Political Science (POLT)

Chairman: Marilyn Hoskin
Professors: Siggel Akis, Janine Clark, Comobreco, John Kayser, Clifford Wirth

The Political Science Department takes advantage of the Academy's location at the Federation's heart. It maintains liaison officers within the Federation's Council's Interstellar Relations and Klingon Affairs departments, and in the president's Diplomatic Service, all of which provide guest lecturers, case reports, and tours for pertinent classes. The department gives cadets an overview of interstellar politics, with more focused studies of exceptional systems.



POLT 101. Politics and Society

Introduction to the nature of politics and political institutions. Emphasis on political thought, such as power, authority, legitimacy, freedom, and order. Required reading includes Plato's "Republic," the works of Karl Marx and John Locke, "The Rise of the Council" by Kh'ran, and "The Logic of Democracy" by Sullos.


POLT 105. Federation Law

A survey of Federation legal principles, their history and development. Emphasis on Federation law as related to Starfleet operations, including matters of jurisdiction, legal authority, precedent, and arbitration. Students participate in simulations of various legal issues, learn the adversarial process of legal resolution, and takes part in staged legal debates and arbitrations. Students are expected to present a term paper on the structure and success of the Federation legal system.


POLT 225. Multiculturalism

Issues of contemporary concern generated from attention to and appreciation of our diverse cultural identities. As a theory course in political framework, we approach multiculturalism as an attempt to respond to the challenges faced by the Federation in integrating new species and cultures into an orderly whole. Students study early negotiations of the Federation Council, first-contact reports, and the Vulcan IDIC theory. A term paper on the conflict between multiculturalism verse cultural homogeneity is required.


POLT 367. Klingon Politics

A survey of the political process in the Klingon Empire, from the rise of Kahless and the formation of the Empire to the current Klingon ruling council. Emphasis on the shift from absolute monarchy to control by ruling houses and the selection of Klingon officials. Other topics include Mek'ba and the Klingon Rite of Succession, including the Sonchi and ja'chunq ceremonies. Students study the reports of Captain Picard, who participated as Arbiter of Succession for Klingon Chancellor Gowron, and take part in simulations of the related rituals.


POLT 378. Interstellar Political Organization

Theoretical and practical approaches to interstellar politics, interstellar organization, and political relations, with emphasis on foreign policy and theory of decision making. Formalized processes for regularizing government behavior; development of cultural norms based on customs, precedent, and formal institutions. The establishment and maintenance of peaceful relations, arms reduction and limitation agreements. Collective security and other forms of cooperation between civilizations through organizations such as Starfleet and the Federation Council.