When we use the term politics, we can be referring to many things. Sometimes the term can mean the individual power plays that occur in the workplace. It can also mean the social issues and beliefs that divide people and cause controversy. We could also use the term more specifically to refer to the institutions of government that set and enforce public policy and collective decisions. All of these things make up politics, and they each influence us in our daily lives. We constantly deal with authority and power, we discuss controversial issues with our friends, and we pay taxes and hear political messages every day.
We know the significance of opinion, manipulation, and the bureaucracy involved in politics, but did you know that there is actually a science of politics? There is an entire academic field dedicated to studying political phenomena at the individual, national, and international levels. In this course, we will be learning the interesting facts and approaches that help us to understand the political world. We will be going beyond mere opinion and party politics to discuss the philosophy, institutions, and purposes behind the political world that we encounter all of the time. Approaching politics from the perspective of an objective scientist will help you to understand why and how politics functions the way it does, and it will allow you to better understand and articulate your own political opinions. You might be surprised to find out just how interesting and exciting politics can be!