Political Science

Classes

POLS 110 : Introduction to Political Science

Introduction to politics as a human activity. Discusses theories, ideologies, systems, and processes of politics.

Credits:

3

Student Learning Outcomes Are:

  • Identify and describe the structure of political issues and political relationships.
  • Clearly explain and evaluate complex political thought and the positions of several thinkers in political theory.
  • Examine and interpret contemporary political issues through the application of political theory.
  • Relate media, technology, and language to the formation and maintenance of the political order.
  • Carefully justify one’s own political position.

POLS 120 : Introduction to World Politics

Power economics and world politics from cross-national perspectives. Discussion of U.S. foreign policy since 1945.

Credits:

3

Student Learning Outcomes Are:

  • Explain basic terms, concepts, and principles of international relations.
  • Analyze political processes, institutions, and issues in the foreign policy environment.
  • Apply basic terms, concepts, and principles to everyday life.
  • Assess his or her personal effectiveness in the political process.

POLS 130 : Introduction to American Government

Focus on American politics and government on the basis of tradition and continuity. Covers: overview of constitutional development, institutions, processes, and participants of the American political system and alternative interpretations.

Credits:

3

Student Learning Outcomes Are:

  • Explain basic terms, concepts, and principles of politics.
  • Analyze political processes, institutions, and issues.
  • Apply basic terms, concepts, and principles to everyday life.
  • Assess his or her personal effectiveness in the American political process.

POLS 180 : Introduction to Hawaiian Politics

Introduction to the study of political institutions, processes, and issues in Hawai‘i.

Credits:

3

Student Learning Outcomes Are:

  • Explain basic terms, concepts, and principles of politics.
  • Analyze political processes, institutions, and issues in Hawai‘i.
  • Apply basic terms, concepts, and principles to everyday life.
  • Assess his or her personal effectiveness in the political process.

POLS 243 : Introduction to Politics and Film

The course introduces students to the analysis of the relationship between politics and film. Topics covered in the course will include the impact of films and the film industry on politics, the impact of politics on film, and methods for understanding the representational practices of film.

Credits:

3

Student Learning Outcomes Are:

  • Identify and describe the narrative and compositional structure of film.
  • Clearly explain and evaluate the political thoughts, assumptions and implications of several key films.
  • Examine and interpret contemporary political issues in film through the application of political thought.
  • Relate media, technology, and language to the formation and maintenance of the political order.
  • Carefully justify one’s own political position.