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2015-2016 Undergraduate Academic Catalog 
2015-2016 Undergraduate Academic Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

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SS 454 - Political Science

3 lecture hours 0 lab hours 3 credits
Course Description
This course will provide basic information concerning the nature and scope of political science; the theory, organization and characteristics of the state; the forms of government; the philosophy and institutions of democracy; and the processes and functions of modern government. The governments of various nations are compared and contrasted. Students are encouraged to keep themselves informed about current developments in these areas and to develop a critical attitude toward them. (prereq: None) 
Course Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  • Gain objectivity and openness toward political experience
  • Gain a better understanding of the nature of the government, its functioning, and its purpose
  • Gain the ability to make more appropriate decisions consistent with the student’s own political needs and the political needs of others

Prerequisites by Topic
  • None

Course Topics
  • Nature of the State (2 classes)
  • Power/Authority/Legitimacy (2 classes)
  • Evaluation of Modern States (3 classes)
  • Political Socialization (2 classes)
  • Political Ideologies (3 classes)
  • Representation (2 classes)
  • Electoral Systems (2 classes)
  • Democracy (3 classes)
  • Legislative Functions (3 classes)
  • Executive Functions (3 classes)
  • Public Opinion (2 classes)
  • Pressure Groups/Political Parties (2 classes)
  • Test (1 class)

Katherine Wikoff

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