Political Science Courses

POL 102 INTRODUCTION TO POLITICAL SCIENCE

Campus: St. Joseph's College,Brooklyn Campus St. Joseph's College, Long Island Campus

An overview of the study of politics and its division into the fields of American politics, comparative politics, international relations and political theory. An analysis of governmental types, forms of political participation, political power, ideologies and political socialization. 3 hours a week, 1 semester, 3 credits. Fall and spring.

POL 103 AMERICAN GOVERNMENT AND POLITICS

Campus: St. Joseph's College,Brooklyn Campus St. Joseph's College, Long Island Campus

An introductory survey of American national politics and government. The course will examine the ideological and socioeconomic context of American politics, the principles of the United States Constitution, nongovernmental actors such as political parties and the media and governmental institutions. 3 hours a week, 1 semester, 3 credits. Fall and spring.

POL 104 STATE AND LOCAL GOVERNMENT

Campus: St. Joseph's College,Brooklyn Campus St. Joseph's College, Long Island Campus

A study of government structure, power and areas of interrelationship of the state and local units, with special emphasis on New York. 3 hours a week, 1 semester, 3 credits. Fall and spring.

POL 203 POLITICAL AND CIVIL RIGHTS

Campus: St. Joseph's College,Brooklyn Campus St. Joseph's College, Long Island Campus

A study of the nature and practice of political and civil rights, with an emphasis placed upon the study of contemporary controversies, such as hate speech, separation of church and state and the rights of the accused. Special attention will be paid to the interaction of political and judicial processes. 3 hours a week, 1 semester, 3 credits. Fall.

POL 205 COMPARATIVE GOVERNMENTS

Campus: St. Joseph's College,Brooklyn Campus St. Joseph's College, Long Island Campus
An introductory survey of selected Western and non-Western political systems, with emphasis on comparing and evaluating the performance of these systems in light of democratic and other values. 3 hours a week, 1 semester, 3 credits. Fall.

POL 212 (SOC 212) ELEMENTS OF SOCIAL SCIENCE RESEARCH

Campus: St. Joseph's College, Long Island Campus

An overview of the basic methods of social science research, exploring the ways social scientists develop research questions, collect and analyze data and present their findings. The course also includes an introduction to basic social science through the use of computer-based data sets for practical applications and analysis. Prerequisite: One social science 100-level core course. 3 hours a week, 1 semester, 3 credits. Fall and spring.

POL 215 INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS, LAW AND ORGANIZATION

Campus: St. Joseph's College,Brooklyn Campus St. Joseph's College, Long Island Campus
An introductory survey of international relations. Emphasis will be placed on theories about how nations relate to another, the role of governmental and non-governmental organizations in the international community and the resolution of international issues and problems. 3 hours a week, 1 semester, 3 credits. Spring.

POL 220 WAR, REVOLUTION AND RESISTANCE

Campus: St. Joseph's College,Brooklyn Campus St. Joseph's College, Long Island Campus

This course inquires into one of the most intractable problems of our time – the phenomenon of political violence and its most common manifestations (e.g. war and revolution). In analyzing this phenomenon, emphasis will be placed on its origins, underlying motivations and consequences. Special emphasis will be placed on identifying and defining the criteria that distinguish justifiable from unjustifiable violence. Prerequisite: POL 102 or POL 103 or POL 205 or POL 215 3 hours a week, 1 semester, 3 credits. Spring.

POL 225 AMERICAN PRESIDENCY

Campus: St. Joseph's College,Brooklyn Campus St. Joseph's College, Long Island Campus

An introductory study of the growth and functions of the institution of the presidency and how different factors in its environment (e.g. other institutions of government, interest groups and personalities of the presidents themselves, affect presidential performance). Prerequisite: POL 102 or POL 103. 3 hours a week, 1 semester, 3 credits. Spring.

POL 240 POLITICAL TRANSITION IN EASTERN EUROPE

Campus: St. Joseph's College,Brooklyn Campus St. Joseph's College, Long Island Campus

A study of the dynamics of political change in Eastern Europe in light of the end of the Cold War. Emphasis is placed on the rise of resistance to communist rule and the development of popular institutions of representation. Selected cases will be analyzed and compared in terms of the pace of transition, the type of institutions being established, the degree of popular support, opposition and constraints faced, the impact of ethnic nationalism and the overall prospects for democratization of the region. Prerequisite: POL 102 or POL 103 or POL 205 or POL 215. 3 hours a week, 1 semester, 3 credits. Fall.

POL 250 (SOC 250) SOCIAL CHANGE IN DEVELOPING COUNTRIES

Campus: St. Joseph's College,Brooklyn Campus St. Joseph's College, Long Island Campus

Theories of social change is examined in light of economic, social, political and cultural transformations, which characterize industrializing and modern industrial societies. The focus will be on Asia, Africa and the Middle East. Prerequisite: SOC 100, SOC 133 or SOC 136. 3 hours a week, 1 semester, 3 credits. Fall.

POL 265 ETHICAL ISSUES IN POLITICS AND ADMINISTRATION

Campus: St. Joseph's College, Long Island Campus

This course examines ethical issues in politics, public policy and administration. The focus is on practical ethics for students planning to work in diverse fields, including education, criminal justice, social services, health care, law enforcement, military and environmental policy. The course emphasizes the ethical issues associated with decision-making and administrative actions and examines issues surrounding administrative processes in a democratic political system. Prerequisite: POL 102 or POL 103 or consent of instructor. 3 hours a week, 1 semester, 3 credits.

POL 280 CONSTITUTIONAL LAW

Campus: St. Joseph's College,Brooklyn Campus St. Joseph's College, Long Island Campus

A study of the origin, theory and interpretation of the United States Constitution. Emphasis will be placed upon controversies surrounding the separation of powers, federalism and economic liberties. Prerequisite: POL 102 or POL 103 or POL 203. 3 hours a week, 1 semester, 3 credits. Spring.

POL 290 ACTION PROGRAM IN POLITICAL SCIENCE

Campus: St. Joseph's College,Brooklyn Campus St. Joseph's College, Long Island Campus

Active student participation in programs on political topics. The program is under the supervision of a qualified faculty member. Prerequisite: POL 102 with permission of department. Hours and credits to be determined by the program. Offered when there is sufficient student demand.

POL 293 AMERICAN URBAN POLITICS

Campus: St. Joseph's College,Brooklyn Campus

Active student participation in programs on political topics. The program is under the supervision of a qualified faculty member. Prerequisite: POL 102 or POL 103 or POL 104. 3 hours a week, 1 semester, 3 credits. Fall.

POL 300 THE DYNAMICS OF POLITICS

Campus: St. Joseph's College,Brooklyn Campus

An introduction to the complex and varied subjects of politics and government and their relevance to our lives. Prerequisite: POL 102 and department permission. 3 hours a week, 1 semester, 3 credits. Offered when there is sufficient demand.

POL 303 MONEY, MEDIA AND POLITICS

Campus: St. Joseph's College, Long Island Campus

This course analyzes the ownership and financial incentives of the media. It questions the effects of those incentives on the media’s performance of functions, such as news reporting and coverage of elections. The entertainment industry is also discussed, as the line between news and entertainment continues to blur. Attention is paid to the role of money in American elections as well. Prerequisites: POL 102 or POL 103 or POL 205. 3 hours a week, 1 semester, 3 credits. Spring.

POL 315 POLITICS OF HUMAN RIGHTS

Campus: St. Joseph's College, Long Island Campus

This course will engage in a critical study of the historical, legal-constitutional and political bases, origins and practice of human rights in the contemporary world. Restrictions and abuses of human rights will be explored and the role of civil society and the state in enhancing or limiting human rights will be critically explained. Prerequisite: POL 102 or POL 103 or POL 203 or POL 205 or POL 215. 3 hours a week, 1 semester, 3 credits. Fall.

POL 348 (SOC 348) RESEARCH METHODS

Campus: St. Joseph's College,Brooklyn Campus St. Joseph's College, Long Island Campus

This course will provide students with an understanding of the major components and basic techniques involved in the research process, including how to structure a research project and how to collect appropriate data. Students will have the opportunity to delve into the research venture first-hand by completing individual and group projects Prerequisite: SOC 212 or departmental approval. 3 hours a week, 1 semester, 3 credits. Fall and spring.

POL 351 HISTORY OF POLITICAL THOUGHT

Campus: St. Joseph's College,Brooklyn Campus St. Joseph's College, Long Island Campus

A critical analysis of the political thought of selected writers, from Plato to Marx, relating their ideas to the political, social and religious environment in which they arose and indicating their continued significance. Prerequisite: POL 102 or POL 103 or POL 205. 3 hours a week, 1 semester, 3 credits. Fall.

POL 353 AMERICAN POLITICAL THEORY

Campus: St. Joseph's College,Brooklyn Campus St. Joseph's College, Long Island Campus

A survey of American political thought from the nation’s founding to the present era. Emphasis is paid to defining moments in American political history, such as the revolution, the constitutional founding, the Civil War, the Industrial Revolution, the Great Depression and the civil rights movement. These debates will be revisited, with mainstream and radical positions discussed. Prerequisite: POL 102 or POL 103 or POL 203 or POL 225. 3 hours a week, 1 semester, 3 credits. Fall.

POL 370 SPECIAL TOPICS IN POLITICAL SCIENCE

Campus: St. Joseph's College,Brooklyn Campus St. Joseph's College, Long Island Campus

This course includes political issues, institutions and processes not covered in depth in the regular course offerings. It will enable students to take advantage of faculty expertise in diverse areas, which are of interest to both faculty and students. Prerequisite: POL 102 or POL 103 or POL 205 or POL 215. 3 hours a week, 1 semester, 3 credits.

POL 400 SEMINAR IN POLITICAL SCIENCE

Campus: St. Joseph's College,Brooklyn Campus St. Joseph's College, Long Island Campus

Intensive individual research of a topic of interest in the field of political science, terminating in a written report. Prerequisites: POL 348, at least 12 credits in political science and departmental approval. 1 semester, 3 credits. Spring.

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