Skagit Valley College

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 Course Title:   Intro Political Science

 Title Abbreviation:   INTRO POLITICAL SCIENCE

 Department:    POLS&

 Course #:    101

 Credits:    5

 Variable:     No

 IUs:    5

 CIP:    451001

 EPC:    n/a

 REV:    2021

 Course Description  

Introduces theories, concepts, and methods appropriate to understanding how conflicts among people are resolved. Emphasizes political analysis, including comparative study of political behavior and institutions.


Prerequisite: ENGL 099 with a "C" or higher (or placement into ENGL& 101).

Additional Course Details

Contact Hours (based on 11 week quarter)

Lecture: 55

Lab: 0

Other: 0

Systems: 0

Clinical: 0

Intent: Distribution Requirement(s) Status:  

Academic Social Sciences  

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Learning Outcomes

After completing this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Use the vocabulary of political science
  2. Discuss and use a series of political concepts, such as power, authority, legitimacy, sovereignty,etc.
  3. Discuss and apply an understanding of ideology
  4. Classify and discuss several forms or structures of government
  5. Sensitize students to issues of diversity, pluralism, (projects will emphasize an understanding of multiple ways of viewing a political problem and its solutions)
  6. Compare and contrast political philosophies, systems of government (critical thinking skills) in exams or papers
  7. Read, analyze, and reflect upon political thinking, institutions and structures of government
  8. SOCIAL SCIENCES: Identify social variables, structures, and experiences that shape individual perspectives.

General Education Learning Values & Outcomes

Revised August 2008 and affects outlines for 2008 year 1 and later.

Course Contents

  1. Power, Authority, and Legitimacy
  2. Estrangement/Unity
  3. Inequality/Equality
  4. Stereotypes, Enemy Images, Prejudice, Discrimination
  5. Power and Government
  6. The Ends of Power
  7. The Limits on Power
  8. Quantitative Methods of Political Science
    • Models in Politics
    • Zero Sum Games
    • Non-Zero Sum Games