Simon Park and Jonathan Rescoskie
We have two key tasks in the second week. We have to understand the basic ideas of political study applied to civics and society (the first group of key terms) and we have to get ready to apply approaches and methods to the three assignments.
Bring your laptops, smartphones, or textbook (Critical Approaches) to class.
After this week you should be confident that you understand the essential vocabulary to discuss political systems, and basic approaches and methods for political study. The language is rudimentary and sometimes contested, but will start you off for Assignment 1. You need to understand approaches and methods for Assignments 2 and 3.
Develop a mnemonic for understanding the parts in a political-social-economic-security structure.
Explain key terms in two groups: foundation concepts for political studies, and foundation concepts for social science methods.
First group: Politics, Power, Influence, Coercion, Authority, Ideology, Government vs governance, Party, Executive, Legislative, Administrative, Judiciary, Levels of government (Federal / Provincial – Territorial / Municipal), Interest Groups, political socialization, Agents of socialization, Effects of socialization, Political spectrum
Second group: Political phenomena, Independent variable, Dependent variable, Hypothesis, Approaches (Normative / Empirical-Qualitative/Quantitative) Methods of study (Case Study / Statistical / Comparative), Schools of study (Pluralism / Public choice / Class Analysis / State-centered)
Class coordinators will discuss with the professor how to prune and focus the potential list of activities, no later than the preceding week. Here they are presented as a list of topics, with associated activities. Normally, they will be introduced by the class coordinator.
 Confirm web site and Moodle access [Q&A]
 Confirm class coordinator roles and terms of reference (organization) [60s]
 Look at final exam – prior knowledge shapes learning
What are you familiar with?
What have you learned elsewhere that is relevant?
What stirs your curiosity?
What are your values, attitudes and beliefs that are likely
Group assignment – priority learning for the real world- what do you want to get out of the course [5D, 60s] (course coordinators take note)
 Describe and give examples of the following approaches [GLI, 5D, 60s, 60c]
 What are approaches to politics (paths towards research and understanding…) for the following questions (or invent your own): [GLI, 5D, 60s]
 Preparing for the course:
 Draft exam questions [5D]
Social cleavages result both from socialization and from material differences, including phenotype, and access to resources. The list of chapter headings from Dyck gives you a menu of areas on which to focus. This should be group or class decision, led by the week 3 class coordinator.