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Political Science

Courses - Graduate Level

500. Foundations and Scope of Political Science (3)

Prerequisite: Graduate standing in Political Science or consent of instructor.
Competing approaches to the analysis of political phenomena. Substantive models of social and political order and change as well as methodological arguments about the nature of explanation in political science.
Letter grade only (A-F).

550. Research Methods in Political Science (3)

Prerequisite: Graduate standing in Political Science or consent of instructor; POSC 500.
Methods of empirical political science research; the formulation of hypotheses, problems and standards of measurement and observation; methods of data collection; research design and logic of data analysis. No prior knowledge of statistics is assumed.
Letter grade only (A-F).

590. Advanced Study (3)

Prerequisite: Consent of Graduate Coordinator and Instructor.
Study under the supervision of a faculty member. Student must fulfill requirements of a selected upper division course plus additional work appropriate to graduate study as determined by the Instructor of the course.
May be repeated to a maximum of 6 units with different topics.

599. Graduate Studies (3)

Prerequisites: Consent of Graduate Coordinator and instructor.
Individual graduate level study and research of special topics under the supervision of a faculty member.
Letter grade only (A-F). May be repeated to a maximum of 6 units.

600. Seminar in International Politics (3)

Prerequisites: Graduate standing in Political Science or consent of instructor; POSC 371 or equivalent.
Examination of the role of power, multiple dimensions of national interest, collective security, world peace, nationalism, and imperialism.
May be repeated to a maximum of 6 units. Letter grade only (A-F).

610. Seminar in Comparative Government (3)

Prerequisite: Three upper division units in comparative government.
Comparative study of government and politics in selected foreign countries. Intensive study of the political institutions and policies of selected foreign governments. Emphasis on political parties and contemporary governmental policy.
May be repeated to a maximum of 6 units. Letter grade only (A-F).

620. Seminar in Political Theory (3)

Prerequisites: Graduate standing in Political Science or consent of instructor; POSC 301 or 303 or equivalent.
Analytical and critical examination of the major concepts of political theory.
May be repeated to a maximum of 6 units. Letter grade only (A-F).

640. Seminar in American Government and Public Law (3)

Prerequisites: Graduate standing in Political Science or consent of instructor; three upper division units in American politics or Public Law.
Intensive study of topics and problems in American government, politics, law, and the judicial process.
May be repeated to a maximum of 6 units. Letter grade only (A-F).

695. College Teaching Practicum (3)

Prerequisite: Consent of Graduate Coordinator.
Internship provides teaching experience in community college. No more than three units of this practicum may be applied to the Masters requirements in Political Science.
Credit/No Credit grading only.

697. Directed Research (1-6)

Prerequisite: Consent of Department Chair.
Individual research or intensive study under the guidance of a faculty member. Three units required of non-thesis students who have been advanced to candidacy for the master's degree in political science.
A maximum of 3 units may be earned by students with credit in POSC 698. May be repeated to a maximum of 6 units. Letter grade only (A-F).

698. Thesis (1-4)

Planning, preparation and completion of thesis for the master's degree.