PS237 American Government and Politics (3)
This course will provide students with a basic understanding of
the political institutions of the American Government as well as
its strengths and weaknesses. Students will study the structure
and purpose of the U.S. Constitution; the various levels and
branches of government; the rights and responsibilities of citizens;
the processes of government action; the social, economic, and
geographic influences of government action; the roles of interest
groups, elections, and the concepts of civil rights, liberty, freedom
and equality. Offered fall of odd years.
PS 325 Public Opinion and Propaganda (3)
Formation of public opinion in a democracy and its role.
Analysis of mass communication and the uses of propaganda
in democratic and non-democratic states. Focus will be on
intention, message and effects of uses of propaganda. Offered in
PS 336 History of the Constitution (3)
This course focuses on the historical ideas, events, and
perceptions that led to the creation of the U.S. Constitution.
Special emphasis will be placed on the motivations of the
framers, the rationale of the Federalists and anti-Federalists,
the Bill of Rights, the evolution of the government including
the key concepts of liberty and freedom. Moreover, the course
incorporates a degree of flexibility, which will allow for the
accommodation of themes or issues in constitutional history
that are of particular interest to the class participants. Offered in
spring of even alternate years.
PS 337 Comparative Social and Political Systems (1)
Serving as an overview of selected social and political systems
worldwide, this course provides students with the opportunity to
reflect upon macro-level policy issues that affect US and global
populations. The students will use the experiences that they have
had through the course pre-requisites to compare world and
U.S. social and political systems. Insight and experiences from
Defiance College faculty, community members, and students
will be shared and discussed in order to relate “on-the-ground”
learning experiences to current theories and models related to
global political and social systems. Offered in spring semesters.
Prerequisites MC371, 372, or 373 and either HI336 or PS237 or
permission of the instructor.
PS 371 Constitutional Law (3)
A study of the U.S. constitution through analysis of major
Supreme Court decisions and the impact of those decisions upon
the American political process. Offered in alternate years.
PS 495 Special Topics
These courses may be taken in political
science. See descriptions of these courses under the Criminal
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