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Political Science 100

Introduction to Political Science

Credits: 3 credits

Length of Course: 14 weeks

Classroom hours per week: 4

Prerequisite: C+ in English 098

Corequisite: English 099​

Text: Politics: An Introduction, 2nd Ed. George A. MacLean and Duncan R. Wood. 2014 Oxford University Press

Course Description:

The purpose of this course is to introduce students to the primary concepts and terminology of political science. Political science is a dynamic, wide ranging academic field and, as such, our survey of the field will explore a number of its facets. 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 culture can impact politics and political structures. We will examine the formal structures and functions of government. Students will be asked to consider the different forms of political participation. We will talk about the politics of developing and developed states, considering a variety of case studies including India, China, Canada and the United States. Finally, the course will consider politics in an ever-globalizing world. Each week , students will be asked to explore events in the news through the framework and concepts introduced in course readings.

Course Outline:

Week 1 Introduction to Studying Politics
Week 2 States and Nations
Week 3 Political Thought and Philosophy
Week 4 What Goverment Does
Week 5 The Branches of Goverment
Week 6 Considering Democratic Goverment
Week 7 Public Participation in Politics
Week 8 Socialization and Culture in Politics
Week 9 Politics in the Developing World
Week 10 Politics in The Developed World
Week 11 International Relations: Politics Between States
Week 12 International Security in a Globalized World
Week 13 The Market, Government and Globalization
Week 14 Final Exam



Class Participation 10%
In the News Group Assignment 15%
Term Paper 25%
Midterm 20%
Final Examination



Matt Wadsworth, B.A. (Simon Fraser), M.A (Regina)

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