POLS 102 Comparative Government
Discuss the theory and apply the methodology of comparative analysis within the discipline of political science.
Analyze contemporary problems in the countries under consideration in light of the conceptual frameworks presented in class.
List the differences between scholarly and popular publications in Comparative Politics.
Use library search tools to identify scholarly articles on country-specific government institutions in a nation state other than the United States.
Use the Internet and library search tools to find sites on government, international humanitarian organizations, and newspapers originating from their topic country.
Write an analysis of the institutions, political behavior and political ideas of another country comparing these attributes to the U.S. model.
POLS 103 Introduction to International Politics
Identify the names and geographic location of most contemporary states.
Demonstrate an understanding of: the key historical events which shaped the international system in the 20th century, the basic structures of the contemporary international system; and the key actors, institutions and their functions.
Describe the role of individual and cultural values and perceptions, and the importance of empirical evidence in analyzing international problems.
Discuss the main international relations theories, and the values implicit in each of these different ways of looking at the world, thus giving them the tools necessary to understand the day-to-day events reported in the media.
Analyze articles of varying complexity on international topics.
Locate resources on international politics through on-line library resources as well as those available on the world wide web.
POLS 104 Introduction to Peace Studies
Identify the core normative philosophy of the field of peace studies.
Explain the causes of war at several levels of analysis.
Differentiate between the ideas of positive peace and negative peace.
Describe and analyze cases in the past century in which conflict was resolved without violence.
Critique a contemporary conflict in terms of the theories and concepts exposed to in the course.