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POL-2304 Intro to Political Science

This course surveys the Political Science discipline and introduces quantitative and qualitative analysis.

POL-2311 Amer Government I

Prerequisite: Satisfactory performance on the Reading Placement Exam or satisfactory completion of RDG-0301, RDG-0311 and/or RDG-0312 A survey of the fundamental principles of American government with special emphasis on the Texas government and Constitution.

POL-2314 Judicial Process

A comparative introduction to the structures, processes, and politics of judicial decision-making.

POL-3310 Civil Rights: Law & Society

This course is an examination of the historical development of civil rights law and social and political ideologies as reflected in various racial, sexual, and ethnic environments and settings. This course addresses such issues as school segregation and integration, employment legislation, hate speech, affirmative action, the Indian Child Welfare Act, and the Nineteenth Amendment.

POL-3310H Civil Rights: Law & Society

An examination of the historical development of civil rights law and social ideologies as reflected in various racial, sexual, and ethnic environments and settings. It addresses such issues as school segregation and integration, employment legislation, hate speech, affirmative action, the Indian Child Welfare Act, and the Nineteenth Amendment.

POL-3312 Political Theory

A survey of philosophy from the seventeenth century to the twentieth century with special emphasis on political thought.

POL-3318 Legislative Process

A study of the composition of American legislative bodies and their lawmaking functions, methods, and procedures.

POL-3319 Crim Law & Justice

Covers (1) substantive criminal law, including crimes against the person, crimes against property, crimes against the public, and defenses to criminal accusations; (2) the pre-trial, trial, and appellate processes in federal and Texas criminal cases; and (3) constitutional criminal procedure, including searches, seizures, arrests, and police interrogation.

POL-3320 Legal Ethics

Prerequisite: sophomore standing. This course focuses on dynamic legal ethics within the paralegal profession. Emphasis is placed on ethical duties and responsibilities toward clients, third parties, and other legal and paralegal professions. Course open to all students regardless of major.

POL-3322 Amer Constit Law I

Prerequisite: POL 2311. The study of the U.S. Constitution, Institutional Authority, Separation of Powers and Nation-State Relations through an exploration of Supreme Court cases concerned with the relationship between the individual and the government. The cases studied are designed to explore federalism, governmental powers, substantive due process and economic liberties within the contest of Supreme Court decision-making.

POL-3328 Research Methods

An introduction to the scope, design, and methods of political inquiry.

POL-3340 Comparative Politics

Comparative Politics examines different forms governance, political culture and politics of selected countries from all regions of the world, with emphasis on developing nations.

POL-3352 Internship/Capstone

Prerequisite: POL 2311, 90 credit hours and departmental approval. The internship/capstone course provides the student with practical experience in areas such as law offices, courts, state, local or congressional district offices. The course also encourages participation in political campaign organizations and public service arenas, as well as publishing and political science research.

POL-4199 Special Topics

POL-4302 Critical and Logical Rsng

Prerequisites: PHI2301, sophomore standing. This course focuses on preparing students for the LSAT and for the rigors of law school through review of the LSAT component areas, writing exercises, practice sessions, and logic application analysis. The course also develops writing skills and constructs portfolios as part of the organizational directives required for success in law/graduate school

POL-4307 Alternative Dispute Resolution

Students in the course will study and practice methods of resolving civil disputes without litigation, including mediation and arbitration. Through the use of in class simulations, students will learn to assess and propose relevant alternative resolution choices and settlements, maintain principles of impartiality and confidentiality, and understand the role of the paralegal and the attorney in preparation for alternative dispute resolution processes.

POL-4321 International Law

The systematic study of the legal principles determining international order. The course emphasizes methods for settlement of disputes regarding the rights, duties, and responsibilities of sovereign states.

POL-4322 Foreign Policy

A study of the diplomatic relations of the United States from its pre-Revolutionary foundations to its present international posture.

POL-4322H Foreign Policy

A study of the diplomatic relations of the United States from its pre-Revolutionary foundations to its present international posture.

POL-4323 Hist of Democracy

The course is an intensive study of the development of democratic institutions. although this course will focus on the two best-known examples of working democracies - the British parliamentary system and the American congressional system - democratic revolutions in France, Latin America and emerging nations will also be examined. This course will emphasize the development of representative government, constitutional theory, the role of law, the expansion of suffrage, and a comparison of governmental structures.

POL-4324 Trial Advocacy & Prep

This is the advanced course in civil litigation and provides the student with practical and detailed information about the process of litigation. The aim of this course is to train students in skills such as interviewing, negotiating and advocacy so that they will be better able to carry out tasks which are fundamental to the delivery of a range of basic legal services.

POL-4326 Public Pol, Theory & Analysis

This course analyzes the making, implementation, and evaluation of public policy issues in the United States. The course also explores global extensions of American public policy, and implications for policy measures in global community relations.

POL-4326H Public Pol, Theory & Analysis

This course analyzes the making, implementation, and evaluation of public policy issues in the United States. The course also explores global extensions of American public policy, and implications for policy measures in global community relations.

POL-4328 Intl Political Economy

This Special Topics course examines the interplay between economics and politics in contemporary international relations.

POL-4350 Congress and the Leg

POL-4351 International Relations

The study of the political relations of the world of states with particular attention being given to recent problems of international politics.

POL-4351H International Relations

The systematic study of the legal principles determining international order. The course emphasizes methods for settlement of disputes regarding rights, duties and responsibilities of sovereign states. The overall purpose of the courses to introduce a student to the conceptual analysis of international politics and relations between states. It is hoped that the class will induce each student to continue his learning process in international relations since in no way can this course alone exhaust all the ideas and materials on the subject. The class will have succeeded in its objective if it contributes in any way to the international understanding, trust and to its common goal of peace.

POL-4370 The American Presidency

This seminar discusses the power of the executive, both in terms of the office and in terms of the office-holder. It includes active discussion of the presidency, the presidents, and the politicians surrounding the executive branch. It is a thoughtful and provocative analysis of the most powerful position of the government in the world, as seen through respected political science research, literature, and scholarly comments.

POL-4370H The American Presidency

This seminar discusses the power of the executive, both in terms of the office and in terms of the office-holder. It includes active discussion of the presidency, the presidents, and the politicians surrounding the executive branch. It is a thoughtful and provocative analysis of the most powerful position of the government in the world, as seen through respected political science research, literature, and scholarly comments.

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