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Political Science (PL SC)

PL SC 003 (GS;IL) Introduction to Comparative Politics (3) Introduction to study of comparative government and politics: normative/ empirical theories; government functions in modern societies; representative structures and processes.

PL SC 003 Introduction to Comparative Politics (3)

(BA) This course meets the Bachelor of Arts degree requirements.

In this course, you will be introduced to the major types of governments in existence today. We will examine several democratic nations, and several dictatorships. We will learn how power is exercised in each major type of government and how different governments grant authority and seek the acceptance and legitimacy of their citizens.

In doing so, we will learn about the variety of ways to organize legislatures and executive branches, the difference between presidential and parliamentary systems, and the varying roles played by the courts and other legal institutions. We will also compare the different ways of holding elections and the different functions of political parties.

In addition, students will gain a better understanding of the history and politics of a small number of nations that will serve as examples throughout the semester. The countries used as examples will vary from semester to semester; however, these will usually include a mix of advanced industrial democracies, developing nations, and communist and former communist governments.

Students will take examinations that include multiple choice, short answer essays, and longer essays. Short projects or a major paper supplement exams. Students are also graded on attendance, participation and oral presentations in weekly recitation sections. The course fulfills one of the lower-division requirements for majors in Political Science and International Politics. For non majors this course may be used to fulfill a general education or Bachelor of Arts social/behavioral science requirement. It will be offered once a year with an enrollment limit of 180.

General Education: GS
Diversity: IL
Bachelor of Arts: Social and Behavioral Science
Effective: Fall 2007

Note : Class size, frequency of offering, and evaluation methods will vary by location and instructor. For these details check the specific course syllabus.


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