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Political science is a social science discipline that deals with systems of government, and the analysis of political activity and political behaviour.


Lena Hsieh, Ph.D.
Professor of Political Science
530-741-6852 phone
530-749-3854 fax (shared)



POLSC 1-Introduction to American Government (3 units) CSU/UC
Survey of American government and politics, covering three parts: the foundations, politics, and institutions. First, it will explore the foundations of American democracy, such as: political culture, the Constitution, civil liberties, and civil rights. Second, it will analyze American politics in the aspects of the media, political parties, elections, and interest groups. Finally, political institutions will be examined, such as the Congress, the presidency, the courts, and the federal bureaucracy. State and local governments are included. Satisfies Government(s) Constitution(s) portion of California State University Title 5, Section 40404. (L)

POLSC 6-Political Philosophy (3 units) CSU/UC
This is an introduction to the major authors and types of political thought. It examines the assumptions and the central issues involved in political thinking (e.g. democracy, fascism, justice, rights, law liberty, political authority, political principles, consequences, etc.), as presented through classical or contemporary reading selections. Not open for credit to students with credit in PHIL 6. (L)

POLSC 7-International Relations (3 units) CSU/UC C-ID POLS 140
A survey of historical and contemporary international relations. Focus will be on major IR theories and methodologies, international security, globalization, international political economy, international law, international institutions (e.g. UN, WTO, NAFTA, NGOs), and human security. This class also analyzes the foreign policies of major actors, major states, areas of conflict and tension, and various aspects of globalization. In addition, it explores how people of different cultures and ethnic background impact the domestic and foreign politics of their states, with emphasis on issues of human security – ethnic conflict, the global North and South economic gap, pandemics, human rights, population, environment and resource management. (L)



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