POLS 2200 Intro Comparative Politics

POLS 2200
Introduction to Comparative Politics
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This is a Concurrent Enrollment Course, offering both high school credit through ______________ High
School and college credit through Utah Valley University. Credit from this course is transferable to all
colleges and universities. Contact the receiving institution for how the credits will be applied.
Studies comparative politics and looks at attitudes and causes of political problems. Examines methods and
means employed by selected countries to solve political problems, and studies successes and failures of
different approaches. Examines the means which different nations employ to deal with political problems.
Explores the politics, institutions, and governments of seven selected nations.
This class is available to all high school juniors and seniors in good academic standing. High school
prerequisites apply. There are no college prerequisites for this course.
Learning Outcomes
Provide students with basic theories, knowledge, and analytical tools necessary to understand
comparative politics.
Broader knowledge of how politics function in a variety of countries.
Improve ability to think critically, analytically, and comparatively about politics from historical and
theoretical perspectives.
Text | Instructional Material
Kopstein, Jeffery and mark Lichbach. 2005. Comparative Politics: Interests, Identities, Institutions in a
Changing Global Order. New York: Cambridge University Press. Second Edition
Soe, Christian, 2007. Annual Editions: Comparative Politics 07/08 (25th edition) Dushkin/McGraw-Hill
Students should also maintain and awareness of international events shaping our world. It is
highly recommended that students read a major national newspaper (e.g. New York Times,
Los Angeles Times, Washington Post, International Herald Tribune) on a regular basis.
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Course Topics
Topic 1: What is Comparative Politics?
K&L Chap 1 (pp.1-15)
Topic 2: The State and its institutions
K&L, Chap 2 (pp. 16-38
Soe, Articles 1 and 16-19
Topic 3: The State and its citizens
Soe, articles 11-15
Topic 4: American Politics in Comparative
Soe, articles 20-22
Topic 5: Early Developer: Great Britain
K&L, Chap 3 (pp. 39-79)
Soe, articles 2-4
Exam I
Topic 6: Early Developer: France
K&L, Chap 4 (pp,81-122)
Soe, articles 5-6
Topic 7: Middle Developer: Germany
K&L Chap 5 (pp.131-167)
Soe, articles 7-8
Topic 8: Middle Developer: Japan
K&L, Chap5 (pp.169-195)
Soe, articles 9-10
Topic 9: Late Developer: Russia
K&L, Chap. 7 (pp.205-250)
Soe, articles 27-29
Exam II
Topic 10: late Developer: China
K&L, Chap 8 (pp. 253-290)
Soe , articles 33-34
Topic 11: Experimental Developer: Mexico
K&L Chap 9 (pp. 343-386)
Soe, articles 30-31
Topic 12: Experimental Developer: India
K&L, Chap 10
Soe, article 35
Topic 13: Experimental Developer: Iran and the
Muslim World
K&L, Chap 11 (pp. 395-425)
Soe article 36
Topic 14: Experimental Developer: South Africa
K&L, Chap 12 (pp 433-462)
Exam III
Class participation will count as 10% of the student’s final grade. The most important part of the
participation grade is, of course, attendance. However, attendance alone is not sufficient for a student to
receive a high mark for participation. Students should also be prepared to discuss the class readings, as well
as come to class with comments and questions regarding the material. Excessive absences may result in a
diminished course grade.
Students are expected to write a short paper (5-6 pages)
For the assignment, students will pick any country they like that is not studied in the course. The assignment
calls on you to compare your country to the Untied States. Some questions you should answer in your essay
follow: How does the political regime differ from that of the United States? How do the countries compare
historically? What are the fundamental differences between your country and the U.S? Some issues you may
want to cover include the role of citizens and interest groups, voting and elections and public policies.
Grading Scale
A = 100-93
A - = 92-90
B+ = 89-87
B = 86-83
B - = 82-80
C+ = 79-77
C = 76-73
C - = 72-70
D+ = 69-67
D = 66-63
D - = 62-60
F = 59-0
Exam I
Exam II
Exam III
Class Participation
Paper Assignment
No Extra Credit
Grades and Credit
You will receive the same grade for your high school course as you receive for your college course. Your
grade for this class will become part of your permanent college transcript and will affect your GPA. A low
grade in this course can affect college acceptance and scholarship eligibility.
Academic Integrity
Utah Valley University expects all students to maintain integrity and high standards of individual honesty in
academic work, to obey the law, and to show respect for others. Students of this class are expected to
support an environment of academic integrity, have the right to such an environment, and should avoid all
aspects of academic dishonesty. Examples of academic dishonesty include plagiarizing, faking of data,
sharing information during an exam, discussing an exam with another student who has not taken the exam,
consulting reference material during an exam, submitting a written assignment which was authored by
someone other than you, and/or cheating in any form. Violators of this policy will be subject to disciplinary
action. Cheating will not be tolerated. It will result in a FAILING grade for the course.
In keeping with UVU policy, evidence of academic dishonesty may result in a failing grade in the course and
disciplinary review by the college. Additional information on this topic is published in the student handbook
and is available on the UVU website.
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Students with Disabilities
If you have any disability, which may impair your ability to successfully, complete this course, please contact
the Accessibility Services office, 863-8747, BU 146. Academic accommodations are granted for all students
who have qualified documented disabilities. All services are coordinated with the Accessibility Services
Dropping the Class
_________ is the last day to drop the course without it showing on your transcript.
_________ is the last day to withdraw from the class.
If you drop the high school class, you must also withdraw from the UVU class to avoid receiving an E or UW
(unofficial withdrawal).
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