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Courses and Syllabi

Politics Courses

POLI 101 Introduction to World Politics. (3) Principal forces and factors influencing world affairs, with emphasis on the role of the United States in issues relating to resources, food, arms control, human rights, the environment, rich and poor countries, the development gap and detente.

POLI 101-D1 Syllabus, Dr. Pamela Martin

POLI 110 The American Criminal Justice System. (3) An introduction to the structure of the law enforcement systems in the United States, from the local and state levels to the federal level. A consideration of the principal issues in law enforcement: arms control, internal security, organized crime and other problems of criminality.

POLI 200 Introduction to Political Science. (3) An introduction to the discipline of political science with an emphasis on researching, writing, and communicating orally.

POLI 201 American National Government. (3) The formation and development of the national government, its organizations and powers.

POLI 300 Introduction to Political Theory. (3) (Writing Intensive) A survey of the major themes and the great ideas in the history of political theory. The student will acquire a broad understanding of the history of political thought from its origins in classical political philosophy and its development in modern and contemporary political theory.  

POLI 302 Political Thought of Thucydides. (3) (Writing Intensive) A study of the political thought of Thucydides through an intensive reading of The War of the Peloponnesians and the Athenians.

POLI 303 American Government Through Literature and Film. (3) A survey of the various actors, institutions, and processes in the American political system by the use of fiction (motion pictures, novels, and plays). The roles of legislators, the judiciary, chief executives, and the press at the national, state, and local levels of government are included.

POLI 304 Latin America Through Film. (3) (Prereq: POLI 101 or permission of the instructor) An examination of major topics in Latin American civilization through lecture, reading and writing, and the viewing and critical analysis of feature-length film.

POLI 305 Introduction to Empirical Political Inquiry. (3) An introduction to modern empirical methodology in political inquiry. A survey of the theoretical foundations of the modern quantitative approach to political inquiry; an introduction to theory building, data gathering, data analysis, data evaluation, and to the writing of a written report.

POLI 307 The Scope of American Politics. (3) (Prereq: POLI 201 or permission of the instructor) An in-depth exploration of the two major fields of study in American politics: political institutions and political behavior. Topics covered include the executive, legislative, and judicial branches of government in addition to political parties, voting behavior, public opinion, and interest groups.

POLI 308 Introduction to Pre-Law. (3) (Prereq: POLI 201 or permission of the instructor) A basic analysis of the study of law, with particular emphasis on briefing and understanding the elements of a case brief, and how case rulings establish precedent.

POLI 309 African-American Political Thought. (3) (Prereq: POLI 201 or permission of the instructor) A survey of the issues and major figures in the African-American political tradition. Primary writings of selected thinkers, statesmen, or activists such as Frederick Douglass, Booker T. Washington, W.E.B. DuBois, Martin Luther King, Jr., and Malcolm X will be the major focus of the course.

POLI 311 Introduction to Game Theory. (3) Game theory is a theory of decision-making in situations where payoffs to agents depend on the behavior of other agents. It typically involves the analysis of conflict, cooperation, and communication. In recent years, game theory has been widely applied in the analysis of economic and political issues. This course will offer an introduction to basic concepts, methods, and application of game theory. It also advances students’ ability to think strategically in interactive situations.

POLI 315 International Relations. (3) (Prereq: POLI 101 or permission of the instructor) International political behavior and institutions.

POLI 316 Comparative Politics. (3) (Prereq: POLI 101 or permission of the instructor) Comparative approaches to political systems, behavior and institutions.

POLI 318 International Political Economy. (3) (Prereq: POLI 101 or permission of the instructor) Examines the interaction between international politics and international economics.

POLI 320 Introduction to Latin American Civilization. (3) (=HIST 355) (Prereq: POLI 101 or permission of the instructor) A survey of Latin American civilization from earliest times through the wars for independence.

POLI 321 State and Society in Modern Latin America. (3) (=HIST 356) (Prereq: POLI 101 or permission of the instructor) A survey of social, economic, political, and cultural development in Latin America during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.

POLI 326 Politics and Government of Contemporary Cuba. (3) (Prereq: POLI 101 or POLI 102) (Coreq: Travel/study in Cuba) A writing/research seminar in which students write on a selected topic in contemporary Cuban politics. Travel to Cuba is required. A non-refundable deposit and instructor’s permission are required upon registration.

POLI 327 Women in the Middle East. (3) (Prereq: POLI 101 or permission of the instructor) This course examines women and gender relations in early Islam and the post-colonial era focusing on recent developments of the status of women in the Middle East. Based on the analysis of theories of patriarchy, socialization, Feminism/Islamic Feminism and of "Orientalism," the course aims to explore the contemporary struggle of women in the Middle East for economic, political, and civic equality.

POLI 328 Political Islam. (3) (Prereq: POLI 101 or permission of the instructor) This course will offer students an opportunity to analyze and discuss some of the most significant issues of political Islam in the 20th and 21st centuries. Students will analyze the emergence of Islam as a political force and explore how Islam has been used as a tool to both legitimatize governmental power and challenge the legitimacy of existing systems.

POLI 329 Comparative Politics of the Middle East. (3) (Prereq: POLI 101 or permission of the instructor) This course examines the domestic politics of various Middle Eastern countries. It focuses on issues of citizenship, the process of democratization, social and political movements, role of opposition; and the impact of Western ideologies, militarism, conflict and foreign policy.

POLI 330 Introduction to the Middle East. (3) (Prereq: POLI 101 or permission of the instructor) An introductory survey of the Middle East including a study of the Islamic religion, the historical and geographical background of the region, the problems of Arab North Africa, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, the petroleum issue, instability in the Persian Gulf, and the problem of violent religious extremism.
POLI 331 The Israeli-Palestinian Conflict.
(3) (Prereq: POLI 101 or permission of the instructor) A consideration of the historical background and contemporary status of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, covering the geographic, cultural, religious, economic, and political aspect of the crisis.

POLI 332 Conflict in the Persian Gulf. (3) (Prereq: POLI 101 or permission of the instructor) This course examines the political, cultural, economic and military aspects of the Persian Gulf Region with particular attention to problems in Iran, Iraq, and Saudi Arabia. The region’s status as a major source of crude oil will also be examined.

POLI 333 Islam and World Politics. (3) (Prereq: POLI 101 or permission of the instructor) An examination of the Islamic religion as it relates to Middle Eastern and world politics. Topics include the Sunni-Shi’ite divide, traditionalist or fundamentalist variants of Islam, political movements challenging regional governments, and violent groups like al-Qaeda, Iraqi insurgent groups, and the Taliban.

POLI 334 East Asian Politics. (3) (Prereq: POLI 101) An introduction to how changes in the post-WWII international political system have influenced the strategic, political, and economic situations in East Asia.

POLI 335 Chinese Politics. (3) (Prereq: POLI 101 or permission of the instructor) A study of the politics of mainland China with an emphasis on the politics of the post-Mao era (after 1978).

POLI 336 Chinese Foreign Policy and US-Chinese Relations. (3) (Prereq: POLI 101 or permission of the instructor) This course consists of two major parts. The first part focuses on the development of the U.S.-Chinese relations in the past century. The second part surveys major topics on China’s foreign policy. We also discuss basic theories and methods of foreign policy analysis. Finally students may use the knowledge to conduct independent research on a topic on Chinese foreign policy or U.S.-Chinese relations.

POLI 338 Introduction to Political Linguistics. (3) (Prereq: POLI 101 or permission of the instructor) An introductory survey of the role played in contemporary world politics by the multi-lingual character of individual countries and the global community, with special focus on the connection between languages and conflict.

POLI 339 Diplomacy. (3) An examination of the role of diplomacy in advancing national interest, with a particular emphasis on the role of the diplomat.

POLI 340 International Negotiations. (3) (Prereq: POLI 101 or permission of the instructor) A study of the theory and practice of international negotiation. Special emphasis will be paid to the various styles of decision making and negotiation associated with different cultures and countries. In addition, the various stages of the negotiation process will be analyzed.

POLI 341 Contemporary American Foreign Policy. (3) (=HIST 377) (Prereq: POLI 101 or permission of the instructor) A historical and political analysis of twentieth century American foreign policy.

POLI 343 Terrorism and Political Violence. (3) (Prereq: POLI 101 or permission of the instructor) A survey of the historical and ideological origins of selected revolutionary and/or terrorist movements with a consideration of the role played by political violence in modern society.

POLI 344 Politics and Society in the United Kingdom. (3) (Prereq: POLI 101 or permission of the instructor) A consideration of political and social structures in England, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland (Ulster).

POLI 345 Politics and Governments of the Middle East. (3) (Prereq: POLI 101 or permission of the instructor) Politics, religion, and conflict in the contemporary Middle East, with emphasis upon the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and the Persian Gulf situation.

POLI 346 Contemporary African Politics. (3) (Prereq: POLI 101 or permission of the instructor) This course introduces students to the contemporary political issues of the African continent. It provides understanding(s) of pre-colonial and contemporary governance structures, effects of colonialism, the post-colonial state – the military in politics, “democratization” and Africa in the global economy. Emphasis is also placed on several key issues and analytical approaches to the study of Africa e.g. feminist, environmentalism and modernization theories of conflict and change.

POLI 347 Africa in a Global Economy. (3) (Prereq: POLI 101 or permission of the instructor) This course explores Africa’s position and role within the global political-economy. Also, it looks at how sub-Saharan African countries have fared within the global economic system of exchange, and the impact that international policies have had in structuring state economic options and decisions. The course will also examine the relationship(s) between domestic African economies and the global economy as related to inequality and political conflict.

POLI 348 Introduction to Africa. (3) (Prereq: POLI 101 or permission of the instructor) This is a course designed to introduce students to the continent of Africa. It focuses on African geography and environment, political and economic histories, and its rich and varied cultures. The course approaches the study of the continent from a historical, interdisciplinary and comparative perspective.

POLI 349 Comparative African Politics. (3) (Prereq: POLI 101 or permission of the instructor) This course explores the development of various political systems in Africa. It attempts to compare and draw from critical case studies from different regions/countries on the African continent.

POLI 353 Comparative Security Issues. (3) (Prereq: POLI 101 or permission of the instructor) This course will engage students in the comparative analysis of security issues confronting both developing and developed states in the international community. It explores core questions about security in the contemporary international system, and also, the relationship among national, international and human security.

POLI 355 Foreign Policy Analysis. (3) (Prereq: POLI 101 or permission of the instructor) An introduction to basic theories, models and typical cases of foreign policy decision making.

POLI 360 American Political Parties. (3) (Prereq: POLI 201 or permission of the instructor) A survey of the role of political parties in the American political system. Following an examination of the historical evolution of party systems in the United States, primary attention is given to three aspects of contemporary political parties: the parties as an organization, the party as an electorate, and the party as a governing elite.

POLI 361 American Politics: Interest Groups. (3) (Prereq: POLI 201 or permission of the instructor) An examination of the role of interest groups in the operation of the American political system, with a particular emphasis on pluralist and elitist theories of democracy.

POLI 362 Mass Media and American Politics. (3) (Prereq: POLI 201 or permission of the instructor) The development and nature of the mass media; the influence of the media on American culture, politics, and government.

POLI 363 Southern Politics. (3) (Prereq: POLI 201 or permission of the instructor) Selected political patterns and trends in the eleven states of the American South, focusing on the post-1950 period.

POLI 365 State Government. (3) (Prereq: POLI 201 or permission of the instructor) A study of state-federal relations, relations among states, state constitutions, and the structure and functions of the three branches of government. Emphasis is given to South Carolina.

POLI 366 Public Opinion. (3) (Prereq: POLI 201 or permission of the instructor) This course will survey important topics in American public opinion. Topics covered will include the formation of opinions, political socialization, how to read and interpret political polls, and how public opinion influences the course of politics in this country.

POLI 370 Introduction to Public Administration. (3) (Prereq: POLI 201 or permission of the instructor) A study of the basic principles and theory of administrative structure, responsibility, and control in relation to governmental management.

POLI 371 Public Policy. (3) (Prereq: POLI 201 or permission of the instructor) This course is an introduction to the nature of public policy in the U.S. Topics include theories and models of policy making, policy formation and implementation by political institutions, and the formation of the policy agenda. A significant focus is placed on the content and design of policy in selected areas, including health, education, welfare, criminal justice, and environmental policy.

POLI 372 Women and Public Policy. (3) (Prereq: POLI 201 or permission of the instructor) This course examines the expanding role of women in political life. Students will study women as emerging political players in society, with a particular focus on strategies for gaining political power, the evolution of public policies that affect the lives and opportunities of women, and the present political status of women in the U.S.

POLI 375 Government and the Economy. (3) (Prereq: POLI 201 or permission of the instructor) A study of the historical and theoretical relationship between questions of economic policy and the character of the American political order.

POLI 376 The Bureaucracy. (3) (Prereq: POLI 201 or permission of the instructor) A study of how the branches of government function (political control, the political-bureaucratic adaptation, bureaucratic accountability, reasoning, their clients, networks) and what government agencies do and why they do it. Interrelationships among the various entities in government will be explored through case studies.

POLI 380 Criminal Procedure. (3) (Prereq: POLI 201 or permission of the instructor) A close examination of power and limitations in gathering evidence, proceedings before trial, essentials of a fair trial, post-conviction powers and limitations, quasi-criminal proceedings, and pre-trial detention.

POLI 381 Evidence. (3) (Prereq: POLI 201 or permission of the instructor) A study of the rules governing the introduction of evidence in proceedings, both civil and criminal, in the courts. The focus of this course is on the purposes of securing fairness in administration, eliminating unjustifiable expense and delay, and promoting growth and development of the law of evidence, all to the end that the truth may be ascertained and proceedings justly determined.

POLI 382 Criminal Law. (3) (Prereq: POLI 201 or permission of the instructor) An examination of the criminal justice system, including emphasis on the role of defense counsel and prosecutor, the adversary system, ethical considerations, sources and aims of the criminal law and construction of criminal statutes.

POLI 383 Juvenile Law. (3) (Prereq: POLI 201 or permission of the instructor) Survey of the law related to juvenile courts in the areas of delinquency, abuse, and neglect, including jurisdiction and waivers thereof, arrest, pre-trial and trial procedures, and final dispositions.

POLI 384 Tort Law. (3) (Prereq: POLI 201 or permission of the instructor) The study of torts, which are civil wrongs for which the law recognizes a legal remedy on behalf of a private individual.

POLI 396 Explorations in Political Science. (1-4) An in-depth exploration of topics in political science, including topics in American politics, international relations, comparative politics, public policy and administration, and political theory. May be repeated for credit under different topics for up to 9 credits.

POLI 399 Independent Study. (1-6) (Prereq: Written contract between the student and the instructor, approved by the Associate Dean, Edwards College of Humanities and Fine Arts. May be repeated for credit under different topics.

POLI 401 History of Political Thought I. (3) (Writing Intensive) A study of the history of political thought from Socrates through Aristotle.

POLI 402 History of Political Thought II. (3) (Writing Intensive) A study of the history of political thought from St. Augustine through Hooker.

POLI 403 History of Political Thought III. (3) (Writing Intensive) A study of the history of political thought from Hobbes through Rousseau.  

POLI 404 History of Political Thought IV. (3) (Writing Intensive) A study of the history of political thought from Hegel through Nietzsche.

NOTE: Any course in the HISTORY OF POLITICAL THOUGHT SEQUENCE (Politics 401-404) may be taken independently of the others.

POLI 406 American Political Thought. (3) An analysis of the chief American political theories from the colonial period to the end of the 19th century. F, even years.

POLI 410 Q International Organizations. (3) (Prereq: POLI 101 or permission of the instructor) This course surveys the international organizations that are key players in global coordination and conflict in the areas of security, economics, development, human rights, and the environment. It includes an examination of intergovernmental organizations, such as the United Nations and the European Union, as well as nongovernmental organizations. This course is also a prerequisite for participation in the Model United Nations.
POLI 410-Q1 Syllabus, Dr. Pamela Martin

POLI 420 Global Environmental Politics. (3) (Prereq: POLI 101 or permission of the instructor) A comparative study of environmental politics and policy in industrialized countries (with special attention to the U.S.) and developing countries.

POLI 421 Sustainable Development. (3) This class examines important questions surrounding the term “sustainable development” and its history through an analysis of the political economy, institutions, and cultural/social impacts of living in a sustainable manner and/or living unsustainably.

POLI 425 The Arabic Language, Media and Politics in the Middle East. (3) (Prereq: POLI 101 or permission of the instructor). Understanding basic terms in the Arabic Language is a key to understanding politics, media, culture and Islam in the Middle East. In this course students will gain the basic tools to enable them to understand current political discourse through main sources of Arabic media, gain basic elements and terms of modern Arabic language, and facilitate their studies of the Middle East.

POLI 431 Q The Model United Nations. (1) (Prereq: POLI 101 or permission of the instructor) A brief study of the history, mission, policies, and procedures of the United Nations designed to prepare students for competitive participation in the annual Southern Regional Model United Nations conference in Atlanta. May be repeated up to three times for credit.
POLI 431-Q1 Syllabus, Dr. Pamela Martin

POLI 435 Globalization. (3) (Prereq: POLI 101 or permission of the instructor) This course will survey the various theories and issues surrounding the process of Globalization and anti-Globalization within the study of International Relations. It will draw on historical, economical, financial, cultural, and political issues-areas of Globalization in a multitude of regions.

POLI 438 International Human Rights. (3) (Prereq: POLI 101 or permission of the instructor) Development of the promotion and protection of international human rights and fundamental freedoms.

POLI 439 International Law. (3) (Prereq: POLI 101 or permission of the instructor) The origin, development and principles of the international law of peace and the enforcement of these principles. The law of war and pacific settlement disputes.

POLI 440 Q South Carolina State Legislative Process. (1) (Prereq: POLI 201 or permission of the instructor) An introduction to the practice of state legislative procedures. Students are required to participate in the South Carolina Student Legislature activity. Students may take the course up to three times for elective credit only.

POLI 441 Legal Reasoning. (1) (Prereq: 90 credit hours or permission of the instructor) A laboratory course on test taking techniques and strategies for the Law School Admission Test (LSAT). Pass/Fail grading only.

POLI 446 The Essentials of Legal Studies. (3) (Prereq: POLI 201 or permission of the instructor) This class is designed to acquaint students with the basic concepts of local, state, and federal laws, systems, and reasoning. This course also will expose the student to the court system and its impact on the legal environment.

POLI 447 Q Trial Advocacy. (3) (Prereq: POLI 201 or permission of the instructor) The focus of this course is the art and science of trial advocacy and litigation, with concentration on basic evidence and trial procedure. This course will prepare the student for practice litigation with an emphasis on the art of trying a case from inception to conclusion. This course will also include mock trial practice.

POLI 448 Q Mock Trial. (1) Mock Trial is an activity in which students learn the principles of trial advocacy and then apply those principles as they try a fictitious case. Mock trial gives undergraduate students an opportunity to learn firsthand about the work or trial attorneys, understand the judicial system, develop critical thinking, increase self-confidence, and develop the ability to work well with others. May be taken up to three times for elective credit.

POLI 449 Constitutional Law I. (3) (Prereq: POLI 201 or permission of the instructor) An investigation of the U.S. constitutional principles and the Supreme Court decisions that have shaped the development of the Document.

POLI 450 Constitutional Law II. (3) (Prereq: POLI 201 or permission of the instructor) A study of judicial review, the political role of the courts, American federalism, the jurisdiction and limitations of the judicial branch, the power of taxation, the commerce power, the substantive and procedural rights of the individual, and the powers of the President.

POLI 451 The Supreme Court. (3). (Prereq: POLI 201 or permission of the instructor) A study of the role of the Supreme Court in American politics. Covered topics include the historical development as an institution, the selection and nomination process of Supreme Court justices, the nature of the Supreme Court decision-making, the relationship between the Supreme Court and the other branches, and other relevant topics.

POLI 452 The Judicial Process. (3) (Prereq: POLI 201 or permission of the instructor) A study of the growth of law, the law-making function of the courts, the structure and organization of federal and state courts, the procedures involved in civil and criminal cases, and the problems and proposals for reform in the administration of justice.

POLI 453 Regulatory Policies. (3) (Prereq: POLI 201 or permission of the instructor) An examination, primarily by the case method, of the law of public offices, the types of powers exercised by administrative authorities, the scope and limits of such powers, including relevant aspects of procedural process of law, and remedies against administrative action.

POLI 455 American Jurisprudence. (3) (Prereq: POLI 201 or permission of the instructor) (Prereq: sophomore standing or permission of the instructor) An examination of the approaches and controversies concerning legal interpretation and legal reasoning in the American political order. A major focus of the course is constitutional interpretation. Readings will be drawn principally from the writings of major figures in American jurisprudence.

POLI 456 Administrative Law. (3) (Prereq: POLI 201 or permission of the instructor) A study of the public law dealing with the structure, authority, policies, and procedures of administrative and regulatory agencies. Covered topics include agency rulemaking, agency adjudication, investigation and enforcement, political control of agencies, judicial review of agency decisions, governmental liability, and rights of public employees.

POLI 459 Social Policy. (3) (Prereq: POLI 201 or permission of the instructor) This course is an examination of the theory and practice of social policy, with a primary focus on U.S. policy. Topics include theories and models of social policy formation and implementation by political institutions and the impact of policies on individuals and groups in society. A significant focus is placed on the content and design of policy in selected areas, including income security, education, health, and family.

POLI 462 The Legislative Process. (3) (Prereq: POLI 201 or permission of the instructor) A study of the structure, organization, powers, functions and problems of legislative bodies.

POLI 463 The American Chief Executive. (3) (Prereq: POLI 201 or permission of the instructor) The constitutional powers and political roles of the American President with lesser emphasis upon state governors. An analysis of the chief executive and administration, executive relationships with legislatures, and party and popular leadership by the executive.

POLI 466 South Carolina Government and Politics. (3) (Prereq: POLI 201 or permission of the instructor) A study of the politics and government of South Carolina with special attention paid to the state political and legal institutions, their power, and limits to their power.

POLI 467 American Local Government. (3) (Prereq: POLI 201 or permission of the instructor) A study of the powers, organizations, processes, and programs of municipal government, with special emphasis upon government in metropolitan areas.

POLI 481 Democracy and Development in Africa. (3) (Prereq: POLI 101 or permission of the instructor) This course explores the conceptual and empirical connections between democracy and economic development in Africa. It considers the conditions under which different democratic forms and economic development perspectives emerge on the African continent.

POLI 488 Politics and Governments of Contemporary Latin America. (3) (Prereq: POLI 101 or permission of the instructor) The development, principles, political thought, and politics of the several Latin American states.

POLI 491 Topics in Government and International Studies. (3) Reading and research on selected subjects in politics. Open to juniors and seniors with the permission of the instructor. May be repeated for credit under different topics.
POLI 491-01 Syllabus, Dr. Pamela Martin

POLI 495 Internship in Political Science. (3) (Prereq: POLI 201, Junior level with 3.0 GPA, and permission of the instructor) Internships are available in local, state, or federal government offices. Students may do an internship for academic credit of three (3) hours and must work at least 120 hours at an organization during the semester registered. Grades are determined by a combination of the evaluation of the internship performance by the facility supervisor and faculty supervisor. Requirements are specifically stated in a contract to be signed by the student, faculty supervisor and facility supervisor.

POLI 495-02 Syllabus, Dr. Pamela Martin

POLI 496 Topics in Latin American Politics and Culture. (3) (Prereq: POLI 101 or permission of the instructor) A topical approach to Latin America employing a variety of teaching materials and techniques. Among the topics treated are women and race, recent and contemporary themes in Latin American civilization, political institutions and ideology.

POLI 497 The Discipline of Political Science. (3) (Writing Intensive) (Prereq: completion of 75 credits or permission of the instructor) Designed to be the capstone course for students majoring in political science, this course focuses on the nature and development of the discipline of political science. Particular attention is given to controversies concerning the scope and methods of conducting research in political science. Political Science majors should take this course no earlier than the last semester of their junior year. Since the concerns of this course are common to all of the social sciences, the course is open to and recommended for non-majors.

POLI 498 Variable Credit Internship. (3-12) (Prereq: permission of the instructor and GPA of 3.0 or higher) This course is designed to facilitate off-campus, semester-long internships for students interested in the practice of politics and policymaking. It is designed to be variable credit based on the needs of the student. Permission of adviser is necessary to enroll.

POLI 499 Senior Thesis. (3) A course designed both to assess and improve research skills, writing ability, and general mastery of the field of politics. Under the close supervision of a member of the department, students will review primary and secondary source materials and write one 25-page thesis of graduate school quality.