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Course SummaryPolitical Science 103: Comparative Politics has been evaluated and recommended for 3 semester hours and may be transferred to over 2,000 colleges and universities. With this self-paced course, you get engaging lessons, expert instructors who make even the most challenging political science topics simple, and an excellent resource for getting a head start on your degree.
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The course objective is to describe and analyze comparative political theories, the democratization process and several types of government legislatures, electoral systems, political parties, and economic policies.
Your grade for this course will be calculated out of 300 points. The minimum score required to pass and become eligible for college credit for this course is 210 points, or an overall course grade of 70%. The table below shows the assignments you must complete and how they'll be incorporated into the overall grade.
|Proctored Final Exam||200|
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- You will have 3 attempts to take each quiz for a score.
- The highest score of your first 3 attempts will be recorded as your score for each quiz.
- When you've completed the course, the highest scores from your first 3 attempts at each quiz will be averaged together and weighed against the total possible points for quizzes. For instance, if your average quiz score is 85%, you'll receive 85 out of 100 possible points for quizzes.
- After your initial 3 attempts, you can take a quiz for practice as many times as you'd like.
- You will need to pass each quiz with a score of at least 80% to earn course progress for the lesson. However, it is not necessary to earn 80% within the first three quiz attempts.
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- You'll earn points equivalent to the percentage grade you receive on your proctored final. (So if you earn 90% on the final, that's 90 points toward your final grade.)
- If you're unsatisfied with your score on the exam, you'll be eligible to retake the exam after a 3-day waiting period.
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Upon completion of the course, you will be able to:
- Identify the attributes of nation-states, their origins, and the forms of governance that interface with nation-states.
- Analyze approaches to distinguish characteristics of certain states.
- Research and analyze the differences between political systems and institutional structures in a variety of states.
- Assess a myriad of political, economic and government systems, as well as the variables that influence the framework underlying these systems.
- Compare and contrast political culture and socialization that exists in other states, as well as assessing the agency of interest groups, political parties and popular opinion in the development of public policy.
- Apply the nexus of national, regional and international power infrastructure and its relationship to regional or global institutions and organizations.
- Analyze the characteristics of legal and cultural traditions across several countries, as well as the political institutions that produce and enforce legislation.
There are no prerequisites for this course.
Political Science 103: Comparative Politics consists of short video lessons that are organized into topical chapters. Each video is approximately 5-10 minutes in length and comes with a quick quiz to help you measure your learning. The course is completely self-paced. Watch lessons on your schedule whenever and wherever you want.
At the end of each chapter, you can complete a chapter test to see if you're ready to move on or have some material to review. Once you've completed the entire course, take the practice test and use the study tools in the course to prepare for the proctored final exam. You may take the proctored final exam whenever you are ready.
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- If you already have a school in mind, check with the registrar to see if the school will grant credit for courses recommended by either ACE or NCCRS.
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- Take the Political Science 103 final exam directly on the Study.com site.
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|Introduction to Comparative Politics||Define key terms, concepts and theories in comparative politics; explain how comparative politics fit into the broader social science discipline.|
|History of Comparative Politics||Trace the origins of comparative politics; explain how the scientific method informs the development of comparative political approaches.|
|The Nation State in Comparative Politics||Assess the rise of the nation state and deduce its causes; describe different state structures; define the terms sovereignty, nation, nationalism and state.|
|Modern Theories in Comparative Politics||Explain the major theories of comparative politics and offer support for and rebuttals against each theory; use data and information regarding other political and economic systems to strengthen an understanding of these theories.|
|The Process of Democratization||Trace and examine the process of democratization and define the key variables associated with this process; reference and analyze certain countries that have engaged in democratization efforts.|
|Comparing Political Culture & Socialization||Compare and contrast political culture and political socialization; describe the features and roles of political culture, political socialization and bureaucracy.|
|Comparing Systems of Governance||Describe, analyze, compare and contrast the major forms of governance; define the characteristics of different government styles using the methodological approaches of comparative politics.|
|Comparing Types of Legislatures||Describe and compare different legislature types, including the U.S. Congress and U.K. Parliament; evaluate the representation vs. population deviation between legislatures across the globe.|
|Comparing Types of Executives Branches||Compare and contrast several executive types; outline the roles and responsibilities of the executive branch; assess the executive branch's relationship to other parts of government in a few countries.|
|Comparing Electoral Systems||Compare and contrast several electoral systems and associated variables; use comparative methodologies to analyze and assess different electoral systems.|
|Comparing Political Party Systems||Compare and contrast various political party systems employed by different countries; discuss the pros and cons of these distinct systems.|
|Comparing Economic Policies||Compare and contrast a variety of economic policies and the countries that have implemented them; assess the impact of economic policies in different historical and contemporary contexts.|
|Comparing Legal Systems||Summarize, compare and contrast the legal systems employed by selected countries; distinguish between types of law and how they relate to culture, customs and normative social relations within the state.|
|Regional & International Organizations in Politics||Discuss the relationship between international and regional institutions and organizations; assess the impact of various actors in the global political arena.|
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