Political science is a social science discipline concerned with the study of the “how” and “why” of collective decision-making. This course will introduce students to political science by tackling the fundamental questions governing our political life: How do we make rules that govern our common life? Who decides what the rules are and how they are implemented? How are these rules justified and challenged? Who has a say in deciding how the world’s resources (e.g. medicine, water, food, housing, jobs) are to be distributed? Students will be introduced to key political-science theories (e.g. behavioralism, systems theory, modernization, rational choice, institutionalism, neo-Marxism). They will be offered ways of reading more deeply into these theories through structured discussions and documentary excerpts. Several topics –e.g., political philosophy, political conflict, ideologies, state structures, democracy, political cultures, civil society, political parties, economic change, political violence, globalization– will be addressed in the context of core political-science perspectives. Weekly seminars will consist of a combination of lectures, structured discussions of assigned readings, and documentary excerpts. Lectures will only provide the historical and conceptual background for in-class case study discussions on assigned readings and documentary excerpts.