Plato once said, “One of the penalties for refusing to participate in politics is that you end up being governed by your inferiors.” The idea that we must choose our politicians carefully and we must engage in our political world seems straightforward, but ultimately a citizen’s participation in politics is an idea that has developed over time. This course will explore the political philosophy/theory and science of our political world, as we trace the western canon of thought and explore its application to current domestic and international issues. Students will explore political socialization, structures of the Canadian, British and American political systems, examine international economics and the power structures that exist globally and, finally address some of the most pressing political issues that face our world today. Discussion, essay writing, analytical thought, ideological/issue based comparison, and group work are skills that will be practiced and developed over the course of this year. The Canadian perspective, and Canada’s role in the world, will be at the forefront of our examination.