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Political Science


POLSC 1 American Government and Institutions Units 3
Prerequisites: Reading level II.
Limitations on Enrollment: None.
Advisories: None.

This course is an introduction to the fundamentals of government and the political processes at the national, state, and local levels. Included are studies of basic issues confronted by the American people and their governing institutions. The course fulfills the Social Science (Group A) requirements for the AA degree and applies toward completion of the requirement in U.S. History and California state and local government. (UC, CSU, CAN GOVT 2)

POLSC 5 International Relations Units 3
Prerequisites: Reading level II.
Limitations on Enrollment: None.
Advisories: None.

This course is an introduction to the field of International Relations. The course surveys theoretical approaches to international relations, international conflict and cooperation, global issues, and the United States as a world power. (UC, CSU)

POLSC 10 Introduction to Political Science Units 3
Prerequisites: Reading level II.
Limitations on Enrollment: None.
Advisories: None.

This course is an introduction to the field of political science. The course surveys the scope and methods of the discipline, explores contemporary political theory and ideology, and compares varying types of political systems. (UC, CSU)

POLSC 12 Model United Nations Units 1
Prerequisites: None.
Limitations on Enrollment: None.
Advisories: None.

This course is a simulation of the United Nations within a classroom setting. The course is designed to expose the student to contemporary world issues and to focused study of a specific country's policies in international affairs. The course may be repeated for a total of three units. (CSU)

POLSC 15 Selected Topics: Political Science Units 0.5-2
Prerequisites: None.
Limitations on Enrollment: None.
Advisories: None.

This topics course is designed to offer instruction in one of the specialized areas of Political Science not already covered by the existing curriculum. (CSU)

POLSC 15B International Terrorism Units 0.5
Prerequisites: None.
Limitations on Enrollment: None.
Advisories: None.

This topic course is an analysis of international terrorism from a political perspective. Topics include the root causes and development of terrorism, the use of violence to acheive political goals, the nature and sources of terrorists' beliefs, the functioning of terrorist groups, and government responses to terrorism. (UC, CSU)

POLSC 20 California State and Local Government Units 3
Prerequisites: None.
Limitations on Enrollment: None.
Advisories: None.

This course is an introduction to the fundamentals of California state and local government and the political processes. The course includes the study of basic issues confronted by California state, county, city, and regional governments. (CSU)

POLSC 50H Special Studies: Political Science Units 1-2
Prerequisites: Presentation of a project acceptable to the instructor and the division chairperson; Political Science 1 or 10 with grade of "B" or better.
Limitations on Enrollment: None.
Advisories: None.

This course is designed to allow the qualified student to do advanced work in the field. The course includes research, directed reading, field work, or other advanced study. The course may be repeated for a maximum total of four units. (CSU)

POLSC 51H Government Internship Units 3-4
Prerequisites: Completion of one of the following courses with a grade of "B" or better: POLSC 1, POLSC 5, or POLSC 10.
Limitations on Enrollment: None.
Advisories: None.

This course is designed to place the student who is in local government departments, district offices or law firms where he/she engages in specific research projects related to his/her position. The student works for 9-12 hours per week. Student units will be determined at a rate of one unit for three hours in internship per week. May be repeated for credit three times. (CSU)

POLSC 75 Selected Topics: Political Science Units 0.5-3
Prerequisites: None; exempt from assessment testing.
Limitations on Enrollment: None.
Advisories: None.

This course is designed to offer instruction in one or more of the specialized areas of political science not covered by the existing curriculum. Units in this course do not count toward an associate degree.




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