Introduction to Comparative Politics – GOVT 330

CG • Section 8WK • 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020 • Modified 11/09/2021

Course Description

An introduction to a variety of concepts and approaches to the study of the domestic politics of other countries.

For information regarding prerequisites for this course, please refer to the Academic Course Catalog.


This course aims to acquaint the student with a variety of different forms of government and to encourage the critical evaluation of issues related to governing a nation-state through participation in simulation of the world. The course also is intended to give the student an appreciation of the science of governing as well as an understanding of ten conditions for democracy. This course is important to acquaint the student with various competing political ideologies and worldviews in order to allow him/her to evaluate political positions and opinions while applying a Christian perspective.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Encourage the comparison between different forms of government and thereby gain an appreciation of their own form of government.
  2. Acquaint the student with various competing political ideologies in order to allow him/her to evaluate political positions and opinions with a Christian perspective.
  3. Develop an awareness of the problems which exist in governing a state and to help students gain an understanding of the different ways that governments try to solve these problems.
  4. Foster a great appreciation of the challenges facing a state in the international community and how different governments meet those challenges.
  5. Present students with an integral analysis of the significant persons, events, issues, and trends in the conflicting intellectual traditions of Western-American and social history and their impact upon political, economic, and social issues.
  6. Interest students in informed reading, research, analysis, and discussion of contemporary political systems.
  7. Encourage students to reaffirm, restate, and reapply the historic biblical Christian worldview and to practice the politics of grace.

Course Assignment

Textbook readings and lecture presentations

Course Requirements Checklist

After reading the Course Syllabus and Student Expectations, the student will complete the related checklist found in the Course Overview.

Discussions: Threads and Replies (6)

Discussions are collaborative learning experiences. Therefore, the student is required to create a thread in response to the provided prompt for each Discussion. Each thread must be at least 300–400 words and demonstrate course-related knowledge. In addition to the thread, the student is required to reply to two other classmates’ threads. Each reply must be at least 200 words. For each thread and each reply, the student must support their assertions with at least three scholarly sources.

Book Critique Assignment

The student will write a 5–6-page Book Critique in current APA format on the Martin text listed within the course. The paper must include at least two references in addition to the course textbooks and the Bible.

Quiz: Statecraft Simulation

This quiz will cover the Statecraft Simulation manual. The quiz will be open-book/open-notes, contain 15 multiple-choice and true/false questions, and be taken through the simulation website.

Quizzes (2)

Each quiz will cover the Klesner material for the assigned modules:weeks. Each quiz will be open book/open notes, contain 22 multiple-choice questions and 1 essay question, and have a 1-hour and 15-minute time limit. Each quiz may be taken one time and is worth 125 points.