The purpose of this course is to introduce students to the study of political science as the phenomenon of conflict and cooperation, the exercise of power, order, authority and justice, the making of collective decisions, and the allocation of scarce resources.

Course Objectives

By the end of this course the student will be able to:

1.      Describe the three main concerns of political science: political philosophy and ethics, empirical and behavioral political science, and public policy.

2.      Explain the theories of governance structures and decision making.

3.      Classify government and political systems.

4.      Assess the impact of political socialization on political participation and decision-making processes.

5.      Evaluate the role of interest groups and political parties in political decision making.