Political Science

The Associate in Arts in Political Science for Transfer degree is designed to prepare students for a seamless transfer into the CSU system to complete a baccalaureate degree in Political Science. Political science is the study of governments, power relations, public policies, political theories, political processes, and political behavior. The Political science major at Gavilan College is designed to develop knowledge, analytical skills, and critical insight into the nature of politics and political problems. Political science subfields include American government, political theory, comparative politics, and international politics. The major introduces each of these subfields to prospective students. The aim of the AA-T degree in Political Science is to prepare students for active participation in political life, whether as informed citizens or residents, as well as to prepare students for transfer into the CSU system as a political science major specializing in several possible subfields such as American politics, campaign management studies, comparative politics, international relations and terrorism studies. The aim of the AA-T degree in Political Science is to prepare students for active participation in political life, whether as informed citizens or residents, as well as to prepare students for transfer into the CSU system as a political science major specializing in several possible subfields such as American politics, campaign management studies, comparative politics, international relations and terrorism studies.
REQUIREMENTS: (3 units)
Units: 3
POLS 1
Introduction to American Government (Active)
3
LIST A: Select 3 (9 units)
Units: 9
PSYC 32
Introduction to Research Methods (Active)
3
or
POLS 32
Introduction to Research Methods (Active)
3
POLS 3
Introduction to Comparative Politics (Historical)
3
POLS 4
Introduction to International Relations (Historical)
3
POLS 10
Introduction to Political Science (Active)
3
MATH 5
Introduction to Statistics (Historical)
3
LIST B: Select 2 (6 units)
Units: 6
ANY COURSE NOT USED IN LIST A (3 units)
 
POLS 5
Introduction to Modern International Terrorism (Active)
3
POLS 7
Introduction to California Government and Politics (Active)
3
POLS 9
Global Social Change (Active)
3
POLS 12
Introduction to Political Thought (Active)
3
Associate Degree for Transfer Requirements:
Units: 0
Associate Degree for Transfer Requirements:
 
In addition to passing all courses required for the major area of emphasis with a C or better (letter grading option only), completion requirements for the degree include:
 
1) Completion of 60 semester units or 90 quarter units that are eligible for transfer to the California State University, including both of the following:
 
(A) The Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC) or the California State University General Education – Breadth Requirements.
 
(B) A minimum of 18 semester units or 27 quarter units in a major or area of emphasis, as determined by the community college district.
 
2) Attainment of a minimum grade point average of 2.0.
 
ADTs also require that students must earn a C or better in all courses required for the major or area of emphasis, or a "P" for any course taken on a 'pass-no-pass' basis.
 
Total Units for the Major: 18
Units:  
Double Counted Units: CSU: 6 - 9; IGETC: 6 - 9
Units:  
General Education Requirements: CSU: 39; IGETC: 37
Units: 37-39
Electives Needed to get to 60 Units: CSU: 9 - 12; IGETC: 9 - 12
Units:  
Total Units for the Degree: 60
Units:  
Total: 55-57
POLS 1Introduction to American Government (3.0)Active
3.0 Lecture. Explores the development of American political institutions and their utilization in dealing with issues arising at the international, national and state levels. Emphasis is placed on those problems which have defined our federal system of government. California government and appropriate state institutions will be included as a vital part of our federal system of government. (C-ID: POLS 110) ADVISORY: Eligible for English 250 and English 260. (Standard Letter Grade.) Effective: Fall 2015.
POLS 10Introduction to Political Science (3.0)Active
3.0 Lecture. Introduction to Political Science introduces students to the discipline of political science. It is designed to familiarize students with basic political concepts, political ideologies, theories, political systems, and sub-fields within the field of political science. (C-ID: POLS 150) (Standard Letter Grade.) Effective: Spring 2016.
POLS 12Introduction to Political Thought (3.0)Active
3.0 Lecture. This course provides students with an introduction to and grounding in classical and modern political thought. Students will be introduced to theorists such as Plato, Aristotle, Machiavelli, and Marx. Students will also examine such timeless questions as: "What is justice?" "What is the good life?" and "What is power?" among others. This course is also listed as PHIL 12. Previously POLS 2. (C-ID: POLS 120) (Standard Letter Grade.) Effective: Fall 2013.
POLS 22Field Work and Service (0.5-1.0)Active
1.5-3.0 TBA. Supervised field work within the college and with local agencies. Students serve in useful group activities in leadership roles prescribed for them by faculty or community agencies. A maximum of six units may be completed. This is a pass/no pass course. REQUIRED: Learning contracts must be filled out and signed by the student and the supervising instructor. (Pass/No Pass.) Effective: Spring 2011.
POLS 23Independent Study (1.0-2.0)Active
3.0-6.0 TBA. Designed to afford selected students specialized opportunities for exploring areas at the independent study level. The courses may involve extensive library work, research in the community, or special projects. May be repeated until six units of credit are accrued. This course has the option of a letter grade or pass/no pass. REQUIRED: The study outline prepared by the student and the instructor must be filed with the department and the dean. (Option of a standard letter grade or Pass/no pass.) Effective: Spring 2011.
POLS 27Contemporary Leadership (3.0)Active
3.0 Lecture. This course provides a cross-disciplinary approach to the theory and practice of leadership. It covers the five practices and ten commitments of exemplary leadership, effective communication styles, and topics related to gender, culture, ethics, power, parliamentary procedure, and running effective meetings. The skills students will learn in this course are directly applicable to work, personal, and college environments. This course is also listed as GUID 27 and PSYC 27. ADVISORY: Eligible for English 250 and English 260. (Standard Letter Grade.) Effective: Fall 2016.
POLS 3Introduction to Comparative Politics (3.0)Active
3.0 Lecture. Comparative survey of political institutions and processes around the globe. Selected nations may include, but are not restricted to: the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Japan, Russia, India, Nigeria, and Mexico. (C-ID: POLS 130) ADVISORY: Eligible for English 250 and English 260. (Standard Letter Grade.) Effective: Fall 2013.
POLS 32Introduction to Research Methods (3.0)Historical
3.0 Lecture. An overview of the methodologies used in experimental, quasi-experimental and non-experimental research in psychology. Students will learn how to design and conduct research, including formulating hypotheses, reviewing the literature, evaluating ethical issues, selecting methodologies, organizing data, applying statistics, and writing reports. This course is also listed as PSYC 32 and ANTH 32. (C-ID: POLS 160) PREREQUISITE: PSYC 10 with a grade or "C" or better and MATH 5 with a grade of "C" or better. (Standard Letter Grade.) Effective: Spring 2017 to Spring 2020.
POLS 32Introduction to Research Methods (3.0)Active
3.0 Lecture. An overview of the methodologies used in experimental, quasi-experimental, and non-experimental research in psychology. Students will learn how to design and conduct research, including formulating hypotheses, reviewing the literature, evaluating ethical issues, selecting methodologies, organizing data, applying statistics, and writing reports. This course is also listed as PSYC 32 and ANTH 32. PREREQUISITE: PSYC 10 with a grade or "C" or better and MATH 5 with a grade of "C" or better. (Standard Letter Grade.) Effective: Spring 2020.
POLS 4Introduction to International Relations (3.0)Active
3.0 Lecture. This course provides an introduction to key contemporary international problems and the means to analyze them. Major parts of the course cover such topics as war and peace, foreign policymaking, the international economy, and future trends in world politics. (C-ID: POLS 140) (Standard Letter Grade.) Effective: Fall 2013.
POLS 5Introduction to Modern International Terrorism (3.0)Active
3.0 Lecture. This course centers on conceptually defining terrorism (all types-foreign and domestic, left and right-wing, religious, environmental, and political, state and non-state), tracing the history and beginnings of modern international and domestic terrorism, critically examining the various U.S.- global responses to the 9-11-01 attacks, as well as generally evaluating and assessing how countries and people around the world try to cope with, prevent and/or respond to attacks by terrorist organizations, groups, or acts of terrorism perpetrated by nation-states or groups working with nation-states. This course has the option of a letter grade or pass/no pass. This course is also listed as AJ 5. (Option of a standard letter grade or Pass/no pass.) Effective: Fall 2016.
POLS 6Introduction to Conflict Resolution (3.0)Active
3.0 Lecture. Introduction to Conflict Resolution introduces students to non-violent communication skills, conflict resolution, and mediation models. Integrating non-violent theory and practice, students will apply core concepts about the causes of conflict; choose, practice and evaluate communication skills in a variety of settings on campus and in the community; and formulate appropriate conflict resolution strategies based on analysis of varying conflict situations with sensitivity to ethnicity, class, sexuality, and gender influences. They will also develop and practice basic co-mediation skills in formal and informal settings. This course has the option of a letter grade or pass/no pass. This course is also listed as PSYC 6 and CMUN 6 ADVISORY: English 250 and English 260. (Option of a standard letter grade or Pass/no pass.) Effective: Fall 2016.
POLS 7Introduction to California Government and Politics (3.0)Active
3.0 Lecture. The purpose of this course is to provide students with an in-depth understanding of how the state of California is governed. Emphasis will be placed on local elections, political parties, legislative, executive, and judicial power, special interest groups, lobbying, urban politics, how such a diverse and multi-linguistic state be effectively governed, and policy-making, citizen activism and the importance of community service. Major events in the historical development of California and on current issues of significance will be examined in the context of the United States and California state constitutions. ADVISORY: English 250 and English 260. (Standard Letter Grade.) Effective: Spring 2016.
POLS 9Global Social Change (3.0)Active
3.0 Lecture. This course examines the social, economic and political forces that have led to a process known as "globalization." It explores how the global integration of societies, economies, and cultures fundamentally transforms human life with specific emphasis on: the global economy and economic development; transnational political organizations; culture and identity; the effect of globalization on social stratification, including gender/race/ethnic inequalities; transnational migration; environmental change; and transnational social movements. Also listed as SOC 9. PREREQUISITE: English 250 ADVISORY: English 1A (Standard Letter Grade.) Effective: Fall 2012.