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Political Science Course Descriptions
POLS120 - POLITICAL SCIENCE (3-0-3)
Study of the use of power in society. The course introduces the student to the nature of political systems at the local, state, national, and international levels. Prerequisite (Day): Successful completion of English Sequence; Prerequisite (The Arioch Center): ENGL105 English Composition. Day Sophomore Social Science and The Arioch Center
POLS150 - INTRODUCTION TO AMERICAN GOVERNMENT (3-0-3)
This course is an introduction to the structures and functions of American government. Emphasis is given to the rights and duties of citizens. Written research projects are required. Prerequisite: Successful completion of an English sequence. Day Sophomore Social Science elective
POLS350 - AMERICAN GOVERNMENT (3-0-3)
This course covers the concept of citizenship in the community and the nation. Basic political concepts, governing philosophies, and contemporary governmental structures as they pertain to public policy development are studied. Prerequisite: ENGL105 and COMM200 or ENGL105 and ENGL116. The Arioch Center Course.
POLS405 - CURRENT POLITICAL ISSUES (3-0-3)
Students will examine and analyze a selected series of problems facing the United States. Analysis of news media treatment will be essential. Material varies each semester. Prerequisite: ENGL105 and COMM200 or ENGL105 and ENGL116. The Arioch Center Course.
POLS415 - AMERICAN POWER AND POLITICS: 20TH CENTURY (3-0-3)
Analysis of the growth and development of American military, political, and economic power with particular emphasis on the second half of the twentieth century. The course will examine how such critical events as the Vietnam war, the end of the Cold War, and the emergence of the global economy have impacted the redefinition of the role of the United States in the post-modern era. Prerequisite: ENGL105 and COMM200 or ENGL105 and ENGL116. The Arioch Center Course.
POLS420 - MODERN GOVERNMENT AND POLITICS (4-0-4)
An introductory course in contemporary government and politics with special emphasis upon the United States. Major governmental institutions at all levels, national, state, and local will be explored by the student with special emphasis on problems and issues of concern to the engineering technologist. Other governmental systems outside of the United States will also be discussed. Prerequisite: Completion of Sophomore Social Sciences requirement. Day upper level SOCL SCI elective.
POLS445 - THE CULTURE AND POLITICS OF ASIA (3-0-3)
This course will explore the social, political and economic systems of three nations in Asia: China, Japan, and Vietnam. The emphasis will be on the everyday lives of thepeoples in these nations. In an increasingly interconnected world, it is hoped that through this course the student will gain a greater understanding of at least a part of Asia's cultures and traditions. In addition to classroom work, use will be made of the cultural resources available in Boston. Prerequisite: ENGL105 and COMM200 or ENGL105 and ENGL116. The Arioch Center Course.
POLS450 - INTERNATIONAL POLITICS (4-0-4)
A course designed to analyze how nation states interact in the contemporary world. Basic concepts such as sovereignty, national interest and diplomacy will be studied and assessed in relation to the conduct of foreign policy. Case studies will be used to examine and understand the process of modern decision-making and the intelligence and diplomacy upon which it is based. A basic knowledge of modern history or government is recommended. Prerequisite: Completion of Sophomore Social Sciences requirement. Day upper level SOCL SCI elective
POLS455 - INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS (3-0-3)
This course will examine the relations among states, and the international organizations associated with the maintenance of the world order. Major topics to be covered will include, nuclear proliferation, disarmament, international peacekeeping, government and non-government international actors, and human rights. Prerequisite: ENGL105 and COMM200 or ENGL105 and ENGL116. The Arioch Center Course.
POLS475 - THIRD WORLD STUDIES (4-0-4)
A course by which a student may enlarge his or her knowledge and understanding about the history and traditions of sub-Asia, Africa and Latin America. The purpose of this course is to prepare students for employment in multi-national corporations with overseas divisions and for technical assistance projects in emerging nations. Prerequisite: Completion of Sophomore Social Sciences requirement. Day upper level SOCL SCI elective.
POLS485 - POLITICS AND CHANGE IN DEVELOPING COUNTRIES (3-0-3)
Analysis of the interaction between politics and society in less-developed countries in Asia, Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean. Case studies will be done on selected countries to examine the social and economic changes accompanying their transition to democracy, and free market economies. Prerequisite: ENGL105 and COMM200 or ENGL105 and ENGL116. The Arioch Center Course.
POLS490 - THE POLITICAL ECONOMY OF POST-WAR AMERICA, 1945-1980'S (4-0-4)
This course will examine the socioeconomic and political changes consequent upon America's victorious emergence from WW II; the dynamics of superpower status; the Korean and Vietnam Wars, and the domestic and international issues of the era, which have influenced change in America. Prerequisite: Completion of Sophomore Social Sciences requirement; a political science or world civilization course. Day upper level SOCL SCI elective chosen in consultation with and after the approval of the curriculum department head. Prerequisite: Senior Status. Day Course.