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Undergraduate Catalogue: Political Science Course Descriptions

The following outlines of course content are correct at the time of writing, although the material (or the order in which it is covered) may be subject to change.

1. All courses are 3 credit hours each, unless otherwise indicated.

2. Normally, a course will not be run without a minimum enrolment of students.

POL101: Introduction to Political Science - Theory and Practice

This discusses politics as an activity, with topics including political issues, systems, ideologies, and processes. (Note: this may also be counted as a General Education course.)

POL102: Political and Economic Systems of Southeast Asia

This examines Southeast Asian political processes, institutions, and current issues, with emphasis on regional organizations such as ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) and the ASEAN Regional Forum. (Note: this may also be counted as a General Education course.)

POL201: Introduction to East Asian Politics

This looks at East Asian political processes and institutions, with particular emphasis on contemporary issues.

POL202: Introduction to American Politics

This considers American political processes and institutions, and the political system of checks and balances.

POL203: Democracy and Capitalism in Southeast Asia

This looks at the varieties of democracy in Southeast Asia and their histories, in terms of the struggles to attain democracy and consequent successes and failures. The nature of capitalism in the region is also considered, together with the socio-economic effects of the economic boom-and-bust of the 1990s. The role of ASEAN in regional politics and economics is also examined.

POL204: Governance, Democracy and Development

This considers the importance of good governance (e.g. effective policy-making capacity, civil service reform, taxation and revenue, legal processes and the rule of law) and participatory democratic governments for reforming and developing country states.

POL205: Decentralization and Local Government

Various types of decentralization - political, administrative, fiscal, and market are discussed in terms of their underlying rationales, and how they may be implemented and need to be coordinated. The role of outside bodies like the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) is also considered.

POL206: Politics and Public Policy

This discusses the role of government in guiding economies and civil societies with particular emphasis on Southeast Asia.

POL207: Comparative Politics of Developing Countries

This course discusses political, economic, and social development in the Third World countries, with emphasis on those countries in Asia through a comparative approach.

POL301: Political Thought and Theory

This course examines the contending theories, approaches, concepts, and issues developed or raised in history of western political philosophy and thought.

POL302: Asian Political Theory

This course surveys key historical schools and/or contemporary directions in Asian political thought.

POL303: Political Leadership

This course studies the contending theories and concepts of political leadership, partly through biography, as preparation for public service or advanced scholarly research.

POL304: Public Law and Judicial Behavior

This course examines law, legalism, legal ideology, and legality; constitutions and constitutionalism.

POL305: Political Inquiry and Analysis

This course offers an introductory survey and analysis of methods used in empirical research, policy analysis, and social criticism.

POL306: Media and Politics

This course examines the different perspectives on the influences and effects of media on politics.

POL307: Nonviolent Political Alternatives

This course explores scientific and cultural resources for nonviolent alternatives in politics.

POL308: Power in America

This course examines the sources of political, economic, and social power in America and the institutions through which power is exercised.
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THE UNIVERSITY OF CAMBODIA RESERVES THE RIGHT TO MAKE CHANGES TO THESE CATALOGS AS IT SEES FIT, SO THAT WE HAVE THE NECESSARY FLEXIBILITY IN AN EVER-EVOLVING WORLD.

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Last modifiedMay 1, 2007 15:32
University of Cambodia, 2007