Apr 20, 2019  
2017-2018 Undergraduate Bulletin 
2017-2018 Undergraduate Bulletin

Course Descriptions

Course descriptions are listed in alphabetical order.

Standard information for each course includes the number, title, and credits (sometimes called credit hours or semester hours). For some courses, you will find information on the hours of class, laboratory, or studio for which the course is scheduled in each week of a regular semester; these weekly hours are expanded during summer sessions. Fees for courses are assessed on the basis of credits and other factors.

The course-numbering system generally suggests levels of difficulty and appropriateness. Courses at the 100 and 200 levels comprise introductory offerings and those are most commonly taken by freshmen and sophomores. Courses at the 300 and 400 levels are primarily for juniors and seniors. In some Purdue programs, undergraduates take courses at the 500 level, but generally courses numbered 500 and above are for graduate students.

Preparation for courses is indicated as follows:

P: indicates a prerequisite that must precede your enrollment in the course described. You may find one or more specific course numbers, the number of credits you should already have in a subject, a placement-test level, or other conditions.

C: indicates a corequisite that must be taken no later than the same semester in which you take the course described.

R: indicates a recommendation concerning conditions to be met for enrollment in the course.

When no subject code is shown for prerequisites, corequisites, and recommended courses, they are in the same subject area as the course being described. If you lack a prerequisite or corequisite, or if you wish to take a course numbered at a higher level than your present status, you should seek the department’s or instructor’s consent to enroll in the course.

V.T. means Variable Title and is shown for courses for which the title may be changed to specify the topic or other special focus of each offering.

Session indicators (fall, spring, summer) suggest the times at which courses are generally offered. Scheduling patterns may, however, vary.

IPFW reserves the right to add, withdraw, or change courses without notice.


   •  POLS S103 - Introduction to American Politics - Honors
   •  POLS S105 - Introduction to Political Theory - Honors
   •  POLS S200 - Political Topics
   •  POLS S211 - Introduction to Law - Honors
   •  POLS S401 - Studies in Political Science-Honors
   •  POLS Y100 - American Political Controversies
   •  POLS Y101 - Introduction to Political Science
   •  POLS Y103 - Introduction to American Politics
   •  POLS Y105 - Introduction to Political Theory
   •  POLS Y107 - Introduction to Comparative Politics
   •  POLS Y109 - Introduction to International Relations
   •  POLS Y150 - Foundations of Community Advocacy
   •  POLS Y200 - Contemporary Political Topics
   •  POLS Y203 - The Promise and Problems of Democracy
   •  POLS Y207 - Elements of Political Analysis
   •  POLS Y208 - Scandals and Conspiracy Theories
   •  POLS Y211 - Introduction to Law
   •  POLS Y212 - Making Democracy Work
   •  POLS Y213 - Introduction To Public Policy
   •  POLS Y252 - Sports and Public Policy
   •  POLS Y275 - Politics and Film
   •  POLS Y285 - Science and Politics
   •  POLS Y301 - Political Parties and Interest Groups
   •  POLS Y302 - Public Bureaucracy in Modern Society
   •  POLS Y303 - Policy Making in the United States
   •  POLS Y304 - Constitutional Law
   •  POLS Y305 - Constitutional Rights and Liberties
   •  POLS Y306 - State Politics in the United States
   •  POLS Y307 - Indiana State Government and Politics
   •  POLS Y308 - Urban Politics
   •  POLS Y312 - Workshop in State and Local Government
   •  POLS Y313 - Envronmental Policy
   •  POLS Y317 - Voting, Elections, and Public Opinion
   •  POLS Y318 - The American Presidency
   •  POLS Y319 - The United States Congress
   •  POLS Y320 - Judicial Politics
   •  POLS Y324 - Gender and Politics
   •  POLS Y328 - Women and the Law
   •  POLS Y332 - Russian Politics
   •  POLS Y335 - Western European Politics
   •  POLS Y338 - African Politics
   •  POLS Y339 - Middle Eastern Politics
   •  POLS Y340 - East European Politics
   •  POLS Y341 - Authoritarian Regimes
   •  POLS Y350 - Politics of the Euoropean Union
   •  POLS Y355 - Ethnic Conflict and Nationalism
   •  POLS Y360 - U.S. Foreign Policy
   •  POLS Y367 - International Law
   •  POLS Y371 - Workshop in International Topics
   •  POLS Y374 - International Organization
   •  POLS Y375 - War & International Conflict
   •  POLS Y376 - International Political Economy
   •  POLS Y378 - Problems in Public Policy
   •  POLS Y381 - Classical Political Thought
   •  POLS Y382 - Modern Political Thought
   •  POLS Y383 - American Political Ideas I
   •  POLS Y384 - American Political Ideas II
   •  POLS Y394 - Public Policy Analysis
   •  POLS Y395 - Quantitative Political Analysis
   •  POLS Y397 - Intervention, Peace, and War
   •  POLS Y398 - Internship in Urban Institutions
   •  POLS Y401 - Studies in Political Science
   •  POLS Y480 - Undergraduate Readings in Political Science
   •  POLS Y482 - Practicum
   •  POLS Y490 - Senior Seminar in Political Science
   •  POLS Y496 - Foreign Study in Political Science
   •  POLS Y499 - Honors Thesis