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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
05/21/21 - 10/29/21 11/01/21 - 12/26/21 Fall 2021 Session I 8 Week session
06/28/21 - 12/03/21 12/06/21 - 01/30/22 Fall 2021 Session D 8 Week session
07/27/21 - 12/31/21 01/03/22 - 02/27/22 Winter 2022 Session B 8 Week session
08/31/21 - 02/04/22 02/07/22 - 04/03/22 Winter 2022 Session I 8 Week session
09/28/21 - 03/04/22 03/07/22 - 05/01/22 Winter 2022 Session D 8 Week session
10/26/21 - 04/01/22 04/04/22 - 05/29/22 Spring 2022 Session B 8 Week session
11/30/21 - 04/29/22 05/02/22 - 06/26/22 Spring 2022 Session I 8 Week session
12/28/21 - 06/03/22 06/06/22 - 07/31/22 Spring 2022 Session D 8 Week session
01/25/22 - 07/01/22 07/04/22 - 08/28/22 Summer 2022 Session B 8 Week session
02/22/22 - 07/29/22 08/01/22 - 09/25/22 Summer 2022 Session I 8 Week session
03/29/22 - 09/02/22 09/05/22 - 10/30/22 Summer 2022 Session D 8 Week session
04/26/22 - 09/30/22 10/03/22 - 11/27/22 Fall 2022 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

In many weeks, 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 more than 2 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 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 readings from this course is mandatory.


• 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.