Academic Catalog

Political Science (3700)

3700:500. Political Extremism & Violence. (3 Credits)

This course examines the causes and consequences of political extremism & political violence in democracies and failed democracies.

3700:502. Politics and the Media. (3 Credits)

Examination of relationships between the press, the news media and political decision makers.

3700:503. Media, Crime and Public Opinion. (3 Credits)

Examines the social construction of crime in mass media and how it impacts public, including fear of crime, beliefs about crime causation, and crime policy.

3700:510. International Security Policy. (3 Credits)

Introduction to political uses of military forces. Major focus on methodological, conceptual, and ethical dilemmas confronted in developing and implementing defense policy.

3700:513. Global Public Health Threats. (3 Credits)

An introduction to comparative global biological and public health security policy. Topics include: infectious disease outbreaks, bioterrorism, and potential "nano-terrorism.

3700:514. Wealth and Power Among Nations. (3 Credits)

Studies relationship between politics and economy; mesh theoretical perspectives with exploration of the key empirical issues. Topics include: trade, relations, unions, finance, development, aid, sanctions.

3700:522. Understanding Racial & Gender Conflicts. (3 Credits)

This is the core course the Certificates in Racial and Gender Conflict, providing students with an opportunity to intensively examine racial and gender conflict.

3700:528. Ohio Politics. (3 Credits)

This course focuses on factors that make Ohio economically competitive. Material focuses on recent election results, public opinion polling and influence of socioeconomic factors.

3700:537. Government Versus Organized Crime. (3 Credits)

The course gives a history of organized crime and the government's responses to fight it. Newly emerging international crime groups are also discussed.

3700:540. Survey Research Methods. (3 Credits)

Study of the survey research methods as applied to the analysis of public opinion, political behavior and public policy formation.

3700:541. The Policy Process. (3 Credits)

Intensive study of policy-making process, emphasizing roles of various participants in executive and legislative branches as well as private individuals and groups.

3700:542. Methods of Policy Analysis. (3 Credits)

Examines variety of methods available for analyzing public policies. Techniques of cost benefit analysis, evaluation research quasi-experimentation are covered as well as consideration of ethical questions in policy analysis, the practical problems facing policy analysts.

3700:543. Political Scandals & Corruption. (3 Credits)

This course will provide information on major political scandals, including media coverage, public opinion, the role of special prosecutors, and the impacts of scandals.

3700:545. Al Qaeda and ISIS. (3 Credits)

This course explores the causes and consequences of Al Qaeda's and ISIS' ideologies and tactics around the world.

3700:546. National Security Intelligence. (3 Credits)

The aim of this course is to familiarize students with the politics and policy of national security intelligence in the US.

3700:547. Counterterrorism. (3 Credits)

This course introduces students to the national security agencies, policies, politics and methods of defeating terrorism from abroad and in the United States.

3700:550. Administering Prisons, Probation, and Parole. (3 Credits)

Analysis of the administrative, electoral, and community conflicts central to understanding, resolving, and preventing these conflicts in a correctional environment.

3700:561. The Supreme Court & Constitutional Law. (3 Credits)

Interpretation of the Constitution by the Supreme Court with emphasis on federal judicial, legislative and executive power; separation of powers; and federalism.

3700:562. The Supreme Court & Civil Liberties. (3 Credits)

Interpretation of the Constitution by the Supreme Court with emphasis on freedom of speech and press, freedom of religion, criminal rights and right to privacy.

3700:563. Human Rights in World Politics. (3 Credits)

An introduction to human rights from a comparative perspective; topics include: definition and development of human rights with attention paid to government interaction and wartime.

3700:570. Campaign Management I. (3 Credits)

Reading, research and practice in campaign management.

3700:571. Campaign Management II. (3 Credits)

The second course in campaign management. Focus is on timing, coalition building, candidate positioning, event planning, internal organization, and other elements of campaign strategy.

3700:572. Campaign Finance. (3 Credits)

Reading and research in financial decision making in political campaigns.

3700:573. Voter Contact & Elections. (3 Credits)

Theoretical and practical approaches to gaining votes in all types of political campaigns.

3700:574. Political Opinion, Behavior & Electorial Politics. (3 Credits)

Advanced analysis of psychological, cultural and group processes of opinion formation and change. Attention given to the effect of opinion change on electoral outcomes.

3700:575. American Interest Groups. (3 Credits)

Reading and research on the development, structure and function of interest groups in the United States.

3700:576. American Political Parties. (3 Credits)

Reading and research on the development, structure and function of parties in the United States.

3700:577. Lobbying. (3 Credits)

Examines the lobbying profession in the political process. Topics include theories of lobbying, tools of lobbying, the lobbying process, and types of lobbying.

3700:580. Policy Problems in Political Science. (3 Credits)

(May be repeated for a total of six credits) Intensive study of selected problems in public policy.

3700:581. The Challenges of Police Work. (3 Credits)

Analysis of various political dimensions underlying the study of politics and policing in the context of police reform, crime, and the community.

3700:582. Current Issues (CJ Topic). (3 Credits)

Study and critical analysis of current issues, programs, and policies relating to political science and criminal justice at the federal or state level.

3700:583. Constitutional Problems in Criminal Justice. (3 Credits)

Analyzes Supreme Court policy-making regarding problems of criminal justice, including search and seizure, self-incrimination, right to counsel, jury selection, and post-appeal prisoner rights.

3700:590. Workshop in Political Science. (1-3 Credits)

(May be repeated for a total of nine credits). Timely workshops on varying subjects to meet the changing needs of our students in response to new and emerging political issues and controversies.

3700:592. Selected Topics in Political Science. (3 Credits)

May be repeated for a total of six credits. Topics of substantial current importance or specialized topics with political science.

3700:600. Scope & Theories of Political Science. (3 Credits)

Prerequisite: admission to political science graduate program or permission. Emphasis on the nature, scope and content of political theory; theory construction and validation in political science.

3700:601. Research Methods in Political Science. (3 Credits)

Prerequisite: 3700:600. Techniques of quantitative research methodology in political science; utility and limitations of quantitative analysis.

3700:603. Scholarly Writing & Professional Development in Political Science. (3 Credits)

Prerequisite: Admission to a Political Science graduate program or permission. Course will assist in the development of Essay / Capstone projects: Organization, format presentation, editing, committee review. Will help polish student writing and presentation skills.

3700:610. Seminar in International Politics. (3 Credits)

Prerequisite: admission to political science graduate program or permission. Analysis of current problems in theory and practice of politics and organization.

3700:611. Seminar in War and Insurgency. (3 Credits)

This course examines the issue of international conflict, war, and insurgency in international and domestic politics.

3700:612. Seminar in Security Studies. (3 Credits)

The aim of the course is to introduce graduate students to the study of national security politics and policy.

3700:620. Seminar in Comparative Politics. (3 Credits)

Prerequisite: admission to political science graduate program or permission. Research selected topics in comparative politics. Comparative method.

3700:622. Seminar in Alternatives to Violence at Home and Abroad. (3 Credits)

Prerequisite: admission to political science graduate program or permission. An interdisciplinary analysis of the nature of violence--from interpersonal to international--to enhance our capacity to reduce violence and other threats to liberty.

3700:630. Seminar in National Politics. (3 Credits)

Prerequisite: admission to political science graduate program or permission. Reading and research on formulation, development and implementation of national policy in one or more areas of contemporary significance.

3700:650. Seminar on Law, Punishment, & Politics: US & the World. (3 Credits)

Prerequisite: admission to political science graduate program or permission. Reading and research on the multiple and contingent interconnections between law, punishment, politics, and power.

3700:655. Campaign and Election Law. (3 Credits)

Prerequisite: admission to political science graduate program or permission. Examines the legal environment for political campaigns. Topics include historical background, legal foundation, voting rights, filing requirements, campaign finance and political advertising.

3700:668. Seminar in Public Policy Agendas & Decisions. (3 Credits)

Prerequisite: admission to political science graduate program or permission. Reading and research on the development of public policy issues and modes of decision making used by policy makers.

3700:672. Seminar: Political Influence & Organizations. (3 Credits)

Prerequisite: admission to political science graduate program or permission. Examination of how public concerns and demands are resolved or diffused. A theoretical and applied look at parties, interest groups, public opinion, media, and protest.

3700:690. Special Topics in Political Science. (1-3 Credits)

Prerequisite: admission to political science graduate program or permission. Graduate-level examination of selected topics in American politics, comparative politics, international politics, international politics or political theory.

3700:695. Internship in Government & Politics. (3-6 Credits)

(May be repeated for a total of six credits.) Prerequisite: admission to political science graduate program or permission. Supervised individual placement with political office holders, party groups, governmental agencies, law firms and other organizations providing professional-level work.

3700:697. Independent Research & Readings. (1-4 Credits)

(May be repeated, but no more than six credits toward the master's degree in political science) Prerequisite: admission to political science graduate program or permission.

3700:699. Master's Thesis. (2-6 Credits)

Prerequisite: admission to political science graduate program or permission. Master's Thesis.