Political Science Learning Objectives
|Substantive knowledge in the Discipline.
|Define and describe the basic political processes and institutions of government including definitions of politics.
|Apply the central concepts to the role of various actors including citizens, interest groups, political parties, and politicians within political systems.
|Apply the central theories and concepts in independent research.
|Convey Substantive knowledge in the central theories and concepts to self-directed work.
|Demonstrate a Competence in Writing.
|Demonstrate competence in reading and understanding elite political analysis.
|Demonstrate writing competence with respect to assigned topics.
|Demonstrate research and writing competence in independent research.
|Demonstrate research and writing competence in self-directed original research and convey substantive knowledge using research, writing, and oral communication.
|Methods: exhibit analytical skills in interpreting data.
|Introduction to data collection techniques including quantitative and qualitative techniques.
|Operationalization and measurement.
|Demonstrate critical, independent thinking about politics and public life.
|Recognize rights, responsibilities, and privileges of participating in, and contributing as a citizen in a diverse society. Have and awareness of one's own biases, including reflection on one's own political socialization and the effects of political socialization on one's perceptions of the political world.
|Understand and evaluate the assumptions, values, and beliefs in context of diverse local, national, and global communities.
|Describe and apply the ethical, moral, and political philosophical arguments of power, justice and democracy in context of diverse local, state, and national communities.
|Assess the relationship between public policy choices and outcomes and the relationship between policies and their political consequences, especially with regards to power and the oppression of certain members of a society.