Politics and Society (PS)

PS 402 - Practical Politics

Credits: 4

With particular attention to the development and evolution of US political institutions over time, this course seeks to help students understand how national politics affects them and their communities and how they can, in turn, use that insight to affect national politics. We will work to develop not just new knowledge, but to foster tools and practices of civic engagement.

Attributes: Historical Perspectives(Disc)

Mutual Exclusion: No credit for students who have taken POLT 402.

PS 407 - Politics, Law and Contemporary Society

Credits: 4

This course examines the foundation and structure of the American legal system and the complex relationship between law, politics, and contemporary social structures, including the philosophical and historical origins of law and the concept of sovereignty. Using case studies and United States Supreme Court decisions, the course considers the philosophical, historical, economic, environmental, and sociological underpinnings of contemporary legal and politics issues.

Attributes: Social Science (Discovery)

Equivalent(s): POLT 407, POLT 407H

PS 425 - Exploring Leadership

Credits: 1-4

Exploring Leadership is an introductory course on the foundations of student development and leadership, with an emphasis on applying the formal literature on leadership to help students develop and articulate their own personal philosophy of leadership and enact a leadership action plan for their club/organization/leadership position. no credit for students who have taken.

Equivalent(s): UMST 525

PS 426 - Social Justice & Leadership

Credits: 1-4

An exploration of social justice through personal and institutional lenses to analyze power and privilege, discrimination and prejudice, inclusion and equity through the intersections of multiple social identities to develop student leaders who will promote an equitable and inclusive environment and serve as social change agents in the college and community.

Equivalent(s): UMST 526

PS 500 - Wicked Problems: Puzzles in Public Policy

Credits: 4

Meaningful change in the US is difficult under the best of circumstances, and it's almost never the best o circumstances. As a result, the richer your understanding of the complex and often irrational US policy-making system, the better the chance that you will be able to understand why certain policies are made (or not made), why they take the form that they do, and how to alter them.

Attributes: Social Science (Discovery); Writing Intensive Course

Mutual Exclusion: No credit for students who have taken POLT 500.

PS 501 - Social and Political-Economic Theory

Credits: 4

Classics of sociological and political economic theory, as well as contemporary thinking in conservative, classical liberal, modern liberal, and radical political economy. Emphasis on the historical context in which these ideas emerge, and the links among them. Readings and discussions include such thinkers as Comte, Spencer, Weber, Durkheim, Locke, Marx, Smith, Riccardo, J.S. Mill, Shumpeter, Keynes, Hayek.

Attributes: Historical Perspectives(Disc)

PS 502 - Political Psychology

Credits: 4

Political opinion, identity, and belief-formation and reinforcement. The roles of cognition and emotion in how political identities, opinions and beliefs form, change and resist change. The implications of idea-framing in the acceptance and rejection of political concepts and ideologies. The role of social contexts and the media in creating conceptual boundaries in contemporary politics.

Attributes: Social Science (Discovery)

PS 502W - Political Psychology

Credits: 4

Political opinion, identity, and belief-formation and reinforcement. The roles of cognition and emotion in how political identities, opinions and beliefs form, change and resist change. The implications of idea-framing in the acceptance and rejection of political concepts and ideologies. The role of social contexts and the media in creating conceptual boundaries in contemporary politics.

Attributes: Social Science (Discovery); Writing Intensive Course

PS 506 - Civil Society and Public Policy

Credits: 4

Explores how grassroots advocacy organizations and social movements mobilize human and material resources in order to shape public policy and what tactics and organizational and communication strategies lead to success. Provides students with hand-on learning through service learning project at a local organization. Policy areas may include immigration, environmental conservation, women's issues and more.

PS 507 - Justice Law and Politics

Credits: 4

This course examines the relationships among law, politics, and social structures and how much relationships shape our conceptions of justice. We explore philosophical and historical origins of US law and such concepts as due process and sovereignty. We examine the foundations and economic, environmental, and sociological underpinnings of contemporary legal and political issues.

Attributes: Social Science (Discovery)

PS 508 - Supreme Court in US Society

Credits: 4

This course examines Supreme Court legal holdings from the creation of the American Republic to the present, with attention to the social and historical contexts in which holdings have been made. We examine Constitutional issues, the process by which the Court examines such issues, the ways in which political and social context has framed and influenced Court decisions, as well as how the Court has influenced politics and the broader society.

Attributes: Historical Perspectives(Disc)

Equivalent(s): POLT 508

PS 509 - Political and Social Change in Developing Countries

Credits: 4

Overview of the pressing social, political, and economic issues in the developing world. Analysis includes: political development, including different forms of authoritarianism and democracy; international political economy and models of macro-economic development; international and national aid programs aimed at reducing poverty. Case studies include China, India, Iraq and more.

Attributes: World Cultures(Discovery)

Equivalent(s): POLT 553

PS 510 - Politics of Food

Credits: 4

This course examines the politics of how food is produced, marketed and distributed in the United States, with attention to how the American food system has changed since World War II. The ethics and nutritional and public health implications of current agricultural policies and practices are looked at carefully, as are the environmental impacts of current practices. The impact on international food prices and markets and world hunger are also examined.

Attributes: Environment,TechSociety(Disc)

PS 511 - Women and War

Credits: 4

Explores impact of war on women as both victims (i.e. refugees, rape victims) and participants (i.e. warriors). Covers issues such as women in combat as soldiers and terrorists, women's rights, sexual violence and rape during warfare, women's roles during peace-building etc. Case studies include Bosnia, Liberia, Afghanistan, USA, Colombia, and more.

Attributes: World Cultures(Discovery)

PS 513 - Politics of Red Tape: Bureaucracy & Policy

Credits: 4

Bureaucrat, someone is reported to have once said, is the only word in the English language that can be hissed even though it has no "s." The labyrinthine workings of government itself--the bureaucracy--are a seemingly constant source of fear, anger, frustration and indignation. Why does the public sector seem to generate such antipathy? We will explore this question, and examine how administrative agencies can be effectively and democratically managed. No credit if taken POLT 509.

PS #514 - Model United Nations

Credits: 4

The highlight of this experiential learning course is a trip to participate in a Model United Nations conference. Students will develop solutions to contemporary global problems (including human rights, terrorism, climate change, etc.), and will learn the art of debate and compromise. The class will serve as a particular country's delegation during a simulation of the United Nations, where it will promote the UN, the issues before the UN, and the assigned country's role in global affairs. Open to students of all majors. Instructor permission required. Contact Prof. Negron-Gonzales, melinda.negron@unh.edu. Special fee.

PS 515 - New Hampshire Politics in Action

Credits: 4

A hands-on course on New Hampshire politics and policymaking, in which students will identify a Bill currently active in the NH General Court and develop and execute a step-by-step plan for helping get it enacted or defeated. Periodic travel to the State Capitol in Concord will be required. Writing intensive.

Attributes: Inquiry (Discovery); Writing Intensive Course

PS 520 - Globalization: Politics, Economics and Culture

Credits: 4

Globalization is a complex web of interwoven processes that affect virtually all facets of our daily lives, from pop culture to economics to politics and everything in between. But what exactly is globalization, anyway? And does increased interconnectedness and interdependence do more harm than good? What are the effects of globalization on our society and on others around the world? How can we solve problems, such as climate change, that transcend national boundaries? This course covers different dimensions of globalization, exploring everything from free trade and global supply chains in business to the global hip-hop phenomenon to the problem of international terrorism, and many other issues.

Attributes: World Cultures(Discovery)

PS 595 - Research for Political and Policy Action

Credits: 4

This course offers an overview of how the social sciences--political science especially--decide which questions to ask and how to design the research projects that will help them develop answers to those questions. As we explore these methods of inquiry and analysis, students undertake their own multi-methods research project to better understand something that interests or puzzles them while experiencing first hand the challenges inherent in sound research.

Attributes: Inquiry (Discovery); Writing Intensive Course

Mutual Exclusion: No credit for students who have taken POLT 595.

PS 599 - Peer Educator Development

Credits: 1 or 4

Preparing students to be leaders on their campus and in their community. Upon completion, students will be eligible to take the BACCHUS Certified Peer Educator (CPE) exam to become a nationally-certified peer educator. No credit for students who have taken UMST 599 - Peer Educator Development.

PS #651 - Selected Topics: Public Service

Credits: 4

Interdisciplinary treatment of selected topics in politics and society. Topics may include democracy, empire and war, gender roles in electoral process, the sociology and psychology of terrorism, the political economy of hunger and poverty, the social origins of dictatorship and democracy, and others. Topic: Empire, Democracy, and War is Writing intensive.

Repeat Rule: May be repeated for a maximum of 8 credits.

PS 695 - Public Service Independent Study

Credits: 1-4

Independent study on specific topics in Politics and Society. Project must be approved by the project supervisor Politics and Society Program.

Repeat Rule: May be repeated for a maximum of 12 credits.

PS 701 - Senior Seminar/Internship in Public Service

Credits: 4

Students undertake internships or other approved field projects with organizations such as political campaigns, media organizations, government offices, business or community groups. The seminar component enables students to share and analyze these experiences, employing readings, discussions, collective behavior games, and speakers. Permission required. Writing intensive.

Attributes: Writing Intensive Course

PS #702 - International Relations: Interdisciplinary Approach

Credits: 4

This course explores International Relations Theory as developed by political scientists, subjected to critical insights from other disciplines, including psychology, anthropology, political economy and history. Course first surveys the historical development of International Relations Theory, beginning with Thucydides and Machiavelli, and proceeding through 20th and 21st century realist, liberal, Marxist and constructivist theories. These theories are then examined critically in the light of insights from psychology, anthropology and political economy. Pre or Coreq: PS 501 or PS 401 or permission of instructor. Special fee.

Attributes: Writing Intensive Course

PS 731 - Community Leadership - Capstone

Credits: 4

Culminating experience for the Community Leadership Minor, but open to other students with instructor's permission. Working alone or in groups, students will design and execute a project of benefit to a community partner.

Equivalent(s): UMST 531, UMST 701

PS 750 - Poverty & Inequality Past and Present

Credits: 4

This course will help students develop the knowledge and tools, using the best available data and research from across disciplines, to describe the scale and scope of need in the US. It will also help you develop understanding of the causes of poverty, inequality, and homelessness, and the consequences of them too -- not just upon individuals and families, but ultimately upon entire neighborhoods, communities, and the nation as a whole.

Attributes: Writing Intensive Course

Mutual Exclusion: No credit for students who have taken POLT 750.