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Virtual Federal University


Introduction to Politics by Dr. Stan Jagger

Course Abstract

This course will provide you with an introduction to essential ideas, institutions, and actors in politics. It aims to provide a basic grounding in politics and background knowledge that can be of use for your study of other politics-related or social science subjects, including those for the Virtual Federal University. It also aims to help you further develop your own analysis of current political events relevant to Myanmar.

Introduction to Politics Course Outline

[Textbook] Politics: Chapters 1 and 2

[Textbook] Politics: Chapter 3

Questions and Answers Units 1-4

Unit 1: What is Politics?

Lectures

Audio

English Transcript

Readings

Thawnghmung 2011 Abstract to her Article

Unit 2: Studying Politics

Lectures

Audio

English Transcript

Readings

Approaches and Methods to Studying Politics

Excerpts from research reports

Research Skills

Unit 3: Ideas in Politics

Lectures

Audio

English Transcript

Readings

Freedom and Equality adapted from ONeil

Thawnghmung 2003 Rural perceptions of state legitimacy in Burma Myanmar

Unit 4: The State

Lectures

Audio

English Transcript

Readings

Is the State a force for good [Heywood]

What is a state [ONeil]