Political Science (PS)

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PS 101 INTRODUCTION TO POLITICAL SCIENCE3 Credits

Learn how political scientists study and understand the world of politics. Major concepts in the discipline will be learned and applied from a comparative perspective. Different methodological approaches to studying politics will be investigated, as well as the different analytical frameworks political scientists employ. Students will also learn about the various subfields within the discipline, including Comparative Politics, International Politics, American Politics, Political Behavior, and Political Economy.

Essential Studies Outcome: ES8

PS 231 AMERICAN NATIONAL GOVERNMENT3 Credits

Fundamentals of the federal system of government in the United States, including background, organization, processes, functions, political thought, public opinion in relation to politics, and politico-economic relations.

Essential Studies Outcome: ES8

PS 321 U.S. POLITICS AND GOVERNMENT3 Credits

U.S. constitutional system, political process, and governmental institutions from an historical perspective. Emphasis will be placed on American political development. Topics include constitutionalism, federalism, civil liberties, civil rights, public opinion, mass political behavior, campaigns and elections, the legislative process, presidential powers, and judicial powers. While the focus is on national politics, special attention will be paid to Nebraska politics and government.

Essential Studies Outcome: ES8

Prerequisites: ENG 135, ENG 136 or 19 on ACT English test and Sophomore or above status

PS 332 INTERNATIONAL POLITICS3 Credits

The structure of the nation-state system and the process of international political activity with an emphasis on the questions: How do states behave toward one another? Why do they behave these ways? Topics treated are diplomacy, ideology, economic and security objectives of states, disarmament, international law, international organizations with emphasis on the United Nations, war and prospects for peace, and current international problems.

Essential Studies Outcome: ES10

Prerequisites: Sophomore or above status

PS 333 THE JUDICIARY AND CONSTITUTIONAL LAW3 Credits

A study of the development of the American governmental system through judicial interpretation of the Constitution. This class is rooted in the conviction that constitutional interpretation is an intricate blend of politics, economics, history, and competing values. This class will emphasize the institutional development of the Court, the evolving role of the judiciary, legislative and executive branches, the dominant theories of constitutional interpretation, the politics of judicial selection, and the ongoing relevance of constitutional interpretation.

Cross-Listed: CJ333/LS333/PS333

Prerequisites: Sophomore or above status

PS 337 INTRODUCTION TO LAW3 Credits

A study of the American legal system, legalism in society and the relationship between law and justice. This course examines the structures of our legal system and considers economic, social, and political implications as they influence the development of a rule of law. Historical and present legal controversies will be examined.

Cross-Listed: CJ337/LS337/PS337

Prerequisites: Sophomore or above status

PS 341 COMPARATIVE POLITICS3 Credits

Examines various types of political systems in the world today, including parliamentary democracy, authoritarian rule, theocratic and communist government. Looks at larger transnational and global trends, such as the population explosion in the developing world and the rise of multinational corporations. The governments of countries such as China, France, Mexico, and India will be covered.

Essential Studies Outcome: ES8

Prerequisites: Sophomore or above status

PS 369 CIVIC ENGAGEMENT: THEORY AND PRACTICE3 Credits

Theories of civic engagement and patterns of civic participation with a focus on the United States. They will also engage in experiential learning through one of several possible opportunities to contribute to their communities. In doing so, students will further develop their own ideas in collaboration with others as to their roles as citizens.

Essential Studies Outcome: ES9

Prerequisites: Sophomore or above status

PS 390 INTERNSHIP IN POLITICAL SCIENC1-12 Credits

Provides practical experience in political science in a state or federal agency or other relevant office. Open to upper division students majoring in one of the social sciences or a minor in political science. Interested students should contact the Internship and Career Services Office to secure application materials. Application should be made prior to the semester the internship will be started. The amount of credit will be based on availability of a suitable work position, the qualifications of the applicant and the work hours.

Prerequisites: Junior or above status

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PS 400 INDEPENDENT STUDY/RESEARCH1-3 Credits

Study or research in an area of special interest. The number of credit hours is determined by the topic and the amount of work required. Permission of the Instructor, Dean and Academic Vice President is required.

Prerequisites: Junior or above status

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PS 401 STUDY ABROAD IN POLITICS1-3 Credits

This course provides students the opportunity to study politics abroad. In additional to the experiential component of the course, students will 1) produce either a reflection essay that places their study abroad experience within some aspect of the political science literature, or 2) compose a research paper that includes field-work and other research methods. The number of units for this course will vary based on the scope of the work additional to the study abroad experience.

Essential Studies Outcome: ES10

Prerequisites: Junior or above status

PS 420 AMERICAN POLITICAL THOUGHT3 Credits

The main lines of American political thought and ideology will be examined. The Founding era, especially the debates between the Federalists and the Antifederalists, will be emphasized, as will developments in the post-WW II era.

Prerequisites: Junior or above status

PS 421 CONTEMPORARY POLITICAL IDEOLOGIES3 Credits

Most important contemporary political ideologies will be examined with an emphasis upon those most prevalent in the United States. Central ideologies discussed will include social conservatism, libertarianism and populism.

Prerequisites: Junior or above status

PS 424 GLOBAL POLITICS AND RELIGION3 Credits

The influence of religion on politics and of politics on religion will be explored. This course will take a comparative approach to understanding how political actors employ religious ideas, practices, and symbols for political purposes, and how the political use of religion shapes religious institutions and beliefs.

Essential Studies Outcome: ES10

Prerequisites: ENG 135, 136 or 19 or above on ACT English test and Junior or above status

PS 425 POWER, PROSPERITY, AND POVERTY3 Credits

The role that political power plays in shaping material well-being will be examined in this course. Students will analyze the role of domestic and international governing institutions, and their actors, in fostering prosperity and poverty. The relative influence of politics on economics well-being will be weighed against other explanations of poverty and prosperity, especially historical determinism, dependency theory, geographical determinism, and cultural theories.

Essential Studies Outcome: ES10

Prerequisites: Junior or above status

PS 430 TOPICS IN POLITICAL SCIENCE1-3 Credits

Special topics in Political Science. May be repeated with a change of emphasis.

Prerequisites: Junior or above status

PS 431 HISTORY OF POLITICAL THOUGHT3 Credits

Various themes in political philosophy will be covered, such as political obligation, rights, freedom and justice. Major philosophers covered will include Plato, Locke and Rousseau.

Essential Studies Outcome: ES7

Prerequisites: Junior or above status

PS 434 CONGRESS AND THE PRESIDENCY3 Credits

This course will examine the structures and processes of Congress and the Presidency, and how the two institutions interact with one another. Topics will include constituency and partisan influences, organizational structures, and decision-making processes in both branches of government. The course will highlight the independent and dynamic nature of inter-branch relations, with an emphasis on the evolving constitutional system of the United States.

Prerequisites: Junior or above status

PS 436 FIELD STUDY IN POLITICAL SCIENCE3 Credits

This course provides an opportunity for direct observation of governmental officials and other political participants. A typical session is a two-week stay in Washington, D.C. examining the activities of the federal government.

Prerequisites: Junior or above status

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