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PLSI 100 : Understanding Politics

Prerequisites: None
Description: Concepts and principles of political thought, action, and institutions.
General Education:
  • Segment II Area - Behavioral and Social Sciences Area (BSS)
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

PLSI 106 : Capitalism, Socialism, and Democracy: Introduction to Political Economy

Prerequisites: None
Description: Political-economic approaches to the analysis of questions each society must solve: governance, production, allocation, distribution, freedom, and equity. The development of contemporary market vs. non-market organization, political direction of economic activity, and political-economic struggles.
General Education:
  • Segment II Area - Behavioral and Social Sciences Area (BSS)
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

PLSI 150 : Contemporary Moral/Political Issues

Prerequisites: None
Description: Cross listed with PHIL 150. For course description, see PHIL 150. (May not be repeated under alternate prefix.)
General Education:
  • Segment II Area - Humanities and Creative Arts Area (HCA)
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

PLSI 200 : American Politics

Prerequisites: None
Description: Governmental institutions, politics, and issues in the U.S. and California in historical, social, and cultural perspective. (Fulfills the U.S. Government and California State and Local Government components of the U.S. History and Government Requirement) [CSL may be available; consult Index for page reference.] [USG,CSLG]
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

PLSI 250 : Comparative Politics

Prerequisites: None
Description: Governmental institutions, political processes, socio-economic development and issues in countries around the world.
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

PLSI 275 : Introduction to Political Theory

Prerequisites: None
Description: Competing traditions of political theory: the foundation of political thought; the nature and scope of politics.
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

PLSI 300 : Scientific Inquiry in Political Science

Prerequisites: PLSI 200 or equivalent. Recommended: a course in critical thinking.
Description: Introduction to empirical research in political science. Topics include the philosophy of science, research design, and inferential statistics.
Units: 4
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

PLSI 301 : Public Administration and Democracy

Prerequisites: ENG 214 or equivalent.
Description: Introduction to the field of public administration and its role in today's society. How public administrators and bureaucracies contribute to the development of public policy and its implementation in an on-going democracy. This course is offered as PLSI 301 and P A 301. Students may not repeat the course under an alternate prefix.
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2013

PLSI 320 : Political Forum

Prerequisites: PLSI 200 or equivalent and consent of instructor. Topic to be specified in Class Schedule.
Description: May be repeated on advisement when topics vary.
Units: 2

PLSI 320 : Political Forum: Current Topics

Prerequisites: PLSI 200 or equivalent and consent of instructor.
Description: Discourse about politics: student organization of topics and structure, student presentations, argument, application of political theory and methods.
Units: 2
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

PLSI 321 : Development and Foreign Policy-Africa

Prerequisites: ENG 214.
Description: Cross listed with I R 321. For course description, see I R 321. (May not be repeated under alternate prefix.) (Plus-minus letter grade only.)
General Education:
  • Segment III Cluster - Understanding Public Policy
  • Segment III Cluster - Third World Development
  • Segment III Cluster - America and World Affairs
  • Cultural, Ethnic, or Social Diversity (CESD)
Units: 4
Latest Offering: Fall 2013

PLSI 322 : Latin American Policy Analysis

Prerequisites: ENG 214 or equivalent and upper division standing.
Description: Cross listed with I R 322. For course description, see I R 322. (May not be repeated under alternate prefix.)
General Education:
  • Segment III Cluster - Understanding Public Policy
  • Segment III Cluster - Third World Development
  • Segment III Cluster - Latin America: Society and Culture
  • Segment III Cluster - America and World Affairs
  • Cultural, Ethnic, or Social Diversity (CESD)
Units: 4
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

PLSI 325 : Chinese Foreign Policy

Prerequisites: ENG 214 or equivalent and upper division standing.
Description: Cross listed with I R 325. For course description, see I R 325. (May not be repeated under alternate prefix.)
General Education:
  • Segment III Cluster - America and World Affairs
  • Segment III Cluster - Third World Development
  • Segment III Cluster - Asian Society, Politics, and Culture
  • Cultural, Ethnic, or Social Diversity (CESD)
Units: 4
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

PLSI 328 : Domestic and Foreign Policy: Post-Communist Regions

Prerequisites: ENG 214 and upper division standing.
Description: Cross listed with I R 328. For course description, see I R 328. (May not be repeated under alternate prefix.)
General Education:
  • Segment III Cluster - Understanding Public Policy
  • Segment III Cluster - Nineteenth & Twentieth Century European Contributions to World Culture
  • Segment III Cluster - America and World Affairs
  • Cultural, Ethnic, or Social Diversity (CESD)
Units: 4
Latest Offering: Fall 2012

PLSI 329 : U.S.-Japan Politics

Prerequisites: ENG 214 or equivalent; upper division standing or consent of instructor.
Description: Cross listed with I R 329. For course description, see I R 329. (May not be repeated under alternate prefix.)
General Education:
  • Segment III Cluster - Asian Society, Politics, and Culture
Units: 4
Latest Offering: Spring 2013

PLSI 342 : Strategy and War

Prerequisites: ENG 214 and upper division standing.
Description: Cross listed with I R 342. For course description, see I R 342. (May not be repeated under alternate prefix.)
General Education:
  • Segment III Cluster - America and World Affairs
Units: 4
Latest Offering: Fall 2013

PLSI 351 GW : Political Theory: The Classical Tradition - GWAR

Prerequisites: ENG 214 or equivalent with grade of C- or better; upper division standing or consent of instructor; PLSI major.
Description: Nature of the state, power and authority, forms of government, law and justice, leadership and citizenship, as presented in the writings of Plato, Aristotle, Cicero and Machiavelli. ABC/NC grading only.
Units: 4
Latest Offering: Spring 2013

PLSI 353 GW : Political Theory of the Twentieth Century - GWAR

Prerequisites: Upper division standing; ENG 214 or equivalent with a grade of C- or better.
Description: Changing nature of political theory since the mid-19th century; the impact of sociology, psychology, and existentialism on political speculation. Technology, totalitarianism, and the crisis of the modern political order. (ABC/NC grading only.)
Units: 4

PLSI 353 : Political Theory: The Twentieth Century

Prerequisites: Upper division standing or consent of instructor.
Description: Changing nature of political theory since the mid-19th century; the impact of sociology, psychology, and existentialism on political speculation. Technology, totalitarianism, and the crisis of the modern political order.
Units: 4
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

PLSI 354 : Politics, the Environment, and Social Change

Prerequisites: PLSI 200 or consent of instructor.
Description: Political impact of environmental problems and the challenges they present for American and international policy-making, values, and institutions.
General Education:
  • Segment III Cluster - Preservation of a Livable Environment
  • Segment III Cluster - Our Violent Planet
  • Cultural, Ethnic, or Social Diversity (CESD)
Units: 4
Latest Offering: Fall 2013

PLSI 355 : Politics and Ethics of the Consumer Society

Prerequisites: Upper division standing or consent of instructor.
Description: Politics and ethics of consumption-oriented society; nature of industrial society; its structures, values, and consumption practices. This course is offered as PLSI 355 and PHIL 355. Students may not repeat the course under an alternate prefix.
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

PLSI 356 : Political Theories of Neoliberalism

Prerequisites: Upper division standing.
Description: Analysis of the theoretical and practical dimensions of neoliberalism; focus on political ramifications of neoliberalism, how it operates and how it can be resisted.
Units: 4

PLSI 357 GW : Political Movements: Lessons from Freedom Summer - GWAR

Prerequisites: ENG 214 (or equivalent) with grade of C- or better; upper division standing.
Description: Examination of origins, strategies, theory and outcomes of the Civil Rights Movement in terms of their relevance to social and political social activism today. (ABC/NC grading only.)
Units: 4
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

PLSI 360 : Development of American Political Thought

Prerequisites: PLSI 200 or 310.
Description: Political theories associated with movements in the development of the U.S. Persisting and recurring problems in political thought.
Units: 4
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

PLSI 360 GW : Development of American Political Thought - GWAR

Prerequisites: Upper division standing; ENG 214 or equivalent with a grade of C- or better.
Description: Political theories associated with movements in the development of the U.S. Persisting and recurring problems in political thought. (ABC/NC grading only.)
Units: 4
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

PLSI 373 : Essentials of California Politics

Prerequisites: Upper division standing or consent of instructor.
Description: Basics of California state and local politics for students from out of state (including international students) who have satisfactorily completed a course that fulfills the US government requirement, but not the California State and local government requirement. [CSLG] (Formerly PLSI 273)
Units: 1
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

PLSI 381 : Political Theories of Sexuality

Prerequisites: Upper division standing or consent of instructor.
Description: The ways political theory has conceived of, engaged with, and deconstructed notions of gender and sexuality. Twentieth century thought destabilized the concept of gender even as it produced a new "identity:" queerness.
General Education:
  • Segment III Cluster - Gay / Lesbian / Bisexual / Transgender / Queer
Units: 4
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

PLSI 382 : Politics and Literature

Prerequisites: ENG 214 or equivalent.
Description: Examination of political themes in classical drama and contemporary novels. Possible authors include Sophocles, Shakespeare, Coetzee, and Tabucchi.
Units: 4
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

PLSI 386 : Introduction to Critical Social Thought

Prerequisites: Upper division standing or consent of instructor.
Description: Cross listed with CST 300. For course description, see CST 300. (May not be repeated under alternate prefix.)
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

PLSI 387 : Non Western Comparative Political Thought

Prerequisites: ENG 214 or equivalent and upper division standing.
Description: Comparative political thought as a site for interdisciplinarity across comparative studies, political theory, and philosophy. Central debates include the role of global citizenship, global culture, cross-cultural philosophical analysis, human and civil rights.
Units: 4

PLSI 387 GW : Non Western Comparative Political Thought - GWAR

Prerequisites: ENG 214 or equivalent with a grade of C- or better; upper division political science major.
Description: Comparative political thought as a site for interdisciplinarity across comparative studies, political theory, and philosophy. Central debates include the role of global citizenship, global culture, cross-cultural philosophical analysis, human and civil rights. (ABC/NC grading only.)
Units: 4

PLSI 388 : Politics and the Popular

Prerequisites: Upper division standing or consent of instructor.
Description: Examine the relationship between political theory on one hand, and experienced, common sense, and tradition, on the other. Do these forms need to be theorized into coherent ideology? What are the dangers of doing so?
Units: 4
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

PLSI 389 : Latin American Revolutionary Societies

Prerequisites: Upper division standing.
Description: Revolution implies a dramatic break with the past, but revolutions actually develop slowly over time, calling upon shared histories that inspire and impede change. Examination of the extent to which Latin American revolutions lived up to the goals that they set down.
Units: 4
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

PLSI 392 : Latin American Political Thought

Prerequisites: Upper division standing.
Description: Introduction to some of the most influential Latin American political thinkers including Bolivar, Marti, and Mariategui. Exploration of whether we can speak of Latin American political thought and what sort of silences doing so may entail.
Units: 4
Latest Offering: Spring 2013

PLSI 392 GW : Latin American Political Thought - GWAR

Prerequisites: Upper division standing; ENG 214 with grade of C- or better or requivalent.
Description: Introduction to some of the most influential Latin American political thinkers including Bolivar, Marti, and Mariategui. Exploration of whether we can speak of Latin American political thought and what sort of silences doing so may entail. (ABC/NC grading only.)
Units: 4
Latest Offering: Fall 2013

PLSI 393 : Anarchist Political Theory

Prerequisites: Upper division standing or consent of instructor.
Description: Analysis of the basic theories and practices of anarchism from its classical to its contemporary forms. Focus on the relationship between theory and practice and the question of process and organization.
Units: 4
Latest Offering: Fall 2013

PLSI 400 : Public Policy Process

Prerequisites: ENG 214 or equivalent and upper division standing.
Description: The process of public policy in the domestic context. This course is offered as PLSI 400 and P A 400. Students may not repeat the course under an alternate prefix.
General Education:
  • Segment II Area - Behavioral and Social Sciences Area (BSS)
  • Segment III Cluster - Understanding Public Policy
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Fall 2012

PLSI 404 : Politics of China

Prerequisites: Upper division standing or consent of instructor.
Description: Contemporary government and politics of the People's Republic of China with modest concern for the way the past has shaped the present. Main focus is on political institutions and political processes. This course is offered as PLSI 404 and I R 404. Students may not repeat the course under an alternate prefix.
General Education:
  • Segment III Cluster - Third World Development
  • Segment III Cluster - Asian Society, Politics, and Culture
  • Cultural, Ethnic, or Social Diversity (CESD)
Units: 4
Latest Offering: Fall 2013

PLSI 407 : Politics of Russia

Prerequisites: Upper division standing.
Description: Contemporary government and politics of Russia, the way the past has shaped the present. Political institutions, political processes, and ideologies. This course is offered as PLSI 407 and I R 407. Students may not repeat the course under an alternate prefix.
General Education:
  • Segment III Cluster - America and World Affairs
  • Cultural, Ethnic, or Social Diversity (CESD)
Units: 4
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

PLSI 408 : Mexican Politics and Society

Prerequisites: Upper division standing or consent of instructor.
Description: Cross listed with LTNS 670 [formerly RAZA 670]. For course description, see LTNS 670. (May not be repeated under an alternate prefix.)
General Education:
  • Segment III Cluster - America and World Affairs
  • Cultural, Ethnic, or Social Diversity (CESD)
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

PLSI 410 : Middle East Politics

Prerequisites: Upper division standing or consent of instructor.
Description: Government and politics of the Middle East and North Africa. Comparative political institutions, ideology, political culture, political economy, social movements, regional conflicts, and international relations.
General Education:
  • Segment III Cluster - Islamic Societies and Cultures
Units: 4
Latest Offering: Fall 2013

PLSI 411 : East Asian Politics

Prerequisites: Upper division standing or consent of instructor.
Description: Government and politics of East Asia (China, Japan, South Korea, and Taiwan). Systematic comparison of nations utilizing common themes: political development, political institutions, political economy, political change. This course is offered as PLSI 411 and I R 411. Students may not repeat the course under an alternate prefix.
General Education:
  • Segment III Cluster - Third World Development
  • Segment III Cluster - Asian Society, Politics, and Culture
  • Cultural, Ethnic, or Social Diversity (CESD)
Units: 4
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

PLSI 412 : South Asian Politics

Prerequisites: ENG 214 or equivalent and upper division standing.
Description: Political development in the South Asian states; political institutions and processes; parties and election; leadership; current policies and problems. This course is offered as PLSI 412 and I R 412. Students may not repeat the course under an alternate prefix.
General Education:
  • Segment III Cluster - Third World Development
  • Segment III Cluster - Asian Society, Politics, and Culture
  • Cultural, Ethnic, or Social Diversity (CESD)
Units: 4
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

PLSI 415 : Politics of India

Prerequisites: ENG 214 or equivalent and upper division standing.
Description: Contemporary government and politics in India, with attention to social and historical factors, political institutions, processes, and ideologies. Some focus on political economy and foreign policy issues.
Units: 4

PLSI 415 GW : Politics of India - GWAR

Prerequisites: ENG 214 or equivalent with a grade of C- or better; upper division political science major or consent of instructor.
Description: Contemporary government and politics in India, with attention to social and historical factors, political institutions, processes, and ideologies. Some focus on political economy and foreign policy issues. (ABC/NC grading only.)
Units: 4
Latest Offering: Fall 2013

PLSI 416 : Ethnicity and Nationalism

Prerequisites: ENG 214 or equivalent and upper division standing.
Description: Issues and problems raised by the phenomena of ethnicity and nationalism, ethnic conflict, and efforts at conflict resolution in a comparative context. This course is offered as PLSI 416 and I R 416. Students may not repeat the course under an alternate prefix.
General Education:
  • Segment II Area - Behavioral and Social Sciences Area (BSS)
  • Segment III Cluster - Third World Development
Units: 4
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

PLSI 417 : Gender, Equality, and Politics: A Comparative Perspective

Prerequisites: Upper division standing or consent of instructor.
Description: Examination of gendered nature of political representation, employment, and welfare state policy in post-industrialized nations. Emphasis on different political and social arrangements that European governments and social movements have developed to accommodate the growing demand for gender equality. This course is offered as PLSI 417 and I R 417. Students may not repeat the course under an alternate prefix.
Units: 4

PLSI 418 : Political Transitions in East & Southeast Asia

Prerequisites: Upper division standing or consent of instructor.
Description: Examination of political transition theories and divergent patterns of political transition in East and Southeast Asia. Exploration of controversial issues associated with political transition and the prospects for democracy in these regions.
Units: 4

PLSI 418 GW : Political Transitions in East & Southeast Asia - GWAR

Prerequisites: ENG 214 or equivalent with grade of C- or better; upper division standing in PLSI major.
Description: Examination of political transition theories and divergent patterns of political transition in East and Southeast Asia. Exploration of controversial issues associated with political transition and the prospects for democracy in these regions. ABC/NC grading only.
Units: 4
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

PLSI 419 : Comparative Political Economy

Prerequisites: Upper division standing or consent of instructor.
Description: Interplay between politics and economics and the interaction between states and markets. Comparison of major competing ideologies and modes of political economy in developed, developing, and communist/post-communist world with particular emphasis on Asian political economies.
Units: 4
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

PLSI 420 : State-Society Relations in the Middle East

Prerequisites: Upper division standing or consent of instructor.
Description: State-society relations in the Middle East and North Africa in a comparative perspective. How different social groups interact with state to shape policies, influence political discourse, and pursue political goals. Sources of authoritarian rule and prospects for democratization.
Units: 4

PLSI 420 GW : State-Society Relations in the Middle East - GWAR

Prerequisites: ENG 214 or equivalent with a minimum grade of C-.
Description: State-society relations in the Middle East and North Africa in a comparative perspective. How different social groups interact with state to shape policies, influence political discourse, and pursue political goals. Sources of authoritarian rule and prospects for democratization. (ABC/NC grading only.)
Units: 4
Latest Offering: Spring 2013

PLSI 424 : Social Movements

Prerequisites: ENG 214 or equivalent.
Description: Examines social movements and political action in comparative perspective. An examination of origins, tactics, and outcomes of social movements. This course is offered as PLSI 424 and SOC 424. Students may not repeat the course under an alternate prefix. [CSL may be available; consult index for page reference.]
Units: 4
Latest Offering: Fall 2013

PLSI 425 : Imagining Power in the Middle East

Prerequisites: upper division standing; PLSI 410, PLSI 420, or equivalent or consent of instructor.
Description: Through film, literature, autobiography, and other forms of documentation and imagination, examines varying conceptions of power in Middle East countries. Topics include political, military, ideological, economic power; colonialism, independence, equality, nation-building, uprising, and revolution.
General Education:
  • Segment III Cluster - Islamic Societies and Cultures
Units: 4
Latest Offering: Fall 2013

PLSI 430 : Israeli Democracy: Politics, Institutions, and Society

Prerequisites: ENG 214 or equivalent.
Description: Cross listed with JS/PLSI 430. For course description, see JS 430. (May not be repeated under alternate prefix.)
General Education:
  • Segment III Cluster - Jewish Experience
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Fall 2013

PLSI 431 : Constructing Kurdistan

Prerequisites: PLSI 250, or PLSI 410, or HIST 605, or IR 323, or IR 324, or MEIS 300; upper division standing; or consent of instructor.
Description: Examines Kurdish nation- and state-building efforts in Iraq and Turkey in the 20th and early centuries. Includes introduction to theories on nationalism, state-formation, social movements, and ethnic conflict. This course is offered as PLSI 431 and MEIS 431. Students may not repeat the course under an alternate prefix.
Units: 4
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

PLSI 460 : Topics in American Politics

Prerequisites: Upper division standing or consent of instructor. Topic to be specified in Class Schedule.
Description: Various topics in American politics including political institutions, public opinion political behavior, parties and elections, law and courts, and political groups. May be repeated when topics vary.
Units: 4

PLSI 460 : Representation and Election Systems

Prerequisites: Upper division standing or consent of instructor.
Description: Examination of theories and mechanics of representational government in the U.S.
Units: 4
Latest Offering: Fall 2013

PLSI 461 : Voting Behavior, Campaigns, and Elections

Prerequisites: Upper division standing or consent of the instructor.
Description: Examination of voter behavior, including the decision to vote, the choice of candidates, and partisan identification. Investigation of political science literature on campaign dynamics and strategy.
Units: 4
Latest Offering: Fall 2013

PLSI 465 : Reason, Passion, and Political Behavior

Prerequisites: Upper division standing or consent of instructor.
Description: Examination of the cognitive processes involved in the formation of political beliefs, and their link to political behavior. Emphasis on the connection of theoretical models with politics focusing on campaigns and voter choice.
Units: 4

PLSI 466 : Race and American Democracy

Prerequisites: ENG 214 or equivalent.
Description: Subordinate status of African/Americans and others in the U.S.; nexus between power, racism, and violence. Strategies for social change in terms of leadership, organization, and movements. This course is offered as PLSI 466 and ETHS 466. Students may not repeat the course under an alternate prefix.
General Education:
  • Segment II Area - Behavioral and Social Sciences Area (BSS)
  • American Ethnic and Racial Minorities (AERM)
Units: 4
Latest Offering: Spring 2013

PLSI 473 : California Politics and Government

Prerequisites: Upper division standing or consent of instructor.
Description: Policymaking and exercise of power within federal framework. State and local issues and institutions. (Fulfills the California State and Local Government component of the U.S. History and Government Requirement) [CSL may be available; consult Index for page reference.] [CSLG]
General Education:
  • Segment III Cluster - California Cultures and Environments
Units: 4
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

PLSI 475 : San Francisco Political Issues

Prerequisites: Upper division standing.
Description: Political mobilization and governance. Electoral processes. Economic, ethnic, and cultural conflicts. May be repeated with consent of the instructor. This course is offered as PLSI 475 and USP 485. Students may not repeat the course under an alternate prefix. [CSL may be available; consult index for page reference.]
Units: 4
Latest Offering: Fall 2013

PLSI 477 : Congress and the Presidency

Prerequisites: Upper division standing or consent of instructor.
Description: Structure, roles, and functions of the legislative and executive branches of national government. Legislative-executive policy controversies.
Units: 4

PLSI 477 GW : Congress and the Presidency - GWAR

Prerequisites: Upper division standing; ENG 214 or equivalent with a grade of C- or better.
Description: Structure, roles, and functions of the legislative and executive branches of national government. Legislative-executive policy controversies. (ABC/NC grading only.)
Units: 4
Latest Offering: Fall 2013

PLSI 480 : Introduction to Urban Policy and Analysis

Prerequisites: Upper division standing.
Description: Political and institutional settings for policy making. Concepts and techniques of policy, planning, and administration. This course is offered as PLSI 480 and USP 480. Students may not repeat the course under an alternate prefix.
General Education:
  • Segment III Cluster - Understanding Public Policy
Units: 4
Latest Offering: Fall 2013

PLSI 492 : Research Methods

Prerequisites: Upper division standing.
Description: Cross listed with USP 492. For course description, see USP 492. (May not be repeated under alternate prefix.)
Units: 4
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

PLSI 493 : Data Analysis

Prerequisites: PLSI 492/USP 492 or equivalent.
Description: Statistical analysis for politics, public policy, administration, and urban studies. Uses, interpretation, and limitations. This course is offered as PLSI 493 and USP 493. Students may not repeat the course under an alternate prefix.
Units: 4
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

PLSI 500 : Labor and Government

Prerequisites: Upper division standing or consent of instructor.
Description: Cross listed with LABR 500. For course description, see LABR 500. (May not be repeated under alternate prefix.)
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Fall 2013

PLSI 512 : Urban Politics and Community Power

Prerequisites: Upper division standing or consent of instructor.
Description: Political dynamics in the contemporary metropolitan context; bases and distribution of power in urban and suburban areas. Intergovernmental relations and urban political power. This course is offered as PLSI 512 and USP 512. Students may not repeat the course under an alternate prefix. [CSL may be available; consult Index for page reference.]
Units: 4
Latest Offering: Spring 2013

PLSI 513 : Politics, Law, and the Urban Environment

Prerequisites: Upper division standing or consent of instructor.
Description: Cross listed with USP 513 and GEOG 668. For course description, see URBS 513. (May not be repeated under alternate prefix.)
General Education:
  • Segment III Cluster - Planning the Urban Environment
Units: 4
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

PLSI 544 : Women in the World

Prerequisites: ENG 214 or equivalent and upper division standing.
Description: Cross listed with I R 544. For course description, see I R 544. (May not be repeated under alternate prefix.)
General Education:
  • Segment III Cluster - Integrating the Social Sciences
  • Segment III Cluster - Global Peace, Human Rights, and Justice Studies
  • Cultural, Ethnic, or Social Diversity (CESD)
Units: 4

PLSI 551 : Judicial Process

Prerequisites: PLSI 200 or equivalent.
Description: Leadership and power in Supreme Court decision-making. Principles and meaning of the U.S. Constitution governing the powers and relationships of the branches and levels of the American political system.
General Education:
  • Segment III Cluster - Understanding Public Policy
Units: 4
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

PLSI 552 : Individual Rights and the Constitution

Prerequisites: PLSI 551 or consent of instructor.
Description: Principles and meaning of the U.S. Constitution controlling the relationships between the individual and government.
Units: 4
Latest Offering: Spring 2013

PLSI 553 : Legal Issues

Prerequisites: PLSI 551 or consent of instructor.
Description: Judicial decision-making, influence on the formulation of public policy, political influence on the judiciary, individual rights, the impact of decisions, legal reform. May be repeated on advisement.
General Education:
  • Segment III Cluster - Understanding Public Policy
Units: 4

PLSI 554 : Separation of Powers and Federalism

Prerequisites: PLSI 551 or consent of instructor.
Description: Leading Supreme Court decisions establishing the powers and limits on power of the Federal Courts, Congress, the President, and the States under the U.S. Constitution.
Units: 4
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

PLSI 560 : Urban Poverty and Policy

Prerequisites: ENG 214 or equivalent.
Description: Cross listed with USP 560. For course description, see USP 560. (May not be repeated under alternate prefix.)
General Education:
  • Segment III Cluster - Making Cities Humane
  • Segment III Cluster - Understanding Public Policy
  • Cultural, Ethnic, or Social Diversity (CESD)
Units: 4
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

PLSI 561 : Jurisprudence

Prerequisites: PLSI 551 or consent of instructor.
Description: Philosophy of law. Relationship between law, morality, social and political institutions. Various schools of jurisprudence.
Units: 4
Latest Offering: Spring 2013

PLSI 561 GW : Jurisprudence - GWAR

Prerequisites: ENG 214 or equivalent with a grade of C- or better; upper division political science major.
Description: Philosophy of law. Relationship between law, morality, social and political institutions. Various schools of jurisprudence. (ABC/NC grading only.)
Units: 4

PLSI 570 : Urban Health Policy

Prerequisites: ENG 214 or equivalent; upper division standing.
Description: Cross listed with USP/LABR 570. For course description, see USP 570. (May not be repeated under alternate prefix.)
General Education:
  • Segment III Cluster - Understanding Public Policy
  • Segment III Cluster - Making Cities Humane
  • Segment III Cluster - Health Care Policy and Practices
  • Cultural, Ethnic, or Social Diversity (CESD)
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

PLSI 580 : Housing Policy and Planning

Prerequisites: Upper division standing.
Description: Cross listed with USP 580. For course description, see USP 580. (May not be repeated under alternate prefix.)
General Education:
  • Segment III Cluster - Understanding Public Policy
  • Segment III Cluster - Planning the Urban Environment
  • Segment III Cluster - Dynamics of the City
  • Cultural, Ethnic, or Social Diversity (CESD)
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

PLSI 600 : Washington, D.C. Internship

Prerequisites: Upper division standing or consent of instructor.
Description: Concurrent enrollment in a course in the major area of study. Offers extensive exposure to selective aspects of the federal decision-making process. The Washington Center offers 35 hrs./week placement with weekly seminars and assemblies.
Units: 9

PLSI 603 : Public Service Internships

Prerequisites: Upper division standing and consent of instructor. Must be taken concurrently with PLSI 604.
Description: Fieldwork in approved public, private, non-profit, or political organization under supervision of organization staff and faculty coordinator. May be repeated on advisement. This course is offered as PLSI 603 and USP 603. Students may not repeat the course under an alternate prefix. [CSL may be available; consult Index for page reference.]
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

PLSI 604 : Internship Seminar

Prerequisites: Upper division standing; must be taken concurrently with PLSI 603.
Description: Analysis of internship experiences. May be repeated on advisement. This course is offered as PLSI 604 and USP 604. Students may not repeat the course under an alternate prefix. [CSL may be available; consult Index for page reference.]
Units: 1
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

PLSI 606 : Senior Seminar in American Politics: Reason and Choice

Prerequisites: Seniors; PLSI majors; all cores and GWAR in major.
Description: Critical review and synthesis of American Politics, with a focus on reason and choice as explanatory models for political behavior.
Units: 3

PLSI 607 : Senior Seminar in Comparative Politics: Movements and Power

Prerequisites: Seniors; PLSI majors; all cores and GWAR in major.
Description: Critical review and synthesis of Comparative Politics, with a focus on political movements and the acquisition of power.
Units: 3

PLSI 608 : Senior Seminar in Political Theory: Critical Thinkers

Prerequisites: Seniors; PLSI majors; all cores and GWAR in major.
Description: Critical review and synthesis of Political Theory, focusing on critical thinkers in the Nietzschean tradition.
Units: 3

PLSI 609 : Senior Seminar in Public Law: Legal Issues

Prerequisites: Seniors; PLSI majors; all cores and GWAR in major.
Description: Critical review and synthesis of Public Law, focusing on legal issues.
Units: 3

PLSI 610 : Judicial and Legal Internship

Prerequisites: Upper division standing and consent of instructor; interview required. Must be taken concurrently with PLSI 611.
Description: Fieldwork in approved legal and judicial organizations under supervision of judges, lawyers, legal organization staff, and faculty coordinator. May be repeated for a total of 6 units on advisement.
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

PLSI 611 : Judicial and Legal Internship Seminar

Prerequisites: Must be taken concurrently with PLSI 610.
Description: Analysis of internship experiences. May be repeated for a total of 2 units on advisement.
Units: 1
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

PLSI 612 : Senior Seminar-Study Abroad: At Beijing University

Prerequisites: Upper division standing and consent of instructor.
Description: Opportunity to enhance academic learning with study at Beijing University.
Units: 3

PLSI 620 : Pre-law Peer Advising

Prerequisites: Upper division standing and consent of instructor; GPA of 3.0 or better.
Description: Law school admission procedures and LSAT; opportunities for financial aid of law-related careers; courses and events relevant to legal issues and legal service opportunities. May be repeated for a total of 8 units.
Units: 2-4

PLSI 660 : The Roles of Non-Profit Organizations in Urban Life

Prerequisites: Senior standing.
Description: Cross listed with S W 660/USP 660. For course description, see S W 660. (May not be repeated under alternate prefix.) (Plus-minus letter grade only.)
General Education:
  • Segment III Cluster - Making Cities Humane
Units: 3

PLSI 685 : Projects in the Teaching of Political Science

Prerequisites: PLSI 100, 200, and senior standing.
Description: Reading and discussion in the teaching of political science. Responsibilities include working with supervising faculty member in preparing course materials, tutoring students, and conducting small discussion sections. (Students may earn a maximum of 4 units toward the baccalaureate degree for any course(s) numbered 685 regardless of discipline.)
Units: 1-4

PLSI 699 : Independent Study

Prerequisites: Consent of instructor, major adviser, and department chair.
Description: Supervised study of a particular problem selected by the student with the advice of the instructor. Enrollment by petition.
Units: 1-4

PLSI 700 : Research Methods

Prerequisites: Graduate Standing.
Description: Introduction to methodologies that pertain to designing a research project in political science. (Plus-minus letter grade only.)
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Fall 2013

PLSI 708 : College Teaching of Political Science

Prerequisites: Classified graduate standing.
Description: Planning and teaching of college level political science courses. Supervised experience to be evaluated through examination of contemporary literature and practice.
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

PLSI 708 : College Teaching of Political Science

Prerequisites: Classified graduate standing.
Description: Planning and teaching of college level political science courses. Supervised experience to be evaluated through examination of contemporary literature and practice.
Units: 4

PLSI 740 : Seminar in American Politics

Prerequisites: Graduate standing or consent of instructor.
Description: American government and politics: political parties, interest groups, presidency, legislative assemblies, judiciary, electoral behavior, and political opinion. (Formerly PLSI 710)
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Fall 2013

PLSI 742 : Public Opinion, Elections, and Media

Prerequisites: Graduate standing or consent of instructor.
Description: Seminar seeks to evaluate key elements of the transformation of American politics by focusing on recent developments in political science that model contemporary public opinion, electoral and media processes. (Formerly PLSI 711) (Plus-minus letter grade only.)
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

PLSI 743 : Race, Ethnicity & Immigration in American Politics

Prerequisites: Graduate standing or consent of instructor.
Description: How immigration impacts the practice of racial and ethnic politics in the U.S. Focus on Asian Americans, Blacks, and Latinos. (Formerly PLSI 711)
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

PLSI 744 : U.S. Supreme Court in the Making of Public Policy

Prerequisites: Graduate standing or consent of instructor.
Description: Focus on the political and policymaking powers of the U.S. Supreme Court. Topics include political jurisprudence, constitutional and statutory interpretation, the selection process, the decisional process, appellate process, and the impact of Supreme Court decisions. (Formerly PLSI 711)
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2013

PLSI 745 : Post Civil Rights Period in American Democracy

Prerequisites: Graduate standing or consent of instructor.
Description: The substantive theoretical and methodological problems associated with the study of racial politics in the literature of political science. A particular focus is that of analyzing Black politics in the post civil rights era. (Formerly PLSI 711)
Units: 3

PLSI 746 : Urban Politics and Power

Prerequisites: Graduate standing or consent of instructor.
Description: Urban politics including competing theories of power, racial and ethnic politics in the urban context, and various issues that concern cities, such as globalization, gentrification, and governance.
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Fall 2012

PLSI 760 : Seminar in Comparative Politics

Prerequisites: Graduate standing or consent of instructor.
Description: Modernization and political development, development theory, bases of political power, and role of the state. [Formerly PLSI 720]
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Fall 2013

PLSI 762 : Asian Transitions from Communism

Prerequisites: Graduate standing or consent of instructor.
Description: Comparative study of the political economy of transitions from communism in Asia, communist and the post-communist states--China, North Korea, Vietnam, Laos, and Cambodia. [Formerly PLSI 721]
Units: 3

PLSI 763 : Comparative Welfare States

Prerequisites: Graduate standing or consent of instructor.
Description: Examination of empirical and theoretical materials on the origins, developments, achievements, recent changes, and problems of the welfare state in Western Europe and the U.S. with an emphasis on class, gender, race analysis. [Formerly PLSI 721] (AB/NC grading only.)
Units: 3

PLSI 764 : Democracies and Democratization

Prerequisites: Graduate standing or consent of instructor.
Description: Theoretical and empirical analyses of the relationship between state and society in selected third world nations. [Formerly PLSI 721]
Units: 3

PLSI 765 : Social Movements of the Islamic World

Prerequisites: Graduate standing or consent of instructor.
Description: Examines social movements in different Muslim countries and societies, with an emphasis on the Middle East. Topics include social movement theory and comparative case studies of 20th and 21st century religious and national movements. [Formerly PLSI 721]
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

PLSI 766 : State-Society Relations in the Non-Western World

Prerequisites: Graduate standing or consent of instructor.
Description: State-society relations in the Middle East, Asia, Africa, South America, and elsewhere. Development of the modern state; how states and societies interact; how social groups limit and empower states. [Formerly PLSI 721]
Units: 3

PLSI 767 : Indian Politics Seminar

Prerequisites: Graduate standing.
Description: Contemporary government and politics in India. Analysis of political institutions and processes, patterns of political mobilization and change. Plus-minus letter grade only.
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Fall 2013

PLSI 768 : The Politics of Dissent in Comparative Perspective

Prerequisites: Graduate standing in PLSI or consent of instructor.
Description: Exploration of political dissent; study of theories and cases concerning everyday forms of resistance, collective action, protest, social movements, political violence, and revolution. Particular but not exclusive emphasis on cases in the Middle East and North Africa.
Units: 3

PLSI 769 : China's Environmental Crisis

Prerequisites: Graduate standing or consent of instructor.
Description: Crisis state of the environment in the largest country, by population, and second largest economy in the world: China; focus on different Chinese environmental problems from the most recent literature available.
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

PLSI 780 : Seminar in Political Theory

Prerequisites: Graduate standing or consent of instructor.
Description: Literature of political thought. (Plus-minus letter grade only.) [Formerly PLSI 730]
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

PLSI 782 : Colonialism, Gender and Scientific Racism

Prerequisites: Graduate standing or consent of instructor.
Description: Intellectual history of scientific racism, colonial regimes, and gendered oppression. Impact of colonialism on contemporary identities and contemporary approaches to knowledge; in particular, the museum, the household, the body, mission schools, and new forms of work. [Formerly PLSI 731]
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Fall 2013

PLSI 783 : Postmodern Political Theory

Prerequisites: Graduate standing or consent of instructor.
Description: Intensive introduction to postmodern political theory. Starting with Nietzsche, examines the role of contemporary philosophy in terms of critique of grand narratives, the deconstruction of the subject, history and politics itself. [Formerly PLSI 731] (AB/NC grading only.)
Units: 3

PLSI 784 : Intergovernmental Relations

Prerequisites: Graduate status or consent of instructor.
Description: Cross listed with P A 784. For course description, see P A 784. (May not be repeated under alternate prefix.)
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2013

PLSI 785 : Seminar on Rawls

Prerequisites: Graduate standing or consent of instructor.
Description: Study of the work of John Rawls, arguably the most influential western political theorist of our time; focus on his major work, A THEORY OF JUSTICE, as well as his final work, JUSTICE AS FAIRNESS: A RESTATEMENT. Plus-minus letter grade only.
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Fall 2012

PLSI 786 : Great Theorists: Walter Benjamin

Prerequisites: Graduate standing or consent of instructor.
Description: Walter Benjamin, one of the premier thinkers of the 20th century, and a major influence on figures such as Hannah Arendt, Jacques Derrida, Michel Foucault and others. To thoroughly examine Benjamin is to make inquiries into the basis of thought for the previous century as well as our own. This course is offered as PLSI 786, GER 786, and HUM 725. Students may not repeat the course under an alternate prefix.
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Fall 2012

PLSI 898 : Master's Thesis

Prerequisites: Advancement to candidacy (ATC) for the master's degree and consent of candidate's committee chair, and approval of Advancement to Candidacy (ATC) and Culminating Experience (CE) forms by Graduate Studies.
Description: ATC and Proposal for Culminating Experience Requirement forms must be approved by the Graduate Division before registration. (CR/NC grading only.)
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

PLSI 899 : Independent Study

Prerequisites: Consent of graduate major adviser, supervising faculty member, and department chair.
Description: Study is planned, developed, and completed under the direction of a member of the departmental faculty. Open only to graduate students who have demonstrated ability to do independent work. Enrollment by petition
Units: 1-4
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