New Courses for the Political Science Department

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. This course addresses some of the most important characteristics of political conflict-primarily from an international relations perspective. The course will use both historical and theoretical frameworks that help interpret conflict. Note Approved for LAS Global Awareness requirement.


P SC 456 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

This course introduces students to the complex web of political, social, economic and cultural life of Middle Eastern Politics. It is important to look 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 the region 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, the voluminous themes and sheer amount of nation-states provide for a rich study of the region. The course examines the variations across the continent. The complex negotiations of post independence Africa left scars to be studied and analyzed. Some of the themes that are important for Africa include: 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 will be studied as part of an exchange of technology, of goods, and of financial markets. The globe is more connected now than in past generations. The exchanges of goods, services, and ideas across national borders are pervasive. Communication systems have helped this process greatly, but communications also have helped those resisting globalization to better articulate and organize their viewpoints. Note Approved for LAS Global Awareness requirement.Prerequisites: Sophomore standing. Meets with ECON 359.


"The result of the educative process is capacity for further education." John Dewey (1859-1952) U.S. philosopher and educator