Senior Seminar – GOVT 492

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

Course Description

The capstone course in Government provides—in the context of a biblical Christian worldview—an overview, discussion, and evaluation of leading figures, theories, subfields, and schools of thought within the broad field of political science.

Prerequisites

GOVT 200; Senior Standing or at least 21 upper division hours in Government

Rationale

Throughout his or her undergraduate career, the Government student is required to complete a series of thematic courses that provide detailed accounts of very specific aspects of the discipline of political science. As the Senior Seminar which culminates that undergraduate experience, GOVT 492 serves as a capstone course specifically designed to grant the student a panoramic view of all of the major concepts to which he or she has been exposed. This course delivers the opportunity to see how each topic fits into the grand scheme of governance as articulated by authorities within the discipline, thus allowing the student to process those ideas into a cohesive understanding and to do so from a biblically informed frame of reference.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Evaluate a variety of concepts and approaches to the study of political science, its various subfields, and such related fields as history, geography, and economics.
  2. Integrate an understanding of the forces, institutions, and individuals, both domestic and international, which help shape the political environment and the development of public policy.
  3. Identify the role that a biblical, Christian worldview perspective plays in the analyzing of various competing political ideologies and programs that vie for political influence and public support.
  4. Synthesize biblical, philosophical, and practical principles of government and politics.

Course Assignment

After reading the Course Syllabus and Student Expectations, the student will complete the related checklist found in Module/Week 1.

Discussion boards are collaborative learning experiences. Therefore, the student is required to submit a thread in response to the provided prompt for each forum. Each thread must be at least 500 words, demonstrate course-related knowledge, and include at least 5 citations in current Turabian format. In addition to the thread, the student is required to reply to 2 classmates’ threads. Each reply must be at least 250 words and include at least 2 citations in current Turabian format. Acceptable sources include the course textbooks and other scholarly publications in addition to the Bible.

The student will complete a matching quiz question that allows him or her to demonstrate recognition of concepts associated with the various subfields of political science.

The student will complete an interactive activity that will assist him or her in identifying his or her political subfield leanings.

The student will prepare 10-minute podcasts on political science topics in his or her subfield of interest. For each podcast, the student must submit the audio file along with an outline and a podcast script.

The student will write a research-based paper in current Turabian format that focuses on a systematic review of key questions confronting his or her subfield of interest. This assignment will be completed in the following stages:

Topic Proposal

The student will submit a research question on a topic related to the political science subfield identified during his or her Self-Identification Assessment.

Initial List of References

The student will compile at least 25 prospective sources other than the course textbooks and the Bible that discuss the pertinent aspects of his or her research question. Citations must follow current Turabian format.

Annotated Bibliography

The student will develop an annotated bibliography that provides a narrative account of the following for each source identified in the Initial List of References: the nature of the studies assessed, the type of data used, the methodology, and the findings that were generated. Citations must follow current Turabian format.

Final

The student will submit a final paper. The paper must be at least 10 pages, include at least 25 sources in addition to the course textbooks and the Bible, and follow current Turabian format. The page count does not include the title page or reference list.

This exam will cover the Reading & Study material for the assigned module/week. The exam will be open-book/open-notes and contain 30 short answer questions and 2 essay questions. The time limit will be 2 hours and 30 minutes.