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POG 100 Course Outline F2007

POG 100 Course Outline F2007



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Ryerson University
Course Director:Grace-Edward GalabuziClass Time: Tuesday 2:00-4:00pmClass Location: EPH 242Office : Room 719, Jorgenson HallOffice Hours: Tuesday 12:00pm 2:00pm or by appointmentTelephone: (416) 979-5000 ext. 6189E-mail:galabuzi@ryerson.ca
Course Description
This course introduces students to the study of politics and governance and thefundamental issues and challenges that politics deals with. Broadly defined, governanceis a study of how societies and peoples govern themselves or are governed. We look atthe multiple forms of governance and the political ideas, processes, institutions,structures, actors involved. During the course, we will review different approaches to thestudy of politics and governance. We will consider historical and contemporaryapproaches, mainstream and critical perspectives, democratic challenges and challengers.Among others, we will survey, Canadian politics, political theory, comparative politics,international politics, public administration, public policy and political economy.
Course Objectives
The course has three interrelated objectives: First, students will be introduced to thestudy of politics and will be able to develop a broad and general understanding of thefield. They will be introduced to comparative perspectives of the field, comparingCanadian political processes to those in other countries in the global North and South.Various experiences from the three theatres will be discussed as unique and interrelated.Second, students will learn or strengthen their ability to think critically about everydayissues and experiences that define the processes of governance. They will learn toarticulate informed and substantiated opinions on a vast array of political issues, concernsand debates. Third, students will acquire tools to enable them to participate effectively inthe political process as engaged citizens, employees or consultants in a changing,globalizing world that is best understood as a political, economic and socio-cultural phenomenon.
Course Format
This course will be delivered by the instructor and tutorial leaders. It will include a twohour lecture and a one hour tutorial. Lectures will link the topics listed for the week tothe assigned readings and related issues in the political science literature. From time to1
time during the lectures, we will deal with key current political issues in the news. Come prepared to discuss key issues in the news each week. Regular attendance is required.Tutorials will be run in seminar format, featuring student presentations and more in-depthdiscussion of the material from the lectures. This is also the place to clarify your understanding of the readings, and to get help with assignments. The participationgrading will depend largely on your attendance and active participation in the tutorial(and the lecture). Students will be expected to make presentations in the tutorials asdetermined by the tutorial leader. You will therefore be expected to attend tutorials and participate actively in the discussion of the readings.
Note again: the participationgrade will depend on your regular attendance and participation in the tutorial andlecture, as well as periodic in-class assignments.
Course Materials:
Required texts:Text:
Janine Brodie & Sandra Rein. Critical Concepts: Introduction to Politics, 3
 Edition. Toronto: Pearson/Prentice Hall, 2005
Complementary course reader:
George MacLean & Brenda O’Neill. Ideas, Interestsand Issues: Readings in Introductory Politics. Toronto: Pearson/Prentice Hall, 2006 
Course Evaluation:
You will be required to complete four (4) commentaries or reaction papers over thecourse of the term. These will be selected by you from among the tutorial readingsassigned from the Course Reader in the three weeks immediately preceeding the datethey are due. There will not be a term paper but the reaction papers will test your abilityto synthesize the assigned readings and articulate arguments coherently and clearly. Theyshould be not more than four (4) pages long each. Written assignments will be assessedon
demonstrated comprehension, critical analysis, strong articulation of your viewpoint and grammar 
. Be sure to introduce the subject matter, providing a summaryof the key issues or arguments in the reading, followed by a critical reaction to the keyissues or arguments based on your ‘informed’ opinion and your conclusion. As part of your analysis, you will be expected to draw on the relevant theoretical conceptsintroduced in the lecture.Student will also have to write a mid-term quiz and a final exam. The quiz will cover keyconcepts discussed in the lectures and from required readings in weeks 1-6. You willhave an hour to provide answers to two short essay questions that demonstrate your understanding of the material. The final exam will be a 2-hour sit down exam coveringall the material from the term and requiring students to respond to four (4) essayquestions. The Professor will assign in-class exercizes from time to time and also gradethe exams. Your tutorial leader will mark the reaction papers and participation in thetutorial. To be successful you should try and find out what they expect from you.
Evaluation scheme:
Critical Commentary papers (best 3 out of 4)30%Mid term Quiz15%2
Participation/Attendance15%In class assignments10%Final Exam30%
Lecture Schedule and Topics
Sept 04:
Introductions and presentation of course outlines
 Film: A Force More Powerful!
Sept 11:
Lecture Topic: Introduction: What is politics? Political power,Political regimes and the CommonsReadings: Chapter 1: Power and Politics Pg 2-10Chapter 7: Political RegimesTutorial Discussion. Andrew Johnson. Democracy, Prosperity,Citizens and the State. (MacLean: 177)
Sept 18:
Topic: Approaches to the study of politicsReadings: Chapter 1: Power and Politics. Pg 11-20Chapters 4: Democracy
 Film: The Bottom Line: Privatizing the World 
Tutorial Discussion: Theodoulou & O’Brien. Where We StandToday: The State of Modern Political Science (MacLean: 64)
Sept 25:
Political ideas, old and newReadings: Chapter 5: LiberalismChapter 6: Radical Politics
 Film: The Prophets and promise of classical capitalism
Tutorial Discussion: Carol Gould. Socialism and Democracy.(MacLean:89)
First reaction paper due in tutorialOct 02:
Dimensions of Governance: Local government and communityReadings:Chapter 17: Local GovernmentChapter 11: CommunityTutorial Discussion: Schmitter & Karl: What Democracy is ….Andis not (MacLean: 166)3

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