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Robert Gorman

Dr. GormanOffice:  UAC 361
Phone:  512.245.3262

Curriculum Vitae

B.A., Seattle University
M.A., Ph.D., University of Oregon

Professor, Department of Political Science

Dr. Robert Gorman is Professor in the Political Science Department at Texas State University – San Marcos. Dr. Gorman is a graduate of The University of Oregon with an M.A. and Ph.D. in Political Science, and with a B.A. in Political Science from Seattle University. He teaches a number of undergraduate and graduate level classes. He was also named Distinguished Professor of Humanities from 1999-2002, Professor of the Year in 1994 and 2001 by the Catholic Student Center, and nominated as U.S. Professor of the Year in 2000; among many other awards for merit and excellence. Dr. Gorman has been with Texas State since 1979, serving as the Director of International Studies in 1986 and as the Graduate Advisor of Political Science from 1991-1999. He served as a visiting Lecturer at George Mason University, Africare, and the Foreign Servic Institute and at the Institut Teknologi MARA in Malaysia. Dr. Gorman has participated in and spoken to many organization forums and conferences such as the Refugee Policy Group in 1985 and Hearing on the Reform of the United Nations in 2005.


POSI 1308 Basic Political Ideas
Introduction to the fundamental ideas of the Western political tradition including conservatism, liberalism, socialism, democracy, and totalitarianism. These may include some portion or all of certain politically significant works of such political thinkers as Thucydides, Plato, Aristotle, Machiavelli, Edmund Burke, and others.

POSI 2320 (GOVT 2302) Functions of American Government
A study of functions performed in the American system of government, both national and state, with special reference to Texas.

POSI 3332 Ancient and Medieval Political Thought (Greeks to 1600)
A study of the masters of classical and medieval political theory from Plato to Machiavelli.

POSI 3333 Modern Political Theory (1600-1900)
The development of modern political ideas; the meaning and relationships of the significant ideologies of our time; democracy, capitalism, the welfare state, socialism, fascism, and totalitarian communism.

POSI 4351 African Politics
A comprehensive examination of politics in Africa.

POSI 4356 International Law
Examines the nature, sources, and development of international law as both a legal and political process. The law of treaties, acquisition of personality, territorial jurisdiction, the law of the sea, land and air, diplomatic immunities, nationality, state responsibility, human rights, and the law of war will be empahsized. Students will research contemporary international problems and participate in a Moot International Court of Justice (ICJ) proceeding.

POSI 4357 International Organization
This course will examine the historical roots of international organizations, the development of the League of Nations, and the evolution of the United Nations System. The nature, process, and function of contemporary international organization will be analyzed. The role of non-governmental organizations, transnational organizations, and multi-national corporations will be assessed. The course will include a mix of lecture, discussion, and model sessions.

POSI 4399 Senior Seminar in Political Science
Seminar devoted to intensive reading, research, writing, and discussion focusing on different sub-fields in the discipline taught by appropriate faculty. Students in consultation with faculty in their area of interest should select a particular sub-field seminar in accordance with their needs and professional objectives.

PS 5376 Problems in International Politics
A course dealing with selected topics in the field of international politics.

PS 5377 Problems in International Organization
This course is an analysis of the structure, functions, and role of the international organizations in the international system. It assesses the reasons for the emergence of international organization as a means on international interaction, evaluates the historical evolution of this phenomenon from the Ancient Greeks through the Middle Ages to the Concert of Europe, as well as its modern manifestations in the League of Nations and United Nations. The course addresses the role of international regions, regional organizations, functional agencies, and bilateral organizations. The procedures and processes of international argument and
policy-making are studied through participation in a Model Security Council.

PS 5378 Problems in International Law
This course examines the nature, functions, scope, and practice of international law. It addresses several major areas of the law including legal sources, diplomatic practice, territorial jurisdiction, legal personality, the law of state responsibility, asylum law, human rights, and the law of war. The major legal principles and theories, as well as the political context in which they operate are studied. The course is heavily research oriented and includes moot court arbitration.

PS 5361 Government and Politics of African States
This course in comparative politics examines the range of political systems of various regions of the Third World, including Latin America, the Middle East, Asia, and Africa. Themes include the politics of the colonial era, the nature of traditional political systems, modernization and development, political institutionalization, interest groups articulation and participation.