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1 Proposal: number 29

29. PSCI 101: Introduction to Political Science

Contact:Joe Rollins
Abstract:Political Science 101 is designed to introduce students to the discipline
itself and therefore approaches its subject matter broadly. The discipline is
traditionally subdivided into the following categories: American Politics
(AP), International Relations (IR), Comparative Politics (CP), and Political
Theory (PT). In most departments, each of these subfields is further divided
to focus on specific institutions and methods. For example, AP is normally
comprised of the following: The Presidency, Congress, Courts/Public Law, Public
Administration and Public Policy, State and Local Government; CP breaks down by
region of the globe. Because the discipline also splits between scholars with
different methodological talents and interests (i.e., quantitative or
qualitative), an introduction to the discipline, such as PS101, is, by
necessity, interdisciplinary, satisfies multiple PLAS goals, and will change
emphasis depending upon the instructor. All iterations of the course, however,
will touch upon textual exegesis as well as qualitative research, and introduce
students to the building blocks of quantitative reasoning. This latter element
will, in most instances, be as basic as instructing students on the basic
elements of logic (e.g., the rhetorical strategy commonly used in legal
opinions), or, in other instances, students will be introduced to the
fundamentals of research design (e.g., formulating research questions, thinking
about how to answer those questions, how to gather the information required,
and how to draw analytic conclusions from the material collected). These
elements of the course are intended to introduce students to the theoretical,
abstract reasoning, and quantitative methods of the discipline.

Submissions and Approvals

Course Date Requirement Action By Whom Notes
PSCI 101 2008-05-15 SS Submitted Dept
PSCI 101 2008-05-15 US Submitted Dept
PSCI 101 2008-11-05 SS Approved GEAC
PSCI 101 2008-11-05 US Approved GEAC
PSCI 101 2008-12-04 SS Approved UCC
PSCI 101 2008-12-04 US Approved UCC
PSCI 101 2009-02-05 SS Approved Senate
PSCI 101 2009-02-05 US Approved Senate