LSO121 - Introduction to Political Science

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Subject Title
Introduction to Political Science

Subject Description
The world of politics can be difficult to understand without some theoretical training.  Yet it is vital for citizens of a democracy to understand how politics works.  For all its complexity and frequent inelegance, politics is what allows humans to manage their differences, share their resources, protect their rights, and change their governments.  In this course political science methodologies, approaches and theories will be introduced, allowing students to learn how the state, the structures of government and the political process impact their daily lives. Students will deepen their understanding of politics and political ideologies and learn how they are relevant to securing or advancing their material interests.

Credit Status
One lower level liberal studies elective credit for degree programs.

Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this subject the student will be able to:

  1. Define and discuss key concepts in the discipline of political science.
  2. Differentiate levels and types of government.
  3. Compare political systems, ideologies, and parties in light of their historical significance. 
  4. Apply political science methodologies to other disciplines.
  5. Use and analyze statistical data.
  6. Organize and document information using technology and information systems.
  7. Show respect for the diverse opinions, values, belief systems and contributions of others.

Essential Employability Skills
Communicate clearly, concisely and correctly in the written, spoken and visual form that fulfils the purpose and meets the needs of the audience.

Respond to written, spoken, or visual messages in a manner that ensures effective communication.

Locate, select, organize, and document information using appropriate technology and information systems.

Analyze, evaluate, and apply relevant information from a variety of sources.

Show respect for diverse opinions, values, belief systems, and contributions of others.

Interact with others in groups or teams in ways that contribute to effective working relationships and the achievement of goals.

Manage the use of time and other resources to complete projects.

Take responsibility for one's own actions, decisions, and consequences.

Cheating and Plagiarism
Each student should be aware of the College's policy regarding Cheating and Plagiarism. Seneca's Academic Policy will be strictly enforced.

To support academic honesty at Seneca College, all work submitted by students may be reviewed for authenticity and originality, utilizing software tools and third party services. Please visit the Academic Honesty site on for further information regarding cheating and plagiarism policies and procedures.

All students and employees have the right to study and work in an environment that is free from discrimination and/or harassment. Language or activities that defeat this objective violate the College Policy on Discrimination/Harassment and shall not be tolerated. Information and assistance are available from the Student Conduct Office at

Accommodation for Students with Disabilities
The College will provide reasonable accommodation to students with disabilities in order to promote academic success. If you require accommodation, contact the Counselling and Disabilities Services Office at ext. 22900 to initiate the process for documenting, assessing and implementing your individual accommodation needs.

English 106 or its equivalent

Mode of Instruction

All class work is completed in a fully online environment.  Students do not attend any classes on campus; however, the final exam must be written in-person at the Test Centre of the College at which you registered. If you are unable to do so, please make alternative arrangements through the College at which you registered.  

Prescribed Texts
Tremblay, Reeta Chowdhari et al. Mapping the Political Landscape: An Introduction to Political Science (Second Edition). Toronto: Nelson Education, 2007.

Promotion Policy

Grading Policy
A+ 90%  to  100%
A 80%  to  89%
B+ 75%  to  79%
B 70%  to  74%
C+ 65%  to  69%
C 60%  to  64%
D+ 55%  to  59%
D 50%  to  54%
F 0%    to  49% (Not a Pass)
EXC Excellent
SAT Satisfactory
UNSAT Unsatisfactory

For further information, see a copy of the Academic Policy, available online ( or at Seneca's Registrar's Offices.

Modes of Evaluation

Online Grading  
Written Reflections / Online Discussions 15%
Test 20%
Essay Outline 5%
Draft Essay 5%
Peer Review 5%
Essay 20%
Final Exam 30%

Students are graded on form as well as content. Marks (up to 5% of the final grade) may be lost for poor organization of ideas and errors in spelling, grammar, capitalization and punctuation. 

To be successful in this course, you must complete all course work as specified, and achieve an overall grade of 50% or more.  It is expected that students have a sufficient command of the English language to express themselves clearly in both written assignments and class discussions. For further information on evaluation and academic standing, see the Academic Policy at

Approved by: Fiona Bain-greenwood