UNIVERSITY OF THE WEST INDIES
DEPARTMENT OF GOVERNMENT
INTRODUCTION TO POLITICAL INSTITUTIONS/ANALYSIS
GOVERNMENT 1000
COU...
II. Political behaviour
and patterns of
social groups
III. Population
mindsets towards
politics
IV. Institutions that
shap...
6. POLITICS IN THE 21ST
CENTURY TRANSITIONAL SOCIETIES
Transitional Society
o Fundamental change or adjustment in :
I. Pol...
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Introduction to Political Institution Syllabus: GOVT 1000 (UWI Mona)

  1. 1. UNIVERSITY OF THE WEST INDIES DEPARTMENT OF GOVERNMENT INTRODUCTION TO POLITICAL INSTITUTIONS/ANALYSIS GOVERNMENT 1000 COURSE SYLLABUS by Mikol A. Mortley 1. THE CHANGING DEFINITION OF POLITICAL SCIENCE AND POLITICS Politics o Formal Politics o Informal Politics o State Political Science o Two Fundamental Questions of Political Science Legitimacy Sovereignty Authority Power Political culture o Participatory o Subjective o Parochial o Factors that shape political culture: I. Political history II. Geopolitics III. Political Socialization IV. Economics V. Institutions o Factors that change political culture: I. Rapid rise in the levels of education II. Access to Information III. Population Movements IV. Rapid Urbanization V. Opportunity Structure VI. Political Socialization 2. MASS MEDIA AND POLITICS Political Behaviour o Conventional o Unconventional Political Socialization o Agents of Socialization: I. Primary agents of socialization II. Secondary agents of socialization Media o 4 Roles of the media o 6 major media players in the US o Caribbean Media statistics 3. POLITICAL SYSTEM; DEMOCRACY Political System o Elements of the Political System: I. Units of power
  2. 2. II. Political behaviour and patterns of social groups III. Population mindsets towards politics IV. Institutions that shape political power V. Relationships among political life, the state and individual citizens o Types of political systems Democracy o Representative o Participatory o Direct Westminster parliamentary democracy o British parliamentary system I. Bicameral house of parliament II. Legislature III. Uncodified constitution IV. Head of State and Government o Responsible government o Elections  First past the post electoral system United States Presidential Political System o Constitution o Federalism o Separation of powers o Branches of Government I. Executive II. Legislature III. Judiciary o Elections Anglophone Caribbean governments Liberal democracies o Civil liberties and political freedoms o Contradictions of modern liberal democracies 4. THE ANGLOPHONE CARIBBEAN STATE: CONTEMPORARY CONSTITUTIONAL ISSUES, ELECTORAL DISCONTENT AND VOTER APATHY Contemporary Caribbean constitutional reform o Jamaican constitutional reform : Stone Committee Contemporary Caribbean constitutional issues Voter Apathy Statistics for Jamaica Attitudes towards elections for Jamaica o Introduction of the Political Ombudsman 5. CONTEMPORARY CARIBBEAN POLITICS Struggles of Caribbean leadership o Jamaica 1970’s and 1980’s o IMF agreements and the structural adjustment model Globalization Caribbean Integration Movements o West indies federation o CARIFTA o OECS o CARICOM o CSME o CCJ
  3. 3. 6. POLITICS IN THE 21ST CENTURY TRANSITIONAL SOCIETIES Transitional Society o Fundamental change or adjustment in : I. Politics II. Economics III. Demographics o Statistics: I. Population II. Economically active population III. Unemployment IV. GDP per capital V. GDP growth rate VI. Health and Education VII. Gini Coefficient South Africa o History of colonization and apartheid o Movements towards democracy o Challenges of the democratic transition India o Challenges of the transition in India China o Challenges of the transition of China

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