PO210 Comparative Political Systems

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PO 210 Comparative Political Systems


SP 2011 HO


Pasley, James F.


Associate Professor of Political Science


Ph.D.  Political Science

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Mackay 20.5

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Class Time

1:00 - 2:15 PM

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Hauss, Charles.  2011.  Comparative Politics 7th edition.  Belmont, CA:  Thompson/Wadsworth Publishing.

Yap, Fiona.  2010.  Annual Editions:  Comparative Politics 10/11 Guilford, CTMcGraw-Hill/Dushkin.


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Course Description:
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:

Exams will consist of short answer and essays.  Each of the three exams will encompass 25% of the final grade.  The final exam is cumulative.  The remaining 25% will consist of a research paper to be written on a country selected with permission of the professor.   The research paper is intended to be a scholarly effort and must include eight sources (four of which should be from academic journals).  Wikipedia will not count as a source.  The paper should be eight to ten pages in length and include a bibliography.  The paper should focus on the political institutions, policies, and future of a state not covered in the course.  Students are required to present the findings of their paper to the class near the end of the semester.  Presentation dates will be assigned by the professor.  20% of the paper grade will be based on the student's presentation.


Course Requirements:


Assignment                                                             Percentage of Final Grade

      Exam One –  February 15                                                                   25%

      Exam Two –  March 22                                                                      25%
      Paper/Presentation – April 28                                                              25%

      Final Exam –  May 3                                                                           25%


Late Submission of Course Materials:

Late papers will be assessed a one letter grade penalty for every day they are late.  Missed exams (with the exception of the final exam which may not be made up) may be taken late at the discretion of the professor.  Make-up exams always are more difficult and students should strive to take exams on time.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:

Please be on time and attentive.

Children are not permitted in class.

Please turn off phones and wireless devices while in class.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:



Meeting                                                                                    Assignment


January   11 & 13                                                                     Introduction  -- Nationalism,

Ethnicity and Political

Identity.  Yap 39-41


  18 & 20                                                                     Industrialized Democracies: 

Hauss 1 -2; Yap 1-4 & 8-10


  25 & 27                                                                     Constitutional Democracy:

Hauss 3; Yap 20, 37 & 38


Feb.      1 & 3                                                                          The Westminster Model: 

            Hauss 4; Yap 23, 25-27


             8 & 10                                                                        Hybrid Democracies:   

Hauss 5 & 6; Yap 13 & 35


February    15                                                                          EXAM 1 

       17                                                                         European Union: 

Hauss 7; Yap 38 & 40


                22  & 24                                                                  Transitional States: 

Hauss 8 & 9; Yap 12, 14, 28


March         1 & 3                                                                   China –                                                                                               Hauss 10; Yap 11, 17, 29, & 36


                   8 & 10                                                                 SPRING BREAK


     15 & 17                                                               India & Developing World – India

Hauss 11 & 12; Yap 5 & 21    

                      22                                                                     EXAM 2
                      24                                                                      Theocracy – Iran 
                                                                                                Hauss 13 & 14
                                                                                                Yap 18, 39   
29 & 31                                                           Authoritarianism in Africa:        

Hauss 15; Yap 6, 22, 24 & 34

April                    5 & 7                                                            Presidential Systems in Latin

America:  Hauss 16; Yap 15, 16 & 19 




April       12                                                                              AFRICA                 

               14                                                                             ASIA

               19                                                                             EUROPE

               21                                                                             THE MIDDLE EAST
               26                                                                             NORTH & SOUTH AMERICA
               28                                                                             OCEANIA & PAPERS DUE
MAY 3 FINAL EXAM  1:00 - 3:00

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