SGPP Electives-International Relations

POL 438: Philosophy of Law (Cross-listed: PHIL 438)

Nature and validity of law; law and morality, judicial reasoning, law and liberty.

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 335: Gender and Politics (GWS: 335)

Examination of politics through the lens of gender hierarchy. Emphasis on how constrictions of masculinity and femininity shape and are shaped by interacting economic, political and ideological practices.

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 325: Foundations of Political Psychology

This course will introduce students to political psychology, with an emphasis on how psychology may be used to understand mass political behavior, political movements, race and intergroup conflict, and attitude change.

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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