SRJC Course Outlines

10/24/2020 1:34:40 PMPOLS 2 Course Outline as of Fall 2019

Changed Course
CATALOG INFORMATION

Discipline and Nbr:  POLS 2Title:  INTRO/COMPAR GOVT  
Full Title:  Introduction to Comparative Government
Last Reviewed:5/14/2018

UnitsCourse Hours per Week Nbr of WeeksCourse Hours Total
Maximum3.00Lecture Scheduled3.0017.5 max.Lecture Scheduled52.50
Minimum3.00Lab Scheduled06 min.Lab Scheduled0
 Contact DHR0 Contact DHR0
 Contact Total3.00 Contact Total52.50
 
 Non-contact DHR0 Non-contact DHR Total0

 Total Out of Class Hours:  105.00Total Student Learning Hours: 157.50 

Title 5 Category:  AA Degree Applicable
Grading:  Grade or P/NP
Repeatability:  00 - Two Repeats if Grade was D, F, NC, or NP
Also Listed As: 
Formerly: 

Catalog Description:
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This course addresses the basic processes and challenges that all political systems face and examines their expression in industrialized democracies, former and current communist states, and newly-industrialized and developing states.

Prerequisites/Corequisites:


Recommended Preparation:
Eligibility for ENGL 1A or equivalent

Limits on Enrollment:

Schedule of Classes Information
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This course addresses the basic processes and challenges that all political systems face and examines their expression in industrialized democracies, former and current communist states, and newly-industrialized and developing states.
(Grade or P/NP)

Prerequisites:
Recommended:Eligibility for ENGL 1A or equivalent
Limits on Enrollment:
Transfer Credit:CSU;UC.
Repeatability:00 - Two Repeats if Grade was D, F, NC, or NP

ARTICULATION, MAJOR, and CERTIFICATION INFORMATION

Associate Degree:Effective:Fall 1981
Inactive: 
 Area:D
Social and Behavioral Sciences
 
CSU GE:Transfer Area Effective:Inactive:
 DSocial ScienceFall 2012
 D8Political Science, Govt, Legal Instutns  
 DSocial ScienceFall 1991Summer 2012
 D2Economics  
 D4Gender Studies  
 D8Political Science, Govt, Legal Instutns  
 DSocial ScienceFall 1981Summer 1991
 D2Economics  
 D4Gender Studies  
 
IGETC:Transfer Area Effective:Inactive:
 4Social and Behavioral ScienceFall 1981
 4HPolitical Science:Govt and Legal Instutn  
 
CSU Transfer:TransferableEffective:Fall 1981Inactive:
 
UC Transfer:TransferableEffective:Fall 1981Inactive:
 
C-ID:
 CID Descriptor: POLS 130 Introduction to Comparative Government and Politics SRJC Equivalent Course(s): POLS2

Certificate/Major Applicable: Major Applicable Course



COURSE CONTENT

Student Learning Outcomes:
Upon completion of the course, students will be able to:
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1.  Compare and contrast the historical, political, economic, and cultural development of
     Western and non-Western states.
2.  Identify and evaluate institutional alternatives to explain differences in processes and
     policy outcomes of different states.
3.  Evaluate the impact of domestic issues and globalization challenges on individual states.
 

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Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:
1. Define key terms and concepts used in comparative politics.
2. Apply basic concepts of comparative politics to identify similarities and differences
     between and among states, as well as political institutions, processes, and policies.
3. Compare and contrast the patterns of political and economic development of industrialized
     democracies, current and post-communist states, and newly-industrialized developing states.
4. Examine how identity, political socialization and political participation impact
     political culture in both Western and non-Western states.
5. Examine how individual countries deal with domestic issues and globalization
     challenges that impact our daily lives by comparing their public policy approaches
     and outcomes.

Topics and Scope
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I. Comparative Politics
    A. Comparison of States
    B. Comparison of Political Regimes
    C. Comparison of Political Culture and Participation
    D. Comparison of Political Economies
    E. Comparison of Public Policy Issues and Challenges
    F. Interplay of National, Regional, and Global Forces
II. Industrialized Democracies
    A. Origins of the Democratic States
    B. Presidential, Parliamentary and Semi-Presidential Systems
    C. Political Culture and Participation
    D. Public Policy
         1. Domestic Trends and Challenges
         2. Regional and Globalization Forces and Challenges
    E. Selected Countries - Case Studies on countries determined by the instructor.          
          1. Historical Development of the State
         2. Political Institutions
         3. Political Culture and Participation
              a. Party System and Elections
              b. Ideology
              c. Identity (class, ethnic, national)
          4. Political Economy
          5. Public Policy
              a. Domestic Policy Issues
              b. Regional and Globalization Forces and Impact
III. Former and Current Communist States
    A. The Institutional Bases of Communist States
    B. Command Economies
    C. Collapse of Communist Regimes
    D. Post-communism
    E. Selected Countries - Case Studies countries determined by the instructor.  
          1. Historical Development of the State
         2. Political Institutions
         3. Political Culture and Participation
              a. Party system and elections
              b. Ideology
              c. Identity
         4. Political Economy
         5. Public Policy
              a. Domestic Trends and Challenges
              b. Regional and Globalization Forces and Impact
IV. Newly Industrialized and Developing States
    A. Evolution of Politics in the Developing States
         1. Imperialism and its Legacy
         2. Postcolonial Political Regimes
    B. Political Economy of  Development and Underdevelopment
    C. Political Culture and Participation
    D. Public Policy
    E. Selected Countries - Case Studies countries determined by the instructor.  
          1. Historical Development of the State
         2. Political Institutions
         3. Political Culture and Participation
              a. Party System and Elections
              b. Ideology
              c. Identity
         4. Political Economy
         5. Public Policy
              a. Domestic trends and challenges
              b. Regional and Globalization Forces and Impact

Assignments:
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1. Read and study 30 to 50 pages in the text and additional readings weekly
2. Two to four essay examinations including a final. Examinations may include additional
     multiple-choice components
3. Analytical writing (2000-3000 words). These may be in the form of analytical essays,
     reaction or research papers or discussion posts
4. Optional assignments may include written summaries of current events, oral presentations,
     simulations, or group work

Methods of Evaluation/Basis of Grade.
Writing: Assessment tools that demonstrate writing skill and/or require students to select, organize and explain ideas in writing.Writing
25 - 45%
Analytical writing (essays, research or reaction papers or discussion posts)
Problem solving: Assessment tools, other than exams, that demonstrate competence in computational or non-computational problem solving skills.Problem Solving
0 - 0%
None
Skill Demonstrations: All skill-based and physical demonstrations used for assessment purposes including skill performance exams.Skill Demonstrations
0 - 0%
None
Exams: All forms of formal testing, other than skill performance exams.Exams
40 - 60%
Multiple-choice, True/false, Essay exams
Other: Includes any assessment tools that do not logically fit into the above categories.Other Category
0 - 30%
Oral presentations, simulations, and group work


Representative Textbooks and Materials:
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Comparative Politics: Domestic Responses to Global Challenges. 10th ed. Hauss, Charles. Cengage. 2019
Cases and Concepts in Comparative Politics. O'Neill, Patrick and Fields, Karl and Share, Don. Norton. 2017
Comparative Politics: Integrating Theories, Methods, and Cases. 2nd ed. Dickovick, Tyler and Eastwood, Jonathan. Oxford University Press. 2015

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