Political Science


Chair: C. David Peters, Ph.D. FACULTY Professor: Peters OBJECTIVES

306 Public Policy (3) An analysis of publi c policy process and the political context of its fo rma­ tion. Sys tematic review of the diverse financial systems in making and

410 American Constitutional Law (3) An examination of the principles of the Ame,ican constitutional sys tem looking primarily at U.S. Supreme Court deci­ sions and the historical development of constitutional law. Attention also given to the judicial branch and its role in American government and politics, par­ ticularly its continuing interpretation of the U.S. Constitution as the framework

level are advised tomajor in social science with a concentration in public administra­ tion. The !&-unit concentration should include Political Science 200, and Public Administration 301, 306, 470, and 488. Internship in Public Administration should be taken in the public sector. Political Science Secondary Teaching Credential To qualify for a secondary teaching credential in Government, the program must be tailored to meet the guidelines for teacher education. The student must consult with the Departments of Political Science and Education for specifics. COURSES 200 Survey of American Government (4) The history, organization and function of the legislative, judicial and executive branches of the American government. Includes one hour per week involving stu­ dents in a local government civic service or life experience activity. Satisfies the state requirement in institutions in Amer­ ican history. Meets the requirement for United States Constitution for California teacher certification. May be taken to sat­ isfy a portion of the eight units history

implementing public policy. 307 International Relations (3)

The Department of Political Sci­ ence seeks to equip students to under­ stand the fundamental socio-political institutions of society, and their effect on contemporary life; to participate in and contribute to the political process; to assess the propriety of political issues and government policies; and to recognize and help meet the needs of the local, state, national and interna­ tional commun ity; all in a manner consistent with biblical Christianity. DEGREE PROGRAM A Bachelor of Arls degree in Social Science with a Political Science Concenlra­ lion is offered. Requirements include a 18-unit co re of Political Science courses. See social science section for

A survey of nationa l-state system; forces affecting interna tional rela­ tions; sources of conflict in world poli­ tics, and their solution by power poli­ tics and international cooperation. 31 OStudent Government Practicum (1) The organization and function of stu­ dent government at the university level; parliamentary procedure, committee work and simi larity to state and national legislative government. Maybe repeated for a maximum of four units. (Limited to BiolaAssociated Students Council and Senate members. Students working for AS. for an hourly wage maynot enroll.) 320 The American Presidency (3) Hi storical development of the office of the presidency; formal and infor­ mal powers of the president in execu­ tive , legis lat ive, judicial, military , diplomatic and political areas. 350 Great Western Political Thinkers (3) A study of selected political theorists. Emphasis on such writers as Plato, Aristo­ tle, Church Fathers, Augustine, Aquinas, Machiavelli, Luther, Calvin , Hobbes, Locke, Burke, Bentham, Marx, Niebuhr and others. Readings in primary sources. Prerequisite: HIS 100, 200 or POL 200. 391 Public Finance (3) Traditional principles of public finance, government spending and fis­ cal impacts; development of the public sector, budgets, taxation, procurement, pollution and energy incentives; state and local expenditure patterns, prop­ erty taxes and revenue sharing. Pre­ requisites: 301; Business 201,202, 212. 400 Political Parties (3) Analysis of the history , philosophy, organization and function in g of America's political parties. 405 Problems in American Diplomacy (3) Growth and development of Amer i­ can foreign relation from the Revolu­ tion to the present. Analysis of the conduct of fore ign relation , its objec­ tives and limitations. 406 Legislation (3) The mechanical rul es, procedures and customs in the making of laws in Ameri­ can government. Offered alternate years. 407 International Organization (3) The historical, object ives, structure , functions and politics involved in the United Nations. Offered alternate years.

for American democracy. 465 Integration Seminar (3) Issues in the contemporary world ll:. addressed from an interdisciplinary social science and biblical perspective. Prerequisite: Senior standing. 470 Public Administration Research and Writing (3)

Research and writing for public .administration majors. Special studies in public administration for majors uti­ lizing the techniques of problem-solv­ ing, research and effective communi­ cation and writing. Prerequisite: 301. 480 Studies in Political Science (1 ·8) Specialized study in political science in such areas as American government, the U.S. Constitution, legislation , state and local government, foreign affairs, inter­ national relations, political theory, com­ parative governments, the American presidency, the citizen and the law, polit­ ical parties, law and public admin istra­ tion. May be repeated with different sec­ tion title for a maximum of eight units. 485 Public Law (3) Function of law in protecting the public's interest in preserving the environment. Environmental laws, adm ini strat ive action, freedom of information, air and water quali ty, noise pollution, solid waste, pesticides, land use, zoning, energy and agency decision making. Prerequisite: Business 361. Junior or senior standing. 486 Personnel and Human Resources Management (3) Government personnel systems, merit concepts, classification, compensation , training, examinations, organizations, labor relations and collective bargain­ ing. Prerequisites: 200,301 , 485 . 488 Internship and Research Project (8) Provides an opportuni ty to complete an internship and a research project in a public agency. Project consists of iden­ tification and analysis, 11~th guidance, of a chosen area in public organization. 490 Internship in Political Science (1-8) ln~rvice training and internship expe­ rience in various government and non­ government agencies and organizations. May be repeated with different section title for a maximum of eight units.

information on the major. SPECIAL PROGRAMS American Studies Program

Biola University cooperates with the American Studies Program in Washing­ ton, D.C. This program provides work/ study opportunities for students each semester in all of the disciplines offered at Biola, especially political sci­ ence. Based on the principle of integrat­ ing faith, learning and living, students are invited to spend time in the nation's capital serving as interns, participating in an academic seminar program and liv­ ing in a unique community of Christians from different geographical regions and denominational backgrounds. The American Studies Program is designed for juniors and seniors with a wide range of academic majors and vocationa l interests. Students are involved in the American Studies Pro­ gram for eith er the fa ll or spring semester, earning 16 semester units in the internship and study seminars. A student may earn all 16 units in Poli ti­ cal Science or 13 units in Political Sc i­ ence and three in Bible, if desired. Prerequisite: Survey of American Government 200. To make application to the program, interes ted students should see the chairman of the Political Science Department, who also serves as director of the Biola/ Washington D.C. American Studies Program. Public Sector Employment Preparation Students interested in public service at the municipal, coun ty, state or federal

general education requirement. 210 Perspectives on American Government (1-2)

Contemporary issues in American gov­ ernment and politics as seen from a Christian perspective. 301 Fundamentals of Public Administration (3) Fundamentals of public admini stra­ tion; overview of the concepts, nature and scope of the field. Role of gov­ ernment in modern society and the nature of publ ic business. 303 Great Political Thinkers (3) Selective readings in major political thinkers from classical to modem times; analysis of recurring themes including: justice, natural law, human nature, social class, order, consent, community, prop­ erty, constitutionalism, social change, rev­ olution, and war. Offered alternate years. 304 Organizational Theory and Behavior (3) Key concepts central to organ izing and changing public agencies to meet pub­ lic social needs. Review of theories, managerial approaches and method­

ologies in public administrators. 305 Comparative Government (3)

The government systems of England, France , West Germany and Ru ssia compared to the American system of government. Offered alternate years.

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