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National College Credit Recommendation Service

Board of Regents  |  University of the State of New York

Consortium for International Studies | Evaluated Learning Experience

Comparing Political Systems POL 201


Varies; self-study.

Various; distance learning format.

October 2022 – Present.

Instructional delivery format: 
Hybrid course/exam
Learner Outcomes: 

Upon successful completion of the course, students will be able to: assess the benefits of comparing political systems, states and institutions; appreciate the comparative method and the different approaches to comparison, both qualitative and quantitative; identify the five defining qualities of a state; describe the concept of political culture, and the influences that shape how political culture is defined and measured; compare and contrast democratic and authoritarian political systems and the challenges they face; differentiate between the different institutions of government and politics; evaluate the rapidly changing role of media in the political process; distinguish the diverse means of citizen participation in different political systems; assess the advantages and disadvantages of different electoral systems used in elections for legislatures; evaluate the core roles and forms of political parties and interest groups in shaping public policy; evaluate the relationship between politics and economics.


Major topics taught in this course include: the various forms of government and politics, the different types of electoral systems, and the influences in political culture.

Credit recommendation: 

In the lower division baccalaureate/associate degree category, 3 semester hours in Political Science or General Education elective (7/22).