Undergraduate Course Descriptions
Definition of Prefixes
CPO-Comparative Politics; INR-International Relations; POS-Political Science; POT-Political Theory; PUP-Public Policy Courses that meet the Breadth Requirements for the major are identified by subfield following the course title: (AP) American Politics; (JP) Judicial Politics; (CP) Comparative Politics; (IP) International Politics; and (PT) Political Theory. F-Fall semester offering; S-Spring semester offering; SS-Summer semester offering.
CPO 2002 Introduction to Comparative Politics (3). Analysis of major theories of comparative politics including development, state building, institutions, patterns of political interaction and comparative elites. Focus on Latin America and the Third World.
CPO 3010 Comparative Politics: Theory and Practice (CP) (3). Examines major theories and methods of comparative politics, focusing on divergent political systems (Democracy, Authoritarianism, Totalitarianism). Countries/regions studied vary with instructor.
CPO 3055 Authoritarian Politics (CP) (3). The purpose of this course is to identify the conceptual and empirical characteristics of authoritarian regimes. An ideal typical authoritarian regime will be established, followed by case study analyses of modern authoritarian systems, like those of Brazil, Mexico, and Portugal. The course is designed to analyze the circumstances giving rise to non-totalitarian modern dictatorships, their political dynamics, and their survival capability.
CPO 3103 Politics of Western Europe (CP) (3). Studies of political systems of the major European countries on a comparative basis. Attention is focused on such factors as political party systems, the cabinet form of government, and the politics of the Common Market. Considers the implications of the impact of mass society on these nations. Enables the students to better understand the nations which have supplied many of the theoretical foundations of modern politics.
CPO 3104 Politics of the European Union (3). Traces the development of the governmental forms and structures in the evolution of the European Union and compares them to governmental structures in other regional and global multinational organizations.
CPO 3204 African Politics (CP) (3). Compares the politics of Sub-Saharan Africa, and the Republic of South Africa and addresses questions of economic development, the colonial legacy, and the impact of traditional social patterns.
CPO 3304 Politics of Latin America (CP) (3). This course analyzes the multiple structures, processes, and groups which are relevant to an understanding of Latin American political economy. Of special interest are the political impacts of land and wealth inequality and economic dependency. The dynamics of Latin American politics are considered, with an emphasis on the role of the military and the church. Alternate strategies for modernizing the region are considered.
CPO 3403 Politics of the Middle East (CP) (3). This course will focus on the social, cultural, and political aspects of the Middle East region. Through an understanding and an interweaving of these complex facets, a student should gain a foundation and background for comprehension of the contemporary conflict which pervades this mercurial region.
CPO 3502 Politics of the Far East (CP) (3). An intensive examination of the major political institutions of China, Japan, and Korea. A critical analysis of changing aspects of traditional relationships in Far Eastern political culture and major reform movements in contemporary Far Eastern politics. Allows the student to better understand nations whose political development will be an important factor in global development.
CPO 3643 Russian Politics (CP) (3). Examines the political structure and institutions of Russia. Attention is paid to the historical and cultural aspects of the structure and use of power.
CPO 4034 The Politics of Development and Underdevelopment (3). This course is an analysis of the causes of development and underdevelopment in Third and Fourth World countries. It includes an analysis of major theoretical approaches to understanding development problems, as well as an analysis of the roles of major national and non-national actors.
CPO 4053 Political Repression and Human Rights (3). Examination of domestic factors resulting in political repression and violations of human rights. American, European, and South American examples will be used.
CPO 4057 Political Violence and Revolution (3). An examination of major historical instances and modern expressions of political violence; discussion of revolution from a comparative perspective. Attention will focus on the social origin and political determinants of such events.
CPO 4062 Comparative Judicial Politics (3). An examination of the various modes of dispute settlement and rule adjudication cross-culturally. Emphasis is on the similarities and differences of judicial behavior, judicial decision-making, judicial recruitment, and judicial powers in cross-national analysis.
CPO 4072 Comparative Electoral Behavior (3). Public opinion, voting choice, and electoral patterns from a comparative and historical perspective. Attention will focus on West Europe and Latin America. Differences from North American trends and patterns will also be detailed.
CPO 4303 Politics of South America (3). A cross-national discussion of the political systems and cultures of the Latin American nations, with special emphasis on the larger countries. Attention is given to the role of the military and to the problem of violence. Designed to give the student an overview of the political life of the nations with whom we share this hemisphere.
CPO 4323 Politics of the Caribbean (3). Studies the political system of the major British, French, Dutch, and Spanish areas in the Caribbean basin. Attention is focused on such factors as political party democracies in a nonindustrial setting. The paradoxes between modernity and tradition throughout the developing Caribbean, and the relationship between politics, economics, and culture are discussed. The student is helped to understand the dynamics of change in an important area of the world and to compare those dynamics with change in his own country.
CPO 4333 Politics of Central America (3). This course analyzes the historical and contemporary political dynamics of the five countries of Central America. Special attention is given to problems of development and modernization within the context of the region’s economic dependence on the United States. Special attention is given to the problem of political restraints on the modernization process and to those regional arrangements which have been created to solve the area’s problems. The student will develop a better understanding of a region which has close ties to the United States.
CPO 4340 Politics of Mexico (3). This course analyzes the structure and process of the Mexican political system from four perspectives: 1) Mexico’s revolutionary heritage; 2) its formal governmental structure; 3) formal political relations; and 4) the structure and process of Mexican political economy.
CPO 4360 Cuban Politics (3). Examines the course of twentieth century Cuban politics. The course is sub-divided into five parts covering the three periods of relatively stable politics and the two major revolutions.
CPO 4401 The Arab-Israeli Conflict (3). This course provides the student with an introduction to the political roots of the Middle East conflict, and examines the dilemmas of finding a solution by focusing on the domestic and international constraints imposed upon the major actors.
CPO 4404 Politics of North Africa (3). An examination of the politics of the Arab-Islamic countries of North Africa. Attention is given to pre-colonial politics and subsequent European penetration as bases for understanding contemporary politics.
CPO 4461 Politics of Eastern Europe (3). An examination of the historical and contemporary political dynamics of the countries of Eastern Europe. Special attention is given to the process of “democratization” and the effort to move towards a liberal-democratic, capitalist order.
CPO 4507 Comparative Political Economics of Asia (3). Introduction to the political economy of East and Southeast Asia. Course is segmented into three parts: overview of Asia Pacific; survey of specific countries; and trends and transformations.
CPO 4541 Politics of China (3). This course introduces students to China’s political history from 1840 and analyzes politics in the People’s Republic of China with special emphasis on political and economic development, socio-economic and political conflict, ideology, and foreign policy.
CPO 4553 Government and Politics of Japan (3). Introduction to Japanese politics. Special attention is given to the Japanese variant of democracy, the capitalist state, and foreign policy.
CPO 4725 Comparative Genocide (3). A comparative analysis of the pre-conditions and processes associated with major cases of 20th century genocide, including Armenia, Germany, Cambodia, Bosnia, and Rwanda.
CPO 4726 Ethnicity and Nationalism (3). Surveys and systematically compares multi-ethnic and multi-national states, politically, socially, and economically. Investigates integration, assimilation, coexistence, and stratification. (F)
CPO 4741 Comparative Political Economy (3). Examines the theoretical approaches used to assess the relationship between political institutions and private economic interests in advanced, industrial countries and the less developed world.
CPO 4930 Topics in Comparative Politics (3). An intensive examination of a topic in comparative politics. Subject matter varies according to the instructor. Topic to be announced in advance.
CPO 4955 Politics of the Czech Republic: Study Abroad (3). Examination of Czech political system, its history and current constitutional structure. Course is taught by FIU and Czech faculty with significant study abroad component.
CPO 4956 Constitutional Politics of the Czech Republic: Study Abroad (3). An examination of the development of individual rights in the Czech Republic in a study abroad setting. Particular attention to issues of liberty and equality.
CPO 4957 Czech Republic in the Global Arena: Study Abroad (3). Examination of the global political environment of the Czech Republic. Special attention to external factors, internal demands and the political, economic and social forces that impact foreign policy decisions.
CPO 5036 Politics of Development (3). This course examines divergent explanations for development and underdevelopment. Of central importance are the concepts and theories which emphasize the political dimensions of development, including theory and concept, processes of development, and actors in the development process.
CPO 5091 Seminar in Comparative Politics (3). A foundation in the development of the field of comparative politics and in the major schools of thought that have molded the perspectives on comparative political analysis.
CPO 5325 Politics of the Caribbean (3). Examines the structural and institutional aspects of the politics of the Caribbean in both domestic and international contexts. Prerequisite: Graduate standing.
CPO 5934 Topics in Comparative Politics (3). A rigorous examination of a topic in comparative politics. Subject matter varies according to instructor. Topic will be announced in advance.
CPO 5936 Seminar in Comparative Political Parties (3). Students read and discuss major works on parties by conservative, liberal, and marxist authors.
INR 2001 Introduction to International Relations (3). Introduction to the interactions among international actors: states, international organizations, and transnational groups. Concepts such as power and national interest will be introduced. (F,S,SS)
INR 3030 Diplomacy (FP) (3). Covers theory and practice of diplomacy, including negotiation, conflict resolution, ethics and human rights, and economic diplomacy. Examines both diplomatic history and contemporary foreign policy problems.
INR 3043 Population and Society (G, IP) (3). Introduction to basic demographic concepts: fertility, mortality, migration, urbanization. Discussion of economic development, modernization and population change. Examination of sources of data and background information including censuses and vital statistics, and their utilization. (F)
INR 3045 The Global Challenge of Refugees and Migrants (IP) (3). Examines political and economic challenges stemming from the international movement of refugees and economic migrants. Emphasizes the role of state power, organizations and law in structuring responses.
INR 3061 Conflict, Security and Peace Studies in INR (FP) (3). Introduces students to basic theoretical arguments and empirical cases on security, peace and strategic studies. Examines the evolution of conflict resolution and post-conflict reconstruction.
INR 3081 Contemporary International Problems (IP) (3). Examines selected world and regional issues and problems. Topics vary according to the instructor. (F,S,SS)
INR 3102 American Foreign Policy (FP) (3). An examination of the legal, administrative, and political structure by which American foreign policies are formulated and implemented. Includes a discussion of the objectives and consequences of United States foreign policy in selected regional, social-economic, and ideological areas. Enables the student to understand the procedures by which foreign policy is made and implemented in the United States. (F, S)
INR 3214 International Relations of Europe (AS) (3). An examination of the international, social, economic, and political life of contemporary Europe. Emphasis given to international organizations and the trend toward economic and political integration. (F,S)
INR 3223 Japan and the United States (AS,FP) (3). Examines the international relationship between two of the most powerful and economically significant states of this and the next century and the international problems they must face together.
INR 3224 International Relations of East Asia (AS) (3). Examines strategic and economic aspects of international relations among China, Japan, North Korea, and other nations of East Asia.
INR 3226 International Relations of Central Asia and the Caucasus (AS) (3). Analysis of international relations of Central Asia and the Caucasus, domestic and external sources of region’s foreign policy and its geopolitical, geoeconomic and geocultural dynamics.
INR 3227 International Relations of South Asia (AS) (3). Examines international relations of Indian subcontinent. Looks at basic patterns of international, political, economic, cultural, and ideological relations of the region.
INR 3243 International Relations of Latin America (AS) (3). An examination of international, social, economic, and political life of Latin America. Emphasis given to the role of international organizations; regionalism; and the trend toward economic integration. (F,S,SS)
INR 3246 International Relations of the Caribbean (AS) (3). An examination of the international social, economic, and political life of the Caribbean. Includes English, Spanish, and French speaking regions. (F,S)
INR 3252 International Relations of North Africa (AS) (3). An examination of the social, political and economic structure of North Africa and the manner in which its historical development has conditioned international relations within and external to the region. (F)
INR 3253 International Relations of Sub-Saharan Africa (AS) (3). An analysis of the international relations of sub-Saharan African nations with one another and with other, non-African nations. Examines the effects of such international relationships on development, politics, and social change in sub-Saharan Africa.
INR 3262 International Relations of Russia and the Former USSR (AS) (3). Analysis of the international relations of countries of the former USSR, covering the Soviet and post-Soviet eras. Emphasis on Russia, Muslim Central Asia, and their impact on the international system. (F)
INR 3274 International Relations of the Middle East (AS) (3). An examination of the international social, economic, and political life of the Middle East. The role of oil in the region will receive special attention. (F,S)
INR 3303 Foreign Policymaking (FP) (3). Introduces and explores models of foreign policymaking, applied to international strategic, economic, and social problems.
INR 3331 European Foreign and Security Policy (FP) (3). Familiarizes students with European foreign policies and security institutions in the context of European integration. Addresses areas of security and defense, trade and development cooperation.
INR 3403 International Law (IL) (3). Introduction to the legal concepts, framework, and institutions which play a role in international relations theory and practice. (F,S,SS)
INR 3502 International Organizations (IL) (3). The study of international political, economic, and social organizations and their impact upon the relations between nations. Emphasis on the constitution, voting, membership, security and operation of such organizations, and the settling of international disputes through these bodies. (F,S,SS)
INR 3703 International Political Economy (IPE) (3). Explores the important concepts, theories, and contending approaches used in the study of international political economy.
INR 4013 Development of International Relations Thought (3). The nature and characteristics of international relations from antiquity to the end of the First World War. Examination of the religio-philosophical, socioeconomic and political ideas and systems associated with them. Study of select historical occurrences and patterns of social change and their interaction with the dynamics of international relations. Prerequisite: INR 2001.
INR 4031 The Media and International Relations (IP) (3). Explores the impact of print and visual media on the practice of International Relations. Examines how the media and their technologies determine the outcome of International Relations.
INR 4032 Asia and Latin America in World Affairs (AS) (3). Examines the linkages between Asia and Latin America, their roles in world affairs, the domestic sources of foreign policies of states in the two regions, as well as the international issues confronting the two areas.
INR 4054 World Resources and World Order (IP) (3). An examination of the impact of the quantity and distribution of the world’s resources upon the relations between nations. The availability of mineral resources and food, in particular, will receive attention; and an assessment will be made of the international economic and political implications deriving there from. (F,S)
INR 4076 International Relations of Drug Trafficking (3). Examines international drug trafficking and its foreign and domestic policy implications. Deals with supply and demand reduction, and international cooperation in suppressing trafficking.
INR 4077 International Relations & Women’s Human Rights (IP) (3). Identifies and explains global human rights issues that affect women’s lives. Examines existing international legal instruments that allow women to have basic rights recognized.
INR 4082 Islam in International Relations (IP) (3). Analysis of the role of Islam in shaping the dynamics of contemporary international relations. Emphasis on ideological, cultural and political role, Islamic movements and states and relations with the West. (S)
INR 4084 Ethnicity in World Politics (3). This course examines the political dimensions of ethnic conflict from a comparative perspective. It evaluates the dynamics of ethnic conflict in Western Europe, Africa, Latin America, and the United States, through a series of case studies.
INR 4085 Women and Men in International Relations (IP) (3). Surveys the differential roles of women and men in international relations, gender based politics at a global scale, and constructions of proper womanhood and manhood in transnational politics.
INR 4091 Ethical Problems in International Relations (IP) (3). Explores several approaches to the international ethical problems posed by intervention, human rights abuses, nuclear threats, global economic privation and other international phenomena. Prerequisite: INR 2001.
INR 4204 Comparative Foreign Policy (3). This course is an analysis of the development of the foreign policy-making process in the United States, Britain, France, West Germany, and Italy. Particular attention is directed to the domestic and international factors which affect the making of foreign policy.
INR 4232 International Relations of China (AS) (3). An examination of the development of China’s international relations in the 20th century. Special attention to the development of institutional mechanisms for diplomacy and to problems of integrating domestic and foreign policies. (S)
INR 4335 Strategic Studies and National Security (FP) (3). The role of force in international relations is examined. The use and control of force in theory and practice is analyzed. Special attention is paid to contemporary national security issues. (F,S)
INR 4350 International Environmental Politics (3). Addresses environmental politics from an international perspective. Ecological problems and issues are becoming international, environmental problems are crossing national borders, and public attitudes Prerequisites: Introduction to International Relations and Introduction to Environmental Science (recommended).
INR 4404 International Protection of Human Rights (IL, IP) (3). Development of the concern of the international community with the rights of individuals and groups and the institutional mechanisms which have been set up for their protection. (F)
INR 4408 Topics in International Law (IL, IP) (3). An intensive examination of selected topics in international law and relations among nations. Topics will vary according to the interests of the instructor and the students. (F)
INR 4411 International Humanitarian Law (IP) (3). Provides students with conceptual, legal, and critical understanding of major issues of International Humanitarian Law. Allows students to develop analytical work and research in this field. Prerequisite: INR 3403.
INR 4412 International Law of the Sea (3). Introduction to the legal and political foundations of the law of the sea. Emphasis on rule of law of the sea treaties, efforts to conserve marine environment, and the resolution of maritime disputes.
INR 4436 International Negotiation (FP, IP) (3). Introduces students to the main components of international negotiations analysis. Surveys the various stages of a negotiation process and examines key. Applies theory to practice by considering and analyzing a set case of studies.
INR 4501 Multinational Organizations (3). The course examines contemporary international politics through an analysis of inter-governmental and non-governmental actors. It emphasizes the prominent role played by increasing levels of transnational relations, interdependence, and global dominance in world politics.
INR 4521 Politics of Regional Integration (3). Examines regional economic blocs - European Union, NAFTA and Pacific Rim. Forces influencing regional integration and effects on global trade are studied.
INR 4603 Theories of International Relations (3). Analysis and conceptualization of the forces and conditions which influence relations among nations. Emphasis is on the provision of an analytical basis for the study of international relations. Prerequisites: INR 2001 or permission of the instructor. (F,S,SS)
INR 4905 Independent Study (VAR). Directed independent research. Requires prior approval by instructor. (F,S,SS)
INR 4926 Model United Nations (3). Students participate in a UN simulation. Attention is given to the workings of the UN, negotiating skills, and critical international issues. Prerequisite: Permission of the instructor.
INR 4931 Topics in International Relations (3). Varies according to the instructor. (F,S,SS) An intensive examination of a topic in international politics. Subject matter varies according to the instructor. Topic to be announced in advance.
INR 4933 Topics in International Politics (3). An intensive examination of a topic in international politics. Subject matter varies according to the instructor. Topic to be announced in advance.
INR 4937 Honors Seminar 1: Advanced Writings in International Relations (3). Instruction on the steps in research and writings including formulation of the research question, research design, argumentation and bibliography assembly on a theme in International Relations. Prerequisite: INR 2001. (F)
INR 4943 Internship in International Affairs (IP) (1-6). Work 10-15 hours a week with a consulate, business, bank, private voluntary organization, governmental agency or consulting firm for professional experience in international affairs. Prerequisite: INR 2001. (F,S,SS)
INR 4949 Cooperative Education in Social Sciences (3). A student majoring in one of the Social Sciences (Economics, International Relations, Political Science, Sociology, or Psychology) may spend one or two semesters fully employed in industry or government in a capacity relating to the major. Prerequisites: Permission of Cooperative Education Program and major department. (F,S,SS)
INR 4970 Honors Thesis (3). Under the direction of an appropriate faculty member, students research and write an honors thesis. Prerequisite: INR 4937. (F,S,SS)
INR 5007 Seminar in International Politics (3). An advanced graduate course designed to give students a specialized knowledge of the classics in international politics. The course traces the development of international politics from Thucydides to the present.
INR 5012 Global Issues and Human Rights (IP) (3). Identification, articulation and clarification of global issues that affect Human Rights and the global strategies used to challenge and overcome obstacles. Prerequisite: Graduate standing.
INR 5017 Approaches to Area Studies (3). Provides students the necessary tools to approach global issues from the comparative perspective of how they play out in different regions of the world.
INR 5036 Politics of Globalization (3). Intensive examination of state and global institutions that have shaped the process of economic globalization. Topics include impact on sovereignty, human rights, labor and agenda-setting of large and small nation-states.
INR 5062 War, Peace and Conflict Resolution in INR (FP) (3). Explores the genesis of interstate conflict, the evolution of crisis, the outbreak of war and peace. Analyzes conflict resolution and post-conflict reconstruction processes in international relations.
INR 5072 The Media and International Relations (IP) (3). Explores impact of visual and print media on practice and theory of international relations. Encourages students to question how representation of international relations issues are produced by everyday media culture. Prerequisite: Graduate standing.
INR 5086 Islam in International Relations (IP) (3). Analysis of the role of Islam in shaping the dynamics of contemporary international relations. Emphasis on the ideological, cultural, and political role of Islamic movements and states, and their relations with the West. (F)
INR 5087 Ethnicity and the Politics of Development (3). This course examines the conceptual and substantive dimensions of ethnicity in the context of world politics and political development. The course will highlight ethnicity and ethnic groups as critical factors in North-South politics.
INR 5088 Feminism and International Relations (IP) (3). Familiarizes students with major theoretical traditions of feminist thinking and surveys feminist literature in the subfields of security studies, political economy, and global governance. Prerequisites: Graduate standing or permission of the instructor.
INR 5105 American Foreign Policy (3). Compares different perspectives in foreign policy analysis. Provides a comprehensive understanding of major issues in U.S. policy.
INR 5255 Seminar in African Development (AS) (3). Examines political, economic and social development in Sub-Saharan Africa in an international context. Introduces students to sources for research in African international development. Prerequisite: Graduate standing.
INR 5275 International Relations of the Middle East (AS) (3). Focuses on IR of the contemporary Middle East, the foreign policy of major regional states, regional conflicts, and the US and other great powers’ involvement, and dynamics of social and religious movements and revolutions. Prerequisites: Graduate standing or permission of the instructor.
INR 5315 Foreign Policy Analysis (FP) (3). Comparative examination of theories of foreign policy making, emphasizing the international, domestic, and organizational contexts in which national policies are formulated and enacted. Prerequisites: Graduate standing or permission of the instructor. (F)
INR 5352 Environment and Security (IP) (3). Examines the relationship between environmental issues and international security. Surveys such topics as resource scarcity, environmental degradation, and deforestation and their implications for national and regional security. Considers such topics as international environmental law, and international environmental regimes.
INR 5409 International Law I (IL) (3). Role of international law in the relations of states; nature, development, theory, sources of law; international personality; jurisdiction, including territory and nationality; dispute settlement. (F)
INR 5507 International Organizations I (IL) (3). Study of international organizations and their role in international relations. Emphasis on their legal status, rule-making capacities and role in dispute settlement and maintenance of peace. (S)
INR 5544 The New Asian Century (AS) (3). Critically examines Asian regional identity, Asia’s role in the modern world economy, national and regional institution building, new security challenges, and the legacy of the past. Prerequisites: Graduate standing or permission of the instructor.
INR 5607 International Relations and Development (IP) (3). An analysis and conceptualization of the process of development as it takes place in the international context. Special attention given to the role of international organizations in promoting development and the manner in which differences in developmental levels conditions international relations. (S)
INR 5609 Contemporary Dynamics of International Relations (IP) (3). Surveys the 20th century’s large events and important tendencies decade by decade, as registered by intellectual and policy elites at the time.
INR 5615 Research Design in International Relations (3). Introduces graduate students to the principles of formulating and defending a compelling research design, gathering and analyzing evidence, and producing scholarship.
INR 5906 Independent Study (VAR). Directed independent research. Requires prior approval by instructor. (F,S,SS)
INR 5934 Topics in International Politics (3). A rigorous examination in international politics. Subject matter varies according to instructor. Topic to be announced.
INR 5943 Internship in International Relations (1-6). Permits student to gain direct experience with analysis and conduct of international affairs. Work required for internship must be determined in consultation with instructor. Prerequisites: Graduate standing and permission of the instructor.
INR 5945 Graduate Pedagogy (1). The development of teaching skills required by graduate assistants, including classroom skills, designing examinations, etc. Prerequisite: Graduate Assistants.
POS 2042 American Government (3). Power distribution and policy-making in U.S. Topics include political change; role of majorities; minorities; media, elections in U.S. politics; national institutions; and Florida state and local government.
POS 2690 Law, Politics and Society (3). Introduction to the role of law in American life. Topics include law as a tool for social control, dispute settlement and social change; the tension between rights and community; and the rule of law.
POS 3064 Federalism and Intergovernmental Relations (AP) (3). An introduction to modern theories of federalism, with an emphasis on how federalism has evolved in the United States. Constitutional structures and intergovernmental relations may also be emphasized.
POS 3152 Urban Politics (AP) (3). An examination of the processes by which social conflicts in American urban areas are represented and regulated. Emphasis is placed on how urban problems are identified; and the way proposed solutions are formulated, legitimatized, and administered by urban policy-making processes. Includes a discussion of urban political culture. Enables the student to understand major problems confronting communities in urban areas.
POS 3258 International Relations on Film (IP) (3). Features popular films to analyze, interpret, conceptualize, and critique crucial aspects, issues, and events of international relations practice.
POS 3283 The Judicial Process (JP) (3). An introduction to the study of public law. Examines the relationship between politics and judicial structure and process. Emphasizes the judicial system as a particular kind of policy-making system, and evaluates its strengths and weaknesses from a policy-making perspective.
POS 3413 The Presidency (AP) (3). An examination of the various interpretations of the Presidency. Attention is directed to the role of the President in a technocratic society. Enables the student to understand one of the most visible political institutions.
POS 3424 The Legislative Process (AP) (3). Examines the context and process of legislative decision-making, including the impact of elections, groups, bureaucracies, and the norms of legislative behavior. Evaluates legislatures in light of various theories of representation and conflict-management.
POS 3443 Political Parties (AP) (3). Studies the internal structure, political functions, and behavior of modern political parties. Attention is given to the relationships between political parties and various economic, ethnic, and regional interest. Enables the student to understand the problems of expressing and structuring political demands to facilitate or obstruct governmental decision making.
POS 3603 Constitutional Law: Powers (JP) (3). An examination of the basic principles of American government, as defined through constitutional law. Focus will be on the nature of the union, federalism, national government powers, separation of powers, state government powers, and powers of the respective branches of government.
POS 3604 Constitutional Law: Limitations (JP) (3). An examination of the limitations on government as defined by the Supreme Court through constitutional law. Focus will be on the limitations of government with respect to the rights of the individual, of groups, and of the states. Particular attention will be paid to civil rights, civil liberties, the rights of the accused, political rights, and economic liberties.
POS 3703 Methods of Political Analysis (3). An introduction to the principal concepts and techniques of data collection and organization in political science. Includes practical exercise in data collection and organization. Highly recommended for those planning graduate study.
POS 4034 Political Change in America (3). Analysis of theories of political change in America and their application to major political movements from the 1960’s to the present.
POS 4035 Environmental Politics (3). Examines the interaction between interest groups, advocacy groups, and political institutions in U.S. environmental politics, and the resulting policies and effects.
POS 4071 Corporate Power and American Politics (3). An examination of the formal and informal linkages between the private and public sectors and the sets of relationships which govern each. Particular attention is devoted to the exploration of the political role of business and the close but uneasy relationship between private enterprise and democracy.
POS 4072 Women in Politics (3). Examines the various roles that women play in politics, their actions and effectiveness, and the manner in which politics affects women. Special attention to policies that affect women.
POS 4073 The Military and the Citizen (3). Examines the U.S. military as a basic governmental institution, its relationship to civilians/citizens, and its post World War II history.
POS 4074 Latino Politics (3). Presents an overview of the role of Hispanics in the U.S. political system. It explores the historical and socio-economic dimensions of Latino politics.
POS 4122 State Government and Politics (3). A study of the political processes, structure, and development of state systems. This course attempts to provide the student with an understanding of the basic structure of state government and political processes.
POS 4152 Conflict and Change in American Cities (3). A study of social conflict in American cities. Emphasis is on how urban problems are identified and proposed solutions are formulated, legitimized and administered by policy-making processes.
POS 4154 Topics in Urban Politics and Policy (3). An intensive examination of a topic in urban politics and policy. Subject matter varies according to instructor. Topic will be announced in advance.
POS 4173 Politics in the American South (3). An examination of the politics of the American South with particular attention to the role of political parties, the Civil Rights movement, and the impact of Reconstruction.
POS 4182 Florida Politics (3). Provides analysis of the state and county politics of Florida. Special emphasis is placed on the regionalism inherent to politics in the state.
POS 4188 Miami Politics (3). Examines the politics of Miami-Dade County. Topics include functioning of Metro government, theories of political power, politics of ethnicity and class, growth politics, and political corruption.
POS 4205 American Political Culture (3). Examines American political culture and the forces that share it. Specific focus on competing theories, and the role of political socialization, ideology, the economy, media, and schooling.
POS 4233 Public Opinion (3). Examines the social and psychological factors shaping contemporary American public opinion. Emphasis on the collection and analysis of data from opinion polls.
POS 4284 Judicial Behavior (3). An examination of various approaches, theories, and findings on the behavior of judicial actors, particularly as it relates to judicial decision-making. The focus of the course will be on judges, lawyers, prosecutors, and other relevant actors in the judicial process.
POS 4314 American Ethnic Politics (3). This course examines American ethnic politics from conceptual and substantive perspectives. Special attention is devoted to the theoretical dynamics of ethnicity as well as an intensive investigation of Irish, Italian, Jewish, and Black ethnic politics.
POS 4463 Interest Group Politics (3). An examination of the various types of voluntary associations which seek to influence the political process. Special attention is given to the role of private power in a pluralist system. Enables the student to understand the ambivalent American attitude towards pressure groups and lobbying activities in the legislative and administrative arenas.
POS 4605 Gender Justice (3). The development of gender law in the U.S. and legal strategies by which courts both initiate and respond to demands for social change. Emphasis on various legal definitions of justice and equality.
POS 4606 The U.S. Supreme Court (3). Intensive study of U.S. Supreme Court, its internal processes, decision-making, personalities, and the impact of its decisions. Relationships with other federal branches and participants are also examined.
POS 4622 Race and Law in the U.S. (3). Examines U.S. legal development of racial issues by focusing on political, economic and social rights from founding to contemporary times. Underlying theme asks whether courts are appropriate agents of social change.
POS 4627 Equality and the Constitution (3). An examination of the Supreme Court’s interpretations of the Constitution in relation to social and political equality. Questions of equal justice pertaining to race, alienage, gender, sexual orientation, political representation, and economic status are explored.
POS 4684 Politics of Voting Rights (3). Analyzes the development of the right to vote in the United States. Major emphasis is on Supreme Court decisions and federal laws.
POS 4784 Analytic Writing in Political Science (3). Develops and refines skills necessary for effective written communication. Focus on inductive research and analysis process. For professions where analytic and writing skills are expected and valued.
POS 4905 Independent Study (3). Designed for advanced students who wish to pursue specialized topics in political science. Arrangements must be made with instructor during the prior semester.
POS 4930 Topics in Public Law (3). An intensive examination of a topic dealing with public law. Subject matter varies according to instructor. Topic will be announced in advance.
POS 4931 Topics in Politics (3). An intensive examination of a topic in politics. Subject matter varies according to instructor. Topic will be announced in advance.
POS 4935 Honors Seminar (3). A rigorous examination of a political topic designed for advanced political science majors. Subject matter varies according to instructor. Topic to be announced in advance.
POS 4941 Legislative Internship (1-20). An opportunity for the student to participate in a selected policy area within one of the communities of South Florida. The nature of the work to be accomplished in connection with the internship will be worked out between the student and advisor.
POS 4944 Judicial Internship (1-20). An opportunity for the student to participate in a selected policy area within one of the communities of South Florida. The nature of the work to be accomplished in connection with the internship will be worked out between the student and advisor.
POS 4945 Executive Internship (1-12). An opportunity for students to engage in policy or constituent work in a chief executive’s setting. Assignment will be individually tailored to the student’s interest and background. Prerequisites: POS 3152, POS 3413, or POS 3443 or equivalent.
POS 5045 Seminar in American Politics (3). The advanced study of U.S. politics. Students read and discuss the major works and theories concerning American politics and government.
POS 5146 Seminar in Urban Politics (3). Examination of processes by which urban areas are governed. Emphasis is on conflicts over structures, power, policy and the politics of ethnicity and class.
POS 5158 Topics in Politics (3). Subject matter varies according to instructor.
POS 5208 Seminar in Political Behavior (3). Analyzes the literature in political behavior. Special emphasis is on voting, socialization, attitudes, partisanship, campaigning, the media, and political participation in the developed democracies. Prerequisite: Seminar in Political Science Methodology.
POS 5326 Seminar in Class Analysis (3). The theoretical and empirical issues associated with class divisions in contemporary societies. Theoretical debates regarding definitional problems of class identity and empirical case studies highlighting class conflict and stratification.
POS 5447 Seminar in U.S. Political Parties (3). Students read and discuss the major works and theories on U.S. Political Parties.
POS 5638 Topics in Public Law (3). A rigorous examination of a topic in public law. Subject matter varies according to instructor. Topic will be announced in advance.
POS 5702 Teaching Political Science (1). Introduces graduate students to the pedagogical and practical aspects of teaching political science. Topics will include selecting books, writing a syllabus, lecturing, running discussion groups, and testing and grading. Covers professional ethics, and student rights and responsibilities.
POS 5706 Methodology (3). This course is an introduction to the principal concepts and techniques of quantitative and non-quantitative methodology in the Social Sciences. It is designed to familiarize the student with the language and format of quantitative and non-quantitative applications in order to permit students to deal effectively with the literature of their field.
POS 5716 Foundations of Political Science (3). Prepares students for the advanced study of politics. Areas of study include history of Political Science as a discipline, comparison of classical and modern sciences of politics and realpolitik, epistemological foundations.
POS 5785 Writing Professionally in Political Science (3). Focus on inductive research process. Refines technical skills for effective written communication. Best practice examples for preparing briefing papers, articles, books, and grant applications.
POS 5909 Independent Study (3). Designed for advanced students who wish to pursue specialized topics in political science. Arrangements must be made with instructor during prior semester.
POS 5932 Topics in Urban Politics (3). An extensive examination of the processes by which social conflicts in American urban areas are represented and regulated. Emphasis is on the ways in which urban problems are identified and proposed solutions formulated, legitimatized, and administered by urban policy-making processes, includes a discussion of urban political culture. Enables the student to understand the major problems confronting communities in urban areas.
POT 2002 Introduction to Political Theory (3). Introduction to various ways of thinking about the political. Includes an examination of explanations offered for political phenomena and an analysis of political prescriptions. Special attention given to assumptions underlying political beliefs.
POT 3013 Ancient and Medieval Political Theory (PT) (3). A study of the major political philosophers of the ancient and medieval periods. Primary emphasis is given to the Greek experience. The nature of political theory as a tradition of discourse is examined. Written work meets state composition requirement of 6,000 written words.
POT 3054 Modern Political Theory (PT) (3). An analysis of the thought of the great political thinkers since Machiavelli, culminating with the nineteenth century theorists. Basic themes and ideas common to all these political theorists will be discussed in detail. The problem of ‘modernity’ will receive special attention.
POT 3064 Contemporary Political Theory (PT) (3). An overview of the major conceptual frameworks used by political theorists to describe, explain, and evaluate political behavior and processes. Stress is placed on political theory, not only as a basis for inquiry, but also as a base for political action. This course enables the student to develop analytical abilities with which to interpret the political events of his or her time.
POT 3204 American Political Thought (PT) (3). An examination of American political thought from its 17th century origins to the contemporary period. The continuities and discontinuities in the development of American political ideas since colonial times will receive special attention.
POT 3302 Political Ideologies (PT) (3). An analysis of modern political ideologies since the French Revolution, including liberalism, conservatism, and socialism. Particular emphasis will be given to Marxism. The contemporary link between ideology and totalitarianism will be examined.
POT 3304 Feminist Political Theory (3). Provides a fundamental understanding of feminist political theory since 1950 with an emphasis on U.S. thought. Concepts explored include equality, equity, and representation.
POT 4309 Sex, Power and Politics (3). Theories are examined that explain differences between women’s and men’s power in the political arena. Their internal consistency and “fit” with reality are also explored.
POT 4311 Problems of Democracy (3). Examines various theories and critiques of democracy in modern political thought with an emphasis on contemporary problems in democratic theory and practice. Prerequisite: POS 2042.
POT 4344 Class, Race and Sports (3). Examines the political structure of organized sports with a concentration on issues of class and race. Theories explore the relationship between owners, players and fans in modern sports.
POT 4621 Theories of Justice (3). An analysis of major theories of justice from Plato to the present. Emphasis on the implications of theory for U.S. constitutional law, the role of judges, and the nature of the good society.
POT 4930 Topics in Political Theory (3). An intensive examination of a topic in political theory. Subject matter varies according to instructor. Topic will be announced in advance.
POT 5007 Seminar in Political Theory (3). An examination of writings from a diverse list of some of the major political theorists in the western tradition from antiquity to the present.
POT 5307 Feminist Political Theory (3). Examines feminist political theory in the second half of the twentieth century with the focus on the work of U.S. scholars.
POT 5934 Topics in Political Theory (3). An intensive examination of selected topics dealing with political theory. Subjects will vary, depending upon the desires of students and faculty. Allows the student to choose topics of particular interest to him or her.
PUP 4004 Public Policy: U.S. (3). An intensive examination of the theory and practice of formulating, legitimatizing, administering, and evaluating public policy. Includes a discussion of the role of administrators, legislators, courts, interest groups and political parties in their processes. Gives the student an analytical basis for understanding and participating in the making of public policy in a variety of policy areas. Prerequisite: Prior work in American institutions: The Congress, Presidency, or Judicial.
PUP 5934 Topics in Public Policy (3). A rigorous examination of a topic in public policy. Subject matter varies according to instructor. Topic will be announced in advance.