Document Type

Undergraduate Syllabus


Spring 2018



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Course Description

What is political science? How does one scientifically study the political world? What contribution does political science make to a body of knowledge? the practice of politics? the political world? And why should you know this stuff?

This course is deigned to develop those skills necessary for students to both conduct their own research and to critically evaluate the research of others. Rather than focusing on the memorization or “intake” of information and knowledge, this course will look at the elements of good science, sound research, and logical conclusions. The purpose of this course is not for students to attain or retain “new” knowledge, but rather to gain the tools necessary to be skilled researchers and consumers of knowledge. Class discussions will use required readings as a foundation for approaching questions regarding the nature, character, and practice of political science.