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Sean Sutton

Department Chair
Department of Political Science
College of Liberal Arts

585-475-4620
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Sean Sutton

Department Chair
Department of Political Science
College of Liberal Arts

Education

B.Econ., University of Queensland (Australia); MA, Ph.D., University of Dallas

585-475-4620

Currently Teaching

POLS-310
3 Credits
This course examines the role of the Congress in American government. Topics studied include elections, party organization, committees, interest-group activities and executive-legislative relations.
POLS-465
3 Credits
This course examines the founding principles of modern constitutionalism and the modern state. Special attention will be paid to the theory and practice of the principles of equality, liberty, and consent. A major effort throughout the course will be made to consider the assessments and prescriptions for modern constitutionalism offered by American and continental political thinkers.
POLS-290
3 Credits
This course examines the intersection between politics and the life sciences. The course will examine the biological approach to human behavior, paying special attention to the implications of biological explanations of behavior for political systems. Topics to be covered may include the biological approach to morality, law, and international conflict, as well as the political and policy implications of new research in the biological sciences including biotechnology.
POLS-515
0 Credits
The purpose of the Experiential Learning: Political Science option is to give students first hand experience in an appropriate organization or study abroad program that meets the needs of the student's career objectives. Students are closely supervised at the host organization, developing their pre-professional skills while learning the organizations programs, agenda and methods.
POLS-220
3 Credits
Examines the interplay between states and markets, as well as the interaction of the global economy and international politics. The course will cover political economy, political ideology, global trade, international capital investment, debt, the integration of national financial markets, and the impact of globalization on society and the environment.
POLS-355
3 Credits
The fundamental proposition of this course is that political leadership makes a crucial difference in the life of a nation. The course will examine how leadership may serve as either a constructive or destructive force in the pursuit of some shared, national goal or purpose. The course will consider a diverse range of leaders and their respective styles and types of leadership. Each leader will be studied in terms of his or her historical context, the means and ends each employed in the pursuit of political goals, and the particular qualities both virtues and vices each embodied as a political leader.
POLS-315
3 Credits
A study of the role of the presidency in the American political system. Among the topics considered are the nomination and election processes, the evolution, expansion and limitation of presidential power, factors in decision-making and the various leadership functions performed by the president.

Select Scholarship

Full Length Book
Sutton, Sean D.(ed). Biotechnology, Our Future As Human Beings and Citizens. New York, NY: SUNY Press, 2009. Print.
Sutton, Sean D. and John A. Murley. Supreme Court Against the Criminal Jury: Social Science and the Palladium of Liberty. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books, 2014. Print.