Agenda Item FA 13-02

Submitted by the Academic Programs Committee

COAS - Philosophy & Religious Studies and Political Science & Public Administration

New Course, Course Changes, and Programs of Study Changes (10 packages)

02/07/13: Passed

02/13/13: Approved

Log Number: 201208-21

Philosophy and Religious Studies - Undergraduate


Change an existing minor

Religious Studies Minor


Summary of the Changes:

This package is a request to clarify language about the requirements of the Religious Studies Minor. This is not a change in credits, but only a change in language. We wish to remove "Only 3 semester hours of lower level course work may be used in the minor" from the program at the request of Advising because it is redundant and apparently confusing to students. We wish to remove "ANT 2990 Magic, Religion, & Science" from the Program of Study because only one lower level course is allowed and Comparative Religion (at the lower level) is required.  

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Log Number: 201208-42

Political Science & Public Administration-Undergraduate

 

Change an existing course CD-Mideast North Africa INR  Sophomore (2xxx) 271

INR2271 Politics of the Middle East and North Africa is being changed from a 2000 level course to a 3000 level course. The new course will be a more focused and in depth course than INR 2271, and so the course description and objectives are also being revised. The name of the course will change to "American Foreign Policy in the Middle East."
New Course Description:

This course will examine the formulation and implementation of American policies towards the Middle East, with special emphasis on the period following World War II. It includes the study of the various American actors, organizations and government agencies involved in influencing the formulation of American policies towards the region. Students will analyze various instances in which the US has intervened in the region: diplomatically, economically, and militarily. The successes and/or failures of these interventions will be assessed against the backdrop of stated American goals.

Log Number: 201208-43

Political Science & Public Administration-Undergraduate

 

 

Add a new course Politics of Pakistan and Afghanistan (3 crs) POS Junior (3xxx) 931

Prerequisites:    
None
Co-requisites:    
None

Course Description:

This course provides an introduction to contemporary political issues and trends in the South Asian states of Pakistan and Afghanistan. The course examines the complex interrelationship between various ideologies, institutions, personalities, and social movements in the two countries. The course has been designed to help students gain a thorough understanding of domestic, regional, and structural causes and consequences of the two countries' revolutions and conflicts before and after the partition of the subcontinent in 1947. Other important issues such as nuclear and conventional security; state malfunction, civil war and terrorism; poverty and development; regional integration; and human security and gender discrimination are also examined in this course.

 

 

Log Number: 201208-48

Political Science & Public Administration-Undergraduate

 

Add a new course Survery Research (3 crs) POS Senior (4xxx) 750

Prerequisites:    
"POS3xxx: Research Design for Political Scientists"
Co-requisites:    
None

Course Description:

This course is designed to introduce students to polling and public opinion research. Public opinion is vital to the political world and our democracy. This course aims to produce graduates that are not only intelligent consumers of survey data but competent in the analysis of data. Data analysis skills are incredibly valuable in the workforce and providing our graduates with this tool will add to their value as job seekers after graduation.

Log Number: 201208-55

Political Science & Public Administration-Undergraduate


Change a degree-major-concentration of an existing program

Bachelor of Arts - Political Science Major Int'l Rel/Comparative Politics Concentration

 

Summary of the Changes:

This is a request to add INR 3248 (FC) US Caribbean/Central American Relations to the Int'l Relations/Comparative Politics Concentration. This class is being added to the concentration as a major elective.  

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Log Number: 201208-59

Political Science & Public Administration-Undergraduate


Change a degree-major-concentration of an existing program

Bachelor of Arts - Political Science Major General Political Science Concentration


Summary of the Changes:

The core POS3713 Political Inquiry and Analysis course is being deleted and replaced by two new courses: POS3xxx Research Design for Political Scientists and POS3xxx Research Analysis for Political Scientists. In order to improve student writing, reading comprehension of academic writing and to foster undergraduate research we are proposing a two-course sequence of research methods. The first in the sequence focuses on understanding social science research and writing in a professional academic format. The second focuses on data analysis and research methods using empirical data. These changes affect the core requirements for each of the Political Science major concentrations. The program of study is being revised to update the core requirements so that the number of credits in the concentration remain the same, and to delete extinct major electives. The prerequisites for POS 4930 Senior Seminar are also being changed to reflect the new methods sequence.  

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Terminate an existing course Political Inquiry and Analysis POS Junior (3xxx) 713

The core POS3713 Political Inquiry and Analysis course is being replaced by two new ones: POS 3xxx Research Design for Political Scientists and POS 3xxx Research Analysis for Political Scientists. In order to improve student writing, reading comprehension of academic writing and to foster undergraduate research we are proposing a two-course sequence of research methods. The first in the sequence focuses on understanding social science research and writing in a professional academic format. The second focuses on data analysis and research methods using empirical data.

 

 

Change an existing course Senior Seminar: Political Sci POS Senior (4xxx) 930

The prerequisites of this course are changing to reflect the new methods sequence. POS3713 Political Inquiry and Analysis is being removed as a prerequisite, and the course terminated, and POS3xxx Research Design for Political Scientists and POS3xxx Research Analysis for Political Scientists are being added as prerequisites. 

 

 

Add a new course Research Design for Political Scientists (3 crs) POS Junior (3xxx) XXX

Prerequisites:    
None
Co-requisites:    
None

Course Description:

This is the first course in our two-course research sequence and is required for all Political Science majors. This course will introduce students to the basic principles of research design and scientific research, from the development of an idea or research question, creation of hypotheses, writing of a literature review and writing a research proposal. We will explore a wide range of methods, including experiments, natural experiments, quasi-experiments, measurement using empirical data, and qualitative case studies. The readings combine textbook explanations of the methods with examples of how they are put into practice. Through a set of assignments, students will be asked to begin the process of conducting their own independent research concluding in the submission of a research proposal that will be the foundation for the second course in this research sequence.

 

 

 

Add a new course Research Analysis for Political Scientists (3 crs) POS Junior (3xxx) XXX

Prerequisites:    
"POS3xxx: Research Design for Political Scientists"
Co-requisites:    
None

Course Description:

This course introduces students to research methods in political science using empirical data. The course will emphasize basic statistical techniques used in empirical data analysis to include measures of central tendency and dispersion, cross-tabulations, mean comparison, analysis of variance, correlation, and linear regression. By the end of the course students will be required to use the knowledge obtained in from both research methods courses in this sequence to develop an original research paper, including original data analyses, which may be presented at an undergraduate conference.

 

 

 

Log Number: 201208-60

Political Science & Public Administration-Undergraduate

 

Change a degree-major-concentration of an existing program

Bachelor of Arts - Political Science Major Public Law Concentration


Summary of the Changes:

The core POS3713 Political Inquiry and Analysis course is being deleted and replaced by two new courses: POS3xxx Research Design for Political Scientists and POS3xxx Research Analysis for Political Scientists. In order to improve student writing, reading comprehension of academic writing and to foster undergraduate research we are proposing a two-course sequence of research methods. The first in the sequence focuses on understanding social science research and writing in a professional academic format. The second focuses on data analysis and research methods using empirical data. These changes affect the core requirements for each of the Political Science major concentrations. The program of study is being revised to update the core requirements so that the number of credits in the concentration remain the same, and to delete extinct major electives. The prerequisites for POS4930 Senior Seminar are also being changed to reflect the new methods sequence.   

(Click here to view the Program of study)  

 

Log Number: 201208-61

Political Science & Public Administration-Undergraduate


Change a degree-major-concentration of an existing program

Bachelor of Arts - Political Science Major American Politics Concentration

 

Summary of the Changes:

The core POS3713 Political Inquiry and Analysis course is being deleted and replaced by two new courses: POS3xxx Research Design for Political Scientists and POS3xxx Research Analysis for Political Scientists. In order to improve student writing, reading comprehension of academic writing and to foster undergraduate research we are proposing a two-course sequence of research methods. The first in the sequence focuses on understanding social science research and writing in a professional academic format. The second focuses on data analysis and research methods using empirical data. These changes affect the core requirements for each of the Political Science major concentrations. The program of study is being revised to update the core requirements so that the number of credits in the concentration remain the same, and to delete extinct major electives. The prerequisites for POS4930 Senior Seminar are also being changed to reflect the new methods sequence. 

(Click here to view the Program of study)  

Log Number: 201208-62

Political Science & Public Administration-Undergraduate


Change a degree-major-concentration of an existing program

Bachelor of Arts - Political Science Major Int'l Rel/Comparative Politics Concentration

 

Summary of the Changes:

The core POS3713 Political Inquiry and Analysis course is being deleted and replaced by two new courses: POS3xxx Research Design for Political Scientists and POS3xxx Research Analysis for Political Scientists. In order to improve student writing, reading comprehension of academic writing and to foster undergraduate research we are proposing a two-course sequence of research methods. The first in the sequence focuses on understanding social science research and writing in a professional academic format. The second focuses on data analysis and research methods using empirical data. These changes affect the core requirements for each of the Political Science major concentrations. The program of study is being revised to update the core requirements so that the number of credits in the concentration remain the same, and to delete extinct major electives. The prerequisites for POS4930 Senior Seminar are also being changed to reflect the new methods sequence. 

(Click here to view the Program of study)  

 

Log Number: 201208-63

Political Science & Public Administration-Undergraduate


Change a degree-major-concentration of an existing program

Bachelor of Arts - Political Science Major Public Admin/Public Policy Concentration


Summary of the Changes:

The core POS3713 Political Inquiry and Analysis course is being deleted and replaced by two new courses: POS3xxx Research Design for Political Scientists and POS3xxx Research Analysis for Political Scientists. In order to improve student writing, reading comprehension of academic writing and to foster undergraduate research we are proposing a two-course sequence of research methods. The first in the sequence focuses on understanding social science research and writing in a professional academic format. The second focuses on data analysis and research methods using empirical data. These changes affect the core requirements for each of the Political Science major concentrations. The program of study is being revised to update the core requirements so that the number of credits in the concentration remain the same, and to delete extinct major electives. The prerequisites for POS4930 Senior Seminar are also being changed to reflect the new methods sequence.       

(Click here to view the Program of study)