PO210 Comparative Political Systems

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PO 210 Comparative Political Systems


S1T 2010 DL


Pasley, James F.


Associate Professor of Political Science


Ph.D.  Political Science

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Mackay 20.5

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Semester Dates

Spring I 2010

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Course Description:
PO 210 Comparative Political Systems: (MGE) Introduction to the concepts and approaches in the field of comparative politics and government. Included is the comparative analysis of political institutions, processes and problems in selected countries. 3:0:3

Learning Outcomes:
  Core Learning Outcomes

  1. Describe the several general systems of government including democracy, monarchy, theocracy, military dictatorship, etc.
  2. Use pertinent historical and contemporary examples of each type of system of government.
  3. Compare and contrast the sources of public authority and political power of various systems.
  4. Compare and contrast various governing institutions.
  5. Describe the relationships between citizens and states.
  6. Describe political change in various governing systems.
  7. Discuss policy issues of several different nations.
  8. Relate what is being learned to current events.
  9. Describe how ethics might be involved in various political systems.

Core Assessment:

Class Assessment:

Assignment                            Points
Discussion Board                 (8 @ 5 pts)      = 40
Assignments                       (3 @ 20 pts)    = 60
Paper                                (1 @ 100 pts)  =100
Exams                               (3 @ 100 pts)  =300

Core Assessment:  Final Exam


Total points available 500.

500 – 450 = A
449 – 400 = B
399 – 350 = C
349 – 300 = D
299 and below = F


The analytical quality of the work. (10 points) 
How the articles/texts chosen for review contribute to the understanding of the topic. (5 points) 
Use of correct grammar and spelling. (5 points)


The paper is worth 100 points. It is due no later than Sunday of Week 7. The following rubric will be used:
The analytical quality of the work. (60 points) 
How the articles/texts chosen for review contribute to the understanding of the topic chosen. (20 points) 
Use of correct grammar and spelling. (20 points)

Late Submission of Course Materials:
Late work will not be accepted.

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