Political Science - POSC
1003 - United States Government - 3
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
Selected political theorists from the 16th to the 20th century are
used 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
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:
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
Selected political thinkers from the history of American Political
thought are used 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.