Summer 2019 - POL 100 D100

Introduction to Politics and Government (3)

Class Number: 4394

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Th 12:30 PM – 2:20 PM
    SSCK 9500, Burnaby

  • Exam Times + Location:

    Aug 12, 2019
    12:00 PM – 3:00 PM
    EDB 7618, Burnaby



A comprehensive introduction to the study of politics and government for both political science majors and students specializing in other disciplines. The course will explore the major concepts, methods, approaches and issues in political science, as well as the primary components of government structure and the political process. POL 101W is the Writing certified version of POL 100 and students cannot receive credit for both courses. Breadth-Social Sciences.


What is politics? Why study it?  Is politics a science or an art? This course introduces students to the study of government and politics. Part I will address questions and concerns about the nature and substance of political studies while drawing on key concepts like political ideology, power, authority, and legitimacy. This section of the course will also engage existing normative and empirical approaches to the study of politics. Part II introduces students to political processes and institutions like the courts, legislatures, political executives, constitutions, political parties, and elections. Part III will focus on the relationship between domestic and international politics, especially on issues such as global governance, security, and development. You will be equipped with the necessary knowledge and skills to understand political values, actions, and decisions at the end of this course.  

There will be one 2-hour lectures and one 1-hour tutorial each week. Tutorials start in week 2.


  • Attendance/Participation 10%
  • Mid-Term Exam 25%
  • Research Paper 30%
  • Final Exam 35%



Mintz, E., Croci, O., & Close, D. (2017). Politics, power and the common good: An introduction to political science. Pearson Canada.

Department Undergraduate Notes:

The Department of Political Science strictly enforces a policy on plagiarism.
For details, see and click on “Plagiarism and Intellectual Dishonesty” .

Registrar Notes:

SFU’s Academic Integrity web site is filled with information on what is meant by academic dishonesty, where you can find resources to help with your studies and the consequences of cheating.  Check out the site for more information and videos that help explain the issues in plain English.

Each student is responsible for his or her conduct as it affects the University community.  Academic dishonesty, in whatever form, is ultimately destructive of the values of the University. Furthermore, it is unfair and discouraging to the majority of students who pursue their studies honestly. Scholarly integrity is required of all members of the University.