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Political Science Class Catalog

POL SC 1
National and California Government
3 units
Prerequisite: None.
This course surveys and analyzes the principles, institutions, policies and politics of U.S. National and California State Governments. Transfer: UC, CSU
IGETC Area 4 (Social & Behavioral Sciences)
Satisfies CSU Constitution and American Ideals graduation requirement
POL SC 2
Comparative Government and Politics
3 units
Prerequisite: None.
This course examines the political systems of selected industrial democracies, Communist and Third World political systems. Emphasis is placed on the institutional structure, political processes, and political cultures of these countries. Transfer: UC, CSU
IGETC Area 4 (Social & Behavioral Sciences)
POL SC 5
Political Economy
3 units
Prerequisite: No
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An introduction to the field of Political Economy, including the recent history of domestic U.S. and international economic relations, contending theoretical perspectives on the politics of economics, substantive issue areas and public policy concerns. A background in economics is helpful but not required for this course. Transfer: UC, CSU
IGETC Area 4 (Social & Behavioral Sciences)
POL SC 7
International Politics
3 units
Prerequisite: None.
This course examines the structure and operation of the international system. Emphasis is placed on the nature and sources of conflict and cooperation and issues of war and peace among states in the international system. Transfer: UC, CSU
IGETC Area 4 (Social & Behavioral Sciences)
POL SC 8
The Modern Far East
3 units
Prerequisite: None.
This course concentrates on the political and social history of East Asia in the 20th century. The following subjects are studied: major movements of social and political change; revolution; the pattern of political culture and power; the pattern of foreign and domestic policy, and East Asia's relationship to the Western World. Transfer: UC, CSU
IGETC Area 4 (Social & Behavioral Sciences)
POL SC 10
Government Internship
3 units
Advisory: consultation with the instructor is recommended.
Approved internship must be arranged prior to enrollment. Students will relate their academic experience to local, state, or national governments by working in a governmental agency for a summer or semester. Academic credit is based on a written report or research paper relating the student's internship experience and an oral examination. Enrollment must be concurrent with an approved internship assignment. Transfer: CSU
POL SC 11
World Affairs and the United Nations
3 units
Advisory: consultation with the instructor is recommended.
Political Science 11 is a companion course to Political Science 12, Model United Nations.
This course examines global conflict and cooperation since World War II, with special emphasis on the United Nations and related organizations. Arms proliferation and control, regional conflicts, world social and economic cooperation, and governmental and nongovernmental efforts to promote peace and security are examined.
Transfer: CSU
POL SC 12
Model United Nations
1 unit
Advisory: consultation with the instructor is recommended.
This course should be taken concurrently with or subsequent to Political Science 11. Additional fees are required and any costs associated with travel, room and board will be the responsibility of students. Consultation with the instructor is recommended prior to enrollment.
Students will participate in local, state, or national Model United Nations, and will research country positions, policy issues, United Nation rules of debate and parliamentary procedure, diplomacy negotiation, and techniques of conflict resolution.
Transfer: CSU
POL SC 14
Middle East Government and Politics
3 units
Prerequisite: None.
This comparative study of the government and politics of the Middle Eastern states gives emphasis to the study of the relationship between political development, political organization and social structure. Transfer: UC, CSU
IGETC Area 4 (Social & Behavioral Sciences)
POL SC 21
Race, Ethnicity, and the Politics of Difference
3 units
Prerequisite: None.
The social construction of racial and ethnic groups in American society and their relationship to local, state and national government is covered. Of particular concern are problems of assimilation and integration into the political system, the politics of exclusion, discrimination, voting behavior and pressure group politics, ideology, resistance and political action, the social construction of race and racism, the poor and the culture of poverty, political problems of the aged, the young, women, gay lesbian, bisexual, and transgendered people.

Transfer: UC, CSU
IGETC Area 4 (Social & Behavioral Sciences)
This course satisfies SMC’s American cultures requirement.

POL SC 22
Environmental Politics and Policies
3 units
Prerequisite: None.
This course examines the politics of environmental issues, including, but not limited to, population, natural resources, climate and pollution. The course focuses on the political, economic, social origins of environmental change and degradation and the goals and activities of environmental movements, interest groups, and political parties. The public policy response to environmental issues will be assessed as to its effectiveness and the need for new policy approaches and institutions will be examined. Transfer: UC, CSU
POL SC 28
Modern Europe, 1914 to Present
3 units
Prerequisite: None.
This course traces the internal politics of the various European states and their relationships with each other and the rest of the world. Beginning with an analysis of nationalism, imperialism, and militarism, the course will proceed to examine the impact of communism, fascism, and modernization. The rise and fall of the German and Soviet empires, the economic integration of Europe, and national fragmentation will also be covered. This course is the same as HIST 28. Credit may be earned for either but not both. Transfer Pending: UC, CSU
POL SC 47
International Politics Seminar
3 units
Prerequisite: None.
This seminar in international politics features analysis and discussion of the international system. Patterns of cooperation and conflict between states, alliance systems, security issues and the international economy are among the topics on which students will write papers. Seminar sessions are characterized by discussion, oral reports and critical analysis of papers, articles, and books. Consultation with the instructor is required before enrolling. Transfer: UC, CSU
POL SC 51
Political Philosophy
3 units
Prerequisite: None.
This inter-disciplinary course in philosophy and political science examines fundamental ideas about the nature of man, politics and the state, in the writings of thinkers from Plato through Marx. This course is the same as Philosophy 51. Students may receive credit for either Political Science 51 or Philosophy 51, but not both. Transfer: UC, CSU
IGETC Area 4 (Social & Behavioral Sciences)
POL SC 52
Modern Political Thought
3 units
Prerequisite: None.
This inter-disciplinary course in philosophy and political science examines main currents of contemporary political thought and ideology, such as Liberalism, Conservatism, and Socialism. The theoretical foundations of these ideologies as well as their significance in illuminating political and economic movements and conflicts in the twentieth century are considered. This course is the same as Philosophy 52. Students may receive credit for either Political Science 52 or Philosophy 52, but not both. Transfer: UC, CSU
IGETC Area 4 (Social & Behavioral Sciences)
POL SC 88
Independent Studies in Political Science
1 unit
Prerequisite: None.
Arrange hours. Transfer: CSU