Political Science (PLS)

Political Science

Political Science (PLS)

The primary mission of the political science courses within the Social Science Department at Ozarks Technical Community College is to develop and increase the studentsí abilities to retain, analyze, and apply principles to higher academic learning and/or career situations.  Successes in the Social Science Division hinges on the ability of the student to think, read, and write in a logical manner.  After mastery of these abilities, it is crucial for the student to be able to synthesize and apply learned principles by the use of critical thinking strategies.

Course Information Cr Hrs
PLS-101 American Government and Politics

This course is an introduction to the origin, organization and policy of the United States and state government. The course fulfills Missouri state law requiring instruction in the Constitutions of the United States and Missouri.

3-3-0
PLS-102 Missouri Government and Constitution

This is a course restricted to transfer students only, dealing with functions, organizations and documentation of Missouri state and local government.

 Prerequisite: PLS 101 or equivalent. Out of state transfer students only.
1-1-0
PLS-103 Introduction to American Public Policy

This course deals with the process of policy formulation and with the historical development of specific public policies in such fields as economics, foreign affairs, education, business and labor, social welfare, criminal justice, health and environment.

 

 Prerequisite: PLS 101.
3-3-0
PLS-201 International Relations

This course is a study of international relations, international behavior, and the role of the nation-state within the international system. Areas of concentration include foreign policy, major social and political forces at work in the contemporary world, theories of international relations, nationalism and conflict/cooperation.

 Prerequisite: PLS 101 or GRY 101.
3-3-0
PLS-250 The Politics of the Environment

Environmental politics provides an in-depth analysis of the domestic and global dimensions of environmental issues, including air and water pollution, hazardous waste, stratospheric ozone depletion, global warming, the green-house effect, population policy and alternative energy systems. This course will focus on the political interactions within and across nation-states in dealing with environmental problems.

 

 Prerequisite: PLS 101.
3-3-0
PLS-255 Environmental Laws and Regulations

This course provides an introduction to hazardous waste regulations, solid waste management programs, the Clean Air Act, OSHA regulations, the Clean Water Act, environmental audits, remediation technology and issues relating to the impact of environmental laws on society.

 

3-3-0