POL 102: Introduction to Political Science


Downtown Knoxville, TN, from the University.
In the field of Political Science, there are no fewer than six subfields: American Political System, Law and Legalism, Normative Theory, Methodology, International Relations, and Comparative Politics. Where POL101 covered the first two subfields, POL102 covers the remaining.
The underlying theme of this year’s course is the search for Utopia. As a result, two major external readings are assigned: The Communist Manifesto and Ecotopia. Both demonstrate the recurring themes of utopian literature.


There are three required and one recommended books for this course:


  • Analyzing Politics, 3rd edn, by Ellen Grigsby
    ISBN: 0-534-63077-4
  • The Communist Manifesto, by Karl Marx and Friedrich Engles
    ISBN: 0-451-52710-0
  • Ecotopia, by Ernest Callenbach
    ISBN: 0-553-34847-7


  • Style Manual for Political Science, by the American Political Science Association
    ISBN: 1-878-14733-1
All four books are available from the UT Bookstore and from neighboring bookstores. All three will be used extensively in the class, so it would behoove you to get them. As The Communist Manifesto is old enough to be in the public domain, there are online sites that allow you to download the entire text. The strength of doing this is that it is slightly cheaper. The weakness is that all page number references I make are based on the book sold in the bookstore.
All of these can also be purchased from Amazon.com. However, since the course begins with The Communist Manifesto, and since the price at Amazon.com is close to the price at the UT Bookstore, you should probably get it here, rather than online. Also, the Grigsby text is cheaper at the UT Bookstore. Ecotopia, on the other hand, is less expensive at Amazon.com, and since it is the final book we will be reading, you have plenty of time to purchase it online.
The Style Manual is completely optional. It appears as though the APSA is readying itself to publish an updated edition. As such, the bookstore has limited copies of the second edition. In lieu of having you purchase the entire style manual, I have distilled the necessary portions into a document called APSA References, accessible from this website. This document provides examples of reference lists so that you format them correctly.