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Political Science is the study of governmental institutions and political behavior on an individual and collective level. As a transfer field, it is divided into political theory; American government and public law; public administration; comparative government; and international law, organization, and relations. The LLCC program provides the required lower division preparation for students transferring to senior institutions as well as occasional opportunities for more specialized study. In addition, degree and non-degree students alike are provided practical information about the political institutions and processes essential for informed participation in a democratic society and a political world—both domestic and global.
The strength of a democratic republic depends on the participation of its citizenry, and for participation to be meaningful, it must be informed. Politics touches every aspect of our life and this is directly influenced by our knowledge and practice of it. Whereas gravity, the weather, and nutrition all work regardless of your level of knowledge of the phenomena – things will still fall when you drop them and you will still get wet when it rains, or unhealthy if you eat badly—in contrast, political realities alter specifically and directly because of our knowledge. If we as citizens are ignorant of our rights and therefore do not exercise them – those rights effectively cease to exist. Our ignorance will change practice. Democratic governments (unlike natural phenomena), depend upon the consent of those they govern for their legitimacy and to authorize their actions. For this consent to be meaningful (and not just a convenient justification) it must be informed and conscious. For over forty years LLCC as an institution has been committed to empowering and serving its community and the Political Science faculty is proud to continue this tradition in our classes.
Political Science Faculty
Sample Syllabus – POS 101
John Vinzant, Ph.D.
Professor, Political Science
Office: SGMN 1110
Sample Syllabus – POS 201
CC Tietjen-St. Magnus
Andrea Graff (Taylorville)
Joe Goleash (Jacksonville)
Stephen Godek (Beardstown)
Jerry Crabtree (Online)
Political Science Curriculum
In addition to the graduation requirement (POS 101 or 201), Political Science classes at LLCC provide a comprehensive introduction to the field of Political Science for those intending to major (or minor)in political science at a four year institution.
Four classes are recognized and accredited for major credit transfer by the Illinois Articulation Initiative (IAI) and form the basis of further study in political science at a four year institution. These classes are:
POS 101 – Introduction to American Government
POS 202 – Introduction to International Relations
POS 211 – Introduction to Political Philosophy
POS 220 – Introduction to Comparative Political Analysis
Although these classes transfer directly for majors at four-year institutions, enrollment in them is not restricted to majors. In particular, POS 202 and POS 211 are of significant interest to people with other intended majors in related fields. POS 202, with its focus on international issues is increasingly useful for all manner of other areas from business to the environment, women’s studies, journalism and law. POS 211 Political philosophy grapples with major and pressing questions of our day while introducing students to the breadth of Western political thought through the ages.
POS 201 –State and Local Government – is not automatically recognized for major credit but fulfills the LLCC graduation requirement, and is of great interest to many people given the fact that Springfield is the state Capital.
In addition, four specialized classes are routinely offered. These do not automatically transfer for major credit but may be accepted by transfer institutions. These classes are
POS 164 – Model United Nations (based around team participation in a simulation)
POS 165 – Model Illinois Government (based around team participation in a simulation)
POS 201 – Practical Politics (reintroduced in 2012)
POS 230 – Introduction to Public Administration
The formal course description for all of the LLCC offerings in political science can be found in the college catalogue.
Beyond these regularly offered classes, the Political Science Faculty at LLCC occasionally offers specialized courses drawing on their areas of expertise. In presidential election years we have offered a seminar “Analyzing the Election”, we have offered course analyzing “Politics through Film”, “International Diplomacy and War” (co taught with History faculty) and courses specially designed to fit with various study abroad trips we have offered (variously to Britain, France, Belgium and Ireland.) These classes are taught under the POS 299 “Problems in Political Science” number.