http://www.uwplatt.edu/political-science

Contact: Travis Nelson
Office: 138 Gardner Hall
Phone: 608.342.1809
E-mail: nelsontra@uwplatt.edu

About the Political Science Program and Major

The UW-Platteville Department of Social Sciences offers a major and minor in political science. Political science is the study of governmental institutions and decision-making in the political arena. Political science focuses on political systems by looking at American institutions, public law, public administration, public policy, political theory, political behavior, comparative politics, and international relations. Political science is a discipline in the social sciences and part of the liberal arts approach to education.

Students in political science learn skills in writing and critical thinking. They are asked to learn to question, analyze, and consider solutions to political problems. Research abilities are important for future individual and professional success.

Mission

The political science program enables its majors to improve substantially their understanding of themselves and the world. The department seeks to educate students to have knowledge and appreciation of politics, development of political thought and governance, and the essential knowledge of their chosen fields. It attempts to enable students to live more meaningfully in the world. The department seeks to prepare its graduates for employment and/or advanced study, and to stimulate students to anticipate their future roles as professionals and citizens.

Goals and Objectives

Graduates will:

  1. Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of various theoretical perspectives in Political Science courses.
  2. Develop critical thinking and analytical skills (lower order and higher order) and be able to identify similarities & differences among various political institutions & processes.
  3. Be able to communicate effectively using academic language from various disciplinary & theoretical perspectives.
  4. Demonstrate a proficient use of methodological approaches specific to Political Science.
  5. Garner learning experiences via high impact practices (including internships, independent study and/or study abroad programs) prior to graduation.

General Requirements Bachelor of Arts Degree

Total for graduation120
General education44-58
Major studies36

POLISCI 1130 Introduction to Politics 3 Credits

A survey of the principles of political analysis, covering topics such as the nature of politics, the political experience, decision-making, traditions of politics and comparative political systems.
Components: Class
GE: Social Sciences
Typically Offered: Fall/Spring

POLISCI 1230 Introduction to American Government 3 Credits

Origin and nature of American federal system, federal and state constitutions, electoral process, structure and functions of federal, state and local government, and individual rights and civil liberties.
Components: Class
GE: Social Sciences
Typically Offered: Fall/Spring

POLISCI 1430 Current Issues and Democracy 3 Credits

Discussion of the issues of major conflict, the essence of democracy, the nature of technological democracy and its future.
Components: Class
GE: Social Sciences
Typically Offered: Fall

POLISCI 2360 International Relations 3 Credits

The foundations of national power, the causes of conflict in world politics, and the efforts to deal with such conflicts particularly through international organizations.
Components: Class
GE: International Education, Social Sciences
Typically Offered: Fall/Spring

POLISCI 2430 Comparative Politics 3 Credits

An examination of non-American political systems and the experiences of countries coping with political change. An investigation of models of values, stereotypes, incentives and sanctions within the network of interdependent elements that create a sense of publicness and authority.
Components: Class
GE: International Education, Social Sciences
Prereqs/Coreqs: P: POLISCI 1130 or POLISCI 1230
Typically Offered: Spring

POLISCI 2540 Introduction to Public Policy 3 Credits

A survey and review of government public policy and public policy making. The investigation, differing explanations and alternative arguments about what government should and should not do including consideration of various public policies.
Components: Class
GE: Social Sciences
Typically Offered: Spring

POLISCI 2940 The Political Economy of Race, Gender and Ethnicity 3 Credits

This course uses economic principles to analyze salient issues involving people of color, women, and ethnic minorities. The focus is interdisciplinary, drawing from the fields of business, political science, and others. Pertinent principles and concepts are used to analyze causes and effects of the changing composition of U.S. families, to examine the nature and extent of discrimination within the U.S. economy, and to understand why issues involving race, ethnicity, and gender are of concern to us both individually and collectively.
Components: Class
Cross Offering: ECONOMIC 2940, ETHNSTDY 2940
GE: Ethnic Studies, Gender Studies
Typically Offered: Fall/Spring/Summer

POLISCI 3230 Introduction to Public Administration 3 Credits

This course examines the role of administration in modern American government, its basic characteristics and the problems of making it efficient and holding it responsible.
Components: Class
Prereqs/Coreqs: P: POLISCI 1130 or POLISCI 1230
Typically Offered: Occasional

POLISCI 3320 Congressional Politics 3 Credits

The powers, functions and processes of Congress, the role of political parties and pressure groups, and the relation of Congress to the other branches of government are examined.
Components: Class
GE: Social Sciences
Prereqs/Coreqs: P: POLISCI 1230
Typically Offered: Occasional

POLISCI 3330 American Political Parties and Interest Groups 3 Credits

Interest groups and political parties as forces that mold public policy are examined.
Components: Class
GE: Social Sciences
Prereqs/Coreqs: P: POLISCI 1230
Typically Offered: Occasional

POLISCI 3340 Modern Japan 3 Credits

Social, cultural, and political history of Modern Japan from the 17th century to the present.
Components: Class
Cross Offering: HISTORY 3950
GE: Historical Perspective, International Education
Prereqs/Coreqs: P: HISTORY 1020 or consent of instructor
Typically Offered: Fall

POLISCI 3350 Modern China 3 Credits

Social, cultural, and political history of Modern China from the 19th century to the present.
Components: Class
Cross Offering: HISTORY 3970
GE: Historical Perspective, International Education
Prereqs/Coreqs: P: HISTORY 1020 or consent of instructor
Typically Offered: Fall

POLISCI 3440 Social Research 3 Credits

A survey of techniques of sociological research, including research design, data collection and data analysis, stress on alternative types of research procedures and their relative strengths and weaknesses.
Components: Class
Cross Offering: SOCIOLGY 3440
GE: Social Sciences
Prereqs/Coreqs: P: SOCIOLGY 1030 or POLISCI 1130
Typically Offered: Spring

POLISCI 3460 Modern Africa 3 Credits

Examines the trajectory of African history from the early 19th century to contemporary times. Focuses on three defining moments: the "Scramble" and partition of Africa, the institutionalization of the colonial project, and the struggles and challenges of independence. Emphasis is on African agency and the African voice.
Components: Class
Cross Offering: HISTORY 3460
GE: Historical Perspective, International Education
Prereqs/Coreqs: P: HISTORY 1430 or HISTORY 1020 or POLISCI 1130 or consent of instructor.
Typically Offered: Fall

POLISCI 3520 The Judicial Process 3 Credits

The American judicial process, trial and appellate courts as well as the role of the U.S. Supreme Court are examined. The Anglo-American judicial system is compared with the judicial system of continental Europe.
Components: Class
GE: Social Sciences
Prereqs/Coreqs: P: POLISCI 1230
Typically Offered: Fall

POLISCI 3530 State and Local Government 3 Credits

The structure and functions of state and local government, implementation of public policy, governmental agencies and administrative services, and city-suburban and metropolitan issues are examined. Special attention is given to the political and policy effects of the dynamic changes taking place in the urban centers in Wisconsin as well as in neighboring states.
Components: Class
GE: Social Sciences
Typically Offered: Occasional

POLISCI 3610 British Isles to 1714 3 Credits

The political evolution of the English state and the national development and interactions of the English, Irish, Scottish, and Welsh peoples from their origins to 1714.
Components: Class
Cross Offering: HISTORY 3610
GE: Historical Perspective
Prereqs/Coreqs: P: HISTORY 1010 or HISTORY 1020 or consent of instructor
Typically Offered: Occasional

POLISCI 3620 British Isles since 1714 3 Credits

The political evolution of the British state and the national development and interactions of the English, Irish, Scottish, and Welsh peoples from 1714 until the present.
Components: Class
Cross Offering: HISTORY 3620
GE: Historical Perspective
Prereqs/Coreqs: P: HISTORY 1010 or HISTORY 1020 or consent of instructor
Typically Offered: Occasional

POLISCI 3650 Political Theory 3 Credits

The course examines the major contributions of Western normative political theory that underlie contemporary notions of power and political relationships.
Components: Class
GE: Social Sciences
Prereqs/Coreqs: P: POLISCI 1130
Typically Offered: Spring

POLISCI 3720 Politics of the Global Economy 3 Credits

An analysis of the operation and powers of multinational corporations, their methods of influencing the electoral process, and the legislative and executive branches in the United States and abroad, as well as their future role in world economy and politics and development of Third World countries.
Components: Class
GE: International Education, Social Sciences
Prereqs/Coreqs: P: POLISCI 2360
Typically Offered: EVERY/3RD

POLISCI 3730 Ethnic Rights and Politics 3 Credits

The course examines changing patterns of ethnic, gender and race relations; legislative and judicial developments affecting civil rights; political movements, political, social and economic discrimination; the judicial system and legal protection for civil rights and the status and circumstances of women and other minorities.
Components: Class
Cross Offering: ETHNSTDY 3720
GE: Ethnic Studies, Social Sciences
Prereqs/Coreqs: P: POLISCI 1230 or consent of instructor
Typically Offered: Spring

POLISCI 3750 International Human Rights 3 Credits

This course examines the subject of international human rights primarily in the post-1945 era. The course involves the examination, analysis and discussion of major theories, legal norms, criminal procedures and state and international diplomacy in the human rights field. The course integrates theory and praxis with the case study method.
Components: Class
GE: International Education, Social Sciences
Prereqs/Coreqs: P: POLISCI 2360
Typically Offered: EVERY/3RD

POLISCI 3760 International Security 3 Credits

This course will examine the nature of and response to international security threats during and after the Cold War. These threats will be examined from both a theoretical perspective and a policy perspective. Topics include war, nuclear weapons, democratization, terrorism, economic sanctions, environmental degradation, ethnic conflict, and more.
Components: Class
GE: International Education, Social Sciences
Prereqs/Coreqs: P: POLISCI 2360
Typically Offered: EVERY/3RD

POLISCI 3830 Civil Liberties 3 Credits

The focuses of this course are: law and power and their abuses; law and power in relation to, deviance, freedom of religion, freedom of expression, civil disobedience, and the war on crime; criminal and civil cases, group action.
Components: Class
GE: Social Sciences
Prereqs/Coreqs: P: POLISCI 1230
Typically Offered: Spring

POLISCI 3850 Public Finance 3 Credits

Topics include: government expenditures, programs and public services; principles and processes for collective decision- making; sources, principles and effects of taxes and other government revenues, and deficits, debts and budgeting in the public sector.
Components: Class
Cross Offering: ECONOMIC 3850
Prereqs/Coreqs: P: ECONOMIC 2230
Typically Offered: Occasional

POLISCI 3950 Political Science Field Trip 1 Credit

In this course, students will spend four days exploring the politics and culture of a major American city. They will meet with policymakers, visit historic landmarks, participate in a service project, discuss issues of local and national significance, and experience life in a large urban environment. Students are also required to attend two pre-departure meetings and one post-program meeting during which travel and academic material will be discussed.
Components: Field Studies
Typically Offered: Spring

POLISCI 4120 Modern Russia 3 Credits

Political, social, economic, and cultural history of North Central Asia from the middle of the 19th century until the present time, with particular attention to Russian civilization, and the political evolution from Russian empire, to Soviet partocracy, to presidential republic.
Components: Class
Cross Offering: HISTORY 4120
GE: Historical Perspective, International Education
Prereqs/Coreqs: P: HISTORY 1020 or consent of instructor
Typically Offered: Occasional

POLISCI 4420 Constitutional Law 3 Credits

This course examines constitutional law and the political process, judicial review, civil liberties, rights and responsibilities, the role of the Supreme Court in the educational environment and student rights.
Components: Class
GE: Social Sciences
Prereqs/Coreqs: P: POLISCI 1130 or POLISCI 1230
Typically Offered: Occasional

POLISCI 4660 Internship in Political Science 1-8 Credits

Enhancement of the educational experience through placement of a student with a cooperating agency, business, industry or institution. The nature of the assignment, type of experience, number of credits and evaluation procedure will be stipulated in a statement of agreement (learning contract) between the student and the department.
Components: Field Studies
Prereqs/Coreqs: sophomore standing to enroll in this class
Typically Offered: Fall/Spring/Summer

POLISCI 4720 Independent Study and Research in Political Science 1-3 Credits

Supervised individual or team study and investigation of a selected topic.
Components: Independent Study
Prereqs/Coreqs: sophomore standing to enroll in this class
Typically Offered: Fall/Spring/Summer

POLISCI 4730 Trial Advocacy 1-3 Credits

Students prepare both sides of a civil or criminal case for trial playing attorney and witness roles. Knowledge of courtroom procedure and rules of evidence along with skills of teamwork, critical and analytical thinking, and persuasive public speaking are applied.
Components: Seminar
Typically Offered: Occasional

POLISCI 4760 Seminar in Selected Topics in Political Science 1-3 Credits

Presentation of a selected topic normally not of a permanent nature or suitable for a regular course. Besides regular class presentations by students and examinations, a term paper is required.
Components: Seminar
Prereqs/Coreqs: P: junior standing
Typically Offered: Occasional

Faculty and lecturers

Additional information about the Faculty and Lecturers below may be found in the Faculty and Academic Staff section of this catalog.

Broussard, Rosalyn S.

Nelson, Travis

Sappleton, Shan