Fall 2019 - POL 100 D900

Introduction to Politics and Government (3)

Class Number: 7823

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Fr 12:30 PM – 2:20 PM
    SUR 5240, Surrey

  • Exam Times + Location:

    Dec 8, 2019
    3:30 PM – 6:30 PM
    SUR 5280, Surrey



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 offers a comprehensive introduction to the discipline of political science with emphasis on the subfields of comparative politics, international relations, and political theory. A wide range of topics will be covered, including the state, power and authority, democracy and democratization, nations and nationalism, political ideologies, political parties, and social movements. The objective is to prepare students for further coursework in political science, while helping them gain the knowledge they need to make sense of the complex political reality in which they are situated.

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


  • Short Essay 15%
  • Mid-Term Test 25%
  • Critical Film Review 15%
  • Tutorial Participation 15%
  • Final Exam 30%



Peter Ferdinand, Robert Garner, and Stephanie Lawson. Politics. Oxford: Oxford University Press,
ISBN: 9780198787983

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