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Political Science

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1003 - United States Government - 3 credit hours
Introductory survey of the American political system, including study of the philosophical bases of American government, the three branches of the federal government, federal-state relations, civil rights, political parties, campaigns, the role of the media and lobby groups. Course Rotation: All semesters.

2103 - Survey of Modern and Contemporary Political Thought - 3 credit hours
This course uses selected political theorists from the 16th to the 20th century to examine a series of major questions (e.g., human nature, power, authority, justice, liberty, equality, and legitimacy) which are central to political theory and political science. In addition, students will be introduced to the core modern ideologies (e.g. liberalism, conservatism, and socialism). This course is discussion oriented and designed to develop the student's critical reading and thinking abilities. Course rotation: Spring.

3103 - United States Legislatures - 3 credit hours
The course examines the role of the legislative branch in the American political system. The focus is primarily on the U.S. Congress but we will also discuss state legislatures including the Commonwealth of Kentucky. The course will investigate the concept of representation, the sources of legislative power, the institutions involved in formulating legislation and the people who participate in the legislative process. The role elections, leadership and parties play in the legislative process will also be expanded. This course is recommended for students contemplating a legislative internship. Prerequisite POSC 1003. Course rotation: Spring--even years.

3203 - Survey of Classical Political Thought - 3 credit hours
This course will use selected political theorists from classical antiquity, the medieval period, and the renaissance to examine a series of major questions (e.g., human nature, power, authority, justice, and liberty) which are central to political theory and political science. In addition, students are introduced to the origins of our Western political thought and culture. This course is discussion oriented and designed to develop the student's critical reading and thinking abilities. Course rotation: Fall--even years.

3303 - Political Parties, Interest Groups and Mass Movements - 3 credit hours
This course takes a systematic look at the methods of popular control of American Government. In particular, this course investigates in-depth the role of political parties, interest groups and mass movements as mechanisms for popular participation in the American political process.

4103 - American Political Thought - 3 credit hours
This course will use selected political thinkers from the history of American Political thought to explore the core values and beliefs that define the American political system and culture.  In addition, this course will discuss the liberal, republican, and religious traditions that have had such a strong influence in the U.S. Recommended for students pursuing an American Studies Minor. Course Rotation: Fall odd years.

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