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Political Science Courses

Political Science Courses

Government and Politics in the United States

Course Number: POSCI 1
Units: 3
Class: 3 hours lecture (GR)
Acceptable for credit: CSU, UC
Description: Introduction to principles and the political process of national, state, and local government: Emphasis on national government and the Constitution.
AA/AS area 2; CSU area D; IGETC area 4

 

Comparative Government

Course Number: POSCI 2
Units: 3
Class: 3 hours lecture(GR)
Acceptable for credit: CSU, UC
Description: Comparative analysis in government and politics: Political leadership, citizenship participation, centers of power, and political problems of selected governments.
AA/AS area 2; CSU area D; IGETC area 4

 

International Relations

Course Number: POSCI 3
Units: 3
Class: 3 hours lecture(GR)
Acceptable for credit: CSU, UC
Description: Nature of relations among nation-states: Analysis of basic forces affecting the formulation of foreign policy, dynamics of international politics, survey of rise and development of the nation-state system, problems of nationalism and imperialism with emphasis on development since World War II, and evolution and operation of the United Nations.
AA/AS area 2; CSU area D; IGETC area 4

 

Political Theory

Course Number: POSCI 4
Units: 3

Class: 3 hours lecture (GR or P/NP)

Acceptable for credit: CSU, UC
Description: Examination of various theoretical approaches that explore basic political problems and proposed solutions: Analysis of selected theories and their relevance to contemporary socio-political concerns.

 

The U.S. Constitution and Criminal Due
Process

Course Number: POSCI 6
Units: 3
Class: 3 hours lecture (GR)
Acceptable for credit: CSU, UC
Description: Survey and analysis of people’s rights under criminal and civil law: Procedural civil liberties and rights (defendants, court personnel, and police), concepts of due process and equal protection, search and seizure, and applications of principles and practices to everyday life.
AA/AS area 2; CSU area D; IGETC area 4

 

Overview of the California State Court System

Course Number: POSCI 21
Units: 3
Class: 3 hours lecture (GR)
Acceptable for credit: CSU
Description: Introduction to functions of the California State Court System: Trial Courts, Appellate Courts, the Supreme Court. Review of federal judicial branch history, selected state laws, courtroom personnel and protocol, due process protections and legal terminology.

 

Selected Topics in Political Science

Course Number: POSCI 48GA-MZ
Units: .5-5
Class: 0-5 hours lecture, 0-15 hours laboratory (GR)
Acceptable for credit: CSU, UC
See section on Selected Topics.

 

Independent Study in Political Science

Course Number: POSCI 49
Units: .5-5
Acceptable for credit: CSU, UC
See section on Selected Topics.

 

Selected Topics in Political Science

Course Number: POSCI 248GA-MZ
Units: .5-5
Class: 0-5 hours lecture, 0-15 hours laboratory (GR)
Acceptable for credit: CSU, UC
See section on Selected Topics.