Political Science, Public Policy & Statesmanship – PSCI 501

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

Course Description

This course establishes the major facets of the study of political science and explains the relationship between political science and the public policy process. Students will also discuss and apply a Biblical model of statesmanship to this process and political context.

Prerequisites

None

Rationale

This course is a required core course in the Master of Arts in Political Science program. It provides a broad graduate-level introduction to the study of political science from a Biblical perspective and discusses the comprehensive approach to the facets of the study of political science, including the domestic and international contexts.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

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

    1. Apply a Biblical model of statesmanship to the fields of political science and public policy.
    2. Synthesize political science concepts with various geopolitical contexts.
    3. Evaluate political theory from a Biblical perspective.
    4. Synthesize patterns of behavior and interactions among political stakeholders and institutions.

Course Assignment

Textbook readings, articles, 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.

Worldview & Ideology Activities (2)

The student will watch the assigned presentations and complete the activities embedded within them. Each quiz can be completed as many times as necessary to move forward to the next part of the presentation.

Biblical Worldview Exercises (4)

These online, interactive presentations provide an overview of biblical principles of government and criminal justice. The student is allowed an unlimited number of attempts to complete these exercises until the assignment is due in order to maximize full credit. The highest score will be recorded.

Discussion Board Forums (3)

Discussion boards are collaborative learning experiences. Therefore, the student is required to provide a thread in response to the provided prompt for each forum. Each thread must be 400–500 words and incorporate ideas and citations from all of the required readings and presentations for the assigned module/week. In addition to the thread, the student must reply to at least 2 other classmates’ threads. Each reply must be 200–250 words and include citations from the required reading and presentations. Each thread and reply must follow current Turabian format.

Institutional Analysis Paper

In this paper, students will discuss and answer the following questions:

1) Is the “state” always the most just political structuring for a particular group of people? and 2) What legislative, judicial, and executive structures and arrangements are the best for ensuring liberty, justice, stability and prosperity (LJSP)? All ideas shared by the student must be supported with sound reason and citations from the required readings, presentations, and additional research. The paper should be 3-5 pages of content in length (not counting the title page or references), double-spaced, and in Turabian format. All required readings and presentations from Modules 1-2 must be cited and 3-5 scholarly sources must be used.

Political Systems Analysis Paper

This paper will require students to identify the key factors related to a healthy political system. All ideas shared by the student must be supported with sound reason and citations from the required readings, presentations, and additional research. The paper should be 7-10 pages of content in length (not counting the title page or references), double-spaced, and in Turabian format. All required readings and presentations from Modules 1-4 must be cited, and 12-15 scholarly sources must be used.

Political Systems Analysis Briefs (3)

In these briefs, the student will evaluate a nation from one of the three categories discussed in Modules 6, 7, and 8 in light of the criteria identified in the Political Systems Analysis Paper from Module 4. All ideas shared by the student must be supported with sound reason and citations from the required readings, presentations, and additional research. The briefs should be 2-3 pages of content in length (not counting the title page or references), double-spaced, and in Turabian format. All required readings and presentations from Module 6, and any relevant readings and presentations from Modules 1-5 must be cited. Three to five additional sources must be used.