Department of Political Science
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Undergraduate Course Descriptions
PSC 219. American Government and Politics
Introductory course providing understanding of the institutions and ideas basic to the American political experience and the process that shapes public participation and governmental decision.
PSC 220. Introduction to Public Policy
Emphasizes effects of policy programs on a variety of groups and the overall costs and benefits of policies. Students explore topics through computer game simulation, graphs and aggregate data. Also uses conventional case-study readings.
PSC 221. State and Local Government
An examination of state and local governmental institutions; the tools of political participation are analyzed as practiced by various groups; state and local public policies are examined; and the role state and local governments play in the federal system is examined.
PSC 309. Introduction to Urban Planning
Introduction to the history, theories, and activities of urban planning. Students discuss trends in urbanism and influences of technical and social change, particularly as these relate to planning for human resource development.
PSC 313. Urban Politics and Policy
The politics of the American metropolis, with primary focus on the use of power and influence. Devotes attention to the formulation and impact of public policies and to the conditions and politics of minorities in urban areas.
PSC 315. Comparative Politics
Introduction to comparative politics. Students use key analytic concepts to generalize about political systems and the way they function. Attempts to account for uniformities and variations in political systems.
PSC 319. Electoral Politics
Discussions of the history of elections, political parties, electoral methods, practical aspects of campaigning, and voting behavior. Students consider the use of political questionnaires, political candidates in current races, and open participation in elections.
PSC 322. International Relations
Analysis of basic concepts of international relations, including decision making, conflict, deterrence, interdependence, coercive diplomacy, and international systems. Special attention is given to World War I, and inter-way years, the Cold War, international economic issues, and Chinese-American relations.
PSC 336. Current World Problems
Lecturers on contemporary world issues as they affect the United States. Focusing on their individual areas of interest, students conduct extensive research on policies, problems, and solutions and lead class discussions on their findings.
Prerequisite: PSC 219
PSC 337. Statistics I
Introduction to descriptive statistics, including associational measures and probability. Prerequisite: General Education mathematics requirements
PSC 338. Statistics II
Introduction to inferential statistics, hypothesis testing, simple use of analysis of variance, and correlation coefficients. Prerequisite: An introductory statistics course.
PSC 352. American Foreign Policy
Analysis of the formulation and execution of American foreign policy and its purposes and trends. Covers historical backgrounds, economic and political factors, national and international determinants, instruments of policy execution, and major current problems.
PSC 357. Congressional Politics
Evaluation of American congressional machinery and roles. Students apply research techniques to the study of legislative activity.
PSC 361. Political Theory I
Major political ideas from Machiavelli to pre-Marxian socialism. Topics covered include power, legitimacy, authority, liberty, and equality.
PSC 362. Political Theory II
Major political ideas of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Students examine democracy, socialism, communism, liberalism, and nationalism.
Survey of the use of science and the scientific method as applied to public policy. Examines government institutions involved in scientific studies, the role of expertise in policy making, and possible social effects of future scientific discoveries.
PSC 372. Comparative Public Policy
Study of the difference in the scope and substance of major public policies affecting the United States and other countries, principally Western European. Students explore how, why, and to what effect governments act in policy areas such as health, education, taxation, housing, city planning, urban transportation, and income maintenance.
PSC 374. Constitutional Law
Analysis of the United States Constitution using the case study method. Among topics are the Supreme Court, federalism, federal jurisdiction, commerce power taxation, and spending powers. Especially recommended for students planning to attend law school.
PSC 375. Political and Civil Rights
Examination of the development of political and personal freedoms under the Bill of Rights and the Fourteenth Amendment to the Constitution. Sound analysis of principles is stressed. Especially recommended for students planning to attend law school. Prerequisite: PSC 374, or permission of instructor.
PSC 381. Russian Studies I
Discussion of the early periods of Russian history from 862 A.D. to 1941. This course stresses the Russian Revolution and the Stalinist period. (Students may also register for the course under HIS 381)
PSC 382. Russian Studies II
A lecture-discussion course covering the period from World War ii to the present. Topics include war-time agreements; the postwar settlements; the death of Stalin; the rise of Khrushchev; and an analysis of current Russian social. Economic, and political problems. (Students may also register for the course under HIS 382)
PSC 387. Scope and Methods of Research
Introduction to basic research techniques and sills. Students learn how to select and apply appropriate methods of theoretical problems. (Course limited to first semester seniors only)
PSC 394. Politics in Contemporary Thought
Review of current trends in modern political science. Students research the most recent research in the fields of public policy, historical and behavioral methods, political theory, international affairs, and American politics.
PSC 420. Politics of Africa
Overview of government and politics in modern Africa. Examines the relationship between modern and traditional institutions and identifiers major issues, problems, and proposed solutions.
PSC 479. Senior Thesis
The senior thesis is offered in the Spring semester. The senior in consultation with her/his advisor selects a thesis topic. The senior will devote a full semester to research, the results of which are submitted to the advisor in the form of a thesis paper. Prerequisites: PSC 361-362 Political Theory I and II, and PSC 387 Scope and Methods of Research (course limited to second semester seniors).
PSC 480/483. Independent Study
Students pursue a program of reading, research, and writing and engage in a critical examination of one of more selected topics under the guidance of an instructor.
PSC 484/487. Internship
Varied program available at all levels of government and in public interest organizations. Activities include attending seminars and producing a research paper. Approval of the Department chairperson and official course registration are required for academic credit.
PSC 490. Washington Internship in Public Policy
A one-semester internship in Washington, D.C. Students attend seminars, work in a Congressional office, and produce a research paper. The internship is open to students in all majors who have outstanding academic records and are interested in current issues confronting the disadvantaged.
Graduate Course Descriptions
U.S. Government and Politics:
CPSC 500: Departmental Seminar. no credit
A weekly meeting of all members of the Department set aside for exchange of ideas among the participants; guest lecturers are frequently invited. Required of all majors.
CPSC 502: Government and Business. 3 credits
Critical analysis of the relationship between group pressures on government and public policy affecting business; role of administration in formation of policy problems, and experiences of federal agencies operating in business fields.
CPSC 503: Public Opinion and Propaganda. 3 credits
A study to identify and explain public opinion; to describe how and why people react in social situations, and to consider the role of public opinion and propaganda in contemporary society.
CPSC 504: Techniques of Political Control. 3 credits
Examination of the tools used by power holders to control society, with special attention to the condition of African Americans in the United States.
CPSC 505: Political Parties. 3 credits
Explores the types, the nature and the different structures of political parties in America and abroad; theories about political parties are also explored.
CPSC 506: Black Political Parties. 3 credits
The rise and development of separate black political entities examined historically and contemporarily; attention is focused on types of black parties and the rationale for their organization and development.
CPSC 507: Politics of Rural United States. 3 credits
Analysis of political trends and movements in rural America.
CPSC 508: Seminar in Southern Politics. 3 credits
Examination of Southern politics in state, nation, and the international arena; the approach is systematic and comprehensive, with focus on blacks in the region.
CPSC 509: The United States Presidency. 3 credits
Analysis of the powers and organization of the U.S. presidency, with attention to power-gathering, domination of the legislative branch, and manipulation of the people.
CPSC 510: The Congressional Process. 3 credits
Analysis of the U.S. Congress, especially the internal structure, power uses, pressure politics, executive relations, constituency relations and intra-Congress conflicts.
CPSC 511: American Federalism. 3 credits
Survey of the origins, institutions and operation of federalism in the United States; the nature of this structure and its consequences are examined in relationship to minorities.
CPSC 513: American Political Process. 3 credits
Analysis of factors, institutions and actors in the American political arena; study of access to various structures and political organizations from the view of all groups within a pluralistic society.
CPSC 514: Seminar in Judicial Process. 3 credits
Studies of court systems at each level, jury process, substantive judicial issues, with emphasis on the role of African-American participants.
CPSC 515: Legislative Process. 3 credits
Examination of theories, roles, structures, committee systems, procedures and politics of legislatures, and of the involvement of interest groups, executive, bureaucracy, and judiciary in the legislative process.
CCPSC 516: Seminar/Internship on the Georgia Assembly. 3 credits
During the annual legislative sessions, students serve as interns and participant-observers of the Georgia legislature; research papers required.
CPSC 517: Women in Politics Seminar. 3 credits
Survey of the role of women as political activists and office holders on the international, national and local levels in the second half of the 20th century, with emphasis on the participation of minority women in U.S. politics.
CPSC 548: U.S. Constitutional Law. 3 credits
Study of the law of the United States Constitution through an analysis of lower federal court cases, Supreme Court cases, and other primary and secondary material.
CPSC 549: Prison, Prisoners, Prisoners' Rights. 3 credits
The judicial role in the penal phase of the social control system; court responsibility for imprisonment, conditions of imprisonment, returning the citizen to society; the court system as protector for the rights of those imprisoned.
CPSC 550: The Judicial Process. 3 credits
Introduction to the function of the judicial process in the U.S. political system, with special attention to the politics of the judicial process.
CCPSC 551: The Constitution and Civil Liberties. 3 credits
Study of the judicial protection of rights and liberties under the Bill of Rights, and the Thirteenth, Fourteenth and Fifteenth Amendments.
CPSC 552: Seminar in United States Government and Politics. 3 credits
Explores contemporary issues and problems in American government and politics.
CPSC 553: Blacks and the American Political System. 3 credits
Assessment of the position of blacks in the political system of the United States, with special attention to alternative political strategies for the present political epoch.
CPSC 554: State and Local Politics. 3 credits
Examination of state and local political institutions; tools of political participation thoroughly analyzed; entrance of blacks into state and local politics assessed.
CPSC 572: International Relations of African States. 3 credits
Examination of relations among African states and their role in Third World and International politics.
CPSC 590: African Political Institutions. 3 credits
Comparative study of central, regional and local institutions of government and administration in contemporary Africa. Prerequisite: CCPSC 591.
CPSC 591: Government and Politics of Modern Africa. 3 credits
Contemporary government and politics of the states of Africa, providing exposure to African political culture and its historical background, and to political trends and ideologies.
CPSC 595: Seminar in African Politics. 3 credits
In-depth study of one or more important issues in contemporary African political analysis, with either a one-country focus or a comparative perspective; topics vary from semester to semester. Prerequisites: CCPSC 591 and consent of instructor; may be taken twice for academic credit.
CPSC 596: Politics in Southern Africa. 3 credits
Analysis of the struggle of black people of Southern Africa against imperialism and settler colonialism and for liberation; examination of the South African state's internal and external strategies of apartheid maintenance together with relations of the neighboring black states with the white minority rulers and the liberation movements. Prerequisites: CCPSC 591, or consent of instructor.
CPSC 598: African Political Economy. 3 credits
Analysis of the social basis and the orientation of the politics and administration of economic and social change in postcolonial Africa, with emphasis on the ideologies of socialism and the realities of neocolonialism, dependence, and capitalist development. Prerequisite: CCPSC 591.
CPSC 599: Social Cleavages and Political Conflict in Postcolonial Africa. 3 credits
Sociological analysis of the cleavages in African social structure and their impact on political conflict and change, with particular emphasis on the role of ethnoregional groups and social classes. Prerequisite: CCPSC 591.
CPSC 512: Black City Politics. 3 credits
Comparative assessment of the impact of the ascendancy of black elected officials in specified American cities; analyses of the mechanics which brought blacks to power, problems blacks experience in exercising power, and impact of black leadership on the delivery and quality of city services.
CPSC 518: Seminar in Urban Problems. 3 credits
A rotating topic seminar involving in-depth exploration of problems common to major urban centers; topic will be announced each semester.
CPSC 519: Urban Politics. 3 credits
Survey of dilemmas, limitations and potentialities of urban political activity in America exposes students to various approaches to the study of urban politics and assessment of impact of blacks upon political activity of contemporary urban centers.
CPSC 520: Politics of Public Finance. 3 credits
Basic concepts and modes of government financing, especially those of local government, with attention to implications for units of government under black political authority.
CPSC 522: Urban Political Movements. 3 credits
Examination of political organizations seeking to create basic changes in public policy of various urban centers and review of goals, strategies and methods of these organizations and their impact upon the urban landscape.
CPSC 523: Atlanta City Politics. 3 credits
Survey of the political system in Atlanta with focus on resources, strategies and tactics of black and white actors in shaping Atlanta's politics, programs and developing political institutions.
CPSC 525: Political Demography and Urban Change. 3 credits
Analysis of impact of population shifts and other demographic factors upon urban change; special emphasis upon black migration patterns and resulting public policy.
CPSC 526: Approaches to the Study of Urban Politics. 3 credits
Examination and critique of various conceptual schemes as tools for analyzing urban political development and review of major theoretical works purporting to explain urban political phenomena.
CPSC 533: Chinese Foreign Policy. 3 credits
Analysis of Chinese capabilities, intentions and strategies in world affairs since 1949; examination of institutions in foreign policy making and implementation; use of instruments of foreign policy in achieving Chinese goals.
CPSC 570: International Relations. 3 credits
Analysis of interlocking factors of geography, population, race, nationalism, and economics as fundamental forces in national power; study of diplomatic, ideological, imperialistic and military rivalries in the contest for world power.
CPSC 571: Japanese Politics and Foreign Policy. 3 credits
Survey of contemporary Japanese politics, government and foreign relations; focus on post-World War II period.
CPSC 573: United States Foreign Policy. 3 credits
Analysis of formation and execution of foreign policy; focus on role of domestic forces and governmental institutions in policy making and contrasting interpretations of U.S. foreign relations.
CPSC 574: Third-World Nations and International Politics. 3 credits
Role of policies, actions and techniques of Third-World nations in the international arena analyzed for trends and continuities.
CPSC 575: European Foreign Policies. 3 credits
Analysis of foreign policies of nations of Eastern and Western Europe with special attention to past and present colonial policies toward Third-World nations.
CPSC 576: Military Power in International Relations. 3 credits
Military power as a technique to achieve goals in the international arena; special attention to contemporary warfare and wars of liberation.
CPSC 577: International Organizations. 3 credits
General development of world organizations; principles, structures, methods, and operation of international governmental institutions; special attention to the United Nations and related agencies.
CPSC 578: Colloquium on International Politics of Asia. 3 credits
Analysis of Asian politics, comparative foreign policies, and international relations; focus on foreign relations of indigenous nations and role played by great powers.
CPSC 579: Politics of International Trade. 3 credits
Identification and analysis of the political forces, which influence commerce among nations; special attention to trade relations between industrial and non industrial nations.
CPSC 529: Comparative Political Systems. 3 credits
Survey of political structures, institutions, ideologies, interest groups and governmental systems; analysis of decision-making processes, political conflicts and change, and group interaction; examination of models of political systems.
CPSC 530: Government and Politics of Latin America. 3 credits
Examination of Latin American political institutions and political forces, with special attention to role of the military and the church and the legacy of European and U.S. exploitation.
CPSC 531: Politics in Developing States. 3 credits
Examination of political processes in developing countries; problems arising in transition from traditional societies to modern industrial states examined to describe typical patterns of political change.
CPSC 532: Political Institutions of China. 3 credits
Examination of contemporary politics in the People's Republic of China pre-1949 political history, socialist goals and Chinese society, structure and function of political institutions and organizations.
CPSC 534: Comparative European Government. 3 credits
Cross-national analysis of political institutions and political behavior in Eastern and Western European nations.
CPSC 535: The Politics of Revolutionary Change. 3 credits
Analysis of ideas which generate fundamental change, leadership and movements which organize change and examination of their successes and/or failures.
CPSC 536: Comparative Political Parties. 3 credits
Examination of selected party systems, including single and multiparty systems, Marxist and non-Marxist systems, and systems in industrial and non industrial states.
CPSC 537: Government and Politics of the Caribbean. 3 credits
Examination of political processes in Caribbean states with special emphasis on political problems arising in transition from colonial status to independence.
CPSC 538: Seminar on Asian Politics. 3 credits
Survey of political processes and interrelationships of major nations of Asia; focus on China, India, and Japan.
CPSC 539: Third-World Women and Development. 3 credits
History, status and role of Third-World women in development, governmental policies and practices toward women as well as movements and activities of Third-World women examined.
CPSC 540: The Politics of the Multinational Corporation. 3 credits
Study of impact of MNCs on the international system and national politics and economics, particularly in the Third-World; special emphasis on the issues of development, dependency, sovereignty and control.
CPSC 541: Politics and Education. 3 credits
Examination of role of education in creation and maintenance of a political culture and role of politics in the creation and philosophy of education structures; the relationship between political education and political participation.
CPSC 542: Seminar on Comparative Politics. 3 credits
Designed for advanced students concentrating in comparative politics; focus on readings and research on selected topics and problems in comparative politics.
Theory and Methodology
CPSC 543: Political Theory. 3 credits
In-depth analysis of major schools of thought in the field of political theory from the classical period to the present.
CPSC 560: African-American Political Thought. 3 credits
Analysis of categories of black political thought; emphasis on meaning of theory related to black political thinking.
CPSC 600: African Political Ideas. 3 credits
Survey course and resource mechanism designed to (1) identify political thinkers on the African continent and research their ideas, and (2) analyze works of major continental political thinkers of the contemporary era.
CPSC 601: Philosophy of Science. 3 credits
Problems involved in scientific study of political society; epistemological consideration of "approaches" to the study of politics, and consideration of outstanding problems confronted by political scientists in their efforts to explain and predict.
CPSC 602: Scope and Method of Political Inquiry. 3 credits
Study of concepts and methods of social science, especially of political science; philosophy of science; presuppositions, aims and history of procedures and methods; research techniques, sources, bibliography and presentation and publication of investigative results; required of all majors.
CPSC 603: European Political Philosophy. 3 credits
Survey of major ideologies of liberalism, socialism, conservatism that have developed in European political thinking in the modern era, with emphasis on the relationship of these ideas to European writings on colonialism and imperialism.
CPSC 605: Seminar in Political Theory. 3 credits
Problems of black political theory that have developed since the end of the civil rights era; evaluation of new concepts in black political theory and links between these concepts and historical problems considered in African-American political theory.
CPSC 606: Feminist Theory. 3 credits
Examines and analyzes various theoretical, strategic and political positions which characterize the literature and study of women, related issues; special emphasis on study of black feminist theory.
CPSC 608: Problems in Political Science Research. 3 credits
Intensive examination of problems of conceptualization, design and experimentation in political science research.
CPSC 609: American Political Thought. 3 credits
Survey of ideas, personalities and relevant ideologies.
CPSC 640: Independent Research. 3 credits
Designed to give students opportunity for advanced research in such fields and on such topics as may be agreed upon between the individual and the instructor; students permitted only one (1) Independent Research.
CPSC 701: Thesis Consultation. 1 credit
CPSC 705: M.A. Thesis Research. 3 credits
CPSC 801: Dissertation Consultation. 1 credit
CPSC 805: Dissertation Research. 3 credits