Students explore basic concepts in political science and how politics impact aspects of our everyday lives and experiences. Students examine how politics influence our individuality, society, the world, and the future. Specifically, students assess what it means to be an active citizen in a world marked by a combination of ever-evolving political dynamics, and more permanent institutional and legal structures. To that end, students engage central themes in politics such as power and ideology, democracy and political parties, the state and its institutions, and international relations. Finally, students appraise the limits of their political environments and, accordingly, propose reforms to the manner in which we govern ourselves. Through class discussions, assigned readings, engaging in structured debates, written analysis and reflection, and completing evaluations, students analyze their experience as citizens in
relation to political structures.
Course Critical Performance and Learning Outcomes
|This course is part of the General Education curriculum which is designed to contribute to the development of the students' consciousness of the diversity, complexity, and richness of the human experience; their ability to establish meaning through this consciousness; and, as a result, their ability to contribute thoughtfully, creatively, and positively to the society in which they live and work. General Education courses strengthen students' generic skills, such as critical analysis, problem solving, and communication, in the context of an exploration of topics with broad-based personal and/or societal importance.
|By the end of this course students will have demonstrated the ability to articulate the role played by institutions and political dynamics in the lives of the everyday citizen.
To achieve the critical performance, students will have demonstrated the ability to:
- Create a definition of citizenship informed by personal experience and legal frameworks.
- Describe the role of power in politics.
- Evaluate how different ideologies shape our understanding of politics.
- Differentiate between democratic and authoritarian models of government.
- Interpret the functions played by political parties.
- Classify the major institutions that make up the contemporary state.
- Assess the increasing interrelationship between domestic politics and international politics.
- Propose solutions to improve governance at the local, national, and international levels.
- Predict political transformations based on historical and contemporary trends.
Students demonstrate their learning in the following ways:
| ||Evaluation Plan: IN-CLASS|
| ||In Class Reflection||15.0%|
| ||Quizzes (3 x 5%)||15.0%|
| ||Case Study Analysis||20.0%|
| ||Final Test||25.0%|
Evaluation Notes and Academic Missed Work Procedure:
TEST AND ASSIGNMENT PROTOCOL
To encourage behaviours that will help students to be successful in the workplace and to ensure that students receive credit for their individual work, the following rules apply to every course offered within the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences.
1. Students are responsible for staying abreast of test dates and times, as well as due dates and any special instructions for submitting assignments and projects as supplied to the class by the professor.
2. Students must write all tests at the specified times. Missed tests, in-class activities, assignments and presentations are awarded a mark of zero. If an extension or make-up opportunity is approved by the professor as outlined below, the mark of zero may be revised by subsequent performance. The penalty for late submission of written assignments is a loss of 10% per day for up to five business days (excluding weekends and statutory holidays), after which, a grade of zero is assigned. Business days include any day that the college is open for business, whether the student has scheduled classes that day or not.
3. Students, who miss a test or in-class activity or assignment or fail to submit an assignment on time due to exceptional circumstances, are required to notify their professor in advance of the class whenever possible. A make-up test may be supplied for students who provide an acceptable explanation of their absence and/or acceptable documentation explaining their absence (e.g., a medical certificate). All make-up tests are to be written at a time and place specified by the professor upon the student's return. Alternately, students may be given an opportunity to earn the associated marks by having a subsequent test count for the additional marks. Exceptional circumstances may result in a modification of due dates for assignments.
4. Unless otherwise specified, assignments and projects must be submitted at the beginning of class.
5. Students must complete every assignment as an individual effort unless, the professor specifies otherwise.
6. Since there may be instances of grade appeal or questions regarding the timely completion of assignments and/or extent of individual effort, etc., students are strongly advised to keep, and make available to their professor, if requested, a copy of all assignments and working notes until the course grade has been finalized.
7. There will be no resubmission of work unless this has been previously agreed to or suggested by the professor.
8. Students must submit all assignments in courses with practical lab and field components in order to pass the course.
The course meets the following Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities requirements:
Essential Employability Skills emphasized in the course:
- Communication Skills - Communicate clearly, concisely and correctly in the written, spoken, visual form that fulfills the purpose and meets the needs of the audience.
- Communication Skills - Respond to written, spoken, or visual messages in a manner that ensures effective communication.
- Critical Thinking & Problem Solving Skills - Use a variety of thinking skills to anticipate and solve problems.
- Critical Thinking & Problem Solving - Apply a systematic approach to solve problems.
- Information Management Skills - Analyze, evaluate, and apply relevant information from a variety of sources.
- Information Management - Locate, select, organize and document information using appropriate technology and information systems.
- Interpersonal Skills - Show respect for the diverse opinions, values, belief systems, and contributions of others.
- Interpersonal Skills - Interact with others in groups or teams in ways that contribute to effective working relationships and the achievement of goals.
- Personal Skills - Manage the use of time and other resources to complete projects.
- Personal Skills - Take responsibility for one's own actions, decisions, and consequences.
This General Education course relates to the following themes as specified by the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities.
Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition
PLAR Contact (if course is PLAR-eligible) - Office of the Registrar
Students may apply to receive credit by demonstrating achievement of the course learning outcomes through previous relevant work/life experience, service, self-study and training on the job. This course is eligible for challenge through the following method(s):
Some details of this outline may change as a result of circumstances such as weather cancellations, College and student activities, and class timetabling.
Instruction Mode: In-Class
Professor: Multiple Professors
|Required||Textbook||Introduction to Politics, Garner, R, Oxford University Press, 2017|
Dyck, R. (Ed.) (2012). Studying Politics: An Introduction to
Political Science. Fourth Edition. Toronto: Nelson
Mclean, I. & McMillan, A. (Eds.) (2009). The Concise Oxford
Dictionary of Politics. Third Edition. New York : Oxford University
Applicable student group(s): Cross College General Education elective
Module 1: Power and Ideology
Unit 1: Power and politics
-Introduction to Politics, Chapter 2 (pp. 46-59)
Unit 2: Political ideologies Part 1
-Introduction to Politics, Chapter 5 (pp.89-99)
Unit 3: Political ideologies Part 2
-Introduction to Politics, Chapter 6(pp.102-105)
-In class reflection (15%)
Module 2: Democracy and Voting
Unit 4: Introduction to democracy
-Introduction to Politics, Chapter 3(pp.55-69)
-Quiz 1 (5%)
Unit 5: Political parties and elections
-Introduction to Politics, Chapter 11(pp.219-236)
Unit 6: Civil society
-Introduction to Politics, Chapter 12(pp.238-260)
Module 3: The State and its Institutions
Unit 7: Constitutions and the law
-Introduction to Politics, Chapter 8(pp.161-180)
Unit 8: The legislative branch and bureaucracy
-Introduction to Politics, Chapter 9(pp.183-203)
- Case study analysis (20%)
Module 4: International Relations
Unit 9: Theories of international relations
-Introduction to Politics, Chapter 15(pp.303-320)
Unit 10: Conflict and security
-Introduction to Politics, Chapter 17(pp.342-360)
-Quiz 3 (5%)
Unit 11: The Global economy
-Introduction to Politics, Chapter 20(pp.404-418)
-Final test (25%)