West Valley College
14000 Fruitvale Avenue, Saratoga, CA 95070 • Phone (408) 867-2200

WEST VALLEY COLLEGE
DEPARTMENT OF POLITICAL SCIENCE
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COURSES CURRENTLY OFFERED

1 American Government (3 units). This course covers the structure and functions of the American national state and local governments. Emphasis is placed on the development of democratic institutions through historical and contemporary studies. Students will have an opportunity to understand what has shaped the United States Constitution, its amendments, major court interpretations, the operation of and one's role in democratic government. Pass/No Pass Option. Acceptable for credit: University of California, California State University.

2 Comparative Government (3 units). Political Science 2 explores the government and politics of some of the major world powers as well as developing nations. Structures, functions and policies are compared with each other and with the U.S. government. Particular consideration is given to contemporary world problems. Political Science 2 may be used to meet Social Science Series I or II requirements in the General Education pattern of transfer to the California State University System. Pass/No Pass Option. Acceptable for credit: University of California, California State University.

3 Introduction to Political Science (3 units). Political Science 3 is an introduction to political theory. The course analyzes the ideological origins of nation-states from direct democracy to totalitarian forms of government. Political Science 3 may be used to meet Social Science Series I or II requirements in the General Education pattern of transfer to the California State University System. Pass/No Pass Option. Acceptable for credit: University of California, California State University.

4 International Relations (3 units). Political Science 4 is a survey of the ways and means by which the contemporary international scene has developed. Included will be consideration of such subjects as nationalism, imperialism, war, the world economy, the environment and developing nations. The student should gain a fuller understanding of the political, social and economic relationships among nation-states. particular emphasis is given to the foreign policies of the U.S. and their relationship to foreign powers. Political Science 4 may be used to meet Social Science Series I or II requirements in the General Education pattern of transfer to the California State University System. This course may also be taught in a distance learning format. Pass/No Pass Option. Acceptable for credit: University of California, California State University.



 
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