SRJC Course Outlines

8/15/2022 12:01:45 AMPOLS 2 Course Outline as of Spring 2012

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 Scheduled012 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 deals with the basic problems and processes 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 deals with the basic problems and processes 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

Outcomes and Objectives:
Upon completion of the course, students will be able to:
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Outcomes and Objectives:
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, 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 different countries deal with similar problems and challenges that impact our daily lives by comparing their public policy approaches and outcomes.

Topics and Scope
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1.      What is 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
 
2.      Industrialized Democracies
      A.      Origins of the Democratic States
      B.      Presidential and Parliamentary Systems
      C.      Political Culture and Participation
      D.      Public Policy
            1.      Domestic Trends and Challenges
            2.      Regional and Global Impact and Challenges
      E.      Selected Countries - Case Studies (may include the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Japan, etc.)
            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 global forces and impact
 
3.      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 (Russia, China, etc).
            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
 
4.      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
            1.      Import Substitution
            2.      International Financial Institutions
            3.      Foreign Aid
            4.      Globalization Issues
      E.      Selected Countries - Case Studies (may include India, Iran, Egypt, Nigeria, Brazil, Mexico, etc.)
            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 policy issues
                  b.      Regional and Global Forces and Impact

Assignments:
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1.      Read and study about 40 - 50 pages of texts and anthologies weekly
2.      Two to three multiple-choice,and essay examinations including a final
3.      Eight to twelve pages of analytical writing. These will be either reaction papers, comparative essays or research papers.
4.       Optional oral presentations

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
30 - 50%
Writing: Analytical essays, research papers
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, essay exams
Other: Includes any assessment tools that do not logically fit into the above categories.Other Category
0 - 30%
Class participation, oral presentations


Representative Textbooks and Materials:
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Comparative Politics: Domestic Responses to Global Challenges (8th). Hauss, Charles. Cengage:  2011
 
Essential Readings in Comparative Politics (3rd). O'Neil, Patrick & Rogowski, Ronald. Norton:  2010

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