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Test One Notes - America in the 21 Century intro to poli...

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9/7/07 America in the 21 st Century: intro to poli sci 101 A. Definition of “politics” “Who gets what when and how (lasswell) “The authoritative allocation of values” (Easton) “The pursuit and exercise of power” (irish and pronthro) B. Characteristics of politics Ubiquitous (found everwhere) Involves moral choice Involves conflict and (search for) consensus (if the other team didn’t show up) C. Two questions about politics 1. Who governs? 2. To what ends? II Power “The ability to et someone to do something that he/she wouldn’t otherwise have done.” Power may be exercised in different ways (force vs. influence) III Political science “The systematic study of politics” Art: Skill based on gift and practice Philosophy: search for the common good Science: searching for patterns of behavior Study: politics, political science, political apathy and American democracy
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9/10/07 IV Why study political science? Interesting (people interacting) Affects our lives (self interest) ie death and taxes Affects others (society) Christian Responsibility o Christ “render unto Caesar” o Romans 13 subjection to higher powers because they are ordained by God, obey, pay taxes etc. o Cultural Mandate: obligation toward the world and our culture Preparation for Careers V. Political Apathy: Why do we care? Media? Family breakdown? Economic uncertainty Failure of government (declining faith) institutions
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9/12/07 Possible antidotes for political Apathy o Political activity and knowledge o Better performance of the system VI American Democracy: What holds the US TOGETHER?
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