POL 111. AMERICAN GOVERNMENT 4 sh
American Government serves as an introduction to the national political system including the legislative, executive and judicial branches; the Constitution; political parties; interest groups; public opinion and public policy issues. Offered fall and spring.
POL 112. NORTH CAROLINA STUDENT LEGISLATURE 1 sh
This is an experiential course which promotes active participation in the NCSL, debate of public issues and organizational involvement at the university and state-wide level. Offered fall and spring.
POL 114. MODEL UNITED NATIONS 1 sh
Through experiential learning activities, students gain insight into the workings of the United Nations, diplomacy and international politics. Offered fall and spring.
POL 116. LOCAL GOVERNMENT SIMULATION 4 sh
This course examines the structure and functioning of local governments and applies that understanding in a simulation of local government issues in which students assume the roles of city council members, planning commission members, organizational leaders, business owners, citizen groups and the media. Offered winter.
POL 120. INTRODUCTION TO POLITICAL THOUGHT 4 sh
In a critical introduction to the great political thinkers, discussion spans from Plato to Rousseau. Offered spring.
POL 141. INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS 4 sh
This course gives students a basic appreciation for our world and examines political issues such as the role of power and international law in the international system and economic, social and cultural features of the world. Offered fall and spring.
POL 161. COMPARATIVE POLITICS4 sh
This introduction to the central concepts of comparative politics and to the major types of contemporary political systems may include Britain, Germany, Japan, Nigeria, China, Mexico and the post-Soviet independent states of Eurasia. Offered fall and spring.
POL 220.RESEARCH METHODS IN POLITICAL SCIENCE 4 sh
This course focuses on the structure and functioning of the state and local government and their roles within the American federal system. Offered fall and spring.
POL 224. ENVIRONMENTAL POLICY AND LAW 4 sh
This course focuses on the policy processes and institutional settings for environmental policy formation and governmental action. It deals with the role of the courts, Congress and federal agencies in the development, implementation and evaluation of environmental policy. Offered spring.
POL 301. POLITICAL SIMULATIONS IN AMERICAN POLITICAL THOUGHT 4 sh
This course will provide an introduction to American political thought via an engagement with a crucial moment in American political thought and practice: The debates leading up to and involved in the constitutional convention in Philadelphia in 1787. It will rely on actually recreating and engaging with the ideas and arguments of these times through a guided simulation of the constitutional convention. This course satisfies the political theory requirement for a major in political science. No prerequisites. Taught fall and spring.
POL 302. DEMOCRACY AND ITS CRITICS 4 sh
What seems like a simple concept (i.e. democracy) and a simple goal (i.e. promoting democracy both
in the United States and abroad) become complicated when we ask ourselves a few, simple questions: What is democracy? Is it a set of institutions? If it is a set of institutions, how is democracy best institutionalized? Is it a way of life? How does rule by the people protect the rights of minorities? This course takes an original approach to exploring the complexity of democracy by closely examining Plato's dramatic critique of democracy, the politics of democracy and empire in classical Athens, and the actual practice of democracy in Athens. The course relies on an intensive examination of classic texts as a well as a guided simulation of Athens in 403 BCE in order to examine the value of democratic institutions. This course satisfies the political theory requirement for a major in political science. No pre-requisites.
The goal of this course is for students to learn how to supervise a public opinion poll and apply survey research theory to the Elon Poll. Students participate as interviewers in several polls and learn survey design, computer programming, analysis of poll data and how to write about survey results. Offered fall.
POL 323. CONSTITUTIONAL LAW 2 sh
Using a case study approach, this course focuses on American Constitutional structures: separation of powers, judicial review and federalism.
POL 324. CIVIL LIBERTIES 2 sh
The focus of this course is on individual rights guaranteed by the Bill of Rights.
POL 325. THE PRESIDENCY 4 sh
A study of the contemporary presidency emphasizing the organization of the office, its relationship to other structures in American politics and its role in the policy-making process. Offered every other year.
POL 326. THE CONGRESS 4 sh
Topics of study cover the policy-making process in Congress, focusing on party leadership, the committee system and the relationship between the Congress and the presidency, interest groups and the executive branch. Discussion also includes congressional reform proposals. Offered every other year.
This course focuses on political life from a micro-perspective by examining how political attitudes and behaviors are learned and how they affect our political choices, especially in regard to political socialization and electoral behavior. Offered every other year.
POL 342. U.S. FOREIGN POLICY 4 sh
This course covers the foreign relations, foreign policy process and international politics of the United States. Offered every other year.
POL 343. INTERNATIONAL LAW AND ORGANIZATIONS 4 sh
This course studies the relationship between international law and international politics by exploring the nature, sources, theories, and evolution of international law as a tool to regulate state behavior and promote international peace and cooperation. Key areas examined include: dispute resolution, international courts, human rights, use of force, diplomacy, international crimes, environment, and international trade.
POL 344. INTERNATIONAL ENVIRONMENTAL POLICY 4 sh
This course addresses environmental issues that cross national boundaries, such as global warming, natural resource scarcity, waste disposal and issues of international trade and the environment. It is useful for students of International Studies and Environmental Studies as well as Political Science.
POL 345. INTERNATIONAL TERRORISM 4 sh
This course examines the genesis, typology and impact of international terrorism on nation states and the international community. It also explores the variety of approaches used, especially by the United States, to deal with international terrorism. Offered fall and spring.
This course examines the philosophical, historical, political, and legal development of international human rights within international politics. It looks at the efforts and challenges to promote human rights by international organizations, states, courts, and non-governmental actors. Particular issues may include U.S. human rights foreign policy, humanitarian intervention, activism, social/economic rights, torture, women’s rights, and media/images and human rights.
POL 359. POLITICAL COMMUNICATIONS 4 sh
This examination of political communications processes uses a comparative perspective and emphasizes the role of media in the U.S., Europe, Eurasia and developing countries.
POL 365. POLITICAL ISLAM 4 sh
This course will critically examine and analyze the resurgence of political Islam since the 1970s. Topics of study include, but are not limited to, attitudes towards modernity, democracy, human rights, civil society, gender equality and political ethics. Emphasis will be placed on political actors, groups and movements primarily within the Arab Middle East. No prerequisites.
POL 365. THE POLITICS OF ISLAMIC FUNDAMENTALISM IN THE MIDDLE EAST 4 sh
This course will critically examine and analyze the resurgence of political Islam, or what some refer to as Islamic fundamentalism, since the 1970s. Topics of study include, but are not limited to, Islamic fundamentalist attitudes towards modernity, democracy, human rights, civil society, gender equality and political ethics. Emphasis will be placed on political actors, groups and movements primarily within the Arab Middle East. No prerequisites.
POL 366. MIDDLE EAST POLITICS 4 sh
This course studies Middle Eastern political dynamics and institutions, contemporary issues and problems of selected Middle Eastern and North African countries.
POL 368. LATIN AMERICAN POLITICS 4 sh
Central America and Mexico receive emphasis in this study of the political dynamics, governmental structures and contemporary issues of selected countries of Latin America.
POL 485. WASHINGTON CENTER SEMINAR 1-4 sh
Students learn first hand from speakers, on-site visits and other experiential opportunities in Washington, D.C., and other locations through the Washington Center. Course requirements include readings, writing assignments and collaborative work dealing with a wide variety of topics. Prerequisite: permission of department. Offered every semester.
POL 392. TOPICS IN POLITICAL SCIENCE 4 sh
POL 461. SENIOR SEMINAR IN POLITICAL SCIENCE 4 sh
The capstone experience for senior Political Science majors involves close review of the discipline’s conceptual approaches to the study of political issues, discussion and development of research strategies. Students must also present a work of original scholarship. Prerequisite: senior majors only. Offered fall and spring.
POL 481. INTERNSHIP IN POLITICAL SCIENCE 1-16 sh
Work experience in a partisan, nonprofit, business, governmental or legal setting requires students to establish experiential goals and to reflect on the learning experience. Offered on an individual basis when suitable opportunities can be arranged.
POL 485. WASHINGTON INTERNSHIP IN POLITICAL SCIENCE 1-12 sh
Work experience in a partisan, nonprofit, business, governmental or legal setting in the Washington, D.C., area, requires students to establish experiential goals and reflect on the learning experience. Offered on an individual basis when suitable opportunities can be arranged.
POL 491. INDEPENDENT STUDY 1-4 sh
POL 492. TOPICS IN POLITICAL SCIENCE 4 sh
This advanced course explores significant contemporary issues or developments within the discipline. Prerequisite: POL 111 or permission of the instructor.
POL 499. RESEARCH 1-4 sh
This course is an opportunity for students to undertake an empirical or theoretical study of a topic in Political Science in collaboration with a departmental faculty member. Research projects may include a review of research literature, developing a research design, data collection and analysis, and a presentation or report when the study is completed. Prerequisite: permission of instructor. A research proposal form completed by the student in conjunction with the faculty member is required for registration. Students may register for one-four hours of credit per semester and may register for more than one semester of research for a total of eight hours of research credit toward the major. Students must have a minimum 2.5 GPA and have completed 28 semester hours of undergraduate work.
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