Political Science Courses
Please note that not all courses are offered each semester.
P SC 101 - Introduction to Global Politics
Introductory analysis of the contemporary international system and major state and non-state actors in world politics. Considerable attention is given to internal political features and to the problems/perceptions of the various actors that shape their external behavior. Note Approved for LAS Social Science and Global Awareness requirements.
P SC 110 - The American Political System
A general introduction to the American political system with emphasis on the inter-relations among the various levels and branches of government, formal and informal political institutions, processes, and behavior. Required of all majors. Not open to those who have had other beginning courses in American government. Note Approved for LAS Social Science area requirement.
P SC 209 - Political Conflict
Conflict is part of political, social, and economic life. Human conflict today is different from the past in terms of its nature, scope, and scale. Some of the most important characteristics of political conflict are covered, primarily from an international relations perspective. Uses both historical and theoretical frameworks to help interpret conflict. Note Approved for LAS Global Awareness requirement.
P SC 210 - Politics and Policy in State and Local Communities
Focuses on regional, state, and local government where politics is face to face and where political decisions regularly affect our daily lives. The political systems that teach children, issue building permits, collect garbage, determine welfare eligibility, operate parks, issue drivers licenses, and enforce traffic rules. Note Approved for LAS Social Science area requirement.
P SC 250 - Introduction to Political Inquiry
An introduction to the basic methods and tools of research in political science. Topics will include discussions of the resources available for political research, the study of politics as a science, common techniques of political analysis, the development of research designs, research report writing, and the ethics of political research. The course will be largely experiential, directly involving students in research experiences.
P SC 303 - Political Parties
Party politics in the United States. Nature, structure, organization, and functions of political parties. Analysis of political behavior.
P SC 305 - Race and Ethnicity in American Politics
An examination of the role of U.S. ethnic minority groups in American politics from the perspectives of the groups themselves. Topics will include historical and contemporary perspectives on the political activities, interests and legal status of U.S. ethnic minorities; the relationship of power, race/ethnicity and class in determining the effects of the political system on these groups; and the impact of these groups on the political system. Meets with WEST 3050.
P SC 307 - Comparative Politics and Film
Analyzes the subfield of Political Science known as comparative politics. Also, teaches students to be critical observers about the way in which films can be used and studied for their political content.
P SC 311 - Emerging Nations
Analysis of third world developmental problems such as lack of economic growth, corruption, military coups, arms sales, international debts, and the role of nature. Approaches to theory are discussed.
P SC 348 - Legislative Internship
3 to 6 Credits
The department places students in legislative internships, usually with state legislators, but Washington internships are possible. Student normally spends 15-20 hours per week working with a legislator or legislating office in the Capitol of Denver. Credit dependent upon hours worked. Prerequisites: 2.8 cum GPA; 45 hrs; consent of instructor.
P SC 398 - Internship: Public Administration
3 to 6 Credits
The department works with students placed in a public agency (governmental or non-profit agencies). Students spend 12 hours weekly working for the host organization in return for 3 credit hours. Prerequisites: Open to upper division students of good academic record and with consent of the instructor.
P SC 402 - The American Congress
A survey of the development, practice, and theory of the contemporary Congress. Particular attention is paid to the origins of lawmaking and institutional change.
P SC 404 - Political Interest Groups
Nature, structure, organization, and functions of pressure groups. Analysis of pressure politics.
P SC 406 - State Political Systems
National, state, and interstate relations; constitutional development; legislative, executive, and judicial processes and problems; administrative organization and reorganization; state finances; major state services; future of the states. Special attention is given to the government of Colorado.
P SC 407 - Urban Politics
Political and social influence in urban areas; selection of urban leadership; relationship of the political system to governmental and social institutions. Meets with P AD 5626.
P SC 408 - US Electoral Process
Examines campaigns and voting, as well as the roles of parties interest groups and the media in the electoral process in the United States, with special attention to the legal and institutional context in which US elections take place. Prerequisites: P SC 110.
P SC 413 - Latin-American Political System
Governments and politics of selected countries of Latin America. Constitutions and governments in theory and practice. Political parties, movements, and conflicts. The relationships between political problems and physical and social environments.
P SC 418 - Gender in International Politics
Looks at issues of gender and sexuality in an international context. Covers war and militarism and their effect on women, the international division of labor, the effects of religious fundamentalism, international trafficking in women and sexual violence issues.
Meets with WEST 4180.
P SC 421 - International Politics
The system of national states, concepts of national interest, goals of foreign policies, conduct of diplomacy, the role of non-state actors, and the bearing of these elements on the problem of peace. Great powers and regions of the earth in international politics today, their roles in international tensions, and the development of international relations theory. Note Approved for LAS Social Science and Global Awareness requirements. Prerequisites: P SC 101. Meets with P SC 521.
P SC 422 - Comparative Politics
Advanced course examining and comparing the political process in a broad range of political, economic, and socio-cultural environments. Case studies and cross- national analysis of states and non-state actors are utilized to explain and predict political phenomena across a range of states and societies. Prerequisites: P SC 101.
P SC 423 - The United States in World Politics
The foundations, assumptions, objectives, and methods of U.S. Foreign policy. The domestic and external problems of adapting U.S. Policy to the changing world environment.
P SC 426 - International Organization
A comparative analysis of governmental and non- governmental international organizations. Special attention is paid to the United Nations and certain regional organizations such as the European community, NATO and the organization of American states.
P SC 427 - Latin America in World Politics
Basic elements in Latin American international relations. United States-Latin American relations and policies. Foreign policy formulation in major Latin American republics. Formerly P SC 477. Not open to those who have taken P SC 477.
P SC 428 - International Political Economy
Overview of the world political economy, especially in the post-WWII period. The central goal of the course is to provide information and develop analytical tools necessary for students to grasp the political issues inherent in international economic relations.
Meets with ECON 328.
P SC 429 - International Environmental Politics
Study of the ways in which the international community reacts to environmental problems of a transboundary nature. Examination of theoretical frameworks used, policies developed, actors involved and analysis of a number of important cases and issues in international environmental politics. Meets with P SC 529.
P SC 432 - Public Administration
Role of administration in government; trends in American public administration; problems in organization; techniques of management.
P SC 435 - Environmental Policies and Administration
Resources in the American economy; consideration of constitutional, political, and geographic factors in the development of resources policy; organization, procedures, and programs for administration and development of natural resources.
P SC 439 - The Presidency
An examination of the historical, functional, constitutional, and political aspects of the presidency. An analytical comparison of the presidency with other executive systems.
P SC 442 - Political Ideas
Main currents of political thought from ancient times to the present as seen in the writings of political theorists from Plato and Aristotle through Locke, Hobbes, Rousseau, Kropotkin, and Marx to contemporary exponents of ideologies from right to left.
P SC 445 - American Political Thought
History and development of American political theories and ideas from colonial period to present.
P SC 446 - Administrative Law
General nature of administrative law, types of administrative action and enforcement, analysis of rule-making and adjudication, and administrative due process.
P SC 447 - Constitutional Law
Role of the Supreme Court in development of principles of constitutional law, beginning with the concept of judicial review. Federalism, jurisdiction of the federal courts, separation of powers, the taxing power, the commerce power, the doctrine of implied powers and other principles and doctrines which are relevant to contemporary interpretation of the constitution. Note Approved for LAS Social Science area requirement.
P SC 448 - Civil Rights and Liberties
Nature and scope of American constitutional principles as developed by the U.S. Supreme court, with emphasis on the war power, power of the president, citizenship, the Bill of Rights, and the Civil War amendments.
P SC 449 - The Judicial System
Examination of the principal actors in the legal system police, lawyers, judges, citizens and the roles they play in the political process.
P SC 450 - Senior Research Seminar
A course designed to directly involve Senior students in political science in major research projects. The emphasis of the course will be on the development by the students of research topics and designs which fit their individual interests. Major papers will be required of all students. Research reports will be presented orally and critiqued in class. Required of all majors.
P SC 451 - Defendants' Constitutional Rights
Nature and scope of American constitutional principles as developed by the United States Supreme Court, with emphasis on habeas corpus, search and seizure, grand jury, double jeopardy, self-incrimination, due process of law, speedy and public trial, right to counsel, trial by jury, bail, and cruel and unusual punishment.
P SC 453 - Model United Nations
Course assists and supervises students in preparation and execution of the Model United Nations (MUN) college conference. The course catapults students into the world of diplomacy and negotiation. Students learn about the role, structure and operation of the United Nations.Prerequisites: instructor consent.
P SC 454 - Land Use Law
A legal studies public law course involving the rights and obligations of land owners and the various levels of government. Issues range from environmental protection, zoning, to land development and ?taking? property without compensation. Jr/Sr level preferred. Prerequisites: P SC 446 or consent of instructor.
P SC 455 - Public School Law
A legal studies course involving a comprehensive examination of American public school law with reference to Colorado public school law. As a public law course, it involves Constitutional issues ranging from civil liberties of speech and religion, to civil rights such as special needs children. Jr/Sr level preferred. Prerequisites: P SC 446 or consent of instructor.
P SC 456 - The Arab-Israeli Conflict
Examines the historical, social, political, and economic conditions in the Middle East as they pertain to the Arab/Israeli conflict. An eclectic approach will be employed, from the cradle of civilization to the new international order with particular emphasis on the Palestinian/Israeli conflict. Prerequisites:ENGL 131 or ENGL 141 or equivalent.
P SC 457 - Middle Eastern Politics
Introduces the complex web of political, social, economic, and cultural life of Middle Eastern politics. Looks at historical developments of the region in order to better understand the current political diversity in the Middle East. The study of this region is important today as it faces new challenges with globalization, political identity crises, and foreign intervention. Note Approved for LAS Global Awareness requirement. Prerequisites: P SC 101 and Sophomore standing or higher.
P SC 458 - African Politics
The complex political, social, religious, and cultural environment of Africa, and the many themes and nation-states provide for a rich study of the region. Course examines the variations across the continent. Analyzes the scars left by the complex negotiations of post-independence Africa, and studies themes including ethnic conflict, nationalism, resources, economy, concepts of democracy, and nation-building. Note Approved for LAS Global Awareness requirement. Prerequisites: P SC 101 and sophomore standing.
P SC 459 - Globalization
Globalization is studied as part of an exchange of technology, goods, and financial markets. The exchanges of goods, services, and ideas across national borders are pervasive. Communication systems help this process, but also help those who resist globalization to better articulate and organize their viewpoints. Note Approved for LAS Global Awareness requirement. Prerequisites:Sophomore standing. Meets with ECON 359.
P SC 498 - Special Problems in Political Science
1 to 3 Credits
A study of special problems relevant to political science taught by a highly qualified person in the particular problem area. Each semester that the course is offered, a different problem of high impact is studied.
P SC 598 - Special Topics
Each semester that the seminar is offered a different area of political science will be the focus of intensive study and analysis.
P SC 940 - Independent Study in Political Science
1 to 6 Credits
Intended to give an opportunity for advanced students with good scholastic records and with appropriate courses completed to pursue independently the study of some subject of special interest. Subjects are chosen and arrangements are made to suit the needs of each student.Prerequisites: Senior standing, 15 semester hours of political science courses and consent of instructor.