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Political Science

  • INR 2002   International Relationscredits: 3

    This course is an introductory study of the factors that affect relations among nations, including the development of nationalism; the elements that determine national power; the formulation of foreign policy; the art of diplomacy; the history and application of international law; international economics; international organizations; militarism and war; case studies involving the above; and contemporary events in international relations. (Note: This course partially satisfies the writing requirements outlined in the General Education Requirements. Credit is only given for INR 2002 or INR 2002H. Study Abroad opportunities may apply to this course (http://www.spcollege.edu/studyabroad/)).

    Prerequisite: POS 2041

    INR 2002H   Honors International Relationscredits: 3

    This course is an introductory study of the factors that affect relations among nations. Through various teaching and learning methodologies, the student will become familiar with the various theories of international relations, the development of nationalism; the elements that determine national power; the formulation of foreign policy; the art of diplomacy; the history and application of international law; international economics; international organizations; militarism and war. The course will cultivate independent scholarship, active learning and enhanced student participation. This course will encourage the use of logical reasoning, in-depth analysis, and critical thinking skills when examining historical and contemporary events in international relations. (Note: This course partially satisfies the writing requirements outlined in the General Education Requirements. Credit is only given for INR 2002H or INR 2002.)

    Prerequisite: (POS 2041 and appropriate score on the college placement test) or POS 2041H or Permission of the Program:

    INR 2500   Model United Nationscredits: 3

    This course will introduce students to the history of the United Nations, the structure of the UN system, Main Bodies of the United Nations, and the role of diplomacy in solving global issues. This course places strong emphasis on research and experiential learning. Students will be encouraged to understand the blocks of states that exist in the UN and how they engage diplomatically with each other. In particular, students will be required to assume the role of a member state and understand its views with regard to a few, selected international issues. Students will develop the ability to defend their country's position towards these international issues in formal, written format as well as orally using parliamentary-styles of debate. Students will become Knowledgeable not only on their assigned country but on the topics that they will be asked to analyze and discuss.

    Prerequisite: POS 2041

    INR 4030   Diplomacycredits: 3

    This course provides foundation into the principles of diplomacy on an international, national, state and local level. Emphasis will be placed on combining theoretical and practical applications addressing governments, businesses and citizen groups in the development of diplomatic techniques and the basic principles of protocol. Case studies and class exercises are employed to help students develop skills in multi-party negotiations, conflict resolution, crisis and resource allocation and decision making. Course content is guided by an understanding that the relationship between diplomacy in an era of globalization and instant communications is integral in facilitating, mitigating and dealing with the challenges we face in the 21st. century.

    Admission to: PPA-BS

    POS 2041   American National Governmentcredits: 3

    This survey course provides a comprehensive examination of the American political system. Through this course students will become familiar with theory, organization, principles, and function of the American national government, and various elements within the political system that work to shape policy outcomes. This course partially satisfies the writing requirements outlined in the General Education Requirements. Credit is only given for one of the following: POS 2041 or POS 2041H or IDS 2103H.

    POS 2041H   Honors American National Governmentcredits: 3

    This survey course provides a comprehensive and analytic examination of the American political system to students eligible for Honors classes. Through various teaching and learning methodologies, the student will become familiar with the theories, organization, principles and functions of the American national government. The course will cultivate independent, active learning, student participation and encourage the use of logical reasoning, in-depth analysis and critical thinking skills to examine the various elements within our political system which shape policy outcomes. This course partially satisfies the writing requirement outlined in the General Education Requirements. Credit is only given for one of the following: POS 2050H or POS 2041 or IDS 2103H.

    Prerequisite: Appropriate score on the SPC placement test or approval of the Dean.

    POS 2112   State and Local Governmentcredits: 3

    This course is an examination of the institutions and processes of Federalism, political parties, state governments, state protected civil liberties, counties, municipalities, special districts, and regional compacts. Examples and illustrations of processes and procedures will be drawn mainly upon the Florida government.This course partially satisfies the writing requirements outlined in the General Education Requirements.

    Prerequisite: ENC 0025 and REA 0017 or EAP 1695 or appropriate score on the SPC placement test.

    POS 2949   Co-op Work Experiencecredits: 1-3

    This course is designed to provide students with major-related, supervised, evaluated practical training work experiences which may be paid or voluntary. Students are graded on the basis of documented learning acquired through hands-on experiences in an actual work setting. Variable credits are available, one to three per course. The student must fulfill the requirement of 60 on-the-job hours for each credit earned in addition to written assignments. Co-op courses may be repeated but total credits shall not exceed twelve. Study Abroad opportunities may apply to this course (http://www.spcollege.edu/studyabroad/).

    Prerequisite: Faculty Advisor/Co-op Coordinator or Program Director Approval.

    POS 3235   Mass Media & Public Policycredits: 3

    This course provides an overview of the complex relationships between government, the media, and the public with a focus on the impact of the various political aspects involved. Additional emphasis will be placed on how the media influences governmental institutions, policy action/functions and in turn, how the government shapes the way the media disseminates information. Students will learn how to describe social media trends and how they differ from traditional media outlets.

    Admission to: PPA-BS

    POS 3272   American Civic Lifecredits: 3

    This course introduces the student to the principles of civic engagement and commitment to community service. The focus will be on civic leadership and communication from an internal and external perspective. These will be examined on an international, national, state and local level. This course will combine theoretical and practical applications addressing governments, businesses and citizen groups in the development of civic engagement, leadership, sustainability, social change, and the interdependence of social issues, public policy and international impact. Case studies and class exercises are employed to help students develop skills in multi-party negotiations, conflict resolution, resource allocation and decision making. Emphasis will be placed on preparing students for a life dedicated to public service, policy leadership and civic engagement which affect the usual and customary operations of a business or government. Course content is guided by an understanding that the relationship between civic engagement, leadership and public communication in an era of globalization and instant communication is critical to facilitating, mitigating and dealing with the challenges we face in the 21st. century.

    Prerequisite: POS 2041 with a minimum grade of C

  • NameTitleLocationEmailPhone
    Joseph SmileyDean, Social & Behavioral SciTSSmiley.Joseph@spcollege.edu(727) 712-5851
    David LiebertChair, Social & Behavioral SciTSliebert.david@spcollege.edu712-5776
    Anja NormanChair, Social & Behavioral SciCLNorman.Anja@spcollege.edu(727) 791-2671
    Roberto LoureiroChair, Social & Behavioral SciSPLoureiro.Roberto@spcollege.edu(727) 341-3556
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