Introduction to Political Science – GOVT 210

CG • Section 8WK • 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020 • Modified 11/09/2021

Course Description

A comparative survey of the scope, methodologies, and major schools of political science, including its links with history, economics, and other cognate fields.

For information regarding prerequisites for this course, please refer to the Academic Course Catalog.

Rationale

A good political system helps us to flourish as individuals and families by providing social structure, order, and security. Political scientists seek to know how to organize and structure such a political system in order to bring about human flourishing. This course is intended to give you an overview of the discipline of political science, including its concepts, methodologies, theories, subfields, and purposes. Through this course, you will gain an ability to analyse and critique the field of political science from a biblical viewpoint and become equipped to work in the field of political science or the public policy realm for the glory of God. This course directly supports Aims 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, and 10 of the Liberty University Statement of Purpose.

Course Assignment

Textbook readings and lecture presentations

Course Requirements Checklist

After reading the Course Syllabus and Student Expectations, the student will complete the related checklist found in the Course Overview.

Discussions (6)

Discussions are weekly collaborative learning experiences. Therefore, the student is required to provide a thread in response to the provided prompt for each Discussion. Each thread must be 200-300 words and demonstrate course-related knowledge. In addition to the thread, the student is required to reply to 2 other classmates’ threads. Each reply must be 100-200 words.

Democracy Paper Assignment

The student will write a 3-4 page (750-1000 words) paper, in current APA format. The Democracy Paper will focus on evaluating the American democracy from both a theoretical and Christian perspective. The paper must include at least 2-3 scholarly references in addition to the course textbooks and the Bible.

Institutions Case Study Assignment

The student will write a 3-4 page (750-1000 words) paper in current APA format. The Institutions Case Study will require students to compare and contrast the legislative, executive, and judicial institutions in two democratic foreign nations. The paper must include at least 2-3 scholarly references in addition to the course textbooks and the Bible.

Quizzes (8)

Each quiz will cover the Learn material for the assigned Module: Week. Each quiz will be open-book/open-notes, contain 20 multiple-choice and true/false, and have a 45-minute time limit.