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  • POLI 102: U.S. Politics

    How does the world's foremost democracy really work? This introductory course imparts a basic understanding of the major functions, structures, participants, and processes that characterize the American political system.  This is one of the four "core courses" in the NJCU Political Science curriculum.

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    POLI 116: Government & Business in the United States

    This course examines the structure and process of business-government relations in the United States and the attitudes which have affected their behavior toward one another. It also details how and why attitudes and policies are changing and the increasing interdependency of the private and public sectors in the American political system.

    POLI 202: State and Local Government

    This course explores the role of state and local governments in the American federal system. It examines the constitutional and historical relationship between the national government and the states, and the ways in which this dynamic relationship shapes American political life.

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    POLI 213: Urban Politics

    Urban Politics examines the political history peculiar to American cities and its impact, and analyzes the fiscal problems faced by many cities, states and the federal government, and recent efforts to improve urban life. The course also focuses on the racial, ethnic, and class divisions which have become features of the American urban enviroment.

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    POLI 215: Women and the Law

    Using court cases, the course examines current developments in American law regarding women's status and rights in the areas of employment, marriage and family, reproduction, sexuality and education.

    POLI 220: Campaign 20XX

    This course involves in-depth analysis of a contemporary political campaign in the current electoral cycle. It examines the participants(candidates, parties, interest groups, and media) and strategies (electoral, promotional, advertising) involved in a specific campaign. Students take this course in conjunction with a corresponding campaign course in the journalism department.

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    POLI 254: Politics Through Film

    This course explores the mutual interaction between politics and film in the United States. We will examine both the way in which films can influence our political ideas influence our perception and understanding of film.

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    POLI 301: Political Parties and Elections

    This course analyzes the American party system, particularly its historical evolution, organization, and function within our political system, and its effects upon the democratic process. Pre-requisite: POLI 102 .

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    POLI 304: The Press, Public, and Politics

    This course analyzes the role of the mass media in the formation of public opinion and its use by both the public and the elites in the policy making process. The course focuses on such topics as: the inter-relationships among the elites, the masses, and the media; the political consequence of media concentration; and the political impact of the internet and nontraditional media outlets. Pre-requisite: POLI 102.

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    POLI 305: Cyber Politics

    This course explores the effects of the Internet on domestic and international relations.  Topics include Internet campaigns and elections, e-democracy, civil liberties on the Internet, e-government, cyber-activism, "hacktivism," cyber-terrorism, and cyber-warfare.  

    POLI 306: Constitutional Law

    This course examines the organization and function of the American federal constitution and, through the use of court cases, emphasizes major judicial theories and the role of the Supreme Court in the American political system. Pre-requisite: POLI 102. This course is also included in the Pre-Law Minor.  

    POLI 308: President and Congress

    This course focuses on the making of national policy by the President and Congress. It examines the constitutional and historical factors shaping the relationship between the two branches and examines the ways in which the relationship between these two branches has shaped American domestic, economic, and foreign policy. Pre-requisite: POLI 102.

    POLI 311: Judicial Process and Policy

    This course analyzes the structure and functions of the American judicial system with an emphasis on how courts work, how judges deride cases and the political effects of judicial derision-making. Pre-requisite: POLI 102.  

    POLI 313 Civil Liberties in the United States

    This study analyzes the amendments to the federal constitution as they relate to the development of civil liberties in American society with an emphasis on the first, tenth and fourteenth amendments. Pre-requisite: POLI 102 . This course is also part of the Pre-Law Minor.  

    POLI 331: United States Foreign Policy

    Decision-making processes and contents of contemporary U.S. foreign and defense policies, emphasizing major participants, underlying traditions, and principal concepts are discussed. Past policies and current events are used to illustrate how foreign policy is made. Pre-requisite: POLI 102.