Political Science & International Studies Courses

Code Course Credits

POL 101

Model United Nations

Offered: Not Offered 2013-2014

This one credit course prepares students to participate in the annual four-day National Model United Nations (NMUN) conference in New York City in late March. The course prepares students to participate in Stonehill College's delegation to NMUN to represent effectively and knowledgeably the delegation's country assignment.

Prerequisite(s): Instructor Permission required.
Course may be taken a maximum of four times.

1

POL 110

Power, Order, and Justice (First-Year Seminar)

Offered: Fall Semester

This course will explore the dilemmas facing all governments: on what principles should the political order be based? What is the nature of the just state? What determines citizenship, political authority, and power? What is the good life and how is it related to the political order and the satisfaction of justice?

Prerequisite(s): Open to First-Year Students only.
Fulfills the First-Year Seminar Requirement.

4

POL 123

American Government and Politics

Offered: Fall and Spring Semesters

The primary goal of this introductory course is to provide a broad understanding of governmental institutions and political behavior in the United States. This course covers the development of institutions and ideas from the founding era, the interaction among institutions and between the levels of government in the formulation and implementation of public policy, and the impact of citizens and groups on the American political system.

Fulfills the Social Scientific Inquiry requirement.

3

POL 143

International Politics

Offered: Fall and Spring Semesters

An exploration of the formation of foreign policy, the structure and processes of international systems, patterns of conflict, economic and security issues, and institutions and processes of conflict resolution.

Course may be applied to the Asian Studies minor.Course may be applied to the Middle Eastern Studies minor.

3

POL 171

Power, Order, and Justice

Offered: Fall and Spring Semesters

The dilemmas facing all governments: On what principles should the political order be based? What is the nature of the just state? What determines citizenship, political authority and power? What is the good life, and how is it related to the political order; and the satisfaction of justice?

3

POL 201

College Mock Trial

Offered: Not Offered 2013-2014

This course prepares you to participate in the American Mock Trial Association collegiate mock trial competition as a member of the team representing Stonehill College. Topics covered include developing a case theory, drafting opening statements and closing arguments, conducting direct and cross examinations, and making and responding to evidentiary objections.

Prerequisite(s): Instructor permission required.
Course may be taken three times as long as topics differ.

1

POL 221

Education Policy and Politics

Offered: Not Offered 2013-2014

An in depth investigation of the political dynamics and policy challenges in American education. This course explores the history and purpose of education, problems facing U.S. public education within an increasingly globally competitive world, governance structures, education finance, and specific education policy issues, standards and accountability, among others.

Prerequisite(s): POL 123

3

POL 222

Political Ideologies

Offered: Alternate Years: Fall 2013

An introduction to Western political ideologies: basic philosophical concepts, the theory of democracy and its critics, and various political ideologies including conservatism, fascism, feminism, liberalism, Marxism, and socialism.

Prerequisite(s): POL 171.

3

POL 233

Law, Politics, and Society

Offered: Not Offered 2013-2014

This course examines law in practice with a focus on how individuals operate within and against the legal system. It explores the nature of law, its impact on the everyday lives of people, the judicial process, the art of legal reasoning, and the role of courts in initiating, directing, and resisting social change.

Prerequisite(s): POL 123.

3

POL 234

Comparing States

Offered: Fall and Spring Semesters

The variations in political systems of states will be explored in terms of state-society relations. Types of democratic and authoritarian systems will be investigated, as well as conditions of their consolidation, change or transformation. In addition, the role of such forces as political protest and participation, ideologies and civil society on shaping politics and policy outcomes will be explored through comparative case studies of countries around the world.

Course may be applied to the Asian Studies minor.Course may be applied to the Middle Eastern Studies minor.

3

POL 235

American Political Thought

Offered: Spring 2015, Fall 2016

An exploration of the basic structure, values, and theoretical foundations of the American republic and its political development. The creation and definition of American political thinking in the works of Locke, Jefferson, Madison, Tocqueville, Calhoun, Lincoln, and others.

Prerequisite(s): POL 171 or POL 110 or a 100-Level Philosophy Course.
Course may be applied to the American Studies program.

3

POL 245

American Foreign Policy

Offered: Fall Semester

The interplay between American interests and the international political system is examined in terms of decision-making, political pressures, ethical considerations, a changing security agenda, patterns of cooperation and conflict, trade and aid, human rights and resource distribution.

Course may be applied to the American Studies program.

3

POL 247

Elections in America

Offered: Alternate Years: Fall 2014

Elections are the signature events of American democracy and provide a mechanism to ensure democratic accountability. This course examines how elections in America are structured and how political parties shape the electoral system. The course also examines how interest groups, the media, and money impact electoral dynamics.

Prerequisite(s): POL 123.
Course may be applied to the American Studies program.

3

POL 249

Contemporary Global Conflict

Offered: Not Offered 2013-2014

Conflicts around the globe are grounded in ethno-national or ethno-religious foundations and exemplify this low level but intensely savage terrorism and war. The course will look at the explanations and analyze the causes of such wars and the strategies policy makers offer to deal with the consequences.

Course may be applied to the Asian Studies minor.Course may be applied to the Middle Eastern Studies minor.

3

POL 255

Environmental Policy and Politics

Offered: Alternate Years: Spring 2014

Global climate change, mass extinctions, polluted waterways, hazardous waste dumps, oil spills, and nuclear meltdowns. Concerns about the health and integrity of the environment have garnered much attention since the 1960s. This course examines the nature and extent of public policy-making that addresses these and other environmental issues.

Course may be applied to the American Studies program.

3

POL 310

Political Science Research Methods

Offered: Fall and Spring Semesters

This course provides an introduction to the methods that political scientists use to answer questions. Students will learn analytical tools to critically evaluate and conduct research. The course will cover research design, hypothesis formulation, and various qualitative and quantitative methods for collecting and analyzing data.

Prerequisite(s): POL 123.
Fulfills the Writing-in-the Disciplines requirement.

4

POL 331

War

Offered: Spring Semester

The causes of war, military history with the interplay of strategy, technology and politics as the central focus, the nuclear threat and terrorism in the contemporary period. Prevention and the limitation of war and the moral and legal restraints on the activities of states are explored.

3

POL 332

The American Presidency

Offered: Alternate Years: Spring 2014, 2016

The origins and growth of the American presidency, the Executive office, and its occupant, the relationship between the office and democratic government, the separation of powers and divided party government, and on the expansion of public administration during the twentieth century.

Prerequisite(s): POL 123.
Course may be applied to the American Studies program.

3

POL 333

Contemporary Political Theory

Offered: Spring Semester

This course explores contemporary political theory from the perspective of core political concepts such as liberty, rights, and democracy. What does it mean to be free in a modern society? What does it mean to have rights, and what rights should individuals have? What does democratic theory expect of citizens?

Prerequisite(s): POL 171 (cannot be taken concurrently).

3

POL 336

Constitutional Law and Politics

Offered: Fall Semester

This course focuses on the structural form and institutional powers of American government. The central purpose of the course is to explore the question of constitutional interpretation. Who are the authoritative interpreters of the Constitution, what is the relationship between them, and what interpretive methodology should they employ?

Prerequisite(s): POL 123.
Course may be applied to the American Studies program.

3

POL 337

Public Administration

Offered: Alternate Years: Spring 2014

Administration of public affairs; how public policy is put into effect by government bureaucracies; theories of government organizations; the political setting of bureaucracies; problems of budgeting and personnel; efficient and humane conduct of public business.

Prerequisite(s): POL 123.
Course may be applied to the American Studies program.

3

POL 340

European Politics

Offered: Fall Semester

The history, political structures, and politics of the major nations of Europe, the political ideologies and policies of Great Britain, Germany, France, and Italy. The European Union is central to the course and its expanding membership and deepening responsibilities are explored.

Prerequisite(s): POL 143.

3

POL 341

Civil Rights and Civil Liberties

Offered: Not Offered 2013-2014

The primary goal of this course is to provide a broad understanding of the civil liberties and civil rights enjoyed by persons in the United States. The course explores the historical evolution of rights and liberties and their application to current controversies. The course covers freedom of religion, freedom of speech, the right to privacy, freedom from cruel and unusual punishments, protections against discrimination, and affirmative action.

Prerequisite(s): POL 123.
Course may be applied to the American Studies program.

3

POL 344

Contemporary Global Issues

Offered: Not Offered 2013-2014

Key issues in international relations: Terrorism, civil and ethnic conflict, economic interdependence, weapons of mass destruction, international political economy, human rights, failed states, and global warming.

Course may be applied to the Asian Studies minor.Course may be applied to the Middle Eastern Studies minor.

3

POL 345

Inequity, Poverty, and American Democracy

Offered: Fall Semester

Democracy is based on the ideal of political equality. Yet inequality is an undeniable feature of American society. How do inequity and poverty affect the working of American democracy? This seminar examines the nature and extent of poverty in the U.S., its causes and consequences, and the antipoverty effects of existing and proposed government programs and policies.

Prerequisite(s): POL 123.

3

POL 346

Immigration and the American Ideal

Offered: Spring Semester

This course will consider the topic of immigration from a human rights perspective, particularly following the events of 9/11. After offering students a brief overview of U.S. immigration law and those responsible for implementing it, classes will examine issues of migrants, immigration reform, deportation, and the role of state and federal authorities.

Prerequisite(s): POL 123
Course may be applied to the American Studies program.

3

POL 347

Conflict Analysis and Resolution

Offered: Not Offered 2013-2014

The course examines sources and types of conflict and conditions of sustainable peace between and within communities or states. It also surveys the research on implementation and efficacy of third party interventions in such conflicts as used by international and regional organizations and great powers. Tools examined include arbitration, mediation, negotiation and dialogue groups. Specific protracted conflicts will be investigated.

Prerequisite(s): POL 143.

3

POL 348

Peace and Conflict Studies

Offered: Offered Periodically

As an introduction to the field of Peace and Conflict Studies, the course examines sources of war and violence as well as the conditions of sustainale, just or positive peace. Some of the sources of violent conflict covered include the nature of political systems, levels of economic development, ethnic and racial identities. Specific cases of international conflicts will be examined.

Prerequisite(s): POL 143 and POL 171.
Course may be applied to the Catholic Studies and Irish Studies programs.

3

POL 351

Public Policy Analysis

Offered: Spring Semester

The course examines the roles that values play in the making of public policy, considers why some problems reach the public agenda, and why some policies succeed. Using a variety of policy problems, students will hone their ability to analyze complex issues and develop concise reports of their findings and recommendations.

Prerequisite(s): POL 123.

3

POL 352

Transitions to Democracy and Building Democracy

Offered: Alternate Years: Spring 2014, 2016

This course considers hurdles and obstacles facing countries transitioning to democracy. We study the literature on the topic and explore several cases of democratic transition and consolidation. We focus on constitution engineering and stability in post-conflict situations with weak economic development and inadequate infrastructure, corruption, and ethnic tension.

Prerequisite(s): POL 234.

3

POL 353

International Organizations and State Building

Offered: Alternate Years: Spring 2014, 2016

Explores the extent to which international organizations such as the United Nations and the World Bank are able to alter the contours of statehood and state sovereignty and whether such international organizations serve or dominate state actors. Case studies are Afghanistan, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo and Iraq.

Prerequisite(s): POL 143.
Course may be applied to the Asian Studies minor.Course may be applied to the Middle Eastern Studies minor.

3

POL 354

Irish Politics

Offered: Spring Semester

The development of Irish nationalism, the creation of the Irish state in 1922, and the building of the Irish state. Economic development, Church-state relations, and education are explored as well as unsolved puzzle of the Irish nation and state, Northern Ireland.

Course may be applied to the Irish Studies minor.

3

POL 355

Politics of East Asia

Offered: Not Offered 2013-2014

This course provides an introduction to the methods that political scientists use to answer questions. Students will learn analytical tools to critically evaluate and conduct research. The course will cover research design, hypothesis formulation, and various qualitative and quantitative methods for collecting and analyzing data. Students will also construct a research design for a political science topic of interest to them.

Prerequisite(s): POL 143.
Course may be applied to the Asian Studies minor.

3

POL 356

Politics of the Middle East

Offered: Not Offered 2013-2014

This course will focus on the Arab-Israeli conflict and relationships among the Arab states; the roll of the major powers in the Middle East's consideration of ideas and political manifestations of nationalism,the impact of imperialism, problems of development, and politics of oil, finally, the impact of ethnicity, tribalism culture and religion in explaining politic in the Middle Eastern states.

Prerequisite(s): POL 143.
Course may be applied to the Middle Eastern Studies minor.

3

POL 357

Topics in Politics

Offered: Fall and Spring Semesters

From time to time, faculty members may offer a special course in their field of expertise. The course engages in analysis of selected topics in one of the four area fields of the discipline: Political Theory; American Government; Comparative Politics; and International Relations.

Prerequisite(s): POL 123 or POL 143 or POL 171.

3

POL 358

Massachusetts State Politics

Offered: Alternate Years: Spring 2014, 2016

A study of the organization, powers, processes and politics of state government in Massachusetts. Topics will include Massachusetts history, political institutions, budgeting, political leaders, and contemporary issues in the state.

Course may be applied to the American Studies program.

3

POL 360

The United States Congress

Offered: Fall Semester

This course explores the politics of the U.S. Congress. Emphasis is placed on representation, the legislative process, and policy making. Congressional organization, namely committee systems and party leadership, are also examined to gain a deeper understanding of Congressional decision-making.

Prerequisite(s): POL 123.
Course may be applied to the American Studies program.

3

POL 380

Dirty Hands: Moral Dilemmas

Offered: Alternate Years: Fall 2014, 2016

The difficult "problem of dirty hands" that is making morally unpalatable choices when confronting mutually exclusive and competing ethical claims. Works of modern political philosophy and classic literature explore some possible responses to such problems.

Prerequisite(s): POL 171 or a 100-level Philosophy course.
Fulfills the Moral Inquiry requirement.

3

POL 381

Citizens of the World

Offered: Alternate Years: Fall 2014, 2016

This course introduces students to ongoing debates within contemporary cosmopolitan political theory over what is morally required of us as our world increasingly becomes globally interconnected. Applications of cosmopolitan theory to real world dilemmas such as how to respond to crimes against humanity and how to assess actions of transnational non-governmental associations will be explored.

Prerequisite(s): POL 171 or a 100-Level Philosophy course.
Fulfills the Moral Inquiry requirement.

3

POL 390

Politics in Washington, D.C.

Offered: Not Offered 2013-2014

A series of seminars during the semester will focus on an in-depth study of power and politics in American government. During a two-week stay in Washington, D.C., students will combine traditional academic work with seminars with prominent individuals in government, journalism and the nonprofit sector.

Course may be applied to the American Studies program.

3

POL 401

Political Science Honors Thesis I

Offered: Fall Semester

For accepted rising seniors, the Honors Program of Political Science and International Studies involves the writing of a thesis and a public defense. Each honors student works closely throughout a full academic year with the faculty member(s) best able to offer advice on the topic of the thesis. POL 401 consists of finalizing a literature review, outline, and initial draft of the thesis.

Prerequisite(s): POL 123, POL 143, POL 171, POL 310, and Senior Standing.

3

POL 402

Political Science Honors Thesis II

Offered: Fall Semester

For accepted seniors, the Honors Program of Political Science and International Studies involves the writing of a thesis and a public defense. Each honors student works closely throughout a full academic year with the faculty member(s) best able to offer advice on the topic of the thesis. POL 402 consists of finishing the thesis and a public defense.

Prerequisite(s): POL 401.

3

POL 422

Capstone Seminar

Offered: Fall and Spring Semesters

The course examines central themes, problems, and issues in the four fields of the discipline (Political Theory, American Politics, International Relations, and Comparative Government).

Prerequisite(s): Political Science and International Studies majors only; Senior standing.

3

POL 475

Internship in Government

Offered: Fall and Spring Semesters

Participation and research in local, state, and national government.

Prerequisite(s): Minimum of 2.7 GPA and Junior Standing. Internship Application approval by Internship Coordinator and Department Chairperson required.
Must complete the "U.S. Internship Request for Approval" process found under the myPlans tab in myHill to register for this Internship. Course may be applied to the Irish Studies minor.

3

POL 490

Directed Study

Offered: Fall and Spring Semesters

Supervised reading and research on selected topics.

Prerequisite(s): Permission of the faculty member directing the project and the Department Chairperson.
Course may be applied to the Irish Studies minor.

3

POL 496

Independent Research

Offered: Fall and Spring Semesters

Opportunity for a student to conduct research in a specialized area of Political Science and International Studies under the direction of a faculty member.

Prerequisite(s): Approval of both the faculty member directing the research project and the Political Science Department Chair.

3