Political Science

Political Science

The faculty and students of the Political Science Department of the Community College of Aurora study and interpret the relationships between individuals, governments, and states, to understand and improve the world.

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Brandon Williams
Chair of Social Sciences
Brandon.Williams@ccaurora.edu
(303) 340-7505

Political Science Courses

POS 105 - Introduction to Political Science (GT-SS1)

Statue of a philosopher3 Credit hours - 45 Contact hours 

Focuses on a survey of the discipline of political science, including political philosophy and ideology, democratic and non-democratic governments and processes, and international relations. 

Prerequisite: Successful completion of CCR 092 (grade C or higher) or equivalent assessment scores.

 

 

 

POS 111 - American Government (GT-SS1)

U.S. Presidential Seal3 Credit hours - 45 Contact hours

Includes the background of the U.S. Constitution; the philosophy of American government; general principles of the Constitution, federalism, and civil liberties. Examines public opinion and citizen participation; political parties, interest groups, and the electoral process; and the structure and functions of the national government.

Prerequisite: Successful completion of CCR 092 (grade C or higher) or equivalent assessment scores.

 

 

 

 

 

POS 125 - American State and Local Government (GT-SS1)

State buildings3 Credit hours - 45 Contact hours

Emphasizes the structure and function of state, county, and municipal governments, including their relations with each other and with national government. Includes a study of Colorado government and politics.

Prerequisite: Successful completion of CCR 092 (grade C or higher) or equivalent assessment scores. 

 

 

 

POS 205 - International Relations (GT-SS1)

United Nations Emblem3 Credit hours - 45 Contact hours

Examines relationships among modern nation-states. Topics include diplomacy, nationalism, ideologies, power and influence, conflict and cooperation, the role of non-state actors, the international economy, and theoretical attempts to understand international behavior.

Prerequisite: Successful completion of CCR 092 (grade C or higher) or equivalent assessment scores.

 

 

POS 225 - Comparative Government (GT-SS1)

The Colosseum in Greece3 Credit hours - 45 Contact hours

Focuses on a comparison of the basic features of selected developed and developing countries. Topics include ideologies, political parties, interest groups, and governmental institutions.

Prerequisite: Successful completion of CCR 092 (grade C or higher) or equivalent assessment scores.

 

 

 

 

Program Level Outcomes (PLOs)

Statements which articulate, in measurable terms, what students should know and be able to demonstrate as a result of and at the conclusion of a program. PLOs communicate program goals explicitly and foster transfer of responsibility for learning from faculty to students.

A student who obtains an AA degree in Political Science from the Community College of Aurora will demonstrate the following abilities:

  • Understand the basic tenets of and distinctions between the four subfields in the discipline: American Government, Political Theory, Comparative Politics, and International Relations.
  • Understand the themes and concepts that cut across traditional subfield boundaries, including but not limited to: a. Different Governmental Structures; b. International Institutions; c. Political Behavior; d. Civil Liberties, Civil Rights, and Human Rights.
  • Develop a working knowledge of the important methodological debates within political science: a. Quantitative versus Qualitative Research; b. Normative versus Positivist Approaches; c. Critically engage and assess the arguments of others as well as synthesize that information into a coherent critique.
  • Produce at least one high-quality piece of political science writing that demonstrates the following: a. Development of a testable research question; b. Proper use the Chicago Manual of Style Citation Guide; c. Effective presentation of both written and oral arguments. 
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