PLSC-140: Comparative Political Systems
Course, prefix, number, & title: PLSC-140 Comparative Political Systems
Hours (Class, recitation, Laboratory, studio): 3; offered as needed
Pre-requisites (if any): (Or Co-requisite) Students must complete any developmental requirements in English (see Proficiency in Math and English) prior to taking this course or enroll in ENGL-101 and BE-102 at the same time as this course.
Course Description in college catalog:
Analysis of the political systems of the major powers in Europe. Topics include: nationalism, liberalism, democracy, Marxism, and fascism; a brief political background; an analysis of the role of political parties and pressure groups, and executive-legislative relations; factors behind the demise of the Soviet Union and the politics of European integration.
Academic programs for which this course serves as a requirement or an elective:
Course-specific student learning outcomes:
1. Students will summarize passages from assigned readings.
2. Students will compare and contrast various political systems.
3. Students will identify basic content in the field of comparative government: vocabulary, concepts, theories, models.
4. Students will list key concepts from specific political systems.
5. Students will appraise, analyze, and debate contemporary challenges in comparative government facing the United States, Europe and the world.6. Students will appraise how various governmental models impact the world today
Methods by which student learning will be assessed and evaluated; describe the types of methods to be employed; note whether certain methods are required for all sections:Some sections will satisfy the college requirements for Writing Intensive instruction. All sections will involve tests/writing to assess reading comprehension and critical thinking skills.
Academic Integrity policy (department or College):
Academic honesty is expected of all students. Any violation of academic integrity is taken extremely seriously. All assignments and projects must be the original work of the student or teammates. Plagiarism will not be tolerated. Any questions regarding academic integrity should be brought to the attention of the instructor. The following is the Queensborough Community College Policy on Academic Integrity: "It is the official policy of the College that all acts or attempted acts that are violations of Academic Integrity be reported to the Office of Student Affairs. At the faculty member's discretion and with the concurrence of the student or students involved, some cases though reported to the Office of Student Affairs may be resolved within the confines of the course and department. The instructor has the authority to adjust the offender's grade as deemed appropriate, including assigning an F to the assignment or exercise or, in more serious cases, an F to the student for the entire course." Read the University's policy on Academic Integrity opens in a new window(PDF).
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