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Courses from the Department of Political Science


PSCI 200   Intro to Conducting Pol Inquiry
PSCI 210IS Intro to American Government
PSCI 214IS Principles of Political Sci
PSCI 230D Intro to International Rel
PSCI 240 Intro to Public Administration
PSCI 260 Intro to State and Local Govt
PSCI 291 Special Topics
PSCI 302 Media and Politics
PSCI 306 Legislative Process
PSCI 310 Applied Policy Analysis
PSCI 321 Middle East Politics
PSCI 323 Modern Political Thought
PSCI 331 International Relations Theory
PSCI 336 Model Arab League
PSCI 341 Political Parties and Election
PSCI 346 American Presidency
PSCI 352 American Political Thought
PSCI 354 Contemporary Theory
PSCI 356 Classical Political Thought
PSCI 362 Natural Resource Policy
PSCI 365 Pub Policy Issues and Analysis
PSCI 377 Politics of the Black Sea
PSCI 406 Political Economy of Energy
PSCI 407 Public Policy Analysis
PSCI 408 Environmental Politics
PSCI 418 The Politics of War and Peace
PSCI 434 International Law
PSCI 435 Globalization and Politics
PSCI 436 Politics of Food and Hunger
PSCI 437 International Political Econ
PSCI 439 International Human Rights
PSCI 441 Montana Local Politics
PSCI 454 Cinema and Political Theory
PSCI 455 Politics and Virtue
PSCI 461 Administrative Law
PSCI 465 Public Administration & Policy
PSCI 471 American Constitutional Law
PSCI 490R Undergraduate Research
PSCI 491 Special Topics
PSCI 492 Independent Studies
PSCI 494 Seminar/Workshop
PSCI 498 Internship
PSCI 499R Senior Project/Thesis
PSCI 520 Govt Ldrshp & Administration
PSCI 551 Research Methods
PSCI 552 Public Policy Processes
PSCI 554 Found of Public Administration
PSCI 555 Human Resources Mgmt
PSCI 557 Public Budgeting and Finance
PSCI 558 Public Organization Dynamics
PSCI 559 Program Eval & Policy Analysis
PSCI 560 Ethics In Public Serv
PSCI 562 Local Government Admin
PSCI 574 Dir Prof Rsch Project
PSCI 589 Graduate Consultation
PSCI 591 Special Topics
PSCI 592 Independent Study
PSCI 598 Internship

PSCI 200 Intro to Conducting Pol Inquiry
Offered Spring Semesters
PREREQUISITE: PSCI 210.
-- Research design and measurement of political behavior at the level of the individual and the political unit. Techniques of gathering and analyzing attitudinal data, voting records, policy outputs, and other political variables. Use of nonparametric statistics.

PSCI 210IS Intro to American Government
Offered Fall, Spring, Summer Semesters
-- Examines the major institutions of national government and politics. Special emphasis on the constitution and other political rules of the game as shapers of public consciousness and government policy.

PSCI 214IS Principles of Political Sci
Offered Fall Semesters
-- Major concepts and values of democracy in the United States including the founding, power, behavioral concepts, and sense of community.

PSCI 230D Intro to International Rel
Offered Fall Semesters
-- A survey of the major global issues and the means nation-states use to resolve them. The students will explore the concepts of sovereignty, the elements of power, and the global trends of regionalism and internationalism.

PSCI 240 Intro to Public Administration
Offered Spring Semesters
PREREQUISITE: PSCI 210.
-- Implementation of public policy in American government. Topics include but are not limited to: bureaucratic politics, decision making, budgeting, personnel management, ethics, organization theory, and organization behavior.

PSCI 260 Intro to State and Local Govt
Offered Spring Semesters
-- Examines the changing role of state and local government in the American federal system. Emphasis on the constitutional basis of the distribution of governing powers and upon the problems confronting state and local government in Montana.

PSCI 291 Special Topics
On Demand
Max 12 cr.
PREREQUISITE: Course prerequisites as determined for each offering.
-- Courses not required in any curriculum for which there is a particular one-time need, or given on a trial basis to determine acceptability and demand for requesting a regular course number.

PSCI 302 Media and Politics
Offered Fall Semesters;alternate years, to be offered odd years.
PREREQUISITE: PSCI 200, 210IS, 214IS, 240.
-- Explores role of the media in the political process with special emphasis on various print media, television, film, and cyberspace.

PSCI 306 Legislative Process
Offered Spring alternate years, to be offered even years.
PREREQUISITE: PSCI 200, 210IS, 214IS, 260.
-- Examines legislative decision-making in a constitutional, political, and comparative context. Special emphasis on how institutional rules and relationships shape the making of public policy at both the Congressional and state legislative level.

PSCI 310 Applied Policy Analysis
Offered Fall Semesters
PREREQUISITE: PSCI 200, 210IS, Quantitative Core Course.
-- Provides an introduction to methods and techniques in quantitative political statistics. Topics covered range from levels of measurement and descriptive statistics to logistic regression, using political science data sets and examples.

PSCI 321 Middle East Politics
Offered Fall Semesters
PREREQUISITE: PSCI 230D or consent of instructor.
-- Survey class of the "core" countries of the Modern Middle East. Main focus is Islamic History and civilization as backdrop to the collapse of the Ottoman Empire at the end of WWI, integrating modern politics and issues of the region.

PSCI 323 Modern Political Thought
Offered Spring Semesters
PREREQUISITE: PSCI 200, 210IS, 214IS, 240.
-- Significant modern and post-modern thinkers, ideologies, utopias, movements, and discourses. May include variants of liberalism, Marxism, anarchism, feminism, political ecology, Freud, and political dimensions of popular culture and cultural theory.

PSCI 331 International Relations Theory
Offered Fall Semesters;alternate years, to be offered odd years.
PREREQUISITE: PSCI 230. Junior or Senior standing is required.
-- Overview of the idealism versus realism debate during the first half of the twentieth century. Followed by theories formulated in the postwar period to study causes of war/conflict, problems of interdependence, and recent developments such as the end of the Cold War, global democratization, growing ethnic conflict, and a more active United Nations.

PSCI 336 Model Arab League
Offered Spring Semesters
PREREQUISITE: PSCI 333 or consent of instructor.
-- Model Arab League (MAL) is a simulation debate class on contemporary issues facing the real 22-member Arab League as set by the National Council on US-Arab relations which concludes with an annual summit competition between member schools across the US.

PSCI 341 Political Parties and Election
Offered Fall Semesters;alternate years, to be offered even years.
PREREQUISITE: PSCI 200, 210IS, 214IS, 240.
-- Examines the structure and function of political parties, interest groups, and the mass media in the electoral process. Special emphasis on electoral rules and citizen participation from a comparative democratic perspective.

PSCI 346 American Presidency
Offered Fall Semesters;alternate years, to be offered even years.
PREREQUISITE: PSCI 200, 210IS, 214IS, 240.
-- The American presidency as a government institution. Examination of the legal, political, administrative, and policy making roles of the president. Emphasis on recent issues of responsiveness to national needs and public accountability.

PSCI 352 American Political Thought
Offered Fall, Spring, Summer Semesters
PREREQUISITE: PSCI 200, 210IS, 214IS, 240.
-- Ideas of major thinkers from 2000 on.

PSCI 354 Contemporary Theory
Offered Spring Semesters
PREREQUISITE: PSCI 200, 210IS, 214IS.
-- Significant modern and post-modern thinkers, ideologies, utopias, movements, and discourses. May include variants of liberalism, Marxism, anarchism, feminism, political ecology, Freud, and political dimensions of popular culture and cultural theory.

PSCI 356 Classical Political Thought
Prerequisites: PSCI 210IS, 214IS, 230D, 200.
--Explores questions of justice, virtue, power and what constitutes a good
life in the Classical context. Texts include early Greek poetry, drama and
comedy, key political theory pieces from Socrates, Plato and Aristotle, and
some contemporary commentary.

PSCI 362 Natural Resource Policy
Offered Spring Semesters
PREREQUISITE: PSCI 200, 210IS, 260.
-- Public lands policy and the economic and political issues that emerge. Special emphasis is placed on the National Parks and Federal public lands of the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem.

PSCI 365 Pub Policy Issues and Analysis
Offered Fall Semesters;alternate years, will be offered even years.
PREREQUISITE: PSCI 200, 210IS, 214IS, 240.
-- Analysis of impact of public decisions with emphasis placed on secondary data sources and interpretation.

PSCI 377 Politics of the Black Sea
Offered Spring Semesters
PREREQUISITE: PSCI 230D or consent of instructor.
-- Politics of the Black Sea is a simulation debate class on contemporary issues facing the real 12-member Organization of the Black Sea Cooperation (BSEC) that concludes with a final summit session between national student delegations.

PSCI 406 Political Economy of Energy
Offered Fall Semesters;alternate years, will be offered odd years.
PREREQUISITE: Junior standing or consent of instructor.
-- We examine the interface between politics and economics for energy issues at the international, national, state and local level. The dynamics of the international oil and gas markets, US energy dependence, alternative energy and state and local energy policies are key topics.

PSCI 407 Public Policy Analysis
Offered Spring alternate years, will be offered odd years.
PREREQUISITE: PSCI 200, 210IS, and 465; PSCI 310 is highly recommended.
-- Analysis of impact of public decisions with emphasis placed on secondary data sources and interpretation.

PSCI 408 Environmental Politics
Offered Summer Semesters
PREREQUISITE: Junior standing, PSCI 210IS.
-- The evolution of the environmental movement and the various types of environmental approaches will be examined. Special emphasis on the role of electoral and non-electoral politics, strategy, and tactics will be assessed.

PSCI 418 The Politics of War and Peace
Offered Spring alternate years, to be offered odd years.
PREREQUISITE: PSCI 230D. Junior or Senior standing is required.
-- Combines two well-established subjects in the area of political science concerned with the study of international relations: the causes of war and the study of war and peace (emphasis of class). Covers a broad range of theorizing, research, and practice in both areas and will consider the relationship between them in constructive and critical ways.

PSCI 434 International Law
Offered Spring alternate years, to be offered odd years.
PREREQUISITE: PSCI 230D. Junior or Senior standing required.
-- The nature and origin of modern public international law and its role in contemporary world politics. Topics include the rights and duties of states, human rights, law pertaining to armed conflict, aggression and international crimes, and the role of international law in conflict management.

PSCI 435 Globalization and Politics
Offered Spring Semesters
PREREQUISITE: PSCI 437, junior standing or consent of instructor.
-- Issues in globalization are critiqued using in-depth case studies on trade and trade disputes, programs imposed by the World Bank/IMF, global income inequality, the role of civil society, labor standards and personal criteria for globalization.

PSCI 436 Politics of Food and Hunger
Offered Spring; 3
PREREQUISITE: PSCI 230D and Junior standing.
-- The role of civil society, government and multilateral organizations are examined in a comprehensive analysis of food and hunger, including the issues presented by agricultural policy, famine, biotechnology and food safety, domestic and international food aid, and the right to food.

PSCI 437 International Political Econ
Offered Fall Semesters
PREREQUISITE: PSCI 230D and Junior standing.
-- Political and economic perspectives are integrated in an analysis of the issues affecting the domestic and international economy and their interface. International institutions, trade, exchange rates and the monetary system, regionalism and development are critiqued with different political perspectives.

PSCI 439 International Human Rights
Offered Fall Semesters;alternate years, to be offered odd years.
PREREQUISITE: PSCI 230D. Junior or Senior standing required.
-- The development of human rights in legal and political context of the post World War II period. Civil and political rights of due process; political participation and fundamental democratic freedoms; as well as social, cultural, and economic rights including basic human needs, self-determination, gender equality, and cultural integrity. National and International implementation is also considered.

PSCI 441 Montana Local Politics
Offered Fall Semesters;alternate years, to be offered even years.
PREREQUISITE: Junior standing, PSCI 260.
-- Montana politics with an emphasis on the historical context underlying the political issues of the state of Montana, the structure of Montana's local governments and the critical issues they confront. Examination of the Montana local governing process as determined by the interaction of federal, state, and local government, and contemporary political and policy issues of governance.

PSCI 454 Cinema and Political Theory
Su
PREREQUISITE: PSCI 200, 210IS, 214IS, 230D or consent of the instructor.
-- Explores the intersection of political theory with topics such as civil society, bureaucracy and public policy through the use of film. Special attention given to both descriptive and prescriptive applications of modern and contemporary political theory to these topics.

PSCI 455 Politics and Virtue
Offered Spring Semesters
PREREQUISITE: Political Science majors with junior standing, or consent of instructor.
--What is "virtue"? What different sets of virtues exist in the history of Western thought? What is the nature of contemporary political debates about specific virtues? Course will focus particularly on humility, solidarity, civility, empathy, autonomy, humaneness, temperance, and forgiveness.

PSCI 461 Administrative Law
Offered Spring alternate years, to be offered odd years.
PREREQUISITE: Junior standing, PSCI 200, 210IS, 214IS, 230D.
-- Explores the evolution of the administrative state and regulatory policy. Emphasis on the constitutional and statutory basis for administrative law and the public policy effects which flow from administrative rulemaking.

PSCI 465 Public Administration & Policy
Offered Spring Semesters
PREREQUISITE: PSCI 200, 210IS, 214IS and 230D.
-- Examines the major political and strategic processes of public policy development and implantation. Topics covered include agenda setting, stakeholder influence, use of political narratives, decision making and implementation strategies.

PSCI 471 American Constitutional Law
Offered Spring alternate years, to be offered odd years.
PREREQUISITE: Junior standing and PSCI 210IS.
-- Explores the relationship between law, individual rights, and public policy. Legal research and case law approach are stressed. Topics will include, but are not limited to, the aspects of the Bill of Rights and the 14th and 15th Amendments.

PSCI 490R Undergraduate Research
F,S,Su 1 - 6 cr. IND
Max 12 cr.
PREREQUISITE: Junior standing, cumulative g.p.a. of 2.5 or better, consent of the instructor and approval of the department head.
-- Students propose, develop, and complete an individual research project under the direction of a faculty mentor. Written and oral presentation of the results are expected. Course will address responsible conduct of research. May be repeated.

PSCI 491 Special Topics
On Demand
Max 12 cr.
PREREQUISITE: Course prerequisites as determined for each offering.
-- Courses not required in any curriculum for which there is a particular one-time need, or given on a trial basis to determine acceptability and demand before requesting a regular course number.

PSCI 492 Independent Studies
On Demand
Max 6 cr.
PREREQUISITE: Junior standing, cumulative g.p.a. of 2.5 or better, consent of the instructor, and approval of the department head.
-- Directed research and study on an individual basis.

PSCI 494 Seminar/Workshop
Offered Fall, Spring, Summer Semesters
PREREQUISITE: Junior standing.
-- Topics offered at the upper division level which are not covered by catalogued courses. Students are expected to do individual research projects leading to an oral and written report of each student's findings.

PSCI 498 Internship
Offered Fall, Spring, Summer Semesters
PREREQUISITE: Junior standing, cumulative g.p.a. of 2.5 or better, consent of instructor, and approval of department head.
-- An individualized assignment arranged with an agency, business, or other organization to provide guided experience in the field.

PSCI 499R Senior Project/Thesis
Offered Fall, Spring Semesters
PREREQUISITE: Senior standing, PSCI major.
-- Senior capstone course. Required course for graduation. Students examine the major concerns and issues in the discipline of political science in a mentored research project.

PSCI 520 Govt Ldrshp & Administration
F, alternate yearS
-- This course exposes students, using the most current theoretical and empirical literature, to the essential competencies need for management and leadership roles in public organizations.

PSCI 551 Research Methods
Offered Spring Semesters
PREREQUISITE: Graduate standing.
-- The research process as a means of acquiring knowledge that is reliable and relevant to the making of public management decisions. Students will prepare and submit a research design that meets social scientific standards.

PSCI 552 Public Policy Processes
S, alternate years, to be offered odd years.
-- This course exposes students, using the most current theoretical and empirical literature, to the essential competencies needed to understand the development and implementation of public policy.

PSCI 554 Found of Public Administration
Offered Fall Semesters
PREREQUISITE: Graduate standing.
-- Theoretical, historical, intellectual foundations of public administration. Examines the relationship between public administration theory and practice, the political context and the intellectual heritage of the field. Examines basic functions and processes of public administration. Examines the relationship between public administration and contemporary issues of governance facing the public sector.

PSCI 555 Human Resources Mgmt
Offered Fall Semesters;alternate years, to be offered odd years.
PREREQUISITE: PSCI 554, graduate standing.
-- The development of the concept of "public service" in the United States. Topics include historical development of public personnel, position classification, recruitment, selection, equal opportunity, affirmative action, collective bargaining and flexible employment relationships under more limited and decentralized government.

PSCI 557 Public Budgeting and Finance
Offered Spring alternate years, to be offered even years.
PREREQUISITE: PSCI 554, graduate standing.
-- Public sector budgeting as a tool for financial management and the implementation of fiscal and programmatic policy. Emphasis on the political context.

PSCI 558 Public Organization Dynamics
Offered Fall Semesters;alternate years, to be offered even years.
PREREQUISITE: PSCI 554, graduate standing.
-- Examines alternative organization structures for public management and the influence of those structures upon organization behavior and performances. Influence of management styles and individual differences are examined as well as issues relating to personal development and organizational mission. Public and non-profit organizations are contrasted.

PSCI 559 Program Eval & Policy Analysis
Offered Spring alternate years, to be offered odd years.
PREREQUISITE: PSCI 554, graduate standing.
-- Methods of program evaluation and policy analysis for public programs. Quantitative and qualitative methods of analysis are contrasted. Implementation, utilization, and political context of the analysis and evaluation process are examined. Philosophical and ethical issues underlying alternative methods are examined.

PSCI 560 Ethics In Public Serv
Offered Spring alternate years, to be offered even years.
PREREQUISITE: PSCI 554.
-- Explores ethics and selected issues in public service and policy making through theoretical and case study approaches. Emphasis on the relation of continuing issues and problem areas to individual careers in policy making and administrative decision making.

PSCI 562 Local Government Admin
Offered Fall Semesters;alternate years, to be offered even years.
PREREQUISITE: PSCI 554, graduate standing.
-- Training in the administration of municipal and county governments for graduate students who intend a career in agencies of these governments, or instate and federal agencies whose programs focus on local governments.

PSCI 574 Dir Prof Rsch Project
Offered Fall, Spring Semesters
PREREQUISITE: Graduate standing.
-- Write, complete and present a graduate professional paper under the supervision of a faculty mentor.

PSCI 589 Graduate Consultation
Offered Fall, Spring, Summer Semesters
PREREQUISITE: Master's standing and approval of the Dean of Graduate Studies.
-- This course may be used only by students who have completed all of their course work (and thesis if on a thesis plan) but who need additional faculty or staff time or help.

PSCI 591 Special Topics
On Demand
PREREQUISITE: Upper division courses and others as determined for each offering, consent of instructor.
-- Courses not required in any curriculum for which there is a particular one time need, or given on a trial basis to determine acceptability and demand.

PSCI 592 Independent Study
On Demand
PREREQUISITE: Graduate standing, consent of instructor, approval of department head and Dean of Graduate Studies.
-- Directed research and study on an individual basis.

PSCI 598 Internship
Offered Fall, Spring, Summer Semesters
-- An individualized preprofessional assignment arranged with an agency, business, or other organization.


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