Contemporary Issues in Political Science – GOVT 460

CG • Section 8WK • 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020 • Modified 11/05/2021

Course Description

This course examines the contemporary legal, economic, political, religious, philosophical, and cultural issues impacting the political context in the areas of government, politics, and international relations. These factors will be considered in light of a Biblical perspective. Students will be challenged to apply key concepts of political science to these discussions.

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

Rationale

GOVT 460 examines how worldview affects a wide array of political stances. This course also provides the student with in-depth knowledge of selected contemporary political issues.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Explain the relationship between worldview and the contemporary political process.
  2. Explain the relationship between one’s philosophical presumptions regarding human nature and the development and/or choice of political systems.
  3. Identify how the Bible describes poverty and how poverty is addressed in both the Old and New Testaments.
  4. Understand how the Bible treats the concept of nationhood.
  5. Analyze contemporary policies and/or governmental actions in light of their philosophical roots.

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 (3)

Discussions are collaborative learning experiences. Therefore, the student is required to create a thread in response to the provided prompt for each Discussion. Each thread must be 400–500 words, demonstrate course-related knowledge, and include at least three references to course readings and at least one Scripture reference. In addition to the thread, the student is required to reply to at least two classmates’ threads. Each reply must be 200–250 words and include at least one reference to course readings and at least one Scripture reference. Each reply must be unique; merely posting the same reply in two places is not sufficient and may be treated as a form of academic misconduct.

Book Reviews (3)

The student will be required to submit three Book Reviews. Each Book Review must be at least three pages, must be written in current APA format, and must cite at least five appropriate sources to justify the student’s position and/or conclusions. Each review must also cite at least one Scripture reference. In all other respects, each review must be in accord with the standards of academic writing.

Research Papers (2)

The student will be required to submit two research papers. The papers must be at least five pages, must be written in current APA format, and must cite at least five appropriate sources in sufficient quantity to justify the student's position and/or conclusions. The papers must also cite at least one Scripture reference. In all other respects, the papers must be in accord with the standards of academic writing.