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2012-2013 CSULB University Catalog

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).

525. Seminar in Political Theory (3)

Prerequisite: Graduate standing in political science or consent of instructor.
Analysis of key topics in the canon of Western political theory, including ancient political thought, modernity (including feminism and identity politics), and postmodernity (eg., postcolonial theory, deconstruction).
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).

605. Selected Topics in International Politics (3)

Graduate standing in political science or consent of instructor
Analysis of historical and contemporary international events, processes, trends, and system dynamics. Emphasis on the application of both critical and practical, problem-solving theories and methods to the assessment and evaluation of foreign policy options and choices. Case study approach.
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).

615. Selected Topics in Comparative Politics (3)

Graduate standing in political science or consent of instructor
Application of comparative politics concepts and theories to contemporary issues, with particular emphasis on the policy implications for various countries and regions of the world.
Letter grade only (A-F).

640. Seminar in American Political Behavior (3)

Prerequisites: Graduate standing in political science or consent of instructor
Examination of contemporary literature on mass political behavior in the United States, including overt forms of political behavior such as voting, and long-standing questions about the origins and consequences of the American public's political attitudes.
Letter grade only (A-F).

642. Seminar in American Political Institutions (3)

Graduate standing in political science or consent of instructor
Examination of U.S. political institutions, including why the U.S. has the institutions it has, how scholars understand them, the nature of these institutions, and the linkage institutions that connect citizens to government, including political parties and interest groups.
Letter grade only (A-F).

644. Selected Topics in Policy and Politics (3)

Graduate standing in political science or consent of instructor
Approaches to the study of American policy and politics. Analysis of historical and contemporary policymaking, and the impact of public policy upon institutions and political behavior.
Letter grade only (A-F).

646. Selected Topics in Law and Politics (3)

Graduate standing in political science or consent of instructor
Examination of the role, processes, and dynamics of law, courts, and judges in the American political system, including law and American society; political controversies over judges, courts and cases; features of courts; judicial selection and decision-making; legal interpretation; and judicial effectiveness.
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 (3)

Prerequisite: Consent of Department Chair.
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. Letter grade only (A-F).

698. Thesis (1-4)

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

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