Political Science

PS 110 - American Government

This is an introductory course in American government and politics. Students learn the theoretical and historical foundation of American government and the basic structure of institutions set forth in the Constitution. Utilizing current events, students begin to understand the relationship - and power struggle - between the states and the federal government, interest groups and political parties, and citizens. Students learn the impact that government has on our every-day lives through civil liberties and civil rights issues.
Course Fee: None (Tuition Rates & Fees)

 

PS 200 - State and Local Politics

This course examines the structure, functions, and issues of state and local government with an emphasis on the State of Michigan. It covers the separation of powers and overlapping jurisdictions of states, counties, townships, cities, villages, and school districts. The issues of sovereignty, crime, education, economic development, and government finances are also discussed.
Course Fee: None (Tuition Rates & Fees)

 

PS 201 - Comparative Governments

This course examines government and domestic politics as it exists in other states around the world. It uses states in Europe, Asia, Africa, and the Americas as case studies. Students examine political, cultural, economic, and historical reasons for similarities and differences between states. The United States is useful as a point of reference. In the process students discover alternative ways of dealing with familiar problems, and a greater understanding of the differences around our world.
Course Fee: None (Tuition Rates & Fees)

 

PS 202 - International Relations

This course introduces students to the scope, process, and components of International Relations, a subfield of political science. It introduces students to a variety of theoretical approaches to understanding the themes, issues, and debates of international affairs. Students gain an understanding of foreign policy objectives, international actors\' interactions, and trends in the international system, while acquiring skills to describe and analyze the context of world politics, economy, and cultures.
Course Fee: None (Tuition Rates & Fees)

 

PS 215 - Asian Politics

This course is designed to provide students with a broad introduction to the study of the political, social, economic, and legal structures of China and Japan, with an emphasis on history and culture of these two great civilizations. All this can only be meaningfully understood in their own psychological development, cultural setting, and conceptual framework. China and Japan hold significant weight in the balance of power of the world. As such, their relationship with and the role of the United States in East Asia will be explored and discussed.
Course Fee: None (Tuition Rates & Fees)

 

PS 225 - The Politics of the North of Ireland

This course will examine the government, domestic policies, political parties and interest groups present in the North of Ireland. Political, economic, cultural and ethnic issues will be explored and the historical development of these issues will be traced. Students will be expected to identify problems and alternatives to current issues facing the North of Ireland. This course is offered as an integral component of the Irish Foreign Studies Program and is only offered in conjunction with the travel program in Ireland.
Course Fee: None (Tuition Rates & Fees)

 

PS 230 - Introduction to Political Theory

The focus of Political Thought is on how political life should be organized, as opposed to on how it actually is. Through the study of major political philosophers, we try to find the answer to the fundamental question of political theory: What is a good society? Along the way, the course covers the issues of the proper arrangements of political institutions, the most desirable ways for individuals to interact in politics, and the appropriate relationships between political institutions and individuals.
Course Fee: None (Tuition Rates & Fees)

 

PS 245 - Great Decisions

This course is devoted to current geopolitical issues, such as global climate change, migration, human trafficking, and war and terrorism, which are a part of the Great Decisions Lecture Series hosted by the World Affairs Council of Western Michigan. Students attend lectures delivered by distinguished professors, diplomats, and journalists, and discuss complex topics deeply affecting world affairs, society, and the environment.
Course Fee: None (Tuition Rates & Fees)

 

PS 250 - American Constitutional Foundations

In PS 250 students study the significant and continuing impact that the judicial system has on the development of our political system. This course introduces students to the process of constitutional decision making in the U.S., with particular emphasis on the U.S. Supreme Court. Students analyze the political and constitutional sources of presidential, congressional, and judicial power, federalism, civil liberties and civil rights. Also assessed are the potential societal changes decisions could produce and the importance of the Judiciary as a major player in social change in past and present American society.
Course Fee: None (Tuition Rates & Fees)