GVPT Course Listing

Introduction to Political Science (GVPT 100, 3 Credits)

A survey of the basic principles of political science. The objective is to define the main features of primary systems of political economy to understand differing methods of governance and articulate consequences of government actions in a globally interdependent system. Topics include the relationship of political science to the other social sciences; modern democracy, political ideology, and political socialization; the function of public opinion, mass media, interest groups, and political parties; the basic institutions of government and the separation of powers; and the role of international relations and globalization.

Introduction to Political Theory (GVPT 101, 3 Credits)

An overview of the main schools of political theory, including democracy, authoritarianism, and alternative theories. The aim is to demonstrate familiarity with important thinkers and major works in the history of political theory; use theoretical language to analyze and critique political behavior and events; identify the strengths and weaknesses of different forms of government; and demonstrate knowledge of crucial concepts (justice, power, authority, the state, social contract, etc.) and their history. Topics include the philosophical foundations of liberalism, socialism, and conservatism and the core political concepts of justice, power, and authority.

Understanding 21st-Century Global Challenges (GVPT 125, 3 Credits)

An examination of the changing face of international affairs in a post-Cold War world and the role of the United States in the evolving international order. The aim is to recognize and explain trends in international affairs, apply theoretical frameworks in international relations, and analyze world events to explain and evaluate global developments. Focus is on the roles of key international institutions, states, nonstate actors, and globalization in the evolution of global relations since the collapse of the Soviet Union. Discussion also covers various influences on contemporary affairs, including technology, migration, disease, economic development, and terrorism. Students may receive credit for only one of the following courses: GVPT 125 or GVPT 401.

American Government (GVPT 170, 3 Credits)

A comprehensive study of government in the United States, including the basic principles of American government and political culture. The aim is to explain the vertical and horizontal structure of the American government and the roles of the three federal branches, bureaucracies, and the state governments; describe the development of the American political system and its impact on the political landscape; and explain the processes of the electoral system, political parties, and interest groups to persuade and influence. Institutions, processes, and public policies are examined from a cross-cultural perspective.

International Terrorism (GVPT 199C, 1 Credits)

An examination of the origins, theories, methods, dangers, and possible future of international terrorism. The serious nature of terrorism today and how prepared government should be to control it are addressed. Topics include the definition of terrorism; reasons for growth; terrorist groups and their grievances; supporters of terrorism; questions of moral or philosophical justification; and protection against kidnappings, skyjackings and bombings. Students may receive credit for only one of the following courses: GVPT 199C or GVPT 401D.

U.N. Peacekeeping (GVPT 199O, 1 Credits)

A study of the United Nations and its efforts to maintain or initiate peace in world conflicts. Topics include the Cold War, the end of that bipolar system, and current peacekeeping efforts around the globe. The effectiveness of the organization is examined. Students may receive credit for only one of the following courses: GVPT 199O or GVPT 377L.

The Presidential Election (GVPT 199P, 1 Credits)

A study of the presidential election process. Topics include the influence of mass media on modern campaigns, the role of issues and ideology in the election, the intricacies of campaign financing, differences in campaign strategies, and the role of third-party or minority-party candidates during the entire election process. Students may receive credit for only one of the following courses: GVPT 199P or GVPT 377I.

CIA & the Role of Intelligence in U.S. Foreign Policy (GVPT 199S, 1 Credits)

A study of the intelligence function and American intelligence agencies. Focus is on American foreign policy, its execution, and objectives. The proper role of a secret intelligence agency in a democratic society is also discussed.

International Political Relations (GVPT 200, 3 Credits)

A study of the major factors underlying international relations, the methods of conducting foreign relations, and the means of avoiding or alleviating international conflicts. The objective is to interact with global communities, contribute to policy formation, analyze differing worldviews, and apply historical and cultural contexts to identify probable outcomes of disputes. Students may receive credit for only one of the following courses: GVPT 200 or GVPT 300.

Introduction to Public Administration and Policy (GVPT 210, 3 Credits)

Recommended: GVPT 100. An introduction to the study of the administrative process in the executive branch. The concepts and principles of administration are examined, then placed in the context of their relationship to public policy. Analysis covers organizational structure and theory and the behavior of participants in the administration of policy.

Political Ideologies (GVPT 240, 3 Credits)

A survey and an analysis of the leading ideologies of the modern world. Topics include anarchism, communism, socialism, fascism, nationalism, and democracy.

Comparative Politics and Government (GVPT 280, 3 Credits)

An introductory study of institutional patterns and trends in a variety of countries with dissimilar governmental styles. The goal is to compare the stages of political development in the modern state system on a spectrum ranging from liberal democracies to authoritarian regimes. Discussion covers ethnic conflict and economic inequality in relation to the success and failure of governmental approaches in solving compelling issues.

Global Political Economy (GVPT 306, 3 Credits)

A study of the relationship between political and economic processes in international affairs. Discussion covers the effect of globalization on the global environment, the economy, world peace, the power of the nation-state, and inequality between nation-states.

International Human Rights (GVPT 308, 3 Credits)

Recommended: GVPT 100. An examination of the principles and practices governing human rights from ancient times to contemporary international conventions and U.N. declarations. The aim is to analyze, evaluate, and discuss present national/international pushes for human rights and emancipation. Students may receive credit for only one of the following courses: GVPT 308 or GVPT 399Y.

Federal Intelligence Agencies and U.S. Foreign Policy (GVPT 377A, 1 Credits)

A survey of the U.S. intelligence community and how it interfaces with the government on foreign policy matters. The goal is to identify and describe the roles of the members of the intelligence community; explain the intelligence cycle and its role in foreign policy decision making; evaluate intelligence successes and failures from a foreign policy context; and compare and contrast the sources and methods of intelligence gathering and analysis. Topics include the CIA, the military intelligence establishment, and intelligence agencies in other federal government departments and the intelligence cycle.

Korean-American Security Relations (GVPT 377B, 1 Credits)

A study of the changing Korean-American security relationship. Topics include Korean-American relations, the U.S. involvement in Northeast Asia, and the perceptions of Koreans of their role in Northeast Asia. Some techniques of political science and international relations are covered.

Japanese-American Security Relations (GVPT 377C, 1 Credits)

A study of the complex and unique security relationship between Japan and the United States. Focus is on Japanese-American relations and the Japanese perception of its security and foreign policy role in Asia.

Genocide in Bosnia (GVPT 377J, 1 Credits)

A study of the first international war crimes trials since those that judged German and Japanese leaders after World War II. Topics include conceptual definitions of genocide and ethnic cleansing, historical and current perspectives of genocide in the world, the history of the conflict in former Yugoslavia, crimes against humanity in former Yugoslavia, and war tribunals and the judging of war criminals.

U.N. Peacekeeping (GVPT 377L, 1 Credits)

A study of the United Nations and its efforts to maintain or initiate peace in world conflicts. Topics include the Cold War, the end of that bipolar system, and current peacekeeping efforts around the globe. The effectiveness of the organization is examined. Assignments include advanced reading and research. Students may receive credit for only one of the following courses: GVPT 199O or GVPT 377L.

Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution (GVPT 377T, 1 Credits)

An examination of the events, personalities, and political philosophy that led to the declaration. The personalities and events that gave rise to the Grand Convention and its final product, the U.S. Constitution, are also explored.

Engaging the Legislative Process and Lobbying Techniques (GVPT 399B, 3 Credits)

An examination of lobbying techniques. The goal is to participate in the legislative process through lobbying. Lobbying techniques are explored through the development of a lobbying campaign.

Seminar in National Security (GVPT 399O, 1 Credits)

An overview of the different components of U.S. national security, including policy and organization. Internal and external factors affecting national security are covered.

Government and Politics of South Korea (GVPT 399P, 3 Credits)

Recommended: GVPT 100. A study of the Korean political system and political decision making process. Topics include the system of government, the origin of governmental policies, and the role of public policies in Korean society. Discussion also covers the current government reform movement, recent political events, and how the political system can catch up with recent developments in the Korean economy.

The United Nations (GVPT 399Q, 1 Credits)

An examination of the United Nations--its history, current status, and possible directions for the future.

The American Congress (GVPT 399S, 1 Credits)

A study of one of the most powerful legislative bodies in the world--the American Congress. Focus is on the structure and inner workings of Congress as well as the constitutional basis for its operations. The basic rules of the electoral and legislative processes and the resources and strategies of members of Congress and other key players are also analyzed.

Politics and Government in Maryland (GVPT 399U, 3 Credits)

Recommended: GVPT 100 or GVPT 170. A discussion of the organization and functioning of state government in Maryland, with emphasis on the legislative branch.

Law, Morality, and War (GVPT 403, 3 Credits)

Prerequisite: WRTG 101 or WRTG 101S. A study of just war traditions. The objective is to make informed decisions and analyze conflict. Discussions cover the theoretical and practical connections between law, war, and morality.

Defense Policy and Arms Control (GVPT 405, 3 Credits)

Recommended: GVPT 100. A survey of contemporary issues of military strategy and international security. The processes of formulating defense-related political and economic policy are examined. Topics include nuclear war and conventional (limited) warfare, insurgency by guerrillas, arms control and disarmament, and the possibilities for moderation of war.

Global Terrorism (GVPT 406, 3 Credits)

Prerequisite: WRTG 101 or WRTG 101S. An examination of the development of global terrorism and its impact on the international community. The goal is to participate in strategy and policy formulation and implementation, evaluate threats, and assess infrastructures that support global terrorist organizations. Students may receive credit for only one of the following courses: GVPT 401A or GVPT 406.

State Terrorism (GVPT 407, 3 Credits)

(Formerly GVPT 401B and GVPT 401C. Not open to students who have completed GVPT 401B or GVPT401C.) An examination of the use of force and power (terrorism) by states against various populations to advance the interests of their civilization or state. The objective is to apply knowledge of culture, tradition, ideology, and methodology to comprehend state terrorism; analyze risk to national security; and explain how domestic climates and international relationships interact to support state terrorism. Topics include state behavior and norms; state interests, power, and force; application of power and force; and coercion within and among civilizations.

Counterterrorism (GVPT 408, 3 Credits)

An investigation of counterterrorism (including its historical context), focusing on the evaluation of threats and the formulation of defeat strategies. The aim is to evaluate response strategies, help improve offensive and defensive planning, and construct a defeat strategy for a terrorist threat. Students may receive credit for only one of the following courses: GVPT 399H or GVPT 408.

Terrorism, Antiterrorism, and Homeland Security (GVPT 409, 3 Credits)

An advanced examination of the impact of terrorism on the homeland security of the United States since the attacks of September 11, 2001. The objective is to more fully understand the concepts of homeland security within a federal system. Topics include the National Strategy for Homeland Security and the Patriot Act, their effect on civil liberties and civil rights, the changing face of terrorism in the United States, intelligence systems, and critical infrastructure protection. Students may receive credit for only one of the following courses: GVPT 409 or GVPT 498X.

History of Political Theory: Middle Ages to Present (GVPT 442, 3 Credits)

Recommended: GVPT 100. A survey of the principal political theories set forth in the works of thoughtful writers from Niccolo Machiavelli to John Stuart Mill.

Contemporary Political Theory (GVPT 443, 3 Credits)

Prerequisite: GVPT 100. A survey of the principal political theories and ideologies from Karl Marx to the present.

American Political Theory (GVPT 444, 3 Credits)

Prerequisite: WRTG 101 or WRTG 101S. A study of the development and growth of American political concepts from the colonial period to the present. The objective is to apply the rule of law to the decision-making process; interpret, apply, and synthesize the concepts of individual rights and collective responsibilities; and evaluate the interconnection between war, peace, and diplomacy.

Foreign Policy of Russia and Post-Soviet States (GVPT 451, 3 Credits)

An overview of the foreign policy of Russia and several other former Soviet republics. Primary emphasis is on the development of contemporary Russian foreign policy. The impact of the Soviet legacy on other post-Soviet republics and the dynamics of their relations with the outside world are examined.

Recent East Asian Politics (GVPT 453, 3 Credits)

Recommended: GVPT 100. A perspective on the background of recent political events in East Asia. Interpretation of the influence of those events on worldwide politics is included.

Contemporary African Politics (GVPT 454, 3 Credits)

A comprehensive examination of the African political issues that animate current world politics. Topics include civil war, human rights, AIDS, colonialism, self-determination, the New International Economic Order, the Nonaligned Movement, tradition, and modernization. Emphasis is on the role of an emerging Africa in world affairs.

American Foreign Relations (GVPT 457, 3 Credits)

Prerequisite: WRTG 101 or WRTG 101S. A study of the principles and machinery of American foreign relations. The goal is to apply historical themes of American foreign policy to contemporary international relations, incorporate tenets of international law into American diplomatic approaches, and inform and influence policy making. Emphasis is on the conduct of the U.S. Department of State and the Foreign Service. Analysis covers the major foreign policies of the United States.

State and Local Administration (GVPT 460, 3 Credits)

Recommended: GVPT 100 or GVPT 170. A study of the administrative structure, procedures, and policies of state and local governments. Focus is on the state level and on intergovernmental relationships. Illustrations are drawn from Maryland governmental arrangements.

The Presidency and the Executive Branch (GVPT 475, 3 Credits)

Prerequisite: WRTG 101 or WRTG 101S. A study of the president's influence on legislative matters, the president's function in the executive branch (including domestic and foreign policy), and the president's role in his or her political party. The aim is to analyze contemporary uses of the presidency, evaluate an election strategy, and communicate realities of the presidential office.

Comparative Political Systems (GVPT 480, 3 Credits)

A study of major political institutions'such as legislatures, executives, courts, bureaucracies, public organizations, and political parties'along functional lines.

Government and Politics of Latin America (GVPT 482, 3 Credits)

Recommended: GVPT 100. A comparative study of the governmental systems and political processes of the countries of Latin America. Discussion covers the political, economic, social, and cultural development of the area, especially in Argentina, Brazil, Chile, and Mexico. Emphasis is on the problems of nondemocratic governments, tradition, revolutions and military coups, social upheaval, and modernization.

Conflicts in Contemporary Black Africa (GVPT 484A, 1 Credits)

A concise introduction to the political background of Africa. Topics include Africa's colonial heritage, the post-independence period with the problems faced by the new African leadership, and the demands of a modern economy. Pan-Africanism and the importance and problems of the African states in the United Nations are also considered. Assignments include advanced reading and research. Students may receive credit for only one of the following courses: GVPT 199H or GVPT 484A.

Workplace Learning in Government and Politics (GVPT 486B, 6 Credits)

Prerequisites: 9 credits in the discipline and prior program approval (requirements detailed online at www.umuc.edu/wkpl). The integration of discipline-specific knowledge with new experiences in the work environment. Tasks include completing a series of academic assignments that parallel work experiences.

Government and Politics of Southwest Asia (GVPT 487, 3 Credits)

A comparative examination of the politics of India, Pakistan, and Afghanistan. The objective is to understand their common history and how each emerged from independence movements to develop in different directions. Discussion addresses religious conflicts; colonial experiences; nationalist ideologies; and the consequences of economic, political, and cultural globalization.

Advanced Seminar in Political Science (GVPT 495, 3 Credits)

(Intended as a capstone course to be taken in a student's last 15 credits.) Prerequisites: WRTG 101 (or WRTG 101S) and 9 upper-level credits in GVPT coursework. A study of political science that integrates knowledge gained through previous coursework and experience. The aim is to build on that conceptual foundation through integrative analysis, practical application, and critical thinking. Concepts and methods of political science are applied in producing a political, policy, or position paper for a project organization.

Advanced Topics in Government and Politics (GVPT 498, 1 Credits)

Recommended: GVPT 100. In-depth study of topics of specialized interest. May be repeated to a maximum of 6 credits when topics differ.