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POLS 1 Introduction to American Government

Units: 3     Hours: 3 Lecture

Advisory: Eligible for English 250 and English 260.

Transferable: CSU; UC; CSU-GE: D8; IGETC: 4H, 7A; GAV-GE: D1, D2; CAN: GOVT 2

Explores the development of American political institutions and their utilization in dealing with issues arising at the international, national and state levels. Emphasis is placed on those problems which have defined our federal system of government. California government and appropriate state institutions will be included as a vital part of our federal system of government.


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POLS 2 see POLS 12


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POLS 3 Introduction to Comparative Politics

Units: 3     Hours: 3 Lecture

Advisory: Eligible for English 250 and English 260.

Transferable: CSU; UC; CSU-GE: D8; IGETC: 4H; GAV-GE: D2, F

Comparative survey of political institutions and processes around the globe. Selected nations may include, but are not restricted to: the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Japan, Russia, India, Nigeria, and Mexico.


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POLS 4 Introduction to International Relations

Units: 3     Hours: 3 Lecture

Transferable: CSU; UC; CSU-GE: D8; IGETC: 4H; GAV-GE: D2, F

This course provides an introduction to key contemporary international problems and the means to analyze them. Major parts of the course cover such topics as war and peace, foreign policymaking, the international economy, and future trends in world politics.


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POLS 6 Introduction to Conflict Resolution

Units: 3     Hours: 3 Lecture

Advisory: English 250 and English 260.

Transferable: CSU; CSU-GE: D7; GAV-GE: D2

Introduction to Conflict Resolution introduces students to conflict resolution and mediation. Integrating theory and practice, students will assess core concepts about the causes and resolution of conflict, and will practice communication skills for conflict resolution. Students will examine how ethnicity, gender, and class affect power in conflict situations. They will be able to formulate appropriate conflict resolution strategies, and will develop and practice various basic co-mediation skills. This course offers the option of a letter grade or credit/no credit. This course is also listed as AJ 6 and PSYC 6.


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POLS 8 Field Work in Politics

Units: 1-6     Hours: 18 Laboratory

Advisory: Consent of instructor. This is essential due to the necessity of screening intern applicants; completion of Political Science 1 or Political Science 3.

Transferable: CSU

An intern program in practical politics and government administration offering students an opportunity to learn by doing. Interns are placed in the offices of public officials, government agencies, or political campaigns on the local, state and national levels. This is a credit/no credit course.


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POLS 12 Introduction to Political Thought

Units: 3     Hours: 3 Lecture

Transferable: CSU; UC; CSU-GE: D8; IGETC: 4H; GAV-GE: D2

This course provides students with an introduction to and grounding in classical and modern political thought. Students will be introduced to theorists such as Plato, Aristotle, Machiavelli, and Marx. Students will also examine such timeless questions as: "What is justice?" "What is the good life?" and "What is power?" among others. This course is also listed as PHIL 12. Previously POLS 2.


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POLS 27 Contemporary Leadership

Units: 2-4     Hours: 1.5 Lecture, 7.5 Laboratory

Advisory: Eligible for English 250 and English 260.

Transferable: CSU; GAV-GE: E2

A cross-disciplinary approach to the theory and practice of leadership. Includes effective communication styles including issues related to gender and culture. Class includes topics on ethics, power, and how to run effective meetings including the use of parliamentary procedure. Skills directly applicable to work, personal and college environments. May be repeated for a maximum of 10 units. Also listed as PSYC 27.