SS 101 Introduction to Political Science/Spring 2002
Instructor: Mariana Ben-Dereas
Office Hours: 2:00-3:00PM Daily
COM-FSM/Social Science Division/F-102
or by appointment: 320-2480 ext.4510
1. To introduce basic terminologies and concepts of political science.
2. To introduce major areas of political system.
3. To discuss the evolution of political thoughts from the early Greek philosophers to contemporary political theorists.
4. To discuss the importance of non-governmental dimensions of the political systems such as public opinion, interest groups, political parties, and political action committees.
5. To introduce the structures of modern political systems.
6. To introduce the concept of international relations and global politics.
Different modes of teaching will be utilized in order for students to have a comprehensive understanding of the field of political science. They will include lecturing, class discussion, group work, unit test (total of 5), videos, and extra-reading assignments aside from the textbook. Occasional quizzes will be given as means of evaluation for both student and instructor. In order for our class discussion to stay within topic, you must read assigned chapters before class; chapters to be read are those indicated in the class schedule (next page).
ό If we watch a video, a reaction/reflection paper will be due after the class; 1-2 pages long. This will be count as your in-class activity.
C. Reading Materials
The required textbook for the course is Power and Choice; An introduction to Political Science (7th ed.) by W. Phillips Shively. The textbook is available at the COM-FSM Bookstore for $49.00. Extra-reading assignments, if any, will be handed-out in class. Students are expected to read the materials and be prepared to discuss in class.
D. Student Evaluation and Grading
The grading system is as follows:
90-100 = A
80-89 = B
70-79 = C
60-69 = D
0-59 = F
Students must complete all assigned readings and take all the quizzes, mid-term evaluation, and tests. If, for some unforeseen reason, a student cannot take a test on the date and time prescribed, a full 24-hour notice has to be given and approved. Student will forfeited his/her chance to take the test after the 24-hour has expired, unless otherwise a special arrangement is made granted by the instructor.
Attendance is required pursuant to the academic regulations in the General Catalog.
The final grades will be according as such:
Tests = 60%
Homework = 15%
In-class Activities = 15%
Participation/Attendance = 10%
Week One: January 14/16/18
I. Introduction of Class
II. What is Political Science?
III. Part I: Chapter 1 Setting the Stage
v January 18th last day of add/drop
Week Two: January 21/23/25
Week Three: January 28/30 and Feb. 1st
II. Test #1 (Wednesday)
III. Chapter 3 The Modern State
Week Four: February 4/6/8
I. Chapter 4 Policies of the State
II. Chapter 5 Political Economy of the State
IV. Discussion on video in relation to chapter 4 and FSMs current economic status
Week Five: February 11/13/15
I. Chapter 5 Continue chapters 4 and 5
II. Chapter 6 Political Choices
III. Video: Revolution
IV. Video: WAR
Week Six: February 18/20/22
III. NO CLASS FRIDAY February 22nd Staff Development Day .
Week Seven: February 25/27 and March 1st
II. Chapter 8 Democracy and its recent surge in the world
Week Eight: March 4/6/8
I. Continue chapter 8
II. Chapter 9 Autocratic Government
Week Nine: March 11/13/15
III. Test #3
Week Ten: March 18/20/22
I. Chapter 10 Constitution and the Design of Government
II. Chapter 11 - Elections
Week Eleven: March 25/27/29
I. Chapter 11 Elections Continue
II. NO CLASS Wednesday MARCH 27th and Friday MARCH 29th Easter Recess and Good Friday
Week Twelve: April 1/3/5
I. NO CLASS Monday APRIL 1st Cultural Day
II. Chapter 12 Parties: A linking and leading Mechanism in Politics
III. Video: Your vote our vote
Week Thirteen: April 8/10/12
Week Fourteen: April 15/17/19
II. Chapter 16 Bureaucracy and the Public Sector
III. Chapter 17 Law and the Courts
Week Fifteen: April 22/24/26
I. Finish PART 4 of textbook
III. Test #4
Week Sixteen: April 29 and May 1/3
I. Chapter 18 Global Politics Among States and others
Week Seventeen: May 6/8/10