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PLSC 103 CRITICAL THINKING ABOUT WORLD POLITICS

Units (Grade Option) 3; Class Hours: Minimum of 48 lecture hours/semester; Recommended: Eligibility for READ 836, and ENGL 836 or ESL 400; Prerequisite(s): None.

Description: This introductory course is designed to improve the student's ability to think clearly about world political problems and their social, political, and economic implications. Reasoning skills are applied when evaluating and constructing convincing arguments about current world political controversies. Transfer: CSU: A3, UC.

PLSC 103 CRITICAL THINKING ABOUT WORLD POLITICS

Units (Grade Option) 3; Class Hours: Minimum of 48 lecture hours/semester; Recommended: Eligibility for READ 836, and ENGL 836 or ESL 400; Prerequisite(s): None.

Description: This introductory course is designed to improve the student's ability to think clearly about world political problems and their social, political, and economic implications. Reasoning skills are applied when evaluating and constructing convincing arguments about current world political controversies. Transfer: CSU: A3, UC.

PLSC 130 INTRODUCTION TO INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS

Units (Grade Option) 3; Class Hours: Minimum of 48 lecture/16 by arrangement lab hours/semester; Recommended: Eligibility for READ 836, and ENGL 836 or ESL 400; Prerequisite(s): None.

Description: Introductory survey of world conflicts that have contributed to a global quilt work of international relations. The historical background, recent and ongoing developments in the international politics of the major countries and regions of the world are explored for their social, political and economic implications with foci on conflicts and their respective resolutions. Also included is the study of the nation-state system, military and economic challenges to world peace and attempts to resolve international conflicts through diplomacy. Transfer: CSU: DSI, UC. (IGETC: 4)

PLSC 130 INTRODUCTION TO INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS

Units (Grade Option) 3; Class Hours: Minimum of 48 lecture/16 by arrangement lab hours/semester; Recommended: Eligibility for READ 836, and ENGL 836 or ESL 400; Prerequisite(s): None.

Description: Introductory survey of world conflicts that have contributed to a global quilt work of international relations. The historical background, recent and ongoing developments in the international politics of the major countries and regions of the world are explored for their social, political and economic implications with foci on conflicts and their respective resolutions. Also included is the study of the nation-state system, military and economic challenges to world peace and attempts to resolve international conflicts through diplomacy. Transfer: CSU: DSI, UC. (IGETC: 4)

PLSC 150 INTRODUCTION TO POLITICAL THEORY

Units (Grade Option) 3; Class Hours: Minimum of 48 lecture/16 by arrangement lab hours/semester; Recommended: Eligibility for READ 836, and ENGL 836 or ESL 400; Prerequisite(s): None.

Description: This class provides the foundation for the study of political science and the nature of government. Political Theory has a tradition aimed at clarifying the preconditions for a well-ordered society. Critically thinking about the elements of a social contract - leadership, religion, government, civic culture and class are the framework. Transfer: CSU: DSI, UC. (IGETC: 4)

PLSC 150 INTRODUCTION TO POLITICAL THEORY

Units (Grade Option) 3; Class Hours: Minimum of 48 lecture/16 by arrangement lab hours/semester; Recommended: Eligibility for READ 836, and ENGL 836 or ESL 400; Prerequisite(s): None.

Description: This class provides the foundation for the study of political science and the nature of government. Political Theory has a tradition aimed at clarifying the preconditions for a well-ordered society. Critically thinking about the elements of a social contract - leadership, religion, government, civic culture and class are the framework. Transfer: CSU: DSI, UC. (IGETC: 4)

PLSC 170 INTRODUCTION TO COMPARATIVE POLITICS

Units (Letter grade) 3; Class Hours: Minimum of 48 lecture hours/semester; Recommended: Eligibility for READ 836 and ENGL 836; or ENGL 847 or ESL 400; Prerequisite(s): None.

Description: This course introduces students to the technique of comparing nation-states using different approaches to study multiple government types including their history, political institutions, processes and policies, the environments in which they occur as well as their consequences. Political cultures are compared in order to critically analyze the viability of particular governments on a global scale. Topics include: regime change, civic culture, group politics, functionalism, dependency, legitimacy and leadership. Transfer: CSU: DSI, UC. (IGETC: 4)

PLSC 170 INTRODUCTION TO COMPARATIVE POLITICS

Units (Letter grade) 3; Class Hours: Minimum of 48 lecture hours/semester; Recommended: Eligibility for READ 836 and ENGL 836; or ENGL 847 or ESL 400; Prerequisite(s): None.

Description: This course introduces students to the technique of comparing nation-states using different approaches to study multiple government types including their history, political institutions, processes and policies, the environments in which they occur as well as their consequences. Political cultures are compared in order to critically analyze the viability of particular governments on a global scale. Topics include: regime change, civic culture, group politics, functionalism, dependency, legitimacy and leadership. Transfer: CSU: DSI, UC. (IGETC: 4)

PLSC 200 NATIONAL, STATE AND LOCAL GOVERNMENTS

Units (Grade Option) 5; Class Hours: Minimum of 80 lecture/16 by arrangement online lab hours/semester; Recommended: Eligibility for READ 836, and ENGL 836 or ESL 400; Prerequisite(s): None.

Description: This course provides the foundation to the development of American Democracy from state to national governments leading to the creation of a federal government based upon constitutional checks and balances. U.S. and California Constitutions are emphasized as providing the framework for political institutions and processes of Federal, State and Local Governments. Not open to students who have taken PLSC 210 or 310 or a comparable course in American or state institutions. Transfer: CSU: DUS-2, DUS-3 & DSI, UC. (IGETC: 4)

PLSC 200 NATIONAL, STATE AND LOCAL GOVERNMENTS

Units (Grade Option) 5; Class Hours: Minimum of 80 lecture/16 by arrangement online lab hours/semester; Recommended: Eligibility for READ 836, and ENGL 836 or ESL 400; Prerequisite(s): None.

Description: This course provides the foundation to the development of American Democracy from state to national governments leading to the creation of a federal government based upon constitutional checks and balances. U.S. and California Constitutions are emphasized as providing the framework for political institutions and processes of Federal, State and Local Governments. Not open to students who have taken PLSC 210 or 310 or a comparable course in American or state institutions. Transfer: CSU: DUS-2, DUS-3 & DSI, UC. (IGETC: 4)

PLSC 210 AMERICAN POLITICS

Units (Grade Option) 3; Class Hours: Minimum of 48 lecture/16 by arrangement lab hours/semester; Recommended: Eligibility for READ 836, and ENGL 836 or ESL 400; Prerequisite(s): None.

Description: This course is a study of the U.S. and California Constitutions with foci on the political philosophies of its framers and the inter-related functions of the three branches of the federal government. Students closely examine the rights and obligations of all citizens as established by the U.S. and California Constitutions in conjunction with evolving Judeo-Christian democratic principles. Contemporary relationships between federal, state and local governments are consistently explored. Transfer: CSU: DUS-2, DUS-3 & DSI, UC. (IGETC: 4)

PLSC 210 AMERICAN POLITICS

Units (Grade Option) 3; Class Hours: Minimum of 48 lecture/16 by arrangement lab hours/semester; Recommended: Eligibility for READ 836, and ENGL 836 or ESL 400; Prerequisite(s): None.

Description: This course is a study of the U.S. and California Constitutions with foci on the political philosophies of its framers and the inter-related functions of the three branches of the federal government. Students closely examine the rights and obligations of all citizens as established by the U.S. and California Constitutions in conjunction with evolving Judeo-Christian democratic principles. Contemporary relationships between federal, state and local governments are consistently explored. Transfer: CSU: DUS-2, DUS-3 & DSI, UC. (IGETC: 4)

PLSC 310 CALIFORNIA STATE AND LOCAL GOVERNMENT

Units (Grade Option) 3; Class Hours: Minimum of 48 lecture hours/semester; Recommended: Eligibility for READ 836, and ENGL 836 or ESL 400; Prerequisite(s): None.

Description: California State and Local Government with special emphasis on the US and California Constitutions as providing the basic framework for our political institutions and processes of Federal, State and Local Government. Relationships between Federal, State and Local Governments are explored, especially as it relates to political issues that directly affect the greater good as well as individuals. Additionally, this course provides the opportunity to better understand and appreciate the political, social and economic quiltwork that can be contributed to the diverse ethnicities and cultures of America, in general, and the State of California, in particular. (Fulfills Associate degree Ethnic Studies requirement.) Transfer: CSU: DUS-3 & DSI, UC.

PLSC 310 CALIFORNIA STATE AND LOCAL GOVERNMENT

Units (Grade Option) 3; Class Hours: Minimum of 48 lecture hours/semester; Recommended: Eligibility for READ 836, and ENGL 836 or ESL 400; Prerequisite(s): None.

Description: California State and Local Government with special emphasis on the US and California Constitutions as providing the basic framework for our political institutions and processes of Federal, State and Local Government. Relationships between Federal, State and Local Governments are explored, especially as it relates to political issues that directly affect the greater good as well as individuals. Additionally, this course provides the opportunity to better understand and appreciate the political, social and economic quiltwork that can be contributed to the diverse ethnicities and cultures of America, in general, and the State of California, in particular. (Fulfills Associate degree Ethnic Studies requirement.) Transfer: CSU: DUS-3 & DSI, UC.

PLSC 320 LATIN AMERICAN POLITICS

Units (Grade Option) 3; Class Hours: Minimum of 48 lecture hours/semester; Recommended: Eligibility for READ 836, and ENGL 836 or ESL 400; Prerequisite(s): None.

Description: Focuses on the relationship between politics, economics and societal developments over time. The theoretically developed approach to Latin American Politics focuses on the study of political institutions: their effects on party development, presidential-legislative interaction, policy choice and the way these institutions are chosen. Additionally, it is important in most contexts to look at the military interventions in politics throughout this region during much of the twentieth century. Therefore, this course analyzes the domestic as well as international effects on development - political, social and economic while evaluating the unique experiences of each nation-state that is considered part of Latin America. Transfer: CSU: DSI, UC. (IGETC: 4)

PLSC 320 LATIN AMERICAN POLITICS

Units (Grade Option) 3; Class Hours: Minimum of 48 lecture hours/semester; Recommended: Eligibility for READ 836, and ENGL 836 or ESL 400; Prerequisite(s): None.

Description: Focuses on the relationship between politics, economics and societal developments over time. The theoretically developed approach to Latin American Politics focuses on the study of political institutions: their effects on party development, presidential-legislative interaction, policy choice and the way these institutions are chosen. Additionally, it is important in most contexts to look at the military interventions in politics throughout this region during much of the twentieth century. Therefore, this course analyzes the domestic as well as international effects on development - political, social and economic while evaluating the unique experiences of each nation-state that is considered part of Latin America. Transfer: CSU: DSI, UC. (IGETC: 4)

PLSC 325 HONORS COLLOQUIUM IN POLITICAL SCIENCE: POLITICS AND RELIGION

Units (Letter grade) 1; Class Hours: Minimum of 16 lecture hours/semester; Prerequisite(s): ENGL 100 and completion of, or concurrent enrollment in one of the following: ECON 100; PHIL 100; PLSC 150, 200 or 210; PSYC 106 or SOCI 100.

Description: Explores Christianity within the realm of American politics by looking at the efforts of the founders of the American nation to define the role of religious faith in public life and the degree to which it could be supported by public officials that was not inconsistent with the revolutionary imperatives of the quality and freedom of all citizens. Addresses the meaning of the "separation of church and state" as it relates to the foundation of America - past, present and future. NOTE: This section is designed primarily for students in the Honors Transfer Program, but is open to all students. All students enrolling in this section will be required to do Honors level work. Honors credit will also be earned for both PLSC 325 and the approved, concurrently enrolled course, upon completion with a grade of A or B. Transfer: CSU, UC.

PLSC 325 HONORS COLLOQUIUM IN POLITICAL SCIENCE: POLITICS AND RELIGION

Units (Letter grade) 1; Class Hours: Minimum of 16 lecture hours/semester; Prerequisite(s): ENGL 100 and completion of, or concurrent enrollment in one of the following: ECON 100; PHIL 100; PLSC 150, 200 or 210; PSYC 106 or SOCI 100.

Description: Explores Christianity within the realm of American politics by looking at the efforts of the founders of the American nation to define the role of religious faith in public life and the degree to which it could be supported by public officials that was not inconsistent with the revolutionary imperatives of the quality and freedom of all citizens. Addresses the meaning of the "separation of church and state" as it relates to the foundation of America - past, present and future. NOTE: This section is designed primarily for students in the Honors Transfer Program, but is open to all students. All students enrolling in this section will be required to do Honors level work. Honors credit will also be earned for both PLSC 325 and the approved, concurrently enrolled course, upon completion with a grade of A or B. Transfer: CSU, UC.

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