SGPP Electives-Ideas & Methods

POL 389: Middle Eastern Ethnic and Religious Minorities (Cross-listed: MENAS 389)

Overview of ethnic and religious minorities in the contemporary Middle East,  study of ethnic and religious diversity and its origin and manifestations in the modern Middle East.  Examination of how the concept of religious and ethnic minority has emerged as a key factor in state policies towards minorities as well as the cultural, economic, political, religious, and educational lives of its people.

POL 377: Modern Israel (Cross-listed: JUS/HIST 377)

Evolution of the State of Israel from the rise of Zionism in 19th Century Europe to the present. Survey of the origins of the State of Israel from the rise of Zionism in 19th Century Europe to the Declaration of the State of Israel in 1948. Evolution of the State of Israel from 1949 to the present. Emphasis on interactive generative processes and understanding of the interplay between past processes and present socio-political realities.

POL 347: Politics of Latin America

Survey of the political forces and social groups important in shaping contemporary Latin America; examination of Indians, slaves, peasants, landlords, labor, the middle sectors, and the military; discussion of theories of instability.

POL 393E: Congressional Staff Internship (Cross-listed: ANTH/HIST/JUS/LING/MAS/SOC)

Specialized work on an individual basis, consisting of training and practice in actual service in a technical, business, or governmental establishment.

POL 332: Politics of the Mexican-American Community (Cross-listed: MAS 332)

Political structure and processes of the Mexican-American community, with emphasis on history, schooling, political behavior, and class; future trends; bibliography.

POL 330: Minority Groups and American Politics (Cross-listed: MAS/AFAS/BLS 330)

Political problems of the poor; analysis of systematic poverty in the U.S. and theories of causation; selected policy problems: education, housing, job training, enforcement of anti-discrimination statutes; future of "power" movements.

POL 435: Elections and Voting Behavior

In a democracy, the public's role centers on elections.  In this course we will examine four main topics.  First, we will attempt to answer the question of 'Who Votes?' by examining patterns in political participation.  Second, we will look at the choices of these voters in selecting between the Democratic and Republican candidates.  Third, we will see how voting behavior varies across election settings:  presidential elections, congressional elections, and primary elections.  Finally, we will take an in-depth look at partisanship, the core attitude that influences participation and voters'

POL 331: American Political Parties

The role of citizens as voters will be explored.  Core questions answered in the course will be what leads people to participate in elections and what influences their decisions to vote for specific candidates.

POL 309: The Judicial Process

Structure, function, and processes of the "third branch" of the American government.

PA 481: Environmental Policy (Cross-listed POL 481)

Role of government in management of energy, natural resources and environment; process and policy alternatives; special attention to the Southwest.

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