Introduction to Political Science

GOVT 370

In the course of our secondary educations, most of us are taught something about the political history of the Western world. However, much less time is spent on the ideas that inform major political movements or how contemporary societies organize for government. This course will attempt to address that lack by examining political philosophy in its historical and contemporary contexts. Although this course will examine the differing types of governments around the world, a special emphasis will be placed on American government and political philosophy and how this nation contributes to both conflict and cooperation with other nations. This course, while designed to meet the social studies endorsement for elementary education students and the 5-12 social studies licensure for secondary education students, may also be taken as a general elective.