LSO121 - Introduction to Political Science

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Subject Title
Introduction to Political Science

Subject Description
The world of politics can be difficult to understand without some theoretical training.  Yet it is vital for citizens of a democracy to understand how politics works.  For all its complexity and frequent inelegance, politics is what allows humans to manage their differences, share their resources, protect their rights, and change their governments.  In this course political science methodologies, approaches and theories will be introduced, allowing students to learn how the state, the structures of government and the political process impact their daily lives. Students will deepen their understanding of politics and political ideologies and learn how they are relevant to securing or advancing their material interests.

Credit Status
One lower level liberal studies elective credit for degree programs.

Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this subject the student will be able to:

  1. Define and discuss key concepts in the discipline of political science.
  2. Differentiate levels and types of government.
  3. Compare political systems, ideologies, and parties in light of their historical significance. 
  4. Apply political science methodologies to other disciplines.
  5. Use and analyze statistical data.
  6. Organize and document information using technology and information systems.
  7. Show respect for the diverse opinions, values, belief systems and contributions of others.

Essential Employability Skills
Communicate clearly, concisely and correctly in the written, spoken and visual form that fulfils the purpose and meets the needs of the audience.

Respond to written, spoken, or visual messages in a manner that ensures effective communication.

Locate, select, organize, and document information using appropriate technology and information systems.

Analyze, evaluate, and apply relevant information from a variety of sources.

Show respect for diverse opinions, values, belief systems, and contributions of others.

Interact with others in groups or teams in ways that contribute to effective working relationships and the achievement of goals.

Manage the use of time and other resources to complete projects.

Take responsibility for one's own actions, decisions, and consequences.

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Accommodation for Students with Disabilities
The College will provide reasonable accommodation to students with disabilities in order to promote academic success. If you require accommodation, contact the Counselling and Accessibility Services Office at ext. 22900 to initiate the process for documenting, assessing and implementing your individual accommodation needs.