Political Science (PS)

PS 001  Introduction to Government   Units: 3

This course is an introduction to the principles, organization and politics of the National Government of the United States, including the study of State and local government. In considering government at the State level, specific emphasis is given to the government of the State of California. Throughout the course, current issues in American and State politics are stressed. (C-ID POLS 110)
Lecture Hours: 54         Lab Hours: None          Repeatable: No
Grading: Letter
Prerequisite: None
Advisory: ENG 001A
Limitation on enrollment: None
Transfer Status: CSU/UC                 Degree Applicable: AA/AS
COD GE: C2                 CSU GE: D8                 IGETC: 4H

PS 002  Introduction to Comparative Governments   Units: 3

This course involves the comparative analysis of different kinds of political systems, including their history, political institutions, processes and policies, the environments in which they occur, and their consequences. (C-ID POLS 130)
Lecture Hours: 54         Lab Hours: None          Repeatable: No
Grading: Letter
Prerequisite: PS 001
Advisory: None
Limitation on enrollment: None
Transfer Status: CSU/UC                 Degree Applicable: AA/AS
COD GE: C2                 CSU GE: D8                 IGETC: 4H

PS 003  Introduction to Political Theory   Units: 3

This course is an introduction to the nature and tradition of political inquiry as articulated by classical, modern and contemporary theorists. This course focuses on basic theoretical debates such as, but not limited to, justice, equality, and the best form of government. Throughout the course, the application of theoretical debates to the contemporary world is stressed. (Equivalent to PHIL 003.) (C-ID POLS 120)
Lecture Hours: 54         Lab Hours: None          Repeatable: No
Grading: Letter
Prerequisite: PS 001
Advisory: ENG 001A
Limitation on enrollment: None
Transfer Status: CSU/UC                 Degree Applicable: AA/AS
COD GE: C2                 CSU GE: D8                 IGETC: 4H

PS 004  Introduction to International Relations   Units: 3

This course is an introduction to the nature of political relations among nations, including the basic factors which influence international relations. Emphasis will be placed on an examination of contemporary world politics. (C-ID POLS 140)
Lecture Hours: 54         Lab Hours: None          Repeatable: No
Grading: Letter
Prerequisite: PS 001
Advisory: None
Limitation on enrollment: None
Transfer Status: CSU/UC                 Degree Applicable: AA/AS
COD GE: C2                 CSU GE: D8                 IGETC: 4H

PS 005  The American Presidency   Units: 3

This course focuses on the evolution of the American presidency, with an emphasis on the modern presidency. Students will examine the expectations gap: what we expect from our president and what he can accomplish within the confines of the Constitution. Students will also learn about the presidential selection process, from the primaries to the general election.
Lecture Hours: 54         Lab Hours: None          Repeatable: No
Grading: Letter
Prerequisite: None
Advisory: ENG 001A
Limitation on enrollment: None
Transfer Status: CSU/UC                 Degree Applicable: AA/AS
COD GE: C2                 CSU GE: None                 IGETC: None

PS 006  Latinx Politics   Units: 3

This course provides an examination of United States structures of political, social, and economic power from the history and experiences of the Latinx population. Students will survey demographic research on the diversity of Latinx identity and political behavior in the U.S. as well as the institutional relationship that Latinx groups have established and challenged within the U.S. political system. Students will also analyze the political relationship Latinx groups have with the U.S. Constitution and civil society organizations.
Lecture Hours: 54         Lab Hours: None          Repeatable: Yes
Grading: Letter
Prerequisite: PS 001
Advisory: ENG 001A
Limitation on enrollment: None
Transfer Status: CSU                 Degree Applicable: AA/AS
COD GE: C2                 CSU GE: None                 IGETC: None

PS 010  Introduction to Social Justice Studies   Units: 3

Introduction to Social Justice Studies is an interdisciplinary course introducing students to the history, psychology and sociology of racial, ethnic, class, gender and sexual oppression in the United States and the history, strategy and structure of movements for social justice and liberation. It will explore the major theories of race, ethnicity, class, gender and sexuality as they are linked to social structures and institutional processes. Specific examples of persecution, segregation, and asymmetric power relations will be drawn from the testimony of the oppressed throughout American history - in art, film, literature and music. The practices of oppression and resistance in the United States will be compared and contrasted to the experiences of other nations and cultures.
Lecture Hours: 54         Lab Hours: None          Repeatable: No
Grading: Letter
Prerequisite: None
Advisory: ENG 001A
Limitation on enrollment: None
Transfer Status: CSU                 Degree Applicable: AA/AS
COD GE: C2                 CSU GE: None                 IGETC: None

PS 048A  Seminar- Contemporary World Affairs   Units: 1

Seminar covering contemporary issues of international relations and global politics, including but not limited to terrorism, foreign policies, international development and globalization.
Lecture Hours: 18         Lab Hours: None          Repeatable: No
Grading: Letter
Prerequisite: None
Advisory: None
Limitation on enrollment: None
Transfer Status: CSU                 Degree Applicable: AA/AS
COD GE: None                 CSU GE: None                 IGETC: None

PS 095A  Political Science Work Experience   Units: 1-6

This work experience course of supervised employment assists students in acquiring desirable work habits, attitudes, and skills to enable them to become productive employees. This course also provides students with career awareness for jobs. Credit may be accrued at the rate of one to six units per semester for a maximum of sixteen units (for a combined total of all Work Experience units). Additionally, students must work 75 paid hours or 60 non-paid hours per unit earned. This type of work experience is available to students whose job and education or occupational goals are directly related to Political Science.
Lecture Hours: None         Lab Hours: 450          Repeatable: Yes
Grading: Letter
Prerequisite: None
Advisory: None
Limitation on enrollment: None
Transfer Status: CSU                 Degree Applicable: AA/AS
COD GE: None                 CSU GE: None                 IGETC: None