Course Listings

Political Science

POS 110--Introduction to Political Science - WR
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 - WR
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 210--Introduction to Political Thought - WR
This course offers a survey of western political thought from classical Greece to the present. This course pays attention to the historical context out of which the political thought of Plato, Aristotle, Hobbes, Locke and others arose. Through the examination of the development of political thought, this course will grow an understanding of the nature and foundations of modern governments. Three class hours. (SUNY-SS)
POS 216--Special Topics in Political Science -WR
This course is designed to address specific topics of interest in political science. Offerings are more specific and focused than the introductory surveys. Examples of potential offerings could include The American Presidency, Comparative Public Policy, American National Security, and Urban Politics in a Comparative Perspective. Topics may change from semester to semester based on faculty and student interest. The classes will be primarily lecture and discussion based. Three class hours.
POS 220--International Politics - WR
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 - WR
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. - WR
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 - WR
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 290--Independent Study - WR
See the Department Chairperson.