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Areas of Study | | POLI240 syllabus




COURSE NUMBER: POLI240
COURSE TITLE:Non-Western Comparative Government
DIVISION:Liberal Arts
IAI CODE(S): S5 906N
SEMESTER CREDIT HOURS:3
CONTACT HOURS:135
STUDENT ENGAGEMENT HOURS:
DELIVERY MODE:Online

COURSE DESCRIPTION:
Comparative examination of the political institutions, electoral systems, principles of governance, causes of political instability and revolution, and techniques of political analysis. The purpose is to provide an understanding of the major problems confronting non-Western nations and to give insight into the various tools and strategies that their political leaders can use in dealing with those problems. The course will also investigate some of the major implications of the rise of the changing Non-Western world on global politics.

PREREQUISITES:
Place into ENGL101.

NOTES:

STUDENT LEARNING OUTCOMES:
Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:
  1. Expand the students' view of who they are and the world they live in by establishing links with the people and cultures of the Europe
    • This course intends to broaden the students' horizons and provide them with conceptual lenses to understand a complex world divided by nationality, religion, race, gender, and class
  2. provide students with a basic understanding of the political issues of poverty, instability, leadership, and culture in the Western world and how ideas and concepts are culturally conditioned.
  3. Develop students' ability for data collection and critical analysis. Critical and analytical thinking are needed to differentiate between explanation, fact, and opinion, to recognize both author and personal bias, and to compare and contrast information and points of view.
  4. learn to evaluate their own and others' perspectives within cultural contexts by using the tools of politics.

TOPICAL OUTLINE:
This is a 3-week course. The first 17 days will cover specific questions found in the chapters covering Japan, Russia, China, Mexico, India, Nigeria, and Egypt. The final four days of the course will be devoted to writing a four-page analytical paper.

TEXTBOOK / SPECIAL MATERIALS:
John McCormick, Comparative Politics in Transition, 9th edition. Wadsworth Publishing, 2016

See bookstore website for current book(s) at https://www.dacc.edu/bookstore

EVALUATION:
There is a total of seven written assignments and one 4-page analytical paper due for this course. The breakdown in points is:
analytical paper   60 points
Module assignments are worth 20 points each 140 points total

Total 200 points

Grade Distribution
A= 90% or above
B= 80%-89%
C= 70% - 79%
D= 60% - 69%
F= 59% or below

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STUDENT CONDUCT CODE:
Membership in the DACC community brings both rights and responsibility. As a student at DACC, you are expected to exhibit conduct compatible with the educational mission of the College. Academic dishonesty, including but not limited to, cheating and plagiarism, is not tolerated. A DACC student is also required to abide by the acceptable use policies of copyright and peer-to-peer file sharing. It is the student’s responsibility to become familiar with and adhere to the Student Code of Conduct as contained in the DACC Student Handbook. The Student Handbook is available in the Information Office in Vermilion Hall and online at: https://www.dacc.edu/student-handbook

DISABILITY SERVICES:
Any student who feels s/he may need an accommodation based on the impact of a disability should contact the Testing & Academic Services Center at 217-443-8708 (TTY 217-443-8701) or stop by Cannon Hall Room 103. Please speak with your instructor privately to discuss your specific accommodation needs in this course.

REVISION:
Fall 2018

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