Foothill CollegeApproved Course Outlines

Business and Social Sciences Division
4 hours lecture.4 Units

Total Quarter Learning Hours: 48 (Total of All Lecture, Lecture/Lab, and Lab hours X 12)
 Lecture Hours: 4 Lab Hours: Lecture/Lab:
 Note: If Lab hours are specified, see item 10. Lab Content below.

Repeatability -
Statement: Not Repeatable.

Status -
 Course Status: ActiveGrading: Letter Grade with P/NP option
 Degree Status: ApplicableCredit Status: Credit
 Degree or Certificate Requirement: AA Degree
 GE Status: Non-GE

Articulation Office Information -
 Transferability: BothValidation: 07/01/2007;1/27/11

1. Description -
Introductory analysis of comparative governmental systems and politics emphasizing a variety of political forms, theory of political differentiation and development, and patterns, processes and regularities among political sysems in developing and developed world. As an honors course, it is a full seminar with advanced teaching methods focusing on major writing, reading, and research assignments, student class presentations, group discussions and interactions.
Prerequisites: Honors Institute participant.
Co-requisite: None
Advisory: Not open to students with credit in POLI 2.

2. Course Objectives -
The student will be able to:
  1. compare and contrast variety of governmental systems and politics.
  2. identify and distinguish among range of political forms.
  3. analyze patterns, processes and regularities among political systems.
  4. compare and contrast models of development strategies.
  5. analyze theoretical formulations on comparative politics.
  6. formulate research design of comparative politics study.
3. Special Facilities and/or Equipment -
  1. Multi-media equipment
  2. overhead projector

4. Course Content (Body of knowledge) -
  1. Introduction to Comparative Politics: What is it?
    1. Comparative Politics as a field of study.
    2. Comparative study of state, society, country, political system
    3. Comparative politics as different from International Relations
    4. Defining key concepts in comparative politics: State, Nation, Nation-State, Government
    5. Historical overview of field since World War II
B. Some Methodological Issues in Comparative Politics
  1. The structural-functional approach
  2. The three legs of comparative analysis: Theory, Evidence, Method
  3. The systems theory approach
  4. The historical/structural/dialectical approach
  5. World Systems theory approach
C. Review of some major studies in Comparative Politics
  1. The Cold War and its impact on capitalist and socialist societies
  2. The Stages of Capitalist Economic Growth
  3. Dependency, Structural Dependency, and Dependent Underdevelopment
  4. Incorporation of of nation states into Core, Semiperiphery, and Periphery
  5. Modernity
5. Repeatability - Moved to header area.
6. Methods of Evaluation -
  1. Prepared and analytical contribution to seminar
  2. Oral presentations of assigned topics and continuous participation in seminar
  3. Development of research project in comparative politics
  4. Development of critical, analytical, research and writing skills
  5. Development of significant assigned research paper
  6. Professors meet with all seminar students in a series of individual and small group learning communities, out-of-class, to work together on students' research and presentation preparation.
7. Representative Text(s) -
Charles Hauss and Meliss Haussman, Comparative Politics: Domestic Responses to Global Challenges, 8th edition, International Edition: Wadsworth Cengage Learning, 2013. ISBN: 978-1-111-83255-1.
Nye, Joseph, Understanding International Conflicts: An Introduction to Theory and History. New York: Pearson/Longman, 2009.

8. Disciplines -
Political Science
9. Method of Instruction -
Lecture, Seminar-style discussions.
10. Lab Content -
Not applicable.
11. Honors Description - No longer used. Integrated into main description section.
12. Types and/or Examples of Required Reading, Writing and Outside of Class Assignments -
Students may be required to read longer, more complex journal articles in political science. Students my be required to write research papers of 12-20 pages in length with 10-20 sources.
13. Need/Justification -
This course is a required core course for the AA degree in Political Science. It also satisfies the CSU-GE and IGETC requirements in political science.

Course status: Active
Last updated: 2015-03-09 16:48:47

Foothill CollegeApproved Course Outlines