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IAI Social and Behavioral Sciences

POS 101: American Government and Politics
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 HRS
IAI GEC Code - S5 900

IAI Social and Behavioral Sciences

POS 124: State and Local Politics
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 HRS
IAI GEC Code - S5 902

IAI Social and Behavioral Sciences

POS 145: Politics of Mid East, Central/South America, Asia
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 HRS
IAI GEC Code - S5 906N

IAI Social and Behavioral Sciences

POS 151: International Relations
International Relations is an introductory study of the basic principles of politics among nations, encompassing both the dynamics and organizational dimensions of the subject. It includes examination of U.S. foreign policy and the foreign policies of other world powers, plus a survey of important issues and disputes relevant to the balance of power. 3 HRS
IAI GEC Code - S5 904

POS 215: Campaigns and Elections
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 HRS

IAI Social and Behavioral Sciences

POS 220: Comparative Governments
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 HRS
IAI GEC Code - S5 905

POS 250: Activism
Prerequisite: Completion of ENGL 101and COMM 101 with a grade of C or better, or permission of the instructor(s). 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 HRS

POS 296: Special Topics in Political Science
Prerequisite: As set by faculty. 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 HRS