Valencia College Poinciana Campus



State and Local Government

This course is designed to provide a comprehensive revision of the structure, functions and rules of state and local governments, within the frame of a federal system. The final goal is to address contemporary problems and the responses associated with state and local government competencies, contributing to the understanding of policy-making in a federal system and the relationship with other levels of government. This course will be taught in a learning-centered format

U.S. Government

This course is designed to provide students with the fundamentals necessary to analyze the United States government through its structure, functions, evolution, constitutional basis, and theoretical principles. The course heavily relies in the identification and analysis of current affairs involving the U.S. government. This course will be taught in a learning-centered format.

International Politics

This course will provide you with the opportunity to engage in the analysis of world politics with the supporting background of a variety of disciplines from the social sciences, ranging from History, Economy, International Relations to Sociology, based on the social scientific study of international politics. This course will require a significant theoretical approach to identify relevant actors, and their behavior in the international arena.

Ana G. Méndez University

Orlando – Puerto Rico


Principles of Sociology

This course is a compendium of SOCI 201-202. It studies the nature, development and functions of social groups and institutions and how they affect individuals in their social interaction. It allows students to expand its general education and to deepen in its social knowledge, specifically in the field of sociology. To such effects, the student will extend his knowledge and will develop his/hers skills and attitudes by studying principles of sociology, a critical thinking exercise, the application of sociological theories and the analysis of social dynamics in general, in the United States and the world.

Research Techniques in Social Sciences

This course is designed to introduce the student to the skills and techniques of applied social science research methods. Writing the research purpose, hypothesizing, data collection and analysis, application of findings and conclusion will be emphasized.

Individual, Community, Government, and Social Responsibility I

Study of the civic, social, cultural and psychological components of the individual in society. Emphasis will be given to the personal, interpersonal and social dimensions.

Individual, Community, Government, and Social Responsibility II

Study of civic, social, cultural and psychological elements of the individual in society; with emphasis in political, economic and environmental dimensions.

Applied Statistics Methods for Social Sciences

Statistical methods applied course is introductory to the field of statistical methodology. applicable to the field of social sciences. It provides an overview of descriptive and inferential statistics of greatest relevance to the field of social services.

Social Problems

This course will study, analyze and discuss social problems present in modern society. The focus of the topics to be discussed will be from a sociological perspective. Special attention will be given to the analysis of the effects that social problems have on each social institution.

Statistics Methods for Social Sciences

This course is an introduction to the statistical methodology as applied to social sciences. Basic statistical concepts and techniques are introduced. The course also emphasizes the scientific and graphical presentation of data, as well as its analysis.

Contemporary Economic and Political Issues

Interdisciplinary approach to the interrelation of social organizations and the political and economic systems in the contemporary world. Study of social, political and economic development. Analysis of selected events and current issues.

Universidad de Carabobo



  • Graduate Teaching

Governance and Democracy

Understand and operationalize the concept of democratic governability, link it with economic and social development as well as decentralization and monitor its evolution.

Research Seminar I

Provide the basic principles of research methods applied to political science, developing a research project from the initial phase of topic selection, objectives definition, literature framework, methodological design and field work strategy.

  • Undergraduate Teaching 

Public Administration

This is a core course aiming at providing an overlook of the State and its bureaucratic apparatus, characterizing the political system and the administrative procedures, along with the efforts on State reform conducted.

Local Government

This elective course develops a comprehensive review of the local government structure, legal organization, and democratic participation at a local level.

Public Policy

This elective course is designed to identify the phases of the public policy process, emphasizing on the objectives, and the final outcome as an important product of the political system.

Negotiation Techniques

This elective course is an overview of the schools of negotiation, styles, and the process of a negotiation, highlighting the negotiation in the public process.

Venezuelan Political System

Historical principles of the Venezuelan political system, background and shortcomings.

Universidad Central de Venezuela

Núcleo Región Centro-Occidental


  • Graduate Teaching

Public Administration

This course is designed to analyze the State and the political system, and the problems associated with its performance in the process of satisfying public demands.

Public Policy Analysis 

This course is designed to analyze the phases of the public policy process, determining the objectives, procedures and results, evaluating its impact on the political system.