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Political Science (PSC)

Political Science (PSC)

101 American National Government and Politics
An introduction to the institutions and processes of the national government, with special emphasis on the principles that influence the constitutional order of the United States.
Three hours, three credits.

202 State and Local Government
A study of the institutional structures of state, city, and county governments and of the policy areas with which they deal: law enforcement, education, welfare policy, and other areas.
Three hours, three credits.

203 International Politics
An analysis of the dynamic characteristics of international relations and an examination of the major concerns, theories, and models relevant to war and peace, economic development, environmental management, human rights, and other ethical principles of international relations.
Three hours, three credits.

205 Comparative Government
Primarily a survey of the different countries in the world today and of their various forms of government. The course will introduce the student to basic political science concepts such as the state, the nation, social class, and the modernization process.
Three hours, three credits.

207 Special Issues in Political Science
This elective course for underclassmen is designed to supplement regular offerings by allowing the study of political activity or specialized topics of contemporary political science research. Topics will vary from one offering of the course to the next. Students may only take the course twice, and only if it covers a different topic each time they take it.
Three hours, three credits.

277 African Politics, Film, and Literature
This course will extend the study of African politics into literary fiction and film. It will encourage the use of literature and film as necessary vehicles to provide concrete impressions of the moral and institutional dimensions of African political life.
Three hours, three credits.

300 Research Methods
An examination of the strategies and tactics of design, observation, and measurement in political science and criminal justice research.
Prerequisites: SSC 251.
Three hours, three credits.

302 Political Geography
Concentrates on the geographical nature of the state. It examines how state systems and the political behavior of nations find spatial expression or are organized on the earth.
Three hours, three credits.

303 Political Theory from Socrates to Locke
Surveys European political theory from classical times through the seventeenth century. Students will read Plato, Aristotle, Locke, and Hobbes.
Three hours, three credits.

304 Modern Ideologies
A survey of the ideologies of liberal democracy, totalitarian democracy, and Marxism. Students will read the works of John Stuart Mill, Rousseau, Marx, and Engels.
Three hours, three credits.

306 Politics and Human Rights
This course is an interdisciplinary examination of the relationship between politics and human rights. This course will cover violent conflicts, human rights abuses, and movements for freedom and reform in which politics is a factor. Students will study the impact of human rights issues on policymaking, explore universality versus relativism in human rights, and also deal with the human rights issues that will confront them in the future.
Three hours, three credits.

310 Political Parties and Groups in the United States
An examination of the character, functions, and roles of political parties and political interest groups.
This course is designated Writing Intensive; a grade of "C" or higher in this course is required for this course to count toward the six-credit-hour Writing Intensive graduation requirement for Ferrum College. A student cannot earn a grade of "C" or higher in this course unless he or she earns a "C" or better on the writing assignments required by the course.
Three hours, three credits.

324 U.S. Constitutional Law
An introduction to the analysis of judicial decisions: using case-based study, students will examine the Supreme Court and its decisions on selected constitutional and federal issues.
Three hours, three credits.

384 The President and Congress
This course will study how the President and the Congress share in the decision-making process and how each affects the operations of the other. It will also review proposals for improving this relationship.
Prerequisite: PSC 101.
Three hours, three credits.

399 Citizenship and Service Learning
This course is an introduction to the interplay of theory and practice relevant to students in political science. Students will be expected to acquire practical experiences resulting from a community-based civic education or service-learning project.
Three hours, three credits.

402 Policy Analysis
A study of the concepts, procedural, and substantive approaches in the design and evaluation of public policy. Case studies provide in-depth treatment of actual policymaking.
Prerequisite: PSC 101.
Three hours, three credits.

420 War and Peacekeeping: U.S. National Security Policy
Surveys the current and recent defense policies of the United States, the means by which defense policy is made, and the role of the military in American life.
Three hours, three credits.

435 Political Economy of Development
The political and economic aspects of the modernization process: what modernization is, alternative paths to modernization, the effects of ideology, political violence, and the military on the modernization process, and the impact of international trade on developing countries.
This course is designated Writing Intensive; a grade of "C" or higher in this course is required for this course to count toward the six-credit-hour Writing Intensive graduation requirement for Ferrum College. A student cannot earn a grade of "C" or higher in this course unless he or she earns a "C" or better on the writing assignments required by the course.
Three hours, three credits.

440 International Law and Organization
A comprehensive treatment of the relationship between law and international politics: particular attention is paid to international organizations, methods for the adjudication of international disputes, the enforcement of judicial decisions and treaties, and the customs and principles of law in international relations.
Prerequisite: PSC 203.
Three hours, three credits.

491 Topics in Political Science
Covers in depth a topic of current interest or of special importance not covered in the regular course offerings. Topics will vary from one offering of the course to the next. Students may take the course more than once, but only if it covers a different topic each time they take it.
Prerequisite: Junior standing.
Three hours, three credits.

496 Individual or Collaborative Study
This course offers students in political science the opportunity for individual study or collaborative research on a topic selected by the student with faculty guidance.
One to three credits.

498 Political Science Senior Seminar
This will be a culminating experience for seniors in the Political Science program. Students will read, discuss, and research issues in all subfields of the discipline, including: American Politics, Comparative Politics, Political Theory, and International Relations. Students will synthesize knowledge from previous Political Science classes and conduct research in a way that branches between the sub-disciplines in the field.
Prerequisites: Senior Standing, PSC 101, SSC 251. At least one course from each of the three main elective categories in the major (American Politics, Comparative/IR, Methods/Theory), and at least one of the following: PSC 202, 203 or 205.
Three hours, three credits.

499 Internship
Both study and work internships are available. They may be used to fulfill the requirements of either an International Studies or a Political Science major.
Three, six or nine credits.