Contemporary Issues in Political Science – GOVT 460

CG • Section 8WK • 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020 • Modified 07/28/2020

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.

Prerequisites

GOVT 220 and GOVT 200

Rationale

GOVT 460 provides the student a history of the origins and explanation of the motivations of the political, economic, and cultural institutions that he/she has examined in previous political science courses.

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 significant trends in the development of institutions in the modern state.
  4. Explain the effects of modern presuppositions on several facets of modern society: political, economic, religious, cultural, etc.
  5. Compare sources in political, economic, religious, and cultural studies.
  6. 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 Module/Week 1.

Discussion Board Forums (3)

Discussion boards are collaborative learning experiences. Therefore, the student is required to create a thread in response to the provided prompt for each forum. Each thread must be 400–500 words, demonstrate course-related knowledge, and include at least 3 references to course readings and at least 1 Scripture reference. In addition to the thread, the student is required to reply to at least 2 classmates’ threads. Each reply must be 200–250 words and include at least 1 reference to course readings and at least 1 Scripture reference. Each reply must be unique; merely posting the same reply in 2 places is not sufficient and may be treated as a form of academic misconduct.

Book Reviews (3)

The student will be required to submit 3 Book Reviews. Each Book Review must be at least 3 pages, must be written in current Turabian format, and must cite at least 5 appropriate sources to justify the student’s position and/or conclusions. Each review must also cite at least 1 Scripture reference. In all other respects, each review must be in accord with the standards of academic writing.


Final Research Paper

The student will be required to submit a Final Research Paper. The paper must be 7–10 pages, must be written in current Turabian format, and must cite 7–10 appropriate sources in sufficient quantity to justify the student’s position and/or conclusions. The paper must also cite at least 1 Scripture reference. In all other respects, the paper must be in accord with the standards of academic writing. The topic for this paper is an assessment of the prospects for a return to a religious basis for Western Civilization.

Final Essay Exam

This exam will consist of 5 questions and is open-book/open-notes. Answers to each of these questions must be separate short essays of at least 3 paragraphs each (8–10 sentences per paragraph). Each essay must be 400–500 words and include at least 3 citations from the course readings. Therefore, the entire exam must contain at least 15 paragraphs (120–150 total sentences) and at least 15 citations. All 5 short essays must follow current Turabian format and be included in 1 document.