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POLS 101: American Government And Politics

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

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.

POLS 102: American Government And Politics: Discussion

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

Optional course intended to augment student understanding of the political process and related issues as presented in Political Science 101.

POLS 104: American Government: Policy Issues/Process

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

POLS 121: International Politics

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

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

POLS 121H: International Politics, Honors

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

Limitation on Enrollment: Admission to Program* Honors course. 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: International Organizations: Global and Regional Governance

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

Focuses on the history and current actions of international organizations, such as the UN and the EU, and their diverse member states. Discussion of a variety of international problems, such as effective governance, war, economic development, environmental problems and human rights. Students participate in an in-class simulation activity.

POLS 126: The United States in World Affairs

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

Introduction to the study of U.S. foreign policy, with an emphasis on the time period after 1945. Focus on the political, economic and social forces that have shaped U.S. policy on the world stage. Discussion of the major schools of thought in American foreign policy to understand and analyze foreign policies and issues.

POLS 131: Comparative Politics

Course Advisories: POLS 101 or POLS 121.

Comparative analysis of different kinds of political systems, including their history, political institutions, processes and policies; the environments in which they occur; and their consequences. Comparisons will be made between autocratic and democratic political systems and the political institutions of selected countries, such as Russia, China, Iran, Britain, France and Germany.

POLS 132: Political Thinking

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

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

Limitation on Enrollment: Admission to Program. Interdisciplinary study of origin, causes, dimensions and kinds of political violence, from regicide to terrorism, from revolution to war. Emphasis on theoretical and historical studies of political violence.

POLS 136: Middle East Government And Politics

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

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

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

Study of the American judicial system as a political institution. Courts, judges, lawyers and police will be examined. Emphasis placed on issues involving the criminal justice system.

POLS 151H: Law And Society, Honors

Limitation on Enrollment: Acceptance into the Honors Program. Study of the American judicial system as a political institution. Courts, judges, lawyers and police will be examined. Emphasis placed on issues involving the criminal justice system.

POLS 152: Law And Society

Skills Advisories: Eligibility for ENG 110 or ENG 110H.
Corequisites: 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.

Discussion course on current national and international issues.

POLS 162: Contemporary Political Issues

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

Discussion course on current national and international issues.

POLS 163: Contemporary Political Issues

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

Discussion course on current national and international issues.

POLS 164: Contemporary Political Issues

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

Discussion course on current national and international issues.

POLS 295: Internship In Political Science

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

Limitation on Enrollment: Completion of two courses in Political Science at SBCC prior to enrolling in an internship course. Internship program in which students gain experience in community organizations related to the discipline.

POLS 299: Independent Study In Political Science

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

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. Independent study course that provides an opportunity for students to explore a specific Political Science topic in depth, while working closely with their Professor.

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