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POLI 100 - Politics and Government
Course Code:
POLI 100


Calendar Description:
Students in this course will be introduced to the fundamental concepts of political science such as politics, political culture, ideology, government, nation and state and they will explore the impact of politics on individuals and society by examining similarities and differences of various political systems and processes.

Date First Offered: September 2004

Total Hours: 45
Lecture Hours: 45

Total Weeks: 15

This course is offered online: Yes
Depending on semester schedules, this course may be available online. Please consult the Academic Timetables.

Pre-Requisites: None

Non-Course Pre-Requisites: None

Co-Requisites: None

Course Content:
Nation-States, Nationalism, and Globalization
Government, the Economy, and Political Conflict
The Democratic Ideal
Liberalism, Conservatism, Socialism, and Fascism
Feminism, Environmentalism, and Religious Fundamentalism
Political Culture, Political Participation, and Political Socialization
Politics and the Media
Political Parties
Elections, Electoral Systems, and Voting Behaviour
Taking Collective Action: Interest Groups and Social Movements
Unconventional and Highly Conflictive Politics: From Protest to Revolution
The Constitution, Rights and Freedoms, and the Rule of Law
Multiple Governments
Parliamentary Systems
Presidential and Semi-Presidential Systems
Public Policy and Public Administration
Politics and Government in the World’s Poorer Countries
Non-Democratic Systems and the Transition to Democracy
Politics and Governance at the Global Level

Learning Outcomes:
Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:
- Be able to express an understanding of fundamental concepts of politics necessary for success in future political science courses
- Demonstrate improved critical thinking and writing skills
- Be able to develop and express informed opinions on domestic and international political issues both orally and in written form
- Identify how political structures can be influenced and changed by political involvement and collective action.

- Provide students with the knowledge of the development of nations and political ideologies.
- Provide students with the understanding of how media present political ideas to their readers
- Provide students with an understanding of political development outside of the western world

- Identify arguments in political texts
- Analyze primary documents
- Contrast and compare political arguments in texts that
on similar topics but with different arguments
- Write a research essay using academic language and structure

- Become familiar with the web-based program, Desire2Learn, and will learn how to access,
download, and upload documents

Grading System:

Passing Grade:
D (50%)

Course Offered in Other Programs: Yes

Other Programs:
Associate of Arts Diploma
Associate of Arts Degree
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