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Course Details

Course Code: IRLS501 Course ID: 3549 Credit Hours: 3 Level: Graduate

This course examines a broad range of governments utilizing the comparative method of analysis. Students will study democracies, monarchies, dictatorships and authoritarian forms of government. Students will participate in various class projects emphasizing contemporary problems of the various forms of governments of nation states today. This will take into consideration cultural differences and similarities, human nature, and the approaches of individual governments different from that of the American norm in carrying out their basic responsibility to maintain and strengthen society by equal justice for all of its citizens.

Course Schedule

Registration Dates Course Dates Session Weeks
11/30/20 - 04/30/21 05/03/21 - 06/27/21 Spring 2021 Session I 8 Week session
01/25/21 - 07/02/21 07/05/21 - 08/29/21 Summer 2021 Session B 8 Week session
03/29/21 - 09/03/21 09/06/21 - 10/31/21 Summer 2021 Session D 8 Week session
05/21/21 - 10/29/21 11/01/21 - 12/26/21 Fall 2021 Session I 8 Week session

Current Syllabi

CO1: Evaluate theories, approaches, and methods in comparative politics.

CO2: Appraise the efficacy of various systems of government.

CO3: Analyze the impact of cultural and historical experiences on a governance system.

CO4: Construct an interpretation of executive, judicial, and legislative structures within selected states.

CO5: Distinguish processes of public policymaking from a comparative theory perspective.

The course grade is based on the following assessments:

Discussion Forums – 20 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. Initial posts should be no fewer than 500 words; follow-up posts should be no fewer than 150 words. Forum posts are graded on timeliness, relevance, knowledge of the weekly readings, and the quality of original ideas.

Progress Assignment – 15 percent

Students will compose a short essay paper (5 pages in length) that addresses the following questions: What is the primary subject matter of comparative politics, and what are some of the fundamental problems of comparative research?

Research Paper – 35 percent

This paper takes the form of a political risk analysis of 10 – 16 pages.

Final Assignment – 30 percent

This assignment is a take-home essay assignment of 4 questions, 2-3 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 20.00 %
Week One 2.50 %
Week Two 2.50 %
Week Three 2.50 %
Week Four 2.50 %
Week Five 2.50 %
Week Six 2.50 %
Week Seven 2.50 %
Week Eight 2.50 %
Progress Assignment 15.00 %
Progress Assignment 15.00 %
Research Paper 35.00 %
Research Paper 35.00 %
Final Assignment 30.00 %
Final Assignment 30.00 %
Book Title: There are no required books for this course.
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Book Title:Various resources from the APUS Library & the Open Web are used. Please visit to locate the course eReserve.*

Previous Syllabi

Not current for future courses.