Course Listings

Political Science

POS 110--Introduction to Political Science
An introduction to the complex issues of politics, political behavior, and types of governmental structures. The purpose of this course is to develop analytical skills so that students as citizens may identify and deal with political alternatives. Three class hours. (SUNY-SS)
POS 120--American National Government
An analysis of major governmental institutions at the national level with special emphasis on their constitutional, statutory and customary powers, in interrelationships, and changing roles in contemporary American society. Special emphasis is on policy-making processes and outcomes. Three class hours. (SUNY-SS/AH)
POS 207--The Urban Political Process in the U.S.
An analysis of the plight of America's cities and metropolitan areas through an examination of the causes and political ramifications of the housing, transportation, crime, educational and fiscal challenges to urban communities. Study of neighborhood and interest group coalitions as well as traditional governance systems is included. Three class hours. (SUNY-SS)
POS 210--Introduction to Political Philosophy
A survey of major political ideas of the Western World including Anarchy, Conservatism, Liberalism, Elitism and Utopianism. Alternative value systems of thinkers such as Machiavelli, Locke, Marx and Mao Tse-tung are analyzed to determine their impact on our political world view. Three class hours. (SUNY-SS)
POS 218/GEG 218--Political Geography
Analysis of the geographics and politics of the state, everyday life, political regions, demographics, the emergence of the modern state system, contemporary international relations and ecological issues. Three class hours.
POS 220--International Politics
The nature of global politics in the post-World War II period as reflected in such factors as: the growth of thermonuclear super powers, wars of national liberation, the growth of nationalism in the non-western world, the rapid expansion of technology, and the increasing importance of the world's diminishing natural resources. Three class hours. (SUNY-SS/OWC)
POS 225--Comparative Political Systems
A comparative analysis of the government and politics of the major industrialized nations of Western Europe and the former U.S.S.R. This team taught course will also focus on a study of the political systems in operation in Japan, South Korea, China and India. Three class hours. (SUNY-SS)
POS 230--Civil Liberties - U.S.
An examination of controversial issues in Constitutional history, such as sex and race discrimination, obscenity, social reform and the rights of the accused. Students will read landmark Supreme Court cases which determine both the limits and content of vital personal freedoms. Spring semester only. Three class hours. (SUNY-SS)
POS 234--Model United Nations
This course offers opportunities for academic, career and personal growth for those interested in international affairs and the political arena. Students will work together researching the history, culture and relevant domestic issues of the assigned country, and will learn about one of the most important international organizations in the world: the United Nations. In the process, this class will provide students with the knowledge and leadership skills (i.e., negotiating, team building, public speaking, etc.) to prepare students as delegates to the Model United Nations Conference. In contrast to standard lecture courses, students will be actively involved in team directed preparation and content delivery. Attendance at the Model United Nations Conference is mandatory. Two class hours, two conference hours. Spring Semester only.
POS 245--The American Presidency
An appraisal of the presidency of the United States, the growth of the imperial presidency and attempts to curtail power. Constitutional, statutory, political and personal factors are examined. Three class hours. (SUNY-SS/AH)
POS 281--The U.S. Congress
A course based around a study of the structure and workings of Congress. Focus is given to how Congress has evolved, how it works, and the major political and social pressures that influence its character. Three class hours.
POS 290--Independent Study
See the Department Chairperson.
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