POLI 101 Syllabus Pdf Version.pdf

POLI 101 Syllabus Pdf Version.pdf - Political Science...

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Political Science 101-05608: Introduction to Political Science City College Spring 2016 January 25 May 20 Online via BlackBoard Learn John Mercurio, Instructor Email: [email protected] Note: Please put City 101 in your subject line when emailing me. Thanks. Office Hours: MW 11:00am-12:00pm in MS-440D or by appointment if necessary Course Objectives: By the end of the course, students should be able to: 1. Identify the fundamental elements of political science and explain the concept of political power from biological, cultural, rational and irrational perspectives. 2. Formulate an argument supported by evidence taken from appropriate sources in order to prove a point related to politics and/or political theory. 3. Compare and contrast classic, Marxist, institutional and contemporary political theories and apply elements of each to explain the concept of nationhood, problems associated with nation building, and the purpose of government and constitutions in the modern world. 4. Classify given political systems as democratic, totalitarian or authoritarian, and assess the democratization processes of given authoritarian regimes. 5. Differentiate among political ideology, political culture and public opinion. 6. Evaluate the roles of the media, interest groups, political parties, and electoral processes in the functioning of modern unitary and federal political systems. 7. Compare and contrast the forms and functions of the legislatures, executives, courts and bureaucracies in the United States and European countries. 8. Define political economy and explain its relationship to public policy in contemporary United States history. 9. Analyze the causes of political violence and revolution and distinguish between micro and macro theories of war. Student Learning Objective: 1. Produce a well-structured critical analysis essay that addresses an important current political issue. Course Required Readings: 1) Van Belle, Douglas A. A Novel Approach to Politics, 4 th Edition. Los Angeles, CQ Press, 2016. ISBN # 978-1-4833-6849-8. This book is required to successfully complete the course. 2) We will be using the motion picture video V for Vendetta (2005) during Week 4 of the semester. Make sure you make arrangements in advance to obtain a rental of that video in time for that week. 3) We will be using the motion picture video Network (1976) during Week 13 of the semester. Make sure you make arrangements in advance to obtain a rental of that
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video in time for that week. Both videos are available on Netflix and Amazon for rental. 4) Any other materials needed for the course will be available through Blackboard. You will need to have the book and access to the two videos in order to have a chance to be successful in this class. I think it will be very difficult for you to succeed without them.
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