Majors at Singing Beach

PS Course Descriptions

*POL104  American National Politics (4)
Critically examines basic commitments, institutions, and processes of American politics; engages contemporary political debate; focuses on Constitution, political culture, interest groups, parties, Congress, Presidency, and Supreme Court. Fulfills core Civic Responsibility theme.

POL105 Power and Justice: Perspectives on Political Order (2)
Explores basic political concepts, systems, and problems in worldwide context. Encourages development and use of Christian worldview to transcend existing modes of understanding and practicing politics.

POL106 International Relations (4)
Studies relations among nations, politics of war and peace, elements and limits of national power, issues of hunger, development, and human rights. Emphasizes American involvement in world affairs; examines Christian options.

*POL210 Introduction to Comparative Politics (4)
Provides overview of basic concepts and theoretical approaches used to compare political systems, exploring distinctive and similar characteristics of various states (industrialized, authoritarian, and developing). Government, culture and development of seven country cases are evaluated: Britain, Germany, Japan, Russia, China, India and South Africa. Fulfills core Global Understanding theme.

POL213 Political Communication: Votes, Groups and Media (4)
Examines political communication in American politics from empirical and normative perspectives, focusing on campaigns and elections, public opinion, mass media, interest groups, and political parties. Prerequisite: POL104 or course in communications, or permission of instructor.

POL214 American Domestic Policy (4)
Examines policy making from agenda setting to implementation and evaluation of policies; students explore specific domestic policy interests. Prerequisite: POL104 or permission of instructor.

POL217 American Constitutional Law (4)
Surveys development of American constitutional law from historical perspective using case-analysis approach. Emphasizes civil liberties and federal-state relations. Prerequisite: course in American politics or American history, or permission of instructor.

*POL219  Politics of the Developing World (4)
Explores political-economic situation in countries typically described as “developing.” Using case studies, issues related to structures, markets, and societal activity are examined. Emphasizes politics of developmental strategies and place of Christian worldviews. Fulfills core Global Understanding theme. Prerequisite: POL106 or permission of instructor.

POL223/PHI223 Theories of Politics (4)
Explores major themes in Western tradition from classical and modern political thought. Explores central concepts of state and citizen, and considers major traditions in Christian political thought. Prerequisite: sophomore standing or permission of instructor.

POL235 Politics of the Middle East (4)
Overview of distinctive character of politics in several Middle East nations; role of religion as factor in region's politics. Considers Arab-Israeli conflict, politics of oil, rise of radical Islam in region. Prerequisite: sophomore standing.

POL240 Politics of Western Europe (4)
Explores political institutions and  problems common to democracies of Western Europe; institutions of parliamentary democracy, micro-nationalism, major political forces, electoral systems, and European Union; consociational democracy as alternative to Anglo-American major­itarian democracy. Prerequisite: a 100-level politics course.

POL246 International Diplomacy: The Model United Nations (2)
Students serve as U.N. representatives of country at National Model United Nations Program at Harvard University; extensive economic, political, social, cultural, and scientific reports required on national and international concerns of country delegation represents. Includes intensive preparation in parliamentary procedures and debate. Repeatable for credit. Class fee: $300.

POL310/HIS310 American Foreign Policy (4)
Examines factors shaping international behavior of United States from end of World War II to present; analytical importance of international system, domestic interest groups, governmental  actors, public opinion and ideology; dilemma of reconciling moral principles with exercise of world power. Prerequisite: junior standing.

*POL312 Justice (4)
Explores complexities of justice in pluralist society, focusing on United States but with connections to global community. Examines selected Christian and non-Christian theories of justice, both classical and contemporary, and considers several specific debates concerning pursuit of justice in contemporary society. Fulfills core Civic Responsibility theme.

POL320 Women and Politics (4)
Overview of relationship between gender and politics in American and international context. Focuses on role of gender in defining and shaping politics, political behavior, and public policy; political socialization, mobilization, and participation of women; formation, leadership, and efficacy of women's movements (feminist and nonfeminist); and various ways in which women, as political actors and theorists, have challenged and redefined "politics as usual." Prerequisite: a 100-level course in politics.

*POL322  American Political Thought (4)
Are all Americans liberals? Examines American political tradition, using primary documents from Colonial period through present, with special emphasis on Federal Convention of 1787 and Christian critique of contemporary liberalism. Fulfills core Civic Responsibility theme. Prerequisite: POL104.

POL324 Politics of Latin America (4)
Considers development and political governance in unique historical and cultural context of Latin America. Course combines discussion of history and theory with study of individual countries. Included are analyses of regime change, social movements, and U.S. foreign policy in region. Prerequisite: POL105 or 106, or permission of instructor.

POL325  Congress and the Presidency (4)
Examines legislative and executive branches of American national government; includes elections, representation, presidential leadership, congressional reform, role of parties, interest groups and bureaucracy in legislative and executive politics; impact of Constitution on presidential-congressional relations. Prerequisite: POL104.

POL348 Theories of International Relations (4)
Critical analyses of leading schools of thought in international relations and their policy implications for major topics such as war, peace and cooperation. Approaches considered include, among others, realism, Marxism, neoliberalism, and constructivism. Prerequisite: POL106

POL371 Selected Topics (4)
Explores topics not regularly taught. Designated as repeatable for credit; students may enroll more than one if topic changes.

POL416/ECB416  International Political Economy (4)
Examines political aspects of international economic relations; global economy, development of international economic organizations and role of key national and transnational actors (e.g., United States and U.S.-based multinational corporations). Alternative theoretical approaches presented. Prerequisites: junior standing, POL106 and ECB102.

POL425 Internship in Government and Politics (2 to 6)
Combined on-the-job work experience and related academic study in variety of public and private sector settings here and abroad. Plan ahead to avoid conflicts with other degree requirements. Prerequisites: permission of instructor, minimum cumulative GPA of 2.50 and approval of Registrar's Office. See Off-Campus course descriptions.

POL434 State, Citizen and Civil Society (2)
Primary emphasis on principles of Christian pluralism from Reformed and Catholic traditions. Develop individual projects in application of Christian principles to public policy questions in United States, Europe, developing world, international politics, etc. Senior capstone course in seminar format.

POL471, 472  Research I, II (4, 4)
Individual research for senior honors thesis. Prerequisites: senior standing and permission of instructor.