2021-2022 Catalog

SSC 218 Introduction to Political Science (SS)

This course is an introduction to the historical, legal, and psychological methods of understanding politics. Questions as fundamental as why people behave as they do in the political process are examined. The course also compares different political ideologies, forms of government, and the role of the individual and the state. A comparison of different governing institutions and processes between the United States and other countries will be made. The course will conclude with a section on the motivations, constraints, and instruments of international politics.




  1. This course will prepare students to:
  2. Discuss the forms and components of political institutions and government systems.
  3. Compare the major political ideologies and their influence on governments and nations.
  4. Describe strengths and weaknesses of different sources of political knowledge.