POLS Course List

Undergraduate Courses

Course Title Description
110 Intro to Political Science (DS) Discussion of politics as an activity and of political problems, systems, ideologies, processes.
120 Intro to World Politics (DS) Power and contemporary world politics since 1945 with emphasis on the U.S. role.
130 Intro to American Politics (DS) American political processes and institutions, as seen through alternative interpretations. Emphasis on opportunities and limitations for practical political participation.
150 Intro to Global Politics (FGB) Foundations in global politics from political, historical, and multicultural perspectives.
170 Politics and Public Policy (DS) Perspectives on the role of government in guiding economies and civil societies with particular emphasis on the recent U.S.
171 Introduction to Political Futures (DS) Introduction to political future studies. Using science fact and fiction, shows how past and present images of the future influence people's actions.
190 Media and Politics (DS) Influences and effects of media on politics. Setting public agendas, interpreting events, manipulating the political process, political learning through popular culture.
200 Reading & Writing Politics Develop skills needed to read and write political texts. Weigh competing views; read and analyze texts for what they do and do not say; craft and defend evidence-based arguments; practice writing mechanics and style. Repeatable two times.
201 Problems of War and Peace (DS) Introduction to the problems individuals and political communities currently face with respect to war, peace, and international conflict. Includes questions of human nature, economy, morality, nuclear deterrence, arms control and disarmament, and alternatives to war.
241 Political Design & Futuristics (DS) Possible social and political alternatives for the future. Conditions likely if present trends continue, formulation of visions of better futures, means for their achievement.
271 Race and Politics (DS) Racial inequality in the U.S.; mechanisms of institutional racism in employment, education, criminal justice, electoral politics.
301 Hawai‘i Politics(DS) Introduction to and critical study of institutions, governments, and political processes in Hawai'i. Attends to race, class, gender, sexuality, indigeneity and nationality. Grounded in Native Hawaiian perspectives, with an emphasis on comparative study and dialogue. Pre: sophomore standing or higher, or consent.
302 Native Hawaiian Politics (DS) Critical study of issues in contemporary Native Hawaiian politics, with an emphasis on application and active engagement. Pre: sophomore standing or higher, or consent.
303 Topics in Hawai‘i Politics (DS or DH) Intensive examination of particular institutions, processes, and issues. (B) the military in Hawai'i; (C) political thought in Hawaiian; Taught in Hawaiian; (D) politics of food. A-F only for (D). Pre: HAW 302 (or concurrent) for (C) only, sophomore standing or higher or consent. (C) Cross-listed as HAW 428) DS for (B), DH for (C).
304 Indigenous Politics Conceptualizing politics from the perspective of indigenous epistemologies, philosophies, language, and social and political movement. Pre: sophomore standing or higher, or consent.
305 Global Politics/Comparative (DS) Introduction to global politics with emphasis on concepts and theories developed from a comparative politics perspective. Pre: sophomore standing or higher, or consent.
306 Comparative Politics of Developing Countries (DS) Political, economic, and social development in the Third World. Repeatable one time. Pre: sophomore standing or higher, or consent.
307 Topics in Comparative Politics: Country/Regional (DS) Political, social, and economic processes in specific countries/regions. (B) Southeast Asia; (C) Pacific Islands; (F) Middle East; (G) Philippines; (H) Japan; (I) Europe; (J) India. Repeatable one time. Pre: sophomore standing or higher, or consent.
308 Chinese Political Economy (DS) Interdisciplinary review and analysis of the social and political issues in contemporary China, the interchange between state and society in national policies, the relationship between cultural tradition and technological modernization in the social transformation process. A-F only. Pre: sophomore standing or higher, or consent. (Cross-listed as ASAN 308).
309 Politics of Indigenous Language Revitalization (DS) Study of the importance and processes of language revitalization for indigenous peoples in Hawai'i, the Pacific, Asia, and North America. Pre: any 100 level POLS course.
315 Global Politics/Intl Relations (DS) Introduction to global politics with emphasis on concepts and theories developed from an international relations perspective. Pre: sophomore standing or higher, or consent.
316 International Relations (DS) Decision-making behavior of international actors; strategies of peacemaking. Pre: sophomore standing or higher, or consent.
317 International Law (DS) Nature and function of international law in international politics. Pre: sophomore standing or higher, or consent.
318 Current Issues in International Law, Organization, and Culture (DS) Principles, norms, cases, and their interaction with culture and organization in international politics. Pre: any 100 level POLS course or consent.
319 International Organization (DS) International relations of governmental and nongovernmental organizations. Pre: sophomore standing or higher, or consent.
321 International Migration Political-cultural economy of international migration: post-colonial populations, refugees, and immigrants. Pre: sophomore standing or higher, or consent.
322 American Foreign Policy (DS) Purposes, methods, strengths, obstacles, prospects; factors affecting American foreign policy; impact abroad and at home. Pre: sophomore standing or higher, or consent.
323 Model United Nations (DS) Simulation of United Nations organizations, especially General Assembly. Repeatable 4 times. Pre: 315 (or concurrent) or 319 (or concurrent), or instructor consent.
324 Global Environmental Politics (DS) Evolution of international politics, law and decision-making on a variety of environmental concerns; from endangered species to pollution to climate change. Interaction of population, development, and environment in global governance.
325 Religion and Law in the U.S. (DH) Surveys church-state jurisprudence since the 1940s, with special attention to difficulty of defining religion, and applies the religion clauses to current issues. A-F only. Pre: sophomore or higher standing, or consent. (Once a year) (Cross-listed as AMST 325)
333 Advanced Topics in Global Politics Studies of political development in the context of increasingly integrated and globalized political economies. Repeatable one time. Pre: any 100 level POLS course or consent.
335 History of Political Thought (DS) Theories, approaches, concepts, and issues developed or raised in history of political philosophy and thought. Pre: any 100- or 200-level POLS course, or consent.
337 American Political Theory (DS) Origins and development of American political thought. Pre: any 100 level POLS course or consent.
338 Topics in Political Theory (DS) Significant works, historical continuities, themes, and issues in political theory. (B) classical political philosophy; (F) revolution and utopia; (G) contemporary political theory; (I) Marxist philosophy. Pre: any 100- or 200- level POLS course; or consent.
339 Feminist Theory (DS) Contemporary debates in feminist theory concerning gender, race, and class; subjectivity and representation; gender and colonialism; bodies, sexualities and "nature." Pre: any 300 level POLS or WS course; or consent. (Cross-listed as WS 439)
340 POLS 340 Korean Politics and Society Through Film (DS) Examines modern Korean politics and society through films. Through movies and documentaries, students will learn major sociopolitical issues including military dictatorship, democratization, and globalization that Korea underwent for the last several decades. Repeatable one time. Sophomore standing or higher. A-F only.
341 The Politics of Media (DS) Study of the political manipulation of aural and verbal images. Exercises to increase media literacy. Pre: any 100 level POLS course, or consent.
342 Political Design and Futuristics (DS) Alternative future social and political possibilities; design of means of realization of desirable futures. Pre: any 100 level POLS course, or consent.
343 The Politics of Film (DS) Political, philosophical, and artistic dimensions of film; cross-cultural film genres; representational practices in films. Pre: any 100 level POLS course, or consent.
344 Nā Politika ma ka Nūhou Hawai‘i - Politics in Hawaiian Language Media (DH) Study of Hawaiian news media with emphasis on political content. Taught in Hawaiian. Pre: HAW 302 (or concurrent) and one of 110, 120, 130, 170, or 171; or consent. (Cross-listed as HAW 445)
366 Advanced Topics in Theory, Media, and Method Studies in political theory, media, and methods that analyze their interrelations in a globalized world. Pre: sophomore standing or higher, or consent.
367 Disability Law and Politics Introduction to the history and politics of U.S. disability law and activism. An analysis of disability politics as the result of the interaction between disability movement activism and the development of policy and law. A-F only. Pre: sophomore standing or higher, or consent. (Fall only)
372 Asian Women (DS) History, culture, and contemporary reality of Asian women in Asia and the U.S. Includes critical analysis of American feminist methodology and theory. Pre: one of 339, AMST 310, AMST 316, AMST 318, AMST 373, AMST 455, WS 360, WS 361, WS 439; or consent. (Cross-listed as AMST 438 and WS 462)
373 American Politics (Elections) (DS) Examination of voters and voting processes (participation, apathy, socialization, symbolic process, media, etc.); ideologies and belief systems. Pre: sophomore standing or higher, or consent.
374 Law, Politics and Society (DS) Relationships between law, politics, and society will be explored. Emphasis is placed on several dimensions of legality: legal "indeterminacy" and some of the many things that law does for us and to us; law's response to violence; the connections between law and social change; access to the law and its sociological dimensions; how/why law fails and what happens when it does. A-F only. Pre: sophomore standing or higher, or consent. (Cross-listed as SOC 374)
375 Constitutional Law I: Institutional Power (DS) Provides students with methods for interpreting U.S. Supreme Court decisions and analyzes the U.S. Supreme Court's jurisprudence on institutional authority, including the Judiciary, Executive, and Legislative branches and their relationships to power. Pre: sophomore standing or higher, or consent.
376 Constitutional Law II: Rights and Liberties (DS) Analyzes the U.S. Supreme Court's jurisprudence on civil rights and liberties. Pre: 375 or consent.
377 Topics in Law and Politics (DS) Current issues; recent research findings; practical research undertaken by student. Pre: sophomore standing or higher, or consent.
378 Topics in American Politics (DS) Specific institutions and processes of the American governmental system. Pre: sophomore standing or higher, or consent. DS
379 Power in America (DS) Analysis of sources of political, economic, and social power in the U.S. and the institutions through which it is exercised. Pre: sophomore standing or higher, or consent.
380 Environmental Law & Politics (DS) Focuses on theories, law, policies, and futures of U.S. environmental politics.
381 Administration and Society (DS) Historical emergence of modern bureaucracy; mutual impact of administrative forms on social life; relation of bureaucracy to capitalism and patriarchy; constitution of the administered individual. Pre: sophomore standing or higher, or consent.
382 Political Leadership (DS) Exploration of concepts and theories of political leadership, partly through biography, as preparation for public service or advanced scholarly inquiry. Pre: sophomore standing or higher, or consent.
383 Politics and Public Policy II (DS) Overview of the policy-making process in various political arenas (families, cities, nations, etc.); emphasis on conceptual and empirical analysis. Pre: any 100 level POLS course or consent.
384 Women and Politics (DS) Women's role in political institutions and processes in the U.S. and other countries. Female and male approaches to power; feminist political goals and actions. Pre: any 100 level POLS course (or concurrent), WS 151 (or concurrent), or WS 362 (or concurrent); or consent. (Cross-listed as WS 384)
385 American Politics (DS) Institutions (parties, interest groups, legislatures, executives, local government); policies (national defense, poverty, energy, etc.), politics (symbolism, inequality, race, and gender).
386 Public Policy-Making Students develop understanding of theory, practice, and ethical issues of public policy-making. Combines lecture/discussion and fieldtrips. Students develop policy analysis and strategic plans that identify issues, interests, and methods of influence. Repeatable one time. A-F only. Pre: HON 101 or HON 291, or departmental approval. (Cross-listed as HON 301)
390 Political Inquiry & Analysis (DS) Introductory survey and analysis of methods used in empirical research, policy analysis, and social criticism.
393 Advanced Topics in Law, Policy, and Society Studies integrating concerns of public law, public policy, public administration, and social movements. Pre: any 100- or 200-level POLS course, or consent.
394 Democracy in Organizations (DS) Theory and practice of democratic organizations: women's and feminist organizations; co-ops, communes, and collectives; indigenous people's organizations; workplace democracy and social change. Pre: any 100- or 200-level POLS course or 390 (or concurrent) or WS 151, or consent.
396 Nonviolent Political Alternatives (DS) Exploration of scientific and cultural resources for nonviolent alternatives in politics. Pre: any 100- or 200-level POLS course, or consent. (Cross-listed as PACE 373)
399 Directed Reading and Research Pre: consent.
401 Teaching Political Science Practicum for majors who lead, under supervision, a freshman seminar section of 110 or serve as undergraduate teaching assistants. Repeatable one time. Pre: 390 (or concurrent), senior standing; and consent.
402 Legislative Internship (DS) Field placement at the Hawai‘i Legislature integrated with academic study of political institutions and practices. A-F only. Pre: consent. Recommended: 390. (Spring only)
403 Community Internship (DS) Field placement integrated with academic study of political institutions and community organizations. Repeatable one time. Pre: consent. Recommended: 390.
404 Senior Thesis Independent research and thesis writing with supervision of senior advisor. Pre: 390 (or concurrent) and consent.
406 Senior Seminar in Political Science (DS) Discussion of issues and questions of concern to graduating seniors in political science, including substantial research project. Pre: 390 (or concurrent) or senior standing or consent.
436 Gender, Justice and Law (DS) Exploration of landmark U.S. Supreme Court cases related to sex and gender. Topics may include sex discrimination, sexual orientation discrimination, privacy, and reproductive freedom. A-F only. Pre: one of WS 151, WS 175, WS 176, WS 202, WS 360, WS 381, or consent. (Cross-listed as AMST 436 and WS 436)

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Graduate Courses

Course Title Description
500 Master's Plan B/C Studies Enrollment for degree completion. Pre: master's Plan B or C candidate and consent.
600 Scope and Methods of Political Science Main concepts delineating boundaries of discipline; approaches to knowledge employed by political scientists; empirical and normative theory; problems in theory-building; validity and reliability in research design; philosophy of science applied to political science.
601 Political Analysis and Theory Building Survey of theory-building, approaches and validation techniques.
602 Research Techniques and Analytic Methods Quantitative models and statistical inference techniques.
605 Topics in Methodology Specific methodological techniques and practices introduced in 601 and 602. (C) simulation practicum. Pre: graduate standing or consent.
610 Political Theory and Analysis Major contemporary approaches and styles in political theory, philosophy, and analysis.
611 Tradition of Political Philosophy Discussion of texts and themes in the Western political tradition from Plato to Nietzsche. Repeatable one time.
612 Hawaiian Political Thought: Theory and Method/Nā Mana'o Politika Hawai‘i Study of Hawaiian political thought in writing from ca. 1825 to the present, with emphasis on theory and research methods. Pre: 303, HAW 402 and HAW 428; or consent. (Cross-listed as HAW 612)
615 Topics in Political Thought Specific traditions and individuals, or particular issues and problems. (C) feminist theory. Pre: graduate standing or consent. ((C) Cross-listed as WS 615)
620 Introduction to Indigenous Politics Historical treatment of the contact between state and indigenous peoples and a survey of contemporary indigenous political initiatives: social movements, media, indigenous studies programs, and events. A-F only.
621 Politics of Indigenous Representation Politics of indigenous representations in media, literature, and academic scholarship.
630 International Relations Analysis of theories: actors, decisions, systems, conflict, integration, alternative approaches to validation. Pre: graduate standing or consent.
633 International Conflict Resolution Analysis of international conflict and conflict resolution. Theory and practice of negotiation, mediation, conciliation, facilitation, and other "third-party" methods of peaceful settlement. Pre: graduate standing or consent.
635 Topics in International Relations (B) international relations and war; (E) international organization; (F) modeling international systems. Pre: graduate standing or consent.
640 Comparative Politics Emphasis on Asia, theories of development, and comparative methods. At least one section a semester.
642 Indigenous Peoples and Western Imperialism Historical examination of U.S. and European imperialisms, including national narratives, politics, and impacts upon indigenous peoples in the Americas, Pacific, and Asia. Repeatable one time.
645 Politics and Development: Regional Politics of particular regions; particular development processes. (C) China. ((C) cross-listed as ASAN 608 and PLAN 608)
646 Politics and Development: Topical Political ecology and development.
647 American Political Institutions in Comparative Perspective Consideration of American political institutions and development relative to American philosophical foundations and non-American political forms. Federalism as an expansive devise will be emphasized, as will American influence and penetration abroad. A-F only. Pre: graduate standing or consent. (Once a year)
650 Public Administrative Theory Focus varies among theoretical, comparative and developmental approaches to study of administration. One section each semester.
651 Political Leadership Exploration of political leadership as a focus for research, teaching, and applied political science.
660 Public Law and Judicial Systems Law, courts, and rights as a political resource; analyses of public law (including court decisions), other forms of dispute management, and judicial behavior and policy-making. Pre: 110.
660 Public Law and Judicial Systems Law, courts, and rights as a political resource; analyses of public law (including court decisions), other forms of dispute management, and judicial behavior and policy-making. Pre: 110.
665 Topics in Public Law and Judicial System Recent issues and practices in public law; particular judicial systems. Pre: graduate standing or consent.
670 Introduction to Public Policy Perspectives on policy analysis; basic approaches to the study of public policy, political economy, and policy evaluation. (Cross-listed as PLAN 607)
672 Politics of the Future Introduction to political futures studies; images of future, theories of social change, methods of social forecasting and designing preferred futures. Pre: graduate standing.
673 The Future of Political Systems Normative and descriptive forecasts of political institutions, systems, subsystems, and behaviors. Design of preferred systems.
675 Topics in Public Policy Particular political processes, specific political institutions, or particular policy area. (F) politics of health. Pre: graduate standing or consent.
680 Asian and/or Pacific Politics Political development, international relations, decision-making processes, and systems of political thought in all or part of Asia and/or the Pacific. Repeatable three times.
684 Contemporary Native Hawaiian Politics Study of political and social movements, political status, national and cultural identities, and issues of representation of Native Hawaiians.
685 Topics in Asian and/or Pacific Politics (C) Korean politics. Pre: graduate standing or consent.
686 Politics of Hawai‘i Examinations from several perspectives of the political, economic, and cultural forces that historically formed Hawai‘i and contemporary political themes, issues, and processes. Pre: graduate standing.
695 Colloquium Specialized subjects in political science.
696 Graduate Intern Seminar Seminar for interns in the alternative futures or the indigenous politics options. Repeatable one time. A-F only. Pre: 672 and 673 or consent for the alternative futures option; 682 or consent for the indigenous politics option.
699 Directed Reading and Research Repeatable unlimited times. Pre: consent.
700 Thesis Research Repeatable unlimited times.
702 Seminar: Research Methods Conceptual strategies, data collection approaches, and data analysis techniques appropriate to political inquiries. Repeatable.
703 Writing Politics Seminar on the politics of writing, grammar, translation, argument, genre, and style with significant content on indigenous issues of oral traditions, alternative modes of writing and argument, and language continuance.
710 Seminar: Political Thought Pre-announced topics. Repeatable. At least one section a year.
720 Seminar: Indigenous Theory Pre-announced topics may include gender and sexuality studies, postcolonial theory, colonial discourse analysis, globalization, historiography; emphasis on indigenous epistemologies and the work of native scholars. Repeatable one time.
730 Seminar: International Relations Pre-announced problems of both international organization and politics. Repeatable. At least one section a semester.
740 Seminar: Comparative Government and Politics Pre-announced topics. Repeatable. At least one section a semester.
770 Seminar: Public Policy Pre-announced topics. Repeatable three times. Pre: consent of instructor. At least one section a year.
777 Decolonial Futures Topic engages probable and preferable futures of indigenous struggles and resistances. Emphasis placed on the ethics and responsibilities used to move towards those futures.
800 Dissertation Research Repeatable unlimited times.

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