Political Science

Political science is the study of the processes, principles, and structure of government and political institutions. Students take courses to prepare for a political science major or to fulfill general education requirements. Graduates with a bachelor's degree in political science pursue careers in education; federal, state, and local government (in areas such as intelligence, foreign affairs, environmental protection); national, state, and local legislation; law; and marketing research.

Contact Information

Department Chair: Herschel Stern

Dean: Carlos Lopez

www.miracosta.edu/PLSC

Department: Social Science

Office: Building OC3600, 760.795.6844

Full-Time Faculty

John Phillips
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Courses

PLSC 101: Introduction to Political Science

Units: 3
Prerequisites: None
Acceptable for Credit: CSU, UC
Lecture 3 hours. (2207.00)

Intended not only to introduce students to political science but also to introduce them to politics itself. Principle elements studied are society, the law, government, the state, and contemporary ideologies (e.g., Anarchism, Conservatism, Liberalism, Democracy, Fascism, and Marxism). Explores the social, historical, cultural, and economic context in which they develop and exist.

PLSC 102: American Institutions and History

Units: 4
Prerequisites: None
Acceptable for Credit: CSU, UC
Lecture 4 hours. (2207.00)

Students study basic concepts in the political and historical traditions of America and California by analyzing national, state, and local political institutions from colonial times to the present. The course examines the evolution of concepts and ideas that are fundamental to our political culture. It emphasizes the concepts citizens should understand in order to vote intelligently and otherwise effectively participate in the political process. This course is designed specifically to satisfy the CSU History, Constitution and American Ideals requirement.

PLSC 103: Comparative Government

Units: 3
Prerequisites: None
Acceptable for Credit: CSU, UC
Lecture 3 hours. (2207.00)

Theories and principles of government with special attention to the problems created by modern industrialism and population pressures. Comparative survey of selected foreign governments: their constitutional principles, political institutions, and governmental problems.

PLSC 150: Introduction to International Relations

Units: 3
Prerequisites: None
Acceptable for Credit: CSU, UC
Lecture 3 hours. (2207.00)

This course will introduce students to the fundamental analytical skills and techniques pertinent to the study of international relations and it will examine the practical political problems encountered in foreign affairs by selected nation states.

PLSC 292: Internship Studies

Units: 0.5-3
Prerequisites: None
Corequisite: Complete 75 hrs paid or 60 hrs non-paid work per unit.
Enrollment Limitation: Instructor, dept chair, and Career Center approval. May not enroll in any combination of cooperative work experience and/or internship studies concurrently.
Acceptable for Credit: CSU

This course provides students the opportunity to apply the theories and techniques of their discipline in an internship position in a professional setting under the instruction of a faculty-mentor and site supervisor. It introduces students to aspects of the roles and responsibilities of professionals employed in the field of study. Topics include goal-setting, employability skills development, and examination of the world of work as it relates to the student's career plans. Students must develop new learning objectives and/or intern at a new site upon each repetition. Students may not earn more than 16 units in any combination of cooperative work experience (general or occupational) and/or internship studies during community college attendance.

PLSC 298: Directed Study in Political Science

Units: 1-3
Prerequisites: None
Enrollment Limitation: Instructor and department chair approval and successful completion of 12 units of college work with at least a 3.0 grade-point average.
Repeatability Rule: May be taken for a total of 3 units.
Acceptable for Credit: CSU
Laboratory 3 hours
Laboratory 6 hours
Laboratory 9 hours. (2207.00)

This course allows students to pursue a special area of interest in order to achieve specific goals beyond the scope of existing courses within the discipline. Students work independently and interact directly with an instructor on an individual basis and as prescribed by the Directed Study Agreement.

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