Fall 2021 - POL 100 D900

Introduction to Politics and Government (3)

Class Number: 3819

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Fr 10:30 AM – 12:20 PM
    SRYC 2740, Surrey

  • Exam Times + Location:

    Dec 10, 2021
    11:59 PM – 11:59 PM
    TAKE HOME-EXAM, 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. Students with credit for POL 101W may not take this course for further credit. Breadth-Social Sciences.


What are power and justice, and how do we reconcile the two in contemporary society? How do we decide how to govern ourselves? This course asks and attempts to answer these and other central questions in the study of political science today. In doing so, it provides an overview of key concepts, institutions, and challenges in Western politics. Students will also encounter aspects of the four areas studied in political science: Political Theory, Comparative Politics, Canadian Politics, and International Relations.

Learning in this course consists of a combination of lectures, readings, multimedia presentations, small and large group discussions, assignments, and exams. At the conclusion of the course, students will be able to identify, analyze, and understand a variety of political problems facing Canadians and the world, and will have experience applying the core concepts and methods of political science to practical situations of day-to-day politics.


  • Participation 10%
  • Analytical paper 15%
  • Take-home midterm 20%
  • Major paper 25%
  • Take-home final exam 30%



Mintz et al. Politics, Power and the Common Good (6th Edition). Online edition available.

ISBN: 978-0134286884

Department Undergraduate Notes:

The Department of Political Science strictly enforces a policy on plagiarism.

Registrar Notes:


SFU’s Academic Integrity web site http://www.sfu.ca/students/academicintegrity.html 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. http://www.sfu.ca/policies/gazette/student/s10-01.html


Teaching at SFU in fall 2021 will involve primarily in-person instruction, with approximately 70 to 80 per cent of classes in person/on campus, with safety plans in place.  Whether your course will be in-person or through remote methods will be clearly identified in the schedule of classes.  You will also know at enrollment whether remote course components will be “live” (synchronous) or at your own pace (asynchronous).

Enrolling in a course acknowledges that you are able to attend in whatever format is required.  You should not enroll in a course that is in-person if you are not able to return to campus, and should be aware that remote study may entail different modes of learning, interaction with your instructor, and ways of getting feedback on your work than may be the case for in-person classes.

Students with hidden or visible disabilities who may need class or exam accommodations, including in the context of remote learning, are advised to register with the SFU Centre for Accessible Learning (caladmin@sfu.ca or 778-782-3112) as early as possible in order to prepare for the fall 2021 term.