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POS105 Introduction to Political Science (3)
A course designed to provide the student with an "awakening" to the world of political science by developing an understanding and appreciation of the basic concepts, major theories, seminal literature, and their applications within our political world. This course fulfills a core requirement in the social science category.

POS106 American Government (3)
An examination of the principles, structure and practice of the American governmental system.

POS205 American Government (3)
An examination of the principles, structure and practice of the American governmental system.

POS206 State & Local Government (3)
Students study the principal structures, processes and challenges of state and local government.

POS215 Introduction to Public Administration (3)
An examination of governmental administration and organization in the US at the national, state, and sub-state levels; development and evolution of the discipline; organization and management; administrative control and accountability; intergovernmental relations; functions and operation within a democratic form of government and political environment.

POS230 World Politics (3)
Pre-requisite: POS 105. Combining elements of two areas of study (Comparative Politics and International Relations); World Politics will provide students with a solid foundation for understanding contemporary international, or world, politics. Students will be introduced to the theories, issues, and economic basis of international relations while developing an understanding of the field in preparation for more advanced classes in world politics. The course will develop awareness of their role as world citizens, understanding the impact of global politics upon their lives, and informed judgments about contemporary political issues.

POS290 Introduction to Political Theory (3)
Recommended pre-requisite: POS 105. An introduction to the literature of political theory, and an examination of political ideology, with a focus upon fundamental questions of politics and social relations.

POS306 American Presidency and Congress (3)
Prerequisite: POS 105. Designed to introduce students to low key national governmental institutions in the American political system; enabling a broad understanding of the development of these American political structures and their respective foci, while providing for an exploration of their complex relationship.

POS324 Public Opinion and Survey Research (3)
The process of assessing public opinion is an integral aspect of our politics and society. Survey research aids in creating and justifying public policy and the development of campaign strategies. It provides the basis for much of what the media reports to be the �will of the people,� and it helps develop product branding and sales. Through readings and class exercises, students will be introduced to both the theoretical and practical issues of survey research: the processes of obtaining public opinion, learn how to design simple survey instruments, and becoming knowledgeable consumers of public opinion polling.

POS329 Germany and the European Union: A Historical and Cultural Approach (3)
Prequisite: HIS 102. An examination of 20th century German History with emphasis on post-1945 developments. The study unfolds against the backdrop of the formation and contemporary developments within the European Union. Topics include contemporary German politics and culture; together with Germany's broader role in the E.U. Cross-listed as HIS 329.

POS335 Global Political Issues (3)
Pre-requisites: POS 105, 230. This course provides a deeper understanding of the global issues raised in the World Politics course. Specifically, the course will focus on key issues confronting the development of a global community. Issues such as economic and cultural globalization, global environmental challenges, international and regional integration and regime change, the impact of democratization on world politics, and dimensions of global inequality will be explored through a focused literature. The course will develop a deeper awareness of students' role as world citizens while enhancing their ability to make informed judgments about contemporary political issues.

POS336 Contemporary Developing World (3)
The developing and emerging world has been an area of great academic focus since the 1960s. In today's world, over one-third of the people on earth live in poverty. For a variety of reasons, they have inadequate diets, health care, and shelter. Since the publication of the Millennium Goals by the United Nations in 2000, must great attention has been paid to reducing poverty, along with improving education, health and nutrition, and life expectancy. This course will examine the all-to-common problems faced by developing countries, and the attempt by these nations, as well as the global community, to enhance their quality of life. Each student will write a research paper on a particular developing country which they will share with the class. Cross-listed as HIS 336.

POS355 Political Studies (1-3)
A special topics course with a focus upon investigating a particular theme, institution or problem in Political Science.

POS370 Understanding Public Policy (3)
Prerequisite: POS 105. This course is designed to introduce students to the policy process enabling them to develop a deeper awareness of their role as citizens while enhancing their ability to make informed judgments about contemporary American political issues.

POS390 Public Opinion and Survey Research (3)
The process of assessing public opinion is an integral aspect of our politics and society. Survey research aids in creating and justifying public policy and the development of campaign strategies. It provides the basis for much of what the media reports to be the 'will of the people,' and helps develop product branding and sales. Through readings and class exercises, students will be introduced to both the theoretical and practical issues of survey research and the processes of obtaining public opinion, learn how to design simple survey instruments, and become consumers of public opinion polling.

POS400 Independent Study (2-4)
Students may register for an Independent Study in political science under supervision of a member of the History or Political Science faculty.

POS425 American Constitutional History (3)
A study of the United States Constitution from its antecedents to the present with an emphasis on major Supreme Court cases. Cross-listed with HIS 425.

POS435 History of Latin America (3)
A survey course covering the historic, political, cultural, social and economic trends of Latin America. Cross-listed as HIS 435.

POS438 The Contemporary World (3)
A seminar focusing on the historical, political, social, economic, and cultural trends in the world since 1945. The course emphasizes research, writing, and speaking skills. Cross-listed with HIS 438 and INT 400.

POS440 Rise and Fall of 20th Century Fascism (3)
This course will trace the rise of 20th century fascism, primarily in Europe, with special emphasis on Italian and German fascism. It will examine how this movement served to ignite World War II, leading to millions of deaths, both on and away from the battle field. The course will also look at Fascist and Neo-Fascist movements in the contemporary world, particularly those which have emerged in several European countries since the end of the Cold War. Cross-listed as HIS 440.

POS442 Recent Russia (3)
The major aspects of the political and social development in recent Russia are studied in this course. Cross-listed as HIS 442.

POS452 Modern China (3)
A survey of the political and cultural history of China since 1800. Cross-listed as HIS452.

POS455 Special Topics (1-3)
An advanced special topics course investigating a particular theme, institution, or problem in Political Science.

POS465 Asian Studies (3)
A focus upon a specific period, theme, or problem in the development of Asian civilization. Cross-listed with HIS 465.

POS491 Political Theory and Ideology (3)
Course requirement: Junior standing. Course requirement: Junior standing. A seminar designed for intensive study of aspects of political theory. The course may focus on a single body of literature, comparative analysis of a key aspect of political discourse, or the writings of a particular theorist.

POS494 Internship in Local Government (1-9)
Students participate in a practicum in a local government capacity.

POS495 Internship in State Government (1-9)
Students participate in a practicum in a state government capacity.

POS496 Internship in Federal Government (1-9)
Students participate in a practicum either in a local federal government agency, or in Washington D.C.

POS497 Pre-Law Internship (1-3)
Students participate in a practicum in an acceptable pre-law capacity (e.g. law firm, pre-trial release agency, court attorney/judge's office). Cross-listed as PLS 497.

POS498 Congressional Leadership Program (1)
Course requirement: Sophomore standing. Students, who are residents of Kentucky's Fourth Congressional District, can earn one academic credit through participation in this eight-session program sponsored by Kentucky's Fourth District Congressman's local office. Held each summer, the program offers unique insights into the region's institutions and political processes.

POS499 Political Science Senior Seminar and Methodology (3)
Prerequisite: POS 105, 106, 230, and a minimum of 2.0 GPA in Political Science courses. A methodological course providing students with the skills needed to conduct and understand research in the field of Political Science. Statistical methods, research design, data collection and analysis (both quantitative and qualitative) are the primary topics upon which the course will focus. Students will be required to design and conduct a substantial research project.