Topics in Political Science
I. Course Prefix/Number: PSC 290
Course Name: Topics in Political Science
Credits: 1-3 (1-3 lecture; 0 lab)
III. Course (Catalog) Description
Course explores major political issues and/or aspects of political life that are related to and grow out of the political science courses taught at the College. Course has a different focus and/or scope than the courses currently offered in the department and can be repeated on different topics up to three times for up to nine credit hours. Prerequisite may vary by topic.
IV. Learning Objectives
Students will identify, explain, analyze, evaluate, and interpret basic concepts, principles, and theories that pertain to, and are reflected in, the topic being studied.
V. Academic Integrity and Student Conduct
• plagiarism (turning in work not written by you, or lacking proper citation),
• falsification and fabrication (lying or distorting the truth),
• helping others to cheat,
• unauthorized changes on official documents,
• pretending to be someone else or having someone else pretend to be you,
• making or accepting bribes, special favors, or threats, and
• any other behavior that violates academic integrity.
There are serious consequences to violations of the academic integrity policy. Oakton's policies and procedures provide students a fair hearing if a complaint is made against you. If you are found to have violated the policy, the minimum penalty is failure on the assignment and, a disciplinary record will be established and kept on file in the office of the Vice President for Student Affairs for a period of 3 years.
Please review the Code of Academic Conduct and the Code of Student Conduct, both located online at
VI. Sequence of Topics
- Elections, campaigning, and voting behavior
- Political parties and interest groups
- The role of elected representatives in a democracy
- Local government as a laboratory for democracy
VII. Methods of Instruction
Course may be taught as face-to-face, hybrid or online course.
VIII. Course Practices Required
Students will be required to:
- Read a standard textbook and research materials.
- Write outside of class the equivalent of 12-14 double-spaced typed pages in the form of a term paper, summaries of journal articles, short research papers, and/or other kinds of writing.
- Participate in in-class and out-of-class activities.
IX. Instructional Materials
The typical materials for a political science course (textbooks, library materials, movies, sound/slide programs, media based course material) will be used. Materials will be assigned according to the requirements of the specific topic.
X. Methods of Evaluating Student Progress
Students will also be evaluated on a combination of written assignments and in- and out -of- class assignments.
XI. Other Course Information
Support Services: Tutoring is available in the Learning Center.
Important Dates: *
|XX/XX:||Last day to withdraw and have course dropped from record|
|XX/XX:||Last day to change to Audit|
|XX/XX:||Last day for students to submit materials to make up incomplete from the previous semester|
|XX/XX:||Last day to withdraw from classes with a "W"|
*These dates differ for each semester. You'll find the correct dates on the Academic Calendar.
If you have a documented learning, psychological, or physical disability you may be entitled to reasonable academic accommodations or services. To request accommodations or services, contact the Access and Disability Resource Center at the Des Plaines or Skokie campus. All students are expected to fulfill essential course requirements. The College will not waive any essential skill or requirement of a course or degree program.
Oakton Community College is committed to maintaining a campus environment emphasizing the dignity and worth of all members of the community, and complies with all federal and state Title IX requirements.
Resources and support for
- pregnancy-related and parenting accommodations; and
- victims of sexual misconduct
Resources and support for LGBTQ+ students can be found at www.oakton.edu/lgbtq.