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DEPARTMENT OF POLITICAL SCIENCE AND INTERNATIONAL STUDIES

(585) 395-2584

Chairperson and Associate Professor: Dena B. Levy, PhD, University of Iowa; Professor: Stephen H. Ullman, PhD, University of Minnesota; Associate Professors: Sandrea Ciliotta-Rubery, PhD, Georgetown University; Mark J. Chadsey, PhD, SUNY Buffalo; Assistant Professors: Cynthia A. Boaz, PhD, University of California-Davis; John J. Fitzpatrick, PhD, SUNY Buffalo; Gregory Murray, PhD, University of Houston; David Staveley, PhD, SUNY Buffalo.

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While the Department of Political Science and International Studies does not have a graduate degree program, its graduate political science and international studies course offerings may be applied as requirements and/or electives in degree programs as determined through the advisement process.

POLITICAL SCIENCE AND INTERNATIONAL STUDIES COURSES

 

INS 570 Nationalism. Examines post-World War II nationalism as a driving force in the international system, focusing on the post-Cold War period. Includes topics of ethnic nationalism and regional conflicts, multinational states, and multistate nations. 3 Cr.

INS 575 Political Geography. Covers key aspects of geopolitics as it affects foreign policy and international politics post-World War II. Examines topics such as resources, environment and human geography as well as issues associated with the study of geography-politics relationships: gateway states, shatter belts, heartland concept and trade ties. 3 Cr.

INS 599 Independent Study. Designed through consultation between student and instructor. 1-6 Cr. Every Semester

PLS 502 Legal Internship (A). Provides an experiential learning opportunity. Requires student interns to perform paraprofessional responsibilities in either a public or private law office. 6 Cr. Every Semester

PLS 520 Civil Liberties, Civil Rights and the Constitution (A). Examines public policy and constitutional rights. Focuses on controversial constitutional issues such as affirmative action, capital punishment, abortion and free press/fair trial conflict. Discusses issues in a seminar format. 3 Cr.

PLS 544 National Security in the Nuclear Age (A). Covers recent changes in national security (military defense) policy perception, and planning and implementation as a result of technological advances. In particular, focuses on military defense policies, including strategies and tactics of the major powers; their principal allies and other powers of military consequence; and weapons proliferation, arms control, limitation and reduction. 3 Cr.

PLS 545 International Law and Organization (A). Provides an introduction to modern public international law and to major international organizations such as the United Nations and associated bodies, as well as major regional organizations. 3 Cr.

PLS 548 Leadership (A). Draws upon recent scholarly studies and biographies to examine the essence of leadership in the modern age. Studies the uses of power that distinguish leaders from mere power holders. 3 Cr.

PLS 566 Environmental Politics (A). Investigates federal and New York state environmental policies, and the relationship between the two. Focuses first on federal environmental policy, then covers New York environmental policy. Includes topics selected from major environmental issues: air, water, land use, solid waste, hazardous waste, aesthetics and conservation, atomic energy, pesticides and chemical waste. Requires two field trips. 3 Cr.

PLS 570 Nationalism (A). Cross-listed as INS 570. Examines post-World War II nationalism as a driving force in the international system, with focus on the post-Cold War period. Includes topics of ethnic nationalism and regional conflicts, multinational states and multistate nations. 3 Cr.

PLS 575 Geopolitics (A). Covers key aspects of geopolitics as it affects foreign policy and international politics post-World War II. Examines topics such as resources, environment and human geography as well as issues associated with the study of geography-politics relationships: gateway states, shatter belts, heartland concept and trade ties. 3 Cr.

PLS 599 Independent Study in Political Science (A). Arranged in consultation with the instructor-sponsor prior to registration. 1-6 Cr. Every Semester

The information in this publication was current as of June 2005 when the text was compiled. Changes, including but not restricted to, tuition and fees, course descriptions, degree and program requirements, policies, and financial aid availability may have occurred since that time. Whether or not a specific course is scheduled for a given term is contingent on enrollment, budget and staffing. The college reserves the right to make any changes it finds necessary and may announce such changes for student notification in publications other than the College catalogs. For the purpose of degree and program completion, students are bound by the requirements in effect as stated in the printed catalog at the time of their matriculation at SUNY Brockport. Inquiries on the current status of requirements can be addressed to the appropriate College department of office. Also refer to the Brockport Web site home page at www.brockport.edu for current information.