This course is an introduction to comparative politics and concentrates on the public sphere of politics and relationships on a global basis that are formed by the search for or possession of that which yields power.
This course will compare types of government and political systems and include the rudimentary theories of social science, comparisons of political theories, and approaches and the character of the state.
There will be assessments of authoritarian, totalitarian, and democratic forms of the state. The course will address the concepts of democracy and democratization and the institutional features of government and governance.
This course will address variables which shape outcomes in global politics, in ideology and government policy processes.
The first unit will address The Rule of Law with comparatives between parts of Europe, the United States of America, and a large part of Asia. To the extent applicable, the Rule of Law will be addressed in the remaining lectures.
This course is designed to not only address a comparison of politics globally, but to examine the periphery of political issues which result in global conflicts.
This course addresses the United Nations and its charge of bringing about positive change in the 21st century. With respect to the United Nations, we will learn its current role of focusing on globalization at a time when people want to be free from want, free of fear, and desire the assurance that current generations will weather these challenges and other global problems and that future generations will enjoy a sustainable world.
Politics locally is the establishing of policies. Globally is has a different connotation. The word politics comes from the Greek word “politikos" which means, “relating to citizens" and is the practice of influencing people on a worldwide, local, or even for small group to one person alone. More particularly, it is the attaining and often retaining positions in governance and control among humans or in a state. Furthermore, politics is the application and distribution of power and resources and the interstitial relationship between communities.
A host of strategies are used in politics, including the influencing of others to adopt and support certain preferred political views, tradeoffs with political allies or subjects, and, as noted above, designing laws, and using force, including violence against antagonists.
As will be shown, the history of politics' roots is traceable to ancient times, with influential works to include Aristotle's Politics and the writings of Confucius.
Politics will always be with us and should, in the ideal, lead to commitment between all governments and their citizens. Enter then the United Nations, which we will discuss and that has its own internal politics with which to deal.
Quiz on Lecture and Readings on "The Rule of Law"
The Basics of Social Science and the Scientific Method
Before we can make political comparisons and do so globally, a methodology has to be defined. To that end the student will meet the following learning objectives:
A Simplistic Example of a Scientific Analysis
Students will be able to define what is meant by the "State" and explain its nature as compared to the more generic form of the term state. As well the Udemy student will be able to explain the Treaty of Westphalia and the origins of the modern state. There will be a comparing and contrasting of Thomas Hobbes and Max Weber with respect to their observations on the Modern State System and Sovereignty. Finally, student will understand and be able to describe the reasons for the changes of the state system as a result of the 30 Years War in particular and war in general.
The concept of "The State"
Students, after this less, should:
Comparing Constitutions and Government Systems
Students completing this lesson will:
Define, compare, and contrast Totalitarian states with Authoritarian states
Research, review, and discuss substantially with your peers the pros and cons of Authoritarian and Totalitarian states. Do they approach one another over time?
Research and summarize the sources and trends of authoritarianism
Although emphasizing Oligarchy in America, this is applicable and discusses, on a global basis, government types and oligarchies. Upon completion opf this lecture, students will be able to:
Understand what it means to depoliticize Bureaucracy
Discuss the pros and cons of outsourcing and privatizing government functions
Upon completion of this lecture, the student will be:
Lecture 8: Comparative Methodology
Students upon completion of this lecture will be able to:
Understand the emerging concept of Multi-level Governments and their relationships
Understand the differences between Confederations vs. Federations
Understand the advantages and disadvantages between consensus and majoritarianism
Upon completing this lecture students should understand:
Before taking this quiz, open the File "Nations and Voting Systems". Review your nation, state, and region Is your nation or state represented?
Student completing this lecture will be able to:
1. In the context of the civil society and their effects on politics; research and understand social movements and the importance of activism
In the context of a representative democracy, demonstrate knowledge and an ability to discuss civil society and its relationship with government
In the context of a representative democracy, its civil society, and the prolific writings of political scientists, philosophers, and sociologists; demonstrate knowledge and an ability to discuss thoroughly origin, functions, and outcomes that proceed from civil society
Explain how political attitudes became formed
In the context of culture and increased diversity, explain the influence of culture on political institutions
Explain how political participation can be measured
Consider the following argument and then be able to debate your view. Are democracy, and its championing of individual rights in a society that continues to preserve disparities of caste, opportunity and prosperity, itself be the cause of increasing voter alienation and deteriorating voter participation in government and at the polls?
Explain political alliances and cleavages and their effect on the political process
Final Examination (Multiple Choice)
Now “quasi-retired”, Mr. John A. Rose has spent his entire working career helping people.
As owner and President of John A. Rose Consulting, his education, life, and experience allow a unique perspective to his work as a former agent in law enforcement, as a Licensed Chief Executive Officer of three charitable health and human service agencies serving dependent children and senior citizens.
Mr. Rose is Past President of an association of executives of charitable agencies in North America. He has been a Department Chair for a local college’s Criminal Justice Department, and currently occupies his time writing instructional modules for various online higher education institutions, has just finished a Fiction novel entitled "Payback!", and serves as an adjunct instructor in higher education.
Mr. Rose received his Master’s Degree in Public Administration and a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice Administration both from the University of California at Los Angeles.
He is a veteran of the United States Army having served as a Criminal Investigator in the 6th Military Police Group, CID Detachment.
Mr. Rose has busied himself in the local political and educational arenas serving on various boards such as the YMCA, having been elected to a public school board, and serving on ad hoc study committees for his community.
Mr. Rose has been married 48 years to Cheryl and they have two adult children and three grandchildren.
Mr. Rose has two favorite sayings: