Political Science - POLS


The information below lists courses approved in this subject area effective Fall 2014. Not all courses will necessarily be offered these terms. Please consult the Schedule of Classes for a listing of courses offered for a specific term.

500-level courses require graduate standing.

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101 Introduction to American Government and Politics
3 hours. Introduction to American political ideas, individual and group political behavior, institutions of national government, and public policy. May be taught in blended learning format. Please check the online schedule of classes for blended sections. Individual and Society, and US Society course.

105 Honors Seminar in Political Science
3 hours. Selected problems in political analysis. Course content and format varies according to programmatic needs and instructor expertise. Prerequisite(s): Membership in the Honors College or consent of the instructor.

111 United States Politics: Current Problems and Controversies
3 hours. Selected current political problems and controversies are analyzed and placed in the context of past and future public policies and the development of political institutions.

112 African American Politics and Culture
3 hours. A survey of African American political and cultural activism from the Black Convention Movement of the 1830s to contemporary times. Same as AAST 103. Individual and Society, and US Society course.

120 Introduction to Political Theory
3 hours. Competing accounts of the relationships among individuals, society, and the state. Analysis of differing conceptions of human nature through readings in ancient and modern classics. Individual and Society, and Past course.

130 Introduction to Comparative Politics
3 hours. Comparative study of political institutions, political culture, and political processes in selected major countries of the world. Same as INST 130. Individual and Society course.

184 Introduction to International Relations
3 hours. Political, military, and economic relations between states, international organizations and transnational actors. Problems of war, imperialism and the world economy. Prospects for global cooperation. Same as INST 184. Individual and Society, and World Cultures course.

190 Scope of Political Science
3 hours. Politics as law and institutions, markets and power, and culture and identity. Emphasizes writing of essays. Prerequisite(s): Seniors require consent of the instructor. Individual and Society course.

200 Methods of Political Science
3 hours. Different methods for doing research on law and institutions, markets and power, and identity and culture. Problems in explanation and interpretation. Prerequisite(s): POLS 190.

201 Political Data Analysis
3 hours. Introduction to basic elements of statistics and data analysis for political science. Includes descriptive and inferential statistics; introduction to UIC computer facility and statistics software. Prerequisite(s): MATH 090 or MATH 092 or MATH 118.

202 Topics in Political Practice
3 hours. Selected topics in contemporary political practice. May be repeated to a maximum of 6 hours if topics vary. Students may register in more than one section per term. Prerequisite(s): POLS 101 or POLS 190.

206 Political Behavior
3 hours. An introduction to political behavior; includes the structure and functions of political attitudes, the role of personality, political socialization, electoral behavior, and related topics. Prerequisite(s): POLS 101.

207 The Mass Media and Politics
3 hours. Impact of mass media coverage on political attitudes and the conduct of American politics. Communication policies and media institutions in times of rapid technological change. Same as COMM 207. Prerequisite(s): One course in political science, sociology or contemporary history.

209 Latinos and Politics
3 hours. Latino politics and politicians in the context of the American political system. The political system, Latino participation, experience, and research on political processes. Same as LALS 283. US Society course.

210 Introduction to Urban Politics
3 hours. Growth and legal problems of cities: intergovernmental relations; powers and forms of government; pressure group activity; municipal functions and services; and revenue problems. Prerequisite(s): POLS 101 or POLS 103 or POLS 190.

211 Chicago's Future
3 hours. Emphasis on the political and governmental future of Chicago. Covers racial and ethnic politics, metropolitan, city, and neighborhood government, machine versus reform politics. Prerequisite(s): POLS 101 or POLS 103 or POLS 190.

212 State Government
3 hours. Organization and powers of state governments in the U.S.; constitutions and problems of revision; the major institutions and their interrelationships, intergovernmental relations. Prerequisite(s): POLS 101 or POLS 103 or POLS 190.

224 Congressional Debate
3 hours. Theoretical and practical approaches to preparing for College National Congressional Debate competition. May be repeated to a maximum of 6 hours with the approval of the department. Field trips to conferences required. Conference fee required. Prerequisite(s): POLS 228.

225 Political Interest Groups
3 hours. Pluralism, the logic of collective action, the special-interest state, public-interest groups, and corporatism. Prerequisite(s): POLS 101 or consent of the instructor.

226 Political Parties
3 hours. Historical development, organization, and functioning of state and national parties; committees, conventions, campaigns and finances; party platforms and issues. Prerequisite(s): POLS 101 or POLS 103 or POLS 190.

227 Voting Behavior and Elections
3 hours. Examination of elections, voting behavior, election law, and voting theories and influences. Prerequisite(s): Grace of C or better in POLS 101.

228 U.S. Congress
3 hours. Introduction to the structures and processes of Congressional politics. Emphasis on elections, organization, interinstitutional relations and authorizations and appropriations processes. Prerequisite(s): POLS 101.

229 The American Presidency
3 hours. Examination of such phenomena as presidential elections; the presidency and the Constitution; the presidency and public administration; the president as policy-maker; presidential leadership. Prerequisite(s): POLS 101.

231 Politics in China
3 hours. The dynamics of the Chinese Communist revolution; post-Mao reforms; the structure and operation of key political institutions; relations with major powers. Same as ASST 231. Prerequisite(s): POLS 130 or POLS 190; or consent of the instructor. World Cultures course.

232 Politics in Japan and Korea
3 hours. Sources, dynamics, and patterns of politics in Japan and the two Koreas. Appraisal of the Japanese model. Comparison of Japan and Korea. Same as ASST 232. Prerequisite(s): POLS 130 or POLS 190 or consent of the instructor. World Cultures course.

234 Western European Politics and Government
3 hours. Comparison of government and politics of major Western European countries. Topics include political culture, political parties, elections, legislatures, executive arrangements, and the European community. Prerequisite(s): POLS 130 or POLS 190 or consent of the instructor.

235 Politics and Government of Russia
3 hours. The nature, evolution, and problems of political process and institutions in the former USSR and successor states. Prerequisite(s): POLS 130 or POLS 190.

236 Politics and Government of Eastern Europe
3 hours. Similarities and differences of the political system of eastern European states and the sources and meaning of political change. Prerequisite(s): POLS 130 or POLS 190.

242 Government and Politics of Latin America
3 hours. An examination of government and politics in selected Latin American countries. Comparative and historical analysis of dictatorship, democracies, political institutions, and parties. Same as LALS 242. Prerequisite(s): Any 100-level course in Latin American and Latino studies or political science.

243 Politics and Government of the Middle East
3 hours. Contemporary Middle East political institutions, culture, processes, and conflicts. Emphasis on interaction of traditional and modern forces, such as Islam, nationalism, political elites, ideologies, states. Same as JST 243. Prerequisite(s): POLS 130 or POLS 190; or consent of the instructor. World Cultures course.

245 Politics and Government of Africa
3 hours. Contemporary political systems of selected African countries with emphasis on political leadership, nationalism, ideological trends, and economic development. Same as AAST 245. Prerequisite(s): POLS 130 or POLS 190 or AAST 100; or consent of the instructor. World Cultures course.

246 History of American Capitalism
3 hours. Survey of the political, economic, cultural, and social history of capitalism in colonial British America and the United States, with special attention to property, labor, finance, public policy, ideology, and class relations. Same as HIST 246. Prerequisite(s): ENGL 161; or consent of the instructor. Past, and US Society course.

258 The Judicial Process
3 hours. Dispute settlement and policy making in state and federal court systems; judicial decision making and the impact of decisions on the polity. Prerequisite(s): POLS 101.

275 Gender in Latin America
3 hours. Latin American women in historical perspective from pre-Columbian and Iberian societies to the present. Same as GWS 275, and LALS 275. Past, and World Cultures course.

281 United States Foreign Policy
3 hours. Internal and external factors that influence formulation and execution of U.S. foreign policy. Major problems of contemporary foreign policy: constitutional, organizational, and intellectual factors. Prerequisite(s): POLS 101 or POLS 190.

282 National Model United Nations
3 hours. Students prepare to assume the role of diplomatic representatives at the National Model United Nations Conference. May be repeated to a maximum of 6 hours with approval. Approval to repeat course granted by the department. Prerequisite(s): Consent of the instructor.

283 International Political Economy
3 hours. Political underpinnings and ramifications of international economic relations. Foreign trade policy, multinational corporations, oil North-South relations, economic warfare. Same as INST 283. Prerequisite(s): POLS 184 or INST 184 or consent of the instructor.

284 International Security
3 hours. International conflict and cooperation, including war, nationalism, global inequality, and the environment. Same as INST 284. Prerequisite(s): POLS 184 or INST 184 or consent of the instructor.

286 The United Nations and Other International Organizations
3 hours. The development, structure, functioning, and impact of the United Nations and other international organizations. An assessment of their contributions and limitations. Prerequisite(s): POLS 184 or consent of the instructor.

287 International Law
3 hours. The nature, scope, and limits of international law in the contemporary world. Examines three dimensions of international law: doctrine, practice, and jurisprudence (case-law). Prerequisite(s): POLS 184 or consent of the instructor.

290 History of Political Thought I
3 hours. Western political theorists from ancient Greece through the sixteenth century, including Plato, Aristotle, Aquinas, and Machiavelli. Prerequisite(s): POLS 120 or POLS 190.

291 History of Political Thought II
3 hours. Western political theorists from the seventeenth century through modern times, including Hobbes, Locke, Marx, Mill and Nietzsche. Prerequisite(s): POLS 190 or POLS 120.

293 Possible Political Systems: Ideal and Actual
3 hours. Political possibilities beyond those that presently prevail. Arguments for gender equality, participatory democracy, and alternative technologies are examined and evaluated. Prerequisite(s): POLS 190 or consent of the instructor.

295 Introduction to Marxism
3 hours. Examination and evaluation of the basic theories of Marx and Engels to determine their contribution to the understanding of contemporary politics. Prerequisite(s): POLS 190 or consent of the instructor.

297 American Political Theories
3 hours. American political theorists from the colonial period to the present, including Paine, Madison, Hamilton, Thoreau, Calhoun, Sumner, DuBois, and Dewey. Prerequisite(s): POLS 190 or consent of the instructor.

300 Symposium on Politics
3 hours. Selected problems in politics. Course content and format will vary to adapt to the changing political scene. May be repeated to a maximum of 6 hours. Students may register in more than one section per term. Prerequisite(s): Junior or senior standing or consent of the instructor.

301 Field Experience in Political Science
6 hours. Provides students an opportunity to apply theoretical knowledge in real life political settings, such as governmental agencies, political parties or interest groups. Prerequisite(s): Junior or senior standing; at least 12 credit hours in political science, including courses relevant to the field experience; GPA of 3.00 in political science; and consent of the instructor.

302 Great Cities Internship
6 hours. Provides students an opportunity to apply theoretical knowledge and conduct research in metropolitan organizations through field placements and seminars. Same as UPP 302. Prerequisite(s): Junior or senior standing and grade point average of 3.00, or consent of the instructor.

303 Supervised Readings and Research
1 TO 3 hours. Supervised readings and research in political science. May be repeated to a maximum of 6 hours. Students may register in more than one section per term. Prerequisite(s): Consent of the instructor.

305 Honors Course
3 TO 6 hours. Independent reading and research for students seeking departmental distinction. May be repeated to a maximum of 6 hours. Prerequisite(s): A 3.25 University grade point average and a 3.50 political science grade point average and approval of the department. Open only to seniors.

307 Political Psychology
3 hours. Analysis of mass and elite political behavior from the perspectives of several psychological approaches including psychoanalytic, behavioral, humanistic and social psychology theories. Prerequisite(s): One course in political science, psychology, or sociology.

309 Topics in Political Behavior
3 hours. Intensive analysis of topics in political behavior. Possible topics include: elections and campaigns, political culture. May be repeated to a maximum of 6 hours. Prerequisite(s): POLS 206 or consent of the instructor.

310 Governing the Megalopolis
3 hours. Examination of political/governmental issues in massive metropolitan areas, utilizing the six-county greater Chicago area for example. Prerequisite(s): POLS 101 or POLS 200 or the equivalent or consent of the instructor.

311 Black Politics in the United States
3 hours. Historical analysis of Black electoral politics in the U.S., including traditional political party participation and movement politics. Same as AAST 306. Prerequisite(s): Three courses in political science, history or sociology, or consent of the instructor.

312 Topics in Local Politics
3 hours. Intensive examination of selected problems of local politics. Actual research involvement. Topics vary. Prerequisite(s): POLS 101 and POLS 210.

329 Seminar on American Politics
3 hours. Advanced seminar on special topics in American politics. Content varies. May be repeated to a maximum of 6 hours. Prerequisite(s): POLS 101 and POLS 200.

348 Seminar: Political Problems of Developing Societies
3 hours. Selected aspects of the politics and countries of Asia, Africa and Latin America. Same as LALS 348. Prerequisite(s): POLS 200 and POLS 130; or consent of the instructor.

349 Topics in Comparative Politics
3 hours. Selected problems in comparative politics. Same as INST 349. May be repeated to a maximum of 6 hours if topics vary. Prerequisite(s): POLS 130 or INST 130 and POLS 200.

353 Constitutional Law
3 hours. Selected constitutional provisions and principles as they developed through Supreme Court interpretation. Major attention given to powers and practices of, and interactions among governmental institutions. Prerequisite(s): POLS 101 or consent of the instructor.

354 The Constitution and Civil Liberties
3 hours. Civil rights, including religion, speech, assembly, press, and rights of the accused. Prerequisite(s): POLS 101 or consent of the instructor.

356 Constitutional Law: Women, Gender and Privacy
3 hours. A multidisciplinary examination of U.S. constitutional law and politics in shaping issues of gender, privacy, race, and sexual orientation; including reproduction, labor, sexual harassment, political participation, and women and crime. Same as AAST 356, and GWS 356. Prerequisite(s): Grade of C or better in POLS 101 or grade of C or better in POLS 112 or grade of C or better in AAST 100 or grade of C or better in AAST 103 or grade of C or better in GWS 101; or consent of the instructor.

358 Constitutional Law: African-American Legal History
3 hours. Survey of the African-American constitutional experience from the 1600s to the present, focusing on landmark decisions of the United States Supreme Court. Same as AAST 358.

359 Topics in Public Law
3 hours. Selected problems arising in public law and judicial arenas. May be repeated to a maximum of 6 hours if topics vary. Prerequisite(s): POLS 258 or POLS 353 or POLS 354 or POLS 356 or POLS 358 or consent of the instructor.

384 International Relations Theory
3 hours. Philosophical foundations of international relations, including assumptions of anarchy, rationality, power and the state. Applications to security and political economy. Prerequisite(s): POLS 283 or POLS 284 or consent of the instructor.

389 Seminar: Topics in International Relations
3 hours. Selected topics in international relations. Topics may vary and may cover global military, economic, cultural, ecological or methodological issues. May be repeated to a maximum of 6 hours if topics vary. Prerequisite(s): POLS 184 and POLS 200.

399 Seminar in Political Theory
3 hours. Selected topics and problems in political theory. May be repeated to a maximum of 6 hours. Prerequisite(s): POLS 120 and POLS 200.

401 Data Analysis I
3 OR 4 hours. Statistical inference for the social sciences. Emphasis on univariate and bivariate statistics. Same as PPA 401. 3 undergraduate hours. 4 graduate hours. Prerequisite(s): POLS 200 and POLS 201; or graduate standing.

405 The Problem of Justice
3 OR 4 hours. Premodern and modern views of justice and their practical utility in analyzing legislative, executive, and judicial programs for enhancing or restricting justice. Same as CLJ 405. 3 undergraduate hours. 4 graduate hours. Prerequisite(s): CLJ 101, plus two 200-level courses in criminology, law, and justice or two 200-level courses in political science.

451 Law and Public Policy
3 OR 4 hours. The role of law and legal institutions in the development and implementation of public policies. 3 undergraduate hours. 4 graduate hours. Prerequisite(s): Consent of the instructor.

459 Advanced Topics in Urban Politics
3 OR 4 hours. Seminar exploring urban politics theory through readings, discussion, and original research. 3 undergraduate hours. 4 graduate hours. May be repeated if topics vary. Prerequisite(s): POLS 210; or graduate standing; or consent of the instructor.

465 Topics in Sociology of Politics
3 OR 4 hours. Intensive examination of a specialized topic announced when the class is scheduled. Same as SOC 465. 3 undergraduate hours. 4 graduate hours. May be repeated to a maximum of 12 hours. Students may register in more than one section per term. Prerequisite(s): 6 hours of upper-division sociology or consent of the instructor.

467 Public Opinion and Political Communication
3 OR 4 hours. Nature of public opinion and political communication systems. Patterns of opinion distribution and its measurement. Forces shaping public opinion and its impact on public policy. Same as COMM 467. 3 undergraduate hours. 4 graduate hours. Prerequisite(s): POLS 200 or the equivalent or consent of the instructor.

469 Advanced Topics in American Politics
3 OR 4 hours. Seminar exploring American politics theory through readings, discussion, and original research. 3 undergraduate hours. 4 graduate hours. May be repeated if topics vary. Prerequisite(s): Grade of B or better in POLS 101 and Grade of B or better in POLS 329; or graduate standing; or consent of the instructor.

478 Advanced Topics in International Relations
3 OR 4 hours. Seminar exploring international relations theory through readings, discussion, and original research. 3 undergraduate hours. 4 graduate hours. May be repeated if topics vary. Prerequisite(s): Grade of B or better in POLS 184; and Grade of B or better in POLS 281 or Grade of B or better in POLS 283 or Grade of B or better in POLS 284; or graduate standing; or consent of the instructor.

479 Advanced Topics in Comparative Politics
3 OR 4 hours. Seminar exploring comparative politics theory through readings, discussion, and original research. 3 undergraduate hours. 4 graduate hours. May be repeated if topics vary. Prerequisite(s): Grade of B or better in POLS 130 and Grade of B or better in POLS 349; or graduate standing; or consent of the instructor.

482 Democratic Theory
3 OR 4 hours. Democracy as a procedure of government and value commitments associated with this form of government. Special attention paid to classical and modern democracies. 3 undergraduate hours. 4 graduate hours. Prerequisite(s): POLS 290 or POLS 291 or consent of the instructor.

485 Gender and Politics
3 OR 4 hours. Impact of gender on basic categories of western political thought. Distinctions between reason and emotion, public and private, among others, examined from feminist perspective. Same as GWS 485. 3 undergraduate hours. 4 graduate hours. Prerequisite(s): POLS 190 and one 200-level course in political theory; or consent of the instructor.

489 Advanced Topics in Political Theory
3 OR 4 hours. Seminar exploring political theory through reading, discussion, and original research. 3 undergraduate hours. 4 graduate hours. May be repeated if topics vary. Prerequisite(s): Grade of B or better in POLS 290 or Grade of B or better in POLS 291; or graduate standing; or consent of the instructor.

494 Topics in Political Science
3 OR 4 hours. Selected Topics in Political Science. Topics vary and may cover American politics, law, urban and global politics, cultural, ecological or methodological issues. May be repeated up to 1 time(s). Prerequisite(s): POLS 190 and POLS 200; or consent of the instructor.

497 Directed Readings in Political Science
4 hours. Intensive readings on a topic not covered in regular curriculum. May be repeated with approval. Approval of the graduate director required to repeat course. Prerequisite(s): Graduate standing and consent of the instructor.

498 Independent Research in Political Science
2 TO 6 hours. Research on special problems not included in course offerings. May not duplicate work done in POLS 598 or POLS 599. May be repeated with approval. Approval of the graduate director required to repeat course. Prerequisite(s): Graduate standing and consent of the instructor.

500 Introduction to Policy and Governance
4 hours. Introduces the intellectual traditions and debates that have characterized the study of public policy and the social order. Society-centered and state-centered explanations for policy will be explored. Same as PPA 500. Prerequisite(s): Consent of the department required for nondegree graduate students.

501 Data Analysis II
4 hours. Interpretation and application of multivariate methods of analysis in the social sciences. Regression specification and diagnostics, limited dependent variable models, measurement issues. Same as PPA 501. Prerequisite(s): POLS 401 or PPA 401.

502 Time Series Analysis for Political Science
4 hours. Single series (ARIMA) models, event history analysis, Vector autoregression (VAR), panel and pooled models. Prerequisite(s): POLS 402 or consent of the instructor.

504 Seminar in Political Theory
4 hours. A graduate introduction to Enlightenment and post-Enlightenment theories of politics and society in the North Atlantic world. Same as PHIL 504. Prerequisite(s): Consent of the department required for nondegree graduate students.

505 Research Design and Methods
4 hours. Overview of the methods and conduct of research in political science. Issues of inference, measurements, data collection, hypothesis testing and ethics.

506 The Profession of Political Science
2 hours. Introduces graduate students to the range of teaching, research and service possibilities in the political science profession. Students are encouraged to take this course during their first year of graduate study.

507 Qualitative Research Methods
4 hours. Explores techniques, uses, strengths, and limitations of qualitative research methods including case studies, fuzzy sets, boolean analysis, analytical narratives, and various other methods.

510 Seminar on Teaching Political Science
4 hours. Teaching methods and technology applicable to community colleges, four-year, and universities are explored. Complements the Preparing Future Faculty Program. The format will include guest speakers from area community and four-year colleges.

541 Policy Formation, Implementation and Evaluation
4 hours. Introduction to political science theories of how elections, interest groups and state structure affect the formulation of public solutions to societal problems. Same as PPA 541. Prerequisite(s): Consent of the department required for nondegree graduate students.

542 Distributive/Redistributive Public Policy
4 hours. Seminar on the politics of enacting and maintaining distributive policies. Focus is on the parochial and community-wide efficiency of such policies.

544 Regulatory Public Policies
4 hours. Exploring the nature and determinants of public policymaking with respect to the regulation of the economy.

549 Topics in Public Policy Analysis
4 hours. A research seminar on some aspects of public policy analysis not otherwise covered in the regular curriculum.

551 Seminar in Urban Politics
4 hours. Explores relationships between private economy and public policies in American cities; causes of urban decline and uneven development; and urban redevelopment and human capital policies. Prerequisite(s): POLS 500; and consent of the instructor.

553 Urban Public Policy
4 hours. Explores the problems of poverty, race, education, transportation policy, and housing in America's cities, with a special emphasis on Chicago.

557 Research Topics in Urban Politics
4 hours. Readings and original research on selected topics in urban politics. May be repeated.

558 Graduate Student Field Experience in Political Science
1 TO 8 hours. Graduate student intern experience. Placement with government agencies, community organizations, or civic organizations, in conjunction with a seminar class and directed readings. May be repeated up to 8 time(s). Students may register in more than one section per term. Field work required. Prerequisite(s): POLS 402 and POLS 500.

559 Topics in State and Local Government
4 hours. Case analysis and research in selected problems dealing with structure, functions and administrative processes of American state and local governments. Prerequisite(s): POLS 500 and POLS 541.

560 Seminar in American Politics
4 hours. Introduction to research literature on American policy-making institutions and processes. Prerequisite(s): POLS 500; and consent of the instructor.

562 Seminar on Legislation and Public Policy
4 hours. Review of recent theories and research on structure and policy formation in Americal legislatures. Emphasis on theoretical development in this field. Prerequisite(s): POLS 541.

563 Executive Process
4 hours. Presidential elections; presidential decision-making; the powers of the president; presidential leadership; the distributive state; policy implementation; federalism and administration; the politics of budgeting. Prerequisite(s): Admission to the M.A. or P.P.A. programs or consent of the instructor.

564 Seminar in Judicial Process
4 hours. The judicial process, as part of political and policy processes. Demands made by, and policy impacts on, individual and organizational litigants and other political actors. Prerequisite(s): POLS 460.

566 Interest Groups
4 hours. Pluralism: the distributive state; radical group theory, public-interest groups; collective actions; corporatism; statism; structural Marxism; social movements and interest groups.

567 Topics in Political Communication
4 hours. Intensive study of selected aspects; organizational communication in public institutions, urban political communication patterns, communication elites. Independent research using a variety of community research techniques. Same as COMM 567 and PA 567. Prerequisite(s): Consent of the instructor.

569 Research Topics in American Politics
4 hours. A research seminar on some aspect of American political process. Topics vary. May be repeated. Prerequisite(s): POLS 560.

570 Seminar in Comparative Politics
4 hours. Introduces students to the main tools of research and contours of debates in comparative politics. Prerequisite(s): POLS 500; and consent of the instructor.

571 Seminar in International Relations
4 hours. State-building and challenges to state authority, democratization and regime change, political economy, environment, war, regionalism and globalization, social movements and international governance.

572 International Political Economy
4 hours. Exploration of competing perspectives on nation states and economic systems. Previously listed as POLS 472.

573 Transitions to Democracy
4 hours. Game-theoretic view of democracy. Process and outcomes of transitions to democracy in capitalist and in communist countries. Civil-military relations in the process of transition. Case studies.

578 Research Topics in International Relations
4 hours. Advanced graduate seminar exploring international relations theory through readings, discussion, and original research. Prerequisite(s): POLS 571.

579 Research Topics in Comparative Politics
4 hours. Advanced seminar on selected topics in comparative politics. Topic(s) will vary from semester to semester. May be repeated. Prerequisite(s): POLS 570; and consent of the instructor.

582 The Philosophy of the Social Sciences
4 hours. The ontological and epistemological foundations of alternative approaches to the study of human beings. Naturalistic, hermeneutic, and critical approaches are addressed and assessed.

589 Research Topics in Political Theory
4 hours. Detailed analysis of a political theorist or type of political theory, especially designed to meet programmatic and graduate needs. May be repeated. Prerequisite(s): Consent of the instructor.

590 Advanced Public Policy Workshop
4 hours. Interdisciplinary workshop on preparing a dissertation proposal for public policy analysis students. Same as PPA 590. Prerequisite(s): Advanced standing in the Ph.D. in P.P.A. program and completion of P.P.A. core courses.

591 Publishing Research in Political Science
4 hours. Interdisciplinary workshop on preparing manuscripts for submission to publishers. May be repeated. Prerequisite(s): Completion of the first year of the MA or PhD in Political Science; and consent of the instructor.

593 Independent Research for Master's Degree
2 hours. Under the supervision of two faculty members, students will complete a major research paper that combines a review of relevant literature of a political science topic with analysis of original data or research materials. Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory grading only. Prerequisite(s): POLS 401 and POLS 505 and POLS 506; and POLS 541 or POLS 504 or POLS 551 or POLS 570 or POLS 571. Open only to Master's degree students and; approval of the department.

596 Advanced Readings in Political Science
1 TO 4 hours. Intensive readings on an advanced topic not covered in the regular curriculum. May be repeated with approval. Students may register in more than one section per term. Approval to repeat course granted by the graduate director. Prerequisite(s): POLS 401 and POLS 404 and consent of the instructor.

598 Thesis Research
0 TO 16 hours. Individual study required of all students pursuing advanced degree in political science under thesis option. Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory grading only. Prerequisite(s): Consent of the instructor. Open only to degree candidates.

599 Dissertation Research
0 TO 16 hours. Individual study required of all students pursuing Ph.D. degree with specialization in political science. Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory grading only. Prerequisite(s): Consent of the instructor. Open only to degree candidates.


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