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POS 101 - Introduction to Political Science

3 Credits

This course provides an overview of the basic areas of study in the discipline of political science. This course focuses on the nature of both domestic and global politics. This includes an investigation of politics in our everyday lives and citizen-driven political action, the nature and function of politics and government, political philosophy and modern ideologies, variations in political systems, and an analysis of the global system.

Learning Attributes: WR

New SUNY General Education:
SUNY - Critical Thinking and Reasoning Competency
SUNY - Social Sciences

MCC General Education: MCC-CT - Critical Thinking (MCT), MCC-SCI - Scientific Reasoning (MSCI), MCC-SSD - Social Science and Diversity (MSSD)

Course Learning Outcomes
1.Evaluate the influence of politics and political decision-making in our lives.
2.Describe research processes and methods associated with the study of political science.
3.Identify the various sub-fields of political science.
4.Explain foundational political thought and ideologies associated with the study of political science.
5.Identify and describe a variety of political systems, both democratic and non-democratic.
6.Explain the essential features of the international system.
7.Analyze essential issues in the international system.
8.Identify both the mechanisms and complexities of political behavior.
9.Explain key theories and concepts associated with the study of political science.
10.Utilize writing to communicate an understanding, application, analysis, and evaluation of material covered in this course.
11.Collaboratively evaluate and judge current public problems.

Course Offered Fall, Spring

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Fall Semester 2023