2012-2013 CCBC College Catalog

Political Science

POLS 101 – 3 Credits
American Government and Politics

Introduces students to the foundation of the American political system and U.S Constitution, how both work and its impact upon citizens. Students analyze the principles, structures and decision making in American Government from the President, Congress and the Courts. Students examine the workings, processes and organizations inside and outside government, interest groups, political parties and media, along with the making of public policy and foreign policy. "Who gets what, when, how, and why" in American politics. NOTE: Course offered every fall, spring and may be offered during additional sessions.

Corequisites: RDNG 052 or ESOL 054 and ENGL 052 or ESOL 052

POLS 105 – 3 Credits
State and Local Government and Politics

Discusses government and politics at the state, county, and local levels, focusing upon the current problems of America's metropolitan areas and the conflicts between cities and suburbs; gives special attention to Maryland and the Baltimore Metropolitan area. NOTE: Course offered every fall, spring and may be offered during additional sessions.

Corequisites: RDNG 052 or ESOL 054 and ENGL 052 or ESOL 052

POLS 107 – 3 Credits
Introduction to the US Congress

Introduces students a comprehensive introduction to Congress through an investigation of the legislative branch of government as envisioned by the framers of the Constitution and analyzes its growth into the institution it has become. Students review the Articles of Confederation then examine Article One of the Constitution and the powers of Congress. Students will discuss the personalities, the legislative process, partisan battles, elections, congressional procedures and pressures along with the demands from voters and lobbyists. Corequisite: ENGL 052 or ESOL 052 and RDNG 052 or ESOL 054

Prerequisite: POLS 101

POLS 111 – 3 Credits
Introduction to Political Science

Examines the concepts and methodology of Political Science as well as the various fields of the discipline including American politics, comparative politics, international politics and political philosophy and the origins of our political values. Students analyze political ideas, theories, ideologies, systems and polices in order to focus on and investigate political problems on a national and global level as well as define central concepts related to the study of political science. NOTE: Course offered every fall, spring and may be offered during additional sessions.

Corequisites: ENGL 052 or ESOL 052 and RDNG 052 or ESOL 054

POLS 121 – 3 Credits
Introduction to Law

Describes the institutions and profession of law in America, for students considering further study or a career in law. Examines the legal system in terms of its role in society, its organization, the training and profession of its members, and the basic substance and procedures of civil and criminal law. NOTE: Courses offered less than once a year.

Prerequisites: ENGL 052 or ESOL 052 and RDNG 052 or ESOL 054; or ACLT 052; and MATH 081

POLS 123 – 3 Credits
You and Everday Law

NOTE: Courses offered less than once a year.

POLS 131 – 3 Credits
Comparative Government and Politics-GL

Introduces students in the systematic study of comparative government and politics as well as the primary concepts used by political scientists to study the development and outcomes of government and politics in variety of countries. The course illustrates the diversity of government and politics including the formation of the nation-state, political economy, political culture, nationalism, democratizations, and globalization. The course covers selected governments: democracies, developing democracies, and non-democracies. By studying a variety of countries students move beyond concepts to concrete examples and will be able to address the following question: Why are some countries stable democracies and not others? This course is a globally intensive course that promotes intercultural competency and global awareness. Successful completion of this course contributes toward the 15 credits of globally intensive curriculum needed to earn the certificate of Global Distinction. NOTE: Course offered every fall, spring and may be offered during additional sessions.

Corequisites: ENGL 052 or ESOL 052 and RDNG 052 or ESOL 054

POLS 141 – 3 Credits
International Relations-GL

Introduces students to the nation-state system as well as the conflict and cooperation in the international arena covering economic and military power, diplomacy, terrorism, international law and organizations. An emphasis will be placed on U.S foreign policy analyzing its international impact. Students explore how 20th Century international conflicts such as World War I, World War II, the Cold War and terrorism influenced 21st Century thinking. Students question and discover what selected political leaders have learned from international conflict. This course is a globally intensive course that promotes intercultural competency and global awareness. Successful completion of this course contributes toward the 15 credits of globally intensive curriculum needed to earn the certificate of Global Distinction. NOTE: Courses offered less than once a year.

Corequisites: ENGL 052 or ESOL 052 and RDNG 052 or ESOL 054

POLS 160 – 3 Credits
Political Philosophy and Ideology

Investigates the major ideologies and philosophies of the modern world such as nationalism, fascism, socialism, classical liberalism, conservatism, Marxism-Leninism, and neo-conservatism along with the newer ideologies of the extreme left and right. The character of American political ideologies will be analyzed and compared. Students integrate contemporary work in political philosophy and examine political thought and contributions from the Greeks and English and how philosophy relates to ideology. NOTE: Courses offered less than once a year.

Corequisites: ENGL 052 or ESOL 052 and RDNG 052 or ESOL 054

POLS 200 – 3 Credits
Campaigns and Elections

Introduces students to the study of the electoral process in the United States with an examination of the history of national, state and local elections. The course explores several features and topics of political campaigns and elections in America; political socialization, voting behavior, public opinion, media, political parties, interest groups, the influence of money, and the aftermath of election in relation to policy decisions and outcomes. Students will analyze campaign strategies and experience working on a political campaign of their choice for 40 hours during the semester. Students will investigate the question; who wins elections- and why- in American politics?

Prerequisites: POLS 101, POLS 111 or permission of the Political Science Program Coordinator.

POLS 204 – 3 Credits
Comparative Crime and Criminal Justice-GL

Compares the structure and operation of the government, police, courts and corrections of various countries. In addition, the course examines international substantive criminal law and criminal procedural law, response to crime and international government and police cooperation. This course is a globally intensive course that promotes intercultural competency and global awareness. Successful completion of this course contributes toward the 15 credits of globally intensive curriculum needed to earn the certificate of Global Distinction. NOTE: Courses offered less than once a year.

Prerequisites: ENGL 052 or ESOL 052 and RDNG 052 or ESOL 054; or ACLT 052; and CRJU 101 or written consent of instructor.

POLS 225 – 3 Credits
Constitutional Law

Examines the nature and development of the United States Constitution interpreted by the Supreme Court. Students analyze the role judicial review, federalism, Congressional and Presidential authority play in the system. Students examine the relationship between government accountability, the languages in the constitution, and the role of the Supreme Court. Students review civil liberities and rights along with the limits on the government granted by the First, Fourth, Fifth, Sixth and Fourteenth Amendments. NOTE: Courses offered once a year (fall or spring).

Prerequisites: POLS 101, POLS 111 or written permission from the Political Science Program Coordinator.

POLS 247 – 3 Credits
Contemporary Middle East Politics-GL

Examines 21st century Middle East politics and policy and there relationship to the United States. Students explore complex current issues in a political and historical context for understanding the Middle East. Topics include U.S foreign policy in the region, the role of Islam, terrorism, the politics of oil, arms proliferation, the Arab-Israeli conflict, the Palestinian Question, nationalism, globalization and the Gulf Wars. Students investigate the social, religious, economic, and political impact Middle East nations have on the U.S and with each other. This course is a globally intensive course that promotes intercultural competency and global awareness. Successful completion of this course contributes toward the 15 credits of globally intensive curriculum needed to earn the certificate of Global Distinction. NOTE: Courses offered less than once a year.

Prerequisites: POLS 101, POLS 111 or permission from the Political Science Program Coordinator.

POLS 271 – 1 Credit
Internship: Political Science

Provides academic credit for knowledge and skills learned on the job in the areas of politics and government. The student is familiarized with the practical workings of government institutions. This course requires a 30 work hour commitment from the student. Students work with the Internship Coordinator, who monitors student's progress, to develop learning objectives. To apply for an internship, contact the Political Science Coordinator for additional information. Student applicants are selected by the department and intern in the offices of elected officials or organizations that work with governmental organizations.

Prerequisite: POLS 101 and POLS 111, a minimum GPA of 2.5, and consent of the Program Coordinator.

POLS 272 – 2 Credits
Internship: Political Science

Provides academic credit for knowledge and skills learned on the job in the areas of politics and government. The student is familiarized with the practical workings of government institutions. This course requires a 60 work hour commitment from the student. Students work with the Internship Coordinator, who monitors student's progress, to develop learning objectives. To apply for an internship, contact the Political Science Coordinator for additional information. Student applicants are selected by the department and intern in the offices of elected officials or organizations that work with governmental organizations.

Prerequisite: POLS 101 and POLS 111, a minimum GPA of 2.5, and consent of the Program Coordinator.

POLS 273 – 3 Credits
Internship: Political Science

Provides academic credit for knowledge and skills learned on the job in the areas of politics and government. The student is familiarized with the practical workings of government institutions. This course requires a 90 work hour commitment from the student. Students work with the Internship Coordinator, who monitors student's progress, to develop learning objectives. To apply for an internship, contact the Political Science Coordinator for additional information. Student applicants are selected by the department and intern in the offices of elected officials or organizations that work with governmental organizations.

Prerequisite: POLS 101 and POLS 111, a minimum GPA of 2.5, and consent of the Program Coordinator.

POLS 290 – 3 Credits
Problems in Politics

Offers topics on particular issues and problems in politics and government selected by students and the instructor. Topics vary from year to year. NOTE: Courses offered less than once a year.