Political Science (PLS) at Patrick Henry Community College


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PLS 130 - Basics of American Politics
Teaches basics of the operations of Congress, the presidency, and the federal court system. Includes civil liberties, citizenship, elections, political parties, and interest groups.
Lecture 2-3 hours per week.
2-3 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 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 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