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243 Public Administration. 3 cr. U. The means used to implement political values with emphasis on problems of administration in modern government.|Pol Sci 243 & Pub Adm 243 are jointly offered; they count as repeats of one another. Prereq: none.

American Politics

110 Sex and Power. 3 cr. U. Study of gender, sex, and sexuality as determined by law, power, and politics.|Prereq: none.

210 American Public Policy. 3 cr. U. Introduction to substantive policy issues and forces which influence their progress. Emphasis upon major values within political conflicts and the gap between policy goals and program implementation.|American politics course. Prereq: none.

213 Urban Government and Politics. 3 cr. U. The management, politics, and problems of city government.|American politics course. Prereq: none.

215 Ethnicity, Religion and Race in American Politics. 3 cr. U. Nationality, racial and religion-based groups in American domestic and foreign policy-making; significance of cultural pluralism as a factor in the American political experience.|American politics course. Prereq: none.

250 Law and Society. 3 cr. U. The law and the operation of the legal system as they relate to contemporary social issues.|American politics course. Prereq: none.

387 Topics in American Politics: (Subtitled). 3 cr. U/G. Intensive study in selected aspects of American politics.|Retakable w/chg in topic to 6 cr max. American politics course. Prereq: jr st.

388 Latino Politics. 3 cr. U. Contemporary Latino politics in the U.S.; demographic analysis; interplay between political incorporation and political institutional responses; Chicano movement, immigration policies, public opinion, voting behavior, representation.|Latino 388 & Pol Sci 388 are jointly offered; they count as repeats of one another. Prereq: jr st.

405 State Government: (Subtitled). 3 cr. U/G. Selected topics in state government and politics with special emphasis on Wisconsin.|Retakable w/chg in topic to 6 cr max. American politics course. Prereq: jr st.

408 The American Presidency. 3 cr. U/G. Study of the office and powers of the president, with an analysis of his major roles as chief administrator, legislative leader, political leader, initiator of foreign policies, Commander-in-Chief and head of state.|American politics course. Prereq: jr st.

411 Constitutional Law: Government Powers and Federalism. 3 cr. U/G. Constitutional interpretation, with emphasis on separation of powers, federalism, and property.|American politics course. Prereq: jr st.

412 Constitutional Law: Civil Rights and Liberties. 3 cr. U/G. Cases in civil rights and liberties in such areas as equal protection, due process, and First Amendment freedoms.|American politics course. Prereq: jr st.

416 Trial Courts in the Judicial Process. 3 cr. U/G. Study of trial courts and the interaction of trial judges with lawyers, police, litigants, jurors, politicians, and the public, with emphasis on large urban courts.|American politics course. Prereq: jr st.

417 The Supreme Court. 3 cr. U/G. Behavior of U.S. Supreme Court justices and other appellate judges and courts within the judicial and political systems.|American politics course. Prereq: jr st.

421 Party Politics in America. 3 cr. U/G. The role of political parties in the nominating process, campaigns, fund raising, voter choice, and the governing processes of Congress and the presidency.|American politics course. Prereq: jr st; Pol Sci 103(P) or 104(P).

425 (225) Women in Politics. 3 cr. U. Political attitudes and behavior of women; socialization and selection of women for political offices; and women's issues in politics.|American politics course. Prereq: jr st.

426 Congressional Politics. 3 cr. U/G. The role of Congress in shaping public policy, with emphasis on the impact of elections, lawmaking procedures, congressional committees, political parties, interest groups, and presidents.|American politics course. Prereq: jr st.

444 Politics and the Bureaucracy. 3 cr. U/G. The role of the bureaucracy in policymaking. Political resources of bureaucracy, its ability to influence policy outcomes. Political controls on bureaucracy, and proposals for reform.|American politics course. Prereq: jr st.

450 Urban Political Problems. 3 cr. U/G. Reading and analysis of specific urban problems and governmental responses.|American politics course. Prereq: jr st.

452 Administrative Law. 3 cr. U/G. An examination of due process, privacy, and other constitutional and legal issues as they arise in the regulatory, investigatory, and enforcement activities of administrative agencies.|American politics course. Pol Sci 452 & Pub Adm 452 are jointly offered; they count as repeats of one another. Prereq: jr st.

464 (220) Women and the Law. 3 cr. U/G. Topics in federal and state law pertaining to women, gender, and feminism, such as reproductive rights, domestic violence, and pay equity.|American politics course. Prereq: jr st.

467 Elections and Voting Behavior. 3 cr. U/G. Psychological and social components of voting behavior, current electoral trends, and role of voters in the governing process.|American politics course. Prereq: jr st.

471 Problems in Law Studies: (Subtitled). 3 cr. U/G. Discussion of selected problems in contemporary law and politics, such as civil rights movements or law and sexuality.|Retakable w/chg in topic to 6 cr max. American politics course. Prereq: jr st.

473 Public Opinion. 3 cr. U/G. Formation of opinions within and among political publics; role of public opinion in the development and practice of governmental policy.|Prereq: jr st.

Comparative Politics

300 (200) Western European Politics. 3 cr. U. Survey of government and politics in Western Europe; comparative perspectives on states, citizens, and public policies; current challenges.|Comparative politics course. Prereq: jr st or Pol Sci 106.

301 British Politics. 3 cr. U/G. Political process in Great Britain in the context of contemporary national setting; emphasis on party system and constitutional order.|Comparative politics course. Prereq: jr st.

302 Politics of Eastern Europe. 3 cr. U/G. Evolution of modern nation-state systems in Eastern Europe; interactions among nationalism, communism, and democracy in the countries of the region since 1945.|Comparative politics course. Prereq: jr st.

310 Russian and Post-Soviet Politics. 3 cr. U/G. Domestic politics of Russia and the other states of the former Soviet Union; special emphasis is placed on transitions to and from authoritarianism, political institutions, and market reforms.|Comparative politics course. Prereq: jr st.

312 The Politics of Authoritarian Regimes. 3 cr. U/G. Comparison of modern authoritarian regimes. Emphasis is on their domestic politics and methods of rule.|Comparative politics course. Prereq: jr st.

314 Chinese Politics and Foreign Policy. 3 cr. U/G. Political developments in mainland China, stressing the period since 1949, with analysis of historical trends and foreign policy of the People's Republic of China.|Comparative politics course. Prereq: jr st.

320 Politics of Developing Countries. 3 cr. U/G. Comparative analysis of political problems confronting developing countries.|Comparative politics course. Prereq: jr st.

321 Politics of Revolution in Developing Nations. 3 cr. U/G. The theory and description of political revolutions and rapid political change in the twentieth century.|Comparative politics course. Prereq: jr st.

325 Latin American Politics. 3 cr. U/G. Analysis of contemporary governments in Latin America, with particular emphasis on the social way of life, the politics of economic organization and government in action.|Comparative politics course. Prereq: jr st.

326 Brazilian Politics and Society. 3 cr. U. Puzzles and complexities of governing Brazil in 20th and 21st centuries. Historical and institutional foundations of the Brazilian state; current political, economic, and social environment.|Comparative politics course. LACS 326 & Pol Sci 326 are jointly offered; they count as repeats of one another. Prereq: jr st.

327 Politics of the Middle East and North Africa. 3 cr. U/G. Analysis of political processes in Middle East and Arabic-speaking North Africa, with reference to problems of nationalism, nation-building, modernization and the Arab-Israeli conflict.|Comparative politics course. Prereq: jr st.

328 The Arab-Israeli Conflict. 3 cr. U/G. Competing views about the Arab-Israeli conflict, especially its Palestinian dimension. History and evolution of the conflict; current issues and possible solutions.|Comparative politics course. Jewish 328 & Pol Sci 328 are jointly offered; they count as repeats of one another. Counts as a repeat of Hebr St 238 with same topic. Prereq: jr st.

329 African Politics. 3 cr. U/G. The process of political change in contemporary Africa, with emphasis on the problems of nationalism and nation-building.|Comparative politics course. Prereq: jr st; Pol Sci 106(R).

333 Seminar in Comparative Politics: (Subtitled). 3 cr. U/G. Intensive study in selected aspects of comparative politics.|Retakable w/chg in topic to 9 cr max. Enrollment limited to 15 students. Comparative politics course. Prereq: jr st.

334 German Politics and the New Europe. 3 cr. U/G. Development of the two German republics after 1945; domestic and European issues of a unified Germany.|Comparative politics course. Prereq: jr st.

335 Comparative Political Systems. 3 cr. U/G. Government and politics in various Western and developing countries, stressing common experience as well as differences conditioned by diverse circumstances.|Comparative politics course. Prereq: jr st.

341 Politics and Markets in Pacific-Rim Countries: (Subtitled). 3 cr. U/G. Introduction to the political-economic relationships among Pacific-Rim countries.|Retakable w/chg in topic to 6 cr max. Comparative politics course. Prereq: jr st.

368 Gender and Politics in Developing Nations. 3 cr. U/G. Gender and politics in Latin America, East/South Asia, the Middle East, integrating works from political science, feminist theory, development studies, public health, women's studies.|Counts as a repeat of Pol Sci 333 w/same subtitle. Enrollment limited to 15 students. Comparative politics course. Prereq: jr st.

371 Nationalism and Ethnic Conflict. 3 cr. U. Development of nations and nationalism. Origins and methods of violent ethnic conflict. International intervention in such conflicts.|Comparative or international politics course. Prereq: jr st.

372 Poverty and Politics: (Subtitled). 3 cr. U. Causes and political consequences of poverty and social inequality worldwide.|Counts as repeat of Pol Sci 499 w/same topic. Retakable w/chg in topic to 6 cr max. Prereq: jr st.

International Politics

316 International Law. 3 cr. U/G. Rules and principles of behavior which govern nations in their relations with one another, as illustrated in texts and cases.|International politics course. Prereq: jr st.

330 The Politics of International Economic Relations. 3 cr. U/G. Introduction to the politics of international trade and investment in industrial, developing, and post-communist countries.|International politics course. Prereq: jr st.

337 International Organization and the United Nations. 3 cr. U/G. Collective security as an approach to international peace. Emphasis on the changing nature of the United Nations, its major problems, and the current national and bloc policies by member states.|International politics course. Prereq: jr st.

338 Seminar in International Relations: (Subtitled). 3 cr. U/G. Intensive study in selected aspects of international relations. Add'l prereqs announced in Schedule of Classes each time course is offered.|Retakable w/chg in topic to 6 cr max. Enrollment limited to 15 students. International politics course. Prereq: jr st.

339 European Integration. 3 cr. U/G. Evolution of the European Union, its institutions, and key policy developments related to the single market, common currency, enlargement, and the democratic deficit.|Comparative or international politics course. Prereq: jr st.

340 Politics of Nuclear Weapons. 3 cr. U/G. Survey of nuclear war issues, including the effects of nuclear weapons, defense against nuclear attack, arms control, nuclear weapons proliferation, and nuclear ethics.|International politics course. Prereq: jr st; course in pol sci or related field recom.

343 (244) Asian International Relations. 3 cr. U. Analysis of recent relations of the major powers in East, Southeast, and South Asia, especially the problems of the smaller states and the role of the United States.|International politics course. Prereq: jr st.

346 (246) U.S.-Latin American Relations. 3 cr. U. Historic and contemporary inter-American relations, including issues such as U.S.-Cuban relations, drug trafficking, trade integration, international finance, and migration.|International politics course. Prereq: Pol Sci 103(P), 104(P), 106(P), or 175(P).

359 Problems of American Foreign Policy. 3 cr. U/G. Analysis of problems confronting the United States in principal regions of the world, emphasizing the content and instrumentalities of recent policy, and considering alternative solutions.|International politics course. Prereq: jr st.

365 Theories and Methods in International Politics. 3 cr. U/G. Empirical, theoretical, and quantitative analyses of international relations.|International politics course. Prereq: jr st.

370 International Conflict. 3 cr. U/G. Theoretical and quantitative studies of international conflict and war. Includes individual, national, and systemic approaches.|International politics course. Prereq: jr st.

423 Conduct of American Foreign Affairs. 3 cr. U/G. Descriptive analysis of the way American foreign policy is formulated and carried out by federal agencies.|International Politics course. Prereq: jr st.

Introductory Courses

103 Introduction to Political Science. 3 cr. U. An introduction to the systematic study of politics, including voting, parties, interest groups, executives, legislatures, courts, and political ideologies.|Prereq: none.

104 Introduction to American Government and Politics. 3 cr. U. How the American political system works, with emphasis on the Constitution, elections, political parties, interest groups, Congress, the presidency, the courts, and national policy making.|Prereq: none.

105 State Politics. 3 cr. U. Processes and functions of state governments and their relations with the national government and local governments; special emphasis on Wisconsin politics.|Prereq: none.

106 Politics of the World's Nations. 3 cr. U. Introduction to political issues facing the governments of industrialized and developing nations, democratic and authoritarian, considering the similarities and differences between these nations and America.|Prereq: none.

175 Introduction to International Relations. 3 cr. U. Introduction to international relations, including the major subfields. Essential characteristics of the international system and the foreign policy objectives of states are discussed to give the beginning student a clearer view of world politics.|Prereq: none.

193 First-Year Seminar: (Subtitled). 3 cr. U. The specific topics are announced in the Schedule of Classes each time the class is offered.|Open only to freshmen. Students may earn cr in just one L&S First-Year Sem (course numbers 192, 193, 194). Prereq: none.

Political Methodology Courses

203 Introduction to Political Science Research. 3 cr. U. An overview of quantitative political science research. The role of theory, research design, and measurement.|Research methods course. Prereq: one pol sci course.

390 Political Data Analysis. 3 cr. U/G. Research design, measurement, and techniques of political data analysis.|Research methods course. Prereq: jr st; satisfaction of GER Quantitative Literacy Part A req.

392 Survey Research. 3 cr. U/G. Theory and practice of survey techniques. Planning, design, sampling, types of data, questionnaire construction, interviewing, field operation, and coding examples in a variety of fields.|Research methods course. Prereq: jr st.

Political Theory

255 (155) Great Issues of Politics. 3 cr. U. Major problems in political thought, such as war and peace, justice and power, liberty and authority, identity and alienation, and stability and change.|Political theory course. Prereq: none.

281 Classics of Political Theory. 3 cr. U. Power, authority, liberty, justice, law, and other basic ideas of politics and government as treated in the classic works of political thought.|Political theory course. Prereq: soph st.

361 History of International Political Thought. 3 cr. U/G. History of international political thought. Statist and internationalist theories of sovereignty, war, intervention, and international law.|Political theory or international politics course. Prereq: jr st.

381 The Development of Western Political Thought. 3 cr. U/G. Political theory from the Greek era to the present.|Political theory course. Prereq: jr st; grade of C or better in English 102(P) or score level 4 on EPT.

382 Modern Political Thought. 3 cr. U/G. Liberal democracy, traditional conservatism, fascism, communism and socialism, with emphasis on the development and problems of democracy.|Political theory course. Prereq: jr st.

384 (560) The Philosophy of Law. 3 cr. U/G. The idea of law and its relationship to morality. Issues of legal obligation, rights, responsibility, and punishment.|Philos 384 & Pol Sci 384 are jointly offered; they count as repeats of one another. Political theory course. Prereq: jr st; 3 cr in philos or previous course in political theory or law studies recom.

385 American Political Thought. 3 cr. U/G. Survey of main currents of American political thought from colonial times to the present.|Political theory course. Prereq: jr st.

386 Contemporary Political Theory. 3 cr. U/G. Survey of current work in different branches of political theory, including formal, analytical, and critical theory.|Political theory course. Prereq: jr st.

389 Politics and Philosophy: 3 cr. U/G. Ideas and methods in recent political theory, including the history of political thought, analytical political philosophy, and critical theory.|Political theory course. Retakable w/chg in topic to 6 cr max. Prereq: jr st; one course in political theory.

Special Courses

284 Introduction to ULEAP. 1-3 cr. U. Undergraduate Laboratory for Empirical Analysis of Politics (ULEAP). Hands-on research lab for recurring ULEAP projects. Students assist faculty with research projects, develop quantitative research skills.|Requires 40 hrs of supervised research per cr. Retakable to 9 cr max. Prereq: cons instr.

296 UROP Apprenticeship. 1-3 cr. U. Undergraduate research participation in a project developed with a supervising member of the faculty or staff.|One credit for 45 hrs research. Retakable to 9 cr max in any combination of UROP Apprenticeship courses. Not open to jrs & srs. Prereq: acceptance into UROP; prior or conc reg in UROP seminar.

297 Study Abroad: (Subtitled). 1-12 cr. U. Designed to enroll students in UWM sponsored program before course work level, content and credits are determined and/or in specially prepared program course work.|Retakable w/topic chg. Prereq: acceptance for Study Abroad Prog.

299 Ad Hoc: (Subtitled). 1-6 cr. U. Course created expressly for offering in a specified enrollment period. Requires only dept & assoc dean approval. In exceptional circumstances, can be offered in one add'l sem.|Retakable w/chg in topic. Prereq: none; add'l prereqs may be assigned to specific topic.

380 Honors Seminar: (Subtitled). 3H cr. U. Selective topics in the study of politics.|Retakable w/chg in topic to 9 cr max. Political theory course. Prereq: soph st; Honors 200(P); cons Honors College dir.

398 Cyber-Politics: 3 cr. U. Study of politics using internet sources, especially the Worldwide Web.|Not retakable for degree cr. Prereq: jr st; one social sci course.

489 Internship in Political Science. 1-6 cr. U. Application of advanced principles in political science in a governmental or political setting.|One cr earned for academic work related to each 40 hrs of internship work. Retakable to 6 cr max. Prereq: jr st; 2.75 gpa; cons supervising faculty member.

489 (effective 01/26/2015) Internship in Political Science. 1-6 cr. U. Application of advanced principles in political science in a governmental or political setting.|One cr earned for academic work related to each 40 hrs of internship work. Retakable to 6 cr max. Prereq: jr st; 3.0 GPA; cons supervising faculty member.

497 Study Abroad: (Subtitled). 1-12 cr. U. Designed to enroll students in UWM sponsored program before course work level, content and credits are determined and/or in specially prepared program course work.|Retakable w/topic chg. Prereq: jr st; acceptance for Study Abroad Prog.

499 Ad Hoc: (Subtitled). 1-6 cr. U. Course created expressly for offering in a specified enrollment period. Requires only dept & assoc dean approval. In exceptional circumstances, can be offered in one add'l sem.|Retakable w/chg in topic. Prereq: jr st; add'l prereqs may be assigned to specific topic.

500 Capstone Course in Political Science. 3 cr. U. Readings and discussions about fundamental political science problems; directed research project tailored to each student's special interests.|Prereq: sr st; declared pol sci major; Pol Sci 203(P), 390(P), or 392(P).

678 Advanced Undergraduate Laboratory for the Empirical Analysis of Politics. 1-3 cr. U. Advanced students enhance their research skills by assisting faculty members on political science research projects in collaboration with other students.|Requires 40 hrs of supervised research per cr. Retakable to 9 cr max. Prereq: jr st; cons instr.

699 Independent Reading. 1-6 cr. U. Students with superior grade-point averages and special aptitudes may be given permission to earn up to 6 cr toward the major by writing a thesis or doing directed research or reading. See Advanced Independent Study for further information. Consult the Political Science Chair.|Retakable w/chg in topic. Prereq: jr st; 2.5 gpa; writ cons instr, dept chair, & assoc dean for SAS.

This course information produced at 01:00 on 09/23/2014.

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