Political Science (PLS) at Southside Virginia 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 - American National Politics
Teaches political institutions and processes of the national government of the United States, focuses on the Congress, presidency, and the courts, and on their inter- relationships. Gives attention to public opinion, suffrage, elections, political parties, interest groups, civil rights, domestic policy, and foreign relations. This is a Passport Transfer course.
Lecture 3 hours per week.
3 credits
PLS 136 - State and Local Politics
Teaches structure, powers and functions of state and local government in the United States.
Lecture 3 hours per week.
3 credits
PLS 140 - Introduction to Comparative Politics
Teaches basic concepts and methods of comparative politics. Includes analyses of government and politics in a variety of nations around the world.

3 credits
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