CCPS Political Science Course Descriptions

100 Level Courses:
PLSC 101: Government and Politics in the United States
PLSC 151: Introduction to Comparative Politics
PLSC 152: Introduction to International Relations

300 Level Courses:
PLSC 302: U.S. Foreign Policy
PLSC 315: Environmental Laws and Regulations
PLSC 332: Political Parties, Elections and Interest Groups
PLSC 335: Constitutional Law
PLSC 337: United States Congress
PLSC 338: United States Presidency
PLSC 339: Politics in Popular Culture

PLSC 341: Homosexuality and Civil Liberties
PLSC 344: Modern Africa: Continuity and Change
PLSC 345: Modern Asia
PLSC 352: International Political Economy
PLSC 354: European Politics
PLSC 360: Islam and Politics in the Modern Middle East
PLSC 365: Egypt and the Third World
PLSC 370: Women and Politics
PLSC 375: Arab-Israeli Conflict
PLSC 380: Western Political Thought
PLSC 385: Cold War Conflict and the Developing World
PLSC 390: A-Z Selected Topics

400 Level Courses:
PLSC 442: Rhetorical Criticism
PLSC 490: A-Z Selected Topics
PLSC 493: Senior Seminar
Research


PLSC 101: Government and Politics in the United States. 3 hours.
Introduction to the theories, organization, functions and government structures of the U.S. political system. Emphasis on the national level of politics and major linkages with state and local governments with particular emphasis on Missouri. Current issues in domestic and foreign politics.

PLSC 151: Introduction to Comparative Politics. 3 hours.
Introduction to the comparison of different political systems; examination of liberal democratic societies, communist and post communist systems, and developing nations with case studies from each category.

PLSC 152: Introduction to International Relations. 3 hours.
A study of the historical background and contemporary organization of the international political system and the world economy.

PLSC 302: U.S. Foreign Policy. 3 hours.
Examination of 20th century foreign policy with the earlier events studied in the light of their contribution to policies and practices of the later period. Same as HIST 302.

PLSC 315: Environmental Laws and Regulations. 3 hours.
An introduction to hazardous waste regulations, solid waste management programs, the Clean Air Act, OSHA regulations, the Clean Water Act, environmental audits, remediation technology, and issues relating to the impact of environmental laws on society. Same as ENVR 315. Prerequisite: ENVR 312.

PLSC 332: Political Parties, Elections and Interest Groups. 3 hours.
Examination of political parties, elections and electoral behavior, and interest groups within the American setting.

PLSC 335: Constitutional Law. 3 hours.
A study of judicial processes and decisions; particular emphasis on Supreme Court decisions that have shaped legal thought and altered the social fabric of American society.

PLSC 337: United States Congress. 3 hours.
Examination of how the U.S. Congress functions in the American political system with a focus on the sources of power, the process of formulating legislation and the people and groups who participate in the legislative process.

PLSC 338: United States Presidency. 3 hours.
Examination of the U.S. Presidency in the American political system with a focus on the sources of power institutions, functions and problems.

PLSC 339: Politics in Popular Culture. 3 hours.
In-depth examination of the reciprocal influence of politics on popular culture and vice versa. Course emphasizes critical analysis of politics in film, music, and literature. Same as HIST 339.

PLSC 341: Homosexuality and Civil Liberties. 3 hours.
Examination of the rise of the gay and lesbian movement and the challenges of achieving civil liberties and civil rights in dominantly heterosexual Western and non-Western societies. Same as SOCI 341.

PLSC 344: Modern Africa: Continuity and Change. 3 hours.
A survey of African developments from human origins to the present, with an emphasis on the events, themes and developments most directly related to the emergence of modern Africa. Same as HIST 344. (Meets cultural diversity requirement.)

PLSC 345 Modern Asia. 3 hours.
A survey of Asian developments from human origins to the present, with an emphasis on the events, themes and developments most directly related to the emergence of modern Asia. Same as HIST 345 (Meets cultural diversity requirement.)

PLSC 352: International Political Economy. 3 hours.
Examination of the historical development of the world economy, trade, finance and production within the world economy.

PLSC 354: European Politics. 3 hours.
Examination of political and popular culture and its impact on democratic societies in the twenty-first century. Detailed discussions of the political cultures and structures of Western Europe.

PLSC 360: Islam and Politics in the Modern Middle East. 3 hours.
Study of the historical development of modern political Islam from the nineteenth century to the present. Topics include Islamic sectarianism, religious minorities and the state in the Middle East, and debate on the compatibility of Islam and liberal democracy. Same as HIST 360 . (Meets cultural diversity requirement.)

PLSC 365: Egypt and the Third World. 3 hours.
Examination of Egypt as a case study to illuminate common issues and themes among developing countries, and to explore the diversity of historical experiences, political systems, economic realities, and social/cultural values in the Third World. (Meets cultural diversity requirement)

PLSC 370: Women and Politics. 3 hours.
A study of the role of women as political actors, policy issues affecting women, and the role of gender in shaping political attitudes and perceptions; a comparative perspective of women's status in Western and non-Western societies. (Meets cultural diversity requirement.)

PLSC 375: Arab-Israeli Conflict. 3 hours.
An in-depth examination of the history of the Arab-Israeli conflict, tracing its historical, political, cultural, and religious roots; the course also uses the Arab-Israeli conflict to address broader issues of international conflict and conflict resolution. Same as HIST 375. (Meets cultural diversity requirement.)

PLSC 380: Western Political Thought. 3 hours.
Examination of political ideas representative of selected periods and political philosophies from the ancient world to modern times.

PLSC 385: Cold War Conflict and the Developing World. 3 hours.
A study of the Cold War conflicts with an emphasis on the role of developing countries; an analysis of specific Cold War controversies, particularly those that took place in the Third World; an examination of ideological, cultural, and socio-historical aspects of the Cold War. Same as HIST 385. (Meets cultural diversity requirement.)

PLSC 442: Rhetorical Criticism. 3 hours.
The culminating experience for speech communication majors. Rhetorical Criticism is a writing-intensive course that teaches students how to critically analyze and evaluate public discourse. Attention is given to the logical, aesthetic, and political components of public discourse designed to influence belief, affect social change and craft cultural identities. Topics include the scope and function of rhetoric in contemporary culture, various approaches to rhetorical criticism, and contexts for criticism including politics, religion, and social movements. Same as COMM 442.

PLSC 493: Senior Seminar. 3 hours.

PLSC 290, PLSC 390, PLSC 490: A-Z Selected Topics. 1-3 hours.

Research.