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IRLS300 - Comparative Political Systems

Course Details

Course Code: IRLS300 Course ID: 3763 Credit Hours: 3 Level: Undergraduate

Introduces major theoretical approaches to the comparative study of politics. The student applies these approaches to government institutions, the policy-making process, political participation, economic structures and social change for both state and non-state actors.





Course Schedule

Registration Dates Course Dates Session Weeks
11/26/18 - 05/03/19 05/06/19 - 06/30/19 Spring 2019 Session I 8 Week session
12/31/18 - 05/31/19 06/03/19 - 07/28/19 Spring 2019 Session D 8 Week session
01/28/19 - 06/28/19 07/01/19 - 08/25/19 Summer 2019 Session B 8 Week session
02/25/19 - 08/02/19 08/05/19 - 09/29/19 Summer 2019 Session I 8 Week session
03/25/19 - 08/30/19 09/02/19 - 10/27/19 Summer 2019 Session D 8 Week session
04/29/19 - 10/04/19 10/07/19 - 12/01/19 Fall 2019 Session B 8 Week session

Current Syllabi

After successfully completing this course, you will be able to:

CO-1: Explain the construction of Comparative Politics as a discipline.
CO-2: Describe various types of political institutions.
CO-3: Compare theories of democracy.
CO-4: Examine the relationship between political and economic structures.
CO-5: Analyze the roles played by political actors, including parties in a political system.
CO-6: Assess the various challenges facing developing and newly industrializing states.
CO-7: Differentiate among the competing forces of globalization.
CO-8: Deconstruct the underlying causes of revolutions.

Forum discussions – 25 percent

Each week, a discussion question is provided and posts should reflect an assimilation of the readings. Students are required to provide a substantive initial post by Thursday at 11:55 pm ET and respond to 2 or more classmates by Sunday 11:55 pm ET. Forum posts are graded on timeliness, relevance, knowledge of the weekly readings, and the quality of original ideas.

Midterm assignment - 25 percent
This assignment is a take-home essay assignment of 2 questions, 2 pages each, to test knowledge and assimilation of the course objectives. The exclusive use of required texts and readings from this course is mandatory.
Progress assignment - 25 percent
Specialized Exercise. 6 pages including research and analysis.
Final assignment – 25 percent
This assignment is a take-home essay assignment of 2 questions, 2 pages each, to test knowledge and assimilation of the course objectives. The exclusive use of required texts and readings from this course is mandatory.

NameGrade %
Forum Discussions 25.00 %
Week 1 3.13 %
Week 2 3.13 %
Week 3 3.13 %
Week 4 3.13 %
Week 5 3.13 %
Week 6 3.13 %
Week 7 3.13 %
Week 8 3.13 %
Midterm Assignment 25.00 %
Week 3 - Midterm Assignment 25.00 %
Progress Assignment 25.00 %
Week 6 - Progress Assignment 25.00 %
Final Assignment 25.00 %
Week 8 - Final Assignment 25.00 %


• External websites and other assigned reading found in the Lessons area of the classroom.

• Weekly Lesson Notes and videos or audio files are found in the Lessons area of the classroom.

Book Title:Various resources from the APUS Library & the Open Web are used. Please visit http://apus.libguides.com/er.php to locate the course eReserve.
Author: No Author Specified

Previous Syllabi

Not current for future courses.