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Government and Politics - Course Descriptions

Government and Politics


Course Descriptions


GOV 101 – Introduction to Politics
and American Government

(3) F,S
The study of political phenomena and
discussion of the nature and meaning of
democracy with emphasis on American
national government.

GOV 102 – Introduction to Comparative Politics
(3) IR
Comparison of governmental institutions
and the political process in several
contemporary national political systems,
both Western and non-Western.
Attention given to the methods used in
studying comparative politics.

GOV 211 – Introduction to Human Rights
(1) Y
Introduction to contemporary human
rights problems and the global response
to these issues. Same as Human Rights
Advocacy 211.

GOV 212 – American Political Parties and Elections
(3) Y
Analysis of the role of political parties
and elections in American democracy.
Includes discussion of voter participation,
characteristics of political parties as
organizations, nominations and elections,
and issues confronting the electoral
system. Prerequisite: Government
and Politics 101 or permission of
instructor.

GOV 215 – Public Opinion and Political Behavior
(3) IR
Examination of what is meant by the
American public. Discussion of meaning
and function of public opinion and
political behavior and the relationship of
both to democratic theory. Prerequisite:
Government and Politics 101 or permission
of instructor.

GOV 221 – State and Local Government
(3) IR
Examination of the structure, politics,
policy process, and problems of
American state and local governments as
they function within the federal system.

GOV 235 – Civil Rights, Public Policy, and Social Change
(3) IR
People, events, and issues of civil rights
struggle in United States, including
impact on democratization and social
change in American society and formation
of public policy. Same as Social
Studies 235.

GOV 242 – Jurisprudence and the American Legal System
(3) Y
Introduction to court system, appellate
process, and interrelationship of federal
and state courts. Includes penal law,
criminal procedure law, correctional law,
and basics of civil law and procedure.
Techniques of case method, briefing,
and statutory analysis.

GOV 251 – Congress and the Legislative Process
(3) Y
Analysis of salient features of legislative
process and their influence on public
policy. Problems of representation; formal
procedures; folkways; committee
structure; party organization; legislative
leadership; constituents; lobbyists; role
of the Presidency. Prerequisite:
Government and Politics 101 or permission
of instructor.

GOV 261 – International Relations
(3) Y
International cooperation and conflict
including the evolution of international
political system, problems of war and
peace, diplomacy, nuclear weapons,
international economics, international
organizations, and international law.

GOV 271 – European Politics
(3) Y
Politics and government in the United
Kingdom, France, Germany, and the
European Union. Political culture, parties,
institutions, and electoral politics.

GOV 281 – Political Ideas and Ideologies
(3) Y
Introduction to major political philosophers.
Topics include democracy,
socialism, fascism, communism, and
anarchism.

GOV 313 – Campaign Management
(3) IR
Principles and problems underlying the
conduct of political campaigns. Analysis
of techniques used in fund-raising; campaign
organization; advance work; use of
mass media; legal aspects; ethical considerations.
Prerequisite: Government and
Politics 212 or permission of instructor.

GOV 332 – Public Administration
(3) Y
Introduction to principles and problems
of administering government agencies.
Includes: nature of bureaucracy, bureaucratic
politics, inter-governmental relations,
organization theory, decisionmaking,
leadership, personnel management,
budgeting, regulation, program
implementation, ethics, and accountability.

GOV 333 – American Public Policy
(3) Y
Examination of the relationship of government
units to their environment.
Exploration of the way policy is formulated,
adopted, and implemented in the
American political system. Discussion,
using case studies, of both formal and
informal channels of decision-making.

GOV 341 – Jurisprudence of the Criminal Law
(3) Y
Criminal law as process for dispute settlement
and maintenance of order by the
state. Emphasis on legal reasoning, legal
process, and necessity to maintain historical
continuity and doctrinal consistency.

GOV 345 – Constitutional Law in the Governmental Process
(3) Y
Principles underlying American constitutional
government with special reference
to interpretation of the Federal
Constitution. Prerequisite: Government
and Politics 101. Same as History 345.

GOV 346 – Civil Liberties
(3) Y
Problems of civil liberties as interpreted
by the Courts, as implemented by legislation,
and as discussed as public issues.

GOV 363 – International Organizations
(3) Y
Development, organization, and operation
of social, economic, and political
institutions. Prerequisite: Government
and Politics 261.

GOV 364 – International Law
(3) Y
Principles and rules concerning the conduct
of nation-states, including use of
force, status of nationals, jurisdictional
questions, status and functions of governmental
personnel, treaties, and organizational
questions. Prerequisite:
Government and Politics 261 or permission
of instructor.

GOV 365 – American Foreign Policy
(3) Y
Concepts and development of U.S. foreign
policy. Historical overview, U.S.
policies toward specific regions, and
problems of policy-making and implementation.
Prerequisite: Government
and Politics 261 or permission of
instructor.

GOV 366 – International Criminal Law
(3) O
Laws governing the behavior of individuals
and their accountability to the international
community and states.
Development of a body of law and
enforcement mechanism for piracy, war
crimes, and terrorism. Role of international
criminal tribunals.

GOV 368 – International Political Economy
(3) Y
Relationship between politics and economics
in the international sphere.
Trade, monetary management, foreign
aid, multinational corporations, economic
institutions, dependency and
development in the international setting.

GOV 372 – Modern Russia
(3) IR
From Tsarist Russia on the eve of
Bolshevik Revolution through rise,
development, and demise of USSR, to
emergence of post-Soviet Russia.
Emphasis on governmental structures
and political processes. Same as HIS 372.

GOV 373 – African Politics
(3) IR
Examination of such major trends in
Africa as political development, socialism,
the one-party state, the role of the
military, and the interaction between
Africa and the West.

GOV 374 – Latin American Politics
(3) IR
Comparative study of major institutions
and forces in Latin American politics.
Includes role of parties, military, church,
elites, and political economy; role of
United States. Selected case studies from
South and Central America and
Caribbean.

GOV 375 – Political Change in Developing Nations
(3) IR
Comparative study of political change in
the context of selected African, Asian,
and Latin American nations. Emphasis
on both the process of development, and
the structures of political competition.

GOV 382 – American Political Concepts
(3) IR
American political concepts, especially
justice and liberty, in their relation to
courts and other political institutions.
Emphasis on development, under social
and economic pressure, of American
ideas concerning fundamental rights,
and of procedures for giving effect to
them.

GOV 435 – Political Leadership and the American Presidency
(3) Y
Study of political leadership as it relates
to the American Presidency. Analysis of
the institution, decision-making processes,
exercise of power, and theories of
presidential personalities. Seminar format.
Prerequisites: Government and
Politics 101, 212, and 251 or permission
of instructor.

GOV 464 – International Protection of Human Rights
(3) Y
Exploration of human rights protection
as an increasingly internationalized
process and its limitations on sovereignty.
Successes and failures of international
and regional inter-governmental efforts
to monitor, control and remedy abuse of
sovereign power. Same as Human Rights
Advocacy 464.

Students may enroll in any one, or combination
of, the following internships for a
maximum of six credit hours (12 credit
hours for established programs such as
New York State Legislative Intern
Programs or Washington Center). Prior
approval of, and arrangement through,
department faculty required.

GOV 471 – Campaign Internship
(3 or 6) IR
Participation as staff member in campaign
organization under co-supervision
of designated faculty person and campaign
personnel. Periodic conferences to
discuss relationship between experience
and campaign management principles
follow intensive, two-month, supervised
internship. Readings and written work
required. Prerequisites: Government and
Politics 212 and 313 or permission of
instructor.

GOV 472 – Public Interest Organization Internship
(3 or 6) Y
Participation as staff member in an
established public interest organization
under co-supervision of designated faculty
and agency staff persons. Periodic
conferences, readings, and written work
required. Prerequisites, dependent on
setting: Government and Politics 212,
242, 251, 332 or permission of instructor.

GOV 473 – Administrative Internships
(3 or 6) Y
Participation as staff member in an
established administrative agency under
co-supervision of designated faculty and
agency staff persons. Periodic conferences,
readings, and written work
required. Prerequisite: Government and
Politics 332 or permission of instructor.

GOV 474 – Judicial Internship
(3 or 6) Y
Participation on judicial staff under cosupervision
of designated faculty person and court personnel.
Periodic conferences, readings, and written work
required. Prerequisites: Government and
Politics 242, 345, 346, or permission of
instructor.

GOV 475 – Legislative Internship
(3, 6, or 9) Y
Participation on legislative staff under
co-supervision of designated faculty and
legislative staff persons. Possible participation
in New York State Legislative
Intern Programs. Periodic conferences,
readings, and written work required.
Prerequisite: Government and Politics
251 or permission of instructor.

GOV 490 – Independent Study
(1–6) IR
Exploration of political problems in
depth. Individual independent study on
plan submitted by the student.
Prerequisite: permission of instructor.
(Maximum credit of six hours with no
more than three in any semester.)


Note: The figure in parentheses following the title of the course indicates the credit hours per term. Courses that extend through two terms are shown as follows: (3, 3). Courses that are one term only are shown by: (3). Courses with variable credit are shown with the range of credit available, for example: (1-6).

Letters appearing after course credit hours in this section are explained as follows:
S=Spring
IR=irregularly
F=Fall
U=Summer Session
Y=at least once each academic year Check schedule for Winter Session
O=every other year

The College reserves the right to cancel any course if registration does not justify continuance and to make changes in curricula at any time.