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Course SummaryPolitical Science 101 has been evaluated and recommended for 3 semester hours and may be transferred to over 2,000 colleges and universities. With this self-paced course, you get engaging lessons, expert instructors who make even the most challenging political science topics simple, and an excellent resource for getting a head start on your degree.
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At the end of this course, you'll be able to analyze approaches to political science thinking, factors impacting politics, and underlying political structures.
Your grade for this course will be calculated out of 300 points. The minimum score required to pass and become eligible for college credit for this course is 210 points, or an overall course grade of 70%. The table below shows the assignments you must complete and how they'll be incorporated into the overall grade.
|Proctored Final Exam||200|
Quizzes are meant to test your comprehension of each lesson as you progress through the course. Here's a breakdown of how you will be graded on quizzes and how they'll factor into your final score:
- You will have 3 attempts to take each quiz for a score.
- The highest score of your first 3 attempts will be recorded as your score for each quiz.
- When you've completed the course, the highest scores from your first 3 attempts at each quiz will be averaged together and weighed against the total possible points for quizzes. For instance, if your average quiz score is 85%, you'll receive 85 out of 100 possible points for quizzes.
- After your initial 3 attempts, you can take a quiz for practice as many times as you'd like.
- You will need to pass each quiz with a score of at least 80% to earn course progress for the lesson. However, it is not necessary to earn 80% within the first three quiz attempts.
Proctored Final Exam
The proctored final exam is a cumulative test designed to ensure that you've mastered the material in the course.
- You'll earn points equivalent to the percentage grade you receive on your proctored final. (So if you earn 90% on the final, that's 90 points toward your final grade.)
- If you're unsatisfied with your score on the exam, you'll be eligible to retake the exam after a 3-day waiting period.
- You can only retake the exam twice, so be sure to use your study guide and fully prepare yourself before you take the exam again.
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Upon completion of the course, you will be able to:
- Define and explain key concepts, terms, and the general nomenclature in the discipline of political science.
- Comprehend and describe several forms of political organization that range in scope from the local to international, and vary in classification from public to private to semi-autonomous.
- Trace the systems that underlies voting and political participation and the dissemination of political power among offices, bureaucracies, agencies, and institutions within government.
- Evaluate the differences between forms of political organization and government type and what makes each unique in terms of their structure and distribution of power.
- Discuss the evolution of political theories from Antiquity to the contemporary age, and compare as well as contrast the diverse array of approaches to understanding political systems.
- Draw connections between socioeconomic forces and public opinions, and comprehend how these concepts are measured as well as how they manifest through civic action.
- Explain the relationship between economics and politics by illustrating how policy may impact markets and how trends in the economy can motivate or dissuade government interventions.
- Define and understand a variety of international relations theories and compare them to one another while appraising their utility in encouraging diplomatic and economic bonds between states.
- Describe global political issues and how they are being addressed by a developing international legal and regulatory system, while evaluating the role of globalization, wealth inequality, and environmental concerns in these trends.
There are no prerequisites for this course.
Political Science 101 consists of short video lessons that are organized into topical chapters. Each video is approximately 5-10 minutes in length and comes with a quick quiz to help you measure your learning. The course is completely self-paced. Watch lessons on your schedule whenever and wherever you want.
At the end of each chapter, you can complete a chapter test to see if you're ready to move on or have some material to review. Once you've completed the entire course, take the practice test and use the study tools in the course to prepare for the proctored final exam. You may take the proctored final exam whenever you are ready.
How Credit Recommendations Work
This course has been evaluated and recommended by ACE & NCCRS for 3 semester hours in the lower division baccalaureate degree category. To apply for transfer credit, follow these steps:
- If you already have a school in mind, check with the registrar to see if the school will grant credit for courses recommended by ACE or NCCRS.
- Complete Political Science 101 by watching video lessons and taking short quizzes.
- Take the Political Science 101 final exam directly on the Study.com site.
- Request a transcript to be sent to the accredited school of your choice!
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|Basic Terms and Concepts of Political Science||Identify key terms in political science and assess their meaning in the broader context of the topic.|
|Political Ideologies and Philosophy||Describe and analyze the spectrum of political ideologies and philosophies. Evaluate the development of these perspectives over time.|
|Forms of Government||Define government and discuss its key functions. Identify different types of democracy and differentiate between totalitarian and authoritarian autocracy. Review types of constitutional government.|
|Electoral Systems||Compare various electoral systems and explain how the different political processes unfold. Discuss a myriad of election types and how they relate to the overarching concept of representation.|
|The Branches of Government||Identify the roles and responsibilities of each branch of government. Understand the concept of checks and balances as it relates to the interactions between government sub-divisions.|
|US Federal Bureaucracy||Identify, examine and discuss the main features of administrative and bureaucratic systems. Appraise the effectiveness of bureaucratic infrastructure and its relationship to other government institutions.|
|The History & Role of Political Parties||Evaluate party politics and different party systems. Determine the role that parties have in shaping government policy.|
|Interest Groups in Politics||Assess the relationship between interest groups and political behavior outcomes. Discuss various interest group perspectives and methods that these groups use to expand their influence.|
|Mass Media and Politics||Assess mass media's role in shaping political narratives. Analyze the ways in which the media affects our political attitudes and evaluate criticisms of the media related to the main types of media bias.|
|Political Culture, and Public Opinion and Behavior||Analyze the concept of political culture and illustrate the political socialization process. Explain how public opinion influences government policy.|
|Public and Social Policy||Identify and describe social/public policy programs and assess their effectiveness. Understand various forms of public/social policy and explain how they are developed.|
|Fiscal Policy in Government & the Economy||Describe the mechanics of government financial policy and assess the impact it has on the economy. Compare and contrast different fiscal policy approaches, as well as the methods that political actors use to influence or implement these policies.|
|Foreign Policy, Defense Policy & Government||Define foreign policy, its elements, its formation and its implementation formed and implemented. Explain how power is projected overseas and evaluate related economic and defensive pressures.|
|Concepts of International Relations||Identify and explain the main features of the international system of politics that exists between states, international organizations and regional organizations. Define key terms in the nomenclature used by International Relations scholars.|
|Theories of International Relations||Discuss, compare, contrast and critique different approaches to understanding the international system and define variables that are associated with the discipline.|
|International Actors in Political Science||Analyze the key components of international and regional organizations. Evaluate the role of these organizations in international politics and globalization.|
|International Law in Politics||Describe developing frameworks for international diplomatic and trade relations. Evaluate global legal norms and the actors that shape them.|
|Global Issues and Politics||Discuss pressing global political issues/crises and measure how these issues evolve and interface with one another. Appraise various international affairs using related frameworks and theories.|
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|Completed the entire Political Science 101: Intro to Political Science course and achieved 100% Course Progress.|
|Not attempted to take this exam within the last three days.|
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