Political Science (POLS)

POLS 101  Introduction to Political Science  (3.0 Units)  

An introduction to political science designed to familiarize students with basic political concepts, political ideologies, political systems, and subfields within political science. Presents a comprehensive survey of the study of political science, modern political ideologies and movements, participation, institutions of government, political issues and foreign affairs of nation-states around the world.

Lecture Hours: 54.00

Transfer: Transfers to both UC/CSU

POLS 102  Introduction to American Government And Politics  (3.0 Units)  

Examines the workings of our complex system of American government, including: national, California state, and local levels (with emphasis on the national level). This survey will focus on the historical and contemporary development of our Constitution, political institutions, citizen participation, politics, and policies. Examines the causes, consequences, and possible solutions to significant problems in contemporary America.

Lecture Hours: 54.00

Transfer: Transfers to both UC/CSU

POLS 103  State and Local Government  (3.0 Units)  

An introduction to the study of the American political system at the state and local levels of government. Examines the workings of our complex system of federalism by focusing on contemporary state and local government institutions, citizen participation, political problems, politics, and policies. Emphasis is given to the analysis of California political issues, politics and government.

Lecture Hours: 54.00

Transfer: Transfers to CSU only

POLS 104  Introduction to Global Studies  (3.0 Units)  

A survey of the historical and cultural processes that have made the world more interconnected. This course will canvass the "great ideas" that have connected humancivilizations and the processes which ahv initiated and continued the process of globalization. Topics include the cultural, economic, historical, political and religious effects of globalization.

Lecture Hours: 54.00

Transfer: Transfers to both UC/CSU

POLS 110  Contemporary World Affairs  (3.0 Units)  

Introduces the analytical approaches to the study of world affairs and theories of international conflict and cooperation. Explores the variety of governmental and non-governmental entities on the world stage today, their foreign policy goals and interests, and instruments and uses of power. Examines contemporary issues confronting the global community and the historical development and uses of international law and organizations.

Lecture Hours: 54.00

Transfer: Transfers to both UC/CSU

POLS 112  Comparative Government  (3.0 Units)  

An introduction to the comparative analysis of contemporary political systems and their environments around the world. Examines current political institutions, citizen participation, political problems, politics, and policies within these systems. Emphasis is given to selected nation-states in order to provide a broader, representative knowledge encompassing a variety of modern political systems and environments reflecting the geographic regions of the world.

Lecture Hours: 54.00

Transfer: Transfers to both UC/CSU

POLS 113  Politics of Middle East and North Africa  (3.0 Units)  

This course will examine the Middle East and North Africa through a comparative politics perspective. This will include an examination of the following items: an overview of the region's histories, geographies, peoples, cultures, religions and languages; the fundamentals of the Islamic and Judaic belief systems; current events such as the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, the War in Iraq and other real and potential geopolitical conflicts. Grade Option.

Lecture Hours: 54.00

Transfer: Transfers to both UC/CSU

POLS 114  Political Philosophy  (3.0 Units)  

Introduction to the normative discussion of social organization from a variety of philosophical perspectives. Topics include the nature of the state, rights, the role of law, liberty, distributive justice, and the common good. Emphasis on the American social experience with additional attention given to the global context. Crosslisted with PHIL 114.

Lecture Hours: 54.00

Transfer: Transfers to CSU only

POLS 129  Independent Study  (1-3 Units)  

Assigned projects involving research, directed study, internship hours or study abroad opportunities for students who are interested in furthering their knowledge in political science on an independent study basis. Enrollment limited to those who meet independent study criteria. Prior to registration, a contract must be prepared. See instructors for details.

Transfer: Transfers to CSU only

POLS 138  Cooperative Education Political Science  (1-8 Units)  

This course is designed for students who are cross-training at their current worksite for upward mobility or possible career changes, as well as those looking for entry-level occupational training through work-based learning experiences. Students must have a co-op approved worksite to enroll in this class and establish new learning objectives.

Transfer: Transfers to CSU only

POLS 206  Introduction to Environmental Policy And Natural Resource Management  (3.0 Units)  

This course examines American environmental policy and how natural resources are managed. The historical, global, and ethical dimensions of how our society relates to the environment are analyzed from an interdisciplinary perspective.

Lecture Hours: 54.00

Transfer: Transfers to both UC/CSU

POLS 211  Global Issues  (3.0 Units)  

Surveys recent developments in the nature of global interdependence. Examines the major political, economic, and military conflicts of this century and recent problems of population growth, environmental decay, ethnic/national antagonism and violence, and post-Cold War politics. Course content changes based on current events. Grade Option.

Lecture Hours: 54.00

Transfer: Transfers to both UC/CSU

POLS 221  Model United Nations  (3.0 Units)  

The course introduces students to the theory and practice of international diplomacy through participation in Model United Nations simulations.

Lecture Hours: 54.00

Transfer: Transfers to CSU only