Provides an introduction to political theories and methods of politics as a science. The course includes analysis of structures and processes that characterize political behavior and political institutions.

Examines the structure and operations of the American political system, the philosophical principles and theories upon which it rests, and the social forces and pressures operating on it.

This course is an introduction to the structures and functions of state and local government in the United States. The student is exposed to state and local institutions, processes and policies including their powers, organizations, functions and development as well as the interrelationship between the federal, state, and local political jurisdictions.

This course introduces students to the development and contemporary status of international relations and world politics. The course examines the emergence of the modern nation-state system, competing theories and strategies in foreign policy decision making, the great power rivalries between states, including their causes, consequences and implications for the future. Other topics include the status of power politics in the 21st century, terrorism, non-state actors in the global system of politics, the emergence of a global-political economy and the Global South in a world of wealthy nation-states.

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