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POLS 101: American Government And Politics
(3) F, S, Summer and online - CSU, UC
Skills Advisories: Eligibility for ENG 110 or ENG 110H or ENG 110GB

Introduction to Constitutional principles and their application to the political process and institutions of the United States and the State of California. Attention given to political ideas, processes and issues. (CAN GOVT 2)

POLS 102: American Government And Politics: Discussion
(1) F, S - CSU, UC*
Skills Advisories: Eligibility for ENG 110 or ENG 110H or ENG 110GB

Optional course intended to augment student understanding of the political process and related issues as presented in Political Science 101. (This course parallels the discussion section of POLSC 12 at UCSB.) (*UC Transfer Limit: no credit for POLSC 102 unless taken concurrently or after 101)

POLS 104: American Government: Policy Issues/Process
(3) F, S - CSU, UC
Skills Advisories: Eligibility for ENG 110 or ENG 110H or ENG 110GB
Course Advisories: POLS 101

Study of formulation, enactment and impact of public policy issues in the U.S. and the state of California, including environment, health care, energy, poverty and welfare, defense, criminal justice, education, civil rights and budgets. Emphasis on policy models, processes and issues.

POLS 106H: The Presidency And American Institutions, Honors
(3) F - CSU, UC
Skills Advisories: Eligibility for ENG 110 or ENG 110H or ENG 110GB

Limitation on Enrollment: Acceptance into the Honors Program. See "Honors" section of this Catalog Study of the American Presidency as the linchpin of the American Constitutional system. Introduction to the relationships among the Presidency, the Congress, courts, press, public and the federal system, including state and political systems, governors, and local jurisdictions, political parties and interest groups. Special emphasis on those values and political pressures which shape the Presidency.

POLS 107: California State And Local Politics
(3) - CSU
Skills Advisories: Eligibility for ENG 110 or ENG 110H or ENG 110GB

Examination of the policies and decision-making process at state and local levels and an exploration of the major contemporary issues facing its citizens.

POLS 110: Politics, Society And The Mass Media
(3) -CSU, UC
Skills Advisories: Eligibility for ENG 110 or ENG 110H or ENG 110GB

Examination of the role played by the mass media in contemporary political society. This survey course includes a focus on such topics as national and international propaganda, the evolution of television and campaign advertising, news analysis, television and political information, government regulation and First Amendment controversies.

POLS 111: Elements Of Government Finance
(3) - CSU
Skills Advisories: Eligibility for ENG 110 or ENG 110H or ENG 110GB

Introduction to financial realities of government. Surveys local/state government fiscal policies, revenues and budget cycles, taxes and intergovernmental fiscal relationships.

POLS 121: International Politics
(3) F, S - CSU, UC
Skills Advisories: Eligibility for ENG 110 or ENG 110H or ENG 110GB

Introduction to the field of international politics. Discussion of the history of international politics, including the emergence of nation-states, international organizations, and nongovernmental organizations. Use of various international relations theories to analyze war and conflict, diplomacy and cooperation, and foreign policy making.

POLS 122: The United Nations In World Affairs: International Organizations
(4) F, S - CSU, UC
Skills Advisories: Eligibility for ENG 110 or ENG 110H or ENG 110GB

Focuses on the history and current actions of international organizations, with a focus on the United Nations, and its diverse member states. Discussion of a variety of international problems, such as war, economic development, environmental problems and human rights. Students participate in an intercollegiate Model United Nations conference to practice international diplomacy.

POLS 123: The United Nations In World Affairs II
(2) F, S - CSU
Prerequisites: POLS 122
Skills Advisories: Eligibility for ENG 110 or ENG 110H or ENG 110GB

Designed for second-year students who have completed PS122. Students participate in a Model United Nations conference and take leadership roles in that conference. Focus on the United Nations and its diverse member states. Discussion of a variety of international problems, such as war, economic development, environmental problems, and human rights.

POLS 124: Introduction To International Law
(3) - CSU
Skills Advisories: Eligibility for ENG 110 or ENG 110H or ENG 110GB

Introductory survey of international law and the institutions that provide support for the notion that the "rule of law" is preferable to international violence. Examines the basic principles of jurisprudence in the international arena and the historical events that gave life to such institutions as the UN, the International Court of Justice and the International Criminal Court. Applies to both the Political Science and Global Studies majors.

POLS 126: The United States In World Affairs
(3) F, S -CSU, UC
Skills Advisories: Eligibility for ENG 110 or ENG 110H or ENG 110GB

Thematic study of major problems of international relations as they relate to U.S. foreign policy.

POLS 130: Politics Of Global Survival
(3) F, S - CSU, UC
Skills Advisories: Eligibility for ENG 110 or ENG 110H or ENG 110GB

Advanced course required of International Studies majors and intended to bring interdisciplinary learning to bear on four significant global problems: (a) global environmental concerns; (b) methods of conflict resolution; (c) the many facets of inter-national economics and trade; and (d) the arms race. Lectures, discussions, simulations designed to allow for a broad understanding of the complexities of global issues, as well as their possible resolution.

POLS 131: Comparative Politics
(3) F, S - CSU, UC
Skills Advisories: Eligibility for ENG 110 or ENG 110H or ENG 110GB
Course Advisories: POLS 101

Comparison between communist and Western democratic political systems. Study of the interrelationships between major world ideologies (communism, socialism, fascism, liberalism, conservatism) and the political institutions of selected countries, such as Russia, China, Yugoslavia, Britain, France, Germany, Japan and South Africa.

POLS 132: Political Thinking
(3) F, S - CSU, UC
Skills Advisories: Eligibility for ENG 110 or ENG 110H or ENG 110GB
Course Advisories: POLS 101

Exploration of fundamental issues in political theory as interpreted by such thinkers as Plato, Aristotle, Hobbes, Locke, Burke, Rousseau, Marx and others.

POLS 134H: Political Violence, Honors
(4) - CSU, UC
Skills Advisories: Eligibility for ENG 110 or ENG 110H or ENG 110GB

Limitation on Enrollment: Acceptance into the Honors Program. See "Honors" section of this Catalog Interdisciplinary study of origin, causes, dimensions and kinds of political violence, from regicide to terrorism, from revolution to war. Emphasis on theoretical studies of political violences, as well as historical, political, economic, psychological, sociological and literary perspectives on political violence.

POLS 136: Middle East Government And Politics
(3) F, S - CSU UC
Skills Advisories: Eligibility for ENG 110 or ENG 110H or ENG 110GB

Introduction to the comparative study of the governments and politics of Middle Eastern states. Emphasis on the study of the relationships between political development, political organization and social structure and such concepts as tradition, modernity, autocracy, democracy and political transition.

POLS 141: Introduction To Public Administration
(3) - CSU
Skills Advisories: Eligibility for ENG 110 or ENG 110H or ENG 110GB
Course Advisories: POLS 101 or ECON 101 or MGMT 101

Introduction to principles and trends in public administration, including organization, policies and decision processes. Topics include organizational theory and behavior, functions and methods of management, and program design, implementation and evaluation.

POLS 151: Law And Society
(3) S - CSU, UC*
Skills Advisories: Eligibility for ENG 110 or ENG 110H or ENG 110GB

Study of the American judicial system as a political institution. The linkage among courts, judges, lawyers and police is examined. Emphasis placed on issues involving the criminal justice system. (*UC Transfer Limit: POLS 151 and 151H combined: maximum credit, one course)

POLS 151H: Law And Society, Honors
(3) S - CSU, UC*
Skills Advisories: Eligibility for English 110 or 110H or ENG 110GB

Limitation on Enrollment: Acceptance into the Honors Program Study of the American judicial system as a political institution. The linkage among courts, judges, lawyers and police is examined, with emphasis on issues involving the criminal justice system. Focus on critical legal thinking through discussion and persuasive writing on important legal concepts and principles, including major constitutional issues. (*UC Transfer Limit: POLS 151 and 151H combined: maximum credit, one course)

POLS 152: Law And Society
(1) S - CSU
Skills Advisories: Eligibility for ENG 110 or ENG 110H or ENG 110GB
Co-requisites: POLS 151 or POLS 151H

One-unit course taught by a local attorney, prosecutor or judge intended to augment POLS 151 through the viewpoint of a practitioner in the legal profession.

POLS 161: Contemporary Political Issues

Skills Advisories: Eligibility for ENG 110 or ENG 110H or ENG 110GB

(F, S - CSU, UC* Discussion course on current national and international issues. (*UC Transfer Limit: 161-164 computed as Independent Study; see counselor)

POLS 162: Contemporary Political Issues

Skills Advisories: Eligibility for ENG 110 or ENG 110H or ENG 110GB

F, S - CSU, UC* Discussion course on current national and international issues. (*UC Transfer Limit: 161-164 computed as Independent Study; see counselor)

POLS 163: Contemporary Political Issues

Skills Advisories: Eligibility for ENG 110 or ENG 110H or ENG 110GB

F, S - CSU, UC* Discussion course on current national and international issues. (*UC Transfer Limit: 161-164 computed as Independent Study; see counselor)

POLS 164: Contemporary Political Issues

Skills Advisories: Eligibility for ENG 110 or ENG 110H or ENG 110GB

F, S - CSU, UC* Discussion course on current national and international issues. (*UC Transfer Limit: 161-164 computed as Independent Study; see counselor)

POLS 295: Internship In Political Science
(2-4) F, S - CSU
Skills Advisories: Eligibility for ENG 110 or ENG 110H or ENG 110GB

Limitation on Enrollment: Completion of two courses in Political Science at SBCC prior to enrolling in an internship course Structured internship program whereby students gain experience as staff workers for public officials, public agencies, or as aides for private law firms.

POLS 299: Independent Study In Political Science
(1-4) F, S - CSU, UC*
Skills Advisories: Eligibility for ENG 110 or ENG 110H or ENG 110GB

Limitation on Enrollment: Completion of a minimum of 12 units at SBCC, with a 2.5 GPA, and a minimum of six units, with a 3.0 GPA within the department For complete information, see "Independent Study" in the Catalog's Index. (*UC Transfer Limit: POLSC 299 computed as Independent Study; see counselor)

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