulated over the course of the major, including research writing skills and the ability to evaluate either statistical data or qualitative evidence.

Prerequisite(s): PSC 244 or PSC 365; Political Science major and senior status.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Fall 2016

PSC 497 - Political Science Internship

A supervised internship in political institutions at the local, state, national, or international level providing practical training in public administration, and permitting the application of social science methods to appropriate topics. Periodic seminars required.

Prerequisite(s): Junior status and departmental permission.

3 to 15 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Fall 2016

PSC 498 - Advanced Special Topics in Political Science

Advanced study of current issues in political science.

Prerequisite(s): Junior status and 9 credits in PSC.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Spring 2013

PSC 499 - Independent Study

Prerequisite(s): Departmental permission.

3 to 6 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Summer 2015