POLS102 Introduction to Political Science

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Course Code Course Title Weekly Hours* ECTS Weekly Class Schedule
T P
POLS102 Introduction to Political Science 3 0 6 TBA
Prerequisite None It is a prerequisite to
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Course Objectives This introductory course will offer a broad survey of the discipline of Political Science. It will enable students to compare and contrast major political sciences theories and apply them to the events and developments that are currently transpiring in the world. The course aims to help students understand how these seemingly abstract debates deal with things we all experience in our everyday lives. By the end of the course, students should have a basic understanding of political institutions and processes.
Textbook Simon, D., Romance, J., and Reimer, N. (2020). The Challenge of Politics: An Introduction to Political Science (6th Edition), Thousand Oaks, CA: CQ Press.
Learning Outcomes After successful  completion of the course, the student will be able to:
  1. Analyze basic concepts and approaches to the study of Political Science.
  2. Apply basic concepts towards the analysis of current political issues, disputes, and trends.
  3. Demonstrate an understanding of how institutions, political parties, and party systems function.
  4. Compare and contrast different branches within the discipline of Political Science.
  5. Demonstrate knowledge on recent developments within the discipline of Political Sciences
Teaching Methods This course employs a range of teaching and learning methods that include: lecturing, video clips, group discussions and analysis, quizzes, in-class midterm exam and final exam.
WEEK TOPIC REFERENCE
Week 1 Registration Period Introduction
Week 2 Introduction to Intro to Political Science- The Games Politicians Play Chapter 1
Week 3 Politics and Choice Chapter 2
Week 4 Political Science: Components, Tasks, and Contraversies & QUIZ 1 Chapter 3
Week 5 The Physical, Social and Cultural Environment of Politics pt 1 Chapter 4
Week 6 The Physical, Social and Cultural Environment of Politics pt. 2 Chapter 4
Week 7 The Quest for the Good Poliitcal Life Chapter 5
Week 8 Libreral Democracy and Libreral Democracy AND Democratic Socialism and Communism: Ideologies of the Left Chapter 6 and 7
Week 9 Review and Midterm None
Week 10 Key Dilemmas: Poliitcal Form, Culture, and Values Chapter 8
Week 11 Comparative Poliitcs Chapter 10
Week 12 International Politics and the Global Community & QUIZ 2 Chapter 11
Week 13 War and Peace in the Modern Age Chapter 12
Week 14 The Battle on Behalf of Human Rights Chapter 13
Week 15 The Struggle for Economic Well-Being and the Imperative fo Economic Health Chapter 14 and Chapter 15
Assessment Methods and Criteria Evaluation Tool Quantity Weight Alignment with LOs
Final Exam 1 30 1,2,3,4,5
Semester Evaluation Compenents
Midterm Exam 1 30 1,2
Quiz 1 1 15 3,4
Quiz 2 1 15 4,5
Attendance 1 10 1,2,3,4,5
***     ECTS Credit Calculation     ***
 Activity Hours Weeks Student Workload Hours Activity Hours Weeks Student Workload Hours
Lecture Hours 3 15 45 Home study 3 15 45
Quiz 1 7 1 7 Quiz 1 7 1 7
Quiz 2 8 1 8 Final exam study 23 1 23
Home study 3 15 45 Home study 3 15 45
        Total Workload Hours = 150
*T= Teaching, P= Practice ECTS Credit = 6
Course Academic Quality Assurance: Semester Student Survey Last Update Date: 06/11/2020
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