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American Government and Politics (PSCI 1101)

Credits:  3   Lecture Credits:  3.00  
Description:  This course provides an introduction to American government and politics. It includes the study of the constitutional foundations of the American political system by examining the Constitution, the politics of federalism, and our tradition of civil liberties and civil rights; the study of political processes, participation, and power by examining interest groups, political parties, campaigns, and elections; the study of the institutions of the American government by examining the Congressional, Executive and Judicial branches; and policy and policy formation in American government.
MnTC:
  • Goal 5
  • Goal 9
Prerequisites:

Placement score into READ 0200 or placement score into ESOL 0052 or completion of READ 0100 or ESOL 0042 with faculty recommendation into ESOL 0052.

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State and Local Government (PSCI 1102)

Credits:  3   Lecture Credits:  3.00  
Description:  This course is an introduction to state and local government with an emphasis on Minnesota and the Twin Cities. The setting and structures of state and local government (the Legislature, Governor, Courts, County, and city governments) will be examined. Involvement in the political process and application of the political process to an urban problem will be discussed.
MnTC:
  • Goal 5
  • Goal 9
Prerequisites:

Placement score into READ 0200 or placement score into ESOL 0052 or completion of READ 0100 or ESOL 0042 with faculty recommendation into ESOL 0052.

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World Politics (PSCI 1104)

Credits:  3   Lecture Credits:  3.00  
Description:  This introductory course helps you develop a better understanding of the major issues and conflicts that challenge our present global order. The course will cover the following main topics: the politics of intervention; cooperation and conflict in global institutions; south-north relations and the politics of hunger, development, foreign aid, and trade; politics of human rights and the environment; politics of the arms race; and case studies in the politics of international conflicts. The selection will depend on world events as they occur during the semester.
MnTC:
  • Goal 5
  • Goal 8
Prerequisites:

Placement score into READ 0200 or placement score into ESOL 0052 or completion of READ 0100 or ESOL 0042 with faculty recommendation into ESOL 0052.

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Comparative Politics (PSCI 1105)

Credits:  3   Lecture Credits:  3.00  
Description:  This introductory course will consider governments, cultures, patterns of political and economic development, as well as political values, processes, and institutions in the context of unique cultures and histories. You will examine countries chosen to illustrate different types of governments as well as the diversity of government systems in the world, including comparisons, where apt, with the United States. You will learn how to make comparative study of different political systems with an emphasis on the frameworks used to compare them, and the concepts used to analyze and describe politics in different countries.
MnTC:
  • Goal 5
  • Goal 8
Prerequisites:

Placement score into READ 0200 or placement score into ESOL 0052 or completion of READ 0100 or ESOL 0042.

 

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Introduction to Political Science (PSCI 1110)

Credits:  3   Lecture Credits:  3.00  
Description:  This course deals with a number of topics that are part of the academic discipline of political science, including political theory, political ideologies, government, political culture, politics of diversity, politics of media, politics of change, political economy, international politics, and comparative government. The course draws its context and contents, its examples and its processes, from a global reality as much as possible, giving the course a special emphasis on the topics of comparative government and international politics. The course also requires students to examine their own political experience, political ideas, political culture, and political socialization in the context of considerations of alternative diverse opinions, interests, and ethical views.
MnTC:
  • Goal 5
  • Goal 9
Prerequisites:

Placement score into READ 0200 or placement score into ESOL 0052 or completion of READ 0100 or ESOL 0042 with faculty recommendation into ESOL 0052.

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Environment, Politics and Society (PSCI 1137)

Credits:  3   Lecture Credits:  3.00  
Description:  This course provides an examination of the global environmental challenges confronting the world today and the range of solutions that have been proposed to solve these problems. Scientific, technological, social, economic and political dimensions are integrated into the problem-solving, critical thinking and social-change strategizing that is at the core of this course. Case studies include local, national and international examples of both problems and actions people are taking to "save" the planet.
MnTC:
  • Goal 5
  • Goal 10
Prerequisites:

Placement score into READ 0200 or placement score into ESOL 0052 or completion of READ 0100 or ESOL 0042 with faculty recommendation into ESOL 0052.

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Community Organizing: History, Theory and Practice (PSCI 1170)

Credits:  3   Lecture Credits:  3.00  
Description:  This course, designed for those considering a career in nonprofit and social-change fields, explores the history, theory, and practice of community organizing and emphasizes indigenous perspectives of community organizing while it examines the relationship between social action and politics, economics and identity. You will examine the key assumptions of this approach to sociopolitical change and examine the differences and divisions that characterize the field. You will also use collaborative learning approaches and active learning techniques to help you develop basic skills central to community organizing.
MnTC:
  • Goal 5
  • Goal 9
Prerequisites:

Placement score into READ 0200 or placement score into ESOL 0052 or completion of READ 0100 or ESOL 0042 with faculty recommendation into ESOL 0052.

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Political Science Field Experience (PSCI 1175)

Internship/Practicum:  3.00-6.00 Variable Credit

Description:  This course combines field work at a governmental or nongovernmental organization engaged in public policy work with an examination of power, politics, and leadership. You will spend approximately three hours per credit per week at your internship site; attend three seminars (orientation, midsemester, and end-of-semester seminars); develop specific learning goals with your instructor and internship site supervisor; and submit online writing assignments that integrate political science theories with your field experiences. You must arrange an internship placement and obtain permission from the instructor prior to registering for this course. Must be taken A-F.
Prerequisites:

PSCI 1101 or PSCI 1102 or PSCI 1110 or AMIS 1120; permission from faculty field experience supervisor is necessary for registration.

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Politics, Media and Community Organizing: Indigenous Understandings and Applications (PSCI 1180)

Credits:  3   Lecture Credits:  3.00  
Description:  This course examines the relationship between the media, community organizing, and community power, with special emphasis on how various media forms are used in the organizing efforts of indigenous communities. You will learn about the historical connections between community organizing and the media, analyze the relationship between politics, political movements and the media, examine media in politics and society, and explore the effects of the media landscape on community organizing. You will also evaluate how community organizations use various media forms in their efforts to achieve their goals and develop a media plan for a community organization.
MnTC:
  • Goal 5
  • Goal 9
Prerequisites:

Placement score into READ 1300 or completion of READ 0200 or ESOL 0052.

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Leadership/The Politics of Community Change: Soc Move/Non-profit/Comm Dev. (PSCI 1190)

Credits:  3   Lecture Credits:  3.00  
Description:  This course introduces key concepts and skills for work in non-profit organizations, with a particular focus on organizations engaged in community change work. You will explore theories of social movements and social change, asset-based community development; the history, role and mechanics of non-profit organizations in politics and communities; approaches to leadership in organizations and movements; and diversity and inclusion in social change work. Must be taken A-F.
MnTC:
  • Goal 5
  • Goal 9
Prerequisites:

Placement score into READ 0200 or ESOL 0052 or completion of READ 0100 or ESOL 0042 with faculty recommendation into ESOL 0052.

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Introduction to Public Policy (PSCI 1200)

Credits:  3   Lecture Credits:  3.00  
Description:  This course will explore the public policy-making process at the local, state and national levels. You will examine key public policy models and methods and learn how individuals and groups become involved in the policy-making process. You will also learn practical techniques for involving yourself and communities in the design, implementation, and assessment of public policies. You will examine public policies that affect economically disadvantaged communities, communities of color, women and young people.
MnTC:
  • Goal 5
  • Goal 9
Prerequisites:

Placement score into READ 0200 or ESOL 0052 or completion of READ 0100 or ESOL 0042 with faculty recommendation into ESOL 0052.

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Constitutional Law (PSCI 2000)

Credits:  3   Lecture Credits:  3.00  
Description:  This course is an overview of the origins of the U.S. Constitution and its continuing evolution through amendment and interpretation. Changing power relationships within government and changing definitions of the basic rights of citizens will be examined through the study of important case decisions, both historic and contemporary, with an eye to demonstrating the fluid nature of our Constitutional system. Emphasis will be placed on the practical impact of the Constitution and of Supreme Court decisions upon the enforcement of criminal laws.
MnTC:
  • Goal 5
  • Goal 9
Prerequisites:

Placement score into READ 0200 or placement score into ESOL 0052 or completion of READ 0100 or ESOL 0042 with faculty recommendation into ESOL 0052.

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