Political Science (PSC)

PSC 502 Politics of the Undead3 Credit hours   

A graduate survey of political thought, international relations theory, and political economy through the pop cultural lens of vampires, zombies, and other undead creatures.

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PSC 503 War and Popular Culture3 Credit hours   

A graduate survey of evolving depictions of political violence in film, television, graphic novels, video games, and popular music.

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PSC 505 UN & Global Organizations3 Credit hours   

Study of world and regional organizations as reflections of world politics, as instruments of foreign policies, and as forces for change and order, with emphasis on their role as channels for management of cooperation and conflict.

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PSC 506 International Relations3 Credit hours   

Study of major issues in world politics, with emphasis on theoretical approaches, problems of war and peace, and contemporary trends.

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PSC 508 Middle Eastern Politics3 Credit hours   

Study of the Arab States and such nations as Israel, Iran and Turkey in the contemporary setting.

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PSC 509 Western Democratic Politics3 Credit hours   

Study of such nations as Canada and those of Western Europe, particularly Great Britain and France.

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PSC 510 Post Soviet Politics3 Credit hours   

Study of the Soviet Union and Eastern Europe.

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PSC 511 Latin American Politics3 Credit hours   

This course studies Latin American politics by sectors, such as landed elites, the military, the church, etc. Various styles of governance are considered. Case examples illustrate concetps discussed.

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PSC 512 Internat Political Economy3 Credit hours   

This course will examine the evolution and structure of the global economic system with emphasis on the development of the Liberal International Economic Order.

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PSC 515 International Law3 Credit hours   

Study of theories, origins, sources, development, present state, and trends of international law as a factor in various aspects of international politics.

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PSC 516 Politics of Development3 Credit hours   

A survey of major theories development and modernaization and issues confronting developing nations around the world.

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PSC 517 Homeland Security & Civil Lib3 Credit hours   

An examination of the policy issues involved in protecting the U.S. homeland from terrorist and other threats, with special attention to the impact such policies have on individual liberties.

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PSC 518 American Political Thought II3 Credit hours   

This course is a detailed examination of the philosophical and historical roots of American politics from Reconstruction through the present with emphasis on original texts.

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PSC 519 Women and Pol Thought3 Credit hours   

This course examines how women were conceptualized in the history of political philosophy and how women then began conceptualizing themselves and their relation to politics.

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PSC 520 Cur World/Regional Issues3 Credit hours   

An intensive study of specific world or regional problems, such as the politics of world hunger. The role of multi- national corporations, imperialism, third world communist movements, etc.

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PSC 521 American Political Thought I3 Credit hours   

Study of the development and influence of American Political Thought with an emphasis on the linkage of ideas to political and economic forces.

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PSC 523 American Foreign Policy3 Credit hours   

The study of descriptive, analytical, and normative aspects of American foreign policy with emphasis on contemporary problems and issues.

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PSC 524 Comparative Foreign Pol3 Credit hours   

Application of the comparative method to foreign policy decision-making and outputs. Comparisons within or between geographic regions.

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PSC 525 Classical Political Thought3 Credit hours   

Selective study of classics of Western political theory from earliest times through the 15th century, such as that of Plato, Aristotle, the Romans, Augustine, and Aquinas.

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PSC 526 Modern Political Thought3 Credit hours   

Selective study of classics of Western political theory from the 16th century through the 19th century, such as that of Machiavelli, Bodin, Hobbes, Locke, Rousseau, Hume, Burke, Mill, and Marx.

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PSC 527 Shapers and Definers3 Credit hours   

A study of political leaders who have shaped and defined the American constitutional tradition. A study of political leaders who have shaped and defined the American constitutional tradition.

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PSC 528 Islam and Politics3 Credit hours   

A study of Islamic political ideas, practices and institu- tions and their impact on the rise and development of contemporary Islamic movements, organizations and states.

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PSC 529 Politics of Confl & Rev3 Credit hours   

Study opf major theories of conflict and revolution with emphasis on cross-national explanations and outcomes.

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PSC 530 Political Ideologies3 Credit hours   

This course examines modern political ideologies including Liberalism, Conservatism, Anarchism, Socialism, Fascism, and Environmentalism with emphasis on the original texts.

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PSC 531 Politics of Global Terrorism3 Credit hours   

An examination of terrorism globally, both in its development and its current manifestations, with attention to its attractions, the difficulties of confronting it, and its implications for democratic society. Draws upon both classic and contemporary sources of polit- ical theory to address basic political issues inherent in public problems.

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PSC 532 Nonprofit Management3 Credit hours   

This course examines the principles and applied practices of nonprofit administration including theories of nonprofit formation, fundraising appeals, executive leadership, marketing, budgeting, and strategic management.

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PSC 533 Public Adm & Policy Dev3 Credit hours   

An examination of alternative theoretical approaches to the study of policy and administration and their implications for the use of policy to shape administrative practice.

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PSC 536 The American Judiciary3 Credit hours   

Structure and behavior in American national and state judicial systems, including analysis of their decision making and policy making functions, their procedures and administration, and problems and trends.

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PSC 540 Power In American Society3 Credit hours   

An examintion of some of the major theoretical approaches- puralist, elitist, etc.-to the study of power. A major concern is on the relationship between the distribution of political resources and the performance of political systems . Efforts to transform political systems are examined on the basis of cross-national research.

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PSC 542 Politics and Welfare3 Credit hours   

A comparative course examing the political institutional methods states use to assist citizens who are poor, primarily women and children. It also addresses behavioral concerns that shape welfare policy.

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PSC 544 Dictatorship & Democracy3 Credit hours   

An investigation of the strengths of democracies relative to dictatorships with regard to such dimensions as economic growth, income equality, health and welfare of citizens and war reduction.

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PSC 545 Environmental Politics3 Credit hours   

This course examines multiple perspectives on the relationship between humans and nature, focusing on how particular interpretations of this relationship determine how we translate environmental concerns into political problems.

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PSC 550 Administrative Law3 Credit hours   

A study of the basic legal framework of administrative organization, including the problems of administrative discretion, rule making and adjudication, regulatory agencies, and administrative responsibility in the democrat- ic state.

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PSC 552 Public Personnel Admin3 Credit hours   

Survey of Public Personnel Administration with particular attention on various facets of the merit system concept. Psychological and human relations aspects of the work situation and supervisor-subordinate interaction emphasized.

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PSC 553 Governmnt Budgetary Admin3 Credit hours   

Study of organization, administration, and accountability in the management of public funds, with emphasis on the politi- cal decision-making processes of budget formulation, rpesentation, and execution.

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PSC 554 Politics of the Workplace3 Credit hours   

A study of the contributions of the behavioral sciences to the study of organizations with stress on such concepts as leadership, motivation, power conflict, organizational design and decision making.

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PSC 560 Civil Rights & Liberties3 Credit hours   

The basic substantive and procedural elements of American constitutional liberties and civil rights with emphasis on historical development as influenced by social and political forces.

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PSC 561 Urban Prob & Pub Policy3 Credit hours   

Study of policy problems of metropolitan areas in terms of structures, alternatives, and outcomes.

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PSC 566 Appalachian Politics3 Credit hours   

Explores Appalachia as both a geographical region and a political construct, focusing on how politics shapes regional identity and the region's relationship to the United States.

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PSC 578 Politics and Video Games3 Credit hours   

An exploration of the power dynamics and politics at play in video games, the video game industry, and gaming culture.

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PSC 580 Special Topics1-4 Credit hours   

To offer a course on some special topic which is not ade- quately treated in the regular course offerings.

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PSC 581 Special Topics1-4 Credit hours   

To offer a course on some special topic which is not adequately treated in the regular course offerings.

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PSC 582 Special Topics1-4 Credit hours   

To offer a course on some special topic which is not adequately treated in the regular course offerings.

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PSC 583 Special Topics1-4 Credit hours   

To offer a course on some special topic which is not adequately treated in the regular course offerings.

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PSC 584 Constitutional Law3 Credit hours   

Introduction to the principles of American constitutional law and analysis of constitutional issues, emphasizing leading Supreme Court cases.

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PSC 585 Independent Study1-4 Credit hours   

These numbers are reserved for tutorials, directed and inde- pendent research, problem reports, etc.

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PSC 586 Independent Study1-4 Credit hours   

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PSC 587 Independent Study1-4 Credit hours   

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PSC 588 Independent Study1-4 Credit hours   

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PSC 600 Research Design3 Credit hours   

Philosophy of Science as applied to empirical political inquiry; elements of good research design, measurement theory, writing and critiquing research reports. (PR: PSC 211 or Permission)

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PSC 601 Reading-Political Science2-3 Credit hours   

Readings to meet the needs and interests of individual students.

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PSC 604 Data Analysis3 Credit hours   

A study of quantitative methods used in empirical research with an emphasis upon applied statistical analysis; writing and critiquing research reports.

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PSC 606 Seminar Judicial Politics3 Credit hours   
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PSC 609 Sem Internat Relations Theory3 Credit hours   
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PSC 611 Am Legislative Process3 Credit hours   
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PSC 612 Sem Am Executive Process3 Credit hours   
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PSC 614 Sem Comp Political System3 Credit hours   
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PSC 616 Public Adm Scope and Practice3 Credit hours   

Orientation to the field of Public Administration, ethics, professional standards and skills. Review of foundations, theories, and scope. Study of public management heritage and current trends and issues.

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PSC 618 Sem Public Administration3 Credit hours   
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PSC 620 Comparataive Public Admin3 Credit hours   

This course will serve as an introduction to the comparative study of public administration. Students will be introduced to several key areas of comparative administration research, including different methods used for analysis.

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PSC 621 Urban Administration3 Credit hours   

Principles and methods of urban administration in the U.S.

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PSC 622 Constitutions3 Credit hours   

A study of constitutions, their duration, distribution of power, contribution to a stable government and the rule of law. While the course is comparative, major emphasis is on the United States.

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PSC 629 Seminar Political Thought3 Credit hours   
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PSC 648 Sem State Govt & Politics3 Credit hours   

West Virginia government and political problems will receive special attention although other states may be considered.

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PSC 650 Seminar3 Credit hours   
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PSC 651 Seminar3-6 Credit hours   
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PSC 652 Sem Political Behavior3 Credit hours   
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PSC 660 Sem in Policy Analysis3 Credit hours   

Development of theoretical and methodological skills in the analysis of public problems and the use of policy in problem solving.

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PSC 675 Legislative Internship6 Credit hours   

Intensive work experience in the West Virginia legislative processes coupled with a seminar involving directed reading and the preparation of a paper. This is a cooperative pro- gram with West Virginia University and the Office of Legis- lative Services with only selected students participating.

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PSC 676 Internship / Practicum3-6 Credit hours   

Supervised internship / practicum where students apply public administration principles in an approved field setting.

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PSC 680 Master's Thesis Workshop3 Credit hours   

A writing workshop/seminar in which students will prepare their Master's Thesis Prospectus.

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PSC 681 Thesis1-6 Credit hours   
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