POLS 103 Global Realities (4) (S)
Designed for students who want to begin learning about international relations. Begins with a broad overview of political, economic, and cultural patterns in today's global environment; followed by an inventory, evaluation, and comparison of information sources about international affairs, including print, broadcast, and cable media, the Internet, and CD-ROM and simulation software. Concludes with one or more case studies of current global issues, such as international terrorism, the control of rogue states, denuclearizing warfare, international women's issues, international environmental problems, and the impact of global consumerism. Through these case studies, students learn how to identify key international problems, track them in the media, gather information about them, and develop and evaluate possible solutions. Offered each semester.
POLS 111 Introduction to Political Science (4) (S)
Introduces students to the fundamental concepts and issues in the study of politics. Primary emphasis is placed on ideologies, such as liberal democracy, conservatism, socialism, communism, fascism, nationalism, and on political institutions and behavior, including legislatures, executives, interest groups, political parties, political socialization, participation, the expression of political opinion, revolution, and types of political systems. These concepts and issues are considered from both behavioral and traditional perspectives. Offered each semester.
POLS 112 Introduction to American Government (4) (S)
Offers a citizen's guide to the American political system, providing a brief overview of the Founders' constitutional design, the federal system, and politics and policy-making in the presidency, bureaucracy, Congress, and the Supreme Court. Covers key judicial rulings on civil rights and liberties and national powers. Gives special attention to the electoral process, the media, and the ways that ordinary citizens can influence governmental policies. Offered each fall.
POLS 201 State and Local Politics and Government (4) (S)
Based on both theoretical and practical experiences in state and local government and politics. Explores the relationship between local, state, and federal systems. Features office holders and local officials as guest speakers. Offered each fall.
POLS 203 Politics and Literature (4)
Provides a literary path to exploring the human experience and discovering the role politics plays in that experience. Through readings and discussion of classical utopian and dystopian novels, students explore argruments and concepts detailed in classic political philosophy. Offered each fall of odd-numbered years.
POLS 204 Introduction to Feminist Political Thought (4) (V)
Feminist theory has always had a political agenda: to improve the situation of women in society. It also has theoretical import, asking basic questions about personal identity and equality, about ethical obligations to others, about justice and fairness, and about the history of political theory. This course brings together both of these strands, focusing on feminist theory, feminist politics, and the contributions that feminist theory can make in thinking about politics in general. Offered on demand.
POLS 205 Introduction to Political Theory (4)
Introduces students to the classic works of political philosophy. Readings address issues of justice, obligation, equality, the common good, human rights, the role of reason, aims of government, and the nature of politics. Students consider the power of ideas in political life. Offered each fall.
POLS 206 Introduction to Comparative Politics (4) (S)
An introduction to cross-national comparative analysis, with particular attention to social movements, democratization, globalization, and the relative political and economic autonomy of the countries examined. Country cases include Britain, Germany, India, Iran, Mexico, Nigeria, and the United States. Students engage in cross-country case-studies to compare and contrast major political and economic institutions, political culture, parties, and interest groups; and discuss class-based perspectives on political conflicts over wealth distribution and social justice. Offered each spring.
POLS 210 Introduction to International Relations (4) (S)
Drawing on both historical and contemporary experience, students study the behavioral and institutional features of the nation-state and its global environment in their political, military, economic, and cultural aspects. Main topics include power, foreign policy, diplomacy, international organization and law, arms control, and the global economy considered in the context of the post-Cold-War world. Issues examined include overpopulation, food and energy scarcity, national and ethnic movements, economic development, environmental problems, and militarism. Offered each fall.
POLS 238 Comparative Politics of the Middle East and North Africa (4)
Offers students a basic understanding of broad trends of social change, state building, and economic development in the modern Middle East and North Africa (MENA) during the post-World War I period. Attends to distinctions across MENA states along these three major dimensions, with special attention to public and private responses to modernization, democratization, and globalization. Offered spring of odd-numbered years.
POLS 239 American Political Thought (4) (V)
Explores major ideas shaping American institutions of government and politics from the founding generation to the present. Evaluates the writings of many different individuals relating to such issues as slavery and race, capitalism and social justice, and feminist political theory. Readings include the Federalist Papers, selections from Democracy in America and works by Malcolm X, Dr. Martin Luther King, and Betty Friedan. Offered each spring.
POLS 250 Introduction to International Political Economy (4) (S)
An overview of the political institutions and conflicts that structure our contemporary international economy. Readings and discussions examine major issues at the center of current political science research, policy debate, and popular political discourse. Postwar systems of international trade and finance, as well as divergent policy goals of states and societies of the North and South are examined. Offered each spring.
POLS 265 Research Methods (4)
Introduces the political science major to the methods of political research. Students learn how political scientists know what they know, and how they gain tools with which to explore, describe, explain, present, and debate this knowledge. Students actively experience every dimension of the research process as they plan, design, and carry out their own projects, then communicate their findings in written and oral formats. Daily classes include lecture and discussion of class readings, and individual student research. Prerequisite: Placement level H, A, of B or MATH 104 with a grade of C- or higer. Offered each fall.
POLS 302 Ethnicity and Politics: Latinos in America (4) (S)
A study of how Latinos have adapted to U.S. political ways in order to participate in U.S. politics and prss their political agenda. Offered each fall.
POLS 303 Urban Politics (4)
Students examine scholarly perspectives on the evolution of political processes, institutions, the intergovernmental context, key actors and contemporary issues in urban politics such as urban sprawl and economic development. A major part of this class is a six-week simulation of a city government where students take roles of city councilors, lawyers, business leaders, and citizen activists in making important decisions about the city's future. Prerequisite: junior/senior status. Offered spring of odd-numbered years.
POLS 307 The Presidency and the American Political System (4)
Examines the institutions and processes of American government in regard to the presidency. Offered spring of even-numbered years.
POLS 308 Elections in American Politics (4)
Examines the dynamics of the American elections system. Students explore theoretical literature that seeks to explain elections and their outcomes, and engage in practical activities associated with the running of electoral campaigns. Prerequisites: junior status or consent. Offered intermittenly.
POLS 315 Politics in the Media (4)
Explores recurring themes in studies of the mass media, including the interplay between news producers, consumers, and politicians. Students will examine the role of the mass media within democracy, the media's effects on the citizens who consume it, and how the economic needs of news producers shapes their product. Prequisite: POLS*111 or 112. Offered each semester on demand.
POLS 317 Comparative Politics: Asian Pacific Rim (4) (H)
Examines political systems and the dynamics of political change in the eleven East and Southeast Asian nations of the Pacific Rim, a region that has assumed a commanding presence in world politics and the world economy. Includes study of Japan, China, and selected nations from among Korea, Philippines, Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos and Burma. Offered fall of even-numbered years.
POLS 318 Comparative Politics: South Asia (4)
Highlights the confrontation of Western political forms with traditional non-Western and pre-colonial cultures and alternative strategies for political and economic development in an analysis of the politics of nation-building in the South Asian portion of the Third World. India and Pakistan are the main cases studied, although examples may be taken from Iran, Afghanistan, and perhaps Bangladesh and Malaysia as well. Offered on demand.
POLS 320 Comparative Politics: Latin America (4)
Examines major problems of political and economic modernization by considering Latin American political systems in their various approaches to development. Focuses on key examples of the successes and failures of the various developmental strategies: e.g., Cuba, Chile, Peru, Brazil, and Mexico. Gives special attention to the impact of United States' policies upon the region as a whole. Offered spring of odd-numbered years.
POLS 321 Politics and Literature in Latin America (4)
Focuses on readings from the political writings of selected Latin American thinkers. Students analyzes writings that range in time from the Spanish Conquest to the present time providing a historical overview of the development of the political thought in Latin America. Identical to SPAN 321 in which case readings and writing are done in Spanish. Offered spring of even-numbered years.
POLS 323 Topics in Public Policy Analysis (4) (S,W)
Using policy analysis models students examine a set of substantive public policy issues to establish the issue context, define the policy problems, and evaluate alternative solutions. Topics may differ each semester and may include the environment, health care, crime, urban policy, poverty, and welfare. Offered on demand.
POLS 326 Environmental Policy Analysis (4) (S,W)
Examines environmental politics and policy by studying a set of substantive environmental policy issues to establish the issue context, define the policy problems and evaluate alternative solutions. Identical to ENVS 326. Offered each spring.
POLS 334 Comparative Politics: Contemporary Africa (4)
Introduces students to the significant issues surrounding the politics, economics, sociology, and foreign relations of modern Africa. Focuses on the core theoretical and conceptual ideas that underpin the study of Africa, as well as the primary contemporary problems facing African nations. Offered spring of odd-numbered years.
POLS 335 American Government (4) (S)
Acquaints students with the workings of our system of federal government. The Constitution, the presidency, Congress, the Supreme Court, political parties and the regulatory agencies are treated as separate units of a unified focus upon our institutions of national government. Offered each fall.
POLS 337 American Legislative Process (4)
Examines the structure and function of law making in Congress and the state legislatures, including consideration of such topics as committees, representation, policy making, leadership, and interest group influence. Also examines the impact of Congress and state legislatures on vital issues of public policy ranging from foreign policy to urban policy, or from taxation to energy policy. The role of party politics and campaigns in the legislative process are also considered. Offered on intermittently.
POLS 338 Comparative Politics of the Middle East and North Africa (4)
Offers students a basic understanding of broad trends of social change, state building, and economic development in the modern Middle East and North Africa (MENA) during the post-World War I period. Attends to distinctions across MENA states along these three major dimensions, with special attention to public and private responses to modernization, democratization, and globalization. Offered fall of even-numbered years.
POLS 343 Public Administration (4) (S)
Reviews contemporary approaches to policy-making and decision-making techniques in light of the values represented in them and their promises for serving the public interest. Examines classic and modern theories of bureaucracy; the history, development, and philosophical assumptions of the science of administration; the structure and functioning of American federal, state, and local administration; the budget-making process; government regulations of business and society; and the major challenges facing governmental professionals in our time. Offered each spring.
POLS 344 European Union in World Politics (4) (S)
Examines the foreign policies of European countries, both individually and collectively through the European Union, toward one another, regional and intergovernmental organizations, and other regions of the world. Explores other issues related to Europe's economic and political integration, including national identities, democratic accountability, the Union's expansion, U.S.-European relations, the European Constitution, Turkey's bid to join the Union, and immigration and Islam in Europe. Prerequisite: junior status or consent. Offered fall of odd-numbered years.
POLS 345 International Law & Organizations (4) (S)
Introduces rules and institutions providing the context for global politics. Examines how international and non-governmental organizations attempt to establish and protect international standards of political behavior. Special focus is placed on the United Nations, equipping students for participation in the National Model United Nations in New York City. Prerequisite: consent. Offered each fall.
POLS 346 Model United Nations (1)
Provides further understanding of the operations of the United Nations, including the UN's bureaucratic structure, resolution writing, multilateral diplomacy, and specific issues in contemporary international politics. Guides students' preparation for and participation in the annual National Model United Nations conference. Pass/fail grading. Prerequisite: consent. May be repeated for credit. Offered each spring.
POLS 348 International Human Rights (4) (S,W)
Examines the practical and philosophical questions surrounding civil, political, social, and economic rights, self-determination, and minority rights. Explores the contemporary practice of human rights in policy-making and law, with special emphasis on the role of politics in their interpretation, implementation, and enforcement. Prerequisites: ENG 105 with a grade of C or higher and junior status or consent. Offered spring of even-numbered years.
POLS 350 Immigration and Citizenship (4) (S,W)
Explores the causes and consequences of international migration, how governments regulate it, and how it transforms our ideas of citizenship. Migrants contribute to their native and adopted lands, but also exacerbate inequality, enflame nationalist sentiments, and carry with them values and attitudes that may threaten existing sociocultural and political orders. Offered fall of even-numbered years.
POLS 353 Globalization and Its Discontents (4) (S)
Studies the theoretical, political, economic, and institutional foundations and practices of free trade. Students develop case studies from Internet data on the issues and stakeholders in the globalization debate and the impact of their activities. Included among these are human rights, environmental, and labor groups; the World Bank; the World Trade Organization; and global corporation. Offered in selected Winter Sessions.
POLS 355 Women, Power and Politics (4) (S)
Examines women in politics from an international perspective while answering the following questions: Why have some countries integrated women politically, while others have not? How do men and women differ politically, and how do these differences affect the political game? What policy issues dominate women's agendas? How do governments handle women's policy concerns? Prerequisite: junior/senior status or consent. Offered spring of odd-numbered years.
POLS 371 Constitutional Law I: The Federal System (4)
An introduction to the American constitutional system. Examines the sources and allocation of powers among the three branches of the federal government, including the nature and extent of the Supreme Court's authority and the relationship between the federal and state governments. Prerequisite: junior/senior status or consent. Offered fall of even-numbered years.
POLS 372 Constitutional Law II: Substantive Rights (4)
An introduction to the protection of civil rights and civil liberties within the American constitutional system, including equal protection (race, gender and other forms of discrimination), privacy and personal autonomy, freedom of expression and association, and religious freedom. Prerequisite: junior/senior status or consent. Offered spring of odd-numbered years.
POLS 373 Conflict Management (4) (S,W)
Examines conflict processes within and between organizations and alternative approaches to conflict management, drawing on the contributions of several disciplines and experience in organization, community, and labor dispute management. Prerequisite: ENG 105 with a grade of C or higher. Identical to MBE 373. Offered each fall.
POLS 422 Political Science Seminar Abroad (4) (S)
This course combines theoretical and empirical analysis with cultural immersion, by introducing students to the major political, economic, social, and foreign policy issues governing international relations. May be repeated for credit as topic changes. Prerequisitie: consent. Offered Winter Session on demand.
POLS 440 Seminar: American Foreign Policy (4)
Examines American foreign policy formation. Focuses first on the foreign policy process, then on case studies of specific foreign policy decisions in American history. Provides a framework for informed evaluation of American foreign policy. Prerequisite: junior/senior status or consent. Offered fall of odd-numbered years.
POLS 498 Political Science Internship Program (8-16)
Political science majors apply the knowledge and skills learned in their political science classes in a full-time, semester-long internship. The field experience may be in government agencies at the local, state, and federal levels; law, law enforcement, non-profits, political parties, social service or another setting. Prerequisites: 8 semester hours of political science or consent. Offered on demand.
POLS 499 Senior Seminar (4) (I)
Required of all students wishing to graduate from Virginia Wesleyan with a major in political science. Team taught by members of the department. Topic varies each spring. Examples of seminars offered in the past are Democratization and Development, Politics and the Media, War and Peace in the Nuclear Age, Political Development and Changes in Latin America and Asia, and Images of Justice. Open to all students. May be repeated as topics vary. Prerequisite: consent. Offered each spring.