Political Science (POLI)



101 Introduction to Political Science - 3 hours lecture, 3 units (Letter Grade or Pass/No Pass Option)

Advisory: English 101 with a grade of “C” or better, or equivalent or Assessment Skill Levels R6 and W6. This course is an introduction to the field of Political Science. Emphasis is placed on the concepts and methodologies used in the study of political institutions, political participation, public opinion, and the international political system. Topics also include a survey of political theory and the history of American political ideology and culture. This course is intended for students majoring in Political Science and those interested in the field of Political Science. (FT) AA/AS; CSU; UC.

102 The American Political System - 3 hours lecture, 3 units (Letter Grade or Pass/No Pass Option)

Advisory: English 101 with a grade of “C” or better, or equivalent or Assessment Skill Levels R6 and W6. This comprehensive survey course provides an in-depth study of the American political system. National and California systems of government are studied from the perspective of constitutional frameworks and political institutions, processes, issues, and policies. Other topics include political participation; political parties and interest groups; social movements and minorities; civil liberties; and the role of political ideology, culture, and the mass media in shaping public opinion and policymaking. This course is intended for transfer students, political science majors, or students interested in the American political system. (FT) AA/AS; CSU; UC.

103 Comparative Politics - 3 hours lecture, 3 units (Letter Grade or Pass/No Pass Option)

Advisory: English 101 with a grade of “C” or better, or equivalent or Assessment Skill Level R6 and W6.
Limitation on Enrollment: This course is not open to students with previous credit for Political Science 130.
This course is an introduction to comparative politics. Emphasis is placed on analyses of various political systems using the fundamental concepts and methodologies of comparative politics. This course is designed for political science majors and anyone interested in comparative and/or international politics.(FT) AA/AS; CSU; UC.

140 Contemporary International Politics - 3 hours lecture, 3 units (Letter Grade or Pass/No Pass Option)

Advisory: English 101 with a grade of “C” or better, or equivalent or Assessment Skill Levels R6 and W6. This course is a study of world politics including the various approaches to international relations and international political economy. Emphasis is placed on the roles of nationalism, nation-states, transnationalism and international organizations in the making of contemporary world politics as well as on issues of national security, power and diplomacy, economic competition, international law and the environment. This course is intended for students majoring in political science or anyone with an interest in world politics. (FT) AA/AS; CSU; UC.

This discipline may offer specialized instruction in one or more of the following areas: Supervised Tutoring (044), Experimental Topics (265), Independent Study (290), Individualized Instruction (296), Service Learning (277), or Work Experience (270). Detailed course descriptions are listed on page page 120. Please refer to the class schedule and/or see the dean or department chair for availability.