Instructor: Dr Rachael Johnstone
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.
Available as a full-year course in Fall 2018/Winter 2019.
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:
- What is political thought?
- What is a political process?
- What role does representation play in politics?
- 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.
- 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
Past ELOs for this class have included:
- Tour of Scottish Parliament and meeting with Marco Biagi (Edinburgh)
- Tour of UK Parliament (London)
- Speaker from Oxfam at the Castle
- Centre Audiovisuel Simone de Beauvoir (Paris)
Past evaluation structure:
- Participation: 10%
- Field Study Papers (10%x3): 30%
- Ideology Assignment: 5%
- Research Essay Proposal: 5%
- Research Essay: 25%
- Final Exam: 25%