POLS 110 Lecture 1: fall 2017 pols 110A Week 1

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International relations: current events, politics and governments of different countries, politics and government of canada, pre-law course. Elements of politics: governance, power and authority, rules, economic structures, community, public/private. Politics is: the process by which societies are governed, about society and how society functions, about interaction. Thinking about politics: the monadic definition: focusing on one primary element as the most important for understanding a phenomenon. Politics as government: politics is the process by which societies are governed, politics is about the institutions and structures put in place to govern communities. Politics as a social process: politics is about society and how society functions in its many different facets, politics is about interaction between people, governments and nations. Politics as power: politics is concerned with power, influence and authority, politics is about who has power in a society and how that power is used, political parties and how they come to power.

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