- OER Librarian
- Political Science
- Material Type:
- Community College / Lower Division
- Ohio Open Ed Collaborative
- Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial
- Media Formats:
Saylor - Introduction to Political Science
American Government - Lumen Learning
Video – What is Political Science?
Video – Introduction: Crash Course U.S. Government and Politics
Video – Different Types of Government
Video – Unpacking Civic Engagement
Video – Introduction to Political Science
Video– An Introduction to the Discipline of Politics
Video – Introduction to Political Science - Quick Review
Introduction to Political Science as an Academic Discipline: Course Map & Recommended Resources
Introduction to Political Science as an Academic Discipline
The resources included here are intended to map to the following learning objectives for an American Government Course:
- Define political science as an academic discipline
- Recognize the links to many disciplines
- Identify its sub-disciplines of political science
- Define American National Government
- Define politics
- Define power in the context of politics
- Identify models of power
- Define civic engagement
Main Text: American Government - Lumen Learning
Module 2: The Constitution and Its Origins
Multimedia Resources and Other Materials
- What is Political Science?
- Introduction: Crash Course U.S. Government and Politics
- Different Types of Government
- Unpacking Civic Engagement
- Introduction to Political Science
- An Introduction to the Discipline of Politics
- Introduction to Political Science - Quick Review
- Nature and Scope of Political Science
Discussion Questions and Key Concepts
Define politics. Identify ways in which you encounter politics in your everyday life.
What does David Easton mean by politics as the authoritative allocation of value?
Define power and authority. How are they different? Can an individual or institution have power but not authority? Authority but not power? Explain and give examples.
What is the pluralist conception of power? Give an example.
What is meant by constitutionalism?
Key terms or concepts (define):