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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; and evaluate the relationship between politics and economics.


Major topics include 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 as a General Education elective (7/22).