Political Science (PLS) at Northern Virginia Community College


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PLS 120 - Introduction to Political Science
Teaches basic concepts and methods of the discipline of political science through study of political dimensions of a selected topic.
ecture 3 hours per week.
3 credits
PLS 135 - U.S. Government and Politics
Teaches the political structure, processes, institutions, and policymaking of the US national government. Focuses on the three branches of government, their interrelationships, and how they shape policy. Addresses federalism; civil liberties and civil rights; political socialization and participation; public opinion, the media; interest groups; political parties; elections; and policymaking. The assignments in the course require college-level reading fluency and coherent communication through written reports. This is a Passport Transfer course.
Lecture 3 hours. Total 3 hours per week.
3 credits
PLS 135 Detailed Outline
PLS 136 - State and Local Government and Politics
Teaches structure, powers, and functions of state and local government in the United States as related to federalism; constitutionalism; elections; powers of legislative, executive, and judicial powers of state and local government; state-local-federal relations; fiscal matters; metropolitan issues; and policy issues, like health, education, criminal justice and welfare. The assignments in the course require college-level reading fluency and coherent communication through written reports.
Lecture 3 hours. Total 3 hours per week.
3 credits
PLS 136 Detailed Outline
PLS 140 - Introduction to Comparative Politics
Teach concepts and methods of comparative politics. Includes empirical analyses of domestic governmental, political, and societal institutions and norms of countries around the world. The assignments in the course require college-level reading fluency and coherent communication through written reports.
Lecture 3 hours. Total 3 hours per week.
3 credits
PLS 140 Detailed Outline
PLS 198 - Seminar and Project
Requires completion of a project or research report related to the student's occupational objectives and a study of approaches to the selection and pursuit of career opportunities in the field.
May be repeated for credit. Variable hours.
1-5 credits
PLS 199 - Supervised Study
Assigns problems for independent study incorporating previous instruction and supervised by the instructor.
May be repeated for credit. Variable hours.
1-5 credits
PLS 200 - Introduction to Political and Democratic Theory
Presents concepts of politics using political theory. Emphasizes the core thinkers and themes of political theory, with focus on concepts of justice, power, rights, liberty, and citizenship, within the context of differing conceptions of the state. Apply political theory as a method of analysis for analyzing current political events and problems. The assignments in the course require college-level reading fluency and coherent communication through written reports.
Lecture 3 hours. Total 3 hours per week.
3 credits
PLS 200 Detailed Outline
PLS 211 - U.S. Government I
Teaches structure, operation, and process of national, state, and local governments. Includes in-depth study of the three branches of the government and of public policy. Part I of II. This is a Passport Transfer course.
Lecture 3 hours per week.
3 credits
PLS 212 - U.S. Government II
Teaches structure, operation, and process of national, state, and local governments. Includes in-depth study of the three branches of the government and of public policy. Part II of II.
Lecture 3 hours per week.
3 credits
PLS 220 - Political Parties and Elections in the United States
Teaches basic concepts of American political parties and elections.
Lecture 3 hours per week.
3 credits
PLS 225 - The United States Presidency
Describes the modern American presidency. Focuses on the presidency and many issues related to that office; the people, the powers, and the current environment in which the presidents serve.
Lecture 3 hours per week.
3 credits
PLS 230 - Congress of the United States Government
Teaches the creation and development of the legislative branch of American government, and how that branch - Congress - interacts with the presidency, judiciary, and other aspects of American politics, such as campaigns, elections, political parties, media, bureaucracy, domestic policy, and foreign policy.
Lecture 3 hours per week.
3 credits
PLS 241 - Introduction to International Relations I
Provides an introduction to the causes of international conflict and cooperation. Focuses on the modern state, diplomacy, war initiation, crisis bargaining, international terrorism, nuclear strategy, interstate economic relations, economic growth, international law, human rights, and environmental politics.
Lecture 3 hours. Total 3 hours per week.
Prerequisites: ENG 111 or Department Consent
3 credits
PLS 241 Detailed Outline
PLS 242 - International Relations II
Teaches foreign policies of the major powers in the world community with an emphasis on the role of the United States in international politics.
Lecture 3 hours per week.
3 credits
PLS 250 - Introduction to Conflict Resolution
Teaches basic concepts and methods of conflict resolution, which includes the factors that lead to conflict, and how conflicts can be prevented or brought to an end through peaceful means. Focuses on national and international conflict resolution.
Lecture 3 hours per week.
1-3 credits
PLS 255 - Introduction to Peace and Stability Operations
Introduces the concept of coordinated public, private, international, and non-profit sector responses to conflict, post-conflict, and natural disaster international humanitarian emergencies with the objective of returning states and regions to peace and stability.
Lecture 3 hours per week.
3 credits
PLS 290 - Coordinated Internship
Supervises on-the-job training in selected business, industrial or service firms coordinated by the college.
Credit/practice ratio not to exceed 1:5 hours. May be repeated for credit. Variable hours.
1-5 credits
PLS 293 - Studies In
Covers new content not covered in existing courses in the discipline. Allows instructor to explore content and instructional methods to assess the course's viability as a permanent offering.
Variable hours per week.
1-5 credits
PLS 297 - Cooperative Education
Supervises in on-the-job training for pay in approved business, industrial and service firms, coordinated by the college's cooperative education office. Is applicable to all occupational- technical curricula at the discretion of the college.
Credit/work ratio not to exceed 1:5 hours. May be repeated for credit. Variable hours.
1-6 credits
PLS 298 - Seminar and Project
Requires completion of a project or research report related to the student's occupational objectives and a study of approaches to the selection and pursuit of career opportunities in the field.
May be repeated for credit. Variable hours.
1-5 credits
PLS 299 - Supervised Study
Assigns problems for independent study incorporating previous instruction and supervised by the instructor.
May be repeated for credit. Variable hours.
1-5 credits