Political Science (PS)

PS Class Schedule

Courses

PS 100   Intro to Political Science   credit: 3 Hours.

Surveys the major concepts and approaches employed in the study of politics. Credit is not given for both PS 100 and PS 200.
This course satisfies the General Education Criteria for:
UIUC: Social Sciences

PS 101   Intro to US Gov & Pol   credit: 3 Hours.

Examines the organization and development of national, state, and local governments in the U.S.; the federal system; the U.S. Constitutions; civil and political rights; the party system; and the nature, structure, powers, and procedures of national political institutions. This course may require limited participating as a subject in research.
This course satisfies the General Education Criteria for:
UIUC: Social Sciences

PS 152   The New Middle East   credit: 3 Hours.

Same as SAME 152 and SOC 152. See SAME 152.
This course satisfies the General Education Criteria for:
UIUC: Non-Western Cultures
UIUC: Social Sciences

PS 180   IntroPolitics of Globalization   credit: 3 Hours.

Introduction to the politics of globalization; identification of the principal actors, properties, and patterns of the politics of globalization that distinguish global politics from other forms of politics between and within groups, communities, states, and international organizations.
This course satisfies the General Education Criteria for:
UIUC: Non-Western Cultures
UIUC: Social Sciences
UIUC: Western Compartv Cult

PS 200   Foundations of Pol Sci   credit: 3 Hours.

Surveys the social scientific approach to the study of politics. Credit is not given for both PS 200 and PS 100.
This course satisfies the General Education Criteria for:
UIUC: Social Sciences

PS 201   US Racial & Ethnic Politics   credit: 3 Hours.

Examines efforts by racial and ethnic communities to organize politically and by society to allocate resources based on race or ethnicity. Topical focus includes African Americans, Latinos, Asian Americans, Native Americans, and white ethnics. The primary goal of the course is to develop a more comprehensive understanding of racial and ethnic politics by identifying commonalities and differences among these groups and their relationship to the state. Same as AAS 201, AFRO 201, and LLS 201.
This course satisfies the General Education Criteria for:
UIUC: Social Sciences
UIUC: US Minority Culture(s)

PS 202   Religion & Politics in the US   credit: 3 Hours.

Examines how religion and politics influence each other in the United States, both historically and in contemporary society.

PS 220   Intro to Public Policy   credit: 3 Hours.

Surveys the policy process including adoption, implementation, and evaluation. Topics may include reviews of substantive policy issues such as crime, energy, environment, poverty, foreign policy, civil liberties, or economic regulation. Prerequisite: PS 100 or PS 101, or consent of instructor.

PS 222   Ethics and Public Policy   credit: 3 Hours.

Examination of the moral issues in public policy that arise in a in a democratic setting, utilizing conceptual tools from political and moral theory to evaluate policy decisions involving means and ends between conflicting goals. Prerequisite: PS 100, PS 101, or consent of instructor.

PS 224   Politics of the National Parks   credit: 2 or 3 Hours.

Examines the politics of national parks in the United States, including creation of parks, local support or opposition to parks, and park policy as well as policy questions such as the value of wilderness ecosystem management, endangered species protection, and role of parks in national identity and remembrance of events such as the Civil War, the Indian wars, or the civil rights movement. May be repeated in separate terms to a maximum of 10 hours.
This course satisfies the General Education Criteria for:
UIUC: Social Sciences

PS 225   Environmental Politics &Policy   credit: 3 Hours.

Examinations of the political, economic, ecological, and cultural trade-offs between the use and the preservation of the environment, with particular emphasis on the preservation of land and water resources in national parks, forests, and other reserved lands.
This course satisfies the General Education Criteria for:
UIUC: Social Sciences

PS 230   Intro to Pol Research   credit: 3 Hours.

Surveys the principles that guide empirical research in political science; emphasizes definition of research problems, principles and practices of measurement, use of data as evidence, and data analysis. Prerequisite: PS 100 or PS 101, or consent of instructor.

PS 231   Strategic Models   credit: 3 Hours.

Introduces strategic models of political behavior and their implications for our understanding of politics. Uses simple models, inspired by game theory, to examine fundamental political questions.

PS 240   Intro to Comp Politics   credit: 3 Hours.

Surveys the basic concepts and principles of political analysis from a comparative perspective.
This course satisfies the General Education Criteria for:
UIUC: Social Sciences

PS 241   Comp Politics in Dev Nations   credit: 3 Hours.

Provides comparative and historical insights into the problems affecting the developing world by examining social, economic and political changes in Africa, Asia, and Latin America.
This course satisfies the General Education Criteria for:
UIUC: Non-Western Cultures
UIUC: Social Sciences

PS 242   Introduction to Modern Africa   credit: 3 Hours.

Same as AFST 222, ANTH 222, and SOC 222. See AFST 222.
This course satisfies the General Education Criteria for:
UIUC: Non-Western Cultures

PS 243   Pan Africanism   credit: 3 Hours.

Provides an introduction to Pan African political movements and ideologies from the Americas to continental Africa. Examines the political, social, economic, and ideological relationships and connections between Africans and their descendants in the diaspora from an historical and comparative perspective. Same as AFRO 243, AFST 243, and SOC 267.
This course satisfies the General Education Criteria for:
UIUC: Non-Western Cultures
UIUC: Social Sciences

PS 270   Intro to Political Theory   credit: 3 Hours.

Introduces the nature, structure, and purposes of political theory; examines major works on the problems of political order, obedience, justice, liberty, and representation to distinguish and clarify different theoretical approaches.
This course satisfies the General Education Criteria for:
UIUC: Hist&Philosoph Perspect

PS 272   Women and Politics   credit: 3 Hours.

Examines the political status and roles of women. Topics include women's political behavior; feminist and anti-feminist politics; and contemporary legislative and public policy issues, such as educational equity, equal rights legislation, and health care delivery for women. Same as GWS 272.

PS 273   Environment and Society   credit: 3 Hours.

Same as ESE 287, GEOG 287, NRES 287, and SOC 287. See NRES 287.
This course satisfies the General Education Criteria for:
UIUC: Social Sciences
UIUC: Western Compartv Cult

PS 280   Intro to Intl Relations   credit: 3 Hours.

Structure and processes of international relations, trends in international politics, and the future of the international system. Credit is not given for both PS 280 and PS 281.
This course satisfies the General Education Criteria for:
UIUC: Social Sciences

PS 281   Intro to Intl Relations-ACP   credit: 3 Hours.

This course is identical to PS 280 except for the additional writing component that fulfills the campus' advanced composition requirement. Credit is not given for both PS 280 and PS 281. Prerequisite: Completion of campus Composition I general education requirement.
This course satisfies the General Education Criteria for:
UIUC: Advanced Composition
UIUC: Social Sciences

PS 282   Governing Globalization   credit: 3 Hours.

Examines the historical, socio-economic, political, and moral dimensions associated with the rise of a global society and its governance. Prerequisite: Completion of campus Composition I general education requirement; completion of one course in a social science or consent of instructor.
This course satisfies the General Education Criteria for:
UIUC: Advanced Composition
UIUC: Social Sciences

PS 283   Intro to Intl Security   credit: 3 Hours.

Surveys the major issues associated with arms control, disarmament and international security. Also examines the military, socio-economic, and political dimensions of weapons systems, military strategy, the ethics of modern warfare, nuclear proliferation, and regional security issues. Same as GLBL 283.

PS 289   Politics of the Vietnam War   credit: 3 Hours.

Examines questions about the war in Vietnam and the era during which it was fought. Focuses on official policy questions, such as the decision making process, the legality of the war, the question of war crimes, and lessons for international relations. Domestic issues, such as the rise and effect of the antiwar movement, are also discussed. Prerequisite: Allen Hall residency or consent of Unit One director.

PS 299   Study Abroad   credit: 0 to 18 Hours.

Lectures, seminars, and practical work in an approved study-abroad program in Political Science, appropriate to the student's course of study. Approved for letter and S/U grading. May be repeated to a maximum of 34 hours per academic year. Prerequisite: Overall GPA 2.75, 3.00 grade point average in Political Science, admission to approved program.

PS 300   Special Topics   credit: 3 Hours.

Selected readings and research in political science. See Class Schedule for current topics. May be repeated to a maximum of 6 hours if topics vary. Prerequisite: Six hours of political science, or consent of instructor.

PS 301   The US Constitution I   credit: 3 Hours.

Analyzes issues related to judicial interpretation of the constitution; the separation of governmental powers; federalism; checks and balances among the three branches of the national government; and the jurisdiction of federal courts. Prerequisite: PS 101, six hours of Political Science credit, or consent of instructor.

PS 302   The US Constitution II   credit: 3 Hours.

Analyzes issues involved in free speech, freedom of religion, rights of the criminally accused, and government's responsibility to protect persons from discrimination based on race or sexual preference. Pays special attention to the role of law and judges. Prerequisite: PS 101, six hours of Political Science credit, or consent of instructor.

PS 303   The US Congress   credit: 3 Hours.

Examines the legislative function in government; the structure and organization of Congress; legislative procedures; pressure groups and lobbying; the relation of legislature to other branches of government; and problems of legislative reorganization. Prerequisite: PS 101, six hours of Political Science credit, or consent of instructor.

PS 304   The US Presidency   credit: 3 Hours.

Examines the multiple roles of the president; the determinants and growth of presidential influence; presidential decision making; the president's role in the formulation and implementation of public policy; and the president's multiple constituencies. Prerequisite: PS 101, six hours of Political Science credit, or consent of instructor.

PS 305   The US Supreme Court   credit: 3 Hours.

Examines how the modern Supreme Court resolves major issues in American constitutional politics. Prerequisite: PS 101, six hours of Political Science credit, or consent of instructor; PS 301 or PS 302.

PS 309   State Gov in the US   credit: 3 Hours.

Surveys the origins and evolution of state government in the United States. Topics include history, structure and dynamics of state governments, laws and the judiciary, state legislatures, political parties, organized interests, bureaucracies, demographic change and electoral patterns, and political conflicts, and coalitions. Prerequisite: PS 101, six hours of Political Science credit, or consent of instructor.

PS 311   Political Parties in the US   credit: 3 Hours.

Examines the organization and operation of the American party system; national, state, and local organizations and their interactions; the convention and primary systems; and campaign methods and finance. Prerequisite: PS 101, six hours of Political Science credit, or consent of instructor.

PS 312   Politics and the Media   credit: 3 Hours.

Examines the processes of mass-mediated political communication in democratic societies. Special emphasis will be given to the role of news media in democratic theory, factors shaping the construction of news such as journalism routines, media economics, and the strategic management of news by political elites. Same as CMN 325 and MACS 322.

PS 313   Congress and Foreign Policy   credit: 3 Hours.

Examines cases of foreign-policy making over 100 years with a focus on the struggle between the legislative and executive branches, constitutional questions, explanations for changes in behavior, and the impact on democratic process. Prerequisite: PS 101, six hours of Political Science credit, or consent of instructor.

PS 315   African American Politics   credit: 3 Hours.

Examines the role of race in stimulating change in American political life; types of strategies employed in the civil rights struggle; how race affects electoral participation and the broader political and economic conditions of African Americans. Same as AFRO 315. Prerequisite: PS 101, six hours of Political Science credit, or consent of instructor.

PS 316   Latina/Latino Politics   credit: 3 Hours.

Examines the role of Latino electorates in shaping state and national politics. Reviews the histories of Latino national origin groups, examines public policy issues of concern to Latinos, successes and failures of Latino empowerment strategies, and the electoral impact of Latino votes. Focus will be primarily on Mexican Americans, Puerto Ricans, and Cuban Americans and an assessment of the degree to which their political agendas are likely to merge over the coming years. Same as LLS 316. Prerequisite: PS 101, six hours of Political Science credit, or consent of instructor.

PS 317   Asian American Politics   credit: 3 Hours.

Provides an overview of the role of Asian Americans in the American political system. Topics include: the international context of emigration, the history of different Asian groups in the U.S., demographic patterns, issues of identity, classification, and pan-ethnicity, voting behavior, minority representation, and public policy. Same as AAS 317. Prerequisite: PS 101, six hours of Political Science credit, or consent of instructor.

PS 318   Interests Grps & Soc Movements   credit: 3 Hours.

Focuses on two important forces in American politics that provide ways for citizens to affect public policy: interests groups and social movements. Examination of organized interest groups, including their organization, growth, activity, and impact in American politics. Examines the formation and role of social movements. Prerequisite: PS 101, or six hours of Political Science credit, or consent of instructor.

PS 319   Campaigns and Elections   credit: 3 Hours.

Examines the dynamics of United States congressional and presidential campaigns, including electoral rules, campaign organization and finance, candidate strategy, role of parties, interest groups, and the media, campaign effects, and proposals for reform. Prerequisite: PS 101 or six hours of Political Sciences credit.

PS 321   Principles of Public Policy   credit: 3 Hours.

Examines different approaches to evaluating the performance of public sector organizations, including private sector accountability principles. Focuses on how to improve the performance of governmental agencies, as well as corporate social responsibility. Same as ACCY 321, and BADM 303. Prerequisite: PS 101, six hours of Political Science credit, or consent of instructor.

PS 322   Law and Public Policy   credit: 3 Hours.

Examines the nature of law, law makers, and law appliers; the determinants of law-making; and the societal impact of law. Prerequisite: PS 101, six hours of Political Science credit, or consent of instructor.

PS 323   Law and Representation   credit: 3 Hours.

Examines political and legal policies related to electoral representation including constitutional protections of voting rights and related topics such as a gerrymandering, vote counting, majority minority districts, and the Voting Rights Act. Prerequisite: PS 101 or six hours of Political Science or consent of instructor.

PS 329   Immigration & Citizenship   credit: 3 Hours.

Examination of the conceptual issues associated with citizenship and immigration, considering current political debates from a variety of perspectives: empirical, historical, and normative. Focuses on the United States but will also examine the immigration and citizenship processes of other nations as well. Among topics considered: why people migrate; consequences of migration; efforts to integrate immigrants; public opinion, citizenship traditions and rationales; membership; belonging, and national identify; post national citizenship. Prerequisites: PS 101, 6 hours of Political Science credit, or consent of instructor.

PS 330   Intro to Political Behavior   credit: 3 Hours.

Analyzes the relationship between political attitudes and public opinion formation. The course also discusses political participation, political tolerance, and attitudes toward political leaders. Prerequisite: POLS 101, six hours of Political Science credit, or consent of instructor.

PS 331   Intro to Electoral Behavior   credit: 3 Hours.

Examines the social, psychological and institutional determinants of individual voting decisions. Prerequisite: POLS 101, six hours of Political Science credit, or consent of instructor.

PS 339   Political Violence   credit: 3 Hours.

Survey of various forms of political violence and examination of competing theories about why these types of political violence occur and their implications. The different "categories" of violence under examination constitute pressing topics in the study of conflict in both international relations and comparative politics. These categories, which may overlap conceptually or empirically, include phenomena such as mass collective action in protests, riots, repression and torture, coups, civil war and insurgency, genocide and massacres, sexual violence during war, self sacrifice, and terrorism. Prerequisite: PS 240 or PS 241 or PS 280, six hours of Political Science credit, or consent of instructor.

PS 340   Politics in Intl Development   credit: 3 Hours.

Examines the ways in which the wealthy countries of the world, international organizations and non-governmental organizations have tried to catalyze or facilitate economic and human development in the poorer countries of the world. Prerequisite: PS 240 or PS 241 or PS 281, or six hours of Political Science credit, or consent of instructor.

PS 341   Gov & Pol in Africa   credit: 3 Hours.

Examines contemporary economic, social, and political processes in Africa, focusing on three basic explanatory themes: historical patterns of development; emerging patterns of class and interest; and leadership strategies. Prerequisite: PS 240 or PS 241, six hours of Political Science credit, or consent of instructor.

PS 343   Gov & Pol of China   credit: 3 Hours.

Introduces the government and politics of modern China. Same as EALC 343. Prerequisite: PS 240 or PS 241, six hours of Political Science credit, or consent of instructor.

PS 345   Gov & Pol of SE Asia   credit: 3 Hours.

Provides a comparative analysis of the political development of the countries of Southeast Asia. Emphasis is placed on differing approaches to the governance and public policy formation, as well as economic, social, historical, and cultural influences on political development. Prerequisite: PS 240 or PS 241, six hours of Political Science credit, or consent of instructor.

PS 346   Gov & Pol of South Asia   credit: 3 Hours.

Provides a comparative analysis of the political development of India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, and other nations in South Asia. Emphasis is placed on the differing approaches to governance and public policy formation, as well as the economic, social, historical, geographical and cultural influences on political development. Same as ASST 346. Prerequisite: PS 240 or PS 241, six hours of Political Science credit, or consent of instructor.

PS 347   Gov & Pol of Middle East   credit: 3 Hours.

Analyzes the transformation of Middle Eastern society from Morocco to Iran, as case studies in political modernization. The politics of the area are studied with special reference to causes and character of modernization, role of leadership, ideologies and institutions, methods and theories for analyzing political systems undergoing fundamental transformation, and implications for U. S. policy. Same as ASST 347. Prerequisite: PS 240 or PS 241, six hours of Political Science credit, or consent of instructor.

PS 348   Gov & Pol in Western Europe   credit: 3 Hours.

Examines the major governmental systems of continental Europe; the evolution, structure, and functioning of the political institutions of France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Switzerland, and the Scandinavian countries. Prerequisite: PS 240 or PS 241, six hours of Political Science credit, or consent of instructor.

PS 351   Gov & Pol Post-Soviet States   credit: 3 Hours.

Examines the evolution, structure, and functioning of post-Soviet governments. Prerequisite: PS 240 or PS 241, six hours of Political Science credit, or consent of instructor.

PS 352   Gov & Pol of East Europe   credit: 3 Hours.

Examines the collapse of communism and efforts to develop capitalism and democracy. Special emphasis is given to national conflict and European integration. Prerequisite: PS 240 or PS 241, six hours of Political Science credit, or consent of instructor.

PS 353   Gov & Pol of Latin America   credit: 3 Hours.

Examines the origin and development of Latin American political institutions. Prerequisite: PS 240 or PS 241, six hours of Political Science credit, or consent of instructor.

PS 355   Democratization   credit: 3 Hours.

Examines the global process of democratization, with special attention to gains and failures in selected areas since 1974. Prerequisite: PS 240 or PS 241, six hours of Political Science credit, or consent of instructor.

PS 356   Comparative Political Economy   credit: 3 Hours.

Examines the effect of domestic political processes on economic performance, including monetary, fiscal, and trade policies. Topics include partisan influences on policy, interest group intermediation, political accountability for economic outcomes, and consequences of product and capital market internationalization. Same as GLBL 356. Prerequisite: PS 240 or PS 241, six hours of Political Science credit, or consent of instructor.

PS 357   Ethnic Conflict   credit: 3 Hours.

Explores the bases of nationalist and ethnic identities across a variety of different national and cultural contexts, and how these are related to conflict at the intrastate and interstate levels. Consideration is given to the characteristics and patterns of ethnic conflict with special emphasis on how and when ethnic tensions become manifested in violent conflict. The course concludes with consideration and evaluations of various domestic and international approaches to conflict management and resolution. Same as GLBL 357. Prerequisite: PS 240 or PS 241, six hours of Political Science credit, or consent of instructor.
This course satisfies the General Education Criteria for:
UIUC: Advanced Composition

PS 358   Comparative Political Behavior   credit: 3 Hours.

Examines themes of political behavior such as political participation, electoral politics, political culture, and contentious politics from a cross-national perspective. Prerequisite: PS 240, or PS 241, or six hours of Political Science credit.

PS 371   Classical Political Theory   credit: 3 Hours.

Considers the major works of Greek and Roman political theory, stressing their relevance to modern political analysis and action. Prerequisite: PS 270, six hours of Political Science credit, or consent of instructor.

PS 372   Modern Political Theory   credit: 3 Hours.

Provides critical analysis of political theories from the fifteenth century to the present. The discussions focus on topics such as the development of conceptions of human nature, the role of the state, justice, legitimacy, obligation, individual rights, equality, and mechanisms of maintenance and change. Prerequisite: PS 270, six hours of Political Science credit, or consent of instructor.

PS 373   Democratic Theory   credit: 3 Hours.

Examines theories of the nature and conditions of democracy; compares and analyzes contemporary democratic institutions. Prerequisite: PS 270, six hours of Political Science credit, or consent of instructor.

PS 374   Future Politics   credit: 3 Hours.

Examines visions of the future drawn from science fiction literature as a way to engage with political and social theory and to cultivate the political imagination. Prerequisite: Six hours of political science credit or consent of instructor.

PS 376   American Political Theory   credit: 3 Hours.

Surveys American political thought from colonial times to the present. Prerequisite: PS 270, six hours of Political Science credit, or consent of instructor.

PS 377   Topics Contemp Pol Theory   credit: 3 Hours.

Examines specific topics and writers of contemporary political theory. Recent themes have included conceptions of power, rights, justice, and radical political thought. May be repeated to a maximum of 9 hours. Prerequisite: PS 270, six hours of Political Science credit, or consent of instructor.

PS 378   Topics Non-Western Pol Thought   credit: 3 Hours.

Considers political thought outside of the Greco-Roman, European, and North American tradition. May be repeated if topics vary. Prerequisite: PS 270, six hours of Political Science credit, or consent of instructor.

PS 379   Intl Rel & Domestic Politics   credit: 3 Hours.

Examines conceptual linkages between international relations and domestic politics. Emphasizes theoretical explanations of and empirical evidence for these linkages. Prerequisite: PS 280 or PS 281, or six hours of Political Science credit, or consent of instructor.

PS 380   International Cooperation   credit: 3 Hours.

A study of cooperation among states. Cooperation dilemmas and their solutions, with focus on institutional arrangements that are aimed to facilitate cooperation among states. Prerequisite: PS 280 or PS 281, six hours of Political Science credit, or consent of instructor.

PS 381   International Conflict - ACP   credit: 3 Hours.

Examines the conditions that promote war and peace between states. General topics covered are: historical patterns in warfare; causes of war, including arms races and power distributions; outcomes of war; and approaches to peace. This course is identical to PS 396 except for the additional writing component that fulfills the campus' advanced composition requirement. Credit is not given for both PS 381 and PS 396. Prerequisite: PS 280 or PS 281 or PS 283; six hours of Political Science credit; completion of campus Composition I general education requirement; or consent of instructor.
This course satisfies the General Education Criteria for:
UIUC: Advanced Composition

PS 382   Intl Political Economy   credit: 3 Hours.

Examines the interaction between international politics and economics; locates ideologies and practices in the context of international economic relations. Considers such topics as international trade, the global monetary order, multi-national corporations, economic aid relationships, and food and energy politics. Prerequisite: PS 280 or PS 283, six hours of Political Science credit, or consent of instructor.

PS 383   International Organization-ACP   credit: 3 Hours.

Examines the development of basic principles underlying world organization; also considers the principles, structure, methods, and operation of international governmental institutions. Gives special attention to the United Nations and related agencies and to their evolution from the League of Nations system. This course is identical to PS 395 except for the additional writing component that fulfills the campus' advanced composition requirement. Credit is not given for both PS 383 and PS 395. Prerequisite: PS 280 or PS 281 or PS 283, six hours of Political Science credit, or consent of instructor; completion of campus Composition I general education requirement.
This course satisfies the General Education Criteria for:
UIUC: Advanced Composition

PS 384   Politics of Globalization   credit: 3 Hours.

Examines the basic concepts and politics associated with the emergence of the global society. This course evaluates divergent theoretical explanations for the emergence of global politics, as well as how and why the global society governs itself. It examines the strengths and shortcomings of the nation-state, markets, and democratization as responses to the imperatives of order, welfare, and legitimacy. Prerequisite: PS 280 or PS 283, six hours of Political Science credit, or consent of instructor.

PS 385   Politics of the European Union   credit: 3 Hours.

Considers the history of the European Union and its current functions and operations. Focuses on the ongoing process of political and cultural integration. Consists of sections in Illinois and abroad, interacting extensively via the worldwide web. Same as EURO 385, FR 385, and GER 385. Prerequisite: PS 240 or PS 241, six hours of Political Science credit, or consent of instructor; cross-listings require language training appropriate for enrollment in the respective overseas programs.

PS 386   International Law   credit: 3 Hours.

Analyzes the concepts and bases of public international law. Topics include sources and subjects of international law, as well as issues of jurisdiction, territory, law of the sea, and use of military force. Prerequisite: PS 280 or PS 283, six hours of Political Science credit, or consent of instructor.

PS 387   National Security Policy   credit: 3 Hours.

Examines principal theories of international security and evaluates their capacity to explain the security behavior of states and other key international actors. Prerequisite: PS 280 or PS 283, six hours of Political Science credit, or consent of instructor.

PS 390   American Foreign Policy   credit: 3 Hours.

Considers the major foreign policy decisions currently confronting the United States government: analyzes their background, principal issues, and alternative actions, as well as the policy formulation process. Prerequisite: PS 280 or PS 283, six hours of Political Science credit, or consent of instructor.

PS 391   Soviet & Post-Sov Foreign Pol   credit: 3 Hours.

Surveys Soviet and Post-Soviet foreign policy from 1917 to the present, with emphasis upon the forces shaping this policy; special attention to the interplay of ideology and national interest in policy formulation. Prerequisite: PS 280 or PS 283, six hours of Political Science credit, or consent of instructor.

PS 392   Intl Organizations&Regionalism   credit: 3 Hours.

Examines regionalism and regional international organizations and their consequences for multilateralisim cooperation, and conflict. Prerequisite: PS 280.

PS 393   Diplomatic Studies Practicum   credit: 4 Hours.

Practical introduction to the study of international organizations, consisting of three parts: academic modules in Urbana-Champaign; guest lectures and site visits in Vienna, Austria, and field trips TBA; and a final research paper based on fieldwork in Vienna, extending into late June. Enrollment requires prior admission to the Vienna Diplomatic Program.

PS 394   Crisis Diplomacy   credit: 3 Hours.

A comparative study of foreign policy decision-making and diplomacy among the major states from 1816-1948 with a focus on crisis bargaining, management, and escalation. Foreign relations of Britain, France, Germany, Russia, Italy, Japan, and the United States are covered in light of international relations theories. Emphasis is placed on how domestic political struggles, like those between hard liners and accommodationists, and external factors, like alliances and international norms, affect decision-making. Comparisons are made between those crises that are peacefully settled and those that escalate to war and/or get out of control. Prerequisite: PS 280, PS 281, PS 283, or consent of instructor.

PS 395   International Organization   credit: 3 Hours.

Examines the development of basic principles underlying world organization; also considers the principles, structure, methods, and operation of international governmental institutions. Gives special attention to the United Nations and related agencies and to their evolution from the League of Nations system. Credit is not given for both PS 383 and PS 395. Prerequisite: PS 280 or PS 281 or PS 283, six hours of Political Science credit, or consent of instructor.

PS 396   International Conflict   credit: 3 Hours.

Examines the conditions that promote war and peace between states. General topics covered are: historical patterns in warfare; causes of war, including arms races and power distributions; outcomes of war; and approaches to peace. Credit is not given for both PS 381 and PS 396. Prerequisite: PS 280 or PS 281 or PS 283, six hours of Political Science credit, or consent of instructor.

PS 397   Authoritarian Regimes   credit: 3 Hours.

Examines the various aspects of the politics in authoritarian regimes: their emergence and breakdown, the policy choices and institutions typically adopted, leadership change, and the theories that explain them. Historical case studies and statistical data will be used to examine real-world cases. Prerequisite: PS 240 or PS 241; or six hours of Political Sciences credit; or consent of instructor.

PS 398   Strategic Interntl Relations   credit: 3 Hours.

Examination of basic concepts and tools for analyzing foreign policy and understanding international politics and economy. Simple game-theoretic models will be used to explore the logic and the mechanisms behind key policy issues in international economy, cooperation, security, and institutions. Prerequisite: PS 280 or PS 281; or six hours of Political Sciences credit; or consent of instructor.

PS 409   Attitudes, Behaviors & Environ   credit: 3 or 4 Hours.

Examines how the physical and social environment affects this political and social attitudes of persons who occupy that space. Special emphasis on local politics, commitment to place, attitudes about other people and groups, willingness to engage in collective action, and the Not In My backyard (NIMBY) response to local problems. Same as HDES 409. 3 undergraduate hours. 4 graduate hours. Prerequisite: Three upper division courses in political science, sociology, or allied disciplines; or consent of instructor.

PS 410   Neighborhoods and Politics   credit: 3 or 4 Hours.

Introduction to the social and political impacts of neighborhood life through readings, discussion, and field work. The political theories of local social networks, social ecology, the social context, third places, the physical form, and public space are examined. Students do library research and field work examining theories of social capital, civic engagement, new urbanism, public space, social context and urban form. Same as HDES 410. 3 undergraduate hours. 4 graduate hours. Prerequisite: PS 100 or PS 101 or consent of instructor.

PS 412   Genetics and Politics   credit: 3 or 4 Hours.

Study of the relationship between political science, law, and biology. Two issues covered are (a) To what extent are social attitudes and behaviors a function of genetic neurophysiological causes? (b) given man?s newfound ability to alter our species? genetic makeup, to what extent should government regulate this kind of research? Advanced knowledge of genetics is not required. 3 undergraduate hours. 4 graduate hours. Prerequisite: PS 101, or six hours of Political Science credit, or consent of instructor.

PS 450   Civic Engagement in Mod Soc   credit: 3 or 4 Hours.

Examination of civic engagement and democratic governance; the contemporary literature documenting the decline of civic engagement in modern society is explored and its consequences examined. Perspectives on the current state of engagement in the US are compared, and the American experience is compared with that of other nations. The civic engagement theories are then placed in the context of political science theories on democratic governance, political participation, political legitimacy, and interest groups. 3 undergraduate hours. 4 graduate hours. Prerequisite: PS 100 or PS 101, plus six hours of Political Science credit, or consent of instructor.

PS 451   Citizens & Democratic Process   credit: 3 or 4 Hours.

Examines the concept of citizenship in American democracy. Topics to be studied include the changing conceptualization of democratic citizenship; the use of political information and mass communication; political and interpersonal trust; civic engagement; education; roles and responsibilities of political and civic leaders. 3 undergraduate hours. 4 graduate hours. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor.

PS 452   Normative Perspec Amer Pol   credit: 3 or 4 Hours.

Normative Perspectives on American Politics. Examination of American democracy from normative perspectives. Provides value-based perspectives on the societal, economic, and political problems facing the US in the 21st Century. Examination of alternative political and governmental solutions to these problems by exploring the value judgments involved in choosing among these alternatives, and discussing the appropriate role of political leaders in making those choices in a context of democratic processes and institutions. 3 undergraduate hours. 4 graduate hours. Prerequisite: Enrollment in the Civic Leadership Program or approval of Director of Undergraduate Studies in Political Science.

PS 453   Ethics, Leadership & Democracy   credit: 3 or 4 Hours.

Examination of the relations between strong political leadership and democracy. Draws on both empirical and normative studies of political leadership, and gives special attention to the ethical challenges of democratic leadership. Case studies and student group presentations are used to illustrate the idea of "dirty hands dilemmas" confronted by decision-makers. Group presentations of real cases of leadership are also used to consider whether different political offices generate different ethical obligations, and how these obligations are related to a general commitment to democratic practices and values. 3 undergraduate hours. 4 graduate hours. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor.

PS 455   Pol Econ, Welfare & Democ   credit: 3 or 4 Hours.

Political Economy, Societal Welfare, and Democracy. Explores the political and economic challenges of economic globalization in the 21st century. Examines how economic actors have responded to the development of international trade and financial markets across a variety of issue areas, including the welfare state, trade policy, exchange rate management, and fiscal policy. Emphasizes how domestic institutions interact with international economic pressures to determine policy strategies and outcomes with an emphasis on how greater economic openness affects the quality of democracy. 3 undergraduate hours. 4 graduate hours. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor.

PS 456   Democracy and Identity   credit: 3 or 4 Hours.

A normative and empirical examination of the special issues surrounding the development and maintenance of democracy in plural societies. Analyzes the impact of racial, ethnic and religious diversity on citizenship, civil rights, political institutions and public policy, as well as on democratic stability more generally, in established and newly emergent democracies. 3 undergraduate hours. 4 graduate hours. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor.

PS 457   Dem Gov in a Global Setting   credit: 3 or 4 Hours.

Examination of the basic concepts and politics associated with the emergence of a global society. Students evaluate competing explanations for the emergence of this new politics and how and why the global society governs itself. It examines the strengths and weaknesses of the nation-state, markets, and democratization as responses, respectively, to the imperatives or order, welfare, and legitimacy in the governance of world's peoples and states. 3 undergraduate hours. 4 graduate hours. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor.

PS 490   Individual Study   credit: 1 to 4 Hours.

Special topics not treated in regularly scheduled courses; designed primarily for juniors and seniors. 1 to 4 undergraduate hours. No graduate credit. May be repeated. Prerequisite: Evidence of adequate preparation for such study; consent of faculty member supervising the work; and approval of the department head.

PS 491   Internship   credit: 0 to 6 Hours.

Students follow a program of study and research related to an approved internship under the direction of the internship director and/or a faculty sponsor. Consult departmental undergraduate advisor or internship director. 0 to 6 undergraduate hours. No graduate credit. Approved for letter and S/U grading. May be repeated to a maximum of 12 undergraduate hours. Prerequisite: 45 credit hours completed, one year in residence at an institution of higher learning, minimum 2.5 grade point average, coursework related to the internship, and acceptance to the internship director or undergraduate director and by faculty sponsor. Students enrolled in internship courses may not register for more than 18 hours total for all courses during the semester of the internship course.

PS 492   UG Research Assistance   credit: 0 to 3 Hours.

Assist departmental faculty in on-going research. Topics and nature of assistance vary. Capstone paper required. 0 to 3 undergraduate hours. No graduate credit. May be repeated in separate terms to a maximum of 6 hours. Credit is not given for more than nine hours toward completion of the political science major from any combination of PS 490, PS 491, and/or PS 492. Prerequisite: Evidence of adequate preparation for such study; consent of faculty member supervising the work; and approval of the department head.

PS 494   Junior Honors Seminar   credit: 3 Hours.

Research, reading, and discussion in selected topics and works in literature of political science. A major research project is required in preparation for PS 495. 3 undergraduate hours. No graduate credit. May be repeated in separate terms to a maximum of 6 hours if topics vary. Credit is not given for non-honors courses and honors seminar on the same topic. Prerequisite: Admission to Political Science Honors Program or consent of department.

PS 495   Senior Honors Seminar   credit: 3 Hours.

Provides an advanced overview of methodological issues in political science especially identification of research questions and design of research strategies in political science appropriate for a senior thesis. Requires completion of a substantial research proposal. 3 undergraduate hours. No graduate credit. Credit is not given for more than six hours towards any combination of PS 495 and PS 496. Neither PS 495 nor PS 496 counts towards the 30 hours required for completion of the political science major. Prerequisite: Admissions to Political Science Honors Program or consent of instructor.

PS 496   Senior Honors Thesis   credit: 2 to 6 Hours.

2 to 6 undergraduate hours. No graduate credit. May be repeated to a maximum of 6 hours. Prerequisite: Written consent of instructor of department approval; open only to seniors whose major is political science and who have a general University grade point of 3.0.

PS 501   Democratic Political Inst I   credit: 4 Hours.

Involves intensive analysis of major institutions and processes of democratic politics (national, state. local); research on selected topics in American government.

PS 502   Democratic Political Inst II   credit: 4 Hours.

Discusses contemporary theories about the impact of democratic institutions on politics and policy.

PS 503   US Congress   credit: 4 Hours.

Traces the development of Congress as an institution with special attention to the role of norms; considers intra-institutional aspects of Congress including committee decision-making, floor voting, and leadership; examines congressional relationships with other actors including the presidency and Supreme Court, interest groups, and constituents.

PS 506   Pol Parties and Elections   credit: 4 Hours.

Examines the role of political parties and elections in the political process; traces the evolution of American parties as a political institution, assesses their impact upon the policy-making processes, and considers macro-level influences upon the electoral process.

PS 507   Collect Action & Interest Grps   credit: 4 Hours.

Provides a broad analysis of collective action, interest groups, and politics; examines the meaning of political interests and the forms they take; reviews various approaches to the study of interest groups; analyzes the formation and operation of interest groups; examines innovation and change in interest group politics and research.

PS 511   Proseminar Pol Behavior I   credit: 4 Hours.

Introduces interdisciplinary approaches to the analysis of political behavior; formation of opinions, interests, roles, and beliefs.

PS 517   Civic Leadership Practicum I   credit: 2 or 4 Hours.

The practicum seminar is the capstone experience of the BA/MA Civic Leadership Program and serves as the principal bridge between the academic and multi-faceted practicum components of the program. The Fellows will engage in an in-depth exploration of a predetermined policy issue (health care, international trade, welfare reform, citizen engagement, for example). The practicum seminar members will, over two semesters, prepare a background paper and report with options and recommendations, which the seminar members will be expected to make a part of the public debate and policymaking process. Prerequisite: Graduate standing in the Civic Leadership Program.

PS 518   Civic Leadership Practicum II   credit: 2 or 4 Hours.

Continuation of PS 517. Prerequisite: Graduate standing in the Civic Leadership Program.

PS 519   Topics in American Politics   credit: 4 Hours.

Selected research topics designed for graduate study in American Politics. May be repeated to a maximum of 12 hours.

PS 521   Phil Bases of Pol Inquiry   credit: 4 Hours.

Reviews the scope and subject matter of political science; methodological issues in political science and major conceptions of methodology as embodied in the current literature.

PS 522   Research Design and Techniques   credit: 4 Hours.

Provides an overview of research techniques for answering questions of concern in political science; indicates the range of available tools; discusses problems in concept formation; and presents current methods of concept measurement. Prerequisite: PS 521 or consent of instructor.

PS 523   The Comparative Method   credit: 4 Hours.

Reviews strategies for systematic research based on small number of cases. Emphasis on problems of conceptualization, measurement, and analysis.

PS 524   Methods in Intl Rel   credit: 4 Hours.

Deals with major research methodologies in contemporary international relations; includes case studies, aggregate data, content analysis, survey research, gaming and simulations, and causal modeling; presumes knowledge of basic international relations theory. Prerequisite: PS 580.

PS 525   Formal Theory I: Game Theory   credit: 4 Hours.

Introduction to game theory and its applications to the study of politics. Study of the central ideas and techniques of game theory.

PS 526   Formal Theory II: Applications   credit: 4 Hours.

Survey of major topics in formal political theory and the application of key game-theoretic methods to the study of politics. Prerequisite: PS 525 or consent of instructor.

PS 530   Quant Pol Analysis I   credit: 4 Hours.

Introduction to data analysis and inferential statistics, including data collection, analysis and interpretation, sampling, and measures of statistical association and significance. Also introduces statistical software.

PS 531   Quant Pol Analysis II   credit: 4 Hours.

Second class in inferential statistics, emphasizing the linear model and assumptions behind linear models. Prerequisite: PS 530 or consent of instructor.

PS 532   Quant Pol Analysis III   credit: 4 Hours.

Select topics in inferential statistics, including models for limited dependent variables. Topics vary by semester and may include spatial econometrics, bootstrap models, ecological inference, and causal inference. Prerequisite: PS 531 or consent of instructor.

PS 540   Proseminar Comp Politics I   credit: 4 Hours.

Surveys the major works, theories, and approaches that define the field of comparative politics. The substantive focus of the course is on advanced industrial countries.

PS 541   Proseminar Comp Politics II   credit: 4 Hours.

Surveys the major works, theories, and approaches that define the field of comparative politics. The substantive focus of the course is on developing countries. Prerequisite: Completion of PS 540 is recommended.

PS 543   Global Democratization   credit: 4 Hours.

Examines the roles of domestic and international factors, modes of transition, institutional choices and economic reforms in the transition from authoritarian rule. Comparisons are made of cases in Southern and Eastern Europe, Latin America, East Asia, the former Soviet Union, and others. Prerequisite: Completion of PS 540 or PS 541 is recommended.

PS 544   Politics of African States   credit: 4 Hours.

Advanced research seminar. Focus will alternate among such topics in African politics as (a) the politics of agriculture (b) state and society (c) African political systems and the challenge of democratic practice and (d) political and economic crisis in Sub-Saharan Africa. May be repeated to a maximum of 12 hours if topics vary. Prerequisite: PS 242 and PS 341 or consent of instructor.

PS 545   Politics of Post-Soviet States   credit: 4 Hours.

Study of states which have experienced extended interludes of communist power, especially including the new states of the former Soviet Union, the post-communist regimes of Eastern Europe and China, through a comparative examination of political, economic, and ethnonational problems of regime transformation. Analytic and research papers required. Prerequisite: Completion of PS 540 or PS 541 is recommended.

PS 546   Comparative Political Behavior   credit: 4 Hours.

Examines the political behaviors and opinions of common citizens in dissimilar national contexts, focusing on the theoretical literature and empirical research on topics such as political participation, political culture and contention politics from a cross-national perspective. Prerequisite: PS 540 or PS 541.

PS 549   Topics in Comparative Politics   credit: 4 Hours.

Selected research topics designed for graduate study in Comparative Politics. May be repeated to a maximum of 12 hours.

PS 571   History of Pol Theories I   credit: 4 Hours.

Reading, analysis and discussion of the leading political thinkers from the Greeks to the middle of the seventeenth century.

PS 572   History of Pol Theories II   credit: 4 Hours.

Reading, analysis and discussion of the leading political thinkers from the middle of the seventeenth century to the present.

PS 579   Topics in Pol Theory   credit: 4 Hours.

Reading, analysis, and discussion of selected topics of political theory. May be repeated to a maximum of 8 hours. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor.

PS 580   Proseminar Intl Rel I   credit: 4 Hours.

Examines major theories and approaches to the study of international relations.

PS 581   International War   credit: 4 Hours.

Focuses on the conditions that influence war and peace between nation-states. Considers various factors at different levels of analysis (individual, national, dyadic, and systematic) in an attempt to understand why nations go to war. Readings will consist of current research in this topic area-without ignoring "classical" works. Prerequisite: PS 580.

PS 582   Intl Political Economy   credit: 4 Hours.

Comprehensive introduction to major traditions in contemporary thought on the political structure and workings of the global economy. Presumes background knowledge pertaining to the workings of the international economy and its institutions as well as familiarity with the assumptions and approaches of classical I. P. E. thought and International Relations theory. Prerequisite: PS 580.

PS 583   International Organizations   credit: 4 Hours.

Examines the development and operations of international organizations with special emphasis on United Nations and related agencies. Focuses on activities in security, economic, and social issue area. Prerequisite: PS 580.

PS 584   International Cooperation   credit: 4 Hours.

Major theoretical perspectives and controversies in the literature of international cooperation and international institutions. Although broad spectrums of issues are covered, the focus is on basic logical questions, lines of reasoning, and analytical frameworks. Prerequisite: PS 580.

PS 585   Conflict Management   credit: 4 Hours.

Examines the conditions that influence the processes and outcomes of conflict management between nation-states. Assesses various approaches used in conflict management research with a special emphasis on the relationship between conflict management and theories of IR. Assumes some background knowledge regarding empirical studies of war. Prerequisite: PS 580.

PS 586   Prosem Intl Relations II   credit: 4 Hours.

Part two of a two course sequence examining major theories and approaches to the study of international relations. Prerequisite: PS 580.

PS 587   Research Seminar in IR   credit: 4 Hours.

Advanced seminar in international relations, providing graduate students with original research experience. Students design and execute a research program, resulting in a major paper suitable for conference presentation and/or publication. The seminar will rotate among specific research topics in the area of international conflict, international law and organization, and international political economy respectively. May be repeated in separate terms to a maximum of 12 hours. Prerequisite: PS 580.

PS 589   Topics in Intl Rel   credit: 4 Hours.

Selected topics designed for graduate study in international relations. May be repeated under different instructors to a maximum of 12 hours. Prerequisite: PS 580 or PS 524, or consent of instructor.

PS 590   Research in Selected Topics   credit: 2 to 12 Hours.

Research in selected topics by arrangement with the instructor.

PS 597   Preparing Future Faculty   credit: 0 Hours.

Provides graduate students an insight on the responsibilities and expectations of academic faculty. Core responsibilities - research, teaching and service - required of faculty is discussed, along with important resources and strategies to aid students in obtaining a faculty appointment and plotting a successful career path. Approved for S/U grading only. May be repeated in separate terms.

PS 598   Dissertation Design Seminar   credit: 0 Hours.

Addresses the basic steps involved in the development of a dissertation proposal; aims to facilitate the completion of the dissertation proposal for students who have passed the qualifying examinations. Approved for S/U grading only. Prerequisite: Successful completion of required qualifying examinations.

PS 599   Thesis Research   credit: 0 to 16 Hours.

Approved for S/U grading only. May be repeated.