Course Information
Course title
Political Science (Ⅰ) 
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Friday 6,7,8(13:20~16:20) 
Restriction: students whose last two digits of their student ID are divisible by 3 with the remainder of 2
The upper limit of the number of students: 80. 
Course introduction video
Table of Core Capabilities and Curriculum Planning
Table of Core Capabilities and Curriculum Planning
Course Syllabus
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Course Description

This one-year course introduces the field of political science through a survey of the major issues and questions of politics from a comparative perspective. The first semester will be devoted to understanding how and why countries become democracies and when democracies remain stable forms of government. After an introduction to essential issues within political science (such as what is politics, what is the comparative approach, what is the state, what are the fundamental differences between authoritarian and democratic governments), we will investigate questions about how modern democracies function. Is economic development critical to stable democracy? Does a population need particular cultural characteristics for its government to function democratically? What are the effects of regime type on economic growth and government performance? How important are political parties to democracy? The goal of these themes is for students to develop analytic tools for understanding various political systems and evaluating the proper nature of our society.
In the second semester, we will explore a choice of topics, such as human rights, political ideologies, secularisms, social movements, contentious politics, economic inequality and welfare states, nationalism, national identity, etc. Parallel goals of this semester include developing research and writing skills. Together, these objectives help form the foundation for future coursework in the discipline and should help students make informed judgments about the political world around them. 

Course Objective
The course objective is to introduce first-year political science students to major issues and theories in the study of politics.  
Course Requirement
The course grade will be based on two exams (60%), weekly reading comments and questions (20%), and discussion section participation (20%).
Exams. The two in-class exams are open-book exams. You may consult lecture notes and course readings. You may choose either English or Chinese to write the exam. The use of electronic devices is not permitted. The final exam is cumulative. The midterm will be on November 4, and the final will be held on December 23.
Reading comments and questions. You are expected to form a study group of 4-5 students and sign up on NTU COOL by September 18. Each group is responsible for posting comments and questions, either in English or Chinese, on one of the weekly assigned readings through the discussion section on NTU COOL. The deadline is 17:00 on Thursday. Please limit your postings to six lines of text. You should address at least one following in your comments: (1) What is the author’s research question, and why is it important? (2) What is the author’s argument? (3) Is the argument convincing, and why? (4) Does the evidence provided by the author support the argument and why? Your questions can be specific to the reading (e.g., theories, methods, and evidence) or a broader issue related to the reading. You will be assigned a group if you have not signed up for one by September 18.
Discussion sections. Discussion sections begin the second week of class. The teaching fellows will conduct the discussion both in English and Mandarin. The weekly discussion sections offer an opportunity to ask questions and discuss topics covered in lectures and the assigned readings. We will structure the discussion according to the questions posted on NTU COOL the day before. Each group is expected to have read other groups’ postings and actively participate in the discussion.  
Student Workload (expected study time outside of class per week)
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Designated reading
There are no required books for purchase. Three books from which relatively long sections have been assigned have been placed on reserve. These are Clark, Golder, and Golder, Principles of Comparative Politics; Shively, Power and Choice: An Introduction to Political Science; Garner, Ferdinand, and Lawson, Introduction to Politics. Book chapters from other books, and journal articles, are available on NTU COOL.

The Course Reserves section is located on the first floor of the Koo Chen-Fu Memorial Library.  
Explanations for the conditions
We arrange for your two exams to be graded by different TAs, which we hope helps to even out the disparities that may arise from differences among graders. The exams are intended to assess whether you are doing the reading and attending the lectures. A grade of A means you answered each question accurately and fully. The grade for reading comments and questions will be based on knowledge of the material and on your understanding of how this knowledge applies to related political issues. The participation grade will be based on attendance and the quality of participation in section discussions. If you ever have a concern about how you have been graded, the first step is to bring your concerns to the person who graded your work. The policy for doing so is the following: (1) You must, in writing, describe what you feel constitutes the correct answer. (2) You must, in writing, describe how your work meets the standard described in (1). Your grader will then read and evaluate your arguments for a different grade and reply in writing. If you ask to have the grade reconsidered, the grader has the right to change your grade to a better grade, change it to a worse grade, or leave it unchanged. 
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