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Political Science

Political science is the academic discipline dedicated to the study of power and justice. Political science has four well-defined subfields: political theory, international relations, comparative politics, and American politics. Courses focus on topics and pressing problems, among them war, law, local, state, and national politics, voting, mass media, public opinion, poverty, human rights, race, gender, ideology, class, international organizations, revolutions, and failed states in all parts of the world. Students in these courses learn to critically analyze not only the behavior of political actors, but also their respective political institutions and political systems. The main objectives are to enable students to use strong analytical skills and critical thinking in their analysis of theories, institutions, and processes.

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.

Course Number:1612 Time:8 a.m.-10:05 a.m. MTWTh Location:HSS 252 Instructor:Schultz C K Above section 1612 is part of the Scholars Program and enrollment is limited to program participants. See Special Programs section of class schedule or smc.edu/scholars for additional information.

Course Number:1613 Time:8 a.m.-10:05 a.m. MTWTh Location:HSS 150 Instructor:Monteiro N Special Topic: Focuses on Women in Politics

Course Number:1614 Time:8 a.m.-10:05 a.m. MTWTh Location:HSS 153 Instructor:Woods V

Course Number:1615 Time:10:15 a.m.-12:20 p.m. MTWTh Location:HSS 153 Instructor:Woods V

Course Number:1616 Time:Arrange-9 Hours Location:ONLINE Instructor:Gorgie F J Above section 1616 is a Distance Education course conducted over the Internet. For additional information, go to smc.edu/OnlineEd.

Course Number:1617 Time:Arrange-6.5 Hours Location:ONLINE Instructor:Buckley A D Above section 1617 meets for 8 weeks, Jun 18 to Aug 10, and is a Distance Education course conducted over the Internet. For additional information, go to smc.edu/OnlineEd.

Course Number:1618 Time:Arrange-9 Hours Location:ONLINE Instructor:Tahvildaranjess R A Above section 1618 is a Distance Education course conducted over the Internet. For additional information, go to smc.edu/OnlineEd.

Course Number:1619 Time:Arrange-9 Hours Location:ONLINE Instructor:Tahvildaranjess R A Above section 1619 is a Distance Education course conducted over the Internet. For additional information, go to smc.edu/OnlineEd.

Course Number:1620 Time:Arrange-9 Hours Location:ONLINE Instructor:Gorgie F J Above section 1620 is a Distance Education course conducted over the Internet. For additional information, go to smc.edu/OnlineEd.

NewCourse Number:1695 Time:Arrange-9 Hours Location:ONLINE Instructor:Groper R P Above section 1695 is a Distance Education course conducted over the Internet. For additional information, go to smc.edu/OnlineEd.

Course Number:4062 Time:6:30 p.m.-9:40 p.m. MW Location:HSS 151 Instructor:Kurvink S J Above section 4062 meets for 8 weeks, Jun 18 to Aug 08.

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).

Course Number:1621 Time:10:15 a.m.-12:20 p.m. MTWTh Location:HSS 150 Instructor:Monteiro N

Course Number:1622 Time:Arrange-6.5 Hours Location:ONLINE Instructor:Buckley A D Above section 1622 meets for 8 weeks, Jun 18 to Aug 10, and is a Distance Education course conducted over the Internet. For additional information, go to smc.edu/OnlineEd.

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.

Course Number:1623 Time:Arrange-9 Hours Location:ONLINE Instructor:Berman Dianne R Above section 1623 is a Distance Education course conducted over the Internet. For additional information, go to smc.edu/OnlineEd.

Course Number:1624 Time:Arrange-9 Hours Location:ONLINE Instructor:Berman Dianne R Above section 1624 is a Distance Education course conducted over the Internet. For additional information, go to smc.edu/OnlineEd.

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.

Course Number:1625 Time:Arrange-9 Hours Location:ONLINE Instructor:Gabler C L Above section 1625 is a Distance Education course conducted over the Internet. For additional information, go to smc.edu/OnlineEd.

Course Number:1626 Time:Arrange-9 Hours Location:ONLINE Instructor:Gabler C L Above section 1626 is a Distance Education course conducted over the Internet. For additional information, go to 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.

Course Number:1627 Time:8 a.m.-10:05 a.m. MTWTh Location:HSS 154 Instructor:Oifer E R Above section 1627 is part of the Scholars Program and enrollment is limited to program participants. See Special Programs section of class schedule or smc.edu/scholars for additional information.

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

Transfer: CSU

Please see “Independent Studies” section.

Course Number:1629 Time:Arrange-3 Hours Location:HSS 354 Instructor:Schultz C K

POL SC 95, Public Policy – Experiential Learning 2 units

Transfer: CSU Skills Advisory: Political Science 31 and 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.

Course Number:1630 Time:Arrange-6 Hours Location: Instructor:Tahvildaranjess R A

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