Political Science

The Kiron Political Science core curriculum teaches the fundamentals of Political Science by providing basic knowledge and skills in political theory, political research and an introduction to the field’s main sub-disciplines: comparative politics, international relations and policy analysis. This is rounded off by basic studies in political economy and political sociology. The aim is to offer students content that is relevant in a globalized world and applicable in a wide range of regions.

Example

Name: Introduction to Political Science
Workload: 6 CP

Description

This module introduces students to the core principles of political science, while encouraging students to connect the dots between foundational assumptions and political processes and institutions.

Students will also study an overview of sociological theory, designed to provide students with an understanding of the relationship between sociology and political science.

By the end of this module, students will have a strong grounding in the discipline of political science and an introduction to vital academic writing and research skills.

Learning outcomes

After successfully completing this module, students will:

  • identify the main political institutions and political systems
  • define normative political theory & philosophy by clarifying main concepts, values and principles in politics
  • explain the main terminologies and objects of investigation in Political Science
  • summarize the history of Sociology as a discipline by recollecting classical social theories
  • describe the foundations of research for scientific work

MOOCs

Political Philosophy: An Introduction, Iversity
Revolutionary Ideas: Utility, Justice, Equality, Freedom, University of Pennsylvania
Revolutionary Ideas: Borders, Elections, Constitutions, Prisons, University of Pennsylvania
Discover Political Science, Université catholique de Louvain
Classical Sociological Theory, University of Amsterdam
Introduction to Research for Essay Writing, University of California, Irvine