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POLS 302 Introduction to Government: Foreign


Prerequisite: None.
Advisory: ENGWR 101
General Education: AA/AS Area V(b); CSU Area D8; IGETC Area 4H
Course Transferable to UC/CSU
Hours: 54 hours LEC
This course is a comparative study and analysis of political systems, ideologies, institutions, policies, cultures, histories, and the development of selected foreign governments. Special emphasis is placed on the impact of both cultural and social dimensions of political behavior and attitudes on the structures and functions of government. Typical nation-states cases will be inclusive of all geographical regions. Instruction will also cover the phenomenon of globalization and its effect on the nation-states examined throughout the course.

Updated 06/18/13

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of the history of the field of comparative politics and the methods of political, governmental, and societal comparison.
  • Present different worldviews and their effects upon the political culture, political systems, ideologies, institutions, and historical development of selected foreign nation-states.
  • Analyze, synthesize, and explain the differences and similarities of world governments as to their structure, function, and policies.
  • Understand the basic tasks of government and how different nation-states have approached and continue to approach those tasks.
  • Explain the concept of culture through its manifestation in politics, political culture, and popular civic participation.
  • Assess how the design of political institutions and processes affect policy and stability.
  • Discuss the link between changes in the international system in the time of globalization and its interaction with comparative political thinking.


Syllabus Links:

Professor David Reese Syllabus

Professor Elizabeth Huffman Syllabus




Relevant Websites to the Course:

British Broadcasting Company (BBC)

World News Network

The Economist

Pew Global Attitudes Research

Der Spiegel

Transparency International