THE KING'S UNIVERSITY
||Invitation to Politics and Government
||Dr John Hiemstra
AND WEEKLY TIME DISTRIBUTION:
||credits 3(hrs lect 3 - hrs sem 0 - hrs lab 0)
||An introduction to the main problems, concepts and ideologies at
play in political life and an analysis of the processes and
institutions by which these are realized in the Canadian political
Students with credit in POLI 200 or POLI 201 cannot receive credit for POLI 205.
- Dickerson, Mark O., Thomas Flanagan, and Brenda O’Neill: An Introduction to Government and Politics: A Conceptual Approach, 9th Edition. Nelson Canada, 2014
- Students are REQUIRED to read a daily major newspaper, specifically the Edmonton Journal, Globe and Mail, or National Post. A copy of each is available daily The King’s library.
- Additional readings will be listed on Moodle as the course proceeds
DISTRIBUTION IN PERCENT:
|Class participation and unannounced quizzes (readings, media & previous content)||15%
- Students will gain understanding of key concepts in political science
will articulate and begin to tackle the central questions of public
life, with an explicitly focus on the role that citizens, civil
society, politicians, and governments ought to play in these questions.
will understand how different governmental practices, systems and
institutions operate, and how well they solve contemporary public
- Students will develop skills in researching and writing an analytical research paper.
will understand the nature of ideology and political ideas, and their
influence on everyday politics, government & public policy.
||PART I: NAVIGATING CONTESTED PROBLEMS & SHIFTING CONCEPTS|
PART II: DEEPER BELIEFS Politics, Concepts & Science?
- 1. ‘Political Science’ & ‘Problems of our Time’
- 2. Government & Politics
- 3. Power, Authority and Legitimacy
- 4. Sovereignty, State & Citizenship [plural society]
- 5. Nation
- 6. Political Culture and Socialisation
- 7. Law
- 8. Constitutions
- 9. Globalisation and the International order
PART III: FORMS OF GOVERNMENT: CONCRETE POLITICAL RESULTS
- 10. Ideology: Contested Roots, Divergent Explanations?
- Political Ideologies in Modernity:
- 11. [L]iberalism [classical and reform]
- 13. Democratic Socialism and Communism
- 14. Nationalism and Fascism
- 16. The Political Spectrum
- Beyond Ideology? Radical critiques of Modernity
- 19. Other political ideas:
PART IV: THE POLITICAL PROCESS: functions & elements of the system
- 21. Classifying in Political Science
- 22. Basic ‘forms of government’: what is the relationship between ‘society and state’?
- Autocratic and totalitarian systems
- 23. Another typology: what is the relationship between ‘executive and legislative powers’?
- Presidential and parliamentary systems
- 24. Another typology: what is the degree of centralisation or de-centralisation of political power?
- Unitary, devolution, federal, confederation.
- 25. The political process
- 26. Interest groups, Parties and Movements
- 27. Mass media
- 28. Representation, elections and electoral systems
- 29. Representative Assemblies
- 30. Political Executive
- 31. Bureaucracy
- 32. Judiciary
- 33. Conclusions
Required texts, assignments, and grade distributions
from one offering of this course to the next. Please consult
the course instructor for up to date details.