Fall 2019 - POL 100 D100

Introduction to Politics and Government (3)

Class Number: 7322

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Th 12:30 PM – 2:20 PM
    SSCB 9200, Burnaby

  • Exam Times + Location:

    Dec 6, 2019
    3:30 PM – 6:30 PM
    SSCC 9001, 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.


This course introduces students to political science through a detailed examination of the major components of liberal democracy. Specific topics include: nations and nationalism, political ideologies, electoral systems, political parties, and the rise of the ‘far right'. The course explores these topics by looking at Canada through a comparative lens.

There will be a 2-hour lecture and 1-hour tutorial each week. Tutorials start Week Two.


  • Tutorial Participation 10%
  • In-class Pop Quizzes 8%
  • Mid-Term Exam 22%
  • Writing Assignment 25%
  • Final Exam 35%



Online custom version of Mintz et al. Politics, Power and the Common Good. Purchase instructions will be posted on Canvas.

Department Undergraduate Notes:

The Department of Political Science strictly enforces a policy on plagiarism.
For details, see http://www.sfu.ca/politics/undergraduate/program/related_links.html and click on “Plagiarism and Intellectual Dishonesty” .

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