Government and International Politics (GOVT)Public and International Affairs
101 Democratic Theory and Practice (3:3:0). Comparative exploration of contemporary theory and practice of modern democratic states. Topics include contemporary analysis of the meanings of liberty, equality, representation, property rights, voting rights, civil responsibilities, and other key concepts in the theory and practice of democracy.
103 Introduction to American Government (3:3:0). Analysis of American government examined in light of basic concepts and institutions of democracy. Students carry out a "citizenship project," a first-hand observation or participation in, and analysis of, some public activity.
132 Introduction to International Politics (3:3:0). Nature of international politics, approaches to study of international politics, state and nonstate actors in international system, patterns of action and interaction between nation-states, international institutions, and major global issues.
133 Introduction to Comparative Politics (3:3:0). Introduction to the methods and subject matter of comparative political analysis are discussed. Major issues of political systems, politics, participation in politics, government structures, policy-making process, and evaluation of political performance.
149 Global Awareness (3:3:0). Introduction to the study of global systems, with emphasis on basic concepts and ways of thinking about global affairs.
204 American State and Local Government (3:3:0). Nature, organization, functions, and problems of American state and local governments.
300 Political Analysis (3:3:0). Required for all majors in government and international politics and in public administration. Students are strongly recommended to take 300 before or during the first semester of enrolling in 300-level courses. Emphasis is on asking clear, researchable questions and using appropriate evidence to answer them. Students are introduced to and learn to use a broad range of evidence including quantitative and qualitative information. Design and analysis of surveys, government archives, case studies, and interpretations of events in journals arestudied.
301 Public Law and the Judicial Process (3:3:0). Prerequisite: GOVT 103. American judicial organization and operation, role of the Supreme Court in policy formation, and selected constitutional principles.
305 Contemporary American Federalism (3:3:0). Prerequisite: GOVT 103. Legal, administrative, fiscal, and political dimensions of evolving American federalism.
307 Legislative Behavior (3:3:0). Prerequisite: GOVT 103. Organization, processes, functions, and roles of the legislature and its members in the U.S. Congress. Topics include state legislatures and cross-national comparisons as time and resources permit.
308 The American Presidency (3:3:0). Prerequisite: GOVT103. Survey of the modern presidency, including constitutional origins of the office, growth and influence of the White House staff, the president's Cabinet, presidential appointees and control of the executive branch, relations with Congress, and domestic and national security policy making.
309 Government and Politics of Metropolitan Areas (3:3:0). Prerequisite: GOVT 103. Government, politics, and problems of metropolitan centers and surrounding areas.
311 Public Opinion and Electoral Behavior (3:3:0). Prerequisites: GOVT 103 and 300. Study of the actions of voters, candidates, and political parties in relation to the expression of relevant public opinion in a democratic system.
312 Political Parties and Campaigns (3:3:0). Prerequisite: GOVT 103. Characteristics and functions of political parties, influence of parties and other political forces on electoral decisions, and emphasis on parties' inability or ability to hold government accountable to citizens.
318 Interest Groups, Lobbying, and the Political Process (3:3:0). Prerequisite: GOVT 103. The role, internal operations, strategies, and activities of interest groups. The ability of these groups to enable citizens to influence or control government and enhance the democratic process is evaluated. Conditions under which social movements become, or fail to become, effective interest groups are considered.
319 Issues in Government and Politics (3:3:0). Prerequisite: GOVT 103. Study of special issues relevant to government and politics. Topics are announced in advance. Examples include politics and the arts, ethnic conflict and the political system, gender politics, and changing dynamics in political institutions. May be repeated for credit when topic is different, with permission of department.
320 Political Values (3:3:0). Nature of man, origin and nature
of the state, basis of political obligation, problems of consent, concepts
of power, and sources of political authority as presented in the works
of major writers.
329 Issues in Political Theories and Values (3:3:0). Study of special issues relevant to theoretical and value aspects of government and politics. Topics are announced in advance. Examples include ethics and politics, ethics and environmental policy, changing perspectives on civil rights and liberties, religion and politics, and changing views of public space. May be repeated for credit when topic is different, with permission of department.
331 Government and Politics of Latin America (3:3:0). Prerequisite: GOVT 132, 133, or 149. Contemporary political systems of Latin America, with emphasis on institutions, political processes, and political behavior. Case studies of several key Latin American polities are presented. Problems of political development in Latin America are discussed.
332 Government and Politics of the Middle East and North Africa (3:3:0). Prerequisite: GOVT 132, 133, or 149. Societies of the Middle East and North Africa and their response to the impact of internal sociocultural-political determinants and external forces. Focus is on their contemporary politics, ideologies, popular manifestations, institutions, and operations.
333 Government and Politics of Asia (3:3:0). Prerequisite: GOVT 132, 133, or 149. Government structures and political processes of Asian countries. Patterns of conflict and cooperation, and issues of economic development and political reform in a rapidly changing world are examined.
334 Government and Politics of Europe (3:3:0). Prerequisite: GOVT 132, 133, or 149. Contemporary democratic political systems of Europe, with emphasis on political processes, institutions, and behavior. Case studies of key European policies are presented. Problems of multiparty systems, coalition governments, Eurocommunism, and stability and change in postindustrial societies are discussed.
335 Government and Politics of Canada (3:3:0). Prerequisite: GOVT 132, 133, or 149. Survey of governmental and political systems of Canada, including political parties, the parliamentary system, the federal system, and specific policy issues of importance to Canadian politics.
336 Political Development and Change (3:3:0). Prerequisite: GOVT 132, 133, or 149. Process of political development and change in the context of modernization and industrialization. Patterns of political development, with emphasis on the developing world, are examined.
337 Ethnic Politics in Western Europe and North America (3:3:0). Prerequisite: GOVT 132, 133, or 149. Study of the resurgence of ethnic nationalism in the industrial democracies of Western Europe and North America, and the comparative analysis of policy issues related to ethnonationalism. Case studies are drawn from the industrial democracies.
338 Government and Politics of Russia and Central Eurasia (3:3:0). Prerequisite: GOVT 132, 133, or 149. Overview of Soviet domestic politics and foreign policy before the breakup of the Soviet Union and an examination of the evolving political systems in the newly independent states as well as their international relations.
339 Issues in the Politics of Advanced Industrial Societies (3:3:0). Prerequisite: GOVT 103 or 133, or permission of instructor. Study of selected current political issues in the industrial democracies of Western Europe and North America. Specific topics are chosen each semester to reflect contemporary political concerns in these countries, but the political process in advanced industrial countries is the organizing principle throughout the course.
342 Diplomacy (3:3:0). Prerequisite: GOVT 132, 133, or 149. Origins of organized diplomacy: tasks, procedures, instruments, and problems of diplomacy. Emphasis is on the current and future role of diplomacy.
343 International Political Economy (3:3:0). Prerequisite: GOVT 132, 133, or 149, or permission of instructor. Introduction to international political economy (IPE). Examines the interplay of economics and politics, and applies these to different issues included in IPE. Focus is on issues that have contemporary significance, with attention to historical issues and basic political and economic concepts.
344 American Foreign Policy (3:3:0). Prerequisite: GOVT132, 133, or 149. Central issues surrounding the conduct of America's foreign relations, with special emphasis on structural and constitutional questions, national policy objectives abroad, and the conduct of foreign policy in a democracy.
347 International Security (3:3:0). Prerequisite: GOVT132. Explores both enduring security problems and new developments in the field of international security. Examines the effects of the international system on defense policies of states, and especially the tensions of a world caught between emerging interdependence and national demands. Course asks students to draw policy implications because it encourages development of critical-thinking and group and oral presentation skills.
348 Competencies for the Global Arena (1-3:0:0). Prerequisites: GOVT 149 and 60 credits, or permission of instructor. Proficiency-based course that engages students in acquiring skills and competencies that are important for a professional operating in a global society. Consists of a series of self-paced exercises conducted under the supervision of departmental faculty.
349 Issues in the Analysis of Global Systems (3:3:0). Prerequisite: GOVT 149 or permission of instructor. Overview of global systems (e.g., technology, environment, communications) with emphasis on the political subsystem and its interactions with other global systems.
351 Administration in the Political System (3:3:0). Prerequisite: GOVT 103. Administrative structures and processes in the political setting of public management. Presents organization and administrative theory, critiques current practices, and examines the impact of changes in the social, political, and economic environment on these concepts and models.
355 Public Personnel Administration (3:3:0). Prerequisite:
GOVT 351. Analysis of techniques and tools used in human resource
management including the merit system, classification, compensation,
evaluation, recruitment, and labor relations. Emphasis is placed on
current legal and policy issues in personnel administration, such as
diversity and privatization.
357 Urban Governance and Planning (3:3:0). Prerequisite: GOVT 351. Framework, subject matter, uses, methods, administration, and future of public planning. Emphasis is on setting goals, defining objectives, and choosing between program alternatives. Political and bureaucratic constraints and problems of implementation are discussed. Illustrations of planning may be drawn from various levels of government.
358 Nonprofit Financial Planning and Accounting (3:3:0). Prerequisite: 60 credits or permission of instructor. Provides an understanding of the social mission and entrepreneurial cross pressures underlying financial planning and accounting in the nonprofit sector. Topic include revenue sources, revenue projections, entrepreneurial techniques, and cost analysis for nonprofit and nongovernmental entities. Lecture and student case studies.
359 Computers in Public Management (3:3:0). Prerequisite: GOVT 300. Application of computers and computer-based analytical techniques to management information needs in the public sector. Focus is on both mainframe and microcomputer applications.
364 Public Policy Making (3:3:0). Prerequisite: GOVT103. Processes, agencies, and politics involved in the proposal making, implementation, evaluation, and revision of public policy in the United States.
365 State and Regional Public Policy (3:3:0). Examines public policy decisions that affect local and state jurisdictions in the context of a federal system of government. Context, substance, and impact of such policies as housing, transportation, land use, crime prevention, service delivery, and health care are examined.
366 Public Policy Analysis (3:3:0). Prerequisite: GOVT300. Methods of public policy analysis, evaluation, and research. Design and development of alternative courses of government action and evaluation of results, and problems in applying systematic analysis to political issues are studied.
376 Collective Bargaining in the Public Sector (3:3:0). Collective bargaining and the broad concept of labor relations as involved in selection and hiring, seniority, promotions, and training. Examines labor relations and the bargaining process extending from initial hiring to retirement.
399 Research Practicum in Public and International Affairs (1-3:1-3:0). Prerequisites: GOVT 300 and permission of instructor. Application of research methods in the context of assisting with faculty research. Individualized sections are taught by arrangement with full-time faculty. Methods adopted vary, but generally include library research, data collection, data analysis, and report construction.
400 Political Research and Data Analysis (3:3:0). Prerequisite: GOVT 300. Methods of research and data analysis used in research about politics. Examines ways to design research to answer questions, select appropriate techniques for data collections, and use statistics to organize and interpret data. Students also learn to carry out data analysis using microcomputers and programs such as SPSS to process data and compute statistics.
407 Law and Society (3:3:0). Prerequisite: ADJ 100 or GOVT 301. Exploration of the relationship between law and society, including the concept of law, the origin, development, and role of law in society, and the relationship between law and social change. Different approaches to the study of law and society are considered and different methodologies assessed.
409 Virginia Government and Politics (3:3:0). Prerequisite: GOVT 103. History of politics in Virginia and examination of some current political issues. Particular attention is given to the changing dynamics of the political parties,key legislative issues, and the policies of recent administrations.
412/COMM 412 Politics and the Mass Media (3:3:0). Prerequisite: GOVT 103. Responsibilities and freedoms of the mass media in a democracy. Influence of media on citizens' opinions, elections, and decisions of public officials is explored.
414 Politics of Race, Gender, and Age (3:3:0). Prerequisite: GOVT 103. Examination of the political, economic, and social impact of public policies insofar as they have implications for race, gender, and age.
416 Political Persuasion and Propaganda (3:3:0). Prerequisite: GOVT 103. Techniques and processes of political argument and persuasion as used in campaigns, public education, and political debate. Topics include propaganda in both domestic and international arenas, and political persuasion, myths, and symbols used to induce conformity and form unified polity. Films and tapes supplement examples of classic political speeches.
420 American Political Thought (3:3:0). Prerequisite: GOVT 103. Major political values and theories in America from the formation of the American republic to the present. Covers changes in American political values in crisis periods and contemporary American political theory, including pluralism, elite theories of democracy, and empirical political theory.
421 Contemporary Political Ideologies (3:3:0). Study of political ideologies that shape the values, beliefs, and actions of contemporary regimes and political movements. Topics include liberalism, conservatism, socialism, communism, and fascism in theory and in contemporary practice, and problems of totalitarianism and nationalism in postindustrial and developing societies.
422 Constitutional Interpretation (3:3:0). Prerequisite: GOVT 103. Examination of the Supreme Court's interpretation of the constitutional powers of the Congress, the presidency, and the judiciary. Includes an examination of major decisions concerning state regulation, taxation, and interstate relations.
423 Constitutional Law: Civil Rights and Liberties (3:3:0). Prerequisite: GOVT 103. Study of the First Amendment freedoms of speech, press, assembly, association, and religion; the right to privacy; and Fourteenth Amendment equal protection.
424 Constitutional Law: Criminal Process and Rights (3:3:0).
Prerequisite: GOVT 103. Study of constitutional law pertaining
to the rights of the criminally accused from the stages of investigations
and evidence through attorney, trial, and punishment stages at federal
and state levels.
432 Political Change and Social Development in Sub-Saharan Africa (3:3:0). Prerequisite: GOVT 132, 133, or 149. Examination of the relationship between culture, history, ethnicity, and religion and contemporary political and socioeconomic developments in Africa. Special attention is given to the implications of ethnic conflict for nation-building in the post-Cold War period and to strategies for resolving conflicts.
433 Political Economy of East Asia (3:3:0). Prerequisites: GOVT 133 and 60 credits, or permission of instructor. Political economy of East Asia is commonly referred to as a miracle. Analysis and critique of this description by focusing on the historical background, social structure, role of the state, way of politics, and ever-changing realities in the political and economic life of China andJapan.
434 Comparative Elections (3:3:0). Prerequisite: GOVT133. Comparative study of the role and nature of elections in presidential and parliamentary democracies, one-party states, and other regimes since 1989. Examination of selected current elections as case studies. Examination of growing influence of global forces (e.g., economy, media, culture) in national elections.
444 Issues in International Studies (3:3:0). Prerequisite: GOVT 132, 133, or 149. Major issues in the international system, including international political economy and security. May be repeated for credit when topic is different, with permission of department.
446 International Law and Organization (3:3:0). Prerequisite: GOVT 132, 133, or 149. Nature, sources, and subject of the law of nations; the law and the individual; territorial questions; nature, sources, and functions of international organizations; international transactions and organizations; war and the present and future status of international law.
447 Comparative Revolutions (3:3:0). Prerequisite: GOVT133. Historical overview of modern revolutions as well as the different theories about the causes and consequences of revolutions. Special attention is paid to Marxist-Leninist, Arab nationalist, and Islamic revolutions.
448 Ethics and International Politics (3:3:0). Prerequisites: 60 credits and GOVT 132 or PHIL 151. Ethics and international politics ask students to wrestle with dilemmas raised by a desire to behave morally in an international system in which consensus about ethical matters is absent. Distributive justice and the use of force are two overarching themes. Students also develop, apply, and justify their own perspectives on an ethical problem using philosophical theory, history, and social science research.
449 Senior Seminar in International Studies (3:3:0). Prerequisite: Open only to senior majors. Integrative seminar that provides in-depth study of a current international issue. Format varies, but involves the student in the current literature, research techniques, and major issues of the field.
452 Administrative Law and Procedures (3:3:0). Prerequisite: GOVT 351. Law of public office. Studies the procedures followed by and the legal limits on the administrative agencies and their officers and employees.
459 Information Decisions and Management in Government (3:3:0). Prerequisite: GOVT 300. Information and knowledge systems in government. Information applications, decision-modeling under risk and uncertainty; high-technology development, management, and use; and sociotechnical systems are discussed.
464 Issues in Public Policy and Administration (3:3:0). Prerequisites: GOVT 103 plus 60 credits. Analysis of selected policy issues in administering public policies. Topics are announced in advance. Examples include environmental policy, government regulation, federal mandates, state policy, and regional policy. May be repeated for credit when topic is different, with permission of department.
480 Internship (3-6:0:0). Contact the department one semester before enrollment. Approved work-study programs with specific employers. Students develop individual contracts defining the learning and competencies they plan to gain from the experience.
490 Seminar (1-3:3:0). Prerequisite: Open to Public and International Affairs majors with 60 credits. May be repeated for credit. Course can be one, two, or three credits. Subject varies. Readings, individual or group projects, and discussions of seminar papers constitute the content and format.
491 Honors Seminar (3:3:0). Prerequisite: Admission to the Public and International Affairs Department honors program. Subject varies. Readings, individual or group projects, and discussions of seminar papers constitute the content and format.
496 Directed Readings and Research (1-3:0:0). Prerequisites:
Open to majors in Public and International Affairs with 90 credits and
permission of instructor and department. Reading and research on
a specific topic, under the direction of a faculty member. Written report
is required; an oral examination over the research and report may be
George Mason University: 2001-2002 University Catalog: Catalog Index: Course Descriptions:Government and International Politics (GOVT)