Course descriptions for all departments and programs can be accessed
on the Muskingum University Registrar's site.
111. American Political Systems (3)
introduces students to the institutions, processes, and values that constitute the American Political system. In dealing with such topics as First Amendment Rights, Congress, the Presidency, Parties and Interest Groups, Bureaucracy, and Public Policy, some time is spent in examining select aspects of the social and political background to American politics.
121. Introduction to Public Administration and Policy (3)
to the broad environment in which public policies are made in Europe and the
United States. The relationship between the social ends desired and the
administration employed and the difficulties of transferring the Western model
of administration to other cultures are developed as themes. The intimate link
between government administration and civilization is explored and students
are exposed to major elements of public administration including administrative
processes, organizational theory, human relations, and implementation.
131. Introduction to Comparative Politics (3)
introduces students to
foundational concepts and dynamics in the field of comparative politics. The
course discusses patterns of political behavior, the essential elements of a political
system, the institutions of different regimes, and the various ways in which
states reconcile freedom, order, and equality. Numerous political systems are
studied in comparative context. Both democracies and non-democracies are
examined, with attention to the process of democratization in different systems.
251. Introduction to International Relations (3)
introduces students to
foundational concepts and dynamics in the field of international relations.
Topics focus on the nature of interaction between political entities on the world
stage, including states, IGOs, NGOs, and other entities. Topics covered include
globalization and its consequences, the nature of East-West and North-South
relations, the international economic system, the causes and consequences of
war, and the international paths to peace.
310. US National Security (3)
examines the nature of national and homeland
security in the United States, including actors, institutions, and the impact of
national security structures and behavior on the US and the world. Areas of
concentration include the history of national security issues and concerns,
changes in the post-9/11 world, homeland security issues, intergovernmental
coordination and conflict, domestic and global implications of US policy, and
both current and future challenges to US national security.
311. Congressional Politics (3)
provides an understanding of the
organizational structure, membership, and various activities of the United
States Congress, including how members are elected, the overall legislative
process, and the impact of such internal factors as political parties and the
committee system. Also examined are Congress’ interactions with such external
actors as the president, the public, and interest groups, and its role
in various aspects of policy and politics.
312. Constitutional Law I: Governmental Powers (3)
focuses on the activity of
the Supreme Court in interpreting the meaning of the Constitution through
case law specific to the areas of governmental powers. After examining the
powers and activities of the Court, specific areas of law will be examined.
These include powers and limitations of each branch, separation of powers,
checks and balances, issues of federalism, taxing and spending powers, and
313. Judicial Politics (3)
focuses on the organization, behavior, and impact of
the judicial system on American politics, policy, and culture. Attention is given
to how judges are selected, the roles of state and federal court systems, civil
and criminal court procedures, the powers of appellate courts, the impact of
the courts on policy and political discourse, and outside influences on the
courts, current issues of concern, and considerations of reform.
315. The Presidency (3)
examines the role of the presidency in the American
political system, including the electoral process, the power of the presidency,
White House/executive branch organization and interaction, and the president’s
overall place in American society. Also examined are the president’s external
relations with such actors as Congress, the courts, and the American public, as well
as an exploration of policy areas in which the president is involved.
316. Urban Politics (3)
focuses on the political and policy choices and
constraints faced by America's cities. A theoretical base is established then
utilized to assess cities in terms of the political, economic, and social issues
they are confronting. The role of the private sector in the development of U.S.
cities is stressed, as is the impact of the politics of race and ethnicity.
317. Constitutional Law II: Civil Rights and Liberties (3)
focuses on the
activity of the Supreme Court in interpreting the meaning of the constitution
through case law specific to the areas of civil rights and civil liberties. After
examining the powers and activities of the Court, specific areas of law will be
examined. These include civil liberties (religion, speech, privacy, etc.), rights of
the accused (search and seizure, due process, fair trial, etc.), and civil rights
(equal protection, discrimination, etc.).
318. Criminal Law (3)
provides an overview of the basic concepts of crime
definitions, criminal liability, elements of a crime, case precedents and the
rights afforded to individuals under the law. Prerequisite: CRMJ 101. Cross
listed as CRMJ 318.
319. Political Parties and Elections (3)
examines political parties found in
democratic nations including multi-party systems with an emphasis on the
case in the United States, and the meaning of parties for governing, political
participation, and citizenship. Different election processes, election law,
political finance, and the effects on outcomes are also studied.
321. Public Administration (3)
studies the structures and processes for
formulating and implementing public policies. Emphasis is given to the role of
the national-level bureaucracy. State and local managerial and administrative
concerns are addressed broadly and through specific illustrative examples.
322. Public Policy (3)
establishes a framework for the policy cycle and applies
it to selected policy concerns. The nature of public policy, making public policy,
substantive policy issues, and policy analysis are explored.
323. Administrative Law (3)
provides an understanding of the legal concepts
that define what has been called “the bureaucratic state.” Students will
examine the law governing the creation of, powers of, and limitations upon
administrative agencies of all sorts.
325. Public Personnel Administration (3)
examines the environment of public
employment. Differences between the public and private sector, the historical
growth of the personnel system in the public sector, and topics in
administration, staffing, and productivity are explored. Public sector processes
for recruitment, selection, development, motivation, evaluation, compensation,
and discipline are given particular attention.
326. Regional Planning (3)
introduces students to planning at the city level
and offers a unique opportunity to apply directly what has been learned in the
classroom. Students are exposed to the major ideas behind regional planning,
including land use planning, MPDUs and regional coalitions. Must be taken
the same semester as 381: Community Planning Workshop.
331. Politics of Western Europe (3)
studies such states as the United Kingdom,
France, Germany, and others in depth, with comparisons being drawn among
them. The emphasis is on the distribution of power and the organization for
governing in parliamentary, presidential, and related democracies.
334. Ethnic Conflict and Nationalism (3)
examines the roles of ethnicity and
national identity in constructing the modern world, ethnic conflicts, racism,
and separatism through discussion of theoretical articles and real-world cases.
The course includes the study of waves of national and current ethnic conflicts.
336. Post-Soviet Politics (3)
introduces students to issues in the Post-Soviet
world of democratization, nation-building, and building capitalism from the
ground up. Using Russia as the main case, the course recaps Russian and
Soviet history before discussing some of the issues that the country faces.
These issues include territorial disintegration, the prospect of ethnic conflicts in
the Caucasus, and other issues of contemporary significance.
337. Comparative Politics and Literature (3)
uses influential works of literature
from around the world to introduce important political issues and processes.
The course utilizes a comparative analysis of literature as an ethnographic
technique to understand the experiences of political actors and social
movements, including groups who are subject to racial, class, gender, and
341. Theory & Methods in Political Science (3)
surveys the development and
basis of Political Science as a scientific academic discipline. An analysis of
empirical theory and methodology as applied to the study of political behavior
is undertaken. Students develop and practice skills in understanding and using
qualitative and quantitative methodologies to describe, explain, and predict
342. Ethical Issues in Politics (3)
examines the ethical aspects of some of the
difficult political issues facing the United States and the world community,
including such topics as the influence of money on political systems, the role of
ethics in addressing domestic social welfare issues, the moral aspects of
humanitarian and economic development issues, and ethical concerns relating
to issues of war and peace.
343. Social and Political Philosophy (3)
considers theories of the nature and
legitimacy of the state and its laws. It also deals with topics such as the rights
and responsibilities of citizens, ethics in political decision-making, economic
justice, punishment, race and gender oppression, political and cultural identity,
and the value and meaning of democracy. Cross listed as PHIL 343, SOCI 335.
352. American Foreign Policy (3)
examines the actors, institutions, and the
impact of foreign policy structures and behavior on the US and the world.
Issue areas given significant attention include the history of AFP, issues of
consensus and conflict, pre- and post-9/11 dynamics, inside and outside
actors/influences, the impact of politics on policy, national and homeland
security issues relating to foreign relations, and both current and future
challenges of American foreign policy.
356. War, Peace, and Security (3)
examines the nature of international security,
including issues related to war and other forms of military and political
conflict. Relevant institutions and actors are discussed, as are prominent
challenges to peace and security in the international environment. The ethical
implications of these challenges are examined, as are the prospects and
possibilities for peace and security on the global stage.
357. International Political Economy (3)
provides students with an
understanding of the linkages between politics, markets, and society.
Mercantilism, economic liberalism, and structuralism are covered with each
serving as a tool to help explain political, economic, and social behavior.
Students are introduced to analysis on how different arrangements benefit
different actors from the global, interstate, state/societal, and individual level.
372. Politics in Film (3)
uses popular films to introduce important political
issues and processes to a broad set of students. Movies are complemented with
readings that center discussion on the political issues that emerge from the films.
380. Topics: Off-Campus Study (3)
provides students with an off-campus
structured, faculty-led learning experience in the U.S. or abroad. Instructor
381. Community Planning Workshop (3)
provides students a hands-on
opportunity to complete a project for a city or town. Students work as a group
overseen by faculty completing a project in urban or regional planning,
community development, and/or downtown redevelopment.
387. Internship in Political Science (1-3)
involves a supervised work-study
experience in a political structure or environment outside the University.
Supervised jointly from within the respective political entity and the
Department, the internship may take place in a private organization or
business if it deals directly with the organization's involvement with political
or governmental affairs.
470. Topics in Political Science (3)
provides students with a semester-long
study of a topic of interest under the direction of a departmental faculty
member. Topical offerings provide an opportunity for intensive study in a field
of interest to the student.
481. Student/Faculty Collaborative Research in Political Science (3)
Students work one-to-one with a faculty member on a professional project. The final project/paper will list both the faculty member and the student as co-authors.
Students are expected to present their findings with the faculty member at a
professional conference. Instructor permission required.
491. Senior Seminar in Political Science (3)
involves an intensive research
project reflecting the student's interest in a political topic and skills learned in
studying political science. Each student works individually with a professor in
completing the capstone project and also meets regularly within a group of all
Political Science Senior Seminar students. Prerequisite: senior standing.