MLA-Political Science


MLPOS 5301: Statistics for Social Sciences

This course is designed to introduce students to the basic quantitative methodology in the social sciences and to teach them research design from the conception of an idea to the analysis and interpretation of data.

MLPOS 5306: U.S. Health Policy

This course analyzes key contemporary issues in healthcare policy. This course includes design and structure of the U.S. healthcare system, policy initiatives and the roles of government, the private sector, consumers, and advocacy groups in setting policy agenda, historical, socioeconomic, political, environmental forces that influence the U.S. healthcare system, financing, and delivery of personal and public health services; health services, policy concepts, and terminology, including health determinants, access to care, system integration, policy development, federalism.

MLPOS 5325: Govt. & Politics of Russia

This couse is a ssurvey of post-Soviet Russian politics. It examines the efforts to create a new Russian governmental and political system following the general problem of "transitions" toward more open political and economic systems in former communist settings and in countries that did not have communist governments.

MLPOS 5331: Texas Politics

Designed for the students whose backgrounds and interests prepare them to do indepth research and study of selected topics.

MLPOS 5332: Urban Government & Politics

This course covers the context in which city governments operate, the politics and policymaking process of urban places, and the service delivery issues confronting municipalities. The course is designed to assist the student in obtaining an in-depth understanding of the politics of local public problems.

MLPOS 5333: Law & Society

How the values and attitudes of society influence the content and enforcement of the law, and how the law influences the mores and behavior of society.

MLPOS 5334: Campaigns and Elections

Students are offered the opportunity to actively participate in the campaigns of candidates. Academic research is combined with “on-the-job” training. Classroom analysis and critique of the individual campaigns round out the course.

MLPOS 5337: Politics and the Media

This course analyzes the impact of the media on the American political system. There is an examination of the evolution of the media from the earliest days of the republic to its place of central importance in elections and governing today.

MLPOS 5338: Internet and Politics

This course is designed to provide the student with broad theoretical and practical knowledge of the far-reaching implications of the Internet and the Information Revolution on federal, state and local government operations as well as the American political system.

MLPOS 5342: Judical Process

Development and operations of courts and related institutions; impact of judicial decisions upon the political system.

MLPOS 5352: International Politics

Theories of international politics and the decision-making process that generates foreign policy. An examination of the role of power in the modern world, the utility of force in conflict resolution versus the multilateral, collaborative approach. An introduction to the way current international politics is increasingly related to the world economic situation with special attention to the role of multinational corporations, international trade and finance.

MLPOS 5353: The Presidency and the Executive Branch

This course will focus on the role of the presidency in the American political system. Emphasis will be placed on the office and powers of the President, the expansion of the constitutional presidency and the changing nature of presidential politics.

MLPOS 5354: Emergency Management

This course focuses on the evolution of U.S. disaster policy and the practice of emergency management, with particular attention to the roles of local governments and nonprofit agencies in disaster management. The course examines the major policy issues, including the utility of the "all-hazard" or comprehensive model of emergency management, the role of the military in disaster operations, state and local capacity building, and the design and implementation of hazard mitigation policies and programs.

MLPOS 5355: American Constitutional Law

An analysis of the development and evolutionary interpretation of the United States Constitution through study of decisions by the United States Supreme Court from 1789 to the present.

MLPOS 5356: American Constitutional Law II

Examines the American constitutional law of criminal justice and criminal procedure as it relates to the administration of criminal substantive ;aw, and the procedural law of: arrest, stop and frisk, search, confessions, identification, preliminary hearings, bail, indictment, plea bargaining, venue, discovery, trial, sentencing, appeal, and habeas corpus.

MLPOS 5358: Pub. Opinion & Voting Behavior

The politcal behavior of the mass public in modern democratic systems, especially the United States. Major areas of emphasis will include: political socialization and learning, public opinion and attitude formation, participation and voting behavior.

MLPOS 5360: Introduction to Justice & Peace Studies

A basic overview of justice and peace studies, based on the seven main principles of Catholic Social Teaching. Among the topics that will be reviewed in conjunction with these principles are the dignity of the human person, communitybuilding, human rights, economic development, culture, class, and gender concerns, conflict resolution and care for the environment.

MLPOS 5362: Minority Politics

An examination of political participation by minorities (African-American, Asian- American, Latin-American, Native American, women, and other minorities) in American politics, and of the impact of public policies on minority groups. Particular reference will be made to Texas and U.S. Southwest politics.

MLPOS 5363: Latino Politics

A survey of the forms of political participation and types of public policies that affect Latinos in the United States. Particular reference will be made to Texas and U.S. Southwest politics.

MLPOS 5371: Introduction to Public Administration

An overview of the basic components of administration in government and nonprofit organizations. Topics covered include executive branch structures, federalism, budgeting, policymaking, personnel administration and ethics.

MLPOS 5372: Public Personnel Administration

An introduction to civil service systems in the United States. Particular emphasis will be placed on the following topics: the history of the U.S. Civil Service, position classification systems, equal employment opportunity, employee recruitment, in-service training, performance appraisals, employee motivation and collective bargaining.

MLPOS 5374: Public Organizations: Theory and Behavior

An examination of how bureaucracy has become the central form of organization in terms of how governments administer public policy in a mass society. Particular emphasis will be placed on the degree to which society has become bureaucratized and on what democratic alternatives are available to temper the excesses of bureaucracy.

MLPOS 5375: Federalism and Intergov Relations

This course examines the origins, foundations and 200-year history of the American system of national, state and local governance. The course will especially focus on how national, state and local governments interact through the intergovernmental process. Specific topics the course will cover include: court cases on federalism, fiscal aspects of federalism, models of federalism, comparative federalism and the future of federalism.

MLPOS 5376: Public Budgeting & Finance

This course examines the techniques and politics of raising and spending public funds. It discusses topics such as deficits politics, legislative and executive powers and the budgetary role of the courts. It assesses the impacts of taxing and spending policies and explores issues relevant to national, state, and local governments.

MLPOS 5377: Administrative Law

A study of the implementation of statutes by the executive agencies of government, covering law enforcement, economic and social regulation, taxation, education, distribution of welfare benefits, land management and many other activities of government.

MLPOS 6302: Pol Thry:Hobbes to Present

An introduction to the development of political ideas from the Reformation to the present day. Students will study the liberal and communitarian frameworks of political theory.

MLPOS 6303: American Political Theory

An introduction to the development of American political ideas from the colonial period to the present. Gender and minority perspectives are an integral part of the course.

MLPOS 6304: Contemporary Political Theory

An introduction to the development of political ideas in the 20th and 21st century. A comparison between Western and non-Western political theory is an integral part of the course.

MLPOS 6305: Religion and Politics

A basic review of the history and/or fundamental issues entailed in the interrelationship of religion and politics. In particular, the course will focus on the impact religion has on political participation, political institutions and political culture.

MLPOS 6310: Constitutional Politics Seminar

A critical analysis of major confrontations in constitutional politics and theory with the goal of understanding how constitutional issues are sorted out in a federal system of government.

MLPOS 6379: Cyber Warfare

This course overviews the growth and scope of cyber warfare and its impacts on national power in the domains of government, diplomacy, international law, international commerce/economic power, social media/privacy, science/technology, and civil society. It traces the evolution of conflict from traditional information gathering to the development of cyber weaponry with destructive capabilities and the use of those capabilities to advance national foreign policy interests. Through the use of case studies and selective readings from a variety of sources (government policy directives, cyber security industry studies, and defense related academic papers), the course guides students through the emergent quality of the broadening scope of cyber conflict and the multifaceted response to the challenge. Ultimately, students are confronted with the impact of the ongoing threat as they interface with cyberspace in their day-to-day interactions. The goal is for a deeper understanding of the scope and complexity of the cyber domain and the global conflict that is raging out of view.

MLPOS 6380: Global Conflict Resolution

This course begins with the premise that conflict is a part of everyday life that spans across every inch of the globe and is found in all careers and relationships, so it is designed to be a practical course that provides a comprehensive overview of conflict resolution from a micro (person-to-person) to a global perspective. This course reviews the theoretical components while exploring conflict within different contexts, including intergroup, interpersonal, cross-cultural, legal, and international, by analyzing select global conflicts and learning to identify its primary and secondary participants. This course introduces positive conflict management skills, including active listening, communication skills, principled negotiation, facilitation, and peacekeeping skills. This skill-based course will explore how these variables and behavioral attributes have, and can, influence global conflicts through escalation and de-escalation. Upon completion of this course and attendance in class for at least 40 hours, as designated by Texas State Statute, graduate and undergraduate students will be able to mediate globally with their basic mediation certificate.

MLPOS 6381: International Security in East Asia

This course will provide a broader understanding of security and geopolitics in East Asia. With the rise of China and the nuclear threat from North Korea, the security dynamics within and beyond East Asian states is of critical importance to both the United States and the world. To better comprehend such complex security dynamics in East Asia, this course will review the historical progress of diplomatic and security related interactions between East Asian countries, and their relations with the United States as well. After a profound understanding of the history is acquired, this course will guide students to analyze the current events and potential changes in this region and derive policy implications and strategic proposals for the East Asian countries and the United States.

MLPOS 6391: Internship in Political Science

Practicum or on-the-job experience under the guidance of practicing specialists in the field. To be supervised individually by a department faculty member with the approval of the chair.