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Courses: Political Science
Political Science (POLS)

College of Social Sciences 

Either 110, 120, 130, 170, or 171 is a prerequisite to all 300-level courses, except those noted otherwise.

POLS 110 Introduction to Political Science (3) Discussion of politics as an activity and of political problems, systems, ideologies, processes. SS

POLS 120 Introduction to World Politics (3) Power and contemporary world politics since 1945 with emphasis on the U.S. role. SS

POLS 130 Introduction to American Politics (3) American political processes and institutions, as seen through alternative interpretations. Emphasis on opportunities and limitations for practical political participation. SS

POLS 170 Politics and Public Policy (3) Perspectives on the role of government in guiding economies and civil societies with particular emphasis on the recent United States.

POLS 171 Introduction to Political Futures (3) Introduction to political future studies. Using science fact and fiction, shows how past and present images of the future influence people's actions. SS

POLS 190 Media and Politics (3) Influences and effects of media on politics. Setting public agendas, interpreting events, manipulating the political process, political learning through popular culture. SS

POLS 221 Problems of War and Peace (3) Introduction to the problems individuals and political communities currently face with respect to war, peace, and international conflict. Includes questions of human nature, economy, morality, nuclear deterrence, arms control and disarmament, and alternatives to war. 

POLS 271 Political Design and Futuristics (3) Possible social and political alternatives for the future. Conditions likely if present trends continue, formulation of visions of better futures, means for their achievement.

POLS 272 Race and Politics (3) Racial inequality in the United States; mechanisms of institutional racism in employment, education, criminal justice, electoral politics. SS

POLS 300 Political Philosophy and Theory I (3) Theories, approaches, concepts, and issues developed or raised in history of western political philosophy and thought. A-F only. 

POLS 301 Political Philosophy and Theory II (3) Survey of major historical schools and/or contemporary directions in non-western political thought. A-F only. 

POLS 302 American Political Theory (3) Origins and development of American political thought. 

POLS 305 (Alpha) Topics in Political Philosophy and Theory (3) Significant works, historical continuities, themes, and issues. (B) political philosophy of Aristotle; (D) feminist theory; (F) revolution and utopia; (H) classical political philosophy; (I) Marxist philosophy. (305D cross-listed as WS 405)

POLS 307 Biopolitical Theory (3) The implications, for political theory, of biological theories about human behavior, especially in relation to political socialization, participation, behavior, and culture. 

POLS 308 Applied Biopolitics (3) Effect of biological theory and knowledge about human behavior upon study and practice of political organization and ideology, and public policies of political egalitarianism toward human health, intelligence and laterally, age, sex, and race. 

POLS 310 Political Inquiry and Analysis (3) Introductory survey and analysis of methods used in empirical research, policy analysis, and social criticism. 

POLS 311 Political Inquiry and Analysis II (3) Applied workshop in political research methods. 

POLS 320 International Relations I (3) Introduction, with emphasis on concepts and theories. 

POLS 321 International Relations II (3) Decision-making behavior of international actors; strategies of peacemaking.

POLS 325 (Alpha) Topics in International Relations (3) Structure and processes of relations between states. (D) modern war and security; (E) international organization. 

POLS 326 International Law (3) Nature and function of international law in international politics. 

POLS 327 International Law II (3) Principles, norms, cases, and their role in international politics. 

POLS 328 American Foreign Policy (3) Purposes, methods, strengths, obstacles, prospects; factors affecting American foreign policy; impact abroad and at home. 

POLS 329 International Relations Lab (1) Co-requisite: 320 or 325E.

POLS 330 American Politics (3) Institutions (parties, interest groups, legislatures, executives, local government); policies (national defense, poverty, energy, etc.). 

POLS 331 American Politics II (3) Examination of voters and voting processes (participation, apathy, socialization, symbolic process, media, etc.); ideologies and belief systems. 

POLS 335 (Alpha) Topics in American Politics (3) Specific institutions and processes of the American governmental system. (D) public opinion and politics; (F) American legislative behavior; (G) American environmental politics; (H) the presidency. 

POLS 336 Power in America (3) Analysis of sources of political, economic, and social power in the United States and the institutions through which it is exercised. 

POLS 340 Comparative Politics (3) Introduction to theory and methodology of comparing political systems and development trends; emphasis on industrial nations. 

POLS 341 Comparative Politics of Developing Countries (3) Theories and case studies. 

POLS 345 (Alpha) Topics in Comparative Politics: Country/Regional (3) Analysis of political structure of processes in specific countries and regions. (B) Southeast Asia; (C) Pacific Islands; (D) communism in Asia; (F) Middle East; (G) Philippines; (H) Japan; (I) Europe; (J) India; (R) Russian politics. Pre: 110 or consent.

POLS 346 (Alpha) Topics in Comparative Political Process (3) (B) peasant politics; (E) health and environment. 

POLS 350 Administration and Society (3) Historical emergence of modern bureaucracy; mutual impact of administrative forms on social life; relation of bureaucracy to capitalism and patriarchy; constitution of the administered individual. Pre: one of 110, 120, 130, 170, 171, or consent.

POLS 351 Political Leadership (3) Exploration of concepts and theories of political leadership, partly through biography, as preparation for public service or advanced scholarly inquiry. 

POLS 352 Comparative Public Administration (3) Implementation of government policies through administrative systems in different countries. 

POLS 353 Alternatives to Bureaucracy (3) Theory and practice of non-hierarchical organizations: feminist and women's organizations; co-ops, communes, and collectives; indigenous people's organizations; workplace democracy and social change. Pre: one of 110, 120, WS 151, or consent. (Cross-listed as WS 353)

POLS 355 (Alpha) Topics in Administration (3) Development of administrative prac-tices and growth of administrative structures; organization theory; specific administrative practices. (C) organization theory. 

POLS 360 Public Law and Judicial Behavior I (3) Analysis of law, legalism, legal ideology, and legality; constitutions and constitutionalism; the political context of legal stability and change; institutional structure and function of dispute-resolution agencies. 

POLS 361 Public Law and Judicial Behavior II (3) Attributes, attitudes, selection, and decision-making behavior of judges and court personnel. Trends in appellate court policy-making, especially by the United States Supreme Court in Constitutional issues. 

POLS 365 Topics: Public Law and Judicial Behavior (3) Current issues; recent research findings; practical research undertaken by student. 

POLS 370 Politics and Public Policy (3) Over-view of the policy-making process in various political arenas (families, cities, nations, etc.); emphasis on conceptual and empirical analysis. 

POLS 371 Political Design and Futuristics (3) Alternative future social and political possibilities; design of means of realization of desirable futures. 

POLS 373 Nonviolent Political Alternatives (3) Exploration of scientific and cultural resources for nonviolent alternatives in politics as bases for future and transformative inquiry and action. Pre: Any POLS 100- or 200-level course, or consent. (Cross-listed as PACE 373)

POLS 374 Women and Politics (3) Women's role in political institutions and processes in the United States and other countries. Female and male approaches to power; feminist political goals and actions. Pre: one of 110 (or concurrent), WS 151 (or concurrent), or WS 362 (or con-current); or consent. (Cross-listed as WS 374)

POLS 375 (Alpha) Topics in Politics and Public Policy (3) Politics and public policy or political design and futuristics. (B) film studies; (D) ocean politics; (F) politics of health; (I) political economy.

POLS 376 Racism and Sexism (3) Policy course. Racial and sexual discrimination and governmental efforts to combat them. 

POLS 378 The Politics of Media (3) Study of the political manipulation of aural and verbal images. Exercises to increase media literacy. 

POLS 380 Hawai'i Politics I (3) Introduction to study of institutions, processes, and issues. 

POLS 381 Hawai'i Politics II (3) Application of theoretical modes and techniques to institutions, processes, and issues that characterize politics in Hawai'i. 

POLS 385 (Alpha) Topics in Hawai'i Politics (3) Intensive examination of particular institutions, processes, and issues. (B) the military in Hawai'i; (D) alternative politics in Hawai'i. Pre: one of 110, 120, 130, 170, or 171; or consent.

POLS 390 Colloquium in Political Science (3) Seminar in specialized subjects in political science. Pre: consent.

POLS 391 Colloquium in Political Science (3) Seminar in specialized subjects in political science. Pre: consent.

POLS 392 Teaching Political Science (6) Practicum for majors who lead, under supervision, a freshman seminar section of 110 or serve as undergraduate teaching assistants. Pre: senior standing and consent.

POLS 395 Practicum in Political Science (V) Field placement integrated with academic study of political institutions and practices. Repeatable once.

POLS 399 Directed Reading and Research (V) Pre: consent.

POLS 401 Senior Seminar in Political Science (3) Discussion of issues and questions of concern to graduating seniors in political science. Topical focus varies. Pre: senior standing.

POLS 462 Asian Women (3) History, culture, and contemporary reality of Asian women in Asia and the United States. Includes critical analysis of American feminist methodology and theory. Pre: one of 305D, WS 360, WS 361, WS 405, or consent. (Cross-listed as AMST 438 and WS 462)

POLS 484 Society and Politics in China (3) Interdisciplinary review and analysis of the social and political issues in contemporary China, the interchange between state and society in national policies, the relationship between cultural tradition and technological modernization in the social transformation process. Pre: ASAN 310, ASAN 312, or SOC 356; or consent. (Cross-listed as ASAN 484)

POLS 500 Master's Plan B/C Studies (1) Enrollment for degree completion. Pre: master's Plan B or C candidate and consent.

POLS 600 Scope and Methods of Political Science (3) Main concepts delineating boundaries of discipline; approaches to knowledge employed by political scientists; empirical and normative theory; problems in theory-building; validity and reliability in research design; philosophy of science applied to political science.

POLS 601 Political Analysis and Theory Building (3) Survey of theory-building, approaches and validation techniques.

POLS 602 Research Techniques and Analytic Methods (3) Quantitative models and statistical inference techniques.

POLS 605 (Alpha) Topics in Methodology (3) Specific methodological techniques and practices introduced in 601 and 602. (B) methods and nations; (C) simulation practicum. Pre: graduate standing or consent.

POLS 610 Political Theory and Analysis (3) Major contemporary approaches and styles in political theory, philosophy, and analysis.

POLS 611 Tradition of Political Philosophy (3) Discussion of texts and themes in the Western political tradition from Plato to Nietzsche. Repeatable once.

POLS 615 (Alpha) Topics in Political Thought (3) Specific traditions and individuals, or particular issues and problems. (B) Communism; (C) feminist theory. Pre: graduate standing or consent. (615C cross-listed as WS 615)

POLS 620 Introduction to Political Behavior (3) Introduction focused on individual behavior (political socialization, political psychology, etc.) and institutional behavior (legislative behavior, judicial behavior, etc.).

POLS 630 International Relations (3) Analysis of theories: actors, decisions, systems, conflict, integration, alternative approaches to validation. Pre: graduate standing or consent.

POLS 633 International Conflict Resolution (3) Analysis of international conflict and conflict resolution. Theory and practice of negotiation, mediation, conciliation, facilitation, and other "third-party" methods of peaceful settlement. Pre: graduate standing or consent.

POLS 635 (Alpha) Topics in International Relations (3) (B) international relations and war; (C) dependencies; (D) U.S.-China relations (E) international organization; (F) modeling international systems; (G) U.S.-Japan relations. Pre: graduate standing or consent.

POLS 640 Comparative Politics (3) Emphasis on Asia, theories of development, and comparative methods. At least one section a semester.

POLS 645 (Alpha) Politics and Development: Regional (3) Politics of particular regions; particular development processes. (B) Middle East; (C) China. (645C cross-listed as ASAN 608)

POLS 646 (Alpha) Politics and Development: Topical (3) (B) agriculture; (F) political ecology and development.

POLS 650 Public Administrative Theory (3) Focus varies among theoretical, comparative and developmental approaches to study of administration. One section each semester.

POLS 651 Political Leadership (3) Exploration of political leadership as a focus for research, teaching, and applied political science.

POLS 652 Comparative Public Administration (3) Detailed examination of implementation of governmental policy in different countries. Pre: graduate standing.

POLS 655 (Alpha) Topics in Public Administration (3) Theoretical and applied examination of public administration structures and processes. Pre: graduate standing or consent.

POLS 660 Public Law and Judicial Systems (3) Law, courts, and rights as a political resource; analyses of public law (including court decisions), other forms of dispute management, and judicial behavior and policy-making. Pre: 110.

POLS 665 (Alpha) Topics in Public Law and Judicial System (3) Recent issues and practices in public law; particular judicial systems. Pre: graduate standing or consent.

POLS 670 Introduction to Public Policy (3) Perspectives on policy analysis; basic approaches to the study of public policy, political economy, and policy evaluation.

POLS 671 Public Policy (3) Examination of theory and practice of formation and implementation; emphasis on American politics. Pre: graduate standing. Co-requisite: PUBA 661.

POLS 672 Politics of the Future (3) Introduction to political futures studies; images of future, theories of social change, methods of social forecasting and designing preferred futures. Pre: graduate standing.

POLS 673 The Future of Political Systems (3) Normative and descriptive forecasts of political institutions, systems, subsystems, and behaviors. Design of preferred systems.

POLS 674 New Age Politics (3)

POLS 675 (Alpha) Topics in Public Policy (3) Particular political processes, specific political institutions, or particular policy area. (F) politics of health. Pre: graduate standing or consent.

POLS 676 Nonviolent Political Alternatives (3) Exploration of nonviolent, nonkilling alternatives in political science research, teaching, and public service.

POLS 680 Asian and/or Pacific Politics (3) Political development, international relations, decision-making processes, and systems of political thought in all or part of Asia and/or the Pacific.

POLS 682 Indigenous Politics (3) Historical treatment of the contact between state and indigenous peoples and a survey of contemporary indigenous political initiatives: social movements, media, indigenous studies programs, and events. A-F only.

POLS 685 (Alpha) Topics in Asian and/or Pacific Politics (3) (B) Japanese politics; (C) Korean politics; (D) Chinese foreign policy. Pre: graduate standing or consent.

POLS 686 Politics of Hawai'i (3) Examinations from several perspectives of the political, economic, and cultural forces that historically formed Hawai'i and contemporary political themes, issues, and processes. Pre: graduate standing.

POLS 692 Teaching Initiative in Political Science (3) This course combines the study of the theoretical and practical aspects of teach-ing political science with supervised classroom teaching of POLS 110. Repeatable once.

POLS 695 Colloquium (3) Specialized subjects in political science.

POLS 696 Graduate Intern Seminar (3) Seminar for interns in the alternative futures or the indigenous politics options. Repeatable once. A-F only. Pre: 672 and 673 or consent for the alternative futures option; 682 or consent for the indigenous politics option.

POLS 699 Directed Reading and Research (V) Pre: consent.

POLS 700 Thesis Research (V)

POLS 701 Seminar in Empirical Theory (3) Pursuit of individual empirically based research topics. Repeatable. Pre: graduate standing.

POLS 702 Seminar: Research Methods (3) Conceptual strategies, data collection approaches, and data analysis techniques appropriate to political inquiries. Repeatable.

POLS 710 Seminar: Political Thought (3) Pre-announced topics. Repeatable. At least one section a year. 

POLS 730 Seminar: International Relations (3) Pre-announced problems of both international organization and politics. Repeatable. At least one section a semester. 

POLS 735 Seminar: Peace/Development Connection (3) Relationship between peace and development with special emphasis on hunger and militarism in Asia, the Pacific, and Africa. Pre: graduate standing. (Cross-listed as SOC 735)

POLS 740 Seminar: Comparative Government and Politics (3) Pre-announced topics. Repeatable. At least one section a semester. 

POLS 750 Seminar: Public Administration (3) Pre-announced administrative theory, comparative and development administration, and functional aspects. Repeatable. At least one section a year. 

POLS 770 Seminar: Public Policy (3) Pre-announced topics. Repeatable. Pre: consent of instructor. At least one section a year. 

POLS 780 Seminar: Politics of Regions (3) Analysis of political development, international relations, decision-making processes, and systems of political thought in regions and subregions of the world. Repeatable.

POLS 800 Dissertation Research (V)

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