Course Summary
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Political Science 101
38 hours for 18 weeks
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Credit Recommendation & Competencies
Level Credits (SH) Subject
Lower-Division Baccalaureate 3 Introduction to Political Science


Upon completion of the course, the student will be able to define and explain key concepts, terms, and the general nomenclature in the discipline of political science.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Define and explain key concepts, terms, and the general nomenclature in the discipline of political science
  • Comprehend and describe several forms of political organization that range in scope from the local to international, and vary in classification from public to private to semi-autonomous
  • Trace 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
  • Discuss 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 socioeconomic forces and public opinions, and comprehend how these concepts are measured as well as how they manifest through civic action
  • Explain 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
  • Define and understand 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 describe global political issues and how they are being addressed by a developing international legal and regulatory system, while evaluating the role of globalization, wealth inequality, and environmental concerns in these trends.

General Topics:

  • Basic Terms and Concepts of Political Science
  • Political Ideologies and Philosophy
  • Forms of Government
  • Electoral Systems
  • The Branches of Government
  • US Federal Bureaucracy
  • The History & Role of Political Parties
  • Interest Groups in Politics
  • Mass Media and Politics
  • Political Culture, Public Opinion & Civic Behavior
  • Public and Social Policy
  • Fiscal Policy in Government & the Economy
  • Foreign Policy, Defense Policy & Government
  • Concepts of International Relations
  • Theories of International Relations
  • International Actors in Political Science
  • International Law in Politics
  • Global Issues and Politics
Instruction & Assessment

Instructional Strategies:

  • Audio Visual Materials

Methods of Assessment:

  • Examinations
  • Quizzes

Minimum Passing Score:

Supplemental Materials