College of Arts and Sciences
199r Special Projects (1-4)
Individual or group projects. Every semester.
200 Research Methods (3)
Basic techniques in political science research. Required for political science majors. Formerly Political Science 301. Fall semester. Prerequisite: Mathematics 210.
202 Political Behavior (3)
Political attitudes, beliefs, and behaviors; their sources and effects. Emphasis primarily on the United States with selected examples from Western European democracies. On demand.
203 Public Opinion (3)
Sources, content, and impact of public opinion on the political process. On demand.
213 American Political and Constitutional Thought (3)
A study of the major political and constitutional ideas that have influenced the development of the United States since its founding. Formerly Political Science 315. On demand. Recommended for prelaw majors.
221 Introduction to Judicial Process (3)
An examination of the role, operation and decision-making processes of the U.S. Supreme Court and lower federal courts. On demand. Recommended of pre-law majors.
223 Introduction to Public Administration (3)
Principles of government organization, management, financial control, personnel practices, and administration. On demand. Recommended for pre-law majors.
224 Justice and the American Trial Process (3)
An in-depth analysis of the modern trial process in the United States. Emphasis on assessing the weak points of the American judicial system and on preparing an actual mock trial case for argument.
233 State and Local Government and Politics (3)
Tennessee state and local government and politics with comparisons to government and politics in the other states. On demand.
234 The Presidency (3)
The nature of the presidency as an institution. Presidential decision-making and relations with other branches of government. On demand.
242 International Relations (3)
An examination of the theoretical, historical and behavioral causes of war and peace. Focus on the role of power, sovereignty, and international law on world politics. On demand.
244 Comparative Public Policy (3)
The formation and implementation of social welfare policies in developed and developing nations. On demand.
246 Comparative Latin American Politics (3)
An introduction to the study of Latin American politics with emphasis on alternative theoretical explanations for patterns of development involving the roles of elected leaders; the Church; military and economic elites; and workers and peasants.
302 Political Psychology (3)
Psychological bases for political action. On demand.
303 Politics and Communication (3)
Propaganda and other means of political and social control. On demand.
314 Contemporary Political Ideas (3)
The competing ideologies of the 20th century with emphasis on contemporary political and social thought including Marxism and Fascism. On demand.
316 Theories of Politics (3)
An introduction to such theoretical concerns of Western political science as sovereignty, rights, justice, property, liberty, and equality. Readings from Plato, Aristotle, Locke, Montesquieu, Mill and Marx. On demand.
320 Philosophy of Law (3)
A study of law and legal reasoning with emphasis on the nature and sources of law, moral theory and its relation to law, definitions of rights and justice, and the nature of legal and moral obligation. Recommended for prelaw majors.
321 American Constitutional Law (3)
Case studies of key Supreme Court decisions affecting the distribution of power in American society. Formerly Political Science 222. On demand. Recommended for prelaw majors.
322 Civil Liberties (3)
Case studies of key Supreme Court decisions affecting the rights and freedoms of the individual in American society. On demand. Recommended for prelaw majors.
323 Law and Politics (3)
Lawyers, judges, police, and the political process. On demand. Recommended for prelaw majors.
324 Public Policy (3)
An examination of the public policymaking process with an emphasis on actors, administration, and evaluation. On demand.
330 Urban Public Policy (3)
An introduction to the different approaches, ideas and programs advanced to address public policy urban problems. On demand.
331 Urban Politics (3)
An examination of political competition and relations among groups, institutions and classes in urban areas. Particular attention is given to how economic and fiscal concerns impact the political process. On demand.
333 Political Parties and the Election Process (3)
An examination of Americas two-party system, political machines, third parties, modern campaign techniques, electoral behavior, and election administration. On demand.
335 Congress (3)
The contemporary Congress. The roles of congressmen and women, the distribution of power within Congress, relations with other branches of government, and prospects of reform. On demand.
336 Women in Politics (3)
An examination of the role and status of women in the American political system. Special emphasis given to the impact of selected public policies upon women. On demand. May be registered as WSTU 336. Credit not allowed in both Political Science and Womens Studies 336.
341 Inter-American Relations (3)
Historical and contemporary relations between the United States and Latin America with emphasis on U.S. hegemonic rule; economic relations; the war on drugs; national security issues; democracy and human rights; and the impact of Latin America on U.S. politics and policy.
343r Comparative Government and Politics (3)
The study of the governmental structures, processes, and ideologies of different regions of the world, comparing their political, economic, and social policies. May be repeated to focus on different regions of the world. On demand.
345 American Foreign Policy (3)
The basic foreign policy problems confronting the United States. On demand.
346 Comparative Politics: China (3)
A study in comparative culture, history and politics as applied to the current government in the Peoples Republic of China with an emphasis on the factors which have shaped the government and politics of China since World War II. On demand.