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POS 2041   AMERICAN NATIONAL GOVERNMENT

credits: 3  

"G" Prerequisite: (ENC 0025 and REA 0017) or EAP 1695 or appropriate score on the SPC placement test. This survey course provides a comprehensive examination of the American political system. Through this course students will become familiar with theory, organization, principles, and function of the American national government, and various elements within the political system that work to shape policy outcomes. This course partially satisfies the writing requirements outlined in the General Education Requirements. Credit is only given for one of the following: POS 2041 or POS 2050H or IDS 2103H. 47 contact hours.

POS 2050H   HONORS AMERICAN GOVERNMENT

credits: 3  

"G" Prerequisite: Appropriate score on the SPC placement test or approval of the Dean. This survey course provides a comprehensive and analytic examination of the American political system to students eligible for Honors classes. Through various teaching and learning methodologies, the student will become familiar with the theories, organization, principles and functions of the American national government. The course will cultivate independent, active learning, student participation and encourage the use of logical reasoning, in-depth analysis and critical thinking skills to examine the various elements within our political system which shape policy outcomes. This course partially satisfies the writing requirement outlined in the General Education Requirements. Credit is only given for one of the following: POS 2050H or POS 2041 or IDS 2103H. 47 contact hours.

POS 2112   STATE AND LOCAL GOVERNMENT

credits: 3  

"G" Prerequisite: (ENC 0025 and REA 0017) or EAP 1695 or satisfactory score on the SPC placement test. This course is an examination of the institutions and processes of Federalism, political parties, state governments, state protected civil liberties, counties, municipalities, special districts, and regional compacts. Examples and illustrations of processes and procedures will be drawn mainly upon the Florida government. This course partially satisfies the Gordon Rule writing requirements outlined in the General Education Requirements. 47 contact hours.

POS 3235   MASS MEDIA AND POLICY

credits: 3  

Prerequisite: Admission to the Public Policy and Administration BS Program. This course provides an overview of the complex relationships between government, the media, and the public with a focus on the impact of the various political aspects involved. Additional emphasis will be placed on how the media influences governmental institutions, policy action/functions and in turn, how the government shapes the way the media disseminates information. Students will learn how to describe social media trends and how they differ from traditional media outlets. 47 contact hours

POS 3272   AMERICAN CIVIC LIFE

credits: 3  

Prerequisite(s): POS 2041 with a minimum grade of "C".  This course introduces the student to the principles of civic engagement and commitment to community service. The focus will be on civic leadership and communication from an internal and external perspective. These will be examined on an international, national, state and local level. This course will combine theoretical and practical applications addressing governments, businesses and citizen groups in the development of civic engagement, leadership, sustainability, social change, and the interdependence of social issues, public policy and international impact. Case studies and class exercises are employed to help students develop skills in multi-party negotiations, conflict resolution, resource allocation and decision making. Emphasis will be placed on preparing students for a life dedicated to public service, policy leadership and civic engagement which affect the usual and customary operations of a business or government. Course content is guided by an understanding that the relationship between civic engagement, leadership and public communication in an era of globalization and instant communication is critical to facilitating, mitigating and dealing with the challenges we face in the 21st. century. 


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