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National College Credit Recommendation Service

Board of Regents  |  University of the State of New York

Coopersmith Career Consulting | Evaluated Learning Experience

Comparing Political Systems of the World (PSC-201)


Varies (self-study; self-paced).

Various; distance learning format.
September 2013 - Present.
Instructional delivery format: 
Online/distance learning
Learner Outcomes: 

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to: describe political systems and states; detail the process of fostering economic development; discuss why political systems are compared; pinpoint the structures and functions of political systems; explicate why and how culture matters to political processes; identify trends that shape contemporary political cultures; explain how citizens participate in sociopolitical affairs in different societies; discuss the development of interest groups and describe their historical performances; define authoritarian party systems and their power structures; assess the prospects and challenges facing democracies and authoritarianism; trace the geographic distribution of government power; explain the process of community building; and present the common outcomes of international interactions and their generalities.


This self-study course is designed to provide students with a broad survey of the important issues in the study of comparative politics. Students gain an understanding of world politics and political systems and compare issues and structures on a global level. Students conduct in-depth studies of individual countries focusing on theoretical frameworks to explore broad issues such as why some countries modernize more quickly and why some are more democratic and understand how local issues have a worldwide impact. Students explore how politics works on individual, group, national, and global levels. Throughout the course, students study political institutions and processes and learn to use critical thinking skills regarding the consequences of public policies. Students observe the international economy and how politics shape a nation's influence on the local and global levels. Additionally, students learn about other countries, regions, and the world while asking fundamental questions about politics and government.

Credit recommendation: 

In the lower division baccalaureate/associate degree category, 3 semester hours in Politics (9/13) (8/18 revalidation) (5/23 revalidation).