This course introduces students to the political ideas, concepts, theories, models, and approaches to the study of political practice in the real world. It explains the essence of politics in the determination of resources allocation and in the distribution of benefits. Students will acquire the skills to relate to the real world of politics by employing the analytical concepts and theories gained from the course to study the interactions among informal participants, formal decision-makers, and institutions. In addition, the course also sensitizes students to the impact of globalization and the international environment in which national political systems or nation-states interact. Emphasis will be placed on issues related to public consultation, democratic development, social harmony and conflict management.