Skagit Valley College

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 Course Title:   Comparative Government: D

 Title Abbreviation:   COMPARATIVE GOVERNMT: D

 Department:    POLS

 Course #:    201

 Credits:    5

 Variable:     No

 IUs:    5

 CIP:    451001

 EPC:    n/a

 REV:    2021

 Course Description  

A study of the structure and functioning of foreign political systems, including constitutional development, political parties, elections and bureaucracies. Parliamentary governments of Europe, the presidential governments of the Western Hemisphere and emerging governments of Eastern Europe will be used as models.


Prerequisite: ENGL 099 with a "C" or higher (or placement into ENGL& 101).

Additional Course Details

Contact Hours (based on 11 week quarter)

Lecture: 55

Lab: 0

Other: 0

Systems: 0

Clinical: 0

Intent: Distribution Requirement(s) Status:  

Academic Social Sciences  

Equivalencies At Other Institutions

Other Institution Equivalencies Table
Institution Course # Remarks
CWU 360
U of W 204
WSU 107
WWU 291

Learning Outcomes

After completing this course, the student will be able to:

  1. More effectively gather data, analyze this information, and develop stategies to extract meaning from politics around the world using critical thinkingo skills
  2. Become sensitive to the diversity of political systems that exist globally
  3. Identify and discuss the various purposes of government
  4. Understand the political cultures and governments of diverse populations around the world
  5. Comprehend and discuss the three models of government and their implementation in various areas of the world
  6. Apply these understandings of government to current events with critical reasoning skills
  7. Recognize and discuss the various branches, organs, and functions of government as they appear globally
  8. SOCIAL SCIENCES: Identify social variables, structures, and experiences that shape individual perspectives.

General Education Learning Values & Outcomes

Revised August 2018 and affects outlines for 2019 and later.


Definition: Interact with humans and the environment informed by an understanding of equity.

Course Contents

  1. Purpose of government
  2. Models of Government (examples in 1st, 2nd, 3rd world)
  3. Philosophy of Government behind each model
  4. Political culture and impact on organization
  5. Historical context and historical development of models (examples from 1, 2, 3rd world)
  6. Election systems (PR and SMDP)
  7. Ethnicity and the State
  8. Party Systems and relation to governmental operation