Introduction to political science

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Intro Into Political Science[edit]

Learning Objectives[edit]

Unit 1: The Bases Of Politics[edit]

  • What is politics? Explain in detail.
  • What is a nation-state? Define its elements.
  • Discuss the contributions of many different political theorists.
  • Compare and describe the different social contract theories.
  • What is Democracy and a Republic?
  • Compare and contrast authoritarianism and totalitarianism. Give examples of each.

using examples in Kenya define politics. What is military politics?

Unit 2: Political Thought[edit]

  • Define the term ideology.
  • Classic Liberalism vs. Modern Liberalism
  • Outline the main tenets of Socialism, Communism, Fascism, Anarchism, etc.
  • Culture vs. Politics
  • Discuss the contributions of Feminism


Unit 3: Politics in History[edit]

  • Identify world altering political events.
  • Actors vs. Ideas
  • Identify the different civilizations that attempted world conquest. Why?
  • Discuss the American Revolution
  • Discuss the Russian Bolshevik Revolution
  • Discuss both World War I and II


Unit 4: Modern Politics[edit]

  • Discuss the governing bodies of modern nation-states.
  • What is the United Nations?
  • Globalization, the savior or destroyer?
  • Terrorism and its effect on politics.
  • Can there really be Democracy in Iraq?
  • The effect of economics in world politics.
  • What is Capitalism?

Class Procedures[edit]

This class will be instructed through reading materials, discussion and formal lecture. Please be aware that this class will require that you attend periodic live on-line voice lectures. After these lectures, students will be allowed to vocally debate and ask questions. These lectures will be once a week, and instructions on how and when to attend these lectures will be e-mailed to you upon enrollment.

EXAMS[edit]

There will be 4 writing component projects that will be considered exams through out the semester. This will require students to critically think about the various elements of their unit of study.

Final Exam will be comprehensive and consist of Multiple Choice, True/Flase and Matching.

Grade Computation[edit]

Lecture exams = 80% Final exam = 20%

Grade scale: 90-100 = A; 80-89 = B; 70-79 = C; 60-69 = D; below 60 = F

Attendance[edit]

Students are required to attend the once a week live online lecture. Most of the information needed to fulfill the exams will be discussed in these lecutres. Students will be allowed to miss 1 lecture session, thereafter the student will be dropped from this class. The professor of this course gives the effort to teach for free, students must give the effort to attend.

Students[edit]

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users from Wikibooks[edit]

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