Course Purpose

This course provides an introductory overview of the nature of politics and government, how to create good governments, and how best to structure political institutions (and limit their powers). The course examines basic political concepts, theories and ideologies, institutions of government, and the structures and processes of politics and policy-making. The course also prepares students for further study in political science by providing conceptual and analytical tools appropriate to the field.

 Expected Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the course, successful students will be able to:

1. Identify various areas of specialization in political science and the general scope and methods of the discipline at an introductory level;

2. Define selected concepts such as government, law, power, democracy, state, society, freedom, and equality;

3. Explain the basic features of political ideologies such as liberalism, conservatism, and socialism;

4. Identify and describe the executive, legislative, and judicial branches of government;