Political Science - Graduate (PS)

PS 5100. Instructional Methods Practicum for Graduate Assistants.

This course introduces key concepts and practices in the teaching of college introductory political science courses. It provides regular in-service training and planned periodic evalutations of instructional responsibilities. This course does not earn graduate degree credit. It is repeatable 3 times with different emphases and with a maximum of 4 credit hours.
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1 Credit Hour. 1 Lecture Contact Hour. 0 Lab Contact Hours.
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PS 5199B. Thesis.

This course represents a student's continuing thesis enrollments. The student continues to enroll in a Thesis B course until the thesis is submitted for binding. Graded on a credit (CR), progress (PR), no-credit (F) basis.
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1 Credit Hour. 1 Lecture Contact Hour. 0 Lab Contact Hours.
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PS 5299B. Thesis.

This course represents a student's continuing thesis enrollments. The student continues to enroll in a Thesis B course until the thesis is submitted for binding. Graded on a credit (CR), progress (PR), no-credit (F) basis.
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2 Credit Hours. 2 Lecture Contact Hours. 0 Lab Contact Hours.
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PS 5300. Foundation Studies in Political Science.

Students develop knowledge and skills required for success in graduate-level coursework in Political Science. Course content varies depending on academic preparation. This course does not earn graduate degree credit. The approval of the graduate program director is required. It is repeatable 3 times with different emphases and with a maximum of 12 credit hours.
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3 Credit Hours. 3 Lecture Contact Hours. 0 Lab Contact Hours.
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PS 5301. Approaches to the Study of Political Science.

This course provides an intensive introduction to the advanced study of political science. It focuses on the key concepts, variables, and approaches used to describe, explain, and predict political phenomena. It also discusses key normative theories and the variety of methodologies used in political science.
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3 Credit Hours. 3 Lecture Contact Hours. 0 Lab Contact Hours.
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PS 5302. Political Research and Methodology.

This course is a topical seminar for the exploration of problems in the scope and the methods of political science and public administration. The course emphasizes quantitative methods.
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3 Credit Hours. 3 Lecture Contact Hours. 0 Lab Contact Hours.
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PS 5310. Studies in Ancient and Medieval Political Thought.

This course covers selected topics in Greek and Roman political theory, patristic understanding of politics, and the political theory of the Middle and High Middle Ages. This course includes study of the writings and thought of Thucydides, Plato, Aristotle, Cicero, Augustine, Al-Farabi, John of Salisbury, Aquinas, and others.
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3 Credit Hours. 3 Lecture Contact Hours. 0 Lab Contact Hours.
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PS 5311. Social Contract Theory.

This course is an examination of the social contract, consent, and popular sovereignty in early modern thought. Attention is given to the work of Thomas Hobbs, John Locke, Jean Jeaques Rousseau, and Immanuel Kant (as well as others) and to their critics both then and now.
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3 Credit Hours. 3 Lecture Contact Hours. 0 Lab Contact Hours.
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PS 5312. Roots of American Constitutionalism.

This course examines the origins and evolution of the ideas which inform the American constitutional system, includes an examination of classical, Christian, medieval, Renaissance, and Enlightenment thought that, combined with the British liberal tradition, laid the groundwork for the American experiment.
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3 Credit Hours. 3 Lecture Contact Hours. 0 Lab Contact Hours.
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PS 5313. Justice and Liberty in American Thought.

This course examines the concepts of justice and liberty in American thought from the seventeenth century to the present. Attention is given both to the nature of liberty and justice and to their practical requirement as understood by various American thinkers, including statesmen, reformers, social scientists, and philosophers.
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3 Credit Hours. 3 Lecture Contact Hours. 0 Lab Contact Hours.
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PS 5315. Contemporary Perspectives in Modern Liberalism.

This course is a bried review of the history and development of modern liberalism and the ensuing response and contemporary alternatives.
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3 Credit Hours. 3 Lecture Contact Hours. 0 Lab Contact Hours.
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PS 5316. The Crisis of Liberalism and The Future of Democracy.

This course is an examination of the nature and intellectual foundations of the liberal tradition and the implications of the crisis besetting contemporary theory for the future of democractic government.
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3 Credit Hours. 3 Lecture Contact Hours. 0 Lab Contact Hours.
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PS 5317. Theological Perspectives in Modern Democracy.

This course explores the influence of religion on the rise of modern democracy and the efforts of various religious thinkers to explore the nature and foundations of democratic government.
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3 Credit Hours. 3 Lecture Contact Hours. 0 Lab Contact Hours.
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PS 5318. The Problem of Power and the Crisis of Modernity.

This course is an examination of the crisis of modernity and its implications for humanity's future.
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3 Credit Hours. 3 Lecture Contact Hours. 0 Lab Contact Hours.
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PS 5330A. Nuclear Weapons in International Politics.

This course examines the effects of nuclear weapons on international politics. The course begins with a comparative historical account of the nuclear arms race and efforts to achieve nuclear arms control and disarmament. It then shifts to examine contemporary theories of nuclear proliferation and the case studies which illumine them.
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3 Credit Hours. 3 Lecture Contact Hours. 0 Lab Contact Hours.
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PS 5330B. Tocqueville and American Democracy.

This course considers Tocqueville's Democracy in America. Topics include the relationship between aristocracy and democracy; the instability of democracy; the antidotes to these instabilities; the significance of habit in Tocqueville's thought; the case for American Exceptionalism; and the importance of religion for democracy.
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3 Credit Hours. 3 Lecture Contact Hours. 0 Lab Contact Hours.
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PS 5330C. Party Systems in Latin America.

The course examines some key insights in party and party system theory and practice. Latin America is the regional referent for examining these themes, and country examples are studied in considerable depth to illustrate the theory.
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3 Credit Hours. 3 Lecture Contact Hours. 0 Lab Contact Hours.
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PS 5330D. Problems in Political Science: International Humanitarian Affairs.

This course inquires into the intellectual legacy of international humanitarian issues, including forced migration, refugee problems, moral issues related to humanitarian intervention and emergency aid issues.
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3 Credit Hours. 3 Lecture Contact Hours. 0 Lab Contact Hours.
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PS 5332. Problems in American Foreign Relations.

This course is a seminar based on selected topics in American foreign policy and United States involvement in international relations.
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3 Credit Hours. 3 Lecture Contact Hours. 0 Lab Contact Hours.
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PS 5334. Texas Politics.

This course examines some of the traditional debates over federalism, intergovernmental relations, and different ways people compare the states. It introduces Texas political institutions and its political history as well as examines some of the current Texas public policy questions such as education, criminal justice, and economic development.
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3 Credit Hours. 3 Lecture Contact Hours. 0 Lab Contact Hours.
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PS 5335. The Role of Interests in America.

This course examines the role of interest groups and other organizations in the United States. Students learn about the range of social and economic interests presently active in our country and what observers from a variety of perspectives believe this activity implies for the health of our political system.
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3 Credit Hours. 3 Lecture Contact Hours. 0 Lab Contact Hours.
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PS 5336. Property, Liberty, and Popular Sovereignty.

This course examines the role, status, and power of property in demographic societies. It takes a modified historical approach to the subject, tracing attitudes regarding property from before the American Revolution until today. Although the emphasis is on the United States, the course reviews property in other societies where appropriate.
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3 Credit Hours. 3 Lecture Contact Hours. 0 Lab Contact Hours.
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PS 5337. American Political Culture.

This course explores selected problems related to American political culture with particular emphasis on the question of the cultural preconditions of free government. Beginning with Alexis de Tocqueville's classic study of American political culture, the course explores different Tocquevillian themes in a contemporary American context.
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3 Credit Hours. 3 Lecture Contact Hours. 0 Lab Contact Hours.
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PS 5338. American Political Discourse.

This class identifies the way political discourse and social and political cultures connect within Americans' minds. Diverse theoretical perspectives will be used to explore the phenomena involved in social and political issues regarding values, meanings, norms, and prejudices and methods of improving political discourse within American political culture.
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3 Credit Hours. 3 Lecture Contact Hours. 0 Lab Contact Hours.
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PS 5339. The American Presidency.

The course entails an historical analysis of presidential elections from 1789 to the present day. In addition, students examine and engage in reasonable speculations about the upcoming elections.
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3 Credit Hours. 3 Lecture Contact Hours. 0 Lab Contact Hours.
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PS 5340. Congress and the Legislative Process.

This course examines the American legislative process with a focus on Congress. The framework for the course is based on three themes: 1) the "dual Congress," i.e., the notions of deliberation versus representation; 2) the distribution of power in Congress and its consequences; and 3) the bicameral nature of Congress.
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3 Credit Hours. 3 Lecture Contact Hours. 0 Lab Contact Hours.
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PS 5341. Seminar in Constitutional Law and Theory.

This course examines selected issues in constitutional theory, including the theory of judicial review, and constitutional interpretation. It examines the debate on constitutional interpretation in light of cases dealing with the First Amendment freedom of speech, press, and religion, and with substantive due process and the equal protection clause.
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3 Credit Hours. 3 Lecture Contact Hours. 0 Lab Contact Hours.
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PS 5356. The British Political Order Since 1900.

This course examines British policy from 1901 to the present and the major events that affected British history and politics.
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3 Credit Hours. 3 Lecture Contact Hours. 0 Lab Contact Hours.
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PS 5357. Russian Politics and Josef Stalin.

This course examines Josef Stalin's personal and public life, analyzes his accomplishments and failures, and generates a summative assessment of his impact on Russian and global politics.
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3 Credit Hours. 3 Lecture Contact Hours. 0 Lab Contact Hours.
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PS 5358. Civil-Military Relations in Comparative Perspective.

This course is an intensive exploration of the subject of civil-military relations. Students critically examine the primary positive and normative theories of civil-military relations. They also investigate the state of civil-military relations in the United States and around the globe.
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3 Credit Hours. 3 Lecture Contact Hours. 0 Lab Contact Hours.
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PS 5359. Comparative Democratization.

This course examines the inner workings of autocracies and democracies in the developing world, as well as processes of regime transitions.
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3 Credit Hours. 3 Lecture Contact Hours. 0 Lab Contact Hours.
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PS 5360. Economic Development in Developing Nations.

This course examines some of the factors that account for economic development/underdevelopment in developing nations. The factors examined include political, economic and institutional variables. These underlying variables reveal the multi-causal nature of socio-economic development.
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3 Credit Hours. 3 Lecture Contact Hours. 0 Lab Contact Hours.
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PS 5361. Government and Politics of African States.

This course examines governments and politics of African states. It examines the nature of domestic and international politics, the precolonial politics and political culture, the impact of the colonial period on politics, several cases of post-colonial successes and failures, the critical nature of external involvement in the politics, and the settings of civil war.
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3 Credit Hours. 3 Lecture Contact Hours. 0 Lab Contact Hours.
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PS 5362. Problems of Democracy in Latin America.

This course examines the main structural and institutional obstacles that stand in the way of high quality democracy in Latin America.
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3 Credit Hours. 3 Lecture Contact Hours. 0 Lab Contact Hours.
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PS 5363. Party Systems in Latin America.

The course examines some key insights in party and party system theory and practice. Latin America is the regional referent for examining these themes, and country examples are studied in considerable depth to illustrate the theory.
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3 Credit Hours. 3 Lecture Contact Hours. 0 Lab Contact Hours.
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PS 5375. Seminar in International Relations Theory.

This course is designed to engage students in the major theoretical and conceptual traditions of international relations in order to assess the complex issues, developments and events constituting international politics.
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3 Credit Hours. 3 Lecture Contact Hours. 0 Lab Contact Hours.
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PS 5377. Problems in International Organizations.

This course analyzes the structure, functions, and role of the international organizations in the international system. The course addresses the role of international regions, regional organizations, functional agencies, and bilateral organizations. The procedures and processes on international argument and policy-making are studied through participation in a model security council.
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3 Credit Hours. 3 Lecture Contact Hours. 0 Lab Contact Hours.
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PS 5378. Problems in International Law.

This course examines the nature, functions, and scope, of international law. It addresses several major areas including legal sources, diplomatic practice, territorial jurisdiction, legal personality, the law of state responsibility, asylum law, human rights, and the law of war. The course is heavily research oriented and includes moot court arbitration.
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3 Credit Hours. 3 Lecture Contact Hours. 0 Lab Contact Hours.
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PS 5379. Problems in International Political Economy.

This course examines theories and issues in international political economy. The course emphasizes the political and economic conditions conducive to the development of cooperative international economic behavior among countries.
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3 Credit Hours. 3 Lecture Contact Hours. 0 Lab Contact Hours.
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PS 5380. International Conflict and Security.

This course deals with the field of security studies. Security studies focuses on what Clausewitz famously called "politics by other means": war. This course centers on three enduring topics: the causes of war, the use of force, and the future of warfare.
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3 Credit Hours. 3 Lecture Contact Hours. 0 Lab Contact Hours.
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PS 5389. Internship in Government.

This course offers students practical experience in the on-going work of a selected governmental unit. The student is evaluated on the basis of a research paper, work journal, and work performance. The approval of the graduate program director is required. It may be repeated once with different emphasis and with a maximum of 6 credit hours.
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3 Credit Hours. 0 Lecture Contact Hours. 20 Lab Contact Hours.
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PS 5398. Directed Reading and Research.

This course is an advanced reading and/or research on various topics in political science under the direction of a graduate faculty member. It may be repeated once with different emphasis and professor for a maximum of 6 credit hours. The approval of the graduate program director is required.
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3 Credit Hours. 3 Lecture Contact Hours. 0 Lab Contact Hours.
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PS 5399A. Thesis.

This course represents a student's initial thesis enrollment. No thesis credit is awarded until a student has completed the thesis under a Political Science Thesis B course. Graded on a credit (CR), progress (PR), no-credit (F) basis. Approval of the graduate program director is required.
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3 Credit Hours. 3 Lecture Contact Hours. 0 Lab Contact Hours.
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PS 5399B. Thesis.

This course represents a student's continuing thesis enrollments. The student continues to enroll in a Thesis B course until the thesis is submitted for binding. Graded on a credit (CR), progress (PR), no-credit (F) basis. Prerequisite: PS 5399A with a grade of PR. The approval of the graduate program director is required.
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3 Credit Hours. 3 Lecture Contact Hours. 0 Lab Contact Hours.
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PS 5599B. Thesis.

This course represents a student's continuing thesis enrollments. The student continues to enroll in a Thesis B course until the thesis is submitted for binding. Graded on a credit (CR), progress (PR), no-credit (F) basis.
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5 Credit Hours. 5 Lecture Contact Hours. 0 Lab Contact Hours.
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PS 5999B. Thesis.

This course represents a student's continuing thesis enrollments. The student continues to enroll in a Thesis B course until the thesis is submitted for binding. Graded on a credit (CR), progress (PR), no-credit (F) basis.
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9 Credit Hours. 9 Lecture Contact Hours. 0 Lab Contact Hours.
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