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Course offerings 
Spring 2014 Course Schedule


 
PO105-01/CRN: 34823/
IN 251-09 CRN: 35162

The American Political System

This course emphasizes the theoretical underpinnings and practical understanding of the national policy process and institutions of government.  The course also provides students with adequate preparation for further working the major by emphasizing the understanding of specific political issues, the manners through which the process works (and does not), and explores the implications of current political events and investigates the ways in which political scientists measure and analyze political issues.

PO 235-01/CRN: 36540/
IN 251-14/ CRN: 36544


Intro Criminal Justice System


Acting as a basic introduction to the legal structure surrounding the American criminal justice system, this course will walk through the various phases of the trial process.  Special attention will be paid to the various professional roles that are played within the system and the critical issues that have arisen in recent years.


PO 260-01/ CRN: 36666/
IN 206-01/ CRN: 36544

Lying and Lie Detection
 This course offers the student development of research and application of lie detection and lying. The purpose of lie detection is twofold--learning to detect  lies of suspects and knowing how to detect truths of individuals in all areas of life. The work in the class will include analyzing micro-facial expressions , body language, and how society defines lying in different settings.
 PO 280-01/ CRN: 36541

Research Methods
 Introduction to the scope and methods of political science. Topics include alternative concepts of knowledge, modes of study, political ideals and their implications for political analysis. A brief survey of the political science profession: its history, sub-fields and ethics of research. Special attention is given to the practical aspects of empirical research: methods of research design, data collection, electronic data processing and elementary statistical analysis. Pre-requisite: Political Science 100 or 105.
PO 305-01/ CRN: 36538

Philosophy of Law

 In the first part of the course, we will examine various theories concerning the nature of law. Of particular interest will be the issue of how these theories view the connection between law and morality. Is there a connection between law and morality? If there is such a connection, is it a necessary connection? Theories of law to be examined include legal positivism, natural law, and legal realism (critical legal studies). We will employ Peter Suber's fictional work, The Case of Speluncean Explorers, to examine how these theoretical issues intersect with legal adjudication. In the second part of the course, we will focus on issues surrounding theories of judical interpretation. Of particular interest will be constitutional interpretation. Prerequisites: PH 110, PH 211, PH 310
PO 321-01/02 CRN: 35040/
 IN 350-10/11 CRN: 36200

Global Consumerism
 
The series of courses under this heading will attempt to explain the dramatic political, social, economic, and cultural issues which batter our world: terrorism, international crime, economic globalization, etc. Each semester we will be asking similar questions: can freedom and justice emerge from the current clash between cold tyranny of the markets and frenetic violence of militant nationalist and religious movements? Will the coming century repeat the barbarism of the past or usher in a steady progression towards better life? Our focus will be global and we will engage in moral reasoning, strategic thinking, negotiations, writing, questioning, and deliberation. Cross-cultural understanding will be a central value.
PO 321-03/ CRN: 35800
IN 350-12/ CRN: 36307


Civil Conflict in Africa
 
The series of courses under this heading will attempt to explain the dramatic political, social, economic, and cultural issues which batter our world: terrorism, international crime, economic globalization, etc. Each semester we will be asking similar questions: can freedom and justice emerge from the current clash between cold tyranny of the markets and frenetic violence of militant nationalist and religious movements? Will the coming century repeat the barbarism of the past or usher in a steady progression towards better life? Our focus will be global and we will engage in moral reasoning, strategic thinking, negotiations, writing, questioning, and deliberation. Cross-cultural understanding will be a central value.
PO 330-01/ CRN: 36259/ 
IN 251-06/ CRN: 35159

Constitutional Law
 
This course acts as an introduction to constitutional case law and to the practical effects of our legal system (courts and judicial politics) on the American political system. The role of the federal judiciary, focusing on the Supreme Court, in interpreting constitutional and statutory law and in making policy will be studied. Exploration of the elements of judicial interpretation and the examination of judicial opinion writing will be major components of this course. Prerequisite: Political Science 100 or 105.
PO 334-01/ CRN: 36669/
IN 251-06/ CRN: 35926

Civil Liberties and the Constitution
 
Building on the understanding of judicial decision making and opinion writing established in Political Science 330, this course will concentrate on the current debates and case law found in the area of civil rights and civil liberties. The First, Fifth and Fourteenth Amendments will be explored, with time spent on the constitutional rights of the criminally accused. The process of inclusion into the political process and the constitutional interpretation of the Bill of Rights will be examined. Prerequisite: Political Science 100 or 105.
PO 365-03/ CRN: 34010

Political Simulation: MIG

 This course is associated with the Model Illinois Government (MIG) program offered by a consortium of Illinois universities, colleges and community colleges dedicated to the teaching of state government. The major activity of MIG is a student-directed four day simulation each spring at the Capitol Complex in Springfield. At the simulation, students assume the roles of state legislators, executive branch officials, lobbyists, journalists, staffers, justices, and moot court attorneys. Study in preparation for the participation learning activities of this course will be through lectures, readings, discussions, guided research, and role playing. The participation learning activities of this course will familiarize students with the operation of Illinois General Assembly by examination of and involvement in the simulated process of bills becoming laws
PO 366-01/ CRN 36672/ PH 366-01/ CRN: 36649

Applte Legal Reasoning: Moot Ct.

 
The course will rely heavily on a "simulation" model in which we conduct mock appellate hearings in class. Students will roll-play as both attorneys and judges. The course will employ the "closed case" method that is used at most moot court competitions. Each closed case file will include numerous items, including: a statement of the facts of the case, the rulings by the lower courts, select court case precedents, and specific federal and/or state statutory and/or constitutional language. The course involves no research that goes beyond the materials provided in the closed case files. On the basis of this material and this material only, students will complete a range of assignments designed to engage students in the central aspects of appellate legal reasoning.
PO 450-01/ CRN: 36283

Senior Thesis

 
To complete a senior honors thesis a student is expected to produce a substantial original piece of research. The student will defend the written work before the faculty and students of the Political Science Department. Open only to seniors whose paper proposal has been approved by the faculty of the department.

 
Millikin University - Decatur, IL
 
Millikin University - Decatur, IL
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