Political Science (POSU)

POSU 110 Introduction to American Politics

Students master the basic concepts and analytical methods used by political scientists in their attempts to address these questions: What are the fundamental components of the national government of the United States? How do they transform citizen opinion, interest group pressures, and economic imperatives into social policy? This course satisfies the State of California Credential requirement in American History and Government. 3 credits.

POSU 301 History of Political Philosophy I

(Same as PHLU 301) An introduction to the early political thoughts that shaped and dominated Western European development. This course traces the concepts of power, social order and proper governance from Plato to the Enlightenment. It places special emphasis on examining and understanding the growing debate of separation of church and state and the rising voice of individual, social and civil liberties through this period. Online only. 3 credits.

POSU 302 History of Political Philosophy II

(Same as PHLU 302) An introduction to the later political thoughts that shaped and dominated Western European development. This course traces the concepts of power, social order and proper governance from the Enlightenment until today. This course places special emphasis on examining and understanding Fascism, Communism, Democracy, Anarchism and the rising voices of previously under-represented populations. Online only. 3 credits.

POSU 321 American Diplomatic History and Foreign Policy

(Same as HISU 340) Students focus on the origin and development of United States foreign policy. Important areas of study include the role of ideology in foreign policy, economics and foreign affairs, isolationism, American dominance of the Western hemisphere, and the consequences of increasing international interdependence. Also considered are the influences of public opinion, the media, corporations, the Congress, the bureaucracy, and the presidency in shaping American policy. Online only. 3 credits.

POSU 324 Central Asian Political History

This course surveys the political and cultural history of Central Asia comprising the modern countries of Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan. Students will examine the historical influences, cultures, economies, social and political organizations of this vast region that shaped Central Asia from nomadic tribes to modern independent nations. Students will also analyze foreign policy centering on the Central Asian region as well as political and social policy by Central Asian leaders. 3 credits.

POSU 325 South Asian Political History

This course surveys the political and cultural history of South Asia comprising the modern countries of India, Pakistan, Afghanistan and the region of Kashmir. Students will examine the historical, cultural, economic and foreign influences that have shaped India and Pakistan into nuclear powers and thrust Afghanistan on to center stage in the American War on Terror. Students will also analyze foreign policy with focus on British imperialism, the rise of independent nations, the current tensions surrounding the region of Kashmir, and United States foreign policy towards Afghanistan and Pakistan. 3 credits.

POSU 329 Experimental Topics in Political Science

An examination of selected topics in Political Science relevant to evolving areas in the field. Syllabi must be approved by the Dean and announced to the Curriculum and Academic Committee prior to being offered. May be repeated for credit provided that the course content is different each time. 3 credits.

POSU 344 Constitutional Rights

This course provides an overview of our Constitutional rights. This includes the role of the Supreme Court in interpreting the Constitution and specific freedoms guaranteed in the Bill of Rights. Students will explore such relevant topics as the 4th Amendment and national security, whether free speech is an absolute right, the state of the death penalty, constraints on police interrogations, the ability to legislate gun control, and constitutional issues facing society today. 3 credits.

POSU 499 Independent Study

Prerequisites: Instructor's approval and approval of petition.

Directed reading and/or research designed to meet specific needs of superior upper-division students. 1-3 credits.