POLI130 Introduction to Political Science
Department of Social & Behavioral Science: Political Science
Course Number and TitlePOLI130 Introduction to Political Science
Number of Credits3 credits
Minimum Number of Instructional Minutes Per Semester2250 minutes
Other Pertinent InformationNone
Catalog Course DescriptionAn introduction to what we know about government and politics, emphasizing the techniques by which we have come to know what we know. Intended for students planning to major in social science and other serious students of government and politics.
Required Course Content and Direction
- An understanding of the functioning of political institutions and processes.
- An elementary understanding of the perennial normative issues of politics.
- An understanding of the more basic techniques of political analysis.
- An understanding of current political events on national an global scale.
- Ability to read critically about political subjects at the level of the educated layman.
- Ability to think analytically about politics.
- Ability to communicate orally and in writing about political analysis.
- Ability to employ selected basis tools of political analysis.
- An understanding of the interrelations between government and society, political ideologies, techniques of political analysis, and the political science discipline itself.
Planned Sequence of Topics and/or Learning Activities:
- Politics in human life
- Governments and governing: an overview
- Political psychology, socialization and culture
- Modern political ideologies
- Democracy and authoritarianism: Principles and Models
- Public Opinion in Democratic Systems
- Political Communication and Noncommunication
- The Electoral Process
- Voting Behavior
- Political Parties and Party Systems
- The Legislative Process
- The Executive Process
- The Administrative Process
- Law and the Judicial Process
- Human Rights: Principles and Problems
- Politics among nations
- Peacemaking and Peacekeeping
Assessment Methods for Core Learning Goals:
Reference, Resource, or Learning Materials to be used by Students:Austin Ranney, Governing: An Introduction to Political Science (Upper Saddle River, NJ: latest edition) or similar text The New York Times (daily edition)
Teaching Methods EmployedLecture, Discussion, Simulation
Review/Approval Date - 10/98