Introduction to Political Science
This course introduces students to the primary concepts and terminology of political science. We will discuss some of the defining components of politics like the interaction between states and the market. Students will explore the ways that values, ideas, and cultures can impact politics and political structures. We will examine the formal structures and functions of government. Students will consider the different forms of political participation. We will talk about the politics of developing and developed states and consider a variety of case studies, including India, China, Canada, and the United States. Finally, the course will consider politics in an ever-globalizing world. Students will be asked to explore newsworthy events through the framework and concepts introduced in course readings.