POL101-DL2009-1-fall - Page 1 of 6 COURSE OUTLINE...

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Page 1 of 6 COURSE OUTLINE COURSE OUTLINE Instructor: David Manel Instructor: David Manel Semester/Session: Fall 2009 Course Number: Political Science 101 Course Title: Introduction to Political Science Course Credits: 3 Lecture hours: Lab hours: Other hours: Pre-requisite(s): None Co-requisite(s): None Course Description: This course provides student with a general introduction to politics and governance by studying the basic theories and terminology of Political Science. To this end, the semester is broken up into four distinct sections that correspond with four of the major sub-fields within the discipline. The areas of emphasis include political philosophy, comparative institutions, international relations, and American politics. While studying each sub-field, students will be asked to keep one eye on current political events. Students will recognize the importance of academic terms and concepts once they are observed against the backdrop of “real world” political events. Learning Outcomes: Upon successful completion of the course, students will be able to: 1. List differences between modern political ideologies. 2. Assess specific political issues (e.g., poverty, free trade, and discrimination) through the lens of different political ideologies. 3. Compare the advantages and disadvantages between parliamentary and presidential democracy. 4. Compare different forms of representation (proportional vs. single member districts). 5. Compare and contrast Contending theories of International Relations. 6. Explain the American Electoral College system and how it compares with how other electoral systems. 7. Assess the arguments for why governments and politics are necessary. Section Dates Days Time Room AIN-1,2 Distance Learning – Internet Course Instructor: David Manel Office Hours: M,W 9:00-10:00; F 12-1; M 5-6 Telephone: 412-237-2659 Office Location: Milton 242 E-Mail Address: Dmanel@ccac.edu Materials and Resources: Required Text(s): Political Science: An Introduction 10 th edition – Michael G. Roskin Required Materials: Access to the Internet Recommended Text(s): Audio-Visual Materials: Directed Study: Open Lab, Tutoring, etc.
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Page 2 of 6 Teaching Methods: This course is a reading and writing intensive course. Links to a set of reading will be provided each week. It is expected that these readings will be completed by the end of the week. It is strongly suggested
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