CCPS Political Science and International Affairs Course Descriptions
Introduction to the theories, constitutional bases, functions and government structures of the U.S. political system in relation to the global political environment. Emphasis on national politics and linkages with state, local and international governments, including an emphasis on Missouri and current issues in domestic and foreign policy.
Introduction to the comparison of different political systems with an examination of liberal democratic societies, communist and post-communist systems, and developing nations with case studies from each category.
A study of the historical background and contemporary organization of the international political system and the world economy.
An exploration of the role that law plays in organizing society, resolving disputes, and fostering change. Students will focus on the multitudinous ways in which law influences their daily lives and how social groups work to change the law and improve society. Students will be introduced to theories about law and how law has developed over time.
Examination of foreign policy in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries, with analysis of the U.S. foreign policy-making processes, institutions and actors.
The creation and enforcement of environmental laws and regulations in the United States can be imagined as the ultimate board game. It has three overlapping levels (city, state, and federal), actors on defense (save our jobs!), referees who interpret the rules (courts and bureaucracy), and actors empowered to change those rules (elected officials). Understanding this game is vitally important as it determines the quality of the air we breathe, the water we drink and the price we pay for almost everything.
An examination of the history, evolution and current structures of American political parties, elections and interest groups. This course is offered every two years in conjunction with national elections and allows students hands-on experience in the study of American electoral politics.
Examination of the structures and roles of legislative and executive institutions with primary focus on the politics of policy making; topics include theories of representation, institutional organization, leadership styles and interest group influence.
A study of judicial processes and decisions with particular emphasis on Supreme Court decisions that have shaped legal thought and altered the social fabric of American society.
A comparative study of the role of women as political actors in western and non-western societies. Students will consider the role of gender in shaping political attitudes and perceptions, and the policy issues that affect women in political and daily life.
An in-depth examination of the history of Arab-Israeli conflict, tracing its historical, political, cultural and religious roots. This course also uses the Arab-Israeli conflict to address broader issues of international conflict and conflict resolution.
A study of major currents of social and political thought and their impact on American culture and institutions.