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POS100 Introduction to Politics Credit Hours: 3.00
Issues, principles, and trends in political science. Includes politics and political science, political philosophy and ideology, comparative politics, American national government, and international relations.
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POS196 Independent Study in Political Science Credit Hours: 2-4.00
Independent readings or special projects in political science. Content to be determined by conference between student and instructor.
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Information: Consent of instructor is required before enrolling in this course. May be taken two times for a maximum of eight credit hours. If this course is repeated, see a financial aid or Veteran's Affairs advisor to determine funding eligibility as appropriate.
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This course is not offered in the current Schedule of Classes.
 
POS201 American National Government and Politics SUN# POS1110 Credit Hours: 3.00
Origins, development, and current operation of the institutions and processes of American government and politics in the federal system. Includes approaches to political analysis, cultural environment of American politics, impact of race/ethnicity, class, gender, and immigration, Constitution, civil liberties and civil rights, and public opinion. Also includes linkage institutions such as political parties, interest groups, the media, and elections, and exploration of various policy areas including social welfare policymaking.
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Information: The combination of both POS 201 and POS 231 satisfies the requirement for teacher certification, as does POS 210.
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POS202 Introduction to International Relations SUN# POS1120 Credit Hours: 3.00
Examination of contemporary international relations. Includes approaches to the study of international relations, international systems, actors in international systems, globalization, and major forms of interactions.
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POS203 Introduction to Political Ideas Credit Hours: 3.00
Introductory survey of western political philosophy. Includes political philosophy as a discipline, and introduction to the ideas of key political thinkers from ancient through medieval, early modern, late modern, and contemporary periods.
Prerequisite(s): WRT 101.
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POS204 Introduction to Comparative Politics SUN# POS2204 Credit Hours: 3.00
Basic concepts and substance of comparing political systems. Includes methods of comparative political analysis, nations and states, democratic and nondemocratic systems, constitutions and political ideologies, governmental and linkage institutions and electoral systems. Also includes case studies from diverse countries are used to illustrate and explain the above concepts.
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POS210 National and State Constitutions Credit Hours: 3.00
Principles and procedures of national and state constitutions. Includes major principles of American and Arizona Constitutionalism, historical and legal environments of the United States and Arizona constitutions, structures, powers, and responsibilities of United States government, structures of Arizona government, civil liberties and civil rights in the United States, and constitutional change.
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Information: POS 210 satisfies the requirement for teacher certification as does the combination of both POS 201 and 231.
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POS231 American State and Local Governments and Politics SUN# POS1130 Credit Hours: 3.00
Basic concepts, structures, and substance of American state and local politics and government. Includes methods of political analysis, federalism and intergovernmental relations, cultural and demographic diversity in state and local politics, democracy and constitutionalism, civil rights policy, patterns and forms of political participation, electoral systems and the impact of nonpartisanship, institutions and processes of state and local governments. Also includes status features of tribal governments, and state and local policymaking.
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POS240 Understanding Terrorism Credit Hours: 3.00
Analysis of terrorism as an international phenomenon. Includes terrorism definitions and perspectives, classifications of terrorism, cultural and geographical issues, responses by governments to terrorism, terrorism's future impact on the international and domestic scene, and current government reports on terrorism.
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POS290 Political Science Internship Credit Hours: 3.00
Supervised internship in a governmental or other political office. Includes placement with elected officials or candidates for public office, city, county, state, or federal governmental agencies, and advocacy groups. Also includes substantive assignments involving development and application of analytical, research and writing skills.
Prerequisite(s): WRT 101.
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Information: Completion of 6 credit hours of Political Science courses are required before enrolling in this course. May take course a maximum of three times for a total of nine credit hours. If the course is repeated, see a financial aid or Veteran's Affairs advisor to determine funding eligibility as appropriate.
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