Comparative World Government

  • Name:

    Comparative World Government (GOVT310)

  • Department:

    Social Studies

  • Credits:

    0.5 (semester course)

  • Suggested Prerequisites:

    Modern World History (HIST200)

Comparative World Government


In this course, students will gain a basic understanding of the political process and how it varies around the world. Students will study specific nations and discover how interaction between states affects the international community. They will also understand major comparative political concepts and get to know general governing structures and international roles. Emphasis will be placed on understanding typical patterns of political processes, social and political behavior, and comparisons of political institutions. Students will learn how to derive generalizations and interpret basic data relevant to government and politics.

Special Notes:

This course meets the NorthStar graduation requirement for Social Studies – Government


Have you ever wondered which form of government is the best to run a country? Or maybe you have wondered why people are so against communism or democracy? In fact, is democracy the best government for every country in the world? In Comparative World Government, we explore the various types of government systems that are seen around the world including: democracy, socialism, communism, and others. We also gain a deeper understanding by examining the positives and negatives of each governing method, as well as look at how countries are formed and how economics, violence, and globalization influence not only us, but decisions that are being made by those who are in power.

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Student Feedback

The assignments were interesting and clear. I had no problems with understanding the course and what I needed to do when.


I really enjoyed the articles we had to read and the videos we had to watch.


It is a very well organized course


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