Political Science Course Descriptions

Number sequencing next to course name means the following: first digit designates the number of lecture hours for the course; the second digit designates the number of lab, clinic or practicum hours; and the third digit designates the credit hours for the course.

POLS 110C American Government 3-0-3
This course is an introduction to the basic structures of the political process in the United States. It combines attention to political activity at both the national (Federal) and the State and local levels. The topics covered include analyses of the Federal and States' Constitutions, the American political economy, State/Federal relationships, inter-branch matters between the Executive, Legislature and Judiciary branches, the elective process, activities of the public and interest groups, and the governments' handling of the public purse.

POLS 150C The New Hampshire Primary 3-0-3
This course is a survey of the changing role and nature of the Presidential Primary election held in the State of New Hampshire from its first implementation in 1916 to the present.  Through a combination of readings, taped and live streamed presentations, archival footage, classroom presentations and interviews, and group activities, students will “experience” the primary as it takes shape throughout the fall. The goal of the course is not merely to help students understand the nature of the New Hampshire Presidential Primary, but to engage students in the process. Just as the Presidential Primary is an example of direct democracy, this course is an exercise in civic engagement. Course content will cover, but not be limited to, an understanding of the origins of primary elections in American politics, the laws governing the New Hampshire primary, the role of media in the process, the changing demographics of New Hampshire, the evolving nature of the New Hampshire electorate, and the impact of the “first-in-the-nation” primary.

POLS 210C State and Local Government 3-0-3
A survey of state and local government concentrating on their origins and development in the United States. The course includes the forms of government; executive, legislative and judicial organization and procedures; distribution of power between the levels of government; and the problems of metropolitan government.

POLS 220C Public Administration 3-0-3
This course discusses the growth of the public sector and the methods by which this sector can be managed. Topics include public management techniques, effective decision-making, civil service, budgeting, public organizations, and the politics of public sector administration.

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