Courses

100. American Government. (3 hours) Introduction to the study of American political institutions and behavior, focusing on the federal (national) government. This course is an Area of Inquiry Course. Fall and Spring

200. World Politics. (3 hours) This course is an introduction to world politics, designed to familiarize students with the ways in which states, international organizations, and non-state actors interact in the international system. It offers an analysis of the general approaches to world politics, emphasizing current issues and problems. This course is an Area of Inquiry Course.  Fall and Spring

201. Public Opinion. (3 hours) A survey of public opinion polls, polling methods, opinion-holding, group differences, and public opinion and linkages between public opinion and public policies. Even Springs

207. Comparative Politics. (3 hours) This course will provide an introduction to key theoretical frameworks, concepts and analytical methods commonly used today in comparative politics, including: the state, political culture, democracy, authoritarianism, development, and national/ethnic identity to name a few. This course is intended to familiarize students with the most important concepts necessary for the comparison of different political systems and contexts. Students will learn how to apply this understanding in investigating different countries and regions in the contemporary world. This course is an Area of Inquiry Course. Fall and Spring

210. Politics and Film. (3 hours) An introduction to basic principles of politics through the use of film. The course analyzes several films, placing them in context and discussing the specific events depicted in the films. This course will also examine the messages (if any) these films have for contemporary politics. Odd Falls

240. Political Thought. (3 hours) This course is intended to provide a broad overview of Western political thought. The focus each class is on specific authors and their ideas, and one of the core learning objectives is to gain proficiency reading from a range of different cultural and political backgrounds. This course addresses important questions about the nature of individual rights, the roots of government authority, the circumstances of legitimate revolution, the justification of religious tolerance, and the meaning of political ideals such as liberty, equality, and justice. This course is an Area of Inquiry Course.  Fall and Spring

260, 261, 262. Trial Practice and Procedures. (1 hour each) Students study and practice trial procedures. Topics include opening statements, direct examination, closing statements, objections, and impeaching a witness. Emphasis is on developing critical thinking skills through analysis and preparation of cases developed for mock trial competition. May be repeated, but no more than two hours of practica credit may be applied toward a major or minor. Fall

280, 281, 282. Model United Nations. (1 hour each) A study of the structure, processes, and operations of the United Nations with special attention given to relevant contemporary issues in order to facilitate preparation for participation in college-level Model United Nations conferences in which students will role-play various U.N. member-states. This course will supplement the Georgetown College Model United Nations Club (GMUNC). Students do not have to participate in the class to be a member of the club. This course may be repeated, but no more than two hours of practica credit may be applied toward a major or minor. Fall

302. European Politics. (3 hours) Political behavior and institutions of European countries and the European Union. Even Springs

305. Urban Government. (3 hours) An examination of current urban problems, city governments, metropolitan governmental reform, and future alternatives of urban public policy. Even Springs

309. State Government. (3 hours) A survey of the structure and function of the state governments in the U.S. federal system and current problems and issues in state polities. Odd Falls

311. Politics of the Pacific Rim. (3 hours) A background analysis of government and politics of Pacific Rim from a comparative perspective, including its foreign policy and future role in international relations. Even Falls

315. Public Administration. (3 hours) A detailed study of the theory and practice of administration in the public sector. Even Falls

317. American Constitutional Politics. (3 hours) A study of the constitutional development of the U.S. federal court system, judicial behavior, and Supreme Court decisions. Even Falls

319. Constitutional Rights. (3 hours) A study of Supreme Court decisions on freedom of speech, press, religion, race relations and due process of law. Odd Springs

321. International Human Rights. (3 hours) This course examines human rights and humanitarian intervention in world politics. Even Falls

333. Women and Politics. (3 hours) Examination of the connection between gender and politics in America; topics include use and exercise of political power, historical and current social movements, political campaigns and elections, and public policy debates. Even Falls

335. United States Congress. (3 hours) An examination of the legislative process, with an emphasis on the structure, functions, and politics of U.S. Congress. Even Springs

340. Classical Political Theory. (3 hours) An analysis of classical and medieval political theory, focusing on issues such as nature, law, and reason. Major theorists are covered: Plato, Aristotle, Augustine, and Aquinas. Even Falls

341. Force and Security. (3 hours) In a world without higher authority than the sovereign state, war is always possible, and states must prepare to settle their disagreements through the use of force. This course will deal with the consequences of this dilemma, focusing not only on war itself, but also on the means that states use to insure their security short of war and the ethical issues involving the use of force. Odd Springs

342. Modern Political Theory. (3 hours) An analysis of political theory from the Renaissance to the present. Major theorists are covered: Hobbes, Locke, Hegel, Rawls, and others. Odd Springs

346. Politics of Latin America. (3 hours) A study of the major political actors and issues in Latin America. Odd Springs

355. The American Presidency. (3 hours) A study of the American Presidency and the various parts of the executive branch of the federal government. Odd Falls

375. Tutorial Topics. (3 hours) The study of a special topic in Political Science using a one-on-one tutorial method of instruction adapted from humanities courses at Oxford University and Cambridge University. Please check with department for a list of current offerings. Prerequisites: one course in Political Science and permission of the instructor. As needed

403. American Foreign Policy. (3 hours) This course examines American foreign policy and the foreign policy process, placing special emphasis on current issues and problems. Even Falls

407. International Law and Organization. (3 hours) A study of laws among nation-states, with emphasis on rights and duties, territories, diplomacy, settlement of disputes, armed conflicts, and the United Nations system. Even Springs

409. Kentucky Government. (3 hours) A study of political behavior and institutions of Kentucky at all levels. Odd Falls

415. American Political Thought. (3 hours) A study of major American political thinkers, and the influence of their ideas on American politics and government, from colonial times to the present. Odd Falls

425. Political Science Research Methods. (3 hours) An introduction to the methods and procedures used in quantitative political science research, such as the specification of the research questions, measurement issues, research design, data collection, and analysis. Required by Spring of Junior Year. Fall and Spring

430. International Political Economy. (3 hours) An introduction to the basic principles of international political economy (I.P.E.), emphasizing the institutional structures and political processes governing global flows of money, goods, services, and labor. Also provides an examination of the American role in structuring the I.P.E. of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries, and provides future perspectives on the I.P.E. Odd Falls

230, 330, 440. Independent Study. (1, 2 or 3 hours) Special research assignments by approval and appointment with the faculty. Fall and Spring

450. Senior Seminar. (3 hours) Capstone course bringing together the several sub-fields of the discipline; students conduct research in areas of political theory, American politics, international relations, and comparative politics; present research; and participate in peer evaluation. Required in Fall of Senior Year. Fall

460. Internship. (1 – 6 hours) Supervised, practical experiences in the field of political science in appropriate agencies. Consent of instructor required for enrollment. Fall and Spring

461. Kentucky Legislative Intern Program. (3 hours each) A one-term experience working with the Legislature in Frankfort along with evening seminars and a research paper submitted to the Georgetown College Political Science Department. Even Springs

270, 370, 470. Topics. (1, 2 or 3 hours) Selected topics in political science.

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