POLS - Political Science

Douglas Lind, Philosophy Coordinator (Administration 205  83844-3173; phone 208 885 6328; www.uidaho.edu/class/philosophy.

POLS 101 Introduction to Political Science and American Government

PolS 101 Introduction to Political Science and American Government (3 cr)

Gen Ed: Social Science, American Diversity

Introduction to the study of politics focusing on basic concepts, processes, and institutions; emphasis on government and politics of the U.S. examined in comparative perspective; probable topics include nature of constitutional democracy, ideology, parties and elections, and formation of public policy.

POLS 152 Politics and Pollution

PolS C152 Politics and Pollution (1 cr)

Political, government, and administrative aspects of overcoming air, water, and other types of pollution of our environment.

POLS 200 Seminar

PolS 200 (s) Seminar (cr arr)

POLS 203 Workshop

PolS 203 (s) Workshop (cr arr)

POLS 204 Special Topics

PolS 204 (s)Special Topics (cr arr)

POLS 205 Introduction to Comparative Politics

PolS 205 Introduction to Comparative Politics (3 cr)

Gen Ed: Social Science, International

Basic structures, patterns, and sociocultural environment of foreign political systems; includes case studies of the government and politics in selected countries.

POLS 207 Introduction to Political Behavior

PolS 207 Introduction to Political Behavior (3 cr)

This course is an introduction to the political behavior of the American electorate. The basic goals of this course are to explain political behavior and investigate the consequences of it. In this course, we will primarily focus on voter turnout; however, we will also discuss other forms of political participation (e.g., giving money), vote choice, partisanship, and ideology. We will address the following questions: Who votes? How have voting rates changed over time? What influences why some people vote? Who votes for whom? In order to address these questions, we will explore literatures, controversies, and theories of political behavior.

POLS 208 Introduction to Political Philosophy

PolS 208 Introduction to Political Philosophy (3 cr)

This course will introduce students to the practice and diverse products of political philosophy or normative political theory. Unlike theories in other areas of Political Science, which are typically focused on attempts to provide explanations and predictions regarding empirical phenomena, political philosophy is focused more on normative questions regarding how we ought to arrange our political affairs and how we ought to understand key morally laden concepts, such as obligation, rights, justice, and equality.

POLS 209 Introduction to Public Policy

PolS 209 Introduction to Public Policy (3 cr)

The study of public policy focuses on how political actors and institutions define public problems, generate solutions to solve them, and evaluate the consequences of those solutions. The course will focus on institutional arrangements for making public policy decisions, the role of various actors â€" including those from the private and non-profit sectors â€" in shaping policy outcomes, and the fundamentals of analytic approaches to public policy.

POLS 235 Political Research Methods and Approaches

PolS 235 Political Research Methods and Approaches (3 cr)

Introduction to the study of politics, including scope of the discipline, principal fields, research design, and methods of political research and analysis.

POLS 237 Introduction to International Politics

PolS 237 Introduction to International Politics (3 cr)

Gen Ed: Social Science, International

Survey of approaches used to describe and explain conflict and cooperation among states in the international system; special emphasis on games of strategic interaction.

POLS 275 American State and Local Government

PolS 275 American State and Local Government (3 cr)

Gen Ed: Social Science

American state and local politics from a comparative perspective; focus on parties, interest groups, voting behavior, legislative and executive government, judiciary, intergovernmental relations, and public policies.

POLS 299 Directed Study

PolS 299 (s) Directed Study (cr arr)

Graded P/F.

Prereq: Permission

POLS 331 American Political Parties and Elections

PolS 331 American Political Parties and Elections (3 cr)

Gen Ed: Social Science

Development and present character of American political parties and of electoral system, functions of parties in periods of relative consensus and of critical choice regarding fundamental principles, party reform, and future prospects for party system.

POLS 332 American Congress

PolS 332 American Congress (3 cr)

Gen Ed: Social Science

Roles and functions of Congress in the American political system, theories of representation, recruitment of legislators, Congressional organization and behavior, power structure, relationship to the executive, courts, interest groups, and public.

POLS 333 American Political Culture

PolS 333 American Political Culture (3 cr)

Gen Ed: Social Science, American Diversity

Relation of public opinion and political action and affiliation to broad economic, social, religious, and intellectual developments.

POLS 335 American Interest Groups & Social Movements

PolS 335 American Interest Groups & Social Movements (3 cr)

Study of American interest groups, lobbying, campaign finance, grassroots political activism, and social movements including the American civil rights, anti-war and environmental activism movements.

POLS 336 Political Research Methods and Approaches II

PolS 336 Political Research Methods and Approaches II (3 cr)

Course covers advanced research design, social science quantitative methods and data collection issues.

Prereq: PolS 235

POLS 338 American Foreign Policy

PolS 338 American Foreign Policy (3 cr)

Gen Ed: Social Science, International

Analysis of how key decision makers, such as the President and Congress, convert inputs from the international, national, and societal systems into foreign policy outputs.

POLS 360 Law and Society

PolS 360 Law and Society (3 cr)

Gen Ed: Social Science, American Diversity

Overview of legal reasoning and functions of law in society; emphasis on capacity of law to affect social change as well as ways in which law responds to social change.

POLS 364 Politics of the Environment

PolS 364 Politics of the Environment (3 cr)

Same as NRS 364. Political factors that influence formation, implementation, and impact of public policies aimed at protecting the environment.

POLS 381 European Politics

PolS 381 European Politics (3 cr)

Gen Ed: Social Science, International

Examination of political processes in European parliamentary systems; topics include parties and elections, coalition formation and dissolution, public policy, and the dynamics of the European Union.

POLS 385 Political Psychology

PolS 385 Political Psychology (3 cr)

The main goal of this course is to provide students with a general understanding of the cognitive biases that influence the choices and behavior of individuals in the realm of global politics. Topics include but are not limited to: loss aversion, personality and beliefs, group influence, analogical reasoning, and emotion. Substantive examples will be drawn from research in International Relations and Comparative Politics. As such, the course will cover the psychology of international conflict, civil war, voting behavior, and public opinion.

POLS 400 Seminar

PolS 400 (s) Seminar (cr arr)

POLS 403 Workshop

PolS 403 (s) Workshop (cr arr)

POLS 404 Special Topics

PolS 404 (s) Special Topics (cr arr)

POLS 410 Game Theory

PolS J410/J510 Game Theory (3 cr)

The study of strategic interaction in which an outcome depends upon an individual's own decision and the choices made by others; introduction to the basic tools of game theory used to conceptualize and model political problems as games, including situations involving conflict, cooperation, contracts between agents and principals, coordination, and bargaining. Additional projects/assignments reqd for grad cr.

POLS 420 Introduction to Asian Politics

PolS J420/J520 Introduction to Asian Politics (3 cr)

Gen Ed: International

This course will offer both a country-based and thematic survey of political systems and issues in Asia. Countries to be covered will include (but not be limited to) China, Japan, India, Indonesia, Thailand, and Pakistan. The course will also cover topics such as democratization, economic development, and the changing Asian security environment. Additional projects and/or assignments required for graduate credit. Recommended Preparation: PolS 205. (Spring only)

POLS 423 Politics, Policy and Gender

PolS J423/J523 Politics, Policy and Gender (3 cr)

Examination of the gendered social construction of political processes, outputs, and public policy formation on the national and international level. Study of the historical evolution of women's participation in American politics as well as other countries. Analysis of the politics of gendered representation and political leadership in American politics and elsewhere. Additional projects/assignments reqd for grad cr.

POLS 425 History of Political Philosophy I

PolS J425/J525 History of Political Philosophy I (3 cr)

PolS 425 same as Phil 426. Perennial problems of politics examined through study of seminal authors of classical antiquity (Plato, Aristotle, Cicero); medieval confrontation of theology with classical political philosophy (Augustine, Aquinas, Marsilius). Additional projects/assignments reqd for grad cr.

POLS 426 History of Political Philosophy II

PolS J426/J526 History of Political Philosophy II (3 cr)

PolS 426 same as Phil 427. Foundations and development of modern liberalism; analysis of its characteristic goals, and democratic, socialist, and communitarian critics of the project; study of authors including Hobbes, Locke, Rousseau, Marx, and contemporary theorists such as Rawls. Additional projects/assignments reqd for grad cr.

POLS 428 American Political Thought

PolS J428/J528 American Political Thought (3 cr)

Major themes and debates in the American search for political self-understanding; topics include representative democracy, religion and politics, the frontier and its legacy, and individualism vs. communitarian claims; study of original sources (Founding Fathers, Thoreau, Lincoln, Populists) and contemporary implications. Additional projects/assignments reqd for grad cr.

POLS 429 Contemporary Political Ethics

PolS J429/J529 Contemporary Political Ethics (3 cr)

PolS 429 same as Phil 429. Current controversies concerning status and substance of ethical claims about deception, violence, coercion, and economic justice in politics and public action. Additional projects/assignments reqd for grad cr.

POLS 430 Political Participation Internship

PolS 430 Political Participation Internship (1-9 cr, max 9)

Directed student internship as a participant-observer in the political process, work during a campaign with a candidate, party, or interest group. Graded P/F.

Prereq: Permission

POLS 437 American Presidency

PolS J437/J537 American Presidency (3 cr)

Roles, power, and functions of the presidency; relationships with other structures and institutions in the U.S. political system. Additional projects/assignments reqd for grad cr.

Prereq: Senior standing or Permission

POLS 439 Public Policy

PolS J439/J539 Public Policy (3 cr)

Processes by which domestic policies are formulated and administered; analysis of intentional and unintentional impact of these policies on society. Additional projects/assignments reqd for grad cr.

POLS 440 International Organizations & International Law

PolS 440 (s) International Organizations and International Law (3 cr)

Same as IS 440. League of Nations, United Nations, and role of international law in international relations; the UN's contribution to international security and economic and social development.

POLS 441 Genes and Justice: Comparative Biotechnology Policy Formation

PolS J441/J541 Genes and Justice: Comparative Biotechnology Policy Formation (3 cr)

PolS 441 same as Phil 441. This course introduces students to the basic theoretical, ethical, and practical issues surrounding the rise and regulation of recent biotechnological and biomedical advances, including genetically modified animals and plants in agriculture, stem cell research and cloning in biomedical research, and reprogenetics in medically assisted reproductive technology. Students will learn about theoretical and ethical frameworks to investigate questions of domestic and international policy making and the task of governing modern biosciences, including food safety, fair-trade, consumer well-being, informed choice in medical treatment, conservation, biodiversity, and sustainability. Additional projects/assignments required for graduate credit. Recommended Preparation: PlSc 207 or 3 credits of another science course or 3 credits of political science

POLS 449 World Politics and War

PolS J449/J549 World Politics and War (3 cr)

Gen Ed: International

A critical analysis of several competing theories that explain why wars occur; some focus on the attempts to control and eliminate warfare as a tool of international diplomacy. Additional projects/assignments required for graduate credit.

POLS 451 Public Administration

PolS 451 Public Administration (3 cr)

Environment of public administration, politics of organizations, public decision-making, public relations, leadership, personnel administration, financial administration, administration ethics; related topics.

POLS 452 Administrative Law and Regulation

PolS J452/J552 Administrative Law and Regulation (3 cr)

Legal and judicial constraints on administration action, rule-making, adjudication, and other modes of administrative action. Additional projects/assignments reqd for grad cr.

POLS 453 Public Management Techniques

PolS J453/J553 Public Management Techniques (3 cr)

Emphasizes management styles and the empirical basis for decision; focus on conflict management through control or participatory strategies, and the acquisition and analysis of management information. Additional projects/assignments reqd for grad cr.

POLS 454 Public Organization Theory

PolS J454/J554 Public Organization Theory (3 cr)

Organization theory and behavior in public and nonprofit sector, organization structure and environment, individual behavior in organizations. Additional projects/assignments reqd for grad cr.

POLS 458 Management Internship

PolS 458 Management Internship (1-9 cr, max 9)

Directed internship in an agency of federal, state, or local government or special projects involving federal, state, or local government. One cr for each week of internship work. Graded P/F.

Prereq: Permission

POLS 459 Legislative Internship

PolS 459 Legislative Internship (1-9 cr, max 9)

Directed internship in a national, state, municipal, or corporate legislative body. Supervised work experience. Report required. Graded P/F.

Prereq: Permission

POLS 462 Natural Resource Policy

PolS 462 Natural Resource Policy (3 cr)

See NRS 462.

POLS 467 Constitutional Law

PolS J467/J567 Constitutional Law (3 cr)

The Supreme Court as a constitutional policymaker; federal jurisdiction; constitutional principles concerning judicial review, federalism, implied powers, separation of powers, and due process. Additional projects/assignments reqd for grad cr.

POLS 468 Civil Liberties

PolS J468/J568 Civil Liberties (3 cr)

Gen Ed: American Diversity

The Supreme Court and its role in protecting civil liberties; freedom of speech, press, and religion; due process, the Bill of Rights, and its application to the states; criminal justice. Additional projects/assignments required for graduate credit.

POLS 469 The Judicial Process

PolS J469/J569 The Judicial Process (3 cr)

Same as Phil 469. Judicial and legal processes, court structure, procedures; judicial behavior and decision-making; selection of judges. Additional projects/assignments reqd for grad cr.

POLS 471 Intergovernmental Relations

PolS J471/J571 Intergovernmental Relations (3 cr)

Analysis of fiscal and administrative interdependencies among governmental units in the U.S., with an emphasis on public policies. Additional projects/assignments reqd for grad cr.

POLS 472 Local Government Politics and Administration

PolS J472/J572 Local Government Politics and Administration (3 cr)

Politics, structure, and problems of American cities and other local governments; focus on the urban political economy, the fiscal and social challenges, and the links between public and private sectors; changing social and political functions of American cities and metropolitan fragmentation. Additional projects/assignments reqd for grad cr.

POLS 473 Sustainable Community Development Planning

PolS J473/J573 Sustainable Community Development Planning (3 cr)

Course covers theory, methods and national and international practice of sustainable community development planning. Additional projects/assignments required for graduate credit.

POLS 474 Public Opinion and Political Behavior

PolS 474 Public Opinion and Political Behavior (3 cr)

From this course, you will understand the measurement, structure, and dynamics of public opinion, both what influences it, as well as how it shapes other aspects of politics and public life, including: the character of political attitudes, party identification, turnout and participation, and the vote decision. You will also understand different modes of political participation including conventional and non-conventional and their correlates.

POLS 480 Politics of Development

PolS J480/J580 Politics of Development (3 cr)

Gen Ed: International

Role of the state in development, political economy of change, transition to democracy in the Third World, problems of ethnic conflict, overpopulation, and poverty. Additional projects/assignments reqd for grad cr.

POLS 487 Political Violence and Revolution

PolS J487/J587 Political Violence and Revolution (3 cr)

Gen Ed: International

Survey of the dominant theories attempting to understand the conditions under which humans rebel against their government; from political demonstrations and riots to terrorism to revolution; special emphasis given to the revolutions in Iran and Vietnam. Additional projects/assignments required for graduate credit.

POLS 490 Senior Seminar

POLS 499 Directed Study

PolS 499 (s) Directed Study (cr arr)

Graded Pass/Fail.

POLS 500 Master's Research and Thesis

PolS 500 Master's Research and Thesis (cr arr)

Graded P/F.

POLS 501 Seminar

PolS 501 (s) Seminar (cr arr)

Areas normally offered incl U.S. politics, U.S. foreign policy, African and Asian politics, community power and politics, U.S. political thought, public law, public administration, and political development. One 2-day field trip is authorized for the seminar in public administration.

Prereq: Permission

POLS 502 Directed Study

PolS 502 (s) Directed Study (cr arr)

POLS 503 Workshop

PolS 503 (s) Workshop (cr arr)

POLS 504 Special Topics

PolS 504 (s) Special Topics (cr arr)

POLS 510 Game Theory

PolS 510 Game Theory (3 cr)

See PolS J410/J510.

POLS 520 Introduction to Asian Politics

PolS J420/J520 Introduction to Asian Politics (3 cr)

See PolS J420/J520 .

POLS 523 Politics, Policy and Gender

PolS 523 Politics, Policy and Gender (3 cr)

See PolS J423/J523.

POLS 525 History of Political Philosophy I

PolS 525 History of Political Philosophy I (3 cr)

See PolS J425/J525.

POLS 526 History of Political Philosophy II

PolS 526 History of Political Philosophy II (3 cr)

See PolS J426/J526.

POLS 528 American Political Thought

PolS 528 American Political Thought (3 cr)

See PolS J428/J528.

POLS 529 Contemporary Political Ethics

PolS 529 Contemporary Political Ethics (3 cr)

SeePolS J429/J529.

POLS 535 Advanced Political Science and Research Methods

PolS 535 Advanced Political Science and Research Methods (3 cr)

Course covers advanced research design, social science quantitative methods and data collection issues.

POLS 536 Policy Deliberation in the New Information Society

PolS 536 Policy Deliberation in the New Information Society (3 cr)
Study of how policymakers use information in the course of deliberating increasingly new and complex public policy choices, the sources of policy information and the quality of policy deliberations in government agencies and legislative institutions at the state and national level. Additional projects/assignments reqd for grad cr.

POLS 537 American Presidency

PolS 537 American Presidency (3 cr)

See PolS J437/J537.

POLS 539 Public Policy

PolS 539 Public Policy (3 cr)

See PolS J439/J539.

POLS 541 Genes and Justice: Comparative Biotechnology Policy Formation

PolS 541 Genes and Justice: Comparative Biotechnology Policy Formation (3 cr)

See PolS J441/J541

POLS 549 World Politics and War

PolS 549 World Politics and War (3 cr)

See PolS J449/J549.

POLS 552 Administrative Law and Regulation

PolS 552 Administrative Law and Regulation (3 cr)

See PolS J452/J552.

POLS 553 Public Management Techniques

PolS J453/J553 Public Management Techniques (3 cr)

Emphasizes management styles and the empirical basis for decision; focus on conflict management through control or participatory strategies, and the acquisition and analysis of management information. Additional projects/assignments reqd for grad cr.

POLS 554 Public Organization Theory

PolS 554 Public Organization Theory (3 cr)

See PolS J454/J554.

POLS 555 Seminar in Administrative Theory

PolS 555 Seminar in Administrative Theory (3 cr)

Major writers in administrative theory and concepts such as leadership, supervision, authority, decision-making, and human relations. (Alt/yrs)

POLS 556 Governmental Policy and Program Analysis

PolS 556 Governmental Policy and Program Analysis (3 cr)

Techniques used to analyze policy alternatives and to evaluate program; developing program objectives, management by objectives, productivity analysis, program evaluation, and policy analysis.

POLS 557 Governmental Budgeting

PolS 557 Governmental Budgeting (3 cr)
Theory and practice of budgeting in a political environment; focus on potentials and limitations of various budgeting systems, particular viz the federal experience.

POLS 558 Research Methods for Local Government and Community Administration

PolS 558 Research Methods for Local Government and Community Administration (3 cr)

This course will provide research tools to students interested in local and community administration. Topics will include research design, inferential statistics, regression analysis, binary dependent variable modeling with application to policy analysis and performance measurement, and program evaluation.

Prereq: Stat 251

POLS 559 Field Based Research

PolS 559 Field Based Research (3 cr)

This course gives in-service MPA graduate students the opportunity to conduct applied research under faculty supervision. Research projects will be selected according to the needs of the agency, student interest, and with faculty approval.

POLS 560 Public Administration Practicum

PolS 560 Public Administration Practicum (1 cr, max 3)

This course provides students with practical information and skills that are needed to support careers in local government administration. Topics will include professionalism, computer skills, resume writing, interview and presentation skills. Students may retake the course three times.

POLS 562 Natural Resource Policy

POLS 562 Natural Resource Policy (3 cr)
Same as NRS 582. Carries no credit after POLS 462. Political and institutional context for making natural resource policy; emphasis on interaction between private and public sectors and the federal, state, and tribal governments, including an examination of topical issues in natural resource politics.

POLS 567 Constitutional Law

PolS 567 Constitutional Law (3 cr)

See PolS J467/J567.

POLS 568 Civil Liberties

PolS 568 Civil Liberties (3 cr)

See PolS J468/J568.

POLS 569 The Judicial Process

See POLS 469.

POLS 571 Intergovernmental Relations

PolS 571 Intergovernmental Relations (3 cr)

See PolS J471/J571.

POLS 572 Local Government Politics and Administration

PolS 572 Local Government Politics and Administration (3 cr)

See PolS J472/J572.

POLS 573 Sustainable Community Development Planning

PolS J473/J573 Sustainable Community Development Planning (3 cr)

Course covers theory, methods and national and international practice of sustainable community development planning. Additional projects/assignments required for graduate credit.

POLS 575 Public Personnel Administration

PolS 575 Public Personnel Administration (3 cr)

Personnel administration in public agencies; history of the personnel and merit systems; recruitment; selection, training, and evaluation of administrators; collective bargaining and political activity in public service; personnel administration and democracy.

POLS 580 Politics of Development

PolS 580 Politics of Development (3 cr)

See PolS J480/J580.

POLS 587 Political Violence and Revolution

PolS 587 Political Violence and Revolution (3 cr)

See PolS J487/J587.

POLS 598 Internship

PolS 598 (s) Internship (cr arr)

POLS 599 Research

POLS 600 Doctoral Research and Dissertation

PolS 600 Doctoral Research and Dissertation (cr arr)

Graded P/F.