Senate Document Number 3000S

Date of Senate Approval 2/10/00

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Statement of Faculty Senate Action:

APC Document 25: Political Science: Addition of 335, 353, 387, and 388, and changes in credit hours for 390 and 490, and Adjustments to Teacher Licensure and Political Economy Emphases

Effective Date: Fall, 2000

ADD on page 181 the following:

POLS 335 Law, Ethics, and Public Policy (3)
Examines topics such as the "right to privacy" in the context of drug testing and "Meghan's Law," and corporate spying and economic and property rights as they are affected by consumer protection, exclusionary zoning, and worker's rights. Emphasis is placed on the role of the judiciary in mediating such disputes, the relationship between duties and obligations, and the rights of the individual in the context of the whole. Even years Spring.

ADD on page 182 the following:

POLS 353 Politics and Social Welfare Policy (3)
An analysis of the politics of welfare and the social and economic forces which shape it. Special emphasis is given to the attitudes of policy-makers, recipients, and the general public. Programs examined range from Social Security to Aid to Families with Dependent Children. Prerequisite: POLS 220. Even years Fall.

ADD on page 183 the following

POLS 387 International Organizations and Law (3)
Examines the dynamics and political roles of the global and regional organizations and practices that have evolved on the world stage and how they perform governing functions. Topics examined include the regulatory and supervisory activities these organizations perform, the way they relate to states and each other, the conditions which enhance their effectiveness, and their strengths and weaknesses in dealing with a variety of political, economic, and social challenges. Prerequisite: POLS 281. Even years Fall.

POLS 388 Human Rights and International Politics (3)
Examines the political, social, and legal dimensions of the modern human rights movement and its implications for international affairs and United States foreign policy. Analyzes contemporary debates on various issues including the hierarchy of rights, conflicts between individual rights and societal priorities, refugees, international migration, asylum, repatriation, and the challenges created by transition to democracy. Prerequisite: POLS 281. Even years Spring.

Impact: The courses fit within the rotation of political science electives offered by each faculty member and thus require no additional staffing.

Rationale: The courses reflect important trends in politics and its study and the interests of department faculty. They have all been taught as special topics classes.

CHANGE: on page 182, the number of credit hours for POLS 390 from (3) to (2)

CHANGE: on page 182 in the last line of the course description for POLS 390 the word "spring" to "fall."

CHANGE: on page 183 the number of credit hours for POLS 490 from (3) to (2)

DELETE: on page 183, in the course description for POLS 490 the phrase "Prerequisite POLS 390."

REPLACE: the deleted phrase with the following
Corequisite: POLS 390

CHANGE: on page 179, under the heading "Research Emphasis" in section "I", the phrase "34 Hours" to "35 hours"

Impact: The change frees a faculty member to teach an extra course. While the person actually teaches 25 hours instead of 24, he does not ask for overload pay. By moving 390 to the fall, the person is available to teach Humanities 124.

Rationale: Since the department added the internship and POLS 450 and 460 as an option for students to demonstrate competency, interest in doing research has declined thus reducing enrollment in POLS 390 and 490 to less than five people. Fewer students allows the courses to be individualized and structured more as tutorials. It is an inefficient use of faculty resources to teach the two courses independently in different semesters.

DELETE: on page 179 under the heading "Political Science with Teacher Licensure" sections I, II, and III.

REPLACE: the deleted sections with the following
I. Required Courses in the major--34-35 hours including POLS 220, 281, 450, and 460; and either 400 or both 390 and 490. (POLS 120 and 180 may not be counted in these hours.)

II. Required courses outside the major-- 16-22 hours: ECON 101 or 102; HIST 101, 102; STAT 185; either ANTH 215, SOC 221, or 240. Students who have not received credit for the Humanities sequence, must also complete HIST 151 and 152.

III. Other Departmental Requirements-- Senior demonstration of Competency is met by successfully completing POLS 450, 460; and either 400 or both 390 and 490. Oral competency is satisfied by POLS 460.

Impact: None anticipated.

Rationale: The change is requested by the Education Department. It brings our catalog description of the program into line with expectations of state licensure guidelines.

DELETE: on page 179, under the heading "Concentration in Political Economy" section II.

REPLACE: with the following

II. Required Courses outside the major-- 7 hours: PHIL 200 or 304; STAT 185.

DELETE: on page 179 under the heading "Concentration in Political Economy" in section I, the following phrase
"40-41 hours"

REPLACE: the deleted phrase with the following
36-38 hours

Impact: None anticipated.

Rationale: The change is requested by the Economics Department. They are dropping CS 107 from all their programs. The hour change also reflects the decrease total of POLS 490.