Political science is devoted to the study of the individual as a political being acting in association with others to accomplish public ends. As an academic discipline, it deals primarily with the description and analysis of political systems and political behavior.
General Goals for Learning
- Develop the ability to think critically and write clearly about important political questions or cross-cultural and global issues;
- Enhance their global citizenship through an awareness of the global dimensions of personal choices and public policies;
- Enhance an active democratic citizenship through the development of practical political awareness and experience at political activism; and
- Enhance their analytical and presentation skills devoted to political and global topics through class presentations.
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Students choose a topic and design the research project required of Global Studies majors. The course is conducted primarily on an independent basis in consultation with the lobal Studies coordinator.
Prerequisite: approval of the global studies coordinator. Junior or senior status.
Students complete the original research project required of Global Studies majors.
Prerequisites: GS489 (may be concurrent).
A basic course on the nature and purpose of our U.S. political system; includes the Constitution, institutions, processes and persons that combine to form our federal government. The student is exposed to a variety of approaches to political study.
This course examines the major social science perspectives in conjunction with an instruction in the logic and procedures of gathering information about social phenomena. The course covers such topics as: the logic of the scientific method, research design, hypotheses formation, theory and methods of scaling, and research analysis.
Also offered as S250. Prerequisite: ST132 or ST232.
An overview of the field of public administration, the course includes the development and growth of public administration, organization theory, personnel administration, leadership, budgeting, administrative law, and public policy.
This course is devoted to an interdisciplinary examination of fundamental questions regarding the nature of man, politics and social relations. Values, ideas and practice as gleaned from the theories and writings of major thinkers from the 14th through early 20th centuries are explored. Special focus is directed toward ideas of Khadun, Machiavelli, Locke, and Durkheim. Other theorists such as Marx, Weber and Gandhi are also considered.
Also offered as S304. Prerequisite: either PS102 or S110.
This course is devoted to an interdisciplinary examination of fundamental questions regarding the nature of man, politics and social relations. Values, ideas, and priorities as gleaned from the theories and writings of major thinkers from the late 19th and 20th centuries are explored. Special focus is directed toward ideas from the Federalists, Economic Interventionist and Social Elitists. Other topics are selected based on student and instructor interests.
Also offered as S305.
Courses in this section are devoted to a thorough review, analysis, and evaluation of topics and methods that are relevant to the current study of political theory. Topics may include but are not limited to the following: American political thought, critical theory, feminist theory, post-modern, and deconstruction.
This course examines the basic structures of the international system including: 1) states, nations, transnationals, international organizations, diplomacy, etc.; 2) global issues including: war/peace, deterrence, arms control, political economy, trade, human rights, peace-keeping, etc.; and, 3) global ideas: sovereignty, nationalism, modernization, etc. This course deals extensively with the contemporary international system and the issues arising from the limitations of power in international affairs. Students apply this knowledge in a United Nations simulation.
This course studies the ideas, institutions and individuals responsible for American foreign policy, the mechanics of its determination and implementation, with emphasis on current problems, policies and objectives in foreign policy.
Courses in this section are devoted to a thorough review, analysis, and evaluation of topics and methods that are relevant to the study of international relations and politics. Topics may include but are not limited to the following: war and peace, international political economy, international organizations, non-state actors in world politics, comparative foreign policy, trade and aid in the international system, global issues, regionalism in international relations, and other topics.
This course examines how different types of countries, i.e. established democracies, transitioning nations, and non-democracies, are governed. The course examines first the broader trends and concepts about political systems and then engages in more in-depth case studies on a number of countries representing different regions, colonial and post-colonial experiences, levels of economic development, and government types.
Courses in this series are devoted to a thorough review, analysis, and evaluation of topics and methods that are relevant to the current study of comparative politics and government. Topics may include but are not limited to the following: Asian politics and governments; Latin American politics and government; European politics and governments; comparative political leadership; political and economic development; comparative revolutionary movements; regimes, movements, and ideologies; and other topics.
This course examines the social, philosophical and legal problems faced by the Supreme Court in translating the abstract language of civil liberties contained in the U.S. Constitution into concrete reality with an emphasis upon current problems and the evolving nature of the process.
These courses are devoted to a variety of significant issues, developments, institutions and outcomes which are important to an understanding of American government and law. Topics may include the study of American constitutional law, the American presidency, Congress, great American political thinkers, American foreign policy and diplomacy and more. Courses and topics vary according to faculty and student interest.
This course offers a working experience in the purpose and tools of qualitative field methods. The course covers rapport, methods of observation, field notes, data coding and analysis, ethnography, focus groups and interviews, as well as an introduction to quasi-experimentation.
Offered fall semester. Also offered as S350. Prerequisite: PS242/S250.
This course examines the organization, techniques, and politics of administrative planning, budget preparation and legislative process, and control systems in public organizations.
The process of formulating and administering public personnel policies is presented. Major topics include: merit system, job classification, recruitment, examination, training, promotion, discipline, pay, collective bargaining, and political activity of government employees.
This course is devoted to a thorough review, analysis and evaluation of public welfare policy and at least one other topic. These topics may include but are not limited to the following: health care, environmental regulations, energy; consolidation of federal programs; affirmative action, etc. Special emphasis is given to the formulation, adoption, implementation, impact, and evaluation of public policy.
Also offered as HS352.
Courses in this section are devoted to a thorough review, analysis and evaluation of topics that are relevant to the current study and practice of public administration. Topics may include but are not limited to the following: development of the merit system, terrorism, health care policy and administration; environmental regulation; energy policy; economic policy; consolidation of federal programs; affirmative action; federal grants-in-aid; and other topics. Special emphasis is given to the formulation, adopting, implementation, impact, and evaluation of public policies.
The seminar in public administration represents the culmination of studies for some majors and minors. This seminar focuses on a contemporary political topic/issue, bringing together material and information from the various sub-fields of the discipline. Students in the course undertake a major research paper with the close supervision of a faculty member. In the past, topics have included: comparative public administration, leadership, current issues in public administration, environmental policy, and administrative law.
This seminar represents the culmination of studies for some majors and minors. It focuses on a contemporary political topic/issue, bringing together material and information from the various sub-fields of the discipline. Students in the course undertake a major research paper with the close supervision of a faculty member. In the past, topics have included: campaigns and elections, democracy, the presidency, and the judiciary.
Supervised "hands on" work experiences.
|Social Science Chair & Political Science Program Coordinator|
|David Lynch, Ph.D.
Saint Mary's University of Minnesota
700 Terrace Heights #1430
Winona, MN 55987-1399
(800) 635-5987, Ext. 1526