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Political Science Department
 

Physical Address:
Administration Bldg. #205
PHONE: (208) 885-6328
FAX: (208) 885-5102
polsci@uidaho.edu

Mailing Address:
Political Science Department
c/o University of Idaho
875 Perimeter Drive MS 5102
Moscow, ID 83844-3165


The James A. and Louise McClure Center for Public Policy Research
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400 Level Political Science Courses

PolS 400 (s) Seminar (cr arr)

PolS 403 (s) Workshop (cr arr)

PolS 404 (s) Special Topics (cr arr)

PolS J410/J510 Game Theory (3 cr)
The study of strategic interaction in which an outcome depends upon an individual’s own decision and the choices made by others; introduction to the basic tools of game theory used to conceptualize and model political problems as games, including situations involving conflict, cooperation, contracts between agents and principals, coordination, and bargaining. Additional projects/assignments required for graduate credit.

PolS J421/J521 Political Leadership (3 cr)
Theories of political and social leadership; presidential leadership; international leadership; moral and ethical leadership; case studies of leadership success and failure. Additional projects/assignments required for graduate credit.

PolS J423/J523 Politics, Policy and Gender (3 cr)
Examination of the gendered social construction of political processes, outputs, and public policy formation on the national and international level. Study of the historical evolution of women’s participation in American politics as well as other countries. Analysis of the politics of gendered representation and political leadership in American politics and elsewhere. Additional projects/assignments reqd for grad cr.

PolS J425/J525 History of Political Philosophy I (3 cr)
Perennial problems of politics examined through study of seminal authors of classical antiquity (Plato, Aristotle, Cicero); medieval confrontation of theology with classical political philosophy (Augustine, Aquinas, Marsilius). Additional projects/assignments required for graduate credit.

PolS J426/J526 History of Political Philosophy II (3 cr)
Foundations and development of modern liberalism; analysis of its characteristic goals, and democratic, socialist, and communitarian critics of the project; study of authors including Hobbes, Locke, Rousseau, Marx, and contemporary theorists such as Rawls. Additional projects/assignments required for graduate credit.

PolS J428/J528 American Political Thought (3 cr)
Major themes and debates in the American search for political self-understanding; topics include representative democracy, religion and politics, the frontier and its legacy, and individualism vs. communitarian claims; study of original sources (Founding Fathers, Thoreau, Lincoln, Populists) and contemporary implications. Additional projects/assignments required for graduate credit.

PolS J429/J529 Contemporary Political Ethics (3 cr)
Current controversies concerning status and substance of ethical claims about deception, violence, coercion, and economic justice in politics and public action. Additional projects/assignments required for graduate credit.

PolS 430 Political Participation Internship (1-9 cr, max 9)
Directed student internship as a participant-observer in the political process, work during a campaign with a candidate, party, or interest group. Graded Pass/Fail.
Prereq: Permission

PolS J434/J534 American Lawmaking Institutions (3 cr)
An in-depth exploration of the Presidency, Congress and the Supreme Court, their political and structural histories and their interactions to form public policy in the United States. Additional projects/assignments reqd for grad cr. Recommended Preparation:

PolS 101, 332, and 437.
Prereq: Senior in good standing

PolS J435/J535 Advanced Political Science and Research Methods (3 cr)
Course covers advanced research design, social science quantitative methods and data collection issues. Additional projects/assignments reqd for grad cr.
Prereq: PolS 235 and Stat 251

PolS J436/J536 Policy Deliberation in the New Information Society (3 cr)
Study of how policymakers use information in the course of deliberating increasingly new and complex public policy choices, the sources of policy information and the quality of policy deliberations in government agencies and legislative institutions at the state and national level. Additional projects/assignments reqd for grad cr.

PolS J437/J537 American Presidency (3 cr)
Roles, power, and functions of the presidency; relationships with other structures and institutions in the U.S. political system. Additional projects/assignments reqd for grad cr.
Prereq: Senior standing or Permission

PolS J440/J540 (s) International Organizations and International Law (3 cr)
League of Nations, United Nations, and role of international law in international relations; the UN's contribution to international security and economic and social development. Additional projects/assignments required for graduate credit.

PolS J449/J549 World Politics and War (3 cr)
A critical analysis of several competing theories that explain why wars occur; some focus on the attempts to control and eliminate warfare as a tool of international diplomacy. Additional projects/assignments required for graduate credit.

PolS J450/J550 Nonprofit Organization and Management (3 cr)
Study of the role of nonprofits as contributors to public service delivery and as private service providers, including organization structures, management practices, financing, legal conditions and challenges they face. Additional projects/assignments required for graduate credit. (Spring, alt/yrs)

PolS 451 Public Administration (3 cr)
Environment of public administration, politics of organizations, public decision-making, public relations, leadership, personnel administration, financial administration, administration ethics; related topics.

PolS J452/ID-J552 Administrative Law and Regulation (3 cr) WSU Pol S 552
Legal and judicial constraints on administration action, rule-making, adjudication, and other modes of administrative action. Additional projects/assignments required for graduate credit.

PolS J453/J553 Public Management Techniques (3 cr)
Emphasizes management styles and the empirical basis for decision; focus on conflict management through control or participatory strategies, and the acquisition and analysis of management information. Additional projects/assignments reqd for grad cr.

PolS J454/J554 Public Organization Theory (3 cr)
Organization theory and behavior in public and nonprofit sector, organization structure and environment, individual behavior in organizations. Additional projects/assignments required for graduate credit.

PolS 456 Tribal Governments (3 cr)
The Tribal Government class shall assist in developing a clear understanding of the evolution of the American Tribal governmental system and their development in the United States. The class shall provide an overview of tribes and their governing structures prior to European entry into former native territories and lands within the United States Boundary.

PolS 458 Management Internship (1-9 cr, max 9)
Directed internship in an agency of federal, state, or local government or special projects involving federal, state, or local government. One cr for each week of internship work. Graded Pass/Fail.
Prereq: Permission

PolS 459 Legislative Internship (1-9 cr, max 9)
Directed internship in a national, state, municipal, or corporate legislative body. Supervised work experience. Report required. Graded Pass/Fail.
Prereq: Permission

PolS 462 Natural Resource Policy (3 cr)
See CSS 462.

PolS J467/J567 Constitutional Law (3 cr)
The Supreme Court as a constitutional policymaker; federal jurisdiction; constitutional principles concerning judicial review, federalism, implied powers, separation of powers, and due process. Additional projects/assignments required for graduate credit.

PolS J468/J568 Civil Liberties (3 cr)
The Supreme Court and its role in protecting civil liberties; freedom of speech, press, and religion; due process, the Bill of Rights, and its application to the states; criminal justice. Additional projects/assignments required for graduate credit.

PolS J469/J569 The Judicial Process (3 cr)
Judicial and legal processes, court structure, procedures; judicial behavior and decision-making; selection of judges. Additional projects/assignments required for graduate credit.

PolS J471/J571 Intergovernmental Relations (3 cr)
Analysis of fiscal and administrative interdependencies among governmental units in the U.S., with an emphasis on public policies. Additional projects/assignments required for graduate credit.

PolS J472/J572 Local Government Politics and Administration (3 cr)
Politics, structure, and problems of American cities and other local governments; focus on the urban political economy, the fiscal and social challenges, and the links between public and private sectors; changing social and political functions of American cities and metropolitan fragmentation. Additional projects/assignments required for graduate credit.

PolS J473/J573 Sustainable Community Development Planning (3 cr)
Course covers theory, methods and national and international practice of sustainable community development planning. Additional projects/assignments required for graduate credit.

PolS J480/J580 Politics of Development (3 cr)
Role of the state in development, political economy of change, transition to democracy in the Third World, problems of ethnic conflict, overpopulation, and poverty. Additional projects/assignments required for graduate credit.

PolS J487/J587 Political Violence and Revolution (3 cr)
Survey of the dominant theories attempting to understand the conditions under which humans rebel against their government; from political demonstrations and riots to terrorism to revolution; special emphasis given to the revolutions in Iran and Vietnam. Additional projects/assignments required for graduate credit.

PolS 499 (s) Directed Study (cr arr)
Graded Pass/Fail.
Prereq: Permission