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NUS PS1101E Lecture 1

  1. 1. PS1101E/GEK1003 Introduction to Politics Lecturer: Erik Mobrand
  2. 2. What is Politics? • ‘Politics’ vs... • public politics • government • ideology
  3. 3. What makes someone powerful?
  4. 4. What is Political Science? Is a political scientist a scientist?
  5. 5. Political science is a social science
  6. 6. What do we do in PS? Political science is concerned with explaining political phenomena.
  7. 7. The Fields of PS • Comparative politics • International relations • Political theory • Singapore politics • Public administration
  8. 8. Comparative Politics • PS2236: European Politics • PS3236: Ethnicity and Religion in Asian Politics • PS3261: Comparative Political Economy
  9. 9. International Relations • PS2250: International Politics of Southeast Asia • PS3240: International Security • PS3251: International and Regional Organisations
  10. 10. Political Theory • PS2253: Chinese Political Thought • PS3259: American Political Thought
  11. 11. Singapore Politics • PS2249: Government and Politics of Singapore • PS3249: Singapore’s Foreign Policy
  12. 12. Public Administration • PS2241: Public Administration in Asia • PS3243: Public Sector Organisational Behaviour
  13. 13. Why Political Science?
  14. 14. Why am I here?
  15. 15. What PS offers you • General skills, NOT specific ones • Critical thinking skills • Reading • Writing
  16. 16. Overview of the module
  17. 17. Readings • Text: Political Science: An Introductory Text • by Kripa Sridharan (McGraw Hill, 2008) • Internet: links on syllabus • IVLE e-reserves
  18. 18. Tasks for module • Reading • Attending lectures • Writing • Discussion groups • Exam
  19. 19. How to Read (even though you already know) • Read for main ideas • What is the author’s reasoning? • Avoid getting lost in details • Re-read • Take notes • What is your response?
  20. 20. Lectures • Lecture material vs texts • Availability of slides
  21. 21. Writing • PS ideas are expressed through writing • Writing and re-writing
  22. 22. Discussion groups • You must register for a tutorial • Four meetings during the semester
  23. 23. Exam • Yes, there is one • And also a test
  24. 24. Resources • Student guide • PS Peers Programme • IVLE
  25. 25. Consultation hours • Tuesdays, 1:30-3:30 • AS1, level 4, #39
  26. 26. Next week: Leadership • How much do leaders do? • Do leaders deserve credit (and blame) for outcomes? • What are the traits of a good leader?

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