Political Science (POL)

Note: Some courses listed here may run only once per academic year, or every other academic year. Not all courses are available on both campuses. The catalog is constantly changing. Visit the pace website to view the most current class schedule, class descriptions, and required or suggested prerequisites.


POL 114 Introduction to International Relations (3 credits)
In this course, we will explore power relationships between the major political entities in the world, including both nation-states and non-state actors. We will explore how major schools of thought interpret how the world works. Topics we will discuss among others include the processes of globalization, global and regional security, terrorism, global environmental crises, transnational social movements, war, peacemaking/keeping, trade, diplomacy, colonialism, and human rights. Particular attention will be paid to the United Nations, the effect of systems/institutions on real people, and the phenomena of civil society producing changes in a global context. Anyone who expects to be working in a global context should consider taking this course.

POL 196C Topic: Metropolis: Issues in Politics and Governments in the New York Metro Area (3 credits)
This course is designed to provide the student with basic knowledge of how governments in the New York metropolitan area decide "who gets what, when and how" (Lasswell 1958). We will examine the general principles of federalism as the process impacts on local and on state governments, as necessary. We will study the sources of power in governments and how such powers influence which policies governments pursue. This course will focus on the roles of economic power, officials, business, and interests groups. We will examine these factors as they relate to specific New York metropolitan-area governments and public policy issues (poverty, taxes, the environment, sprawl, etc.) through in class, student and faculty-driven, discussions and debates.

POL 203B Politics Workshop: Social Global Entrepreneurship (3 credits)
From ‘doing well by doing good’ to fair and transparent leadership - ethics in business, government and society is all about transforming the paradigm in which these enterprises take place. One name given to this transformative process is "social entrepreneurship." Topics discussed will include definitions, implications, and routes to creating a better world while enabling the student to find success in their choice of work. A model will be developed in class for a sustainable business opportunity that can have global impact. Guests who have succeeded while caring to make their workplace and the world better places will be invited into roundtable discussions with the class throughout the session.

POL 206 Politics and the Environment: An Urban Perspective (3 credits)
This course will focus on how politics and environmental concerns manifest themselves in an urban setting. A history of legislation such as the Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act, NY State Environmental Quality Act, Noise and Air Space Regulations will be reviewed and applied to New York City. Confronting the environmental problems that downtown New York faces in relationship to the aftermath of 9/11/01 will also be a topic of analysis. This course will be jointly offered to students in the Environmental Studies major so that a team approach can be developed in analyzing public policy and the environmental consequences of decision-making and non decision-making.

POL 213 Twenty-first Century Politics (3 credits)
Crisis areas in humanity's future - war, revolution, racism, poverty, automation, crime, civil liberty, education, the arts, and urbanism. Preconditions, contemporary problems, and prospects for the decades ahead are examined. Worldwide, regional and local experiences are contrasted with other cultures.

POL 219 International Politics & Economic Organizations (3 credits)
This course examines the politics of international financial institutions, regional economic organizations, and globalization. Case studies of the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank, and the World Trade Organization as well as the effects of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC), the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), and other major economic actors will be discussed. The effects of and responses to globalization by people around the world will be a central focus throughout the course.

POL 221 Politics of Protest Groups (3 credits)
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POL 224 Public Opinion and Polling Methods (3 credits)
This course examines public opinion in American politics and how to measure it. Topics include what public opinion is, Americans' knowledge about politics, political socialization, group differences in public opinion, the content of public opinion on certain issues (environmental protection, selected social and racial issues, and presidential approval), and public opinion polling methods. In the first half of the term, we will consider issues of sampling, question wording, how survey information is collected, how to be an effective poll taker, and how to read and understand survey results. We also will explore focus groups and several cutting-edge techniques in survey research, such as survey experiments. There will be several videos during the semester.

POL 296K Topic: Community Politics and the Environment (3 credits)
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POL 297B Topic: Environmental Policy: From the American Environmental Movement to International Law (3 credits)
The history of the American Environmental Movement will be analyzed stressing its roots in advocacy and conservation to its development as a legislative and litigation activity. How the environment developed into a global movement will be explored by following the development of the concept of “sustainable development.” Finally how the global community is working to develop treaties that will curb abuses and develop an “Agenda for the 21st Century” will be analyzed.

POL 297E Global Climate Change: Politics and Policy (3 credits )
This course will explore the science and economics of global warming, the politics, and policy options for averting the worst impacts. We will look at the work of a number of scientists, journalists, and policymakers. Writing for class will be an important component, as will active discussion in class.

POL 302I Workshop: Freedom & Sustainability in the 21st Century: Global Comparisons (3 credits)
This course explores the meaning of "sustainable development" in international and comparative politics and law. You will read various definitions and come up with your own interdisciplinary definition and case study based on the theories and perspectives of conservation biology, restoration ecology, international environmental law, trade, and the "triple bottom line" of economic, environmental, and social concerns.

POL 302J Workshops: Sustainability and Sovereignty in the 21st Century (3 credits)
Analyzes and compares the approaches to sustainable development in the affluent Norht with economic development in the South. What is the interrelationship between sustainable development and such issues as: human rights, economic development, democracy, healthcare. What is the hope for reducing global climate change and making development sustainable?

POL 301, 303 Politics Workshop: Community, Environment & Politics; United Nations (3 credits each)
Special studies are chosen from a changing list of topics dealing with Political Science, constitutional issues, world affairs, public policy, and political leaders. POL 303A International Organization and POL 303C United Nations Workshop may be repeated once each for credit, as these workshops prepare students for various international conferences, simulations and for United Nations models, with different countries assigned for representation and different issues to be addressed each time.

POL 303J Workshop: International Environmental Law (3 credits)
There is a body of law that pertains to the conduct of nations regarding the environment. Are these laws necessary and sufficient to stem the impact of western-style globalization being expanded through the world? What is the role of international, national, and local entities to create an agenda for the 21st century that makes life possible not only for the present but in the future?

POL 303K Topics in Political Science: Brazil: Diplomacy and Sustainable Development (3 credits)
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Note: Some courses listed here may run only once per academic year, or every other academic year. Not all courses are available on both campuses. The catalog is constantly changing. Visit the pace website to view the most current class schedule, class descriptions, and required or suggested prerequisites.