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PO 210 Comparative Political Systems
Hicks, Alfred B.


Mission Statement: Park University provides access to a quality higher education experience that prepares a diverse community of learners to think critically, communicate effectively, demonstrate a global perspective and engage in lifelong learning and service to others.

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Course

PO 210 Comparative Political Systems

Semester

S1LL 2013 LR

Faculty

Hicks, Alfred B.

Degrees/Certificates

M.S. International Relations, Troy State University
Doctor of Theology, ThD, Baptist Seminary of Georgia
Doctor of Philosophy, PhD, Baptist Seminary of Georgia  

Office Location

LRAFB Education Center

Office Hours

15 minutes prior and after class

Daytime Phone

501-9885624 or 501-286-7856

E-Mail

E-Mail: Alfred.Hicks02@park.edu

abhicks@classicnet.net

Semester Dates

January-March 2013

Class Days

---W---

Class Time

5:00 - 10:00 PM

Prerequisites

None

Credit Hours

3


Textbook:

Kesselman, Krieger and Joseph, 2013. Comparative Politics 5th edition. Wadsworth Publishing. ISBN: 978-0547216294.

 

Textbooks can be purchased through the MBS bookstore

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Course Description:
PO 210 Comparative Political Systems: 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

Educational Philosophy:

Educational/Teaching Philosophy:

My educational philosophy is one of inter-action based on lectures, readings, dialogues, examinations, internet, and writings. I will engage each student in collective learning to encourage the lively exploration of ideas, issues and contradictions.

 

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:

Core/Class Assessment:

 

The two course exams will consist of essay and short response questions. Each course exam will encompass 25% of the final grade, or 50% of the total grade. The research paper will encompass 40% of the total grade.  The final 15% of the grade consist of attendance and class participation.

 

The research paper topic will be selected from a list provided at the first class meeting. All research papers are due at the 7th class session. 

 

The research paper is intended to be a scholarly effort and must include at least five sources.   Wikipedia is NOT  a source. The paper should be a minimum of 10 pages in length.  The paper must include a bibliography or end notes, cover page, etc. The paper should focus on the political institutions, policies, and future of a state not covered in the course.

 

Grading:

Evaluation and Grading:

 

          Evaluation Policy:  A numerical grading system will be utilized for          each examination. The total points possible for this course is  350          points.  These points are divided into two essay examinations of 100         points each; and,  a research paper with a value of 100 points.  Class      attendance and participation in class is worth bonus points of  50      points max value.  The final examination will have both a unit section     and a comprehensive section.

 

          The grading scale used for this course for evaluation purposes is as follows:

                                       A=100--90%

                                       B= 89---80%

                                       C= 79---70%

                                       D= 69---60%

                                      F=  Below 60%

 

Testing/ Make-Up Examinations:  If it is necessary for a student to miss a scheduled examination the following procedure will be used: 

(1) There are NO make-up examinations or early exams. 

(2) Missed examinations are recorded as a score of  ZERO. 

(3) If a student is absent for the final examination the score will be ZERO unless the student has completed all paperwork (office and instructor) to receive an incomplete ‘I’ grade.

 

Late Submission of Course Materials:

 

The class instructor does NOT accept late or incomplete work.

 

Late Submission of Course Materials:

Evaluation and Grading:

 

          Evaluation Policy:  A numerical grading system will be utilized for          each examination. The total points possible for this course is  350          points.  These points are divided into two essay examinations of 100         points each; and,  a research paper with a value of 100 points.  Class      attendance and participation in class is worth bonus points of  50      points max value.  The final examination will have both a unit section     and a comprehensive section.

 

          The grading scale used for this course for evaluation purposes is as follows:

                                       A=100--90%

                                       B= 89---80%

                                       C= 79---70%

                                       D= 69---60%

                                      F=  Below 60%

 

Testing/ Make-Up Examinations:  If it is necessary for a student to miss a scheduled examination the following procedure will be used: 

(1) There are NO make-up examinations or early exams. 

(2) Missed examinations are recorded as a score of  ZERO. 

(3) If a student is absent for the final examination the score will be ZERO unless the student has completed all paperwork (office and instructor) to receive an incomplete ‘I’ grade.

 

Late Submission of Course Materials:

 

The class instructor does NOT accept late or incomplete work.

 

Classroom Rules of Conduct:

Classroom Rules of Conduct:

The fundamental objective of this course is to learn. That means we learn from each other. In order to accomplish this, we must treat each other with respect and use proper classroom manners. Everyone will have the opportunity and freedom to express their ideas. Review the Park handbook as pertains to classroom behavior.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

Class Meetings and Schedule.

 

Class One-   Intro to course

                   Syllabus

                   Selection of paper topics

                   Chapters 1-2

 

Class Two-Chapters 3-5

 

 

Class Three--Chapters 6-7

 

 

Class 4-Test #1

 

 

Class Five-Chapters 8-9

 

 

Class Six-Chapters 10-11

 

 

Class Seven-Turn in Research Papers

                   Chapters 12-14

 

 

Class Eight-Test #2

 

Academic Honesty:
Academic integrity is the foundation of the academic community. Because each student has the primary responsibility for being academically honest, students are advised to read and understand all sections of this policy relating to standards of conduct and academic life. Park University students and faculty members are encouraged to take advantage of the University resources available for learning about academic honesty (www.park.edu/current or http://www.park.edu/faculty/).from Park University 2011-2012 Undergraduate Catalog Page 95-96

Plagiarism:
Plagiarism involves the use of quotations without quotation marks, the use of quotations without indication of the source, the use of another's idea without acknowledging the source, the submission of a paper, laboratory report, project, or class assignment (any portion of such) prepared by another person, or incorrect paraphrasing. from Park University 2011-2012 Undergraduate Catalog Page 95

Attendance Policy:
Instructors are required to maintain attendance records and to report absences via the online attendance reporting system.

  1. The instructor may excuse absences for valid reasons, but missed work must be made up within the semester/term of enrollment.
  2. Work missed through unexcused absences must also be made up within the semester/term of enrollment, but unexcused absences may carry further penalties.
  3. In the event of two consecutive weeks of unexcused absences in a semester/term of enrollment, the student will be administratively withdrawn, resulting in a grade of "F".
  4. A "Contract for Incomplete" will not be issued to a student who has unexcused or excessive absences recorded for a course.
  5. Students receiving Military Tuition Assistance or Veterans Administration educational benefits must not exceed three unexcused absences in the semester/term of enrollment. Excessive absences will be reported to the appropriate agency and may result in a monetary penalty to the student.
  6. Report of a "F" grade (attendance or academic) resulting from excessive absence for those students who are receiving financial assistance from agencies not mentioned in item 5 above will be reported to the appropriate agency.

Park University 2011-2012 Undergraduate Catalog Page 98

Disability Guidelines:
Park University is committed to meeting the needs of all students that meet the criteria for special assistance. These guidelines are designed to supply directions to students concerning the information necessary to accomplish this goal. It is Park University's policy to comply fully with federal and state law, including Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, regarding students with disabilities. In the case of any inconsistency between these guidelines and federal and/or state law, the provisions of the law will apply. Additional information concerning Park University's policies and procedures related to disability can be found on the Park University web page: http://www.park.edu/disability .

Additional Information:

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