POLS102 Introduction to Political Science

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Course Code Course Title Weekly Hours* ECTS Weekly Class Schedule
T P
TBA
Prerequisite None It is a prerequisite to
Lecturer Mirsad Karic Office Hours / Room / Phone
Monday:
12:00-16:00
Tuesday:
13:00-14:00
Wednesday:
10:00-11:00
A F1.7 - 033 957 420
E-mail mkaric@ius.edu.ba
Assistant Assistant E-mail
Course Objectives This introductory course will offer a broad survey of the discipline of Political Science. It will enable students to evaluate the concept of political power and justify the claim that political science may be considered a science. The course aims to help students explain institutionalization of power, the purposes of constitutions, the separate role of the legislative, executive and judiciary branches of the government, the functions of political parties and contrast domestic politics and international relations. By the end of the course, students should have a basic understanding of political institutions and processes.
Textbook Michael G. Roskin, Robert L. Cord, James A. Medeiros and Walter S. Jones, Political Science: An Introduction (14th ed.), Pearson: Boston, 2016.
Additional Literature
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: in-class and online lecturing, students' presentations, group discussions and analysis
Teaching Method Delivery Hybrid / blended Teaching Method Delivery Notes
WEEK TOPIC REFERENCE
Week 1 Introduction No Reading
Week 2 Politics and Political Science Chapter 1
Week 3 States Chapter 3
Week 4 Constitutions and Rights Chapter 4
Week 5 Legislature Chapter 12
Week 6 Executive and Judiciary Chapter 13 and 14
Week 7 Mid-term exam-1 No Reading
Week 8 Political parties Chapter 10
Week 9 Elections Chapter 11
Week 10 Political Culture Chapter 6
Week 11 Public Opinion Chapter 7
Week 12 Political Ideologies Chapter 2
Week 13 Regimes Chapter 3
Week 14 International Relations Chapter 17
Week 15 Mid-term exam-2 No reading
Assessment Methods and Criteria Evaluation Tool Quantity Weight Alignment with LOs
Final Exam 1 40 1,2,3,4,5
Semester Evaluation Compenents
Midterm Exam 2 50 1,2,3,4, 5
Attendance and Participation 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 14 42 Home study 3 14 42
Midterm Study 9 4 36 Final exam study 10 3 30
        Total Workload Hours =
*T= Teaching, P= Practice ECTS Credit =
Course Academic Quality Assurance: Semester Student Survey Last Update Date: 16/04/2021
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