Degrees and Certificates

PLSC 103 Critical Thinking About World Politics (3 units)

This introductory course is designed to improve the student's ability to think clearly about world politics problems and their social, political, and economic implications. Reasoning skills will be applied when evaluating and constructing convincing arguments about current world political controversies.

PLSC 130 Introduction to International Relations (3 units)

Introductory survey of world conflicts that have contributed to a global quilt work of international relations. An explanation of international relations theory with an examination of nation, international, transnational, and sub-national actors and their institutions, interactions and processes as they relate to global issues.

PLSC 150 Introduction to Political Theory (3 units)

This class provides the foundation for the study of political science, politics and the nature of government. Examination of various fundamental theoretical approaches to politics and of basic political problems, as well as proposed solutions found in an evolving liberal social contract and other proposed solutions. Analysis of selected political theories and of the relevance of theory to contemporary problems. Critically thinking about the role of morality, power leadership, religion, government, civic culture and class are the framework.

PLSC 170 Introduction to Comparative Politics (3 units)

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.

PLSC 210 American Politics (3 units)

An introduction to United States and California government and politics, including their constitutions, political institutions and processes as well as political actors with foci on the political philosophies of its framers and the inter-related functions of the three branches of the federal government. Examination of political behavior, political issues and public policy as well as contemporary relationships between federal, state and local governments are consistently explored.

PLSC 310 California State and Local Government (3 units)

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.

PLSC 320 Latin American Politics (3 units)

Latin American Politics 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.

PLSC 325 Honors Colloquium in Political Science: Politics and Religion (1 units)

Explores Christianity within the realm of American politics by looking at the effects 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.


Requirements: Associate in Arts (AA)/Associate in Science (AS) Degree
Requirements: Associate Degrees for Transfer
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