Senate Document Number 4299S
Date of Senate Approval 4/08/99
Statement of Faculty Senate Action:
APC Document #26 Political Science: Addition of 348, 354, and 383 and Revision of 385
Add: on page 190, the following
348 Women and Politics (3)
Examines the place women occupy in public life by exploring the historical and philosophical assumptions that inform gender politics, the economic and social status of women in society, and their political behavior. Prerequisite POLS 220. Even years, Spring.
Add: on page 191, the following
354 Environmental Politics (3)
Examines the political conflicts and compromises resulting from different interpretations of environmental protection. Special emphasis is placed on the choices regarding the distribution of costs and benefits and the trade-offs between environmental goals and other public and private objectives. Prerequisite POLS 220. Odd years, Fall.
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383 International Political Economy (3)
Investigates patterns in the organization, competition and distribution of power and wealth within and between nations by examining the actors, institutions, and processes that regulate the competition for influence and control at the center of international economic relations. Emphasis is placed on the interplay of political competition and compromise on issues such as production, trade, and finance. Prerequisite POLS 281. Even years, Spring.
Delete: on page 385, the title and course description for POLS 385 "on the Causes of War."
Replace: with the following
385 The Politics of War (3)
Explores the causes, conduct, and impact of war. Emphasis is placed on forces that induce states to select war as a policy choice and the impact wars have on a participating state's social, economic, and political organization and dynamics. Prerequisite POLS 281. Even years, Spring.
Impact: Since the new courses reflect the interests of current faculty, there will be no impact on staffing or resource needs. The courses will merely become part of their regular teaching load. The courses serve as electives for students majoring in Political Science and thus will not add to their required hours.
Rationale: The courses reflect new concerns in the discipline in which individual faculty are interested. The new courses could serve as valuable electives for students majoring or minoring in various departments and thus contribute to cross-discipline study. All three have been previously taught as special topics courses. The changes in 385 reflect changed directions in the literature and the expanded interest of the faculty member teaching the course.