Political Science (PS)

PS S101 Introduction to American Government

3 credits (3+0)
GER Survey of American government, political processes and contemporary issues, focusing on national institutions. Distribution and uses of power and the role of political values and beliefs. The Constitution and federalism; interest groups, parties and elections; Congress, the Executive and the courts.

PS S102 Introduction to Political Science

3 credits (3+0)
GER. Survey of the political context of contemporary life, which treats the nature of the democratic state in the modern world and analyzes today's challenges to democracy. The character of the principle elements of modern states, their systems of public law, their politics, their institutions, their patterns of public administration, and their relations with one another.

PS S202 Comparative Politics: Contemporary Doctrines and Structure

3 credits (3+0)
GER. Analysis of conflicting approaches to the solution of social and political problems with emphasis on nations employing various forms of ideological systems.

PS S230 Introduction to Political Philosophy

3 credits (3+0)
Nature and content of political philosophy through an examination of the major theories of politics developed from the time of the ancient Greeks to the present.

PS S251 Introduction to International Relations

3 credits (3+0)
GER. Major theories of international politics including studies of war, peace and diplomacy and the role of international and regional organizations.

PS S313 Alaska Politics and Government

3 credits (3+0)
A consideration of the development and the present organization and operation of the Alaska political and governmental system. Special attention will be given to the constitution, parties and interest groups, the legislature, the governor, local government, and current policy issues in the state.

PS S351 Political Sociology

3 credits (3+0)
Cross-listed as SOC S351. A survey of current perspectives and research on political behavior and society, including political activism, social behavior in contexts of governmental and non-governmental organizations, and international relations. Includes content on power and inequality, war and terrorism, and international human rights. Emphasizes the interrelatedness of media, politics, and culture at local and global levels.
Prerequisite: PS S101, PS S102, or SOC S101.

PS S359 European Politics

3 credits (3+0)
An examination of the development and contemporary characteristics of European politics, the role of the European union, and the incorporation of former communist countries of Eastern Europe into the democratic politics of Europe.
Prerequisites: PS S101 or PS S102 or instructor permission.

PS S421 Interest Groups in American Politics

3 credits (3+0)
Analysis of the place and function of groups and lobbyists within the American political system including a consideration of the factors which determine group power. Includes case studies of various groups and a practical section on organizing an interest group campaign.Prerequisite: PS S101 and PS S102

PS S458 Environmental Politics

3 credits (3+0)
Introduces students to the processes and theories used by social scientists and policy analysts that can be applied to the study of environmental issues. Students will use the scientific approach and will learn key insights of the sciences into why apparently rational people often cause environmental problems.
Prerequisite: ENGL S111 or instructor permission.

PS S467 Latin American Politics

3 credits (3+0)
Examines the complex and fascinating politics of Latin America, including the emergence and persistence of democracy, crime, inequality, corruption, and poverty, as well as Latin America's relations with the United States. Discusses general problems, progress and patterns, using a comparative, social scientific approach.
Prerequisite: ENGL S111 or instructor permission.

PS S492 Seminar

PS S492A Legislative Internship Seminar

3 credits (3+0)
This academic portion of the Legislative Internship Program provides a pre-orientation to the practical workings of the legislature and state government. The seminar focuses on assessing the relevance of academic literature to understanding legislative and governmental processes. Requires selection for the Legislative Internship Program.