BC's Indigenous Public Post-Secondary Institute

POLI-100 - Introduction to Politics - 3.00 Credits

POLI-100 - Introduction to Politics - 3.00 Credits

Course Details
This course provides students with the basic structures and theory needed to understand and track politics in Canada. This course introduces students to the key concepts and ideas underpinning modern Western politics, as well as contemporary challenges and those challenges unique to First Nations people. This course is meant to be an introduction to all four key areas of study within political science: Canadian politics, comparative politics, political theory, and international relations. This course uses the template of state and citizen in terms of exploring differing ideologies, sovereignty, authority, democracy, power, rights, and international relations.
Part of the:
  • UNIVERSITY TRANSFER Department
  • Prerequisites : ENGL 060, or English 12 or English 12 First Peoples, or permission of instructor.
    Course Outline
    Instructors Qualifications: Relevant Masters Degree.
    Office Hours: 1.5 per week
    Contact Hours: 45
    Student Evaluation
    Procedure:
    Assignments 50-70%, Final 30-50%, Total 100%. Grading procedures follow NVIT policy.
    Learning Outcomes: Upon successful completion of this course students should be able to:

  • critically analyze and compare political ideologies at both local and international level;
  • demonstrate a strong base background in Political theory and have a strong understanding of political regimes;
  • demonstrate knowledge of the Institutions of the Canadian political system;
  • discuss the impact of colonization on traditional Indigenous political processes;
  • critically assess liberalism, conservatism, neo-liberal and neo-conservative ideologies;
  • demonstrate understanding of Nation states, totalitarianism, fascism, communism, democracy, monarchies, etc.;
  • discuss current political movements and international political pressures; and,
  • research and write an analytical essay in APA format.
  • Text and Materials:
  • Dyck, R. (Ed.). Studying politics: An introduction to political science. Current edition. Toronto, ON. Nelson Education Ltd.
  • Brodie, J., Rein, S., & Smith, M. Critical concepts: An introduction to politics. Current edition. Newmarket, ON. Pearson Education Canada.
  • Other Resources:
    Transfer Credits: For more information visit: www.bctransferguide.ca
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