Course Descriptions

POS 205 - Comparative Political Systems - WR (formerly POS 225)

3 Credits

This course provides an overview of analytical concepts and tools used in the study of a variety of political systems. This includes the descriptive and analytical examination of political systems generally classified as democratic, non-democratic, or undergoing transition. Particular attention is paid to government institutions and political processes, current leadership, and major public policy of those selected systems under review. Three class hours. (SUNY-OWC)

Course Learning Outcomes
1.Describe the important terms and concepts associated with the study of comparative political systems.
2.Relate terms and concepts associated with the academic study of comparative political systems.
3.Compare and contrast the institutions integral to the study of comparative political systems.
4.Distinguish between the history of political cultures and government institutions of Western countries.
5.Distinguish between the history of political cultures and government institutions of non-Western countries.
6.Compare and contrast the foundations of legitimacy on which political regimes rest, such as the norms and rules of ordered society; different forms of citizen participation; group behavior; or institutional activities in Western countries.
7.Compare and contrast the foundations of legitimacy on which political regimes rest, such as the norms and rules of ordered society; different forms of citizen participation; group behavior; or institutional activities in non-Western countries.
8.Explain the history of socio-economic forces with the evolution of various types of political systems in Western countries.
9.Explain the history of socio-economic forces with the evolution of various types of political systems in non-Western countries.
10.Compare and contrast selected public policy issues of countries with different government structures in both Western and non-Western countries.
11.Utilize writing to communicate an understanding, application, analysis, or evaluation of material covered in the course.

Course Offered Fall and Spring

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Fall Semester 2017
Intersession 2018
Spring Semester 2018