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POL SC 1, National and California Government    3 units

Transfer: UC, CSU • IGETC AREA 4 (Social & Behavioral Sciences) + satisfies CSU Constitution & American Ideals graduation requirement • Prerequisite: None. • Skills Advisory: Eligibility for English 1.

This course surveys and analyzes the principles, institutions, policies, and politics of U.S. National and California State Governments.

3030   8:00a-9:20a MW   HSS 165   Tahvildaranjess R A

Above section 3030 will administer all exams online. Students will need access to a computer and the internet to complete exams.

3031   8:00a-9:20a MW   HSS 252   Schultz C K

Above section 3031 is part of the Scholars Program and enrollment is limited to program participants. See Special Programs section of class schedule or www.smc.edu/scholars for additional information.

3032   8:00a-9:20a TTh   HSS 252   Schultz C K

Above section 3032 is part of the Scholars Program and enrollment is limited to program participants. See Special Programs section of class schedule or www.smc.edu/scholars for additional information.

3033   8:00a-9:20a TTh   HSS 151   Woods V

3034   9:30a-10:50a MW   HSS 165   Tahvildaranjess R A

Above section 3034 will administer all exams online. Students will need access to a computer and the internet to complete exams.

3035   9:30a-10:50a TTh   HSS 151   Woods V

   9:30a-10:50a TTh   HSS 151   Finkel D B

3036   9:30a-12:35p F   HSS 165   Buckley A D

3037   12:45p-2:05p TTh   HSS 252   Woods V

3038   2:15p-3:35p TTh   BUS 207   Lawson Br L

3039   3:45p-5:05p MW   HSS 151   Kurvink S J

3040   Arrange-6.5 Hours    ONLINE-E   Buckley A D

Above section 3040 meets for 8 weeks, Feb 18 to Apr 11, and is a Distance Education course conducted over the Internet. For additional information, go to smconline.org (schedule of classes).

3041   Arrange-6.5 Hours    ONLINE-E   Buckley A D

Above section 3041 meets for 8 weeks, Apr 21 to Jun 13, and is a Distance Education course conducted over the Internet. For additional information, go to smconline.org (schedule of classes).

3042   Arrange-6.5 Hours    ONLINE-E   Tahvildaranjess R A

Above section 3042 meets for 8 weeks, Feb 18 to Apr 11, and is a Distance Education course conducted over the Internet. For additional information, go to smconline.org (schedule of classes).

NEW 3375   Arrange-6.5 Hours    ONLINE-E   Gorgie F J

Above section 3375 meets for 8 weeks, Apr 21 to Jun 13, and is a Distance Education course conducted over the Internet. For additional information, go to smconline.org (schedule of classes).

4428   6:45p-9:50p M   HSS 152   Antoine E R

4429   6:45p-9:50p Th   HSS 156   Lawson Br L

POL SC 2, Comparative Government and Politics   3 units

Transfer: UC, CSU • IGETC AREA 4 (Social & Behavioral Sciences) • Prerequisite: None. • Skills Advisory: Eligibility for English 1.

This course examines the political systems of selected industrial democracies and Communist and Third World political systems. Emphasis is placed on the institutional structure, political processes, and political cultures of these countries.

3043   8:00a-9:20a MW   HSS 263   Berman Dianne R

3044   8:00a-9:20a TTh   HSS 152   Gabler C L

3045   9:30a-10:50a MW   HSS 155   Berman Dianne R

Above section 3045 is part of the Scholars Program and enrollment is limited to program participants. See Special Programs section of class schedule or www.smc.edu/scholars for additional information.

3046   9:30a-10:50a TTh   HSS 152   Gabler C L

3047   Arrange-6.5 Hours    ONLINE-E   Buckley A D

Above section 3047 meets for 8 weeks, Feb 18 to Apr 11, and is a Distance Education course conducted over the Internet. For additional information, go to smconline.org (schedule of classes).

3048   Arrange-6.5 Hours    ONLINE-E   Buckley A D

Above section 3048 meets for 8 weeks, Apr 21 to Jun 13, and is a Distance Education course conducted over the Internet. For additional information, go to smconline.org (schedule of classes).

POL SC 3, Introduction to Politics: Justice, Power and Agency    3 units

Transfer: UC, CSU • IGETC Area 4H (Social and Behavioral Sciences) • Prerequisite: None. • Skills Advisory: Eligibility for English 1.

This course focuses on the nature and study of politics, from both a historical and contemporary perspective. Students explore the methods and approaches used in the field of Political Science to analyze a variety of political concepts and problems, including the nature and distribution of power, justice, global citizenship, sustainability, political leadership and political agency.

3049   8:00a-9:20a TTh   HSS 153   Campbell R K

Above section 3049 focuses on sport as a way to understand politics.

POL SC 5, International Political Economy: Introduction to Global Studies    3 units

Transfer: UC, CSU • IGETC AREA 4 (Social & Behavioral Sciences) • Prerequisite: None. • Skills Advisory: Eligibility for English 1.

This course satisfies the Santa Monica College Global Citizenship requirement.

This course offers an interdisciplinary introduction to the fields of Global Studies and International Political Economy. Students will analyze critically the role of national governments, international organizations, nongovernmental organizations, and multinational corporations, in regard to phenomena such as, international markets and production regimes, monetary and trade policy, international and global conflict, and environmental degradation. Contending theoretical and ideological perspectives regarding international systems, processes, and trends will be applied and evaluated.

Political Science 5 is the same course as Economics 5 and Global Studies 5. Students may earn credit for one course.

3050   11:15a-12:35p MW   HSS 155   Berman Dianne R

3051   12:45p-2:05p TTh   HSS 263   Rabach E R

3052   2:15p-3:35p TTh   HSS 263   Rabach E R

POL SC 7, International Politics   3 units

Transfer: UC, CSU • IGETC AREA 4 (Social & Behavioral Sciences) • Prerequisite: None. • Skills Advisory: Eligibility for English 1.

This course examines the structure and operation of the international system. Emphasis is placed on the nature and sources of conflict and cooperation and issues of war and peace among states in the international system.

3053   8:00a-9:20a TTh   HSS 263   Berman Dianne R

3054   9:30a-10:50a TTh   HSS 155   Berman Dianne R

3055   11:15a-12:35p TTh   HSS 155   Chalala E D

Above section 3055 is scheduled through the Student Activity hour. Students choosing to participate in student activities should enroll in another section.

3056   Arrange-6.5 Hours    ONLINE-E   Buckley A D

Above section 3056 meets for 8 weeks, Feb 18 to Apr 11, and is a Distance Education course conducted over the Internet. For additional information, go to smconline.org (schedule of classes).

3057   Arrange-6.5 Hours    ONLINE-E   Buckley A D

Above section 3057 meets for 8 weeks, Apr 21 to Jun 13, and is a Distance Education course conducted over the Internet. For additional information, go to smconline.org (schedule of classes).

POL SC 10, Government Internships    3 units

Transfer: CSU • Advisory: Consultation with the instructor is recommended. • Skills Advisory: Eligibility for English 1.

Approved internship must be arranged prior to enrollment.

Students will relate their academic experience to local, state, or national governments by working in a governmental agency for a summer or semester. Academic credit is based on a written report or research paper relating the student’s internship experience and an oral examination. Enrollment must be concurrent with an approved internship assignment.

3058   Arrange-12 Hours    HSS 357   Buckley A D

POL SC 14, Middle East Government and Politics    3 units

Transfer: UC, CSU • IGETC AREA 4 (Social & Behavioral Sciences) • Prerequisite: None. • Skills Advisory: Eligibility for English 1.

This comparative study of the government and politics of the Middle Eastern states gives emphasis to the study of the relationship between political development, political organization, and social structure.

3059   12:45p-2:05p TTh   HSS 155   Chalala E D

POL SC 21, Race, Ethnicity, and the Politics of Difference    3 units

Transfer: UC, CSU • IGETC AREA 4 (Social & Behavioral Sciences) • Prerequisite: None. • Skills Advisory: Eligibility for English 1.

This course satisfies the Santa Monica College Global Citizenship requirement.

The social construction of racial and ethnic groups in American society and their relationship to local, state and national government is covered. Of particular concern are problems of assimilation and integration into the political system, the politics of exclusion, discrimination, voting behavior and pressure group politics, ideology, resistance and political action, the social construction of race and racism, the poor and the culture of poverty, political problems of the aged, the young, women, gay lesbian, bisexual, and transgendered people.

3060   12:45p-2:05p MW   HSS 165   Tahvildaranjess R A

Above section 3060 will administer all exams online. Students will need access to a computer and the internet to complete exams.

POL SC 22, Environmental Politics and Policies    3 units

Transfer: UC, CSU • IGETC AREA 4 (Social and Behavioral Sciences) • Prerequisite: None. • Skills Advisory: Eligibility for English 1.

This course satisfies the Santa Monica College Global Citizenship requirement.

This course examines environmental politics, including, but not limited to the issues of population, natural resource use, habitat loss, global climate change and pollution. The political, economic, and social origins of environmental change and degradation are examined, as well as democratic, bureaucratic and market-based solutions to environmental problems advocated by environmental movements, interest groups and political parties. Arguments for best public policy responses to a range of environmental problems will be assessed and debated. The course offers a practical problem-solving approach which includes local, state, national and global environmental politics. Course content focuses primarily on political concepts, such as sustainable development and ecological democracy, and on the relations between a range of contemporary political values and the environmental policy recommendations of each. The course explores various perspectives on what it means to take political responsibility for reducing the human impact on the earth.

Political Science 22 is the same course as Environmental Studies 22. Students may earn credit for one, but not both

3061   9:30a-10:50a TTh   HSS 154   Oifer E R

POL SC 31, Introduction to Public Policy    3 units

Transfer: UC, CSU • IGETC AREA 4H (Social and Behavioral Sciences) • Prerequisite: None. • Skills Advisory: Eligibility for English 1.

This course is an introduction to public policy. The course covers core topics in American public policy and focuses on institutions, policy actors, and major theoretical models. In addition, the course covers the nature and practice of policy analysis in order to demonstrate how to employ evaluative criteria in substantive policy areas.

3062   8:00a-9:20a TTh   HSS 156   Davis Sh L

3063   9:30a-10:50a MW   HSS 152   Gabler C L

3064   11:15a-12:35p MW   HSS 152   Gabler C L

3065   Arrange-3 Hours    ONLINE-E   Gabler C L

Above section 3065 is a Distance Education course conducted over the Internet. For additional information, go to smconline.org (schedule of classes).

3066   Arrange-3 Hours    ONLINE-E   Gabler C L

Above section 3066 is a Distance Education course conducted over the Internet. For additional information, go to smconline.org (schedule of classes).

3254   2:15p-3:35p MW   LS 110   Scorza D J

POL SC 51, Political Philosophy   3 units

Transfer: UC, CSU • IGETC AREA 4 (Social & Behavioral Sciences) or Area 3B (Humanities) • Prerequisite: None. • Skills Advisory: Eligibility for English 1.

This inter-disciplinary course in philosophy and political science examines fundamental ideas about the nature of man, politics, and the state, in the writings of thinkers from Plato through Marx.

Political Science 51 is the same course as Philosophy 51. Students may earn credit for one, but not both.

3067   8:00a-9:20a MW   HSS 154   Oifer E R

Above section 3067 is part of the Scholars Program and enrollment is limited to program participants. See Special Programs section of class schedule or www.smc.edu/scholars for additional information.

3068   9:30a-10:50a MW   HSS 154   Oifer E R

4430   6:45p-9:50p W   HSS 151   Kurvink S J

POL SC 52, Contemporary Political Thought   3 units

Transfer: UC, CSU • IGETC AREA 4 (Social & Behavioral Sciences) or Area 3B (Humanities) • Prerequisite: None. • Skills Advisory: Eligibility for English 1.

This interdisciplinary course in philosophy and political science examines arguments and discourses developed within contemporary political thought. How those discourses critique and/or are rooted in modern ideologies, such as liberalism and socialism will be considered. The theoretical perspectives presented in the course will be used to critically examine important issues in contemporary politics.

Political Science 52 is the same course as Philosophy 52. Students may earn credit for one, but not both.

3069   8:00a-9:20a TTh   HSS 154   Oifer E R

4431   6:45p-9:50p M   HSS 151   Kurvink S J

POL SC 88A, Independent Studies in Political Science    1 unit

Transfer: CSU

Please see “Independent Studies” section.

3070   Arrange-1 Hour    HSS 354   Schultz C K

POL SC 88B, Independent Studies in Political Science    2 units

Transfer: CSU

Please see “Independent Studies” section.

3071   Arrange-2 Hours    HSS 354   Schultz C K

POL SC 95, Public Policy – Experiential Learning    2 units

Transfer: CSU

Prerequisite/Co-requisite: Political Science 31. May be taken concurrently. • Skills Advisory: Eligibility for English 1.

This course builds upon the content of Political Science 31, Introduction to Public Policy, to provide the student with field experience in the discipline. This course addresses the theoretical underpinnings of democratic civic engagement and is a practicum in public policy in a local setting. In this hands-on course, the student will engage in experiential learning through various governmental and nongovernmental agencies which have a role in developing and/or implementing public policy. The student will develop a reading list, customized to his/her particular agency’s focus and complete a minimum of 30 hours of volunteer work with that agency. The course exposes the student to organized, meaningful public policy research and implementation in substantive policy arenas and will be supervised in his/her off-campus experiential learning project pertaining to the development of public policy.

This course is graded on a P/NP basis only.

3072   Arrange-2 Hours        Tahvildaranjess R A

   12:00p-1:30p F   HSS 361   Tahvildaranjess R A

Above section 3072 meets every other Friday from 12:00-1:30 p.m. in HSS 361.

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