Wells College

Political Science 165

Introduction to Politics






Instructor: Tukumbi Lumumba-Kasongo

Cleveland 108

Telephone: 364-3220

Office Hours: Monday 11:00-12:00 p.m.

Tuesday 11:00-12:00 p.m.

Thursday 2:00-4:30 p.m.

Required Books

-Rod Hague, Martin Harrop and Shaun Breslin, Political Science: A Comparative Introduction, New York, St. Martin, 1992.

-Thomas M. Magstadt, Nations and Governments. New York, St. Martin, 1998.

Lowi and Ginsberg, American Government, Fourth Edition , New York: W. W. Norton and Company, 1996.On reserve in the Library (the assigned chapters only).

Course Description

In this course we will examine: (a) the basic concepts and themes that form the philosophical, intellectual and societal foundations of the discipline of political science and its sub-fields, (b) the various ways of understanding political phenomena, and (c) the patterns of rule of political governance as reflects in the contemporary structures of the political institutions in various regions of the world. A comparative approach will be used to identify differences and commonalities among political institutions, the citizensí behavior, and political rules.

Requirements

-Attendance and active participation in all class activities are required. They will count for 10 % of the total grade;

-Any unjustifiable absence will be penalized;

-A mid-term exam will be given on October 8, 1998. It will count for 20 % of the total grade.

-Every student will write two short papers:

(1) "Critically discuss how Aristotle and Karl Marx perceived and defined politics and political science."

-The length of the paper is between 10 and 12 pages, typed double-spaced, including footnotes and bibliography. It will count for 20% of the final grade. The paper is due on October 14, 1998.

(2) Who governs in the world politics? Define and contrast critically the role of the Congress in the U.S., this of Parliament in a social democratic country in Europe in defining, shaping, and producing legislations, and how these institutions interact with the interest groups in shaping and influencing national policies and the outcome of the elections. The paper is due on November 13, 1998.

The length of the paper is between 13 and 15 pages typed double space, including footnotes and bibliography. It will count for 25 % of the final grade.

-The final exam will be given on December 18, 1998 at 1:45-4:30 p.m. It will count for 25 % of the total grade.

Schedule

August 27- Discussion of the General Requirements and Major Concepts in Political Science:

Political Science: A Comparative Introduction, part 1, chapter 2.

September 1-The Nation-State and Its Evolution

Political Science: A Comparative Introduction, part 2 chapter 3.

September 3-Conditions and Premises of Political change

Political Science: A Comparative Introduction, part 2, chapter 4.

September 8-Discussion on Political Culture

Political Science: A Comparative Introduction, part 3, chapter 6.

September 10-Comparative Politics and the Regional Perspective

Nations and Governments, part 1, chapters 1 and 2.

September 15-Comparative Politics and the Regional Perspective

Nations and Governments, part 1, chapter 3.

September 17-Constructing a Government: a Political History of Struggles

American Government, Part 1 chapter 2.

September 24-Constructing a Government: a Political History of Struggles

American Government, part 1 chapter 2.

September 29-Public Opinion and Contemporary American Politics

American Government, Part 3, chapter 9.

October 1-Political Participation and the Role of a Citizen

Political Science: A Comparative Introduction, part 3, chapter 7

October 6-Western Europe: Political Heritage and Patterns of Rule

Nations and Governments, part 2 chapter 4.

October 8-Mid-Term Exam

October 10-13: Fall Break

October 15-Western Europe: Political Heritage and Patterns of Rule

Nations and Governments, part 2 chapter 5.

October 20-A Common Europe

Nations and Governments, part 2 chapter 6.

October 22-Russia, Eastern Europe, and the Theory of Marxism (film)

Nations and Governments, part 3 chapter 7.

October 27-Russia and Eastern Europe

Nations and Governments, part 3 chapter 8.

October 29-Russia and Eastern Europe

Nations and Governments, part 3 chapter 9.

November 3-Politics in the Middle East: Religion, Nationalism and Patterns of Rule

Nations and Governments, part 4, chapters 10 and 11.

November 5-Politics in the Middle East: Religion, Nationalism, and Patterns of Rule

Nations and Governments, part 4, chapters 12.

November 10-Asia, Economic Miracle, Population and Cultural Continuity

Nations and Governments, part 4, chapters 13 and 14.

November 12-Asia, Economic Miracle, Population and Cultural Continuity

Nations and Governments, part 4, chapter 15.

November 17 South America: Dependency, populism, Militarism and Democracy

Nations and Governments, part 7, chapter 19.

November 19 South America: Dependency, populism, Militarism and Democracy

Nations and Governments, part 7, chapter 20.

November 24 South America: Dependency, populism, Militarism and Democracy

Nations and Governments, part 7, chapter 21.

December 1-African Politics: colonialism, dependency, underdevelopment, and authoritarianism

Nations and Governments, part 6 chapters 16 and 17.

December 4-African Politics: colonialism, dependency, underdevelopment, and authoritarianism Nations and Governments, part 6 chapters 18.

December 8-Media and Democracy in the Global Context

Film: "the Myth of Liberal Media"

Final Exam will be given on December 18, 1997.
 
 
 
 
 
 
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