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Political Science (POLS)

College of Social Sciences

Either a 100 level or 200 level course is a prerequisite to all 300 level courses except with the consent of the instructor.

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

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

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. DS

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. DS

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. DS

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. DS

POLS 201 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. DS

POLS 241 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. DS

POLS 271 Race and Politics (3) Racial inequality in the United States; mechanisms of institutional racism in employment, education, criminal justice, electoral politics. DS

POLS 301 Hawai‘i Politics I (3) Introduction to study of institutions, processes, and issues. Pre: any 100 level POLS course or consent. DS

POLS 302 Hawai‘i Politics II (3) Application of theoretical modes and techniques to institutions, processes, and issues that characterize politics in Hawai‘i. Pre: any 100 level POLS course or consent. DS

POLS 303 (Alpha) Topics in Hawai‘i Politics (3) Intensive examination of particular institutions, processes, and issues. (B) the military in Hawai‘i; (C) political thought in Hawaiian. Taught in Hawaiian; (D) alternative politics in Hawai‘i. Pre: HAW 302 (or concurrent) for (C) only, and any 100 level POLS course or consent for all. ((C) Cross-listed as HAW 428) DS

POLS 304 Indigenous Politics (3) Conceptualizing politics from the perspective of indigenous epistemologies, philosophies, language, and social and political movement. Pre: any 100 level POLS course or consent.

POLS 305 Global Politics/Comparative (3) Introduction to global politics with emphasis on concepts and theories developed from a comparative politics perspective. Pre: any 100 level POLS course or consent. DS

POLS 306 Comparative Politics of Developing Countries (3) Political, economic, and social development in the Third World. Repeatable one time. Pre: any 100- or 200-level POLS course, or consent. DS

POLS 307 (Alpha) Topics in Comparative Politics: Country/Regional (3) Political, social, and economic processes in specific countries/regions. (B) Southeast Asia; (C) Pacific Islands; (D) Communism in Asia; (F) Middle East; (G) Philippines; (H) Japan; (I) Europe; (J) India; (R) Russia. Repeatable one time. Pre: any 100- or 200-level POLS course, or consent. DS

POLS 308 Contemporary Chinese Politics (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. A-F only. Pre: ASAN 310 or ASAN 312 or SOC 356 or consent. (Cross-listed as ASAN 484). DS

POLS 315 Global Politics/International Relations (3) Introduction to global politics with emphasis on concepts and theories developed from an international relations perspective. Pre: any 100 level POLS course or consent. DS

POLS 316 International Relations (3) Decision-making behavior of international actors; strategies of peacemaking. Pre: any 100 level POLS course or consent. DS

POLS 317 International Law (3) Nature and function of international law in international politics. Pre: any 100 level POLS course or consent. DS

POLS 318 Current Issues in International Law, Organization, and Culture (3) Principles, norms, cases, and their interaction with culture and organization in international politics. Pre: any 100 level POLS course or consent. DS

POLS 319 International Organization (3) International relations of governmental and nongovernmental organizations. Pre: any 100 level POLS course or consent. DS

POLS 321 International Migration (3) Political-cultural economy of international migration: post-colonial populations, refugees, and immigrants. Pre: any 100 level POLS course or consent.

POLS 322 American Foreign Policy (3) Purposes, methods, strengths, obstacles, prospects; factors affecting American foreign policy; impact abroad and at home. Pre: any 100 level POLS course or consent. DS

POLS 323 International Relations Lab (1) Pre: any 100 level POLS course or consent. Co-requisite: 315 or 319. DS

POLS 333 Advanced Topics in Global Politics (3) Studies of political development in the context of increasingly integrated and globalized political economies. Repeatable one time. Pre: any 100 level POLS course or consent.

POLS 335 Political Philosophy and Theory (3) Theories, approaches, concepts, and issues developed or raised in history of western political philosophy and thought. Pre: any 100- or 200-level POLS course, or consent. DS

POLS 336 Non-Western Political Theory (3) Survey of major historical schools and/or contemporary directions in non-western political thought. A-F only. Pre: any 100- or 200-level POLS course, or consent. DS

POLS 337 American Political Theory (3) Origins and development of American political thought. Pre: any 100 level POLS course or consent. DS

POLS 338 (Alpha) Topics in Political Theory (3) Significant works, historical continuities, themes, and issues in political theory. (B) classical political philosophy; (F) revolution and utopia; (G) contemporary political theory; (I) Marxist philosophy. Pre: any 100- or 200- level POLS course; or consent. DS

POLS 339 Feminist Theory (3) Contemporary debates in feminist theory concerning gender, race, and class; subjectivity and representation; gender and colonialism; bodies, sexualities and “nature.” Pre: any 300 level POLS or WS course; or consent. (Cross-listed as WS 439) DS

POLS 341 The Politics of Media (3) Study of the political manipulation of aural and verbal images. Exercises to increase media literacy. Pre: any 100 level POLS course; or consent. DS

POLS 342 Political Design and Futuristics (3) Alternative future social and political possibilities; design of means of realization of desirable futures. Pre: any 100 level POLS course or consent. DS

POLS 343 The Politics of Film (3) Political, philosophical, and artistic dimensions of film; cross-cultural film genres; representational practices in films. Pre: any 100 level POLS course or consent. DS

POLS 344 Na Politika ma ka Nuhou Hawai‘i - Politics in Hawaiian Language Media (3) Study of Hawaiian news media with emphasis on political content. Taught in Hawaiian. Pre: HAW 302 (or concurrent) and one of POLS 110, 120, 130, 170, or 171; or consent. (Cross-listed as HAW 445) DH

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

POLS 366 Advanced Topics in Theory, Media, and Method (3) Studies in political theory, media, and methods that analyze their interrelations in a globalized world. Pre: any 100- or 200-level POLS course, or consent.

POLS 367 Disability Politics (3) Introduction to the history and politics of U.S. disability law and activism. An analysis of disability politics as the result of the interaction between disability movement activism and the development of policy and law. A-F only. Pre: 110. Fall only.

POLS 372 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: any 100 level POLS course or POLS 339 or WS 360 or WS 361 or WS 439; or consent. (Cross-listed as AMST 438 and WS 462) DS

POLS 373 American Politics (Elections) (3) Examination of voters and voting processes (participation, apathy, socialization, symbolic process, media, etc.); ideologies and belief systems. Pre: any 100 level POLS course or consent. DS

POLS 374 Law, Politics and Society (3) Relationships between law, politics, and society will be explored. Emphasis is placed on several dimensions of legality: legal “indeterminacy” and some of the many things that law does for us and to us; law’s response to violence; the connections between law and social change; access to the law and its sociological dimensions; how/why law fails and what happens when it does. A-F only. Pre: either a 100- or 200-level POLS or SOC course, or junior standing. (Cross-listed as SOC 374) DS

POLS 375 Public Law and Judicial Behavior (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. Pre: any 100 level POLS course or consent. DS

POLS 376 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. Pre: any 100- or 200-level POLS course, or consent. DS

POLS 377 Current Controversies in Public Law and Judicial Behavior (3) Current issues; recent research findings; practical research undertaken by student. Pre: any 100 level POLS course or consent. DS

POLS 378 (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. Pre: any 100 level POLS course or consent. DS

POLS 379 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. Pre: any 100 level POLS course or consent. DS

POLS 381 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: any 100- or 200-level POLS course, or consent. DS

POLS 382 Political Leadership (3) Exploration of concepts and theories of political leadership, partly through biography, as preparation for public service or advanced scholarly inquiry. Pre: any 100 level POLS course or consent. DS

POLS 383 Politics and Public Policy II (3) Overview of the policy-making process in various political arenas (families, cities, nations, etc.); emphasis on conceptual and empirical analysis. Pre: any 100 level POLS course; or consent. DS

POLS 384 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: any 100 level POLS course (or concurrent), WS 151 (or concurrent), or WS 362 (or concurrent); or consent. (Cross-listed as WS 384) DS

POLS 385 American Politics (3) Institutions (parties, interest groups, legislatures, executives, local government); policies (national defense, poverty, energy, etc.), politics (symbolism, inequality, race, and gender). DS

POLS 387 Racism and Sexism (3) Racial and sexual discrimination and efforts to combat them. Pre: any 100- or 200-level POLS course, or consent. DS

POLS 389 (Alpha) Topics in Politics and Public Policy (3) Topics in public policy and administration. (D) ocean politics; (F) politics of health; (I) political economy. Pre: any 100 level POLS course or consent. DS

POLS 390 Political Inquiry and Analysis (3) Introductory survey and analysis of methods used in empirical research, policy analysis, and social criticism. DS

POLS 393 Advanced Topics in Law, Policy, and Society (3) Studies integrating concerns of public law, public policy, public administration, and social movements. Pre: any 100- or 200-level POLS course; or consent.

POLS 394 Democracy in Organizations (3) Theory and practice of democratic organizations: women’s and feminist organizations; co-ops, communes, and collectives; indigenous people’s organizations; workplace democracy and social change. Pre: any 100- or 200-level POLS course or 390 (or concurrent) or WS 151; or consent. (Cross-listed as WS 353) DS

POLS 396 Nonviolent Political Alternatives (3) Exploration of scientific and cultural resources for nonviolent alternatives in politics. Pre: any 100- or 200-level POLS course; or consent. (Cross-listed as PACE 373) DS

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

POLS 401 Teaching Political Science (6) Practicum for majors who lead, under supervision, a freshman seminar section of 110 or serve as undergraduate teaching assistants. Repeatable one time. Pre: 390 (or concurrent), senior standing, and consent.

POLS 402 Legislative Internship (V) Field placement at the Hawai‘i Legislature integrated with academic study of political institutions and practices. A-F only. Pre: consent. Recommended: 390. Spring only. DS

POLS 403 Community Internship (V) Field placement integrated with academic study of political institutions and community organizations. Repeatable one time. Pre: consent. Recommended: 390. DS

POLS 404 Senior Thesis (6) Independent research and thesis writing with supervision of senior adviser. Pre: 390 (or concurrent) and consent.

POLS 406 Senior Seminar in Political Science (3) Discussion of issues and questions of concern to graduating seniors in political science, including substantial research project. Pre: 390 (or concurrent) or senior standing or consent. DS

POLS 436 Gender, Justice and Law (3) Past and present roles of women in American political and legal institutions; common law, judicial decisions, and federal and state legislation affecting women of various socioeconomic groups. A-F only. (Cross-listed as AMST 436 and WS 436) DS

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 one time.

POLS 612 Hawaiian Political Thought: Theory and Method/Na Mana‘o Politika Hawai‘i (3) Study of Hawaiian political thought in writing from ca. 1825 to the present, with emphasis on theory and research methods. Pre: 303, HAW 402 and HAW 428; or consent.

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 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 621 Politics of Indigenous Representation (3) Politics of indigenous representations in media, literature, and academic scholarship.

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 642 Indigenous Peoples and Western Imperialism (3) Historical examination of US and European imperialisms, including national narratives, politics, and impacts upon indigenous peoples in the Americas, Pacific, and Asia. Repeatable one time.

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 647 American Political Institutions in Comparative Perspective (3) Consideration of American political institutions and development relative to American philosophical foundations and non-American political forms. Federalism as an expansive devise will be emphasized, as will American influence and penetration abroad. A-F only. Pre: graduate standing or consent. Once a year only.

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 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. (E) current environmental issues: examines one of the seminal concerns of local, state, national, and international governments and NGOs-issues affecting the natural environment, and especially policies to preserve and enhance it. A-F only. Repeatable one time. (F) politics of health. Pre: graduate standing or consent.

POLS 676 Nonviolent Political Alternatives (3) Exploration of nonviolent, non-killing 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 684 Contemporary Native Hawaiian Politics (3) Study of political and social movements, political status, national and cultural identities, and issues of representation of Native Hawaiians.

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 teaching political science with supervised classroom teaching of POLS 110. Repeatable one time.

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 one time. 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 703 Writing Politics (3) Seminar on the politics of writing, grammar, translation, argument, genre, and style with significant content on indigenous issues of oral traditions, alternative modes of writing and argument, and language continuance.

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

POLS 720 Seminar: Indigenous Theory (3) Pre-announced topics may include gender and sexuality studies, postcolonial theory, colonial discourse analysis, globalization, historiography; emphasis on indigenous epistemologies and the work of native scholars. Repeatable one time.

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 777 Decolonial Futures (3) Topic engages probable and preferable futures of indigenous struggles and resistances. Emphasis placed on the ethics and responsibilities used to move towards those futures.

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)