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Course Descriptions


IAI Social and Behavioral Sciences POS 101: American Government and Politics

Prerequisite(s):
-Placement at college level English OR
-Concurrent enrollment in ENGL 099/101

This course introduces students to the structures and processes of American government and politics, to the exercise of power, and to value conflicts among key actors in the political process. The course also addresses some of the theoretical underpinnings of the study of American government such as democracy, pluralism and elitism. Finally, the course asks students to apply their learning to interpretations of current political events. Topics for study in the course include: political participation, interest groups, the Constitution, civil liberties, civil rights, the presidency, Congress, the federal court system, the media, political parties, and elections. 3 credit hours
IAI GEC Code - S5 900

Transferrable General Education Course: This course generally should transfer to an Illinois Articulation Initiative college or university. Please consult with your advisor about transferability.

IAI Social and Behavioral Sciences POS 124: State and Local Politics

Prerequisite(s):
-Placement at college level English OR
-Concurrent enrollment in ENGL 099/101

This course will explore the role of state and local governments in the US system. Students will explore a variety of theories and models that attempt to explain the power relationships between the federal government and various state and local governments. Course topics include: state constitutions, federalism, governors, state legislatures, state courts, taxing and budgeting, and local government structures. Additionally, students will examine their own roles in state and local communities. Special attention will be given to both the state of Illinois and Bloomington-Normal. 3 credit hours
IAI GEC Code - S5 902

Transferrable General Education Course: This course generally should transfer to an Illinois Articulation Initiative college or university. Please consult with your advisor about transferability.

IAI Social and Behavioral Sciences POS 145: Politics of Mid East, Central/South America, Asia

Prerequisite(s):
-Placement at college level English OR
-Concurrent enrollment in ENGL 99/101

The Middle East, Central and South America and Asia from the standpoint of the politics of international relations, social/economic change, internal factionalism, revolution, warfare and religion. 3 credit hours
IAI GEC Code - S5 906N

Transferrable General Education Course: This course generally should transfer to an Illinois Articulation Initiative college or university. Please consult with your advisor about transferability.

IAI Social and Behavioral Sciences POS 151: International Relations

Prerequisite(s):
-Placement at college level English OR
-Concurrent enrollment in ENGL 099/101

The purpose of this course is to introduce students to the study of international relations. Students will engage with many different kinds of questions including; Why do nations go to war?, Why do nations cooperate?, What is globalization?, What is the international economy?, How can international human rights be fostered?, and Can countries protect themselves from terrorism? We will look at past history and current events to help us answer these questions. Additionally, the course will address major theoretical approaches to the study of international relations such as realism, liberalism, and constructivism that attempt to explain the behaviors of both countries and people. Finally, by the end of the course, it is hoped that students will have become globally aware citizens who can think critically about international issues and effectively communicate their ideas with others. 3 credit hours
IAI GEC Code - S5 904

Transferrable General Education Course: This course generally should transfer to an Illinois Articulation Initiative college or university. Please consult with your advisor about transferability.

POS 215: Campaigns and Elections

Prerequisite(s):
-Placement at college level English OR
-Concurrent enrollment in ENGL 099/101

This course will explore the institutions, processes, and activities associated with elections in the US focusing on the Congress and the President. Through directed readings, lecture, discussions, course assignments, and role play exercises students will consider the theories, strategies, and tactics surrounding modern campaigns, including but not limited to, mass media advertising, campaign financing, and candidate debate strategies. Students will study why citizens do or do not vote in elections and they will study whether or not elections matter in the governmental policy making process. 3 credit hours

Transferrable Elective Course: This course generally should transfer to an Illinois Articulation Initiative college or university. Please consult with your advisor about transferability.

IAI Social and Behavioral Sciences POS 220: Comparative Governments

Prerequisite(s):
-Placement at college level English OR
-Concurrent enrollment in ENGL 099/101

An examination of the structure, function, and political processes of selected world governments. The course demonstrates political differences that distinguish one nation’s political institutions from another. 3 credit hours
IAI GEC Code - S5 905

Transferrable General Education Course: This course generally should transfer to an Illinois Articulation Initiative college or university. Please consult with your advisor about transferability.

POS 250: Activism

Prerequisite(s):
-Completion of ENGL 101 and COMM 101 with a grade of C or better

This course is designed for students who want to develop their skills in doing activism. Course materials, class discussions, guest speakers, educational excursions, and designing and implementing individual, semester-long projects will develop students? personal philosophies regarding social justice and enhance their abilities to analyze issues and engage in political activism. This course will be cross-listed as COMM 250. 3 credit hours

Transferrable Elective Course: This course generally should transfer to an Illinois Articulation Initiative college or university. Please consult with your advisor about transferability.

POS 296: Special Topics in Political Science

Prerequisite(s):
-Placement at college level English OR
-Concurrent enrollment in ENGL 99/101
AND
-Permission of Division Dean

Course will provide an in-depth study of selected topics in political science. The content and structure of the course will vary according to the topic and instructor(s). The course may be repeated up to three times with a different topic, for a total of 9 credit hours. Specific topic title will be stated on student’s transcript. 1-3 credit hours

Transferrable Elective Course: This course generally should transfer to an Illinois Articulation Initiative college or university. Please consult with your advisor about transferability.

Political Science Questions

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