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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.

1318   8:00a-10:05a MTWTh   HSS 165   Tahvildaranjess R A

Above section 1318 requires use of a computer and internet access because all tests will be conducted via the internet. To locate a computer on campus go to www.smc.edu/acadcomp and click on the “Labs” link.

1319   8:00a-10:05a MTWTh   HSS 205   Schultz C K

Above section 1319 is part of the Scholars Program and enrollment is limited to program participants. See www.smc.edu/scholars for additional information.

1320   Arrange-9 Hours    ONLINE-E   Buckley A D

Above section 1320 is a Distance Education course conducted over the Internet. For additional information, go to smconline.org (schedule of classes).

1357   Arrange-9 Hours    ONLINE-E   Buckley A D

Above section 1357 is a Distance Education course conducted over the Internet. For additional information, go to smconline.org (schedule of classes).

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.

1321   Arrange-9 Hours    ONLINE-E   Gabler C L

Above section 1321 is a Distance Education course conducted over the Internet. For additional information, go to smconline.org (schedule of classes).

1322   Arrange-9 Hours    ONLINE-E   Gabler C L

Above section 1322 is a Distance Education course conducted over the Internet. For additional information, go to smconline.org (schedule of classes).

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.

1323   Arrange-9 Hours    ONLINE-E   Berman Dianne R

Above section 1323 is a Distance Education course conducted over the Internet. For additional information, go to smconline.org (schedule of classes).

1358   Arrange-9 Hours    ONLINE-E   Berman Dianne R

Above section 1358 is a Distance Education course conducted over the Internet. For additional information, go to smconline.org (schedule of classes).

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.

NEW 3154   8:00a-10:05a MTWTh   HSS 150   Staff

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.

1324   8:00a-10:05a MTWTh   HSS 154   Oifer E R

Above section 1324 is part of the Scholars Program and enrollment is limited to program participants. See www.smc.edu/scholars for additional information.

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.

1325   12:30p-2:35p F   HSS 105   Tahvildaranjess R A

   Arrange-5 Hours        Tahvildaranjess R A

Above section 1325 will meet on campus Friday Jan 10, Jan 24, and Feb 7. In addition students must fulfill required hours at assigned site. See instructor for more information.

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IMPORTANT! Many SMC classes require the use of a computer with Internet access to reach class resources and/or to complete assignments and/or take exams. To locate a computer lab on campus go to www.smc.edu/acadcomp and click on the “Labs” link.