Political Science (PS)

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PS-101   Introduction to Political Science: Power and GlobalizationCredits: 3   

Term Offered: All Terms

Course Type(s): SS.SV

Readings and assignments give students a foundation in two subfields of Political Science - Comparative Politics and International Relations. Prepares students for elective courses focused on specific global issues (International Organizations, International Political Economy, Ethics and International Relations, International Security Issues, and Revolutions and Nationalism) as well as on cross-national comparative politics of Europe, Asia, the Middle East and Latin America.

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PS-103   American National GovernmentCredits: 3   

Term Offered: All Terms

Course Type(s): SS.SV

A survey of United States government, emphasizing the Constitution, functions of political parties, pressure groups, the relationships of citizens to the government, the development of administrative control, and problems unique to each of the three branches of government.

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PS-105   Introduction to Public PolicyCredits: 3   

Term Offered: All Terms

Course Type(s): PO, PSPA, SS.SV

Analysis of policy-making processes in American society, including health care, the environment, education, crime, and employment; application of competing perspective and value orientation to policy areas; impact on specific groups within American society and the global community.

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PS-107   Introduction to Social JusticeCredits: 3   

Term Offered: Fall Term

Course Type(s): SS.SV

Provides a conceptual and practical basis to understand, interpret, and solve social problems in fair, equitable, and just ways. Also listed as SO-107.

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PS-109   Civic Engagement and LeadershipCredits: 1   

Term Offered: All Terms

Course Type(s): None

Civic responsibility, engagement, and leadership are encouraged through active student involvement in a community or campus organization. Students will perform twelve hours of public service over the course of the semester working for an organization that addresses a particular issue of public concern. Also listed as SO-109.

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PS-198   Special Topics in Political Science (100 Level)Credits: 1-3   

Prerequisite: As announced in the course schedule.

Term Offered: Spring Term

Course Type(s): None

An intensive study of a particular subject or problem in political science to be announced prior to registration. May be conducted on either a lecture-discussion or a seminar basis.

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PS-202   State and Local GovernmentCredits: 3   

Prerequisites: PS-101 or PS-103; and EN-101 and EN-102 or permission of the instructor.

Term Offered: All Terms

Course Type(s): PSAM, WT

A comparative study of state, local, and suburban politics in the United States with special emphasis on New Jersey and the New Jersey-New York metropolitan area.

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PS-212   Workshop in NJ's County Pre-Trial Prosecution System: Legal and Political AspectsCredits: 3   

Term Offered: All Terms

Course Type(s): PSAL, PSAM

Legal and political analysis of New Jersey's pretrial prosecution process. The roles, pressures, attitudes, and strategies of the county prosecution system personnel will be subjects for field research seminar study.

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PS-221   Early Political ThoughtCredits: 3   

Prerequisites: PS-101 or PS-103; and EN-101 and EN-102 or permission of the instructor.

Term Offered: Fall Term

Course Type(s): WT

Consideration of the major political theories of the Western world and their relevance to contemporary politics. Semester I: Plato to Marx. Semester II: later nineteenth-and twentieth-century political thinkers, with special emphasis on the behavioral school.

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PS-222   Modern Political ThoughtCredits: 3   

Prerequisites: PS-101 or PS-103; and EN-101 and EN-102 or permission of the instructor.

Term Offered: All Terms

Course Type(s): WT

Consideration of the major political theories of the Western world and their relevance to contemporary politics. Semester I: Plato to Marx. Semester II: later nineteenth- and twentieth-century political thinkers, with special emphasis on the behavioral school.

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PS-223   Introduction to Global SustainabilityCredits: 3   

Term Offered: Fall Term

Course Type(s): MEBP, SUS

Introduces students to the global, environmental, economic and social foundations of sustainability and the policy and scientific challenges involved with accommodating population growth, development, and resources used while assuring that future generations will have the natural and economic resources to support an enhanced quality of life. An emphasis will be placed on understanding of sustainability principles from multiple perspectives and cross-disciplinary application of sustainable practices. Also listed as BY-221.

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PS-225   Supreme Court Decisions in American HistoryCredits: 3   

Term Offered: Fall Term

Course Type(s): HSUS

Analyzes American history through United States Supreme Court decisions. Explores how the court developed and grew in strength, and the effect it has had on America's political and cultural development. It will also consider how the Court's size, structure, and political importance impacted on society according to the historical era being studied. Also listed as HS-225.

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PS-250   Social Science Research and WritingCredits: 3   

Term Offered: All Terms

Course Type(s): TL

An introduction to the different ways in which social scientists study the social world. Designed to develop students' understanding of the major purposes of social research as well as the major types of quantitative and qualitative research designs. Students will learn the research process itself, from conceptualization and measurement to operationalization, sampling, ethics, and the analysis and presentation of their proposed study. As part of the research process, students will use spreadsheet, presentation, and word processing software to build datasets, analyze data, and design and present research. Also listed as SO-250.

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PS-274   Global InequalitiesCredits: 3   

Prerequisite: PS-101 or SO-101.

Term Offered: All Terms

Course Type(s): BI.EL, GLS, GU, RE, SJS, SUS

A sociological and political look at global inequalities. Explores diverse themes and aspects of a global society, including the forces that are causing and perpetuating global inequalities. It also looks at the social, political, economic, and cultural consequences of those inequalities. Also listed as SO-274.

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PS-275   Politics and Policy of Latin AmericaCredits: 3   

Term Offered: All Terms

Course Type(s): PSCG, RE

Introduces students to the critical political issues and challenges in Latin America, a geographic region that includes Mexico, Central America, the Caribbean and South America. Hemisphere integration continues to accelerate, and political developments south of the border increasingly impact the United States. Immigration, trade, drugs, and the environment require hemisphere collaboration among a diverse set of peoples and governments. Surveys contemporary politics and economics, as well as the basic regional history in a way that invites comparison and the development of regional (Southern Cone, Andean Region, Central America, Caribbean) and hemispheric perspectives on the challenges linked to hemispheric integration.

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PS-277   Gender and PoliticsCredits: 3   

Term Offered: All Terms

Course Type(s): GS, PSAM

The study of gender and how it relates to politics. Includes an analysis of the women's movement through historical literature by and about women. Also includes feminist and gender theories, the mass behavior of women, elite women, and public policy as it relates to women's issues.

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PS-278   International Political EconomyCredits: 3   

Prerequisite: PS-101.

Term Offered: All Terms

Course Type(s): GLS, PSIP, RE

The role that international institutions, transnational actors, and foreign governments play in the production, distribution, and consumption of resources will be investigated. Since much of international political economy has to do with various thinkers and schools of thought, an appropriate emphasis will be given to some of the important works in the field. For example, we will be analyzing the contributions of Liberal, Marxist, and Statist thinkers and the various perspectives that have been used to analyze the way policies are made, agreements are reached, and resources distributed. Following the establishment of this theoretical framework, we will focus on the growth of regional integration, the role of hegemony in maintaining the stability of international systems, strategies of economic development, and the role of multinational and transnational companies in both the industrial and developing world. In essence, this course is concerned with looking at the relationship between power and wealth and the balance between the state and the market. Also listed as SO-278.

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PS-281   International RelationsCredits: 3   

Prerequisite: PS-101 or PS-103 or permission of the instructor.

Term Offered: All Terms

Course Type(s): GU, PSIP

The major theoretical concepts and issues of international relations, emphasizing theories, actors, structures, ideologies, and environment of international politics.

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PS-288   Cooperative Education: Political ScienceCredits: 3   

Prerequisite: PS-101 or PS-103.

Term Offered: All Terms

Course Type(s): EX2

Through actual work experience, connects classroom learning and real-world practice. Under the guidance of a faculty advisor, students select a cooperative placement. Students will spend ten to fifteen hours per week at their placement. Repeatable for credit.

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PS-289   Political Science InternshipCredits: 3   

Prerequisites: PS-101 or PS-103 and the completion of sixty credits.

Term Offered: Fall Term

Course Type(s): EX1

An internship in a political office. The student will keep a daily log and develop a research topic on the basis of the log and experience. By working an eight-hour day from Monday through Friday, the intern will develop firsthand knowledge of a state or local office and will secure an experience rating for future positions after graduation.

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PS-290   Media LawCredits: 3   

Term Offered: All Terms

Course Type(s): PSAL

How the mass media is constrained and protected by the law and court interpretation. Overview will focus on libel, copyright, obscenity, free press, and other legal/illegal aspects. Also listed as CO-290.

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PS-298   Special Topics in Political Science (200 Level)Credits: 1-3   

Prerequisite: As announced in the course schedule.

Term Offered: Fall Term

Course Type(s): None

An intensive study of a particular subject or problem in political science to be announced prior to registration. May be conducted on either a lecture-discussion or a seminar basis.

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PS-299   Reading and Research in Political ScienceCredits: 1-3   

Course Type(s): None

Guided study of a topic in political science not substantially treated in a regular course, under the direction of a member of the political science faculty. Extensive reading and at least one written report are required.

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PS-301   Political Parties and ElectionsCredits: 3   

Prerequisite: PS-101 or PS-103.

Term Offered: Spring Term

Course Type(s): PSAM

Historical and functional analysis of United States political parties; the workings of party machinery and practical politics, including national, state, and local party activities, election procedures, third party movements, interest groups, and public opinion.

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PS-304   Public Opinion and PropagandaCredits: 3   

Prerequisite: PS-101 or PS-103.

Term Offered: All Terms

Course Type(s): None

The effects of mass communications upon political opinion, control of news, dissemination agencies, propaganda techniques, and pressure groups; the role of opinion polls and survey techniques.

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PS-305   The American CongressCredits: 3   

Prerequisite: PS-101 or PS-103.

Term Offered: Spring Term

Course Type(s): PSAM

An analysis of the structure, organization, and functioning of Congress; the relationship between Congress and the executive and judicial branches of government, the importance of the Congressional investigative powers and of quasi-legislative agencies, boards and commissions.

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PS-306   The American PresidencyCredits: 3   

Prerequisites: PS-101 or PS-103; and EN-101 and EN-102 or permission of the instructor.

Term Offered: All Terms

Course Type(s): PSAM, WT

The various theories of the presidency; the president's relationship with Congress, the public, the party structure, the administration, and the vice-president; and the president's powers and responsibilities in foreign and military affairs.

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PS-307   The American JudiciaryCredits: 3   

Prerequisite: PS-101 or PS-103.

Term Offered: Spring Term

Course Type(s): PSAL, PSAM, SJL

Systematic study of the judiciary at the federal and New Jersey level, including an analysis of the jurisdictional limits of courts and the procedural rules for actions in each respective system; an intensive study of institutions of law (legal systems, federal courts, state courts) and interpreters and consumers of law (judges, lawyers, litigants, interest groups) as well as a study of the impact of court decisions on federal and state public policy.

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PS-309   Political Science Internship SeminarCredits: 3   

Prerequisite: Junior standing or permission of the instructor.

Term Offered: All Terms

Course Type(s): EX5

Practical experience in the operation of a legal, political campaign, or government position to guide the intern's future professional development. The student will keep a journal and produce a report analyzing the intern's experience and/or work environment. Repeatable for credit.

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PS-311   Introduction to Constitutional LawCredits: 3   

Prerequisite: PS-101 or PS-103.

Term Offered: Fall Term

Course Type(s): PSAL

Examination of United States constitutional law by the case method: the federal government and the relative powers of Congress, the President, and the Supreme Court.

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PS-312   Constitutional Law: Civil RightsCredits: 3   

Prerequisite: PS-101 or PS-103.

Term Offered: Spring Term

Course Type(s): PSAL, RE, SJL

Examination of United States constitutional law by the case method: Constitutional, civil, and political liberty with special emphasis on the First, Fifth, and Fourteenth Amendments.

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PS-313   The Pre-Trial Prosecution SystemCredits: 3   

Prerequisite: PS-101 or PS-103.

Term Offered: Spring Term

Course Type(s): PSAL, SJL

The pre-trial prosecution process as a political system. The roles, attitudes, and strategies of those authorities who allocate values within the system are examined. Also listed as CJ-313.

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PS-315   Urban PoliticsCredits: 3   

Prerequisite: PS-101 or PS-103.

Term Offered: All Terms

Course Type(s): PSAM, PSPA, RE

The problems of urban life as they are manifested in the political process, the interaction of cities with other levels of government, and the performance of political functions within the urban environment.

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PS-324   American Political ThoughtCredits: 3   

Prerequisite: PS-101 or PS-103.

Term Offered: All Terms

Course Type(s): PSAM

The development of political thought in the United States, with emphasis on the late nineteenth- and twentieth-century philosophers and statesmen, along with the development of ideology of groups in American politics. Also listed as PL-324.

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PS-330   Environmental PolicyCredits: 3   

Term Offered: All Terms

Course Type(s): MEBP, PSAM, PSPA, SUS

Introduces social, political, and organizational processes that influence and shape environmental and natural resource policy. Focuses on the political arena and examines how citizens and community groups influence legislative initiatives. Also listed as PS-330.

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PS-332   Climate Change Adaptation and PolicyCredits: 3   

Term Offered: All Terms

Course Type(s): MEBP, SUS

Climate Change Adaptation and Policy provides a survey of the global engagements surrounding climate change adaptation and policy that currently affects billions around the globe. The subject matter covered includes understanding how to evaluate the proxies and impacts of climate change, the geography of climate change, and the policies and planning tools that are used in addressing the current and forecasted effects of climate change. The class includes local, regional, national, and international examples within a mixed-methods approach that simultaneously uses a scientific, natural processes understanding that is juxtaposed with policy-based initiatives that deal with the real-life costs and procedures in addressing climate change. Also listed as GO-332.

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PS-350   American Political EconomyCredits: 3   

Prerequisite: PS-103.

Term Offered: All Terms

Course Type(s): PO, PSAM, PSPA

Examines the institutional, economic, and political factors that influence the economic decision-making process at all levels of government. Analysis of the theories, processes, principles, and concepts of public budgeting and governmental management of the economy. Also listed as PS-350.

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PS-351   Public AdministrationCredits: 3   

Prerequisite: PS-101 or PS-103.

Term Offered: Fall Term

Course Type(s): PSPA

The administration, organization, management, financial, and personnel problems within the various governmental agencies; problems arising from the interrelations of the three branches of government.

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PS-352   Public Personnel AdministrationCredits: 3   

Prerequisite: PS-101 or PS-103.

Term Offered: All Terms

Course Type(s): PSPA

The nature of the career service in government, effective tools in personnel administration, and the changing role of the Civil Service Commission.

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PS-353   Public Budgeting ProcessCredits: 3   

Prerequisite: PS-101 or PS-103.

Term Offered: All Terms

Course Type(s): PSPA

A treatment of the budget as an instrument of public policy and marginal control of public programs.

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PS-355   Administrative Law and RegulationCredits: 3   

Prerequisite: PS-101 or PS-103.

Term Offered: All Terms

Course Type(s): PSAL, PSPA, SJL

The federal and state regulatory agencies, commissions, and boards; how they function, the legal procedures they employ, to what extent they are successful in serving and protecting the community, and efforts to effect their reform.

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PS-360   Political Economy in the Developing WorldCredits: 3   

Prerequisite: PS-101.

Term Offered: Spring Term

Course Type(s): PSIP, SJS

This course introduces undergraduate students to the core concepts, theories and debates of political economy in the context of developing world countries. The primary unit of analysis will be the national case study (i.e., Brazil or Indonesia) rather than the international system or international institutions (for example, World Bank, IMF or global financial markets.) The aim is to provide the intellectual tool set to evaluate questions and challenges of political and economic development and modernization across a range of national case studies from Latin America, the Caribbean, Africa, the Middle East and Asia. Also listed as SO-360.

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PS-361   Comparative European GovernmentsCredits: 3   

Prerequisite: PS-101 or PS-103.

Term Offered: All Terms

Course Type(s): PSCG

A comparative analysis of political processes in Western-European governments, with special emphasis on the methodology of comparative politics.

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PS-364   Law and SocietyCredits: 3   

Prerequisite: SO-101 or PS-101 or PS-103.

Term Offered: All Terms

Course Type(s): PSAL, SIN, SJL

The evolution of law, social forces influencing law, social impact of law, and law as an instrument of social control and social change. Also listed as SO-364.

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PS-371   International Service SeminarCredits: 3   

Prerequisite: PS-101.

Term Offered: All Terms

Course Type(s): EX5, PSIP

Students will learn to unite theory and practice by studying theories and policies based on human security, and learning about their applications through service-learning projects. Students will enhance their understanding of human security by volunteering in international community organizations and reflecting on the social, political, and economic factors and policies that affect them. Also listed as SW-371, AN-371, and SO-371.

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PS-372   Democracy in South AsiaCredits: 3   

Term Offered: All Terms

Course Type(s): PSCG, RE

Explores the prospects of democracy in South Asia with a focus on India, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Nepal, Bangladesh, and Sri Lanka. Provides the historical depth, cultural complexity, and comparative context in which to understand historical legacies and contemporary issues challenging democracy in South Asia.

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PS-373   Comparative Politics in AsiaCredits: 3   

Prerequisite: PS-101 or PS-103.

Term Offered: Fall Term

Course Type(s): PSCG, RE

Comparative study of the political processes of selected Asian nations with emphasis on problems arising as a result of the transition from traditional societies to modern nation states.

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PS-375   Islam and PoliticsCredits: 3   

Term Offered: All Terms

Course Type(s): PSCG, RE

Examination of the interrelationship between Islam as a religion and a way of life and politics in different regions of the world. Following a quick survey of the belief and practice of Islam since its inception, the focus will be placed on the past 100 years, particularly the Muslim responses to the challenges of colonialism, modernization, and globalization and Islam's reassertion in public affairs and society. Concludes with ways for improving Islam-West relations in the hope that these will generate better understanding and peace. Also listed as RS-375.

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PS-376   Comparative Politics of the Middle EastCredits: 3   

Term Offered: All Terms

Course Type(s): PSCG, RE

Comparative study of the political processes of selected Middle-Eastern nations with an emphasis on problems arising as a result of the transition from traditional societies to modern nation states.

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PS-377   A Comparative Study of Women in the WorldCredits: 3   

Prerequisites: EN-101 or EN-102 or permission of the instructor.

Term Offered: Spring Term

Course Type(s): BI.EL, GS, GU, PSCG, WT

A comparative study of the political, cultural, social, and economic statuses of women in the United States, Western Europe, Russia, Japan, Israel, and Third-World nations. Also listed as GS-377.

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PS-378   Ethics in International RelationsCredits: 3   

Prerequisite: PS-101.

Term Offered: Spring Term

Course Type(s): PSIP

Create a learning environment that stresses the understanding of ethics and its necessary role in the contemporary world. Through an evaluation of peace theories, patterns of diplomacy, and conflict in international relations, the learner will realize that ethical considerations are essential to the human experience.

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PS-382   International OrganizationsCredits: 3   

Prerequisite: PS-101 or PS-103.

Term Offered: Fall Term

Course Type(s): PSIP, PSPA

The nature, functions, and development of international organizations with particular emphasis on the United Nations and its role in international relations.

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PS-383   Model UN ConferenceCredits: 4   

Prerequisites: PS-101 and HU-201.

Term Offered: Spring Term

Course Type(s): EX5, PSIP

Introduces students to how the United Nations works and will gives them real-life experience in how countries bargain, negotiate, and resolve conflicts. It is a blend of theoretical/historical knowledge and practical/experiential components. The practical/experiential components will include taking part in actual negotiations at a collegiate-level Model United Nations conference. Experiential Education credit will only be given upon completion of the model UN conference. Repeatable for credit at the discretion of the department.

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PS-385   American Foreign PolicyCredits: 3   

Prerequisite: PS-101 or PS-103.

Term Offered: All Terms

Course Type(s): PSIP, PSPA

A study of American foreign policy with emphasis on the theoretical framework and institutional setting of the contemporary policymaking process.

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PS-388   Cooperative Education: Political ScienceCredits: 3   

Prerequisite: PS-101 or PS-103.

Term Offered: All Terms

Course Type(s): EX2

Classroom learning and real-world practice are connected through actual work experience. Under the guidance of a faculty advisor, students select a cooperative placement. Students will spend ten to fifteen hours per week at their placement. Repeatable for credit.

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PS-389   Political Science InternshipCredits: 3   

Prerequisites: PS-101 or PS-103 and completion of sixty credits.

Term Offered: All Terms

Course Type(s): EX1

An internship in a political office. The student will keep a daily log and develop a research topic on the basis of the log and experience. By working an eight-hour day from Monday through Friday, the intern will develop firsthand knowledge of a state or local office and will secure an experience rating for future positions after graduation.

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PS-390   Washington Center InternshipCredits: 7-12   

Prerequisites: Junior standing and a minimum GPA of 2.50.

Term Offered: All Terms

Course Type(s): EX5

This internship allows students in all majors to intern at government agencies, public service organizations, and business associations located in Washington, DC. Under the supervision of Washington Center supervisors and faculty, students gain substantive entry-level professional experience along with academic credit over the course of one semester. In general, students are required to intern in a government agency or public organizations four and a half days per week and attend educational seminars and workshops and participate in professional forums conducted by the Washington Center. In addition, students must complete learning objectives and assignments specified by Monmouth University faculty sponsors. Also listed as CO-390 and SO-390.

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PS-393   Washington Center CourseCredits: 3   

Prerequisites: Junior standing and a minimum GPA of 2.50.

Term Offered: All Terms

Course Type(s): None

Students participating in a Washington Center internship are required to enroll in a three credit seminar. A list of available courses is forwarded to all students prior to the beginning of the fall, spring, or summer term. Regular offerings include: politics, professional communication, the fine and performing arts, and economics. Also listed as CO-393 and SO-393.

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PS-398   Special Topics in Political Science (300 Level)Credits: 1-3   

Prerequisite: As announced in the course schedule.

Term Offered: All Terms

Course Type(s): None

An intensive study of a particular subject or problem in political science to be announced prior to registration. May be conducted on either a lecture-discussion or a seminar basis.

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PS-399   Independent Study in Political ScienceCredits: 3   

Term Offered: All Terms

Course Type(s): None

Guided study of a topic in political science not substantially treated in a regular course, under the direction of a member of the political science faculty. Extensive reading and at least one written report are required.

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PS-401   Seminar in Political ScienceCredits: 3   

Prerequisites: Junior standing and fifteen credits in Political Science.

Term Offered: All Terms

Course Type(s): None

Review of research methods and significant developments in political science. An individual research project, assigned according to the interest and needs of the student, is required.

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PS-425   Political CommunicationCredits: 3   

Term Offered: All Terms

Course Type(s): PSAM

The impact of communication on political action. Persuasive strategies and mediated reality that affects political choices. Focus on the interpretation of political rhetoric and the role media plays in campaigns. Also listed as CO-425.

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PS-431   Public International LawCredits: 3   

Prerequisites: PS-101 or PS-103; and EN-101 and EN-102.

Term Offered: Fall Term

Course Type(s): GU, PSAL, PSIP, SJL, WT

Detailed examination of the system of rules governing relations among states including in-depth review of the sources of public international law, transnational entities involved in applying international law, domestic application of international law including jurisdiction and extraterritoriality, the validity of state action vis-a-vis public international legal restrictions, and enforcement of international law as to states and individuals.

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PS-488   Cooperative Education: Political ScienceCredits: 3   

Prerequisite: PS-101 or PS-103.

Term Offered: All Terms

Course Type(s): EX2

Classroom learning and real-world practice are connected through actual work experience. Under the guidance of a faculty advisor, students select a cooperative placement. Students will spend ten to fifteen hours per week at their placement. Repeatable for credit.

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PS-489   Political Science InternshipCredits: 3   

Prerequisites: PS-101 or PS-103 and completion of sixty credits.

Term Offered: All Terms

Course Type(s): EX1

An internship in a political office. The student will keep a daily log and develop a research topic on the basis of the log and experience. By working an eight-hour day from Monday through Friday, the intern will develop firsthand knowledge of a state or local office and will secure an experience rating for future positions after graduation.

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PS-498   Special Topics in Political Science (400 Level)Credits: 1-3   

Prerequisite: As announced in the course schedule.

Course Type(s): None

An intensive study of a particular subject or problem in political science to be announced prior to registration. May be conducted on either a lecture-discussion or a seminar basis.

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PS-499   Readings and Research in Political ScienceCredits: 3   

Prerequisites: Senior standing; status as Political Science or History and Political Science major with a 3.00 or higher GPA in major coursework; prior permission of directing professor and department chair.

Term Offered: All Terms

Course Type(s): None

Guided study of a topic in political science not substantially treated in a regular course, under the direction of a member of the political science faculty. Extensive reading and at least one written report are required.