FALL 2017 – POL 101W C100
INTRODUCTION TO POLITICS AND GOVERNMENT (3)
Class Number: 4802
Delivery Method: Distance Education
A comprehensive introduction to the study of politics and government for both political science majors and students specializing in other disciplines. Explores the major concepts, methods, approaches and issues in political science, as well as the primary components of government structure and the political process. This course is identical to POL 100 and students may not take both courses for credit. Writing/Breadth-Social Sci.
A disinterest in politics is something that no conscientious citizen can afford. This course is intended to provide students with a means of engaging in broad political questions: Why are some societies plagued by war and violence, while others are stable and peaceful? How are the values in one society passed along to new members, and why do they differ from the values in other countries? Why does it matter how we structure the institutions of government, limit their powers, or determine which individuals should hold public offices and exercise authority over the rest of the population? The success of political processes to channel disputes in a society can play a key role in ensuring a harmonious society, while their failure can lead to frustration that boils over into revolution or chaos. A comparative approach in this class, looking at how differently politics are organized in other countries, will provide a broader context to determine how well particular government structures and processes may work.
- Discussion & Group Participation 15%
- Assignment 1 10%
- Assignment 2 35%
- Mid-term Exam 10%
- Final Exam 30%
Students must submit assignments through turnitin.com service in order to receive credit.
This course is identical to POL 100-3 and students may not take both courses for credit.
MATERIALS + SUPPLIES:
All Required Readings listed below are not provided by the Distance Education Office (CODE).
Studying Politics: An Introduction to Political Science (4th edition), Dyck