Political Science

Description

The primary objectives of the Political Science program are to meet general education requirements for American Institutions and Social Sciences for the associate degree and to complete general education requirements for baccalaureate degrees. Political science is the study of human behavior as it relates to political situations. It involves the examination of institutions, processes, people, ideas and policies. The study of political science develops cultural literacy, critical thinking and other useful skills.

Program Emphasis

San Diego City College offers four courses in Political Science:  POLI 101 Intro. to Political Science • POLI 102 The American Political System • POLI 103 Comparative Politics • POLI 140 Contemporary International Relations. Completion of Political Science 101, 102 and 103 provides the student with lower division preparation for a baccalaureate degree in Political Science at San Diego State University.

POLI 101 Introduction to Political Science This course is an introduction to the field of Political Science. Emphasis is placed on the concepts and methodologies used in the study of political institutions, political participation, public opinion, and the international political system. Topics also include a survey of political theory and the history of American political ideology and culture. This course is intended for students majoring in political science and those interested in the field of political science. Associate Degree Credit & transfer to CSU. CSU General Education. IGETC. UC Transfer Course List.

POLI 102 The American Political System This comprehensive survey course provides an in-depth study of the American political system. National and California systems of government are studied from the perspective of constitutional frameworks and political institutions, processes, issues, and policies. Other topics include political participation; political parties and interest groups; social movements and minorities; civil liberties; and the role of political ideology, culture, and the mass media in shaping public opinion and policymaking. This course is intended for transfer students, political science majors, or students interested in the American political system. Associate Degree Credit & transfer to CSU. CSU General Education. IGETC. UC Transfer Course List.

POLI 103 Comparative Politics This course is an introduction to comparative politics. Emphasis is placed on analyses of various political systems using the fundamental concepts and methodologies of comparative politics. This course is designed for political science majors and anyone interested in comparative and/or international politics. Associate Degree Credit & transfer to CSU. CSU General Education. IGETC. UC Transfer Course List.

POLI 140 Contemporary International Politics This course is a study of world politics including the various approaches to international relations and international political economy. Emphasis is placed on the roles of nationalism, nation-states, transnationalism and international organizations in the making of contemporary world politics as well as on issues of national security, power and diplomacy, economic competition, international law and the environment. This course is intended for students majoring in political science or anyone with an interest in world politics. Associate Degree Credit & transfer to CSU. CSU General Education. IGETC. UC Transfer Course List.

Career Options

Most careers in political science require education beyond the associate degree and some require a graduate degree. This is not a comprehensive list but some of the most common career options with political science preparation include: public administrator, budget analyst, city planner, diplomatic corps member, elected official, legislative aide, journalist, lawyer, lobbyist, political scientist, public opinion surveyor, teacher and writer.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion the student will be able to:

  • Critically analyze the study of human behavior as it relates to political situations in college-level essays, written assignments, and research papers. Identify and describe main concepts in the study of political science including, but not limited to, political power, sovereignty, nation-state;legitimacy; authority, political culture, political socialization, political ideology; social contract;separation of powers; federalism; unitary system;rule of law and globalization.