Fall 2022 - POL 100 D100

Introduction to Politics and Government (3)

Class Number: 5821

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Tu 2:30 PM – 4:20 PM
    SSCB 9201, 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.


Decisions by our governments unavoidably affect us. Studying political science enables a better understanding of those events. This course covers the basic concepts in the discipline of political science and provides more accurate answers to questions regarding political change. One section of the course focuses on the values that shape political culture and the political ideas that mobilize citizens. Another examines the operation of government institutions. How do courts, legislatures, and political parties reconcile competing and diverging interests? Have political institutions and mechanisms dealt effectively with global challenges, such as environmental pollution? Can we ensure that the political executive is accountable to the people, and can we increase citizen participation in the political process? We contrast Canada’s parliamentary system with other political systems.


  • Three quizzes in the lecture 30%
  • Attendance and Participation in the tutorial 10%
  • Short paper 15%
  • Term paper 30%
  • Asynchronous contributions to the online discussion board 15%



Introduction to Politics by Robert Garner et al., Third Canadian Edition, Oxford University Press, 2022. ISBN: 9780199036370

Department Undergraduate Notes:

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

Registrar Notes:


SFU’s Academic Integrity website 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