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Political Science(PSCI) Courses

This is the UNO real time up to date course descriptions for the Political Science(PSCI) Department.

PSCI 1000: Introduction to Political Science

This course introduces students to political ideas, behaviors, processes, institutions, and issues on a national and global level.

Credits: 3
General Education Area: Global Diversity & Social Science
Prereq: None.

PSCI 1100: Introduction to American National Government

This course introduces students to the foundational principles, institutions, processes, and policies of national government in the United States

Credits: 3
General Education Area: Social Science
Prereq: None.

PSCI 2000: Introduction to Political Analysis

This course introduces students to how political scientists conduct research in preparation for upper division political science courses. Using experiential learning, students will be introduced to using the library, data, computers and statistics to answer research questions.

Credits: 3
Prereq: PSCI 1000 or 1100.

PSCI 2110: Issues in American Politics

A study of cooperative federalism. This course examines what the various levels of governments do as opposed to structure. (This course fulfills the department's American politics requirement).

Credits: 3
Prereq: PSCI 1100.

PSCI 2120: Civic Leadership

This course introduces students to civic leadership in a public setting, including theories of leadership, models of leadership, cases of success and failure, and the inherent tensions among democracy, leadership, and administration.

Credits: 3
General Education Area: Social Science
Prereq: None.

PSCI 2150: Careers in Law and Politics

This course introduces students to a diversity of career paths in both the public and private sector that are available in the fields of law and politics, and the motivations, qualifications, and expertise necessary for each.

Credits: 3
Prereq: PSCI 1000 or 1100 is recommended. Not open to nondegree students.

PSCI 2180: Introduction to Law

This course introduces students to the foundations, principles, functions, institutions, processes, issues, and fields of law with a special emphasis on the American political and legal systems.

Credits: 3
General Education Area: Social Science
Prereq: None Not open to nondegree students.

PSCI 2210: Introduction to International Relations

This course introduces students to historical and contemporary questions and major theoretical approaches to world affairs through examination of the international system in terms of the economic, military, and political forces between states, international organizations, and transnational actors.

Credits: 3
General Education Area: Global Diversity & Social Science
Prereq: None.

PSCI 2310: Introduction to Political Theory

This course introduces students to the nature and scope of politics, the foundations of political thought, and competing traditions of political theory through the ideas of major political philosophers, the interpretation of their ideas, and the possible application of their ideas today.

Credits: 3
General Education Area: Humanities and Fine Arts
Prereq: None.

PSCI 2500: Introduction to Comparative Politics

This course introduces students to the fundamental concepts and theoretical approaches used to study political institutions, processes, and public policies in different country settings. This course also illustrates the rich diversity of political life and the importance of global political and economic change.

Credits: 3
General Education Area: Global Diversity & Social Science
Prereq: None.

PSCI 2560: Modern France: 1789 to the Present

A study of the role of France in the development of modern democracy, and her successes and failures in the practice of that theory. (This course fulfills the Political Science's comparative politics requirement).

Credits: 3
Cross-list: HIST-2560

PSCI 2660: The Peoples of East Central Europe Since 1815

A survey of social, political and cultural developments with emphasis upon Poland, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary and the Balkan states. Principal themes include 19th century movements for national liberation and social reform, the struggle for national unity and independence during World War I, problems and achievements of the independent East European states to 1938, and Second World War and Nazi occupation, the era of Communist rule, and post-1989 efforts to establish democracy and a market economy. (This course fulfills the Political Science department's comparative politics requirement).

Credits: 3
Cross-list: HIST-2660

PSCI 3000: Quantitative Analysis in Political Science

This course introduces students to the techniques that political scientists use to answer research questions with quantitative data, as well as issues of research design, hypothesis formation, and causation. The course emphasizes the methods used to collect, analyze, and extract information from data using statistical computer software.

Credits: 3
Prereq: PSCI 2000 or permission of instructor.
Cross-list: PSCI-8005

PSCI 3010: Urban Politics

This course introduces students to the development, powers, forms of government, and functions of cities and their suburbs as well as the problems faced by elected officials, business and community leaders, and citizens in the urban setting.

Credits: 3
Prereq: Undergraduate: PSCI 1100 or junior standing or permission of instructor. Graduate: PSCI 1100.
Cross-list: PSCI-8015

PSCI 3040: Government and Politics of Nebraska

This course introduces students to the development, structures, functions and public policies of the government of the state of Nebraska.

Credits: 3
Prereq: Undergraduate: PSCI 1100 or junior standing or permission of instructor. Graduate: PSCI 1100.
Cross-list: PSCI-8045

PSCI 3050: State Government and Politics

This course introduces students to the development, structures, functions and public policies of states.

Credits: 3
Prereq: Undergraduate: PSCI 1100 or junior standing or permission of instructor. Graduate: PSCI 1100.
Cross-list: PSCI-8055

PSCI 3100: LGBT Politics

This course introduces students to the political struggle for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) equal rights in the United States using a model of political empowerment, which may be applied for all minority or identity groups and social movements, generating operationalized measures of progress toward the loci of political power.

Credits: 3
General Education Area: Diversity in the US
Prereq: UG: PSCI 1100 is recommended. G: PSCI 1100 is recommended.
Cross-list: WGST-3100, PSCI-8105, WGST-8105

PSCI 3120: Afro-American Experience in American Politics

A survey of the African-American's quest for liberation within and outside the orthodox political system of the United States with a focus on the institutional and structural arrangements which have denied liberation and prescriptions for meaningful change. (This course fulfills the department's American politics requirement).

Credits: 3
Cross-list: BLST-3120

PSCI 3130: Women and Politics

This course introduces students to women's political participation, including holding elective office, socialization, the feminist movement and its opposition, and public policies with particular impact on women. The focus is on contemporary perspectives on women in American political ideas and behavior.

Credits: 3
General Education Area: Diversity in the US
Prereq: PSCI 1100 is recommended.
Cross-list: WGST-3130, PSCI-8135, WGST-8135

PSCI 3140: Latino/-a Politics

This course introduces students to the dynamism and growth of the role of Latinos, as a group of political actors, in the United States. This course provides students with an exposure to and understanding of various concepts and dimensions of this phenomenon, including historical and contemporary Latino political thought and the efforts to increase political empowerment (representation and participation) and influence through grassroots, social, and political movements.

Credits: 3
General Education Area: Diversity in the US
Prereq: PSCI 1100 is recommended.
Cross-list: LLS-3140, LLS-8145, PSCI-8145

PSCI 3150: Asian Pacific Americans and the New Minority Politics

This course will be devoted to a broad discussion about the emergence of Asian Pacific Americans by birth and immigration, the fastest growing minority in the U.S., as a significant factor in American politics. (This course fulfills the department's American politics requirement).

Credits: 3
Prereq: Junior standing or by professor's permission.

PSCI 3160: Political Parties

This course introduces students to the origin, development, structure, and functions of political parties in the United States as political organizations, coalitions of voters, and governing coalitions that seek to hold office and influence public policy.

Credits: 3
Prereq: Undergraduate: PSCI 1100 or junior standing or permission of instructor. Graduate: PSCI 1100
Cross-list: PSCI-8165

PSCI 3170: Interest Groups

This course introduces students to the theories, formation, organization, and activities of interest groups and their impact on public policy, particularly through their role in campaigns and elections and lobbying.

Credits: 3
Prereq: Undergraduate: PSCI 1100 or junior standing or permission of instructor. Graduate: PSCI 1100.
Cross-list: PSCI-8175

PSCI 3180: Campaigns and Elections

This course introduces students to the evolution and modern application of campaigns and elections in the United States through examination of campaign management and campaign strategy in congressional and presidential elections.

Credits: 3
Prereq: Undergraduate: PSCI 1100 or junior standing or permission of instructor. Graduate: PSCI 1100.
Cross-list: PSCI-8185

PSCI 3220: International Organizations

This course introduces students to the history, principles, structures, and processes developed to organize and legitimize peaceful reconciliation of the differences of nation-states and to advance their mutual interests in the contemporary global political and economic system.

Credits: 3
Prereq: Undergraduate: PSCI 2210 or junior standing or permission of instructor. Graduate: PSCI 2210 or equivalent is recommended.
Cross-list: PSCI-8225

PSCI 3230: Gender and Global Politics

This seminar introduces students to gender issues in comparative and international politics.

Credits: 3
General Education Area: Global Diversity
Prereq: PSCI 2500 is recommended.
Cross-list: WGST-3230, PSCI-8235, WGST-8235

PSCI 3260: United States Foreign Policy

This course introduces students to the analysis of foreign and defense policy processes in the United States, including the role of the President, Congress, Departments of State and Defense, the intelligence community, and other actors/factors affecting policy formulation and implementation.

Credits: 3
Prereq: Undergraduate: PSCI 2210 or junior standing or permission of instructor. Graduate: PSCI 2210.
Cross-list: PSCI-8265

PSCI 3340: American Political Thought

This course introduces students to the ideals, ideologies, identities, and institutions of American political thought from the country's origins to the present. Topics to be covered may include the political thought of the early American settlers and of the founding generation, the debates over the creation and implementation of the Constitution, the 19th century arguments over slavery, the rise of progressivism, the New Deal and its critics, and contemporary American conservatism and liberalism.

Credits: 3
Prereq: Undergraduate: PSCI 1100 or PSCI 2310 or junior standing or permission of instructor. Graduate: PSCI 2310 is recommended.
Cross-list: PSCI-8345

PSCI 3500: European Politics

This course introduces students to the political institutions, processes, and public policies of the states of Europe, including the European Union.

Credits: 3
General Education Area: Global Diversity
Prereq: PSCI 2500 or junior status or permission of instructor. Graduate: PSCI 2500 or equivalent is recommended.
Cross-list: PSCI-8505

PSCI 3560: Government and Politics of East Central Europe

A comparative analysis of the governmental and political processes operating in East Central Europe. (This course fulfills the department's comparative politics requirement).

Credits: 3

PSCI 3580: Government and Politics of East Central Eurasia

An analysis of structure and processes of government in Russia, Belarus, Ukraine, the Caucasus and Central Asia. (This course fulfills the department's comparative politics requirement).

Credits: 3

PSCI 3640: Government and Politics of China and East Asia

This course introduces students to the political cultures, institutions, processes, policies, and other characteristics of China and neighboring states, with reference to other major powers engaged in the region.

Credits: 3
General Education Area: Global Diversity
Prereq: Undergraduate: PSCI 2500 or junior standing or permission of instructor. Graduate: PSCI 2500 or equivalent is recommended.
Cross-list: PSCI-8645

PSCI 3660: Government and Politics of Japan and East Asia

This course introduces students to the political cultures, institutions, processes, policies and other characteristics of Japan and neighboring states, with reference to other major powers engaged in the region.

Credits: 3
General Education Area: Global Diversity
Prereq: PSCI 2500 or junior standing or permission of instructor.
Cross-list: PSCI-8665

PSCI 3680: Government and Politics of Latin America

This course introduces students to the political institutions, processes, and public policies of the states of Latin America.

Credits: 3
General Education Area: Global Diversity
Prereq: Undergraduate: PSCI 2500 or junior standing or permission of instructor. Graduate: PSCI 2500 or equivalent is recommended.
Cross-list: LLS-3680, LLS-8685, PSCI-8685

PSCI 3700: Government and Politics of the Middle East

This course introduces students to government and politics in the contemporary Middle East, including considerations of state formation, authoritarianism and democratization, state-society relations, religion, culture, gender, and economy.

Credits: 3
General Education Area: Global Diversity
Prereq: Undergraduate: PSCI 2500 or junior standing or permission of instructor. Graduate: PSCI 2500 is recommended.
Cross-list: PSCI-8705

PSCI 3920: Special Topics in Political Science

This course introduces students to a specialized subject matter in the field of political science not covered in existing courses. This course may be repeated for different topics up to a maximum of six credit hours.

Credits: 3
Prereq: None.

PSCI 4030: The Presidency

This course introduces students to the development and modern application of presidential leadership through examination of presidential selection, presidential decision-making, the relationship of the presidency with other governmental and non-governmental actors, and the role of the presidency in making public policy.

Credits: 3
Prereq: Undergraduate: PSCI 1100 or junior standing or permission of instructor. Graduate: PSCI 1100
Cross-list: PSCI-8036

PSCI 4040: Congress and the Legislative Process

This course introduces students to the development of the Congress and modern application of the legislative process through examination of congressional elections, congressional leadership, congressional decision-making, legislative rules and procedures, the relationship of the Congress with other governmental and non-governmental actors, and the role of the Congress in making public policy.

Credits: 3
Prereq: Undergraduate: PSCI 1100 or junior standing or permission of instructor. Graduate: PSCI 1100
Cross-list: PSCI-8046

PSCI 4050: The Judicial Process

This course introduces students to the administration of law in federal and state courts with respect to the organization of the courts, judicial selection, judicial powers, judicial decision-making, judicial policy-making, the bar, and reform movements in the pursuit of justice.

Credits: 3
Prereq: PSCI 1100 or junior standing or permission of instructor.
Cross-list: PSCI-8056

PSCI 4110: Political Psychology

This course introduces students to the role of human thought, emotion, and behavior in politics through examination of the psychological factors that motivate political elites and the mass public.

Credits: 3
Prereq: Undergraduate: PSCI 1100 or junior standing or permission of instructor. Graduate: PSCI 1100 is recommended.
Cross-list: PSYC-4110, PSCI-8116, PSYC-8116

PSCI 4120: Public Opinion and Polling

This course introduces students to the origins, nature, measurement, and consequences of public opinion on policymaking.

Credits: 3
Prereq: Undergraduate: PSCI 1100 or junior standing or permission of instructor. Graduate: PSCI 1100
Cross-list: PSCI-8126

PSCI 4140: Constitutional Law: Civil Rights

This course introduces students to the history, principles, and judicial interpretation of key constitutional provisions and federal statutes regarding civil rights in the United States.

Credits: 3
Prereq: Undergraduate: PSCI 1100 or junior standing or permission of instructor. Graduate: PSCI 1100 or equivalent.
Cross-list: PSCI-8146

PSCI 4150: Law and the Courts: Mock Trial

This course introduces students to the American legal system, including its courtroom aspects, through preparation of and participation in a mock trial case.

Credits: 3
Prereq: PSCI 1100 or junior standing or permission of instructor. Not open to nondegree students.

PSCI 4160: Law and the Courts: Mock Trial Practicum

This course introduces students to the American legal system through participation in mock trial competition.

Credits: 1-3
Prereq: PSCI 4150 or junior standing or permission of instructor. Not open to nondegree students.

PSCI 4170: Constitutional Law: Foundations

This course introduces students to the principles, design and operation of the American constitutional system with emphasis on analysis of the Declaration of Independence, the Articles of Confederation, the proceedings of the Constitutional Convention, and the Federalist Papers.

Credits: 3
Prereq: PSCI 1100 or junior standing or permission of instructor
Cross-list: PSCI-8176

PSCI 4180: Constitutional Law: The Federal System

This course introduces students to American constitutional law as it relates to issues of federalism, the relation of the nation and the states, and separation of powers, the relation of the three branches of the national government.

Credits: 3
Prereq: Undergraduates: PSCI 1100 or junior standing or permission of instructor. Graduates: PSCI 1100.
Cross-list: PSCI-8186

PSCI 4190: Constitutional Law: Civil Liberties

This course introduces students to the philosophy, history, and development of the personal liberties guaranteed by the Constitution including freedom of speech, religion, assembly, petition, and the right of privacy, primarily through examination of Supreme Court decisions.

Credits: 3
Prereq: Undergraduates: PSCI 1100 or junior standing or permission of instructor. Graduates: PSCI 1100.
Cross-list: PSCI-8196

PSCI 4200: International Relations of East Asia

This course introduces students to the international politics of East Asia with an emphasis on the contemporary relations among major East Asian states (China, Japan, the Korean peninsula) and the United States.

Credits: 3
General Education Area: Global Diversity
Prereq: Undergraduate: PSCI 2210 or junior standing or permission of instructor. Graduate: PSCI 2210 or equivalent is recommended.
Cross-list: PSCI-8206

PSCI 4210: International Relations of the Middle East

This course introduces students to the international politics of the Middle East region, specifically looking at conditions for peace and causes of war. It examines how the international system, domestic politics, ideologies, and leaders influence international politics in the Middle East.

Credits: 3
General Education Area: Global Diversity
Prereq: Undergraduate: PSCI 2210 or junior standing or permission of instructor. Graduate: PSCI 2210 is recommended.
Cross-list: PSCI-8216

PSCI 4240: International Conflict Resolution

This course introduces students to different approaches to peace, their basic assumptions, and their application to current conflicts.

Credits: 3
Prereq: Undergraduate: PSCI 2210 or junior status or permission of instructor. Graduate: PSCI 2210 or equivalent is recommended.
Cross-list: PSCI-8246

PSCI 4250: Intelligence and National Security

This course introduces students to the United States intelligence services, and their relation to broader U.S. national security policy.

Credits: 3
Prereq: Undergraduate: PSCI 2210 or junior standing or permission of instructor. Graduate: PSCI 2210 or equivalent is recommended.
Cross-list: PSCI-8256

PSCI 4280: Inter-American Politics

Analysis of the role of Latin American states in the international political arena. Emphasis upon developing, applying and testing an explanatory theory of international politics through the study of the inter-American system: the regional, institutional and ideological environment, power relations, policies and contemporary problems. (This course fulfills the department's international politics requirement).

Credits: 3
Prereq: For PSCI 4280; junior.
Cross-list: PSCI-8286

PSCI 4290: International Development & Sustainability

This course introduces students to different concepts of international development through the lens of sustainability. The course explores a broad range of activities related to international development, including international aid, trade, philanthropy, interventions in conflict, peacebuilding, public health, human rights, social justice, and the environment.

Credits: 3
Prereq: Undergraduate: PSCI 2210 or junior standing or permission of instructor. Graduate: PSCI 2210 or equivalent is recommended.
Cross-list: CACT-8306, PSCI-8296

PSCI 4310: Classical Political Theory

This course introduces students to key works representative of premodern political philosophy. Authors examined may include Plato, Aristotle, Xenophon, Cicero, Augustine, and Aquinas.

Credits: 3
Prereq: Undergraduate: PSCI 2310 or junior standing or permission of instructor. Graduate: PSCI 2310 or equivalent is recommended.
Cross-list: PSCI-8316

PSCI 4320: Early Modern Political Theory

This course introduces students to key works of the 16th through mid-18th centuries. Authors examined may include Machiavelli, Hobbes, Hume, Smith and Montesquieu.

Credits: 3
Prereq: Undergraduate: PSCI 2310 or junior standing or permission of instructor. Graduate: PSCI 2310 or equivalent is recommended.
Cross-list: PSCI-8326

PSCI 4330: Late Modern Political Theory

This course introduces students to key texts of the mid-18th through 19th centuries. Authors to be examined may include Rousseau, Burke, Mill, Tocqueville, Marx, and Nietzsche.

Credits: 3
Prereq: Undergraduate: PSCI 2310 or junior standing or permission of instructor. Graduate: PSCI 2310 or equivalent is recommended.
Cross-list: PSCI-8336

PSCI 4340: Contemporary Political Theory

This course introduces students to leading works of contemporary political philosophy including Marx, Spencer, Dahl, Rawls, feminism, and rational choice. The theories, their interrelationships, the theorists, and the manifestations of these works will be discussed and analyzed.

Credits: 3
Prereq: Undergraduate: PSCI 2310 or junior standing or permission of instructor. Graduate: PSCI 2310 or equivalent is recommended.
Cross-list: PSCI-8346

PSCI 4350: Democracy

A basic study of theory, practice and practitioners of political democracy, its roots, development, present application and problems and future. (This course fulfills the department's comparative politics requirement).

Credits: 3
Prereq: For 4350; junior.
Cross-list: PSCI-8356

PSCI 4360: Authoritarian Regimes

An analysis of various types of authoritarian regimes, their differences from democratic governments, and the causes of their establishment, maintenance, and failure. (This course fulfills the department's comparative politics requirement).

Credits: 3
Prereq: For PSCI 4360; junior.

PSCI 4370: Comparative Socialist Systems

A comparative examination of Marxist-inspired political movements, political parties and political systems, with particular emphasis upon contemporary transitions. (This course fulfills the department's comparative politics requirement).

Credits: 3
Prereq: For PSCI 4370; junior.

PSCI 4380: Topics in Political Theory

This course will conduct an in-depth exploration of an important issue, movement, thinker, or work in political theory. The particular subject matter will vary and will be chosen by the instructor.

Credits: 3
Prereq: Junior, or permission of instructor. Not open to nondegree students.

PSCI 4500: Government and Politics of Great Britain

A comprehensive study of British politics and government. Emphasis will be focused on the formal institutions and informal customs and practices of the British political system. (This course satisfies the department's comparative politics requirement).

Credits: 3
Prereq: For PSCI 4500; junior.
Cross-list: PSCI-8506

PSCI 4520: Politics in France

An examination of the French political heritage, contemporary political institutions and problems, and political and policy responses to these problems. (This course fulfills the department's comparative politics requirement).

Credits: 3
Cross-list: PSCI-8526

PSCI 4620: Islam and Politics

This course introduces students to the interaction between religion and politics in the Muslim world, covering various political ideologies in the Muslim world and different experiences of Muslim-majority countries such as Saudi Arabia, Pakistan, Iran, Turkey, Indonesia, and Egypt. It will also analyze mainstream and radical transnational Islamic movements.

Credits: 3
General Education Area: Global Diversity
Prereq: PSCI 2210 or 2500 is recommended.
Cross-list: PSCI-8626

PSCI 4810: Politics and Film

This course introduces students to the analysis of politics and film, focusing on how politics is portrayed in film and the politics of film making.

Credits: 3
Prereq: Undergraduate: None. Graduate: None.
Cross-list: JMC-4810, PSCI-8816, JMC-8816

PSCI 4820: Politics and Film

This course introduces students to the analysis of politics and film, focusing on how politics is portrayed in film and the politics of film making.

Credits: 3
Prereq: Undergraduate: None. Graduate: None.
Cross-list: JMC-4820, PSCI-8826, JMC-8826

PSCI 4900: Readings in Political Science

This course provides students an opportunity to study an advanced and specialized subject matter in the field of political science not covered in existing courses. The student must be capable of pursuing a highly independent course of study, which must be approved in consultation with the instructor in advance. This course may be repeated for different topics up to a maximum of six credit hours.

Credits: 1-3
Prereq: Permission of instructor.

PSCI 4910: Political Science Internship

This course offers students an opportunity to experience the resolution of public issues through direct involvement in career-oriented policy organizations. The host organization must be approved in advance in consultation with the internship coordinator. This course may be repeated for a maximum of six credit hours.

Credits: 1-6
Prereq: Permission of instructor.

PSCI 4920: Advanced Special Topics in Political Science

This course introduces students to an advanced and specialized subject matter in the field of political science not covered in existing courses. This course may be repeated for different topics up to a maximum of six credit hours.

Credits: 1-3
Prereq: Undergraduate: Junior standing or permission of instructor. Graduate: None.
Cross-list: PSCI-8926

PSCI 4950: Senior Capstone in Political Science

This course offers political science majors in their senior year a capstone experience. The primary purpose of the course is for students to refine their research, writing, and oral communications skills by writing and presenting a major research paper in the discipline. This course satisfies the advanced writing requirement of the general education curriculum.

Credits: 3
General Education Area: Fundamental Academic Skills - Advanced Writing
Prereq: PSCI 1100, 2000, 2210, 2310, 2500, and senior standing or permission of instructor. Not open to nondegree students.

PSCI 8000: Seminar in the Research Methods of Political Science

This course introduces students to the methods of data collection and analysis for political science research.

Credits: 3
Prereq: Permission of graduate adviser.

PSCI 8005: Quantitative Analysis in Political Science

This course introduces students to the techniques that political scientists use to answer research questions with quantitative data, as well as issues of research design, hypothesis formation, and causation. The course emphasizes the methods used to collect, analyze, and extract information from data using statistical computer software.

Credits: 3
Prereq: PSCI 2000 or permission of instructor.
Cross-list: PSCI-3000

PSCI 8015: Urban Politics

This course introduces students to the development, powers, forms of government, and functions of cities and their suburbs as well as the problems faced by elected officials, business and community leaders, and citizens in the urban setting.

Credits: 3
Prereq: Undergraduate: PSCI 1100 or junior standing or permission of instructor. Graduate: PSCI 1100.
Cross-list: PSCI-3010

PSCI 8036: The Presidency

This course introduces students to the development and modern application of presidential leadership through examination of presidential selection, presidential decision-making, the relationship of the presidency with other governmental and non-governmental actors, and the role of the presidency in making public policy.

Credits: 3
Prereq: Undergraduate: PSCI 1100 or junior standing or permission of instructor. Graduate: PSCI 1100
Cross-list: PSCI-4030

PSCI 8040: Seminar in American Government and Politics

This course introduces students to classic and contemporary scholarship on the principles, institutions, processes, and policies of national government in the United States with an emphasis on engaging in thoughtful discussion and individual research.

Credits: 3
Prereq: Permission of the graduate advisor.

PSCI 8045: Government and Politics of Nebraska

This course introduces students to the development, structures, functions and public policies of the government of the state of Nebraska.

Credits: 3
Prereq: Undergraduate: PSCI 1100 or junior standing or permission of instructor. Graduate: PSCI 1100.
Cross-list: PSCI-3040

PSCI 8046: Congress and the Legislative Process

This course introduces students to the development of the Congress and modern application of the legislative process through examination of congressional elections, congressional leadership, congressional decision-making, legislative rules and procedures, the relationship of the Congress with other governmental and non-governmental actors, and the role of the Congress in making public policy.

Credits: 3
Prereq: Undergraduate: PSCI 1100 or junior standing or permission of instructor. Graduate: PSCI 1100
Cross-list: PSCI-4040

PSCI 8055: State Government and Politics

This course introduces students to the development, structures, functions and public policies of states.

Credits: 3
Prereq: Undergraduate: PSCI 1100 or junior standing or permission of instructor. Graduate: PSCI 1100.
Cross-list: PSCI-3050

PSCI 8056: The Judicial Process

This course introduces students to the administration of law in federal and state courts with respect to the organization of the courts, judicial selection, judicial powers, judicial decision-making, judicial policy-making, the bar, and reform movements in the pursuit of justice.

Credits: 3
Prereq: PSCI 1100 or junior standing or permission of instructor.
Cross-list: PSCI-4050

PSCI 8100: Seminar in Political Economy

A comprehensive study of theories of political economy, linkages between politics and economics, and major contemporary issues.

Credits: 3
Prereq: Permission of the graduate adviser.

PSCI 8105: LGBT Politics

This course introduces students to the political struggle for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) equal rights in the United States using a model of political empowerment, which may be applied for all minority or identity groups and social movements, generating operationalized measures of progress toward the loci of political power.

Credits: 3
General Education Area: Diversity in the US
Prereq: UG: PSCI 1100 is recommended. G: PSCI 1100 is recommended.
Cross-list: PSCI-3100, WGST-3100, WGST-8105

PSCI 8116: Political Psychology

This course introduces students to the role of human thought, emotion, and behavior in politics through examination of the psychological factors that motivate political elites and the mass public.

Credits: 3
Prereq: Undergraduate: PSCI 1100 or junior standing or permission of instructor. Graduate: PSCI 1100 is recommended.
Cross-list: PSCI-4110, PSYC-4110, PSYC-8116

PSCI 8126: Public Opinion and Polling

This course introduces students to the origins, nature, measurement, and consequences of public opinion on policymaking.

Credits: 3
Prereq: Undergraduate: PSCI 1100 or junior standing or permission of instructor. Graduate: PSCI 1100
Cross-list: PSCI-4120

PSCI 8135: Women and Politics

This course introduces students to women's political participation, including holding elective office, socialization, the feminist movement and its opposition, and public policies with particular impact on women. The focus is on contemporary perspectives on women in American political ideas and behavior.

Credits: 3
General Education Area: Diversity in the US
Prereq: PSCI 1100 is recommended.
Cross-list: PSCI-3130, WGST-3130, WGST-8135

PSCI 8145: Latino/-a Politics

This course introduces students to the dynamism and growth of the role of Latinos, as a group of political actors, in the United States. This course provides students with an exposure to and understanding of various concepts and dimensions of this phenomenon, including historical and contemporary Latino political thought and the efforts to increase political empowerment (representation and participation) and influence through grassroots, social, and political movements.

Credits: 3
General Education Area: Diversity in the US
Prereq: PSCI 1100 is recommended.
Cross-list: LLS-3140, PSCI-3140, LLS-8145

PSCI 8146: Constitutional Law: Civil Rights

This course introduces students to the history, principles, and judicial interpretation of key constitutional provisions and federal statutes regarding civil rights in the United States.

Credits: 3
Prereq: Undergraduate: PSCI 1100 or junior standing or permission of instructor. Graduate: PSCI 1100 or equivalent.
Cross-list: PSCI-4140

PSCI 8150: Seminar in Constitutional Law

This course introduces students to the Constitution and the Supreme Court's exercise of judicial review in relation to governmental powers, civil rights, and civil liberties.

Credits: 3
Prereq: Permisson of graduate advisor.

PSCI 8165: Political Parties

This course introduces students to the origin, development, structure, and functions of political parties in the United States as political organizations, coalitions of voters, and governing coalitions that seek to hold office and influence public policy.

Credits: 3
Prereq: Undergraduate: PSCI 1100 or junior standing or permission of instructor. Graduate: PSCI 1100
Cross-list: PSCI-3160

PSCI 8175: Interest Groups

This course introduces students to the theories, formation, organization, and activities of interest groups and their impact on public policy, particularly through their role in campaigns and elections and lobbying.

Credits: 3
Prereq: Undergraduate: PSCI 1100 or junior standing or permission of instructor. Graduate: PSCI 1100.
Cross-list: PSCI-3170

PSCI 8176: Constitutional Law: Foundations

This course introduces students to the principles, design and operation of the American constitutional system with emphasis on analysis of the Declaration of Independence, the Articles of Confederation, the proceedings of the Constitutional Convention, and the Federalist Papers.

Credits: 3
Prereq: PSCI 1100 or junior standing or permission of instructor
Cross-list: PSCI-4170

PSCI 8185: Campaigns and Elections

This course introduces students to the evolution and modern application of campaigns and elections in the United States through examination of campaign management and campaign strategy in congressional and presidential elections.

Credits: 3
Prereq: Undergraduate: PSCI 1100 or junior standing or permission of instructor. Graduate: PSCI 1100.
Cross-list: PSCI-3180

PSCI 8186: Constitutional Law: The Federal System

This course introduces students to American constitutional law as it relates to issues of federalism, the relation of the nation and the states, and separation of powers, the relation of the three branches of the national government.

Credits: 3
Prereq: Undergraduates: PSCI 1100 or junior standing or permission of instructor. Graduates: PSCI 1100.
Cross-list: PSCI-4180

PSCI 8196: Constitutional Law: Civil Liberties

This course introduces students to the philosophy, history, and development of the personal liberties guaranteed by the Constitution including freedom of speech, religion, assembly, petition, and the right of privacy, primarily through examination of Supreme Court decisions.

Credits: 3
Prereq: Undergraduates: PSCI 1100 or junior standing or permission of instructor. Graduates: PSCI 1100.
Cross-list: PSCI-4190

PSCI 8200: Seminar in Foreign Policy and National Security

This course introduces students to classic and contemporary scholarship on the formulation and implementation of foreign and national security policy in the United States with an emphasis on engaging in thoughtful discussion and individual research.

Credits: 3
Prereq: Permission of graduate adviser.

PSCI 8206: International Relations of East Asia

This course introduces students to the international politics of East Asia with an emphasis on the contemporary relations among major East Asian states (China, Japan, the Korean peninsula) and the United States.

Credits: 3
General Education Area: Global Diversity
Prereq: Undergraduate: PSCI 2210 or junior standing or permission of instructor. Graduate: PSCI 2210 or equivalent is recommended.
Cross-list: PSCI-4200

PSCI 8216: International Relations of the Middle East

This course introduces students to the international politics of the Middle East region, specifically looking at conditions for peace and causes of war. It examines how the international system, domestic politics, ideologies, and leaders influence international politics in the Middle East.

Credits: 3
General Education Area: Global Diversity
Prereq: Undergraduate: PSCI 2210 or junior standing or permission of instructor. Graduate: PSCI 2210 is recommended.
Cross-list: PSCI-4210

PSCI 8225: International Organizations

This course introduces students to the history, principles, structures, and processes developed to organize and legitimize peaceful reconciliation of the differences of nation-states and to advance their mutual interests in the contemporary global political and economic system.

Credits: 3
Prereq: Undergraduate: PSCI 2210 or junior standing or permission of instructor. Graduate: PSCI 2210 or equivalent is recommended.
Cross-list: PSCI-3220

PSCI 8235: Gender and Global Politics

This seminar introduces students to gender issues in comparative and international politics.

Credits: 3
General Education Area: Global Diversity
Prereq: PSCI 2500 is recommended.
Cross-list: PSCI-3230, WGST-3230, WGST-8235

PSCI 8246: International Conflict Resolution

This course introduces students to different approaches to peace, their basic assumptions, and their application to current conflicts.

Credits: 3
Prereq: Undergraduate: PSCI 2210 or junior status or permission of instructor. Graduate: PSCI 2210 or equivalent is recommended.
Cross-list: PSCI-4240

PSCI 8250: Seminar in Global Politics

A comprehensive study of theories of global politics, modern inter-relationships among nations, and major contemporary issues.

Credits: 3
Prereq: Permission of graduate adviser.

PSCI 8256: Intelligence and National Security

This course introduces students to the United States intelligence services, and their relation to broader U.S. national security policy.

Credits: 3
Prereq: Undergraduate: PSCI 2210 or junior standing or permission of instructor. Graduate: PSCI 2210 or equivalent is recommended.
Cross-list: PSCI-4250

PSCI 8265: United States Foreign Policy

This course introduces students to the analysis of foreign and defense policy processes in the United States, including the role of the President, Congress, Departments of State and Defense, the intelligence community, and other actors/factors affecting policy formulation and implementation.

Credits: 3
Prereq: Undergraduate: PSCI 2210 or junior standing or permission of instructor. Graduate: PSCI 2210.
Cross-list: PSCI-3260

PSCI 8286: Inter-American Politics

Analysis of the role of Latin American states in the international political arena. Emphasis upon developing, applying and testing an explanatory theory of international politics through the study of the inter-American system: the regional institutional and ideological environment, power relations, policies, and contemporary problems.

Credits: 3
Prereq: For 4280, junior.
Cross-list: PSCI-4280

PSCI 8296: International Development & Sustainability

This course introduces students to different concepts of international development through the lens of sustainability. The course explores a broad range of activities related to international development, including international aid, trade, philanthropy, interventions in conflict, peacebuilding, public health, human rights, social justice, and the environment.

Credits: 3
Prereq: Undergraduate: PSCI 2210 or junior standing or permission of instructor. Graduate: PSCI 2210 or equivalent is recommended.
Cross-list: PSCI-4290, CACT-8306

PSCI 8300: Seminar in Political Theory

This course introduces students to the history of political theory, from its origins in ancient Greece to its manifestations in contemporary thought.

Credits: 3
Prereq: Permission of graduate advisor.
Cross-list: CACT-8200

PSCI 8316: Classical Political Theory

This course introduces students to key works representative of premodern political philosophy. Authors examined may include Plato, Aristotle, Xenophon, Cicero, Augustine, and Aquinas.

Credits: 3
Prereq: Undergraduate: PSCI 2310 or junior standing or permission of instructor. Graduate: PSCI 2310 or equivalent is recommended.
Cross-list: PSCI-4310

PSCI 8326: Early Modern Political Theory

This course introduces students to key works of the 16th through mid-18th centuries. Authors examined may include Machiavelli, Hobbes, Hume, Smith and Montesquieu.

Credits: 3
Prereq: Undergraduate: PSCI 2310 or junior standing or permission of instructor. Graduate: PSCI 2310 or equivalent is recommended.
Cross-list: PSCI-4320

PSCI 8336: Late Modern Political Theory

This course introduces students to key texts of the mid-18th through 19th centuries. Authors to be examined may include Rousseau, Burke, Mill, Tocqueville, Marx, and Nietzsche.

Credits: 3
Prereq: Undergraduate: PSCI 2310 or junior standing or permission of instructor. Graduate: PSCI 2310 or equivalent is recommended.
Cross-list: PSCI-4330

PSCI 8345: American Political Thought

This course introduces students to the ideals, ideologies, identities, and institutions of American political thought from the country's origins to the present. Topics to be covered may include the political thought of the early American settlers and of the founding generation, the debates over the creation and implementation of the Constitution, the 19th century arguments over slavery, the rise of progressivism, the New Deal and its critics, and contemporary American conservatism and liberalism.

Credits: 3
Prereq: Undergraduate: PSCI 1100 or PSCI 2310 or junior standing or permission of instructor. Graduate: PSCI 2310 is recommended.
Cross-list: PSCI-3340

PSCI 8346: Contemporary Political Theory

This course introduces students to leading works of contemporary political philosophy including Marx, Spencer, Dahl, Rawls, feminism, and rational choice. The theories, their interrelationships, the theorists, and the manifestations of these works will be discussed and analyzed.

Credits: 3
Prereq: Undergraduate: PSCI 2310 or junior standing or permission of instructor. Graduate: PSCI 2310 or equivalent is recommended.
Cross-list: PSCI-4340

PSCI 8356: Democracy

A basic study of theory, practice and practitioners of political democracy, its roots, development, present application and problems and future.

Credits: 3
Prereq: For 4350, junior.
Cross-list: PSCI-4350

PSCI 8505: European Politics

This course introduces students to the political institutions, processes, and public policies of the states of Europe, including the European Union.

Credits: 3
General Education Area: Global Diversity
Prereq: PSCI 2500 or junior status or permission of instructor. Graduate: PSCI 2500 or equivalent is recommended.
Cross-list: PSCI-3500

PSCI 8506: Government and Politics of Great Britain

A comprehensive study of British politics and government. Emphasis will be focused on the formal institutions and informal customs and practices of the British political system.

Credits: 3
Prereq: For 4500, junior.
Cross-list: PSCI-4500

PSCI 8526: Politics in France

An examination of the French political heritage, contemporary political institutions and problems, and political and policy responses to these problems.

Credits: 3
Prereq: For 4520, junior.
Cross-list: PSCI-4520

PSCI 8626: Islam and Politics

This course introduces students to the interaction between religion and politics in the Muslim world, covering various political ideologies in the Muslim world and different experiences of Muslim-majority countries such as Saudi Arabia, Pakistan, Iran, Turkey, Indonesia, and Egypt. It will also analyze mainstream and radical transnational Islamic movements.

Credits: 3
General Education Area: Global Diversity
Prereq: PSCI 2210 or 2500 is recommended.
Cross-list: PSCI-4620

PSCI 8645: Government and Politics of China and East Asia

This course introduces students to the political cultures, institutions, processes, policies, and other characteristics of China and neighboring states, with reference to other major powers engaged in the region.

Credits: 3
General Education Area: Global Diversity
Prereq: Undergraduate: PSCI 2500 or junior standing or permission of instructor. Graduate: PSCI 2500 or equivalent is recommended.
Cross-list: PSCI-3640

PSCI 8665: Government and Politics of Japan and East Asia

This course introduces students to the political cultures, institutions, processes, policies and other characteristics of Japan and neighboring states, with reference to other major powers engaged in the region.

Credits: 3
General Education Area: Global Diversity
Prereq: PSCI 2500 or junior standing or permission of instructor.

PSCI 8685: Government and Politics of Latin America

This course introduces students to the political institutions, processes, and public policies of the states of Latin America.

Credits: 3
General Education Area: Global Diversity
Prereq: Undergraduate: PSCI 2500 or junior standing or permission of instructor. Graduate: PSCI 2500 or equivalent is recommended.
Cross-list: LLS-3680, PSCI-3680, LLS-8685

PSCI 8705: Government and Politics of the Middle East

This course introduces students to government and politics in the contemporary Middle East, including considerations of state formation, authoritarianism and democratization, state-society relations, religion, culture, gender, and economy.

Credits: 3
General Education Area: Global Diversity
Prereq: Undergraduate: PSCI 2500 or junior standing or permission of instructor. Graduate: PSCI 2500 is recommended.
Cross-list: PSCI-3700

PSCI 8826: Politics and Film

This course introduces students to the analysis of politics and film, focusing on how politics is portrayed in film and the politics of film making.

Credits: 3
Prereq: Undergraduate: None. Graduate: None.
Cross-list: PSCI-4820, JMC-4820, JMC-8826

PSCI 8900: Readings in Political Science

This course provides students an opportunity to study an advanced and specialized subject matter in the field of political science not covered in existing courses. The student must be capable of pursuing a highly independent course of study, which must be approved in consultation with the instructor in advance. This course may be repeated for different topics up to a maximum of six credit hours.

Credits: 1-3
Prereq: Permission of graduate advisor.

PSCI 8910: Political Science Internship

This course offers students an opportunity to experience the resolution of public issues through direct involvement in career-oriented policy organizations. The host organization must be approved in advance in consultation with the internship coordinator. This course may be repeated for a maximum of six credit hours.

Credits: 3
Prereq: Permission of instructor.

PSCI 8920: Advanced Special Topics in Political Science

This course introduces students to an advanced and specialized subject matter in the field of political science not covered in existing courses. This course may be repeated for different topics up to a maximum of six credit hours.

Credits: 1-3
Prereq: None.

PSCI 8926: Advanced Special Topics in Political Science

This course introduces students to an advanced and specialized subject matter in the field of political science not covered in existing courses. This course may be repeated for different topics up to a maximum of six credit hours.

Credits: 1-3
Prereq: Undergraduate: Junior standing or permission of instructor. Graduate: None.
Cross-list: PSCI-4920

PSCI 8980: Research in Political Science

This course provides students an opportunity to conduct research in a specialized subject matter in the field of political science. The student must be capable of pursuing a highly independent course of study, which must be approved in consultation with the instructor in advance. This course may be repeated for different topics up to a maximum of six credit hours.

Credits: 3
Prereq: Permission of graduate advisor. Not open to nondegree students.

PSCI 8990: Thesis

A research project, written under the supervision of a graduate adviser in the Department of Political Science, in which students establish their capacity to design, conduct and complete an original, independent, scholarly investigation of a high order. The research topic and the completed project must be approved by the student's departmental committee.

Credits: 3-6
Prereq: Permission of graduate program chair. Not open to nondegree students.