|Course ID:||POLS 2000. 3 hours. |
|Course Title:||Introduction to Political Science|
|Designed to introduce beginning students to political science.
Focus will be on the study of politics, including theoretical
perspectives, substantive areas, and issues in designing
|Oasis Title:||Intro to Political Science|
|Duplicate Credit:||Not open to students with credit in POLS 2000H|
|Prerequisite:||POLS 1101 or POLS 1105H or POLS 1101E|
|Offered fall and spring semester every year. |
|Grading System:||A-F (Traditional)|
This course will provide an introduction to the discipline of
political science. In addition to an overview of political
theories and substantive research topics, students will be
introduced to the tools of social science through political
science research applications. After completing this course,
students will be better prepared for upper division courses in
political science. It is expected to serve as a gateway class
for students choosing to major in political science.
Part 1. Introduction & Overview
Overview of theoretical perspectives utilized in political
Overview of substantive areas of research in political science
Introduction to research questions and the process of social
How to conceptualize/formulate testable hypotheses
Part 2. Empirical Research
Moving from conceptualization to measurement
Introduction to the "idea" of probability sampling
Issues in measurement
General overview of "methods" of collecting observations:
experiments, surveys, field research, content analysis, etc.
Part 3. Addressing Research Questions
The nature of causation--how to draw conclusions about causal
Introduction to data analysis (nothing beyond cross tabs)
How to access secondary data sources and use the library
How to write up results
|Honor Code Reference:|
All academic work must meet the standards contained in "A Culture of Honesty."
Students are responsible for informing themselves about these standards before
performing academic work. The penalties for academic dishonesty are severe and
ignorance is not an acceptable defense. Also note that the course syllabus is a
general plan for the course and that deviations announced to the class by the
instructor may be necessary.