Political Science Courses

POLS 101 – Introduction to Political Science (3 units)

An introductory course examining a variety of approaches to the study of political science with particular emphasis on the American political system in comparative perspective.  Topics discussed include nature of politics, comparative politics, selected political philosophers, principles of government, methods used by political scientists, and American government.  This course satisfies part of the history and government requirements for the California State Colleges and Universities and Allan Hancock College.  Students receiving credit must demonstrate satisfactory knowledge about national and state government. 

Offered On Campus: Yes
Offered Online: No 

Meets the following AHC Requirements:

    • General Education
    • International Studies
    • Liberal Arts Degree
    • Social Science Degree
    • Transfer Studies Degree

 POLS 103 – Introduction to American Government (3 units)

A study of American government at the national, state and local levels. Governmental principles, institutions and their historical development are examined. This course satisfies part of the history and government requirements for the California State Universities, University of California, Allan Hancock College and many private colleges. 

Offered On Campus: Yes
Offered Online: Yes 

Meets the following AHC Requirements:

    • General Education
    • Liberal Arts Degree
    • Liberal Studies - Elementary Teacher Preparation Program
    • Transfer Studies Degree 

POLS 104 – Introduction to International Relations (3 units)

This course is a study of the forces and conditions involved in the actions, interactions, and relations of nations and organizations within the international system. Emphasis is placed on the tools of analysis for understanding and predicting behavior on the international stage. 

Meets the following AHC Requirements:

    • General Education – 2A
    • International Studies
    • Liberal Arts Degree
    • Social Science Degree
    • Transfer Studies Degree
    • Multicultural/Gender Studies 

POLS 105 – Comparative Politics (3 units)

This course is an introduction to the comparative analysis of contemporary political systems and their environments with primary attention given to Japan, China, and India although other countries and regions are included. The survey includes current political institutions, citizen participation, political problems, politics, and policies within these systems. Emphasis is given to Japan, China, and India in order to provide a comparative range of contrasts among an advanced democratic society (Japan), a Communist system (China), and to an important emerging world system (India). 

Meets the following AHC Requirements:

    • General Education
    • International Studies
    • Liberal Arts Degree
    • Social Science Degree
    • Transfer Studies Degree
    • Multicultural/Gender Studies 

Meets the following external requirements:

    • CSU GE – D8
    • IGETC – 4H 
POLS 106 (PENDING) – Introduction to California Politics

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