CPW4U is an exciting introduction to the study of politics. Students follow international events, but now this course will help you understand the power structure involved and the complicated world of rights and responsibilities. This course examines Canadian and world politics from a variety of perspectives. Students will investigate the ways in which individuals, groups, and states work to influence domestic and world events, the role of political ideologies in national and international politics, and the dynamics of international cooperation and conflict resolution. This course and unit begins with the topic, A Study of Politics, followed by an introduction to the basic concepts of political science. Students will spend some time on the concept of ideology and search out their own political ideology. This unit begins with an examination of the forms of government and models of political processes. Students will then have a look at how roles in the political process function. Students will be involved in a mock election, mock parliament. You will learn which ideology fit with your global point of view and examine your own bias. The international system will be introduced and examined in depth. Students will become familiar with the United Nations and the six international actors. Students learn best when they are engaged in a variety of ways of learning. Canadian and world studies courses lend themselves to a wide range of approaches in that they require students to research & think critically. Your final grade will be determined based on your comprehension of political terms and concepts. You will be required to apply theory to real political events of the day and write a major research essay based on a political autobiography.