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Open Educational Resources: Politics

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Open Text Collections

Open CourseWare

International Politics

International Relations Theory (open textbook)

Published in 2017, “The first half of the book covers the theories that are most commonly taught in undergraduate programmes. The book then expands to present emerging approaches and offer wider perspectives."

International Relations (open textbook)

Open textbook, 2016, "designed to be a ‘Day 0' introduction to International Relations. As a beginner's guide, it has organized into 2 parts (The Basics and Global Issues) and 18 chapters. PDF format.

E-International Relations (multiple open textbooks)

A variety of open access and openly licensed textbooks on both general and specific international relations and foreign policy issues. Each book is free to download, PDF format.

American Government

FAU Textbook (2013)

American Government and Politics in the Information Age (2016)

OpenStax American Government

American Government by The Independence Hall Association

Democracy in Brief

Civic Life

American Government, 2e (OpenStax textbook)

OpenStax textbook, revised Feb. 2019, "designed to meet the scope and sequence requirements of the single-semester American Government course."

Constitution Resources

Library of Congress: Constitution Resources

Cornell Law School Constitution with Annotations

Text Resources

Political Science

A Primer on Politics (Creative Commons)

Introduction to Political Science (Saylor Academy)

A survey course that introduces the student to the discipline's concepts, terminology, and methods and explores instances of applied political science through real world examples. 

A Primer on Politics (open textbook)

Open textbook adapted by T. M. Sell, past president of the PNW Political Science Association. Organized into 10 chapters.

POLSC101: Introduction to Political Science (Saylor course)

Saylor course "will survey the different ways in which political scientists study the phenomena of politics and will deepen your understanding of political life as both a thinker and a citizen."

POLS 101 – Intro to Political Science (Open Course Library)

SBCTC open course, last updated in 2017. Replaces textbook with online, mostly free, resources: readings, videos, screencasts and more. Includes assessments, discussion questions, and quizzes.

POLSC221: Introduction to Comparative Politics (Saylor course)

Saylor course that "focuses on the formal, public sphere of politics and power relations through a systematic study and comparison of types of government and political systems." Organized into 7 units + student study guides.


Quantitative Research Methods for Political Science, Public Policy and Public Administration

3rd ed. (University of Oklahoma/Open Textbook Library)

Intro to Research Methods in Political Science

CalPoly Professor John Korey offers a free web-based textbook on Research Methods in Political Science that includes links to statistical data to be used with SPSS.