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Political Science

PSC101 - American Government
Course presents philosophical principles, governmental machinery and political processes of the federal government. Content includes political culture, the Constitution, civil liberties and civil rights, government institutions, political partiesand interest groups, public opinion, and public policy decision-making. Successful completion of this course satisfies the Illinois State Constitution Examination requirement.IAI S5 900
3 Credit Hours (lecture: 3; lab: 0)
IAI Code: S5 900

PSC102 - State and Local Government
Course discusses organization and powers of state and local governments in the United States. Content includes constitutions and problems of revision; legislators and legislation; voting and campaigning; the role of state and local interest groups; administrative problems, the state judiciary and judicial reform; intergovernmental relations; and financing major services.IAI S5 902
3 Credit Hours (lecture: 3; lab: 0)
IAI Code: S5 902

PSC103 - Introduction to Political Science
Course examines the primary fields within political science. Content includes political philosophy; empirical political theory; American politics; comparativepolitics; international relations; research techniques; general concepts used in the study of politics, such as socialization, groups, etc.IAI S5 903
3 Credit Hours (lecture: 3; lab: 0)
IAI Code: S5 903

PSC104 - Illinois Government
Course examines the organization of Illinois Government at the state, county, and municipal levels. Content includes the relationship between the various levels of government; may involve direct observation of governmental units in action.Prerequisite: Consent of instructor.
3 Credit Hours (lecture: 3; lab: 0)

PSC110 - Introduction to Politics
Course introduces concepts of political life. Content focus is on power: source, modes (coercion, control, consent, charisma); expressions, conflicts, etc. Examples drawn from history and current political life.
3 Credit Hours (lecture: 3; lab: 0)

PSC111 - Political Parties and American Politics
Course examines political parties in the United States. Content includes the historical development, and modern status, the role political parties play in the American political process.
3 Credit Hours (lecture: 3; lab: 0)

PSC201 - Comparative Government
Course presents functional aspects and governmental structures of a variety of political systems. Content includes totalitarian, democratic, and mixed forms of government as seen against a backdrop of current issues of world politics.IAI S5 905
3 Credit Hours (lecture: 3; lab: 0)
IAI Code: S5 905

PSC202 - International Relations
Course provides theoretical foundation, historical background, and conceptual framework for understanding contemporary international relations. Content includes international relations theory; evolution of the modern internationalpolitical system; power, diplomacy and foreign policy; war and peace; international law and organizations; international political economy andglobalization. Case studies used extensively to exemplify the problems and potential solutions of contemporary international politics.IAI S5 904N
3 Credit Hours (lecture: 3; lab: 0)
IAI Code: S5 904N

PSC204 - International Terrorism
Course examines basic characteristics, underlying causes and dynamics of contemporary international terrorism in an historical and international relations context. Content includes developing an analytical framework for understanding terrorist groups, motivations, tactics, strategies, and targets, as well as international counterterrorism efforts.
3 Credit Hours (lecture: 3; lab: 0)

PSC209 - United States Foreign Policy
Course examines contemporary American foreign policy making and conduct within historical and international political context. Content includes an analysis of U.S. foreign policy institutions, actors, traditions, and choices. Historical case studies and current international issues used to exemplify underlying principles and values of U.S. foreign policy.
3 Credit Hours (lecture: 3; lab: 0)

PSC210 - American Political Thought
Course introduces political convictions and ideologies. Content includes examination of principles as bases of our American political system and as influences in the shaping of America’s political history.
3 Credit Hours (lecture: 3; lab: 0)

PSC216 - Non-Western Comparative Government
Course surveys the political, social and economic history of selected non-western cultures since 1945. Content includes the study of at least four cultures, drawn from Asia, Africa, the Middle East and Latin America.
3 Credit Hours (lecture: 3; lab: 0)

PSC250 - International Security: War and Peace
Course examines the causes and consequences of wars as well as strategies for peace in world politics. A variety of topics such as the nature and origins of war and peace, terrorism, ethnic and religious conflicts, intervention, globalization, andarms proliferation will be analyzed from a theoretical and historical perspective. Current world events relating to these topics will be discussed.
3 Credit Hours (lecture: 3; lab: 3)

PSC290 - Topics in Political Science
Course explores major political issues and/or aspects of political life that are related to and grow out of the political science courses taught at the College. Course has a different focus and/or scope than the courses currently offered in the department and can be repeated on different topics up to three times for up to nine credit hours. Prerequisite may vary by topic.
1-4 Credit Hours (lecture: 1-4; lab: 1-4)

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