Academic Programs



Political Science Courses

PS 1004 Introduction to Politics
Provides an introduction to the world of politics by comparing different political systems and political ideologies. II Social Science

PS 1014 Introduction to U.S. Politics
A study of the organization and operation of the national government, the principles underlying our system, the complexity of big government, and the importance of national policy in individual daily life. II Social Science

PS 1024 U.S. State and Urban Politics
A study of the organization and operation of state and local governments and an examination of politics in these areas. The focus will be comparative.

PS 2194 International Politics
An examination of the interaction processes and structural factors of the international political system that affect the behavior of states. The role of diplomacy, international law and organizations, and war in the international system. IV

PS 2204 Canadian Parliamentary Internship
Students will work for five weeks as interns in the office of a member of the Canadian House of Commons or Senate, conducting research on public policy and attending committee meetings, party caucuses, and press conferences while living at the University of Ottawa. CR/NC grading. Pre-requisite: PS 1004.

PS 2224 Research Methods for the Social Sciences
Introduction to the major aspects and issues of the research processes in the social sciences, including both quantitative and qualitative methods. Includes examination of selecting research problems, operationalizing concepts, research designs, methods of observation and analysis, reporting results and ethical issues in research. Prerequisite: SOC 1004 or PS 1004 and FYS 1104. Also listed as SOC 2224. IV; V

PS 2234 Statistical Analysis for the Social Sciences
An introduction to and practice in using and evaluating quantitative analysis in the social sciences. Coverage includes univariate, bivariate, and multivariate analytic techniques. Focus on proper use and interpretation of these techniques. Computation will be performed on computer. No mathematical or computer background is necessary. Also listed as PSY 2234 and SOC 2234. IV

PS 2294 Special Topics in Political Science
The study of an area of inquiry in political science not fully treated in other courses. Topics may change from term to term and are announced in advance. May be repeated for credit as long as the topic is different. IV

PS 2504 Politics of the Middle East
Regional and international dimensions of politics and society in the Middle East and North Africa. Areas of study include the formation of nation-states; nationalism; the Arab-Israeli conflict and the Palestinian question; Islamic revival and political development; and the prospects for stability or change in the region. III A or IV

PS 3044 Modern Political Concepts, Methodology, and Analysis
Designed to acquaint the student with the variety of political concepts, methods, and analytical systems used in political science. Required of all majors in political science, who should plan to take it in their junior year. Prerequisites: PS 1004, 1014, and a course in comparative politics. IV

PS 3114 Political Theory I: Classical and Medieval
An examination of the foundations of the Western political tradition in Greek, Roman, and medieval thought. Focusing attention upon such major figures as Plato, Aristotle, Augustine, Aquinas, Machiavelli, Luther, and Calvin, explores the major questions and problems of political theory. Also listed as PHIL 3114. IV

PS 3124 Political Theory II: Modern
Surveys the development of political theory in the modern and contemporary periods, focusing on such major figures as Hobbes, Locke, Hegel, Marx, Sartre, Marcuse, and others. A chronological and logical extension of PS/PHIL 3114, but PS/PHIL 3114 is not a prerequisite. Also listed as PHIL 3124. IV

PS 3134 Congress and the Presidency
Describes and analyzes congressional and presidential elections and operations and congressional-presidential relations. Prerequisite: PS 1014. IV

PS 3144 The Legal System
Describes and analyzes the principal elements of the U.S. legal system, including state and federal courts, related legal institutions, and major civil and criminal legal standards. Prerequisite: PS 1014. IV

PS 3174 American Constitutional Development
A study of the historical origins and creation of the American Constitution and an examination of its development and modification since 1789, as seen through historical events and Supreme Court decisions. IV

PS 3214 Social Theory of Karl Marx
An examination of the critical and humanistic foundations of Marxs theory of society and politics. The course will focus topically on the major components of Marxs thought, including human nature, social relations, alienation, exploitation, the historical development of capitalist society, the role of the state and ideology, and visions of future society. Also listed as PHIL 3214. Prerequisite: PS 1004 or PHIL 1024. IV

PS 3234 The International System
An examination of international relations from the system level of analysis. The course will survey the historical and prospective evolution of the state-centric international system. It will investigate the interconnection between economics and politics as related aspects of a worldwide process of accumulating and distributing wealth and power. Prerequisite: PS 2194. IV

PS 3254 International Law
This is an advanced course dealing with the concepts and problems of international law. It covers major topics in the field, including: the sources and subjects of international law; the jurisdiction of states; the use of force; and the relationship between international and domestic law. It will also address more contemporary themes such as: economic law; environmental law; and international criminal law. Prerequisite: PS 2194 or permission of instructor. IV

PS 3264 Human Rights
This course examines human rights and humanitarianism intervention in world politics. The course aims to: enhance understanding of international human rights law at the domestic, regional, and international levels; investigate human rights violations, implementation and enforcement throughout the world; and assess different perspectives on human rights, by examining the Western liberal tradition and challenges presented to that tradition by non-European cultures. Prerequisite: Sophomore standing, FYS-1104 or permission of instructor. IV;V

PS 3294 Special Topics in Political Science
Advanced coursework that treats with greater depth topics covered in other courses in political science. Topics may change from term to term and are announced in advance. While prerequisites will be expected, they will vary depending on course topic. May be repeated for credit as long as the topic is different. IV

PS 3304 Empires Past and Present
This course examines the phenomenon of empire in general and in the specific case of the United States. It investigates its alternative conceptions and addresses rival theories on the origins of imperialism and the source of imperial decline. It then focuses on America as a great power and assesses the appropriateness of theories of imperialism in understanding that experience. IV

PS 3314 Political Development
Examines the political problems of the developing states of Africa, Asia, and Latin America in a multidisciplinary context. Analyzes the process of development in terms of the interrelated political, economic, cultural, and social dimensions that affect it. Specific in-depth study of a few representative nations supplements the study of the general development process. Prerequisite: PS 1004 or permission of instructor and FYS-1104. IV; V

PS 3334 Politics of Russia
An investigation of the domestic politics and foreign affairs of Russia and the newly independent states of Eurasia. Examines the role of ideology, historical evolution, economic development, imperial experiences, ethnic and national conflicts, legacies of totalitarian dictatorship, and the prospects for democracy in the post-Soviet period. Surveys the major institutions of government, processes of elite and mass participation, and important current political personalities, issues, and problem areas in contemporary Russia and the former Soviet republics. Prerequisite: PS 1004 or permission of instructor and FYS 1104. IV; V

PS 3384 Topics in Comparative Politics
This course offers specialized study in a topic of comparative politics, a subfield of political science characterized by an empirical approach using the comparative method. Topics may include, but are not restricted to: political violence; political culture and attitudes; elections and electoral systems; political parties and party systems; and the political systems of specific countries or regions in the world not included in the Departments regular offerings. May be repeated for credit as the topic changes. Prerequisite: PS 1004 or permission of instructor. IV

PS 3568 The Kentucky Legislative Process
A two-unit course designed to acquaint students with the political dimensions of the General Assembly. In addition to weekly seminars and lectures, interns will work a minimum of 30 hours per week with experienced participants in the legislative process. Prerequisite: PS 1024 and permission of program director.

PS 3584 Research in Kentucky Politics
Preparation of a major paper on some aspect of Kentucky politics related to the experiences of the intern with the General Assembly. Topic is to be chosen in consultation with a faculty member in an appropriate discipline. Prerequisite: PS 1024 and permission of program director.

PS 3704 Directed Study in Political Science
Allows students to supplement their study of political science in areas not covered by existing course offerings. The project must be approved by all program faculty members prior to the students registration for the course. The directed study will be executed under the supervision of the appropriate faculty member. Prerequisites: Five courses in political science, junior standing, 3.0 grade point average overall and in major courses, and permission of the program faculty.

PS 4202 Internship in Political Science
A course offering supervised placements in legal, political, and governmental organizations. Substantive area of internship and course format chosen in consultation with program faculty. (1/2 course unit.) CR/NC grading. Prerequisites: PS 1004, 1014, and permission of instructor.

PS 4204 Internship in Political Science
Offers supervised placements in legal, political, and governmental organizations. Substantive area of internship and course format chosen in consultation with program faculty. (1 course unit.) CR/NC grading. Prerequisites: PS 1004, 1014, and permission of instructor.

PS 4444 Senior Seminar
The culminating experience for the major in political science. Integrates theoretical, methodological, normative, and analytical aspects of the discipline. Prerequisite: PS 3044. IV

PS 4904 Senior Honors
Provides an opportunity for the qualified political science major to do independent work in the field under the supervision of a faculty member. A senior who has taken seven courses in political science and who has a 3.0 grade point average overall and in major courses may apply to enter the program by submitting a project proposal and securing the permission of the faculty. The student may receive credit for either 1 or 2 course units, depending on the project, but may not receive credit for more than 1 course unit per term.

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