THE UNIVERSITY OF THE WEST INDIES
DEPARTMENT OF BEHAVIOURAL SCIENCES
GOVT 1001 - INTRODUCTION TO POLITICS II
COURSE OUTLINE SEMESTER 2 2012/2013
Dr. Hamid Ghany
1-868-662-2002 Ext. No. 82403
Faculty of Social Sciences Office
Monday 4pm – 6pm
Mr. Maukesh Basdeo
1-868-662-2002 Ext. No. 83850
Faculty of Social Sciences Office
Monday 5pm – 7pm
This course is intended to introduce students to a basic understanding of the structure and processes of modem politics. The course is mainly designed to provide students with an awareness of political ideas and concepts based on the writings of a variety of thinkers and philosophers. However, it also addresses important political issues related to electoral systems and American, British and Commonwealth Caribbean systems of government.
As such students are expected to develop a basic knowledge of: (a)
Primary concepts and theories associated with the discipline of political science (b)
Some of the Political Systems in the world, their similarities and differences (c)
Central issues of Politics in the Caribbean and globally In addition this course aims at strengthening students’ ability to think out political and other affairs for themselves. Students are encouraged to recognize and reject prejudices, blind partisanship and dogma of all types. Hence, the lectures, tutorials and examinations are designed to develop powers of analysis, evaluation and civic engagement in students. Students will be expected to use their own initiative in getting their readings and they should also be prepared to utilize other readings outside of the course outline where necessary. The course is designed to elucidate and analyse the following areas: LEARNING OUTCOMES
By the end of the Semester students should:
Be conversant with concepts and theories in the study of Politics B]
Have a critical appreciation of the value of Political analysis C]
Have a conceptual grasp of the different types of ideologies that exist D]
Be able to apply concepts and theory to an empirical study of the Caribbean METHOD OF TEACHING
Teaching will be by way of weekly three hours lectures utilising PowerPoint slides. The actual slides used in the weekly lectures will not be made available. However, a summary of each topic will be made available on the student portal. Therefore, students are advised to attend classes.
GENERAL EXAMINATION REGULATIONS
Any candidate who has been absent from the University for a prolonged period during the teaching of a particular course for any reason other than illness or whose attendance at prescribed lectures, classes, practical classes, tutorials, or clinical instructions has been unsatisfactory or who has failed to submit essays or other exercises set by his/her teachers, may be debarred by the relevant Academic Board, on the recommendation of the relevant Faculty Board, from taking any University examinations. The procedures to be used shall be prescribed in Faculty Regulations.
PLEASE NOTE THAT STUDENTS WHO DO NOT ATTEND AT LEAST 75% OF THEIR TUTORIAL SESSIONS WILL NOT BE ALLOWED TO WRITE THE FINAL EXAMINATION
MID –TERM EXAMINATION
There will be a mid-term examination based on the multiple-choice method that will be conducted online. This mid-term examination will count for 25% of the final mark.
Students will be evaluated via a final exam which will account for 75% of their final mark. Students will be asked to answer two questions, one from Section A and one from Section B. The final exam paper will include six questions and will be drawn from the overall course outline.
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