Political Science

2013-14 Edition

Cascade Campus
Liberal Arts and Mathematics Division
Terrell Hall (TH), Room 220
971-722-5251

Rock Creek Campus
Building 3, Room 201
971-722-7327

Sylvania Campus
SS 215
971-722-4289

Description

Political science focuses upon politics and political systems and the behavior of people within political systems. At PCC, primary emphasis is on American government, the constitutional background of American politics, political parties, interest groups, elections, Congress, the Presidency, the Supreme Court and domestic and foreign policies. In addition, PCC offers courses  in  peace studies, comparative politics, international relations, American foreign policy, political ideologies, and global concerns including ecological issues.

Courses

PS 111. Skills and Issues. 1 Credit.

Designed to deepen understanding of PS 201 or PS 202. Includes interactive tutorials, student skills building exercises, and community-based projects. Co-requisite: PS 201 or PS 202. Audit available.

PS 201. U.S. Government: Foundations & Principles. 4 Credits.

Examines the development of constitutional traditions in the United States. Includes topics such as free speech, equal rights under law, movements, interest groups, political parties, and elections in a democratic struggle for power. PS 201, PS 202, and PS 203 need not be taken in sequence. Prerequisites: WR 115, RD 115 and MTH 20 or equivalent placement test scores. Audit available. This course fulfills the following GE requirements: Social Science/AAOT, Social Science/AS, Social Science/AAS, Social Science/AGS, Social Science/ASOT-B.

PS 202. U.S. Government: Institutions & Policies. 4 Credits.

Examines the national institutions of United States politics including the Legislative, Executive, Judicial, and Bureaucratic. Include national policies, foreign policy, taxation, spending priorities, government regulations and entitlements. PS 201, PS 202, and PS 203 need not be taken in sequence. Prerequisites: WR 115, RD 115 and MTH 20 or equivalent placement test scores. Audit available. This course fulfills the following GE requirements: Social Science/AAOT, Social Science/AS, Social Science/AAS, Social Science/AGS, Social Science/ASOT-B.

PS 203. State and Local Government. 4 Credits.

Examines state and local government policy formulation and outcomes on issues ranging from taxation to prisons, and education to environmental concerns. Focuses on Oregon state and local politics. PS 201, PS 202, and PS 203 need not be taken in sequence. Prerequisites: WR 115, RD 115 and MTH 20 or equivalent placement test scores. Audit available. This course fulfills the following GE requirements: Social Science/AAOT, Social Science/AS, Social Science/AAS, Social Science/AGS, Social Science/ASOT-B.

PS 204. Comparative Political Systems. 4 Credits.

Covers the study of political systems in various countries. Includes such issues as policy-making, representation/ participation, political culture, political economy and development and governance. Countries chosen will represent various political systems including, democracies, totalitarian regimes, dictatorships, post-communist systems in transition, newly industrializing and developing countries. Prerequisites: WR 115, RD 115 and MTH 20 or equivalent placement test scores. Audit available. This course fulfills the following GE requirements: Cultural Literacy, Social Science/AAOT, Social Science/AS, Social Science/AAS, Social Science/AGS, Social Science/ASOT-B.

PS 205. Global Politics: Conflict & Cooperation. 4 Credits.

Examines the nature of relations among states. Topics include motivating factors such as nationalism and imperialism, economic rivalries and the quest for security, questions of national sovereignty and international cooperation, war and peace, global issues, and the future. Prerequisites: WR 115, RD 115 and MTH 20 or equivalent placement test scores. Audit available. This course fulfills the following GE requirements: Cultural Literacy, Social Science/AAOT, Social Science/AS, Social Science/AAS, Social Science/AGS, Social Science/ASOT-B.

PS 211. Peace and Conflict. 4 Credits.

Explores the causes and manifestations of violence in actions involving oneself, society, one's nation, and the global community. Alternatives to oppressive behavior, undemocratic institutions, and the violent resolution of conflict are considered. Prerequisites: WR 115, RD 115 and MTH 20 or equivalent placement test scores. Audit available. This course fulfills the following GE requirements: Cultural Literacy, Social Science/AAOT, Social Science/AS, Social Science/AAS, Social Science/AGS, Social Science/ASOT-B.

PS 220. U.S. Foreign Policy. 4 Credits.

Covers historical analytical treatment of select foreign policy themes since World War I. Examines the United States' attempt to create world order through use of economic, military and diplomatic power, the roles of democratic institutions and decision-making elites in creating foreign policy, and the interdependent basis of the contemporary international system. Prerequisites: WR 115, RD 115 and MTH 20 or equivalent test scores. Audit available. This course fulfills the following GE requirements: Social Science/AAOT, Social Science/AS, Social Science/AAS, Social Science/AGS, Social Science/ASOT-B.

PS 225. Political Ideologies: Idea Systems. 4 Credits.

Covers sources, strengths and weaknesses of contemporary ideologies, and the conditions which lead to conflict or to cooperation among them. Includes liberalisms, conservatisms, socialisms, fascisms, and other idea systems. Prerequisites: WR 115, RD 115 and MTH 20 or equivalent test scores. Audit available. This course fulfills the following GE requirements: Cultural Literacy, Social Science/AAOT, Social Science/AS, Social Science/AAS, Social Science/AGS, Social Science/ASOT-B.

PS 280A. Cooperative Education: Political Science. 1-4 Credit.

Extends knowledge of Political Science through work and/or volunteer time spent in settings that provide learning experiences. Department permission required. Audit available.

PS 280B. Cooperative Education: Community Service & Action Seminar. 2 Credits.

This interdisciplinary seminar provides an integrative framework for students engaged in community service and cooperative education work. Focuses on social interaction, group and organizational processes, and public policies related to service, advocacy, and social change placements.

PS 280C. Cooperative Education: Peace and Conflict. 1-4 Credit.

Extends knowledge of Peace and Conflict Studies through work and/or volunteer time spent in settings that provide learning experiences. Department permission required. Audit available.

PS 298. Independent Study: Political Science. 4 Credits.

Advanced individualized study of areas of political science not considered in other courses to meet special interests or program requirements. Includes a term project and readings approved by the instructor. Recommended: prior study in political science and instructor permission. Audit available.