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POS 2041 American Politics . . . . . 3(F,S,SS)
Deals with the constitutional principles on which the republic was founded, the evolution of institutions which emerged after 1789, and the development of processes and policies in response to 20th Century challenges and changes in the political culture. (General Studies Course: SS/SOC)
POS 3122 Issues in American Government and Politics . . . . . 3(F,S,SS)
Significant issues relative to the constitutional, organizational and political processes of American government and politics.
POS 3283 Judicial Process . . . . . 3(S,SS)
Structural-functional introduction to judicial arena. Personnel involved in administration of justice. Impact of judicial decisions within political systems. General introduction to workings and strategies of judicial politics.
POS 3424 The Legislative Process . . . . . 3(F)
Politics of accommodation in formulating authoritative policies and general rules; emphasis on U.S. Congress and Florida Legislature in action; relations to other governmental processes.
POS 3448 Campaigns and Elections . . . . . 3(S)
Practice of political campaigning. Introduces students to the history of campaigning, the concept of campaigning and the various techniques used in campaigning.
POS 3453 Political Parties and Interest Groups . . . . . 3(S)
Political parties, nominations, campaigns, elections, voting behavior, political recruitment, party organization and parties as managers of government. Roles and functions of interest groups.
POS 3603 American Constitutional Law . . . . . 3(S,SS)
Growth of the constitutional system; Supreme Court as policy-making body; basic principles of constitutional law; landmark court decisions.
POS 3623 Bill of Rights . . . . . 3(F)
Examination of protection of individual rights under the Constitution with particular emphasis on the Bill of Rights and the Due Process and Equal Protection clauses. Among specific topics to be considered will be: the rights of the defendant, racial discrimination, sex discrimination.
POS 3625 First Amendment Freedoms . . . . . 3(S)
Problem areas and doctrinal evolution in the judicial protection of First Amendment freedoms. Among specific subjects to be examined will be: free speech and press, free exercise of religion, state aid to religious schools, regulation of obscenity, freedom of association, regulation of subversive activity.
POS 3734 Political Science Research Methods . . . . . 3(S)
Introduction to research methods in political science and the concepts associated with it. Surveys, polling, research design, sampling, data analysis and library research.
POS 3948 Service Learning Field Study II . . . . . 1-3(F,S,SS)
Placement in community agency or other social organizational setting related to field of study. Supervision by faculty and agency. Students and faculty "customize" courses to fit a full range of services that are available in the setting. Student must be able to draw correlation between the discipline and field study. Journal and reflective experience paper are required. With the agreement of the student's faculty sponsor, a minimum of 4-6 hours per week must be done at the field site per semester hour of credit. Permission is required.
POS 4606 Constitutional Controversies . . . . . 3(CALL DEPT)
Focuses on contemporary and hotly debated controversies in the area of American constitutional law. Among those to be studied are abortion, affirmative action, censorship, homosexuality, and the "right to die".
POS 4673 Jurisprudence . . . . . 3(F)
A survey of various approaches to theorizing about the Concept of Law. The Natural Law, Legal and Analytical Positivist, Sociological, Realist, and Critical Legal Studies approaches will be studied. In addition, concepts of Justice will be considered.
POS 4941 Internships . . . . . 1-6(SS)
Special "real-world" encounter programs designed for the individual student. Student must contact their advisor one semester in advance of desired date for internship. Graded on a satisfactory/unsatisfactory basis only. Permission is required.
POS 6006 The Study of Politics . . . . . 3(F)
Introduces the graduate study of political science. It concerns "scope" more than "method," and the range is broad, focusing on what political scientists do-teach, research, advise, serve. Concerns embrace every conceivable level-local, regional, national, cultural, global, planetary.
POS 6045 American Politics . . . . . 3(S)
Concept of politics: some of the principles that have led to the development of the American political system and the political order that has been created by the constitution.
POS 6704 Political Science Research Methods . . . . . 3(S)
Methods and logic of research in political science.
POS 6940 Internship . . . . . 2-6(F,S,SS)
The Department of Government encourages students to intern at governmental and non-profit agencies, as well as selected private-section firms, as an opportunity to gain practical experiences in a field of endeavor related to political science. In some instances, the internship could provide the intern with an opportunity for future employment. Although students are free to find their own internships, the Department will work with students in accomplishing this task. Eligibility requirements for an internship: 3.0 or higher GPA. Students should be enrolled in the Masters of Political Science Program, and have completed all core courses. Graded on satisfactory/unsatisfactory basis only. Permission is required.
POS 6971 Thesis . . . . . 1-6(F,S,SS)
Graded on satisfactory/unsatisfactory basis only. Permission is required.