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POLS 110/6.0 Introduction to Politics and Government

Course applicable to the following Majors / Medials/ Minors:    POLS (core) / PPEC (depending on sub-plan) / Con-Ed Teaching Subject (History)
Course Instructor: Charan Rainford - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
This course is available in:   Fall and Winter terms (Full year course.)
Course Prerequisites / Exclusions:   None

I chose POLS 110 because I never got the opportunity to learn about politics or talk about current events in High School. After taking this course, I am able to take a more holistic look at world governments and regimes, and specifically how power is acquired and maintained. I would recommend this course to anyone who is curious about the political world and wants to learn about different political theories.


Course Highlights:

Grasp the core concepts of modern politics and examine the classical ideologies that have shaped the field.

Discuss contemporary issues in Canada, the UK and beyond. In the last year for example, we have had the opportunity to discuss two highly contentious electoral processes: The UK's Brexit and the election of Donald J Trump in the United States.

Visit historical sites of interest such as the Palace of Westminster, Churchill's War Rooms and La Coupole, a WW2 bunker just outside Calais.

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POLS 110/6.0 Introduction to Politics & Government

An introduction to political science that provides both a framework for thinking about politics and the institutions of  governance, and some of the vocabulary necessary for political analysis.

This full year course will introduce you to the questions and concepts that are fundamental to the study of politics and government. Whether you are taking this course as a prerequisite for further studies in the field of politics or out of personal interest for the topic, it will enrich your understanding of the way we govern ourselves and hone a variety of skills crucial to your success in the academic world and beyond. This course has been divided into four topic areas:

  1. What is political thought?
  2. What is a political process?
  3. What role does representation play in politics?
  4. What is international politics?

An exploration of these topics will help you carefully and thoughtfully engage with the political questions and issues that surround us.

Learning Outcomes

At the end of the course a successful student will be able to:

  • Develop a strong foundation in political thought, with particular fluency in political ideologies and theories of representation
  • Understand the basic mechanisms of government
  • Confidently engage with on-going debates in the field
  • Develop analytical and critical thinking skills.
  • Improve facility in written communication.
  • Foster a habit of thoughtful, constructive participation in discussions.

Experiential Learning Opportunities

Examples of previous ELOs include a tour of Scottish Parliament and meeting with Marco Biagi (Edinburgh), a visit to Centre Audiovisuel Simone de Beauvoir (Paris) and a Q&A with local Conservative MP Huw Merriman.

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