Political Science

Classes

PS 201 : U.S. Government

Examines the development of constitutional traditions in the United States. Includes topics such as the Bill of Rights, interest groups, parties, and elections, as well as, the national institutions including the Legislative, Executive and Judicial branches of government.

Credits

4

Prerequisites

Equivalent placement test scores also accepted.

Upon successful completion students should be able to:

  • Apply an understanding of diversity of human experience and culture in relationship to how we think and interact with others with regards to interest groups, political parties and other political realities in the United States.
  • Employ different methods of inquiry and analytical skills to conceptually organize experiences and discern meaning from ongoing study of U. S. Constitutional traditions involving national political institutions, including the Legislative, Executive and Judicial branches of U. S. Government.
  • Analyze the roles of individuals and political institutions as these relate to contemporary problems and issues associated with the Bill of Rights, and equal rights under the law, and other political issues.
  • Reason quantitatively and qualitatively in both written and oral communication to address national problems within US national political institutions.
  • Develop and articulate personal value judgments, respecting different points of view, while practicing ethical and social requirements of responsible citizenship by participating in elections, accessing the various government institutions, and engaging in other opportunities for action in a democratic society.

PS 202 : U.S. Public Policy & Democracy

Examines the public administration of and management issues relating to US national bureaucratic institutions. Covers how these impact a wide range of domestic policies including taxation, spending priorities, economic regulations, poverty programs, healthcare, and environmental programs, social security and other entitlements.

Credits

4

Prerequisites

Equivalent placement test scores also accepted.

Upon successful completion students should be able to:

  • Apply an understanding of diversity of human experience and culture in relationship to how we think and interact with others with regards to conflicts associated with formulating national public policy such as taxation and spending policies.
  • Employ different methods of inquiry and analytical skills to conceptually organize experiences and discern meaning from ongoing study of national bureaucratic institutions of U.S. politics as these operate in relation to Legislative, Executive and Judicial mandates.
  • Analyze the roles of individuals and political institutions as these relate to contemporary controversies regarding a wide range of domestic public policy issues in the US.
  • Reason quantitatively and qualitatively to address national problems with public administration within US bureaucratic institutions, including various management styles.
  • Develop and articulate personal value judgments, respecting different points of view, while practicing ethical and social requirements of responsible citizenship by participating in the shaping of national political priorities and policies.

PS 203 : State and Local Government

Examines state and local government policy formulation and outcomes on issues ranging from taxation to prisons, and education to environmental concerns. Focuses on Oregon state and local politics. PS 201, 202, and 203 need not be taken in sequence.

Credits

4

Prerequisites

Equivalent placement test scores also accepted.

Upon successful completion students should be able to:

  • Apply an understanding of diversity of human experience and culture in relationship to how we think and interact with others with regards to
  • controversies associated with state and local government policies.
  • Employ different methods of inquiry and analytical skills to conceptually organize experiences and discern meaning from ongoing study of state and
  • local government policymaking structures and policy formulation.
  • Analyze the roles of individuals and political institutions as these relate to contemporary problems and issues ranging from taxation to
  • prisons and education to environmental concerns.
  • Use the ability to reason quantitatively and qualitatively using analytical skills expressed in both written and oral communication to address
  • political problems at the state and local government levels in the U.S.
  • Develop and articulate personal value judgments, respecting points of view, while practicing ethical and social requirements of responsible citizenship
  • by participating in elections, and other opportunities for action at the state and local government levels in the U.S.

PS 205 : Global Politics: Conflict & Cooperation

Examines the nature of relations among states. Topics include motivating factors such as nationalism and imperialism, economic rivalries and the quest for security, questions of national sovereignty and international cooperation, war and peace, global issues, and the future.

Credits

4

Prerequisites

Equivalent placement test scores also accepted.

Students will be able to

  • Explore how culturally based assumptions shape any countries’ foreign policies and international interactions , as well as, with intergovernmental organizations and nongovernmental organizations.
  • Examine historical bases for evolving economic and political relationships among national states , including the impact of diverse cultural ideas, behaviors, and issues upon these relationships, (for example , how economic globalization often includes elements of cultural imperialism).
  • Analyze how policies relating to International Law and Human Rights (including issues of privilege, discrimination, environmental degradation) are often a function of unequal international power relationships.
  • Formulate and apply personal value judgments, while demonstrating sensitivity and empathy for people of other nations with different points of view.
  • Engage in lifelong learning that includes the ability to conceptually organize information while practicing ethical and social requirements of responsible global citizenship.