I have to say, it sounds pretty ridiculous to me for a professor of an introductory level political science class to figure that his students will just look stuff up on their own. I mean, yeah, we could all just look stuff up on our own. In any class. Who needs school anyway? Let's all just look stuff up on our own and not bother to actually get credit for courses in which we are supposed to learn nuts and bolts.
Obviously I'm not blaming you for this, as you were not the prof. But that just seems terrible.