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Degree of Bachelor of Arts in Political Science
and Government Requirements

The course of study for the degree of Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Government takes four years. The minimum requirements for the degree are 124 semester hours. A candidate must complete his general education requirements as prescribed by the University of Liberia and the special requirements of Liberia College. He is required to earn 36 semester hours in his major, 18 semester hours in his minor and 6 semester hours of electives.

The Department offers two areas of concentration: International Relations and Comparative Government & Politics. Students may specialize in only one after completing general Political Science requirements.

Comparative Government and Politics is the comparative analysis of various forms of government, including unitary, federal, parliamentary, monarchy, totalitarian, presidential. It seeks to analyze how governments approach problems and issues such as political parties, electorial behavior, bureaucracy, socio-economic and cultural development. Moreover, research on the basic units of government, inter-governmental and non-governmental political actors form an intricate part of the program. Comparative Government and Politics also includes the study of various political regions such as the Middle East, Latin America, West Africa, Southern Africa, Asia Super-power politics.

International Relations seeks to explain and interpret interactions between and among nations by analyzing their internal patterns of development. International Relations encompasses foreign policy analyse;, and seeks to explain foreign policy behavior. International Relations between and among global poiitical actors. The study of International Relations will acquaint students with the politics of world community, elements of power, elements of nationalism, imperialism, diplomacy, and Balance of Power. This field also examines military, economic and psychological warfare, and many others as instruments in international relations.

Course Description

300 Political Science- Introduction to Political Science
(Pre-requisite for all Political Science course)

A systematic study of Political Science, its principles, methods, nature; the State, its origin, form, functions; Government, its forms and functions.

Credit: 3 credits/semester

302 Political Science - History of Political Thought

A study of the origin and development of the state and of Political Thought selected from works of ancient, Medieval and modern political philosophers, such as: Plato, Aristotle, Rousseau and Nkrumah.

Credit: 3 credits/semester

303 Political Science - Modern Political Thought
Pre-requisite: (Political Science 300)

A study of selected modern and contemporary political thoughts and their impact and influences on social formations, various regimes and development of political ideology. The emphasis will be put on their concepts of man, society, politics and economics. The selected philosophers may include Karl Marx, Edward Blyden, Ghandi, Mao and Nyerere.

Credit: 3 credits/semester

350 Political Science - Introduction to Comparative Government and Politics

A comparative study of leading forms of government in developed states and societies, as well as the process of modernization.

Credit: 3 credits/semester

351 Political Science - Liberian Government and Politics

A study of the historical development, institutional structures, political and economic processes of the Liberian society and an evaluation of the development and execution of specific policies and programs.

Credit: 3 credits/semester

352 Political Science - Government and Politics of the Developing Nations

A study of the characteristics of a selected number of emerging nations and regions, with major emphasis on the course, degree and nature of "under-development" ; politico-economic problems and prospects, examination of the European colonial instructions, nationalistic and anti-colonial movements, dynamic cultural exchange and post independent experimentation with Western representative government and other models of government.

Credit: 3 credits/semester

360 Political Science - Introduction to International Politics

An examination of the various schools of international relations. A study of Politics in the world community, national power and its elements, nationalism, imperialism, balance of power, international law, co -lective security and decision-making process within the international system.

Credit: 3 credits/semester

361 Political Science - African International Relations

An examination of patterns of interactions among African states and of the economic, political and social forces both internal and external which influence and determine relationship among African states. A study of the search for African Unity, its diaspora, and Africa's response to international issues.

Credit: 3 credits/semester

362 Political Science - International Organizations

A study of the theoretical and empirical approaches to the understanding of International Organizations and associations and their relationships to nation-states, such as: United Nations and its specialized agencies, the Non-Aligned Movements, the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund.

Credit: 3 credits/semester

468 Political Science - The Formulation of Foreign Policy
Pre-requisite: Political Science 360 and 362

An analysis of decision-making theories with references to the environment, actors, inputs, objectives and other considerations and how they are applied to the formulation of foreign policy. A study of foreign policy options and alternatives and of the constraints on foreign policy decision-making and implementation.

Credit: 3 credits/semester

469 Political Science Seminar in International Relations
(Pre-requisite: Senior Standing)

Research seminar on strategic studies, conflict research, and the use of world resources in politics between nations and/or regions.

Credit: 3 credits/semester

471 Political Science -Political Change
(Pre-requisite: Political Science 352 or 361)

This course probes the political implications of the economic strategies of selected African states. The aim of this course is to comprehend the interactions between political constraints and economic choices with respect to question of urban and rural development, mineral resources, labor and wage policies, population and migration in Africa.'

Credit: 3 credits/semester

472 Political Science - Political Culture & Behavior
(Pre-requisite: Political Science 302 and 350)

An examination of both theoretical aspects and case studies of political culture, socialization and modernization in developing and developed countries. The seminar deals with the issues of opinion formation, attitude change, political ideology, the role of mass-media, political parties, pressure groups and values as they relate to violent or peaceful change.

Credit: 3 credits/semester

402 Political Science -African Political Philosophies
(Pre-requisite: Political Science 302)

Investigation of the philosophies and thoughts of African political thinkers and theoreticians and their impact on African society.

Credit: 3 credits/semester

420 Political Science - Seminar in Liberian Government
Pre-requisite: Political Science 300

A study of the operational aspect of the government of Liberia with, emphasis on Unification Policy, Open Door Policy, Operation Production, Economic Development Programs, Public Administration as well as Liberia's role in international affairs.

Credit: 3 credits/semester

453 Political Science -Colonialism and Modem African Political System
(Pre-requisite: Senior Standing*)

Seminar in the philosophy of colonialism, its problems, and impact on nation-building. An examination of Liberation Movements (for instance ANC, PAIGC) of the post World War II period, and types of government and Political Institution including military regimes, modified Presidential and Parliamentary systems, Marxist regimes and single party states as they are developing in Africa.

Credit: 3 credits/semester

454 Political Science - Government and Politics of Latin America
Pre-requisite: Political Science 352

A study of the economic, social and political factors which influence and determine the course of Latin American politics. Emphasis is placed on the role of the military, the landlords, the "mono* economics and the peasants.

Credit: 3 credits/semester

Senior standing refers to students who have completed all their 300 level Political Science courses.

455 Political Science - Government and Politics of Asia and the Middle East.

Pre-requisite: Political Science 352

Introduction to the political systems of Asia and the Middle East. A study of the evolution of the political Institutions and of the external and Internal factors which have influenced the politics and development of Asian and Middle Eastern states.

Credit: 3 credits/semester

459 Political Science - Seminar in Comparative Government and Politics
Pre-requisite: Senior Standing

Research Seminar in various aspects of comparative government and politics with reference to development theories, modernization, socio-cultural Influences, on politics.

Credit: 3 credits/semester

462 Political Science - International Regional Organizations
Pre-requisite: Political Science 362

A study of the development, structure, functions and problems of international regional organizations with emphasis on The Organization of African Unity (OAU), Organization of American States (OASJ, and of such economic groupings as the European Economic Community (EEC), and The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS).

Credit: 3 credits/semester

464 Political Science - The Conduct of Liberian Foreign Relations
Pre-requisite: Political Science 351 & 360

A study of the implementation of Liberian foreign policy. The role of the President, the Legislature, public opinion and other agencies of the Liberian political system. The impact of the national environment and the external system on the implementation of foreign policy decisions is also studied.

Credit: 3 credits/semester

495 Political Science - Research Methodology
Pre-requisite: Senior Standing

A study of the basic assumptions, and techniques of research methodology in Political Science including the analysis of variables, theories, hypothesis, operational definitions level of measurement and survey research.

Credit: 3 credits/semester

497 Political Science - Senior Thesis in Political Science and Government
Pre-requisite: Political Science 495

Research and writing of a scholarly thesis embodying a critical analysis in any Political Science issue. The Research project is presented in a 30-page (Minimum) that is defended by the student research before a Departmental Committee.

Credit: 3 credits /semester

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