Department of Political Science
The University of Houston
447 Philip Guthrie Hoffman Hall
Houston, TX 77204-3011
Tel: (713) 743-3890
Fax: (713) 743-3927

Undergraduate Courses

Introductory

1333: Introduction to Political Science Cr. 3. (3-0). Enrollment limited for freshmen and sophomores. General introduction to the study of politics, the various subfields in the discipline, and the variety of approaches.

1335: World Politics Cr. 3. (3-0). Prerequisite: Credit for or current enrollment in ENGL 1303 or consent of instructor. Analysis of the major conflicts of contemporary world politics from a social science perspective.

1336: U.S. and Texas Constitution and Politics (formerly 2333) Cr. 3 (3-0). Credit may not be earned for both POLS 1336 and 1394. Introduction to the constitutions and politics of the United States and Texas, emphasizing constitutional structure, federalism, separation of powers, limited government, public opinion, elections, and civil liberties.

1337: U.S. Government: Congress, President and Courts (formerly 2334) Cr. 3 (3-0). Credit may not be earned for both POLS 1337 and 1395. Introduction to the institutions of government with an emphasis on the congress, the president, and the federal courts.

1394: Selected Topics in U.S. and Texas Constitutions (formerly 2394) Cr. 3 (3-0). Prerequisite: credit for or concurrent enrollment in ENGL 1303. May be used to satisfy the statutory requirement in federal and Texas constitutions. Credit may not be earned for both POLS 1336 and 1394. Selected topics in Texas and U.S. constitutions.

1395: Selected Topics in U.S. Government: the Congress, the President, and the Courts (formerly 2395) Cr. 3 (3-0). Prerequisite: credit for or concurrent enrollment in ENGL 1304 or consent of instructor. Credit may not be earned for both POLS 1337 and 1395. Selected topics in U.S. government: the congress, the president, and the courts.

2340: Greek Classics Cr. 3 (3-0). Prerequisites: ENGL 1303 and 1304, or equivalent. One or more texts in ancient political philosophy.

2341: Renaissance Classics Cr. 3 (3-0). Prerequisites: ENGL 1303 and 1304, or equivalent. One or more texts in modern political philosophy.

3310: Introduction to Political Theory Cr. 3 (3-0). Prerequisites: POLS 1336 and 1337 or equivalent, or consent of instructor. Recurring themes and problems in the study of politics; draws upon classical and modern works.

3311: Introduction to Comparative Politics Cr. 3 (3-0). Prerequisites: POLS 1336 and 1337 or equivalent, or consent of instructor. Theory and methodology of comparative politics.

3312: Introduction to Research Methods in Political Science Cr. 3 (3-0). Prerequisites: POLS 1336 and 1337 or equivalent, or consent of instructor. Survey of analytical techniques in studying political behavior, political socialization, mass and elite behavior, personality, and politics.

3313: Introduction to International Relations Cr. 3 (3-0). Prerequisites: POLS 1336 and 1337 or equivalent, or consent of instructor. Approaches to international politics, power, the nation-state and nationalism, diplomacy, causes of conflict, sources of interdependence, international law and organization.

3314: Introduction to Public Administration Cr. 3 (3-0). Prerequisites: POLS 1336 and 1337 or equivalent, or consent of instructor. The political environment of public administration and its basic concepts, structures, and processes in the United States.

3315: International Organization Cr. 3 (3-0). Prerequisites: POLS 1336 and 1337 or equivalent, or consent of instructor. Impact of world politics on international organization and influence of international organization on foreign policy.

3316: Quantitative Methods Cr. 3 (3-0). Prerequisite: MATH 2311. Emphasis on development of quantitative skills, including multivariate analysis. Focus on applying quantitative techniques to practical matters.

3318: Introduction to Public Policy Cr. 3 (3-0). Prerequisites: POLS 1336 and 1337 or equivalent, or consent of instructor. The nature and functions of public policy, policy institutions and processes, and policy evaluations with a primary focus on the U.S.

3319: Politics of Social Policy (formerly 3380) Cr. 3 (3-0). Prerequisites: POLS 1336 and 1337 or equivalent, or consent of instructor. Public policy initiatives in areas of civil rights, welfare, education, human resources, and housing, including criteria for evaluating proper impact.

Comparative Politics

3320: Government and Politics in Great Britain (formerly 4320) Cr. 3 (3-0). Prerequisites: POLS 1336 and 1337 or equivalents, or consent of instructor.

3321: Revolution and System Change Cr. 3 (3-0). Prerequisites: POLS 1336 and 1337 or equivalents, or consent of instructor. Examines the dynamics of revolutions and their effect upon political systems in Africa and the Middle East.

3322: Introduction to Latin American Politics (formerly 4322) Cr. 3 (3-0). Prerequisites: POLS 1336 and 1337 or equivalents, or consent of instructor. Major political systems of Latin America.

3324: Government and Politics in Contemporary Germany Cr. 3 (3-0). Prerequisites: POLS 1336 and 1337 or equivalents, or consent of instructor. Historical and geographical perspectives on recurrent issues in contemporary German politics, such as territorial boundaries, strength of the central state, and appropriate institutions for ensuring democratic stability.

3325: Government and Politics of Russia and the Commonwealth Cr. 3 (3-0). Prerequisites: POLS 1336 and 1337 or equivalents, or consent of instructor. Political processes and structures in Russia and the Commonwealth.

3326: Government and Politics in the Middle East (formerly 4326) Cr. 3 (3-0). Prerequisites: POLS 1336 and 1337 or equivalents, or consent of instructor. Cultural and socioeconomic underpinnings of politics; political structures and processes of different states and their international relations.

3327: Political Geography of Russia and the Commonwealth (also GEOG 3327) Cr. 3 (3-0). Prerequisites: POLS 1336 and 1337 or GEOG 2340, or consent of instructor. Political and geographic factors inherent in the human use and management of the territory and resources of the former Soviet Union.

3328: Politics of the Developing Areas Cr. 3 (3-0). Prerequisites: POLS 3311 or 3313. Major problems of political, socioeconomic, and cultural development in selected areas of Africa, Asia, and Latin America.

3329: The Nations of Europe Cr. 3 (3-0). Prerequisites: POLS 1336 and 1337 or equivalents, or consent of instructor. Survey of the governments of Europe.

3330: Comparative Political Economy Cr. 3 (3-0). Prerequisites: POLS 1336 and 1337 or equivalent, or consent of instructor. Interface between politics and the economy from a comparative perspective in both developed and developing nations of the world.

3335: Political Terrorism Cr. 3 (3-0). Prerequisites: POLS 1336 and 1337 or equivalent, and POLS 3313, or consent of instructor. Terrorism as a form of political extremism; structure, dynamics, and tactics of major terrorist groups throughout the world; threat to the U.S. and methods of counter-terrorism.

3337: Nationalism and Nationality Cr. 3 (3-0). Prerequisites: POLS 1336 and 1337 or equivalents, or consent of instructor. Survey of emerging nationalism in Turkey and Eastern Europe (the Balkans, the Caucasus, and Central Asia).

3338: French Politics Cr. 3 (3-0). Prerequisites: POLS 1336 and 1337 or equivalents, or consent of instructor. Evolution of contemporary French politics with an emphasis on a comparative study of mass political behavior, political institutions, and legislative decision making.

3339: Comparative Public Policy Cr. 3 (3-0). Prerequisites: POLS 1336 and 1337 or equivalents, or consent of instructor. Interface between politics and public policy from a comparative perspective in both developed and developing nations.

4320: Japanese Politics Cr. 3 (3-0). Prerequisites: POLS 1336 and 1337 or equivalents, or consent of instructor. Historical and political origins of modern Japan.

4321: Democracy in Asia Cr. 3 (3-0). Prerequisites: POLS 1336 and 1337 or equivalents, or consent of instructor. Evaluation of democratic transitions in Asia.

4322: Political Economy of Asia Cr. 3 (3-0). Prerequisites: POLS 1336 and 1337 or equivalents, or consent of instructor. Study of the political and economic.

4329: European Union Politics Cr. 3 (3-0). Prerequisites: POLS 1336 and 1337 or equivalents, or consent of instructor. Political and economic institutions of the European Union.

4333: Islam and Democracy Cr. 3 (3-0). Prerequisites: POLS 1336 and 1337 or equivalents, or consent of instructor. Focuses on the evolution of democratic Islamic thinking and its compatibility with Western notions of democracy.

4336: Mediterranean Politics Cr. 3 (3-0). Prerequisites: POLS 1336 and 1337 or equivalents, or consent of instructor. Survey of the politics of Turkey, Greece, and Eastern Europe.

4396: Selected Topics in Comparative Politics and International Politics Cr. 3 (3-0). Prerequisites: POLS 1336 and 1337 or equivalent, or consent of instructor. May be repeated for credit when topics vary.

International Politics

1335: World Politics Cr. 3 (3-0). Prerequisite: Credit for or current enrollment in ENGL 1303, or consent of instructor. Analysis of the major conflicts of contemporary world politics from a social science perspective.

3325: Government and Politics of Russia and the Commonwealth (formerly 4325) Cr. 3 (3-0). Prerequisites: POLS 1336 and 1337 or equivalent, or consent of instructor.

3331: American Foreign Policy (formerly 4341) Cr. 3 (3-0). Prerequisites: POLS 1336 and 1337 or equivalent, or consent of instructor. The foreign policy-making process and factors influencing U.S. international behavior, especially since World War II.

3332: Soviet and Russian Foreign Policy (formerly 4342) Cr. 3 (3-0). Prerequisites: POLS 1336 and 1337 or equivalent, or consent of instructor. Objectives and strategies of Soviet and Russian foreign policy.

3334: World Order Cr. 3 (3-0). Prerequisites: POLS 1336 and 1337 or equivalent, or consent of instructor. Examines theoretical and practical approaches to world order.

Political Theory

3340: Ancient and Medieval Political Thought (formerly 3347) Cr. 3 (3-0). Prerequisites: POLS 1336 and 1337 or equivalents, or consent of instructor. A selected examination of Greek, Roman, and feudal thinking on recurrent problems in political theory.

3341: Political Thought From Machiavelli and the Renaissance (formerly 3348) Cr. 3 (3-0). Prerequisites: POLS 1336 and 1337 or equivalents, or consent of instructor. A selected examination of the political thought of such political philosophers as Machiavelli, Hobbes, Locke, Hume, Rousseau, and Marx.

3342: Liberalism and its Critics Cr. 3 (3-0). Prerequisites: POLS 1336 and 1337 or equivalent, or consent of instructor. Contemporary arguments for and against liberalism beginning with the 16th century and ending with 19th century formulations.

3343: Democratic Theory Cr. 3 (3-0). Prerequisites: POLS 1336 and 1337 or equivalent, or consent of instructor. A critical examination of the theoretical foundation for popular control of government, as well as the empirical conditions and problems associated with such control.

3344: Capitalism and Socialism Cr. 3 (3-0). Prerequisites: POLS 1336 and 1337 or equivalent, or consent of instructor. The ideas of Smith, Ricardo, Marx, and later Marxists, Hayek and other figures who advocated capitalism or socialism.

3349: American Political Thought Cr. 3 (3-0). Prerequisite: POLS 1337. 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.

4344: Equality, Justice, and Democracy Cr. 3 (3-0). Prerequisites: POLS 1336 and 1337 or equivalents, or consent of instructor. An examination of alternative standards of equality, justice, and democracy, with an emphasis on how economic, political, and social benefits and burdens are distributed in the context of current controversies such as affirmative action, compensatory education, and the governance of science.

4346: Greek Political Thought Cr. 3 (3-0). Prerequisites: ENGL 1304; POLS 1336 and 1337 or equivalents; and POLS 3310 or 3343, or consent of instructor. A study of Greek political thought of the fifth and fourth centuries B.C. This course emphasizes analytical writing.

4366: Constitutional Design Cr. 3 (3-0). Prerequisites: POLS 1336 and 1337 or equivalents, or consent of instructor. Basic empirical, normative, and analytical principles of constitutional design are used to develop a constitution for a fictitious country.

4394: Selected Topics in Political Theory and Methodology Cr. 3 (3-0). Prerequisites: POLS 1336 and 1337 or equivalents, or consent of instructor. May be repeated for credit when topics vary.

Public Administration

3351: Politics and Administrative Responsibility (formerly 3387) Cr. 3 (3-0). Prerequisites: POLS 1336 and 1337 or equivalents, or consent of instructor. Relationships of governmental organizations with the political community; emphasis on the control of public bureaucracies by representative institutions.

3352: Comparative Administration (formerly 3388) Cr. 3 (3-0). Prerequisite: POLS 3311 or 3314. Comparative analysis of governmental administrative systems; bureaucratic structures and processes under varying environmental, political, and historic conditions.

3353: Policy and Administration (formerly 3389) Cr. 3 (3-0). Prerequisites: POLS 1336 and 1337 or equivalents, or consent of instructor. The role of administrative agencies in policy formation and implementation. Topics include agency organization, procedures, political influences, interpersonal behavior, and compliance.

4397: Selected Topics in Public Law and Public Administration Cr. 3 (3-0). Prerequisites: POLS 1336 and 1337 or equivalents, or consent of instructor. May be repeated for credit when topics vary.

Public Law

3350: Public Law and Political Theory Cr. 3 (3-0). Prerequisites: POLS 1336 and 1337 or equivalents, or consent of instructor. The philosophical and theoretical underpinnings of the Anglo-American legal system, and its impact upon public policy.

3354: Law and Society (formerly 4354) Cr. 3 (3-0). Prerequisites: POLS 1336 and 1337 or equivalent, or consent of instructor. How the values and attitudes of society influence the content and enforcement of the law.

3355: Judicial Process (formerly 4355) Cr. 3 (3-0). Prerequisite: POLS 1336. Development and operations of courts and related institutions; impact of judicial decisions upon the political system.

3356: Introduction to Constitutional Law (formerly 4356) Cr. 3 (3-0). Prerequisites: POLS 1336 and 1337 or equivalent, or consent of instructor. American constitutional law using major Supreme Court cases and other materials.

3357: Constitutional Law: Civil Liberties (formerly 4357) Cr. 3 (3-0). Prerequisite: POLS 3356. American constitutional principles related to the area of civil rights and civil liberties.

3358: Judicial Behavior (formerly 4359) Cr. 3 (3-0). Prerequisites: POLS 1336 and 1337 or equivalent, or consent of instructor. Judicial decision-making process in single-judge and collegial courts; interaction among judges on collegial courts.

3359: Criminal Justice Cr. 3 (3-0). Prerequisites: POLS 1336 and 1337 or equivalent, or consent of instructor. Workings of the criminal justice system. Examines their victims, communities, and the police.

4397: Selected Topics in Public Law and Public Administration Cr. 3 (3-0). Prerequisites: POLS 1336 and 1337 or equivalent, or consent of instructor. May be repeated for credit when topics apply.

American Politics

3360: Politics and Mass Media Cr. 3 (3-0). Prerequisites: POLS 1336 and 1337 or equivalent, or consent of instructor. Impact of mass media coverage on American political institutions, the election process, and public opinion in general and the appropriate role of media and news in a society.

3361: People and Politics Cr. 3 (3-0). Prerequisites: POLS 1336 and 1337 or equivalents, or consent of instructor. The behavior of voters, activists and government in making political choices and exerting political influence.

3362: Political Marketing Cr. 3 (3-0). Prerequisites: POLS 1336 and 1337 or equivalent, and junior standing, or consent of instructor. Techniques that political candidates, parties, and interest groups utilize in elections, focusing upon television and radio advertising, direct mail, phone banks, and candidate utilization, with special emphasis on gubernatorial campaigns in Texas.

3363: Groups in the Political Process Cr. 3 (3-0). Prerequisites: POLS 1336 and 1337 or equivalent, and junior standing, or consent of instructor. Organizational characteristics of interest groups; types of political interest groups; strategy and tactics of group politics; impact on policy and the political system in general.

3364: Legislative Processes Cr. 3 (3-0). Prerequisite: POLS 1336. Organization, operation, behavior, and functions of American legislatures; emphasis usually on Congress.

3365: Public Opinion Cr. 3 (3-0). Prerequisite: POLS 1337 or equivalent, or consent of instructor. The analysis of the kinds and distributions of opinions and attitudes in mass public and the effects of those opinions on activities of policy makers.

3366: Political Parties Cr. 3 (3-0). Prerequisite: POLS 1337. History and organization of political parties in the United States; function of parties for the political system; electoral base of American political parties.

3367: Elections and the Political Process Cr. 3 (3-0). Prerequisite: POLS 1337. A general survey of electoral systems, voter choice models, campaign and media effects, and contemporary issues arising from the electoral process; the relationship of elections to the policy process.

3368: Race, Gender, and Ethnic Politics Cr. 3 (3-0). Prerequisites: POLS 1336 and 1337 or equivalent, and junior standing, or consent of instructor. Examines the roles, strategies and different levels of success minority groups and women have had in the American political system.

3369: The Presidency Cr. 3 (3-0). Prerequisite: POLS 1336. Role of the president and the bureaucracy in policy-making, emphasizing the influence of the man on the office and the office on the man.

3370: State Government and Politics Cr. 3 (3-0). Prerequisites: POLS 1336 and 1337 or equivalent, or consent of instructor. Problems facing the states in the 20th century; roles of the legislature and governor; party systems, finances, and taxation; nature of governmental policies.

3371: Introduction to Urban Politics Cr. 3 (3-0). Prerequisites: POLS 1336 and 1337 or equivalent, or consent of instructor. The city and its environment including social, economic, and governmental problems resulting from increased urbanization.

3372: Chicano Politics Cr. 3 (3-0). Prerequisites: POLS 1336 and 1337 or equivalent, or consent of instructor. Analysis of the cultural, economic, sociological, and psychological roots of the political life of Chicanos and their impact on current political struggles.

3373: Poverty and American Public Policy Cr. 3 (3-0). Prerequisites: POLS 1336 and 1337 or equivalent, or consent of instructor. The incidence, cause and policy responses to poverty in America with a comparison of American and Western European experiences.

3374: Regulatory Processes Cr. 3 (3-0). Prerequisites: POLS 1336 and 1337 or equivalent, or consent of instructor. Federal, state and local regulatory agencies: policies, politics, legislative processes and administrative behavior.

3375: Health Policy and Politics Cr. 3 (3-0). Prerequisites: POLS 1336 and 1337 or equivalent, or consent of instructor. Problems and opportunities in the health and medical care system in the context of political institutions, processes, and behavior.

3376: Black Political Thought Cr. 3 (3-0). Prerequisites: POLS 1336 and 1337 or equivalents or consent of instructor. Explores the lives and writings of prominent African Americans to explore how black political thought has evolved and developed.

3377: Politics of Prosperity Cr. 3 (3-0). Prerequisites: POLS 1336 and 1337 or equivalent, or consent of instructor. Formation and administration of public economic policies as a political process. Regulation of business, the political-economic cycle, and political attempts to enhance economic prosperity.

3378: Political Economy Cr. 3 (3-0). Prerequisites: POLS 1336 and 1337 or equivalent, or consent of instructor. Study of systems for allocating scarce resources. Consideration of the strength and weaknesses of market solutions and political solutions to allocation questions.

3379: Decision Making Cr. 3 (3-0). Prerequisites: POLS 1336 and 1337 or equivalent, or consent of instructor. Study of decision making in complex organizations; rational, boundedly rational, political, and garbage can models of decision making.

3380: The Policy Making Process Cr. 3 (3-0). Prerequisites: POLS 1336 and 1337 or equivalent, or consent of instructor. Agenda setting, legislative approval, implementation, and program evaluation, with an emphasis on specific policy areas.

3390: Women in Politics Cr. 3 (3-0). Prerequisites: POLS 1336 and 1337 or equivalent, or consent of instructor. Study of women’s roles in the political system beginning with the attainment of suffrage and continuing through current problems of mobilization and recruitment to office.

4315: Telecommunications History and Policy Cr. 3 (3-0). Prerequisites: POLS 1336 and 1337 or equivalent, or consent of instructor. The past, present, and future of telecommunications and its interface with government, economy, and society.

4361: Civil War Politics Cr. 3 (3-0). Prerequisites: POLS 1336, 1337, and HIST 1376 or 1377 or equivalents, or consent of instructor. A comparative analysis of the political and philosophical commitments and beliefs of the founding period and the American Civil War, with an emphasis on theories of conflict and consensus.

4362: Energy Politics (formerly 3375) Cr. 3. (3-0). Prerequisite: POLS 3318 or consent of instructor. Examination of the roles of administrative agencies, interest groups, Congress, and courts in formation of public policy on land use, pollution, and energy.

4363: Science, Technology, and Public Policy Cr. 3 (3-0). Prerequisites: POLS 1336 and 1337 or equivalent, or consent of instructor. Examines the political institutions and processes that involve scientific and technical policy issues; public participation and advisory groups; and risk assessment.

4364: Intergovernmental Relations (formerly 3375) Cr. 3 (3-0). Prerequisites: POLS 1336 and 1337 or equivalent, or consent of instructor. Examines the changing relationships among federal, state, and local governments, including such topics as revenue sharing, "New Federalism," and impact of recent changes of the political system.

4365: National Defense Policy Cr. 3 (3-0). Prerequisites: POLS 1336 and 1337 or equivalent, or consent of instructor. The evolution of U.S. national defense strategy and policy making.

4368: Administrative Law Cr. 3 (3-0). Prerequisites: a total of nine semester hours of advanced Political Science or consent of instructor. Legal and constitutional principles governing the behavior of administrative organizations and personnel.

4395: Selected Topics in American Government and Urban Politics Cr. 3 (3-0). Prerequisites: POLS 1336 and 1337 or equivalents, or consent of instructor. May be repeated for credit and when topics vary.

Methodology

3381: Computer Applications in Political Science and Sociology (also SOC 3381) Cr. 3 (3-0). Prerequisites: POLS 1336 and 1337 or equivalent, or consent of instructor. Using mainframe and microcomputers in political and sociological research, including bibliographic, word processing, and statistical applications.

4394: Selected Topics in Political Theory and Methodology (formerly 3385) Cr. 3 (3-0). Prerequisites: POLS 1336 and 1337 or equivalent, or consent of instructor. May be repeated for credit when topics vary.

Departmental

3399-4399: Senior Honors Thesis Cr. 3 per semester. Prerequisite: approval of chair.

4198:4298:4398:4498:4598: Special Problems Cr. 1-5 per semester, or more by concurrent enrollment. Prerequisite: approval of chair.

4390: Government Internship Cr. 3 (1-6). Prerequisites: POLS 1336 and 1337 or equivalent, or consent of instructor. Internships in offices of selected local, state, and national government officials and correlated readings.

Integrative

4308*: Social Analysis: The Individual in Society (also PSYC 4308) Cr. 3 (3-0). Prerequisites: a total of nine semester hours from the two disciplines being integrated, of which at least three are advanced. Analysis of individual behavior, society, and social change. Readings will focus on families, religion, organizations, work, law, and technology.

4309: Social Analysis: The City (also PSYC 4309) Cr. 3 (3-0). Prerequisites: a total of nine semester hours from the two disciplines being integrated, of which at least three are advanced. An examination of the social, economic, cultural, and political development of cities.

4310: Foundations of Law and Politics Cr. 3 (3-0). Prerequisites: junior standing, POLS 1336 and 1337, or equivalent, or consent of instructor. An examination of the theoretical underpinnings of jurisprudence and the general functioning of legal systems, with a primary focus on the Anglo-American tradition.