Florida State University General Bulletin 1998-1999

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Academic Departments and Programs (course descriptions)


Department of Political Science

College of Social Sciences

Chair: Henry R. Glick;
Professors: Atkins, Berry, Cnudde, Dye, Flanagan, Glick, Palmer, G. Parker;
Associate Professors: Barrilleaux, Billings, Claggett, Kemp, Kim, Mondak, Moore, S. Parker, Ringquist, Smith;
Assistant Professors: Hensel, Leeds, McLaughlin, Metcalf, Powers, Sanders;
Professors Emeriti: Bone, Flory, Gray, Roady, St. Angelo, Vanderoef

The undergraduate major in political science is designed to educate citizens and promote their active interest in public affairs and to prepare students for careers in public service. It also serves to provide students with a foundation for continuing their studies at the graduate level or as a prelaw curriculum. More than half of the courses listed below are offered each semester.

State of Florida Common Course Prerequisites

The State of Florida has identified common course prerequisites for this University degree program. These prerequisites are lower-level courses that are required for preparation for the University major prior to a student receiving a baccalaureate degree from The Florida State University. They may be taken either at a community college or in a university lower-division program. It is preferred that these common course prerequisites be completed in the freshman and sophomore years.

The following lists the common course prerequisites or approved substitutions necessary for this degree program:

  1. Two introductory courses [six (6) semester hours] in political science with the POS, INR or CPO prefix.

Requirements for a Major in Political Science

A political science major consists of thirty (30) semester hours of political science with grades of C or better.

The thirty (30) semester hours must be taken in the following prefixes: CPO, INR, PAD, POS, POT, and PUP. PHM 2300, 3321, 3331r, and 4340r may count as POT. Students may not count both PHM 2300 and POT 3003 for the major. PAX and ISS prefixes may count when the instructor is a faculty member in political science who writes an individual memorandum for each student stipulating for which prefix the student may receive credit.

The thirty (30) semester hours must include at least twenty-one (21) semester hours above 2999; at least twenty-one (21) semester hours in an assembled classroom (as distinguished from individual credit for honors, directed studies, and internships); and at least twelve (12) semester hours in classrooms at The Florida State University (including the study abroad program).

The thirty (30) semester hours must also include at least six (6) semester hours in each of at least three of the six prefixes listed above. The student must select at least three of the following introductory courses: CPO 2002; INR 2002; PAD 3003; POS 1041, 2001; PUP 3713; POT 3003 or PHM 2300. Note: CPO 2002; INR 2002; and POS 1041; or consent of instructor, are prerequisites for many 3000 and 4000 level classes in those prefixes.

POS 3713 Research Methods in Political Science is required of all majors.

Political science majors are required to have a minor in an approved department or program and must meet the requirements stipulated by the minor department or program. Public administration and policy is never an approved minor for political science majors because those classes count as part of the major.

Honors in the Major

The department offers a program of honors in the major to encourage talented juniors and seniors to undertake independent and original research as part of the undergraduate experience. For requirements and other information, see the University Honors Program and Honor Societies section of this General Bulletin.

Internships

An optional internship in political science is designed to provide students with opportunities to learn firsthand about government and politics, and provides six (6) semester hours of credit in political science. The prerequisites for internship credit include an overall grade point average (GPA) of 3.0; twelve (12) semester hours of credit in political science (including one or more specific courses related to the proposed internship); and the consent of the internship director. Completion of or concurrent enrollment in POS 3713 is also a prerequisite for an internship.

Requirements for a Minor in Political Science

Students majoring in other departments or programs may minor in political science with fifteen (15) semester hours of political science with grades of C or better. A maximum of six (6) semester hours of PAD and PHM prefixes combined may be counted toward the minor. At least nine (9) semester hours must be above 2999 and at least six (6) of those must be earned at The Florida State University.

Definition of Prefixes

CPO Comparative Politics
INR International Relations
PHM Philosophy of Man and Society
POS Political Science
POT Political Theory
PUP Public Policy
SYD Demography and Area Studies

Undergraduate Courses

American Government and General Political Science

POS 1041. American Government: National (3). Investigates how the national government is structured and how the American political system operates. Covers the philosophical and constitutional foundations of American government, the branches of the national government, the mechanisms by which citizens are connected to their government, and the policy outputs of government.
POS 1112. American Government: State and Local (3). A study of the organization, functions, and policies of governments below the national level (state, county, and city).
POS 2001. Introduction to Political Science (3). An introduction to the discipline of political science involving an examination of its major sub-fields, concepts, and methodologies.
POS 3122. State Politics (3). Prerequisite: POS 1041 or consent of instructor. Government and politics in the American states. Looks at the governor, the legislature, and the courts; the history of federalism; and policies, practices, and social institutions that affect state government. Includes a study of state policies in such areas as welfare, education, crime, and the environment.
POS 3142. Urban Politics (3). Prerequisite: POS 1041 or consent of instructor. Examines the structure and operation of city governments and the political forces that drive decision making. Includes an examination of different forms of local government and the role of political parties, interest groups, and individuals. Examines the varying social and economic factors affecting U.S. cities.
POS 3182. Florida Government (3). Prerequisite: POS 1041 or consent of instructor. The history and current organization of Florida government the executive, legislative, and judicial branches. Considers such topics as the Florida Constitution, how Florida compares to other state governments, and the effects of interests outside state government.
POS 3204. Public Opinion and Electoral Behavior (3). Prerequisite: POS 1041, or instructor permission. This course explores political attitudes and behavior. It examines such topics as the sources of political knowledge; how political attitudes are formed and changed; how public opinion is measured; and why people vote the way they do.
POS 3263. Political Elites and Representation (3). Prerequisite: POS 1041 or consent of instructor. Considers the major areas related to representation in American government: how public officials are elected, the nature of their interactions with citizens, how policy is made at the national level, and the level of popular control.
POS 3443. Political Parties and Campaigning (3). Prerequisite: POS 1041 or consent of instructor. Course describes, explains, and evaluates the structure, activities, and functions of political parties in the United States. Examines party organization and leadership, nominations and elections, the American electorate, and political campaigning.
POS 3463. Interest Groups in Democratic Politics (3). Prerequisite: POS 1041 or consent of instructor. The activities of lobbyists and interest groups in the U.S. and Florida as they relate to the initiation, formulation, enactment, and interest group administration of public policies.
POS 3691. Introduction to Law and Society (3). Prerequisite: POS 1041 or consent of instructor. Course surveys the American legal system including the role of lawyers; sources and types of law; and courts, legislatures, executive agencies, and other lawmaking institutions. Also links law and legal behavior to the social, economic, and political features of modern society. (Required for students in the Law and Society Program.)
POS 3713. Research Methods in Political Science (3). Prerequisite: Any one of the following POS 1041; CPO 2002; INR 2002; PUP 3713; POT 3003; or consent of instructor. Doing political science as opposed to reading it. Includes introductory examinations of survey research, computer applications, data analysis, and philosophy of science. Required for all political science majors.
POS 3930r. Advanced Undergraduate Seminar (1-3). Prerequisite: At least twelve (12) semester hours of political science or consent of instructor. Seminar on topics of major theoretical or policy relevance to political scientists. Opportunity for discussion and instructor interaction. Topic varies. May be repeated to a maximum of six (6) semester hours.
POS 3932r. Special Topics in Government (1-3). Prerequisite: POS 1041 or consent of instructor. Varies with the instructor and semester. May be repeated to a maximum of nine (9) semester hours.
POS 3949r. Cooperative Education Work Experience (0). (S/U grade only.) Prerequisite: POS 1041 or consent of instructor.
POS 4210. Economic Interpretations of American Politics (3). Prerequisite: POS 1041 or consent of instructor. Introduces students to economic interpretations of American politics in a nonmathematical fashion, critically evaluating these explanations against empirical research on constitution making, bureaucratic behavior, congressional decision making, electoral choice, the behavior of political parties and interest groups, and public policy outcomes.
POS 4275. Political Campaigns (3). Prerequisite: POS 1041 or consent of instructor. The planning and administration of electoral campaigns for students interested in campaign participation as volunteers or professionals.
POS 4284. Courts, Law, and Politics (3). Prerequisite: POS 1041 or consent of instructor. Survey of the judicial system and its links to politics in the United States. Covers the U.S. Supreme Court, other federal courts, and state and local courts. Topics include legal education and law careers, role of lawyers in court, selection of judges, how civil and criminal cases get to and through the courts, plea bargaining, judicial decision-making, and court-made public policy.
POS 4413. The American Presidency (3). Prerequisite: POS 1041 or consent of instructor. The evolution and power of the American presidency and the relations of the President with the branches of government. Also offered by the School of Public Administration and Policy.
POS 4424. Legislative Systems (3). Prerequisite: POS 1041 or consent of instructor. Congress and the behavior of its members. Includes the recruitment and election of members of Congress, the functioning of party leaders and congressional committees, the influences on congressional policy-making, and the sources of stability and change in Congress.
POS 4432. Congress and the Presidency: Simulation (3). Prerequisite: POS 1041 or consent of instructor. The course integrates lectures on congressional processes and behavior with opportunities to observe and practice these processes and behavior in a laboratory (simulation) situation.
POS 4606. The Supreme Court in American Politics (3). Prerequisite: POS 1041 or consent of instructor. Reviews the political role of the Supreme Court with particular attention to case law concerning judicial review, commerce power, federalism, and presidential and legislative power.
POS 4624. The Supreme Court, Civil Liberties, and Civil Rights (3). Prerequisite: POS 1041 or consent of instructor. Reviews recent interpretations of the Bill of Rights and 14th Amendment case law with special attention to freedom of expression, equal protection, and criminal due process rights.
POS 4715. Strategy in Politics (3). Prerequisites: MAC 1105 and any one of the following CPO 2002; INR 2002; POS 1041 or consent of instructor. Course discusses elementary theories of individual and group decisionmaking which are used to analyze various political phenomena such as the arms race, legislative politics, majority rule in democracies, voting and elections, and coalition governments.
POS 4905r. Directed Individual Study (1-3). Prerequisite: At least twelve (12) semester hours of political science or consent of instructor. Involves some combination of research, reading, writing, field study, other scholarly activities, and evaluation. May be repeated to a maximum of twelve (12) semester hours.
POS 4936r. Honors Work (3). Prerequisite: At least twelve (12) semester hours of political science or consent of instructor. When offered as a seminar, selected topics are used to develop outstanding scholarship; also offered for individual students engaged in senior honors thesis. May be repeated to a maximum of twelve (12) semester hours.
POS 4941r. Internship (1-6). Prerequisites: Completion of or concurrent enrollment in POS 3713; twelve (12) semester hours of credit in political science; a cumulative GPA of 3.0; completion of coursework related to the internship and consent of the internship director. For six (6) credit hours, students work twenty (20) hours per week with one of various government-related entities: a legislator, state/local agency, lobbying organization, or political party, etc. Students write a major research paper and attend periodic meetings with the course instructor.

Comparative Politics

CPO 2002. Introduction to Comparative Government and Politics (3). Addresses government institutions and current political parties throughout the world, as well as theories that explain similarities and differences among countries. Topics may include electoral systems, parliamentary systems, causes of political change, democratization, political culture, ideologies, and economic and social policy. Examples from Western democracies, the third world, and current or former communist countries. CPO 2002 is a prerequisite course for all courses with a CPO prefix at the 3000 and 4000 level.
CPO 3034. Politics of Developing Areas (3). Prerequisite: CPO 2002 or consent of instructor. Course examines how economic and social conditions affect politics and government in Africa, Asia, Latin America, and/or the Middle East. Typical topics include theories of economic development, cultural influences on politics, religious and ethnic conflict, changing roles of women in the developing world, foreign aid, causes and consequences of poverty, causes of revolution, environmental policies, military regimes, and corruption.
CPO 3103. Comparative Government and Politics: Western Europe (3). Prerequisite: CPO 2002 or consent of instructor. Political behavior and institutions in Britain, Germany, France, and other European countries and transnational developments in Europe, such as the postindustrial society phenomenon, terrorism, Eurocommunism, and European federation.
CPO 3123. Comparative Government and Politics: Great Britain (3). Prerequisite: CPO 2002 or consent of instructor. The political and governmental system of Great Britain within a comparative framework. Comparison and contrast with the United States emphasized.
CPO 3303. Politics of Latin America (3). Prerequisite: CPO 2002 or instructor consent. Course examines Latin American politics after the mid-20th century. Examines the historical, economic, and international contexts in which Latin American political systems function, and indentifies challenges to democracy and development. The specific Latin American countries covered will vary.
CPO 3403. Comparative Government and Politics: The Middle East (3). Prerequisite: CPO 2002 or consent of instructor. The political systems of the Middle East and their social, economic, and cultural foundations.
CPO 3520. Emerging Democracies in Northeast Asia: Korea, Taiwan, Japan (3). Prerequisite: CPO 2002 or instructor permission. An introduction to politics in Korea, Taiwan, and Japan. Looks at 20th century political developments to better understand contemporary events in these countries. Deals with political issues such as electoral systems, party systems, economic miracles, the process of democratization, the potential future role of these countries in world affairs, North Korean nuclear development, and unification of the Korean Peninsula.
CPO 3530. Political Development in East Asia (3). Prerequisites: CPO 2002 or instructor permission.This course provides a comprehensive look at the events and people shaping Asian-Pacific history since the mid-18th century, and relates them to the shape of current Pacific Basin relations. The western colonial impact on and the subsequent political development of eleven northeast and southeast Asian countries is covered including: China, Hong Kong, Japan, Korea, Taiwan, Singapore, the Philippines, Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand and Vietnam.
CPO 3541. Politics of China (3). Prerequisite: CPO 2002 or consent of instructor. An introduction to the politics of the Peoples Republic of China, its political history and contemporary organization. Covers such topics as Chinese communism, the Cultural Revolution, the post-Mao era, the two Chinas, and popular movements and reform. Also examines current issues.
CPO 3553. Politics of Japan (3). Prerequisite: CPO 2002 or consent of instructor. Japanese society and culture, political behavior, and political institutions. Also included are Japans foreign relations with the United States, China, the former Soviet Union, and Southeast Asia.
CPO 3614. East European Politics (3). Prerequisite: CPO 2002 or consent of instructor. Examines the past and future of East Europe, focusing on the political, social, and economic legacies of the pre-World War I and inter-war periods, and the Stalin and post-Stalin periods. The collapse of communism and the democratization process are also examined.
CPO 3930r. Special Topics in Comparative Government and Politics (1-3). Prerequisites: CPO 2002 or consent of instructor. Topics vary with the instructor and semester. May be repeated to a maximum of nine (9) semester hours.

International Relations

INR 2002. Introduction to International Relations (3). Introduces students to the study of international relations. Major topics include the different actors that participate in international relations and the different goals they pursue, the processes of conflict and cooperation, and recent trends in international politics. INR 2002 is a prerequisite for all courses with an INR prefix at the 3000 or 4000 level.
INR 3005. Geography, History, and International Relations (3). Prerequisite: INR 2002 or instructor permission. Course introduces students to the impact of geography and history on international relations and considers the ways these forces influence national and international processes. Topics include the role of geography in international economics and trade, regional integration, geopolitics, territorial and resource disputes, and how decision-makers learn from history.
INR 3502. International Organization (3). Prerequisite: INR 2002 or consent of instructor. Course covers the role of global and regional international organizations in contemporary world politics. Special emphasis is placed on the United Nations system, including its structure, activities, influence, and role in world integration.
INR 3603. Theories of International Relations (3). Prerequisite: INR 2002 or consent of instructor. This course provides a more detailed examination of the process of international relations than the introductory course. Topics include the major approaches to foreign policy decision making, prominent explanations of international conflict, and process of international economics.
INR 3933r. Special Topics in International Relations (1-3). Prerequisites: INR 2002 or consent of instructor. Topics vary with the instructor and semester. May be repeated to a maximum of nine (9) semester hours.
INR 4083. International Conflict (3). Prerequisite: INR 2002 or consent of instructor. This course examines historical patterns in warfare, and considers the conditions that influence war and peace between nation-states. Topics include causes of war, outcomes and aftermath of war, and approaches to peace.
INR 4102. American Foreign Policy (3). Prerequisite: INR 2002 or consent of instructor. The role of the U.S. President, State Department, Congress, Central Intelligence Agency, and Defense Department in making foreign policy. Examines the decision-making process and domestic sources of foreign policy, such as the electorate, public opinion, interest groups, and the media. Looks at the past and the future of American foreign policy with an emphasis on current issues.
INR 4244. Studies in International Politics: Latin America (3). Prerequisite: INR 2002 or consent of instructor. Latin America in the international political system, with emphasis on the United States and Latin America.
INR 4274. Studies in International Politics: The Middle East (3). Prerequisite: INR 2002 or consent of instructor. Developments in the international politics of the Middle East and North Africa, historical background to Middle Eastern conflicts, wars and crises with a focus on the Arab-Israeli conflict.
INR 4334. American Defense Policy (3). Prerequisite: INR 2002 or consent of instructor. The evolution and organization of American defense policy as well as an assessment of its current capabilities.
INR 4702. Political Economy of International Relations (3). Prerequisite: INR 2002 or consent of instructor. Course examines the interaction between politics and economics in international relations. Topics covered include international trade, the global monetary system, multinational corporations, regional integration, and economic development.

Public Policy

PUP 3713. Introduction to Public Policy (3). An introduction to the development of public policy in the United States. Covers main policy areas including housing, education, the economy, etc.
PUP 4203. Environmental Politics and Policy (3). Prerequisite: PUP 3713 or instructor permission. This course focuses on the actions taken by government to protect and improve environmental quality in the United States. It includes such topics as the underlying scientific principles, the major actors in policy making, existing legislation, and future challenges. Background in science is not necessary.
PUP 4744. Public Policy and Business (3). Prerequisites: POS 1041; PUP 3713. A survey and analysis of public policies affecting business and industry.
PUP 4931r. Special Topics in Public Policy (1-3). Prerequisite: PUP 3713 or consent of instructor. Policy alternatives and the policy-making process on a specific contemporary policy question in America, e.g., science research and development, energy, regulation, taxes, environment. Varies with the instructor and semester. May be repeated to a maximum of nine (9) semester hours.

Political Theory

PHM 3331r. Modern Political Thought (3). Major political ideas of the modern world emphasized through a study of selected political theories, attention to differentiating modern from ancient and medieval political thought. Also offered by the Department of Philosophy.
PHM 4340r. Contemporary Political Thought (3). Emphasis on a selected set of issues, trend, or school of thought in contemporary political philosophy. Also offered by the Department of Philosophy.
POT 2502. Politics and Ethics (3). Study of conflicts between power and traditional ideas of morality and ethics.
POT 3003. Introduction to Political Thought (3). Study of the writings of several major political theorists of the past that explore the major issues that define the field of political theory.
POT 3075. Culture and Politics (3). Values, beliefs, and symbols in short, culture under lie and energize the processes of politics and government. Covers the analysis of those social and cultural forces that often structure or determine political events.
POT 3102. Political Thought in Fiction (3). An inquiry into politics and political thought as they appear in fiction, including literature, cinema, theatre, and television.
POT 4205. American Political Thought I (3). Course explores and analyzes the major thinkers of American political thought from its beginnings up to the Civil War period. Included topics are Puritanism, the American Revolution, the making and ratifying of the Constitution, Jeffersonian and Jacksonian democracy, the nature of the union, and the issue of slavery.
POT 4206. American Political Thought II (3). Course explores and analyzes the major thinkers and major themes in American political thought from the post Civil War period to the present. Included topics are social Darwinism, Populism, Progressivism, the New Deal and its critics, and post World War II political thought.
POT 4306. Feminist Political Theories (3). Examination of major feminist political theories and analysis of their analytic similarities and differences.
POT 4904r. Readings in Political Thought (3). Prerequisite: POT 3003 or consent of instructor. Issues or topics in the general area of political theory determined through consultation between instructor and student. May be repeated to a maximum of nine (9) semester hours.

 

Graduate Courses

Comparative Politics

CPO 5036. Politics of Developing Areas (3).
CPO 5091. Core Seminar in Comparative Government and Politics (3).
CPO 5105. West European Politics (3).
CPO 5127. Seminar in Comparative Government and Politics: Great Britain (3).
CPO 5407. Seminar in Comparative Government and Politics: The Middle East (3).
CPO 5557. Seminar in Comparative Government and Politics: Japan (3).
CPO 5644. Russian Politics (3).
CPO 5740. Comparative Political Economy (3).
CPO 5934r. Selected Topics (3).
CPO 6910. Advanced Research in Comparative Politics (3).

International Relations

INR 5007. Seminar in International Relations: International Politics (3).
INR 5036. International Political Economy (3).
INR 5037. Development, Dependence, and Inequality (3).
INR 5090. Rational Choice and International Relations (3).
INR 5206. Foreign Policy Analysis (3).
INR 5207. Comparative Foreign Policy (3).
INR 5265. Russian Foreign Policy (3).
INR 5274. Middle East Foreign Policy (3).
INR 5507. Seminar in International Relations: International Organization (3).
INR 5934r. Selected Topics (3).
INR 6910. Advanced Research in International Relations (3).

American Government

POS 5045r. Seminar in American Government and Public Policy: Selected Topics (3).
POS 5048. Seminar in American Government and Public Policy: National Government (3).
POS 5127. State Government and Politics (3).
POS 5208r. Selected Topics in Political Behavior (3).
POS 5227. The Executive (3).
POS 5237. Seminar in American Government and Public Policy: Public Opinion (3).
POS 5277. Electoral Politics (3).
POS 5287. Seminar in American Government and Public Policy: Judicial Politics (3).
POS 5352. The Campaign Process (3).
POS 5427. Legislative Politics (3).
POS 5456. Interest Groups and Policy (3).
POS 5698r. Selected Topics (3).
POS 5724. Economic Models of American Politics (3).
POS 6910. Advanced Research in American Government (3).

Methods of Political Analysis

POS 5726. Social Choice Theory (3).
POS 5736. Research Design (3).
POS 5737. Political Science Data Analysis (3).
POS 5746. Quantitative Analysis in Political Science (3).
POS 5747. Advanced Quantitative Analysis in Political Science (3).
POS 5749. Political Science Research Practicum (3).
POS 5750. Game Theory (3).

Political Theory

POT 5207. Seminar in Political Thought: American Political Thought (3).
POT 5934r, 5936r. Seminar in Political Thought: Selected Topics (3, 3).

Public Policy

PUP 5005. Public Policy: Institutions and Processes (3).
PUP 5007. Models of Public Policy-Making (3).
PUP 5009r. Public Policy (3).
PUP 5335. Aging Politics and Policy (3).
PUP 6910. Advanced Research in Public Policy (3).

Other

POS 5909r. Directed Individual Study (1-3).
POS 5919r. Supervised Research (1-5). (S/U grade only.)
POS 5940r. Supervised Teaching (1-5). (S/U grade only.)
POS 5946r. Teaching Political Science at the College Level (3).
POS 6930r. Profession of Political Science (0-6). (S/U grade only.)
SYD 5145. Population Policy (3).

For listings relating to graduate course work for thesis, dissertation, and masters and doctoral examinations and defense, consult the Graduate Bulletin.

POPULATION, CENTER FOR THE STUDY OF: see Graduate Bulletin

PORTUGUESE: see Modern Languages and Linguistics

PRELAW EMPHASIS: see Communication