Lecture title: Introduction to Political Science

Dr Efanodor Harriet O. and Prof S. Omodia   (2017)

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Lecture Note

Course Code: POL 111

Credit Unit: 3

Course lecturer(s): Prof S. Omodia and Dr. H. Efanodor-Obeten

This is an introductory course that can help you have a firm grasp of the rudiments of the discipline.

Course description: This course introduces students to the nature of politics. It emphasises the issues of political discourse and practice. It also introduces students to the language, methods and basic concepts of Politics.

Course Objectives

(i) To introduce students to study of politics and political science.

(ii) To highlight the major sub-fields within Political Science.

(iii) To demonstrate how political science relates to other discipline in the Social Sciences.

(iv) To unfold how political activities affects human society.

(v) To introduce students to the various approaches to the study of politics.

(vi) To explain basic concepts of political science.

 

Expected Outcome: at the end of the course, students should be able;

  1. To demonstrate a good knowledge of the concept of politics and political science as a field of knowledge.

  2. To explain the relationship between political science and other discipline.

  3. To list and explain the sub-fields of political science.

  4. To explain the various approaches to the study of politics.

  5. To critically evaluate different concepts of political science.

  6. To demonstrate an understanding of the forms of government, institution and functions of government.

 

Course Assessment Scheme

Assessment

Marks

In class test

5 marks

Assignment

5 marks

Quizzes/presentation

5 marks

Mid semester test

15 marks

End of semester examination

70 marks

Total

100%

 

COURSE SCHEDULE

Semester

(12 weeks)

Topic

Lesson content

Resources

Assessment

Week 1

What is Political science?

To explain what politics and political science is all about

Textbooks/Multi-media

Question and answer with all students

Week 2

The science of politics: The scientific status of the discipline

To explain what is science and what makes political science a science

Textbooks/Multi-media

Question and answer with all students

Week 3

Relationship between political science and other discipline

To explain the nexus between political science and other fields of study

Textbooks/Multi-media

Question and answer with all students

Week 4

Sub fields of political science.

To explain the various sub fields of political science.

Textbooks/Multi-media

Question and answer with all students

Week 5

Approaches to the study of political science: the traditional approach.

To explain the various approaches to the study of political science/ explain the traditional approach to politics.

Textbooks/Multi-media

Assignment

Week 6

The behavioural and post behavioral approach to the study of politics.

Explain factors which contribute to the emergence of behavioural and post behavioural approach, their main features and criticism.

Textbooks/Multi-media

Question and answer with all students

Week 7

Mid semester test

Topics from week 1 - 6

Answer sheet

Written test

Week 8

Basic concept in political science: power, authority, influence, legitimacy and separation of power.

To explain basic concept in political science and differentiate between power and authority etc.

Textbooks/Multi-media

Question and answer with all students

Week 9

Basic concept in political science

To explain basic concepts of state, nation, sovereignty, constitution, devolution and rule of law

Textbooks/Multi-media

Question and answer with all students

Week 10

Basic concept in political science

To explain concept of political participation, system, culture, structure, socialization and parties, pressure group and public opinion.

Textbooks/Multi-media

Quizzes

Week 11

Element and function of government

To explain what is government and outline its functions

Textbooks/Multi-media

Question and answer with all students

Week 12

Forms of government

To discuss the various forms of government, their advantages and disadvantages

Textbooks/Multi-media

In-class test

 

 


Item Type: Lecture note(non-copyrighted)
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Keywords: Introduction, Political Science
Department: Political Science and Public Administration
Field of Study: Political Science
Uploaded By: Izevbekhai Michael Nurudeen
Date Added: 26 Oct 2017 10:39am
Last Modified: 26 Oct 2017 5:27am
Lecture URL: http://edouniversity.edu.ng/oer/lecturenotes/introduction_to_political_science


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