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Political Science
Course Code
PSCI 1101  Credits 3.00 Lec View Details
Title American Government and Politics 
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.



Course Code
PSCI 1102  Credits 3.00 Lec View Details
Title State and Local Government 
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.



Course Code
PSCI 1104  Credits 3.00 Lec View Details
Title World Politics 
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.



Course Code
PSCI 1110  Credits 3.00 Lec View Details
Title Introduction to Political Science 
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.



Course Code
PSCI 1111  Credits 1.00 Lec View Details
Title Reclaiming Democracy: An Introduction to Civic Engagement 
Description This course teaches you about the individual and societal benefits of civic engagement theory and practices and the practical challenges of motivating mass citizen engagement. You will participate in civic engagement projects (or public projects) on campus and within the broader community. You will explore how to contribute to ethical and democratic governance, foster civil society, build social capital, and advance sustainable communities. You will learn how to connect your own political experiences to research on civic engagement theory, history and practice. 
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.



Course Code
PSCI 1137  Credits 3.00 Lec View Details
Title Environment, Politics and Society 
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.



Course Code
PSCI 1170  Credits 3.00 Lec View Details
Title Community Organizing: History, Theory and Practice 
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.



Course Code
PSCI 1175  Credits   3.00-6.00 Variable Credit Int./Prac. 0.00 Lec 0.00 Lab View Details
Title Political Science Field Experience 
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.



Course Code
PSCI 1180  Credits 3.00 Lec View Details
Title Politics, Media and Community Organizing: Indigenous Understandings and App 
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.



Course Code
PSCI 1190  Credits 3.00 Lec View Details
Title Leadership/The Politics of Community Change: Soc Move/Non-profit/Comm Dev. 
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.



Course Code
PSCI 1200  Credits 3.00 Lec View Details
Title Introduction to Public Policy 
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.



Course Code
PSCI 2000  Credits 3.00 Lec View Details
Title Constitutional Law 
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.