POLITICAL SCIENCE (POL SCI-690)

210-220 American Government and Politics (3, 3) A survey of the origins, structure, and functions of the political system in the United States on the national, state, and local levels. 210: Development of American constitutionalism, federalism and intergovernmental relations, parties, interest groups, elections, civil rights, and civil liberties. 220: The executive, legislative, and judicial branches at national, state, and local levels. Domestic policies, budgetary processes, defense and foreign policy issues.

303 Scope and Methods of Political Science (3) An examination of the basic theories, concepts, and methods of modern political analysis and the application of various research techniques. Significant writing and oral presentations required. Open only to political science majors and minors with at least junior standing. Credit cannot be received for both Hist 301 and Pol Sci 303.

312 Politics and Government of Tennessee (3) An examination of Tennessee government and politics, including the state constitution, the three branches of government, political affairs, political issues, and local government.

314 Intergovernmental Relations (3) An in-depth examination of the historical evolution, growth, and contemporary status of fiscal political and legal relationships between the national, state and local governments. The course emphasizes federal policy and financing of state and local governments within the context of grants-in-aid programs.

321-322 International Relations (3, 3) Principles of theory and practice of international politics. Fundamentals of national power study, diplomacy, foreign policy, as well as the social, cultural, legal, and economic aspects of relations among nations. Discussion on several major current international problems each semester.

333 The President and Congress (3) An examination of the structure, roles, powers and functions of the Presidency and Congress. Review of the interactions between the executive and legislative branches with regard to law making, the budgetary process, policy development and implementation, military and foreign policy and other areas of constitutional responsibility.

341-342 Comparative Government and Politics (3, 3) Analyses of government and politics in the major foreign countries of the world and an introduction to some theoretical topics in comparative politics.

353 Administrative Law (3) A study of the role of government agencies in the legal process. Review of the problems associated with administrative rule-making and the enforcement methods and extent of checking public agencies.

361 Introduction to Public Administration (3) A study of bureaucracy in the United States. Emphasis on the environment of public administration, management of programs, and human behavior in organizations.

362 Introduction to Public Policy (3) A study of the process and substance of contemporary public policies in the nation and states.

381 Political Parties and Elections (3) The rise of political parties in America, major stages in their development, their organizational structures, and their impact on the American political process. The evolution of voting rights in America, general rules governing the election process, types of elections, and findings on voting behavior.

382 Public Opinion and Interest Groups (3) A study of the roles that interest groups and public opinion play in American political life. Review of the measurement of public opinion, the importance of various factors in the formulation of opinions, the articulation of public opinion through interest groups, and interest groups' methods of operations and financing.

390 Paralegal Studies: Jurisprudence (3) An introduction to the history and philosophy of law. Particular emphasis on the development of American law from its European antecedents. Examines major categories of contemporary legal practice. Prereq: Pol Sci 210-220.

391 Paralegal Studies: Legal Terminology and Writing (3) An introduction to the legal language and the style of legal writing commonly used legal terms, writing of law office and trial memoranda, trial court briefs, appellate briefs, and the abstracting of depositions. Prereq: Pol Sci 210-220 or instructor's approval.

392 Paralegal Studies: Legal Research (3) An introductory overview of the legal research process, both civil and criminal. Introduces students to major legal research sources and seeks to develop their proficiency in utilization of various legal indexing systems. Prereq: Pol Sci 210-220 or instructor's approval.

393 Paralegal Studies Internship in Paralegalism (3) Purpose is to familiarize the student with various day-to-day aspects of the legal system or a law office by placing the paralegal in a law office or legally-related agency for one semester on a part-time basis. Prereq: Pol Sci 391, 392, and department chair's approval.

401 (601) Political Theory (3) A review of major political ideas through a systematic study of key philosophers from ancient Greece to the present.

402 (602) American Political Thought (3) A study of major currents of political thought in American history from the colonial period to modern times. Review of conservative and liberal philosophies, as well as extremist movements.

423 (623) International Law (3) Basic concepts of international law, including the nature and scope of international law. Rights and duties of states in peace, war, and neutrality. Rules and practices of diplomatic relations, law of treaties, and the status of individual in international law.

431-432 American Constitutional Law (3, 3) 431: Civil Liberties. Traditional and newly-emerging issues of civil liberties in such areas as free speech, church-state relations, and freedom of the press. 432: Civil Rights. The constitutional rights of certain groups in American society, especially minorities and women.

442 (642) Comparative Public Administration (3) Comparative studies of public administration systems and processes of West European, Communist, and developing nations with emphasis on public bureaucracies and management of public services. Comparisons with public administration in the United States. A number of basic theoretical and methodological topics reviewed.

451 (651) The Judicial Process (3) A study of federal and state court structures and their environments with emphasis on the role that each level of court plays in the American legal system. The staffing of the courts and the process of judicial decision-making.

Political Science Research, Travel-Study and Topics Courses

400 (600) Independent Study (3) Directed readings and discussions of selected topics in political science. Subject to be selected by student in consultation with instructor. Open only to majors or minors of at least junior standing. Maximum of three credit hours allowed. By permission of Political Science Division only.

410 Political Science Internship (3-9) Designed to offer experience in governmental service under direction of faculty members and field supervisors. Amount of credit granted depends upon nature of projects undertaken. Course may be repeated up to maximum of nine hours under course number Note: Only 12 hours of combined credit in Pol Sci 400, 410 and 467 can count toward a major or minor. Students cannot receive credit in both Pol Sci 410 and Pol Sci 420. Prereq: Pol Sci 210-220 unless waived by departmental chairperson.

420 Public Administration Internship (9) To gain experience in governmental service for public administration majors. Service position may or may not be compensated. Course performance based on an agreement between student and academic advisor which stipulates specific academic and work assignments. Students may elect a pass/fail option. In all cases, grades will be based upon academic evaluation and work evaluation by on-the-job supervisors. Students cannot receive credit in both Pol Sci 410 and Pol Sci 420. Prereq: For public administration majors only. Normally senior standing and an overall GPA of at least 2.00.

467 (667) Travel-Study in Political Science (1-3) A combination of travel, study, and field observation in a geographic area away from campus. It may be a study-tour under faculty supervision or an individual study-tour project with prior faculty approval. Details of the course announced in advance. In those cases when offered on a pass/fail basis, all grades assigned must be pass or fail. Maximum of three credit hours.

470-79 (670-79) Topics in Political Science (1-3) Selected topics in political science. They may be topics not covered in any regular course (or not covered in detail) but of current interest and importance. Topics, prerequisites, and number of credits announced in class schedule in advance. In some cases may be offered on a pass/fail basis only. Not regularly offered. Only six hours of undergraduate topics courses can be counted toward the major or minor.


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