Learn how to discuss the major works and figures of political thought, dive into Western and American politics, and examine the role that ethical, cultural, religious, and moral principles play in public policy. You can earn a free certificate of completion for any of these online Political Science courses, or use many of them to earn credit in leading college programs.

In our Political Science courses, you will learn to:

  • discuss the development of the nation-state and various systems of government, including democracy;
  • explain the role and functions of political parties; and
  • analyze the impact of media on the public and the state.

  • Time: 111 hours
  • Free Certificate
Introductory survey on the basic principles, terminology, and methods of political science. Combines historical study of the discipline's greatest thinkers with analysis of contemporary issues.

  • Time: 120 hours
  • Free Certificate
Examination of the major texts and figures in the history of political thought, including Plato, Machiavelli, and Rousseau. Topics of analysis include: power, justice, rights, law, and other issues pertaining to governance.

  • Time: 75 hours
  • Free Certificate
Survey of the governments and politics of several contemporary societies in the Americas, Europe, Africa, Asia, and the Middle East. Explores political leadership, representative mechanisms, legal processes, and the extra-institutional behaviors of voting culture, ethnic conflict, and corruption.

  • Time: 125 hours
  • Free Certificate
Introductory course on American politics, with an emphasis on its constitutional foundations, the electoral process and political participation, the decision-making process in Congress, the executive branch, and federal courts.

  • Time: 87 hours
  • Free Certificate
Examination of the role that ethical, cultural, religious, and moral principles play in the formulation and execution of public policy by lawmakers and other public officials. Explores existing issues in domestic and international policy, including justice, equality, fairness, individual liberty, free enterprise, charity, and human rights.

  • Time: 51 hours
  • Free Certificate
Detailed exploration of contemporary debates and controversies regarding global justice. Topics include: human rights theory, the moral significance of national and cultural boundaries, the currency of distributive justice, global inequality and poverty, environmental devastation, and violence against women and children.