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POLS& 101 Introduction to Political Science • 5 Cr.


Explores the evolution of major political concepts from ancient Greece to the present. Topics include political life in the modern world and the ideas behind democratic and non-democratic forms.


After completing this class, students should be able to:

  • Recognize and use basic, relevant political vocabulary such as politics, government, bureaucracy, nationalism, international relations, balance of power, bi-polarity, collective security ect.
  • Identify the major points of Plato, Aristotle, the Stoics, Machiavelli, Hobbes, Locke, the Utilitarians, Hegel and Marx as they relate to the study of political science.
  • Recall the major ideologies of Leninism, Fascism, National Socialism, Maoism, Liberation Theology and Democracy and explain how these theories have influenced the course of human existence in politics and government.
  • Categorize major political systems, traditional and modern including representative governments, Leninism, Fascism, National Socialism, Maoism, Totalitarianism, feudal systems, colonialism and absolute monarchies.
  • Relate classic and contemporary political theories to contemporary world.
  • Explain the basic principles and function of international law and geopolitics.



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