Political Systems

A dinosaur
LecturerRichard WESTRA, Designated Professor
DepartmentSchool of Law / Graduate School of Law, 2012 Fall
Recommended for:student of G30 program who belongs to Graduate School of Law (21.5hours/session, 1session/week, 15weeks/semester)
  • political
  • systems
  • universe
  • presentation
  • Key Features

    Today's international student finds themselves embedded in an electronic universe composed of everything from social media to streaming movies and VOIP communications with friends and family. To capture and maintain students attention teaching must compete within that universe. This means that classes offered must use clever presentation techniques, encourage classroom student to student, students to teacher interaction, and deploy multimedia presentation and teaching.

    Study tips

    Attend the lectures, read the course text, engage in the class discussion and ask questions!

    Aim of class

    Its first aim is to familiarize students with the basic concepts in the field of political science. The second aim is to build the capacity of students for comparing political systems in the advanced developed democracies. The third aim of the class is to cultivate critical thinking among students as to the benefits and drawbacks of a particular political model.


    Robert Hislope and Anthony Mughan, Introduction to Comparative Politics: The State and its Challenges (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2012)

    Lecture Handouts

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    • Class participation........10%
    • Mid-term test......10%
    • Short take home essay......10%
    • Short final essay......30%
    • Final exam......40%
    • TOTAL......100%

    Last updated

    March 05, 2020