The Saylor Foundation's POLSC101 on iTunes UAh, politics. An awfully messy business, often enough, and replete (if all its critics are to be believed) with greed, treachery, and (worst of all!) inefficiency. The topic is always good for a lively conversation…or a fight — sometimes, unfortunately, quite literally so.

But politics is really just governance and policy-making…sometimes with the people, sometimes without them, sometimes effectively, sometimes inefficiently.

POLSC101: Introduction to Politics is a survey course that asks the basic questions driving political science; it searches through the history and philosophy of the discipline in order to give the student a handle on politics today as well as insight into some of the subfields of political thought.

Check out the course on iTunes U, and while you’re there, take a look at 31 other courses that we’ve ported over to the Saylor Foundation’s channel there.

Like all of our iTunes U courses, this one is much better (and fully-featured) when viewed on an iOS device rather than on a personal computer, but you can always dive into the ‘standard’ version here at, and dig into 279 other free courses besides.