Course Number & Name:  POL 101 Introduction to Political Science

Credit Hours:   3.0            Contact Hours:   3.0         Lecture:   3.0      Lab:   N/A            Other:   N/A

Concurrent Courses: Grades of “C” or better in RDG 096 and ENG 096 or ESL 105 AND ESL 106 or placement

Course Description: This course explores systematically the “whys” and “hows” of politics. Political ideas, institutions, and practices are examined. Students develop useful tools for the exploration and discussion of political problems. Theoretical concepts and their application are examined.

General Education Goals: POL 101 is affirmed in the following General Education Foundation Category:  Society and Human Behavior.  The corresponding General Education Goal is as follows:  Students will use social science theories and concepts to analyze human behavior and social and political institutions and to act as responsible citizens.  POL 101 also addresses the General Education Integrated Course Goals: Ethical Reasoning and Action and Information Literacy, which are respectively as follows: Students will understand ethical issues and situations; and Students will address an information need by locating, evaluating, and effectively using information.

<!–Course Goals: Upon successful completion of this course, students should be able to do the following:

  1. analyze the bases for and development of human and societal endeavors across time and place;
  2. evaluate different theories on human culture, social identity, economic entities, political systems, and other forms of social organization; and
  3. apply concepts of human and social behavior to relevant situation


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