POL 2000: Introduction to Political Science


Introduces the key concepts, theories, philosophies, and ideologies of political science and explores the subfields of international relations and foreign policy while examining the various players and their roles. Students discover how the many components of political science are vital in understanding modern society, government, and war.


  1. Summarize the theories and philosophies that shape modern political thought.
  2. Distinguish between different types of governments and political systems.
  3. Describe how institutions impact politics and government.
  4. Identify how society shapes politics.
  5. Summarize key concepts in political science.
  6. Explain the various central elements of the American political system.
  7. Identify the influences of power, authority, and legitimacy.
  8. Describe the importance of foreign policy and international politics.




Introduction to political science: How to think for yourself about politics (Rev: 2nd ed.)

Publisher: Pearson (2021)
Author: Parsons, C.
ISBN: 9780135710104
Price: (No information available)

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