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Political Science

POL SC 1, National and California Government 3 units

Transfer: UC, CSU C-ID: POLS 110. IGETC AREA 4 (Social and Behavioral Sciences) + satisfies CSU Constitution and 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. Students will use course concepts to situate themselves as citizens and political agents.

3257 8:00a-9:20a MW HSS 165 Tahvildaranjess R A

3258 8:00a-9:20a MW HSS 252 Schultz C K
Above section 3258 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.

3259 8:00a-9:20a TTh HSS 252 Schultz C K
Above section 3259 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.

3260 8:00a-9:20a TTh MC 11 Woods V

3261 9:30a-10:50a MW HSS 165 Tahvildaranjess R A

3262 9:30a-12:35p F HSS 165 Buckley A D

3263 11:15a-12:35p TTh HSS 156 Woods V

3264 12:45p-2:05p MW HSS 165 Tahvildaranjess R A

3265 12:45p-2:05p TTh HSS 156 Woods V

3266 3:45p-5:05p MW HSS 151 Kurvink S J

3267 Arrange-6.5 Hours ONLINE Buckley A D
Above section 3267 meets for 8 weeks, Aug 28 to Oct 20, and is a Distance Education course conducted over the Internet. For additional information, go to www.smc.edu/OnlineEd.

3268 Arrange-6.5 Hours ONLINE Buckley A D
Above section 3268 meets for 8 weeks, Oct 23 to Dec 15, and is a Distance Education course conducted over the Internet. For additional information, go to www.smc.edu/OnlineEd.

3269 Arrange-6.5 Hours ONLINE Tahvildaranjess R A
Above section 3269 meets for 8 weeks, Aug 28 to Oct 20, and is a Distance Education course conducted over the Internet. For additional information, go to www.smc.edu/OnlineEd.

3270 Arrange-6.5 Hours ONLINE Gorgie F J
Above section 3270 meets for 8 weeks, Aug 28 to Oct 20, and is a Distance Education course conducted over the Internet. For additional information, go to www.smc.edu/OnlineEd.

3271 Arrange-6.5 Hours ONLINE Gorgie F J
Above section 3271 meets for 8 weeks, Oct 23 to Dec 15, and is a Distance Education course conducted over the Internet. For additional information, go to www.smc.edu/OnlineEd.

3272 Arrange-6.5 Hours ONLINE Gorgie F J
Above section 3272 meets for 8 weeks, Oct 23 to Dec 15, and is a Distance Education course conducted over the Internet. For additional information, go to www.smc.edu/OnlineEd.

4428 6:45p-9:50p M HSS 152 Shrode R J

NEW 3545 Arrange-3 Hours ONLINE Groper R P
Above section 3545 is a Distance Education course conducted over the Internet. For additional information, go to www.smc.edu/OnlineEd.

NEW 3546 Arrange-3 Hours ONLINE Groper R P
Above section 3546 is a Distance Education course conducted over the Internet. For additional information, go to www.smc.edu/OnlineEd.

NEW 3608 Arrange-6.5 Hours ONLINE Groper R P
Above section 3608 meets for 8 weeks, Oct 23 to Dec 15, and is a Distance Education course conducted over the Internet. For additional information, go to www.smc.edu/OnlineEd.

POL SC 2, Comparative Government and Politics 3 units

Transfer: UC, CSU C-ID: POLS 130. IGETC AREA 4 (Social and Behavioral Sciences) Prerequisite: None. Skills Advisory: Eligibility for English 1.

This course surveys the scope and methods of comparative political analysis. It examines democratic, authoritarian, and transitional political systems to illustrate the central theories and ideas in comparative politics. It compares the political structures, processes, and cultures of countries at different levels of economic and social development in several world regions (e.g. Central and Latin America, Africa, the Middle East, Central, South and East Asia, and Western and Central Europe).

3273 8:00a-9:20a TTh HSS 150 Gabler C L
Above section 3273 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.

3274 9:30a-10:50a TTh HSS 263 Berman Dianne R

3275 Arrange-6.5 Hours ONLINE Buckley A D
Above section 3275 meets for 8 weeks, Aug 28 to Oct 20, and is a Distance Education course conducted over the Internet. For additional information, go to www.smc.edu/OnlineEd.

3276 Arrange-6.5 Hours ONLINE Buckley A D
Above section 3276 meets for 8 weeks, Oct 23 to Dec 15, and is a Distance Education course conducted over the Internet. For additional information, go to www.smc.edu/OnlineEd.

3277 Arrange-6.5 Hours ONLINE Gabler C L
Above section 3277 meets for 8 weeks, Oct 23 to Dec 15, and is a Distance Education course conducted over the Internet. For additional information, go to www.smc.edu/OnlineEd.

3278 Arrange-6.5 Hours ONLINE Gabler C L
Above section 3278 meets for 8 weeks, Oct 23 to Dec 15, and is a Distance Education course conducted over the Internet. For additional information, go to www.smc.edu/OnlineEd.

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

3279 12:45p-2:05p TTh HSS 263 Rabach E R

3280 2:15p-3:35p TTh HSS 263 Rabach E R

POL SC 7, International Politics 3 units

Transfer: UC, CSU C-ID: POLS 140. IGETC AREA 4 (Social and 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.

3281 8:00a-9:20a TTh HSS 263 Berman Dianne R

3282 Arrange-6.5 Hours ONLINE Berman Dianne R
Above section 3282 meets for 8 weeks, Aug 28 to Oct 20, and is a Distance Education course conducted over the Internet. For additional information, go to www.smc.edu/OnlineEd.

3283 Arrange-6.5 Hours ONLINE Berman Dianne R
Above section 3283 meets for 8 weeks, Oct 23 to Dec 15, and is a Distance Education course conducted over the Internet. For additional information, go to www.smc.edu/OnlineEd.

3284 Arrange-6.5 Hours ONLINE Buckley A D
Above section 3284 meets for 8 weeks, Aug 28 to Oct 20, and is a Distance Education course conducted over the Internet. For additional information, go to www.smc.edu/OnlineEd.

3285 Arrange-6.5 Hours ONLINE Buckley A D
Above section 3285 meets for 8 weeks, Oct 23 to Dec 15, and is a Distance Education course conducted over the Internet. For additional information, go to www.smc.edu/OnlineEd.

POL SC 10, Government Internships 3 units

Transfer: CSU Skills Advisory: Eligibility for English 1.

Approved internship must be arranged prior to enrollment.

This course is designed to afford student interns the opportunity to earn academic credit for their public service intern experience. The practical experience will include observation of and actual participation in the work of a national, state, or local legislative or executive government agency. Formal academic credit is required by most of the government agencies and officials as a condition of their participation in our internship program. Academic credit is based on a written report or research paper relating to the internship experience of the student and an oral examination.

3286 Arrange-12 Hours HSS 357 Buckley A D

POL SC 21, Race, Ethnicity, and the Politics of Difference 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.

The social construction of race and ethnicity, gender and sexual orientation 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. This course satisfies the SMC requirement for American Cultures.

3287 2:15p-3:35p TTh HSS 151 Ball J G

POL SC 24, Introduction to Law 3 units

Transfer: UC, CSU Prerequisite: None. Skills Advisory: Eligibility for English 1.

This course is an introduction to the legal concepts and contemporary legal conflicts in the United States, including the philosophical and historical basis for resolution of conflict. Historical and contemporary conflicts in the areas of civil liberties and civil rights, as well as other current legal conflicts and controversies are addressed. This course satisfies a requirement for the Law Pathway program.

3288 9:30a-10:50a TTh HSS 150 Gabler C L

POL SC 31, Introduction to Public Policy 3 units

Transfer: UC, CSU IGETC AREA 4 (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.

3289 8:00a-9:20a MW HSS 152 Davis Sh L

3290 Arrange-6.5 Hours ONLINE Gabler C L
Above section 3290 meets for 8 weeks, Aug 28 to Oct 20, and is a Distance Education course conducted over the Internet. For additional information, go to www.smc.edu/OnlineEd.

NEW 3291 Arrange-6.5 Hours ONLINE Gabler C L
Above section 3291 meets for 8 weeks, Aug 28 to Oct 20, and is a Distance Education course conducted over the Internet. For additional information, go to www.smc.edu/OnlineEd.

POL SC 51, Political Philosophy 3 units

Transfer: UC, CSU C-ID: POLS 120. IGETC AREA 3B (Humanities) or AREA 4 (Social & Behavioral Sciences) Prerequisite: None. Skills Advisory: Eligibility for English 1.

In this inter-disciplinary course students examine fundamental ideas about politics in the writings of major Western philosophers from the ancient to the contemporary period, and use those ideas to consider and debate current political issues.

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

3292 8:00a-9:20a TTh HSS 154 Oifer E R
Above section 3292 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. Above section 3292 will provide foundations in ecological literacy and help prepare students to live more sustainably.

3293 9:30a-10:50a TTh HSS 154 Oifer E R
Above section 3293 will provide foundations in ecological literacy and help prepare students to live more sustainably.

3294 Arrange-3 Hours ONLINE Oifer E R
Above section 3294 is a Distance Education course conducted over the Internet. For additional information, go to www.smc.edu/OnlineEd.

4429 6:45p-9:50p W HSS 151 Kurvink S J

POL SC 52, Contemporary Political Thought 3 units

Transfer: UC, CSU IGETC AREA 3B (Humanities) or AREA 4 (Social & Behavioral Sciences) 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. Students will situate themselves as citizens and political agents in relation to those issues.

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

3295 8:00a-9:20a MW HSS 154 Oifer E R
Special Topic: American Political Thought

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

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

Transfer: CSU

Independent study is intended for advanced students interested in doing independent research on special study topics. To be eligible, a student must demonstrate to the department chairperson the competence to do independent study. To apply for Independent Studies, the student is required, in a petition that may be obtained from the department chair, to state objectives to be achieved, activities and procedures to accomplish the study project, and the means by which the supervising instructor may assess accomplishment. Please see discipline listing for details. A maximum of six units of independent studies is allowed. Granting of UC transfer credit for an Independent Studies course is contingent upon an evaluation of the course outline by a UC campus.

3296 Arrange-1 Hour HSS 354 Schultz C K

POL SC 95, Public Policy – Experiential Learning 2 units

Transfer: CSU Prerequisite/Corequisite: Political Science 31. 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 the focus of his/her particular agency, 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.

3298 Arrange-2 Hours Tahvildaranjess R A

11:00a-12:30p F HSS 361 Tahvildaranjess R A
Above section 3298 will meet on four Fridays only: Sep 22, Oct 20, Nov 17, and Dec 15, 2017.

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