Political Science - CPS Specialty (PLSC)

PLSC 1001. Introduction to Political Science. 3 Hours.

Introduces the fundamentals of contemporary political science with a focus on social justice in America’s political structure. Topics include basic concepts in political analysis, the role of government institutions, and the impact of social and cultural diversity on political systems. Also includes a focus on current events and issues.

PLSC 1210. British and European Law. 3 Hours.

This course will present an introduction to the theoretical issues surrounding modern English and European law. It will involve a study of constitutional, criminal and civil law in operation under the English Legal System and within the European Union. The course will also provide a comparison with the judicial traditions in the US, including current topics such as extradition, illegal detention, torture, and the legal implications of the war on terror. A special trip to the Cambridgeshire County Courts to see an actual trial is a program highlight. Course includes London field studies visits to the Imperial War Museum and the Central Criminal Court.

PLSC 1400. American Studies 1. 2 Hours.

Analyzes and explains the U.S. national government. Begins with the American Revolution and the development of the Constitution and the United States’ federal system of government. Discusses civil rights and civil liberties as well as public opinion, political socialization, and the impact of interest groups. By the end of the course, the successful student should understand the general governing framework of the United States, U.S. politics and policy, and what influences the government’s outputs and outcomes.

PLSC 1410. American Studies 2. 2 Hours.

Analyzes and explains the U.S. national government. Covers the structure and functioning of U.S. national government institutions. Discusses political institutions and parties as well as public and foreign policy. Reviews the roles and responsibilities of the Congress, the executive branch, and the federal court system. By the end of the course, the successful student should understand the governing framework of the United States, U.S. politics and policy, and what influences government decisions.