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View descriptions and requirements for all POLS courses in UH's graduate catalog.

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Electives Rota 2016-2020

Graduate Courses

(In parentheses are the fields/subfields for which each course is intended and whether the course is part of the 'core' requirement generally taken during a student's first year in the program.)

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POLS 6394
Dissertation Prospectus - Taken one semester prior to Comprehensive Exams.

POLS 6301
Mathematical Methods for Political Scientists – Taken prior to advanced methodology courses.

POLS 6308
Political Economy (American, Policy and Comparative) - Examines the intersections between economics and politics.

POLS 6309 Survey of American Political Behavior (American core) - Selected, major segments of the research literature on American political behavior

POLS 6311 Seminar in Comparative Political Analysis (Comparative core) - Discusses major works in comparative politics. Logic of comparative analysis for cross-national research.

POLS 6312 Survey of American Institutions and Policy (Policy core) - Theoretical and empirical issues in American institutions and policy.

POLS 6313 Seminar in International Relations (International Relations) - Examination of international political systems. Emphasizes changing patterns of international accomodation, competition, and conflict. Examines theories of international politics.

POLS 6314 Fundamentals of Policy Analysis (Policy) - How public policies are decided. Tools for policy decision making. Political, social, and legal determinants of public policy.

POLS 6315 Seminar in Health Care Policy (Policy) - Politics and economics of health and medical care with emphasis on the delivery of services, their quality, distribution, and financing.

POLS 6316 Seminar in Social Policy (Policy) - Study of distributive public policies such as civil rights, income maintenance, and social services at comparative, federal, and state levels.

POLS 6317 Seminar in Criminal Justice Policy (Policy and Public law) - Examination of problems and issues in the design, implementation, and evaluation of policies intended to prevent and contain criminal behavior.

POLS 6318 Seminar in Science, Environmental, and Energy Policy (Policy) - Role of science and technology in policy processes, including risk analysis, public funding, and regulation of R&D; role of science in a democracy; and development of natural science.

POLS 6319 Seminar in Emergency Management (Public administration) - Policies and programs of public and private sector including natural and technological disasters and terrorism.

POLS 6320 World Order (International Relations) - Different concepts of world order are examined with critical analysis of their theoretical bases.

POLS 6322 Seminar in Comparative Elections (Comparative) - Examination of problems and issues in the design and function of elections and electoral systems, the behavior of voters, and the role of political parties.

POLS 6323 Seminar in Comparative Political Parties (Comparative) - A comparison of different frameworks for understanding the impact and development of political parties, including normative critiques of party democracy.

POLS 6324 Seminar in Latin American Political Systems (Comparative) - Examines Latin American political systems. Politics, processes, and policies.

POLS 6325 Seminar in Political Systems of Russia and the Commonwealth (Comparative and IR) - Examines government and politics of Russia and the Commonwealth of Independent States.

POLS 6326 Seminar in European Politics (Comparative and IR) - Explores institutional variations among European parliamentary governments and consequences of variations for conflict resolution and democracy.

POLS 6327 Seminar in Middle Eastern Political Systems (Comparative and IR) - Cultural and socioeconomic underpinnings of politics structures, and processes of different states and their international relations.

POLS 6328 Seminar in the Politics of Modernization (Comparative and IR) - Examines political systems of modernizing and developing nations.

POLS 6329 Seminar in Western European Political Systems (Comparative) - Compares European political systems. Political process in United Kingdom, France, and other European democracies.

POLS 6330 Seminar in Foreign Policy (International Relations) - Description and evaluation of competing explanations of American foreign policy.

POLS 6331 Seminar in Democratization (Comparative) - Explores and evaluates a variety of theoretical approaches to understanding institutional and other developments in newly-democratizing countries.

POLS 6337 Seminar in Dynamics of International Conflict (Comparative and IR) - Survey of international relations and comparative politics relating to the causes, processes, and methods of resolving political conflict.

POLS 6340 Seminar in Ancient and Medieval Political Thought (Theory) - A selective examination of Greek, Roman, and feudal thinking on recurrent problems in political theory.

POLS 6341 Seminar in Modern Political Thought (Theory) - A selective examination of thicking, from Machiavelli to the present, concerning recurrent problems in political theory.

POLS 6342 Liberalism and Its Critics (Theory) - Contemporary arguments for and against the liberal tradition: including libertarian, responsible government, communitarian, conservative, and feminist perspectives.

POLS 6343 Seminar in Democratic Political Thought (Theory core) - A critical examination of the theoretical foundations for democracy, and its major texts and competing theories. Emphasizes normative and analytical approches.

POLS 6347 Advanced Research Design (Professionalization) - Design and execution of dissertation and other work-length research projects.

POLS 6348 Modern and Post-Modern Political Thought (Theory) - Examination of contemporary political theory including post-modernism and the concomitant concerns of the character of modern political theory.

POLS 6349 Seminar in American Political Thought (Theory) - The colonial experience, the Revolution, the writing of the Constitution, and experience in living under the Constitution-how each has contributed to American political theory.

POLS 6350 Seminar in Public Opinion and the Media (American) - Examines interactive effect of institutional forces and political actors on mediated political communication and information processing.

POLS 6353 Seminar in Administrative Law (Public law and PA) - Examination of the legal and Constitutional standards that affect and circumscribe the regulatory process and bureaucratic decision making.

POLS 6354 Seminar in Law and Society (American and Public law) - How the values and behavior of society influence the substance and enforcement of the law and also how the law affects the mores and attitudes of society.

POLS 6355 Seminar in Judicial Process and Behavior (American and Public law) - Study of judicial recruitment, socialization, and decision-making process. Also, impact and enforcement of judicial decisions.

POLS 6356 Seminar in American Constitutional Law (American and Public law) - Study of major Supreme Court decisions interpreting the U.S. Constitution.

POLS 6358 Empirical Analysis of Democracy (American) - Recent political theories of the democratic polity, including social choice and political culture, with emphasis on the interplay between theory building and empirical research.

POLS 6359 Bibliographic Essay (Masters) - A bibliographic essay of approximately 30 pages on a topic agreed to by instructor and student covering a significant topic of the discipline.

POLS 6360 Seminar in State Politics (American) -Roles of the legislature and governor; state political parties and elections; state finances and taxation; comparative public policies of the state.

POLS 6361 Seminar in Urban Politics (American, Policy) - How city government copes with social and economic problems, the complexity of urbanization, and other government agencies.

POLS 6364 Seminar in Legislative Process and Behavior (American) - Organization, process, structure, and policy-making fuctions of Congress.

POLS 6365 Seminar in Public Opinion and Political Persuasion (American) - Examines influences on public opinion; impact of mass media; role of public opinion in democracy.

POLS 6366 Seminar in Political Parties (American) - History and organization of political parties in the United States; functions of parties for the political system; electoral base of American political parties.

POLS 6367 Seminar in Electoral Behavior (American) - Examines determinants of voting decisions; role of elections in democracy.

POLS 6368 Psychological Approaches to Politics (American) - Surveys the major psychological approaches to study of politics, such as clinical/functional theories and information processing theories, in current political science research.

POLS 6369 Seminar on the Presidency (American) - Changing concepts of the presidency. The president as chief executive. The president and Congress. The president and public opnion.

POLS 6370 Public Administration and Policy Implementations (Policy and PA) - Explores ways in which political and organizationalconsiderations constrain adoption and implementation of alternative public policies.

POLS 6371 Administrative Theory (Public Administration) - Strategies and techniques for managing public organizations.

POLS 6372 Budgeting for Public Agencies (Public Administration) - Introduces students to politics, basic concepts, theories, and practices involved in public budgeting process.

POLS 6373 Computer Use in Public Administration (Public Administration) - Provides knowledge of computer applications in public administration. Develops skills in use of computers in public arena.

POLS 6374 Quantitative Management in Public Affairs (Public Administration) - Survey of analytic methods used to support management, planning, and decision making in the public sector, including forecasting, systems analysis, DELPHI surveys, queuing theory, and decision trees.

POLS 6375 Seminar in Intergovernmental Relations (Public Administration) - Examines interactions and policy development of federal, state, and local governments in the American political system.

POLS 6376 Regulatory Process (Public Administration) - Examination of policies and processes of regulation at national, state, and local levels with emphasis on the administration of regulations.

POLS 6377 Seminar in Urban Service Delivery (Public Administration) - Review of political, economic, and administrative factors affecting the delivery of urban services. Particular attention paid to questions of efficiency, effectiveness, and equity in services provided by local governments.

POLS 6378 Workshop in Public Policy (Public policy and PA) - Examines a concrete issue of public policy using the skills emphasized in public administration curriculum.

POLS 6379 Problem Analysis Project (Public Administration) - Intensive study of significant policy issue student's choice. Student asked to formulate and analyze real issue of public policy and make independent and specific recommendations about the issue.

POLS 6382 Advanced Multivariate Statistics (Methods) - Causal modeling, recursive and non-recursive model, identification, alternative estimators, specification, and measurement error.

POLS 6383 Evaluation Research (Policy, PA) - Methods for evaluating public programs and problems. Topics include the practical issues of collection, analysis, and interpretation of data. Problems and limitations of public sector research.

POLS 6384 Survey Research Methods (Methods) - Practical issues of sampling, questionnaire design, interviewing techniques, and supervision are combined with the analysis of survey results and the presentation of data to academic, governmental, and commercial audiences.

POLS 6385 Time Series Methods in Political Science (Methods) - Autoregressive and distributed lag models, stochastic regression, univariate and multivariate ARIMA modeling, impact assessment, forecasting.

POLS 6386 Measurement Theory for Political Science (Methods) - Unobtrusive measurement, scaling models, reliability and validity, factor analysis, analysis of covariance structures.

POLS 6387 Political Inquiry and Philosophy of Science (Methods) - Applies relevance issues of the philosophy of science to the study of politics. Political science as a science.

POLS 6389 Public Choice Models in Political Science (Methods, American, Theory) - Public choice models of political decision making, spatial models of elections, theory of public goods, game theory.

POLS 6394 Seminar: Selected Topics in Political Theory and Methodology (Theory, Methods)

POLS 6395 Seminar: Selected Topics in American Politics and Public Policy (American, Policy)

POLS 6396 Seminar: Selected Topics in Comparative Politics and International Relations (Comparative and IR)-

POLS 6397 Seminar: Selected Topics in Public Administration and Law (Public Law and PA)

POLS 6480 Research Design and Quantitative Methods I (Methods core) - First semester of a two-semester sequence on research methods commonly used in political science and public administration. Emphasis on issues of research design, descriptive and inferential statistics, and bivariate regression.

POLS 6481 Research Design and Quantitative Methods II (Methods core) - Second course in required methods sequence. Focus on the general linear model. Topics include multivariate regression, violations of model assumptions, alternative estimators, computer applications.

POLS 6399-7399 Master's Thesis

POLS 7300 Seminar in Current Political Science Research - Current political science research presented in a seminar format