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Political Science 101: Introduction to Political Science
December 2014 – Present.
Upon successful completion of the course, students will be able to: define and explain key concepts, terms, and the general nomenclature in the discipline of political science; assess several forms of political organizations that range in scope from the local to international, and vary in classification from public to private to semi-autonomous; analyze the systems that underlies voting and political participation and the dissemination of political power among offices, bureaucracies, agencies, and institutions within government; evaluate the differences between forms of political organization and government type and what makes each unique in terms of their structure and distribution of power; evaluate the evolution of political theories from antiquity to the contemporary age, and compare as well as contrast the diverse array of approaches to understanding political systems; draw connections between socio-economic forces and public opinions, and how these concepts are measured as well as how they manifest through civic action; appraise the relationship between economics and politics by illustrating how policy may impact markets and how trends in the economy can motivate or dissuade government interventions; analyze a variety of international relations theories and compare them to one another while appraising their utility in encouraging diplomatic and economic bonds between states; and break down global political issues and how they are addressed by a developing international legal and regulatory system, while evaluating the role of globalization, wealth inequality, and environmental concerns in these trends.
The course is self-paced, and instruction is delivered through online video and text lessons. Students are assessed through quizzes and a proctored final exam. Topics include: basic terms and concepts of political science, political ideologies and philosophy, forms of government, electoral systems, the branches of government, U.S. Federal bureaucracy, the history and role of political parties, interest groups in politics, mass media and politics, political culture, public opinion and civic behavior, public and social policy, fiscal policy in government and the economy, foreign policy, defense policy and government, concepts of international relations, theories of international relations, international actors in political science, international law in politics, global issues and politics, the congress, powers and elections, presidential elections and powers, the federal judicial system, comparative law, civil liberties, and types of legislatures in government.
In the lower division baccalaureate/associate degree category, 3 semester hours in Political Science (12/17).