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Political Science (Woods College) Courses (ADPO) Woods College of Advancing Studies


Subject Area Course # Course Title Semester Credit Hours Expand
ADPO 1313 Executive Politics and Policy Making Fall 4
Course Description

The political environment in any organization influences how power, control and conflict are used to affect change and develop policy. Course explores the dynamics among executive branch personnel in making public policy in American national government, focusing on the president, White House staff, senior presidential appointees in the agencies and career civil servants. Attention is given to the sources and uses of political power in the executive branch, the various configurations of political conflict found across policy areas, the constraints imposed by the larger political environment; the impact of uncertain international tensions and competing centers of power.


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ADPO 1320 Election Decisions: The American Politician Fall 4
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The November 2008 elections pose critical choices as the essentials of a democratic society; liberty, equality, justice and openness are increasingly endangered. Course explores the new global reality, fighting terrorism while maintaining civil liberties at home, the impact of the war, and the evolving national and international policies. Political biographies and theories of ambition consider the individual politician: what impact an individual can have on public policy; what motives inspire individuals to seek public life, what motives inspire followers to follow. Probes Ronald Reagan, Jesse Jackson, George Bush, the Kennedys, John Kerry, Howard Dean, John Edwards, Ralph Nader as well as voter turnout, media bias and technology as electoral variables.


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ADPO 1351 Religion and Politics Fall 3
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ADPO 1358 American Culture War Fall 3
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Since at least the 1960s, pundits and social scientists have talked about the existence of a profound culture war in the United States. On issues ranging from abortion to immigration to homosexuality, we have been told, America is divided into two major camps, one leaning to the left and the other to the right. Course examines the evidence behind such assertions, concentrating on some of the key issues around which theories of America’s culture war are organized.


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ADPO 1443 Protecting the Future Fall 4
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Questions and charges of who knew what when continue to haunt perceptions of the Christmas Day bomber, the Fort Hood extremist, the 9/11 investigations and its intelligence nightmare. American intelligence is at a crossroads. The 21st century demands an overhaul of domestic, international and counterintelligence operations. Course examines how terrorism and technology continue to change the rules of engagement. Explores intelligence failures at Pearl Harbor, the attack on the USS Cole, the East African embassies, the Mumbai massacre among others. Not limited to protecting the future against terrorism; explores pressing issues such as homelessness, poverty, the environment.


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ADPO 2317 American Presidency Summer 3
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This course examines the contemporary American presidency. It considers the views, actions and performance of major presidents, the impact of electoral politics in elections, the relationship with Congress, the courts, the media, public opinion and the executive bureaucracy. Emphasis is on presidential styles of leadership and the changing dimensions of the political party in America, as well as changes in the role of the President and Vice-President in the post-9/11 era.


Instructor(s): Marie Natoli

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ADPO 3005 Comparative Politics Fall/Spring/Summer 4
Course Description

This course introduces students to the comparative method in political science. In doing so it covers the fundamental concepts of political science - the logic of comparison, regime types, and institutionalism. It then goes on to look at the institutional building blocks of modern states - constitutions, executives, legislatures, electoral systems - before employing these same fundamental and institutional concepts to grapple with contemporary political questions around issues such as political violence, the rise of populism, and the impact of globalization on politics and society.


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ADPO 3010 Political Economy Fall/Spring 4
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ADPO 3349 Politics and the Media Summer 3
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An analysis of mass media's impact on the workings of the American system. The media's interaction and influence on political institutions, on the presidential selection process, on national and international events, on office holders, politicians, heads of state and the treatment of economic upheaval and violence are analyzed. Considers the media's role in the coverage of war, especially in a terrorist world.


Instructor(s): Marie Natoli

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ADPO 3401 International Relations Spring 4
Course Description

This course will cover the basic concepts and theories of International Relations, but will have a distinct focus on real-world political matters. The course will explore ideas of national power, political ideologies, nationalism, war and peace, diplomacy, globalization and terrorism. As a class, we will explore how these theoretical concepts actually impact the course of human history and peoples’ lives. As part of the course, students will conduct research on a focused, real-world, international relations problem of their choosing.


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ADPO 3500 Gender Politics Fall 4
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This course explores social, political and theological definitions of gender in American culture and society. Students will gain a deeper understanding of how gender exists in and alongside of social and political environments and how its definition impacts institutional and personal life. Drawing on such thinkers as Edith Stein, Dorothy Day, and Teresa of Avila (not exhaustive), the course provides comparative analysis of gender theories while also framing those issues within the Catholic tradition. Students will learn how to carefully evaluate the interactions between gender and various institutions including marriage, religion, government, global economies and family.


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Prerequisites: Pre-requisite: introductory level social science course in political science, sociology, or psychology.

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Comments: Pre-requisite: introductory level social science course in political science, sociology, or psychology.