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GLST 101 INTRODUCTION TO GLOBAL STUDIES

Units: 3.0     CSU, UC     48-54 hours lecture
(No prerequisite)

Interdisciplinary examination of social, economic, and political change in a global context. Understanding of world views, cultural contexts, and key international institutions as well as the development of skills necessary to live and work in a cross-cultural setting will be stressed. Strong emphasis on learning the techniques necessary to access and analyze varied sources of information about globalization.

GLST 102 GLOBAL PROBLEMS/ISSUES

Units: 3.0     CSU, UC     48-54 hours lecture
(No prerequisite. Grade Option)

This course introduces students to the origins, current status, and future trends of major transnational issues confronting the global community. Topics can include population trends, economic development and inequality, basic human needs (for food, water health care), human rights, international conflict and security concerns, and environmental problems. The course also focuses on global governance, including the study of collective global responsibilities.

PADM 200 INTRODUCTION TO PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION

Units: 3.0     CSU,           48-54 hours lecture
(No prerequisite. Recommended preparation: POLS 102 or POLS 103 or ECON 101)

Introduction to principles and trends in public administration, including organization, policies and decision processes. Topics include organizational theory and behavior, functions and methods of management, and program design, implementation and evaluation.

POLS 101 INTRODUCTION TO POLITICAL SCIENCE

Units: 3.0     CSU, UC     48-54 hours lecture
(No prerequisite. Recommended preparation: Eligibility for ENGL 50)

An introduction to modern politics and the scope of political science as a discipline. Presents a comprehensive survey of the study of political science, modern political ideologies and movements, participation, institutions of government, political issues and foreign affairs of nation-states around the world.

POLS 102 INTRODUCTION TO AMERICAN GOVERNMENT AND POLITICS

Units: 3.0     CSU, UC     48-54 hours lecture
(UC credit limitation) (Prerequisite. ENGL 45 or eligibility for ENGL 101.0 or ENGL 101H.)

Examines the workings of our complex system of American government, including: national, California state, and local levels (with emphasis on the national level). This survey will focus on the historical and contemporary development of our Constitution, political institutions, citizen participation, politics, and policies. Examines the causes, consequences, and possible solutions to significant problems in contemporary America.

POLS 103 STATE AND LOCAL GOVERNMENT

Units: 3.0     CSU 4    8-54 hours lecture
(No prerequisite. Recommended preparation: ENGL 50 or eligibility for ENGL 101.0 or ENGL 101H.)

An introduction to the study of the American political system at the state and local levels of government. Examines the workings of our complex system of federalism by focusing on contemporary state and local government institutions, citizen participation, political problems, politics, and policies. Emphasis is given to the analysis of California political issues, politics and government.

POLS 110 INTRODUCTION TO INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS

Units: 3.0     CSU, UC        48-54 hours lecture
(No prerequisite)

An introduction to the analysis of the historical development and contemporary setting of political relations between and among nation-states, trans-national movements, and international organizations. Introduces the analytical approaches to the study of world affairs and theories of international conflict and cooperation. Explores the variety of governmental and non-governmental entities on the world stage today, their foreign policy goals and interests, and instruments and uses of power. Examines contemporary issues confronting the global community and the historical development and uses of international law and organizations.

POLS 112 INTRODUCTION TO COMPARATIVE GOVERNMENT AND POLITICS

Units: 3.0     CSU, UC     48-54 hours lecture
(No prerequisite)

Comparative analysis of different kinds of political systems, including their history, political institutions, processes and policies, the environments in which they occur, and their consequences.

POLS 113 POLITICS OF THE MIDDLE EAST & NORTH AFRICA

Units: 3.0     CSU, UC     48-54 hours lecture
(No prerequisite. Grade option)

This course will examine the Middle East and North Africa through a comparative politics perspective. This will include an examination of the following items: an overview of the region’s histories, geographies, peoples, cultures, religions and languages; the fundamentals of the Islamic and Judaic belief systems; current events such as the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, the War in Iraq and other real potential geopolitical conflicts.

POLS 114 INTRODUCTION TO POLITICAL THEORY AND THOUGHT
This course is cross-listed with PHIL 114

Units: 3.0     CSU, UC     48-54 hours lecture
(Recommended Preparation: ENGL 101.0)

Examination of various theoretical approaches to politics, with a focus on conceptions of the “common good” and distributive justice, the nature of rights, the significance of “equality” and “liberty”. Analysis of selected political theories and of the relevance of theory to contemporary themes and global challenges, e.g. same-sex marriage, racial justice, economic inequality, health care, war and violence, immigration, debt cancellation, immigration, climate change, international law.

POLS 206 INTRODUCTION TO ENVIRONMENTAL POLICY AND NATURAL RESOURCE MANAGEMENT

Units: 3.0     CSU, UC     48-54 hours lecture
(No prerequisite)

This course examines American environmental policy and how natural resources are managed. The historical, global, and ethical dimensions of how our society relates to the environment are analyzed from an interdisciplinary perspective.

POLS 221 MODEL UNITED NATIONS

Units: 3.0     CSU     48-54 hours lecture
(No prerequisite. This course may be taken four times)

The course introduces students to the theory and practice of international diplomacy through participation in Model United Nations simulations. The course focuses on the history, structure, and functions of the United nations; international bargaining and diplomacy; conflict resolution; researching and writing position papers and resolutions; and public speaking. Students are not required to attend a Model United Nations Conference.