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* = Online classes† - offered 100% online

(H) = Hybrid class†- 51% online/ 49% face-to-face.† These classes may require students to come to the Denton campus for some scheduled meetings.

* GOV 3053. The American Presidency.

Recruitment, selection, and authority; interaction of the executive branch with Congress, parties, the courts, and the public; the influence of personality on performance. Prerequisite: Three hours of government or consent of instructor. Three lecture hours a week. Credit: Three hours.

GOV 3063. Women in Politics.

Impact of gender on power and influence in society; political socialization, participation and leadership of women; womenís political issues and movements. Prerequisite: Three hours of government or consent of instructor. Three lecture hours a week. Credit: Three hours.

GOV 3123. Legal Research.

Techniques of legal research and writing, sources of the law and how each can be found; case analysis, legal citation, legal bibliography, and computer-assisted legal research. Prerequisite: GOV 3113 or permission of instructor. Three lecture hours a week. Credit: Three hours.

GOV 3133. Legal Research II.

Analysis of legal problems, and drafting effective communication of that analysis through drafting legal documents such as office memoranda, letters, pleadings, motions, briefs, contracts, and wills. Discussion of writing style focusing on the policies underlying conventions of composition and presentation of legal authority. Prerequisite: GOV 3123, Legal Research, or instructors permission . Three lecture hours a week. Credit: Three hours.

(H) GOV 3153 (see BUS 3153). Legal Environment.

Introduction to law and the legal professions; the role of the various actors in the legal process including lawyers, paralegals, judges, and court administrators; legal ethics; basic legal terminology; structure, functions, and political impact of the judicial system at the local, state, and national levels. Prerequisite: Three hours of government or instructors permission. Three lecture hours a week. Credit: Three hours.

* GOV 3233. Police Policies and Practices.

The police profession; organization of law enforcement systems; the police role; police discretion; ethics; police-community interaction; current and future issues. Prerequisite: Three hours of government or consent of the instructor. Three lecture hours a week. Credit: Three hours.

* GOV 3243. Criminal Law.

A study of the nature of criminal law; philosophical and historical development; major definitions and concepts; classification of crime; elements of crimes and penalties using Texas statutes as illustrations; criminal responsibility. Prerequisite: Three hours of government or consent of instructor. Three lecture hours a week. Credit: Three hours.

* GOV 3253. Criminal Evidence and Procedure.

The judiciary in the criminal justice system; structure of American court system; prosecution; right to counsel; pre-trial release; grand juries; adjudication process; types and rules of evidence; sentencing. Prerequisite: Three hours of government or consent of instructor. Three lecture hours a week. Credit: Three hours.

GOV 3303. The American Legislative Process.

The legislative branch of government; including both Congress and state legislative bodies; influences on the legislative process. It will be given in alternate spring semesters coinciding with the biennial sessions of the Texas Legislature and using the current session for special class study. Prerequisites: Three hours of government or consent of instructor. Three lecture hours a week. Credit: Three hours.

(H) GOV 3393. Law for Women.

Impact of gender on legal status; evolution of the current legal environment, with an emphasis on parallels between racial and gender discrimination; substantive law regarding working conditions, compensation, education, the family, reproductive rights and criminal law; feminist perspectives on legal reforms to improve the professional lives of women and men. Three lecture hours a week. Credit: Three hours.

GOV 3513. Japanese Culture and Politics.

An introduction to modern Japan with particular emphasis on Japanese politics. Topics include Japanese language and literature, geography, religion, the arts, social dynamics, education, economics, history, constitutionalism, government institutions, political parties, elections, and foreign policy.† The Japanese way of politics is related to larger forces in Japanese culture. Three lecture hours a week. Credit: Three hours.

GOV 3723. Modern Political Thought.

A study of Western political theory from the Renaissance to the present with particular emphasis on the development of contemporary ideologies: liberalism, socialism, nationalism, Marxism, fascism. Prerequisites: Three hours of government or consent of the instructor or head of department. Three lecture hours a week. Credit: Three hours.

GOV 4001. Creating Canada: The Canadian Frontier Experience.

A brief survey of the formation of Canadian culture, economics, and politics from European contact through the 19th century. Emphasis is on the relationship between early French, British, and Amerindian persons and the influence of the frontier in shaping Canadian character. One lecture hour a week. Credit: One hour.

GOV 4011. Creating Australia: The Australian Frontier Experience.

A brief survey of the formation of Australian culture, economics, and politics from European contact through World War I. Emphasis is on the relationship between early free and convict British settlers and the aborigines and the influence of the frontier in shaping Australian character. One lecture hour a week. Credit: One hour.

GOV 4013. Alternative Dispute Resolution.

Introduction to alternatives to litigation to resolve disputes. Consideration of traditional negotiation, mediation, arbitration, moderated settlement conferences, and minitrials. Prerequisite: GOV 3133 or permission of instructor. Three lecture hours a week. Credit: Three hours.

GOV 4021. The Commonwealth Today: Issues Facing Individual Nations Within the Former British Empire.

A brief overview of major internal conflicts facing various nations of the former British Empire. Significant issues, such as South African Apartheid, Indian religious conflicts, and Hong Kong reversion to Chinese authority, will be discussed and evaluated. The impact of the British imperial experience upon each of these areas will be considered. One lecture hour a week. Credit: One hour.

* GOV 4073. Constitutional Law: Governmental Structure.

The development of the American Constitution through judicial interpretation by the Supreme Court, including cases involving commerce, taxation, divisions of powers, and separation of powers. Prerequisites: Three hours of government or consent of instructor. Three lecture hours a week. Credit: Three hours.

* GOV 4083. Constitutional Law: Individual Rights.

Judicial cases, especially those involving the Bill of Rights, the Fourteenth and Fifteenth Amendments. Prerequisites: Three hours of government or consent of instructor. Three lecture hours a week. Credit: Three hours.

* GOV 4133. Women in Leadership.

An introduction to the principles and practices of leadership, with emphasis on women in exercising leadership. Stresses political leadership, but includes business and community leadership as well. Prerequisite: Sophomore standing or above or consent of instructor. Three lecture hours a week. Credit: Three hours.

GOV 4143. Drug Law and Policy.

Legal and political aspects of federal and Texas drug laws, including the Controlled Substances Act and Dangerous Drugs Act. Prerequisite: Three hours of government or consent of instructor. Three lecture hours a week. Credit: Three hours.

GOV 4433. Family Law.

Study of the legal aspects of marriage/other relationships; duties and liabilities of husband/wife/children; adoption; illegitimacy; annulment; separation; divorce, delinquent children; field trip(s). Prerequisite: Three hours of government or consent of instructor. Three lecture hours a week. Credit: Three hours.

GOV 4453. Real Estate Law.

Legal principles governing real estate transactions, with particular attention to sales contracts, deeds, mortgages, title insurance, and Texas community property and homestead laws. Prerequisite: Three hours of government or consent of instructor. Three lecture hours a week. Credit: Three hours.

GOV 4613. Comparative Government: Western Europe.

Constitutional structures, methods, philosophies, and policies of selected governments in the Western world. Prerequisite: Three hours of government or consent of instructor. Three lecture hours a week. Credit: Three hours.

GOV 4633. Comparative Government: Africa and Asia.

Constitutional structures, methods, philosophies, and policies of selected Asian and African governments. Prerequisite: Three hours of government or consent of instructor. Three lecture hours a week. Credit: Three hours.

* GOV 4813. Seminar in Public Policy.

Analysis of the formation, implementation, and impact of public policy in selected areas of current interest. Prerequisite: Three hours of government or consent of instructor. Three lecture hours a week. Credit: Three hours. May be repeated.

GOV 4903. Selected Topics.

Organized course with each sectionís title and content varying with specific subject matter and topic offered. Prerequisite: Three hours of government or consent of instructor. Three lecture hours a week. Credit: Three hours.

GOV 4953, 4956. Cooperative Education.

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