This course will introduce the student to the methods and scope of the study of politics. By examining a series of issues, including the choices before society and individuals, the course will demonstrate the political perspective on these issues and compare this approach, when appropriate, to the economic, sociological, anthropological, and/or psychological modes of analysis.

Specifically, these case studies of political choices will enlighten students on the dynamics, positions and processes behind these issues:


1.     Democracy and the American political process

2.     The Institutions of Government

3.     Social change and public policy

4.     America and the World