Summer 2022 - POL 100 D100

Introduction to Politics and Government (3)

Class Number: 3794

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Tu 12:30 PM – 2:20 PM
    AQ 3150, Burnaby

  • Exam Times + Location:

    Aug 10, 2022
    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.


This course introduces students to political science through a detailed examination of how power is exercised and distributed in liberal democracies. Specific topics include nationalism, regime types, political ideologies, electoral systems, political parties, public opinion, and collective action (e.g., protest, disobedience). The course explores these topics by looking at Canada through a comparative lens.


  • Tutorial Discussion 8%
  • Online Quizzes (5 x 1% each) 5%
  • Mid-Term Exam (June 28th - 12:30pm-2:20pm) 30%
  • Eight-Page Written Assignment (Due July 19th @ 11:59pm) 25%
  • Take-Home Final Exam (Due August 10th @ 11:59pm) 32%



Revel (online) version of Mintz et al. Politics, Power and the Common Good (6th Edition). Purchase instructions will be posted on Canvas one week before course begins.

Department Undergraduate Notes:

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

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.


Teaching at SFU in summer 2022 will involve primarily in-person instruction.  Some courses may be offered through alternative methods (remote, online, blended), and if so, this will be clearly identified in the schedule of classes. 

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, online, or blended courses 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 ( or 778-782-3112) as early as possible in order to prepare for the summer 2022 term.